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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