Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Posted by dviramontes on September 6, 2017



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Monthly Quetzal Award and Spirit Rally

Thursday 09/07/17 - 8:40a.m. in the MUR



Quetzal Spirit rallies are held in the MUR

Kinder through 5th Grade: 8:40 a.m. to 9:00a.m.

During the assembly, we will recite our school poem, review our school-wide expectations, recognize model Quetzales.


PTA News Aug 30, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on August 30, 2017

Class Posting Donations Due

Thank you, Mistral Families, for all of the Class Posting donations we have received to date! We now have around 200 families who have donated. These funds allow us to pay for field trips, classroom aides, recess improvements, library books, and after school activities- none of which would be possible without your help, so we sincerely thank you.

It's not too late to donate. You can pick up a green form in the office, or go online: https://mistral.mvwsd.org/en/pta/donation/

Donations are due by September 1st, 2017.

*Please note, these green and online donation forms are also used for PTA membership. You can select individual ($10/$5 reduced) or family membership ($15/$7.50 reduced.) Don't forget to join the Mistral PTA!

Move kids into classrooms in Konstella

Now that we all know what rooms our kids will be in next year, please move your kids into those rooms in Konstella. This is  how you will be able to get messages from your teacher or communicate with other parents in your class.

It's fast and easy:

- On either the website or the app, click on your profile. (It's your name in the upper left on the website, and in most version of the app it's the gear in the upper left.)
- Click on "Your children" on the website or "My children" in the app
- Click on your child's name, and select the appropriate classroom

Make sure that all of your kids at Mistral are also listed in Konstella. You can add kids and move them into classrooms by clicking on "Add child" in the same menu where you moved kids into classrooms.

If you have any questions or problems, we'll have signs up around campus announcing times when people will be available to help you get registered and moved into classrooms.

Social Groups on Konstella

Social Groups are typically started by regular parents. It’s a great way for parents to mingle and share information.  

Like other groups, parents can

  • message each other
  • create events
  • create sign-ups
  • and share photos and files   

It’s easy to Join or Create Social Groups.

Check out existing Social Groups on Konstella:

  • Safe Non-Motor Routes to/from School
  • Parenting
  • Parent Language Group
  • Running Group
  • Kinder families with older siblings at Mistral 2017/18
  • Drop-in Yoga
  • Second Grade Off-Topic (Class of 2021)
  • Nuestro Pequeño Jardines / Our Little Gardens

Please note:

  • Social Groups are parent led and maintained.
  • Parents need to join the groups by themselves.
  • Social Group leads CANNOT add others to the group.
    • They can only edit the group and remove members from the group.
  • To leave a Social Group
    • Go to the MEMBER List (maybe hiding under the MORE drop down)
    • Scroll to the bottom
    • Click on QUIT GROUP
  • The size of a Social Group is limited at 100.

If you have any questions not addressed here, please feel free to contact Kristin kbailey11@gmail.com by email.


Community News Aug 30, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on August 30, 2017

Let's Talk

Mon. September 11, 2017, 10AM-12PM, Los Altos Library

A chance to ask questions and share ideas, resources, and support with other parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc.

All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality.

Parent Chat

Tue. September 12, 2017, 7PM-8:30PM, Los Altos Library

Are you concerned about the emotional well being of your child? Come to Parent Chat, peer to peer support for parents of teens. Hosted by the Mental Health Subcommittee of SELPA 1 CAC.

Supporting the success of your whole child; understanding social and emotional development from K-8

Mountain View Parent University will present a free workshop, “Supporting the success of your whole child; understanding social and emotional development from K-8” on Sept. 13th 6:30-8pm Graham Middle School, MUR. Doors open at 6 p.m. Come early to connect with resources!

Presenters: Tracy A. Greene, LMFT (Landels parent) and CHAC, Uplift Family Services and CHC.

In this session you will get an overview of:

  • What does social and social emotional development mean for you and your child
  • What are common social and emotional concerns and what to watch for
  • What techniques and approaches can you use for supporting your child

Provided:

  • Interpretation (Spanish support)
  • Child care
  • Transportation (Bus departs from Castro Elementary and Crittenden Middle at 6 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.)

Please register here

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Open House - September 13th

Thinking about how you can make a difference in the life of a student in our community?  

Mentor Tutor Connection needs Mentors for High School students and Tutors for K- 8 students in Los Altos and Mountain View schools. All volunteers must be high school graduates.  

There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer.  You're welcome to just come and learn more about what we do.

Date:            Wednesday, September 13th
Time:           12:00 - 1:00 pm (lunch included)
Location:     El Camino YMCA
                   2400 Grant Road,  Mountain View, CA
Register:      REGISTER ONLINE
Questions:   programs@mentortutorconnection.org

Challenges of Dyslexia

Wed. September 20, 2017, 7–9 PM, Santa Rita Elementary

Join Lindamood-Bell Center Director, Leila MacCurrach, for a conversation about how intensive instruction that builds the imagery-language foundation can enable students of all backgrounds and prior diagnoses to learn to read and comprehend to their potential. Lindamood-Bell's intensive, one-to- one, process-based instruction has been used to strengthen the sensory-cognitive functions needed for reading and comprehension. The method has been proven successful for individuals with learning challenges, including dyslexia, hyperlexia, ADHD, and ASD.

MVWSD Child Nutrition 2017-18

If you are applying for free or reduced-price meals, you will need to apply online for the

National School Lunch Program. Please go to the following website to apply online today for the 2017-18 MVWSD school year. Just as in the past, you will need to reapply annually. Check out the application at:  www.EZMEALAPP.com.  Paper Applications available at your school office and cafeteria.

2017-18 online application deadline is on or before September 22, 2017.

Payment: Full or reduced price meals can be paid online at www.EZschoolPay.com. For 2017-18, full price meals cost $3.50 for lunch and $2.50 for breakfast (reduced price is 40¢ for lunch and 30¢ for breakfast). You must pay in advance (online, check, or cash) or at the time of purchase. No credit will be extended. You can also add money to your lunch account anytime by using the following website:  www.EZschoolPay.com (There is a $ 3.OO flat fee for this service.)  

If you have any questions, call Sophia Zalot at 650/903-6965.

Interpreters Needed for Parent Teacher Conferences in October

For the past few years, our district has provided interpreter services to improve communication between our teachers and our parents who are learning English.  We have been able to provide interpreters for parent-teacher conferences every fall.  We need the help of our parents and community members to identify interpreters in Spanish.  If you are a fluent speaker of English and Spanish, please help our teachers and families by becoming an interpreter.  If you know of someone who is qualified, please pass this information to him/her.  The interpreters must be available most weekday afternoons from 12:30-4:00 p.m. between October 2nd and 13th. All interested candidates please apply through Ed-Join @ www.edjoin.org.  Interviews and testing to take place ASAP. Successful candidates will be processed in September and are expected to be available for work in October.  Interpreters are needed year-round but specifically during conference weeks, possibly for IEP’s and on an as-needed basis.  Interpreters receive $20.00  per hour for their service and $25.00 for IEP’s.


PTA News Aug 23, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on August 22, 2017

PTA Welcome Letter

Dear Gabriela Mistral Parents,
Welcome to another year at Gabriela Mistral Elementary School!  The 2017-2018 school year is the third in our identity as an independent school for dual immersion and multi-cultural learning.  We look forward to continued growth and success over the coming year, and are excited to have you in the Mistral community!

Parent Participation and Involvement

The most important way to be involved with the school is to show an interest in your child’s education every day, by asking your child how their day went and what they’re studying.  Within the larger school community, we’re fortunate to have high levels of parent participation from many great parent leaders.  Our goal is to support and strengthen the entire Mistral community, which works best with the help of many, rather than the hard work of a few.  There are so many aspects of life at school that I’m certain there is something that suits your interests.  Do you have big ideas on how to serve the Mistral community?  Lead the charge!  Are you not a huge fan of the caterpillars?  Help make sure it’s addressed properly!  Are you passionate about a particular topic?  We need your enthusiasm!  Do you have time to help with event setup and clean up?  Much appreciated!  Every family should participate in a way that works for them, so please consider taking on a task for the ‘Thing-a-Thon’ (our biggest event), and signing up for another volunteer role during the year that fits with your schedule.  You can learn more about volunteer opportunities under the PTA section of Mistral’s website: (https://mistral.mvwsd.org/ ).  

Konstella, Our Communication Platform

Konstella is a very helpful tool, providing an easy way to communicate among parents, track events at the school or in your classrooms, and organize and volunteer for upcoming events.   Our goal this year is to get 100% of our families signed up for Konstella so that we can all stay connected and informed.

Warmly,
Joey Mercer, PTA President
joeymercer@gmail.com

Sara Kopit-Olson, PTA Executive Vice President
sarakopit1@gmail.com

Thank you for coming to Class Posting!

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make Class Posting a success!

So far, 175 Mistral families have made a donation to our school PTA. This money will be used to pay for, (among other things,) field trips, classroom aides, recess improvements, library books and afterschool activities. Thank you!

It's not too late to donate. You can pick up a green form in the office, or go online: https://mistral.mvwsd.org/en/pta/donation/

Move kids into classrooms in Konstella

Now that we all know what rooms our kids will be in next year, please move your kids into those rooms in Konstella. This is  how you will be able to get messages from your teacher or communicate with other parents in your class.

It's fast and easy:

- On either the website or the app, click on your profile. (It's your name in the upper left on the website, and in most version of the app it's the gear in the upper left.)
- Click on "Your children" on the website or "My children" in the app
- Click on your child's name, and select the appropriate classroom

Make sure that all of your kids at Mistral are also listed in Konstella. You can add kids and move them into classrooms by clicking on "Add child" in the same menu where you moved kids into classrooms.

If you have any questions or problems, we'll have signs up around campus announcing times when people will be available to help you get registered and moved into classrooms.


Community News Aug 23, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on August 22, 2017

Test score reports coming home soon

Each spring, California students participate in the statewide testing program, the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The tests in CAASPP provide information to teachers, parents/guardians, and students about grade-level progress and readiness for college and career.

Your child’s score report has been or will be sent home to you as it’s received from the state. Look for your child’s score report to come home in the mail to you in the next couple of weeks.

To see how to read the report, see this video here:   Understanding Student Score Reports  - English

Mountain View Whisman School District Parents’ Guide to Emergency School Evacuation

In the event that the school is closed prematurely (at the discretion of the Superintendent), due to an emergency such as a large fire, earthquake, power failure, chemical spill, etc., parents must be aware that the following procedures will be followed for the safety of all:

  1. No student will be released from school unless a parent (or authorized adult designated by the parent) comes for that student.
  2. No student will be bussed home from school, unless it has been established that the parent or a responsible adult is at home to receive the student.
  3. No child will be allowed to leave with another person (even a babysitter, relative, or neighbor) unless the school has written permission on file, or that person is listed on the student’s emergency record in the school files.  Because of this, it is imperative that your child’s records are up-to-date.  Please take time to ensure that they are.
  4. All parents or authorized adults who come to the school for their children must sign them out.
  5. Parents or authorized adults should bring picture I.D. and be prepared to show it.  This may seem like a nuisance, but it is important for your child’s safety.  Please stay calm and cooperative for the protection of all staff and students on site.
  6. The school is prepared to care for your children in the event that you cannot be notified or are unable to respond to the school.  We have several staff members trained to administer first-aid and have set up an infrastructure to deal with emergencies.  If necessary, we will set up temporary shelter or relocate the students to another facility.
  7. Do not phone the school (including teachers, secretaries, principal, or staff members).  The school must have all telephone lines open for out-going emergency calls.
  8. If you normally drive to the school, please park away from the school grounds and walk in.  If you live within walking distance, leave your car at home.
  9. Do not interfere with the staff.  Each teacher or staff member has been assigned an Incident Response role, and is responsible to carrying out his/her emergency duties.  In some cases, your child’s teacher may have much larger responsibilities than monitoring his/her classroom.  (If this is the case, other staff members are assigned to assume the roles of these teachers.)
  10. If you have first aid or emergency skills, trade skills, or child supervisory skills and wish to volunteer, you need to check in with Incident Commander (usually the principal) at your school first.  Please do not assume a role that has not been assigned to you.

Help MVEF Raise Money by Dining Out!

Thanks to our partners, you can present this flyer (on your phone or printed) to the restaurants listed below during the day and time listed, and 15-20% of your bill will be donated to MVEF! It’s that easy!   

  • 8/24 All Day - Baskin Robbins, 1249 W. El Camino Real, Mountain  View
  • 8/24 from 4-10 pm - Frankie, Johnnie & Luigi Too! Mountain View
  • 8/26 from 7:30 am to 2:30 pm - Hobee’s Restaurant on Central Expressway
  • 8/29 All Day - The Counter Mountain View
  • 8/30 All Day - Eureka! Mountain View

Can’t join us but want to help? Text MVEF to 50155 or go to mvef.org/donations          

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Open House - September 13th

Thinking about how you can make a difference in the life of a student in our community?   Mentor Tutor Connection needs Mentors for High School students and Tutors for K- 8 students in Los Altos and Mountain View schools. All volunteers must be high school graduates.  

There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer.  You're welcome to just come and learn more about what we do.

Date:            Wednesday, September 13th
Time:           12:00 - 1:00 pm (lunch included)
Location:     El Camino YMCA
                   2400 Grant Road,  Mountain View, CA
Register:      REGISTER ONLINE
Questions:   programs@mentortutorconnection.org

MVWSD Child Nutrition 2017-18

If you are applying for free or reduced-price meals, you will need to apply online for the

National School Lunch Program. Please go to the following website to apply online today for the 2017-18 MVWSD school year. Just as in the past, you will need to reapply annually. Check out the application at:  www.EZMEALAPP.com.  Paper Applications available at your school office and cafeteria.

2017-18 online application deadline is on or before September 22, 2017.

Payment: Full or reduced price meals can be paid online at www.EZschoolPay.com. For 2017-18, full price meals cost $3.50 for lunch and $2.50 for breakfast (reduced price is 40¢ for lunch and 30¢ for breakfast). You must pay in advance (online, check, or cash) or at the time of purchase. No credit will be extended. You can also add money to your lunch account anytime by using the following website:  www.EZschoolPay.com (There is a $ 3.OO flat fee for this service.)  

If you have any questions, call Sophia Zalot at 650/903-6965.

Are You at Risk for Diabetes?Challenge Diabetes Program

A FREE program to help you eat rightto prevent or manage diabetes.

The Challenge Diabetes Program can help

you remain healthy for years to come. Many participants have been able to get their blood sugar into a healthy range using what they’ve learned in this program. We’ll show you how to eat right and stay physically active — even if you are short on money and time. As a participant in our FREE program, you will receive:

  • FREE diabetes screenings
  • FREE nutrition and exercise classes
  • Healthy food bags every month
  • A $40 gift card as your “graduation
  • present” for completing the program
  • Tasty, affordable recipes
  • Educational materials
  • Health care referrals if needed

For more information and to make an appointment, contact Simone Berkowitz, 650-968-0836 ext, 141.

Interpreters Needed for Parent Teacher Conferences in October

For the past few years, our district has provided interpreter services to improve communication between our teachers and our parents who are learning English.  We have been able to provide interpreters for parent-teacher conferences every fall.  We need the help of our parents and community members to identify interpreters in Spanish.  If you are a fluent speaker of English and Spanish, please help our teachers and families by becoming an interpreter.  If you know of someone who is qualified, please pass this information to him/her.  The interpreters must be available most weekday afternoons from 12:30-4:00 p.m. between October 2nd and 13th. All interested candidates please apply through Ed-Join @ www.edjoin.org.  Interviews and testing to take place ASAP. Successful candidates will be processed in September and are expected to be available for work in October.  Interpreters are needed year-round but specifically during conference weeks, possibly for IEP’s and on an as-needed basis.  Interpreters receive $20.00  per hour for their service and $25.00 for IEP’s.


Class Posting and End of Summer Picnic!

Posted by kristenmcguire on July 7, 2017

Friday, August 11, 3-6pm

Class Posting is a fun family event where kids get to see what classroom they’re in, pick up a free backpack, and reconnect with friends. Parents: you’ll attend to important paperwork and donations, learn about school programs and parent participation opportunities, and meet and connect with friends.

  • Donations are voluntary but much appreciated! Your donations cover classroom school supplies and dual immersion learning materials and supplemental staff.  Skip the lines and complete the form Online at,  https://mistral.mvwsd.org/en/pta/donation/ !
  • Bring a picnic blanket and picnic dinner. Tacos, pizza will be available for purchase at the event!

What Do I Do When I Arrive at Class Posting?

  • Look up your child’s classroom on the wall near the office.
  • We will not be handing out packets this year. Everything you need is in this mailer or will be handed out the first week of school
  • Pick up a free backpack for your child in the MUR
  • Learn about school and PTA programs and participation opportunities
  • Enjoy meeting and connecting with friends

PTA News Jun 05 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on June 4, 2017

Help Packing PTA Closet

We need to pack all PTA supplies into boxes to be stored over the summer. Please come out for a while and lend a hand!  Sign Up on Konstella

Recruiting a back up Konstella admin

Next year will be my last at Mistral, and I’m looking for someone to shadow me for a year as Konstella administrator and take over the following year. This is a great job for someone who is comfortable with technology. It doesn’t take a lot of time, but plays an important role in helping our community communicate and organize.

The role involves some work at the beginning and end of the year, helping orient parents, getting classrooms set up, sending how-to emails and archiving the year. Throughout the year, this role serves as a liaison with Konstella and helps make sure parents are able to make use of new features. Our school also translates the app, which is how Konstella is able to offer the app in Spanish. The Konstella admin coordinates with our translators to make sure all new app functionality gets translated.

The admin also helps Kristin Bailey, who does a lot of the training at the beginning of the year for new room parents and committee leads, and along with Kristin helps parents throughout the year make use of Konstella functionality. The admin also works closely with Kristen McGuire-Husky and Stacey Rosenberry to be sure important posts from Konstella are also available on the website and in the newsletter for parents who get their information through those channels.

Please email me separately if you want more information, or are ready to volunteer.

Thanks!
Amy (amykadams@gmail.com)


PTA News May 31, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on May 31, 2017

Archiving Konstella for next year

As we reach the end of the year I wanted to let everyone know how we will be handling Konstella classrooms for next year. I will be leaving the classrooms as they are for the summer. Parents can continue to communicate with other families, with their classroom, or with the entire school.

In early August I will be archiving this year. That process moves all kids out of classrooms, removes existing classrooms, and removes all fifth grade students from the system. Families who just have exiting fifth graders will be removed from Konstella. Families with additional Mistral children will keep their accounts with their remaining Mistral kids.

You can always search for information from past years even after I have archived, for example emails that were sent or events. In the search box, you will see an option to search the current year or past years.  

After I archive, I will create the new classrooms for the 2017/18 school year. At class posting I’ll have information about how to move your children into the appropriate classrooms, and I’ll send an email reminder.

Thanks and have a great summer!
Amy

Castro Mistral Red de Apoyo Comunitario/Community Support Network (CAMIRAC)

Recent anti-immigration actions have left many parents and children in our community feeling unsafe and helpless. A small group of concerned parents met with families in March to understand how we could help. We formed CAMIRAC to support our immigrant families so they feel safe and empowered. Our three main focus areas are:

  1. Education and emergency preparedness - Families want to know their rights and make sure their children are cared for in the event of an emergency. In April, we connected 25 families with legal support on their immigration status and to start developing emergency childcare plans. We will help another 26 families on June 3rd.

  2. Emotional and mental health support - Parents and children are fearful and anxious. On June 3rd, CHAC - the Community Health and Awareness Council - is presenting a workshop and providing summer support groups to help families feel less isolated and provide them with tools to talk about recent events with their children.

  3. General support - We are helping families fill out forms, like US passport applications, and helping connect them with suitable temporary guardians for their children.

We need your support to raise $12,000 for the legal consultations and mental health support*.

MAKE YOUR CONTRIBUTION TODAY at https://rebrand.ly/camirac

Our larger, long-term goal is to create a comprehensive support network for the entire Castro/Mistral community by breaking down barriers and strengthening individual and community bonds. Later this summer, please look for more details and calls for how you can get involved. It will take participation from all of our families to build a stronger campus-wide community!

 Recruiting a back up Konstella admin

Next year will be my last at Mistral, and I’m looking for someone to shadow me for a year as Konstella administrator and take over the following year. This is a great job for someone who is comfortable with technology. It doesn’t take a lot of time, but plays an important role in helping our community communicate and organize.

The role involves some work at the beginning and end of the year, helping orient parents, getting classrooms set up, sending how-to emails and archiving the year. Throughout the year, this role serves as a liaison with Konstella and helps make sure parents are able to make use of new features. Our school also translates the app, which is how Konstella is able to offer the app in Spanish. The Konstella admin coordinates with our translators to make sure all new app functionality gets translated.

The admin also helps Kristin Bailey, who does a lot of the training at the beginning of the year for new room parents and committee leads, and along with Kristin helps parents throughout the year make use of Konstella functionality. The admin also works closely with Kristen McGuire-Husky and Stacey Rosenberry to be sure important posts from Konstella are also available on the website and in the newsletter for parents who get their information through those channels.

Please email me separately if you want more information, or are ready to volunteer.

Thanks!
Amy (amykadams@gmail.com)

Recess Supervision Help

We invite you to help provide extra adult supervision during lunch recess. Our yard supervisors are wonderful, and during our current construction phase, their job can be difficult with children spread out in different areas. Surely our students could benefit from extra sets of caring eyes and hands! Please sign up for one shift or several! Contact me with any questions.

Thank you,
Sara Kopit-Olson, VP Mistral PTA

Marker Recycling

Instead of tossing markers into the trash, let’s Colorcycle them!  Your classroom and library have Colorcycle boxes for marker drop off.  Our 5th grade Girl Scout Troop 61076 will recycle markers by collecting and shipping used markers to a Crayola facility to convert them into clean fuel.  This fuel can be used to fill vehicles, heat homes, cook meals, and more!  

Please go to http://www.crayola.com/colorcycle.aspx to learn more about Colorcycle!


Community News May 31, 2017

Posted by mdecarva on May 31, 2017

2017 SUMMER Music Workshops

Spartan Sports Camps - June 12th - July 28th

Norovirus outbreak: Wash hands and stay healthy!

Recently there has been an increase in norovirus and other viral gastrointestinal outbreaks in the Bay Area and in San Jose. The Santa Clara County Public Health Department has received reports of GI outbreaks in over a dozen schools in our county. 

This particular illness is highly contagious, and symptoms do not start until 1 to 2 days after exposure. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, poor appetite, and headache. It is spread primarily through handling items or touching surfaces contaminated with the virus, eating or drinking contaminated food or water, and by being next to a vomiting individual.

Handwashing and keeping surfaces clean is crucial to preventing infection. District Health Services staff members are stressing the importance of frequent vigorous hand washing with soap and water for 20 seconds, and especially after using the toilet. Younger students may need a lesson or demonstration. Please see the link for proper handwashing technique. https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/videos.html. Unfortunately, hand sanitizers and alcohol rubs are not effective against norovirus. 

Anyone ill with GI symptoms should remain home until at least 48 hours after they are well. Staying home for 48 hours and continued hand washing beyond that period is critical to prevent further spread.