Bay Vista Bulletin

May 2020

An Unprecedented Year

Greetings Bay Vista Family!

I have enjoyed my first year at Bay Vista and look forward to many more! I began this year with a plan to increase family engagement, offer monthly meeting options, bolster our school pride, and maintain our commitment to delivering rigorous instruction for our Jaguars! I am proud of the work we have accomplished this year!

Even amid the circumstances of our new reality, our school community is strong! We may not be able to engage face-to-face with one another, but we have found creative ways to show our school pride and commitment to our school family! Our "Say Hello Drive-thru Parade" was a huge success this month. Just this past week, several families lined our car circle to celebrate teachers/staff as they drove through to pick-up a lunch for Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week. Our Virtual Jaguar Jamborees have also been a huge success and widely attended!!! All of these moments were so meaningful to us and have reinforced the love for our students and school family, and our commitment to educating children.

Thank you for your commitment to assist and encourage our Jaguars in digital learning. We have come a long way in this new and safe way to learn. As we finish up the year, please continue to support your students engagement with online learning. Here are some things you can do to ensure this last several weeks is productive:

  • Attendance & logging on-Attendance will be taken through May 29th. Make sure your child has submitted their attendance daily and is actively working in Microsoft Teams to the best of their ability. Monitor what your child is doing online. Logging in for attendance and then surfing the web or gaming is very tempting even for the most studious of students.
  • Maintaining a schedule- Strive for consistency even though family schedules can change daily. Our students are used to a structured day and as they finish this last month, we want to set them up for success to produce their best work online. I know it is easier said than done.
  • Consistent bed time and having a set wake-up time- It's never too late to start your school routine. Routines give children a sense of organization, stability and comfort. Getting up in the morning can be a struggle for adults and kids alike, but starting the day with structure can set the tone for the rest of the day.
  • STEP AWAY FROM TECHNOLOGY- We do not want our children on the computer all day, hence our challenges to get outside and stay active. Scheduling breaks throughout the day is very important.

The next few weeks will be very busy. Teachers will be organizing student belongings for a safe and organized pick-up and also packing up their classrooms for a second deep cleaning over the summer. Student personal items will be picked up the week of May 18th. See the exact process, dates, and times below. Library books and teacher items/books at home should also be returned on these days.

We will also host our Year-End Jaguar Jamboree on Thursday, May 21st at 10:30 a.m. It will be live on Facebook. I will announce our Students of the Year! We will also host our 5th Grade Graduation on Friday, May 22nd at 9:00 a.m. This will be a graduation like no other!

Also, below is exciting news about Summer Bridge. I am encouraging all families to register their student for Summer Bridge. It will be virtual and can be attended from home or if you are on vacation. It is a great way to continue preparing your Jaguar for the upcoming school year. Please check out the information below!

I am currently working on the 20/21 School Calendar and expect to share in late June! Please mark your calendars for:

  • Monday, August 10th-Meet the Teacher (times TBA)
  • Wednesday, August 12th-First day of school for all students
  • Wed., Thurs., Fri., August 12,13,14-Parents may walk students to classrooms
  • Monday, August 17th- MANDATORY MEETING-Open House (required meeting-no other options offered for August)

District leadership is working on plans for the opening of schools in the Fall based on directions from the CDC and Governor DeSantis. Safety for our Jaguars and staff is of the utmost importance. As plans are finalized this summer, I will share with our Bay Vista family.

Thank you again for graciously welcoming me to Bay Vista this year! None of us could have predicted this is how the school year would end, but I am proud of how our families and teachers stuck together as a school family and persevered to continue student learning and commitment to our school community! I am so proud to be the instructional leader of this fine school and can't wait for next year!!!


Donna Hall


Personal Item Pick-Up / Exchange Property with Students/Families

Personal Item Pick-Up- 5/18 & 5/19, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The process to pick-up student personal items is listed below. This is the only way we will be returning items to families. Please see the guidelines below. If you have any questions, please contact your classroom teacher.

  • Families will pull into the car line in a single line within their designated window. Only right-hand turns will be permitted into the car line, so please enter from the south.

  • Pick-up windows are designated by the first letter of student’s last name
  • May 18th, 9:00 a.m. – 11: 00 a.m. A - D (164 students)
  • May 18th, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. E - K (148 students)
  • May 19th, 9 :00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. L - R (155 students)
  • May 19th, 12:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. S - Z (145 students)

  • We will tend to 4 cars at time and stopping points will be numbered for easy identification.
  • Please pull into the first open space when directed to do so.
  • Employees will have appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (masks, gloves).
  • Students and families should stay in their vehicles.
  • Please have your student(s) name printed on a sign and prominently placed in car window for easy identification.
  • An employee will be designated at each stopping point and will radio to staff inside the building to retrieve each student's personal bag.
  • Please also return library books or teacher books at this time. (992 books are currently check out of the library)
  • One employee will be designated to retrieve library books/teacher books being returned to prevent mix contamination.
  • After receiving personal items, families will proceed forward to exit the car line by turning left onto 58th Avenue South to return to Dr. MLK Street South.

COMPUTERS ARE NOT BEING COLLECTED AT THIS TIME!!! Please do not bring computers. They will be collected at another time over the summer or at the beginning of next school year. Also, we are encouraging all families to enroll their student(s) into Virtual Summer Bridge and those computers will be vital for their success!

Virtual Summer Bridge at Bay Vista Fundamental, K-4 - All students are encouraged to attend

I am excited to announce that Bay Vista will be a Summer Bridge site this year. Summer Bridge will be virtual and requires no more than a daily two-hour commitment for students! Summer Bridge runs from June 8th through July 16th, Monday through Thursdays and is offered to all current K - 4th grade students.

The format for Virtual Summer Bridge has been created to maximize student engagement and continue learning over the summer. It is common for students to incur the dreaded "summer slide" during the summer months. Participating in Summer Bridge can help prevent that "summer slide". This is also a great way for our students to stay in contact over the summer!

  • Students will attend Virtual Field Trips every day!
  • Students will engage in weekly themed lessons while receiving instruction in math, science, and language arts!
  • Topics for each week have been selected in order to prepare students for the upcoming grade level!
  • They will also participate in daily live small group instruction!
  • No homework!!!!!

Bay Vista students who register for Summer Bridge will work with Bay Vista teachers! All students who have been previously registered for Summer Bridge must re-register when the reservation system reopens on May 11th.

  • Register at
  • Registration info: Call the Student Assignment office at 588-6210.
  • Questions? Contact our front office at 893-2335 or visit bridge.

End-of Year Virtual Conferences Begin the Week of May 18th

Classroom teachers will be reaching out to schedule virtual end-of-year conferences. They will review progress and performance over the course of the year, rather than solely focusing on the 4th quarter or final grades.

Some things you can expect to discuss will include:

  • Student strengths, highlights, personal growth and achievements from the school year.
  • Opportunities for continued growth and areas of improvement.
  • Summer resources available to students and families for both enrichment and remediation.
  • All families will be encouraged to participate in Summer Bridge and how to register will also be shared. (
  • Recommendations for preparation for the upcoming school year.
  • You may also be asked for input on what has worked well virtually this 4th quarter for your student(s), as well as areas that may have been more challenging.

Final Week of School - May 26-29

School is in session through May 29th. Classroom teachers will continue to take attendance through this final week.

Teachers will upload ungraded enrichment activities into their Team sites and assign them to students during the final week of school. Students will be able to engage with these, as well as PLP and other resources located through Clever.

5th Graduation Parade to Occur on May 22nd @ 9:00 a.m.

Fifth grade teachers will share specific information with fifth grade families about specific details and procedures for our fifth grade graduation on May 22nd. Below is our plan for a successful graduation!!!!

  • Families/cars will enter the car line from the south by way of a right-hand turn from Dr. MLK Street South. Only right-hand turns will be permitted on this day.
  • Cars will be directed to enter the parade route (car line) and proceed slowly in the outside/left lane of the car line. Students will exit their cars and will walk in the inside right lane to a parade of cheering staff members. Families will remain in their car riding parallel to the student. Only students will be permitted to walk along the parade route.
  • Students will be formally announced ¾ of the way down the parade route where they will receive their certificate, yearbook, and other awards in an envelope.
  • Upon recognition and receipt of these items, students will return to their car.
  • Families/cars will exit the car line/parade onto 58th Avenue South to leave campus.

The graduation will be captured live on our Facebook page so family members who are not able to attend can join in the celebration. The live graduation ceremony will also be available on our Facebook page after the event for those who can’t join us live. Only staff members will be permitted along the parade route. I encourage all of our Jaguars to watch the live event on Facebook and send your well wishes to our graduating 5th Graders!

If you are on the 5th Grade Graduation Committee or would like to help with decorations or other celebratory items for this special day, please email Mrs. White at We need as many volunteers as possible to prepare for this day and to help decorate the morning of the graduation.

As we get closer the graduation date, reminder emails and phone messages will be sent.

Parent Input Forms Discontinued

The distribution of Parent Input forms has been discontinued. Our class compositions will be determined by student academic data, teacher input and other demographics. Teachers and I will work closely with our exceptional and gifted education teachers to ensure the students they serve will be appropriately placed. Class assignments will be made visible in Focus during the week of July 27th.

Upcoming Dates


  • Student Personal Item Pick-Up Dates and Pick-Up Windows (5/18 & 5/19)
  • May 18th, 9:00 a.m. – 11: 00 a.m. A - D
  • May 18th, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. E - K

  • May 19th, 9 :00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. L - R
  • May 19th, 12:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. S - Z

  • May 18-21, End-of-Year Virtual Parent Conferences

  • May 21st, 10:30 a.m. - Final Jaguar Jamboree (live on Facebook)

  • May 22nd, 9:00 a.m.- Fifth Grade Graduation

  • May 25th, Memorial Day, NO SCHOOL

  • May 26-29, Ungraded Enrichment Activities on Teams-ATTENDANCE WILL BE TAKEN

  • May 29th - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL-Report Cards can be accessed online. Hard copies will not be provided.


  • June 8th, First Day of Summer Bridge (Virtual)-4-day weeks (M-Th)


  • July 16th , Last Day of Summer Bridge

  • Week of July 27th - 2020/21 teacher assignments available in Focus


  • August 10th, Meet the Teacher (Times TBA)

  • August 12th, First Day of School

  • August 12-14, Parents may escort student to their classroom

  • August 17th, Required Parent Meeting /Evening Open House (there will be no other meeting options for the month of August)

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