VCS East Hawk Talk

April 2022

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You can earn $150 for each new student referred to VCS who enrolls and stays through at least October 2022! Tell your friends about us!

State Assessments

CMAS is underway! CMAS is given to students in grades 3-8 in Math and English Language Arts. Students in grades 5, 8, and 11 will be completing the CMAS Science test.

The VCS testing window closes on Friday, April 29th. The tests are aligned with the Colorado Academic Standards. These standards set our community’s expectations for what students must know to be ready for college level courses or a career after they graduate from high school. Families should know if their children are on the right path, and these assessments will provide an “academic checkup” to help us know if our students are ready for what comes next. These assessments also provide information to the district and state on how schools are performing.

We ask that you make a special effort to have your child (ren) to school on time every day as the assessments will begin soon after arrival. Listed below are important things students can do to help ensure they are ready each day to do their best.

  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast.
  • Come to school on time, every day.
  • Per state requirements, cell phones are not allowed in the testing environment. Secondary students must have their phones turned off and stored in their lockers. Elementary students must give their phones to their teachers to be placed in a secure location.
  • Do your very best.

Thank you for your assistance in our completion of CMAS testing.

Culture Night

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Who Wants to Wear Jeans Every Friday?!

All students who return an Intent to Return form...whether they are coming back next year or not...get to wear jeans w/ VCS or uniform tops on Fridays for the remainder of the school year.

If you have already submitted your form, THANK YOU!

Wear Your Earth Day Shirts on Friday, 4/22!

In honor or Earth Day, wear your Earth Day shirts from this year or prior years on Friday, 4/22.

Teacher Work Hours

Please note that our staff works from 7:15 am - 3:45 pm and strives to answer all communications on business days within 48 hours. If you are sending notes or messages outside of these hours please be patient and know that our staff will get back to you during their working hours.

APS Festival of the Arts

Stop by the Town Center at Aurora to check out beautiful art work from VCS students selected by our very on Ms. Reifman!
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Core Virtue of the Month: Humility

The core virtue that we will focus on this month is HUMILITY. Humility is knowing that we are definitely not perfect, and avoiding the temptation to exaggerate our own abilities and underestimate the abilities of others.

Ours is a culture that prizes ambition, self-esteem, and self-assertion. There is nothing wrong with ambition--the inner drive to succeed and embrace one's talents, but when concern for self-advancement or discovery of talents warps into self-aggrandizement (an exaggerated sense of one's importance and abilities) humility is often the casualty.

In the English-speaking world, it is a challenge to find stories that speak to the importance of saying "forgive me," "after you," or " I was wrong." These are self-effacing virtues that turn the spotlight on the needs of the other. That is not always a popular stance in today's world. Hoever, they do not convey weakness. When we inspire our students to help build up others through this virtue of humility, we cultivate people of deep inner strength, laying the foundation for better communities.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is child abuse prevention month. This newsletter provides the opportunity to learn about the signs of child abuse and how to help prevent it.

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) (

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 ( 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

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.

Absences and 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.


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

VCS East Events

CMAS Testing Window

Monday, March 21st, 7:45am to Friday, April 29th, 3:45pm

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National Assistant Principal Week

Monday, April 4th, 7:15am-3:45pm

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Show your appreciation for Mr. Stevens!

New Enrollment Open House

Tuesday, April 5th, 2:30-4:30pm

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Paraprofessional Appreciation Day

Wednesday, April 6th, 9pm

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Show your appreciation for Ms. Christian, Ms. Farley, and Ms. Freelong!

3rd Quarter Awards Assembly

Friday, April 8th, 8-10am

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  • 8:20-8:40 am: 5-6
  • 8:45-9:05 am: K-2
  • 9:10-9:30 am: 3-4
  • 9:35-9:55 am: 7-8

New Enrollment Open House

Thursday, April 14th, 2:30-4pm

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Culture Night

Thursday, April 14th, 5-7pm

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Administrative Assistant Week

Monday, April 18th, 7:15am to Friday, April 22nd, 3:45pm

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Show your appreciation for Ms. Aguilar, Ms. Haileyesus, Ms. Holtz, and Ms. Petit!

New Enrollment Open House

Tuesday, April 19th, 2:30-4pm

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6th Grade Outdoor Lab

Wednesday, April 20th, 8:30am to Friday, April 22nd, 3:30pm

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Drama Club's Musical Performance #1

Tuesday, April 26th, 5-7pm

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Drama Club's Musical Performance #2

Wednesday, April 27th, 5-7pm

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Skate City Night

Thursday, April 21st, 6-8pm

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NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day

Friday, April 29th, 7:15am-3:45pm

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Staff Appreciation Week

Monday, May 2nd, 7:15am to Friday, May 6th, 3:45pm

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Show our staff some appreciation this week! More info to come.

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.


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