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November Caring Connection
Posted 11/5/21

November 2021 Caring Connection


Important Dates:

  • November 2nd - No School - Election Day

  • November 11th - No School - Veterans Day

  • November 10th - Staff Appreciation Lunch 

  • November 17th - Giving Tree Donations Due to Classrooms

  • November 17th - Fractals Aloft 5pm & Picture Retake Day

  • November 22nd & 23rd - Parent Teacher Conferences

  • November 24-26th - No School - Thanksgiving Break


From the Principal’s Desk


Dear Monte Vista Families,


On November 22 and 23, our school will be holding its first of two Parent/Teacher Conferences for SY 2021-22. There is no school for students on those two days, followed by Thanksgiving Break (Nov, 24, 25 and 26, again with no school on those days, as well). We are so very much looking forward to your attendance (15-20 minutes). This year, once again, we will conduct these Parent/Teacher Conferences "VIRTUALLY". Should you require an "in-person" conference, however, this can be scheduled with your child's teacher who will meet with you in the classroom. At this time, your child's teacher will introduce and discuss the Standards Based Progress Report (SBPR 1st Trimester) and together you and the teacher will review and discuss your child's academic progress to date and any other information you and the teacher would like to share about your child. It's a wonderful opportunity to come "together", especially when our physical contact has been limited due to the ongoing concerns related to the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Do mark your calendars for the conference time planned for is always a special moment in time for you to be very much a continued part of your child' s educational striving and success.


Also please note upcoming events sponsored by our wonderful, hard working PTA as well as your child's teacher as we continue to plan additional activities that both inspire and excite our students and, you, our families during these times of unprecedented change in how we usually do things. It has been a challenge, but we have also so very much appreciated your "extraordinary" support and have been there with us every step of the way and we couldn't ask for more. You are our inspiration and I know I speak on behalf of the entire Monte Vista staff when I say: Monte Vista families "ROCK"!  


May I also mention the inclusion in this newsletter of a flier entitled: Construction Notification of work being done by the city on waterline replacement between the Lomas/Carlisle intersection south to Campus Blvd. This construction will have a significant impact on your traffic route to the school and we simply want to let you know more about it by including the flier. We are prepared for delays in drop offs, pick ups, etc. as you find alternative routes if necessary. Just let us know if and when this occurs.


Wishing you a Thanksgiving Break filled with family joy, and as importantly, safe keeping as you come together in celebration and gratefulness...such a special gathering of families and close friends, but one, still to be respected for the need to be vigilant during the pandemic in keeping everyone as healthy as possible. Take care, our dear families and as always, you remain in our thoughts and our hearts.



Leith Page 


Information from Water Authority on the Construction Project


From the PTA


It felt so good to be back on the track with the kids at Jogathon last month! Not only was the event super fun, but it has helped bolster our PTA funds after last year's rough go of fundraising. We have raised nearly $14,000 of our $20,000 goal. Keep sending in those Jogathon pledges! Each contribution--no matter the size--is greatly appreciated! This support makes it possible for us to increase classroom budgets, host fun community events, and continue staff appreciation efforts. Speaking of which, we have many fun community events coming up . . . 


We have rescheduled our hot air balloon event that was cancelled due to weather in early October. Dr. Jonathon Wolfe and crew will be bringing his fractals balloon to the MVES field for a special Fractals Aloft Balloon Glow on Thursday, November 18 at 5:00. The PTA will be serving free coffee, tea, and hot cocoa to keep us warm. This event is also a moment for us to celebrate the new fractal art installations on the walls of Monte Vista. Have you gotten a chance to check them out yet?


We have also gotten the green light to resume potlucks! We will be hosting a Staff Appreciation Potluck Luncheon on Wednesday, November 10th. You can sign up to bring something here:, and drop off at the curbside table set up on the front lawn from 8:30-9:30 on Wednesday morning. We will have volunteers there to take the food to set-up in the lounge. We have also had many families appreciate the option of contributing money for locally catered meals. If you would rather donate, you can do so via PayPal to (indicate "Staff lunch" in the notes) or follow the QR code below. We will continue alternating potluck lunches and catered lunches as funds allow. 


Next up, the annual Giving Tree gift drive launched this week. The Giving Tree is a time-honored tradition at Monte Vista Elementary School which allows us to support our penguin families who are in need during the holiday season. Through the generosity of the Monte Vista community, we have provided hundreds of families with much-needed clothing items, toys, books, and food during Thanksgiving and winter breaks over the past several years. You will receive a Sign-Up Genius link from your child’s teacher. To donate, simply click “Sign-up” next to the item you wish to purchase. We will host two drop off events on the front lawn of the school to collect the items--stay tuned for further details! Please clearly label your item with the student # from the sign-up sheet and leave your item unwrapped. 


Last but not least, we have Picture Retakes on Thursday, November 18th. If your kiddo missed picture day in October, we hope they can make it to retake day. We are working on a yearbook for this year and want to have all our penguins in there!


Thank you all so much for your generosity and help. What a wonderful community to be a part of!



Penguins Rock Announces the 


First Annual Thanks for Giving Food Drive & Parade!

Winter penguins by natalia-factory on DeviantArt

Our energetic group of motivated students, known as “Penguins Rock” will be hosting a school-wide parade to celebrate our Penguin gratitude for all we have and our giving nature to help others.


Penguins Rock is asking for non-perishable food items for our Monte Vista Food Pantry. We would love to have soup, sauce, pasta, rice, beans, packaged snack food, juice boxes, cereal, and any non-perishable items that would help make a family meal. 


We have a grocery basket in the main hallway by the office and have our Penguin hopes up that our school community can fill that basket! 


Then, our Penguins Rock Ambassadors will lead a parade of all the classes around the playground in celebration of our Thankful and Giving spirit.  


 So please help us provide much-needed food for so many Monte Vista families. Our Monte Vista Community makes us who we are. We are so grateful.





From the Gym


Check out the November Activity Calendar for at-home activities for everyday!

November Activity Calendar


From the Library


Hello Monte Vista Families,

November is Native American Heritage Month.  In the library, students will enjoy Native American folktales to build exposure to Native American culture and ideology. On November 8, Mila Padilla, a Zuni language teacher with APS, will be on campus for the afternoon to present contributions of Native Americans to our society to all of the 3rd-5th grade classes one grade level at a time. And, the last week before Thanksgiving we celebrate all for which we are thankful.  This will be done with various Thanksgiving-themed read alouds such as a gut-tickling book with repetition for kindergarten and 1st grade students, alphabet books for 2nd and 3rd graders, and 4th and 5th grade students will listen to Giving Thanks Native American Good Morning Message. 

Finally, As this first trimester comes to an end, it’s time to settle up student accounts for books that are greatly overdue.   Weekly overdue notices have been making their way to students all trimester, so it's time for greatly overdue books to be marked as lost. Printouts with replacement costs will be sent home starting the week of November 8th.  Please let me know if you need to make other arrangements for replacing the books, and I'll be happy to help.  Putting books into students' hands is the most important aspect of my job, so if keeping track of checked-out library books is too much for your home, we can always work out a plan to have the child store their checkouts in the classroom too!  Let's keep those kiddos reading!


Happy Thanksgiving!

Loretta Yakley