Fall Festival is coming!

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  • Animals! There will be farm animals to pet (or kiss, if you like that sort of thing) and a K-9 unit from the Richmond Police Department.
  • Games! Play water balloon catapult, Don’t Wake the Pirate, and lots more games for all ages.
  • Prizes! Enter the raffle to win great stuff like admission to the California Academy of Sciences, Ashkenaz, Scandia, and the Oakland Zoo.
  • Fun! Enjoy live music, face painting, and take a walk down the Haunted Hallway, if you dare.

It all happens Saturday, October 25, from 11 to 3. Costumes are welcome, and so are your neighbors, family, and friends. This is an event for the greater community, and it only happens once a year, so don’t miss out.

Got an hour to spare? We always need volunteers—talk to your child’s teacher or email fallfestival@Miravistaschool.com to find out how you can make this day even better. See you there!

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Have you checked the STEM blog lately?

Lots of stuff happening in STEM Club these days, including a call for volunteers for the upcoming FIRST Lego League qualifier (kids + Lego robots + healthy competition = fun!), how to keep your jack-o-lanterns fresh, and a couple of science projects you can do at home with your kids. Go read the blog!

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Principal's Newsletter

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Hello Mira Vista Community,

It may be hard to believe that we are heading into cold and flu season when basking in the 80+ degree heat we are currently experiencing, but winter is on its way. We want every student here every day so that they can spend that time in the classroom with the teacher. To that end, here are some tips for staying healthy.

  • Get vaccinated. According to the CDC, influenza vaccination is safe, effective and the single best way to help protect yourself and your family from the flu each year. Because the virus and the vaccine change every year, it is important to get a vaccination annually.
  • Wash your hands. Frequent hand washing keeps lots of germs out of our bodies, including the influenza virus. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer.
  • Stay home if you don’t feel well. Should you become infected, keep the germs from spreading by staying home – and don’t forget to take care of yourself.
  • Do the elbow cough. Cough into elbows, not hands where bacteria and viruses can be spread through touch.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work, or school, especially when someone is ill.

Lost and Found Policy

We collect a large amount of lost items at Mira Vista, but do not have the storage to keep them. Please clearly label your child’s clothing with their name and teacher, and the items will be returned. If the owner of any item cannot be located, we will donate all unclaimed clothing during winter break and two weeks after school ends for the summer.

Attendance

During the months of August and September our students were present 97% of the days. This is a fantastic attendance rate! Remember, the most important indicator of school success is whether your student is here on time every day. Over 75% of our students are present every day of any given month. Let’s make that number go up! Please work very hard to ensure that your child is here every day so we can ensure that they are receiving the education they deserve.

Family Night Out at Rubio's Today, 10/15

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Support Mira Vista and take a night off from cooking! Bring the flyer above (or show it on your phone), and Rubio’s will donate 20% of your bill to the PTA. Take-out, dine-in, late lunch, or dinner—the fundraiser is on from 2 pm until closing.

Literacy Night Wednesday 10/15

That’s right—if you appreciated Math Night, come on down to the multipurpose room on Wednesday, October 15, at 6:30! Literacy Night is an opportunity for parents to learn how teachers are applying Common Core methods to language arts and get some helpful advice on encouraging kids to not only read more but gain a better understanding of what they’re reading. A district coach will be there to give an overview, and MV teachers will do the rest.

Literacy Night is a fun and educational evening designed for parents; we will have reading events for kids later in the school year. Please attend to learn how we can ensure that every Mira Vista student achieves competency in English language arts.

“But that’s the same night as the Family Night Out at Rubio’s!” Yes, and that fundraiser starts at 2 pm, so grab an early dinner (saving yourself the trouble of cooking while helping out our PTA at the same time) before you head over to campus for Literacy Night. See you there!

 

Have you checked the garden blog lately?

There has been lots of activity in the Mira Vista gardens recently, and you can read all about it (photos too!) on the garden blog. Community volunteers came together with MV faculty and parents to improve our gardens, and several teachers have been incorporating our green spaces into the curriculum, which means your children have been learning about growing cycles and enjoying delicious produce.

Interested in helping out with the gardens? You don’t need a green thumb, just a few hours of free time. Sign up for email news on the garden site or email gardens@miravistaschool.com.

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Three-Day Weekend

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Don’t forget—there is no school on Monday, October 13. Teachers will be taking a training day. Enjoy the time off.

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The amazing and talented faculty of Mira Vista, with some technical assistance from the PTA, have created a video to illustrate the everyday rules and expectations for MV students. Enjoy!

 

Fun with Explosions

Take a look at the MV STEM blog for a safe and fun science project you can do at home. It’s great for all ages! It’s scalable! It’s physics! Check it out.

PTA Meeting Wednesday, 10/8 7 pm

Please join us if you can for this month’s general association meeting. We have a special guest, Kathy Gerk, the emergency services manager for the city of Richmond.

Where: Teachers’ lounge; childcare provided in the multipurpose room

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Welcome                                                                                                                  7:00

Sign in

Reports                                                                                                                     7:00 – 7:20

  • President’s Report
  • Teachers’ Report
  • Principal’s Report
  • Middle School Report
  • Treasurer’s Report

Action Items                                                                                                            7:20 – 7:30

  • Approve minutes from September 2014 PTA meeting

Special Program                                                                                                     7:30 – 8:00

Kathy Gerk, City of Richmond CERT instructor, provides a program on disaster preparedness. You will hear about:

  • Emergency preparedness and what the city is doing
  • Our community warning system & shelter in place
  • People with Disabilities/Elderly/Children Outreach Program
  • Threat analysis—what we need to be prepared for in Richmond
  • Steps you can take now to increase your survival chances

Adjourn                                                                                                                                 8:00