Bulldog Bulletin: 01/16/2022

Weekly Update - (Actualización Semanal):

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Vista Academy of Visual & Performing Arts

Office Hours: Monday-Friday - 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Hilda (School Support Secretary): Front Office/Registration/General Questions - hildareynoso@vistausd.org


Sharon (Health/Attendance Tech): Registration/Health Concerns -

sharonortega@vistausd.org


Rosy (Administrative Assistant): General -

rosysimmonds@vistausd.org


Jorge (Community Liaison): Resources/Family Engagement -

jorgegarcia@vistausd.org

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For your information, we have included Dr. Doyle’s most recent Community Updates which went out to families on January 3 .


Para su información, hemos incluido la última actualización comunitaria de Dr. Doyle que se envió a las familias el 3 de enero.

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Upcoming Dates to Remember:


  • Monday Jan. 17, 2022 - MLK Jr. Day, No School
  • January 11, 2022 to February 25, 2022- Magnet Application Window

Principal's Update:

Shifting Protocols on Quarantining

On January 12, 2022, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) made a significant revision to their guidance and recommendations for students who are exposed to someone with COVID-19 in school settings. The CDPH now recommends a Group-Tracing Approach to students exposed to COVID-19. The San Diego County COVID-19 Decision Trees for K-12 Schools have been updated to reflect these new recommendations. The CDPH has outlined in their guidance that the rationale for this significant change is due to careful review over the past year of how best to respond to the pandemic while maximizing student access to in-person learning. This approach aligns to our district belief that we have a dual obligation to keep students and staff safe while, at the same time, provide access to high quality, in-person learning experiences for all students.Vista Unified School District will be modifying all protocols and procedures related to student exposure to COVID-19 to align to the new CDPH guidance and recommendations, starting on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. Specifically, all Vista Unified schools will be implementing the Group-Tracing Approach for students. This means that when students are exposed to a COVID-19 positive person in a school setting, Vista Unified will notify parents in writing of the exposure; however, all students may remain in school unless they are experiencing symptoms or have tested positive. Only students who have symptoms or test positive must be isolated at home. In keeping with the revised San Diego County COVID-19 Decision Trees for K-12 Schools and as a condition to remain in school, parents are required to have their student tested with at least one diagnostic test obtained within three to five days of exposure and inform the school of a positive result. Students who are currently in quarantine (individual or a classroom that has pivoted) but have not tested positive and do not have symptoms may return to school on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

No School Monday January 17th

In observance of MLK Jr.'s birthday. School will resume on Tuesday January 18.

Magnet School Applications:

The Magnet Application Window for the 2022-2023 school year is now open and will close on February 25 at 4:30 PM. Current and returning students to Vista Academy do not need to apply, but any student, even the sibling of a current student, who is planning to attend Kindergarten in fall of 2022 needs to apply to be considered. All current 5th grade students need to apply if they are wanting to attend any of the magnet middle schools (VIDA and VMMS) for the 22-23 school year.


Click HERE to complete the magnet application.


Our office will be available to support with Magnet School Applications beginning Tuesday, January 18, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. & 1:00-2:00 p.m.

5th Grade Families: Magnet Middle School Application

In addition to our wonderful neighborhood middle schools, Vista Unified currently has 2 magnet middle schools. 5th grade families, if you are considering either magnet middle schools, you will need to apply during the magnet application window from January 11, 2022 to February 25, 2022 at 4:30pm.

To learn more about Vista Innovation Design Academy (VIDA) or Vista Magnet Middle School (VMMS), please attend an in-person meeting. The schedule for presentations is HERE.

Each school also will be hosting tours for families to learn more about each school and the learning spaces.


Click HERE to complete the magnet application.

VUSD Festival of the Arts

The Festival of the Arts is back on March 12, 2022. Please mark your calendars for a day filled with impressive visual and performing arts outdoors by students throughout the school district.

Happy New Year!

Hello Vista Academy Families,

Happy New Year! Please review the new Bell Schedule since we will be adding 3 minutes to the dismissal times each day.

Calling All VAVPA Alumni:

We would love to connect with our past students and hear how you are doing. Please share with us what you have been up to since you graduated from Vista Academy and how the arts have guided you on your path. Our students are always curious about possible careers and the World of Work related to an arts education. Even if you are currently not working in an arts related career we would still like to hear how the arts have impacted your life.

Please fill out the Google Form HERE.

Important COVID-19 Information:

As always if you or your family has been exposed to COVID, have any symptoms, have tested positive on a home test, or are awaiting COVID test results, please keep your child home.

No Place For Hate:

Vista Academy will be participating in No Place for Hate®, a national program supporting schools in their commitment to celebrating diversity, promoting respect for differences and challenging bias and bullying at all levels.



Take the pledge with your student(s) and practice No Place for Hate at home. For family resources on challenging bullying and bias, visit https://www.adl.org/education-and-resources/resources-for-educators-parents-families.



With your help, we will make our school community a safe and welcoming space for all.


Please see below for a letter for parents and the students pledge.

School Tours for Interested Families:

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Important Health & Safety Reminders:

Please notify the school team if your child tests positive for COVID.

You can send an email to sharonortega@vistausd.org.


As always if you or your family has been exposed to COVID, have any symptoms, have tested positive on a home test, or are awaiting COVID test results, please keep your child home.

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics for Students 5-11 Years Old

COVID Vaccine Clinic (located at the VIC) is now offering vaccines for students and families. Please view the COVID vaccine clinic image below for more information.

For more information, please click on the button below to access the most recent San Diego Office of Education Decision Tree.


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Health Office Reminder:

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 your 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:


Thank you for your communication in helping to keep our learning community safe!

Health & Safety Important Information:

We all need to work together to keep all of our students safe. If you or your family is under quarantine orders through the county, please STAY HOME and do not come into a school office to advise your child is absent. We will return your call as soon as possible.

COVID-19 Decision Tree:

The COVID Decision Tree has been updated 1/10/22 and is here in ENGLISH, SPANISH. The update also includes the latest information regarding quarantine options for persons exposed to COVID-19.



We will continue to ensure that safety is a top priority at Vista Academy. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

COVID-19 Notification Process Update:

We will no longer be notifying the entire school with COVID notification letters and phone messages. Only classes with direct exposure or close contacts to a COVID positive will be notified. We will provide a weekly update on the number of new cases each week in this update in the health and safety section. For this past week we had 7 COVID-19 cases impacting our campus this week and 2 positive wastewater samples.


Please refer to Dr. Doyle’s latest community update and daily updates on districtwide COVID cases will be listed by school on the COVID dashboard.

UCSD Study at VAPA - FREE Covid Testing for Students and Staff

Only students whose parents provide consent will be included in the Covid testing. The test is non-invasive, and will be an added benefit for our students as we enter the cold and flu season. With your help, UCSD hopes to develop an anonymous, low cost Covid monitoring system that can be used at schools and child cares across San Diego County.


Opt-in Parent Consent Form

Please help us make this program effective by giving consent for your child to be tested for COVID-19. Students will only be tested if there is a positive waste water sample or COVID detected on a surface in the classroom.

Complete the parent consent form digitally:

English: https://redcap.link/saseaconsenteng

Spanish: https://redcap.link/saseaconsentspn


If you need help filling out the consent form or need to use one of our computers, please reach out to our Community Liaison, Mr. Jorge Garcia.

jorgegarcia@vistausd.org

760-941-0880 ext 44005

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IB Update:

School tours will take place every Thursday from 3:00- 3:45pm. The tours will consist of a brief overview of our IB Primary Years Programme and arts integration, a short video of our students in action since we are not allowed to have parents in classrooms with students yet, and visits to see classrooms, arts rooms, and other spaces throughout the campus. There will also be time to ask any questions you might have. Please call the office if you are interested in being part of a school tour.

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:

Remember that attendance matters everyday, being to school on time helps us start our days on a positive note and sets up students for success!!!


Attendance matters short video on the importance of attending school everyday :)

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

Separation Anxiety Brochure

Resources for families

Resources for mental health

Referral for 1:1 or small group

Resources for families during COVID-19

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Dance Class Happenings:

Kindergarteners will be using ballet movements to demonstrate the life cycle of a butterfly.


1st graders are finding out how dance can be used for self-expression and will be learning about Indian dance.


2nd graders are learning choreography that uses movements from jazz dance technique.


3rd graders are using the Elements of Dance to make changes to their own choreography and give feedback to others.


4th graders have been Square dancing and will be moving into their Swing dance unit.


5th graders will be exploring how dance is used to sell products and will be creating their own commercial using dance


  • Follow us on social media to see what Vista Academy is up to in dance classes:

Twitter: @VistaDance Instagram: vistaacademydance

Reminder for classes on quarantine:

Please log in to your specialty Flipgrids each week to complete the assignments. Email your specialty teacher if you have any questions or problems logging in.
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ELAC (English Learner Advisory Committee): We are still in need of an ELAC Secretary.

ELAC Secretary role:

  • Maintain minutes of ELAC meetings

  • Perform other duties assigned by the President


Please contact Jorge if you are interested.

ELAC Members:

Current Board Members:


President: Esther Tapia

Vice President: Gaby Solano

Parliamentarian: Angelica Solano

DELAC: Anakaren Garcia


Thank you for volunteering your time and effort!

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Valentine's Day Grams:

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Get social with Foundation!

To get the most up to date information, ask questions, make comments, and share thoughts with other Vista Academy families, join our “Families of Vista Academy” Facebook group at www.Facebook.com/groups/1692479804104789
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Technology Workshops:

Join us every Tuesday and Thursday to learn about the basics of using a computer, e-mail, Gmail, Parent Portal, and more! Registration is required. Please reach out to Jorge Garcia, Vista Academy's Family & Community Liaison, to register.

Reminder - School Procedures:

Click on the links below to review our school procedures in regards to arriving late or leaving early.
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