Welcome Back Bulldogs!
Here is some important information for the start of school.
August 8, 2023
Welcome to the 2023-2024 School Year! I hope you have had an amazing summer filled with time to connect with your children in fun and relaxing ways. I am looking forward to starting another year at Buena Vista and partnering with you and our Bulldog staff. I cannot wait to see you all again and hope you can make it to our Welcome Back Social on Monday, August 14th (4-6pm). Our BV and District Staff has worked hard this summer to prepare our school and classrooms to get things ready for your children's return from summer break, including upgrading all of our HVAC units. Teachers have already been working to welcome your child to their classroom on Wednesday, August 16th. We are all eager to start this school year and take the 2023-2024 journey of learning together.
You should have received a district email for data confirmation for your Buena Vista Bulldog student(s) in July. This online data confirmation is in lieu of the in person Welcome Back Day from previous school years. If you did not receive the email I have included the directions below.
We will be using the Aeries Parent Portal to update student information online, including incoming TK/Kindergarten families and families new to WCSD. The annual data confirmation process is required for all students in grades Transitional Kindergarten - 8th. The data confirmation process must be completed in order for your student to receive his/her teacher assignment next week. Please contact our office manager, Shelley Purcell, ASAP if you plan to dis-enroll your student.
All parents should visit the Aeries Parent Portal and confirm your student’s data. Click HERE for details on each step. If you have more than one student enrolled in the district, it will be necessary to complete this process for each student.
Please note, we are not able to distribute class assignments or allow a student to attend class without completing the data confirmation process. Class assignments will be available Monday, August 14th on Aeries. Email directions will be sent on how to access. Please note that staff worked hard to create balanced classes that are best for all students, therefore teacher changes or requests will not be granted.
I would like to extend a special welcome to all of our new families and encourage you to become involved in our school community. You can check in with your classroom teacher on ways you can support your child in their classroom this year. Another way to support your student and become involved is to join our School Site Council or our Parent Teacher Association. There are different levels of involvement, and we appreciate all support. Please do not hesitate to reach out to any of us if you have any questions as you and your children join the Buena Vista Bulldogs Family.
Studies show that families who are involved with their children's education have students who tend to do better in school. An essential part of staying in the loop of communication is ensuring you read the Bulldog Bulletin which is sent out every Wednesday. Every week there are updates, announcements and important information. In addition, teachers will be sending home communication weekly. Please make sure to stay up to date with information that is sent home and if you have questions, please feel free to ask.
I am excited to continue to support this amazing staff and student body as principal this year. We have a quite a few new faces and position shifts to welcome to the Buena Vista School Family.
- Babylonia Darwish, Transitional Kindergarten--Room 36
- Amanda Ward, 1st grade teacher--Room 22
- Madilyn Cragin, 3rd grade teacher--Room 15
- Melissa Pilch, 4th grade teacher --Room 44
- Leonard Castro, TK-1 SDC teacher--Room 33
- Isabelle McCabe, Speech and Language Pathologist--Room 41
- Tiffany Ng, Inclusion Specialist
- Lauren Esser, Academic/Wellness Para (TK)--Room 36
- Elvia Awwad, RSP Paraeducator--Room 25
- Jess Lahti, SDC 1:1 Paraeducator--Room 34
- Joy Magana, SDC 1:1 Paraeducator--Room 34
- Mely Moser, SDC Para educator--Room 33
- Amanda Minnich, Teacher with Admin Support--Main Office
We are still looking to fill some positions. We are looking for additional noon duty supervisors. This is a part time position that helps supervise student lunches and recess. The hours are Monday-Friday from 11:15-1:00. But can be flexible by days available. Here is the link to the job description.
If you know of anyone who may be interested in these positions please forward them my contact information and have them reach out: firstname.lastname@example.org or 925-944-6822
To help you and your child get off to a good start for the school year, please mark your calendar with these important dates:
Monday, August 14th: Welcome Back Social, Sponsored by PTA 4:00-6:00 Please join us for music, fun and gathering in the Breezeway. Kona Ice will be here too. Come see your old friends and make new ones too!
- Monday August 14th, Back to School Night for TK/K parents ONLY: 6:00pm - 7:00pm (parents only) in the classroom. Please plan on attending this important meeting where you will learn about your child’s upcoming year. Teachers will discuss curriculum, classroom rules and routines and how you can support your child at home.
Tuesday, August 15th: TK/Kindergarten Sneak Peek - Meet your Teacher 2:00 - 3:00pm Classrooms will be ready for your child to come take a look around, meet their teacher and new classmates. You will not need to stay the entire hour, just drop in anytime between 2:00 - 3:00pm.
Wednesday, August 16th: First Day of School! Remember, the first day of school is a Wednesday and so it is a “Late Start” day for everyone with arrival at 8:55am TK/Kindergarten dismissal is at 12:15pm. Grades 1-5 dismissal at 2:30pm
- Wednesday, August 16th: Coffee with the Principal 9:00 am. Please join me on the Buena Vista Multi Use Room (MUR) for a short get together to learn more about what is in store for our students and school this year.
Thursday, August 17th: First day of “Slip” schedule forTK/ Kindergarten Early Start 8:10am-12:55pm. Late Start 9:10am-1:55pm
Wednesday, August 30: Back to School Night (Grades 1-3 and SDC) 6:00-6:30 p.m. and (Grades 4-5) 6:40-7:10pm No children please. Report to your child’s classroom.
Friday, Sept 1: Short Day—Grades 1-5 - 8:10am - 12:25. TK/Kindergarten---ALL TK/K STUDENTS - 8:10-11:30am
It's a great day to be a Bulldog!
Buena Vista Elementary Principal
Student Drop Off and Pick Up
Please share these guidelines with all members of your family and any other person responsible for transporting your children to and from school. Thank you for your full cooperation in observing all of these guidelines.
San Juan Avenue Entrance (Front of School)
Red = No stopping or parking at any time.
White = Pick-up/Drop-off only – Drivers are not to leave cars unattended.
Please drop off and pick up students in the zone designated by the white painted curb in front of the school, near the BV marquee. Students may be dropped off on the east side of the street (and cross the street with the crossing guard) in the area directly across from the main drop-off area. The curb is painted white for this purpose and is for passenger loading (and off-loading) during the hours of 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m. Do not park in this area at these times, as you will be cited by the Walnut Creek Police Department.
U-turns are only allowed at intersections where openings for turns are provided. DO NOT turn around in front of the drop-off area.
The parking lot off San Juan Avenue, next to the school office, is for staff and handicapped parking only.
Do not drive into the staff parking area or block the entrance to drop off or pick up students.
This is a reminder that the safest parking area (to avoid a ticket) is located on the school side (west side) of San Juan Avenue. You may park in designated spaces for any amount of time. Be aware that parking on the east side of San Juan is limited to two hours between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You will be cited if you park in this location over the two-hour limit.
School Lane Entrance (off Buena Vista Ave.) THIS LOT IS FOR DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP ONLY This parking lot is for staff only. After 3:00 p.m., community parking is allowed in open spaces.
Red = No stopping or parking at any time.
White = Pick-up/Drop-off only – Drivers are not to leave cars unattended.
Green = 5-minute parking ONLY – this is for drivers needing quick access to campus. Please leave your car here for only the time allotted.
KINDER DROP-OFF: The area in front of kindergarten is a “No Stopping” zone. It is asked that Kindergarten parents walk their children into class. You will need to find parking along the green curbs in the School Lane lot, on Buena Vista Avenue, on San Juan Avenue, or in the Alvarado lot.
Alvarado Avenue Entrance/Lot
Parents are encouraged to use this parking lot and entrance to the school for drop-off and pick-up, as it is a short, safe walk across the field to the playground and the classrooms.
Please observe the painted entrance and exit arrows indicating one-way drive through.
Besides before and after school the gate will be locked at all times during the school day.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Youth mental health is a topic of utmost importance, and we believe that by working together, we can create a supportive environment where our children can thrive.
As we start the new school year, we want to remind you of the invaluable resources available to our community through the WCSD Wellness Program.
In addition, Care Solace offers mental health care coordination services and can help connect you and your child with appropriate community-based providers. Whether it's counseling, therapy, or other mental health services, Care Solace can assist you in finding the support your family may need. To access Care Solace's coordination services, please visit our Counseling page here.
By joining hands and working together as a community, we can provide a nurturing and inclusive environment that supports the mental health and well-being of our youth. Let's continue to prioritize their emotional growth, and together, we can create a brighter future for our children.
Thank you for being caring and involved parents and guardians in the Walnut Creek School District. Your dedication to supporting our youth is truly commendable.
The PTA at Buena Vista is here to promote an inclusive community for children and families and support the education and enrichment of our children. As PTA members and/or supporters, you have access to our online school directory. Your volunteer time and funds bring programs and events to school. Some examples include community events, books for the library, books for students from our annual book fair, teacher classroom and grade level grants, and parent education programs. We both “fun”raise and fundraise throughout the year to meet our annual goals. Fundraisers include:
PTA Annual Fund: Suggested donation of $250/family
PTA Student Fun Run: Our primary fundraiser! Stay tuned!
In addition to supporting our PTA, we invite you to join us for various community events that will be organized throughout the year, such as Welcome Back Day, Back to School Night, and Multicultural Night. These events offer excellent opportunities to meet other parents, strengthen community bonds, and create lasting memories for your family. Join and/or donate to PTA here.