December 8, 2022
From Ms. O's Desk
Dear Quetzal Families,
It has been great seeing some of you on campus this week meeting with our teachers. Conferences is a wonderful opportunity for parents and teachers to continue working together to support the success of our students. Do know that you can always reach out to teachers and staff throughout the year if you have any questions or concerns. We are your team at Mistral!
Next week, we have our Cafecito with the principal, please join us as I am looking forward to spending some time with you and clarifying any questions or concerns that you might have. It feels it's been forever since we last met.
Terri Marshall once said, "The holiday season is a perfect time to reflect on our blessings and seek out ways to make life better for those around us." Reading her quote made me realized I haven't done much of my share for this season, yet. I have decided that I will actively reflect on different things that I can do to make life better for those around me. Here are some acts of kindness that can make life better for your loved ones:
- Call a family member you have actually "talk" to recently-no text
- Bring coffee to a colleague at work
- Take time to really ask a friend how they are doing
- Buy groceries for someone sick or in need
- Hand write an appreciation card to a friend
- Plant a tree in honor of someone
- Visit and elderly you know
- Listen actively (let go of your cell phone)
I really love this season, and I hope you all enjoy the time to relax, rest and be merry, but always remember that this season should also be a season of service, self reflection, and love. As Gandhi said, “The best way to find yourself is in the service to others.”
Have a great week!
Claudia Olaciregui, Principal
The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m.
Some of the meeting topics include:
Acknowledge the Retirement of Trustee Ellen Wheeler
2022-2023 First Interim Budget Report
Bylaws of the Board Agenda / Meeting Materials
County Staff Housing Update (231 Grant)
Open Enrollment / School Marketing Process Changes
For meeting details and agenda, please click here: https://www.mvwsd.org/trustees.
Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday, Dec. 9
Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Dec. 9 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/CC129.
Better Together: Exploring Differences
For the month of December, we explore how our experiences are similar to and different from those of people from different backgrounds. We will also explore Disability Awareness while building literacy around this important topic. The resources linked through the digital copy of this infographic (attached) help you and your students explore themselves and others respectfully and meaningfully with activities meant to enlarge our perspectives about people with disabilities. Please see https://www.mvwsd.org/bettertogethermvwsd.
i-Ready Diagnostic 2 Test Scores available Dec. 2
i-Ready is an online program that helps us determine your child’s strengths and areas for growth in mathematics and reading. Families can access their student’s i-Ready Reading and Mathematics score through their Powerschool Parent Portal. Reports are available on the PowerSchool Parent Portal at https://ps.mvwsd.org/public/ under “Parent Reports” for each of your students. To learn more, you can view the Parent U session on “Accessing Your Child's CAASPP and i-Ready Scores” at this link (English).
The View Teen Center: December
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 December events and programs or visit their webpage for more information.
Health and Wellness Parenting Tip: Instructions
We give our kids dozens of instructions each day: Get ready for school. Wash your hands before you eat. Do your homework. Sometimes our kids follow our instructions, and sometimes they do not. One way to increase follow through is to give effective instructions. For example, making eye contact with your child and gently telling them to turn off the TV is likely to be more effective than yelling at them from another room.
To provide effective instructions:
Think about a few things that you would like your child to do and try using these tips to provide effective instructions.
Instead of saying… Say….
“Don’t bother me.” “Please work on your homework.”
“TURN OFF THE TV!!” “Please turn off the TV.”
“I told you to stop playing video games.” “If you don’t stop playing video games in the next 5
minutes, then you won’t be able to play tomorrow.”
These tips came directly from the free, online Everyday Parenting program created by parenting expert, Dr. Kazdin.
To learn more parenting tips click here.
MVHS Spartans Tree Lot
MVHS Sports Boosters will be opening up the Annual Spartans Tree Lot on Friday November 25 at 10 AM for the 2022 season at the Mountain View High School Stadium (3535 Truman Ave.). Spartans Tree Lot offers premium, top-quality trees ranging in size from 3 feet to 12+ feet, holiday decorations, and supplies. In person and online delivery options are available. All proceeds benefit Mountain View High School Athletics. For more information, head to: SpartansTreeLot.com.
Ravenswood Immunization Clinic
The Ravenswood Family Health Network is hosting Immunization and Flu clinics at their Mountain View Location (900 Miramonte Avenue), by appointment only. The Immunization Clinic occurs on Monday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. and has a variety of vaccines available, and the Flu Clinic is held on Monday mornings from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Limit of 2 siblings per parent per visit. Vaccines are free for children with Medi-Cal, HealthyKids, or no health insurance. Call (650) 330-7400 for more information or to set up an appointment.