August 2020   

Dear Parents,                                                                   


Hello and welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!  I hope this message finds you and your family well.  My other hope is that you were able to find a way to enjoy summer under these strange and difficult times. 


Many of you have questions about what this school year will look like as we begin in a remote model.  This year’s distance learning experience will be much different and improved from the spring.  Our amazing Portola staff will work with you through this process to optimize your child’s academic and social/emotional learning experiences.  There will be 3-4 hours of live teaching, which will include small group learning on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  On Wednesdays, there will be a Social Emotional 30 minute morning session.   Additionally, we will incorporate virtual music and art lessons, mindfulness lessons, assemblies and other enrichment opportunities. 


In order to achieve optimal learning for your child, we will need your support as well.  Our expectations are that your child engage in live teaching and independent lessons/assignments.  Please update your email address and phone number with us so that you can receive all correspondence in a timely manner.  Please check your email, visit our Portola and VUSD websites regularly for resources and updated information. 


Portola will be a food distribution school.  Meals for the week will be available via drive thru, Mondays from 11:30 – 1pm outside of our cafeteria.  If you are on the free and reduced lunch program, meals will continue to be free of charge.  However, you must fill out an application for the new school year to continue the program.  Please visit our VUSD website for an application and more information.


This year we will have boxes in the front of the office to collect all of the mandatory forms. Please return the: 1) Emergency Card 2) Pink Income Verification Form

3) Annual Notice 4) Library Use 5) AR Star Permission form 6) Residency Form 7) Internet Use Agreement



Robert Ruiz

Principal, Portola Elementaryl

805-289-1734x1012, Robert.ruiz@venturausd.org