Quetzal News

November 2, 2022

From Ms. O's Desk

Dear Quetzal Families,

Claudia Olaciregui, Principal

Mistral Annual Walkathon is Coming on Friday November 4, 2022

Exciting news about this year's walkathon!

We have 4 new vendors who will be selling homemade Mexican food favorites from one of our own Mistral families and delicious pupusas from a former Mistral mom and her team. Also brand new this year! Our local Baskin Robbins will be selling ice cream. The owner proudly helps several school fundraisers and we are thrilled that he is joining the Walkathon vendor team. Another first is a cotton candy machine. Another Mistral family is contributing their candy making machine and lots of sweet fluffiness to support our school. All of these vendors are donating a percentage of their sales to Mistral. We hope all these wonderful vendors will return for many years to come.

Please bring your friends, families and big appetites! Cash is preferred when buying tickets.

Many thanks to our local stores: Trader Joe's is donating $50, Andronico's is donating $50 and Nob Hill is donating $25. Also many Mistral families are also donating food and accessories. A big thank you to everyone!

Don't forget to sign your child's permission slip!

Thanks so much for all your help with this year's Walkathon!


November 4

  • End of 1st Trimester- Minimum Day Dismissal at 12:10pm
November 4
  • Walkathon 12:15 - 3:45
@ Mistral/Castro Field

November 11

  • Veterans Day - No School
November 21 - 25
  • Thanksgiving Holiday - No School


The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m.

Some of the meeting topics include:

* Safety Update and Emergency Service Providers Overview

* Enrollment Update

* CAASPP Assessment Data

For meeting details and agenda, please click here: https://www.mvwsd.org/trustees.

Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday, Nov. 4

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Nov. 4 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/CC11422.

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.

Drafts available: Single Plan for Student Achievement

Each year, our schools create Single Plans for Student Achievement (SPSAs or “site plans”) that guide the work for the coming year. These plans help us prioritize programs and strategies that will best serve our students. In the fall, elected parent representatives from School Site Councils and English Language Advisory Committees work with principals and school staff members to create a draft that is reviewed and approved by the MVWSD Board of Trustees. Parents and staff members may give feedback through Nov. 7 to their principal and elected parent representatives to SSC and ELAC. You may review the draft plans here.

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.

The MVEF Phonathon is coming up... Save a call by donating today!

In early December, MVEF volunteers will be reaching out by phone to remind MVWSD families who haven't donated yet how important their donations are to MVWSD students each year, and to ask for donations to support the current year. Will you save us all a call by donating this week?

Most MVEF funding comes from donations from families like yours. Donations of any amount help MVEF enrich education for every MVWSD student. Make a difference, save us all a call, and donate today at mvef.org/donate. Thank you for your support of MVEF in the past, present, and future!

Health and Wellness: Parenting Tip

In honor of National ADHD Awareness Month, we must understand and bond with our children to maintain a close connection with them. However, it may be difficult for us to know the intent behind our hyperactive child’s words and actions. Initially, it may feel like a whirlwind, but we are a part of our child’s treatment.

Here are some signs that your child may have ADHD:

  1. Inattentiveness. Your child may have trouble listening, paying attention, organizing, and remembering things. They may also be unable to follow directions, get distracted, and have low effort in their schoolwork.

  2. Hyperactivity. Your child may constantly be in motion (e.g., fidgeting) and unable to sit still. They may jump, climb, and play when it’s time to be quiet. They may also rush instead of taking their time, making careless mistakes.

  3. Impulsive. Your child may interrupt and yell out. They may do things without thinking and do things they know they shouldn’t do (i.e., lacking self-control and losing their temper). They may also struggle with sharing, taking turns, and waiting.

These behaviors may seem like the child is “just misbehaving,” leaving us very stressed and frustrated. But identifying the signs of ADHD is the first step to understanding our child.

These tips came directly from the free, online website of Nemours Children’s Health, reviewed by Dr. Hasan, MD.

To learn more parenting tips click here.

MVLA Parent Ed: Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth: In Our Families, Our Friendships, and Our Community

Join us for a discussion with LGBTQ+ author Kristin Russo on Thursday, November 10, 2022 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm (LAHS Eagle Theater) on supporting and mentoring LGBTQ+ young people in families, communities, and at school. During our event, Kristin will walk us through some terms and concepts developed in her book This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids, and through My Kid is Gay, a first-of-its-kind digital presence, inclusive of videos, advice, and resources, dedicated toward helping parents and allies understand Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual children and teenagers. Register for this free event here.

Thank you to those who attended our recent event, "Friendship in an Age of Loneliness" with Adam "Smiley" Poswolsky. For those who were unable to attend or would like to view it again, here is the link.