April 2018 Newsletter

President’s Message

Barb's headshot photoHello Vinci Park Families, 

Can you believe we are already in the middle of April and preparing for the end of the school year? It’s been such a busy and fun year and it has been a pleasure serving on the PTA board and getting to know other parents and staff at Vinci Park Elementary!

With just a little under two months left, the PTA is excited to end the year with two wonderful events: Pasta Night on April 26th and Family Fun Night on May 18th. Please see the events section of the newsletter for more information on these two events. A flyer will also be sent home with your child so please watch out for those.  As always, we would love to have volunteers to help us make these events a success. Please sign up to volunteer on the Vinci Park PTA website or send an email at coordinator@vinciparkpta.com.

Did your kids come home talking about rockets and robots last week? If so, it’s because they attended an awesome assembly hosted by the PTA called Rockets & Robots by Captain Bob. There were so many oohs and ahhs and the kids were really engaged and super excited! Through fundraising, we hope to be able to bring more assemblies like this to Vinci Park in the coming years.

Teacher and staff appreciation week is May 7-11. Please look for a sheet that will be coming home with your kids soon and help us make everyday that week extra special for our teachers and staff who work so hard for our kids!

Thank You!

Barb Dionicio
PTA President

Principal’s Message

Dear Vinci Park Families,

April already! Wow, the second trimester has ended and you should have received your child’s report card. Hopefully you had an opportunity to review it with your child, to set goals for the third trimester and to celebrate the successes. Students certainly are doing some spectacular pieces of work. If you have questions or concerns, be sure to contact the teacher.

Here are some of the resources on Common Core please review the following sites. Students grades 3-5 will be participating in the Smarter Balanced Test.

www.cde.ca.gov
www.pta.org/4446.htm
http://www.cgcs.org/Domain/36
www.smarterbalanced.org

With the arrival of spring, many non Vinci Park children and families use the Vinci Park campus for after school and weekend events.  Please show respect and pride for our community school by the following actions:

  • Take all trash home and help others to do the same.
  • Supervise your children and remind others to do the same.
  • Keep dogs off the campus at all times.
  • Address anyone engaging in vandalism and report it to the school office or the police.

Reminders

All volunteers and visitors are required to sign in at the office and wear a name badge. Please don’t knock on classroom doors after the school day has started.This are for your safety and the safety of our students. Sign-in is part of our school and district safety plans. Arrangements for the pick-up of students at the end of the day should be made before school. Instructional time is being interrupted regularly when parents call the office and ask the teacher to give a message to the student. Let’s protect the learning time by reducing calls to the classroom.

Have a great month!

Mrs. Nunez
Principal

Announcements

Yearbook Update – The deadline to purchase a yearbook was on Friday, April 13th. Yearbooks are expected to arrive on June 1. We will announce the date and location of where you can pick up your yearbook closer to the date.

Spirit Wear Update – Kids and adult hoodies are in stock and available for purchase, perfect for Spirit Days. Please place your order with your child’s teacher. We are also in the process of purchasing more shirts and we will let you know when those are available.

Facebook – Are you on Facebook? If so, make sure to Like and Follow our Vinci Park PTA page to stay up to date on the events happening at Vinci Park. We post lots of photos  so be sure to check it out!

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. Light snacks and refreshments are provided.

Our next PTA Meeting will be held on May 10 at 7:15 am in the staff lounge.

If you would like to become a member, complete a form located at the sign-in desk outside the front office, attach your payment and submit it to your child’s teacher or front office staff.

April and May PTA Events

Pasta Night – Take the night off from cooking and join us for a relaxing evening with a delicious meal from Giorgo’s, board games and a chance to meet other Vinci Park families. Fliers will go home to parents this week. Vinci Park students, teachers and staff are FREE. Everyone else is $3. RSVP is required and the deadline to turn in the RSVP forms to teachers is Friday, April 20th.

This is a community event and we hope to meet a lot of you there!

Where: Multi Purpose Room
When: April 26, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm</span

Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week – Join the PTA in thanking our teachers and staff. Watch out for a flyer that will be sent home on how you can participate. Choose a day or two (or all five) to participate, then show your teachers and staff that they are loved and appreciated.

When: May 7-11

 

 

 

 

Family Fun Night – Please save the date and join us for our major event! We have a lot of fun surprises this year. The posters are up around the school and fliers will go home to parents the week of April 23rd.

Want to help? Fill out a volunteer form or send an email to: coordinator@vinciparkpta.com.

LET’S MAKE THIS THE BEST FAMILY FUN NIGHT YET!

 

Where: Vinci Park Elementary School
When: May 18, 2018
Time: 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Calendar of Events

April

2-6   Spring Break
9-27 Pennies for Patients
9 4    Grade field trip to Levi Stadium
12      PTA Meeting
12      Rockets & Robots Assembly
13      Vinci Blue Day
18      1st Grade field trip to DeAnza Planetarium
25      4th Grade field trip to SJ Tech Museum
26      Pasta Night Community Event
30      District Art Show

May

3       Open House
3       Kinder and 1st Grade Gallery Walk
4       Vinci Blue Day
5       Cinco de Mayo
7-11 Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week
8       Teacher Appreciation Day
10      PTA Meeting
10      Emergency Preparedness Training (Noble School)
15      4th Grade field trip to San Juan Baustista
18      Family Fun Night
22      Vinci On Stage Rehearsal
23      Vinci On Stage Show
24      Strings Concert
28      Memorial Day – No School
29      3rd Grade field trip to Tech Museum
29      4th Grade field trip to CuriOdyssey
30      MMS visit for incoming 6th grade
30-31  Vinci Park Olympics

June

7      Kinder Promotion
8     5th  Grade Promotion
8     Last Day of School

Let’s Keep In Touch

Email: officials@vinciparkpta.com
Website: www.vinciparkpta.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vinciparkpta/

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

~Nelson Mandela

March 2018 Newsletter

President’s Message

Barb's headshot photoHello Vinci Park Families!

As we are nearing the end of the school year, we are currently looking for a nominating committee to look for enthusiastic parents who would like to join the board next year. The purpose of the nominating committee is to recognize and seek qualified nominees for the elected leadership of the PTA. Elections will take place in April. If you are interested in joining the nominating committee, would like to nominate a candidate or nominate yourself, please send an email to Laura Torrez at secretary@vinciparkpta.com. CLICK HERE to see the list of positions and their descriptions that we are seeking to fill for the 2018-2019 school year.

Do you know anyone who can provide services to us for our Family Fun Night? We are looking for: Food Vendors, businesses willing to donate raffle prizes, face painters, balloon makers, magicians, or anything else you can think of that the kids will enjoy! Please email: ffncommittee@vinciparkpta.com with your recommendation and the contact information so we can reach out to them.

We had such an awesome turnout at our movie night this past Friday! So many families showed up to watch Disney’s hit, “Coco” and we sold pizza, nachos and cheese, cookies and drinks and we gave away popcorn and ice cream for FREE! The kids had a blast and so did the adults. Thank you to everyone who came and a special thank you to the volunteers who helped make it a smooth and successful event!

Thank you so much to the teachers and staff for such a fun book fair ice cream social! Just look how happy these kids are to get their ice cream, hang out with their buddies and purchase some new books!

Lastly, Mrs. Nunez and I attended the annual CA PTA Luncheon earlier this month and we had the opportunity to meet other PTA leaders, educators and community leaders in the Bay Area. We heard from CA State PTA President, Dianna MacDonald as she reinforced the impact parents, teachers and the community have on our students. It was a great reminder that together, we can make a huge difference in children’s lives.

Mrs. Nunez and I with Berryessa Unified School District Superintendent, Dr. Roxane Fuentes.
With the CA State PTA President, Dianne MacDonald along with 6th District PTA and Northwood Elementary PTA leaders.
Mrs. Nunez and Dr. Roxane Fuentes with PTA Leaders in the Berryessa School District.
PTA Leaders, Educators and Community Leaders at the CA PTA Annual Luncheon.

Thank You!

Barb Dionicio
PTA President

Principal’s Message

Dear Vinci Park  School Families,

This year is flying by!  What a wonderful group of students we have at Vinci Park School.  They continue to work hard, play positively and grow socially.  We will soon be entering a period of multiple assessments, if you would like to see some sample questions and have your students practice some of the released test questions, please visit, https://sbacpt.tds.airast.org/student.

The most important skill your 3rd-5th grade students should be working on right now is their typing skills, there are some excellent websites you can use, if you need some assistance finding one please ask your student’s teacher.

March 21 – 28 will be conference days for all students. Teachers will discuss your child’s progress, areas of strength and weakness, the report card, and they will share samples of your student’s work with you.  Please bring any questions that you may have about how your child is doing.

Students will be dismissed at 1:00 during the conference days.

As the warm weather approaches, I want to remind parents and students of our Vinci Park Dress Code. A couple of items to note are “no tank tops,” wear fingertip length shorts and skirts and to wear shoes with a back and covered toes.

Have a great month!

Warmest Regards,
Parisa Nunez
Principal

Announcements

PTA Demands Action to End Gun Violence On March 14, students across the country are planning to “walk out” to make their voices heard. California State PTA is asking for your help to “call out” our federal legislators and demand action.

Stand together with the voices of students and call your federal legislators on March 14 to demand stronger gun-violence prevention legislation including:

  • Prohibiting the sale and possession of assault weapons including automatic and semi-automatic weapons
  • Mandatory background checks
  • Waiting periods for all firearm purchases.

Click here for the phone script to get our voices heard.

Yearbook Update – Don’t forget to purchase your yearbook! Simply log online at ybpay.lifetouch.com, enter our yearbook ID # 13435118 or search for our school. The cost is $18.00.

Spirit Wear Update – The PTA just placed a large order for kids and adult size hoodies. Once we receive the order, we will send out an email announcement with how you can purchase one. We are hoping to receive the order by the end of the month.

Family Fun Night Committee – It’s official! Our annual Family Fun Night will take place on Friday, May 18th!  For those who are new to Vinci Park, Family Fun Night is our biggest fundraising event of the year and historically this event has brought in the biggest crowds and the most funds for the PTA.

We are in the process of forming the committees who will oversee a specific function. Ex. Food Committee, Games Committee, Raffle Prizes Committee, Entertainment Committee, etc…

Are you interested in joining one of our committees? If you are able to help out at all, please sign up online at https://vinciparkpta.com/volunteer/ or send an email to ffncommittee@vinciparkpta.com.

To view the job descriptions of the positions required to make this event a success, go to www.vinciparkpta.com > Home > Family Fun Night Job Descriptions.

LET’S MAKE THIS THE BEST FAMILY FUN NIGHT YET!

Facebook – Are you on Facebook? If so, make sure to Like and Follow our Vinci Park PTA page to stay up to date on the events happening at Vinci Park. We post lots of photos  so be sure to check it out!

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. Light snacks and refreshments are provided.

Our next PTA Meeting will be held on April 12, 2018 at 7:15 am in the staff lounge.

If you would like to become a member, complete a form located at the sign-in desk outside the front office, attach your payment and submit it to your child’s teacher or front office staff.

March PTA Events

Family Fun Night Meeting – Join our FFN committee for a fun and informal meeting to discuss this years biggest event. Feel free to bring your kids too. We would love their input and suggestions!

Where: Staff Lounge
When: March 15, 2018
Time: 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Panda Express Family Dine Out – Join us at Panda Express on Oakland Rd. for lunch and dinner. 20% of sales will go to Vinci Park and will help pay for much needed classroom supplies. You should have received a fundraising form in your child’s homework folder. If not, more can be found in the front office. A FLYER MUST BE PRESENTED AT THE TIME OF CHECKOUT!

Where: 1704 Oakland Rd.
When: March 19, 2018
Time: 11:00am to 9:00pm

Calendar of Events

March

1                Book Fair Ice Cream Social
2               Read Across America/Dr. Seuss Birthday
5               Vinci Blue Day
5-6          3rd Grade Field Trip to Hist Museum
6               Vinci On Stage Auditions
8               PTA Meeting
8               Spring Stings Concert
9               Movie Night – Disney’s Coco
10              Parent University
11               Daylight Savings Time
13              Kinder SJ Museum of Art Presentation
14              Piggie Opera
15              Family Fun Night Meeting
15              Kinder field trip to YSI Vasona
16              Kinder SJ Museum of Art Presentation
16             Young Authors Faire Reception
19              Family Dine Out Fundraiser at Panda Express
20             Spring Pictures
21-28      Parent Teacher Conferences (Early Release)
23            4th grade field trip to Levi Stadium
28            Parent Workshop
28-29    ELPAC (CELDT Testing)
30           Good Friday (No School)

Let’s Keep In Touch

Email: officials@vinciparkpta.com
Website: www.vinciparkpta.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vinciparkpta/

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” ~Elizabeth Andrew

February 2018 Newsletter

President’s Message

Barb's headshot photo

Hello Vinci Park Families!

Spring is just around the corner and the weather these past couple of weeks have been perfect!

You may have noticed a few new signs around the drop off area. Please be cautious of children walking to and from school and crossing the street during drop offs and pickups. This is a reminder that when you are dropping off your kids at the turn area, please do not park! Parked cars block the flow of traffic and make it difficult for other cars to move forward and exit causing a back-up. Your patience and cooperation is for the safety of our kids!

We had a great brainstorming meeting for our Family Fun Night Event! We came up with lots of new ideas to make this year even more memorable. The theme this year is Multicultural and we will be celebrating cultures from all around the world. The committees have been formed: food & drinks, activities, games, entertainment and raffle baskets. We are seeking volunteers to help us make this event a success. If you would like to help, sign up to volunteer by completing this form or reaching out to Dulce Valencia, our Volunteer Coordinator at coordinator@vinciparkpta.com.

It’s not too late to purchase your emergency kits through EarthShakes. The deadline to purchase is February 16. 20% of sales will go back to Vinci Park Elementary to be used to purchase much needed emergency supplies for the school. For more information, go to the Earthshakes Website: https://earthshakes.com

As we are nearing the end of the school year, we are currently looking for a nominating committee to look for enthusiastic parents who would like to join the board next year. The purpose of the nominating committee is to recognize and seek qualified nominees for the elected leadership of the PTA. Elections will take place in April.

If you are interested in joining the nominating committee, would like to nominate a candidate or nominate yourself, please send an email to Laura Torrez at secretary@vinciparkpta.com. More information can be found on the CA PTA website: http://capta.org/pta-leaders/run-your-pta/nominations-and-elections/

Thank You!

Barb Dionicio
PTA President

Principal’s Message

The students and staff at Vinci Park have met 2018 with enthusiasm and excitement! With so many activities ahead, we welcome your participation and help. It is through our ongoing partnership that we continue to be successful.  

Thanks for all that you do!

Many students have been reflecting on their accomplishments for the past year and setting academic and personal goals for 2018. 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

The Intra district transfer window is now open  for currently enrolled students.  In order to be included in the lottery, transfers must be received in Education Services by March 2nd.  New students will be included in a second lottery and forms must be submitted to Education Services by April 27th. 

ELPAC Testing – The ELPAC is the test that is used to measure how well students in kindergarten through twelfth grade understand English when it is not their primary language. The ELPAC is taking the place of the California English Language Development Test (CELDT). Information from the ELPAC helps your child’s teacher provide support in the right areas.The Summative Assessment will be administered in Berryessa beginning February 5, 2018. For more Information please view the Parent Guide to Understanding the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California flyer.

English: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ep/documents/elpacparentguide.pdf
Chinese: http://inet2.cde.ca.gov/cmd/documentdetail.aspx?doc=9975
Spanish: http://inet2.cde.ca.gov/cmd/documentdetail.aspx?doc=9976
Vietnamese: http://inet2.cde.ca.gov/cmd/documentdetail.aspx?doc=9979

Link for flyer about Practice Tests: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ep/documents/elpacpracticetests.pdf

Link for taking Practice Tests: https://www.elpac.org/resources/practicetests/

Yearbook Update – This year we are working with a company called Lifetouch to make our yearbooks the best we’ve ever had! We have chosen the winner of the Yearbook cover contest amongst the 5th graders and all the participants artwork will be featured in this year’s yearbook. The yearbook is now available for purchase at ybpay.lifetouch.com. Enter our Yearbook ID # 13435118 or search for our school. The cost is $18.00 .

Spirit Wear Update – We will be selling Spirit Wear on Thursday, February 15th at 7:45am outside in the school yard. Please come and check out what we have available. We are no longer be taking orders via order form but PTA will continue to keep a stock of merchandise to sell at the school and during events.

Traffic Safety Committee We need volunteers to help direct traffic. Time will be from 7:55 am-8:10 am and you don’t have to volunteer every day. Sign up online here: https://vinciparkpta.com/volunteer/ or contact Barb at president@vinciparkpta.com for more information.

Family Fun Night Committee – It’s official! Our annual Family Fun Night will take place on Friday, May 18th!  For those who are new to Vinci Park, Family Fun Night is our biggest fundraising event of the year and historically this event has brought in the biggest crowds and the most funds for the PTA.

We are in the process of forming the committees who will oversee a specific function. Ex. Food Committee, Games Committee, Raffle Prizes Committee, Entertainment Committee, etc…

We need volunteers to head up our committees! If you are able to help out at all, please sign up online at https://vinciparkpta.com/volunteer/ or contact Dulce Valencia at coordinator@vinciparkpta.com

To view the job descriptions of the positions required to make this event a success, go to www.vinciparkpta.com > Home > Family Fun Night Job Descriptions.

LET’S MAKE THIS THE BEST FAMILY FUN NIGHT YET!

Facebook – Are you on Facebook? If so, make sure to Like and Follow our Vinci Park PTA page to stay up to date on the events happening at Vinci Park. We post lots of photos  so be sure to check it out!

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. Light snacks and refreshments are provided.

Our next PTA Meeting will be held on March 8, 2018 at 7:15 am in the staff lounge.

If you would like to become a member, complete a form located at the sign-in desk outside the front office, attach your payment and submit it to your child’s teacher or front office staff.

February PTA Events

February 15 – Spirit Wear Sale – We will be selling spirit wear out on the school yard. Come out and check out our current stock!

Where: Outside of Room 8
When: February 15, 2018
Time: 7:45 am-8:10 am

Calendar of Events

February

1-16      Earthshakes Fundraiser
5-15     Warm Coat Drive
7            Piggie Opera
8            PTA Meeting at 7:15am
12          Presentation for Kinders
13          Informance Band
14         Valentine’s Day
15         Spirit Wear Sale
16         Chinese New Year!
16         Spirit Day – Colorful Day
16         Book Fair Begins
19-23 President’s Break (No School)
26-28 Book Fair Continues

March

1              Book Fair Ice Cream Social
2             Read Across America/Dr. Seuss Birthday
5             Vinci Blue Day
5-6        3rd Grade Field Trip to Hist Museum
6             Vinci On Stage Auditions
7             Young Authors Faire Reception
8             PTA Meeting
8             Spring Stings Concert
9             Movie Night – Disney’s Coco
10           Parent University
11            Daylight Savings Time
13           Kinder SJ Museum of Art Presentation
14           Piggie Opera
15           Family Fun Night Meeting
15           Kinder field trip to YSI Vasona
16           Kinder SJ Museum of Art Presentation
19           Family Dine Out Fundraiser at Panda Express
20          Spring Pictures
21-28   Parent Teacher Conferences (Early Release)
23          4th grade field trip to Levi Stadium
28          Parent Workshop
28-29  ELPAC (CELDT Testing)
30        Good Friday (No School)

Let’s Keep In Touch

Email: officials@vinciparkpta.com
Website: www.vinciparkpta.com
 Facebook https://www.facebook.com/vinciparkpta/

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” — Benjamin Franklin