News Archive

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

  1337879910.jpg 5th Graders vs. Staff Challenge

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!

IMG_5370.JPG

 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.

 

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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

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


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Posted by dviramontes on February 15, 2017

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

PTA News Feb 15, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on February 14, 2017

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-Evans <smlynev@gmail.com>


Community News Feb 15, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on February 14, 2017

We need to hear from you: LCAP survey

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.

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). Students in grades 5-8 will also be taking the LCAP survey soon.

Please look for an upcoming meeting at your school to learn more about the LCAP process.

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

Hurd Ensemble

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
8:30am-9:20am
Held in the Castro Multi

The Hurd Ensemble will present chamber music in a new and fascinating way by blending classical music with electronics. The ensemble includes violin, cello, bass, piano, and electronics, and is dedicated to performing the works of George Hurd. George will introduce aspects of composing to students while they learn about electronic sounds, how they are created, altered, and layered into the music.

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? – February 16, March 2, March 16, April 6, April 20
  • 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.

Last Day to Check Lost and Found

The last day to check the Lost and Found rack/box will be Friday February 17th, 2017

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

Thank you for your collaboration

Prepare Your Federal & State Income Taxes For FREE

February 16, 2017, 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin Street, Mountain View, CA 94041

Filing your taxes is as easy as 1, 2, 3

File with TurboTax Freedom Edition.  Volunteers and experts will be on site to help you.

Fatherhood Changes Everything...And We've Changed Fatherhood!

Why does Fatherhood matter?

This FREE workshop offers tools needed to:

  • Initiate, build, grow or repair your relationship with your child
  • Explore and discover how to build sincere and a fulfilling bond with your child
  • Establish a good foundation for the family and the community’s future

Whether you are Single, Married, Separated, Widower, Father Figure – this “hands on” (experience oriented) seminar will introduce you to personal skills set needed to be a truly aware, responsive, and fulfilled father.

You Are Invited!
Dates: Mondays, February 27 – May 2
Time: 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Location: 748 Mercy Street, Mountain View
(inside Trinity Methodist Church)

Registration: http://j.mp/CHAC247Dad or call (650) 967-4813

*Includes: dad, brother, grandfather, or any male caregiver in the child’s life

Recorder & Band Spring 2017

Band & Recorder Practice - have fun and improve your instrument skills. Students bring their instruments and music to this class.

This class is taught by faculty from the Community School of Music & Arts.

CSMA does not accept payment for this program

Recorder Practice
Mondays 3:15-4pm
Feb 27 - May 15 (no class on March 20)
Music Teacher : Andrea Manaskie
Room: TBD

Band Practice
Wednesdays 3:15-4pm
Mar 1 - May 17
Music Teacher : Robert Baucus
Room: TBD

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

No classes April 10-14

Register at your school office

QUESTIONS? Please contact Natalie Skelton, Music4Schools Assistant: [650] 917-6800 x324 or nskelton@arts4all.org.

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

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.


February 13, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on February 13, 2017


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Mon Feb 6

6:00pm – 7:30pm

MI: PTA Executive Mtg - Staff Lounge -

Wed Feb 8

4:30pm – 6:15pm

Silent Auction Event:  1st Grade Movie Night - RM# 1

Thu Feb 9

12:30pm – 3:30pm

Silent Auction Event: 2nd-3rd GRADE: "I Love Books" Party - Library

Fri Feb 10

3:30pm – 6:30pm

Silent Auction Event: 3rd grade: Pokemon Felties Making party

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

End of 2nd Trimester (Minimum Day 12:25PM Dismissal)

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


February 8, 2017

Posted by mdecarva on February 9, 2017

Principal Message Feb 8, 2017

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Monthly Quetzal Award and Spirit Rally, Thursday 02/16/17  
8:30a.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.

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

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Mistral student leadership council has voted on two exciting upcoming Spirit Days.

 

On Thursday February 16th, we will celebrate Heritage Day. Wear or bring something that represents your family’s cultures. On Thursday, March 2nd, we will celebrate Favorite Book Day. Bring your favorite book or dress up as your favorite character from a book

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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.

Construction Update:  Phase 2 is Moving Forward!TEMP FENCE PLAN - BHM.jpg

BHM Construction, the company currently working on the new buildings at Graham and Crittenden, will build the new Castro-Mistral campus.  BHM Construction will mobilize at the Castro-Mistral Campus on 2/21/17. They will start putting up their fencing that day and will also begin installation of temporary utilities to their trailers. The Toft Street parking lot and pick/drop-off area will be closed at this point. There will be no public access to the school site from Toft Street after 2/21. BHM expects to start demolition the week of 2/27/17.


PTA News Feb 8, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on February 7, 2017

Afterschool registration

Submit a Class Request for each child by Thursday, February 9th so we know what class your child wants to take.

List of available classes, dates, etc: https://mistral.mvwsd.org/en/after-school

PLEASE submit online (https://goo.gl/forms/znTD7TdUOfzLmmU42)

Lottery results will be posted Friday, February 10th

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-Evans <smlynev@gmail.com>


Community News Feb 8, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on February 7, 2017

MVWSD is now a “safe haven” district

Committed to the health of its diverse community, the Board of Trustees approved on Feb. 2 a resolution discouraging any potential immigration enforcement activities around schools that could create a pervasive climate of fear, conflict and stress for all students.

Citing that all children in the U.S. are entitled to equal access to a public elementary and secondary education, regardless of their or their parents’ citizenship, or immigration status, the Board pledged to use its discretion authorized by law to ensure the security of all of its students.

Questions and worries about immigration affects all students; children who have a status as well as those whose family members, friends, or schoolmates do not, and students who are themselves undocumented.

Read the full text of the resolution here.

We need to hear from you: LCAP survey

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.

 

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). Students in grades 5-8 will also be taking the LCAP survey soon.

 

Please look for an upcoming meeting at your school to learn more about the LCAP process.


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

IMPORTANT ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

ALL currently enrolled K-7th grade students are required to complete an ONLINE Student Intent Survey through InfoSnap.  In the survey you will notify us if your student is returning or leaving the district for the 2017-18 school year.

NEW THIS YEAR:   If you have a Parent Portal account, you can easily log on to your child’s INFOSNAP  record.  You do not need a SNAPCODE.  You just need your student’s birthdate.  You will be able to access the form on Monday, February 13, 2017. You must complete the Student Intent Survey to reserve your spot for the 2017-18 school year by Friday, February 17, 2017.

If you do NOT have a Parent Portal account, the Snapcode will be emailed to parents on Monday, February 13, 2017.  You must complete the Student Intent Survey to reserve your spot for the 2017-18 school year by Friday, February 17, 2017.

Parents, please make sure the school office has a working email on file for you.  If you don’t have a computer or need help completing the forms, now is the time to start looking for someone who can help you.  Please find the flyer attached for additional information and help nights.

Hurd Ensemble

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
8:30am-9:20am
Held in the Castro Multi

The Hurd Ensemble will present chamber music in a new and fascinating way by blending classical music with electronics. The ensemble includes violin, cello, bass, piano, and electronics, and is dedicated to performing the works of George Hurd. George will introduce aspects of composing to students while they learn about electronic sounds, how they are created, altered, and layered into the music.

Caring for a Sick Child

  • If your child has flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose) keep them 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.  
  • Have them drink a lot of liquid (such as juice, water, Pedialyte ®, broth).
  • Keep the sick child comfortable. Rest is important.
  • For fever, sore throat, and muscle aches, you can use fever-reducing medicines that your doctor recommends based on your child’s age. Do not use aspirin with children or teenagers; it can cause Reye’s syndrome, a life-threatening illness.
  • Teach your child good health habits by showing them how to cover cough and sneeze into their sleeves, or to cover their cough/sneeze with tissues. They should wash their hands often and keep their hands away from their faces.
  • Keep tissues close to the sick person and have a trash bag within reach for disposing used tissues.
  • Don’t send sick children to school, daycare, or public places. If you are unsure when your child can return to school, please contact the school health office or check the district web site for directions.
  • 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
  • Being so irritable that he or she does not want to be held
  • Not urinating or no tears when crying
  • Their symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

Guatemala and Costa Rica Family Volunteer Trips

There is still time to sign up for the Guatemala and Costa Rica Family Volunteer Trips this summer. Many Castro/Mistral families have been on these trips over the years. It is an incredible way to practice Spanish, immerse your family in a beautiful culture, and make a difference in the lives of children & families striving to lift up their communities. For more info (www.dreamvolunteers.org) or reach out to Mistral parent Brian Buntz at brian@dreamvolunteers.org.

Cyber Bullying and Social Media--Protecting Our Children in an Age of Access

Mountain View Parent University presents a free workshop, Cyber Bullying and Social Media--Protecting Our Children in an Age of Access on Thursday, February 9 from 6:30-8pm at the Graham-MUR.

Join special guests Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Angela Alvarado and MVPD School Resource Officer Rodshetta Smith for an informative discussion on cyber safety and awareness.

Workshop Topics Include:

  • Tools to navigate cyberbullying, social networking sites, and digital reputations
  • Practical strategies for cyber-safety and managing media in your family
  • Tips for guiding children to become smart, ethical producers and consumers of technology

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

College Knowledge

A special event for middle school students and parents!

February 9th
5:00 - 6:30pm
The View Teen Center
263 Escuela Avenue, Mountain View

Learn about college admission requirements!

Hear from current high school students speak about what they are doing to prepare themselves for college and what their high school experience has been like so far!

For more information, please contact ashley.vernazza@mountainview.gov or visit www.mountainview.gov/theviewteencenter

Amigos Program Kick-Off

Amigos de las Americas invites Gabriela Mistral students in 2nd through 5th grades to an academic program that will cover life in several Latin American countries such as Nicaragua, Panama, Mexico, and others. This program, called Passport to Latin America, will include crafts/art, songs/dance, animals, folktales, and games/sports from the various countries.

  • When? Saturdays: February 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18
  • Time? 10:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.
  • For Whom? Grades 2 to 5
  • Where? Gabriela Mistral School; Rooms 10 and 11

The program is free and there is no need to sign up – just come!

Let's Talk:

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 February 13, 2017

7 PM- 9 PM - Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road

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

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

Questions? Contact: Donna Soo (650) 828-0997 Trudy Palmer (650) 208-9116

Affirming Mountain View’s Values and Building Community in Times of Uncertainty

Saturday, February 11, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – noon (Doors open at 9:30 a.m.)
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, SecondStage
500 Castro Street

Open Community Forum. All Are Welcome!

Join City, County and school leaders, who will share how local agencies are serving the community and hear your hopes and concerns about sustaining a caring, diverse and engaged community.

  • Lenny Siegel, Vice Mayor, City of Mountain View
  • Joe Simitian, Supervisor, Santa Clara County
  • Max Bosel, Chief of Police, City of Mountain View
  • Ayinde Rudolph, Ed.D, Superintendent, Mountain View Whisman School District
  • Mike Mathiesen, Assoc. Superintendent, Mountain View Los Altos High School District
  • Jeff Baier, Superintendent, Los Altos School District
  • Carlie Ware, Deputy Public Defender, Santa Clara County
  • A Representative from the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office

Refreshments will be served. Translation services will be available.

Visit www.mountainview.gov

The City Manager’s Office supports the Human Relations Commission. For additional information, please contact the City Manager’s Office at (650) 903-6301 or email hrc@mountainview.gov

Prepare Your Federal & State Income Taxes For FREE

February 16, 2017, 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin Street, Mountain View, CA 94041

Filing your taxes is as easy as 1, 2, 3

File with TurboTax Freedom Edition.  Volunteers and experts will be on site to help you.

Winter Break Basketball Camp

February 20-24, 9 am - 12 pm

Learn Valuable skills from MVHS coaches and student-athletes!  Camp is open to bosy and girls in Grades 3-8.  Camp fee is $250 for full week or %60 daily rate.  Camp fee includes a basketball, water bottle, t-shirt, and drawstring backpack.

Register at www.SpartansSportsCamp.com

Scholarships are available.

Fatherhood Changes Everything...And We've Changed Fatherhood!

Why does Fatherhood matter?

This FREE workshop offers tools needed to:

  • Initiate, build, grow or repair your relationship with your child
  • Explore and discover how to build sincere and a fulfilling bond with your child
  • Establish a good foundation for the family and the community’s future

Whether you are Single, Married, Separated, Widower, Father Figure – this “hands on” (experience oriented) seminar will introduce you to personal skills set needed to be a truly aware, responsive, and fulfilled father.

You Are Invited!
Dates: Mondays, February 27 – May 2
Time: 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Location: 748 Mercy Street, Mountain View
(inside Trinity Methodist Church)

Registration: http://j.mp/CHAC247Dad or call (650) 967-4813

*Includes: dad, brother, grandfather, or any male caregiver in the child’s life

Recorder & Band Spring 2017

Band & Recorder Practice - have fun and improve your instrument skills. Students bring their instruments and music to this class.

This class is taught by faculty from the Community School of Music & Arts.

CSMA does not accept payment for this program

Recorder Practice

  • Mondays 3:15-4pm
  • Feb 27 - May 15 (no class on March 20)
  • Music Teacher : Andrea Manaskie
  • Room: TBD

Band Practice

  • Wednesdays 3:15-4pm
  • Mar 1 - May 17
  • Music Teacher : Robert Baucus
  • Room: TBD

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

No classes April 10-14

Register at your school office

QUESTIONS? Please contact Natalie Skelton, Music4Schools Assistant: [650] 917-6800 x324 or nskelton@arts4all.org.

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

Polar Bear Walk, Ride & Roll

We had another successful community-building event at Gabriela Mistral last Tuesday.  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!


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Posted by dviramontes on February 1, 2017

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Last week Tuesday, Superintendent Dr. Rudolph visited our school to walk the campus and review the construction and renovation plan with the architect representative from QKA, Dr. Robert Clark, MVWSD CBO, Mary Ann Duggan, MVWSD Director of Capital Projects, and Todd Lee, Program Manager at Greystone West.  We spent time looking at the entire scope of the project, including the Mistral administration/new office space, the drop off driveway and parking area, the new kinder classrooms and play area. There were no changes to Mistral’s plan and these will be submitted for State DSA approval this month. I will share an update and review the project timeline again at my next Principal’s coffee on February 3rd.  

 

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Friday, February 3rd

Teacher's Lounge

8:30am to 9:30am

 

Quetzal Spirit & Award Rally Rescheduled

Please join us on the blacktop on Thursday, February 16th at 8:30am.  

Our newly-formed student council is taking the lead on planning our Quetzal rallies and spirit days starting this month!​


PTA News Feb 1, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on January 31, 2017

Sign-Ups for the Afterschool Enrichment Spring Session (Feb 27 - May 15) are coming!

Pre-registration for afterschool is only open: Monday 2/6 - Thursday2/9 3:00pm. Please fill out   online forms (https://goo.gl/forms/znTD7TdUOfzLmmU42) or paper forms in the office.

 

Make a Difference: Project Cornerstone NEEDS leaders

If you value Project Cornerstone NOW is the time to step up!

We are looking for leaders for next school year. The program is at its best with a leadership TEAM. If you’ve been a PC reader or just seen how valuable Project Cornerstone has been please come to an informational meeting Thursday Feb 4 at 9:15 am OR Thursday evening at 6:15. Come learn the different roles, time commitment and tasks to being on a PC leader team.

Spanish and English speakers needed for PC leadership team. Without parent leadership for next year Project Cornerstone is in jeopardy of ending.

The PC program is fun and meaningful to our community and kids - Come make a difference!  

Informational meeting Thursday Feb 4 at 9:15 am OR Thursday evening at 6:15

if you cannot make this informational meeting, but are interested, please contact Dara Tynefield. dtynefield@gmail.com or 650 279 0649.

Be a School Board Meeting Observer

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Community News Feb 1, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on January 31, 2017

AMIGOS PROGRAM KICK-OFF

Amigos de las Americas invites Gabriela Mistral students in 2nd through 5th grades to an academic program that will cover life in several Latin American countries such as Nicaragua, Panama, Mexico, and others. This program, called Passport to Latin America, will include crafts/art, songs/dance, animals, folktales, and games/sports from the various countries.

When? Saturdays: February 11, 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18

Time? 10:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.

For Whom? Grades 2 to 5

Where? Gabriela Mistral School; Rooms 10 and 11

The program is free and there is no need to sign up – just come!

10 Steps to a Healthier You!

A FREE, three-class series for parents and caregivers
Free childcare provided
Dates: Wednesdays February 1, 8 & 15
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Location: Mountain View Public Library:
585 Franklin Street, Mountain View, CA 94041

Cyber Bullying and Social Media--Protecting Our Children in an Age of Access

Mountain View Parent University presents a free workshop, Cyber Bullying and Social Media--Protecting Our Children in an Age of Access on Thursday, February 9 from 6:30-8pm at the Graham-MUR.

Join special guests Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Angela Alvarado and MVPD School Resource Officer Rodshetta Smith for an informative discussion on cyber safety and awareness.

Workshop Topics Include:

  • Tools to navigate cyberbullying, social networking sites, and digital reputations
  • Practical strategies for cyber-safety and managing media in your family
  • Tips for guiding children to become smart, ethical producers and consumers of technology

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

College Knowledge

A special event for middle school students and parents!

February 9th
5:00 - 6:30pm
The View Teen Center
263 Escuela Avenue, Mountain View

Learn about college admission requirements!

Hear from current high school students speak about what they are doing to prepare themselves for college and what their high school experience has been like so far!

For more information, please contact ashley.vernazza@mountainview.gov or visit www.mountainview.gov/theviewteencenter

Prepare Your Federal & State Income Taxes For FREE

February 16, 2017, 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin Street, Mountain View, CA 94041

Filing your taxes is as easy as 1, 2, 3

File with TurboTax Freedom Edition.  Volunteers and experts will be on site to help you.

CSMA - A Line Runs Through It!

We are happy to announce that artwork by Mistral students will be on display at the annual CSMA student & faculty show, A Line runs through It.  The exhibit will be on display at the Mountain View City Hall Rotunda, 500 Castro Street from February 1st, 2017 - February 28th, 2017. Please join CSMA for the reception and a special performance by the Huff Honor Choir on Friday, February 3rd, from 3:00 - 6:00pm.

2nd Grade

4th Grade

4th Grade Continued

Juan G.

Juli A.

Marisol M.

Aaron S.

Alexander B.

Daisy M.

Maya C.

Dhiren B.

Brynn P.

Natalie O.

Stephanie B.

Bernave R.

Ruby A.

Daisy C.

Klara S.

Gareth G.

Asher C.

Max S.

Rohan J.

Sophia D.

Jabari T.

Cameron M.

Camila F.

Darolyn T.

Geovanni H.

Miguel G.

Araceli V.

Ximena B.

Allison H.

 

Jatzel M.

Kajsa H.

 

Zoe M.

Lillian H.

 

Elena C.

Max Kelly.

 

Carsten S.

Isaac L.

 

Alan R.

Mia L.

 

Joseph L.

Jaz L.

 

Andres G.

Jazmine L.

 

Winter Break Basketball Camp

February 20-24, 9 am - 12 pm

Learn Valuable skills from MVHS coaches and student-athletes!  Camp is open to bosy and girls in Grades 3-8.  Camp fee is $250 for full week or %60 daily rate.  Camp fee includes a basketball, water bottle, t-shirt, and drawstring backpack.

Register at www.SpartansSportsCamp.com

Scholarships are available.

Swim Lesson Assessments

Not sure what swim lesson level to enroll your child?  Come to one of our six Swim Lesson Assessments at Eagle Pool for a quick, 5 minute in-water assessment.  Instructors will be on-site to test your child’s swim lesson skills and will provide you guidance on what level to register your child for the Spring or Summer session. Please make sure your child brings a swimsuit and towel to the assessment. Students will be taken on a first come, first serve basis - registration is not available for Swim Assessments. 

  • Tuesday, February 21st, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 22nd, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, February 23rd, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 11th, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, April 13th, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 15th, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Registration for Spring/Summer programs, including swim lessons, begins Saturday, March 4th at 9:00 a.m. for Mountain View Residents and Monday, March 20th at 8:30 a.m. for Non-Residents.  Questions about Swim Lessons? Call the Recreation Office at (650) 903-6331 or visit www.mountainview.gov/aquatics 

MVWSD preschool achieves highest rating, plans more student slots for 2017-18

Now all three sites of the MVWSD preschool program have received a Tier 5 rating from the state. Slater Preschool, most recently, in addition to Theuerkauf Preschool and Castro Preschool, have received Tier 5 ratings through the state’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).

Additionally, the preschool plans to expand this fall to 240 total spaces by adding 48 sliding scale, fee-based spaces. Next year, the preschool expects to at least 180 state-preschool, free spaces. Interested parents should register students as soon as possible. Enrollment info: https://www.mvwsd.org/school-page/preschools

General ed preschool programs that are State Preschool funded are currently required to be evaluated for the quality of early education program it provides based on several criteria.  The general ed preschool classroom at Slater was one of the first to be rated when the QRIS program was piloted several years ago.

Scores are made available to the public through First5 here: http://www.first5kids.org/early-learning/qris

MVEF to Mistral Parents: We need you!

The Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF) is a volunteer driven non-profit that provides funding (with your generous donations!) for programs and educational materials crucial to providing a well-rounded education to our students.

The Board of Directors is currently expanding and developing a pool of potential board member candidates that meets its strategic needs at this time. We need parents of students at Mistral; local business leaders; realtors; connections to our Spanish speaking community; event planning; fundraising; and non-profit law.

We encourage anyone who is interested or who knows someone who is a potential match to contact a board member or send a message to contact@mvef.org. Read more about MVEF at www.mvef.org.

 


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Posted by baguirrecortez on January 25, 2017

This coming Friday we will celebrate the 100th day of school! As the children celebrate this milestone, it reminded me that time does indeed pass very quickly. We are approaching the end of our second trimester and are well into the heart of our school year. Our days are busy with the everyday work of learning, teaching, and keeping the business of school moving smoothly. Sometimes we are so involved that we do not slow down long enough to realize what a truly wonderful place Mistral School is. We have children who grace our halls with smiles and work hard to always do their very best. We have dedicated teachers who come to work everyday prepared to guide their students to their fullest potential. We have district and school staff who focus on providing the best opportunities for students within a safe environment. And we have parents who are involved and give of their time to support all the students here at Mistral. So I would like to slow down long enough to say thank you to everyone for all that you do to make our school such a special place!


PTA News Jan 25, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on January 24, 2017

Hour of Code

It is that time again. Time for Hour of Code. What is Hour of Code you ask? Hour of Code is fun! Fun for kids. And especially fun for parent volunteers. How do I get in on all this fun you ask. Easy, send me a message at jlachter@mac.com. .

Now some of you may be suspicious. How much fun can an hour of code really be? Well, I don’t know how they do it, but bunch of smart people have come up with some magic games and puzzles. While you play them you learn basic computer coding principles (that is the magic part). Perhaps more importantly, kids get the idea that programming can be fun. If you still don’t believe me, you can find many such games at code.org. I think you will find them to be fun and not to require previous knowledge of programming. Most of the puzzles are available in multiple languages, including Spanish.

Seriously, we will need quite a few volunteers (about four per classroom) to spend an hour helping the kids with these puzzles. Please email me if you are interested in helping out. I hope that we can get at a couple volunteers per classroom (grades K, 1, 3, and 4) who can coordinate with the teacher and then a couple more to help out during the actual lesson. Please respond to me at jlachter@mac.com.

Thank you!

Joel Lachter

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Community News Jan 25, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on January 24, 2017

Incoming 6th Grade Parent Information Night

Graham Middle School
In Graham MUR- Back of School
Incoming 6th Grade
Parent Information Night
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

  • View a 6th Grade Classroom
  • Meet admin, teachers, and students
  • Learn about Middle School

**For more information (650)526-3570**

Polar Bear Walk, Ride & Roll to school

Mariano Castro Elementary School
Gabriela Mistral Elementary School
Tuesday, January 31st

All students who walk or bike to school will receive a Polar Bear Walk 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.

Contact the school office for more information.

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

CHAC:  Parenting Classes

For parents or Caregivers with children up to 11 years old

CHAC is offering parenting classes in Spanish.  Topic include positive discipline, communication skills, managing stress & anger, as well as culture.

The classes begin on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 or Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 and take place in the CHAC building.  

Classes are free, food and child care also offered without a cost.

Cyber Bullying and Social Media--Protecting Our Children in an Age of Access

Mountain View Parent University presents a free workshop, Cyber Bullying and Social Media--Protecting Our Children in an Age of Access on Thursday, February 9 from 6:30-8pm at the Graham-MUR.

Join special guests Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Angela Alvarado and MVPD School Resource Officer Rodshetta Smith for an informative discussion on cyber safety and awareness.

Workshop Topics Include:

  • Tools to navigate cyberbullying, social networking sites, and digital reputations
  • Practical strategies for cyber-safety and managing media in your family
  • Tips for guiding children to become smart, ethical producers and consumers of technology

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

College Knowledge

A special event for middle school students and parents!

February 9th
5:00 - 6:30pm
The View Teen Center
263 Escuela Avenue, Mountain View

Learn about college admission requirements!

Hear from current high school students speak about what they are doing to prepare themselves for college and what their high school experience has been like so far!

For more information, please contact ashley.vernazza@mountainview.gov or visit www.mountainview.gov/theviewteencenter

Prepare Your Federal & State Income Taxes For FREE

February 16, 2017, 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin Street, Mountain View, CA 94041

Filing your taxes is as easy as 1, 2, 3

File with TurboTax Freedom Edition.  Volunteers and experts will be on site to help you.

CSMA - A Line Runs Through It!

We are happy to announce that artwork by Mistral students will be on display at the annual CSMA student & faculty show, A Line runs through It.  The exhibit will be on display at the Mountain View City Hall Rotunda, 500 Castro Street from February 1st, 2017 - February 28th, 2017. Please join CSMA for the reception and a special performance by the Huff Honor Choir on Friday, February 3rd, from 3:00 - 6:00pm.

2nd Grade

4th Grade

4th Grade Continued

Juan G.

Juli A.

Marisol M.

Aaron S.

Alexander B.

Daisy M.

Maya C.

Dhiren B.

Brynn P.

Natalie O.

Stephanie B.

Bernave R.

Ruby A.

Daisy C.

Klara S.

Gareth G.

Asher C.

Max S.

Rohan J.

Sophia D.

Jabari T.

Cameron M.

Camila F.

Darolyn T.

Geovanni H.

Miguel G.

Araceli V.

Ximena B.

Allison H.

 

Jatzel M.

Kajsa H.

 

Zoe M.

Lillian H.

 

Elena C.

Max Kelly.

 

Carsten S.

Isaac L.

 

Alan R.

Mia L.

 

Joseph L.

Jaz L.

 

Andres G.

Jazmine L.

 

Winter Break Basketball Camp

February 20-24, 9 am - 12 pm

Learn Valuable skills from MVHS coaches and student-athletes!  Camp is open to bosy and girls in Grades 3-8.  Camp fee is $250 for full week or $60 daily rate.  Camp fee includes a basketball, water bottle, t-shirt, and drawstring backpack.

Register at www.SpartansSportsCamp.com

Scholarships are available.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Posted by baguirrecortez on January 19, 2017

Construction Update - Stay tuned for more information after meeting with Mary Ann Duggan.

 

As you know, teachers’ classrooms moved into the temporary campus over December break. Teachers and students are settling into their new spaces which will be in use for the next 18 months (until Summer 2018).  Staff members and students have been flexible and helpful as the District takes care of small issues that come up in a move of this type.

Up next: In February, Phase I of the Castro/Mistral campus construction will continue with the removal of portable classroom buildings 41 and 42 and demolition of the existing buildings on the south-east side of the campus. This demolition includes existing portables (Rooms 24-30) and the back wing of classrooms that housed a preschool classroom, CHAC/YMCA (Rooms 39-40)and other classes (Rooms 17-23). The District initially planned to start demolition over the December break, however, the project has to be re-bid. Despite this extra step, it is our hope that Phase I will conclude on schedule. The demolition will take between 2-4 weeks of work and will occur during the day (Monday-Friday 7am - 4pm).  As planned, the District will follow procedures and best practices to reduce as much as possible any potential disruptions.

You will notice ...

  • Closure of the Toft Avenue parking lot and pick-up/drop-off areas.

  • Construction noise during the work day and possibly Saturday's, such as the reverse back-up beeping signal from trucks.  The contractor will follow City of Mountain View construction regulations for hours of work. There will be increased construction traffic and vehicle parking in the area.

Thank you for your help Construction fencing is for you and your children's safety. Stay clear and play only in the tot lot near Latham.For updated construction news, see https://www.mvwsd.org/measureg/castro-elementary-construction-2


PTA News Jan 18, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on January 17, 2017

Ice Skating at Winter Lodge: January 27

The Mistral PTA Family Ice Skating Night is Friday, January 27th from 5:30 to 7:30 at Winter Lodge at 3009 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto.

Tickets are $12 each.   Options to sponsor staff and students are available.

First come first serve.  These tickets sell out every year.  Tickets will NOT be sold at Winter Lodge.

If you are not skating, you do NOT need to buy a ticket.  Just come for the fun.

Volunteers are needed.  A sign up email will follow.

Please purchase on Paypal. No form is needed if you pay through Paypal.

Checks and cash will be accepted at the office.  Please give money and forms to Brenda or Daena.  Forms are available in the office.

Pizza and hot chocolate  are complementary this year.

Paypal link to buy ice skating tickets

Please know the PTA is able to give a discount for all of the tickets this year.

Winter Lodge will not sell more than 300 tickets to us.  We will sell out.  If for any reason you cannot attend after you bought tickets please let us know and we can sell or give to other families.  You can still sponsor a child or staff on Paypal.  

Here is the link so many kindly asked for - thank you for your patience:

https://mistral.mvwsd.org/en/programs/annual-events/winter-lodge-ice-skating-party/

Hour of Code

It is that time again. Time for Hour of Code. What is Hour of Code you ask? Hour of Code is fun! Fun for kids. And especially fun for parent volunteers. How do I get in on all this fun you ask. Easy, send me a message at jlachter@mac.com. .

Now some of you may be suspicious. How much fun can an hour of code really be? Well, I don’t know how they do it, but bunch of smart people have come up with some magic games and puzzles. While you play them you learn basic computer coding principles (that is the magic part). Perhaps more importantly, kids get the idea that programming can be fun. If you still don’t believe me, you can find many such games at code.org. I think you will find them to be fun and not to require previous knowledge of programming. Most of the puzzles are available in multiple languages, including Spanish.

Seriously, we will need quite a few volunteers (about four per classroom) to spend an hour helping the kids with these puzzles. Please email me if you are interested in helping out. I hope that we can get at a couple volunteers per classroom (grades K, 1, 3, and 4) who can coordinate with the teacher and then a couple more to help out during the actual lesson. Please respond to me at jlachter@mac.com.

Thank you!
Joel Lachter

Native Garden Volunteer Day Tuesday, January 24

Come join us as we show some Love to our Native Play Garden on Tuesday January 24, 2017 at 3:30pm right after pick-up. Let's show some Love & Support for our Native garden, which has been getting lots of use.

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Community News Jan 18, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on January 17, 2017

The Workroom is Not available to Volunteers During These Times:

BEFORE SCHOOL, DURING RECESS AND LUNCH TIMES

  • 7:30am – 8:30am
  • 9:40am – 10:45am
  • 11:15am – 1:05pm

For safety reasons, no children in the workroom at any time please.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Mariano Castro & Gabriela Mistral

Cyber Bullying and Social Media--Protecting Our Children in an Age of Access

Mountain View Parent University presents a free workshop, Cyber Bullying and Social Media--Protecting Our Children in an Age of Access on Thursday, February 9 from 6:30-8pm at the Graham-MUR.

Join special guests Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Angela Alvarado and MVPD School Resource Officer Rodshetta Smith for an informative discussion on cyber safety and awareness.

Workshop Topics Include:

  • Tools to navigate cyberbullying, social networking sites, and digital reputations
  • Practical strategies for cyber-safety and managing media in your family
  • Tips for guiding children to become smart, ethical producers and consumers of technology

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

Prepare Your Federal & State Income Taxes For FREE

February 16, 2017, 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin Street, Mountain View, CA 94041

Filing your taxes is as easy as 1, 2, 3

File with TurboTax Freedom Edition.  Volunteers and experts will be on site to help you.

Incoming 6th Grade Parent Night

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

6:30pm - 8:30pm

Crittenden Middle School - MUR

CHAC:  Parenting Classes

For parents or Caregivers with children up to 11 years old

CHAC is offering parenting classes in Spanish.  Topic include positive discipline, communication skills, managing stress & anger, as well as culture.

The classes begin on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 or Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 and take place in the CHAC building.  

Classes are free, food and child care also offered without a cost.

CSMA

We are happy to announce that artwork by Mistral students will be on display at the Mountain View Children’s Library, 585 Franklin Street. The exhibit will be up from January 11th, 2017 - February, 6th, 2017.

K

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

Nicolas P.

Kaya L.

Sean A.

Diego C.

Taeva W.

Dhruva J.

Julia W.

Luke O.

Christina C.

Liberty E.

Eleanor I.

Emma A.

Lily S.

Yoel M.

Maya C.

Elena G.

Juli A.

 

Diego M.

Maria G.

Luna R.

Kendall P.

Sophia D.

 

Dantzel M.

Leona A.

Cameron M.

Cindy C.

Miguel G.

 

Aritza C.

Julia M.

Zoe M.

Diogo C.

Allison H.

 
       

Lillian H.

 
       

Isaac L.

 
       

Mia L.

 
       

Jaz L.

 
       

Klara S.

 
       

Max S.

 
       

Olivia Z.

 

 

CSMA - A Line Runs Through It!

We are happy to announce that artwork by Mistral students will be on display at the annual CSMA student & faculty show, A Line runs through It.  The exhibit will be on display at the Mountain View City Hall Rotunda, 500 Castro Street from February 1st, 2017 - February 28th, 2017. Please join CSMA for the reception and a special performance by the Huff Honor Choir on Friday, February 3rd, from 3:00 - 6:00pm.

2nd Grade

4th Grade

4th Grade Continued

Juan G.

Juli A.

Marisol M.

Aaron S.

Alexander B.

Daisy M.

Maya C.

Dhiren B.

Brynn P.

Natalie O.

Stephanie B.

Bernave R.

Ruby A.

Daisy C.

Klara S.

Gareth G.

Asher C.

Max S.

Rohan J.

Sophia D.

Jabari T.

Cameron M.

Camila F.

Darolyn T.

Geovanni H.

Miguel G.

Araceli V.

Ximena B.

Allison H.

 

Jatzel M.

Kajsa H.

 

Zoe M.

Lillian H.

 

Elena C.

Max Kelly.

 

Carsten S.

Isaac L.

 

Alan R.

Mia L.

 

Joseph L.

Jaz L.

 

Andres G.

Jazmine L.

 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Posted by mdecarva on January 11, 2017

A Rainbow and Friends at Mistral!

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 images.jpg   On January 16th we will be observing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. It is a national holiday and we do not have school that day. Please find some time to talk to your child about the meaning of Dr. King’s important message.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929. He was known for his nonviolent approach to social change. He fought for the rights of African Americans and protested discrimination of people based on the color of their skin. His message was one of respect and love.

To honor Dr. King every day, we can teach our children to respect one another, no matter where they come from. Mistral School is full of families from all different backgrounds and it is a privilege for all of us to learn in such a diverse community. We must learn to live with care and respect if we intend to make this world a better place. This starts at home and school.


 Construction Update

As you know, teachers’ classrooms moved into the temporary campus over December break. Teachers and students are settling into their new spaces which will be in use for the next 18 months (until Summer 2018).  Staff members and students have been flexible and helpful as the District takes care of small issues that come up in a move of this type.

Up next: In February, Phase I of the Castro/Mistral campus construction will continue with the removal of portable classroom buildings 41 and 42 and demolition of the existing buildings on the south-east side of the campus. This demolition includes existing portables (Rooms 24-30) and the back wing of classrooms that housed a pre-school classroom, CHAC/YMCA (Rooms 39-40)and other classes (Rooms 17-23). The District initially planned to start demolition over the December break, however, the project has to be re-bid. Despite this extra step, it is our hope that Phase I will conclude on schedule. The demolition will take between 2-4 weeks of work.  As planned, the District will follow procedures and best practices to reduce as much as possible any potential disruptions.

You will notice ...

  • Closure of the Toft Avenue parking lot and pick-up/drop-off areas.

  • Construction noise during the work day and possibly Saturdays, such as the reverse back-up beeping signal from trucks.  The contractor will follow City of Mountain View construction regulations for hours of work. There will be increased construction traffic and vehicle parking in the area.

Thank you for your help

Construction fencing is for you and your children's safety. Stay clear and play only in the tot lot near Latham.For updated construction news, see https://www.mvwsd.org/measureg/castro-elementary-construction-2


Community News Jan 11, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on January 10, 2017

New California Car Seat Law Changes Effective January 1, 2017

New addition: Starting January 1, 2017, children under 2-years old must be rear-facing unless they weigh 40 pounds or more, or are 40 inches tall or more.

Current law: Children under age 8 must be buckled into a car seat or booster in the back seat.

Read more on:

MVLA Parent Ed Speaker Series

Reset Your Child’s Brain:  Reversing the Effects of Electronic Screen Time

While parents have become painfully aware that technology can be difficult to manage, what is less known is that exposure to even moderate but regular amounts of screen time by children and teens can impact how the brain functions – which in turn impacts mood, focus, sleep, stress levels, and behavior.  Addressing these hidden screen-related side-effects can provide dramatic improvements in emotional regulation, academic performance, and social interactions. Parents will learn how to methodically “reset” their child’s brain and take the guesswork out of “how much is too much?” resulting in a happier, calmer, and more engaged child.

  • Victoria Dunckley, M.D.
  • Tuesday, February 7, 2017
  • 7:00-9:00pm
  • Mountain View High School Spartan Theatre, 3535 Truman Avenue, Mountain View
  • Admission: FREE–Please reserve a seat:  https://vdunckley.eventbrite.com
  • Audience: Parents/guardians of students in grades K-12

CSMA

We are happy to announce that artwork by Mistral students will be on display at the Mountain View Children’s Library, 585 Franklin Street. The exhibit will be up from January 11th, 2017 - February, 6th, 2017

Kinder

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

Nicolas P.

Kaya L.

Sean A.

Diego C.

Eleanor I.

Emma A.

Julia W.

Luke O.

Christina C.

Diego C.

Taeva W.

Dhruva J.

Lily S.

Yoel M.

Maya C.

Cindy C.

   

Diego M.

Maria G.

Luna R.

Liberty E.

   

Dantzel M.

Leona A.

Cameron M.

Elena G.

   

Aritza C.

Julia M.

Zoe M.

Kendall P.

   

 

CSMA Logo

2017 Winter & Spring Vacation ART camps | AM & PM

 

FEBRUARY 20–24

APRIL 10–14

Gr K-1:
It’s Raining Cats and Dogs
Dragon Tales & Fairy Friends

Gr 1-2:
Jumanji— A Jungle Adventure
Storybook Land

Gr 3-5:
Hot Wheels & Cool Wings
Alien Expeditions

Gr 4-8:
Masquerade: The Art of Disguise
Cityscapes
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 Jan 11, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on January 10, 2017

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.

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

Thank you for Info Night!

Thank you so much to all the volunteers who helped make Info Night a success! We had an excellent turnout and met many enthusiastic prospective families. It takes a village of proud Mistral parents to make Info Night possible. Extra special thanks go to our New Family Recruiting Chair, Jason Laskowski, for pulling it all together! If you didn't get a chance to help at Info Night but want to contribute, help is still needed with upcoming school tours or movie night- please message Jason.

Incoming Kinders Classroom Tour

Hi Everyone, On Thursday night we had our Information Night at Mistral. It was a large and engaged group. We handed out 55 pamphlets. I got to meet several parents and I would happily welcome any of them to our community. Coming up this week and next, we have classroom tours on Wed. Jan. 11 and again Jan. 18.. I'm anticipating a good turn out based upon the attendance on Thursday. Mistral was really well represented on Thursday and I think the parent involvement reflects well upon our community. Once again, I am turning to the community for help. We will welcome the participants in the MUR at 9:00am. Marcela will welcome everyone and give a brief intro about the school. She'll talk about the registration process and answer any questions and then we're off on the tours, hopefully around 9:25 I hope your schedules will allow you to attend. The parents could really benefit from your experience and perspective.

thanks,
jason laskowski
dad to Indiana, 1st grader


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Posted by mdecarva on January 4, 2017

 

Happy New Year & Welcome Back!

Happy New Year! As we begin a new calendar year we remain focused on the academic and social-emotional learning that students gained in 2016.  The entire staff at Mistral is ready and excited about educating all of the students in our school. This month we are launching the second stage of our intervention and academic support plan. In addition to the daily intervention and enrichment opportunities during the regular school day, we are adding intervention classes before and after school. If your child qualifies to receive this before or after school intervention you will receive a letter from the school office in the weeks that follow.  Other exciting news is our school-wide focus on building school community and social-emotional learning.  Starting this week, each teacher is adding an activity or routine to support the socio-emotional development of students.  Teaching students how to relate to each other, solve disagreements, work collaboratively, be resilient and compassionate are just a few of the skills teachers have always focused on in class.  As a school we recognize that to create a positive community environment and healthy student identity we need to increase our focus school wide.  Project Cornerstone has laid a great foundation for our work, and we are ramping it up just a little more at each grade level.  

We have an amazing group of teachers at Mistral.  They recognize the achievements of every student, every day, every week, every month.  As parents you can also participate in celebrating your child’s achievements and prepare your child for learning at school.  The best way you can help is to practice reading daily and writing often, and discuss new ideas learned at school. Allow yourself to enjoy small gains with your child(ren). One or two new sight words learned during the week should be considered a success. Five new math facts memorized or eight more minutes of reading during the week are great examples of support. Please keep this saying in mind, small gains weekly equal big gains over time. Recognize this gains in a positive way and see how much more your children learn!

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December Packing & Moving + January Unpacking & Setting Up = Welcoming & Warm Classrooms

Many thanks to all of the families who helped teachers pack books and materials in preparation for the move to new classroom buildings! We could not be ready for the first school day of 2017 without the help of our fabulous school community. I also want to acknowledge the support of the many school district employees who worked above and beyond expectations.  It really is wonderful to be part of this educational community. Onward 2017!

051f9fc31cead6209e9fe4894cd6c2b0.jpg  Coffee with the Principal

Friday, January 6th
Teacher's Lounge
8:30am to 9:30am

Please join me this Friday for coffee in the teacher’s lounge. It’s an opportunity for me to share our school’s latest news,and/or address questions or concerns you might have. The meeting begins at 8:30. I look forward to seeing you there.

Quetzal 1.jpgMonthly Quetzal Award and Spirit Rally Tomorrow! 8:30a.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.
During the assembly, we will recite our school poem, review our school-wide expectations, recognize model Quetzales.


PTA News Jan 04, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on January 4, 2017

Info night preparation and assistance

Do you remember how special Info Night was when you were deciding whether or not to enter your child into the lottery for DI? Wasn't it useful to be able to speak to current parents and teachers about the school? Help us make a good impression on prospective families and volunteer a little of your time at Info Night!

Mistral MUR, Thursday Jan. 5th, 5:30-7 p.m.

There are preparatory jobs that can be done before the event as well, so please sign up to help!

Thank you,
Jason Laskowski
New Family Recruitment

Afterschool classrooms

The afterschool admissions for the Winter session are complete!  If your child is attending a class and you have not made a donation, there is still time.  Leave the donation in an envelope in the office with the name of your child on it and the name of the class.  This reminder goes out all, but it also goes specifically to families that were recently admitted.  The program cannot survive without your support.

CLASSROOMS IN JANUARY: a couple of the classrooms used by afterschool will no longer be available.  Please check https://mistral.mvwsd.org/en/programs/after-school-activities/pta-sponsored-after-school-classes  for the latest classroom assignments for your child.  Currently, the expected changes are:

Monday
Arte (no change) Room 35
Legos K Room 20 -> 113
Legos 1-3 Rooms 12, 23, 24 -> 34, 104, 115
Legos 4-5 Room 18 -> 108

Tuesday
Baile (no change) MUR + 13 (Baile 3-5 HW)
Cocinando (no change) Room 9
Escritura (no change) Room 1

Wednesday
Chess (no change) Rooms 15, 16
Cocinando Room 20 -> 112
Yoga Room 21 -> 102

Thursday
Art Club 4-5 Room 26 -> Room 6


Community News Jan 04, 2017

Posted by staleyr5 on January 4, 2017

ENROLLMENT FOR 2017-18

For NEW students: Open Enrollment is from January 6-February 3, by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Go to www.mvwsd.org to schedule an appointment now.

For CURRENT Transitional Kindergarten students: Open Enrollment is from January 6-February 3. You will be required to complete an Online Student Intent Survey through InfoSnap.  The survey and password will be emailed to you. Parents, please make sure the school office has a working email on file for you.

For CURRENT students K-7th grade: You will be required to complete an Online Student Intent Survey through InfoSnap. The survey and password will be emailed to parents February 13-February 17. Parents, please make sure the school office has a working email on file for you.

Intradistrict Transfer Request: If you wish for your child to attend another school or program for the 2017-18 school year, you will make your request Online in the Student Intent Survey, sent February 13 –February 17.

Currently enrolled 5th grade students: Transition to 6th grade presentations will be held at each middle school on January 25 at 6:00 pm. Parents of 5th grade students are encouraged to attend these presentations.

For more information, see the enrollment packet.

Spring Classes begin Jan 9

  • Art & Music Classes
  • Private Music Lessons
  • Preschool Classes

Register now:  arts4all.org

CSMA provides trimester-based Music updates, per grade level.

Please see below for specific details regarding the activities and learning taking place during your child’s Music class:

Kindergarten: The students in Kindergarten have spent the past few weeks exploring their own voices as solo singers as well as in a group setting. They enjoyed taking turns answering the question “What’s your Favorite Candy?” on Sol and Mi in their singing voice. Recently the students were encouraged to use their own personal style singing and dancing to the song “Any Turkey can Tango.” They also created rhythmic word chains by discussing the different color possibilities of pumpkins. Another class favorite activity is taking the traditional “Itsy Bitsy Spider” song and adding scales that go up and down as an interlude! The kindergarten students have been particularly adept with their language skills. As a multi-lingual school, at first there was a bit of a barrier, but they have adapted to the music classroom routine well. (Music Teacher – Andrea Manaskie)

1st Grade: The beginning of first grade is a great time to review Sol and Mi and the rhythmic symbols that the students may have learned in the previous year. We began by singing the nursery song “Bye low Baby-Oh” to redevelop their sense of Sol and Mi with body motions  before moving to Sol and Mi with hand symbols. They reviewed their rhythmic skills of ta and titi in our song “Welcome to Music Class” where the students would clap and count to eight. The students enjoyed creating their own moves to act out the song “I’m a Little Spider” to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot.” (Music Teacher – Andrea Manaskie)

2nd Grade: Students have reviewed and expanded upon melodic and rhythmic concepts previously learned in the Kodaly curriculum. Aspects of rhythm covered include the difference between rhythm and beat, symbolic rhythmic notation, and dictation/recognition of rhythmic patterns. Melodic forms have been studied using parts of the pentatonic scale through singing a variety of folk and traditional songs in English and Spanish. Some songs included in the curriculum: “See Saw”, “Snail Snail”, “La Granja”, “Los Elefantes”,”Engine Number 9”, and “Bow Wow Wow.” (Music Teacher – Robert Baucus)

3rd Grade: Students have continued learning the Kodaly music curriculum through a variety of folk songs in English and Spanish, folk dances and practical musical pedagogy. Concepts covered include recognition and dictation of rhythmic notation, the pentatonic scale and song form. Ideas presented in class have been taken from a musical analysis of songs and dances performed by the students taken from a wide variety of cultural and historical sources. Some songs included: “Don Gato”, “Bounce High”, “Lucy Locket”, “Hot Cross Buns”, and “Dinah Dinah.” (Music Teacher – Robert Baucus)

3rd Grade: Third Grade students really enjoy dancing! So far they have learned a traditional circle dance called “Los Machetes”. They also have built upon prior knowledge of melodic tones Mi, Re and Do, working up to the entire pentatonic scale. They have, as a class and individually, explored and reviewed rhythms utilizing written notation written as well as determining it for themselves by clapping the syllables in American Folk songs such as “Dinah” and “Who’s That.” (Music Teacher – Andrea Manaskie)

4th Grade: Fourth grade students have taken to recorders quite well. They were introduced to the instrument only recently including instrument care and technique. We mark progress by using the “Recorder Karate” program, so students earn a different color belt for each song that they are tested on. Currently the students have made it through both White and Yellow Belt tests with close to 100% completion. The Yellow Belt song is “Hot Cross Buns” which you may have heard them practicing. However they aren’t only playing Recorder. The students have also participated in group singing utilizing canon to create vocal harmony at which they are quite adept. Fourth grade recorder students have gone above and beyond in their at-home practice. At the beginning of each class period, there are always students who have either perfected the current song that we are working on or have moved on in their individual practice. They are also  extremely kind in their helping of each other. If a student has missed a skill because they were out of the room, they work in small groups to help that person catch up and understand. (Music Teacher – Andrea Manaskie)

5th Grade: Music classes have gotten off to a great start this year. This is the very beginning of a long relationship between 'student and instrument.' Band students have learned about posture & different types of breathing, using correct embouchure, and are now playing songs that include up to five different notes. Strings students are working on posture, instrument & hand position, playing with the bow, and playing songs that use up to ten different notes. Most students opened up their instrument case for the very first time in August; all students have made exceptional progress in these short months. (Music Teachers - 5th Grade Team)

3rd – 5th Grade Music in Action: CSMA's Music in Action program, for students in Grades 3-5, brings three educational and engaging concerts to schools during the school year to promote cultural diversity, musical history and geography. Local, professional performing artists come to schools for an hour-long, 'real concert' experience. Music Teachers prepare students during their music classes by introducing them to music and culture through active listening, imagery, songs, games, and worksheets. The most recent Music in Action concert featured Eddie Madril, who uses American Indian sign language, singing and drumming to reveal the empowering and  inspiring Native American heritage.

If you have any questions or feedback regarding your child’s music program, please feel free to call the Community School of Music & Arts, [650] 917.6800 ext.307, or send an email to LLader@arts4all.org.

Coffee Talk:

Many high school students with special needs, learning challenges, or disabilities (on an IEP or 504) will consider post-secondary education. Options include community college, 4-year college, and universities with a variety of options and support. Come find out more about what’s available and how you can help prepare for your student’s education after high school.

Panelists:
‣ Sandra Cernobori, counselor from Paly
‣ Foothill Community College
‣ Kevin Shields, disability services at UCB

When: Wednesday, January 18,2017

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Where: Santa Rita Elementary School, MP room
, 700 Los Altos Ave., Los Altos 

10 Steps to a Healthier Family

Mountain View Parent University presents a free workshop “10 Steps to a Healthier Family;” help with sleep and nutrition, presented by the Healthier Kids Foundation Santa Clara County.

Monday, Jan. 9, 6:30-8 p.m. at Crittenden Middle School Multi-Use Room, 1701 Rock St., Mountain View.

Parents will learn about:

  • How much sleep kids really need
  • How to get the most out of mealtimes with kids
  • Positive lifestyle habits without a focus on body shape or weight

Provided:

  • Interpretation (Spanish support)
  • Child care
  • Transportation (Bus departs from Graham Middle at 6:00 p.m. and Castro Elementary at 6:15 p.m. Returns at 8:30 p.m.)

Please confirm your attendance here (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mv-parent-u-10-steps-to-a-healthier-family-tickets-29899697801)

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Open House - January 18th

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.


PTA News Dec 14, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on December 14, 2016

Holiday Share Faire

The second annual Holiday Share Faire will take place on Saturday, Dec. 17th from 9 to 1 at the Senior Center at 266 Escuela Avenue in Mountain View.

Bring what you no longer use or need and take what you and your family could use. Please just bring clothes in good condition and only items and toys that work.

Tell your neighbors too!   Last year many items made great holiday gifts.

No money will be exchanged.

This is open to all Castro and Mistral families.  Many volunteers are needed.  Look for sign ups on Konstella

Light refreshments will be provided.

Can you help the Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF)?

School Teams Volunteer Request

MVEF is a volunteer driven non-profit, public benefit organization. We are passionate in our belief that a well-rounded education includes not only a strong academic curriculum, but essential programs like music, art, physical fitness, and other enrichment programs.  MVEF provides funding for these programs and educational materials which would often be otherwise unavailable to our students due to lack of funding, despite being crucial to maintaining the high quality of education in the Mountain View Whisman School District in Mountain View CA.

We are seeking parent volunteers at MVWSD schools to help MVEF make informed decisions and share school specific ideas and information with a larger audience. Specifically, we are in need of the following perspectives and areas of expertise: parents of students at Castro, Landels, Mistral, Monta Loma and Theuerkauf schools. Please let us know if you would like to volunteer with MVEF by contacting hafsa@mvef.org.

Please help us grow our community

Dear Mistral Community,

We want more families like yours to join us at Mistral.  Please help us spread the word about our wonderful Dual Immersion school to local families with preschoolers. If you have a child currently attending preschool, or know someone who is, can you please drop off some flyers to their school for us?

Please let me know if you can drop flyers off at a school, church or store near you. You can also help by posting our events flyer to your neighborhood email group, (see attachments)

Muchas gracias,
Jason Laskowski
father to 1st grader
DI Recruiting Volunteer

 


Community News Dec 14, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on December 14, 2016

ENROLLMENT FOR 2017-18

For NEW students: Open Enrollment is from January 6-February 3, by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Go to www.mvwsd.org to schedule an appointment now.

For CURRENT Transitional Kindergarten students: Open Enrollment is from January 6-February 3. You will be required to complete an Online Student Intent Survey through InfoSnap.  The survey and password will be emailed to you. Parents, please make sure the school office has a working email on file for you.

For CURRENT students K-7th grade: You will be required to complete an Online Student Intent Survey through InfoSnap. The survey and password will be emailed to parents February 13-February 17. Parents, please make sure the school office has a working email on file for you.

Intradistrict Transfer Request: If you wish for your child to attend another school or program for the 2017-18 school year, you will make your request Online in the Student Intent Survey, sent February 13 –February 17.

Currently enrolled 5th grade students: Transition to 6th grade presentations will be held at each middle school on January 25 at 6:00 pm. Parents of 5th grade students are encouraged to attend these presentations.

For more information, see the enrollment packet.

Mistral Elementary 2016-17 Chorus

  • 2nd - 5th grade
  • WEDNESDAYS
  • 3:15 - 4:15pm
  • Music Teacher : CSMA Teacher
  • Room # : Multi
  • Cost : Chorus is free for all students, thanks to the Mistral PTA!

Over the course of 26 weeks, students will learn many fun songs while gaining the fundamentals of singing and performing, with an emphasis on a repertoire in Spanish. Students will have Winter & Spring performances, and will join the other Mountain View Elementary and Middle School Choirs at Shoreline Amphitheatre for CSMA’s annual Choralfest event. Chorus is taught by a CSMA Music Teacher.  Class is held on Wednesdays, from October 5 to May 10.  Class will not be held during school holidays or during P/T Conference week.

Minumum Size: 20 Students

Register at:  arts4all.org/in-school-programs/register

Take advantage of year-end tax credits. Donate to MVEF!

If you haven't donated to the Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF) now is the time during its year-end campaign. MVEF's goal is to meet 50% of its 2016-17 overall fundraising goal and raise $375,000 to provide our Mountain View Whisman School District students art and music in the classroom, access to fun, informative field trips, and other curriculum support. Help MVEF reach its goal by donating $500 per student by Dec. 31 at mvef.org/donate. Thank you for your support!

Spring Classes begin Jan 9

  • Art & Music Classes
  • Private Music Lessons
  • Preschool Classes

Register now:  arts4all.org

Help Needed Moving into Temporary Campus

This Thursday and Friday, teachers will be packing and moving their classrooms out of the portion of the campus to be demolished and into the temporary campus – their new home for the next 18 months. All Mistral Kinder, third, and fifth classrooms will be moving.

Parent volunteers are needed to assist the teachers with packing, moving, and setting up their new classrooms. We are also looking for a couple of playground monitors to watch children while their parents are helping.  Please Sign Up on Konstella.

10 Steps to a Healthier Family

Mountain View Parent University presents a free workshop “10 Steps to a Healthier Family;” help with sleep and nutrition, presented by the Healthier Kids Foundation Santa Clara County.

Monday, Jan. 9, 6:30-8 p.m. at Crittenden Middle School Multi-Use Room, 1701 Rock St., Mountain View.

Parents will learn about:

  • How much sleep kids really need
  • How to get the most out of mealtimes with kids
  • Positive lifestyle habits without a focus on body shape or weight

Provided:

  • Interpretation (Spanish support)
  • Child care
  • Transportation (Bus departs from Graham Middle at 6:00 p.m. and Castro Elementary at 6:15 p.m. Returns at 8:30 p.m.)

Please confirm your attendance here (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mv-parent-u-10-steps-to-a-healthier-family-tickets-29899697801)

CSMA provides trimester-based Music updates, per grade level.

Please see below for specific details regarding the activities and learning taking place during your child’s Music class:

Kindergarten: The students in Kindergarten have spent the past few weeks exploring their own voices as solo singers as well as in a group setting. They enjoyed taking turns answering the question “What’s your Favorite Candy?” on Sol and Mi in their singing voice. Recently the students were encouraged to use their own personal style singing and dancing to the song “Any Turkey can Tango.” They also created rhythmic word chains by discussing the different color possibilities of pumpkins. Another class favorite activity is taking the traditional “Itsy Bitsy Spider” song and adding scales that go up and down as an interlude! The kindergarten students have been particularly adept with their language skills. As a multi-lingual school, at first there was a bit of a barrier, but they have adapted to the music classroom routine well. (Music Teacher – Andrea Manaskie)

1st Grade: The beginning of first grade is a great time to review Sol and Mi and the rhythmic symbols that the students may have learned in the previous year. We began by singing the nursery song “Bye low Baby-Oh” to redevelop their sense of Sol and Mi with body motions  before moving to Sol and Mi with hand symbols. They reviewed their rhythmic skills of ta and titi in our song “Welcome to Music Class” where the students would clap and count to eight. The students enjoyed creating their own moves to act out the song “I’m a Little Spider” to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot.” (Music Teacher – Andrea Manaskie)

2nd Grade: Students have reviewed and expanded upon melodic and rhythmic concepts previously learned in the Kodaly curriculum. Aspects of rhythm covered include the difference between rhythm and beat, symbolic rhythmic notation, and dictation/recognition of rhythmic patterns. Melodic forms have been studied using parts of the pentatonic scale through singing a variety of folk and traditional songs in English and Spanish. Some songs included in the curriculum: “See Saw”, “Snail Snail”, “La Granja”, “Los Elefantes”,”Engine Number 9”, and “Bow Wow Wow.” (Music Teacher – Robert Baucus)

3rd Grade: Students have continued learning the Kodaly music curriculum through a variety of folk songs in English and Spanish, folk dances and practical musical pedagogy. Concepts covered include recognition and dictation of rhythmic notation, the pentatonic scale and song form. Ideas presented in class have been taken from a musical analysis of songs and dances performed by the students taken from a wide variety of cultural and historical sources. Some songs included: “Don Gato”, “Bounce High”, “Lucy Locket”, “Hot Cross Buns”, and “Dinah Dinah.” (Music Teacher – Robert Baucus)

3rd Grade: Third Grade students really enjoy dancing! So far they have learned a traditional circle dance called “Los Machetes”. They also have built upon prior knowledge of melodic tones Mi, Re and Do, working up to the entire pentatonic scale. They have, as a class and individually, explored and reviewed rhythms utilizing written notation written as well as determining it for themselves by clapping the syllables in American Folk songs such as “Dinah” and “Who’s That.” (Music Teacher – Andrea Manaskie)

4th Grade: Fourth grade students have taken to recorders quite well. They were introduced to the instrument only recently including instrument care and technique. We mark progress by using the “Recorder Karate” program, so students earn a different color belt for each song that they are tested on. Currently the students have made it through both White and Yellow Belt tests with close to 100% completion. The Yellow Belt song is “Hot Cross Buns” which you may have heard them practicing. However they aren’t only playing Recorder. The students have also participated in group singing utilizing canon to create vocal harmony at which they are quite adept. Fourth grade recorder students have gone above and beyond in their at-home practice. At the beginning of each class period, there are always students who have either perfected the current song that we are working on or have moved on in their individual practice. They are also  extremely kind in their helping of each other. If a student has missed a skill because they were out of the room, they work in small groups to help that person catch up and understand. (Music Teacher – Andrea Manaskie)

5th Grade: Music classes have gotten off to a great start this year. This is the very beginning of a long relationship between 'student and instrument.' Band students have learned about posture & different types of breathing, using correct embouchure, and are now playing songs that include up to five different notes. Strings students are working on posture, instrument & hand position, playing with the bow, and playing songs that use up to ten different notes. Most students opened up their instrument case for the very first time in August; all students have made exceptional progress in these short months. (Music Teachers - 5th Grade Team)

3rd – 5th Grade Music in Action: CSMA's Music in Action program, for students in Grades 3-5, brings three educational and engaging concerts to schools during the school year to promote cultural diversity, musical history and geography. Local, professional performing artists come to schools for an hour-long, 'real concert' experience. Music Teachers prepare students during their music classes by introducing them to music and culture through active listening, imagery, songs, games, and worksheets. The most recent Music in Action concert featured Eddie Madril, who uses American Indian sign language, singing and drumming to reveal the empowering and  inspiring Native American heritage.

If you have any questions or feedback regarding your child’s music program, please feel free to call the Community School of Music & Arts, [650] 917.6800 ext.307, or send an email to LLader@arts4all.org.  


Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Posted by dviramontes on December 7, 2016

Principal Message Dec 07, 2016

Construction & New Classroom Assignments

 

Next week, ten of our Mistral classrooms will be packing up to move into the temporary campus. We are moving our three Kinders, two 5th grade, Intervention and Resource rooms, and regrouping our three 3rd grade classrooms to the temporary campus in January 2017.  Please see the table and map below that lists the new classroom numbers. Teachers will be packing up after students leave for the winter break on Thursday, 12/15.  If you are able to support our school with packing up, look for a coming Konstella sign up.  Also attached is the latest planned schedule of the Castro-Mistral construction projects.

 

New Room Assignments

New Temporary Campus - Campo Escolar Temporario.jpg

Temporary Campus Map

Temporary Campus Map.jpg

 

CA-MI Construction Plan Timeline

Recognizing Model Quetzales at Our Spirit Rally

It is with great pleasure that I present to you a few of our Model Quetzales:

 

Eric L.

Arturo H.

Eliza Z.

Charlie F.

Miguel G.

Jazmine T.

Donna G.

Jessica C.

Alyssa H.

Mackenzie H.

Liam L.

Giselle A.

Rafaela S.

District Board Meeting: Thursday December 8, 2016

Students from Gabriela Mistral will be leading the pledge of Allegiance tomorrow during the District Board meeting starting at 6:15pm. The students will be lead by our first grade teacher, Sandra Sainz.


PTA News Dec 07, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on December 6, 2016

Silent Auction is OPEN NOW

Bidding closes Monday Dec. 12 @ 8:00 am 

Visit Mistral Silent Auction Online Now. Create a free account and bid on tickets, summer camps and more. If link doesn't work copy and paste the link below.

http://mistralpta2016.eflea.ca /

KID, FAMILY & ADULT PARTIES

Go online to Konstella and view all the offerings for Parent and Staff Hosted Parties. Reserve your spot Now and the Silent Auction Team will reach out to you for payment.

Holiday Share Faire

The second annual Holiday Share Faire will take place on Saturday, Dec. 17th from 9 to 1 at the Senior Center at 266 Escuela Avenue in Mountain View.

Bring what you no longer use or need and take what you and your family could use. Please just bring clothes in good condition and only items and toys that work.

Tell your neighbors too!   Last year many items made great holiday gifts.

No money will be exchanged.

This is open to all Castro and Mistral families.  Many volunteers are needed.  Look for sign ups on Konstella

Light refreshments will be provided.

Please provide Gift/Cash Card Orders as soon as possible.

We will receive the cards by December 13th-our Last Day of School Is Thursday,  December 15th.   (List of Retailers and Order Form on Konstella)

Retailers Offering INCREASED Donations In December

  • AMC THEATRES
  • BASS PRO SHOPS
  • CVS PHARMACY
  • CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN
  • GROUPON
  • JC PENNEY
  • LL BEAN
  • HOME DEPOST
  • UNDER ARMOUR
  • BED BATH & BEYOND
  • CARTER'S
  • HALLMARK
  • STARBUCKS
  • PAPA JOHN'S PIZZA
  • PET SMART
  • SEE'S CANDIES
  • SHUTTERFLY
  • SMART & FINAL

¡Muchas Gracias for supporting the special community that is Mistral!
Jessica
(Cell 408.416-6910, jessicamillar777@yahoo.com)

Please help us grow our community

Dear Mistral Community,

We want more families like yours to join us at Mistral.  Please help us spread the word about our wonderful Dual Immersion school to local families with preschoolers. If you have a child currently attending preschool, or know someone who is, can you please drop off some flyers to their school for us?

Please let me know if you can drop flyers off at a school, church or store near you. You can also help by posting our events flyer to your neighborhood email group, (see attachments)

Muchas gracias,
Jason Laskowski
father to 1st grader
DI Recruiting Volunteer

Afterschool classrooms

The afterschool admissions for the Winter session are complete!  If your child is attending a class and you have not made a donation, there is still time.  Leave the donation in an envelope in the office with the name of your child on it and the name of the class.  This reminder goes out all, but it also goes specifically to families that were recently admitted.  The program cannot survive without your support.

CLASSROOMS IN JANUARY: a couple of the classrooms used by afterschool will no longer be available.  Please check https://mistral.mvwsd.org/en/programs/after-school-activities/pta-sponsored-after-school-classes  for the latest classroom assignments for your child.  Currently, the expected changes are:

Monday
Arte (no change) Room 35
Legos K Room 20 -> 113
Legos 1-3 Rooms 12, 23, 24 -> 34, 104, 115
Legos 4-5 Room 18 -> 108

Tuesday
Baile (no change) MUR + 13 (Baile 3-5 HW)
Cocinando (no change) Room 9
Escritura (no change) Room 1

Wednesday
Chess (no change) Rooms 15, 16
Cocinando Room 20 -> 112
Yoga Room 21 -> 102

Thursday
Art Club 4-5 Room 26 -> Room 6

These changes will HAPPEN IN JANUARY.  For the remainder of this month continue attending the classes that you use.


Community News Dec 07, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on December 6, 2016

Announcing Parent Access Account Change

There is strong evidence that students do better if their parents check their learning activities and progress, setting students up for success in middle school and beyond. MVWSD provides this ability for parents online through PowerSchool.

Parents: You will soon access your students’ information with your own Powerschool account, instead of sharing an account with your students.  In the next two weeks,  you will receive an email containing your web access ID and password for your PowerSchool Parent Access Account with instructions for a creating an account.

Advantages of the Parent Access Account:

  • MORE FEATURES on the Parent Portal than if logging in with students' credentials.
  • VIEW ALL YOUR STUDENTS IN ONE LOGON.  Parent/Guardians will see all their students’ information from one account. Each of your students’ names will appear on a button on the top of the screen.  Simply click each button to access information about each student.
  • PARENTS DO NOT NEED TO SHARE ONE ACCOUNT. Each Parent/Guardian can have a separate account.  Parents no longer have to share accounts with other family members.
  • YOU CAN OPT IN TO RECEIVE EMAILS OF YOUR STUDENT’S ATTENDANCE.  Parent/Guardians can sign up to automatically receive emails of their students’ attendance on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.
  • INFOSNAP INSTANT ACCESS Parents can automatically access Infosnap from the Parent Access Account for the annual Student Intent to Return Survey.
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL ELECTIVES 5th grade parents can choose their student’s Middle School Electives online via the Parent Portal.

It’s the Reindeer Romp!   

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/dd/f6/87/ddf6871680a25c39938956d4aed304cc.jpgMariano Castro Elementary School

Gabriel Mistral Elementary School

Friday, December 9

All students who walk, bike, carpool or ride the bus to school will receive a Reindeer Romp 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 the traffic and help keep our school safer and 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 Authority.

School Boundaries Community Meeting

The Mountain View Whisman School District is hosting community-wide meetings for residents to provide input on potential school boundary changes that will take effect in the 2019-2020 school year when Slater School opens.

School Boundaries Community Meeting
Monday, Dec. 12
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Join your neighbors at one of these. The discussion at each location will center on the impact that each boundary scenario will have on that school:

  • Bubb Elementary, 525 Hans Ave.
  • Castro Elementary, 505 Escuela Ave.
  • Huff Elementary, 253 Martens Ave.
  • Landels Elementary, 115 W. Dana St.
  • Theuerkauf Elementary, 1625 San Luis Ave.
  • Monta Loma Elementary, 460 Thompson Ave.
  • Slater Elementary held at German International School of Silicon Valley, 310 Easy St.

Childcare will be provided. To help up with planning, please register for the meeting and location of your choice here.

The process: In December 2015, the Board of Trustees voted to reopen a school in the Slater neighborhood. This, along with other growth factors, will have an impact on enrollment and facilities across the District and necessitate a review as well as realignment of the attendance boundaries.

The Dec. 12 meetings are part of the yearlong process outlined by the Student Attendance Area Task Force (SAATF), a working group of community members, to determine how to adjust school boundaries to accommodate enrollment after Slater School is reopened in 2019.  

The timeline: The task force, formed last spring, has been reviewing District demographic data. The group has been working in five separate teams to produce several boundary scenarios. The feedback collected at the community meetings will be considered by the SAATF and presented to the Board of Trustees.

In early spring, the SAATF will work to make necessary adjustments to boundaries, reduce the number of working options, and decide on two recommendations. In mid-March, another night of feedback sessions will be held in the community. On April 4, SAATF will present two boundary scenarios to the Board of Trustees for review, and the Superintendent will make a recommendation to be voted on by the Board on May 4.

For more info, see www.mvwsd.org/boundaries.

5th Grade Parents -  You are invited to observe your student’s Band / Strings class

Dear Mistral 5th Grade Parents,

You are invited to observe your student’s Band / Strings class to see what they

have learned so far this year! The Open Class will be held on Wednesday, December 14, from 2:10-3:10pm. Please come at the beginning of class and stay for the full duration.  

Class Location

  • Clar/sax - multi
  • Strings - Rm #18
  • Flute - Rm # 17
  • Brass - multi

Please check in to the office upon arrival.  We look forward to sharing our music with you and hope to see you there.

Best,
Leah Lader
Music4Schools Program Manager

ENROLLMENT FOR 2017-18

For NEW students: Open Enrollment is from January 6-February 3, by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Go to www.mvwsd.org to schedule an appointment now.

For CURRENT Transitional Kindergarten students: Open Enrollment is from January 6-February 3. You will be required to complete an Online Student Intent Survey through InfoSnap.  The survey and password will be emailed to you. Parents, please make sure the school office has a working email on file for you.

For CURRENT students K-7th grade: You will be required to complete an Online Student Intent Survey through InfoSnap. The survey and password will be emailed to parents February 13-February 17. Parents, please make sure the school office has a working email on file for you.

Intradistrict Transfer Request: If you wish for your child to attend another school or program for the 2017-18 school year, you will make your request Online in the Student Intent Survey, sent February 13 –February 17.

Currently enrolled 5th grade students: Transition to 6th grade presentations will be held at each middle school on January 25 at 6:00 pm. Parents of 5th grade students are encouraged to attend these presentations.

For more information, see the enrollment packet.


PTA News Nov 30, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on November 30, 2016

WAT Silent Auction parent donations

Hi Parents.  As you've hopefully heard, the WAT Silent Auction will take place next month.  This year we will be doing an online auction.  We are currently soliciting  parent-sponsored donations for the auction.  

Past items have included:

  • Parent-sponsored parties (1st grade Star Wars party, 5th grade movie/pizza party)
  • Sports tickets (49er's, Sharks)
  • Rentals (Tahoe ski house, Aptos beach house)
  • iPads

We are also helping to fund Teacher-sponsored events (e.g. ceramics party, Sky High party).  If you're interested in contributing to a teacher's party, let me know.

For this year's auction we are focusing on parent-sponsored parties, teacher parties/events, and bigger ticket items, we will not have gift baskets this year.  If you're interested in donating to the auction, please email me with details.

Let me know if you have questions.

Thanks!!

Trish Gilbert, mom to Brady (2nd) and Finn (kinder)
WATSA Committee Member

Holiday Share Faire

The second annual Holiday Share Faire will take place on Saturday, Dec. 17th from 9 to 1 at the
Senior Center at 266 Escuela Avenue in Mountain View.

Bring what you no longer use or need and take what you and your family could use. Please just bring clothes in good condition and only items and toys that work.

Tell your neighbors too!   Last year many items made great holiday gifts.

No money will be exchanged.

This is open to all Castro and Mistral families.  Many volunteers are needed.  Look for sign ups on Konstella.

Light refreshments will be provided.


Community News Nov 30, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on November 30, 2016

Parenting 101: 4 Tips for a Successful School Year

Mountain View Parent University presents a free workshop, "Parenting 101: 4 Tips for a Successful School Year" on Thursday, December 1 from 6:30-8pm at the Crittenden-MUR.

Parents will learn how to help their children with:

  • Emotional Awareness
  • Positive Thinking
  • Empowering Children to Take Responsibility
  • Active Problem Solving

Presenter Elisabeth Stitt is the founder of Joyful Parenting Coaching, a former middle school English teacher for 25 years, and, most importantly, the mother and step-mother of three happy, successful kids. Her book, Parenting... as a Second Language:  A Guidebook for Joyfully Navigating the Trials, Triumphs and Tribulations of Parenthood, has supported many families in their journey. www.elisabethstitt.com

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 confirm your attendance here.

Announcing Parent Access Account Change - PowerSchool

There is strong evidence that students do better if their parents check their learning activities and progress, setting students up for success in middle school and beyond. MVWSD provides this ability for parents online through PowerSchool.

Parents: You will soon access your student's’ information with your own PowerSchool account, instead of sharing an account with your students.  In the next two weeks, you will receive an email containing your web access ID and password for your PowerSchool Parent Access Account with instructions for a creating an account.

Advantages of the Parent Access Account:

  • MORE FEATURES on the Parent Portal than if logging in with students' credentials.
  • VIEW ALL YOUR STUDENTS IN ONE LOGON.  Parent/Guardians will see all their students’ information from one account. Each of your students’ names will appear on a button on the top of the screen.  Simply click each button to access information about each student.
  • PARENTS DO NOT NEED TO SHARE ONE ACCOUNT. Each Parent/Guardian can have a separate account.  Parents no longer have to share accounts with other family members.
  • YOU CAN OPT IN TO RECEIVE EMAILS OF YOUR STUDENT’S ATTENDANCE.  Parent/Guardians can sign up to automatically receive emails of their students’ attendance on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.
  • INFOSNAP INSTANT ACCESS Parents can automatically access Infosnap from the Parent Access Account for the annual Student Intent to Return Survey.
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL ELECTIVES 5th grade parents can choose their student’s Middle School Electives online via the Parent Portal.

School Boundaries Community Meeting

The Mountain View Whisman School District is hosting community-wide meetings for residents to provide input on potential school boundary changes that will take effect in the 2019-2020 school year when Slater School opens.

School Boundaries Community Meeting
Monday, Dec. 12
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Join your neighbors at one of these. The discussion at each location will center on the impact that each boundary scenario will have on that school:

  • Bubb Elementary, 525 Hans Ave.
  • Castro Elementary, 505 Escuela Ave.
  • Huff Elementary, 253 Martens Ave.
  • Landels Elementary, 115 W. Dana St.
  • Theuerkauf Elementary, 1625 San Luis Ave.
  • Monta Loma Elementary, 460 Thompson Ave.
  • Slater Elementary held at German International School of Silicon Valley, 310 Easy St.

Childcare will be provided. To help up with planning, please register for the meeting and location of your choice here.

The process: In December 2015, the Board of Trustees voted to reopen a school in the Slater neighborhood. This, along with other growth factors, will have an impact on enrollment and facilities across the District and necessitate a review as well as realignment of the attendance boundaries.

The Dec. 12 meetings are part of the yearlong process outlined by the Student Attendance Area Task Force (SAATF), a working group of community members, to determine how to adjust school boundaries to accommodate enrollment after Slater School is reopened in 2019.  

The timeline: The task force, formed last spring, has been reviewing District demographic data. The group has been working in five separate teams to produce several boundary scenarios. The feedback collected at the community meetings will be considered by the SAATF and presented to the Board of Trustees.

In early spring, the SAATF will work to make necessary adjustments to boundaries, reduce the number of working options, and decide on two recommendations. In mid-March, another night of feedback sessions will be held in the community. On April 4, SAATF will present two boundary scenarios to the Board of Trustees for review, and the Superintendent will make a recommendation to be voted on by the Board on May 4.

For more info, see www.mvwsd.org/boundaries.

HOLIDAY GIFTS- Consider Gift/Cash Cards

Dear Parents:

I will place our December Cash Card Order no later than December 7th.  We will receive the cards by December 13th - remember that the LAST DAY OF SCHOOL BEFORE WINTER BREAK IS THURSDAY,  December 15th.  Did you know that you can buy Cash Cards from over 600 retailers (List of Retailers and Order Form attached).

EXTRA CARDS 4 SALE

  • $25 TJMaxx/Marshalls/Home Goods
  • $25 Amazon
  • $25 AND $100 Macy's
  • $20 Restaurant.Com
  • $100 LL Bean

¡Muchas Gracias for supporting the special community that is Mistral!

Jessica (Cell 408.416-6910, jessicamillar777@yahoo.com)

5th Grade Parents -  You are invited to observe your student’s Band / Strings class

Dear Mistral 5th Grade Parents,

You are invited to observe your student’s Band / Strings class to see what they have learned so far this year! The Open Class will be held on Wednesday, December 14, from 2:10-3:10pm. Please come at the beginning of class and stay for the full duration.  

Class Location

  • Clar/sax - multi
  • Strings - Rm #18
  • Flute - Rm # 17
  • Brass - multi

Please check in to the office upon arrival.  We look forward to sharing our music with you and hope to see you there.

Best,
Leah Lader
Music4Schools Program Manager

 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Posted by mdecarva on November 30, 2016

Thankful for Classroom Volunteers

We are very thankful to all our classroom volunteers who take time out of their busy day to support students at Gabriela Mistral.  Today, as I walked by room 21, I was surprised to see  26 kindergarteners sitting on the rug and practicing “la escalera de silabas” in unison.  When I poked my head through the door I noticed that they had a new teacher...Abuela Esperanza was expertly leading the class!  Our students have a lot of pride in becoming bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural, and your presence and participation encourages them to do their very best.  Thank you!


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Coffee with the Principal

Friday, December 2nd
Teacher's Lounge
8:30am to 9:30am
Please join me this Friday for coffee in the teacher’s lounge. It’s an opportunity for me to share our school’s latest news,and/or address questions or concerns you might have. The meeting begins at 8:30. I look forward to seeing you there. 


 Quetzal 1.jpg Monthly Quetzal Award and Spirit Rally Tomorrow! 8:30a.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.
During the assembly, we will recite our school poem, review our school-wide expectations, recognize model quetzales, and Quetzales will lead us in fun flighty cheers.


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Castro/Mistral Construction Update

Construction is underway on the site of Castro and Mistral Elementary schools. The District is remodeling classrooms, as well as building new classrooms, a new library and a multi-use room.  Throughout the excitement, we know there will be distractions and frustrations. Thank you for your patience and support as we continue to improve facilities for our children. 

What's happening now
Construction of the temporary campus portables located on the field side of the site for classrooms, education areas and offices.

Beginning at the end of December
Construction of the new Castro campus officially begins with the removal of the old portables and the demolition of the back wing of classrooms currently housing kindergarten and other classes. The play structures and basketball hoops will also be removed at this time. 

You will notice ...
Construction noise, such as the reverse back-up beeping signal from trucks
Increased traffic and vehicle parking in the area

Important
Construction fencing is for you and your children's safety. Stay clear and play only in the tot lot and in the grass near Latham.
The Toft Ave parking lot will be closed in December.

Schedules are subject to change. Updates: www.mvwsd.org/MeasureG


PTA News Nov 23, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on November 23, 2016

WAT Silent Auction Parent Donations

Hi Parents.  As you've hopefully heard, the WAT Silent Auction will take place next month.  This year we will be doing an online auction.  We are currently soliciting  parent-sponsored donations for the auction.  

Past items have included:

  • Parent-sponsored parties (1st grade Star Wars party, 5th grade movie/pizza party)
  • Sports tickets (49er's, Sharks)
  • Rentals (Tahoe ski house, Aptos beach house)
  • iPads

We are also helping to fund Teacher-sponsored events (e.g. ceramics party, Sky High party).  If you're interested in contributing to a teacher's party, let me know.

For this year's auction we are focusing on parent-sponsored parties, teacher parties/events, and bigger ticket items, we will not have gift baskets this year.  If you're interested in donating to the auction, please email me with details.

Let me know if you have questions.

Thanks!!
Trish Gilbert, mom to Brady (2nd) and Finn (kinder)
WATSA Committee Member


Community News Nov 23, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on November 23, 2016

Announcing Parent Access Account Change

There is strong evidence that students do better if their parents check their learning activities and progress, setting students up for success in middle school and beyond. MVWSD provides this ability for parents online through PowerSchool.

Parents: You will soon access your students’ information with your own PowerSchool account, instead of sharing an account with your students.  In the next two weeks, you will receive an email containing your web access ID and password for your PowerSchool Parent Access Account with instructions for a creating an account.

Advantages of the Parent Access Account:

  • MORE FEATURES on the Parent Portal than if logging in with students' credentials.
  • VIEW ALL YOUR STUDENTS IN ONE LOGON.  Parent/Guardians will see all their students’ information from one account. Each of your students’ names will appear on a button on the top of the screen.  Simply click each button to access information about each student.
  • PARENTS DO NOT NEED TO SHARE ONE ACCOUNT. Each Parent/Guardian can have a separate account.  Parents no longer have to share accounts with other family members.
  • YOU CAN OPT IN TO RECEIVE EMAILS OF YOUR STUDENT’S ATTENDANCE.  Parent/Guardians can sign up to automatically receive emails of their students’ attendance on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.
  • INFOSNAP INSTANT ACCESS Parents can automatically access Infosnap from the Parent Access Account for the annual Student Intent to Return Survey.
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL ELECTIVES 5th grade parents can choose their student’s Middle School Electives online via the Parent Portal.

Parenting 101: 4 Tips for a Successful School Year

Mountain View Parent University presents a free workshop, "Parenting 101: 4 Tips for a Successful School Year" on Thursday, December 1 from 6:30-8pm at the Crittenden-MUR.

Parents will learn how to help their children with:

  • Emotional Awareness
  • Positive Thinking
  • Empowering Children to Take Responsibility
  • Active Problem Solving

Presenter Elisabeth Stitt is the founder of Joyful Parenting Coaching, a former middle school English teacher for 25 years, and, most importantly, the mother and step-mother of three happy, successful kids. Her book, Parenting... as a Second Language:  A Guidebook for Joyfully Navigating the Trials, Triumphs and Tribulations of Parenthood, has supported many families in their journey. www.elisabethstitt.com

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 confirm your attendance here.

 


PTA News Nov 16, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on November 16, 2016

Save the Date for our Annual Ice Skating event: January 27, 2017

The date for our annual ice skating party has been set!

Please mark your calendars for January 27, 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Winter Lodge on 3009 Middlefield Rd in Palo Alto.

Three cheers and many, many thanks to our wonderful parents who took turns standing in line over a 24 hour period.  Thanks to their dedication we were second in line!

We will need volunteers for this event.  Sign ups will go out closer to the event. If you have any questions please contact Peggy Prendergast, peggyp33@yahoo.com


Community News Nov 16, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on November 16, 2016

It’s the Turkey Trot Walk!

http://www.cliparthut.com/clip-arts/81/thanksgiving-turkey-clip-art-81456.gifMariano Castro Elementary School
Gabriela Mistral Elementary School
Friday, November 18

All students who walk or bike to school will receive a Turkey Trot Walk 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.

Contact the school office for more information.

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

Spirit Wear Sale on November 18th!

On Friday November 18th there will be a morning AND afternoon Spirit Wear Sale! The sale will be held near the MUR and Room 9 at both times. Stop by to see our selection and have the opportunity to make your purchase. See you there!

Parenting 101: 4 Tips for a Successful School Year

Mountain View Parent University presents a free workshop, "Parenting 101: 4 Tips for a Successful School Year" on Thursday, December 1 from 6:30-8pm at the Crittenden-MUR.

Parents will learn how to help their children with:

  • Emotional Awareness
  • Positive Thinking
  • Empowering Children to Take Responsibility
  • Active Problem Solving

Presenter Elisabeth Stitt is the founder of Joyful Parenting Coaching, a former middle school English teacher for 25 years, and, most importantly, the mother and step-mother of three happy, successful kids. Her book, Parenting... as a Second Language:  A Guidebook for Joyfully Navigating the Trials, Triumphs and Tribulations of Parenthood, has supported many families in their journey. www.elisabethstitt.com

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 confirm your attendance here.

Write a Letter to Santa!

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 9th.Santa with letters

There are two easy ways for Santa to receive letters:

  1. Drop off in Santa’s mailbox located at the Mountain View Community Center (201 S. Rengstorff Avenue)

or

  1. Mail the letter to:  City of Mountain View Recreation Division, c/o Santa Claus, P.O. Box 7540, Mountain View, Ca 94039

Don’t forget to include your return address!

There is no cost to receive a letter back from Santa.  For more information, contact the Mountain View Community Center (650) 903-6331.  LIKE us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mountainviewrecreation

 

Breakfast with SANTA

Santa with Pancakes

Saturday, December 10th 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Mountain View Senior Center

Cost:

  • Adult (13+) $20
  • Child (12 and under) $15

Advanced registration is required.

Celebrate the season! You and your family can enjoy a delicious, catered breakfast with SANTA on Saturday, December 10th! This fa-la-la-la fun-filled morning will include holiday themed performances on the Sugar & Spice Stage, craft activities in the Holly-Jolly room, and very merry pictures with Santa and his elves. To top it all off with a sugar plum, Santa will also be reading holiday themed stories in the Winter Wonderland Corner.

Register online at www.mountainview.gov/register or at the Mountain View Community Center located at 201 S. Rengstorff Avenue. Call (650) 903-6331 for more information. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mountainviewrecreation

Winter Concert

Come see your child perform!

Mistral Chorus

Wednesday, December 7 held at 3:45pm in the multi

Dear 5th grade Band & Strings Parents,

Music classes have gotten off to a great start this year! Please know that the Band & Strings teachers are fully dedicated to all students succeeding and achieving a high level of self-esteem. During these beginning months, students are focused and steadily progressing.

Band students began by learning about posture & different types of breathing, using correct embouchure, and playing songs that include up to five different notes.

Strings students are working on posture, instrument & hand position, playing with the bow, and playing songs that use up to ten different notes. Strings families can find instructional videos at: youtube.com/user/MountainViewStrings

This is the very beginning of a long relationship between 'student and instrument.' To nurture this relationship, each student should practice five days a week, 20-minutes a day. Here are a few tips on how you can directly contribute to your child's interest in music, effort in practice, and sense of accomplishment:

  • Show your liking for their instrument of choice - let your child teach you how to make a sound or play a song. Ask questions about the music.
  • Be the audience - allow your child to play for you. Listen to them, and find something both positive and constructive to say.
  • Avoid comparing the ease of playing instruments to each other - every instrument is different, they all have their own challenges to overcome. Your child has made a year-long commitment to trying something new; with the help of practice and your patience & support, they will overcome each hurdle and will be successful.
  • Encourage daily practice and show respect – consider practice as part of your child’s daily routine, and find a nice, quiet space where your child can stay focused. Please do not let your child believe that their practice is a nuisance to you. At this age, children take words and actions literally. Give your child gentle reminders about daily practice. If a 20-minute time block is hard to come by, consider breaking it up into two 10-minute practice times.

If you have any questions about the 5th grade Band & Strings program, please feel free to call me at the Community School of Music & Arts, [650] 917. 6800 ext.307, or send an email to LLader@arts4all.org.

Best,
Leah Lader
Program Manager, Music4Schools

 


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Posted by baguirrecortez on November 9, 2016

Recognizing Model Quetzales at Our Spirit Rally  

It is with great pleasure I present to you a few of our Model Quetzales.

Cindy C.

Ana V.

Sierra K.

Araceli V.

Aria A.

Gillian H.  

Allison H.

Charlotte K.

Leo E.

Marcus W.

Antonio O.

Dane J.

Finn G.

Jonas Z.

 


PTA News Nov 09, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on November 8, 2016

Extra Cards For Sale

  • $20 Restaurant.Com
  • $100 Macy's
  • $25 Nob Hill Market
  • $25 or $100 CVS Pharmacy

I will place our next Order this week.

We can receive FREE SHIPPING on this Order if we  purchase $150 in Chili's Restaurant cards ($25 or $50 cards available).

This month only, Smart&Final will contribute extra $$ to Mistral ($25, $50, or $100 cards for sale).

Finally, please eMail me your Order Form or leave it in the Office in the Cash Card Folder NO LATER THAN THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH.

Jessica Miller

Nov 10: Afterschool deadline

It's time to request an afterschool class for your child for the winter session.  Submit a Class Request for each child by Thursday, November 10th so we know what class your child wants to take.

PLEASE submit online (https://goo.gl/forms/C1QA7l8kWb9biPMM2)

Lottery results will be posted Monday, November 14th.

Thank you for a wonderful DDLM!

Thank you to everyone for your participation in our Día de los Muertos event. Thank you to the teachers for working with students to make such a complete exhibition of art. The baile folclórico dancers were impressive and the tamales, pupusas, bread and hot chocolate were delicious. Sarah L. and Ligia made fantastic MC's, and Superintendent Dr. Rudolph enjoyed the celebration very much. A great deal of information about the tradition was shared through a festive atmosphere.

The event would not have been possible without the leadership of Tania O'Connell- thanks a million, Tania!!

Many thanks also to the following people...

Committee:

  • Lucila Hernández
  • Roque Hernández
  • Azucena Castañon
  • Seema Chetty
  • Sarah Livnat
  • Yvette Castro
  • Paula Pérez
  • Joey Mercer
  • Maribel Mercer
  • Shelly Kosak

Decoration:

  • Tomasa Estévez
  • Beatriz Chavarin
  • Wiliam Buitron
  • Audosia Ruiz
  • Ofelia Rivera
  • Nelly Gomez
  • Charo Plantilla
  • Lucila Hernández
  • Roque Perez
  • Celsa Rodriguez
  • Peggy Prendergast
  • Carly and Doug Williams
  • Susanna Mlynarczyk

Papel picado:

  • Matilde Torres
  • Ofelia Rivera
  • Rosalia Gil

Hot Chocolate:

  • Ofelia Rivera
  • Cecia Morales
  • Graciela Escobar
  • Yuridia Hernández
  • Amparo Santiago
  • Marisol Magallan
  • María López
  • Diana Pinto
  • Isabel Bautista
  • Felipa

Ticket sales:

  • Edith Guzman
  • Denis Muñoz.

Food and hot chocolate service:

  • Heather Walker
  • María Pañales
  • Alondra Riebles
  • Isabel Bautista
  • Juan García
  • Sarah Carruth

Pan de Muerto:

  • Happy Evans
  • Rhonda Radcliff
  • Nelly Gomez
  • Gina Hernandez
  • Imelda Moreno

Coordination:

  • Ligia Salcedo
  • Kristin Bailey
  • Dennis O'Connell

There are still a few photos in the office for you to collect.


Community News Nov 09, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on November 8, 2016

ENROLLMENT FOR 2017-18

For NEW students: Open Enrollment is from January 6-February 3, by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Go to www.mvwsd.org to schedule an appointment now.

For CURRENT Transitional Kindergarten students: Open Enrollment is from January 6-February 3. You will be required to complete an Online Student Intent Survey through InfoSnap.  The survey and password will be emailed to you. Parents, please make sure the school office has a working email on file for you.

For CURRENT students K-7th grade: You will be required to complete an Online Student Intent Survey through InfoSnap. The survey and password will be emailed to parents February 13-February 17. Parents, please make sure the school office has a working email on file for you.

Intradistrict Transfer Request: If you wish for your child to attend another school or program for the 2017-18 school year, you will make your request Online in the Student Intent Survey, sent February 13 –February 17.

Currently enrolled 5th grade students: Transition to 6th grade presentations will be held at each middle school on January 25 at 6:00 pm. Parents of 5th grade students are encouraged to attend these presentations.

Did you miss picture day? You can still take it!

Picture Make up day:
November 10th 2016.
Location: MUR

Give to MVEF and Avoid the Annual Phone-a-thon!

The Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF) funds innovative programs in your child’s classroom, as well as art, music, hands-on science and afterschool and enrichment activities. MVEF will be holding the annual phone-a-thon soon, so you can make your donation now to "avoid the call" and be entered in the MVEF raffle. To donate this school year, click here.

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 November 14, 2016
  • 7 PM - 9 PM - in the Orchard Community Room
  • Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road

future meetings will be:

  • Mondays, 7-9 pm - February 13, April 17
  • Mondays, 10-12 am - January 9, March 13, May 8

This parent education event is sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC (www.selpa1cac.org) an all-volunteer group of parents of children with special needs. Our service area includes all public school districts in Los Altos, Mountain View, and Palo Alto. All of our events are free and open to anyone who feels they might benefit. No registration is necessary.

Financial and Legal Planning for Students with Challenges

November SELPA1CAC Coffee Talk

Whether your student's challenges are mild or severe, our panel of experts will help you understand long-term financial planning and the legal checkpoints you will encounter along the way.  Topics will include financial planning, trusts and special needs trusts, conservatorships, SSI/SSDI benefits, and Medi-Cal benefits. Our panel includes Ken Prodger, Ann Robbeloth, Lisa C. Bryant and Sara E. Hire. There will be plenty of time for questions after a brief presentation from each panel member.

When: November 16, 2016, 7-9 PM
Where:Santa Rita Elementary School 700 Los Altos Ave., Los Altos 

Write a Letter to Santa!

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 9th.

There are two easy ways for Santa to receive letters:Santa with letters

  1. Drop off in Santa’s mailbox located at the Mountain View Community Center (201 S. Rengstorff Avenue)

or

  1. Mail the letter to:  City of Mountain View Recreation Division, c/o Santa Claus, P.O. Box 7540, Mountain View, Ca 94039

Don’t forget to include your return address!

There is no cost to receive a letter back from Santa.  For more information, contact the Mountain View Community Center (650) 903-6331.  LIKE us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mountainviewrecreation

 

Breakfast with SANTA

Santa with Pancakes

Saturday, December 10th 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Mountain View Senior Center

Cost:

  • Adult (13+) $20
  • Child (12 and under) $15

Advanced registration is required.

Celebrate the season! You and your family can enjoy a delicious, catered breakfast with SANTA on Saturday, December 10th! This fa-la-la-la fun-filled morning will include holiday themed performances on the Sugar & Spice Stage, craft activities in the Holly-Jolly room, and very merry pictures with Santa and his elves. To top it all off with a sugar plum, Santa will also be reading holiday themed stories in the Winter Wonderland Corner. 

Register online at www.mountainview.gov/register or at the Mountain View Community Center located at 201 S. Rengstorff Avenue. Call (650) 903-6331 for more information. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mountainviewrecreation

Join the Turkey Trot - November 18th!

On Friday, November 18th, all students who walk or bike to school will receive a Turkey Trot Walk ticket and be entered into a drawing to win a bicycle and a 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.

The Turkey Trot is sponsored by the City of Mountain View’s VERBS Program, and is a federally funded through the Metropolitan Transportation Commission MTC and Santa Clara Valley Transportation.

 


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Posted by mdecarva on November 2, 2016

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Come to Our Día de los Muertos Event!

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Día de los Muertos event tonight!
6:00pm to 8:00pm in the MUR


 

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Quetzal Spirit rallies are held on the blacktop between room wings 4 & 8
Kinder through 4th Grade: 8:30 a.m. to 8:45a.m.
During the assembly, we will recite our school poem, review our school-wide expectations, recognize model quetzales, and Quetzales will lead us in fun flighty cheers.

 


PTA News Nov 02, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on November 1, 2016

Congratulations — We did it!

Rejoice in the knowledge that our hard work paid off.

  • $33,848 raised
  • this includes money raised from both offline and online sources
  • Walkstarter online total reflects all online & offline WAT donations through 10/31/16

Opps, I forgot to turn in my pledges. Should I still turn them in?

  • Yes, we will always accept donations.
  • Bring cash and checks to the office.
  • WalkStarter will accept online donations through the end of November
  • Having the bulk of donations by a certain date means we are secure in our enrichment planning for the year.

Where does that place us in relationship to last year you ask?

  • We are very near to last year's pledge total.
  • Last minute pledges continue to trickle in and will be added to the ultimate total.
  • Last year we raised $35,894 from pledges alone.

Walkstarter shows our goal as $48,000?

  • The Silent Auction is the other path of our fundraising map — it will bridge the gap to our $48K goal.

What's next?

  • Student field trips, school library books, school gardens, teaching supplies, classroom enrichment programs and more can more forward uninterrupted.
  • Looking forward to the Silent Auction in December.

Thank you for being part of improving every student's educational experience.

Busy Weekend

The Day of the Dead planning committee worked really hard last weekend in order to get the MUR ready for the event on Wednesday, November 2nd.

Volunteers from Castro and Mistral schools came over to the MUR on Friday night to build the memorial table, and on Saturday afternoon to decorate it. There were many hours of hard work, but the feelings of togetherness and community kept us happy and energized.


Community News Nov 02, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on November 1, 2016

ENROLLMENT FOR 2017-18

For NEW students: Open Enrollment is from January 6-February 3, by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Go to www.mvwsd.org to schedule an appointment now.

For CURRENT Transitional Kindergarten students: Open Enrollment is from January 6-February 3. You will be required to complete an Online Student Intent Survey through InfoSnap.  The survey and password will be emailed to you. Parents, please make sure the school office has a working email on file for you.

For CURRENT students K-7th grade: You will be required to complete an Online Student Intent Survey through InfoSnap. The survey and password will be emailed to parents February 13-February 17. Parents, please make sure the school office has a working email on file for you.

Intradistrict Transfer Request: If you wish for your child to attend another school or program for the 2017-18 school year, you will make your request Online in the Student Intent Survey, sent February 13 –February 17.

Currently enrolled 5th grade students: Transition to 6th grade presentations will be held at each middle school on January 25 at 6:00 pm. Parents of 5th grade students are encouraged to attend these presentations.

Did you miss picture day? You can still take it!

Picture Make up day:
November 10th 2016.
Location: MUR

Sign-Ups for the Afterschool Enrichment Winter Session (Nov 28 - Feb 15) are coming!  

Pre-registration for afterschool is only open: Monday 11/7 - Thursday 11/10 3:00pm.  Please fill out online forms (https://goo.gl/forms/C1QA7l8kWb9biPMM2) or paper forms in the office.

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Mariano Castro Elementary School
Gabriela Mistral Elementary School
Friday, November 18

All students who walk or bike to school will receive a Turkey Trot Walk 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.

Contact the school office for more information.

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

Is your student safe on his/her bike?

Here are 6 bike safety tips to review with your student.

  1. Stop, look and listen at every road edge
  2. Look left, look right, and look left again
  3. Never run across the street
  4. Find the safest place to cross the street
  5. Always wear a helmet when riding a bike
  6. Obey all traffic signs and signals

Kids should bike in the same direction as cars, and have a well-fitting helmet.

Picking a Helmet

In California helmets are required for biking, scooting, skateboarding, and roller-skating until 18 years of age (CVC 21212). Make sure the helmet is designed for cycling. Check that the Styrofoam is intact and replace when damaged or outgrown.

Tips for a proper helmet fit:

  • Helmets come in many sizes, start by checking the size of the Styrofoam shell.
  • Helmets come in many styles, get one they like!
  • Dial in the perfect fit using the two-finger check.
    • Two fingers between the eyebrow and brim of helmet.
    • Two fingers or less between the chin and buckled strap.
    • Two fingers like a "V" around the ear, straps should meet directly below the ears. 

Road rules

Stop, Look and Listen before entering or crossing a road.

  • Regardless of whether you are on foot or wheels always Stop, Look Left-Right-Left, and listen before entering traffic.
  • Bike in the same direction as cars.
  • Drivers do not look for wrong-way traffic. Obey Stop signs and traffic lights.
  • Identify upcoming intersection and how to negotiate them.

Remember, you can always walk in the crosswalk!

Plan the route: Please review here the safe routes that the City of Mountain View has outlined to and from each of our schools.

Holiday Art Camps

AM & PM

December 17-23

December 27-30

GR K-2

Toys & Gifts Galore

Pain Mania

Bugs, Beasts & Monsters

Bon Appetit!

GR 3-5

Arctic Animal

Small Prints

Comic Book Creations

Northern Myths & Legends

GR 4-8

The Prolific Printmaker

Kinetic Art

Art Threads

Manga Comic Books

Financial Aid Available

Extended day child supervision available 8:30am-5:30pm

Register at arts4all.org

 


PTA News Oct 26, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on October 26, 2016

 

Día de los Muertos - Day of the Dead

The Latin American holiday “Día de los Muertos”, or Day of the Dead is one of the few traditions that our school embraces to enrich the dual immersion program. This event provides cultural experiences that strengthen the learning process of the Spanish language and promotes the discovery of different cultural elements of our neighboring Spanish speaking countries.

The Memorial

We welcome your family contribution to the Memorial. Bring pictures of departed loved ones (photocopies only please), fresh flowers, LED candles and other offerings to display. The MUR will be open to the community for set-up and decoration  Saturday, October 29, 12:00 PM  and Tuesday, November 1, from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Día de los Muertos Celebration

Bring the family and come celebrate Wednesday, November 2 at 6:00 PM in the MUR

  • We’ll pay homage to our school namesake Gabriela Mistral
  • A performance by our Baile Folklorico students
  • Serving pan de muerto and Mexican hot chocolate
  • Homemade tamales and pupusas for sale

We need you!

This event is possible with thanks to the hard work of volunteer parents like you!  

There are many open spots, please sign up!

Check the wall near the office or online at Konstella.  https://www.konstella.com/cd/tPbCDK


Community News Oct 26, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on October 26, 2016

Bring in your Box Tops and Labels for Mistral by Friday, October 28th

Last year, we made almost $800 from Box Tops. That's 8,000 little pieces cut off your groceries. Pick up one of the baggies in the office, collect those Box Tops and drop your full baggies in the pink box. Under the pink box is a list of products that have Box Tops, like Annie's, Kleenex, and Progresso soup.

To make the submission process easier:

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

The Campbell's Labels for Education program is ending, but if you still have UPC's that specifically say Labels for Education we can still submit them.

Gracias!

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

Rengstorff Park
201 S. Rengstorff Ave.
4:00 - 8:00 pm

  • Costumes optional, but encouraged!
  • Photo-Op Stations
  • Giant Pumpkin Seed Hunt
  • Crafts & Games 4:00 to 6:15 p.m.
  • Outdoor Movie 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. featuring Hotel Transylvania

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

Parent Talk Nov. 7: For Fifth – Eighth Grade Families

Puberty can be a challenging time for children and their parents. MVWSD is pleased to offer free resources for families from experienced health educators.

Please join us for Parent Talk on Monday evening, November 7th from 6-8 p.m. in the Graham Multi Purpose Room.  (Spanish translation will be available.)  This workshop gives parents and guardians the tools they need to address a variety of issues that are a part of students’ puberty and sexuality.

The workshop will cover topics such as

  • Communication regarding family values
  • Changes during puberty and adolescent development
  • Using everyday situations as discussion openers
  • Media influences
  • Sexual safety
  • Relationships and dating
  • Practice in answering common questions from children and teens.

Health educators from Health Connected will facilitate the workshop.  Health Connected is a local, non-profit agency dedicated to helping young people feel confident and supported to make informed decisions about their own sexual health.  Health Connected is working with MVWSD to provide the District’s 5th and 8th grade Human Growth and Development programs and has been providing Human Growth and Development curriculum for most of the schools in San Mateo County for many years.  

The workshop is for parents only, and childcare will not be available. In order to meet the needs of all attendees, we ask that you please  RSVP here no later than November 1st.

Saturday, November 12, 2016
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Free entertainment for all ages

In the Library Community Room

  • 10:15 am - 11:00 am Puppet Art Theater presents: Tale of the Dragon’s Tail
  • 11:30 am - 12:00 pm Mother Goose & More Special Event
  • 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm Travelling Lantern Theater takes you on an exciting adventure with Lewis and Clark.

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

  • In front of the Library: Firefighters read aloud
  • In Children’s Services: Reading Related Crafts and Displays
  • First Floor: Read Aloud Stations English, Spanish, Mandarin, Russian
    • Scary Stories read by Graham Students
    • Community Information Tables

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Posted by mdecarva on October 26, 2016

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You Still Have Time...Please Answer Our Conference Survey

You may complete the Mistral Parent Teacher Conference Survey online or come by the school office and pick up a print version of the survey.  Click here to give us feedback via an online link.


What an exciting week on campus!  

The rock deliveries happened as planned starting on Saturday and ended Tuesday with about 20-25 trucks traveling back and forth from the quarry to our school. With all the traffic these past two days the back playground was offs-limits to students for the entire school day. A playground supervisor was stationed at the back of the school to block students attempting to go to the back playground. We also had a row of cones up, going on an angle from the gate to the preschool play structure over to the construction fence.  

The buildings for our temporary campus are being delivered on Wednesday so the back playground will be off limits again, and we think on Thursday as well but we'll keep you posted.  If your child has a class located in rooms 26-29 they should continue to approach their class from the Kindergarten side of the school.  

Please remind your child to stay away from the coned and taped off area and back playground structure until they are told by their teacher or the school principal that it is open.


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If you are interested please to make an appointment for an interview with:
Theresa Lambert, Principal Castro School
(tlambert@mvwsd.org, 650.526.3590)
or
Marcela Simões de Carvalho, Principal Mistral School
(mdecarva@mvwsd.org,650.526.3575)

To apply online click here (Job ID 696)


Wednesday October 19, 2016

Posted by baguirrecortez on October 19, 2016

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Parent Teacher Conference Survey

Thank you for attending your child’s recent parent teacher conference. Learning about your experience during parent teacher conferences is important to us. Your child’s success depends on our school building positive home-school connections. We work hard to make sure important information is shared and future goals are set. Also, please tell us about your experience using the electronic scheduling system. You may complete the Mistral Parent Teacher Conference Survey online or come by the school office and pick up a print version of the survey.  Click here to give us feedback via an online link.

 

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Coffee with the Principal

Friday, October 21st
Teacher's Lounge
8:30am a 9:30am

Please join me this Friday for coffee in the teacher’s lounge. It’s an opportunity for me to share our school’s latest news, collaboratively plan for upcoming events, and/or address questions or concerns you might have. The meeting begins at 8:30. I look forward to seeing you there.


Safe Moves Assembly

Last week Thursday, October 13th, K-5 students at Mistral learned about traffic safety through our Safe Moves Assembly. Safe Moves, a non-profit organization, is the leading authority in traffic safety education in the country. They've been credited with saving thousand of children's' lives through this education. The children learned to stop, look and listen. How to look 4 ways when crossing the streets and many other traffic safety rules like these:

  • Being aware of your surroundings - don't assume others will watch out for you

  • Safety in numbers - find buddies to walk/bike to school with

  • Distracted drivers (phones, makeup, hair styling, eating, etc - the kids get a good laugh poking fun at the adults)

  • Making eye contact (the kids love the "I'm looking at you" hand gestures, but the unspoken point is that odd behavior will catch the driver's attention)

  • Railroad crossing safety

  • Wear your helmets!!!

In addition, the students participated in a pretend game-show where 3-4 kids come up to answer questions to win "a bright shiny trophy" for the principal's desk.  It was a fun and interactive program! A huge Quetzal “Thank you!” to Pat Hynes from Safe Moves.  I can’t wait to display our fancy trophey!    Click here for more information on Safe Moves.

 

 

Hispanic Heritage Event with Veritas Community Partners

On October 6th, ten VERITAS employees and members of the HOLA (Hispanic Employee Resource Group) visited all K-4 classrooms.  They read bilingual stories to Mistral students that highlighted the contributions, heritage and culture of Latino Americans to the United States.  Their visit started with a brief mini-lesson on reading aloud to students by our very talented librarian, Ms. Mabey.  Our group of special visitors spent some time in the library warming up and getting valuable tips before dashing out to classrooms to share their passion and enthusiasm for hispanic culture!  It wa a fabulous event and we are very grateful for this new community partnership!  

 

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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.

 

This year, due to the "creepy clown" hysteria, clowns now fall into this category.

No Halloween Parade @ Mistral & Castro

Due to all of the activities related to construction on our campus, Mistral and Castro schools will not hold a Halloween parade during the school day. Your child’s classroom teacher will communicate Halloween dress up instructions and details related to classroom activities by the end of this week. 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.


PTA News Oct 19, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on October 18, 2016

Wait — The Walkathon isn’t over.

On to Our Fundraising Goals

  • Keep getting sponsors and raising money until Friday, Oct 21.
    • Use your green sponsor sheet or raise money online using Walkstarter.
    • We want to raise $48K total.
      • That’s a goal of $125 per student. We can do it together!
  • Turn in Money beginning Monday 10/10
    • You can start turning in money / Green Sponsor sheets into the office
    • walkstarter still taking contributions
      • do not include your walkstarter donations on the green form

Fundraising with the Walkathon

The Mistral PTA Walkathon is our school fundraiser and largest community event of the year! Students raise money for the school by collecting donations from family and friends. It is Mistral's fundraising event of the year and we hope you will join us in supporting our amazing school!

All pledge donations raised through Mistral's Walkathon go directly towards student field trips, school library books, school gardens, teaching supplies, classroom enrichment programs and much more. Our goal is to raise $125 per student to assist the PTA's goal of improving every student's educational experience.

Silent Auction

As you may have heard by now, this year we separated the Silent Auction from the Walkathon.  Due to the construction we are going to try an on-line Silent Auction.  The auction will go live the week of Dec 5-9.

In preparation for the auction we are soliciting parents to sponsor items and parties.  Items donated in past years have included sporting tickets (49ers, Sharks, Earthquakes) and house rentals (Tahoe, Aptos Beach).  Parent-hosted parties have included grade level parties, MUR dance parties and an adult-only French dinner.

We are excited for this year's auction, we have already received donations from Camp Galileo, the SF Ballet, CSMA and Stanford University athletics.  Our awesome teachers are also planning many teacher-hosted parties.  

If you have any camp or merchant referrals, please contact Michelle Schaal on Konstella.  She will be reaching out to merchants for donations.

Stay tuned for more information!

Thank you,

Silent Auction Team

Day of the Dead

You are invited to be part of the Day of the Dead event hosted by the PTA.

Enjoy Latin American food, a presentation from the school's dance group (baile regional), an exhibit of the traditional memorial de muerto, and learn more about this Native American tradition.

Join us in the MUR, on November 2nd at 6pm


Community News Oct 19, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on October 18, 2016

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We are happy to announce that artwork by two Mistral students (Isabella M. - 2nd Grade & Joshua M. 3rd Grade) will be on display at the Mountain View Children’s Library, 585 Franklin Street. The exhibit will be up from September 30th - October 24th, 2016.

 

We are pleased to announce that Lillian H. 4th Grade & Ariadna T. 3rd Grade have received a certificate of excellence for creating outstanding art in the Art4schools program. The artwork will be displayed at the office of Congresswoman, Anna Eshool.

 

Rengstorff Park

201 S. Rengstorff Ave.

4:00 - 8:00 pm

  • Costumes optional, but encouraged!

  • Photo-Op Stations

  • Giant Pumpkin Seed Hunt

  • Crafts & Games 4:00 to 6:15 p.m.

  • Outdoor Movie 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. featuring Hotel Transylvania

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

 

District News Oct 19, 2016

 

Earthquake Drill- week of Oct. 17

 

The District will be conducting its annual earthquake exercise sometime during the week of Oct. 17. This is an opportunity for staff and students to test our emergency response actions and make improvements.  This is also the week of the Great ShakeOut, which is a good time to go over your family's emergency procedures. We appreciate your support of these efforts to ensure our students’ safety.

MVWSD is looking for additional English Language Learners' parent representatives to the Specific Learner Needs Task Force.

This group works to research best practices and to increase quality of programs for special education and English language learners. The next meeting is today, October 19 from 6-8 pm at Theuerkauf MUR.

 

For more information, see https://www.mvwsd.org/committees/specific-learner-needs. Those interested should contact Heidi Smith, Director of Federal State and Strategic Programs, at hsmith@mvwsd.org.

Saturday with Superintendent Oct. 22

Please attend the next "Saturday with the Superintendent" with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Saturday, October 22 from 10 -11:30 a.m. at Panera on El Camino and El Monte (1035 El Monte Ave).

 

Bus Stop Update

To improve safety, the District has worked with community partners to identify a new, safer bus stop location near Castro and Mistral elementaries.

 

Effective Monday, Oct. 31, the Blue & Purple Routes bus stop location will be moved from Latham Street to California Street at the southeast corner of Escuela Ave. The new location is less congested and more visible, and is in a much wider loading zone and area. During the transition, we will also have an adult and signage at the former bus stop location to direct students to the new stop.

 

When you are driving in that area, please know California Street is not a divided highway, and therefore all traffic going both directions must stop when the bus is loading and unloading, according California’s vehicle code.

 

For questions, please contact James Bakos, Director, Maintenance, Operations, Transportation, at jbakos@mvwsd.org or 650-526-3587.

 

Community Resource Fair

Mountain View Parent U presents its Community Resource Fair on Thursday, Oct. 27 at Graham Middle School’s Multi-Use Room. Come anytime between 4 and 7 PM.

 

  • Open to all families and students of the district, and community members who are involved in the lives of our students.

  • Links families with community resources.

 

Scheduled to attend: Healthier Kids Foundation, MV Community Outreach, MV Teen Center, Project Sentinel, Uplift, SIREN, The Beat, YMCA, CHAC, CSA, PIQE, MVEF and many more!

 

Families with children are encouraged to attend together.

 

Provided:

 

  • Interpretation -- Spanish support provided by School and Community Engagement Facilitators.

  • Transportation -- Bus departs from Castro Elementary and Crittenden Middle Schools to Graham Middle School at 3:30 PM and returns at 7 PM.

 


Thursday October 13, 2016

Posted by baguirrecortez on October 13, 2016

“I’m a Mistral Quetzal...and I’m doing my part” coined by Allison H. 4th grader

Thanks thanks to everyone who worked to make our Walkathon a great success.  Your collaboration, team-work, yummy food and fun prizes inspired students to do their part for their school.  We have a fabulous parent community at Mistral and Castro schools.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being your child’s first teacher and for being top notch role models for the students across our campuses.

Recognizing Model Quetzales at Our Spirit Rally  

It is with great pleasure I present to you a few of our Model Quetzales.

 

Alan R.

Lily T.

Jonah S.

Max S.

Roshan B.

Evelin R.

Anissa I.

Troy R.

Olivia Z.

Gabriela A.

Cailean C

Thomas Z.

Max K.

Mariana G.

Roger H.

Isabel S.

Daisy C.

Camila F.

Roshni J.

Eric L.


PTA News Oct 12, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on October 11, 2016

Be part of the Day of the Dead celebration.

This is one of the most beloved events in our school,  and we need your help to make this year's event a success again.

We will celebrate Day of the Dead on Thursday, November 3rd, from 6pm to 8pm at the MUR.

Visit Konstella to explore volunteer options.

Two schools  — one heart

A huge thank you all, and the list is long. We could not have done it without everyone.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

  • Thank you parent (and grandparent) volunteers. It took an village and we did it!
  • Thank you sponsors
    • Super Tacos El Conrro, Nieves de Garrafa
    • Our refreshing lap fruit treats for our walkers were generously sponsored by our local markets: The Milk Pail Market on California Ave, Ava's Market on Castro St, Sprouts Farmer's Market on El Camino Road, Mi Pueblo on Rengstorff Ave, Whole Foods (Los Altos) Trader Joe’s (Mountain View),  Safeway (San Antonio) and Costco (Mountain View).
    • Prizes - LinkedIn (Grab bag), Target (Razor Scooter), MVPD (helmets), Walmart (Bike), Google (Camel Back Packs), and a Generous Parent (Skate board).
  • Thank you to the hard working student alumni. It’s such a treat to have you back!
  • Thank you to Principals Marcela and Terri, our beyond patient school administration, and our ever helpful custodial staff.
  • Thank you vice mayor Ken Rosenberg. A pleasure to have you back. We appreciate your taking the time to visit.
  • Thank you officer Taylor for your presence,  you are alway there for us.
  • And let’s not forget the memorable tacos, pupusas, crepes, baked goods and more! A special thank you to all the parents who donate, prepare and cook the delicious food we all look forward to.

Congratulations!

  • To the students for all the wonderful walking, smiles and cheers. YOU made it all worth it!
  • To the the to the winners of the lap 35 “Raffle on Wheels”.

Lost & Found bottles & T-Shirt Prizes

  • Go claim your water bottle. They are in office. It has your name on it :-)
  • Max lap T-shirt Prize will be distributed in November.

Wait — The Walkathon isn’t over.

On to Our Fundraising Goals

  • Keep getting sponsors and raising money until Friday, Oct 21.
    • Use your green sponsor sheet or raise money online using Walkstarter.
    • We want to raise $48K total.
      • That’s a goal of $125 per student. We can do it together!
  • Turn in Money beginning Monday 10/10
    • You can start turning in money / Green Sponsor sheets into the office
    • walkstarter still taking contributions
      • do not include your walkstarter donations on the green form

Fundraising with the Walkathon

The Mistral PTA Walkathon is our school fundraiser and largest community event of the year! Students raise money for the school by collecting donations from family and friends. It is Mistral's only fundraising event of the year and we hope you will join us in supporting our amazing school!

All pledge donations raised through Mistral's Walkathon go directly towards student field trips, school library books, school gardens, teaching supplies, classroom enrichment programs and much more. Our goal is to raise $125 per student to assist the PTA's goal of improving every student's educational experience.


Community News Oct 12, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on October 11, 2016

October SELPA 1 CAC Coffee Talk

The October SELPA 1 CAC Coffee Talk will be Special Education 101 by Parents Helping Parents. We are having two sessions, one in Spanish on Tuesday, October 18 from 7-9 PM at Castro Elementary, and one in English on Wednesday, October 19 from 7-9 PM at Santa Rita Elementary in Los Altos. This training will offer a brief overview of the educational rights of parents when a child has a disability.  Topics will include general education supports, student study team meetings, Section 504, special education referral and assessment timeline, eligibility, and important key rights held by the parent and child.

Walk/Bike-to-School Day

FridayOctober 14th7:45-8:30am

Students who participate will receive a ticket and upon completion, be entered into a drawing for a sized-to-fit bicycle and helmet! Thank you! Let's all participate!

Earthquake Drill- week of Oct. 17

The District will be conducting its annual earthquake exercise sometime during the week of Oct. 17. This is an opportunity for staff and students to test our emergency response actions and make improvements.  This is also the week of the Great ShakeOut, which is a good time to go over your family's emergency procedures. We appreciate your support of these efforts to ensure our students’ safety.

Saturday with Superintendent Oct. 22

Please attend the next "Saturday with the Superintendent" with Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Saturday, October 22 from 10 -11:30 a.m. at Panera on El Camino and El Monte (1035 El Monte Ave).

Community Resource Fair

Mountain View Parent U presents its Community Resource Fair on Thursday, Oct. 27 at Graham Middle School’s Multi-Use Room. Come anytime between 4 and 7 PM.

  • Open to all families and students of the district, and community members who are involved in the lives of our students.
  • Links families with community resources.

Scheduled to attend: Healthier Kids Foundation, MV Community Outreach, MV Teen Center, Project Sentinel, Uplift, SIREN, The Beat, YMCA, CHAC, CSA, PIQE, MVEF and many more!

Families with children are encouraged to attend together.

Provided:

  • Interpretation -- Spanish support provided by School and Community Engagement Facilitators.
  • Transportation -- Bus departs from Castro Elementary and Crittenden Middle Schools to Graham Middle School at 3:30 PM and returns at 7 PM.

Parent’s 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.

MVWSD Goals

Specific Learner Needs Task Force

MVWSD is looking for additional English Language Learners' parent representatives to the Specific Learner Needs Task Force. This group works to research best practices and to increase quality of programs for special education and English language learners. The next meeting is October 19 from 6-8 pm at Theuerkauf MUR. For more information, see https://www.mvwsd.org/committees/specific-learner-needs. Those interested should contact Heidi Smith, Director of Federal State and Strategic Programs, at hsmith@mvwsd.org.

Fatherhood Changes Everything ...And We've Changed Fatherhood!

Whether you are Single, Married, Separated, Divorcing -- this seminar can teach you the winning skill set you need to be a truly great father!

  • Dates: Tuesdays, September 23 – December 9
  • Time: 7:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Location: 260 Escuela Ave, Mountain View (room attached to preschool behind the senior center)

Registration: (650) 967-4813

*Includes: dad, brother, grandfather, or any male caregiver in the child’s life

Visit us at: http://chacfrcs.weebly.com

For questions, please email FamilyResourceCenters@chacmv.org

 

Picture Make up day

Did you miss picture day? You can still take it!
Picture Make up day:
November 10th 2016.
Location: MUR

Walden West LogWhat: Volunteer Cabin Leaders
When: Nov 1-4, 2016
Who: High School/College Students
How: send students to www.waldenwest.org/volunteerto apply
Why: Support the students at Mistral Elementary School

Volunteer cabin leaders are needed at Walden West the week of Nov 1-4, 2016 with Mistral Elementary School.

Walden West supports high school student’s academic engagement, builds their leadership skills and adds to their portfolios for future career/college. Students earn up to 100 hours of service learningserving as cabin leaders and enrich their current science knowledge in our field classes.Training and support is provided throughout the week.


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Posted by mdecarva on October 5, 2016

Monthly Quetzal Award and Spirit Rally Tomorrow!

8:30a.m. on the Blacktop

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Our Quetzal Spirit rally will held on the blacktop between room wings 4 & 8

We encourage students to wear their school spirit t-shirts or colors, school on assembly days.  We will be keeping track of grade level progress towards 100% school spirit participation.

  • Kinder through 4th Grade: 8:30 a.m. to 8:45a.m.

During the assembly, we will recite our school poem, review our school-wide expectations, recognize model quetzal students, and our mascot will lead us in fun flighty cheers.

Who can be a Model Quetzal? - Students who are observed living our school values may be given a Quetzal Award either in the classroom, library, school office or out on the playground.  Any school staff member may give this award. Students will place the Quetzal Award in a box located in the office. Every month students will be chosen at random from the box to be recognized as model Quetzales.

 Parents and family members are welcome to attend these assemblies. If your child receives an award this month, you will receive a phone call.  Please keep it a secret so your child is surprised!   We encourage parents to partner with us in this event each month by promoting it and by recognizing your child at home when they receive an award.

Model quetzal.jpgSchool Poem - Mi escuela Gabriela Mistral

Mi escuela Gabriela Mistral
Lugar seguro donde soy un Quetzal
Simbolo de luz, paz y libertad
Soy un Quetzal bondadoso y me gusta aprender, jugar y trabajar.
Mi escuela es Gabriela Mistral  
¡Tengo orgullo de ser un Quetzal!

Construction Update

Construction has begun on the site of Castro and Mistral Elementary schools. The District will be remodeling classrooms, as well as building new classrooms, a new library and a multi-use room. Construction fencing is up on the back of the site (near Toft & Latham).

What to expect this fall
In October, construction of temporary housing portables will begin. These portables will be located on the field side of the site and will house classrooms, education areas and offices.

What to expect this winter/spring

  • The removal of the existing portables and the demolition of the back wing of classrooms begins in January
  • Start of site utilities and grading for new Castro campus
  • Start of construction of new Castro buildings

You may notice

  • Construction noise, such as the reverse back-up beeping signal from trucks
  • Increased traffic
  • Increased vehicle parking in the area

Next Summer  Construction on Castro campus continues

  • Modernization of Mistral classrooms

We are grateful for your partnership as we continue to improve facilities for our children. Schedules are subject to change.

Updates: www.mvwsd.org/MeasureG

2016 0930 Castro Mistral Site Plan - with construction fence location phase 1 and 2 R1.pdf


PTA News Oct 05, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on October 5, 2016

The Walkathon Is FRIDAY:  We Need You

Volunteer

Have you volunteered yet for a role at WAT?  Now is the time to sign up. Find our Volunteer team on the black top or check the wall at the front of school or on Konstella for openings. Still Need 100+ Volunteers.  Know a Castro/Mistral student alumni who wants to help? Send them this link  https://www.konstella.com/cd/FJh65f

Support the Bake Sale

Prepare your bake sale TREATS. Need an idea of what to make? Kids (& Adults) like brownies, cookies, rice krispy treats, jello, flan, pudding, the list is endless….

  • Sized & packaged for individual sale.
  • Please label Nut-Free items for people with food allergies.
  • Bring to the MUR stage Friday morning

Requested Drinks by Grade

Please provide drink donations.  100% Juice ONLY -  NO capri sun–NO glass bottles.

  • Kinder - One 6-pack of bottled water
  • Grade 1- One 6-pack Apple Juice Box
  • Grade 2 - One 6-pack Grape / Apple-Grape Juice Box
  • Grade 3 - One 6-pack of bottled water
  • Grade 4 - No Drink donation necessary
  • Grade 5 – No Drink donation necessary

Bring your Food and Drink Donations to the MUR stage Friday Morning.

Pledge Forms & Walkstarter

Updates- Cash Card Fundraising Program

Please look for the Cash Card Table at WAT and enter Raffle to win free Cards.  
Next Order will be October 10th.
Many Thanks for your support!   
Jessica (jessicamillar777@yahoo.com)

Oct 10-14: No Afterschool Classes 

There are no Afterschool Classes Oct 10-14 because of Parent/Teacher conferences. This includes Art Club on Thursday.


Community News Oct 05, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on October 5, 2016

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When students miss too much school— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically.  Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent. Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade. By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.

Read About Robots!

An event for parents & kids to attend together
Special Guest:  Tim McCanna
When:  Oct 11th, 1-2 pm
Where:  Castro-Mistral Library

Walk/Bike-to-School Day

FridayOctober 14th7:45-8:30am

Students who participate will receive a ticket and upon completion, be entered into a drawing for a sized-to-fit bicycle and helmet! Thank you! Let's all participate!

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
  • Parcel Tax Oversight Committee for Measure C

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

Applications are due Oct. 21. Applications can be mailed to: Mountain View Whisman School District, Attn: Dr. Robert Clark, Associate Superintendent/Chief Business Officer, 750-A San Pierre Way, Mountain View, CA 94043 or faxed to 650-964-8907.

Applications available online at

Questions? Please call Dr. Robert Clark, Associate Superintendent/Chief Business Officer, at 650-526-3500.

CSMA presents your first Music in Action Concert for the ‘16-17 school year:  Eddie Madril

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Thursday, October 20, 2016
11:00am to 11:50am
Held in Castro’s Multi

Wearing traditional regalia, Eddie Madril uses American Indian sign language, singing and drumming to reveal the empowering and inspiring Native American heritage.  Eddie will perform popular and rare American Indian Dances, such as the Hoop Dance and the Grass Dance. During the performance, students will have a unique opportunity to participate.  As a member of the Pascua Yaqui tribe of Southern Arizona and Northern Sonora-Mexico, Eddie’s involvement and commitment to his native heritage allows him to share a wealth of information about American Indian dance, music, history, and culture.

Mistral's FALL FIELD DAY IS COMING

During MINIMUM DAYS (Conference Week).  For more information please see attached flyer:  Mistral Field Day 2016-1.docx

Parent’s 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.

Construction Update

Posted by kristenmcguire on October 4, 2016

Construction has begun on the site of Castro and Mistral Elementary schools. The District will be remodeling classrooms, as well as building new classrooms, a new library and a multi-use room. Construction fencing is up on the back of the site (near Toft & Latham).

What to expect this fall
In October, construction of temporary housing portables will begin. These portables will be located on the field side of the site and will house classrooms, education areas and offices.

What to expect this winter/spring

  • The removal of the existing portables and the demolition of the back wing of classrooms begins in January
  • Start of site utilities and grading for new Castro campus
  • Start of construction of new Castro buildings

You may notice

  • Construction noise, such as the reverse back-up beeping signal from trucks
  • Increased traffic
  • Increased vehicle parking in the area

Next Summer  Construction on Castro campus continues

  • Modernization of Mistral classrooms

We are grateful for your partnership as we continue to improve facilities for our children. Schedules are subject to change.

Updates: www.mvwsd.org/MeasureG

2016 0930 Castro Mistral Site Plan - with construction fence location phase 1 and 2 R1.pdf


Thursday, September 29, 2106

Posted by baguirrecortez on September 29, 2016

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Parent–teacher conferences are an important component of ongoing home–school communication and family involvement at our school. Years of research demonstrate that family involvement in education can lead to positive benefits for children.

 

The parent – teacher conference is an opportunity for parents to learn about your child’s progress in school and for teachers to gain insights into their students’ home and community lives. Parent perspectives on student strengths and needs, learning styles, and nonschool learning opportunities can help teachers shape their instructional methods.

 

The following tips are ways that you can make the most of your upcoming parent-teacher conferences so that everyone wins, especially your child.

 

Progress. Find out how your child is doing by asking questions like: Is my child performing at grade level? How is he or she doing compared to the rest of the class? What do you see as his or her strengths? How could he or she improve?

 

Your thoughts about your child. Be sure to share your thoughts and feelings about your child. Tell the teacher what you think your child is good at. Explain what he or she needs more help with.  Share how your child feels at school and in the classroom.

 

Support learning at school. Find out what programs are available at the school to help your child. Ask how your teacher and school will both challenge your child and support your child when he or she needs it.

 

Support learning at home. Ask what you can do at home to help your child learn. Ask if the teacher knows of other programs or services in the community that could also help your child.

 

Talk to your child. The parent–teacher conference is all about your child, so don’t forget to include him or her. Share with your child what you learned. Show him or her how you will help with learning at home. Ask for his or her suggestions.

 


 

Each classroom has an online parent-teacher conference schedule.  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).

 

This is an example of what your page will look like:

 

 


PTA News Sep 28, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on September 28, 2016

WAT 2016 Is Almost Here:

The Course
The construction fence is up and we've mapped out the new course.  Students will walk the perimeter of the fence with course monitors at every turn.  

Pledge Forms
Last week you got the Green Sponsor sheet. This is how students raise money for the event.  Tips: Ask neighbors, friends, and family, to make a flat rate

Sponsor Sheets and Money Due Friday, October 21

Goal: $125 per student

Lost the form already? Download online or pick one up in the office.
https://mistral.mvwsd.org/en/ support-us/walkathon/ participate/
https://mistral.mvwsd.org/es/ apoyanos/caminata/participar/

Walkstarter
Save time and raise money online via Walkstarter

Walkstarter is your online fundraising tool for the Walkathon. You can send your child's donation link to friends and family anywhere in the world and they can pay via credit card in a few seconds. It's that easy! It also saves a ton of time for everyone - no more hassle collecting checks and cash.

So what are you waiting for? Get started now by creating a donation page with your child here: mistral.walkstarter.org.

We've raised $1,495 so far on Walkstarter this year. Let's triple that number by Friday!

Reminder: Pledge money raised by Mistral students goes to Mistral

Look for the 'Walkathon success depends on you' sheet to come home with your child this week

Support the Bake Sale
Get your baking groove on and bring your baked goods to the MUR stage Oct 7 in the morning. Sized & packaged for individual sale.
Please label Nut-Free items for people with food allergies.

Requested Drinks by Grade
Please provide drink donations.  100% Juice ONLY -  NO capri sun–NO glass bottles.

  • Kinder- No Donation Necessary
  • Grade 1- Bake Sale Item
  • Grade 2 - One 6-pack Apple Juice Box
  • Grade 3 - One 6-pack Grape Juice Box
  • Grade 4 - One 6-pack of bottle water
  • Grade 5 – Bake Sale Item

Food Sales at the WAT will be hosted by Castro this year with proceeds going to the Castro PTA

Silent Auction
The Silent Auction, hosted by Mistral, is moving to December (details coming soon), proceeds going to the Mistral PTA

Volunteer
Have you volunteered yet for a role at WAT?  There are still plenty of opportunities available for all interests and schedules (before/during/after WAT) - check the wall at the front of school or Konstella for openings. Need 300+ Volunteers.

Know a Castro/Mistral student alumni who wants to help?

Send them this link https://www.konstella.com/cd/F Jh65f


Community News Sep 28, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on September 28, 2016

Fall Picture Day - CORRECTION BELOW

Thursday, Sept 29

CORRECTION - All students DO NOT get a free class picture.  Incorrect information sent via Konstella.  
Please read new message below.

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You can order additional photos by filling out the paper form or online through mylifetouch.com. Lifetouch Picture Day ID for Mistral is BY416864Q0

Turning the Tide: Reshaping the College Admissions Process

  • Speaker:  Lloyd Thacker
  • Thursday, September 29, 2016
  • 7:00-9:00pm
  • Mountain View High School Spartan Theatre
  • 3535 Truman Avenue, Mountain View

Lloyd Thacker will speak about his decades-long efforts to bring the college admissions process back into the hands of students and parents, and out of the control of college rankings, commercial guide-books, and expensive private consultants. As a collaborator on Turning the Tide (a Harvard School of Education project), he will also present a vision to promote ethical engagement among students, reduce excessive achievement pressure, and level the playing field for economically disadvantaged students.

Admission: FREE–Please reserve a seat: https://lloydthacker.eventbrite.com

Audience: Parents/guardians AND students, grades 8-12

Spanish/English Interpreters Needed for Parent Teacher Conferences

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. We need interpreters from October 10-14 from 12:30–3:30 pm. Apply through our website: mvwsd.org. Click the button on the right “Employment Opportunities>Support Staff.> Translator/Interpreter. Candidates are compensated for a 2 hour training prior to working.  Questions?  Contact Arline Siam at the District Office 650.526.3500 Ext 1028 or asiam@mvwsd.org.  Training will be the week of October 3.

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Regular school attendance is required by the state law, and is included in the District’s Local Control Accountability plan (LCAP). State law requires MVWSD to send a letter to parents after three unexcused absences and/ or tardies over 30 minutes.   Letters also inform parents of next steps and any resources or procedures in place to help their family get their child to school regularly. The state, county, and district are monitoring attendance, both excused and unexcused absences because the goal is for students to be in school as often as possible.  Our schools’ goals are a 97% attendance rate.  For more information, see https://mvwsd.org/district-info/student-services/attendance

CSMA presents your first Music in Action Concert for the ‘16-17 school year:  Eddie Madril

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Thursday, October 20, 2016
11:00am to 11:50am
Held in Castro’s Multi

Wearing traditional regalia, Eddie Madril uses American Indian sign language, singing and drumming to reveal the empowering and inspiring Native American heritage.  Eddie will perform popular and rare American Indian Dances, such as the Hoop Dance and the Grass Dance. During the performance, students will have a unique opportunity to participate.  As a member of the Pascua Yaqui tribe of Southern Arizona and Northern Sonora-Mexico, Eddie’s involvement and commitment to his native heritage allows him to share a wealth of information about American Indian dance, music, history, and culture.


PTA News Sep 21, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on September 21, 2016

What is all the Fuss about Cash/Gift Cards?

A Few Fun Facts

  1. It's simple- you purchase a Card (for example, Starbucks)  for its full value ($25).  Starbucks then donates a percentage to Mistral (7% or $1.75);

  2. shopwithscrip.com is the online program that powers this fundraising program;

  3. Mistral/Castro earns over $2,000 each school year through partnering with shopwithscrip.com;

  4. If you buy gas/groceries, go to the movies, eat out, shop at places like Kohls, TJMaxx or Amazon, have we got cards for you!

And consider how convenient it is to purchase these cards as gifts.  

  1. Scrip  is always adding new retailers, like Shutterfly, American Airlines, Visa;

  2. I will be placing a Cash Card Order on the 10th of every month (complete with home delivery of cards).

The reason I can only accept checks or cash is so that Mistral earns more money by avoiding pesky credit/debit card fees;

  1. Want to double the fun? You can purchase a $25 or $100 Amazon card (Mistral receives $1 or $4).

Once you redeem it at Amazon.com and click on http://tinyurl.com/AmazonMistral, Mistral will receive up to 15% of any purchase you make.

  1. In  the alternative, you can ORDER or RELOAD many existing cards online, using your checking account.

Under the Dashboard section of  shopwithscrip.com, click on the PrestoPay link.

    1. Enter your bank account information.

    2. Within 2-3 business days, Scrip will deposit two small amounts in your bank account from Great Lakes Scrip Center. Record those amounts when you see them.

    3. Sign onto www.shopwithscrip.com, enter these amounts in your PrestoPay registration to verify the account, and choose a PIN number.

    4. Once you complete the verification, you will see the approval code on that page. Provide that to your organization coordinator (Jessica Millar Peterson) for approval

    5. Mistral's Enrollment Code is FEAB73C814578

9. Please find an Order Form, which may be eMailed to me or placed in the PTA Box's Cash Card Folder.

Checks can be made out to 'Gabriela Mistral PTA'.

I will be placing our school's next order on OCTOBER 10th.

Many Thanks for your support!
Jessica (Zach's Mom, jessicamillar777@yahoo.com)

Walking Together is Fun – Walkathon October 7

Permission Form

If you haven’t already, please turn in permission forms NOW.

T-Shirt $ Donation

Thank you! We reached our T-shirt donation goal!

Pledge Forms

Look for the Green Pledge form coming Friday.

Walkstarter

Mistral’s online donation tool is live. Details will be emailed. https://mistral.walkstarter.org

Volunteer

Look for the signup sheet on the wall at the front of school or take a moment and TIMES SLOTS HAVE CHANGED Check on Konstella or con Maria Rangel for details.

PTA General Meeting

When:Wed, Sep 28 6:00pm-7:30pm
Where:Gabriela Mistral Elementary MUR

Join us for our first general PTA meeting of the year!

Special Guest: MVPD Police Officers to talk about bike safety.

Childcare will be provided.


Community News Sept. 21, 2016

Posted by baguirrecortez on September 21, 2016

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We don’t want your child to fall behind in school and get discouraged.  Please ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time.   Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:

  • Make sure your children keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Ensure your children go to school every day unless they are truly sick
  • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.
  • Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about going to school.
  • Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up.  Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your child to school.

Short Term Independent Study Program Contracts

Independent study is not considered excused or unexcused. It is an attendance in and of itself. Parents must put the request into the school secretary directly (not the teacher) at least two weeks in advance. The contracts are a minimum of 5 consecutive school days and a maximum of 15 consecutive school days. If a student is not granted the contract and the family decides to have the student be absent during the time, those absences will be considered unexcused and a truancy letter will be generate. If you are granted the contract and come back early, the contract will be nulled and the days would be unexcused.

Special Meeting for all Parents of English Learners grades 1st - 5th

You will have two options, please choose one to attend.

When: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.

        Wednesday, September 28, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Location: MUR

Kiwanis Club of Mountain View Child Spree

We want to express our appreciation to the Kiwanis Club for sponsoring a drawing! 15 lucky Gabriela Mistral students won a shopping spree to Kohl’s, and last Saturday received a complete new wardrobe. Students already have been showing off their new clothes with pride. Thank you, Kiwanis!

Mountain View Whisman School District Preschool Enrollment

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The Mountain View Whisman School District offers FREE, half-day preschool classes for families of all income levels.

Apply Now…

Our program has expanded this year and limited spaces are still available for Head Start & State Preschool eligible families.

Applications and information are available at the Preschool Office:
Castro School (Rm. 36)
505 Escuela Avenue  - Mountain View 94040
(650) 526-3500 ext. 1844
Open Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. to 12:00p.m. and 1:00p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Family Size

State Preschool Maximum, Gross Income

3

$4,045.70/month

4

$4,494.20/month

5

$5,214.10/month

Waiver now available for military families to exclude BAH from gross income calculation when determining eligibility.

Families receiving CalWorks cash-aid, children in foster care, children with IEP’s and families in temporary or unstable housing may automatically be eligible for State Preschool or Head Start funded sessions regardless of family income.  Visit our office today to see if you qualify!

Puberty for Students with Challenges, SELPA1CAC Coffee Talk

Dr Jacob Towery will be discussing adolescents with challenges entering puberty, issues parents should be aware of, and common psychiatric medications and their effects on teenagers. There will be ample time for questions and answers.

When: September 21, 2016 7-9 PM

Where: Santa Rita Elementary
700 Los Altos Avenue, Los Altos

(NEW LOCATION!)

Mistral Elementary 2016 Chorus

2nd - 5th grade
WEDNESDAYS
3:15 - 4:15pm
Music Teacher : CSMA Teacher
Room # : Multi
Class is held on Wednesdays, from October 5 to May 10.

Fall Picture Day

Thursday, September 29th

All individual and classroom group pictures will be taken during school hours

Turning the Tide: Reshaping the College Admissions Process

  • Speaker:  Lloyd Thacker
  • Thursday, September 29, 2016
  • 7:00-9:00pm
  • Mountain View High School Spartan Theatre
  • 3535 Truman Avenue, Mountain View

Lloyd Thacker will speak about his decades-long efforts to bring the college admissions process back into the hands of students and parents, and out of the control of college rankings, commercial guide-books, and expensive private consultants. As a collaborator on Turning the Tide (a Harvard School of Education project), he will also present a vision to promote ethical engagement among students, reduce excessive achievement pressure, and level the playing field for economically disadvantaged students.

Admission: FREE–Please reserve a seat: https://lloydthacker.eventbrite.com

Audience: Parents/guardians AND students, grades 8-12

CHAC is offering several classes for parents in Spanish (click here for fliers)

 


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Posted by baguirrecortez on September 21, 2016

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Beep, beep, beep, beep...here comes the construction crew!

Fabulous news!  Phase 1 construction plans are underway and on-schedule.  The first big event is the installation of the temporary fencing scheduled to be installed this Friday, Sep 23.  Dryco, the company that will do first stage work for our temporary campus, will begin at 7am to ideally minimize interaction with the students.

 

Here are some points that I think parents should know about:

  1. Dryco employees working on site are fingerprinted

  2. Dryco employees wear blue work uniforms, color vests, hardhats and general safety gear

  3. The Dryco crew will remain within the designated work area marked by cones, safety tape or fencing.

  4. Dryco company provides their crew with the appropriate equipment so they are self-sufficient - they will not need to use any of the school facilities such as restrooms, sinks, fountains.

  5. There will always be a clearly marked pathway and designated personnel to control construction traffic and maintain student safety during school hours.

  6. Curious children and adults may want to watch as work progresses and we must always keep a safe distance from the perimeter of the fencing line.  Anyone can view the work, but from far away and always with an adult.  Please don’t press your nose up against the fence.  


Please review any of the points above that you think are appropriate with your child.  On a daily basis reinforce and remind your child about safety as we move forward with school construction.  This is an exciting event.  Let’s all do our part to be positive and keep it safe out there!


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Posted by mdecarva on September 15, 2016

 

Congratulations!

The District will be recognizing our newly permanent (tenured) teachers at the Board of Trustees Meeting on September 15, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.  Join us in congratulating our new permanent teacher Sandra Sainz!

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HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture.  

Sept. 15 is the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.

In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week, observed during the week that included Sept. 15 and Sept. 16. In 1989, Congress expanded the observance to a month-long celebration (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) of the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

Hispanics have had a profound and positive influence on our country through their strong commitment to family, hard work, perseverance, and service. They have enhanced and shaped our national character with centuries-old traditions that reflect the multiethnic and multicultural customs of their community.

The term Hispanic or Latino, refers to Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race. On the 2015 Census form, people of Spanish, Hispanic and/or Latino origin could identify themselves as Mexican, Mexican American, Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or "another Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin."

According to this Census, 56.6 million people or 17.6% of the population are of Hispanic or Latino origin.  Making people of Hispanic origin the nation’s largest ethnic or racial minority.  The Hispanic population of California is the largest Hispanic population of any state with 15.2 million.  In the MVWSD, 39% of students enrolled are of Hispanic or Latino origin.  At Gabriela Mistral, 60% of the children enrolled are of Hispanic or Latino origin.  Isn’t that cool?!   Please share in this special annual tribute by learning and celebrating the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.

On October 6th, our school will partner and host a VERITAS employee club, HOLA (Hispanic Employee Resource Group) who will visit classrooms and lead an activity to highlight the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture.

http://www.census.gov/newsroom/facts-for-features/2016/cb16-ff16.html


PTA News Sep 14, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on September 13, 2016

Did you miss class posting?

You are in luck, the online donation form is still available until September 16th, make your yearly PTA and school supply donations online at: https://mistral.mvwsd.org/en/pta/donation/

Walkathon Update (WAT)

The Walkathon is coming on October 7th and so is the construction, but we have a plan!

Where are the students going to walk?

Our annual Walkathon normally takes place on the field. In preparation for the construction, fencing will be put up mid-September, which will block off part of the field. The WAT team, along with both PTAs and principals, have designed a plan for the students to walk a path that takes them around the fenced area. This will create a loop that is partially on the field and partially on the blacktop.

What else is new this year?

  • Two shirt marking stations at opposite ends of the course to provide extra supervision and validation for the longer distance.

Same as before…

  • Rainbow photo of combined schools
  • T-Shirts for all, each school will have their logo on front                     
  • (Colors remain the same by grade level)
  • Lap markers & lap prizes
  • A T-Shirt prize- if student walks the Maximum Laps
  • Food tables open an extra hour after walking (5pm-6pm)
  • And all the other great things we remember!

Silent Auction Update

To give the Silent Auction enough space and development time, it will be at held at a later date. Details to come.

What do we do next?

  • Turn in your child’s Pink/Salmon/Orange colored permission form
  • T-Shirt Donation<
    • We ask each family for a $10 donation to cover this cost. While many families made the donation at Class Posting (Thank You!) we are still short almost $1000!  Please make your donation in the Mistral  School Office TODAY.
    • Consider sponsoring another child for $10
  • Volunteer!  Sign-up sheets are posted around campus, Konstella & in the office
  • Read the sidewalk signs, banners or the newsletter for what’s coming up

If you have any questions, please direct them to the WAT Chairs:
Agnès Charrel-Berthillier, agnes@charrel.net  (650) 224-3606 (Mistral)
Trish Gilbert, trish.gilbert@yahoo.com (650) 814-4585 (Mistral)


Community News Sep 14, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on September 13, 2016

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We don’t want your child to fall behind in school and get discouraged.  Please ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time.   Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:

  • Make sure your children keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Ensure your children go to school every day unless they are truly sick
  • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.
  • Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about going to school.
  • Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up.  Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your child to school.

Short Term Independent Study Program Contracts

Independent study is not considered excused or unexcused. It is an attendance in and of itself. Parents must put the request into the school secretary directly (not the teacher) at least two weeks in advance. The contracts are a minimum of 5 consecutive school days and a maximum of 15 consecutive school days. If a student is not granted the contract and the family decides to have the student be absent during the time, those absences will be considered unexcused and a truancy letter will be generate. If you are granted the contract and come back early, the contract will be nulled and the days would be unexcused.

Mountain View Whisman School District Preschool Enrollment

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The Mountain View Whisman School District offers FREE, half-day preschool classes for families of all income levels.

Apply Now…

Our program has expanded this year and limited spaces are still available for Head Start & State Preschool eligible families.

Applications and information are available at the Preschool Office:

Castro School (Rm. 36)
505 Escuela Avenue  - Mountain View 94040
(650) 526-3500 ext. 1844
Open Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. to 12:00p.m. and 1:00p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Family Size

State Preschool Maximum, Gross Income

3

$4,045.70/month

4

$4,494.20/month

5

$5,214.10/month

 

Waiver now available for military families to exclude BAH from gross income calculation when determining eligibility.

Families receiving CalWorks cash-aid, children in foster care, children with IEP’s and families in temporary or unstable housing may automatically be eligible for State Preschool or Head Start funded sessions regardless of family income.  Visit our office today to see if you qualify!

  

Puberty for Students with Challenges, SELPA1CAC Coffee Talk

Dr Jacob Towery will be discussing adolescents with challenges entering puberty, issues parents should be aware of, and common psychiatric medications and their effects on teenagers. There will be ample time for questions and answers.

When: September 21, 2016 7-9 PM

Where: Santa Rita Elementary
700 Los Altos Avenue, Los Altos

(NEW LOCATION!)

Mistral Elementary 2016 Chorus

2nd - 5th grade
WEDNESDAYS
3:15 - 4:15pm
Music Teacher : CSMA Teacher
Room # : Multi
Class is held on Wednesdays, from October 5 to May 10.

Discover the Materials of Artists!

Join us for a 12 week fall art club session where we will Discover the Materials of Artists. Students will explore a range of artistic materials and mediums with support and instruction from CSMA faculty. We will create unique works of art with materials such as paint, oil pastels, clay, and cut paper. Teachers develop a new curriculum with each new session..

  • Castro/Mistral School (Grades K)
  • Thursdays, Sept. 15 – Dec.15
  • (No class on Oct. 13 & Nov. 24)
  • TIME: 12:45 – 1:45pm
  • ROOM: 22
  • INSTRUCTOR: Adreena Coleman
  • COURSE NUMBER: 70212
  • TUITION: $180 / 12 weeks
  • Register online at arts4all.org

Lunch Application

If you have not done so already, please apply for the free and reduced lunch program by September 19, 2016 to avoid getting charged full meal price. Come by the office should you need assistance or have questions. Website: ezmealapp.com  

FREE WORKSHOP: Raising Resilient Children  

TUESDAY, SEP. 20 6:30 P.M.
GRAHAM MIDDLE MUR  

Presenter: Dr. Robert Brooks, a psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. He is author and co-author of 15 books  

Topics:  

* Help children and adolescents to deal more effectively with stress and become resilient.  
* Use empathy in understanding and responding to children.
* Develop specific strategies for nurturing self-discipline, responsibility, caring, hope, and resilience.   

PROVIDED:  

  • translation
  • refreshments  
  • child care
  • transportation. A bus will depart from Castro Elementary at 6:00 p.m. for Graham and return after the event.

RSVP AT MVWSD.ORG/PARENTU. Pre registered families will be entered in a raffle for a family dinner night at a Mountain View restaurant.

Mountain View Parent U is a series of District-offered parent workshops designed to address interests, issues or concerns of parents with children of all ages, backgrounds and educational status. Join us for *free* parenting workshops taught by professionals. Meet with and be supported by other parents.

Fall Picture Day

Thursday, September 29th

All individual and classroom group pictures will be taken during school hours

Turning the Tide: Reshaping the College Admissions Process

  • Speaker:  Lloyd Thacker
  • Thursday, September 29, 2016
  • 7:00-9:00pm
  • Mountain View High School Spartan Theatre
  • 3535 Truman Avenue, Mountain View

Lloyd Thacker will speak about his decades-long efforts to bring the college admissions process back into the hands of students and parents, and out of the control of college rankings, commercial guide-books, and expensive private consultants. As a collaborator on Turning the Tide (a Harvard School of Education project), he will also present a vision to promote ethical engagement among students, reduce excessive achievement pressure, and level the playing field for economically disadvantaged students.

Admission: FREE–Please reserve a seat: https://lloydthacker.eventbrite.com

Audience: Parents/guardians AND students, grades 8-12


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Posted by mdecarva on September 8, 2016

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Lots of Quetzal Pride & Spirit!

It is great to walk around campus and see so many students full of school pride and spirit!  Students are picking up trash, returning forgotten items to the Lost and Found, and respecting quiet zones throughout the day.  As I walk through classrooms I see evidence of respectful and collaborative group work and students focussed on learning.  School has only been in session for 18 days and kids are knocking my socks off with their daily demonstrations of school pride and spirit.  Keep up the great work!


Don’t Forget Principal Homework

Due, Friday, September 9th

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The assignment: Think of school situations or examples of behaviors related to our four school norms.  Students should brainstorm examples of positive behaviors that encourage and support learning at our school.   

  • Being Safe
  • Showing Respect
  • Making Good Decisions
  • Being Community-minded

Please help your child learn what "being safe" or “showing respect” might look and sound like in the classroom.  For example, listening to a classmate during a pair-share, following directions, and being friendly are good examples of showing both the teacher and classmates respect.  “Making a good decision” is when students walk to line up instead of run, share with friends, or take turns when working in a collaborative team.  Evidence of being “community-minded” in the classroom might be when a student notices that a friend is struggling on a task, and they offer help, or by seeking new friends when playing outside or working in a collaborative team.  

Make sure to come by the office to drop off the special “principal homework” assignment.  Please include the student's name, grade level, and list one example per note card.  We will use the note cards to build an authentic, student-authored school display for all to read!  Only examples that are phrased using positive language will be used on our school display.  For example, “Shows compassion” instead of “Don’t be mean” or “Peaceful hands and feet” versus “Don’t hit or kick.”


PTA News Sep 07, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on September 7, 2016

Konstella Tips & Training for Parents and Parent Leaders

Not feeling comfortable with Konstella and want to learn more?

Join me and see how to:

  • Start a Discussion in school
  • Make an Announcement to your classroom
  • Contact your Room Parent
  • Sign up for something
  • Sync your calendar
  • Send Private Message to a parent
  • Look someone up in the Directory

Just for Room Parents & Parent Leaders

  • Create an Event
  • Manage a Committee

When:  5:45pm Thursday 9/8
Where:  TBD 

Contact me directly If these times are not convenient and we can work something out.

To get better hands on experience, download the Konstella app to your smart phone before you come.  (New this year: If the language on your smart phone is set to Spanish, the navigation buttons on Konstella app will also be in Spanish)

Kristen Bailey

Mistral's Lunch on Lawn every Thurs.

Every Thursday 12:30 pm, weather permitting

Meet at the grassy knoll by the orange playground in the back

Please bring your picnic blankets, lunch and snacks.  Join other families for "Lunch on the Lawn".

This is a great opportunity to enjoy the sunshine, reconnect with familiar faces and meet new families.   See you Thursday!

Mistral Family Camping Trip

Please sign up to attend the Mistral Family Camping Trip.
When:  Friday, Sep 16
Where:  Mt. Madonna County Park
Payment of $15 due to Doug Williams by Sept. 12 to reserve spot.
Paypal to  https://paypal.me/douglaswilliams/15 or Paypal to my email address: dou9.williams@gmail.com(that's a #9, not a g).

Did you miss class posting?

You are in luck, the online donation form is still available until September 16th, make your yearly PTA and school supply donations online at: https://mistral.mvwsd.org/en/pta/donation/

Volunteer Sign-Ups for 2016-17!

Thanks to all of those who have signed up for volunteer roles for PTA-sponsored events and activities!

We still have over 80 open spots available, so please take a moment to see if there's something here that will work with your schedule and availability.

We especially need people over the  next few months to:

  • Be monthly readers for Project Cornerstone (especially in Spanish!)
  • Stand in line to reserve our ice skating party date (line ups begin on Monday, September 12)
  • To help organize our Dia de los Muertos celebration in early November

Just a word on volunteering at Mistral.

We are fortunate to have a very engaged parent (and grandparent!) community. All of us parents are working outside and inside the home, so we really do appreciate whatever support you and your family are able to give.

If each family signs up for a Walkathon role and picks up another role during the year, such as supporting a PTA event/activity or volunteering in the classroom, it generates huge positive impacts for our kids and brings our community closer together.

Get started now!

  • Talk to your child's room parent or teacher to volunteer in the classroom
  • Sign up for a Walkathon role (scheduled for October 7, 2-6 pm)
  • Sign up for a PTA-sponsored event or activity

Questions? Contact Sarah Livnat, Joey Mercer, or Sara Kopit-Olson.


Community News Sep 07, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on September 7, 2016

Improvement Proposed:  Escuela to accommodate Bikes & Pedestrians between California & Latham

When:  Sep 8 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Where:  Senior Center 266 Escuela Ave.

The proposed project, funded by Anton Development Company, will install pedestrian and bicycle facilities on Escuela Avenue, between California Street and Latham Street.

The project proposes the installation of crosswalks and intersection improvements on Escuela Avenue at Latham Street, Gamel Way, and Mount Vernon Court.

Also proposed are bicycle lanes on both sides of Escuela Avenue, with the removal of parking on the east side of Escuela. The public will have an opportunity to provide comments regarding the proposed project.

If you are unable to attend and have questions, please contact Joseph Cervantes, Senior Civil Engineer, at joseph.cervantes@mountainview.gov or by calling (650) 903-6311.

LUNCH APPLICATIONS Reminder:

If you have not done so already, please apply for the free and reduced lunch program by September 19, 2016 to avoid getting charged full meal price. Come by the office should you need assistance or have questions. Website: ezmealapp.com

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Open House

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, September 13th
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

Puberty for Students with Challenges, SELPA1CAC Coffee Talk

Dr Jacob Towery will be discussing adolescents with challenges entering puberty, issues parents should be aware of, and common psychiatric medications and their effects on teenagers. There will be ample time for questions and answers.

When: September 21, 2016 7-9 PM
Where: Santa Rita Elementary
700 Los Altos Avenue, Los Altos
(NEW LOCATION!)

Mistral Elementary 2016 Chorus

2nd - 5th grade
WEDNESDAYS  3:15 - 4:15pm in MUR
Music Teacher : CSMA Teacher
Class is held on Wednesdays, from October 5 to May 10.
Register at: http://www.arts4all.org/register/mistral/

Discover the Materials of Artists!

Join us for a 12 week fall art club session where we will Discover the Materials of Artists. Students will explore a range of artistic materials and mediums with support and instruction from CSMA faculty. We will create unique works of art with materials such as paint, oil pastels, clay, and cut paper. Teachers develop a new curriculum with each new session..

  • Castro/Mistral School (Grades K)
  • Thursdays, Sept. 15 – Dec.15
  • (No class on Oct. 13 & Nov. 24)
  • TIME: 12:45 – 1:45pm
  • ROOM: 22
  • INSTRUCTOR: Adreena Coleman
  • COURSE NUMBER: 70212
  • TUITION: $180 / 12 weeks
  • Register online at arts4all.org

FREE WORKSHOP: Raising Resilient Children  

TUESDAY, SEP. 20 6:30 P.M.
GRAHAM MIDDLE MUR  

Presenter: Dr. Robert Brooks, a psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. He is author and co-author of 15 books  

Topics:  

* Help children and adolescents to deal more effectively with stress and become resilient.  
* Use empathy in understanding and responding to children.
* Develop specific strategies for nurturing self-discipline, responsibility, caring, hope, and resilience.   

PROVIDED:  

  • translation
  • refreshments  
  • child care
  • transportation. A bus will depart from Castro Elementary at 6:00 p.m. for Graham and return after the event.

RSVP AT MVWSD.ORG/PARENTU. Pre registered families will be entered in a raffle for a family dinner night at a Mountain View restaurant.

Mountain View Parent U is a series of District-offered parent workshops designed to address interests, issues or concerns of parents with children of all ages, backgrounds and educational status. Join us for *free* parenting workshops taught by professionals. Meet with and be supported by other parents.

Turning the Tide: Reshaping the College Admissions Process

  • Speaker:  Lloyd Thacker
  • Thursday, September 29, 2016
  • 7:00-9:00pm
  • Mountain View High School Spartan Theatre
  • 3535 Truman Avenue, Mountain View

Lloyd Thacker will speak about his decades-long efforts to bring the college admissions process back into the hands of students and parents, and out of the control of college rankings, commercial guide-books, and expensive private consultants. As a collaborator on Turning the Tide (a Harvard School of Education project), he will also present a vision to promote ethical engagement among students, reduce excessive achievement pressure, and level the playing field for economically disadvantaged students.

Admission: FREE–Please reserve a seat: https://lloydthacker.eventbrite.com

Audience: Parents/guardians AND students, grades 8-12

Lloyd Thacker

Lloyd Thacker
Turning the Tide: Reshaping the College Admissions Process
September 29, 2016 at 7pm, MVHS Spartan Theatre

Susan Stiffelman
Parenting with Presence: Raising Confident and Caring Kids
October 18, 2016 at 7pm, LAHS Eagle Theater

Barbara Bradley Hagerty
Life Reimagined: Redrawing the Map for our Health, Relationships, and Future
November 9, 2016 at 7pm, LAHS Eagle Theater

Screenagers Film Showing
Growing Up in the Digital Age
January 31, 2017 at 5:30pm and 7:30pm, MVHS Spartan Theatre

Victoria Dunckley
Reset Your Child’s Brain: Reversing the Effects of Electronic Screen-Time
February 7, 2017 at 7pm, MVHS Spartan Theatre

William Deresiewicz
Excellent Sheep: Reframing College as a Time for Self-Discovery
April 4, 2017 at 7pm, LAHS Eagle Theater

Peggy Orenstein
Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape
April 27, 2017 at 7pm, LAHS Eagle Theater


Learn more. Visit: http://mvlaspeakerseries.org


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Posted by mdecarva on August 31, 2016

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A Model Quetzal

School Values, Norms and Behavior Expectations

At Gabriela Mistral School, we all believe:

  • Every child and adult expects to be treated with respect and fairness at all times.
  • We expect children to feel safe, comfortable, relaxed and happy, as they work, play, and learn.
  • We expect all of the children at Mistral to take care of our school, and to take an active part in making it better.

As parents you can support our work at school by talking to your children about what it looks like and sounds like when they demonstrate:

  • Being Safe
  • Showing Respect
  • Making Good Decisions
  • Being Community-minded

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Principal Homework - Due, Friday, September 9th

Your family homework is to think of school situations related to these four norms so students can start reflecting on positive behaviors that encourage and support learning at our school.  Please help your child learn what “showing respect” looks and sounds like in the classroom.  For example, listening to a classmate during a pair-share, following directions, and being friendly are good examples of showing both the teacher and classmates respect.  “Make a good decision” is when students walk to the line, share with friends, or take turns when working in a collaborative team.  Evidence of being “community-minded” in the classroom when you notice a friend is struggling and you offer to help.  

Next week, we will place a box in the office where children can drop off their special “principal homework” assignment.  Make sure your child writes their name and grade level when they turn in this special homework.  One example per note card please.  We will use these note cards to build an authentic, student-authored school display for all to read!  Only examples that are phrased using positive language will be used on our school display.  For example:  “Shows compassion” instead of “Don’t be mean” or “Peaceful hands and feet” versus “Don’t hit or kick.”

School-wide Campaigns - Another Way to Show You Are a Model Quetzal

Lost & Found - Help a Forgetful Friend Campaign

A super way kids can demonstrate they are Model Quetzales is by participating in our Help a Forgetful Friend Campaign.  
1. Bring It - Bring found things to lost and found.
2. Check Around - Check the lost and found for your missing things.
3. Label It, Read It, Return It - Label your stuff with your name so it can be identified as yours. If you find something that belongs to a friend return it to them before placing it in the lost and found.
4. Oops! My Bad - Did you take something home by accident? Bring it back and place in lost and found.
5.  Kind Reminders - Student-made signage around campus so the community, older children, and all students understand that “lost” things go to the “lost & found” - Please don’t take an item that was left on the ground/hanging up/left unattended home.

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Clean Campus Campaign

As part of a joint school effort to keep our school campus clean and demonstrate our school pride, all grade level classes at Mistral and Castro will 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. The school provides disposable plastic gloves for kids to use. Each grade has been assigned a week.  This week our 3rd graders have been working together to keep our campus looking its best.  Make sure you let them know they are doing great work and how important it is to take care of the environment.

Any student who is passionate about keeping our school neat and tidy, even on a week that hasn’t been assigned to their grade level, can come to the office and ask for supplies to collect trash.  Students who are caught contributing to our school-wide clean campus campaign on a regular basis will surely be candidates for a Quetzal Award.

Quetzal 1.jpg  Monthly Quetzal Award and Spirit Rallies

Quetzal Spirit rallies are held in the MUR on the first Thursday of every month:

  • Kinder and 1st Grades: 8:40 a.m.
  • 2nd and 3rd Grades: 9:15 a.m.
  • 4th and 5th Grades: 9:50 a.m.

The purpose of these rallies are to build school pride, communicate school-wide expectations, and create a culture of celebration.  In addition, they are an opportunity to recognize our students for their successes and effort.

During these assemblies, we will recite our school poem, review our school-wide expectations, recognize model Quetzales, and our flock of Quetzales will lead us in fun flighty cheers.

How to be a Model Quetzal? - Students who are observed living our school values may be given a Quetzal Award either in the classroom, library, school office or out on the playground.  Any school staff member may give this award. Students will place the Quetzal Award in a box located in the office. Every month students will be chosen at random from the box to be recognized as model Quetzales.

We encourage students to wear their school spirit t-shirts or colors, school on assembly days.  We will be keeping track of grade level progress towards 100% school spirit participation.

Parents and family members are welcome to attend these assemblies. If your child receives an award for that month, you will receive a notice about it prior to the assembly. We encourage parents to partner with us in this event each month by promoting it and by recognizing your child at home when they receive an award.

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School Poem
Mi escuela Gabriela Mistral
Lugar seguro donde soy un Quetzal
Símbolo de luz, paz y libertad
Soy un Quetzal bondadoso y me gusta aprender, jugar y trabajar.
Mi escuela es Gabriela Mistral  
¡Tengo orgullo de ser un Quetzal!

My School Gabriela Mistral
A safe place where I am a Quetzal
Symbol of light, peace and freedom
I am a kind Quetzal who likes to learn, play and work hard.
My school is Gabriela Mistral  
I am proud to be a Quetzal!


 

images.jpgCoffee with the Principal

Friday, September 2nd
Teacher's Lounge
8:30am a 9:30am

I would like to invite you to join me at our first “Principal Coffee” of the school year.  It’s an opportunity for me to share our school’s latest news, collaboratively plan for upcoming events, and/or address questions or concerns you might have.  The meeting begins at 8:30 in the teacher’s lounge.  I look forward to seeing you there.


 

SSC and ELAC

School Site Council (SSC) and English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) meetings are next week on Thursday.  Parents you are welcome to attend these meetings.  Our SSC and ELAC meeting is scheduled for Thursday, 9/8, 4:00PM-5:30PM in room 5.  


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Why is it important that students are in school regularly? Research shows that school attendance is a strong indicator of success. It's about students learning what they need to know, belonging to the school community, and being part of the team that is preparing them with good habits for high school. For more information, seehttps://mvwsd.org/district-info/student-services/attendance


PTA News Aug 31, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on August 31, 2016

Moving your kids into Konstella classrooms

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

Online:

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

App (Spanish version available):

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

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

Did you miss class posting?

You are in luck, the online donation form is still available until September 16th, make your yearly PTA and school supply donations online at: https://mistral.mvwsd.org/en/pta/donation/

Volunteering is a great way for you to contribute to the school, make friends, and delight your kids

Choose a role that fits your schedule and interests. Many roles can be done from home

Questions? Contact Joey at joeymercer@gmail.com or Sarah at slivnat@gmail.com

Sign up on Konstella or on the wall across from the library

If you signed up for a role last year and it's not recorded, we apologize! The sign-up sheet got archived with last year's files and the sign-ups didn't get saved. Thanks for signing up again.

Project Cornerstone - We still need volunteers!

Please consider giving your time to Project Cornerstone - we still need volunteers! The program is in both Spanish and English for both Castro and Mistral. Readers for both languages are needed - all trainings and materials are in both languages.

Look at the list below - the follow readers are still needed to make sure that ALL classrooms are supported for Project Cornerstone. Just 2 hours a month to help keep our community strong, learning and growing together.

You can reply to me, sign up outside your class or show-up to the first meeting.

First PC training meeting is Thursday Sept 1 at 8:15am or 5:30pm (pick one).

Thank you! Dara Tynefield, Lynn Owano, Minka Van der Zwaag

Room 20-K
Spanish speaker

Room 1-1st
Spanish speaker

Room 2 - 1st
English Speaker
Spanish Speaker

Room 3 - 1st
English Speaker
Spanish Speaker

Room 9 - 2nd
Spanish Speaker

Room11- 2nd
Spanish Speaker

Room 10 - 3rd
Spanish Speaker
English Speaker

Room 5 - 3rd
Spanish Speaker

Room 6 - 3rd
Spanish Speaker 

Room 13 - 4th
Spanish Speaker

Room 14 - 4th
Spanish Speaker

Room 15 - 4th
Spanish Speaker
English Speaker

Room 16 - 4th
Spanish Speaker
English Speaker

Room 41 - 5th
English Speaker

Room 42 - 5th
Spanish Speaker
English Speaker

Mistral Family Camping Trip

Please sign up to attend the Mistral Family Camping Trip.
When:  Friday, Sep 16
Where:  Mt. Madonna County Park
Payment of $15 due to Doug Williams by Sept. 12 to reserve spot.
Paypal to  https://paypal.me/douglaswilliams/15 or Paypal to my email address: dou9.williams@gmail.com(that's a #9, not a g).

Hot topics on Konstella:

Join the discussion at:  https://www.konstella.com/ or get the mobile app in the ITunes store, or Google Play Store.


Community News Aug 31, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on August 31, 2016

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Open House

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, September 13th
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

Puberty for Students with Challenges, SELPA1CAC Coffee Talk

Dr Jacob Towery will be discussing adolescents with challenges entering puberty, issues parents should be aware of, and common psychiatric medications and their effects on teenagers. There will be ample time for questions and answers.

When: September 21, 2016 7-9 PM

Where: Santa Rita Elementary
700 Los Altos Avenue, Los Altos
(NEW LOCATION!)

Mistral Elementary 2016 Chorus

2nd - 5th grade
WEDNESDAYS
3:15 - 4:15pm
Music Teacher : CSMA Teacher
Room # : Multi
Class is held on Wednesdays, from October 5 to May 10.

Discover the Materials of Artists!

Join us for a 12 week fall art club session where we will Discover the Materials of Artists. Students will explore a range of artistic materials and mediums with support and instruction from CSMA faculty. We will create unique works of art with materials such as paint, oil pastels, clay, and cut paper. Teachers develop a new curriculum with each new session..

  • Castro/Mistral School (Grades K)
  • Thursdays, Sept. 15 – Dec.15
  • (No class on Oct. 13 & Nov. 24)
  • TIME: 12:45 – 1:45pm
  • ROOM: 22
  • INSTRUCTOR: Adreena Coleman
  • COURSE NUMBER: 70212
  • TUITION: $180 / 12 weeks
  • Register online at arts4all.org

Turning the Tide: Reshaping the College Admissions Process

  • Speaker:  Lloyd Thacker
  • Thursday, September 29, 2016
  • 7:00-9:00pm
  • Mountain View High School Spartan Theatre
  • 3535 Truman Avenue, Mountain View

Lloyd Thacker will speak about his decades-long efforts to bring the college admissions process back into the hands of students and parents, and out of the control of college rankings, commercial guide-books, and expensive private consultants. As a collaborator on Turning the Tide (a Harvard School of Education project), he will also present a vision to promote ethical engagement among students, reduce excessive achievement pressure, and level the playing field for economically disadvantaged students.

Admission: FREE–Please reserve a seat: https://lloydthacker.eventbrite.com

Audience: Parents/guardians AND students, grades 8-12

Lloyd Thacker
Turning the Tide: Reshaping the College Admissions Process
September 29, 2016 at 7pm, MVHS Spartan Theatre

Susan Stiffelman
Parenting with Presence: Raising Confident and Caring Kids
October 18, 2016 at 7pm, LAHS Eagle Theater

Barbara Bradley Hagerty
Life Reimagined: Redrawing the Map for our Health, Relationships, and Future
November 9, 2016 at 7pm, LAHS Eagle Theater

Screenagers Film Showing
Growing Up in the Digital Age
January 31, 2017 at 5:30pm and 7:30pm, MVHS Spartan Theatre

Victoria Dunckley
Reset Your Child’s Brain: Reversing the Effects of Electronic Screen-Time
February 7, 2017 at 7pm, MVHS Spartan Theatre

William Deresiewicz
Excellent Sheep: Reframing College as a Time for Self-Discovery
April 4, 2017 at 7pm, LAHS Eagle Theater

Peggy Orenstein
Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape
April 27, 2017 at 7pm, LAHS Eagle Theater

Learn more. Visit: http://mvlaspeakerseries.org


PTA News Aug 17, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on August 17, 2016

Moving your kids into Konstella classrooms

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

Online:

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

App (Spanish version available):

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

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


Community News Aug 17, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on August 17, 2016

Help MVEF Raise Money By Eating Dinner!

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

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

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

MVWSD Child Nutrician 2016‐17

If you are applying for free or reduced‐price meals, you will need to apply online for the National School Lunch Program. Please go to the following website to apply online today for the 2016‐17 MVWSD school year. Just as in the past, you will need to reapply annually. Check out the application at: www.EZMEALAPP.com

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


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Posted by mdecarva on August 17, 2016

A Great Quetzal Start!

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Dear Mistral Families,

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

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

Sincerely,
Marcela

Thank you Mistral PTA

Class Posting Huge Success

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

Back to School Night Almost Here!

Wednesday, August 24th - 5:30p.m. to 8:00p.m.
This is a minimum day for students -  K-5 dismissal 12:25p.m.

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

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

Back to School Night is very important night!


August 7, 2016

Posted by kristenmcguire on August 7, 2016

Dear Gabriela Mistral Parents,

Welcome to another year at Gabriela Mistral Elementary School!  The 2016-2017 school year is the second in our independent identity as a school for dual immersion and multi-cultural learning.  We look forward to continued growth and success over the coming year, and are excited to have you in the Mistral community!

Parent Participation and Involvement
The most important way to be involved with the school is to show an interest in your child’s education every day, by asking your child how their day went and what they’re studying.  Within the larger school community, we’re fortunate to have high levels of parent participation from many great parent leaders.  Our goal is to support and strengthen the entire Mistral community, which works best with the help of many, rather than the hard work of a few.  Every family should participate in a way that works for them, so please consider taking on a task for the Walk-a-thon (our biggest event), and signing up for another volunteer role during the year that fits with your schedule.  You can learn more about volunteer opportunities at Class Posting and under the PTA section of Mistral’s website (https://mistral.mvwsd.org/).  

Konstella, Our Communication Platform
After a successful adoption last year, Konstella continues serving as our communication platform.  It’s a helpful tool, providing an easy way to communicate among parents, track events at the school or in your classrooms, and organize and volunteer for upcoming events.  For more information, feel free to visit the Konstella table at Class Posting, and read the Konstella flyer in this packet on how to sign up for an account.

See you at Class Posting on Friday, August 12th from 3 to 6 PM.  You can skip the donation line by submitting your donation in advance and online, at https://mistral.mvwsd.org/en/pta/donation/.

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


June 1, 2016

Posted by mdecarva on June 1, 2016

Dear Mistral Families,

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

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

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

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

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

Have a wonderful summer!

Dra. Marcela


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5TH Grade Clap Out Line

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


 

Construction Update

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

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

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


 

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Organizing...Packing...Moving

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

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


PTA News June 01, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on June 1, 2016

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

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

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

Sign up now!

Sarah & Joey
(Outgoing & incoming PTA Presidents)

Enjoy your Summer!

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


Community News June 01, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on June 1, 2016

All Library Materials Are Now Due!

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

Thank you for supporting Castro & Mistral School Library!

Last Day to Check Lost and Found

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

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

Thank you for your collaboration!

Bullis Boosters Summer Bridge Camp

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

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

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

How to Enroll:
www.bullisboosterscamp.org

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

CHAC Classes in Spanish

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

At our CHAC Building

590 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA

We will help you with

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

Classes are in Spanish and free of charged.  

Classes for Children 6 to 10 years old

www.chacmv.org

Chacprogramalatino.blogspot.com

YMCA:  Come Play Together

Summer Hoops Basketball League El Camino YMCA

July 5 - August 12

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

Register:  Online or at El Camino YMCA by June 10

Financial assistance available

CSMA 2016 summer art & music camps

June 6–August 12

GRADES K-8 | FULL or HALF DAY

One week or two week sessions

register now! Arts4all.org


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on May 25, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


PTA News May 25, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on May 25, 2016

“People Safety” Workshop

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

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

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

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

Message about End of Year Collections and Appreciation Drawings and Letters

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

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

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

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

To make the submission process easier:

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

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

Talent Show

Rules

  • 2 minute maximum performance
  • Music with lyrics appropriate for school
  • Music submitted as mp3 to Jenna Adams jop4@yahoo.com (CD option also available)

STEP 1 AUDITIONS Thursday 19 May @ MUR after school

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

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

STEP 3 PERFORMANCES

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

QUESTIONS? PREGUNTAS? Jenna Adams jop4@yahoo.com 650 906 3647 se habla español

Maestra Kalin (room 14 / salón 14)

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

School Potluck

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

Community News May 25, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on May 25, 2016

Congratulations to our Reclassified Students

Every year the district acknowledges our English learners who have achieved Fluent English Proficiency (FEP) status.  Students reclassify from English Learners to FEP after showing high achievement levels on the CELDT (California English Language Development Test), performance in the classroom, district assessments, reading assessments, and teacher recommendation.  On May 25 the following students will be honored at the district’s Reclassification Ceremony:

1st Grade:

Ruby A.

Isabella M.

Ana N.

Antonio O.

Zoe P.

Chyna R.

Adah W.

Pamela Z.

2nd Grade:

Cindy C.

Diego H.

Roger H.

Natalie M.

Ariadna T.

Alexandra Z.

Nicolett Z.

3rd Grade:

Juli A.

Catalina C.

Guadalupe F.

Jazmine L.

Paulette O.

Jonas Z.

4th Grade:

Evelyn A.

Leonardo F.

America L.

Jacob P.

Azucena S.

Javier V.

5th Grade:

Alexander A.

Julian C.

Edwin C.

Magdalena C.

Andrea G.

Mauricio H.

Geovanny L.

Anthony M.

Cristian M.

Salma O.

Arleen O.

Michelle R.

CHAC Classes in Spanish

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

At our CHAC Building, 590 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA

We will help you with

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

Classes are in Spanish and free of charged.  

Classes for Children 6 to 10 years old

www.chacmv.org

Chacprogramalatino.blogspot.com

YMCA:  Come Play Together

Summer Hoops Basketball League El Camino YMCA

July 5 - August 12

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

Register:  Online or at El Camino YMCA by June 10

Financial assistance available

CSMA 2016 summer art & music camps

June 6–August 12

GRADES K-8 | FULL or HALF DAY

One week or two week sessions register now! Arts4all.org

Last Day to Check Lost and Found

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

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

Thank you for your collaboration!

All Library Materials Are Now Due!

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

Thank you for supporting Castro & Mistral School Library!


Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on May 18, 2016

images.png11 Days Until the Big Event!

The Fifth Grade promotion ceremony will take place on, Thursday, June 2nd at 3:00pm in the MUR.  Doors will open at 2:45pm for seating.  A letter will be sent home the week of May 16th detailing proper attire for the ceremony.  After the ceremony, there will be a brief reception in the MUR courtyard area.

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Achieve3000 School Scoreboard
Congratulations for Meeting the 40 Activity Goal!

Come on Quetzales...get excited about reading and showing off your comprehension skills by making it onto the scoreboard! Exceed the 40 activity goal.  I know you can do it!  

Principal's Message:

Marcela has been out sick the last couple of days, so we will have to do without a message from her this week.  

School Potluck

All potlucks start at 5 pm.

  • 5/19: 3rd and 5th
  • 5/23: 2nd and 4th
  • 5/26: kinder and 1st by room 21. Incoming kinder IN SEPARATE AREA by back playground.

Baile performing for all at 5:30


PTA News May 18, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on May 17, 2016

The 2016 Science Fair was a success!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Science Fair last Thursday! More than 88 exciting, original science projects by Mistral and Castro students were on display. 62 were presented to judges by 124 student scientists, who received green ribbons for their hard work, enthusiasm and practicing their scientific skills. I hope you learned as much as I did, and came away with ideas for more experiments work on. Way to go, everyone!

* Project boards that were left after the fair have been stacked on the left side of the stage next to the stairs. Please claim yours ASAP. I will recycle remaining boards after school on 5/20.*

We also received an enthusiastic response to our first-ever Engineering Challenge! More than 50 kids participated. We saw some great ideas, persistence, trouble-shooting and teamwork. We wish to give an honorable mention to the following teams who put in notable efforts:

Name(s)

Grade (s):

Tower height (inches):

 

Ailin*

K

75

 

Marisol*, Lucia*, Ana*

3

68.5

 

Ryan, Yoel

2,K

49

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Charlotte, Anissa

K

44

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Rachel, Greydis*

2,1

42

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Selva

2

31

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                   *not pictured

Science Fair thank-yous

Thank you to the many people who made the Science Fair possible:

  • Joey Mercer, who had the idea to include an engineering challenge and planned the activity, and who also served as our announcer for the evening.
  • Chris Cosner, who single-handedly managed the engineering challenge on Science Fair night.
  • Amy Adams and Bahareh Ajami, who along with Joey and me served as your scientist-judges in white lab coats.
  • Agnes Berthillier and Maria Dinard, who helped with setup and cleanup.
  • The Mistral teachers: Maestra Nerissa, who spearheaded this year’s new team formation strategy and registration process. All the teachers who encouraged kids to register, opened their classrooms after school for teams to work on their projects, and let us set up the fair in their rooms. Thanks also to the knowledgeable and efficient Mistral and Castro office staff for help with communications and lots of other things.

And most importantly, I wish to thank all you amazing parents who led the science projects--especially those who volunteered to accept additional students onto your teams. Thanks to you, we were able to achieve our goal that every Mistral student who wanted to participate had the opportunity. You were the real heroes of our Science Fair, and I hope you know what an amazing gift you have given to our Mistral kids.

Keep on exploring and tinkering!
Susanna Mlynarczyk-Evans
Mistral PTA STEM Committee & K/2 parent

Last Chance Spirit Wear Sale!

There is still time to buy some of our fabulous Mistral Spirit Wear!  Please stop by the grass area between the office and MUR on Thursday May 19 from 12:15-1:15 and Friday May 20th from 2:50-3:30.  We will take cash, checks and credit cards.

We have the items below left in stock.  We will also consider placing a final order before school is out if there is enough interest to get a minimum quantity.  If you can't make the above dates & times, send us an email and we will make arrangements to get items to you.  You may also email us before the sale to arrange for alternative pick ups or to reserve items before they sell out.

  • Baseball Hats $10 (28 red adult hats, 8 blue youth hats, 4 blue adult hats)
  • Ladies red short sleeve shirts $14 (4 XL, 3 XXL)
  • Jr./women gray full zip hoodies $25 (3 XS, 2 S, 1 M, 5 XL, 2 3XL) *these run small - XS & S sizes are great for 4th & 5th grade girls!
  • Stow & go totes - fold up bag w/carabiner (17 left) - $9
  • Blue full zip hoodies $34  (4 youth medium, 4 youth large, 3 youth XL, 3 adult M, 5 adult L, 1 adult XL)
  • Youth baseball jerseys $17 (1 youth large, 7 youth XL*) *youth XL is comparable to an adult XS
  • Full details and pictures can be viewed here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1us8lgg8VmQ4k07VsK3x4As_0Pi0eGYjqNNsmnGq0UgI/edit

Thank you for your support this year!
Leslie Micetich (Mom to Kalista 5th grade and exiting spirt wear lead)
April Murphy (Mom to Caleb 4th , Joshua 2nd & Maia TK and new spirit wear lead)

“People Safety” Workshop

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

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

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

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

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

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

To make the submission process easier:

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

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

Talent Show

Rules

  • 2 minute maximum performance
  • Music with lyrics appropriate for school
  • Music submitted as mp3 to Jenna Adams jop4@yahoo.com (CD option also available)

STEP 1 AUDITIONS Thursday 19 May @ MUR after school

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

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

STEP 3 PERFORMANCES

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

QUESTIONS? PREGUNTAS? Jenna Adams jop4@yahoo.com 650 906 3647 se habla español
Maestra Kalin (room 14 / salón 14)
Return this Form in Person Thursday 19 May after school @ MUR


Community News May 18, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on May 17, 2016

Spring Concert

Come see your child perform!

Kindergarten

Thurs. May 19 @ 8:45am

Directed by Mr. Richard Kuhns

First Grade

Fri. May 20 @ 8:45am

Directed by Mr. Richard Kuhns

Gala Concert for Strings

Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 5:30pm
Tateuchi Hall, Community School of Music and Arts at Finn Center
Featuring the Mistral Strings – Marguerite Jayasimha, String Instructor

Gala Concert for Band

Monday, May 23, 2016, 5:30pm
Tateuchi Hall, Community School of Music and Arts at Finn Center
Featuring the Mistral Band– Jonathan Seiberlich & Kathleen Shulenberger, Band Instructors

CHAC Classes in Spanish

Starting on Wednesday July 6th from 6:30pm-8:00pm and Saturday July 9th 2016 from 8:00am-9:30am
At our CHAC Building
590 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA

We will help you with

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

Classes are in Spanish and free of charged.
Classes for Children 6 to 10 years old
www.chacmv.org
Chacprogramalatino.blogspot.com

YMCA:  Come Play Together


Principal Message May 11, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on May 11, 2016

images.png16 Days Until the Big Event!

The Fifth Grade promotion ceremony will take place on, Thursday, June 2nd at 3:00pm in the MUR.  Doors will open at 2:45pm for seating.  A letter will be sent home the week of May 16th detailing proper attire for the ceremony.  After the ceremony, there will be a brief reception in the MUR courtyard area.

imgres-1.jpgWeekly Top Scorer for 5/02 - 5/06!

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Have you heard? Manuel B.our 4th grader, scored the most points during the week of May 2nd compared to all students at Gabriela Mistral Elementary School using Achieve3000 - KidBiz.  Manuelearning 50 bonus points and an achievement.  Manuel’s name will be posted to the school's Weekly Top Scorer scoreboard. Keep up the great work Manuel!  I can't wait to see who will be our next top scorer this week.

Achieve3000 School Scoreboard
Congratulations for Meeting the 40 Activity Goal!

Come on Quetzales...get excited about reading and showing off your comprehension skills by making it onto the scoreboard!  Exceed the 40 activity goal.  I know you can do it!  

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Check out who made it this week.  

Give them a high five when you see them around school.  

Let them know you are excited about their latest achievement.  

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Jazmine L.

3rd Grade

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Katelyn S.

4th Grade

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Melanie C.

5th Grade


PTA News May 11, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on May 11, 2016

Science Fair this Thursday!

Are you ready for the Science Fair? It’s this Thursday, May 12!

Students who did projects for the fair should bring their poster boards to the MUR at drop-off on Thursday morning. We already have the posters from students who participated in the Amigos program. We will set up all the projects in the MUR and surrounding classrooms in the afternoon. If your child wishes to do a demonstration at the fair, please bring additional materials with you in the evening.

The Science Fair will take place in the evening from 6-8pm:

  • 6:00-6:30 - social time, tacos for sale, MYSTERY engineering challenge in MUR
  • 6:30-7:00 - kinder & 1st grade present projects (Rooms 5 & 6)
  • 7:00-7:30 - 2nd & 3rd grades present projects (MUR)
  • 7:30-8:00 - 4th & 5th grades present projects (Rooms 13 & 14)

Please have your child stand by his/her project during the time listed above to present to a judge and receive a participation ribbon. Teams with members from multiple grades will present with the oldest grade.

The engineering challenge will remain open for the entire event, and all Mistral and Castro students are invited to participate.

We hope you will join our community for this fun celebration of science!

Attention 4th Grade Parents:

4th grade parents organize the Promotion Ceremony celebration for the 5th grade students and families. The Promotion Celebration Committee welcomes and invites you to pitch in to make this day fun and worry-free for our 5th grade families. Next year, it will be our children's turn!

We need your time helping with decorating the night before (June 1st) and setting up, serving, and cleaning up on the day of the Promotion (June 2nd). Please consider giving an hour or two to help with one of these tasks. Food donations are not necessary but are welcome. Please contact the following parents to sign up to help or to answer your questions: Irma Gomez, Randi Ross, or Maria Rangel. Thank you!

Announcing our first “Volunteer Sign-Up Week” for volunteer opportunities for the coming school year

Sign up or on the wall across from the library Or, come visit us on blacktop:

Coffee & bagels in the morning

Chips & salsa in the afternoon

Mistral Spirit Wear

We have two great opportunities for you to buy Mistral Spirit Wear before the school year ends.

1) Buy what we have left.  We have the following items:

  • baseball hats $10 (28 red hats, 8 blue youth hats, 7 blue adult hats)
  • ladies red short sleeve shirts $14 (1 small, 1 medium, 4 XL, 3 XXL)
  • jr./women gray hoodies $25 (3 XS, 2 S, 1 M, 5 XL, 2 3XL)
  • 2 canvas bags - $13
  • 17 stow and go totes (fold up bag w/carabeener) - $9
  • Blue full zip hoodies $34  (4 youth medium, 4 youth large, 3 youth XL, 3 adult M, 5 adult L, 1 adult XL)
  • Youth baseball jerseys $17 (1 youth large, 1 youth XL*) *youth XL is comparable to an adult XS
  • Full details and pictures can be viewed here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1us8lgg8VmQ4k07VsK3x4As_0Pi0eGYjqNNsmnGq0UgI/edit
  • Interested?  Just email us and we will arrange to meet you.  We will take cash (exact change) and checks.

2) Place an order.  We will be ordering only baseball jerseys and red ladies t-shirts.  We must get a minimum quantity to place an order.  Please email us with your request:

  • Youth jersey in gray with blue sleeves.  $17 Youth Sizes XS (4) - XL (16-18)
  • Adult jersey in gray with blue sleeves or blue with navy sleeves - please specify color. $17 Sizes adult XS - 6XL
  • Ladies red fitted short sleeve t-shirt $14 sizes S - 2XL
  • If you would like to place an order you must let us know by Friday May 14th in order for the merchandise to arrive by the last day of school.  
  • If we reach the minimum quantity, we will be in touch and collect payment.

 Thank you for your support this year.

Leslie Micetich (Mom to Kalista 5th grade and exiting spirit wear lead)
April Murphy (Mom to Caleb 4th , Joshua 2nd & Maia TK and new spirit wear lead)

Hour of Code

You may remember Hour of Code from a few months ago. Many parents at the time expressed an interest in supporting the children in this type of coding activity but were uncertain where to start, or felt that they did not have adequate coding experience to work with the kids. If that describes you, we have a new event for you: Hour of Code for Parents. This event will be held Tuesday, May 17, 2016 6:00 - 8:00pm in the Castro/Mistral MUR. No computer experience is needed! At this event:

  • Your child can show you what he or she learned at the Hour of Code
  • You can try a tutorial yourself
  • You can learn about resources that will help you and your child on your coding journey

Pizza will be provided.
Children are encouraged to come (but not required).
If you have questions about this event, please contact Ernesto Nassau at enassau@mvwsd.org or in the office.
This can be something fun and educational you can do with your child over the summer.

“People Safety” Workshop

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

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

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

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

Community News May 11, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on May 11, 2016

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System

Students in the Mountain View Whisman School District will be taking the appropriate CAASPP assessment in April and May.  See the calendar for the entire 3rd-5th grade test schedule.

School testing time blocks for all grade levels are 8:30AM to 11:00AM Extended time is allowed for children who are still working on completing test after 11:00AM.  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.

Congratulations to our Reclassified Students

Every year the district acknowledges our English learners who have achieved Fluent English Proficiency (FEP) status.  Students reclassify from English Learners to FEP after showing high achievement levels on the CELDT (California English Language Development Test), performance in the classroom, district assessments, reading assessments, and teacher recommendation.  On May 25 the following students will be honored at the district’s Reclassification Ceremony:

1st Grade:

Ruby A.

Isabella M.

Ana N.

Antonio O.

Zoe P.

Chyna R.

Adah W.

Pamela Z.

2nd Grade:

Cindy C.

Diego H.

Roger H.

Natalie M.

Ariadna T.

Alexandra Z.

Nicolett Z.

3rd Grade:

Juli A.

Catalina C.

Guadalupe F.

Jazmine L.

Paulette O.

Jonas Z.

4th Grade:

Evelyn A.

Leonardo F.

America L.

Jacob P.

Azucena S.

Javier V.

5th Grade:

Alexander A.

Julian C.

Edwin C.

Magdalena C.

Andrea G.

Mauricio H.

Geovanny L.

Anthony M.

Cristian M.

Salma O.

Arleen O.

Spring Concert

Come see your child perform!

Kindergarten

Thurs. May 19 @ 8:45am

Directed by Mr. Richard Kuhns

First Grade

Fri. May 20 @ 8:45am

Directed by Mr. Richard Kuhns

Second Grade

Mon. May 16 @ 8:45am

Directed by Ms. Bea-Martin Spangler

Gala Concert for Strings

Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 5:30pm

Tateuchi Hall, Community School of Music and Arts at Finn Center

Featuring the Mistral Strings – Marguerite Jayasimha, String Instructor

Gala Concert for Band

Monday, May 23, 2016, 5:30pm

Tateuchi Hall, Community School of Music and Arts at Finn Center

Featuring the Mistral Band– Jonathan Seiberlich & Kathleen Shulenberger, Band Instructors

Summer Reading Program for Children, Teens, and Families

MOUNTAIN VIEW PUBLIC LIBRARY

May 1 – July 25, 2016

On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!


Principal Message May 4, 2016

Posted by amya on May 4, 2016

 

As we approach this busy and exciting time of year, we need to remember “the game ain’t over ‘til it’s over!”  Although there is a lot of celebrating and fun events planned during the last 21 days of school, it is equally important for our Quetzales to remain focused on their academics and continue to build on their learning.  Parents can help us by encouraging their children to work hard, to keep motivation levels at their highest, and to be responsible about completing all school work. We know that school success is based on teamwork, and we appreciate your role as a valuable member of your child’s educational team.  As we head into the last weeks of school, we thank you for all you do to support our work, and look forward to making this year a winner for all of our students!

images.png21 Days Until the Big Event!

The Fifth Grade promotion ceremony will take place on, Thursday, June 2nd at 3:00pm in the MUR.  Doors will open at 2:45pm for seating.  A letter will be sent home the week of May 16th detailing proper attire for the ceremony.  After the ceremony, there will be a brief reception in the MUR courtyard area.

 images.jpg Coffee with the Principal

Friday, May 6th
Teacher's Lounge
8:30am a 9:30am

I would like to invite you to join me at our last “Principal Coffee” of the school year.  It’s an opportunity for me to share our school’s latest news, collaboratively plan for upcoming events, and/or address questions or concerns you might have.  The meeting begins at 8:30 in the teacher’s lounge.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Mistral School Survey - Online Access Closed

Last week the school emailed an online invitation to take a parent survey as we want your feedback about how we are doing this year.  A paper copy of the survey is available in the school office if you would like to submit your feedback through this method.  The survey won’t take more than 10 minutes of your time.  Help us make Mistral the best school for your child!

If you have questions about the survey please contact the Mistral office 650-526-3575.

imgres-1.jpgWeekly Top Scorer for 4/25 - 4/29!

Have you heard? Noe H.our 4th grader, scored the most points during the week of April 25th compared to all students at Gabriela Mistral Elementary School using Achieve3000 - KidBiz.  This is Noe’s second time this yearearning 50 bonus points and an achievement.  Noe’s name will be posted to the school's Weekly Top Scorer scoreboard. Keep up the great work Noe!  I can't wait to see who will be our next top scorer this week.

Achieve3000 School Scoreboard
Congratulations for Meeting the 40 Activity Goal!

Come on Quetzales...get excited about reading and showing off your comprehension skills by making it onto the scoreboard!  Exceed the 40 activity goal.  I know you can do it!  

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Check out who made it this week.  

Give Landon a high five when you see him around school.  

Let him know you are excited about his latest achievement.  

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Landon M.

5th Grade


Community News May 5, 2016

Posted by amya on May 4, 2016

DELAC

The DELAC meeting that was scheduled for May 9th is going to be cancelled and rescheduled for May 17th at Stevenson from 5:30PM-8PM.

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System

Students in the Mountain View Whisman School District will be taking the appropriate CAASPP assessment in April and May.  See the calendar for the entire 3rd-5th grade test schedule.

School testing time blocks for all grade levels are 8:30AM to 11:00AM Extended time is allowed for children who are still working on completing test after 11:00AM.  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.

Chromebook Giveaway

Our last Internet signup event is scheduled for May 11th, 2016 from 5pm to 7pm at Theuerkauf. Comcast will be providing food at the event. The purpose of the event is to get families signed up for Internet access that don't currently have Internet or computers in their homes.

Cafecito with the Superintendent

For Spanish-speaking parents of MVWSD students
Join Superintendent Dr. Ayindé Rudolph for casual conversation:
May 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Castro/Mistral
Jun 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Theuerkauf
Bring your questions and comments. Translation will be available.

Check Lost and Found Rack before Friday, May 6th, 2016.

If your student has lost any item, please come to check the Lost and Found rack before Friday, May 6th, at the end of the school day. The Lost and Found rack is in the front office. We will be donating the items that are not claimed by Friday, May 6th, 2016.

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 9, 2016   7 pm to 9 pm - in the Orchard Community Room, Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road

This parent education event is sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC (www.selpa1cac.org) an all-volunteer group of parents of children with special needs.  All of our events are free and open to anyone who feels they might benefit.  No registration is necessary.  

Spring Concert

Come see your child perform!

Chorus

Mon. May 9 @ 8:45am

Directed by Ms. Bea-Martin Spangler

Kindergarten

Thurs. May 19 @ 8:45am

Directed by Mr. Richard Kuhns

First Grade

Fri. May 20 @ 8:45am

Directed by Mr. Richard Kuhns

Second Grade

Mon. May 16 @ 8:45am

Directed by Ms. Bea-Martin Spangler

 

Summer Reading Program for Children, Teens, and Families

MOUNTAIN VIEW PUBLIC LIBRARY

May 1 – July 25, 2016

On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!

Gala Concert for Strings

Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 5:30pm

Tateuchi Hall, Community School of Music and Arts at Finn Center

Featuring the Mistral Strings – Marguerite Jayasimha, String Instructor

Gala Concert for Band

Monday, May 23, 2016, 5:30pm

Tateuchi Hall, Community School of Music and Arts at Finn Center

Featuring the Mistral Band– Jonathan Seiberlich & Kathleen Shulenberger, Band Instructors


PTA News May 4, 2016

Posted by amya on May 4, 2016

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

MAY 2ND – 6th, 2016

We’d like to invite all our students and families to bring items each day to show our gratitude to all the hardworking teachers, aides, administration and school staff who make a difference in the lives of our children.

There is no obligation that you participate, and you can choose any other way of showing your gratitude.  Also, please ask your Room Parent for your teacher’s Favorite Things list.

  • Thursday: Luncheon offered by PTA & Volunteers.

  • Friday: Offer a special treat from the teacher's “Favorite Things” list. 

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

  • Luncheon: Thursday, May 5th, 10 am - 12:30 pm, 12:30 pm - 2 pm

Email to sign up - mmdinard@gmail.com.

The Science Fair is coming next week!

Have you been working hard on your science fair project? Great! Come present it at the Science Fair next Thursday, May 12, from 6-8 pm in the MUR and nearby classrooms.

Didn’t do a project this year? No problem! Come and get excited about science with the Mistral and Castro community.

This year’s Science Fair will feature:

  • over 90 original science projects from Mistral and Castro students

  • a MYSTERY engineering challenge open to all students

  • delicious tacos for sale

Join us for this fun celebration of science!

Attention 4th Grade Parents:
4th grade parents organize the Promotion Ceremony celebration for the 5th grade students and families. The Promotion Celebration Committee welcomes and invites you to pitch in to make this day fun and worry-free for our 5th grade families. Next year, it will be our children's turn!

We need your time helping with decorating the night before (June 1st) and setting up, serving, and cleaning up on the day of the Promotion (June 2nd). Please consider giving an hour or two to help with one of these tasks. Food donations are not necessary but are welcome. Please contact the following parents to sign up to help or to answer your questions: Irma Gomez, Randi Ross, or Maria Rangel. Thank you!

“People Safety” Workshop

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

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

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

• Be and act aware and confident

• Check with adults if anything seems unsafe

• Move away from possible problems

• Follow Stranger Safety rules

• Stay safe from hurtful words

• Use voice as a safety tool

• Set clear boundaries

• Say “No” or “Stop” clearly and respectfully

• Deal with other kids poking, pushing, grabbing, etc.

• Use safety plans if lost in a store, park, or library

• Get help from busy adults - and persist!

Mistral School and PTA Surveys

In the past week you should have received emails about two different surveys. The school survey asks questions about your experience with the school and classrooms. The PTA survey asks questions about the events and activities sponsored by the PTA and how you prefer to receive information about these events. Paper surveys are also available in the office. Thanks for your feedback!


PTA News April 27, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on April 27, 2016

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

MAY 2 – 6, 2016

We’d like to invite all our students and families to bring items each day to show our gratitude to all the hardworking teachers, aides, administration and school staff who make a difference in the lives of our children.

There is no obligation that you participate, and you can choose any other way of showing your gratitude.  Also, please ask your Room Parent for your teacher’s Favorite Things list.

  • Monday: Bring a flower to the teacher, secretary, librarian, principal, etc.
  • Tuesday: Bring something homemade, like a drawing, artwork, etc. to teacher or staff.
  • Wednesday: Bring breakfast items to Teacher’s Lounge on Wednesday morning, May 4th at 8 am, depending on grade:
    • TK, Kindergarten and 1st grades - Pastries
    • 2nd and 3rd grades - Fruit
    • 4th and 5th - Yogurt
  • Thursday: Luncheon offered by PTA & Volunteers.
  • Friday: Offer a special treat from the teacher's “Favorite Things” list.

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

  • Breakfast: Wednesday, May 4th, 8 - 9 am and 11 - 11:30 am
  • Luncheon: Thursday, May 5th, 10 am - 12:30 pm, 12:30 pm - 2 pm

Email to sign up - mmdinard@gmail.com.

“People Safety” Workshop

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on April 27, 2016

images.jpg   Coffee with the Principal

Friday, May 6th
Teacher's Lounge
8:30am a 9:30am

I would like to invite you to join me at our last “Principal Coffee” of the school year.  It’s an opportunity for me to share our school’s latest news, collaboratively plan for upcoming events, and/or address questions or concerns you might have.  The meeting begins at 8:30 in the teacher’s lounge.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Mistral School Survey - Closes April 30th

This week the school emailed an online invitation to take a parent survey as we want your feedback about how we are doing this year.  A paper copy of the survey is available in the school office if you would like to submit your feedback through this method.  The survey won’t take more than 10 minutes of your time.  Help us make Mistral the best school for your child!

If you have questions about the survey please contact the Mistral office 650-526-3575.


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Weekly Top Scorer for 4/18 - 4/22!

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Have you heard? Isaac L. A.our 4th grader, scored the most points during the week of April 18th compared to all students at Gabriela Mistral Elementary School using Achieve3000 - KidBiz.  Isaac earned 50 bonus points and an achievement.  Isaac’s name will be posted to the school's Weekly Top Scorer scoreboard. Keep up the great work Isaac!  I can't wait to see who will be our next top scorer this week.

 

Achieve3000 School Scoreboard
Congratulations for Meeting the 40 Activity Goal!

Come on Quetzales...get excited about reading and showing off your comprehension skills by making it onto the scoreboard!  Exceed the 40 activity goal.  I know you can do it!  

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Check out who made it this week.  

Give them a high five when you see them around school.  

Let them know you are excited about their latest achievment.  

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Olivia Z.

3rd Grade

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Ciara R.

4th Grade


Community News April 27, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on April 27, 2016

Job Opening for an Experienced Fundraiser

Are you passionate about public education and our students? Are you interested in contributing to our schools through rewarding, worthwhile work connecting with families, educators and community leaders?  The Mountain View Educational Foundation is seeking an Executive Director who would be able to start in May 2016.  This is a part-time (25 hours/week) salaried position.  The Executive Director is responsible for all aspects of the operation of the organization, including fundraising; volunteer and resource management; public relations and marketing; donor relations; budgeting and planning; and administration.  We are seeking an experienced leader who has a history of building strong relationships within the community.  To obtain a detailed job description or to apply, please contact jobs@mvef.org.

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System

Students in the Mountain View Whisman School District will be taking the appropriate CAASPP assessment in April and May.  See the calendar for the entire 3rd-5th grade test schedule.

School testing time blocks for all grade levels are 8:30AM to 11:00AM Extended time is allowed for children who are still working on completing test after 11:00AM.  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.

Cafecito with the Superintendent

For Spanish-speaking parents of MVWSD students

Join Superintendent Dr. Ayindé Rudolph for casual conversation:

May 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Castro/Mistral

Jun 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Theuerkauf

Bring your questions and comments. Translation will be available.

Check Lost and Found Rack before Friday, May 6th, 2016.

If your student has lost any item, please come to check the Lost and Found rack before Friday, May 6th, at the end of the school day. The Lost and Found rack is in the front office. We will be donating the items that are not claimed by Friday, May 6th, 2016.

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 9, 2016   7 pm to 9 pm - in the Orchard Community Room, Los Altos Library,  
13 S. San Antonio Road

This parent education event is sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC (www.selpa1cac.org) an all-volunteer group of parents of children with special needs.  All of our events are free and open to anyone who feels they might benefit.  No registration is necessary.  

Spring Concert

Come see your child perform!

Chorus

Mon. May 9 @ 8:45am

Directed by Ms. Bea-Martin Spangler

Kindergarten

Thurs. May 19 @ 8:45am

Directed by Mr. Richard Kuhns

First Grade

Fri. May 20 @ 8:45am

Directed by Mr. Richard Kuhns

Second Grade

Mon. May 16 @ 8:45am

Directed by Ms. Bea-Martin Spangler

Third Grade

Thurs. April 28 @ 8:45am

Directed by Ms. Bea-Martin Spangler

Fourth Grade

Mon. April 25 @ 8:45am

Directed by Ms. Bea-Martin Spangler

 

Summer Reading Program for Children, Teens, and Families

Gala Concert for Strings

  • Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 5:30pm
  • Tateuchi Hall, Community School of Music and Arts at Finn Center
  • Featuring the Mistral Strings – Marguerite Jayasimha, String Instructor

Gala Concert for Band

  • Monday, May 23, 2016, 5:30pm
  • Tateuchi Hall, Community School of Music and Arts at Finn Center
  • Featuring the Mistral Band– Jonathan Seiberlich & Kathleen Shulenberger, Band Instructors

Wonderful Earth Day Celebration!

Thank you to parent leads Lynn Owano (Castro) and Shelly Kozak (Mistral) for planning and implementing an amazing Love the Earth Day event for both schools. 

The students participated in many fun and educational activities and many, many parent volunteers were there to help out as were the Castro Student Council members.


Wednesday, April 20, 2015

Posted by mdecarva on April 20, 2016

Girl Scout Troop 61072 Addresses the Mountain View City Council

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It's All About Safety!

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Last night a group of 5th grade Girl Scouts from Mistral attended the Mountain View City Council meeting to communicate their concern for pedestrian safety around our school.  Their message was well-received and resulted in a commitment from the Council and Director of Public Works to work on improving signage and crosswalks in our neighborhood.  It was great to see a group of empowered students pursue a solution in the civic arena. CLICK HERE TO THE LETTER THE TROOP WROTE

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Be Safe, Show Respect, Make Good Decisions, Be Community Minded

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We need everyone to help with a problem at Mistral school; the safety of our children.

As principal I receive a number of complaints about the parking lot and the picking up and dropping off students each week.  We all need to be more patient and courteous when picking up and dropping off students and while driving in the parking lot.  We all have busy schedules, but safety must always come first.  

Parents and students, here are a few safety guidelines to review:
  • Some children are running between parked cars when loading and unloading.

  • Cars are stopping at the start of the circle driveway instead of pulling all the way forward to make room for other cars.

  • Drivers are ignoring requests to move cars off of the cross walk, from handicap parking, and when double parked.

  • Cars parked in the red zones.

  • Please stay in your cars and keep moving with traffic. DO NOT PASS OTHER CARS - and please - DO NOT CUT IN LINE.

  • All students cross at designated cross walks.

  • Students always exit their car using the door closet to the curb or sidewalk.

  • Students are to follow the directions of staff on duty.

  • Students riding bicycles must ride in the same direction as traffic, walk bicycles in crosswalks to cross streets, and walk their bicycles when on campus.

  • All parking spaces in front of the MUR are reserved for faculty.

  • Do not drop off or pick up students in the bus zone when buses are present.

  • Do not drop your child off on Latham unless you can pull over to the curb.  It is extremely dangerous especially when drivers following close behind are not expecting you car to stop and have a little person unload in the middle of the street.

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


 

Mistral Community Meeting

Please join Dr. Rudolph and Dra. Marcela on Monday, April 25 at 9:15AM in the Staff Lounge.
The purpose of this meeting is to share the latest design plan for the Mistral Office and Kindergarten buildings.  We look forward to hearing your thoughts and input!  

Phase One Map & Update

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Phase I of the work at Castro/Mistral will start this summer with creation of temporary classrooms to be used during construction, the removal of the existing portables and the demolition of the back wing of classrooms currently housing transitional kindergarten. Building construction begins in September.


 

imgres-1.jpgWeekly Top Scorer for 04/04 - 4/08!

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Have you heard? Jazmine L.C our 3rd grader, scored the most points during the week of April 4th compared to all students at Gabriela Mistral Elementary School using Achieve3000 - KidBiz.  Jazmine earned 50 bonus points and an achievement.  Jazmine’s name will be posted to the school's Weekly Top Scorer scoreboard. Keep up the great work Jazmine!  I can't wait to see who will be our next top scorer this week.

 


PTA News April 20, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on April 19, 2016

Helpers needed for the Castro-Mistral Love the Earth Day on Apr 21st

We are seeking parent/caregiver help to assist our student volunteers at the "Love the Earth Day" activity tables as well as to guide student groups through the activity sequence.

Additional adult help will be needed to run the relay event, to supervise the scavenger hunts in the fenced garden, and to encourage/direct the “Message to the Earth” Card on the library wall. The students will receive hand stamps after each activity is completed. The Earth Day participants can claim a prize at the prize table by showing the hand stamps they have earned.

Mountain View Spring Family Parade

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 # 6 on Villa Street between Castro and Hope Street, no later than 10am on April 23rd.

The Mistral Science Fair

Science Fair team assignments for kids who registered on time were sent home in backpacks

Next steps for the Science Fair:

  1. We can still accept late registrations for individual projects and teams you organize yourself. Turn in forms at the office.
  2. You can find project ideas, planning resources, poster formats and more in the Mistral office and on the web site.
  3. Teams may meet in certain open classrooms after school to work on projects from now until 5/12. Please check the office for the schedule and rules on respectful use of classrooms.
  4. FREE poster boards are available to pick up in the office from now until 5/12.

Have fun with your projects, and see you at the Science Fair on May 12 6-8pm, in the MUR and neighboring classrooms

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


Community News April 20, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on April 19, 2016

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System

Students in the Mountain View Whisman School District will be taking the appropriate CAASPP assessment in April and May.  See the calendar for the entire 3rd-5th grade test schedule.

School testing time blocks for all grade levels are 8:30AM to 11:00AM Extended time is allowed for children who are still working on completing test after 11:00AM.  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.

Love The Earth Day Event Sweet Peas in our Castro-Mistral Garden

For Castro & Mistral Students & Families

WHY:  To celebrate Earth Day through fun outdoor education activities. There will be Love The Earth Day activities for all ages. Colorful Nasturiums

WHEN:  Thursday, April 21st, 12:45pm-3:00pm

WHERE:  Picnic Tables under the large oak tree across from school library and classroom #1.

Go eat lunch after early dismissal and then come to Earth Day activities from 12:40 to 3:00PM!

ACTIVITIES:  

  • Plant A Seed!  Leaf Rubbings!
  • Trash Pick Up & Recycling Games!
  • Puzzles, Mazes, Bookmarks!
  • Garden Scavenger Hunt!  
  • Food Waste & Compost Table!

Castro Mistral Garden

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Parent Fatigue / Stress

Having a child with learning challenges or special needs puts stress on the entire family.  This stress can lead to exhaustion and burnout and increase conflict in the family. Managing stress makes it easier to apply all the great parenting strategies you've learned and children learn better when stress is less.  Come learn how to notice your body's stress response and build a list of strategies for healthy stress maintenance. Our speaker is stress expert Brandy Vanderheiden, MFT, from the CHAC Family Resource Centers.

  • Wednesday, April 20, 2016 – presentation is 7 to 9 pm.  
  • Hospitality begins at 6:45pm.  
  • Santa Rita Elementary School Multi
  • 700 Los Altos Ave, Los Altos 94022. (note new venue!)

This parent education event is sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC (www.selpa1cac.org)  All of our events are free and open to anyone who feels they might benefit.  No registration is necessary.

Abinaya Dance Company

Thursday, April 21, 2016

11:20am - 12:20pm

Castro Multi

Students will get a glimpse of India’s culture through the costumes, music, & distinctive move-

ments of the ancient South Indian classical dance style, Bharatanatyam.

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Walk, Ride & Roll to School for Earth Day!

Friday, April 22nd

Mariano Castro & Gabriela Mistral Elementary Schools

Walk, bike, carpool or ride the bus to school and be entered into a drawing to win a bicycle and helmet!  If you live too far away to walk all the way, ask your parents to find a safe place to park close to school and walk the rest of the way.  Join in the fun to reduce traffic and help keep our school safer and 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 Authority.

13th Annual MVWSD Chess Tournament

The 13th annual Mountain View Whisman School District Chess tournament will be held at Theuerkauf Elementary school on Sunday May 1st 11:30am -4:30pm.  

All Castro students are welcome to participate in this PTA sponsored event.  The kids all have a good time win or lose!  All the elementary and middle Mountain View public schools participate.  The kids play for their school as well as individually.

Your child can participate in the Competitive section or Non-Competitive section.  The Competitive section is open to ALL students who know how to Castle and Checkmate.  In the Competitive section, kids are broken into 2 sections: K-3 and 4-8 grades.

Eric Choksi will be the coach for Castro/Mistral School again this year.  For those interested we will meet as a team prior to the tournament, on April 28th, to practice & review some basics.  Please encourage your kids to participate if they have an interest in chess.

If your child is interested, please email eric.choksi@hp.com or call 408.835.9622 so they can be registered on the team.

Cafecito with the Superintendent

For Spanish-speaking parents of MVWSD students

Join Superintendent Dr. Ayindé Rudolph for casual conversation:

May 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Castro/Mistral

Jun 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Theuerkauf

Bring your questions and comments. Translation will be available.

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 9, 2016   7 pm to 9 pm - in the Orchard Community Room, Los Altos Library,  

13 S. San Antonio Road

This parent education event is sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC (www.selpa1cac.org) an all-volunteer group of parents of children with special needs.  All of our events are free and open to anyone who feels they might benefit.  No registration is necessary.  

Spring Concert

Come see your child perform!

Chorus

Mon. May 9 @ 8:45am

Directed by Ms. Bea-Martin Spangler

Kindergarten

Thurs. May 19 @ 8:45am

Directed by Mr. Richard Kuhns

First Grade

Fri. May 20 @ 8:45am

Directed by Mr. Richard Kuhns

Second Grade

Mon. May 16 @ 8:45am

Directed by Ms. Bea-Martin Spangler

Third Grade

Thurs. April 28 @ 8:45am

Directed by Ms. Bea-Martin Spangler

Fourth Grade

Mon. April 25 @ 8:45am

Directed by Ms. Bea-Martin Spangler


PTA News April 06, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on April 6, 2016

The Mistral Science Fair

Thursday, May 12th, 6-8pm in the MUR and neighboring classrooms

Check your child's backpack this week for:

  • Science Fair FAQ & changes for 2016
  • registration form DUE FRIDAY 4/8:
    • 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


Community News April 06, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on April 6, 2016

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System

5th Grade Only CST Science Test Begins This Week

Students in the Mountain View Whisman School District will be taking the appropriate CAASPP assessment in April and May.  See the calendar for the entire 3rd-5th grade test schedule.

School testing time blocks for all grade levels are 8:30AM to 11:00AM Extended time is allowed for children who are still working on completing test after 11:00AM.  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.

The Upside of Stress: How to Make Stress Your Friend

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 7:00-9:00pm

Los Altos High School Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Avenue, Los Altos

Dr. Kelly McGonigal delivers a startling message: stress isn’t all bad. Through science and stories, Dr. McGonigal will teach us how life’s challenges can be a catalyst for positive action, personal growth, and compassion. She will give us practical strategies for transforming anxiety into courage, isolation into connection, and adversity into meaning.

Admission: FREE--Please reserve a seat http://kelly-mcgonigal-2016.eventbrite.com

Audience: Parents/guardians of students in grades K-12

 

Love The Earth Day Event Sweet Peas in our Castro-Mistral Garden

For Castro & Mistral Students & Families

WHY:  To celebrate Earth Day through fun outdoor education activities. There will be Love The Earth Day activities for all ages. Colorful Nasturiums

WHEN:  Thursday, April 21st, 12:45pm-3:00pm

WHERE:  Picnic Tables under the large oak tree across from school library and classroom #1.

Go eat lunch after early dismissal and then come to Earth Day activities from 12:40 to 3:00PM!

ACTIVITIES:  

  • Plant A Seed!  Leaf Rubbings!
  • Trash Pick Up & Recycling Games!
  • Puzzles, Mazes, Bookmarks!
  • Garden Scavenger Hunt!  
  • Food Waste & Compost Table!

Castro Mistral Garden

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Parent Fatigue / Stress

Having a child with learning challenges or special needs puts stress on the entire family.  This stress can lead to exhaustion and burnout and increase conflict in the family. Managing stress makes it easier to apply all the great parenting strategies you've learned and children learn better when stress is less.  Come learn how to notice your body's stress response and build a list of strategies for healthy stress maintenance. Our speaker is stress expert Brandy Vanderheiden, MFT, from the CHAC Family Resource Centers.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 – presentation is 7 to 9 pm.  
Hospitality begins at 6:45pm.  
Santa Rita Elementary School Multi
700 Los Altos Ave, Los Altos 94022. (note new venue!)

This parent education event is sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC (www.selpa1cac.org)  All of our events are free and open to anyone who feels they might benefit.  No registration is necessary.

13th Annual MVWSD Chess Tournament

The 13th annual Mountain View Whisman School District Chess tournament will be held at Theuerkauf Elementary school on Sunday May 1st 11:30am -4:30pm.  

All Castro students are welcome to participate in this PTA sponsored event.  The kids all have a good time win or lose!  All the elementary and middle Mountain View public schools participate.  The kids play for their school as well as individually.

Your child can participate in the Competitive section or Non-Competitive section.  The Competitive section is open to ALL students who know how to Castle and Checkmate.  In the Competitive section, kids are broken into 2 sections: K-3 and 4-8 grades.

Eric Choksi will be the coach for Castro/Mistral School again this year.  For those interested we will meet as a team prior to the tournament, on April 28th, to practice & review some basics.  Please encourage your kids to participate if they have an interest in chess.

If your child is interested, please email eric.choksi@hp.com or call 408.835.9622 so they can be registered on the team.

Abinaya Dance Company

  • Thursday, April 21, 2016
  • 11:20am - 12:20pm
  • Castro Multi

Students will get a glimpse of India’s culture through the costumes, music, & distinctive movements of the ancient South Indian classical dance style, Bharatanatyam.


Wednesday, April 6th

Posted by mdecarva on April 6, 2016

Celebrate Learning at Mistral!

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Open House Reminder
Wednesday, 4/6/2016

It is a minimum day.  All students dismissed at 12:25PM
Art Show - 5:30PM to 7:30PM- Multipurpose Room
Class Visitations - 6:00PM to 7:00 PM

The purpose of Open House is to celebrate your child’s completed work and work in-progress.  Please remember that this is not an evening to discuss your child’s report card or academic progress.

 

imgres-1.jpgWeekly Top Scorer for 3/28 - 4/1!

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Have you heard?  Janet O.S., our 5th grader in Room 17, scored the most points during the week of March 28th compared to all students at Gabriela Mistral Elementary School using Achieve3000 - KidBiz.  Janet earned 50 bonus points and an achievement.  Janet’s name will be posted to the school's Weekly Top Scorer scoreboard. Keep up the great work Janet!  I can't wait to see who will be our next top scorer this week.

Achieve3000 School Scoreboard
Congratulations for Meeting the 40 Activity Goal!

Come on Quetzales...get excited about reading and showing off your comprehension skills by making it onto the scoreboard!  Exceed the 40 activity goal.  I know you can do it!  

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Check out who made it this week.  

Give them a high five when you see them around school.  

Let them know you are excited about their latest achievement.  

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Evelyn A.
4th Grade

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Michelle S.
4th Grade

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Janet S.
5th Grade

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Anton S.
5th Grade

 

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SSC and ELAC

School Site Council (SSC) and English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) meetings are this week on Thursday.  
Parents you are welcome to attend these meetings.

Our SSC meeting is scheduled for 4/8, 4:30PM-5:30PM in the staff lounge.  
Our Padres Unidos (ELAC) meeting on 4/8, 6:00PM-7:00PM in the staff lounge.


PTA News March 30, 2016

Posted by staleyr5 on March 30, 2016

Minimum Day April 6

Due to open house, Wed April 6 is a minimum day. Pick up students at 12:25.

No afterschool Classes

Afterschool classes are cancelled for Wednesday April 6 because of the Minimum Day.

Online Resources

Our school’s website ha