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March 13, 2017

How to Reach Vannoy Elementary School

Below are just some of the ways to find Vannoy Elementary. is our text based application for announcements and reminders. Text @vannoye to 81010 to join the list.

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Community Members,

We have a couple of big events coming up this month. Report Cards are going home on March 24th, and Open House is March 30th. You can find other important dates on our school calendar. Our Cougarthon is coming up soon (May 5) and packets were sent home; please return your permission slips.

Read Across America - A Success!

Thank you to all of our VIP readers that came to support Read Across America. You are all awesome, and we appreciate your support and helping make it a success!

Incoming TK & Kindergarten Enrollment

3/01/2017 NEW TK & Kindergarten Enrollment Appointments HAVE BEGUN

On March 1, 2017, Kindergarten enrollment began for the 2017-18 school year. A child is eligible to begin Kindergarten if his/her fifth birthday falls on or before September 1, 2017. Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is for students who turn five on or between September 2 and December 2, 2017.

Please go to the Vannoy website, click on the Parents tab and select Enrollment to begin the enrollment process for your child. You must complete online enrollment and have all support paperwork - i.e. birth certificate, immunization records, proof of residency, physical and dental forms - completed before you contact the office for an appointment. Once you have all items together and have completed online enrollment, please contact the Vannoy Office at 510-537-1832 to set up an appointment to bring your documentation in to complete enrollment. The office takes appointments between 8:00-11:30 a.m. ONLY Monday through Friday.

If you have any questions, we are happy to help. Please call us at 510-537-1832. Thank you.

Immunization Requirement Information

General Immunization Information:

As of January 2016, California Law requires that all children show proof of vaccination against diseases listed in Health and Safety Code 120325 prior to attending public or private school. Due to enactment of SB 277 parents/guardians of students in California schools and childcare facilities are no longer permitted to submit exemptions to required vaccines, based on their personal or religious beliefs regarding vaccines.

Any pupil seeking admission to a given public or private elementary or secondary school, who lacks documentation of having received all the reqwuired vaccine doses against polio, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (DPT/Tdap), measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), hepatitis B and varicella (chicken pox), and has not obtained a permanent or temporary medical exemption shall not be allowed admission until requirements have been met.

TK/Kindergarten Specific Information:

California schools are required to check immunization records for all new student admissions at Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten, students must be up to date on their immunizations to attend school. To attend school, your child's immunization records must show the date for each required shot, or if you rchild has not received all required shots, call your doctor now for an appointment. If a licensed physician (MD or DO) determines vaccines should not be given to your child because of medical reasons, submit a written exemption for the missing shot(s), including the duration of the medical exemption. A personal or religious beliefs exemption is no longer an option for entry into school.

Required Vaccines:
Polio: 4 doses (3 doses OK if one was given on or after 4th birthday)
DTP/DTap/DT: 5 doses (4 doses OK if one was given on or after 4th birthday)
MMR or MMR-V: 2 doses (Both doses given on or after 1st birthday. Only one dose of mumps and rubella vaccines are required if given separately.)
Hepatitis B: 3 doses
Varicella (MMR-V/VZV/VAR or Documentation of natural disease): 1 dose

For further information visit:

March Word of the Month – Cooperation

Work well with others. Be a team player. Have an open mind and listen effectively.

Lego Robotics

We will be starting Lego Robotics right after Spring Break. This is a fun program for students to learn how to program and control their robots using Lego Mindstorms robot kits. This program is parent-run, so if you are interested, you will need to get your Volunteer Clearance competed before you start. The Lego Mindstorms kits are provided; there is a max of three students per team. Student signups will be coming out soon via Remind. Parent Volunteer students will be given priority. Please contact the office if you are interested.

Parent Club Leadership 2017-2018

We are appreciative of how much our Parent Club supports the many essential programs at Vannoy. This includes our PEP program, Music for Minors, instructional materials, study trips, as well as other fun events throughout the year. The Parent Club is looking for enthusiastic and willing people to serve on the board next year. All positions are open for nominations. I hope that we will be able to count on the continued support from the Parent Club. Please email Tina Mitchell the PC President ( or myself ( if you have questions.

Summer Enrichment Program

Enrollment for the Summer Enrichment program will begin March 20th. Enroll early through the Castro Valley Adult & Career Education website ( to get your student's first choice of class.

As we approach the end of the year with Field Trips, Please remember:

CVUSD has policies in place that all teachers, staff and parents are required to adhere to. These policies are for your student and other students' safety.

  • All paperwork for driving on a field trip must be turned in 2 weeks prior to the scheduled date of the field trip. This paperwork must be processed and any delays in turning in your paperwork place your student's class at risk of having the field trip cancelled.
  • Parents are not allowed to bring siblings to/on a field trip.
  • Parents shall not deter from the instructions given by the teacher.
  • Parents should not make any stops to/or from the field trip.
  • If a parent wants to show up at the field trip - you MUST have permission from the teacher (in advance) and Megan's Law clearance turned in 2 weeks in advance.
  • All of these rules are for the safety of your child. Please do not put your child's teacher in an awkward position of having to say something in front of other parents or students.
  • Every parent/guardian who is considering volunteering for any school activity must have a Megan's Law form in place. Please don't wait until the last minute as paperwork will not be processed.

The Vannoy Book Fair is Coming!!!

The Vannoy Book Fair will be here the week of March 20th in our multipurpose room. Look for the flyer coming home for specific dates and times.

Come Visit Your Child's Classroom and See What He/She Has Been Up To at Vannoy's Open House and BBQ!

DATE: Thursday, March 30th
5:15-6pm - BBQ - $4 Hot Dog bbq, veggie, water, cookie
6:15-7:15 p.m. - Open Classrooms

Come visit your child's classroom where he/she will love to show you the classwork and projects that have been worked on. It's the perfect chance to show your child how proud you are of how hard they have been working this year.

Spring Pictures? You Bet!

WHEN: Wednesday, March 29th

Time to bring on our kids bright, shining faces and smile for the camera! Thank you to Laurie Schmeck & Crew for volunteering to help get out students "camera ready".

There is no pre-payment for these photos. The photo packages will be sent home, you will choose what you would like to keep and pay for those pictures, and return the unwanted photos to the school.

If you have any questions, please contact the office at 510-537-1832.

Safety After School

Parents - please be mindful of our school rules as you are allowing your children to play after school on the play structure area. Students should not be staying to play unless they have an adult with them as there is no teacher supervision at that time. We are having problems with students playing after school unsupervised and this is a huge safety concern. We also have concerns with parents not monitoring how their child is playing while on the play structure. Please keep your child safe!!

Parent Interactions

Respectful communication is so important to our daily interactions here at Vannoy. Parents - when you have a concern with another parent, please do not confront them here at school. We ask that you go to your teacher first. He/she will then refer you to the principal if further support is needed. Our goal is to teach our Vannoy students how to problem solve and communicate respectfully with one another. Be that model for your child and know that your example sets up your child and how they interact with others in the future. Thank you!

Vannoy's Parent Educator Program (PEP) Needs You! Make a Difference in our Kids Lives!

What is PEP?
PEP promotes resiliency and healthy life choices in children, so they can reduce the likelihood of using and abusing harmful substances in later years.

The program has an explicit "no use" message with an interactive format that engages children to learn resistance skills, develop self-esteem and cultivate responsible decision making.

How does it Work?
The Vannoy PEP program is for 3-5 graders. Lessons are 45-60 minutes long and are delivered by teams of 2 parents over a 6 week period for each grade. Lessons have been developed and scripted so that Parent Teachers can easily step in and deliver the information. Teaching experience is NOT required and there is very minimal prep time needed. Our kids learn a lot with these age appropriate lessons. They also really enjoy and look forward to them.

We are currently finishing up lessons for 4th and 5th graders in the next few weeks . . . you are welcome to come and observe!

Next year we will have "On the Job" Training where new trainers will be paired with experienced trainers.

Ready to Make a Difference?
Please contact Katey Pronske at

2017 Vannoy Art Walk

Who: Open to all Vannoy students K-5th
What: The return of the Vannoy Art Walk event will be held to teach appreciation for the arts and celebrate aspiring young artists, the FAME program, and our school community.


  • All Student Artwork is due on Friday, March 24th (no exceptions).
The Vannoy Art Walk debuting our student's art and exhibits will be held on Thursday, April 6th from 6:30-8:00 p.m.


  1. Recycling
  2. Drawing/Sketching
  3. Painting
  4. LEGO Building
  5. Fashion Art
  6. Art History
  7. Selfies
  8. Digital Photography

Prizes will be awarded for each Contest Theme, so be creative and use your imagination!!!

Vannoy Needs YOU!!! Become a Noon Supervisor

Don't you just love this beautiful California weather? And don't you love spending time with wonderful, smart, active children? Well, if you've said yes to these two questions, we have the job for you! We are in need of noon supervisors to watch our children during their lunchtime. This is a paid position - you would work from 11:15-1:00 Monday through Friday.

If you are interested, please contact Chris in the Vannoy office. Thank you.
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