Quetzal News

May 17, 2023

From Ms. O's Desk

Dear Quetzal Families,

We are very excited to invite our 3rd to 5th grade families to our end of the year science night. Please join us on May 23rd from 5pm to 6pm in our MUR. You will have the time to work with your child on hands-on engineering projects. This is a great and fun experience that your child will always remember!

We had our end of the year 5th grade music concert. It was amazing! Our Mistral Orchestra and Band learned so much, and our families were able to enjoy their performance. We want to take this time to thank MVEF and CSMA for making this possible.

Our Kindergarten to Fourth grade concerts will take place next week. Come and join us! Please sign in the office and walk to our MUR. This is the schedule for each grade level concerts:

  • 5/24 at 8:20am - Kinder
  • 5/24 at 10:45am - Second
  • 5/24 at 1:15pm - 4th Grade
  • 5/25 at 8:20am - 1st Grade
  • 5/25 at 10:45am - 3rd Grade

As the end of the year approaches, so does the need to collect our library books. Please remind your child to bring all the books they have at home to Mrs. Love by the end of the week.

We are looking for 4 active parents who would like to be part of our School Site Council (SSC). This committee helps develop our school's goals and action for our School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA). If you are interested in running for SSC, please email me at colaciregui@mvwsd.org.

Have a great weekend!

In partnership,

Claudia Olaciregui, Principal


May 23

  • Science Night 3rd to 5th grade @ 5pm

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 the MUR

June 5

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


The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, May 18 at 6:00 p.m.

Some of the topics include:

  • Report - Kindergarten Readiness Analysis

  • Parameters for Boundary Adjustments

  • Equity Scorecard: Understanding the District's Needs

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

Starting May 17: 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.

Beginning May 17 through May 24, stakeholders are welcome to comment on the draft LCAP plan. 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.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

This year’s theme is Look Around, Look Within and we are highlighting topics and resources that support mental wellness for families and children.

Did you know that 1 in 4 people will experience anxiety, depression, or another form of mental illness at some point in their life? It’s normal for all of us to struggle sometimes as we face highs and lows. Check out the following resources to find professional support, helplines, and ways to practice social and emotional wellness.

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline:

Call/text 988 or visit 988lifeline.org if you or someone you know is experiencing thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance use crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress.

Military OneSource Benefits

Military OneSource is a DoD website that provides information about support services, programs, and allowances provided to the military community. Military OneSource counseling offers free, short-term, confidential counseling services for service members and their families.

Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Call Center

Call (800) 704-0900 for information and referrals for county-based mental health and substance use treatment services (County of Santa Clara Behavioral Health Services).

Mindfulness Resources

Zero to Three.org offers mindfulness activities and resources focusing on parents and very young children.

Big Life Journal provides a mix of free and for purchase mindfulness resources including books and journals, videos, and articles.

Square Breathing from The Monday Campaigns demonstrates how to do a simple square deep breathing exercise that is helpful for kids and adults of all ages.

Stay tuned for more strategies and information this month!

Recording available: Parent University "Preparing for High School"

In case you missed it, the Parent University "Preparing for High School" presentation recordings are now available: English (https://vimeo.com/825294295) and Spanish (https://vimeo.com/825226973). Learn about high school campus life from students and staff at Los Altos High School and Mountain View High School. For all past presentation materials, visit mvwsd.org/ParentU.

May Better Together Infographic

Happy AAPI Heritage Month! This May, we celebrate and honor the diverse cultures, traditions, and contributions of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. As we reflect on this important month, let us also remember the importance of being proud - having pride in who we are, where we come from, and what we bring to the world. Let's take this opportunity to stand in solidarity with our AAPI friends and family and celebrate our shared values of inclusivity, diversity, and acceptance. Please see the attached flyers or visit http://mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD.

Replay: Vaping education and prevention

E-cigarette use and vaping is on the rise among adolescents with serious health consequences. Watch the replay of the very informative session sponsored by Graham Middle School about vaping education and prevention in collaboration with the MVPD Youth Services Division featuring Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher of Stanford University. Workshop recording link is here. For Spanish, go to settings (the wheel icon) at the bottom right of the screen and click subtitles/cc > Auto translate > Spanish.

Free and Low Cost Summer Programs

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 InPlay Kid’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

MVEF Update:

Continuing the incredible momentum sustained throughout this school year, the 2023 MVEF Spring Gala raised approximately $130,000! THANK YOU to everyone in the community who supported the MVEF Gala! To view the Gala Photo Album, click here: https://bit.ly/MVEF-Gala-Photos. Whether you attended, or helped spread the word, or donated an item, or volunteered, or found a sponsor, or helped in any other way with the MVEF Spring Gala, your help made a difference! Community support of MVEF reaches every single student in MVWSD schools each year.

MVEF is very close to achieving the $1.2 MM goal for the 2022-23 school year. If you have not yet donated or if you have the ability to help us stretch to the finish, then we'll finish this school year stronger than ever before! To donate now, click here: https://bit.ly/Donate-to-MVEF

Health and Wellness Parenting Tip: Conflict Resolution

Conflict resolution is essential for kids to master, but many worry about saying or doing wrong. They may worry about damaging new friendships, so they freeze up and feel stuck. Sometimes, it’s hard for parents to teach their children conflict resolution. However, with some practice, your child can develop the skills necessary to think carefully through challenges and act in ways that are helpful in resolving conflicts and solving problems for themselves and others.

To learn more about conflict resolution, click here

Here are some tips to improve and teach conflict-resolution skills to your kids:

  1. Developing well-rounded friendships. Help your child remember that, even during conflicts, friends and classmates have feelings and deserve to be treated well.

  1. Build a “feelings” vocabulary. Recognizing and naming feelings is a skill that must be taught, and the more students practice, the better equipped they are to manage their feelings and communicate.

  1. Practice emotion regulation. Regulating angry feelings is an essential first step in successful communication and problem-solving. Teaching your child to stay calm gives them room to breathe as they prepare to work through a challenge.

  1. Teach the power of words. Once they escape our lips, words can’t be taken back! An important skill for conflict resolution is to engage in disagreements and problem-solving with considerate and respectful dialogue that recognizes the value of perspective.

  1. Sort through situations or agree to disagree. Allowing your child the time and space to come to a solution together is essential in developing their communication skills. However, sometimes a problem has no compromisable solution, and when that happens, students can learn to agree to disagree

These tips came directly from the free online website of Centervention.

To view more parenting tips, click here.

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

City of Mountain View: KidStock

The City of Mountain View will be hosting KidStock, a kid-centric festival featuring live children's music from popular Bay Area performers, plus games, arts and crafts, and more! All events are from 10 a.m. to noon and take place on the Civic Center Plaza. Schedule is below.

Saturday, May 20, 2023 | Performer: Andy Z

Saturday, June 17, 2023 | Performer: Lori & RJ

Saturday, July 15, 2023 | Performer: Sean's Music Factory

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 Estate Planning Fundamentals for Parents on May 23, 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.