January 2019 Newsletter

President’s Message

Hello Vinci Park Families,

Barb's headshot photoHAPPY NEW YEAR!

I hope everyone had a restful and relaxing break enjoying precious quality time with loved ones.

We are so excited to kick the new year off with a health and wellness themed fundraiser called the HERO FIT CHALLENGE. We are partnering with Boosterthon to help us create a fun and fitness related event while raising funds for our school! To kick off this fundraiser on January 22nd, the folks at Boosterthon will hold a pep rally in the morning for the kids in the multi purpose room. During this time, they will learn about the challenge as well as how they can help their school earn money. Your kids will bring home a pledge book with instructions. The actual HERO FIT CHALLENGE event will take place on January 31st and you are welcome to attend and cheer your kids on. Stay tuned for more information with more details of this event.

We have a goal of raising $15,000 and proceeds of this two-week fundraiser will go towards increased classroom funds, new playground equipment and much needed school supplies.

I would like to take this time to thank our three sponsors who have donated to Vinci Park PTA so that every student and staff member at the school will receive a Hero Fit Challenge t-shirt!  Thank you to: Packet 6, Sunshine School and Mainstream Electric Inc., for your tremendous generosity!

Please reach out to us at ptaboard@vinciparkpta.com  if you have any questions about the fundraiser.

On behalf of the PTA, we would like to express our gratitude to all of you who read our newsletters/flyers/posters, attend our PTA meetings, sign up to volunteer, show your support by attending our events or simply saying hi to us in the school yard. Your participation and support means the world to us and to show our appreciation, we are holding another Pastries with Parents event on February 5th from 7:30-8:00 am in the multi-purpose room. This is a free event and an opportunity for you to have breakfast with your child(ren) before they head off to class while getting to know other parents and educators in our community.

We hope to see you there!

Warm Regards,
Barb Dionicio
PTA President

Principal’s Message

Dear Vinci Park Families,

It is so hard to believe that winter break is over and 2019 is upon us! This school year is going by so quickly and Spring Break will be here before we know it. We are excited for a new year and the sense of excitement and renewal brought with it. Once again, we are so grateful for all the students, parents, and staff that bring joy to us on a daily basis. We truly hope that everyone had a safe and relaxing winter vacation!  

January is a great time to reflect on the areas in our live where we felt successful during the past year. It is also a time to consider how to make changes in areas where we would like to improve. One of the focus areas at Vinci Park is reading. So we encourage all of our families to read, read, read – success in school depends, in large part, on a student’s ability to read and understand what they have read. Students should read a variety of books, including folktales, poetry, biographies, fiction, and more. Read to get information, read for fun, read to someone in your family…just read!  Our SSC members met in November and reviewed and approved our school plan (SPSA) and the plan was approved by the Berryessa Union School Board in December 2018. Vinci Park’s SARC (School Accountability Report Card) was also published this week, you can find both of these documents online. We also have hard copies available in the office if you would like a hardcopy.

We have so many wonderful and exciting events coming up a Vinci Pak, please take the time to participate and support our students, staff and parents.

Parisa Nunez


Family Fun Night
Every May the PTA hosts it’s spring festival called “Family Fun Night”. It’s a night filled with entertainment, games, raffle prizes, food, and family fun. If you would like to help plan for this year’s Family Fun Night please contact ptaboard@vinciparkpta.com to join the committee. Being part of the committee means that you will be able to bring your ideas to fruition!

We will have our first planning meeting soon and we encourage you to bring your thoughts and ideas. More details and meeting times will be announced.

Vinci Blue Fridays
Our January Vinci Blue Friday winners were Ms. Tsoi’s 3rd grade class and Ms. Perla’s 4th grade class. Our next Vinci Blue Friday will be February 1st. Every first Friday of the month each class competes to see who has the most spirit, aka “Vinci Blue Fridays”. Explorers, show your school spirit by wearing blue or a Vinci Park t-shirt or hoodie. The winning classes from both the lower grades (TK-3rd) and upper grades (4th-5th) will earn a small prize.

Earth Shakes Fundraiser
The PTA, in collaboration with Vinci Park’s Safety Committee, is hosting a month long fundraiser from February 4th to March 4th with a local online company called Earth Shakes. Earth Shakes provides a full line of earthquake survival kits and emergency supplies for disaster preparedness. The kits are designed for individuals, families, businesses, schools and government agencies emergency kits and products to support the aftermath of major earthquakes, natural disasters like hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and earth changes. Equip your home and cars with an emergency kit and make sure your friends, family, co-workers do as well. Additional information will be sent with students as we near closer to February. During the fundraising month, samples of these kits will be available in the front office for families to take a closer look of the products. A portion of the proceeds will go towards upgrading and adding to Vinci Park’s emergency supplies. Orders will be delivered the week of March 18th.

PTA Nomination Committee & PTA Elections
The purpose of the nominating committee is to recognize and seek qualified nominees for the elected leadership of the PTA for the following 2019-2020 school year during the Spring PTA Board Elections. Any PTA member can be on the nominating committee with the exception of the current PTA President.

During the April PTA associate meeting,  the nomination committee may nominate eligible candidates from the floor. A candidate’s consent must be secured before they may be nominated. A candidate does not have to be present to be nominated, but the person nominating them should have the consent of the nominee prior to the nomination. In May, PTA elections will take place and a candidate will be voted upon for open board seats.

The following are available PTA Board positions for the 2019-2020 school year. Minimally, the positions of President, Secretary and Treasurer are required to be filled in order to operate as a PTA unit. If these three positions are not filled, then Vinci Park PTA will have to disband. Please consider one of these positions to help continue the important impact that Vinci Park PTA has on our students and teachers.


  • President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Vice President
  • Fundraising Chairman
  • Membership Chairman
  • Program Chairman
  • Parliamentarian
  • Volunteer Coordinator

Following are brief descriptions of each board position. Detailed descriptions and additional board positions can be found at https://capta.org/pta-leaders/run-your-pta/job-descriptions/

President: Leads the PTA toward specific goals chosen by its members, consistent with the policies and purposes of the PTA. The president is the presiding officer and the official representative of the association and presides at PTA board and association meetings.

Secretary:  Encompasses the traditional roles of corresponding secretary and recording secretary, and is generally the keeper of the organization’s records, minutes and membership data.

Treasurer: Keeps financial records and prepares reports to comply with local, state and federal laws. Presents the proposed budget to the executive board for suggestions.

Vice President: Assists the president and helps lead the PTA toward specific goals chosen by its members.

Fundraising Chairman: Works with a committee, appointed by the president, to plan and organize fundraising activities. Focuses on raising the amount of funds needed to meet the unit’s budget. Presents reports on proposed fundraising activities at board and association meetings for approval.

Membership Chairman: The membership chairman is responsible for creating and implementing a membership plan, promoting membership throughout the year, providing membership reports at PTA board and association meetings, collecting dues, and distributing membership cards.

Program Chairman: Works with committee, other PTA board members and school staff to plan, organize and implement programs for the school year. Develops annual program calendar and presents it at PTA association meeting for adoption.

Parliamentarian: Assists the president to manage meetings and advises on parliamentary procedure. Chairs bylaws committee to review unit bylaws each year and revise bylaws every three years. Arranges nominating committee’s first meeting, providing information on nomination and election process.

Volunteer Coordinator: Collaborates with other PTA board members, teachers and administrators to assess and identify how parents/guardians and community members can get more involved at school as volunteers. Oversees volunteer recruitment, training and assignments.

Box Tops For Education
In the Fall, our Explorers submitted 3146 Box Tops back in October, generating $314.60 for Vinci Park. Let’s see if we can beat this number on our next Box Top submission date on February 15, 2019. You can turn in the Box Tops directly to your teacher. Remember to keep collecting Box Tops year round. We conduct collections twice per school year.

What are Box Tops? The Box Tops For Education program allows you to earn cash for Vinci Park by clipping the Official Box Tops for Education “Box Tops” from the packages of hundreds of purchased participating products. A list of participating products may be accessed at www.boxtops4education.com/earn/participating-products.

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 Thursday, February 14th at 7:15 am in the staff lounge.

January PTA Events

HeroFit Challenge Fundraiser with Boosterthon
Date: January 31, 2019
Time: 8:15am-11:15am
Location: Multi-Purpose Room

Parents! One of this year’s main fundraiser is the HeroFit Challenge! It’s a two-week program that kicks off with a Pep Rally on January 22nd. Families will then gather pledges for every exercise set, or Fitness Challenge your student completes (30-35 exercises), and we’ll celebrate at the HeroFit Challenge on January 31st.

Pep Rallies
January 22nd, Tuesday
Multi-Purpose Room
TK-2nd  = 8:15am-9:00am
3rd-5th  = 9:15am-10:00am

HeroFit Challenge
January 31st, Thursday
Multi-Purpose Room
TK + K = 8:15am-9:15am
1st-3rd = 9:15am-10:15am
4th-5th = 10:13am-11:15am

With our big goal of raising $15,000  for playground equipment, increased classroom funds, and supplies for the school, we asked the fitness and fundraising experts at Boosterthon to power our event and make it easier, more profitable, and more fun.

Students will also experience an amazing character theme, MINDSPARK MYSTERY LAB! Boosterthon’s most exciting theme yet combines S.T.E.A.M skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) with character-building. While they’re teaming up with the MindSpark Kids to solve mysteries, our students will learn five 21st-century character traits that will help strengthen themselves and our world.

Donations will go toward fundraising items and to the entire two-week experience. So please help our school by reaching out to sponsors. Also, all families are invited to come out and cheer on your student at the HeroFit Challenge! Thank you for your support!

February PTA Events

Pastries with Parents*
Date: February 5, 2019
Time: 7:30-8am
Where: Multi-Purpose Room
Admission: Free

Wake up with the PTA and enjoy breakfast with your child before school! This is a community event and an opportunity to acquaint yourself with the PTA. Come say hello and let us know how we’re doing. This is also a chance to ask how you can become more involved. Vinci Park PTA will be serving FREE pastries, coffee, juice and milk in the multi-purpose room. Please RSVP by Wednesday, January 30th. Forms will be sent home soon. 

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


Movie Night
Date: February 8, 2019
Concession Opens: 5:30pm
Movie Begins Promptly: 6:00pm
Where: Multi-Purpose Room
Admission: Free
Movie: See Movie Flyers Posted Around School

Join us with your blankets, pillows and portable chairs for a free movie night community. Our event always fills up quickly so arrive early. Concession Menu: Pizza $2, Chips $1, Cookies $1, Water & Juice Boxes $1.

Calendar of Events

12/24-1/4  Winter Break (No School)
10                 PTA Meeting in Staff Lounge, 7:15am
10                 Fire Drill
11                  Vinci Blue Friday
17                 Student Council Meeting, 1:00pm-1:45pm
18                 Crazy Hair Day
18                 Spelling Bee in Multi-Purpose Room, 8:30-9:30am
21                  Martin Luther King Jr Day (No School)
22                 HeroFit Challenge Pep Rally in Multi-Purpose Room,
22                Talent Show Auditions
23                Second Grade Field Trip to SJ Tech Museum
29                Talent Show Auditions
30                100th Day of School
31                 HeroFit Fitness Challenge
31                 Spirit Wear Sale in front of Room 14, 7:45am-8:30am,
                      (weather permitting) 

1                    Vinci Blue Friday
4                   Earth Shakes Fundraiser Begins
5                   Pastries with Parents Community Event
6                   Fourth Grade Field Trip to SJ Tech Museum
7                   Fire Drill
7                   Student Council Meeting, 1:00pm-1:45pm
8                   Fancy Day
8                   Movie Night in Multi-Purpose Room, 5:30pm
12                 Fifth Grade Field Trip to SJ Tech Museum
14                 PTA Meeting in Staff Lounge, 7:15am
14                 First Grade Field Trip to Palo Alto Children’s Theater
18-22          President’s Week (No School)
26                 Second Grade Field Trip to History SJ Museum
27                 Piggy Opera in Multi-Purpose Room, 5:30pm
28                 Spirit Wear Sale in front of Room 14, 7:45am-8:30am,
                      (weather permitting)

1                    Vinci Blue Friday
                   Dr. Seuss Day
4                    Earth Shakes Fundraiser Ends
7                    Full Scale Emergency and Fire Drill
7                    PTA Meeting in Staff Lounge, 7:15am
7                    Pasta Night in Multi-Purpose Room, 5:30-7:30pm
10                 Daylight Savings Time
11-18           Spring Parent-Teacher Conference (Early Release)
14                 Student Council Meeting, 1:00pm-1:45pm
15                 Fancy Day
19                 Fourth Grade Field Trip to California Theater
19                 Spring Picture Day
22                 Movie Night in Multi-Purpose Room, 5:30pm
27                 Talent Show in Multi-Purpose Room,
                       Show 1-10:20am and Show 2-12:45pm
28                 Spirit Wear Sale in front of Room 14, 7:45am-8:30am,
                      (weather permitting)

Let’s Stay Connected

Email: ptaboard@vinciparkpta.com
Website: www.vinciparkpta.com
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Instagram: @vinciparkpta

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