Shop and eat this week – benefit the PTA!

We have three fantastic fundraisers going on this week.

First, get a jump on your holiday shopping at Jenny K. Gift Shop. 

6921 Stockton Avenue (near 7-11)
El Cerrito, CA 94530

Shop November 14 – 20 and Jenny K. will donate 20% of the sales when you bring
in this flyer or mention Mira Vista.

Jenny K. has a wide selection of products ranging from jewelry, bath & body products, candles, scarves, handbags and a wide range of toys. The toy selection includes Lego, Melissa & Doug, Usborne Books, Educational Toys and more!

Stop by and see why Contra Costa Times said, “Shopping at Jenny K is like shopping with a friend who has a really good eye.”


Pasta Pomodoro and Barnes and Noble Bookfair, Wednesday November 18

Then, on Wednesday, November 18, have dinner at Pasta Pomodoro and the PTA will get 20% of the proceeds! When you stop in for dinner or pick up to go, please also visit Barnes and Noble, two doors down, and Mira Vista will get a percentage of proceeds. See below for the flyers!

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No School November 11


See you on Thursday!

Green thumbs and handy people, we need you!

Our fantastic gardens need some help. We are seeking parents who are handy with tools and construction or who want to help teachers take their classes out to the gardens. The garden committee has plans for a new shed and a greenhouse, and we can always use handy people to help with other projects like garden box and fence repairs. As for classroom help, teachers can always use more volunteers to assist in the gardens—if your child’s teacher hasn’t taken the class out to the garden lately, it may be because he or she doesn’t have support. If you have some time to spare, please email

Next time you notice one of our hard-working volunteers in the garden, please stop and say thanks! We wouldn’t have beautiful growing spaces without them.


PTA Meeting Tonight


In the teachers’ lounge at 7 pm, as usual. Lots of stuff on the agenda: chocolate sales and Fall Festival roundup, end of first grading period for elementary school, upcoming events. See you there!

No School November 3


See you on Wednesday!

More Science Fun: Discovery Day at AT&T Park

A while ago we posted info for the STEAM Carnival, but that’s not the only thing happening this weekend. Check out the seventh annual Discovery Day at AT&T Park this Saturday, November 7.

What happens there? Hands-on activities, opportunities to meet local scientists and engineers, education disguised as fun!

When is it? 10 am to 4 pm

Who would enjoy this event? Families with kids aged 0 to 14

How much does it cost? Absolutely FREE


Your November Calendar Cheat Sheet

Time Stream

November is a crazy month for scheduling. We’ve got conferences, Thanksgiving break, and don’t forget Veteran’s Day! Here’s a handy guide to help you keep pick-up times and holidays straight.

  • Friday, October 30: Halloween, Minimum day (K–8), Middle School Dance
  • Monday, November 2: Minimum day for conferences (elementary)
  • Tuesday, November 3: No school for conferences (elementary)
  • Wednesday, November 4: Minimum day for conferences (elementary)
  • Thursday, November 5: Minimum day for conferences (elementary)
  • Friday, November 6: Minimum day for conferences (elementary)
  • Monday, November 9: Minimum day for conferences (elementary)
  • Wednesday, November 11: Veteran’s Day, no school (K–8)
  • Wednesday, November 25: Minimum day (K–8)
  • Thursday, November 26: Thanksgiving holiday, no school (K–8)
  • Friday, November 27: Thanksgiving holiday, no school (K–8)


Check your calendar!

Check your calendar!


Halloween at Mira Vista

jlcagnn42At Mira Vista we try to make as many positive eating choices as possible, so try to have healthy parties! If you visited the amazing and hugely successful HECK (Healthy Eating Choices for Kids) booth at the Fall Festival, then you might have picked up a great list of alternative-to-sugar Halloween treats.

Here is the list again:

Ideas for Classroom Treats

  • Apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon
  • Baked apple chips
  • Unsweetened applesauce cups
  • Orange and/or persimmon slices
  • Air-popped popcorn drizzled with 1 tablespoon butter
  • “Pumpkins” – peeled mandarin oranges with pieces of celery stalks as the stems
  • Low-sugar pumpkin applesauce muffins (make your own, replace at least half the sugar with unsweetened applesauce)
  • Pumpkin or sweet potato tortilla chips (available at Trader Joe’s)
  • Snack size bags of pretzels and/or veggie chips (available at Target)
  • Black bean chips
  • Roasted pumpkin seeds with pumpkin pie spice
  • Fall color veggie plate – yellow and orange peppers and carrots with red pepper hummus
  • Black beans and rice

Thanks to the parents in our HECK committee, Arin Dahl and Shazzy Khorsandi for this list. If you’re interested in working on tasty alternative snacks, join the committee! Email

Call for Apples

gardenapples1If you’ve got backyard trees with an overabundance of apples, we could use those apples! Last year the apple press and fresh apple cider were a huge hit at the Fall Festival, and we’d love to bring them out again, but our apple crop is smaller than usual this year. If you can help, please email to coordinate a drop-off time. We’d also love some volunteers to run the apple press.

cider2While you’re here, have you visited the garden blog lately? Check out what’s been happening in our gardens so far this school year.


Artist of the Month: Favianna Rodriguez

4.30_leftcoast_ca_political_posters_event_imageThis month’s featured artist is Oakland-based Favianna Rodriguez. Her art and collaborative projects deal with migration, global politics, economic injustice, patriarchy, and interdependence.

PrintHow can students get involved?

The goal of the Artist of the Month program is not only to expose Mira Vista students to exciting artists but to encourage them to create their own art inspired by the work of that artist.  Each artist’s work will be displayed on the bulletin board in the main hallway across from the teachers’ lounge.

Students in all grades are welcome to participate. Some teachers will add this project to their art curriculum, but children in other classes may submit a work of their own independently. Any two-dimensional medium (paint, pastel, charcoal, collage, for example) is accepted. There are no size restrictions, but please use common sense.

Please turn in projects to the main office by the end of the month; for this month, that’s October 30. Student art will be displayed in the multipurpose room for the following month. A new artist will be featured in December.


The Artist of the Month program is currently managed by Amber Avalos after several years under the care of Lia Lackey (thanks, Lia!). Questions, comments, and suggestions for Amber may be emailed to or posted below.