Whew! First week is over!

White Young Baby CatYou’re probably really tired and your bodies are all still adjusting the schedule of getting up and getting off to school–packing lunches, tying shoes, gathering back packs. You’ve been inundated with forms to fill out for your child and you’re anticipating when homework packets start coming home. It wasn’t easy — and the street re-paving around the school during school drop-off hours certainly didn’t help!

Take a moment and congratulate yourself on your child’s first week of school.

Remember that the PTA is here for you as a resource. We’ve got a lot of information for you, but we don’t want to slam you with it all at once. But here are a few important things to keep in mind as we get into the next week:

  • First PTA meeting is Wednesday, September 2 at 7 pm in the multipurpose room.
  • Apply for your district volunteer badge here: beamentor.org
  • Join the PTA here or bring your membership form to the PTA meeting next week
  • Check our updated calendar
  • Check this website often!

Welcome Back!

welcomebackDear parents, teachers, and friends:

Welcome back to a new school year! Seems like summer went extra fast this year. I hope yours was restful and fun.

Here are a few notes as we begin our school year on August 24.

The first day of school, August 24, is a minimum day for first grade and higher, so dismissal is:

Kindergarten 8:30 am – 11:50 am (No minimum days)

Grades 1-3 8:30 am – 2:20 pm ** dismissal 1:45 on the first day of school
Wednesdays are always minimum days (1:45 pm dismissal).

Grades 4 and 5 8:30 am – 2:45 pm ** dismissal 1:50 on the first day of school
Wednesdays are always minimum days (1:50 pm dismissal).

Grades 6-8 8:30 am – 2:40 pm ** dismissal 1:50 on the first day of school
Wednesdays are always minimum days (1:50 pm dismissal).

  • The class lists will be posted after 4 pm on Friday, August 21 on the door outside the main office.
  • Come to school early the first day and please park in the lower drop-off parking lot. Please resist the temptation to drop them in the teacher’s upper roundabout lot! This is not a drop-off zone. In addition, kids zig-zag through here, so the potential for accidents is high. If you’re rushing, please drop off on Hazel and have them walk in through the gates.
  • Class begins at 8:30. If you are more than 10 minutes late, your child has to stop by the office before going to class to get a pink tardy slip.

First Day of School Coffee and Donuts

Please swing by the PTA welcome table on the first day of school for free coffee and breakfast. Meet your PTA officers, ask questions, and grab a PTA sign-up form (lots of other good stuff, too!). The table will be located in front of the entry to the Kindergarten wing. Don’t know where that is? Go to the main office and walk back toward Hazel. You’ll see us.

First PTA meeting is Wednesday, September 2, at 7 pm in the Multipurpose Room

This year, PTA meetings are moving to the first Wednesday of the month (they were previously the second Wednesday of the month) in order to allow parents to attend school board meetings if they wish, which are often held on the second Wednesday of the month. Please join us to learn about how to get involved in the PTA, what it does, and how we do it. Free childcare is provided. If you wish, bring a snack to share—we get quite a nice food table going!

Have a wonderful school year and I look forward to meeting and seeing all of you as we get started! In the meantime, please reach out to me with ANY questions or concerns—the PTA is here to be a resource to you. You can email me at president [at] miravistaschool .com.

Sierra Fong

Mira Vista PTA President


It's coming...

The first day of school will be here before you know it—are you ready? We are working hard to update the website for the coming school year, so please check back often, or better yet, sign up for email updates on the sidebar to the right.

Have you checked the garden blog lately? Thanks to a lot of hard work over the summer by our tireless volunteers, students and teachers will return to verdant gardens full of delicious produce.

Enjoy the last, sweet days of summer! We look forward to seeing you on campus.


See what's growing in our gardens!

Check out the garden blog to enjoy a taste of our late spring harvest.


WCCUSD Summer Lunch Program

From the West Contra Costa Unified School District Food Services Department:

On June 8, 2015, Food Services is starting its seamless summer feeding program, offering meals at no charge to children 18 years and younger.

For more information and a list of locations, dates, and times where meals will be served, please go to www.wccusd.net food services department or call the Food Service Department at 510-307-4580 for more information.

Please join us with your children on Tuesday, June 9, for our Kick Off to Summer BBQ!

WHAT: Summer Food Program Kick-off to Summer BBQ!
WHEN: Tuesday, June 9, 2015—11:00-1:30 pm
WHERE: WCCUSD Nutrition Center, 750 Bissell Avenue, Richmond CA
WHO: WCCUSD children, families, the community, and partners
WHY: For information to ensure that WCCUSD children have access to nutritious meals over the summer





Spend Your Summer in the Garden

Have some free time this summer? Want to enjoy an hour or so in the beautiful green gardens at Mira Vista? The garden committee is looking for volunteers to help tend the gardens over the summer break. If you’re interested, please attend one of the orientation meetings to find out how to gain access and what you need to know to keep our gardens looking gorgeous and producing tasty fruit and vegetables.

Check the garden blog for all the details or email gardens@miravistaschool.com.


Our last week of school!

Happy last week of the school year, everyone! We have a lot going on this week.

Field Day, Tuesday June 2

Field day is an annual day of games and fun on the yard for the lower grades while our eighth graders prepare to graduate. Here’s the schedule:

  • Kindergarten and first grades 8:45 – 9:30 am
  • Second and third grades 9:40-10:25 am
  • Fourth grade and fifth grades 10:30-11:15 am

If you can help out volunteering your time, please show up the day of or contact Hector Ruiz at hector510 [at] comcast. net

Eighth Grade Commencement, Wednesday June 3

Congratulations to all our eighth graders, many of whom have been at Mira Vista since Kindergarten. This school and community are what they are partly because of you! We wish you every success in the next stage of school.

BBQLast Day of School and School BBQ, Friday June 5 (noon dismissal)

Come celebrate our last day of school at our annual BBQ. Each grade is asked to bring an item. Please bring it to class or leave it with Ms. Norma in the office.

  • Kindergarten and first grade: hot dog buns
  • Second and third grades: chips (variety packs with small individual bags)
  • fourth and fifth grades: Caprisun or juice pouches
  • Sixth grade: hot dogs (veggie, turkey, or chicken — no pork, please!)
  • Seventh and Eighth grades: strawberries or grapes (washed, please)

Annual Spring Concert tonight, May 28, 7 pm

Come to our popular annual Spring Concert and hear our elementary band and orchestra students, as well as recorder students. Starts at 7 pm.





Family Dinner Fundraiser Tonight! Panda Express

Please support our last Family Dinner Fundraiser of the year tonight!

Panda Express, 4250 Macdonald Ave, Richmond. (510.965.1929) from 3:30-8:30 pm



Mira Vista PTA Bulletin for the week of May 25-29

We have less than two weeks left of school!  Here’s what’s going on in our last two weeks:

Wednesday, May 27, Family Dinner Fundraiser, Panda Express
Please support Mira Vista at our last dinner fundraiser of the year. Download the flyer in the links column at the right.

Spring Concert Date will be Thursday May 28 at 7pm
Don’t miss our elementary band and orchestra students, as well as recorder students, at our annual Spring Concert!

Monday, June 2 Field Day
Our annual fun day is a much-loved tradition. If you can help parent Hector Ruiz to volunteer on that morning, please contact Mrs. McLachlan at rmclachlan [at] wccusd.net.

Last day of school, June 5
We will have our traditional end of school BBQ and all classes will be dismissed at noon. If you would like to help with the BBQ, we really need volunteers! Please email Hector at hector510 [at] comcast.net or Cathy Carty at catdady1376 [at] yahoo.com.