Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! I hope that all of you had a restful summer and are ready to start the new year together. We are fortunate to have a high quality teaching staff, warm and welcoming secretary and health clerk, dedicated classified staff, and supportive and enthusiastic families. I look forward to seeing our returning students and families as well as getting to know the newest members of the Monte Vista Elementary School community. We will continue to build upon our strong parent-teacher-student partnership in order to make this a successful year for every student. I am eager to begin the new year together and, in fact, we will be continuing our theme, but with a twist: Ohana, Better Together.
Communication between home and school is vital for our success and important in order for you to be aware of Monte Vista’s many events, school and extra-curricular opportunities, and student progress. The main vehicle for communication is our informational website at www.montevistaca.com. Please be sure to sign up for our email/online newsletter PawPrints on the website. Look to the right hand corner on the home page to sign up. Thursday folders will be sent home weekly and will contain mostly student work. The GUSD also has a website available at www.gusd.net.
The Glendale Unified School District and Monte Vista Elementary are committed to keeping all of our students safe. All GUSD campuses will be closed during school hours. Students will be dropped off at the front gate or in the Monty Lane (drive through lane) after 7:55am. If you are volunteering in the classroom, you may enter the office, sign in, and put on a visitor sticker to identify yourself to staff and students. There will be morning supervision at the gate in order to be sure students get to their classrooms. During the first three days of school, we will allow parents on campus to assist their child to his/her class. Beginning Monday, August 21, 2017, parents and visitors need to enter campus through the office only. Thank you for your support and cooperation.
First day of school is August 16, 2017 at 8:10a.m. for all students, kindergarten through 6th grade. I invite you to join me and Monte Vista parents to the PTA sponsored “Howdy Coffee” in the Auditorium at 8:30 a.m. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet, greet, and visit with other Monte Vista parents. Information about programs and volunteer opportunities will be presented. I know that it will be a very busy morning, but I hope you will be able to join us and say hello. It is a great way to kick off the new year.
Mark your calendars:
New Family School Tour – Tuesday, August 15, 10:00 a.m., lunch shelter
Kindergarten Sneak Peek – Tuesday, August 15, 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
1st Day of School – Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Back to School Night – Thursday, August 17, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (parents only)
Minimum Day - Friday, August 18, 11:55 Kindergarten, 1 - 6 12:15 PM
PTA Family Picnic – Friday, August 25, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., lower field
I look forward to another great year at Monte Vista!
August 10, 2017
(C&P from Paw Prints)
August 15 -- Sneak Peak/Orientation
10:00am - 10:30am New Family Orientation/School Tours
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Kindergarten Sneak Peak
August 16 -- First Day of School
8:30am - 9:30am PTA Howdy Coffee, Auditorium
1:15 pm Dismissal (grades 1-3)
1:30 Dismissal (grades 4-6)
August 17 -- Back to School Night
2:15 pm - Dismissal (grades 1-3)
2:31 pm - Dismissal (grades 4-6)
August 18 -- Minimum Day
11:55 am - Dismissal Kindergarten
12:15 pm - Dismissal (grades 1-6)
Welcome Back to School
Our first day of school is Wednesday, August 16th. School starts at 8:10 am. Wednesday is a banking day; therefore school is dismissed early. Grades 1-3 are dismissed at 1:15pm and Grades 4-6 are dismissed 1:30pm
Class Lists will be posted on Tuesday, August 15th at 5:00 pm outside of the office.
Back to School Night is Thursday, August 16th.
This is an opportunity for parents to meet teachers and learn more about the school year.
The schedule is as follows:
5:30 - 6:15 5/6, 6th, 6th FLAG, Smith
5:45 - 6:30 4th, 4th FLAG, 5th, 5th FLAG
6:00 - 6:45 RSP
6:15 - 7:00 1/2, 2nd, 3rd, 2nd FLAG, 3rd FLAG
6:30 - 7:15 K, 1st, K FLAG, 1st FLAG, Yniguez
Mission Statement: The Monte Vista School Community strives to ensure a safe and supportive environment, with high expectations, where students are prepared to meet the challenges of a social and academic environment and to be successful in a diverse society.
Monte Vista is a vibrant school community with dedicated teachers, staff and parents. We pride ourselves on being a community school with a variety of programs to meet the needs of all of our students. The arts is a strong area of focus and is supported by both GUSD and our site PTA. Meet the Masters, Primary Chorus, Upper Grade Orchestra, 3rd Grade Recorders, Musical Theatre and a robust ceramics program are just a few examples of how visual and performing arts are integrated into the school program. Monte Vista is home to a Korean FLAG program (Foreign Language Academies of Glendale) in grades K-6. Technology continues to be a strong area of focus with six Chromebook Carts, Robotics Program, an up-to-date lab and SmartBoards in every classroom. Our PE program provides specialized instruction in physical education, team building for all students from kindergarten through 6th grade. Finally, academics is supported through the Common Core State Standards, newly updated library, supplemental instructional materials and opportunities for enrichment. We hold high expectations for our students in academics, citizenship and creativity. Monte Vista is an incredible community that prepares our students for their next steps at Rosemont, Crescenta Valley High School and beyond.
"These schools shine as bright beacons for others,putting forth an exemplary effortto ensure that every student is readyfor 21st century college and careers," Torlakson said."California teachers are developing an education model for the nation,training the students of today to be the problem-solvers,inventors, and pioneers of tomorrow."
STATEMENT OF NON-DISCRIMINATION (Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973): The Board of Education prohibits, at any district school or school activity, unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying targeted at any student by anyone, based on the student's actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. The District will take steps to assure that the lack of English will not be a barrier to admission and participation in district programs. Complaints alleging noncompliance with this policy of nondiscrimination should be directed to Dr. Lena Richter. A copy of the District's Uniform Complaint Policy is available by calling (818) 241-3111. The District's Title IX Coordinator is Dr. Kelly King, (818) 241-3111. The District's 504 Coordinator is Beatriz Bautista, (818) 241-3111.
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