01/19/22 Imai Gazette

Principal’s Message: 


Dear Imai Families,

This week we changed our schedule for pool testing due to the holiday so instead of Monday we tested everyone today. Next week we will go back to testing on Monday. 

Thank you to everyone for attending their child’s conference!  We hope you are starting to implement some of the suggestions your child’s teacher has given you to work on with your child. Some suggestions could be as simple as reading every night but others might take some time to build in your routine such as making sure your child is doing their homework or practicing their math facts daily. 

Please join us next week at our Parent Workshop: Positive Parenting presented by the same group that is going to be doing Social Emotional assemblies for the students. Dr. Hauge will teach us how to use communication tools and problem solving strategies that you can use at home with your child. 

Parent Workshop:

Positive Parenting Workshop

Behavior Tips for Parents

Presented by Soul Shoppe



01/27 6:30-8PM

You can join this meeting from your computer, tablet, or smartphone.


One tap mobile:

+1 301 715 8592,,82589847531#

+1 312 626 6799,,82589847531#


Have a wonderful rest of the week.


Arline Siam



Upcoming Events



-20 - SSC at 3:15pm



-8- ELAC at 6pm

-11- Principal’s Coffee at 8:30am

-18- End of Trimester Minimum Day

-21-25- Winter Break No School



Reporting Absences

If you are reporting a student's absence, please email [email protected] or call the attendance line at (650)526-3490 ext 3080.

Reminder: Please include your student's name, your student's room or teacher, the reason for absence, the date of absence(s) and the relationship of the person leaving the message. Thank you from the office staff!


District News:


Board meeting Preview: Jan. 20

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. Some of the meeting’s topics include:

 ·       Security Cameras Policy

·       i-Ready Diagnostic 2 Assessment Overview 

·      LCAP timeline

 For meeting details and agenda, please click here: https://www.mvwsd.org/trustees.


 Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday, Jan. 21

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Jan 21 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/CC121. Please see this webpage for upcoming meeting dates and for video recordings of past meetings. https://www.mvwsd.org/about/communications/news___events/connecting_with_the_community

COVID booster now available for individuals 12+

The CDC has now approved boosters for children ages 12 to 15. Boosters provide an additional layer of protection against COVID-19, including the Omicron variant. Also, if you received the Pfizer vaccines as your initial COVID-19 vaccine series, you can now get a booster 5 months after your second dose instead of 6 months. You can schedule your vaccine appointment at: www.sccFreeVax.org.

Please upload your child’s completed vaccine card

Many of our younger students are getting their 2nd COVID vaccine shot this week. When your child's vaccine card has their second shot listed, please upload a copy to Powerschool. Vaccine cards will be referred to in the case of a positive COVID exposure for your student, and MVWSD needs accurate data for decisions about COVID protocols. Click here for a video that shows you how to upload documents: https://vimeo.com/606954357.Thank you in advance for uploading your documents now!

Guidance for upgrading your mask

Please send your student to school in a well-fitting, quality face mask. Public health officials recommend upgrading from fabric masks. Upgraded masks include double masking (surgical mask + cloth mask), fitted medical masks (surgical masks) and respirator masks (N95s, KN95s or KF94s).

Please see “Choosing Your Mask” here for more guidance: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/.../Get-the-Most-out-of-Masking.aspx

Preschool information meeting: Jan. 26

The award-winning MVWSD Preschool Program is currently accepting applications for full- and part-day for the 2022-23 school year.

 All 4-year-olds residing in the Castro School boundaries are now eligible for FREE, part-day state preschool at Latham.

Our preschool offers age-appropriate early math, language, literacy and science inquiry instruction, as well as social-emotional development in either part-day and full-day classes.

*** Join us for an info meeting on January 26 at 3:30 pm (English) at Zoom link: http://mvw.sd/PK126 ***


Children who will be 3- or 4-years old at any time during the school year are eligible. Priority enrollment is for children who will be 4 years old by Sept. 1.  Full day is 8 a.m.- 3 p.m., part-day is 3 hrs in the morning or afternoon.

Now accepting applications for full- and part-day spaces. Enrollment appointments begin in March. For more info go to www.mvwsd.org/preschool or call 650-526-3560.

Parent University: Managing Stress and Fostering Resiliency

Date: 1/19/22, 5:30 p.m.  Registration Link: http://mvw.sd/pu011922

Does hearing about stress make you feel stressed out? Let’s face this universal phenomenon together. This presentation will:

  • Identify common stressors and the effects of stress
  • Explore tips for stress management for oneself
  • Provide tips on how to support our kids with stress management 

To submit questions prior to the event, please click here. We will do our best to address your question during the session.

Open Enrollment for all MVWSD students starts in January

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment from January 24-28.

For NEW students:  Open Enrollment is from January 10 through Feb. 4, 2022 online. You can register your child for the 2022-23 school year when online registration opens here:  www.mvwsd.org/register 

Please visit www.mvwsd.org/register for more information.


MVWSD Wellness Parenting Tip: Improving Your or Your Child's Mood

 Stressful events influence our thoughts (words or images that pop into our mind), feelings (our emotions), and actions (what we do or say). For example, if your childcare falls through, then you might think, "my day is ruined;" you might feel frustrated; and you might act short-tempered with your child, partner, or colleagues. Doing enjoyable activities can prevent stressful events from ruining our day.

To improve your (or your child's) mood:

1) Track your mood throughout the day (e.g., rate how you feel each morning, afternoon, and evening from 1 = unhappy to 5 = happy).

2) Create a list of activities that you enjoy doing.

3) Schedule one or more of these activities.

4) Do the scheduled activity.

5) Compare your mood before and after doing the activity.

 Watch this video to learn more about how doing fun activities can make you (or your child) feel better: http://mvw.sd/4V8V1

Please take our Survey! MVEF wants your input on our funding priorities

MVEF wants to know your thoughts about our stretch goal, the programs that we usually fund, and areas where MVEF could potentially fund programs in the future for all MVWSD students.  Our stretch goal is if we can exceed our fundraising goal by $ 300,000 in the 2021-22 school year, we will improve learning for all middle school students by funding an additional English language arts teacher for each middle school in the school year. 2022-23

Please take a moment to complete this survey.  

Inclusive Fun Fair - Summer Camp and Recreation opportunities for students with learning challenges. Sponsored by SELPA 1 CAC (www.selpa1cac.org)

Tuesday, January 25 7-8:30 PM on Zoom

Learn more about local summer camp and recreational opportunities from our panel, including:

Via West and Camp Altitude, The Friendship Circle, Camp EDMO, Camp Tuolumne Trails, Learning Play with Chaia May, Special Olympics Nor. Cal., Animal Assisted Happiness. Camp Harmon, Quest Therapeutic Camps and more!



PTA News:

 IMAI PTA SPRING WALKATHON: Mark your calendars! We are hoping to have our first ever (or, the first in at least a decade) Imai Walkathon on March 19, 2022 (pending COVID status at the time). The Walkathon would be a fun activity for the whole family, helping to strengthen our school community in a social setting while raising funds for programs and materials provided by Imai PTA. 

We need several volunteers to help us with PLANNING activities related to walkathon logistics, prizes, software, incentives, food and beverage / food trucks, music, decorations, marketing, sponsorship, etc. If you would like to be on a walkathon planning committee to help shape and execute our event, please sign up on Konstella. We will reach out shortly to begin setting up committee meetings. Email [email protected] if you have any questions.


MVLA Speaker Series 2021 - 2022_Annual Line-up.docx 

Parent U 2021-22 (English)

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