Play. Explode. Repeat. The STEAM Carnival Is Coming to Town

Are your students dreamers? Inventors? Kids who challenge the impossible? Then don’t miss your opportunity to attend the STEAM Carnival at a special PTA discount!

California State PTA is pleased to help promote this exciting event. The STEAM Carnival is a new movement for inspiring kids in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). It’s a high-voltage, high-impact entertainment showcase that’s fun for the whole family.

The STEAM Carnival will be in San Francisco from November 6 through 8, so reserve your tickets today. You can save $5 per ticket by entering the discount code CAPTA, but don’t wait—this offer expires October 31.


Math Night Reminder

Don’t forget, tonight is Math Night. It starts at 6:30 in the multipurpose room.

Math Night is an evening put on by teachers for parents as an interactive experience to familiarize everyone with the teaching methods associated with the Common Core Math Standards. Parents will hear from a district math coach and get the opportunity to experience solving math equations using multiple methods at your child’s grade level. Math Night will provide tangible ways to incorporate math into your daily conversations with your child, helping to reinforce what teachers are doing in class. You will walk away with many tools and resources, better equipped to help your student with math homework! Please join us for a community event that supports the education of our students!

Click here for some resources you can use all year.

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Thank you, garden volunteers!

928wellsteamVolunteers from Wells Fargo joined parents and teachers yesterday to help out with some fall maintenance in the gardens. Everything looks great! Details coming soon from the garden blog.

Free Fingerprinting Events

West Contra Costa Unified School District is offering free fingerprinting at local schools for parents and guardians who are signing up to volunteer on campus. If you’ve completed your online or paper application, bring your digits to Lupine Hills Elementary on October 3 between 9 am and noon.

Get the full schedule of fingerprinting opportunities here.

Haven’t started the process for your volunteer badge yet? Click here!


October 1: Picture Day and Math Night

Smile! Thursday, October 1, is Picture Day at Mira Vista. You should have received an order form in last Wednesday’s folder—if not, don’t worry. There are plenty of extras in the office. Send your child to school looking his or her best, or at least the way you want to remember this school year. You may send a check with your order form or order online at Enter picture ID CJ915171Q0.


But that’s not all! The evening of October 1 is Math Night. If you’ve ever felt frustrated with helping your child do math homework or fear the day when that homework goes beyond simple arithmetic you can do in your head, you need to attend this event. A district math coach will present  an overview of Common Core expectations, and Mira Vista teachers will give tutorials for different grade levels from K through 8. Math Night won’t just show you how to do the math; it will teach you useful tricks for getting the concepts across to your child and let you know exactly what the teachers want to see from the students. Math Night  starts at 6:30 in the multipurpose room. Don’t miss it!

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x + 1 = 0  or  x – 3 = 0
x = –1  or  x = 3

We've got spirit! How about you?

Spirit Week starts Monday, September 28. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Monday: Pajama Day. Come in your comfy clothes, but leave your slippers at home—shoes required.
  • Tuesday: Crazy Hair Day
  • Wednesday: Superhero Day
  • Thursday: Sports Day
  • Friday: Mira Vista Colors (elementary) or Class Color (middle)


Garden Work Party with Wells Fargo


On Tuesday, September 29, we will host a garden work party with volunteers from Wells Fargo from 10 am to 1 pm. Stop by if you can, even if it’s only for an hour. Please bring a water bottle, gloves, and a shovel if you have one. No gardening experience necessary!

Click here for more details!

Can’t make this day? Please email to schedule another time with us to support our gardens. We are also looking for parent representatives for each class to help teachers bring more students into the gardens.

Share Your Talents with Us


What makes Mira Vista a thriving, supportive school? You do, by contributing your time and efforts so all our kids can grow academically and socially and understand the value of community. There are many ways to help out your neighborhood school, and there is a job for everyone. (Have you taken our What Kind of Volunteer Are You quiz yet?)

At the moment, we have some specific and vital roles to fill in the PTA. These positions are ideal for parents who work full-time and can’t make it onto campus to help out in the classrooms or on field trips. If you can spare a few hours a month (or more—we won’t stop you!), consider volunteering your unique skill set for one of the following positions.

  • Communications coordinator. Are you a writer in any capacity? Are you comfortable with weekly deadlines and social media? We’re looking for someone to get the word out about school events on paper, online, and by email. We have a system in place; we just need someone to put the information together and click Send.
  • Fundraising/grants team members. Our grant-writing and fundraising teams recently joined forces, and we’re very excited about their goals for the year, but they can’t achieve them without some help from a few dedicated parents. No experience with these fields is necessary; we just need a few hours of your time to work with other PTA committees, help research, write, and submit funding proposals, and bring your great ideas and energy to the table.

Interested? Please email, leave a reply below, or just come to the next PTA meeting (October 7, by the way—you’re welcome), and let one of the officers know.

ELD Reclassification Process Meeting

Is your child classified as an English learner (ELD)? Would you like to learn how to have him or her reclassified and transferred to ALD as a proficient speaker of English? Please come to the following meeting to discover how to help your child progress academically and achieve his or her language goals.

When: Wednesday, September 23, 6:30 pm
Where: Teachers’ Lounge

Childcare and translation will be available.

Back to School Night

This Thursday, September 10, is Back to School Night. Parents, this is your opportunity to visit your child’s teacher(s) and get an idea of what to expect for the year.

The evening begins at 6:30 pm in the multipurpose room, where you will hear from Principal Chilcott and the PTA leadership. At 7 pm, parents proceed to their child’s classroom for a short presentation from his or her teacher. Have questions about the curriculum or what to expect from the coming school year? Now is the time to ask. It’s also a good opportunity to meet other parents in your child’s grade. Don’t miss out!