Vivian Banks Charter School

Eagle's Nest News - 8.18.23

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Principal's Message

What a wonderful start to the new school year! I have already had the opportunity to visit every classroom and personally welcome each of our students back on campus. I would like to share with you how happy and energized it makes me to see our student's smiling faces back on campus eager to learn. Thank you to all of our wonderful families who joined us for our Meet and Greet the first day of school! The energy on campus is pulpable, I can already sense that this is going to be one of our best school years yet!

I would like to extend a warm welcome to our new team members joining us this year. Quinn Riedel will be joining us teaching 5th Grade. We also welcome Vanessa Lehnerz, who will be teaching a ½ grade combo class on campus. Eric Burnett will serve as our Resource Techer, Bryanna Kinlicheene will be joining us in the role of Psychologist, Thiana Alegria will be providing speech support for our students and Rebecca Dossey will provide occupational therapy support.

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Teaching and Learning

Back to school night this year will take place on August 31, 2023. The evening will begin with a welcome from the principal at 4:30. From 5:00-6:00 parents will be invited to visit their student’s classroom where teachers will present details of their academic programs and share student learning targets.

Student Attendance

As we all know most students who arrive tardy are late due to factors out of their control. As parents it is our responsibility to ensure our children are attending school everyday on time.

We work very hard to ensure that your child receives the best education possible, provided your child, when healthy and able, is in school every day and on time. Please help us provide your child with the outstanding education he or she deserves.

What happens when your child misses even one day of school?

  • Your child needs TWO days just to catch up, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

  • The other students in your child’s class lose learning time as the teacher must repeat what others have already learned.

  • He or she misses social experiences and connecting with the other children.

  • Your child loses academic instruction that affects learning skills, grades, and achievement scores.

  • When students are not in attendance, your school also loses money for programs, staff, equipment – things that will help your child get a better education.

I-Ready Diagnostic

Students are currently preparing to begin their fall i-Ready Diagnostic. Grade 1-5 students are participating in this formative assessment where they are measured in Reading and Math. The i-Ready diagnostic provides an adaptive test environment. This allows the assessment to more accurately and more efficiently pinpoint student’s needs as compared to traditional fixed-form tests. We are eagerly anticipating the results of this assessment. This detailed data is crucial in helping teachers develop and apply an instructional program that meets every student’s individual needs.

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Social Emotional Learning

Care Solace

Dear Parents and Guardians of the Bonsall Unified School District School Community,

Youth mental health is a topic of utmost importance, and we believe that by working together, we can create a supportive environment where our children can thrive. As we start the new school year, we want to remind you of one of the invaluable resources available to our community.

In addition, Care Solace offers mental health care coordination services and can help connect you and your child with appropriate community-based providers. Whether it's counseling, therapy, or other mental health services, Care Solace can assist you in finding the support your family may need.

To access Care Solace's coordination services, simply reach out using the following options:

Call 888-515-0595: Their multilingual helpline is staffed 24/7/365.

Visit On their website, you can explore mental health providers independently or click "Book Appointment" for personalized assistance through video chat, email, or phone.

By joining hands and working together as a community, we can provide a nurturing and inclusive environment that supports the mental health and well-being of our youth. Let's continue to prioritize their emotional growth, and together, we can create a brighter future for our children.

Healthy Snacks

Vivian Banks Charter School recognizes the link between student health and learning. We know that fueling children with the appropriate foods helps support their growth and development. Research shows that what children eat can affect not only their physical health but also their mood, mental health and learning.

We encourage our families to take advantage of Vivian Bank's free Breakfast and Lunch service for all of our students. All food items served at VBCS meet Federal nutrition requirements. Breakfast service begins at 7:45 am and concludes at 8:15am.

Students are also provided a daily opportunity to eat a snack during recess. K-2 recess is from 10:00-10:20, and 3-5 recess takes place from 10:25- 10:45. We highly encourage our families to consider providing a healthy snack for their student to eat during this time.

Preferred snack items include:

  • Baked Chips
  • Fruits or canned fruits
  • Cheese
  • Crackers
  • Dried Fruits
  • Fresh Vegetables
  • Graham Crackers
  • Popcorn
  • Pretzels
  • Trail Mix
  • Yogurt
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Culture and Community

ELOP - Afterschool Enrichment

The Expanded Learning Opportunities Program (ELOP) is an afterschool and intersession enrichment program for TK-6th grade students. The purpose of Vivian Bank’s Expanded Learning Opportunity Program (ELOP) is to provide all VBCS’s students access to 9 hours of instructional and enrichment programming per day for 180 days of school, as well as 30 days of intersession or summer programming.

The Expanded Learning Program will focus on developing the academic, social, emotional, and physical needs and interests of pupils through hands-on, engaging learning experiences. If you are interested in participating please see Nancy in the school office. There is no cost to participate in ELOP.

2023-2024 ELO-P Program Hours

Regular School Program - August 16, 2024 – June 7, 2024 – Dismissal- 6:00pm

Intersession Days – November 1, January 2-5, January 8, February 19-23, March 25-29- 8:00am – 5:00pm

Summer Program - June 10, 2024 – June 28, 2024 - 8:00am – 5:00pm

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Health and Saftey

The safety of our students as well as the safety of the school staff is very important to us. In order to maintain a safe environment for our children to study and learn, it is necessary that we practice our emergency and crisis response plans by having drills designed to exercise our procedures.

We will be conducting various drills throughout the school year. The information below is to help you understand the importance of this, as well as to understand each type of drill we will be practicing.

The school will conduct “Drop-Cover-Hold" drills periodically throughout the school year. In the event of an earthquake this drill would be utilized. Students will drop to the floor, take cover under a table or desk, and hold on until the shaking stops. Students will hold in this position until it is safe to exit the building.

The school will conduct “Lockdown Drills” periodically throughout each school year. This type of drill will secure the school building and safely shelter all students, staff and visitors inside the building. The purpose of this drill is to keep the students safe from any danger outside or inside the building. During a “lockdown drill” all of the perimeter doors to the school building will be locked and will remain locked until the danger or issue outside or inside the building is removed. To enable everyone to remain safe, no one will be allowed to enter the building or leave the building until the drill is completed.

During an “Evacuation Drill”, students will be safely escorted along a designated evacuation route to one of our pre-determined evacuation areas. The school will conduct a “Evac./Fire drill” each month that school is in session. This is a Fire Code requirement as well as a requirement for all California public schools. We want each student to understand and be aware of the importance of this drill and not be afraid when the fire alarm is sounded. By practicing, they will know what to do and how to do it.

Please remember that these practice drills are done to help maintain our school as a safe place to learn and work.

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Upcoming Events

August 29, 2023 - Picture Day

August 31, 2023 - Back to School Night

September 4, 2023 - Labor Day, No School

September 20, 2023 - BUSD Board Meeting

September 29, 2023 - Native American Day, Lunch on the Lawn