Mar Vista Parent Newsletter

Week of November 23, 2020

Dear Families,

Thank you all for your participation at Parent Teacher Conferences last week. Your partnership in your child's education is paramount to their success in school both academically and socially. If you have questions or concerns about your child's progress as we move into the winter months with extended distance learning, please contact your child's teacher or the school administration for support.

Please support the Mar Vista Virtual Auction brought to you by the Mar Vista Parent Club (MVPs). This year it is a joint event with Valencia Elementary. Please go to this link to view the items and to support Mar Vista. More information is below.

Also, thank you for taking the YouthTruth Survey! I've just learned that the surveys won't close officially until Tuesday 11/24, so if you still need to complete it, there's a bit more time! Again, it takes about 15 minutes and is a huge factor in how we direct our attention toward school improvement. We appreciate your feedback!

I am wishing each and every one of you the very best on this Thanksgiving. I am thankful for the Mar Vista community, the staff, families and children that make this such a special place. I hope you will all find a way to stay safe while sharing special time with one another over this holiday week.

Warmest regards,

Stephanie Monroe

PVUSD Important Announcement from 11/16

Press Release: PVUSD Continues Distance Learning through March 1, 2021:

Mr. J's Academic Coordinator Update

Hi Families,

This week we will focus on gratitude for the Kindness Challenge. Students are asked to share things about their family that they are grateful for, and you can certainly model this for them as well!

I am grateful for how hard the students are working and how well they are adapting to the changes in learning experienced this year, and I am grateful for how supportive you all have been throughout this process!

Remember, students can also work to complete any of these acts of kindness each day:

Thank you for your support in spreading kindness throughout our community!

Students will continue to work on unit 3 in Benchmark for language arts this week. This is a unit more focused on informational reading.

I also want to encourage all 3rd-6th grade students to complete at least 45-60 minutes per week on the MAP Accelerator program. Students can access this through Clever. This program is designed to support students in math at their level (based on the MAP assessment) and I have found great success when students regularly use it. Here is a video I made showing how students can access this:


Report Cards

Report Cards will be available for pick up at Monday distribution times (8-10 and 3-5). Those report cards that are not picked up will be mailed out on Tuesday.

Report Card Letter to Parents

Parent Guide to Report Cards

Weekly News 11-23

Spirit Theme: Thanksgiving Photos!

This week's theme is Thanksgiving photos! Share a photo of your child at Thanksgiving or preparing for the special day! Send photos to to be featured in the Mar Vista News next week!

YouthTruth Family Survey

Update: The survey is still open until 11/24!

Please give ~15 minutes of your time to complete an online survey that will help us improve Mar Vista School. We have asked YouthTruth – a nonprofit organization that supports hundreds of schools and districts across the county – to conduct an anonymous survey on our behalf.

Please take the survey before it closes at midnight on November 24th by clicking this link:

Please note:

· The survey needs to be completed in one sitting.

· We ask that one member of each household fill out the survey.

· If you have more than one child who attends the same school, you may respond to the survey multiple times - one time per child.

· If you write any comments, please do not include your name or anything else that might identify you. Your responses are anonymous, and they will be combined with the responses of other parents and guardians before being shared back with school and district leadership.

We sincerely thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. Your response is incredibly valuable to us.

If you have any questions about the survey, or our plans for how we will use your feedback, please contact me at

School Counselor's Corner 11/23

Here is an article with some tips on how to raise strong, confident children. Gotta love that!

How to Raise a Strong, Confident Child

Natalie Hanneman, LMFT, PPS

Socio-Emotional Counselor/Student Services

District Office (831)786-2100 Ext. 4695 to leave message

MVPs Virtual End of Year Auction

The annual auction begins this week! This year the MVPs have planned a virtual auction in partnership with Valencia Elementary School. Please see the link below for more information and please help spread the word...

MVPs End of Year Auction

Introducing Sammy Sea Lion!!!

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Thank you MVPs!

Sammy Sea Lion is the newest member of the Mar Vista family! Thanks to the generous donations of Mar Vista families and the organization of the MVP board, Mar Vista now has a mascot for special appearances at events and celebrations! Sammy is gender neutral and represents all Mar Vista Sea Lions! Sammy even remembered to wear a mask while on campus! Sammy is already off to a great start!

Mar Vista Parent Club

Next meeting: December 15 from 7:00 -8:30 pm

Meeting Link:

The MVPs continue to meet virtually each month to find ways to support the teachers and students. There are so many different ways you can contribute and get involved with the MVPs, so please reach out or come check out a meeting! We will be there virtually welcoming you with a smile! Hope to see many new faces soon! All are welcome to attend.

Read what teachers are saying...

They purchased Zearn for us and I have to say it has been a HUGE support for my math program. I also appreciate the $400 classroom funds because I have been purchasing chapter book sets for my class. I also really appreciate Ashley continuing on being treasurer with her full time job. -Miss Risa

For more information contact us at or follow us on Facebook @MarVistaElementary.

Library Updates

Mar Vista Elementary Library HOLDS/Curbside pick up using Destiny Discover - Watch Video

Daily story hour 2-3 Monday- Friday (Monday ends at 2:30 for curbside pick up)

Google classroom/Library code:


Meet link: or meet code a32st4zudr

Curbside pickup is happening, Mondays 3-5 PM.

Place holds following this tutorial on Mrs. Jacobsmeyer’s youtube channel:

YouTube: how to place a hold for Curbside pickup?

How to place a hold - step by step guide

Students now have a 3 week loan period and renewals are almost always an option! If I have a pressing need to have the book returned to fulfill another student's hold, I will give them a head's up for a week.


“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.” ― Maya Angelou

Bookshop Santa Cruz Holiday Book Drive

From Bookshop Santa Cruz:

Local public school libraries always count on new books from Bookshop’s annual Holiday Book Drive to increase and update their collections, but between Covid-19 and the recent wildfires, they need our help more than ever. Many books that were checked out never made it back to schools, so libraries’ inventories are low while the need for books is high.

"Our school library lost many books in our collection in the spring when students were not allowed on campus even to return books. Many 8th graders moved on to the high school and students moved away without having the usual process to return books at the end of the school year." —Martha Dyer, Librarian, Mission Hill Middle School

Donations in any amount are so appreciated!

Donations will be distributed by Santa Cruz City Schools, Pajaro Valley Unified School District, Live Oak School District, and Scotts Valley Unified School District.

Bookshop's Holiday Book Drive is cosponsored by the Santa Cruz Warriors and the Good Times. You can contribute by making a monetary donation to school libraries and classrooms, or specific books at a discount to donate. Our book drive will run online and in-store through December 31st.

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Please respond to the Annual Notification to Parents...

Technology Support

For Chromebook repair or replacement, please go to Rolling Hills Middle School drive through on MWF from 9-12 or call the school office and arrange a time to drive the school for support.

The PVUSD Technology Department is ready to assist with your distance learning needs.

Call the Help Desk at (831) 786-TECH (8324)

Use this option if you need immediate assistance.

The PVUSD Help Desk is open from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm every school day and the help desk technicians can remotely assist you just like being with you in front of your computer.

Synergy Support for Parents

PVUSD School Meals - Fall 2020

School meals are served daily at Valencia Elementary from 7:00-10:00 am. Click here for details.

Mar Vista Distance Learning Webpage

Find just about everything you need for Distance Learning on the Mar Vista Distance Learning webpage on our school website. Click here: Mar Vista Distance Learning 2020-2021

Virtual Recess

See times below:

TK/K - 10:30-10:45. Storytime/discussion Link

1st-3rd - 10:45-11:00 and 12:20-12:40 Storytime/discussion and Social time (sharing and talking) Link

4th-6th - 12:40-1:00 Social time Link

We hope students will find a time to connect, chat, share and just hang out in a safe, monitored environment supervised by Mar Vista yard duties.

Daily Instructional Schedules

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Accessible text is available

Did you know that you can change the font size and contrast with the accessibility feature when reading this newsletter on your phone? Look for the accessibility symbol and choose your preferences. Prefer a black and white paper copy? Just ask when visiting the drive through at distribution time. We always have several on hand. Happy reading!

COVID Safety Reminder

Parents, if you are coming onto campus, please make sure to sign in at the office for a COVID screening. Please make sure to wear a mask at materials distribution pick up, as well. Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe and well!