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Blue Ribbon School 2000-2001
California Distinguished School
1997 and again in 2012-2013
2121 Vineyard Dr.
Templeton, CA 93465
Parental involvement means many things. VES loves in-class help, but that is only one way that you can be involved in your child's education. Try these evening conversations with your student(s):
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.
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
All students released at 12:30
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
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).
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.
All students will need a signed Google Apps for Education (GAFE) form. Download one here and return to your child's teacher.
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.
Mrs. Scarbrough and Mrs. Hermes
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 is a need to know skill. Click here to see how you, too, can prevent fires in the home and in our environment.
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
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.
Oct. 31 - Happy Halloween (no costumes please)
This is a regular school day.
If you bring candy to school on Nov. 1, the correct number of pieces is two...well OK...three!
Early release days are Nov. 2,9,16,30
Nov. 10 - Minimum Day for Grading
Nov. 11 - Veterans' Day holiday
Nov. 14, 15, 17, 18 - Minimum Days for Parent Conferences
Nov. 21 - 25 - Thanksgiving Vacation
No awards assembly in November.The assembly for this month will be on Dec. 2.
There is no awards assembly for December.
Next Generation Science Standards
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.
VES - Where rainbows begin and end!
Introducing the VES FabLab!
The staff at VES is excited to introduce our new FabLab. 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.
Safe drop-off and pick-up at VES (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.
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! Thank you in advance for helping bring much needed money to our school.
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.
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!
Birthdays are special times for our students. Each child is recognized during the morning announcements and with a special gift and visit from the principal. 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.
Every Student - Every Day!
Attendance at school means that your child won't miss out on learning. Being prompt and being at school the entire day ensures that your child receives the full school experience. This year Templeton Schools will be promoting, encouraging, and rewarding good attendance. Be a part of something cool - BE IN SCHOOL!
Music Classes begin!
Now is the time to sign-up for one or more of our music offerings at VES! Both the violin and percussion classes offer scholarships to students who may need them, and can also help with instrument rental. Fliers for these great music classes have been sent home with your children, and extras are also available at the front desk of the office. Click the blue links below for more information about all the music offerings at VES!
Through a partnership with the San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony, violin will be offered each Wednesday from 1:45 to 2:45 PM. Or visit their website at https://www.slosymphony.org/strings-schools-0
Our partnership with Music motive allows us to offer the Bucketeers (drum) program each Wednesday from 7:17 - 8 AM.
Fliers for these great music classes have been sent home with your children, or extras are available at the front desk of the office.
Drama classes run on Tuesdays and Thursdays and and a second set of classes are run on Wednesdays and Fridays. Check back soon to find out more about the drama schedule and upcoming plays.
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.
Use this link to see school supply lists for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade.
Resistance is futile...
You will be educated!
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!
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.
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.
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!
PPT, Word, Excel Viewers [Go
Acrobat Reader [Go
Fun websites for learning
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!
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)
Bucketeers - Each Weds. 7:15 - 8:00 (A partnership with Music Motive through Nov. 2).
Garden Club - Each Thurs. 2:50 - 3:45.
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!