November 10, 2022
From Ms. O's Desk
Dear Quetzal Families,
Tomorrow we celebrate Veterans Day! It is a very important day for us to honor, celebrate and be grateful to all of our Veterans who who have served our nation and ensured we are safe in this amazing country. This is a great opportunity to talk to your children about their service and being grateful to them, as it aligns with our value of the month: gratitude. Let's remember what Wallace Bruce said, "Who kept the faith and fought the fight; the glory theirs, the duty ours."
Next week, at Mistral, we ALL unite against hate! At school, we will have different activities throughout the week to show our support and be models of acceptance of our differences and celebrate the joy of diversity!
Beginning next week, our students and staff will work with Sown to Grow as a partner to help support the social, emotional, and academic growth of our students. Sown to Grow is a student goal-setting and reflection platform that empowers learners while building critical emotional and academic skills. Each week, students check-in on how they are feeling and reflect on the strategies that are working best for them (or new ones to try). Check-ins start with a focus on emotional wellbeing, and expand to social-emotional skills and academic goal-setting over time. Teachers, principals, and counselors see real-time reporting on students’ emotions and can proactively reach out to support student needs.
This platform serves thousands of students and teachers nationally, and is funded by the US Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and Digital Promise (a national nonprofit focused on impact and innovation in schools).
Thank you to all of our PTA members and parents for helping out with the Walkathon, and for making it a great event. I really enjoyed it! If you haven't done so yet, please send your pledges to our PTA.
Remember to join us at our next Parent University this coming Tuesday, November 15. It was great to see so many parents last week.
I hope you all have a lovely long weekend!
Claudia Olaciregui, Principal
Parent U Extension Series: Reclassification & ELPAC Workshop
Date and Time: 11/15 6-7:30pm
Location: Multipurpose Room (MUR)
If you have a child that needs to reclassify, or if you are interested in learning about Reclassification and ELPAC test, come join us to learn all about it with Castro Teacher's Couch Brenda Jarillo. She will be explaining the reclassification process, will be talking about the importance of the ELPAC test for reclassification, and sharing strategies to help your child at home to be ready for the ELPAC test. We look forward to a night where we can connect and learn together!
- Veterans Day - No School
- Parent U Extension Series: Reclassification & ELPAC Workshop @ 6pm in CA/MI MUR
- Thanksgiving Holiday - No School
Parent University Speaker Series: Accessing Your Child’s CAASPP and i-Ready Scores
Date and Time: November 28, 2022, 6-7pm Registration Link: http://mvw.sd/pu112822
Come and learn how to see your child’s score reports online for the state CAASPP (end of year Math and ELA exams) and for the district i-Ready diagnostic assessments.
To submit questions prior to the event, go to mvw.sd/questions. We will do our best to address your question during the session.
Reminder: No school on Friday, Nov. 11
There is no school for students and staff on Friday, Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans’ Day. We honor the men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces.
i-Ready Diagnostic 2 Test Scores
Students will take the i-Ready Math and Reading Diagnostic 2 during the week of November 14 - 18. i-Ready is an online program that helps us determine your child’s strengths and areas for growth in mathematics and reading. Families can access their student’s i-Ready Reading and Mathematics score through their Powerschool Parent Portal starting December 2, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. Reports are available on the PowerSchool Parent Portal at https://ps.mvwsd.org/public/ under “Parent Reports” for each of your students.
Cafecito con el Superintendente
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 5:30 – 6 pm
This is an informal meeting for Spanish-speaking parents. Translation will be provided. Please register in advance for this meeting by clicking here: http://mvw.sd/CF11922.
Better Together Infographic: November
Running from November 1st and November 2nd, Día de los Muertos is this indigenous holiday that originated in southern Mexico and celebrates the remembrance of family members and friends who have died. November also marks the recognition of Native American History month and #BetterTogether's exploration of self-expression. What does it mean to find your voice? How can we uplift the voices of others? Please see the attached flyers or visit http://mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD.
Parent U SEL Recording Available
In case you missed it, recordings of the most recent Parent University event, “Social Emotional Learning at School and Home,” are available. English (https://vimeo.com/765795126) and Spanish (https://vimeo.com/765899241). Find recordings of past Parent U presentations at https://www.mvwsd.org/parentu.
Available now: Updated COVID boosters for ages 5+
The updated COVID-19 booster is now available for everyone ages 5+! #GetBoosted to keep yourself and your family safer with the most protective doses yet. Find updated boosters for ages 5+ at http://www.sccfreevax.org, your pharmacy, or healthcare provider.
It’s “Giving Day Season!”
If your company offers a "giving day" or a special matching program, please let MVEF know and also tell your co-workers that there is a non-profit organization directly supporting the K-8 public schools in Mountain View: MVEF! For more information about what MVEF funds, please click here. To donate directly to MVEF: http://mvef.org/donate
With Google’s upcoming end-of-year Benevity campaign, Google employees can donate an additional $400 to the non-profit of their choice using the special Google voucher between November 7 - 18. Please encourage your Google co-workers to support local public education by donating their voucher to MVEF!
November CAC Events
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or check out www.selpa1cac.org
We encourage families to learn about the sensory needs all children: Try a Sensory Diet
Morning Let’s Talk
November 9, 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. Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcvcOqtpzgvEteglY5Hdq-_1702gguhfbq9
Missed our Parent Education event in October?
Our event with Dr. Leena Khanzode on anxiety and depression in children with learning challenges and how these conditions can look different and need a different approach was a great presentation - and it’s up on our Youtube Channel! Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEcr10eQoic
The View Teen Center: November events
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. The center is open Monday through Friday: 3:30 - 7 p.m. and Saturday: 1 - 6 p.m, and features a game room, makerspace, kitchen, computer/study room, outdoor area, and much more! See attached flyer for details about upcoming November events and programs or visit their webpage for more information.
CSA Holiday Sharing Program
Community Services Agency (CSA) is seeking donations of gift cards for their Holiday Sharing Program, to be held December 9-10 and 16-17. This program provides Safeway and Target gift cards to community members in need so they can purchase what they most need to have a joyful holiday season. Last year, CSA served over 3,500 people. You can make a donation online or drop gift cards off at the office during business hours: 204 Stierlin Rd, Mountain View, CA 94043.
To find out if you qualify to receive gift cards, please call CSA during business hours: 650-968-0836. The receptionist speaks English and Spanish. If no one is available to take your call, please leave a message and you will be called back.