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,

The end of the 2nd quarter is just around the bend! Learning continues to deepen at Virginia Court. This is a time to celebrate student growth and student experiences! Students who reach their mid-year growth score on iReady will get to participate in a Hot Chocolate Party on January 6th!

Fun Times!

This week, Kindie and 1st grade students were treated to a once-in-a-life time experience by AMP the Cause, who gifted our students with an amazing field trip to see magic and do art, sing with carolers, have their face-painted, and get a backpack full of presents from Santa!

And, of course, your child’s teacher is also available to you when they are not teaching students. Please see our website (https://vacourt.aurorak12.org) for links to their contact information.

In partnership,

Kim Pippenger, Principal

important information

Unexcused Absences

We know that sometimes students are sick or have a family emergency. When students are out without a reason, their absence is marked UNEXCUSED.

To excuse an absence:

Call the attendance line @ 303-326-1644 or Send a Talking Point message to the Office or your child’s teacher

A doctor’s note is required for absences due to illness of more than 3 days. If students are absent for more than 3 days, we will reach out to ensure your child is healthy and safe. If students are already chronically absent, a doctor’s note may also be required in order to excuse it.

Cold and Wet Weather

We monitor weather conditions carefully. At this time of year the mornings are much colder. Here’s how we make decisions about whether students have inside recess:

If temps are below 20 degrees (including windchill)

If it is raining or snowing enough that students would be wet when they come into the building

Our students go outside for recess when the temperature is above 20 degrees. This gives our kids fresh air, which is so good for their health and wellness.

Warm jackets, mittens, hats, snow boots and other cold weather clothing are needed for Colorado weather. If your children need warm clothes, please reach out to Sangita Patel, the Family Engagement Advisor at spatel@aurorak12.org

Lost and Found

We know the weather is getting colder. There are A LOT of jackets and coats stacked up in the Lost and Found Bins in the Main Office Hallway and in front of the cafeteria. Please stop by to look through it if your child has lost a clothing item.

These clothes will be donated to Goodwill on December 16, 2022.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

We are looking for volunteers! We need volunteers to help in the Library to organize and shelve books. Please reach out to Sangita Patel at spatel@aurorak12.org or 303-366-9594 x24422, if you are interested.

Food for Thought Partnership

We have seen many families reaching out about food needs. We have partnered with Food for Thought, which is linked to the Food Bank of the Rockies. Beginning December 2 and every other week after that, Food for Thought will deliver “Power snack bags” for all students regardless of need.

Food bins will be placed outside of classrooms with Food Bags

Students make take 1 bag, regardless of need

Reach out to Sangita Patel, the Family Engagement Advisor at spatel@aurorak12.org if you have questions.

Traffic

We are seeing many cars moving quickly and sometimes recklessly at drop off and pick up. We are a small campus with more than 680 students! Safety of our students before and afterschool is a priority. Here is the traffic map that will support you to find the best way to get to school to drop off or pick up your child.

Here is a tip: We begin supervision at 7:25 and we see very little traffic before 7:35. If you come after 7:35 drop off will take a bit more time causing your child to be late. So, plan ahead and come early!

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:

  • December 5-9, 2022 - iReady Testing begins! Make sure your child attends school!

  • December 5-15, 2022 - Lost & Found Items put out

  • December 14 @ 8:30 am - Parent Meeting - How students learn English

  • December 12-15, 2022 - Spirt Week! Stay tuned!

  • December 16, 2022 - January 3, 2023 - Winter Break

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.

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

https://sites.google.com/aurorak12.org/edtechtools/aruba

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.

Another Free Internet Option: https://sites.google.com/aurorak12.org/edtechtools/aruba


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.