Vista Weekly

May 2, 2016

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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Feel free to come in appropriate free dress this week! Enjoy!!

More Congratulations In Order...

In case you haven't heard or were not at the faculty meeting last week, we have 2 more engagements to celebrate. Ms. Huhyn and Mr. Estrada, CONGRATS to both of you on your new engagements!!

SBAC Reminders

The big day is finally here! ES Teachers, a few reminders:

1) Computers - Please make sure to grab a computer cart from the MS teachers if you do not already have one stationed in your classroom.

2) Login Cards - Please have them ready before-hand.

3) Administration Guideline - Please remember to have the script handy and use it when administering the assessment.

4) Support - We will all be here for extra support should you have an issue.

5) Special Supports for Students - If students are being pulled, or need questions read aloud, remember they may be testing at a different time. During your class assessment, these students may sit quietly and read, or be sent to a partner classroom that isn't testing. Stay tuned for a schedule of pull-outs from the SPED dept.

6) Math Administration - If you are administering math, makes sure to have scratch paper provided.

7) Snacks - You will each receive snacks for your students in case they missed breakfast and/or need a pick-me-up. It's up to you when you'd like them to have it.

8) Motivation - Remember that student motivation/confidence is a key factor in student success on the assessment. A couple ideas:

  • Test Dedication - Have your students think of a person they are "dedicating" their test to. If there's time, you can even have them draft a letter.
  • Testing chant before getting started -- I used to have my students chant "We will do our very best, we are going to ROCK this test!"

9) Breaks -- Remind your students to take frequent breaks from looking at the screen (looking up at the ceiling is a good practice) AND to watch their posture during the assessment.


Math Field Day

Our Mathletes put up a great fight on Saturday! Thank you to Mrs. Fennema and all of the coaches for giving our scholars this unique academic experience. We are very proud of our students!
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Data Talks Cancelled

There will be no data talks for the next two weeks due to testing.

SURPRISE!!!! Staff Massages This Wednesday!

That's right! For staff appreciation, we will have on-site massages (5-10 minutes) available! Therapists will be at the 3-8 campus from 9:30-3:30. If you have a prep between the hours of 9:30 and 12:30, please take advantage of your free chair-massage during that time so the K-2 staff can have priority from 12:30-3:30! You can also pop in for a quick massage during your nutrition time. Stop by the MULTIPURPOSE ROOM to cash in on this opportunity!

FIYA Spirit Team Competition - Friday, May 6, 5:00pm

Come out and support the Vista Spirit Squad.

Friday, May 6, 5:00pm

St. Mary's Academy

701 Grace Ave.

Inglewood, CA 90301

Our girls have placed every year and it's ALWAYS a good time!

Lunch with Principal- Friday, May 6

Please submit all students who have earned Lunch with Principal for either star or caught ya being good raffle.

TK-2 Submit Here

3-5 Submit Here

LCAP Feedback

If you did not get a chance to complete the survey last week (either hard-copy) or online, now's your chance! Remember this is your opportunity to share any ideas (both big and small) that you believe could enhance our school. Don't let it get away!
LCAP Feedback Survey

This is YOUR chance to tell us what you think we can spend money on to improve Vista!

Office Staff Location Schedule

Here is our tentative schedule this week...
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Coming Up This Week...

Monday, 5/2

  • Vera, Perez Out
  • ES SBAC Begins
  • 7th Grade Field Trip
  • 12:00 - IEP-E.V. (McCarthy, Haddad)
  • 12:45 - ILT Meeting
  • 1:45 - YPI Check-In
  • 3:30 - SST Follow-Up - E. Castellanos (

Tuesday, 5/3

  • Perez Out
  • 9:00-11:00 - Buczek, Fennema, Pope - Meeting

Wednesday, 5/4

  • Perez Out
  • 1st Grade Field Trip - Getty
  • 1:30 - Staff Appreciation Luncheon
  • 4:00 - Soccer Game - Culver City

Thursday, 5/5

  • Perez Out
  • Buczek Out - Director's Meeting
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • 8:30 - R. Santos IEP - (Fennema, Batshoun)

Friday, 5/6

  • 7:30 - 8:30 - Teacher Appreciation Breakfast (3-8 Campus)
  • 11:15 - K-2 Lunch with Principal
  • 12:15 - 3-5 Lunch with Principal
  • 5:00 - FIYA Spirit Team Competition

Buczek's Tentative Schedule

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Word of the Week


(v.) recognize the worth of

Instructional Focus - 2.2B - Response to Behavior

Have we had a chance to channel our inner "Chick?" For those of you who attended the Restorative Discipline PD, you know exactly what I am talking about. For those who did not, I am referring to the way we approach challenging situations with students. Are we approaching them with empathy while also holding them accountable? Are we working on building relationships and upping the odds of students making good choices on their own?

Student of the Month - Fairness

Fairness is the quality of making judgments that are free from discrimination

Here is a link to the google doc:

Student of the Month Submission

5/9-5/13 - MS SBAC Testing

5/9-5/11 - 5th Grade - Astro Camp

5/25 - Parent Appreciation Meeting/Open House

5/25-5/27 - 6th Grade - Pali Institute

5/27- 1st Grade Field Trip

5/27 - 3rd Grade Field Trip

5/27 - Student of Month/Fun Friday

5/30 - No School - Memorial Day

5/31 - Jog-a-thon

6/3 - Grad Night

6/3 - Spring Music Show

6/8 - Career Day

6/8 - Cheer Banquet

6/9 - Kinder Field Trip - Zoo

6/9 - SSC Meeting

6/10 - Talent Show

6/13 - Field Day

6/14 - End of Year Awards (3-8) - 8:15

6/14 - End of Year Awards (K-2) - 2:00

6/15 - 8th Grade Culmination -10:00

6/16 - Kinder Celebration, 5th Grade Celebration, Last Day of School

Links to Important Forms

We have included links to some of the important forms you will use at Vista below - but they are also included in the virtual VIP Folder!

Peer Observation Form

Remember to make a copy and share with the observee AND admin.

Detention Form

This one is super important for helping us keeping track of which students have detention on which days. Please submit every time you assign detention.

Office Referral Form

May be completed online or by paper (see the pink referral forms in your hardcopy VIP binders) but please be sure to submit either one when a student is referred to the office.

Technology Concerns Form

To request help from our Tech Guru Mr. Satoshi Kobayashi

Maintenance Request Form

To request help from our Maintenance Guru Mr. Bernard!

SST Referral Form

To request the convening of a Student Success Team to support a student with sustained difficulties in the area of behavior, academics, attendance, and/or physical/mental health despite documented targeted interventions such as tutoring, parent contact, etc.