Ventana Vista

November 13th - November 19th, 2019

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The VV Bobcat Run in Sabino Canyon This Weekend - Saturday 16th November.

We would like to invite ALL of our Ventana Vista families to join us for the return of the Ventana Vista Bobcat Run in beautiful Sabino Canyon.

This event is a 1 or 2 mile fun run for VV Bobcats and their families and is slated to begin at 7:15 am.

If you don’t have a Sabino Canyon parking pass we have received permission to park at Canyon View Elementary (across the street at 5725 N Sabino Canyon Rd).

This is a free event but it would be helpful to get an idea on how many people to expect so please sign up here:

We are looking for volunteers and donations for this Bobcat community event.

Please sign up to help here:

Picture Retake Day This Friday 11/15

If you are interested in re-takes or if you were absent on Picture Day, you can have your picture taken on November 15th.

If you are having re-takes please remember to return your picture package with your child in order for retakes to be done. Be sure to let the teacher know, as we do not send all students to be photographed on this day.

5th Grade Families-See Attachment With Important Middle School Info!

Still Time to RSVP for the Thanksgiving Lunch at VV - Tuesday, November 26.

Dear VV Family,

You have 1 more week to RSVP for our first Family Thanksgiving Lunch - the cost will be $5 per adult. Please RSVP by purchasing a lunch, no later than Wednesday, 11/20 (by 12 noon), using this link NO EXCEPTIONS to the deadline will be made as our Kitchen Staff will need a confirmed head count.

Each grade will be eating at a separate time in order to accommodate our families. If you have more than 1 child at VV in different grades, you are welcome to stay and join each of them for lunch, no need to purchase 2 lunches.

Kindergarten 10:30-10:55

1st Grade 12:00-12:25

2nd Grade 12:30-12:55

3rd Grade 1:00-1:25

4th Grade 11:30-11:55

5th Grade 11:00-11:25

If your student will be purchasing a lunch that day, they must pay through their VV lunch card, the cost will be the usual lunch price of $3.25.

We are thankful for our FFO who are funding this event for our teachers so that we can all come together in gratitude for our community. Kindergarten will be providing the decorations!

School will be closed on 27th, 28th & 29th/11 for the Thanksgiving Break. We will return to school on Monday 2nd December.

Please Help Us Keep Our Students & Staff Healthy - A Message from our Health Office!

We would like to remind everyone that students need to be vomit or fever free, without medication, for 24 hours before returning to school.

Please do not mask symptoms with medication and send your child to school. For the good of our community, we need sick children to stay home and return when they are well.

Teacher of the Year Nominations Have Opened

All students received a nomination form, or one is attached here. Parents or students may nominate and show love for a teacher at Ventana Vista.

K-1 and 3-5 Gifted Testing


If you are interested in your grade K-1 or 3-5 child testing for possible placement in one of CFSD gifted programs, testing permission forms are located in the school office or online at the District Gifted Website. Please download or obtain a copy, and have your child return it to his/her homeroom teacher.

K-1 Optional Testing

Our District's gifted offerings for K-1 students are the Extended Math and Reading groupings which are instructed by the classroom teachers. Math and reading placement decisions are based on district measures of classroom performance and achievement; and, in line with state law, a test of abstract reasoning ability such as the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is also offered.

Since classroom performance tends to be a more reliable indicator of instructional need than cognitive ability testing in the primary grades, CFSD does not require scores from a test like the CogAT for placement in extended reading or math groups in the primary grades, K-1. Please contact your school's gifted specialist, Mr. Green ( if you have any questions about the need for your child to be formally assessed using the CogAT. CFSD's gifted pull-out programing begins in grade 3.

K-1 Testing (student must be present at both sessions):

Students should be settled and comfortable for their assessment which begins promptly at 7:15 A.M. Please follow the signs pointing the way to the IDS classroom, #103.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Grades 3-5 Testing: Only students who have not been previously tested this year or last year are eligible to test at this time

Placement into Extended Math and/or Extended Reading classes does not require CogAT testing scores. Students should be settled and comfortable for their assessment which begins promptly at 7:15 A.M. Please follow the signs pointing the way to the IDS classroom, #103.

3-5 Testing (student must be present at both sessions):

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Thursday, January 16, 2020

FFO Corner

Time to Open Enroll for All Current VV Open Enrollment Families-Don't Forget!

Do you have a child who will be entering Kindergarten next year? It's time to plan!

Governing Board Members

Amy Bhola, President

Amy Krauss, Vice President

Doug Hadley, Board Member

Eileen Jackson, Board Member

Carole Siegler, Board Member

Mary Kamerzell, Superintendent