Supt's eNews- May 21, 2020

 
 
 
In this edition ...
  • Last weeks’ of school schedule
    • Virtual Promotions and Reclassification Ceremonies
    • Report cards
    • Summer learning plan
  • Budget update
  • MVWSD wins communications award
  • CSA free webinar: Rental assistance
  • New COVID emergency benefit - the P-EBT card

Last weeks’ of school schedule

Thank you for your support during remote learning since COVID-19 school closure. The final weeks of the 2019–20 school year look a little different as we wrap up the school year and celebrate all the work our students have accomplished.

Week of June 1 - June 5
Schools will post the week’s instruction agenda on Friday, May 29th for the week of June 1st. The week of June 1st will be modified to allow for end-of-year work and activities.

  • Teachers will schedule a Zoom end of year celebration check-in sometime Monday through Wednesday.
  • Teachers will not hold office hours during the week of June 1st

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Virtual Promotions and Reclassification Ceremonies, June 4, 5
Mark your calendar for video celebrations presented online that we hope you and your students will enjoy. Login information and times will be sent to parents soon. In order to better secure the videos and protect students’ privacy, the virtual ceremonies will be available for viewing on the ceremony date only.

Thursday, June 4:
- Morning - Fifth-Grade Promotion: Bubb; Castro; Huff; Mistral; Monta Loma

Friday, June 5:
- Morning - Fifth-Grade Promotion: Landels; Stevenson; Theuerkauf
- Morning - Middle School promotion: Graham; Crittenden
- Afternoon - Reclassification of English Learners

Report Cards
Due to COVID-19 school closure beginning on March 18, 2020 and per direction of the MVWSD Board of Trustees, students will not be given grades for the last trimester of the 2019-20 school year. However, you will receive a report on June 5 by email with short comments from teachers and information about your child’s participation in online learning.

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Summer Learning
MVWSD will be offering a Summer Learning Plan for all grade levels. This student/parent-directed program will help students keep their skills up over the summer, as well as enrich them in areas of our Profile of a Graduate. We encourage your child to participate. More information will be coming soon!
 

Budget update: Encouraging news

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At last night’s Board of Trustees meeting, CBO Dr. Rebecca Westover presented some encouraging news about the budget. To view the full presentation, click here (starts at timestamp 2:55).

  • Although many districts in the state are affected by cuts recently announced in the Governor's revised budget, our district is community-funded. That means MVWSD relies on local revenue and is not as affected by state cuts as other districts. The majority of our budget, 88.3%, is from local revenue. MVWSD's main funding source for local revenue is property taxes, which is guaranteed by the county through the Teeter Plan.
  • Our community’s assessed property valuation is higher than predicted, which increases the revenue MVWSD predicts it will receive this year.
  • MVWSD has already paid off its certificate of participation (construction loans) with funds from the recently passed Measure T. This has injected $2.7 million back into the budget.
  • One of the first measure T projects to come online will be solar. This will save the district $500,000-600,000 of its energy bill.
  • Because we can’t predict what will happen with a COVID-19 influenced economy, we have frozen departmental budgets as a precautionary measure.
  • Despite an increase in technology costs due to purchases of student Chromebooks for distance learning, the District anticipates a reserve of 21% this year.

MVWSD wins communications award

Our district has won an Excellence in Communication Award from a statewide organization, the California School Public Relations Association (CALSPRA) for its “Let’s Talk” video series. Click here to view these videos that address a variety of topics that are important to parents and the community.

 

CSA free webinar: Rental assistance

Community Services Agency is offering a FREE webinar about its rental assistance process in response to COVID-19. Anyone interested in seeking rental assistance should participate. For English, webinars are scheduled on Tuesday 5/26. For Spanish, webinars are scheduled on Thursday 5/28. Those interested must register by contacting Eonis Cibrian Pelayo, Community and PublicRelations Coordinator, at ecibrianpelayo@csacares.org.

 

New COVID emergency benefit - the P-EBT card

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Parents may now qualify for free and reduced lunches and can fill out the National School Lunch application. Once verified (usually only 24 hours), they can apply for the new COVID emergency benefit - the P-EBT card that gives up to $365 per free and reduced eligible child for food. Families will need to apply (five min quick app in four languages) at https://ca.p-ebt.org/ May 22 – June 30th. Families not receiving free and reduced price meals yet should fill out the FRPM Application with MVWSD by clicking here: https://secure.ezmealapp.com/, in order to receive this emergency benefit. More info at https://www.mvwsd.org/nutrition

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