The Navigator Way

Towngate Elementary “Lighting the Way to Student Success”

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Yearbooks are $20 and will be due upon pick-up.


Questions? or Concerns? Email- towngatepto1@gmail.com

Happy Retirement to Mrs. Layne and Mrs. Sikes!!! Enjoy your next venture! Don't forget us!

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Congratulations to our promoting TK, Kindergarten and 5th grade students! You made it through to another milestone!

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Thank you to our AMAZING Think Together staff who stepped in yo make sure our students were learning!

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Superintendent Summer Reading Program Give Away. Stop by TownGate to pick up your child's free books!!

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Moving? Planning to Move? Contact Towngate 951-571-4700.

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MVUSD/MVC Virtual Cyber Camp (Free)

Introductory Virtual Cybersecurity Camp

June 21 - 25; 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

For grades 6 - 9


Elementary Virtual Cybersecurity Camp

June 21 - 22 OR June 23 - 24; 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

For grades 4 - 5


Attending MVUSD Cyber Camp is the perfect way to get introduced to the world of cybersecurity! Did you know that cybersecurity impacts several areas of our lives? Gaming, shopping, mobile devices, home security, artificial intelligence - well, just about everything.

Students will learn the basics of Cybersecurity and learn about this exciting career field. We will offer an Introduction to Cybersecurity, Windows Basic Security, Introduction to Linux Security, as well as fun interactive challenges and activities.


View flyer for additional information and to register by June 15.

Moreno Valley Education Foundation Golf Four-Man Scramble - Save the Date

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October 10, 2021

Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon

Event will support students and teachers through the Moreno Valley Education Foundation.

View flyer for more information and to register.

Join the RCOE Back to School Unity conference

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A virtual summit designed for families to learn skills in navigating a return to school with a focus on valuing humanity while considering the realities of two pandemics. Families will hear from motivational speaker and author Miles McPherson, participate in a breakout session with a facilitator, and end with a calendar of at-home activities and a culminating activity.

Register here. View flyer in English or Spanish.

Join a local Cub Scout!

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For more information, call Soul Ruiz at (909) 793-2463, ext. 138 or email at soul.ruiz@scouting.org.

Registration is now available for students currently enrolled in grades kindergarten - 4. The program will run from June 21 - July 22 and has an in-person or virtual option

TK and Kinder Registration

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Support Moreno Valley Arts Now

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June is national safety and get out doors month!

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Be Alert Be Safe | How To Keep Kids Safe | Safety Rules To Remember in House, School And On Road
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7 Beautiful Places in California You Didn't Know Existed

7 Beautiful Places in California You Didn't Know Existed
The History of California's 9 National Parks, Explained

Complete the Parent COVID-19 Learning Preference Survey in Q Parent Portal

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Celebrate Towngate's Newest Award!

A Towngate Surprise!

Distance Learning Tips for Student Success

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Watch the New Counselor Video from Mrs. Arias!

Tutoring Opportunity for 4th and 5th Grade Students!

Congrats to our student's of the month!

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Pick up your child's award from 11 am to 1 pm during Grab and Go Lunch!

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Towngate Navigators are Super Readers!

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Together our students have read over 21,635 books and spent more than 6,238 hours reading them!

Families! Help your child discover the Joy of reading by reminding them to log into MyOn through Clever

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Congratulations to our Perfect Attendance Students! Towngate has 438 students who have been in class each and every day during the month of May!!!

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Student's pledge to end Bullying with us!

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To our students, families, teachers, staff and community... WE LOVE YOU!

School Counselor- Mrs. Arias

Distance Learning Platform: Google Classroom

Google Classroom Code: q7efnr5

New SEL Lesson/activity posts weekly on Mondays

Office Hours: (M-F 8-9:30, 12:30-2:00)

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Mindfulness

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What does it mean to be Mindful?

Mindfulness means paying full attention to something. It means slowing down to really notice what you're doing.

Being mindful is the opposite of rushing or multitasking. When you're mindful, you're taking your time. You're focusing in a relaxed, easy way.

Mindfulness happens naturally sometimes. Let's say you're getting ready to take a foul shot in basketball. You carefully position your feet at the line. You look up at the hoop and feel the ball in your hands. Taking your time, you bounce the ball a couple of times. You tune out all the other sounds and take your shot. Swoosh — yes! Nicely done.

That calm focus, that way of paying attention to what you're doing, taking your time, taking it easy& — that's you being mindful! And being mindful just helped you take your best shot.


Why Do People Need Mindfulness?


Being mindful helps you:


  • pay attention better
  • be less distractible
  • learn more
  • stay calm under stress
  • avoid getting too upset about things
  • slow down instead of rush
  • listen better to others
  • be more patient
  • get along better
  • feel happier and enjoy things more

Kids explain mindfulness

Skill Resources to Help Students

Bubble Bounce! Mindfulness for Children (Mindful Looking)
Be the Pond | Cosmic Kids Zen Den - Mindfulness for kids

Books to help your child with Learning to be mindful

Breathing is My Superpower: Mindfulness Book for Kids to Feel Calm and Peaceful Read Aloud
The Lemonade Hurricane: a story of mindfulness and meditation - a read out loud story book
I Am Peace, A Book of Mindfulness - By Susan Verde | Children's Books Read Aloud

Please speak with your child about appropriate online conduct and behavior use the Towngate Matrix for Distance Learning below

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AVID Expectations

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AVID Focus Skill is Reading

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College instructors consider reading a basic skill, one that all

students should have acquired before entering college.


However, students often neither complete assigned readings nor know how to effectively read assigned material—one of the most common challenges reported by college instructors (Gottschalk & Hjortshoj, 2004).


AVID’s approach to “critical reading” provides faculty with common-sense and

research-based strategies designed to help students read more effectively. Skills such as

reading with purpose" can be scaffolded with more complex activities to ensure that

students are connecting reading material to prior knowledge, understanding the structure

of texts, and using text-processing strategies during and after reading to improve

comprehension.


1) Reading is . . . Gaining meaning, understanding, & knowledge from print & other media Purpose-driven Interactive


2) Students who read . . . Understand text structures Use prior knowledge & make connections to text, self, & world Make predictions & ask ?s Create visual images as they read

Check out this video that teaches how to engage in KWL Activities

KWL
Teacher Toolkit: KWL

KWL Chart

The KWL Chart starts students thinking about what they Know about a topic, what they Want to know, and what they have Learned in the end. This note-taking device guides students through a three-step process to activate background knowledge, develop a purpose for learning, and summarize.
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Moreno Valley Now has Free WIFI

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The City of Moreno Valley provides free WiFi at many City facilities. Dubbed “WiFi Gardens,” these spots allow users to log on the new network without a password. Click here for a map and list of available locations.

Experiencing Technical Difficulties Logging into Chrome, Clever, or Zoom?

Logging into Clever

Additional Clever
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EveryoneOn.org

EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit to inform families about low cost internet offers, computers and digital literacy training locations available. Visit the EveryoneOn website and enter your zip code to find low-cost internet and computer options.



SBX Youth and Family Services

SBK Youth and Family Services is a local Inland Empire community-based organization working with families to connect affordable home internet and/or provide free hot-spots.

Please Wear a Mask When Coming to the School

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Don't miss out on these great MVUSD opportunities!!

Loyola Marymount University Summer Reading Skills Programs

Strengthen Skills, Build Confidence, Enjoy Reading

These programs teach key reading skills for every grade, from phonics and sight words for younger children to comprehension, textbook strategies and writing skills for older kids, and everything in between.

Guided by a knowledgeable and supportive teacher, students in these programs experience reading success, again and again, developing their skills and building confidence in outstanding books at the right level of challenge for each age.


How the Programs Work

Your child will attend weekly live online classes that build skills and provide great experiences with terrific books – books that are filled with interesting characters, exciting storylines, and engaging themes. Between classes, your child will practice reading and complete fun interactive lessons that develop core skills and build confidence.

An Institute of Reading Development teacher will provide all the support and instruction your child needs to grow as a reader and student. Your child will get a jumpstart on the next school year and be ready to make it a big success!

Call 1-800-477-1329 to speak with a reading program advisor.


McCallum Theatre Education

Riverside County Office of Education, Visual and Performing Arts, is proud to partner with McCallum Theatre Education to present its online series. Teachers, students, and families can access high-quality offerings curated to inspire, energize, and educate at no cost.

Resources are available, making it simple for teachers and parents to enhance the learning experience and engage students in meaningful ways. Make powerful connections with the core curriculum, nurture curiosity, build creative and critical thinking skills, and have fun together!

For more detailed information, go to McCallum’s website.


SmartBus to Provide WiFi for Students

The SmartBus is here! If you are having trouble connecting to the Internet, you can now connect through MVUSD's SmartBus system. There are 17 buses parked throughout the community. Please refer to the guidelines and bus schedule in this flyer: SmartBus Wifi Connection.


Paper Tutoring

Paper Tutoring is available to all students in grades 4 to 12. Students can access Paper through Clever 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please watch the video in the flyer for more details. For questions, please contact your site, which will have a Paper account manager.

View flyer for additional information and video in English or Spanish.


Community Free Food Drive-Thru

Thursdays

Rising Star Business Academy Parking Lot

23750 Alessandro Blvd.

Moreno Valley, CA 92553


Power Speaks Louder food drive provides free boxes of produce, dry goods and essentials Thursdays from 10 a.m. until supplies last.


For more information, view video or flyer.


Homeless Support - Riverside County Department of Public Social Services

The Housing Support Program provides support to eligible CalWORKs customers when they are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. Assistance may include support for:

  • Housing outreach and placement
  • Landlord recruitment
  • Utility assistance
  • Hotel/motel vouchers
  • Rental assistance
  • Security deposits
  • Credit repair
  • Case management

For more information, contact (833) 391-0506 or HSP@rivco.org.


Drive Thru Lunch

Fourth Saturday of each month

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Oasis Community Church

23750 Alessandro Blvd Ste. C

1 blk. west of Heacock on Alessandro

(951) 653-0737



Flu Shots


Riverside County community-based clinics are now open. There is no pre-registration required, no cost for the vaccination and flu shots will be given in a drive-thru fashion. Please view flyer for locations and times.



Community Resources

Click here for our Moreno Valley Unified School District Community Resources Directory, which provides contact information for helpful resources ranging from alcohol and drug assistance to suicide prevention.


Safe Family Justice Centers of Riverside County can help if you are or know the victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, or child or elder abuse. For more information in English or Spanish, click here.


United Lift Rental Assistance Fund

Riverside County is providing $33 million in rental assistance, funded by the CARES Act and CDBG. Eligible residents in Riverside County can apply for $3,500 in rental assistance. Rental assistance is open to all residents regardless of immigration status. There are no income limits for applicants and you do not need to be behind on your rent to qualify.

Applications are open at www.unitedlift.org.

Click here for additional information.



Pandemic Financial Assistance

Riverside County residents whose employment was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic may receive up to $800 in assistance thanks to a state grant received by the Riverside County Workforce Development Division.

Type of Assistance Available:

  • One-time assistance between $400 and $800, depending on the participant's income
  • Funds may be used to pay for
    • Costs to return to work; including telework equipment (e.g., computer), childcare, or transportation
    • Housing expenses
    • Utility expenses

Please view flyer for eligibility and application information.


MVUSD Learning Continuity and Attendance Plans Online

This year, the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) was replaced with the Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan. The district’s Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan has been posted to the district’s website in English and Spanish for public review.


Child Care

The Riverside County Office of Education has compiled child care resources for parents. This includes an online referral system.


Cub Scouts of America

In Scouting, boys and girls in kindergarten through fifth grade start with their best right now selves and grow into their very best future selves. It’s fun, hands-on learning and achievement that puts kids in the middle of the action and prepares them for today – and for life.

Find more information about joining a local Cub Scout unit today.



Anti-Bullying Institute’s Virtual Resources

The Anti-Bullying Institute (ABI) continues to serve students, educators and parents by providing kindness and bullying-prevention resources. ABI has introduced several new virtual programs and activities, including an IGTV and YouTube mini video series, as well as virtual kindness and shoutout cards.

ABI also offers the following bullying-prevention resources:

  • Take 30 Webinars - a professional development webinar series on various bullying-prevention topics

  • Printable materials, such as kindness affirmation cards

  • Virtual parent and cyber-bullying classes.

Learn more at antibullyinginstitute.org.



Coronavirus Testing

Moreno Valley residents can get tested at CVS pharmacies for coronavirus infection. Testing is reserved for those showing COVID-19 symptoms or people in other high-risk categories, not for antibodies. Appointments are required at all three sites:

  • Cottonwood Golf Center, 13671 Frederick St., Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Appointments scheduled by phone at 888-634-1123 or online at https://lhi.care/covidtesting. Must meet eligibility requirements.

  • CrossWord Christian Church, 21401 Box Springs Road, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call to make an appointment: 1-800-945-6171. Open to all, regardless of symptoms.

California Parent and Youth Helpline

California Parent and Youth Helpline

The California Parent and Youth Helpline provides support and resource referrals to parent and youth during the current COVID-19 pandemic, 7-days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Call or text 1-855-4APARENT (855-427-2736) for services in English, Spanish and other languages. For more information, visit: https://caparentyouthhelpline.org/.

Children’s books to Help Talk About Racism

Recent incidents that have sparked calls and protests for racial justice can be confusing for students. Here is a list of age-appropriate books dealing with racial issues that may be useful for you and your child.

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Need Resources? Academic? Community? Family Ideas?

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Navigator Character Pledge


Navigator Character Pledge

We are RESPECTFUL, SAFE, and RESPONSIBLE, INCLUDE OTHERS, and LEARN every day! I promise to RESPECT myself, others, and my school. I promise to be SAFE by following all rules and directions. I am RESPONSIBLE for my best in reading, math and the rest. I promise to INCLUDE OTHERS and not leave anyone out. I pledge to LEARN all I can and do my best to be all I am!

Towngate Navigators:

  • Show Respect
  • Act Safely & Responsibly
  • Include others
  • Learn Every Day

Towngate Elementary School

TownGate Navigators... Sailing to Success!


Principal- Veronica Zarate Vzarate@mvusd.net

Assistant Principal- Khaleelah Lewis-Wilkins klewis@mvusd.net

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