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Weekly Update

Parent Update Vol. 1

VISTA   FUNDAMENTAL   SCHOOL

Weekly Update             August 20, 2014                      Vol. 1

2175 Wisteria Street, Simi Valley, CA  93065           (805) 520-6750                             Fax (805) 520-6752

Simi Valley Unified School District                                                                       Mrs. Kristen Hardy, Principal

TEAM Vista—“Together Everyone Achieves More”

Weekly Parent Update is available online at www.vista.simi.k12.ca.us  each Wednesday.

Motto: “Be prepared to soar into the future.”

 UPCOMING EVENTS

08/22    Safety Assemblies

08/28    Back to School Night – Regular dismissal

            5:30 – 6th Grade Parents in classrooms

            6:30 – pta general session and Mrs. HARDY’s message in MPR

            7:00 – 7:30 classroom visits (1st session)

            7:35 – 8:05 classroom visits (2nd session)

08/29   Spirit Day

08/29    Modified Day dismiss @ 12:55

09/01    Holidays – No School

09/11    School Photos

BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT AUGUST 28

Please plan to come to your child’s Back-to-School Night on Thursday, August 28, 2013.  The PTA general session will take place in the MPR 6:30 p.m. along with a message from Mrs. Hardy.  Sixth grade classroom visitation begins at 5:30 p.m.  Grades K – 5 classroom visitations begin at 7:00 p.m. with the first session held from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. and the second session from 7:35 – 8:05 p.m.  Due to the presentation format of this event, the evening presentation is for adults onlyPlease arrange childcare for your children.  August 29th DISMISSAL AT 12:55 P.M. for ALL grades (K-6).

SVUSD PARENTS’ RIGHTS HANDBOOK AND ACCEPTABLE USE POLICIES

Each year, parents are asked to complete the forms contained in the Parents’ Rights Handbook pertaining to your student. This year, the Parents’ Rights Handbook, Parent and Student Acceptable Use Policies are available online. Completion of these forms are a REQUIREMENT of the Simi Valley Unified School District. To access these forms, use your AERIES link. There are complete instructions on completing these forms on the first page of the Parents Rights Handbook. If you do not have access to the Internet, please contact the school office. 

NO SCHOOL SEPT. 1 IN OBSERVANCE OF LABOR DAY

Please be aware that there is NO SCHOOL on September 1.  These are local school holidays for the Simi Valley Unified School District. 

DRESS CODE

SHORTS

Students may wear shorts through September 30th without checking WeatherBug.  Shorts must be no shorter than 3 inches above the knee and should not be oversized baggy shorts.

SCHOOL SAFETY AND VOLUNTEERS/

VISITORS AT SCHOOL

Volunteers on campus must fill out and submit a purple volunteer form in the office before they can begin to assist with students in a classroom or during PE.  This form must be completed/renewed each school year.  All visitors on campus, including parents and volunteers, must sign in at the main office and wear a visitor’s badge clearly displayed during the course of the instructional day.  The front door of the MPR must remain locked during the school day.  Please assist us in monitoring who is on campus during the school day to ensure student safety.     

“PTA 101” CLASS AT VISTA

Have you ever wondered how a Parent Teachers Association (PTA) works? What value and benefit does it bring to your children? Do you know what roles parents play in a successful PTA organization? Do you want to know how you can become part of the PTA?  Well....wonder no more....  Please come join us for "PTA 101" on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 8:15 am in the MPR.  This is an educational informal gathering to help all Vista parents understand what PTA is....the value that PTA brings to Vista and our children....and how PTA parents get involved.  

ONLINE MEAL PAYMENT PLAN

The S.V.U.S.D. has made available online payment plan for parents to use for school lunches.  To access the site and set up an account visit www.mySchoolBucks.com  Payments can be made with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, electronic checks, etc.  Parents can enter all students on the account, even if they attend more than one school.   This site makes it easy to monitor your child’s balance.

BEGINNING AND END OF THE SCHOOL DAY

Students are not to be on campus before 7:45 when the gates will be opened and campus supervision is available.  We ask all students and parents to be on the blacktop areas and not waiting outside of classrooms until the 7:57 bell rings.   Dismissal time is 2:08 Monday-Friday for grades 1-6 and 12:55 for Kindergarten.  Students attending after - school programs should report to the appropriate location immediately after dismissal so they can be accounted for by the after-school program.  Please plan to pick your student up on time as we have limited supervision after school hours.  Students are NOT to be on the playground equipment after school unless they are directly supervised by their parent, as this is a safety/liability concern.  Please drive slowly as you approach the school and drive in the parking lot.  We ask all students and parents to use the designated crosswalks when crossing the street and in the parking lot. 

NOTICE FROM THE SIMI VALLEY POLICE DEPARTMENT

The Police Department is advising parents to take precautions against vehicle burglaries when they drop their children off for school or volunteer at school.  Do not leave valuables in your vehicle (purses, iPods, cellphones, laptops, etc.), roll up all windows, lock your car doors, and be wary of people loitering nearby.  To report a suspicious person in or around a Simi Valley school, call the Police Department at 527-2911 and notify the school office.