Ventana Vistas

December 11 - December 15

FFO Meeting Tomorrow at 8:15 AM!

Join other VVE parents and learn about volunteer opportunities while enjoying a cup of coffee and a bagel.

Winter Arts Festival Thank You!

VVFFO is so appreciative of the efforts of the Winter Arts Festival committee as well as numerous faculty and staff members who contributed to this successful event and fundraiser. Hats off to Co-Chairs Tera Frank and Amber Wesson for their tireless work to bring together our school community for a special night.
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Lost and Found

The lost and found is overflowing with jackets and sweaters left behind! Search for missing belongings in the MPR. Items will be donated during Winter Break.

Tax Credit Donation 2017

Arizona Tax Credit in the Foothills

The Catalina Foothills School District is a wonderful school community! It is impressive to see a community with such a commitment to educational excellence and support of the schools here in the Foothills. CFSD would not be the district it is today without the community that surrounds and supports it! The success of our schools' extracurricular programs is tied to the generous contributions of community members who divert some of their state tax funds to the CFSD programs of their choice!

How does it Work?

Any Arizona taxpayer has the opportunity to give to Catalina Foothills School District instead of paying it in taxes. The donation must be earmarked for support of one of our many qualifying fee-based, extracurricular activities. We'll send the donor a receipt for their records. Then, when the taxpayer fills out their 2017 Arizona state taxes, they can subtract the amount of the donation, up to $400 (joint filers) and $200 (individuals), from what is owed in state taxes. This is not just a tax deduction…it is a tax credit that reduces the amount of taxes owed to the state, dollar-for-dollar. For more information about how this credit will work for your individual tax situation, contact your tax advisor.

How are these Dollars Spent?

Tax Credit dollars are spent to support fee-based, extra-curricular offerings. However, regular communication between Mrs. Mulay and Community Schools, leads to a beneficial partnerships that also helps support the needs at Ventana Vista, as dollars are spent to serve a joint purpose.

What is the Tax Credit Goal at Ventana Vista?

We are aiming for $30,000…that is only 150 individuals at $200 each!

Where Can I Donate?

You can donate online ( with your credit card or fill out the 2017 Tax Credit Form, which can be mailed to Murphey Administration Center, 2101 E River Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85718 or dropped off in person at any CFSD school, no later than the IRS deadline for filing your 2017 taxes (to be claimed on 2017 taxes). Please make checks payable to Catalina Foothills School District (CFSD) and note the program to which you'd like to contribute on the check.

What have we purchased at Ventana Vista with tax credit dollars?

Here are some of the joint projects that Community Schools and Mrs. Mulay have completed/purchased within the past 5 years, as well as projects underway or yet to come:

· Water bottle refilling stations to be installed on VV Drinking Fountains

· Supplies for the new Maker’s Space (STEM related project creation room)

· Purchase of new iPads, cases, and cart, utilized by VV students, teachers, and Community Schools.

· Imagine Learning software purchase used by VV teachers, students, and Community Schools

· Lego Robotics team registrations and equipment used by VV students, staff, and Community Schools

· “Bobcat Code” program and school assembly used by VV staff, students and Community Schools

· 30 sets of headphones used by VV students and Community Schools

· Community Garden Project (funded by CFSD tax credit dollars and Community Gardens of Tucson grant dollars) used by VV students, teachers, Community Schools, and community members.

· Computers (20 laptops) On Wheels (C.O.W.) used by VV teachers, students, and Community Schools for Imagine Learning Program

Winter Break!

The last day of school before Winter Break will be Friday, 12/22. School will resume on Monday, 1/8. Enjoy your two weeks of rest and relaxation!

Flyers to Download

The attached flyers can be downloaded for more information.

CFSD Governing Board Members

Eileen Jackson, President

Amy Bhola, Vice President

Doug Hadley, Board Member

Amy Krauss, Board Member

Carole Siegler, Board Member

Mary Kamerzell, Superintendent