Mar Vista Parent Newsletter

Week of May 10, 2021

Dear Families,

Happy Mother's Day! I hope you are being appreciated for all you do on this special day or are appreciating the moms in your life!

Thank you all for supporting and participating in Pages and PJs and the Read-a-Thon! They both turned out to be big successes! Let's give a big thank you to Lani Almand, Kelli Palandrani and Megan Jacobsmeyer for their hard work putting on both of these events! The Read-a-Thon raised over $10,000 and logged more than 80,000 minutes of reading this year! Woo hoo!!

Here are a few things coming up:

Virtual Open House is coming up on Thursday, May 20. The first half hour (6:00-6:30) will be dedicated to TK-3rd grade and 4th-6th will be during the second half hour (6:30-7:00). Teachers will share the link to their virtual events, so look for that communication.

The Talent Show is set for May 28 and will be an asynchronous virtual event. Link coming soon!

Kinder registration is still open, so if you know of neighborhood families or younger siblings who turn 5 on or before September 1, please have them register asap!

Thank you,

Stephanie Monroe, Principal

Virtual Pages and PJs was a bit hit! Thank you MVPs, Readers and Supporters!

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Mr. J's Academic Coordinator Update

Hi Families!

Thanks for your help with doing the health symptoms pre-screening before bringing your children to school for in-person learning. This form can be found on the Mar Vista website. This makes the arrival process much quicker for everyone!

Just a reminder that the annual state assessment, referred to as the SBAC, will not need to be administered this year. This will allow teachers more time to focus on teaching the standards. We will continue using our MAP assessment data to monitor progress and to support student needs. The third administration of this assessment for the year will take place this week and into the following week. Please be aware that there may be more asynchronous work for the students during this time when they are not in the group testing.

Thank you to everyone that has sent in pictures for the spirit days! This is one way we are trying to maintain connection and community, so it is appreciated. This week is twin day! Take a picture of you and a friend dressed up in similar outfits (socially distanced) and send in a picture (If you are not able to get together you can send me two separate photos) to be featured on the Mar Vista News.

Many students will be starting unit 8 in our language arts curriculum, Benchmark, this week.


April Character Recognition Assembly

April Recognition

Spirit Theme: Twin Day!

#Twinning!!! Dress up like a buddy or family member take a pic! Triplets, Quadruplets, Octuplets and more accepted! Just remember to distance as needed! Send your photo over to Mr. J at to be featured in the Mar Vista News!
Weekly News 5-10

Cool Pics of the Week!

Science experiment with the Kinders!

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Hands on learning with Room 6!

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20-21 Yearbook Information

Yearbooks can be purchased until 5/13 with free shipping.

-5/14 - 5/27: After Deadline Ship to School - Parent/student will have to pay for shipping and books are shipped to the school.

-5/28 and later: After Deadline Ship to Home - Parent/student will have to pay for shipping and books are shipped to their home.

-6/3: Delivery Date - The latest date all books that include free shipping will arrive at our school.

Yearbook Ordering Information

Go to:

School Passcode: 1016159089144969

The 2021 Mar Vista Virtual Talent Show

The Virtual Talent Show will be on May 28th.

Talent Show information

Mrs J's Library Updates

I hope you enjoyed Pages and Pj's on Thursday!!!! It is one of my favorite annual events at Mar Vista School.

What a great way to end our AMAZINGLY SUCCESSFUL Read-A-Thon!!! WOO-HOO!

Here are some more new great books to check out, new ones arrived this week!!! More are being added daily so be sure to check our kid friendly Destiny Discover Catalogue for pictures of the most recently added books.

Thanks to your fundraising efforts, we are able to bring in new books regularly.

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Mar Vista Elementary Library HOLDS/Curbside pick up

Mar Vista Elementary Library HOLDS/Curbside pick up!

Link to Step by step directions:


2:00-3:00 Monday- Friday

Everyone is welcome at any time in the hour!
Google classroom/Library code: vt6r2rc
Meet link: or meet code a32st4zudr

831-761-6177 ext. 7184

“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

School Counselor's Corner


Summer is coming and it's a great time to hone our parenting skills. A Fine Parent is offering a FREE Positive Parenting Conference coming up May 18-25th! Click on the link to get more information about joining!

Take care,

Natalie Hanneman, LMFT, PPS

Socio-Emotional Counselor/Student Services

Pronouns: she/her

Phone 831-244-3712

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

Mar Vista Elementary, (831)761-6177, Mondays

Mar Vista Parent Club

Next meeting: May 18 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.

Technology Support

Please call the school office and arrange a time to exchange your device. (831)761-6177

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

District Links:

Please see below for additional links about our return to In-Person learning:

District Reopening Webpage

COVID-19 Prevention Plan

Return to In-Person Instruction Timelines and Schedules /Spanish Version

PVUSD Parent Engagement Newsletter #15

PVUSD School Meals - 2021

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

As a reminder, PVUSD now has two afternoon meal pick up locations to support those families who are not able to access meals during earlier meal pick up times. Please note that families can pick up meals for their children for the seven days of the week on the one pick up day. Also, Second Harvest Food Bank distributes groceries during most weeks during these afternoon meal pick up times.

Here are the links to the flyers with details for afternoon meal pick up times :

Calabasas - Tuesdays at 4 PM
Starlight - Thursdays at 4 PM

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 new times below!

See times below:

TK/K - 10:30-10:45. Storytime/Social Time Link

1st-3rd - 10:45-11:00 Storytime and Social time (sharing and talking) Link

4th-6th - 9:30-9:45 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!