Summer activities: Khan Academy

For the ultimate online learning experience, during the summer or any time from kindergarten through retirement, check out Khan Academy. It’s a free, trackable library of videos and interactive lessons on science and math for everyone. It’s fun and challenging—go on, parents, test your skills. We dare you.

Summer activities: Get wet!

Here’s the lowdown on where to get into the swim of things in Richmond and surrounding areas this summer.

  • Richmond Plunge
    1 East Richmond Avenue
    Richmond, CA 94801
    Family & Recreation Swim: W, F 11–1, F 6–7:30, weekends 1–5
    Fees: Adults $5R/$6NR Children $3R/$4NR
    Closed July 15 from 5–2:30; regular programming will resume at 2:30.
  • Richmond Swim Center
    4300 Cutting Blvd.
    Richmond, CA 94804
    Currently closed for maintenance.
  • El Cerrito Swim Center
    7007 Moeser Lane
    El Cerrito, CA 94530
    Recreation Swim: M–F 1:30–3:30, weekends 1–4
    Family Swim: M, W 7–8:30, Su 10:30–12:30
    Family Fun Night: F 5–8
    Fees: Adult $6 Youth $4
    Closed July 4 and 15.
  • Albany Aquatic Center
    1311 Portland Ave.
    Albany, CA 94706
    M–F 1–3, weekends 1:30–4
    Fees: Adult $6 Youth $4
  • Hercules Swim Center
    2001 Refugio Valley Road
    Hercules, CA 94547
    M, T, Th, F 1:15–3:30, Sa 1:30–5
    Fees: Adult $6R/$7NR Youth $5R/$6NR
    Closed July 4.
  • Lake Anza (Tilden Regional Park)
    Lake Anza Road off of Central Park Drive
    Berkeley, CA 94708
    888-327-2757, option 3, extension 4562
    Daily 11–6
    Fees: Adult $3.50 Youth $2.50
  • Keller Beach/Miller Knox Regional Shoreline
    900 Dornan Drive
    Richmond, CA 94801
    888-327-2757, option 3, extension 4544
    No lifeguard on duty; swim at your own risk.

Summer Activities: Keep the Learning Going


Two quick lists from Summer Matters, an organization dedicated to bridging the learning gap between students who benefit from organized summer learning programs and those who don’t. Take a look around the site for some ideas on ways to benefit your own child and the greater community. But first:

Summer Activities: Reading Lists


Check out these lists for summer reading! The first is a comprehensive group of downloadable and printable lists arranged by age and brought to you by the wonderful people at the Association for Library Service to Children. The second is a more whimsical checklist for literary parents. Enjoy!

Get your nose in a book!

Summer Activities: Writing Prompts


Summer brings the challenge of kids needing activities for mind and body. Every year, we put together a list of different things you can do with your kids over the summer. Check back — we’ll post every week. You can click the graphic in the sidebar for an index of everything we put together.

This week is Writing Prompts.

If your child needs to work on penmanship or spend time writing a bit longer, the Student Handouts website is a fantastic resource. Look by grade in the left sidebar for suitable printouts, like “If I lived in a castle…” You can find writing prompt downloadable PDFs for grades K-3 here.

Welcome to summer!

Dear Mira Vista,

We’re super excited that school is out for the year—but not for the reason you think. We’re excited because the fall is going to bring some amazing new programs and changes to Mira Vista, and because we have lots of exciting work to do over the summer. Here’s a quick peek at what we have planned:

First, the PTA executive board will meet to determine our goals and plans for the coming school year. We’ll talk about the budget and where we want to concentrate our grant writing activities. We’ll be devising new and exciting extracurricular programs as well as terrific ideas for our annual events.

On the committee front, our new fundraising chair, Shailushi Ritchie, will be working to map out new ideas in the coming year. Our talented Fall Festival committee will meet to begin planning for the fall’s most anticipated school event. Membership, communications, and garden committees will also be meeting before the start of school to ensure we hit the ground running. (If you’d like to be a part of our Summer Garden Team, please check our new garden website and email

We have some really amazing things to look forward to when we return in the fall, like Playworks, a new PTA e-news system (if you’d like to sign up for e-news from the PTA, use the form in the sidebar at the right!), and a brand new school identity featuring the logo you voted on at the May PTA meeting. (Check back over the summer for a website redesign featuring our new logo!)

Finally, thank you so much to everyone–students, teachers, staff, and parents–who contributed immeasurable time and effort to make this school year a success. Ensuring not just our own children but all children are cared for, supported, and encouraged to do the very best they can is what we’re all here for.

The PTA does so much at Mira Vista: we provide programs that aren’t covered by the district such as gardens, Glee Club, STEM Club, art instruction, and recorder lessons. We fund field trips and provide teacher grants so that great classroom events can take place. We couldn’t do it without you.

See you back in school on August 18!

-Sierra Fong (PTA President) and David Almonte (PTA Executive Vice President)


Gardens update

We now have a garden blog!

We’ll be maintaining this site with information about our two gardens, upcoming events there, and needs for the garden. Take a look when you get a chance and check back for updates.

Also, if you’re interested in joining the Summer Garden Team, come to an orientation this Saturday June 7 at 10 am at the lower garden. You will learn where things are and what to do. Best of all, you get to eat the bounty from the garden and take part in maintaining a wonderful school resource!


For our eighth grade parents...

The El Cerrito PTSA has a message for you!

Hey Incoming Gaucho Parents!

The El Cerrito High PTSA has now made it easier than ever to keep up with the ECHS PTSA meeting schedule, special programs such as the Teacher Wishlist, and the easy ways you can participate in our painless fundraising opportunities!
Additionally, you’ll learn about all the great things happening at ECHS and the surrounding educational community!
Show your Gaucho pride by heading on over to the El Cerrito High PTSA Facebook page and clicking the Like button!

New Mural

We have a beautiful new tile mural on the upper level of the school. It is a mosaic composed of tiles designed and painted by the 8th grade class of 2014. Take a moment to walk up to the upper most level and take a look.
Huge thanks to parent Cathy Nance for spearheading the project, with help from other parents. We hope that each class will add their own murals in the years to come.
Nice work, guys!

Last week of the school year!

viewfromMVWe’re in the home stretch! There are a few things to mention for the week. Check back on Friday for an end-of-term message from your PTA presidents.

Mira Vista E-News

A huge thanks to parent Debora Morrison for faithfully maintaining and distributing e-news for our community for years. Debora is moving on to El Cerrito High and we wish her and her son the very best. We have transitioned her system and have a brand-new system and look to our e-news.

Current subscribers do not need to do anything; you will continue to receive e-news. If you would like to subscribe, use the box on the right in the sidebar.

8th grade commencement

is June 4 in the multipurpose room. Students must arrive by 5:15, as they will walk down the aisle to be seated at 5:30 sharp.  There will be class t-shirts and photos, a photo booth, cake, and a potluck, and the advanced band will play. Congratulations, eighth graders! We wish you the best in your new school!

Summer Garden Team

We had a few people at last Saturday’s orientation but there’s still time if you want to help and join the team. We’re meeting this Saturday June 7 at 10 am in the lower garden.Become familiar with the two gardens, and become involved in keeping them a productive part of our school for the benefit of all members of our community.

Last day of school BBQ

Is this Friday, June 6. A huge thanks to parent Cathy Carty for organizing the event. Please send the items below to help make this day possible. (You can deliver to the office today or any day up to Friday morning.)

  • Pre-K, K & 1st Grade:  Hot dog buns;
  • 2nd & 3rd Grade: Chips (Variety pack with small individual bags);
  • 4th & 5th Grade:  CapriSun or Juice pouch;
  • 6th Grade: Hot dogs (Veggie, turkey or chicken – no pork, please); and
  • 7th & 8th Grade: Strawberries or Grapes (washed please).

Incoming Kindergartner Playdates

  • Saturday, June 14, 1-3 pm, at Tassajara Park.
  • Saturday, July 19, 11-1, at Poinsett Park.

Welcome to our community– we look forward to meeting you!