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

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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