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 http://mistral-pta.org/asp.  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 Hotels.com (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!

Provided:

  • 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 https://tinyurl.com/y838zkf7.  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 (burrowingowl@gmail.com).


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:  https://mvla2017-julielythcott-haims.eventbrite.com


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 Filmraiser.com/tickets. 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

 Cost:

  •  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 www.mountainview.gov/register 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



Reminder: 

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: https://clever.com/login/

Find our school "Mistral Elementary School" then your student can login with Google using their school e-mail (username@mvwsd.net) 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: https://youtu.be/nb5Y8RWQowA

Clever is also availible as an app for your ipad: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/clever-instant-login/id1134186971?mt=8

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:  https://web.stmath.com/

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

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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: 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.