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Friday, March 13, 2020

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Coronavirus Update

Vista Oaks is in constant communication with Contra Costa County Health Services via the Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) and are taking guidance from them. We hold our responsibility to keep students and schools safe and protected seriously and will continue to take recommended measures to do so. The news we receive changes rapidly, so please continue to check your email for updates.
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**Mark Your Calendar**


  • March 13th: High School Lip Sync Battle- POSTPONED!
  • March 16th-20th: Spring break! There is no school.
  • March 23-27th: There are NO Enrichment classes. Onsite Middle and High School classes are still in session!
  • April 3rd: Last day to submit reimbursements. No reimbursements will be accepted after this date!
  • April 21-23rd: CAASPP State testing, Special Education services continue but onsite classes are closed
  • April 28-30th: CAASPP State testing, Special Education services and onsite classes are closed
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Welcome to the CAASPP Corner!

In this section, you will find information about our upcoming State Testing, games to help prepare you for the technology skills needed to test, and opportunities for the practice test!

This week in the CAASPP corner we're highlighting the Khan Academy app! It's pretty amazing! For example, the Math, which is Common Core is interactive: students can swipe and use their fingers to write in numbers. It's really easy and fun to use, and kids enjoy earning points and building their worlds with earned points. There are also test prep classes/resources for HS students, as well as all usual subjects.

Check it out here:

Click this link for a new game to make sure your child knows how to properly use the mouse:

Also, here is a reminder of the incentive for trying out the CAASPP practice tests!

Every year, the state uses past test questions to create practice tests. The tests are found here: Practice Tests Click on Student Interface Practice and Training Tests/Sign In (don't choose guest session or sign-in)

The answer rubrics are found here Scoring Rubrics

We highly recommend you taking sections of this test along with your children. I am actually doing this with my daughter at home! Every few days we choose a subject area and work on 2-3 problems together. It helps me see the areas where she is successful and helps me see where she needs extra support. It also helps that we are interacting in the testing interface so it will look familiar to her when she takes the test!

As a REWARD for taking the test, if you get to the end of the test and can show that you completed a section, please PRINT OUT a screenshot showing that your student is done and you can earn an In-n-Out certificate!

Two sections of Language Arts=one certificate

Two sections of Math=one certificate

One section of Science (for grades 5,8, or High School)=one certificate

So, your kiddo could earn 2-3 certificates for practicing!

When you have your print outs ready, please bring them to me (Megan) in the Oak Room, or feel free to email them to me at

***Certificates will be given out until April 17th at the latest***

Thank you and happy practicing!

Anxious about the State Test or Test in General?

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Don’t Stress About the Test

Vista Oaks State Testing Workshops

Are you interested in an opportunity to prepare your child for upcoming state testing?

Workshop Topics:

  • What to Expect

  • Navigating Technology and the Test

  • Can State Testing be Fun?

  • Managing Stress and Test Anxiety

  • Test-Taking Strategies

  • English Language Arts CAASPP Expectations and Practice

Grades 3-5

Mondays- March 30, April 6, 13 from 9:00-9:50 A.M.

Click here to sign up for Grades 3-5

Grades 6-8

Fridays- April 3, 10, 17 from 9:00-9:50 A.M.

Click here to sign up for Grades 6-8

Congratulations to Madison Millar, the first place winner of the Patriot Pen Writing Contest through the VFW!

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We also had the second place winner, Abbi Ruiz! We are so proud of you!

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Field Trip

We have an upcoming field to the East Contra Costa Historical Museum on April 10th. This year, we will have grades 3-5 participate. Please read through all details before signing up. Parent participation is necessary and younger/older siblings may not be present.

When: April 10th 9AM - 2PM

Requirements: Parents will be actively involved. Please be prepared to respond to emails/texts as we become organized for the day!

Thank you!

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30-Second Scoop Featured Scoopers Wanted

The 30-Second Scoop is a short news broadcast by the Publications class that will be used as a quick reminder of upcoming Vista Oaks events and will be shared on Instagram & Facebook each week. We are looking for Featured Scoopers to read the news. If your child is interested, stop by the Oak Room and pick up a Featured Scooper Permission Slip or click the button below.
Featured Scooper Permission Slip

Please fill out this form and return it to Amy if you are interested in being a featured Scooper. Write clearly and be sure to have your parent sign it!

Parent Educator Workshops

At Vista Oaks it is important to us to support you as Parent Educators! We hope you can join us for these upcoming workshops!

Workshop Calendar


MONDAY-FRIDAY: 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Parking at Vista Oaks

Please do not park along the fence or in the lot in front of our school. Those spaces are reserved for the Byron School District Office. Thank you!

We collect Box Tops!

Box Tops are going digital! Download the app, set it for our school then simply scan your receipt! We will continue to collect any physical box tops as well, until all of the physical ones expire, but going forward box tops on your purchases will only be digital. Thank you!

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