03/16/22 Imai Gazette

 

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Principal’s Message: 

Dear Imai Families,

As you have heard we have updated our Covid protocols and wanted to remind everyone that even though some things are changing, our number one concern is keeping everyone on our campus safe just like we have done the last two years. We respect the choice families will make in regards to outdoor masking and we will talk to our students about respecting other choices as well.  We will discuss the updates at the upcoming Principal’s Coffee so please plan on joining me. 

 

What will be different?

Outdoor masking is recommended (not required). We will continue to eat snacks and lunch outside. Students will be able to play without their mask if they choose to do so. 

Social distancing is optional- physical distancing and spacing requirements are no longer required during lunch and in the classrooms. 

Indoor masking is still required and mandatory. Next check-in point for indoor masking will be on March 24th.

Pool testing will continue on Mondays unless it's a holiday we then test on a Wednesday. 

 Please put extra masks in your child's backpack just in case they need a replacement but we do have extras in the office. 

 

 Upcoming Events

  • Walkathon 03/19 9:30-10:30 K-1 and 10:30 AM for 2-5
  • Scholastic Book Fair 03/22-03/25 3-5PM
  •  Principal’s Coffee on 03/25 at 8:30 AM 

 Have a wonderful rest of the week.

Sincerely,

Arline Siam

Principal

 

Upcoming Events

 

March

-24- SSC at 3:15pm

-25- Principal’s Coffee at 8:30 am register here

-28- Spring Picture Day

 

 

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:

 

Updated COVID guidelines 

Due to falling case rates and updated public health guidance from the county and state, effective now, MVWSD has loosened some COVID restrictions. The most notable change is outdoor masking is recommended but will no longer be required. Masks will remain required indoors for now.  Please see this webpage and the attached infographic for more details about the changes to COVID protocols.

 

March Better Together Infographic 

When women succeed, we all succeed. The same can be said for any of our community members who have felt the sting of marginalization or oppression. On International Women’s Day, let us appreciate all of the women and girls in our lives and the many intersecting identities that make them who they are. Let us never stop fighting for a world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. After all, we are #BetterTogether. Please see the graphics attached to this newsletter, or visit https://www.mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD.

 

The Talk: “The Culture of Success” on Mar. 16th

“Pull yourself up by your bootstraps,” is a common phrase used in American political discourse, particularly around self-reliance and emotional resilience. Today’s culture of success was built upon our ideas, beliefs, and values. However, the pandemic and resulting shifts in our daily lives have called us to reflect on our foundational beliefs about the success and emotional resilience of our children. Let's talk about it.

 

You are cordially invited to MVWSD’s next Roundtable event: “The Talk: The Culture of Success – Our Beliefs About Success and Emotional Resilience” on Wednesday, March 16 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Register at: http://mvw.sd/talk316.



Health and Wellness Parenting Tip: Belly Breathing

Our mood is influenced by physical sensations in our body. When we feel stressed, we tend to take quick and shallow breaths. By taking slow and deep breaths, we can signal our body to relax.

 

Watch this video to learn more about how belly breathing can help your child (or you) feel more relaxed. 

 To belly breathe:


  1. Choose a comfortable position, such as sitting on a chair or laying on your back.
  2. Place one hand on your belly.
  3. Take a deep breath in through your nose while you count to four. As you breathe in, your belly should rise.
  4. Hold your breath while you count to five.
  5. Breathe out through your mouth while you count to six. As you breathe out, your belly should flatten.

 

You may need to repeat these steps for 5-10 minutes before you start to feel relaxed. By practicing these steps, you can learn to relax after stressful situations.

 

Get your tickets to the MVEF Spring Gala “The Art of Words”

Join MVEF on Saturday, April 23 for a lively evening that includes dinner, fundraising, and trivia in support of our schools.    Individual tickets are $125.  (Reduced to $110 until March 20!)  Join us from home with a single virtual login for trivia plus access to online fundraising for $50.  Find more information at https://www.mvef.org/ or https://secure.qgiv.com/event/mvefgala/ 

 

March CAC Announcements 

SELPA 1 CAC and the Learning Challenge Committee are your groups for special education and broader learning challenge needs. If you have questions about learning challenges and special education needs, email [email protected] or check out www.selpa1cac.org

 

Parent Education Event - “FINDING SUCCESS WHEN NAVIGATING CHALLENGING CONVERSATIONS" - this is an alternative dispute resolution training with help from the county SELPA

3/16 Wednesday 7:00-8:30 p.m. Register in advance for this meeting: https://sccoe.to/SELPA1CAC_ChallengingConversations. Attendees of this interactive training will be introduced to a prep-sheet that was inspired by the “Getting to Yes” workbook by Roger Fisher and William Ury. This tool has helped many IEP team members have successful meetings by preparing thinking through interests, options and bringing legitimacy to requests. It is the goal of this training that attendees will leave feeling more prepared and confident for the next IEP team meeting. To be facilitated by Purchin Consulting.

 

3/30 Wednesday 17-8:30 pm  Evening Let’s Talk -  IEP/504 support group. Have questions about the process to get help for your child? Have an IEP but are not sure how to make changes? Need to vent? This is your confidential group. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrce6qrz8vGdNbIywjg1vppQq3tHwvruYI

 

SCCOE Career Exploration for Middle School Parents 

Join the Santa Clara County Office of Education virtually on March 24th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.to explore future career options for your middle schooler. Parents will learn about the 15 Industry Sectors and the courses designed for career success, in addition to the Career Pathways at Santa Clara County High Schools and Community Colleges including Early College Credit. The session will be conducted in English with Spanish interpretation available. Registration for this free event: https://na.eventscloud.com/670621

 

MVLA Parent Ed Speaker Series: Scott Schimmel, Tue. March 22 

Join the MVLA Parent Ed Speaker Series on Tuesday, March 22nd from 7:00 - 9:00pm for Scott Schimmel’s talk, “Critical Foundations: The questions every kid must answer to build a meaningful life.” In this interactive presentation, you will learn about the critical questions every kid must answer to build the three pillars of a meaningful life- identity, purpose, and belonging, reflect on your parenting style and make adjustments to what your kid(s) need now, and put together an actionable plan to more effectively engage your kids in discussion. Register for this free event (in-person at MVHS Spartan Theater) or the Live Stream.

 

MVHS Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk: March 18

MVHS Ambassadors have organized an Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk on Friday, March 18th, from 5:30-7:30 pm on the MVHS Track. The walk is inspired by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Out of the Darkness program, and is being held to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention and to show community solidarity in our goal of becoming more supportive to those struggling with mental health issues. There will be speakers, performances, introductions to partnership agencies, and a lantern-lighting ceremony to close the event. Registration information: url.mvhs.io/outofdarkness

 

LAHS Writers Week - Community Read event

From March 15-18, Los Altos High School is holding the 37th annual Writers Week event, which brings a diverse and inspiring lineup of writers, poets, and journalists to LAHS English classrooms. This year’s Community Read features New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman in discussion with a panel of LAHS students about his books. This event will be held on Zoom on Wednesday, March 16 at 6 p.m. Please RSVP via this Eventbrite link to be sent the Zoom information prior to the event. Read more about our other Writers Week visiting writers here: 2022 Writers Week.

 

MVHS Spartans Sports Camp: Registration Open 

Spartans Sports Camp is proud to announce that registration for Summer Camp 2022 is now open. Camp will run Jun 13-July 29 this summer, and include sports, performing arts, and academic enrichment camps. Spartans Sports Camp is operated entirely by the MVHS Athletic Department and all proceeds go directly to support the sports programs at MVHS. For more information and registration, visit www.SpartansSportsCamp.com.

 

 

PTA News:

 

WALKATHON IS THIS SATURDAY! Rain or shine, we can’t wait to see everyone on campus for walking, food, music and fun! Find the full event details at our walkathon webpage.

· 9:30am start for grades K-1, 10:30am start for grades 2-5.

· No on-site registration Saturday, but you can still register online via Formsite through today, Wednesday, March 16.

· We can still use a few volunteers to help everything run smoothly! Sign up here for a 1-hour shift 

· Create a Pledgestar page (open thru March 31) and consider getting a pledge or two from a friend, neighbor or family member to help cover event costs.

 

THE SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR IS BACK! Full details at our Book Fair webpage

· Shop online now through March 25!

· Fund your teacher’s e-wallet to support books in their classroom

· Shop in person NEXT WEEK, Tuesday thru Friday (March 22-25), 3:00-5:30pm at the MUR

· Volunteers are still needed for our in-person sale! Sign up here for a short shift on one or more days.

 

Yearbook! Yearbook! Yearbook!

YEARBOOK COVER DESIGN CONTEST THRU MARCH 21: Would your child like their artwork to grace the cover of this year’s Amy Imai Yearbook? Have them enter our yearbook design contest! This year’s theme is lego-blocks-inspired “The Future is Bright!” (However they want to interpret it - maybe it’s something related to the first year of Amy Imai or how things are getting better with the pandemic or anything else). Winner’s artwork will be displayed on the front or the back of the yearbook’s cover.  All students are encouraged to participate, use their imagination and get creative! Please email entries to [email protected] and include your child’s name and grade or submit the original to the box in the office. The deadline is March 21.  Click here to see the flier.

IN NEED OF PHOTOS FOR YEARBOOK!  We are depending on parents and teachers more than ever this year to provide photos for the yearbook. Please upload photos from the following events (or any grade- or school-wide events) to the Google Drive folder below:

· First Day of School

· 5th Grade Then & Now

· Walkathon

· Project Cornerstone

· Zoom screen shots of any events

 

Upload school event photos here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1M4HxctnaxCyeO4mT0bgR4ukyom39ipM-?usp=sharing. We need all the pictures by March 21!

ORDER A YEARBOOK: Order your 2021-2022 Amy Imai Yearbook now! The books are full of photos from each classroom and all the activities that take place at school throughout the year. The book is larger than in the past few years and the yearbook staff has been working hard to get photos from staff members since volunteers have not been allowed on campus.  You can customize two pages in your student's book for free, with pictures and memories unique to you! This year the cost is $25. The yearbooks will be delivered to school before the end of the year.  Click here to start your order or visit TreeRing.com/validate and enter our school’s passcode 1015335719921389. So far we have only sold half of the number of yearbooks we sold last year! Don’t miss out on all the memories. 

 

CUSTOMIZE YOUR YEARBOOK PAGES BY APRIL 4: This year you have the ability to add two custom pages of your child’s pictures selected by you. The deadline to edit custom pages is Monday, April 4. Just follow the directions below. 

1) Set up your account at the link below. Our school’s passcode is 1015335719921389. Setting Up a TreeRing Account

2) Next, login and select “My Photos” in the bar on the far left to upload your photos.

3) Click on “Kid Yearbooks”  and “Build Custom Pages” Now you can add photos and design your pages!


To learn more about how to customize your page, please read: 

Creating Custom Pages Step by Step Screenshots and Video Tutorial

Creating Custom Pages from Scratch and Using Page Layout

If you opt to not customize your yearbook pages, your yearbook will just not have those two pages. Don’t forget to check google drive for photos your teacher and yearbook staff have uploaded that you can use in the yearbook. Your class may also have photos on Konstella you can use.

Thanks so much!

- Colleen McCloskey and Anastasia Namsaraeva, Yearbook co-chairs

If you have any questions or prefer that your child NOT be pictured in the yearbook, please contact us at [email protected]

 

 

Attachments:

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

Parent U 2021-22 (English)

Eng March 2022 Equity Calendar

MVLA Speaker Series Flyer 6 -- Scott Schimmel

MVHS Out of the Darkness Walk

March 22 CAC Announcements

Safety protocol updates

Helping Your Child Explore Careers 

Spartans Sports Camp Flyer 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

















 

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