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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

VENTANA VISTAS NEWSLETTER 4-4-16

VENTANA VISTAS NEWSLETTER

Online Registration 

Online Registration is currently open for resident families and those open enrollment families who applied and received an approval letter via U.S. mail from the district office.  Click here to go to Online Registration.
This Week
EARLY RELEASE on Tuesday, April 5th.
•AIMS/AZMerit Testing
DFFO Meeting on Thursday, April 7th @ 9:15 AM.

Spring  Musical Concert Schedule
Perrella, Zuniga, Baca & Olson – Friday, 4/29 @ 9 AM
Clark, Dickey, Lise, McKee & Miranda – Wednesday 5/11 @ 1PM
Hawkins, Hoover, Alexander, Knutson, Orozco – Friday, 5/13 @ 10 AM
Dodson, Green & Sandoval – Wednesday, 5/18 @ 1PM
(prior to Fifth Grade Farewell)
On Wednesday, April 6th we begin AZMERIT Testing in Grades 3-5.  Each Wednesday in April we will be doing testing. Grade 4 will take the AIMS Science test using paper and pencil. Grades 3-5 will take the AZ MERIT tests in the areas of Reading, Writing and Mathematics. This is a computer-based test. Students may bring their own ear buds for the AZ MERIT testing. We will provide headphones, but some students may prefer to bring their own for testing. Headphones/ear buds are needed for the AZ MERIT Reading, parts 1 and 2 tests. You may learn more about the AZ MERIT by visiting the Arizona Department of Education’s website: http://www.azed.gov/assessment/azmerit/.
Please see the schedule below to see when your student will be taking the test and which test he/she will be taking.

Third Grade
April 6              AZ MERIT Writing
April 20            AZ MERIT Reading and Mathematics Part 1
April 27            AZ MERIT Reading and Mathematics Part 2
Fourth Grade
April 6               AZ MERIT Writing
April 13             AIMS Science Test
April 20             AZ MERIT Reading and Mathematics Part 1
April 27             AZ MERIT Reading and Mathematics Part 2
Fifth Grade
April 6              AZ MERIT Writing
April 20            AZ MERIT Reading and Mathematics Part 1
April 27            AZ MERIT Reading and Mathematics Part 2 
Parents often ask how they might assist their children in preparing for the tests.  Here’s what you can do:
•      Ensure that your child is on time each day.  This is critical!
•       Make every effort to have your child attend classes regularly.  Avoid absences.
•      Ensure that your child has adequate sleep and a nutritious breakfast
•      Plan appointments and other disruptions to the school day for another time
•      Classes will not be interrupted during testing times
•       Discuss the tests with your child and encourage individual best effort
•       Visit the website for AIMS student guides and sample tests:  http://azmeritportal.org/
Bobcat Shoutout…
THANK YOU
 to everyone who supported Mileage Club this past year. Our students ran over 1000 miles since October! These many steps were celebrated with Mrs. Mulay’s ride around the Mileage Club track on her tricycle, decked out in a pink tutu and pink streaked hair!
Another THANK YOU to all the families who fiesta’d at Sir Veza’s during the Ventana Vista Spring Break Dine Out. We will receive 15% back to our school. ¡Ole!
SAVE THE DATE:
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 on Saturday, April 30th from 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.
Click here for The Boarder
Firefly Celebration of Art Day (click here for flyer)
The Top 10 Collectors + two random drawings participated in the “Minute To Win It Challenge” against Mrs. Mulay and other “mystery” staff members:
Raymon Flores- K
Magnus Marine - 1st
Alexandra Krivoshein - 5th
Clara Shelton - K
Maisy Goldberg - 1st
Alejandra Albino-Chapman - 2nd
Amanda Biava - 3rd
Sam Farbarik - 3rd
Elly Gilbert - 4th
Calum Gregory - 3rd
Derek Kay - 4th
Alex Hoover - 3rd
Congratulations Bobcats!!
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 info@vvffo.org.
Musical Theatre Camp - Little Shop of Horrors (click here)
Missoula Children's Theatre - Aladdin (click here for info)
Summer Camp Foothills
Fridays +
Bobcat T-shirt = School Spirit Days

Hard to believe we are in the single digits for weeks of school left! In addition to planning stay-busy summer activities for the kids, plan to wear your Bobcat t-shirt each and every Friday.
Show your Bobcat pride!
SAVE THE DATE:
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 lunchtimes Monday, May 2nd, through Thursday, May 5th.
Stock up on summer reads with this Buy One, Get One event.
Immunizations for Students Entering 6th Grade (click here for more)
Ventana Vista Elementary School
Phone 520-209-8000
FAX 520-209-8070
Dana Mulay, Principal    Cathy MacNeal, Secretary    Avril Buick, Office Clerk