Mustangs Message

September 18th

Message from the Principal

Hello Mission Meadows Families!

There is a lot happening at Mission Meadows ! First, we just kicked off our Fall Reading Challenge Fundraiser (more information below) which replaced our former fall fundraiser of mostly useless items that no one usually wanted, and most of the money went to the fundraising organization. This year, however, since reading is a BIG deal at Mission Meadows, our amazing PTA decided to combine our School Wide Reading Goal (more information below) with our Fall Fundraising Challenge. Our goal is to raise $15,000 which will go towards fundraising assemblies, family events, student programs, and much more! And we get to keep almost 90% of the money we raise!

Second, this week we will be commemorating Ability Awareness Week. This week-long program is designed to educate students about people with disabilities to help them understand that a disability does not define a person. The goal is to introduce and educate students about various disabilities and help encourage empathy. Students will participate in a variety of activities throughout the week. Do you want to learn more? then check out this presentation. We are also looking for parent volunteers that would be willing to help out with some special Ability Awareness Activities on Friday. If you are able and willing then please SIGN UP HERE.

Finally, this week we are holding our first School Site Council Meeting. We welcome all parents to come and participate. This week we will be holding elections for five parent leadership opportunities to be a part of this very important committee, and we will be reviewing the Mission Meadows School Site Plan that determines how we spend much of our money to help your students both academically and social emotionally. Please join us if you can on Wednesday, September 20th @ 2:30pm.

Thank you again for all you do, and have a wonderful week!


David Peel, Principal

Important Dates to Remember

Sept 18-22 Ability Awareness Week

Sept 20 - SSC Meeting

Sept 21 PTA Association Meeting

Sept 27 Picture Day

Sept 27 - ELAC Meeting

Oct 4 - Make-up Picture Day

Oct 18 - SSC Meeting

Oct 20 - Harvest Carnival

Oct 23-27 Red Ribbon Week

Picture Day is Coming!

Picture Day is coming to Mission Meadows on Wednesday, September 27th! More information will soon be available. Be on the lookout for a flier that will be sent home with more details about how to order pictures of your child.

Dia de Fotos

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Fall Reading Challenge Fundraiser

Reading is a BIG deal at Mission Meadows, so your PTA is combining our School Wide Reading

Goals with our Fall Fundraising Challenge. Our goal is to raise $15,000 which will go toward

funding assemblies, family events, student programs, and much more!

Check your students backpack for the information packet with instructions, a list of all programs and events that are funded by your generosity, and a treasure map reading log. We are encouraging all families to REGISTER online today, SHARE with Family and friends, and READ! If you register & share prior to Monday, your child will get their first prize! Make sure to help your child log their reading time on the treasure map!


There is amazing list of individual and classroom prizes available for this fundraiser, including a donut party for a class if everyone participates and a dance party for all classes that meet their fundraising goals. Check out the entire list of prizes in the information packet. Here is the link to the information packet in case you lost it.

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Mission Meadows has received a Silver Recognition in PBIS

We are pleased to announce that Mission Meadows Elementary has received the Silver Award for its implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports (PBIS) after only it's very first year. Congratulations goes to all the students and teachers who have helped implement our behavior expectations of being Respectful, Responsible, Honest, Safe & Kind. Well Done!

PBIS Parent Representative - We are looking for at least one parent who is willing to be on our PBIS Team made up of school administrators, teachers and staff who have a goal of improving behavior and academics through a Positive Behavior Intervention Systems. We meet once a month after school, and in addition there are a series of trainings that the team attends throughout the school year. If you are interested in being a part of this important school team please reach out to the principal, David Peel.

Message from our New Community Liaison - Christina Araiza

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Parents Needed for School Site Council & English Language Acquisition Committee

School Site Council (SSC) is a shared governance group comprised of a minimum of ten stakeholders including faculty and staff members, the principal, and most importantly parents. The primary role of SSC is to oversee and monitor the implementation of the school’s Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA), and the group does have the authority to make decisions pertaining to how certain school funds shall be allocated.

SSC meets five times during the school year, and meeting agendas and minutes are made public to the stakeholders of Mission Meadows. Our first meeting will be held on September 20th. All parents are welcome.

English Language Acquisition Committee (ELAC) - This is a group of parents and guardians of students who may speak another language other than English at home. Our first meeting will be on Wednesday, September 27th. If you are interested please reach out to our community liaison for more information.

  • ELAC meetings are scheduled to provide time to discuss, evaluate and advocate for improved services for English Learners, to assist in the development of the School Plan for Student Achievement, including budget recommendation, and to create a structure for communication.
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Mark you Calendar! It is Harvest Carnival Time

Save the Date -- October 20! The Harvest Carnival is a family FAVORITE and a beloved tradition of Mission Meadows. Check out this highlight reel HERE from 2022 to get a sense of the spooky fun! See you on October 20th!

Carnaval de otono

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Bike Safety Events

Mark your calendars, VUSD has three Family Bike Education Nights coming up this year. San Diego County Bike Coalition (SDCBC) will be there to talk about rules of the road, safety of wearing helmets and more! This event is for all families and doesn’t just discuss safety of bikes and e-bikes, it also addresses safety of scooters and e-scooters
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PTA News


The goal of the Mission Meadows Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is to positively impact the lives of each child, their families, and the school staff at Mission Meadows! Do you want your kids to love coming to school? WE DO TOO and we need your help!! Consider joining the PTA today. It's easy, incredibly rewarding, and completely flexible. You can do it! CLICK HERE to join.

PTA Membership Drive: THANK YOU for your support in our membership drive! We are at 182 members strong, the largest number we've have in YEARS! We can't wait to make this year the best yet! Tell your students that they did an amazing job and the popsicle party will be scheduled soon!!! Your PTA thanks you, Mustangs

Mission Meadows Spiritwear: Additional spiritwear sizes will be available for purchase at the first Friday Morning Sing, Sept. 1st. You can visit the office starting on Monday to order spirit wear directly. Students are encouraged to wear their Mustang spirit wear every Friday to school. Thank you, Mustangs!

BOXTOPS : Please see information below about how you can sign up to scan your grocery receipts for boxtop items and help support Mission Meadows. It has never been easier to help our school earn some free money!

Leader in Me - September Habit #1 Be Proactive

This month we will be focusing on Habit #1 "Be Proactive". It is all about being responsible. We and focusing and acting on what a person can control and influence, and not on what you can't. I hope that you will have discussions with your child this month about responsibility, making good choices, and choosing to do the right thing even when nobody else is looking.
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Attendance Goal for 2023-24

  • We have a huge goal this school year to have every student achieve the HERO Award (Here Everyday Ready & On-time) by being at school at least 95% of the time. We know that student who miss an excessive amount of days (more than 10% of the school year have a greater chance of falling behind their peers academically.
  • We hope that students will achieve at least 95% attendance this school year.
  • Students are to stay home when sick, but can only miss up to nine school days to still meet our 95% goal.
  • At last weeks Friday Morning Sing Assembly it was announced to all students that if we meet this goal at the end of the year, students will be able to duct tape Mr. Peel to a wall and through cream pie at him. Please help your child be successful by having them in school everyday, and help them achieve the goal of taping Mr. Peel to a wall!

Tips Families Can Use To Maintain or Improve Attendance:

  1. Make school attendance a priority. Talk about the importance of showing up to school on time, everyday.

  2. Help your child maintain daily routines such as getting ready for school, homework, and getting a good night’s sleep.

  3. Encourage your child to join a club or extracurricular activity at school.

  4. Keep your child healthy by providing adequate nutrition. Reach out to your school’s Community Liaison if you need assistance with basic resources.

  5. Develop backup plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor or another parent.

  6. Try to schedule medical appointments and extended trips when school isn't in session. Bring them to school before and after appointments if a middle-of-the-day appointment is necessary.

  7. If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors (see list of school counselors linked HERE) and other parents for advice on how to make your child feel comfortable and excited about learning.

What to do when my child is sick

Students with Illness Symptoms - For students with symptoms, (fever, diarrhea, vomiting) should test and stay home until symptoms have improved and are fever free for 24 hours. For students who test C+, they may return as early as Day 6 if they feel well, symptoms are improving and they have been fever free for at least 24 hours. Asymptomatic close contacts may continue to attend school. COVID testing is recommended, but not required. Schools are not required to verify negative test results.

COVID-19 Positive Students - Students and staff members who test positive for COVID must stay home from school or work. Students and staff may return to school as early as Day 6 if they meet the following criteria:

  • Must feel well

  • Symptoms must be improving

  • Fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medication for at least 24 hours

Students should wear a mask on Days 6-10.

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New Mission Meadows Family Handbook

We are also excited to share with you our new Mission Meadows Student & Family Handbook. When you have some time, please check it out to get more information regarding important information and procedures here at Mission Meadows.

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