Bulldog Bulletin: 03/28/21

Weekly Update - (Actualización Semanal):

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For your information, we have included Dr. Doyle’s last Community Update which went out to families on March 22. (en español)

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Upcoming Dates to Remember:

  • March 8-26 ELPAC testing for English Learners

  • Virtual Student Library Checkout 1:30-2:30 March 1, 8, 15, 22

  • March 26 - Bagels with Benjie

  • March 26 Progress Reports go home

  • March 29-April 2, 2021 - Spring Break

  • May 31, 2021 - Memorial Day, no school

  • June 18, 2021 - Last Day of school, minimum day

Spring Break:

Happy Spring Break Everyone! Please take time to rest, go outdoors, and spend time with your family. We will see everyone back to school on Monday April 5th.

Elimination of Rainy Day Schedule for Elementary Schools:

We are excited to share with you that we have been working behind the scenes to find a way to keep Classic students in school full day when it rains. Our biggest challenge has been ensuring that students are practicing safety measures at lunchtime when their masks are removed to eat. We have put in place some additional measures that will keep students both safe and dry. From here forward all rainy days will now be full school days for Vista Classic students at Vista Academy.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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Linda Rhodes Vaccination Center Hours:

Please note that the Linda Rhodes testing center has been converted into a Vaccine center, and is no longer a testing site.

New COVID Decision Tree:

The COVID Decision Tree has been recently updated HERE. There are a couple significant changes:

1. Under the old guidance, an individual who received a negative COVID test had to wait 72 hours after symptoms improved to return to work. Under the new guidance, an individual who received a negative COVID test needs to wait 24 hours after symptoms have improved to return to school.

2. The COVID Decision Tree still applies even if an individual has received the COVID vaccine.

Families, please keep us informed about the following:

  1. If you notice any symptoms, please keep your child at home. Notify the school immediately.

  2. If you have taken a test and it is positive, please inform the school immediately.

  3. If you have taken a test and are awaiting the results, please keep your child at home until you receive the results.

  4. If you child has taken a test and is awaiting the results, please keep your child home until you receive the results.

  5. If you have been exposed to someone who tested positive, please keep your child at home and inform the school immediately.

Please make sure to always share your information with:

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Additional Information:

If you have any questions about our IB program, please reach out to our IB coordinator, Sharon Scott-Gonzalez at sharonscott-gonzalez@vistausd.org

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Mrs. B's Update:

This week in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade we focused on Confidence and Self-Esteem: We discussed that having confidence is like being risk takers and communicators. We practiced using phrases that are positive when we receive negative comments from others. In Kindergarten we focused on How We Express Ourselves by discussing what it feels like when we are experiencing happiness, sadness, anger, excitement and so forth. Along with expressing emotions like anger, we spoke about what we can do to feel and be ready to learn :)

Our School's Counselor: Mrs. Bojorquez

Hello, this is your school counselor Mrs. Bojorquez. Please reach out to me with any concerns regarding attendance, academics, and social emotional learning.

My email : mariebojorquez@vistausd.org (760) 941-0880 ext. 44900

I support students with social skills classroom lessons, small groups, and 1:1 if needed. I can also refer to outside agencies or resources if needed.

VUSD Social & Emotional Support

Resources for families

Referral for 1:1 or small group

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ELAC School Needs Parent Survey:

Our annual School Needs Parent Survey will be sent out soon via email to all families with an English Learner (EL) student. For questions, please contact Jorge Garcia - JorgeGarcia@vistausd.org - (760)941-0880 ext. 44005.

Vista Academy's English Learner Program:

English Learners are currently taking the ELPAC assessment. The test will be given remotely for Virtual students and on campus for Classic students. Please see the parent letters below, for more information about the ELPAC.

ELPAC Information:

Here is an overview video of the ELPAC test that all English Learners will take: English Spanish

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Exciting News for Virtual Dance:

Starting in April, virtual students will now be dancing live on Zoom with Ms. Sanders twice a month. All students will be designated as group purple or teal for their class. Group purple logs on during their dance time the first and third week of the month and teal will join the dance Zoom the second and fourth week of the month. The after school virtual dance club will end the last week of March.

To help ensure a fun and safe learning experience for all students, we need your help with the following:

  • Students must be on time for their Zoom. Due to the nature of this class, students who are late may not be allowed to join the class once it is in session.

  • During their dance time, students must have a safe space to dance without distractions.

  • All videos must be on to ensure that Ms. Sanders can monitor students and provide feedback. If students are unable to have their cameras on for dance, a parent/guardian must email the classroom teacher and Ms. Sanders (vapadance@vistausd.org) to let them both know before the class starts. Students with videos off without an email notification will be given one reminder. If the camera remains off, the student will be removed from dance class for that day.

  • There is no eating or drinking during dance. Students will be given water breaks when appropriate, so please have water accessible nearby. Dancers should not have to leave their dance space to get water.

  • Remember that cameras are on for all students. When possible, please keep the backgrounds clear of other people in the household.

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Art Specialties at Vista Academy:

Vista Academy students have art specialty classes in dance, drama and music every week. Research has shown that participation in the arts has many benefits to students now, as well as later on in life. Each week we will feature a Why Art card from ART=OPPORTUNITY. More information and links to the studies on the benefits of the arts can be found on the website.

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Foundation Committee Updates:

Our Vista Academy Foundation can now accept donations through their website HERE. Please share with family and friends!

Yearbook Ordering Now Available:

Yearbooks can be ordered through April 5. See below for link to the Yearbook order website.

The yearbook will cost $20.

Optional add-ons:

  • upgrade to hardcover $5

  • zoom current events insert $3

  • yearbook stickies $2

  • personalized cover $6

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Super STEM Saturday:

Our local university, Cal State University, San Marcos is hosting their annual Super Stem Saturday, virtually, this year on April 24th. More information is found on their website https://www.csusm.edu/superstem/

School Meals:


Winter 2021 Lunch Menu


Winter 2021 Virtual Menu

Virtual Meals are distributed on Wednesdays at these times & locations:

Winter 2021 Virtual Meal Days & Times – English

After School Enrichment & Homework Assistance:

The Vista Unified ASES team has put together a virtual homework help meeting on Zoom everyday from now until the end of the school year. If your students are needing help (whether they are virtual or classic), please let the learners know about this resource.

  • From 2:30-3:15pm, there is an enrichment activity to enhance learning. (See the flyer below for a list of enrichment activities for this upcoming week.)

  • From 3:30-5:15pm there is live homework help in a breakout room. The students do not need to attend the entire session and can pop in and out as needed.

Enrichment 2:30-3:15: ZOOM Link

Homework Help 3:30-5:30: ZOOM Link