November 19, 2021
November Observances -
Alaska Native Heritage Month
Native American Heritage Month
Military Family Month
Thanksgiving - 11/25
Hanukkah - 11/28-12/6
THANKSGIVING BREAK: NO SCHOOL FROM 11/22 - 11/26
- Remind your student to bring a mask from home.
- Follow Mesa Verde and Principal Moore on Instagram @mesaverdems and @principal_moore!
- Purchase a ticket and complete the permission form for our Winter Fun Fest!
- Have your child(ren) register for Mesa Verde's Future City STEAM Challenge!
- Join us Saturday or Sunday (11/20 & 11/21) for a field clean-up from 8am-12pm.
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
- Field Clean Up
- Winter Fun Fest
- 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
- Volunteers/Job Opportunities
- Additional Information and Links
- Contact Us
NEW! Message from the Principal
Well, Eagle Families, we've made it to our first long break of the year and we all deserve some time to rest and enjoy some fun with our family and friends! I am so grateful for my time here at Mesa Verde so far, for the students, the supportive families, and the amazing staff!
This week our staff participated in professional learning about suicide prevention, and while it's a heavy topic, I know our staff is better equipped to address this serious and important issue. We are working with our presenter to schedule a parent meeting in the near future.
This week we also focused on our facilities and parents were invited to come walk the campus to take a look at our facilities and identify immediate and long-term projects related to safety & security, maintenance, and modernization. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey to provide your feedback.
Scroll down to the Counselor's Corner and take a few minutes to read about the No Place for Hate Resolution of Respect activity that students participated in this week.
I hope to see you as we kick off our Field Clean-up tomorrow morning and I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving break!
Your Proud Principal,
NEW! Meet Our Staff
Jenn Willette - Acting ASES Site Supervisor, 4 years at MVMS
I grew up in PUSD, attending Westwood Elementary and Bernardo Heights Middle School before moving to Pennsylvania where I attended most of high school before returning to California and attending Rancho Bernardo High School as a senior. After graduating I went to Point Loma Nazarene and received a B.A. in Literature and went on to receive my credential as well.
While I knew I always wanted to be in education, I spent a lot of time wandering from district to district before finding myself at the ASES program. Something about working with students outside of the classroom setting struck me like lightning, and I knew that extended day learning was where my heart was. I've been working with the ASES program since 2016, but I moved over to the wonderful Mesa Verde in 2018. Our students are the absolute greatest!
When I'm not on campus, I spend time watching anime, playing all sorts of games (from video games to board games), reading novels recommended to me by students, having game nights over zoom with friends, or cuddling with my cat Louie.
FIELD CLEAN UP SATURDAY & SUNDAY 11/20 - 11/21
New! Winter Fun Fest
Don't let your student miss out on this fun after-school event!
Date: Friday, December 3
Please click this link to access tickets and a permission slip. We will have outdoor and indoor games, music, and a movie. Tickets are $5 and include snacks and a drink. Students enrolled in ASES are free and do not need to purchase a ticket or complete the permission slip!!
An event this awesome doesn't happen without a lot of support. We're looking for a few food and game donations as well as volunteers for the event. Please check this SignUp Genius and our school's Amazon wish list (https://amzn.to/3GSbf7f) for ways you can help. Your Mesa Verde PTSA thanks you for your involvement! Go Eagles!
New! Future City STEAM Student Challenge
Students are invited to participate in our Future City STEAM Student Challenge individually or in groups of up to five students. This Thanksgiving week is a great time to get started!
Dates to remember:
Wednesday, December 1 - Sign-up deadline
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
NEW! HOLIDAY HELPERS DONATIONS NEEDED
NEW! HOLIDAY HELPERS ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE
NEW! IT'S BOOK FAIR TIME AGAIN!
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
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).
NEW! BOOK FAIR VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
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!
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!
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!
SUBMIT YEARBOOKS PHOTOS
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”!
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 Thanksgiving! – 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 email@example.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.
Cultivating Emotional Resilience & Mental Fitness While Parenting
- April 27, 2022 from 6:00-7:00pm. Click here to register for virtual training.
Supporting Your Children During an Uncertain School Year: Tips for Managing Anxiety
Free Teen Alcohol Awareness Program
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sign up here if you would like to hear more.
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: email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADDITIONAL INFO AND LINKS
Lost & Found
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.