Sandia Vista Elementary

Principal Monthly Newsletter - January

Note from Mr. DeSoto

Hello Sandia Vista Families,


We have had a wonderful first week back. Please keep an eye out for upcoming events and updates. You can access events through the school website at any time. There will be no school on Monday January 16 in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The General Membership PTO meeting will be held on January 19th from 6-7. All are welcome to attend.


January 23rd we will celebrate the 100th day of school. If you and your family would like to get creative, we are encouraging students to dress as if it were the Roaring Twenties. More information and details will be sent out soon.


Mrs. Watson and I would like to remind everyone that we are quickly approaching our Spring State Testing. The schedule is in its final stages of completion, but we want everyone to be aware that this is coming up. As you begin to make family plans for the Spring, please keep in mind that all of our students in grades 3-5 will be testing and attendance is critical. Our plan is to start on March 30th and continue through the month of April. A more detailed schedule will be sent out at a later date.


Sandia Vista staff would like to share some of the happy moments they enjoyed with their families over the winter break. Remember, if you would like to share any family moments you have captured at school events or at home, you may do so by clicking on the link below.

Photo Drop

If you would like to share photos you have taken at school events or special moment you may upload them here.

Instructional Corner

This month students will be learning about a range of topics in our reading curriculum. In Kindergarten, students will be learning about kings and queens; in First grade, students will be learning about astronomy; in Second grade, students will be learning about western expansion; in Third grade, students will be learning about the Viking age; in Fourth grade, students will be learning about geology; and in Fifth grade, students will be learning about the renaissance. Students have also been working hard on foundational skills in reading and would benefit from nightly reading of 20 minutes or more.



This month in our math curriculum, Kindergarten will be learning number pairs and addition and subtraction to 10; First grade will be learning place value, comparison, and addition and subtraction of numbers to 40; in Second grade, students will be learning addition and subtraction within 200 and word problems to 100; in Third grade, students will be learning multiplication and area; in Fourth grade, students will be learning fraction equivalents, ordering, and operations; and in Fifth grade, students will be learning multiplication and division of fractions and decimal fractions.



This month our Montessori PreK welcomes a few new students. As we review our classroom guidelines and routines, the students are excited to role model and share what they know about our classroom community. Our PreK students will expand our ongoing studies of world geography and take a closer look at China and Chinese culture as the Lunar New year approaches. In our K/1 classrooms the students are exploring the solar system and taking a closer look at polar habitats and animals. Our lower elementary students are participating in a snow study and learning about the conditions needed for snow to form, the many types of snow, and how it affects animals and humans in various parts of the world. Our upper elementary classrooms are beginning the new year with a graphic novel study, Geometry lab, and a CKLA unit in Geology which includes geography, archeology and ecology. It’s an exciting time of fresh starts and new learning adventures in our Montessori classrooms.

Attendance For Success Policy

Please reference attendance policies and procedures by clicking the button below.

Just to remind:

  • There are no excused absences for vacation.
  • Calling in a student does not automatically excuse the absence.
  • Please be as specific as possible when reporting an absence on the attendance line to ensure the absence is recorded correctly.


Attendance now has a button! It is on the main page in the middle next to the "counselor's corner" button. This is where parents can upload doctor's notes or other excuse notes and it will come directly to the SVE drive.

Attendance Document Upload

Example: Doctor Notes, etc..

Counselor's Corner

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Nursing Updates

Reminders from Nurse Nina:

A Few Reminders about student illness and return to school:

  • Fever (temperature 100 or greater) - To minimize exposing other children and school staff to a communicable illness, your child must stay home from school until he/she is fever free for 24 hours (without the aid of Tylenol/Advil or other fever- reducing medication).

  • Vomiting / Nausea / Diarrhea / Stomachache. To minimize exposing other students and school staff to communicable illness, your child should stay home from school until he/she can tolerate a soft diet without vomiting, nausea, or diarrhea. Students may not come to school if they were vomiting or having diarrhea the evening before or the morning of a school day.

  • Sore throat or headache. Students may return to school when their sore throat or headache has improved to the extent that they can participate in normal activities. Students may not come to school if they develop a fever. They must remain at home until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication such as Tylenol or Motrin.


THANK YOU to all the families who have donated supplies to the health office.

SVE Health Office Website

Library News

The New Year is the perfect time to learn about someone new. This month we are working with biographies. During the next 3 weeks, students will be working with partners to choose a biography, take notes, and finally create a visual representation of the person they have chosen. Fifth grade will be using legos, third and fourth graders will be making posters, first and second graders will be creating tree maps, and Kinder and preschool will be working on circle maps. Students will present their creations to their peers at the end of the month. We are also starting author studies this month. Tomie DePaola and Roald Dahl are the featured authors this week. Happy Reading!
Rio Rancho School Calendar

Instructional Calendar

Lunch Money

Parents who would like to put money on their child's account can do so by this following link.

Free & Reduced Lunch Applications

We offer free and reduced meals for those who qualify and reasonably priced meals for all other students (breakfast and lunch).