Quetzal News

Gabriela Mistral's News May 26, 2021

MINIMUM DAY - Friday, May 28th. Dismissal at 11:50am

Ms. O's Message

Dear Quetzal Families,

According to Chris Morris, “Grit is having the courage to push through, no matter what the obstacles are, because it's worth it.” And, John Wayne once said, “True grit is making a decision and standing by it, doing what must be done. No moral man can have peace of mind if he leaves undone what he knows he should’ve done.” I believe that we should all look back at this school year and reflect on our own GRIT and the skills that we learned. These skills helped us continue our journey in spite of the many challenges we experience. We are still here, we worked hard, and we persevered! This year has also given us the opportunity to model these qualities to our Quetzales. I invite you this summer to make a list of all the positive experiences that you had in this 2020-2021 school year, and let us continue working on our growth mindsets.

This last week of school, the Mistral community has many important events coming up. Please remember that:

  • Tomorrow, May 28, and next Friday, June 4, are minimum days:

    • Kindergarten dismissal is at 11:45am

    • First-Fifth grade dismissal is at 11:50am

    • If you are a Zoomie, and would like “grab and go” meals, we will have your bags ready. Please be patient as we will have dismissal at the same time.

    • If your child is a Roomie, they will take their lunch home with them on their way out.

  • Monday, we celebrate Memorial Day, there is no school. Take some time to remember and celebrate all those people who have served our country and kept us safe. Things NOT to do on this day:

    • Don't wish anyone a “Happy Memorial Day'' This is not Christmas – Memorial Day was not founded in joy with the promise of brining glee each year.

    • Don't thank the current troops.

    • Don't disregard its importance.

    • Don't forget it exists.

    • Don't let politics keep you from rendering respect.

  • We would like for our students to continue working on reading and math during the summer. Knowing that some of our students struggled through distance and hybrid learning, our district team and teachers worked on iReady lessons for our students to do during vacations. Please visit our Summer Menu to learn about the wide variety of opportunities for our students. DO take some time to relax and enjoy family and friends. As Brad Henry shared, “Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspirations to reach greater heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter.”

Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have any questions or concerns. Take care of yourselves, get vaccinated, wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance.

In service,

Claudia Olaciregui, Principal

Upcoming Events

May 28, 2021

  • End of TRI3 - Minimum day - Dismissal at 11:50am

May 31, 2021

  • Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

June 3, 2021

  • 5th Grade Ceremony via zoom (10-11am)
    Asynchronous day for 5th graders
    4:00-5:00pm Car Drive for Ms. Venell
    5:00-6:00pm Car Drive for Mrs. Ohlfs

June 4,2021

  • LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - Minimum Day - Dismissal at 11:50am
  • Report Cards sent home electronically

5th Grade Instrument Collection

Greetings 5th grade Parents or Guardians,

If you borrowed an instrument from the district for your child to participate in the 5th grade instrumental music program during the 2020-21 school year, we will be collecting the instruments beginning June 3rd and continuing through June 11th. Instruments will be collected at the District Office portables, 1400 Montecito Ave., Mountain View, CA 94043 in room 1.

Please follow the steps outlined below to return your child’s instrument:

  • Please make an appointment on the following link
  • https://www.genbook.com/bookings/slot/reservation/30176118?category=13662615452
  • At the time of your appointment, please bring the instrument without any personal belongings (e.g., pencils, papers, clips, cleaning rugs, etc.,) with it.
  • Before you arrive, please ask your student to make sure that all pieces of the instrument are in the case.
  • For your safety and the safety of our staff, please be sure you wear a mask during your appointment.
  • Please follow social distancing rules and markers while waiting for your appointment.
  • You’ll have only a 10-minute slot, so please be on time.


If your student is in the Honors Summer program with CSMA, please do not return the instrument. We will email you the date the instruments should be returned upon completion of the program.

If your child has selected an instrumental elective in 6th grade, the middle school will send information about instruments in August 2021.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns to Raquel Hernandez at rvhernandez@mvwsd.org.

Thank you for your cooperation and flexibility


Raquel Hernandez


Instructional Materials Technician

District News

MVWSD Summer is here!

Every family's summer plans are different, but our district recommends that all students do some academic practice daily to keep their skills sharp in preparation for next year. MVWSD Summer is a collection of programs to help students maintain their academic skills, keep them connected to learning technology, and access free meals all summer long. These self- and parent-directed programs keep students in a routine during the summer and will go a long way to preventing learning loss. On i-Ready this summer, students will have both personalized lessons that their teachers have chosen for them, and lessons tailored to their needs based on assessment data.

Look for an email soon from MVWSD or click on https://www.mvwsd.org/summer to learn more. Attached are flyers outlining students’ steps for a productive summer and for easy access to all of the programs’ links.

COVID Vaccinations and free Boba tea at Crittenden on June 2

Free COVID-19 vaccinations for youth and adults are available on Wednesday, June 2 from noon to 7:30 p.m. at Crittenden Middle School at the Sports Center, 1500 W. Middlefield Road.

Youth (12 years and older) and adults are welcome.

No appointment needed.

You don't need health insurance.

Everyone is welcome regardless of immigration status.

If any patient received their first vaccination elsewhere, they may receive their second dose at this event.

Children ages 12 - 17 need permission from a parent or guardian to get vaccinated which could be:

* A signed consent form (Forms are linked here COVID vaccination consent forms (English) - or can be picked up in the Graham and Crittenden school offices)

* A parent or guardian with them

* A telephone call to the parent or guardian

Staff are onsite to support language needs and disability access. For information, call (408) 970-2999 or sccFreeVax.org

Yellow tier: COVID guidance updated

On Wednesday, Santa Clara County moved into the Yellow Tier of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy due to the fact that more than 75% of Santa Clara County residents over the age of 16 have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Click here to read more about MVWSD’s health and safety protocols through the end of the school year.

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 will correspond 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. Please read the presentation and supporting materials at mvwsd.org/lcap, and click on the form link there to submit any comments. The comments form closes on May 26. Stakeholders may also attend the public learning during the Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, June 3 at 6 p.m. on Zoom (the link is here: http://mvw.sd/fRqB5).

Returning students can keep Chromebooks this summer. Non-returning students should bring them back

Thank you for your support of the District’s Chromebook program and distance learning this year. If your student is not returning to a MVWSD school next year, please return your student’s Chromebook to your school office by June 11, 2021 (or sooner). Students who will return to MVWSD schools can keep Chromebooks this summer. Students who are moving on to MVLA and plan to use their Chromebooks in high school are welcome to keep them. We will send specific instructions on how 8th-graders can access the MVLA network on their current Chromebooks.

Chromebooks will not be usable by students who are not enrolled in MVWSD or MVLA next year.

School offices are open weekdays from 7:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. When dropping off, please wear a mask and practice social distancing. For questions, please contact Jon Aker at ​jaker@mvwsd.org​.

District Wireless Hotspots

If you have a district-issued wireless hotspot and your student will not be returning to MVWSD next school year, OR if he/she no longer needs the hotspot, please return it to your school office by Friday, June 11, 2021 so that it can be reassigned to other students who need it. Thank you!

Better Together #MVWSD: Prioritizing Mental Health

This month's #BetterTogether infographic features tools and resources to help all those who work, learn, and partner with MVWSD to prioritize mental health and wellness. No one ever needs to be alone in their struggles. Together we can prioritize mental health and wellness. Click here to view this month’s calendar or visit https://www/mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD

MVPD Stop Bullying Workshop

The Mountain View Recreation Division is running a youth wellness educational series, “Wishing You Wellness.” This series provides monthly wellness workshops. June's workshop is next week! On Tuesday, June 1 at 6 p.m., MVPD School Resource Officers will run a webinar on ways to stand up to bullying and cyber bullying. The webinar is open to both youth and parents. A flyer is attached. Registration at: https://mountainview.gov/StopBullying.

COVID Vaccine now available for students 12 years and older

Families can schedule an appointment for their children 12 and older to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for this age group. Among other options around the county, Levi's stadium has evening appointments and the Mountain View Community Center is open during the day. Vaccination appointments for these locations can be made here: https://vax.sccgov.org/.

COVID testing available for students and families

Regular, asymptomatic COVID testing for students is not required at this time however, parents may want to have students tested, especially after travel, to ensure that they are not carrying the COVID-19 virus.

Free, asymptomatic testing is available for students and parents at:

* El Camino Hospital or MV Center for Performing Arts. Dates: Ongoing. Schedule through El Camino Health

* Graham Middle School. Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at Graham MUR (Register here). You also may schedule an appointment by calling 650-940-7022 and use option 4. Please mention you are with the Mountain View Whisman School District when calling.

If your child has symptoms of COVID or has had a known exposure to someone who may have COVID, please contact your child's pediatrician for testing information. If you do not have a health care provider, make a symptomatic testing appointment with a county provider here: https://scl.fulgentgenetics.com/appointment/screen/landing.

Unlocking Our Inner Strengths with CHAC: Registration for free May events available

CHAC has opened registration for their free virtual workshops in May, which focus on unlocking our inner strengths and supporting mental wellness. You are welcome to join for any or all events. Events will be held from 6:30 to 7:30pm, with optional 30-minute Q&A from 7:30 to 8pm.

May 26: Self-Care & Support Across Diverse Communities

For more information about each session and to register in advance, head to: https://funraise.org/give/Community-Health-Awareness-Council/a25a1482-56ef-448d-80f1-c36132be901c/.

CalFresh Program for grocery assistance

Need help buying groceries? You might qualify for CalFresh, a free EBT card you can use to buy food at most stores and select online retailers. If you receive CalFresh benefits, you may also be eligible for P-EBT, a grocery benefit that provides $375 per child 18 and under over the summer months. To find out if you qualify, call 1-800-984-3663, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or scan the QR code (flyer attached) to request a call. We speak English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin and Tagalog. Second Harvest can also connect you to other food programs in your community.

Free, Accessible Transportation to Vaccination Appointments.

Do you have neighbors who would like to be vaccinated but

don't have transportation? The County and VTA launched a new service to transport patients to their vaccine appointments. This service is - Door to door - Free - Accessible - Available 7 days per week Call the Working Partnerships CAN-19 resource hotline at 408-809-2124 to request this service. Call at least 48 hours prior to your vaccine appointment. Vaccine information is here. https://covid19.sccgov.org/covid-19-vaccine-information

City of MV Summer Camp available

The City of Mountain View still has spots available for their Club Rec Explorers summer camp for kids aged 9-11. Camps are held weekly from June 14-July 30, Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and breakfast and lunch is provided. Locations include Rengstorff Park, Bubb Park, and Whisman Park. Head to www.mountainview.gov/register or call (650) 903-6331 for more information.