Quetzal News

Gabriela Mistral's News November 18, 2020

Ms. O's Message

Dear Mistral Families,

During challenging times, it is sometimes difficult to value what we have. However, taking time to show gratitude for all of our blessings is very important. As we approach the holiday season, it does us well to remember all the positive things happening around us. Let’s take some time to make a list of all these great blessings. As we get closer to Thanksgiving break, I want to make sure that I take time to thank our families, students, staff, and community members for continuing to trust us with our students’ education and wellness.

I want to also remind us of the importance of following CDC and County Safety Guidelines to keep us safe. Please make sure you wear a mask appropriately (must cover your mouth AND nose), wash your hands thoroughly, and maintain 6ft social distance when outside your homes.

On Tuesday, November 24th, MVWSD will have a district-wide staff/team building day. To accommodate this, Tuesday, November 24th will be an asynchronous day for students. This means that, instead of live lessons, we’ll have a day that looks more like our typical Wednesdays. Students will still have morning check-ins, art, music, and PE classes that are live sessions and have been previously scheduled. The rest of the day will feature fun learning activities that students can do at their own pace. Please let me know if you have any questions.

I leave you with one of Pablo Neruda’s beautiful poems:

“It is forbidden not to seek your happiness,

not living your life with a positive attitude,

not think that we can be better,

not feel that without you this world would not be the same”.

Have a fantastic rest of your week!

Claudia Olaciregui


Grab and go meal schedule

Just a reminder: There is no school on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, (November 25 - 27), due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Distribution for multiple, free grab and go meals for children during the break will be on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at all schools except for Stevenson. Parents may come on Tuesday from 11:30 am - 1 pm to pick up Tuesday's lunch and meals for Wednesday, Thursday (including turkey and fixings!), and Friday. Meal distribution will resume on Monday, Nov. 30.

Upcoming Events

November 20, 2020
  • Spirit day - Crazy Hair Day
  • Report Cards sent home (electronically)

November 25 - 27, 2020

  • Thanksgiving Break: NO SCHOOL

November 30

  • Quetzal Awards
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm: K-2nd Gr Coffee/Tea with Ms. O (Register here)

December 1, 2020

  • 5:30pm: District New Student Info Night (Zoom Link)

December 3, 2020

  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm: 3rd-5th Gr Coffee/Tea with Ms O. (Register here)

December 9, 2020

  • 6:00pm: District Kinder Info Night

December 15, 2020

December 21 - January 4th, 2021

  • Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL

District News

Community Check In on Friday

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/wq0ZK

Together We Are a Better MVWSD: November: We acknowledge our history

It's already November and the holiday season is upon us. Traditionally, elementary school students learn about a peaceful feast held in 1621 by the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians, who helped teach them to survive in a perilous new world. To promote both critical thinking and the disruption of falsehoods favoring a colonialist-dominant narrative, we must engage with primary sources and counternarratives to grapple with the mythologies of the first Thanksgiving. This month, the BetterTogether calendar encourages all of us to acknowledge our shared history and its truths, starting with the contributions of those Indigenous to North America. To see more, click on the attached flyer (Spanish included) or visit https://www.mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD.

Parent University: Supporting Math at Home during Distance Learning and Beyond

Join us on Wednesday, November 18th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. for our next Parent University event: Supporting Math at Home during Distance Learning and Beyond.

MVWSD Landels Elementary Principal Heidi Galassi will share several resourceful strategies for supporting math learning and achievement at home:
  • Are you confused about which math program to use at home?

  • Learn how to boost math achievement K-8th

  • Support your child at home with math homework

  • Learn new ways to enrich and deepen math concepts

  • Get your child ready for Algebra

Spanish interpretation is provided. Register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcvdOqorTgtGtXg5trN1qiFh5EefCHgIAm1

School meetings coming up in December. Open Enrollment for all MVWSD students starts in January

School and District information meetings are coming up in December. Please visit www.mvwsd.org/register for a list of these events and for login information.

  • District new student information night, covering the registration process, is on December 1 at 5:30 p.m. (in both English and Spanish) at this Zoom link: http://mvw.sd/info.

  • School kindergarten/new student information nights are online on December 9 at 6:00 p.m. for all elementary schools, and include choice school information. For our school, the link for this meeting is: http://mvw.sd/MistralKinder

  • If your child turns 5 years old between September 2 – December 2, 2021, he/she may qualify for transitional kindergarten. TK info night is December 16 at 5:00 p.m online.

  • If you are interested in the District's choice schools, information nights are:

Gabriela Mistral: Dual Spanish/English Immersion: December 15 at 6 pm

Stevenson: Parent Child Teacher: December 16 at 6 pm

Choice schools will also have information at the elementary schools’ info nights (6 p.m. Dec. 9).

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment from January 18- 22.

For NEW students: Open Enrollment is from January 11 through Feb. 5, 2021 online. You can register your child for the 2021-22 school year when online registration opens here: www.mvwsd.org/register

Upcoming MVEF Phonathon

Our Phonathon is coming up in December and we would love you to save us both a call!

We hope this serves as a gentle reminder to donate to MVEF today and support your child and every child in the district! The majority of our funding comes from donations from parents like you!

Make a difference, save us both a call and donate today at mvef.org/donate.

LAMV PTA Council and SELPA 1 CAC present Distance Learning Toolkit: Increasing Focus Through a Sensory Lens

Thursday December 3, 7-8:30 PM. A talk with Lisa Kaplan Shanaan, MS OTR/L TMHP

How do you stay engaged? How do you calm down when excited, or pep up when you are zoned out? You may know your own body and the tricks that work for you, but children are still working this out. It is especially difficult to learn self-regulation when involved in distance learning on screens for hours a day. Come learn from Lisa Kaplan Shaanan, an occupational therapist and trainer, who has been working with children birth thru 18 years old for more than 30 years. She will recommend tools and techniques useful to help all children discover their best ways to self-regulate and really learn and stay engaged during the Zoom school day.

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/distance-learning-toolkit-increasing-focus-through-a-sensory-lens-tickets-128302360815

MVLA Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Weekend - Virtual Run / Walk

See the attached flyers for registration information.

MVLA holiday tree lot

MVLA is holding its annual holiday tree lot this year. See the attached flyer for information.