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17160 Van Gogh St., Granada Hills, CA 91344  |  School Phone: (818) 360-2141  |  School Website

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Friends of Van Gogh PTO!

Please register for your class responsibilities at

You will receive an "e-mail specific" invitation that links back to VolunteerSpot.com to register.

Coming up:

May 27 - Watterson

For more details, please CLICK HERE.

Important Dates & Information

Tuesdays are Shortened Days. School ends at 1:20 PM on these days.

Show your school spirit and greet Ms. Merloni with a sea of Van Gogh Wear at every Monday morning assembly!

Every Monday Night 
Dine Out Night at the Elephant Bar!!!

Ameci's Pizza
Granada Hills
Mention "Van Vogh" 
when you place your order over the phone, and they will give 10% back to the school!

School Office Opens for 2014-2015 School year

08/12 -
2014-2015 Key Dates
School Lunch Menu 
The daily breakfast & lunch menus can be found on the Café LA website along with current pricing

Free-Reduced Price Meals Applications are now online! Meal applications were mailed to households over the summer; It is now possible to access the free-reduced price meal applications and submit them online.
To find out more about the different programs, CLICK HERE.

Keeping up to date!
Find out what FoVG has on the Calendar for this Year. Visit out calendar page to see all the we have planned for the upcoming year. Our online calendar can be accessed here

FoVG Newsletter going through change... Again. The outside agency that printed our newsletter earlier this year has notified us that they can no longer provide the full color, magazine-style newsletter to us at no charge.  We will return to the one page, double-sided legal size format.
As a consequence, we will no longer be able to print the Students of the Month in full color in the newsletter, but will continue to post the full color version on our website.  However, a full color copy will be provided to the students who are honored each month.  
As always, advertising opportunities are available.  Please email
vangoghcalendar@gmail.com for more information.

Peanut Policy
Please support us!!! Due to severe peanut allergies, we request that snacks and lunches be PEANUT FREE! Thank you for your support!

We are no longer recycling the Capri Sun pouches nor the Lunchables trays. 

Report Odors
The AQMD has a hotline for reporting unwanted odors from the Sunshine Canyon Landfill.

Any time you feel the air quality around the school is less than desirable,  PLEASE CALL 1-800-CUT-SMOG (1-800-288-7664).


May 2014

Dearest Van Gogh Parents, Students, and Community,

It was wonderful to see all of the activity and excitement at Open House!  The efforts of our students, staff, and parents made it an exceptional evening.  Each classroom showcased the outstanding teaching and learning that is taking place daily here at Van Gogh. 

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week.  It gives us the opportunity to show our gratitude to all of our dedicated teachers.  We will end this week celebrating our dedicated volunteers at the Volunteer Brunch. Today, many of our girls donated their beautiful, long hair to Locks of Love or Pantene.  We are a community.  These events are reminders that together we make Van Gogh an outstanding school.  There are always so many incredible things going on here! 

Please continue to commit to the safety of our students.  At dismissal the only gates for students exiting the campus are at the front of the school on Van Gogh and the gate on Titian.  The YMCA gate is only to be used by students that are in the YMCA program for early morning or afternoon care.  There is no parking in the Staff Parking Lot and students are not to exit into the Staff Parking Lot. I realize that sometimes this causes an inconvenience but in the long run it is worth it.  Our students are irreplaceable and we cherish them.

It’s been a wonderful school year and we have four more weeks ahead of us filled with many more memorable moments!


Pamela Merloni

Week of June 1, 2014

Hi. This is Allison Rekrut, your PTO President, with your weekly announcements. This is my final voiceblast of the school year. Ahhh… bitter sweet!

Our last week of school is going to be a busy one. We have grade-level picnics and Kinder & 5th grade culminations at the top of the list.

Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday are shortened days so dismissal is at 12:30.

Monday night, June 2nd, is our Chuck E Cheese Dine Out night from 1:00-9:00pm. Look for our special guest right after school. Don’t forget to purchase your Chuck E Cheese gift cards from the office. Van Gogh wins twice this way!

Kona Ice will be at Van Gogh on Tuesday right after school on the blacktop. Last chance to get your Kona!!!

Thank you to all the volunteers who came out on Friday to help clean the Parent Center. The transformation is amazing! 

The last day to turn in your order form for your school kit was Friday. BUT…you can still order online until this Friday, June 6th. The website is shopttkits.com. and the account number is 82024

Lastly, be sure to pick up a yearbook if you haven’t done so already! They are pretty great this year! You can purchase them in the office for $25… They will also be on sale in front of the office on Monday after school.

Enjoy your last week of school & have a great summer vacation!

For the audio message - CLICK HERE

For archive from past weeks - CLICK HERE  

Van Gogh Charter Elementary School’s Annual Volunteer Luncheon

A special thank you to the following businesses for their generous contributions and support in making our volunteer luncheon A HUGE success!  Over school serves over 100 volunteers, and they felt very appreciated and treasured!





Our Tri-R-athon was a huge success and we have our amazing teachers and parents to thank! We raised over $14,000! Congratulations to Mrs. Reinhart & Mrs. Hirsch for having 100% participation in their class. Way to go!!!!  Congratulations to the following students for going above and beyond in raising money for Van Gogh:

  • First Place:  Autographed beats by Dr. Dre – Ella Matthews
  • Second Place:  4 single-day Magic Mountain tickets – Natalie Yadegar
  • Honorable Mention:  Menchie’s Gift Cards/Menchie’s Kickballs – Christopher Edwards, Abigail Gonzalez, Ryan Maldonado, Tryntyn Mardikian & Shane Smithburger
  • Classroom Winners (Highest average number of “laps” per grade level) – Shave Ice/Kona Ice:           

Ms. Weinstein (K), Ms. Atlas (1), Ms. Khorani (2), Ms. Buchholz (3), Ms. Gee (4) & Ms. Valiquette (5)

Thank you to the following sponsors who provided additional support that made this event possible:


For Principal Pamela Merloni's previous messages, please CLICK HERE.


Our collection of reading glasses, sunglasses and other valuables found at Van Gogh continues to grow.  If any of these items look familiar, please stop by the front office between 7:30am - 4:30pm to claim your personal items.
For archieved PTO President's messages, please CLICK HERE
Be sure to add our google calendar to your bookmarks!

Monday Morning Assembly Information
Were you aware that there is a school-wide assembly every Monday morning after the first bell?  Ms. Merloni, along with the Student Council officers announce important school news and events, present awards (including weekly "Caught Being Good" awards), and review the monthly Pillar of Character.  Please join us for these brief Monday morning sessions and stay informed of upcoming activities and information.

Also, encourage your student to wear Van Gogh wear for Monday Spirit Day!  Show school spirit and greet Ms. Merloni with a sea of Van Gogh Wear at every Monday morning assembly!  (P.S.  New styles and a new design will be launched at Fall Festival.)

Take a few minutes to watch this brief video clip to learn how you can help Van Gogh raise more funds as you do your regular, weekly shopping:


Save Money * Support Local Businesses * Give Back to Van Gogh
Affective Living is an amazing daily deal/fundraising website where you can get great deals from reputable,LOCAL businesses at a discounted price AND give back 15% of the net profits from your purchases back to Van Gogh!

Deals include local Children's Activities, Beauty Services, Restaurant Discounts and many more available services in the San Fernando Valley, and sign up is free.


$7.00 ($14.00 Value) or $14.00 ($28.00 Value)

Register at
affectiveliving.com or complete the form.  For every local deal you purchase, 15% of the net profits will be donated back to Van Gogh.  Affective Living will also give $1 to Van Gogh for every family who registers and designates Van Gogh Charter School as the "School Referral."  Sign up NOW - It's Free!

You must remain an Affective Living subscriber for a minimum of 3 months in order for the school to receive the $1 incentive.  Your email address will never be shared.  Affective Living Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy can be found at www.affectiveliving.com.

Ralphs logo
Ralphs Community Contribution Program
Ralphs Shoppers:  Print this attached letter (print entire letter, not just the bar code) to your local Ralphs store the next time you go shopping and hand it to the cashier to scan within your transaction IN ADDITION to your Ralphs Rewards Card or phone number (alt ID) that is linked to your rewards card.  Within 72 hours, you will start giving a percentage of your shopping trip back to Van Gogh.  The school name will not appear on your eligible receipts, but you will see the words "LOYALTY DIV" on your receipt.
5 Reasons to Volunteer at Your Child's School
One of the things that makes Van Gogh Charter so special is the amazing network of volunteers that do so in whatever capacity they are able.  From room parents, to PE volunteers, to those who do special projects for teachers in the evening... this article touches on the ways that a few hours of your time can make a big impact on the school community, and on your child's experience at Van Gogh!

Van Gogh API Scores on the Rise!
We are thrilled to announce that our API scores increased by another 4 points to achieve a score of 935.  Congratulations to all, this is a tremendous achievement! (Based on 2012-2013 Academic Year)

Safety First!
As we start the new year, please remember to observe all traffic laws including those against jaywalking and double parking. Observe safe speeds around the school. Take the time to stop fully. During the 2011-2012 school year, we had several “close calls.” Trying to save a few seconds or minutes are not worth risking the safety of any child... especially yours.

Please review the
"Driving & Parking Around Van Gogh" sheet that was sent home in August to avoid getting ticketed for reckless driving or parking violations.

Please don’t ask your children to break the law – we all need to lead by example and be good role models for our children!

As we get closer to the time of the year where our students will be going through CST Testing, now would be a good time to become familiar with what is expected of our students, by grade level. Take a minute to review the Parent Roadmaps to Common Core Standards through
the “Council of the Great City Schools” website
and help prepare your student.

The Dollars and “Sense” of Attendance
When your child is absent from school, in addition to lost classroom and instruction time, the District loses funding.  Van Gogh’s attendance rate reported:  August '12: 98.2%, September '12: 97.9%, October '12: 97.4%, November '12: 97.5%.  Lost revenue to District in November 2012 alone due to Van Gogh attendance:  - $4,333.  Please send your children to school unless they are sick.  If you are unable to schedule doctor appointments for afterschool, please schedule them for the afternoon.  Your children will learn more and will be practicing a work ethic that will positively serve them throughout life.
Changes in the Charter Enrollment Policies

There have recently been some changes in the enrollment policies for schools such as Van Gogh, who have become Charter since 2011.  All students who are currently enrolled (with the exception of anyone who has falsified their address) will be considered permanent members of our school and will no longer be required to file for permits.  However, the District will no longer allow the school to prioritize sibling permits.  Therefore, families who do not live in the residential area of the school will be required to fill out a lottery application for all new children who they wish to attend the school. This does not apply to children who live within the school's boundaries.  

The lottery applications will be available beginning April 2, 2013.  All applications must be received before 4:00 on May 24, 2013.  A public lottery drawing will be held May 31st at 10:00 in the Van Gogh Charter auditorium.  

These changes in policy are beyond the school's control.  We believe that siblings should always be allowed to attend the same school. However, we must follow the directives of the District.  We apologize for the hardship this may cause some of our families.


On Wednesday, April 10th, Dan Yadon, a Kindergarten father and police officer and his friend, Eric Rosoff, a retired Burbank Police Office specializing in school safety, made a wonderful presentation about school safety at the PTO General meeting.


For those of you who could not be at the meeting, to view the presentation by CLICK HERE.

  1. Here are a few of the team’s top recommendations for parents:  Be sure you have your most current phone number logged with the school for use in emergencies.  This is the number that will receive a call in the case of a school emergency.  See Nancy in the Office if you want to check or change your emergency phone number.
  2. Sign up for text updates to your phone or email address from NIXLE, the police department’s incident reporting system.  You will get messages about incidents happening in other areas but it will be a good information source if there is ever an emergency on campus.  You can access Nixle here:  http://www.nixle.com
  3. Talk to your kids about safety in an age-appropriate way and continue to have the conversation regularly and when world events occur.  Here is a link with some helpful advice on talking to your kids about safety:
  4. http://www.childquest.org/Safety%20tips%20for%20KIDS.html
  5. Host home fire drills to help keep your family safe.  Here is a resource about home fire drills: http://www.nfpa.org/itemDetail.asp?categoryID=406&itemID=17735&cookie_test=1
  6. If you do get a call telling you there has been an emergency at school, please listen closely to what you have been instructed to do.
Do you have any party favors left over?  Unopened Kid's Meal toys?  Did you see anything cute at the 99¢ Store or the dollar bins at Target?  We welcome donations for our "Caught Being Good" prize box!

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