Rancho Vista Elementary

First page of the PDF file: KindergartenRoundUpFlyer2022_23

Rancho Vista school can best be described as a caring, supportive environment focused on student learning across the curriculum. We recognize the impact that good school attendance, positive character choices and respectful behavior have on student achievement and work to make the connections with student achievement for our students. We strive to inspire each child to reach their potential in all areas of the curriculum. Rancho Vista Elementary School is located in the southwest portion of the Antelope Valley in the community of Palmdale. It serves kindergarten through sixth grade students, with an enrollment of approximately 680 students. In 2006 Rancho Vista was named a California Distinguished School, the first in the Westside Union School District.

Rancho Vista is operating as a permanent school site, although the school is mostly relocatable. There are currently 33 classrooms, a multi-purpose building, a library, and an administration building. Twenty-seven classrooms are currently being used as regular general education classrooms. Others include a computer lab, a staff workroom, a Resource Specialist/Speech classroom, TK-2 Special Day Class, 3-4 Special Day Class and a 5-6 Special Day Class. 

Hello Rancho Vista Families!

This is Dr. Slater-Sanchez with some important school news. 

The first day of school is just around the corner and we are so excited to welcome your child back on campus! Wednesday, August 4 is the first day of school. Parents will be allowed to walk their children on campus and to the classroom on the first day, but no parents will be allowed inside the classrooms. We will be doing in-person school, five days a week. Masks are required for all students and staff while indoors.

In an effort to ensure the safety of all students and staff, all individuals who enter Rancho Vista will be required to complete the SafeScreener daily and show the green check which indicates they are cleared to enter.  Remember that you need to set up a separate account for each student you have who attends Rancho Vista.  Our recommendation is to have the user name as their first name and keep the password the same for all accounts.  If you are a new family to Rancho Vista, please see the following information below to create a SafeScreener account.  If you are a returning family who used the account last year, simply enter in your phone number and email address into the account settings to enable daily reminders for you to complete the screener.

School begins at 7:50am and gates open for drop-off at 7:20am. Typically school releases at 1:50 for TK and Kindergarten and 2:00 for grades 1-6. However, the first two days of school (August 4 and August 5) are minimum days, so school will be out one hour earlier.

I know many of you are anxious to know which teacher your child has been assigned to. Teachers will be sending out a phone message/email on Monday, August 2 to welcome your child to their classroom.

On August 3, we will having a VIRTUAL Back-to-School Night. Links to your teachers’ virtual meeting will also be included in the phone message.

Many of the items your child will need are provided by the classroom teacher. I would suggest though, a sturdy backpack and lunch pail (if needed) with your child’s name written inside. Teachers will provide more specific information at their Back to School night meeting. Students who need a lunch from the cafeteria will be provided one at no cost this year.

Please watch the attached video for information about where to drop off and pick up your student. Older siblings from Hillview will be allowed to wait for younger siblings, but there is a form that needs to be completed at Hillview and a hole punch that will go on their school IDs.

If you are interested in full-time Distance Learning, please submit a Let’s Talk on the District website and choose “Distance Learning” as the interest area. Someone from that program will be in contact with you.

Lastly, I encourage you to view our Superintendent’s School Opening Letter on our District website. https://www.westside.k12.ca.us/blog/blog-posts/~board/latest-from-westside/post/superintendents-letter-july-27-2021

Dr. Slater-Sanchez, Principal



Free! Online Activities! Kinder to 8th Grade:

IXL Summer Skill Boosters

SORA Reading and Audio books for kids

Brainingcamp Summer Interactive Math Concepts

National Geographics Kids Animals, Weird Facts, and DIY Experiments

Hour of Code games and activities for the young coder


Dear Westside Parents and Community Members,

As we approach the end of the third quarter and the beginning of spring break, we have some information to share with you about upcoming changes related to COVID-19 as well as some updates. Effective for our students and our staff, wearing masks in Los Angeles County remains strongly recommended in schools, however, this will no longer be a requirement. So, when students and staff return to school on Monday, March 14th, mask wearing will be optional

More topics in this letter include:

•  Job Fair

•  Kindergarten Round Up

•  Upcoming Middle School Events

•  Enrollment

•  Intra-district Transfers

•  Progress Reports

•  Spring Break

•  Upcoming Board Meetings

Welcome Back Rancho Vista Rockets!




February 11, 2022

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN in accordance with California Government Code Section 4217.10 et seq., Westside Union School District will conduct a public hearing to consider entering into an Energy Service Contract with PacificWest Energy Solutions to implement energy related improvements.

The time and place set for the public hearing is 6:00pm, which will take place at 40525 Peonza Ln, Palmdale, CA 93551 and/or teleconference (https://www.youtube.com/c/westsideunionschooldistrict/live) on March 1, 2022 or as soon thereafter as practical.


The Palmdale General Plan Update continues! The City of Palmdale is seeking community input on their preferred land use alternative and General Plan Land Use map, which is the blueprint for land uses across Palmdale. A survey is available online at https://Palmdale2045.org and a live presentation with questions and answers will be held virtually on Thursday, February 4, 2021 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM.

Read more about Envision Palmdale 2045, a complete community

School Plan for Safe Reopening




Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in TK-12 Schools

This document reviews current policies and important action steps to keep children safe in Los Angeles County’s 3,040 TK-12 schools. At the end you will find resources you can turn to, including where to call, if you want further information or need assistance with COVID-19 prevention or care.

Parent Updates TK-12

K12 Reopening Protocols for COVID-19