The Hawk's Nest

March 1, 2021

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VCS Celebrates Kindergarten's 100th Day

Thank you to all the families who joined us. Check out our Facebook and Class Dojo for all the pictures.

4TH QUARTER PLANS

Your Vanguard Classical School Leadership Team and VCS COVID Response Team are excited to be planning for a return to Hybrid (A and B Cohort) in-person learning starting in the 4th quarter. This will begin for Cohort A students on March 22nd, and Cohort B students on March 23rd. On Wed, March 24th and all subsequent Fridays, instruction for all Cohort A and B students will be fully remote.


Remote learning for the remainder of the school year will also remain as an option for any VCS family that is uncomfortable with returning to in-person Hybrid instruction.


VCS uniforms will not be required for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year. Hair color restrictions will also be relaxed for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year. Dress of Choice rules will apply as clothing and hair must still be deemed appropriate and non-distracting.


To limit cross-cohort exposure, before and after school childcare will be postponed until Fall 2021.

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES

Virtual conferences are scheduled for Thursday, March 25th.


K-4 Families:

  • Select ONLY ONE slot with your child's homeroom teacher.


5-8 Families:

  • Select ONLY ONE slot with your child's homeroom teacher.
  • Content teachers will provide notes to homeroom teachers to go over during your conference.
  • Should you need to speak with a teacher other than your child's homeroom teacher, please contact them directly to set up an appointment on another day.

CMAS

Beginning Monday, April 5th, our students will join other students throughout Colorado in taking a set of state tests called the CMAS (Colorado Measures of Academic Success). CMAS will be given to students in grades 3-8 in Math and English Language Arts. Students in grades 5, 8, and 11 will be completing the CMAS Science test.


The VCS testing window closes on Friday, April 30th. The tests are aligned with the Colorado Academic Standards. These standards set our community’s expectations for what students must know to be ready for college level courses or a career after they graduate from high school. Families should know if their children are on the right path, and these assessments will provide an “academic checkup” to help us know if our students are ready for what comes next. These assessments also provide information to the district and state on how schools are performing.


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.

*If you are choosing this option, this form must be completed by Wednesday, March 10th.


If you have any questions please contact Ms. Davis (edavis@vanguardclassical.org)

ANNUAL EARTH DAY SHIRTS

Earth Day is Thursday, April 22, and Vanguard would like to celebrate our love of and dedication for the Earth. Students/staff who wear an Earth Day shirt on Earth Day will also be able to wear JEANS to school that day!


Cost: $8.95-11.95 (depending on size)


Orders Due Online: Thursday, March 4...no money will exchanged through Vanguard


Download the flyer below for more information.

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: Faithfulness

Faithfulness is standing by those we love, those we serve, and what we believe.

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.

Have you moved or changed your phone number?

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

New Virtual Club

3rd - 5th Grade Girls

Registration is open!


Start Date: March 23, 2021


For more information contact our coaches: Ms. Ludike (hludike@vanguardclassical.org) and Ms. Sheridan (msheridan@vanguardclassical.org)

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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

Read Across America Day

Tuesday, March 2nd, 7:45am-3:15pm

This is an online event.

K-6 NED Assembly

Friday, March 5th, 2-3pm

This is an online event.

SPRING BREAK

Monday, March 15th, 7:45am to Friday, March 19th, 3:45pm

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FIRST DAY OF SPRING

Saturday, March 20th, 12am

This is an online event.

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES

Thursday, March 25th, 8am-7pm

This is an online event.

VCS BOARD MEETING

Thursday, March 25th, 6:30pm

This is an online event.

NO SCHOOL ~ COMP DAY

Friday, March 26th, 7:30am-3:45pm

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