Volunteer Opportunity! Cerrito Creek Cleanup Day

Join El Cerrito Green Teams and our partner Friends of Albany Parks for a Creek Clean-up at Cerrito Creek, Near El Cerrito Plaza

Sunday, February 21, 10 a.m. to Noon

Meet near Trader Joe’s, south side of El Cerrito Plaza.

All ages and latecomers welcome. Tools, gloves, and good company provided. Wear closed-toed shoes with traction and clothes that can get dirty.

Our trash litter clean-up will be along a scenic stretch of Cerrito Creek alongside El Cerrito Plaza. We will also clean surrounding areas as needed.

Sign up to volunteer today!
(510) 215-4350| green@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us or just show up!

Busy Busy Bees


Last week was a busy one for our school; students put sneakers to the pavement for the annual walkathon, and we found out who our best spellers are.

Renee Ng was the winner of this year’s elementary school spelling bee, and the upper-grade winner was Briyana Ros. Olivia and Rosie Allen tied for second place. Nice job!


Thank you to all our students who walked or spelled for Mira Vista!

Chipotle and More!


Thursday, Feb 11. It’s hands down our favorite Family Fundraiser Dinner Night of the year. Simply mention Mira Vista at the register and you’re good.

PTA Meeting Update!

The nominees were put forth for board positions for next year. Anyone can nominate anyone or nominate themselves, so if you would like to run, please do! Contact Charla and nominations@miravistaschool.com.
Here are the nominees:

  • President: Joe Shaugnessy
  • Executive Vice President: Amy Keyishian
  • VP Middle School: Lisa Muller
  • Secretary: Shazzy Khorsandi
  • Treasurer: Michelle Covey
  • Financial Secretary: Rebecca Reed

We will vote officers in at our March PTA meeting (March 2).

Pajama Party!
It’s that time of year again! The Mira Vista Pajama Party is Thursday, February 25, from 6-8 pm. Organizer Lia Lackey needs volunteers to help, everything from set-up staring at 4:00 pm to clean up at the end of the night (8-9 pm). Please contact her or email president@miravistaschool.com if you can help. Include the time range you are available and your preference for tasks (reading stories, refreshment table, book exchange, etc). Thanks so much for helping to make it another great night full of book lovin’ fun!


Healthy Students Survey
We participate in the California Healthy Kids Survey every year. We use the data to judge our practices and the health and wellness of our students. The more of us that fill it out, the more valid the data used by the staff to set our goals for the coming years. It’s short and easy, too. You can find the California Healthy Kids Survey here. Our school code is FW44EN.Parents’ Coffee Club
Our wonderful bilingual community coordinator, Maria Perez-Mendoza, has arranged for an ESL class for Spanish-speaking Mira Vista parents on Monday and Friday mornings. Maria had the fabulous idea to add a more informal chat-n-tutor get-together on Wednesdays during the school day.

Parents of any backgrounds can hang out, connect, and give one another other informal language help or share other resources. We will also be adding some great workshops from the district; the first one will be about getting your kids ready for testing and supporting them through the process. If you think you would like to join, email Maria at maria.perez-mendoza@wccusd.net.

STEAM Schedule Resumes This Week

steam_colorAnd it’s back! We apologize for the hiccup.

The schedule is as follows:

  • K–1: Monday 3 pm to 3:45
  • Grades 2–3: Tuesday 3 pm to 3:45
  • Grades 4–5: Wednesday
    2 pm to 2:45
  • Grades 6–8: Thursday
    3 pm to 3:45

Parents or care providers are responsible for their students before and after those times.

To sign up for STEAM, please complete this form and return it by February 12.

Full STEAM Ahead...Soon

The much anticipated and already popular after-school STEAM program has been postponed for the near future. STEAM will be back up and running with continuity very soon. Mr. Lackey knows how many kids are loving the new format, and he’s looking forward to resuming the program.

We will post the updated schedule as soon as it’s available.

What the heck is STEAM? It stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. It’s fun; kids like it; and they learn stuff without even realizing it.

Fourth Annual Walkathon, Wednesday, Feb 3!

walkingsilhouettecliparnm9It’s that time!

If you haven’t gotten your pledge forms in (Due today!) then you can still do it. Download the form here. (PDF).

The schedule is as follows:

Southwest portion of the yard, painted track (.10 miles)

8:45-9:15 — both K classes and K-1 NSH;
9:30-10:00 — both 1st and 2nd grade classes will walk, perhaps coming out early to cheer on the K classes;
10:15-10:45 — 3rd grade and 2-3 NSH class

Whole perimeter of the yard (.25 miles)

10:50-11:20 — 4th and 5th grade walk and Wallacker
1:00-2:00 — 6th, 7th and 8th grade walk

If you have an hour (or more!) to spare that day, we (and the students) could really use your help.

Email president@miravistaschool.com to help–or show up.

Thank you for your continued support and willingness to help make Mira Vista a great school!


STEAM Sign Up!

steam_colorIt’s here — time to sign up for STEAM, which starts January 25, 2016 and is run by our 7th grade teacher, Mr. Lackey.

The schedule is as follows:

  • K-1: Monday
  • Grades 2-3: Tuesday
  • Grades 4-5: Wednesday
  • Grades 6+: Thursday

All STEAM classes start run from 3:00 – 3:45 pm, regardless of grade. Parents or care providers are responsible for their students before and after those times.

To sign up for STEAM, please complete this form.



Richmond Art Center Camps for Winter Break

Not sure what to do with your kids during the Presidents’ Week break? (Yes, there’s a break—school is closed from February 15 through 19). Richmond Art Center is offering art camps, including ceramic sculpture, enameling, metal forming, and fashion and textiles.  Click the link, but don’t delay; these classes fill up fast.


Family Dinner Night at Panda Express January 20

familydinnerfundraiser2Who has time to cook? Take the night off and help out your school on Wednesday by picking up dinner (or late lunch or even a midnight snack!) at Panda Express. Bring this flyer (hard copy or on your phone) to ensure Mira Vista gets credit for your purchase.

Where: 4250 MacDonald Ave., Richmond

When: Wednesday, January 20, 2 to 11 pm

No school January 18


Today we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. See you on Tuesday!