Mar Vista Parent Newsletter

Week of January 25, 2021

Dear Families,

I want to give a huge thank you to parent volunteer Kate Pavao and the Live Like Coco Foundation for the awesome birthday books distributed just before Winter Break! I hope they brought smiles to our students' faces and warmth to their hearts. Please see more info below on how you can support this generous foundation:

The Live Like Coco Foundation, a non- profit focused on helping Santa
Cruz County kids grow up healthy, and with opportunities to pursue
their dreams, donates more than 6,000 brand new books to elementary
school students at 12 local schools, including Mar Vista. To learn
more about the foundation, and it's inspiration, Coco Lazenby, please

Please remember that our School Picture Days will take place on Monday, January 25 for TK-2nd grade students and Monday, February 1st for grades 3-6. We ask that families come at the following times to evenly distribute student arrivals and avoid lines. If the time frame doesn't work for you, it is okay to choose another time. Please see the following timeframes and thanks for your help!

Monday January, 25:

TK and Kindergarten 12:00-1:30

1st grade 1:30-3:00

2nd grade 3:00-4:30

Monday, February 1:

3rd grade 12:30-2:00

4th grade 2:00-3:00

5th grade 3:00-4:00

6th grade 4:00-5:00

Also, siblings may attend either date, if that helps families. Photos will be taken outdoors with COVID-19 protocols in place. Please park, wear your masks and wait at the marked areas to be called down for your child's photo. The photos will be taken outside of the main office. All visitors will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms before approaching the photo area. Do not come to the school if you and/or your child are showing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID within the past two weeks.

Roadwork on Soquel Drive has moved to the south so cars should now be able to turn left from the center lane. If you are traveling north and notice there are trucks blocking the lane, please continue to Cabrillo College Drive to make a safe U-turn. Thanks for your patience during the public works project!

Have a wonderful week!

Stephanie Monroe

Mr. J's Academic Coordinator Update

Hi Families,

Students will be continuing Unit 4 in our language arts curriculum, Benchmark, this week. This unit generally focuses on narrative stories and how perspectives/points of view shape these stories.

The science fair looks quite a bit different this year, and due to the structure of distance learning, it is not being required for 4th-6th graders. It is still encouraged for those students wishing to participate, and they can still submit their projects directly to the county fair this year. You can find more information about that here:

Please note, the deadline for registration is March 1st.

We will have science fair boards for anyone that wishes to participate, please just reach out to me and we can set something up.


Spirit Theme: Dress Like a Teacher Day!

This week's theme is Dress Like a Teacher! You can choose to dress like your idea of a modern-day teacher or one from the past. Be creative and have some fun! Send your photo to to be featured in the next Mar Vista News!

School Counselor's Corner

Mar Vista Parent Club

Next meeting: February 16 from 7:00 -8:30 pm

Meeting Link:

The MVPs continue to meet virtually each month to find ways to support the teachers and students. 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! All are welcome to attend.

Read what teachers are saying...

They purchased Zearn for us and I have to say it has been a HUGE support for my math program. I also appreciate the $400 classroom funds because I have been purchasing chapter book sets for my class. I also really appreciate Ashley continuing on being treasurer with her full time job. -Miss Risa

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

Mrs J's Library Updates

Mar Vista Elementary Library HOLDS/Curbside pick up

Link to Step by step directions:

Daily story hour 2-3 Monday- Friday (Monday ends at 2:30 for curbside pick up) come for a little or come for a lot. Everyone is welcome at any time in the hour!
Google classroom/Library code:
Meet link: or meet code a32st4zudr

Curbside pickup is happening, Mondays 3-5 PM. If you can't make Mondays, your books will be in the office after Monday Afternoon, on the book cart to be picked up anytime M-F, 7-3.
Place holds following this tutorial on Mrs. Jacobsmeyer’s youtube channel:
YouTube: how to place a hold for Curbside pickup?

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.

831-761-6177 ext. 7184

“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

January School Home Connection

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 - 2021

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

As a reminder, PVUSD now has two afternoon meal pick up locations to support those families who are not able to access meals during earlier meal pick up times. Please note that families can pick up meals for their children for the seven days of the week on the one pick up day. Also, Second Harvest Food Bank distributes groceries during most weeks during these afternoon meal pick up times.

Here are the links to the flyers with details for afternoon meal pick up times :

Calabasas - Tuesdays at 4 PM
Starlight - Thursdays at 4 PM

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!