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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

Phone:  805-434-5840

Fax:  805-434-3105

Twitter:  Laura@LauraLbrooks


School Conversations

Dear Parents and Students,

June is here. This is always a bitter-sweet time of year as we say goodbye to our wonderful fifth graders who are more like family than merely students. Since we are the “


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.

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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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).    


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 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.

Office Staff

Clerk:  Mrs. Scarbough and Secretary:  Mrs. Hermes

  Mrs. Scarbrough and Mrs. Hermes

Mr. Fahey

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Mr. Cross

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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



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

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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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  • Every Wednesday in Sept. is an early release day.  3rd grade dismissal - 1:40, 4/5 grade dismissal 1:45
  • Sept. 1 - 8:30 AM PTO meeting at TES
  • Sept. 1 - 1:30 PM RETRO BILL!
  • Sept. 4 - Labor Day holiday - no school
  • Sept. 6 - Early release Day
  • Sept. 10 - Grandparents' Day :)
  • Sept. 13 - Early release Day
  • Sept. 14 - TUSD Board meeting 6:00 PM at Eagle Canyon Training Center
  • Sept. 20 - Early release Day
  • Sept. 18 - Rock 'n' Read Begins at VES.
  • Sept. 23 - TEF Denim and Diamonds Dinner
  • Sept. 27 - Early release Day
  • Sept. 28 - TUSD Board meeting 6:00 PM at Eagle Canyon Training Center
  • Sept. 29 - 8:15 AM - VES monthly awards assembly (parents will be notified)

Eureka Math


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


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!


The VES FabLab is in full swing!

The staff and students at VES are excited to be using 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.  We hope you will want to join us in making the FabLab an integral part of the future at VES.  Contact Mrs. Brooks at if you want to be a FabDad or MakerMom and be added to the list of folks whose expertise, ideas, and/or helping hands can make this Makers' Space thrive and grow.



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.  As always, Templeton Schools  promote, encourage, and reward good attendance.  Be a part of something cool - BE IN SCHOOL!

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Safe (and polite) drop-off and pick-up at VES

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.
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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! Thank you in advance for helping bring much needed money to our school.


Music classes


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.



Our program will be different beginning in 2017, with the addition of Ms. Melton who will teach 3-8th grade music in our schools.  By the end of your child's years at VES, they will have learned to play an instrument and know how to read music.  Ms. Melton is also adept at vocal instruction.  Do not fear, Mrs. Powell has not left us!  She is our new English Language Learner Teacher and will continue with our very popular after-school drama program.



Violin classes will continue in 2017 through our partnership with the San Luis Youth Symphony.  You can register for this popular Wednesday afternoon class by visiting this website  and be sure to look for fliers coming home soon.



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 with so many instruments. Keep an eye out for fliers coming home each trimester.  You can also click this link to connect to Music Motive to sign-up for these great classes.  Small keyboards are available from the school for check-out if you need a practice keyboard at home.




Cold v. Flu




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!

Birthday Guidelines


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.


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Thank you to Mrs. Powell and all the drama students for a great year of VES productions.  We look forward to seeing what 2017-18 holds in store!



2017-2018 School Supply Lists

Please review the 2017-2018 School Supply Lists for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grades.

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.


Resistance is futile...

You will be educated!

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Lost and Found

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.

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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 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

PPT, Word, Excel Viewers [Go]
Acrobat Reader [Go]

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Teacher/Staff Links

Fun websites for learning

Reach Your Teach


California State Standards

The California State standards are being fully implemented at VES.  The VES staff has worked diligently to plan, prepare, and present 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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The arts engage the mind!


Click on this video to see why your child should play a musical instrument!

And look through an artist's eyes with this short video!


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!