Vista PTA

Every child. One voice.

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President's Message

October was a hectic month at Vista! Weather caused havoc and power outages, and our Dancing Scientist assembly was postponed until December. We pulled through with Reflections, Red Ribbon Week, and the Trunk or Treat. I would like to acknowledge, and thank, Judy Brandon and Alexa Schumacher who managed our Reflections art program for us this year! I would also like to thank Kelly Duffy, who arranged a wonderful Red Ribbon Week to inspire and remind our kids to Stay Drug Free.

It was wonderful to see our Vista families enjoy the Trunk or Treat on Friday 10/25. A heartfelt thank you to our Trunk or Treat committee: Laila Esmail, Jessica Armstrong, and Barbi Vargo who organized and ran a fun-filled and memorable night for our families. I would also like to thank our school librarian, Mrs. Vertuno, and her team who worked several weeks to solicit, arrange, and setup all the donated items for our first electronic auction. All of these ladies donated countless hours of their time to make this event successful. Thank you for your love and commitment to our children.

Looking forward to a wonderful November!

Elisse Sherman

PTA President

Vista's Trunk or Treat

Thank you to our PTA Committee Laila Esmail, Barbi Vargo, and Jessica Armstrong for an amazing, fun-filled evening! Everyone had so much fun. The decorated trunks were awesome! Here are our top three winners:
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Special thank you to American Martial Arts Academy for an exciting taekwondo demonstration at our Trunk or Treat.
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Thank you to all of those who submitted entries for the National PTA Reflections Competition. We received so many lovely submissions. This year we had 13 visual arts submissions, and 11 in literature.There were also fantastic submissions in dance, choreography, film production, and photography. Our Vista students are so talented!

We have a total 25 submissions advancing on to the next level. Watch for more information once the next round of judging is completed. Way to go Vista!

Contact PTA Chair Judy Brandon with any questions.

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11/11 - Veteran's Day - No School

11/12-15 - Community Outreach - Food Drive for the Samaritan Center
11/19 - Author Assembly - Alexis O'Neill
11/21 - First Grade Performance
11/25-29 - Thanksgiving Break - No School

12/10-12 - Vista's Annual Holiday Boutique

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

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The Vista Art Docent Program was a hit in October. The kids really enjoyed creating their own rendition of "The Scream". In November students will study a contemporary artist from Japan, Yayoi Kusama, and her All The Eternal Love I Have for Pumpkins exhibition.

Students will be using Crayola Model Magic to recreate this work of art. Yayoi Kusama primarily works in sculpture form and loves to use lots of colors and patterns to create her works of art.

Contact PTA Chair Diane Schlemmer with any questions.

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The Vista PTA is pleased to announce that award-winning author Alexis O'Neill will be presenting to our students on November 19th. Her books include The Recess Queen, The Kite That Bridged Two Nations, Loud Emily, Estela's Swap, and The Worst Best Friend. Pre-sale orders for signed books will be available prior to the event.

To learn more about this wonderful author, visit

Contact PTA Chair Shannan Keenan with questions.

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Mark your calendar! Vista's Holiday Boutique will be held December 10th-12th. Plan ahead and encourage your child to save their money so they can purchase holiday gifts for those they love at very reasonable prices.

This event will provide your student with a meaningful experience in budgeting money and "giving, rather than receiving". In order for this annual event to be a successful one, we are requesting help from our wonderful Vista volunteers. Look for sign-up information in the weekly updates. If you have any questions, please contact PTA Holiday Boutique Chair Karen Beck at 805-813-3655 or at

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Got event pictures? We want 'em! Submit your photos to with the name of your student(s) in the photos, grade level of those students, and the event name (ex. Book Fair, Fun Run) Thank you!
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Want to help your class to earn a donut party? You can! The three classrooms with the most membership participation will win a celebratory donut party!

Visit us at: or pick up a membership envelope in the front office. You can also find the membership link on our PTA webpage: Thank you to all those who have already joined.

The winning classes announced Wednesday November 20th!

Contact PTA Membership Chair Marina Church with any questions.

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Through compassionate care, comprehensive wraparound services and individualized case management, the Samaritan Center restores lives and creates a new future for the homeless.

We will be holding a food drive November 12-15 for the Samaritan Center. Watch for the flyer to come home with more information.

Contact PTA Chair Ana Guzman with any questions.

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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 2nd Vice President - Ashley Andrew

Ashley is amazing! She orchestrated the Vista Fun Run that helped to fund some of our programs this year and was a blast for all involved (especially the kids). She is a wife, and a mom of 2: six year old Gavin and one year old Emma. When Gavin gets to 6th grade, Emma will be starting Kindergarten, so they will be long time Vista parents. Yay!

She works as a Pediatric Intensive Care Nurse at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. When she isn't working or volunteering at Vista, Ashley and her family love to camp and be outdoors. She loves Mexican food and likes to plan vacations and refine her home decorating skills. Be sure to say hi when you see her around campus!