OCTOBER 21, 2011
The Bobcat Code: For All Members of our School Community, All of the
As you are aware, the Ventana Vista Bobcat Code is our school-wide positive
NEWSLETTER OF VENTANA VISTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
behavior management system. Students are explicitly taught to Be Kind, Be 09
Safe, and Be Your Best in the classroom and around the school. We expect that
students demonstrate these same behaviors during school events that take place
outside the school day, as well. With the FFO Halloween Extravaganza just
APRIL 24, 2009
around the corner (Friday, October 28 at 5:00), students will be expected to:
Be Kind Be Safe Be Your Best
• Follow directions • Walk • Be a good , 2008
• Treat everyone with • Stay with an adult at all times ,
respect • Be caring and fair
• Leave costume weapons at
The Bobcat Code also extends to adults in the parking lot and on the street at
arrival and dismissal times daily.
Be Kind Be Safe Be Your Best
• Treat crossing guards, • Drive slowly • Model good
other staff, and drivers citizenship for
with courtesy • Be patient students
• Use good manners • Use designated crosswalks • Drop off/pick up in
• Put away your cell phone only
Thank you for helping to make special events such as the Halloween
Extravaganza, as well as our day-to-day operations, successful by following and
reinforcing our Bobcat Code!
UPCOMING EVENTS Catalina Foothills
Music In The Works! School District
Friday, October 21st The students at Ventana Dr. Mary Kamerzell,
•School Newsletter posted on Superintendent
Vista are busily singing, 209-7500
Ventana Vista website playing and dancing their firstname.lastname@example.org
way through the school year.
Tuesday, October 25th Governing Board Members
•EARLY RELEASE @ 1:30 PM Third and fourth grade Carole Siegler, President
•AM Kinder 8:00-10:15 classes are learning to play 529-1379
•PM Kinder 11:15-1:30 email@example.com
the recorder, while fifth grade
students are rehearsing Todd Camenisch, Vice President
Friday, October 28th songs for the Holiday concert 615-9855
•Halloween Extravaganza this year. We will be doing a
winter surprise show. The John Bergan, Member
K-2 choir will perform on 878-6180
Friday, November 4th firstname.lastname@example.org
December 16th at 10 AM,
and the 3-5 choir will perform Mary Lou Richerson, Member
•School Newsletter posted on
on December 19th at 299-4746
Ventana Vista website email@example.com
Sherri Silverberg, Member
Saturday, November 5th
Kindergarten through second 615-9224
•Bobcat Run grade classes will also be firstname.lastname@example.org
performing. They will sing State of Arizona Legislative
Tuesday, November 8 and play instruments to Representatives for CFSD
(check www.azleg.state.az.us for
•NO EARLY RELEASE accompany the songs. contact information)
Some of our talented Legislative District 26
Friday, November 11th students are going to Senator Al Melvin
Rep. Vic Williams
•Veteran’s Day – NO SCHOOL accompany the singers on Rep. Terri Proud
piano and violin. Legislative District 30
Senator Frank Antenori
Rep. David Gowan
All in all, we have a lot of Rep. Ted Vogt
exciting happenings coming
up. Look for more
announcements to come…
Music Teacher The mission of Catalina
Office Hours for 2011-2012 are as Foothills School District and
follows: Ventana Vista Elementary
School is to guarantee that
each student achieves
7:30 AM – 3:30 PM
academic and personal
excellence, becomes a
7:30 AM – 2:00 PM lifelong learner and is a
(Early Release Tuesdays) responsible citizen of the
world, by engaging all
students in meaningful
Main Office 209-8000
programs which meet the
Health Office 209-8004 highest educational and
Attendance Line 209-8090 ethical standards within a
FAX 209-8070 caring, collaborative learning
Durham (Bus) 615-7864 community.
The following students were invited to have lunch with Mrs. Boling on Friday,
October 21st. Each student received a certificate of recognition for classroom
Sammi Frankle Andrew Krupp
Jared Rogness Khristian Smith
Zoe Iacomini Lilli De Jonghe
Derek Kay Alberto Miranda
Jake Gee Ziare Nnamdi
Shawn Rhodes Logan Chung
Maddie Shirah Macy Goode
Sabrina Shulick Andrew Moukabary
Alyssa-Michelle Gilbert Bella Wexler
Mason Huff Austin Hrubiak
Riley Murphy Adam Pace
Cooper Flanigan Madeline Schmit
Kenyon Sanders Getz Cory Tertel
Quinn Cohen Vinessa Van
Charlotte Teeple Zoe Wolfe
Shay Desai Makenzie Hillegass
Jasmine Moussa Julia Taki
Jose Aviles Casey Cash
Lauren Stoner R J Clark
To all parents, faculty and staff of Ventana Vista Elementary:
Ventana Vista does not have any asbestos-containing building materials in its school
buildings. However, Ventana Vista Elementary is required to comply with the
Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). AHERA rules regulate
activities involving asbestos-containing materials in school buildings.
An asbestos management plan detailing AHERA required information is available for
review at the Catalina Foothills Facilities Office located at 4300 East Sunrise Drive,
If you have any questions regarding asbestos-containing building materials you are
encouraged to review the management plan or contact the Director of Facilities, Basil
Callimanis, at 209-8508.
Third grade is in full swing! The students have enjoyed meeting new friends and having their break in
the morning while it's still cool. Most students are actively playing tag, football, or four-square.
Math classes are focusing on the multiplication/division concepts. Each third grade class has been
reading both literature books (in small groups) and working with information text. One focus has been on
finding the main idea for a paragraph, passage, or article. We will continue to work on that skill for the
In Social Studies, some classes have learned about our economy, while others focused on government.
In the months ahead, don't be surprised if you hear a third grader talking about ancient cultures like the
Greeks, Romans, Aztecs, or Mayans. There's a lot to learn in third grade about the contributions of other
cultures that we enjoy today.
Third graders are experiencing their learning in many different ways. Technology is up and running in
every class. Some have used KidSpiration to write stories, while others have engaged in using clickers
for reviewing their learning.
All third graders will have a pen pal this year. We are writing back and forth with the three third grades
over at Canyon View. It's a great "authentic" way to teach letter writing. We are hoping to meet our pen
pals at the end of the year.
In Science, each class began the year by learning the scientific process. The engaging experiments were
a fun way to learn to ask a question, write a hypothesis, record observations, and share results. Students
will continue to use the scientific process as we learn about plants. During this unit, we examine the
inside of a seed, learn about the parts of plants and what their job is, and watch our own seeds grow!
The tradition of carving pumpkins for the Halloween Extravaganza is just around the corner. We will not
only "light up the night" with our glowing jack-o-lanterns, but will directly connect this activity to learning
about life cycles in our plant unit.
Make sure to stop by the 2/3 area stairs and admire our creativity during the Extravaganza. Each glowing
jack-o-lantern will be a work of art!
Holly Hansen, Kristi Lafrentz and Barbara Stansbury
Third Grade Team
MILEAGE CLUB PARENT HELPERS NEEDED! No experience necessary! Tuesdays and Thursdays
at lunch time!
Here is how it works. Volunteers sign in at the office between 11:35 and 11:40, pick up the small
container of mileage club supplies in the MPR, and meet students at the lower field at 11:45. Third,
fourth, and fifth grade students come first from 11:45 - 12:05 and 1st and 2nd graders come from 12:05-
12:25. Parent volunteers are needed to pass out mileage club cards to students, punch cards as
students complete their laps, hand out foot charms to students completing punch cards, and return punch
cards to their appropriate class envelopes when finished.
You can sign up for either specific days, specific weeks, every Thursday for a month, every Tuesday and
Thursday, it is totally up to you and your schedule. Any and all help is greatly appreciated!
Being a mileage club monitor is a fun and rewarding way to help our students be active during lunch. If
this sounds like something you would be interested in doing please email me at email@example.com
Janet Holland, PE Teacher
Come join the fun at this year’s Halloween Extravaganza on Friday, October 28th
from 5:00-7:30 PM! See the attached flyer for more details!
Thank you to the following sponsors for the First Annual Bobcat
Nova Home Loans (title sponsor)
University of Arizona Cancer Center/Skin Cancer Institute
The next FFO general meeting
will be held on Wednesday, November 16th at 6:00 PM
in the Kaleidoscope Room.
Make sure to visit www.VVFFO.org often for updates on school events,
volunteering info, important resources and to learn easy ways you can contribute.
2011 Halloween Extravaganza
Friday, October 28
5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
*HOT DOG STAND, BOOSTER JUICE
*WEAR YOUR COSTUMES!
*DJ in the MPR
*TRICK or TREATING
VIP Parking and Buses
Parking will be $10 per space at the school. Please fill out the form to pre-purchase a
parking pass, detach and send in with payment. FIRST COME FIRST SERVE! FREE
shuttle buses will run from Basha’s at Sunrise and Kolb beginning at 4:30 p.m. and
running every 15 minutes through 7:30 p.m.
YES! I would like to purchase a parking pass for the Halloween Extravaganza for $10. I
understand that the limited spaces are FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE. Cash or checks must
be returned with this form to the front office. Cash or checks accepted. (Checks can be
made out to VV FFO).
All parking pass orders must be received by WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26. Passes will come
home in your child’s folder by FRIDAY, OCT. 28.
Catalina Foothills School District Foundation
Save the Date for
LOVE OUR SCHOOLS GALA
Friday, January 27, 2012
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
Enjoy an elegant dinner, casino fun with prizes, music
and dancing, a fabulous live and silent auction, and
recognition of our Teachers of the Year.
We Need Your HELp!
• Do you have donations for our Live
or Silent Auction?
• Do you own or shop at a local
Remember to nominate
business that could donate or
your choice for
sponsor our event? Teacher of the Year
• Can you volunteer your time to help by November 10th at
make the Gala a success? www.cfsdfoundation.org
If your answer is YES, please contact
Foundation Board Members
Wendy Marquez at 891-0387 or
Kara Rawson at 269-2269 or
Golf Fore the
Go to www.cfsdfoundation.org Friday, March 9, 2012
to purchase Gala tickets NOW!! Skyline C ountry Club
$90 on or before November 25th Shot gun Tee O ff – Noo
$100 after November 25th
Registration Sun. Oct. 30th
Rillito Fields—1st Ave. South of River
4th/5th/6th grades — 11am-12pm
7th/8th grades – 12pm –1pm
No prior playing experience required
Practice starts late November. Season runs
January through early March. Download
registration forms at www.info4lax.com
Sports physical & US Lacrosse membership required.
Questions? Contact Patricia Shaffer at
440-6852 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out Lacrosse every Sunday at the
Rillito fields starting at 11am
go to www.soazlax.com for more information
about fall ball