Virginia Court Elementary

395 S. Troy Street, Aurora, CO 80012

Main Office: (303) 366-9594

Office Hours: 7:15-3:00

weekly message from principal pippenger

Dear Virginia Court Families, We have had a HUGE celebration this year. Due to student growth and achievement on the state assessment, CMAS, we have demonstrated that we are no longer on the State Accountability Clock. We are the only school in APS that achieved this distinction in 2022-23. This is a really big deal for our school because we’ve shown that our students are learning and growing! We’ve had a busy couple of weeks.

Here’s what we’ve been up to:

★ Developing strong classroom communities where students feel safe and learning can happen;

★ Assessing student needs in order to place students in intervention or acceleration for reading, English Language Development, math intervention or acceleration;

Did you know…

★ All students receive 90 minutes of grade level reading instruction

★ All students receive 30 minutes of acceleration or intervention in reading

★ Students who are learning English receive 40 minutes a day of English instruction

★ Invited boys receive 2 hours a week of mentorship and instruction around goal-setting and future planning

Free and Reduced Lunch Application

Did you know that Virginia Court can receive additional funding to support student needs? All it takes is for you to complete your Lunch Application! Our goal is to have 80% - that’s about 535 families who qualify for FREE lunch. We are currently at 69% (465 families).

We will be offering support with completing the Free & Reduced Lunch Applications on the dates listed below:

September 21 - 7:30-8:30, 1:00-2:30 & 4:30-6pm - Free & Reduced Lunch Application Support

Reach out to Sangita Patel, the Family Engagement Advisor, if you have questions via Talking Points or my office number (303-366-9594 x24422). Hope to see you there!

important information

PTO - Parent Teacher Organization Inviting ALL families to attend the first PTO meeting of the year:

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 from 5 - 6pm in the Library.

The Virginia Court PTO is an opportunity for teachers and school administrators to partner with families and community members to hear ways we can support your children to have a successful school experience. It’s not just about attending meetings. PTO is a way to have your presence and voice known at Virginia Court by volunteering, planning events, and sharing your views on how to make our school better!


Field Day Volunteers Needed!

Ms. Peterson is looking for volunteers to support with the upcoming Field Day on Friday, September 23rd!

Take part in leading games with students and supporting staff with activities while watching Virginia Court students having a great time! Here’s what we need:

● Morning support from 8:00-10:30 with 3rd - 5th graders

● Afternoon support from 11:45-2:05 with K-2nd graders.

If you are able to volunteer, please reach out to Sangita Patel, spatel@aurorak12.org


Neighborhood Parking Considerations Virginia Court has doubled in size since the 21-22 SY. With over 670 students coming to our campus daily, drop off and pick up can get a little congested. Please also be considerate of our Virginia Court community members and neighbors. For those who arrive to school by car or get dropped off, please plan ahead. Do not block the driveways of the homes surrounding Virginia Court. Blocking driveways causes inconveniences to our neighbors and creates safety issues.


Tutoring is Starting Soon We are excited to offer tutoring to our students. Virginia Court is partnering with Above & Beyond Learning, an organization that has gone through a rigorous selection process by district staff. Above & Beyond Learning has ensured that all of their Virginia Court Personnel will be staff from Virginia Court or Aurora Public Schools. If you are interested in this impactful and free opportunity, please complete the form in your child’s Friday Folder and return it to your child’s school by Wednesday, September 21. Tutoring will occur Mondays & Wednesdays 2:30pm – 3:45pm beginning Monday, September 26, 2022

we are hiring!

Virginia Court is very close to being fully staffed, but we still have a few positions to fill! Please see the vacancies listed below and if you are interested in applying, please click here to apply.

Counselor

Autism Teacher

Autism Para

General Education Para

Interventionist

attendance

We know you care about your child and believe it is very important to give children the best opportunity to learn the skills necessary for success in their future. Attending school on a regular basis is one way to support your child’s education. We are here to help!

Thank you for joining us and working as a team for the success of all of our students.

Students who arrive late miss: ★ Being greeted by their teacher ★ Saying hello to their friends as they hang up backpacks, unstack chairs ★ Breakfast with their classroom community ★ Learning about the day’s schedule ★ LEARNING. Have you ever walked into a room late and felt out of place? This is what our students feel like when they walk in late. Please help our students start each day successfully.

WEEKLY UPDATES:

●Wednesday, September 21 - Lunch Application Support (7:30-8:30/1-2pm/ 4-5pm)

● Wednesday, September 21 - EPAC Gathering @ PLCC ( 9:00-11:00) - See flier

● Wednesday, September 21 - 1st PTO Meeting (5-6) - Library

● Wednesday, September 21 - Tutoring Enrollment Forms are due!

● Thursday, September 22 - PICTURE DAY!

● Friday, September 23 - FIELD DAY! If you attend, please keep your child at school all day!

Talking Points is an easy way to stay connected. Download the app!

Do we have your current phone number and email address? We don’t want you to miss a thing! Please check in and update your contact information.

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At Virginia Court We are Committed to Serve Our Community

Vision: Educate, Prepare, Inspire

Mission: We are inspired to collaboratively grow and refine our educational practices, highlighting critical thinking and creativity in a joyful environment.

Purpose Statement: At Virginia Court, we are committed to cultivating critical thinking and creativity. We believe every child deserves an education that is rigorous, relevant and joyful. We strive to nurture a community of problem-solvers who are resilient and culturally responsive in a global society.

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Support for Families

Resources for you:

Tri-County Immunizations: Aurora Office

***By Appointment Only***

15400 E. 14th Place Aurora, CO 80011

Low or no-cost immunizations for uninsured children and adults* CHP+, Medicaid, and Medicare accepted

Private insurance accepted (unable to bill Kaiser and select private insurances) Out of pocket costs vary for nonroutine vaccines Immunization Hotline 303-451-0123 Bring your immunization record with you to every visit

Free Meals for Students

Colorado Food Cluster

  • We deliver FREE meal kits that include tasty and nutritious meals and snacks, ready to heat and eat at families' doorsteps to serve the needs of thousands of families who are struggling during this current public health crisis.

  • Any youth 18 years of age or younger is eligible and families can enroll multiple students in each household for which each receives their own kit.

HOW TO REGISTER

  • Use this link to complete your registration process with Colorado Food Cluster www.coloradofoodcluster.com - available in English and Spanish. It usually takes 1 to 2 weeks from signing up to the delivery of the first meal.

SFCR Flyer for caregivers for Fall 2021.docx
SFCR Flyer for caregivers for Fall 2021 - spanish.docx

FREE Internet Access

If you do not currently have internet access at home, but live in a Comcast area, you can sign up for 60 days of FREE Internet Essentials service. This is normally available to all qualified households for $9.95/month.

Internet Essentials Flyer (2) (1).pdf

Internet and Community Resources

RISE Aurora Resource Guide (2).pdf

Parent Playbook

This is a great resource to access all the ways APS is supporting families and students and an opportunity to share your voice in supporting your child's learning experience! Click here to access this resource.