Vanguard East News!

a monthly newsletter for the Vanguard East School Community

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A Letter from the Principals

It's been a fantastic start to our new school year! Students are already actively learning and working in classrooms everyday.

We have a renewed communication plan which includes this brand new newsletter format, our new digital sign, which will be activated very soon, our new website, among other methods. We look forward to keeping you informed!

This year is going to be amazing as we continue to provide academic experiences for our students that are rigorous, relevant, and help them build relationships. It is important to us that everyone who steps through our doors--students, teachers, and families--are excited to be here! This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun, and nurturing environment.

Happy New School Year!

Ms. Van Luit & Ms. Keedy

Still enrolling!

We still have a few spots left in each grade level. If you recruit and enroll a new student at Vanguard East that stays after October, we will give you a $50.00 credit on toward your school fees for the 2019-2020 school year and 40 tickets to the Fall Festival. Please contact Wendy Holtz for more information. This is a great way to fill our building with students and families that are a good fit for our school and program.

Why are Free and Reduced Applications Important?

There are two important reasons to fill out the form:

  1. If your child qualifies for free or reduced price lunches, he or she qualifies for free or reduced price breakfasts at school as well. We want to help your child eat healthy meals at school.
  2. Your child and many others may receive other school benefits. The number of applications that are returned and approved can affect how much funding our school gets to help students meet academic benchmarks, including materials like books and computers.

Please click the following link and take a few minutes to fill out this form so that your child may qualify for these important benefits.

Some parents are concerned about listing income amounts and social security numbers on the application. Any personal information you provide will not be shared. Free and reduced price meal applications are confidential. Your information will only be used to determine your child's eligibility for the school meal programs. We cannot share your information without your written permission. Students who receive free and reduced price meals are not identified. No other students or staff need to know who is and who is not receiving free or reduced meals.

Vanguard East Admin Assistants

We are pleased to welcome back both Ms. Holtz and Ms. Torres to our administrative team this Fall. Ms. Holtz has worked for Vanguard since 2014 and is now our registrar and enrollment coordinator. Ms. Torres has been with Vanguard for one year and is bi-lingual in Spanish. Ms. Zewdu is new to our team and is bi-lingual in Amharic. We have a wonderful team focused on providing great customer service to our families. Be sure to say thank you when you see them!


Thank you to all drivers and pedestrians who are showing courtesy in carline so we can drop off and pick up our students without incident! Keep up the good work! We understand that we all need to get somewhere and mornings can be stressful. We appreciate your cooperation.

Updated Website and Social Media

Have you been to our new website? We are still located at but with a new format and up-to-date information. We also have our own Facebook page and our own Instagram. Like us/follow us for announcements and information about all the great things Vanguard East!

New Uniform Sales

Vanguard East has moved to a different online vendor for new uniform pieces. Click the following link, choose your items, purchase, and they ship directly to you. We hope that this will offer a greater selection and size range for our families.

Vanguard Gives Day - September 10th

We will continue with our tradition of community service with our first Vanguard Gives Day for the 2019-2020 school year. The students in grades 6-12 will go out into the community to give back. On September 10th our students will be volunteering at Habitat for Humanity, Food Bank of the Rockies, The Gabriel Foundation, Westerly Creek, New Dawn Memory Care, the Aurora Library, and Aurora Parks and Recreation. This is a great way for our older students to put the core virtues we teach into action while learning more about our community. A video from last year is below!

Hawk Athletics!

For the first time since Vanguard East has opened, we are now able offer athletics at the high school level! We have boys soccer and girls volleyball. In their inaugural games for the East, the Lady Hawk volleyball team won two of their three sets and qualified for the gold division in our league!

Middle school sports are in full swing again with a co-ed cross country team, girls volleyball, and co-ed flag football this fall. Boys and Girls basketball will be offered at both the MS and HS levels in the winter. Be sure to keep up those grades and get your athletic packet in to Ms. Fregoso!

2019 HS Volleyball Team with Coach Young

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New Bells in Upper School

August 23, 2019 was a big day for us in Upper School. It was the day we had bells for the first time in Vanguard East history. The bells ring for passing periods with a one minute warning bell to help hustle students to class. There will probably be an increase in tardies as students get used to the new system. You can check your child's attendance by logging in to your Infinite Campus Parent Portal account.

K-5 Run4Fund$

We have surpassed our goal!!!!

Thanks to all of the students and their families for raising $9,646.50!

Restorative Practices

This year at Vanguard we will be implementing restorative practices. We strongly feel that school culture support will benefit and make us stronger.

Restorative practices in school is about cultural transformation. A big part of the transformation is engagement of all voices in decision-making. The restorative philosophy asserts that there is wisdom in each of us and that the collective wisdom is always greater than the wisdom of any individual. Restorative processes are particularly effective at allowing voice for every person and at accessing the collective wisdom of the group. Restorative practices is based off of relationships from all community members from students, school staff, and parents.

Get Involved

We have lots of clubs and activities for students to participate in this fall. We have Mock Trial, Girls on the Run, Student Senate, and many more.

Washington D.C. Trip Information

Vanguard East 7th and 8th grade students can go to Washington D.C. this spring. Mr. Xavier is sponsoring the trip through World Strides and you’ll see history come to life! Walk the hallways of the Capitol where current and past politicians have changed the world, lay a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery’s Tomb of the Unknowns, and explore the amazing exhibits in the Smithsonian Museums. So much more than a history trip, your WorldStrides educational tour in Washington, D.C. is designed to enhance social studies curriculum. Students will gain a deeper understanding of our history, consider the consequences of politicians’ choices, and discover the American story.

We will have weekly donut sales ($1) before school on Fridays starting on September 6.

Trip Dates: March 9 - March 12

Cost per Student: $1999

Meet the School Health Professional Team!

Welcome back Vanguard Families! The School Health Professional Team would like to take a moment to give a brief introduction as to what our role is here at Vanguard and introduce our new team. In August 2017, Vanguard was awarded a three year school health grant to support our students behavioral health needs and to increase the presence of school health professionals at Vanguard. Both Vanguard East and West are now each staffed with a school social worker and a school nurse who are dedicated to helping and supporting all Vanguard students. The team focuses on substance abuse prevention and connecting students and families to community-based organizations for treatment and counseling. The school health professional team relies on evidence-based resources such as LifeSkills, Second Step, and Signs of Suicide to ensure that all students K-12 are receiving support around behavioral health.

Our school health team consists of four team members, two members located at each campus. The Vanguard East team is Caroline DuBreuil, the school social worker, and Katie Buckman, the School RN. The Vanguard West team consists of Brenna Sterling, the school social worker, and Olivia Tracey, the School RN.

If you have any questions about the grant or the work the school health professional team is doing please feel free to contact any team member.

Caroline DuBreuil: Social Worker at East:

Katie Buckman: RN at East:

Signs of Suicide Prevention Presentations

During the month of September, the School Health Professional Team will be implementing the Signs of Suicide Prevention Program (SOS) for all middle school and high school students. Signs of Suicide is an evidence-based and universal depression awareness and suicide prevention program. Signs of Suicide is designed to decrease suicide and suicide attempts by increasing student knowledge about depression and by teaching students necessary help-seeking skills. Research shows that middle school and high school aged students are more likely to speak to a friend when they are struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts than an adult. Signs of Suicide is aimed at targeting these behaviors and teaching students how to seek help on behalf of their friends and peers.

Both the middle school and high school programs are centered around an educational age-appropriate DVD that is played by a member of the school health professional team in a safe and comfortable setting. The middle school and high school videos inform and teach students how to ACT or Acknowledge, Care, and Tell. These videos demonstrate the right and wrong ways to help a friend or peer who might be dealing with depression or suicidal thoughts by encouraging them to seek help from a trusted adult. The program also includes a student screener that assesses for depression and suicide risk and is taken after the students watch the DVD. The screener helps identify students that are struggling and might benefit from school support or professional help. Once identified the school health professional team will work to connect these students to the necessary resources. An enlightened student body means earlier detection and increased help-seeking behavior. Research has shown that the SOS Program, which is listed on SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices, improves students' knowledge and adaptive attitudes about suicide risk and depression, and reduces actual suicide attempts by 40%-64% (Aseltine et al., 2007 & Schilling et al., 2016).

For more information or questions on Signs of Suicide please visit their website at :

Or reach out to Caroline DuBreuil at Vanguard East

If you or your child is struggling with depression or suicidal ideations please reach out:

  1. Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

  2. Colorado Crisis Line: 1-888-493-8255

Dates to Remember

LABOR DAY - No School

Monday, Sep. 2nd, 12am

17101 East Ohio Drive

Aurora, CO

College Night

Thursday, Sep. 12th, 6-7:30pm

17101 East Ohio Drive

Aurora, CO

Join us for our annual College Night were students and families learn how to navigate the college search and application process. All students and families from grades 9-12 are welcome.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot

Friday, Sep. 20th, 8am

17101 East Ohio Drive

Aurora, CO

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot presents an abridged performance of Midsummer Nights Dream that takes place in and around a pick-up truck “set” in Vanguard’s back parking lot. In addition to the performance, the cast facilitates in-class, interactive workshops with our students that encourage them to connect the themes of the play to issues that still impact teenagers.
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Fall Festival

Friday, Oct. 4th, 4pm

VCS East

Join us for our Fall community event!

Come play fun games, throw a pie in your favorite teacher's face, jump in the bounce house, race your friend in the obstacle course, dunk your principal, and much, much more! We're inviting local food trucks, too, so come hungry!

Tickets will be available for purchase at the festival.

Be on the lookout for more details as the event gets closer!