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We are Thankful

Thank you to our parent volunteers, cafeteria staff, and Mr. Tim for their hard work in making today’s Thanksgiving Luncheon a huge success. It was a wonderful way to celebrate a meal together and discuss all the things we are thankful for.





Posted by David Huber in General School Information on Thursday November 20
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In Our Classes Today

Today was a great day of learning at Mt. View. Our kindergarten students were working on their reading (fluency and rhyming) and writing (adding details, stretching sounds, proper spacing) while our 5th graders were recording their reading on an Ipad to self-evaluate their reading fluency. It is extremely powerful for our students to see and hear how their fluency is progressing. We are so proud of their hard work!!

Posted by David Huber in General School Information, Instruction, Common Core State Standards on Wednesday November 19
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Last night's PTO/PAC Meeting

What you missed at last night's PTO/PAC:


Wednesday December 3 - Jump - N - Jamming night. Our PTO/PAC is also sponsoring a Moe's Fundraiser -- Wednesday January 21st -- Come show your MTV Pride while supporting our PTO/PAC!


We also discussed the school's new Facebook ( and Twitter (@davidjhuber) page, the new media consent forms that went home today, and our staff professional development.


Scholastic will give a free book to families who shop on "Small Business Saturday" which is November 29th. The goal is to support local businesses. These flyers will be distributed to all families over the next few days.


Coming Soon: Friendship Family Project -- help us support our own families this holiday season. Stay tuned for more information.


Reminder: Vendor night has been postponed!!


Parent and Teacher conferences were very well attended -- with over 98% of families participating. Thanks staff and families.


Events families are interested in scheduling: A spring craft fair or vendor night if we can again schedule the Crowley Car Fundraiser, sponsoring a soldier project, Sonic or Five Below.


Next PTO/PAC meeting Wednesday December 17th -- 6:30


Did you hear -- our first 'Virtual Principal's Office Hours' will be this Saturday morning -- Hop onto Facebook from 9-10 a.m. to ask Dr. Huber any questions about Common Core State Standards or any other questions that are important to you.


Thanks to those who attended -- Have a great night!

Posted by David Huber in General School Information, PTO/PAC on Wednesday November 19
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Looking to donate an unwanted gift?

Any Mt. View Families looking for an act of Citizenship??


Do you have unused gifts sitting in your closet that didn’t fit or weren’t your style/taste? Please consider donating them to our Re-Gifting Program! The Young Professionals for United Way and Webster Bank are now accepting donations of UNUSED items for Bristol’s Annual Re-Gifting Program. This program allows children from low-income areas within Bristol to select a gift for their parent or caregiver. We think it is very important for children to learn the joy of giving by having the opportunity to present a gift to a loved one during the holidays.


Collection Dates: November 1st through November 29th


We will collect new or unopened gift items for adult males and females (Examples include: candles, perfume/cologne, lotions, grooming kits, flash lights, afghans, ties, gloves, jewelry, stationary, books, sweaters, mugs, pottery, kitchen items, boxed soaps, sports paraphernalia, scarves, gadgets, games, cards, household decorative items, calendars, pajamas, and other gift items.)

Please note: Holiday gift bags of varied sizes (new or gently used) and tissue paper are also needed!

Gifts can be dropped off at the following locations:
Mt. View School -- send them in with your child and we'll deliver them for you!
Bristol Adult Resource Center, 621 Jerome Avenue, Bristol
Bristol Public Library, 5 High Street, Bristol
Manross Library, 260 Central Street, Forestville
United Way of West Central Connecticut, 200 Main Street, Bristol

Any Webster Bank Bristol Location:
1235 Farmington Avenue, 647 Farmington Avenue,
150 Main Street, and 797 Pine Street


This drive is sponsored by Young Professionals for United Way and Webster Bank

Posted by David Huber in Community Events on Tuesday November 18
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Common Core State Standards -- good thing or bad thing?

Did you know all Bristol Public Schools follow our district approved curriculum? Embedded within this curriculum are the Common Core State Standards by grade. It’s important to understand that our students are learning to read and write using ‘Units of Study.’ For example, this month our 1st graders are learning non-fiction text features in Reading Workshop and learning to write ‘How to’ books in writing workshop. In order to write ‘How to’ books (which typically are informational or non-fiction) they must also learn how to read these types of text.

As teachers are teaching these two units of study, they are including the Common Core State Standards so kids can apply these standards as they are learning how to reading non-fiction (or informational text) and then write ‘How to’ pieces. Some of the actual Common Core Standards the 1st graders are learning are: Identifying the difference between narrative and information at text, know and use text features to gather information and writing using a sequence of steps or instruction.


The good news is we are not teaching the Common Core State Standards as isolated skills to memorize – instead we are teaching the skills as part of a unit of study as our students learn to become better readers and writers across many different types of text.


What are our other grades working on this month?

Second grade is also learning about informational text features and structures in Reading Workshop so they can apply them in Writing Workshop as they learn informational writing in the content areas.


Fourth grade is also learning to use text structures to comprehend informational texts in reading…but they are learning to do this so they can apply those same skills to write opinion (or informational) pieces.


Fifth grade is learning to notice Author’s Craft in reading so they can apply those same skills as writers – as they focus on Expository Essays.


I hope this helps to shed some light on the differences between our district approved curriculum and the Common Core State Standards.  Did you hear we are having our first 'virtual principal's office hours on Facebook this Saturday?  If you have more questions, feel free to log in on Saturday morning between 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and all questions will be answered.

Any questions? Let me know - Have a great day.
Dr. Huber


Posted by David Huber in General School Information, Instruction, Common Core State Standards on Tuesday November 18
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Facebook Pilot @ Mt. View

November 17, 2014

Dear Parents,

In an effort to stay connected with our families and community members, we will be piloting a school sponsored Facebook page. As you know, we currently communicate via Twitter. The purpose of this pilot is to see if we can interact with our families in new and creative ways while sharing the outstanding work of our students, staff, and family members via social media.

We hope you will follow the outstanding teaching and learning within our school.  As we pilot these new technologies, we welcome parent input to improve upon our parent and school partnershipWe do ask that if families comment on our pages, all comments be in alignment with our school's mission statement and be respectful in nature.  Posts that are negatively directed at or about individuals or are in violation of our school mission statement will be deleted and the user blocked from future use. 

We are very proud of the work of our students, staff, and families and feel it is important to continually share this with the community. As with any pilot, we will evaluate the effectiveness of this tool for meaningful two-way communication. We will be posting messages from the office and PTO/PAC as well as sharing images of the learning which takes place within our classroom. No identifiable student information will be posted (names, addresses, or other contact information.) We will use the original ‘no photo’ list which all families opted in or out of during the first week of school when determining what gets posted. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

As we have done in the past, families with individual questions or concerns are invited to contact their child’s teacher directly through email, a note in the planner, or leaving a voice message on the telephone. It will continue to be our goal of responding to parent questions within 24 hours.


David Huber

Posted by David Huber in General School Information on Monday November 17
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This Week at Mt. View

Good Morning and Welcome Back!  This week will be a very busy week at Mt. View.


Picture retake day is today. If you have questions, please call the school. Also all Yankee Candle fundraiser orders are due today.


Tuesday is our November PTO/PAC meeting and will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the library. All families are invited and encouraged to attend.


For any families who would like to participate in the Pie Fundraiser, all orders are due to the main office tomorrow!!


Thursday is our family feast during all three lunch waves. As a reminder all students (Pre-K through Grade 5) are invited to participate. The cost for the special turkey luncheon is $3.00 for a full pay meals and $0.40 for reduced lunch. The turkey lunch is the only option that day for our students who are not brining in their bagged lunch.  It is not too late to participate in this special lunch.


Congratulations to 11 Mt. View Girl Scouts who recently participated in a food drive to support Bristol’s ‘Meals for the Needy’ program. We are very proud of their hard work and dedication to our school and community. Their efforts truly make our city a better place to be.


Looking ahead to next week – we will have a full day of school next Monday and Tuesday. Our students and staff are dismissed at 1:10 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26th for the Thanksgiving weekend.


Posted by David Huber in General School Information on Monday November 17
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Picture Retakes Monday November 17th

School Picture Retakes will take place on Monday November 17th.

If you were absent, need a retake, or wanted to buy additional photos Monday is your only chance.

If you are having retakes of the original school photos, you must return the original portraits to the photographer on Monday.  For new portraits, students are asked to get an order form from the main office.  If you need one, please contact the main office at 860-584-7726.

Once again, for the photographer to do a retake, the original pictures must be returned on Monday.

Retakes:  Monday November 17th from 10:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.


Posted by David Huber in General School Information on Friday November 14
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Bristol Early Childhood Alliance

Have you heard of the Bristol Early Childhood Alliance (BECA)? BECA is a coalition comprised of parents, early childhood educators, the Bristol Board of Education, the City of Bristol, health and human service professionals and others who are dedicated to improving the lives of children and families in Bristol. The goal is for every single child in Bristol to be healthy and ready to learn by age five, and achieve developmental and school success by age nine. For more information you can visit their website or follow the on Face book.


For a copy of their most recent newsletter highlighting their work, please click here.  

Posted by David Huber in Early Childhood on Friday November 14
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Holiday Pie Sale

Don’t have time to bake for the Thanksgiving holiday??

Mt. View School is sponsoring a holiday pie sale. All proceeds will go to our student activity fund which support student activities throughout the year.


10 inch Pumpkin pie unbaked $15.00

10 inch Pumpkin pie Baked $17.00


10 inch Apple pie unbaked $15.00

10 inch Apple pie Baked  $17.00


All unbaked pies can be picked up at Dunpys Delight anytime Monday thru Wednesday before Thanksgiving. All baked pies are available for pickup the day before Thanksgiving between 9am and 9pm.

All orders are to be paid in full at time of pickup. A percentage of each pie cost will be donated to Mt. View School’s Student Activity Fund.


Final Order Form Total to be submitted to Mt. View’s Main Office by: Tuesday November 18th


Posted by David Huber in General School Information on Friday November 14
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Choose groups to clone to:

    • WedDec03 MTV Night at Jump N' Jammin 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    • ThuDec18 Advanced Band and Chorus @ Meridian Towers 10:00 AM
    • ThuJan15 Wintert Concert 7:00 PMSnow Date: Jan 22
    • WedJan21 MTV Night Moe's Fundraiser 5:00 PM to 9:00 PMPlease remember your flyer to submit when you order!

Mountain View School - 71 Vera Road Bristol, CT 06010 Voice: (860) 584-7726 Fax: (860) 314-4629

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