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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

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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).    


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.


VES also runs two homework clubs to assist as many students as possible.  If you are interested, you can be added to our waiting list. Contact Mrs. Garcia who runs our intervention/enrichment programs at

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. Scarbrough and Mrs. Hermes

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


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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Spring Fling

Join us on May 20 for the annual spring fling!  There will be many activities for kids and parents alike.  Look for great food and drink booths, and a plant sale from the garden club.  This is a free event as PTO says thank you to all for a great school year.


VES - Where rainbows begin and end!


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,, for the application and more information or email



Events for May

All Wednesdays in May are early release days.  (May 4, 11, 18, 25).

3rd grade is excused at 1:40 and 4th and 5th at 1:45.


May 12 - Adventures of a Comic Book Artist - Drama Production 6-8 PM, VES MPR


May 18 - VES Open House 5:30 - 6:30 PM

Come enjoy food from around the country in 5th grade, 4th grade history projects,

3rd grade Genius work, our annual art show,

and special displays of art from our recent Studios on the Park field trips.


May 19 - Welcome incoming 3rd graders!  VES tour 8:45 - 9:45


May 20 - TES/VES Spring Fling on the VES fields


May 26 - TUSD School Board meetings 6:00 PM, ECTC


May 30 - Memorial Day Holiday, No school


June Events

June 1 - Full day of school, no early release


June 3 - Minimum day for grading, all students released at 12:30 PM


June 7 - Last day of school, minimum day, all students released at 12:30 PM


Happy Summer - School resumes on August 23!

New reading series soon to be adopted

Templeton Elementary School and Vineyard Elementary School have done intense research and training on various potential ELA/ELD published curricula.  After our thorough research, we have narrowed our curriculum search down to two published curriculum: 1) Wonders by McGraw Hill and 2) Benchmark Advance by Benchmark Education.


Both programs are dynamic and offer incredible language arts learning experiences for our students.


Each grade level is piloting both programs.  Many students will get some exposure to ELA CCSS aligned lessons with either of these new programs over the next 6 weeks.  This trial/pilot allows us to make the best long term adoption decision for our students and our district.


English Language Arts/English Language Development Instructional Materials Adoption (K-8)


Senate Bill 201 (Chapter 478 of the Statutes of 2013), signed on October 2, 2013, authorized the State Board of Education to conduct an adoption of kindergarten through grade eight instructional materials in ELA/ELD aligned to the California Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects (CA CCSS ELA/Literacy) and the new California English Language Development Standards (CA ELD Standards).



If you have any questions about either program, please contact VES Principal - Laura Brooks

VES SAC survey for 2016-17


Dear Parents,


Thanks to all who participated in the SAC survey for 2015-16.  The results are now available here for you to review.



The VES School Advisory Council


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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: or by contacting your local health department or county office of education.


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




TUSD Health Services

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Boxtops help PTO!

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! The class with the most box tops was Mrs. Johnson's class. They had 414!  Congratulations to all of VES (and PTO) for helping bring much needed money to our school.


Music classes to continue in the fall of 2016!


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!  More information will be coming home with your students in August/September.



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.




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.

PTO news

Our next event will be the annual Spring Fling.  Mark your calendars to join us on May 20 from 5 - 7 PM where there will be activities and fun galore for the whole family.  This event is free to the public, a way of saying thank you for your support this year from the TES/VES PTO.







The Drama department will soon present "The Adventures of a Comic Book Artist".  This is a fun musical that is sure to make you smile. Lines must be memorized by April 1.


Tuesday/Thursday Drama - Regular rehearsal March 8 with 4:00 PM dismissal, March 10 rehearsal 12:30 - 3 PM.  April's rehearsals will take occur as regularly scheduled.  Dress rehearsal is Tuesday, May 3, 2:45 to 6 :00 PM.  The performance is on Thursday, May 5 at 6:00 PM. The cast party is Tuesday, May 10 from 2:45 to 4 :00 PM.


Wednesday/Friday Drama - No drama rehearsal March 9, Minimum day rehearsal March 11 12:30 - 3 PM, March 25 Costume Day 12:30 - 2 PM, with a possible workday thereafter from 2:00 - 4:00 PM.  April's rehearsals will take occur as regularly scheduled.  Regular rehearsal May 4 and 6.  Dress rehearsal is Wednesday, May 11, 1:45 to 5:00 PM.  The performance is on Friday May 13 at 6:00 PM. 

The cast party is Wednesday, May 18 from 1:45 to 3 :00 PM.




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.

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.


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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


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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Acrobat Reader [Go]

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Teacher/Staff Links

Fun websites for learning

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


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!