Our Principal

Dr. Marcela S. Simões de Carvalho

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Gabriela Mistral Elementary School, home of the Quetzales.  Thank you for visiting our website!  Please feel free to contact me with questions you may have related to our school's Dual Immersion Program or what's going on in the Quetzal community.

At Gabriela Mistral, teachers and staff are dedicated to providing a high quality, dual language elementary education in an academically challenging, supporting and safe environment to all students from diverse backgrounds and experiences.   Our parents, families and the community are an integral part of what we do.  

I have worked in public education for over twenty years.  I immigrated to the US with my family as a child.  Prior to becoming principal, I worked previously as a bilingual and dual immersion teacher in our school district.  Education is my passion.  I am a National Board Certified teacher, speak Spanish and Portuguese fluently and hold a doctorate in education.  I have taught at local universities preparing teacher candidates in literacy and multi-cultural and bilingual education.  I also served as a Dual Immersion Master Teacher with the Stanford Teacher Education Program.  I recently traveled to Uruguay to participate in a US State Department Fulbright educator exchange program.  My son was also proud to be a Gabriel Mistral Quetzal!

Sincerely,

Marcela S. Simões de Carvalho, Ed.D., NBCT

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Posted by baguirrecortez on March 28, 2018

 

Mistral Open House

THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2018

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

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

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

 

 Connecting to our Strategic Plan

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


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

  • Miriam Hernandez

  • Imelda Moreno

  • Rosalia Gil

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

 

Our topic for this meeting are:

  • ELPAC Exam

  • Reclassification

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

 

When: Thursday, April 5th, 2018

Where: Staff Lounge

Time: 8:30am - 9:30am


Attention 5th Grade Parents!   

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


Spring Picture Day is ComingPicture Day

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

 

When: Thursday, April 19th

Where: MUR

Oak Tree Update

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


Parent Project: Parent Workshop

The manual that was not given at the Hospital

 

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

Parent classes (in Spanish)

Bring your children from 5 to 10 years old

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

 

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

In Room 5



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

CLICK HERE:

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


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Posted by baguirrecortez on March 28, 2018

Thank you to our Ability Awareness Volunteers!

at Mistral last week...

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

 

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

 


Attention 5th Grade Parents!   

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


AMIGOS PROGRAM KICK-OFF

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

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

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

Time? 10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

For Whom? Grades 2 to 5

Where? Castro/Mistral Schools – Rooms 107 and 110

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


Parent Project: Parent Workshop

The manual that was not given at the Hospital

 

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

Parent classes (in Spanish)

Bring your children from 5 to 10 years old

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

 

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

In Room 5


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

CLICK HERE:

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


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Posted by baguirrecortez on March 28, 2018

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

EMERGENCY ACCESS AND SCHOOL DROP OFF AREAS

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

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

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

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


NO SCHOOL - Monday March 19, 2018


Attention 5th Grade Parents!   

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


AMIGOS PROGRAM KICK-OFF

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

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

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

Time? 10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

For Whom? Grades 2 to 5

Where? Castro/Mistral Schools – Rooms 107 and 110

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

 


Parent Project: Parent Workshop

The manual that was not given at the Hospital

 

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

Parent classes (in Spanish)

Bring your children from 5 to 10 years old

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

 

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

In Room 5


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

CLICK HERE:

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

 

 


 


Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Posted by baguirrecortez on March 13, 2018

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

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


Second Trimester Report Cards

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


AMIGOS PROGRAM KICK-OFF

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

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

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

Time? 10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

For Whom? Grades 2 to 5

Where? Castro/Mistral Schools – Rooms 107 and 110

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

 


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

CLICK HERE:

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


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Posted by baguirrecortez on March 13, 2018

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Friday, March 2nd

Staff Lounge

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

All Mistral community members are welcome to attend.


Mistral Spirit Day - Friday, March 2nd

Read Across America Day!

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

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


Second Trimester Report Cards

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

 


AMIGOS PROGRAM KICK-OFF

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

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

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

Time? 10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

For Whom? Grades 2 to 5

Where? Castro/Mistral Schools – Rooms 107 and 110

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


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

 

CLICK HERE:

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


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Posted by baguirrecortez on March 13, 2018

We want to hear from you! LCAP survey and meeting

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 


Mistral Spirit Day - Friday, March 2nd

Read Across America Day!

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

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


AMIGOS PROGRAM KICK-OFF

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

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

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

Time? 10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

For Whom? Grades 2 to 5

Where? Castro/Mistral Schools – Rooms 107 and 110

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


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


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

CLICK HERE:

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

 


 


Making sugar skulls on Día de los Muertos with my son.