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Update From Rio Vista Elementary

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Week of November 13th, 2023

Please see the information below for upcoming activities and events at Rio Vista Elementary School. Helpful links are also provided to help support your students!
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Upcoming Events

11/15 Minimum Day (Parent Conferences)

11/16 Minimum Day (Parent Conferences)

11/16 PTA Board Meeting (8:30am)

11/17 Non-Student Day (Parent Conferences)

Looking ahead


Minimum Day Schedule (Wednesday, 11/15 and Thursday, 11/16)

See below for the minimum day schedule that we will use next Wednesday (November 15th) and Thursday (November 16th).
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Friday, November 17th is a non-student day so teachers can complete all of their parent-teacher conferences. The following week, November 20-24, is Thanksgiving Break.

Family Health Matters (FHM) Resources

PYLUSD's Family Resource Center, (FRC) in partnership with Family Health Matters, will be offering free assistance with MediCal and CalFresh applications. The FRC is located next to Topaz Elementary. Please review the flyer for more information including documents you will need. Call 714-714-1259 to schedule an appointment.


El centro de recursos familiares de PYLUSD, en asociación con Family Health Matters, ofrecerá asistencia gratuita con las solicitudes de MediCal y CalFresh. El FRC está ubicado al lado de la escuela primaria Topaz. Revise el folleto para obtener más información, incluyendo los documentos que necesitará. Llame al 714-714-1259 para programar una cita.


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World Kindness Day

13 Ways to Share Kindness

1. Random Acts of Kindness: Perform small, unexpected acts of kindness for strangers or acquaintances. Pay for their coffee! Who doesn’t like a free cup of coffee?

2. Volunteer: Dedicate your time to volunteer for a cause or organization you are passionate about.

3. Listen…REALLY Listen: Take the time to listen to others without interrupting or judging. Show empathy and understanding, making others feel heard and valued. We should do this every day.

4. Give a Compliment to Someone: Focus on their skills and not just on how they look…although that works too!

5. Donate to Charity: Contribute to a cause you care about by donating. This can be in the form of money, goods, or time.

6. Hold the Door Open: It’s simple but it makes people feel good AND it’s polite.

7. Call someone special: Pick up the phone and call someone to say hello and let them know you were thinking of them.

8. Share Your Skills: If you have a particular skill or talent, share it with others. This could involve teaching someone a new skill or helping them improve in an area where they struggle.

9. Express Gratitude: This is our focus for the month of November. Send a card, say thank you, or let someone know that you are grateful to have them in your life.

10. Practice Patience: In a fast-paced world, practicing patience is an act of kindness. Whether waiting in line or dealing with a problem that may seem annoying, maintaining a calm and patient demeanor can positively impact those around you.

11. Forgive: Holding onto grudges can be emotionally draining. Practice forgiveness and let go of resentment, both for your own well-being and for the well-being of others.

12. Lighten Someone’s Load: Ask someone if you can help take some work off their plate OR carry something to their car.

13. Spread Positivity: Share positive messages and content on social media. In a digital age, spreading positivity online can counterbalance the negativity on these platforms.

Remember, kindness doesn't have to be grand; even small, consistent acts of kindness can make a significant difference in the lives of others.

ELPAC Resources (English Language Learners)

Click HERE and HERE for parent resources to help understand and prepare for the ELPAC test.

Attendance Reminder from PYLUSD

Every day counts! Click HERE to read a message from our district regarding the importance of daily school attendance.
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Rio Vista Featured in District Good News Report!

Click HERE to see the Good News story about the amazing Read for the Record event that Rio Vista participated in when our 1st grade students visited Valadez Middle School and read a book with their 8th grade "Big Buddies." The link is filled with great pictures!


District English Learner Advisory Committee meetings are open to all parents of English Learners. See below for all dates for this year.
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SchoolNews Fall Feature

Click HERE to see the Fall Edition of SchoolNews. It's a fun way to see the different positive things happening around our district!

Free Parenting Classes (online and in the evening)

Olive Crest is offering free parenting classes in English and Spanish on Zoom. They are offered in the evening and require registration but are completely free. Click the links below for more information!



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NOW HIRING!! Special Education Aides

PYLUSD has a tremendous need for additional Special Education Aides, including at Rio Vista. Are you interested in making a difference in the life of a student? Go to EdJoin to apply today!
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Reflex Math

Students are going to have access to Reflex Math (via CLEVER), a program purchased by the district in order to provide students with the practice necessary to solidify their basic math skills and facts. It's designed for students 1st grade and beyond.

This is a really fun "gamified" program that students love using, which they will have access to at school and at home. They practice a "back to basics" curriculum and earn points that allow them to personalize their home page.

Teachers and parents will all be receiving an email from Reflex Math this week with instructions for how to set up classes and add students.

Reflex Parent Guide- English

Reflex Parent Guide-Spanish

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State Preschool is Available

English: Rio Vista Families, our Free State Preschool Program, is enrolling children 3- 4 years of age by or before December 1st. Families will be pre-screened to determine eligibility based on income. Our Preschool Program has achieved the highest quality Star Rating from the Orange County Department of Education. For more information, please call 714-986-7247.

Spanish: Familias de Río Vista , nuestro programa preescolar estatal gratuito está inscribiendo a niños que cumplan 3 a 4 años el 1ro de Diciembre o antes. Las familias serán pre-evaluadas para determinar la elegibilidad según los ingresos. Nuestro Programa Preescolar ha obtenido la calificación de estrellas de más alta calidad del Departamento de Educación del Condado de Orange. Para obtener más información, llame al 714-986-7247.

Please Help Us With Attendance!

Remember that instruction begins at 7:50am. Supervision and free school breakfast are available starting at 7:25am, so we encourage you to plan your drop-off for between 7:30-7:40am each day.

*Our overall attendance was over 93% last week which is an improvement and closer to how we started the year. THANK YOU!!

**We need your help with tardies! We begin instruction AT 7:50am, so please arrive early enough for students to get all of their instructional minutes

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New Student Enrollment

The new student enrollment date for the 2023-2024 school year will begin on February 14, 2023. Families may register their new student via the online portal here.

Parking Lot Reminders

Our number one priority is the safety of all Rio Vista students and families. Please use the crosswalk in the front parking lot, and only load or unload students in the valet line (do not drop off in the staff parking lanes).

Please do not walk in the wheelchair accessible area (marked by blue stripes) where we load students into the cars.

Also, please do not park along any red curb as that space needs to be available for emergency services in the case of an emergency. Please be courteous to our neighbors and do not park in front of anyone's driveway.

Make sure to remind your students to pay attention at the dismissal area. If we have to call them more than 3 times and they do not come to the loading zone, we will ask you to go back around in line and we'll try again.

Thank you for working together to keep everyone safe!

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Please Contribute to our PTA!

Please consider making a $15 contribution to join our PTA. We always welcome your participation and volunteering, but that is NOT required to be a member of our PTA. My commitment to our community is that 100% of our teachers will also be contributing PTA members!

Every dollar Rio Vista receives from PTA dues goes directly to students in the form of field trips, supplies and materials for hands-on learning, and structural upgrades in classrooms such as new flexible seating furniture in the library and computer areas.

Use the QR code below to join!

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School Accountability Report Card (SARC)

Attached is the Rio Vista SARC. It is the publicly available accounting of site demographic data, facilities information, and budget details.

(en Espanol)

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Parent Education Opportunities

Cyberbullying and Digital Drama

Below are all the links to the OCDE resource handout and the asynchronous courses where you can learn for yourself about how to keep your children safe in the digital world.

Resource handout-English

Resource handout-Spanish

Asynchronous Plugged-In Parents: Cyberbullying and Digital Drama Parent Presentation-English

Asynchronous Plugged-In Parents: Cyberbullying and Digital Drama Parent Presentation-Spanish

Love and Logic Parent Education

Click THIS LINK to see information about "Love and Logic" courses that are available to ALL Rio Vista families. Learn how to support your students emotionally and academically during these difficult times.

Community Resources and Services

McKinney-Vento Resources

If you haven't already this year, please fill out and return the form below to our front office so we can continue to find ways to support you and your family. If you are unsure if you qualify, the document explains the criteria.



Child Care Support

For those who qualify, there may be resources available to help with child care and associated costs.

Orange County Head Start

ENGLISH (support)

ESPANOL (ayuda)

Pediatric Dental Care

Please see the attached flyer for any student or parent who needs help accessing low cost dental care. The Buena Park Dental Clinic serves all low income students who have Medi-cal.
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About Us

We hold high expectations for ALL students through rigorous and relevant educational experiences that challenge them to become responsible, ethical and engaged citizens.