Mar Vista Parent Newsletter

Week of December 14, 2020

Dear Families,

Happy Holidays! We are looking forward to a great week of school before Winter Break! There will be goody bags for each student available at the pick up distribution times as well as throughout the week. Each bag contains a holiday-themed pencil, eraser and a special holiday themed cookie! We hope every student is able to receive their little gift this week in addition to materials being sent home by teachers. If you can't make it during distribution, feel free to stop by between 8 am and 3 pm for pick up any day this week.

A reminder that the MVP Meeting is on Tuesday from 7:00-8:30 pm. The link is and all are welcome to participate!

Thank you to everyone who supported Mar Vista through the End of Year Auction! Your support goes directly to the classrooms to benefit student learning, engagement and social emotional wellbeing. Also thank you Ms. Kate Pavao and the MVPs for organizing this virtual event!!

Congrats to each student who received an award for November! Please see the virtual Character Awards Assembly below featuring our Mar Star Song Video with Sammy Sea Lion! The next Character Award Assembly will be in early February for December/January awardees.

Wishing you a great week!

Stephanie Monroe

Character Awards Assembly - Fast forward to 1:30!!!

November Recognition

Mr. J's Academic Coordinator Update

Hi Families,

Families can come to get PE equipment supplied by PVUSD during distribution from 8-10 and 3-5 on Mondays. There will be a list of activities accompanying the equipment.

Students will be continuing unit 4 in our language arts curriculum, Benchmark, this week. This unit generally focuses on narrative stories and how perspectives/points of view shape these stories.

This week’s Kindness Challenge is to make a gift for a family member or friend!

Remember, students can also work to complete any of these acts of kindness each day:

Thank you for your support in spreading kindness throughout our community!

Students will be doing MAP assessment make-ups this week if they did not finish it last week.


Weekly News 12-14

Spirit Theme: Holiday Dress Up!

This week's theme is Holiday dress up! Share a photo of your child dressed in their holiday-themed best ! Send photos to to be featured in the next Mar Vista News!

School Counselor's Corner

Student and Family Resources for over the Winter Break


Dear community partners,

Please help us to spread the word about our upcoming Family-to-Family class. This is a free, 8-session education program for loved ones of those with mental health challenges. Family members, friends, and caretakers who are supporting someone who is diagnosed with, or experiencing warning signs of a mental health condition are encouraged to join. Topics in the class include up-to-date information on various mental health conditions, helpful communication and problem solving skills, working with and finding providers, family impact, crisis management, and much more.

Our winter class begins Tuesday, January 5th from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. and will run for 8 consecutive weeks. This will be a virtual class offered via Zoom. We will also be offering this class in Spanish this spring, dates TBA (flyer attached).

For more information, please go to
For any questions, and to enroll, please contact our Family-to-Family Coordinator, Fay Rector at 831-254-8587 or

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:

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.

Library Updates

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:


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

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.

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December School Home Connection

Please respond to the Annual Notification to Parents...

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.

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!