Quetzal News

May 24, 2023

From Ms. O's Desk

Dear Quetzal Families,

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Our mental health and wellbeing is extremely important. Please take this time to work on some good habits that can help you be mentally in shape to address any mishaps that may come your way. Here are some tips you can practice at home with your family:

  • Exercise gratitude and track it in a journal.
  • Keep it cool for a good night sleep-Temperature should be between 60-67 degrees.
  • Make sure you sleep a minimum of 7 hours every night.
  • Work on your strength, and then work on tougher tasks.
  • Focus on one area that you want to improve, and take one step at a time. MLK shared that, "You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."
  • Take time to laugh.
  • Show love and spend time with someone important in your life.

This has been a great week at Mistral! We had our end of the year Music Concerts, and it was amazing to see all the families joining us for these events. We want take this time to thank MVEF, CSMA, and Mr. Washington for making this happen.

It was equally wonderful to see so many students and parents during our end of the year Science Night for the upper grades. Thank you, Mrs. Jenny and Maestra Esther for helping to make this happen.

This Friday is the last day of our trimester. Please remember it's a minimum day, and students are dismissed at 12:10pm.

We are looking forward to our 5th grade promotion on Monday, June 5th at 8:30am. We will greatly miss these amazing students.

I will be hosting our end of the year Cafecito in person on May 31st at 8:30am in room 9. I am looking forward to seeing you there.

Have a great weekend!

In partnership,

Claudia Olaciregui, Principal


May 24

  • Mistral PTA General Meeting @ 6pm
May 26
  • End of 3rd Trimester- Friday Minimum Day Dismissal @ 12:10 pm
May 29
  • Memorial Day - No School

Mayo 31

  • Cafecito @ 8:30 am in person in Room 9

June 5

  • 5th Grade Promotion at 8:30am in the MUR


View And Comment on MVWSD’s Local Control Accountability Plan Draft

The District is finalizing its draft of the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). This is the District’s three-year plan that corresponds 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.

Stakeholders are welcome to comment on the draft LCAP plan through May 24. You may read presentations and supporting materials at https://www.mvwsd.org/lcap and make comments. Stakeholders may also attend the public hearing during the Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, June 1. Agenda and time are found on https://www.mvwsd.org/trustees.

MVWSD+ Afterschool Applications for 2023-24 School Year

Free MVWSD+ Afterschool childcare will be available for qualifying students next school year. To learn more about the program, including whether your child may qualify, go to www.mvwsd.org/plus. Applications will be sent to qualifying students’ families via email over the next few weeks. Please respond promptly to ensure a spot for your child starting on the first day of the new school year! If you have any questions, please contact your school’s office, SCEF, or email plus@mvwsd.org.

Look Around, Look Within: Mental Health Awareness Month

Nature has a profound impact on our mental health. Spending time outdoors can help alleviate stress, anxiety, and depression. This week, make it a priority to spend some time outdoors. Taking a walk in the park, gardening, hiking in the woods are great ways to connect with nature, recharge, feel peace, and gain perspective!

Free And Low Cost Summer Programs

Summer is around the corner, so it’s time to explore ways to keep your children engaged when school ends! Check out InPlayKid’s free online search service sponsored by Santa Clara County and our school district. You’ll find thousands of local and affordable programs that will challenge, inspire, and entertain your children to minimize summer brain drain. https://www.inplay.org/r/mountain-view

With Days Left In The School Year, MVEF Has Raised 95% Of The Stretch Goal!!

This year, and every year, MVEF-funded programs have enriched the experience of every student in MVWSD. As the last day of school approaches, student performances are wrapping up, art portfolios are coming home, final papers are being written, and garden beds are being prepared for the summer.

With 95% raised and just $55k left to go, we are SO CLOSE to achieving the $1,200,000 stretch goal for 2022-23! Can you help us pass the finish line? https://bit.ly/Donate-to-MVEF

MVEF Volunteers needed for Summer and Back-to-School Activities

MVEF is seeking additional volunteers from every MVWSD school and in every neighborhood. Volunteering with MVEF is a great way to learn more about Public School Funding in California and to meet families from every neighborhood in MVWSD! MVEF volunteers work collaboratively with PTAs, school communities, and neighborhood to ensure that information about our mission and impact reaches everyone in the right way. We are coordinating training for MVEF volunteers so sign up soon! To learn more: https://bit.ly/MVEF-Volunteer

Health and Wellness Parenting Tip: Youth Depression

All children feel sad or moody at times. But when a sad or bad mood lasts for weeks or longer — and when there are other changes in how a child acts — it could be a sign of depression. If you think your child is depressed, talk with them. Let them know you want to understand what they are going through. Listen if they want to speak.

To learn more about depression, click here.

Here are some signs that your child may have Depression:

  1. Negative outlook. Children who feel depressed may be hard on themselves or on others. They might focus on failures and setbacks. It may be hard for them to see the good parts of things, or the good parts of themselves.

  2. Low energy, effort, interest, enjoyment. Your child may lose interest in things they used to enjoy. They may not seem to care. They may put less effort into schoolwork or tasks at home. Things seem to take too much effort. Nothing seems fun or enjoyable.

  3. Doing poorly at school. When a child feels depressed, schoolwork can seem harder. They may not complete their work, show effort, or study as much for tests. Their grades may drop.

  4. Pulling away from friends and family. Your child may spend more time alone, less time with friends, or seem distant.

    Keep in mind that these are NOT ALL the signs of Depression. There are many more signs that a parent can find in their child. Identifying the signs of Depression is the first step to understanding our child. If your child is thinking or talking of suicide, please visit the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline website, call 1-800-273-8255, or call or text 988.

    To view more parenting tips, click here. These tips came directly from the free, online website of Nemours Children’s Health, reviewed by Dr.D'Arcy Lyness, Ph.D.

CHAC Summer Sessions For Students

CHAC is offering fee-based classes in July for students covering topics such as healthy friendships, anxiety management and play-based social-emotional learning. For more information, see the attached flyers or click on bit.ly/43CAfe9

Mountain View Summer Community Kick-Off

Join the City of Mountain View and local organizations for a Summer Community Kick-off on Saturday, June 10 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m at Rengstorff Park. Come out for a day of fun and learn about community resources to help you stay healthy, happy and housed! Family activities will include Library Storytime (10:30 a.m.), Pop-up Art Class, Arts & Crafts, Raffle, Shaved Ice, and Tacos.

MV Public Library: Summer Reading Program & Upcoming Events

Registration is now open for the Mountain View Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, which runs from June 1-July 31, 2023. Read, learn and earn rewards! Register the whole family for this free program here.

Upcoming Public Library events include a Summer Reading Program Kickoff Concert on June 3 and a Chibis and Monsters Drawing Workshop on June 7. Visit MountainView.gov/Library for more events and information.