Quetzal News

September 15, 2023

From Ms. O's Desk

Dear Quetzal Families,

Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to recognize and celebrate the contributions and culture of Hispanic and Latino Americans. This year, we will begin by acknowledging Cesar Chavez, a prominent labor leader and civil rights activist who played a vital role in advancing the rights of farmworkers.

We invite all parents and students to participate in our Hispanic Heritage Month activities by discussing about the importance diversity and the contributions that different Hispanic and Latino Americans.

As we continue to prioritize the safety and well-being of our students and staff, we want to take a moment to remind you about our drop-off and pick-up driving expectations.

Driving Expectations:

We kindly request your cooperation in ensuring the safety of all students during drop-off and pick-up times. Please remember the following driving expectations:

1. Follow the Speed Limit: Please drive at or below the posted speed limit in the school zone. Speeding can endanger the lives of our students and staff.

2. Observe Crosswalks: Always yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and designated crossing areas.

3. Loading Zones: Use designated loading and unloading zones. Do not double park, block traffic lanes, or park on the unloading zone. Students must exit to the right side of your car. Please do not get out of the car, as this is unsafe and slows down traffic.

4. Patience and Courtesy: Be patient and courteous to fellow parents, students and staff helping out. Follow the directions of our school personnel to maintain a smooth flow of traffic.

I am looking forward to seeing you at our in person Cafecito next Wednesday, September 20th. Have a great weekend!

Warm regards,

Claudia Olaciregui, Principal

Cultural Event

As most of you know, Maestra Carolina is part of Los Lupeños Folklórico group, and because of her, they approved a group discount for our school. She will be performing in at least three of the performances

Here are all the details for the event:

Date: Saturday, November 11th at 8pm or Sunday, November 12th at 2pm

Where: Mexican Heritage Plaza in San José

Group price: $15 per person

If you prefer to buy the tickets on your own you can do so at this link.


September 20

  • Cafecito w/ Ms. O @ 8:30 am-in Person (Staff Room)
September 20
  • PTA General Meeting @ 6pm-in Person (MUR)
September 29
  • Spirit day - Twin Day


Attendance Awareness Month: What’s an Excused vs. Not Excused absence?

Illness, doctor’s appointments, bereavement, and certain religious exercises are excused absences. Please see MVWSD board policy for the full list. All other reasons are not considered excused.

Better Together: September

This month, #BetterTogether explores identity and celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, which are both essential components of fostering inclusive and enriching schools in MVWSD. Recognizing and respecting the diverse backgrounds, experiences, and identities of students not only promotes a sense of belonging and allyship but also encourages a more comprehensive and meaningful learning experience for all. Hispanic Heritage Month, in particular, provides an opportunity to appreciate the rich tapestry of Hispanic/Latino cultures, their contributions to society, and the stories of Hispanic/Latino students within our own community. Celebrate with us this month! We are #BetterTogetherMVWSD. For more information about Better Together, visit mvwsd.org/BetterTogetherMVWSD.

Volunteer badges: New, easy-to-follow chart

If you think that you will be volunteering on campus more than 3 times this school year for more than 10 min each visit, or plan to be an overnight trip chaperone, now is the time to apply for your volunteer badge. Please check the easy-to-follow chart here to help you get started. There are more steps to complete the first time you apply. After that, renewals are easier. Thank you for helping to protect our students' safety and to ensure MVWSD complies with state law. We are grateful for parents willing to help us at school!

Volunteer with MVEF!
MVEF needs 1-3 additional volunteers at each school in MVWSD. MVEF school representatives help the families at their school understand what MVEF is and why it exists so that they are inspired to donate and spread the word about the impact of MVEF funding. MVEF also needs volunteers to help with planning our annual Gala and other community events. To learn more, visit: https://www.mvef.org/volunteer

The View Teen Center: September

The View Teen Center is a free facility in Mountain View (263 Escuela Ave) for all Mountain View and Los Altos 6th - 12th grade students. Drop-in hours are Monday - Friday, 3:15 - 7 p.m. and Saturdays, 1 - 6 p.m., and the center features a game room, makerspace, kitchen, computer/study room, outdoor area, and much more! See attached flyer for details about upcoming events and programs in September or visit their webpage for more information.

Understanding Youth Mental Health and the Road to Resilience: Sept. 20

Youth and adults are invited to a panel discussion about teen mental health and well-being on Wednesday, September 20, 2023 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Los Altos High School Eagle Theatre

(201 Almond Ave). County Supervisor Joe Simitian will moderate a panel of mental health providers and students who will share about how to support mental health, how to check in and talk with youth, and describe locally available resources. Sign up for the free event: https://direc.to/jNr2.

MV Public Library Parenting Program: Sept. 27

The MV Public Library will host a parenting presentation, “The Best You for the Best Them,” on Wednesday, September 27, 2023 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm on Zoom. Research shows that teens' and parents' emotional well-being are highly entwined. With support from author and parenting coach, Laura Cleary, set aside time to acknowledge your need as a parent for selfcare, and receive concrete ideas and support to model this for your teen and uplift your relationship. Register here.