One Vista Voice

The Latest News & Info from VLMA, Vol. 5, 2021-2022

Welcome Vista Families!

Our One Vista Voice is a weekly family newsletter full of information for our Vista La Mesa Academy community. We hope it provides you with valuable information and updates to support your family and our genius scholars!

Weekly Cheetah Spotlight Video

If you missed last week's Spotlight Video, here it is! Help us celebrate our scholars and their genius! Each week, Mrs. A and Mrs. W will be celebrating the unique genius of our Cheetah Scholars! Celebrate with us! We also post each week's video to our Vista La Mesa website.
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Spirit Friday and Oct-GLOW-Ber!

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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!

Led by our wonderful Mrs. Michelle Arkansas, our VLMA kitchen is cooking up some new tastiness for our Cheetah Scholars! Kiddos have been super excited about several new hot breakfast and lunch options! They've given a "paws up" for breakfast sandwiches, french toast sticks, chicken parmesan and pasta, mac 'n cheese, and even tater tots! Each served alongside fresh fruit, salads, roasted veggies, and more!

Check out our dynamic menu here: https://lemongrovesd.nutrislice.com/menu/vista-la-mesa-elementary

Celebrating the Season at VLMA

With Halloween approaching, many parents have asked me how they can celebrate the spirit of the season without disrupting their scholar's learning.

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.

Thank you!

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

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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.

https://bit.ly/3DuvuFB

Our ASB Elections Take Center Stage!

Led by their advisor, Mrs. Hernandez, our OneVista Middle School ASB (Associated Student Body) will be preparing for our student elections!


ASB elected positions include:


  • President

  • Vice President

  • Secretary

  • Treasurer

  • Commissioner of Activities and Spirit

  • Classroom Representatives

All campaign packets were due on Friday, October 15.


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!

On Friday, our Extended Learning Program revved their engines and celebrated the close of our Hispanic Heritage Month with our first ever car show! Members of the Just II Low car club paraded some of their masterpieces in front of our ELP students for a screaming good time! Thank you to our ELP program, led by Tasha Whitley, and the families of the Just II Low car club for sharing their genius, heart, and voice with our cheetah scholars!

Second Graders Go Scavenging

The second graders of Ms. Herman's class went on a fun and scholarly scavenger hunt last week! Their goal was to measure, measure, measure! Equipped with measuring tools, a scavenger hunt list, and their talent, these geniuses were seen collecting measurement data on all sorts of campus items. We loved seeing them scamper and collect data and critically think about their campus and the math that is everywhere!

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:

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:
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/16OF2qn4BUp6NKjyIBFT9mNAcpvoMwIRT/edit#slide=id.p1


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

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¡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

PTA News!

Be on the lookout for information from your classroom teacher about our PTA membership drive over the next 2 weeks! Despite COVID restrictions, our PTA is a vital part of the life and success of our campus! The 2 classes with the highest membership percentage to PTA will earn an ice-cream party! Woop woop!


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!

If your child is quarantining...

Unfortunately, our Cheetah Scholars may be sent home to quarantine either due to a positive C-19 test, being a close contact of a classmate or family member, or exhibiting symptoms. In such cases, it is important that your scholar continues to learn and grow despite being away from campus. Please be sure to pick up your student's Independent Study Contract and the work for the duration of their absence. Upon return from their quarantine, students will turn in this completed work so that their absences will not count against their attendance. Please call our office or contact your teacher with any questions about this process.