The Navigator Way

Towngate Elementary “Lighting the Way to Student Success”

Joins us for Red Ribbon Spirit Week!

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Send your pictures to klewis@mvusd.net

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Our Very own Towngate Parent, Mrs. Segura was Recognized by MVUSD for her continuous involvement!

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Attention 4th and 5th Graders! Join Friday Night Live with Ms. Perry and Mrs. Murga

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Join the Active Youth Summit

FNL county is having a Zoom event next Friday, Oct 30 from 3:30-5pm. The event will have some fun and engaging activities for the students.


An email has gone out to 4th and 5th-grade parents explaining FNL and asking permission to allow their children to participate in FNL and to attend the youth summit next Friday.


If you have questions or would like to inquire about the program for your child, email yperry@mvusd.net or vmurga@mvusd.net

Did you miss Towngate's AAPAC Meeting Last week? Watch the recorded session below

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Congrats to Towngate's Newest S.T.A.R AWARD Student

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Towngate Navigators are Super readers!

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Together our students have read over 3100 books and spent more than 750 hours reading them!

Congrats to our Top 3 Readers!

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  1. 5th Grade- Christopher R. has read 150 books
  2. 1st Grade- Christopher A. has read 142 books
  3. Kindergarten- Melissa A. has read 109 books
  4. 3rd grade- Julian V. has read 97 books
  5. 2nd Grade Renee N. has read 56 books

First grade has read over 970 books combined!

Below are the MOST popular books 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 September Perfect Attendance Students! Towngate have 487 students who have been in class each and every day during the month of September!

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If a student feels they are being bullied and would like to report it, they can use the form linked below.

IDENTIFY THE SIGNS OF BULLYING- STAND UP AND SPEAK OUT

Bullying Definition

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.



Types of Bullying

Verbal: Saying or writing mean things. This is the most common form of bullying, often starting in elementary school and peaking in middle school.
Examples Include:
-Teasing
-Name Calling

Social: Making someone feel excluded or humiliated. This behavior is often carried out by a group and can be especially hard to recognize.
Examples Include:
-Telling someone whom they can and cannot be friends with
-Spreading rumors


Physical: Hitting, kicking or threatening to hurt someone,. This is the easiest form of bullying to identity.
Examples Include:
-Hitting


Cyber: Writing mean or inappropriate things online.
Examples include:
-Ridiculing someone publicly
-Sending unwelcome emails or text messages

Student Website Resources

Kids Against Bullying
Kids Health
McGruff the Crime Dog
Prevent Bullying
Stop Bullying Now
The Bully Project

Anti-Bullying Websites for Parents


American Psychological Association
Anti-bullying Institute
Kids Health
National Bullying Prevention Center
National Crime Prevention Council
Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety
Peace Builders
Prevent Bullying
The Bully Project
We Tip Hotline: 1-855-86– BULLY

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

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Greeting Others

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Greeting Others Social Skill Video
People Like it When I Say Hi
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AVID Expectations

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Close Reading with Emerging Readers
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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

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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.



Spectrum

(855) 243-8892

With school systems across the US closing down in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Spectrum is offering free access to internet and Wi-Fi for 60-days for new Pre-K to 12, college student and teacher households who don't currently have internet or Wi-Fi service. This discount will be applied as a credit for your first two months of internet services. They will waive any installation or pre-payment fees to help get you started.



You can qualify for this offer if you:

  • Have a student of qualifying age at your service address with remote education needs
  • Have not subscribed to our internet services within the past 30 days



For more information, click here.

Please Wear a Mask When Coming to the School

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


Virtual Fall Choir Concert

Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

Come support our talented students in our first ever Virtual Fall Choir Concert.

Our students will be performing live via Zoom. Tune in by clicking here: bit.ly/30IdzKv


Discovery’s Spooktacular Drive-Thru

Friday, October 30; 6-9:00 p.m.


A family-friendly, frightfully fun night! Get ready for a spooky spectacular night driving through the Discovery parking lot! This is a fantastic alternative to door-to-door trick-or-treating, put on your costume, pull up in your car, and let the Discovery staff and church family fill your bag with treats!


For more information, visit discoverthelife.org/spooky. WiFi Gardens

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.



Foster Youth Virtual College Tour Week

November 2-6, 2020

Presented by the Riverside County Office of Education

Join 11 colleges and universities offering three (3) virtual tours each day; on November 3, 4, and 5, respectively. In addition, students will learn about support programs and services that help address the specific needs of foster youth and provides a space to meet peers that have relatable life experiences. Students will also have an opportunity to engage with representatives during Q&A.

Student incentives: Gift cards, headphones, waterproof smartwatches, and bluetooth speakers for participation and attendance to the tours.

View flyer here.

Register: http://rcoe.k12oms.org/1089-188755

Important: When registering, each participant needs to indicate in the "Questions/Comments" box, the tour date(s) that they will be attending.


Anteater Science 2020 Workshops

Science and fun for the whole family. Check out this flyer for a schedule of monthly Zoom workshops.

All workshops will be from 10 - 11:30 a.m.



Webinar: Equipping K-12 Parents to Support Children in Distance Learning

California State University, San Bernardino

College of Education

Learn how to maintain high standards for student work and create an environment that facilitates learning at home. Get tips for navigating and using technology in the virtual classroom.


Grades 7 – 12

October 24, 2020

2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Click for more information and registration links in English or Spanish.


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.



College Board Scholarships

Complete the FAFSA® for the chance to win $1,000 through College Board Opportunity Scholarships.

The College Board Opportunity Scholarships program guides you through important college planning steps and offers a chance to earn money for each step you complete, like completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)! The more effort you put in, the more opportunities you have to earn a scholarship. Class of 2021 students, complete five of the six actions (Build, Practice, Strengthen, Complete and Apply) and you're eligible to earn $40,000. Scholarships will be awarded through monthly drawings to students who complete each action.

Start earning chances to win scholarships today.



Drive-Thru Job Fair

Thursday, October 15, 2020; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Canyon Springs Shopping Center

12125 Day Street, Moreno Valley, CA 92557

(enter from Day Street)

The Loma Linda VA Homeless Veteran Community Employment Services and the Moreno Valley ERC are partnering with local employers to find: Office workers, Marketing, Healthcare, Accounting, Warehouse, Retail, Machine Shops, Government, and much more!

· Food bank resources available, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

· Diverse employment opportunities

· Brief interviews from your vehicle

· Employers offering quick job placement

· Face masks required

· Bring copies of your resume!

For more information contact:

Moreno Valley Employment Resource Center at


951-413-3920 or erc@moval.org



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 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.


Scholarship Opportunity

WTS (Women Transportation Seminar) Inland Empire Chapter provides scholarships to female high school seniors interested in pursuing a career in transportation. Transportation encompasses a variety of jobs including engineering, marketing, human resources, public outreach, accounting, IT, and more.

Applications are being accepted now at www.wtsie.org/scholarships and are due October 16. Last year, the organization awarded $45,000 in scholarship funds!

We have additional scholarship opportunities and information on our website.



Scholarship Opportunity

WTS (Women Transportation Seminar) Inland Empire Chapter provides scholarships to female high school seniors interested in pursuing a career in transportation. Transportation encompasses a variety of jobs including engineering, marketing, human resources, public outreach, accounting, IT, and more.

Applications are being accepted now at www.wtsie.org/scholarships and are due October 16. Last year, the organization awarded $45,000 in scholarship funds!

We have additional scholarship opportunities and information on our website.


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.



Riverside County Student Competitions

Riverside County partnered with Inland Empire nonprofit Reach Out to launch two new programs to help slow the spread of coronavirus through art. Interested students are encouraged to:

  • Create a 30-second PSA (Public Service Announcement) video promoting precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19 through the 3 simple steps. OR
  • Create a piece of art to amplify the 3 simple steps for people to protect themselves and their loved ones from Coronavirus through their own creative expression.

Winning entries will be highlighted on social media and recognized by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, along with placement in a public location for display. The top winner each week will receive a $50 gift card. Twelve grand prize winners will each receive a $100 gift card.

Submissions must fit with the three simple steps and encourage slowing the spread of coronavirus. In addition:

  • Entries will be judged every Friday Starting September 4, 2020.
  • The entry deadline for both programs is October 9.

Visit www.MasksAreMedicine.org for guidelines or to enter the programs.


Free Virtual High-Intensity Interval Trainings - Updated Schedule

Moreno Valley Pop Warner Football and Cheer invite students to participate in weekly training sessions. The program is free, but space is limited! Click here to view available dates of free weekly zoom lessons in high-intensity interval training for student-athletes who would like to engage in physical activity at home during this distance learning period.



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.


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/.



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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Protect Your Loved Ones and Build Relationships During COVID 19

Although you may not be able to meet in person with young people, there are still ways for teachers and program staff to build valuable developmental relationships.

Download the free checklist, Building Developmental Relationships During the COVID-19 Crisis, for 19 ways to connect with young people during this time.

Know How it Spreads

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Take steps to protect yourself



Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

Take steps to protect others

Stay home if you’re sick


Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.


Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.


Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

What You Need To Know About Handwashing

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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