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Principal's Message

Dear Mountain View Families,

On behalf of our entire staff I would like to welcome you to our school and new school website!

Every school has its own identity. The reason we at Mt. View Elementary come to work every day is that we love our kids and take very seriously our role in helping them get to where they are going. Some will grow up to be business owners, educators, scientists, some will be in the technical fields, and on it goes. With hard work, moments of joy, and our shared belief in your children — families and staff members – together we will give them the best start possible toward fulfilling their dreams. I truly believe there is no better place to be!

Mountain View Elementary has over 850 students, preschool through 6th grade, from many ethnicities and walks of life, and around 70 enthusiastic staff members. About 40 percent of our students are English Language Learners, we are home to the AVID program (grades 3-6), and Dual Language Immersion program (grades K-5). We are a school with a vision for our students. We believe every one of our kids has it in him or her to grow by leaps and bounds academically, and to cultivate the habits and characteristics needed to succeed. We believe it is our job to inspire passion for learning and to help our students develop a picture of themselves as college and/or career bound.

In grades 3 – 6, you’ll experience a college-going culture in our school. College pennants and bulletin boards give students the clear message that with hard work and determination they can get to college. We talk with our kids about having a growth mindset. A growth mindset implies wanting always to improve, persisting to overcome obstacles, and celebrating each others’ successes. Growth Mindset is an AVID tenant. Being an AVID school (Advancement Via Individual Determination) has provided us a framework for creating more effective learners. AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. Note taking, organization, questioning, and collaboration are all things AVID is helping our students learn.

We have our Dual Language Immersion Program for grades Kindergarten – 5th grade. The possibilities are endless as students at Mountain View progress towards their unlimited potential. It is with great pride that the Mountain View Elementary provides this educational opportunity to its students and community. Our DLI program offers English and Spanish speaking students an exciting, enriching, and challenging educational opportunity. Students in DLI will learn to read, write, and communicate effectively in both languages while demonstrating high levels of academic achievement. DLI education aims to ensure students become bilingual, bi-literate, and bicultural starting in the early years of school where children are best primed for language learning and readily open to cultural experiences. Our goal is that our DLI students graduate with the California Department of Education formally recognized Seal of Biliteracy on their high school diploma.

We believe that a student’s long- term health and well-being, and his capacity to contribute in a positive way to our world depends on a balance of social, emotional and core academic development. To support and build upon this foundation, Mt. View Elementary has adopted the 6 Pillars in Character Counts! This program is based on six values called the Six Pillars of Character. They include: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. 

We believe that students must learn to reach beyond themselves. They must learn how to interact with others, how to listen, how to be sensitive to others' needs and how to be respectful of differing perspectives. Mt. View Elementary School recognizes the importance of creating and modeling a culture of good character and supporting all students as they learn integrity, personal responsibility and compassion. Adults and children in our school community are asked to model these character traits through personal example. 

Extraordinary individuals will shape the 21st Century. Meeting the challenges of our increasingly complex and culturally interdependent world will require citizens who have a solid sense of who they are and a respect for others, in addition to being academically strong and capable. 

Our hope is that each of our students builds a healthy self-concept, a sense of connection to others, and an appreciation for what it means to be a kind and good contributing member of a community. We recognize that this developmental journey spans a lifetime, but the foundation begins right here during the earliest school years.

 Character Education begins with all of us . . . . . .

Whether your child is starting preschool with us, or entering 6th grade, we understand you are sharing with us your most prized commodity. We will do our best to earn your respect. These are the things we ask of you:

  1. Get your child to school, on time, daily (except, of course, in the case of illness). It is critical to learning;
  2. Read with your child for 15 minutes nightly;
  3. See that your student completes his / her homework, and;
  4. “Take 5,” which is 5 minutes to talk about the school day each evening.

These four simple things will support your child more than you might imagine.

This new school year begins with a few additions to our staff. Each new teacher comes highly regarded from previous positions, and I feel fortunate to add them to our Mountain View family. Please help me in welcoming our new Roadrunners.

Amanda Shanahan - Kindergarten Elizabeth Kimble - Kindergarten Candace Di Bella - 1st Grade Shelly Martinez - 1st Grade Jessica Juarez - 2nd grade Leilani Dauser - 4th Grade Silvia Hernandez - 5th Grade DLI

You will have a chance to meet all of our teachers at our Back to School Night on Thursday, August 16th, at Back-to-School Night from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Class list will be posted in front of  the office on Friday, August 10th after 12:00 pm. 

School Hours:  

8:15 am - 2:40 pm: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday

8:15 am – 1:25 pm: Wednesday

In the interest of safety, please do not drop off your children before 7:50 AM, as there is no supervision before that time. Also, please be sure to pick up your children by 2:40 (M, Tues, Thurs, & Fri) and 1:25 (Wed) in the afternoon.

Arrival Times:

Our school day begins at 8:20 AM every day. Please be sure to have your child/children here on time. Students who are consistently tardy are at a clear disadvantage and usually arrive feeling frantic and unprepared. All students who arrive after 8:20 am must sign in at the office. If your child will not be present, please call and inform the attendance office at (951)788-7433.

Closed-Campus

At Mountain View Elementary School student safety is our first and foremost priority. In accordance to the new RUSD Board policy we are changing the accessibility of the campus to persons other than students before school.

Our campus will only be open to students before school. This means that parents and other adults will need to drop their students off at one of our entry gates;

  1. At the gate in front of the school, beside the main office or

  2. The gate at the end of our main driveway at the “drop off area” or

  3. The gate at Mead Court will be open.(Please be mindful of our neighbors who live on those cul-de-sacs.)

No adults are to enter the campus with students.

K/Kindergarten students only may enter through the gate at the kindergarten playground, which fronts Streeter Avenue at the bus lane. A supervisor will be present to greet and direct kindergartners into the playground.

At dismissal TK/Kindergarten students must only be picked up at the “pick up area” at the far end of the driveway.

 

Free and Reduced Lunch:

All families, regardless of eligibility, please fill out the lunch application. The process is SAFE, SECURE, PRIVATE, and AVAILABLE anytime, anywhere! Online Application

Our school will continue being part of our breakfast in the classroom program.  This program provides breakfast to all students regardless if they are in the free/reduce lunch program.  Students will have their breakfast first thing in the morning in their classrooms after the first bell (8:15 a.m.), starting on the first day of school. 

Traveling to and from School:

Streeter Avenue is a very busy street. One hundred percent cooperation is needed to ensure that children and parents arrive and exit campus safely. Those driving to drop off or pick up students are to enter campus via the north side driveway, at the Mountain View Ave. stop light. The painted driveway crosswalks are to be kept clear at all times.

  • The right lane has been designated for the loading and unloading of students only, NO PARKING!
  • The left lane of the entering driveway is to be kept open for those moving through to the driveway loop and exit. Stay alert for vehicles pulling into and out of the loading/unloading zone and be mindful to keep traffic flowing smoothly.

    All traffic rules, posted signs, and painted curbs are to be observed, along with the directions given by supervising school personnel. Please be patient, courteous, and cautious. J

    Mead Court side gate will be opened for arrival and dismissal. TK & Kindergarten students may not be picked up at this gate. TK & Kindergarten students must be picked up at the pick-up area at the end of the long driveway.  Please take a moment to review the critical reminders that follow.

    Mead Court:

  • Please consider accessing our campus via different streets on different days to lessen the burden to the residents of a single street.
  • Please do not at any time block or partially block any resident’s driveway.  Even if you think you will only be “a minute”, this is illegal.  It is vital that everyone comply with this directive.
  • Please do not at any time pull into a private driveway for the purpose of loading or unloading students or for any other purpose.  To do so constitutes trespassing and is illegal.  It is vital that everyone comply with this directive. 

Students walk alone or with a parent will be dismissed out the front gates by the office or side gate by the library. Please wait outside of the gates for students to exit through the gates when the bell rings.

Website-

Please continue to visit our school website for upcoming information http://mountainview.riversideunified.org  

DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • Back to School Night – Thursday, August 16th 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Thank you for entrusting us to walk alongside you on your child’s educational journey. We look forward to working with you and your child. We can’t wait to see you!

 

Kathy Doubravsky

Principal

 

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