Wishing everyone a safe and fun summer!
You all deserve End of the Year Awards after this school year.
If you would like more resources regarding talking about race for families and students, please go to https://sites.google.com/venturaedu.org/anti-racistresources/home
If you are in need of outside resources, please check https://sites.google.com/venturaedu.org/vusd-school-counselor/home
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"How to Talk to Kids about Race and Racism" - Parent Tool kit
"Resources for Talking About Race, Racism, and Racialize Violence with Kids"
"Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk About Race" - Pretty Good
"27 Books to Help You Talk to Your Kids about Racism" - Today's Parents
The safety of our students and staff is of the highest importance. Therefore, ALL VUSD Schools will be remain closed in person through the end of this school year. We are gradually rolling out distance learning through Canvas/Instructure. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all start this new adventure together.
March 23-25 Fifth Grade Outdoor Education is postponed. The Outdoor Ed Team is currently working on a plan to address any outstanding issues. Stay tuned.
March 26 Fifth Grade Photo will be postponed – details pending
There are excellent online resources available on the Student Page of the VUSD website, https://www.venturausd.org/students/vusdStudents.aspx. There is additional information regarding the school closure at the VUSD website, https://www.venturausd.org/SchoolClosures.aspx.
We continue to add information and fun stuff too on our PTO facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MoundSchoolPto. We miss you all and hope to see you all again when it is safe for everyone! Stay safe and healthy!
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
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/
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.
- 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
and so much more!
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- Vision & Hearing Screening escorts (walk kids to and from screening (usually September)
- Picture Day volunteer
- Music Van (music program for 3rd and 5th grades – usually 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.)