February 2019 Newsletter

President’s Message

Hello Vinci Park Families,

Barb's headshot photoI hope you are enjoying all the rain we are getting this winter! Despite the rain, the PTA has been busy busy busy with so many events that enrich our school and community.

We recently completed our big fundraiser of the year called the HeroFit Challenge and the kids had so much fun having dance parties with Just-Incredible every morning, having team (classroom) huddles where they learned about the 5 character building traits such as teamwork, growth mindset and zest and finally the big event, the HeroFit Challenge where they came together and completed 35 exercises. It was so much fun seeing them dance, laugh and have fun while getting exercise in!

I want to send out a huge thank you to all our parents, families, and friends who pledged and donated towards the Hero Fit Challenge. Because of your hard work getting pledges and everyone’s generosity, we surpassed our initial goal of $15,000 and raised a total of $21,859.00! Vinci Park PTA will use this money to upgrade playground equipment, increase classroom funds and purchase much needed school supplies for our school.

This is proof that when we come together as a community and work towards a common goal, amazing things can happen.

I also want to thank our generous sponsors who contributed to purchasing a Boosterthon Hero Fit Challenge t-shirt for every single student at Vinci Park. Thank you to: Packet6, Sunshine School and Mainstream Electric Inc. for your tremendous contribution to our fundraiser and enhancing the event to make it even better.

Lastly, thank you to our teachers and administrative staff who without them this would not have been possible. Your dedication and commitment to enriching the lives of our students is admirable and we are so incredibly lucky to have you!

We have much to celebrate so I would like to personally invite all of you to our next community event which will take place on Thursday, March 7th from 6:00-8:00pm. Vinci Park PTA will be hosting a Pasta Night with music, board games and a chance to meet and mingle with other Vinci families and staff. Students and staff are FREE and the cost for everyone else is only $3.00 for a delicious pasta dinner. Please watch out for a flyer that will be coming home with your students the week of February 25th. We sincerely hope to see you all there so we can celebrate all our accomplishments together.

Reflecting back on the year, I realize that we have so much to be grateful for. The community we are building here at Vinci is supportive, encouraging and full of team camaraderie.

I hope everyone has a restful and enjoyable President’s Week break. We all deserve it!

Warm Regards,
Barb Dionicio
PTA President

Principal’s Message

Dear Vinci Park Families,

The students and staff at Vinci Park have met 2019 with enthusiasm and excitement! With so many activities ahead, we welcome your participation and help. Thank you to all of you who supported our HeroFit fundraiser last month, it was a huge success. It is through our ongoing partnership that we continue to be successful. Thanks for all that you do! Please consider joining our PTA board, there are multiple positions available and we would greatly appreciate all of your support and help.

Many students have been reflecting on their accomplishments for the past year and setting academic and personal goals for 2019. Please take some time to reflect on the past year and join the Vinci Park teachers, staff, and students as we make a commitment to academic excellence and a love for learning throughout the year. I would like to take this opportunity to THANK all of our many parent volunteers. It is amazing to think about all that you have done this year for our students and staff. We are truly grateful for all of your support!

Warmest Regards,
Parisa Nunez
Principal

Announcements

Box Tops For Education
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.

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.

High Five Friday Challenge
Our third grade teacher Mr. Torrez wanted to a way to build a team atmosphere in his classroom where everyone in the class felt welcomed and part of the “team”. He came up with the idea of having his students give each other “high fives” because they are a simple way to connect with someone. “It’s hard to tell what people are going through and sometimes they just need one person to give them a simple gesture that lets them know they are part of the team or community,” Mr. Torrez explains. High fives have been a success in his classroom all year and he wanted to take it to the next level and brought his idea to the Student Council. The Student Council officers and reps agreed it was a good idea and now wants to challenge all students and staff to find five people to give a high five to every Friday and watch the smiles that it brings. Let’s hope it catches on and becomes Vinci Park’s way of coming together and showing each other that we are one team.

Earth Shakes Fundraiser
The Vinci Park Safety Committee’s fundraiser has begun and runs 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. A flyer was sent home last week with more information. Samples of these kits are 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.

HeroFit Challenge
We had a lively and interactive fundraising experience the last two weeks in January with our HeroFit Challenge thanks to Just-Incredible and his Boosterthon team. Our students got a chance to solve mysteries, work on character building and got super-inspired to participate in raising money for our school. Let’s always remember the 5 character traits that we learned: 1) citizenship, 2) zest, 3) growth mindset, 4) integrity, and 5) teamwork! Together our Explorers raised over $21,000 for much needed playground equipment, increased classroom funds and school supplies. As promised Principal Nunez agreed to get slimed if our $15,000 goal was met. Here are a few snapshots from our fun filled weeks with the HeroFit Challenge.

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.

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 February Vinci Blue Friday winners were Mrs. Kocher’s 3rd grade class and Mrs. Stone’s 4th grade class. Our next Vinci Blue Friday will be March 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.

Pastries with Parents
It was wonderful to chat with many of you during our Pastries with Parents event on February 5th. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Here are a few snapshots.

       

       

Fancy Day
One of the highlighted spirit days brought to you by the student council this month was “Fancy Day” on February 8th. Students and staff dressed their best to show their school spirit. Here are a few snapshots for you to enjoy.

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, March 7th at 7:15 am in the staff lounge.

March PTA Events

Pasta Night
Date: March 7, 2019
Time: 6pm-8pm
Where: Multi-Purpose Room   

Admission: Students & Teachers of Vinci Park are Free. All others $3.

Take the night off from cooking and join us for a relaxing evening with a delicious pasta dinner, board games and a chance to meet other Vinci Park families. Fliers will go home to parents on February 25, 2019. Vinci Park students, teachers and staff are FREE and must submit the ticket attached on the flyer at the door. Everyone else is $3. RSVP is required for all attending and RSVP forms will be attached at the bottom of the flyer. Return the RSVP forms to directly to your teacher. This is a community event and we hope to meet a lot of you there!

Movie Night
Date: March 22, 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 event featuring “Smallfoot.”. Our event always fills up quickly so arrive early. Concession Menu: Pizza $2, Chips $1, Cookies $1, Water & Juice Boxes $1.

Calendar of Events

February
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)
25-3/8       ELPAC Testing
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)

March
1                    Vinci Blue Friday
1                    RSVP Due for Pasta Night (3/7/2019)
2                   Dr. Seuss Day
4                   Earth Shakes Fundraiser Ends
6                   Winter Concert – Strings 7-8pm
7                   Full Scale Emergency and Fire Drill
7                   PTA Meeting in Staff Lounge, 7:15am
7                   Pasta Night in Multi-Purpose Room, 6-8pm
10                Daylight Savings Time
11-18          Spring Parent-Teacher Conference (Early Release)
14                Student Council Meeting, 1:00pm-1:45pm
15                Sports 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)

April
2                   Talent Show Open Rehearsals
3-12            Bookfair
5                   Vinci Blue Friday
9                   Talent Show Open Rehearsals
11                  PTA Meeting in Staff Lounge, 7:15am
11                  Fire Drill
12                 Fifth Grade Panoramic Picture
12                 Movie Night in Multi-Purpose Room, 5:30pm
16                 Talent Show Dress Rehearsal
16                 Kindergarten VTA Presentation, 9:30am-10:15am
17                 Talent Show, Showtimes 10:20am and 1:40pm
18                 Open House
18                 Spirit Wear Sale in front of Room 14, 7:45 am-8:30 am
(weather permitting)
18                 Kindergarten Easter Egg Hunt
19                 Good Friday (No School)
22-26         No School
29-30        SBAC Testing

Let’s Stay Connected

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

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