At Arroyo Vista, we embrace our core values and integrate them into what we do, how we behave and how we work together as a team. The AV Core Values are:
RESPECT: Each individual is worthy of respect.
INTEGRITY: Personal and institutional integrity is the foundation of all we do.
DIVERSITY: Diversity and commonality both enrich the human experience.
Arroyo Vista is a Peanut Free Zone:
The Arroyo Vista student population includes a significant number of students that have severe and life-threatening allergies to peanuts and peanut products. Some of these students are affected by trace amounts of peanuts in our breath, in the air or oil left on a table. Because of the high number of students throughout all grade levels with this health issue and because we, the school, are required by law, to ensure a safe environment for all students, Arroyo Vista is a PEANUT FREE SCHOOL. Each classroom teacher who has such a student within his or her class will share more specifics of this issue and how it directly impacts the classroom and the food items that are donated to classroom parties. The staff is also trained on a regular basis on the signs and symptoms of allergic reactions as well as how to administer an Epi-pen.
Appropriate School Dress:
We believe that appropriate dress and grooming contribute to a productive learning environment. Students are expected to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to wear clothing that is both reasonable and appropriate for elementary age children who are expected to participate in physical education and recess activities. Clothing may not be a distraction to other students or the classroom learning environment and must promote safety.
While playing outdoors or participating in activities outside, students are allowed to wear articles of sun-protective clothing, including, but not limited to, hats.
The following attire is not allowed:
Arrivals and Dismissal
Children are not to arrive at school before 8:00 AM. AV does not have supervision until 8:00 am.
At 8:00 AM, the first bell rings indicating that students should report to their classroom’s assigned line-up area on the playground. Students should sit or squat down in the line until their teacher arrives at 8:10 AM to escort the students to class. Students should not go directly to their classroom.
Since our dismissal times are staggered, it is imperative that parents who pick-up their children meet them at the picnic tables in the lunch table area. Parents are not to wait in the courtyard area or outside of classrooms. If your children are waiting for an older sibling to be dismissed, they must be supervised by an adult and wait in the lunch area. Children are expected to wait seated on the benches, and not use the kindergarten equipment nor play around classroom buildings. We thank you for your cooperation in this matter and for helping us to ensure the instructional time in the upper grade classrooms is not disrupted.
If you would like to pick up your child(ren) at the back gate on Doran, for the front gate on El Centro, please notify the teacher and inform your child(ren) to wait for you at the back gate. A form indicating how your child is picked up each day will be sent home for all parents to complete at the beginning of the school year.
Irregular Departures During School Hours:
If your child will be leaving school prior to the regular dismissal time, please send a note with your child that indicates the student's name, date, time of pick-up and the name and relationship of the person picking up the student. The student should give the note directly to their teacher at the beginning of the school day. Students will remain in the classroom until a person arrives at the school office to pick them up.
When the authorized person arrives at school to pick up the student, the adult must report to the office to sign the child out of school. Students will ONLY be released to the authorized person indicated in the note or listed on the student record card in the office. If your child returns before school is over, please escort him/her to the office in order to sign him/her back into school.
Students will not be released during school hours to ride bicycles or walk home alone.
Leaving School Without Permission:
Parents must reinforce with their children the fact that no one may ever leave school grounds without permission from the principal or principal's designee. Disciplinary action will be serious for any violations of this rule.
Prompt attendance at school is a requisite for good citizenship and academic achievement. A student who arrives after the 8:15am bell must report directly to the office to check-in before being admitted to class. With the Goldline trains running at regular intervals, it is important to give yourself adequate time in the morning so that students are not tardy. A letter will be sent home if a student is late and/or tardy five (5) for more times within on trimester. Repeat offenders will be asked to attend a meeting with the counselor.
Absence for Illness:
Please contact the school office (441-5840 - press “1” at the greeting) each day that your child is absent from school. You may also send a signed note to the office on the day that your child returns to school. The note must include the date(s) of the absence, the student's name, teacher, reason for the absence and your signature.
Homework Request for Illness Caused Absences:
Parents may request assignments after the second day of absence by phoning the school office in the morning. Homework may be picked up after school the day of your phone call.
Absence for Reasons Other than Illness:
Any absence for reasons other than illness or a death in the immediate family causes the School District to lose money. Those absences include family trips, family emergencies, and religious observances or retreats. In order to avoid this loss of funds, you may apply for Independent Study, as follows and if the absence will be longer than 5 days:
Occasionally we are asked if birthday or other refreshments are permitted in classes. Although we sympathize with the desire behind such an inquiry, experience indicates that such accommodations disrupt the educational program. Since it is our desire to make maximum use of the time we have with your children, such refreshments are not permitted.
Invitations to parties and other flyers that are not-school/community related and that are not approved by the principal or superintendent may not be handed out during school hours.
The Weekly Wire envelope, which contains important information relating to class, school and community activities, is sent home each Tuesday. Parents are expected to read the contents of the envelope and then sign the outside. Students are expected to return the envelope to their teacher the following day.
PTA Weekly Wildcat- newsletter emailed on Sunday night. Go to ptav.org to register.
Additionally, the school maintains a website that is updated on a monthly basis and all teachers, as well as the principal, have email. Email addresses for the district are formatted in the same manner – the initial of first name followed by the last name.
Team AV believes homework serves the purpose of supporting, reinforcing and extending skills and concepts found in the California State Standards. It also serves to instill responsibility, positive study habits, and time management skills in students. Homework also provides a communication bridge between home and school.
Each grade level has determined that homework will consist of, but not be limited to:
The approximate amount of homework time to be expected each night:
Team AV acknowledges and values appropriate parental monitoring of the homework process. Working as a team, teachers and parents support the child’s educational experience and diverse needs to ensure successful learning. Please contact your child’s teacher regarding any homework questions or concerns.
Lost and Found:
Each year a distressing amount of beautiful clothing and lunch boxes are lost and unclaimed. To ensure that lost articles may be returned promptly, please place your child's name on clothing, lunchboxes, backpacks, etc. All unclaimed items will be donated to charity at the end of the year. The lost and found rack is located outside of the Multipurpose Room by the lunch shelter gate.
Students may either bring their lunch or purchase a cafeteria lunch. Milk, water, and juice can be purchased. No peanut products in lunches, please.
The procedures listed below will be followed when a parent requests that a student be permitted to take medication at school.
For the health and safety of your child at school, it is requested that:
Our primary purpose is to assure that all students realize their full potential. To maintain this purpose, it is vital that the school and homework together to face the challenges and celebrate the victories that occur throughout your child's schooling. Parents are expected to take responsibility for:
Items Brought to School
Items NOT Brought to School
If a student brings such an item to school, the school is not responsible if it becomes lost, stolen or damaged. When inappropriate items are brought to school, the items may be confiscated. The teacher/principal may hold items until the end of the day until a parent collects the items, or until the end of the year.
Students arriving at school on rainy days should proceed directly to the lunch shelter. Students will be released from the lunch shelter by class at the 8:10 AM bell. There is no change in the length of the school day during rainy days. Please be sure to discuss with your child how s/he will go home on rainy days.
Report cards are issued three times a year. A parent conference is scheduled in November at the end of the first trimester to report on pupil progress. Parent conferences are also scheduled in March. Parents should contact their child’s teacher as soon as any questions or concerns arise.
Roller blades, Roller Skates, Razors, Skateboards and Bicycles on Campus:
Students may ride their bicycles and scooters to and from school. Students must wear a helmet. Upon arriving on campus, students must walk their bicycles to the bike rack, which is located in the fenced enclosure between Room 100 and the girl’s restroom in the courtyard. Pleases note that the school is not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged bicycles.
Students should not wear shoes with wheels built into the sole to school.
Every month three students from each class in grades 1-5 are selected to receive a Citizenship, Achievement or Principal's Award. Achievement awards will focus on a different academic content area, while the Principal's Award will focus on demonstration of the SPUSD/AV Core Values. These children are honored at an awards assembly held at 8:20 AM one Friday per month. Parents of those being recognized will be formally invited to attend.
Each classroom, in grades 3-5, elects two student representatives to serve on the Student Council. Elections are held twice a year - fall and spring. Student Council meetings are held on a monthly basis before school. The Council works on school-wide activities that promote learning and community service.
Students Presence on Campus During Non-School Hours:
Students should be on the playground only during supervised times. Students are not be allowed to return to school after school is dismissed and should not be on the school grounds after school or on weekends.
Telephone and Cell Phones:
Students will be allowed to use the phone in the office or classroom for emergency calls only. All after school or social arrangements should be made prior to the school day. Any cell phone that is in the possession of a student must be turned off throughout the instructional day. Cell phones that are left on and become disruptive to the educational environment or cell phones that are used as distracters from learning will be taken from the student until a parent can pick it up.
All visitors to Arroyo Vista must first report directly to the office to sign in and obtain a visitor badge. At the conclusion of your visit, please return the badge to the office and sign-out. School tours are scheduled twice a year and include an overview of the many school programs and a visit to classrooms.
Classroom Visitation Procedure:
Parents and friends are encouraged to become better acquainted with the school programs. Visitations are to be for educational purposes only. Observations must be limited to 20 minutes and the parent must be accompanied by the school administrator or school counselor so as not to disrupt the instructional activities. If you would like to observe in a classroom, contact the office to assist you in scheduling the appointment.
Traffic Flow and Pick-Up Procedure:
It is important to follow the posted street signs regarding parking, speed and U-turns. By following the guidelines listed below and by being a safe, respectful driver, we can all work together to improve the traffic flow around the school.
All students that are being picked up by a parent, or another authorized person will be escorted to the lunch table area. Students that are being picked up by after school daycare providers will meet the providers at the supervised back gate on Doran. Students will be monitored at both locations until the parent or authorized adult escorts them off campus.
NO STUDENTS WILL BE PERMITTED TO WAIT IN FRONT, ON THE SIDE OF THE SCHOOL, OR IN THE COURTYARD FOR A PARENT OR ADULT TO ARRIVE.
EL CENTRO STREET:
Physical Education P.E.) is scheduled for 200 minutes every ten days for students in grades 1-5. Students participate in activities designed to improve large muscle skills as well as those which teach the basic fundamentals of games/team sports, and sportsmanship.
Arroyo Vista has a credentialed music teacher for ⅓ of the academic school year. Each class attends music once per week during the music rotation. The school district provides an instrumental teacher for all interested fifth grades. Instruction is provided for all band instruments.
Arroyo Vista has a credentialed art teacher for ⅓ of the academic school year. Classroom teachers and parent volunteers provide additional instruction.
Arroyo Vista has a credentialed theater arts teacher for ⅓ of the academic school year. Each class attends theater once per week during the art rotation.
English Language Development (ELD):
Students’ English language proficiency is assessed each year and appropriate instruction is planned.
Special Education services are available for those students with identified learning disabilities. Students who experience difficulty with learning tasks may be referred by their teacher for assessment. A team which includes school and District support staff, as well as parents, determines a child’s eligibility for this program.
All playground games are to be played according to PE rules.
Students should be engaged in play in one of the following designated play areas:
Chase / Tag of any kind is not permitted. Students should not bring their own play equipment from home
Arroyo Vista Special Activities: