Vanguard East News!
a monthly newsletter for the Vanguard East School Community
A Letter from the Principals
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
Why are Free and Reduced Applications Important?
- 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.
- 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. https://aurorak12.payschools.com
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
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
New Uniform Sales
Vanguard Gives Day - September 10th
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
New Bells in Upper School
We have surpassed our goal!!!!
Thanks to all of the students and their families for raising $9,646.50!
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.
Washington D.C. Trip Information
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Katie Buckman: RN at East: email@example.com
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 @firstname.lastname@example.org
If you or your child is struggling with depression or suicidal ideations please reach out:
Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
Colorado Crisis Line: 1-888-493-8255
Dates to Remember
Thursday, Sep. 12th, 6-7:30pm
17101 East Ohio Drive
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
Shakespeare in the Parking Lot
Friday, Sep. 20th, 8am
17101 East Ohio Drive
Friday, Oct. 4th, 4pm
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!
Put your friends and teachers in jail!
The Fall Festival features a jail where you can put your can confine your friends and teacher for a short amount of time!
Dunk your teacher!
The dunk tank is back! Ask your teacher or principal if they are "serving" time at the dunk tank this year.
Play connect four with your family and friends. This is a great game of strategy played on a large scale.