PTA News

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!


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!


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!