Mistral Essentials - May 13, 2020

A Note from the Principal

Dear Families,

Nearly every evening, my husband and I take our two dogs on a walk to the park right near our home. During the quarantine, we met a little girl, Tosha; her sister, Sophia; their mom and dad; and their neighbors, who are the parents of Oscar. They are two Polish families who, from a distance, told us about their lives and learned about ours. My husband talked about his Polish and Hispanic heritage and they talked about what life has been like in the Silicon Valley. We have shared how much we each miss our families, who are so far away.

The little girls are always so excited to see us and the adults are ready to chat after having been cooped up all day. This has been our routine for a few months, and it has made such a difference for us. It is something that maybe we would have taken for granted before, but we truly look forward to it every day.

Yesterday, we showed up and Tosha waved happily and asked how we were. This time, she brought another friend, whose dog, Pmbk, has a Farsi name for “Cotton Ball.” Then, another dog, Evie, who looks like a meerkat with bed head, came along and another - Tommy, a French bulldog puppy, whose grey fur and eyes were mesmerizing! The dogs played non-stop for an hour or so, while the adults all got to know one another. It was one of the best days I’ve had during this quarantine. My worries melted away and for once in a long, long while, I could truly enjoy a moment in time.

I tell you this because I think it is important -- no matter how busy you are, no matter how much needs to get done, no matter what comes next -- to just sit and enjoy a moment. If you can do that with someone you love by your side, even better.

My fondest wishes as we all navigate this,

Principal Miller

Upcoming Events/Important deadlines

  • Monday, May 25th: NO SCHOOL (Memorial day)
  • Friday, June 5th: Last day of School

District Reopening Task Force

Would you like to serve our staff, students, and families by helping us develop our reopening plan? We need volunteers from each site to work with school and District leaders.

Please fill out this form to be considered.

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Students of the week


  • Arantza: Every week in Kindergarten, we learn about a new student when they are star of the week. This week, we are celebrating Arantza! Arantza likes pink, reading books, and rice. Her favorite book is ‘Goodnight Moon
  • Calvin W.: Calvin has worked hard all year to listen and learn Spanish. During distance learning Calvin has challenged himself to learn even more math and reading. He chose his family portrait from Miss Karla's CSMA art class for his submission.
  • Anthony: Anthony is a very curious student and enjoys exploring activities that require creating and building. He made many friends this year at Mistral and shared his passion for superheroes with us!

1st grade

  • Mason: Mason is a very friendly boy. He is very interested in digging and building things.with different materials. He has been out exploring each day. He likes to share his knowledge about space and dinosaurs. During this distant learning period he has been very active reading books in English and Spanish and participating in the class meetings.
  • Andrew P: Andrew keeps working on his assignments all the way in Ireland. He is adjusting very well to his new country. He loves Math and Spanish Language Arts. He also loves to play with his dog and go to the beach. Andrew misses his class great
  • Lucian: I'm spot lighting Lucian. He is a workaholic on Google classroom! Click here to see a video from Lucian

2nd Grade

  • Jaqueline: Jaqueline has been doing an excellent job participating during our class Zoom meetings. She has also been doing a nice job completing her assignments. Keep up the good work Jaqueline!
  • Vyas: Vyas has been working hard and also participating in schoolwork at his sister's school. He also finds time to do extra projects and have fun.

    This is what Vyas said about distance learning:"It's ok but we miss interactions with the teacher. She tells us through the computer what to do but I miss asking questions and class participation."For fun "I love reading in my free time. I have more time to play and learn new board games. My favorite is Ticket to Ride and Clue.I learnt Set, Hoity Toity,Clever Castle, Rush Hour, Great States in the past weeks.I love to play badminton on the road since there is no traffic"

  • Katie: despite having some tech issues Katie works so hard at home. She loves doing Zearn lessons and reading with Raz kids. She is also practicing her times tables. Katie misses her friends at school but loves seeing them at Zoom meetings.
  • Lia: Lia always shows great dedication to learning, perseverance in completing her assignments, and enthusiastic participation in all our class meetings. Congratulations Lia! Here is a video with more about Lia.
  • Calvin G: Calvin is an enthusiastic participant in all our class meetings. I enjoy seeing him participate in every Art, Music, and P.E. classes. He enjoys learning and completing his assignments every week. Congratulations Calvin! Here is a video from Calvin.

3rd Grade

  • Maxwell: Maxwell has been a wonderful student. Max has grown so much this year, academically. He has been working very hard on all of his assignments. He asks questions about concepts we are learning, he actively participates during our Zoom meetings, and he shows respect to all his teachers. When we meet to talk about work, he is always focused, asks questions, talks about work he has completed, has all of his material ready with him, but above all, he shows respect. I am very proud of Maxwell.
  • Payton: Payton has proven to be a responsible and independent learner. She has put a lot of effort in finishing all her assignments. Payton has put extra effort in practicing her math skills and is really understanding fractions. She enjoys going on bike rides and visiting the beach. I am very proud of Payton!! To learn more about Payton check out this interview.
  • Annie: Annie has been very creative and engaged in her Distance Learning. She is always present with a smile and has used all the tools provided to make the best of the situation. On one occasion, her mom helped her summarize a reading by acting out parts of the scenes and even enlisted the help of her hamster! She has also written creative poetry and shared her videos with the class on Seesaw. Click here to read a little more about Annie.

4th grade

  • Cynthia: Cynthia has been working independently and taking responsibility for her learning over the past few weeks. She has been participating well in lessons, asking questions, and diligently working every day. She is also a fantastic artist and soccer player!
  • Emeline: Emeline has been consistently asking for feedback on her work! She always puts in her best effort, participates in our class meetings, and asks questions. We are so happy to see Emeline become such a driven, independent learner, and she should be proud of how hard she has worked this year!

5th Grade

  • Carolina: Ever since we started Distance Learning, I feel that Carolina has dedicated herself to be the best version of herself by attending all classes and putting a great amount of effort in everything she does. She has exercised her independence by speaking up and reaching out to her teachers whenever she has had questions. She has experienced an incredible growth in her writing and is way on the track for becoming a great opinion essay writer. I am very proud of all her gains during this academic year. Click here to read more about Carolina.
  • Erin: Erin is a remarkably kind leader. She is considerate of the needs of others. During distance learning, she continues to be a great example of a community- minded spirit. When students write comments and questions in Google Classroom, Erin replies back with kind and useful words. Her engagement with her peers despite the circumstances is essential to keep our classroom community strong, so that all students feel valued as individuals and connected to each other. Click here to learn more about Erin.

STEAM Kinder-2nd Grade

  • Lachlan: Our Scientist of the week in STEAM is Lachlan, second grade student at Ms. Whaley's class. Lachlan has been working on biodiversity, so he showed us some of the living things that live in his garden. Look at Lachlan's pictures showing the biodiversity that he observed like a good scientist in his garden. Excellent job Lachlan!


  • Noemie: Noemie has been working diligently on STEAM assignments. She set a great example for her classmates by going above and beyond on the computer science lesson. Check out her project here, in which Noemie used coding to animate a music video. Excellent work!

Distance Learning tips of the week

Here are a few tips that might help you and your student with Distance Learning. Do you have any tried and true methods of helping your students’ school days be more efficient and your family’s life a little easier? Share them here. http://mvw.sd/37PbG

“Caught you being good!” Set a timer for yourself (15-45 minutes, depending on the age of your kids). When the timer goes off, positively reinforce your child by noting their focus, independence, and/or perseverance through a challenge. If you can periodically name, celebrate, and give attention to what they are doing right, they are more likely to keep it up, and less likely to get our attention with undesired behaviors.

Multiple kiddos? Go incognito! If you have multiple kids or are trying to access your own Google account while checking out theirs, here is a tip: Hold down COMMAND + SHIFT + N when you are in Chrome. This creates an incognito window, where you are not signed in. This means you can sign in with one account in one window and another account in another. You can do this for as many accounts as you like so that you can flip between windows to look at information from multiple accounts simultaneously.

Ask your student for high & lows for the day. Not everything is fixable, but asking and talking about schoolwork will help your student feel supported and understood.

Mr. Eb's Resource Corner

Greetings, Quetzales!

We are pleased to announce a new food distribution sponsored by Reach Potential for Mistral, Castro, and Latham Preschool families who PRE-REGISTER now. The Food Pantry starts on Monday, May 18th, from 1-3pm in the Mistral/Castro MUR, and will occur for 4 weeks. In order to pre-register please complete the form at the link below. Each family will receive 2 bags of groceries weekly on Mondays.


  • We are limited to the first 80 families that register. Reach Potential will not provide groceries to families who did not pre-register.

  • For the moment please share this information with Mistral, Castro, and Latham Preschool families ONLY. Reach Potential is not able to serve families from other schools at this time.

  • Don’t forget to click “Submit” at the bottom of the pre-registration link.

  • I will send you a confirmation email within 24 hours of your pre-registration

Pre-register here: https://forms.gle/A4PnBwF31c12WhUo8

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Community Resources

High Fives!

  • Parent Meg Kelly would like to thank Maestra Elizabeth - She has been working so hard to help all the students, using even her free time. She makes learning fun by dressing up when she does reading to the class. I can tell how much she loves teaching when I see her interacting with the class on zoom.
  • Parent Ana Pacheco - Maestra Rosas has been a great support for all of her students at this time. "I want to recognize the great work that Maestra Rosas has done for the second grade students, she is always aware that even if they are not in the classroom, the children continue to learn. In all the zoom meetings, you can see that she cares so much for her students and her desire that all his students learn.Thank you, Maestra Rosas

District News


The Santa Clara County Office of Education has developed a Parent Support Webinar series just for parents who have questions on how they can support their kids with learning.

Free Parent Support Webinar series:
May 14 Episode 2: Reading Comprehension Support
May 21 Episode 3: Writing Development Support
May 28 Episode 4: Academic Content Support

Audience: Parents & Educators
Dates: Thursdays in May 2020
Time: 1-1:30 PM, PST
Join Live: bit.ly/sccoeparents
Cost: Free

SCCOE Announces New Online Portal for Essential Workers to Access Childcare

Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) in partnership with county and city leaders, community organizations and agencies throughout Santa Clara County has announced a new online portal to provide essential workers, as defined by the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health, access to childcare during the shelter-in-place order.

In addition to this childcare resource, we have a list of resources for families developed by our School Community Engagement Facilitators. Sheltering in place and not being in our regular routines of work and school can be hard on our emotional and mental health, in addition to making access to meals, rent payments and other typical activities more difficult. Click here for info about help with meals, rent, legal issues, emotional support and more.

Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when schools are closed because of the coronavirus emergency.

Families will get up to $365 per eligible child on their P-EBT card to use on food and groceries. Families with children who get CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply. Most will get their P-EBT card in the mail during the month of May. P-EBT cards will begin arriving sometime this month


Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and who do not get their P-EBT card in the mail, must apply online before June 30, 2020. The online application will launch in late May. https://www.cdss.ca.gov/home/pandemic-ebt

SELPA Events

Special Education Meetings and Support Zooms for May and June


5/20 Decoding Dyslexia will be having a support group on May 20 in the

evening. For more details, email selpa1cacinfo@gmail.com or


5/26 SELPA 1 CAC is hosting a "Let's Talk IEP/504 Support Group" via

Zoom on Tuesday, May 26 at 6 PM. If you are interested in attending,

please email selpa1cacinfo@gmail.com for the link and password.

Remember, this is a confidential support group to help each other!

6/1 SELPA 1 CAC is having a general meeting to hold our elections,

discuss ongoing distance learning challenges and plan future parent

education events. Meeting will be via Zoom at 9 am on Monday June 1.

Email selpa1cacinfo@gmail.com for more information, link and password

MVWSD is planning for reopening for the 2020-21 school year.

These plans will cover 14 dimensions: Governance, Health and Wellness, Equity, Curriculum, Human Capital, Nutrition, Facilities, Operations, Instruction, Resurgence, Enrollment, Communication, Technology, Finance. We'll define operations under each stage of reopening: Schools closed, Targeted opening, Open with Restrictions, Full opening using guidance from Santa Clara County Public Health and the Santa Clara County Office of Education.

To view the presentation to the Board of Trustees, please click here.

Next steps include: Activate the Reopening Task Force (composed of teachers, classified staff and administrators); continue to adapt our Distance Learning Plan; and get feedback from our stakeholders.

The goal is to adapt our learning environment for any scenario and make it nimble enough to adjust in the event that COVID-19 resurges later in the year. We will work with all stakeholders to vet the viability of any options. This is a community public health crisis, and we need community feedback

Seeking members: School Reopening focus groups

MVWSD is seeking representative groups of parents, students, teachers, and staff members for school reopening focus groups. Four volunteers are needed per school site. The focus groups will explore desires and concerns for school reopening.

Focus groups will meet twice (once in May and again in June) and each group will focus on a stage: Schools closed, Targeted opening, Open with Restrictions, Full opening. To apply to be a focus group member, please complete an application found here by May 16 or contact your school principal.

InPlay Activities

With extended time sheltering-in-place, InPlay, MVWSD's partner for out-of-school learning, has created a list of home-based, instructor-led programs offered by your favorite local providers to keep your students active and engaged! Please check it out. https://www.inplay.org/r/mountain-view/discover


17AMICT is forging ahead and will be held this year despite COVID-19! The tournament will be online this year and will be held Sunday, May 31, 2020, from 11:30 to 5:00. Full instructions and registration are at tinyurl.com/mvwsdchess. The registration deadline is May 29. Come take part in one of the few events this school year going on as scheduled. Contact Mark Ruzon, Tournament Director, at mvwsdchess@gmail.com with any questions.

Free, low cost internet for students

We think that it’s important that each of our students has one Internet-ready device (laptop, iPad, etc) in their house for distance learning schoolwork. There are several ways you can access free/or low cost internet to connect students' Chromebooks. Please see the attached flyer or click on www.mvwsd.org/technology.