September 23, 2022

September 23, 2022


From the Principal's Desk

Hello, Cheetah Families!

This month, we are bringing awareness to student mental health with All The Feels September! Whether you are a parent, student, or school staff, it’s normal for the start of the school year to bring some anxiety and other challenges to our mental health. When those challenges become too big for us to handle on our own or when we worry about a friend’s mental health, talking with a trusted friend or adult can be difficult.

Even though it can be awkward, initiating conversations about mental health with trusted adults can make a big difference for ourselves and others. 

SeizetheAwkward.org offers older children and adults tools for recognizing the signs someone is struggling and tips for starting and engaging in conversations about mental health.  

When we face challenges that are too big to handle on our own, we need the care and support of one another! 

Thank you, as always, for your support, collaboration, and partnership. Together, we make a difference!

 

Yours in service, 

Michelle Williams, Principal

Important Dates

Tuesday, September 27~SSC Meeting 5:00-6:00pm (Zoom

Thursday, September 29 ~Principal’s Coffee 5:00-6:00 pm (Zoom)

Friday, September 30 ~Cool Cats Assembly

Friday, October 7~ Community Check-in  3:30-4:30pm (Zoom)

Tuesday, October 11~ SSC Meeting 5:00-6:00 pm (Zoom

Wednesday, October 12~ Picture Retake

Thursday, October 13~ Teacher In-Service Day- No School

Friday, October 14~ Recess Day- No School

Friday, October 21~ ELAC Meeting 9:00-10:30 am (Zoom)

Friday, October 21~ Community Check-in 3:30-4:30 pm (Zoom) 

Wednesday, October 28~ Principal’s Coffee 5:00-6:00 pm (Zoom)

Wednesday, October 28~ Cool Cat Assembly

School News

Thursday Lunch

This is just a friendly reminder about lunch procedures on Thursday. If you have asked your child to stay for lunch on Thursdays, you may pick them up from the street-facing MUR/cafeteria door at 12:30pm. Please wait for your child outside of the MUR to ensure that all pathways remain clear. 

 

Looking for additional ways to volunteer on campus? 

We are looking for a few dedicated parents who would be willing to serve as volunteer supervisors in our front and back parking lot areas. If you are willing to serve 1 or more days per week, either from 8-8:15 am or from 2:45-3 pm, please email [email protected].

 

Reminder: Parking Lot Safety and Information

  • Use the sidewalks. If you park on the street, please be sure to use the sidewalks and crosswalks to get to the school instead of cutting across the parking lot or street.

  • The parking lot is designated for staff. Even if it appears empty, it is used by other school staff that need to come and go throughout the day.  They need to be able to quickly arrive on campus to support students.

  • Please do not leave your car unattended during drop-off or pick-up, and do not park in the bus lane.

  • Consider biking or walking to school using safe routes! Each family who bikes or walks to school will be entered into a raffle each time they do so. To be entered, email a picture of yourself and your child/children to [email protected]. Prizes include various gift certificates/cards, a family fun night basket, Google Echo Dots, and more. A drawing will be held each month.

 

Reminder: Reporting Absences

Please call the office at (650) 903-6925 or email Sherri Minor at [email protected] and Mary Colon at [email protected] to report an absence or late arrival.  Provide the following information: Date of absence, student’s name, grade and room number, reason for absence, your name, and relationship of the person reporting the absence.

 

Student vision and hearing screenings coming up.

Each fall, MVWSD conducts hearing and vision screenings of all students in kindergarten, second-, fifth- and eighth-grade, as California State Law mandates. These screenings will take place at Theuerkauf on Oct. 4.

Parents will be notified in writing if children fail a screening. Parents who do not want their child screened for either vision and/or hearing should send a letter to their child's school each school year indicating that their child is to be excluded, and vision and/or hearing results will need to be provided from their physician.

If you have any concerns about your child’s vision or hearing please contact your school nurse. Questions about the screenings should be directed to the Health Services office at 650-526-3500 ext. 1050.



PTA News

Order your yearbooks! 
The PTA invites you to pre-order your yearbook by September 30th. Our special pre-order rate is $13.31, which includes 2 pages that you can customize yourself! Log in to TreeRing.com/validate and enter our school’s password 1016316858373987 to place your order. 

Walkathon details coming soon! Please be on the lookout for a separate communication about our the date and additional details about our upcoming Walkathon event soon.

District News

Board meeting: Sept. 22

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. Please click here for the agenda: https://www.mvwsd.org/trustees.

Topics include:

* Newly Permanent Teachers for the 2022-2023 School Year 

* Resolution In Support of National Hispanic Heritage Month 

* School Plans for Student Achievement: 2022-23 Process

There will not be a Superintendent’s Community Check In on Sept. 23. 

 

EZMealApp: Future benefits could include after school care!

Even though all public school meals are currently free in California, applying for free- or reduced-price lunch status by October 1 means potentially more district funding and other benefits for your family. In 2022-23, families who qualify will also be offered free after school childcare and summer programs when they become available. Go to http://secure.ezmealapp.com now to see if you qualify for free- or reduced-price lunch status, and to apply!

 

Attendance Awareness Month: September

What’s an Excused vs. Not Excused absence?
Illness (including staying home for COVID-like symptoms), doctor’s appointments, bereavement, and certain religious exercises are excused absences. Please see MVWSD board policy for the full list. All other reasons are not considered excused. Research shows that school attendance is a strong indicator of success. It's about students learning what they need to know, belonging to the school community, and being part of the team that is preparing them with good habits for high school.

 

Family Health and Wellness Fair: Sept 24 

There will be a free Family Health and Wellness Fair hosted by Assemblymember Marc Berman and in partnership with El Camino Health and MVWSD on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Mariano Castro Elementary School (500 Toft St). 

Come for free screenings and vaccines, free school supplies, backpacks, kid’s masks, diapers, period products, bike repair and healthy snacks.
 

Available:

*  Kids’ health screenings: dental, vision, heart, mental health, and nutrition screenings

* Free school supplies and backpacks

* Healthy snacks

* Fun activities for kids

* COVID-19 vaccines and boosters

* Hands-on science with NASA

* COVID-19 test kits

* Fire and garbage trucks up close

* Art projects

* Bike raffle and repair 

* Casework services

For more information, please call (650) 324-0224 or visit http://ASMDC.ORG/CP-FHWF.

 

Volunteer with MVEF

MVEF needs volunteers to help meet our goals in 2022-23 and beyond! As a 501(c)3 non-profit, volunteering with MVEF is a great way to add experience to your resume while meeting and working with local families who have similar interests and priorities. 

Please reach out to [email protected] if you are interested in helping in any of the following ways: 

Represent MVEF at your school site’s events and activities.
Ensure that MVEF messages and programs are relevant to your school community.
Plan the MVEF Gala, Auction, and other events.
Technical work like automation and data migration.
Visual designs, graphic design and layout.
Serve as an MVEF Board Member.

MVEF is the local educational foundation providing essential programs at every school in MVWSD. Over 70% of MVEF contributions come from MVWSD families.  To make a donation, click here. Use the monthly credit card payment option to pay your total donation over time.

 

Elevate MV: Guaranteed Basic Income Pilot Program

Applications open September 16th for the Mountain View Elevate MV pilot program, which will give direct cash payments of $500 per month to 166 randomly selected eligible extremely low income Mountain View residents. The pilot program sets itself apart from other direct relief programs by providing unrestricted financial assistance to the most vulnerable in our community. This pilot program will be a part of a national research study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania Center for Guaranteed Income Research. For eligibility requirements and details about the program, including how to receive assistance with the application, click here. 

 

MVLA Speakers Series: Friendship in the Age of Loneliness: How to Make Friends As An Adult 

Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | MVHS Spartan Theater ⧫ 3535 Truman Avenue

We are lonelier than ever. Two-thirds of Americans are lonely and the average person hasn't made a new friend in the last five years. In the wake of the pandemic, it’s more clear than ever that our friendships are vital to our health and happiness. But why can it feel so difficult to keep those bonds alive as an adult—especially as parents? Why do we spend only four percent of our time with friends?  Join us as Adam Smiley Poswolsky, workplace belonging keynote speaker, and author of the recent book, Friendship in the Age of Loneliness, proposes a new solution for the mounting pressures of modern life: focus on your friendships.  In this talk, Smiley will share practical habits and playful reminders on how to create meaningful connections, make new friends, be a Minister for Loneliness in your community, prioritize real-world experiences, and deepen your relationships at work and outside of work. With warmth and inspiration, Smiley reminds us that nurturing old and new friendships is a ritual, a necessity, and one of the most worthwhile things we can do in adult life.

Audience:  Grade TK -  12 parents, caretakers, teachers, and counselors


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