The Hawk's Nest
March 1, 2021
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.
- Select ONLY ONE slot with your child's homeroom teacher.
- 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.
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 (email@example.com)
ANNUAL EARTH DAY SHIRTS
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.
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.
Have you moved or changed your phone number?
Front Desk: 303-691-2384
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Resources from the School Health Professionals
MEDICATIONS & IMMUNIZATIONS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay healthy, happy, and safe!!
COVID - 19 RESOURCES/INFORMATION
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.
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