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!

Nominations for SSC & DAC/DELAC now open!

Make-a-Difference

Vista Square is in the process of reconvening school committees and holding elections, as required by state and federal regulations. You are invited to become a candidate for membership on the School Site Council, and/or English Language Advisory Committee.

The School Site Council (SSC) represents parents, students, community members, and school staff in school governance. The SSC is responsible for the development, revision and monitoring of the Single Plan for Student Achievement, and overall school site budget including any state and federal categorical funds.

The English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) advises the principal and the SSC on programs and services for English Learners. Their task also includes making parents aware of the importance of regular school attendance. The representative attends a meeting once per month at the district with the school principal.

The school and district are responsible for providing you with the information and training you need to be an effective member. Generally, committees meet once a month for an hour.

SSC has a two-year term and DELAC officials are elected annually.

If you are interested, fill out this form by Monday, August 5th, 2019 or Email the Principal at marissa.allan@cvesd.org.

We have 2 seats in SSC and 2 seats in DAC/DELAC currently open.

Click HERE to nominate yourself.

Haga Clic AQUI para nominarse como candidato.

What teacher did you get?

See the links below…if your child’s name isn’t on these lists it means we do not have your residency verification on file as of 2:00 p.m. today! 

We will be taking residency verifications on Monday on a first come, first serve basis. We will hand out numbers near the gate and you may wait at the lunch tables until your number is called. 

**NOTE: We spend a lot of time in forming our classes to make sure they are balanced. Our principal will not be accepting any class changes for the 2019-2020 school year.

Click on the link below for your grade level rosters.

NOTE: If your child’s name isn’t on these lists, it means we do not have your residency verification on file as of 2:00 p.m. today