Winter Break Linkage

Hope you’re all enjoying the holiday break. Take some time to relax and get in a little family togetherness—you’ve earned it! If you have a minute, check out the new posts on the garden blog and STEM blog.

More updates are coming on all three sites, so visit again soon or subscribe for automatic email alerts.

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Holiday Showcase Tonight 6:30 pm

Please join us for the

2014 HOLIDAY SHOWCASE

Thursday, December 18, 2014 6:30 pm

(Parents, please have your kids at school by 6 pm!)
Kindergarten
Room 1 Mrs. Wong and Ms B.
Rudolph the Red nose Reindeer

Room 2 Ms. Carico and Ms. Rayford
Jingle Bells

1st grade
Rooms 10 and 11 Ms. Spafford and Mrs. Janor
What a Wonderful World

2nd grade
Room 8 Ms. Bauer
Lullaby/Roar dance performance

Room 9 Ms. King
Winter wonderland

3rd grade
Rooms 13 and 14 Ms. McLachlan and Mr. Lucas
Put a little love in your heart

4th grade
Rooms 6 and 7 with Ms. Stacy
Zumba

5th grade
Rooms 18 and 19 Ms. Zittel and Ms. Ross
We wish you a Merry Christmas
with Mr. Hector
Dance performance

Kindergarten Tour Day, Friday Dec. 12

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Dear parents,

Mira Vista is holding Kindergarten tours in December and January to provide interested families the opportunity to explore our campus, meet the principal and teachers, hear from the PTA, and learn more about Kindergarten at Mira Vista. Please join us!

Friday, December 12th
8:45 am in the Teacher’s Lounge

Friday, January 16th
8:45 am in the Teacher’s Lounge

No registration or RSVP is necessary to attend the tour. Questions can be sent to: tours @ miravistaschool.com.

Registration for Kindergarten begins January 12, 2015 – see this WCCUSD Kindergarten Registration Flyer (PDF) for more information (or visit our registration page).

Thank you!

Rain Day: No School Thursday

All schools in West Contra Costa Unified School District will be closed tomorrow, December 11, because of a forecast of heavy rain and wind. School will reopen on Friday, December 12.

 

PTA Meeting Tonight

Come to the very last PTA meeting of the calendar year. Usual time (7 pm), usual place (teachers’ lounge). We have snacks, and someone else will watch your kids.

On the agenda:

  • Walkathon
  • Teacher appreciation breakfast
  • Kindergarten tours
  • Holiday Showcase
  • State of the School/Middle School Information Night

…and lots more. There will also be a special presentation by Victoria Luby of Playworks. See you there!

'Tis the season for holiday giving...

…by which we mean the tax year is nearly over, and you may be thinking of how to make a charitable, tax-deductible gift to a worthy cause. DonorsChoose.org is a good one; it’s accountable, transparent, and helps teachers help kids all over the country.

Mira Vista currently has the following three projects up on Donors Choose.

  • Mrs. Van der Meer is teaching her sixth-graders some valuable lessons in economics and finance.
  • Ms. Spafford wants her first-grade class to put their imaginations to work by making short films and incidentally expanding their experience with technology and community.
  • Mrs. Schnur is requesting some alternative learning tools to help her developmentally disabled preschoolers explore their own abilities and communicate their ideas. If you’re having a hard time choosing one of these projects, give this one priority because it expires soon.

Technology builds knowledge (and vice versa), and knowledge opens up the world. Give the world to some MV kids this year and make a donation. Even a small one makes a big difference! Want to help in another way? Share these links on social media with your friends, colleagues, and extended family.

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Chuck E. Cheese Family Dinner Night!

Get your cheese on tonight at Chuck. E. Cheese in Pinole and benefit Mira Vista!

When: Today, from 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Where: Chuck  E Cheese, 1470 Fitzgerald Drive, Pinole

Mention Mira Vista and 15% of sales will go to us! No flyer needed, just mention us.

 

 

Kindergarten Tours!

Painted Colorful HandsMira Vista is holding Kindergarten tours in December and January to provide interested families the opportunity to explore our campus, meet the principal and teachers, and learn more about Kindergarten at Mira Vista. Please join us!

Friday, December 12th
8:45 am in the Teacher’s Lounge

Friday, January 16th
8:45 am in the Teacher’s Lounge

No registration or RSVP is necessary to attend the tour. Questions can be sent to: tours @ miravistaschool.com.

Any current Kindergarten parents who would like to attend and speak about their experience are welcome. Please contact me to confirm your availability. Thanks!

November PTA Meeting Recap

If you didn’t make it to last week’s general PTA meeting, here’s what you missed:

  • Chocolate sales: We are still short about $5,000. Parents need to turn in money as soon as possible.
  • Fall Festival went very well this year. We tried a lot of new things, made it bigger. The middle school’s haunted house earned $200 to donate to a local charity. Thank you to Mr. Chilcott for kissing the pig! We are always looking for new ideas; if you have any, talk to David Almonte or email fallfestival@miravistaschool.com.
  • Walkathon time is coming! This and the chocolate sale are our two main fundraisers; the walkathon has very little outlay and is an opportunity to raise a lot of money. We have a committee but need at least two more people on it. Email walkathon@miravistaschool.com or talk to Harpal Gill if you’re interested in joining. Many volunteers will be needed on the day; date to come soon.
  • Basic needs drive: Look for a flyer in the Wednesday folder about our drive to collect toiletries and other items for a local homeless shelter.
  • Report cards will be ready before the Thanksgiving break. This is a new system with a learning curve, but ultimately it will be easier for teachers and parents.
  • More funds are becoming available from the school district; PlayWorks is an example of this and will continue at the school. Other additions: more curriculum coaches and professional development for teachers and a community outreach worker. Middle school has a chance to expand, get more electives like foreign languages, but only if enrollment increases. Let other parents know what a great middle school we have.
  • Middle school leadership council is looking for guest speakers, professionals in the public or private sector who give back to the community. If you know of anyone, let Chris Allen or Ms. Madrid know.

Next PTA meeting will be December 10, the last one before winter recess.

Have you checked the * blog lately?

New and exciting stuff is up on both the garden and STEM blogs—take a break this fine Monday morning and check out some cool photos and video.