VCS East Hawk Talk

December 2020

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Thank you to all who attending our virtual conferences!

The Giving Tree

Though things are different this year, we would like to carry out our annual holiday tradition by having our Vanguard East Giving Tree! This is a perfect way to help someone from our community.

If you would like to donate, please drop off physical or printed gift cards at the school between 8:00 am-3:30 pm starting Monday, 12/7-Friday, 12/11. Gift cards will then be distributed to each of the children sponsored by VCS East.

Thank you for your contributions.

We love our families!


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.


We ask that you encourage your child to turn on his/her camera when the teacher requests. There are many moments throughout the lesson where the teacher is checking in with students non-verbally to ensure they understand. When our teachers can't see your student they can't be sure your child understands. We are also finding that when the camera is off the child seems to not be there as they often aren't responding at all. Please also try to remove or turn off other electronics, TVs and video games, from the work area. We appreciate your support on this matter.

How Can I Help My Child Succeed in Remote Learning?


Parents might wonder how involved they should be in their child's remote learning. You're not expected to be the teacher. Your role is to keep your child on track. Here's how:

  • Encourage and support your child to give their best effort.
  • Don't do the work for them or correct their answers. Have your child reach out to the teacher for help if needed.
  • Give feedback to the teacher about what works and what doesn't.
  • If your child does synchronous classes, you might need help with the technology. Teach your child how to mute and unmute, raise a hand, and wait for their turn, and what to do if they want to speak.
  • Remind them to follow the teacher's rules, which might include always having the camera on, not using different backgrounds, and using their actual name onscreen. Ask the teacher to review rules of the chat feature if it will be open during the class.

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

Student Social Groups

VCS HAWKS...Are you missing your friends and wanting a social outlet? Are you struggling with mental health due to lack of socialization? Consider joining the school's mental health team for a fun and relaxed time to get to know other peers and ensure that you are receiving much needed social interactions. No reservations are required, links will be sent to your school email weekly, so just pop in if you can--all are welcome!

If you need any support, or have any concerns for your child please feel free to reach out to the mental health worker.

Nicole Nina



AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support our school or your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you other than what you choose to buy on Amazon.

Follow these steps:

  1. AmazonSmile is available at on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping app for iOS and Android phones.
  2. Look for Vanguard Classical School, Inc. if you'd like to donate to our school.
  3. Every time you purchase an item through AmazonSmile, VCS receives a donation!

Thank you for your generous contributions!

Core Virtue of the Month


December is a time when many turn their thoughts toward the needs of others. Perhaps having just finished a focus on gratitude, it becomes natural to look to those less fortunate than ourselves. Charity is showing care and kindness to those around you. Often, charity is associated with the giving of money or goods to those in need. However, it is not just that. It is giving of the heart and soul and mind. That can look like a smile, kind word or wave at a stranger. It can look like letting someone go ahead of you in line. It can look like adding a gift to the toy drive in your community. The possibilities are endless.

Resources from the School Health Professionals

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has introduced a new Covid-19 level labeled Purple: Extreme Risk effective 11/20/2020

The Colorado COVID-19 dial is a tool that allows Colorado to balance the urgent need to contain the virus with the need for localized guidance during the pandemic.

“We are adding a new level to the dial in response to out-of-control levels of COVID-19 transmission across the state. Coloradans must take proactive steps to reduce the spread of the virus to protect their families and communities. Wear a mask, avoid in-person interactions with people from outside your household, and wash your hands frequently. If we are not careful now, we risk plunging into the deep end of the dial, where hospitals are not able to serve everyone who needs care, whether they are COVID-19 patients or other types of patients. It’s up to all Coloradans to help our essential health care workers save lives.” --Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director, CDPHE.

The new dial levels, effective Nov. 20, are:

  1. Level Green - Protect Our Neighbors: for counties that are able to locally contain surges. Most businesses are open with generous capacity limits.
  2. Level Blue - Caution: for counties with low transmission levels that aren’t quite ready for Protect Our Neighbors. Capacity limits are more permissive than yellow.
  3. Level Yellow - Concern: the baseline level for counties with elevated transmission levels but stable hospitalizations.
  4. Level Orange - High Risk: for counties where numbers are going up but not to the point where everything needs to be shut down. The capacity limits are moderate.
  5. Level Red - Severe Risk: for counties with high levels of transmission, hospitalizations, and positivity rates. Most indoor activities are prohibited or strictly limited, and outdoor activities are encouraged as an alternative. The capacity limits are significant.
  6. Level Purple - Extreme Risk: for counties where hospital capacity is at extreme risk of being overrun. At this level, all businesses must significantly curtail in person functions and people must stay at home except for necessary activities. Hospital capacity risks being breached, which may be indicated by approaching the need for medical crisis standards of care, utilizing alternative care sites, critical shortages of PPE or staff, or hospitals approaching 90% of their reported surge capacity.

The Tri-County area including Adams, Douglas, and Arapahoe counties are considered level Red beginning on 11/20/2020.

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COVID Testing

Recently, COVIDCheck Colorado (CCC) announced a partnership with the State of Colorado that allows all Colorado residents to access COVID-19 testing free of charge at any CCC site, including the APS Professional Learning and Conference Center (PLCC) north parking lot location.

With the increases in testing at the PLCC, we ask that all community members show up promptly for their registered appointments to minimize wait times. Additionally, CCC will be updating the testing process at the PLCC for more efficient service, including additional testing lanes, increased testing appointments and longer testing hours.

Community members, and others who would like to access tests at the PLCC should register here by clicking the button below.

Mindfulness Club

Starting the week we return from Thanksgiving break Katie Buckman will be starting a Mindfulness Club for our KG-4th grade students!

The club will be held Wednesday mornings (starting December 2nd) from 7:30-7:50am via google classroom.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the practice of being fully aware and involved in the present moment. In the mindfulness club your students will learn to relax and focus so that their thoughts and awareness are completely in the present and not trapped worrying about the past or future. Practicing mindfulness helps to improve this awareness and can take many forms, including breath awareness, slow and mindful eating/drinking, or focusing deeply on music or an engaging activity.

Scientific studies have heavily praised the benefits mindfulness has to both our physical and mental health. Mindfulness brings awareness to ourselves, increases focus, reduces stress, and increases empathy and understanding of others!

Mindfulness Club is completely open to our KG-4th grade students and they can join at any time throughout the school year!

Please share the flyer with your students and let them know to contact Katie if they are interested in joining so she can invite them.

The flyer will also be shared with parents in the monthly newsletter.

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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

National Honor Society Induction

Tuesday, Dec. 1st, 5pm

This is an online event.

iReady Diagnostic Testing Window

Monday, Dec. 7th, 8am to Friday, Dec. 11th, 2:30pm

This is an online event.

Giving Tree

Monday, Dec. 7th, 8am to Friday, Dec. 11th, 3:30pm

VCS East 17101 East Ohio Dr, Aurora, CO 80017

STAR Testing Window

Monday, Dec. 14th, 8am to Friday, Dec. 18th, 2:30pm

This is an online event.

APS Board Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 1st, 6pm

This is an online event.

VCS's Charter Renewal recommendation will be presented.

VCS Board Meeting

Thursday, Dec. 10th, 6:30pm

This is an online event.

APS Board Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 15th, 6pm

This is an online event.

APS will vote on VCS's Charter Renewal.

Winter Break

Monday, Dec. 21st, 7am to Friday, Jan. 1st 2021 at 11:45pm


NO SCHOOL ~ Professional Development Week

Monday, Jan. 4th 2021 at 7am to Friday, Jan. 8th 2021 at 3:45pm


3rd Quarter Remote Materials Pick-Up Day

Friday, Jan. 8th 2021 at 8am-4pm

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