What can you expect from this year’s Fall Festival?
- 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!
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!
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.
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!
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 email@example.com.
Don’t forget—there is no school on Monday, October 13. Teachers will be taking a training day. Enjoy the time off.
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.
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
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