Alta Vista Elementary School

Principal's Message

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Dear Alta Vista Families:


Welcome to the 2016-17 school year! I am excited to return for my sixth year as the principal of Alta Vista Elementary School and am eagerly anticipating a successful and rewarding year. Our staff and teachers have been busy making preparations over the past several weeks, and we are thrilled and excited to kick off another great school year. Whether you are returning to Alta Vista from your summer break, or if you are new to our area and school, we are pleased to welcome you to our community of learners.


At Alta Vista, we strive to ensure every child feels welcomed, connected, and a part of the Alta Vista family. Additionally, we are dedicated to helping your children reach their fullest academic potential, and we look forward to working with our families to provide the high-quality education that your children deserve. This year, I am ecstatic to announce the addition of Nancy Ruvalcaba, our new Assistant Principal, who joins us with an extensive teaching background and experience. Ms. Ruvalcaba, or Ms. Ru as the kids will call her, will be with us here at Alta Vista Mondays, Tuesdays and alternating Wednesdays. Please help me welcome her to our school and introduce your family during the Ice Cream Social.


Alta Vista has experienced some small changes and growth this summer. I am pleased to announce the following staff changes and additions:

  • Mrs. Knezvich will be moving from Kindergarten to 3rd grade in room 13.
  • Mrs. Hirchert will be returning to Alta Vista full time in 2nd grade.
  • Mrs. Dillon will be returning to Alta Vista full time in Kindergarten, room 2.
  • Mr. Danielson is moving back to the LIFT program in our SDC PM Preschool classroom, room 30.
  • Mrs. Kristy May is rejoining our Alta Vista team from Madison Elementary and will be our upper grade learning center teacher in room 17.
  • Mrs. Nelly Navarro-Britt is joining the Alta Vista team as our new librarian/media technician. Mrs. Navarro-Britt is an experienced elementary and middle school teacher who has recently relocated to the Los Angeles area with her family.


Again, I ask all of our families to help me in three small ways. First, show your appreciation to our wonderful teachers and staff whenever you can. Second, make the commitment to become involved in at least ONE activity or event this school year. Multiple studies show that the more committed parents are to their child’s school, the higher achieving their children become. Over the next few weeks, I will be reaching out to our families, explaining more about how you can become involved and continue to enrich our community. And lastly, join the PTA and add your voice to this powerful student advocacy group. The teachers and I are all members of this organization and your support of PTA supports us.


I look forward to seeing everyone again and remember to mark your calendars for our Back to School Night on Thursday, September 15th. Please stop in to see me or call if you have any questions or concerns.


Mrs. Susan Wildes

Principal, Alta Vista Elementary

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Mrs. Susan Wildes

Mrs. Susan Wildes

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Ms. Nancy Ruvalcaba

Ms. Nancy Ruvalcaba

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Call: 310.798.8650