Bulldog News

November 13, 2022

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Principal's Message

Hello Families,

We are so proud of our students for collecting food for the Scare Away Hunger food drive. The cans are piling up and we can't wait for our student council to get the food delivered to those in need.

Parent conference week is this week. Please make sure to attend your child's parent conference to see how your child is progressing this school year. Ouur teachers are extremely proud of our students' progress and can't wait to share with our families.

We are on minumum days all this week. Please plan to pick up your child at 12:54 evey day this week.

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


Benjie Walker


Important Dates

November 14-18th: Minimum Days for Parent Conferences

Nov. 21-25: No School- Thanksgiving Break

November 29: ELAC Meeting 3:00-4:00

December 16: Winterfest 4:40-7:30

2022-2023 School Year Calendar

Calendario Escolar - Año 2023-2024

Parent Conference Week Nov. 14-18

The week of November 14-18 will be early release for all students. Students will be dismissed at 12:54 Monday-Friday this week.

Save the Date for Winterfest!

We will have a dance, photo booths, crafts, dance and music performances and more!
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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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VAPA Recycles!

Our PT0/Foundation is looking for volunteers to help with bringing back our Recycling program which helps our planet and raises money for our school. If you are able to help, please reply by email to sharonscott-gonzalez@vistausd.org.

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.

Canned Food Drive by Bulldog Student Council

Starting this Monday, October 24 through Monday, November 14th, Vista Academy’s Student Council Bulldog Leaders will be launching our 1st Service activity- The “We Scare Hunger” Canned Food Drive to support the San Diego Food Bank.

Community Resourse Corner

Newcomers and Refugees

Computers 2 Kids-Low Cost Computers

Tech Workshops at VAPA with Mr. Alan

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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