October 2018 Newsletter

President’s Message

Barb's headshot photoDear Vinci Park Families,

Can you believe that we are already in the 7th week of the school year?

I am excited to serve as your PTA President again and one of my goals for us this year is to increase engagement with parents, teachers/staff and the overall Vinci Park community.

One of the ways we will be doing that is by providing opportunities where we can meet other parents, teachers and staff. The first parent engagement event the PTA will be hosting is Pastries with Parents on Wednesday, October 3rd from 7:30-8:00 am in the multi-purpose room. Please join us and enjoy breakfast with your child before they head off to class while getting to know other parents and staff at Vinci Park. I hope I get to meet you at this FREE event hosted by the PTA!

The second way we will increase engagement this year is through a survey we will be sending out to all PTA members. Your opinion matters and as a PTA member your feedback and input will guide the decisions made by the PTA executive board. If you are not a PTA member yet, you can always join by completing this membership form and attaching your $10 donation.

Lastly, I want to encourage you to reach out to me if you have any suggestions, questions or concerns you would like to raise with the PTA. Please email me at president@vinciparkpta.com. My (virtual) office is always available to you!

Our number one goal as a Parent Teacher Association is to advocate for each and every child at Vinci Park and to create an environment that will enrich the lives of our children. I am proud and honored to serve as your PTA President for a second year.

Warm Regards,
Barb Dionicio
PTA President

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe that we have already been in school for 7 weeks! Our students have come in ready to learn and we have settled into the daily routines.  

Please remember that you play a vital role in your child’s success at school.  You can help by asking your child about his/her day, having a positive attitude about learning, and reading to or with your child every night.  You would be amazed what 20 minutes of reading with your child each night will do her his/her language development and reading skills. Thank you for all your support at home!  

The accomplishments of Vinci Park Elementary School would not be possible without the tremendous support of our wonderful stakeholders. We reassure your partnership and know our success depends on teamwork. As always, we welcome your time and talents and look forward to a fantastic year!  

Mrs. Nunez
Principal

Announcements

PTA Membership

What is PTA?
PTA stands for Parent Teacher Association and is a school-based organization with a mission to make the school a better place for our children to learn. Parents and students work together with teachers to volunteer in classes, raise money for school supplies, assemblies, field trips and more.

Who can be a member?
Parents, teachers, grandparents and relatives who want to help.

Why should you become a member?

  1. Joining PTA is a great way to support your school.
  2. PTA membership shows your children that you care about their education.
  3. Your membership helps support valuable enrichment programs that your school otherwise could not afford.
  4. You share in campus events and experiences that make your child’s school days more memorable!
  5. You join with other parents to discuss key issues and concerns of importance to your school and community.
  6. You proudly affiliate with the California State and National PTA, the oldest, largest, and most powerful children’s advocacy organization in the country.

If you would like to become a member, complete a form located at the sign-in desk outside the front office, attach your $10 contribution and submit it to your child’s teacher or front office staff. *A PTA membership does not require you to volunteer.

Volunteers
Volunteer opportunities range in a variety of things like creating our yearbook, selling food & spirit wear, setting up & coordinating events, calling vendors, creating flyers and more. Some volunteer opportunities are brief as 1-2 hours and others can be completed at home. Volunteers always are needed both during the day and evening hours. Volunteer forms are located at the sign-in desk outside the front office and online: https://vinciparkpta.com/volunteer/

We are currently seeking volunteers for our Fall Harvest Festival, Movie Nights and during our distribution day for our Otis Spunkmeyer fundraiser. We are also looking for photographers to take pictures at our events and graphic design artists to create flyers. If you have a special skill or talent that you would like to share, please contact us at ptaboard@vinciparkpta.com.

We are asking for every family to volunteer for at least one event. If we don’t have enough volunteers to help at the events, the event won’t happen.

Spirit Wear
Spirit wear will be sold on the last Thursday of every month between 7:45am-8:15am in front of room 14 (weather permitting). Our next sale is Thursday, October 25th. T-Shirts are $10 and hoodies are $20. Both children and adult sizes are available. We accept cash and checks made out to Vinci Park PTA. Spirit wear can also be purchased by completing a spirit wear order form in the office with your payment enclosed in an envelope. You will receive your order through your child’s teacher.

Otis Spunkmeyer Fundraiser
We are in middle of our Otis Spunkmeyer cookie dough and Popcornopolis popcorn fundraiser. Brochures went home on September 25th. Please share them with family, friends and co-workers. Additional order forms can be found in the office. The due date to turn in order forms and money is October 9th. Please make sure checks are made payable to Vinci Park PTA.

Click here for the online Otis Spunkmeyer and Popcornopolis brochures.

Our kids are excited about the different prize levels they can achieve. The highest prize, a digital video camera, can be achieved by selling just 55 items.

Vinci Blue Fridays
Every first Friday of the month each class will compete to see how many of its students can wear a Vinci Park t-shirt/hoodie or any blue clothing. The PTA will sponsor a prize to the winning class of the lower grades, TK-3rd, and the upper grades, 4th-5th grades. Congratulations to Mr. Torrez’s 3rd grade class and Ms. Perla’s 4th grade class who both had 21 of their students dress in Vinci Blue on September 7th. Our next Vinci Blue Friday will be October 5th.

Running Club
Vinci Park’s Running Club is every Monday and Wednesday morning from 7:20am-7:50am. Any student TK-5th can join after a signed permission slip is submitted to your teacher. The Running Club started on 10/1 and had a great turn out on it’s first day. Permission slips can be found at the sign-in desk outside the front office.

School Site Council Members for the 2018-2019 School Year
Congratulations to Laura Torrez, Barb Dionicio, MaryGrace Tobias and Derrick Thompson who are the new elected members to Vinci Park’s School Site Council. The purpose of the School Site Council is to insure community participation in educational decision making.

International Walk to School Day
This year, all of the Berryessa Union School District schools are joining thousands of schools and communities worldwide on Oct. 10th for International Walk to School Day. Leave your car at home and walk to school. This event began in 1997 and over time, this event has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration – with record breaking participation – each October.

Giving Tree
Our giving tree provides an opportunity to assist the PTA in purchasing the necessary items for our many events and programs. Items such as copy paper (white & color), card stock, paper plates, eating/serving utensils, napkins, garbage bags and more are used often and add to our expenses. Please consider taking a tag from our tree which is located in the front office. You many return the purchased item from your tag to the office. If you would like to help out, but are not at school often, email ptaboard@vinciparkpta.com and we can email you information about wishes that have not been selected yet or you can make a monetary donation.

Box Tops
You have probably seen BOX TOPS on products you buy every day. DON’T THROW THESE AWAY. Vinci Park can turn these in and earn money for our school to use toward field trips, community events, and teacher support! It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.

  1. Buy participating products with BOX TOPS on the package.
  2. Cut out the box tops along the dotted lines.
  3. Turn in the BOX TOPS to your teacher in a small baggie.

For a list of participating products in the Box Top Program click here.

Turn in the first round of Box Tops to your teacher by 10/19/2018.

BUT—don’t stop collecting! The next submission will be later in the year.

Instagram & Facebook
We created our first account on Instagram to help expand our communications. Find us under “vinciparkpta”. We will continue to post simultaneously on Facebook as well at “Vinci Park PTA”. It’s a great way to receive our announcements.

PTA Meetings
PTA meetings are held each month in the staff lounge at Vinci Park. We discuss upcoming events, provide a financial report and our Principal Parisa Nunez shares updates concerning our school and students. Coffee and pastries are provided.

Our next PTA Meeting will be held on Oct 11th at 7:15 am in the staff lounge.

October PTA Events

Pastries with Parents*
Date: October 3, 2018   | Time: 7:30-8am
Location: Multi-Purpose Room

Come and enjoy breakfast with your child before school. Vinci Park PTA will serve FREE pastries, coffee, juice and milk in the multi-purpose room. Please RSVP by Monday, Oct. 1, 2018

*Parents, grandparents, guardians, or any adult in your child’s life are welcome.

Fall Harvest Festival
Date: October  19, 2018 | Time: 4:30 – 7:30 pm
Location: Vinci Park Campus

Festival highlights: Magician Spencer Grey (5-5:50pm), Games, Face Painting, Arts & Crafts, Pumpkin Patch, Photo Booth. All proceeds go to class field trips. *Volunteers are needed for overall set up, arts & crafts table, games, food & drink table, ticket booth, volunteer table, pumpkin patch and clean up. Contact ptaboard@vinciparkpta.com if you would like to help.

Admission for Kids 2 and over: $10
Adults and Kids 1 and under: Free

Pumpkin Design Contest During the Fall Harvest Festival
Carve, decorate, or paint your own pumpkin and it will be on display during the festival. Prizes will go to the 1st and 2nd place winners. Winners will be chosen by ballot. Official rules will be given a time of sign up. To reserve your spot in the contest, entry forms are found in the office and must be submitted by Oct. 12, 2018 to your teacher or to the office. Click here to see contest rules. 

Calendar of Events

October
1                    Running Club Begins
2                   No Bully Zone Assembly
3                   Pastries with Parents in Multi-purpose Room 7:30am-8am
4                   Young Rembrandt’s Drawing Class Begins
5                   First Grade Palo Alto Children’s Theater Workshop
5                   Rules Assembly
5                   Vinci Blue Friday
8                   Columbus Day (School in Session)
9                   Otis Spunkmeyer Fundraiser Ends, Turn in Order Forms
9                   Picture Day
9                   First Grade Field Trip to Heritage Theater in Campbell
10                 Third Grade Field Trip to Heritage Theater in Campbell
11                  PTA Meeting in Staff Lounge 7:15am
15                 Kindergarten Field Trip to Uesugi Farms
19                 Turn in Box Tops to Teachers
19                 Earthquake & Lockdown Drill
19                 Harvest Festival 4:30pm-7:30pm
20                Parent University at Northwood Elementary 8am
25                Spirit Wear Sale in front of Room 14, 7:45am-8:15am
31                 Halloween (Early Release Day)

November
2                    Vinci Blue Friday
4                    Day Light Savings Time Ends
7                    Second Grade Field Trip to Oakland Zoo
8                    PTA Meeting in Staff Lounge 7:15am
8                    Fire Drill
9                    Movie Night in Multi-Purpose Room 5:30pm
11                   Veteran’s Day (No School)
13                  Picture Day Make Ups
14                  Third Grade Field Trip to SJ Museum of Art
16                  Early Release
19-23          Thanksgiving Break (No School)
26                 Hearing Test for TK Kindergarten, 2nd & 5th
26-30         Fall Parent/Teacher Conference (Early Release)
29                 Spirit Wear Sale in front of Room 14, 7:45am-8:15am
TBA             Otis Spunkmeyer Fundraiser Distribution

December
3                    Fall Parent/Teacher Conference (Early Release)
6                    Fire Drill
7                    Vinci Blue Friday
7                    Winter Holiday Event
17-21           Fifth Grade Science Camp
20                 Spirit Wear Sale in front of Room 14, 7:45am-8:30am
21                  Early Release
24-Jan. 4   Winter Break (No School)
*No PTA Meeting in December

Let’s Stay Connected

Email: ptaboard@vinciparkpta.com
Website: www.vinciparkpta.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/vinciparkpta
Instagram: @vinciparkpta

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