Gabriela Mistral's News March 3, 2021
Ms. O's Message
Dear Quetzal Families,
It’s a time to be happy and celebrate that Covid cases in our Bay Area are finally decreasing, and that Santa Clara County has met the requirements to move into the Red Tier of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. We are very excited to announce that our schools will reopen in phases for in-person learning for students. As you probably know by now, our first group of students will come to campus on March 18. We will be sending more information in the coming weeks. Please remember that we need your help in making sure our students and staff are safe as we transition to “live” learning. It is very important for students and staff to continue practicing wearing masks, watching our distance, and washing our hands.
In addition to Women History Month, March is Literacy Month, too. Tomorrow is World Book Day. Take some time to read with our children at home and help them develop the love for reading. Here are some tips for when you read with your child:
Talk about the book cover and ask them to make predictions
Have them retell the story
Talk about the characters and setting of the story
Ask them questions about the story
Have them ask questions about the story
Does the story have any connections with something they know, heard of, or experienced?
What was their favorite part?
Talk about the author’s message
Point out some wonderful new words and have them use it in a sentence every day
The Santa Clara County office of Education has audiobooks read by their employees, partners, and friends. Please visit The Reading Place, and enjoy their read alouds. It’s time to share the joy of reading!
Have a wonderful rest of the week, and your homework for this week is to find something to smile about every day.
March 5, 2021
- Report Cards sent home (via email)
March 11, 2021
- ELAC Meeting 5:00pm - 6:00pm
- SSC Meeting 6:00pm - 7:00pm
March 15, 2021
- Parent Reopening Meeting K-2 5:00-6:00pm (Zoom Link)
- Parent Reopening Meeting 3-5th Gr 6:00-7:00pm (Zoom Link)
- NO SCHOOL -Teacher in service day
March 26, 2021
- School Spirit Day - Heroes Day
School fields and playgrounds
You can help keep students and staff safe, and our school open. Please:
* Enter campus at designated entry points (at the office) for check in, hand sanitizing and health screenings, even if it’s a longer walk to the front.
* Remember no parents on campus after students are checked in
* Remind your neighbors that school fields are closed during school days
For everyone’s safety - especially during COVID - we need to keep our schools secure. Thanks in advance for your understanding and help with this.
Board meeting preview: March 4
The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, March 4. Some of the meeting topics include: Updates on Spring CAASPP Assessment, Summer 2021 Program Options, 2019-2020 Financial Audit Report, Strategic Plan Update and the 2021-2022 District Calendar. Agenda and login information are here. The meeting is also streamed on https://www.youtube.com/mvwsd.
Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday
Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Mar 5 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/mOoiT
Better Together MVWSD presents the Talk: Courageous Conversations about Equity
“COVID-19 and the Lasting Impact on our LatinX Community”
Date: Wednesday, Mar. 10, 6 p.m. on Zoom: http://mvw.sd/LatinX
The Latinx community has been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Join us for a panel discussion with parents and Latinx community leaders about how this has personally affected families and students and how individuals can be true allies to their LatinX neighbors or others who are suffering through this pandemic without perpetuating harmful stereotypes or practices.
Sophie Alcorn, Attorney in Immigration and Nationality Law, Alcorn Immigration Law
Claudia Olaciregui, Principal at Mistral Elementary
Malia Pires, Executive Director, Reach Potential Movement
José Gutiérrez, Former MVWSD Board member
Priscila Bogdanic, School and Community Engagement Facilitator, MVWSD
For more information about how MVWSD is working to support equity in our community, please see https://www.mvwsd.org/BetterTogetherMVWSD.
Parent University: Wellness For All While Experiencing Changes
Date: Wednesday, March 17 at 5:30pm Register here: http://mvw.sd/VbH07
As we prepare for transitions and changes to our routine, join district Health and Wellness Coordinator Karin Jinbo and our partners from CHAC and the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health on a journey of self-awareness as we learn about self regulation, mindfulness and self care activities. Participants will receive activities or strategies to support children with Hybrid Learning and 100% Distance Learning.
Submit your questions before the session here: http://mvw.sd/vCG5V
Substitute teachers and noon duty supervisors needed
MVWSD is seeking substitute teachers. Please consider this flexible, fun, dynamic work that has a big impact on our students!
We have increased the full-day substitute teacher rate from $170 to $220 per day (From March 5 to June 4, 2021) for any substitute who will commit to working daily in the Mountain View Whisman School District. We appreciate your commitment to our students and community, especially in this time of COVID-19.
Requirements to become a substitute teacher:
* A Bachelor’s Degree
* Pass the CBEST test
* Substitute permit or a valid California teaching credential.
* Complete required background check. This can be done by appointment in the MVWSD Human Resources Department.
* A negative tuberculosis test
Interested in a fun and flexible job while connecting with kids? MVWSD is looking for people interested in working a couple hours during lunchtime as noon duty supervisors. We need you to help us provide safe, consistent supervision of students during recess and lunch periods. $22/hour. Please apply here: http://mvw.sd/noon.
Women’s History Month
In the month of March, we are celebrating Women’s History. BetterTogether recognizes the people, movements, and ideas that challenge expectations and gender stereotypes that negatively affect us all. From women’s suffrage to the gender equality movements of modern day, it has become clear that when we all fight gender inequality, we all win. Celebrate this month by having meaningful conversations with your students, your children, and your fellow s(heroes). In addition to the infographic, this month we will also be highlighting amazing women from our organization and learning about the s(heroes) that have inspired their own commitment to gender equality.
For a closer look at this month’s infographic, click on the attached flyers or visit https://www.mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD.
MVEF Virtual Gala - March 6, 2021 - Get your Tickets Today!
While we are not able to gather in person, we hope you will join us for a lively evening of trivia, toasts to our teachers, and fundraising for our schools. Now more than ever, the programs funded by your donations to MVEF help to create a well-rounded education for our children that includes art, music, technology, and science exploration. A significant portion of MVEF funding this year is being directed to support distance learning. All funds raised from the Gala help us meet our goal of raising $800,000 this school year. Help us to support every child at every school in the Mountain View Whisman School District!
You may join us for only the trivia OR enjoy the addition of appetizers and drinks (wine or cocktails) delivered to your home. Food and drink delivery is only available to Mountain View, Los Altos, Sunnyvale and Palo Alto.
Reservations for food and drink deliveries MUST be made before Friday, February 26th. Ticket sales for trivia close Wednesday, March 3.
We also have a raffle going on if you would like to take your chance at one of 4 great prizes! The winners will be drawn at the gala, but you need not be present to win. Ticket Prices 1 ticket: $5, 5 tickets: $20, 20 tickets: $60
To buy tickets please send email: firstname.lastname@example.org
InPlay’s summer program search guide
Looking for summer fun and out-of-school opportunities? MVWSD partners with nonprofit InPlay to help you find the perfect fit for your child and for your family. Hundreds of programs, including FREE and reduced cost and those that serve students with special needs or English learners, are nearby and can be found through this free searchable site. Check it out at mv.inplay.org.
March Wellness Series for Educators and Families
Educators and families are invited to attend the free 2021 Wellness Together Spring Event Series, hosted by Wellness Together School Mental Health and the California Department of Education. Webinars will take place on Thursdays in March, and include topics such as social media usage, building emotional resilience, and parenting. For more information and registration, head to https://www.wellnesstogether.org/blogs/news/2021-wellness-together-spring-event-series?mc_cid=1cd9799b03&mc_eid=cd01a465eb.
March 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 email@example.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
March 9 Parent Chat, 10 am - Support for parents of teens with mental health challenges. A great place for help and support for challenges with your teens. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for Google Meet invite.
March 10, Morning Let’s Talk 10 am- IEP/504 support group. Have questions about the process to get help for your child? Have an IEP but are not sure how to make changes? Need to vent? This is your confidential group. Please contact email@example.com
Parenting Program: Developing Social Skills in Children While Social Distancing
The MV Public Library will be hosting a free parenting workshop on Wednesday, March 10 from 7-8pm. Join Susan Stone of Parents Place to learn about developing social skills in PreK and elementary school students while social distancing. Register in advance at: https://mountainview.libcal.com/
K-8 Virtual Career Fair with SCCOE
The SCCOE K-8 Virtual Career Fair is being held Thursday, March 11 from 1-3p.m. The event theme is Connecting Passions to Careers and will feature guest speakers from various fields and industries, who will encourage students to follow their passions and dream big. The career fair is a part of the Silicon Valley Reads community engagement initiative. More information and registration is at: http://bit.ly/careerfair2021reg
Spanish Storytime at Mountain View Public Library
The Mountain View Public Library will be hosting a virtual Spanish-only Storytime on Tuesdays from March 16 - April 20 from 10:00-10:30am. The program (for 3-5 year olds) will include stories, fingerplays, music and more. Zoom registration is at: mountainview.libcal.com/event/7550162
March 11: Day #1 PTA materials distribution 3 - 5pm
March 12: Day #2 PTA materials distribution 3 - 5pm