Update from Vista Oaks

A great place for your child to grow.

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Mark Your Calendar:

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  • Welcome Back Water Olympics: A High School Leadership Lead Event!

    The Welcome Back Water Olympics is coming to Vista Oaks on Friday, September 23 from 2:30 to 4:30. Students and their families are invited to compete in a variety of games and competitions. Come prepared to get wet and earn a medal! **This is a family event; students are not allowed to attend alone.**


  • Ground breaking ceremony for the new park being built by the city of Byron in our back field is Friday, September 30th and you're invited! (details below).

Marsh Creek Clean Up Tomorrow, Saturday, September 17th

7th & 8th Grade Junior Leadership Class

Is your 7th or 8th grader looking for a way to be more involved in Vista Oaks? Junior Leadership may be the answer! Middle School Leadership students have a very important job and make many decisions for our enrichment program. While being a part of the team is a serious responsibility, it is also a lot of fun and a great way to work with many different students and staff members at Vista Oaks. The purpose of Student Leadership is to make Vista Oaks a better place for all students. Junior Leadership Team will be student led by a small group of officers that are chosen by a panel of school staff after class begins. Meetings are held on Thursdayafternoons at 2:15 to 2:45. Our first meeting will be on September 28 in room 12. If you have any questions, please contact Amy (amy.morganstein@vistaoaks.net)

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Vista Oaks Reads!

Would you like to read great books and be rewarded for it, too? Here’s what to do:

1. Pick out a book at your reading level (ask your parent or teacher for help finding a book at just the right level).

2. Read it (the best part!).

3. Write a book review and complete book review checklist. Do your best—this review will stay with the book for other students to read.

4. Turn it in to the wall file in the leveled library with your name, teacher’s name, date, and your choice of reward.

5. Your teacher will get a copy of your work and give you your certificate (one per month).


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Do your children love news articles and you need kid-friendly versions?

Check out these great recommendations shared by Lydia Zuroff:


1. https://online.kidsdiscover.com

This website has an amazing mapping interface. Students click the subjects they are interested in, and it opens up a map of different subjects that apply. These are social science and science articles. You have to sign up. It's free for limited content.


2. http://tweentribune.com/

This is a Smithsonian website. You ca assign specific articles to your children, they read them, take a quiz, and answer a critical thinking question.

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Enrichment News

Please remember to LABEL jackets, water bottles, lunch bags, etc. We already have quite a collection of lost items collecting in the Oak room. If you're missing something, please come look in our lost and found.

Come support one of our Vista Oaks students who is "Smashing Cancer"!

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Check out these Vista Oaks Vendors:

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Allison's Art Bus

Allison's Art Bus is a fully functioning art studio on wheels! We are currently offering fine arts instruction to our Vista Oaks friends every Tuesday and Thursday, with more possible classes on the way. Our artist, Allison (and her helper), will teach your child fine art techniques using a variety of mediums. By studying several classic artists and their styles, your child will learn shading, perspective and still life drawing. Our curriculum is constantly changing to ensure that repeat students continue to refine their artistic abilities! Check us out on Facebook for more info: www.facebook.com/allisonsartbus, or give us a call 925-597-0378 to sign your child up now!

Biddy Sports in Brentwood!

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We are not taking lending library donations at this time. Once our shelves empty a bit, we will gladly accept books and resources!

Parking at the Byron Learning Center

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Please remember that Vista Oaks staff, parents, and students must park in the Excelsior Middle School parking lot. We are not allowed to park directly in front of the school. If you have a disabled placard, you are able to park in the last spot of the lot.
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We are a Box Top collecting school! Please neatly cut out your box tops and bring them into any classroom for collection. We will use the funds for Art and P.E. equipment. Thank you!

Emergency Phone Number for Mondays and Wednesdays

We have an emergency phone for use on Mondays and Wednesdays. During high school days, if you have an EMERGENCY, and you can not reach anyone using the main line, you may call 925.809.5096.

This phone is for use if you need to contact the head person on site about an immediate and important matter involving a student on campus. The Vista Oaks main line (925.420.6616) will still be operational. For daily business, you will call the main line.