Lake Elementary School News

Weekly Update for December 20

Dear Parents,

I want to remind everyone that the last day of school before winter break will be Wednesday, December 22. We have a lot of fun winter and holiday events going on, including performances by our Kindergarteners and Dolphtones! We hope we will be able to see many of you on our campus, if your child is performing.

Please be sure to stop by and check the Lost and Found before December 22 as we will be donating any unclaimed items the week of the 27th.

December 22 will be "sweater day!" Ugly sweaters, holiday sweaters, fancy sweaters--whatever your child would like to wear!

Thank you for a great first half of the school year, we look forward to a great winter break!

Tara Gonzalez

Interim Principal

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From Lake, with Love

“Small Change, Big Impact” is going on right now! We will have collection jars for spare change at our musical and PTA events, as well as in the front office through December 22nd. Every cent collected will be donated to a community in Western Kentucky that has been impacted by the recent tornados. Electronic donations can be made via the link below, please mention Kentucky or "Small Change, Big Impact" in the notes at checkout.

We thank you in advance for your donations.

Instructional Minutes Change beginning on January 11, 2022

Due to the recent agreement between VUSD and VTA to use two of the 182 instructional days as professional development days, the district and union have agreed to add lost instructional minutes needed to meet the state's minimum requirements to the remaining school days for the 2021-2022 school year. The changes will affect all elementary schools with TK-5 classrooms.

Three additional minutes will be added to the end of each school day beginning January 11, 2022. This will provide the district with the needed minutes to meet all required minimum minutes for all elementary grade spans.

New student/bell times for the school day at elementary sites

Lake Elementary


7:45 - 12:39

Tuesday- Friday

7:45 - 2:06

Staff Shout Outs

Parents, is there a staff member who has gone above and beyond for your student(s) or you? Would you like to give them a shout-out? Click the link below and your feedback will be shared directly with that person, and on our staff weekly newsletter!

Music Performances

We are excited to welcome our Kindergarten parents/guardians to our Outdoor Holiday Performance on Monday, December 20th, at 1:00pm!!

Tuesday, December 21st, at 3:45pm will be a Dolphtones performance! Parents/Guardians of all Dolphtones may attend.

We are excited to welcome our Kindergarten and Dolphtone families to our OUTDOOR holiday performances this week! Kindergarten performance is Monday at 1:00 and Dolphtone performance is Tuesday at 3:45. A few reminders:

*Please arrive early and allow for time to park at either Lake Park or the shopping center as parking will be limited on campus.

*These performances are for parents of Kinders and Dolphtones only. Lake siblings may attend and sit with their families. Please consider recording the performances for grandparents and extended family. Thank you for your help with this!

*Masks are required for all parents on campus, even outside. Parents will line up along the fence and we will invite you on campus after the rest of the school dismisses. Per VUSD protocol, please remember to wear a mask. We look forward to seeing you!!

We look forward to seeing you!!

Dolphin Broadcast 12-20-2021

Covid-19 Weekly Reporting at Lake Elementary School

In order to keep our families informed on Covid-19 cases in our school, we will be utilizing the following procedures:

  • All families will be notified weekly of our Covid-19 cases in this section of the Lake School News.

  • If your student is identified as a "close contact" of a Covid-19 positive person on campus, you will be notified immediately by email, text, and phone and will be provided directions for quarantine.

  • To view Covid-19 cases for the entire district, visit the VUSD Covid-19 Case Dashboard.

Lake Week of Dec. 6 - Dec. 12: 1 Covid-19 positive case

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Membership is the best way to connect with your community, be "in-the-know" about all PTA programs and events, vote in the meetings, and make a difference in your child's education. You can join PTA for only $8.

Join and donate today at

We have a couple of volunteer opportunities available now for PTA members. Once you submit your membership, fill out a volunteer form with the front office and ask how you can help!

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Save The Date

Monday 12/20 Kindergarten Performance 1:00pm

Tuesday 12/21 Dolphtones Performance 3:45pm

Wednesday 12/22 Last Day before Winter Break--All Lost & Found items to be donated

12/23--1/10 Winter Break

Tuesday 1/11 Students/Staff Return to school

Monday 1/17 MLK Day, No School

Thursday 1/20 PTA Association Meeting

Friday 1/28 Coffee with the Principals 8am

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In Case you misssed it...

Instructional Aide

  • Lake is looking for an Instructional aide. In this position, your role is to work with our Special Education team to support our students with learning challenges. If you are interested in this position, please reach out to Shirley Indegno, Human Resources Technician, PH: 760-726-2170, ext. 92218. Let her know you'd like to apply for this position at Lake. This is a 6 hour a day, benefit eligible position.

Substitute Teachers:

  • We have a significant substitute shortage, and with all the required quarantines, we are feeling the effects of this. We'd love to have you sub for us, so once you get your paperwork into VUSD's HR, please let Teena know in the front office, so she can put you on our list of preferred subs.
  • San Diego County Substitute Information

More: - Fiscal Services Technician - Payroll Technician - Plant Lead I - School Age Child Care Leader

Free digital library access!

Free digital library access!

We were just informed by the State Superintendent that Renaissance, as a part of the Literacy Initiative, has partnered with the Cal. Dept. of Education to ensure that every California student can access thousands of digital reading resources for free over the winter break (Dec. 1, 2021 - Jan. 31, 2022).

Students will have 24-hour access to thousands of myON books in English and Spanish, as well as myOn daily news articles.

Please follow these simple steps to log in to myOn and start reading:

Go to and click on "myON login"

Sign in using the single statewide shared account credentials

School Name: Gift of Literacy

Username: myon

Password: read

Select a book or news article and start reading

Biometric Finger Screener

Hello Lake Families,

Linked below is a letter informing you that the Child Nutrition Department will begin using a state of the art Bio-Metric identification system starting in the week of December 13th. This message is to inform you that we will begin the enrollment process on December 13th. If you would like more information on this process, or would like to opt out of the enrollment process, please contact the CNS offices at 760-726-2170, Ext. 42000. If you would like to opt out, Ana in the Lake front office can provide you with the form. We are excited to bring this added protection and security to our students and families in Vista and look forward to serving you in the year to come.

Thank you.

PikMyKid - Pausing implementation

Due to challenges during our soft rollout of PikMyKid, we are currently pausing our implementation until we can get these issues resolved. We will currently stay with our current dismissal plan and let you know the next steps soon.
Covid Testing is now available, on campus, weekly, for all staff and PTA parent volunteers who are not vaccinated or who wish to have asymptomatic testing. Please stop by the front office from 10-11:30am on any Tuesday if you are a PTA volunteer and would like to take advantage of our testing, provided by Inspire Diagnostics.

After October 15th, all staff and volunteers will need to be vaccinated against covid-19 or complete weekly testing, per state guidelines.

Essential Volunteers

We are slowly rolling out the opportunity for essential volunteers on campuses. The purpose of an “essential volunteer” is to enhance the education of our students. The following requirements are for all essential volunteers on campuses:

  • Must wear a mask at all times (indoors and outdoors)

  • Complete school volunteer application

  • Show proof of full vaccination OR provide a negative PCR test weekly

  • Essential volunteers must follow the guidelines below:

    • Never enter the classroom when students are present

    • Always work with students outside the classroom (student and volunteer must be masked at all times outside)

  • PTA/ELAC/SSC/Foundation parents may be on campus to perform school business

If you would like to volunteer on campus, please reach out directly to your child's classroom teachers. Due to restrictions and the need to monitor vaccination status/testing, we will limit volunteers to 2 parents per class, TOTAL.

Some teachers may not be comfortable or ready to have volunteers back on campus yet, even just from a schedule management standpoint. Please be patient and reach out to the front office to get put on a potential volunteer list if you do not get an opportunity to volunteer with your child's teacher.


  • Monday is a minimum day! Dismissal is at 12:36pm. There is no second-chance breakfast on minimum days, so please send your child with a snack, or have them get breakfast before school starts from 7:25-7:40.
  • No Dogs on campus. As much as we love our furry friends, we can not have them on campus. This is VUSD policy, so if you need to bring your dog, you'll have to pick your child up at Lake Park. Thank you!
  • Early pickup: If you need to pick your child up early for an appointment, please do so prior to 1:30pm. After that you'll need to wait until regular dismissal time. If you have questions, please call the office.
  • Do not drop your child off prior to 7:25am. We have no supervision available before this time. Students need to stay in the car until 7:25 if you are in the line.
  • Please have your child bring a water bottle and mask, daily. Donations are needed for small water cups for those students who forgot their water bottle. Small, disposable children's mask donations are also greatly appreciated! You can send these to the office.
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Important Health & Safety Information

Please see the following important health and safety information: Click HERE

Call into the office each time your child is absent. Do not send your child to school if they are sick. In case you missed it, please see the covid-19 notification. Let's all work together to keep eachother safe during this uncertain time. I encourage all parents and students to wear a mask during drop-off and pick-up.

If you ever have questions about how the district is handling health & safety, please check the health & safety page on the VUSD website.

School Drop/Off & Pick-Up Procedures-CLICK HERE

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