Vista Views

March 10, 2021


As we have more students and families walking to school each day, I want to remind you of the following safety guidelines:

  • Please do not bring your puppy or dog during drop off and dismissal. We have received emails from families with children who are afraid of dogs and are fearful of coming to school. Thank you for leaving your furry friends at home.
  • Students should not be walking in the parking lot. We will be reminding them to stay on the sidewalks as they walk to their assigned gates.
  • Please do not have your child cross Blossom Valley Drive in the middle of the block. This is extremely dangerous, as people are looking over their shoulder as they pull away from the curb. We've already had a couple of near misses.

Thank you for reinforcing these messages at home, through your words and actions. We want everyone to be safe and feel safe at school.


At Monday night's USD Board Meeting, Alta Vista's One School, One Book program was highlighted. People watching the livestreamed event were able to hear about the wonderful job that our fifth graders have done in sharing Sideways Stories from Wayside School with the entire community.

If you've been missing out on their read aloud videos, be sure to visit (and bookmark) Family story time is a great way to end the day - promoting togetherness and literacy at home. Enjoy!

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Come spend a fun evening learning some new tricks and tips for dealing with kids who won’t listen to you! Mary Eschen is a popular local parenting educator and podcaster of Parenting Decoded. Her entertaining style and energy will put you back in the drivers seat with some new ideas on how to parent. You will walk out of the event with techniques you can
put to use right away!

Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Time: 8:00-9:15pm

Location: Zoom

Admission is free! Sign up HERE.


Alta Vista Mask Fundraiser: Order by Monday, March 15th

Show your Cougar pride by supporting the Alta Vista Home and School Club (AVHSC) and purchase a mask for your student and/or donate a mask to a student in need by donating extra funds when ordering a mask. Order by Monday, March 15th!

The AVHSC typically holds fundraising activities at the beginning of the school year but given that in-person school was placed on hold because of Covid-19, the Annual Membership Drive and other events were also placed on hold. AVHSC funds numerous enrichment programs, such as Art, Clay, Music, PE, Project Cornerstone, assemblies, field trips, and more. We also supply the funds to purchase technology, educational subscriptions, classroom supplies, and teacher needs not otherwise provided by the District.

Although Covid-19 placed limitations on in-person school activities, the AVHSC funded virtual programs this year. Now that the campus has re-opened, we anticipate an increase in HSC expenses as in-person activities safely resume.

As we look towards next school year, with a more “normal” template, we want to ensure that we have funds to resume programs as we have in previous years. With this fundraiser, the AVHSC hopes to use your donations to off-set the costs of a Music Teacher, P.E. Teacher, and an extra crossing guard for the 2021-22 school year. These three expenses are NOT covered by the yearly Consolidate Class Pledge (CCP) that is normally collected from families at the beginning of the year during the Annual Membership Drive. In the past, the Walk-a-Thon was our largest on-campus fundraising event each year. Covid-19 restrictions have caused the AVHSC to reimagine how we fundraise for our school, which means we may not have our yearly Walk-a-thon in October.

Customized Super Comfort Cotton Face Mask
This lightweight reusable face mask has comfort built into every last detail. This two‑ply cotton mask, which meets CDC Guidelines, features an interior pocket to easily swap in a replaceable filter. This lightweight reusable face mask has comfort built into every last detail. With a tailored fit, adjustable ear toggles, moldable nose bridge, and soft elastic ear loops this mask is going to fit your face well. This will be your next favorite mask, the one you don’t leave home without.

Size & Fit Guide
Adult Sizes: S/M | M/L
Fit: (S/M) fits smaller adults and kids, (M/L) fits most adults.

Place your Mask Order or Donate a Mask to a Student in Need Here:

To Donate Directly to Alta Vista Home & School Club, please login here:

Thank you for all your support!
Take advantage of employer “matching funds” if possible.
AVHSC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization Tax ID: 77-0293970

Grades TK-2 Are Invited to a Virtual Author Visit

Presented by Alta Vista Home & School Club & Hicklebee's Bookstore

For Grades TK-2nd

Wednesday, March 24th at 1:00pm

Zoom Link to come

Authors Jorry John & Erin Kraan are visiting to celebrate the release of Something's Wrong!: A Bear, a Hare, and Some Underwear ($18.99)

A hilarious picture book from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jory John, paired with new illustrator Erin Kraan, about a bear whose friends help him make it through a bad day!

Jeff the bear has definitely forgotten something. He ate his breakfast, he watered his plant, he combed his fur…what could it be? Why does he feel so oddly off? So he asks his friend Anders the rabbit what could possibly be wrong. It couldn't have anything to do with the fact that he's wearing underwear…over his fur...could it? Something's Wrong! is another read-out-loud, laugh-out-loud picture book from bestselling and beloved author Jory John, about that horrible nagging feeling that it just might not be your day—but you know you have a friend to support you no matter what.

Jory John is a #1 New York Times–bestselling author of books for both children and adults. His work includes the New York Times–bestselling picture books The Good Egg and The Bad Seed; the award-winning Bear & Duck series; the popular picture books Something’s Wrong!, Penguin Problems, and Giraffe Problems; and the New York Times–bestselling The Terrible Two series. He lives in Portland, Oregon. Learn more at

Erin Kraan is a children’s book illustrator, woodcutter, and printmaker. She loves the process of carving her characters into wood and seeing how their quirky and whimsical identities come to life through the ink in the prints. You can often find her doodling while drinking coffee and wearing cozy socks that are usually inside out or backwards. Something's Wrong! is her debut picture book. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

All Alta Vista families are invited to purchase signed copies of Something's Wrong. For more information about the visit and to order books directly from Hicklebees, click here:

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Donate Supplies to 4 Dogs Farm Rescue in Mexico!

It's the last few days to donate items to this month's Alta Vista Cares project, the 4 Dogs Farm Rescue shelter in Mexico. We are collecting the following items to help care for dogs while they are awaiting adoption.

Towels - Dog beds - Blankets - Dog toys

Dog clothes/sweaters - Leashes - Harnesses

Dog food - Disposable gloves - Bleach - Tide

Please drop donations off at the Kalia family porch at 267 Blossom Valley across from school by Monday, March 15th. Any questions, please email THANK YOU for helping these needy stray animals!

5th Graders are Invited to Purchase UMS Spiritwear!

We can’t wait to have the Alta Vista 5th Graders as UMS students next year, but you don’t need to wait until August to start showing your Tiger Pride.

Our Spirit Wear Store is currently open and offering short and long sleeve t-shirts and hoodies. Be one of the first students to sport our new design – a knock off of the popular Santa Cruz shirt!

Parents – Spirit Wear makes a great 5th grade promotion gift.

Deadline to order is Tuesday, March 16th

Questions? Email


Welcome Back USD Elementary School Students!