Mako Message #7

Community Update September 26, 2021

6th Week and Going Strong!

Hello Mako families!


If your child’s classroom or program was recently quarantined, we ask once the quarantine period is over and they are able to return to school, to please send your student back to school with their instructional materials and the charger that was sent home. We are missing quite a few chargers and need them so we can ensure all our students are able to charge their devices. Thank you for your help and cooperation.

On Friday, October 1st it is Kinder Purple/Triangle Day.

Please send you student wearing purple clothes on Friday!

Dear Mako Families,

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Reminder, Mondays are Minimum Day

Every Monday students are dismissed early at 12:51pm! Kinder students and their siblings are dismissed at 12:41pm on Mondays at the little bus loop.

Thank you all!

Palomar Family Counseling

We had a great turn out at our Palomar Family Parenting Classes! Classes are free and will take place every Tuesday starting at 2:30pm in the Maryland MPR. Parents will learn how to help your child with challenging behaviors and learn tips and tricks! Classes will continue for the next 11 weeks. There is still time to participate! Please come to our MPR next Tuesday starting at 2:30pm to join.

Please click the link below to register or come to the MPR on Tuesday and we will help you with the registration process.

Attached is the Flyer for Dinosaur School for parents - Incredible Year Parent Training.

We recommend that they register through the link provided on the flyer.

Please click the flyer below for more information!

Out and About Program Information

Attached is the English and Spanish flyer for the Out and About program that got extended. These are free outdoor activities provided through Palomar Family Counseling and HHSA.

Click the flyers below for more information!

Help Our Students by joining PTA

Maryland PTA forms went home last week. Please consider joining our PTA. All proceeds go directly back to our students at Maryland. Our PTA helps purchase student supplies (such as pencils, crayons, glue, art supplies, etc) so all our students have access to the materials they need to learn! Most schools send home a supply list at the beginning of each year, but at Maryland our PTA is able to provide all the materials through your support. If you need another form, please come to our office to pick one up! The TK-2 class and the 3-5 class with the most memberships will win a pizza party!!

Do you shop at Ralphs or Food 4 Less? Another way you can support is by linking your Food 4 Less grocery card to the community rewards program. You can use your Food 4 Less card at Ralphs as well. Food 4 Less will donate a portion of your purchase back to Maryland for just shopping!

CLICK HERE to find out more information on how you can link your card to the community rewards program.

SASEA Meeting Reminder


We are excited to announce our collaboration with the UCSD Werheim School of Public Health on the Safer at School Early Alert Pilot, also known as SASEA. The SASEA study seeks to develop an early alert monitoring system for Covid-19 using wastewater samples. As part of the study pilot, all classic students and staff will have access to Covid-19 testing. Only students whose parents provide consent will be included in the Covid testing. The test is non-invasive, and will be an added benefit for our students as we enter the cold and flu season. With your help, UCSD hopes to develop an anonymous, low cost Covid monitoring system that can be used at schools and child cares across San Diego County.

For more information, check out the attached flyer, and a short video about the study! This video is great for kids to learn about research and the SASEA study at Maryland.

For additional questions, contact the researchers:

SASEA Information Flyer English/Spanish

SASEA YouTube English

SASEA YouTube Spanish

The researchers of the SASEA Project will be hosting two meetings. One will be virtual and one will be in person. If you would like to find out more information about the project and if you would like your student to participate, please attend the meeting. The meeting will take place at Bobier Elementary Tuesday, September 28 from 5:30pm-6:30pm. Please click the links below to see more information.

Meeting in Person English

Meeting In Person Spanish

Virtual Meeting English

Virtual Meeting Spanish

Covid-19 Weekly Reporting at Maryland Elementary

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 Health and Safety section of our newsletter.

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.

Maryland Elementary Week of September 19- September 25: 0 COVID-19 cases resulting in classroom quarantines.

Attendance Reminder

School starts promptly at 8:00am. If your student arrives after that time, please come into the office with your student to sign them in. Thank you for your support and understanding for this new district policy.

Our gates open at 7:30am. Please do not leave your student at the gate before this time as there is not supervision before this time. If you need to drop off your student before this time, please consider signing them up for AM ASES. Please contact our office for more information.

Call to Action

Our school district recently sent out the following important information:

"We have completed eight days of school so far this year. Our health and safety procedures are working well. We are now focusing on taking every action necessary to reduce the impact of quarantine procedures on students. We need your help to commit to the following actions. Thank you for your consideration. Let’s keep kids in school.

Health and Safety Call to Action for Parents

  • Action #1: Notify your school immediately if your child or any member of your household becomes ill with COVID-19.
  • Action #2: Keep your child home from school if they have ANY of the symptoms listed on the decision tree guidelines (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea).
  • Action #3: Keep your child home from school if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive. They should NOT return to in-person learning until given a return date by our nursing staff. This includes exposure to someone living in the home who is positive.
  • Action #4: Do not send your child back to school if the child or anyone in the household is awaiting a COVID-19 test result. Only send your child back if they have a negative test result or if they have completed the entire quarantine period.
  • Action #5: Have your child vaccinated if they are 12 to 17 years old. Remember, your child will not need to be quarantined if they come in close contact at school if they are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic. The vaccination will keep them in school and able to participate in all of the extracurricular activities like athletics, band, dance, ASB, etc.

If we can proactively respond to these five calls to action, then we can dramatically reduce the impact of quarantine on all students."

We have two flyers with Vaccination opportunities in Vista!

The first flyer highlights our Community Vaccination Drive this Saturday, September 18th at VMMS. This clinic is in partnership with Vista Community Clinic.

The second flyer is for "Vaccinations at the VIC". VUSD and Inspire will be partnering to offer vaccinations to our school families and the Vista Community each day starting Monday, September 20th.

COVID-19 Testing Center

In partnership with Inspire Diagnostics, Vista Unified is providing COVID-19 testing for Vista Unified staff and families.

The test is free and available at the VIC Center, which is very close to Maryland Elementary. Here is the address:

836 Olive Ave

Vista, CA 92083

Open Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 3:30pm

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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 required indoors at all K-12 schools in California. Students are not required to wear their masks outdoors, but may choose to wear them outside.


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-- 12:41pm

Tuesdays-Fridays-- 2:08pm

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-- 12:51pm

Tuesdays-Fridays-- 2:18pm

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Hey Parents!

Please see our handbook for any questions


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

Upcoming Events and Calendar:

  • Monday, September 27-October 1: VCC Dental Van Visit
  • Tuesday, September 28: Dinosaur School for Parents, in MPR
  • Friday, October 1: Kinder's Color Purple
  • Tuesday, October 12: Dinosaur School for Parents, MPR
  • Friday, October 15: Kinder's Color Black
  • Wednesday, November 10: Fall Picture Day

District Calendar: HERE