2/13/17

Vineyard Families,

I want to take a moment to thank all of our teachers, students and parents that helped to make parent teacher conferences run smoothly.  If you did not have a chance to talk to your child’s teacher, please contact them directly to set up a time to meet with them.

Events

Monday, Feb 13-6th Grade Middle Ages Fair.

Friday, Feb 17End of Term 2

Monday, Feb 20-No School President’s Day Federal Holiday

Week of Feb 28Battle of the Books competition for Grades 3-6.  More information will be sent through your child’s teacher.

Monday, March 6: No School-Teacher Professional Development Day

Friday, March 10Classic Skate Night at 4:00pm

Great Happenings

At Vineyard Elementary, we have focused our attention on making sure all students are proficient readers.  For the last two years, all students in grades K-3, have taken a state-wide reading assessment called, DIBELS.  This past month, we just completed our mid-year reading assessment and I am excited to announce that we have exceeded state expectations on the percentage of students that made significant growth in their reading scores.  I want to take a moment to thank all of our teachers, para-educators and other support staff that have taken the time to help individualize instructional practices to ensure all students are able to read.

Teacher Feature

This week, I would like to recognize the efforts of Mr. Ryan Wilson, a 5th grade teacher at our school.  Even though this is his first year at Vineyard Elementary, he comes to us with 10 years of teaching experience.  He is a very humble and patient man that students have grown to love, admire and respect.  He takes the time to get to know each student while also challenging their academic thinking.  Whenever I talk to his students, each one of them have glowing remarks about him and his classroom.  One student last week told me, “Mr. Wilson is a kind teacher but expects a lot out of us….I like that, I feel like I am learning and will be ready for 6th grade”.  Another student commented that “Mr. Wilson knows me, like, he can tell you what I like and don’t like about school…he rocks!”.  It is evident that students and other teachers have grown to admire Mr. Wilson.  I am grateful for his still demeanor and love for students.  He adds so much to our school!!

 

If there is anything I can do for you, please let me know.

 

Mr. Larsen

1/29/17

Vineyard Families,

Events

Tuesday and Thursday, Feb 7 & 9: Parent Teacher Conferences-If you haven’t signed up for a time, please contact the office at 801-610-8122 to schedule a time.

Week of Feb 7: Book Fair in the Media Center

Friday, Feb 17: End of Term 2

Monday, Feb 20-No School

Week of Feb 28: Battle of the Books

Great Happenings

As a school, we try to ensure the safety of all of our students.  We do this by talking about being respectful, responsible and safe on a regular basis.  In order for us to help our students arrive to school safely, I need your help as patrons use the loading and unloading zones.  Lately, we have had several cars park in the loading and unloading zone.  This has caused undue congestion in the area that students to use walk through.  For the safety of our students, please make sure you pull into a parking stall so we can keep our students safe.  Thank you for your help with our drop-off and pick-up zones.

Teacher Feature

This week, I want to pause and thank all of our Second grade teachers!! They have been actively involved in ongoing professional development that has focused on literacy instruction.  They have taken the concepts presented to them and have utilized them in their classroom.  It is evident that they are working hard to ensure all students reach their full academic potential.

The state of Utah conducts a reading assessment called DIBELS three times a year.  For the mid-year assessment window we had a large majority of our students pass the assessment.  In fact, all of the grades that administered the assessment showed gains.  I want to thank all of our teachers, especially the Second grade teachers for being active participants in our school designed professional development.

If there is anything I can do to support you and your family, please let me know.

Thanks!

Mr. Larsen

1/15/17

Vineyard Families,

I hope you are all enjoying your long weekend.  As a reminder, school will resume this Tuesday and we will follow our normal schedule.

Events

Monday, Jan. 16- No School

Tuesday, Jan 17- Parent Teacher Conferences-scheduler is open.  Please follow the directions on how to sign up to meet your child’s teacher.  Directions for Online Scheduler

Monday, Jan 23-PTA Meeting at 10:30 in the Media Center, all are welcome.

Thursday, Jan 26-SCC Meeting at 2:30 in the Conference room

Tuesday and Thursday, Feb 7 & 9Parent Teacher Conferences

Friday, Feb. 17End of Term 2

Monday, Feb 20No School

Great Happenings 

As a school, we have partnered up with UVU to offer free dental cleanings and other minor dental services free of charge to any student at Vineyard Elementary.  This service does not impact your current dental plan because it is being offered through a generous grant.  Dental cleaning and minor dental services will be offered at our location because the grant allows us to bring in specialized dental chairs.

If you would like any of your children to participate, please feel free to complete the form and return it to your child’s teacher.  Once we receive the forms we send them to UVU and they will call down students throughout the next few months to offer free dental care. If you have any questions, please let me know. If you are unable to print off the forms please contact our office assistant, Sami Ibarra for a copy at [email protected]

Dental Form

Dental Form 2

Teacher Feature

This week, I want to feature one of our Title 1 Aides, Mrs. Brooklyn Cochren.  Even though this is her first year working at our school, she is able to find ways to motivate and uplift our students.  Mrs. Cochren is paid through our Title 1 funds to provide small group or one-on-one support to any students that might need some additional help.  I am grateful for her positive attitude and willingness to help all students because she believes all students can be successful.

If at anytime, I can help you or your children, please let me know.  Vineyard is a wonderful school because we believe all students can be successful and we can help them reach their full potential.

Mr. Larsen

1/8/17

Vineyard Families,

Events

Monday, Jan 16: No School-Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, Jan. 23: PTA Meeting in the Media Center at 10:30.  All are welcome to attend.  Please feel free to bring young children.

Thursday, Jan 26: SCC Meeting at 2:30 in the Conference room

Tuesday/Thursday, Feb 7 & 9Parent Teacher Conferences and Book Fair

Friday, Feb. 17End of Term 2

Great Happenings 

Last week in my email I explained how we use our Title 1 funds to support student learning.  This week, I once again ask for your assistance in helping us obtain additional funding to reduce class sizes, hire additional para-educators and hire support staff, such as a behavior specialist.  Even if you think your family would not qualify for Free and Reduce lunch and or you do not want to have your child participate in the program, our school will benefit from additional funding if we have all families at the very least apply for the program.  The quickest and easiest way to apply for the program is to complete the online application.  Follow the link to apply for the program: Application  If you have already applied, there is no need to apply again.  I greatly appreciate your time and consideration with this matter.

Teacher Feature

This week I want to express gratitude for Ms. Megan Nelson, one of our 4th grade teachers.  I “popped” into her class last week to watch her teach.  The class was on task and the students enjoyed the writing topic.  It was fun to listen to the students discuss their claims and counter-claims to the topic.  I appreciate how she has such a calming personality and takes the time to connect to her students.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences are coming up soon.  The online scheduler will be active starting January 16th.  Please see the attachment for directions on how to sign up for a time to meet your child’s teacher. Parent Teacher Conference

After School Program-Coding 

We are offering another Coding after-school program.  If your child would like to take the robotics class later on in the year, they must complete at least one coding class.  Please follow the link for additional information.  Coding Information.  We have several scholarships available for students to participate in the program.

If there is anything I can do to support you or your child, please let me know. Thanks for all you do, and I look forward to another great week!

Mr. Larsen

1/3/2017

Vineyard Families,

As we approach the end of our break, I want to express my gratitude for all our students.  Prior to us going on break, I had a chance to go in and out of various class activities to see students engaged in creative learning activities.  I look forward to learning with your students the rest of the year.

Events

Tuesday, Jan 3-Classes resume

Monday, Jan 16-No School

January-PTA Meeting TBA

Tuesday & Thursday, Feb 7 &9 Parent Teacher Conferences

  • Additional information on how to schedule an appointment with your child’s teacher will be sent on mid-January

Great Happenings

As many of you know, Vineyard Elementary is a Title I school.  Whenever a school is designated as a Title 1 school, they receive additional funding to provide specific support to assist students in meeting academic standards.  At Vineyard we have been able to use those funds to help reduce class sizes, hire additional para-educators and purchase additional equipment for our students.  This year, we have been able to hire over a dozen para-educators through the use of Title 1 funds.  The para-educators have become an integral part of our instructional team by providing one-on-one support for students or reinforce concepts with small groups of students.  Aside from additional para-educators, we have been able to keep class sizes below district average by hiring teachers through Title 1 funds.  Even though some may argue that class size does not make a difference, as a former upper grade teacher I can attest that smaller class sizes allow a teacher to develop meaningful connections with their students.  It is through those connections that allow a teacher to help model, guide and instruct students to reach their full potential.  In order for us to continue to receive additional Title 1 funds, I am requesting all families to apply for “Free and Reduce lunch”.

Even if you do not think your family qualifies and or if you do not want your child to participate in the program.  This  is the only indicator that is used to determine if we receive additional funds to meet the needs of our students.  Please follow the link to fill out the online application. Application We will also send out a paper application through your child’s teacher.  We need all applications turned in by the end of the month.  We will greatly appreciate your time and consideration as you fill out the application.

If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact me or your child’s teacher.

Thanks!

Mr. Larsen