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Tuesday, March 22, 2016



Online Registration 

Thank you for your patience regarding online registration.   We are hopeful that the problems will be solved very soon.  An email will be sent when it is openstay tuned!
This Week
EARLY RELEASE on Tuesday, March 22nd.
•Last Mileage Club on Thursday, March 24th.
Fifth Grade visits Esperero on Friday, March 25th.
Spring Break is the week of March 28th-April 1st. ENJOY!
How Many Principals Does it Take to Ride a Pink Tricycle?
Just one - Mrs. Mulay!

On Thursday, March 24th, Mrs. Mulay will take a lap around Mileage Club on a pink tricycle! Our super speedy Ventana Vista runners have surpassed our 1000 mile goal, accumulating 1028 miles since October 2015. So impressive!
Come out and support this fun event AND cheer on Mrs. Mulay’s pink tricycle feat:
Let’s give a Bobcat shout out to Ajo Bikes for providing the tricycle.
Questions:  Contact Jen Schiller
End of Year Celebration and Bobcat Bash + Dash

Let’s celebrate our students' hard work this school year with a carnival-style end of year celebration onSaturday, April 30thfrom 10-1pm.
And we are so-o-o excited to announce a NEW event to be held in conjunction with the End of Year par-tay…Bobcat Bash + Dash. This will be a family-friendly obstacle course to test our young and old endurance.
Take a Spring "Break"
Get a “break” from the boredom and mayhem with the kids being out of school and head toSir Veza’s at Speedway/Swan on Wednesday, March 30thfrom 12-3pm.
If Ventana Vista getting15% back isn’t motivation enough, how ‘bout this…
There will be a KIDS ONLY zone at Sir Veza’s!! Yes, you heard that right. Parents can enjoy an adult only, quiet, peaceful lunch while the kids can be loud and raucous in a separate room. The kiddos will have their own wait staff and plenty of craft activities to keep them *literally* out of your hair for an hour or so.
You need this mid-week Spring Break “break”. As well as that bowl of guac and chips!
Questions: Contact Allison Wexler or Karry Jackson at
Visit our Facebook page at Ventana Vista Elementary School FFO, and “Like” us! It is a fun and fast way to see what we are up to!
Do you have an idea or a question? Please email the VVFFO
Summer Camp Foothills
Numbers, numbers,
Everywhere I look.
Make funds for my school,
So happy the Math-a-Thon test I took!

Haven’t gotten Math-a-Thon pledges yet? Don’t fret. You can still collect and send in pledge funds for Ventana Vista’s largest school fundraiser.
We surpassed our goal of $12,000 in pledges, raising approximately $13,000.
Each classroom will earn their own Eegee’s Party!
Now that’s good math.
The “Minute To Win It Challenge” is  Wednesday, March 23rd against Mrs. Mulay and other “mystery” staff members.
Questions: Miriam Ruezga de Soroa
BOGO Book Fair

Peace, Love and Books is coming to Ventana Vista!  Grand opening will be Friday night,April 29th, and will be open at lunchtimesMonday, May 2nd, through Thursday, May 5th.
Stock up on summer reads with this Buy One, Get One event.
K/1 Gifted Testing
Testing for K/1 will bethis Wednesday andThursday.  Permission to Test forms are available in the office.
Ventana Vista Elementary School
Phone 520-209-8000
FAX 520-209-8070
Dana Mulay, Principal    Cathy MacNeal, Secretary    Avril Buick, Office Clerk

Monday, March 21, 2016

FUN, ADVENTURE and FRIENDS at Camp Foothills!

Dear CFSD families and Camp Foothills Participants:

Have you thought about SUMMER activities yet for your children? CFSD Community Schools’ Camp Foothills provides one-stop summer camp shopping with a huge variety of activities. There is surely something for everyone at Camp Foothills!

Our Camp Foothills brochure is available now online. Please visit to view our full selection of camp activities in PDF format.

You should have also received a print copy of the brochure. If you did not receive it, please contact us at or (520) 209-7551.

Camp Foothills offers weekly theme-based camps, hourly classes, specialty camps, week-long trips, theater productions, volunteer opportunities and much more! Join us as your schedule allows. Build friendship and camaraderie while engaging in enriching activities. Learn new skills, have fun doing what you enjoy, and spend the summer with your friends for endless summer fun!

Registration is open! Make your selections and sign up for camp now. Do not delay, as many of the most popular classes and camps fill quickly. You may register online at In-person and mail-in registration is also available at 2101 E. River Rd., Tucson, 85718.

Early Bird Discount: Register by April 30, 2016 for these benefits:
  • 10% off your camp fees.
  • Get a free Camp Foothills camp pack (backpack, t-shirt, wristband and other goodies).
  • Qualify for express check-in every Monday.
  • Rest assured throughout the month of May that you have “beat the rush” and your summer plans are set.
But, remember, the sooner you register, the better your chances for getting your first choices.

If you have any questions regarding Camp Foothills, please contact us at or (520) 209-7551.

Watch our Camp Foothills 2016 Video

Don’t miss out on summer FUN, ADVENTURE and FRIENDS at Camp Foothills!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Ventana Vistas Newsletter 3-14-16


5th Grade Parents Invited to FFO Meeting to hear about ECMS
  The Principal from Esperero Canyon Middle School will be speaking at our FFO meeting to share about middle school. Your students have heard from student ambassadors, counselors, and specialists. This is your chance to hear a little bit about ECMS. Please join us on Friday at 8:15am in Room 124.

This Week
EARLY RELEASE on Tuesday, March 15th.
Math-A-Thon pledge money due on Wednesday, March 16th.
Happy St. Patrick's Day on Thursday, March 17th!
FFO General Meeting on Friday, March 18th @ 8:15 AM.
•Deadline to claim Lost and Found is Friday, March 18th.
Order Your Yearbook!
Friday, March 25th is your last chance to capture those 2015-16 memories at a cost of $35.
Pick up your order form at the front office today!
Do you want to include a sweet, or possibly embarrassing, memory for your graduating 5thgrader? Include a Pride Line in the yearbook for $7. Order forms and payments can be dropped off at the front office.
Questions: Contact Tiffanie Bialis at
Mileage Club
What do you run for?Maybe it’s for health and exercise. Possibly to burn off extra energy. Or, is it to see Mrs. Mulay ride around Mileage Club on a pink tricycle if we reach our 1000 miles goal?
The last day of Mileage Club will be Thursday, March 24th.
Thanks to Ajo Bikes, who is providing the tricycle at no charge for this celebration.
EVERY student who has participated in Mileage Club gets a prize at this celebration! Students should sign up byThursday, March 17th for a Mileage Club card. They will need this card in order to select a prize.
Ms. Guarrera’s class is leading the running pack for the month of March!
These students have logged 10 miles:
Sofia Garcia
Spartan Koslov
Lorenzo Mazza

Questions: Contact Jen Schiller at
Fifth Grade Parents
Please turn in your donation of $85 for this trip, if you haven’t already.  Donations in excess of $85 are tax deductible.  Questions: Contact Nadine Stoner at
Contact the FFO
Visit our Facebook page at Ventana Vista Elementary School FFO, and “Like” us! It is a fun and fast way to see what we are up to!

Do you have an idea or a question? Please email the VVFFO at

If you would like to submit information to be added to the weekly newsletter,
please email Victoria Hannley, at
Foundation Newsletter
The Boarder
Camp Foothills
5K Fun Run
Pledge sheets with graded tests have gone home. Please collect your pledges and return them to school by Wednesday, March 16th.
Forgot to turn in your pledge sheet? No problem! We will be sending home all graded tests in case you misplaced your pledge sheet but still want to participate.
The top three students that collect the most money in pledges will win a gift card
and a book bag full of surprises!
If Ventana Vista collects $12,000 in pledges, each classroom will earn their own Eegee’s Party!
Questions: Contact Miriam Ruezga de Soroa at
Lost and Found
Unclaimed items will be donated after Friday, March 18th.
Don’t let your belongings be part of this collection!
Spring Break will be the last week of March (3/28 - 4/1)!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Ventana Vista Newsletter -NEW Format!


SARSEF Science Fair Awards

Congratulations of all of our science fair participants!  Ventana Vista sent 10 projects to the SARSEF competition.  Four projects were recognized with awards.  Outstanding work!
Does color effect which M & M melt fastest?K-CB0021 award(s)
Melting M & Ms
Scarlett Bonomolo, Camille Garcia
K - Chemical and Biochemical Sciences, Ventana Vista Elementary, Team - 2 people
Water for the GardenK-EE0012 award(s)
Investigating the use of Ollas for water conservation
Sofia Garcia
K - Earth and Environmental Studies, Ventana Vista Elementary, Individual
A Sticky Situation - Which surface does a suction cup stick to the best?1-PM0021 award(s)
Investigating the 'stickiness' of suction cups onto different surfaces.
Ezra Mandel
1 - Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics, Ventana Vista Elementary, Individual
The Power of Junk2-EN0034 award(s)
Investigating different renewable materials from which to construct a working solar cell
Ethan Bialis
2 - Energy, Ventana Vista Elementary, Individual
This Week
NO EARLY RELEASE on Tuesday, March 8th.
Friday is a Half Day of school (no lunch served).
    Gr. 1-5 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    AM Kinder 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    PM Kinder 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
•Seussical performances on Friday, March 11th and Saturday, March 12th @ 6:30.
Lost and Found
Fifth Grade Camp
Camp Foothills
Submit your own art creation!
March Lunch Menu
Stay in the loop with the FFO.
FFO meeting and information.
Don't miss out on ordering your yearbook!
Complete the order form and send it with your check or cash to the front office.  The deadline for ordering is March 25th.
If you have a fifth grade student, you can order a Prideline for $7.  That deadline isMarch 15th.
The full summer Camp Foothills brochure is available now online at the Community Schools website.  Registration opens on Wednesday, March 9th.
What Do You Run For?
Maybe it’s for health and exercise. Possibly to burn off extra energy. Or, is it to see Mrs. Mulay
ride around Mileage Club on a pink tricycle, if we reach our 1000 mile goal?
Congrats to Ms. Hoover’s class for running 17 miles in February. The Mileage Club trophy will
shine brightly in their classroom throughout March.
Sra. Miranda’s class is leading the pack for the month of March!
We have some super speedy running feet at Ventana Vista, including:
Ruby Goldberg
Sage Newcomb
Frank Tang
These students have logged 10 miles!
The last day of Mileage Club will be Thursday, March 24th

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Spring Administration of the Cognitive Abilities Test

Catalina Foothills School District • 2101 E. River Road • Tucson, Arizona 85718

Spring Administration of the Cognitive Abilities Test

In accordance with state requirements, the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is offered at different times during the school year.  The spring administration of the CogAT is only for students in Kindergarten and Grade 1. Testing will be offered in August 2016 for Grade 2, so students who are currently in Grade 1 may choose to wait until that test administration.

The spring test administration date is Wednesday, March 23 and Thursday, March 24th. Testing is done before school and begins at 7:15am. The location for testing is the IDS room, number 214, by the 5th grade classrooms at Ventana Vista. Students should plan to arrive at 7:00am as testing begins promptly at 7:15am.

Requests for testing must be made in writing by Thursday, March, 17, 2016.  Permission forms are available in the school office or you can request a form from me by email.

It is recommended that parents of primary grade students consult with the classroom teacher and/or gifted specialist before requesting testing. Test results for such young students are valid for a short time only and are NOT required for the identification of primary students for differentiated instruction or extended groups in reading and math in first or second grades.  The assessments used to identify students for these groups are given to all children at the beginning and throughout the year as part of the regular educational program.  

Toni Kalish, Gifted Specialist

Manzanita Elementary School
Ventana Vista Elementary School