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We "Stand By" our Vista Community & Families

2018-19 Impact Report

The FACE Network collaborates as a team, with community partners, and within schools to engage with families in meaningful ways across our district and in all schools. As of Dec. 19, 2018, we have accomplished the following for this school year: 

 

770 events, meetings, & workshops

19,067 attendees

159 Volunteer Groups

150 Food Distributions

159 discounted computer devices

70 different types of engagement opportunities offered

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2017-18 Impact Report

In the 2017-2018 school year, the FACE Network has collaborated as a team, with community partners, and within schools, parent groups, and other district departments to accomplish:

 

1,602 events, meetings, presentations, workshops 

30,431 participants

104 different types of events offered 

220 personalized Technology Workshops

278 Volunteer groups and trainings coordinated

303 Food distributions 

 

4th Annual Early Childhood Education Fair (Apr. 14, 2018): 2,000+ attendees

2nd Annual Dia de los Muertos celebration (Nov. 2, 2017): 1,080 attendees

Dra. Villarreal family series (Oct.-Nov. 2017): 100 graduates

C2SDK (2017-18): 128 discounted computers distributed

FACEx "Habits of Mind" family series: 8 classes, 132 attendees

Peachjar is your source for information!

VUSD utilizes Peachjar to post all district flyers announcing events, meetings, reminders, and more. Click here to register or log-in and see what's new today!

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PSST World

Is something or someone bothering you at school? Report it!

If it upset you, makes you feel unsafe, or affects safety at school, let us know. This is an anonymous reporting system and is monitored 24 hours/day. Click on the image below to report a concern.

Ready4K



Developed by educational researchers, Ready4K is a FREE evidence-based text messaging program for parents of children from birth to 3rd grade. Each week, you will receive fun facts and easy tips to boost your child’s learning. Ready4K activities build on the things that you already do with your child - like getting your child dressed and meal & bath times - to make boosting your child’s learning fast, fun, and easy. Click here to get started today! 

California Assessment of Student Performance & Progress

Please read this document for detailed information about the recently released California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) results and learn more about our action plans as we move forward in educating for the greatest success and happiness of our students. 

Family Workshop Resources & More!

Community Resources

Other Resources

Parenting: No easy job!

Translation: Practice your English-to-Spanish/Spanish-to-English translations

Join PTA!

PTA is California's largest children's advocacy group with the mission to "positively impact the lives of all children and families." Join today and pick your passion area to focus on! More information here


 

Past team article

Congratulations to the entire Family & Community Engagement Network Team on making it into The Vista Press! Thank you Ray Huard for writing such a beautiful article on our very loving team. We are so appreciative to all of our families, staff, district leadership, and the entire community for supporting our efforts and working daily with us in meeting the needs of our families and students.  We love you and what we do! Enjoy reading the article here (also here on the district website).  

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Our Community Friends

Check out these local organizations whose everyday focus is to serve our communities' needs. We thank them for their wonderful services!

 

Boys & Girls Club of Vista 

  • Provide a safe place for kids to learn and grow.
  • Tutoring, sports, & arts

Education Enrichment Systems

  • Early Education programs
  • Toddler Center (18 months - 2 years old)
  • Pre-school Programs (3-5 years old)
  • 1/2 day and full-day programs

Vista Chamber of Commerce

  • Networking events
  • Educational workshops
  • City events
  • Promotes Vista business growth and success
  • Community partner for schools

Vista Library

  • Promotes Literacy for all
  • Check out a book, CD, video
  • Provides tutoring services
  • Free classes

VISTA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Vision 

  • Our Vision in Vista Unified is to be the model of educational excellence and innovation

Mission

  • The purpose of Vista Unified School District is to inspire each and every student to persevere as critical thinking individuals who collaborate to solve real world problems

Values

  • RESPECT:  treating all with dignity
  • TRUST:  having confidence that every decision focuses on the best interests of students
  • COLLABORATION:  working in a collective partnership with clear two-way dialogue that builds relationships among home, school, and the community

This Thursday, 3/14: "Tarde de Familia" - a free dinner event with Palomar College

Esta es una noche para aprender sobre todos los increíbles programas que ofrece Palomar y también conocer las historias de éxito de profesionales latinos de Vista que han superado la adversidad para lograr sus objetivos educativos y profesionales. Tendrán la oportunidad de conocer personal de Palomar College y hacer preguntas. Habrá cena y todas las presentaciones serán en español. También disfrutaremos de un espectáculo de Folklorico y violín magnífico. Esta es una gran oportunidad para todos, especialmente para estudiantes de prepa y sus familias. Por favor acompáñenos para este gran evento comunitario!

This is an evening to get to know Palomar’s amazing programs and hear about success stories of Latino professionals from Vista who have overcome adversity to achieve their educational and career goals. You will have the opportunity to meet Palomar College staff and ask your questions. Dinner will be served and all presentations will be in Spanish. We will also enjoy fabulous Folklorico & violin performances. This is a great opportunity for everyone, especially high school students and families. Please join us for this great community event!

 


 

Published Blog in EdWeek: VUSD "Family Engagement - The Gold Standard for Achievement"

Check out our blog posted in EdWeek!! We are so proud of our team's work in VUSD and all that we are able to accomplish together as a communityWe want to send a special shout out to all volunteers, our support VUSD School Board, district leadership & all staff, all families, and our fabulous community partners who all collectively work with us to get such meaningful work done. Our impacts will last lifetimes for our children and our community. Thank you for your hearts!! 

 

#USvsHate Community Project

Our "Four Agreements": The Principles that Guide Us

Vista Unified School District's Family & Community Engagement Network created a set of guiding principles that we live by in our work with schools, families, and our community. We call them our "Four Agreements" and were inspired to create these from don Miguel Ruiz's The Four Agreements. This is a team-created philosophy of our values and beliefs that guide and unite us in our fundamental work supporting and connecting all of those in our schools and community. 

 

1. Always demonstrate & serve with Love & Respect.

We are rooted in the community and in love. Everyone has a story, a culture, a unique life and place in this world - we honor each one as an important branch in our community tree. We encourage love, respect, growth, and unified engagement, always.    

 

2. Meet the needs of our families, schools, and community.

We serve the needs of others through this motto: “Make it happen.” All needs are important and we value each one as such. Strong communication and positive partnerships are integral in meeting these needs. Never give up in finding the proper resources and methods for serving. Everything we do impacts a child - make it meaningful.

 

3. Collaborate and support as a Family and Team.

We are one with our community and families. Unite to make things happen within our Network and with our schools, families, and community. We succeed together, learn together, and serve together.

 

4. Be innovative, hopeful, and strong in empowering our families.

We share in the collective power between our schools, families, and community. We promote "Strength in Numbers" and "Knowledge is Power" and encourage our families to work together in meeting shared goals. Advocate. Innovate. Motivate. Persevere. Help families strengthen their knowledge, skills, and abilities as individuals and united community members. Spread courage and strength, motivate service and partnership, maintain community health and sustainability, inspire greatness and innovation.

 

 

VUSD F.A.C.E. Platform: Our Collective Guide to Action

Vision

Our vision is to be the model of innovative and authentic family and community engagement.

 

Mission

VUSD’s purpose is to bridge our schools, families, and community through meaningful partnership and shared goals to have a positive impact on the lives of children for their personal and academic successes and healthy development. The district advocates on behalf of all children and serves our community through radical hospitality, education, cultural awareness and respect, positive collaboration, and love.

 

Definition: Family Engagement

Family engagement in schools is a shared responsibility and interactive process in which schools and other community organizations are committed to equity and partnerships through engaging with and empowering parents in meaningful ways, and where parents are committed to actively supporting their children's learning and development.

 

Definition: Engaged Parent

An engaged parent is dedicated to and takes responsibility for action related to their child’s learning and development through:

  1. Being informed
  2. Communicating with their child about their academics and social-emotional needs
  3. Guiding their child to necessary support systems
  4. Advocating for their child

Action by the School & School District

If we find a parent is not fully engaged, per our definition, then we take collective action and do our best to fill the appropriate gaps and meet their various needs to ensure families are able to remain committed to their child’s learning and development alongside the school district and community.

 

*This action was developed within the Family & Community Engagement Network and is a guide for collective action between all partners in our school district. October 2018

3rd Annual Early Childhood Education Fair (2017)

Share your Feedback!

We value your feedback and want to hear from you! Please share your thoughts, suggestions, or questions regarding Family and Community Engagement across our district. Click here for the survey. Thank you!


 

Family & Community Engagement Leadership

Jacqueline "Kiki" Bispo 

Family & Community Engagement (FACE) Network Lead

Innovation Department, Vista USD 

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School Site Liaisons: Contact a Liaison today for any questions & support

* We will help connect you to the appropriate resources & people! Visit our Family Engagement Team site and learn a little about those whose mission is to work for our families and communities!

 

Alamosa Elementary: Samia Felix (interim support)

Alta Vista HS: Brisma Guevara

Beaumont ES: Paty Vega

Bobier Elementary: Nancy Ramirez

Breeze Hill Elementary: Dina Rodriguez

Cal. Ave School: Jacqueline Bispo

Casita Center: Alicia Tabares

Empresa Elementary: Rebecca Smith

Foothill Oak Elementary: Glenda Garcia

Grapevine Elementary: Leticia Ambriz

Hannalei Elementary: Lili Gonzalez

Lake Elementary: Dina Rodriguez

Madison MS: Vivian Boring

Maryland Elementary: Susi Torrico

Mission Vista HS: Diane Bell-Cerda

Mission Meadows Elementary: Jacqueline Bispo (interim support)

Monte Vista Elementary: Rebecca Smith

Rancho Buena Vista HS: Alma Cacho

Rancho Minerva MS: LuciaRodriguez

Roosevelt MS: Gabriela Thompson

T.H.E. Leadership Academy: Patty Landeros

VAVPA: Jorge Garcia

VIDA: Diane Bell-Cerda

Vista HS: Brisma Guevara

Vista Magnet MS: Alicia Tabares

Vista Visions Academy: Jacqueline Bispo

District Lead: Jacqueline Bispo 

FACE flyers

FACE Newsletters

Enjoy our various school and district newsletters!

 

Madison MS Pony Express (Mar.)

Madison MS (en Español) (marzo)

Ed100: Free Lessons & Resources

Ed100 provides free, self-paced online lessons (as short as 5 minutes!) about the history and current state of California's public education system. This is a fabulous resource to both be informed and be inspired to take action. This is for everyone: parents, educators, and community organizers. (BONUS: You can win money for your local PTA!) Join today!

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Family Engagement Twitter

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WAVE Pod (VUSD's podcast channel)

Tip: Students & Attendance

Students should miss no more than 9 days of school each year to stay engaged, successful and on track to graduation.

Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with a bully or facing some other potentially serious difficulty. Contact the school counselor, administrator, or trusted staff member today if this may be a concern for your child.

Source: www.attendanceworks.org

Parent Interest Volunteer Form

We care about our parents, and we value your skills and time! Please fill out this BRIEF form if you are interested in dedicating any time (1 hour/month, or 8 per day!!) to volunteering at your child's school. Thank you for your time!

Support a Classroom and Teacher Today!

Click here to visit DonorsChoose.org, a great resource for teachers to request funding support for their classroom. Teachers request funding for books, field trips, various learning materials (art supplies, calculators, Maker materials, lab equipment, etc.), items for team sports, and other items to support their projects. It's easy to search for a teacher or school and find out how you can provide a few extra dollars to help teachers meet their exciting goals and plans for your children. Thank you for your support! (Talk with a teacher today to find out if they have a project you can help fund.)

2nd Annual Early Childhood Education Fair

VUSD wants School Volunteers!

Want to support a school by helping out a teacher or staff member? Want to aid in a school or class project? Have an extra hour or two (or more!) every now and play a greater role in our schools? VUSD wants you to be a school Volunteer! Everybody has something to offer - time, skills, networking, a positive attitude and care! We appreciate all that our families can offer. Visit your school and plan with a staff member today to become a school volunteer. Thank you so much for your time and contributions to your child's education! See Volunteer Procedures & the application here

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