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

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Important Dates & Information

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


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!

08/19 - Back to School Night (5:30pm - 7:00pm)

08/20 - PTO Meeting (6:00pm start), Auditorium

08/22 - Principal's Chat/Leadership Council Orientation (8:10am), Staff Lunch Room

08/26 - Dine Out: Chuck E. Cheese (all day)

08/27 - Candidate Statements Due for Leadership Council

08/28 - Picture Day!

08/29 - NO SCHOOL - Admissions Day

09/01 - NO SCHOOL - Labor  Day

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

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).

June 2014

Dearest Van Gogh Families,

            We are nearing the end of a spectacular year!  I am looking forward to the Kindergarten and Fifth Grade Culminations this week.  These are such milestones in your children’s lives and I am honored to share it with you.  The Staff Appreciation Luncheon on the decorated courtyard with Frost Mariachis entertaining us was beyond a treat.  Thank you for your generous contributions and delicious entrees.  The Carnival turned out to be a lot of fun for everyone.  The game booths, food, Sweet Shoppe, and prizes were terrific!  Thanks to the volunteers and to Carole’s organization.  It was a hit!! I even got to try on the firefighter suit (which by the way is almost 100 pounds before the oxygen tank, hose, and the saw).  I was glad that Van Gogh doesn’t have any flights of stairs.

I have now witnessed all of Van Gogh’s special events and I truly believe that this a magnificent school!!  Every fundraiser that has gone on over the year has been child centered.  Each child benefits directly from the efforts and support of the incredible parents, teachers, and community here at Van Gogh.   I look forward to our work ahead and the continued success of our students. 

Pamela Merloni

PTO Voiceblast 08-17-2014

Hello Van Gogh families, this is Allison Rekrut, your PTO President with your 1st weekly announcement of the school year. I am rejuvenated and ready for an exciting and successful new year!

We hope you had a great first week of school. 

Our first Monday morning assembly is tomorrow at 8:01 am. Parents are welcome to stay and participate.

This Friday, 8/22, is our first Principal’s Chat. Join Ms. Merloni in the staff lounge at 8am to hear current info regarding LAUSD & Van Gogh. 

Coach Alevras has requested help this week with the Wednesday Psycho-Motor skills classes. Grades 4 & 5 are before recess, grades K & 1 are after recess, and grades 2 & 3 are after lunch. Please ask your teacher what time they have scheduled for their PE session and then volunteer to help out. Kinder & 1st grades will need the most assistance.

Back to School Night is this Tuesday, August 19th from 5:30-7:00pm. This is an adult-only event. Please join us to hear what your student’s teacher has in store for this year. There will be two sessions per class. Girl Scouts will be selling empanadas & drinks. There will also be Van Gogh wear for sale as well as information booths for Escrip and volunteering.

Our first PTO meeting is Wednesday, August 20th in the Auditorium. The Board/General meeting starts at 6pm. Come learn about school events, volunteering opportunities, meet fellow Van Gogh parents, and more. Free childcare is available during the meeting and is provided by our wonderful YMCA. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Spirit days will be on Fridays this year. Our first one is this Friday so wear your Van Gogh attire. 

Valet is an integral part of the safety at our school. Beginning in September, each classroom will be responsible for individual weeks throughout the year. Until then we are looking for volunteers to help out. Please contact Wendy Puentes, our Valet Coordinator, wgaray625@aol.com, to sign up.

Save the date for the following:
Dine Out Night at Chuck E Cheese is on Tuesday, 8/26.
Picture Day is on Thursday, 8/28.
And our 1st Van Gogh Beautification Day will be on Saturday, 10/4.
More info to come.

Have a great second week!

For the audio message - CLICK HERE

For archive from past weeks - CLICK HERE  

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

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.

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.

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. Please set a good example for your student!

Please review the
"Driving & Parking Around Van Gogh" sheet 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!

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.  

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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