Weekly Message: November 4, 2017

Hello Marvista families! Today I’d like to discuss a topic that affects all of us: mindsets. Different from what many of us have been taught, it’s not just our gifting’s and abilities that bring us success in life–but also whether we approach challenges with a fixed or growth mindset. I’d like to outline the difference …

Weekly Message: October 16, 2017

Hello Marvista Families! We had such a fun day today building community, getting exercise and raising funds for the school! A big thank you to Vivian Kerr-Swaab, Karen Craggan, Jen Ng and their parent volunteer team for all their hard work with the Fun Run! Thank you to everyone who donated funds to support our …

Weekly Message: September 27, 2017

Weekly Message: Greetings Marvista Families! This is Andrew Ritsema, your school counselor, and this being my first newsletter of the school year I’d like to write about the importance of students feeling safe and accepted at school in order for their brains to physically be able to learn while here, as well as what we …

Family Fun Arcade Night

Thursday, June 8th 5-8pm Waterland Arcade in Des Moines $10 fee to get in, then all games free! We will be selling pop and chips. There’s even a fun area for the adults to hang out 🙂

5th GRADE BALLROOM DANCING CULMINATING EVENT

On Wed. June 7th from 2:15-3:15, Marvista will host “The Culminating Event”. 5th grade students will perform in front of their parents, the 4th graders and administration. This is a great opportunity for all of the students to show what they have learned over the 10 week course. Our Dancing Classroom Teaching Artists say our …

Art Gallery Night-Friday, June 2nd 6-8 pm

Join us in celebrating the Arts at Marvista on Friday, June 2nd from 6-8 pm. The evening will feature: – art from every Marvista student – music from the Marvista Marimba group and the Choir Club – family art activities such as origami and weaving – Bingo Game with prizes – photo opportunities-put yourself in …

Weekly Reflection: Classroom Placement 2017-18 (05/03)

Dear Parents/Guardians, Each spring we begin the process of building class lists for the following school year. At Marvista Elementary, we believe this important process needs to be done using a specific protocol that allows us to balance classes according to a set of criteria that creates the optimal teaching and learning environment for every …

Weekly Reflection: Student Safety (4/21)

Hello Marvista Families, At Marvista, we always strive to keep student safety at the forefront of our minds and daily decisions. There are so many staff working diligently to keep everyone safe from the moment the first student arrives to dismissal at the end of the day. To this end, we are reaching out to …

Weekly Reflection: Highly Capable Program (4/14)

Hello Marvista Families, We were recently informed that the district has changed the process for notifying families whose students are eligible to be tested for our Highly Capable program. This year, the district sent a letter in January to all families explaining the process but it sounds like many of our families did not receive …

Weekly Reflection: A peek inside the schoolhouse door…

Dear Families of 3rd -6th graders, Beginning on Monday April 17th , we will be taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) and 5th graders will be taking the Science MSP. My purpose in sending this letter and Marvista’s SBA and MSP schedule, is so that you avoid scheduling any appointments that would require your child to …