Eagle Newsletter

December 3, 2021

Upcoming Dates

December Observances -

Hanukkah from 11/28 - 12/06

Christmas 12/25

Kwanzaa from 12/26 - 01/01

New Year's Day 01/01

Mesa Verde Events -

Band/Orchestra Concert - Tuesday, December 7 @ 6pm, Gym

December Dine Out - Tuesday, December 7 from 3-9pm @ Knotty Barrel

Future City STEAM Competition Showcase - Thursday, December 16

Pajama Day - Friday, December 17

Minimum Day - Friday, December 17, release at 12:07pm

Action Items

  • Remind your student to bring a mask from home.
  • Follow Mesa Verde and Principal Moore on Instagram @mesaverdems and @principal_moore!
  • Browse through the Scholastic Book Fair site with your student(s).

Index of Information

NEW! before a title within the newsletter denotes that it is a new posting this week.

  • Message from the Principal
  • Meet Our Staff
  • December Dine Out
  • Students show your School Spirit
  • Mesa Verde Choir Performances
  • Thank you Troop 2927
  • Future City STEAM Student Challenge
  • Holiday Helpers Needed
  • Holiday Helpers Assistance
  • It's Book Fair Time Again
  • Book Fair Volunteers Needed
  • Running Late?
  • Newsletter, Website, Social Media Request Form
  • Eagle Shout Outs
  • Charges for Damaged Chromebooks
  • Submit Yearbook Photos
  • Yearbooks On Sale Now
  • Did You Know...
  • No Place For Hate Club
  • Caring Connections Counseling
  • Parent Education
  • Calendar
  • Volunteers/Job Opportunities
  • Additional Information and Links
  • Contact Us

NEW! Message from the Principal

From dioramas depicting scenes from Maroo of the Winter Caves, to students learning about civilizations through our Future City STEAM Challenge, to learning about chemical equations and cellular respiration, to comparing aspects of various religions, to using math to determine how far someone needs to throw a baseball to get a person out and how to determine the strength of various mixtures of concentrate and water, our students were hard at work AND having fun this week!

We're looking forward to kicking off the weekend with a fun afternoon where students can spend some time with their friends at the PTSA sponsored Winter Fun Fest, with music, snacks, fun games, and a movie! Thank you so much to PTSA and all the parents who have volunteered or purchased games and supplies!

Don't forget that our first in-person band and orchestra concert is this coming Tuesday, December 7 at 6pm in the Gym! Please come out to support our students in the performing arts - they are so thrilled to be performing in front of an audience again!

We're also so excited to have an in-person Book Fair again! The book fair is next week from 8am-3:30pm on Monday-Thursday and 8am-12:45pm on Friday. Please see information below for details, and THANK YOU PTSA!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Your Proud Principal,


NEW! Meet Our Staff

Each week we will be featuring a few of our dedicated staff members in a Meet Our Staff Section. This week we'd like to introduce you to Pierre Sobhani.

Pierre Sobhani - Acting ASES Lead Assistant, 1st year at MVMS

This is my first year at Mesa Verde Middle School, but I have worked in PUSD, specifically in ASES since 2016! I am also someone who has gone through PUSD, from Shoal Creek Elementary, Meadowbrook Middle School, to finally graduating from Rancho Bernardo High School. After high school I achieved a B.S. in Computer Science, as well as another B.S. in Applied Mathematics from SDSU.

I love working at the middle school level, and see myself possibly becoming a teacher (definitely mathematics!) in the future. For now, I enjoy working with kiddos in an after school setting, and love the enrichment we can provide them.

Outside of work I enjoy reading, playing video games, and finding new and exciting places to eat around San Diego!

NEW! December Dine Out

The MVMS December Dine Out Night is next week at our local watering hole....Knotty Barrel!!

Bring your family and grab something to eat, And our school, in turn, gets something SWEET!

Date: Tuesday 12/7/2021

Time: 3pm-9pm

Location: 13211 Black Mountain Rd. San Diego, CA 92129

15% of sales goes back to MVMS!

MENTION FLYER to receive credit for MVMS!


Eagles save the dates below and participate in our ASB spirit days!

Friday, 12/3- Festive Friday- Dress Your Holiday or wear winter themed clothing.

Monday, 12/6- SNOWBALL FIGHT in the gym during both lunches

Friday, 12/10- Winter Chalk Art Competition during lunch- Voting for favorite design will take place the following week

Friday, 12/17- PJ Day!


MV Choir is so excited to have two opportunities to sing this season!

We will be singing at:

· Old Poway Park Christmas in the Park December 11 (Saturday)

· Westview Winter Concert December 16 (Thursday).

Thank you so much for your support!


Elise Milling

Special Thanks to Troop 2927

Thank you to Troop 2927 for their generous donation to our MVMS staff. We appreciate all the goodies from Project Glitter that made our Holiday brighter.

Future City STEAM Student Challenge

We have had a great response for our very first Future City STEAM Challenge and more students have asked if they can still participate, so we've decided to extend the deadline until Sunday evening. On Monday, we will be sending out information on how to submit your draft design ideas - this can be as simple as a sketch or a typed plan, so Sunday is the hard deadline to sign-up.

Click here for our flyer. Click here to register. Click here for FAQs and here for an introductory video! We can't wait to see what you come up with!

Dates to remember:

Wednesday, December 8 - Draft design submission due (info on how to submit will follow)

Thursday, December 16 - Builds are due at MVMS for Exhibition of Learning

Friday, December 17 - Award winners announced

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Please join us for our annual Scholastic Book Fair:

December 6- 10, 2021 8:00 am – 3:30* pm in the Library
*Book Fair will close at 12:45 pm on Friday

  • Scholastic Book Fair Flyers will come home with your child Friday, 12/3.

  • We will be open before school on late-start Wednesday (8:00 – 9:15 am)

  • Help update your teacher’s classroom library by buying them a book from their Classroom Wish List.

  • New Online Shopping Experience :

You now have access to shop The Scholastic Store and earn rewards for your school with every purchase when you click 'Shop Now' from this page

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/mesaverdemiddleschool2 !

Explore thousands of best-selling books, collections, new releases, educational toys, games, and more. All online items priced as marked.

  • We accept the following payment methods at our Fair: Cash, Credit Cards, Checks (Payable to the MVMS PTSA) and Student eWallet (NEW). Here's a video on how to use the e-wallet:


  • NO RETURNS OR REFUNDS (unless an item is defective).


It’s Scholastic Book Fair time again and we need your help.

The Book Fair is a great way to meet other parents, MV teachers and librarians and your child’s classmates and help raise money for the school. You can also squeeze in a little holiday shopping while you work!

Here's the link to sign up for one (or more 😉) slots.

Book Fair proceeds benefit the Mesa Verde PTSA, Teachers and Library.

Thanks for your support and see you at the Book Fair!

Any questions? Let us know!


Maha ElMeniawy

Mesa Verde PTSA Book Fair Chair

Charges for Damaged Chromebooks

According to Board Policy 6161.2, when materials are lost or so damaged that they are no longer usable, the student shall be immediately issued a replacement material. However, students or parents/guardians shall be responsible for reparation equal to the current replacement cost of the materials. PUSD Information Technology Department has provided a list of charges for various damage scenarios.

Chromebook/ Chromebook Accessories

Damaged/Lost Chromebook ($238.00)

Power Adapter/Charger ($30.00)

LCD Screen Replacement ($69.00)

LCD Top Cover ($69.00)

Palmrest/Keyboard/Touchpad replacement ($109.00)

Base Plate/Assembly ($69.00)

Keyboard/2 or more keys missing ($59.00)

Chromebook case ($33.00)

When a chromebook is damaged, students are responsible for the cost of the repair. Any students who have had damage to their chromebook this year have already had a charge added to their Destiny account. Next week, we will begin sending emails to families with a repair charge to provide information on how to pay for those repair costs.

Many of the damages we have seen so far this year could have been avoided. Please take a few minutes to speak with your child(ren) about the cost to repair these damages and remind them that their chromebook is theirs until it has to be "retired." We appreciate your support!


Yearbook is looking for pictures of student life at home when you are listening/playing MUSIC, GAMING, or watching some STREAMING SERVICE. Be creative! The best photos will go in the yearbook! You can upload photos to yearbookforever.com – community upload password is “eagles”!

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Running Late???

We hope all of our students are on time to school and ready to learn when the bell rings; however, we know that things can sometimes cause you to be delayed on your way to school. If your student is going to be late, please either call the attendance office or come in with your child to sign them in. Doing either of these will allow us to excuse the tardy. Thanks for your help!

Newsletter, Website, Social Media Request Form

If you have information you would like included in our weekly newsletter, on our website, or on our school's social media platforms, please use use this link to submit your request. Your request does NOT guarantee that your information will be included. Please note that we may edit your submission (content, length, etc.) but will contact you if our edits would change or remove pertinent information.

We hope this will help streamline the way we collect and are able to share information with our staff, students, and community.

NEW! Eagle Shout Outs

Let’s hear it for this week’s Eagles who help us Rise Together!

Yearbooks On Sale Now

Happy Holidays! Yearbooks are on sale NOW, until January. Go to yearbookforever.com to order your copy! Click here.

Did You Know…

Thank you to everyone who has donated to this year's Pledge Drive. Did you know your generous donation to the Foundation may easily be DOUBLED?! Many companies in our community have programs that match employee donations to qualified charitable organizations, such as the Mesa Verde Foundation. Please check with your HR department, or use this link to see if your company offers matching. Doubling your gift can be as easy as making a phone call or sending an email to your company! If you have any questions or need assistance regarding corporate matching, please contact our treasurer, Carolyn Russell at mvmsfoundationtreasurer@gmail.com.

We rely on our parent community to make this school everything it can be for our students, and we truly appreciate your support. Donations can be made online at https://mvmsfoundation.org/pledgedrive.html.

Thank you for all you do for our Eagles!


Caring Connections Counseling

Did you know that the Caring Connections Center provides a FREE 90 minute "family conference" for all PUSD students TK-12 and their families? The purpose of the "family conference" is to put together an action plan to help support our students socially/emotionally, academically, and behaviorally. Check out the brochure for more information and contact details.

New! No Place for Hate Club

This week at Mesa Verde we took some time on Wednesday to hear about the No Place for Hate School Wide Program. No Place for Hate Club Members created a video to help explain the importance of celebrating our differences and promoting respect. In addition, to understanding how looking at bias and stereotypes are important in order to not allow hate to grow. The No Place for Hate Pledge, Resolution of Respect, was shared with all students. Students were invited to join in and virtually sign the pledge along with giving their thoughts and ideas on topics for future school wide activities.

Any students who would like to join the No Place for Hate Club and work on putting ideas into activities can come to our next meeting on Dec. 1st at 3:15 to 3:45 in room 332.

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Cultivating Emotional Resilience & Mental Fitness While Parenting

FREE webinars for parents and caregivers being offered by the San Diego County Office of Education.
  • April 27, 2022 from 6:00-7:00pm. Click here to register for virtual training.
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Supporting Your Children During an Uncertain School Year: Tips for Managing Anxiety

FREE webinars for parents and caregivers being offered by the San Diego County Office of Education.

  • December 15, 2021 from 6:00-7:00pm. Click here to register for virtual training.
  • February 17, 2022 from 6:00-7:00pm. Click here to register for virtual training.
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Free Teen Alcohol Awareness Program

San Diego Police Department is offering a FREE Teen Alcohol Awareness Program (T.A.A.P) for students and families in middle school and high school. Please click on document below for more information including dates.
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Get Involved

Would you like to be a volunteer at Mesa Verde? Our volunteers at Mesa Verde are an integral part of school. Our volunteers help with events throughout the school year including after school and evening activities, classroom and club support, 6th grade Olympics, 7th grade History Faire, 8th Grade Constitutional Challenge and Promotion.

New guidance from the Poway Unified Board of Education is allowing us to expand our volunteer opportunities, effective 10/18/21. Volunteers must be fully-vaccinated and show proof of vaccination or show proof of a negative PCR COVID test within the 72 hours prior to volunteering. If you would like more information, please contact Natalie Reyes at (858) 538-5478 or nreyes@powayusd.com.

Sign up here if you would like to hear more.

Library Volunteers

The Mesa Verde library is looking for volunteers to help in the library during the lunch periods (Mon/Tues/Thur/Fri 11:00 to 12:40 and Wednesdays 11:40 to 1:00) once we are permitted to have volunteers again. We need help assisting and supervising students during our busy lunch periods. Volunteers may choose which day of the week and how often you would like to come in (once a week, every other week, once a month, etc.) If you are interested please contact Heather Ryan: hryan@powayusd.com. We will collect this information now to have it in preparation for when volunteers are allowed.

If you are not sure if you are an approved volunteer, contact Natalie Reyes at (858) 538-5478 or nreyes@powayusd.com.

Job Opportunities

Do you enjoy working with students? Mesa Verde has a few job opportunities in the classroom and in the office such as noon duties and Instruction Assistants ranging from 2 to 6 hours each day. If you or someone you know would be interested, click here for more information or to apply.


Lost & Found

Has your child lost anything at MV? If so, please have them take a look in the lost and found. MV’s lost and found is accessible to students and located in between the health and main office entry in a large metal cabinet. Any special/personal items like retainers, glasses, jewelry, house keys, headphones, electronics, etc. are inside the office with Mrs. Rinehart. At the end of each month, any items that are left in the lost and found will be donated or discarded. Please encourage your student to pick up any lost items. As a reminder, please do your best to label all items to assist your student in locating them if lost.

Feeling Sick? Not Sure What To Do...

Call Mesa Verde's Health Tech at (858) 538-5478, ext. 3107. For more information, click here.

Checking Out Your Student Early

If your student needs to leave early from school, please send a note with your student. Notes should be given to the Attendance secretary in the Administration Office before school. Calling the school in advance, or sending a note, will prevent delays for you (such as trying to get your student while they are running on the lower field) and will help us to minimize interruptions to the classrooms. If you schedule a last minute appointment you may call the Attendance Hotline @ (858) 538-5692 to have an off campus pass sent to your student.

When writing a note please indicate the following:

  • Your student's first and last name
  • Reason for early departure
  • The time your student needs to leave school
  • Whether or not your student will return that day

Please meet your child at the Attendance desk to be signed out at the time of departure. Be prepared to show your identification when checking out your child. If your student returns to school after being picked up early, please have him/her check back in at the Attendance desk before heading to class.


Attendance Hotline

Call the Attendance Hotline at (858) 538-5692 if your child is absent from school.

General Questions

If you are unsure of who to contact about a matter, please email us at MVMS@powayusd.com and your message will be answered or forwarded to the correct person.