Mar Vista Parent Newsletter

Week of May 17, 2021

Breaking News!

From Dr. Rodriguez:

As of May 10, 2021, the CDC has authorized the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 12+ with parental consent. All adults and children ages 12+ with parental consent are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The Santa Cruz County Office of Education has partnered with the Dominican Hospital, Dignity Health, and Salud Para La Gente to provide vaccination clinics to students ages 12+. Students ages 12 to 15 will need to be accompanied by an adult when they go to the vaccine clinic.

Our first vaccine clinic for 12-15 year old students will be on Thursday, May 20, 2021 from 12:00 noon to 5:00pm at Cesar Chavez Middle School. To register your child for a vaccination appointment:

1. Complete the consent form: -- wait for booking link email.

2. Book your appointment: - if you completed consent already for your student.

Dear Families,

I hope you're all enjoying this drizzly May weekend! (Please come back, sunshine!) We have three weeks of school left and lots of things are still happening! Open House is this week, Talent Show is next week, and 6th Grade In-Person Promotion is on the last day of school (live streaming for the school community). Also, there will be summer educational offerings for all students beginning on June 14. Make sure to check out the Summer School section below for opportunities to keep your students engaged in learning!

Here are some details about upcoming events:

School Site Council and MVP Club meetings are both this Tuesday evening. See times and links below. Remember both meetings are always open to all! If you're thinking about joining either of these teams next year, this is a great chance to get an idea of how they function. Hope to see you there.

Virtual Open House is this 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!

6th Grade Promotion will be held in person for immediate family or guests of promoting students. Live streaming will be available for our other students and extended family and friends. This link will be sent out soon.

Summer School Session 1 Family Engagement Activities are available to all. Summer School Session 2 at Mar Vista is by invitation. Please check your emails for upcoming information. See links below for Summer School flyers.

Thank you,

Stephanie Monroe, Principal

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. This is the third administration of this assessment for the year will be wrapping up this 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. Parent reports will be sent home after all of the data has populated.

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 "dapper day"! Take a picture of you in your fanciest outfit and send in a picture to be featured on the Mar Vista News.

Most students will be continuing Unit 8 in our language arts curriculum, Benchmark, this week.


Spirit Theme: Dapper Day!

All dressed up with no place to go? No problem! Dress up in your favorite fancy fashions and send your photo over to Mr. J at to be featured in the Mar Vista News!
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Upcoming Events

This Week's Spirit Theme: Dapper Day!

May PBIS Theme is Compassion

Monday 5/17:

Packet Distribution 8-10 and 3-5

Library Book Distribution 3-5 pm

Tuesday 5/18:

School Site Council 5:00-6:30 (Agenda)(Link)

MVPs Meeting: 7:00-8:30 (Link)

Thursday 5/20:

Virtual Open House 6:00-6:30 TK-3rd, 6:30-7:00 4th-6th

(Please refer to teacher communication for details)

Friday 5/21:

9:00 Student Council


-Virtual Open House 6-7PM

-Spirit Theme Week of 5/24 is Backwards Day

-Innovator virtual award ceremony Thursday May 27, 2021 at 6:00 pm

-Last Day of School is June 4 and will be a normal full day (distance learning in morning and in-person in afternoon)

-Summer School Session 1 begins June 14

-Summer School Session 2 begins July 14

Congratulations to our Mar Vista Innovators of the Year!

It is with great pleasure and pride that I announce our 2020-2021 recipients of the PVUSD Innovator of the Year Awards. Again this year, one classified and two certificated staff members were named. A virtual award ceremony will take place on Thursday May 27, 2021 at 6:00 pm for the community to view.
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20-21 Yearbook Information

Yearbooks can be purchased! See dates below!

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

Prizes for the read a thon are rolling out this week! If we haven't got to you yet, we will, we promise! Time flies so quickly.

If you are not coming in person, we will get your prizes ready for pick up at distribution on Monday.

Here are some great books to check out! Place those holds and don't forget, it's time to start returning your old library books!

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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

Want to talk to kids about Social Justice and Anti-Racism? Here are some book recommendations from First 5 of California.

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!