Nominating Committee Nominations

Date: January 4, 2021

The Mountain View Elementary PTA hereby places the following names in nomination for the Nominating Committee:  

Stephanie Gardner
Christine Bunn
Karen Devine
Kim Swenson
Amy Oldham
Nicole Verkamp

We will be voting on this at our next PTA General Meeting on Tuesday, January 19 @ 7 pm on Zoom.

Submitted by PTA Secretary Amanda Duffy



This Month at MVES: 

Now at MVES: 

Now: Order 2020-21 PTA Membership online; Order 2020-21 Foundation Membership online
Jan 19-28: Boosterthon
Jan 26: Virtual Learning day - ALL Families
Jan 26: 
Spirit Event @Crumbl Cookies (3:00pm-7:00pm)
Jan 27: F2F learning day
Jan 28: Boosterthon Event Day
Jan 29:  Entries due for Heroes Essay contest
Feb 15-19: Winter Break - No School
Feb 26: Virtual Family Science Night (7:00pm)
March 19: Virtual Family Trivia Night (7:00pm-8:30pm)

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Click HERE to View Cobb County School Calendar (note Early Release Days!!)

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Click HERE to View 2019-20 Cobb County School Calendar (note Early Release Days!!)

Add to your Google Calendar -- click HERE for "how-to".




Boosterthon Special Challenge

We have a special challenge this weekend and this weekend only! When students get a flat donation of $60 or a $2 per dance minute donation on they can earn a BONUS PRIZE-- the Roll-up Sunnies!!
Make sure to log on to this weekend to help our school! We are getting closer and closer to hitting our goal of $25,000 for new technology!



Hello Mountain View families!

Donating is officially open on
Please support our school today - here’s how:

  1. REGISTER your student(s) on today. It takes 30 seconds!
  2. SHARE with 5 family/friends using the SHARE tools on (Facebook, Text Message or Email) Students will earn rewards just for sharing from
  3. GIVE a donation if you are able to give.
  • Every share and donation makes a difference! And, don’t forget…
    Students can receive rewards when parents share from
  • All students get to participate in the Event day, regardless of financial participation
  • This fundraiser comes with an incredible character development program for students where they’ll be learning about the importance of teamwork, care, courage, grit and celebration

Thank you for supporting our school - we are grateful for our amazing school community!

Donating is Open! 

Register on FUNRUN.COM, SHARE, & GIVE!

Event Day - 1/28
SAVE THE DATE! Youre Invited!



Spirit Night @ Crumbl Cookies

Every Tuesday in January (3:00-7:00pm)


Virtual Family Science Night... REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
February 26, 2021 @ 7:00pm
MVES PTA is excited to announce we are hosting a Virtual Family Science Night presented by Science Explorers.


Cost $35 per family (includes 2 kits)


Tips for Parenting in the Digital Age


Michelle Lipkin



This past week MVES PTA welcomed guest speaker Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, executive director of the National Association for Media Literacy Education, who led a virtual workshop on the topic of parenting in the digital age.

Michelle spoke to the challenges that many parents face today: navigating the ever-evolving world of technology with your children, teaching them to use media in a responsible manner, and protecting them from any potential negative side effects. She assured us that it’s completely normal that these challenges can seem overwhelming. “Change has happened rapidly. We’re the last people who can remember life before the internet,” said Michelle. “There’s also a multi-billion-dollar advertising industry that we’re up against, and we’re expected as parents to counter the messages that children are exposed to – no wonder this feels hard!”

So what tools can we use for successful parenting in the digital age?

Michelle outlined a model she calls “The Six E’s.”
1. Exempli
Be a role model in tech. Kids watch us more than they listen to us, and are learning from what we do. It’s time to ask ourselves, do we have a screen time problem?

2. Explain
Outline expectations, and set guidelines and rules for technology use in the home. Most of all, establish in your home that technology is a big enough deal to talk about often.

3. Engage
Have conversations with your kids about media that have nothing to do with the rules. Does your child love video games? Find out why, and play with them.

4. Empathize
Keep in mind that for the first time in history, kids are growing up in a public space thanks to social media – while we were able to make mistakes in private as an adolescent. Be prepared to have open conversations about how hard this can be.

5. Educate
There’s an important difference between preparing and protecting, teaching and telling. Teach kids to ask questions, and learn to have media literacy conversations at home.

6. Empower
Encourage your child’s own media creation, by telling them about new apps or websites, signing them up for classes, and teaching them new skills.

Most of all, Michelle reminded us, “Kids might be better at tech, but we’re better at being human beings. Their tech savvy doesn’t eliminate our life experience – be confident in the wisdom you have to impart.”


Michelle Ciulla Lipkin
Executive Director
National Association for Media Literacy Education



Tuesday, January 26, 2021, is the new test date for the PSAT NSMQT for high school students, which will change all schools' schedules on Tuesday, January 26, and Wednesday, January 27. 

This date is the only option the College Board has provided for students who were scheduled to test on October 29. As you may remember, the PSAT and NSMQT were canceled in October due to bad weather. 

To social distance as required by the College Board, the Cobb County School District will alter all schools’ schedules (PK-12) on January 26 and January 27. 

All schools will operate on Tuesday, January 26, as an Instructional Support Day (typically held on Wednesdays) and learn remotely. Only high school students registered to take the PSAT and NSMQT will report to school on this date.

All schools will operate on Wednesday, January 27, as a regularly scheduled instructional day through face-to-face and remote classrooms.

If you have any questions about the PSAT NSMQT, please contact your local school for more information.


2020-21 Honoring Our Heroes Essay Program


We are kicking off the 2020-2021 Honoring Our Heroes Essay program!

Honoring Our Heroes is a writing program that encourages students to discover, honor, and write about real-life heroes—role models displaying generosity, trust, persistence, dedication, leadership, creativity, caring, bravery, imagination, service, gentleness, courage, or compassion. Students can recognize someone who has touched their lives directly: a family member, doctor, public safety officer, soldier, or teacher. They can also honor a professional athlete, movie star, or other public figure if that person has made an impact on the student’s life through dedication, perseverance, or other characteristics and NOT because of their fame.
Honoring our Heroes is a great opportunity to celebrate a special someone who may not even know what a difference they are making in your student’s life! The program also aims to keep kids motivated to write during the holiday break and to enhance their abilities and confidence as writers.
The student entry form can be found on the PTA website HERE
Entries are due by January 29, 2021.
Please email your completed entry form, hero’s photo (optional), and essay file as
attachments to Please include the student’s name in each file name (e.g., “Jane Doe_Heroes Entry Form,” “Jane Doe_Heroes Essay,” “Jane Doe_Hero’s Photo).
Here is also a helpful article with tips for parents who wish to support their student writers. You can download the file by visiting this address:
Please contact Mina Ivanova at: with any questions.


International Night - India
This week, we are celebrating the beautiful country of India. Aviraj Rohatgi and his family shared an incredible video with us! First, we will learn about Diwali, the “festival of lights”. Next, they teach us how to create one of their favorite and very delicious recipes, the Bombay sandwich with a Fall twist! You will want to make this amazing dish at home.


If you haven't shared a video or recipe with us yet, you can still do so! Please email your video and/or recipe to


Calling Volunteers!

Do you want to be more involved in the school?  
PTA 2021-2022 Executive Board & Committees forming now!  
If you’re interested, send an email to for more information!!

Reflections 2020-21

We are excited to announce the winners of the 2020 Reflections contest for the ECCC!
Thank you students for your hard work and congratulations to the winners listed below! Winners’ submissions will advance to the GA PTA level of competition. 

We are unable to host a reception to celebrate this year, but the a video of the winners' entries, along with other submissions will be shared after the State level winners are determined. 
A bin with the non-advancing entries will be outside the school Tuesday, January 19th - Friday, January 22nd. Please pick up your students’ entries.

4 - Riya Kumar
Film Production:
4 - Riya Kumar
Music Composition:
1 - Julianne Peter
5 - Raina Banerjee
4 - Riya Kumar 
Virtual Arts:
4 - Riya Kumar


MVES Free Little Library

Did you know our school has a Little Free Library?

A Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. This was installed earlier this year as an Eagle Scout Project by Mrs. Shade's son.  We are so lucky to have this wonderful resource in our community.   It is located to the left of the building by the playground. It has recently been restocked with more books. This is a fun activity for kids to exchange their old books for a new one. Check out other little free library locations in our area here:

PTA Committee Spotlight

Partners in Education
Thank you so much to our Reflections Chairs, Donna Levine and Betsy Magato!!  Donna and Betsy promote this National PTA program that encourages artistic expression in dance, film, music, literature, visual arts, and photography.  Donna and Betsy also assemble a panel of judges to select category winners for each submission.  Thank you to Donna and Betsy for organizing this fantastic program for our Mountain View students!




We’re raising money for Mountain View Elementary this holiday season and need your help! We’ve made it super easy (and fun) to support us! Just shop through our Shutterfly Storefront to create photo books, keepsakes, gifts, home décor and more—and Shutterfly will donate 8% to our organization. Plus you can still use all your coupons & codes!

Please help us spread the word by sharing this post! Happy Holidays and happy shopping!

Use our storefront so we get credit:

Kid Chess

Cafeteria News - Birthday Celebrations

Are you i
nterested in hosting a celebration in your student's classroom? Let Food & Nutrition Services help! 🎉🎈🎊

We can help by providing tasty treats and refreshing drinks. Contact our café director at to discuss options!



Purchase your 2020-2021 Yearbook

This will be a year to remember....So order your memory books!
Yearbooks are now available for $35.  
LOGIN directly to Jostens Yearbooks HERE then sign in to order.



 To Do List:
1. Join PTA:
2. Join Foundation:
3. Follow us on social media:  Facebook mountainviewptafoundation
4. Subscribe to the PTA newsletter:

Wish Your Student Happy Birthday

Wish your student Happy Birthday on the Mountain View Marquee.
Order here:




Share your Pictures for the 2020-21 Yearbook
We need your Virtual Learning Photos! Share HERE



Mountain View Elementary Spirit Wear

Order here:



Mountain View PTA Needs You!

The PTA executive board is looking for parents like you who love Mountain View and want to support our school by joining the PTA leadership team.  We are looking to fill the below Chair positions on our Board of Directors.  If you are interested in serving or have questions about these and other PTA leadership opportunities for the upcoming school year, please contact Stacey Albracht & Wendy Stone, PTA Co-Presidents at:

  • Legislation- Monitors and communicates current legislative issues on education and information on voter registration. Holds mock election.
  • Spirit Wear- Encourages school spirit, primarily through spirit wear available for sale. Responsible for selecting a company for production, placing orders, and distributing orders to students. 
  • Sponsorship (Co-Chair)- Works with community partners to secure sponsorships.
  • Technology- Managing PTA Online Calendar 

How Can You Help?  
The PTA Volunteer Program is one of the best ways that parents can support the students and staff at our school!  Click VOLUNTEER on the PTA website to login and see brief descriptions of each volunteer area, and click the check boxes next to your preliminary interests. Your contact information will be forwarded to the appropriate PTA board member or committee chair, and we'll be in touch when it's time to start organizing!
Thanks for Volunteering!


Support Mountain View Elementary while using Amazon Smile


AmazonSmile customers can now support Mountain View Elementary PTA in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones!

Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start generating donations.

  • Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
  • Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into 'Settings' (at bottom of list)


  • Tap 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process




Lassiter Junior Flag Football

Registration for the 2021 Lassiter Flag Football Season is live at the following link:…/…/146714172
Registration is open to both boys & girls in grades K-8th regardless of what High School district you live in. The fee is just $50 and includes 2 shirts and a pair of shorts.

The season is set to start on 2/28 and wrap up 4/18. Each week a one hour practice is followed by a one hour game on Sunday afternoons, making it schedule-friendly!
Register now and spread the word with your family and friends!

Image may contain: 2 people, people playing sports, text that says 'Lassiter Junior Trojans Flag Football Open to all K-8th do not have to reside in the Lassiter district Season begins 2/28 and ends 4/18 All games & practices at Lassiter High School on turf Format: 1-hour practice followed by 1-hour game on Sunday afternoons Registration is open now... per player which includes game shorts & shirt Questions? Email'

Recycling Fundraiser

Recycling Fundraiser at Northeast Cobb YMCA to Support Pope Band

On Saturday January 16, 9am-2pm come to the Northeast Cobb YMCA located at 3010 Johnson Ferry Road to support the Pope Band. Bring your metal, electronics, appliances, paint and paper documents for shredding. Cost is $10 per car PLUS additional disposal fees of $20-$40/TV, $15-$30/monitor, $20/large item, $2-$25/paint container depending on size, and $20 for 1-8 standard boxes of paper for shredding. Pick-up of large items available within a 5-mile radius of Pope during the week prior with advance reservation. See for complete details.  For questions and pickup reservations, email Please wear a mask to help protect our volunteers. 

COVID Testing Center

Dr. Anthony Bartolo, father of student at MVES, has opened a new Covid testing center on Windy Hill road in Marietta. They are a CLIA Certified testing center and do rapid Covid 19 testing with results in as little as 10 minutes.  

3 Different Options:
1. 10 min Rapid Finger prick test $60-  This test is excellent for someone with symptoms and lets you know if it is active Covid and or if you have the Antibodies.
2.  15 Min Rapid Nasal Test $150-  This test can identify if you have been in the presence of someone with Covid-19 but you have not yet begun to show symptoms.  It of course will then tell us if you have active Covid and or Antibodies.
3.  Nasal PCR Test $179. -  This test will do the same as the above test but has a 5-7 day response as it has to be sent to the lab.  (This test is the most what airlines would require for international travel)

We also do the following testing:
4.  Rapid Flu $60. - This is a Nasal swab that has results in 10 minutes and is excellent for someone that has symptoms but has tested negative for Covid-19
5.  Rapid Strep $60. -   This is a Nasal swab that has results in 10 minutes and is excellent for someone that has symptoms along with a sore throat but has tested negative for Covid-19

Features online with booking as well as payments in a safe, sanitary environment to be tested.
Please visit our website for more information:

Sprayberry's Neighborhood Pantry

Sprayberry’s Neighborhood Pantry is here for Cobb County School families that attend or feed into Sprayberry High School. If you are in need of free food for your family, you are invited to attend our monthly distribution. Distributions are held on the 2nd Monday of each month. The distribution will be in the form of a drive through with volunteers available to place items in your car.


Please register at the following MUST Ministries link in order to receive food.  (If you are already registered, no need to re-register):


Neighborhood Pantry Distribution details:

Date: Monday, November 9, 2020

Time: 4pm-6pm

Location: Sprayberry High School,

   2525 Sandy Plains Rd

   Marietta, GA 30066

   (Enter parking lot located in the front of the school from Sandy Plains Rd.)


Future Dates: 11/9, 12/14, 1/11, 2/8, 3/8, 4/12, 5/10

Mountain View 2020-21 Community Sponsorship Program

Do you own a local small business? Are you interested in promoting your brand to the Mountain View community? 

The Mountain View PTA and Foundation are working together with Community Partners to help support our school and community.  As a Community Partner you will have the opportunity to participate in school-wide events such as Boosterthon and Fall Festival and have your company featured in our weekly newsletter that reaches 500+ families.  We also offer opportunities to be included in our Yearbook and have your company logo featured on the back of our class t-shirts worn at school events and on field trips. 

Your investment in Mountain View will continue the high standards of education -- beyond what Cobb County budget provides -- that our community has come to value. For more information please email


Thank You To Our Gold MVES Community Sponsors!
Please EMAIL if you wish to learn more about this program.

Eye Level 
Woodchuck Renovations 
Moohan Martial Arts Academy, LLC
Post Oak Pediatric Dentistry





Thank You To Our Silver MVES Community Sponsors!
Please EMAIL if you wish to learn more about this program.


Alpha Pest & Wildlife Solutions LLC
Grassroots Tree and Turf Care




Thank You To Our School Partners In Education
Please EMAIL our Partners In Education Committee if you wish to be a part
of this exclusive MVES family of businesses.





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Thank You To Our School Partners In Education
Please EMAIL our Partners In Education Committee if you wish to be a part
of this exclusive MVES family of businesses.