Vivian Banks Charter School

Eagle's Nest News - 11.9.23

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Principal's Message

Dear VBCS Families,

Please join us for our first ever Turkey Trot/Lunch on the Lawn on Friday, November 17th, at 11:00. You are welcome to walk or run with your child or cheer them on. This is a fundraising event for our Charter Council. Your student should have brought home an envelope on Monday. If you did not receive it, please call the office and another will be sent home. Any checks should be made payable to The Pala Band of Mission Indians who underwrite our account. Please reach out if you have any questions. Every little bit helps. Thank you for your support!

Students of the Week

The following students were recognized at Friday Flag Raising as our Students of the Week. They were selected by their classroom teachers for demonstrating outstanding effort and citizenship for the week. Keep up the great work Eagles!

Eagle Ticket Winners

Every Monday morning we draw an Eagle Ticket winner from each classroom. Students earn Eagle Tickets by demonstrating appropriate behaviors on campus by being Safe, Respectful, and Responsible. Students who are selected are recognized on our office Eagle Board. Congratulations to our Eagle Feather winners!

Lexia Superstars

Congratulation to our Lexia Superstars! The following students were recognized for completing a Lexia Level this week. Lexia Reading provides a systematic and structured approach to six critical areas of reading. The program creates personalized learning paths for students of all abilities through an adaptive placement and scaffolded activities that align to rigorous standards.

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Teaching and Learning

Cupa Cutural Center

Students in grades 3-5 visited the Cupa Cultural Center today. The Cupa Cultural Center was founded in 1974 through the efforts of Pala community members who were dedicated to preserving, perpetuating, and enhancing traditional cultural practices. The mission of the Cupa Cultural Center includes continuing research and documentation of Pala’s past and present. In addition, the Center remains dedicated to the original intent of the founders in continuing to preserve and teach traditional practices. Classes and activities that focus on such practices as basket making, beading, and traditional arts and crafts are offered to Pala community members. The Cupa Cultural Center is also involved in projects to help preserve and teach the Cupeño language. Thank you to BUSD Board member Eric Ortega for sharing this wonderful opportunity with our students.

Please see the Community Liaison Newsletter for November!

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Culture and Community

Veterans Day

No words can ever express our gratitude to our military and their families for the sacrifices they have endured in representing and defending our country. The VBCS team would like to recognize and extend a heartfelt thank you to all of our military heroes this Veterans Day and every day. In recognition of Veterans Day there is no school scheduled on November 10, 2023.

Purple Star Application

VBCS has recently re-applied with the California Department of Education to again be recognized as a Purple Star Designated School. The VBCS team is very proud of this designation that symbolizes our continued commitment to service members, veterans, and students and families connected to our Nation’s Military. We are forever grateful for their sacrifices.

ELO - Expanded Learning Opportunities

The Expanded Learning Opportunities Program (ELOP) is an afterschool and intersession enrichment program for TK-6th grade students. The purpose of Vivian Bank’s Expanded Learning Opportunity Program (ELOP) is to provide all VBCS’s students access to 9 hours of instructional and enrichment programming per day for 180 days of school, as well as 30 days of intersession or summer programming.

The Expanded Learning Program will focus on developing the academic, social, emotional, and physical needs and interests of pupils through hands-on, engaging learning experiences. If you are interested in participating please see Nancy in the school office. There is no cost to participate in ELOP.

2023-2024 ELO-P Program Hours

Regular School Program - August 16, 2024 – June 7, 2024 – Dismissal- 6:00pm

Intersession Days – November 1, January 2-5, January 8, February 19-23, March 25-29- 8:00am – 5:00pm

Summer Program - June 10, 2024 – June 28, 2024 - 8:00am – 5:00pm

Bonsall Farm Field Trips

This program has been made to provide hands-on experiences in agriculture for all elementary school students in the Bonsall Unified School District. Our farm is located on the Bonsall Elementary School field next to the district office. All elementary classes were given three dates in the school year to be able to attend the school farm. Lessons and activities that are presented on the farm will be based on California Science Standards. Each farm experience will be a unique opportunity for students to engage with plants, gardening, food, nutrition, and the outdoors. The farm space is essentially an extension of the classroom, and we hope to bring students fun, and engaging lessons that keeps students interested and happy!

Transportation: Vivian Banks Charter School students will be transported to and from the

Farm location by bus. All farm dates and times are worked in and around all recess and lunch breaks.

Permission Slips: Permission slips for each student are essential and required for students to

attend the farm.

The students first visit will include a safety lesson, where staff will go over rules, tool safety, and expectations. Following that portion, kids will take a tour of the farm. Students will then go on a scavenger hunt where they will be broken into two groups to complete. Concluding the scavenger hunt, students will plant a succulent to take home with them.

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Health and Saftey

Covid Tests

Vivian Banks Charter School has Covid tests available for your use. If you would like your child to retrieve the two kits, please have them pick them up in the VBCS office. Or, if you prefer, you, the parent or guardian, may pick them up at the VBCS Office. These COVID tests are provided to you as a courtesy. Testing is not required by our district.

Although we are excited to have your child attend school everyday, when your child is sick, we do ask you to keep him or her at home. Specifically, if your child has tested positive for COVID, he or she should remain at home for five (5) days from the onset of symptoms or positive COVID test (if asymptomatic). Your child may return on Day 6, unless he or she remains sick. Masking upon return to school is not required by the District.

We wish you great health as we know the cold and flu season approaches, and encourage you to place special attention to taking practical steps to boost your student’s immune system by providing nutritious food, proper amounts of sleep, and good doses of exercise.

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Upcoming Events

  • November 10 - Veterans Day, No School

  • November 14 - 4th Grade Field Trip to Bonsall Farm

  • November 15 - BUSD Board Meeting

  • November 17 - VBCS Turkey Trot, Lunch on the Lawn

  • November 20-24 - Thanksgiving Break