Update from Vista Oaks

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Update for September 19, 2014

A Stanford Splash Alert From Academic Counseling

You're invited to make a splash at Stanford on November 8th and 9th if you are in grades 7-12. The cost is $40 per student for the entire weekend. The details are here: stanfordesp.org Parents are invited to attend the Stanford Splash Parents Program FREE while our students are splashing around Stanford's campus in thematic classes. The FAQs are in the Navigation section of the link; They are quite useful in addressing questions about the inspiring program. Try a Splash!

Contact zetta.chen@vistaoaks.org for further inquiries!

Emergency Drills…Coming This Week at Our Byron Site

In order to make sure we are prepared in the event of an emergency, we will be having emergency earthquake and fire drills each day of the coming week. Because of our unique program, students are generally only on campus one day a week. So that each group has the opportunity to practice what to do in case of emergency, we will be participating in a drill each morning.

  • Students, especially the younger ones, will be carefully and gently walked through what we do prior to and during the earthquake and fire drill.
  • Monday and Wednesday classes will only participate in an earthquake drill which will be held at 9:45 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday will participate in both an earthquake and a fire drill that is scheduled for 10:15 a.m.
  • All parents and guardians on campus are expected to participate in the drill as well.
  • Moving forward, there will be a drill one time each month on the same day and time as Excelsior Middle School.
  • The entire drill should only take a few minutes.
  • You are welcome to share this information with your children before their day at school.

In the future, we will not announce upcoming drills, but wanted you to be aware for this upcoming week of "practice." Thank you!

Is Your Child's Birthday Coming Up Soon?

Is your child's birthday coming up in the next month or so? If so, please let Charmaine or Lillian in the Resource Room know so that we it on our "Birthday Board."

Lost and Found Box

Oh, how the "Lost and Found Box" has grown!

Has your child left something behind while at school? A lunch box? A water bottle?

Stop by the Resource Room (Room 13) and take a peek inside the Lost and Found Box. Your missing item just might be there!

Grades TK - 2 (and Higher): Reading Eggs - A Wonderful Resource

Interested in signing your child up for Reading Eggs?

Reading Eggs is a supplemental, fun learn-to-read online program for TK - 6th grade students. Students enjoy animation, games, and songs while progressing at their own pace and earning rewards for skill-building. The program starts with emergent reading skills (most common sounds first) and progresses through 6th grade reading and writing skills. There are actually two programs available to you within Reading Eggs: Reading Eggs (for TK - 2nd) and Reading Eggspress (for 3rd - 6th).

Reading Eggs is interactive and fun! Students enjoy animation, games, and songs while progressing at their own pace and earning rewards for skill-building. We've heard a lot of great feedback from families who have used the program in the past and/or had a trial subscription.

This pdf provides more information about the Reading Eggs program: http://assets.readingeggsassets.com/brochures/teachers_brochure_us-fp-79c86530.pdf

TO SIGN UP: In order to sign up for this resource, please go to the Vista Oaks website (http://www.vistaoaks.net/) and find "Reading Eggs" under the "Parent Resources" drop-down menu. After you sign up there, I will add you and your child to our account and you will receive an email with your log-in information.

If you have any other questions, please contact Laura at laura.calvert@vistaoaks.net.

Grades 6 - 8: Planning for Upcoming Activities

We are still welcoming anyone interested in helping with after school activities for 6th - 8th grade students on Tuesdays and Thursdays following Enrichment.

  • Interested in helping? We need parent volunteers to help make this a success. Please email Lillian Quinata if you would like to help get this started and/or help during the activities.
  • What is the time commitment? The time commitment could vary based on interest, need, and availability. Volunteers could rotate through activities and events, committing to just one or all.
  • How do I get more information? Please email lillian.quinata@vistaoaks.net.

High School: New Enrichment Opportunities

We are excited to be able to offer several enrichment opportunities to our high school students. These opportunities will be available to students ages 14 and older every Wednesday, and the Mock Trial will welcome students in grades 7 and up.

These opportunities began on Wednesday, September 17, but email Charmaine if your student is interested.

  • High School Photography: Wednesday mornings from 9:00 - 10:20
  • Mock Trial (7th - 12th grade): Wednesday afternoons from 1:30 - 2:50
  • Prom Planning Committee: Alternating Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 - 4:00
  • Leadership Team: Alternating Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 - 4:00

Please see the information below to learn more. If you have questions, please contact Charmaine Abasolo at charmaine.abasolo@vistaoaks.net.

Need to call the Byron Site? Please call (925) 420-6616.

Finding Vista Oaks Byron Site…And Where to Park

Please see the map below for how to enter and exit, as well as where to park when coming to the Byron site. We are located within the Excelsior Middle School campus, with parking across found between the main middle school campus and the district office.
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