ISSUE #15 APRIL 12, 2013
Standardized Testing AIMS DPA and Stanford 10 (SAT 10) achievement testing for grades 2-5 will take place next week: Monday, April 15 Tuesday, April 16 Wednesday, April 17 Thursday, April 18 Gr. 4 AIMS Science/Gr. 5 AIMS Writing Gr. 3-5 Reading and Math, Part I Gr. 2 SAT 10 Reading Gr. 3-5 Reading and Math, Part 2 Gr. 2 SAT 10 Math Gr. 3-5 Reading and Math, Part 3 Gr. 2 SAT 10 Language
MARCH 23, 2012
NEWSLETTER OF VENTANA VISTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Please ensure that your child arrives to school on time, and avoid scheduling any ‘XZXC0000 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 09 experience with taking these standardized tests. • Encourage your child to do his/her best, but avoid pressuring. Too much APRIL 24, 2009 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 , 2008 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.
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Classroom Placement Check those backpacks! Students in grades K-4 will be bringing home a hard copy of a letter from me regarding the classroom placement process for next year. The letter also provides you with an opportunity to provide input in regards to this process. If you would like your thoughts to be included in the classroom placement process, please complete the form and return it to the school office by April 26, 2013. Kim Boling Principal firstname.lastname@example.org 520-209-8000
DATES OF INTEREST Tuesday, April 16th •EARLY RELEASE AM Kinder 8:00-10:15 PM Kinder 11:15-1:30 Grades 1-5 8:00-1:30 Friday, April 19th •Family Evening of the Arts Tuesday, April 23rd •EARLY RELEASE AM Kinder 8:00-10:15 PM Kinder 11:15-1:30 Grades 1-5 8:00-1:30 *Please see attached flyer for Spring musical times, by grade level. Tuesday, May 21st •Last Day of School for Students •Fifth Grade Farewell @ 1:00 PM Thursday, August 8th •First Day of School 2013!
Lost and Found Come check out the Lost and Found for your lost sweaters and jackets! Items not claimed by Friday, April 26th, will be donated to charity. It is helpful to put student names in jackets, lunchboxes, etc. This helps staff members return items to the rightful owners!
Catalina Foothills School District Dr. Mary Kamerzell, Superintendent 209-7500 email@example.com Governing Board Members Mary Lou Richerson, President 299-4746 firstname.lastname@example.org Carole Siegler, Vice President 529-1379 email@example.com John Bergan, Member 878-6180 firstname.lastname@example.org Eileen Jackson, Member 299-3828 email@example.com Sherri Silverberg, Member 615-9224 firstname.lastname@example.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
Yearbooks! Going, going, gone! Only 5 weeks left of the school year and only 44 yearbooks available for purchase! Reserve your copy ASAP! Extra order forms are located at the office. Please make checks payable to VVFFO. To check to see if you have already purchased a yearbook, please email
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 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
SilverGraphics orders will be available for pick-up in the MPR from 6:30p-7:30 PM at the Family Evening of the Arts on Friday, April 19th.
Music is Great! The Spring concerts this year are going to be fabulous. Our theme this year is Disney Broadway songs! Listed below are the concert dates and times.
Friday, May 10th--Kindergarten and 1st grade concert from 8:309:15 am Monday, May 13th ---2nd grade concert from 11:15-12:00pm Tuesday, May 14th--4th grade concert from10:30-11:15am Wednesday, May 15th--5th grade concert from 9-9:45am Thursday and Friday, May 16th AND 17th--3rd grade Musical, "Theseus and The Minotaur" will be performed from 9:45-10:30am Show choir will perform a number at the 4th grade concert and one at the 5th grade concert. We have some great music and performances planned for you to enjoy. Bring your applause! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions! email@example.com
Mathathon 2013 Results Thank you to all the students, parents, teachers, and staff members for supporting Ventana Vista’s Mathathon!! It was another HUGE success! For the fourth consecutive year, our school has raised over $18,000!! Congratulations!!! We have yet to receive a few more pledge packets so this number could still rise! If you have not turned in your pledge money, please do so as soon as possible! It is not too late! Thanks again for the enormous support of our school! The money raised will benefit the students here at Ventana Vista! PRIZE RESULTS! • • • Ms. Williams’ period 2 math class has won $50 for 100% participation! Ms. Ingargiola and Ms. Williams’ period 3 math classes have each won $100 for collecting over $1,500 in pledges! Ms. Williams’ period 3 math class also collected the most in pledges and won another $100! ***Therefore, Ms. Williams’ math classes have won a total of $250 for the 5th grade team!!! • For meeting the $10,000 goal, the top 10 highest collectors who will participate in the “Minute To Win It Challenge” w/Mrs. Boling and other “mystery” staff members are: Alicia Arreola (2nd Grade) Ryan Chen (5th Grade) Bridget Curtin(3rd grade) J.T. Dickson (5th Grade) Elly Gilbert (1st grade) Ashley Kirkpatrick (2nd grade) Wexler Mackey (Kindergarten) Alina Marine (3rd grade) Nathan Monroe (3rd grade) Edison Tsai (1st grade)
** 2 more lucky students will have their name drawn during the last assembly for participation in the “Minute To Win It Challenge”! • • • • For meeting the $12,000 goal, every classroom will have an Eegees party to celebrate their success! Dates and times will be determined by the teachers. The winner of $50 is Elly Gilbert from Mrs. DeFazio’s math class!! The winner of $100 is J.T. Dickson from Ms. Williams’ period 3 class!! The winner of $150 is Alina Marine from Mrs. Knutson’s math class!! Congratulations to all!
A SPECIAL THANK YOU! Without the support of our volunteers, the Mathathon could not have been successful! Special thanks goes to the following people for helping us put pledge envelopes together, coming in for Lunch-time Math Fun, test correction, and pledge calculation!!! Daphne Chen Kay Dean Alfred Gomez Jyothi Kumar Rose Schneider Jeannie Chen Julie Emerson Kate Harries Jenneen Lowry Paul Schneider Joanne Chung Shanti Gomez Tara Kirkpatrick Jacki Nichols Jin Song
And extra special thanks goes to Frank and Linda Fountain (who have no children attending Ventana Vista) for donating time and materials to make the beautiful, wood tent signs and thermometer for the Mathathon!!! Thanks for another successful Mathathon Event! Mathathon 2013 co-chairs, Hui-Chen Huang & Gina Chen
2013 Bobcat Run
T-Shirt DESIGN Contest!
We’re getting started early this year!! We want your most creative design for Ventana Vista’s 2013 Bobcat Run T-shirt. Draw your design on a blank piece of 81/2 x 11 white paper or on the back of this sheet. The top 3 designs will be voted on at this year’s Family Evening of the
Arts on Friday, April 19.
Drawings are due to the VV office by
Friday, April 12.
RULES: 1. Drawings must be submitted in dark, bold lines. 2. They must include the following words:
a. Sabino Canyon b. Ventana Vista c. November 2013 d. Bobcat Run
3. Be creative and have fun! It’s your chance to be published!
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.
TO PARENTS OF 5TH GRADE STUDENTS Arizona Law requires all students entering 6th grade have proof of the following vaccinations for the beginning of the 2013-2014 School Year. 1. Tdap – 1 dose is required when 5 years have passed since the last DTAP.DTP DT or TD and the student is 11 years old. 2. Meningococcal – 1 dose is required for all incoming 6th graders who are 11 years and older. Proof of these vaccinations is required by the first day of school 8-8-2013 for students 11 years of age. Students who are not yet 11 on the first day of school should have their vaccinations on or shortly after their 11th birthday. A notice of immunization needs for students entering 6th grade will be sent out in May. If your child receives any immunizations before the end of the current school year, please bring in documentation to the Health Office at Ventana Vista so that we can update our records accordingly. Many thanks, Kathy Cowgill RN Deborah Moyer, Health Assistant
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.
TAKE A BITE OUT OF YOUR SUMMER PLANNING
Register now for Weekly & Specialty camps with Community Schools’ Camp Foothills
To get your early bird Reward !
Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona & Tucson Chinese Cultural Center
2013 Chinese Star Summer Camp for K-12
For language learning, “the younger, the better.” To better prepare Greater Tucson children and youth to learn Chinese language, the Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona and The Tucson Chinese Cultural Center will offer Tucson’s first Chinese language and culture summer day-camp in 2013 for K-12 students through the Arizona Youth University at the UA Outreach College. Students will experience an enriched curriculum of Chinese language, plus special instruction in Chinese martial arts, Chinese music, cooking & cuisine, games & crafts, singing & dancing, calligraphy, and more. A “virtual tour of China” will be the theme for the camp to provide students a memorable experience of China’s rich cultural heritage and breathtaking scenery. The exceptional instruction team includes professors, experienced teachers, professional musicians, artists, and Kungfu masters. Lunch, snack, instruments and class supplies will be provided. Who: Where: Grade K-12 . Tucson Chinese Cultural Center 1288 West River Road, Tucson, AZ 85704 When: Session I, June 3 – 7, Mon. – Fri. 9a-4p Session II, June 10 – 14, Mon. – Fri. 9a–4p A Pre-& After-School club is available Tuition: One week-- $380 Two weeks--- $599 Pre-school & after-school club: $40/weekly (Scholarships are available through UA Outreach College) Registration (Deadline: May 1, 2013): Onlinehttp://outreachcollege.arizona.edu/youth/2013-summer-camps By Phone( 520)621-8632, or 1-800-955-UofA (8632) By MailUA, Outreach College, Attn: Registration P.O. Box 210158, Tucson, AZ 85721 By Fax(520)621-3269 By Person: UA Outreach College, University Service Building, 888 N. Euclid Av, Room 322 Onsite registration: April 6, 2013, 9a-12p at Tucson Chinese Cultural Center Registration Form: http://outreachcollege.arizona.edu/sites/default/files/ayu/camps_registration_2013.pdf
Early Bird Discount: Campers will receive $50 discount on One Week tuition and $75 on Two Weeks when registered on or before 5pm, Saturday, April 6, 2013.