August 25, 2019
Dear Solana Vista Families,
Welcome back! Solana Vista’s student enrollment for the 2019-20 school year is currently 337 (as of last count!) students. Our staff has worked hard to get our school and classrooms ready, and we were thrilled to see so many families at our Mini Open House on Friday.
Back to School Picnic: We hope to see ALL of you at our first annual Back to School Picnic on Monday, August 26 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. for Solana Vista and Skyline families sponsored by our PTA and Foundation organizations.
Where? Solana Vista field
Why? To see old friends, to make new friends, to learn about the great organizations that support our schools, and to get excited about the new school year!
What to bring? Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy or purchase dinner from one of the many vendors: Crust Pizza, Rudy’s Mexican, Panda Express and Mahalo Shaved Ice
(a portion of proceeds will be donated to our schools—some vendors only accept cash).
PTA Spirit Wear will be available for purchase and Foundation donations will be accepted (Checks and Credit Cards accepted.)
Thank you, PTA! A special thanks to Stephanie Singer and our amazing PTA for their hard work over the summer. We love the new spirit wear and can’t wait to see our students wearing their spirit wear throughout the school year. Keep your eyes open for the Spirit Wear table at the Back to School Picnic and BTSN…making a Spirit Wear purchase also includes your PTA membership! Order Forms will also be available for future orders.
Solana Vista Foundation: Our SV Foundation is working hard to make our Discovery Lab programs available to our students. Thank you to Lauren Adams, Kim Criscuolo, and Dawn Seymour for their dedication to our school. The Foundation Annual Fund Drive begins on Back to School Night and donations are used to fund our STREAM (Science, Technology, Research, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) programs right here at Solana Vista. These incredible programs are only possible through parent donation. We are offering an “early bird” opportunity to make your donation at the Back to School Picnic and check that task off your “to-do” list!
Safety is the #1 priority: In addition to our high academic goals this year, we continue our commitment to maintaining a safe school environment inside the classroom and outside on the playground. Solana Vista is a closed campus, meaning every adult must enter through the office and sign in during school hours. Also, please follow all procedures during drop off and pick up each day. To review these procedures, visit https://www.sbsd.k12.ca.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=6219 . These procedures have been developed to keep every child safe, and our supervision staff is on duty to ensure student safety.
Mark Your Calendars:
Aug. 26: Back to School Picnic 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Aug. 27: Grades 1-3 First Day of School
Aug. 28: Grade K First Day of School
Aug. 29: Grade K Back to School Night 5:30-7:00 (parents only)
Sept 2: Labor Day Holiday NO SCHOOL
Sept. 4 @ 5:30-7:00: 1st -3rd grade Back to School Night (parents only)
A little something to think about:
A wonderful article was shared with me by one of my colleagues, entitled 7 Parenting Tips for a Happy, Successful School Year. I know that we all hope for that for our children, whether they are in elementary school, high school, or off to college! These tips are:
- Project a positive attitude about school and confidence that your children will experience success and
- Establish supportive home routines.
- Avoid the temptation to make schooling a competitive sport by over-focusing on grades.
- Remember that homework is a contract between the teacher and the student, not between the teacher and the parent.
- Establish family rules related to TV, computer, and video game usage.
- Make optimum use of parent/child time during trips to and from school.
- Avoid the temptation to over-involve your children in after-school activities.
To access the full article, go to http://mikebrock.org/category/parenting/. Scroll down until you see the article. As a mom of a senior in high and a college student, I know I’ll be using some of these tips!
Looking forward to a great year!
Principal, Solana Vista School