October 8, 2021
From Ms. O's Desk
Dear Quetzal Parents and Guardians,
The core value for this month at Gabriela Mistral is respect. Like Jenny Garrett says, “respect is earned, not given.” As adults and models for our students, providing examples of how we treat
others is critical. Help us at home practice respectful phrases such as:
“Please”: It might sound basic, but it goes a long way.
“Thank you”: It is the simplest form of appreciation.
“I am proud of you”: Acknowledgement is powerful!
“What do you think?”: Seeking input makes people feel valued.
“It’s your call”: Empowering people fosters trust.
“You are doing great!”: Let people know they make a difference, and they will!
“I trust you”: The best way to cultivate trust is by giving trust.
“I am sorry”: Saying you are sorry is a way to show strength.
“How can I serve you?”: The best way to help others is by asking first.
Next week there will be no school for students on Monday , October 11, and Tuesday, October 12. We look forward to seeing our students back on Wednesday. Please join us at our School Site Council meeting on Tuesday, October 12th at 6pm. We will go over our Single Plan for Students Achievement for this school year. Our school SPSA aligns with our district’s strategic plan as well as the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). Come learn about our schools goals, programs, and strategies based on our data.
Please remember that students' arrival and dismissal entrance is through gates A, B, and C, at the front of our school. Students should not enter Latham's gate (this is for preschool students).
Enjoy a long weekend and stay safe!
Claudia Olaciregui, Principal
Parent University: Supporting Literacy Grades 3-8
Date: October 27, 2021 Time: 5:30-7:00pm
Registration Link: mvw.sd/pu102721
“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body” - Joseph Addison.
Join Instructional Coaches Melanie Stanley, and Katie Stern share creative tips and strategies to better support your child in their literacy skills. By supporting your child’s literacy you can take part in developing their reading ability, comprehension, and language skills. To submit questions prior to the event, go to mvw.sd/questions. We will do our best to address your question during the session.
Note: While this presentation is tailored towards families with children in third grade and above, all are welcome. If you’d like to see a presentation that is aimed more toward families with younger students, check out the recording of last year’s literacy-focused Parent University event.
Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday
Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Oct. 8 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/sZD6Z. To plan ahead, please see this webpage for upcoming meeting dates: https://www.mvwsd.org/about/communications/news___events/connecting_with_the_community. In case you miss it, a video recording will be posted on this webpage.
Free Tdap vaccination clinic for grades 6-8 on Wednesday
Has your middle school student been vaccinated for Tdap? Vaccination for tetanus, diphtheria & pertussis (Tdap) is required by 7th grade in order to attend school.
For the convenience of parents, the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health is hosting a FREE Tdap vaccine event:
Wednesday, Oct. 6
at the Crittenden Middle School multi-use room
The vaccine is available regardless of immigration status. No insurance needed. For more information on immunizations needed for school, please see https://www.shotsforschool.org
Parent University: Supporting Math at Home Grades 3-8
Date and Time: October 13, 2021, 5:30-7:00 p.m. Registration Link: http://mvw.sd/pu101321
Join Principal Heidi Galassi (former math teacher and coach), Instructional Coach Ranen Bhattacharya, and our friends from YUP, the on-demand online math tutoring app, to learn about how you can better support your young mathematicians at home. The math seed you plant now will blossom and help them to succeed in life whatever path they choose!
To submit questions prior to the event, go to http://mvw.sd/questions. We will do our best to address your question during the session.
Note: While the title indicates that this will focus on students in grades 3-8, everyone is welcome to attend. Please also check out last year’s math-related Parent University event, which focused more on supporting the lower grades: Video (English) // Presentation slides (English)
COVID updates: Testing and PowerSchool uploads
Upcoming testing: Full-scale COVID pooled testing for students is coming this month. Please check your email for important information on this topic from MVWSD. Click here for a video showing what student testing will look like.
PowerSchool Uploads: Parents, please take a moment now to upload to PowerSchool the important COVID documents that will help expedite students’ return to school after a COVID exposure. After logging in to https://ps.mvwsd.org/public, parents will be able to click on the “COVID reporting” icon to upload 1) students’ proof of COVID vaccination and 2) Past positive COVID test. Here’s how to upload. Let us know if you have trouble accessing PowerSchool.
Better Together: Seeking Multiple Perspectives (flyers attached to email on 10/4)
The focus of October’s Better Together infographic is “Seeking Multiple Perspectives.” When individuals examine issues from a different point of view, they are able to think more critically and question dominant beliefs. Please see the graphics attached to this newsletter, or visit https://www.mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD.
Online Wellness Center and October Wellness calendar
MVWSD now has a Virtual Wellness Center on mvwsd.org. At https://www.mvwsd.org/wellness, there is information on physical health, as well as resources for families, students, and employees about sustaining well-being and for accessing care when it is needed.
On the Virtual Wellness Center landing page, you will find Community Resources and monthly Wellness Calendars. The printable October wellness calendar features a tip a day to help you and your family stay well.
In the Physical Health section: Health Screenings, Teen Health Education, Vaccinations, Health Insurance for Children, Health Resources and Forms, as well as various other physical health related information.
In the Mental Health section: Info on immediate mental health crisis needs, mental health literacy, and information on how to take charge of your mental health.
No school for students on October 11 and 12
Monday, October 11th is a recess day (no school for students and staff). Tuesday, October 12th is a staff development day, which means no school for students but a staff development/work day for teachers, school secretaries and 12-month classified staff.
Up the effectiveness of kids’ COVID masks
Please click here for tips.
MVEF Relies on Parents Like You!
Please donate to MVEF to help us reach our annual $800,000 fundraising goal and raise an additional $300,000 to fund two ELA teachers to reduce class sizes at the middle schools in 2022-23. Please see the website at mvef.org for more information and to donate online. You can use your credit card to pay in monthly installments.
Disaster Preparedness: Make a Plan
It’s important to take time to prepare for community disasters and emergencies. Asking a few questions of yourself will help guide the creation of an emergency plan:
How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
What is my shelter plan?
What is my evacuation route?
What is my family/household communication plan?
Have I updated my emergency plans due to COVID-19?
As you make your emergency plan, be sure to stay informed. Getting verified information from trusted sources is extremely important before, during, and after an event or emergency. Sign up to get free text or email alerts from AlertSCC, the County of Santa Clara’s official emergency alert and warning system.
Planning for the unexpected begins with the whole family and should be a household conversation. Ready.gov provides age-appropriate tools for parents and teachers to teach emergency preparedness to both kids and teenagers.
Joint Letter from county officials Dr. Cody and Dr. Dewan
Santa Clara County Health Officer and Director Dr. Cody and County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Dewan emphasize the importance of in-person learning for our youth and offer ways to stay healthy. Click here for the letter.
SMART Goals - Creating and Troubleshooting IEP Goals that Work (flyers attached to email on 10/4)
IEP Goals are written in very specific language and it can be difficult to see how the goals relate to concrete skills and goals for your child. Learn more about SMART Goals and how they work with Professor Anne Spillane of University of Massachusetts Global.
What: Parent Education Event and Discussion
When: Tuesday, October 19, 7-8:30 PM
Where: On Zoom, email firstname.lastname@example.org for link
Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Session - Thursday, October 14th
You can change the life of a student! Come learn about volunteer opportunities to Mentor high school students and Tutor students in grades K-8 in our Mountain View and Los Altos schools. Becoming a Mentor or Tutor will add joy to your life and help a student in our local community to a brighter future!
There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer. You're welcome to just come and learn more about what we do.
All volunteers must be high school graduates.
Date: Thursday, October 14th
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Location: Online via Zoom (URL provided upon registration)
Register: REGISTER ONLINE
Eviction Help Center at MV Public Library (flyer attached to email on 10/4)
The City of Mountain View hosts a help center at the MV Public Library with city staff, CSA, and Project Sentinel to provide residents with rent assistance, eviction help, legal resources, and other support services. There are multiple representatives that speak Spanish. The help center is available every Thursday from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Mountain View Public Library on the 2nd Floor, Room 205. For more information, contact email@example.com or visit mountainview.gov/COVID19HousingRelief.
MV Public Library Event: Learn + Explore with Science Comics Author Jason Viola
On Tuesday, Oct. 12 from 1-2 p.m., join the MV Public Library for an interactive look at how Science Comics are made with graphic novel author Jason Viola. Recommended for children ages 7-12. Registration required: mountainview.gov/librarycalendar.