Mar Vista Parent Newsletter

Week of May 3, 2021

Dear Families,

Happy May! Students are having fun learning and doing more hands-on activities at school! Last week, the Student Store opened and students were able to turn in their Mar STAR Bucks for items of their choice. If your student is learning from home only, please let us know at distribution if they've earned "virtual" bucks to trade in for hard-earned goodies! All students are able to earn bucks for meeting and exceeding PBIS school expectations. We want to thank them for creating a positive and safe school culture. All of our students are Mar STARs! (Safe, Team Players, Accountable, and Respectful)

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week! Please show your teacher(s) how much you appreciate them by telling them or showing them in some creative way. Teachers do so much in front of and behind the scenes to support students and families and they deserve some recognition for their hard work! Thank you for keeping their contributions in mind during this very special week!!

We're in the final stretch of the school year and several of fun, community-building events are coming up! We're looking forward to seeing your families participating in the following:

1) Pages and PJs this Thursday, May 6 from 6-7 pm.

2) The Talent Show is set for May 28. Student submissions are due now.

3) Open House is scheduled for Thursday, May 20 from 6-7 pm. This is a virtual event and links will be available the week of the event.

Also, remember that Kinder registrations are still open, so if you know of neighborhood families or have a young one who turns 5 on or before September 1, please have them register asap!

Thank you,

Stephanie Monroe, Principal

READ-A-THON - Thanks for your support!!

Thank you all for supporting the Read-a-Thon this year! Big shout out to MVP parent volunteer, Kelli Palandrini, and Librian/Parent, Megan Jacobsmeyer, for getting kids reading and raising funds!!

Remember - All participants receive a free book from Mrs. J!

The winners will be announced at the virtual Pages and PJs next Thursday and prizes will be distributed the following week at materials pick up or at school for those attending in person.

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

LCAP Community Meeting 5/4 @ 5:30-7:00 - Your Input is Requested!!

Link to District LCAP event page

LCAP Slideshow

PVUSD needs your input in writing our LCAP actions and Expanded Learning plans! PVUSD goals are actions are developed in partnership with our staff, families and community. Thank you for being a thought partner!

Link to zoom meeting: TblowYTRGdz09

If you are not able to join us, you can provide feedback by completing the

survey online at


Necesitamos su opinión para escribir nuestras acciones de LCAP y planesde aprendizaje ampliado! Las metas de PVUSD son acciones que se desarollan encolaboración con nuestro personal, las familias y la comunidad. Gracias por sucolaboración!Si no puede unirse a nosotros, puedeenviarnos

Enlace a la Junta:

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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 two weeks. 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 art week!. Take a picture of you creating art or a picture of you and your artwork and send it a picture to be featured on the Mar Vista News.

Students will be continuing Unit 7 in our language arts curriculum, Benchmark, this week.


Spirit Theme: Art Week!!

Let your creative spirit soar! Take a photo of your artwork or of you creating a work of art! Send your photo over to Mr. J at to be featured in the Mar Vista News!

Mar Vista Weekly News!

Coming soon....

20-21 Yearbook Information - Deadline to Order is May 6!!

It's time to order your yearbook! Please go to the link below...

Yearbook Ordering Information

Go to:

School Passcode: 1016159089144969

Deadline is May 6!

The 2021 Mar Vista Virtual Talent Show

The Virtual Talent Show will be on May 28th.

Talent Show information

Mrs J's Library Updates

Well done with the read-a-thon, you super readers!

I am so impressed with your dedication to getting so many reading minutes in the past 2 weeks. I hope you had fun, have a renewed reading addiction, and keep it a part of your lives forever!

Here are some recommendations from our Mar Vista Shelves for this week, check these out! (literally)

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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


This week we have a podcast by Dr. Robyn Silverman on "How to Talk to Kids about Anything". There is a focus on coping skills!



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

Update: Rolling Hills Middle School is now closed for Chromebook repair or replacement. 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

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!