Welcome to Mountain Avenue Elementary School, the home of the Bears! We are a California Gold Ribbon, California Distinguished, and a National Blue Ribbon School. I am delighted to welcome our new and returning families to the 2016-2017 school year.  In 2017, Mountain Avenue will celebrate it's 50th Anniversary!

Mountain Avenue is a school with strong traditions, and is known for its academic excellence, strong parent support, and dedicated staff. The Mountain Avenue Mission Statement states:  All members of the Mountain Avenue community will work cooperatively ot meet the needs of each child.  We will develop responsible, motivated learners who successfully solve problems, think critically, strive for excellence, maintain high ethical standards, and respect diversity.  Our focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics) and reading comprehension will continue.

The Mountain Avenue staff is knowledgeable, committed, and dedicated to the success of all of our students. We share in the belief that through a strong, active collaboration with students, parents, guardians, and community members, we can create a safe and exciting learning environment that challenges all of our students. Each child receives a well-rounded education that is comprised of California Common Core Standards, California Content Standards in Science, Social Studies, Music, Art, and Physical Education.  Each week children and staff are challenged to show kindness to others through weekly kindness challenges. It is through this effective delivery of education that all students reach their fullest potential.

The Mountain Avenue teachers and I are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure that your children can achieve to their highest potential.  We recognize that in order to be successful in school, your children need support from both the home and school.  We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education.  Thank you for giving us the amazing opportunity to educate your children.  We hold this responsibility with the highest regard! 

Families, here are some ways that you can support your child(ren)’s education at Mountain Avenue:

  • Make sure your child attends school daily and arrives on time, ready to learn
  • Ensure your child completes all classwork and homework assignments given by teachers
  • Have your child read daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills
  • Ask your child about their school experiences so that you are aware of her/his school life

Here are some important upcoming events!

Orientation for Kindergarten and New Families:

Kindergarten Orientation will take place on Friday, August 5, 2015 at 2:00 pm.  This is an opportunity for Kindergarten children and parents to meet the Kindergarten teachers and to receive a brief overview about what to expect the first few days of kindergarten.

Families new to Mountain Avenue are invited New Family Orientation on Friday, August 5, 2015 at 3:00 pm in the auditorium.  Families will be provided with basic information about Mountain Avenues procedures and programs. 

First Day of School

The first day of school is Monday, August 8, 2016.  Instruction begins at 8:25 am for all students in kindergarten through 6th grade.  Please plan to arrive early on the first day of school to avoid traffic.  Class lists will be posted Sunday, August 7th at 12:00 pm.  

All parents are invited to a “Howdy Coffee” hosted by PTA on the first day of school, Monday August 8, 2016 from 8:30 -9:30 am.  This is a chance to meet, greet, and visit with other Mountain Avenue parents.  Parent leaders from M.A.C.K (Mountain Avenue Committed to Kids) and PTA will be on hand to share information about programs and opportunities in which you can become involved. 


Students are dismissed at the front of the school.  On Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Kindergarten classes dismiss at 12:45 pm, Grades 1-3 dismiss at 2:25, and Grades 4-6 dismiss at 2:51. On Thursdays, Kindergarten classes dismiss at 12:45 and Grades 1-6 dismiss at 1:26. 

Additional Information:

Back to School Night will be on Thursday, August 18, 2016.  Friday, August 19 is a minimum day.  Please check the Mountain Avenue website at www.mountainavenue.org for additional information. All of the information from the parent handbook is available on the school website as well as the school calendar. 

I look forward to an amazing 2016-2017 school year with you all!

Go Bears!

Jaclyn Scott, Principal


Last Modified on June 23, 2016