VCS East Hawk Talk

February 2022

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Please remember that the driveway is for quick drop off and afternoon pick up. Sitting in your car in the driveway during morning drop off while waiting until the doors open at 7:30 am is not permitted. Please use the parking lot for that.

Student Spectators at Games

We love having students support their peers at sporting events! However, students are not being picked up on time after those events; therefore, all spectators must be accompanied by an adult.

Intent to Return

We would like to ensure our current families have secured their places in our school for the upcoming school year. Your assistance is needed to help us determine the demand of our current families.


Although siblings do have priority in the lottery, an Enrollment Application must be submitted for each student in order for them to be included in the lottery. This can be accomplished by completing the application on our enrollment link at http://www.vanguardclassical.org/Enroll.


Please complete the information below and return it to the school by Friday, February 11, 2022.


If you have any questions regarding enrollment, please contact Vanguard Classical School East at 303-338-4110 or Email Elizabeth Petit at epetit@vanguardclassical.org.

Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences

Virtual conferences are scheduled for Thursday, 2/17. Teachers will be sending out invitations for you to make appointments, so be on the lookout for those.


K-4 Families:

  • Select ONLY ONE slot with your child's homeroom teacher.


5-12 Families:

  • Under normal in-person circumstances, we typically have all 5-12 teachers in one space, and families have the opportunity to wait in line to see any teacher they wish. In a virtual setting, it's impossible for all of our teachers to see every family of every student they serve on conference day.
  • Should you run into scheduling issues on conference day, please contact teachers directly to set up an appointment on another day.

Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

Dear Parents and Families:


We’re excited to invite you to our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair. Hosted by our staff, this event is an opportunity for students of all ages to build their home libraries and further their love of reading. As always, all purchases benefit our school.


After missing out on many beloved traditions, our spring Book Fair will be a familiar, welcome, and safe event for our students. Here’s what you need to know about the Fair, which will take place from 2/14-2/16 in the Media Center.


Our Book Fair offers eWallet, a safe and secure alternative to cash. Simply create a free account to add funds and/or invite family and friends to contribute so your child can select their own books. Any unused funds can be spent at The Scholastic Store Online or to fund a future eWallet.


If you can’t make it to the Fair, then shop at our school’s Online Book Fair. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Your online orders will also benefit our school.


Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with eWallet and online shopping:

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/vanguardclassicalschooleast


We’re excited to celebrate our love of books together at the Book Fair. We look forward to seeing your child there!


Happy reading,


Emily Van Luit, VCS East Principal

Order Your Yearbook Today!

Visit www.SchoolAnnual.com


  • Click on “Buy student’s yearbook”
  • Enter the school name, city, and state
  • Place your order!
  • Or use the direct link button below

Core Virtue of the Month: Loyalty

Loyalty is being faithful and true to our duties, relations, and ideals.

Absences and Tardies

Tardies:

Please remember that students are to be in their seats and ready to learn by 7:50 am. The doors open at 7:30 am, so make sure to drop your children off on time, or sign up for FREE before/after care.


Absences:

Make sure to notify the front desk of absences. If we don't hear from you, our attendance system will automatically call you to verify the absence.

FSCP (Family, School, and Community Partnership Committee)

We're really starting to pick up steam with our FSCP committee, and we are EXCITED!


If you'd like to join our FSCP committee or would like more information, contact Jennie Gillespie at jgillespie@vanguardclassical.org.

A Note From Ms. Garner, R.N.

Dear parents,


As you may be aware, CDC recently changed their guidance for quarantine after exposure to

COVID-19. Currently, anyone who is not up to date with all recommended COVID-19 vaccines,

including third (booster) doses, must quarantine after exposure. The Colorado Department of

Public Health and Environment has adapted its quarantine guidance to follow CDC guidance,

including in school settings.


Beginning Feb. 1, 2022, all staff and students must be up to date with their COVID-19

vaccinations, including third doses if five months has passed since their second dose, in order to be exempt from quarantine after an exposure. Anyone age 12 or older is due for a third dose five months after they received their second dose. Those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should get a second dose (preferably of either Pfizer or Moderna, if possible) two months after they first got vaccinated.


For more information about third doses, please visit:

covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine-third-dose-booster


Children younger than 12 years of age are not yet eligible for third doses. They are considered

up to date after completion of their primary series. For most children, “primary series” means

two doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Some immunocompromised children may require three doses in their primary series.


We understand that many students may not yet have received a third dose of the COVID-19

vaccine at this time. Colorado students and educators have until Feb. 1, 2022 to receive third

doses if they have not done so already. Until that date, students and staff who have completed their primary vaccine series, but have not yet received a third dose, may return to school following exposure if they obtain a negative test and wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days after exposure. They should get tested again on day five after exposure.

Additionally, students and staff will be considered up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations

immediately after they have received their third dose. They do not have to wait 14 days after

vaccination.


Other criteria outlined in Colorado’s Practical Guide for Operationalized CDC’s School Guidance that allow for reduced quarantine for schools, including routine testing or mask use, continue to apply.

The Vaccine Bus Will Be Back!

The vaccine bus will return on Wednesday, 3/9 and Thursday, 3/31.


Be on the lookout for registration information.

FREE COVID Testing at VCS East!

As you may already know, we are participating in a COVID testing program. Testing began at our building on November 18th at 8 am for any student who opted in. Students will need to be pre-registered. You can register your child(ren) using the following link...registration only needs to be done one time, and students can take a COVID test each week if they like:


Testing-Management-Platform (TMP) (coquihealth.com)


Students who get tested will receive their money via a gift card. This gift card will be mailed to the address provided when you register.


Finally, this testing will count for athletes participating in school sports.


Please reach out to our school nurse, Annie Garner (agarner@vanguardclassical.org) with any questions.

COVID Vaccines

Vaccines are available for individuals ages 12 and older. APS, in partnership with STRIDE Community Health Clinic and the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) is hosting ongoing FREE vaccination clinics for families. To learn more about the clinics and to sign up, visit aurorak12.org/vaccine.

COVIDCheck Colorado

Individuals who are symptomatic should get tested for COVID-19. Please remember that COVID-19 testing is free and available through COVIDCheck Colorado.

VCS East Events

Kindergarten 100th Day Celebration

Friday, Feb. 11th, 7:45am-3:45pm

VCS EAST

Kindness Week

Monday, Feb. 14th, 7:15am to Friday, Feb. 18th, 3:45pm

VCS EAST

Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Feb. 17th, 8am-7pm

This is an online event.

NO SCHOOL - Comp Day

Friday, Feb. 18th, 7:15am-3:45pm

VCS EAST

Presidents' Day

Monday, Feb. 21st, 7:15am-3:45pm

VCS EAST

VCS Board Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 24th, 6:30pm

This is an online event.

Quick Links

Breakfast/Lunch Menu

Click the button below to access the breakfast and lunch menus. If you do not see the most recent menu, click the button in the top left corner of the menu website and search for our school.

Infinite Campus Parent Portal

Log in to the Infinite Campus Parent Portal to access student course schedules and to check grades and attendance.


Contact Ms. Torres, Ms. Petit, or Ms. Holtz for assistance at 303-338-4110.

Pay School Fees Online

You can now pay your school fees through our online platform of RevTrak. You can go to our website or click here to pay any school fees your child may have.


Fee Schedule

Innovation Learning, Inc.

Click the link below to register for FREE Before and After School care.

Safe2Tell

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