PTA News Jan 31, 2018

Posted by staleyr5 on January 30, 2018

Mistral’s Ice Skating Party

Mistral’s Ice Skating Party will be on Friday, February 16th from 5:30-7:30 pm. Tickets are $7 per skater and pizza and hot chocolate will be provided for free.

It is held at the Winter Lodge in Palo Alto and we are limited to 350 tickets.

Tickets will be available for purchase here on February 1st!

Please note: Only skaters need to purchase a ticket. If you would like to come and watch the skaters and socialize, you do not need to purchase a ticket.

Lego, Baile, Oh My!  

Signups for the Spring session afterschool classes are coming this Monday.  New class includes Theater.

   Feb 5-8: Sign up for Lottery

   Feb 9-14: Confirmation

   Spring session classes: Feb 26-May 14

The current Winter classes will continue until Feb 15.

The Afterschool classes are organized by the PTA to give Mistral and Castro students a chance to engage in activities after school without leaving our campus.  Classes are typically one hour long and meet one day a week. Visit for more details.

You have already done this?  Login on Monday to choose new classes

Can’t remember you PIN?  We will send you a direct link via email or text on Monday morning!

New to After School?  Create an account at and sign up your child on Monday.  (Sign ups close on Thursday).

Thinking of creating or seeking out a new class for next year?   Great news, please let the PTA know.

Looking for the next Konstella Trainer

I have been the Konstella community trainer for the last 2+ years. I am looking for someone to shadow me so I can take a backseat next year.  This position is a member of the PTA's communications team.

Details and skills include:

  1. Savvy with technology

  2. Able to be on campus at drop off or after school

    • especially at the beginning of the school year

  3. Comfortable posting emails to Mistral community

  4. Bilingual is nice - but can pair with another parent (translation services available)

  5. Able to attend and host tables at :

    • class posting/back to school night/kinder/incoming kinder potlucks

  6. Signing people up to Konstella

  7. Training Groups

I'd like this person to start shadowing now so they are at full speed fall 2018 (when training is most needed).

Please contact me if you are interested. Thank you for your consideration,


Dual Immersion in Middle School

Please fill out this short survey regarding dual immersion in middle school: dlJohC13

School Successes Inspire N.C. Push for Dual Language:


In the districts with two-way, dual-language instruction, students score statistically significantly higher in reading in 4th grade than their nondual-language peers, a pattern that continues through 8th grade. In 5th grade, dual-language students score about the same as their monolingual peers in 6th grade, an advantage that lasts through 8th grade. The same pattern is true in math, with 5th grade dual-language students scoring as high as nonprogram peers in 6th grade.

For English-learners (ELLs) in dual-language programs, reading scores in all the tested grades are much higher than for ELLs who are not in a dual-language program. In math, English-learners in dual-language programs score as high as their nondual-language ELL peers who are a grade ahead of them.

"The number one impact of this type of instruction is on their cognitive development, which is cumulative every year," Mr. Thomas said. "The other key factor is the level of student engagement. Those two things are adding up to a lot of positive effect for our most historically disadvantaged groups."

Community News Jan 31, 2018

Posted by staleyr5 on January 30, 2018

Please confirm your child's enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year before February 2.

We have a new, convenient online registration system called SchoolMint.  Look for an e-mail from Schoolmint dated Jan. 5 with the registration website address and your username. If you didn’t receive a login email, please call 650-526-3252 extension 3 for help. To learn more go to You can also contact the school office.  We are happy to help you complete your child’s registration.

Please note: Current transitional kindergarten and fifth-grade families need to complete two steps in Schoolmint. First select actions "Returning" or "Not Returning". Then click the green button "Add/Edit New Student Application" to start registration and/or request a school transfer.

Artwork by Art4Schools students

We are happy to announce that artwork by Art4Schools students, including works by students from Mistral, will be shown at our annual student and faculty show, “Art Shapes the World”. This exhibit will be on display from February 1st, 2018 – February 28th, 2018 at the Mountain View City Hall Rotunda, 500 Castro Street.  Please join us for the reception and a special performance by the Huff Honor Choir on Friday, February 2nd, 2018 from 3:00 – 6:00 PM.

Roshni J.

5th Grade

Allison H.

5th Grade

Laura M.

4th Grade

Sophia L.

4th Grade

February Meeting:
Thursday, Feb. 1st, 2018
8:30am or 6:30pm
Teacher's Lounge

Translation, Childcare, & Snacks Provided


Ruby Bridges Goes to School

This is the true story of an extraordinary girl who helped shape our country when she became the first African-American to attend an all-white school in New Orleans in 1960.


The importance of inclusion and sense of belonging.

Dealing with our own bias/prejudices.

Math Night

The MVLA High School District presents “Math Night” on Feb. 6 from 6:30-8:00 in MVHS Theater, 3535 Truman Ave. It's for families who will attend high school at MVLA. The night will include information about the high school math pathways available to students. In addition, the Computer Science and Engineering courses and pathways will be presented.

Parenting in the Age of Technology: Protecting our Children In An Age of Access

Wednesday, Feb. 7th,  6:30-8pm
Graham Middle School MUR

Presenters:  my digital TAT2

This workshop will explore:

*Rapid change in technology and how our children are using social media
*Strategies for supporting and staying connected to our children
*Interactive discussion, videos, and real life scenarios to help parents show children how to  navigate, self-regulate, slow down and think before they act.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Come early to connect with resources!


  • 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.)

Register here

State of the Schools Event

Please join MVWSD Superintendent Dr. Ayindé Rudolph for the State of the Schools event

WHEN: Thursday, Feb 8 at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Auditorium, Crittenden Middle School,  1701 Rock Street, Mountain View

Dr. Rudolph will speak about this year’s successes and challenges in our schools, and what can be expected in the future. All are welcome to this free event. Spanish interpretation will be provided.

Performances:  Graham Middle School and Crittenden Middle School vocal ensembles

Please reserve your free seat here

MVEF Winter Gala and Auction is February 10th!

The Winter Gala and Auction is less than two weeks away. MVEF hopes you will join for some fun and fundraising as we "let the music play!"
Our auction team has been hard at work finding experiences, items, and events that will inspire you to bid. Here is a sneak peek:

Dinner for four at the Mountain View Firehouse.
Two behind-the-scenes VIP Tesla factory tours.
A private shopping event at Anthropologie.
Tickets to museums, sporting events, summer camps and more.

We hope you will attend! Learn more at

Local Resource Guide for Learning Challenges

Do you need help finding summer camps to fit your child's needs? Recreational opportunities that are accepting and inclusive? Therapists, advocates, tutors? Please check out SELPA1 CAC's Local Resource Guide! at or We are always interested in updates and additions, let us know how we can make the Guide for useful!

Better Communication with Your Teen, DBT w/Michael Fitzgerald,  SELPA 1 CAC Parent Education Event

Wed. Feb. 7, 2018, 7PM-9PM Santa Rita Elementary School

Michael Fitzgerald, Executive Director of Behavioral Health Services at El Camino Hospital will discuss the benefits of DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy). Learn why DBT is so effective and how parents can use the concept to have better communication with their teens.  “Sometimes parents are unaware of how their teens are reacting to their verbal and nonverbal cues…at times teens don’t feel validated by their families...teens crave acceptance…parents can learn to avoid phrases that reinforce negative self images...both parents and teens can learn how to communicate more positively.”

DBT combines cognitive behavioral techniques for emotion regulation with concepts of mindful awareness, distress tolerance and acceptance.

Parent Chat

Tue. Feb. 13, 2018, 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.

Let's Talk

Mon. Feb. 12, 2018, 7-9PM, 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.

PTA News, November 9th, 2017

Posted by baguirrecortez on November 9, 2017

Nov 6-9: After school Lottery requests

It's time to request which afterschool classes your child would like to attend for the winter quarter.  We have a new signup process available at  The top corner contains a pair of buttons "Parent Sign Up" (for first time users) and "Parent Login" (for returning parents).  The signup process will gather contact details, your children's info and interests.  You can return at any time in the future to update any of the info - especially changes to the lottery requests- by using the Login.


Another Way to Benefit Mistral

Did you know that you can raise funds for Mistral just by doing your everyday shopping?  


Wherever you are, during the school year or over break, Benefit-Mobile is an app that allows you to purchase electronic gift cards at many popular stores and online merchants while giving a percentage of your purchases to Mistral.


Before the holidays go into full swing, please consider taking a moment now to get Benefit up and running on your smart phone.  Are you planning to rent a place through Airbnb (5%) or (8%)?  Going camping (REI 8%)?  Trip to Disneyland (5%)?  Flying Southwest Airlines (4%)?  Got a home improvement project (Home Depot 3% or Lowes 4%)?  The percentages shown are the amounts these retailers will give to Mistral when you pay for these things through Benefit and a linked bank account.


If you already have a Benefit account please consider making Mistral your new beneficiary.


If you already use cash cards purchased from the PTA, please continue doing so, but consider downloading and using Benefit for those times when you run out of cards, while you're traveling or on vacation, or at retailers like Airbnb that are on Benefit, but not available through our existing cash card program.


If you are new to Benefit-Mobile, you can use it at over 160 participating retailers, including Amazon and Target.  


How do I sign up?

  1. Download the app through iTunes for iPhones or through GooglePlay for your android device.

  2. Choose your beneficiary:  Gabriela Mistral Elementary PTA

  3. Link your payment forms to Benefit using their multi-step verification system.  You can buy Benefit gift cards using either a credit card or a bank account.  Mistral will receive a much higher rebate when you purchase gift cards using a bank account.  If you link both a credit card and a bank account to Benefit, you have the option to switch back and forth between payment methods each time you buy a new gift card.  Please note that it takes about 2 weeks for the multi-step verification system to link a bank account as your payment method to Benefit and allow for bigger purchases.  In the meantime, you can use a credit card to buy Benefit cards.  


Benefit is absolutely free to use and raises money for a good cause.  You can use it at the point of sale at many participating retailers and show your phone to the cashier or input your gift card number when shopping online.  You can also manually input and track your remaining gift card balances using the app.  At some retailers, like Whole Foods and Starbucks, the app will refresh your remaining gift card balance with a single button push. (Note that each retailer has its own rules).  *If you are making a very large purchase, please look at the maximum gift card purchase amount allowed and plan ahead to buy enough cards to cover your entire purchase. (If you are buying Benefit cards for the maximum amount allowable with your bank account, Benefit will make you wait for the first purchase to clear before you can buy another card from the same retailer.)


Some retailers, like Safeway and Walmart, require you to email your gift card to yourself, print, and bring it to the store.  For these retailers, it could be more convenient to purchase cash cards through our existing cash card program.  The conventional cash card program also offers a much larger number of retailers, so please keep using them for stores not partnered with Benefit.  


Friends, extended family, and alumni are all encouraged to sign up and make Mistral their beneficiary.


Thank you for all you do for our school!

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Posted by baguirrecortez on November 9, 2017

Strong start: Welcome families and educators

• ¿When? - November 9, 16, 30 and December 7.  

• ¿Time? - 6pm - 8pm

• ¿Where? – Castro/Mistral 505 Escuela Ave., Mountain View,   CA 94040

• Learn new ways to:

  • Support school success

  • Communicate and discipline effectively

  • Strengthen family and school partnerships

  • Connect with others to build a community of support




MV Parent U: “Being an 'Askable Adult'--Talking to your child about sexuality” Nov. 8

Mountain View Parent U presents “Being an 'Askable Adult'--Talking to your child about sexuality” on Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 6:30- 8 p.m. at the Crittenden Middle School MUR.

Presented by Health Connected, a Bay Area health education leader, parents will learn the why, what, how and when of talking with your kids about sexual health. Join us for a fun and interactive workshop that will inspire and assist trusted adults to engage their children in open and honest conversation.

The session is appropriate for adults with children of any age, and definitely relevant for adults with children approaching puberty through their teen years.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Come early to connect with resources!


  • Interpretation (Spanish support)

  • Child care

  • Transportation (Bus departs from Castro Elementary and Graham Middle at 6 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.)

Register here

Chess Night

If your child is interested in Chess please join us Thursday, November 9, 6 - 7:30 pm in the MUR. We will talk about the tournament coming in the Spring and what your child can do to prepare, enjoy some refreshments, share information about apps, websites, and books, and play some chess. Please RSVP  You can also fill out this quick form if you just want to get on a chess mailing list. If you have questions, please contact Chris Cosner (

MVEF Monthly Board Meeting

Have your elementary students showed you a beautiful piece of art they made in their art class taught by a CSMA teacher? Sung a song their CSMA music teacher taught them? Did your middle schooler run cross country this fall or join morning  choir? These are just some of the programs made possible by your donations to the Mountain View Educational Foundation.


MVEF will be holding their monthly board meeting on November 14th  at Bubb School in the MUR from 7-9 pm.  Join us to learn more about the work MVEF does to support every child at every school, in Mountain View.   The board meetings are open to all, and board members will be available to answer any questions prior to the meeting between 6:30-7 pm.

 MVLA speakers series presents “Raise an Adult” author

The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents ... Please join us as Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of “How to Raise an Adult,” talks about what it means to be a real American, her experiences with racism and micro-aggressions, and what we can do to foster greater understanding and compassion for individual differences in our racially and culturally diverse community. Her new memoir, “Real American,” was just released on October 3rd.

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 - 7:00 - 9:00pm | MVHS Spartan Theatre | 3535 Truman Avenue, Mountain View, CA

Admission is FREE, but please register:

Raise funds for Graham Performing Arts' Tour

We have a unique opportunity to raise funds for Graham Performing Arts' Tour as Lionsgate and the movie WONDER are donating $1.00 per movie ticket to our cause. Please help us by spreading the word to see the film opening weekend (Nov 17-19). Tickets are on sale now! For sales to count: Get tickets at Select Graham Middle School Performing Arts and you will checkout via Fandango. Thank you!

This holiday season, all children who are residents of Mountain View can put together their wish lists and letters, and send them to Santa!  In return, Santa will mail a letter back! Letters will be accepted until Friday, December 8th.  There are two easy ways for Santa to receive letters.


 Breakfast with Santa


 Saturday, December 9th 8:30 a.m.– 10:30 a.m.

 Mountain View Senior Center


  •  Adult (18+): $20

  •  child (12 and under): $15

 Event will feature:  Catered breakfast · musical performances · craft activities · holiday themed stories ·picture taking with Santa and elves

 Register online at or at the mountain view senior center located at 266 Escuela avenue. Call (650)903-6331 for more information.

 Advanced Registration is Required

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Posted by baguirrecortez on November 9, 2017


No School

Friday November, 10th

Great job 4th grade!

You have done an amazing job beautifying our campus. Keep up the good work!

As part of a school wide effort to keep our school campus clean and demonstrate our school pride, all grade level classes at Mistral rotate weekly to pick up trash. Teachers can choose any day of the week and time to go out as a class to pick up trash for 5 minutes in any area of the campus. Our school will provide disposable plastic gloves for kids to use. Go Mistral!


Are you Clever?

Did you know your student can access all their favorite online learning apps at home through Clever? If you kid loves Khan Academy, GoMath or EduTyping or if they need access to their Google Drive, they can access it all at home through Clever.

You can access Clever from your web browser by going to:

Find our school "Mistral Elementary School" then your student can login with Google using their school e-mail ( and password (the same one they use on the Chromebooks at school).

Once they login to Clever they will have access to all the same apps they can access from their Chromebook and they will be automatically logged into all their accounts.

Here is a video if you need more help with the process:

Clever is also availible as an app for your ipad:

But what about ST Math?

Clever does not include ST Math, but don't worry your students can still play with JiJi by going to:

Your student will need to remember their whole visual password to login, if it's not working you may need to enter our school's activation code (MIS798-L7C-LY-EYN)  or it could be that your kinder hasn't learned their entire password yet.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Posted by dviramontes on October 25, 2017

Keep it Fun - Not Scary!
No Scary Costumes at School on Halloween

Please note that both Castro and Mistral will not allow clown costumes to be worn at school during Halloween.  Also, students are not allowed to wear scary, gory costumes (Scream, zombie, monster, etc.) and neither are fake weapons allowed at school (leave the pirate sword at home, etc.)  For those who are new to us, this school has a long-standing tradition of not doing scary costumes to avoid traumatizing the younger students.


Mini-Halloween Parade @ Mistral

Due to all of the activities related to construction on our campus, Mistral will hold a mini-Halloween parade in the MUR. Your child’s classroom teacher will communicate Halloween dress up instructions and details related to classroom activities. If you do not want your child to participate in any activities related to Halloween, please let the classroom teacher know so the school can make alternate arrangements for your student.   


Kids in Costume Parade Across the Stage Schedule

  • 1:15 to 2:00 - Kinders, 2nd and 5th

  • 2:15 to 3:00 - 1st, 3rd and 4th   


Principal Coffee

Friday, November 3rd

Location: Staff Lounge

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.





Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Posted by dviramontes on September 29, 2017

Principal's Message Sep 27, 2017

Parent Teacher Conferences Start Monday, Oct. 9th.

Conference week begins on Monday, October 9th.  It is a minimum day all week long. Each classroom will have an online parent-teacher conference schedule. This will be emailed out Thursday, September 28th. Parents will sign up for a date and time via a link that is emailed to you by the SignUp Genius link. You may only sign up for one time slot, unless you have more than one child in the same classroom.  The system will send an automatic email reminder for your scheduled appointment(s).

Principal Coffee

Friday, October 6th

Teacher’s Lounge

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.



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Monthly Quetzal Award and Spirit Rally “Crazy Hair Day!”


Thursday 10/5/17 - 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.

The results of the Summer Reading Challenge will be announced at the next Quetzal Spirit rally on 10/5.2017.

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:

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 by email.