Quetzal News

May 4. 2022

From Ms. O's Desk

Dear Quetzal Families,

Happy Mother's Day to all the great parents in our community! I wish you all a loving, safe, and happy day. I also want to take the time to thank you for your existence and for being such an amazing part of our community. Here are a few facts on Mother's Day. Did you know that...?

  • The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914.
  • Jarvis would later denounce the holiday’s commercialization and spent the latter part of her life trying to remove it from the calendar.
  • While dates and celebrations vary, Mother’s Day traditionally involves presenting moms with flowers, cards and gifts.
  • Celebrations of motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.”
  • More phone calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year. These holiday chats with Mom often cause phone traffic to spike by as much as 37 percent.
  • While versions of Mother’s Day are celebrated worldwide, traditions vary depending on the country. In Thailand, for example, Mother’s Day is always celebrated in August on the birthday of the current queen, Sirikit.

  • In the United States, Mother’s Day continues to be celebrated by presenting mothers and other women with gifts and flowers, and it has become one of the biggest holidays for consumer spending.

  • In Ethiopia, families gather each fall to sing songs and eat a large feast as part of Antrosht, a multi-day celebration honoring motherhood.

Let's give our moms a break this Sunday! Pamper them, make them breakfast, clean your bedrooms, and remind them how much you love them...there is so much more to give that costs so little of us! Have a great day!

We are coming to the end of 3rd through 5th grade state testing. Thank you for helping us support our students on this tasks. I have had the opportunity to proctor tests these last two weeks, and I have been well pleased to see our students working hard and giving their best! I am so proud!

Stay safe and healthy! Don't bring your guard down and continue to wear a mask indoors. We have come so far, and we are so close to the end of the school year!


Ms. Olaciregui, Principal

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May 5

  • Cinco de Mayo-Mexican Celebration
May 10
  • School Site Council Meeting @ 6pm-Link

May 6

  • Community Check-in at 3:30pm-Link
May 17
  • Cafecito with Ms. O. @ 6pm
May 24
  • ELAC Meeting @ 6pm

District News

Board meeting preview: May 5

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, May 5 at 6 pm Some of the meeting’s topics include:

* Dyslexia Plan

* Federal Program Monitoring Results and Next Steps

For meeting details and agenda, please click here: https://www.mvwsd.org/trustees.

Superintendent's Community Check In: May 6

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, May 6 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/cc56

Interpreters and Translators Needed!

Looking for a part-time job with a positive social impact? Are you bilingual in Spanish, Korean, Russian, Vietnamese, Tagalog, or ASL (Sign Language)? MVWSD is now hiring organized and friendly individuals to become interpreters and translators for school and district events, documents, and parent meetings. To find out more, click here: http://mvw.sd/translators

Parent U: High School Readiness

Date and Time: May 11, 2022, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Registration Link: https://mvw.sd/pu051122

Do you have a child who is about to enter high school? Join us at our final Parent University session of the year to learn about high school campus life from students and staff at Los Altos High School and Mountain View High School. You and your child will hear tips from the experts about how to make the transition as smooth as possible and get the most out of your high school experience. You do not want to miss out!

To submit questions prior to the event, go to mvw.sd/questions. We will do our best to address your question during the session.

Senior Citizens/SSI recipients: Apply now for tax exemption

Homeowners aged 65 or older, and residents who qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) who reside in the Mountain View Whisman School District are eligible for an exemption for their principal residence from Measure B/parcel tax.

An exemption from Measure B/the parcel tax will be made available, upon application, to any owners of a parcel used solely for owner-occupied single-family residential purposes who:

* are receiving Social Security Income for a disability regardless of age;

* are 65 years of age prior to July 1 of the tax year; or

* are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, regardless of age, and whose yearly income does not exceed 250% of the 2012 federal poverty guidelines issued by the United States Department of Health and Human Services

For application and information, call 650-526-3500 or visit https://www.mvwsd.org.

MVEF “Buy Now” Auction Items

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Gala, we were able to exceed our goal and to raise just over $90,000, helping us closer to our year-end stretch goal of raising $1.1 Million. We have a few items left from our auction which are now posted at "buy now" prices! Please take a look and spread the word to your friends! There are still some great items left, including some summer camps! If you have any questions or need help purchasing an item, please reach out to Dena Seki at dena@mvef.org.

Registration Open for Chess Tournament for MVWSD students

After two years of online tournaments, the 19th Annual Interscholastic Chess Tournament for MVWSD students will be held in person at Bubb Elementary on Sunday, May 22, from 12:00 to 5:00. The registration form and complete instructions can be found at tinyurl.com/mvwsdchess, and the deadline is May 21. Any questions can be sent to Mark Ruzon, tournament director, at mvwsdchess@gmail.com.