The Hawk's Nest
Student Spectators at Games
Dear Parents and Families:
We’re excited to invite you to our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair. Hosted by our staff, this event is an opportunity for students of all ages to build their home libraries and further their love of reading. As always, all purchases benefit our school.
After missing out on many beloved traditions, our spring Book Fair will be a familiar, welcome, and safe event for our students. Here’s what you need to know about the Fair, which will take place from February 14th – 16th at Vanguard West in the extra 3rd grade classroom.
Our Book Fair offers eWallet, a safe and secure alternative to cash. Simply create a free account to add funds and/or invite family and friends to contribute so your child can select their own books. Any unused funds can be spent at The Scholastic Store Online or to fund a future eWallet.
If you can’t make it to the Fair, then shop at our school’s Online Book Fair. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Your online orders will also benefit our school.
Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with eWallet and online shopping:
We’re excited to celebrate our love of books together at the Book Fair. We look forward to seeing your child there!
Keria McCafferty, Principal
Vanguard Classical School West
Earth Day Shirts
Earth Day Shirt Orders are due February 17th!
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: $9.95-12.95 (depending on size)
Orders Due Online: Thursday, February 17thShips: After March 4th
The shirts are premium quality T-shirts made of 100% pre-shrunk cotton and are personalized in white on the left sleeve with the school’s name if more than 12 shirts are on our shared order. Choices include an Elephant shirt that says “Preserve and Protect” and is earth colored OR a dark heather shirt multicolored with “Live, Love, Protect” on it in short sleeves. Shirts will arrive at the school and will be distributed accordingly.
Jump Rope for Heart
Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run is ready to help girls thrive and shine. Girls on the Run will start on March 8, 2022. We will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:45. Open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade girls.
Registration opens on February 7th. For more information about the program go to
Questions? Ask Ms. Teeter firstname.lastname@example.org or Ms. Cron email@example.com
Return of Friendship Grams!
Purchase them for $2 mornings at the table by the front door. Fill out the details, drop them in the box, and we will attach a treat and deliver to your home room by February 11.
Intent to Return
We would like to ensure our current families have secured their places in our school for the upcoming school year. Your assistance is needed to help us determine the demand of our current families.
Although siblings do have priority in the lottery, an Enrollment Application must be submitted for each student in order for them to be included in the lottery. This can be accomplished by completing the application on our enrollment link at http://www.vanguardclassical.org/Enroll.
Please complete the information below and return it to the school by Friday, February 11th, 2022.
If you have any questions regarding enrollment, please contact Vanguard Classical School West at 303-691*2384 or Email Itzhelt Cordero at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Absences and Tardies
ABSENCES AND TARDIES
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.
Dear Parent or Guardian:
Vanguard Classical School West will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on February 2nd for 4th grade and February 8th for 8th grade. NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. NAEP is different from our state assessments because it is a common measure of achievement across the country. The assessment is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education. The results are released as The Nation’s Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public.
Your child (will/may) take a mathematics or reading assessment. In addition to subject-area questions, students voluntarily complete NAEP survey questions. These questions provide valuable information about participating students’ educational experiences and opportunities to learn both in and outside of the classroom. More information about NAEP survey questions is available at https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/parents under the section “What Questions Are on the Test?”
The assessment takes approximately 2 hours for most students, which includes transition time, directions, and completion of survey questions.
The information collected is used for statistical purposes only.
- Your child’s grades will not be affected.
- Students may be excused for any reason, are not required to complete the assessment, and may skip any question.
- While the assessment is voluntary, NAEP depends on student participation to help policymakers improve education. However, if you do not want your child to participate, please notify me in writing by February 2, 2022.
There is no need to study in preparation for NAEP, but please encourage your child to do their best. A brochure that explains what participation in NAEP means for you and your child is available at http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/pdf/parents/2012469.pdf. Contact Mandie Sebastiani at email@example.com if you have any questions.
We are excited that our school is participating in NAEP. We know that (school name)’s students will show what our nation’s students know and can do.
COVID Testing at VCS
We are excited to announce that APS is participating in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s COVID-19 weekly surveillance testing program!
VCS West is participating in this program.
Testing began at our building on November 17th at 8 am for students who opted in. Students can still register and need to be pre-registered to participate. You can register your child(ren) using the following link:
Students only need to be registered once. They will then be tested weekly.
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, Alisha Porter (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
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.
RESOURCES FROM THE SCHOOL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
A note from Ms. Porter, R.N.
As you may be aware, CDC recently changed their guidance for quarantine after exposure to
COVID-19. Currently, anyone who is not up to date with all recommended COVID-19 vaccines,
including third (booster) doses, must quarantine after exposure. The Colorado Department of
Public Health and Environment has adapted its quarantine guidance to follow CDC guidance,
including in school settings.
Beginning Feb. 1, 2022, all staff and students must be up to date with their COVID-19
vaccinations, including third doses if five months has passed since their second dose, in order to be exempt from quarantine after an exposure. Anyone age 12 or older is due for a third dose five months after they received their second dose. Those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should get a second dose (preferably of either Pfizer or Moderna, if possible) two months after they first got vaccinated.
For more information about third doses, please visit:
Children younger than 12 years of age are not yet eligible for third doses. They are considered
up to date after completion of their primary series. For most children, “primary series” means
two doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Some immunocompromised children may require three doses in their primary series.
We understand that many students may not yet have received a third dose of the COVID-19
vaccine at this time. Colorado students and educators have until Feb. 1, 2022 to receive third
doses if they have not done so already. Until that date, students and staff who have completed their primary vaccine series, but have not yet received a third dose, may return to school following exposure if they obtain a negative test and wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days after exposure. They should get tested again on day five after exposure.
Additionally, students and staff will be considered up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations
immediately after they have received their third dose. They do not have to wait 14 days after
Other criteria outlined in Colorado’s Practical Guide for Operationalized CDC’s School Guidance that allow for reduced quarantine for schools, including routine testing or mask use, continue to apply.
VCS West Events
4th Grade NAEP Test
Wednesday, Feb. 2nd, 8am
5th - 8th Grade Field Trip to the Colorado Ballet
Thursday, Feb. 3rd, 9am
1400 Curtis Street
Girls Basketball @ Home
Thursday, Feb. 3rd, 5pm
8th Grade NAEP Test
Tuesday, Feb. 8th, 8am
Boys Basketball @ GVA
Tuesday, Feb. 8th, 5pm
Girls Basketball @ GVA
Tuesday, Feb. 8th, 5pm
Skate City Night
Thursday, Feb. 10th, 6-8pm
15100 East Girard Avenue
100th Day of Kindergarten
Friday, Feb. 11th, 8am-3:15pm
Monday, Feb. 14th, 7:15am to Wednesday, Feb. 16th, 3:15pm
Monday, Feb. 14th, 7:45am to Wednesday, Feb. 16th, 3:15pm
Boys Basketball @ Home
Tuesday, Feb. 15th, 4:30pm
Girls Basketball @ GVA
Wednesday, Feb. 16th, 4:30pm
Parent Teacher Conferences
Thursday, Feb. 17th, 8am-7pm
This is an online event.
No School ~ Conference Comp Day
Friday, Feb. 18th, 7:45pm
No School ~ Presidents' Day
Monday, Feb. 21st, 7:45am
4th Grade Field Trip to the Colorado History Museum
Friday, Feb. 25th, 8am
1200 North Broadway
K-6 Mizel Museum Virtual Field Trip
Monday, Feb. 28th, 8am to Thursday, March 3rd, 3:15pm
Your students will:
- Interact with themes and objects from around the world
- Learn about cultural celebrations, special events and traditions
- Explore the commonalities and differences across communities, fostering empathy and understanding