Mistral Essentials - April 22, 2020
A Note from the Principal
This week, we kicked off our formal Distance Learning Plan and it is going very well so far! This week and next, I will be visiting some live sessions to greet students and find out how they are doing with online instruction. Our RRPs (Remote Room Parents) have been generous with their time and energy in helping parents navigate our new normal. We are so lucky to have an amazing community that stands together, without a moment’s hesitation, to help one another. Overall, parents have donated $4000 in gift cards for families in need! Thank you, Quetzales! Please remember to contact Mr. Eb in the office (email@example.com) if you need resources at this time or if your situation has changed. Please also visit Mr. Eb’s Resource Corner below.
Distance Learning Plan: The basics
There are a few major platforms that you should be familiar with to help us make Distance Learning successful for your child: Clever, Zoom, and Google Classroom. All of the resources are initially accessible from our school’s Distance Learning Dashboard (http://mvw.sd/MistralDL), found in two spots on our school website (http://mistral.mvwsd.org).
Zoom is a video conferencing software that does not require a log-in but has security features that allow us to ensure students’ safety as they meet with their teacher and peers live. Students wait in a waiting room until their teacher has identified them. All guests are muted upon entry and the teacher controls that feature. Zoom links are only accessible through Google Classroom, which does require a log-in, so the links are not publicly available.
Clever (https://clever.com/in/mvwsd) is a learning hub that gives students instant access to programs like Reading A-Z, iReady, Google Classroom, Benchmark, Zearn, and libraries. Your child is familiar with Clever from the activities they do in class.
Google Classroom requires a log-in that can be accessed from Clever or directly (http://classroom.google.com). Upon sign-in, students will see the Google Classroom “courses” they are members of. Each Google Classroom has videos, activities, and assignments. While assignments are not graded, we hope each student will participate in as much learning as possible to keep their skills sharp! Students should have access to:
Their main homeroom Google Classroom for all core assignments
Links to live PE lessons in their main classroom
Their ELD or SLD classroom
Their STEAM classroom for their grade level
A minimum of 8 live or recorded video lessons per week
Communication with their teacher during office hours
Communication with their teacher and peers in two weekly check-ins
Any other group chats, lessons, and assignments their teacher provides
Special Education Google Classroom access (if applicable)
- In addition to what has already started, next week, teachers from the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) will begin providing the music and art lessons that were scheduled for the remainder of this school year. If your child’s class had lessons planned for March, April and May, your teacher will schedule these with their CSMA teacher. Lessons will be delivered in real time through Zoom and also posted in teachers’ Google Classrooms.
Please remember that your family should create a routine that feels right for you. Please reach out to me, Mr. Eb, Ms. Daena, your remote room parents, and your teachers if you need help.
We miss you! Hugs to you, Quetzales!
Student of the week: 5th grade
Parents and Google Classroom
If parents encounter a Google Classroom link from the Dashboard, and get the message "class not found," there are two ways that they can access students' assignments, lesson videos and more on Google classroom.
1. Ask your student to log in and show you around the Google Classroom
2. Ask your teacher if you can receive Guardian Summaries. You can choose to receive them either weekly or daily. Some of the items available in these summaries.
- Missing work—Work that’s late at the time the email was sent
- Upcoming work—Work that’s due today and tomorrow (for daily emails) or work that’s due in the upcoming week (for weekly emails)
- Class activity—Announcements, assignments, and questions recently posted by teachers
Mr. Eb's Resource Corner
I know this has been a very difficult time and that some of our families need help. I'd like to share with you a comprehensive list of resources. Please also feel free to reach out directly to me and I can coordinate resources from the PTA and community. Stay safe and be well!
- Parent Alejandro Chavez would like to recognize Eberardo López. He says: "He keeps us informed of the available resources, alerts us to false information, and is attentive to the needs of the students. Many thanks!"
- Ms. Priscilla Freire, our new Speech Language Pathologist Assistant, would like to thank Ms. Nyberg, our new SLP and Principal Miller. Ms. Priscilla says: "Mrs. Nyberg is our new SLP at Mistral, with whom I, as an SLPA, collaborating daily in doing the best we can to providing virtual support for the students with speech and language therapy services. She is working diligently to communicate with parents, creating materials to meet the students' individual communication goals, including phonology-related materials in Spanish...I would to also thank Mrs. Miller, our principal at Mistral, and the staff for the ongoing support that they have provided the speech therapy department; and making easier for me to perform my job; and for supporting Mrs. Nyberg to transition during this challenging situation."
Free, low cost internet for students
We think that it’s important that each of our students has one Internet-ready device (laptop, iPad, etc) in their house for distance learning schoolwork. There are several ways you can access free/or low cost internet to connect students' Chromebooks. Please see the attached flyer or click on www.mvwsd.org/technology.
Incoming middle school parents: Prepare to select electives for 2020-21
Use your PowerSchool Parent Portal Access to select Electives for 2020-21
Beginning April 29, 2020, incoming middle school parents will be able to log on to the PowerSchool Parent Portal to select their fifth- to seventh-graders’ elective choices for 2020-21. You will receive an email when the course catalogs are posted on April 24.
Please make sure you have access to the PowerSchool Parent Portal now by logging on to https://ps.mvwsd.org/public/. You will use the PowerSchool Parent Portal for elective selection, grades, assignments and attendance monitoring, and for downloading state test results.
If you have difficulty signing in, please contact your school office.
2020 Census Paper Questionnaires are on their way to Californians!
If you’re among the 70+ million households who have already responded to the 2020 Census, thank you! If you haven’t completed it yet, paper questionnaires are in the mail headed your way. Households receiving the paper questionnaire can still respond online or by phone, or they can return it by mail in the enclosed envelope. When you respond online, use the Census ID from the letter or provide your address. To respond now, go to https://go.usa.gov/xdKjk.
Please encourage your family, friends, and neighbors to complete it too. It’s something everyone can do while practicing social distancing at home to make a difference today, tomorrow and the next 10 years.