Quetzal News

September 21, 2023

From Ms. O's Desk

Dear Quetzal Families,

Fall officially started today, and I am very happy about it! This is my favorite season of the year. As we continue our journey, I wanted to take a moment to talk about the power of languages, the importance of biliteracy and the incredible opportunity your child is having at our dual immersion school. At Mistral, we believe that nurturing this unique linguistic and cultural experience will not only benefit your child's academic growth but also contribute to a more inclusive and culturally enriched society.

Languages are the key to understanding and appreciating different cultures. By becoming proficient in two languages, our students gain a broader perspective on the world. In addition to this, biliteracy opens doors to new opportunities, enhances cognitive skills, and fosters empathy. It empowers our students to communicate with a wider range of people, making them more competitive in the global job market. Being bilingual is a valuable asset in preserving and celebrating our cultural heritage! Please help us at home by talking to your child about the beauty and power of biliteracy.

In addition to exploring the importance of biliteracy, we also want to emphasize the significance of responsibility. Responsibility is a trait deeply connected to the principles of two influential figures in American history, Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta. These leaders dedicated their lives to advocating for the rights and fair treatment of farmworkers, fighting for social justice, and promoting the value of hard work.

To reinforce the importance of responsibility and connect it to the work of Chavez and Huerta, we encourage you to engage in meaningful discussions with your child. Discuss the concept of responsibility, the impact it has on individuals and communities, and how it aligns with the values upheld by these remarkable leaders. You may choose to read age-appropriate books or articles about Chavez and Huerta's legacy to further the conversation.

I would like to invite you to participate in our school's celebrations and activities. These events are an excellent opportunity to learn more about Hispanic culture, history, and contributions to our society. If you are interested in getting involved or have ideas for activities, please send me an email @ colaciregui@mvwsd.org. Your participation and contributions are highly valued and will help make our celebrations even more enriching for our students.

Thank you for your continued support and commitment to the education of your child.

Warm regards,

Claudia Olaciregui, Principal


September 29

  • Spirit day - Twin Day
October 10

  • Mistral ParentU Extension - Math @ 5pm
October 11

  • School Site Council Mtg. @ 5pm
October 12

  • Teacher Service Day - No School

October 13

  • School Recess Day - No School

Cultural Event

As most of you know, Maestra Carolina is part of Los Lupeños Folklórico group, and because of her, they approved a group discount for our school. She will be performing in at least three of the performances

Here are all the details for the event:

Date: Saturday, November 11th at 8pm or Sunday, November 12th at 2pm

Where: Mexican Heritage Plaza in San José

Group price: $15 per person

If you prefer to buy the tickets on your own you can do so at this link.


The Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 5:30 p.m.

Meeting topics include:

  • Reception honoring newly-tenured teachers, 5:30-6 pm

  • Possible Joint Use Agreement

  • i-Ready Diagnostic 1 Assessment Data

  • Board of Trustees Goals

For meeting details and agenda, please click here: mvwsd.org/trustees.

Better Together: September

This month, #BetterTogether explores identity and celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, which are both essential components of fostering inclusive and enriching schools in MVWSD. Recognizing and respecting the diverse backgrounds, experiences, and identities of students not only promotes a sense of belonging and allyship but also encourages a more comprehensive and meaningful learning experience for all. Hispanic Heritage Month, in particular, provides an opportunity to appreciate the rich tapestry of Hispanic/Latino cultures, their contributions to society, and the stories of Hispanic/Latino students within our own community. Celebrate with us this month! We are #BetterTogetherMVWSD. For more information about Better Together, visit mvwsd.org/BetterTogetherMVWSD.

Volunteer with MVEF!
MVEF needs 1-3 additional volunteers at each school in MVWSD. MVEF school representatives help the families at their school understand what MVEF is and why it exists so that they are inspired to donate and spread the word about the impact of MVEF funding. MVEF also needs volunteers to help with planning our annual Gala and other community events. To learn more, visit: https://www.mvef.org/volunteer

MVPD Digital Safety Talk, Sept. 27

Mountain View Police Department will hold a speaker series event on digital safety on Wednesday, September 27, at 7 PM at the MVPD auditorium, 1000 Villa Street. There will also be a live stream option. Learn from Mountain View cyber crimes detectives about how to help ensure the safety of you and your children on the Internet, particularly when it comes to social media platforms and usage. For information, call 650-903-6344.

Understanding Youth Mental Health and the Road to Resilience: Sept. 20

Youth and adults are invited to a panel discussion about teen mental health and well-being on Wednesday, September 20, 2023 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Los Altos High School Eagle Theatre

(201 Almond Ave). County Supervisor Joe Simitian will moderate a panel of mental health providers and students who will share about how to support mental health, how to check in and talk with youth, and describe locally available resources. Sign up for the free event: https://direc.to/jNr2.

MV Public Library Parenting Program: Sept. 27

The MV Public Library will host a parenting presentation, “The Best You for the Best Them,” on Wednesday, September 27, 2023 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm on Zoom. Research shows that teens' and parents' emotional well-being are highly entwined. With support from author and parenting coach, Laura Cleary, set aside time to acknowledge your need as a parent for selfcare, and receive concrete ideas and support to model this for your teen and uplift your relationship. Register here.