November 2018 Newsletter

President’s Message

Dear Vinci Park Families,

Barb's headshot photoI want to take this time to express my gratitude and appreciation to all the parents, teachers and staff who has volunteered their time to help out at our events over the past few months. From getting pied in the face at our Harvest Festival, working the ticket booth, to cutting box tops at home or organizing and distributing our Otis Spunkmeyer orders, it was so amazing to see our school community come together! As a result, we have had some amazing fundraisers and community events. And, it’s only November!

I am so proud to announce that our Otis Spunkmeyer fundraiser this year was a HUGE success! We brought in a total of $30,301.00 in sales and 40% of those sales will go back Vinci Park PTA. That’s $12,560.40 that will help fund classroom supplies and field trips! Major kudos goes out to the PTA board for executing this fundraiser. A lot of work goes into planning and executing a school fundraiser such as this and it could not have gone any smoother so thank you to all those involved!

Our Harvest Festival this year was also a huge success. It was so well organized, and with the amount of volunteers we had, everyone was able to enjoy the festivities. The kids were dazzled by our magician Spencer Grey and they had a blast throwing a pie at their teachers!

Our next free community event is our Holiday Pajama Party on December 7th from 5:30-7:30pm. Check out the poster outside your child’s classroom and watch out for a flyer that will be coming home with your child in the next couple of weeks. Make sure to come in your favorite, comfiest pajamas and be ready to meet and greet Santa Claus!

As we approach the holiday season, I want to wish everyone a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving holiday with their loved ones. May your Thanksgiving be filled with love and cheer!

Warm Regards,
Barb Dionicio
PTA President

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents,

Happy November!
Hope you are enjoying the beautiful brilliance of the fall season. As we approach the month of November, I would like to mention a few upcoming events. Parent-Teacher Conferences will begin November 26. You will have an opportunity to discuss your child’s progress and the contents of the report with his or her teacher/s. Please use these conferences to your advantage. Be sure to come with questions, concerns or compliments. Use the time to discuss things you are unsure about or hope for your child. Pay attention to the comments your child’s teacher has, and help us make this a successful year for everyone.

If you have questions about content standards or state testing, a good site to visit is the

California Department of Education (www.cde.ca.gov).

Safety
I am asking that parents/guardians please use the horseshoe ONLY for drop and go purposes when bringing your student to school in the morning. If you feel the need to assist your child out of the car or walk them in, YOU MUST park on the street. I ask that you are respectful to parents who are on their way to work and on a time schedule. It creates a dangerous situation when cars try to go around those who have gotten out of their vehicles.

If you are bringing your child in late to school, you MUST bring them into the office and get a late pass. Please DO NOT drop them off and watch them enter the classroom from your car. Let’s all work to keep our most precious gift, our students, safe!

Finally, I would like to continue to invite parents to attend our School Site Council and PTA meetings.  During our November meeting we’ll be revising/aligning our school’s mission and vision statements.

Respectfully,
Parisa Nunez
Principal

Announcements

Yearbook
We are in need of volunteers to work on our yearbook. This is an ongoing project that can be done online at home. If you are interested, please contact ptaboard@vinciparkpta.com.

Otis Spunkmeyer Fundraiser
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Fall fundraiser with Otis Spunkmeyer and Popcornopolis popcorn. We brought in a total of $30,301.00 in sales and 40% of those sales will go back Vinci Park PTA. That’s $12,560.40 that will help fund classroom supplies and field trips! Congratulations to both Ms. Angarano’s Kindergarten class for being the overall top class to sell 176 items combined and to our overall top seller, second grader, Darius Calanche who sold 79 items.  

Pumpkin Design Contest at the Harvest Festival
During our Fall Harvest Festival last month we had a student pumpkin design contest with 20 contestants participating. The pumpkins were either carved, painted or decorated. There were many Halloween themed pumpkins with carvings of a witch, a bat, a cat, and  jack-o-lantern faces. While others were decorated and painted designs of a spider, a mummy and of funny faces. Congratulations to all of the participants. Everyone did a wonderful job with their creations and it was an entertaining sight to see.


Our
first place pumpkin was designed by 3rd grader Ace Tran. His pumpkin had a Frankenstein theme and was both carved, painted and decorated.

 


Our
second place pumpkin had a pink ribbon theme symbolizing breast cancer awareness. It was painted and decorated by 1st grader Renae Gomez.

 

Box Tops
We are pleased to announce the results and winners of the Box Tops for Education contest!

Classroom winner for TK-3rd: Mr. Torrez’s 3rd grade class with 311 Box Tops submitted.

Classroom winner for 4th-5th: Mrs. Stone’s 4th grade class with 220 Box Tops submitted.

Overall our students collected and submitted 3147 Box Tops last month, earning $314.70 for our school. Many thanks to everyone who participated! Keep collecting those Box Tops. The next submission will be later in the school year.

Vinci Blue Fridays
Every first Friday of the month each class competes to see who has the most spirit, aka “Vinci Blue Fridays”.  Congratulations to Mr. Torrez’s 3rd grade class and Ms. Perla’s 4th grade class for winning November’s Vinci Blue Friday. Our next Vinci Blue Friday will be December 7th. The winning classes will earn a small prize. Explorers, show your school spirit by wearing blue or a Vinci Park t-shirt or hoodie.

Walking Field Trip
Last week, a permission form for a “Walking Field Trip” for November 26th-November 30th, 2018 was handed out. In the event of an emergency during recess or when it is necessary to evacuate further than the boundaries of the campus, designated “Emergency Evacuation Sites” have been planned for the children to go to with their class. The permission form allows for the school to practice walking to these designated sites. Due to the safety of the children, these designated sites are kept confidential, but are nearby.

Parent Involvement Policy
The Berryessa Union School District is required to share its Parent Involvement Policy. You can view the policy here

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 January 10th at 7:15 am in the staff lounge. Please note that there is no meeting in December.

December PTA Events

Holiday Pajama Party

Date: December 7, 2018   | Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm
Location: Multi-Purpose Room

Admission: Free

Join us for an evening of holiday arts & crafts, letters to Santa, cookie decorating, and pictures with santa. We will have pizza, chips, hot chocolate bar and other beverages for sale.

Volunteers are needed from 3:30pm-5:30pm to help set up, 5:30-7:30pm for overall event assistance and 7:30-8:30pm for clean up.  If you are interested, please contact ptaboard@vinciparkpta.com.

Calendar of Events

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                    Otis Spunkmeyer Fundraiser Distribution, 12pm-5pm
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
                       (weather permitting)

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
                       (weather permitting)
21                  Early Release
12/24-1/4  Winter Break (No School)
                       *No PTA Meeting in December

January
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
21                   Martin Luther King Jr Day (No School)
22                  Boosterthon Fitness Challenge Pep Rally
23                  Second Grade Field Trip to SJ Tech Museum
25                  Movie Night in Multi-Purpose Room, 5:30pm
31                   Boosterthon Fitness Challenge (after school)
31                   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
Facebook: www.facebook.com/vinciparkpta
Instagram: @vinciparkpta

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

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
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“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

January 2018 Newsletter

President’s Message

Barb's headshot photo

Hello Vinci Park Families!

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season with your loved ones and are ready for what 2018 has to offer. We are back in full swing and excited for the latter half of our school year.

This is a long weekend for many celebrating the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr, on Monday. I hope you enjoyed the extra time with family and friends.

I realize that it’s a busy time for all as we approach the new year with new goals, resolutions and ways we could contribute to our community.  Let’s remember that service to others is not limited to a monetary value. The most precious gift you can give to someone is your time. I encourage you this year to volunteer at Vinci Park Elementary to help achieve our mission of bettering the lives of our students.

Some ways you can volunteer your time are; helping with concession stands, participating in committees, attending PTA meetings, doing administrative work from home, or simply making copies of flyers. There are a lot more tasks to be filled but any little bit of assistance to the PTA goes a long way in making Vinci Park Elementary a better place for our kids.

Sign up to volunteer by completing this form or reaching out to Dulce Valencia, our Volunteer Coordinator at coordinator@vinciparkpta.com.

Thank You!

Barb Dionicio
PTA President

Principal’s Message

I trust everyone had a terrific holiday and is looking forward to a wonderful, healthy new year! 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.

Here are some tips to help students start the New Year off on a positive note.

  • Get plenty of sleep. Scientists have found that students who do not get enough sleep have difficulty paying attention in class and do not do as well in school. Recommended amounts of sleep range from about 8½ to 11 hours a night for elementary students.
  • Eat healthy. Eat more fruits, nuts, and vegetables. Drink at least 8 (8 oz) glasses of water every day. Limit the amount of sodas and snack foods you eat.
  • Exercise your body and your mind daily.
  • Follow the Golden Rule – Treat others (children and adults) the way you would like to be treated.
  • Time + Effort = Achievement –Take the time to carefully complete all assignments at school and home; ask questions when you do not understand a task; demonstrate perseverance (that means keep trying – even when the work is difficult), and eliminate the word “can’t” from your vocabulary. Make it a goal to do your personal best at school every day.
  • 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!
  • Attend school regularly and on time.
  • Write out your Plan for Success. The plan may include getting better grades, making new friends, studying harder, staying out of trouble, etc.
  • Share your Plan with someone who can help you to reach your goal.

Have a fantastic year!

Parisa Nunez
Principal

Announcements

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!

Donation Receipt – If you would like to receive a donation receipt for your PTA membership donation, please email president@vinciparkpta.com by January 17th. Your email must include your first name and your last name. This receipt is for the purpose of your 2017 tax records.

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

Spirit Wear Update – Our first wave of orders have been distributed. Another order will be placed on January 19th so please complete an order form and submit to PTA before then. The PTA is in the process of exploring an online vendor option to replace the current order form. This is in hopes of having  a more efficient ordering process. More to come on that! In addition, PTA will continue to keep a stock of merchandise to sell at the school and at events.

Traffic Safety CommitteeTraffic safety signs and vests have been purchased. Now 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 Our annual Family Fun Night will take place in May!  The exact date is to be determined but we will announce that soon. 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

We will be providing job descriptions for the type of positions we will need filled to make this event a success. This will be provided ASAP and we will link it on our website.

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

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 February 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.

January PTA Events

Family Dine Out Fundraiser – Join us for our first family dine out of year! This dine out will take place all day so get your lunch and dinner here! Simply bring in the flyer, show it on your phone or mention Vinci Park Elementary and WingStop will donate 20% of your check back to Vinci Park PTA. Proceeds will help go towards school assemblies and classroom field trips.

Where: WingStop
725 Ridder Park Ste 80, San Jose (across from Lowes)
When: January 24th
Time: All Day

Emergency Preparedness Fundraiser – With the recent natural disasters that have hit close to home recently, there is no better time than now to equip your home and your cars with an emergency preparedness kit. Stay tuned for more information on how you can purchase a kit for your family. A flyer will be sent home with your kids in the coming weeks. A portion of your sale, will go back to Vinci Park Elementary to help purchase emergency kits for each classroom. More information can be found here: https://earthshakes.com/fundraiser.php

Calendar of Events

January

15      MLK Day (No School)
24     Dine Out Fundraiser at WingStop
25     Parenting Workshop
29     Earthshakes Fundraiser Begins
31     1st Grade Field Trip to Palo Alto Children’s Theater

February

7          Piggie Opera
8          PTA Meeting
12        Kinder Presentation
13        Informance Band
16        Chinese New Year!
19-23 President’s Break (No School)

March

1           Book Fair Ice Cream Social
5-6     3rd Grade Field Trip to Hist Museum
8          PTA Meeting
11         Daylight Savings Time
20       Spring Pictures
21-28 Parent Teacher Conferences (Early Release)
30      Good Friday (No School)

Let’s Keep In Touch

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

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that”. – Martin Luther King Jr.

 

December Newsletter

President’s Message

Hello Vinci Park Families!

As we get ready for the upcoming holidays and winter break, I want to take the time to thank you for your support and commitment these past few months. In just four months, we’ve had a movie night, a fall festival, two restaurant dine-outs and a catalogue fundraiser! With your hard work and involvement, together we have surpassed our fundraising goals. The funds will go towards supporting additional educational workshops and programs.

Our accomplishments would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of the PTA Executive Board. There is a lot of behind-the-scenes work that is needed to get done in order to run an effective PTA and I could not be more proud of the work that our board has done these past few months. Because of the countless hours planning, coordinating, and executing, we were able to accomplish more than we had originally expected and the ones that will benefit from it are our students!

I would also like to extend a huge thank you to our parent volunteers who have lent us a hand at our events. Without your help we couldn’t have put on such great events. We appreciate all that you do for the kids!

Lastly, I’d like to thank the teachers and staff of Vinci Park Elementary for your tireless work and dedication. The work you do is crucial to the development of our children. Your support and partnership means everything!

I wish you all a safe and happy holiday season and a very prosperous and healthy new year!

Thank You!
Barb Dionicio, PTA President

Principal’s Message

Happy Winter!

I love this time of year. We get snuggly and warm, and look forward to time with our families and friends. We really have so much to be thankful for. The generosity of families is amazing and greatly appreciated.

Conferences are over, and students are full swing into their classes. Thank you for the time you spent with each of your teachers. We so appreciate the support and camaraderie we experience with our parent community. What a whirlwind of a year it has been with the new Language Arts adoption!! Our teachers have worked so incredibly hard this year preparing, training, and networking with other educators. Your children are now showing the benefits of all that hard work! They are learning the same basic concepts as in the past, only they are exploring those concepts more deeply and with higher rigor. It’s exciting to see our children actively engaged in higher level academic conversations!!.

I would like extend a special thank you to our PTA, SSC and all of the staff members, that support our school. Without you, our students could not be successful. I am particularly thankful for each teacher and dedicated staff member on this campus. Every day they choose to be here with integrity, enthusiasm, and professionalism.  On behalf of the entire school faculty and staff at Vinci Park, I wish you and your entire family peace, joy, happiness and excellent health.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Nunez

Announcements

STAFF FAVORITE THINGS – Are you stumped on what to get your teachers for the holidays? Take the guess work out of gift giving for our teachers and staff! Click here for a list of their favorite things!

SPIRIT WEAR – Thank you to all who have placed their order for spirit wear. Your orders will be ready for pick up on December 14th in the multi-purpose room from 4:30-7:30pm. Stay tuned for our next order date coming soon.  

HOLIDAY PARTY! – We need parent volunteers to help during our Holiday Party on December 14th anytime between 3:30 pm to 8:00 pm. You do not have to commit the entire time. We’ll need help with concessions, setup and clean-up.

TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE  – We are looking for a team to head up our traffic safety initiative! Morning drop offs will be so much more smoother with your help.

Please complete a volunteer form or contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Dulce Valencia at coordinator@vinciparkpta.com if you are able to help. Every little bit counts!  *You do not have to volunteer the entire time.

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 January 11, 2018 at 6:00 pm 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.

Acknowledgements & Volunteer Spotlight

On November 15th, parent volunteers, staff and teachers all worked together to help distribute the 2,049 Otis Spunkmeyer orders that were sold! Led by our Treasurer, Marygrace Tobias, the multi-purpose room was converted into a distribution center and everything was labeled and organized for easy pickup. It was an entire day’s work but we successfully got everyone’s orders in the right hands!

I want to recognize a few parent volunteers that really went above and beyond that day….Elaine Siman, Natasha Lakeman, Jennifer Johnson, Michelle Esporma, and Indira Collado. These ladies hauled heavy boxes, accounted for the orders, and made sure all the kids prizes were in the boxes. This took hours and yet they did it all with a smile on their face. Thank you ladies so much! You are so amazing!

December PTA Events

SPIRIT WEAR PICK-UP – Orders will be available for pick up at the Holiday Event on December 14th. If you are not able to pick it up that evening, your order will be given to your child’s teacher for pick up the following day.

WHERE: Multi-Purpose Room
WHEN: Thursday, December 14th
TIME: 4:30-7:30 pm

HOLIDAY PARTY! – Join us for a night of arts & crafts, a hot chocolate bar, cupcakes, lots of food, a photo booth, a holiday movie and the best part….a visit with Santa!

Please RSVP by December 8th here: vinciparkpta.com/holidayparty

WHERE: Multi-Purpose Room
WHEN: Thursday, December 14th
TIME: 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Calendar of Events

DECEMBER

4-8     Second Harvest Food Drive
7          Chipotle Dine Out – 5th Grade Science Camp Fundraiser
14        Holiday Party
14        Spirit Wear Pick Up
15        Pajama Spirit Day – Minimum Day
18-31 Winter Break

Let’s Keep In Touch

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

“Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” – Rita Pierson

Vinci Park PTA Newsletter

President’s Message

Hello Vinci Park Families!

I can’t believe it’s already November! Time has gone by so fast these past couple of months but so many exciting things have happened.

Our Otis Spunkmeyer fundraiser was a huge hit and everyone did an awesome job sharing the flyers and order forms with everyone they know! We have so many orders placed and it will be ready for pick up on November 15th from 1:00 pm-5:00 pm in the multi-purpose room.  Because items come frozen, time is of the essence and remember, this is a one day pick up only!

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Fall Festival! It was our very first big event and I am so proud of our board members, and all the volunteers who went above and beyond their duty to make the event incredibly successful. Most importantly, the kids had an amazing time and loved throwing a pie at their favorite teachers! We will be giving away a prize for one volunteer and the winner will be announced at our next PTA meeting. You must be present to claim the prize!

Thank you to PTA board member Marygrace Tobias for designing our beautiful photo booth at the Fall Festival. And thank you to our other board member Dulce Valencia for being our gorgeous model!
The “Cake Walk” was such a popular game at the Fall Festival. Even some of the parents wanted in on the action!
Our very own Principal, Mrs. Nunez got pied in the face by some super excited students. Thank you to Mrs. Nunez, Mr. Torrez, Ms. Tsoi, Ms. Low and Ms. Jenzen for being such good sports. The kids had the time of their life throwing pies at their favorite teacher!

Finally, we had a very engaging and collaborative discussion at our last PTA Meeting on traffic safety in our school, particularly during morning drop offs. As a result, we have created a short and long term plan to help alleviate some of the traffic in the morning. We will be sharing our plan with you at our next PTA Meeting on November 9th at 7:30am.

I hope to see you there!

Thank You!

Barb Dionicio, PTA President

Principal’s Message

Happy November!

Hope you are enjoying the beautiful brilliance of the fall season. As we approach the month of November, I would like to mention a few upcoming events. Parent-Teacher Conferences will begin November 8th, and continue the week of November 13th. You will have an opportunity to discuss your child’s progress and the contents of the report with his or her teacher/s. Please use these conferences to your advantage. Be sure to come with questions, concerns or compliments. Use the time to discuss things you are unsure about or hope for your child. Pay attention to the comments your child’s teacher has, and help us make this a successful year for everyone.

If you have questions about content standards or state testing, a good site to visit is the California Department of Education www.cde.ca.gov.

Safety

I am asking that parents/guardians please use the horse shoe ONLY for drop and go purposes when bringing your student to school in the morning. If you feel the need to assist your child out of the car or walk them in, YOU MUST park on the street. I ask that you are respectful to parents who are on their way to work and on a time schedule. It creates a dangerous situation when cars try to go around those who have gotten out of their vehicles.

If you are bringing your child in late to school, you MUST bring them into the office and get a late pass. Please DO NOT drop them off and watch them enter the classroom from your car. Let’s all work to keep our most precious gift, our students, safe!

Finally, I would like to continue to invite parents to attend our School Site Council and PTA meetings.  During our November meeting we’ll be revising/aligning our school’s mission and vision statements, reviewing our safety plan and Title I funding.

        Respectfully,

        Parisa Nunez

Announcements

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES –

Traffic Safety Committee – We are looking for a team to head up our traffic safety initiative! Morning drop offs will be so much smoother with your help.

Otis Spunkmeyer – We are looking for volunteers to help sort the Otis Spunkmeyer orders on November 15th during school hours.  We will need a morning shift (9am-12pm) and/or an afternoon shift (1pm-5pm). We need as many hands as possible to have orders ready for pick up by 1:00 pm.

Movie Night – We also need volunteers to help during our Holiday Themed Movie Night on December 14th anytime between 4:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

Our awesome volunteers: Diana, Elaine and Michelle at our first movie night of the year!

Please complete a volunteer form or contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Dulce Valencia at coordinator@vinciparkpta.com if you are able to help. Every little bit counts!

*You do not have to volunteer the entire time.

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 November 9th at 7:30 am in the staff lounge.

A great turnout at one of our PTA meetings.

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.

Acknowledgements & Volunteer Spotlight

Otis Spunkmeyer Fundraiser – Congratulations to Darius Calanche from Ms. Katai’s first grade class who brought in the most Otis Spunkmeyer orders! He sold a whopping 74 items! Way to go, Darius!

Box TopsSo many box tops!  Thank you Vinci Park families.  Together, we collected over 2,700 non-expired box tops!  This is great news because that means we can redeem them for $270 towards school events, supplies and field trips.As promised, one upper and one lower grade class earned the new BOX TOP CHAMPIONS TROPHY.  These trophies were presented to the winning classes on Tuesday, October 31.  The winners were….Mrs. Wolter and Mrs. Escobar-Ausman’s classes!

Check out this awesome Box Top trophy designed and made by our PTA board member, Laura Torrez!

Remember, we will be collecting box tops throughout the year so don’t stop bringing them into your classes.  The next collection date will be in February 2018.

November Events

THE HABIT BURGER GRILL DINE OUT – Join us for good old fashioned burgers, fries and shakes while raising money for our school! 20% of the proceeds of our sale will go towards funding much needed classroom supplies and field trips. You must present the flyer to the cashier. Tell everyone you know!

When: November 6th
Time: 4 pm – 9 pm
Where: 1078 East Brokaw Rd. San Jose, CA 95131

PARENT / TEACHER CONFERENCE – A parent–teacher conference is a time when important people in a student’s life can talk about how that student is doing in school. Please refer to this document with some helpful tips.

When: November 8th – November 17th
Time: Scheduled with your child’s teacher
Where: Your child’s classroom

*It is an early release this whole week.

PTA ASSOCIATION MEETING – Be the first to hear about important news and upcoming events at the school and have a voice in the activities and programs the PTA supports. Breakfast pastries and coffee will be served. Childcare will be available.

When: November 9th
Time: 7:30 AM
Where: Staff Lounge

VETERANS DAY OBSERVED – No School

When: November 10th

Calendar of Events

NOVEMBER

5 – Daylight Savings Time
6 – The Habit Burger – Dine Out Fundraiser
8-17 – Parent/Teacher Conferences – Early Release
9 – PTA Meeting
10 – Veteren’s Day – No School
14 – Make Up Pictures
16 – 49ers Jr Rush Fun Run
20-24 – Thanksgiving Break
29 – 2nd Grade field trip to San Francisco Zoo

DECEMBER

14 – Holiday Themed Movie Night
18-31 – Winter Break

Let’s Keep In Touch

Email: officials@vinciparkpta.com

Website: www.vinciparkpta.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vinciparkpta/

“Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” – Rita Pierson

First Day Of School

Now this is how the first day of school is done! 🎉 🍩 😃 We met so many parents who are eager to volunteer and contribute to their child’s education! Vinci Park PTA is so excited for what’s to come this year!!

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