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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:
Apr 14 - Spring Break
Apr 21 - Abram
Apr 28 - Abram 
May 5 - Arsenault

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!

4/14 - 4/18 - No School:  Spring Recess

4/22 - 4/25 - Book Fair

4/22 - Standing Committee Meetings (1:30pm)

4/22 - Open House (6:00pm - 8:00pm)

4/25 - Lottery Applications due (4:00pm deadline)

4/25:  Wacky Hair & Hat Day
5/30:  College Day

2013-2014 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).

April 2014

Dearest Van Gogh Families,

Can you believe it?  We are beginning the last two months of our school year.  We are presently administering the Smarter Balanced Field Test to our 3rd – 5th graders.  This is a test of the test.  It is giving us the opportunity to work out the quirks while there are still no stakes involved.  Thank goodness, because the road is bumpy when it comes to technology cooperating with us.  It is a learning experience for all. 

Our Tri-R-athon was a great success! Thanks to Crystal Edwards, Rhonda Benson, Alicia Contreras, Danielle Nieves, and all of the parent volunteers that supported the event.  We raised over $14,000.  

On Saturday evening, I had the pleasure to attend Van Gogh’s Casino Night.  It was a phenomenal evening due to the valuable time and effort that the Casino and Silent Auction Organizing Committee (Heather McNamara, Carol Telimi, Lucy Vartanian, Liane Eldridge, Jennifer Himes & Marilupe Villareal) put in to make this event exciting, fun, and successful!  A special thank you to the committee and all of the other parent volunteers that helped out.  Did I mention that Elvis himself was there? 

This Friday we will have a special Principal’s Chat with guest speakers from the GATE Office and Breakfast in the Classroom.  We will meet in the library at 8:10AM.  I hope to see you there! 

Next week we will take some time off for our Spring Vacation.  I hope that you enjoy some family recreation and relaxation.  I continue to be inspired by our students, staff, parents, and community!  Van Gogh is a wonderful place to grow and learn!


Pamela Merloni



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.

Week of April 13, 2014

Hello. This is Allison Rekrut, your PTO President, with your weekly announcements.

There is no school this week! Spring Break is here!!! 

Mark your calendars….
Open House is on Tuesday, April 22nd from 6-8pm and it is chalked full of fun! Come visit your child’s classroom and see the wonderful things they have been doing all year. Grab a piece of Vincenzo’s pizza or homemade empanadas and a drink. The Girl Scouts will be sponsoring a bake sale as well. Kona Ice is making a special appearance, so grab a shaved ice after you’ve seen the classrooms and shopped the Book Fair!

Speaking of the Book Fair, it will held in the auditorium from 5:30-8:30pm. There is something for everyone, including your teachers. The Book Fair will also be open the entire week!

Teacher Appreciation Week, which is May 5th-9th, is fast approaching so look for an email from your room parent soon! 

Our annual Volunteer Luncheon will be on Friday, May 9th at 11:45am. If you have contributed 1 hour or numerous hours, please stop in and let us say thanks! All volunteers are welcome!!

Have a great week off! See you on the 21st!

For the audio message - CLICK HERE

For archive from past weeks - 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.

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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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