Buck's Notes

April 5-9

Dear Buck Families,

I hope everyone had a nice break! My brother and his family came to visit from N. Carolina and we had a fun time together. We did an escape room, went swimming and celebrated my niece's 9th bday. We also got in some softball action!


Here are some important dates and events that will be happening this month!


- Endurance Challenge starts April 5th! Be checking with you student and get them excited about moving. You can help them get some fun movement incorporated into their day!! LET'S GET MOVING!

- CAASPP testing will begin April 26th for grades 3-8. A schedule will be shared as the date comes closer. The last day to test in May 14th.


-April 19th- First day of full day instruction! More info to come but please mark your calendar.

TK/K: dismissal at 1:00

1-5th: dismissal at 2:15


Early Release Monday

Tk/K:Dismissal at 1:00

1-5th: Dismissal at 1:25



WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF CREATING A LOOP ON THE LOWER BLACKTOP AREA FOR PICK UP AND DROP OFF. BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS CHANGE! WE HOPE TO HAVE THIS START APRIL 5th!


Thank you for your continued support and choosing to send your students to Alta Vista!

Mrs. Cumbra


Here is an update from our superintendent and what you can expect in the next couple weeks:


All AUSD elementary schools will be transitioning to a full-day, five-day-a-week schedule on Monday, April 19, 2021.

Returning at a distance

We have many safety precautions in place to keep our students and staff safe.


  • Students distanced apart
  • All students and staff wear masks
  • Frequent hand washing
  • Hand sanitizing stations
  • Dots on the floor
  • Arrows in the hallways
  • No sharing materials
  • Zoned times for nutrition breaks
  • No volunteers on campus
  • Shields on desks

Important Dates for the Month!

4.5- Endurance Challenge Begins

4.14- Board Meeting

4.19- Full day schedule begins

4.26- CAASPP testing 3rd-8th grade begins

Endurance Challenge!

April 5th- 30th

  • This district wide challenge is designed to get you up and moving through the whole month of April!

  • Students can earn a ceremonial "belt buckles" for completing the Endurance Challenge. Students can earn one buckle for participating in the 100 mile Endurance Challenge. Every class that completes 100 total miles of combined activity will be awarded buckles!

  • Activity trackers will be provided to all students participating.

  • This Endurance Challenge is open to all students, teachers, staff, and families! We would love to see pictures of you completing your miles!

  • We encourage classrooms to come up with "team names" and decorate a letter-sized poster to display on your classroom door. We will feature different team posters on our social media platforms.

Two Outstanding Opportunities to Access Support for our Children!



Road to Wellness evidence-based psychoeducation groups (RTW) are designed for adolescents experiencing anxiety, stress, depression, anger, sleep disorders, fatigue, guilt or other feelings affecting their health and wellbeing. Participants build key coping skills, which help them more deeply explore their patterns of negative thinking that lead to self-destructive actions and subsequently develop more beneficial solutions and outcomes.


Camp Cope-A-Lot is an evidence-based 12-module online program for use with children suffering from anxiety. The computer program provides cognitive behavioral therapy techniques (based on the Evidence-Based Coping Cat treatment) for Elementary School age children experiencing anxiety and stress. Clinical facilitators will guide students through 6 group sessions and offer another 6 groups that students can advance through at their own pace.


Please reach out the District Office for more information.

Have Big Feelings and Don't Know What To Do?

Explore the Virtual Chill Zone! When you have big feelings and you’re not sure what to do. Click around the Virtual Chill Zone to find your calm, re-group, and continue with your day.

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Drop off and Pick up Reminders and Tips!

Blacktop: We would like the black top area to be mostly TK-2.


PICK UP: Please stay in your car and use the name card to signal which child is yours. If you park in a spot facing Oak, you can stand next to your car and hold the name plate. If you chose to get out of your car, please make sure to wear a mask and practice social distancing. We will do our best to get your child to you.

DROP OFF: We have added a staff member in the parking lot to help kids walk safely from their cars to the back top and to help guide cars when backing up, leaving, and coming in. Due to limited spaces, it is helpful for you to leave once you drop off your child.


WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF CREATING A LOOP ON THE LOWER BLACKTOP AREA FOR PICK UP AND DROP OFF. BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS CHANGE! WE HOPE TO HAVE THIS START APRIL 5th!


Huntley pick up: Mostly 3rd-5th


PICK UP: Please use the loop from Oak St., Foresthill Ave to Huntley Ave. remain in your car and pull up to the stairs. We have a staff member there that will get your child. Please use the name plate and have it in your windshield. Parking is not an option as we have very limited space. PLEASE DO NOT block residential driveways! Following these directions will ensure a fluid and safe process.

If you need a name plate, please let your child’s teacher know and we will get one created.

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