Eagle Newsletter

April 1, 2022

Upcoming Dates

April Observances -

Arab American Heritage Month

Autism Acceptance Month

Month of the Military Child

National Volunteer Month

Ramadan - April 2 to May 2


Mesa Verde Events -

Minimum Day - April 8

Spring Break - April 11-15

Wear School Colors (black, purple, teal) every Friday

REMINDER: APRIL 8TH IS A MINIMUM DAY SCHOOL ENDS AT 12:07PM

Action Items

  • Keep your student home and call the attendance office (858-538-5478 x. 3104) if your student is sick.
  • Join the PTSA today (Information available below)
  • Follow Mesa Verde and Principal Moore on Instagram @mesaverdems and @principal_moore!

Index of Information

NEW! before a title within the newsletter denotes that it is a new posting this week.


  • Message from the Principal
  • Eagle Shout Outs
  • April ASB Spirit Calendar
  • 2022-2023 PTSA Leadership
  • 6th Grade Camp - Outdoor Education
  • Current OCIS PE Student 3rd Quarter Attendance Due
  • Eagles New Game Design Club
  • Friendly Reminder: Checking Out Your Student Early
  • ASES has Before and After School Openings
  • COVID Guidelines in a School Setting
  • Calendar
  • Newsletter, Website, Social Media Request Form
  • Running Late?
  • Charges for Damaged Chromebooks
  • Did You Know...
  • Join PTSA Today
  • No Place For Hate Club
  • Caring Connections Counseling
  • Parent Education
  • Volunteers/Job Opportunities
  • Additional Information and Links
  • Contact Us

April is Autism Acceptance Month!

In 1970, the Autism Society launched an ongoing nationwide effort to promote autism awareness and assure that all affected by autism are able to achieve the highest quality of life possible. In 1972, the Autism Society launched the first annual National Autistic Children’s week, which evolved into Autism Acceptance Month (AAM). This April, we continue our efforts to spread awareness, promote acceptance, and ignite change.

The Autism Society of America, the nation’s oldest leading grassroots autism organization, is proud to celebrate Autism Acceptance Month in April 2021 with its “Celebrate Differences” campaign. Designed to build a better awareness of the signs, symptoms, and realities of autism, #CelebrateDifferences focuses on providing information and resources for communities to be more aware of autism, promote acceptance, and be more inclusive in everyday life.

The Autism Society has a variety of resources designed to inform and encourage communities to celebrate differences, and become more inclusive of individuals with autism. The campaign will overlap with World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd, and continue throughout the month.

Read about their shift from “Autism Awareness Month” to “Autism Acceptance Month” here.

NEW! Message from the Principal

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of activities! This past Wednesday night was our final Incoming 6th Grade Parent Night and it was fabulous! We can't wait to welcome all of our new Eagles in August!


Speaking of Eagles, we played a great April Fools Day prank on our students and staff and revealed our new mascot, a more docile and nurturing animal, during our announcements this morning - a chicken! :) Our students and staff also took it to the next level today with our Anything But A Backpack Day. We saw shopping carts, tool boxes, cereal boxes, strollers, suitcases, laundry baskets, and so much more!


This week I also had the opportunity to take a group of students to a conference hosted by the Superintendent's Student Advisory Council. The focus of the conference was mental health and students came up with some great ideas to bring back to our site. I will continue collaborating with this group of students to support the mental health of all our Eagles!


Tonight at sundown marks the beginning of Ramadan. This is a month where our Muslim students, staff, family, and community members fast from dawn until dusk. This month is intended to focus the mind on prayer, spirituality, charity, compassion, community, and purity of body and mind. To all in our community observing Ramadan, Ramadan Mubarak!



Have a wonderful weekend!


Your Proud Principal,


Kellie

NEW! Eagle Shout Outs

Let’s hear it for this week’s Eagles who help us Rise Together!

NEW! April ASB Spirit Calendar

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NEW! 2022-23 PTSA Leadership

Your PTSA Nominating Committee is excited to present the leadership slate for next year's Executive Board! Please join us at our April 6 Association meeting to make it official.
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Attention 6th Grade Parents!

Volunteers Needed:

Thank you to parents who have already volunteered to help with luggage loading and/or unloading. We still need volunteers on:

Monday, May 2nd between 7:15 am – 9:00 am to load student luggage.

Friday, May 6th between 10:30 am – 11:30 am to unload luggage.

Contact your child’s teacher or Michelle Rinehart at krrinehart@powayusd.com if you are able to assist on either of these days.

Need More Information?

Check out Mesa Verde’s webpage. You may also contact your child’s teacher or MV’s office with other questions.

Eagles we have a new Game Design Club!

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FRIENDLY REMINDER: CHECKING OUT YOUR STUDENT EARLY

OFF CAMPUS PASSES (Early Release):

Student safety is a major concern for us. Students must be signed out at the attendance desk before departing early. Students are not allowed to wait in front of the school to be picked up during school hours.


If your student needs to leave early from school, please send a note with your student. Notes should be given to the Attendance secretary, NOT your student's teacher, before school. Calling the school in advance, or sending a note, will prevent delays for you (such as trying to get your student while they are running cross-country) and will help us to minimize interruptions to the classrooms. If you schedule a last minute appointment to send a note you may call the Attendance Hotline @ 538-5692 to have an off campus pass sent to your student.


When writing a note please indicate:


  • Your student's first and last name
  • Their grade
  • The time your student needs to leave school
  • Whether or not your student will return that day


Please meet your child at the attendance desk to be signed out at the time of departure. Be prepared to show your identification when checking out your child.


If your student returns to school after being picked up early, please have him/her check back in at the Attendance desk before heading to class.

Need Morning or Afternoon Care for your student? ASES has openings for both the Before and After school programs!

Click on each flyer to enlarge for details.

You can fill out an interest form here.

COVID Guidelines in a School Setting

  • COVID-19 Decision Trees for K-12 Schools link here.
  • To determine your next step if you have symptoms, use the e-Decision Tree Survey available here.

CALENDAR

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Newsletter, Website, Social Media Request Form

If you have information you would like included in our weekly newsletter, on our website, or on our school's social media platforms, please use use this link to submit your request. Your request does NOT guarantee that your information will be included. Please note that we may edit your submission (content, length, etc.) but will contact you if our edits would change or remove pertinent information.


We hope this will help streamline the way we collect and are able to share information with our staff, students, and community.

Running Late???

We hope all of our students are on time to school and ready to learn when the bell rings; however, we know that things can sometimes cause you to be delayed on your way to school. If your student is going to be late, please either call the attendance office or come in with your child to sign them in. Doing either of these will allow us to excuse the tardy. Thanks for your help!

Charges for Damaged Chromebooks

According to Board Policy 6161.2, when materials are lost or so damaged that they are no longer usable, the student shall be immediately issued a replacement material. However, students or parents/guardians shall be responsible for reparation equal to the current replacement cost of the materials. PUSD Information Technology Department has provided a list of charges for various damage scenarios.


Chromebook/ Chromebook Accessories

Damaged/Lost Chromebook ($238.00)

Power Adapter/Charger ($30.00)

LCD Screen Replacement ($69.00)

LCD Top Cover ($69.00)

Palmrest/Keyboard/Touchpad replacement ($109.00)

Base Plate/Assembly ($69.00)

Keyboard/2 or more keys missing ($59.00)

Chromebook case ($33.00)


When a chromebook is damaged, students are responsible for the cost of the repair. Any students who have had damage to their chromebook this year have already had a charge added to their Destiny account. Next week, we will begin sending emails to families with a repair charge to provide information on how to pay for those repair costs.


Many of the damages we have seen so far this year could have been avoided. Please take a few minutes to speak with your child(ren) about the cost to repair these damages and remind them that their chromebook is theirs until it has to be "retired." We appreciate your support!

Join PTSA Today

Joining PTSA is a simple way for you to help make programs and experiences happen for your student(s) at Mesa Verde.

In just a few minutes you can complete your membership for you and or your family. Join today!

Your MVMS PTSA made this happen:
Reflections
Book Fair
Bleachers for Choir
Winter Fun Fest
Dine Outs
Teacher & Staff Appreciation

PTSA Financially Supports: Kindness Campaign, No Place for Hate, 6th grade orientation, 8th Grade Promotion, Books for Library Reading Club, and much more.

Did You Know…

Thank you to everyone who has donated to this year's Pledge Drive. Did you know your generous donation to the Foundation may easily be DOUBLED?! Many companies in our community have programs that match employee donations to qualified charitable organizations, such as the Mesa Verde Foundation. Please check with your HR department, or use this link to see if your company offers matching. Doubling your gift can be as easy as making a phone call or sending an email to your company! If you have any questions or need assistance regarding corporate matching, please contact our treasurer, Carolyn Russell at mvmsfoundationtreasurer@gmail.com.


We rely on our parent community to make this school everything it can be for our students, and we truly appreciate your support. Donations can be made online at https://mvmsfoundation.org/pledgedrive.html.


Thank you for all you do for our Eagles!

COUNSELOR'S CORNER

8th Grade Transition to High School

It’s that time of year that we begin to start planning for our 8th graders transition to high school. If you have an older child and have been through this, you are probably more at ease than a parent who is approaching this transition for the first time. Our 8th graders often feel great anticipation and excitement as they make the last major transition within their K-12 education. We hope that the information below eases any questions that you might be having. The MVMS Counselors and HS Counselors are here to help and guide you and your 8th grader through this transition.

What School Does My Child Attend?

Most of our Mesa Verde Families are slated for their 8th graders to attend Westview High School.

● We also have other families who are slated to attend Mt. Carmel High School, in addition to families that live in a zone that can choose either school.

○ The families that can choose receive a letter from PUSD with a date in which they need to confirm their high school choice.

● Lastly we have families with intradistrict transfers who may be slated to attend Poway HS, Rancho Bernardo HS or Del Norte HS. If you reside within PUSD or outside of PUSD boundaries and want your child to attend another high school which he/she is not slated to attend, you will need to complete a transfer request located on PUSD website: https://www.powayusd.com/en-US/Departments/Attendance-Discipline/Student-Transfer-Requests/FAQs-for-Residency-Transfers This link contains transfer information on both intradistrict (residing within PUSD) and interdistrict (residing outside of PUSD). If you are requesting a transfer and you reside within PUSD, your child will still need to complete the course selection for the high school he/she should attend. Once the transfer request has been approved, the course selection will be transferred to the high school he/she is approved to attend. The transfer window is open from February 1, 2022 to March 31, 2022, until 5 pm.

Presentations:

On March 8th, all MVMS 8th grade students will hear presentations from a Westview School Counselor in their Humanities Classes. On March 10th all 8th grade students who are slated to attend Mt. Carmel will be invited to attend a lunchtime presentation in the Eagle Center facilitated by a Mt. Carmel School Counselor. Any of our 8th grade students who are interested in hearing about Mt. Carmel are welcome to drop by and listen as well.

● After these presentations, each HS will typically post their slideshow on their website.

● You will also find information regarding 8th grade family nights that our high schools facilitate on their campuses.

· These evening presentations are for both the student and parent/guardian to attend and go over much of the information that students hear when counselors visit their school sites.

· In addition, this allows for an opportunity to get a feel of the layout of the campus.

· Families are welcome to attend any of the Family Night presentations at any of the schools (in case you want to know further information if you are thinking of a transfer request). Check the high school websites at the end of February for this information.

· 8th grade students will need to begin to think about their course selection for high school and begin entering courses online through student vue when the window to do so opens.

· Students who have an IEP will have a transition meeting scheduled in which course selection will be discussed.

Link to PUSD High Schools Information and Family Nights: https://sites.google.com/powayusd.com/pusd8thgradecrf/home

Caring Connections Counseling

Did you know that the Caring Connections Center provides a FREE 90 minute "family conference" for all PUSD students TK-12 and their families? The purpose of the "family conference" is to put together an action plan to help support our students socially/emotionally, academically, and behaviorally. Check out the brochure for more information and contact details.

PARENT EDUCATION

PARENTS: Poway Adult School Opportunities

Parents, A new year is a great time to head back to school! Poway Adult School offers low-cost career training classes for you to upskill. Just need some help tuning up your resume or someone to discuss a career change idea? The Poway (Unified) Adult School provides free career guidance, high school diploma classes for adults and GED prep as well. Call Jon at (858) 668-4022 or go online at www.powayadultschool.com and check out our catalog pages 5-11 for career training and free workshops. Make an appointment for free career support at https://calendly.com/help4careers/30min

March 2022 Parent Education Courses:

  • March 2022 Parent Education Courses:
  • Help Your Children Manage Stress and Anxiety – TK -5th Grade In Person
  • Effective Strategies to Support Your Child in Special Education - All Grades NEW Course Online via ZOOM
  • Parenting Well Through Life Changes - All Grades NEW Course Online via ZOOM
  • Nurturing Sexual Intelligence in Our Children – All Grades In Person
  • Managing Parental Stress – All Grades In Person

Parents can also visit our website at https://www.powayusd.com/en-US/Parents/Active-Parenting and search for the course they are interested in and enroll directly from our site.

Please note, scholarships are available to parents who may be in need. Parent can contact the Caring Connections Center for more information.

Community Conversations on Racial Equity and Inclusion

To RSVP use this link.

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Free Teen Alcohol Awareness Program

San Diego Police Department is offering a FREE Teen Alcohol Awareness Program (T.A.A.P) for students and families in middle school and high school. Please click on document below for more information including dates.
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VOLUNTEERS/JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Get Involved

Would you like to be a volunteer at Mesa Verde? Our volunteers at Mesa Verde are an integral part of school. Our volunteers help with events throughout the school year including after school and evening activities, classroom and club support, 6th grade Olympics, 7th grade History Faire, 8th Grade Constitutional Challenge and Promotion.


New guidance from the Poway Unified Board of Education is allowing us to expand our volunteer opportunities, effective 10/18/21. Volunteers must be fully-vaccinated and show proof of vaccination or show proof of a negative PCR COVID test within the 72 hours prior to volunteering. If you would like more information, please contact Natalie Reyes at (858) 538-5478 or nreyes@powayusd.com.


Sign up here if you would like to hear more.

Library Volunteers

The Mesa Verde library is looking for volunteers to help in the library during the lunch periods (Mon/Tues/Thur/Fri 11:00 to 12:40 and Wednesdays 11:40 to 1:00). We need help assisting and supervising students during our busy lunch periods. Volunteers may choose which day of the week and how often you would like to come in (once a week, every other week, once a month, etc). If you are interested please contact Heather Ryan: hryan@powayusd.com.


If you are not sure if you are an approved volunteer, contact Natalie Reyes at (858) 538-5478 or nreyes@powayusd.com.

Job Opportunities

Do you enjoy working with students? Mesa Verde has a few job opportunities in the classroom and in the office such as noon duties and Instruction Assistants ranging from 2 to 6 hours each day. If you or someone you know would be interested, click here for more information or to apply.

ADDITIONAL INFO AND LINKS

Lost & Found

Has your child lost anything at MV? If so, please have them take a look in the lost and found. MV’s lost and found is accessible to students and located in between the health and main office entry in a large metal cabinet. Any special/personal items like retainers, glasses, jewelry, house keys, headphones, electronics, etc. are inside the office with Mrs. Rinehart. At the end of each month, any items that are left in the lost and found will be donated or discarded. Please encourage your student to pick up any lost items. As a reminder, please do your best to label all items to assist your student in locating them if lost.

Feeling Sick? Not Sure What To Do...

Call Mesa Verde's Health Tech at (858) 538-5478, ext. 3107. For more information, click here.

CONTACT US

Attendance Hotline

Call the Attendance Hotline at (858) 538-5692 if your child is absent from school.

General Questions

If you are unsure of who to contact about a matter, please email us at MVMS@powayusd.com and your message will be answered or forwarded to the correct person.