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Welcome Back to Winter Showers


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So begins the second half of the school year!

Dear Mira Vista Snickerdoodles,

I don’t know about you, but for me, having the kids back in school means I finally get a break. Wow, two weeks is a long time when you’ve got to come up with your own fun! I know mine are thrilled to be back among their friends.

Let’s raise a glass of whatever beverage we’ve got (mine is Vitamin Water Zero) to the anti-princess Princess Leia who has inspired so many of our kids, both male and female, to know they can be powerful and resourceful – and have seven-foot furry aliens as friends. Something we all should shoot for (pyoo, pyoo). Take your broken heart and make it into art, my dears.

On to the week’s events:

Kinder Tour: Friday, Jan 13, 8:45 am
Got a younger kid coming into the Mira Vista fold? Come to the tour! Or friends you want to bring to us? Let them know! See you then.

City of El Cerrito Northern Gateway Clean-Up: Saturday, Jan 14, 10 am – 2 pm
You and your kids can help keep trash from polluting the bay and creeks.  Wear a hat and bring water. For more information, email green@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us.

Chipotle Dinner Fundraiser: Tuesday, Jan 17, 5 pm – 8:30 pm
Somehow this always ends up being the most fun Dinner for Mira Vista of the year. It’s also the most lucrative: 50% of the evening’s purchases come back to the school! So come out and chow down!

Parent University Engagement Night: Wednesday, Jan 18, 6:30 pm
This is the School Smarts program we told you about a few weeks ago. Parents who would like to be more involved as volunteers and advocates will receive incredibly valuable training and education. We will have Dinner! Child care! Fun & educational art activities for the whole family!

Get Ready! STEAM starts the week of January 23, 3-3:45 pm
For a full schedule of Mr. Lackey’s stellar Science-Tech-Engineering-Arts-Math program, watch your kids’ folders this week. You can see that info and register here: http://bit.ly/MVSTEAM2017

Volunteers needed! Healthy Eating Pilot Program
Are you passionate about healthy lunch options in our public schools? We are partnering with a program called Conscious Kitchen that provides healthy, fresh meals cooked on site with zero waste, hoping to bring it to the WCCUSD. Without volunteers, it won’t happen. YOU are needed during the week of January 30-February 3 at Peres Elementary School, 719 5th Street, Richmond, CA 94801.

If you would like to help prepare food, sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044daca929a6f85-ataste. If you would like to help collect data, sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044caea722a4f85-baseline. Eventually, this could come to Mira Vista and replace the processed food we now serve!

English Classes for Adults: Mondays and Fridays from 8:45-11:45 am
If you have been wishing to brush up your language skills, these free classes are for you. Child care is provided, and a supportive group of enthusiastic fellow students will be your new best friends.


STEAM Starts January 23rd!


Mira Vista STEAM will begin on Monday, January 23rd. Join us in ROOM 25 from 3–3:45pm.

Weekly Schedule
K and 1st Grades: Mondays
2nd and 3rd Grades: Tuesdays
4th and 5th Grades: Thursdays
6th Grade and Up: Fridays

Register here to participate: http://bit.ly/MVSTEAM2017

If you have any questions, please contact Mr Lackey at blackey@wccusd.net

School Smarts Event


You’re invited to be part of Mira Vista’s “School Smarts” Event on January 18, 2017, at 6:30pm in the Multipurpose Room.

There will be dinner, child care, fun and educational art activities for the whole family. You will also receive helpful information about how you and your child can succeed at Mira Vista and beyond, and find out how you can be part of an exciting Parent Academy coming to Mira Vista on Wednesdays between January 25 and March 15.

School Smarts is a parent engagement program designed to help you become more knowledgeable and involved in our school.

Look for the flyer in the Wednesday folder

State of the School, 6:30pm Tuesday

state-of-the-schoolTuesday January 10th is your chance to join the annual meeting where we come together and hear how Mira Vista is progressing.

If you want to know how we’re implementing Common Core in our instruction, what our test scores mean, or learn about our school’s overarching philosophy, then join us in the multipurpose room at  6:30 pm on Tuesday, January 10. Principal Chilcott will fire up the popcorn machine to celebrate all the great things happening at our school, and there’ll be a movie to keep the kids occupied.

The same evening, we’re also inviting all current 5th graders to come for a break-out session, where teachers will discuss how we run grades 6 through 8 at Mira Vista. Any family of 5th graders who attend will have first choice of electives in 6th grade. This will take place in Rooms 17 and 18.

Ready for Kindergarten?


Kindergarten registration for the 2017–2018 school year begins Monday, January 9. Stop by the Mira Vista office to pick up and submit registration forms. Click here for more information and registration hours.

Our first kindergarten tour is on Friday, January 13, at 8:45 am.

HECK Winter Break 3-a-Day Challenge!

Bunches of fresh carrots at a farmer's market.

Bunches of fresh carrots at a farmer’s market.

Do you need an incentive to help your kids balance out the sugary treats that they may eat over the Winter Break? Well, look no further!

HECK is pleased is announce our Winter Break 3-a-Day Challenge! We challenge all MV students to eat three fruits and vegetables a day during the entire break. All students who successfully complete this challenge will be entered into a drawing to win one of TWO:

$20 gift certificate to El Cerrito Natural Grocery and a farmers’ market cookbook!

That’s right – there will be two winners!

There is some fine print such as French fries, fruit roll-ups, and veggie sticks do NOT count and that one of the three daily produce items must be a vegetable. 14

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at: heck@MiraVistaSchool.com.

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Thanksgiving is here!


It seems like an odd moment to be giving thanks. Not only has the post-election mood been gloomy, but a holiday that celebrates the cooperation between the pilgrims and Native Americans doesn’t mean much when the descendants of those pilgrims are using firehoses on the descendants of those Native Americans. But here we are. I hope we can all find something to be grateful for. I know I’m grateful for one thing: the Mira Vista community.

Last week’s PTA meeting was well attended, and Principal Chilcott gave a brief, moving speech that really spoke to the heart of those in attendance. I can only paraphrase, but it was something along the lines of: “I can’t tell a kid what’s going to happen to his family, but I can give him a hug and tell him that we want him here and that we love him.” I feel that warmth and hope throughout the school, and I hope you do, too.

Richmond’s mayor, Tom Butt, has joined hundreds of mayors across the country to declare our city a Sanctuary City, meaning that the priority is on maintaining the safety and comfort of immigrants and refugees in our midst. This is in line with the city’s stated policies going back to 1990. Remember that Richmond is where then-Police Chief Magnus headlined a Black Lives Matter protest. We are stronger together.

In that spirit, I hope we can all find a way to have a happy Thanksgiving.

On to the news:

Next PTA Meeting: December 6, 6:30 pm
Our most recent meeting was well-attended, even though we (okay, I) biffed the announcement and didn’t remind anyone. We had lively discussions and learned a lot. Put it on your calendar now, so we can have more of both in December!

Thanksgiving Days Off
This Wednesday is, as always, an early-release day. There is NO SCHOOL on Thursday or Friday. Go see Trolls; it’s really amusing and extremely trippy.

Canned Food Drive
There is a huge bin by the front office where we are collecting canned items to donate to needy families this holiday season. Drop ’em if you got ’em!

Coming soon: School Smarts
The amazing Miss Maria, our community relations coordinator, is putting together a very cool upcoming class for parents. It’s a weekly workshop called School Smarts that helps parents who want to know how to be more involved with their schools but don’t quite know how to go about it. You can learn to be a more effective advocate for your child, how to navigate the district, how to support classroom learning at home—it sounds amazing. Stay tuned!

Farmers Wanted
The garden committee is looking for a garden/educator intern. This is a paid position, but I don’t know the details. Email graciella.i.rossi@gmail.com to apply.

Have a wonderful holiday. See you in December.

¡El día de Acción de Gracias está aquí!


Parece un momento extraño dar gracias. No sólo por cómo nos sentimos después de las elecciones, pero también el hecho que este es un día festivo  recordando la cooperación entre los peregrinos y los nativos americanos pero no significa mucho cuando los descendientes de los peregrinos están tratando mal a los descendientes de los nativos americanos. Pero aquí estamos. Espero que todos podamos encontrar algo por lo cual  estar agradecidos. Sé que yo  estoy agradecida por una cosa: la comunidad de Mira Vista.

Tuvimos buena asistencia la semana pasada en la reunión del PTA, el director Chilcott hizo un breve y emotivo discurso que realmente habló a los corazón de los presentes. Sólo puedo parafrasear, pero era algo así como: “No puedo decirle a un niño lo que le va a pasar a su familia, pero puedo darles un abrazo y decirle que lo queremos aquí y que lo amamos.” Siento esa calidez y esperanza en toda la escuela, y espero que ustedes también.

El alcalde de Richmond, Tom Butt, se ha unido a cientos de alcaldes de todo el país para declarar nuestra ciudad una Ciudad del Santuario, lo que significa que la prioridad es mantener la seguridad de los inmigrantes y refugiados en nuestra comunidad. Esto está de acuerdo con las normas de la ciudad declaradas desde 1990. Recuerde que Richmond es donde entonces el jefe de policía Magnus encabezó una protesta sobre Black Lives Matter. Juntos somos más fuertes.

Con eso en mente, espero que todos podamos encontrar una manera de tener un feliz Día de Acción de Gracias.

En otras noticias:

La Próxima Reunión del PTA: 6 de diciembre, 6:30 pm
Nuestra reunión más reciente fue muy concurrida, a pesar de que (bien, yo) se me paso recordarles sobre la reunión. Tuvimos conversaciones animadoras y aprendimos mucho. Póngalo en su calendario ahora, para que podamos tener más presentes en diciembre!

Día de Acción de Gracias—No hay clases
Este miércoles, es como siempre un día mínimo. No hay clases el jueves o el viernes. Vayan a ver Trolls; es muy divertido.

Colecta de comida enlatada
Hay un gran contenedor en la oficina donde estamos recolectando artículos enlatados para donar a las familias necesitadas en esta temporada navideña. ¡Tráigalos si los tiene!

Próximamente: School Smarts
La asombrosa Sra. Maria, nuestra coordinadora de relaciones comunitarias, está preparando una clase para padres muy interesante. Es un taller semanal llamado School Smarts que ayuda a los padres que quieren saber cómo estar más involucrados con sus escuelas, pero no saben cómo hacerlo. Usted puede aprender a ser un defensor más eficaz de su hijo, cómo navegar el sistema del distrito, cómo apoyar el aprendizaje de su hijos en casa—suena increíble.
Manténganse pendientes.

Se busca a agricultores
El comité del jardín está buscando un jardinero/estudiante de prácticas  (alguien que está estudiando en esta área). Esta es una posición pagada, pero no sé los detalles. Mande un correo electrónico a graciella.i.rossi@gmail.com para aplicar.

Que disfruten del día festivo. Nos vemos en diciembre.

Not too early

…to start thinking about summer activities. ATDP program dates have been posted.

What the heck is ATDP?

Shop at Jenny K., Help Mira Vista

So maybe all the election fervor made you forget about the coming gift-giving season for a bit, but it’s still coming. Fear not, Jenny K. has you covered, and not only can you take care of all the little things on your list, but the store will donate 20 percent of your purchase to Mira Vista this week through Friday, November  18.

Just mention the fundraiser when you make your in-store purchases so Mira Vista gets credit.

WHAT: Easiest fundraiser ever
WHERE: Jenny K.
6921 Stockton Avenue
El Cerrito, CA 94530
WHEN: November 14–18

Friday Movie Night: The Princess Bride

Princess Buttercup, Inigo Montoya, Fezzik, Miracle Max, and the Rodents of Unusual Size will all be present at the Dad’s Club Movie Night, The Princess Bride, on Friday, November 4th.
The fun starts at 6:15 in the Multipurpose Room, admission is free (inconceivable!), and pizza, drinks, and popcorn will be on sale, with all profits going to benefit the PTA.