VIDA

Weekly Newsletter 11/22/20

2020 Thanksgiving For VIDA!
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Monday 11/23/20 is EVEN Blocks + DL's

BELL SCHEDULE

This is the Bell Schedule to follow.

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Celebrations of Learning (COL's):

  • Every year in lieu of traditional Parent Teacher Conferences, we do COL's.
  • COL's happen twice a year.
  • Semester 1 COL's this year will be 7th & 8th Graders (Classic & Virtual).
  • Because of Covid-19 restrictions, we will be doing this virtually via Flipgrid.
  • Students will have time in Design Lab on 11/30/20 & 12/7/20 to prepare & record their COL's.
  • Students Period 2 Mentor Teacher will provide them the Flipgrid Link for where to submit their COL's.
  • Students must follow this Guide for COL's: CLICK HERE.
  • On December 8th and/or December 9th, families need to make time for their student to show the COL at home and then engage in a family discussion about progress. Students are making recordings and their Period 2 Mentor will provide feedback.
  • To learn more about the history of COL's @ VIDA CLICK HERE.

Thanksgiving Break!

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Winter Food Drive! #FillThePantry

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Vintage VIDA!

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Introducing Vintage VIDA!

  • This is a one time opportunity to order some of VIDA's original clothing designs!!!!
  • We have some original designs for sale and we will NOT be re-ordering them. All shirts are $5 and jackets are $10. Limited supplies will be available.
  • Go to www.tinyurl.com/VintageVIDA to search available merchandise and fill out the form for a chance to reserve it.
  • Orders will be filled in order for which they are reserved on the form and we will work as quickly as possible to update the form with current inventory.
  • Once your order is filled, you will receive an email with your total and times that it can be picked up from Mrs. Z in the front office!
  • Please let me know if you have any questions at MichelleRyan@vistausd.org

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VIDA Lanyards are coming!

  • We will be providing students who are on campus a lanyard to keep track of their VIDA ID.
  • We will pass these out to on campus students when they arrive.

Semester 2 Learning Model Options

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Alternative Income Verification Form

  • This information is required by the State of California
  • Please complete ASAP by CLICKING HERE
  • This is strictly confidential and will only be used to submit the annual application for school funding.

  • While it is not our intent to ask personal income questions, our district wide funding depends largely on parents responding to this request. In fact, over 35,000 meals distributed over the past four months and the 14,000 computer devices distributed were the result of this funding from the state and federal level.

  • In the recent months, many people have lost their jobs or dramatically reduced their work hours, and that has resulted in a dramatic reduction in their annual income. Our school district is ready and prepared to support students from these families in a variety of ways, including breakfast and lunch, counseling, family engagement support, technology and internet access, nursing support, and many, many other areas.

  • Please assist us by providing this valuable information so that we may maximize the state and federal funding for students.

VUSD Calendar

  • This is the 2020-21 VUSD Calendar: CLICK HERE
  • This will help you know when schools are closed, when there are Minimum Days, and when the school year ends.

School Reopening Information

VIDA Specific Reopening Items:
  • Number of VIDA students returning to campus = 460 (57%)
  • For Comprehensive Reopening Details CLICK HERE
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Vida After VIDA/SIV:

Part of the Arc of Learning at VIDA are these two axis lines:

  • "I know and use my Strengths, Interests, and Values."
  • "Who I am: What have I done, what can I do, what do I aspire towards?"
To build our awareness around this, we engage in intentional activities and integrate these into our experiences as often as we can.


  • To see this week's activities, and to keep track of whether your student is taking responsibility for this highly independent work you may follow along each week--> CLICK HERE.
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Parent Workshops (Vida After VIDA - Life After VIDA).

"Vida After VIDA" (Life After VIDA) Parent Workshops! This is where we will share information regarding parent workshops throughout the year.



  • Thank you to everyone who attended Social Media & Internet Safety Night! Our next Parent Night will be in December!
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6th Grade News!

7th Grade News!

  • Every year in lieu of traditional Parent Teacher Conferences, we do COL's.
  • COL's happen twice a year.
  • Semester 1 COL's this year will be 7th & 8th Graders (Classic & Virtual).
  • Because of Covid-19 restrictions, we will be doing this virtually via Flipgrid.
  • Students will have time in Design Lab on 11/30/20 & 12/7/20 to prepare & record their COL's.
  • Students Period 2 Mentor Teacher will provide them the Flipgrid Link for where to submit their COL's.
  • Students must follow this Guide for COL's: CLICK HERE.
  • On December 8th and/or December 9th, families need to make time for their student to show the COL at home and then engage in a family discussion about progress. Students are making recordings and their Period 2 Mentor will provide feedback.
  • To learn more about the history of COL's @ VIDA CLICK HERE.
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8th Grade News!

  • Every year in lieu of traditional Parent Teacher Conferences, we do COL's.
  • COL's happen twice a year.
  • Semester 1 COL's this year will be 7th & 8th Graders (Classic & Virtual).
  • Because of Covid-19 restrictions, we will be doing this virtually via Flipgrid.
  • Students will have time in Design Lab on 11/30/20 & 12/7/20 to prepare & record their COL's.
  • Students Period 2 Mentor Teacher will provide them the Flipgrid Link for where to submit their COL's.
  • Students must follow this Guide for COL's: CLICK HERE.
  • On December 8th and/or December 9th, families need to make time for their student to show the COL at home and then engage in a family discussion about progress. Students are making recordings and their Period 2 Mentor will provide feedback.
  • To learn more about the history of COL's @ VIDA CLICK HERE.
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What is Eric reading?

"A counselor and popular Washington Post contributor offers a new take on grades 6-8 as a distinct developmental phase--and the perfect time to set up kids to thrive.


Middle school is its own important, distinct territory, and yet it's either written off as an uncomfortable rite of passage or lumped in with other developmental phases. Based on her many years working in schools, professional counselor Phyllis Fagell sees these years instead as a critical stage that parents can't afford to ignore (and though "middle school" includes different grades in various regions, Fagell maintains that the ages make more of a difference than the setting). Though the transition from childhood to adolescence can be tough for kids, this time of rapid physical, intellectual, moral, social, and emotional change is a unique opportunity to proactively build character and confidence.


Fagell helps parents use the middle school years as a low-stakes training ground to teach kids the key skills they'll need to thrive now and in the future, including making good friend choices, negotiating conflict, regulating their own emotions, be their own advocates, and more. To answer parents' most common questions and struggles with middle school-aged children, Fagell combines her professional and personal expertise with stories and advice from prominent psychologists, doctors, parents, educators, school professionals, and middle schoolers themselves.." - from Amazon

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