VCS East Hawk Talk

October 2021

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October Count is Friday, 10/1!

What is October Count?

The State of Colorado uses the October Count process to determine the amount of funding a school will receive based on enrollment numbers.


When is October Count?

The October Count Window is from September 24-October 8, 2021. This is a two week period in which we are required to account for student attendance. The most important day of the window is Friday, October 1, 2021, which is Count Day.


October 1, 2021

On Friday, October 1, 2021, every student must be in their seat by 7:50 am. It is very important that we have all students present for the entirety of the school day, and for this reason we ask that you avoid scheduling appointments, trips, or early pick-ups on this day.

Absences and Tardies

Tardies:

We have now begun to record tardies. Please remember that students are to be in their seats and ready to learn by 7:50 am. The doors open at 7:30 am, so make sure to drop your children off on time, or sign up for FREE before/after care.


Absences:

Make sure to notify the front desk of absences. If we don't hear from you, our attendance system will automatically call you to verify the absence.

School Accountability Committee

We are seeking two parents to sit on our School Accountability Committee this year. This committee meets quarterly to discuss school data and improvement. If you are interested in learning more please email Emily Van Luit at evanluit@vanguardclassical.org.

FSCP (Family, School, and Community Partnership Committee)

We had our first Parent Volunteer meeting on 9/23, and we are EXCITED! Our next meeting is 10/21 at 3:00 pm. If you're interested in being a part of this committee, but can't make the meetings in person, please let Ms. Holtz know by emailing her at wholtz@vanguardclassical.org.

Core Knowledge/Classical Character Day is Friday, 10/29!

Students will be allowed to come to school in a costume representing a Core Knowledge or Classical character and wear it for the entire day on Friday, 10/29 to celebrate our beautiful, rich curriculum.


The following costume guidelines must be followed:

  • Costume represents Core Knowledge or Classical character or topic. If you’re unsure, just ask.
  • “Scary” or “gory” costumes are NOT allowed.
  • Facial paint is not allowed – but minimal make-up is fine (i.e. whiskers, etc.)
  • Costume accessories that resemble weaponry, such as swords, etc. are NOT allowed.
  • Those who choose not to come in costume must wear their uniform.


We have created a list of some Core Knowledge/Classical Character ideas that will you will find on the pdf document below.


Have fun, be creative!

Parent/Teacher Conferences are Thursday, November 4th

We are excited to welcome parents to the Fall 2021 Parent/Teacher Conferences on November 4th! Sign up links will be emailed to you and available on the website after Fall Break.


Conferences will be held from 8:00 am until 7:00 pm. Virtual options will be available at the family's request. There is no school that day, but we encourage you to bring your children with you to their conference. If your family owes any fees, conference day is a great day to make payments at the front office.

Core Virtue of the Month: Perseverance

  • Perseverance is sticking to it—even when you’d rather give up.
  • Perseverance is persisting.
  • Perseverance is pushing on despite difficulty and hardship.

Discounts on Internet Services

The following companies are providing discounts on internet.


CTL lifeline

https://www.centurylink.com/aboutus/community/community-development/lifeline.html


xfinity essentials

https://www.xfinity.com/support/articles/comcast-broadband-opportunity-program


VCS is not affiliated or associated with any of these programs. Families will need to apply directly with the companies.

Social Emotional Learning

Download the document below to learn more about our Social Emotional Learning programs.

COVID Vaccines

Vaccines are available for individuals ages 12 and older. APS, in partnership with STRIDE Community Health Clinic and the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) is hosting ongoing FREE vaccination clinics for families. To learn more about the clinics and to sign up, visit aurorak12.org/vaccine.

COVIDCheck Colorado

Individuals who are symptomatic should get tested for COVID-19. Please remember that COVID-19 testing is free and available through COVIDCheck Colorado.

Quick Links

Breakfast/Lunch Menu

Click the button below to access the breakfast and lunch menus. If you do not see the most recent menu, click the button in the top left corner of the menu website and search for our school.

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. Torres, Ms. Petit, or Ms. Holtz for assistance at 303-338-4110.

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.


Fee Schedule

Innovation Learning, Inc.

Click the link below to register for FREE Before and After School care.

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.

VCS East Events

Homecoming Dance (High School Students ONLY)

Friday, Oct. 1st, 6:30-9pm

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Count Day

Friday, Oct. 1st, 7:45am-3:30pm

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Skate City Night

Thursday, Oct. 7th, 6-8pm

15100 East Girard Avenue

Aurora, CO

NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day

Friday, Oct. 8th, 7:15am-3:45pm

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Fall Break

Monday, Oct. 11th, 7:15am to Friday, Oct. 15th, 3:45pm

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Quarter 2 Begins

Monday, Oct. 18th, 7:15am-3:45pm

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CoGAT Testing Window

Monday, Oct. 25th, 7:45am to Friday, Oct. 29th, 3:15pm

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The following grades will be assessed this week:
  • 2nd Grade
  • 3rd Grade (for students not tested last Spring)
  • 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade (for students not tested last Spring)

Core Knowledge/Classical Character Day

Friday, Oct. 29th, 7:45am-3:30pm

VCS East

Students will be allowed to come to school in a costume representing a Core Knowledge or Classical character and wear it for the entire day on Friday, 10/29 to celebrate our beautiful, rich curriculum.


The following costume guidelines must be followed:

  • Costume represents Core Knowledge or Classical character or topic. If you’re unsure, just ask.
  • “Scary” or “gory” costumes are NOT allowed.
  • Facial paint is not allowed – but minimal make-up is fine (i.e. whiskers, etc.)
  • Costume accessories that resemble weaponry, such as swords, etc. are NOT allowed.
  • Those who choose not to come in costume must wear their uniform.


Have fun, be creative!

Trunk or Treat

Friday, Oct. 29th, 4:30-6pm

VCS East


All children within the community are welcome to attend.


This is a FREE event, however, we will graciously accept donations.


VCS Family Members...


We need you to make this event possible.


Decorate your trunk/designated parking space and bring some candy...you can even come in costume!


If you're interested in participating by decorating your car and handing out candy,

contact Ms. Holtz at wholtz@vanguardclassical.org or 303-338-4110.


If you're able to donate bags of candy, please drop them off at the front desk throughout the month of October.

Conferences

Thursday, Nov. 4th, 8am-7pm

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NO SCHOOL - Comp Day

Friday, Nov. 5th, 7:15am-3:45pm

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