Mar Vista Parent Newsletter

Week of November 9, 2020

Dear Families,

Wednesday is Veteran's Day and an opportunity to appreciate our heroes in the armed services! There is no school on Veteran's Day in observance of this very important holiday.

We have two important staffing announcements! Our beloved long time Kindergarten teacher, Ms. Louise McCarthy, has retired. We are wishing her the very best in this next chapter of her life and hope she will continue to visit and continue her role as a central member of the Mar Vista family! Congrats to Ms. Mac!!

We welcome Ms. Michelle Fry to the Kindergarten team! Ms. Fry joins us from Twin Lakes Elementary with experience teaching both first and third grades. We are so delighted to have her on the Sea Lion Team and look forward to a wonderful rest of the year for the Kindergarten class and many awesome years to come!

Please give your feedback on the YouthTruth Survey! Your voice is important and we will use your feedback at our site committees to reflect on areas of strength and opportunities for growth. Students and staff will also complete a similar survey. Please see details below. The YouthTruth Survey closes on 11/20. We appreciate your input!

Thank you,

Stephanie Monroe

Mr. J's Academic Coordinator Update

Hi, Families.

We will continue our Great Kindness Challenge this week. This week’s challenge is to display 10 positive notes around the house. Remember, students can also work to complete any of these acts of kindness each day:

Thank you for your support in spreading kindness throughout our community!

Students will continue to work on unit 3 in Benchmark for language arts this week. This is a unit more focused on informational reading.

I want to encourage all 3rd-6th grade students to complete at least 45-60 minutes per week on the MAP Accelerator program. Students can access this through Clever. This program is designed to support students in math at their level (based on the MAP assessment) and I have found great success when students regularly use it. Here is a video I made showing how students can access this:


Parent Teacher Conferences and Report Cards

Reminder: Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held remotely during the week of November 16 and will be scheduled with you by your child's teacher. Please see the attached letter from Assistant Superintendent, Kasey Klappenback with details about modifications to the report card marking process. Thank you!

Report Card Letter to Parents

Parent Guide to Report Cards

Weekly News 11-8

Spirit Theme: Camouflage with your environment!

This week's theme is camouflage! Share a photo of your child camouflaging in their "natural environment"! Send photos to to be featured in the Mar Vista News next week!

YouthTruth Family Survey

I am writing to ask for ~15 minutes of your time to complete an online survey that will help us improve your child’s school. We have asked YouthTruth – a nonprofit organization that supports hundreds of schools and districts across the county – to conduct an anonymous survey on our behalf.

Please take the survey before it closes at midnight on November 20th by clicking this link:

Please note:

· The survey needs to be completed in one sitting.

· We ask that one member of each household fill out the survey.

· If you have more than one child who attends the same school, you may respond to the survey multiple times - one time per child.

· If you write any comments, please do not include your name or anything else that might identify you. Your responses are anonymous, and they will be combined with the responses of other parents and guardians before being shared back with school and district leadership.

We sincerely thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. Your response is incredibly valuable to us.

If you have any questions about the survey, or our plans for how we will use your feedback, please contact me at

School Counselor's Corner

November is gratitude month as we culminate the month in our tradition of Thanksgiving. Research shows that the practice of grateful living helps to maintain a sense of calm and ease in our lives. See the resources below for ideas to teach gratitude at home.

20 Ways to Teach Your Child Gratitude

Gratitude Jar

Natalie Hanneman, LMFT, PPS

Socio-Emotional Counselor/Student Services

District Office (831)786-2100 Ext. 4695 to leave message

Library Updates

Mar Vista Elementary Library HOLDS/Curbside pick up using Destiny Discover - Watch Video

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?

How to place a hold - step by step guide

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

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Bookshop Santa Cruz Holiday Book Drive

From Bookshop Santa Cruz:

Local public school libraries always count on new books from Bookshop’s annual Holiday Book Drive to increase and update their collections, but between Covid-19 and the recent wildfires, they need our help more than ever. Many books that were checked out never made it back to schools, so libraries’ inventories are low while the need for books is high.

"Our school library lost many books in our collection in the spring when students were not allowed on campus even to return books. Many 8th graders moved on to the high school and students moved away without having the usual process to return books at the end of the school year." —Martha Dyer, Librarian, Mission Hill Middle School

Donations in any amount are so appreciated!

Donations will be distributed by Santa Cruz City Schools, Pajaro Valley Unified School District, Live Oak School District, and Scotts Valley Unified School District.

Bookshop's Holiday Book Drive is cosponsored by the Santa Cruz Warriors and the Good Times. You can contribute by making a monetary donation to school libraries and classrooms, or specific books at a discount to donate. Our book drive will run online and in-store through December 31st.

Win an autographed Steph Curry photo!



When you give to our Holiday Book Drive during raffle week—Monday, November 16th through Sunday, November 22nd—you will be automatically entered to win an autographed photo of Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry!

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Mar Vista Parent Club

Next meeting: November 17 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.

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

Please respond to the Annual Notification to Parents...

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 - Fall 2020

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

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!