Bulldog Bulletin: 04/17/2022

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 -


Rosy (Administrative Assistant): General -


Jorge (Community Liaison): Resources/Family Engagement -



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For your information, we have included Dr. Doyle’s most recent Community Updates which went out to families on April 12.

Para su información, hemos incluido la última actualización comunitaria de Dr. Doyle que se envió a las familias el 12 de April.

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Upcoming Dates to Remember:

  • Every Tuesday After School: Kona Ice (By front office)
  • Wednesday, April 20: No School (Staff Professional Development Day)
  • Friday, April 29: DIA Celebration (4:30 - 7:00 p.m.)

Principal's Update:

Super Fun Run:

Thanks to everyone for a very successful Fun Run this week! The students had a blast and it was wonderful welcoming families back onto campus to be part of the event. Our Foundation parents did an outstanding job organizing the Fun Run and we appreciate everyone for supporting the Fun Run by registering and sharing with friends and family. We have raised over $20,000 so far for our Foundation to support our school.

No School Wednesday, April 20:

Friendly reminder that there is no school this Wednesday, April 20 due to Professional Development for our staff.

GRR Running Club (Update):

GRR Running Club is Back! Students may run on the track before school from 7:45 - 8:05 daily. Kindergarten students must be accompanied by a parent or older sibling to participate. Thanks to our amazing volunteers. Are you interested in being a GRR running club volunteer? Reach out to our office to volunteer.

Parent Volunteers and DIA Celebration Updates:

We are excited to officially welcome parent volunteers back into the classrooms. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you are interested in volunteering. We have many volunteering opportunities coming up as well such as the Dia de los Ninos event. We need help with setting up and running this amazing family event.

Dia de los Ninos is in the final planning stages and you won’t want to miss this community event celebrating culture, literacy, and children on April 29 from 4:30 - 7PM here at Vista Academy. Come enjoy delicious food, Ballet Folklorico, music and each other. We need volunteers to help with this event. If you can volunteer, please reach out to secretary@vistaacademyfoundation.com

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PTO/Foundation Committee:

Our PTO/Foundation is an amazing group of parents who help our school. They are in the process of seeking new members for their board positions for the next school year. All are welcome! Here is a link to more information. https://vistaacademyfoundation.membershiptoolkit.com/nomination

ASES Applications for next school year:

Our after school ASES program is accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year for first - fifth grade students.

Click Here for more information

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Important Health & Safety Reminders:

Please notify the school team if your child tests positive for COVID.

You can send an email to sharonortega@vistausd.org.

As always if you or your family has been exposed to COVID, have any symptoms, have tested positive on a home test, or are awaiting COVID test results, please keep your child home.

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!

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 4/6/22 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 Vaccine Clinics for Students 5-11 Years Old

COVID Vaccine Clinic (located at the VIC) is now offering vaccines for students and families. Please view the COVID vaccine clinic flyer below for more information.

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IB Update:

Our 5th grade students are working on their Exhibition projects, which are the culminating capstone inquiry projects in the IB Primary Years Programme. The Exhibition for Vista Academy will take place on May 24th, 5:30 - 6:30, in our gym. In this photo, a group of students are interviewing the director of a non-profit organization in the Czech Republic who is working with Ukrainian refugees. It was an incredible experience for our students to connect globally around this current event.

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IB Evaluation Visit:

We are excited to share the final report from our recent IB Evaluation visit. The findings were very positive. Our IB PYP program showed development beyond the requirements or notable development in all IB standards and practices.

School Tours:

School tours will take place every Thursday from 3:00- 3:45pm. The tours will consist of a brief overview of our IB Primary Years Programme and arts integration, a short video of our students in action since we are not allowed to have parents in classrooms with students yet, and visits to see classrooms, arts rooms, and other spaces throughout the campus. There will also be time to ask any questions you might have. Please call the office if you are interested in being part of a school tour.

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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Attendace Reminder:

Remember that attendance matters everyday, being to school on time helps us start our days on a positive note and sets up students for success!!!

Attendance matters short video on the importance of attending school everyday :)

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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At Home Art Connections:

Vista Under the Stars Performance at Moonlight Ampitheatre

Our Annie Conservatory students have been working hard and are looking forward to their performance at the Vista Under the Stars district showcase. Please come watch our students perform at the Moonlight Ampitheatre on April 13th. Admission is free and the gates open at 5pm for general seating. The show starts at 6pm. We hope to see you there!

We are excited that all students will have the opportunity to see the Annie Conservatory performance during their regular school day. Not only is this a wonderful opportunity to see their peers perform, but it is a great chance for our performers to be in front of a live audience. K-2 saw the show on Friday and 3-5 will see it this week. Ask your student about the show and find out what they learned, thought and wonder.

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ELAC Meeting:

We are meeting IN PERSON this coming Monday, April 18th @ 12:30pm thirty minutes before dismissal!

What topics would you like discussed at our next parent workshop?

What are the needs of our English Language Learners at VAPA?

Come to our next ELAC meeting to share your ideas!

We hope to see you at our upcoming ELAC meeting this Monday, April 18, 2022 at 12:30pm IN PERSON in the PAC!

ELAC Members:

Current Board Members:

President: Esther Tapia

Vice President: Gaby Solano

Secretary: Open Position

Parliamentarian: Angelica Solano

DELAC: Anakaren Garcia

Please volunteer and/or join our meetings. Your voice matters!

Thank you for volunteering your time and effort!

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Yearbook Pre-Sales Returns:

We are excited to share that Yearbooks pre-sales have returned. Visit the Foundation website to order yours today!
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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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Thank you Vista Academy Families!

It is with bitter-sweet emotion that share with you that I have accepted a job with the Student Support Services department. My last day at Vista Academy will be this upcoming Tuesday, April 19.

It has been an honor to serve the Vista Academy community for the past 4 years. Vista Academy is truly a wonderful place, thanks to each and every one of you for making this place an amazing place! Thanks for your commitment and support for your child and community. As for Vista Academy staff, Thanks for all you do for our kiddos and families.

Vista Academy has a very special place in my heart!

With Love and Appreciation,

Jorge Garcia