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Vista Square Parent/Student

Handbook 2018-19 Home of the Vikings

Empowering Students to Create their Futures

Principal: Marissa Allan


Vista Square Parent Handbook


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Mission Statement Schedules Attendance School Communication Parking, Gates, Volunteers Birthday Celebrations/ Recess & Lunch Breakfast and Lunch Behavior/Discipline Policy Student Safety Rules of Conduct Anti-Bullying Steps Dress Code/ Uniform Policy/Homework Early Dismissals/STRETCH/ YMCA School Committees/Clubs Calendar

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Vista Square’s Mission Statement Vista Square will be known as a school where children come first. We will be a school of teachers, support staff and community members who work collaboratively to create an environment where each child feels valued for his individual strengths. We will hold high expectations for all students and staff. We welcome the collaborative efforts of staff, parents, and community members to provide unique and challenging programs for our students. Vista Square students will be immersed in a standards-based curriculum, which demonstrates relevance to their lives, provides in-depth experiences in all curricular areas, and provides a firm foundation for future learning. Students will be provided foundations for the technological world, which will build strong skills and enhance learning. Each child will develop as a whole person and advance his own creativity. Instruction will recognize the developmental stages and individual differences giving the skills to problem solve and make choices. Students will learn to appreciate diversity in people and experiences through the instruction of life skills incorporating respect, teamwork, perseverance, and resiliency. We look forward to the future with hope and confidence.


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OFFICE HOURS: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. School Phone: (619) 422-8374 ARRIVAL AT SCHOOL: School begins at 7:55 a.m. daily. Students should not arrive on campus before 7:30 a.m. unless they are participating in the breakfast program. BREAKFAST: Breakfast is served 7:15-7:45 A.M.. Students who arrive after 7:45 a.m. will not be served breakfast due to the short time left before school starts. DAILY SCHEDULE Monday-Thursday Transitional Kindergarten 8:00 - 11:20 AM 11:00-2:20 PM Kinder - 6th Grade 8:00 - 2:25

Friday & Modified Days 8:00 - 11:20 AM/PM 8:00 - 1:10

Lunch Times Kindergarten 1st Grade 2nd Grade 3rd Grade 4th Grade 5th Grade 6th Grade Recess Kindergarten 1st and 2nd Grade 3rd and 4th Grade 5th and 6th Grade

Monday - Friday 10:45 - 11:30 11:15 - 12:00 11:30 - 12:15 11:45 - 12:30 12:00 - 12:45 12:05 - 12:50 12:15 - 1:00

Extreme Heat/Rainy Day 11:00-11:30 11:15-11:45 11:30-12:00 11:45-12:15 12:00-12:30 12:05-12:35 12:15-12:45

9:25 – 9:45 am 9:40 - 9:55 am 10:00 - 10:20 am 10:25 - 10:45 am

Students not enrolled in an after school program need to be picked up at dismissal as there is no supervision after school. Gates Open: Monday-Thursday Friday

(AM) 7:15 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. (AM) 7:15 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

(PM) 2:25 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. (PM) 1:10 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 3

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Studies show that there is a direct correlation between school attendance and student achievement.

It is extremely important that students arrive at school on time. If your child is tardy, he/she must report to the school health office for a tardy slip. Students are recognized for perfect attendance monthly and on an annual basis. Perfect attendance is defined as no absences, no tardies, and no early dismissals. **Please be advised that attendance and/or behavior will be considered in determining zone transfer approval. ABSENCE PROCEDURES When your child needs to miss school, please call the school each day of the absence. Parents are asked to try to call by 9:00 A.M. We will then be able to follow up on those students whose absences are unverified.

Please plan medical appointments during school vacations or after school when possible. If your child will be absent, it is important that you call the school office that day (See procedure below).

To Report an Absence:

We encourage you to send your child to school for at least part of the day when you find it necessary to keep your child home for reasons other than illness.

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*INDEPENDENT STUDY CONTRACTS* If for some unavoidable reason your child will be absent for several days (5 or more), please see your child’s teacher or the attendance office in advance so we may arrange for an Independent Study Contract. Absences while on an Independent Study Contract are EXCUSED if all work is completed.

Dial the school phone number (619) 422-8374 and press 2. Record the student’s name, teacher and reason for the absence. Email:

Upon returning to school following an absence, students must check in at the Attendance/Health Office with a note from home giving the date and reason for the absence. If a phone call is not received, the absence will be considered unexcused.


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BICYCLES Smartphone App: CVESD

Students in grades 4-6 may ride bicycles to school. By law, students must wear bicycle helmets when riding their bikes. Once a student enters campus, they must walk the bicycle to the bike rack located behind the office. All bicycles must be locked onto the rack. Students are not allowed to ride

PHONE MESSENGER Please ensure we have your current phone number and email to ensure you receive relevant information about our school.

scooters or skateboards to school. GATES


To ensure student safety, all school gates will be locked after 8:05 every day. They will be re-opened at dismissal. We ask that you enter school through the front office during school hours. Please make sure to sign-in and receive a VISITOR BADGE.

Student safety is a priority at Vista Square. Parents are asked to observe the following parking lot procedures, which have been developed in conjunction with the Chula Vista Police Department. •

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Use the loading zone in front of the school for drop off and pick up only. Do not park or leave your car unattended in this area. Always use the crosswalk at the front of the school to access the school. Never cut across traffic. Do not double-park or release students from the second lane. Park in marked stalls only. Please pull forward as far as possible to pick up/ drop off your child. Kindergarten students must be walked to class by a parent or guardian, they may not be dropped off in our loading zone.

VOLUNTEERS Vista Square welcomes parent and community volunteers. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities, whether you want to volunteer in the classroom or in school programs. Please contact your child’s teacher or the office to inquire about volunteering. If volunteering in a classroom, volunteers will need to make sure that it has been scheduled in advance with the teacher.


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MORNING ROUTINE Students in grades 1-6 are asked to line up on the blacktop before school. They may also wish to participate in our Running Club program. The first bell rings at 7:55. At this time students should walk to their classrooms. The second bell rings at 8:00. Doors will open and students will enter the classroom by this time. All students arriving after that time will be considered tardy. Students are not allowed to climb the play-structure or play in other areas while waiting on the blacktop.

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS Please be advised that birthday celebrations are not allowed in the school setting. At dismissal time, you may have your child pass out invitations to an off-site party.

Kindergarten students will line up in the Kindergarten entry and wait with a parent or other adult until their teacher arrives to open the classroom. **Children are not allowed to play on the play-structure before or after class.

HEALTHY LUNCHES In accordance with our District’s Wellness policy, candy, soda, and other unhealthy snack foods may not be brought to school. While we appreciate students’ generosity, for health and other reasons, students may not share or trade food at school. Parents have been asked to send only healthy snacks and lunches, and only enough for their child. Large bags of food will be taken by the teacher and/or Noon Duty and may be picked up by the student at the end of the school day. BREAKFAST AND LUNCH PROGRAM Breakfast is served every day from 7:15 – 7:45 A.M.. Our school breakfast program can provide relief for you and your children with hectic morning schedules. 6

Please do not send any deliveries to the office such as flowers, balloons, and cupcakes. We cannot accept any deliveries.

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Your child’s safety is a priority for us at Vista Square. It is unsafe for students to arrive prior to 7:30 a.m., unless they are enrolled in the YMCA program. There is no supervision available before 7:30 a.m. and after 2:45 p.m. Students not enrolled in an after school program need to go directly home after being dismissed. If they are not walking home, they can wait in front of the school or at the lunch tables until 2:45 p.m. to be picked up.

(Established in accordance with CVESD Board Policy #5253) Students are expected to follow classroom and school rules. Appropriate behavior is positively reinforced by all staff members in a number of ways. Should a student choose to disobey classroom rules, the classroom discipline policy will be followed. BEHAVIOR POLICY

To maintain a safe environment students and other children are not allowed to play or run around while they are waiting to be picked up.

We expect that children will be responsible and will follow school rules. Should a child make an inappropriate decision the following action will occur: 1. The teacher will confer with the child. 2. In unacceptable behavior persists, teacher will confer with the child and parent regarding the behavior and will remind the child of what is expected. An individual plan may be implemented to deal with recurring incidents. 3. If unacceptable behavior persists, the child will be sent to the office to talk with the principal. Discipline can include having the child perform some type of school service, or after-school detention, or a discipline report sent home to parents. 4. When advisable, conferences involving parents, teachers, and school personnel will be held to plan to improve the child’s behavior. 5. When inappropriate behavior persists after concerted efforts on the part of school personnel and parents, and when behavior disrupts the school program, the following actions are possible: a. Limited attendance/modified days (child stays in school as long as behavior remains acceptable). b. Short-term suspension. c. In/Out of-school suspension. d. Expulsion from school (by Board action).

Please talk to your child about pedestrian safety, using the crosswalks, walking in a group, and obeying the Safety Patrol members before and after school. If dropping off or picking up your child, you may not park in the drop off zone or leave your vehicle unattended.

BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS In order to foster a safe, supportive learning environment, all students are expected to: • Come to school each day, on time. • Demonstrate respect for school property and the property of others. • Use kind, appropriate language & behaviors. • Keep hands, feet, and objects to themselves. • Respect the requests of Safety Patrol. • Walk on campus. • Follow Lunch Arbor & Playground Rules • Always follow the directions of the adults on duty • You must remain on the playground unless you are given a pass to the health room or office • Follow Dress Code • Leave toys & items of value (including “game boys,” iPods, and other electronic toys), gum, jewelry and candy at home. Inappropriate items brought to school will be kept at school until a parent comes to pick them up. 7

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Lunch and Childhood Obesity: ➢ Lunch cards may only be handled by the student whose name is on the card. ➢ Students will walk to their assigned table and eat and talk using a quiet voice. ➢ Students remain seated while eating. ➢ Students will be dismissed by table after cleaning up their table area. ➢ No large bags of chips or cookies are allowed. Candy, gum, and sodas are not allowed in school.

Anti-bullying School Rules: ➢ We will not bully others. ➢ We will try to help students who are bullied. ➢ We will make it a point to include students who are easily left out. ➢ When we know someone is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and at home. Safe Environment: ➢ NO TOYS at SCHOOL (electronic games and devices, toys, cameras, cards, etc.) ➢ Students use appropriate, respectful language and behaviors. ➢ Bullying, teasing, fighting and throwing rocks are not allowed. ➢ Students must walk quietly throughout campus. ➢ No GUM chewing. ➢ Students may not be alone in the classroom without adult supervision. ➢ Students must not arrive to school prior to 7:30 a.m. we do not provide supervision before that time. ➢ Students enter class quietly, on time and ready to work. ➢ Students must e safe and respectful to adults and peers on the bus at all times.

Safe Dismissal: ➢ Students must go home directly, unless they are in a supervised after school program.

➢ Play structure and PE equipment use is not allowed even with adult supervision.

On the Playground: ➢ Personal equipment, skateboards, scooters, bikes stay at home. ➢ Balls may not be bounced in hallways or against the walls. ➢ A hall pass is required if walking the halls. ➢ No tag, tackling, wrestling, or play fighting. ➢ When the first whistle blows, all students have 5 minutes to use the restroom and drink water. When the second bell rings, all students walk calmly to their lines. ➢ Use of good sportsmanship.


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Procedures for Addressing Conflicts/Bullying Behavior All students will follow these four anti-bullying rules at Vista Square: 1. We will not bully others. 2. We will try to help students who are bullied. 3. We will try to include students who are left out. 4. If we know that somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.

When a staff member witnesses an incident or a student reports incident to a staff member, the following steps will occur: Step 1: Staff member will immediately stop the bullying behavior.

Step 2: Staff member will refer to the bulling behavior and to the relevant rule against bullying. Step 3: Staff member will support the bullied child by assuring their safety and that bullying is not tolerated at our school.

Step 4: Staff member will empower the bystanders with appreciation if they were supportive to the student who was bullied or with information as to how to act in the future. Step 5: Staff member counsels the student who bullied and if appropriate, imposes consequences for bullying behavior.

Step 6: Report incident to Principal for investigation, to assign consequences if needed, and to take step to insure the bullying does not continue.

Step 7: After investigation if bullying behavior is confirmed, Teacher and/or Administration will contact t h e parents of both the student who bullied and the student who was bullied and assign appropriate consequences. If after investigation Administration determines the behavior is not bullying behavior but deemed a conflict, staff member/teacher will contact parents of both students.


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School staff should remind students in their class about the dress code and intervene when any article of clothing, mode of dress, or hair style poses the potential for the disru ptio n of learning and/or compromises a safe and orderly learning environment.

Any attire that may distract from learning or compromise safety should not be worn to school. The following policy, adopted by the Chula Vista Elementary School District Board of Education on March 3, 2003, describes the dress code expected at Vista Square Elementary School. 1. Shoes must be worn at all times. Sandals must have closed toes and heel straps. Thongs or other backless shoes or sandals are not acceptable. Also, skate shoes (“heelies”) are not allowed. 2. Make-up and fake nails are inappropriate in the elementary school. Dangling earrings, chains, wallets on chains, and keys worn visibly around the neck are unsafe and are not acceptable.

3. Clothing and jewelry shall be free of writing, pictures or other insignia which are crude, vulgar, profane and/or sexually suggestive or which advertise or advocate racial, ethnic or religious prejudice or the use of drugs, tobacco or alcohol. 4. Hats may be worn outdoors only and for the express purpose of sun protection with the visor facing forward. 5. Clothes shall be sufficient to conceal undergarments at all times. Seethrough or fish-net fabrics, halter tops, off-the-shoulder, strapless, or low cut tops, bare midriffs and skirts or shorts shorter than mid-thigh are not acceptable nor are spaghetti straps. 6. Articles of clothing and accessories, including hats, belts, books, binders, lunch bags, etc. adorned with graffiti or alleging gang affiliations are not acceptable.


Mandatory Uniform Policy: Vista Square has a mandatory uniform policy that ensures a safe and secure campus free of harassment or intimidation. We reserve the right to revise guidelines as necessary throughout the year. Uniforms reinforce the expectation that school is a workplace for learning. SHIRTS AND BLOUSES RED, WHITE, or BLUE: A plain polo, or dress style shirt long enough to remain tucked in with a collar and sleeves that conforms to the following: 1. No tight, body-hugging clothing may be worn. This includes no pulling back and/or “knotting” shirts. 2. Solid-white, red or blue turtlenecks/long sleeve shirts are permissible under the white-colored uniform shirt 3. VS spirit shirts and club shirts may be worn on Fridays only.


Vista Square Parent Handbook PANTS, SHORTS, SKORTS, JUMPERS, AND SKIRTS - NAVY BLUE: All uniform bottoms must be solid navy blue in color and conform to the following: 1. No denim, jeans, or anything that resembles these materials. 2. No athletic pants or shorts may be worn. These include nylon and/or cotton sweatpants. 3. Pants must fit at the waist, be worn at the waist, and not be oversized. 4. Shorts/skirts/skorts must be at the knee and may not be rolled up in any way.


BELTS, HATS and SHOES: Belts may not have any initials or insignias on them, may not have ornaments of any kind on them, and may not extend more than 3 inches beyond the buckle. Belts must be black, navy blue, white, or red. Belt must be in the loops and used as it is intended, not for decoration (no chains). Hats, caps, beanies, bandanas, hoods or head-coverings, of any kind, are not permitted. Shoes must be worn at all times and must enclose the entire foot. (Open-toed shoes, slippers and sandals are NOT permitted.) Sunglasses are not permitted. JEWELRY: Ear plugs that are pointy or earrings that are pointy or hook-like are not permitted. Jewelry with inappropriate wording or symbols is not allowed on campus.

5. Leggings and/or nylons are not permitted. HOMEWORK POLICY JACKETS, VESTS, SWEATERS/SWEATSHIRTS:

Vista Square has a “NO homework policy� except for reading.

(Established in accordance with CVESD Board Policy #6170.2)

Jackets, vests, sweaters, and sweatshirts must be solid navy blue, white, black, gray or red. They must conform to the following:

Below is the district homework policy. Homework should be assigned to students in grades K-6, as follows:

1. May NOT have logos, name brands or any other printing, even if turned inside out. If worn, the item will be confiscated. 2. No flannels, plaids, or stripes will be allowed.

K-2 3-4

3. T-shirts may not be used as outerwear. (No T-shirts over uniform shirts.)

5-6 4. VS sweatshirts may be worn every day. 5. Other logos are not allowed on outerwear unless it is school or school-club related and those may only be worn on Fridays.

15-30 minutes of homework every evening (plus 20 minutes Reading) 30-45 minutes of homework every evening (plus 30 minutes Reading) 45-60 minutes of homework every evening (plus 30 minutes Reading)

(Times may vary slightly at teacher discretion.)


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EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION It is important for parents, guardians and family members to know that in a real emergency, students will be released only to individuals listed on the Student Emergency Information Card. Be sure to update your emergency information card in the office if there are any changes to your phone numbers or emergency contacts during the school year.

MEDICATIONS If your child is required to take medication during the school day, please make sure to notify our school nurse. Students will not be allowed to keep the medication with them, as all medicines need to be kept locked in the health office.

EARLY DISMISSALS Students are not allowed to leave the school building and the grounds with anyone other than their parents or guardian, or a designated adult who is listed on the student’s emergency form. Students must be signed out in the office by the parent or designee prior to leaving the school grounds. Unfamiliar individuals will be required to show picture identification to office personnel before the child can be released. Parents and designees will be asked to wait in the office, while school staff calls the child to the office.

STRETCH Hours 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

YMCA operates the STRETCH program before and after school. Note: Enrollment is limited for this program. STRETCH supervisors are available 15 minutes prior to the program beginning. Hours 6:30 am – 7:45 am 2:05 pm – 6:00 pm 1:05 pm – 6:00 pm

Please provide a doctor, dental or therapist note for early dismissals. Early dismissals due to deployments, funerals and graduations will be excused with a note from the parent.

Monday-Friday Monday -Thursday Fridays and Minimum Days

For more information contact: STRETCH (619) 971-0831

Early dismissal due to transportation issues, parent or sibling doctor’s appointments are not excused.

South Bay YMCA 1201 Paseo Magda Chula Vista, CA (619) 421-8805


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Parking Lot volunteers contribute by helping parents observe safety procedures during morning drop-off.

Parent involvement and participation in their child’s education are vital to student success. Parents may want to participate in our school by getting involved in our School Site Council (SSC), attending the English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC) meetings, and volunteering through our Parent Club. Parents are invited to participate in classroom activities, field trips, programs, and assemblies.

We welcome volunteers and are continually seeking Educational Partnerships with parents and the community. Please call (619) 422-8374 if you wish to become involved in school activities. **Spanish translation is available. VIKING PARENT CLUB

ELAC meetings focus on providing parents of English language learners with school program's background knowledge and opportunities for them to serve as an advisory forum to the principal.

All parents and staff are encouraged to join the Vista Square Parent Club. Our Club works toward building a positive school community and supporting the school programs.

SSC or School Site Council is an advisory committee comprised of teachers, parents and other staff. They meet several times a year to discuss the school’s academic plan and the school budget.

Please consider volunteering for one of our school events. You determine the amount of time you give!

DAC/DELAC meetings are district meetings that focus on sharing pertinent information to parents regarding district initiatives, programs and successes. Meetings are held once a month. Running Club is a great program that encourages students to get active and get healthy. Volunteers are always needed to help punch cards and help tally students laps as they run or walk around the track. Volunteers would need to be available for 15 minutes before school starts on the days they are able to volunteer. Help us promote healthy habits!


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STAY CONNECTED: CLASSROOM DOJO ClassDojo’s mission is to reinvent classrooms by bringing teachers, students and parents closer together. Teachers use ClassDojo as a communication platform to encourage students, and get parents engaged too. Classrooms become positive places - which means there's no more ‘classroom management’. Just happier classrooms :)

Make sure you ask your child’s teacher for the Class Dojo App Code to begin connecting!

Class Code #____________________


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