Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year! Linda Vista continues to offer excellence in education for all students who attend. I, along with the entire staff, would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our wonderful, supportive community.
Curriculum and Instruction: Teachers are busily planning as grade level teams after analyzing last years’ student data. Teachers will again form grade level Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) to formulate what students should know (essential standards), how teachers will know students have learned it (common assessments), how they will respond if a student doesn’t learn it (systematic interventions), and how they will extend learning for those who already know it, (enrichment). As we start moving into the Common Core (National Standards) this year, the students will have a new math series from Houghton Mifflin entitled “Math Expressions Common Core.” This series blends standards-based instruction with best teaching approaches to help students make sense of mathematics. Look for monthly updates regarding the Common Core in your child’s Thursday Mailbag and Coffee Talks throughout the year. Also, each year the school board sets goals for us and I will share those and other items of interest at our first PTA meeting.
Important information below:
First Day of School: Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Grade Level Supply Lists: The grade level suggested supply lists will be posted in the display case out front of the office. You can also find the suggested supplies list in the office or on our school website, www.lindavistapta.com.
Early K 7:50 – 11:10
Late K 9:30 – 12:50 (Note: Time change from last year)
Grades 1-5 7:50 – 2:07
Monthly Early Release Days:Dates are as follows: September 24; October 29; December 17; January 28; February 25; March 25; April 29; May 27
Early K 7:50 – 11:10
Late K 9:30 – 12:50
Grades 1-5 7:50 – 1:07
Minimum Days: Dates are as follows: October 31; November 13 and 14; February 27; June 5 and 12.
Early and Late K 7:50 – 11:10
Grades 1-5 7:50 – 12:37
School Office Hours: 7:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Ingress and Egress: Students are allowed on campus after 7:35 a.m. There is nosupervision for students before that time. Students are to use the two gates on Linda Verde for entrance only. Students should not enter thru the office or gate by the lunch tables.
The gates will be closed at 8:00 and students that are tardy need to report to the office. Students will be exiting from school using the two gate openings on Linda Verde. Students should not exit thru the office or the gate by the lunch tables.
Back to School Night: Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. (Parents only please!)
Drop Off, Pick up, and Parking: The school parking lot is for staff parking and buses only. Please use the church parking lot across Linda Verde. When dropping off children in the morning please use the zone marked by the orange cones on Ohio or Linda Verde and pull all the way forward. It is much safer for your child to exit the car on the side of the sidewalk. You may use the church parking lot to park and use the crosswalk to cross Linda Verde. Please use the crosswalks and obey all traffic laws.
Attendance: If your child is absent or will be late, please leave a message on the attendance line, (714) 986-7200, extension 3.
Messages: We want to reduce interruptions in the classrooms to ensure quality instruction. Therefore, if an important message needs to get to the teacher, please leave it before 1:00 p.m. to ensure they will receive it.
Lunch: Hot lunch is $2.50 w/milk; milk sold separately $.50 and juice $.75. Please make sure students come to school with a lunch, lunch money, or have pre-purchased their lunches. You may wish to take advantage of the option to prepay your student's meal account on-line at www.pylusd.org. Students will continue to use their pin numbers to expedite the purchases of lunches. Please help your child to memorize their four-digit code.
Student Placements: Our teachers worked diligently to ensure proper classroom placements for all students this school year. Remember, there are many factors that are required for proper placement: gender equity, achievement level equity, GATE clusters, and combination classes. We will be posting class rosters in the front doors on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 4:30 pm.
Communication: We will continue to save money and the environment by “going green”. Please visit our website at www.lindavistapta.com to access important information each week. Instead of receiving a stack of papers every Thursday, you will receive our Green Sheet which will tell you what items have been placed on the website. Student supply lists and school calendars are already on the website for your convenience.
Important School and District Forms:
Emergency Cards and Health Cards: These two cards will be distributed on the first day of school, please return them as soon as possible. Please fill out the cards completely and return them to your child’s teacher by Friday, September 5, 2014.
District and Linda Vista Booklets: In an effort to “go green” and save on printing costs, this year’s District Parent Handbook and Linda Vista’s Lion’s Pride Handbook are now available online at www.lindavistapta.com. We will no longer be sending home a paper copy of these entire handbooks with each student. Please take a few moments to review both these handbooks online. If you prefer, you may still obtain a hard copy of the entire handbooks at the Linda Vista Office. Please make sure to review the dress codes in both handbooks for this coming school year. This information is very important to us! Please take the time to read, sign and return the white forms from the PYLUSD Handbook and the light blue form from the Linda Vista Lion’s Pride Handbook to your child’s teacher by Friday, September 12, 2014.
I’m looking forward to another fantastic year at Linda Vista. With the commitment to excellence from our staff and the incredible support from our parents, our students will have every opportunity to meet the high expectations set before them.
Enjoy the rest of your summer and as always, GO LIONS!
A transitional program designed to prepare young kindergartners for school success.
Provides school readiness in reading, writing, mathematics and social development
Gives young learners the gift of time to develop and grow in an appropriate educational setting
Helps younger students avoid the disadvantages often faced in the areas of social maturity and athletics in middle and high school
When is your child's 5th birthday?
On or before September 1st
- Your child is placed in Traditional Kindergarten
- Do you have concerns about your child's readiness for Kindergarten?
- Your child can participate in a developmental screening on a case by case basis. Sign up at the Preppy K site for an appointment.
September 2 to December 2
- Your child is NOT eligible for Traditional Kindergarten and can ONLY enroll in Preppy K
- Preppy K sites (10) for 2014-15 are:
Brookhaven, Bryant Ranch, Fairmont, Mabel Paine, Melrose, Rio Vista, Topaz, Travis Ranch, Tynes and Van Buren. Enrollment will be based on space availability.
- Please note: Preppy K is offered at magnet sites across the district. Following Preppy K, students will attend Traditional Kindergarten at their home school of residence.
December 3 or later
- Your child is eligible for Preppy K and may enroll on or after their 5th birthday. He/she will be placed on a waiting list. Submit your application to Janie James, 714-985-8650
Important Note: Your child may enter a Preppy K class on their 5th birthday on a space available basis.
As part of positive behavior reinforcement, students can elect to exchange 10 pride cards for Lunch with the Principal. Groups of students meet with the principal in the multipurpose room for this special reward lunch. Students bring a lunch from home with a drink. The principal will provide an ice cold treat. The purpose of this lunch is to celebrate the student's achievement of excellence and to let them know how proud we are of them.