Mar Vista Parent Newsletter

Week of May 24, 2021

Dear Families,

I hope you're all enjoying this beautiful sunny weekend! Thank you all for participating in this year's Virtual Open House! It was great to see students and families celebrating the many accomplishments of the year. I hope you enjoyed it too! I continue to be so impressed by how resilient our students are, how much they've learned, and how they've made the most of a challenging year!

We also celebrated the raising of the Progress Flag at our school and across the district to recognize our LGBTQ+ community. Dr. Michelle Rodriguez stated, “We at PVUSD want to leverage this important opportunity to increase awareness, equity and safety for LGBTQ+ students. We are inspired by the work that students and staff do during this time and throughout the year to highlight the way in which communities can come together to support our youth and provide a welcoming environment for all.” See photo of our flag being raised on Friday, May 21.

And finally, only two weeks to go for the 20-21 school year! Here's a bit about what's coming up this week...

The Talent Show is set for May 28 and will be an asynchronous virtual event. The link will be shared this week.

Kinder registration is still open, so if you know of neighborhood families or younger siblings who turn 5 on or before September 1, please have them register asap! Our numbers continue to climb in K, so thank you for spreading the word!

6th Grade Promotion will be held in person for immediate family or guests of promoting students. Live streaming will be available for our other students and extended family and friends. This link will be sent out next week.

Summer School Session 1 Family Engagement Activities are available to all. Summer School Session 2 at Mar Vista is by invitation. Please check your emails for upcoming information. See links below for Summer School flyers.

Thank you,

Stephanie Monroe, Principal

Mr. J's Academic Coordinator Update

Hi, Families.

Thanks for your help with doing the health symptoms pre-screening before bringing your children to school for in-person learning. This form can be found on the Mar Vista website. This makes the arrival process much quicker for everyone!

Thanks for your help on the MAP test. 2nd-6th grade students will receive their parent report with the scores next week.

All students attending in-person will receive a “summer learning kit” next week and will bring it home with them. This includes a pack of books and a STEM kit. For those not attending in person, these will be available at distribution on June 1st from 8-10 or 3-5, or by appointment in the front office that week.

Thank you to everyone that has sent in pictures for the spirit days! This is one way we are trying to maintain connection and community, so it is appreciated. This week is backward! Take a picture of you in your backward outfit and send in a picture to be featured on the Mar Vista News.

Most students will be continuing Unit 8 in our language arts curriculum, Benchmark, this week.


Spirit Theme: Backward Day!

This should be good! Let's see our Sea Lions with their silliest backwards outfits! Send your photo over to Mr. J at to be featured in the Mar Vista News!

Upcoming Events

This Week's Spirit Theme: Backwards Day!

May PBIS Theme is Compassion

Monday 5/24:

Packet Distribution 8-10 and 3-5

Library Book Distribution 3-5 pm

Thursday 5/27:

PVUSD Innovator Virtual Award Ceremony 6:00 pm (Link coming soon)

Friday 5/28:

9:00 Student Council

Talent Show goes live!!! (Link will be shared on 5/28)


Last Day of School is June 4 (distance learning in the morning and in-person in the afternoon)

Summer School Session 1 begins June 14

Summer School Session 2 begins July 14

Congratulations to our Mar Vista Innovators of the Year!

It is with great pleasure and pride that I announce our 2020-2021 recipients of the PVUSD Innovator of the Year Awards. Again this year, one classified and two certificated staff members were named. A virtual award ceremony will take place on Thursday May 27, 2021 at 6:00 pm for the community to view.
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20-21 Yearbook Information

Yearbooks can be purchased! See dates below!

5/14 - 5/27: After Deadline Ship to School - Parent/student will have to pay for shipping and books are shipped to the school.

5/28 and later: After Deadline Ship to Home - Parent/student will have to pay for shipping and books are shipped to their home.

6/3: Delivery Date - The latest date all books that include free shipping will arrive at our school.

Yearbook Ordering Information

Go to:

School Passcode: 1016159089144969

The 2021 Mar Vista Virtual Talent Show

The Virtual Talent Show will be on May 28th.

Talent Show information

Mrs J's Library Updates

All the read a thon prizes have been distributed. If you did not get your's make sure you come to drive through distribution on Monday!

Keep a look out for information coming about the various Summer reading programs you can take advantage of.

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

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School Counselor's Corner

Here is a link to a webinar for all to address our well being after COVID. Hope you enjoy it!

Take care,

Natalie Hanneman, LMFT, PPS

Socio-Emotional Counselor/Student Services

Pronouns: she/her

Phone 831-244-3712

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

Mar Vista Elementary, (831)761-6177, Mondays

Mar Vista Parent Club

We need you! The Mar Vista Parent and School Club (MVPS) is a non-profit group of parents, teachers, and the school Principal who work to promote the education and welfare of our students by: organizing fundraisers and events, providing technology equipment, art, music, assemblies, and basic school supplies, and supporting our library, classrooms, teachers & school improvements. We are always looking to bring in new energy into this important group, and incorporate the skills and strengths of our talented community. We want to hear from you! Even if you aren't able to attend monthly meetings, you can still help out by offering up your skills sets for various projects and events. Please complete this short survey and we will follow up on how you might be able to contribute to support our students this coming school year.

Mar Vista Parent Club Interest Form

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

Technology Support

Please call the school office and arrange a time to exchange your device. (831)761-6177

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

District Links:

Please see below for additional links about our return to In-Person learning:

District Reopening Webpage

COVID-19 Prevention Plan

Return to In-Person Instruction Timelines and Schedules /Spanish Version

PVUSD Parent Engagement Newsletter #15

PVUSD School Meals - 2021

School meals are served daily at Aptos Jr. 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 new times below!

See times below:

TK/K - 10:30-10:45. Storytime/Social Time Link

1st-3rd - 10:45-11:00 Storytime and Social time (sharing and talking) Link

4th-6th - 9:30-9:45 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!