Quetzal News

October 6, 2022

Quetzal News

Dear Quetzal Families,

Next week is a short week for students as they do not attend on Thursday and Friday. Here is the link to the calendar on the district website for your reference throughout the year. This is a good time to have the students rest and recharge and come back ready to focus and meet their goals.

Reminder: In the mornings, parents may be at the lines on the blacktop with the students, however please do not follow the line to the classrooms. Rather, leave campus directly from the blacktop. Thank you for your cooperation!

Another reminder, when coming into the parking lot to pick up your child, if the entrance happens to be full at that time please keep going down Escuela Ave and circle around, rather than waiting in the traffic lanes to enter the parking lot. Traffic is at times being blocked up and down Escuela Ave, creating frustration and safety issues. Similarly, within the parking lot you will need to keep moving as we cannot have the entire lot blocked by waiting cars.

Mistral’s focus value for October is Respect. Teachers will be emphasizing this value in their daily interactions and conversations with students. Please take the opportunity at home also to discuss ways children can demonstrate respect to peers, family, and adults as well as what respect looks like in different settings.

Walkathon will be here before we know it! Nov. 4th is just around the corner and PTA deserves huge appreciation for organizing such a grand event that our entire school community can attend.

Lastly, our wonderful At-Risk Supervisor, Nelson, is moving on to another opportunity. We will miss him and his good work but wish him well. The position is posted and I will update you when the position is filled.

Best Regards,

Theresa Lambert

Educational Services Coordinator, Acting Principal


October 6

  • Lifetouch Picture Make Ups
October 12
  • School Site Council Meeting @ 6pm
October 13
  • Teacher In-Service Day/No School
October 14
  • Recess Day/No School
October 19
  • Hearing & Vision Screenings K, 2nd & 5th grades
October 19
  • Mistral Parent U @ 6pm
October 24
  • ELAC Meeting @ 6pm


Board meeting: Oct. 6

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m.

Some of the meeting topics include:

* Equitable Access to Choice Schools

* Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health

For meeting details and agenda, please click here: https://www.mvwsd.org/trustees.

Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday, Oct. 7

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Oct. 7 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/CC107

EZMealApp: Future benefits could include after school care!

Even though all public school meals are currently free in California, applying for free- or reduced-price lunch status by October 1 means potentially more district funding and other benefits for your family. In 2022-23, families who qualify will also be offered free after school childcare and summer programs when they become available. Go to http://secure.ezmealapp.com now to see if you qualify for free- or reduced-price lunch status, and to apply!

Attendance Awareness Month: September

My student is in school most of the time, so that’s ok, right?

Most parents are aware of what it means for a child to be truant from school. However, we are required by the state of California to reduce the numbers of students who are “chronically absent.” Students who are chronically absent typically attend school fairly regularly, but miss a few days here and there, which really add up and affect their learning. It's important to know both excused or unexcused absences count toward chronic absenteeism.

The District is required to track this data and report it to the state. MVWSD will contact parents when students reach concerning absence levels. If not remedied, chronically absent students and their families may be referred to the District’s Student Attendance Review Board, in a process similar to how truancy is handled. MVWSD is bound by law to report and handle chronic absences in this manner.

Upcoming October Non-School Days

Friday, October 14 is a recess day (no school for students and staff). Thursday, October 13 is a staff development day, which means no school for students and no work for 10-month classified staff. Oct 13 is a staff development/work day for teachers, school secretaries and 12-month classified staff.

MVEF wants to hear student stories!

Conversations with our children about what they are learning and enjoying in school can help them build deeper connections with what they learn at school. Stories about students’ experiences in their MVEF-funded classes and activities can inspire and thank the teachers and providers of the classes, suggest program improvements, or (with parent permission) enhance future MVEF publications. To share discoveries from your conversations with MVWSD students about their MVEF-funded classes, please click here!

MVEF brings Environmental Science, Art and Music to K-5 classrooms several times each month through our partnership with Living Classroom, CSMA, Environmental Volunteers, and MVWSD. In Middle School, an additional MVEF-funded ELA (English) teacher at each middle school facilitates smaller classes as they discuss and write about the material they are reading. MVEF also provides funds for athletics, special clubs, and to supplement music instruction at both middle schools. Over 70% of MVEF contributions come from MVWSD families like yours. To make a donation, click here.

The View Teen Center

The View Teen Center is a free facility in Mountain View (263 Escuela Ave) for all Mountain View and Los Altos 6th - 12th grade students. The center is open Monday through Friday: 3:30 - 7 p.m. and Saturday: 1 - 6 p.m, and features a game room, makerspace, kitchen, computer/study room, outdoor area, and much more! See attached flyer for details about upcoming events and programs or visit their webpage for more information.

County MedAssist Program

The MedAssist Program aims to improve health outcomes and medication adherence for select individuals who reside in Santa Clara County. Qualified patients will receive financial assistance in the form of a grant designed to off-set high out-of-pocket expenses for life-saving medications such as anti-diabetics, asthma inhalers, and/or epinephrine auto-injectors. For more information and application, visit medassist.sccgov.org/.