Imai Gazette 09/21/22

 

Principal’s Message: 

 

Dear Imai Families,

 

Please help us by revisiting the behavior matrix with your child. We are noticing an increase of bathroom vandalism during the school day. It is important that we remind our upper grade students that destroying school property is not tolerated. The last couple of weeks we have seen soap dispensers torn off, toilet seats broken, toilet paper thrown on the ceilings, etc…  It is becoming increasingly difficult for our custodian to keep up with the issues in the bathrooms. We appreciate you taking the time to discuss this matter with your child. 

 

This month, we are bringing awareness to student mental health with All The Feels September! Whether you are a parent, student, or school staff, it’s normal for the start of the school year to bring some anxiety and other challenges to our mental health. When those challenges become too big for us to handle on our own or when we worry about a friend’s mental health, talking with a trusted friend or adult can be difficult.

 

Even though it can be awkward, initiating conversations about mental health with trusted adults can make a big difference for ourselves and others. 

 

SeizetheAwkward.org offers older children and adults tools for recognizing the signs someone is struggling and tips for starting and engaging in conversations about mental health.  

 

When we face challenges that are too big to handle on our own, we need the care and support of one another! 

 

Student vision and hearing screenings coming up.

 

Each fall, MVWSD conducts hearing and vision screenings of all students in kindergarten, second-, fifth- and eighth-grade, as California State Law mandates. These screenings will take place at Imai on Oct. 3.

 

Parents will be notified in writing if children fail a screening. Parents who do not want their child screened for either vision and/or hearing should send a letter to their child's school each school year indicating that their child is to be excluded, and vision and/or hearing results will need to be provided from their physician.

 

If you have any concerns about your child’s vision or hearing please contact your school nurse. Questions about the screenings should be directed to the Health Services office at 650-526-3500 ext. 1050.



Fifth graders are enjoying their art and music with their CSMA instructors. 

Fifth graders are enjoying their art and music with their CSMA instructors.

 

We are looking for parents to help us during lunch time. If you have received your badge and have an hour to spare, please email me. Thank you in advance!



Imai PTA’s  23rd Silent Auction and Party is coming up on October 1st at Levi’s Stadium and I can’t wait to see all of our families there. Did  you know that 100% of the fundraising done through PTA benefits your child and their  classrooms? We can’t do it without you so please take the time to donate, become a member and attend our auction event. 

 

Have a great rest of the week.

 

Arline Siam

Principal

 

Upcoming Events

 

 

September

29- SSC at 3:30pm

 

 

October

1-  Imai PTA’s 23rd Silent Auction and Party

13- Teacher Service Day (No School)

14- Recess Day (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:

 

Board meeting: Sept. 22

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. Please click here for the agenda: https://www.mvwsd.org/trustees.

 

Topics include:

* Newly Permanent Teachers for the 2022-2023 School Year 

* Resolution In Support of National Hispanic Heritage Month 

* School Plans for Student Achievement: 2022-23 Process

 

There will not be a Superintendent’s Community Check In on Sept. 23. 

 

EZMealApp: Future benefits could include after school care!

Even though all public school meals are currently free in California, applying for free- or reduced-price lunch status by October 1 means potentially more district funding and other benefits for your family. In 2022-23, families who qualify will also be offered free after school childcare and summer programs when they become available. Go to http://secure.ezmealapp.com now to see if you qualify for free- or reduced-price lunch status, and to apply!

 

Attendance Awareness Month: September

What’s an Excused vs. Not Excused absence?
Illness (including staying home for COVID-like symptoms), doctor’s appointments, bereavement, and certain religious exercises are excused absences. Please see MVWSD board policy for the full list. All other reasons are not considered excused. Research shows that school attendance is a strong indicator of success. It's about students learning what they need to know, belonging to the school community, and being part of the team that is preparing them with good habits for high school.

 

 

Family Health and Wellness Fair: Sept 24 

There will be a free Family Health and Wellness Fair hosted by Assemblymember Marc Berman and in partnership with El Camino Health and MVWSD on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Mariano Castro Elementary School (500 Toft St). 

 

Come for free screenings and vaccines, free school supplies, backpacks, kid’s masks, diapers, period products, bike repair and healthy snacks.


Available:

*  Kids’ health screenings: dental, vision, heart, mental health, and nutrition screenings

* Free school supplies and backpacks

* Healthy snacks

* Fun activities for kids

* COVID-19 vaccines and boosters

* Hands-on science with NASA

* COVID-19 test kits

* Fire and garbage trucks up close

* Art projects

* Bike raffle and repair 

* Casework services

 

For more information, please call (650) 324-0224 or visit http://ASMDC.ORG/CP-FHWF.

 

Volunteer with MVEF

MVEF needs volunteers to help meet our goals in 2022-23 and beyond! As a 501(c)3 non-profit, volunteering with MVEF is a great way to add experience to your resume while meeting and working with local families who have similar interests and priorities. 

 

Please reach out to [email protected] if you are interested in helping in any of the following ways: 

 

Represent MVEF at your school site’s events and activities.
Ensure that MVEF messages and programs are relevant to your school community.
Plan the MVEF Gala, Auction, and other events.
Technical work like automation and data migration.
Visual designs, graphic design and layout.
Serve as an MVEF Board Member.

 

MVEF is the local educational foundation providing essential programs at every school in MVWSD. Over 70% of MVEF contributions come from MVWSD families.  To make a donation, click here. Use the monthly credit card payment option to pay your total donation over time.

 

Elevate MV: Guaranteed Basic Income Pilot Program

Applications open September 16th for the Mountain View Elevate MV pilot program, which will give direct cash payments of $500 per month to 166 randomly selected eligible extremely low income Mountain View residents. The pilot program sets itself apart from other direct relief programs by providing unrestricted financial assistance to the most vulnerable in our community. This pilot program will be a part of a national research study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania Center for Guaranteed Income Research. For eligibility requirements and details about the program, including how to receive assistance with the application, click here. 

 

MVLA Speakers Series: Friendship in the Age of Loneliness: How to Make Friends As An Adult

 

Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | MVHS Spartan Theater 3535 Truman Avenue

 

We are lonelier than ever. Two-thirds of Americans are lonely and the average person hasn't made a new friend in the last five years. In the wake of the pandemic, it’s more clear than ever that our friendships are vital to our health and happiness. But why can it feel so difficult to keep those bonds alive as an adult—especially as parents? Why do we spend only four percent of our time with friends?  Join us as Adam Smiley Poswolsky, workplace belonging keynote speaker, and author of the recent book, Friendship in the Age of Loneliness, proposes a new solution for the mounting pressures of modern life: focus on your friendships.  In this talk, Smiley will share practical habits and playful reminders on how to create meaningful connections, make new friends, be a Minister for Loneliness in your community, prioritize real-world experiences, and deepen your relationships at work and outside of work. With warmth and inspiration, Smiley reminds us that nurturing old and new friendships is a ritual, a necessity, and one of the most worthwhile things we can do in adult life.

 

Audience:  Grade TK -  12 parents, caretakers, teachers, and counselors

 

Register here for this free event






PTA NEWS

 

PTA MEETING TONIGHT! Join us for our first in-person PTA meeting since January 2020! Our agenda includes review and approval of our 2022-23 budget, updates from Principal Siam and from our PTA leaders. Come meet other parents, learn more about what goes on at school and about all the things Imai PTA does. Come early (or stay late) to enjoy refreshments and socialize with others.

 

 

LEARN MORE AND MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR OUR AUCTION PARTY OCT 1

Our auction is almost here! It’s a FREE, adults-only party and it’s LOTS OF FUN. It’s the biggest night of the year for the Imai parent/teacher community and a significant fundraiser for Imai PTA.

What’s Up For Bid? We’ll have all sorts of fun experiences for adults and kids alike, including the Imai Family Campout, the chance for your kid to be Principal for a Day, reserved seating at upcoming school concerts/plays/performances, special grade-level parties featuring your favorite Imai teachers and staff, and the Imai Family Movie Night. There are fun adults-only activities as well, such as Tacos and Tequila Tasting, a Scavenger Party for Grownups, an Evening in Paris, Dads’ Poker Night, and much more!

Do you need childcare? The Imai YMCA Kids Place will offer childcare for $30 per child that evening. Email YMCA site director Diego Zamora to get registration instructions.

Registration is now open! Register early to avoid the line. The event is free but registration is required before you can check in.

Check out the Konstella email sent earlier today (“All About the Auction Party”) for more details on all of this, or visit our auction webpage to learn more. Email [email protected] if you have any questions.

 

 

 

 

Attachments:

District Calendar

MVLA Speaker Series 2022 - 2023

Elevate MV Flyer FINAL

MVLA- Poswolsky 


































 

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