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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

Complex Thought

Developing complex thought is at the heart of the Common Core Standards. This new

approach to education mirrors the traditional work done in universities when critical

thinking, questioning, and ...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


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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Where Children Soar like Eagles!


November Events


November 23 - 27 Thanksgiving week holiday

November 30 - School resumes



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December Events

December 2nd and 9th are early release days, 3rd grade dismissal at 1:40, 4/5 dismissal at 1:45

FYI - December 15, Grades 9-12 (THS) minimum day

FYI- December 16 and 17 Grades 6 - 12 (THS/TMS) minimum days 

FYI - Grades T-K - 12 District-wide minimum day 

December 1 - PAC performance by alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas - Templeton Performing Arts Center 7:30 PM.  Proceeds to benefit TUSD's K-12 Fine Arts programs. Thanks to Matt's Music!

December 1 - PTO Restaurant Day at Mr. Pickles - be sure to mention VES!

December 3 -  VES Drama - cast one, 6 PM VES MPR

December 4 - Sees candy fundraiser for PTO ends, be sure to get your order in soon!

December 10 - TUSD school board meeting at Eagle Canyon Training Center

December 11 - VES Drama - cast two, 6 PM VES MPR

December 14 - School Advisory Council Meeting 3:15 PM, VES conference room

December 16 - Regular school schedule, 3rd grade dismissal at 2:45 and 4/5 dismissal at 2:50

December 16 - 4th grade field trip to San Antonio Mission (Gearhart/Garcia/Drake)

December 17 - 4th grade field trip to San Antonio Mission (Pepple/Badalamenti/Ronsevell)

December 18 Minimum Day - All grades dismissed at 12:30 

Winter break - December 21 to January 1

January 4 - School Resumes


January Events

Jan. 4 - School Resumes

Jan. 6 - Full day of School regular dismissals, 3rd at 2:45, 4/5th at 2:50

Jan. 8 - PTO public meeting,  8:30 - 9:30 VES conference room

Jan. 8 - 4th grade field trip to Piedras Blancas Lighthouse (Gearhart/Garcia)

Jan. 11 - 4th grade field trip to Piedras Blancas Lighthouse (Rounsevell/Badalamenti)

Jan. 12 - 5th grade mile run at THS

Jan. 12, 13, 14, 15 - Both drama casts meet for 1:15 min. after school is dismissed.

Jan. 14 - TUSD School Board meeting - ECTC 6 PM

Jan. 18 - Martin Luther King Jr. holiday - No SCHOOL

Jan. 20 - Guitar classes begin

Jan. 20 - Progress reports go home

Jan. 21 - 5th grade CoGAT testing

Jan. 22 - Dental Screening

Jan. 26 - LCAP meeting ECTC

Jan. 28 - TUSD School Board meeting - ECTC 6 PM

Jan. 29 Awards Assembly 8:20 AM (parents will be notified)




Music classes are here!


Violin classes are being offered through a partnership with the San Luis Youth Symphony.  We have over a dozen young fiddlers signed up for fun each Wednesday afternoon.



Guitar classes will be offered in January, thanks to our partnership with Music Motive.  Look for information coming your way via fliers or on this website prior to the first classes.  We are lucky to have the talented Mr. Bronkar teaching guitar classes, and we thank him for his successful "Bucketeers" program held during the first trimester.


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!


Thank you Templeton Education Foundation!

Templeton Unified School District is so lucky to have dedicated, caring folks running the Templeton Education Foundation (TEF).  This year, VES was the lucky recipient of over $15,000 allowing us to purchase leveled texts for our striving readers, wireless technology, ipads for new staff, Ukuleles to expand our music program, and funding to run before/during/and after school enrichment and intervention programs.  We would like to express our deep appreciation for the support of TEF and their commitment to the education of our children.  If you haven't heard of TEF, check them out at and get involved!

Birthday celebrations

Birthday celebrations

As many parents know, we have many children at VES with food allergies. Additionally, new wellness guidelines have limited the scope of items that we can serve to the children at school.  At VES, we recognize and honor all birthdays by announcing children's birthdays in the morning announcements. If you wish to bring treats for the classroom, non-food items, such as pencils, or stickers are a great alternative and add fun to your child's special day.



Join our drama classes as they present "The Paper Bag Bandit".  This is a rollicking melodrama that is sure to make you smile.  The first performance for Tuesday/Thursday drama students will be from 6-8 p.m. on December 3.  Wednesday/Friday drama students will take the stage on December 11 from 6-8 p.m.  Both productions will be held in the VES MPR.


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Last reminder to keep this year's school picture!

  1. Go to
  2. Log in with your Portrait ID and Access Code located in your picture package

To redeem your complimentary digital SmileSafe card, click here.

Pedidos en español disponibles por internet. Utiliza tu ID del retrato y el código de acceso de tu paquete del retrato.

Parent/Guardian, how was this year’s school picture experience? Take survey.
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VES's 3rd Grade gives back to the community!

On Founders' Day, the VES third grade held a bake sale to raise funds in support of the Templeton Historical Museum.  Each year, the students take a walking field trip through the streets of our town learning the history and historical significance of some of our oldest buildings.  Thank you Templeton for giving to our students.  We are excited to have had the opportunity to give back to you!

Community Service at VES

The 3rd grade bake sale shows our school's connection to the community.  The 3rd grade bake sale directly assists the historical museum, which is a critical part of the student's local history studies.  

In grade 4, the students write letters to veterans who are taking part in the Honor Flight Program, run by our local manager, Greg and Bear McGill.  This correlates to California history, as WWII changed the face of California with aeronautic and naval developments.

Grade 5 is working for Templeton's future.  They are partnering with Cal Poly to support the Templeton library with both books and funding to help make the dream of a Templeton Library come true.

Thank you, Templeton, for giving to our students.  We hope that we can return the gift.


5th grade Community focus - Templeton's Library

Please support our 5th graders by donating gently used books to Templeton's Reading Room - and eventually, our community library. Cash and check donations are being accepted.  Just send what you would like to donate to your child's classroom, and the staff will ensure your donations are sent to the 5th graders.  The project ends on Nov. 20th, so donate today!


Dictionaries and Thesauri gifts to VES students!

The pictures above show 3rd grade students accepting dictionaries and 4th grade students receiving thesauri from our generous community.  VES would like to thank Templeton's Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club, Lion's Club, the Templeton Chamber of Commerce, and Umpqua Bank for providing these valuable resource materials for our students.  Each year teachers and children alike eagerly await these important books which help students prepare for success in school and future careers.


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Tips for 2015-16

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 the cafeteria, computer access, library, etc. for their entire school career at TUSD.


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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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Eureka Math Link for parents

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!

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


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 M-Th,, After school daily 2:45 - 3:45 PM  (early release days 1:45 - 2:45 PM) Starting Sept. 14.

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!


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!