Imai Gazette 09/28/22


Principal’s Message: 


Dear Imai Families,


I want to make you aware of unhealthy and disruptive “social media challenges” your students may have seen online that are being replicated at some schools. There are social media videos that suggest students bring and eat incredibly spicy chips while at school, which often makes them ill. Please speak with your children about the dangers of participating in these social media challenges and monitor their social media usage at home. We want our students to be safe and healthy, and to focus on their academics while at school. Thank you for your support.


MVWSD Seeks Parents from Imai for Health and Wellness Committee 

MVWSD is seeking parents to lend their perspective and expertise to benefit students by serving on the Health and Wellness Committee. The Health and Wellness Committee aligns District efforts to support student wellness through health education, physical education and activity, health services, nutrition services, psychological and counseling services, and a safe and healthy school environment. Interested applicants should have experience, knowledge, or interest in the topics described above. In addition to last year’s members, we are seeking at least 1 parent and 1 certificated staff member per school and 3 representatives from community-based organizations. The committee may include up to 30 participants. The time commitment is approximately four meetings during the school year, beginning in October. Meetings will take place on Zoom. 

Applications are due by Friday, September 16, and may be found at this link:

 Please direct any questions to Brian White, Coordinator for Health and Wellness

Have You Filled A Bucket Today?

One of the best ways we can support student mental health as a school community is by routinely modeling, teaching, and practicing kindness and empathy toward others. 


For years, the book “Have You Filled A Bucket Today?” has been a valuable resource for teachers and families to help students develop an understanding of empathy, kindness, and interdependence. This year, MVWSD has purchased enough copies that ensure each classroom has access to their own copy and that each school has a version in Spanish.


As a parent, there are many ways to access mental health care for your child. If you have concerns about your child’s mental health that impacts their functioning at school, resources for support include your student’s teacher, our School Community Engagement Facilitator (SCEF), and myself. At any point you can access care through your pediatrician and/or health insurance. An additional resource for parents is Mental Health America (


Upcoming events: 

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. 


10/27 6-8PM Trunk or Treat 

Looking forward to celebrating Halloween with our families so be on the lookout for more information on our first ever Trunk or Treat event. Park in our parking lot, decorate your car and hand out treats from your car. It should be a fun event for all. Hope to see you there!


Have a great rest of the week.


Arline Siam


Upcoming Events



29- SSC at 3:30pm




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

13- Teacher Service Day (No School)

14- Recess Day (No School)

24- Picture Retake order here (Picture ID: EVTK9CVKP)

27- Imai’s Trunk or Treat at 6pm 


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:

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 now to see if you qualify for free- or reduced-price lunch status, and to apply!


Attendance Awareness Month: September

Are Vacations / Travel Excused?
Unfortunately, family vacations or travel is not excused – even when you inform your teacher or the office. This sometimes comes as a surprise for parents. We appreciate you letting us know so that you will not receive a call from the auto-dialer asking you to verify the absence. 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.


Upcoming October no-school days

Friday, October 14 is a recess day (no school for students and staff). Thursday, October 13 is a staff development day, which means no school for students and no work for 10-month classified staff. Oct 13 is a staff development/work day for teachers, school secretaries and 12-month classified staff.


MVEF has raised over $300k! Make your donation soon to achieve the goal of $1.2M 

Thanks to the generosity of new donors, repeat donors, corporate matching, and grants, MVEF has already raised over 25% of this year’s $1.2M funding goal. Thank you to all who have donated so far! It’s a fast start on a big climb: MVWSD will begin planning for next year’s budget during the winter trimester. When MVEF is on pace to meet or exceed the funding goal early in the school year, it gives confidence that we can continue funding the current priorities and potentially add new priorities to next year’s budget.


To become an MVEF donor or renew your gift for the current school year, click here.  A recurring monthly donation of $100 per month (made in September) will contribute $1000 towards the current year’s goal! Gifts of any amount are important to help us meet our goal. Each school site has a big green sign in the parking area – keep your eye out for the new goal markers that indicate our progress towards funding art, music, environmental science, athletics, clubs, and smaller class sizes now and in the future!   


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


County MedAssist Program 

The MedAssist Program aims to improve health outcomes and medication adherence for select individuals who reside in Santa Clara County. Qualified patients will receive financial assistance in the form of a grant designed to off-set high out-of-pocket expenses for life-saving medications such as anti-diabetics, asthma inhalers, and/or epinephrine auto-injectors. For more information and application, visit



AUCTION PARTY THIS SATURDAY! After a 2-year COVID hiatus, the party is back! Register now to avoid a long line at arrival and give us a good estimate of how many are coming. It’s our FUN, FREE party for Imai parents and teachers, and you’ll be glad you came! Outdoors at Levi’s Stadium this Saturday, Oct. 1, onsite check-in begins at 6:00pm and bidding begins at 6:30.

In addition to being a great party with food and drink, our auction offers spots at many future fun experiences, events and parties for your kids, for adults and for the whole family. Spots at these events are limited, so download or view our preview catalog today, get your bidder number at registration, and be ready to bid!

Any questions? Check out our online FAQs, email [email protected] or visit our auction webpage for all the latest updates.


Order Yearbooks By THIS FRIDAY (Sept 30) for best price: Our Imai Elementary yearbook is always full of photos from each classroom and all the events and activities that take place 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!

The regular price is $25, but you can save 10% when you order now, for $22.50. Early orders get YOU the best price, and early orders benefit our school as well. You know you'll probably want one at the end of the year, so why not order now?

Click here to start your order or visit and enter our school code 1015335719921389. Email our yearbook chair with any questions.




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MVLA- Poswolsky 



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