VCS East Hawk Talk

March 2021

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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.

Requests to change cohorts will not be honored. Classes are split evenly in order to properly follow safety guidelines.


As the time for in-person learning approaches we need to make sure every student has a functional Vanguard Chromebook.

Please note that students may NOT bring a personal device into the school building. They will not be able to connect to our wifi network, and IT support is not available for personal devices.

Every Vanguard student has been issued a Chromebook to utilize at home and when they are in the building.

If your child's VCS Chromebook is broken, the time to submit a ticket is now. The sooner we know about a broken device the sooner we can do something about it.


VCS will utilize an online dismissal system, PikMyKid. This system will allow parents to announce when they arrive in our carline. Students will then see on the screen in their classroom that their ride has arrived. The student(s) will then exit the building. This will allow for a smooth, socially-distanced dismissal. In order for this to work, all adults picking up a child will need to download the app to his/her cell phone. The directions for downloading the app are below.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Virtual conferences are scheduled for Thursday, March 25th.

K-4 Families:

  • Select ONLY ONE slot with your child's homeroom teacher.

5-6 Families:

  • 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.

7-12 Families:

  • Under normal in-person circumstances, we typically have all 7-12 teachers in one space, and families have the opportunity to wait in line to see any teacher they wish. In a virtual setting, it's impossible for all of our teachers to see every family of every student they serve on conference day.
  • Should you run into scheduling issues on conference day, please contact teachers 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. Winner ( or Ms. Richardson (


9th and 10th graders will take the Colorado PSAT and 11th graders will take the Colorado SAT.

College Board partners use information from these test scores to expand access to various scholarships.

We encourage students and parents to explore an online help tool, Khan Academy, to prepare for these tests. Khan Academy gives students free personalized practice, including study and test-taking tips, six official full-length practice tests and a tailored

practice plan. Please visit

  • SAT (11th grade) April 13, 2021
  • PSAT (9th grade) April 14, 2021
  • PSAT (10th grade) April 15, 2021


MJ Thomas will be here to take individual school photos of our students on Monday, April 12th! We will make appointments with those of you choosing to remain remote for the remainder of the school year.

Annual Earth Day Shirts

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: $8.95-11.95 (depending on size)

Orders Due Online: Thursday, March money will exchanged through Vanguard

Download the flyer below for more information.

We will have a yearbook this year!

K-12 families...we need your help!

Send teachers photos of your child in their remote learning space, doing a fun activity with the family, enjoying time outside, etc.

Our yearbooks are on sale now until March 31, 2021.

  • Soft cover yearbooks: $20
  • Hard cover yearbooks: $25

Core Virtue of the Month: Faithfulness

Faithfulness is standing by those we love, those we serve, and what we believe.

Resources from the School Health Professionals

Medications & Immunizations

Hello VCS East Families...

This is the school nurse Ms. Buckman 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

Stay healthy, happy, and safe!!

Social Groups & Mindfulness Club

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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.

COVID-19 Resources/Information

Click the pdf below to download our 2021-2022 calendar.

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If so, we'd love to hear from you and share your testimonial in our marketing resources.

Please send positive reviews/testimonials to

Thank you for your support!


Attendance in every class every day is essential for your child's academic growth. Please make sure to call the front desk at 303-338-4110 when your child will be or has been absent from class. 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.

Have you moved or changed your phone number?

Please contact our front desk when there is a change in your personal information so that we may update it in our system.

Front Desk: 303-338-4110

Quick Links

Are you having tech issues?

Submit tickets to

Our team will work to resolve your issues in a timely manner.

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. Zewdu, 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. We will only be accepting online payments for school fees at this time.

VCS East Events

Read Across America Day

Tuesday, March 2nd, 7:15am-3:45pm

This is an online event.

VCS East Enrollment Information Night

Thursday, March 4th, 6-7pm

This is an online event.

Spring Break

Monday, March 15th, 7:30am to Friday, March 19th, 3:30pm


First Day of Spring

Saturday, March 20th, 12am


Parent/Teacher Conferences

Thursday, March 25th, 8am-7pm

This is an online event.

VCS Board Meeting

Thursday, March 25th, 6:30pm

This is an online event.

NO SCHOOL ~ Comp Day

Friday, March 26th, 7:30am-3:30pm


Picture Day!

Monday, April 12th, 8am-2pm

VCS East