Vista Eagle Update

September 19-23, 2022

TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More

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Principal Young's News:

Dear TEAM Vista,

Thank you for all of your amazing support with the Fun Run this year. The children have been excited each new day as they have been focusing on a different character trait. So far, they have learned about being a steward and showing gratitude.

On Friday, September 23rd, we will have the big Fun Run event on the grass field. All parents/guardians are invited to attend and cheer their child on during their exciting event. If you are going to attend, please enter and exit through the front gate of the school. We will have a table with "Visitor" badges. Please take one and wear it during the entire event. Due to safety, we will close the front gate 5 minutes after each new running event starts. Also, please do NOT bring any younger children to the event as this is for parents/guardians only. If you are late, you will need to check in through the office. The schedule of the grade level runs is below.

Fun Run Event Times by Grade Levels:

8:15-8:45 a.m. - Kindergarten

9:00-9:35 a.m. - 1st & 2nd grade

10:00-10:35 a.m. - 5th & 6th grade

11:00-11:35 a.m. - 3rd & 4th grade

Breakfast is becoming a concern as students are arriving to school with not enough time to eat and get to their classroom on time. If you would like to have your child participate in the breakfast program, please make sure your student is dropped off at the front gate at 7:35 a.m. Morning instruction is critical and students cannot miss their lessons.

Thank you parents for all you do! We truly appreciate your support.


Principal Young

New News:

Accelerated Reading (AR) at HOME:

Taking Accelerated Reading (AR) quizzes is no longer accessible at home for students. This capability and decision was made when the schools were in distance learning due to the pandemic. Moving forward, 3rd through 6th grade students will only be able to take AR quizzes during the school day.

Aeries Contacts:

Please make sure your student's Aeries Contacts are updated with correct phone numbers. In any emergency or when your child is sick, we need to be able to contact someone.

School-wide Intervention:

This year, all Kindergarten through 6th grade students will be supported through a school-wide intervention program called Response to Intervention (RtI). All students have been given initial assessments to see where they are in specific standards. In order for students to have success with this school-wide approach, it requires a collective effort, utilizing the specialized training and unique talents from all of our staff members. This new program will be Monday through Thursday for a minimum of 30 minutes per day. Some students will have an opportunity to travel to a different classroom during this time, in order to be supported in different English Language Arts standards. We are so excited to be able to give our students what they need and to have the opportunity to focus in on deeper learning as well provide extension learning.

Vista Reminders:

Fall Portraits are Ready for Viewing and Purchasing:

School portraits taken by Cornerstone Photography are now available for viewing and ordering! All orders must be placed online, will incur a $5 shipping charge, and will be mailed directly home. Portrait pickup on campus or in the Cornerstone studio is not available. To view your portrait, click the link below and enter your online code which is VSTA and your Student ID. If you do not know your child’s student ID, please contact our school office and we will provide it for you.


Online Code: VSTA+Student ID (For Example: VSTA123456)

*Please note, there is not an "I" in Vista.

What if I missed picture day?

A makeup opportunity is scheduled for Friday, October 7th for those who missed picture day or for those who are not satisfied with their portrait and want to try again.

For additional questions, you may contact or (805) 529-1635.

Medicine at School:

Students are not allowed to have any medication on campus, without going through the Health Office and having a physician fill out the proper form. Medicines include cough drops, allergy/sinus medicine, Tums, and Tylenol. Please call the school office if you have questions regarding this matter.

September Character Trait Focus - "Growth Mindset"

This month the school-wide focus is "Growth Mindset". Having a growth mindset is important because it can help you overcome obstacles you may face when learning something new or developing a new skill. Growth mindsets understand the importance of persistence and determination. By changing the way you think, you can change the way you learn.

5 Ways Parents Can Promote a Growth Mindset:

  • Have Daily Discussions... "What did you learn today?"
  • Praise for effort, persistence, perseverance, planning creative strategies, improvement and setting goals.
  • Explain to your child/children that our brains can grow stronger and our intelligence can improve throughout life.
  • Encourage risk, failure, and learning from mistakes.
  • Encourage and model positive self-talk. Say statements like, "Mistakes help me learn better" and, "I can always improve, so I will keep trying."

Vista Fun Run on Friday, September 23rd:

Register & share today to help our school reach our goal of $50,000 for students & staff.

Log into MYBOOSTER.COM today to get registered!

Birthday Treats:

If your child has a birthday and you would like to provide goody bags for the entire class, please remember NOT to send store bought treats or homemade food items. Due to allergies and restricted diets, we are not allowing any food or treats. You can always send a goody bag with school supplies such as pencils, coloring sheets, stickers, etc.

*If teachers teach a cooking, math or science lesson using food, they will email you the ingredients to get permission that your student can participate in the activity.

Toys at School:

Toys from home are not allowed at school as they can be lost, stolen, or broken. Please remind your child of this school rule.

Appropriate Shoes at School:

Make sure your student wears appropriate shoes to school. Students need to wear shoes that are safe for running, jumping, kicking balls and playing in the woodchip area of the playground structures. All Kindergarten through 6th grade students will begin the District PE program during the next two weeks of school. Please do not send your child in sandals, high heels or open-toed shoes.

Water Bottles and High Temperatures:

It is recommended for all students to bring their water bottle to school. Please put sunscreen on your child before school starts.

Lost and Found:

We have started a collection of students' Lost & Found items. All lost items can be found on the cart outside of the front of the school. Please label your child's water bottle, lunch bag, jackets, sweaters and sweatshirts.

Daily Attendance:

Please call the school office at (805) 520-6750 to report your child's absence. Parents and guardians have up to 5 days to report their student's absence, otherwise, the absence becomes a truancy/unexcused absence.

Reminder of Dogs on School Grounds, on Campus or Outside of Gates:

Please do not bring your dog on school grounds, or near the gates during ingress and egress. Some of our students and parents are afraid of dogs and there could be incidents where dogs act differently around large crowds and noises. For the safety and well-being of our students, staff and parent community, thank you for following this rule.

School Start Time and Gates:

Our gates open at 7:40 a.m. each day.

Students eating breakfast can enter the front gate of the school starting at 7:35 a.m.

The first bell rings at 7:55 a.m. Teachers and students should be at their classroom line by the 7:55 a.m. bell.

The tardy bell rings at 8:00 a.m. If students enter the gates after 8:00 a.m., they will be considered tardy.

*Starting these healthy life habits of being on time, sets your student up for success.

PTA Art Reflections:


Vista PTA is looking for Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts submissions for the 2022-2023 National PTA Reflections Program. The Reflections Art Program has been bringing the arts to life for more than 10 million students since 1969.

This year's theme is "Show Your Voice!". The Vista entry deadline is October 7th.

Please see the attached PDF packet or visit the Vista PTA Reflections page for rules, submission details and entry forms. Please contact Vista Reflections Chairperson, Shannan Keenan, at with any questions.

Developing a Growth Mindset! | Dr. Nagler's Laboratory

Mark Your Calendars:

Monday, September 19:

Group A - Physical Education for grades Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, and 6th; please wear proper shoes & bring your water bottle

Wednesday, September 21:

Monthly fire drill

Friday, September 23: Vista Fun Run! See schedule above in Principal Young's News.

Monday, September 26: Rosh Hashanah Holiday; no school


Attachments Below:

  • Vista 2022-2023 School-wide Calendar
  • SVUSD COVID Test Schedule 2022-2023
  • SVUSD Primary Health Registration
  • September Breakfast Menu
  • September Lunch Menu
  • PTA Reflections QR Scan - "Show Your Voice"
  • Vista Art Reflections Program
  • Fall 2022 RETAKE Picture Day w/Cornerstone - October 7, 2022


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