Sept. 6, 2018 Bulletin

After School Clubs

Art CSMA Kinder 1-3 gr 4-5 gr
Basketball English EspaƄol
Run for Fun 
Enrichment for All grades 3-5 (course descriptions)


Hearing and Vision

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 your child's school site, Bubb Elementary on Monday, September 17, 2018.
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 650-526-3570 ext. 1050.

After School Supervision

We value our strong community and love that our students and families want to stay at Bubb, even past dismissal time. However, please remember that there is no supervision after school. Students MUST be supervised by a responsible adult after school at all times. Over the past few weeks, we have had several instances of students making inappropriate choices after school. Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring that all students are supervised and safe.

Notes on attendance 

Be in school picture

My student is in school most of the time, so that’s ok, right?
Most parents are aware of what it means for a child to be truant from school. However, there is a new push through the state of California to reduce the numbers of students who are “chronically absent.” Students who are chronic absent typically attend school fairly regularly, but miss a few days here and there, which really add up and affect their learning. It's important to know both excused or unexcused absences count toward chronic absenteeism.

Chronically absent students have been absent (either excused or unexcused) for 10% of the time that school has been in session. For example, if your student has been absent 2 days before Sept. 15, he is chronically absent. If your student has been absent 5 days before Oct. 20, she is chronically absent. An average of 2 days absent a month means a student is chronically absent. The District is now required to track this data and report it to the state. For more information, click here.

Why is it important that students are in school regularly? 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. For more information, click here

When students miss too much school— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically. Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent. Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade. By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.  For more information, click here 

District News
MVEF news and Hobee's Give Back Day Sept. 8

As the schools wrap up their Back to School Nights, the Mountain View Educational Foundation, (MVEF) hopes parents learned more about what school foundations add to their children's educations. Neighboring cities, like Palo Alto and Los Altos, also rely on educational foundations to bring essential programs to their school districts. Here in Mountain View that includes hands-on science, field trips, standards-based art and music lessons from Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA), middle school athletics and more. A key to our district’s success is a vibrant PTA, a strong educational foundation and engaged parents like you! The colorful brochure you received at back to school night doubles as a donation envelope- making donating easy! Or you can donate online at Over 70% of our funding comes from parents like you!

Spend your Saturday with your family, eating out and giving back to your schools! If are looking for an excuse to eat some of Hobee’s famous coffee cake, head to Hobee’s on Saturday the 6th. Hobee’s Mountain View will be donating 20% of your bill back to MVEF – just mention MVEF or show them the attached flyer!

Family BBQ


* A fun event to meet members, parents and staff involved in special education.
* Teachers, paraprofessionals, and specialists are all invited - get to know families!
When: Saturday, September 15, 11am-2pm
Where: Rengstorff Park, “Green” BBQ area, 201 South Rengstorff Avenue, Mountain View

Hosts: Stacey and Christine -

FREE burgers, hot dogs and vegetarian options will be provided.
Please bring a beverage or snack to share.

Let's Talk Support Group

Let's Talk
How to Advocate for your child. A chance to ask questions and share ideas, resources, and support with other parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc. All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality.

Monday September 17, 2018
10AM - 12 PM
Cafe Tables in front of Whole Foods, Los Altos on El Camino

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - September 12th

You can change the life of a student!

Come learn about volunteer opportunities to Mentor high school students and Tutor students in grades K-8 in our Mountain View and Los Altos schools.

There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer. You're welcome to just come and learn more about what we do.

All volunteers must be high school graduates.

Date: Wednesday, September 12th
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm (lunch included)
Location: El Camino YMCA
2400 Grant Road, Mountain View, CA

MV Parent U: “Super readers!” on Sept. 12

MV Parent U presents: “Super Readers! Growing Your Child's Skills, One Book at a Time” Wednesday, September 12th from 6:30-8pm at the Crittenden Middle School MUR.

Presenters: The Mountain View Public Library (Julie Jackson, Librarian Youth Services) and Patricia Girardi (Former Principal and District Literacy Coordinator)

Please join us to learn several strategies for supporting your readers and writers at home:

• How to boost your child’s reading engagement and make reading fun

• Ways to encourage and support writing

• How to have conversations with your child and build language that supports academic success

In addition, the Mountain View Library will share:

* Ebooks and online library resources

* Information on library programs and services for the entire family


* Interpretation (Spanish support)

* Child care

* Transportation (Bus departs from Castro Elementary and Graham Middle School at 6 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.)

* Raffle prizes!!!
Please register here

MVLA Parent Education: Finding the Right Fit College at the Right Price

MVLA Parent Education Speakers Series presents “Finding the Right Fit College at the Right Price” with Lynn O’Shaughnessy, nationally recognized college journalist, speaker, educator, on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Mountain View High School Spartan Theatre, 3535 Truman Avenue. Admission: Free. Register here 


Look for the Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF) at the District’s Back to School nights. We have new posters on campus, along with an updated brochure. Donate to MVEF to enable us to continue funding arts, music, athletics and more at every school in the District! You can learn more at

Become a Living Classroom Docent!

Mountain View Whisman School District’s Living Classroom program inspires our students to value the natural world through garden-based education. We provide Kindergarten through 6th grade classrooms with hour-long lessons that correlate with current science, math, and social studies standards. Living Classroom uses a hands-on, inquiry approach to learning which ensures our lessons are effective AND fun!

This year we will teach over 500 lessons with the help of our volunteers. Becoming a docent is rewarding, enjoyable, and no prior teaching experience is required. Interested in sharing your love of nature and outdoor learning with students? We would love to have you on board! Want to learn more? Check us out at or direct questions to Program Director Mallory Traughber at We will be holding four spring training sessions:
Monday, September 10th, 17th, and 24th

Sessions on how to lead or assist with our lessons

Mountain View Whisman School District
1400 Montecito Ave., Mountain View
Conference Room C
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Monday, October 1st
Session on positive and effective Classroom Management
Los Altos School District
201 Covington Road, Los Altos
iLearn Studio
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

**Living Classroom is funded by donations to the Mountain View Educational Foundation. Learn more at **


Purchase a Bubb T-shirt 
Children's, women's and men's sizes available for purchase. Order online and pick up your order in the front office.

Join the Bubb School Site Council
We still need two parents or community members to join the Bubb School Site Council (SSC). The council is a decision-making, leadership group comprised of Principal Cyndee, teachers, staff, and parents/community members. Nominations are due Wednesday September 5th. More information is available on the nomination form or by contacting Bubb SSC Chair, Adam Trachtenberg.

THIS FRIDAY: Room Parent Training at 8 AM
Each classroom needs one or more Room Parents who help the teacher by coordinating volunteers for class parties, field trips, and WATSA. To become a Room Parent for your child's class, please sign up on Konstella or email All new Room Parents should attend the training this Friday, September 7 from 8-9 am in the MUR.

Garden Beautification Day This Friday
After a long, warm summer, our Bubb Garden needs clean up and pruning before we can begin this year’s Living Classroom lessons. Please sign up on Konstella and then join us between 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm this Friday, September 7th. The garden is located behind the YMCA Kid’s Place on Barbara Avenue. If you have garden tools or pruners, please bring them. Water and fruit will be available whenever you need a break.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-off Fiesta
Help us celebrate our diversity while enjoying delicious food, traditional Mexican folk dancing and a live mariachi band. On Thursday, September 13 at 11:55 am, the PTA will host Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-off Fiesta. To help before or during the event, please sign-up on Konstella. To find out more, see the flyer with this week’s bulletin or read more on the PTA Events page.

Box Tops for Education Lead Needed
Want to help Bubb but don’t have a lot of time to give. Consider signing up to lead the Box Tops for Education fund raising program at Bubb. The job requires 3-4 hours per month. You’ll coordinate collecting, counting and mailing Box Tops every few months. Contact Vinita Alwyn or sign up on Konstella.

Love Books? Help Bring New Books to Bubb
Bubb Cubs love visiting and purchasing books from the Scholastic Book Fair each year. But we can’t host the book fair without your help. Consider becoming the Book Fair Co-lead or joining the book fair committee. For questions, please contact Cindy Chow for details.

WATSA is Just Weeks Away!
Sign up to help! Our Walkathon & Silent Auction (WATSA) is set for Friday, October 5, 2018. It's our biggest fundraiser of the year and we need EVERYONE'S help to make it a success. So plan to join the party! Ming will be at the blue canopy after drop-off each morning if you have questions and/or items to donate.

Donate items to raise money for Bubb! Items for the silent auction are DUE September 14th! Learn how to donate an item. If you have a favorite business you'd like to approach, contact Jessica Yeh ( first!

Ready to Party? Please consider co-hosting a Silent Auction theme party to raise money and have and great time all at once. Submit your party via the Silent Auction Parties Form online. Have questions? Email Lisa Henry ( or stop by the blue canopy near the office to chat with Ming.

Collect pledges! Students can now collect pledges through Walkstarter or collect cash and check pledges using the green pledge form that will be sent home. On Walkstarter, students can create an avatar, set a goal, and share their goal with friends and family. Direct any questions about Walkstarter to Ed Stedman (

Help still needed in a few lead areas! It takes a village to put on our big event. Sign up to help out!

Friday is Spirit Day
Our goal is to have 80% of students participate by wearing any Bubb shirt every Friday.

Calendar of Events!


5 Minimum Day - Back-to-School Night starts at 6:00 pm

12 Principal’s Coffe – 8:00am - Multi

13 Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-off Fiesta - 11:55 am

25 PTA General Meeting - 6:30 pm - Staff Lounge


3 Picture Retakes

5 30th Annual Walkathon & Silent Auction

8-12 Parent-Teacher Conferences (Minimum Days - 11:55 am

31 Halloween Parade – 1:00pm

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