Bulldog Bulletin: 06/06/2021

Weekly Update - (Actualización Semanal):

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For your information, we have included Dr. Doyle’s most recent Community Updates which went out to families on June 2.

Para su información, hemos incluido la última actualización comunitaria de Dr. Doyle que se envió a las familias el 2 de junio.

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Upcoming Dates to Remember:

  • June 10, 2021 - 4th Grade Living History Museum and 5th Grade IB Exhibition

  • June 16, 2021 - 5th Grade In-Person Promotion (Virtual - 10AM and Classic - 1PM)

  • June 18, 2021 - Last Day of school, minimum day

  • August 2 - August 13 - Kindergarten Jumpstart

Principals Update:

Hello Vista Academy Families,

We are now in our final two weeks until summer break. We could not be more proud of our students and their continued resilience and perseverance this school year. We also want to thank our many parents who dedicated their time this year on Foundation, ELAC, School Site Council and those who supported our teachers individually. Thank You for your care, support and dedication to our learning community. We couldn't have made it through without you!

Please complete the updated student return survey if you haven’t yet.

As you begin to plan your summers, please

Please enjoy our last virtual Bulldog Boogie. We are very much looking forward to having Bulldog Boogie in person in the fall if our health restrictions allow.

We are in the final week of collecting surface and wastewater samples for the SASEA pilot but I am pleased to announce that we are in our third week in a row of negative COVID in all surface and wastewater samples!

Fifth Grade Action Projects-

Beginning this coming week our fifth grade students are taking donations for the following action projects.

  • Pennies Against Poaching - a group of fifth grade students is reign money to donate to anti-poaching to protect endangered animals - please drop off penny donations at the front gate in the morning. Pennies can also be dropped off in the front office, as well.

  • PPE for the Homeless - a group of fifth grade students are collecting PPE and toiletries for local homeless shelters. Please drop off donations in the front office.

Upcoming Device and Material Return-

In addition to the important dates below, we will also want to let you now that classic students will begin bringing their home devices/cords back to school the week of June 7 and all virtual students will have a brief final Zoom check in on June 18 (see virtual device return schedule below) and then bring all of their devices/cords/hotspots/classroom materials back to school during their scheduled time on the last day of school. The schedule will be shared soon.

Classic Device Return Days - Week of June 7-11

  • Monday 6/7: Kindergarten and Robertson’s class
  • Tuesday 6/8: 1st grade and Carruther’s 3rd graders
  • Wednesday 6/9: Classic 2nd grade
  • Thursday: 6/10: Classic 3rd grade
  • Friday 6/11: Classic 4th grade, 5th grade, &Carruther’s 4th/5th graders. Please note - 4th and 5th graders will be turning in their devices on Friday, so that they will be able to access the Living History Museum and IB Exhibitions on Thursday, June 10 at home on a school device.

Library Books-

We will begin collecting library books this coming week for classic students. Virtual students may return library books during device/material return on June 18th, the last day of school.

Virtual Device/Material Return - June 18

Please return devices, hotspots, headsets, EL Workbooks, classroom materials, library books

  • 8:30 -9:15 - Kindergarten
  • 9:15 - 10:00 - First
  • 10:00 - 10:45 - Second
  • 10:45 - 11:30 - Third
  • 12:00 - 12:30 - Fourth
  • 12:30 - 1:00 - Fifth

Post Magnet Application Will Remain Open-

We are still keeping our post magnet application open since we have a few openings for kindergarten and second grade for the 2021-22 school year. We also know that there may be a few moves over summer so we want to ensure we have all interested students who would like to attend in the fall lined up to fill those spots. Please spread the word and share the 21-22 Post Magnet Application.

Returning Student Survey-

We apologize but there were some issues with our previous returning student survey. We need all current students to fill out the updated Vista Academy Returning Student Survey for 21-22. We apologize for this inconvenience. If you need assistance filling this out please contact our office team and they will assist you over the phone. The link to the survey can be found below.

Health Office Needs:

We are looking for gently used pants and shorts to use in case of emergencies in the health office. We would be extremely grateful if you consider us when your child outgrows their clothing. You may contact us by calling (760) 941-0880 or stop by the front office anytime until 3:00 pm.

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COVID Decision Tree:

The COVID Decision Tree has been updated 5/14/21 and is here in ENGLISH, SPANISH. The updates include a clarification that all types of Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (NAAT) are acceptable for use where a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test was specified. 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.

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 you 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:

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IB Update:

Here are some results of our recent IB Parent Survey. There were 89 responses in English and 39 responses in Spanish. The survey asked parents to rate aspects of our IB program from low (1) on the left to high (4) on the right.

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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:

This week in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade we continued to focus on being a Thinker, “Think before you act”. Thinking before we act helps us to be Reflective and learn from our mistakes. We also continued to share in the gratitude journal and discuss what we are thankful for.

When we focus on what we are thankful for, it helps us stay positive and it can improve our overall mood/health/well being.

In kindergarten we also spoke about finishing strong and having respect and what that looks like. We read “I Love My Hair!” It helps to accept all for who they are and learn to love yourself just as you are! Be Open- Minded!!

Summer Activities & Counseling

Resources for mental health

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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

Resources for families

Referral for 1:1 or small group

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Vista Academy's English Learner Program:

Our ELAC committee met last week and discussed the Needs Assessment Survey. Thank you very much for your input. We have made a list of recommendations for next year to assist English Learners.

  • 1. Informational night for Reclassification and Equity before conferences (individual letters with levels given to parents beforehand)

  • 2. Before and after school tutorials

  • 3. Materials for ELs to be sent home in a “practice packet” (books, flashcards, visual dictionaries, games to practice English)

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Vista Academy students have art specialty classes in dance, drama and music every week. Research has shown that participation in the arts has many benefits to students now, as well as later on in life. Each week we will feature a Why Art card from ART=OPPORTUNITY. More information and links to the studies on the benefits of the arts can be found on the website.

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Foundation Committee Updates:

Our Vista Academy Foundation can now accept donations through their website HERE. Please share with family and friends!

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ASES Application - '21-'22 school year:

Our After School Education & Safety (ASES) Program is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year. ASES (After School And Safety) is a State-Funded, no-cost, after-school program available to students in grades 1st through 5th which begins on the first day of school and continues through the end of the school year. Applications are available on our schools website. Please note that applications must be filled out on a computer, otherwise the application will not be submitted. Space is limited but all families are welcomed to apply. Please note that a response in regards to acceptance, will not be given until August.

Click here to fill out the application

Feel free to reach out to our ASES Lead Ms. Pauli at (760)941-0880 ext. 44150, with any questions Monday-Friday after 1:00 p.m. The link to the application can be found above or on our school website.

Virtual Library Checkout Hour:

Please note that our Virtual Library Hour event is over for this year. Thanks to all the virtual students that stopped by to check out books this year.

After School Enrichment & Homework Assistance:

The Vista Unified ASES team has put together a virtual homework help meeting on Zoom everyday from now until the end of the school year. If your students are needing help (whether they are virtual or classic), please let the learners know about this resource.

  • From 2:30-3:15pm, there is an enrichment activity to enhance learning. (See the flyer below for a list of enrichment activities for this upcoming week.)

  • From 3:30-5:15pm there is live homework help in a breakout room. The students do not need to attend the entire session and can pop in and out as needed.

Enrichment 2:30-3:15: ZOOM Link

Homework Help 3:30-5:30: ZOOM Link