Imai Gazette 01/11/23

Principal’s Message: 


Dear Imai Families,

Welcome back! Happy New Year! Our school was one of three Mountain View Whisman elementary schools that were recognized as a 2023 California Distinguished School. Our 2023 Distinguished Schools are Amy Imai Elementary, Bubb Elementary and Stevenson Elementary. 

The California Distinguished Schools program recognizes schools across the state for their excellent work in one of two categories: closing the achievement gap and achieving exceptional student performance. To select California Distinguished Schools, the California Department of Education (CDE) uses multiple measures to identify eligible schools based on their performance. Schools are selected for results based on data reported on the 2022 Dashboard, including assessment results, chronic absenteeism, suspension rates, and socioeconomic data.

The full list of our state and national award-winning schools is here:


The goal for this  trimester two is to continue working on skills needed to be successful in reading and math. In order for that to happen please have your child:

  1. Read every night
  2. Practice their sight words daily (K-2)
  3. Practice their math facts daily

Upcoming events: 

New Family Parent Information Night (New Kindergarten Night) 01/11/23  6:30-7:30PM (register here)

Principal’s Coffee (in-person in MUR) 01/20 at 8 AM (check-in the office first)


Have a wonderful rest of the week. Stay safe and dry.

Arline Siam


Upcoming Events



11- New Parent Meeting at 6:30pm Register here

16- Martin Luther King Jr. Day (No school)

19- SSC at 3:30pm

20- Principal’s Coffee at 8:30 am (In-Person)



7- ELAC at 5:30pm

10- Principal’s Coffee at 8:30 am 

13-16- Walden West Camp (5th Grade)

16- SSC at 3:30pm

17- End of Trimester (Minimum Day)

20-24- 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:

Don’t forget to give your student the free COVID test on Jan. 16

MVWSD provided at-home COVID-19 testing kits for free to families and staff members so that you may test before returning to campus after the winter break. Please use one to test your student on Monday, Jan. 16 before returning to school on Tuesday, Jan. 17 (after the Martin Luther King Jr holiday).  Please see this letter for what to do after testing. Thank you for participating in these measures to help ensure all of our students and staff stay healthy. 


The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 6:00 p.m. 

Some of the meeting topics include:          

  • Review of conceptual designs for greening and outdoor learning at Vargas Elementary School     
  • i-Ready- CAASPP Correlation and Diagnostic 2 Assessment Results


For meeting details and agenda, please click here:


Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday, Jan. 13

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Jan. 13 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Click here to register:


Cafecito con el Superintendente

Wednesday, Jan. 11, 5:30 – 6 pm

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


For parents of new students and incoming kinders: There are important new student registration meetings coming up. 

Your neighborhood school: Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 6:30 pm. Click here for each school’s meeting link:

MVWSD choice schools: Thursday, Jan. 12. Gabriela Mistral Elementary at 5:30 p.m. and Stevenson Elementary at 6:30 p.m. Click here for each school’s meeting link: There are also in-person school exploration events:  Wednesday, January 18 from 1:30 - 4 pm at Theuerkauf for parents of Theuerkauf Transitional Kinders, Preschool and for the public. Wednesday, January 25 from 2- 4 pm at Castro Elementary for parents of Latham Preschool and for the public.


Here’s how you can be ready for the meetings


   First, check your residency to determine your neighborhood school:


   Learn about choice schools and neighborhood schools at


  Click here for a video about how the choice school lottery process works. (Spanish video:


  Click on this video for Day in the Life of a Kinder: (Spanish video is here:


Is your student too young for kindergarten?


Click here to learn about the right program for your young learner:


  The information meeting for transitional kindergarten is January 19 at 6:30 p.m. at this Zoom link:


The preschool informational meeting is January 19 at 3:30 pm (English) at this Zoom link: and February 1 at 3:30 pm (Spanish) at this Zoom link:


Student registration starts soon!


Open enrollment for all students (including returning students) for the fall starts on Jan. 24. Click on for all of the details.


Parent University: Living Our New “Normal”: Tips for Families on How to Thrive Post-Pandemic 

Date and Time: Feb. 7, 2023 5:30pm  Registration Link:

The last three years have been difficult on parents and children. How do we keep going and continue to show up to support our families?

Together, we will be able to: 

  • Identify what the “New Normal” means to us.
  • Learn tips and strategies to manage stress and navigate our “New Normal”
  • Commit to take one action to address a personal goal


MVEF January Updates

Thanks to the generous support of MVEF donors and volunteers, MVEF achieved the incremental goal to raise $800k by Jan 1, 2023! This achievement represents almost 70% of this year's annual goal of $1,200,000 raised during the first half of the fiscal year.  Thank you MVEF donors and volunteers for your tireless support of MVEF and Mountain View Whisman School District!


SAVE THE DATE for the MVEF Gala: MVEF will hold its  Annual Fundraising Gala benefiting the current school year on Saturday, April 29, 2023. The MVEF Gala is an opportunity for residents, district parents, business leaders and community members to come together to support local schools. This year’s event will include dinner, fundraising activities (including a raffle and silent auction), and dancing (subject to county health guidelines). More details about the Gala will be shared soon.


Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Info Session

Come learn about volunteering as a Mentor or Tutor! Help a local student to a brighter future. VOLUNTEER INFORMATION SESSION - January 19, 12:00-1:00 pm, El Camino YMCA, 2400 Grant Road, Mountain View. To register go to  - or email [email protected].


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.


MVLA Parent Ed Speaker Series: Raising Body Positive Youth on Jan. 19

Join MVLA Parent Ed on Thursday, Jan. 19 from 7pm - 9pm (LAHS Eagle Theater) for an evening with Wendy Sterling, Shelley Aggarwal, and Signe Darpinian – co-authors of No Weigh! and Raising Body Positive Teens – as they discuss how to raise confident eaters, in a home free of judgment. Wendy, Shelley, and Signe will discuss down-to-earth ways parents can help their kids take proactive actions in promoting a friendship with food, and preventative actions to minimize the risk factors for the development of eating disorders, particularly when early signs of disordered eating, excessive exercise, or body dissatisfaction have been noticed. Click here to register for the event.



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