Mar Vista Parent Newsletter
Week of November 30, 2020
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and found a safe way to spend it with family and friends. I can't believe there are only three more weeks until Winter Break!
This week, students begin taking the second round of MAP assessments in grades 2-6. These assessments in Reading and Math give us a metric by which to measure student growth and also provide us with useful information on how to adjust planning and instruction to meet student needs. Expect to receive results of your child's MAP assessments before Winter Break and feel free to contact us with questions. See more info in Mr. J's section below.
Please remember to contact your child's teacher if there is a reason he/she is unable to attend the live meetings (i.e. doctor's appointment, travel, etc.). Your child may still connect with the teacher and complete daily assignments and be counted as "present" on their attendance. Remember that travel is not an excused absence. You may also contact the office if you need assistance.
As a reminder, please support the Mar Vista Virtual Auction which is hosted by the Mar Vista Parent Club (MVPs). This year it is a joint event with Valencia Elementary. Please go to this link to view the items and to support Mar Vista. More information is below.
Monthly School Home Connection
Mr. J's Academic Coordinator Update
This week’s Kindness Challenge involves some art! Find a nice flat rock, decorate it and write something kind on it, and place it in your neighborhood for someone to find!
Remember, students can also work to complete any of these acts of kindness each day: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1k0kD5TX1OS8sApoYotLo8f8l9Vs-QhQr/view?usp=sharing
Thank you for your support in spreading kindness throughout our community!
Students will be taking the MAP tests over the next two weeks. Your child’s teacher will give more specifics about the days and times of these tests. Please see the email I sent out last week with more information. This document has other important information about the test.
I also want to encourage all 3rd-6th grade students to complete at least 45-60 minutes per week on the MAP Accelerator program. Students can access this through Clever. This program is designed to support students in math at their level (based on the MAP assessment) and I have found great success when students regularly use it. Here is a video I made showing how students can access this: https://youtu.be/1FOUol1FGH8
This Week's Spirit Theme: 80's Neon Theme!
11/25 - 12/12: Mar Vista Parent Club - Virtual Auction
MAP Assessments: Nov. 30-Dec 11
Materials Distributions 8-10 am and 3-5 pm
Library Book Distribution 3-5 pm
Spirit Theme: 80's Neon Theme!
School Counselor's Corner
Here is a little guidance for parents on decision making.
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: December 15 from 7:00 -8:30 pm
Meeting Link: https://meet.google.com/akh-unkc-xko
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 Aptos-MVPS@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook @MarVistaElementary.
Mar Vista Elementary Library HOLDS/Curbside pick up using Destiny Discover - Watch Video
Daily story hour 2-3 Monday- Friday (Monday ends at 2:30 for curbside pick up)
Google classroom/Library code:
https://meet.google.com/lookup/a32st4zudr or meet code a32st4zudr
Curbside pickup is happening, Mondays 3-5 PM.
Place holds following this tutorial on Mrs. Jacobsmeyer’s youtube channel:
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
Bookshop Santa Cruz Holiday Book Drive
From Bookshop Santa Cruz:
Local public school libraries always count on new books from Bookshop’s annual Holiday Book Drive to increase and update their collections, but between Covid-19 and the recent wildfires, they need our help more than ever. Many books that were checked out never made it back to schools, so libraries’ inventories are low while the need for books is high.
"Our school library lost many books in our collection in the spring when students were not allowed on campus even to return books. Many 8th graders moved on to the high school and students moved away without having the usual process to return books at the end of the school year." —Martha Dyer, Librarian, Mission Hill Middle School
Donations in any amount are so appreciated!
Donations will be distributed by Santa Cruz City Schools, Pajaro Valley Unified School District, Live Oak School District, and Scotts Valley Unified School District.
Bookshop's Holiday Book Drive is cosponsored by the Santa Cruz Warriors and the Good Times. You can contribute by making a monetary donation to school libraries and classrooms, or specific books at a discount to donate. Our book drive will run online and in-store through December 31st.
Please respond to the Annual Notification to Parents...
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.
Mar Vista Distance Learning Webpage
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.