Quetzal News

September 7, 2023

From Ms. O's Desk

Dear Quetzal Families,

As we embark on a new month, I am excited to share with you our focus for September: Responsibility. This month, we will be emphasizing the importance of responsibility in our school community and how it shapes the character of our students.

Responsibility is a value that transcends the boundaries of age, culture, and background. It is the cornerstone of a successful and well-rounded individual. In school, responsibility means being accountable for one's actions, assignments, and commitments. It involves making thoughtful choices and taking ownership of both successes and setbacks.

Throughout September, I want to encourage your to engage in conversations at home about the value of responsibility and how it can positively impact your child's life. Help us discuss with at home the significance of responsibility in building trust, maintaining a strong work ethic, and fostering a sense of belonging within our school community.

Moreover, September is an exciting month as it marks Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States. This is a time for us to celebrate the rich cultural diversity and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx communities to our country. It's an opportunity to learn about the traditions, history, and achievements of people with roots in Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America.

During this month, we will also commemorate the independence of several Hispanic countries, including Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Costa Rica, and many others. These celebrations remind us of the importance of freedom, self-determination, and the enduring spirit of those who fought for independence. It's an excellent opportunity for our students to gain a deeper understanding of the world and appreciate the multicultural tapestry that makes up our society.

I want to thank our amazing Quetzal community for your continued support and partnership. Together, we can instill the value of responsibility in our students and create a learning environment that celebrates diversity and fosters understanding.

Wishing you all a fantastic September filled with growth, learning, and a deeper understanding of responsibility and the Hispanic culture.

In partnership,

Claudia Olaciregui, Principal

Project Cornerstone

Read a Book, Change a Life! ABC- Asset Building Champions

PROJECT CORNERSTONE: Become an ABC Reader By volunteering just 2 to 3 hours per month, our Asset Building Champions build relationships with young people by reading selected books and leading classroom activities and discussions with a focus on respect, tolerance, peaceful conflict resolution, caring and friendship. Children learn what to do if they encounter bully behaviors and how to become an UPstander. Are you interested in becoming a part of this rewarding program at our school? You can make a difference by joining ABC!

Join us on Friday, Sept. 15th @ 8:30 in the staff room. Enjoy coffee and refreshments while you learn about Project Cornerstone at Mistral!

Can't make the meeting, but interested? email Sara Kopit-Olson, sarakopit1@gmail.com

Cultural Event

As most of you know, Maestra Carolina is part of Los Lupeños Folklórico group, and because of her, they approved a group discount for our school. She will be performing in at least three of the performances

Here are all the details for the event:

Date: Saturday, November 11th at 8pm or Sunday, November 12th at 2pm

Where: Mexican Heritage Plaza in San José

Group price: $15 per person

If you prefer to buy the tickets on your own you can do so at this link.


September 13

  • ELAC Mtg. @ 5pm-Link
September 14

  • Mistral ParentU @ 5pm
September 20

  • Cafecito w/ Ms. O @ 8:30 am
September 20
  • PTA General Meeting @ 6pm
September 29

  • Spirit day - Twin Day


The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Sept. 7 at 6:00 p.m.

Some of the topics include:

  • Resolution in Support of Hispanic Heritage Month

  • Monta Loma Fence Choice

  • Discussion of Joint Meeting with MVLA, MVWSD, and the City of Mountain View

  • Questions for the September 18, 2023 Joint Meeting for the Education Enhancement Reserve Joint Powers Authority (Shoreline)

  • Literacy Instruction and Dyslexia Support Plan

  • Early Literacy Update

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

Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday, Sept. 8

Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Sept. 8 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Click here to register: mvw.sd/CC0908. Mark your calendars for all upcoming community check-ins! A list of dates and login information is here.

September: Attendance Awareness Month

September is Attendance Awareness Month.

Why is it important that students are in school regularly? Research shows that school attendance is a strong indicator of success. Missing just two days of school a month is 10% of the school year, and negatively affects a student’s academic performance.

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit early so they learn that going to school on time, every day, is important.

Our schools’ goals are a 97% attendance rate.

i-Ready Diagnostic 1 Assessment Scores

Families can access their student’s i-Ready Reading and Mathematics score through their Powerschool Parent Portal on September 8, 2023, after 4:00 p.m. Reports are available on the PowerSchool Parent Portal at https://ps.mvwsd.org/public/ under “Parent Reports” for each of your students. Steps for accessing reports on PowerSchool Parent Portal are here: Accessing PowerSchool Parent Portal i-Ready Reports. If you have difficulty logging into the PowerSchool Parent Portal, please contact your school’s office.

Volunteer badges: New, easy-to-follow chart

If you think that you will be volunteering on campus more than 3 times this school year for more than 10 min each visit, or plan to be an overnight trip chaperone, now is the time to apply for your volunteer badge. Please check the easy-to-follow chart here to help you get started. There are more steps to complete the first time you apply. After that, renewals are easier. Thank you for helping to protect our students' safety and to ensure MVWSD complies with state law. We are grateful for parents willing to help us at school!

MVWSD Seeks Parents & Staff Members for Health & Wellness Committee

The Health & Wellness Committee is looking for parents and staff members for the 2023-24 school year! This committee aligns District efforts to support student wellness through health education, physical education and activity, health services, nutrition services, psychological and counseling services, and through promoting a safe and healthy school environment.

Last year, the committee’s work helped increase student access to nutrition information and education, professional development on USDA standards for school nutrition, and supported student opportunities for physical activity throughout the school day. We are seeking at least 1 parent and 1 certificated staff member representative from each school.

If you have experience, knowledge, or interest, please complete an application at: http://mvw.sd/health. Applications are due by September 13.

The Health and Wellness Committee will meet 4 times during the school year on Zoom, with the first meeting scheduled for September 28.

If you have any questions, please contact Brian White, Health & Wellness Coordinator at bwhite@mvwsd.org.

Volunteer with MVEF!
MVEF needs 1-3 additional volunteers at each school in MVWSD. MVEF school representatives help the families at their school understand what MVEF is and why it exists so that they are inspired to donate and spread the word about the impact of MVEF funding. MVEF also needs volunteers to help with planning our annual Gala and other community events. To learn more, visit: https://www.mvef.org/volunteer

Mentor Tutor Connection: Volunteer Information Session

Mentor Tutor Connection is holding a Volunteer Information Session on Wed., Sept. 13, 12:00 - 1:00 pm, MVLA District Office Conference Room, 1299 Bryant Ave., Mountain View. Please join us and learn about becoming a mentor and/or a tutor in the Mountain View and Los Altos public schools. Help a local student to a brighter future! To register go to www.mentortutorconnection.org/events - or email programs@mentortutorconnection.org.

August/September CAC and LCC Events (flyers attached to email on 8/21+ 8/28)

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

We encourage families to learn about the sensory needs all children: Try a Sensory Diet

Parent Chat

September 12, 10 am

Are you concerned about the emotional well-being of your child? Peer to peer support for parents of teens with mental health challenges. Every second Tuesday of the month at 10 am on Google Meet. Meeting is for 1 hour only due to Google Meet limitations. Contact trudy.palmer@me.com for invite.

September 13, 10 am Morning Let’s Talk - IEP/504 support group. Have questions about the process to get help for your child? Have an IEP but are not sure how to make changes? Need to vent? This is your confidential group. Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZModeirqToiHdQpAOpxx4g3NaLHuElaLtJs

Missed our Parent Education events last year?

We have a YouTube channel with many of our past events including last year’s Inclusive Fun Fair for summer camps and recreational activities, Anxiety and Depression in Children with Learning Challenges, SMART Goals and IEP Troubleshooting, and more. Channel is here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuy7IcVz-4LTDxv2Jaq13nw

The View Teen Center: September (flyers attached to email on 9/5)

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. Drop-in hours are Monday - Friday, 3:15 - 7 p.m. and Saturdays, 1 - 6 p.m., and the center features a game room, makerspace, kitchen, computer/study room, outdoor area, and much more! See attached flyer for details about upcoming events and programs in September or visit their webpage for more information.

MVLA Parent Ed presents “Growing Up in Public: Helping our Kids Navigate the Digital Coming of Age”

Join MVLA Parent Ed on Wednesday, September 13, 2023 at 7pm (MVHS- Spartan Theater) as Devorah Heitner, Ph.D., and author of Growing Up in Public: Coming of Age in a Digital World, shows parents how to help tweens and teens navigate digital identity, boundaries, privacy and reputation. Drawing on her extensive research and interviews with kids, parents, educators, clinicians, and scholars, she teaches parents to overcome the instinct to control and monitor their kids’ online activity, and instead, support them as they build their sense of self. Register for this free event here.

MV Public Library Parenting Program: Sept. 27

The MV Public Library will host a parenting presentation, “The Best You for the Best Them,” on Wednesday, September 27, 2023 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm on Zoom. Research shows that teens' and parents' emotional well-being are highly entwined. With support from author and parenting coach, Laura Cleary, set aside time to acknowledge your need as a parent for selfcare, and receive concrete ideas and support to model this for your teen and uplift your relationship. Register here.