The MV Library Needs You!

Do you enjoy books? Do you love to read to kids? Or perhaps you like organizational work?  Come help us in the Mira Vista elementary and middle school libraries!
Library Parents help keep the elementary school library open Tuesdays through Fridays. Work shifts from 8:30 to 11:30 am, ensuring that Mira Vista K-5 classes get to enjoy weekly visits.

We’re looking for the following:

  • Help Tuesday morning in the elementary library from 8:30-11:30 – read to classes, help kids check out books, shelve books, etc. This could also be an every-other-week position.
  • Help Wednesday morning (times flexible) in the middle school library to keep kids on task and assist the librarian with shelving and other tasks
  • Help behind the scenes with book repair and library projects (i.e. AR stickering, etc.)
  • Help on an as-needed basis as a substitute when other volunteers are out

Please consider volunteering some of your time to this important area of learning. Email Christine Hult Lewis at

September PTA Meeting Highlights

Couldn’t make it to our first general association meeting of the school year? Here’s what you missed.

  • Volunteer fair: There were presentations from our various committees and opportunities for parents to sign up. Don’t despair, however—it’s never too late to get involved. Email volunteer at miravistaschool dot com and indicate where and how you’re interested in volunteering your time. Not sure where to start? Take our quiz!
  • Glee club is run by Oakland Youth Chorus this year. Kids are welcome to try it out for a week or two before signing up for the year.
  • Fall Festival is Saturday, October 25! Bigger and better than in previous years, this event is open to the entire community. Tell your neighbors and bring your kids. If you can lend a hand (or a shade structure), let Chris Allen know at fallfestival at miravistaschool dot com.
  • Middle school leadership class is a team of 6 to 8 students committed to building a better community.Talk to Ms. Madrid if you’d like to help out; meetings happen after school in Room 23 on Tuesdays from 2:45 to 3:30. It would be great to have parents show support.
  • Math Night had a phenomenal turnout; thanks to all family members who took the time to come to school. Math resource links from the district and elsewhere will be here on the website—check back soon!
  • STEM Club is currently open to fourth grade and up for competition in the First Lego League. The tournament will be held at Mira Vista on November 15; please come out to show support for our kids. Younger kids are welcome starting in January to absorb some fun hands-on science.
  • We are looking for a few good parents to take over operations of our in-class and after-school art program. Interested? Email volunteer at miravistaschool dot com. We can’t do it without you.

Next meeting happens Wednesday, October 8, at 7 pm in the teachers’ lounge. There will be childcare available, so join us if you can.

What kind of volunteer are you?

So you want to volunteer, but you’re not sure where to start? Take our quiz to find your dream PTA job. It’s fun! It takes two minutes! Pictures of kittens!

Click here to take the quiz now!

After you finish, don’t forget to email to let us know your availability and where you’d like to devote your time and energy.

Parents, take our tech survey!

Please take a few minutes to answer a few questions for the school district about how you use computers and the internet in your home.

Survey in English

Encuesta en español

Thank you!


Back to School Night 6:30 pm

Please come to Back to School Night, Thursday September 11, 2014 at 6:30 pm. There will be a short talk by Principal Chilcott and the PTA and then on to the classrooms so your child’s teachers can present the class plan for the year.

  • Today is a minimum day
  • Bake Sale to benefit middle school student council
  • New MV T-shirts on sale ($12 each, youth only)

See you there!

PTA Meeting Wednesday, 9/10 7 pm

Please join us for the first PTA general association meeting of the school year!

Where: Multi purpose room (a change this meeting only to accommodate larger crowd)

When: Wednesday, Sept 10, 7 pm

Good stuff: Childcare and snacks provided

Here is the agenda:


Welcome                                                                                                                 7:00 – 7:15

Sign in, PTA membership, budget copy review, Introduce PTA board

Reports                                                                                                                    7:15 – 7:30

  • President’s Report
  • Fall Activities Report
  • Teacher’s Report
  • Principal’s Report
  • Middle School Report


Action Items                                                                                                           7:30 – 7:40

  • Budget review and approval
  • Approve minutes from May 2014 PTA meeting
  • Approve Playworks ball expenditure

Volunteer Fair                                                                                                        7:40 – 8:00

  • Visit tables, learn about our activities


Adjourn                                                                                                                                8:00



Wednesday Folder 9/3


Here are a few things that went home with your child:


Upcoming Events:

• Math Night – Sept. 4 6:30 pm
• PTA Coffee Morning – Sept. 5 8:00 am
• PTA Meeting – Sept. 10 7 pm
• Back to School Night – Sept. 11 6:30 pm
• Jamba Juice Garden Event – Sept. 29

And from last week, in case you missed it:



Math Night!

Here’s a special video from one of our first grade teachers, Ms. Spafford, to tell parents about Math Night – September 4, 2014. at 6:30 pm.

What's Growing On

There’s a new post on the garden blog! Find out what teachers and students have been doing in the Mira Vista gardens, and mark your calendars for the next garden work party (September 29).

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Solve All Your Problems at Math Night

You are invited to Math Night at Mira Vista next Thursday!

What is Math Night?

Math Night is an interactive experience to familiarize everyone with the new teaching methods associated with the Common Core Math Standards. These cover all grades, including middle school. Parents will hear from a district math coach, learn about various online resources, and visit different stations to experience solving math equations using multiple methods.

Although children may attend, please note that the presentation and interactive stations are designed to educate parents. The goal of this event is to help you help your child. An evening of math games for the whole family will be happening in the spring.

When is it and where?

Thursday, September 4, at 6:30 in the multipurpose room. There will be snacks. See you there!

What’s in it for me?

Did we mention the snacks? Also, 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 gain valuable tools to help your child grasp mathematical concepts. That means homework done faster and without tears. Everybody wins.

What if I still have questions?

Need more help? Check the school district’s Parent Guides. These offer several methods for solving different types of problems and are available in English and Spanish.

We hope you’ll join us for a community event that supports the education of our students. We’ll supply the pencils—no calculators allowed!