Quetzal News

Gabriela Mistral's News April 7, 2021

Ms. O's Message

Dear Gabriela Mistral Families,

This week, our Quetzales are working on courage. Take some time to share with them examples of courage in life and the importance of being upstanding citizens in times of discrimination, bullying, inequity, agression, and harrasment. Together we can help our students develop the strength to persevere and withstand danger, fear, or difficulties. Nelson Mandela once said, “I learned that courage was not absence of fear, but the triumph over it”.

Next week, Mountain View Whisman will have our Spring Break. It is a great time and opportunity for all of us to look back and cherish all the positive memories we had this year in spite of the pandemic. Today, I am grateful for having our staff vaccinated and some students back on campus.

Congratulations to our new Student Council team this year! Our new student board is:

  • President: Annie K.

  • Vice President: Matias B.

  • Secretary: Carolina W.

  • Treasurer: Colby D.

Our amazing STEAM team, Maestra Esther and Mrs. Jenny will start a weekly school-wide STEAM challenge after the break. These are simple tasks that don't require special materials, and are meant to be done on Wednesdays, after school, or weekends. They will post the challenges on Wednesdays beginning April 21. Students will post pictures/videos of their projects on Seesaw (K-2) or Flipgrid (3-5). This is a great activity for our students! Thank you, STEAM team.

We need your help at home. Please remember to:

  • Send your child with a water bottle, their Chromebooks charged, and their headsets.

  • Have your car cab tags visible when you drive in to pick your child up.

  • It is VERY important that you and your child use the crosswalk at all times.

  • If you have picked up your child, you can exit the parking lot safely.

A message from our PTA:

The PTA Nominating Committee is pleased to announce that ALL positions for the 2021-2022 PTA Executive Board have committed volunteers (Yes, including President!!). You can view a list of the proposed PTA Executive Board on their website. Our new Executive Board will be official pending a vote of the General Association on May 12.

Remaining PTA meetings (note, meeting dates have have changed from original calendar):

  • April 21 - Executive Board Meeting (General Association welcome)

  • May 12 - General Association PTA meeting (Executive Board vote)

  • June 2 - Last 20/21 Executive Board Meeting (General Association welcome)

Have a fantastic rest of the week and a fabulous spring break! Please stay safe and remember to practice social distancing, wash your hands, and wear a mask.

Ms. Olaciregui, Principal

Picture Day - April 7, 2021

Picture Day will be on Wednesday, April 7th from 1:30pm to 6:00pm in the MUR. Please note Picture Day is OPTIONAL this year, and we will not have a make-up day. This will be the only opportunity for school pictures for the 2020-2021 school year.

TODAY Is Picture Day!

Picture Day ID: EVTXDZ9QK

If you haven’t already, there’s still time to order school pictures on mylifetouch.com. Please submit your order before Wednesday, April 7.


  • Students will enter the multi-use room (MUR) wearing a mask, camera ready through the double doors on the fire lane side.
  • Students will exit through the front MUR doors and through Gate D
  • A single parent or guardian may escort our K-1st grade students into the multi-use room
  • 2-5 students must enter on their own.
  • Students will wear a mask until they are cleared to remove it by the photographer.
  • The enter and exit doors will be clearly marked.

Please use this link to sign up.

Upcoming Events

April 7, 2021

  • Picture Day 1:30pm - 6:00pm MUR (OPTIONAL)

April 12 - April 16, 2021


April 21, 2021

  • PTA General Meeting 6:00pm - 7:00pm

April 23, 2021

  • Spirit Day - Backwards Day

April 27, 2021

  • Principal Coffee with Ms.O 6:00pm (Zoom link)

May 20, 2021

  • SSC Meeting 5:00pm
  • ELAC Meeting 6:00pm

May 21, 2021

  • Spirit Day - Dress to impress

May 28, 2021

  • End of TRI3 - Minimum day

May 31, 2021

  • Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

June 4,2021

  • LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - Minimum Day

District News

MVWSD's free meals for children are available over spring break.

On Friday, April 9, multiple grab and go meals will be available at school sites for Friday through Tuesday. On Wednesday, April 14, multiple meals for the rest of spring break will be available at Gabriela Mistral Elementary, (505 Escuela Ave) location only from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Regular meal service will resume on Monday, April 19. Menus and information are found at https://www.mvwsd.org/nutrition.

MVWSD seeking District Equity Advisory Committee members

COVID-19 has exacerbated disadvantages faced by students and families of color and socioeconomic disadvantage. It is important to acknowledge that even though the pandemic has exacerbated these inequalities, long-standing institutional practices and policies have perpetuated them, leading to disproportional equity gaps.

MVWSD is committing itself to engaging meaningfully with the community on issues of equity through the District Equity Advisory Committee (DEAC). The goal of the District Equity Advisory Committee (DEAC) is to provide meaningful feedback to the Superintendent on how to support MVWSD towards achieving its goals of becoming a more equitable and inclusive school district.

The role of a committee member is to be a thought partner and a community advocate. We are seeking a combination of district-level leaders, principals, teachers, staff members, and parent participants who represent the interests of both elementary and middle schools.

Committee members will be expected to attend and participate in meetings held monthly (on average) online during the 2020-21 school year in the evening hours. The average commitment will be approximately 20 hours per academic school year.

Applications are due by April 23 and found at this link. More information is at https://www.mvwsd.org/about/committees.

Parent University: A Conversation with Haben Girma, the Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law

Date and Time: April 8, 2021, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Registration Link: http://mvw.sd/X85Z0

Haben Girma is a human rights lawyer and an advocate for disability justice. She was the first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School. As a community, we are all tasked with resisting ableism, racism and other forms of oppression. We face the choice to accept oppression or advocate for justice. Come and be inspired by Haben, who has received the Helen Keller Achievement Award, a spot on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, and TIME100 Talks.

President Bill Clinton, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Chancellor Angela Merkel have all honored Haben. President Obama named her a White House Champion of Change. Haben believes disability is an opportunity for innovation, and she teaches organizations the importance of choosing inclusion.

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

Better Together: Strengthening Communities
This month’s Better Together focus is on civic engagement and getting involved in the community. Please see the attached or https://www.mvwsd.org/BetterTogetherMVWSD for the infographic, which features activities for the family, engaging books about activism for students, and more!

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 at https://www.elcaminohealth.org/landing/schedule-covid-19-test?s=mapPin.

* Graham and Crittenden Middle Schools. Dates: Tuesday March 30 at Graham MUR; Tuesday, April 20 at Crittenden MUR and Wednesday, April 28 at Graham MUR. You should 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.

Spring Break Travel Advisory

As Spring Break approaches, MVWSD wants to remind our community to take precautions to keep our community safe and our schools open.

Under our current risk tier, the Health Officer’s Mandatory Directive on limiting travel has been lifted. However, the state continues to advise Californians to avoid non-essential travel to any part of California more than 120 miles from one's place of residence, or to other states or countries.

If you travel, please test. COVID-19 testing is not required for students, however it's recommended for people who travel. Free testing for students and families is available through El Camino Health at https://www.elcaminohealth.org/landing/schedule-covid-19-test?s=mapPin. The CDC advises that individuals get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel. Make your appointment now for after you return.

Resilience Pause Series starts March 29

The 30-minute, online Community Resiliency Model Resilience Pause sessions for adults (parents and staff members) are scheduled during this transition in our school year to assist participants with building resilience throughout return to in-person instruction. Participants can learn strategies on Mondays and build habits towards resilience during the week. These sessions are designed to teach life-long habits that help us to self-regulate during stressful moments.

April 5, 4pm: Grounding

April 19, 4pm: Resourcing

April 26, 4pm: “Help Now!” A Reactive Strategy

Sessions can be drop-in or attended in a series. To join: http://mvw.sd/HAjbz

OKtoReopen health screener pro tips

OKtoReopen is the daily health screener for in person students to complete each day before they arrive on campus. Here are a few tips to make the process even easier:

You don’t have to wait until you get the message

Reminders are sent each day that the student is expected on campus. If parents have already completed the survey before the first reminder is scheduled to be sent they don't receive a reminder.

Parents can always complete the screener earlier than the reminder by using a previous email or going to oktoreopen.com on a browser they previously have used.

You can complete the screener for multiple students

You can complete the survey for more than one child in the same window by clicking through the names at the top right drop-down menu. If there is another student in the family you can hit next to complete that survey. When all of the surveys have been completed there is a done button.

Make sure your survey is submitted

For families with just one student you hit submit and then done (students with more than one student click next until all surveys are completed, and then submit). You don't have to click done to complete the survey.

Send the reminder to just your phone instead of both phone/email

Parents can adjust their OKtoReopen settings to receive text or email only by contacting their school office to make the change in Powerschool.

For a closer look on how to use OktoReopen, check out these videos: https://vimeo.com/521538560 (English) and https://vimeo.com/524450668 (Spanish)

Join the MVEF Board and make a difference!

MVEF is looking for board members! With as little as 5 hours a month, you can support a well-rounded education (arts, science, wellness) for all students in the district. MVEF needs your voice and opinions for living our vision, from promoting MVEF at back to school night, to crafting a survey for our donors. Attend our next meeting or email contact@mvef.org to learn more.

MVEF survey: Foundation wants to hear from you

MVEF wants to know parents’ and staff members’ priorities about the programs that they usually fund, and areas where MVEF could potentially fund programs in the future. Please take a moment to complete this survey.

Spring Break program with the City of Mountain View

The City of Mountain View will be hosting a Club Rec Spring Break program at the Mountain View Teen Center from April 12-16th, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for ages 7-11. Programming will include camp games, arts & crafts, and more! Head to www.mountainview.gov/register for registration, pricing, and more information.

MVLA Parent Speaker Series, “The Power of Showing Up: What Kids Really Need from Adults,” April 22 from 7:00 - 9:00pm

MVLA will be hosting their last Parent Speaker Series event for the season, “The Power of Showing Up: What Kids Really Need from Adults,” on Thursday, April 22 from 7:00 - 9:00pm with Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, a psychotherapist and best-selling author.

Parents worry. It’s what we do. Reassuringly, the latest brain and attachment research is clear on how best to make a difference in our child’s life over the long run: we simply need to show up. Offering plenty of warmth and humor, Dr. Bryson will explore what showing up means, sharing stories and simple strategies for honoring the Four S’s - helping kids feel secure, seen, soothed, and safe. She'll discuss practical advice for supporting anxious kids, hitting the reset button on parenting, and creating a safe harbor at home for children of all ages. Registration for this free event can be found at: https://mvla2020-21-tinapaynebryson.eventbrite.com.

Suicide Prevention 101 for Parents: Recognizing Signs and What to Do!

Please register for our upcoming free webinar and Facebook Live event: Suicide Prevention 101 for Parents: Recognizing Signs and What to Do. This free webinar will provide information about suicide prevention for parents, including warning signs for suicide, how to have a conversation with their child, actions to take if their child is having a suicidal thoughts, and resources. The webinar is provided in partnership with CalMHSA, the California Department of Education, the Directing Change Program, and Teen Line.

In English:

April 7, 2021 at 5 to 6 p.m.

To register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zOLFzulAQVKEfeCvdIPhMA

Or join the live stream event here: https://www.facebook.com/CAEducation/

Upcoming MV Public Library Programs: Product Design, Parenting Program

The Mountain View Public Library will be hosting two events:

Design an Amusement Park for Dogs: Thursday, April 22, 4pm - 5pm for Grades 3-5 on Zoom. Learn about the product design process and create your own amusement park ride with Product Designer and Author Vicky Fang. Registration required. Sign up at https://mountainview.gov/librarycalendar

Building your Child’s Self-Confidence and Personal Power: (English) Wednesday, April 28, 7pm - 8pm on Zoom. (Spanish) Wednesday, April 21, 7pm - 8pm on Zoom. Presenters from CHAC Family Resource Center will discuss ways to raise a confident child with inner strength and health self worth. For parents of children ages 2-12. Registration required. Sign up at https://mountainview.gov/librarycalendar

Virtual Earth Day Events with the City of Mountain View

We know that Earth Day (4/22) is looking a little different this year, so it’s going virtual here at the City of Mountain View! We’re holding two contests with multiple gift card prizes (a short video competition and a student poster contest), all centered around creativity and how you restore the Earth in your own way. For both contests, the deadline for entries is Monday, April 16th, 2021 no later than 5pm. Submissions can be made at: this link; see attached flyers for more information.

Additionally, please join us on Thursday, April 22nd from 6pm-8:30pm for our Virtual Earth Day Event! We’ll be having speakers from the Planet Bee Foundation, Acterra, Recology, and Cool Block. Community members will also be giving 5-minute ‘micro talks’ about how they’re “Restoring the Earth.” And finally, we’ll be announcing the winners of the video and poster contests live during the event. Please visit this link for details.


  • The next PTA General Meeting has been rescheduled to May 12, 2021.

Mistral families - The future is looking bright!

The PTA Nominating Committee is pleased to announce that ALL positions for the 2021-2022 PTA Executive Board have committed volunteers (Yes, including President!!)

To view a list of the proposed PTA Executive Board, please click https://mistral-pta.org/about/leadership/

Our new Executive Board will be official pending a vote of the General Association on May 12, rescheduled from April 21.

Remaining PTA meetings (note, meeting dates have have changed from original calendar)

April 21 - Executive Board Meeting (General Association welcome)

May 12 - General Association PTA meeting (Executive Board vote)

June 2 - Last 20/21 Executive Board Meeting (General Association welcome)