Mar Vista Parent Newsletter

Week of December 7, 2020

Dear Families,

This week, most 2nd-6th grade students will continue taking the MAP Winter Assessment in Reading and Math. Please continue to make sure that your child is getting plenty of rest and has had a good breakfast prior to taking the test, as students tend to perform better when they're feeling their best. The schedule for the MAP test can be found in your child's weekly planner in Google Classroom.

Our K-5 English Language Arts program, Benchmark, enters Unit 4 next week. Student will explore everything from the purpose of storytelling to reading and comparing different perspectives in text to analyze point of view. These essential questions and investigations build critical thinking and help students make connections to many areas of real life. Please encourage your child to tell you about their learning each day and find ways to connect these new skills and concepts to real life. As always, feel free to reach out to your child's teacher if you have any questions about the content or expectations in class. We always appreciate your partnership!

Another reminder that the Mar Vista Virtual Auction which is hosted by the Mar Vista Parent Club (MVPs) is going on now! This year it is a joint event with Valencia Elementary. Please go to this link to view the items and to support Mar Vista. More information is below.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Warm regards,

Stephanie Monroe

December School Home Connection

Mr. J's Academic Coordinator Update

Hi, Families.

Families can come to get PE equipment supplied by PVUSD during distribution from 8-10 and 3-5 on Mondays. There will be a list of activities accompanying the equipment.

Students will be starting 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.

This week’s Kindness Challenge is to learn how to say hello in a different language!

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 taking the MAP test this week.. Your child’s teacher will give more specifics about the days and times of these tests. Please see the email I sent out last week with more information. This document has other important information about the test.

I also 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:


Spirit Theme: Career Day!

This week's theme is Career Day! Share a photo of your children dressed in their future vision of their professional selves! Send photos to to be featured in the Mar Vista News next week!

School Counselor's Corner

Here is something, as we move into the holidays, that is lighthearted and fun! These are holiday movie recommendations and growth mindset activities from the Big Life Journal. See below...

Natalie Hanneman, LMFT, PPS

Socio-Emotional Counselor/Student Services

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

MVPs Virtual End of Year Auction Ends next Saturday!

The annual auction ends on Saturday 12/12! This year the MVPs have planned a virtual auction in partnership with Valencia Elementary School. Please see the link below for more information and please help spread the word...

MVPs End of Year Auction

Mar Vista Parent Club

Next meeting: December 15 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.

Reminder- Donations for Jacobs Heart Adopt a family and PVLF

Just a friendly reminder that we have just 13 more school days to get in the donations for our Jacob's Heart adopt-a-family in memory of Ziva as well as donations for PVLF. Here is the info on what is needed still. Drop off these items curbside on MONDAYS at MAR VISTA or to the office at any time. There is a bin on the book cart for donations:

Mar Vista Season of Service

Mar Vista has a school culture of service to the greater community. Join us in these 2 opportunities to give back to our community this season.


In loving memory of Mar Vista’s own Ziva Mitnick, we will continue to support the local Organization, Jacob’s Heart.

Support a family in our community who is experiencing childhood cancer in their family right now.

We have adopted a family experiencing childhood cancer as a school. Any gifts beyond what is asked for will be donated to the general Jacob’s heart holiday drive.

Here is the wish list from the family:

PARENTS: WALMART GIFT CARDS, any amount appreciated

9 year old male:

Clothing size 10-12, Shirts and Jackets, shoe size 3

Target gift cards

Heely’s gray camo Pro 20 Big kid size 3

Zuru xshot crusher

15 year old female:


Walmart gift cards

Clothes size Large/14, shoes size 8.5

Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes: This year we are choosing to support this local food pantry and weekday hot lunch program that serves our community's food insecure population. One of our own Mar Vista Parent’s and MVP members, Ashley Bridges, has recently become the director of this great organization.

Notes or drawings of encouragement (in Spanish and English)

Dried nuts

Dried fruits

Peanut butter- smooth

Direct link to donate (less money changing hands) Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes

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

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.

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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!