Mar Vista Parent Newsletter

Week of April 12, 2021

Dear Families,

This past week we welcomed back our TK-1st graders and we couldn't be happier with how things went! The students did a great job bringing their lanyards and water bottles and being ready for the check in and screening process! Yes, last Tuesday took a little longer to get through the drop off line, but that certainly improved as the days went on. Kudos to the parents for helping with this process! I've included a few photos below of students on their first day. They were awesome and we are so proud of them and happy to have them back!

Next week, we'll bring our 2nd-6th graders back for their first week in person, so I do expect some delays on Tuesday again. There are no early drop offs, so please be prepared if there is a bit of a wait. Students will be able to begin checking in between 12:20 and 12:25 and instruction begins at 12:35.

This is information sent previously for your reference:

On Friday, March 26th, I sent out a video about our school's plan for arrival and dismissal, as well as the process for staying safe while on campus. Please find the links to the two resources here:

Mar Vista In-Person Video

In-Person Procedures Document

Important: Lanyards with student screening badges will be available at pick up on Monday at the distribution times. These badges are to be worn to and from school every day Tuesday-Friday.

Also, by now you should have received a letter with your child's in-person learning schedule. It would have stated Cohort 1 or 2 OR Cohort 1 & 2. If the latter, your child is able to attend in person on all four days, Tuesday through Friday. If you have any questions, please call us in the office at (831) 761-6177.

For more information about your child's daily schedule and curriculum, please contact his or her teacher. We are so excited to see those smiling faces back on campus and are looking forward to an amazing end of the school year!!

Thank you,

Stephanie Monroe, Principal

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

Mr. J's Academic Coordinator Update

Hi Families,

First off, I have to say how excited I am to see the rest of the students back in person this week! Please make sure your child has their ID badge ready, around their neck, when they arrive at school each day.

We just got the news 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 in May.

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 “masktastic” week. Students can send in a picture with their favorite covid mask and send it in to be featured on the Mar Vista News.

Students will be continuing unit 6 or starting unit 7 in our language arts curriculum, Benchmark, this week.


Congratulations to our Student of the Year - Harper King!

We couldn't be prouder of our students for their strength and resilience during the many challenges over the past year. This year several of our students really stood out and we are delighted to name Harper King as our 20-21 Mar Vista Student of the Year!! Congratulation to Harper! Please read on to learn more about this outstanding student!

Challenging is an understatement for the school year that we are all experiencing, however, for Harper King, these challenges have brought out the best in him. Harper has a heart of gold. He is encouraging and supportive, always inspiring everyone to give their best, which has contributed greatly to our tight-knit and positive online classroom environment. Not only has Harper risen to the occasion with his influential citizenship, he has also made extremely impressive academic growth thanks to his unwavering perseverance and dedication. Thank you, Harper, for showing us how to not only overcome challenges, but how to learn and grow from them. You are an inspiration.

Written by MarieLouise Minvielle

Spirit Theme: Masktastic!!

Wear your most awesome virus-protecting face mask! It can be one that you designed, grandma-sewn or store bought. Maybe it has flowers, geometric designs or cartoon characters. If you like it, we want to see it! Send your photo over to Mr. J at to be featured in the Mar Vista News!
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The 2021 Mar Vista Virtual Talent Show

We can't wait for you to show us what you've got! Dancing, singing, or soccer skills! Comedian or cook! You tell us what talent you want to share! Sign ups are due by this Friday, April 16! Click here!
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Autism Awareness Month

April is World Autism Awareness Month! Autism Spectrum Disorders affects 1 in 54 children. PVUSD is dedicated to provide evidence-based practices and intervention to our students with autism.

April 2nd was World Autism Awareness Day. "Light It Up Blue" to recognize people with autism and those who love and support them. Join us in wearing blue on April 5th and throughout the month of April in solidarity and to spread kindness for those touched by autism.

Mrs J's Library Updates

Mar Vista Elementary Library HOLDS/Curbside pick up

Link to Step by step directions:

Daily story hour 2-3 Monday- Friday (Monday ends at 2:30 for curbside pick up) come for a little or come for a lot. Everyone is welcome at any time in the hour!
Google classroom/Library code:
Meet link: or meet code a32st4zudr

Curbside pickup is happening, Mondays 3-5 PM. If you can't make Mondays, your books will be in the office after Monday Afternoon, on the book cart to be picked up anytime M-F, 7-3.
Place holds following this tutorial on Mrs. Jacobsmeyer’s youtube channel:
YouTube: how to place a hold for Curbside pickup?

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.

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

Read tips for how to help create Positive Childhood Experiences that increase resiliency and counteract the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences

Download the article in English | View the Triple P class schedule

Haga clic aquí para leer este artículo en español

Socio-Emotional Counselor/Student Services

District Office (831)786-2100 Ext. 4695 to leave message

Mar Vista Parent Club

Next meeting: April 20 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

For Chromebook repair or replacement, please go to Rolling Hills Middle School drive through on MWF from 9-12 or 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

PVUSD Parent Engagement Newsletter

Here is the most recent PVUSD Parent Engagement Newsletter (#13). Please share with others in the community!

English Newsletter

Spanish Newsletter

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 - New Times starting week of 4/12!

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!