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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

lbrooks@templetonusd.org

School address:

2121 Vineyard Dr.

Templeton, CA 93465

805-434-5840

Twitter:  Laura@LauraLbrooks

Flipboard:  http://flip.it/JrjkC

Summer time

Summer 2016!

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 I will ...more

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Safe Pick-up and Drop off

At most drop off spots, cars roll through our parking lot within 15 minutes of the closing bell.. Keep in mind the VES to TES shuttle that can take your student into town at the end of the day (see ...more

Traffic flow map

Click to see the flow-map that will help you navigate through traffic at VES.

Bell Schedule

VES BELL SCHEDULE

REGULAR DAILY 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
 
EARLY RELEASE WEDNESDAYS 
1:40 third grade release
1:45 fourth and fifth grade release
 
MINIMUM DAYS
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

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STRIVE FOR FIVE!

Only 5 absences

Only 5 tardies!

Students are marked tardy when they are late in the morning or when signed - out from school for any portion of the day.  With the exception of doctor's appointments (be sure to get a note from your child's physician), these partial absences are counted into total absences per the State Attendance Review Board (SARB).    

VES PROFILE

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.

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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.

 

VES also runs an after school homework club on Tues., Weds., and Fri. to assist as many students as possible.  If you are interested, please contact the school office.

TUSD goals 2016-17

Click here to link to the direction for our school district during 2016 - 17.

VES goals 2016-17

Click on these VES School Advisory Council (SAC) goals to learn more about what we hope to accomplish during the 2016-17 school year. Also, read our 2015-16 SAC survey results.

Office Staff

Clerk:  Mrs. Scarbough and Secretary:  Mrs. Hermes

  Mrs. Scarbrough and Mrs. Hermes

Mr. Fahey

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Mr. Cross

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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

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Earthquake!

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!

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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

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Please note that external websites are listed for parent/student reference and are not the property or responsibility of Templeton Unified School District. Be sure to contact VES if you find any errors or glitches in websites listed on its webpage.

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Introducing the VES FabLab!

The staff at VES is excited to introduce our new FabLab in the fall of 2016.  Part science lab, part fabrication lab, this room will act like a Makers Space at our school.  Click on the resources tab above then find the link to our FabLab.  It is in it's infancy, and we hope you will want to join us in making the FabLab an integral part of the future at VES.

Updating this Website

VES is working to improve this website and update the drop-down pages shown along the top of this homepage.  Take a look at some of these links and come back often for new information!

Engaged!

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I am pleased to announce the engagement of Jonah Yamagata and Katie Anselmi both of whom were in my 4th grade class!  Making the decision official at our VES campus makes this even more special.

 

You will recognize their names.  Jonah is the son of Naomi and Nelson Yamagata (former school board member) and Katie is the daughter of our own Mrs. Anselmi (school librarian).  Katie recently graduated from Fresno State and has been hired as a Speech Therapist at TUSD. Jonah is ready to accept a CPA position in our area.

 

I am so happy for this great couple.  What a joy to see the values and traditions of our wonderful town being passed onto the next generation. Congratulations Katie and Jonah, our VES Eagles. Your future is bright.

 

Mrs. Brooks

VES - Where rainbows begin and end!

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Residency verification 3rd grade

Templeton Schools require verification of residency upon movement from site to site.  If you are the parent of a 3rd grader, please bring a utility bill or similar information to the VES office on either Aug. 9 or 16.  This is required regardless of whether your child previously attended school in Templeton.

Second Step- Class Wish

VES is hoping to implement  the Second Step Program across our school site. Second Step  provides a rich new character development program to benefit our students. You too can get involved by learning more about this program at the Second Step Website and please contribute if you can via Class Wish

North County Day Camp at TES/TMS this summer!

ART for Children is a nonprofit organization that raises money to keep arts alive in Templeton Schools.  The money from the North County Day Camps goes directly back into Templeton  and Vineyard Elementary Schools, by helping to fund the schools’ art docents.  The summer of 2016 will be the North County Day Camp’s fifth year.  This year, two four-day  North County Day Camp sessions will be held at Templeton Middle and Elementary Schools.  Camp prices include all supplies and a camp t-shirt.  The camp is open to all incoming kindergarten through 6th grade students.  The students do not have to attend TUSD.  Prior seasons, we’ve had students from all over the county, and even the state attend.  Session One, will be held June 27th-30th and Session Two will be held August 1st-4th.  Both sessions will run from 9:00-1:00. 

 

We are ow accepting registrations for Art for Children's North County Day Camps!  We'll be offering many classes for your children to enjoy.  Classes include:  Marine Biology, Cooking, Legos, Art, Drama, Wild Card, GoPro, and K/1st Grade enrichment classes.  Please visit the website, art4children.org, for the application and more information or email dgarcia@templetonusd.org.

 

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July -avoid the summer slump!

The statistics are shocking, but real!  Keep your child from losing out on their learning over the summer.  You will never regret the small amount of time needed to keep them motivated and moving forward.

 

One month of overall learning is lost between June and the start of school.

2.6 months of Math learning are lost over the summer.

Two months of reading are lost during the break.

Two to three hours per week is all that is needed to keep students from summer "brain drain".

Six weeks are often devoted to reviewing information in the fall.

 

Here are some places to go to help keep learning from slipping away during the summer months.

  • Two websites from the National Association of Elementary School principals, one in English and one in Spanish.
  • Thoughts on helping reluctant readers from the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
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Back to School Information

Aug. 1 - 4 North County Day Camp at TMS (see information on this page)

 

Aug. 9 - Residency verification for all 3rd grade students.

 

Aug. 16 - Residency verification for all 3rd grade students.

 

Aug. 19 - Class lists posted at 5:00 PM at VES and the district office.

 

Aug. 22 - 3rd grade Back to School Night 5:30 - 6:30 PM (Meet in the MPR)

 

Aug. 23 - 1st day of school (3rd grade 8 - 2:45 PM, 4/5th grades 8 - 2:50 PM)

 

Aug. 24 - Regular release day (see end times above or on the left side bar of this page).

 

August 30 - 4th/5th Back to School Night 5:30 - 6:30 PM (Meet in the MPR)

 

Aug. 31 - First early release day 3rd grade excused at 1:45 PM, 4/5 grades excused at 1:50 PM.

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Pick-up line woes (More information in left side bar)

No matter how you slice it, pick-up and drop-off times are crazy - at all school across our state.  VES is no different!  Here are some tips (and a map) to keep things moving while keeping your sanity.

  • AM coverage is available starting at 7:15 AM.  Drop off your VES student at this time (no sooner) and allow yourself time to commute to other schools or work.
  • Student safety is our utmost priority.  Please follow the directions of the adults on duty.
  • Do not pull through the exit lanes to cut ahead of other cars.  It is dangerous and impolite.
  • Pull forward.  Your child can walk to your car and you will make the people behind you very happy.
  • It will be extremely busy on the first few days of school, but it will get better.
  • By the time everyone has a set schedule, it will take you 15 minutes from the sound of the closing bell to exit the campus.
  • We thank you for being a patient and courteous driver.  This is a good model for your children.  After all they will also be driving in a few short years.
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NEW IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS

 

Dear Parent or Guardian:

 

Re: New immunization requirements for 2016

 

Under a new law known as SB277, beginning January 1, 2016 exemptions based on personal beliefs, including religious beliefs, will no longer be an option for the vaccines that are currently required for entry into child care or school in California.  Most families will not be affected by the new law because their children have received all required vaccinations. Personal beliefs exemptions on file for a child already attending child care or school will remain valid until the child reaches the next immunization checkpoint at kindergarten (including transitional kindergarten) or 7th grade.

 

For more information about SB277, please see the Frequently Asked Questions available at: http://www.shotsforschool.org/laws/sb277faq/ or by contacting your local health department or county office of education.

 

Thank you for helping us to keep our children and community healthy.

 

Sincerely,

 

TUSD Health Services

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Boxtops help PTO! - Save them this summer!

If you have ever seen those "Box tops for Education" labels on cereal, tissue boxes, etc., be sure to save them.   The PTO received 4,550 box tops, which means PTO should be getting a check for $455 in the next month or two! Thank you in advance for helping bring much needed money to our school.

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Music classes to continue in the fall of 2016!

MUSIC BUILDS STRONG MINDS:

There is no doubt, and science proves it, music builds strong minds.  Take a look at this link, which will discuss the auditory pathways that develop in children who are exposed to music during the elementary years.

 

STRINGS IN THE SCHOOLS:

Violin classes will continue to be offered through a partnership with the San Luis Youth Symphony.  Many thanks to our gifted violin instructor, Pam Scheffler, for inspiring our young fiddlers!  We wish you the best as you return to graduate school in the fall.  More information about our continuing Strings in the School program will be coming home with your students in August/September.

 

MUSIC MOTIVE:

Thanks to our partnership with Music Motive we continue to offer introductions to percussion, guitar, and piano at VES each year. We would like to thank the talented Mr. Bronkar for his ablilities on so many instruments. The "Bucketeers" program will be held during the first trimester, guitar in trimester two, with piano rounding out the offerings in trimester three.  Keep an eye out for fliers coming home in the fall.

 

 

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When you are sick - take care of yourself

There is nothing worse than being sick (unless you are sick of being sick).  There is no replacement for a day at school, but when you are down and out we want you to stay home and get well.  Our school policy is to collect work for absent children during the time they are gone.  Look for it on your desk, or check with your teacher when you return. If you have to be out for three or more days, contact the office or your  teacher and we can arrange to have materials in the office for pick-up.  Please don't drop by the room to pick-up work, as the class will be busy working.

Independent Study Contracts (ISC) allow us to give your child homework/classwork in advance.  We need a week's prior notice with a completed ISC form. ISC's apply to absences of five or more days.  This is a win-win for your child and our school, as our students return from extended absences will be granted an"excused absence" (work must be turned in upon the child's return to class). Additionally, your child will be ready to be a part of the classroom again with minimum "catch-up" time needed!

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Birthday Guidelines

 

Birthdays are special times for our students.  Each child is recognized during the morning announcements.  Due to the growing number of students with allergies, we can no longer have edible treats in classrooms as a part of a birthday celebration.  Non-food items, such as pencils or small prizes are fine should parents wish to provide them.

News

6/20/16

Please see attachment regarding bus passes for the 2016-17 school year which details when they go on sale, and cost of the passes.

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6/2/16

See attached letter regarding bus passes for next school year.

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Drama

A big thank you to the kids and Mrs. Powell for bringing an epic year of drama productions to VES.  We can't wait to see what is in store for 2016-17!

 

 

Tips for 2016 - 17

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

2.  Memorize basic math facts +, -, x, /

3.  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).

4.  Have your child memorize their lunch code, call the office for this number if needed.  It will be used for class lists, the cafeteria, computer access, library, etc. for their entire school career at TUSD.

5.  If it is raining, wear hats, jackets with hoods, or bring an umbrella.  Rainy days at school are fun, so be prepared to enjoy the wet weather.

6.  If it is hot, moderate yourself.  Drink fluids and seek out the shade.  Indoor options for hot days are always offered during lunch.

 

Supply Lists

Use this link to see school supply lists for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade.

Resistance is futile...

You will be educated!

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Local Weather

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Volunteers

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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BE SAFE!

BE POLITE!

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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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News

6/20/16

Please see attachment regarding bus passes for the 2016-17 school year which details when they go on sale, and cost of the passes.

more
6/2/16

See attached letter regarding bus passes for next school year.

more

Lunch Menus

6/20/16

Please see attachment regarding bus passes for the 2016-17 school year which details when they go on sale, and cost of the passes.

more
6/2/16

See attached letter regarding bus passes for next school year.

more

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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Eureka Math Link for parents

 http://eurekamathhelp.piqua.org/student-math-resources/fourth-grade-resources

http://www.oakdale.k12.ca.us/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1391596408603

Use these links for methods and ideas to help your child at home or with homework.  Eureka math is rigorous - but in the end, you will have a child who is a great mathematical thinker.

Basic facts move math along

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

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PPT, Word, Excel Viewers [Go]
Acrobat Reader [Go]

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Teacher/Staff Links

Fun websites for learning

www.multiplication.com

www.aplusmath.com/Games/index.html

www.factmonster.com/math/flashcards.html

www.funbrain.com

www.mrnussbaum.com

www.ixl.com

www.coolmath.com

www.khanacademy.org

http://www.kidsclick.org/index.php

New openings!

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

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The California State Standards are here!

The California State standards are being fully implemented this school year.  The VES staff has worked diligently over the last two years to plan and prepare for these new educational requirements.  Click here to learn more about the California State Standards at each grade level.

escrip! An easy way to support VES!

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More school offerings at VES

Homework Club T-Th,, After school daily 2:45 - 3:45 PM  (early release days 1:45 - 2:45 PM) beginning Aug. 31

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

Click on this video to see why your child should play a musical instrument!

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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!