Vista Views

October 3, 2018

Principal's Message

The Importance of Table Talk

Talking with your child about his/her experiences during the school day provides you with a glimpse into the classroom and their relationships with friends. Although parents often feel that immediately after school is the best time to get the conversation started, many experts feel that children need some "down time" before sharing the highlights and challenges of their day. A conversation around the dinner table is the perfect opportunity to talk about the day's events. I like to call this "Table Talk".

In her article "Tips to Get Your Child to Talk About Her School Day", Sherry Artemenko offers suggestions to help get the conversation started. A few of her ideas include asking open-ended questions and modeling conversation by talking about your own day. PBS Parents offers additional insights, especially around the issue of problems at school. Rather than trying to immediately "fix" an issue for your child, encourage him/her to find a solution with questions such as, "What do you think you want to do about this?" This helps empower your child to work through difficult situations, while still giving you with the opportunity to provide guidance.

If you're looking for some fun ideas to the the conversation started, you might want to create a "Table Talk Bowl". Visit and select a handful of topics. Write each one on a separate slip of paper and place them in a bowl. As you sit down to dinner, choose a topic (no peeking) to discuss.

I hope these ideas help get some "table talk" started at your house.


We Need You!

Substitute Teachers - California is facing a significant teacher shortage and this is impacting the availability of substitute teachers. If you have a college degree, the process for earning a substitute credential only requires passing the CBEST exam and a background check. We would love to add some community members to our pool of substitute teachers! For more information, explore the following websites or reach out to Mrs. Bailey.

Overview of Credential Requirements

CBEST Preparation Materials

Yard Duty - We are also in significant need of lunch time yard duty supervisors. We need help between noon and 1:00. You can sign up for as little as one day a week or as many as five days per week. We would love the extra help in keeping our students safe as they play. If you are interested, please contact Vicki in the front office.


It was wonderful to see so many families at yesterday's STEAM Night. Despite the breezy weather and threat of rain, all of the activities were busy with today's makers and tomorrow's scientists, engineers, and artists. We had over 500 participants! A special thanks goes out to the parents and Alta Vista alumni who volunteered their time to help make this event happen. It takes a lot of support to put on a STEAMy evening of learning.

Spirit Week

To celebrate our upcoming Monster Dash Walkathon, beginning Monday, we will have five different spirit days. Your children will not want to miss any of the fun!

Monday - Mustache Day

Tuesday - Color Day

Wednesday - Crazy Hair Day

Thursday - Look-a-Like Day (Find a friend and dress alike)

Friday - Alta Vista Spirit Day (Don't forget your school colors or spirit wear)


Monster Dash VIP Tent - Enter to win a VIP Tent at the Walk-a-Thon! Wednesday, October 10th is the last day to buy raffle tickets for a chance to win a VIP tent for 12 people with shade, food, drinks, prime seating, and of course, bragging rights! To purchase tickets email avhscfundraising@gmail.comor leave a check in a clearly marked envelope in the Walk-a-Thon Raffle folder in the office. Note your name and best contact information. Tickets are 1 for $5 or 5 for $20. Drawing is on Thursday, October 11th. All proceeds benefit Alta Vista’s enrichment activities.

Scholastic Book Fair - The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school October 11th-17th! The book fair is a fun celebration of reading that provides families the opportunity to get involved in a universal mission: Encouraging kids to read every day! Scholastic brings a wonderful selection of popular, engaging, and affordable books for kids of all ages. In addition, purchases will benefit our school library.

The book fair is also an easy way for you to become involved as a volunteer. Time commitments are minimal and no experience is needed.

Visit the Alta Vista Home and School Club web page for additional book fair information, including open hours

Golfland - Join us on Tuesday, October 23rd from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Golfland!! What better way to spend Family Night (no homework night) than mini golfing with your family and friends! 50% of the fees for all rounds of golf purchased by Alta Vista families and friends will be donated back to the school. Save the date and keep a lookout for more details!


Coming Events


Monday - Mustache Day

Tuesday - Color Day

Wednesday - Crazy Hair Day

Thursday - Dress Alike Day

Friday - Alta Vista Spirit Day

10/9 - PM Kindergarten & First Grade Field Trips (Campbell Heritage Theater)

10/9 - Home & School Club Meeting @ 6:30

10/10 - AM Kindergarten Field Trip (Campbell Heritage Theater)

10/11 through 10/17 - Scholastic Book Fair

10/12 - Fifth Grade Field Trip (Lawrence Hall of Science)


10/18 - Picture Make Up Day

Due to schedule conflicts, Picture Make Up Day has been changed to October 18th.

10/19 - Staff Development Day (No School)

10/23 - Alta Vista Family Night @ Golfland

10/31 - HALLOWEEN PARADE @ 10:00 AM