Gabriela Mistral's News February 3, 2021
Ms. O's Message
Dear Quetzal Families,
February is a great month! During this month, we get to celebrate the contributions that all African American have made to our American history. We also celebrate Valentine’s Day, Presidents’ Day, and we have the opportunity to enjoy Winter Break. Let’s continue to model for our children and students the joy of learning. As Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Adapted from Abdul Kamal, there are a five lines to tell yourself every morning that will help you be successful:
I am the best
I can do it
I am not alone
I am a winner
Today is my day
I wanted to thank you for completing your registration form. This is of great help for us to start planning for next school year. If you haven’t done so already, please complete the LCAP (Local Control and Accountability Plan) survey. For more information on LCAP, you can access the presentation here: https://www.mvwsd.org/LCAP
Stay safe and continue practicing the 4 Ws: Wash your hands, Watch your distance, Wear your mask, and Wait to gather.
Have a nice rest of the week!
TRI3 Material Distribution for all grade levels
February 5th, 2021
- Day# 2: TRI3 Materials distribution 2:00pm - 4:30pm
February 9th, 2021
- K-5th Gr Cafecito with Ms. O 6pm-7pm (register here)
February 12, 2021
- Minimum Day - End of TRI1
February 15 - February 19, 20201
- WINTER BREAK - NO SCHOOL
- Parent workshop 6:00pm-7:00pm
February 26, 2021
- Spirit Day - Professional Dress Day
March 5, 2021
- Report Cards sent home
March 11, 2021
- ELAC Meeting 5:00pm - 6:00pm
- SSC Meeting 6:00pm - 7:00pm
March 15, 2021
- NO SCHOOL -Teacher in service day
Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday
Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Feb. 5 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish translation is provided. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/Daa1s
Parents: We want to hear from you! LCAP survey
The District is beginning its annual process of writing the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). Your input from the survey will guide the development of our District’s three-year plan that will correspond with the first three years of the District’s new Strategic Plan 2027. These documents are the blueprints that guide all of the District’s work for the benefit of our students.
Parents, we want to hear from you: Please click here - http://mvw.sd/ParentLCAP - to give input through February 12 in a survey. We recognize that the wording of some of these questions might seem a little awkward because we are in a pandemic, distance-learning year. Please answer as fully as you can based on the experiences you've had this school year. If you would like a paper copy, please call the school office at (650) 526-3575
Please look for a meeting at your school to learn more about the LCAP/Strategic Plan process during the next Cafecito with Ms. O February 9th 6pm-7pm (register here).
More information found here: https://www.mvwsd.org/lcap.
Black History Month
Even before children can talk, they are learning about the world and about race through the words and actions of others. Parents, teachers, and caregivers have the unique opportunity to frame their child's first attempts to understand and talk about race. Talking about race matters because (1) everyone has a racialized identity, (2) racialized identity significantly impacts a person's life, and (3) race is a defining social construct in America.
This Black History Month, use the Better Together infographic to begin racially-focused conversations with children acknowledging that conversations about race will look different for each family and classroom and there is no single way to talk to children about race. Have honest conversations with your students about the history of privilege and oppression as it relates to Black History and, where appropriate, connect this to local community and larger global issues.
Together, we can explore Black History. Together, we can become anti-racist.
For a closer look at the graphics, click on the attached flyers or visit https://www.mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD
If you have a district hotspot that you’re not using anymore...
Please return it to our technology department at our district office. Due to changes in individual circumstances and needs, we need every hotspot for families and students in need. If you have a non-working hotspot, please bring that back as well. Thank you in advance!
Parent University: The Special Education Team - Who We Are and How We Support Our Schools and Students
Join us on Wednesday, February 24th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. for our next Parent University event: The Special Education Team - Who We Are and How We Support Our Schools and Students.
Arianna Mayes (Director) and Acantha Ellard (Coordinator) of MVWSD's Special Education Department will facilitate a panel discussion with Special Educators and professionals who support MVWSD schools and students. The discussion will include who and what the team does and how students are supported both in-person and during distance learning. Additionally, you can submit your own questions beforehand via this Google Form.
Spanish interpretation will be provided.
**Please also take a look recordings and materials from our previous Parent University sessions at www.mvwsd.org/parentu
MVEF News: Virtual Gala Planning Has Begun
Save the date - March 6, 2021!
We wish we could be together with you! Nonetheless, the MVEF gala committee is hard at work ensuring that our Virtual Gala on March 6th will be a fun evening even in the midst of Covid19 concerns. Stay tuned for details!
The MVLA Speakers Series presents “Raising Antiracist Kids: The Power of Intentional Conversations About Race” with Nicole Lee on Tuesday, Feb 9, 2021 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | Live Online
Raising antiracist kids is imperative in today’s society, yet most of us are not well-equipped for the challenges of talking with our kids about race and racism. Join us for an engaging discussion with Nicole Lee, diversity, equity, and inclusion expert, as she shares research about the impact of talking - or not talking - to our kids about race and sheds light on common discomforts and misconceptions causing parents and other caregivers to avoid these important conversations.
Audience: Parents, caregivers, and educators
Register: To register for this free event at https://mvla2020-21-nicolelee.eventbrite.com
“Keeping the Dream Alive” College and Career Readiness Virtual Event: Feb. 1-Mar. 31
SCCOE’s Parent Engagement Program will present the “Keeping the Dream Alive” College and Career Readiness Virtual Event for 6th – 12th grade students and their parents. From February 1 to March 31, students will be able to access the “Keeping the Dream Alive” website to participate in interactive activities, webinars, and more to learn about college and career options.
Author Talk with Ben Clanton on Feb. 8
The Mountain View Public Library will be hosting a live Zoom talk with Ben Clanton, author and illustrator of the Narwhal and Jelly books. The event will be held on Monday, February 8, from 4:00-4:30 pm. Register at https://mountainview.gov/librarycalendar.
MV Library Valentine’s Celebration
The Mountain View Public Library and CHAC Family Resource Center are sponsoring a free Valentine’s Celebration for families with young children on Friday, February 12, on Zoom. Please see the attached flyer for details and registration.
February CAC Events
Happy New Year! SELPA 1 CAC and the Learning Challenge Committee are your groups for special education and broader learning challenge needs. We are ALL having learning challenges right now, and CAC and LCC are here to help. If you have questions about learning challenges and special education needs, email email@example.com or check out www.selpa1cac.org
We encourage families to learn about the sensory needs all children may have during distance learning: Try a Sensory Diet
February 9 Parent Chat, 10 am - Support for parents of teens with mental health challenges. A great place for help and support for challenges with your teens. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for Google Meet invite.
February 10, 7 pm Evening Let’s Talk - IEP/504 support group. Have questions about the process to get help for your child? Have an IEP but are not sure how to make changes? Need to vent? This is your confidential group. Please contact email@example.com for the Zoom link for this meeting or sign up on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lets-talk-iep504-support-tickets-135554074887