Vistas #13 | Curriculum | Teachers

ISSUE #13 MARCH 8, 2013

Principal’s Message
Facility Improvements
, 2012


If you’ve been to campus recently, you may have seen the new fence being put up along the lower field off the parking lot. This is part of the new security measures MARCH 23, 2012 coming to our school. Other features will include enclosing the MPR patio with perimeter fencing, and reconfiguring gates around school to close automatically. In addition, the school entrance will be redesigned. An additional doorway will be added, in a way that requires visitors to pass through the office before entering the campus. As you can see, this work is already underway, and we hope to have it all , 2010 completed before school resumes in August. Thanks to the generous support of our FFO, another exciting facility improvement coming over Spring Break will be the installation of a shade structure over the K/1 playground. Thank you, FFO! ‘XZXC0000 Cultural Competence

Looking for ways to enhance your child’s cultural competence? CFSD Community Schools is offering an exciting new 4th quarter enrichment class, Explore China! The class will take place on Tuesdays from 1:35-3:00, and will be taught by Mr. Jing Ma (CFHS Chinese teacher). The course was originally advertised as K-2, APRIL 24, 2009 but it is now open to K-5 students. Here is the course title and description: Gain an introduction to the beautiful language of Mandarin Chinese and investigate , 2008 some of the cultural practices and perspectives of ancient and modern China. Students will learn basic Chinese expressions and explore Chinese customs, music, , dance, art, cuisine, calligraphy, history, sports, and leisure time activities. The course will be conducted both in English and Chinese so students of all proficiency levels are welcome to enroll. Come learn more about this exciting and exotic culture in a relaxed learning environment! For more information and to register, go to: In addition, check out the Spanish Immersion Summer Camp offering! Scheduled for June 10-June 28, this camp is for PreK-3 students, and will include field trips, art, music, dance, cooking, and culture. One of the instructors will be our own Amy Acuña! For more information, see your Camp Foothills catalogue or go to: We expect the camp to fill quickly. Registration begins on March 13! Mark your calendars! Kim Boling Principal 520-209-8000

DATES OF INTEREST Friday, March 8th •Mathathon Packets go home •Love of Reading Night 6-8 PM Tuesday, March 12th •NO EARLY RELEASE •Assembly @ 1:45 Friday, March 15 •1/2 Day for Parent/Teacher Conferences AM Kinder 8:00-9:30 PM Kinder 10:00-11:30 Grades 1-5 8:00-11:30 No lunch will be served. Sunday, March 17th •Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Tuesday, March 19th •EARLY RELEASE AM Kinder 8:00-10:15 PM Kinder 11:15-1:30 Grades 1-5 8:00-1:30 April 1 – April 5 •Spring Break – NO SCHOOL Tuesday, April 9th •EARLY RELEASE AM Kinder 8:00-10:15 PM Kinder 11:15-1:30 Grades 1-5 8:00-1:30
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Mathathon packets are going home on Friday, March 8th. Be on the lookout! Money should be turned in by Wednesday, March 20th. Thank you for your participation in our school’s largest fundraiser.

Catalina Foothills School District Dr. Mary Kamerzell, Superintendent 209-7500 Governing Board Members Mary Lou Richerson, President 299-4746 Carole Siegler, Vice President 529-1379 John Bergan, Member 878-6180 Eileen Jackson, Member 299-3828 Sherri Silverberg, Member 615-9224 State of Arizona Legislative Representatives for CFSD (please check for contact information) Legislative District 9 Senator Steve Farley Rep. Ethan Orr Rep. Victoria Steele

Mission Statement

Important Parking Information! Office Hours for 2012-2013 are: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM 7:30 AM – 2:15 PM (Early Release Tuesdays) Main Office Health Office Attendance Line FAX Durham (Bus) 209-8000 209-8004 209-8090 209-8070 615-7635 When visiting the school campus, please be sure you are parked in a designated parking spot. Parking in NO PARKING areas is strictly prohibited! Consider the parking spaces in the north lot, while school is in session.

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.

Campus Security – Do Your Part! Parents, please join the faculty and staff of Ventana Vista in keeping the campus safe and secure. If you are coming onto campus during school hours, for any reason, please sign in at the office and get your visitor sticker. Do not attempt to bypass the office by going through the MPR or through any gates. This is strictly prohibited! Also, if you observe someone on campus that does not have a visitor sticker or a district badge, please ask them to return to the office to obtain one. Your cooperation is very much appreciated!

Important Reminder – Resident Registration Forms SY13-14 Parents, the registration forms for next school year were mailed from the District Office in January. The return date on them was February 15, 2013, which has passed. It is extrememly important that these be returned AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to the front office. The district will now begin to make decisions regarding Open Enrollment, based on our registration numbers. If you have any questions, please call the front office at 209-8000.

ATTENTION PARENTS OF 5th GRADE STUDENTS Please mark your calendars for 5th grade Open House at Esperero Canyon Middle School. Come and meet the faculty, see students in action in various classes, learn about the extra curricular offerings, and get answers to questions you have about middle school life. The date is MONDAY, APRIL 29th, FROM 6:00 PM UNTIL 7:30 PM. Future students are welcome to attend with their parents. If you come 15 minutes early, there will be a panel of current 6th graders to answer questions from students’ points of view.

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 of the CogAT will be during the week of April 8th (see below for actual times and locations). Parents of Kindergarten and 1st Grade students may request testing at this time. It is recommended that parents of primary students consult with the classroom teacher and/or gifted specialist before requesting testing. Cognitive testing is NOT required for the identification of primary students for differentiated or extended groups in math and/or reading in the primary grades. Requests for testing must be made in writing by Thursday, March 28, 2013. Forms are available in the school office. Testing times for Ventana Vista will be Wednesday and Friday, April 10 and 12, 2013, beginning promptly at 7:15 a.m. in Mrs. Cooper’s room. Students must be present both days of testing.

Language Immersion in CFSD
In CFSD, we believe in developing all students cultural competence. World Language instruction is part of our core curriculum. At the elementary level, students either participate in our K-5 Spanish program (taught by a specialist for 120 min./wk.) OR in one of our Language Immersion programs.

Spanish Immersion
at Ventana Vista
started in 2009 Gr. K-4 for 2013-14 Open to K-4 students
(students entering gr. 2-4 must meet language criteria)

Mandarin Immersion
at Sunrise Drive
starting in 2013 Gr. K-1 for 2013-14 Open to K-1 students

The overall goals of our Language Immersion programs are for students to: • • • • meet or exceed academic achievement levels in all areas of the district curriculum; acquire a high level of communicative and academic proficiency in English and the target language (Spanish or Mandarin); gain an appreciation of other cultures and a deeper understanding of their own culture; and increase capacity for creative thinking and problem-solving skills.

For more information click on the Spanish Immersion or Mandarin Immersion link in the Express Lane on the CFSD website: Call for dates of any informational evenings for parents (Ventana Vista - 209-8000; Sunrise Drive - 209-7900), or find them on the schedule at the Open House/Tour Opportunities link in the Express Lane on the CFSD website.

Free Event
Presented by

Saturday & Sunday, MARCH 9-10, 2013 9:30am - 5:30pm
• Stories, activities, and music for our youngest visitors – birth to 3 years • Yoga for babies gives parents and little ones a chance to relax amidst the Festival fun

Find a

Free Parking

for the whole family
e University of Arizona Mall
• Participate in free parent workshops & seminars • Interact with award-winning authors face to face, and have your book autographed


Go to and click on children & families/teens/educators

• Join your favorite authors and illustrators as they share the stories behind their books • Red and Blue Activity Tents • Entertainment Stage • Story Blanket • Science City • Free Books

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• Participate in author interviews, panel discussions, and presentations • Check out our Teen blog:

• Read books by Festival authors (listed on website) • Write to Festival authors

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Tucson Festival of Books: Children's Schedule Saturday, March 9, 2013 College of Education Educational Strand Kiva 200 353 117 351 48 349 46 Pop-in: A Pop-up Workshop for Kids (Ages 8 and up) 333 40 Not Yet: Behaviors of Aspiring Writers that Lead to Publication Tom Leveen Erin Lange 308 48
The Fascinating World of Nonfiction Books for Children and Adolescents Holly Johnson Lauren Freedman

College of Education Mall 310 48 Storyteller 10:00 Writing Awards 10:0 0 to 11:3 0 Lisa McMann & A.S. King Story Blanket Teen and Author Meeting Place

Among the Books: Freeze Frame: Film, Missing and Hidden Animation, and in Time Picturebooks 10:0 0 to 11:3 0 Molly Idle Peter Brown Chris Gall

Margaret Peterson Haddix

Simon Arizpe


Jennifer Holm

11:00 Marshmallows and Point of View: A Writing Workshop for Kids

Nerds, Aliens, and Other Stuff 11:3 0 to 1:00

The Choice to Make a Difference

Mystery and Intrigue: Searching for Answers

Imagine That: Your Family Has a Story

Joy and Wonder: Bullying Hurts: Turning Science into Healing with Kindness 11:3 Poetry through Books 0

Got Tails?


Jennifer Ward

Heather Brewer & Jennifer Nielson

Bruce Coville Jennifer Holm Alan Sitomer

Jacqueline Woodson Jerry Pinkney Vaunda M. Nelson

Elise Broach Sneed Collard III Robin Brande

Linda Urban

Pat Wilson

Joyce Sidman

Lester Laminack

to 12:3 0

Sandy Oglesby


Simon Arizpe

Fantasy Portals: Entrées to Unique Worlds 1:00 to 2:30

No Animals Were Harmed in the Making of this Picture(book) Peter Brown Adam Rex Lester Laminack

Overwhelmed! Teens Facing Difficult Issues Tom Leveen A. S. King Erin Lange

Flip Out with Flora: Creating Suspense in A Flip Book Children's Fiction Workshop (Workshop for adults) (Ages 6-12)

The Challenge of Engaging Teens as Readers

Literacy Begins at Birth: Books for Babies and Toddlers Prisca Martens Kathleen CrawfordMcKinney Yoo Kyung Sung

A Mango in the Hand and Other 12:3 Stories from the 0 Spanish Speaking to World 1:30 Antonio Sacre


José-Luis Orozco

Margaret Peterson Haddix


Nancy Krulik

Heather Brewer Lisa McMann Joanne Levy Jennifer Nielsen

Molly Idle

Elise Broach

Alan Sitomer

1:30 to 2:30

Funny Bone Stories


Maxwell Eaton III

Bruce Coville

Phoenix Storytelling Group Meth, Death, & Trust: Difficult Times, Difficult Choices 2:30 to 4:00 Jacqueline Woodson A. S. King Guadalupe Garcia McCall Wonderfully Wacky: Once Upon a Time: Babymouse Meets Science with a Twist A Storytelling Katie Kazoo & The Workshop Beaver Brothers Joyce Sidman Stephen Swinburne Alan Armstrong
Studio Lesson: A Demonstration of Watercolor Techniques Dazzling New Picture Stories and Treasures: Books Hands-On Storytelling


Jennifer Holm Maxwell Eaton III Nancy Krulik

Jive and Jiggle, 2:30 Stories that Wiggle to 3:30 Anne Lee


Lester Laminack

Alan Sitomer & Janette Rallison

Antonio Sacre

Jerry Pinkney

Marilyn Carpenter

Hawkeye Richardson


Artists, Athletes, Scholars? Sorting Out What Matters 4:00 to 5:30 Margaret Peterson Haddix Lisa McMann Alan Sitomer

Worlds of Fantasy: Dragons, Monsters, and False Princes Bruce Coville Jennifer Nielsen C. J. Hill

More than Just the Facts: Pharoahs, Pirates, and Harry Potter Jessie Hartland Bradley Carroll Jennifer Ward

An Ounce of Humor in a Pound of Dilemma
Linda Urban Joanne Levy Elise Broach

Graphic Novels Are Great for Kids

Music, Stories and 3:30 Fun for Everyone to Best Children's Books 4:30
from Around the World Seemi Aziz Amy Edwards Susan Corapi


Peter Brown

R. L. Stine

Igor Glenn


Molly Idle

Janine Schall Janelle Mathis

4:30 4:30 to 5:30 5:00

Tucson Festival of Books: Children's Schedule Sunday, March 10, 2013 College of Education Educational Strand Kiva 200 353 117 351 48
Creating Fascinating Stories About Real People Vaunda M. Nelson Matt Phelan Jessie Hartland

College of Education Mall 333 40
Studio Lesson: A Demonstration of Taking Away in Illustrations

349 46
Destiny & Identity: Girls in Native American Literature S. D. Nelson Joy Harjo Seth Muller

308 48

310 48 Storyteller
10:00 Heroes, Adventures and Family Fun 10:30

Story Blanket

Teen and Author Meeting Place

Kid's Voices: The Fragile on the OutsideJourneys of Children -Steel on the Inside: and Parents to SelfGutsy Girls Publishing 10:0 Levi Fallavollita 0 Maggie Stiefvater Grace Anne Remey to Gayle Forman with Chantel 11:3 Elizabeth Eulberg Fallavollita and Lisa 0 Femney

Making Informational The Journey from Books Fun for Storytelling to Story Readers Writing 10:30 to 11:30

Floyd Cooper

Conrad Storad

Antonio Sacre

R. L. Stine

Mark Goldman Engaging the Wary: Writing for Talking with Children Adolescent Readers about Death (Adult Workshop)


Midji Stephenson

The Art in the Art of Researching Our Past, Studio Lesson: A Storytelling in Understanding Demonstration of Picturebooks Ourselves iPhone Photography

Ties That Bind: Caring Animal Relationships Jean Ekman Adams Stephanie Pearmain DeAnn Melton Ellen Cook

The Art of Reading Aloud to Kids

11:3 0 to 1:00

Jerry Pinkney Floyd Cooper Matt Phelan

Monika Schröder Vaunda M. Nelson James Deem

Jan Sonnenmair

Cinda Williams Chima

Sheri Synkin

Lester Laminack

Wild Rides: Tales of 11:30 Enchantment, Tales 11:30 of Adventures to 12:30 12:00 Jordan Hill

Lynne Avril

Gayle Forman

Fear, Intrigue, & Humor: Engaging Kids as Readers

Racing the Moon: A Science and Fiction Collaboration Alan Armstrong Peter Smith

Cowboy Up! Ride the Navajo Rodeo

Paper Engineering: Creating Pop-up Books

The Barking Mouse 12:30 and Other Family 12:30 Stories to Keep 'em Reading: Bringing the Arts, 1:30 Writing & Illustrating Challenging Bullying Literacy and 1:00 Series Books (Adult through Literature Technology Together Antonio Sacre workshop) for Kids Nancy Krulik Lynne Avril Mary Casanova Rome Hammer Karen Falkenstrom from Odaiko Sonora The Three Javelinas 1:30 & Josehphina 1:30 Javelina to 2:30 Northern Arizona 2:00 University Players & Susan Lowell Lillian the Librarian Meets the 2:30 Big Bad Boys of 2:30 Books to 3:30 Puppeteer Connie 3:00 Galeener

Maggie Stiefvater

Charline Prorfiri

1:00 to 2:30

Stephan Pastis Adam Rex R. L. Stine

Nancy Bo Flood Jan Sonnemair

Simon Arizpe

Sheri Bauman

Floyd Cooper

Elizabeth Eulberg

Loves Me or NOT? With Complications

Delight in the Desert: New Books for Kids

Studio Lesson: A Demonstration of Designing a Graphic Novel

Mapping Imaginary Places: A Workshop for Kids (Ages 6 and up)

Confronting Reality: Writing to Explore Difficult Issues Monika Schröder Nancy Bo Flood Vaunda M. Nelson Juan Felipe Herrera

Great Books for Young Adults

Jean Ekman Adams

Cinda Williams Chima

2:30 to 4:00

Elizabeth Eulberg Tamara Ireland Stone Amy Fellner Dominy

Guy Porfirio Midji Stephenson Charline Profiri

Matt Phelan

B. G. Hennessy

Maureen Kearney Mira Domsky

Adam Rex

Capturing Dimensions of Time in YA Literature

Studio Lesson: A Demonstration of Photoshop Techniques

So, You Need an Agent? (Adult) Michelle Parker Rock Jennifer Ward Floyd Cooper

Core Classic Stories 3:30 for Kids Who Love 3:30 Books to 4:30 Tucson Tellers of 4:00 Mary Casanova Tales

4:00 to 5:30

Gayle Forman Tamara Ireland Stone Cinda Williams Chima

Chris Gall

4:30 4:30 to 5:30 5:00

Lunch Money Accounts

As the end of the school year is getting closer, if you will be leaving the school district at the end of this school year, it would be very helpful if you could use the money you have left on your lunch account before May 21, 2013. For seniors, we will not be accepting any more pre-payments as of April 12th, and we would appreciate it if you could use your lunch money before you graduate. If you feel that you will not have enough money to last until the end of the school year, please do not replenish your account, but pay with cash instead. Thank you very much for your assistance with this. Your help is appreciated.

5th Annual Gigantic Yard Sale
Hosted by Catalina Foothills High School Band Boosters

Raise money for your club, family, athletic team or other organization by buying space at the annual Band Booster Yard Sale! You keep all the money you raise! We hope you will join us for what will be a fun way to clean out your closets and raise money. When: Where: Cost: Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 8am-12pm Catalina Foothills High School front parking lot $25.00 per “selling slot.” A selling slot is one parking space, size is 20 ft x 8 ft. You may buy more than one space if necessary. $5 discount per space to returning sellers if you respond by March 29 Determine how much space you need and submit the application below with your payment. April 19, 2013 email Lisa Miller at

How: Deadline: Questions:

What do you get for your money? In addition to your selling space, you will have a highly visible location with adequate parking and we will do the advertising – bringing you the buyers and saving you time and money! What will you need to do? You will provide your own goods to sell, do your own pricing and act as your own cashier. You will also need to bring tables to set up your merchandise, chairs for your use during the sale and any personal signage you would like. Since this is a school-sponsored event on school property, please be thoughtful about the items you are selling. Firearms, tobacco products and inappropriate reading material will not be permitted for sale. _____________________________________________________________________________________ YARD SALE APPLICATION Name of Organization/Family: ____________________________________________________________ Contact Name: ________________________________________________________________________ Email and Phone number: _______________________________________________________________ Number of spaces ($25 for each 20 ft x 8 ft space) _______________________________ Amount enclosed: $______________________________ Check #__________________ Payment by check or money order made out to CFHS BAND BOOSTERS. Mail to: Catalina Foothills H.S. Band Boosters, PO Box 64193, Tucson, AZ 85728-4193 DEADLINE: April 19, 2013 *Note: Instructions and further details will be sent to you after we receive your reservation*

7th Annual Piece the Puzzle Autism Walk/ Run and Resource Fair

At The University of Arizona Mall®, 7:30am Registration Enjoy Food,
Jumping Castles, A 5K Competitive Run, Walk, An Extensive Resource Fair The Greater Tucson Inclusive Lego Building Club & much more

call 770-1541 or email:

CFSD neither endorses nor sponsors this organization or activity. The distribution of this material is provided as a community service.

for ages 10-14, organized by Tucson Ultimate
Spring 2013

play! Each night begins with a short clinic and end s with a game of ultimate frisbee. Every participan t gets a disc!

Both girls and boys are welcome to

Age group: 10-14 years old

Only $10

Lincoln Park, Soccer A, 6-7:30 pm, Wednesdays
March 6th to April 24th, 2013
To sign up, visit: E-mail us with questions:
CFSD neither endorses nor sponsors this organization or activity. The distribution of this material is provided as a community service.



and 4 Grade Club Team Basketball Tryout!


The Arizona Crush is a Tucson-Based, Elite Level A.A.U. Club Basketball Club that competes in Tournaments against other elite talent all over Arizona and the Southwest. We are holding an open tryout for our third and fourth grade club team to discover young talent in the Tucson area.

WHEN: Saturday, March 23, 2013 TIME: 3-5pm WHERE: Pusch Ridge Gymnasium (9500 N. Oracle Rd) COST: $5 per person WHO: All Boys & Girls currently in 3rd or 4th grade
Please contact Jeremy Courtney at or John Jackson at if you are interested in attending the tryout. In addition, please contact Jeremy or John if you are interested in Crush Basketball but are unable to attend the tryout or you have any additional questions. We look forward to seeing you on the court!

CFSD neither endorses nor sponsors this organization or activity. The distribution of this material is provided as a community service.

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