May-June 2019 Newsletter

President’s Message

Hello Vinci Park Families,

What a wonderful year it has been! Barb's headshot photo

At the beginning of my term as President two years ago, I had one goal in mind which was to bring the community together through events and fundraisers while enriching the lives of our students. I am happy to say that we have not only achieved our goal, we exceeded it!

The turnout at our many community events, such as Pastries with Parents, Pasta Night and our Holiday Party, were amazing and it was a great opportunity to meet other parents and staff members at Vinci. Through successful fundraisers, we raised enough money to increase classroom funds, help fund field trips, educational workshops and assemblies and purchase much needed emergency supplies for our school.

I am extremely proud of the work that that PTA has done this year. Our PTA is comprised of busy working parents and yet somehow we managed to accomplish our goals. These women inspire me on a daily basis to be a better parent and member of our community.

As we prepare for the upcoming year, it gives me so much pleasure to announce that our new PTA President for the 2019-2020 school year is Marygrace Tobias. Marygrace has been an integral part of the success of the PTA for the last two years serving as our Treasurer and I am excited for her leadership and ideas. Working alongside her will be: Laura Torrez – Treasurer, Jennifer Johnson – Secretary, Michelle Dickinson Moises – Historian and myself as Auditor.

The board is always looking for new members and there are many positions available so please consider joining our board next year. You can view the different positions here.

I want to thank the parents, students and staff at Vinci Park Elementary for your support, encouragement, and appreciation for the work the PTA has done. Through collaborative effort and teamwork, we were able to accomplish so much to enrich the lives of our students and bring the community together.

It has been an honor and privilege serving as your PTA President for the last two years and it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.  

Have a great summer!

Warm Regards,
Barb Dionicio
PTA President

Principal’s Message

Dear Vinci Park Families,

Successful Year for Vinci Park
What an interesting year we have had! I am continually impressed by the flexibility, support, and enthusiasm of the Vinci Park School community. I would like to thank the students, staff and parents for your hard work and collaboration this year. We are fortunate to have so many fine programs and resources for students, as we enrich our wonderful classrooms with art, music, science, technology, afterschool programs, computer classes and multicultural events. Our school culture was especially enhanced by the many events organized by our PTA and staff. Our school would not be successful without you.

Parents and community members volunteer in classes, drive on field trips, serve on the PTA, participate in School Site Council, and give input on district committees. Vinci Park School thrives because of our PTA. Thank you, to the fantastic PTA board and members, for guiding our wonderful membership toward continued success of our Vinci Park community. The fundraisers, family fun nights, and school activities have been fun, well-organized, meaningful and profitable. Because of parent and staff input and the response of the PTA, we have been able to provide field trips, art and classroom materials, and new equipment to our school this year. We encourage more parents to get involved next year so we can all work together in the future. Thank you, volunteers. Have a great summer, looking forward to a wonderful 2019-2020 school year!

Thank you,
Parisa Nunez


PTA Board for 2019-2020 School Year
Our PTA board is made up of parent volunteers who enjoy taking an active role in their child’s school. We are happy to announce the new PTA board for the 2019-2020 school year below:

President: Marygrace Tobias
Treasurer: Laura Torrez
Secretary: Jennifer Johnson
Auditor: Barb Dionicio
Historian: Michelle Dickinson-Moises

There are many board positions still open. We would love to have additional parents (including dads) and teachers join the board to help us further reach our goals. Detailed descriptions and additional board positions can be found at

If you are interested, please contact We would be happy to discuss where your talents will fit best.

Vinci Blue Friday Winners for April & May

April Winners
Grades TK-3rd Winner
Mr. Torrez’s
3rd grade class
Grades 4th-5th Winner
Ms. Gaul’s
4th grade class
May Winners
Grades TK-3rd Winner
Mr. Torrez’s
3rd grade class
Grades 4th-5th Winner
Ms. Stone’s
4th grade class


Box Tops For Education
In the Winter, our Explorers submitted 1,142 Box Tops back in February, generating $114.20 for Vinci Park. 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

Box Tops for Education recently announced it will be switching to a digital program. Instead of clipping Box Tops, supporters will be asked to download the Box Tops app and scan and submit receipts showing their eligible purchases.

Over the summer you’ll see some participating brands begin to change their packaging from a physical Box Tops clip to the new Box Tops icon. With thousands of products and hundreds of brands, this will take some time, but eventually the Box Tops program will become digital-only.  

Box Top for Education will continue to honor all physical clips until they reach their expiration dates, so keep clipping and sending them to your school!

At its core, the program structure and purpose remain the same – to help schools get what they need.  The main difference is how you’ll earn – instead of clipping, all Box Tops will be earned digitally via receipt scan.

You’ll now download the new and improved, user-friendly Box Tops app, register and select a school, and then scan an eligible receipt containing Box Tops products. You’ll earn 10 cents for each Box Tops product purchased plus extra earnings for any Bonus Box Tops opportunities.  The app will automatically add Box Tops to your school’s earnings online, giving visibility to see how you are supporting your school in real-time.

When the new and improved version of the Box Tops app launches in June, be sure to download the app and start scanning your receipts to earn!

Winning Classes for Box Top Submissions in February

Grades TK-3rd Winner
Ms. Salvador’s
2nd grade class
Grades 4th-5th Winner
Mr. Kato’s
5th grade class


Get a Copy of the Vinci Park Yearbook Delivered to Your Home!
If you missed the April 16th deadline to purchase a yearbook, you can still purchase a yearbook online and it will deliver directly to your home. The cost is $19.24 (tax already included) plus shipping cost.  Please note, yearbooks purchased after April 16th will not be in the shipment of yearbooks that will be passed out during school at the end of the school year.  

Purchase your yearbook online by following these steps.

1) Go to

2) Enter our school’s passcode: 1014882190091199

3) Press the “Confirm” button. 

4) If you already have an account, click on “Log In'” and enter your account details.

5) If you are new to Tree Ring, please set up a Tree Ring account by entering your name, your email address, create a password and indicate what role you play (parent, teacher, other). Note: Must be a parent or student 13 years or older.

6) Press the “Get Started” button. 

7) It will ask if you are over 13 years old. Select “yes” or “no”.

8) Enter the first and last name of your child.

9) Press the “Next” button.

10) You will be asked to add your child’s school. Click where it says “Select” and a drop menu will pull down. Click on “Vinci Park”.

11) A field for “Grade” and ” Teacher” will then appear. Click where it says “Select” under grade and a drop menu will pull down. Click on the grade level of your child. Do the same for Teacher and click on your child’s teacher’s name.

12) Press the “Next” button at the bottom right-hand side of the page.

13) A list will then appear with your child’s School Name, School Year (2018-2019), Grade and Teacher. Please review and confirm that the information is accurate. If any edits need to be made click on the pencil icon/picture to the right. Make your changes and click on the “Save” button.

14) If you have a second child or more, click on the “Add Student” button on the bottom of the page on the left-hand side. Repeat steps 7-12.

15) Once you have entered all of your children, click on the “Next” button at the bottom of the page, on the right-hand side.

16) A new window will appear and it will say “Welcome to TreeRing”. It will show you two options 1) Purchase Your Yearbook or 2)  Create Your Custom, Personalized Pages. At the bottom of the window it will say “Ready to get started”. If you are ready click the “Let’s Go!” button.

17) Select the quantity of yearbooks you would like to purchase where it says “Books”.

18) Click on “Checkout” button.

19) You will be taken to a screen where you can enter your credit card or check information.

20) After you have entered your payment information, click on the “Place Order” button on the right-hand side.

21) A receipt will be emailed to you by TreeRing. Be sure to check your “Spam” folder if you do not see the receipt in your inbox.  

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact


5th Annual Community Heroes Recognition Event Honors Barb Dionicio
On Thursday, May 2, 2019, our very own PTA President, Barb Dionicio, was honored with a Community Heroes Award at a ceremony hosted by assemblymember Kansen Chu. The event was held at the Indian Community Center in Milpitas with more than 500 people in attendance. Honorees were recognized because they dedicated their time and efforts to making California’s 25th Assembly District (Fremont, Newark, Milpitas, San Jose, and Santa Clara) a better place to live, work and play.


Please let’s be courteous to our neighbors and refrain from parking in “driveways” along the street surrounding the school. We have reports that some cars are driving in one driveway and making a U-Turn out of the next driveway. Driveways are private property and are not to be used. Also, for the safety of our families, please do not park or block the marked crosswalks on the street. When a crosswalk is blocked, families are forced to walk around the car and into potentially dangerous pathways of oncoming traffic. Remember, pedestrians have the right of way when crossing the street. Let’s all be cautious and make a joint effort to keep our kids safe on their way to/from school.


Family Fun Night: May 17, 2019
Our Family Fun Night was very successful. Thank you to our families who donated an item to their class basket. Thank you to all of our volunteers for running all of our booths and for spending your Friday evening wit us. Thank you to our volunteer teachers for coordinating the raffle tickets and prizes. And, thank you to all of our festival attendees to bringing our Vinci Park community together. Following are a few snapshots for you to enjoy.


Message From the PTA Board
Enjoy your summer break! See you back on the first day of school on August 19, 2019. If you would like to share any feedback about our PTA events from this school year or if you have a suggestion for the PTA, please email

Calendar of Events

3                 Kinder Awards, 11:15am-11:45am, Multi-Purpose Room
3                 4th & 5th Grade Awards, 1pm-1:30pm, Multi-Purpose Room
4                 Fifth Grade Field Trip to Flickinger Park, 10am-2pm
5                 Fourth Grade Field Trip to Curiodyssey
6                 Second Grade Field Trip to Flickinger Park
6                 Kindergarten Graduation, 8am-12pm, Multi-Purpose Room
7                 Last Day of School (Early Release)

Let’s Stay Connected

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