Mar Vista Parent Newsletter

Week of October 5, 2020

Dear Families,

Happy October! It doesn't quite feel like fall yet with the hot weather, but we are certainly entering the season that many children find so fun and memorable! Please encourage your child to participate in class discussions, the spirit week theme activities, virtual recesses, librarian read-alouds and library book check distribution as well as the upcoming book fair! There are lots of ways to stay engaged with the Mar Vista community and we are looking forward to planning many more events soon!

Just a reminder to please make sure to visit the distribution times to pick up materials. If you have any challenges making those times, please call our office to schedule a different pick up time. Our office can be reached at (831)761-6177 on Monday through Friday between 7am and 4pm. Please call first and we can have your materials ready for you when you arrive!

Did you know Grades 3-6 use MAP Accelerator? This is an effective online Math Program that responds dynamically to students' math levels as identified by the MAP assessments that occurred over the past two weeks. I encourage families to attend the MAP Accelerator Math Night on Thursday 10/8 from 6:30-8:00 to learn how this program helps your child make increased gains in math! For more information, click here.

All grade levels are forging ahead with high quality instruction in English Language Arts, Math, Art, PE and other subjects. Want to know what the focus is for the week? Please check out your child's classroom weekly planner located in the Google Classroom. This is where to find the weekly schedule, learning objectives, resources and small group meeting links. I've been so impressed with student engagement and responsiveness while I visit classrooms to see the progress with distance learning. I hope you've been able to hear some of this for yourself, as well. As always, if your child is experiencing any trouble with access or engagement, please contact their teacher directly. Mr. J and I will continue to work with teachers, students and families to support individual needs during distance learning. We appreciate your partnership!

Warm regards,

Stephanie Monroe

Mr. J's Academic Coordinator Update

Hello, Families!

I have to say how impressed I am with the way students handled the MAP assessment across the board. They truly showed resilience and patience throughout the process. I will be conducting make-ups for any student that did not finish the assessment over this coming week.

Be on the lookout for a parent informational needs survey that I will be sending out this week. This survey is designed to give us information about how we can best support your family by providing information on various aspects of distance learning.

Best wishes to all of you!

Weekly News 10-5-2020

Spirit Theme: Tie Dye!!

This week's theme is Tie Dye! Wear your favorite tie-dyed t-shirt, face mask, hoodie, or anything you can find! Let's do this Santa Cruz County style! We want as many students as possible to participate! Send photos to to be featured in next week's Mar Vista News!

MVPs - Drive 4 Schools!!!


Thank you again for supporting Drive 4 Schools! Please help the MVPs pick up the pace to support classrooms and students directly with the proceeds! We look forward to more sales and hope that someone from Mar Vista wins the $25,000!!!


From the MVPs:

Mar Vista community, remember this is usually our largest fundraiser for our MVP club and the MVP’s support not only the school but also the teachers and all of the students.

We kindly ask that each family purchase at least $50 in tickets- that’s 2 packs of 6 tickets.

The drawing for the grand prize will be held at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in November 1st but all tickets must be purchased online no later than 5pm on Sunday the 25th of October.

Remember the grand prize is $20,000 but there are also many other local prizes.

The link to purchase tickets is

All tickets will be filled out and your portion of the stubs will be mailed to you at the end of the purchase week so try to purchase tickets as soon as you can!

Don’t forget to post on your social media page... this is free money for the school as mar Vista gets to keep 100% of the ticket sales!!!!

Let’s go SEALIONS!!!!

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Library Update

LIBRARY- Distance Learning Style!

FALL BOOK FAIR: October 12-23rd

Book Fair link (goes live for purchases October 12):

Mar Vista Fall at home book fair 2020, hosted by Junior Library Guild

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

Virtual Recess

Virtual Recess is going strong with read-alouds and social interaction time. 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. 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

Over time, we will introduce more thematic recesses and will be seeking ideas from the students who attend. If your child has a good idea for how Virtual Recess can be spent, have him/her share it with the yard duty staff!

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

Technology 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

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!