Quetzal News

October 20, 2022

Quetzal News

Dear Quetzal Families,

October is drawing to a close and with it comes the assessment window for Trimester 1. Students are taking their reading and math assessments these weeks. Please talk with them about showing what they know and having a focused mindset toward any assessment they take. The trimester ends Nov. 4 and report cards go home before Thanksgiving break.

We are holding our first Parent University session this month! Join us for an evening with Jaime Koo. She is the Parent Engagement, Leadership and Instructional Services Coordinator for Santa Clara Office of Education. She will be presenting on the topic of Effective Communication strategies that parents can put into practice to nurture healthy relationships with their children. We are excited that she can come and speak to the Mistral community and we hope to see you there!

October 27 at 6 p.m. on Zoom.

Best Regards,

Theresa Lambert

Educational Services Coordinator, Acting Principal

Mistral Annual Walkathon is Coming Soon

From our amazing PTA: The Walkathon is less than 3 weeks away. We still need a lot more parents to help us. We have sign up sheets at the entrance of each classroom and on Konstella. If you cannot make the scheduled time - no problem. We will accommodate your availability even just 30 minutes of your time is needed.

Special thanks to the amazing parents who are working hard behind the scenes: Anthony Arriola - logistics, field set-up and T-shirts coordinator; Silvana Villar - volunteer coordinator and recruiter, Bessy Rishel - communications coordinator, Liliana Camacho Harry - food coordinator, Miriam Hernandez - assistant food coordinator and vendor, Rosalia Gil - DJ coordinator and food assistant, Diana Pinto - food assistant, Karina and Marcos De Rosas- PTA presidents and overall assistants, Dara Tynefield - emcee, rally coordinator and bake sale coordinator, Christine Case Lo - bake sale coordinator, Laura Berman - pledge coordinator, Peggy Prendergast - overall coordinator

October is Safety Month in MVWSD

In the event of an emergency, it’s possible that circumstances are not safe enough for us to release students as we typically do at the end of the school day. In an emergency, parents should not rush to school, but instead wait for updates from email, on mvwsd.org, social media and text/phone calls. So we know all students are accounted for, our schools will release students systematically to authorized adults when it’s safe. Please review our parent-student reunification procedures here. At Castro/Mistral if we have evacuated, you will come to the student release tables at the edge of the field by the basketball courts and speak with personnel there.

Next week, we will have both our Earthquake drill and our practice of what to do in the case of a dangerous intruder. Students will watch the brief dangerous intruder video on Friday, Oct. 28th in their classroom with their teacher.

The Mountain View Police will be practicing alongside us during the earthquake drill. Please do not be concerned if you see police vehicles on campus during the week of Oct. 24.

You can help us by reassuring your child that drills are our way of practicing for an emergency. These things may never happen, but if they do, we’re better protected and are more able to help ourselves and others.


October 19

  • Hearing and Vision Screenings Grades K,2,5

October 24

  • ELAC Meeting @ 6pm Zoom

October 27

  • Parent University @ 6 pm Zoom

November 1

  • SSC Mtg @ 5:00 pm Zoom
November 4
  • Walkathon 12:15 - 3:45
@ Mistral/Castro Field

November 11

  • Veterans Day - No School


Board meeting: Oct. 20

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m.

Some of the meeting topics include:
* Equitable Access to Choice Schools Policy Update

* Significant Disproportionality and CCEIS

* Update on Funding Options

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

Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday, Oct. 21

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Oct. 21 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/CC1021.

Parent University: Social Emotional Learning at School and Home
Date and Time: 10/26/22 5:30pm Registration Link: https://mvw.sd/pu102622

Having challenges guiding your students with their emotions, feelings and behavior at home? Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from Karin Jinbo, district Director of Health and Wellness, and Brian White, the Health and Wellness Coordinator. The panelists will be sharing about our district-wide goals for student Social Emotional Learning, along with strategies and resources that you can apply at home that support your student’s social and emotional growth. We hope to see you there!

To submit questions prior to the event, go to mvw.sd/questions. We will do our best to address your question during the session.

Survey: Help MVWSD and the City make walking and biking to school safer for our students.

The Mountain View Safe Routes to School Program is working to improve safety and encourage healthier, more active lifestyles.

Your feedback is important! This survey and your responses will help us make walking and biking to school safer for our students. Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MVSRTS2022 to complete the survey by Oct. 31.

My Digital TAT2 Webinar: Supporting Young People's Digital Health and Well-Being

Parents are invited to attend a webinar with My Digital TAT2 about supporting your student’s digital health on Thursday, November 3rd from 6:00 - 7:15 PM. Learn about what young people are doing online and how they are affected, and strategies for how to support responsible, mindful, and healthy use of the internet, social media, and gaming. Hosted by Landels Elementary, but all are welcome. Click here to register.

Donations of any amount help MVEF enrich education for every MVWSD student

MVWSD has one of the most socioeconomically diverse student bodies in the Bay Area. Donations to MVEF ensure that all students can experience art, music, hands-on science, athletics, and more – regardless of their family’s financial status. Donations of any amount are meaningful in accomplishing this mission: they demonstrate our commitment to providing the important enrichment that benefits all MVWSD students. MVEF Phonathon season is approaching. Save us a call by donating today! To learn more about the various ways you can contribute to MVEF, or to make your donation now, click here.

MTC seeks volunteers to mentor and tutor local students!

Do you enjoy working with kids? Would you like to make a difference in the life of a student in our community?

Mentor Tutor Connection (MTC) is looking for volunteers to support elementary or middle school students. Some tutors work with their students remotely, others volunteer in classrooms or after-school. Tutors help with basic skills including reading, writing, math, and more. Additionally, tutors provide a consistent caring adult in a young person’s academic journey. The role of the tutor is to be an academic helper who demonstrates a love of learning.

Additionally, MTC is seeking volunteers for a new program. Reading Fellows volunteers meet with individual students for 1/2 hour, 4 mornings each week, for a six week period. The program follows a specific phonic-based structured curriculum. It is incredible to see the difference you can make with this intensive framework!

Join us at our Volunteer Information Session to learn more. There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer. You’re welcome to attend this session and see if this is the right volunteer job for you! Invite a friend!

Date: Thursday, October 20th

Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Location: Online via Zoom (URL provided upon registration)


Questions: programs@mentortutorconnection.org

Information: MentorTutorConnection.org

Mentors must be at least 22 years old; Tutors must be High School graduates.

If you are interested in learning more about the program but cannot attend the information session, please contact Laura Hill at programs@mentortutorconnection.org for information on how to proceed.

Health and Wellness: Parenting Tip

As we settle into our back-to-school routine as best as possible, we might be experiencing some challenges at home with unwanted or undesired behaviors. Our partners from Palo Alto University, Dr. Alayna Park and Dr. Eduardo Bunge, have provided us with some great information to support our parents as the school year progresses. Here is a great tip from our partners at Palo Alto University to promote desired behavior at home:

Modeling refers to teaching by example. Your child will learn by observing your actions and the actions of others. To model desired behaviors:

For example, you could model being kind to others by greeting your neighbors or offering to help other family members around the home. Make sure to keep praising the behaviors that you want to see (“Great job helping your sibling with their homework”).

This tip came directly from the free, online Everyday Parenting program created by parenting expert, Dr. Kazdin.

To learn more parenting tips click here.

City of MV: Monster Bash & Bike Circus

On Saturday, October 29, 2022, Mountain View’s Rengstorff Park will transform into a ghoulish good time for all ages with the return of MONSTER BASH. From 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., community members are encouraged to don their favorite costumes and enjoy a fall festival loaded with a twisty maze, spooky games, enchanting performances, stilt walkers, inflatables, creepy, crawly, ooey gooey zone, Dia de Muertos exhibit and more. This year the event will also feature a Bike Circus with a fun bike safety training for children, as well as free bike repairs valued at more than $100 - to be provided on a first-come first-served basis.

This event is free and open to the public. Limited parking is available at the Mountain View Community Center and Senior Center. Walking or biking to the event is encouraged.