Our 2nd Annual Read-A-Thon is HERE! This is our annual fundraiser to raise funds for our school's hands-on experiences and field trips. This year we partnered with Rally Up, an online fundraising platform, to make it easy for our families to interact and participate. The school will also receive a higher percentage of our total funds which means more 💲💰 for your classrooms! Our goal this year is $25K. The main objective of this event is to encourage our readers – even our reluctant readers – to read for pleasure!

Happy Fall Break, Bella Mente Leopards!

Thank you Bella friends and families for your amazing support in this year’s Read-A-Thon Fundraising effort! As we continue to strive towards our 25k goal, we have two new $50 challenges over our fall break. 

  1. Second $50 challenge! 
    1. Raise $50 between 11/18 – 11/22 and earn an entry to win the coveted spot of becoming our Glow Stick Dance Party MC! You will be the Master of Ceremony for our amazing Glow Stick Dance Party with Mr. Anthony!
  2. Third $50 challenge!
    1. Raise $50 between 11/23 – 11/27 and earn an entry to win to become our Five Days of Giving Celebration Coordinator!  This Annual Celebration honors our staff during the holiday season. Our Five Days of Giving celebration will be from 12/16 – 12/22. Bring your best ideas!!
  3. All winners will be announced via email. 

We hope you have a safe and wonderful fall break! School will resume Monday, November 28th. There will be plenty to look forward to once school returns! 

Casa de Amparo Holiday Drive

To kick things off we will start collecting holiday donations for Casa de Amparo’s annual Holiday Drive! This organization’s mission is to support those affected by and at risk of child abuse and neglect, through a range of programs and services that promote healing, growth, and healthy relationships. Held during the third week in December, the annual Holiday Drive is held to help spread holiday cheer for over 1,000 Casa Kids and make their holiday wishes come true. Bella Mente will look to collect enough donations to create 50 or more Cozy Comfort Kits! These kits requested by Casa de Amparo will include:

  • Male and Female, sizes XS – 3XL
    • New pajamas
    • Robes
    • Slippers 
    • Very soft blankets 

For every kit created, a special Bella scholars Holiday card will be included. For more information click the link HERE

Annual Vista Christmas Parade

Come join us at the Annual Vista Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 3rd @ 1PM in Downtown Vista. Bella Mente will be joining the parade this year dressed as Toy Story characters and riding scooters! Mr. Anthony will be Woody, Ms. Maca will be Jessie, Ms. Erin and Ms. Gladys will be Potato Heads. Feel free to be your favorite character and join in on the fun! A sign-up sheet will be emailed to families. 

 Winter Spectacular- Thursday, 12/22 

Are you ready for this year’s Winter Spectacular?!?! Make sure to mark your calendars for Thursday, December 22nd! This year’s event you will not want to miss! More information will be posted on the School’s update page and sent to families via email as we approach the date.

Independent Study 

When your scholar is absent from school, please complete Independent Study. Benefits to completing an Independent Study:

  • Your scholar keeps up with class work and the important skills learned during their absence
  • The absence is eliminated from your scholar’s attendance record 
  • Allows your scholars to have a 96% or above attendance rate which is required to participate in Bella Mente after-school clubs such as L.E.A.P.
  • Counts towards perfect attendance to participate in our monthly Glow Stick Party

Email to learn more! Attendance is key to a scholar’s success. 

Parent Volunteers 

Interested in volunteering on campus? Please take a moment to fill out the Parent Volunteer forms located on our school website. Returning volunteers must complete all forms and online training to be an active volunteer during the 2022.23 school year.

Lost and Found 

Be sure to remind your scholar if they have lost sweaters, jackets, lunch boxes or water bottles to please check their classrooms and the lost and found located next to the MPR entrance. Unclaimed items will be donated at the end of each month. 

We hope you enjoy our monthly events! If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at (760) 621-8948 or email

Go Leopards    

Best Wishes,

Adriana Hartwell

Assistant Principal

Bella Mente Academies



We’re excited to announce that the Bella Mente  Academies has chosen School Device Coverage (SDC) to insure the devices that will be given to your student as part of this year’s 1:1 device program. This insurance program will protect you in the event that your device is lost, stolen, or damaged accidentally. For one low annual price, you may file a claim against any number of incidents that take place with no deductibles, no added fees, and no claims limits.

To obtain coverage, please fill out the flyer that you will be given by the district and mail it in along with a check, or visit and click on ‘Sign up’. Join hundreds of thousands of parents nationwide who trust SDC to ensure that their child’s device is protected for the 2022 / 2023 school year!



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Weekly + Box

  • Every week on Thursday from 11-11:30 AM, come grab a fresh produce box from Plus Box. 

 Food Bags 

Parent volunteer
  • If you are interested in parent volunteering here at Bella please check out our volunteer page @   
  • Any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to Mr.Anthony
 For additional assistance, please contact our community liaison Ms. Maca Davis @

Vista Unified School District and Bella Mente Academies are receiving hundreds of boxes of food for students.

Principal’s Message: Week 13

Community Liaison Video - English

Community Liaison Video - Español


  • 12/02: ES- Monthly Dine Out 
  • 10/09: ES, NE- Family Game Night “Bingo”
  • 12/15: ES- Coffee Mingle with Leadership
  • 12/22: ES, NE- Winter Spectacular 
  • 12/22: ES, FDD- PJ Day 
  • 12/22: ES, NE Parents Night Out 
  • 12/23-01/09: ES- NO SCHOOL  


Lost and Found Corner

  •  Did you lose a sweater, jacket or maybe your favorite water bottle??? Come check out the Lost and Found Corner located right out side of the MPR. 

Leader In Me Video