January 10, 2024
From Ms. O's Desk
Dear Quetzal Families,
I hope this message finds you ready to tackle new challenges and embrace the possibilities that the year ahead holds. As we delve into a new chapter, I am thrilled to announce that our value of the month is courage.
Courage, the ability to face adversity with bravery, is a quality that can transform challenges into opportunities and ordinary moments into extraordinary experiences. It is the driving force behind personal growth and the key to unlocking our fullest potential.
In the weeks to come, I will encourage each and every one of our students to reflect on the concept of courage and consider how it can be applied in their own lives. Here are a few thoughts that you can help me at home with our students. Please talk to them about different tips that can help them be courageous:
1. Being Courageous in the Classroom:
Take risks in their studies, ask questions, and engage in discussions. The pursuit of knowledge requires courage, and every step they take in the pursuit of understanding brings them closer to academic success.
2. Have Courage in Relationships:
Building and maintaining meaningful connections takes courage. Whether it's making new friends, mending misunderstandings, or expressing themselves authentically. It is important for them to let courage guide their interactions with others.
3. Step Outside Your Comfort Zone:
Challenge them to try something new or face a fear. Growth happens when we push our boundaries, and they could discover talents and passions they never knew they had.
4. Advocate for What They Believe In:
Stand up for their beliefs with conviction and respect. Being a voice for what you believe in takes courage and contributes to the diverse tapestry of our school community.
5. Learn from Setbacks:
Courage is not the absence of fear but the ability to move forward in the face of it. When we encounter setbacks or difficulties, we should approach them with resilience and view them as opportunities to learn and grow.
Remember, courage is not a one-time act but a series of choices that define who you are becoming. As you navigate this month, I will challenge our students to be courageous in their thoughts, actions, and interactions. Together, let's create an environment where courage is celebrated and where each of you feels empowered to face challenges head-on.
I am excited to witness the courageous moments that will undoubtedly shape this month and contribute to the vibrant spirit of our school community.
Here's to a month filled with courage, growth, and triumphs!
With sincere appreciation,
Claudia Olaciregui, Principal
The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Jan. 11 at 6:00 p.m.
Some of the topics include:
* 2023 California Dashboard Update
* United Against Hate Week and #BetterTogether
* Joint Use Agreement Update
For meeting details and agenda, please click here: https://www.mvwsd.org/trustees.
Superintendent's Community Check In on Friday, Jan. 12
Please join us for our Community Check-In with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Friday, Jan. 12 at 3:30 p.m. Bring your questions. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Click here to register: http://mvw.sd/CC112
Student enrollment in MVWSD for next year and school info meetings coming up!
Enrollment for next fall for all students in the Mountain View Whisman School District will be open in two weeks.
For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment from January 22 to February 9.
Please encourage families who are enrolling NEW students in grades TK-8 to attend one or more of these upcoming meetings:
Jan 10: Virtual school information nights for neighborhood schools (Click here for meeting links: http://mvw.sd/meetings)
Jan 11: Virtual school information nights for choice schools - Mistral and Stevenson Elementary Schools (Click here for meeting links: http://mvw.sd/meetings)
Jan: 18: Virtual school information night for Transitional Kindergartners (Meeting link: http://mvw.sd/TK118)
Jan 17: At Theuerkauf Elementary, 1:30 - 4 p.m.: In-person school exploration event for Kindergartners incoming to all school sites. Representatives from choice schools will be available.
Jan 24: At Castro Elementary, 2-4 p.m.: In-person school exploration events for Kindergartners incoming to all school sites. Representatives from choice schools will be available.
For families enrolling NEW students, please prepare to register your student:
Learn more about the documents you’ll need. Click here for the video. Please check www.mvwsd.org/register to locate your neighborhood school, how to explore school options and the four steps to register during the enrollment period held January 22 to February 9.
For Fifth-Grade Families: Middle School Info Night on Jan. 22
Please join us at this fun and informative virtual event. It is an opportunity for you and your fifth-grader to learn about middle school life. You will have the opportunities to hear from our principals, information about courses, tips on how to be successful at middle school and ask any questions you may have. Future 6th grade students are encouraged to join!
Date: January 22, 2024
Crittenden at 5:30 p.m. Meeting link: http://mvw.sd/CR122
Graham at 6:30 p.m. Meeting link: http://mvw.sd/GR122
The District is beginning its annual process of updating the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan)
This input collected will guide the update of our District plan for the 2024-25 school year. Look for a meeting at your school to learn more about the LCAP process.
Please click on your unique survey link sent to your email on Jan. 29. Your responses are confidential. Students in grades 4-8 will also be taking the LCAP survey. More information found here: mvwsd.org/LCAP
The 2024-25 district calendar is available
The school-year calendar for next year is now available online here.
Mentor Tutor Connection - VOLUNTEER INFORMATION SESSION.
Join us for a lively volunteer event, and learn how you can become a mentor and/or tutor in the Mountain View and Los Altos public schools. Wednesday January 17, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, El Camino YMCA, 2400 Grant Road, Mountain View. Find out how you can help a local student to a brighter future. To register go to www.mentortutorconnection.org/events - or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SELPA 1 CAC Parent Education Event: Assistive Technology
SELPA 1 CAC, Palo Alto CAC and the PAUSD PATCH team are pleased to host a Zoom panel on Assistive Technology! Assistive Technology (AT) can help with communication and accessing curriculum for a wide variety of students, from those who have specific learning disabilities to dyslexia, ADHD to hearing challenges, unique visual needs or those students who are non-verbal. Learn more about this key part of your student's educational toolkit from the Assistive Technology specialists from PAUSD.
Meeting Live on Zoom: January 17, 9:30 AM. Register here
Have a question about Assistive Technology for the panel? Submit here
Interested in more of our past Parent Education events? Check out our Youtube Channel
The View Teen Center: January
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 flier for details about upcoming events and programs in January or visit their webpage for more information.
City of MV: Community Meetings for Homeless Response Strategy
The City of Mountain View is seeking your input to create a Homelessness Response Strategy to address homelessness, assist the unhoused and respond to community needs. Take part in defining a clear vision and action plan to guide decisions about goals, actions, funding and programs!
The City is hosting two community forums to give all community members the opportunity to learn more about homelessness in our community and the City's planning process. The forums will be January 18 (In person at the Mountain View Community Center, 201 S. Rengstorff Ave.) and January 25 (via Zoom, register here). For the January 18 in-person forum, light refreshments will be served and childcare will be available. Interpretation services are available in Spanish, Chinese and Russian for both meetings.