Mar Vista Parent Newsletter

Week of April 5, 2021

Dear Families,

Happy Easter and first week of April! This week marks the return of our TK-1st grade students to campus and a preparation week for 2nd through 6th grade teachers who will be getting ready for their students' return next week. See classroom weekly planners for an updated schedule.

On Friday, March 26th, I sent out a video about our school's plan for arrival and dismissal, as well as the process for staying safe while on campus. Please find the links to the two resources here:

Mar Vista In-Person Video

In-Person Procedures Document

Important: Lanyards with student screening badges will be available at pick up on Monday at the distribution times. These badges are to be worn to and from school every day Tuesday-Friday.

Also, by now you should have received a letter with your child's in-person learning schedule. It would have stated Cohort 1 or 2 OR Cohort 1 & 2. If the latter, your child is able to attend in person on all four days, Tuesday through Friday. If you have any questions, please call us in the office at (831) 761-6177.

For more information about your child's daily schedule and curriculum, please contact his or her teacher. We are so excited to see those smiling faces back on campus and are looking forward to an amazing end of the school year!!

Thank you,

Stephanie Monroe, Principal

District Links:

Please see below for additional links about our return to In-Person learning:

District Reopening Webpage

COVID-19 Prevention Plan

Return to In-Person Instruction Timelines and Schedules /Spanish Version

Mr. J's Academic Coordinator Update

Hi, Families.

First off, I have to say how excited I am to see students back in person this week!

If your child does not have a district Chromebook, it will be imperative that they have one as we begin state testing (3rd-6th). We do have extra Chromebooks in the office but I recommend you call in advance just to be sure.

We are due to begin the SBAC assessment on April 20th.

Thank you to everyone that has sent in pictures for the spirit days! This is one way we are trying to maintain connection and community, so it is appreciated. This week is “make something creative and share it”. Students can create anything creative, take a picture with it, and send in pictures to me to be featured in the Mar Vista News (and possibly the yearbook)!

Students will be continuing Unit 6 in our language arts curriculum, Benchmark, this week.


Spirit Theme: Create something and share it!!

This week's theme gets creative! So create something at home, take a photo and share it with us! It can be art, a craft, a culinary creation, a story, Lego sculpture, rock garden, the list goes on an on! Make sure you're in the pic though! Send your photo over to Mr. J at to be featured in the Mar Vista News!
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Autism Awareness Month

As we return from Spring Break this April, we celebrate and raise awareness for World Autism Month.

Autism Spectrum Disorders affects 1 in 54 children. PVUSD is dedicated to provide evidence-based practices and intervention to our students with autism.

April 2nd was World Autism Awareness Day. "Light It Up Blue" to recognize people with autism and those who love and support them. Join us in wearing blue on April 5th and throughout the month of April in solidarity and to spread kindness for those touched by autism.

The 2021 Mar Vista Virtual Talent Show

We can't wait for you to show us what you've got! Dancing, singing, or soccer skills! Comedian or cook! You tell us what talent you want to share! Sign ups are due by April 16! Click here!

From MV Alum Iman Moshari: Victory Veggies needs your help!

Many members of the Santa Cruz community have gone hungry due to the brutal-ongoing of the Covid-19 Pandemic; during all this the Second Harvest Food bank is experiencing record high demand throughout Santa Cruz county.

Victory Veggies receives fresh produce at a Covid-safe location on our set date and location every Friday from 5-7pm at Anna Jeans Cummings Park. The collection site is contactless and if you need help removing the items from your car we will gladly do it for you. The produce is then taken to a larger nonprofit that helps distribute the produce to the general public.

As for volunteering, we are in dire need of help -putting up fliers, taking fliers down, and helping VV grow so that we can continue helping the community. We already received 1322.5lbs of fresh produce as of February 2021, with your help we can grow that number.

For more information and to get in contact with us check out our site at or email/message us at -IG @victoryveggiessoquel.

Only together can we continue helping and growing our community!

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

School Counselor's Corner

A great link for preparing children to return to school..

Returning to School-Social and Emotional Wellness

Regreso a la Escuela-Apoyar el Bienestar Social y Emocional de Su Hijo

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: April 20 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.

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 Parent Engagement Newsletter

Here is the most recent PVUSD Parent Engagement Newsletter (#13). Please share with others in the community!

English Newsletter

Spanish Newsletter

PVUSD School Meals - 2021

School meals are served daily at Aptos Jr. 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!