November 8, 2023
From Ms. O's Desk
Dear Quetzal Families,
It was wonderful seeing such a great turn out for our Walkathon last Friday! Thank you so much for joining us and supporting our PTA. I understand that we have surpassed our goal, and this is obviously due to our students committed in completing their pledges and your support with this amazing event. I want to thank all the parents who actively helped and participated actively all afternoon. We see you, and we appreciate you!
Our PTA is in need of a treasurer. This vital role keeps track of the PTA bank accounts and arranges for checks and payments for PTA events (which includes supplies, field trips, and after school classes). No experience is needed. They have a comprehensive guide created by a previous treasurer. All you need is attention to detail and about 10-15 hours commitment per month. This position would be great for someone wanting to get more involved with the PTA and school without having to come on campus regularly. Feel free to reach out to Anna Soland or to me with any questions.
This week, we will celebrating Veterans Day. There will be no school on Friday. Please take time to talk at home about the importance of honoring our Veterans and celebrating them every day.
Here are some facts about Veterans Day:
- Veterans Day does NOT have an apostrophe.
- Veterans Day is NOT the Same as Memorial Day.
- It was originally called Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I.
Our school and district will be celebrating No Place for Hate Week next week. We will be working on empathy lessons and activities at school. Help us carry the message at home and remind your child the beauty of diversity, the wonders of equity, and the power if kindness. As the 14th Dalai Lama said, "Be kind whenever possible. It's always possible!"
Have a great rest of your week!
Claudia Olaciregui, Principal
Veterans’ Day: No school on Friday, Nov. 10
There is no school for students and staff on Friday, Nov. 10 in observance of Veterans’ Day. We honor the men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces.
Parent University Speaker Series: Understanding Your Child’s Score Reports
Date and Time: November 28, 2023, 5:30-7pm Registration Link: http://mvw.sd/pu112823
Understanding your child’s district and state test scores is a key part of building a foundation of excellence. Join Swati Dagar, our Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment as she discusses how to (i) access and interpret score reports and (ii) use the information to engage in a productive partnership with your child’s teacher(s).
To submit questions prior to the event, go to mvw.sd/questions. We will do our best to address your question during the session.
Better Together: November
This month’s theme for #BetterTogetherMVWSD is Empathy. Empathy is fundamental in promoting understanding, compassion, and unity among individuals and communities. It enables us to connect with others on a deeper level, to share their joys and sorrows, and to stand in their shoes, even when we may not fully comprehend their experiences. Recognizing United Against Hate Week is an important time of year as it underscores the need to combat discrimination, prejudice, and bigotry in all their forms. By participating in this initiative, we reaffirm our commitment to fostering a community where empathy is not just a concept but a guiding principle that helps us build a world where people of all backgrounds can coexist harmoniously, free from fear and hatred. Join us as we recognize United Against Hate Week with activities and programming taking place November 13-17th at all school sites. For more information about Better Together, visit mvwsd.org/BetterTogetherMVWSD.
The View Teen Center: November
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 November or visit their webpage for more information.
MVHS Turkey Trot and Tree Lot
MVHS Sports Boosters will be hosting the 14th Annual Spartan Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning (Thursday, November 23rd) at Mountain View High School (3535 Truman Avenue). All proceeds benefit the MVHS athletics department. For more information about this event or to register for the 5K Walk/Run, Kids Run or Spartan Mile, visit https://www.spartanturkeytrot.com/.
MVHS Sports Boosters will be opening up the Annual Spartans Tree Lot on Friday, November 24 at 10 AM for the 2023 season at the Mountain View High School Stadium (3535 Truman Ave.). Spartans Tree Lot offers premium, top-quality trees ranging in size from 3 feet to 12+ feet, holiday decorations, and supplies. In person and online delivery options are available. All proceeds benefit Mountain View High School Athletics. For more information, head to: SpartansTreeLot.com.