February 9, 2022
From Ms. O's Desk
Dear Quetzal Families,
Kindness is define as a quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. Being kind, is intentionally choosing to doing acts of kindness. The challenge comes when people are kind even when it's difficult to do so. Research shows that when you are kind, you can experience positive mental physical changes because it lowers your stress level and increases your body's production of feel good hormones such as dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin. In a world where you can choose anything, choose to be kind, even when it's hard. It's a feel joyful free medicine that can make so many people happy! Whatever the act itself, being kind follows four principles:
- Awareness: Let's be aware of the opportunity to be kind. Being centered in ourselves, our jobs, and our own small world, won't allow us to be able to look for opportunities to be kind.
- Non-judgement: Let's suspend judgement of others and seek for ways to show kindness.
- Actions: Awareness without actions doesn't show kindness.
- Unconditional: Offer kindness with no expectations of getting something back.
As part of the wonderful month of February, Valentine's Day a great day for us to show our friends how much we appreciate them. If your child would like to share an appreciation gift with his/her classmates, please make sure we are inclusive and everyone in the class will receive one. The gift must be individually wrapped, and students will open it at home. We are not sharing food with other students this year. Let me know if you have any questions in regards to this.
I wanted to let you know that we have seen great improvement in our iReady data for students who consistently attend tutoring sessions whether they are at school or from home. Please make sure your child has been attending tutoring and continue supporting them with this great resources. Reach out to Yesica Lepe at firstname.lastname@example.org in you have any questions or need any support.
If you need an additional cab sign for your car, please stop by the office, so we can make one for you. This helps us a lot with traffic during dismissal time. We want to continue asking for your support following arrival and dismissal safety procedures. As you know, the safety of our community is our top priority.
We would love for you to join us for a Coffee with Superintendent Dr. Ayinde Rudolph for Mistral parents on Tuesday, February 15 from 9:00 – 10:00am on Zoom: http://mvw.sd/MI215. Bring your questions. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Please register for this event.
Our district is updating our LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). This input collected will guide the update of our District plan for the 2022-23 school year. Look for a meeting at your school to learn more about the LCAP process, as well as a survey about the plans' goals. An email with a link to the survey will come to your inbox on Jan. 31. More information found here: https://www.mvwsd.org/lcap.
Have a great weekend, stay healthy and be safe.
Ms. Olaciregui, Principal
Board meeting Preview: Feb. 10
The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 5:30 p.m. Some of the meeting’s topics include:
2022-23 school year calendar
Tentative agreement with California School Employees Association
2020-2021 Financial Audit Report
Supplement to the Local Control Accountability Plan Annual Update
Monta Loma Field and Site Improvements Project update
Health & Wellness Survey update
English Learner Reclassification overview and update
For meeting details and agenda, please click here: https://www.mvwsd.org/trustees.
Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday, Feb. 11
Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Feb. 10 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/CC211. Please see this webpage for upcoming meeting dates and for video recordings of past meetings. https://www.mvwsd.org/about/communications/news___events/connecting_with_the_community
Cafecito con el Superintendente
Wednesday, Feb. 9, 5:30 – 6:30pm
This is an informal meeting for Spanish-speaking parents. Translation will be provided. Please register in advance for this meeting by clicking here: http://mvw.sd/C29
February Better Together Infographic (flyers attached to email on 2/1)
In the month of February, there is much to celebrate and acknowledge. The Lunar New Year reminds us of the power of rebirth and renewal, while Black History Month gives us the opportunity to recognize the resilience of those on the shoulders we stand, along with the cultural richness of those identifying as Black in America and across the world. Heritage months grant us the opportunity to highlight the history of oppressed groups and their fight towards equality, but renewal and Black excellence transcend just this month. However we celebrate, we are #BetterTogether.
Please see the graphics attached to this newsletter, or visit https://www.mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD.
Parent University: Bullying Prevention
Date: 2/16/22, 5:30 p.m. Registration Link: http://mvw.sd/pu021622
“Bullying” is a serious, yet often misunderstood concept. What does it really mean and how can we stop it? Better yet, how can we prevent it? This presentation will:
Identify basic concepts of bullying: definition, types of bullying, basic data
Provide tips for bullying reduction
Explore relationship-building to prevent bullying as we work to create new standards of acceptable behavior
To submit questions prior to the event, please click here. We will do our best to address your question during the session.
Resources for afterschool and school break care
Looking for afterschool, February break or spring break activities for your children? InPlay offers a free searchable program guide for parents, with filters for age, location, price (including free or reduced cost), and more. To find programs local to Mountain View, head to: https://www.inplay.org/r/mountain-view. Available programs include those that serve students with special needs or English learners.
Additionally, the City of Mountain View provides eligible, low-income Mountain View families with financial assistance to register children for recreation classes. Applicants must be a Mountain View resident and qualify through the Community Services Agency screening process. Contact the Community Services Agency at (650) 968-0836 to schedule an appointment to see if you are eligible. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
February CAC Announcements
SELPA 1 CAC and the Learning Challenge Committee are your groups for special education and broader learning challenge needs. If you have questions about learning challenges and special education needs, email email@example.com or check out www.selpa1cac.org
2/7 Monday 4 pm- 5 pm General Parent/Community Meeting with Special Ed. Directors & Staff, Zoom at 9:00 am for LCC and 9:10 am for CAC. We will be planning for the year, discussing upcoming programs and discussing distance learning and learning challenges. For our agenda, please join our Google group, https://groups.google.com/g/selpa1cac. For the Zoom link for this meeting, Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vfuqqrDIpG9adTFakjeylekd_SlDHtlCb
2/8 Tuesday 10 am - Parent Chat - 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.
2/15 Tuesday 10-11:30am Morning 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. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrce6qrz8vGdNbIywjg1vppQq3tHwvruYI
We are excited to announce our March Parent education event “FINDING SUCCESS WHEN NAVIGATING CHALLENGING CONVERSATIONS" - this is an alternative dispute resolution training with help from the county SELPA
3/16 Wednesday 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Register in advance for this meeting: https://sccoe.to/SELPA1CAC_ChallengingConversations
Attendees of this interactive training will be introduced to a prep-sheet that was inspired by the “Getting to Yes” workbook by Roger Fisher and William Ury. This tool has helped many IEP team members have successful meetings by preparing thinking through interests, options and bringing legitimacy to requests. It is the goal of this training that attendees will leave feeling more prepared and confident for the next IEP team meeting. To be facilitated by Purchin Consulting.
2022 Silicon Valley Reads K-8 Career Fair: Feb. 26th
Join the Santa Clara County Office of Education for the upcoming 2022 Silicon Valley Reads K-8 Career Fair on Saturday, February 26, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The virtual event is geared towards K-8 families and will feature guest speakers from a variety of career fields. Participants can register at https://tinyurl.com/Career-Fair.
Parent Involvement Board Policy
Families, thank you for your engagement and involvement with our schools. Our sustained partnership is a big part of our continuous improvement as a district. Per California Department of Education guidelines, here for your review is the most recently updated version of our Board Policy on Parent Involvement. Any questions should be directed to Geoff Chang, Director of Federal, State, and Strategic Programs (email@example.com).