VCS East Hawk Talk

February 2021

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VCS Celebrates Black History Month

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Do you love VANGUARD?

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!

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. by Friday, February 26, 2021.

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

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

Washington DC

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VCS's 2021-2022 Calendar has been approved!

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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 NEW student in order for them to be included in the lottery. This can be accomplished by completing our enrollment application at

Please complete the following information no later than Monday, March 1, 2021.

If you have any questions regarding enrollment, please contact Vanguard Classical School East at 303-338-4110 or Email Wendy Holtz at

3rd Quarter Plans

VCS will remain in the remote learning model through the end of the 3rd quarter.

ACCESS Testing

If your child is currently in the ELD program, please read the following letter regarding ACCESS testing from Ashlee Saddler, the APS CLDE Director.

Kindness Week (2/14-2/20)

Kindness Week is a week dedicated to taking that extra, conscious step to brighten somebody’s day by offering thoughtful gestures of kindness, no matter how big or small.

We encourage our families to spread kindness, not only this week, but throughout the year. If you catch this in photos, we would love for you to share them with us. Send them to

Also, be on the lookout for ways VCS is celebrating this week.

Choose KIND.

Core Virtue of the Month: Love of Country

Love of Country is defined as being devoted to our nation—loving its ideals, honoring its heroes, respecting its past, and working hard for a just and noble future.

Love of Country can also mean 'love your country of origin.' Our student population represents a rich array of cultures and nationalities. This is also a great time to celebrate that!

Even with her flaws, our country is a beautiful place, with amazing potential. Developing a love for our country is how that potential is realized and how the future can be better than the past.


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.

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

Resources from the School Health Professionals

We have a new social worker!

Please join us in welcoming Ms. Shequeeta Hazard to our team!

She is our new social worker who will be shared between campuses, and will work alongside Ms. Nicole Nina (East campus) and Ms. Brenna Sterling (West campus).

We're excited that she chose to be a part of our VCS family!

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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


Mindfulness Club

The week we return from winter break, Ms. Buckman will start a Mindfulness Club for all of our students and staff! The club will be on three separate days for different grades. Staff are welcome to join the Mindful Monday Club!

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the practice of being fully aware and involved in the present moment. In the mindfulness club 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 and students can join at any time through the school year! Meetings will be held virtually until we return to in person learning.

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Winter Break!

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COVID Update

Colorado health officials expect that the initial supply of COVID-19 vaccines will be very limited for several months. This means that a vaccine will not be immediately available to everyone who wants one. To be as fair and efficient with distribution as possible, the state has developed a phased approach to vaccine distribution to save lives and end the crisis that has been brought on by the pandemic as quickly as possible. By vaccinating people who are most likely to get COVID-19 first, we can keep more Coloradans safe.

When can I get vaccinated?

Colorado is currently vaccinating eligible Coloradans for Phase 1A and the first half of Phase 1B. After all of Phase 1 is complete, we will proceed with Phases 2 and 3.

Safety and effectiveness

Vaccines must go through a detailed scientific evaluation before pharmaceutical companies can submit them to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approval. Each phase of the evaluation includes three different clinical research studies or trials. In the clinical research study or trial, the vaccine is tested on people who volunteer to be part of the study. Each clinical trial emphasizes safety of the vaccine on people. As the research moves through to the next phase, the group of volunteers becomes bigger to include more diversity in people and circumstances.

A diverse group of people volunteered to participate in every phase of the clinical trials, including populations disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 due to generations of systemic inequities. For example, in Pfizer’s clinical trials, about 42% of volunteers identified as Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino/a, or Native American. About 37% of volunteers for Moderna’s trials identified as Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino/a, or other.

The FDA requires that all vaccines undergo this rigorous scientific process, including three phases of clinical trials, before they will authorize or approve the vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccines are subject to the same safety standards as other vaccine trials. Additionally, two independent advisory committees - FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) and CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) - will also review a vaccine’s safety data before it is made available to the public.


1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926)

Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Answers available in multiple languages.

Do you need a Covid-19 test?

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

Anyone with symptoms should get tested as soon as possible, stay away from others, and follow the instructions on how to isolate.

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, wait until at least 5 days have passed since the date you think you were last exposed before getting tested, unless you develop symptoms. Follow the instructions on how to quarantine after exposure to prevent further transmission.

  • Testing immediately after exposure isn’t helpful because it may be too early in the incubation period and there isn’t enough viral material for the test to detect.

  • Some people may not become ill for up to 14 days. For that reason, people who believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19, even if they test negative before the full two weeks have passed.

  • Quarantining for a full two weeks is recommended if you have close contact with high risk individuals or live or work in a congregate setting.

  • If you do not develop symptoms, there are options to shorten your quarantine period using a combination of symptom monitoring and testing if you do not have contact with high risk individuals.

  • If your test is positive, begin isolation

Where can I get tested?

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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.

Quick Links

Are you having tech issues?

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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

Washington DC Information Night

Thursday, Feb. 4th, 5:30pm

This is an online event.

Kindness Week

Sunday, Feb. 14th, 7:15am to Saturday, Feb. 20th, 3:30pm


NO SCHOOL - Presidents Day

Monday, Feb. 15th, 12am


NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day

Tuesday, Feb. 16th, 7:15am-3:45pm


100th Day of Kindergarten

Friday, Feb. 19th, 1-3:15pm


Kinder/HS Round Up

Saturday, Feb. 20th, 1-4pm

VCS East

Tell your friends about VCS East! We will be holding an information day outside on February 20th. This is an opportunity for new families to learn about us!

Yearbook Photos DUE

Friday, Feb. 26th, 3:30pm

VCS East

Read Across America Day

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

This is an online event.