Mound PTO

The safety of our students and staff is of the highest importance. Therefore, ALL VUSD Schools will be closed from Monday 3/16 thru Friday 4/10.

March 21 Saturday Academy will be cancelled. Those who had signed up will be given priority enrollment for the April 25 session.

March 23-25 Fifth Grade Outdoor Education is postponed. The Outdoor Ed Team will remain in contact with 5th Grade parents regarding next steps/options.

March 26 Fifth Grade Photo will be postponed – details pending

March 27 Awards Assembly will be pushed to the April 24.

There are excellent online resources, such as Moby Max and Khan Academy, available on the Student Page of the VUSD website, https://www.venturausd.org/students/vusdStudents.aspx.

Until we see you again, please keep the minds of the children busy and filled with wonder 🙂

Respectfully,

Todd, Kristie and the Mound Staff

VUSD Meal Distribution

Monday - Friday, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

· Parents/students may walk or drive up to the carts set up and receive 1 breakfast (for the next day) and 1 lunch per child ages 1-18 years of age.

· All children are welcome; they do not have to be VUSD students

· No ID or information is needed

· All meals must be taken off the property to be eaten to maintain social distancing.

· Six sites are distributing the meals, they are

1. Atlas Elementary School 760 Jazmin Avenue, Ventura

2. Montalvo Elementary 2050 Grand Avenue, Ventura

3. Will Rogers Elementary 316 Howard Street, Ventura

4. Data Middle School 2060 Cameron Street, Ventura

5. Sheridan Way Elementary 573 Sheridan Way, Ventura

6. Sunset K-8 School 400 Sunset Ave., Oak View

VUSD Enrichment Packets

All family activity packets for grades PreK-12 can be found online at the VUSD Family School Closure webpage, https://www.venturausd.org/SchoolClosures.aspx in English and https://www.venturausd.org/ElCierredeEscuelas.aspx in Spanish. These links are active and ready for use.

Paper copies of packets levels A and B which are the lowest challenge levels and closest to early elementary on grade level standards in English and Spanish, can be picked up as of March 18th where we distribute food and nutrition meals, Monday- Friday 11:30 am- 1:00 pm at the following locations:

1. Atlas Elementary School 760 Jazmin Avenue, Ventura

2. Montalvo Elementary 2050 Grand Avenue, Ventura

3. Will Rogers Elementary 316 Howard Street, Ventura

4. Data Middle School 2060 Cameron Street, Ventura

5. Sheridan Way Elementary 573 Sheridan Way, Ventura

6. Sunset K-8 School 400 Sunset Ave., Oak View

Paper copies of family activity packets levels C, D and E (the more advanced packets) will be ready for pick up March 19th at these locations.

Here are some resources if you're looking for something to keep your kids engaged in learning (and hopefully not driving you completely crazy).

Educational Companies Offering Free Subscriptions Due to School Closings: www.amazingeducationalresources.com

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

https://medium.com/jenn-lately/what-to-do-with-kids-when-schools-close-due-to-covid-19-fc6ee30c55f4

PBS KIDS is launching a weekday newsletter to share activities and tips you can use to keep your child playing and learning at home. Sign up now: https://bit.ly/39PjCjb

26 Must-Watch TED Talks to Spark Student Discussions: https://www.weareteachers.com/ted-talks-students/

30 Great Educational Netflix Shows: https://weareteachers.com/educational-netflix-shows/

National Parks Remain Open During Coronavirus Epidemic: https://www.nationalparkstraveler.org/2020/03/national-parks-remain-open-during-coronavirus-epidemic

The National Wildlife Federation will offer free, complimentary access to Ranger Rick online and the digital editions of its magazines during the COVID-19 shutdown of schools and daycare centers. The access will extend through June 30, 2020 and will only require an email address for access online. https://rangerrick.org

free Mystery Science mini lessons https://mysteryscience.com/school-closure-planning

Free virtual tours of everything from over 2,500 museums to national parks, zoos and aquariums, the Great Wall of China, and even Mars: https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2020/03/16/social-distancing-free-virtual-tours/5060244002/

Making yoga and mindfulness FUN for kids since 2012! https://www.cosmickids.com/

The pigeon might not be allowed to drive the bus but all are invited to do lunch doodles with Mo Willems: https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/

Razzle Bam Boom: http://thecharactershow.populr.me/start-with-heart-videos-series-trial


March PTO Meeting Cancelled

The Mound Elementary School PTO funds and organizes many of the activities and events that occur throughout the year at Mound Elementary School in Ventura, California.

These include:

  • The Annual Jog-a-Thon fundraiser
  • Gold Medal Reading program
  • Reading intervention program
  • Art & Music Enrichment
  • Field Trips
  • Book Fairs
  • Outdoor education class trips
  • Playground equipment
  • Assemblies

and so much more!

Myths and Facts About Mound PTO

MYTH: PTO is just for stay-at-home parents.

FACT: PTO is for everyone! Our volunteers are mothers, fathers and other caregivers. Many members stay-at-home; work part-time to full-time; have little ones, preschoolers, high schoolers and/or college students; are continuing their own education; and more.

MYTH: Joining PTO means I have to volunteer. I’ll get roped into something if I go to a PTO meeting.

FACT: You do not have to volunteer to be a member of PTO! There are always opportunities to get involved as we do need a lot of volunteers. We do ask for help but there is no pressure to sign up if you don’t want to volunteer or are unable to. It is okay to say no. We appreciate everyone’s membership regardless of volunteering. The simple act of joining PTO is valuable to our school.

MYTH: I have to be a board member to attend PTO meetings.

FACT: Everyone is welcome at PTO monthly meetings! Dates and times will be posted to the Mound PTO Facebook group page and the Mound PTO website. PTO meetings are a great place to connect with other parents and find out more about what’s happening here at Mound. PTO meetings alternate between mornings and evenings each month to allow for members to come at times they are more available.

One-Time Events

  • Vision & Hearing Screening escorts (walk kids to and from screening – September 9th)
  • Picture Day volunteer
  • Music Van (music program for 3rd and 5th grades – November)
  • Book Fair (on campus in November; at Barnes & Noble in March)
  • Women in History (presentations to classes on significant US women – March)
  • Talent Show (Spring)
  • Battle of the Books (4th and 5th Grade reading challenge – May)


***Look for the sign-up form sent home first week of school. Complete and return to the PTO box in the front office OR email

Ongoing Events & Committees

  • Jogathon Committee (plan Jogathon events for the next year, meetings start in spring)
  • Hospitality Committee (plan events, like luncheons, for staff)
  • Beautification/Gardens Committee (campus enhancement, ex. gardens, painting)
  • Green Team (implement ways to conserve & recycle on campus)
  • Teacher Grants Committee (review & select teacher requests for grants)
  • Science Lab Committee (organize, inventory and order supplies/equipment for lab)
  • Library Helpers (help with general library needs – shelving books, check-ins, etc.)
  • Workroom Assistance & Photocopying (Copycats)
  • School Safety & Traffic Committee (help keep Mound safe & prepared for emergencies. Volunteer crossing guards are a vital part of this group.
  • Lunchtime Help (Salad Bar, Noon Aide)
  • Selling Spirit Wear (help 1st VP sell items at Back to School night, orientations, etc.)
  • Passive fundraising (help 2nd VP with box tops, Shoparoo, Amazon Smile, etc.)

We still need a crossing guard MONDAY and WEDNESDAY mornings in the back drop-off area behind Mound on Brookshire, 7:40 - 8:00AM.

The neighbors are kind to let us drop off there! This gives us one more location to drop off in the mornings, spreading out the traffic.

YOU CAN HELP KEEP OUR KIDS SAFE

and our neighbors happy, thereby keeping the rest of us happy that we don't all have to drop off in front.

Please email susan.e.henson@gmail.com.