Vista Views

May 12, 2021

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Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair is OPEN TODAY through May 25th! Now is the perfect time to refresh your home library and keep your kids reading all summer long!

The Fair will connect your kids to notable books and inspiring characters—helping them become lifelong readers. And you’ll love the option to experience the magic of a Book Fair through this season's new Virtual Fair experience!

Plus, enjoy these special virtual shopping features:

  • Access to over 6,000 products

  • All orders ship direct to home

  • eWallet so family and friends can contribute (Learn more here)

  • FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25

  • All purchases support our school (we earn 25% in rewards)!

Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with virtual shopping:

Virtual Store:

Check out our spring interactive booklist for a look at some of the fairs offerings!

Thank you for continuing to support our school.

Happy reading!

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As you may know, Open House was originally scheduled for May 19th. While we recognize the importance of this event in highlighting and showcasing student work and learning, it has been removed from the 2020-2021 school calendar, including virtually. This is a district-wide decision for both the elementary and middle schools.

Grade-levels or individual teachers may choose to explore ways to honor and celebrate the students on a class by class basis.

We look forward to resuming this event in the 2021- 2022 school year next spring.



Alta Vista is looking for volunteers to help with Art Vistas next year!! Art Vistas is a wonderful organization that was formed to bring art lessons and projects into the classrooms of Union School District through volunteer docents. Art Vistas docents come into the classroom 6 times a year to provide an art lesson and a hands on project to the students. Alta Vista is specifically in need of Head Docents (ideally 3 people), who will provide support to the classroom docents by liaising with Art Vistas, Inc. and coordinating training and supplies for the various projects, as well as a year-end art show. While the status of having volunteers physically on campus next year remains uncertain, Alta Vista still needs Head Docents to oversee the program and prepare for the day that volunteers return! To learn more about Art Vistas, please go to If you can help or need more information on the role of Head Docent, please email the current Head Docents Tanya Winn ( and Christine Li ( Thank you!


Our art program Art Vistas had a successful transition to an online program this year. To celebrate the students' art this year, we will be having an Online Art Show! This will be a district wide art show via a Google photo album. We would love to see and share the art created by our students at Alta Vista this year! Please participate by selecting one or more pieces of student artwork created with the Art Vistas lessons to share (photos should be of the art work only and not include children's faces). Art Vistas will organize the photos and create an online art show to share with the community.

Photos of the artwork can be uploaded to: Art Vistas 2021 Online Art Show Upload Please upload photos by Friday, May 21st to participate.


Our third, fourth, and fifth graders had a great time visiting with Trudi Trueit last week. She shared lots of stories about how she gets ideas and writes her Explorer Academy books. Mrs. Trueit also told us about her own experiences in elementary school. It was a wonderful visit.

It's not too late to order your own book for some summer reading. You can purchase signed copies of Explorers Academy titles by May 12th here:

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If you would like to order a personalized yard sign to celebrate your fifth grader's promotion ceremony, click here to order:

The sign company will donate $10 to Alta Vista Home and School Club for each sign ordered. If you order free delivery, the sign will be delivered and installed on your front lawn within 5 days of your completed order.

Alta Vista Cares: Center for African Peace & Research

Alta Vista's last community service project of the school year is a medical supplies drive for Somalia. Due to war, COVID-19, drought and famine, Somalia is experiencing a healthcare crisis that disproportionately impacts children and families. Our community partner, Center for African Peace and Research, is seeking urgently-needed medical kits for children and families in Somalia. They are specifically asking for certain medical items, so we've put together a signup. Our Alta Vista Cares drive will continue through May 15th.


Join Supervisor Joe Simitian as he hosts the first presentation in a three-part panel series titled, "Understanding the Asian American and Pacific Islander Experience" on Thursday, May 13th at 6:30 PM. Thursday's discussion will focus on the diversity of our AAPI community, including their histories, stories, and experiences.

You can register for the free event at

Please note that this series is intended for adults and mature adolescents.

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