Vanguard East News!

February 2020

Intent to Return

Please fill out the Intent to Return Form notifying Vanguard Classical East of your child's status for the 2020-2021 school year. This information helps us determine the number of spots available for the 2020-2021 Lottery. Please complete this by Tuesday, February 4th.

Reminder: All students new to Vanguard must complete an enrollment application, including incoming Kindergarten siblings.

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Thursday, February 13th, 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

2020 VCS East Spelling Bee

Our Spelling Bee was an amazing event! 1st-8th graders competed against each other, spelling words left and right..."Can I please have the definition? Can you use it in a sentence?" It came down to a nail-biting finish, but 7th grader Raphael Tambunan was our winner!

Raphael will now move on to the Regional Spelling Bee to compete against other students within our region of Colorado. If he wins there, he will move on to the State Spelling Bee, and then possibly the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. GOOD LUCK, Raphael!

We are so proud of all of the Spelling Bee champions, and we are already looking forward to next year's Bee!

Important reminder about weather conditions

Colorado weather can be unpredictable, so proper outerwear is very important. Please send your students 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.

Jordan Roper, 8th grade

Colorado Middle School All State Choir is an annual event that celebrates middle school singers from all over Colorado! Students must partake in a rigorous audition process that includes solo singing and advanced ear-training and technical skills. If students are chosen, they are placed into one of three elite ensembles and spend two days of intense rehearsals that culminate in a concert at the Bellco Theater.

We are so proud of Jordan Roper (8th grade) who was selected to be a member in the Mescolare Choir in the 2020 Colorado Middle School All State Choir. She will the second student from Vanguard Classical School East to participate in this exciting musical event.

Staff Members of the Month

Ms. DuBreuil, Social Worker

Ms. DuBreuil is an important part of Vanguard East and our approach to student mental health. She helps us with the Life Skills program in upper school and hosts small groups for students to support each other. She coaches basketball and is willing to step in to assist at any time. Thank you Ms. DuBreuil!

Ms. Buckman, R.N.

We are so lucky to have Ms. Buckman on our Vanguard East staff. She provides both physical and mental health services to our students. She coordinates care for students and is also willing to step in at a moments notice to assist. Thank you Ms. Buckman!

Changes coming for Fall 2020

As many of you already know, Vanguard East 6-12 principal Angie Keedy recently announced her resignation from VCS East to take effect at the end of the current school year. Though we will miss her dearly next year, we wish her well as she embarks on her new adventure.

After much reflection and many conversations, I have decided to take this opportunity to restructure the VCS East Leadership Team. Below is the revised structure that will go into place in June 2020 for the upcoming school year.

  • Jay Cerny, VCS Executive Director

  • Emily Van Luit, VCS East K-12 Principal

  • Marvra Winner, VCS East K-5 Assistant Principal

  • Troy Stevens, VCS East 6-12 Assistant Principal

  • Linda Richardson, VCS East K-12 Dean of Students

I'm extremely excited about this change and am already looking forward to next year. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask me.


Jay Cerny

Core Virtue of the Month...Honesty & Justice

  • Honesty is truthfulness: loving the truth, telling the truth, and living truthfully in word and deed.
  • Justice is giving the other his or her due.
  • Justice is making a space for the rights and needs of others.

Scholastic Book Fair

Reading increases knowledge and vocabulary, lowers stress, and supports your child’s emotional growth. But perhaps the best benefit is the lasting bond you create with your child when you read with them.

Visit the Book Fair with your child to discover new books together!

Save the date!

Book Fair dates: February 10th-13th

Shopping hours: M-W 3:30-4:30PM / F 7:30AM-7:30PM

Special activities: Mask Making & Face Painting

NEW In-School and Online Shopping Options! With Book Fair eWallet, a safe and convenient digital payment account, your student can shop the Fair cash-free! And if you’re not able to attend the Fair, try our new online shopping option. We’ve partnered with The Scholastic Store™ to offer over 6,000 products that ship direct to your home (with free shipping on orders of $25 or more)! Visit our homepage to access eWallet or shop online.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair!
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What is Bullying?

What is Bullying?

The general definition is bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.

Bullying behavior will consist of:

An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power- such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, popularity- to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.

Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the

potential to happen more than once.

There are three types of bullying:

  1. Verbal bullying - is saying or writing mean things, teasing, name-calling, inappropriate sexual comments, taunting, and threatening to cause harm.

  2. Social bullying, sometimes referred to as relational bullying involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Social bullying includes: leaving someone out on purpose, telling other children not to be friends with someone, spreading rumors about someone, as well as embarrassing someone in public.

  3. Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions. Physical bullying includes: hitting/kicking/pinching, spitting, tripping/pushing, taking or breaking someone’s things, making mean or rude hand gestures.

What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets. Cyberbullying can occur through SMS, Text, and apps, or online in social media, forums, or gaming where people can view, participate in, or share content. Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else. It can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation. Some cyberbullying crosses the line into unlawful or criminal behavior.

Special Concerns

With the prevalence of social media and digital forums, comments, photos, posts, and content shared by individuals can often be viewed by strangers as well as acquaintances. The content an individual shares online – both their personal content as well as any negative, mean, or hurtful content – creates a kind of permanent public record of their views, activities, and behavior.

This public record can be thought of as an online reputation, which may be accessible to schools, employers, colleges, clubs, and others who may be researching an individual now or in the future. Cyberbullying can harm the online reputations of everyone involved – not just the person being bullied, but those doing the bullying or participating in it. Cyberbullying has unique concerns in that it can be:

  • Persistent – Digital devices offer an ability to immediately and continuously communicate 24 hours a day, so it can be difficult for children experiencing cyberbullying to find relief.
  • Permanent – Most information communicated electronically is permanent and public, if not reported and removed. A negative online reputation, including for those who bully, can impact college admissions, employment, and other areas of life.
  • Hard to Notice – Because teachers and parents may not overhear or see cyberbullying taking place, it is harder to recognize.
  • Internet Safety-Technical is used everyday by most everyone, making sure children and youth are aware of internet safety is an idea. We want students to have an understanding as to what cyberbullying is and what to do if it ever happens to them.

Parents and / or guardians please be aware of what your children are doing when they are utilizing technology. Although you may not be able to monitor all of your child’s activities there are things you can do to help prevent cyberbullying and protect your child from harmful digital behavior.

The digital world is constantly evolving with new social media platforms, apps, and devices, and children and teens are often the first to use them. Some negative things that may occur include cyberbullying, sexting, posting hateful messages or content, and participating in negative group conversations.

If your child posts harmful or negative content online, it may not only harm other children; it can affect their online reputation, which can have negative implications for their employee or college admission.

What can you do as a parent or guardian to keep your child safe when using technology:

  • Monitoring a teen’s social media sites, apps, and browsing history, if you have any concerns that cyberbullying may be occurring.

  • Review or re-set your child’s phone location and privacy settings.

  • Follow a friend your teen on social media sites or have another trusted adult do so.

  • Stay up to date on the latest apps, social media platforms, and digital slang used by children and teens.

  • Know your child’s usernames and passwords for email and social media.

  • Establish rules about appropriate digital behavior, content, and apps.

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VCS East Events

$1 jeans day benefiting the Vanguard East Drama Program

Friday, Feb. 7th, 7:30am

17101 East Ohio Drive

Aurora, CO

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Feb. 13th, 8am-7pm

17101 East Ohio Drive

Aurora, CO

NO SCHOOL -- Comp Day

Friday, Feb. 14th, 7:30am-3:30pm

Vanguard Classical School East

NO SCHOOL -- President's Day

Monday, Feb. 17th, 7:30am-3:30pm

17101 East Ohio Drive

Aurora, CO

Vanguard Classical School East's Culture Night

Thursday, Feb. 20th, 5:30-7pm

17101 East Ohio Drive

Aurora, CO

Join us as we celebrate the cultures of our VCS East community.