• March 2, 2020


    Dear Solana Vista Families,

    Spotlight on Solana Vista Students: 
    Be sure to check out the recent Spotlight on SBSD students at
    https://www.sbsd.k12.ca.us/site/handlers/filedownload.ashx?moduleinstanceid=16784&dataid=35175&FileName=Final-Spotlight%20on%20Students%20Solana%20Vista-Feb2020.pdf featuring our very own SV students!

    Do you have an incoming Kindergarten student for the 2020-2021 school year?  We want to know!  Kindergarten registration begins Monday, Mar. 2.  Registration packets will be available in the school office.  There are two parts to the registration process (online and in person with proof of age, residence and immunization record for your child).  Please stop by the office to pick up a packet or call 858-794-3700 for more information.

    Solana Beach Bash: Tickets for the upcoming Solana Beach Bash are selling fast. Make sure you visit https://solanabeachkids.ejoinme.org/main to get your tickets today as this event will sell out!  The adult-only event will be held on April 25, 2020 at 6:30 pm at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club.  There will be a silent and live auction, DJ, dancing, food and fun!  All proceeds from the event will go back into the Discovery Labs at both Skyline and Solana Vista, where our children are immersed in Science, Technology, Research, Engineering, Art and Math…programs that truly make our schools so exceptional.  

    Read Across America Week is HERE (Mar. 2-6):  Mrs. Rainville has planned another wonderful week to celebrate Dr. Seuss and our love of books!  Each day has a different theme and dress up opportunity.  Please encourage your child to participate.  Also, there is a 100 minute reading challenge.  Any students who reads (or is read to) for 100 minutes can sign the Challenge poster in the Kiva!        

    Day - Mon. 3/2
    Theme of the Day - Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss
    Participation Opportunity - Thing 1 and Thing 2 Day: Dress Like your Friends

    Day - Tues. 3/3
    Theme of the Day - Celebrate Graphic Novels
    Participation Opportunity - Reading Rocks, Wear Crazy Socks

    Day - Wed. 3/4
    Theme of the Day - Celebrate Biographies
    Participation Opportunity - Dress like a Story Character Day

    Day - Thurs. 3/5
    Theme of the Day - Celebrate Wordless Books
    Participation Opportunity - PJ’s, Blankets, and Books Day

    Day - Fri. 3/6
    Theme of the Day - Celebrate Your Favorite Book
    Participation Opportunity - Whoville Crazy Hair Day

    SV teachers say THANK YOU to our generous PTA:   To show gratitude for their support, the SV teachers arrived at school upon returning from our February break to a plethora of additional teaching supplies and other goodies to support instruction in the classrooms.  The PTA was graciously thanking the teachers for their support for the Walk-a-Thon fundraiser.  The staff at SV wants our PTA and parents to know we appreciate all you do for us and our students to make our school a special place to be.

    Parent Education Opportunity: “Pop Culture and the Noise it Creates”:  On March 11th, Solana Beach School District will be hosting a parent education opportunity to support our work with Social Emotional Learning.  We know that one major factor in our world today on the social emotional well-being of our children is the influence of social media.  Paul LeBron, a high-ranking member of a large municipal police department in Southern California will be addressing this issue.  Parents have the opportunity to attend one of two sessions on March 11:  1:00-2:30 pm or 6:00-7:30 pm.  This is an adult only presentation; however, child care is provided.  If you are interested in attending, please go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScCSDyfjUWqxz0OhXjdds6lYNSpcwxJgqbI0tSUEcGmws2RJg/viewform to RSVP and sign up for childcare if needed. We hope you can join us for this very special presentation.

    Celebrating Our STREAM Team!
    Angelina Romero Kressin
    Music Teacher
    Solana Vista
    I have been a music teacher in the Solana Beach School District since 2002. Having grown up in a family of concert musicians and music teachers, music has always been an integral part of my life. I am so happy to have the opportunity every day to share my love and knowledge of all things music with the wonderful students of SBSD, while helping each one build his or her own personal connection with music.

    Mark Your Calendars:
    Mar. 2 – 6:  Read Across America Week (see details above and in Peachjar flyers)
    Mar. 3:  Kindergarten Registration begins
    Mar. 9-13:  Parent Teacher Conference Week (Dismissal at 12:05 Monday-Friday)
    Mar. 9-13:  Book Fair
    Mar. 11:  “Pop Culture and the Noise it Creates” Parent Education (Skyline School @ 1:00 -2:30 pm AND/OR 6:00-7:30 pm)

    A little something to think about:

    All Learning is Social and Emotional Book Study

    Chapter 2: Identity and Agency

    Identity is the understanding of WHO you are--your strengths as well as awareness of shortcomings

    Agency is the capacity to act in empowered and autonomous ways

    Developing identity and agency allows a person to “open up” to learning. With a strong sense of identity and agency, students learn that they are the driver of their own bus--they can set and meet goals, they can handle failure with a growth mindset, they can persevere and show grit, and they develop resiliency.

    When we, as the adults,  try to “drive the bus” too much for our children, we deprive them of the opportunity to build these skills.

    So take a moment to ponder these questions. 

    • How have you helped your child to recognize their strengths this year?
    • What are some ideas for next steps (in your family or the school community) in helping students develop self-confidence, grit and resiliency?


    I am always open to ideas and thoughts about how we can continue to meet the social emotional needs of our students.  I would love to hear your thoughts!!


    Katie Zimmer

    Principal, Solana Vista School