Good Evening Alamosa Park Families, Thank you to all Alamosa Park students, teachers, support staff, and families for working together in making our first three weeks of learning successful. Collectively, everyone has been doing a nice job of working through login challenges and technology setbacks. I also appreciate all families who were able to attend our Virtual Back to School Night on the evening of last Thursday, 09/17. It was a nice way of communicating the learning plans from each teacher.
The purpose of this email is to inform all students and families about (1) a minor change in school-wide dismissal times that begins on Monday, September 28, and (2) the Dine-Out event sponsored by our Alamosa Park Education Foundation (APEF).
Dismissal Time Change starting Monday, 09/28/20 Starting this Monday, September 28, the daily school start and dismissal times for all students (Vista Classic, Vista Virtual, and DLI in-person students) will change from the current schedule to the new schedule (in orange below). Current Daily Schedule (ending on Friday, September 25, 2020)Grade LevelsMondaysTuesdays - Fridays Transitional Kindergarten & Kindergarten8:00 a.m. - 12:41 p.m.8:00 a.m. - 2:08 p.m. Grades 1 - 58:00 a.m. – 12:51 p.m.8:00 a.m. - 2:18 p.m. NEW Daily Schedule (starting Monday, September 28, 2020)Grade LevelsMondaysTuesdays - Fridays Transitional Kindergarten & Kindergarten8:00 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.8:00 a.m. - 2:06 p.m. Grades 1 - 58:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.8:00 a.m. - 2:16 p.m.
This change of dismissal times is due to all VUSD elementary school minutes not being in compliance with Senate Bill 98 standards. As a result, nine (9) minutes were added to the end of the day on Mondays and two (2) minutes were subtracted from every Tuesday through Friday. ALL students (Vista Classic, Vista Virtual, and DLI in-person) will be on this new daily schedule for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year and until further notice. Thank you for your understanding of this change in dismissal times for all VUSD elementary school students.
Dine-Out night at Killer Pizza from Mars – Tuesday, September 29, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Every school year, the Alamosa Park Education Foundation (APEF), which is comprised of parents across the Alamosa Park community, organizes dine-out events for the Alamosa Park community. The first APEF Dine-Out is Tuesday, 09/29/20, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Killer Pizza from Mars restaurant, located in Oceanside, at 3772 Mission Avenue, Suite 127. During this dine-out event, 20% of the proceeds from sales comes back to the APEF. Thank you for your consideration in joining me and others from the Alamosa Park community at this APEF welcome back to Alamosa Park event. Please click on the links below for additional information regarding this APEF Dine-Out event. APEF DineOut Night Tues., Sept 29 at KPFM English.pdfAPEF DineOut Night Tues., Sept 29 at KPFM Spanish.pdf
Thank you for all of your support of your student at Alamosa Park Elementary School. Go Hawks!
Sincerely, Kyle Ruggles, Ed.D. Principal (760) 940-0700 x49001
09/03/20 Dear Alamosa Park Families, NOTE: The format in my original email was difficult to read. Please read this version. Thank you for your understanding. Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year at Alamosa Park (AP) Elementary! The AP teachers and support staff have been working to create a safe school environment for everyone. In addition to several other professional development sessions this week, our staff has received training on specific safe and healthy guidelines that follow direction from the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency. As you know, families have had the opportunity to select the learning model that meets the most optimal needs of their student, Vista Classic (in-person) or Vista Virtual (distance learning) model. By today, Thursday, September 3, parents are able to view their student’s teacher in the Aeries parent portal, on attendance screen. This letter is a follow up letter from my most recent communication earlier this week and includes:
School Office Hours
First Day of School - Tuesday, 09/08/20
Dual Language Immersion (DLI) students begin in-person learning on Wednesday, 09/09/20
Distribution Day - Tuesday, 09/08/20 - Reminder
Device Replacement Coverage
Curriculum & Instruction
Recent Communication from VUSD Superintendent, Dr. Doyle.
Please see the most recent Community Update from VUSD Superintendent, Dr. Doyle for more specific information regarding school planning for a successful start to the new school year, including the Supplemental Support Program. Click this link for the Community Update. Here are the Alamosa Park updates: ALAMOSA PARK OFFICE HOURS
For the week of 08/31-09/04, our office is open from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Starting Tuesday, 09/08, office hours are 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Please call the office (760) 940-0700 if you need any assistance with data confirmation (English / Spanish), help with student registration, or support with anything. Please complete Data Confirmation by Friday, September 4.
Scheduled appointments for registration or other services are required. By scheduling an appointment, it will allow our office team to provide appropriate social distancing for the health and safety of everyone.
Please follow the posted health and safety requirements. This includes face covering for visitors and maintaining social distancing.
Please understand that our school office has limited capacity and therefore we must exercise strict safety measures.
Our teachers returned to school on August 31 to begin a week of professional development in the Benchmark reading programs, Eureka math, the COVID-19 Prevention Plan, and Canvas, our new learning management system.
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL 2020-2021
The first day of school is Tuesday, September 8, 2020. All students will begin in virtual learning that will continue through Monday, October 19, 2020. Device & Materials Distribution day is also on Tuesday, September 8. Please see a reminder for the Distribution Day below.
DUAL LANGUAGE IMMERSION (DLI), CLASSIC-ENROLLED STUDENTS TO BEGIN IN-PERSON LEARNING ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2020
As noted in Dr. Doyle’s most recent Community Update, the VUSD School Board recently approved the creation of small-group supplemental support sessions (8-14 students) for classic-enrolled students, 1-3 hours a few times a week of in-person learning for the following identified student groups: students with moderate to severe disabilities, English learners, foster and homeless youth, social/emotional counseling, and first-grade students. At this time, there has been no date set to begin in-person learning for these student groups. Should Alamosa Park begin in-person learning for any of these identified student groups, I will communicate with our community.
The VUSD School Board has approved the Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program at Grapevine and Alamosa Park Elementary schools to begin whole class, in-person instruction for the entire school day, five days a week, starting Wednesday, 09/09/20.
Alamosa Park students who have enrolled in the Dual Language Immersion Classic Model will start in-person on Tuesday, September 9, 2020. The DLI Kindergarten students are enrolled in Mrs. Gloria Contreras’s class (Room K-2) and the DLI Grade 1 students are enrolled in Mrs. Mary Morales-Anistro’s class (Room 2). Students who are enrolled in either of these DLI classes will follow the following full-day in-person schedule:
Please read the important VUSD COVID-19 Annual Notification Supplement - Please click HERE TEACHER ASSIGNMENT - AERIES PARENT PORTAL
Your child has been assigned to his or her teacher for the 2020-2021 school year. In order to view your child’s teacher, please visit the Aeries parent portal (click HERE). The view of your child's teacher is located in the attendance screen area.
ALAMOSA PARK - DEVICE, MATERIALS, & SUPPLIES DISTRIBUTION DAY -- TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2020
We are excited to prepare for technology device checkout and distribution of student instructional materials and supplies to all Alamosa Park families in the Alamosa Park parking lot that will take place on Tuesday, September 8. An additional day for families unable to attend the event on Tuesday will be on Wednesday, September 9. By sustaining social distancing requirements, we have developed the following staggered schedule for device checkout:
Tuesday, September 8, 2020 (Teachers, Support Staff, & Principal to assist with distribution)
Guidance for Getting Started with Virtual Learning (Chromebook, iPad, Canvas login) After receiving your device on Tuesday, 09/08/20, please review these Chromebook & iPad start-up guides as well as Canvas login in information for students / parents, and Student “How to…”Canvas videos.
Students who do not report to virtual school the first day (without prior approval from the Principal) could be dis-enrolled by Friday, 09/11/20. Please report all absences to our Attendance office at (760) 940-0700.
Due to shifting student enrollment, student classroom assignments may be changed during the first month of school. Thank you in advance for your understanding.
Our students will be learning this school year with the new Benchmark Language Arts program and the Eureka Math program.
Students will have the opportunity to use these materials at home, in addition to other school supplies to access grade level material, using the Canvas learning management system. You will receive these materials on September 8th or 9th during our Distribution Day.
INSTRUCTION - Instructional Day for Student Learning
Please support your child for the transition to attend school virtually everyday.
These are minimum instructional minutes for our students while they learn online:
Teachers will be communicating to families the daily learning schedule, including live lessons every day on Zoom.
At the start of live learning sessions on Zoom, students will click on the Zoom link provided by your student’s teacher.
Instructional time will be varied, with live (synchronous) learning, as well as recorded or independent student work, (asynchronous) learning.
Student attendance is required
Grades and progress reports will be issued in accordance with the academic performance and participation of our students.
We will expect students to be ready to learn every day at 8:00 a.m. Please establish a consistent learning area for your student to learn.
We also ask that students be ready to learn the same way they come to school when we are on campus. After eating breakfast, students will be physically and mentally ready to learn before instruction begins.
What is CANVAS?
Alamosa Park teachers will be using a new learning management system (LMS) called Canvas.
The goals of the system are to include more clearly established conditions for student learning, to improve outcomes for student learning, and to increase student-teacher-parent engagement.
Another strength of this robust LMS is that assignments are listed in precise order; as students finish the first assignment, they click “next” for the following assignment. All learning is linked in one place.
Canvas replaces Google Classroom as the online interface for students that we used in the spring. Students will access Canvas through Cloud Connect.
We are looking forward to students, staff, and parents using Canvas for student learning.
I am committed to providing a healthy and safe learning environment to all students and staff and providing a high quality education for each student. Please contact me for any questions by phone (760) 940-0700 x49001 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will get back to you promptly. Also, please feel free to visit the VUSD webpage or the Alamosa Park webpage for additional information. I wish you and your family all of the very best for a great remainder of summer break. I am looking forward to a fantastic 2020-21 school year! Go Hawks!
08/30/2020 Dear Alamosa Park Families, I hope this message finds you and your family safe, well, and enjoying these final days before our first day of school on Tuesday, September 8. This week, Alamosa Park teachers, support staff and I are participating in professional development to prepare for the return to student learning. Part of this preparation is to make sure that all students have a device, power cord charger, instructional materials, and supplies. In this notification is important information regarding:
Device, Materials, Supplies Distribution Day on Tuesday, September 8
Student Password Information
VUSD Device Cost Replacement Coverage
A reminder to complete the Data Confirmation process no later than Friday, September 4
Most recent communication from VUSD Superintendent, Dr. Doyle (08/25/20)
Alamosa Park Device, Materials, & Supplies Distribution Day – Tuesday, September 8: In order to support our students and families with virtual learning through at least the first six weeks of school (through October 19, 2020), we are preparing for technology device checkout and distribution of student instructional materials and supplies to all Alamosa Park families in the Alamosa Park parking lot that will take place on Tuesday, September 8. I have organized an additional day on Wednesday, September 9, for families unable to attend on September 8. By sustaining social distancing requirements, I have developed the following staggered schedule for device checkout: Tuesday, September 8, 2020 (Teachers, Support Staff, & Principal to assist with distribution)
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Open for families of any grade level)
Note: Families with more than one child attending Alamosa Park can attend any of the times listed above. Additional Day: Wednesday, September 9, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. (All Grades)
Please maintain social distancing at all times and follow the guidelines on the provided map. Alamosa Park Device & Materials Distribution Map - Sept. 8 & Sept. 9.pdf Please remain safe, patient, and inside your vehicle while Alamosa Park teachers and staff get your child’s device, power cord, materials, and supplies bag. If you will be walking to the distribution event, please remain safely distanced from others, wear face covering, and notify a staff member for assistance. TK, K, and Grade 1 students will receive an iPad and power cord. Students in Grades 2 - 5 will receive a Chromebook and power cord. We will also be distributing a large bag with student curriculum materials, workbooks, supplies, and other materials to support virtual learning. All students will receive pre-bagged supplies including crayons, two pencils, eraser, sharpener, glue stick, and scissors. If you are unable to attend Alamosa Park on either of these days or times on September 8th or 9th, please contact me at email@example.com or (760) 940-0700 x49001. Important Student Password Information Our VUSD Information Technology (IT) department is working hard behind the scenes to prepare for our students to return to learning on Tuesday, September 8. IT will be refreshing student passwords this week, which means that students will be unable to access their accounts during the week of August 31 – September 4. Alamosa Park will be providing student username and password information at our Device, Materials, and Supplies Distribution Day on Tuesday, September 8. For any questions, you may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or our front office at (760) 940-0700.
VUSD Device Cost Replacement Coverage VUSD offers a device cost replacement coverage that is optional for parents / guardians to purchase for their child’s device. The plan will protect the device against ACCIDENTAL DAMAGE, THEFT, FIRE, FLOOD, NATURAL DISASTERS, POWER SURGE and VANDALISM. This plan will provide full replacement cost coverage and will protect the item on and off school grounds for a cost of $20. Device Cost Replacement Plan is valid for the 2020-21 school year. All parents wanting to purchase the device coverage will need to access the VUSD online Web Store. Thank you for considering cost replacement coverage for your child’s school-issued device
Reminder: Please Complete Data Confirmation procedure, if you have not yet completed it. While we know that you have enrolled your child at Alamosa Park, it is important for every parent or guardian to complete the Data Confirmation procedure. Every family is required to complete the online Data Confirmation procedure in their Aeries parent portal by Friday, September 4. Students will not be able to start their first day of school without completing this very important step. By doing this require procedure, you will be able to modify or enter student demographics, emergency phone contacts, medical conditions, and authorization information. This process replaces the normal “first day of school packets” where parents are normally required to fill out new emergency cards, and sign various documents and authorizations. Aeries Data Confirmation Information: Data Confirmation Step by Step - English Data Confirmation Step by Step - Spanish
Most recent communication from VUSD Superintendent, Dr. Doyle (08/25/20): Please click this link for the Vista Institute for Parents. Please click this link for the Community Update. “Vista Works For You” video series:
In closing, I am committed to providing a healthy and safe learning environment to all students and staff and providing a high quality education for each student. Please contact me for any questions by phone (760) 940-0700 x49001 or by email at email@example.com. I will get back to you promptly. Also, please feel free to visit the VUSD webpage or the Alamosa Park webpage for additional information.
I wish you and your family all of the very best for a great remainder of summer break. I am looking forward to a fantastic 2020-21 school year!
03/13/2020 Dear Alamosa Park Families, The purpose of this phone message is to give you information related to the VUSD school closure and how it relates to students and families at Alamosa Park. As you now know from the Community Health Alert #5 from Superintendent Doyle (click Community Health Alert #5 All Schools Will be Closed - March 13, 2020.pdf), VUSD schools are now closed through Sunday, April 5, with students returning on Monday, April 6. Specific rationale for the school closure is noted in the Health Alert. All Alamosa Park school events, both on and off campus are canceled through Friday, April 30, including: Open House; Alamosa’s Got Talent, auditions, rehearsals; all PTA and Foundation meetings; Healthy Hawk Week; all clubs, including Gardening, Cooking, and Choir clubs; Kid’s College after school courses; all field trips; student recognition assemblies; and class performances. After we return to school from this closure period, I will provide you with any updates. Finally, Please remember that your child brought home their Trimester 2 Progress Report today. This is a perfect time to review progress, strengths, and focus areas with your child. Please be sure to review the progress report with your child and contact me (760-940-0700; firstname.lastname@example.org) or your child's teacher for any questions about the progress report. During our school closure time period, I will be providing you with updates using this communication system. Alamosa Park Staff and I are going to miss all of our students and families a great deal. Please continue to stay healthy by following the guidelines in the Health Alerts from Dr. Doyle. If you have any questions at any time about anything related to Alamosa Park, please contact me at (760) 940-0700 or at email@example.com. Thank you for your support and involvement at Alamosa Park School. Go Hawks! Sincerely, Kyle Ruggles, Ed.D. Principal, Alamosa Park Elementary School Upcoming Events & Dates to Know
Friday, March 13 – Trimester 2 Progress Reports sent home