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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 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!

Stand-up against bullying!


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 ...more

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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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Now that the excitement of the new school year has occurred, many parents begin the homework routine - or maybe dread it.  I believe that homework serves three purposes: To let parents know what their children are studying, to practice newly learned skills, and to build home to school responsibility.  Think of yourself as an assistant at homework time, but do not feel you need to do your child's work for them.  The teachers assign homework that should be easily completed by your child independently.


Here is an excerpted  article from that should be of help to you. It has been slightly modified for grades 3-5, and to reduce the length of the article.  The gist is the apologies for elements of plagiarism.  My thanks to Scholastic. LB


1. Do It as Early as Possible: Best for Everyone

On days when there are no afternoon activities, give your child a time frame — say, between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. — to get down to business. This gives her some control over her schedule (some kids need a longer break after school, and others need to start right away to keep the momentum going). The only rule is that 5 o’clock is the latest time to start. If you work, that means homework duties will fall to the after-school caregiver. This way, the bulk of it can get done before your kiddo’s too pooped — and you can just review and wrap things up once you get home.


2. Create a Call List: Best for Forgetters

From kindergarten on, kids need a list of three or four classmates they can call on when they forget an assignment, says Ann Dolin, M.Ed., a former teacher and author of Homework Made Simple. The study buddy can read your child the spelling words over the phone, or his mom can snap a pic of the worksheet and text it to you.


3. Build Confidence: Best for the Intimidated

When kids don’t get something right away, they may feel like they’re stupid and start to shut down, says Sigrid Grace, a second-grade teacher in Almont, MI, and a member of Scholastic Parent & Child’s advisory board. You can short-circuit negative thinking by sitting down and figuring out the first problem together. That alone can help him remember how to do the rest. Then heap on the praise: “You did a great job on that one! Try the next one now.” 


Another strategy: Have your child show you similar problems s/he worked on in class. That may jog his memory so s/he can retrace the steps. Plus, it helps you see what he’s already learned.


4. Cut It in Half: Best for the Overwhelmed

That’s right — you can make an executive decision to lighten your child’s load for a night, if:

  • S/he doesn’t understand the assignment.
  • The assignment is vague or touches on a topic she’s not ready for.
  • S/he’s exhausted from a long day of school, gymnastics, and an argument with her best friend. 

If your child is completely lost, write your child's teacher a note for assistance. In the cases, shorten the assignment, says Cathy Vatterott, Ph.D., a University of Missouri-St. Louis professor of education and author of Rethinking Homework. What you can’t skip is informing the teacher. “Have your child write a note explaining,” says Vatterott.  Most teachers will be understanding if a student does this once in a while, says Grace, but if your child frequently fails to finish her assignments, there will probably be a consequence.


5. Change the Scene: Best for Daydreamers

Something as simple as a special place to work can boost a child’s motivation and, in turn, his/her confidence. “I let one kid at a time use my office if they are having trouble,” says Jennifer Harrison, of Sacramento, CA, mom of a 7- and an 11-year-old. “Being in the spot where Mom does grown-up work seems to help them focus. Maybe because I tell them that it’s my place to concentrate.”


6. Leave the Room: Best for Whiners

“Kids who drag things out are often doing so for your attention — they’re enjoying the interaction on some level,” explains Grace. “Avoid joining in. If you must stay in the room, have your child work in a spot that’s farther away from whatever you’re doing.”


7. Beat the Clock: Best for Procrastinators

Sometimes a child just needs a jump-start. If that’s true for yours, try Dolin’s “Five Minutes of Fury”: Set a timer for five minutes, shout “Go!” and have your child work as fast as s/he can until the timer goes off. At that point, s/he can take a short break or keep going — and many kids continue. “Racing against a timer gives kids an external sense of urgency if they don’t have an internal one,”(besides, it’s fun!). But it’s not an excuse for sloppy work, so tell your child to go over it before s/he puts it back in her binder.


9. Plan, Plan, Plan: Best for 3rd- to 5th-Graders

Many teachers will break down big projects into a series of deadlines so that children learn to budget time. If you child needs help with this, show your child how to “scaffold” the assignment. Together, divide the project into steps, then help estimate how much time each will take. Use the weekly/monthly calendar, and then write down which steps to tackle when — and for how long. To get the most out of your child's calendar, include everything — from basketball practice on Mondays to the reading log every night so you both can plan realistically. If you know which nights are going to be a problem, Ask for advance notice on assignments if needed.  Teachers will often work with you on this, but most parents are afraid to ask.


9. Let ’Em Vent: Best for Everyone

When your routine is upended — and your kid hasn’t even started his homework — ease frustration by letting him complain. Listen, empathize (“Wow, that is a lot of work”), and state his feelings back to him (“You sound upset”). Once your child feels understood, says Dolin, your child will be more likely to accept your suggestions — and better able to focus on what needs to be done.


Plus: Your Way vs. The Teacher’s

Your child’s tearing up over a long-division worksheet and you actually remember how to get the answer. But the teacher’s instructions are different. Do you show your kid your method — so at least she’ll have the correct answer?  My thoughts vary from the experts.  I believe that you graduated grades 3/4/5 and can help your child with a method that might work for him/her. 


But the experts say...hold off.  Your process may confuse your child even more. You can help by talking about what s/he remembers from class and move back to the textbook or math homework tip sheets. Still lost? Just have  write a note to the teacher explaining that your child doesn’t understand.


Be Safe and Be Polite are our two school rules.  Please model this for your children during pick-up and drop-off times.  

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.
  • The trail to the Vineyards was intended for children living in this community.  The dog park was intended for dogs and their owners.  The use of this area as a pick-up zone has created extreme traffic conditions and dangers for students getting picked-up there.  The dog park is an easy spot for predators to look for children.  Truly, these are not safe places to pick up your children.  Take the extra time and pick the kids up on campus where they can be supervised and have access to the front office.
  • Pull in front of or behind the cross walk entering in the school.  Please do not block the crosswalk. This is a safety zone for pedestrians.
  • Try to have your child ready to go when you drop off.  This is a kiss and go zone, as many parents are trying to get to their next designation.
  • 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, or cut through the fifth grade parking lot to get into the 3rd grade area. It is dangerous (lots of kids and parents walking through the parking areas, and it is also impolite.
  • Pull forward.  Your child can walk to your car and you will make the people behind you very happy.
  • By the time everyone has a set schedule, it only takes 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.

Parent Tips from Great Minds--Read on to learn a little bit about Eureka Math, the creators of A Story of Units:


Eureka Math is a complete, PreK–12 curriculum and professional development platform. It follows the focus and coherence of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and carefully sequences the progression of mathematical ideas into expertly crafted instructional modules. This curriculum is distinguished not only by its adherence to the CCSS; it is also based on a theory of teaching math that is proven to work. That theory posits that mathematical knowledge is conveyed most effectively when it is taught in a sequence that follows the “story” of mathematics itself. This is why we call the elementary portion of Eureka Math "A Story of Units." The sequencing has been joined with successful methods of instruction that have been used in this nation and abroad. These methods drive student understanding beyond process and into deep mastery of mathematical concepts. The goal of Eureka Math is to produce students who are not merely literate, but fluent, in mathematics. Your student has an exciting year ahead, discovering the story of mathematics!




Thank you, Mrs. Gearhart for finding this great article and allowing me to share it with our school community.

Mrs. Brooks


VES will be fully implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) during the 2016-17 school year.  If you would like to view these new standards, click here, and you will be directed to a grade by grade description of what is in store for your child's science future.


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!


School Sites

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Teacher Websites

Many of our VES Teachers have websites with homework and other information for parents and students.

Dorwyne Johnson - 5th Grade - Teacher Website

Lisa Delgadillo - 5th Grade - Teacher Website

Kirk Condell - 5th Grade - Teacher Website

Michaela Pepple - 4th Grade - Teacher Website

Lisa Bushong - 3rd Grade - Teacher Website


TUSD Mission

TUSD exists to engage and work collaboratively with students, families and the community to create systems which develop character, academics, global awareness as well as economic, artistic, civic, digital and health literacy allowing our youth numerous options in the pursuit of an ethical and successful life in the 21st Century.  With relationships as our foundation, we provide timely and caring feedback which guides progress and ensures success. 

TUSD Vision

TUSD is an educational system where stakeholders are empowered, respected and adequately resourced to deliver broad-based and effective pathways from which student and employee outcomes are self-determined as a result of individual talents, interests and choices. The fundamental values of integrity, perseverance, excellence and local control are apparent in all interactions between staff members and during interactions with the public.

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VES Principal

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Contact Laura Brooks


Laura Brooks

School address:

2121 Vineyard Dr.

Templeton, CA 93465

Phone:  805-434-5840

Fax:  805-434-3105

Twitter:  Laura@LauraLbrooks


Things to remember for success!

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.


Attendance Contact 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

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

Lost and Found

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On the last Friday of each month, the lost and found items at VES will be donated to charity.  Please look for missing items on a regular basis.

VES Blue Ribbon

Blue Ribbon School 2000-2001

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VES Awards

California Distinguished School

1997 and again in 2012-2013

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Art for Children

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


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