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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


Back to School 2015

Most students are excited to return to school routines and friends in January. But many are surprised with the increased work load a new school year can bring. Gone are the ...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.


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

Mr. Fahey

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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Where Children Soar like Eagles!


VES turns 20 years old this year, as your students may have told you.  Each month, we have been celebrating the contributions of VES to the community of Templeton.  Speakers such as Dr. Koski, Sherry Shahan, and a tribute to World War II Veterans are memories we will carry with us into the next 20 years.  We are gearing up for more events in the months to come!  Check back to see what the future holds in store each month.

March 9th will be our biggest day, as we open our time capsule buried upon the school's founding.  We hope that students from this year will join us as we see what was important to you so many years ago.  

VES is proud to be part of the past, present, and future of Templeton.  We look forward to serving the youth of our community for many years to come.  See the following month by month list and become part of our celebration!

April - Dress for Success Day and Kid Nation on April 24.  Career awareness - parents and community members invited to classrooms to share their occupations and the importance of education.

May/June - We Honor Ours (a salute to all members of the VES staff) and the children we serve.




HAPPY 2015!

All Wednesdays in January are early release days.

Jan. 21 Progress Reports go home

Jan. 22 - 23 CoGAT tests

Jan. 22 TUSD School Board Meeting 6 PM Eagle Canyon Training Center

Jan. 23 Dental Screening- Be sure to brush!

Jan. 30 Awards Assembly - Parents will be notified


February Events

Every Wednesday in February is an early release day - see schedule at the side of this page for times.

February 2 - Groundhog's Day

February 6 - PTO fundraiser "Kickit!" field event day.

10:25 - 11:25 AM 4th Grade

12:30 - 1:30 PM 3rd Grade

1:40 - 2:40 PM 5th Grade

February 9 and 16 are school holidays for presidential birthday recognitions.

February 12 - School Board Meeting 6 PM, Eagle Canyon Training Center

February 14 - Valentine's Day

February 18 - Drama movie night 5-7 PM at the VES MPR

February 19 - 3rd grade presents "Pirates of Grammar Island" 6-7 PM, VES MPR 

February 25 - Talent Show Auditions - 1:45 - 6 pm

February 26 - School Board Meeting 6 PM, Eagle Canyon Training Center

February 27 - Community Dinner, PTO fundraiser 5-8 PM at the Templeton Legion Hall


March Events

March 2 - Dr. Suess Birthday - Read Across America

March 6 - Minimum Day for Grading

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Guitar classes coming to VES

Register at school or online (lots of information about our sponsor Music Motive can be found here) or click on this link for a registration form!  Guitar sessions will begin on January 28 and continue through March 25 in room D-5 (Music room at VES).  There will be no class on March 11.  This is a zero hour class that runs from 7:15 to 8 AM.  You can bring your own guitar, rent one from a local music store, or "rent to own" one from Music Motive which is located off of Ramada Drive in Templeton.

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McTeachers' Night - January 28

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Kick-it fun!

We are excited to join with the VES PTO for KICK-IT!  This PE day/fundraiser will be lots of fun and raise much needed money for our Parent-Teacher Organization.  On January 23, you will receive information on the program and the ability to solicit on-line donations from family and friends.  The final day for donations is Feb. 5 with the field day on Feb. 6.  Feel free to join your child on this day and watch the fun!

  • 4th from 10:25 - 11:25 AM
  • 3rd from 12:30 - 1:30 PM
  • 5th from 1:40 - 2:40 PM 

Kudos to our community!

Over the holiday season, the VES students and staff donated over 2,300 pounds of food goods to Loaves and Fishes during the "Miss Pat Food Drive".  Thank you all for your kindness and generosity during the season of giving!

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PTO Spaghetti Dinner - Feb. 27

Please come to the Community Spaghetti Dinner sponsored by the TES/VES PTO.  This fun event will be held on February 27 from 5-8 PM at the Templeton Legion Hall.  There will be great food, a silent and live auction, and a chance to be part of Kid Nation Day coming to VES in April!


Garden Club!

The Garden Club is now meeting after school each Thursday from 2:50 - 4:40 PM.  You will be notified in advance of any cancelations.  We would also like to thank the following persons, businesses and groups who have aided us in getting our garden club up an running this year!  With appreciation:  Naty Gill, Girl Scout Troop 550, Zen Tile and Stone, Bay Laurel Nursery, Converted Organics, and the Ortman Family


Drama Schedule


T/Th cast meeting times each week 2:25 - 4 PM,
May 5 Dress rehearsal,  2:45 - 6 PM
May 7 Performance,  5:30 - 8 PM
May 12 Optional cast party 2:45 - 4 PM

W/F cast meeting times each week 1:45 - 3 (Weds.) 2:45 - 4 (Fri.)
May 13 Dress Rehearsal 1:45 - 5 PM
May 15 Performance 5:30-8 PM
May 19 Optional cast party 2:45 - 4 PM



Library Blog

What's new?
I am now reading Two Years Before the Mast, which tells of Richard Henry Dana's trip aboard a trading ship during the Rancho Days.~ Mrs. Brooks

Hugo Haselhuhn, author or the Lucas Lightfoot books will be at our school on April 1 to dis... Continue
Posted by: Laura Brooks
Published: 9/23/14

Retro Bill at VES

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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

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March Lunch Menu

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

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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After school offerings

All after school class sessions will take place from Jan. 20 through March 5

4th grade Language Arts with Mrs. Garcia G-2, 3-4 PM.

4th grade Math with Mrs. Gearhart G-1, 3-4 PM

5th grade Math with Ms. Pepple H-5, 3-4 PM

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

Violin Class - Each Weds. 1:45 - 2:45

Lunch Menus

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