Bulldog News

March 12, 2023

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Principal's Message

Hello Families,

We are officially in the third and final trimester of the 22-23 school year, and we are excited to seeing how much learning has taken place with our students. We are entering our final push with end of the year projects, CAASPP state testing, and projects. It is so important students are here everyday and on time! Prior to the pandemic, Vista Academy had one of the highest attendance rates in Vista Unified coming close to 97%. Since the pandemic, we have shown significant increases in attendance, but we aren't quite there. We currently have an attendance rate of 92%. As parents, we need your help. Between now and May 1 we are setting a schoolwide goal of improving our attendance rate to 96%. We feel this goal is completely attainable. According to the research, attending school every day possible:

· Helps students get back on track and recover lost momentum

· Promotes student learning

· Helps students feel better about school and themselves

· Improves mental health through socialization, developing friendships, building empathy and forming lasting relationships with peers

· Allows for a personalized learning experience that keep students from falling behind

The top three classes in the school each week will receive a huge shoutout and popscicles each week through the end of the school year! We can meet or even exceed our 96% goal!

Our Fun Run is gaining momentum with so many of our students registering and sharing their personal websites with family and friends. Don't forget I will be hosting a special Lunch with the Principal for our top 10 students with the most Fun Run website shares. I also will be having our top 5 Fun Run fundraisers join me as Principal for the Day. Yes, they will get their own badge, radio, lunch of their choice, and a special day leading and supervising the campus with me!

Spring conferences are next week so please be on the lookout for an invitation from your child's teacher. Our students and teachers are excited to share our students' progress and goals.

Spirit Wear is back on sale. Please see below and order by March 24th!

Please make sure to read below for upcoming dates and events!


Benjie Walker


Important Dates

Jan.11- Apr. 7- Elementary Magnet Application Window


20th-24th- Student Led Spring Conferences at VAPA

22nd- Vista Academy's Fun Run Fundraiser

27th- 31st- Spring Break

2022-2023 School Year Calendar

Calendario Escolar - Año 2023-2024

Spirit Wear - Order by March 24th

Vista Academy's Foundation PTO Needs You!

We have several Foundation Board members that are retiring after this school year and we are looking to fill many positions including President and Vice President. Our wonderful current board would like to recruit and start training anyone interested so we can hit the ground running next year.

Our favorite community and school events are made possible by our Foundation Board and volunteers. Please consider joining this amazing team! No previous experience is needed, we will train you!

If you are interested in being part of our Foundation and have any questions, please reach out to president@vistaacademyfoundation.com

Vista Academy's Fun Run Fundraiser is March 22nd!

During the school day, all students will participate in the Fun Run. We use the FundHub online platform for the Fun Run, making it easy for your students to raise funds and earn prizes! Register and then start sharing your webpage with family and friends. Thank you in advance for supporting our school. Registration for the Fun Run will open next Monday, March 6th.
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VUSD Community Schools

Vista Academy will join Cohort 2 as a Community School in the 23-24 school year. We are excited to officially begin our journey as a Community School. Community Schools are designed to support learning and prioritize the well-being of children and adults. The foundation for improving academic opportunities and outcomes can only be realized through centering relationships, valuing the expertise of students and families as partners, and creating racially just, relationship-centered school climates and cultures.

Please check out this brief 3 minute video explaining Community Schools in both English and Spanish.

We need your input! Please fill out this brief survey to help us identify needs for additional resources.

Family Bike Education Night

Please attend one of our district Family Bike Education Nights on Mar. 22 & Apr. 5 to learn about:

  • Rules of the Road
  • Current Traffic Laws
  • E-Bike Safety
  • Helmets - Safety First

Elementary Magnet Application Window Open

Who needs to complete the Magnet Application?

  • Current students of VAPA- NO
  • Siblings of current students of Vista Academy who would like to attend VAPA- YES!

Jan.11- Apr. 7- Elementary Magnet Application Window

Secondary Magnet Lottery Acceptance Information

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Elevo After School Program

All communication about acceptance and enrollment comes by email from the company Elevo since they are the contractor for the after school program. For any questions, please email or call vistausd@elevolearning.com, (858) 399-3243. They have sent information regarding acceptance in to the program.

  • After school, teachers will send students who have enrolled to a designated check-in location at the lunch tables where Elevate staff will meet them.
  • Students may be picked up by parents at the Santa Fe gate (next to the second grade classrooms).

VAPA Recycles!

Our recycling collection is back! Please bring in your aluminum cans or plastic bottles to the tables by the main gate on Thursday mornings before school.

If you are interested in volunteering for the recycling collection, please contact our liaison Alan at alanmendezmoro@vistausd.org.

Campus Tours for Prospective Families

Prospective families may attend a campus tour to learn more about Vista Academy. Please call our office (706-941-0880) to schedule a tour with Mrs. Scott-Gonzalez.

If any family members are experiencing COVID symptoms, we ask that you refrain from joining us on the tour and reschedule. Thank you for keeping our learning community safe!

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Early Release of Students

Please read the attached flyers that explain our school policy for checking out students early.

Volunteering Update

We are excited to have a new system to welcome our volunteers, the Raptor System. All volunteers are required to bring a license or California ID to scan into our system. As you scan, a badge will be printed for you for the time you are here.

ID Required When Checking Out Students

Please bring your ID when coming into the office. An ID is needed to check students out and all visitors must scan their ID to enter school. Thank you for your help.

We Are Hiring- Apply Now

Click the position below for more information and the district application. We are looking for the following team members:

Noon Duty Sub

Instructional Assistant

Instructional Assistant - Behavior Intervention

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Lost and Found

There are many things left behind such as jackets, lunchboxes and waterbottles. Please make sure your child's items have their name on them. The Lost and Found is located by the library for students to check during the week. We will bring the racks outside the main gate on Fridays for families to check the Lost and Found.

Community Resourse Corner

Technology Assistance with Mr. Alan

Newcomers and Refugees

Low Cost Internet

Health and Safety

Our COVID Protocols

According to the very latest CDPH guidance for schools, indoor masking in K-12 school settings continues to be a strong recommendation, but not required.

In addition to routine cleaning, VUSD has installed maximum air filters and air cleaners in our classrooms and buildings.

If your child is displaying symptoms or tests positive, please keep them home and notify us immediately.

  • Parents are only required to inform the school if their student tests positive for COVID-19.

  • Only students who have symptoms or test positive must be isolated at home.

Families, in order to help us prioritize health and safety for all of our students and staff, please communicate with us. We appreciate you notifying us in any of the following scenarios:

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

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

You will share your information with:

  • Phone: 760-941-0880

To return to school after having symptoms, a negative test is required and symptoms need to be improving and be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication. The test does not need to be shared with school.

If your child has any of the following symptoms, please keep your child at home and notify our school immediately. COVID symptoms may include:

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or Body Aches

  • Headache

  • New Loss of Taste or Smell

  • Sore Throat

  • Congestion or Runny Nose

  • Nausea or Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

Thank you for your communication in helping to keep our learning community safe.To view Covid-19 cases, visit the VUSD Covid-19 Case Dashboard.

Vista Academy Foundation (PTO)

Our outstanding Foundation/PTO is ready to support our students for the 22-23 school year.

There are many ways to support our teachers and students and our Foundation has set up several options for you below.

As a Vista Academy family you are encouraged to register on the Vista Academy Foundation Website. You will have access to all the Foundation/PTO tookit. SIgn up HERE.

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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VAPA Dress Code

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Office Support

The office will be open to assist families from 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. We are here to help in any way we can.

Phone: 760-941-0880


General Information: anakarengarcia@vistausd.org

Registration/Health/Attendance Concerns: sharonortega@vistausd.org

Registration/General Information: rosysimmonds@vistausd.org

Parent Liaison: alanmendezmoro@vistausd.org

Principal: benjiewalker@vistausd.org

School Hours for the 2022-2023 School Year

Mondays and Minimum Days: 8:00am-12:54pm

Tuesdays- Fridays 8:00am- 2:21pm

Gates will open at 7:30, breakfast served until 7:50

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