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VCS Weekly Bulletin - August 24, 2018

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It's back to school week!

Dates at a Glance                         

Aug. 28, 8:30am - 9:30am: Gala event planning meeting (outside by picnic tables)

Aug. 30th, 6pm-7:30pm: Miss Malika’s Parent Meeting

Sep. 3, Labor Day No School

Sep. 4, 5:30pm -7pm: Miss Barnum’s Parent Meeting (potluck 5:30, meeting 6-7)

Sep. 6, 6pm-7:30pm: Miss Kristen and Miss Ashley’s Parent Meetings

Sep. 9, after morning circle until 10am: PA sponsored Coffee Morning


School Choir

Thursday afternoons 3:15 - 4:15
Starts Thursday August 30th
5 sessions $70


·  1800's costumes for girls and boys of all ages
·  songs of the civil war era
·  Christmas Carols
·  Old time dances
·  Gaelic singing
·  And some school standards

Interested? See sign up outside of Miss Barnum's classroom #24
Questions should be directed to Miss Barnum in person.


Gala Planning Meeting

There will be a Gala event planning meeting, Tuesday,  August 28th from 8:30-9:30am at school.
Please meet by the outside picnic tables. All help is welcome and appreciated.


English-Spanish Dictionaries Needed

Spanish class in the middle school starts this Monday.
We are in need of 12 English-Spanish dictionaries.
If you have one or two, and are willing to donate, please bring them to the middle school classroom.

Claudia & Crisarlin


Conservation in Action

This section will be used to detail how VCS’s students and school community creates and connects to the exploration and care of our natural world.

Let’s start by congratulating ourselves! Many months have gone into preparing a proposal that has now paid off, literally. VCS has been awarded $3,200 from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to implement a Schoolyard Habitat and Outdoor Classroom Program. Over the span of this coming school year, we will install native planting areas and habitat features designed to engage our whole school community in the stewardship and study of nature. We will be creating a Butterfly and Bee Habitat Garden (our version of a B&B), Habitat Hill (complete with bird nesting boxes students will build, monitor and maintain) as well as a Lizard Lounge (features for amphibians/reptiles along with a mini wetland to provide water for all). All VCS classes will be involved in the Schoolyard Habitat creation as well as by our families coming together on work days (stay tuned, first workday is coming in September!)  There will be much work to do this school year knowing that our work will provide countless years of learning in our very own living laboratory! Please contact Hattie ( or Stephanie ( if you would like to take a leadership role in this project or with any questions.

Here’s an excerpt from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Program description:

The mission of the Schoolyard Habitat and Outdoor Classroom Program is to get students to experience nature. The Program helps schools create natural spaces on school grounds where students will observe, draw, write, think and question. A Schoolyard Habitat project restores native wildlife habitat while including features that support students frequently going outside to learn, discover, create and celebrate the environment. During the formative years of life, students develop perceptions and values about their environment. Schoolyard Habitats can provide students with a powerful example of land conservation and stewardship.

“In nature, nothing exists alone” - Rachel Carson

“Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better” - Albert Einstein

Good to Grow,

Hattie and Stephanie, Schoolyard Habitat Co-oordinators :)


Carpool Partners

We are looking for carpool partners from east
Santa rosa.  In particular, we are seeking assistance with 1:00 pickups
for our son Leo, who is in kindergarten.  We can share driving
responsibilities. Email
Thank you!





Have an appreciation you wish to make? You can email it in by
Friday morning or just stop by the office and drop off a note in the orange
Appreciation Jar and it will get added to the next Bulletin.

Crisarlin and Hattie, I so appreciate your hard work and dedication to see through the Schoolyard Habitat Grant proposal process. The countless hours you spent over the past many months to make this dream real is what made it happen, thank you a million! - Stephanie

Huge appreciation going out to all VCS teachers and staff for creating a energetically and physically sparkling school environment that welcomes us back with love, joy and excitement. Also, thank you for your support in the creation of and enthusiasm to implement our Schoolyard Habitat project, it’s going to be a great habitat growing year! – Stephanie

I have a huge appreciation for all the “greening” support Jasmine Maes has graciously given these past several days. Our days are more beautiful because of you.
Love, Miss Malika

A huge appreciation to all my parents who have had their children here on time and ready to start their day!
Thank you, Miss Malika

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