Bulldog News

June 4, 2023

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Principal's Message

Hello Families,

We only have three more days of school left! Any items not collected from the Lost and Found by Monday, June 4th will be donated. Please check to see if any items belong to you!

Fifth grade families please plan on bringing your own chairs or blankets for fifth grade promotion on Tuesday. If you bring balloons we will have you tie them to the fence during promotion. Plan ahead for parking as you may not park your car in the red drop off zone or in the Cal Ave parking lot. If our parking lots are full, please park on side streets.

Please spread the word to family and friends. We have openings in the fall in kindergarten, first, fourth and fifth grades. Our post magnet application link is HERE and on our website . Please share on social media and anywhere you have friends with elementary students.

Have a fabulous summer with family and friends. This will be our final Bulldog News for the 22-23 school year. Please check your email in early August for welcome back Bulldog News!

Mark your calendars for the first day of school, August 16th.

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


Benjie Walker


Important Dates


6th: 5th Grade Promotion @ 12:45, gates open at 12:15

7th: Last Day of School, Minimum day 12:54 AM dismissal

School Calendar for Next Year:

2023-2024 School Year Calendar

Calendario Escolar - Año 2023-2024

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Next School Year

Breakfast Offered Before School Only

Beginning next school year, breakfast will be available to students before school from 7:30-7:50 AM. Second Chance breakfast will no longer be offered during first recess. Students are welcome to bring a snack to the tables during recess time, but they are encouraged to come to school early if they would like a free breakfast from the cafeteria.

School Bell Schedule Changes for All Schools in 2023-24

The Vista Unified School District just recently completed the approval process for new contracts with our collective bargaining associations. One outcome of this process is the elimination of the late start and early release schedules for students at all grade levels - elementary, middle, and high schools. Teachers and staff will continue to have opportunities for collaboration with their colleagues; however, it will no longer impact students and families on Mondays. In other words, students will no longer have early release for elementary and late start Mondays at the middle and high school level beginning the first day of the 2023-24 school year. We will be publishing the new bell schedules for all schools prior to July 1, 2023. We will also add these bell schedules to the new website for future reference.

Device Coverage for Next Year

Here is the link to the Mobile Device Coverage Protection Plan. Renewal begins July 1st and ends June 30th each school year.

This Plan is $20 for two incidents and is available at the following link. https://vusd.myschoolcentral.com/

As an FYI: Cracked or damaged screen replacement per incident = $150

Chromebook total damage replacement per incident = $322

Power adapters are not included in the plan

Summer Opportunities

VCC Mental Health Fair June 24


Early Release of Students

Please read the attached flyers that explain our school policy for checking out students early.

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:

Instructional Assistant

Instructional Assistant - Behavior Intervention

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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.

Community Resourse Corner

Technology Assistance with Mr. Alan

Newcomers and Refugees

Low Cost Internet

Health and Safety

Our COVID Protocols

Families, we follow the San Diego County of Education's Decision Tree and guidance from our district. As we learn new updates, we will communicate with families changes that occur that may affect our school.

  1. If you have taken any form of a COVID test, and it is positive, please inform the school immediately. Do not send your child to school.You will share your information with:

You do not need to send the negative results to Vista Academy.

Please reach out to Ms. Sharon with any questions. We are here to help.Thank you for your communication in helping to keep our learning community safe.

For a COVID positive student to return to school on Days 6-10, evidence of a negative test on Day 5 or after does not need to be provided to the school. The student does need to have improving symptoms and be fever-free for 24 hours.

In order to keep our families informed on Covid-19 cases at Vista Academy, we will be utilizing the following procedure to communicate the cases at Vista Academy and within our district.

Vista Academy's Foundation PTO Needs You!

We have several Foundation Board members that are retiring after this school year and we are looking to fill many positions including President and Vice President. Our wonderful current board would like to recruit and start training anyone interested so we can hit the ground running next year.

Our favorite community and school events are made possible by our Foundation Board and volunteers. Please consider joining this amazing team! No previous experience is needed, we will train you!

If you are interested in being part of our Foundation and have any questions, please reach out to president@vistaacademyfoundation.com

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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Assurance of Nondiscrimination

Vista Unified School District prohibits unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying in educational programs, activities, or employment, based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, immigration status, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender-identity, or gender expression, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. VUSD requires that school personnel take immediate steps to intervene when safe to do so when he or she witnesses an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying.