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Principal's Message » Principal's Update June 2017

Principal's Update June 2017



“There is a place where the sidewalk ends

And before the street begins,

And there the grass grows soft and white,

And there the sun burns crimson bright,

And there the moon-bird rests from his flight

To cool the peppermint wind.”

(excerpt from Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein)


As school draws to a close I am excited by the opportunities that come with additional daylight and the slower schedule that is part of summer.  When we slow down we notice where “the grass grows soft and white” and we can feel “the peppermint wind”. 


In this final month of school, celebrate the growth your child has made.  Remain interested.  Ask questions.  Observe their friendships.  Listen, really listen, to their conversations.  And then plan some amazing summer experiences. 


Childhood experiences apart from the classroom builds schema.  Schema is the brain’s way of organizing information.  Personal experiences provide a context that allows new knowledge to make sense, to connect.  Personal experiences allow children to generalize academic knowledge to new situations.  So whether you plan to visit Paris or Torrance Beach, this time is important.  Enjoy it with your child!  Memorize the smell of freshly cut grass.  Give piggyback rides. Catch sand-crabs at the shoreline and feel the tickle of their tiny feet.  Time is a commodity more precious than gold.  Use this summer time to build schema…and memories.


Technology Update


The VG Geeks would like to acknowledge the following donors for their support of technology at Vista Grande:


The Dokko Family*

The Park Family Trust*

Japanese Business Association

The Garber Family*

The Habib Family

Doctor and Mrs. Liu

Susan Jung

The Lin Family

The Diaz Family

Mrs. Jacqueline Glass*

The Corbett Family

The Cuesta Lulli Family

The Shavely Family

The Abraham Family

Nan He and Zhe Liu

Japanese Parents Association

The Honma Family

The Bechmann Family

The Yamanaka Family

Cathy Craven and Mike Shull


*indicates major donors greater than $1,000.


Thanks to these generous families and individuals, Vista Grande is $20,000 closer to its goal of $70,000 to increase access to technology with a ratio of 1 device for each 2 children.  Additionally, we would like to thank the VG PTA for purchasing 10 more Chromebooks through its most recent gifting decisions. If you would like to contribute to this technology goal which will directly support your student, please make a check out to Vista Grande Elementary with a note in the memo line “technology” and drop it off in the school office.


Staff Bio


Mrs. Jessica Murray joined the Vista Grande staff as a third-grade teacher this year.  She was married this fall and is now expecting her first child!  Her family also includes her dog.  Jessica is originally from San Diego so she is a huge Chargers fan.  She also follows the San Jose Sharks and was lucky enough to attend their first Stanley Cup game at home, which they won. She has traveled as far as the Caribbean, and looks forward to more travel in the future. Before coming to Vista Grande, Mrs. Murray was a substitute teacher as well as a veterinary assistant.  We are so glad she is a part of our Voyager team.


Parent Education Opportunities


This Wednesday, May 10th, Dr. Joseph Lee will present a seminar about how different it is to raise children today compared to the way you were probably raised.  Come and learn about the challenges and pressures that our children face and leave with strategies to successfully navigate your role as parent.  The meeting will take place in our MPR at 6PM and is sponsored by the Vista Grande PTA.  Invite your friends to come, too!


While high school may seem too distant a concern, it is never too early to be informed.  On Tuesday, May 16th at 7 PM in the Peninsula High gym there will be a screening of the short film “If Only”.  This film was created by the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation and Millennium Health.  The 38-minute movie is a Wahlberg family affair, co-written and produced by James Wahlberg.  It addresses the epidemic of opioid addiction that is impacting our teens.  James’ son, Jeffrey plays the main role in the film.  James Wahlberg will attend the Parent Screening event which will be followed by a panel discussion. 


Dates Ahead


Tues. 5/9         4th/5th grade Music performances at 9AM

Wed. 5/10       Dr. Joseph Lee parenting seminar @ VG MPR 6PM

Fri 5/12            Morning with Mom 8AM MPR

Fri 5/12            Flag Ceremony

Wed 5/17        Maturation Films for 4th grade students (must be accompanied by parent/guardian)         Girls at 6:00 Boys @ 6:40

Mon 5/29        Memorial Day – no school


Fall Registration:  Tuesday, August 22nd at 11:30 AM in our MPR