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Blue Ribbon School 2000-2001

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California Distinguished School

1997 and again in 2012-2013

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VES Principal

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Laura Brooks

School address:

2121 Vineyard Dr.

Templeton, CA 93465


Twitter:  Laura@ LauraLbrooks

Summer time 2015!

These are golden words to students and parents alike (and also the teachers). But adults and children never stop growing and learning, even when vacation time arrives. I know that ...more


Safe Pick-up and Drop off

You will have noticed that the traffic has gotten better as time has passed. At most drop off spots, cars roll through our parking lot within 15 minutes of the closing bell.. Keep in mind the VES to ...more

Bell Schedule



7:15 - 8:00 Before school supervision begins in the MPR

8:00 school starts for all students 

2:45 third grade release

2:50 fourth and fifth grade release
3:00 student supervision ends
1:40 third grade release
1:45 fourth and fifth grade release
All students released at 12:30

Attendance Line

If you child must be absent, please call the 24-hour absence verification line at (805) 434-5844.


For your convenience, our office hours are from - 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m everyday, 434-5840


School Profile Vineyard Elementary School (VES), a National Blue Ribbon School in 2001 and a California Distinguished School in 1997 and 2012, is located in a rural area two miles from the town of ...more

Art for Children

Art is alive at VES.  Click here to learn more about Art for Children and all things artistic at Vineyard Elementary.


Support the Arts

Enjoy the wonderful North County Day Camp offered by Art for Children.  See the center section for dates and locations.

GAFE forms

All students will need a signed Google Apps for Education (GAFE) form.  Download one here and return to your child's teacher.

Homework help!

The county has many resources for school and homework help that parents can access from home.  Click on this link to the ETC portal for more information.

TUSD goals 2014-15

Click on these TUSD goals to learn about the directions for our school district during 2014-15.

VES goals

Click on these VES goals to learn more about what we hope to accomplish at VES during the 2014-15 school year.

Office Staff

Clerk:  Mrs. Scarbough and Secretary:  Mrs. Hermes

Mrs. Hermes and Mrs. Scarbrough

Mr. Fahey

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Mr. Cross

Mr. Cross

Math Changes!

Much has changed in the way we view and teach mathematics. 2+2 still equals 4, but there are many ways for students to think about these numbers and express their means of attaining answers. The ...more



Living on the fault line means living with the reality of minor and major quakes in our area.  Click here for information to protect your family in case an earthquake strikes.

Fire Safety!


Fire safety is a need to know skill.  Click here to see how you, too, can prevent fires in the home and in our environment.

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Shelter in Place

Shelter in Place

Shelter in place drills are used to protect students and staff from

  • chemical, radiological or biological contaminants released in the environment or

  • hostile situations that could ...more

T.U.S.D. Schools

Take Charge of Education


Do you have a TARGET RED CARD?  Did you know that the Target Red Card gives you 5% off your purchases and gives an additional 1% to our school?  It's easy to get one - Click here!

Target's "Take Charge of Education" helps us raise money for our school—for books, activities, reading programs and anything else that can use extra funding.
Here’s how it works:
Apply for a Target REDcard debit or credit card at checkout the next time you shop (a voided personal check is needed for the debit card). There is no charge to apply. You will save 5% off your bill at every purchase and 1% of all your purchases will go to the school of your choice (VES!). Schools receive a check from The Target Corporation every September.  Once you sign up it’s important to designate Vineyard Elementary School. You can call 1-800-316-6142 or go online at
Follow these easy steps:
1.  Click on find a school under the heading Already Have a REDcard?
2.  Enter city, state and school name (Vineyard Elementary, Templeton, CA)
3.  Click select this school and enter your REDcard information
If you already have a REDcard go to and make sure you have selected VES as your school. You can check on our school’s donation progress by entering your REDcard number under the heading "Already Enrolled?"
Let friends and family know that they can designate Vineyard Elementary School to receive funds too!  Use your REDcard whenever you shop.  The more people we involve, the more the program works for our school. If you’re already participating, thank you!  The number of REDcard holders who have designated this school is only 81 REDcard users, and we have over 200 families at VES, surely we can generate some much needed funding using this simple program.  Don't delay, sign up today!
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Supply lists

Click here to find the supply list for the 2015 - 16 school year. Apologies for previously posting those from last year.


Where Children Soar like Eagles!

Changes at VES!

Some changes to our school site have occurred over the summer.  These are very important to streamlining our educational offerings and making the most of our school site.

New to our staff this year will be Mrs. Bushong, Miss Carter, and Mr. Condell all at the 3rd grade level.  These are seasoned 3rd grade teachers, whose excitement for teaching and learning are evident!  Mrs. Money and Mrs. Gorman will be joining our excellent field supervision staff.  We will also be hiring a K-5 math specialist and Art Docent soon.  Stay tuned for news of these new staff members.

Our campus has also undergone some changes.  We congratulate the Home School campus as it finds its new home adjacent to the district office.  We have expanded past the basketball (and added a pickle ball/badminton court) to include four new high-tech classrooms for the fifth grade.  The third grade will sweep from C-3 to E-3, 4th from G-1 to G-6, and 5th will include G-7 and G-8 as well as the new rooms (J wing).  J-4 (near the garden) will now house music where they can be free to make joyous noise!  All ancillary services, including English Language Learners, Math/Science Lab, Reading Lab, Resource/Speech rooms. and the DISC program will now be in the H wing.  Rooms C-1 will house a counseling/conference room and art will now be in C-2.

These moves will allow VES to have a set of Chromebooks for every two classrooms!  What a boost for technology, research skills, and preparation for the SBAC tests. 

A new play structure will be in place for the students in the fall.  Additional equipment includes a circular swing, and a rock-climbing wall for added fun and exercise.

The teachers are owed a huge THANK YOU, for understanding the need for relocation, and being willing to put in the immense amount of time and effort to make such a move successful.  Of course, this could not happen without our wonderful custodians Mr. Fahey and Mr. Cross, as well as the oversight of TUSD's MOT director, Mr. Bonin and the Technology director, Mr. Alsup.

We are so excited about these wonderful updates and additions to our school.  2015-16 here we come!


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August 3rd-6th - Enrichment Classes
Incoming 1st-6th Grade Students
9:00-1:00, TES and TMS Campuses
Please open attached form for more information, or visit:, and click on the summer tab.
Questions?  Contact:  Debby Garcia,


Aug. 11 and 18 - Address Verification days for all 3rd grade students - see details below.

Aug. 13 - School Board Meeting, ECTC

Aug. 20 - Class lists posted 5 PM (date changed from Aug. 21)

Aug. 21 - 3rd Grade Back to School Night 5:30 - 6:30 PM

NOTE:  Mrs. Hatfield's 3rd grade to be held on Aug. 26, as she will be at a wedding out of the area. Please note that her classroom will be open on the 21st in case students and parents want to come see the room in advance of the 1st day of school.  This room will not have a teacher in attendance, so please monitor your children as you visit.  Information about her educational programs will occur on Aug. 26.

Aug. 24 - First day of School - Welcome Back!

August 26 - Regular School Day

Aug. 26 - 4th, 5th, and Mrs. Hatfield's 3rd grade Back to School Nights 5:30 - 6:30 PM

Aug. 27 - School Board Meeting, ECTC



3rd grade residency verification

On August 11 and 18, Vineyard Elementary School will be asking parents to stop by the school to verify their residency in Templeton.  This is a school-wide requirement at grades K, 3, 6, and 9.  Please bring in a copy of a document that verifies your physical residence, such as a PG&E bill, cable TV service, garbage disposal, etc.  Telephone service cannot be accepted unless the document verifies that the phone is a landline.

You can verify your 3rd grade student's residency on either date ( Aug. 11 or 18) that is convenient for you, but you must provide proof of residency for each of your children at the site at which they attend.  Kindergarten parents can do this when they register their child for the first time in our schools.  3rd graders will be verified through our office at 2121 Vineyard Drive.  Grade 6 students can bring copies of needed documents to TMS on their packet pick-up day on August 11, and  THS students can do the same when they receive their schedules on August 18.

New Directions for PTO

2015-16 Bus Pass Information

See the attached document to learn more about our shuttle service from VES to TES.  Spaces are limited.

Posted by: Laura Brooks
Published: 8/6/15

It's all about the kids

Welcome to our new PTO co-presidents, Andrew Cherry and Jen Ecklund.  We are pleased to have your energy and new ideas for PTO!  We will be adding more news regarding PTO as the summer progresses.  Check back soon for exciting plans for the next school year, and plan to get involved in something important - your child's school!

First order of business - we need volunteers to help prepare back to school folders in August.  Be sure to contact Andrew and Jen at if you want to help with this or other PTO activities this year.

Posted by: Laura Brooks
Published: 6/15/15

Garden Club is still growing!


Thank you Troop 550!

Our thanks go out to Girl Scout Troop 550.  Thanks to their dedication to the community and hard work, our planter boxes have been painted with our school colors.  This also protects the wood and the longevity of the boxes.  Great job, girls!



Thank you parents and students for your support of the VES drama program this year.  This website will keep you up-to-date on what is in store for 2015-16!  Happy Summer!


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A message from the school nurse

Templeton Unified School District

Anaphylaxis Treatment - Annual Notification to Parents


California Education Code 49414 authorizes school districts to provide epinephrine auto-injectors to trained personnel to use to provide emergency medical aid to persons suffering from an anaphylactic reaction.


Anaphylaxis is a rapid, severe allergic response triggered by insect stings, foods, medications, latex materials, exercise, or in rare cases by unknown causes. This is a life-threatening allergic condition, requiring immediate treatment. Administering epinephrine to students during a medical emergency may help to insure the student’s health and safety at school. Therefore, the Templeton Unified School District has adopted a policy for giving life-saving epinephrine to students in need of such treatment.


This policy states that a credentialed, licensed school nurse or trained, unlicensed school staff, under the direct or indirect supervision of the credentialed school nurse (or supervisor of health), may administer epinephrine in the form of an epinephrine auto-injector during a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction. The epinephrine auto-injector rapidly delivers a pre-measured, sterile, single dose of epinephrine by direct injection through the skin. This is not a vaccine, nor does it contain blood products.



Templeton Distrito Escolar Unificado

La anafilaxia Tratamiento

Notificación Anual a Padres


Código 49414 de Educación de California autoriza a los distritos escolares a proveer epinefrina auto-inyectores a personal capacitado para utilizar para proporcionar ayuda médica de emergencia a las personas que sufren de una reacción anafiláctica.


La anafilaxia es una reacción alérgica rápida, severa provocada por las picaduras de insectos, alimentos, medicamentos, materiales de látex, ejercicio, o en raros casos por causas desconocidas. Esta es una condición alérgica potencialmente mortal que requiere tratamiento inmediato. La administración de epinefrina a los estudiantes durante una emergencia médica puede ayudar a asegurar la salud y seguridad de los estudiantes en la escuela. Por lo tanto, el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Templeton ha adoptado una política para dar epinefrina para salvar la vida a los estudiantes en necesidad de dicho tratamiento.


Esta política establece que un acreditado, enfermera de la escuela con licencia o entrenados, personal de la escuela sin licencia, bajo la supervisión directa o indirecta de la enfermera de la escuela con credenciales (o supervisor de la salud), puede administrar epinefrina en forma de un autoinyector de epinefrina durante una severa , potencialmente mortal reacción alérgica. La epinefrina auto inyector suministra rápidamente una dosis previamente medida, estéril, de epinefrina mediante inyección directa a través de la piel. Esto no es una vacuna, ni contiene los productos sanguíneos.


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Tips for 2015-16

1.  Label jackets, hats, and lunch pails with your child's name.

2.  Lunch codes will indicate student classes, posted on August 20 after 5 PM.

3.  Hang onto the letters from each grade level that mention needed school supplies. If you have misplaced yours, you can find another copy by clicking on the link noted to the left of this tip list..  All three grade levels will be available for you to use.

4.  Start reviewing basic math facts +, -, x, /

5.  Have your child memorize their most important contact phone numbers.  It helps to have them practice how to make a phone call from school.  They will have to dial 9 for an outside line, then your number (minus the area code if you have an 805).

6.  Have your child memorize their lunch code, this was given to you in June with student report cards.


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Local Weather



VES values its many parent volunteers.  Whether at home or in the classroom, we appreciate our partnership with families.  When helping at school, please check into the office before going to your child's classroom.  It's important for staff to know where volunteers are at all times when on site.  Thank you for your help!

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Stop bullying in its tracks!

Bullying is defined as repeated behavior which targets a particular person. Fortunately, this is not a common occurance at VES, but occurances of behavior that are not "polite" or "safe" (our school ...more

Stand-up against bullying!

I WILL speak up instead of acting as a bystander.

I CHOOSE to participate in activities that don't involve teasing.

I FORGIVE others if they make poor choices.

I MODEL good behavior.

I ACCEPT others for their differences.

I INCLUDE others in group situations.

I WILL talk to an adult when there is a problem I cannot manage on my own.

I AM powerful in making a difference in my school.

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Lunch Menus

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Lunch money

To eliminate long lunch lines, please have your child place their money in an envelope with their student number.  This should be turned into the lunch envelope at the beginning of the school day, or to the drop box outside the cafeteria entrance.

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Basic facts move math along

Practice at home to become a master at basic facts and more!

Basic Facts

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Teacher/Staff Links

Fun websites for summer learning

Join the VES team!

Join the VES team!

VES has openings for lunch/field supervisors.  If you have the time, consider joining our talented, dedicated group of paraprofessionals who help make VES a polite and safe place for children to play and grow.  This is a very important position, as a peaceful playground weaves its way into the classroom.  Through kind and consistent supervision, the children return to class energized and ready to learn.  Please contact our school office, or the district's human resource department for more details.

Other positions, such as crossing guards are needed at other sites as well.  Again, our district office will be happy to give you more information about all these opportunities.

Reach Your Teach

Our teachers are beginning to use their own web sites.  Click on the following links for your teacher's/grade level web site.

DELAC information


Here come the Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will begin to be implemented this school year.  The VES staff worked diligently over the summer to plan and prepare for a positive transition to these new educational requirements.  More information on the CCSS will be made available on this website as the year progresses.  In the meantime, click here to learn more about the CCSS at each grade level.

escrip! An easy way to support VES!

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More school offerings at VES

Homework Club M-Th,, After school daily 2:45 - 3:45PM  (early release days 1:45 - 2:45 PM)

Violin Class - Each Weds. 1:45 - 2:45 (A partnership with the San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony)

Bucketbusters, Guitar, Piano (one per trimester) - Each Weds. 7:15 - 8 AM (A partnership with Music Motive)

Check out this video to see why your child should play a musical instrument!


Amazon Support for PTO

AmazonSmile is here!  It is simple and just a click adds .5% to much needed funding for our school.  Click here to find the link to AmazonSmile, then below the search bar on the home page it will say "Supporting TES VES PTO".  Please note that we are unable to order Bridge Books this year.  PTO is in need of volunteers to help with the many programs and fundraisers that support these summer extension resources.  However, you can go to Amazon, order Summer Bridge Books, and click onto AmazonSmile to help your child and your school at one time!