Weekly Wednesday Update

Wednesday, September 1

Second Week Routines

The children are really learning their classroom and school routines -- each day they are more confident walking the halls in the morning, and are getting more used to routines. Of course, we still need to remind and teach what it looks and sounds like to be “respectful, responsible, and ready to learn” - but we are proud of what we see.

Today is a great time to take a moment to thank your child’s teacher for their hard work!

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Our staff collaboratively created this “all hands on deck” artwork to show how much we LOVE working with and for your children. Thanks to Marcie Canine and Bill Westen for putting it together in our hallway for all to see and enjoy.

Future of Mountain View “Findings and Feedback” - September 8 meeting postponed

This meeting is being rescheduled -- we will let our families know when a new date is finalized. In the meantime, we will continue to focus on the installation of the learning pods and outdoor tent – both coming soon!”

Safety Drills

Our number one priority is to keep children safe in school. During the first month of school, we practice a variety of safety drills as a school. This week we are holding grade level fire drills by class. In the next three weeks, we will have weekly, schoolwide fire drills. We will also practice the tornado/severe weather drill. Our teachers do a fantastic job preparing their classes, but please help reinforce at home that we practice these so we know what we do in case of an emergency.

A Note about COVID Communication

Please check your email for a detailed about about COVID communication and protocols for Mountain View.

In summary, yesterday we quarantined a bus. We first contacted families whose information need was most urgent and I was planning on this wider communication today as part of our Weekly Wednesday Update. I sincerely apologize for the concern and confusion caused by the many hearing the story in the news media before I had the opportunity to send it to you. For context, afterschool and into the evening last night, our team was focused on preparing plans for today's possible weather because our first priority is always safety. It is also important to note that the large number of students who were quarantined is not an indication that any of them were contagious for the virus.

In summary:

  • We will always prioritize notifying close contacts (those who were within three feet of someone contagious for the virus for more than 15 minutes in a classroom or within six feet for 15 minutes or more on a school bus).

  • All families of students who are identified as close contacts will receive a call from us before an email is sent to families, either school-wide or within a classroom.

  • We always will separately notify the families of any classroom that in which a student or staff member has tested positive for the virus. All school buses in Albemarle County now have seating charts that will allow us to more specifically identify close contacts.

  • In the event of a student needing to quarantine, teachers will work in teams to send learning materials home to ensure our student remains current in their learning. This support will be provided as soon as possible, typically within 24 hours.

I would like to remind you of important points that I have emphasized in our email messages on COVID on monitoring family and children for COVID-19 symptoms including:

  • Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue, muscle or body aches, headaches, sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting

  • New loss of taste or smell

In the event you observe any of these symptoms, please keep your child at home and contact your health care provider.

In closing, I am deeply appreciative of how, these past several months, we have come together as a community to care for one another. You have helped to make it possible for us to resume in person learning for hundreds of our students. We are in this journey together.

Community Notice from Avinity

While we realize the Mountain View car line is long in the morning and afternoon, the Avinity Neighborhood asks Mountain View families not to park there and walk their children to school. The congestion is becoming an issue and you risk being towed if you don’t live there.

Reminder: Arrival/Dismissal Notes

Please if you need to make changes to your child’s dismissal plan for the day make sure you call or email the office before 1:00 p.m.

Reminder:From MoHS - NEW “PILOT” ADMISSION PROGRAM FOR 2021-2022

ALL students in Monticello’s Southern Feeder Pattern will be admitted FREE to ALL regular season home contests except Varsity Football & Varsity Doubleheader Basketball games. Elementary & Middle School students must be accompanied by an adult for free admission (and for their safety). We want our students, ALL of our students and especially our future Mustangs, to be able to enjoy a game at their community school without a family financial burden. Parents may CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.

Reminder: School Year Safety/Mitigation Strategies

Many procedures are similar to those used last year. You can help us keep our school community healthy by:

  1. Screening at-home before school and keeping your child home if he/she is sick

  2. Talking at home about why we wear masks inside the school or busses

  3. We will maximize physical distancing to the extent possible

  4. We will all wash/sanitize hands throughout the day

  5. Students will all eat in their classrooms or outside - eating as far apart as space will allow

  6. We will take students outside as often as possible

Last year our school received excellent reports on our mitigation measures, and we will continue to do all we can to keep us healthy this year.

You will find more details on page 13-14 of our Family/Student Handbook

Reminder: Snack Donations Accepted

We will happily accept pre-packaged snack donations for children who are unable to provide their own. You can either donate them to your child’s teacher or leave them in the front office for us to distribute upon request. Thank you!

A Community Opportunity

Cub Scout Pack 77 Join Scouting Night: Cub Scout Pack 77, a part of the Mountain View community for over 25 years, will be holding an informational session on Tuesday, September 7th, at 6:00 p.m., in front of Mountain View Elementary School. Cub Scouts is open to boys and girls from Kindergarten through 5th grade. Cub Scout programming is age-specific, family-friendly, and designed to help boys and girls grow into the very best version of themselves that they can be. Activities range from camping and other outdoor fun to attending sporting and cultural events to service projects like the Scouting for Food food drive and honoring first responders and front-line workers during the holiday season and of course include traditional Scouting activities like Pinewood Derby and Rocket Day. Please come see us on the 7th, or you can contact Cubmaster Audrey Storm at cvillepack77@gmail.com. You can find us online at cvillepack77.org or find us on Facebook (search for CvillePack77). We look forward to seeing you Tuesday!

Link to Last Week’s Update

We are including last week’s update in case you missed it

Spanish Smore - https://www.smore.com/uj7ke

English Smore - https://www.smore.com/9t52h

Lost and Found

If any of these items belong to your child, please call to the office and we will make sure your it makes it back home.
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Upcoming Important Dates

  • September 3 - “First Friday Coffee with the Principal” on Zoom (8:30-9:30am)

    • Meeting ID: 995 7719 4151

    • Passcode: colts

  • September 6 - Labor Day (no school for students)

  • September 7 - Grade 3 Fall Growth Assessment in Reading

  • September 8 - Grades 4 and 5 Fall Growth Assessment in Reading

  • September 8 - POSTPONED “Findings and Feedback” Zoom with the future of Mountain View/ Master Planning committee

  • September 9 - Grade 3 Fall Growth Assessment in Math

  • September 10 - Grades 4 and 5 Fall Growth Assessment in Math

  • September 13 - PTO Meeting on Zoom at 7:00pm (link coming soon)

  • September 23 - Virtual Back-to-School Night (Schedule and links coming soon)

Mountain View PTO

The new PTO board consists of

President- Katie Rooney

Vice President- Alice Hoover

Treasurer- Lauren Eddy

Secretary- Lindsay Houser

Parent Council Representative- Laura Handler

Teacher Representative- Jeannie Ballard

A Message from the PTO President: My name is Katie Rooney and I am the new PTO president at Mountain View! This is my first year in the position and I have a lot to learn, but I am motivated and excited to get the year started. I currently have three kids at Mountain View in fourth grade, second grade and kindergarten. We have loved our time at Mountain View for the past four year and look forward to another great year this year. My goal is to make this the year the best possible experience for our children and teachers despite the unique circumstances. Please be on the lookout for the Colt Express newsletter this weekend where we will share more about the PTO, our plans for the year and some upcoming things we will be doing. Most importantly, please join us for the first PTO meeting of the year on Monday, September 13 at 7:00 pm. I look forward to a fun year together!

We encourage you to connect with our PTO on calepto.org or on Facebook: Mountain View Elementary School PTO. or via email at: mountainviewcoltspto@gmail.com.