Quetzal News

September 22, 2022

Quetzal News

Dear Quetzal Families,

As you know, Principal Olaciregui is out on leave and I am pleased to report that she is doing well. I am here to support Mistral students, families, and staff until her return and together we will keep the ship sailing smoothly. I was principal of the dual immersion program several years ago when it was still at Castro Elementary School and am happy to be here again to support such a valuable program for students.

School Site Council (SSC) and ELAC are two very important committees and I thank all the parents who have stepped up to help lead the school by participating on these committees. Nominations for SSC went out last week and linked here is the ballot for voting for the one open position. Please complete the ballot as this is required annual documentation for the school.

Constitution Day was Sept. 17th and commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. The 5th grade classes just finished a language arts unit of study with the theme of the Constitution and reviewed texts having to do with the right to have a good education, a place to live, and freedom. This week the 5th grade classes also were fortunate to participate in a virtual Constitution Day event with Honorable Judge Jesús Valencia. Judge Valencia is a Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge. The Judge presented some important highlights about the constitution and then had a Q & A session with the students. Thank you to Maestra Ohlfs and Maestra Venell for organizing this!

This month, we are bringing awareness to student mental health with All The Feels September! Whether you are a parent, student, or school staff, it’s normal for the start of the school year to bring some anxiety and other challenges to our mental health. When those challenges become too big for us to handle on our own or when we worry about a friend’s mental health, talking with a trusted friend or adult can be difficult.

Even though it can be awkward, initiating conversations about mental health with trusted adults can make a big difference for ourselves and others.

SeizetheAwkward.org offers older children and adults tools for recognizing the signs someone is struggling and tips for starting and engaging in conversations about mental health.

When we face challenges that are too big to handle on our own, we need the care and support of one another!

Best Regards,

Theresa Lambert

Educational Services Coordinator, Acting Principal


September 24

  • Health Fair CA/MI Campus @ 1pm

September 26

  • ELAC Meeting 6:00 p.m.
September 28
  • School Site Council Meeting @ 6pm


Board meeting: Sept. 22

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. Please click here for the agenda: https://www.mvwsd.org/trustees.

Topics include:

* Newly Permanent Teachers for the 2022-2023 School Year

* Resolution In Support of National Hispanic Heritage Month

* School Plans for Student Achievement: 2022-23 Process

There will not be a Superintendent’s Community Check In on Sept. 23.

EZMealApp: Future benefits could include after school care!

Even though all public school meals are currently free in California, applying for free- or reduced-price lunch status by October 1 means potentially more district funding and other benefits for your family. In 2022-23, families who qualify will also be offered free after school childcare and summer programs when they become available. Go to http://secure.ezmealapp.com now to see if you qualify for free- or reduced-price lunch status, and to apply!

Attendance Awareness Month: September

What’s an Excused vs. Not Excused absence?
Illness (including staying home for COVID-like symptoms), doctor’s appointments, bereavement, and certain religious exercises are excused absences. Please see MVWSD board policy for the full list. All other reasons are not considered excused. Research shows that school attendance is a strong indicator of success. It's about students learning what they need to know, belonging to the school community, and being part of the team that is preparing them with good habits for high school.

Family Health and Wellness Fair: Sept 24

There will be a free Family Health and Wellness Fair hosted by Assemblymember Marc Berman and in partnership with El Camino Health and MVWSD on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Mariano Castro Elementary School (500 Toft St).

Come for free screenings and vaccines, free school supplies, backpacks, kid’s masks, diapers, period products, bike repair and healthy snacks.


* Kids’ health screenings: dental, vision, heart, mental health, and nutrition screenings

* Free school supplies and backpacks

* Healthy snacks

* Fun activities for kids

* COVID-19 vaccines and boosters

* Hands-on science with NASA

* COVID-19 test kits

* Fire and garbage trucks up close

* Art projects

* Bike raffle and repair

* Casework services

For more information, please call (650) 324-0224 or visit http://ASMDC.ORG/CP-FHWF.

Volunteer with MVEF

MVEF needs volunteers to help meet our goals in 2022-23 and beyond! As a 501(c)3 non-profit, volunteering with MVEF is a great way to add experience to your resume while meeting and working with local families who have similar interests and priorities.

Please reach out to dena@mvef.org if you are interested in helping in any of the following ways:

Represent MVEF at your school site’s events and activities.
Ensure that MVEF messages and programs are relevant to your school community.
Plan the MVEF Gala, Auction, and other events.
Technical work like automation and data migration.
Visual designs, graphic design and layout.
Serve as an MVEF Board Member.

MVEF is the local educational foundation providing essential programs at every school in MVWSD. Over 70% of MVEF contributions come from MVWSD families. To make a donation, click here. Use the monthly credit card payment option to pay your total donation over time.

Elevate MV: Guaranteed Basic Income Pilot Program

Applications open September 16th for the Mountain View Elevate MV pilot program, which will give direct cash payments of $500 per month to 166 randomly selected eligible extremely low income Mountain View residents. The pilot program sets itself apart from other direct relief programs by providing unrestricted financial assistance to the most vulnerable in our community. This pilot program will be a part of a national research study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania Center for Guaranteed Income Research. For eligibility requirements and details about the program, including how to receive assistance with the application, click here.

MVLA Speakers Series: Friendship in the Age of Loneliness: How to Make Friends As An Adult

Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | MVHS Spartan Theater ⧫ 3535 Truman Avenue

We are lonelier than ever. Two-thirds of Americans are lonely and the average person hasn't made a new friend in the last five years. In the wake of the pandemic, it’s more clear than ever that our friendships are vital to our health and happiness. But why can it feel so difficult to keep those bonds alive as an adult—especially as parents? Why do we spend only four percent of our time with friends? Join us as Adam Smiley Poswolsky, workplace belonging keynote speaker, and author of the recent book, Friendship in the Age of Loneliness, proposes a new solution for the mounting pressures of modern life: focus on your friendships. In this talk, Smiley will share practical habits and playful reminders on how to create meaningful connections, make new friends, be a Minister for Loneliness in your community, prioritize real-world experiences, and deepen your relationships at work and outside of work. With warmth and inspiration, Smiley reminds us that nurturing old and new friendships is a ritual, a necessity, and one of the most worthwhile things we can do in adult life.

Audience: Grade TK - 12 parents, caretakers, teachers, and counselors

Register here for this free event