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Ventana Vistas #15

Ventana Vistas #15

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ISSUE #15 MARCH 21, 2014
Principal’s Message
Standardized Testing
 The AIMS and Stanford 10 (SAT 10) achievement testing for grades 2-5 will take place beginning on the following dates: Thursday, April 10 Gr. 2 SAT 10 Reading Gr. 4 AIMS Science Gr. 5 AIMS Writing Friday, April 11 Gr. 2 SAT 10 Math Gr. 3-5 AIMS Reading and Math, Part 1 Monday, April 14 Gr. 2 SAT 10 Language Gr. 3-5 AIMS Reading, Part 2 Tuesday, April 15 NO TESTING Wednesday, April 16 Gr. 3-5 AIMS Reading and Math, Part 3 Please ensure that your child arrives to school on time, and avoid scheduling any appointments that would require your child to leave school early on these days. In addition, below are some things you can do to help your child have a positive experience with taking these standardized tests. Encourage your child to do his/her best, but avoid pressuring. Too much pressure can cause test anxiety and lead to worse, not better, scores. Understand that these tests are just one way that schools measure a child’s ability. Give your child “brain food.” A healthy breakfast will help your child concentrate and think clearly. Ensure that your child gets plenty of rest. This is always important, and even more so before a testing situation. Remind your child to pay attention to written and oral directions
and to take their time.
Kim Boling Principal 520-209-8000 kboling@cfsd16.org
Catalina Foothills School District
Dr. Mary Kamerzell, Superintendent 209-7500 mkam@cfsd16.org 
Governing Board Members
Carole Siegler, President 529-1379 csiegler@cfsd16.org Sherri Silverberg, Vice-President 615-9224 ssilverberg@cfsd16.org John Bergan, Member 878-6180  jbergan@cfsd16.org Eileen Jackson, Member 299-3828 ejackson@cfsd16.org Mary Lou Richerson, Member 299-4746 mlricherson@cfsd16.org 
State of Arizona Legislative Representatives for CFSD
(please check www.azleg.gov for contact information)
Legislative District 9
Senator Steve Farley Rep. Ethan Orr Rep. Victoria Steele
DATES OF INTEREST Friday, March 21
Love of Reading Night
Tuesday, March 25
 Gr. 1-5 8:00-1:30  AM Kinder 8:00-10:15 PM Kinder 11:15-1:30
Monday, March 31
 – Friday, April 4
 •Spring Break – NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, April 8
 Gr. 1-5 8:00-1:30  AM Kinder 8:00-10:15 PM Kinder 11:15-1:30
Tuesday, April 15
 Gr. 1-5 8:00-1:30  AM Kinder 8:00-10:15 PM Kinder 11:15-1:30
Friday, April 18
•Family Evening of the Arts
Mission Statement
The mission of Catalina Foothills School District and Ventana Vista Elementary School is to guarantee that each student achieves academic and personal excellence, becomes a lifelong learner and is a responsible citizen of the world, by engaging all students in meaningful programs which meet the highest educational and ethical standards within a caring, collaborative learning community.
Office Hours for 2013-2014 are: 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM 7:30 AM – 2:00 PM (Early Release Tuesdays)
Main Office 209-8000 Health Office 209-8004 Attendance Line 209-8090 FAX 209-8070 Durham (Bus) 615-7635
Lost and Found Deadline!
There is a huge assortment of  jackets, sweatshirts, lunchboxes, etc. at the Lost and Found.  After March 28
, the items will be donated to charity
Tucson Festival of Books Winners!
Winners of the Tucson Festival of Books Young Writers and Young Illustrator/Artist competitions were honored on Saturday, March 15th at the Children's Entertainment Stage. More than 420 young writers entered and over 400 artist/illustrators from approximately 90 schools. Winners received $100 gift cards. Two of our very
Ventana Vista students were winners!
Zoe Iacomini
 - 2nd grade
 student, was a winner in the writing contest.
Jacqueline No
, 3rd grade student, was a winner in the artist/illustrator contest. Congratulations to both! 
 Spring Administration of the Cognitive Abilities Test
In accordance with state requirements, the
Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)
 is offered at different times during the year 
. The spring administration is for Grades K-1 only.
 Testing will be offered in August for Grade 2, so students currently in Grade 1 may choose to wait. The testing, which is done
before school at 7:15
 in the IDS rooms (Canyon View- 5
 grade pod, Ventana Vista- room 214), takes two sessions to complete. Students must attend both sessions. Tuesday, April 8 Wednesday, April 9 Thursday, April 10 Friday, April 11 Canyon View 7:15 7:15 Ventana Vista 7:15 7:15
Requests for testing must be made in writing by Thursday March 27, 2014. Forms are available in the school office or by email from me.
It is recommended that parents of primary students consult with the classroom teacher and/or gifted specialist before requesting testing. Test results for such young students are valid for a short time only and are NOT required for the identification of primary students for differentiated instruction or extended groups in reading and math in first or second grades. The assessments used to identify students for these groups are given to all children at the beginning and throughout the year as a regular part of the educational program.
Liane Cooper Gifted Specialist Canyon View 209- 7700 Ventana Vista 209-8000 LCooper@cfsd16.org

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