Lake Elementary

Week of November 16, 2020

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Message from Mrs. Berntsen

Dear Families,

The holiday season is upon us, and everyone can feel it in the air. We are all so excited to welcome this season and enjoy all it has to offer. Everyone is making plans for seeing friends and family, as we have waited so many months to do. We ask families to please remember to exercise safe gathering practices when you spend time with your loved ones, as any contact with Covid outside of school will most certainly affect what happens to students, classes, and possibly our whole school. Everyone plays a part in keeping our campus safe, healthy, and open.

VUSD is proud to announce the opening of a COVID-19 Testing Site at the Linda Rhoades Recreation Center located at 600 North Santa Fe Avenue in Vista, starting on November 11, 2020, seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. All families and community members 6 months and older are welcome to be tested at this new center, with or without insurance.

This new testing site was made possible through a County - City - School District collaborative partnership facilitated by board members, Martha Alvarado and Cipriano Vargas, Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath, City Council Member, Corinna Contreras, City Manager, Patrick Johnson, Vista Community Clinic CEO, Fernando Sanudo, and HHSA Director, Nick Macchione. Thanks to their great leadership and collaboration, all residents of the City of Vista, as well as surrounding cities, will have access to a testing facility seven days a week.

In order for our community to combat this challenging pandemic and get students back to school, we all must work together to test, contact trace, and isolate. Vista Unified remains committed to working in collaboration with the community to find solutions and pathways for students to return to on-campus, in-person learning. We are all in this together.

Please also mark your calendars - Thanksgiving Break is coming up in a week! Remember, we will have school on Monday and Tuesday that week since our calendar changed with the later start to our school year. Also, note that Parent/Teacher conferences are coming up December 8th-11th, and all conferences will be virtual. Each day that week will be a minimum day with dismissal at 12:45 Monday-Friday. Teachers have begun to reach out and schedule your virtual conferences. If you have not heard from your child's teacher, reach out and make sure you get your meeting set up!

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La-la-la-la-Lake! A Musical Moment with Mrs. Corso

3rd & 4th Grade Update: Our Lake 3rd and 4th grade musicians have done an awesome job learning the recorder both remotely and in person. They have learned the correct tone, fingering, and have connected their prior knowledge with rhythm and pitch to master the beginning steps of reading music with the recorder.

Classic Students: Due to the current health order, our classic students are not allowed to play wind instruments on campus. They are super troopers and are participating in a FLIPPED instruction where they learn fingerings on campus and then send videos through Canvas at home on their Chromebooks to show their knowledge of music learned in class. Please encourage your students to practice at home and send their videos through Canvas so that Mrs. Corso can help accordingly.

Virtual Students: Mrs. Corso is so impressed with our virtual students learning a new instrument via Zoom! Just like our classic students, our virtual musicians are encouraged to practice daily and send Mrs. Corso videos through Canvas of their progress so that she can help them succeed.

Reminder for ALL 3rd and 4th grade students: All recorder music is available on Mrs. Corso’s 3rd & 4th Grade Canvas Music Courses. If your child needs an AT HOME recorder, whether virtual or classic, please contact Mrs. Corso at Thanks!

The McManus Minute

On Friday, November 13th, we celebrated World Kindness Day. Kindness is one of my favorite topics to teach and talk about, but children do not learn kindness by only thinking about it and talking about it. Kindness is best learned by feeling it so that they can reproduce it. Kindness is an emotion that students feel and empathy is a strength that they share. Talk with your child about ways that they can be kind in the classroom, at home, and in the community, and celebrate the positive feelings that an act of kindness brings to everyone who experiences it.
Color Your World With Kindness

PTA Corner

Our Book Fair is online this year! Support our school, shop for holidays gifts & help your teacher add to her/his classroom library with our Virtual Book Fair starting November 30th. Your order ships right to your home and you can enjoy free shipping on book-only purchases over $25. Go to for more information.
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Attendance & Check-out Information

Reminder - when you are checking out a Classic student early from school, you will be required to show picture ID. Only parents or legal guardians will be permitted to check students out early. If you must send someone who is not a parent to check your student out, the person must be on the emergency contacts list for your student AND we must have a signed note from a parent authorizing the pickup for that specific date.

Please do not plan to pick up a student within the last 30 minutes of the school day - the checkout process can take several minutes, and you will find it much easier to get in and out of the parking lot.