Mistral Essentials - May 20, 2020

A Note from the Principal

Dear Families,

We have some important dates coming up!

Monday, June 1 - Principal’s Coffee. We will talk about LCAP survey results, highlighting this year’s successes and areas for growth. You will hear from a special guest who will talk with us about solar panel installation in our District.

Friday, June 5 - SSC/ELAC. We will wrap up the year with LCAP survey results and a discussion around next year’s site plan.

In other news, I’m excited for you all to “attend” our virtual graduation soon! It has also been so inspiring to see our community come together to set up a food pantry serving Mistral, Castro, and Latham Preschool families. Our thanks also go to MVEF for additional funding to support our efforts during the quarantine!

Warm regards,

Principal Miller

Upcoming Events/Important deadlines

  • Monday, May 25th: NO SCHOOL (Memorial day)
  • Monday, June 1st: Virtual principal coffee
  • Friday, June 5th: ELAC/SSC Meeting
  • Friday, June 5th: Last day of School
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Students of the week


  • Gael: Gael demonstrates a very happy go lucky attitude that makes it very easy to build friendships with other students. He enjoys working in small groups and always wants to help others.
  • Dora: This week, we are celebrating Dora! Dora likes reading books, writing her own stories, and making art. I am so proud that Dora does a little bit of math, reading, and writing everyday! She is keeping her skills strong.
  • Andrea: Andrea is the student this week for her love of learning. Andrea puts a lot of effort in her reading, math and homework.

1st grade

  • Lily: Lily is a very talented student. She is happiest when she has a good book and a peaceful place to read it or when she is working in the garden. During this distant learning period she has discovered the joy of using online editors to communicate and embellish her online writing.
  • Elias: He is doing his google classroom assignments, created a chess group and is organizing play dates with his classmates. He loves writing in lined paper.
  • Penelope: My name is Penelope. I like playing basketball with my dad and my brother. My brother is named Felix. He is two years older than me. My favorite color is red. My favorite food is pasta. My favorite dessert is ice cream sandwiches. I travelled across the country in the RV to be closer to my family. My mom and me love to do art together. One of my favorite activities is to do art and make stuff.

2nd Grade

  • Darragh: Darragh is a student who always appears excited and full of energy. He likes to exercise and he says that he has a bar at home where he does pull ups. As we carry on with the distance learning plan, he continues to stay motivated on completing his class assignments, and he regularly participates in our Zoom meetings. Keep up the good work, Darragh!
  • Alexandra & Melissa: The students of the week for room 13 are Alex C. and Melissa Both students challenged themselves this week to complete both writing assignments. They have also been doing a great job participating in Distance Learning!
  • Bleysyka: Bleysyka is a wonderful student who enjoys participating in all our class meetings. She works diligently to complete her assignments. Congratulations Bleysyka!

3rd Grade

  • Axel: Axel has shown determination and responsibility by attending all our zoom sessions. He is always ready to learn and loves to share with his classmates. Axel has also worked very hard to finish lessons on IReady reading. Learn more about Axel in this photo.
  • Stella: Stella has been working extremely well. She always shows respect to her teachers and classmates. Stella always comes to Zoom classes prepared and enthusiastic. Stella is very careful when turning in her work; she checks her work before turning it in. When she has questions, she is not afraid to ask them and this helps her understand better and do a better job. I'm very proud of her.
  • David: He has been working diligently from the very first week we left school. He has stayed in touch with his classmates and writes kind comments on their posts on Seesaw. He completes his work and participates in our class meeting, all while being creative and sometimes silly. See his presentation here.

4th grade

  • Julia: Julia has been working so hard to complete all of her assignments on time! She has been staying positive and participating well in all English & Spanish lessons! She is always kind and friendly to all of her classmates in our meetings. We are so proud of her independence and her constant focus on doing her best work!
  • Eli: Eli has been a wonderful example of what it means to participate, work hard, and show a positive attitude! He is always a smiling, happy presence in all of our meetings and small-group lessons. He shows genuine care for his learning, as well as for his classmates. We are so proud of his growth, both in recent weeks and throughout all of 4th grade!

5th Grade

  • Daysi: Daysi is a great role model for our 5th grade community because she has been able to make the best of this Distance Learning experience, which has been hard on everyone. She has been able to move forward with her learning and leave the difficulties of not being in the classroom behind. She is a resilient student who is progressing toward her goal of being ready for middle school next year. Great job, Daysi! Click here to learn more about Daysi.
  • Maya: I am really proud of Maya. She is not only a very responsible and hard-working student, she pushes herself to think outside the box. In fifth grade, she has taken the initiative to develop her leadership traits. She has applied her problem-solving skills and creativity to propose innovative solutions to relevant issues affecting our school community. During Distance learning, I taught students to create their own webpages; Maya applied what she learned to create with her brother, a M-Squad, a website to schedule meetings to do math with her classmates, specially with those who might need more help. It is extremely rewarding to see how our Quetzales take the initiative to use knowledge and abilities to support their school community. We need more leaders like Maya in this world! Learn more about Maya, here. This is a presentation of her website.

STEAM Kinder-2nd Grade

  • Oscar: The scientist of the week in STEAM K-2 is Oscar, a first grade student in the classroom of maestra Carmen García. The first graders students have been working on biomimicry, which is learning from nature and designing tools to improve our lives. Oscar was inspired by geckos and designed gloves that can help us climb buildings like them. Watch Oscar's video. Excellent biomimicry scientific work Oscar!


  • Erandi: The scientist of the week for 3rd-5th grade is Erandi in 3rd grade. Erandi has been doing an excellent job keeping up with STEAM assignments from home. He has shown a lot of perseverance and dedication, and is setting a great example for his classmates. Click here for video:

Mr. Eb's Resource Corner

Mistral Library Books

There will be a drop box to support the books returned

May 28 & 29. June 1& 2.

11:30-1 (during lunch)

Students may hand over their books as they drive through to pick up lunch - Ms. Love will be there to facilitate the drop off. There may be other methods for dropping off the books - no problem. Ms. Love will be there to help.

High Fives!

  • Parent Peggy Prendergast would like to thank the 5th grade teachers: Both Maestras went above and beyond their teaching responsibilities. They answered immediately our concerns and made themselves available instanteously. As a parent, it is clear they have a genuine interest in our students that extends beyond their daily duties. Thank you for all you do and to all the other maestras y maestros igualmente.

District News

Coffees with the Superintendent

Check this webpage for events in which we can connect on topics that are important to students’ education. Here are two that are upcoming:

Check in with the Superintendent

Friday, May 22, 3:30 pm

Register in advance for this meeting by clicking here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Cafecito con el Superintendente

These are informal meetings for Spanish-speaking parents. Translation will be provided.

Wednesday, May 20, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Register in advance for this meeting by clicking here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


The Santa Clara County Office of Education has developed a Parent Support Webinar series just for parents who have questions on how they can support their kids with learning.

Free Parent Support Webinar series:
May 21 Episode 3: Writing Development Support
May 28 Episode 4: Academic Content Support

Audience: Parents & Educators
Dates: Thursdays in May 2020
Time: 1-1:30 PM, PST
Join Live: bit.ly/sccoeparents
Cost: Free

SCCOE Announces New Online Portal for Essential Workers to Access Childcare

Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) in partnership with county and city leaders, community organizations and agencies throughout Santa Clara County has announced a new online portal to provide essential workers, as defined by the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health, access to childcare during the shelter-in-place order.

In addition to this childcare resource, we have a list of resources for families developed by our School Community Engagement Facilitators. Sheltering in place and not being in our regular routines of work and school can be hard on our emotional and mental health, in addition to making access to meals, rent payments and other typical activities more difficult. Click here for info about help with meals, rent, legal issues, emotional support and more.

Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when schools are closed because of the coronavirus emergency.

Families will get up to $365 per eligible child on their P-EBT card to use on food and groceries. Families with children who get CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply. Most will get their P-EBT card in the mail during the month of May. P-EBT cards will begin arriving sometime this month


Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and who do not get their P-EBT card in the mail, must apply online before June 30, 2020. The online application will launch in late May. https://www.cdss.ca.gov/home/pandemic-ebt

SELPA Events

Special Education Meetings and Support Zooms for May and June


5/20 Decoding Dyslexia will be having a support group on May 20 in the

evening. For more details, email selpa1cacinfo@gmail.com or


5/26 SELPA 1 CAC is hosting a "Let's Talk IEP/504 Support Group" via

Zoom on Tuesday, May 26 at 6 PM. If you are interested in attending,

please email selpa1cacinfo@gmail.com for the link and password.

Remember, this is a confidential support group to help each other!

6/1 SELPA 1 CAC is having a general meeting to hold our elections,

discuss ongoing distance learning challenges and plan future parent

education events. Meeting will be via Zoom at 9 am on Monday June 1.

Email selpa1cacinfo@gmail.com for more information, link and password

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.