Mar Vista Parent Newsletter

Week of March 8, 2021

Dear Families,

Just a reminder about the Drive in Movie Night at the Boardwalk this Friday 3/12 at 7:00 pm! Please order your tickets in ticket sales on the day of the event! Spread the word to friends and family to make this fundraiser a big success for Mar Vista! The Lego Movie is the feature film and pizza can be ordered and picked up in advance from Pizza My Heart in Capitola. Thank you to MVP's very own Victoria McCue for coordinating this amazing event! Can't wait! See flyers below for details or click here to get your tickets.

Also, we will miss our wonderfully amazing Health Care Assistant, Natasha Bennett, who will not be returning for the remainder of this school year. Natasha has been part of the Mar Vista family as our HCA for the past two years and as a former Sea Lion parent for many years prior to that! She is an amazingly caring person and will be missed at our campus. Please see her community message below.

Thank you,

Stephanie Monroe, Principal

A message from Health Care Assistant, Natasha Bennett

Hello fabulous Mar Vista Families. I am writing to let you know sadly I’m leaving my position at Mar Vista, I want to thank you all for your kindness. To all the students, I will miss you so much.
Thank you for allowing me to care for your students during our time at school.
All my best,

Natasha Bennett

Mr. J's Academic Coordinator Update

Hi Families,

If your child does not have a district Chromebook, it will be imperative that they have one as we begin state testing. We do have extra chromebooks in the office but I recommend you call in advance just to be sure.

ELPAC testing, a state test for English language learners, begins March 2nd, and the SBAC assessment will begin in mid-April.

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 sunglasses day. Students can wear their favorite sunglasses and send in pictures to me to be featured in the Mar Vista News!

Most students will be starting unit 6 in our language arts curriculum, Benchmark, this week.


Weekly News 3-8
February Recognition

Spirit Theme: Sunglasses Day!

The future's so bright, we gotta wear shades! Sport your favorite Ray-Bans, Wayfarers, Aviators or those Dollar Tree brands like the ones I like! Send your photo over to Mr. J at to be featured in the Mar Vista News!

Mrs J's Library Updates


SPRING BOOK FAIR! Online. 3 Weeks. March 15th - April 2nd ONLINE! All books will be mailed to your address!

You can browse and order before spring break or during, get ready for your spring holidays.

This week's book recommendations (yes, we have these titles to borrow in our MV library! Go place your holds or email me requests)

Mrs. J's Book Recommendations...






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

School Counselor's Corner

Article: Balancing Work and Family During a Pandemic



Natalie Hanneman, LMFT, PPS

Socio-Emotional Counselor/Student Services

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

Mar Vista Parent Club

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

Meeting Link:

Don't forget to get to join us at the Drive In Movies at the Boardwalk on Friday Night 3/12....get your tickets here:

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.

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 Parent Engagement Newsletter

Here is the most recent PVUSD Parent Engagement Newsletter (#12).Please share with others in the community!

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!