Bulldog Bulletin: 02/21

Weekly Updates:

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For your information, we have included Dr. Doyle’s last Community Update which went out to families on February 16th.

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Mark your Calendars:

  • February 26- Student Participation Agreement for current Vista Academy students (K-4)

  • March 29-April 2, 2021 - Spring Break

  • May 31, 2021 - Memorial Day, no school

  • June 18, 2021 - Last Day of school, minimum day

Bagels with Benjie - February

Friday, Feb. 26th, 9:30am

This is an online event.

Join us via Zoom!

Please Join Us ~ Student Cyber Safety Presentation - February 23rd at 5:30PM

This zoom event will educate parents and students on online safety, responsible digital citizenship and popular apps for parents to be educated on.


Meeting ID: 946 5647 2114

Passcode: 236472

Virtual Student Library Checkout Hour is back!

Virtual Student Library Checkout Hour will Resume on March 1st and will be every Monday afternoon from 1:30 - 2:30 at the front of School. Stop by and check out a book! Flyer coming soon.

Reminder: Student Participation Agreement

If you have a current Kinder- 4th grade student at Vista Academy, and you plan on them returning for the 2021-2022 school year, please fill out the returning student form (Student Participation Agreement) HERE or click on the button below. The Participation Agreement for the 2021-2022 school year is also included in this form. Please complete the Reregistration by February 26, 2021.

Student Participation Form '21-'22

Please complete by 2/26/21

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Linda Rhodes Vaccination Center Hours:

Vaccination Hours: Sundays and Mondays 9:30-3:30

Check HERE for current eligibility for vaccinations.

Community COVID Testing Centers - Updated Hours:

Please note the change in hours to the following COVID testing centers:

Linda Rhodes Community Center

COVID Testing Hours - Tuesday - Saturday 11:00-5:30

CSUSM COVID Testing Hours - Sunday - Thursday 9:30-4:00

New COVID Decision Tree:

The COVID Decision Tree has been recently updated HERE. There are a couple significant changes:

1. Under the old guidance, an individual who received a negative COVID test had to wait 72 hours after symptoms improved to return to work. Under the new guidance, an individual who received a negative COVID test needs to wait 24 hours after symptoms have improved to return to school.

2. The COVID Decision Tree still applies even if an individual has received the COVID vaccine.

Families, please keep us informed about the following:

  1. If you notice any symptoms, please keep your child at home. Notify the school immediately.

  2. If you have taken a test and it is positive, please inform the school immediately.

  3. If you have taken a test and are awaiting the results, please keep your child at home until you receive the results.

  4. If you child has taken a test and is awaiting the results, please keep your child home until you receive the results.

  5. If you have been exposed to someone who tested positive, please keep your child at home and inform the school immediately.

Please make sure to always share your information with:

Thank you for your communication in helping to keep our learning community safe.

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IB Update:

Our second grade students and teachers are working on an exciting project with Dr. Chris Wood from CSUSM in their IB unit Where we are in Place and Time with the central idea of Family histories and world cultures influence who we are today. Each student will learn how to make a podcast with an interview of a family member about their family history and culture.

Reminder: IB Parent Survey

As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, we are currently in our Self-Study Year to evaluate our IB program of Inquiry and make refinements. One of the steps in evaluation is to involve our parents and gather community input. We value your input on our IB program and would appreciate you completing this brief survey to help us refine our program as part of our IB Self-study, Click Here to Access the Survey, or click on the button below.The survey is available in English and Spanish. Only one survey per family is requested. The survey will be open until March 26th. Thank you!

If you have any questions about our IB program, please reach out to our IB coordinator, Sharon Scott-Gonzalez at sharonscott-gonzalez@vistausd.org
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Our School Counselor: Mrs. Bojorquez

Hello, this is your school counselor Mrs. Bojorquez. Please reach out to me with any concerns regarding attendance, academics, and social emotional learning.

My email : mariebojorquez@vistausd.org (760) 941-0880 ext. 44900

I support students with social skills classroom lessons, small groups, and 1:1 if needed. I can also refer to outside agencies or resources if needed.

VUSD Social & Emotional Support

I am planning a parent workshop that will take place March 4th, additional details coming soon.

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VUSD's English Learner Program:

The mission of the VUSD English Learner program is to "establish, implement and sustain a high quality, rigorous language instruction educational program to ensure all English Language Learners attain proficiency in English and meet the California Academic Content Standards." The English learner instructional program options were developed to ensure that this mission is fulfilled for every English learner enrolled in Vista schools. The ultimate goal of the English Learner program is to support English learners to acquire English as rapidly as possible and to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of grade level content standards on state and local measures.

Overview Video:

Here is an overview video of the ELPAC test that all English Learners will take: English

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Specialties Update:

This week, all Vista Academy students had the opportunity to participate in a virtual field trip from Poway OnStage. As part of their celebration of Black History Month, Poway OnStage presented an engaging concert by Jazzy Ash. The vibrant performance exposed students to a wide variety of music, including: zydeco, jazz, blues and swing. In addition, students were provided with standards-aligned extension activities. We are so grateful for this wonderful learning opportunity for our students. Thank you Jazzy Ash and Poway OnStage!

Vista Academy students have art specialty classes in dance, drama and music every week. Research has shown that participation in the arts has many benefits to students now, as well as later on in life. Each week we will feature a Why Art card from ART=OPPORTUNITY. More information and links to the studies on the benefits of the arts can be found on the website.

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Yearbook Frenzy! Call for Help!

What a year we've had! To make our 2020-2021 yearbook the best it can be, we need your help (quickly) in collecting photos. If you have any photos to share (kids, school, art, projects, etc), please send them to grants@vistaacademyfoundation.com In the email please include the students name, grade, and teacher's name. Captions are always welcome.

Deadline: Tuesday evening, February 23rd

Email: grants@vistaacademyfoundation.com

Foundation Monthly Meeting

Monday, March 8th, 5:30pm

This is an online event.

Please reach out to Principal Walker for the Zoom link. All families are welcomed to join.
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School Meals:


Winter 2021 Lunch Menu


Winter 2021 Virtual Menu

Virtual Meals are distributed on Wednesdays at these times & locations:

Winter 2021 Virtual Meal Days & Times – English

After School Enrichment & Homework Assistance:

The Vista Unified ASES team has put together a virtual homework help meeting on Zoom everyday from now until the end of the school year. If your students are needing help (whether they are virtual or classic), please let the learners know about this resource.

  • From 2:30-3:15pm, there is an enrichment activity to enhance learning. (See the flyer below for a list of enrichment activities for this upcoming week.)

  • From 3:30-5:15pm there is live homework help in a breakout room. The students do not need to attend the entire session and can pop in and out as needed.

Enrichment 2:30-3:15: ZOOM Link

Homework Help 3:30-5:30: ZOOM Link