Quetzal News

October 15, 2021

From the desk of Ms. O

Dear Quetzal Families,


I hope you had a wonderful long weekend. At GM, our teachers had a busy day of training and teamwork. I want to thank the PTA on behalf of our staff for providing a delicious breakfast on Tuesday. We are so lucky to have you as part of our community!


Thanks for working with your child at home on our core value of the month: Respect! Bruce Lee said, “Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.” Building character is a very important thing to develop at a very young age. Here are some things you can say to your child to build their character:


  • You are helpful

  • You are kind

  • I know you did your best

  • I am grateful for you

  • I believe in you

  • You are important

  • You you don’t have to be perfect, to be amazing

  • Don’t be afraid to be yourself

  • We all make mistake, it’s ok

  • You can try again tomorrow

  • Don’t compare yourself to others

  • It’s ok to be scared

  • Even if you make a mistake, you can fix it

  • Being kind doesn’t make you weak

  • You don’t have to do whatever else you are doing


We are preparing for Halloween. Our students will have a parade on October 29th starting at 1:00pm with Grades K and First. Students in these grades can wear their costumes to school. All other students in grades second to fifth grade are expected to bring their costumes in their backpacks and change during lunch time before the parade begins. Please ensure that the costumes are appropriate and follow this guidelines:


  • Only masks to prevent the transmission of COVID are allowed.

  • No violent costumes: No pretend “prop” weapons such as guns, knives, or swords. We encourage costumes that show joy and festivity.

  • Costumes should embrace equity, inclusion, and diversity.

  • Please don’t send accessories that would distract from regular classroom instruction.


Students who wear costumes that do not conform to the costume guidelines listed above will not be allowed to participate. There will be activities in the library for students who are not participating in the parade. We will record the event and upload the video so you can watch it at home over the weekend.


Tuesday, October 19th will be our first day of full on-site pooled COVID testing with Concentric nurses. Only students who have a parent's consent will be tested. If a student in a class tests positive in the classroom’s pool test, the entire class will have a rapid test on Thursdays. Students who don’t have a parent's consent, will be sent home from school. Parents will be responsible for having students tested outside of school and submitting results. Please review our safety guidelines:


  • Students can come back to school after submitting the results of their Day 1 test.

  • Parents must also submit proof of their Day 5 test and the results.

  • Students must also quarantine from all other activities for up to 10 days (This includes any after school programs or sports).

  • If the Day 5 test is negative, the student may return to after school activities on Day 8.

  • Families who do not send in COVID testing results for their student will need to quarantine at home for 10 days.

  • All students who are part of the pool will be retested by Concentric nurses later in the week with rapid antigen tests, allowing us to clear pooled testing students quickly.

  • If you would like to update your consent, please contact our Community Facilitator, Yesica Lepe, at ylepe@mvwsd.org


Next week is our ELAC meeting, please join us on Tuesday, Oct 19, 2021, at 6pm. Looking forward to seeing you there. Have a great weekend and stay safe!


Claudia Olaciregui, Principal

Calendar

October 18, 2021

  • Picture retakes

October 19, 2021

November 9, 2021

  • Cafecito (6:00pm-7:00pm)

November 16, 2021

  • School Site Council (6:00pm-7:00pm)

District News

Board meeting Preview: Oct. 21

The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. Some of the meeting’s topics include:

  • Choice schools’ lottery/enrollment priorities

  • Security cameras process discussion

Public comment can be made online on Zoom, or submitted in writing to publiccomments@mvwsd.org. Agenda and meeting details are here. The meeting is also streamed on www.youtube.com/mvwsd.


Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Oct. 22 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/CC1015. To plan ahead, please see this webpage for upcoming meeting dates: https://www.mvwsd.org/about/communications/news___events/connecting_with_the_community. In case you miss it, a video recording will be posted on this webpage.


Visita Comunitaria con el Superintendente el viernes

Por favor acompáñenos para la visita comunitaria con el Dr. Ayindé Rudolph el viernes 22 de octubre a las 3:30 pm. Traiga sus preguntas, Ingrese aquí para inscribirse: http://mvw.sd/CC1015. Para planificar con anticipación por favor visite nuestra página para ver las próximas fechas de reunión: https://www.mvwsd.org/about/communications/news___events/connecting_with_the_community. En caso de que se lo haya perdido se subirá una grabación en esta página de internet.


Cafecito with the Superintendent

Wednesday, October 20, 2021⋅5:30 – 6:30pm

This is an informal meeting for Spanish-speaking parents. Translation will be provided. Please register in advance for this meeting by clicking here: http://mvw.sd/cafe10-20-21

Parents, please complete “District residents” survey

MVWSD is working with a research firm to conduct a survey in order to better understand the issues affecting District residents. Please look for an email sent on Oct. 13 titled “Reminder - Please participate in this important study about our community” and complete the survey using the link. The information you provide will help the district plan for future growth. Thank you for your participation!

Parent University: Supporting Literacy Grades 3-8

Date: October 27, 2021 Time: 5:30-7:00pm

Registration Link: mvw.sd/pu102721

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body” - Joseph Addison.

Join Instructional Coaches Melanie Stanley, and Katie Stern share creative tips and strategies to better support your child in their literacy skills. By supporting your child’s literacy you can take part in developing their reading ability, comprehension, and language skills. To submit questions prior to the event, go to mvw.sd/questions. We will do our best to address your question during the session.

Note: While this presentation is tailored towards families with children in third grade and above, all are welcome. If you’d like to see a presentation that is aimed more toward families with younger students, check out the recording of last year’s literacy-focused Parent University event.



Trick or Treating for Donations with MVEF

BOO! Don't be afraid, you still have time to donate to MVEF! We are trick or treating for donations for MVWSD! Each and every year we rely on generous donors like you to help MVEF fund programming and experiences at your school and every school in the district, ensuring that your child and every child has an inspiring, well-rounded education. MVEF funds Music, Art, Science, Middle School Sports and Electives helping to create a competitive, well-rounded education. Please see our website at mvef.org for more information and to donate online. You can also use your credit card to pay in monthly installments.


MVLA Speaker Series with Dr. Michael Bradley (Flyers attached to email on 10/12)

The MVLA Speaker Series continues on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 7:00pm. Join us for an evening with clinical psychologist and author of Yes,Your Teen Is Crazy! Loving Your Kid Without Losing Your Mind, Dr. Michael J. Bradley. Dr. Bradley’s respect-based philosophy is at the heart of the presentations he has given to thousands of parents who are seeking ways to communicate with their adolescent children. He takes you inside your teenager’s head and shows you why teens think and behave the way they do, and gives parents real-world advice, strategies, and methods to use. Register at: https://eventbrite.com/e/michael-bradley-yes-your-teen-is-crazy-registration-167808157717


MV Public Library: Upcoming Halloween and Day of the Dead Events (flyers attached to email on 10/18)

Learn and Make A-Z Animals: Halloween Edition: Learn about some of nature's creepier creatures just in time for Halloween, on Thursday, October 28th from 4-4:45pm. Are spiders really dangerous to humans? Why are bats associated with vampires? Let's find out together. For children grades 2-5 on Zoom. We will do a craft together at the end of our learning journey. Registration Required: mountainview.gov/librarycalendar.


Day of the Dead Balloon Skull Decoration: In celebration of Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos the library will host a virtual program on Monday, November 1st from 4-4:40 p.m. on Zoom. Tweens (ages 9-12) will learn about the Day of the Dead and how it's celebrated. Then, balloon skulls will be decorated while festive music is played in the background. Registration Required: mountainview.gov/librarycalendar.