Mistral Essentials - April 29, 2020

A Note from the Principal

Dear Families,

We are receiving some great feedback so far about our Distance Learning Dashboard! Students are able to see their teachers and classmates, all the while keeping their academic skills sharp and learning new content! Our Remote Room Parents have jumped right in to help teachers, students, and families. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Mr. Eb (elopez@mvwsd.org) or myself (tmiller@mvwsd.org) if you need resources or if your situation has changed.

Spring is a great time for reflection and renewal. As a school leader, I like to use this time to think about the work we have done this year and what next year may look like. To help me in this process, I need to hear from you. Please help me evaluate how we carried out our site plan, specifically in Academics and Language Learning and Community Connections.

Your answers to this survey will help me understand how you perceived our efforts. I would like to have your answers by Sunday, May 3rd at midnight.

This short video explains what I’m asking for and how to use the rating feature to show your preferences.

See email sent on April 24th regarding important staffing information for the 2020-21 academic year.

Thank you for your participation!

Kind regards,

Principal Tabitha

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Students of the week


  • Ren: Ren is very thoughtful and has been very enthusiastic and engaged in all of our lessons before home learning and now! Click here for Ren's video message.
  • Perla: From Maestra Ryann: Every week in Kindergarten, we get to learn about a new student when they're star of the week. This week we're celebrating Perla. Perla likes the color pink, llamas, and Pikachu. I am so proud of how hard she is working at home!'
  • Jaylah: Jaylah is a highly curious and energetic student who very much enjoys entertaining her friends by reading and acting out stories through theater. I am very happy to see all the progress she has made this year academically and socially in Kinder.

1st grade

  • Anthony: Anthony is the happiest boy when he plays in the school playground. He reads books in Spanish very well. He gets very excited when he gets a compliment. He loves spending time with his family.
  • Ben: Ben was a huge help in testing my assignments before they went out to the class. He loves to read and eat pizza. Keep up the good work, Ben! Check out Ben's video here.

  • Yarely: Maestro Portillo says "she has been doing all her assignments in GC and sending me pictures of it and other activities she is doing at home and outside home."

2nd Grade

  • Giselle: Maestra Moran would like to highlight that "Giselle did an excellent job with her narrative writing. I am very proud of her effort and want her to continue to demonstrate her best work"
  • Moya: She completes every assignment with care and even submits extra work. She reports that her favorite part of distance learning is the screen time and she often Zooms from interesting places. Moya is also using this time to learn to roller skate.

    Aeris: She participates in every lesson and always looks so serious with her headphones on. She does her work with care and diligence. Aeris reports that she is enjoying video games and riding her bike during this special time.

  • Meera : Maestra Rosas says Meera "demonstrates dedication to learning, perseverance, and enthusiasm to share ideas with her classmates." Check out Meera's "all about me" video here.

3rd Grade

  • Dane: I have been very impressed with Dane's work ethic. He has worked very hard to complete almost every single assignment. He has also shown independence by reaching out to me when he had doubts about the assignments. He makes great clarifying questions to make sure he understands his work. Keep up the good work Dane. Click here to view Dane's Google Slide

  • Felix: Felix has been working very hard to participate in Zoom lessons and meetings. He has asked for very specific help during our phone calls or extra Zoom meetings and has used a variety of resources to understand and complete his work. He has also demonstrated perseverance when finding difficulty with our new procedures. As a bonus, he gives me feedback on lessons to make them more easily accessible to kids. Click here to read what he'd like to share with the community.
  • Dulce: Maestra Erika says "Dulce did not have a laptop at home. However, once she was able to get a hold of one, she started catching up on work I had assigned. We conference about her animal project investigation. She is reading and taking notes just like we did in class. She is participating during Zoom meetings and as always, she is very respectful and listens to others. I am proud of Dulce for her perseverance and encouragement to continue learning despite the circumstances."

4th grade

  • Maria: Maria always shows positivity and perseverance. She has been reading a lot, and doing her best on her independent work and during her lessons!
  • Anthony: Anthony has been showing independence and responsibility for schoolwork and for his family. He always shows respect for his classmates and teachers by being engaged and kind during our lessons & meetings. He has been taking charge of his own learning and asking questions!

5th Grade

  • Adah: Maestra Brenday is excited to share with you that Adah is our student of the week. School closure has been a challenging time for our students. Adah has been very brave. She has been able to recognize and communicate her feelings about not seeing her classmates and going to school, but also, she maintains an eagerness to engage in distance learning and advocate for what she needs to be successful. Kudos Adah! Click here to see her "all about me" video.
  • Rafaela: Maestra Ohlfs selected Rafaela because of her willingness to confront this difficult situation of being in SIP as a truly responsible citizen who is relentless about her academic responsibilities each and every day. She has shown a tremendous amount of growth by contacting her teachers constantly with any questions she might have had. She is a student who is well on the path to success for middle school because of her efforts during this difficult time.

STEAM Kinder-2nd Grade

  • Juan Martín has been working very well in STEAM sending his work through Google Classroom every week. As a good scientist, Juan Martín, in his drawings names all the parts as we can see in this drawing of the tree.In addition Juan Martín uses colors so that we can see the details better. Keep it up Juan Martín! Excellent work!


  • Scientist of the week is Santiago and Ms. Jenny says:Santiago has participated enthusiastically in STEAM assignments during Distance Learning. He has shown that he is very interested in learning about science and engineering, and he has been excited to share his new knowledge with his classmates. His positive attitude and the effort he has put into his work are characteristics of a model Quetzal! Check out his Earth Day video.

Multiple kiddos? Go incognito!

If you have multiple kids or are trying to access your own Google account while checking out theirs, here is a tip:

Hold down COMMAND + SHIFT + N when you are in Chrome. This creates an incognito window, where you are not signed in. This means you can sign in with one account in one window and another account in another. You can do this for as many accounts as you like so that you can flip between windows to look at information from multiple accounts simultaneously.

Mr. Eb's Resource Corner

Greetings, Quetzales!

I know it can be difficult to manage emotions during the pandemic. Here is a free workbook in to help your children with expressing their feelings: First Aid for Feelings. Don't forget how important attendance is, especially now! Here is a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gK_IVmxV40E&feature=youtu.be

Community Resources

High Fives!

  • Parent Leanne Rzepiela would like to recognize Sandi Puett. She says: "She's amazing. She communicates with the parents, organized a gift card drive, and works with Mr. Eb and school staff to connect parents and families with community resources."
  • Parent Christie Watson wants to give a shout-out to the PE teachers for their live Zoom classes: "It made my day to see a huge smile spread across my daughter's face as she was greeted by name by her P.E. teacher, and participated. Although we have been going on 'like 700 walks a day,' according to my daughter, this kind of fun movement with her peers was what she needed, as confirmed by the talk I'd heard the night before by Kelly McGonigal, author of The Joy of Movement, who taught that moving your body in any way, especially with a community, has outstanding benefits for your focus, motivation, and mood.
  • Mistral Parent says: "This school shut down and shelter in place is hard on everyone. I want to thank the 4th grade team for being so quick to give their clases a plan for the time out of school, and providing detailed guidelines for both their students and parents. Thank you!"
  • Parent Jana Anders would like to thank Maestra Iris for finding creative ways to reach out and support her students. We get pictures, videos of her talking, videos of her reading and other check ins. It makes us feel so connected and supported."

District News

MV Parent U: "Angst," raising anxiety awareness

MV Parent U presents "Angst," a 56-minute film that explores anxiety, its causes, effects and treatments on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 6:00 PM - Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 9:00 PM.

Angst features candid interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they’ve learned about it. The film includes discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, as well as help, resources and tools.

To reserve your free spot for this online event, please register here by May 6 at noon: https://angstfilm.eventbrite.com

Google grants $200,000 for MVWSD students

MVEF is grateful for Google’s longtime commitment to public education and partnership with our District and foundation. Google recently donated $200,000 during COVID-19 school closure to ensure MVWSD students stay on track with their learning.

As MVWSD assessed the technological needs in our community made even more clear by the COVID-19 school closure, it’s clear the digital divide still exists. Even after the District distributed 900 Chromebooks this year, almost 10% (615) of our students still need a device, and 5% (247) students still need internet access. Google immediately stepped up with a $100,000 grant to provide technology for students, primarily internet hotspots and laptops, to enable our students to access assignments and online conferences with their teachers during distance learning.

Additionally, MVEF was awarded an additional $100,000 grant from Google to fund STEM initiatives next year at MVWSD’s schools, ensuring MVEF can continue to help fund essential Next Generation Science Standards, hands-on science programming at every school.

Superintendent Dr. Ayindé Rudolph shared his gratitude. “We are in uncharted waters in which our daily methods of instruction look very different. Our students and parents continue to look for a sense of normalcy during remote learning and sheltering in place. Despite all of the uncertainty, I am grateful that we can continue to count on MVEF and Google as great community advocates and corporate sponsors. They not only answered our call to reduce the digital divide in our community, but also demonstrated that our path forward through these trying times is together. On behalf of all of our students, I want to thank MVEF for their continued advocacy, and Google for their continued commitment to our students and community,” he said.

MVEF and MVWSD express its deep appreciation for Google, and for the company’s willingness to help provide an excellent education to all of our children in Mountain View.

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.