Quetzal News

Gabriela Mistral's News May 19, 2021

Ms. O's Message

Dear Quetzal Families,

Our focus for this week is to learn not to give up. It’s always important to remember that even if we lose, we always learn from our experiences. At Gabriela Mistral, our students, staff, and community did not give up this year, in spite of the pandemic! This is a true reflection of our resilience and hard work. We might’ve had days and times when we thought we were losing a battle, but we kept going and definitely learned a lot about ourselves and our capabilities. In future times of trouble, always remember to “Never Give Up”.

Please join us at our Cafecito with Dr. Rudolph on May 25th at 9:30am. It will be great to have our community spend some time together with our superintendent.

Our returning students will be able to keep their Chromebooks for the summer! These are exciting news as it will allow them to work on iReady lessons and use our Apps until the end of July. If your student is not returning to a MVWSD school next year, please return your student’s Chromebook to our front office by 4pm on June 4, 2021. Chromebooks will not be usable if your child is not enrolled in MVWSD or MVLA next school year. When dropping off Chromebooks at school, please wear a mask and practice social distancing.

As you probably know, the CDC recently announced recommendations to relax face covering guidelines for individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Please remember that we are still required to comply with state and local health orders, which have not yet relaxed requirements on face covering guidance. Until that time, all of our schools and district sites must continue to practice the use of face coverings by all individuals while on school property. We will update you regarding any changes that impact school operations.

Here are some important dates and reminders as the end of the year approaches:

  • Our last School Site Council and ELAC meetings will be held at the same time on Thursday, May 19th at 5pm. Please register. You’ll have time to learn about the construction projects happening this summer, and we would love to hear your thoughts about them.

  • The Community Check in with Dr. Rudolph is this Friday, May 21st at 3:30pm. You can register in advance.

  • The Stanford COVID Vaccination Van will be on site for the second dose on May 27th from 10-2pm.

  • May 31st is Memorial Day Holiday.

  • 5th grade promotion ceremony is on June 3rd at 10am via zoom and the car parade will be from 4-6pm.

  • Last day of school is June 4th and dismissal will be at 11:50am. Please know that our office will be closed at 2pm, and it won’t be open until August due to construction. You can always contact me via email.

I want to thank our PTA reading committee for organizing our Read-a-thon this March and had over 70% of students participate: Total English-language reading time: 72,278 minutes (1205 hours) & total Spanish-language reading time: 53,354 minutes (889 hours)!

PTA recently shared your videos with the community and wanted to share the wonderful praise for your work.

Here are some sample readers:

Mountain View Mayor Ellen Kamei reads “A Different Pond”

Mountain View Police Officer T. Low reads “The Gruffalo”

Superintendent Dr. Ayinde Rudolph reads “What this Story Needs is a Pig in a Wig”

Ms. O reads “My Name is Gabriela Mistral”

Pediatrician Dr. Ryan Padrez reads “Esperar No Es Fácil”

Have a great rest of your week!

Claudia Olaciregui, Principal

Upcoming Events

May 20, 2021

May 21, 2021

  • Spirit Day - Dress to impress

May 25, 2021

  • Cafecito at Mistral with Superintendent Dr. Rudolph at 9:30am (Zoom link)

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
    4:00-5:00pm Car Drive for Ms. Venell
    5:00-6:00pm Car Drive for Mrs. Ohlfs

June 4,2021

  • LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - Minimum Day

5th Grade Instrument Collection

Greetings 5th grade Parents or Guardians,

If you borrowed an instrument from the district for your child to participate in the 5th grade instrumental music program during the 2020-21 school year, we will be collecting the instruments beginning June 3rd and continuing through June 11th. Instruments will be collected at the District Office portables, 1400 Montecito Ave., Mountain View, CA 94043 in room 1.

Please follow the steps outlined below to return your child’s instrument:

  • Please make an appointment on the following link
  • https://www.genbook.com/bookings/slot/reservation/30176118?category=13662615452
  • At the time of your appointment, please bring the instrument without any personal belongings (e.g., pencils, papers, clips, cleaning rugs, etc.,) with it.
  • Before you arrive, please ask your student to make sure that all pieces of the instrument are in the case.
  • For your safety and the safety of our staff, please be sure you wear a mask during your appointment.
  • Please follow social distancing rules and markers while waiting for your appointment.
  • You’ll have only a 10-minute slot, so please be on time.


If your student is in the Honors Summer program with CSMA, please do not return the instrument. We will email you the date the instruments should be returned upon completion of the program.

If your child has selected an instrumental elective in 6th grade, the middle school will send information about instruments in August 2021.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns to Raquel Hernandez at rvhernandez@mvwsd.org.

Thank you for your cooperation and flexibility


Raquel Hernandez


Instructional Materials Technician

District News

View and comment on MVWSD’s Local Control Accountability Plan draft

The District is finalizing its draft of the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). This is the District’s three-year plan that will correspond with the first three years of the District’s new Strategic Plan 2027. These documents are the blueprints that guide all of the District’s work for the benefit of our students.

Stakeholders are welcome to comment on the draft LCAP plan. Please read the presentation and supporting materials at mvwsd.org/lcap, and click on the form link there to submit any comments. The comments form closes on May 26. Stakeholders may also attend the public learning during the Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, June 3 at 6 p.m. on Zoom (the link is here: http://mvw.sd/fRqB5).

Board meeting preview: May 20

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, May 20 at 6:00 p.m. Some of the meeting topics include the Expanded Learning Opportunities grant and construction update. Agenda and login information are here: https://www.mvwsd.org/about/board_of_trustees/board_meetings. The meeting is also streamed on https://www.youtube.com/mvwsd.

Community Check-In with the Superintendent: May 21

Please join us for an informal, online conversation with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, May 21, 3:30 p.m. Spanish interpretation is available. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/AKE7h

Returning students can keep Chromebooks this summer. Non-returning students should bring them back

Thank you for your support of the District’s Chromebook program and distance learning this year. If your student is not returning to a MVWSD school next year, please return your student’s Chromebook to your school office by June 11, 2021 (or sooner). Students who will return to MVWSD schools can keep Chromebooks this summer. Students who are moving on to MVLA and plan to use their Chromebooks in high school are welcome to keep them. We will send specific instructions on how 8th-graders can access the MVLA network on their current Chromebooks.

Chromebooks will not be usable by students who are not enrolled in MVWSD or MVLA next year.

School offices are open weekdays from 7:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. When dropping off, please wear a mask and practice social distancing. For questions, please contact Jon Aker at ​jaker@mvwsd.org​.

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 Awareness: Sustaining your Tools2Thrive

We highlight mental health awareness one time per year, but the work to maintain our mental wellness is an everyday endeavor. Building self-care habits into each day contributes to our own personal wellness and models these habits for those around us. As we close out Mental Health Awareness Month, it’s important to remember that mental health, like physical health, is important to care for. Find the activity or practice that works for you and build time into your day to engage in it. For some people this means some sort of physical activity like walking the dog or practicing yoga. For others this might mean reading a book or listening to music. And for some others this may mean spending time with friends and family. As we choose healthy behavioral practices to enhance our mental health, we also model these for those around us. We may not all have the same interests, but we can all practice good self-care.

Discovering what works for us may mean trying a few different things. Continue to try new things until you find the right fit for you. If you would like to learn more about Living Mentally Healthy, Mental Health America provides a webpage with many resources. If you would like some ideas or to learn more about self-care, you can read Sam Dekin’s article on “How Does Self-Care Affect Mental Health?” or access Mental Health America’s “Taking Good Care of Yourself”, NAMI’s “Taking Care of Yourself”, or ActiveMinds “Self Care”.

As always, MVWSD stands with our students, staff, and families to be #StigmaFree and in support of Mental Health Awareness. We wish you wellness.

COVID Vaccine now available for students 12 years and older

Families can schedule an appointment for their children 12 and older to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for this age group. Among other options around the county, Levi's stadium has evening appointments and the Mountain View Community Center is open during the day. Vaccination appointments for these locations can be made here: https://vax.sccgov.org/.

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.

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/.

CalFresh Program for grocery assistance

Need help buying groceries? You might qualify for CalFresh, a free EBT card you can use to buy food at most stores and select online retailers. If you receive CalFresh benefits, you may also be eligible for P-EBT, a grocery benefit that provides $375 per child 18 and under over the summer months. To find out if you qualify, call 1-800-984-3663, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or scan the QR code (flyer attached) to request a call. We speak English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin and Tagalog. Second Harvest can also connect you to other food programs in your community.

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