Bulldog Bulletin: 05/02/21

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 April 28.

Para su información, hemos incluido la última actualización comunitaria de Dr. Doyle que se envió a las familias el April 28.

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Upcoming Dates to Remember:

  • May 3 - 7 - Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

  • May 27, 2021 - K-3rd Open House

  • May 31, 2021 - Memorial Day, no school

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

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

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

Principal's Message:

Our wonderful Vista Academy Foundation has organized Teacher & Staff Appreciation week that will take place Monday, May 3 through Friday, May 7. A message with information was sent home on Friday. Please see the Foundation Committee section in this weeks newsletter for more information.

Reminder: Water Bottles (Classic Students)

Don’t Forget Your Water Bottles!

Spring is in full swing at Vista Academy and with it comes varying weather and temperatures. As our days begin to warm up we want to ensure that students stay hydrated. Please make sure to send your child to school with a refillable water bottle. Our drinking fountains have all been tuned into filling stations so it is important all students come prepared with reusable bottles to refill. Please clean the water bottles daily. We will also continue to accept water bottle donations. We want to ensure our students stay safe, healthy, and hydrated!

Fifth Grade Promotion Update:

We are excited to announce the parent fifth grade promotion survey results are in, and the majority of our parents completed the survey and the majority have chosen an in person promotion. Promotion will be held on June 16. We will move forward with a virtual student in person promotion on June 16th at 10 AM and a classic student in person promotion on June 16th at 1 PM. Registration and specific safety procedures and guidance will be shared soon with our fifth grade families.

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We had a great parent information session with the UCSD SASEA (Safer at School Early Alert Pilot) team this past Friday. Thanks to all who attended and asked great questions. If you would like your child to participate in the responsive testing please fill out the following forms VAPA SASEA Project Info Letter and Opt In Form.

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Foundation Committee:

Foundation Still Accepting Nominations for 21-22 Positions:

As a magnet school parent, we need your help! Our Vista Academy Foundation will continue to accept nominations for their open positions for the 21-22 school year through May 7. If you are interested in getting involved with an amazing group of parents who support our many activities and programs at Vista Academy, this opportunity is for you. Please send your nominations and contact information to Melissa Rogers,Foundation Secretary, at vafoundationsecretary@gmail.com or reach out to Jorge Garcia for assistance.

Click Here To View The Positions

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.

Post-Magnet Application (Kindergarten and Second):

We still have a few openings in kindergarten and second grade for the 2021-22 school year. Please spread the word and share the 21-22 Post Magnet Application. For more information, please reach out to our office team.

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Linda Rhodes Vaccination Center Hours:

Please note that the Linda Rhodes testing center has been converted into a Vaccine center, and is no longer a testing site.

New COVID Decision Tree:

The COVID Decision Tree has been recently updated HERE. There are a couple significant changes:

1. Under the old guidance, an individual who received a negative COVID test had to wait 72 hours after symptoms improved to return to work. Under the new guidance, an individual who received a negative COVID test needs to wait 24 hours after symptoms have improved to return to school.

2. The COVID Decision Tree still applies even if an individual has received the COVID vaccine.

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:

In first grade, students are in the midst of their IB unit, How the world works. Their central idea is: Universal natural cycles impact human activities and experiences and they are inquiring about sun, moon, and star cycles, observing and recording data, and seasonal patterns. They recorded their shadows at different times of the day as part of their investigation.

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 classes we focused on Motivation to finish the year strong. It is important to set goals that will help in Self-Management Skills with organization and time management. We discussed how to start with small steps that allow us to reach our goals. In Kinder we focused on being Communicators and How We Express Ourselves. We spoke about eye contact, taking turns speaking, and being good listeners.

CHKS for 5th grade parent consent

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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Music Updates:

In dance class, both virtual and classic students are creating dances related to choreography by chance, or dance by chance, a method created by Merce Cunningham. Students are creating content related to how humans have a responsibility to the planet and ways that they can make a positive change. With that in mind, students were able to choose their own specific topic of interest. As they are creating choreography, students will refine their own work and give feedback to others based on their use of the elements of dance. Each dance will contain three different sections related to their chosen topic. Once their projects are fully created, students will record their videos in the original order they selected: Section 1, Section 2, Section 3. Then, students will be given a random order to perform the dance: Section 3, Section 2, Section 1 and will record their dance again with this new "Dance by Chance" sequence.

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Art Specialties at Vista Academy:

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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Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week:

May 3 - May 7

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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!

Looking Ahead - Foundation Committee 2021-2022:

Our Foundation is an amazing group of staff and parents who work together to provide a wide range of resources, supports and events for our school community including, study trips, family nights, visiting performances, student store, spirit wear, after school conservatories, and a wide range of social/emotional, artistic and intellectual supports for all students. Please get involved and send your nominations and contact information to Melissa Rogers, Foundation Secretary, at vafoundationsecretary@gmail.com or reach out to Jorge Garcia for assistance. Our school office will also be able to answer specific questions. Nominations will be received through May 7, 2021 at 5:30 PM. A Foundation Meeting will be held via ZOOM on May 10 at 5:30 PM to vote in our 2021-22 Foundation Board.

If you want to be included in Foundation communication, but do not have time to commit to a position, please submit your email to vafoundationsecretary@gmail.com.

Click Here To View The Positions

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Community Opportunity:

Virtual Library Checkout Hour:

Virtual Student Library Checkout takes place every Monday afternoon from 1:30 - 2:30 near our Main Gate. Stop by and check out a book!

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