Imai Gazette 08/31/22

 

Principal’s Message: 

 

Dear Imai Families,

 

We are settling into our school routine and students are continuing to strive to do their  best. We finished assessing our students on i-ready and the teachers will be looking at the data to plan lessons to help tailor the students levels in the classroom. We encourage all of our students to practice the lessons on i-ready at home daily to work on the lessons assigned to them. . In the next couple of weeks we will be starting to draft our school site plan and creating goals using data from both i-ready and last year’s CAASPP. Our site goals guide our instruction for the year and align to our district’s strategic goals as described in the plan. 

 

 I-Ready Test Scores

Over the past few weeks your child completed his/her first i-Ready Math and Reading Diagnostic assessments. i-Ready is an online program that helps us determine your child’s strengths and areas for growth in mathematics and reading. Families can access their student’s i-Ready Reading and Mathematics score through their Powerschool Parent Portal starting September 2, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. Reports are available on the PowerSchool Parent Portal at https://ps.mvwsd.org/public/ under “Parent Reports” for each of your students. Please see a letter in your email inbox for more information.

 

At Home Covid Test Kits 

MVWSD is providing at-home COVID-19 testing kits for free to families (Preschool - Grade 8) and staff members so that you may test before returning to campus after Labor Day weekend. A box containing one test will be sent home with each student this week. Please test your student on Monday, Sept 5 before returning to school on Tuesday, Sept. 6. If the test is positive, keep your student home from school and click on “Absence” at the top of your school's website to log your student's positive Covid test. These test kits are one measure to combat COVID transmission, in addition to sanitation, and ventilation at our schools. Thanks for helping to keep our community safe! 

 

 

Have a wonderful rest of the week. 

 

Arline Siam

Principal

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

 

September

5- Labor Day No School 

12- Picture Day  Click Here (EVT7ZQRHH)

13- ELAC at 5:30pm

16- Principal’s Coffee at 8:30am 

22- SSC at 3:30pm

 

 

 

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:

 

Members needed for the new Safety Advisory Task Force

MVWSD is seeking parents (both middle and elementary school), staff (certificated and classified) and community members as representatives for its new Safety Advisory Task Force. The district is undertaking a holistic review of safety this year. The Safety Advisory Task Force will contribute considerations for areas of improvement and work with a security consultant on a safety audit. To apply by Sept. 8, please click here. To learn more about MVWSD’s safety goals, click here for the presentation to the Board of Trustees.

 

Better Together: Identity

Better Together, MVWSD's school culture and climate program is exploring BELONGING during the 2022-23 school year. This month's element of belonging is identity. What parts of your identity are important to you? Students and families can explore the many unique, complex parts of their own identity, while appreciating the same in others'. A positive self-identity can boost self-esteem and promote meaningful connections with others who are different from us. Use the essential question and recommended books to explore this topic with your students.

 

 

 

School meals are free, but fill out the EzSchool Meals application to help your school

MVWSD will continue to provide free meals to all students as part of California’s universal meal program. Breakfast and lunches are available daily.

 

We ask you to please Apply at EzSchool Meals to help MVWSD receive additional funding to support students who are in need, and may help your family.

 

This Free and Reduced Price Meals benefit is not limited to meals only. If your child is eligible for free and/or reduced-price meals, your family could get medical benefits, housing benefits, utilities benefits and more.

 

Students who qualify for free and/or reduced-price meals may be eligible for P-EBT cards. The more applications your school gathers at the start of each school year, the more additional funding it can receive for all kinds of programs that help children at your school.

 

If you are currently out of work, you may qualify and help your school, regardless of your financial situation. Apply at https://secure.ezmealapp.com/ or call your school office.

 

 

MVEF & PTA: Why should we donate to both?

We heard requests for support from our school’s PTA and MVEF leaders at Back to School Night last week. Our annual donations to each support students in different ways: 

 

MVEF provides essential programs at every school in MVWSD: CSMA Art and Music classes,  Living Classroom Environmental Science classes, environmental field trips in grades 4-5; plus two middle school ELA teachers, Teacher stipends and support for clubs, sports, and instruments in grades 6-8. 

 

PTA is a “hyper-local” advocacy team of volunteers that support each school site in customized ways to improve family engagement and support classrooms within that school community. 

 

Both MVEF and PTA are 501(c)3 Charitable organizations and both rely on donations from families and matching contributions from employers and other organizations. You can donate to MVEF and learn more at this link and find your PTA donation link  here

September CAC Events

Happy Back to School! SELPA 1 CAC and the Learning Challenge Committee are your groups for special education and broader learning challenge needs. We are ALL having learning challenges right now, and CAC and LCC are here to help. If you have questions about learning challenges and special education needs, email [email protected] or check out www.selpa1cac.org

 

September 14, 10 am Morning 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. 

 

Docents needed for Living Classroom! 

Volunteer with us to teach fun, engaging STEM-based lessons in your local school!

 

Do you enjoy spending time with kids and being outdoors?

Living Classroom teaches science by using our school gardens as our classroom.

No prior teaching experience is necessary.  Bring a friend and join the fun!

 

Come to our training sessions in Heritage Park, 771 Rengstorff Ave. in Mountain View

Mondays, September 12th, 19th & 26th, from 9 am to 12 pm.

For more information, visit www.living-classroom.org or contact [email protected]

 

YMCA Hiring After School Staff 

The YMCA is hiring staff for after school programs that serve students on our campuses. To learn more about available positions and apply, visit ymcasv.org/jobs.

 

Now hiring: Interpreters and Translators

Are you bilingual/biliterate and looking for a way to support our families and students? MVWSD is hiring support staff to serve as interpreters and translators for multiple languages, including Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, and others. Apply now at mvwsd.org/jobs.

 

InPlay: After School Programs and Activities

Looking for after school programs for your student? 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.

 

MTC seeks volunteers to mentor and tutor local students!

Do you enjoy working with kids?  Would you like to make a difference in the life of a student in our community?  

Mentor Tutor Connection (MTC) is looking for volunteers to mentor High School students and tutor K- 8 students in Mountain View and Los Altos schools. By serving as a mentor or tutor, you can help build a brighter future for a young person. 

MTC mentors are matched with a high school student who has requested a mentor. They meet regularly (typically 2-4 times per month), building a trusting and caring relationship while sharing new experiences together. A mentor’s role is to be a good listener and a non-judgmental source of encouragement and support. The program is designed to support students who have significant stressors in their lives—providing another caring adult to help them overcome obstacles and plan for a promising future. Students with mentors report having more confidence and less stress.

MTC tutors support elementary or middle school students. Some tutors work with their students remotely, others volunteer in classrooms or after-school. Tutors help with basic skills including reading, writing, math, and more. Additionally, tutors provide a consistent caring adult in a young person’s academic journey. The role of the tutor is to be an academic helper who demonstrates a love of learning. 

Additionally, MTC is seeking volunteers for a new program. Reading Fellows volunteers meet with individual students for 1/2 hour, 4 mornings each week, for a six week period. The program follows a specific phonic-based structured curriculum. It is incredible to see the difference you can make with this intensive framework!

As an MTC volunteer, you will be trained and supported so that you can help students achieve their potential and thrive! You can make an extraordinary difference!

Join us at our Volunteer Information Session to learn more.  There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer.  You’re welcome to attend this session and see if this is the right volunteer job for you!  Invite a friend!

            Date:               Wednesday, September 7th

Time:                12:00 – 1:00 pm

Location:       Online via Zoom (URL provided upon registration)

            Register:            REGISTER ONLINE

            Questions:        [email protected]

            Information:     MentorTutorConnection.org 

Mentors must be at least 22 years old; Tutors must be High School graduates.

If you are interested in learning more about the program but cannot attend the information session, please contact Laura Hill at [email protected] for information on how to proceed.

 

MVLA Speaker Series: Becky Munsterer Sabky - Author of Valedictorians at the Gate 

MVLA will host Becky Munsterer Sabky for her presentation, “How to Apply to College While Keeping Perspective,” on Tuesday, September 13th from 6:00 - 8:00pm. Join us as Ms. Sabky, former Director of International Admissions at Dartmouth College and author of Valedictorians at the Gate, demystifies the college admissions process, offering students and parents guidance on developing a balanced college list, writing authentic essays, and making the final selection decision - all while keeping perspective and staying sane. Register for this free Zoom event here.




PTA NEWS

 

HELP REFRESH OUR SCHOOL LIBRARY: We extend a warm welcome to our new school librarian, "Ms. Alisa" (Alisa Stutzbach). While we were sad to see Mrs. Kalb retire last June, we are so excited to have Ms. Alisa on board! She is also an Imai parent and has tons of great ideas, and she could use some parent help to get things up and running.

See the Konstella sign-up sheet for ways you can help her over the next two weeks, prepping the library for the return of student visits. In early September, she will also be seeking recurring volunteers to help with classroom library visits. Keep an eye open for your room parents.

Finally, Ms. Alisa is also seeking a few items for donation to the library. Check out the google sheet with items you could provide to improve our library. Thank you!

 

PROJECT CORNERSTONE READERS NEEDED: Project Cornerstone is looking for volunteer readers (about 1x/month), particularly for rooms 4 and 18 (2 readers each) and rooms 8, 11, 12, 15 and 16 (1 reader each). If you'd like to learn more, email [email protected] and/or join our meetup at Cooper Park this Thursday, Sept. 1, 5:00-6:30pm.

 

BOOK FAIR: The Scholastic Book Fair is coming back to Imai in late October! A volunteer information meeting will be held soon after Labor Day. Stay tuned for more info coming soon.

 

IMAI PTA AUCTION PARTY: It's our biggest night of the year! Keep the evening of Saturday, October 1 clear for our big PTA fundraiser and party, outdoors at Levi's Stadium. We need parent help to sponsor and host events/parties through the year that we can sell at the auction. More details coming soon! Got ideas or questions? Email [email protected].

 

Order Yearbooks Before September 30 and Save!

Order your 2022-2023 Amy Imai yearbook now at the best price of the year!

New School Year is already in full swing and it brings on new school adventures! Yearbook captures the school's spirit and your kids’ and their friends’ and classmates’ memorable school year moments! The book is full of photos from each classroom and all the events and activities that take place at Amy Imai throughout the year. You can also customize and personalize two pages in your student's book for free, with pictures, graphics, quotes and memories unique to your student!

Regular price is $25, but you can save 10% when you order now, for $22.50. 

 

Click here to start your order or visit TreeRing.com/validate and enter our school's passcode 1015335719921389.

Contact Anastasia (Asya) Namsaraeva with any questions at [email protected].

 

In Need of Event Photos for Yearbook

Help us make this year’s yearbook the best yearbook yet! We are looking for photos from any recent back to school activities. If you have photos from the following events, we would love it if you could upload them to our yearbook folders with the links provided below.

Beautification Day (8/7/22)

Meet the Teacher (8/9/22)

First Day of School (8/10/22)

 

Yearbook is Looking for Volunteers

If you’re excited about taking photos or would like to work as an editor of this yearbook- please email Anastasia (Asya) at [email protected]

Please add your photos to folders in yearbook google drive linked here!

 

 

 

 

 

Attachments:

District Calendar

Living Classroom

2022 AO - Hiring - Flyer 

MTC-flyer SEPT 2022

MVLA Speaker Series 2022 - 2023































 


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