What’s all the buzz about?

The following is a message from our new principal, Charlotte Betson:

Greetings Mira Vista Community!

I would like to take the time to introduce myself once again to the Mira Vista "Bee" Team. My name is Charlotte Betson and I am honored to introduce myself as the new Principal of Mira Vista K-8. I am truly excited to be joining the Mira Vista Community and I am looking forward to working with each of you as we navigate through this new journey of Distance Learning together. I know these last six months has not been an easy time for everyone as we are experiencing struggles with the COVID-19 pandemic along with the battle for social and racial justice in our society. It is my hope that you know we are in this together.

This Thursday, September 24th, I will be hosting a "Meet the Principal via Zoom". Kindly note, I will be hosting two sessions which are as follows:

10:00 am - 10:45 am  Session Zoom Link Listed Below:

6:00 pm to 6:45 pm  Session Zoom Link Listed Below:

Kindly attend which Zoom session works best for you.

If you would like to send questions prior, please send them to our Office Manager Ms. Alma by Wednesday, Sept. 23rd @ noon to:

I look forward to meeting our "Bee" Community this Thursday!

Stay Safe and Well!


Charlotte Betson


Mira Vista K-8

Take a night off from cooking this Sunday, September 20! Order takeout from Chipotle in El Cerrito between 4 and 8pm, use the code 2VMLWHH and mention Mira Vista, and Chipotle will donate to our school’s PTA! Print the flyer (above or below), or share it on your phone. You can order online, but the fundraiser is not valid through delivery services like DoorDash or UberEats. And splurge for that extra guac — it’s for a good cause.

Mira Vista’s Readathon takes place September 16 to October 2, 2020.

How many minutes can YOU read in 17 days?

If you read 35 minutes every day for 17 days, that would be almost 600 minutes! 😲

How it works:

Students are encouraged to read every day and keep track of the minutes. Recommended daily reading times:

K2: 30 minutes

35: 45 minutes

68: 60 minutes

• Independent reading in class and reading to your child can be counted toward the Readathon.

• Students should use a reading log to keep track of their reading. They may use the digital reading log on the Mira Vista PledgeStar page (registration required — click here to learn more), or a download-able reading log, which teachers will post in their online classrooms (it can also be found here).

Support the readers and raise funds for the Mira Vista PTA!

• Go to to donate — and invite family and friends to donate, too! (To learn how to set up your PledgeStar account for this event, click here.)

• Donation options:

Flat amount (e.g. $20 regardless of the minutes read)

Per minute read (e.g. $0.05/minute)

Per book read (e.g. $2/book)

• If you would prefer to donate via check, please make it payable to “Mira Vista PTA,” write your student’s name on it, and drop it off or mail it to the school office by October 8.

• While the Readathon is a PTA fundraiser that supports Mira Vista’s many enrichment programs, any student who participates is eligible to win — even if they don’t bring in any donations.

Prizes awarded to the students who read the most minutes and get most pledges!

• And classes that read the most minutes will win a Zoom meeting with one of these amazing authors:

Grades K–2: Jesse Byrd (Sunny Days, Real Jungle Tales, Dream Catcher)

Grades 3–5: Annie Barrows (Ivy & Bean, Magic in the Mix, The Best of Iggy)

Grades 6–8: Mitali Perkins (You Bring the Distant Near, Tiger Boy, Bamboo People)

Need books?

• Visit your local public library! Branches in Richmond, El Cerrito, and San Pablo are offering contactless pickup. Order a book online or over the phone, and pick it up curbside.

• Purchase from a local independent bookshop, such as Berkeley’s Pegasus Books, which is an active supporter of Mira Vista’s PTA and a Readathon sponsor.

• Check out these free online reading resources:



Sora eBooks

Storyline Online

If you have any questions about the Readathon, please email

Mira Vista School
6397 Hazel Ave. Richmond, CA 94805
Phone: 510-231-1416
Fax: 510-234-8739

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