One Vista Voice
The Latest News & Info from VLMA, Vol. 5, 2021-2022
Welcome Vista Families!
Weekly Cheetah Spotlight Video
Spirit Friday and Oct-GLOW-Ber!
oct-glow-ber and spirit friday!
This week's theme: Look high and low to make our campus "GLOW"!
We are praising cheetah scholars for taking care of their physcial spaces on campus.
Are we cleaning up after ourselves at breakfast and lunch?
Did you spot a cheetah lending a hand to keep our campus clean?
Are cheetahs helping our custodians and teachers with clean ups?
What are some other ways you can think of that show that we care for our campus???
Friday's Spirit Theme: Your Favorite VLMA, Black&Yellow, or Cheetah gear!
Class with the highest percentage of Cheetah-rrific spirit participants will gain possession of Cheeto the Cheetah Spirit "trophy"!
Congratulations to Ms. Arbesu's scoring big with a 71% participation rate in our Friday "Sports" Spirit Theme!
In an effort to support our “Take Care of Yourself, Take Care of Others, Take Care of Our School” goals, we will be focusing on recognizing “glowing” behaviors in the month of October. Each week, we will have a different behavior focus. We want to shine light on our cheetah scholars who are working hard on these goals. Each teacher will be given a stack of praise cards. If they see a class working hard on the weekly focus, they can give that class a praise card. Teachers hold onto any praise cards their students receive that week. Every Friday, there will be a box in the main office for teachers to deposit their class’ praise cards. During the Monday Cheetah Spotlight video, Mrs. A & Mrs. W. will be drawing 2 praise cards. Those 2 classes will receive a treat that afternoon to celebrate their glowing behaviors. Classroom teachers will set expectations and model each behavior so students will be prepared to show their greatness.
Our VLMA Nutrition Services is Heating Up!
Check out our dynamic menu here: https://lemongrovesd.nutrislice.com/menu/vista-la-mesa-elementary
Celebrating the Season at VLMA
If you'd like to "treat" your scholar's class, consider sending NON-edible treats. Consider pencils, stickers, or even gifting the class with a book!
We ask that your child NOT wear a costume of any kind. It is the policy and long-standing practice of the Lemon Grove School district to NOT wear costumes as they can not only disrupt our learning, but restrict student movement and provide a safety hazard on the playground and fields.
Kroc Center 2021 Toys n Joy Christmas Program Enrollment is Open!
A Great Opportunity for Vista La Mesa Academy Families who qualify!
Kroc Center 2021 Toy n Joy Christmas Program Enrollment is here! Priority registration opens up for Vista La Mesa Families October 1st through October 25th.
Please see the information on this flyer (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1teBd4VZ3B_TZ09hXKUUG2gI5zufhcwzc/view?usp=sharing ), or visit the Kroc Center website https://sd.kroccenter.org/kroc-san-diego/assistance
The program will provide free stocking stuffers, books, arts/crafts, toys, school supplies, PPE, food, gift cards, stuffed animals and more by registered appointment. The parents will get to shop in our Toy n Joy Shop for the items, characters and preferences of their choice and have the pride of wrapping the gifts themselves. The program is first come, first served for all the children in the family who are 0-12 until we reach capacity.
Join our ELAC!
Come to our ELAC to get updates and help us make decisions that affect our multilingual students. Tuesday, October 19, 3:30-4:40 PM via Zoom. https://bit.ly/3DuvuFB
Venga a nuestro Comite Asesor de Estudiantes de Ingles (English Learner Advisory Committee, ELAC), creado para apoyar a nuestros estudiantes de ingles, para recibir actualizaciones y ayudarnos a toma decisiones que afectan a nuestros estudiantes multilingues.
Martes 19 de octubre, 3: 30-4: 40 p. M. A través de Zoom.
Our ASB Elections Take Center Stage!
ASB elected positions include:
Commissioner of Activities and Spirit
Campaigning runs from Monday, October 18-22.
Candidates will be filming campaign speeches to be viewed by our students.
And on Friday, October 22, we will hold our voting!
Ms. Parral will be leading our elementary Student Council that will work in conjunction with and be mentored by our middle school council. Be on the lookout for more information on how your elementary student can participate in Student Council!
Good luck to all of our middle school candidates!
As Seen on Campus!
Second Graders Go Scavenging
Income Verification Forms
If you are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch status based on your family’s income, please make sure you complete an income verification form with your school site, as you may also qualify for other assistance, like:
Pandemic EBT (a debit card that eligible families can use to buy food).
You could also receive fee waivers or reductions when taking standardized tests like the ACT or SAT, or AP exams. Waiver of application fees for students applying to college through the Common App, among other benefits.
Medical care and Healthcare Coverage, check out Covered California to get help paying for healthcare or qualifying for Medi-Cal.
Cox Connect 2 Compete, affordable home internet, see if you qualify for low-cost home internet.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). LIHEAP assists eligible low-income households with the goal of managing and meeting their immediate home heating and/or cooling needs.
ONE-TIME Online COVID-19 Testing Registration Now Available.
There were some bugs with online testing registration this week. We greatly appreciated your patience as we worked with the agency to address the bug.The agency has let the district know that the bug has been resolved for when you were not able to pass selection of your school. Please let your teacher know if you still are having any issues.
The long-awaited, ONE-TIME online C-19 testing registration is now available!
When using the link below to register, you will notice that it will no longer give you the option of choosing a date since your student will be auto-enrolled each week. If you do not wish to have your child tested on a particular week, just Dojo message your teacher and they will not send your child to the testing line.
Hard copy permission forms are still accepted and available from your teacher.
Go to https://lgsd.testscheduler.net/ to register your student for COVID-19 on site testing!
The full instructions for how to use the portal and register yourself, please click here:
Our site testing day will be every Friday.
October Parent and Family Events!
Join us this month for a ton of family events in San Diego and with the Lemon Grove School District!
Check out the October Parent Events Calendar! In it you’ll find info about:
Setting goals for parents and children. An interview with Ms. Jones, an LGAM parent.
Kids Free San Diego. Free attractions, events, and food for kids all over San Diego.
SD Nights Schedule
SD Nights Wellness Wednesday
PAPER Tutoring Program
Fall dance classes at transcenDANCE
SAY San Diego Dads Corps
Mindfulness Classes with UCSD
LGSD Community Safety Event Recording
Resources for teen wellness
Videos, read alouds, and books for Hispanic Heritage Month
Chollas Lake Free Programs and Events
Fall Family Date Night
Spooktacular Trunk or Treat
¡Consulte el calendario de eventos para padres de octubre! En él encontrarás información sobre:
Establecer metas para padres e hijos. Una entrevista con la Sra. Jones, madre de LGAM.
Niños gratis en San Diego. Atracciones, eventos y comida gratis para niños en todo San Diego.
Horario de SD Nights
SD Nights Miércoles de bienestar
Programa de tutoría PAPER
Clases de baile de otoño en trascenDANCE
SAY San Diego Dads Corps (grupo para papás)
Clases de atención plena con UCSD
Grabación del evento de seguridad comunitaria de LGSD
Recursos para el bienestar de los adolescentes
Videos, lectura en voz alta y libros para el Mes de la Herencia Hispana
Programas y eventos gratuitos en Chollas Lake Park
Noche de cita familiar the otoño
“Cajuela o golosina” espeluznante
Our PTA meetings are held the first Thursday of every month at 3:45pm via Zoom.
We can't wait to see what our PTA has in store for us this year!