Mar Vista Parent Newsletter

Week of October 19, 2020

Dear Families,

Hello Mar Vista Families,

I'd like to express my gratitude for the many of you who've kept an open dialogue with your children's teachers about their academic and social-emotional needs. The home-school communication is the key to our ongoing progress toward maximizing learning in our unique online environment and also the key to your child's success. We wish to continue that dialogue and make tweaks where needed or bring on the many supports available through our district and local community. Thanks again for working with us!

Please find updated information below and as always, feel free to reach out with questions.

Thank you!

Stephanie Monroe

Mr. J's Academic Coordinator Update

Hi Families!

As many of you may remember, we embarked on the Great Kindness Challenge as a school last year. We loved what we saw and are launching into the first week of our Virtual Great Kindness Challenge this year. With the student council taking a lead on this, we are all excited to see many of the great ideas they come up with.

This week's challenge, which you will also see in their video, is to show our thanks to the essential workers. This can be in the form of letters, signs in your front yard, or posters brought to Mar Vista during Monday distribution which we will display for everyone to see! We also have daily kind acts that students can select from each day:

Thank you for your help in spreading kindness to those around us. This is another component of maintaining connection and community during distance learning!


PBIS Update

Distance Learning Matrix

The new distance learning matrix details expectations in the online environment. Teachers have reviewed the matrix with students, but it is important for families to also know what is being asked of them. There may be some differences from classroom to classroom, so it is important to know the teachers' individual classroom rules, but the school-wide matrix sets universal expectations that allow students to operate in an online environment with confidence and with a focus on learning, community, and safety. See below...
Weekly News 10-19

Spirit Theme: Outdoor Activities!

This week's theme is Outdoor Activities! Snap a photo of your Sea Lion student doing one of their favorite outdoor activities. It can be anything from surfing to gardening, dribbling a soccer ball, basketball or peppering that volleyball. Got mad corn hole skills? Let's see it! Send photos to to be featured in next week's Mar Vista News!

Library Update and Book Fair!

LIBRARY- Distance Learning Style!

The book fair is live now through October 23rd. One more week to shop and support our school library with 40% of your purchases going back into books for the library. All purchases will be delivered to the buyers specified address. Share widely! Anyone can shop at the book fair.

Click "SHOP" at the top and browse by price, level, themes, non-fiction/fiction, page count, etc.

Link to shop the 2020 BOOK FAIR:

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

MVPs - Drive 4 Schools!!!

Hi all!!

Here we are rolling along into our finally pain for our Drive for School 2020 Fundraiser.

We have sold about $2,550 worth of tickets. We’re still asking parents of Mar Vista School children to buy at least $50 in tickets to help us fund our Parent’s club in order to financially support the teachers and the school for years to come.

The link to buy ticket is the absolute last day to purchase Drive for School tickets is October 25th at 5pm.

All stubs will be mailed to you weekly and on the 26th. The drawing for the $25,000 will be on November 1st at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

Thank you for your support!

Have a great day!

Tricia Aminifard

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Please respond to the Annual Notification to Parents...

Mar Vista Parent Club

The MVPs continue to meet virtually each month to find ways to support the teachers and students during this unique time. We are looking for new people that want to get involved. 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!

Next meeting: Tuesday October 27 at 7:00 pm

Meeting Link:

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 School Meals - Fall 2020

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


If your child's district issued Chromebook needs some attention, you may go to Aptos High School or Cesar Chavez Middle School ~ Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 am-12pm

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!