Fall Festival Thank yous!

chilcottpg_vA very big and warm thank you to all the Mira Vista teachers, parents, staff, and students who graciously gave time, effort, and donations for this year’s Fall Festival.

Despite the weather, it was a HUGE success! And it could not have happened without the hard work of everyone involved!

A special shout out to the following teachers:

  • Mr. Moreno, the band instructor
  • Mrs. Keller and Mrs. Cruger-Hansen, who did face painting
  • Mrs. Zittel, who ran the arts and craft booth
  • Mr. Lackey and Ms. Rossi, who ran the apple cider press
  • Ms. Madrid, Ms. Spafford, Mr. Lucas, Ms. McLachlan, Ms. Hoy, Mrs. Wong, Ms. King, and all other teachers who showed up

A special shout out to parents!

You know who you are! We have a very dedicated group of parent volunteers who helped set up, brought shades, sandbags, and weights, set up sound, ran booths, sold tickets and t-shirts, donated equipment, solicited prizes, helped clean up, put things away, and the list goes on!

By the way, you do not have to be part of the PTA (although we would love for you to join, if you haven’t already) or have a volunteer badge to help out at the Fall Fest! You can pitch in for any job, however great or small, and even enlist other family members! As seamless as it may have appeared, Fall Fest is a major event that takes lots of planning, coordinating, and, most important, volunteers. It is an event for the surrounding community as well as an opportunity for prospective families to visit the school. If you enjoyed this event as much as we did and want this type of format again next year, please pitch in! The larger format means more work, and if we do not have the volunteers for it, it won’t happen.

A special shout out to students!

You also know who you are! In addition to helping with some of the above, you are starting early on a path of community involvement and achievement that will sustain you for a lifetime!

A final special shout out to our own very dear Principal Chilcott, who was such a great sport about kissing the pig. Finally, thank you to Ms. Norma for helping everyone collect their prizes.

We really couldn’t have done it without you all!

Thank you to Albany Bowl, Andrea Burnett PR, Ashkenaz, Balanced Bodywork. Barlago, Blue and Gold Fleet, Boreal Mountain Resort @ Tahoe, Cal Performances, California Academy of Sciences, Canyon Swim School, Children’s Creativity Museum, Contra Costa Community Theater, Gathering Tribes, Grocery Outlet, Jewels Cheer Gym, Kristina Nail Spa, Lawrence Hall of Science, Legion of Honor Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, Little Louie’s Restaurant, Mel-o-dee Bar & Karaoke, Mountain Mike’s, Mr. Farmer Man, Oakland Zoo, Pastime ACE Hardware, Pier 39, Raley’s, Richmond Fire Department, Robin Reynolds Piano and Cello, Scandia Family Center, Seasons, Sky High Sports, Starbucks, Scott Taniguchi, Taqueria La Estrella, The Art Lounge, Up and Under Pub, Officer Vallerga from the K-9 Unit, Winchester Mystery House, Wooleys Hair Salon, Yogurtland, Zumba with Stacey Jennings


Lights! Camera! Donate!

Ms. Spafford’s first-grade class is raising funds for equipment to create, edit, and show movies. The link is here.

Donate now and enter the promo code SPARK to double your gift. (This offer expires November 3, so don’t procrastinate.) Tell your extended family! If your employer has a matching program, let your HR representative know.

You may remember that Ms. Spafford is not only Mira Vista’s Tech Teacher Leader, but she is one of the very talented people who brought you this:

With a new camera and a MacBook, her first-graders will rule the world! Or at least document it. Go make a donation.

While you’re there and feeling generous, show Mrs. Janora and Mrs. Schnur a little love too.

Minimum Days and Things That Say Boo!

Halloween and parent–teacher conferences are coming! That means your schedule is about to get a little complicated for the next two weeks, but don’t panic! Check the cheat sheet below, add the pertinent dates into your calendar, and all will be well.

  • Monday, October 27: Report card marking (minimum day, middle school)
  • Thursday and Friday, October 30–31: Parent-Teacher Conferences (minimum days, elementary)
  • Friday, October 31: Elementary Parade 11:20 and Middle School Dance 1 pm
  • Monday, November 3: Parent-Teacher Conferences (minimum day, elementary)
  • Tuesday, November 4: Parent-Teacher Conferences (no school, elementary)
  • Wednesday through Friday, November 5–7: Parent-Teacher Conferences (minimum days, elementary) 

If you haven’t already signed up for a conference time with your child’s teacher, call or email today.

Fall Festival Raffle!

We have a number of unclaimed raffle prizes from our amazing Fall Festival yesterday. Here they are:

In order to claim your prize, bring your ticket to Ms. Norma beginning on Monday 10/27.

Raffle Ticket # – Prize
0067311 – Winchester Mystery House
0067240 – The Art Lounge
0067237 – Sky High Sports
0067304 – Canyon Swim School
0067307 – Pier 39 Fun Pack
0067267 – Lawrence Hall of Science
0067398 – Balanced Bodywork
0067356 – Up and Under Pub
0067239 – California Academy of Sciences
0067335 – Great America Haunt
0067268 – Oakland Zoo
0067241 – Scandia Family Center
0067289 – Mountain Mike’s Pizza
0067344 – Karima Cammell Book Pack

Jelly Bean Jar Winners:

Small Jar: 98 Jellybeans
Winner: Matthew Fong (94)

Medium Jar: 160 Jellybeans
Winner: Rae (178)

Large Jar: 697 Jellybeans
Winner: Gabriella Muller (700)

Congratulations to all winners!

Fall Festival Schedule - Rain or Shine!

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Be advised there may be rain…but the Fall Festival will go on anyway! Bring an umbrella if needed, but come on down!

Here’s what’s happening and when for Saturday’s Fall Festival:

11:30 – Mira Vista band
12 pm – Jewels Cheer Gym (main stage area)
12:30–1:30 – Richmond fire truck and K-9 unit demonstration (bus lane in parking lot)
1 pm – Seasons Storytelling (main stage area)
2 pm – Kids Zumba (main stage area)
2:30 – Cello performance (main stage area)

The animal farm, Taqueria La Estrella truck, and Jamba Juice will be there all day for your petting and refreshment needs.

Many classes could still use some parental supervision for their booths; please check in with your child’s teacher if you can help out.

Fall Festival is coming!

What can you expect from this year’s Fall Festival?pig

  • 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!


Principal's Newsletter


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.


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


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!