Quetzal News

April 21, 2023

From Ms. O's Desk

Dear Quetzal Families,

I hope you had a wonderful Spring Break! This beautiful season is finally here, and the weather is evidence of it. I hope you have time this weekend to go to the park and have fun outdoor activities.

5th grade Families: Remember to attend the casual potluck-style dinner at Crittenden Middle School families tonight from 5:00-7:00pm. This potluck is a great opportunity for students and families to meet each other and make new friends, explore the school, and learn more about the programs that Crittenden.

We are very excited to share that this year we have 17 English Learners reclassified. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate. The 2023 Reclassification Ceremony will be at Crittenden Middle School on May 11 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.!

MVEF provides so many amazing extra educational experiences for our students. It is so great to see our students engage in Living Classrooms, sing, and work on different art activities. Please join us at their Gala Night on April 29th. You can purchase tickets @ https://bit.ly/2023-MVEF-Gala until Sunday. If you can't attend this wonderful event, you can still support the foundation via de Silent Auction and Raffle: https://www.mvef.org/2023-gala-raffle. Check out the online/silent auction item preview at https://bit.ly/mvefsilentauction

PLEASE READ (Grades 3-5)

Grades 3-5 will start CAASPP Testing this week. Students will test in ELA on April 25-28 and Math on the week of May 2-5. Our 5th grade students will have their science test the week of May 10-12. Testing will take place from 8:30 am to 10:15 am. It is EXTREMELY important that our students are on time every morning during those weeks. Please avoid scheduling appointments during these times. We truly appreciate your support on this matter!

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Have an amazing Spring Break!

In partnership,

Claudia Olaciregui, Principal


April 24-May 5

  • 3rd to 5th Grade State Testing (CAASPP)

April 26

  • School Site Council @ 7pm
April 28
  • Día del Niño Celebration @ MUR 3pm

April 30

  • Día del Niño Celebration @ 11am to 1pm in the blacktop


Parent University: High School Readiness

Date and Time: May 2, 2023, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Registration Link: http://mvw.sd/pu050223

Do you have a child who is about to enter high school? Join us at our final Parent University session of the year to learn about high school campus life from students and staff at Los Altos High School and Mountain View High School. You and your child will hear tips from the experts about how to make the transition as smooth as possible and get the most out of your high school experience. You do not want to miss out!

To submit questions prior to the event, go to mvw.sd/questions. We will do our best to address your question during the session.


On April 21, 2021 MVEF and the Crittenden Middle School PTA will be co-hosting a welcome potluck for incoming 6th graders and new students who enrolled during the current school year. To register, please click here: https://bit.ly/3Zy4QH1

Tickets to the MVEF Gala are still available! Ticket sales end 4/23 or when they are sold out. To purchase Gala tickets, click here: https://bit.ly/mvefGala2023

MVEF Gala Raffle Tickets are now on sale! Need not be present to win. Click the link below to view raffle items. Email aisha@mvef.org to purchase raffle tickets. https://bit.ly/2023-Gala-Raffle

MVEF still needs to raise an additional $220k to achieve the goal of $1.2MM by June 30, 2023. If you haven't made a donation yet during the current school year, please donate ASAP to help your school site achieve the goal to get an average of 10 new donors per school by April 15! Donations of any amount are meaningful in helping to reach the goal! Click here to see ways to donate.

District Chess Tournament Registration Open

The 20th Annual MVWSD Interscholastic Chess Tournament will be held on Sunday, April 30th, from 11:30am to 5:30pm at Bubb Elementary. Students from all MVWSD schools are welcome to join and enjoy an afternoon of friendly competition and camaraderie! The registration form and instructions can be found at tinyurl.com/mvwsdchess, and the deadline for registration is April 29. Any questions can be sent to Jonas Klittmark, tournament director, at mvwsdchess@gmail.com.

Health and Wellness Parenting Tip: Praise

It is natural for us to pay attention to behaviors that are irritating, worrisome, or make us want to disappear from embarrassment. Usually, when our child is calm, quiet, and self-entertained, we breathe a sigh of relief. However, this inadvertently teaches our child that they can get our attention by being disruptive. The good news is that we can reverse this pattern by paying attention to our child’s positive behaviors.

To learn more parenting tips click here.

To praise positive behaviors:

Try praising something positive that your child is doing each morning and evening (for example, “Good job sharing with your sibling”). We are used to noticing disruptive behaviors, so praising your child’s positive behaviors will take some practice and patience – but will ultimately benefit both you and your child.

This tip came directly from the free, online Everyday Parenting program created by parenting expert, Dr. Kazdin.

To view more resources on parenting and other topics, click here.

The View Teen Center: April Events

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! April Teen Center events include local college tours, an Exploratorium Field Trip, and Extended Spring Break Hours from April 10-14: 1-6 p.m. See attached flyer for details about more upcoming events and programs or visit their webpage for more information.

MV Public Library: “Is It Dyslexia? Red Flags In Early Readers”

Join the Mountain View Public Library on Tuesday, April 25 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm for their free virtual event, “Is It Dyslexia? Red Flags In Early Readers”. Ashley Kinkaid Koedel, Director of Educational Services at Morrissey-Compton and Educational Specialist at Stanford Children's Health, will provide an overview of reading challenges, tools to assess for dyslexia and support at home and within the school district. Geared for parents of children in Pre-K through 3rd Grade. Register in advance here.