Quetzal News

Gabriela Mistral's News May 12, 2021

Ms. O's Message

Dear Quetzal Families,

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week. I want to tell you that here at Gabriela Mistral, our staff has been very happy with all the flowers, messages and gifts that our students and families have brought this week as a gesture of appreciation to our teachers and school team. They have made us feel highly appreciated and valued. Many thanks! I take this opportunity to thank you for trusting us and supporting us during this educational journey this school year.

As you know, this week we are finishing up the reading tests on the iReady platform. We are excited to see the progress of our students this year. Next week we will do math. Please remind your children to go to bed early, have a good breakfast, and do their best during the test. For those at home, it is very important that our students work independently in iReady.

As the end of the year approaches, I wanted to share with you that the third quarter ends on May 28th and the last day of school is June 4th. We will also celebrate Memorial Day on May 31st. This day will be a holiday. I hope you plan to rest, spend it together as a family and remember all those people who sacrificed their lives for our country.

Making Asynchronous Days Easier

Positive Opposite is a technique that you can use to reduce unwanted behaviors (e.g., playing video games non-stop, bothering you during your work time). A positive opposite is the opposite of the unwanted behavior - one that you want to see.

To use this technique:


  1. A behavior that you want to change may be your child playing games instead of completing their asynchronous work.

  2. The positive opposite would be your child working on their asynchronous assignments.

  3. Praise your child whenever they work during the asynchronous days.

Make sure to pay close attention to these positive behaviors as it can be easy to spot the negative behavior and ignore the positive.

I hope you have a great rest of the week. Stay safe!

Claudia Olaciregui, Principal

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Upcoming Events

May 18, 2021

May 20, 2021

May 21, 2021

  • Spirit Day - Dress to impress

May 28, 2021

  • End of TRI3 - Minimum day

May 31, 2021

  • Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

June 3, 2021

  • 5th Grade Ceremony via zoom (10-11am)
    Asynchronous day for 5th graders
    3:30-4:30pm Car Drive for Ms. Venell
    4:30-5:30pm Car Drive for Mrs. Ohlfs

June 4,2021

  • LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - Minimum Day

District News

Castro/Mistral lighting meeting
Thursday, May 13 at at 4 p.m. at Zoom: http://mvw.sd/lighting4

Join us at a community meeting to hear more about potential new lighting on campus to improve safety as part of Measure T. New lights and/or bollard style light posts to illuminate pedestrians’ path of travel between campus and parking lots is an important safety measure for staff members and guests using the campus in the evenings and winter late afternoons.

Cafecito con el Superintendente on May 12
Please join us for an informal meeting for Spanish-speaking parents on Wednesday, May 12, 5:30 p.m. Interpretation will be provided.

Please register in advance for this meeting here: http://mvw.sd/Os51y. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

MV Parent University: Preparing for High School

Date: May 19, 2021, 5:30 p.m. Registration Link: http://mvw.sd/osiVT

Is there a rising high school freshman in your home? Do you want to learn a bit more about the habits, traits, and skills students should develop to be ready for high school? Join us at our final Parent University session of the year as we meet members of staff and students at the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District to hear them talk about this ever-important topic!

To submit questions prior to the event, please click here. We will do our best to address your question during the session.

And if you missed any of our content this year, have no fear: www.mvwsd.org/parentu has recordings of all of our Parent University sessions this year!

Better Together #MVWSD: Prioritizing Mental Health

This month's #BetterTogether infographic features tools and resources to help all those who work, learn, and partner with MVWSD to prioritize mental health and wellness. No one ever needs to be alone in their struggles. Together we can prioritize mental health and wellness. Click here to view this month’s calendar or visit https://www/mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD

Mental Health Month Tools2Thrive: Connections, routines and self care
We are at the halfway point in our Mental Health Awareness Month. So far we have learned about #Tools2Thrive and pledged to be #StigmaFree. It also is true that connections and the people around us can affect our overall mental health. It’s important to make connections with other people that help enrich our lives and get us through tough times, but it’s equally important to recognize when certain people and situations in life can trigger us to feel bad or engage in destructive behaviors. Identifying the toxic influences in our lives and taking steps to create a new life without them can improve mental and physical health over time. And we know that work, paying bills, cleaning, getting enough sleep, and taking care of children are just some of the things we do each day - and it is easy to be overwhelmed. By creating routines, we can organize our days in such a way that taking care of tasks and ourselves becomes a pattern that makes it easier to get things done without having to think hard about them. In other words, building good habits to care for ourselves, care for others, and care for our environment is a #Tool2Thrive.

Share your #Tool2Thrive gifts with others by printing and using the “Take What You Need” poster.

COVID testing available for students and families

Regular, asymptomatic COVID testing for students is not required at this time however, parents may want to have students tested, especially after travel, to ensure that they are not carrying the COVID-19 virus.

Free, asymptomatic testing is available for students and parents at:

* El Camino Hospital or MV Center for Performing Arts. Dates: Ongoing. Schedule through El Camino Health

* Graham Middle School. Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at Graham MUR (Register here). You also may schedule an appointment by calling 650-940-7022 and use option 4. Please mention you are with the Mountain View Whisman School District when calling.

If your child has symptoms of COVID or has had a known exposure to someone who may have COVID, please contact your child's pediatrician for testing information. If you do not have a health care provider, make a symptomatic testing appointment with a county provider here: https://scl.fulgentgenetics.com/appointment/screen/landing.

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.

District Chess Tournament Registration Open

Registration is now open for the 18th Annual MVWSD Interscholastic Chess Tournament, to be held online again due to COVID-19 on Sunday, May 16, from 12:00 to 5:00. The registration form and complete instructions can be found at tinyurl.com/mvwsdchess, and the deadline is May 14. Any questions can be sent to Mark Ruzon, tournament director, at mvwsdchess@gmail.com.

Unlocking Our Inner Strengths with CHAC: Registration for free May events available

CHAC has opened registration for their free virtual workshops in May, which focus on unlocking our inner strengths and supporting mental wellness. You are welcome to join for any or all events. Events will be held from 6:30 to 7:30pm, with optional 30-minute Q&A from 7:30 to 8pm.

May 12: Self-Empowerment Through Expression: The Crucial Role of Mental Wellness in Motivating Tomorrow’s Leaders

May 19: Parenting Teens Doesn’t Have to be Painful!

May 26: Self-Care & Support Across Diverse Communities

For more information about each session and to register in advance, head to: https://funraise.org/give/Community-Health-Awareness-Council/a25a1482-56ef-448d-80f1-c36132be901c/.

El Camino Health Community COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

El Camino Health is continuing to administer free COVID-19 vaccines – by appointment – for those aged 16 and up who live or work in Santa Clara County. Vaccines are administered at El Camino Health’s Sunnyvale Clinic Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Visit elcaminohealth.org/schedulevax to make an appointment.

See attached flier for information and scheduling assistance available in Spanish and Mandarin. If you need assistance scheduling an appointment online, please call 408-871-7460, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The County of Santa Clara announced that most County Health System vaccination sites will accept drop-ins for COVID-19 vaccines. Same-day appointments and some drop-in locations across the county are available at sccfreevax.org.

MVEF is hiring: Content Writer

Mountain View Educational Foundation is Hiring a Content Writer to Help MVEF foster growth, optimize outreach, reach a wider audience, persuade the reader, and inspire action through the power of the written word.

Can you get people excited about the work that MVEF is doing? Do you write compelling, engaging and meaningful content in a concise newsletter, post web page or direct mail? Are you a superb storyteller that can capture people’s hearts and communicate the data? Is your style personable, specific, and easy to read?

MVEF needs a writer with these skills to enhance communication, marketing, and fundraising letter solicitations. The ideal candidate will help MVEF communicate with donors and parents, meet current fundraising goals, find new funding, spread awareness, and help donors understand the full impact of their donation.

This is a flexible, part time position. We need you to write Bi-monthly (sometimes monthly) updates for newsletters, website, and/or social media to keep supporters, donors, and volunteers educated about the impact on the community. We also need help with back to school marketing presentations and fundraising letters for all levels of donations.

Please send questions, email and/or resume to contact@mvef.org

Free, Accessible Transportation to Vaccination Appointments.

Do you have neighbors who would like to be vaccinated but

don't have transportation? The County and VTA launched a new service to transport patients to their vaccine appointments. This service is - Door to door - Free - Accessible - Available 7 days per week Call the Working Partnerships CAN-19 resource hotline at 408-809-2124 to request this service. Call at least 48 hours prior to your vaccine appointment. Vaccine information is here. https://covid19.sccgov.org/covid-19-vaccine-information