School Starts Aug. 31st

Viking Families,

Does your child have a device? All Kinder-6th grade students are entitled to receive a device for online learning. Fill out this survey if you need one. ONLY for Vista Square Families.

Su hijo(a) necesita una computadora para iniciar el nuevo ciclo escolar con aprendizaje en linea? Todos los alumnos de Kinder a 6to tienen derecho a recibir una computadora. Favor de llenar este formulario si necesita equipo. SOLO familias de la escuela Vista Square.

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For questions, please email the following office staff members:

silvia.gil@cvesd.org (School Clerk)

ana.lizarraga@cvesd.org (Secretary)

norma.gutierrez@cvesd.org (Attendance Health Clerk)

shannon.mills@cvesd.org (Nurse)

alicia.flores@cvesd.org (Associate Principal)

marissa.allan@cvesd.org (Principal)

Important Update

Superintendent Update (shared below) regarding the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Although we were really looking forward to seeing our Vikings in person in August, health and safety for all are important. We will continue to share updates both from the district and Vista Square as we get closer to the start of the year. Please stay safe and healthy!

Kind Regards,

Marissa Allan, Principal


School Year to Start in Distance Learning Model

Dr. Francisco Escobedo, Superintendent of CVESD

Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff Members,

I hope your summer is off to a great start and that your families remain healthy and safe. Since March, our community has stood together to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by staying home. This time with family reminds me that “Education Starts in the Home.” And given today’s reality, so does safety. Last year, our theme was “Nurturing Relationships Through Grit” and our staff, students and community persevered throughout a difficult period completing the school year in previously unimagined ways. For the coming school year, our theme calls on our community again by “Nurturing Relationships Through Greatness.”

Since our schools closed on March 13, 2020, the Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD) staff supported our students and community through many initiatives. Child Nutrition Services team members provided food service to our families in need. District teachers adapted education to provide distance learning to finish the 2019-20 school year while providing meaningful social emotional support for our students. I am so thankful for the professionalism and effort provided by our employees!

We are anxious to bring students and staff back to school for in-person instruction, but we must do so in a safe manner. Reopening campuses requires a great deal of planning and preparation, and many expenses that would not have been necessary under normal circumstances.

When the 2020-21 school year begins on August 31, it will be in a distance learning format. We will continue to work towards transitioning to in-person instruction but will only do so when guidance from local health officials supports a safe transition back to learning on site in classrooms. We know that many parents, students, staff, and community members are disappointed by this decision and we understand that this will complicate many individual family situations.

When students return to campus for in-person instruction, learning will look much different than previous years because of new health and safety measures. With safety goals always in mind, our leadership team, teachers, bargaining group representatives, parents, and community members are actively collaborating on a school reopening plan that will guide us on how to safely reopen our 46 campuses. At the suggestion of Board Members and a request from Board President Armando Farías, a Task Force on Reopening Schools was established to help us gather input and suggestions on guidelines and protocols in order to provide a strong continuity of learning for our students.

Even though the 2020-21 school year will begin with distance learning, it is important to know that our District will continue developing plans to transition into either a hybrid learning model; which is a combination of in-person instruction and distance learning, or into a full in-person instructional model. In fact, there are three learning models CVESD could possibly offer during the 2020-21 school year, which are:

  • Distance Learning: During High Risk Level
    • 100% of the learning occurs while the teacher and the student are in different locations.
    • Includes many new components such as daily live interaction with the teacher, and instruction that is aligned to grade level standards, provided at a level of quality and intellectual challenge substantially equivalent to in-person instruction.
    • Other criteria for delivering instruction in a distance learning model has been outlined in Assembly Bill 77, which also includes a requirement for a minimum number of daily instructional minutes, depending on the student’s grade level.
  • Hybrid Learning: During Medium Risk Level
    • A combination of in-person and distance learning. There are many variations of what a hybrid model could look like. Hybrid instructional scenarios would be designed to reduce the number of students on campus up to 50%.
    • 100% distance learning would also be an option offered to students who feel safer learning at home.
  • In-person Instruction: During Low Risk Level
    • 100% of the learning occurs at school, in the classroom with the teacher. Distancing norms and safety protocols would be in place.
    • 100% distance learning would also be an option offered to students who feel safer learning at home.

If at any point in the school year, conditions worsen and Public Health orders the closure of schools, CVESD will be prepared to move back into a distance learning or hybrid model at any time.

Again, all students will start the coming school year in the 100% Distance Learning model. To address circumstances in which families cannot sustain 100% distance learning at home, and have no other option other than to send students to school for the entire school day, CVESD will need to be advised in advance by the parents/guardians. We are actively exploring childcare options for families who must have students in school full time.

Once it is safe to transition into a hybrid model or an in-person instructional model, CVESD will need to determine how many students would prefer to remain in a 100% distance learning model. Therefore, on Friday, July 17, 2020, the District will send registration information to families so that they may choose the educational option that best fits their needs and comfort level.

In addition to the above options, the District is working to develop enrichment materials for all of our students to reduce any lost education opportunities during this health emergency. For parents who are concerned about the impacts of the virus on their student(s), we hope the distance learning model provides a level of comfort. We know that the process of returning to school while adapting to either in-person or online instruction, along with a host of new procedures, will be challenging for everyone in our school communities. But, as we have done throughout this ordeal, we will work together, persevere, and ensure our students are supported in every way possible.

When schools do reopen their doors, up-to-date safety protocols set forth by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will be in place. Guidelines and protocols adapt frequently based on the status of the local community. Based on what is known at this time:

  • Students are fully expected to wear face coverings; employees are required to wear face coverings. We plan to provide supervised breaks and outdoor time where students can temporarily remove their masks.
  • Handwashing and hygiene will be regularly enforced.
  • Daily disinfection of classrooms will occur.
  • Daily health screenings and temperature checks will occur.
  • Physical distancing will be in place within the classroom to the extent possible and following state/local guidelines.

Between now and the beginning of the school year, the District will be communicating frequently. Additional information on changes to our school environment will be shared with you prior to the start of school.

I want to reiterate the pride I have for our community and its response to the ongoing epidemic. The events that began to unfold in March and have continued have created enormous challenges and we as a school district are here to help support our families, staff, and community during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D.
Superintendent

End of School Year Letter from the Principal

Vista Square Elementary School 

Dear Viking Families,

As this year closes out, I want to thank you all for the continued support you provide to the students and staff of Vista Square Elementary. The past few months though challenging, have given us an opportunity to push ourselves in new directions to ensure our students continue to learn and grow.

As we move into Summer Break, I wanted to share what is currently known/planned for when we return for the 2020-2021 school year. Please know that decisions are still being made, and discussions are still taking place on several things. I appreciate your flexibility and understanding as processes and procedures may change.

Based on what we know right now:

  1. Any student currently enrolled in Vista Square Elementary has a “reservation” for next year. We have suspended the annual residency verification process for now. Please note that we may still need to verify address prior to the new academic year beginning.
  2. Any NEW enrollments for the 2020-2021 academic year, will need to be processed online through the district web site. If you have questions please call us at (619) 422-8374 or email: silvia.gil@cvesd.org
  3. Currently, the district is looking to start school for the 2020-2021 academic year sometime in August. Our district is working closely with surrounding districts to work toward a unified start date. Once a date has been determined, I will share that with families via School Messenger, our Marquee and Dojo.
  4. Class lists for the 2020-2021 academic year, will be announced through School Messenger and Class Dojo in August.  

In regard to loaned laptops, the district has made the following decisions:

  1. Students will have continued access to our digital instructional programs, including Achieve 3000, Benchmark Universe, Imagine Learning, and other available online learning resources during the summer break.
  2. Students who are leaving the district should return all issued devices, library/classroom books by June 10th.
  3. Students who will be remaining in the district, will keep their issued device through the summer break.
  4. Current 6th grade students who will be transitioning to the Sweetwater district, may continue to borrow their issued devices until our Vista Square office opens for next year. We will communicate this date once it has been established.

What will school look like when we return?

There are many questions about what school will look like when we return. Please know we are working hard to make sure all Federal, State, and County guidelines are followed. There are multiple discussions taking place at the district level, to ensure that when our students and staff return, we can maintain a safe and healthy environment. Currently, we do know the following:

  1. District will be installing plexiglass at both the secretary and attendance health desks.
  2. Campus administration will conduct  a site assessment to provide input into possible classroom arrangements, procedures, daily operations.
  3. District will be providing signage to remind everyone of social distancing guidelines and other procedures.

As decisions are made, I will be communicating the information out through School Messenger and Class Dojo. In addition, the district will be sending out communication on this important topic.

Sincerely,

Marissa Allan, Principal

Araceli Roman, Associate Principal

Queridas familias vikingas,

Al finalizar este año, quiero agradecerles a todos por el continuo apoyo que brindan a los estudiantes y al personal de Vista Square Elementary. Los últimos meses, aunque desafiantes, nos han brindado la oportunidad de impulsarnos en nuevas direcciones para garantizar que nuestros estudiantes continúen aprendiendo y creciendo.

A medida que avanzamos en las vacaciones de verano, quería compartir lo que actualmente se conoce / planea para cuando regresemos para el año escolar 2020-2021. Tenga en cuenta que todavía se están tomando decisiones, y todavía se están discutiendo varias cosas. Agradezco su flexibilidad y comprensión, ya que los procesos y procedimientos pueden cambiar.

Según lo que sabemos ahora:

1. Cualquier estudiante actualmente matriculado en Vista Square Elementary tiene una “reserva” para el próximo año. Hemos suspendido el proceso de verificación de residencia anual por ahora. Tenga en cuenta que es posible que aún necesitemos verificar la dirección antes del comienzo del nuevo año académico.

2. Cualquier inscripción NUEVA para el año académico 2020-2021 deberá procesarse en línea a través del sitio web del distrito. Si tiene preguntas, llámenos al (619) 422-8374 o envíe un correo electrónico a: silvia.gil@cvesd.org

3. Actualmente, el distrito está buscando comenzar la escuela para el año académico 2020-2021 en algún momento de agosto. Nuestro distrito está trabajando estrechamente con los distritos circundantes para trabajar hacia una fecha de inicio unificada. Una vez que se haya determinado una fecha, la compartiré con las familias a través de School Messenger, nuestro Marquee y Dojo.

4. Las listas de clases para el año académico 2020-2021 se anunciarán a través de School Messenger y Class Dojo en agosto.

Con respecto a las computadoras portátiles prestadas, el distrito ha tomado las siguientes decisiones:

  • Los estudiantes tendrán acceso continuo a nuestros programas de instrucción digital, incluidos Achieve 3000, Benchmark Universe, Imagine Learning y otros recursos de aprendizaje en línea disponibles durante las vacaciones de verano.
  • Los estudiantes que se van del distrito deben devolver todos los dispositivos emitidos, libros de la biblioteca / aula antes del 10 de junio.
  • Los estudiantes que permanecerán en el distrito mantendrán su dispositivo emitido durante las vacaciones de verano.
  • Los estudiantes actuales de 6to grado que harán la transición al distrito de Sweetwater, pueden continuar prestando sus dispositivos emitidos hasta que nuestra oficina de Vista Square abra para el próximo año. Comunicaremos esta fecha una vez que se haya establecido.

¿Cómo será la escuela cuando regresemos?

Hay muchas preguntas sobre cómo se verá la escuela cuando regresemos. Tenga en cuenta que estamos trabajando duro para asegurarnos de que se sigan todas las pautas federales, estatales y del condado. Hay múltiples discusiones que tienen lugar a nivel de distrito, para asegurar que cuando nuestros estudiantes y el personal regresen, podamos mantener un ambiente seguro y saludable. Actualmente, sabemos lo siguiente:

  • El distrito instalará plexiglás tanto en la secretaría como en los mostradores de asistencia médica.
  • La administración del campus llevará a cabo una evaluación del sitio para proporcionar información sobre los posibles arreglos, procedimientos y operaciones diarias del aula.
  • El distrito proporcionará señalización para recordar a todos las pautas de distanciamiento social y otros procedimientos.

A medida que se toman las decisiones, estaré comunicando la información a través de School Messenger y Class Dojo. Además, el distrito enviará comunicación sobre este importante tema.

Sinceramente,

Marissa Allan, directora

Araceli Roman, directora asociada

Online School Enrollment OPEN now! Inscripciones abiertas!

Contact Us – Contáctenos ahora!

Please email us or fill out the contact form below. Someone will call you back or respond within the next business day. 

Llene el formulario de abajo y alguien de nuestra oficina se comunicará con usted a la brevedad posible. 

Secretary Email: Ana.Lizarraga@cvesd.org

School Clerk: Silvia.Gil@cvesd.org

Attendance Health Specialist: Norma.Gutierrez@cvesd.org

School Nurse: Shannon.Mills@cvesd.org

Principal: Marissa.Allan@cvesd.org

Associate Principal: Araceli.IbarraRoman@cvesd.org

 

NEW STUDENTS – Estudiantes Nuevos:

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Click HERE to enroll! Haga clic para inscribirse. 

Continuing students DO NOT need to re-enroll.

Estudiantes actuales no necesitan inscribirse. 

Preschool Enrollment is a different enrollment process managed by the Preschool Office. Information is available on the Early Childhood Education web page.

¿Qué escuela me toca? Haga clic en el enlace para ver qué escuela le toca. Your neighborhood school is based on your home address. If you need help determining your neighborhood school, refer to the School Locator.

ZONE TRANSFERS- Transferencia de Zona Escolar:

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Neighborhood school staff can assist you with transfer information. You may also review information on the School Transfers web page.

 

CURRENT STUDENTS- Estudiantes actuales:

Already a Vista Square Viking?

¿Ya eres un estudiante Vikingo?


Red Viking

Your child is automatically enrolled!

Estas automaticamente inscrito! 

More information regarding residency verifications will be sent out at a later date.

Mas detalles sobre verificación de residencia se les dará después. 

Distance Learning Starts April 13th

Hello Vista Square Parents!

We hope you are all doing well and staying safe at home, practicing social distancing, and washing those hands!  You may have seen the message from our Superintendent regarding school closure and Distance Learning, but if not, I’ve included a link here to the CVESD website where you can access his latest message to parents regarding next steps in continuing to provide education to your child(ren).

Next week our teachers will be engaging in professional development, planning, and preparing for this new format for delivering instruction, so our Distance Learning plan will begin April 13.  Your child’s teacher will be in contact with each of you next week to discuss the best way to connect and communicate with your child.  

What exactly is Distance Learning?  Distance Learning is not necessarily Online Learning. Distance Learning means that the teacher and the student are in different locations, and instruction can be delivered via computer, telephone, television, and even paper/pencil if remote means are not possible.  We embrace the reality that this is a big transition for all of us, but we are all working together to ensure that we continue to support your child’s academic progress at home.  Thank you in advance for your patience, flexibility, and support as we all adapt to teaching and learning in new ways.

In the meantime, continue to read at home with your child, engage in fun family activities like games and cooking, and utilize any fun and free kid-friendly websites of interest.

Mrs. Roman and I also look forward to finding fun and innovative ways to stay connected with our families and students as well!

Take care.

We’re all in this together!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Allan, Principal

Click here for CVESD Website COVID-19 Info Center

Viking News!

School Closed

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As you know, Vista Square is currently closed and will remain closed indefinitely.  We continue to be available to support you and your family.  Please email your child’s teacher, myself or Mrs. Roman if you need anything at all.  Both during and after the Spring Break, we will continue to share online resources that you may use to keep your children learning and growing. Please continue to check our blog and Class Dojo and Facebook for the latest information.

We miss you all and can’t wait to see you again!

Stay healthy and safe!

SPRING BREAK

Spring Break officially begins on MONDAY, March 21 and continues through April 3.   We encourage all our students to continue reading and practicing math over the break.   Also, enjoy your time together as a family.

Meal Distribution

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Due to the extraordinary circumstances that our families are facing, the Chula Vista Elementary School District will extend its “grab-and-go” meal service. Please be sure to read the latest information  from our Superintendent about Food Distribution during our Spring Break.  Food Distribution will occur at 9 sites across the district on Tuesday, March 24th & Tuesday, March 31st.  Families will only need to make one trip to the closest school location. Please feel free to stop by for Grab and Go breakfast and lunch!  I look forward to seeing some of you here on Tuesday.

The hours are: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (noon) each day.

Students who are receiving the meals must be physically present. Meals are served cold and need to be reheated at home. The locations are:

  • Vista Square Elementary School

540 G Street

Chula Vista, CA   91910

  • Rice Elementary School

915 Fourth AV

Chula Vista, CA   91911

  • Juarez-Lincoln Elementary School

849 Twining Avenue

San Diego, CA   92154

  • Harborside Elementary School

681 Naples Street

Chula Vista, CA   91911

  • Casillas Elementary School

1130 East J St

Chula Vista, CA 91910

  • Salt Creek Elementary School

1055 Hunte Parkway

Chula Vista, CA   91914

  • Loma Verde Elementary School

1450 Loma Lane

Chula Vista, CA    91911

  • Muraoka Elementary School

1644 Santa Alexia Ave

Chula Vista, CA 91913

  • Sunnyside Elementary School

5430 San Miguel Road

Bonita, CA  91902

SCHOOL CLOSED

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As you know, Vista Square will close beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 out of an abundance of caution to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Our school will be closed through Friday, April 3, 2020. At this time, classes are scheduled to resume April 6.

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We will offer food service next week, March 16-20, to any child between the ages of 1 to 18. Breakfast will be served from 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  It is a requirement that any child receiving food must be present when the food is served.  This will be grab-a-bag-and-go service. Breakfast and Lunch service will take place in staff parking lot. Due to school closures, there will be no eating areas open on campus. If you are unable to drive or walk to school to pick up breakfast or lunch, please email me: marissa.allan@cvesd.org

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If you would like some enrichment activities for your child to complete next week, please visit the following LINK. You may also visit the district website for online resources: District Student Links. If you need help with login information, please email your child’s teacher.

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We are available to answer any questions you may have during our School Closure. Please call the office between 8:00 and 3:30 on school days at 619-422-8374 if you have questions or concerns OR you may also email us.

marissa.allan@cvesd.org

Araceli.IbarraRoman@cvesd.org

Stay safe, healthy, and calm.   We love all our Vikings and are available to support anyone who needs us during this time, please reach out if needed.

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

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Our Spring Parent Teacher Conferences will continue through Friday, March 20th.  Due to our school closure, teachers will offer you the opportunity to have a conference in person, via phone, or virtually. Please be sure to work your child’s teacher to schedule this important conference.  All teachers will email a copy of the Quarter 3 report card to you by Friday, March 20th if they have not already provided you a copy of the report card.

LCAP InpuT

Image result for lcap inputIt’s not too late to share your input for our Local Control Accountability Plan! You should have received an email asking you to participate in the idea sharing process.  The deadline is March 20th. Please share your thoughts with Thoughtexchange to help us better understand what is important to you, whether in our school or the District. This process enables us to hear your ideas, and learn about priorities. You should have received an email asking for your input, if you did not, please register using this link.

Spring Break

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Spring Break officially begins on March 21 and continues through April 3.  We expect all students will return to school on April 6.  It will be a minimum day. We will keep you posted if anything changes. We encourage all our students to continue reading and practicing math over the break.  All students that complete at least 6 Achieve articles over the break with a score of 75% or higher will receive a special prize. Also, you may want to have your child practice a few sample test items to help prepare for CAASPP testing in May: Practice Tests. Thank you for your support!

Important Dates – Mark your calendars!

MLK Jr. Holiday

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There will be no school on Monday, January 20 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

No habrá clases el lunes 20 de enero en honor del Día de Martin Luther King Jr.


Parent Workshop: How to deal with stress at home

Fri. Jan 24th @8:30 a.m.

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Attendance Matters

The district is launching an attendance campaign.   

Check out the video: https://youtu.be/1xOA9pnJCb8

  • The contest period is January 14, 2020, through May 4, 2020.
  • · CVESD, with support from partners San Diego County Fair and Magic 92.5 FM, will provide randomly drawn winners with prize packs. Eligible students are those with perfect attendance during the contest time period.
  • · Grades eligible are TK – Grade 12.
  • · All schools, District and charter, are eligible.
  • · Each student who has perfect attendance during the contest period will receive one free ticket to the San Diego County Fair!

K-3rd grade Movie Night (Parent must attend with child)

Thurs. Feb. 6th 2:30-4:30 p.m.

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We are holding a Movie Night for K-3rd grade students. We are asking for a $2 donation for admittance to the movie. Bring a blanket and wear your pijamas! Food will be sold during the event.


4th-6th grade Friendship Dance (Students only)

Wed. Feb. 12th 2:30-4:00 p.m.

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We are holding a Friendship Dance for students only. Permission slip must be signed by parent and teacher in order to attend. $2 donation will be collected at the door with the permission slip. Snacks will be sold during the event. 


KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

Kindergarten RegistrationIt is hard to believe that it is already time to begin planning for registration for the 2020-2021 school year! Please let your friends and neighbors know that TK & Kindergarten registration packets will be available for pick up on Wednesday, February 5th. TK & Kindergarten Registration packets will be accepted on Wednesday, February 19th.  Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding registration for the 2020 -2021 school year.


Zone Transfers

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If your children are at Vista Square on a Zone Transfer, please be sure to submit your renewal application for the 2020-2021 school year (next school year).  All Zone Transfer Renewal applications are due by January 31st!

You will be notified if your Zone Transfer is (approved) renewed by May 31, 2020.


 

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

Parent Teacher Conferences will continue this week..  Remember, all K-6th grade students will be dismissed at 1:10 p.m all week. Please make appropriate transportation and child care arrangements.  We look forward to seeing you all at parent teacher conferences soon.

Fall Break

Our fall break will begin on Monday, September 23rd and continue through Monday, October 7th.  School will resume on Tuesday, October 8th with a full day of instruction & regular dismissal.   We encourage all students to continue learning and growing over break.  All students that complete 8 Achieve articles with a 75% 0r higher score over the break will receive a special prize!  We hope you enjoy a wonderful break!

 

5TH ANNUAL PARENT ACADEMY

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Save the date! Learn about tools, strategies, and resources to support your child’s success in school. Breakfast will be provided for all.  Our district’s Parent Academy is coming on Saturday, October 19 at Vista Square Elementary from 7:30 am-12:30 pm. We hope to see you there!

Registration is now open.

Please register by clicking here!