Mar Vista Parent Newsletter
Week of November 16, 2020
This week is for Parent Teacher Conferences. Please make sure you have a date and time scheduled to discuss your child's progress with the teacher. If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher or the main office if you need help accessing your conference link.
Report cards will be mailed on Tuesday 11/24, but will be available at the Monday 11/23 distribution times, as well.
Please don't forget to give your feedback on the YouthTruth Survey! As always, your voice is important and we will use your feedback at our site committees to reflect on areas of strength and opportunities for growth. Students and staff will also complete a similar survey. The YouthTruth Survey closes on this Friday, 11/20. We appreciate your support!
Mr. J's Academic Coordinator Update
I hope that the conferences this week are helpful to all of you. This presents an opportunity for teachers to share your child’s progress and for you to ask clarifying questions.
We will continue our Great Kindness Challenge this week. This week’s challenge is to support Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes: This year we are choosing to support this local food pantry and weekday hot lunch program that serves our community's food insecure population. One of our own Mar Vista Parent’s and MVP members, Ashley Bridges, has recently become the director of this great organization.
Drop off these items MONDAYS at MAR VISTA or to the office from 8-3:
Peanut butter- smooth
Notes of encouragement (in Spanish and English)
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 continue to work on unit 3 in Benchmark for language arts this week. This is a unit more focused on informational reading.
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: Crazy/Fun Hats!
Bridges Math Unit 2 Checkpoint window open (K-5th)
Please fill out the YouthTruth Survey! Thank you!!!
Conference Week 11/16-11/20
Materials Distributions 8-10 am and 3-5 pm
Library Book Distribution 3-5 pm
Tuesday 11/17: MVPs Meeting (Meeting Link)
Friday 11/20: Student Council 1:30 pm
Tuesday 11/24: Report Cards mailed home
Wednesday-Friday 11/25-11/27: Thanksgiving Recess, No School
Spirit Theme: Crazy/Fun Hats!
YouthTruth Family Survey Ends Friday 11/20!
Please give ~15 minutes of your time to complete an online survey that will help us improve Mar Vista School. We have asked YouthTruth – a nonprofit organization that supports hundreds of schools and districts across the county – to conduct an anonymous survey on our behalf.
Please take the survey before it closes at midnight on November 20th by clicking this link: ytsurvey.org/pvusdfamily20
· The survey needs to be completed in one sitting.
· We ask that one member of each household fill out the survey.
· If you have more than one child who attends the same school, you may respond to the survey multiple times - one time per child.
· If you write any comments, please do not include your name or anything else that might identify you. Your responses are anonymous, and they will be combined with the responses of other parents and guardians before being shared back with school and district leadership.
We sincerely thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. Your response is incredibly valuable to us.
If you have any questions about the survey, or our plans for how we will use your feedback, please contact me at email@example.com
School Counselor's Corner
Great article for parents!
Natalie Hanneman, LMFT, PPS
Socio-Emotional Counselor/Student Services
District Office (831)786-2100 Ext. 4695 to leave message
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.
Win an autographed Steph Curry photo!
When you give to our Holiday Book Drive during raffle week—Monday, November 16th through Sunday, November 22nd—you will be automatically entered to win an autographed photo of Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry!
Mar Vista Parent Club
Next meeting: November 17 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.
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.