The Hawk's Nest

April 1, 2021

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Welcome Back HAWKS!

HAVE YOU MOVED, CHANGED YOUR PHONE NUMBER, OR WOULD LIKE TO ADD/REMOVE PEOPLE WHO CAN PICK UP YOUR CHILD?

Please contact our front desk when there is a change in your personal information so that we may update it in our system.


Front Desk: 303-691-2384

RETURNING TO FULL IN-PERSON LEARNING

Your VCS Board of Directors approved a recommendation from your VCS Leadership & COVID Response Teams to pivot to full-day In-person learning (Monday-Friday) for all interested VCS families/students beginning on Monday, April 5th. We believe the new CDC guidelines and encouraging state and local metric trends, combined with the safety measures we already have in place at both campuses, can allow this in-person conversion to occur. Remote learning for the remainder of the school year will continue as an option for any VCS family that is uncomfortable with returning to In-person instruction.


VCS families also have the ability to “re-determine” their In-person or Remote choice through Friday, April 2nd. If you do not contact the front office, we will place all current hybrid (Cohort A/B) students into 5-day In-person learning, and current remote instruction students will remain remote. If you wish to make a change from this, please contact the VCS East or VCS West front office on or before Friday, April 2nd.


Click the button below for more details.

CARLINE

We found that PikMyKid was not going to work for our school for a variety of reasons.


We are going to Pilot a new pick up pattern starting Monday, April 5th for pick up. Please follow staff directions as we are not using the ACCO lot. You will still enter the same way. The change will occur at the first cross walk.


In order for our carline to run smoothly and swiftly, please remember and follow these basic guidelines:


  • Drop-off: 7:25-7:50 a.m.
  • Pick-up: 3:15-3:45 p.m.
  • DO NOT SPEED. The speed limit within our carline is 5 mph.
  • Pull up as far as you can in the lane.
  • Please STAY OFF of your cell phones through the carline. This includes texting.


PLEASE BE PATIENT.


There are approximately 400 students who are being dropped off and picked up at the same time.


Model the character we want to see in our kids.


Though you may feel inconvenienced at times by our system, it is in place to keep your child(ren) safe. We ask that you respect these procedures as well as the people who are stationed out at carline. Your cooperation will ensure safety for everyone in our community.


CMAS

Beginning Tuesday, April 6th, our students will join other students throughout Colorado in taking a set of state tests called the CMAS (Colorado Measures of Academic Success). The waiver for reduced testing was approved on Friday, 3/26 by the federal government, so testing sessions will be as follows:


  • 3rd, 5th, 7th grades: 3 ELA sessions only
  • 4th, 6th: 3 Math sessions only
  • 8th: 3 Math sessions & 3 Science sessions


Remote students are automatically exempt from CMAS this year. If you would like your student to participate in testing, please contact Lish Davis (edavis@vanguardclassical.org) to set up an appointment.


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.


According to Aurora Public Schools polices (adopted by VCS), IKA and IKAR, the parent/guardian of a student enrolled in the district may request that their child be exempt from participating in one or more state assessments.

Filling out the form below meets the requirements for our district and the Colorado Department of Education.

We will have a yearbook this year!

K-8 families...we need your help!


Send teachers photos of your child with their completed projects, in their remote learning space, doing a fun activity with the family, enjoying time outside, etc. by Friday, February 26, 2021.

Core Virtue of the Month: GRACIOUSNESS AND COURTESY

  • Graciousness is acting kindly, courteously, and making another feel special.
  • Courtesy is showing respect through kindness, politeness, and consideration of the other.

Attendance

Attendance in every class every day is essential for your child's academic growth. In the event that your child cannot be in class, make sure to call the front desk at 303-691-2384. You will receive an automated phone call in the evening if your child was absent from any classes throughout the day if you do not call in to notify us of the absence. You may email teachers to get make up work, but call the front desk, as well.


Specials, Enrichment, and ELD classes are required for all K-8 students.

Cameras

We ask that you encourage your child to turn on his/her camera when the teacher requests. There are many moments throughout the lesson where the teacher is checking in with students non-verbally to ensure they understand. When our teachers can't see your student they can't be sure your child understands. We are also finding that when the camera is off the child seems to not be there as they often aren't responding at all. Please also try to remove or turn off other electronics, TVs and video games, from the work area. We appreciate your support on this matter.

Resources from the School Health Professionals

MEDICATIONS & IMMUNIZATIONS

Hello VCS West Families...


This is the school nurse Ms. Porter reminding you that if your child has medications needed at school or a health condition needing a health care plan from their physician, please drop them off at the school before they return to hybrid learning on March 22nd or March 23rd. Make sure all medications are properly labeled with your child’s name and prescription when dropping off and physicians orders signed.


Remember if you have not handed in your child’s UPDATED immunizations please send those to me or drop them off at the front desk. If you plan on excusing your child from immunizations, I will need an updated personal or medical exemption form filled out. All these forms can be downloaded below, filled out, and emailed to aporter@vanguardclassical.org.


Stay healthy, happy, and safe!!

COVID - 19 RESOURCES/INFORMATION

COVID Testing

Recently, COVIDCheck Colorado (CCC) announced a partnership with the State of Colorado that allows all Colorado residents to access COVID-19 testing free of charge at any CCC site, including the APS Professional Learning and Conference Center (PLCC) north parking lot location.


With the increases in testing at the PLCC, we ask that all community members show up promptly for their registered appointments to minimize wait times. Additionally, CCC will be updating the testing process at the PLCC for more efficient service, including additional testing lanes, increased testing appointments and longer testing hours.


Community members, and others who would like to access tests at the PLCC should register here by clicking the button below.

Safe2Tell

Safe2Tell Colorado gives YOU a safe, anonymous way to help someone who is struggling or hurting. Learn what to look for, what to listen for, and what to report.

Quick Links

Are you having tech issues?

Submit tickets to itsupport@vanguardclassical.org.


Our team will work to resolve your issues in a timely manner.

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. Cordero or Ms. Prado for assistance at 303-691-2384.

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. We will only be accepting online payments for school fees at this time.
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VCS West Events

Asynchronous Day

Friday, April 2nd, 8:30am-3:15pm

This is an online event.

All students must login to their first period class at 7:50. The teachers will then walk them through their day. They will work asynchronously from 8:30 am on.

CMAS

Tuesday, April 6th, 7:30am to Thursday, April 15th, 9:30am

VCS

VCS BOARD MEETING

Thursday, April 22nd, 6:30pm

This is an online event.