Bulldog Bulletin: 11/21/21

Weekly Update - (Actualización Semanal):

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Vista Academy of Visual & Performing Arts

Office Hours: Monday-Friday - 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Hilda (School Support Secretary): Front Office/Registration/General Questions - hildareynoso@vistausd.org


Sharon (Health/Attendance Tech): Registration/Health Concerns -

sharonortega@vistausd.org


Rosy (Administrative Assistant): General -

rosysimmonds@vistausd.org


Jorge (Community Liaison): Resources/Family Engagement -

jorgegarcia@vistausd.org

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For your information, we have included Dr. Doyle’s most recent Community Updates which went out to families on November 8th.


Para su información, hemos incluido la última actualización comunitaria de Dr. Doyle que se envió a las familias el 8 de noviembre.

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Upcoming Dates to Remember:


  • Mon. Nov. 22 - Fri. Nov. 26: Thanksgiving Break (No School)
  • Fri. Dec. 3 (9:00 a.m.): Bagels with Benjie (Re-scheduled)
  • Tue. Dec. 14 (5:30 p.m.): Foundation PTO Meeting
  • Thurs. Dec. 23 - Mon. Jan. 10: Winter Break (No School)

Principal's Update:

Hello Vista Academy Families,



This season is a gentle reminder to have gratitude and express our appreciation. Vista Academy is such a diverse community of families and individuals and I am so appreciative for every student, staff member, and community partner that makes our school the special place that it is. You can feel the “family” in the culture at our school and we do not take that for granted. As you all spend some time with your loved ones this next week, please know that your Vista Academy family is grateful for each and every one of you. Enjoy your fall break, and we look forward to seeing you on Monday, November 29.


Fall Break is November 22-26, enjoy the time with your families. School resumes on November 29th.

Monthly Bagels with Benjie (Rescheduled to Friday, December 3 - 9:00 a.m.):

We understand that families are preparing for the holiday season and due to the low number of participants we will be rescheduling to December 3rd. We will be sharing our IB Evaluation Visit results and reviewing our Title 1 school-wide program. https://vistausd.zoom.us/j/94400444528


No Place for Hate:

Vista Academy will be participating in No Place for Hate®, a national program supporting schools in their commitment to celebrating diversity, promoting respect for differences and challenging bias and bullying at all levels.

Take the pledge with your student(s) and practice No Place for Hate at home. For family resources on challenging bullying and bias, visit https://www.adl.org/education-and-resources/resources-for-educators-parents-families.

With your help, we will make our school community a safe and welcoming space for all.


Playground Behavior:

The level of excitement and energy is highest at recess time. We are working on implementing new rules and regulations to help our students socialize appropriately while keeping them safe at recess times. Occasionally a student who is not following the guidelines will be asked to sit out from an activity or play somewhere else. We always use restorative practices and your child will have an opportunity to play again after the behavior is safe and respectful.
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Health Communication over Break:

Please notify the school team if your child tests positive for COVID over break. You can send an email to sharonortega@vistausd.org or benjiewalker@vistausd.org


COVID Testing Sites open over Thanksgiving Break!

  • COVID Clinic Nov 22-24

For the week of Thanksgiving, the only COVID clinic open to the public will be at the VIC. Hours are as follows:

Monday - 8:00-5:00

Tuesday - 8:00-3:30

Wednesday - 8:00-3:30


All clinics will resume their normal hours on Monday, November 29th.


Health & Safety Important Information:

We all need to work together to keep all of our students safe. If you or your family is under quarantine orders through the county, please STAY HOME and do not come into a school office to advise your child is absent. We will return your call as soon as possible.

COVID-19 Decision Tree:

The COVID Decision Tree has been updated 10/25/21 and is here in ENGLISH, SPANISH. The update also includes the latest information regarding quarantine options for persons exposed to COVID-19.



We will continue to ensure that safety is a top priority at Vista Academy. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

COVID-19 Notification Process Update:

We will no longer be notifying the entire school with COVID notification letters and phone messages. Only classes with direct exposure or close contacts to a COVID positive will be notified. We will provide a weekly update on the number of new cases each week in this update in the health and safety section. For this past week we had 0 COVID-19 cases impacting our campus this week and 0 positive wastewater samples.


Please refer to Dr. Doyle’s latest community update and daily updates on districtwide COVID cases will be listed by school on the COVID dashboard.

Health Office Reminder:

Families, please keep us informed about the following:


  1. If you notice any symptoms, please keep your child at home. Notify the school immediately.

  2. If you have taken a test and it is positive, please inform the school immediately.

  3. If you have taken a test and are awaiting the results, please keep your child at home until you receive the results.

  4. If your child has taken a test and is awaiting the results, please keep your child home until you receive the results.

  5. If you have been exposed to someone who tested positive, please keep your child at home and inform the school immediately.


Please make sure to always share your information with:


Thank you for your communication in helping to keep our learning community safe!

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IB Update:

Here is the Vista Academy IB Visit Google Site we created to share with the visiting evaluation team.

Additional Information:

If you have any questions about our IB program, please reach out to our IB coordinator, Sharon Scott-Gonzalez at sharonscott-gonzalez@vistausd.org

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Mrs. B's Update:

Enjoy your time with family next week!!!


Wear college attire on Wednesdays to promote career/college awareness!!

Our School's Counselor: Mrs. Bojorquez

Hello, this is your school counselor Mrs. Bojorquez. Please reach out to me with any concerns regarding attendance, academics, and social emotional learning.

My email : mariebojorquez@vistausd.org (760) 941-0880 ext. 44900

I support students with social skills classroom lessons, small groups, and 1:1 if needed. I can also refer to outside agencies or resources if needed.


VUSD Social & Emotional Support

Separation Anxiety Brochure

Resources for families

Resources for mental health

Referral for 1:1 or small group

Resources for families during COVID-19

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Spanish class happenings:

Kindergarten: During their IB unit on Who we are, students learned greetings/introductions/feelings, colors, numbers to 20 and community helpers. More recently the Kindergarteners are learning about living and nonliving things in connection to their current IB unit Sharing the planet.


1st grade: During their IB unit on Who we are, students reviewed some basic skills from last year (greetings, colors, numbers, feelings). They explored places in their community. In their current IB unit, Sharing the planet, the 1st graders are learning about farm animals and pets.


2nd grade: During their IB unit on How we organize ourselves, students reviewed days of the week, months of the year and numbers to 100. They also learned about some cultural events like Mexico’s Independence Day and Day of the Dead holidays. Currently the 2nd graders are learning about animals and their habitats in connection to their IB unit Sharing the planet.


3rd grade: During their IB unit on How we organize ourselves, students reviewed places in the community and what they do there. They also went beyond with an activity called “My place in the universe” to learn about geography. During Hispanic Heritage Month the 3rd graders learned about the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso and experimented with “Cubism”. Currently students are focusing on the many Spanish/English cognates that exist in their study of animal adaptations in connection to their IB unit How the world works.


4th grade: During their IB unit Where we are in place and time, students reviewed their 5 senses to determine their own learning style. They were introduced to the Descubre textbook to learn about Mexican culture, holidays and famous landmarks. Recently, the 4th graders have been discovering their personality traits by sorting their likes and dislikes in connection to their IB unit How we organize ourselves. They are currently exploring migration and how it relates to international-mindedness.


5th grade: During their IB unit Who we are, students reviewed their personality traits with a mini-project called “La mente abierta” (the open mind). The students revisited the Descubre textbook by completing a graphic organizer about Mexico. Recently, the 5th graders explored how the Day of the Dead celebrations vary in different countries. Currently, the students are exploring migration and family history in connection with their IB unit Where we are in place and time.

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ELAC Committee:

Current Nominees:


President: Esther Tapia

Vice President: Gaby Solano

Parliamentarian: Angelica Solano

DELAC: Anakaren Garcia

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Foundation Student Store:

Our Foundation-sponsored Student Store will reopen December 8th for students to use purple slips or cash to purchase small gifts and items of their choosing (pencils, erasers, bookmarks, etc).

Get social with Foundation!

To get the most up to date information, ask questions, make comments, and share thoughts with other Vista Academy families, join our “Families of Vista Academy” Facebook group at www.Facebook.com/groups/1692479804104789
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Technology Workshops:

Join us every Tuesday and Thursday to learn about the basics of using a computer, e-mail, Gmail, Parent Portal, and more! Registration is required. Please reach out to Jorge Garcia, Vista Academy's Family & Community Liaison, to register.

Reminder - School Procedures:

Click on the links below to review our school procedures in regards to arriving late or leaving early.