- Eagle Update - May 2023

For the families of YVES

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Principal's Message

Dear YVES Families,

May is a wonderful month!

There are several awareness days celebrated in May:

Asian American and Pacific Islander Month

Jewish American Heritage Month

  • May 2- National Teacher Appreciation Day
  • May 3- YVES Open House 5:30-6:30 (5:15-5:30 Mini-concert, MU)
  • May 5- African World Heritage Day
  • May 5- Multicultural day/Eating with Parents during Lunch
  • May 6- National Fitness Day
  • May 8-23- YVES State Testing for Grades 3-5 8:15 AM-9:30 AM
  • May 8-12- Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 14- Mother's Day
  • May 25- Shavuot begins
  • May 28- Pentecost
  • May 29- Memorial Day
  • May 31- YVES Fifth Grade Celebration 8:30 AM -10:30 AM

Sincerely Yours,

Gil Armenta



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Letter from the Counselor- Spring 2023

Dear Ygnacio Valley Elementary Families and Guardians,

At YVES and in MDUSD, our students have responsibilities and behavior expectations that include being safe, respectful, responsible and kind. We promote (SEL) Social Emotional Learning Monthly Themes from (CASEL) Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning. There are 5 competencies: Relationship Skills, Social Awareness, Self-Awareness, Self-Management and Responsible Decision Making. Our April theme is Relationship Skills and in May/June the theme is Responsible Decision Making. Our students are taught and recognized for exemplifying these traits. What is the CASEL Framework Overview (5 minutes).

As part of being a safe school, we need our Upstanders to continue to report any bullying or harassment. What is an Upstander?

Upstander Definition vs. Bystander BARK Upstander information

An upstander does not join in when someone is being bullied. Instead, an upstander gets help from a trusted adult and supports the child being bullied in walking away. Sometimes they even stand up to the bully themselves. A bystander is someone who knows bullying is happening, but does nothing to stop it. Bystanders often join in, or laugh at what is happening to avoid peer rejection or getting bullied themselves. However, being a bystander can encourage bullying, because it shows that a bully’s actions are socially acceptable.

Our students are expected to avoid conflicts and physical or verbal violence. YVES Eagles are respectful. They help others, work cooperatively and have safe hands and bodies. They also use safe words that are kind and don’t include profanity. YVES Eagles are respectful of school authority and treat others the way they want to be treated-fairly and respecting their rights. They avoid spreading rumors or gossip, verbally or electronically. They respect each other's right to be different. Our students take responsibility for their actions. They give their best in everything they do and help create a positive school environment.

Unfortunately, some of our Eagles are struggling with some of these responsibilities and expectations. We have had morning meetings in classrooms and had students spoken to as a class by Mr. Armenta and Ms. Kimber. Please review this information with your student. We need more Upstanders. Students need to use adults to help with conflicts and remind others that we are a safe and respectful environment, free from profanity, unkind words and behaviors.

Thank you for reading, Ms. Kimber, School Counselor

Parent Resources

Please find below Adult Education and resources for parents.

  • Fliers -Free tutoring Afghan students on Saturdays! classes and workshops for our Afghan community that take place at the Noor Islamic & Cultural Community Center

  • Contra Costa County libraries are offering a free tutoring service linked Here. They have math and E/LA tutoring in Spanish.

Elementary English Language Development resources and Secondary Newcomer resources

The Mt. Diablo Adult Education Lifelong Learning program is offering several new classes this month. Check out the list of March classes, along with information about community classes including a Spanish Book Club, here. More information is at mdae.mdusd.org. For questions, call (925) 937-1530 or email lifelonged@mdusd.org.

Every Student Succeeds Act: Parents’ Right to Know

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Your child is attending a school which is receiving Title I federal funds through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

Local educational agencies receiving Title I funds are required to notify parents whose student(s) attend a Title I school that they may request, and the agency will provide the parents on request (and in a timely manner), information regarding the professional qualifications of the student’s classroom teachers, including at a minimum:

1. Whether the student’s teacher:

• Has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;

• Is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived; and

• Is teaching in the field of discipline of the certification of the teacher.

2. Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

If you would like this information, please contact me at armentag@mdusd.org.


Gil Armenta


Ygnacio Valley Elementary School

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Chronic Absences

Effective April 10, 2023, if a student is chronically absent, the parent/guardian must provide medical verification for future absences to be excused. Chronic absenteeism means that a student has missed 10 percent or more of school days, (to date) due to absences for any reason- excused, unexcused absences and suspensions. Absences can cause students to have difficulty learning to read by their third-grade benchmark assessments, affect academic achievement in middle school, or affect student motivation to do the work required to graduate from high school.

Per MDUSD Board Regulation 5113 “If a student shows a pattern of chronic absenteeism due to illness, district staff may require physician verification for further absences to be excused.”

Remember, “Every School Day Counts. Attend today, Achieve for a lifetime!”

Ygnacio Valley Elementary School Attendance Hotline

YVES Attendance Hotline

Mirna Madrazo, Attendance


Ext 85502

Ygnacio Valley Elementary Contact Information

Thank you to our office staff:

  • Gil Armenta, Principal (Ext 85500)
  • Renee Terry, Office Manager (Ext 85501
  • Mirna Madrazo, Secretary (Ext 85502)
  • Connie Humphrey, Community Liaison (Ext 85504)

We could not operate without you!