December 14, 2023
From Ms. O's Desk
Dear Quetzal Families,
Our staff was very happy to see you share your child's progress this year during Conference Week. Do not hesitate to reach out to our teachers as the year goes on with any questions or concerns you might have about your child's academic and socio-emotional progress. The communication and partnership with you is crucial for the progress and bilingual academic journey of your child at Mistral.
Knowing students' strengths and areas for improvement is a great way for parents to support students at home. Parents can access their child’s i-Ready Diagnostic 2 reports beginning at 4 p.m. on Dec. 15 on the PowerSchool Parent Portal (https://ps.mvwsd.org/public/). Steps for accessing PowerSchool Parent Portal i-Ready Reports are here: https://www.mvwsd.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=418858&pageId=13218267#powerschool Learn more about how to read these helpful reports in the recording of the Parent U presentation, "Understanding your Child's Score Reports," available: English (https://vimeo.com/889703339) & Spanish (https://vimeo.com/889996575) And, as always, reach out to your child's teacher with questions!
As we get closer to our holidays season, let's take some time and reflect on this year's successes and experiences that made us grow and taught us important lessons. As your partners, we would like for you to continue helping us at home reinforcing the beauty of biliteracy, the importance of reading and learning, and the greatness of kindness and caring. And, as we start a new year, let us continue to focus our positive energy on our amazing Mistral inclusive community that values equity, diversity, and fosters and safe environment were all will learn and speak at minimum two languages!
I hope you enjoy every minute of this holiday season.
Claudia Olaciregui, Principal
- School Spirit Day - Holiday Attire!
December 25-Jan 8
- Winter Break
- Return to School
- Spirit Day - Sports Day
Open Enrollment for 2024-25 starts in January
In January, the Mountain View Whisman School District will be opening student enrollment for next fall.
For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment from January 22 to February 9.
For families enrolling NEW students: Please check www.mvwsd.org/register for details about virtual school information meetings held in January (http://mvw.sd/meetings), how 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.
MVEF Update: Save us a Call
The amount donated to MVEF so far this year is slightly less than in previous years. MVEF volunteers will soon be reaching out directly to inform our community about the need for donations each year. You can save us a call by donating today! Visit mvef.org/donate today!
This year, community donations to MVEF are providing:
More than 8,500 Art4Schools lessons in 130 TK-5th Grade classrooms.
Over 17,000 Music4Schools lessons in 170 TK-5th Grade Classrooms.
Over 500 Living Classroom lessons for all students in TK-6th grade.
Environmental Science lessons and field trips for all 4th and 5th graders.
Additional English Language Arts teachers to reduce the average class size in grades 6-8.
Supplemental funding for Performing Arts, Music, and Athletics Teams in grades 6-8.
When we achieve our fundraising goals, we can do even more for our students!
December CAC and LCC Events
SELPA 1 CAC and the Learning Challenge Committee are your groups for special education and broader learning challenge needs. If you have questions about learning challenges and special education needs, email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out www.selpa1cac.org
We encourage families to learn about the sensory needs all children: Try a Sensory Diet
What’s in an IEP? Advocating for your child
Presented by Gabriela Torres, Managing Attorney and Leah Kang, Senior Attorney
Fri, Jan 19, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm , Register to get your Zoom link
Join Palo Alto CAC and Disability Rights California virtually to learn what is Specially Designed Instruction and how the use of Supplementary Aids and Services can help children with disabilities achieve their education satisfactorily in the general educational environment according to LRE provision of IDEA. Flyer Questions? email@example.com
The View Teen Center: December
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. (on no school days or minimum days, The View Teen Center is open 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 December or visit their webpage for more information.
MV Public Library: Parenting Program
Join the MV Public Library for a book club discussion of Never Enough by Jennifer Wallace on Wednesday, January 17 on Zoom from 12:00pm - 1:00pm or in person from 7:30pm - 8:30pm. Read the book or listen to interviews with the author. Then join either meeting to discuss the effects of achievement culture on youth and ways to help teens feel that they matter and are valued. Registration is required.