LP Principal Newsletter
August 3rd, 2023
Falling into Autumn
Principal - Larry Elwell
Hello Lion Cub Families,
As cooler weather finally sets in, students and staff have settled into their routines here at school. In fact, as I walk through classrooms, I see a lot of student learning and many of them are making terrific gains! As well, students are making connections with their friends and the adults here on campus, thus making their school experience even more positive.
Even with the positive and fun activities here at La Primaria, we still have some students experiencing separation anxiety when arriving at school. This is not unusual, especially the Monday following a long weekend or when returning from the long breaks at Thanksgiving or the winter holidays.
We continue to help students with the transition from home to school by having familiar faces for them at the gate. Also the regular routine of school is often comforting for them and provides them with a predictable day. (We learn, we go to recess, we learn some more, we go to lunch, learn some more, and then school ends.)
The transition from home to school is often harder on parents than it is on students. However, the good thing about separation anxiety is that it is temporary and there are strategies parents can implement that help the situation. Finally, this short article from HealthyChildren .org provides practical strategies for dealing with separation anxiety.
The down side of cooler weather means students are indoors more often making it easier to catch a cold or even the flu. While we understand students staying home when they're obvious ill, it should be noted that school attendance is being monitored more closely than ever before. If your child needs to be absent, please call us so that we can note it for the day. Also, below is an infographic from Attendance Works about school absences.
Super Special Fun
October was a super fun...and super busy month for us here at La Primaria. Starting with the National Walk to School Day, Lion Cub students walked to school from Zamora Park. We also enjoyed Unity Day where we emphasized kindness, respect, and inclusion by "Stomping out Bullying." Finally, we also had our first school-wide event with our PBIS Picnic. Students received their PBIS T-shirts and were able to meet our mascot while eating lunch with their teachers on the field.
La Primaria, through the Mountain View School District, is partnering with several community groups and organizations to bring more services and opportunities to our students. From after school sports and science activities to vision and dental care, our Lion Cubs have incredible access to services and opportunities that did not exist several years ago.
Vision to Learn was here the week of Oct. 23 to provide full eye exams. Students were even able to pick out a new pair of glasses to be delivered to them at school.
November 3 - PAC Parent Meeting
November 10 - Veteran's Day Holiday - No School (Schools and District Offices closed)
November 15 - Virtual Mental Health Workshop, 6 pm - Assertive 2 Way Communication
November 17 - CPAC Parent Meeting, 9 am to 11 am
November 17 - End of First Trimester
November 20 - 24 - Thanksgiving Break - Schools Closed (District Offices closed Nov. 22-24)
November 28 - DELAC Parent Meeting
December 1 - PAC Parent Meeting
December 6 - 3rd Grade Field Trip to California Science Center
December 9 - District Menudo Breakfast, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Twin Lakes School
December 15 - Virtual Mental Health Workshop, 6 pm - Setting Limits and Boundaries with Children
December 18 - January 5 - Winter Break
January 8 - School Resumes, Students return from Winter Break
January 15 - Martin Luther King Day - No School (Schools and District Offices closed)
January 17 - Virtual Mental Health Workshop, 6 pm - Suicide Prevention: Understanding, Supporting, Coping & Healing
January 26 - CPAC Meeting - 9 am to 11 am
February 12 - Lincoln's Birthday Holiday - Schools and District Offices closed
February 19 - Washington's Birthday
February 21 - Virtual Mental Health Workshop, 6 pm, Bullying
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Throughout the year students have the opportunity to participate in a number of academic and enrichment activities. Along with tutoring, we've offered:
Spanish Language Classes
Mandarin Language Classes
Red Ribbon Week
El Monte Children's Day Parade
Think Together After School Program
Annual Color Run
Halloween Parade and Haunted House
Visual and Performing Arts
Read Aloud Week
Lunar New Year
Ozobot STEM Lessons
News from the District Office
Free COVID & Flu Vaccine Clinics
Herald Christian Health Center is hosting free COVID & Flu Vaccine Clinics during the month of November in the District. The first clinic is on Tuesday, November 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Baker School, 12043 Exline Street in El Monte and the second clinic is on November 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Parkview School, 12044 Elliott Street in El Monte. Free COVID vaccines are available to uninsured or underinsured adults ages 19 and older and uninsured/underinsured, Medi-Cal or Medi-Cal eligible children ages 6 months to 18 years of age. No appointment necessary.
Traditional Short-Term Independent Study - Less than 15 days
Traditional Short-Term Independent Study is offered to students who may face challenges attending school due to mental health or other health issues or who will be on vacation for less than 15 days.
Parents requesting short-term Independent study of less than 15 days (vacation):
1. Request Independent Study 5 days before the student is absent.
2. Complete the Independent Study form and submit it to the school office.
3. Classroom teacher(s) prepare Independent Study work to be completed.
4. Upon return, students are to submit their work to the school site.
For all other Short-term requests, a parent meeting is held with the Director of Pupil Personnel Services to discuss the need for Independent Study. At this meeting, the terms and conditions of the agreement as well as the start and end date of the Independent Study will be established.
ELPAC Testing to Begin in February
The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) is California’s assessment system used to determine the English language proficiency of students whose primary language is not English. Every year between February and May, the Summative ELPAC is given to students identified as English learners (ELs). The Summative ELPAC measures EL proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking levels in grades TK-8. Student scores are reported as Beginning to develop (1), Somewhat developed (2), Moderately developed (3), and Well-developed (4). The results help our school plan instruction, monitor academic and language progress, and determine if a student is ready to be reclassified as proficient in English.
For more family resources for the ELPAC, please visit: https://elpac.startingsmarter.org/
MVSD’s Annual Menudo Breakfast
Our annual Menudo Breakfast will be held on Saturday, December 9 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Twin Lakes School. The Menudo Breakfast is a beloved community celebration including delicious, home-made menudo, entertainment, music and raffle prizes including bicycles. Tickets are $5 each (per bowl) and are on sale now at all schools and the Family Center. For more information please call 626-652-4971.
Mental Health Resources
MVSD continues to foster a culture that promotes the health, safety, and well-being of students, staff, and parents, with optional free resources available to families in our District.
As a reminder, 24/7 mental health service is available through our partner Care Solace.
MVSD staff and families may access Care Solace services by calling (888) 515-0595 or emailing email@example.com to speak with someone from the Care Concierge team or visit the link caresolace.com/site/mtviewfamilies Care Solace is available at no cost. All information shared with Care Solace or entered on their website is completely confidential and securely stored. They do not share specific user information to any third parties or even the district itself.
Additionally, this school year, the District has launched a new virtual mental health service for students with Hazel Health. Students can see a licensed Hazel Health therapist from home or from school for virtual therapy. Hazel Health’s therapists can help your child or teen with depression, anxiety, change, stress, and everything else. Connect your child to mental health support today.
You can find more information about Hazel Health in Mountain View School District at https://my.hazel.co/mtviewschools/info
Facilities Improvement Update
MVSD construction projects continue with the completion of the underground utility projects at the Cogswell and Voorhis properties. The installation of new digital marquees at each site has begun, as well as the installation of the portable restroom at Twin Lakes School. While a variety of enhancements were completed this summer improving the educational environment for students and staff, we are excited to be moving toward the site modernization phase of the Bond program which will focus on the environment within classrooms, offices, cafeterias, and multipurpose areas. These improvements will be scheduled throughout the school year. Additionally, construction of the solar shade structures will begin this school year.
For information on MVSD's outstanding preschool programs, click the link to view the November Preschool Principal Newsletter https://bit.ly/preschoolnewsletterNov2023
It's been a very productive first trimester and we thank you for your continued support as we partner together to follow our District’s mission of inspiring each student to succeed every day. As the holiday season quickly approaches, we wish all of our MVSD families peace, hope, joy, good health, and great times with family and friends.
MOUNTAIN VIEW SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION
Veronica Sifuentes - President
Christian Diaz - Vice President
Jacqueline Saldaña - Clerk
Adam Carranza - Member
Cindy Wu - Member
Raymond Andry, Ed.D. - Superintendent
Darin De Knikker - Associate Superintendent of Business Services and Strategic Planning
Jefferey Lagozzino, Ph.D. - Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services
Roberto López-Mena - Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources