Imai Gazette 03/29/23

Principal’s Message: 


Dear Imai Families,

Thank you for attending Open House! It was a successful event and it was nice seeing our students show off the work they have been doing in the classroom. As we approach Spring and the testing season, I am touching base with our families to remind you about the important upcoming testing dates and the importance of making sure your child is at school during the testing window. 


i-ready K-5

Strategies to remind your child to use during testing.

Week of April 17-21 Practice Test

Week of April 24-28 ELA

Week of May 1-5 Math

Week of May 8-11 Science (5th grade only)

May 16-17 i-ready Math

May 18-19 i-ready Reading

  • start with positive 


  • take deep breaths.
  • eliminate all distractors.
  • circle or underline important information or key details.
  • double check their work.

I hope that you will take the time to encourage your child to put forth their best efforts over the coming weeks as they prepare for the upcoming assessments. Please remember that the assessments are a great tool for educators to improve instruction and student learning.


Leadership Fundraiser

The 5th grade leadership team is working on a fundraiser for Pets in Need which is a no-kill pet shelter in Palo Alto. Each animal they take in is given a health check, vaccinations, and other health care by their veterinarians. They help special needs animals with medical or behavioral challenges that require life-saving surgery, special training, or treatment.


Next Tuesday, April 4th, we’re having a magic show after school. Come join us at 3:00 in the MUR and be dazzled by Kenan’s amazing magic! We’ll also have some home baked brownies, cookies, cupcakes, and mini donuts for sale.


The cost is only $5 per person to watch and baked goods will be on sale for $1 - $3 each. Bring cash, please. We hope to see you next Tuesday at 3:00!



Have a wonderful rest of the week! 

Arline Siam


Upcoming Events



7- Principal’s Coffee at 8:30 am (Register here)

10-14- Spring Break (No School)

20- SSC at 3:30pm



2- ELAC at 5:30pm

12- Principals Coffee at 8:30 am 

18- SSC at 3:30pm

26- End of Trimester (Minimum Day)

29- Memorial 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:


Electives selection for grades 5-7 is open now

All 5th-7th graders should select their course electives online by April 7, 2023 through the PowerSchool portal. Fifth- through seventh-grade parents, please look for an email in your inbox dated March 24 with links to course catalogs and directions. Please log in to your PowerSchool portal account (either student’s or parent’s) to help your student select his/her electives.  If you have difficulty with PowerSchool, please contact your school secretary. If you have not confirmed your child's enrollment for the 2023-24 school year, elective course selection will not be available.

Get important text messages about your school!

We send text messages infrequently for the purpose of notifying you of emergencies or with important, time-sensitive information, such as we did last week during the power outages. Make sure you are signed up to receive them. You can subscribe to receive text messages from the District at any time by texting "Y" or “YES" to 67587 using the cell phone number that the District has on record.


Fuel for the Future: National Nutrition Month

Make tasty foods at home.

Cooking together as a family can be a fun and tasty way to help our children learn about nutrition and develop healthy eating habits. Learning to cook is an important life skill that fosters independence and confidence. It’s also a great way to spend time together!


Recipes for Healthy Kids: Cookbook for Homes (USDA)

Snacktivities (Alliance for a Healthier Generation)


Parent University: Preparing for Middle School

Date and Time: April 4, 2023  5:30 - 7:00 p.m.  Registration Link:

Nervous about middle school? We get it! Change can be daunting, but it can also lead to amazing new experiences. Join us to learn how to support your children as they prepare for the next stage in their academic and social lives. We will feature a panel of staff and students from Crittenden and Graham who will offer lots of wisdom and details about grades six, seven, and eight. See you there!

To submit your questions prior to the event, go to



On April 21, 2021 MVEF and the Crittenden Middle School PTA will be co-hosting a welcome potluck for incoming 6th graders and new students who enrolled during the current school year. To register, please click here:

Tickets to the MVEF Gala are still available! Ticket sales end 4/23 or when they are sold out. To purchase Gala tickets, click here:

MVEF Gala Raffle Tickets are now on sale! Need not be present to win. Click the link below to view raffle items. Email [email protected] to purchase raffle tickets.

MVEF still needs to raise an additional $240k to achieve the goal of $1.2MM by June 30, 2023. If you haven't made a donation yet during the current school year, please donate ASAP to help your school site achieve the goal to get an average of 10 new donors per school by April 15!  Donations of any amount are meaningful in helping to reach the goal!  Click here to see ways to donate. 


Living Classroom: Docent Training Date Change

Do you enjoy spending time with kids and being outdoors? Volunteer with us to teach fun, engaging STEM-based lessons in your local school! 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 from 9am-12pm in Heritage Park, 771 Rengstorff Ave. in Mountain View:

April 17, 2023 rescheduled from March 6, 2023 (Kinder & 1st Grade Lessons)


For more information, visit or contact [email protected].


Health and Wellness Parenting Tip: Anxiety Curve

Stress is a subjective sensation and is commonly misunderstood as a negative feeling. However, it’s not always bad. Of course, stress differs among all individuals, and stress management is no one-size fits all solution either. A study found that low-to-moderate stress has been found to benefit individuals in terms of resiliency, decreasing their chance of distress. This was tested with the anxiety-performance curve in mind. 


Here is a visual of the anxiety-performance curve:

Anxiety-performance curve shows that performance and arousal — that is, stress and motivation — rise in tandem to an optimal level called eustress (think of it as the “sweet spot” for stress). Additional stress beyond that peak tips into distress and impaired performance.


Here are some ways to utilize the anxiety curve when you are going into distress


  1. Set realistic goals and deadlines. Consider what you realistically can get done. 
  2. Seek out a challenge that interests you. This can be related to your career, an exercise goal, or a hobby. Make sure it gives you the motivation to engage. 
  3. Setting time-sensitive goals. Setting time-sensitive goals ensures you are accountable to others, which is an excellent way to engage that stress “sweet spot.” 


To learn more, click here. 


These tips came directly from the free online website of Big Think, reviewed by Kevin Dickinson.




Amy Imai Elementary Video-Games-Inspired Yearbook: Level Up!

Attention All Parents,

This is the last week to purchase a customizable year book!

Deadline for your kid(s)’ customized pages is April 4th.


1. Purchase your yearbook(s) now and start editing your pages! For more info go to

2. Upload your photos ASAP! Upload school event photos (group photos encouraged) in Treering (preferred method) or to Google drive. You can find all links to Amy Imai Event folders at

3. 5th Grade Parents- upload your “Then and Now” and “Baby pics!”

4.  Volunteers are needed! Email [email protected]. Volunteer sign-up sheets will go out this week, so level up and sign up! No experience is needed, tutorials would be provided. This is a fun, easy and creative process. If you do have experience with editing a yearbook- please be sure to sign up! 


Let’s make this yearbook a winning success!

Your Devoted,

Yearbook Team




LCVolunteer Needed 

MVLA Speaker Series 2022 - 2023

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