The Comet-tary Parent Edition

Comets DON'T Quit! We've Got Grit!

October 26 - October 30

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School Office Hours

Daily Office Hours

Starting Monday, August 3, 2020

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM



VUSD is currently planning for the reopening of schools in a Hybrid Learning model where 50% of elementary school students attend in the morning and 50% attend in the afternoon for 2.5 hours of face-to-face instruction 4-days a week; students will learn virtually 1 day a week. At the middle school level, 50% of the students attend 2 days a week and the 3 other days are virtual. Families that do not wish to send their children back to school will have a 100% virtual learning option. While at school, students and staff will be expected to wear face masks and practice physical distancing by staying 6-feet apart. Increased sanitation and air purification protocols will also be put in place.

As we continue planning for a safe return to face-to-face instruction, we hope the information below will help answer many of your questions. We also hope you know that you can reach out by email ( or phone

(707-453-6210) with any questions or comments you might have.

There have been no dates to return set as of yet, but as soon as a decision is made, we will inform you.

This Week's Updates

  • Attendance: A reminder that we are taking attendance as usual. IF you know your student will be out for a doctor or dentist appointment, please let Ms. Joan know. We also require a doctor's note for absences for more than 3 days. At the end of each week, teachers are required to document attendance participation in Asynchronous work. It is imperative that students complete all the work assigned during Asynchronous time to receive attendance credit.
  • Lexia and Dreambox: Students are supposed to log in to both Dreambox and Lexia when they are not scheduled for small group meetings that day. Students should be on for 60 minutes a week for each app.

  • Zoom Reminder: The name students use to enter a Zoom room needs to be their name, not a bunch of random percents and random letters. Teachers take attendance at the end of the period using the names of those listed. We also don't let anyone in a Zoom room that we don't recognize.
  • Rep Your School Tuesday: Wear your favorite College Gear!

Red Ribbon Week October 26 - 30

Dress-Up Days:

Wednesday, October 28th: "Be Happy" To Team Up Against Drugs (Favorite Team Jersey)

Thursday, october 29th: We have the "SuperPower" to Be Brave (Favorite Super Hero)

Friday, October 30th: Wear Red and "Be Drug Free"

Socktober - Sock drive - Last week to drop off socks!

Each night in the United States, an estimated 600,000 people live on the streets, some of them are sheltered and some unsheltered. This October, we want to show that even a small act of love, such as donating a pair of socks, can make a big difference in the lives of our neighbors who are homeless.

There is a bin in the MPR marked "Socktober" for you to drop off as many new pairs of socks as you can. You can also drop them off in the front office. If possible, put the name of your teacher on the bag.

At the end of the month, the class with the most donations will receive a reward. These socks will be donated to the local shelters to add to their winter/holiday gifts.

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With the school year off to a virtual start, I would like to share some resources that Solano County Library offers. If possible, I would love to participate in a Zoom meeting with teachers and their students to talk about library resources as well as maybe share a quick story time.

Our storytime links are the following: (LIVE Thursdays at 10am in August). (prerecorded).

I also recommend, if you don’t already use it, it is a fun resource to show children a variety of places and creatures even though we can’t really travel anywhere right now!

Stay safe,

Suzanne Clerkin

Children’s Librarian

Vacaville Library – Cultural Center

1020 Ulatis Drive

Vacaville, CA 95687

(866) 572-7587

Cooper Virtual Learning Expectations

Be Safe:

  • Do not share your online username and password with others
  • Do not share Zoom links publicly
  • Do not chat with strangers or join unknown Zoom sessions
  • Report online bullying or inappropriate online chats to a trusted adult right away
  • Only use your school account for school work – not for playing online games or browsing on the web

Be Respectful:

  • Mute microphones when others are speaking
  • Respect others opinions
  • Use proper test etiquette
  • Help each other during group assignments and in designated meeting rooms
  • Resolve conflicts peacefully
  • Be actively engaged
  • Follow instructions
  • Wait your turn to speak
  • Use the raise your hand feature
  • Minimize distractions
  • Use the chat feature appropriately
  • Do not change your name
  • Do not change your backgrounds
  • Come to class dress appropriately

Be Responsible:

  • Complete tasks on time
  • Be prepared
  • Ask for help
  • Write in complete sentences
  • Log in on time
  • Organize your materials
  • Set daily goals
  • Make yourself visible

Our Fabulous Librarian Mrs. Arnett reading "Crankenstein" and "Porkenstein"

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Classes with the BEST attendance for September

These classes got to choose to have a virtual lunch or a GoNoodle activity with admin. CONGRATULATIONS!!

Mrs. Atherton's sixth graders

Ms. Fair's fifth graders

Ms. Howard's fifth graders

Ms. Lloyd's fifth graders

Mrs. McGee's sixth graders

September "Students of the Month"

The following students were nominated by their teachers:

Kindergarten - Riley Bartley, Andy Custodio, Michelle Abraham, Sienna Carmagnola, Jonathan Lever, Hailey Nelson, Harper Harrigan, Mu'Ammar Ali II, Erik Padilla

First Grade - Angel Van, Kaden Ross-Hughes, Christopher Lock Jr., Maddie Finerty, Amelia, Dickens, Roksalanna Kokoeva, Noah Mallari, Aurelia White, Marin Macachor, Anthony Tostado

Second Grade -Thomas Lancaster, Marco Gipson III, Braxtyn Perez, Broghan Perez, Mya Marson, Xavier Salt, Kipton Pasco, Angad Cheema, Quentin Dally, Joshua Lane-Poe II, Joab Lopez, Gurman Dhaliwal

Third Grade - Gregory Miyashiro, Mayah Garcia, Abigail Turner, John Mallory, Avery Peters, Mekhi McCary, Ella Bolyarde, Aslan Yang

Fourth Grade - Alexandria MacNichol, Adrian Apilado, Raegan Malkiewicz, Wadieh Zawadieh, Alexander Silva, Braiden Perez

Fifth Grade - Haley Polkinghorn, Abby Ellingson, Carly Hernandez, Zachary Pacero, Jazmyn Sergent, Faith Ramirez-Munoz, Jet Cumberland, David Lopez

Sixth Grade - Dominic Matlock, Malia Foster, Helen Lancaster, Troy Harrold, Veer Patel, Chloe Vuong, Grayson Axel Hanna


Happy Birthday Celebrations!

10/26 Ky Vo

10/27 Oliver Kelly, Talon Keomongkhoun, Lars Lucchese

10/28 Alysia Castro, Paige Dillon, Ahmad Pinkney, Jayden Waters

10/31 Troy Dale, Autumn France, and Savannah Spaulding

Using Grit to succeed in school

Pinto's Pen

With Fall in the air, we see change everywhere - cooler temperatures, fall colors, pumpkins, smell of pumpkin spice, corn mazes, etc. etc. This year, it comes with mixed emotions. The little boy in the video reminded me of the disappointment our kiddos are going to face this week, not being able to dress up and come to school, no parade, and many more. But, I know, all of us are thinking of "different' ways to keep the traditions alive. I also know we are tired, but we are persistent and resilient. We've got GRIT!

Take time to take care of yourself and your family. Stay healthy...laugh, dance, sing, hike, bike, walk, run, carve, bake... and have a Happy Halloween!

Proud to be a Comet!