Mustangs Message

September 24th

Message from the Principal

Hello Mission Meadows Families!

September has been Attendance Awareness Month. We all know that students perform much better in school when they are actually at school learning the important grade level skills and strategies by our amazing teachers. There is simply no substitute for being at school. This is true for all of our students, but most especially for TK-1st grade students. Did you know that a student who has excessive absences in these critical years will have a much more difficult time reading on grade level by the time they reach 3rd grade than their peers who did not have excessive absences?

So far this school year we have an overall student attendance percentage of 95.11%, which is a 1% increase over this time last year. This is great! We just need to keep this going so that we can accomplish our wildly important attendance goal of 95% for all students for the entire school year. That means a student should have no more than NINE ABSENCES TOTAL for the entire school year. We know children will get sick throughout the year, so please do your very best not to schedule vacations on school days. Rathe, please take advantage of some of our many school and national holidays and vacations.

To help celebrate our students and their attendance this month we will be holding a special spirit day on Friday, September 29th. All students are encouraged to wear their favorite SUPERHERO ATTIRE (Costumes or t-shirts) to school on Friday to commemorate that they are a H.E.R.O who was Here, Everyday, Ready and On-time. This is different than what was advertised in the community update sent out by Dr. Doyle when the rest of the district will be celebrating this spirit day, because we have picture day on Wednesday.

Thank you again for all you do, and have a wonderful week!


David Peel, Principal

Important Dates to Remember

Sept 27 Picture Day

Sept 27 - ELAC Meeting

Sept 29 - Superhero Spirit Day

Oct 4 - Make-up Picture Day

Oct 6 - Friday Morning Sing Assembly

Oct 18 - SSC Meeting

Oct 19 - Great California Shake-out Drill

Oct 20 - Harvest Carnival

Oct 21 - Festival of the Arts

Oct 23-27 Red Ribbon Week

Oct 26 National Guard @ Mission Meadows

Picture Day is Wednesday!

Picture Day is coming to Mission Meadows on Wednesday, September 27th! Now you will be able to see the pictures before you order them. Make sure to sign up to get a link to your child's gallary when it is ready.

Dia de Fotos

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After School Extended Learning Opportunities

We received great news this week. The Extended Learning Opportunity budget for afterschool extended learning opportunities was increased from $11,000 to $75,000 this year. That means we will be able to bring back and add many more tutoring, sports, art, and music afterschool opportunities this school year. We are so excited that we will be able to continue our dance classes, and this year you will have the opportunity to choose between two different classes. We also have expanded our afterschool art, and this year you will have the opportunity to learn some different crafting activities as well as traditional art classes. In music you will be able to choose between choir (this class is already full, but you can be put on a waiting list) and guitar. More information about how to sign up for these classes will be coming out later this week once we are able to finalize the schedule. Keep your eyes open for an email that will explain how you can sign up .

Fall Reading Challenge Fundraiser

Our students have been doing an amazing job with both reading, and in getting the word out about our Fall Reading Challenge Fundraiser. So far we have already raised more than our original goal of $15,000 and we still have until October 2nd when this fundraiser will end. This is INCREDIBLE! This will go a long way toward funding assemblies, family events, student programs, and much more!

So far our students have received donations from 34 different states and two foreign countries!

If you aren’t registered yet, don’t worry! You have a whole week left. You only have to register & share to get your first prize and $50 in donations earns you a baby Hercules stuffy! Here is the link to REGISTER online today, SHARE with Family and friends, and READ!


There is amazing list of individual and classroom prizes available for this fundraiser, including a donut party for a class if everyone participates. We also have NINE classes that have already reached their own fundraising goals and have earned a dance party but we want all students to participate , so keep on reading and raising funds for our school!

Check out the entire list of prizes in the information packet. Here is the link to the information packet in case you lost it.

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Parents Needed English Language Acquisition Committee

English Language Acquisition Committee (ELAC) - This is a group of parents and guardians of students who may speak another language other than English at home. Our first meeting will be on Wednesday, September 27th. If you are interested please reach out to our community liaison for more information.

  • ELAC meetings are scheduled to provide time to discuss, evaluate and advocate for improved services for English Learners, to assist in the development of the School Plan for Student Achievement, including budget recommendation, and to create a structure for communication.

Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Where: In the Room 19 at Mission Meadows ES

Who should attend this meeting?: All parents who have students at Mission Meadows ES

**Pizza provided by PTA. Please RSVP**

Estimados padres,

Los invitamos el próximo miércoles, 27 de septiembre a las 5:30 p.m. a nuestra junta de ELAC en la escuela. Esta junta sera de mucho beneficio para todas las familias con estudiantes en Mission Meadows. Esta noche votaremos por nuestro comité ELAC. ¡Acompáñenos para aprender mas sobre ELAC y como podemos trabajar juntos para apoyar a sus hijos! Tambien tendremos una presentación acerca de la importancia de la asistencia a la escuela. ¡Los esperamos a todos!

Fecha: Miércoles, 27 de septiembre del 2023

Horario: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Donde: En la biblioteca de la escuela de Mission Meadows

¿Quién debe asistir?: Todos los padres con estudiantes en la escuela Mission Meadows

**pizza proporcionada por la PTA**

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Mark you Calendar! It is Harvest Carnival Time

Save the Date -- October 20! The Harvest Carnival is a family FAVORITE and a beloved tradition of Mission Meadows. Check out this highlight reel HERE from 2022 to get a sense of the spooky fun! See you on October 20th!

Carnaval de otono

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Festival of the Art is Coming October 21st!

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Bike Safety Events

Mark your calendars, VUSD has three Family Bike Education Nights coming up this year. San Diego County Bike Coalition (SDCBC) will be there to talk about rules of the road, safety of wearing helmets and more! This event is for all families and doesn’t just discuss safety of bikes and e-bikes, it also addresses safety of scooters and e-scooters
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PTA News


The goal of the Mission Meadows Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is to positively impact the lives of each child, their families, and the school staff at Mission Meadows! Do you want your kids to love coming to school? WE DO TOO and we need your help!! Consider joining the PTA today. It's easy, incredibly rewarding, and completely flexible. You can do it! CLICK HERE to join.

PTA Membership Drive: THANK YOU for your support in our membership drive! We are at 182 members strong, the largest number we've have in YEARS! We can't wait to make this year the best yet! Tell your students that they did an amazing job and the popsicle party will be scheduled soon!!! Your PTA thanks you, Mustangs

Mission Meadows Spiritwear: Additional spiritwear sizes will be available for purchase at the first Friday Morning Sing, Sept. 1st. You can visit the office starting on Monday to order spirit wear directly. Students are encouraged to wear their Mustang spirit wear every Friday to school. Thank you, Mustangs!

BOXTOPS : Please see information below about how you can sign up to scan your grocery receipts for boxtop items and help support Mission Meadows. It has never been easier to help our school earn some free money!

Leader in Me - September Habit #1 Be Proactive

This month we will be focusing on Habit #1 "Be Proactive". It is all about being responsible. We and focusing and acting on what a person can control and influence, and not on what you can't. I hope that you will have discussions with your child this month about responsibility, making good choices, and choosing to do the right thing even when nobody else is looking.
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Attendance Goal for 2023-24

  • We have a huge goal this school year to have every student achieve the HERO Award (Here Everyday Ready & On-time) by being at school at least 95% of the time. We know that student who miss an excessive amount of days (more than 10% of the school year have a greater chance of falling behind their peers academically.
  • We hope that students will achieve at least 95% attendance this school year.
  • Students are to stay home when sick, but can only miss up to nine school days to still meet our 95% goal.
  • At last weeks Friday Morning Sing Assembly it was announced to all students that if we meet this goal at the end of the year, students will be able to duct tape Mr. Peel to a wall and through cream pie at him. Please help your child be successful by having them in school everyday, and help them achieve the goal of taping Mr. Peel to a wall!

Tips Families Can Use To Maintain or Improve Attendance:

  1. Make school attendance a priority. Talk about the importance of showing up to school on time, everyday.

  2. Help your child maintain daily routines such as getting ready for school, homework, and getting a good night’s sleep.

  3. Encourage your child to join a club or extracurricular activity at school.

  4. Keep your child healthy by providing adequate nutrition. Reach out to your school’s Community Liaison if you need assistance with basic resources.

  5. Develop backup plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor or another parent.

  6. Try to schedule medical appointments and extended trips when school isn't in session. Bring them to school before and after appointments if a middle-of-the-day appointment is necessary.

  7. If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors (see list of school counselors linked HERE) and other parents for advice on how to make your child feel comfortable and excited about learning.

What to do when my child is sick

Students with Illness Symptoms - For students with symptoms, (fever, diarrhea, vomiting) should test and stay home until symptoms have improved and are fever free for 24 hours. For students who test C+, they may return as early as Day 6 if they feel well, symptoms are improving and they have been fever free for at least 24 hours. Asymptomatic close contacts may continue to attend school. COVID testing is recommended, but not required. Schools are not required to verify negative test results.

COVID-19 Positive Students - Students and staff members who test positive for COVID must stay home from school or work. Students and staff may return to school as early as Day 6 if they meet the following criteria:

  • Must feel well

  • Symptoms must be improving

  • Fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medication for at least 24 hours

Students should wear a mask on Days 6-10.

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New Mission Meadows Family Handbook

We are also excited to share with you our new Mission Meadows Student & Family Handbook. When you have some time, please check it out to get more information regarding important information and procedures here at Mission Meadows.

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