Friday, August 18, 2017
Dear Canyon View Families,
On behalf of the Canyon View staff, I want to welcome each and every one of our new and returning families to the 2017-2018 school year! The first seven days of school have been an absolute success, and over the next few weeks we should be settled into our new routines and schedules. As we begin the school year, we want to relay to our families how important relationship building is at Canyon View, and our staff is committed to building meaningful and lasting relationships with each and every one of our children and parents.
At Canyon View, and throughout CFSD, we are committed to continually improving our instructional practices in order to meet every child’s academic, social and emotional needs, while preparing them for college and career pathways. This year, we will be implementing the action steps that are associated with our Year Three School Improvement Plan (SIP). Throughout the first semester, you will learn more about the details of our Year Three plan, and how we’ll be supporting our students in the areas of literacy, academic mindsets, transfer, Deep Learning Proficiencies (DLP), and communication. Please stay tuned!
As we continue to work on establishing our routines, below are a few important reminders regarding important events, dates/forms, and safety procedures:
Morning Drop Off:
·Please do not drop off student before 7:40 a.m. as supervision does not begin until this time.
• Morning drop-off line is west of the crosswalk. The ﬁrst four cars are allowed to have their children unload. If you are further down the line, please wait patiently until you are in the ﬁrst four drop-off spaces to allow your child to unload. We have several adults available each morning to assist children from their cars. Kiss and dismiss!
• Please do not drop your child off at the crosswalk in the parking lot and have him/her cross by him/herself. This is not safe, but it also makes the cars that have driven through the line wait as students cross the crosswalk.
· Students should not be dropped off in the neighborhood south of Canyon View (unless they are a resident). The increased traffic in the neighborhood can create an unsafe situation for our children.
Courtyard Pick Up and Drop Off:
• If you are dropping off or picking up your child in the courtyard, please park either in the in the Canyon View or Esperero Canyon Middle School parking lot and walk to the courtyard. All security gates will be opened in the morning at 7:30 a.m. and five minutes before the afternoon dismissal time.
· When students are dismissed, parents who wish to pick-up their child in the pick-up lane are expected to stay in the right lane and patiently wait until they reach one of our four loading spaces along the sidewalk. Over the past week, we have increased our efficiency in loading students into their cars, and we have reduced the pick-up time by 10 minutes.
· Due to safety concerns, students will not be allowed to walk into the parking lot without an adult. The parking lot is filled with moving vehicles and we do not want any child to be in this environment.
· Students should not be picked up in the neighborhood south of Canyon View (unless they are a resident). The increased traffic in the neighborhood can create an unsafe situation for our children.
§ If your child will be absent from school, it’s important for parents to call the attendance line at 209-7700 or 209-7701 to report their child’s absence. Ensuring accurate daily attendance is an important responsibility for us each day and your assistance is greatly appreciated.
§ If a child will be leaving early for an appointment, please note that we will keep the child in their classroom until their parent arrives to pick them up and sign them out of school. Upon parent arrival, our security clerk, Mrs. Rose, will call into the classroom and notify the teacher that the child is leaving and the child will be sent down to the security office.
Open Enrollment Bus Ridership:
The 2017-2018 Open Enrollment Bus Application period closes on Friday, August 25. The bus information and application are available on the district website: www.cfsd16.org/ under the Parents tab. A separate application must be submitted for each student. All requests received by August 25 will be given equal consideration. If the capacity of our buses is insufficient to accommodate all requests submitted during the application period, then a random selection process will be used to accept riders. Families will be notified by email in mid-September regarding their application status. Requests received after August 25th will be considered in the order that they are received and status notification will be provided in a timely manner.
· The three signed beginning-of-the-year forms are due on Friday, August 25. The forms that require signatures include:
- Student Verification
- Home-School Compact
- Student Discipline Conduct Policy Agreement
· The signature forms can be found on the first few pages of the Student Handbook found on the Canyon View website under the Parents tab: http://cves.cfsd16.org/.
· The CFSD Student Health and Emergency Contact Information form is a required document that ensures that we have the most accurate information concerning your child’s health and their emergency contact information. We are requesting that these forms be submitted by Friday, August 25. This form was sent home with students on the first day of school. If you require an additional copy of the form, please contact the front office and we’ll be sure to send one home with your child.
August 29: Kindergarten-Fifth Grades and Specialists
· Session 1: 6 p.m. in classrooms, 6:45 p.m. in the MPR to learn about the special area classes and how to log into, and navigate, the ParentVUE web portal.
· Session 2: 7 p.m. in classrooms, 7:45 p.m. in the MPR to learn about the special area classes and how to log into, and navigate, the ParentVUE web portal.
We want to invite all parents to attend our Curriculum Night on Tuesday, August 29. Again, we have combined all six grade levels, and specialists, to cut down on the number of presentations/evenings you may need to attend. Curriculum Nights are for parents to come to school to hear speciﬁc information pertaining to your child’s classroom. This is an evening for you to fully understand what your child’s day is like at school and what you can expect regarding the curriculum. The schedule for Curriculum Night is as follows:
The evening will be separated into two sessions (Session 1 & Session 2). Which session parents choose to attend depends entirely on their needs and time constraints. Parents in Session 1 should report to their child’s classroom from 6-6:45 p.m. After meeting with their child’s classroom teacher(s), Session 1 parents can either attend the next grade level presentation for their other child(ren) which will start at 7 p.m. or they can choose to visit with the specialist teachers in the MPR to learn about our special area programs. If parents need to attend a Session 2 grade level presentation, they will still have the opportunity to attend a special areas session in the MPR at 8 p.m., or they can come early between 6-7 p.m.
Additionally, parents who visit the MPR will be given the opportunity to log into their ParentVUE accounts and they will be given hands-on support from our Curriculum Technology Integrator (CTI), Lynn Pence, to learn more about how to navigate the ParentVUE web portal to access their child’s academic information.
Since we are again hosting one K-5 Curriculum Night this year, we expect that the Canyon View parking lot will be full. To help ease the parking congestion, parents are encouraged to take advantage of the Esperero Canyon Middle School parking lot just north of Canyon View, and there are additional parking spaces available west of the Canyon View Care building which is located on the far west side of the CV parking lot. Please do not park in the neighborhood south of Canyon View as this will create unneeded traffic congestion in the residential neighborhood. Thank you for your support!
Curriculum Night is a wonderful evening for teachers to interact with parents and begin that critical home-school partnership. We hope you will all plan to attend your child’s evening! If you are unable to attend, please contact your child’s teacher so that she/he may send home any pertinent information. It is important for our teachers to have a strong working relationship with the families of our students.
Friday, May 19, 2017
Dear Canyon View Families,
These past two weeks have been very busy for us as we put the final touches on another amazing school year at Canyon View. Today, we hosted our final Spirit Assembly where we recognized groups of hard working students who have put forth tremendous effort and consistently showed perseverance and demonstrated good character throughout the year. Publically recognizing students is an important part of who we are as a school, and we are always looking for creative ways to celebrate our children and build an inviting and supportive learning community. Congratulations to all of our students who were recognized for their outstanding achievements!
I want to thank all of our parents who took the time to complete the annual Spring Parent Survey. The feedback received from our community will inform our strategic planning process to identify areas for improvement. We recognize the importance of listening to our community members, and we sincerely value your input as we continue to work towards creating the optimum learning environment for all of our students. Thank you!
Looking ahead, our last three days of school will be filled with all of our end of the year festivities. Starting on Monday, we’ll be hosting our annual fifth grade vs. staff kickball game. We will head out to the big field right after morning announcements, and it will be important for all of our students to remember to wear sunscreen and hats, and to bring their water bottles. Also, since Wednesday is our last day of school, Monday will be a full day and we will not be having Early Release (3PM dismissal).
On Tuesday, we’ll be hosting our fifth grade promotion beginning at 8:30AM in the MPR. This is a special time for our fifth grade students and their families, and we are looking forward to celebrating their accomplishments!
On Wednesday, each grade level will be participating in Water Day out on the big field. Please be sure your child wears sunscreen and brings appropriate attire that will allow them to be comfortable during and after the Water Day activities. Students should plan on bringing a change of clothes and also bring a towel to dry off afterwards.
Finally, I want to wish each and every one of our students and families a fun and safe summer break. During the summer months, we will be busy preparing for the next school year, and we will be sending out communications regarding class placements, Meet Your Teacher Day, and other important information prior to the first day of school, which is Thursday, August 10. We look forward to welcoming you back!