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How's it growing?

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Have you seen what’s been happening in the gardens lately? Heard about any tasty meals made in class? Go check out the mid-year progress report over at the garden blog.

Interested in Healthier Meal Options at School?

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Dear Mira Vista Parents,

Some parents and staff at Mira Vista have been exploring options for healthier school lunches and breakfasts. We have the opportunity to partner with a program called the Conscious Kitchen, which provides healthy, fresh meals cooked onsite with zero waste. And we are reaching out to you for your help with the one-week pilot program.

Where YOU come in:

See the lunch program firsthand. To demonstrate how a how fresh, local, organic, seasonal and non-genetically modified (FLOSN) food program could work in WCCUSD, we need your help as a volunteer during the week of January 30 through February 3 at Peres Elementary School, 719 5th Street, Richmond. Volunteers will help with prepping and serving food, monitoring the waste stations, observing and interacting with children, helping with surveys and cleanup, and you would get to see what type of meals would be served and interact with an incredible community. Local chefs have been invited to prepare lunch that week.

There are several shifts available, so please sign up to volunteer at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044daca929a6f85-ataste.

If the WCCUSD pilot goes well at Peres, there are discussions about bringing the pilot to Mira Vista School in the spring, or even a yearlong pilot at Mira Vista, Madera, and Peres Elementary Schools in the 2017–2018 school year. This approach would replace the prepackaged heat and serve school breakfast/lunch model.

With gratitude,

Mira Vista PTA and the Conscious Kitchen Team
Contact person: Alena Andress
www.consciouskitchen.org

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Estimados padres de Mira Vista,

Algunos padres y personal de Mira Vista han estado explorando opciones más saludables para los almuerzos y desayunos escolares. Tenemos la oportunidad de asociarnos con un programa llamado Conscious Kitchen, que proporciona comidas saludables y frescas preparadas en el lugar donde se sirven  con cero desperdicios. Y nos estamos poniendo en contacto con usted para solicitar su ayuda con el programa piloto por una semana

Donde usted entra:

Vea el programa de almuerzo a primera mano. Para demostrar cómo un programa de alimentos fresco, local, orgánico, estacional y sin modificación genética (FLOSN) podría funcionar en WCCUSD, necesitamos su ayuda como voluntario durante la semana del 30 de enero al 3 de febrero en la Escuela Primaria Peres, 719 5th Street, Richmond. Los voluntarios ayudarán a preparar y servir comida, monitoreando las estaciones de desecho, observando e interactuando con los niños, ayudando con las encuestas y la limpieza, y usted vera qué tipo de comidas se servirán y conviviría con una Increíble comunidad. Cocineros locales han sido invitados para preparar el almuerzo esa semana.

Hay varios turnos disponibles, así que por favor inscríbase para ser un voluntario en http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044daca929a6f85-ataste.

Si el piloto de WCCUSD va bien en Peres, hay conversaciones acerca de traer el piloto a la escuela Mira Vista en la primavera, o incluso un piloto que dure un año en las escuelas primarias Mira Vista, Madera y Peres en el año escolar 2017-2018. Este enfoque reemplazaría la comida pre calentada y empacada y serviría  como un  modelo del desayuno / almuerzo escolar.

Con agradecimiento,

Mira Vista PTA y el Equipo Conscious Kitchen
Persona de contacto: Alena Andress
www.consciouskitchen.org

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Newsletter/Boletín de Noticias January 25, 2017

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Winter Concert and Art Show This Thursday: Band, Glee Club and Recorders—oh, my!

Hello, Mira Vista!

Just a few short notes this week:

Thursday, January 26, 6:30 pm: Winter Concert and Art Show

Come to this elegant evening of musical marvelousness. The glee club, band and recorders will perform, and an art show featuring every class in the school will also be having its grand opening, all in the Multi-Purpose Room. If you miss the concert, you can still see the art – it’ll be up for at least a week, and the kids are (deservedly) extremely proud of their work.

STEAM started this week

Did your kid start coming to Mr. Lackey’s after-school science/arts club? If yes -> yay! If no, did he or she want to? If no -> that’s cool! If yes -> here is the schedule!

Grades K-1: Monday 3:00 – 3:45 pm
Grades 2-3: Tuesday 3:00 – 3:45 pm
Wednesday (No STEAM!)
Grades 4-5: Thursday 3:00 – 3:45 pm
Grades 6+: Friday 3:00 – 3:45 pm

More info and sign-ups here: http://bit.ly/MVSTEAM2017

No Movie Night

Contrary to “alternative facts” on our calendar, there’s no movie night this week. A little bird told me they will resume in April.

See you next week!

Amy K.
Mira Vista Veep

Concierto de invierno y exhibición de arte este Jueves:
El grupo de banda, el club de Glee y el grupo de la flauta dulce

Hola, Mira Vista!

Solo algunos recordatorios para esta semana.

Jueves, enero 26, 6:30 pm: El concierto de invierno y la exhibición de arte

Venga  a esta elegante tarde llena de música maravillosa. El club de Glee, la banda y los de la  flauta dulce estarán tocando, y también habrá una  gran exposición de arte de cada clase, todo esto será en la cafetería. Si no puede venir al concierto, todavía podrá  ver el arte – estará allí por lo menos por una semana, y usted sabe que  los niños merecidamente se sienten muy orgullosos de su trabajo.

El programa de STEAM empezó esta semana

¿Empezó a venir su hijo/a al club de ciencia / arte después de la escuela con Mr. Lackey? Si es así -> ¡ay! Si no es así, ¿le gustaría asistir a su hijo/a? Si no -> está bien! Pero si está interesado -> ¡aquí está el horario!

Grados K-1: Lunes 3:00 – 3:45 pm
Grados 2-3: Martes 3:00 – 3:45 pm
Miércoles (No hay!)
Grados 4-5: Jueves 3:00 – 3:45 pm
Grados 6+: Viernes 3:00 – 3:45 pm

Para más información y para subscribirse vaya a: http://bit.ly/MVSTEAM2017

No habrá noche de película

Aunque estaba en nuestro calendario, esta semana no tendremos noche de película. Un pequeño pajarito me dijo que volverán a resumirlas hasta en abril.

Universidad de padres—School Smarts: La primera sección será este miércoles 25 de enero de 6–8 pm.

Cena, cuidado de niños e interpretación se proveerán. Si le gustaría inscribirse pase a recoger una forma a la oficina principal.

Nos vemos la próxima semana!

Amy K.
Mira Vista Veep

PTA Newsletter

Welcome Back to Winter Showers

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Mira Vista PTA Noticias en español PDF

So begins the second half of the school year!

Dear Mira Vista Snickerdoodles,

I don’t know about you, but for me, having the kids back in school means I finally get a break. Wow, two weeks is a long time when you’ve got to come up with your own fun! I know mine are thrilled to be back among their friends.

Let’s raise a glass of whatever beverage we’ve got (mine is Vitamin Water Zero) to the anti-princess Princess Leia who has inspired so many of our kids, both male and female, to know they can be powerful and resourceful – and have seven-foot furry aliens as friends. Something we all should shoot for (pyoo, pyoo). Take your broken heart and make it into art, my dears.

On to the week’s events:

Kinder Tour: Friday, Jan 13, 8:45 am
Got a younger kid coming into the Mira Vista fold? Come to the tour! Or friends you want to bring to us? Let them know! See you then.

City of El Cerrito Northern Gateway Clean-Up: Saturday, Jan 14, 10 am – 2 pm
You and your kids can help keep trash from polluting the bay and creeks.  Wear a hat and bring water. For more information, email green@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us.

Chipotle Dinner Fundraiser: Tuesday, Jan 17, 5 pm – 8:30 pm
Somehow this always ends up being the most fun Dinner for Mira Vista of the year. It’s also the most lucrative: 50% of the evening’s purchases come back to the school! So come out and chow down!

Parent University Engagement Night: Wednesday, Jan 18, 6:30 pm
This is the School Smarts program we told you about a few weeks ago. Parents who would like to be more involved as volunteers and advocates will receive incredibly valuable training and education. We will have Dinner! Child care! Fun & educational art activities for the whole family!

Get Ready! STEAM starts the week of January 23, 3-3:45 pm
For a full schedule of Mr. Lackey’s stellar Science-Tech-Engineering-Arts-Math program, watch your kids’ folders this week. You can see that info and register here: http://bit.ly/MVSTEAM2017

Volunteers needed! Healthy Eating Pilot Program
Are you passionate about healthy lunch options in our public schools? We are partnering with a program called Conscious Kitchen that provides healthy, fresh meals cooked on site with zero waste, hoping to bring it to the WCCUSD. Without volunteers, it won’t happen. YOU are needed during the week of January 30-February 3 at Peres Elementary School, 719 5th Street, Richmond, CA 94801.

If you would like to help prepare food, sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044daca929a6f85-ataste. If you would like to help collect data, sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044caea722a4f85-baseline. Eventually, this could come to Mira Vista and replace the processed food we now serve!

English Classes for Adults: Mondays and Fridays from 8:45-11:45 am
If you have been wishing to brush up your language skills, these free classes are for you. Child care is provided, and a supportive group of enthusiastic fellow students will be your new best friends.

 

STEAM Starts January 23rd!

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Mira Vista STEAM will begin on Monday, January 23rd. Join us in ROOM 25 from 3–3:45pm.

Weekly Schedule
K and 1st Grades: Mondays
2nd and 3rd Grades: Tuesdays
4th and 5th Grades: Thursdays
6th Grade and Up: Fridays

Register here to participate: http://bit.ly/MVSTEAM2017

If you have any questions, please contact Mr Lackey at blackey@wccusd.net

School Smarts Event

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You’re invited to be part of Mira Vista’s “School Smarts” Event on January 18, 2017, at 6:30pm in the Multipurpose Room.

There will be dinner, child care, fun and educational art activities for the whole family. You will also receive helpful information about how you and your child can succeed at Mira Vista and beyond, and find out how you can be part of an exciting Parent Academy coming to Mira Vista on Wednesdays between January 25 and March 15.

School Smarts is a parent engagement program designed to help you become more knowledgeable and involved in our school.

Look for the flyer in the Wednesday folder

State of the School, 6:30pm Tuesday

state-of-the-schoolTuesday January 10th is your chance to join the annual meeting where we come together and hear how Mira Vista is progressing.

If you want to know how we’re implementing Common Core in our instruction, what our test scores mean, or learn about our school’s overarching philosophy, then join us in the multipurpose room at  6:30 pm on Tuesday, January 10. Principal Chilcott will fire up the popcorn machine to celebrate all the great things happening at our school, and there’ll be a movie to keep the kids occupied.

The same evening, we’re also inviting all current 5th graders to come for a break-out session, where teachers will discuss how we run grades 6 through 8 at Mira Vista. Any family of 5th graders who attend will have first choice of electives in 6th grade. This will take place in Rooms 17 and 18.

Ready for Kindergarten?

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Kindergarten registration for the 2017–2018 school year begins Monday, January 9. Stop by the Mira Vista office to pick up and submit registration forms. Click here for more information and registration hours.

Our first kindergarten tour is on Friday, January 13, at 8:45 am.

HECK Winter Break 3-a-Day Challenge!

Bunches of fresh carrots at a farmer's market.

Bunches of fresh carrots at a farmer’s market.

Do you need an incentive to help your kids balance out the sugary treats that they may eat over the Winter Break? Well, look no further!

HECK is pleased is announce our Winter Break 3-a-Day Challenge! We challenge all MV students to eat three fruits and vegetables a day during the entire break. All students who successfully complete this challenge will be entered into a drawing to win one of TWO:

$20 gift certificate to El Cerrito Natural Grocery and a farmers’ market cookbook!

That’s right – there will be two winners!

There is some fine print such as French fries, fruit roll-ups, and veggie sticks do NOT count and that one of the three daily produce items must be a vegetable. 14

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at: heck@MiraVistaSchool.com.