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Common Core State Standards

Parent's Guide to Student Success: guides available by grade level for parents provided by National PTA


Computer Skills & Typing Practice

Preparing for Smarter Balanced Assessment @ Home

Typing games with kid-friendly themes

Traditional typing lessons and tests with a login that tracks progress and ability level

Computer skill practice by grade level (Kindergarten to 6th) with short instructional video and then step-by-step instructions for topics like using a mouse, word processing, creating tables, creating slide show presentations, and more


Stranger Danger Safety

Remind children to:

  • Stay with a group. Always walk with at least one friend, two or three is even better.
  • If a stranger offers you a ride, say “NO!” and stay far away from their car.
  • If a stranger follows you on foot, get away from him or her as quickly as you can. You can run and yell loudly, “HELP".
  •  If a stranger follows you in a car, turn around and go the other direction
  • Never leave school with a stranger.
  • Tell a trusted adult if a stranger is hanging around the school, playground, or public bathroom.
  • Leave items and clothing that display your name at home so a stranger cannot read it and use it to talk with you.
  • If you arrive home alone, call your mother, father, or other trusted adult to let them know you are home and all right. Keep the door locked, don’t open the door for strangers, and don’t tell strangers that you are home alone.
  • Never accept things from a stranger.
  • If a stranger asks you a question, don’t talk to them. Run away.
  • Don’t go anywhere with a stranger.Here are some simple rules to reinforce and practice with your children. Remember your child’s limitations; children under 10 years of age are developmentally limited when it comes to judging speed and distance accurately, and very young children may not be able to read the street and pedestrian signs yet. It is important to know the abilities of your own child because all children develop uniquely.

Walking Safety

Practice and remind children to:

• Walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk and you have to walk in the road, face the traffic so that you can see cars coming and keep as far from the roadway (as far away from the traffic) as possible.
• Cross only at corners or marked crosswalks. (If there is a crosswalk button, press the button and wait for the walk sign to indicate that it is safe to cross.)
a. Stop at the curb or edge of the road, look left, then right, and then left again (left right- left) before you step into the street. If       a car is parked where you are crossing, make sure there is no driver in the car. Then go to the edge of the car and look left right-left until no cars are coming. Keep looking for cars while you are crossing.
b. Walk, don’t run. This gives time for drivers to see you before you enter the roadway.


Bicycling Safety

Practice and remind children to:

• Always wear a helmet that is properly fitted and complies with Consumer Product
Safety Commission (CPSC) Standards.
• Ride on the right side of the road or trail in a single file (one bicycle behind another)in the same direction as other vehicles and come to a complete stop before crossing streets.
• Always use proper hand signals when turning and stopping.
• Use a bicycle bell to alert pedestrians that you are passing (this is effective for
preventing crashes).

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Parent Portal Registration

Dear Parent/Guardian:


Vista Unified School District is pleased to provide parents and guardians secure internet-based access to your student's information through our Parent Portal. The Parent Portal is a free service that will allow you to create a single parent account that will give you access to all of your children enrolled in the district.



All parents must confirm enrollment by simply logging on to Parent Portal.


     1. Log into Parent Portal by clicking here

     2. Complete all required data fields

     3. Print and sign all required forms and bring them to the Grapevine office when we open on August 1st.  Your child's teacher assignment will be available by August 15 through the Parent Portal. 


For support please see the following links:

  • How to complete the data confirmation/re-registration process using Parent Portal.
  • Need further help?  Consider attending any of these workshops  OR contact our office at 760-724-8329 when we return on August 1st. 

Sign Up for AR Quiz Emails!

Did you know parents can receive emails every time their child takes an AR quiz? It will show you the book and the score, so you can help monitor progress and hold the kids accountable!


Signing up is super easy!


Step 1: HomeConnect


Step 2: Username: student 9 digit ID number        Password: student first last initial and birthyear (ie. jm2009), or abc1


Step 3: Click “Email Set Up”


Step 4: Enter name, email address (twice), and check language preference.


Step 5: Click “Done”


Step 6: The next time the student takes an AR quiz, you should receive an email!


ImportantParent Information

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How to submit:

Trim around Box Tops coupons

Discard any missing expiration date

Discard expired Box Tops

Put in a bag/envelope

Write the total & your child’s teacher

Send to school in the Wednesday Folder or drop off in the office

Cloud Connect - Access to Student Programs