Bulldog Bulletin: 10/10/2021

Weekly Update - (Actualización Semanal):

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Vista Academy of Visual & Performing Arts

Office Hours: Monday-Friday - 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Hilda (Front Office): Registration/General Questions - hildareynoso@vistausd.org


Sharon (Health Office): Registration/Health Concerns - sharonortega@vistausd.org


Rosy (Administrative Assistant): General - rosysimmonds@vistausd.org


Jorge (Community Liaison): Resources/Family Engagement - jorgegarcia@vistausd.org

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For your information, we have included Dr. Doyle’s most recent Community Updates which went out to families on October 7.

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Upcoming Dates to Remember:


  • Tuesday, October 12: Foundation Monthly Meeting - 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 19: Spooky Stories "Zoom-bie" style-5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 21: The Great California Shakeout - 10:21 a.m.
  • Tuesday, October 26: Spooky Stories "Zoom-bie" style-5:30 p.m.

Principal's Update:

Huge Thanks for Supporting our First Dine-out:

Thanks to everyone who came out to support our Foundation’s first dine out at Best Pizza this week. We had such a wonderful turnout, delicious food, and a great time visiting and seeing each other. Best Pizza presented a check for almost $2,000 to our Vista Academy Foundation this past week. We will be looking forward to our next dine out coming soon!

Spooky Stories "Zoom-bie" Style:

Our very own Mr. DeLeon will continue on with his tradition of telling spooky stories over Zoom on two dates October 19 & 26 starting at 5:30 p.m. Zoom link coming soon.

Square One Art:

Tomorrow, Monday, October 11th is the last day to turn in artwork for our Square One Art fundraiser through our Foundation. Most classes did these projects in school, but some of our pivoted classes may have done them at home. Parents will have the opportunity to purchase items with their child’s artwork for this fundraiser.

UPDATE - Student Costumes (October 29):

Students may wear costumes if they choose on October 29, but everyone must still wear masks that cover their nose and mouth when inside. No facial painting or scary/gory costumes. We will have a costume parade on Friday, October 29, 2021 at 8:15AM. Please send your student to school in their costume and a change of clothes if their costume will be uncomfortable to wear all day. Our parade will be held outdoors and classes will be socially distanced. If you do not want your child to participate, please let your classroom teacher know. We will provide an alternate activity in the library. Due to the current health restrictions, parents will not be allowed on campus for this event.

BOOKTOBERFEST:

Don't forget to check out our Vista Academy Foundation Updates:

Our fall fundraiser, BOOKTOBERFEST, has begun. Please register for this super fun-raiser to encourage reading and raise money for our Vista Academy Foundation which supports our many programs and events here at Vista Academy. Please register your child at Getmovinfundhub.com with the school code 5e3d8bac271f5


Spirit Wear has been ordered and is expected mid October


Our first Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Vista Academy at the end of the month.

Healthy Food District Policy:

We would like to remind parents about our district wellness policy in regards to snacks and treats coming in for birthdays, class parties etc. If you would like to donate something to the class, we are requesting non food items or individual packaged items that are healthy snacks.

Independent Study Contract:

The District recently sent an email containing information regarding Independent Study Contracts. Students who have a symptom and are sent home, can now receive attendance credit through an Independent Study Contract. It's important to note that students on independent study contracts will have to provide their teachers with completed work (packets or on Canvas depending on the teacher) once they return to school in order to receive attendance credit. Failure to provide work may result in attendance credit being rejected. The email contains the form which can be submitted online.
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Health & Safety Important Information:

We all need to work together to keep all of our students safe. If you or your family is under quarantine orders through the county, please STAY HOME and do not come into a school office to advise your child is absent. We will return your call as soon as possible.

COVID-19 Decision Tree:

The COVID Decision Tree has been updated 8/12/21 and is here in ENGLISH, SPANISH. The update also includes the latest information regarding quarantine options for persons exposed to COVID-19.


We will continue to ensure that safety is a top priority at Vista Academy. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

COVID-19 Notification Process Update:

We will no longer be notifying the entire school with COVID notification letters and phone messages. Only classes with direct exposure or close contacts to a COVID-19 positive will be notified. We will provide a weekly update on the number of new cases each week in this update in the health and safety section. For this past week we had 2 COVID-19 case impacting our campus this week and a positive wastewater sample on October 5 and October 6 which will result in responsive testing tomorrow for students and staff who have opted into the


Please refer to Dr. Doyle’s latest community update and daily updates on districtwide COVID-19 cases will be listed by school on the COVID dashboard.

Health Office Reminder:

Families, please keep us informed about the following:


  1. If you notice any symptoms, please keep your child at home. Notify the school immediately.

  2. If you have taken a test and it is positive, please inform the school immediately.

  3. If you have taken a test and are awaiting the results, please keep your child at home until you receive the results.

  4. If your child has taken a test and is awaiting the results, please keep your child home until you receive the results.

  5. If you have been exposed to someone who tested positive, please keep your child at home and inform the school immediately.


Please make sure to always share your information with:


Thank you for your communication in helping to keep our learning community safe!

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IB Update:

Our school was authorized as an official IB World School in May of 2017. On Nov. 4-5 we will have a remote visit from the International Baccalaureate to review our program. The IB would like to speak with parents during their visit. Please let me know at sharonscott-gonzalez@vistausd.org if you would be willing to join a parent group On Nov. 4th or 5th to discuss our IB program. Thanks to those parents who have already reached out to me.

Additional Information:

If you have any questions about our IB program, please reach out to our IB coordinator, Sharon Scott-Gonzalez at sharonscott-gonzalez@vistausd.org

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Mrs. B's Update:

Remember to wear college attire on Wednesday's to promote career/college awareness. VAVPA Bulldogs are college bound!!!

Our School's Counselor: Mrs. Bojorquez

Hello, this is your school counselor Mrs. Bojorquez. Please reach out to me with any concerns regarding attendance, academics, and social emotional learning.

My email : mariebojorquez@vistausd.org (760) 941-0880 ext. 44900

I support students with social skills classroom lessons, small groups, and 1:1 if needed. I can also refer to outside agencies or resources if needed.


VUSD Social & Emotional Support

Separation Anxiety Brochure

Resources for families

Resources for mental health

Referral for 1:1 or small group

Resources for families during COVID-19

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Meet the Specialists!


MUSIC SPECIALIST: Shelly Hart


Shelly worked as a local performer and arts educator prior to completing her multi-subject teaching credential. She has a Bachelor’s degree from CSU Fullerton and a Master’s degree from University of Hawaii, both in Music/Vocal Performance. She spent over 20 years working as a professional opera/musical theater performer and Arts Educator here in San Diego and Hawaii. As an Arts Educator she taught music residency programs in K-12 classrooms for San Diego Opera and La Jolla Playhouse and was a part of Hawaii Opera Theater’s Ensemble Touring group for elementary schools while living in Hawaii. In addition to performing and teaching music residencies, she ran the Non-profit Actors Alliance of San Diego with her identical twin sister Shauna Hart, where she served as Executive and Education Director. As Education Director, she implemented a summer musical theater intensive program for middle school and high school students and taught all classes for the Liberty Schools program which offered arts classes to students from the juvenile hall system. She loves being a part of the Vista Academy HeArts team!

Students can visit Mrs. Hart’s Virtual Classroom to practice skills and create music!

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My student is an English Learner (EL). What does that mean?

Learning a new language is a process, and each student learns at their own pace. As an EL (English Learner) student language assistance will be provided by students’ classroom teacher and in some instances your school site’s ELD (English Language Development) Resource Teacher. At VUSD we keep track of your EL’s language and academic progress throughout the year. Progress is monitored by the classroom teacher, and students’ Fastbridge and ELPAC scores are kept in a database to track growth during school years.

How are students classified as an EL?

A home language survey is given to the parent or guardian when a student registers for schooling in our district (or any district in California). Based on answers given a student may be asked to take an Initial ELPAC test (English Language Proficiency Assessment) to determine if their primary language is a language other than English. The Initial ELPAC test scoring will determine if a student will need language support services. If services are needed a student will be classified as an EL.

Quick Parent Survey:

To better understand our community, please answer the following short survey. This survey is completely anonymous. Thanks in advance for taking the time to answer this survey.
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Oktoberfest (Read-A-Thon)

Booktoberfest started today! Have you registered your child yet?


Booktoberfest is a school-wide Read-a-thon... And it’s our biggest fundraiser of the year!


We are trying to get 100% of our Vista Academy students registered online by this weekend. Once your little bulldog is registered, they receive a super fun bulldog paw bookmark! There are lots of other incentives to earn as well.


If your child reaches their $30 goal, they earn a mystery Halloween squishy. If we earn $5,000 as a whole school, we will have bubbles at the front gate!


The link to the FunHub page is located below the video.

Vista Academy of Visual & Performing Arts Kick-Off Video

Mystery Reader:

Scaredy Cat Splat Booktoberfest
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UCSD's SASEA Project Returns to VAVPA:

We are excited to collaborate with UCSD once again on the Safer at School Early Alert Pilot, also known as SASEA. SASEA is an early alert monitoring system for COVID-19 through daily surface samples from the classrooms and responsive testing for students and staff members. We are aiming for all of our students to participate. Information on registering your child for this project was sent via email this past week. Please click on the button below for more information.

Technology Workshops:

Join us every Tuesday and Thursday to learn about the basics of using a computer, e-mail, Gmail, Parent Portal, and more! Registration is required. Please reach out to Jorge Garcia, Vista Academy's Family & Community Liaison, to register.

Reminder - School Procedures:

Click on the links below to review our school procedures in regards to arriving late or leaving early.