Dear Alta Vista Families,
I want to welcome all of you to the 2019-2020 school year! I hope you are enjoying your last few weeks of our summer break, so that you can be relaxed, recharged and ready to start another amazing year at Alta Vista Elementary School.
We’ve had productive summer at Alta Vista! Many of our staff members participated in professional development opportunities, including Guided Reading, Writers Workshop, EduProtocols, Eureka Math, and the Krause Center for Innovation’s MERIT program focusing on technology in education. As such, we are ready to dive into the school year with renewed energy, fresh ideas, and an excitement for learning. Our office staff has also been busy, registering our newest families, ordering supplies, and updating student files. And of course, our hard working custodial team used the summer to thoroughly clean the entire Alta Vista campus. The entire Alta Vista learning community is working hard to ensure a successful start of school on Wednesday August 14th.
We’ve had some exciting additions to Team Alta Vista. Please join me in welcoming our newest staff members:
Ms. Liz Murray is joining our Special Education Department. Ms. Murray previously taught at Oster Elementary School in Union School District. Although they will miss her smiling face on campus, we are thrilled to have her teaching our third/fourth grade SDC class in room 23. Fun fact - Ms. Murray jumped in as part of Team Alta Vista in June! She was teaching an Extended School Year class in the morning and moving into her new classroom in the afternoon.
Ms. Megan O'Connor will also be joining Alta Vista. This is her fifth year as a counselor in USD, working at Guadalupe and Lietz. A Bay Area native, she enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and spending time with her niece and nephew when she's not at school. Fun Fact - Ms. O'Connor loves all forms of art (especially musicals) and recently took up tap dancing.
Rounding out our Special Education Department, Ms. Megan Ostiller will be teaching our RSP program. She has taught the second/third grade SDC class at Guadalupe for the past two years. Ms. Ostiller is also a graduate of Cal Poly (Go Mustangs!) and enjoys hiking, running, reading and traveling. Fun fact - Ms. Ostiller is a triplet!
You'll also see a new name, but a familiar face. Ms. Parnell was married over the summer and will be going by Mrs. Landolt.
The first few weeks of the school year include many important dates. We hope you’ll join us for the following upcoming events:
August 14 - First Day of School
Grades 1-5 The first bell rings at 8:10 and students should line up at their designated classroom location. The final bell rings at 8:15 AM and students will be marked tardy if they arrive after 8:15 AM.
Early dismissal on Wednesdays for grades 1-5 will be at 1:15 PM . . . this includes our first day of school.
Please join us in the cafeteria from 8:15 to 8:45 for our annual Welcome Coffee. It's a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with friends and meet our newest families.
August 16 - Alta Vista Family Picnic
- First - Bring a blanket with some favorites foods and find a spot on the field.
- Next - Go to your child's classroom, fill out the visitor sign in log and put on a visitor sticker.
- Then - Meet your child at 12:00 and enjoy lunch together.
- Finally - After you are done eating, say your good-byes and let your child go play with friends before returning to class.
August 21 - Back to School Night for Grades 1-5
Parents only, please. NO children allowed.
6:00-6:45 Classroom presentations for parents with children in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades
6:45-7:15 Principal’s Welcome and Home & School Club Meeting, Cafeteria
7:15-8:00 PM Classroom presentations for parents with children in 4th and 5th grades
We encourage you to visit our school website http://altavista.unionsd.org to keep up to date with events and information. You can also follow us on Twitter at @TeamAltaVista.
We are currently confirming our enrollment for the upcoming school year. If your child is not returning to Alta Visa, please call the school office. Classroom assignments will be available online, beginning at 4:00 on Tuesday, August 13th. Directions for using the PowerSchool website will be mailed to your home address and should be received by Saturday, August 10th. If your summer plans have included travel, it is important to have your child back by the first day of school. Students who do not attend on August 14th will be dis-enrolled.
On behalf of the Alta Vista staff, we look forward to seeing you on August 14th and working together to provide an exceptional learning experience for your child. Here’s to another successful year filled with inspirational learning and memorable moments.
All the Best,
Proud Principal of Alta Vista Elementary School