Mistral Essentials - March 4, 2020

Principal Coffee: Tomorrow March 5th @ 8:45am

Electronic report cards

Report cards will be sent home electronically only from this Trimester forward. Please check your email this Friday, March 6th to view your child's report card. Thank you for your patience as we make this change. If you do not have a valid email address on file with us, please visit the office to give us one so that you can receive your child’s report card as well as other important information, like i-Ready scores. We’ll be glad to help you. Thank you for helping us conserve our resources and communicate with you more effectively.

A note from the Principal

Dear Families,

Last week, our School Site Council approved the School Safety Plan and submitted it to the District. We also talked about the LCAP and California Dashboard. I am so proud of the work we are doing! I hope you will join me this evening at 5:00pm at the Santa Clara County Board of Education Office to celebrate Mistral’s California Distinguished Schools Award. Staff will be there to celebrate!

Great news! District-wide, Mistral had the highest growth in Math on Trimester 2’s i-Ready Benchmark test. We also had the second highest growth in Reading! Teachers have been diving into data on their recent release days and meeting with parents to help students continue growing academically. On March 17, we will use our Professional Development time to talk about finishing the school year strong!

Thank you for your recent questions regarding the Coronavirus. We are working hard to ensure that everyone in our community stays safe and healthy. We continue to monitor information with the help of the Santa Clara County Department of Health and you can always view updates here: http://www.mvwsd.org/coronavirus and here. Remember to wash hands often, for at least 20 seconds (sing the Birthday song!), scrubbing fingers and under nails. Always wash hands after coughing or sneezing -- this is great practice whether we are in flu season or not! We are keeping detailed records of illness and symptoms, so please be detailed when you call or send notice of your child’s absence. If we see “sick” as the reason for absence, we will call you to get more details.

I’d also like to thank you for your communication regarding our after-school program. Unfortunately, we are unable to sustain the supervisor position for our after-school programs for a variety of reasons. PTA leaders and after-school coordinators have been working with me to find ways that we can sustain our quality program, but they need your help! Representatives of the PTA will be joining me at tomorrow’s Principal Coffee to speak with the community regarding next steps.

Please also check out our new, improved website! With this new format, the site can be translated easily with a button on the top right of the page!

Finally, when report cards go home this week, you will receive them electronically. Please let the office know if you need assistance or would prefer a paper copy. Please also join us for our census help days:

Tuesday, March 31st

8am - 10am MUR

2pm - 3:30pm MUR

Friday, April 3rd

8am - 10am RM# 20

With Quetzal pride,

Principal Miller

High Fives!

  • The parents of Mistral would like to high five Jana Anders for volunteering to teach a literacy class for our first grade students.

Future Events

  • Wed., Mar 4: Project Cornerstone Meeting 8:00am MUR*
  • Thu., Mar 5: Principal Coffee 8:45am *
  • Fri., Mar 6: PTA Movie Night MUR
  • Thu., Mar 12: 4th Gr field trip
  • Fri., Mar 13: 1st Gr field trip
  • Mon Mar 16 - Tue Mar 17: NO SCHOOL
  • Fri., Mar 20: 1st Gr field trip
  • Fri., Mar 20: 5th Gr field trip
  • Fri., Mar 27: 3rd-5th Gr Family Chat 3:15pm*
  • Mon., Mar 30: Spring picture day MUR

*Childcare will be provided

District News

Afterschool care for 2020-21: Registration opens this spring

Registration for 2020-21 is open now! Right at School is a fee-based, nationally-recognized before- and afterschool program held every day that school is in session, from 6:30 AM until school starts and afterschool until 6 PM, plus drop-in and school break care. Right at School presents experiential two-week science enrichment curriculum units, such as “Icky Experiments,” “Page to Stage,” and “Young Detectives.” The program incorporates physical movement, outdoor time and homework completion. It offers 10% sibling discount, 25% discount for free and reduced lunch families and flexible 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5-day pricing options.

At: All MVWSD elementary schools, and Crittenden Middle School

For more information about Right at School, click here.

YMCA Silicon Valley Before and Aftercare

The Y is a 30-year provider of childcare and is led by committed, professional afterschool leaders. YMCA afterschool programs provide a safe and fun learning environment for kids. The Y provides programming in 99 schools throughout the community. Kids enjoy fun physical activities, healthy snacks, homework help, enrichment clubs, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities, arts time and engage in strong character development. The Y offers a 10% sibling discount, as well as financial assistance for qualifying families.

At: Bubb, Castro, Huff, Landels, Monta Loma, Theuerkauf, and Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary

The 2020-21 Kindergarten Afterschool Interest list is open now. For more information, click here to email. YMCA Afterschool Program webpage.

There are other afterschool care programs at MVWSD. Click here for more info.

Coming soon: Writing contest for 5th graders!

Write an essay and win a prize! And/or design the cover for the album featuring the essays. Be on the lookout for the essay prompt to be released on March 2nd and submit your work by March 31st! All 5th graders across the Mountain View Whisman School District are invited to participate (4th grade for Vargas).

Join us for the new MV Parent U offering: Understanding Mental Health from a Youth Perspective on Wednesday, March 11th from 6:30-8pm at Crittenden Middle School, Auditorium.

Representatives from the following agencies will be available beginning at 6:00 PM to provide information and resources: Allcove, Children's Health Council (CHC) Teen Wellness Committee, and Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC)

Please join us to hear from a panel of local high school students about their perspectives on mental health. Students will give a short presentation and then answer questions including:

  • What do you think is important for parents to know and keep in mind as they guide and support their kids who might be demonstrating some signs of risk or are already struggling with their mental health?

  • What are some effective approaches and ways parents have been helpful in supporting you or your friends?

  • What role does social media play related to teen mental health issues, in general? What should the role of parents in supporting and protecting their child?

  • What advice would you give to parents with kids who have mental health needs?

All families are welcome to attend, although this event is targeted for parents and teens in grades 5-8.


  • Interpretation (Spanish support)

  • Child care

Reserve your seat at


There are many opportunities in Mountain View for students to enrich their learning afterschool or during school breaks. With safety and consistency in mind, our school newsletter and website will advertise only District-, school- and PTA-sponsored events and activities. While we recognize that there are many providers of enrichment activities who use our campus, we may promote only those that follow specific MVWSD parameters for safety and supervision.

The District provides inplay.org as a resource to parents who are seeking additional learning opportunities for their students. To view student enrichment activities, school break and afterschool classes in our community that are not hosted by MVWSD, please see our partner, https://www.inplay.org/r/mountain-view/. Parents may search for activities near their school by entering either the school name or the school address on the map. MVWSD has not reviewed all programs/events found there and does not specifically endorse them. Parents should thoroughly research all activities before enrolling their children.


MVEF needs you! The Mountain View Educational Foundation is seeking new volunteers and board members to join us and support their mission to ensure that every child, at every school has access to a competitive, well rounded, inspiring education. Thanks to the work of volunteers and board members, MVEF raises over $800,000 annually to fund art, music, athletics and hands-on science across the district. The Board of Directors typically consists of 10-15 dedicated community members and district parents. Board members attend monthly board meetings, represent MVEF in their school communities, and help guide and support the vision of the organization. MVEF strives to have at least one representative from each school and people who bring a variety of professional skills, including fundraising, marketing, finance, and community engagement. Board members have the opportunity to make a difference in the experience of every child in the district, gain insight into district programming and planning, and collaborate with other parent leaders in the district.

Learn more about MVEF, and its impact on your child’s school day at mvef.org. If you are interested, please send a message to contact@mvef.org.

PTA News

Free Movie Night, Friday March 6th, 6:00 pm, MUR

Frozen 2 in English with Spanish subtitles. Current Castro/Mistral students only. No drop-off, adult must stay the entire time. Popcorn and juice boxes for sale for $0.50.

Hope to see you there!