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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 pledgestar.com/miravista 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:

Epic

Rivet

Sora eBooks

Storyline Online

If you have any questions about the Readathon, please email readathon.miravista@gmail.com.


For our Readathon this year, we’re using an awesome web-based fundraising system that makes it much easier for you to record your student’s reading minutes, request pledges from your family and friends, and for them to make secure credit card donations online. It’s fun, it’s easy, and people who use it typically raise twice as much as those who don’t!

Remember, Mira Vista’s Readathon is September 16 – October 2, 2020, so please register now to set up your student’s reading log and help our school raise as much as we can for teacher supply grants, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) club, student fees for participation in the Oakland Youth Chorus and Glee club, art and music education, the Mira Vista school garden, field trips, and more enrichment programs. Especially in these uncertain times, our school and our students need as much support as we can get!

How to register:

• Go to http://pledgestar.com/miravista. • Click “Not Registered for This Year’s Event.” (You must do this, even if you have used PledgeStar before, because the 2020 Readathon is a new event.) • Enter your name and email address, then click “Submit.” • Follow the instructions on-screen to register students.

How to find the Reading Log and record your minutes:

• After you have registered your student, look to the right of his/her/their name, and you’ll see the words “Reading Log.” Click on the book icon — that’s where you record your minutes. (Please put the book title in the “Activity” section.) • Remember to log your minutes every day, September 16 through (and including) October 2.

How to request donations from friends and family:

• In the “Add Family & Friends + Track Donations” section, enter the name and email address (or phone number) of anyone you think might be willing to donate. • When you finish, the system emails pledge requests to your family and friends, and allows them to make secure credit card donations online. You get notified each time a pledge is made, and you can track your pledge progress online. Call 1-888-598-7510 if you need help with PledgeStar.

Thank you for supporting Mira Vista’s PTA and student readers!

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

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