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California Avenue School

Vista Unified School District

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    Principal's message

    Welcome to California Avenue School. It is our hope that this website serves to introduce you to the school, provide helpful resources, and inform you of upcoming events. We value rigorous instruction and the infusion of developmentally-appropriate technology.  Teachers use the Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt 'Splash Into Pre-K' curriculum - a multi-subject curriculum that aligns to the California Preschool Learning Foundations.  It includes Spanish language supports and provides modifications for students with special needs. Supplemental curriculums used at the school include Avenues, Tuned Into Learning, and Handwriting Without Tears. Over the course of the year, you will receive information about monthly parent trainings, parent support groups, and family connection activities. We encourage you to take advantage of these wonderful opportunities! Please refer to our school website for updates about school events. You may also follow the activities of our campus on Twitter @CalAveVUSD. It is a privilege to work alongside dedicated parents and teachers as we nurture, teach, and prepare our young students for educational success.

    Our school mission

    The Mission of California Avenue School is to provide a nurturing place where all students are educated in an inclusive and respectful environment, to provide opportunities for all students to become responsibly independent to their greatest extent, and to support each other and the community in the pursuit of lifelong learning.

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    Contact Us

    Principal:  Rachel Schmidt

    Special Education Supervisor:  Jennifer Gruman

    Office Staff:  Dafnee Ramirez, Vicky Orozco

    California Avenue School - home of the cubs!

    California Avenue School opened its doors in 1975 in downtown Vista. The school currently serves approximately 300 preschool and elementary students. Both general education students and students with special needs attend the school in fully integrated classrooms with a range of support services including: speech-language therapy, adapted physical education, occupational therapy, physical therapy, hard of hearing and vision services. Other programs and services designed to meet the students' individualized needs include a sensory room, autism program, therapy pool, technology lab, and canine companions. The outside playground equipment is specially designed to allow access to students using wheelchairs and other adapted equipment. A resource library is located on site for parents to check out books and videos on a variety of topics. Parents and families are invited to participate in monthly parent meetings and workshops. See information posted on this website for a list of upcoming workshops.

    Parent trainings & family connection

    Parent Resource Library ~ Please contact your child's teacher to schedule a time to visit the parent resource library and check out books & videos on a variety of topics.


    Monthly Family Swim Day ~ Check your child's backpack for flyers regarding Family Swim Day one Friday each month.  The pool is located adjacent to the school at the Mary Lou Clack Center.  A lifeguard is on duty.


    Monthly Parent Trainings ~ Check your child's backpack for flyers on each month's parent training topic. Trainings are held one Friday morning each month.  Childcare is provided and Spanish interpretation is available. 2018-2019 dates are: 9/14/18 (Communication), 10/19/18 (Sensory Strategies), 11/9/18, 11/16/18 (Behavior), 1/25/19 (Make it-Take it), 2/21/19, 2/22/19 (Kindergarten Transition). 


    Also join us for fun Parent/Child Connection activities on 10/31/18 (Halloween Parade), 12/4/18 (Elks Lodge Holiday Party, 2/8/19 (Winter Wonderland), 5/24/19 (School Carnival). 


    "Parents as Partners" Parent Support Group ~ Please contact your child's teacher if you have interest in participating in the 2018-2019 parent group.

    2018-2019 calendar
    • First day of School ~ August 15, 2018
    • Labor Day ~ September 3, 2018
    • Veteran's Day ~ November 12, 2018
    • Thanksgiving Break ~ November 19-23, 2018
    • Winter Break ~ December 20-January 7, 2019
    • Teacher Training Day (no school) ~ January 18, 2019
    • Martin Luther King Day (legal holiday no school) ~ January 21, 2019
    • Lincoln's Birthday (legal holiday, no school) ~ February 15, 2019
    • President's Day (legal holiday, no school) ~ February 18, 2019
    • Spring Break ~ Mach 25-29, 2019
    • Memorial Day ~ May 27, 2019
    • Last day of school ~ June 6, 2019
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    Parents, be sure to complete a 'Release Authorization Form' at the front office if you intend for another adult (other than a parent/guardian) to pick up your child from school.  Please note, that adult will be required to provide picture ID at the time of pick-up.  Thank you ~ your child's safety is our priority!

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