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Rio Vista Celebrates Read Across America

Hidden Garden Ribbon Cutting Event

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Photo: (Left to right) Talene Dermenjian, Field Representative from Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian’s office, LAUSD Board member Scott Schmerelson, Rio Vista teacher Rachel Sanchez, Instructional Director Maria Nichols, EnrichLA founder Tomas O’Grady, Rio Vista PTA Garden Parent Laurie Shiers, LAUSD Local District Northeast Superintendent Byron Maltez, Rio Vista students Miles Flores and April Fontenette, Councilmember Paul Krekorian, Comcast NBCUNiversal executive Tracy Cohen, and Rio Vista principal Pia Sadaqatmal

 

On September 2, 2015, Rio Vista Elementary unveiled the school’s Hidden Garden in a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.  In partnership with EnrichLA, Rio Vista Elementary worked with parents, volunteers and community leaders to revitalize the garden space.  Community leaders, LAUSD leaders, elected officials and corporate sponsors from Comcast NBCUniversal joined the parents, students, teachers and staff in cutting the ribbon to commemorate the joint project launching the new garden space.  Students and guests danced to a song led by EnrichLA’s ranger Jeff.  Guests including LA City Councilmember Paul Krekorian, LAUSD Board Member Scott Schmerelson, and LAUSD Local District Northeast Superintendent Byron Maltez also planted seedlings in the garden as gift to the students.  Instructional Director Maria Nichols and LAUSD Board Member Mr. Schmerelson had an opportunity to sample fresh fruits and vegetables from the garden’s summer harvest. Board members of the Rotary Club of North Hollywood, Studio City Neighborhood Council, Studio City Beautification and Studio City Chamber of Commerce were instrumental in providing support for the garden project.  Board members enjoyed the stroll through the garden and marveled at the beauty of the pumpkins, squash, tomatoes, eggplant and fresh herbs.  Principal Pia Sadaqatmal shared, “This is a day to celebrate a gift from the community – a new space for student learning. In this beautiful space, we celebrate a shared commitment from the community to support the success of all our students.”

 

Rio Vista is a REWARD school

Congratulations!  Rio Vista has been designated as a Reward School

Pia Sadaqatmal, Principal

Congratulations Rio Vista Elementary!

Congratulations Rio Vista Elementary!

WELCOME TO RIO VISTA

A WORD FROM OUR PRINCIPAL

 

BE ON TIME

Thank you for encouraging your child to arrive to school on time.  I ask for your support in making arrival and dismissal safe for the entire community.  I urge you to allow enough time for arrival and dismissal, have patience, drive slowly, avoid cell phone use while driving in the school zone, and set a good example for our students by respecting the rules.  Working together, we can make arrival and dismissal safer and easier for everyone.

Safety Reminder

Please help maintain safety during school arrival and dismissal by following all traffic laws, keeping crosswalks clear, and obeying all parking signs. Thank you for your support!

 


MORNING DROP-OFF

The school gate is open at 7:30 a.m.  At that time, we begin our supervised free play in the playground for students in Kindergarten to Grade 5.   Once on the playground, your child will be supervised by school staff and a registered and trained volunteer until the line-up bell rings at 7:55 a.m.  At that time, your child’s teacher will escort the class to their classroom.   Arriving early helps relieve traffic congestion.  

 

School Safety Valet Program:  We invite parents to take advantage of our School’s Safety Valet.  Parents can drop-off students directly in front of the school gate and volunteers are available to escort your child from the drop-off location into the school’s main gate entrance.  

 

Walk to School:   Parents are invited to accompany their student to the main gate on Satsuma Avenue.  However, in order to avoid congestion, we ask that adults say their goodbyes at the gate and clear the walkway in front of the entrance gate.   Please follow the signs to clear the walkways to enter the school.

 

Volunteers Needed:  Volunteers are needed to help supervise and direct student activities during the morning free play (starting at 7:30 a.m.) and to help with the Safety Valet.   For the safety of all students, we ask that only processed and trained volunteers are with the students in the playground during the morning free play.  If you are already a processed volunteer and available to help, we ask you to please sign-in the office and wear a volunteer vest prior to entering campus.   

 


DISMISSAL/AFTERNOON PICK-UP

The dismissal times for all Kindergarten to Grade 5 are:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays –  2:22 p.m.
  • Every Tuesday – 1:22 p.m.

Dismissal Gates:

  • Students who ride the bus – Gate on Whipple St. (Whipple Gate)

  • Kindergarten students – classroom

  • Grade 1 students – Gate by the library

  • Grade 2 – 5 students – Main gate on Satsuma Avenue

 

Students with Siblings:

If you have students with siblings in Kindergarten and Grade 1, please have the OLDEST student go to the youngest student’s dismissal gate.  Clearly communicate to your children which dismissal gate they are being picked-up from.

 

Afterschool Program:

Clearly communicate with your student if they are enrolled in any of the afterschool programs – L.A.’s Best, Youth Services or the Park and Recreation.  This will ensure that students are in the correct pick-up location on campus. 

 

Kindergarten and Grade 1 Students:  To ensure an orderly dismissal, the teachers and staff ask that parents line up by class while waiting for the teacher to release the student to an adult.  Communicate all changes to the pick-up arrangements to the office PRIOR to dismissal time.  For the safety of all students, we ask that parents park their cars and pick-up students at the designated dismissal gate location.  Teachers will release students only to adults.  Please do not park in the N. Hollywood Adult School parking lot.

 

Grade 2 – 5 Dismissal Gate (Main Gate on Satsuma Avenue):

  • Designated Pick-up Area on campus:   Parents of Grade 2- 5 students are welcome to enter the campus during dismissal and gather at designated areas to pick-up their children.  

  • NO VALET DURING DISMISSAL:  To ensure the safety of students during dismissal, the sidewalk in front of the school on Satsuma Avenue is a “Passenger Loading” zone only.  Therefore, there is no valet pick-up during dismissal.   For the safety of students, all students will be waiting with their teacher on campus during dismissal.  We ask that parents park their cars and meet their child inside campus at the designated dismissal gate locations. 

  • Families are encouraged to park a block away and pick up their student at the designated pick up locations.  Please do not park at the N. Hollywood Adult School parking lot.  Arriving early helps with congestion. Families are encouraged to park a block away and walk to campus to meet their child.  All students will remain on campus with their teacher until they are picked-up.   If your child is still not picked-up 10 minutes after the dismissal bell, students in Grades 2 – 5 will be released to the Youth Services (YS) afterschool program for supervised play in the playground.  

  • Parents who arrive late during dismissal must check in the main office to pick up students.

  • Do not block walkways in front of the dismissal gate. To avoid congestion and efficiently dismiss students, we ask that parents pick-up students and immediately exit campus. Do not block the walkways.

  • Remember, children may not be dropped off or picked up in the STAFF parking lot. The parking lot is for staff members only. 

     

Student safety is essential.  I ask for your support in making arrival and dismissal safe for the entire community.  I urge you to allow enough time for arrival and dismissal, have patience, drive slowly, avoid cell phone use while driving in the school zone, and set a good example for our students by respecting the rules.  Working together, we can make arrival and dismissal safer and easier for everyone.

 

 

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