02/02/22 Imai Gazette

 

Principal’s Message: 


Dear Imai Families,

Happy Lunar New Year to all families who celebrate! Hope this new year brings you good fortune, peace and prosperity. This month we also celebrate Black History Month. We will take the time to learn about the two cultures and acknowledge  all of the great contributions that each of them bring.  When we acknowledge our different cultures we show our students that we value them and respect their uniqueness.

We are starting the process to allow volunteers back on site but in order to keep the safety of our students and staff, we are going to start slowly so please be patient with us. I will meet with our PTA Board, School Site Council members and staff to plan our next steps. Volunteer opportunities that we will start with will be Project Cornerstone readers and Living Classrooms helpers. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

 

Spelling Bee Winner!!

On Thursday the 27th, 71 first through fifth graders competed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Students took an online test consisting of 20 words. Some words were hard like "throat" and "relative" and some words were REALLY HARD like "vuvuzela" and "aquiline." The competition was fierce and after the initial competition and two tie breakers we can announce our winners! Congratulations to our third place winner - fifth grader Mason from room 15; our second place winner - fifth grader Kieran from room 16; and our first place winner - third grader Ishan from room 10! Ishan will move on to compete in the regional competition in a couple of weeks. Big congratulations to all of our hard-working contestants!

 

We want to hear from you! LCAP survey

The District is beginning its annual process of updating the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). This input collected will guide the update of our District plan for the 2022-23 school year. Look for a meeting at your school to learn more about the LCAP process.

Parents, we want to hear from you: Please click below to give input through February 18 in a survey about the plans' goals. 

Parent Survey:  http://mvw.sd/LCAPParent

More information found here: https://www.mvwsd.org/LCAP

 

Parent Engagement

Help Your English Learner Child Become a Confident Communicator, with Dr. Kate Kinsella: 

Dr. Kinsella is back! At this special parent event, co-sponsored by Imai, Landels, and Vargas Elementary schools but open to all MVWSD families, parents will learn how to support their children in reading, writing, listening, and speaking both in school and in their daily lives.

Dr. Kinsella is the author of many professional publications and research-validated programs to support multilingual learners and striving readers, including READ 180 Universal, English 3D, Language Launch, and Academic Vocabulary Toolkit. She has served as the lead scholar and pedagogy guide on three recent U.S. Department of Education funded research initiatives to improve educational outcomes for K-12 English language learners.

Date: February 3, 2022                 

Time: 6:00 - 7:00pm

Zoom Link: http://mvw.sd/kinsella22

 

Save the date —Saturday, March 19th — for our first annual Imai  walkathon!  PTA sponsored event. Be on the lookout for more Information via your Friday Folders and Konstella over the next two weeks.

 

Have a wonderful rest of the week.

Sincerely,

Arline Siam

Principal

 

Upcoming Events

 

February

-8- ELAC at 6pm  registration link

-11- Principal’s Coffee at 8:30am  registration link

-17- SSC at 3:15pm

-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:

 

We want to hear from you! LCAP survey link is in your inbox

 The District is beginning its annual process of updating the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). This input collected will guide the update of our District plan for the 2022-23 school year. Look for a meeting at your school to learn more about the LCAP process, as well as a survey about the plans' goals. An email with a link to the survey was sent to your inbox on Jan. 31. More information is here: https://www.mvwsd.org/lcap


In case you missed it: Incoming 6th grade information night

Our middle schools recently held meetings for next year's 6th graders and their parents to hear from our principals, information about courses, tips on how to be successful at middle school and more. The presentation slides and videos are posted here: 

 Crittenden: https://crittenden.mvwsd.org/news/what_s_new/orientation_information

Graham: https://graham.mvwsd.org/prepare_for_next_year/incoming_6th_graders

 

Cafecito con el Superintendente

Wednesday, Feb. 9, 5:30 – 6:30pm

 This is an informal meeting for Spanish-speaking parents. Translation will be provided. Please register in advance for this meeting by clicking here: http://mvw.sd/C29



Help Your English Learner Child Become a Confident Communicator, with Dr. Kate Kinsella: February 3

 Date: February 3, 2022              

Time: 6:00 - 7:00pm

Zoom Link: http://mvw.sd/kinsella22

 Dr. Kinsella is back! At this special parent event, co-sponsored by Imai, Landels, and Vargas Elementary schools but open to all MVWSD families, parents will learn how to support their children in reading, writing, listening, and speaking both in school and in their daily lives.

 Dr. Kinsella is the author of many professional publications and research-validated programs to support multilingual learners and striving readers, including READ 180 Universal, English 3D, Language Launch, and Academic Vocabulary Toolkit. She has served as the lead scholar and pedagogy guide on three recent U.S. Department of Education funded research initiatives to improve educational outcomes for K-12 English language learners.

 

 Parent University: Bullying Prevention

Date: 2/16/22, 5:30 p.m.   Registration Link: http://mvw.sd/pu021622

“Bullying” is a serious, yet often misunderstood concept. What does it really mean and how can we stop it? Better yet, how can we prevent it? This presentation will:

  • Identify basic concepts of bullying: definition, types of bullying, basic data
  • Provide tips for bullying reduction
  • Explore relationship-building to prevent bullying as we work to create new standards of acceptable behavior

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

 

MVEF receives grant from Google.org

MVEF is honored to receive a $100,000 grant from Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm, to support California Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for students in MVWSD. Google.org’s  generous support will help fund the ‘Living Classroom’ program to provide an interdisciplinary and practical science-based curriculum that meets NGSS, and ‘Discovery Education’ to support STEM-RTI programs which help implement NGSS for all elementary school students in the district. Read the full press release on our website.

 

Resources for afterschool and school break care 

Looking for afterschool, February break or spring break activities for your children? InPlay offers a free searchable program guide for parents, with filters for age, location, price (including free or reduced cost), and more. To find programs local to Mountain View, head to: https://www.inplay.org/r/mountain-view. Available programs include those that serve students with special needs or English learners.

 Additionally, the City of Mountain View provides eligible, low-income Mountain View families with financial assistance to register children for recreation classes. Applicants must be a Mountain View resident and qualify through the Community Services Agency screening process. Contact the Community Services Agency at (650) 968-0836 to schedule an appointment to see if you are eligible. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

 

 

PTA News:

 SCHOOL YEARBOOK: Our Amy Imai yearbook for 2021-22 is in progress!

· Please help by volunteering to lay out a class page! Sign-up here. We will give you a quick online training on the software and you can work from home. Only a few classroom spots remain!

· We would love to add photographs from school or class events. If you have any photos of the first day of school, 100th day of school, clubs, and after school activities, please share them with us via email or upload to our google drive

· Order your yearbook now for $25 + tax. * Click here to start your order or visit TreeRing.com/validate and enter our school’s passcode 1015335719921389. 

· The Yearbook cover contest is back! See flyer for contest details. This year’s theme is “The Future is Bright!” Entries are due by March 21.

Any questions? Contact our yearbook chairs, Colleen McCloskey or Anastasia Namsaraeva at [email protected] or visit our yearbook webpage.

 

Attachments:

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

Parent U 2021-22 (English)

2021 PC - MVWSD 

Eng Feb Equity Calendar 2022

FAP Handout Flyer- ENG-SPAN

Amy Imai Yearbook Contest Flyer

 

 

 

 

 












 

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