PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE – August 1st, 2018
Dear Rancho Vista Parents,
Welcome to the 2018-19 school year at Rancho Vista! A big welcome to our incoming TK and Kindergarten students and new families. I hope you are all enjoying a fantastic summer with your families. I look forward to hearing about all the 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 our 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, read to self, listen to reading and word work. This year, our TK through Grade 2 will use our newly adopted Wonders curriculum for language arts. The curriculum is aligned to the newly adopted state standards, and, with the help of our fabulous teachers will continue to offer a top-notch program. Grades 3 through 5 will 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 through 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:
Meet in your child’s classroom
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 and getting to know you and your child.
Let’s Go, Rancho!
Salvatrice Kuykendall, Ed.D.