Dear Ventura Park School Community,
Welcome to the 2014-15 school year! Summer has come to an end, and we are on the even a brand new school year. These are exciting times at Ventura Park! I am proud of the work our students, staff and families are doing to make Ventura Park a safe, positive community of learners, where the education, health and wellness of VP students comes first every day. Every member of this school community plays a vital role in the success of all VP students.
My vision for Ventura Park Elementary is that all students enjoy a safe, positive, and supportive learning environment, and all students make individual learning and growth, in order to achieve the Common Core State Standards. The Ventura Park staff is committed to providing the support, services and opportunities necessary every day to help ensure students are successful.
Ultimately, when your children come to school at Ventura park, they are met by a school staff that cares about them, and believes every student can and will learn. I am committed to making sure we as a school accomplish this important challenge every day. We will do what it takes to make sure ever child learns and experiences success in a safe school environment.
Here are a few highlights as we head into the 2014-15 school year:
SUN – SCHOOLS UNITING NEIGHBORHOODS
I am pleased to announce that Ventura Park is now a SUN Community School. SUN stands for “Schools Uniting Neighborhoods.” Our SUN services will provide academic and extracurricular opportunities to students, families and the community. The 2014-15 school year is a SUN start-up year for us, which means SUN services are planned to be up and running by January. Your input as a parent and community member is a valuable part of the services development process, so please be watching for opportunities to provide input. We will begin by providing some information in our school newsletter, the Voice of the Viking. VP’s SUN site manager, Erika Levison, will be our SUN site manager. Be watching for communication from Erika as well.
PBIS – POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORTS
Positive behavior supports continue to be essential to the success of all students. At Ventura Park, we strive to instill three core life skills in all students:
Be Safe – act safely to self and others
Be Respectful – respect self and others
Be Responsible – always try your best and act with responsibility and integrity
I encourage you to learn more about using positive behavior supports outside of school. For more information, watch for PBIS tips in our school newsletter, ask your child’s teacher how PBIS strategies are used in your child’s classroom, or check out this web page for more info: http://www.ddouglas.k12.or.us/departments/student-services/positive-behavior-support/
ATTENDANCE – IMPORTANCE OF COMING TO SCHOOL EVERYDAY AND ON TIME
At Ventura Park we continue to focus on the importance of on-time daily attendance for every student. Coming to school everyday, arriving on time, is directly linked to children’s success in school. Please support students by helping make sure they arrive to school daily and on time, and that students remain in class until the end of the day. Students are dismissed at 3:15pm on a daily basis. To ensure all students enjoy the benefits of attending the full school day without interruption, parents and guardians are asked to refrain from requesting students earlier than 3:15 except in emergency.
*Follow this link for information on how attendance affects students’ success in school and in life: http://www.oregonlive.com/absent/chapter-2.html
VOLUNTEERING MATTERS – YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIFE OF A CHILD
Ventura Park is fortunate to have many tireless, caring volunteers who put in numerous hours each year helping to provide opportunities for students to be engaged in after-school or other enrichment activities. VP’s PTO, school garden volunteers, and other members of the school community go the extra mile on a daily basis to make our school come a great place for kids, families and community. Please consider volunteering or attending PTO meetings monthly to participate in efforts that support students.
SCHOOL UPGRADES – INCREASING SAFETY, TECHNOLOGY, COMFORT AND EFFICIENCY
In addition to the upgrades our building had last summer for safety, comfort, technology and cost-savings, thanks to the bond passed by voters two years ago, this past summer an athletic floor was installed in our school gymnasium. It is exciting to anticipate students using this new, shock-absorbent flooring during PE, community sports (basketball & volleyball), and even community gym activities.
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HANDBOOK
Please take a look at the David Douglas Elementary School Handbook. In this handbook you will find all sorts of information about school policies, expectations, and general information pertaining to David Douglas Elementary Schools:
There are many great things happening at your neighborhood school – Ventura Park. Yet the most important thing we do is work together as a community, in the best interest of the children we serve, to ensure they are equipped with every opportunity to learn, to grow and to achieve success. Please let me know if you have questions. I look forward to a great school year, working with you to meet the needs of our students and our school community.
Ventura Park Elementary