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Back to School Event for ALL learners and families
Delta Campus
September 6th
4-7pm
Read-a-Thon September 6th-27th
Awards Ceremony Oct 3rd on each campus
September 10th
Vanguard Parent Association
Ice Cream Social Recruitment and Elections Meeting 3:00 Delta Cantina
Board of Stewards
Tue, Sept 11th
6:00pm North Fork Campus
Denver Nature and Science Museum 
Field Trip Saturday September 15th
STEM Exploration September 26th
Delta Campus 
 
4th Graders Parks Day Sept 26th
Every VCA family needs to complete CAREDOX
School Pictures at the Back to School Event
(make-ups September 12th 11:00-2:00 on the Surface Creek Campus
Clubs will begin the week of October 15th
Fall Break
Oct 8-12
     A Word From Willyn
Hi Families, Staff, and Learners!

It has been a great start to the year.  So many staff, families, and most importantly, kids have commented about how wonderful everything is going! Kudos to all of you for making this happen.  Also, thank you to everyone who voted for Food for Thought. The announcement of the grant winners will be on September 25th and we have a very good chance.

As I reflect on the start and look to the future, my word is ELEVATE!  With the onward and upward theme in place and greatness happening everywhere, it seems that this is the year to elevate. 
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Elevate all staff in all departments to find great fulfillment and take their work to a higher level.
Elevate all learners to be excited about learning, to grow academically and to ignite their sparks.
Elevate all home school primary mentors to be the best teachers they can be
Elevate Vision Charter Academy as the leader in individualized education and parent involvement, offering diverse opportunities within our communities.

As we strive to engage, educate, equip, encourage, empower, energize we are confident that the result with be to ELEVATE!

Let us know how we can best serve you! Even our mascot (see logo for the year below) seems to be reaching higher for increased greatness.  It's going to be an exceptional year!
Love,
Willyn
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September 6th, 4:00-7:00, at the Delta Campus!

  • Free hot dogs and cookies

  • Be a part of the dedication and ribbon cutting for the

Cole Lahoe Memorial Basketball Court

  • Get your school picture taken by Reve

  • Testing Growth and Achievement Awards Presentations

  • Kick Off of the VCA Read Away Read a Thon

  • Workshops for parents on WOW, Powerschool App, Homeschool Support, Galileo and more!

  • Sign Up for Clubs: LEGO Robotics, MineCraft Club, Sewing, Cooking, VCA Choir, 100 Mile Club, Board Games & Hiking

  • Nurses Station

  • Destination Imagination Info Booth

 
 The second annual VCA Read Away READ a Thon will be kicked off at the Back to School Event on September 6th.  Remember the money from the read a thon goes 100% to fund the clubs and that there are great prizes for those who read the most minutes or raise the most money!  Start picking out your books and talking to your friends, relatives, and neighbors about sponsoring you today!
Right around the corner...

September 15th  Field Trip to 
The Denver Nature and Science Museum



We will be touring the museum on Saturday September 15th 10:00 am.  Every student has a free admission. Adults are $16.95. If you would like to stay after we tour the museum and do the IMAX or the planetarium you are on your own for the cost for that for your family.  Sign up HERE if you and your learners would like to go.
 
Colorado American Legion Auxiliary Writing Contest last spring. The essay title was "What can I personally do to promote Americanism in my school or community? " Each winner will recieve a certificate and $25. Thank you Tom Hensley for guiding your learners and submitting their essays!
Coralee Vanden Hoek - 3rd grade
Logan Kevan - 5th grade
Amara Fancher - 7th grade
Tiffany Colton - 6th grade (special award)
Web Site Up and Running
By Angela Valenine, MTSS & Data Specialist
At Vision Charter Academy it is our goal to give every learner and his/her family a voice and a choice in their education so they can achieve. We do that in many ways: outstanding teachers providing classroom instruction, strong support for parents providing instruction at home, exceptional homeschool support through Highly Qualified Consultants, quality curriculum, a broad range of assessments to identify student needs, and a system of support resources and tools for every learner at every level. Visit the new Learner Success Tools web site for more information and access to the tools available for our learners. Check back often to see the new things we have added.

https://sites.google.com/visioncharteracademy.org/learnersuccesstools/home
 
Come meet your Board of Stewards
  Join your board members in the VCA highway cleanup along highway 65 mile marker 20 to 21.
   Members of the board of stewards will be cleaning up Vision’s adopted highway on Friday September 28th from 10- 12. Come meet, chat, or just pick up litter.  Meet at the Surface Creek campus by 9:30 to carpool, or park at the Old Grand Mesa Highway turnoff.  Vests and trash bags will be provided by CDOT.  This is a great way to enjoy the fall colors on the Mesa, if attending please watch this video 

htt.codot.gov/programs/adopt-a-highway.
Hope to see you there,

Board of Stewards
High School Guidance Image result for high school planning for college
College Fairs Coming Up! by Darci Hellman
All Juniors and Seniors are invited to attend these upcoming College Fairs to meet with college representatives and learn more about their programs and obtain more information:
Þ Delta High School on September 12 from 2:00pm—3:00pm
Þ Montrose High School on September 12 from 5:00pm—6:30pm
Þ Western Slope College Fair at Aspen High School on October 7th https://www.cwscollegeoutreach.org/  Over 225 colleges and universities will be available to answer your questions.  Informational workshops will be available throughout the day. Check their website for topics. 

Vision Charter Academy Field Trip to CMU October 19th Sign Up in the October Visio Voice
 

RULER and REFRESHMENTS (R &R)
by Kathy Taylor

Workshop Series for Parents/Guardians

Introducing the RULER Approach and Emotional Intelligence

Family life is the first place that we learn to recognize, understand and manage our emotions. How can we, as parents, provide our children with the experiences that they will need to make sense of their feelings and the feelings of others? How can we demonstrate the importance of ‘choice’ when responding to our own feelings and the feelings of others?

Join Ms. Kathy Taylor, School Counselor, for 5 interactive workshops to learn about how Vision Charter Academy is working to create a positive emotional climate for learning and developing the social and emotional skills of our school leaders, teachers and students. Family members will learn about the science of emotional intelligence and how we are applying the skills of emotional intelligence in our school with RULER. You’ll learn how to use RULER to help build trusting relationships at home while developing skills that will serve your child for a lifetime.

We will offer the 5 part series on both the Delta and Surface Creek Campuses. Childcare and Refreshments provided at both locations.  At each session, participants may enter their name in a drawing for a Wal-Mart Gift Card.  The drawing will be held before Thanksgiving.

Delta Campus Details:

·         When: 1:45-2:30

        September 11, September 18, October 2, October 23, November 6

·         Where: High School Social Studies Room 15 (Mrs. Thibeau’s classroom)    

·         Who: All k-8 parents or guardians (Home and School based)

Surface Creek Details:

·         When: 2:35-3:20

          September 17. October 1, October 15, October 22, November 5

·         Where: HQC Cottage

·         Who: All k-8 parents or guardians (Home and School based)

 by Reenie Miles
Vanguard Parent Association (VPA) extends to you a hearty welcome!  The new school year is off to a great start and we are so excited to see all the new and returning learners. We will be having an ice cream social for recruitment and elections on September 10th at 3:00 in the Delta Cantina.

We are gearing up to contribute meaningful and fun additions to the event calendar.
VPA will plan, sponsor and facilitate 2 major events this school year:
  • A Festive Holiday Gathering December 14th 1:00-3:00
  • A Spring Fling April 12th 10:00-12:00
We invite you to join our monthly meetings with other ideas and suggestions.  We will set the meeting schedule in our September 10 meeting. Please plan to attend if at all possible.  We would love to have parent/guardian representatives from all campuses and learning paths. 
Feel free to reach out to the VPA co-chairs with any questions or suggestions Danielle Angotti -970-200-7163 – Reenie Miles – 970-988-8912
STEM Exploration Wednesday September 26th
3:00-4:30 Delta Campus
Come explore how to build your own mini individual hovercraft.
At the end of this STEM you can take home the instructions to build your own hovercraft at your home.
SIGN UP HERE IF INTERESTED

Calling all 4th Graders!
National Public Lands Day is a national campaign that started 25 years ago. I am thrilled to announce the 4th Annual Celebration of National Public Lands Day right here on the Gunnison National Forest--for a day of Learning, Exploring, and Stewardship at Lost Lake Campground on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018. The field trip is also part of a Forest Service initiative to engage youth called Every Kid in a Park--this programs specifically targets 4th grade students nationwide. Attending students will receive a Park Pass, which will grant them and their families access to any National Park for free.
Logistics for the day.
We usually do a rolling start when the first bus arrives at 9:30 and filter in everyone else.
We split the day into 2 sections--(Learning) and (Exploration & Stewardship) with lunch at Noon. The day typically ends around 1:30.
LearningConsists of 5 educational stations (Approx. 20 min/ea.) where students:
  • Become foresters and use strange forestry tools
  • Identify the mountain peaks and learn the local geology
  • Connect with Nature and Write Poetry
  • Learn how to use a compass and basic orienteering skills
  • Meet the local pack string and gain an understanding of how they contributed to the development of public lands
Exploration & Stewardship:
  • Naturalist Hike Complete a hike to Lost Lake (Approx. 1 hour)
  • Stewardship Projects Build Blue Bird houses and Create Native Seed Bombs. (Approx. 30 min)
  • Sign up HERE if interested
Thank you for voting for Food for Thought As we voted to address local hunger needs and offer an amazing service learniing experience for our VCA learners we gained tremendous support from our community.  With 30,000 views, shares, and likes, not to mention all of the videos and posts we really made an impact.  The official announcement of the grant winners will be on September 25th.  We were withiin the top 40 when they took down the leader board for the last 24 hours of voting. So, if we finished strong, which we think we did we will receive $25,000 for our program.  So many did so much, including many of our VCA staff and families.
We want to thank the businesses who donated to encourage voting: Davetos, Taco Time, Moca Joe's, Delta Family Fun Park, Java Hut, Lost Mesa Grill, Needle Rock Brewery, Sisson's Feed & Seed, Reve Portraits, Jerry Reiher State Farm, The Coffee Barn.
We also want to thank everyone who made a video in support of the cause: Dan Sanders, Danielle Barnard, Lisa Mock, Angela Fedler, Jennifer Magner, Daniel Renfrow, Jim Farmer, Delaine Hudson, Caryn Gibson, Chief Luke Fedler, Chief Dan San

Watch for the official announcement September 25th!
  Don't Forget that all VCA families must complete CareDox online (same thing as the old blue health form).  If you did not receive an email to register please email glenda.gallegos@deltaschools.com or tycee.davis@deltaschools.com
Thank you!
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