Mar Vista Parent Newsletter

Week of October 12, 2020

Dear Families,

Hello Mar Vista Families,

On to another productive week! The student's have been very successful with completing their MAP assessments, Bridges Math Assessments, SIPPS Mastery tests, STAR tests, and more! This is an assessment-heavy time and your child may be feeling a little tension. Please remind them that all of these assessments just let us know how we can better support each of their learning needs. Things will start to calm down a bit and get a lot more fun, too! The teachers are already having a great time with the students with fun various activities and high interest assignments. I hope your kiddos are starting to ease into the routine and are feeling supported. As always, please let us know where any challenges exist and we will do our best to help or adjust where needed. We're in this together and we will make it through like the Sea Lion champs we are!

Congratulations to the students receiving awards this past Friday at our September Character Award Virtual Assembly. Feel free to view the video below the calendar section. Students receiving awards will be able to pick up their certificate and prize at the Monday distribution times. Our goal is to recognize every student at least once by the end of the school year. We're so proud of our little Sea Lions and are looking forward to celebrating their achievement, effort and character every month.

Thank you!

Stephanie Monroe

Mr. J's Academic Coordinator Update

Hi, Families!

Thank you for your patience and support with MAP testing. We did a great job and gathered valuable data to use to support the students!

Also, thank you to all of you that have filled out the parent informational needs survey! If you haven’t had a chance to do so, here is the link:

Have a great week!


September Student Recognition Assembly

September Recognition

Mar Vista September Toy Drive Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

The September Toy Drive was a big success. The fifth grade classes at Mar Vista planned and organized this toy drive in loving memory of Ziva Mitnick. Thank you to all of the students and families who donated a new toy or made a small monetary donations. Tamar and her mom, Sarah Mitnick delivered the toys to the pediatric cancer unit at Kaiser in Santa Clara on Saturday, September 26th. The nurses were very pleased to receive the shipment as the toys would be distributed to the children to bring them great joy and entertainment. The nurses also were treated to a box of “bath fizzies” to thank them for all the care and love they give to the children at the pediatric cancer unit at Kaiser.

Mrs. Roisin Fahey, 5th grade

Technology Support

The Aptos Jr. Chromebook repair/replacement drive through is closing, so starting next week any Mar Vista student needing support or a chromebook swap can either go to the Rolling Hills drive through on MWF from 9-12 or they can call the school office and arrange a time to drive the school for support.

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

Weekly News

Spirit Theme: Pajamas at School!

This week's theme is Pajamas! Wear your favorite comfy pjs and show your fellow Sea Lions how you like to wind down! We want as many students as possible to participate, so don't be shy! Send photos to to be featured in next week's Mar Vista News!

Book Fair Starts This Week!!!!

LIBRARY- Distance Learning Style!

The book fair is going live October 12- 23rd. 2 weeks to shop and support our school library with 40% of your purchases going back into books for the library. All purchases will be delivered to the buyers specified address. Share widely! Anyone can shop at the book fair.

Click "SHOP" at the top and browse by price, level, themes, non-fiction/fiction, page count, etc.

Link to shop the 2020 BOOK FAIR:

Daily story hour 2-3 Monday- Friday (Monday ends at 2:30 for curbside pick up)

Google classroom/Library code:


Meet link: or meet code a32st4zudr

Curbside pickup is happening, Mondays 3-5 PM.

Place holds following this tutorial on Mrs. Jacobsmeyer’s youtube channel:

YouTube: how to place a hold for Curbside pickup?

Or follow the written instructions on the other side of this page.

How to place a hold:

  1. Go to the Mar Vista Webpage:

  2. Click on the “Hamburger”/ 3 white lines in the upper right corner

  3. Click on “Library”

  4. Click on “Mar Vista Library”

  5. Scroll down to “Search for a book or place a hold on a book from the Mar Vista School Library” Click on this option. This takes you to the MV library catalog.

  6. Click on “Log in” in the upper right corner

  7. For username, enter your student’s 7 digit student ID Number. This usually starts with 400****.

  8. For Password, enter your student’s password, which is the first 2 letters of their birth month (first letter capitalized), the birth day, and year. For example, if your student’s birthday is October 5, 2013 the password would be Oc052013.

  9. Click “Catalog”. Search for a title, author, or subject. Browse your book options until you find one you want to place a hold on.

  10. Click on the title, on the right hand side you will see a button that says, “hold it”. Like this: Click this to place your hold or click on search results to go back to your search results until you find a book you desire. Repeat for up to 10 books.

  11. Pick up your available holds on Mondays at Mar Vista, 3-5 PM. Please wear a mask, please stay in your car if possible.

  12. Return books to Mrs. J at curbside Mondays, 3-5 or to the office.

Students now have a 3 week loan period and renewals are almost always an option! If I have a pressing need to have the book returned to fulfill another student's hold, I will give them a head's up for a week.


“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

MVPs - Drive 4 Schools!!!

Happy Fall Mar Vista Families!!

We are well on our way for our 2020 Drive for Schools Fundraiser, already bringing in $1,975.00 for the Mar Vista Parents Club to use to support our amazing MV teachers and school community.

We have just over two weeks to raise as much as we can. Remember ALL the proceeds for ALL tickets sold go to OUR school. The grand prize is $25,000 and the winner will be chosen on November 1 at the Boardwalk. Not to mention that there are hundreds of other prizes that you can see at are added weekly. Knowing that this year has been challenging for our local economy, we hope you'll join us in thanking the generous businesses that have donated to this prize list. It is possible that a few more prizes will be added in the coming days, so be sure to check back next week to see if the list has grown!

All tickets must be purchased by October 25th at 5pm when our link will close. All online tickets will be filled in and stubs will be sent out weekly.

The live square link is please share it with friends and family and on you social media as well.

We appreciate your support and though we know we may not make it even close to our 2019 goal of $40,000, we know every dollar raised with be appreciated by the teachers and students.

Thanks you for all your hard work in promoting and selling tickets.

Tricia Aminifard

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Please respond to the Annual Notification to Parents...

Message from Ms. Larsen, 1st-3rd Grade Art Teacher

Hello Parents and Care-takers,
I would like to let you know that I am making the white mattes available for pick-up again this coming Monday, October 12th. It will be used to create a Home/Neighborhood Art Gallery. I will be giving instructions on the project this week and the project is slated to be completed by October 19th, the following Monday. If you already have the white matte there is nothing you will need to pick up for art on the 12th.
It is very much in my purview to require as few pick-up supplies as possible. I really appreciate the many, many tasks that you do :)
Thank you,Melanie

Virtual Recess

See times below:

TK/K - 10:30-10:45. Storytime/discussion Link

1st-3rd - 10:45-11:00 and 12:20-12:40 Storytime/discussion and Social time (sharing and talking) Link

4th-6th - 12:40-1:00 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.

Mar Vista Parent Club

The MVPs continue to meet virtually each month to find ways to support the teachers and students during this unique time. We are looking for new people that want to get involved. 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!

Next meeting: Tuesday October 27 at 7:00 pm

Meeting Link:

For more information contact us at or follow us on Facebook @MarVistaElementary.

PVUSD School Meals - Fall 2020

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


If your child's district issued Chromebook needs some attention, you may go to Aptos High School or Cesar Chavez Middle School ~ Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 am-12pm

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

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!