• September 1, 2019

    Dear Solana Vista Families,

    Important (New) Attendance Policy Information: SBSD is asking all parents to help us ensure the regular, on-time attendance of their children at school. We monitor attendance closely because research has shown that regular attendance is vital for the success of children in school. California law states that absences are excused only if the child is ill or there is an excuse which meets the requirements of the California Education Code Section 48205. Even excused absences that cause your child to miss significant amounts of school can cause your child to fall behind in class.

    Education Code Section 48260 defines a truant as a pupil who has missed more than 30 minutes on three days without a valid excuse in one school year. Our goal is to have all children present in school every day and on time. Our district’s policy is that we may require verification of absences due to illness or quarantine, if your child has missed school for three consecutive days. Please be aware that going “out of town” when school is in session with your child is an unexcused absence.  In addition to your child’s absences and tardies, we are also monitoring early pick up.  It is very important for your child to be there at the end of the day as the teachers continue to teach up until the end of the school day, and your child misses out on important information.

    Please note that students who are tardy must be accompanied by a parent to the front office to sign in.  Thank you for your understanding.  

    PTA Volunteers Needed:

    •    Do you like to make Shutterfly Photo Albums?  Then we have the perfect job for you!  Please consider being the SV Yearbook Coordinator.  Last year’s coordinator will support/coach you through the process!  It’s a great way to become involved in a fun way!
    •    PTA is also looking for volunteers to help with Red Ribbon Week (Oct. 28- Nov 1) activities.
    •    Please contact Stephanie Singer at mailto:stephdixon@gmail.com.

    Back to School Picnic: Thank you to everyone who attended our 1st Annual Back to School Picnic.  We loved seeing everyone and celebrating the start of a new year.  Thank you, most especially, to our PTA and Foundation for organizing the event.  Thank you to Rudy’s, Mahalo Shaved Ice, Crust and Panda Express for their donations and support of our school.  

    If you did not have time to make your annual donation to Foundation, here is the link https://www.solanabeachkids.org/](https://www.solanabeachkids.org/ to help you get started!  Donate by Friday, September 13th and your child will be placed in the Principal for a Day raffle!

    Safety is the #1 priority: All staff on supervision duty (in high vis vests) before and after school are there to keep you and our students safe.  Please follow their directions!  If you have questions about arrival or dismissal procedures, you may review them at https://www.sbsd.k12.ca.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=6219 .

    Mark Your Calendars:
    Sept 2:  Labor Day Holiday
    Sept. 4 @ 5:30-7:00:  1st -3rd grade Back to School Night (parents only)
    Sept. 17 @ 6pm: SV Community Mtg Re: Design, Materials, Colors @ SV
    Sept 19 @ 9:30am: SV Community Mtg Re: Design, Materials, Colors @ SV
    Sept 25: Picture Day

    A little something to think about:
    Each year we talk to our students about developing a Growth Mindset.  Carol Dweck, from Stanford University, has done some amazing research around this topic.  These “soft skills” are continually noted as essential skills needed for success in school and career by US News and World Report, CEO’s, etc.

    A Solana Vista parent shared an excellent article from Forbes Magazine titled Why a Growth Mindset is Essential for Career Success. It provides several ideas on how we, as adults, can work on Growth Mindset as well as ideas on how to help our children develop a Growth Mindset.  I believe modeling a Growth Mindset is one of the greatest tools we can use to demonstrate how embracing failure, taking risks, and accepting challenges for our children are all a natural part of life.

    “Mindset is everything. Whether you’re talking about career success, starting your own business, getting through a tough workout or being a parent, having the right mindset can make the difference between success and failure.” (Excerpt from Why a Growth Mindset is Essential for Career Success by Caroline Castrillon)

    To access the article, go to https://www.forbes.com/sites/carolinecastrillon/2019/07/09/why-a-growth-mindset-is-essential-for-career-success/#21af6e2928b5 Enjoy!


    Katie Zimmer
    Principal, Solana Vista School