April 26, 2023
ALTA VISTA NEWS
Warm Weather Reminders
During today's PAWS & Pride assembly, students were reminded about ways to stay comfortable and cool during our upcoming summer preview weather.
* Remember to apply sunscreen before heading to school in the morning.
* Send your child with a water bottle. (We'll remind them to fill it throughout the day.)
* If they are feeling overheated, we will encourage them to take a break in the shade.
Student Council's next Frozen Friday Ice Cream Sale is this week. Beginning at 2:40, frozen treats will be sold on both the primary and intermediate playgrounds for $1.00.
It is almost impossible to believe that we only have 31 days remaining in the school year. It has been an amazing year and many of our special events and programs could not have happened without the help and generosity of our Alta Vista volunteers. We would like to thank all of the people who donated their time in the classroom or behind the scenes at a Volunteer Appreciation Social on May 31st. You'll find the details below, along with a QR code to make it easy to RSVP.
Thank you for making a difference.
NEXT WEEK'S CAASPP TESTING CALENDAR
There are many ways to measure your child’s learning. Your child’s teacher uses report card grades, classroom work, teacher observations, and end-of-year statewide test results to get a complete picture of your child’s learning. Each spring, Alta Vista's third through fifth grade students participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).
All of our students have had a chance to experience the format of the assessment through practice tests completed in the classroom. This helps to reduce anxiety about the testing process. You can help by reminding your child that you and their teacher just want them to try their best. To help your children to "show what they know", be sure that your child gets a good night's sleep and eats a healthy breakfast before heading to school. Remember to allow plenty of time for morning routines, so that your child is not worried about being late to school.
We'll begin testing on Tuesday, setting aside our morning block (8:30-10:30) to focus on the CAASPP. You'll find the schedule for next week below.
TODAY'S PAWS & PRIDE ASSEMBLY
During the last PAWS & Pride Assemblies, each grade level shares a highlight from the school year. Today, we had the opportunities to learn about fourth grade's Gold Rush Day.
HOME & SCHOOL CLUB NEWS
Alta Vista Cares: Pajaro & Watsonville Flood Victim Assistance (Donations Accepted Through Friday)
Please join the Alta Vista community in a drive for much-needed supplies for the victims of the flooding in the Pajaro and Watsonville areas. Through Friday, April 28th, we will be collecting the following:
- Clothing, kids or adults, new or used in good condition
- Blankets, new or used in good conditions
- Gift cards to Target or Safeway * these are critically needed *
- Handwritten notes of support and encouragement - ideally written by our Alta Vista students
Please drop off the clothing and blankets in the bin outside the cafeteria, and please drop off the cards and gift cards to Ms. Salina in the office.
Thank you for your support of this vulnerable population. If you have any questions, please reach out to Claire Kalia, AVHSC VP of Community Service, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fantasy Fair - Friday, May 5
Join us on Friday, May 5th from 5pm-8pm at the Alta Vista Hoedown on the Alta Vista Campus.
If you have never attended Fantasy Fair, it is a super fun community event for the whole family. This year's theme is Western. There will be game booths, bounce houses, crafts, crazy hair, food trucks, food available for purchase and more!!
Wristbands or tickets are required and can be purchased here.
The Fantasy Fair cannot be successful without the help of parent volunteers. Please consider signing up for at least one volunteer shift at the game booths here or to be a general volunteer (crafts, set up, take down, tickets etc) for the event here.
Did you know that your student can bake a cake to be raffled off in the Cake Walk Cake Contest? More details can be found here.
To help remind you about the event, your student(s) will receive a flyer during the week as well!
AVHSC Dad's Club
Please join AVHSC's Dad's Club and our community for a night of Bocce Ball and food. You can register as a team or an individual or come for the food and socialize. Kids are welcome.
* Date: Friday, May 12, 2023
* Location: Campo di Bocce, 565 University Ave, Los Gatos
* Time: 5:00 PM
Purchase tickets here or see attached flyer
AVHSC Yearbook Information
COVER ART COMPETITION! Friday, April 28th Deadline!
5th graders - it is your chance to have your artwork on the back or front of the yearbook! See the guidelines on the attached flyer. We will choose two winners, one for the front cover and one for the back. Please drop off at the Alta Vista office in the bin labeled "Yearbook".
Time to Order Yearbooks
It is time to ORDER your yearbook! You can place your order here. Yearbooks will be distributed at Field Day on June 5th.
Please order by May 1st so it will arrive in time for the last week of school.
Prices are below:
- Hardcover: $33.00
- Softcover: $23.00
Don't forget that you can customize pages for your student as well.
Upcoming Home & School Club Events
Now Through April 28: Alta Vista Cares - Pajaro & Watsonville Flood Victim Assistance Drive
Friday, April 28: Alta Vista Variety Show (Friends and Family Only, Please)
Monday, May 1: Yearbook Order Deadline
Friday, May 5: Fantasy Fair - Alta Vista Hoedown
May 8-12: Teacher Appreciation Week
Friday, May 12: Dad's Club Fundraising Event
Wednesday, May 17: Dining for Dollars: Crumbl Cookies
Friday, May 19: Multicultural Night and Art Vistas Art Show
Wednesday, May 31: Volunteer Appreciation Social
Monday, June 5: Field Day
Please visit our website for more info on our upcoming events and programs.
Join Councilmember Pam Foley on Sunday, April 30th from 11 am - 6 pm as she hosts San José’s second annual Music in the Valley Festival! This event is free to the public and full of talented performances from students at local schools, including Union School District’s own Dartmouth Middle School & Union Middle School!
This event is fun for the whole family with activities like a climbing wall, bounce houses, lawn games, a free photo booth, and more! They will also have a variety of food from local food trucks and the SJPD Ice Cream Truck will be handing out free ice cream.
Be sure to mark your calendar for Sunday, April 30th so you don't miss out on all the fun at this year’s event at Camden Community Center!
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
April 19-28: Flood Victim Assistance Drive (See Above)
April 28: Frozen Friday Ice Cream Sales at 2:40
April 28: Alta Vista Variety Show @ 6:00 (Open to Friends and Family)
May 2-11: CAASPP Testing (Grades 3/4/5)
May 5: Fantasy Fair - Alta Vista Hoedown (5:00-8:00)
May 19: Multicultural Night & Art Vistas Art Show
Alta Vista Elementary School
Location: 200 Blossom Valley Drive, Los Gatos, CA 95032