Quetzal News

Gabriela Mistral's News October 21, 2020

Ms. O's Message

Good afternoon Quetzal Families!

I love October, as it is usually the beginning of fall, my favorite season! It is also the National Emotional Wellness Month. Emotional wellness is very important for all of us! I want to invite you and your families to pause and find some ways to take care of yourselves, strengthen relationships, and practice kindness and gratitude.

Here are some ways you can maintain and improve your emotional health:

  • Be aware of your emotions and reactions. Start noticing what makes you happy, sad, or angry.

  • Express your feelings in appropriate ways. Let people close to you know what is bothering you. Keeping anger and sadness inside causes stress.

  • Think before you act. Give yourself some time to think and process before you say something you can’t take back.

  • Manage stress: breathing, meditation, and exercise are great ways to reduce stress.

  • Strive for balance: include fun, games, rest, and stress free activities in your day.

  • Take care of your physical health: go out on hikes, walks, and/or ride a bike.

  • Take some time to connect with others even if it is via Zoom.

Please remember the importance of washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when hand washing is not an available option, and sneezing and coughing into your elbow if a tissue is not available. We must all continue to maintain physical distance, wear face coverings, and move as many activities outdoors as possible.

November 3rd approaches, and I want to encourage you to exercise your right to vote. Making informed decisions on your ballot has a direct impact on funding and policies that directly affect adults and children’s lives.

Have a fantastic week!

Ms. Olaciregui


Upcoming Events

October 22, 2020

October 23, 2020

  • 3:30pm: MVWSD Community check in with the Superintendent (Zoom link)

October 26, 2020

October 27, 2020

  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm: 3rd-5th Gr Coffee/tea with Ms. O (Register Here)

October 28, 2020

  • 11am - 1:00pm CHAC diaper and essentials distribution - MUR

October 30,2020

  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm: Kinder distribution (hosted by Kinder teachers)

November 4, 2020

November 6, 2020

  • END of trimester 1 - Minimum Day

November 11, 2020

  • Veterans Day: NO SCHOOL

District News

Check-In with the Superintendent on Oct. 23

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Oct. 23, 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/ev8pb

Parent University

Missed the last one? Fear not: all of our 2020-21 events are recorded and posted online. Come check out our learning sessions - mental health, distance learning, literacy at home, raising digitally resilient kids - at www.mvwsd.org/parentu. And, mark your calendars for the next event on November 18 at 5:30 p.m. about supporting math at home, featuring former math teacher and coach, Principal Heidi Galassi of Landels Elementary. Details to come soon!

Please consider substitute teaching: Info fair on Oct. 29

The Mountain View Whisman School District is seeking substitute teachers. We need you! Please consider this flexible, fun, dynamic work that has a big impact on our students.

Join us to learn more about how you can become qualified to substitute teach.

Substitute Teaching Fair

Thursday, Oct 29, 2020 9:30-11 AM.

Register in advance for this meeting: http://mvw.sd/yrhZ4

Click here to learn more about substitute teaching. We can help you through the steps.

If you are already qualified, you may view jobs and apply online on our website. For information, call 650-526-3555.

Together We Are a Better MVWSD: Special edition: ELECTION!

Mountain View Whisman School District embraces its role in establishing its commitment to equity in our district. As part of our "Together We Are a Better MVWSD" series, here is a special edition on the Nov. 3 election.

Participating in elections is one of the key freedoms of American life. Many people in countries around the world do not have the same freedom, nor did many Americans in centuries past. No matter what you believe or whom you support, it is important to exercise your rights. We celebrate the upcoming election cycle by publishing materials for teachers and parents that promote civic engagement amongst students and give resources to parents about how to secure their participation in this year's election. Both the links and QR codes will take you directly to the recommended resources.

For a closer look at this graphic, please see attached flyers or https://www.mvwsd.org/BetterTogetherMVWSD

How you can protect yourself from COVID: Know the signs and symptoms

Knowing the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 is an important step to quickly getting care to people who need it, and in isolating those who are ill, preventing further transmission. Our own MVWSD school nurse Daniel gives important tips in this video. Please review and practice with your family.

Signs and symptoms of COVID-19

Police Interactions, Race and “The Talk:” A Panel Discussion

Date: Thursday, Oct. 29, 6:30 p.m. on Zoom: http://mvw.sd/talk

For Black children, the “talk” about how to interact with police is a rite of passage. Join MVWSD for a panel discussion with parents, the Mountain View Police Department and other leaders about what this means for policing for all of our children and families in our community and schools.

For more information about how MVWSD is working to support equity in our community, please see https://www.mvwsd.org/BetterTogetherMVWSD. For more information about the City’s racial equity and inclusion efforts, please click here.

Application help for free healthcare coverage (see attached flyer)

Free application assistance for healthcare coverage for families in Santa Clara County is offered by the Healthier Kids Foundation. Your family may qualify for medical, vision, dental, prescription and mental health services. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Get a flu shot: Not the flu!

Free flu Shots on Saturdays at the Fairgrounds in San Jose on Saturday, October 24, 2020, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and every Saturday through mid-December

  • Car entrance for general parking: Gate D, 2542 Monterey Road, San Jose, CA 95111

  • No appointment needed

  • All are welcome regardless of immigration status​

  • No cost

  • Shots available at this location for everyone age 3 years and older. Children aged 3 - 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Younger children should get a shot from their regular pediatrician.

  • Right next door to free County COVID-19 testing. Get a COVID-19 test at the same time!

More Free Flu Shots in Your Neighborhood

MVEF is proud to help bring Living Classroom to all of our school campuses.

Living Classroom brings environmental education for students in elementary and middle school. Living Classroom started teaching students on 9/8 and taught 62 online lessons in September.

Living Classroom continues to maintain the school gardens for when garden-based outdoor learning can return to MVWSD, making education come alive and deepening students' connection with nature. Living Classroom lessons empower the next generation by growing environmental champions, inquisitive learners, and healthy eaters. There are over 200 lessons planned for the fall in our schools.

Your donations to MVEF bring Living Classroom to every school in MVWSD! Donate today! https://www.mvef.org/donate

Library Fall Festival: Oct. 23 (see attached flyer)

The Mountain View Public Library and CHAC Family Resource Center are sponsoring a free Fall Festival for families with young children on Friday, October 23, on Zoom. The festival includes live music with Charity Kahn, storytime with librarians Alex & Sharon, craft & snack activity and costume parade. Please see the attached flyer for more information and registration details.

CHAC Invites You to Virtual Stress Management for Parents and Teachers During COVID

“How to Keep Calm and Carry On” on Thursday, October 22nd 5 to 6pm

CLICK HERE https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YxX83QP9S7mBBvt4jZ384w to pre-register or join the event on the day of at chacmv.org

Please email your questions in advance to njeans@chacmv.org. This event will be translated into Spanish.

In this talk, followed by Q&A, Dr. Jodi Cushman and Dr. Angela McBride will help us understand the toll that the stress of the coronavirus pandemic is taking and offer strategies that may help us cope more effectively during this time.

The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents: Permission to Feel: The Power of Emotional Intelligence to Achieve Well-Being and Success on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | Live Online

Join us for an insightful evening with Marc Brackett, as he explores the value of our emotions and why what we do with our emotions is especially important. Marc Brackett, Ph.D., is the Founder and Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a Professor in the Child Study Center of Yale University.

The goal of this presentation is to (1) inspire a new mindset around the power of emotions to transform our lives, (2) describe the five key underlying skills of emotional intelligence, known as the “RULER” skills, and (3) provide innovative strategies and tools for developing emotional intelligence so that our emotions help, rather than hinder, our well-being and success at home, in school, at work, and in everyday life.

Audience: Parents with children K - 12; teachers, and counselors

Register: To register for this free event, go to https://mvla2020-21-marcbrackett.eventbrite.com

Sponsored by Los Altos Educational Foundation (LAEF), MVLA High School Foundation, Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF), and Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council.

MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series: Jeff Selingo event recording
We would like to share the recording of our first event, Jeff Selingo speaking about Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions. Mr. Selingo has graciously allowed us to share the recording with our community for those who were not able to attend. It will be available for six weeks.

The link is https://youtu.be/lj5HNmFd_6Y

October CAC Events

SELPA 1 CAC and the Learning Challenge Committee are your groups for special education and broader learning challenge needs. We are ALL having learning challenges right now, and CAC and LCC are here to help. If you have questions about learning challenges and special education needs, email selpa1cacinfo@gmail.com or check out www.selpa1cac.org

October 24 10am - 12 pm - IEP Goals & Progress Monitoring Webinar Presented by Disability Rights California and organized by Palo Alto CAC. Topics: – IEP Process -Your Rights at an IEP Meeting -Goals & Objectives – FAPE and LRE -Related Services -Assistive Technology -Transition Services/Vocational Services Zoom link at cacpaloalto.org

PTA News

Boxtops are due on Nov. 2nd. Boxtops has transitioned to submitting through their app but there are still a few paper Boxtops out there. Please download the app from Google Play or the iTunes store.

By the end of this year there will be no more cutting and sending - only scanning.

Please send or drop off your Boxtops by 4:00 on Monday, November 2nd at the front office.

Thanks so much. Stay well.