Quetzal News

Gabriela Mistral's News January 27, 2021

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Ms. O's Message

Dear Quetzal Families,

February is African-American History Month. Join us in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggle with adversity to achieve equity, full recognition and reach their goals in our American society. As we start this new month and celebrate all African Americans, let’s remember the important values of equity and equality. it’s very important to emphasize the difference between them. Although both promote fairness, equality achieves this through treating everyone the same regardless of need, while equity achieves this through treating people differently depending on need. In education, it’s important to continue modeling expected behaviors, so let us purposely continue to model equality and equity to our children.

This week, let’s remember one of my favorite players, Kobe Bryant. He once said, “Have a good life. Life is too short to get bogged down and be discouraged. You have to keep moving. You have to keep going. Put one foot in front of the other, smile, and just keep rolling.” He will forever be remembered and greatly missed. Like Kobe, so many other African Americans have made an impact in our lives and in history. Let’s never forget!

Please join us tomorrow, Thursday 28 for our ELAC (English Language Advisory Committee) and SSC (School Site Council) meeting. Please register on the links provided below. We will talk about LCAP (Local Control and Accountability Plan) as well as ELPAC (English Language Proficiency Assessments for California) and reclassification of English Learners. I want to invite you to participate as a candidate for School Site Council president as our Trustee, Laura Berman, steps down from her role. We want to thank her for her leadership and participation in this important position.

Have a fantastic rest of the week and remember to practice social distancing, wearing a mask, and washing your hands. We want and need you all safe and healthy!

Parents: We want to hear from you! LCAP survey

The District is beginning its annual process of writing the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). Your input from the survey will guide the development of our 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.

Parents, we want to hear from you: Please click here - http://mvw.sd/ParentLCAP - to give input through February 12 in a survey. We recognize that the wording of some of these questions might seem a little awkward because we are in a pandemic, distance-learning year. Please answer as fully as you can based on the experiences you've had this school year. If you would like a paper copy, please call the school office (650) 526-3575

Please look for a meeting at your school to learn more about the LCAP/Strategic Plan process. Our school meetings are below

ELAC - January 28th 5pm-6pm(register here)

SSC - January 28th 6pm-7pm (register here)

Cafecito with Ms. O February 9th 6pm-7pm (register here)

More information found here: https://www.mvwsd.org/lcap.

With appreciation

Claudia Olaciregui


TRI3 Material Distribution for all grade levels

Please plan to come this coming Tuesday, February 2nd bewteen 2:30pm-5pm or Friday February 5th between 2:00pm - 4:30pm for material distribution for all grades. Please see the list below for items being sent home.
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Upcoming Events

January 27, 2021

January 28, 2021

February 2nd, 2021

  • Day# 1: TRI3 Materials distribution 2:30pm - 5pm

February 5th, 2021

  • Day# 2: TRI3 Materials distribution 2:00pm - 4:30pm

February 9th, 2021

February 12, 2021

  • Minimum Day - End of TRI1

February 15 - February 19, 20201


District News

Register now! Parent workshop: How to Build Academic Language with Kate Kinsella

Virtual presentation on January 27 at 6:00 pm

Hosted by Huff, Landels and Jose Antonio Vargas elementary schools

Register: http://mvw.sd/kate

Presenter Kate Kinsella, Ed.D. will talk about:

• After school conversation tips to use with children to encourage thoughtful responses

• Strategies to help increase students' academic language and listening skills

Kate Kinsella, Ed.D., is a teacher educator at San Francisco State University and a highly sought after speaker and consultant to school districts throughout the United States regarding development of academic language and literacy across the K-12 subject areas. Her 25-year teaching career focus has been equipping children from diverse backgrounds with the communication, reading, and writing skills to be career and college ready.

For more information, please visit http://drkatekinsella.com/about-us/

If you have a district hotspot that you’re not using anymore...

Please return it to our technology department at our district office. Due to changes in individual circumstances and needs, we need every hotspot for families and students in need. If you have a non-working hotspot, please bring that back as well. Thank you in advance!

Better Together: Poverty in America Awareness

January is Poverty in America Awareness Month and in the time of Covid-19 and the economic fallout, talking about issues surrounding poverty has never been more important. Words matter and our students know more than we often give them credit for. Talking about poverty with kids is not only possible, it's important. Explore the resources provided in this infographic (attached or viewable at https://www.mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD) to find an approach to talking about poverty that is most appropriate for your student(s). Ultimately, your conversations should reinforce that when it comes to making a difference in the world and caring for others in our community, we are #BetterTogether.

Fifth Grade Parents: Middle school info night on Jan. 28

Crittenden and Graham both will be welcoming 5th grade families to an Incoming 6th Grade Information Night on Thursday, January 28 at 5 p.m. held on Zoom. Each site will host its own information night, and parents will receive an email from their students' assigned school with meeting login information.

This is a great opportunity to learn about our Middle Schools’ academics, a chance to meet our staff, and learn about the exciting opportunities your incoming sixth-grader will have at Crittenden or Graham.

Please contact Crittenden ((650) 903-6945) or Graham Middle School ((650) 526-3570) if you have any questions.

MVEF News: Virtual Gala Planning Has Begun

Save the date - March 6, 2021!

We wish we could be together with you! Nonetheless, the MVEF gala committee is hard at work ensuring that our Virtual Gala on March 6th will be a fun evening even in the midst of Covid19 concerns. Stay tuned for details!

The MVLA Speakers Series presents “Raising Antiracist Kids: The Power of Intentional Conversations About Race” with Nicole Lee on Tuesday, Feb 9, 2021 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | Live Online

Raising antiracist kids is imperative in today’s society, yet most of us are not well-equipped for the challenges of talking with our kids about race and racism. Join us for an engaging discussion with Nicole Lee, diversity, equity, and inclusion expert, as she shares research about the impact of talking - or not talking - to our kids about race and sheds light on common discomforts and misconceptions causing parents and other caregivers to avoid these important conversations.

Audience: Parents, caregivers, and educators

Register: To register for this free event at https://mvla2020-21-nicolelee.eventbrite.com

Afterschool activities and programs (including free) are on InPlay

Even during COVID, there are fun and educational afterschool programs for kids happening now. Spring break camps are coming up, too. MVWSD partners with the non-profit InPlay to help you find the perfect fit for your child and for your family. Hundreds of programs, including those that are FREE and reduced cost, are nearby and online and can be found through this free, searchable website. Check out http://MV.inplay.org

“Keeping the Dream Alive” College and Career Readiness Virtual Event: Feb. 1-Mar. 31

SCCOE’s Parent Engagement Program will present the “Keeping the Dream Alive” College and Career Readiness Virtual Event for 6th – 12th grade students and their parents. From February 1 to March 31, students will be able to access the “Keeping the Dream Alive” website to participate in interactive activities, webinars, and more to learn about college and career options.

Author Talk with Ben Clanton on Feb. 8

The Mountain View Public Library will be hosting a live Zoom talk with Ben Clanton, author and illustrator of the Narwhal and Jelly books. The event will be held on Monday, February 8, from 4:00-4:30 pm. Register at https://mountainview.gov/librarycalendar.

Visit the "Keeping the Dream Alive" event website at parentengagement.sccoe.org for more information and students can currently pre-register at http://bit.ly/KTDARegistration.

MV Library Valentine’s Celebration

The Mountain View Public Library and CHAC Family Resource Center are sponsoring a free Valentine’s Celebration for families with young children on Friday, February 12, on Zoom. Please see the attached flyer for details and registration.

February CAC Events

Happy New Year! SELPA 1 CAC and the Learning Challenge Committee are your groups for special education and broader learning challenge needs. We are ALL having learning challenges right now, and CAC and LCC are here to help. If you have questions about learning challenges and special education needs, email selpa1cacinfo@gmail.com or check out www.selpa1cac.org

We encourage families to learn about the sensory needs all children may have during distance learning: Try a Sensory Diet

February 1, 9 am- General Parent/Community Meeting with Special Ed. Directors & Staff, Zoom at 9:00 am for LCC and 9:30 am for CAC. We will be planning for the year, discussing upcoming programs and discussing distance learning and learning challenges. For our agenda, please join our Google group, https://groups.google.com/g/selpa1cac. For the Zoom link for this meeting, email selpa1cacinfo@gmail.com or sign up on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/general-cac-meeting-tickets-135550478129