PTA News Aug 17, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on August 17, 2016

Moving your kids into Konstella classrooms

Please move your children into the appropriate classrooms in Konstella. You can do this either online or in the app.


  • Click on your name in the upper left
  • Click on “Your Children” from the dropdown menu
  • For each child, click on “Join Classroom,” then select the classroom from the dropdown.
  • Click save

App (Spanish version available):

  • Click on “Me” in the lower right
  • Click on “My Children”
  • For each child, select the child’s name, then select a classroom

You will now see all the classrooms you have joined in Konstella. You can message the classroom to ask questions (Does anyone know when homework is due?) and events for that classroom, like potlucks or field trips, will now appear in your Konstella calendar.

Community News Aug 17, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on August 17, 2016

Help MVEF Raise Money By Eating Dinner!

Help build community awareness by eating out during back­to­school week!  Thanks to our partners, get a flyer (from on your phone or print) and bring to the restaurants listed below during the day and time listed, and 10­-20% of your bill will be donated to MVEF! It's that easy!

  • 8/15 from 6­-9 pm ­ Jersey Mike's Mountain View
  • 8/15-­8/18 from 4­-10 pm ­ Chili's Mountain View
  • 8/15 All Day ­ Eureka! Mountain View
  • 8/16 from 4-­10 pm ­ Frankie, Johnnie & Luigi Too! Mountain View
  • 8/17 All Day ­ The Counter Mountain View
  • 8/18 All Day ­ Baskin Robbins Mountain View
  • 8/20 All Day ­ Hobee's Restaurant Mountain View

Follow MVEF and share your meal on social media using the hashtag #ThisiswhyIgive

MVWSD Child Nutrician 2016‐17

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 2016‐17 MVWSD school year. Just as in the past, you will need to reapply annually. Check out the application at:

2016­-17 online application deadline is on or before September 23, 2016

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Posted by mdecarva on August 17, 2016

A Great Quetzal Start!


Dear Mistral Families,

On behalf of the entire Gabriela Mistral staff, welcome everyone again to the 2016-2017 school year.  Our students are already settling into their new school year routines.  They are doing a wonderful job!  Your preparation and support has made the difference.  I was able to get into every classroom on over these past days; meeting with the kids and watching the teachers in action was priceless.  We look forward to a year of learning with all of you!

Thank you again for trusting us with your most precious resources!


Thank you Mistral PTA

Class Posting Huge Success

Thank you to all of the people involved in organizing and working our first school event.  It was fabulous to see so many happy families visiting with one another, meeting their teachers, picking up a backpack, turning in forms, signing up for volunteer positions, eating frozen yogurt and yummy pizza!  We appreciate all you did to make this event a success.  

Back to School Night Almost Here!

Wednesday, August 24th - 5:30p.m. to 8:00p.m.
Make sure you mark your calendars Back to School Night is next week Wednesday.  We will start at 5:30p.m. in the Multipurpose Room (MUR) with a quick address on What to Expect at Mistral 2016-2017.  Classroom visits will begin immediately after around 6:00p.m.  Back to School Night is the first opportunity that parents have to meet teachers, learn about the
classroom and grade level goals as well as general classroom expectations.  

Childcare:  Remember that the school does not provide childcare so please make appropriate arrangements.

Back to School Night is very important and it is mandatory you to attend.

August 7, 2016

Posted by kristenmcguire on August 7, 2016

Dear Gabriela Mistral Parents,

Welcome to another year at Gabriela Mistral Elementary School!  The 2016-2017 school year is the second in our independent identity as a 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.  Every family should participate in a way that works for them, so please consider taking on a task for the Walk-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 at Class Posting and under the PTA section of Mistral’s website (  

Konstella, Our Communication Platform
After a successful adoption last year, Konstella continues serving as our communication platform.  It’s a 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.  For more information, feel free to visit the Konstella table at Class Posting, and read the Konstella flyer in this packet on how to sign up for an account.

See you at Class Posting on Friday, August 12th from 3 to 6 PM.  You can skip the donation line by submitting your donation in advance and online, at

Joey Mercer (PTA President) and Sara Kopit-Olson (PTA Executive Vice President) 

June 1, 2016

Posted by mdecarva on June 1, 2016

Dear Mistral Families,

We have come to the end of our first amazing school year.  Tomorrow will be a special day for me because I will have the honor of participating in the 5th grade promotion ceremony which is our send-off to middle school. I have watched these 5th grade students grow up before my eyes.  All of these students have been at Castro, now Mistral since they were in kindergarten. I look forward to sharing memories of the past six years and to honor all of our students, noting their accomplishments, their efforts, and their friendships.  Each student is special to us, and it is our hope that this ceremony will be something that they will look back on with fond memories.

The many end-of-year activities have brought closure to a wonderful school year. It was great to have so many parents attend the many volunteer celebrations going on throughout the school that day.  We could not do what we do without our dedicated volunteers who selflessly give of their time and energy.  Many of you were able to attend and help out with our Science Fair, potluck picnics, 3rd grade Open Market day, kindergarten celebrations, and the 5th grade continuation. Mistral is blessed to have an active PTA and parent community who help plan, organize, and support the many activities that take place throughout the year. I speak for the whole Mistral staff when I say “thank you” for being partners with us in your child’s education.

I have the opportunity to work with a staff that makes sure that students are learning through the last day of school. I can’t say enough about the professionalism, commitment, and dedication of the Mistral staff. I am lucky to lead a school with so much community spirit focused on student learning and growth.  Our teachers are what make Mistral the nurturing, caring, rigorous, and intellectually engaging school that it is.  I am so very proud of the work they do!

I wish the best to our families who are leaving Mistral. We will miss you. I look forward to seeing our returning families at the end of the summer.

The first day of school is Monday, August 15th. Please plan to attend the Class Posting Social at 3:00 on Friday, August 12th. This is an opportunity for staff to meet and greet the students and parents before school starts.

Have a wonderful summer!

Dra. Marcela

First Day of School 5th Grade.jpg

5TH Grade Clap Out Line

The 5th grade Clap Out line will take place on the black top after our morning recess at 11:00am on Friday 6/3.  Please feel free to come by and join our line up and give our promoted 5th graders a high five, a woo hoo and we’re gonna miss you!


Construction Update

Starting June 13th, construction crews will be here demolishing the back classrooms and the Room 17 - 21 wing.  There will also be crews creating the temporary campus with portables on the field.

The recess area will be significantly reduced next year due to the construction areas.  A small section of the blacktop near Room 4 and half of the field will be used as the play area for one school year.

There will be fencing separating the construction area from the rest of the school.  Please talk to your child frequently about staying out of the fenced areas.




“What?...You can help us get organized to move 19 classrooms and 6 closets!?!  Yes, please.  Thank you!”  That pretty much sums up the conversation I had with Jill Rakestraw two weeks ago, and she saved my life!  I can’t express the gratitude I have for all of the volunteers who are helping us with the huge task of packing up our school as we get ready for construction this summer.  I have to give a special shout out to Jill Rakestraw who has helped bring all of the tedious details together for our school.  She is an amazing organizer and communicator.  

Another shoutout goes out to Tim and Stephanie Downey who are cataloging all of our Spanish leveled books.  This is no small task as neither one of them are native Spanish speakers.  I pretty sure they are regularly checking in with their 1st grade daughter, Erin, who has certainly passed them in reading, writing and speaking Spanish skills.  Tim and Stephanie are planning on working on this HUGE task through the summer.  If you are interested in helping, please let me know so we can reach out in the next week or so.

PTA News June 01, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on June 1, 2016

Don't forget to give some Volunteer LOVE - sign up for your roles for next year!

School is almost out - don't forget look through open volunteer positions for next year's PTA events and activities! We're able to do these awesome activities and learning programs because of YOU. There's something in here for everyone, whether you can volunteer at school or help with events from your computer at home, whether you speak Spanish or English or both, whether you have an interest in computers or gardening.

Volunteering is a great way to meet other cool parents like you, support your kids and their friends, and feel good :)

Sign up now!

Sarah & Joey
(Outgoing & incoming PTA Presidents)

Enjoy your Summer!

It's hard to believe that the end of the year is upon us!  It has been an excellent year and you must be very proud of the great work of your child this year.  Enjoy your Summer!!

Community News June 01, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on June 1, 2016

All Library Materials Are Now Due!

Please return any books checked out by parents and students as soon as possible.  Student reminders have already been given to classrooms.  Students and parents with books not turned in as of Monday, May 23, will be given bills for the replacement cost of the items.  The cost only applies if the items are lost or damaged.  Once a book is returned, no late fees are charged and the obligation is removed from the borrower's record.

Thank you for supporting Castro & Mistral School Library!

Last Day to Check Lost and Found

The last day to check the Lost and Found rack/box will be June 3rd, 2016.

Anything that remains in the Lost and Found rack/box after that day will be donated.

Thank you for your collaboration!

Bullis Boosters Summer Bridge Camp

Who We Are:
Bullis Boosters Summer Bridge Camp is a hands-on language arts and science engineering day camp for incoming 2nd-4th graders from Mountain View and Los Altos, CA. Member of the American Camping Association.

July 25-29, 2016, 9 am - 4pm

Bullis Charter School Campus
102 W. Portola Ave
Los Altos, CA 94022

How to Enroll:

Please fill out registration forms online by June 10, 2016. Campers will be enrolled on a first-come, first-serve basis until all available spots are filled.  There will be no tuition charged for  the camp for eligible students, however to reserve a spot, we require a $40 deposit which will be returned upon camp completion. A healthy lunch, snacks and all materials will be provided.

CHAC Classes in Spanish

Starting on Wednesday July 6th from 6:30pm-8:00pm and Saturday July 9th 2016 from 8:00am-9:30am

At our CHAC Building

590 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA

We will help you with

  • Implementing positive discipline
  • Communication with your child
  • Managing anger and stress
  • Cultural issues that influence parenting

Classes are in Spanish and free of charged.  

Classes for Children 6 to 10 years old

YMCA:  Come Play Together

Summer Hoops Basketball League El Camino YMCA

July 5 - August 12

K-8 (ages 5-13), co-ed

Register:  Online or at El Camino YMCA by June 10

Financial assistance available

CSMA 2016 summer art & music camps

June 6–August 12


One week or two week sessions

register now!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on May 25, 2016

Time Flies.jpg Time Flies…

It is hard to believe that in seven days our school year will come to a close, and students and staff both will leave for the summer holidays with plans to relax, to beach comb, to swim or to camp. For some, it will be a time to get caught up in some summer reading; while for others the summer will represent a time to reacquaint with family and friends, to lounge in PJs and not be at the beck and call of a highly routinized schedule.

Our final days at school will be filled with a variety of fun activities for students (3rd grade open market day, talent show, 5th grade promotion ceremony etc.). However this is still a valuable time for teachers to support the academic progress of their students. We would all appreciate your support in helping to keep your children’s evening routines as consistent as possible to ensure a productive end to the school year.  

imgres.jpg Some words of thanks to our Family Community…

The Mistral Staff extends heartfelt thanks to our PTA Parents and Families for the amazing week full of acknowledgements in honor of Teacher Appreciation! Your many kindnesses, from the door signs, to the delicious breakfast and luncheon, and beautiful flowers and cards from our students, were greatly appreciated by all of us. We sincerely love the work that we do, we appreciate your ongoing support and involvement as parents, and we thank you for entrusting your children to us in this process. Your generous expressions of appreciation to us are certainly “the icing on the cake!” We thank you for your efforts in making the week so special and memorable to us all!

images.png5 Days Until the Big Event!

The Fifth Grade promotion ceremony will take place on, Thursday, June 2nd at 3:00pm in the MUR.  Doors will open at 2:45pm for seating.  After the ceremony, there will be a brief reception in the MUR courtyard area.

imgres-1.jpgWeekly Top Scorer for 5/16 - 5/20!


Have you heard? Asher C. our 3rd grader, scored the most points during the week of May 16th compared to all students at Gabriela Mistral Elementary School using Achieve3000 - KidBiz.  Asher earning 50 bonus points and an achievement.  Asher’s name will be posted to the school's Weekly Top Scorer scoreboard. Keep up the great work Asherl!  I can't wait to see who will be our next top scorer this week.

PTA News May 25, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on May 25, 2016

“People Safety” Workshop

May 25, 6:00-8:00pm, Gabriela Mistral Elementary MUR

People Safety skills help people be safe with people at home, at school, online, out in the world... everywhere. They also help strengthen important relationships. Learn ways to help young people learn and use age-appropriate People Safety skills on an everyday basis to have safer, more positive experiences with people, including strangers, siblings, peers, and other people they know.

This workshop is open to all Mistral Elementary School parents and staff. During the workshop, we’ll practice how to help kids:

  • Be and act aware and confident
  • Check with adults if anything seems unsafe
  • Move away from possible problems
  • Follow Stranger Safety rules
  • Stay safe from hurtful words
  • Use voice as a safety tool
  • Set clear boundaries
  • Say “No” or “Stop” clearly and respectfully
  • Deal with other kids poking, pushing, grabbing, etc.
  • Use safety plans if lost in a store, park, or library
  • Get help from busy adults - and persist!

Message about End of Year Collections and Appreciation Drawings and Letters

High-5 to all the children who have turned in lovely artwork and kind words for the teachers and staff. I’m extending the deadline to Thursday morning, 5/26, to get any additional letters, which can be turned in at the office in a file box. Additional blank copies can be found in the office. The attachment is now working on Konstella to print at home. Please ask your child(ren) to consider writing another letter or drawing for a member of the staff; the janitors, the office staff, the Principal, a second teacher or yard duty would really feel appreciated with these letters.

Please contact your Room Parents to get your contribution for year-end gift for your teacher.

Bring in your Box Tops and Labels for Mistral by Friday, May 27th

Last chance to submit your Box Tops and your Labels for Education for this school year. Drop your full baggies in the box in the office.

To make the submission process easier:

  • Trim your Box Tops and Labels!
  • Bundle your Box Tops and Labels in groups of 10 or 50 using rubber bands, a sealable bag, or an envelope

Jill Rakestraw
Box Tops Coordinator
Mistral Box Tops School ID: 9678596

Talent Show


  • 2 minute maximum performance
  • Music with lyrics appropriate for school
  • Music submitted as mp3 to Jenna Adams (CD option also available)

STEP 1 AUDITIONS Thursday 19 May @ MUR after school

We don't need to see the act, just turn in the form and answer some questions

STEP 2 DRESS REHEARSAL Friday 27 May @ MUR after school (minimum day)


  • Tuesday 31 May
  • 8:45 AM 3rd - 5th
  • 10:20 AM K - 2nd

QUESTIONS? PREGUNTAS? Jenna Adams 650 906 3647 se habla español

Maestra Kalin (room 14 / salón 14)

Return this Form in Person Thursday 19 May after school @ MUR

School Potluck

  • The Kinder 1st grade potluck is on Thu May 26th from 5:00-7:00 pm and will be located outside of Room 21.
  • The incoming kinder potluck is on the same night, same time and will be located near the orange playground near Toft St.
  • Baile folklorico will perform at 5:30 pm for both potluck audiences. Baile folklorico families should plan to arrive no later than 5 pm to get ready.