Imai Gazette 01/17/24

Principal’s Message: 


Dear Imai Families,


Next week we are embarking on Kindness week and we have created a kindness challenge in order to empower our students to create a culture of kindness. Studies have found that acts of kindness are linked to increased feelings of well-being. Helping others can also improve our support networks and encourage us to be more active. This, in turn, can improve our self-esteem.The challenge worksheet will go home in their Friday folder and will be emailed to all families. The Kindness Challenge worksheet is due on January 29. 


We want to hear from you! LCAP survey coming soon!

The District is beginning its annual process of updating the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). This input collected will guide the update of our District plan for the 2024-25 school year. Look for a meeting at your school to learn more about the LCAP process, as well as a survey about the plans' goals. An email with a link to the survey will come to your inbox on Jan. 29. More information found here:


Upcoming Events 

Principal’s Coffee 01/19 8:30-9:30 AM-zoom (Imai Business Fair Informational meeting) You don’t want to miss this meeting if you are interested in your child participating or learning more about it.  Participants will be students in grades 2-5 and a max number of participants will be chosen. (register here)

Have a wonderful rest of the week.

Arline Siam


Upcoming Events



18- SSC at 3:30pm 

19- Principal’s coffee at 8:30 am register here

26- ELAC at 8:15 am 



8- SSC at 3:30pm

9- Principal’s Coffee at 8:30 am 

16- End of trimester (Minimum Day)

19-23- 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:

Student enrollment in MVWSD for next year and school info meetings coming up!

Enrollment for next fall for all students in the Mountain View Whisman School District will be open in two weeks.

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment from January 22 to February 9.

Please encourage families who are enrolling NEW students in grades TK-8 to attend one or more of these upcoming meetings:

  • Jan 17: At Theuerkauf Elementary, 1:30 - 4 p.m.: In-person school exploration event for Kindergarteners incoming to all school sites. Representatives from choice schools will be available.
  • Jan: 18: Virtual school information night for Transitional Kindergarteners (Meeting link:
  • Jan 24: At Castro Elementary, 2-4 p.m.: In-person school exploration events for Kindergarteners incoming to all school sites. Representatives from choice schools will be available.


For families enrolling NEW students, please prepare to register your student:

Learn more about the documents you’ll need. Click here for the video. Please check  to locate your neighborhood school, how to explore school options and the four steps to register during the enrollment period held January 22 to February 9.   


Do you need in-person help to register your child? Sign up at and attend any of the help sessions:

Castro  Elementary, January 24 @ 5-7 p.m. and January 30 @ 5-7 p.m.

Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary, January 31 @ 5-7 p.m.

Theuerkauf Elementary, February 1 @ 5-7 p.m.


For Fifth-Grade Families: Middle School Info Night on Jan. 22

Please join us at this fun and informative virtual event. It is an opportunity for you and your fifth-grader to learn about middle school life. You will have the opportunity to hear from our principals, information about courses, tips on how to be successful at middle school and ask any questions you may have. Future 6th grade students are encouraged to join!


Date: January 22, 2024

Crittenden at 5:30 p.m. Meeting link:

Graham at 6:30 p.m. Meeting link:


The District is beginning its annual process of updating the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan)

This input collected will guide the update of our District plan for the 2024-25 school year. Look for a meeting at your school to learn more about the LCAP process.

Please click on your unique survey link sent to your email on Jan. 29. Your responses are confidential. Students in grades 4-8 will also be taking the LCAP survey. More information found here:


Better Together: January

“There are all kinds of courage," said Dumbledore, smiling. "It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends." - J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Sometimes, being a good ally might mean standing up to our friends to protect someone else. In the month of January, MVWSD students will explore the essential question: How do I have a difficult conversation with someone? A thoughtful ally finds a way to express themselves respectfully and with an open mind. For more information about Better Together, visit


Volunteer with MVEF

MVEF needs volunteers to help meet our goals in 23-24 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.


SELPA 1 CAC Parent Education Event: Assistive Technology

SELPA 1 CAC, Palo Alto CAC and the PAUSD PATCH team are pleased to host a Zoom panel on Assistive Technology! Assistive Technology (AT) can help with communication and accessing curriculum for a wide variety of students, from those who have specific learning disabilities to dyslexia, ADHD to hearing challenges, unique visual needs or those students who are non-verbal. Learn more about this key part of your student's educational toolkit from the Assistive Technology specialists from PAUSD.

Meeting Live on Zoom: January 17, 9:30 AM. Register here

Have a question about Assistive Technology for the panel? Submit here

Interested in more of our past Parent Education events? Check out our Youtube Channel


The View Teen Center: January 

The View Teen Center is a free facility in Mountain View (263 Escuela Ave) for all Mountain View and Los Altos 6th - 12th grade students. Drop-in hours are Monday - Friday, 3:15 - 7 p.m. and Saturdays, 1 - 6 p.m., and the center features a game room, makerspace, kitchen, computer/study room, outdoor area, and much more! See attached flier for details about upcoming events and programs in January or visit their webpage for more information.


City of MV: Community Meetings for Homeless Response Strategy 

The City of Mountain View is seeking your input to create a Homelessness Response Strategy to address homelessness, assist the unhoused and respond to community needs. Take part in defining a clear vision and action plan to guide decisions about goals, actions, funding and programs!

The City is hosting two community forums to give all community members the opportunity to learn more about homelessness in our community and the City's planning process. The forums will be January 18 (In person at the Mountain View Community Center, 201 S. Rengstorff Ave.) and January 25 (via Zoom, register here).  For the January 18 in-person forum, light refreshments will be served and childcare will be available. Interpretation services are available in Spanish, Chinese and Russian for both meetings.






Hello Parents, Happy New Year!

  1. Purchase your yearbooks here: 
  1. Keep uploading this year’s school event photos to our Google Drive:
  2. Volunteers are needed! So far we only have volunteers for Rooms 9, 16 and 17. Yearbook is looking for at least one volunteer from each classroom. No experience required- any necessary training would be provided. If you have any experience working on a yearbook- even better! It’s fun and easy. Email [email protected]





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The View Teen Center January 

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