January 19, 2022 Bulletin

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE:


Dear Families,


Today we had a school-wide virtual assembly.  San Jose Sharkie and other members of the San Jose Sharks organization presented on Anti-Bullying.  Their messages were very similar to the strategies that we have learned in our Project Cornerstone lessons.  All students who completed the Anti-Bullying program received a Certificate of Completion signed by San Jose Sharkie, which includes complimentary ice skating passes and tickets to an upcoming game!


Thank you for attending your child’s parent-teacher conference last week.  We appreciate your continued collaboration and support as we go into the second half of the school year.  Even though we only have formal parent-teacher conferences once a year, please continue to communicate with your child’s teacher throughout the year.  Research shows that students perform better at school when parents are involved.


Have a wonderful week!


In partnership,

Principal Cyndee


IMPORTANT DATES

2/1 to 2/28 Black History Month

2/18 End of Trimester 2–Minimum Day

2/21 to 2/25 Winter Break--No School ALL WEEK


SCHOOL NEWS

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.  If you need assistance, contact Mr. Person in the main office, [email protected] .  Thank you in advance for uploading your documents now!


Reporting absences

To report an absence, call the office at (650) 526-3480 and press 2, or email [email protected].  Provide the following information: date of absence, student’s name, room number, reason for absence, and name and relationship of the person reporting the absence. It is very important, for safety reasons, that we know the reason why a student is not present at school.

 

DISTRICT NEWS

Board meeting Preview: Jan. 20

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. Some of the meeting’s topics include:


·      Security Cameras Policy

·      i-Ready Diagnostic 2 Assessment Overview 

·      LCAP timeline


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


Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday, Jan. 21

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Jan 21 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/CC121. 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


COVID booster now available for individuals 12+

The CDC has now approved boosters for children ages 12 to 15. Boosters provide an additional layer of protection against COVID-19, including the Omicron variant. Also, if you received the Pfizer vaccines as your initial COVID-19 vaccine series, you can now get a booster 5 months after your second dose instead of 6 months. You can schedule your vaccine appointment at: www.sccFreeVax.org.


Guidance for upgrading your mask

Please send your student to school in a well-fitting, quality face mask. Public health officials recommend upgrading from fabric masks. Upgraded masks include double masking (surgical mask + cloth mask), fitted medical masks (surgical masks) and respirator masks (N95s, KN95s or KF94s).

Please see “Choosing Your Mask” here for more guidance: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Get-the-Most-out-of-Masking.aspx


Preschool information meeting: Jan. 26

The award-winning MVWSD Preschool Program is currently accepting applications for full- and part-day for the 2022-23 school year.


All 4-year-olds residing in the Castro School boundaries are now eligible for FREE, part-day state preschool at Latham.


Our preschool offers age-appropriate early math, language, literacy and science inquiry instruction, as well as social-emotional development in either part-day and full-day classes.


*** Join us for an info meeting on January 26 at 3:30 pm (English) at Zoom link: http://mvw.sd/PK126 ***


Children who will be 3- or 4-years old at any time during the school year are eligible. Priority enrollment is for children who will be 4 years old by Sept. 1.  Full day is 8 a.m.- 3 p.m., part-day is 3 hrs in the morning or afternoon.


Now accepting applications for full- and part-day spaces. Enrollment appointments begin in March. For more info go to www.mvwsd.org/preschool or call 650-526-3560.


Parent University: Managing Stress and Fostering Resiliency

Date: 1/19/22, 5:30 p.m.  Registration Link: http://mvw.sd/pu011922

Does hearing about stress make you feel stressed out? Let’s face this universal phenomenon together. This presentation will:

  • Identify common stressors and the effects of stress

  • Explore tips for stress management for oneself

  • Provide tips on how to support our kids with stress management 

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


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 


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



MVWSD Wellness Parenting Tip: Improving Your or Your Child's Mood

 

Stressful events influence our thoughts (words or images that pop into our mind), feelings (our emotions), and actions (what we do or say). For example, if your childcare falls through, then you might think, "my day is ruined;" you might feel frustrated; and you might act short-tempered with your child, partner, or colleagues. Doing enjoyable activities can prevent stressful events from ruining our day.


To improve your (or your child's) mood:

1) Track your mood throughout the day (e.g., rate how you feel each morning, afternoon, and evening from 1 = unhappy to 5 = happy).

2) Create a list of activities that you enjoy doing.

3) Schedule one or more of these activities.

4) Do the scheduled activity.

5) Compare your mood before and after doing the activity.


Watch this video to learn more about how doing fun activities can make you (or your child) feel better: http://mvw.sd/4V8V1



Please take our Survey! MVEF wants your input on our funding priorities

MVEF wants to know your thoughts about our stretch goal, the programs that we usually fund, and areas where MVEF could potentially fund programs in the future for all MVWSD students.  Our stretch goal is if we can exceed our fundraising goal by $ 300,000 in the 2021-22 school year, we will improve learning for all middle school students by funding an additional English language arts teacher for each middle school in the school year. 2022-23

Please take a moment to complete this survey.  

 

Inclusive Fun Fair - Summer Camp and Recreation opportunities for students with learning challenges. Sponsored by SELPA 1 CAC (www.selpa1cac.org

Tuesday, January 25 7-8:30 PM on Zoom

 

Learn more about local summer camp and recreational opportunities from our panel, including:

Via West and Camp Altitude, The Friendship Circle, Camp EDMO, Camp Tuolumne Trails, Learning Play with Chaia May, Special Olympics Nor. Cal., Animal Assisted Happiness. Camp Harmon, Quest Therapeutic Camps and more!

Register:https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYsdeCprDMoHNQmNm2AxCpcukE3IRu-YdIZ 

 


PTA NEWS - BubbPTA.org

First 2022 PTA Meeting: Tuesday, January 25, 7:30pm

We will have a packed agenda for our first PTA meeting of 2022 on Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 7:30pm. We will consider some big changes to our budget (including adding funds to purchase additional masks for students), preview our family event plans, recap the Read-a-Thon and Virtual Book Fair, approve our Nominating Committee and more. Full Meeting Agenda  

 

We hope to see you at the January meeting so we can move forward with needed changes in our spending for the remainder of this school year and start securing the leadership for next school year's PTA. Click here for one-step registration for this and all remaining 2021-22 PTA Meetings


Help Us Recruit For Next Year’s PTA Board

We are seeking volunteers to serve on the PTA Nominating Committee, which will take the lead during February and March to recruit those to serve on the PTA Executive Board next school year. The PTA Executive Board has a variety of positions with different focuses and time commitments but which can all make a huge impact on the experience of our students and staff next year. If you want to be more involved but are worried about the level of commitment, we would love to talk to you more as some positions are less intensive than others. Please reach out to Dylan Rivas ([email protected]) or Rebekah Laffoon ([email protected]) if you would like more information on either the Nominating Committee or next year’s Executive Board.


Bubb Read-a-thon Donations Still Welcome!

Individual and corporate matching donations are still welcome for the Read-a-Thon and the PTA! You can donate directly to the PTA via the Bubb Square store and corporate matching donations can still be linked to your Bubb Cub's Read-a-Thon profile. Please reach out to Ming Luke ([email protected]) and Jessica Yeh ([email protected]) for any questions and more details.


FLYERS

Inclusive Fun Fair - Summer Camp 

Lunch menu for January

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