March 9, 2022 Bulletin

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE:

Dear Families,

 

Thank you for doing your part to help keep our students safe and learning at school.  At Thursday night’s Board Meeting and Friday afternoon’s Community Check In, Dr. Rudolph will give an update on MVWSD’s COVID mitigation measures.  He will also provide a written summary in Friday’s Superintendent Newsletter.  

 

Please join me at our next Principal’s Coffee on Wednesday, 3/16 @ 4:15 (Zoom link).  I will talk about what the COVID mitigation updates look like at Bubb and share about our new family education series: Allies Against Racism.  I strongly encourage all families to participate in this opportunity.  There are 3 components of the program: asynchronous videos that families access through Clever, Livestream discussions on 3/23 and 4/6 (Zoom link), and an optional workbook to complete.  You can pick these workbooks up from the front of the office or print them out here.  Families who attend both livestream discussions will be entered into a drawing for a gift card!

 

Have a wonderful week!

 

In partnership,

Principal Cyndee



IMPORTANT DATES

3/1 to 3/31 Women’s History Month

3/11 Report Cards e-mailed home

3/14 Staff Development Day--No School

3/23 Allies Against Racism Module #1– 6:00pm Zoom

3/29 Spring Picture Day

4/6 Allies Against Racism Module #2– 6:00pm Zoom

4/11 to 4/15 Spring Recess--No School ALL WEEK

 

SCHOOL NEWS

Spring Picture Day

Mark your calendars! Spring Picture Day is Tuesday, March 29, 2022. Flyers and ordering forms will be sent home with students next week.
 

School Name: Benjamin Bubb Elementary School

Picture Day Date: Tuesday, March 29

Picture Day ID: EVT4PDJXN

 

No Open House Events this year

Our MVWSD schools will not be holding Open House events on March 30 and 31, as we traditionally do. COVID precautions prevent us from bringing many additional people on site, and we are not able to provide a robust virtual Open House experience.

We certainly will miss seeing all the amazing work from our students and teachers, and look forward to a time we can gather to celebrate students’ work.


DISTRICT NEWS

No school on Monday, March 14

There is no school for students on Monday, March 14 due to a Teacher Professional Development Day.


Board meeting Preview: March 10

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, March 10 at 6 p.m. Some of the meeting’s topics include:

  • COVID update

  • Summer programming and extended learning

  • Learning Recovery Plan update

For meeting details and agenda, please click here: https://www.mvwsd.org/trustees.


Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday, March 11

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, March 11 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/CC311. Please see this webpage for upcoming meeting dates and for video recordings of past meetings. https://www.mvwsd.org/about/communications/news___events/connecting_with_the_community


March Better Together Infographic 

When women succeed, we all succeed. The same can be said for any of our community members who have felt the sting of marginalization or oppression. On International Women’s Day, let us appreciate all of the women and girls in our lives and the many intersecting identities that make them who they are. Let us never stop fighting for a world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. After all, we are #BetterTogether. Please see the graphics attached to this newsletter, or visit https://www.mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD.


The Talk: “The Culture of Success” on Mar. 16th

“Pull yourself up by your bootstraps,” is a common phrase used in American political discourse, particularly around self-reliance and emotional resilience. Today’s culture of success was built upon our ideas, beliefs, and values. However, the pandemic and resulting shifts in our daily lives have called us to reflect on our foundational beliefs about the success and emotional resilience of our children. Let's talk about it.


You are cordially invited to MVWSD’s next Roundtable event: “The Talk: The Culture of Success – Our Beliefs About Success and Emotional Resilience” on Wednesday, March 16 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Register at: http://mvw.sd/talk316.


Update on mask mandate

Even though the state will be downgrading face-mask requirements to a strong recommendation for indoor areas (with some exceptions) beginning on March 12, our students will still be required to wear masks for the near future. To learn more about the timeline and factors MVWSD is considering to determine when/if we make changes to the mask requirement, please click here.


Health and Wellness Parenting Tip: Belly Breathing

Our mood is influenced by physical sensations in our body. When we feel stressed, we tend to take quick and shallow breaths. By taking slow and deep breaths, we can signal our body to relax.


Watch this video to learn more about how belly breathing can help your child (or you) feel more relaxed. 


To belly breathe:


  1. Choose a comfortable position, such as sitting on a chair or laying on your back.

  2. Place one hand on your belly.

  3. Take a deep breath in through your nose while you count to four. As you breathe in, your belly should rise.

  4. Hold your breath while you count to five.

  5. Breathe out through your mouth while you count to six. As you breathe out, your belly should flatten.


You may need to repeat these steps for 5-10 minutes before you start to feel relaxed. By practicing these steps, you can learn to relax after stressful situations.



Get your tickets to the MVEF Spring Gala “The Art of Words”

Join MVEF on Saturday, April 23 for a lively evening that includes dinner, fundraising, and trivia in support of our schools.    Individual tickets are $125.  (Reduced to $110 until March 20!)  Join us from home with a single virtual login for trivia plus access to online fundraising for $50.  Find more information at https://www.mvef.org/ or https://secure.qgiv.com/event/mvefgala/ 



March CAC Announcements

SELPA 1 CAC and the Learning Challenge Committee are your groups for special education and broader learning challenge needs. If you have questions about learning challenges and special education needs, email [email protected] or check out www.selpa1cac.org


Parent Education Event - “FINDING SUCCESS WHEN NAVIGATING CHALLENGING CONVERSATIONS" - this is an alternative dispute resolution training with help from the county SELPA

3/16 Wednesday 7:00-8:30 p.m. Register in advance for this meeting: https://sccoe.to/SELPA1CAC_ChallengingConversations. Attendees of this interactive training will be introduced to a prep-sheet that was inspired by the “Getting to Yes” workbook by Roger Fisher and William Ury. This tool has helped many IEP team members have successful meetings by preparing thinking through interests, options and bringing legitimacy to requests. It is the goal of this training that attendees will leave feeling more prepared and confident for the next IEP team meeting. To be facilitated by Purchin Consulting.


3/30 Wednesday 17-8:30 pm  Evening Let’s Talk -  IEP/504 support group. Have questions about the process to get help for your child? Have an IEP but are not sure how to make changes? Need to vent? This is your confidential group. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrce6qrz8vGdNbIywjg1vppQq3tHwvruYI



Free CHAC Self-Care and Resilience Workshop 

CHAC Family Resources Center is holding a free online Self-Care and Resilience workshop for parents and caregivers on Fridays from March 4th to April 22nd from 1:00-2:00 PM. This course will provide participants guidance and strategies regarding how to guide children to express their feelings in a nonaggressive way, be more resilient, and teach children to build up relationships. To register, contact Lin Xu at [email protected] or (650) 967-4813.


MVLA Parent Ed Speaker Series: Scott Schimmel, Tue. March 22 

Join the MVLA Parent Ed Speaker Series on Tuesday, March 22nd from 7:00 - 9:00pm for Scott Schimmel’s talk, “Critical Foundations: The questions every kid must answer to build a meaningful life.” In this interactive presentation, you will learn about the critical questions every kid must answer to build the three pillars of a meaningful life- identity, purpose, and belonging, reflect on your parenting style and make adjustments to what your kid(s) need now, and put together an actionable plan to more effectively engage your kids in discussion. Register for this free event.



MVHS Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk: March 18th 

MVHS Ambassadors have organized an Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk on Friday, March 18th, from 5:30-7:30 pm on the MVHS Track. The walk is inspired by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Out of the Darkness program, and is being held to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention and to show community solidarity in our goal of becoming more supportive to those struggling with mental health issues. There will be speakers, performances, introductions to partnership agencies, and a lantern-lighting ceremony to close the event. Registration information: url.mvhs.io/outofdarkness


LAHS Writers Week - Community Read event

From March 15-18, Los Altos High School is holding the 37th annual Writers Week event, which brings a diverse and inspiring lineup of writers, poets, and journalists to LAHS English classrooms. This year’s Community Read features New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman in discussion with a panel of LAHS students about his books. This event will be held on Zoom on Wednesday, March 16 at 6 p.m. Please RSVP via this Eventbrite link to be sent the Zoom information prior to the event. Read more about our other Writers Week visiting writers here: 2022 Writers Week.


 

PTA NEWS - BubbPTA.org

Elect Your 2022-23 PTA Leaders on March 22

We are holding our election to appoint the leaders of the PTA for the 2022-23 school year on Tuesday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. Please join us to cast your vote and also hear about the latest in family events, masking and Covid policies and other news that will shape the rest of the 2022 school year for you and your Bubb Cubs. REGISTER FOR THE MEETING


Bubb Cub Scavenger Hunt Begins This Friday

Bubb PTA invites you on an epic adventure to find 10 Bubb Cub paw prints that will be hidden around the Bubb School Campus and surrounding area, starting this Friday, 3/11/22


Your family will work together to solve riddles that will help you locate each paw print! Students will receive a flier with all the details on Friday and a digital version will be emailed to you as well. There will be a prize raffle for finding all 10 paws and more details on how to play will be in the flier. Your family can enjoy doing the scavenger hunt anytime between dismissal on Friday, 3/11/22 through Sunday, 3/20/22. Good luck and have fun!


Help Needed for Spirit Shirt Contest, Possible Walkathon and More! 

We need volunteers to help us kick off some exciting planning activities for next school year, including the Spirit Shirt design contest, Silent Auction, and yes hopefully even a Walkathon! These amazing events help our Bubb community come together with the help of parents like you! Please send an email to Rebekah Laffoon at [email protected] if you would like more information on how you can pitch in. 


Keep Bubb School Awesome!

Are you bilingual and can help translate communications and advocate for our Spanish-speaking and other families who speak English as a second language? There’s still time to put your name in the hat to serve on the Bubb PTA’s Executive Board as Language Liaison to our Spanish and/or other ESL families. Further details of this and other PTA positions are available on the Bubb PTA website and reach out to Rebekah Laffoon ([email protected]), Christina Esfehani ([email protected]) or Dylan Rivas ([email protected]) for more information. 


Incoming Kinders Google Group

Calling all parents with incoming Kinders in 2022-23! Join our Kinder Google Group: https://groups.google.com/g/bubbkinder2022/about. It’s a great way to share information and connect with other new Kinder families.

 

Follow Bubb PTA on Facebook!

Did you know that the Bubb PTA has a Facebook page? Find us on Facebook here for exclusive content and follow along to see what we're up to at Bubb School.


FLYERS

March Better Together Infographic 

March CAC Announcements

Free CHAC Self-Care and Resilience Workshop

MVLA Parent Ed Speaker Series: Scott Schimmel, Tue. March 22 

MVHS Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk: March 18th

 

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