Mar Vista Parent Newsletter

Week of February 1, 2021

Dear Families,

Happy February! This month brings us a celebration of Black History Month, Lincoln and Washington's Birthdays. Don't forget we have two Monday no school days, 2/8 and 2/15 to observe the President's holidays. We look forward to spending lots of time this month learning about our country's history and also moving into Unit 5 in our Benchmark Language Arts Curriculum. This month's curriculum focuses on texts that help us to understand why people use technology and what benefits technology brings to our lives. This is a great time to have family conversations about what role technology plays in your lives, how it has changed over time and to listen to the new ideas students learn from the texts they read. Thank you for being an integral partner in your child's education! Team work makes the dream work!

Please remember that our second School Picture Day will take place on Monday, February 1st for grades 3-6. Siblings in lower grades are welcome to come if they missed last week's date. We ask that families come at the following times to evenly distribute student arrivals and avoid lines. If the time frame doesn't work for you, it is okay to choose another time. Please see the following timeframes and thanks for your help!

Monday, February 1:

3rd grade 12:30-2:00

4th grade 2:00-3:00

5th grade 3:00-4:00

6th grade 4:00-5:00

Photos will be taken outside of the main office with COVID-19 protocols in place. In case of rain, photos will be taken in the library. Please park, wear your masks and wait at the marked areas to be called down for your child's photo. All visitors will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms before approaching the photo area. Do not come to the school if you and/or your child are showing COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID within the past two weeks.

Have a great week!

Stephanie Monroe, Principal

Mr. J's Academic Coordinator Update

Hi Families,

Students will be starting unit 5 in our language arts curriculum, Benchmark, this week.

The science fair looks quite a bit different this year, and due to the structure of distance learning, it is not being required for 4th-6th graders. It is still encouraged for those students wishing to participate, and they can still submit their projects directly to the county fair this year. You can find more information about that here:

Please note, the deadline for registration is March 1st.

We will have science fair boards for anyone that wishes to participate, please just reach out to me and we can set something up.


Spirit Theme: Dress Like a Rock Star!

This week's theme is Dress Like a Rock Star! Are you ready to rock? Dress like your favorite rock star from any decade! Send your photo to to be featured in the next Mar Vista News!
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PVUSD Parent Engagement Newsletter

Here is the most recent PVUSD Parent Engagement Newsletter #11. Lots of important information for local families, with several of the event dates right around the corner. Please share with others in the community!

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School Counselor's Corner

Mar Vista Parent Club

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

Meeting Link:

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.

Mrs J's Library Updates

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

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 - 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!