The Navigator Way

Towngate Elementary “Lighting the Way to Student Success”

Attention 5th Graders attending Sunnymead Middle school!!

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Towngate Elementary for being selected as the African American Parent Advisory Council (AAPAC) of the month!

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Support and Join us at MVUSD AAAC meeting on Thursday, April 15 @ 6:00pm

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Chromebook Swap Information

  • For students in grades TK - 11

  • At 5 sites

    • Canyon Springs HS

    • Valley View HS

    • Vista Del Lago HS

    • Sunnymead MS

    • Edgemont Elementary

  • April 12 - 16, 2021

  • From 1 pm to 7 pm


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It's Autism Awareness month!

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It's Math Awareness Month

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Math Awareness Month

Celebrate Math Awareness Month Together as a family watching "Super Max and the Math Menace" by Heather E Robin

Super Max and the math menace by Heather Robyn read aloud

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

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Attention Students! Join the Zoom Monday Madness Dance Party @ 2:40 pm

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Mrs. Horner will be hosting a Monday dance party where students can burn calories getting learning new dance routines with their peers and friends. Interested? See your teacher and Google Clasroom for details.
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The Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program provides students with the opportunity to attain both Spanish and English language proficiency.

DLI reflects the 90:10 model where the instructional day consists of 90% Spanish and 10% English in Kindergarten. The percentage of English instruction increases by 10% each year through third grade. In fourth through twelfth grades, students receive instruction in both English

and Spanish at a 50/50 percentage.

Interested parents for all students entering kindergarten in 2021-22 must attend one of the following meetings:

(No reservations needed.)


Meeting ID: 819 7525 3774

Password: 643289

  • Monday, April 5; 9 a.m. (English)
  • Monday, April 19; 6 p.m. (Spanish)
  • Wednesday, May 5; 6 p.m. (Spanish)
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Tutoring Options for Students

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Tutoring for Students in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade Monday- Thursday from 1- 3 pm on Zoom

Starting THIS WEEK Tutoring Monday's through Thursdays from 1 pm to 3 pm

  • Kindergarten and 1st grade 1:00- 1:55 pm
  • Second and Third Grade 2:00 to 2:55 pm

Meeting ID: 252 760 0270

Passcode: udH7mc

Zoom link:

Celebrate Towngate's Newest Award!

A Towngate Surprise!


In order to support our families, some school buses have been equipped with internet connectivity. Smart Buses (WiFi Buses). The WiFi signal reaches up to 300 feet from the bus, allowing up to 65 students to connect at one time while practicing social distancing.

Bus will be located at these locations during the school day.

  • 23996 Eucalyptus Ave, Parking lot on Eucalyptus Ave
  • 23300 Cottonwood Ave, Parking lot near portables on Cottonwood Ave

Distance Learning Tips for Student Success

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Watch the New Counselor Video from Mrs. Arias!

Join the Parent Project

Tutoring Opportunity for 4th and 5th Grade Students!

Congrats to our student's of the month!

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TownGate Student Celebration Assembly-March

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

Towngate Navigators are Super readers!

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Together our students have read over 15,340 books and spent more than 3,600 hours reading them!

First Grade has read over 6,000 books since August!

Below are the MOST popular books this week at Towngate!

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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 March Perfect Attendance Students! Towngate has 555 students who have been in class each and every day during the month of March!!!

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Student's pledge to end Bullying with us!

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After-hours Technical (Chromebook) Assistance Now Available

HelpDesk will be 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

On Friday, they will be open 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for the HelpDesk and 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. for Chromebook assistance. As a reminder, the number to the help desk is 951-571-7676

For after-hours Chromebook deployment, parents can come to the District Office (25634 Alessandro Blvd.) .

Parents with technical issues beyond what is mentioned above will need to fill out the Google Form for Tech Support to request that someone call them back.

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

TownGate Schoolwide Schedule

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Grab and Go Lunch M-F from 11:00 am-1 pm. No lunch card needed

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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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Making an Apology

Making an Apology

Disagreements, accidents, and misunderstandings happen at school. If students never take responsibility and apologize, or if they seem insincere when they do, an environment of bitterness and resentment can easily develop. In such an unforgiving atmosphere, behavior problems tend to occur with greater frequency. By teaching students how to make an apology, you are teaching them lifelong skills of accepting responsibility for their actions, respect for others' feelings, & empathy.
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Skill Resources to Help Students

Saying I'm Sorry | Little Mandy Manners | TinyGrads | Children's Videos | Character Songs

Teaching How to to Apologize

Introduce the Skill

  • Begin a discussion about different occasions they may have had to apologize to someone
  • Talk about how an apology to a friend or sibling might sound different than an apology to a teacher or a friend's parent
  • Discuss with students that sometimes saying sorry isn't enough to correct a situation and they will have to do more to rebuild trust, earn forgiveness, and fix the problem
  • Brainstorm reasons why it is important to know how to make an apology

Describe the Appropriate Behavior

  1. Look at the person (use neutral/sincere facial expression-avoid frowning or laughing)
  2. Use a serious, sincere voice tone but don't pout (don't sound condescending, dismissive, or phony)
  3. Say "I'm sorry for..(say specifically what you did to cause pain, hurt, or embarrassment)
  4. Don't make excuses or try to rationalize your behavior (own up to your actions)
  5. Sincerely say that you will try not to repeat the same behavior in the future (say HOW you will avoid doing it in the future or what you will do instead)
  6. Offer to compensate or pay restitution
  7. Thank the other person for listening

For Younger Kiddos, simplify the steps

  1. Look at the person
  2. Use a voice like you mean it
  3. Say "I'm sorry for..."
  4. Say "Next time I will..."

Give a Reason or Rationale

  • Everyone makes errors in judgment or does something that hurts or disappoints others. When you can recognize mistakes, you can try to correct the situation and soothe hurt feelings. Making an apology is the first step. It may not always make everything ok, but it starts the healing process.
  • Shows maturity
  • Helps repair relationships
  • Helps maintain friendships
  • Makes forgiveness more likely
  • Makes it more likely that someone will hold a grudge against you or remain angry
  • Shows respect
  • Shows you recognize your mistakes and are mature enough to admit them

Practice/Role Play

  • You argued with your teacher about how she graded your paper. You disrupted the class and interrupted your teacher. How should you apologize for your behavior?
  • In the cafeteria, someone made fun of your friend. You didn't defend your friend and even joined in with hurtful comments. Your friend found out and is hurt. How should you apologize?
  • You have a substitute teacher. When her back is turned you make funny faces at her. When she turns around she catches you and is sad and angry. Respond by apologizing and saying you're sorry.
  • You didn't do your chores around the house and are grounded for the weekend. You were so angry you yelled at your mom and stomped away. To repair your relationship with mom, show and say you're sorry.
  • See links below for more scenarios


  • List some times when apologizing is important
  • Why should you learn how to make an apology?
  • Are there ever times when offering an apology is not necessary? When and why?


  • Praise specific steps followed and give feedback on areas of improvement
  • Let students know you will be watching in order to "catch them" using the skill
  • Continue to praise and re-teach as needed

Books to help your child with Learning How to Apologize

I'm Sorry By Mercer Mayer read by Grandpa Tom
Start With Sorry: Children's Empathy Story, 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


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

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 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!!

“From Surviving to Thriving!” Free Webinar Series for Parents

Internationally recognized parent educator, speaker, and author of 24 books, Dr. Michele Borba, will host two different four-part virtual learning engagements for students, parents, and educators entitled “From Surviving to Thriving!”

The series, organized by the California Department of Education, Riverside County Office of Education, and El Dorado Office of Education, is designed for families, educators, and all champions for kids and youth.

View session themes and times and register for the Spring Webinar Series at:

View session themes and times and register for the Summer Webinar Series at

Participants can attend any of the live sessions of their choice, or view the sessions on their own as they will be recorded and available to registrants following the live events.

Mind Out Loud

May 4-6; 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Wellness Together School Mental Health, in partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education and the California Department of Education, will host Mind Out Loud – a free three-day virtual event for middle and high school students to convene and boldly discuss mental health; connect with peers across California; hear from engaging speakers to become equipped with practical tools for wellness; increase mental health awareness and advocacy for themselves and friends; learn about suicide prevention, and reduce the stigma associated with mental health.

For more information and to register, click here.

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.

Intra-district Transfer Deadline Extended

The deadline for open enrollment requests for intra-district transfer for the 2021-2022 school year has been extended to April 16. You will need to complete an intra-district request if you want your child to attend a school outside their assigned neighborhood school. All transfer applications submitted after this deadline will be reviewed and accommodated on a space-available basis and may not be reviewed until after the first day of school.

2021 Congressional Art Competition

Congressman Mark Takano invites you and your high school student artists to participate in the 2021 High School Congressional Art Competition – a nationwide annual art competition that allows high school students to showcase their artistic abilities.

Here are some important details for the 2021 Competition:

Friday, April 30, 2021, 5:00 p.m. – All participating high school artists must submit a high quality photograph of their artwork, along with their student release form, to this Google Form.

Pandemic EBT benefits have been extended

Children who got P-EBT benefits over the summer of 2020 can get more P-EBT benefits for the months of August and September. Families do not need to do anything. Under the P-BET extension, each eligible child will receive a new P-EBT card with new P-EBT benefits for the months of August and September 2020. These new P-EBT cards will be mailed directly to eligible families without families having to apply online. View flyer for more information in English or Spanish.

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


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

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

The Parent Project

This program is composed of eight weekly sessions that offer straightforward, practical step-by-step action plans for parents raising teenagers.


· Increase communication

· Reduce family conflict

· Reduce inappropriate behavior

· Improve school attendance and performance

The program began on October 1, but you can still register for the remaining sessions, which run through December 10 from 6-8 p.m.

See attached flyer in English or Spanish for more information and to register.

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

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

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 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:

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

Assistant Principal- Khaleelah Lewis-Wilkins

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