Mar Vista Parent Newsletter

Week of October 26, 2020

Dear Families,

Hello Mar Vista Families,

Wow! It's the last week of October and time is flying by! We are so pleased with the results of the MAP which was designed to let us know the degree to which learning loss may have occurred during our time in Distance Learning. To our delight, we are pleased to see that the majority of students are showing growth and most are making between average and high growth based on the national norms! We look forward to using this data to further develop our planning and targeted instruction and to see students continue to make growth and show resilience under such challenging conditions. Again, thank you for being a partner in the process. We appreciate all you've done to support teaching and learning.

This next week, we look forward to celebrating Fall with a fun costume slideshow and a Halloween-themed read aloud by yours truly on Friday evening. I hope your children can join in the fun!

Please find updated information below and as always, feel free to reach out with questions.

Thank you!

Stephanie Monroe

Mr. J's Academic Coordinator Update

Hello, Families.

Please send photos of your in a costume for a slideshow to me,, by Wednesday at 3 p.m. This is important: include “costume” and the name of your child’s teacher in the subject line. This is optional, not everyone needs to participate, but everyone is welcome if they want to.

We will continue our Great Kindness Challenge this week we are encouraging students to send a thank you letter to a teacher, coach, administrator, or family member that they wish to show their appreciation. For younger students, parents can help by writing what the child dictates to them along with a drawing, painting, etc. This is a great opportunity to work on writing letters as well as reinforcing the importance of showing appreciation.

Remember, students can also work to complete any of these acts of kindness each day:

Thank you for your support in spreading kindness throughout our community!


Mar Vista News Halloween Theme

Spirit Theme: Costumes!

This week's theme is Costumes! Share a photo of your child/ren in their favorite costume. Feel free to choose a Halloween theme, favorite character or other creative costume idea. Send photos to to be featured in the Costume Slideshow which will be shared with the school community!

Library Update and Book Fair!

Mar Vista Elementary Library HOLDS/Curbside pick up using Destiny Discover - Watch Video

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?

How to place a hold - step by step guide

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!!!

Hi all!!

Congratulations on being a part of the 2020 Drive for Schools Fundraiser!

We are currently far from our past goals bringing in just $5,000 to benefit the Mar Vista School community.

Today is the last day to buy tickets, we hope that you will continue to support Mar Vista in this awesome fundraiser.

The final day of ticket sales is today, Sunday, October 25th at 5pm.

Tricia and Risa will be in front of Mar Vista Elementary for the final ticket sales push today 2-5pm. Please pop by, say “hi” and buy tickets!!!

You are also able to still purchase tickets until Sunday at 5pm from our square link at all ticket stubs will be sent to you prior to the drawing.

Don’t forget that the 2020 Drive for Schools drawing is set for Sunday, November 1, 2020, at 1:00 p.m., at Neptune's Stage at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

We are so excited to see who will win the $25,000 grand prize!!

And after that winner is announced, almost 50 more winning names will be drawn!

Thank you for your support!

Have a great day!

Tricia Aminifard

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Mar Vista Parent Club

Next meeting: Tuesday October 27 at 7:00 pm

Meeting Link:

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!

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

Please respond to the Annual Notification to Parents...

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 School Meals - Fall 2020

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

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 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.

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!