Quetzal News

Gabriela Mistral's News March 17, 2021

Ms. O's Message

Dear Quetzal Families,

May the luck of the Irish be with all of us! Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Although this is a religious feast day, many people around the world and in the United States like to celebrate Saint Patty! This year it happens to fall one day before our Return to Learn! Definitely a lucky charm for our back to school journey! At Mistral, our staff is very excited and happy to see our students return to school. We are equally excited to continue providing top of the line distance learning instruction to our amazing students who will continue joining us via Zoom.

As we transition into this new model, I want to remind you that tomorrow we have an asynchronous day for students who will continue learning from home (Zoomies). On Friday, our teachers will be able to combine both groups (Roomies and Zoomies) back to the class.

A few important reminders for tomorrow:

  • Fill out your OKtoReopen Screening form that you will receive via email or text. This form needs to be completed by 7:45am.

  • Please arrive on time (8:20am) and remember to stay in the car while your child gets out.

  • Your child (Kindergarten thru Second grade) does not need to bring their Chromebook to school. We will provide one for our students.

  • Please send your child with a backpack, a mask, and their headphones.

  • All staff on campus MUST wear masks at all times; maintain social distancing; and wash their hands often.

  • No visitors allowed on campus unless you have an appointment.

  • If your child will walk or bike to school, please send an email to his/her teacher to let her know.

Please go over the following Return to Learn documents:

Have a fantastic evening! I look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Claudia Olaciregui, Principal

Upcoming Events

March 18, 2021

  • K, 1st and 2nd Grade " Roomies" - Return to Campus
  • K, 1st and 2nd Grade "Zoomies" - Asynchronous Day
  • 3rd - 5th Grade - Continued Distance Learning

March 19, 2021

  • Read-a-thon Day

March 26, 2021

  • School Spirit Day - Heroes Day

March 29, 2021

  • 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade " Roomies" - Return to Campus
  • 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade "Zoomies" - Asynchronous Day

District News

Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, March 19 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish interpretation is provided. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/8rOES

Board meeting preview: March 18

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, March 18. Some of the meeting topics include updates on: Strategic Plan, Wellness and the Monta Loma Work Group. Agenda and login information are here. The meeting is also streamed on https://www.youtube.com/mvwsd.

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

Registration Open for Afterschool/Care Programs

The District’s partners who provide parent-paid afterschool care and distance learning support are opening registration for the rest of this school year.

Afterschool care

Right at School has opened registration for their afterschool programs and asynchronous support on Wednesdays. Please follow the links below to access programs for each school site, including asynchronous support on Wednesdays located at Crittenden.









Monta Loma

YMCA is also providing aftercare at school sites. Contact Ecafterschool@ymcasv.org for more information and availability.

In case you missed it: Better Together MVWSD Latinx Community event recording available

Last Wednesday, Better Together MVWSD presented the Talk: Courageous Conversations about Equity: “COVID-19 and the Lasting Impact on our LatinX Community” with a fantastic group of panelists from our Mountain View Latinx community. If you missed it, recordings of this event are available! Find the English recording at https://vimeo.com/522444450 and the Spanish at https://vimeo.com/522351281. For more information about the panelists and past Better Together events, head to https://www.mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD.

MVWSD is on Instagram!

Follow us on Instagram @mvw.sd to stay connected and updated with all that is going on in the district!

MVWSD seeks parents & staff members for Health and Wellness Committee

Committee and task force members lend perspective and expertise to important district work that benefits our students. Please consider serving on the Health and Wellness Committee. Applications are due by March 24 and found here: http://mvw.sd/health. More information is at https://www.mvwsd.org/about/committees.

Health and Wellness Committee: Task: To align District efforts to support student wellness through health education, physical education and activity, health services, nutrition services, psychological and counseling services, and a safe and healthy school environment.

Interested applicants would have some experience, knowledge, or interest in the content as described above. We are seeking at least 1 parent and 1 certificated representative per school site and 3 community-based organization representatives.

Time commitment is approximately one meeting a month during the school year, beginning in April, but is dependent on the work. Meetings are online during the 2020-21 school year.

Your Donations to MVEF at Work!

MVEF is proud to fund both (New!) sessions of the Rhythm and Moves Optional fitness classes at the elementary schools. We are also funding CSMA music and art, TechSmart, Living Classroom, and environmental education programs at the elementary level.

MVEF funds the Middle School Elective wheel including apps, music books, art supplies, robotics and TechSmart at both of the middle schools.

Thank you to all our Mountain View Educational Foundation donors for your support during this school year of remote learning! If you haven't donated yet this year, there is still time to donate to support the MVWSD schools right now. https://www.mvef.org/donate

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.

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.

Wolves of Yellowstone: Mountain View Public Library Event on Mar. 18

Join the Mountain View Public Library for a free Zoom talk on March 18th from 4:00 - 4:45 pm with wolf expert and author Rick McIntyre to learn about these mysterious creatures. For children ages 7-12, and registration is required at https://mountainview.libcal.com/event/7370162.

Groups for Spanish Speaking Parents

CHAC is offering two groups for Spanish Speaking Parents: one is a support group for women (Thursdays, 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.) and the other is a parenting class (Mondays, 6:30 to 8 p.m). Both groups are free, and take place over Zoom. See attached flyers for registration information.

CAC Parent Education Event - Mental Health for the Whole Family - with Thierry Kolpin, Ph.D Wednesday. March 31, 7PM - 8:30 PM.

Join us for a much needed discussion of mental health and mindfulness for the whole family. After the year we’ve all experienced, we all need to learn techniques to evaluate and improve our mental health and that of our families. Professor Thierry Kolpin of Brandman University will discuss the challenges we are facing and how every member of the family can improve their mental health. Special attention will be paid to the additional challenges in families of students with learning challenges. Prof. Kolpin is an Assoc. Professor at Brandman University and specializes in school counseling and mindfulness in counseling. Email selpa1cacinfo@gmail.com for the link to the event.

*presentation at event will be recorded and available at www.selpa1cac.org, Q&A will not be recorded to protect personal information

PTA News

The Mistral Read-a-thon is happening now until March 26! Be sure to log your child’s minutes on Friday evening at https://mistral-pta.org/2021-read-a-thon-lectura-ton/.

If you did not pick up your child’s read-a-thon t-shirt or if the shirt was not the right size for your child, please email mistralptaevents@gmail.com by Wednesday, March 24, with your child’s name, grade, and requested shirt size.