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.
CURRENT AFFECTIVE LIVING DEALS
GET YOURS NOW BEFORE THEY SELL OUT!!!
WILDLIFE LEARNING CENTER (Sylmar)
50% OFF GENERAL ADMISSION FOR 2 OR 4 PEOPLE
$7.00 ($14.00 Value) or $14.00 ($28.00 Value)
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!
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)
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...
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.
SCHOOL SAFETY AT
VAN GOGH CHARTER SCHOOL
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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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:
- 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
- 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.
"CAUGHT BEING GOOD" PRIZES NEEDED
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!