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Summer 2020

Summer 2020 at VACDES

VACDES Community:

Summer is usually a busy time of enrichment or intervention activities at school, but this summer is like no other. Because of the shutdown of our schools due to COVID-19, we are not able to offer in-person instruction. We are, however, able to offer a couple of exciting opportunities from a distance:

  • The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, through funding by a generous donor, will provide weekly SOL-related art, culture, and history enrichment kits for any interested family. The kits will be available to pick up every Tuesday through the summer from 10-12:30 at the bus loop on Van Fossen Street. Materials for creating art projects and coloring sheets with drawings by diverse, and sometimes local, artists will be included in the packets.
  • Meals will continue to be distributed each Tuesday from 10-12:30 at the bus loop on Van Fossen Street. Five breakfasts and lunches will be provided for any child aged 18 and under. Meals are perishable and should be refrigerated after pick-up.
  • A book will be mailed to each of our grades K-4 2019-20 students. The books were carefully selected based on the child's reading level at the time of the school closure.

Both staff and families have learned much about distance learning since our closure on March 13. I believe we will continue to utilize some of the fantastic opportunities available through distance learning even when school resumes. Distance learning offers the opportunity for students to learn at their own pace and path every day of the week--even when school is not in session.

That being said, we can't wait to welcome you back to in-person instruction at VACDES. Please watch our website, social media accounts, and the local newspaper for updates on planning for the 2020-21 school year.

All the best,

Dr. Bryant, VACDES Principal

Dual Language Interest Sign-up Continues along with Registration for all Grades Pre-K-4

Please call the school at 540.665.6330 if your child will be new to VACDES in 2020-21 but you have not yet registered your child.

Are you interested in your kindergarten or 1st grade child participating in Dual Language instruction? If so, at the time you register your child for next year's kindergarten or 1st grade class, please complete a Dual Language Instruction interest form or, if not meeting in person to register your child, simply let us know when speaking to the registrar that you are interested.

If more parents are interested in enrolling their child in dual language than spots are available, a lottery may be held to select the students. We anticipate two classes of 24 students to be enrolled in dual language at VACDES in grades kindergarten and 1 next year.

Some Important Dates to Know for Summer

  • All summer long: You may register your child by calling the school at 540.665.6330
  • Each Tuesday: Meal distribution and Museum of the Shenandoah Valley enrichment kits pick-up from 10-12:30 in the bus loop on Van Fossen Street

Please contact the school if you have questions about these events.

Summer Office Hours

All WPS buildings will hold special summer office hours June 15-July 24. During those weeks, offices will be open 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and closed on Fridays. The rest of the school year, VACDES is open 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, except for holidays.

How to Make the Most of Summer

Summer is a great time to reconnect with family and friends. It is also a fantastic time to keep the skills growing that your child learned this past year. Besides taking time to exercise and play outside, the most important thing you can do with your child this summer is read. Did you know that:

  • Children who read at least 65 minutes a day usually score in the 98th percentile or above on reading achievement tests?
  • But wait--a shorter amount of time STILL does a LOT of good in terms of keeping your child's success growing in reading. Children who read just 21 minutes a day usually score on the 90th percentile or above on reading achievement tests.

Your child has learned a lot in math this year, too. How can you help those math skills continue to grow?

  • Ask your child to use an analog clock to tell you what time it is.
  • Ask your child to tell you how much money there is in a few (to a handful) of coins.
  • Have your child skip count while walking....count by 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, etc. to prepare for multiplication and division.
  • Play games that require a score to be kept--and either have your child keep score or assist you in doing so.
  • Look for shapes like squares, diamonds, rectangles, circles, and triangles in the world around us.
  • Have your child help you measure ingredients for cooking.
  • Look for fractions in the world around us--such as in a pizza, in parts of a group, or in line segments--start with 1/2 and 1/3 and build up to 1/4, 2/3, 4/6, etc.

Make this fun! If your child doesn't know something you're asking him or her to do, it's okay. Move on. We will work on these skills when the new year begins.

The very most important thing you can do is make your child feel like you love her or him just as he or she is. THAT is the basis for a summer and new year of success!