10/14/21 Imai Gazette

Principal’s Message: 

Dear  Imai families,

 

Yesterday we had the opportunity as a staff to review data and plan instruction keeping all students in mind. Differentiated instruction allows us to give students the support they need instead of lumping them together in one big group. Smaller groups make it easier to see who has mastered the lesson goals and has acquired the skills to move on. Giving teachers time to plan is so valuable and always appreciated. Our PTA provided lunch so we were well taken care of. 

 

Fall Family Activity

We are gearing up for our Fall activities. Please read the information on the link to let you know what is coming up. 

 

We have started to think about selecting our new mascot and we will be sending you more information on the process we will use to get input from all stakeholders. 

 

Enjoy the rest of the week!

 

Sincerely,

 

Arline Siam

Principal

 

October

  • 14 -SSC at 3:45pm

  • 20 - Cafecito con el superintendente at 5:30 pm click here to register

  • 22 - Principal’s Coffee at 8:30am

  • 25 - Picture retake

  • 28- ELAC at 5:30pm

Reporting Absences

If you are reporting a student's absence, please email Imaiattendance@mvwsd.org 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:

Cafecito con el Superintendente

Wednesday, October 20, 2021⋅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/cafe10-20-21

Parent University: Supporting Literacy Grades 3-8

Date: October 27, 2021 Time: 5:30-7:00pm 

Registration Link: mvw.sd/pu102721

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body” - Joseph Addison. 

Join Instructional Coaches Melanie Stanley, and Katie Stern share creative tips and strategies to better support your child in their literacy skills. By supporting your child’s literacy you can take part in developing their reading ability, comprehension, and language skills.  To submit questions prior to the event, go to mvw.sd/questions. We will do our best to address your question during the session.

Note: While this presentation is tailored towards families with children in third grade and above, all are welcome. If you’d like to see a presentation that is aimed more toward families with younger students, check out the recording of last year’s literacy-focused Parent University event.

Better Together: Seeking Multiple Perspectives 

The focus of October’s Better Together infographic is “Seeking Multiple Perspectives.” When individuals examine issues from a different point of view, they are able to think more critically and question dominant beliefs. Please see the graphics attached to this newsletter, or visit https://www.mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD.


Health and Wellness: Parenting Series

It is natural for us to pay attention to behaviors that are irritating, worrisome, or make us want to disappear from embarrassment. Usually, when our child is calm, quiet, and self-entertained, we breathe a sigh of relief. However, this inadvertently teaches our child that they can get our attention by being disruptive. The good news is that we can reverse this pattern by paying attention to our child’s positive behaviors.


To praise positive behaviors:

Try praising something positive that your child is doing each morning and evening (for example, “Good job sharing with your sibling”). We are used to noticing disruptive behaviors, so praising your child’s positive behaviors will take some practice and patience – but will ultimately benefit both you and your child.


This tip came directly from the free, online Everyday Parenting program created by parenting expert, Dr. Kazdin.


To learn more parenting tips click here


MVEF Relies on Parents Like You!

Please donate to MVEF to help us reach our annual $800,000 fundraising goal and raise an additional $300,000 to fund two ELA teachers to reduce class sizes at the middle schools in 2022-23. Please see the website at mvef.org for more information and to donate online. You can use your credit card to pay in monthly installments.  


SMART Goals - Creating and Troubleshooting IEP Goals that Work 

IEP Goals are written in very specific language and it can be difficult to see how the goals relate to concrete skills and goals for your child. Learn more about SMART Goals and how they work with Professor Anne Spillane of University of Massachusetts Global.

What: Parent Education Event and Discussion

When: Tuesday, October 19, 7-8:30 PM

Where: On Zoom, email selpa1cacinfo@gmail.com for link

 

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - Thursday, October 14th

You can change the life of a student! Come learn about volunteer opportunities to Mentor high school students and Tutor students in grades K-8  in our Mountain View and Los Altos schools. Becoming a Mentor or Tutor will add joy to your life and help a student in our local community to a brighter future!

There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer.  You're welcome to just come and learn more about what we do.

All volunteers must be high school graduates.  

Date:             Thursday, October 14th

Time:             5:30 - 6:30 pm

Location:       Online via Zoom (URL provided upon registration)

Register:       REGISTER ONLINE

Questions:    programs@mentortutorconnection.org

Information:  MentorTutorConnection.org


MVLA Speaker Series with Dr. Michael Bradley 

The MVLA Speaker Series continues on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 7:00pm. Join us for an evening with clinical psychologist and author of Yes,Your Teen Is Crazy! Loving Your Kid Without Losing Your Mind, Dr. Michael J. Bradley. Dr. Bradley’s respect-based philosophy is at the heart of the presentations he has given to thousands of parents who are seeking ways to communicate with their adolescent children. He takes you inside your teenager’s head and shows you why teens think and behave the way they do, and gives parents real-world advice, strategies, and methods to use. Register at: https://eventbrite.com/e/michael-bradley-yes-your-teen-is-crazy-registration-167808157717


Eviction Help Center at MV Public Library 

The City of Mountain View hosts a help center at the MV Public Library with city staff, CSA, and Project Sentinel to provide residents with rent assistance, eviction help, legal resources, and other support services. There are multiple representatives that speak Spanish. The help center is available every Thursday from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Mountain View Public Library on the 2nd Floor, Room 205. For more information, contact mvrent@mountainview.gov or visit mountainview.gov/COVID19HousingRelief


PTA News:

 

PTA MEMBERSHIP CONTEST WINNERS: Congratulations and thank you Imai families for supporting our students, teacher and school! The results of the classroom PTA

membership contests are in.... and Ms. Schaefer's 5th grade class, with 86% membership, wins a popsicle party!

Thirteen of our 18 classrooms have at least 50% PTA membership, but we need as much support as possible to fund our school needs. It's never too late to join and donate! www.imaipta.org/join

 

ONLINE BOOK FAIR COMING SOON: Our online Scholastic Book Fair begins Monday, Oct. 18, running until Oct. 31. Support your students’ love for reading AND earn rewards for our school and library in the virtual book fair. You’ll have access to thousands of best-selling books, collections, educational toys, games and more, shipped directly to your home. Watch Konstella announcements, Imai PTA Facebook and next week’s Gazette for more details when the book fair is open!

 

TWO STEPS to Get the Most from Parent Communications on Konsella

1) Make sure you’ve Joined Konstella at www.konstella.com/p/imai

2) Place your students into their classrooms after logging in, click on your name (top left), then ‘your children’ to add or move them.

Complete these steps to access class directories and receive important updates from your room parents, emails from other parents and important updates from Imai PTA! Email communications@imaipta.org if you need help or have questions.

 

In Need of Event Photos for Yearbook

Help us make the yearbook better! We are looking for photos for the yearbook from lots of the recent back to school activities. If you have photos from the following events below, we would love it if you could upload them to our yearbook folders.

  • Beautification Day

  • Parent Social

  • Meet the Teacher

  • First Day of School 

Please add them to folders in our google drive or to a google photos album.

 

 

Attachments:

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

Parent U 2021-22 (English)

October Equity Calendar 2021

2021.09.30_Eviction Help Center

SMARTiepgoals

MVLA Speaker Series Flyer 2 - Michael Bradley


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