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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Posted by baguirrecortez on March 28, 2018

 

Mistral Open House

THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2018

Art4Schools Art Show* 5:30–7:30 pm In the Library

Visit your child’s classroom 6:00–7:00 pm

* See artwork created by your child in the Art4Schools program.

 

 Connecting to our Strategic Plan

THANK YOU to our Hour of Code team of volunteers for helping facilitate Hour of Code activities!  We had rave reviews from our students and teachers during this opportunity to teach these foundational 21st century skills.


English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)
Thank you to everyone who submitted their ballots to elect the new Mistral ELAC Board. Congratulations to our three newly-elected ELAC Board representatives.  

  • Miriam Hernandez

  • Imelda Moreno

  • Rosalia Gil

Please join us in the Staff Lounge next week to meet the new board.  At this meeting you will meet our new English Learner Test Coordinator, Romina Menutti.  

 

Our topic for this meeting are:

  • ELPAC Exam

  • Reclassification

  • Extra Support Classes (3rd to 5th grade)

 

When: Thursday, April 5th, 2018

Where: Staff Lounge

Time: 8:30am - 9:30am


Attention 5th Grade Parents!   

All 5th graders will select their electives online this year.   Parents, you can use the PowerSchool parent portal account.  (If you don’t have an account, contact your school secretary). Then logon and select your student’s electives. Deadline to select classes is TODAY, March 28th.


Spring Picture Day is ComingPicture Day

Please bring your picture day form if you would like to view picture samples of your child. NO money is required on this day. After picture day you will receive a package to review and make purchases.

 

When: Thursday, April 19th

Where: MUR

Oak Tree Update

Members of our District Maintenance team continues to help us reduce the chance of caterpillar exposure for students. The team will completed the spring treatment of our Oak tree to abate the pests this weekend.


Parent Project: Parent Workshop

The manual that was not given at the Hospital

 

A guide for parents with children from 5 to 10 years of age

Parent classes (in Spanish)

Bring your children from 5 to 10 years old

they will work on projects related to the parent topics of the day

 

Workshop is every Tuesday, starting March 13th, 2018 at 5:30 to 8:00 pm

In Room 5



We are very interested in what you have to say. Your feedback is very important. Please click on the link below to submit a question, comment, concern, suggestion or a compliment about our school.

CLICK HERE:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MistralPrincipalFeedback


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Posted by baguirrecortez on March 28, 2018

Thank you to our Ability Awareness Volunteers!

at Mistral last week...

Brought to MVWSD by the SELPA 1 CAC and the Learning Challenge Committee of the LA/MV PTAs

 

“Every student, staff, family, and community member will feel valued and supported while working, learning, and partnering with MVWSD.”
MVWSD Strategic Plan Goal #3

 


Attention 5th Grade Parents!   

Online elective selection coming March 20th! All 5th graders will select their electives online this year.   Parents, you can use the PowerSchool parent portal account.  (If you don’t have an account, contact your school secretary). Then logon and select your student’s electives.


AMIGOS PROGRAM KICK-OFF

Amigos de las Américas invites the Mariano Castro and Gabriela Mistral Elementary School students to an academic program that will study health/nutrition; animals/ habitats; leadership and the rainforest.

There will also be crafts, art, snacks and outdoor games.

When? Saturdays: February 24; March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Time? 10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

For Whom? Grades 2 to 5

Where? Castro/Mistral Schools – Rooms 107 and 110

The program is free and it is not necessary to sign up; just come


Parent Project: Parent Workshop

The manual that was not given at the Hospital

 

A guide for parents with children from 5 to 10 years of age

Parent classes (in Spanish)

Bring your children from 5 to 10 years old

they will work on projects related to the parent topics of the day

 

Workshop is every Tuesday, starting March 13th, 2018 at 5:30 to 8:00 pm

In Room 5


We are very interested in what you have to say. Your feedback is very important. Please click on the link below to submit a question, comment, concern, suggestion or a compliment about our school.

CLICK HERE:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MistralPrincipalFeedback


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Posted by baguirrecortez on March 28, 2018

Adults Can Be A Model Quetzal Too - Be Safe, Show Respect, Make Good Decisions, Be Community Minded

 

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We need everyone to help with a problem at Mistral Elementary school about which each of us has concerns; the safety of our children.  All elementary schools have this problem, and we are collectively looking for solutions. Please help keep our kids safe.

  1. Remember that students are only allowed to load on the curb side of the circle driveway.  

  2. Please remember to stay in your car and pull all the way forward in the driveway circle.  

  3. Cars should not be left unattended in these areas.

Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.  Let us all work together to keep our kids safe.

EMERGENCY ACCESS AND SCHOOL DROP OFF AREAS

This is our school’s main entrance for emergency responders it must be kept clear at all times!

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We all must work together to enhance the ability of emergency responders to reach our campus and respond to emergency situations.

Students, visitors and district staff are prohibited from parking in areas marked as fire lanes because doing so can prevent the timely arrival of first responders to the scene of medical or fire emergencies on our school campus.

Please take the time necessary to find parking on the street or other parking locations near the campus.


NO SCHOOL - Monday March 19, 2018


Attention 5th Grade Parents!   

Online elective selection coming March 20th! All 5th graders will select their electives online this year.   Parents, you can use the PowerSchool parent portal account.  (If you don’t have an account, contact your school secretary). Then logon and select your student’s electives.


AMIGOS PROGRAM KICK-OFF

Amigos de las Américas invites the Mariano Castro and Gabriela Mistral Elementary School students to an academic program that will study health/nutrition; animals/ habitats; leadership and the rainforest.

There will also be crafts, art, snacks and outdoor games.

When? Saturdays: February 24; March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Time? 10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

For Whom? Grades 2 to 5

Where? Castro/Mistral Schools – Rooms 107 and 110

The program is free and it is not necessary to sign up; just come

 


Parent Project: Parent Workshop

The manual that was not given at the Hospital

 

A guide for parents with children from 5 to 10 years of age

Parent classes (in Spanish)

Bring your children from 5 to 10 years old

they will work on projects related to the parent topics of the day

 

Workshop is every Tuesday, starting March 13th, 2018 at 5:30 to 8:00 pm

In Room 5


We are very interested in what you have to say. Your feedback is very important. Please click on the link below to submit a question, comment, concern, suggestion or a compliment about our school. 

CLICK HERE:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MistralPrincipalFeedback

 

 


 


Community News Jan 10, 2018

Posted by baguirrecortez on March 16, 2018

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

 


Mountain View Whisman School District

We Are Fighting the Flu!

Our schools are seeing more cases of flu in both staff and students. With seasonal flu circulating at our schools and in the community, here are a few reminders about what you should do. 

  • If your child has flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose), keep him or her home until they no longer have a fever without taking any fever reducing medication for at least 24 hours.  If your child has other health issues, you may want to call your health care provider for advice. 

  • Drink a lot of liquid (such as juice, water, Pedialyte ®, broth).

  • Keep him or her comfortable. Rest is important.

  • For fever, sore throat, and muscle aches, you can use fever-reducing medicines that your doctor recommends.

  • Use good health habits such as covering coughs and/or sneezes in sleeves, or to cover coughs/sneezes with tissues.  Wash hands often and keep them away from your face.

  • Keep tissues close and have a trash bag within reach for disposing of used tissues.

  • Don’t go to school, daycare, or public places if you are sick.

  • If someone in your home is sick, keep him or her away from family members who are not sick.

 

Be watchful for emergency warning signs that might indicate you need to seek emergency medical care:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing

  • Bluish or gray skin color

  • Not drinking enough fluids

  • Not waking up or not interacting

  • Feeling extremely irritable

  • Not urinating

  • Your symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

 


Bond Oversight, Parcel Tax Oversight committees seek community representatives

The District is seeking qualified persons to serve on two committees of community leaders:

 

• Bond Oversight Committee for the District's Measure G Bond Program (a member of a bona fide tax organization for a two-year commitment)

 

• Parcel Tax Oversight Committee for Measure B

 

Representatives monitor, provide oversight and ensure accountability to the funds received by the District, including an annual report to the Board regarding the actual uses of such funds.

 

Applications are foundhere (www.mvwsd.org/committees). Applications can be mailed to: Dr. Robert Clark, Associate Superintendent/Chief Business Officer,750-A San Pierre Way, Mountain View, CA 94043 or faxed to 650-964-8907.

 

Questions? Please call Dr. Robert Clark at 650-526-3500 or rclark@mvwsd.org.

 


Strong Start

Foothill College is coming to Mariano Castro & Gabriela Mistral to provide parents and families                     college classes. Become a Foothill College student free of charge and receive your student ID and all college student benefits. Our class, Strong Start, will help you learn techniques to communicate effectively with your student and strengthen school partnerships. Classes begin Jan. 11th at 6:00PM in our Staff Lounge and are offered in English and Spanish. See you all there!


English Class for Parents

Join our free English language class. We will practice listening, speaking, reading and writing in small groups with trained instructors.

All levels are welcome.

Mariano Castro Elementary School, Front Office

Saturdays, 9:30AM to 12:00PM

1/6  1/12 1/20  1/27 2/3 2/10


MV Parent University presents "Special Education Basics: Tips for parents on how to navigate the special education process"

Learn about:

* Special Education process

* Important terms

* Support at your child's school

Question & Answer session with Special Education Director Gary Johnson

 

Wednesday, January 10

6:30-8pm

Crittenden Middle School

 

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.)


Cultivating Resilience from the Inside Out: Developing a Yes Brain in Children and Adolescents

MVLA Speakers Series presents "Cultivating Resilience from the Inside Out: Developing a Yes Brain in Children and Adolescents" by Dr. Dan Siegel

 

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 7:00 - 9:00pm

Los Altos High School Eagle Theater

201 Almond Avenue, Los Altos, CA

 

In this presentation Dr. Siegel will explore the nature of the changes in the developing brain and how they set the stage for childhood and adolescent mental, physical, and interpersonal well-being.

 

Audience: K-12 parents, educators, and other caretakers

Admission: Free  Register:https://mvla2017-2018-dansiegel.eventbrite.com


CELDT/ELPAC Testers

JOB DESCRIPTION: The MVWSD is looking for qualified individuals interested in administering the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California Test (ELPAC) to the District’s K-8 English language learners.  Flexible hours. $20 an hour. All examiners will be certified by successfully completing the district-sponsored screening and training. Must be a fluent English speaker to apply. For more information contact Arline Siam at asiam@mvwsd.org.  

 


Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Open House - January 17th

 

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, January 17

         Time:               12:00 - 2:00 pm

       Location:         MVLA District Office - Board Room

                           1299 Bryant Ave, Mountain View, CA

        Register:      REGISTER ONLINE

       Questions:    programs@mentortutorconnection.org


MVEF NEWS!

Eat right and give back January 18th! Join us at Sweetgreen, located at 440 Castro Street

Starting off 2018 with a vow to eat healthier? Kick off the new year doing good for your body and good for the community! On January 18th sweetgreen will be donating 20% of your bill to the Mountain View Educational Foundation! There are some amazing choices, check out the menu at sweetgreen.com!

 


MVEF Winter Gala 2018

Saturday, February 10, 2018    

Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Avenue    

   

Join us on February 10th as we LET THE MUSIC PLAY and raise funds to support every child at every school in the Mountain View Whisman School District. You can join us earlier for a formal sit-down dinner or join us later in the evening for dessert, and dancing.

 

CHOOSE YOUR JAM:  Purchase Tickets Now!

 

THE ALBUM - $125

5:30 pm – 11:00 pm

We will start at 5:30 with hors d’oeuvres and champagne and follow with a formal, multi-course, sit-down dinner with musical entertainment. Stay for dessert, the silent auction and dancing.

 

Tickets are $125 each, or

 

THE BOX SET - $1,000

A table of 8 for you and your friends for $1,000

Note: Teachers can pay $85 for these tickets.

 

THE SINGLE - $40

7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

 

At 7:30, the party will open to a wider group for cheese, fruit and desserts, the silent auction and dancing.

Tickets are $40 each

Note: Teachers have complimentary admission to the dessert and dancing part of the evening.

 

Winter Gala Raffle

Time to buy your raffle tickets!

Mountain View Educational Foundation has some amazing prizes up for grabs in this year's raffle.

  • First prize: Two premium tickets to the Shoreline Concert of your choice

  • Second Prize: Dinner for 4 at Quattro Restaurant

  • Third Prize: A $250 gift card to Cognition Cyclery!

Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. We are selling tickets at every school, to find out where to get your tickets send a note to hafsa@mvef.org. Interested in selling tickets? Our top two sellers get $25 Amazon gift cards.

 

 


CSMA Spring Classes Begin Jan 7 - www.arts4all.org
MVLA Speaker Series - “Raising Digital Natives”, presenter Devorah Heitner - Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018, 7:00 - 9:00pm


Community News Jan 03, 2018

Posted by baguirrecortez on March 16, 2018


Mark your Calendar for the Next Book Meeting:

Thursday, January 4th

8:30am or 6:30pm

Teacher's Lounge

Book: When Sophie Gets Angry -- Really, Really, Angry...

Theme: We all get angry, but we can stop, think, and choose our reaction         

 

Living Classroom Winter Volunteer Training!

Mountain View Whisman School District’s Living Classroom program inspires our students to value the natural world through garden-based education. We provide Kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms (in all 8 Mountain View Whisman elementary schools) with hour-long lessons that correlate with current science, math, and social studies standards. Living Classroom uses a hands-on, inquiry approach to learning which ensures our lessons are effective AND fun!

Last year we reached thousands of students and taught over 550 lessons with the help of our volunteers. Volunteering with Living Classroom is rewarding, enjoyable, and no prior teaching or gardening experience is required. Interested in sharing your love of nature with students? We would love to have you on board! Consider attending our upcoming winter training sessions:

Monday, January 8th (9:00 a.m to noon)

Duveneck School

Room 10

Agenda: kindergarten lesson (9-10:00), 3rd grade lessons (10:00-noon)

 

Monday, January 22nd (9:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m.)

Stevenson PACT School

Conference Room D

Agenda: 4th grade lesson (9-10:00), 5th grade lesson (10-11:00)

 

Check us out at http://www.living-classroom.org/ or send questions to Program Manager Mallory Traughber at mtraughber@mvwsd.org.

Open Enrollment for new MVWSD students starts Jan. 5: What parents need to know

For NEW students: Open Enrollment is from January 5-February 2 online. You can register your child for the 2018-19 school year when online registration opens on January 5 here:  www.mvwsd.org/register

District new student information night, covering the registration process, is on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m. (Spanish) and 7 p.m. (English) at Castro Elementary School,505 Escuela Ave.

School kindergarten information nights are at 6 p.m. on Dec. 6 for all elementary schools.

New student information nights at Mistral Elementary (Spanish-English dual immersion program) and Stevenson Elementary (parent participation program) are on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. These nights are a good opportunity to learn about a specific elementary school or program.

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment in January. Parents may complete a school transfer request application online January 5 - February 2.

For more information, call 650-526-3500 or go towww.mvwsd.org/register.

Cultivating Resilience from the Inside Out: Developing a Yes Brain in Children and Adolescents

MVLA Speakers Series presents "Cultivating Resilience from the Inside Out: Developing a Yes Brain in Children and Adolescents" by Dr. Dan Siegel

 

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 7:00 - 9:00pm

Los Altos High School Eagle Theater

201 Almond Avenue, Los Altos, CA

 

In this presentation Dr. Siegel will explore the nature of the changes in the developing brain and how they set the stage for childhood and adolescent mental, physical, and interpersonal well-being.

 

Audience: K-12 parents, educators, and other caretakers

Admission: Free

Register:https://mvla2017-2018-dansiegel.eventbrite.com

 

MV Parent University presents "Special Education Basics: Tips for parents on how to navigate the special education process"

 

Learn about:

* Special Education process

* Important terms

* Support at your child's school

Question & Answer session with Special Education Director Gary Johnson

 

Wednesday, January 10

6:30-8pm

Crittenden Middle School

 

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.)

 

MVEF NEWS!

Eat right and give back January 18th! Join us at Sweetgreen, located at 440 Castro Street

Starting off 2018 with a vow to eat healthier? Kick off the new year doing good for your body and good for the community! On January 18th sweetgreen will be donating 20% of your bill to the Mountain View Educational Foundation! There are some amazing choices, check out the menu atsweetgreen.com!

Winter Gala and Raffle

Time to buy your raffle tickets!

Mountain View Educational Foundation has some amazing prizes up for grabs in this year's raffle.

First prize: Two premium tickets to the Shoreline Concert of your choice

Second Prize: Dinner for 4 at Quattro Restaurant

Third Prize: A $250 gift card to Cognition Cyclery!

Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. We are selling tickets at every school, to find out where to get your tickets send a note to hafsa@mvef.org. Interested in selling tickets? Our top two sellers get $25 Amazon gift cards.

Our Winter Gala and Auction is February 10th. Check out the attached flyer or go toMVEF.org


MVEF Winter Gala 2018

Saturday, February 10, 2018    

Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Avenue    

 

   

Join us on February 10th as we LET THE MUSIC PLAY and raise funds to support every child at every school in the Mountain View Whisman School District. You can join us earlier for a formal sit-down dinner or join us later in the evening for dessert, and dancing.

 

CHOOSE YOUR JAM:

THE ALBUM - $125

5:30 pm – 11:00 pm

We will start at 5:30 with passed hors d’oeuvres and champagne and follow with a formal, multi-course, sit-down dinner with musical entertainment. Stay for dessert,

the silent auction and dancing.

 

Tickets are $125 each, or

THE BOX SET - $1,000

 

A table of 8 for you and your friends for $1,000

Note: Teachers can pay $85 for these tickets.

 

THE SINGLE - $40

7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

 

At 7:30, the party will open to a wider group for cheese, fruit and desserts,

the silent auction and dancing.

Tickets are $40 each

Note: Teachers have complimentary admission to the dessert and dancing part of the evening.

CHOOSE YOUR JAM: Purchase Tickets Now!



Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Open House - January 17th



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, January 17

         Time:               12:00 - 2:00 pm

       Location:         MVLA District Office - Board Room

                           1299 Bryant Ave, Mountain View, CA

        Register:      REGISTER ONLINE

       Questions:    programs@mentortutorconnection.org


Community News Dec 13, 2017

Posted by baguirrecortez on March 15, 2018


Mark your Calendar for the Next Book Meeting:

Thursday, January 4th

8:30am or 6:30pm

Teacher's Lounge

Book: When Sophie Gets Angry -- Really, Really, Angry...

Theme: We all get angry, but we can stop, think, and choose our reaction           

   

MVHS Sports Boosters 4th Annual Christmas Tree lot

Don't miss the MVHS Sports Boosters 4th Annual Christmas Tree lot featuring "high quality fresh cut #1 grade" trees from Oregon.

 

Located at the Mountain View High School Stadium

3535 Truman Ave

Mountain View, CA

 

Hours of Operation:

Weekdays 5pm-8pm

Saturdays and Sundays 11am-8pm

 

Staffed by our MVHS athletes, performing arts students and parents

 

Buy a tree and support your students.  All proceeds go to MVHS Sports Boosters to benefit the athletic and performing arts programs.  

Registration Deadline for Math Kangaroo is Dec 15

The 2018 International Math Kangaroo is Coming to Mistral!.  The registration deadline for Math Kangaroo is approaching on December 15 and we still have plenty of available seats.

 

If you’re not sure whether your child is ready to participate in this math Olympiad, you should try out some of the free sample contest problems available here: http://www.mathkangaroo.org/mk/practice.html

 

Math Kangaroo is widely recognized by math enrichment educators and colleges as a valuable venue for honing creative problem solving skills.  Math Kangaroo is one of the "top four international competitions" recommended by the Russian School of Mathematics, alongside the American Mathematics Contest (and International Math Olympiad held by the Mathematics Association of America), the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY), and the International Math Contest (by the Russian School of Mathematics).  See: http://blog.russianschool.com/five-facts-about-math-kangaroo and  http://blog.russianschool.com/guide-to-math-competitions

 

What’s more, in addition to gaining valuable experience with a low-stakes competitive test-taking environment and gaining pride in one’s efforts, all participants will win prizes.  Each participant receives a t-shirt, pencil, test booklet, and certificate. Students who finish in the top 3 for the nation receive bronze, silver, and gold medals. Kids who place in the top 20 for the state receive additional prizes such as gift cards, or other items.  For kids in grades 1-4, getting on the top 20 list usually means answering upwards of 19 out of the 24 questions correctly. Top 20 finishers will have their names published on the Math Kangaroo website.

If you’re planning to participate, please take a moment this week to complete the registration process.  The new registration platform that Math Kangaroo is using has several steps.

 

To register, go to http://www.mathkangaroo.org/mk/default.html.  Confirm your email, then register your child using the school's private site code.  Please note that everyone registering will need a private registration code from mathkangaroomistral@gmail.com  to complete the registration process.

 

Forms for financial and registration assistance are also available in the front office.

Living Classroom Winter Volunteer Training!

Mountain View Whisman School District’s Living Classroom program inspires our students to value the natural world through garden-based education. We provide Kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms (in all 8 Mountain View Whisman elementary schools) with hour-long lessons that correlate with current science, math, and social studies standards. Living Classroom uses a hands-on, inquiry approach to learning which ensures our lessons are effective AND fun!

Last year we reached thousands of students and taught over 550 lessons with the help of our volunteers. Volunteering with Living Classroom is rewarding, enjoyable, and no prior teaching or gardening experience is required. Interested in sharing your love of nature with students? We would love to have you on board! Consider attending our upcoming winter training sessions:

Monday, January 8th (9:00 a.m to noon)

Duveneck School

Room 10

Agenda: kindergarten lesson (9-10:00), 3rd grade lessons (10:00-noon)

 

Monday, January 22nd (9:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m.)

Stevenson PACT School

Conference Room D

Agenda: 4th grade lesson (9-10:00), 5th grade lesson (10-11:00)

 

Check us out at http://www.living-classroom.org/ or send questions to Program Manager Mallory Traughber at mtraughber@mvwsd.org.

KCI Design and Programming Camp for Students: December 18 - 21

The Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College is offering students the chance to flex their creativity while enjoying a variety of challenging activities during this hands-on camp, including game creation, engineering design projects, and programming. Each student will take home several projects, including their own Raspberry Pi and Makey Makey. Taught by instructors with engineering and coding expertise, this four-day camp is appropriate for students grades 6 – 10 as they can work individually or in teams.

Registration Cost: After November 22: $799

Materials Fee: $100. Students will receive Raspberry Pi and Makey Makey kits to use during the camp and take home, as well as other maker materials.

Register at De Anza Community Education: http://bit.ly/2z4nAoN

Open Enrollment for new MVWSD students starts Jan. 5: What parents need to know

For NEW students: Open Enrollment is from January 5-February 2 online. You can register your child for the 2018-19 school year when online registration opens on January 5 here:  www.mvwsd.org/register

District new student information night, covering the registration process, is on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m. (Spanish) and 7 p.m. (English) at Castro Elementary School,505 Escuela Ave.

School kindergarten information nights are at 6 p.m. on Dec. 6 for all elementary schools.

New student information nights at Mistral Elementary (Spanish-English dual immersion program) and Stevenson Elementary (parent participation program) are on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. These nights are a good opportunity to learn about a specific elementary school or program.

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment in January. Parents may complete a school transfer request application online January 5 - February 2.

For more information, call 650-526-3500 or go towww.mvwsd.org/register.


Community News Jan 03, 2018

Posted by baguirrecortez on March 15, 2018



Mark your Calendar for the Next Book Meeting:

Thursday, January 4th

8:30am or 6:30pm

Teacher's Lounge

Book: When Sophie Gets Angry -- Really, Really, Angry...

Theme: We all get angry, but we can stop, think, and choose our reaction         

 

Living Classroom Winter Volunteer Training!

Mountain View Whisman School District’s Living Classroom program inspires our students to value the natural world through garden-based education. We provide Kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms (in all 8 Mountain View Whisman elementary schools) with hour-long lessons that correlate with current science, math, and social studies standards. Living Classroom uses a hands-on, inquiry approach to learning which ensures our lessons are effective AND fun!

Last year we reached thousands of students and taught over 550 lessons with the help of our volunteers. Volunteering with Living Classroom is rewarding, enjoyable, and no prior teaching or gardening experience is required. Interested in sharing your love of nature with students? We would love to have you on board! Consider attending our upcoming winter training sessions:

Monday, January 8th (9:00 a.m to noon)

Duveneck School

Room 10

Agenda: kindergarten lesson (9-10:00), 3rd grade lessons (10:00-noon)

 

Monday, January 22nd (9:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m.)

Stevenson PACT School

Conference Room D

Agenda: 4th grade lesson (9-10:00), 5th grade lesson (10-11:00)

 

Check us out at http://www.living-classroom.org/ or send questions to Program Manager Mallory Traughber at mtraughber@mvwsd.org.

Open Enrollment for new MVWSD students starts Jan. 5: What parents need to know

For NEW students: Open Enrollment is from January 5-February 2 online. You can register your child for the 2018-19 school year when online registration opens on January 5 here:  www.mvwsd.org/register

District new student information night, covering the registration process, is on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m. (Spanish) and 7 p.m. (English) at Castro Elementary School,505 Escuela Ave.

School kindergarten information nights are at 6 p.m. on Dec. 6 for all elementary schools.

New student information nights at Mistral Elementary (Spanish-English dual immersion program) and Stevenson Elementary (parent participation program) are on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. These nights are a good opportunity to learn about a specific elementary school or program.

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment in January. Parents may complete a school transfer request application online January 5 - February 2.

For more information, call 650-526-3500 or go towww.mvwsd.org/register.

Cultivating Resilience from the Inside Out: Developing a Yes Brain in Children and Adolescents

MVLA Speakers Series presents "Cultivating Resilience from the Inside Out: Developing a Yes Brain in Children and Adolescents" by Dr. Dan Siegel

 

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 7:00 - 9:00pm

Los Altos High School Eagle Theater

201 Almond Avenue, Los Altos, CA

 

In this presentation Dr. Siegel will explore the nature of the changes in the developing brain and how they set the stage for childhood and adolescent mental, physical, and interpersonal well-being.

 

Audience: K-12 parents, educators, and other caretakers

Admission: Free

Register:https://mvla2017-2018-dansiegel.eventbrite.com

MV Parent University presents "Special Education Basics: Tips for parents on how to navigate the special education process"

Learn about:

* Special Education process

* Important terms

* Support at your child's school

Question & Answer session with Special Education Director Gary Johnson

 

Wednesday, January 10

6:30-8pm

Crittenden Middle School

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.)

 

MVEF NEWS!

Eat right and give back January 18th! Join us at Sweetgreen, located at 440 Castro Street

Starting off 2018 with a vow to eat healthier? Kick off the new year doing good for your body and good for the community! On January 18th sweetgreen will be donating 20% of your bill to the Mountain View Educational Foundation! There are some amazing choices, check out the menu atsweetgreen.com!

Winter Gala and Raffle

Time to buy your raffle tickets!

Mountain View Educational Foundation has some amazing prizes up for grabs in this year's raffle.

First prize: Two premium tickets to the Shoreline Concert of your choice

Second Prize: Dinner for 4 at Quattro Restaurant

Third Prize: A $250 gift card to Cognition Cyclery!

Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. We are selling tickets at every school, to find out where to get your tickets send a note to hafsa@mvef.org. Interested in selling tickets? Our top two sellers get $25 Amazon gift cards.

Our Winter Gala and Auction is February 10th. Check out the attached flyer or go toMVEF.org


MVEF Winter Gala 2018

Saturday, February 10, 2018    

Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Avenue       

Join us on February 10th as we LET THE MUSIC PLAY and raise funds to support every child at every school in the Mountain View Whisman School District. You can join us earlier for a formal sit-down dinner or join us later in the evening for dessert, and dancing.

 

CHOOSE YOUR JAM:

THE ALBUM - $125

5:30 pm – 11:00 pm

We will start at 5:30 with passed hors d’oeuvres and champagne and follow with a formal, multi-course, sit-down dinner with musical entertainment. Stay for dessert,

the silent auction and dancing.

 

Tickets are $125 each, or

THE BOX SET - $1,000

 

A table of 8 for you and your friends for $1,000

Note: Teachers can pay $85 for these tickets.

 

THE SINGLE - $40

7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

 

At 7:30, the party will open to a wider group for cheese, fruit and desserts,

the silent auction and dancing.

Tickets are $40 each

Note: Teachers have complimentary admission to the dessert and dancing part of the evening.

CHOOSE YOUR JAM: Purchase Tickets Now!



Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Open House - January 17th

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, January 17

         Time:               12:00 - 2:00 pm

       Location:         MVLA District Office - Board Room

                           1299 Bryant Ave, Mountain View, CA

        Register:      REGISTER ONLINE

       Questions:    programs@mentortutorconnection.org


Community News Dec 13, 2018

Posted by baguirrecortez on March 14, 2018

- Holiday and Winter Sports Camps open to boys and girls in Grades 3-8 - Register at www.SpartansSportsCamp.com


Mark your Calendar for the Next Book Meeting:

Thursday, January 4th

8:30am or 6:30pm

Teacher's Lounge

Book: When Sophie Gets Angry -- Really, Really, Angry...

Theme: We all get angry, but we can stop, think, and choose our reaction          


 

MVHS Sports Boosters 4th Annual Christmas Tree lot

Don't miss the MVHS Sports Boosters 4th Annual Christmas Tree lot featuring "high quality fresh cut #1 grade" trees from Oregon.

 

Located at the Mountain View High School Stadium

3535 Truman Ave

Mountain View, CA

 

 


 

Hours of Operation:

Weekdays 5pm-8pm

Saturdays and Sundays 11am-8pm

 

Staffed by our MVHS athletes, performing arts students and parents

 

Buy a tree and support your students.  All proceeds go to MVHS Sports Boosters to benefit the athletic and performing arts programs.  

Registration Deadline for Math Kangaroo is Dec 15

The 2018 International Math Kangaroo is Coming to Mistral!.  The registration deadline for Math Kangaroo is approaching on December 15 and we still have plenty of available seats.

 

If you’re not sure whether your child is ready to participate in this math Olympiad, you should try out some of the free sample contest problems available here: http://www.mathkangaroo.org/mk/practice.html

 

Math Kangaroo is widely recognized by math enrichment educators and colleges as a valuable venue for honing creative problem solving skills.  Math Kangaroo is one of the "top four international competitions" recommended by the Russian School of Mathematics, alongside the American Mathematics Contest (and International Math Olympiad held by the Mathematics Association of America), the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY), and the International Math Contest (by the Russian School of Mathematics).  See: http://blog.russianschool.com/five-facts-about-math-kangaroo and  http://blog.russianschool.com/guide-to-math-competitions

 

What’s more, in addition to gaining valuable experience with a low-stakes competitive test-taking environment and gaining pride in one’s efforts, all participants will win prizes.  Each participant receives a t-shirt, pencil, test booklet, and certificate. Students who finish in the top 3 for the nation receive bronze, silver, and gold medals. Kids who place in the top 20 for the state receive additional prizes such as gift cards, or other items.  For kids in grades 1-4, getting on the top 20 list usually means answering upwards of 19 out of the 24 questions correctly. Top 20 finishers will have their names published on the Math Kangaroo website.

If you’re planning to participate, please take a moment this week to complete the registration process.  The new registration platform that Math Kangaroo is using has several steps.

 

To register, go to http://www.mathkangaroo.org/mk/default.html.  Confirm your email, then register your child using the school's private site code.  Please note that everyone registering will need a private registration code from mathkangaroomistral@gmail.com  to complete the registration process.

 

Forms for financial and registration assistance are also available in the front office.


 

Living Classroom Winter Volunteer Training!

Mountain View Whisman School District’s Living Classroom program inspires our students to value the natural world through garden-based education. We provide Kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms (in all 8 Mountain View Whisman elementary schools) with hour-long lessons that correlate with current science, math, and social studies standards. Living Classroom uses a hands-on, inquiry approach to learning which ensures our lessons are effective AND fun!

Last year we reached thousands of students and taught over 550 lessons with the help of our volunteers. Volunteering with Living Classroom is rewarding, enjoyable, and no prior teaching or gardening experience is required. Interested in sharing your love of nature with students? We would love to have you on board! Consider attending our upcoming winter training sessions:

Monday, January 8th (9:00 a.m to noon)

Duveneck School

Room 10

Agenda: kindergarten lesson (9-10:00), 3rd grade lessons (10:00-noon)

 

Monday, January 22nd (9:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m.)

Stevenson PACT School

Conference Room D

Agenda: 4th grade lesson (9-10:00), 5th grade lesson (10-11:00)

 

Check us out at http://www.living-classroom.org/ or send questions to Program Manager Mallory Traughber at mtraughber@mvwsd.org.


 

KCI Design and Programming Camp for Students: December 18 - 21

The Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College is offering students the chance to flex their creativity while enjoying a variety of challenging activities during this hands-on camp, including game creation, engineering design projects, and programming. Each student will take home several projects, including their own Raspberry Pi and Makey Makey. Taught by instructors with engineering and coding expertise, this four-day camp is appropriate for students grades 6 – 10 as they can work individually or in teams.

Registration Cost: After November 22: $799

Materials Fee: $100. Students will receive Raspberry Pi and Makey Makey kits to use during the camp and take home, as well as other maker materials.

Register at De Anza Community Education: http://bit.ly/2z4nAoN


Open Enrollment for new MVWSD students starts Jan. 5: What parents need to know

For NEW students: Open Enrollment is from January 5-February 2 online. You can register your child for the 2018-19 school year when online registration opens on January 5 here:  www.mvwsd.org/register

District new student information night, covering the registration process, is on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m. (Spanish) and 7 p.m. (English) at Castro Elementary School,505 Escuela Ave.

School kindergarten information nights are at 6 p.m. on Dec. 6 for all elementary schools.

New student information nights at Mistral Elementary (Spanish-English dual immersion program) and Stevenson Elementary (parent participation program) are on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. These nights are a good opportunity to learn about a specific elementary school or program.

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment in January. Parents may complete a school transfer request application online January 5 - February 2.

For more information, call 650-526-3500 or go towww.mvwsd.org/register.


Community News Nov 29, 2017

Posted by baguirrecortez on March 13, 2018

MV Parent U: English Language Learner 101

Please join us for a free workshop that introduces parents to information, resources, and tips for English Learner families to navigate the journey to English proficiency. The workshop will cover everything a parent of an English learner needs to know about the process from initial EL testing to reclassification, including strategies for improving English fluency. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from former MVWSD EL students and their parents.

 

When: Monday, December 4, 6:30-8pm at the Graham Middle School MUR

 

For more info, click onwww.mvwsd.org/parentu

Community Tree Lighting Celebration

Monday, December 4, 2017

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Civic Center Plaza

500 Castro Street

 

For more information, please call the Recreation Division at (650) 903-6331.


 

           Living Classroom Winter Volunteer Training!

Mountain View Whisman School District’s Living Classroom program inspires our students to value the natural world through garden-based education. We provide Kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms (in all 8 Mountain View Whisman elementary schools) with hour-long lessons that correlate with current science, math, and social studies standards. Living Classroom uses a hands-on, inquiry approach to learning which ensures our lessons are effective AND fun!

Last year we reached thousands of students and taught over 550 lessons with the help of our volunteers. Volunteering with Living Classroom is rewarding, enjoyable, and no prior teaching or gardening experience is required. Interested in sharing your love of nature with students? We would love to have you on board! Consider attending our upcoming winter training sessions:

Monday, December 4th(9:00 a.m to noon)

PAUSD Science Resource Center

Adjacent to Hoover School

Agenda: first grade lessons

 

Monday, December 11th (9:00 a.m to noon)

Stevenson PACT School

Conference Room D

Agenda: second grade lessons

 

Monday, January 8th (9:00 a.m to noon)

Duveneck School

Room 10

Agenda: kindergarten lesson (9-10:00), 3rd grade lessons (10:00-noon)

 

Monday, January 22nd (9:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m.)

Stevenson PACT School

Conference Room D

Agenda: 4th grade lesson (9-10:00), 5th grade lesson (10-11:00)

 

Check us out at http://www.living-classroom.org/ or send questions to Program Manager Mallory Traughber at mtraughber@mvwsd.org.

 

MVEF is thankful for donors like you!

Mountain View Educational Foundation is so thankful for the generosity of donors this fall.  Parents, together with corporate sponsors, have donated over $400,000 this school year. These donations allow MVEF to honor its commitment to the District to fund CSMA art and music, hands-on science, environmental education, after-school sports, extended day electives, and more.  

 

MVEF is thrilled with the progress but still have a long way to go to hit their $750,000 goal. Support MVEF by attending the gala, asking your company about corporate matches, or donate atmvef.org/donate.

 

Art and Music Learning Supports ALL Learning!

 

You might have noticed that your kids have a natural love for art and music.  But did you know that research shows that music and theater studies strongly correlate with better performance in both math and reading?  And that many studies show that art studies and activities help keep high-risk students from dropping out? MVEF is proud to fund CSMA art and music at our schools! Ask your child what he or she learned today in their music or art class!


 

Open Enrollment for new MVWSD students starts Jan. 5: What parents need to know

For NEW students: Open Enrollment is from January 5-February 2 online. You can register your child for the 2018-19 school year when online registration opens on January 5 here:  www.mvwsd.org/register

District new student information night, covering the registration process, is on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m. (Spanish) and 7 p.m. (English) at Castro Elementary School,505 Escuela Ave.

School kindergarten information nights are at 6 p.m. on Dec. 6 for all elementary schools.

New student information nights at Mistral Elementary (Spanish-English dual immersion program) and Stevenson Elementary (parent participation program) are on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. These nights are a good opportunity to learn about a specific elementary school or program.

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment in January. Parents may complete a school transfer request application online January 5 - February 2.

For more information, call 650-526-3500 or go towww.mvwsd.org/register.



   

Click here for flyer.

Don't miss the MVHS Sports Boosters 4th Annual Christmas Tree lot featuring "high quality fresh cut #1 grade" trees from Oregon

 

Located at the Mountain View High School Stadium

3535 Truman Ave

Mountain View, CA

 

Hours of Operation:

Friday after Thanksgiving (OPENING DAY NOV 24) 11am-8pm

Weekdays 5pm-8pm

Saturdays and Sundays 11am-8pm

Staffed by our MVHS athletes, performing arts students and parents

Buy a tree and support your students.

All proceeds go to MVHS Sports Boosters to benefit the athletic and performing arts programs.                                


 



Crittenden’s music department is hosting a luau on Friday, December 8, 5:30-7:30pm.  Cost is $10 for adults ($15 at the door if available) and $8 for students/children which includes a luau dinner, entertainment and a Silent Auction.  Purchase your tickets today by submitting the order form and payment (exact cash or check made out to ‘Crittenden Middle School’) to the Crittenden Front Office. Click here for order form.


 

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

 


 

KCI Design and Programming Camp for Students: December 18 - 21

The Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College is offering students the chance to flex their creativity while enjoying a variety of challenging activities during this hands-on camp, including game creation, engineering design projects, and programming. Each student will take home several projects, including their own Raspberry Pi and Makey Makey. Taught by instructors with engineering and coding expertise, this four-day camp is appropriate for students grades 6 – 10 as they can work individually or in teams.

Registration Cost: Early bird Registration through November 22: $749

After November 22: $799

Materials Fee: $100. Students will receive Raspberry Pi and Makey Makey kits to use during the camp and take home, as well as other maker materials.

Register at De Anza Community Education: http://bit.ly/2z4nAoN


Community News Nov 15, 2017

Posted by baguirrecortez on March 13, 2018

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!

Open Enrollment for new MVWSD students starts Jan. 5: What parents need to know

For NEW students: Open Enrollment is from January 5-February 2 online. You can register your child for the 2018-19 school year when online registration opens on January 5 here: www.mvwsd.org/register

 

District new student information night, covering the registration process, is on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m. (Spanish) and 7 p.m. (English) at Castro Elementary School, 505 Escuela Ave.

 

School kindergarten information nights are at 6 p.m. on Dec. 6 for all elementary schools.

 

New student information nights at Mistral Elementary (Spanish-English dual immersion program) and Stevenson Elementary (parent participation program) are on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. These nights are a good opportunity to learn about a specific elementary school or program.

 

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment in January. Parents may complete a school transfer request application online January 5 - February 2.

 

For more information, call 650-526-3500 or go towww.mvwsd.org/register.


 

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

 

 


KCI Design and Programming Camp for Students: December 18 - 21

The Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College is offering students the chance to flex their creativity while enjoying a variety of challenging activities during this hands-on camp, including game creation, engineering design projects, and programming. Each student will take home several projects, including their own Raspberry Pi and Makey Makey. Taught by instructors with engineering and coding expertise, this four-day camp is appropriate for students grades 6 – 10 as they can work individually or in teams.

Registration Cost: Early bird Registration through November 22: $749

After November 22: $799

Materials Fee: $100. Students will receive Raspberry Pi and Makey Makey kits to use during the camp and take home, as well as other maker materials.

Register at De Anza Community Education: http://bit.ly/2z4nAoN



Mistral Chorus

Wednesday, December 13

Held at 5:00pm in the MUR

Directed by: Tristana Ferreyra, CSMA Music4Schools Teacher


Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Posted by baguirrecortez on March 13, 2018

On Read Across America Day, students wore Mistral Spirit wear and Dr. Seuss Hats to school and participated in Buddy Reading with a younger class. Students and teachers from all grades read their favorite books and honored the importance of reading for fun!

The Mistral Student Council planned the day making it a school spirit day.  We had 11 out of the 16 classrooms showing 100% school spirit by wearing their WAT t-shirts and Dr. Seuss hats.  What a great event!


Second Trimester Report Cards

All report cards will be sent going home with your child on Friday March 9th.  If you have question about your child’s progress feel free to make an appointment with your child’s teacher.


AMIGOS PROGRAM KICK-OFF

Amigos de las Américas invites the Mariano Castro and Gabriela Mistral Elementary School students to an academic program that will study health/nutrition; animals/ habitats; leadership and the rain forest.

There will also be crafts, art, snacks and outdoor games.

When? Saturdays: February 24; March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Time? 10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

For Whom? Grades 2 to 5

Where? Castro/Mistral Schools – Rooms 107 and 110

The program is free and it is not necessary to sign up; just come

 


We are very interested in what you have to say. Your feedback is very important. Please click on the link below to submit a question, comment, concern, suggestion or a compliment about our school. 

CLICK HERE:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MistralPrincipalFeedback


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Posted by baguirrecortez on March 13, 2018

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Friday, March 2nd

Staff Lounge

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

All Mistral community members are welcome to attend.


Mistral Spirit Day - Friday, March 2nd

Read Across America Day!

Mistral’s next Spirit Day planned by the Student Council is Friday, March 2nd.  Our students will join millions of their peers across the country to celebrate the twenty-first annual National Education Association (NEA) Read Across America Day.  

To show their school spirit students should come to school wearing their Walk-a-thon T-shirts and a Dr. Seuss hat. On this day students will participate in a school-wide Buddy Reading event.


Second Trimester Report Cards

All report cards will be sent home with your child nex Friday March 9th.  If you have question about your child’s progress feel free to make an appointment with your child’s teacher.

 


AMIGOS PROGRAM KICK-OFF

Amigos de las Américas invites the Mariano Castro and Gabriela Mistral Elementary School students to an academic program that will study health/nutrition; animals/ habitats; leadership and the rain forest.

There will also be crafts, art, snacks and outdoor games.

When? Saturdays: February 24; March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Time? 10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

For Whom? Grades 2 to 5

Where? Castro/Mistral Schools – Rooms 107 and 110

The program is free and it is not necessary to sign up; just come


We are very interested in what you have to say. Your feedback is very important. Please click on the link below to submit a question, comment, concern, suggestion or a compliment about our school. 

 

CLICK HERE:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MistralPrincipalFeedback


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Posted by baguirrecortez on March 13, 2018

We want to hear from you! LCAP survey and meeting

The District is beginning its annual process of updating the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). This input collected will guide the update of our District plan for the 2018-19 school year.

 

If you were not able to make the Principal’s Coffee last Friday you are invited to learn more about the LCAP process at the next SSC/ELAC meeting:

 

Gabriela Mistral, Monday 2/26, 3:30pm - 4:30pm, Staff Lounge

 

Parents, we want to hear from you: Please click below to give input through March 2 in a survey about the plans' goals. (Using a laptop/desktop computer or a tablet is recommended. Formatting may not be as readable on mobile devices). If you would like a paper copy, please come to the office.

 

Parent Survey: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4165244/MVWSD-LCAP-Parent-Guardian-Survey-2018

More information found here: https://www.mvwsd.org/about/district_plans/lcap_lcff

The presentation I reviewed at the Principal’s Coffee last Friday are attached below:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1wF3TsNptQ__FiZnOpF6RwjaMy48W3ZZp

 


Mistral Spirit Day - Friday, March 2nd

Read Across America Day!

Mistral’s next Spirit Day planned by the Student Council is Friday, March 2nd.  Our students will join millions of their peers across the country to celebrate the twenty-first annual National Education Association (NEA) Read Across America Day.  

To show their school spirit students should come to school wearing their Walk-a-thon T-shirts and a Dr. Seuss hat. On this day students will participate in a school-wide Buddy Reading event.


AMIGOS PROGRAM KICK-OFF

Amigos de las Américas invites the Mariano Castro and Gabriela Mistral Elementary School students to an academic program that will study health/nutrition; animals/ habitats; leadership and the rain forest.

There will also be crafts, art, snacks and outdoor games.

When? Saturdays: February 24; March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Time? 10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

For Whom? Grades 2 to 5

Where? Castro/Mistral Schools – Rooms 107 and 110

The program is free and it is not necessary to sign up; just come!


REMINDER - NO SCHOOL from 02/19/18 - 02/23/18


We are very interested in what you have to say. Your feedback is very important. Please click on the link below to submit a question, comment, concern, suggestion or a compliment about our school. 

CLICK HERE:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MistralPrincipalFeedback

 


 


Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Posted by baguirrecortez on March 13, 2018

We want to hear from you! LCAP survey and meeting

The District is beginning its annual process of updating the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). This input collected will guide the update of our District plan for the 2018-19 school year.

 

If you were not able to make the Principal’s Coffee last Friday you are invited to learn more about the LCAP process at the next SSC/ELAC meeting:

 

Gabriela Mistral, Monday 2/26, 3:30pm - 4:30pm, Staff Lounge

 

Parents, we want to hear from you: Please click below to give input through March 2 in a survey about the plans' goals. (Using a laptop/desktop computer or a tablet is recommended. Formatting may not be as readable on mobile devices). If you would like a paper copy, please come to the office.

 

Parent Survey:http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4165244/MVWSD-LCAP-Parent-Guardian-Survey-2018

More information found here:https://www.mvwsd.org/about/district_plans/lcap_lcff

 

The presentation I reviewed at the Principal’s Coffee last Friday are attached below:

 

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1wF3TsNptQ__FiZnOpF6RwjaMy48W3ZZp

 



Mistral Student Leadership Council (MSLC)

When: Thursday, February 8th

Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Location: RM# 2





We are very interested in what you have to say. Your feedback is very important. Please click on the link below to submit a question, comment, concern, suggestion or a compliment about our school.

CLICK HERE:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MistralPrincipalFeedback


 


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Posted by baguirrecortez on March 12, 2018

Coffee with the Principal

 

Friday, February 2, 2018

Staff Lounge

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

Topic: State Dashboard & LCAP Presentation

All Mistral community members are welcome to attend.





We are very interested in what you have to say. Your feedback is very important. Please click on the link below to submit a question, comment, concern, suggestion or a compliment about our school.

 

CLICK HERE:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MistralPrincipalFeedback

 

 


 


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Posted by baguirrecortez on March 12, 2018

Allied Enforcement Day

Good morning Mistral! You may have seen lots of police out on our roads and around our school campus. Today was Allied Enforcement where Police Departments came together from across the South Bay to help ensure traffic safety for all in cities like Mountain View.  

 

The officers I spoke to this morning said they were here to make sure every child gets to school safely.  They monitored a variety of things and were taking notes on how fast cars drive in our school zone. They watched pedestrians use the crosswalks and checked if looked both ways before they stepped out into the crosswalk.  The officers commended our crossing guards for following safety procedures like wearing their bright vests and holding the STOP sign nice and high for oncoming traffic. Pedestrians got a thumbs for walking on the sidewalks and school pathways.  We still have some work to do around bike, scooter or skateboard safety. Remember riders to always wear a helmet and obey safety laws. Walk your bike, scooter and skateboard when you get to school and don’t weave between pedestrians. It was great to have the police department monitoring safety around our school and seeing so many kids and parents following the rules.  Keep up the great work!


Safety Reminder…

EMERGENCY ACCESS AND SCHOOL DROP OFF AREAS

This is our school’s main entrance for emergency responders it must be kept clear at all times!

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We all must work together to enhance the ability of emergency responders to reach our campus and respond to emergency situations.

Students, visitors and district staff are prohibited from parking in areas marked as fire lanes because doing so can prevent the timely arrival of first responders to the scene of medical or fire emergencies on our school campus.

Please take the time necessary to find parking on the street or other parking locations near the campus.

 





We are very interested in what you have to say. Your feedback is very important. Please click on the link below to submit a question, comment, concern, suggestion or a compliment about our school.

 

CLICK HERE:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MistralPrincipalFeedback


 

Mountain View Whisman School District

We Are Fighting the Flu!

Our schools are seeing more cases of flu in both staff and students. With seasonal flu circulating at our schools and in the community, here are a few reminders about what you should do. District custodial teams will be working hard this week to disinfect surfaces, handles and doorknobs.


- If your child has flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose), keep him or her home until they no longer have a fever without taking any fever reducing medication for at least 24 hours.  If your child has other health issues, you may want to call your healthcare provider for advice.

- Drink a lot of liquid (such as juice, water, Pedialyte ®, broth).

- Keep him or her comfortable. Rest is important.

- For fever, sore throat, and muscle aches, you can use fever-reducing medicines that your doctor recommends.

- Use good health habits such as covering coughs and/or sneezes in sleeves, or to cover coughs/sneezes with tissues.  Wash hands often and keep them away from your face.

- Keep tissues close and have a trash bag within reach for disposing of used tissues.

- Don’t go to school, daycare, or public places if you are sick.

- If someone in your home is sick, keep him or her away from family members who are not sick

 

Be watchful for emergency warning signs that might indicate you need to seek emergency medical care:

- Fast breathing or trouble breathing

- Bluish or gray skin color

- Not drinking enough fluids

- Not waking up or not interacting

- Feeling extremely irritable

- Not urinating

- Your symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough


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Thursday, January 25

 

Gabriela Mistral Elementary School

Mariano Castro Elementary School

 

All students who walk, bike, carpool, or ride the bus to school will receive a raffle ticket and be entered into a drawing to win a bicycle and helmet!

If you live too far away to walk all the way you can find a safe place to park close to school and walk the rest of the way.  Join in the fun to reduce traffic, help keep our school safer and help keep the air cleaner.

The City of Mountain View's VERBS Program is a federally funded through the Metropolitan Transportation Commission MTC and Santa Clara Valley Transportation.


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Posted by baguirrecortez on March 12, 2018

Connecting to our Strategic Plan

GOAL 1: STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT Goal Statement: Every student will be prepared for high school and 21st Century citizenship.

Motivating Kids to Keep Reading!

During one of my classroom visits this week I caught Ms. Mabey, our librarian, working with Maestra Sainz-Malvido’s 4th grade class.

 





We are very interested in what you have to say. Your feedback is very important. Please click on the link below to submit a question, comment, concern, suggestion or a compliment about our school.

 

CLICK HERE:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MistralPrincipalFeedback


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Thursday, January 25

 

Gabriela Mistral Elementary School

Mariano Castro Elementary School

 

All students who walk, bike, carpool, or ride the bus to school will receive a raffle ticket and be entered into a drawing to win a bicycle and helmet!

 

If you live too far away to walk all the way you can find a safe place to park close to school and walk the rest of the way.  Join in the fun to reduce traffic, help keep our school safer and help keep the air cleaner.

 

The City of Mountain View's VERBS Program is a federally funded through the Metropolitan Transportation Commission MTC and Santa Clara Valley Transportation.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Posted by baguirrecortez on March 12, 2018

Mistral Spirit Day
Brought to you by your Student Council!
When: Friday, January 12th

What is a Spirit Day?

- Everyone at school participates to show they are proud to be a part of our school.

- It is a day that we count how many people participate - we want 100%...that means everyone (students, volunteers, staff, parents, siblings)

- A Spirit Day is only fun when everyone joins in!

 


This week our 3rd-5th grade students attended an assembly and workshop called Peace Signs provided by Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre of Northern California.

 

Peace Signs goal is to inspire students to solve conflicts peacefully, respect others, and seek help when needed.   

 

Through this program, students learned:

- The Peace Signs Stoplight Solution conflict resolution model

- Skills to respond to bullying

- Empathy and respect for others

- The importance of seeking help from trusted adults when faced with bullying and violence.

This workshop is one of several assemblies planned at Mistral this year that focuses on supporting students social emotional well-being.  

 

Social and emotional learning (SEL) plays a key role in children's academic readiness and success. Students with strong SEL skills participate more in the classroom, have more positive attitudes about and involvement with school, are more accepted by classmates, and are given more instruction and positive feedback by teachers. Without SEL skills, young children are more likely to dislike school and perform poorly on academic tasks, and later experience grade retention and dropout (Raver & Knitzer, 2002).

From Edutopia, June 17,  2016

 


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Thursday, January 25

 

Gabriela Mistral Elementary School

Mariano Castro Elementary School

 

All students who walk, bike, carpool, or ride the bus to school will receive a raffle ticket and be entered into a drawing to win a bicycle and helmet!

If you live too far away to walk all the way you can find a safe place to park close to school and walk the rest of the way.  Join in the fun to reduce traffic, help keep our school safer and help keep the air cleaner.

The City of Mountain View's VERBS Program is a federally funded through the Metropolitan Transportation Commission MTC and Santa Clara Valley Transportation.


Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Posted by baguirrecortez on March 12, 2018

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Monthly Quetzal Award and Spirit Rally

Thursday 01/04/18 - 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, and recognize model Quetzales.


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Friday, January 5th

Staff Lounge

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

Topic: Construction update

All Mistral community members are welcome to attend.


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Posted by baguirrecortez on March 12, 2018

Dear Mistral Families,

 

I wish you a restful winter break and hope you enjoy this time with your children. For the New Year, I wish you health and happiness and hope the winter break offers opportunities for you and your children to do things you might not be able to do when school's in session.

 

I would like to thank you for the support you have given to me and the staff at Mistral this school year.  I am thankful for the positive relationships we have established with our students and families.

 

It is a privilege to serve as the principal at Mistral and I am very thankful that you all have become a part of the school community.  

 

During the holiday break it is important to motivate and encourage your child to do his or her best in school.  As the work becomes more challenging when they return in January, it is important to use positive words to inspire them to never give up and to always give 100%.   Positive praise has a greater impact on student achievement than negative statements. As a school, we need your support and your child needs to feel supported both academically and behaviorally.

 

The Holiday season is here and this is the perfect time to reflect on the growth that your child has made in school. In order for them to continue their progress, it is important for them to read daily and please make sure they are using the iStation online program.  Your child can login through Clever. If you still need your child's login, please contact his or her teacher. I also encourage you to spend quality time with your child and express to them how special they are to you.

 

Once again, thanks for everything that you do on a daily basis for your child and our school.

 

Happy Holidays!

Marcela Simões de Carvalho, Ed.D., NBCT

 


 

Mistral Chorus

Wednesday, December 13

Held at 5:00pm in the MUR

Directed by: Tristana Ferreyra, CSMA Music4Schools Teacher

 

 

 

 

 


If Your Child is Absent…

Please call the attendance line at 650-526-3575. If the office staff does not answer you will be prompted to press 2 and leave a message. Please provide your child’s name, relationship to student, and reason for absence. You may also send us a message through our website athttps://mistral.mvwsd.org/en/about/absence-report/

What’s an Excused vs Not Excused absence? Illness, doctor’s appointments, bereavement, and certain religious exercises are excused absences. Please see MVWSD board policy for the full list. All other reasons are not considered excused.

Are Vacations / Travel Excused? Unfortunately, family vacations or travel is not excused – even when you inform your teacher or the office. This comes to a surprise for parents. We appreciate you letting us know so that you will not receive a call from the auto-dialer asking you to verify the absence.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Posted by baguirrecortez on March 12, 2018

Connecting to our Strategic Plan

MVWSD Strategic Plan GOAL 1: STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT Every student will be prepared for high school and 21st century citizenship.

Mistral Student Leadership Council (MSLC)

 

I am delighted to share with all the names of students who make up our "student council" at Mistral. The Student Leadership Council Mistral aims to improve the school community through extracurricular activities and volunteering.

 

We feel it is important to give the opportunity to students in 3rd through 5th grade to work as part of a student group to plan, communicate and facilitate school activities that represent not only our school norms, but to raise school spirit and build a strong school community. Then the process we use is shown to form our MSLC group this year.

 

Students in grades 3-5 submitted an application to participate.  This year we received 60 applications from students who wanted participate. That’s 38% of all of the 3rd through 5th graders! After receiving the applications we held a lottery to form a representative group of 15 students in 3rd through 5th grades. The group will serve one shift until the end of the school year.  

 

On Tuesday, the group attended a leadership training by the Association of Students' Union of California at the Santa Clara County Office of Education. Students learned about many important topics such as how to design a plan, develop an agenda and set goals.

 

As leaders, Maestra Sami White de Silva and I, we will meet with our student leadership group over lunch monthly on Thursday to support the development of their leadership skills. The kids are super excited and I am thrilled that so many children are adding their ideas and voices to form a healthy school community and to increase school spirit at Mistral.

 

Mistral Student Leadership Council Representatives

3rd Grade

Leo E.

Anthony G.

Isabella M

Greydis M.

Rafaela S.

4th Grade   

Sophia L

Joshua P.   

Tyler R.

Arrianna T.

5th Grade

Neave B.

Nicolas B.

Brynn P.

Jabari T.

Lucia V.

 


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Friday, December 1st

Room 2

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

All Mistral community members are welcome to attend.

 



Mistral Chorus

Wednesday, December 13

Held at 5:00pm in the MUR

Directed by: Tristana Ferreyra, CSMA Music4Schools Teacher


We are happy to announce that artwork by Mistral students will be on display at the CSMA, 230 San Antonio Circle., Mt View. The exhibit will be up from December 9th, 2017 - January,18th, 2018. A opening reception for the art work titled, “Picture This”, will be held on Saturday , December 9th from 3:00pm - 5:00pm.

Kinder

4th Grade

Nathaniel H.

Javier T.

 

Kayliany M.


If Your Child is Absent…

Please call the attendance line at 650-526-3575. If the office staff does not answer you will be prompted to press 2 and leave a message. Please provide your child’s name, relationship to student, and reason for absence. You may also send us a message through our website athttps://mistral.mvwsd.org/en/about/absence-report/

What’s an Excused vs Not Excused absence? Illness, doctor’s appointments, bereavement, and certain religious exercises are excused absences. Please see MVWSD board policy for the full list. All other reasons are not considered excused.

Are Vacations / Travel Excused? Unfortunately, family vacations or travel is not excused – even when you inform your teacher or the office. This comes to a surprise for parents. We appreciate you letting us know so that you will not receive a call from the auto-dialer asking you to verify the absence.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Posted by baguirrecortez on March 12, 2018

Principal's Message Nov 21, 2017

 

 

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. As a reminder there is NO SCHOOL tomorrow Wednesday ,November 22nd - Friday, November 24th. We will see you all on Monday, November 27th


MVWSD News

MV Parent U: English Language Learner 101

Please join us for a free workshop that introduces parents to information, resources, and tips for English Learner families to navigate the journey to English proficiency. The workshop will cover everything a parent of an English learner needs to know about the process from initial EL testing to reclassification, including strategies for improving English fluency. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from former MVWSD EL students and their parents.

When: Monday, December 4, 6:30-8pm at the Graham Middle School MUR

For more info, click onwww.mvwsd.org/parentu


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Posted by baguirrecortez on March 12, 2018

Connecting to our Strategic PlanMountain View Whisman School District

MVWSD Strategic Plan GOAL 3: INCLUSIVE & SUPPORTIVE CULTURE Every student, staff, family, and community member will feel valued and supported while working, learning, and partnering with MVWSD.

 

I have been reading about school cultures and ways to build cultures that last. In simple terms, a culture really refers to the way we do things. At Gabriela Mistral, we have a collaborative school culture. We all work closely together to do what is best for each child and then, consequently, for all children. When I say “we”, I do mean the collective “we” and not just school staff. Our district leaders and staff, families and community do so much to help enrich our students’ experiences. Recently Dr. Rudolph and his staff spent two days working at our school.  During this time he walked our campus, checked out construction, visited classrooms, met with staff and provided me with feedback on how to better support teachers. And our PTA hosted a Science Night and Dia de los Muertos event. It is so exciting to see moms, dads, grandparents, and siblings exploring the fun of science and learning about other cultures and traditions! To all our volunteers and district office staff our school offers a sincere “THANK YOU”. We could not do it without you. We are proud to be a part of a district that is focussed on building an inclusive and supportive culture!


First Trimester Report Cards Go Home Friday!

Don’t forget to check your child’s backpack this Friday.  All report cards will be sent home with your child. Please make sure to return the empty envelope to your classroom teacher on Monday.  If you have question about your child’s progress feel free to make an appointment with your child’s teacher.

 


Happy thanksgiving! 

Reminder:

We will not have school November 22nd - 24th, 2017

 

 


We want to hear from you! Just two days left to take the District climate survey

The MVWSD Climate Survey is open now through Friday for all staff, parents and students in grades 5 and 7. Your responses provide information beyond test scores that helps us improve our schools. If you haven't taken the survey already, look for an email invitation in your inbox on Wednesday morning from "MVWSD." The subject line is: "We need to hear from you!" (Check your spam folder, too).

 

This survey is administered online through Panorama Education. Your answers to the survey are confidential and compiled by Panorama, a third party. Your honest feedback is very important. Your personal results will not be identifiable.

 

In addition to completing LCAP requirements, the data will help inform work on the District's strategic plan goals and provide longitudinal data for year-to year comparisons. The questions are drawn from an archive of research-based questions in broad theme areas of engagement, instruction, school safety and school environment. We will be asking students, parents and staff members about their impressions of our District sites.  This is a great opportunity for us to get feedback and continue to work together to improve our schools.

 

We look forward to seeing the results and working with the leadership of our bargaining units and staff to look for ways we can continue to improve. Thank you in advance for your input.

 





If Your Child is Absent…

Please call the attendance line at 650-526-3575. If the office staff does not answer you will be prompted to press 2 and leave a message. Please provide your child’s name, relationship to student, and reason for absence. You may also send us a message through our website athttps://mistral.mvwsd.org/en/about/absence-report/

What’s an Excused vs Not Excused absence? Illness, doctor’s appointments, bereavement, and certain religious exercises are excused absences. Please see MVWSD board policy for the full list. All other reasons are not considered excused.

Are Vacations / Travel Excused? Unfortunately, family vacations or travel is not excused – even when you inform your teacher or the office. This comes to a surprise for parents. We appreciate you letting us know so that you will not receive a call from the auto-dialer asking you to verify the absence.

 


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.


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 https://mistral.mvwsd.org/en/programs/after-school-classes/ for more details.

You have already done this?  Login on Monday to choose new classes http://mistral-pta.org/asp/parent_login.

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 http://mistral-pta.org/asp/signup_parent 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,

Kristin kbailey11@gmail.com

Dual Immersion in Middle School

Please fill out this short survey regarding dual immersion in middle school:  https://goo.gl/forms/EBm7w5oCm dlJohC13

School Successes Inspire N.C. Push for Dual Language:  https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/10/15/08dual.h34.html?print=1

Abstract:

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."


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.


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.


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Posted by mdecarva on May 31, 2017

 

Mistral Soar into Summer Reading Challenge

 It is official Mistral students are excited about the Quetzal Soar into Summer Reading Challenge!  This is what you need to do to participate:

Step 1: Sign up at the Mountain View Public Library Summer reading challenge.  Make sure you select Mistral as your school when you register.  https://mountainview.beanstack.org/reader365

Step 2:  Set a realistic reading goal.  Researchers have determined that reading 20 minutes a day is what needs to happen to avoid learning loss over the summer.  In grades 1 to 3 students should read at least 15 books.  In grades 4 & 5 reading between 5-8 chapter books over the summer is a realistic goal. Work with your child to figure out how many books they can read over the 68 days of summer break.

Step 3: Log the titles of the books you read in the MV Library summer reading system.  It is really easy.  As you type in the title the system identifies the book and enters all the information for you!

Step 4:  Stay motivated and reach your goal! During the summer break join in on some of the fun we have planned.  We want to hear about the books you are reading.

  • Summer Reading Kickoff @ MVPL/Pioneer Park on Thursday, June 8 6pm - 8 pm.  See Ms. Mabey at a table inside the children's section from 6 - 6:30pm with a selection of good books; then head outside at 6:30 for cake (provided by MV Library) and picnic (Bring Your Own) and listen to Andy Z at 7!

6/15, 2:30pm to 3:15pm, KENN ADAMS ADVENTURE THEATER
7/6, 2:30pm to 3:15, HAPPY BIRDS

  • Rengstorff Park “Reading on the Green”, 8/4, 2:00pm to 3:30pm, bring a blanket, snacks and your book!
  • Mobile Library at Mistral - Read-aloud will be at 5pm, on the grass in front of the office.  
  • Tuesday June 13, 20, & 27.
Fall 2017 School-wide Celebration - Depending on how many students reach their summer reading goal we have three different celebrations planned.

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  • If 50% of students reach their reading goal the Principal will dress up and ride a tricycle around school all day!
  • If 75% of students reach their reading goal, students will Slime the Principal!
  • If 100% of students reach their reading goal, students will Duct-tape the Principal to the wall!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE


Reclassification Ceremony

Last week I attended the district reclassification ceremony held at Crittenden Middle School. 254 students from across our district were recognized by the Mayor of Mountain View, our trustees and district office administrators.  Together with friends and families we celebrated this impressive educational milestone.  Mistral proudly reclassified twelve students this year!  

It was a wonderful event filled with special touches introduced by our instructional leaders in the English Learner department this year, making the evening very special for the children and families.  There were international ambassadors from all of our schools who welcomed the audience speaking in their native language, a young singer who sang the National Anthem, a photographer who took an individual picture of each reclassified student as they walked off the stage, speeches and cupcakes at the end!  The event truly honored our multicultural communities and demonstrated to students how much our district values and respects their commitment to learning and cultural heritage.

I want to share a conversation I had with one Mistral 4th grade student who was sitting next to me at the ceremony.  As our Superintendent delivered his speech in Spanish she whispered to me, "Wow, I am so proud of him.  He is so brave to get up in front of all these people and talk in Spanish.  He is doing really well.  I mean I am really proud of him!  He has only been learning Spanish for a year?! That is great.  I hope he is proud of himself too!"  I think she said it all.

I know everyone shares the same feeling of pride when reflecting on how their own student demonstrates daily that they are not only risk-takers, but also fearless learners standing tall as they learn two languages.  It was fabulous to see our district leader, Dr. Rudolf, standing tall and showing all of the children that he too is a language learner and is brave, and fearless just like them!

To our district leaders I want to publicly “thank you” for all you do everyday to support our students.  From all of the families and children at Mistral “thank you” for organizing such a lovely reclassification ceremony this year.  Your work makes a difference and we appreciate your commitment and value our partnership!  

¡Adelante!
Marcela


Building Our School: Staffing

The ultimate goal of Gabriela Mistral School is to provide the best academic experience for our students in a safe and positive atmosphere.  As a new school with an evolving culture entering its third year, we should continue to look at data, work with our students, and collaborate with our parents / community to continue to learn, grow and achieve.

Data suggest that Mistral has a tremendous opportunity for growth as it develops into a model DI school. In 2015, our school participated in a School Quality Review that provided specific areas of improvement with recommendations on how to move forward.  This year, Hanover Research conducted a two-part study of Best Practices of Dual Language schools, and a longitudinal study of student achievement of our DI graduates. These documents have been used with staff, school leadership groups and by me to set the school priorities. Additionally, I have considered data from state and local assessment results, formal and informal class observations, KidTalk and Student Study Team meetings and student/community survey results.

After seeking teacher input, reviewing the data and listening to feedback, I have taken great care to balance teacher strengths to maximize educators’ unique skills and experiences.  This will provide the best possible education for students throughout all Mistral’s grades.

I will update the Mistral school community on classroom staffing in August. I appreciate your commitment to our school community.  I look forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our children achieve their highest potential.  

 Attachment/Link: Hanover study: Best Practices in Dual Language Immersion Programs,Hanover study: Dual Immersion Program Evaluation, Mistral School Quality Review.


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Wow Mistral Kids Have Got Talent!

What a great show today!  Thank you to Madame Foobottomme and her assistants who helped coordinate and run our annual talent show.


 

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5th Grade Clap Out Line

The 5th grade Clap Out line will take place on the black top and through the hallways at 8:45am on Monday 6/5.  Please feel free to come by and join our line up and give our 5th graders a high five, a woo hoo and we’re gonna miss you as they make their way to the promotion ceremony in the MUR!


Monday, June 5th, 2017
Promotion Ceremony and Reception: 9:00am – 10:25am
Location: MUR
PLEASE ARRIVE BY 8:30 a.m. We will begin at 9:00 a.m. sharp.
School Schedule, regular day: 8:30am – 3:10pm

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Monday, June 5th, 1:45pm
Bring your umbrellas and raincoats to watch the first annual 5th Graders vs Mistral Staff Wet Sponge Relay games.  Come watch as 5th grade students and the Mistral faculty race against the clock to fill their buckets with water using a sponge.  Guaranteed to make you smile and you might get a little wet too!  


 

Last Day of School is Tuesday, June 6th
Dismissal at 12:25pm

Please recall that our campus must be clear of students and families by 1:00pm on Tuesday.  Staff located in the finger wings must be completely packed as the contracted movers will arrive on campus to move boxes and classroom furniture into the storage containers. Contractors will also be preparing the school grounds to install the construction fencing all around the main portions of our campus.  CLICK HERE FOR OUR SUMMER CONSTRUCTION MAP


PTA News May 25, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on May 25, 2017

Spanish language book fair

Mark your calendars for May 30 - June 1 as we'll be hosting our first Spanish language book fair.  Thanks to Mistral parent, Elaine Zuber, we discovered LA librería, a Spanish language bookstore that offers remote book fairs.  Their books are from publishing houses in Latin America and Spain.  We'll have a great selection of books for all grades.  Build your summer reading collection.  More on LA librería below.

We'll hold the book fair in the Library on May 30th and 31st from 2-4pm and June 1st from 1-2pm.  In addition to getting great Spanish language books for your kids, the Mistral/Castro library benefits as a percentage of the proceeds goes back to the school library as book donations.  

If you'd like to volunteer to help with the book fair, please email Trish Gilbert, trish.gilbert@yahoo.com

LA libreria - About us:
We are a Los Angeles-based company that offers a wide selection of authentic children’s literature in Spanish language. Our selection of books comes from quality publishing houses in Latin America and Spain and reflects the rich history, and cultural, ethnic, and linguistic diversity of Spanish speaking countries and communities. We are committed to supporting reading in Spanish language from an early age, as a way to promote multilingualism and cultural diversity. http://www.la-libreria.net/

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!


PTA News May 24, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on May 24, 2017

¡El Fandango!  PTA Meeting Agenda

Mistral PTA Association Meeting

May 24, 2017
Gabriela Mistral MUR
505 Escuela Ave., Mountain View, CA

Special Guest: Tans Gauntlett, Flamenco Guitarist (5:30-6:00)

Children’s movie (6:10)

  • Call to Order/Welcome
  • Introduction of the PTA Executive Board (6:10-6:15)
  • Approve minutes from March meeting (6:15-6:20)
  • Principal’s Report (6:20-6:30)
  • Financial Reports (6:30-6:40)
  • Vote to approve 15-16 year-end audit
  • Vote to approve 16-17 mid-year audit
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Approve/Ratify expenditures since last Association meeting
  • Present balance sheets
  • Release of funds for expenses anticipated through Sept. 2017
  • Budget Amendment (6:40-6:45)
  • Professional Development ($3,000)
  • Upcoming Events (6:45-6:50)
  • Family Math Night - Tomorrow, Thursday, May 25th, 6-7:30
  • Talent Show - Friday, June 2nd, 8:45 (3rd-5th), 10:20 (K-2nd)
  • CAMIRAC Workshop - Saturday, June 3rd
  • 5th Grade Promotion - Monday June 5th, 9 am
  • Community Input and Discussion (6:50-7:35)
  • Small breakout groups, with moderators:
  • STEM - Susanna
  • After-School Enrichment - Chuck
  • In-Classroom Enrichment - joey
  • Out-Of-Classroom Enrichment - Sara
  • Community/Cultural Events - Tania
  • Fundraising - Trish
  • Recess - Angie
  • Regroup (7:35-7:55)
  • Adjournment (7:55)

Spanish language book fair

Mark your calendars for May 30 - June 1 as we'll be hosting our first Spanish language book fair.  Thanks to Mistral parent, Elaine Zuber, we discovered LA librería, a Spanish language bookstore that offers remote book fairs.  Their books are from publishing houses in Latin America and Spain.  We'll have a great selection of books for all grades.  Build your summer reading collection.  More on LA librería below.

We'll hold the book fair in Room 6 on May 30th and 31st from 2-4pm and June 1st from 1-2pm.  In addition to getting great Spanish language books for your kids, the Mistral/Castro library benefits as a percentage of the proceeds goes back to the school library as book donations.  

If you'd like to volunteer to help with the book fair, please email Trish Gilbert, trish.gilbert@yahoo.com

LA libreria - About us:
We are a Los Angeles-based company that offers a wide selection of authentic children’s literature in Spanish language. Our selection of books comes from quality publishing houses in Latin America and Spain and reflects the rich history, and cultural, ethnic, and linguistic diversity of Spanish speaking countries and communities. We are committed to supporting reading in Spanish language from an early age, as a way to promote multilingualism and cultural diversity. http://www.la-libreria.net/

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 24, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on May 24, 2017

Crittenden Middle School 6th Grade Electives Catalogue 2017-2018

Graham Middle School 6th Grade Elective Course Description 2017-18

2017 SUMMER Music Workshops

Spartan Sports Camps - June 12th - July 28th

“Star” thoughts about Boundary Options A and B; Join us at a community session on Monday

The Mountain View Whisman School District is in the midst of a community-wide process to make adjustments to elementary school boundaries intended to relieve overcrowding at some schools and provide for the opening of Slater Elementary in 2019-20.

Last spring, we formed the Student Attendance Areas Task Force, which is composed of parents, staff and community members. They have been reviewing District demographic data and working to produce boundary scenarios. Board of Trustees will consider the final scenarios on June 1, 2017 and approve one of them on June 15, 2017.

To view the maps and information about boundaries, please click on www.mvwsd.org/boundaries.

There will be a community session on May 22, 6:30 p.m. at Crittenden Middle School Auditorium, to offer review of the process and help with input.

Before this vote, the District wants to engage with you through Thoughtexchange, an online platform that facilitates the exchange of ideas.  Parents, staff and community members have contributed 1,400 comments about boundary options A and B. Next, is the Star step.

  • Star (May 19th to May 28th):  In this step, please review ideas from participants and put stars next to the ideas you like best.
  • Discover (week of June 15th): At the Board meeting, we will share the community results.

You aren’t required to have contributed comments in the first phase to participate in the second phase. Parents and staff members will receive an invitation by email from “Share Your Thoughts- Thoughtexchange” on Friday.  To self-register,  please click here.  (Email addresses will not be duplicated if you self-register.)

Food Distribution Program at Gabriela Mistral

In partnership with Community Services Agency (CSA) of Mountain View and Second Harvest Food Bank, we will be distributing  bags with some basic food items. If you want to supplement your meals with additional items, please come:

Days? – Thursdays
When? – June 1
Time? – 4:30 to 6:30 P.M.
Where? – Mariano Castro School - Room 9

The food is free; all you need to do is fill out a simple form available at the event indicating that you qualify. More details at the event. Even if you have come before, you can come again!

Mistral Talent Show 2017

Performances

➽ Friday June 2nd

8:45 AM 3rd - 5th

10:20 AM K - 2nd

Rules/Reglas:

  • 2 minute maximum performance
  • Music with lyrics appropriate for school
  • Music submitted to Jenna Adams jop4@yahoo.com (link to song on Spotify, mp3 or CD)

 STEP 1: “AUDITIONS”

➽ Thursday May 18th after school by the MUR

STEP 2: “DRESS REHEARSAL”

➽ Friday May 26th after school by the MUR

You need to submit this form

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 handwashing beyond that period is critical to prevent further spread.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Posted by mdecarva on May 17, 2017

Principal Message May 17, 2017

 

Research tells us that when students don’t read for two months their skills regress.  Reading is a skill which requires practice, just like baseball or math facts.  Summer reading helps students of all ages keep their skills sharp so they are ready when school begins again in the fall. Reading throughout the summer not only enhances basic reading skills of young students, it creates unique opportunities for learning, exploring, and growing.  On Thursday we will have a short assembly to kick off our Quetzales Soar into Summer Reading Challenge.  Be on the lookout for more details about how your child can keep up their reading skills and Soar into Summer Reading.  Next September, we will have a special recognition assembly and celebration for all students who participate in the summer reading challenge.

 


 

Spanish Reading Tool!

 

I am excited to share that we are providing students access to a new online Spanish reading tool.  Currently we are evaluating the product, Istation Español, as part of a before and after school intervention class at Mistral.  We have selected a small group of students in 1st and 2nd grade whose families have given permission to participate in our intervention program.  The great news is that the program is free to our school and accessible to all of our students K-5 through July 31st.  Students who are not part of the before or after school intervention must complete the Spanish ISIP placement test at school before having access off campus.  Upon completion, students will be placed at the appropriate level and able to begin a lesson in the system.  Below you will find instructions on how to download the app if you would like your child to use the program at home.  Your child will login using their Google school username and password.  The iStation Español program will be available to students until 7/31/2017.

Click here for instructions

 

 


 

 

Fidget Spinners Not Allowed On Campus

 

Fidget spinners have become extremely popular. So popular, in fact, they are now causing problems here at school. They have become a disruption in the classroom therefore, FIDGET SPINNERS ARE NO LONGER ALLOWED AT MISTRAL SCHOOL. Please leave them at home. They cannot be in desks, backpacks, pockets, or anywhere else at school. They will be confiscated. If students need a fidget to concentrate, and this is part of their IEP or 504 the school will provide one of a different variety.

 


 

 

 

June 5th, 2017

School Schedule, regular day: 8:30am – 3:10pm

Promotion Ceremony and Reception: 9:00am – 10:25am

Location: MUR

PLEASE ARRIVE BY 8:45 a.m. We will begin at 9:00 a.m. sharp.

The 5th grade Clap Out line will take place on the black top and through the school corridors at 8:45am.  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

 


 

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Tues Apr 25 -  

Fri May 19

Various Times

State Testing (3rd - 5th Grade)

Thu May 18

Thu May 18

Thu May 18

8:30am - 9:00am

12:30pm

4:00pm - 5:30pm

Summer Reading Assembly - MUR

Talent Show auditions - MUR

SSC/ELAC Meeting - RM# 6

Fri May 19

Fri May 19

9:00am - 1:30pm

4:00pm - 8:00pm

Stanford Dream 4 college field trip RM# 13 & 14

Family Math Night - MUR

Mon May 22

12noon

Age of Sail Departure RM# 108/109

Tue May 23

10:00am

Return from Age of Sail RM# 108/109

Wed May 24

Wed May 24

Wed May 24

Wed May 24

All Day

12Noon

6:30pm - 8:00pm

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Walk/Bike to School

Age of Sail Departure RM# 108/109

Reclassification Ceremony - Crittenden Sports Complex

PTA Meeting - Staff Lounge

Thu May 25

Thu May 25

Thu May 25

10:00am

9:00am

5:30pm - 6:30pm

Return from Age of Sail RM# 108/109

5th Grade Visit to Crittenden

CSMA 5th Grade Gala Band Concert

Fri May 26

Fri May 26

Firi May 26

Fri May 26

7:00am - 9:00am

8:45am

12:25pm

12:30pm

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast - MUR

5th Grade Visit to Graham

End of 3rd Trimester - MINIMUM DAY

Talent Show dress rehearsal - MUR


PTA News May 17, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on May 16, 2017

¡El Fandango!

Bring the family to enjoy flamenco guitar by Tans Gauntlett, free dinner, a kids' movie with popcorn, and a dynamic and engaging PTA meeting.  Wednesday, May 24, 5:30-8:30pm

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 17, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on May 16, 2017

Crittenden Middle School 6th Grade Electives Catalogue 2017-2018

Graham Middle School 6th Grade Elective Course Description 2017-18

The View Teen Center Presents:  5th Grade Open House - Saturday, May 20th, 1:00-3:00 pm

City of Mountain View:  Community Yard Sale -  Saturday, May 20th 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Bike it! Join the ride closest to your house going to your middle school! - Saturday, May 20

2017 SUMMER Music Workshops

“Star” thoughts about Boundary Options A and B; Join us at a community session on Monday

The Mountain View Whisman School District is in the midst of a community-wide process to make adjustments to elementary school boundaries intended to relieve overcrowding at some schools and provide for the opening of Slater Elementary in 2019-20.

Last spring, we formed the Student Attendance Areas Task Force, which is composed of parents, staff and community members. They have been reviewing District demographic data and working to produce boundary scenarios. Board of Trustees will consider the final scenarios on June 1, 2017 and approve one of them on June 15, 2017.

To view the maps and information about boundaries, please click on www.mvwsd.org/boundaries.

There will be a community session on May 22, 6:30 p.m. at Crittenden Middle School Auditorium, to offer review of the process and help with input.

Before this vote, the District wants to engage with you through Thoughtexchange, an online platform that facilitates the exchange of ideas.  Parents, staff and community members have contributed 1,400 comments about boundary options A and B. Next, is the Star step.

  • Star (May 19th to May 28th):  In this step, please review ideas from participants and put stars next to the ideas you like best.
  • Discover (week of June 15th): At the Board meeting, we will share the community results.

You aren’t required to have contributed comments in the first phase to participate in the second phase. Parents and staff members will receive an invitation by email from “Share Your Thoughts- Thoughtexchange” on Friday.  To self-register,  please click here.  (Email addresses will not be duplicated if you self-register.)

 Chess Tournament Results

The 14th Annual Mountain View - Whisman Interscholastic Chess Tournament was held on Sunday May 7. We had 12 students participating from Castro and Mistral as a combined team, with 7 players in the junior section (K-3), 3 players in the senior section (4-8), and two players in the open (non-competitive) section. All the players demonstrated persistence, creative thinking, and positive attitudes, and we thank them for representing our schools at this event! Our top scorers were Liam Beineke, Kayden Gross, Leo Evangelista, and Reid Monahan. If your child is interested in chess, remember that after-school chess is usually offered each year through Academic Chess.

Food Distribution Program at Gabriela Mistral

In partnership with Community Services Agency (CSA) of Mountain View and Second Harvest Food Bank, we will be distributing  bags with some basic food items. If you want to supplement your meals with additional items, please come:

Days? – Thursdays
When? – May 18; June 1
Time? – 4:30 to 6:30 P.M.
Where? – Mariano Castro School - Room 9

The food is free; all you need to do is fill out a simple form available at the event indicating that you qualify. More details at the event. Even if you have come before, you can come again!

Mistral Talent Show 2017

Performances

➽ Friday June 2nd

8:45 AM 3rd - 5th

10:20 AM K - 2nd

Rules/Reglas:

  • 2 minute maximum performance
  • Music with lyrics appropriate for school
  • Music submitted to Jenna Adams jop4@yahoo.com (link to song on Spotify, mp3 or CD)

STEP 1: “AUDITIONS”

➽ Thursday May 18th after school by the MUR

STEP 2: “DRESS REHEARSAL”

➽ Friday May 26th after school by the MUR

You need to submit this form


PTA News May 10, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on May 10, 2017

2016-17 Afterschool Program

The final session of the Afterschool Program is ending soon.  This is the final week for classes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  The final Monday class is May 15th.  The one exception is that there will be a final Yoga class May 17th to compensate for a cancelled class earlier in the Spring session.

Thanks to all of instructors, the Mistral/Castro staff, and the parent volunteers that make this possible.  Have a great summer and we encourage people to enroll for the classes in upcoming 2017-18 year

¡El Fandango!

Bring the family to enjoy flamenco guitar by Tans Gauntlett, free dinner, a kids' movie with popcorn, and a dynamic and engaging PTA meeting.  Wednesday, May 24, 5:30-8:30pm

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 10, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on May 10, 2017

5TH Grade Instrument Collection Strings Only for Landels-Mistral - May 15th, 3:00 - 5:00

5TH Grade Instrument Collection Band Only for Huff-Mistral-Castro - May 26th, 3:00 - 5:00

Crittenden Middle School 6th Grade Electives Catalogue 2017-2018

Graham Middle School 6th Grade Elective Course Description 2017-18

The View Teen Center Presents:  5th Grade Open House - Saturday, May 20th, 1:00-3:00 pm

City of Mountain View:  Community Yard Sale -  Saturday, May 20th 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Bike it! Join the ride closest to your house going to your middle school! - Saturday, May 20

2017 SUMMER Music Workshops

Chess Tournament Results

The 14th Annual Mountain View - Whisman Interscholastic Chess Tournament was held on Sunday May 7. We had 12 students participating from Castro and Mistral as a combined team, with 7 players in the junior section (K-3), 3 players in the senior section (4-8), and two players in the open (non-competitive) section. All the players demonstrated persistence, creative thinking, and positive attitudes, and we thank them for representing our schools at this event! Our top scorers were Liam Beineke, Kayden Gross, Leo Evangelista, and Reid Monahan. If your child is interested in chess, remember that after-school chess is usually offered each year through Academic Chess.

Join the conversation! Ideas exchange about elementary school boundaries

MVWSD is in the midst of a community-wide process to make adjustments to elementary school boundaries intended to relieve overcrowding at some schools and provide for the opening of Slater Elementary in 2019-20.

The Student Attendance Areas Task Force has been reviewing District demographic data and working to produce boundary scenarios. The goal is for the Board of Trustees to consider two boundary options on June 1, 2017 and approve one of them on June 15, 2017.

You should have an email from ShareYourThoughts@mvwsd.org asking you to participate in an online exchange of ideas about boundaries. The thoughts and comments you provide will be used by the task force and the Board to inform the final boundaries choice.

Please see www.mvwsd.org/boundaries to learn more about how the survey works and to review boundary Options A and B that you will be asked about. If you did not receive an email, you can sign up at this link to participate.

Kick, Lead and Dream (KLD)

Parents, would your child benefit from a two-week, $10 camp?  Kick, Lead, and Dream (KLD) is a soccer camp where motivated high school students (KLD Coaches) volunteer to become role models, to provide underserved or low income kids from the Mountain View and Sunnyvale public schools (KLD Campers) the opportunity to improve their soccer skills, learn valuable leadership qualities, and gain the confidence to dream BIG!  Campers are provided with free refreshments and camp t-shirts.  KLD's goal is to make the camp experience something campers will always remember. Free round-trip bus transportation, from select pick-up points in Mountain View and Sunnyvale to camp is also provided.  Sunnyvale bus pick ups will be at Lakewood School, Columbia Middle School and Vargas School.  Mountain View will be Theuerkauf and Castro.  Sign up online to take advantage of this 2-week, $10 camp!

  • APPLY:  www.kldsoccer.org
  • DATES:  June 12 - June 23, 2017
  • DAYS: Mondays - Fridays, no weekends
  • TIME: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • LOCATION: Cooper Park, Mountain View, CA
  • PARK ADDRESS: 500 Chesley Ave, Mt. View
  • ​FOR: Underserved/low-income students from public schools in Mt. View & Sunnyvale, Current 2nd through 7th grade for the 2016/2017 school year.
  • COST: $10 per Camper (bring on first day)

QUESTIONS:  KLDsoccer@yahoo.com

Food Distribution Program at Gabriela Mistral

In partnership with Community Services Agency (CSA) of Mountain View and Second Harvest Food Bank, we will be distributing  bags with some basic food items. If you want to supplement your meals with additional items, please come:

  • Days? – Thursdays
  • When? – May 18; June 1
  • Time? – 4:30 to 6:30 P.M.
  • Where? – Mariano Castro School - Room 9

The food is free; all you need to do is fill out a simple form available at the event indicating that you qualify. More details at the event. Even if you have come before, you can come again!

Spring Concert

3rd Grade
Thurs. May 11
@3:00pm
held in the multi

Chorus
Wed. May 10
@3:45pm
held in the multi


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Posted by baguirrecortez on May 4, 2017

School Tour by Santa Clara County Office of Education

On Monday, Mistral hosted Santa Clara County Office of Education superintendent Jon Gundry,  county education board member Grace Mah, MVWSD superintendent Dr. Rudolph, and school board president Jose Gutierrez for a tour of our classrooms and an informal coffee organized by several of our PTA committees.  Mr. Gundry and Ms. Mah are visiting many of the Dual Immersion schools in Santa Clara County.  What a fabulous way to start off the week!

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Principal Coffee - POSTPONED

 

NEW DATE BELOW

 

Friday, May 12th

Teacher’s Lounge

 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.





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Mistral Student Leadership Council (MSLC)



 

 

Dear Parents,

 

The Mistral Student Leadership Council will hold its last after school meeting this week, Thursday, May 4th, from 12:30-1:30pm in Room 13.  If your child is one of the school's representatives from grades 3-5 on the MSLC, please remind them to attend the meeting after school on Thursday.

 

Thank you,

 

Maestra Sami & Maestro Chris

 

 

 

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We will celebrate 80’s Day. Wear your school t-shirt, or dress up in your favorite 80’s fashion! Show your school spirit and participate - it’s fun!



 

 

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Monday, May 8th

8:30 a.m. in the MUR






Quetzal Spirit rallies are held in the MUR

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

Our newly-formed student council is taking the lead on planning our Quetzal rallies and spirit days. During the assembly, we will recite our school poem, review our school-wide expectations, recognize model Quetzales.



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Tues Apr 25 -  

Fri May 19

Various Times

State Testing (3rd - 5th Grade)

Wed May 3

5:30pm - 6:30pm

New Kinder Family Potluck - Redwood Garden

Fri May 5

8:40am - 9:40am

CSMA - 2nd Grade Concert - MUR

Mon May 8

Mon May 8

8:40am - 9:00am

All Day

Quetzal Award Assembly

Spirit Day - 80’s Day

Wed May 10

Wed May 10

Wed May 10

8:40am - 2:15pm

8:45am - 1:15pm

3:45pm - 4:45pm

Oakland Museum Field Trip RM# 114-116

Palo Alto Jr Museum field trip RM# 103

Chorus Concert - MUR

Thu May 11

Thu May 11

9:30am - 10:30am

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Wild life assembly (K-2nd) MUR

CSMA 3r Grade Concert - MUR

Fri May 12

Fri May 12

8:30am - 9:30am

7:00pm - 8:00pm

Principal Coffee - Staff lounge

CSMA 5th Grade Gala Strings Concert

Thu May 18

4:00pm - 5:30pm

SSC/ELAC Meeting - RM# 6

Fri May 19

Fri May 19

9:00am - 1:30pm

4:00pm - 8:00pm

Stanford Dream 4 college field trip RM# 13 & 14

Family Math Night - MUR




PTA News May 03, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on May 2, 2017

Konstella classroom for incoming Kinders

Hi Mistral Families,

I know many of you have incoming kinders next year and are excited to start talking with other families and planning playdates. I've created a classroom in Konstella for your incoming kinders.

You can add your incoming kinder to your account either through the online website or through the app (I find the app more intuitive).

  • Online, click on your name in the upper left, then click on "Your Children". That will bring up a screen that shows your existing children. At the bottom, there is a button that says "Add children". Go ahead and add your incoming kinder, and place him or her in the room I've labeled Incoming kinder.

  • From the app, click on the icon at the bottom of the screen that says "me". Then select the first option that says, "My Children." From the next screen, click the button that says, "Add Child." There you can add your incoming kinder and place him/her in the Incoming kinder classroom.

You will now see the incoming kinder classroom when you log into the website or open the app, and you will receive any emails or event notifications for that room. You will also start seeing activities for incoming kinders in your weekly summary of the week ahead.

Thanks, and feel free to ask questions if you need help!

Amy

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 3, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on May 2, 2017

Parent Chat:  Peer to Peer Support For Parents of Teens 14+ - 7:00-8:30PM, second Tuesday of every month

MOUNTAIN VIEW PUBLIC LIBRARY 2017 Summer Reading Program for Children (all ages) and Teens - Starts May 1

Graham’s Spring Fling - Friday, May 5, 5pm-8pm

5TH Grade Instrument Collection Strings Only for Landels-Mistral - May 15th, 3:00 - 5:00

5TH Grade Instrument Collection Band Only for Huff-Mistral-Castro - May 26th, 3:00 - 5:00

Teen summer 2017 at Mountain View Public Library

Los Altos Basketball Camp

Crittenden Middle School 6th Grade Electives Catalogue 2017-2018

Graham Middle School 6th Grade Elective Course Description 2017-18

Join the conversation! Ideas exchange about elementary school boundaries

MVWSD is in the midst of a community-wide process to make adjustments to elementary school boundaries intended to relieve overcrowding at some schools and provide for the opening of Slater Elementary in 2019-20.

The Student Attendance Areas Task Force has been reviewing District demographic data and working to produce boundary scenarios. The goal is for the Board of Trustees to consider two boundary options on June 1, 2017 and approve one of them on June 15, 2017.

You should have an email from ShareYourThoughts@mvwsd.org asking you to participate in an online exchange of ideas about boundaries. The thoughts and comments you provide will be used by the task force and the Board to inform the final boundaries choice.

Please see www.mvwsd.org/boundaries to learn more about how the survey works and to review boundary Options A and B that you will be asked about. If you did not receive an email, you can sign up at this link to participate.

Chess Tournament!

The 14th Annual MVWSD Interscholastic Chess Tournament will be held on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Theuerkauf Elementary School.  There will be two competitive divisions (grades K-3 and 4-8) and an open division for players who cannot attend the entire time or who are still learning the game.  There is no entry fee. Register online at tinyurl.com/mvwsdchess until April 28th. Competitive players must check in between 11:30 am and 12:00, and the tournament will end around 5 pm.  Parent volunteers are needed!  For more information, contact Chris Cosner (burrowingowl@gmail.com; 650-814-4651).

Let's Talk

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.

Monday May 8, 2017
10AM-12PM,
Orchard Community Room,
Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road

Spring Concert

2nd Grade

Fri. May 5 @8:40am

held in the multi

3rd Grade

Thurs. May 11

@3:00pm

held in the multi

4th Grade Informances

Wed. April 26

held in the classrooms

12:45-1:30pm Ms. Díaz Rm 13

1:30-2:15pm Ms. Hove Rm 14

Chorus

Wed. May 10

@3:45pm

held in the multi

Reading, Writing and Talking with Children: Supporting Literacy at home

MV Parent U presents: “Reading, Writing and Talking with Children: Supporting Literacy at home” on Tuesday, May 9 from 6:30-8pm at the Graham Middle School MUR.

Presenters: The Mountain View Public Library (Sharon McClintock, Librarian Youth Services) and our very own District Reading Teacher (Nancy Pfeffer, Landels teacher and mom)

Please join us to learn several strategies for supporting your readers and writers at home.

  • How to boost your child's reading engagement and make reading fun
  • Ways to help your child overcome his/her writer’s block
  • How to have a conversation when your child is reluctant to share about his/her day

***    Go home with some fun, ready-made literacy activities!

In addition, the Mountain View Library will share:

  • Ebooks and online library resources
  • Information on Library programs and services for the entire family

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

California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS)

Please look for a letter this week asking your child to be a part of our school’s California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) sponsored by the California Department of Education sometime between May 22 through May 31. This is a very important survey that will help promote better health among our youth, improve the school learning environment and combat problems such as drug abuse and violence.

The survey is voluntary and anonymous. If you do not want your child to complete the survey, you must fill out and return the Withdrawal Form no later than May 5, 2017 to your child’s school office.

If you have any questions about this survey, call Heidi Smith at 650-526-3500 ext. 1121.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Posted by mdecarva on April 26, 2017

 

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The next phase of our construction project is getting close.  Teachers located in the finger wings are starting to pack.  We have identified the location of of our storage containers that will arrive sometime next month.  Our school will not be accessible once the new construction fencing goes up in June after school lets out.  We are very excited that when we return in August the finger wings of the school will be remodeled and ready for students!

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To view details about the scope of the remodel please click here


 

EMERGENCY ACCESS AND SCHOOL DROP OFF AREAS

This is our school’s main entrance for emergency responders it must be kept clear at all times!

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We all must work together to enhance the ability of emergency responders to reach our campus and respond to emergency situations.
Students, visitors and district staff are prohibited from parking in areas marked as fire lanes because doing so can prevent the timely arrival of first responders to the scene of medical or fire emergencies on our school campus.
Please take the time necessary to find parking on the street or other parking locations near the campus.
Keep Our Students Safe!
During morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up — and to maintain emergency access to our campuses — follow these important traffic safety tips:

  • Set a good example for your child.

  • Make sure your child knows how to enter and exit your car safely.  Never exit on the side of oncoming traffic. 


  • Do not park in the campus’ pick-up circle. Parking, even for a moment, slows everybody down.

  • Parked cars can also hinder emergency vehicle response to a campus. 
This is the main entrance to our school campus.

  • If you must meet with a teacher or 
run inside, please use the on-street or designated parking spaces.

  • Do not park in red lanes; and remember to use the crosswalks for safety. 


  • Respect children and pedestrians crossing the internal drives and surrounding streets. 


  • Teach your child to use good manners and safe walking skills when crossing the drive and street; also to respect crossing guards, and obey safety rules. 


  • Pick up students from the curbside only; never wave your child over through traffic. Crossing between cars is extremely dangerous.

  • If you can carpool, please do so. Not only will you find a friend, you reduce the number of cars coming to campus — and frustration.

  • Be patient and courteous to staff assisting children with loading and unloading.


 

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System

Students in the Mountain View Whisman School District will be taking the a CAASPP assessment in April and May.  See the table below for the 3rd-5th grade test schedule at Mistral.

School testing time blocks for all grade levels are 8:30AM to 11:30AM with a recess break at 10:25AM.  Extended time is allowed for children who are still working on completing test after 11:30AM.  Tests are not timed.

In order to maintain a quiet testing environment, all K-5 families should arrive to school on time and adults should leave campus by 8:30AM during the testing schedule.  Mistral students in grade 3-5 who arrive late will not be allowed in the classroom.  These students will need to take the missed test during a make up time later in the day or week.  Please do not be late to school.  

Note:  Castro school will begin their testing session at 8:15AM.  

Please do not enter the hallways or corridors during the testing window.   

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Heelys (shoes with roller skate wheels in the sole) are not allowed to be worn to school or on the playground.

If students wear their Heelys to school, they will be asked to remove the wheels and turn them into the office. Students escorted by their parent may collect the wheels at the end of the school day. Please ensure your child does not wear these shoes (with wheels in the heel) to school.


 

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Tues Apr 25 -  

Fri May 19

Various Times

State Testing (3rd - 5th Grade)

Thu Apr 27

9:00am - 10:00am

Puppet Show (Kinder - 2nd Grade) MUR

Mon May 1

6:00pm - 7:30pm

PTA Executive Meeting

Tue May 2

8:45am - 1:15pm

Palo Alto Jr Museum field trip RM# 102

Wed May 3

5:30pm - 6:30pm

New Kinder Family Potluck - Redwood Garden

Thu May 4

8:40am - 9:00am

Monthly Quetzal Assembly - MUR

Fri May 5

8:30am - 9:30am

Principal Coffee - Staff Lounge

Mon May 8

All Day

Spirit Day - 80’s Day

Wed May 10

Wed May 10

8:40am - 2:15pm

8:45am - 1:15pm

Oakland Museum Field Trip RM# 114-116

Palo Alto Jr Museum field trip RM# 103

Thu May 11

9:30am - 10:30am

Wild life assembly (K-2nd) MUR

Fri May 12

7:00pm - 8:00pm

CSMA 5th Grade Gala Strings Concert




PTA News Apr 26, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on April 26, 2017

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

We will be celebrating the national Teacher (and Staff) Appreciation Week on May 1-5, 2017 for both Mistral and Castro.

We would like to invite all our students and families to bring items each day that week to show how much we appreciate the hard work of teachers, Principal Simões de Carvalho, aides, administration and school staff, our librarian, yard-duties, janitors and all who make a difference in the lives of our children.

Please note that there is no obligation to participate in the weekly events, or you can choose other ways of showing your gratitude. You can also ask your Room Parent for your teacher’s Favorite Things list for gift ideas.

  • Monday: Bring a flower to the teacher, secretary, librarian, principal, etc.
  • Tuesday: Bring something homemade, like a drawing, artwork, a card or a poem, etc.
  • Wednesday: Families will bring breakfast items to Teacher’s Lounge on Wednesday morning, May 3rd at 8:00 am, depending on grade: Details to come on what breakfast items to bring. (Volunteers needed!)
  • Thursday: Luncheon offered by Both PTAs & Volunteers from each school. (Volunteers needed!)
  • Friday: Offer a special treat from the teacher's “Favorite Things” list.

Volunteers are needed and greatly appreciated for these days and times:

  • Breakfast: Wednesday, May 3rd, 8 - 9 am and 11:30 am – 12:25 pm
  • Luncheon: Thursday, May 4th, 10 am - 12:30 pm, 12:30 pm - 2 pm

Email to sign up - mmdinard@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 April 26, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on April 26, 2017

Graham’s Spring Fling - Friday, May 5, 5pm-8pm

5TH Grade Instrument Collection Strings Only for Landels-Mistral - May 15th, 3:00 - 5:00

5TH Grade Instrument Collection Band Only for Huff-Mistral-Castro - May 26th, 3:00 - 5:00

2017 Summer art & music camps - June 12 – August 18, One week or two week sessions

Camp Superstuff Asthma Summer Camp 2017 - July 24th - July 28th: 9am - 4pm

Chess Tournament!

The 14th Annual MVWSD Interscholastic Chess Tournament will be held on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Theuerkauf Elementary School.  There will be two competitive divisions (grades K-3 and 4-8) and an open division for players who cannot attend the entire time or who are still learning the game.  There is no entry fee. Register online at tinyurl.com/mvwsdchess until April 28th. Competitive players must check in between 11:30 am and 12:00, and the tournament will end around 5 pm.  Parent volunteers are needed!  For more information, contact Chris Cosner (burrowingowl@gmail.com; 650-814-4651).

Spring Concert

2nd Grade
Fri. May 5 @8:40am
held in the multi

3rd Grade
Thurs. May 11
@3:00pm
held in the multi
4th Grade Informances
Wed. April 26
held in the classrooms
12:45-1:30pm Ms. Díaz Rm 13
1:30-2:15pm Ms. Hove Rm 14
Chorus
Wed. May 10
@3:45pm
held in the multi

Reading, Writing and Talking with Children: Supporting Literacy at home

MV Parent U presents: “Reading, Writing and Talking with Children: Supporting Literacy at home” on Tuesday, May 9 from 6:30-8pm at the Graham Middle School MUR.

Presenters: The Mountain View Public Library (Sharon McClintock, Librarian Youth Services) and our very own District Reading Teacher (Nancy Pfeffer, Landels teacher and mom)

Please join us to learn several strategies for supporting your readers and writers at home.

  • How to boost your child's reading engagement and make reading fun
  • Ways to help your child overcome his/her writer’s block
  • How to have a conversation when your child is reluctant to share about his/her day

***    Go home with some fun, ready-made literacy activities!

In addition, the Mountain View Library will share:

  • Ebooks and online library resources
  • Information on Library programs and services for the entire family

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

California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS)

Please look for a letter this week asking your child to be a part of our school’s California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) sponsored by the California Department of Education sometime between May 22 through May 31. This is a very important survey that will help promote better health among our youth, improve the school learning environment and combat problems such as drug abuse and violence.

The survey is voluntary and anonymous. If you do not want your child to complete the survey, you must fill out and return the Withdrawal Form no later than May 5, 2017 to your child’s school office

If you have any questions about this survey, call Heidi Smith at 650-526-3500 ext. 1121.


PTA News Apr 19, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on April 19, 2017

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

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

Mistral and Castro Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week: MAY 1st – 5th, 2017

We will be celebrating the national Teacher (and Staff) Appreciation Week on May 1-5, 2017 for both Mistral and Castro.

We would like to invite all our students and families to bring items each day that week to show how much we appreciate the hard work of teachers, Principal Simões de Carvalho, aides, administration and school staff, our librarian, yard-duties, janitors and all who make a difference in the lives of our children.

Please note that there is no obligation to participate in the weekly events, or you can choose other ways of showing your gratitude. You can also ask your Room Parent for your teacher’s Favorite Things list for gift ideas.

  • Monday: Bring a flower to the teacher, secretary, librarian, principal, etc.
  • Tuesday: Bring something homemade, like a drawing, artwork, a card or a poem, etc.
  • Wednesday: Families will bring breakfast items to Teacher’s Lounge on Wednesday morning, May 3rd at 8:00 am, depending on grade: Details to come on what breakfast items to bring. (Volunteers needed!)
  • Thursday: Luncheon offered by Both PTAs & Volunteers from each school. (Volunteers needed!)
  • Friday: Offer a special treat from the teacher's “Favorite Things” list.

Volunteers are needed and greatly appreciated for these days and times:

  • Breakfast: Wednesday, May 3rd, 8 - 9 am and 11:30 am – 12:25 pm
  • Luncheon: Thursday, May 4th, 10 am - 12:30 pm, 12:30 pm - 2 pm

Email to sign up - mmdinard@gmail.com

Spanish Book Fair

we have an opportunity to host a spanish book fair towards the end of the school year.  the idea is that this book fair could be a good source of spanish books for our kids before starting their summer vacation.  the pta is looking for one or two volunteers to lead this event, and more volunteers to help make this happen.  here are some details:

when?
it's a 3-day event, may 30 - june 1?

how?
the book company sends us everything by mail, we run the event however we want, and then mail back whatever didn't sell.  the book company donates 5% of all sales to the school.

for more information check out this link:  http://www.la-libreria.net/.  if you're interested in helping with this opportunity, please let trisha gilbert know.

gracias!
joey

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 Apr 19, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on April 18, 2017

VTA’s Summer Youth Pass Mail Order Form

Downtown Spring Family Parade - Saturday, April 22nd, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) - from Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services

2017 Summer art & music camps - June 12 – August 18, One week or two week sessions

Camp Superstuff Asthma Summer Camp 2017 - July 24th - July 28th: 9am - 4pm

Spring Trimester Music Update from CSMA

Parenting Classes For parents or caregivers with children up to 11 years old

Marcus Shelby Trio

Thursday, April 20, 2017
11:00am-11:50am

The Marcus Shelby Trio presents “Blues and the Pursuit of Freedom,” a history of African American music told through blues, spirituals, field hollers, work songs, swing, and popular music. Live performance, history, poetry and field recordings combine to inspire students while they learn the importance of African American music as a tool for various freedom movements in the United States.

Shelby is currently the Artistic Director and leader of The Marcus Shelby Orchestra. Shelby is very active in music education and currently teaches at Rooftop Alternative School in San Francisco and the Stanford Jazz Workshop at Stanford University. Shelby also has led many of the San Francisco Jazz Festival Family Matinee Concerts. In March 2013, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee appointed Shelby to the San Francisco Arts Commission.

Mountain View Spring Family Parade - Saturday

Come march down Castro Street with Mistral. Bring the whole family and wear your Mistral spirit-ware or a crazy fun costume to show your Quetzal pride!  Meet us at lineup # 12 on Villa Street between Castro and Hope Street, no later than 10am on April 22rd.

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

The national “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” is Thursday, April 27. Many local companies plan events during school hours on this week.

In addition to missing important instructional time, please be aware that this is an unexcused absence for your child (Excused absences are determined by the state: They are illness, doctor’s appointments, bereavement, and certain religious exercises). Also, this day falls during the state testing period. Students absent during testing will be asked to make up tests upon their return to school.

We understand that is a great opportunity for your child to see the types of work you and your company do.  Because of the conflict, we will be working with our corporate sponsors to explore other dates and times that are not as disruptive to the instructional day. Thank you for your understanding and support.

Chess Tournament!

The 14th Annual MVWSD Interscholastic Chess Tournament will be held on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Theuerkauf Elementary School.  There will be two competitive divisions (grades K-3 and 4-8) and an open division for players who cannot attend the entire time or who are still learning the game.  There is no entry fee. Register online at tinyurl.com/mvwsdchess until April 28th. Competitive players must check in between 11:30 am and 12:00, and the tournament will end around 5 pm.  Parent volunteers are needed!  For more information, contact Chris Cosner (burrowingowl@gmail.com; 650-814-4651).

Spring Concert

2nd Grade

Fri. May 5 @8:40am

held in the multi

3rd Grade

Thurs. May 11

@3:00pm

held in the multi

4th Grade Informances

Wed. April 26

held in the classrooms

12:45-1:30pm Ms. Díaz Rm 13

1:30-2:15pm Ms. Hove Rm 14

Chorus

Wed. May 10

@3:45pm

held in the multi

Reading, Writing and Talking with Children: Supporting Literacy at home

MV Parent U presents: “Reading, Writing and Talking with Children: Supporting Literacy at home” on Tuesday, May 9 from 6:30-8pm at the Graham Middle School MUR.

Presenters: The Mountain View Public Library (Sharon McClintock, Librarian Youth Services) and our very own District Reading Teacher (Nancy Pfeffer, Landels teacher and mom)

Please join us to learn several strategies for supporting your readers and writers at home.

  • How to boost your child's reading engagement and make reading fun
  • Ways to help your child overcome his/her writer’s block
  • How to have a conversation when your child is reluctant to share about his/her day

***    Go home with some fun, ready-made literacy activities!

In addition, the Mountain View Library will share:

  • Ebooks and online library resources
  • Information on Library programs and services for the entire family

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


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Posted by mdecarva on April 18, 2017


          

EMERGENCY ACCESS AND SCHOOL DROP OFF AREAS

This is our school’s main entrance for emergency responders

it must be kept clear at all times!

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 We all must work together to enhance the ability of emergency responders to reach our campus and respond to emergency situations.

Students, visitors and district staff are prohibited from parking in areas marked as fire lanes because doing so can prevent the timely arrival of first responders to the scene of medical or fire emergencies on our school campus.
Please take the time necessary to find parking on the street or other parking locations near the campus.

Keep Our Students Safe!

During morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up — and to maintain emergency access to our campuses — follow these important traffic safety tips:

  • Set a good example for your child.

  • Make sure your child knows how to enter and exit your car safely.  Never exit on the side of oncoming traffic. 


  • Do not park in the campus’ pick-up circle. Parking, even for a moment, slows everybody down.

  • Parked cars can also hinder emergency vehicle response to a campus. 
This is the main entrance to our school campus.

  • If you must meet with a teacher or
run inside, please use the on-street or designated parking spaces.

  • Do not park in red lanes; and remember to use the crosswalks for safety. 


  • Respect children and pedestrians crossing the internal drives and surrounding streets. 


  • Teach your child to use good manners and safe walking skills when crossing the drive and street; also to respect crossing guards, and obey safety rules. 


  • Pick up students from the curbside only; never wave your child over through traffic. Crossing between cars is extremely dangerous.

  • If you can carpool, please do so. Not only will you find a friend, you reduce the number of cars coming to campus — and frustration.

  • Be patient and courteous to staff assisting children with loading and unloading. 


 

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress

(CAASPP) System

Students in the Mountain View Whisman School District will be taking the a CAASPP assessment in April and May.  See the table below for the 3rd-5th grade test schedule at Mistral.

School testing time blocks for all grade levels are 8:30AM to 11:30AM with a recess break at 10:25AM.  Extended time is allowed for children who are still working on completing test after 11:30AM.  Tests are not timed.

In order to maintain a quiet testing environment, all K-5 families should arrive to school on time and adults should leave campus by 8:30AM during the testing schedule.  Mistral students in grade 3-5 who arrive late will not be allowed in the classroom.  These students will need to take the missed test during a make up time later in the day or week.  Please do not be late to school.  Coordinating make up sessions can be complicated and costly to the school.

Note:  Castro school will begin their testing session at 8:15AM.  Please do not enter the hallways or corridors during the testing window.  
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Heelys (shoes with roller skate wheels in the sole) are not allowed to be worn to school or on the playground.

If students wear their Heelys to school, they will be asked to remove the wheels and turn them into the office. Students escorted by their parent may collect the wheels at the end of the school day. Please ensure your child does not wear these shoes (with wheels in the heel) to school.


 

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Join our School Site Council and ELAC meeting on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 4:00pm in RM# 6. All Mistral community members are welcome to attend.


 


 

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Principal Coffee -

Friday, April 21st

Teacher’s Lounge

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

 


 

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Thu Apr 20

Thu Apr 20

11:00am - 11:50am

4:00pm - 5:30pm

CSMA Music in action concert 3rd - 5th Grade MUR

SSC/ELAC Meeting - RM# 6

Fri Apr 21

Fri Apr 21

8:30am - 9:30am

9:45am - 1:30pm

Principal Coffee - Staff Lounge

MI: Bing Concert Hall Field Trip RM# 108,109

Tues Apr 25 -  

Fri May 19

Various Times

State Testing (3rd - 5th Grade)

Thu Apr 27

9:00am - 10:00am

Puppet Show (Kinder - 3rd Grade) MUR

Mon May 1

6:00pm - 7:30pm

PTA Executive Meeting

Tue May 2

8:45am - 1:15pm

Palo Alto Jr Museum field trip RM# 102

Wed May 3

5:30pm - 6:30pm

New Kinder Family Potluck - Redwood Garden

Thu May 4

8:40am - 9:00am

Monthly Quetzal Assembly - MUR

Fri May 5

8:30am - 9:30am

Principal Coffee - Staff Lounge

Mon May 8

All Day

Spirit Day - 80’s Day

Wed May 10

Wed May 10

8:40am - 2:15pm

8:45am - 1:15pm

Oakland Museum Field Trip RM# 114-116

Palo Alto Jr Museum field trip RM# 103

Thu May 11

9:30am - 10:30am

Wild life assembly (K-2nd) MUR

Fri May 12

7:00pm - 8:00pm

CSMA 5th Grade Gala Strings Concert

 


Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Posted by dviramontes on April 5, 2017

 

Looking forward to seeing all the wonderful and creative projects that Mistral students have prepared. Hope to see you all tomorrow!

 

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Friday, April 21st

Teacher’s Lounge

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





 

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 Monthly Quetzal award & Spirit Rally

Thursday April 6th 

8:30am in the MUR

 
Quetzal Spirit rallies are held in the MUR
Kinder through 5th Grade: 8:30 a.m. to 8:50 a.m.
Our newly-formed student council is taking the lead on planning our Quetzal rallies and spirit days. During the assembly, we will recite our school poem, review our school-wide expectations, recognize model Quetzales.

 

Our Spirit Day is Tomorrow Thursday, April 6thscott-lesson-plan-zxAwcp-clipart.jpg

We will celebrate Favorite Animal Day. Wear your school t-shirt, bring your favorite stuffed animal or dress up as your favorite animal! Show your school spirit and participate - it’s fun!


PTA News Apr 05, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on April 4, 2017

Science Fair Volunteers

We need a few volunteers to help on the day of the Science Fair April 6. Please sign up! Thank you :-)

Election Results

In our last PTA general meeting, the membership (you) voted for the PTA officers for the 2017/2018 school year.  Here are the results:

  • president - joey mercer
  • vice president - sara kopit-olson
  • treasurer - tim downey
  • financial secretary - VACANT
  • recording secretary - laiza bromberg
  • historian - eilish byrne

Congratulations to our new officers!  When you see them around campus, introduce yourself and let them know how much we appreciate their efforts.  These parent volunteers are very excited for the opportunity to contribute to our awesome community, and are available to help you in any way they can.  We're still looking for a financial secretary, so if you or someone you know is interested, please contact me.

thank you,
joey

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 Apr 05, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on April 4, 2017

Parent Chat: Peer to Peer Support For Parents of Teens 14+

Questions? Contact: Donna Soo (650) 828-0997 Trudy Palmer (650) 208-9116
Come join a support group hosted by the Mental Health Subcommittee of SELPA 1 CAC
7:00-8:30PM, second Tuesday of every month
Los Altos Library Orchard Room
13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos

Let's Talk

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.

Monday April 17, 2017 7 PM- 9 PM Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road

Information Session on Immigration presented by SIREN

Tuesday April 18, 2017

6:00PM -  Mistral/Castro MUR

Learn more about:

  • Recent developments in immigration
  • How to protect & prepare yourself in case of an immigration raid
  • Requirements, benefits & process for applying for citizenship
  • How to prevent being victims of immigration fraud
  • Where to get the best legal help in your community
  • Upcoming free legal workshop dates & locations

For more information please contact: Sandra Cruz at 408-453-3003 x 102

Arts for Everyone!

The arts are a vehicle for creative expression and social interaction in ALL kids. The arts are linked to academic achievement as well as social and emotional development. In this forum we will explore the various arts opportunities in our community. We’ll hear from Youth Drama for All (in their 10th year of productions), Dance for ALL (a YMCA based community class), and other local arts groups.

April 19, 7-9 PM

Santa Rita Elementary School, 700 Los Altos Avenue, Los Altos

Marcus Shelby Trio

Thursday, April 20, 2017

11:00am-11:50am

The Marcus Shelby Trio presents “Blues and the Pursuit of Freedom,” a history of African American music told through blues, spirituals, field hollers, work songs, swing, and popular music. Live performance, history, poetry and field recordings combine to inspire students while they learn the importance of African American music as a tool for various freedom movements in the United States.

Shelby is currently the Artistic Director and leader of The Marcus Shelby Orchestra. Shelby is very active in music education and currently teaches at Rooftop Alternative School in San Francisco and the Stanford Jazz Workshop at Stanford University. Shelby also has led many of the San Francisco Jazz Festival Family Matinee Concerts. In March 2013, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee appointed Shelby to the San Francisco Arts Commission.

Spartans Sports Camp

Register at www.SpartansSportsCamp.com

For more info 650.479.5906 or info@SpartansSportsCamp.com

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

The national “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” is Thursday, April 27. Many local companies plan events during school hours on this week.

In addition to missing important instructional time, please be aware that this is an unexcused absence for your child (Excused absences are determined by the state: They are illness, doctor’s appointments, bereavement, and certain religious exercises). Also, this day falls during the state testing period. Students absent during testing will be asked to make up tests upon their return to school.

We understand that is a great opportunity for your child to see the types of work you and your company do.  Because of the conflict, we will be working with our corporate sponsors to explore other dates and times that are not as disruptive to the instructional day. Thank you for your understanding and support.

Spring Concert

2nd Grade

Fri. May 5 @8:40am

held in the multi

3rd Grade

Thurs. May 11

@3:00pm

held in the multi

4th Grade Informances

Wed. April 26

held in the classrooms

12:45-1:30pm Ms. Díaz Rm 13

1:30-2:15pm Ms. Hove Rm 14

Chorus

Wed. May 10

@3:45pm

held in the multi


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Posted by mdecarva on March 29, 2017

 

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Thursday, March 30th is Open House

Schedule: Art4Schools Art Show (MUR) - 5:30PM to 7:30PM

Classroom Visits - 6:00PM to 7:00PM

 

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Friday, April 7th

Teacher’s Lounge

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

 

Our April Spirit Day is Thursday, April 6thscott-lesson-plan-zxAwcp-clipart.jpg

We will celebrate Favorite Animal Day. Wear your school t-shirt, bring your favorite stuffed animal or dress up as your favorite animal! Show your school spirit and participate - it’s fun!



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Mon Mar 27

Mon Mar 27

8:30am - 11:00am

11:00am - 2:10pm

MI: Mt View High School Field Trip RM# 114 - 116

MI: Mt View High School Field Trip RM# 13 & 14

Thu Mar 30

Thu Mar 30

8:30am - 9:30am

5:30pm - 7:30pm

Project Cornerstone Meeting - Staff Lounge

Open House - MUR

Mon Apr 3

6:00 - 7:30pm

PTA Executive Meeting - Staff Lounge

Wed Apr 5

All Day

Spring Picture Day - MUR

Thu Apr 6

Thu Apr 6

Thu Apr 6

Thu Apr 6

All Day

8:40am - 9:00am

6:00pm - 8:00pm

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Spirit Day - Favorite animal day

Quetzal award assembly - blacktop

Science Fair - MUR

2nd Term student council Meeting

Fri Apr 7

Fri Apr 7

7:30am - 3:30pm

8:30am - 9:30am

MI: Black Diamond Park Field Trip RM# 13/14

Principal Coffee

Mon Apr 10 -Fri Apr 14

All Day

SPRING BREAK - NO SCHOOL

Thu Apr 20

11am - 12 noon

CSMA music in action concert - MUR

Fri Apr 21

9:45am - 1:30pm

MI: Bing Concert Hall Field Trip RM# 108,109

Thu Apr 27

9:00am - 10:00am

Puppet Show (Kinder - 3rd Grade) MUR


PTA News Mar 29, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on March 28, 2017

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 Mar 29, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on March 28, 2017

Excellent Sheep: Reframing College as a Time for Self-Discovery

William Deresiewicz
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
7:00-9:00pm
Los Altos High School Eagle Theater
201 Almond Avenue, Los Altos
Admission: FREE–Please reserve a seat:  https://wderesiewicz.eventbrite.com
Audience: Parents/guardians of students in grades 9-12

Spring Picture Day is Coming

Picture Day

Please bring your picture day form if you would like to view picture samples of your child. NO money is required on this day. After picture day you will receive a package to review and make purchases.

When: Wednesday, April 5th

Where: MUR

Spartans Sports Camp

Spring Break Basketball and Tennis Camps

Camp Dates:  April 10-14, 9 am - 12 pm

Register at www.SpartansSportsCamp.com

Summer Camps & Swim Lessons


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Posted by dviramontes on March 22, 2017

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Open House is Just Around the Corner!

Thursday, March 30th is Open House

Schedule: Art4Schools Art Show (MUR) - 5:30PM to 7:30PM

Classroom Visits - 6:00PM to 7:00PM

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3rd through 5th grade parents be on the lookout for the permission slips in your child's backpack today.  Permission slips are due back to your classroom teacher by this Friday, 3/24.  The lottery for spots will be held early next week.  Our two meetings for the 2nd term will be Thursday, April 6th, & Thursday, May 4th, after school from 12:30-1:30pm.

 

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Join our School Site Council and ELAC meeting on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 4:00pm in staff lounge. All Mistral community members are welcome to attend.

 

scott-lesson-plan-zxAwcp-clipart.jpgOur April Spirit Day is Thursday, April 6th

We will celebrate Favorite Animal Day. Wear your school t-shirt, bring your favorite stuffed animal or dress up as your favorite animal! Show your school spirit and participate - it’s fun!

 

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Wed Mar 22

6:00pm - 7:00pm

MI: PTA General Mtg - MUR

Thu Mar 23

Thu Mar 23

8:45am - 11:00am

4:00pm - 5:00pm

MI: 123 Andres performance (MUR)

SSC/ELAC Meeting  RM# 6

Mon Mar 27

Mon Mar 27

8:30am - 11:00am

11:00am - 2:10pm

MI: Mt View High School Field Trip RM# 114 - 116

MI: Mt View High School Field Trip RM# 13 & 14

Thu Mar 30

Thu Mar 30

8:30am - 9:30am

5:30pm - 7:30pm

Project Cornerstone Meeting - Staff Lounge

Open House - MUR

Mon Apr 3

6:00 - 7:30pm

PTA Executive Meeting - Staff Lounge

Wed Apr 5

All Day

Spring Picture Day - MUR

Thu Apr 6

Thu Apr 6

Thu Apr 6

Thu Apr 6

All Day

8:40am - 9:00am

6:00pm - 8:00pm

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Spirit Day - Favorite animal day

Quetzal award assembly - blacktop

Science Fair - MUR

2nd Term student council Meeting

Fri Apr 7

Fri Apr 7

7:30am - 3:30pm

8:30am - 9:30am

MI: Black Diamond Park Field Trip RM# 13/14

Principal Coffee

Mon Apr 10 -Fri Apr 14

All Day

SPRING BREAK - NO SCHOOL


PTA News Mar 22, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on March 22, 2017

PTA General Meeting - TONIGHT!

We hope to see you at the PTA meeting from 6:00-7:30 in the MUR. Dinner and childcare will be provided. Chef Koochooloo Owner and Mistral parent, Layla Sabourian, will talk about the benefits of cooking with kids. We will vote on another budget amendment and elect next year's officers. See you there!  

Be a School Board Meeting Observer

Help our community be informed about what's happening in the Mountain View Whisman School District. Please consider signing up to attend a district board meeting and report back to the PTA.


Community News Mar 22, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on March 21, 2017

Walk, Ride & Roll for Luck -

We had another successful community-building event at Gabriela Mistral on Tuesday 03/14/17.  This program encourages kids to walk, bike, or car-pool to school.  There was a drawing for a new bicycle and helmet, and a student in second grade won this time!

There are two similar events planned this school year – one in March and one in May.  Join in the fun to reduce traffic, help keep our school safer, and help keep the air cleaner.

A big thank you to City of Mountain View's VERBS and SafeMoves for making these events possible!

Parent Institute:  Understanding the Psycho-Educational Assessment Report

THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017

6:00PM-8:00PM

This workshop will help you better understand the Psycho-educational and academic assessments as part of an initial or triennial evaluation.

Understand the components of different eligibility categories for Special Education.

The 2017 MVEF Spring Gala and Auction is Coming Soon!

The MVEF Spring Gala and Auction will be held on March 25, 2017, from 6:30 - 11:30 pm at the Mountain View Senior Center, with a champagne reception at 5:30 pm, featuring a performance from CSMA's Music in Action.

This year's theme is #ThisiswhyIgive, celebrating the many reasons you, as donors, support MVEF and why a well-rounded education is essential for every student at every school. MVEF's goal is to raise $100,000 toward this year's overall goal of raising $750,000 for our District.

MVEF invites you to join the celebration that evening. Buy tickets here:  http://www.mvef.org/gala. Volunteers are needed leading up to the event and the day of the event, helping with set-up. If you are interested in volunteering or have an item to donate, please email gala@mvef.org.

New Food Distribution Program at Gabriela Mistral

We are happy to announce that, in partnership with Community Services Agency (CSA) of Mountain View and Second Harvest Food Bank, we will be distributing at our school bags with some basic food items. If you want to supplement your meals with additional items, please come:

Days? – Thursdays
When? – March 30; April 6; May 4; May 18; June 1
Time? – 4:30 to 6:30 P.M.
Where? – Mariano Castro School - Room 9

Please come sign up at the event to pick up food and get information on services in your community

  • Bread, canned goods, fresh produce and other food items will be available
  • Get information and referrals from a Case Manager

If you came before, you can come again!

Mistral School Open House Art4Schools Art Show

THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 2017

In the multi-purpose room:  5:30–7:30 pm

Visit your child’s classroom:  6:00–7:00 pm

See artwork created by your child in the Art4Schools program.

College Readiness: Preparing and Learning from Others’ Journeys

MV Parent U presents “College Readiness: Preparing and Learning from Others’ Journeys” on Wednesday, March 29 from 6:30 - 8:00 P.M. at the Crittenden Middle School Multi-Use Room.

Presenters:

  • Janine Ramirez, Executive Director, PIQE. PIQE, The Parent Institute for Quality Education, educates and empowers parents to actively engage in their children’s education and strengthen parent-school collaboration.
  • Panel of experts, including high school counselors and coordinators, college graduates, high school students, and parents

Parents will learn:

  • Benefits of focusing on college at an early age
  • Step-by-step strategies to prepare for college
  • Requirements for college acceptance
  • Resources for support and financial aid

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.)

Please register here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mv-parent-u-college-readiness-preparing-and-learning-from-others-journeys-tickets-32486057673

Excellent Sheep: Reframing College as a Time for Self-Discovery

William Deresiewicz
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
7:00-9:00pm
Los Altos High School Eagle Theater
201 Almond Avenue, Los Altos
Admission: FREE–Please reserve a seat:  https://wderesiewicz.eventbrite.com
Audience: Parents/guardians of students in grades 9-12

Spring Picture Day is Coming

You will be receiving a selection form, please fill this out and have your child bring this form on picture day. NO money is required on this day. After picture day you will receive a package to review and make purchases.

When: Wednesday, April 5th
Where: MUR

Chess Tournament!

The 14th Annual MVWSD Interscholastic Chess Tournament will be held on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Theuerkauf Elementary School.  There will be two competitive divisions (grades K-3 and 4-8) and an open division for players who cannot attend the entire time or who are still learning the game.  There is no entry fee. Register online at tinyurl.com/mvwsdchess until April 28th. Competitive players must check in between 11:30 am and 12:00, and the tournament will end around 5 pm.  Parent volunteers are needed!  For more information, contact Chris Cosner (burrowingowl@gmail.com; 650-814-4651)

Club Rec Spring Break:  Kicks. Scripts.  And Swim

Monday, April 10 - Friday, April 14
Time:  9:00 am - 4:00 pm  Ages:  7-11
Location:  Rengstorff Park   Instructor:  Recreation Staff
Activity Code:  7903   Fees:  $158 R/ $193 NR

Club Rec Spring edition hosta a special Kicks.  Scripts.  And Swim Camp.  The camp will feature soccer instruction in the morning.  Swim instruction in the afternoon with traditional camp fun and story writing all throughout.

www.mountainview.gov/Register

Vacation Art Camps

Apr 10-14, 2017

Gr K-1: Color My World
Going to the Circus

Gr 1-2: Pippi Longstocking
Magical Masks

Gr 3-5: Fashion Trends
Invention Convention

Gr 4-8: Mini Masterpieces
Smash Book Journaling
Register Online! arts4all.org  

Spring Swim Lessons at Rengstorff Pool

Group Lessons
Monday & Wednesday May 1-24
Tuesday & Thursday May 2-25

Private Lessons
Weekly Sessions, May 1-25
Monday & Wednesday
Tuesday & Thursday

View Schedule & Register Online at www.mountainview.gov/register or call the Recreation Office at (650) 903-6331


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Posted by dviramontes on March 15, 2017



No school this Monday 03/20/2017



Wordle .jpgSSC and ELAC 

Join our School Site Council and ELAC meeting on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 4:00pm in staff lounge. All Mistral community members are welcome to attend.




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Mon Mar 20

All Day

NO SCHOOL - staff development day

Wed Mar 22

6:00pm - 7:00pm

MI: PTA General Mtg - MUR

Thu Mar 23

Thu Mar 23

8:45am - 11:00am

4:00pm - 5:00pm

MI: 123 Andres performance (MUR)

SSC/ELAC Meeting - staff lounge

Thu Mar 30

Thu Mar 30

8:30am - 9:30am

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Project Cornerstone Meeting - Staff Lounge

Open House - MUR



scott-lesson-plan-zxAwcp-clipart.jpgOur April Spirit Day is Thursday, April 6th

We will celebrate Favorite Animal Day. Wear your school t-shirt, bring your favorite stuffed animal or dress up as your favorite animal! Show your school spirit and participate - it’s fun!


Community News Mar 15, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on March 15, 2017

Become a Living Classroom Docent!

Mountain View Whisman School District’s Living Classroom program inspires our students to value the natural world through garden-based education. We provide Kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms with hour-long lessons that correlate with current science, math, and social studies standards. Living Classroom uses a hands-on, inquiry approach to learning which ensures our lessons are effective AND fun!

This year we will teach over 500 lessons with the help of our volunteers. Becoming a docent is rewarding, enjoyable, and no prior teaching experience is required. Interested in sharing your love of nature and outdoor learning with students? We would love to have you on board! Want to learn more? Check us out at http://www.living-classroom.org/ or direct questions to Program Manager Mallory Traughber at mtraughber@mvwsd.org. We will be holding three spring training sessions:

Monday, March 20th
Los Altos School District
201 Covington Road, Los Altos
iLearn Studio
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Parent Institute:  Understanding the Psycho-Educational Assessment Report

THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017

6:00PM-8:00PM

This workshop will help you better understand the Psycho-educational and academic assessments as part of an initial or triennial evaluation.

Understand the components of different eligibility categories for Special Education.

Graham Performing Arts Presents:  The Sound of Music, In Concert!

The Sound of Music, In Concert will be performed on TWO NIGHTS ONLY: MARCH 23rd and 24th at 7:30pm. Tickets will be for sale at the door, but pre-order is recommended in case we sell out. Ticket prices are $8 for Adults and $5 for Youth (under 18). All Tickets will be available at Will Call. Will Call will open at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:15p.m. Seating is available on a first come-first serve basis.

The 2017 MVEF Spring Gala and Auction is Coming Soon!

The MVEF Spring Gala and Auction will be held on March 25, 2017, from 6:30 - 11:30 pm at the Mountain View Senior Center, with a champagne reception at 5:30 pm, featuring a performance from CSMA's Music in Action.

This year's theme is #ThisiswhyIgive, celebrating the many reasons you, as donors, support MVEF and why a well-rounded education is essential for every student at every school. MVEF's goal is to raise $100,000 toward this year's overall goal of raising $750,000 for our District.

MVEF invites you to join the celebration that evening. Buy tickets here:  http://www.mvef.org/gala. Volunteers are needed leading up to the event and the day of the event, helping with set-up. If you are interested in volunteering or have an item to donate, please email gala@mvef.org.

Mistral School Open House Art4Schools Art Show

THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 2017

In the multi-purpose room:  5:30–7:30 pm

Visit your child’s classroom:  6:00–7:00 pm

See artwork created by your child in the Art4Schools program.

College Readiness: Preparing and Learning from Others’ Journeys

MV Parent U presents “College Readiness: Preparing and Learning from Others’ Journeys” on Wednesday, March 29 from 6:30 - 8:00 P.M. at the Crittenden Middle School Multi-Use Room.

Presenters:

  • Janine Ramirez, Executive Director, PIQE. PIQE, The Parent Institute for Quality Education, educates and empowers parents to actively engage in their children’s education and strengthen parent-school collaboration.
  • Panel of experts, including high school counselors and coordinators, college graduates, high school students, and parents

Parents will learn:

  • Benefits of focusing on college at an early age
  • Step-by-step strategies to prepare for college
  • Requirements for college acceptance
  • Resources for support and financial aid

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.)

Please register here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mv-parent-u-college-readiness-preparing-and-learning-from-others-journeys-tickets-32486057673

Excellent Sheep: Reframing College as a Time for Self-Discovery

William Deresiewicz
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
7:00-9:00pm
Los Altos High School Eagle Theater
201 Almond Avenue, Los Altos
Admission: FREE–Please reserve a seat:  https://wderesiewicz.eventbrite.com
Audience: Parents/guardians of students in grades 9-12

Chess Tournament!

The 14th Annual MVWSD Interscholastic Chess Tournament will be held on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Theuerkauf Elementary School.  There will be two competitive divisions (grades K-3 and 4-8) and an open division for players who cannot attend the entire time or who are still learning the game.  There is no entry fee. Register online at tinyurl.com/mvwsdchess until April 28th. Competitive players must check in between 11:30 am and 12:00, and the tournament will end around 5 pm.  Parent volunteers are needed!  For more information, contact Chris Cosner (burrowingowl@gmail.com; 650-814-4651)

Club Rec Spring Break:  Kicks. Scripts.  And Swim

Monday, April 10 - Friday, April 14
Time:  9:00 am - 4:00 pm  Ages:  7-11
Location:  Rengstorff Park   Instructor:  Recreation Staff
Activity Code:  7903   Fees:  $158 R/ $193 NR

Club Rec Spring edition hosta a special Kicks.  Scripts.  And Swim Camp.  The camp will feature soccer instruction in the morning.  Swim instruction in the afternoon with traditional camp fun and story writing all throughout.

www.mountainview.gov/Register

Vacation Art Camps

Apr 10-14, 2017

Gr K-1: Color My World
Going to the Circus

Gr 1-2: Pippi Longstocking
Magical Masks

Gr 3-5: Fashion Trends
Invention Convention

Gr 4-8: Mini Masterpieces
Smash Book Journaling

Register Online! arts4all.org  

 


PTA News Mar 15, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on March 14, 2017

Castro Book Fair!

The Castro PTA is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair the week of March 13th. Everyone is welcome! On March 16th, they will be having a community event and you can purchase food while enjoying the night with our school community.

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into school. It's a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit the Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child's reading habits.

Book Fair Dates and times: March 13-15th 2:30pm - 5pm, March 16th 12pm- 6pm

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at http://www.scholastic.com/bf/castroelementaryschool

We look forward to seeing you and your family at the Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit the Castro PTA.  Thank you!

PTA General Meeting

Wednesday, Mar 22 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Food and childcare will be provided

Join us to elect next year's PTA officers.

Be a School Board Meeting Observer

Help our community be informed about what's happening in the Mountain View Whisman School District. Please consider signing up to attend a district board meeting and report back to the PTA.


Community News Mar 08, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on March 8, 2017

Graham Performing Arts Presents:  The Sound of Music, In Concert!

The Sound of Music, In Concert will be performed on TWO NIGHTS ONLY: MARCH 23rd and 24th at 7:30pm. Tickets will be for sale at the door, but pre-order is recommended in case we sell out. Ticket prices are $8 for Adults and $5 for Youth (under 18). All Tickets will be available at Will Call. Will Call will open at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:15p.m. Seating is available on a first come-first serve basis.

Family Bridge to College

Saturday | March 11th

8:00am - 1:30pm

  • 8:00am MEET AT YOUR SCHOOL
  • 8:30am BUSES DEPART FROM YOUR SCHOOL
  • 9:00am BUSES ARRIVE AT FOOTHILL
  • 9:15am CAMPUS TOUR, ACTIVITIES & LUNCH
  • 1:00pm BUSES DEPART FROM FOOTHILL

FREE:

  • TRANSPORTATION
  • LUNCH
  • CHILDCARE

Arbor Day

Saturday, March 11th 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Rengstorff Park 201 South Rengstorff Avenue

Celebration festivities include:

  • Tree Planting
  • Children’s Arts & Crafts
  • Information about trees, composting, and more
  • Tree Walk through Rengstorff Park
  • Tree Climbing Demonstration by City staff

Event held Rain or Shine

For more information visit www.mountainview.gov/arborday or contact Forestry and Roadway Landscape Division at (650) 903-6273

Image result for bike to school poster st patrickWalk, Ride & Roll For Luck!

Tuesday, March 14
Mariano Castro Elementary School
Gabriela Mistral Elementary School

All students who walk, bike, carpool, or ride the bus to school will receive a Just for Luck ticket and be entered into a drawing to win a bicycle and helmet! If you live too far away to walk all the way you can find a safe place to park close to school and walk the rest of the way.  Join in the fun to reduce traffic, help keep our school safer and help keep the air cleaner.

The City of Mountain View's VERBS Program is federally funded through the Metropolitan Transportation Commission MTC and Santa Clara Valley Transportation

Become a Living Classroom Docent!

Mountain View Whisman School District’s Living Classroom program inspires our students to value the natural world through garden-based education. We provide Kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms with hour-long lessons that correlate with current science, math, and social studies standards. Living Classroom uses a hands-on, inquiry approach to learning which ensures our lessons are effective AND fun!

This year we will teach over 500 lessons with the help of our volunteers. Becoming a docent is rewarding, enjoyable, and no prior teaching experience is required. Interested in sharing your love of nature and outdoor learning with students? We would love to have you on board! Want to learn more? Check us out at http://www.living-classroom.org/ or direct questions to Program Manager Mallory Traughber at mtraughber@mvwsd.org. We will be holding three spring training sessions:

Monday, March 13th
Palo Alto Unified School District
445 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto
Science Resource Center (behind Hoover School)
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Monday, March 20th
Los Altos School District
201 Covington Road, Los Altos
iLearn Studio
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Art Classes New Session Begins March 27, 2017

CLASSES INCLUDE:

  • Draw, Paint, Sculpt (Gr K-2)
  • Fine Art Techniques (Gr K-5)
  • Ceramics (Gr K-Teen)
  • Art Studio (Gr 3-5)
  • Drawing (Gr 3-5)
  • Digital Creations (Gr 3-5)
  • The Art of Textiles (Gr 3-5)
  • Digital Animation (Gr 6-12)
  • Drawing & Printmaking (Gr 6-12)
  • Oil Painting (Gr 6-12)

Spring Camps

  • April 10–14, 2017
  • Mornings & Afternoons
  • (Grades K–8)

FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE FOR ALL PROGRAMS

For a full list of classes & descriptions see arts4all.org

College Readiness: Preparing and Learning from Others’ Journeys

MV Parent U presents “College Readiness: Preparing and Learning from Others’ Journeys” on Wednesday, March 29 from 6:30 - 8:00 P.M. at the Crittenden Middle School Multi-Use Room.

Presenters:

  • Janine Ramirez, Executive Director, PIQE. PIQE, The Parent Institute for Quality Education, educates and empowers parents to actively engage in their children’s education and strengthen parent-school collaboration.
  • Panel of experts, including high school counselors and coordinators, college graduates, high school students, and parents

Parents will learn:

  • Benefits of focusing on college at an early age
  • Step-by-step strategies to prepare for college
  • Requirements for college acceptance
  • Resources for support and financial aid

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.)

Please register here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mv-parent-u-college-readiness-preparing-and-learning-from-others-journeys-tickets-32486057673

Excellent Sheep: Reframing College as a Time for Self-Discovery

William Deresiewicz
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
7:00-9:00pm
Los Altos High School Eagle Theater
201 Almond Avenue, Los Altos
Admission: FREE–Please reserve a seat:  https://wderesiewicz.eventbrite.com
Audience: Parents/guardians of students in grades 9-12


Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Posted by dviramontes on March 8, 2017

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Our April Spirit Day is Thursday, April 6th

We will celebrate Favorite Animal Day. Wear your school t-shirt, bring your favorite stuffed animal or dress up as your favorite animal! Show your school spirit and participate - it’s fun!

 

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Thu Mar 9

Thu Mar 9

8:30am – 10:30am

8:45am - 11:30am

5th Grade Puberty Talk RM# 108

Hidden Villa Field Trip RM# 103 & 104

Fri Mar 10

Fri Mar 10

8:30am - 10:30am

8:45am - 1:30pm

5th Grade Puberty Talk RM# 108

Mission San Jose Field Trip RM: 13 & 14

Tue Mar 14

Tue Mar 14

8:30am

8:45am - 11:30am

Walk/Bike to School Event

MI: Hidden Villa Field Trip RM# 102

Mon Mar 20

All Day

NO SCHOOL - staff development day

Wed Mar 22

6:00pm - 7:00pm

MI: PTA General Mtg - MUR

Thu Mar 23

8:45am - 11:00am

MI: 123 Andres performance (MUR)

Thu Mar 30

Thu Mar 30

8:30am - 9:30am

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Project Cornerstone Meeting - Staff Lounge

Open House - MUR


PTA News Mar 08, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on March 8, 2017

The Mistral & Castro Science Fair is coming on April 6!

The Mistral & Castro Science Fair will take place on Thursday, April 6th from 6 - 8 pm in the MUR and neighboring classrooms

  • Classrooms will be open after school in March for teams to work on projects
  • Attend the fair on Thursday, April 6th:
  • Present your project to a scientist judge
  • Participate in a hands-on engineering challenge
  • For more info, project ideas, and poster formats, check out the Science Fair page on the Mistral web site!
  • Questions? want to volunteer? email Susanna Mlynarczyk-Evans smlynev@gmail.com

PTA General Meeting

Wednesday, Mar 22 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Food and childcare will be provided

Join us to elect next year's PTA officers.

Be a School Board Meeting Observer

Help our community be informed about what's happening in the Mountain View Whisman School District. Please consider signing up to attend a district board meeting and report back to the PTA.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Posted by mdecarva on March 1, 2017

 

Student Council.jpgMistral Student Leadership Council (MSLC)

I am thrilled to share with everyone that we have finally launched our "student council" at Mistral. In true form to our core values at Mistral we are running our student leadership program a little differently.  We feel it is important to give as many students in grades 3-5 a chance to work as part of a collaborative, multi-aged group of peers to plan, communicate and facilitate school activities that represent our school norms, increase school spirit and build school community. Below is the process we used to form our MSLC group this year.  

The Mistral Student Leadership Council aims to improve the school community through extracurricular activities and volunteering.

Students in grades 3-5 signed up to participate for a two-three month term, depending on the term focus.  If there were more students that wanted to participate than the slotted grade level allotment, the classroom teachers held a lottery. (You can only serve one term, unless there are no other interested students, “term limits”)

The first term is a two month term focusing on selecting and promoting school spirit days. CHECK OUT OUR SPIRIT DAY (3/2/2017) TOPIC BELOW!

The second term is a two month term focusing on community improvement projects.

Our teacher leaders, Sami White de Silva and Chris Dadok, ​have been working really hard meeting with our student leadership group during lunch on Thursdays.  The kids are super excited and I am beyond words with delight that so many kiddos are adding their ideas and voices to building community and school spirit at Mistral.

Mistral Student Leadership Council Reps. for February & March 2017

3rd Grade

Eileen F.

Kendall P.

Fiona R.

Camille W.

Kayliany M.T.

Leonardo T.G.

4th Grade      

Jonás Z.

Yulieth M. R.

Nate L.

Lillian H.

Isaac L.

Daisy M.

5th Grade

Susana A.

Manuel B. P.

Noah C.

Donna G.

Rowena L.

Zoe P.

 

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We will celebrate Favorite Book Day. Wear your school t-shirt, bring your favorite book or dress up as your favorite character from a book!  Show your school spirit and participate - it’s fun!



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Monthly Quetzal Award & Spirit Rally

Thursday, March 2nd

8:30 a.m. on the Blacktop

Quetzal Spirit rallies are held on the blacktop between room wings 4 & 8

Kinder through 5th Grade: 8:30 a.m. to 8:45a.m.
Our newly-formed student council is taking the lead on planning our Quetzal rallies and spirit days.  During the assembly, we will recite our school poem, review our school-wide expectations, recognize model Quetzales.  

 


 

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No doubt about it...we are on our way!

Demolition "officially" started today. Crews have started removing exterior elements (see attached photos). The buildings should start coming down tomorrow. You can expect demolition to continue through March 17th.

 

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Friday, March 3rd
Teacher’s Lounge
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

All Mistral community members are welcome to attend. Principal Marcela will share a presentation on LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan) and the district’s strategic plan.  Parents and community members will also have an opportunity to share input for our LCAP.

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Wed Mar 1

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Parent Ed Night: Know your immigration rights

Thu Mar 2

Thu Mar 2

Thu Mar 2

Thu Mar 2

Thu Mar 2

8:30am - 9:00am

All Dat

12:30pm - 1:30pm

8:15am - 9:30am

5:30pm - 6:30pm

Quetzal Award assembly

Favorite Book Day

Student Leadership Council Meeting RM# 13

Project Cornerstone Meeting - Staff Lounge

Project Cornerstone Meeting - Staff Lounge

Fri Mar 3

8:30am - 9:30am

Principal Coffee

Sat Mar 4

5:00pm - 8:00pm

2nd-5th Grades: Crepes Party (Silent Auction)

Mon Mar 6

Mon Mar 6

Mon Mar 6

8:30am – 2:15pm

8:30am - 10:30am

6:00pm - 7:00pm

San Francisco Symphony Field Trip RM# 1, 34 & 35

5th Grade Puberty Talk RM# 108

PTA Executive Meeting

Tue Mar 7

8:30am - 10:30am

5th Grade Puberty Talk RM# 108

Wed Mar 8

8:30am – 10:30am

5th Grade Puberty Talk RM# 108

Thu Mar 9

Thu Mar 9

8:30am – 10:30am

8:45am - 11:30am

5th Grade Puberty Talk RM# 108

Hidden Villa Field Trip RM# 103 & 104

Fri Mar 10

Fri Mar 10

8:30am - 10:30am

8:45am - 1:30pm

5th Grade Puberty Talk RM# 108

Mission San Jose Field Trip RM: 13 & 14

Tue Mar 14

Tue Mar 14

8:30am

8:45am - 11:30am

Walk/Bike to School Event

MI: Hidden Villa Field Trip RM# 102

Mon Mar 20

All Day

NO SCHOOL - staff development day

Wed Mar 22

6:00pm - 7:00pm

MI: PTA General Mtg - MUR

Thu Mar 23

8:45am - 11:00am

MI: 123 Andres performance (MUR)

Thu Mar 30

Thu Mar 30

8:30am - 9:30am

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Project Cornerstone Meeting - Staff Lounge

Open House - MUR

 

Community News Mar 01, 2017

We need to hear from you: LCAP survey and meeting

The District is beginning its annual process of updating the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). This input collected will guide the update of our District plan for the 2017-18 school year.

Please join us this Friday, March 3rd for the monthly principal coffee to learn more about the LCAP process.

Parents: Please click here (http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3336580/MVWSD-Parent-2017) to give input through March 1 in a survey about the plans' goals. (Using a laptop/desktop computer or a tablet is recommended. Formatting may not be as readable on mobile devices).

More information found here: https://www.mvwsd.org/community-page/lcff-lcap

New Food Distribution Program at Gabriela Mistral

We are happy to announce that, in partnership with Community Services Agency (CSA) of Mountain View and Second Harvest Food Bank, we will be distributing at our school bags with some basic food items. If you want to supplement your meals with additional items, please come:

Days? – Thursdays
When? – March 2; March 16; March 30; April 6; May 4; May 18; June 1
Time? – 4:30 to 6:30 P.M.
Where? – Mariano Castro School - Room 9

Please come sign up at the event to pick up food and get information on services in your community

  • Bread, canned goods, fresh produce and other food items will be available

  • Get information and referrals from a Case Manager

City of Mountain View Summer Camp Fair

Saturday, March 4th
9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Mountain View Community Center
201 South Rengstorff Avenue

  • Check out Summer Camps & Swim Lessons

  • Meet Summer Camp staff

  • Register for Spring/Summer programs*

For more information, call the Recreation Office at (650) 903-6331 or visit www.mountainview.gov/register

*Registration for Spring/Summer programs begins Saturday, March 4th at 9:00 a.m. for Mountain View residents. In-person registration will be available from 9:00 a.m. to Noon on March 4th.  Non-resident registration begins at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, March 20th.

Music & Children with Autism A Practical Guide for Parents & Caregivers

Monday, March 6
7:30pm
Tateuchi Hall
Community School of Music and Arts

Join us for an evening with music educator Dr. Ryan Hourigan and Amy Hourigan (MT-BC), licensed music therapist. Learn ways to use the arts to connect with children with autism.   

FREE! More info and RSVP at arts4all.org

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Open House -  March 7th

Thinking about how you can make a difference in the life of a student in our community?  
Mentor Tutor Connection needs high school mentors and K- 8 tutors for 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:      Tuesday,  March 7th

Time:             12:00 - 1:00 pm (lunch included)

Location:      MVLA District Office - Board Room

1299 Bryant Avenue, Mountain View, CA

Register:       REGISTER ONLINE

Questions:    programs@mentortutorconnection.org

Family Bridge to College

Saturday | March 11th

8:00am - 1:30pm

  • 8:00am MEET AT YOUR SCHOOL

  • 8:30am BUSES DEPART FROM YOUR SCHOOL

  • 9:00am BUSES ARRIVE AT FOOTHILL

  • 9:15am CAMPUS TOUR, ACTIVITIES & LUNCH

  • 1:00pm BUSES DEPART FROM FOOTHILL

FREE:

  • TRANSPORTATION

  • LUNCH

  • CHILDCARE

Arbor Day

Saturday, March 11th 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Rengstorff Park 201 South Rengstorff Avenue

Celebration festivities include:

  • Tree Planting

  • Children’s Arts & Crafts

  • Information about trees, composting, and more

  • Tree Walk through Rengstorff Park

  • Tree Climbing Demonstration by City staff

Event held Rain or Shine

For more information visit www.mountainview.gov/arborday or contact Forestry and Roadway Landscape Division at (650) 903-6273

Image result for bike to school poster st patrickWalk, Ride & Roll For Luck!

Mariano Castro Elementary School
Gabriela Mistral Elementary School
Tuesday, March 14

All students who walk, bike, carpool, or ride the bus to school will receive a Just for Luck ticket and be entered into a drawing to win a bicycle and helmet! If you live too far away to walk all the way you can find a safe place to park close to school and walk the rest of the way.  Join in the fun to reduce traffic, help keep our school safer and help keep the air cleaner.

The City of Mountain View's VERBS Program is federally funded through the Metropolitan Transportation Commission MTC and Santa Clara Valley Transportation

Become a Living Classroom Docent!

Mountain View Whisman School District’s Living Classroom program inspires our students to value the natural world through garden-based education. We provide Kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms with hour-long lessons that correlate with current science, math, and social studies standards. Living Classroom uses a hands-on, inquiry approach to learning which ensures our lessons are effective AND fun!

This year we will teach over 500 lessons with the help of our volunteers. Becoming a docent is rewarding, enjoyable, and no prior teaching experience is required. Interested in sharing your love of nature and outdoor learning with students? We would love to have you on board! Want to learn more? Check us out at http://www.living-classroom.org/ or direct questions to Program Manager Mallory Traughber at mtraughber@mvwsd.org. We will be holding three spring training sessions:

Monday, March 6th
Mountain View Whisman School District office
750-A San Pierre Way, Mountain View
Board Room
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Monday, March 13th
Palo Alto Unified School District
445 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto
Science Resource Center (behind Hoover School)
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Monday, March 20th
Los Altos School District
201 Covington Road, Los Altos
iLearn Studio
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

MVWSD Chess Tournament

It's time for chess players to start practicing their moves. The Mountain View Whisman School District Chess Tournament will take place Sunday May 7, 2017, 12 noon - 5 pm at Theuerkauf. Details on registration and a preparation meet-up will be forthcoming. For now, please mark your calendars.  Students in grades K-8 can participate.

Art Classes New Session Begins March 27, 2017

CLASSES INCLUDE:

  • Draw, Paint, Sculpt (Gr K-2)

  • Fine Art Techniques (Gr K-5)

  • Ceramics (Gr K-Teen)

  • Art Studio (Gr 3-5)

  • Drawing (Gr 3-5)

  • Digital Creations (Gr 3-5)

  • The Art of Textiles (Gr 3-5)

  • Digital Animation (Gr 6-12)

  • Drawing & Printmaking (Gr 6-12)

  • Oil Painting (Gr 6-12)

Spring Camps

  • April 10–14, 2017

  • Mornings & Afternoons

  • (Grades K–8)
    FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE FOR ALL PROGRAMS
    For a full list of classes & descriptions see arts4all.org

 


PTA News Mar 01, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on March 1, 2017

The Mistral & Castro Science Fair is coming on April 6!

Registration form DUE THURSDAY 3/2:

  • Indicate if your child needs to find a team to work with
  • Parents, please consider volunteering to lead a team!

Questions? Want to help? Contact Susanna Mlynarczyk-Evans: smlynev@gmail.com

PTA General Meeting

Wednesday, Mar 22 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Food and childcare will be provided

Join us to elect next year's PTA officers.

Be a School Board Meeting Observer

Help our community be informed about what's happening in the Mountain View Whisman School District. Please consider signing up to attend a district board meeting and report back to the PTA.


Community News Mar 01, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on March 1, 2017

We need to hear from you: LCAP survey and meeting

The District is beginning its annual process of updating the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). This input collected will guide the update of our District plan for the 2017-18 school year.

Please join us this Friday, March 3rd for the monthly principal coffee to learn more about the LCAP process.

Parents: Please click here (http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3336580/MVWSD-Parent-2017) to give input through March 1 in a survey about the plans' goals. (Using a laptop/desktop computer or a tablet is recommended. Formatting may not be as readable on mobile devices).

More information found here: https://www.mvwsd.org/community-page/lcff-lcap

New Food Distribution Program at Gabriela Mistral

We are happy to announce that, in partnership with Community Services Agency (CSA) of Mountain View and Second Harvest Food Bank, we will be distributing at our school bags with some basic food items. If you want to supplement your meals with additional items, please come:

Days? – Thursdays
When? – March 2, March 16, April 6, April 20
Time?  – 4:30 to 6:30 P.M.
Where? – Mariano Castro School - Room 9

Please come sign up at the event to pick up food and get information on services in your community

  • Bread, canned goods, fresh produce and other food items will be available
  • Get information and referrals from a Case Manager

City of Mountain View Summer Camp Fair

Saturday, March 4th
9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Mountain View Community Center
201 South Rengstorff Avenue

  • Check out Summer Camps & Swim Lessons
  • Meet Summer Camp staff
  • Register for Spring/Summer programs*

For more information, call the Recreation Office at (650) 903-6331 or visit www.mountainview.gov/register

*Registration for Spring/Summer programs begins Saturday, March 4th at 9:00 a.m. for Mountain View residents. In-person registration will be available from 9:00 a.m. to Noon on March 4th.  Non-resident registration begins at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, March 20th.

Music & Children with Autism A Practical Guide for Parents & Caregivers

Monday, March 6
7:30pm
Tateuchi Hall
Community School of Music and Arts

Join us for an evening with music educator Dr. Ryan Hourigan and Amy Hourigan (MT-BC), licensed music therapist. Learn ways to use the arts to connect with children with autism.   

FREE! More info and RSVP at arts4all.org

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Open House -  March 7th

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

Mentor Tutor Connection needs high school mentors and K- 8 tutors for 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:           Tuesday,  March 7th
Time:           12:00 - 1:00 pm (lunch included)
Location:      MVLA District Office - Board Room, 299 Bryant Avenue, Mountain View, CA
Register:      REGISTER ONLINE
Questions:    programs@mentortutorconnection.org

Family Bridge to College

Saturday | March 11th

8:00am - 1:30pm

  • 8:00am MEET AT YOUR SCHOOL
  • 8:30am BUSES DEPART FROM YOUR SCHOOL
  • 9:00am BUSES ARRIVE AT FOOTHILL
  • 9:15am CAMPUS TOUR, ACTIVITIES & LUNCH
  • 1:00pm BUSES DEPART FROM FOOTHILL

FREE:

  • TRANSPORTATION
  • LUNCH
  • CHILDCARE

Arbor Day

Saturday, March 11th 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Rengstorff Park 201 South Rengstorff Avenue

Celebration festivities include:

  • Tree Planting
  • Children’s Arts & Crafts
  • Information about trees, composting, and more
  • Tree Walk through Rengstorff Park
  • Tree Climbing Demonstration by City staff

Event held Rain or Shine

For more information visit www.mountainview.gov/arborday or contact Forestry and Roadway Landscape Division at (650) 903-6273

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Mariano Castro Elementary School
Gabriela Mistral Elementary School
Tuesday, March 14

All students who walk, bike, carpool, or ride the bus to school will receive a Just for Luck ticket and be entered into a drawing to win a bicycle and helmet! If you live too far away to walk all the way you can find a safe place to park close to school and walk the rest of the way.  Join in the fun to reduce traffic, help keep our school safer and help keep the air cleaner.

The City of Mountain View's VERBS Program is federally funded through the Metropolitan Transportation Commission MTC and Santa Clara Valley Transportation

Become a Living Classroom Docent!

Mountain View Whisman School District’s Living Classroom program inspires our students to value the natural world through garden-based education. We provide Kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms with hour-long lessons that correlate with current science, math, and social studies standards. Living Classroom uses a hands-on, inquiry approach to learning which ensures our lessons are effective AND fun!

This year we will teach over 500 lessons with the help of our volunteers. Becoming a docent is rewarding, enjoyable, and no prior teaching experience is required. Interested in sharing your love of nature and outdoor learning with students? We would love to have you on board! Want to learn more? Check us out at http://www.living-classroom.org/ or direct questions to Program Manager Mallory Traughber at mtraughber@mvwsd.org. We will be holding three spring training sessions:

Monday, March 6th
Mountain View Whisman School District office
750-A San Pierre Way, Mountain View
Board Room
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Monday, March 13th
Palo Alto Unified School District
445 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto
Science Resource Center (behind Hoover School)
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Monday, March 20th
Los Altos School District
201 Covington Road, Los Altos
iLearn Studio
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

MVWSD Chess Tournament

It's time for chess players to start practicing their moves. The Mountain View Whisman School District Chess Tournament will take place Sunday May 7, 2017, 12 noon - 5 pm at Theuerkauf. Details on registration and a preparation meet-up will be forthcoming. For now, please mark your calendars.  Students in grades K-8 can participate.

Art Classes New Session Begins March 27, 2017

CLASSES INCLUDE:

  • Draw, Paint, Sculpt (Gr K-2)
  • Fine Art Techniques (Gr K-5)
  • Ceramics (Gr K-Teen)
  • Art Studio (Gr 3-5)
  • Drawing (Gr 3-5)
  • Digital Creations (Gr 3-5)
  • The Art of Textiles (Gr 3-5)
  • Digital Animation (Gr 6-12)
  • Drawing & Printmaking (Gr 6-12)
  • Oil Painting (Gr 6-12)

Spring Camps

  • April 10–14, 2017
  • Mornings & Afternoons
  • Grades K–8

FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE FOR ALL PROGRAMS

For a full list of classes & descriptions see arts4all.org


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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Principal Message Feb 15, 2017

Are you ready for Heritage Day?!
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Mistral Spirit Day - Thursday, 2/16

Be ready to celebrate Heritage Day this is a Mistral Student Leadership Council Event

Wear or bring something that represents your family’s cultures.


 

 

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Monthly Quetzal Award and Spirit Rally
Thursday 02/16/17  
8:40a.m. in the MUR on rainy days

Quetzal Spirit rallies are held on the blacktop between room wings 4 & 8

or in the MUR on rainy days.

 

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  SSC and ELAC:  LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan) Presentation

 Join our School Site Council and ELAC meeting on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 4:00pm in Room# 6. All Mistral community members are welcome to attend. Principal Marcela will share a presentation on LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan) and the district’s strategic plan starting at 5:00pm.  Parents and community members will also have an opportunity to share input for our LCAP.

 


 

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Wed Feb 15


Thu Feb 16

Thu Feb 16

8:40am – 2:00pm


8:30am - 8:45am

All day

MI: California Academy of Sciences Field Trip RM# 114, 115, 116 -

55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco,

Quetzal Spirit assembly - black top

Heritage Day

Thu Feb 16

Thu Feb 16

Thu Feb 16

1:30pm – 3:30pm

4:00pm - 5:30pm

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Silent Auction Event: 3rd-5th Grade: Piñata Making Party

SSC/ELAC Meeting RM# 6

Parent Help Night - Infosnap (staff lounge)

Fri Feb 17

Fri Feb 17

Fri Feb 17

All day

2:00pm - 4:00pm

6:00pm - 7:00pm

End of 2nd Trimester (Minimum Day 12:25PM Dismissal)

Parent Help Night - Infosnap (staff lounge)

Family Science Night

Mon Feb 20

All day

Winter Break (NO School)

Tue Feb 21

All day

Winter Break (NO School)

Wed Feb 22

All day

Winter Break (NO School)

Thu Feb 23

All day

Winter Break (NO School)

Fri Feb 24

All day

Winter Break (NO School)

Tue Feb 28

8:30am – 9:30am

CSMA Music in Action Performance - MUR

 

 


 

Important Enrollment Information

 

Help will be available at the Gabriela Mistral Staff Lounge at the time and dates listed below:

  • Thursday February 16, 2017 from 2pm – 4pm

  • Friday, February 17, 2017 from 2pm – 4pm

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Family Science Show

Join the Mistral Community for our Family Science Show!

Mad Science of the Bay Area will present their entertaining and educational show:

"What do you know about H2O?"

  • a fun science presentation for the whole family
  • FREE pizza
  • brought to you by the fabulous Mistral PTA
  • featuring early bird registration for the Mistral Science Fair (coming on April 6th)!

Questions? Want to volunteer? Email Susanna Mlynarczyk