Weekly Wednesday Update

Wednesday, September 29th

Back-to-School Night Review/ Parent/Family Conference Information Coming Soon

It was great to see many of you last week at our Virtual Back-to-School Night. In case you missed it due to the beautiful weather, here is the link to last week’s Back-to-School Night recordings/presentations. You can find yours by your child’s grade/class. Also included is a State of the School presentation and slides. If you’d like to learn more, please join Principal Wells for the “First Friday” Coffee with the Principal on Zoom at 8:30am on Friday.

As always, your child’s teacher is happy to answer any questions you have. We look forward to personal conversations with you at Parent/Family Conferences - more details coming next week about these.

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Hispanic Heritage Night - NEXT FRIDAY 6:00pm on Zoom

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month is an annual tradition at Mountain View - we highlight and celebrate strengths that the Latino community brings to our school, community, and world! This is done in our homerooms and Essentials, as well as during Morning Announcements.

Click here to see the details for our evening event in English & Spanish

A Note from an Essentials Team: Library

Hello from Library Land! The library had been used as a classroom room for the first few weeks of school, but we’ve been able to have our lessons in the library the past two sessions! It will take awhile to replenish furniture and books from the past two years, but we are excited to be back in the space. Recently we have started opening free time choices such as zendoodles, Legos, and puzzles. We are working hard to start checkout around November.

Kindergarten is working on the skills of Reading the Pictures. We use both illustrations and photographs to focus on details, especially character emotions. We are focusing on the amazing author Mo Willems. He is a master of character emotions and silly stories. We have also begun exploring the concept of problem and solution.

First graders are also looking at character expression, especially the eyes. We are using the creative stories and illustrations of author Jon Klassen to discuss subtle art choices making big changes in the story

Second and Third grade began the year with the concept of metacognition and the incredible story of Alex the Parrot. We read a wonderful, illustrated case study of the African grey parrot and paired that work with authentic resources such as articles and video clips. Second grade has moved on to review parts of a fiction story and third grade is learning about alliteration and assonance.

Fourth grade is reviewing many digital resources, especially PebbleGo Next. PebbleGo Next is an elevated version of PebbleGo, a nonfiction resources which you are welcome to explore at home. All websites and logins are available on our library webpage. We will continue our work with research, giving credit, and using valid resources.

Fifth grade has begun a grade wide novel study, focused on the genre of realistic fiction. We are discussing character voices, personas, and conflict. We will move to summary lessons using Google Classroom soon.

Thank you for sharing your children

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Reminder: Sign up to be a substitute at Mountain View!

We could use more support at Mountain View to keep the year running smoothly for students. If you have some flexibility in time and interest, please apply here: https://albemarleva.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=6486 Be sure to let them know you are interested in Mountain View!

Reminder: Attendance, Arrival/Dismissal Notes

Attendance - If your child will be absent, call the office or email MountainViewOAs@k12albemarle.org with the reason for absence.

Dismissal changes - Please call or email the office before 1:00 p.m. if you need to make changes to your child’s dismissal plan for the day

Reminder: School Year Safety/Mitigation Strategies

Please help us keep our school community healthy by screening at home before school daily using the COVID-19 Screening Tools.

  1. Screening at-home before school and keeping your child home if he/she is sick

  2. Talking at home about why we wear masks inside the school or buses

  3. We will maximize physical distancing to the extent possible

  4. We will all wash/sanitize hands throughout the day

  5. Students will all eat in their classrooms or outside - eating as far apart as space will allow

  6. We will take students outside as often as possible


Reminder: Snack Donations Always Needed Accepted

We will happily accept pre-packaged snack donations for children who are unable to provide their own. Not all classes have received donations so we need a general supply -- leave them in the front office for us to distribute upon request. Thank you!

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Community Resources

Link to Last Week’s Update

We are including last week’s update in case you missed it

Upcoming Important Dates

  • October 1 - First Friday Coffee with the Principal (8:30-9:30am on Zoom)

    • Zoom link

    • Meeting ID: 995 7719 4151

    • Passcode: colts

October 4-8 - MVES Respect Week

  • October 4 - Respectful - We show respect by celebrating our differences! We can’t mask our support for each other. Wear your favorite, most fun mask!

  • October 5 - Positivity - We keep a positive attitude about learning. HATS off to a GROWTH MINDSET! Wear your favorite hat.

  • October 6 - Peace - We keep the peace by showing others how much we care. Wear tie-dye or peace inspired clothing.

  • October 7 - Kind and Empathetic - We think about how others feel and make them feel comfortable. Wear comfy clothes.

  • October 8 - Team Player - We are all a team at Mountain View! Wear your favorite Mountain View shirt or blue and white to celebrate school spirit and kindness.

  • October 8 - Virtual Hispanic Heritage Night (6:00-7:30pm on Zoom)

  • October 13 - Schoolwide Morning Meeting, celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, for students on Zoom. Early dismissal for students at 11:30am.

  • October 20 - Unity Day - All students are encouraged to wear ORANGE to stand in solidarity of kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

  • October 20 & October 26 - Virtual Parent/Family Conferences. Sign up information coming soon.

Mountain View PTO

The Attractions Dining and Value Guide fundraiser is underway!

Your student should receive a packet home this week containing an order form with all the details.

Participating in this fundraiser is a great way to raise support for our school, all while saving money for your family and friends! Each coupon book costs only $25 and has over $4000 in savings for restaurants, home improvement retailers, sporting goods, activities and much more.

Sell 5 books, get 1 free.

For questions, contact ChrystalAxford@gmail.com

As a reminder, our PTO Board is

  • President- Katie Rooney

  • Vice President- Alice Hoover

  • Treasurer- Lauren Eddy

  • Secretary- Lindsay Houser

  • Parent Council Representative- Laura Handler

We encourage you to connect with our PTO on calepto.org or on Facebook: Mountain View Elementary School PTO. or via email at: mountainviewcoltspto@gmail.com.