Vista PTA

Every child. One voice.

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President's Message

September was a HUGE month! We had a lovely Family Movie Night featuring Pokémon Detective Pikachu, thank you to Monica Platten and Orna Adams who put that fun event together for us. I would also like to thank Jonathan Lee and Shannan Keenan who setup and ran a successful Book Fair for a week with their team of volunteers.


How about that incredible Fun Run?! We really appreciate the support of our amazing students and families who rallied to raise funds for our school. A very special thank you to our VP of Ways and Means, Ashley Andrew and the Fun Run committee whose long volunteer hours and commitment made this such a successful and enjoyable event. Thank you to all of our parents who came to cheer on our students and volunteered for the Fun Run day. Your presence made the day extra special! Go team Vista!


Our art program, and our community outreach programs are beginning in October. We also have a wonderful Trunk or Treat planned for October 25th. Look forward to seeing you all then!

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The Fun Run took place on September 20th and it was so AWESOME!!! The kids had such a blast! We set the bar high with a goal of $50,000 and we are so proud to announce that we exceeded that goal! We are so excited that these donations will be able to help fund all of our amazing school programs! Thank you to all the parents and families that donated, volunteered and that came out to the Fun Run Event to cheer on our students! Everyone did truly amazing! We can't wait for next year! Way to go Team Vista!


Total Amount Raised So Far: $52,895

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This week: Community Outreach (9/23-9/27) - School Supplies for other schools in our community. Bring new school supplies to the front gate and the gates at Madrone and Wisteria in the morning at drop off.


10/8 School Picture Re-takes

10/9 No School

10/18 Dancing Scientist Assembly

10/21-25 Red Ribbon Week

10/25 Trunk or Treat

10/31 Pumpkin Carving Contest


Community Outreach for October is Pennies for Patients. See more below.


**Every FRIDAY is spirit day, so show your Vista Pride and wear your t-shirt or school colors.

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The National PTA sponsors the Reflections Contest. It is a great way to encourage development of the arts in your child(ren).


This year's theme is "Look Within". Pre-K through grade 12 are encouraged to submit original works of art in one or more of the following categories:


  • Dance Choreography
  • Literature
  • Photography
  • Film Production
  • Musical Composition
  • Visual Arts



The deadline for submissions has been extended to Monday, October 14, 2019. To learn more visit PTA.org/Reflections or contact PTA Reflections Chair Judy Brandon vistareflections@gmail.com

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The Vista Art Docent Program is beginning in October. Our volunteer Art Docents are ready to help students create one of the most recognizable pieces of art in the world, Edvard Munch’s famous “The Scream”.


Students will be using water color pencils to recreate this work of art. The red sky, the deep swirling blue of water, and the strange twisted creature is Edvard Munch’s emotional response to an intense sunset.


The “Scream”, just one of over 1000 paintings created by Munch, is his most well-known work.


Contact PTA Chair Diane Schlemmer with any questions. dyeshere@aol.com

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Vista PTA is pleased to announce the The Dancing Scientist will be educating our students on Friday, October 18. Dr. Jeff Vinokur has performed wild science experiments on NBC's Today Show and ABC's The View. His Dancing Scientist stage show has toured 7 times with presentations at the World Science Festival, Smithsonian Institution, and over 400 schools across the country. http://www.dancingscientist.com/


Contact PTA Chair Shannan Keenan with any questions. shannankeenan@gmail.com

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Red Ribbon Week is a time for students, teachers, and parents to learn about drug and substance abuse prevention. The students will have activities and lessons dedicated to learning about how to keep their minds and bodies healthy. Keep an eye out for the flyer to come home explaining themed days.


Contact PTA Chair Kelly Duffy with any questions: Kemp_army@yahoo.com

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We are looking forward to this year's Trunk or Treat on October 25th. It's sure to be a spooktacular evening!


The event will include:


  • Dinner - We will will have Rock n' Roll Cafe available for purchase (Hamburger combos [veggie option], hot dog combos, and steak sandwich combos.)
  • Trunk-or-Treat - KIDS will trunk-or-treat in the Vista parking lot and we will be voting on the decorated cars. Be sure to bring a bag to collect your candy! The only cars allowed in the parking lot this evening will be those that have signed up to pass out candy.
  • Costume Parade - No scary masks please.
  • Games, Photo Booth, Bake Sale, and Silent Auction



Flyers and sign-up information will be sent home soon. Keep your eyes peeled. Students must be accompanied by an adult to participate. NO DROP OFFS ALLOWED.


Please contact PTA Chairs for more information or to volunteer to help! Laila Esmail lesmail@att.net 805.624.1827 or Jessica Armstrong jarmstrongvistapta@gmail.com 818.519.9765

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It's time for Vista PTA's annual pumpkin carving contest. Get your family together and start planning for the best pumpkin ever! Bring your carved or decorated pumpkin to the MPR before 8:00am on Thursday, October 31st.


Awards will be given in the following categories:


  • Best Family Entry
  • Spookiest/Scariest
  • Funniest
  • Most Creative


Turn in your pumpkin with an index card with this information:


  • Student Name
  • Category (see above)
  • Room Number
  • Family Phone Number



All participants will receive a prize. Pumpkins will be on display all day in the MPR for the students to enjoy. Please don't forget to pick up your pumpkin after school. We'd hate to see you not have your masterpiece for the "Big Night"!


Contact PTA Chairs Dallas Mercado dmercadoPTA@gmail.com or Karen Beck kay23219@gmail.com if you have any questions.

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Help raise money for Vista at the click of a button. Download the Box Tops for Education app, locate Vista in "schools" and - NEW THIS MONTH - give CREDIT to your class. Just click "credit" and type in your teacher's name after you scan your receipts.


We DO still take the pink box tops - stick them to the trackers that went home or bring them to the school office. Make sure to turn everything in by October 15 so we can get credit for all the ones expiring in November! Plus, you can clip the pink AND scan your receipt = DOUBLE CREDIT


To see a list of products and how to get bonuses, go to https://www.boxtops4education.com/

Help us reach our goal this year of $1,000!


Questions? Contact Shoshana Lewin Fischer - Shoshana.Lewin@gmail.com or (805) 402-4884

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Thank you so much for all your support! If you have not joined the PTA yet that’s okay, there is still time! Please click on the link below to join online or as always, envelopes are available in the office! Our class competition is coming up soon! Be ahead of the game and join the PTA today!


Click here and join now! https://jointotem.com/ca/simi-valley/vista-pta


Contact PTA Membership Chair Marina Church with any questions. marina.churchvpta@gmail.com

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Community Outreach for October

This month we will be participating in a nationwide program called Pennies for Patients to raise money and help support the mission of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society:


Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the

quality of life of patients and their families.


More information will come home as we get closer to the dates of the event. Please feel free to contact PTA Chair Ana Guzman with any questions. aguzmanpta@gmail.com

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Each month we will be introducing a PTA Board Member so that you can get to know a few of the people who have been working hard behind the scenes to help plan activities and events for our Vista family.
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PTA 1st Vice President - Shannan Keenan

In her inaugural year as 1st VP, Programs, Shannan is excited to jump on board the programs train. With a background in filmmaking, Shannan is enjoying booking talented performers, authors, and educators for Vista's assemblies. Shannan, or Ms. Shannan as the kids call her, can often be found volunteering in her son's classroom and all over Vista. When not living and breathing Vista, Shannan enjoys watching and critiquing films with her son and helping him reenact scenes from his favorite films. Any excuse for a costume!