December 1, 2021 Bulletin

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE
Dear Families,


I hope you and your family had an opportunity to relax and reconnect over the break.  I also know that extended breaks and holidays can bring up some trauma or anxiety for some students and families.  If your child needs a little extra TLC in the next few weeks, please just send me or the teacher a note to handle with care--no further explanation needed.

iReady Diagnostic Testing is next week.  Students will be taking the Reading assessment on Monday, December 6th and the Math assessment on Wednesday, December 8th.  Results will be available to parents through PowerSchool on December 17th.


Please join me for our next Principal’s Coffee scheduled for Thursday, December 2nd at 4:00 pm.  Click here to register for the Zoom meeting.  I will be collecting input about our upcoming security camera project, review some COVID updates, as well discuss how to read, interpret, and talk to your children about their Report Cards.  


Readathon is in full swing!  See the PTA section of the Bulletin for more information.  


Finally, I’m hearing on the playground that lots of kids are getting their COVID vaccines!  Thank you for helping to keep our community safe.  When your child has completed their second vaccination, please upload their vaccine card into PowerSchool at https://ps.mvwsd.org.  Here’s instructions on how to upload proof of vaccination http://mvw.sd/upload.  You can also call the office if you need assistance 650-526-3480.


Have a wonderful week!


In partnership,

Principal Cyndee

IMPORTANT DATES

12/2 Principal’s Coffee--4:00pm link 

12/6 Community meeting -- 4:00 - 5:00 http://mvw.sd/security12_6_12

12/6 to 12/10 Student Council’s Spirit Week

12/6 “Make a Book” Spirit Day

12/7 “Comic Book/Hero/Villain” Spirit Day

12/7 Kinder Info Night--6:00pm http://mvw.sd/Bubb127

12/8 Parent University--5:30 Zoom: http://mvw.sd/pu12082 

12/8 “Mad Libs” Spirit Day 

12/9 “FairyTale/Fantasy” Spirit Day 

12/10 “PJ” Spirit Day

12/20 to 12/31 December Break--No School

1/3 Teacher Professional Development Day--No School

1/10 to 1/14 Parent Teacher Conferences--Minimum Day ALL WEEK


DISTRICT NEWS

Upcoming i-Ready Diagnostic 2 Assessments

i-Ready is an online program that helps us determine your child’s strengths and areas for growth in mathematics and reading. Teachers use this information to support instruction in core subjects for every student.


Your child will take the second i-Ready Math and Reading diagnostic assessments during the week of December 6th, 2021. Your child’s school will share their specific schedule.


Elementary school families can access their child’s i-Ready Reading and Mathematics score via their Powerschool Parent Portal starting December 17, 2021. Parents will have access to three reports for their child - For Families Report, Common Core State Standards Report (CCSS), and the Diagnostic Growth Report. Here’s how to access PowerSchool Parent Portal i-Ready Reports


Parents can learn more about the i-Ready platform and how to interpret the various i-Ready reports. Join us for an i-Ready Parent Informational Webinar on December 16th, 2021 at 6:00 - 7:00 pm. Please register in advance via the link . 


Please contact your child’s school front office if you have any trouble accessing reports. 


Please complete the Health and Wellness survey before Friday

As part of its Strategic Plan 2027, our district is prioritizing our health and wellness. MVWSD has partnered with an education market research firm, Hanover Research, to seek the opinions, perceptions and needs of our school community in order to inform our health and wellness programs and practices.


We want to hear the voices and experiences of parents/families, staff members, and middle school students. We invite you to participate in the Health and Wellness Needs Assessment Survey through December 3, 2021. To participate in this survey, click this link or paste the following URL in your browser: http://mvw.sd/HW

The survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete and is confidential (i.e., no personally identifiable information will be collected or reported).

If you or a loved one is experiencing a health emergency, please visit an emergency room, or call 911. For self-help and community resources, please see the MVWSD Virtual Wellness Center: https://www.mvwsd.org/wellness. Thank you for your input that will help us provide effective health and wellness supports and services. 

Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) approval

On Dec. 9, the Board of Trustees is expected to approve each school’s Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA), the document that represents a school’s cycle of continuous improvement of student performance. The plans are the result of a collaborative effort between the school staff and members of the School Site Council (SSC) with input from the school community and site advisory groups including the English Learner Advisory Council (ELAC).  Draft site plans have been available for Board of Trustee and public review through the District website since October 22, 2021.


Please upload your child’s completed vaccine card

Many of our younger students are getting their 2nd COVID vaccine shot this week. When your child's vaccine card has their second shot listed, please upload a copy to Powerschool. Vaccine cards will be referred to in the case of a positive COVID exposure for your student, and MVWSD needs accurate data for decisions about COVID protocols. Click here for a video that shows you how to upload documents: https://vimeo.com/606954357.Thank you in advance for uploading your documents now!


Community engagement: Security cameras 

One of the projects identified in MVWSD’s Master Facility Plan and the Measure T Bond was the need for security cameras in public areas at all school sites as a way to increase safety for students and staff members by deterring misconduct and preventing vandalism. 

 

Members of the schools’ communities may engage in a series of feedback meetings through Jan. 2022 before the plan for security cameras is finalized. Principals will gather feedback at regularly scheduled meetings such as Principal’s Coffee, School Site Council, PTA, and ELAC.  

 

Additionally, parents and neighbors may attend community meetings:

Parent University: How to Talk to Our Kids About Race, Racism, and Equity (with Project Cornerstone)

Date: December 8, 2021, 5:30pm-7:00pm  Registration Link: http://mvw.sd/pu120821

Conversations on race, racism, and equity can be uncomfortable. Where do we even start? This presentation will:

  • Explore the concept of recognizing our own racial identity. It starts with us.
  • Build a shared understanding of key definitions so we can be more informed when we listen, learn, and talk.
  • Gain language and tools to hold conversations with our kids.

To submit questions prior to the event, please click here. We will do our best to address your question during the session.

School meetings are coming up. Open Enrollment for all MVWSD students starts in January

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment from January 24-28.


For NEW students:  Open Enrollment is from January 10 through Feb. 4, 2022 online. You can register your child for the 2022-23 school year when online registration opens here:  www.mvwsd.org/register 


School info meetings: Check www.mvwsd.org/register for a complete list with login information.

School kindergarten/new student information nights are online on December 7 at 6:00 p.m. for all elementary schools, and include choice school information. Click here for meeting information: http://mvw.sd/schoolinfo


If your child turns 5 years old between September 2, 2022 – February 2, 2023, he/she may qualify for transitional kindergarten. TK info night is December 14 at 5:00 p.m online at http://mvw.sd/TK1214


If you are interested in the District's choice schools, information nights are: 

Gabriela Mistral: Dual Spanish/English Immersion: December 14 at 6 pm at http://mvw.sd/MI1214

Stevenson: Parent Child Teacher: December 15 at 6 pm at http://mvw.sd/ST1215

Choice schools will also have information at the elementary schools’ info nights (6 p.m. Dec. 7).

Please visit www.mvwsd.org/register for more information.


Seeking EL Testers! 

Are you looking for a part time job and enjoy interacting with kids? Our district is looking for a few more EL Testers to administer the annual assessment of Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking for English Learners. Fluency in academic English is required. For more information, or to apply, please visit mvwsd.org/jobs and look under “Support Staff - Hourly.” Alternatively, you may contact department secretary Leticia Corcoran at [email protected]

Upcoming MVEF Phonathon

Our Phonathon is coming up in December and we would love you to save us both a call!

We hope this serves as a gentle reminder to donate to MVEF today and support your child and every child in the district!  The majority of our funding comes from donations from parents like you! Make a difference, save us both a call and donate today at mvef.org/donate.


MVHS Spartans Tree Lot 

MVHS Sports Boosters is hosting the 8th Annual Spartans Tree Lot at Mountain View High School Stadium (3535 Truman Ave., Mountain View, CA 94040). Spartans Tree Lot offers premium, top-quality trees ranging in size from 3 feet to 12+ feet, holiday decorations, and supplies. In person and online delivery options are available. All proceeds benefit Mountain View High School Athletics. For more information, head to: SpartanTreeLot.com.


City of MV Santa’s Workshop Event 

Join the elves at Santa’s Workshop for a jolly-filled time in building and creating some incredible holiday themed crafts on Saturday, Dec. 11th from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m at the Senior Center Social Hall. Children will have the opportunity to design ornaments, decorate cookies, customize their own stocking, make a snowy wonderland globe, write a letter to Santa, and so much more! This holiday program is open to all children ages 6 to 11 years old. Register online at MountainView.gov/Register using Code 15789.


PTA NEWS - BubbPTA.org

Bubb’s Read-a-thon Happening Now! 

The second-annual Bubb Read-a-thon is happening now through December 13! Each Bubb Cub can set their own goal for reading activities during these two weeks, including independent reading, listening to a reading and reading together as a family or in class. Any reading activity will count towards your goals! Participants detail their minutes on the reading log sent home in their folders (and also available here). They can also seek sponsors and other donations through the school’s Read-a-thon Goalstarter website, where all funds directly support the school. Special prizes will be awarded for meeting your reading goals, to top readers and classes, and for those who fundraise. But every participant, including non-Bubb siblings, will receive a prize! Please visit the official Bubb Read-a-Thon page for more details. 


Bubb Holiday Gift Card Drive

This year, families in our Mountain View school community could do with an extra hand to help make their upcoming holidays feel special. Please consider donating $25 grocery store gift cards from local stores such as Safeway, Nob Hill, Trader Joe's, Walmart, Whole Foods and Target. Gift cards will be distributed to families in need across our entire Mountain View school community. Gift cards can be dropped off in the Front Office, or after hours in Principal Cyndee's blue mailbox (please label “Bubb Gift Card Drive”). Alternatively, e-gift cards can be purchased for “MVWSD Family” and emailed to [email protected] by December 11.


Raise Money For Bubb While You Shop!

Parents, grandparents, friends and community members can help raise funds for Bubb through shopping rewards programs at Amazon, Sports Basement and other retailers. For every dollar you spend, Bubb gets a percentage back. And there is no fee for enrolling in any of the programs! One of the exciting promotions right now is Mixbook offering 40% off purchases through the end of the year, with 20% of proceeds going to Bubb. Take a look at our Rewards Page on the PTA website for full details on helping our Bubb cubs while you shop! Please reach out to Christina ([email protected]) to recommend other retailer promotions that give back to Bubb. 


Check out the Bubb School General Volunteer Committee!

Please consider joining the General Volunteering Committee! We will post specific requests for help as they come up throughout the school year, and it’s a great way to stay connected to needs that arise and be able to volunteer on an as needed basis -- when it aligns with your availability and bandwidth! Join the Konstella group by clicking here.


Join the PTA

Please click here to join the Bubb PTA. When signing up, you can also make a donation to Bubb PTA. Your membership and donations are vital, helping the PTA provide important resources for our teachers and students, as well as fun family events, and enrichment activities throughout the school year!


2021-22 Bubb Spirit T-Shirts Available 

Official 2021-22 Bubb spirit t-shirts are still available! Order from a variety of youth and adult sizes while supplies last. Delivery via your Bubb Cub will take up to two weeks. Email Jessica Yeh at [email protected] or Ming Luke at [email protected] with any questions 

 

 

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