VCS East Hawk Talk

December 2021

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Absences and Tardies


We have had an excessive amount of 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.


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.

The VCS East Giving Tree

It's almost time for our annual VCS East Giving Tree! This is a perfect way to help someone from our community.

Starting Monday, 12/6, there will be a tree by the front desk filled with wishes from the VCS East families we will be sponsoring this holiday season.

Each ornament will have needs and wishes (clothing, toys, and more) from our sponsored families. As ornaments get placed on the tree, feel free to take as many as you wish and purchase a gift written on the ornament. Please if you take an ornament, make sure to purchase and deliver the unwrapped gift to us by Monday, 12/13. VCS East staff and students will wrap the gifts for our families. Sponsored families will pick up wrapped gifts on Friday, 12/17.

Please make sure to only take ornaments from the tree that you are confident you would be able to provide. If you take an ornament and can no longer get the gift noted on the ornament, please place it back onto the tree for someone else to grab.

Thank you for your contributions. We love our families!

Spirit Week is 12/13-12/17

See below for details.
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Uhaul Parking Lot

Families are PROHIBITED from parking in the Uhaul parking lot when picking up children in the afternoon.

Winter Weather is Coming!

Colorado weather can be unpredictable, so proper outerwear is very important. Please send your children to school prepared for inclement weather. This includes a coat warm enough for outdoor weather, hats, and gloves. Outdoor recess is an important part of the day. Unless the temperature outside is well below freezing or weather conditions are dangerous, we will send students outside for recess and dismissal. For this reason, it is essential that they are warm enough to stay outside. If your student's coat or other belongings go missing, be sure to check the Lost and Found in the front office.

With the winter months come the possibility of school closures and schedule changes. The decision to change school schedules because of adverse conditions is based on one factor; the safety of all students and staff.

  • Vanguard follows the district (Aurora Public Schools ie. Adams-Arapahoe 28J) with regard to school closures, late starts, etc. and we reserve the right to additional closures if deemed necessary.
  • The Director makes every effort to decide and announce decisions to close school before 6:00 am.
  • Please refer to your local AM radio (850 KOA) and television stations (KCNC Channel 4, KMGH Channel 7, KUSA Channel 9, KDVR Channel 31) for official notification.
  • Vanguard will also announce closures on its website and via School Messenger.

Core Virtue of the Month: Service

Service is helping others with a cheerful heart.
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FSCP (Family, School, and Community Partnership Committee)

We're really starting to pick up steam with our FSCP committee, and we are EXCITED!

If you'd like to join our FSCP committee or would like more information, contact Jennie Gillespie at

Stay Healthy!

It's that time for flu and cold season. Remember to please wash hands and keep children home if they are sick. I have attached some forms that will be helpful to you and your students. One form is the daily symptom self assessment, which should be done before school each day. I also have attached a form that the district is using for COVID-Like symptoms to watch out for and address accordingly. Thank you so much for keeping our community and children healthy and safe!

FREE COVID Testing at VCS East!

As you may already know, we are participating in a COVID testing program. Testing began at our building on November 18th at 8 am for any student who opted in. Students will need to be pre-registered. You can register your child(ren) using the following link...registration only needs to be done one time, and students can take a COVID test each week if they like:

Testing-Management-Platform (TMP) (

Students who get tested will receive their money via a gift card. This gift card will be mailed to the address provided when you register.

Finally, this testing will count for athletes participating in school sports.

Please reach out to our school nurse, Annie Garner ( with any questions.

COVID Vaccines are Coming to VCS East!

Thursday, Dec 16th, 11:00 am-7:00 pm

  • Location: VCS East Parking Lot
  • Clinic OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND for both campuses-students, families, staff: VCS East and VCS West
  • All 3 types (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson), boosters, flu shots
  • Language interpreters on-site at the clinic: Spanish and Amharic

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

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.

Discounts on Internet Services

The following companies are providing discounts on internet.

CTL lifeline

xfinity essentials

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

VCS East Events

K-2 Winter Concert

Wednesday, Dec. 1st, 6-7pm

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3-5 Winter Concert

Thursday, Dec. 2nd, 6-7pm

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Winter Choir Concert

Tuesday, Dec. 7th, 6-7pm

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Winter Band Concert

Wednesday, Dec. 8th, 6-7pm

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Winter Orchestra Concert

Thursday, Dec. 9th, 6-7pm

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Professional Development

Friday, Dec. 17th, 7:45am-3:30pm

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Winter Break

Monday, Dec. 20th, 12am to Friday, Dec. 31st, 11:45pm

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No School - Professional Development

Monday, Jan. 3rd 2022 at 7:45am-3:30pm

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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.


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