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Thanksgiving is here!


It seems like an odd moment to be giving thanks. Not only has the post-election mood been gloomy, but a holiday that celebrates the cooperation between the pilgrims and Native Americans doesn’t mean much when the descendants of those pilgrims are using firehoses on the descendants of those Native Americans. But here we are. I hope we can all find something to be grateful for. I know I’m grateful for one thing: the Mira Vista community.

Last week’s PTA meeting was well attended, and Principal Chilcott gave a brief, moving speech that really spoke to the heart of those in attendance. I can only paraphrase, but it was something along the lines of: “I can’t tell a kid what’s going to happen to his family, but I can give him a hug and tell him that we want him here and that we love him.” I feel that warmth and hope throughout the school, and I hope you do, too.

Richmond’s mayor, Tom Butt, has joined hundreds of mayors across the country to declare our city a Sanctuary City, meaning that the priority is on maintaining the safety and comfort of immigrants and refugees in our midst. This is in line with the city’s stated policies going back to 1990. Remember that Richmond is where then-Police Chief Magnus headlined a Black Lives Matter protest. We are stronger together.

In that spirit, I hope we can all find a way to have a happy Thanksgiving.

On to the news:

Next PTA Meeting: December 6, 6:30 pm
Our most recent meeting was well-attended, even though we (okay, I) biffed the announcement and didn’t remind anyone. We had lively discussions and learned a lot. Put it on your calendar now, so we can have more of both in December!

Thanksgiving Days Off
This Wednesday is, as always, an early-release day. There is NO SCHOOL on Thursday or Friday. Go see Trolls; it’s really amusing and extremely trippy.

Canned Food Drive
There is a huge bin by the front office where we are collecting canned items to donate to needy families this holiday season. Drop ’em if you got ’em!

Coming soon: School Smarts
The amazing Miss Maria, our community relations coordinator, is putting together a very cool upcoming class for parents. It’s a weekly workshop called School Smarts that helps parents who want to know how to be more involved with their schools but don’t quite know how to go about it. You can learn to be a more effective advocate for your child, how to navigate the district, how to support classroom learning at home—it sounds amazing. Stay tuned!

Farmers Wanted
The garden committee is looking for a garden/educator intern. This is a paid position, but I don’t know the details. Email graciella.i.rossi@gmail.com to apply.

Have a wonderful holiday. See you in December.

¡El día de Acción de Gracias está aquí!


Parece un momento extraño dar gracias. No sólo por cómo nos sentimos después de las elecciones, pero también el hecho que este es un día festivo  recordando la cooperación entre los peregrinos y los nativos americanos pero no significa mucho cuando los descendientes de los peregrinos están tratando mal a los descendientes de los nativos americanos. Pero aquí estamos. Espero que todos podamos encontrar algo por lo cual  estar agradecidos. Sé que yo  estoy agradecida por una cosa: la comunidad de Mira Vista.

Tuvimos buena asistencia la semana pasada en la reunión del PTA, el director Chilcott hizo un breve y emotivo discurso que realmente habló a los corazón de los presentes. Sólo puedo parafrasear, pero era algo así como: “No puedo decirle a un niño lo que le va a pasar a su familia, pero puedo darles un abrazo y decirle que lo queremos aquí y que lo amamos.” Siento esa calidez y esperanza en toda la escuela, y espero que ustedes también.

El alcalde de Richmond, Tom Butt, se ha unido a cientos de alcaldes de todo el país para declarar nuestra ciudad una Ciudad del Santuario, lo que significa que la prioridad es mantener la seguridad de los inmigrantes y refugiados en nuestra comunidad. Esto está de acuerdo con las normas de la ciudad declaradas desde 1990. Recuerde que Richmond es donde entonces el jefe de policía Magnus encabezó una protesta sobre Black Lives Matter. Juntos somos más fuertes.

Con eso en mente, espero que todos podamos encontrar una manera de tener un feliz Día de Acción de Gracias.

En otras noticias:

La Próxima Reunión del PTA: 6 de diciembre, 6:30 pm
Nuestra reunión más reciente fue muy concurrida, a pesar de que (bien, yo) se me paso recordarles sobre la reunión. Tuvimos conversaciones animadoras y aprendimos mucho. Póngalo en su calendario ahora, para que podamos tener más presentes en diciembre!

Día de Acción de Gracias—No hay clases
Este miércoles, es como siempre un día mínimo. No hay clases el jueves o el viernes. Vayan a ver Trolls; es muy divertido.

Colecta de comida enlatada
Hay un gran contenedor en la oficina donde estamos recolectando artículos enlatados para donar a las familias necesitadas en esta temporada navideña. ¡Tráigalos si los tiene!

Próximamente: School Smarts
La asombrosa Sra. Maria, nuestra coordinadora de relaciones comunitarias, está preparando una clase para padres muy interesante. Es un taller semanal llamado School Smarts que ayuda a los padres que quieren saber cómo estar más involucrados con sus escuelas, pero no saben cómo hacerlo. Usted puede aprender a ser un defensor más eficaz de su hijo, cómo navegar el sistema del distrito, cómo apoyar el aprendizaje de su hijos en casa—suena increíble.
Manténganse pendientes.

Se busca a agricultores
El comité del jardín está buscando un jardinero/estudiante de prácticas  (alguien que está estudiando en esta área). Esta es una posición pagada, pero no sé los detalles. Mande un correo electrónico a graciella.i.rossi@gmail.com para aplicar.

Que disfruten del día festivo. Nos vemos en diciembre.

Not too early

…to start thinking about summer activities. ATDP program dates have been posted.

What the heck is ATDP?

Shop at Jenny K., Help Mira Vista

So maybe all the election fervor made you forget about the coming gift-giving season for a bit, but it’s still coming. Fear not, Jenny K. has you covered, and not only can you take care of all the little things on your list, but the store will donate 20 percent of your purchase to Mira Vista this week through Friday, November  18.

Just mention the fundraiser when you make your in-store purchases so Mira Vista gets credit.

WHAT: Easiest fundraiser ever
WHERE: Jenny K.
6921 Stockton Avenue
El Cerrito, CA 94530
WHEN: November 14–18

Friday Movie Night: The Princess Bride

Princess Buttercup, Inigo Montoya, Fezzik, Miracle Max, and the Rodents of Unusual Size will all be present at the Dad’s Club Movie Night, The Princess Bride, on Friday, November 4th.
The fun starts at 6:15 in the Multipurpose Room, admission is free (inconceivable!), and pizza, drinks, and popcorn will be on sale, with all profits going to benefit the PTA.

Happy Halloween! Minimum Day

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Monday is a minimum day and there will be a parade in the lower yard. The El Cerrito High School Marching Band will arrive by 11:20.

Please do not send your student to school with any toy knives, guns, swords, or weapons of any kind.

School Board Candidates Forum

There is a school board candidates forum tonight at Korematsu Middle School in El Cerrito. 6:30pm. This is a great way to hear directly from the school board candidates and ask them questions.

We've got spirit ! (yes, we do)

Red Ribbon Spirit Week

October 24 through 28

  • Monday Pajama Day (no slippers, please!)
  • Tuesday Bright Colors Day
  • Wednesday Sports Day
  • Thursday Superhero Day
  • Friday Red or MV Shirt Day

Mira Vista <3 Science

So of course you’re going to Fall Festival on Saturday, October 22, but what else is on the family fun calendar? We’ve got you covered.

Sunday, October 23, 10 to 5: East Bay Mini Maker Faire

“Featuring both established and emerging local ‘makers,’ the East Bay Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly celebration featuring rockets and robots, digital fabrication, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, alternative energy, bicycles, unique hand-made crafts, music and local food, and educational workshops and installations.”

Thursday, October 27, through Saturday, November 5: Bay Area Science Festival

“The 6th annual Discovery Day at AT&T Park is Saturday 11/5/16. There will be hundreds of hands-on activities, opportunities to meet local scientists and engineers, and plenty of fun and educational entertainment. The entire ballpark is packed to the rafters with science content: on the field, at every entry/exit, and every level of the ballpark. Get ready to unleash your inner scientist.”

BASF is happening in several locations across the Bay Area and features tons of free family activities. Check out the full schedule here.

Join us on Saturday for the Fall Festival

Mira Vista’s annual Fall Festival will be held Saturday, October 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 pm. Come join in the fun!

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  • Bike rodeo! Bring your bikes, scooters and helmets and ride through a bike obstacle course. You also can bring in your bike for repairs.
  • Salsa recipe contest! Enter your best salsa in our recipe contest. The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to Las Montañas market.
  • Games! Angrybird catapult, bean bag toss, and lots more games for all ages.
  • Car show! Check out the customized rides.
  • Graveyard sale! Find great deals on second-hand household items, electronics, toys, and more.
  • Prizes! Enter the raffle to win great stuff like admission to the California Academy of Sciences and the Oakland Zoo.
  • Fun! Enjoy music, face painting, and take a walk down the Haunted House, if you dare.

It all happens Saturday, October 22, 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 Joanna Gummery to find out how you can make this day even better. See you there!

Dead tired of your clutter?


The second annual Mira Vista GraveYard Sale is happening at the Fall Festival on Saturday, October 22. This week is your last chance to get that unwanted, unloved, taking-up-space stuff out of your house and make some money for the school at the same time!

All items can be brought to the front office from 8 to 4 every day until Friday, October 21, for storage. You can also bring donated items to the multipurpose room Friday evening, October 21, from 6 to 9.

We could really use some help running the yard sale tables during the Fall Festival from 11 to 3. Please contact Joanna Gummery if you’re interested. All we ask is an hour of your time.