Mako Message #15

Community Update November 13, 2022

Hello Mako families!

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Principal's Message

Hello Maryland Families!

We are so excited to see you during Parent Teacher Conference Week! Please remember that each day this week, students will be dismissed early, at 12:54pm.

Please reach out to your child's teacher or our office if you need help scheduling your conference. Remember, you can always reach out at any time to schedule a conference with your child's teacher. Next week will be the Fall Break. All school in Vista will be closed for the week of November 21 to November 25. Classes resume on Monday, November 28th.

As a reminder, please do not drop off your student in the front office in the morning. Please use the back gate to drop off your students. We have a single point of entry for students in the morning. This helps to ensure we can attend to parents, keep the office less crowded and not create traffic in the front of the office. Thanks for your help!


Frankie Leivera


David Prieto

Assistant Principal

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent conferences (November 15th-18th) and will be held in person unless parents request a virtual conference. Students get out early, at 12:54pm, everyday that week.

All our meetings are offered in person or virtually based on your preference.

Friday Flag and Coffee with the Principal

This Friday, November 18 starting at 8:10am we will have our Friday Flag outdoor assembly. Please sign in to the office if you would like to attend.

After the celebration, please join us in Room 18 for Coffee with the Principal, starting at 8:30am.

Community School Survey

The comprehensive needs assessment survey kicks off this week. Please take the time to complete the survey so that we can best meet the needs of all our families. Your answers will be prioritized with our Community School Advisory Council and drive future financial decisions. Remember, dream big to get big!

English Survey Link

Spanish Survey Link

QR Code Link to both English and Spanish

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Free Heart Screening Event at Madison Middle School

Vista Unified and Madison Middle School are pleased to partner with the Eric Paredes Save a Life Foundation and offer free heart screenings to the Vista Community. Last year, a Madison Middle School student tragically lost his life to sudden cardiac arrest, a leading cause of death among children, especially student athletes. To honor his memory, Madison Middle School hopes to screen 600 students and community members for undetected heart conditions.

Join us on Sunday, December 4th for free heart screenings. Each screening will include a cardiac risk assessment, EKG, cardiologist consultation, and, if indicated, a limited echocardiogram. This special event is only available to those 12 years of age or older. Please register early at Madison Middle School Screen Your Teen or through the QR code on the attached flier.

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Computers at an Affordable Price

Click the Flier below for more information.

Dinosaur School Parenting Classes

We are excited to invite parents to our Dinosaur School for Parents Training, at Maryland in the MPR, Every Tuesday starting September 13-December 6, 2022, from 8:00AM-10:00AM. Come and learn how to strengthen your parenting skills, manage challenging behaviors and build positive family relationships. Refreshments and raffle prizes provided.

Nos complace a invitar a los padres a nuestra Escuela de Dinosaurio, Entrenamiento de Padres, en Maryland en el MPR, todos los martes a partir de del 13 de septiembre al 6 de diciembre de 8:00AM a 10:00AM. Venga y aprenda como fortalecer sus habilidades de crianza, manejar comportamientos desafiantes y construir relaciones familiares positivas. Haremos rifas .

Attendance Matters!

The month of September is attendance awareness month!

Please bring your student on time! Being on time helps prepare students to be successful in school and in life. Student's day begins at 8:00am in the morning. Running late may cause students anxiety! Coming to school on time lets students know that it is important. This is a life long habit that will help your child be successful in their future careers. Please try your best to get your student to school before 8:00am!

School Bell Schedule


8:00 AM - 12:54 PM

Tuesdays to Fridays:

8:00 AM - 2:21 PM


Gates open at 7:30 AM



It is required to have a photo-ID when picking up your student early. Anyone picking up a student must be on the emergency contact list, which you updated during the re-registration process. Please keep that information updated. This is for your child's safety.

It is our policy to not release students 20 minutes before the end of the school day.

When dropping off or picking up your student, please do not get out of your car and leave it unattended. Please only park in the marked parking stalls and please do not stop in your park behind parking spaces. This causes traffic. Use our crosswalk and do not cross in front of cars. We want to keep everyone safe and we need your help!

If you are bringing food for your child, please make sure that you let your child and your child's teacher know through ClassDojo so your student can be prepared to pick it up at lunch. We will do our best to let the teacher know as well, but sometimes our office gets busy, especially during lunchtime.

We value kindness and safety at Maryland. Please speak kindly to our staff and practice safety everyday. Together, we will make this the best year ever!

PTA at Maryland Elementary

We have a dedicated group of parents who work in conjunction with our school staff and community to make our school the best place to be. The PTA works tirelessly to provide school-wide events (Mako camp out, jog a thon, dances, promotion, assemblies, movie nights) that make school fun and build community.

Please consider joining our PTA. All money goes back to support your student!

PTA will be present during the registration days and kindergarten orientation to sell T-Shirts and other fun items. Please bring cash or check!

Kindergarten Registration

We are now enrolling Kindergarten students.

We are here to help you make the enrollment and registration process as smooth as possible.

Please review and follow the instructions to complete the enrollment process below.

If you need access to a computer, need assistance to complete the process or have questions, you can reach out to our Office Staff. Please call 760 631 6242

New Student Enrollment: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Enrolling 4 Year Olds for Transitional Kindergarten

We are enrolling 4 year old's now for TK next year! If your child was born between September 2, 2017 and February 2, 2018 they may start TK in August, 2022.

Our Transitional Kindergarten is a free all day program here at Maryland Elementary. Contact our office and they are happy to assist you and answer questions.

*Note: If your child turns 5 after 2/2/22, they may start TK on the day they turn 5, space permitting.

Job Opportunities

Are you looking for a job that only occupies you during school hours?

Please consider applying for one of our open positions:

Instructional Assistant, Special Education- 8:00am-2:30pm

Please contact our office for more information.

Students can be dropped off between 7:30am-8:00am. Students cannot be dropped off before 7:30am, as there is no supervision. School starts promptly at 8:00 and it is important for your child to start on time.


Masks are strongly encouraged, but not required to be worn.


We are happy to provide breakfast to all students and second chance breakfast at recess.

Entry Points

Students can enter the campus from one entry point. See the map below. Students enter campus and go to the designated waiting area on the blacktop and/or get breakfast.

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Hi Families,

TK/Kindergarten Students and Siblings

TK/Kindergarten students and siblings can be picked up from the bus loop. Please do not block the exit of the bus loop!

Siblings will meet students in the bus loop for dismissal. Only people on the emergency contact list can pick up.

Dismissal Times for TK/Kindergarteners and Siblings will be at the following times:

Mondays-- 12:43pm

Tuesdays-Fridays-- 2:11pm

Grades 1-5

Students without Kindergarten siblings will be dismissed from the back Mako parking lot. Please see the maps below.

Dismissal Times for all other students Grades 2-5 will be at the following times:

Mondays-- 12:53pm

Tuesdays-Fridays-- 2:21pm

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Hey Parents!

Our handbook is being updated and will be available soon!

Remind Application


Please download the Remind App to your phone. It's a new form of communication that the district will be using to share important information. We will continue to use ClassDojo and Remind for our communications.

Upcoming Events and Calendar

October 4, 11, 18, 25: Palomar Parenting Classes (8:00am in the MPR)

October 19: Make up Picture Day

October 28: Fall Festival

2022-2023 School Year Calendar: HERE

Free Breakfast and Lunch for All Learners

Breakfast and lunch is free for all students at Maryland Elementary. You do not need to fill out an application.

Fruit and salad bar is also available. For menus and more information, please visit:

Be sure to fill out the income verification form! This allows us to keep offering free meals for all our students. Thank you!