PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE – August 1st, 2019
Dear Rancho Vista Parents,
Welcome to the 2019-20 school year at Rancho Vista! A big welcome to our incoming TK and Kindergarten students and new families. Rancho Vista is a special place and we are excited for you to join our family. I hope you are all enjoying a fantastic summer. For returning families, welcome back! I look forward to hearing all about your summer when your children return to Rancho Vista in the fall.
Our Rancho Vista community is dedicated to excellence in education. The Rancho Vista signature programs include STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) in grades K through 5. In math, Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) and the Math In Focus curriculum will continue to influence instruction based on students’ understanding and mathematical thinking. In language arts, we will continue to use the programs Daily 5 and Café in which students will build independent reading stamina and work in small groups including reading to self, work on writing, reading to someone, listen to reading, and word work. TK through Grade 2 will continue to use our newly adopted Wonders curriculum. This year, Grades 3-5 will adopt the Wonders and align to the newly adopted state standards, and, with the help of our fabulous teachers will continue to offer a top-notch program. All grades will continue to dive in to our Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in providing our children with a forward thinking and hands-on a learning science experience. Our Edible Garden program will continue to allow students to extend and apply their grade level science learning with hands-on experiences. These programs, along with many others, are in line with Rancho Vista’s school mission of providing all students with an engaging and challenging learning environment which empowers students to become high achieving, responsible and productive citizens of the world.
As you already know, our biggest fundraiser of the year is our direct donation via Rancho Bucks. You will find detailed information about what your donation will fund inside the registration packet. We are looking for 100% participation in Rancho Bucks this year and I strongly encourage each of you to join and donate to our PTA. While the state provides a minimum level of funding for our school, it is truly the PTA and Rancho Bucks which funds the many, many outstanding programs at Rancho Vista.
I hope to see you all at Rancho Vista’s upcoming events including:
August 23rd 10 a.m. –TK and Kindergarten Playdate- Kindergarten playground
August 28th 8:30 a.m. - First Day of School (minimum day schedule)
August 28th 12:30 p.m. - Ice Cream Social- Rancho Vista (adults must accompany their child)
August 28th 4 p.m. - TK, Kindergarten, and First Grade to School Night- Meet in your child’s classroom
September 12th - 4:30pm Back to School Night for Grades 2, 3, 4, and 5- Meet in the MPR
More information to follow. Please check the Rancho Vista school website for more information. I look forward to a great year!
Let’s Go, Rancho!
Salvatrice Kuykendall, Ed.D.