Bulldog News

January 22, 2023

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Principal's Message

Hello Families,

We are so excited to launch the International Great Kindness Challenge this coming week. Tomorrow, 1/23, is Crazy for Kindness Day - Wear Crazy Hats and Socks. Please see all the information below on all the fun kindness activities and spririt days coming to Vista Academy this week.

We hope everyone received the Spring conservatory offerings information this past week. I wanted to clarify that if your child submitted for just one conservatory, you may re-submit the form with all the conservatories your child is interested in. Dance conservatory aduditions are this week in the dance room and the rest of the conservatories will be a lottery process beginning of February. More conservatory infromation can be found below in the conservatory section.

As you know we are now accepting magnet applications for the 2023-24 school year. Please spread the word to friends and neighbors in conversation and on social media. Magnet Application is linked HERE and in our application section below. Our first Virtual Magnet Elementary Night is tomorrow evening at 5 PM via ZOOM. I will be sharing all about Vista Academy's program with prospective families and answering questions.

Virtual Magnet Elementary Info Night https://vistausd.zoom.us/s/99353539451

We are also providing tours every Thursday for interested famililes.

We are beginning to look ahead to next year's Foundation leadership and want to extend an invitation to our next Foundation meeting this coming Tuesday evening at 5:30 PM here in person. We will provide childcare for those who attend in person. A ZOOM option will also be available if you are unable to attend in person. Please reach out to Principal Walker for the ZOOM link.

Please make sure to read below for upcoming dates and events!


Benjie Walker


Important Dates

Jan.11- Apr. 7- Elementary Magnet Application Window

Jan.11 - Feb. 17 - Secondary Magnet Application Window

Jan. 23- Coffee with the ELD Resource Teacher

Jan 23 - ELAC Meeting - 7:45 AM

Jan. 24 - Foundation Meeting - 5:30 PM (in person in RM 28)

Jan. 27 - Bagels with Benjie - 8:15 AM

Jan. 31 - School Site Council - 2:30 PM

2022-2023 School Year Calendar

Calendario Escolar - Año 2023-2024

The Great Kindness Challenge Jan. 23- Jan. 27

Student Council will help launch this event starting tomorrow morning.

The Great Kindness Challenge is one week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible. All this week, we encourage all students and families to help promote this event. Please help to make this upcoming week special and meaningful.

Each day of KINDNESS MATTERS week, we are asking you to wear something different to show your commitment to being KIND.

Mon. 1/23: Crazy for Kindness (wear CRAZY Hair & CRAZIEST Socks!)

Tues. 1/24: “Peace, Love & KindnessTie Dye Tuesday (Dress as a hippie)

Wed. 1/25: Global Kindness Culture Day (Dress up to show International Pride)

Thurs. 1/26: Kindness Is Power (Dress Up as a hero in your life or a superhero)

Fri. 1/27: I Dream of Kindness (Dress in your comfy pajamas)

This week, students will have the opportunity to take Action by participating in various Kindness Matters Activities in class and in the Library.

Coffee and Tea with the English Language Development Resource Teacher

Come learn how to help your child prep for the ELPAC TEST on Monday January 23 at 8:15AM in the PAC.
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VUSD Elementary Magnet Schools - Virtual Info Nights

We are excited to announce that we will be partnering with Vista Academy to host two virtual VUSD magnet schools information nights. Link will be provided in the coming weeks. This webinar is a chance for prospective families to get to know each school and ask questions at the end of the session with the Principals and IB Coordinators. Please share far and wide. Thank you!

Magnet Application Window Open

Who needs to complete the Magnet Application?

  • Current students of VAPA- NO
  • Siblings of current students of Vista Academy who would like to attend VAPA- YES!
  • Current 5th graders of VAPA who would like to attend VIDA or VMMS- YES!

Jan.11- Apr. 7- Elementary Magnet Application Window

Jan.11 - Feb. 17 - Secondary Magnet Application Window

VUSD Magnet Middle Schools' Road Show - February 2 at 6:00 PM

VAPA's Spring Conservatories!

We are excited to share our spring conservatory offerings with our students and families. Please review promptly as the dance offerings will be hosting auditions next week.

Dance will have in-person auditions for conservatories while Art, Music and Spanish will select students through a lottery system.

Please click the link below to view the Spring 2023 Conservatory choices and descriptions.

Vista Academy Spring Conservatory Offerings: Click HERE

Dance Conservatory Audition Information and Offerings

*Please note that we are not able to offer a musical theater offering this spring. There are many other options in music, art, dance and Spanish available.

Apply HERE:

English Conservatory Form

Spanish Conservatory Form

ELAC Committee

Our ELAC Committee met Tuesday, Nov. 29 to review our bylaws, SPSA, and Needs Assessment. Please view the minutes HERE.

Next meeting: January 23, 2023 at 7:45 AM in the PAC (before our parent meeting at 8:15)

Vista Academy Yearbook- Help Us By Sharing Your Photos!

Starting each Friday for 6 weeks, the Yearbook Committee will be asking for and accepting photos from the community to be uploaded by individuals using a community URL. Photo requests from the Yearbook Committee will be based on weekly themes. Please understand that every photo may not be used.

Fri Jan 20- Thurs Jan 26 “Me & My Siblings”

Fri Jan 27- Thurs Feb 2 “Besties” or “Squad Goals”

Fri Feb 3- Thurs Feb 9 “Gamers”

Fri Feb 10- Thurs Feb 16 “What I LOVE”

Fri Feb 17- Thurs Feb 23 “My & My Pet”

Fri Feb 24- Thurs March 2 “About My Culture”

Please use this link: https://community.lifetouch.com/invite?code=VAPAYBK-23

Community guidelines when submitting photos for the yearbook:

-School-appropriate photos ONLY (no nudity, harassing or abusive body language, harassing or abusive language on clothing, etc.)

- Photos should represent our values at school: respectful, caring, principled, and kind

Submitting a photo does not guarantee it will be used in the yearbook. Additionally, submitting a photo with non-students in the photograph is providing consent and agreeing to be printed in the yearbook for Vista Academy of Visual and Performing Arts for staff, students, parents, and community members to see.

Elevate After School Program

All communication about acceptance and enrollment comes by email from the company Elevo since they are the contractor for the after school program. For any questions, please email vistausd@elevolearning.com or call 858-399-3602. They have sent information regarding acceptance in to the program.

  • After school, teachers will send students who have enrolled to a designated check-in location at the lunch tables where Elevate staff will meet them.
  • Students may be picked up by parents at the Santa Fe gate (next to the second grade classrooms).

Digital Safety Presentation Recordings

Below are the recordings for anyone who missed the wonderful workshops this week. The district is also offering an additional workshop on Feb. 16 at 6pm.





Pianos Available

We have a few older upright pianos that we don't have use for at our school. We would like to donate them to a family from our school community. If you are interested in a piano and are able to move it and tune it, please contact sharonscott-gonzalez@vistausd.org.

Please Bring a Change of Clothes

VAPA Recycles!

Our recycling collection is back! Please bring in your aluminum cans or plastic bottles to the tables by the main gate on Thursday mornings before school.

If you are interested in volunteering for the recycling collection, please contact our liaison Alan at alanmendezmoro@vistausd.org.

Campus Tours for Prospective Families

In January 2023, VUSD magnet applications will open for all prospective families wanting to attend Vista Academy.

Prospective families may attend a campus tour to learn more about Vista Academy. Please call our office (706-941-0880) to schedule a tour with Mrs. Scott-Gonzalez.

If any family members are experiencing COVID symptoms, we ask that you refrain from joining us on the tour and reschedule. Thank you for keeping our learning community safe!

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Volunteering Update

We are excited to have a new system to welcome our volunteers, the Raptor System. All volunteers are required to bring a license or California ID to scan into our system. As you scan, a badge will be printed for you for the time you are here.

ID Required When Checking Out Students

Please bring your ID when coming into the office. An ID is needed to check students out and all visitors must scan their ID to enter school. Thank you for your help.

We Are Hiring- Apply Now

Click the position below for more information and the district application. We are looking for the following team members:

Noon Duty Sub

Instructional Assistant

Instructional Assistant - Behavior Intervention

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Lost and Found

There are many things left behind such as jackets, lunchboxes and waterbottles. Please make sure your child's items have their name on them. The Lost and Found is located by the library for students to check during the week. We will bring the racks outside the main gate on Fridays for families to check the Lost and Found.

Community Resourse Corner

Newcomers and Refugees

Tech Workshops at VAPA with Mr. Alan

Low Cost Internet

Health and Safety

Our COVID Protocols

According to the very latest CDPH guidance for schools, indoor masking in K-12 school settings continues to be a strong recommendation, but not required.

In addition to routine cleaning, VUSD has installed maximum air filters and air cleaners in our classrooms and buildings.

If your child is displaying symptoms or tests positive, please keep them home and notify us immediately.

  • Parents are only required to inform the school if their student tests positive for COVID-19.

  • Only students who have symptoms or test positive must be isolated at home.

Families, in order to help us prioritize health and safety for all of our students and staff, please communicate with us. We appreciate you notifying us in any of the following scenarios:

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

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

You will share your information with:

  • Phone: 760-941-0880

To return to school after having symptoms, a negative test is required and symptoms need to be improving and be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication. The test does not need to be shared with school.

If your child has any of the following symptoms, please keep your child at home and notify our school immediately. COVID symptoms may include:

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or Body Aches

  • Headache

  • New Loss of Taste or Smell

  • Sore Throat

  • Congestion or Runny Nose

  • Nausea or Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

Thank you for your communication in helping to keep our learning community safe.To view Covid-19 cases, visit the VUSD Covid-19 Case Dashboard.

Vista Academy Foundation (PTO)

Our outstanding Foundation/PTO is ready to support our students for the 22-23 school year.

There are many ways to support our teachers and students and our Foundation has set up several options for you below.

As a Vista Academy family you are encouraged to register on the Vista Academy Foundation Website. You will have access to all the Foundation/PTO tookit. SIgn up HERE.

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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VAPA Dress Code

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Office Support

The office will be open to assist families from 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. We are here to help in any way we can.

Phone: 760-941-0880


General Information: anakarengarcia@vistausd.org

Registration/Health/Attendance Concerns: sharonortega@vistausd.org

Registration/General Information: rosysimmonds@vistausd.org

Parent Liaison: alanmendezmoro@vistausd.org

Principal: benjiewalker@vistausd.org

School Hours for the 2022-2023 School Year

Mondays and Minimum Days: 8:00am-12:54pm

Tuesdays- Fridays 8:00am- 2:21pm

Gates will open at 7:30, breakfast served until 7:50

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