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November 13, 2020

Important Dates:

Thursday, 11/19 at 2:45 Tech Help with Ms. Cypher

Friday, 11/20 7:45 Virtual Village Meeting with Principal Topic: Support for remote learning

Thanksgiving Break November 23 - 27

While we know that our students and staff can thrive with more in-person learning, the sustained community spread interferes with our ability to maintain the full range of our mitigation measures across all of our grades. Thus, we will maintain our current status through Winter Break.

This means ALL students in grades PK-12 will remain in remote learning for the rest of the semester. Our students with specialized learning needs will continue in-person learning through Winter Break. This includes the following groups of students:

APS will make a decision about a possible return to in-person learning by January 4, 2021.

If you have specific questions about your child’s remote learning schedule or need access to any materials to engage in remote learning, please reach out to school staff.

Free Grab-and-Go Meals

APS will continue to offer free meals for families. Families can pick up free meals at any of our 47 drive-through grab-and-go locations. Meal pick up is from 10:45-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. Most APS high schools also have an evening pick-up time from 4:15 to 5:00 p.m.

For the holiday breaks, meal service will be available at 16 sites from 10:45-11:30 a.m. and at five of our high schools from 4:15-5 p.m. The schedule for holiday weeks will be as follows:

  • Thanksgiving Break:

    • Free meals will be served on November 23-25 (Monday-Wednesday). On Wednesday, Thanksgiving meal kits will be provided along with meals for Thursday-Sunday.

  • Winter Break:

    • Free meals will be served on December 21-23 (Monday-Wednesday). On Wednesday, holiday meal kits will be provided along with meals for Thursday-Sunday.

    • Free meals will be served on December 28-30 (Monday-Wednesday). On Wednesday, meals for Thursday-Sunday will be provided.

    • The regular weekday schedule will resume on the week of Jan. 4. Free meals will be served January 4-8 (Monday-Friday). On Friday, meals for Saturday and Sunday will be provided.

We would like to help with any resources or questions you may have that we haven’t answered. Fill out this quick one question survey about how we can help you and your child during remote learning.

Reminders:

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

  • Have you moved? Did you get a new email address or phone number? Please make sure we have your most up-to-date information.

October 9, 2020

Important Dates:

Monday, 10/12 (No School)

Tuesday, 10/13 - First Day Cohort A

Thursday, 10/15/20 at 2:45 Tech Help with Ms. Cypher

Friday, 10/16/20 7:45 Virtual Village Meeting with Principal

Hybrid Model

Remember that Virginia Court is on a Construction Calendar so our dates may be different from the rest of the district. We don’t want there to be any confusion regarding when students return.

Students in Cohort A will return in person beginning on Tuesday, October 13th.

Students in Cohort B will return in person beginning on Monday, October 19th.

Be sure to check your email for an important message with more details about arrival, dismissal, and more to help you prepare for hybrid learning.

With a huge thanks to one of our Wildcat families, we have a limited number of desks available at school and to families that are able to come pick them up. Please contact the school if you want one.

Message from the Principal:

I want to thank you for all of your support as we started the year in a Full Remote environment. We know that you have done so much to walk alongside your children to help them during this time.

As we move into a Hybrid Social Distancing model, we know that all of our students will continue to learn remotely at some point. Whether your child is in a fully remote learning choice or a hybrid which will have students learning remotely on alternating weeks, this unusual and unprecedented way of teaching and learning will continue.

Now that we have a better sense of how to teach in a remote environment, I wanted to reach out for your support in keeping our virtual classrooms “sacred learning spaces” much in the way we do this when students are learning in person.

  • Parents, daycare providers, grandparents, and anyone else who may be sitting with and supporting a student during synchronous learning are welcome!

  • Please keep requests for help or clarification for a time when there is a natural break unless it can be kept brief.

  • A larger concern or need should be kept for later. All of our teachers have a weekly classroom meeting and office hours specifically for meeting with you.

Research is clear that it can take up to 25 minutes for students to get their focus back after a disruption. When we know that lessons are shorter in a virtual space, our students simply cannot afford to have regular interruptions.

Therefore, we wanted to let you know of some changes to these learning spaces.

  • Our staff will mute or remove anyone disrupting the learning environment whether it is intentional or not. There is no intended disrespect or disregard for students or adults who may become frustrated or upset. This is a tremendously difficult situation for many people, and we are here to help. At the same time, we will not allow for learning to stop for our students.

  • Teachers are here to help, and we ask that you interact respectfully and mindful of language and gestures.

  • Teachers have been instructed, by me, to keep learning spaces focused in ways that keep students learning without interruption.

Again, we know that this is a very difficult and potentially frustrating way of doing school. We want our students back in the building, we want to spend days sitting alongside them and teaching in ways that are familiar and effective. Until that time comes, we will continue to partner with you and respond to concerns as they arise.

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me directly.

Yours in Partnership,

Kim Pippenger

Principal, Virginia Court

303-366-9594

Text or call 720-295-2796

kspippenger@aurorak12.org

Vacourt.aurorak12.org



october 2, 2020

Important Dates:

Monday, 10/5/20 4:00 pm Virtual Meeting with the Principal

Thursday, 10/7/20 at 2:45 Tech Help with Ms. Cypher

Friday, 10/9/20 7:45 am Virtual Village Meeting with Principal

Friday, 10/9/20 No School - Teacher Workday

We were so happy to welcome our kindergarten and preschool students this week, and we can’t wait for our other students who are returning in hybrid.

Hybrid Model

Remember that Virginia Court is on a Construction Calendar so our dates may be different from the rest of the district. We don’t want there to be any confusion regarding when students return.

Students in Cohort A will return in person beginning on Tuesday, October 13th.

Students in Cohort B will return in person beginning on Monday, October 19th.

Look for a letter in your email next week with more details about arrival, dismissal, and more details to help you prepare for hybrid learning.

The Hybrid model will allow us to welcome small groups of students so we can maintain social distancing in our schools. For more information about the hybrid model, please watch this brief video (English Spanish Burmese Arabic).

Virginia Court Boys and Girls Club is open for registration. We hope to be able to serve our families this school year with enriching programs while maintaining safety procedures. We are working on a strong program that considers safety, enrichment, and fun. We will be following the APS Public Schools schedule and follow the recommendations of the district.

As it stands, we are planning to open on October 13th, 2020 along with Virginia Court. If you have any questions about registration, please email Steven or Kerry.

Health and Safety for in-person learning:

  • All students must wear a mask each day. It should fit well and cover their nose and mouth without needing a lot of adjustment.

  • Students will wash their hands regularly throughout the day.

  • Students will each have their own desk and chair, there will be no sharing of materials.

  • Any sick students will be sent home immediately.

  • Unfortunately, no parents or visitors are allowed inside our classrooms this year.

Parents, please be sure to wear a mask any time you are visiting our school.

Construction News

Thanks to Aurora voters, our school is also undergoing a full remodel this year. There will be very little construction happening inside the building, but you will notice fencing and heavy equipment in areas where our three additions are happening. Safety is our top priority, always! Our construction team maintains the highest level of safety when working at our school. Areas will be fenced and inaccessible to students and all workers must check in at the main office where they are screened for health and receive a background check. If you have questions or concerns about this, please reach out to me so we can talk.

Our main entrance has moved, too. The brown doors to the cafeteria will be our new entrance. There will be a buzzer and a camera to ensure safety, and a temporary wall has been built in the cafeteria so that all guests only have access to the main office area when they arrive.

Reminders:

Weekly Classroom Meetings: Enter through your child’s Google Classroom and learn what’s happening in your child’s classroom. Classroom Teacher schedule and contact information

Yours in Partnership,

Kim Pippenger

Principal, Virginia Court

303-366-9594

Text or call 720-295-2796

kspippenger@aurorak12.org

Vacourt.aurorak12.org


september 18th, 2020

Thank you for your continued support as we work through remote learning. We hope that you were able to make it to our supply pick up this week. If you weren’t able to make it please come to the main office between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. We want to help you get the materials needed for your student to learn.

Reminders:

Weekly Classroom Meetings: Enter through your child’s Google Classroom and learn what’s happening in your child’s classroom. Classroom Teacher schedule and contact information

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.

The Hybrid learning model

    • The hybrid model will allow students to come in person every other week and learn from home on alternate weeks

  • Instruction will happen Monday-Thursday from 7:45-2:45 in both synchronous and asynchronous ways

  • Transportation will still be provided for bus riders

  • Students will receive free breakfast, lunch, and dinner whether they are learning in person or remotely

  • Safety guidelines will be strictly followed: Masks are required and must be provided by families, social distancing will be maintained, no shared materials among students, hand-washing, and hand-sanitizing will happen regularly, rooms will be thoroughly cleaned each evening and sanitized throughout the day

Family Supports:

The Virginia Court mental health team has its own website:

  • Contact our mental health team

  • Resources including activities to help with strong feelings and stress

  • Request support for your child

Website: https://vcmentalhealth.aurorak12.org

September is Suicide Prevention Month and it’s important that we are there for each other and take steps to prevent suicide. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention recommends taking simple actions to safeguard our mental health and save lives. From learning the warning signs for suicide and what to do if you are worried someone is struggling, to bringing education programs to your community, we can all learn new ways to help each other save lives.

Sadly, on September 9th, a military veteran in Mississippi completed suicide live on Facebook. In the days since, the horrifying footage has been shared on multiple social media platforms, including TikTok, where it reportedly ended up on the trending homepage. It’s especially important in these very stressful times that we are even more aware of what our children are looking at online and monitoring them very closely. Additionally, we are providing a link with information regarding suicide, what to look for, how to respond, and where to get help. It’s difficult to think about but important to remember that suicide is the leading cause of death of youth and young adults in Colorado and we have to remain alert to the signs so we can work together as a community to help our youth. Thank you for your partnership.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ckyPCdiVWATwlghYUP8nLKVHcgOtGSOFnJuV8wxSri8/edit?usp=sharing


Free Clinic

APS is partnering with Salud Family Health Centers to offer mobile vaccination and dental services for APS families on September 25th, and October 2nd. Families should call 303-697-2583 Ext 4235 or 2243 to schedule an appointment (there will not be walk-up services available). Clinics will be from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the following locations:

  • September 25th - ESC4 1080 Peoria St.

  • October 2nd - 14707 E. 2nd St.

Yours in Partnership,

Kim Pippenger

Principal, Virginia Court

303-366-9594

Text or call 720-295-2796

kspippenger@aurorak12.org

Vacourt.aurorak12.org


September 11, 2020

Monday, 9/14/20

4:00 pm Virtual Meeting with Principal, check your email for the link

Topic: Construction and School Improvement Planning

Wednesday, 9/16/20 Materials Pick Up

10:45 -11:30 OR 4:00-6:00 Remote Learning Materials Refresh

Thursday, 9/17/20 at 2:45 Tech Help for parents. Check you email for the link.

Friday, 9/18/20

7:45 Virtual Village for Families-Check your email for the link

Topic: Construction and School Improvement Planning

I know we will all be excited for the day we welcome our students back, with smiling faces and elbow bumps. Until that day- we will continue to grow together. We are a team, a community, and we need to support each other now more than ever. While our environment for teaching and learning may have changed, our goals for the year remain the same. Our goal is to work together to support our students, families and staff during these challenging times. Please continue to provide us with ongoing feedback about your student’s experience and needs throughout the year.

Reminders:

Weekly Classroom Meetings: Enter through your child’s Google Classroom and learn what’s happening in your child’s classroom.

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.

Have you completed a lunch application? If not, please don’t delay!

Grab & Go Meals served daily:

  • Monday - Friday 10:45 - 11:30 am at Virginia Court Elementary

  • Monday - Friday 4:45 - 5:30 pm at Gateway High School

Remote Learning News:

Supply Refresh Pick up at Virginia Court this Wednesday.

Teachers have updated materials for students to continue their learning at home so please stop by our drive-thru pick up in the bus lane on Troy Street:

  • 10:45 -11:30 am

  • 4:00 - 6:00 pm

We are planning for the next steps:

Help us know your plans for Quarter 2 in a hybrid/social distancing OR continue in remote learning by completing this brief survey (Spanish here) asap.

Here is a short video to explain the in-person and remote learning options:

English, Spanish, Burmese, Arabic

Mask Information:

If your child is hoping to return to school, start helping them get ready NOW. Masks are required for all APS students who are learning in person this year. It’s never too early to begin getting them ready!

  • First practice wearing face coverings in a safe environment, like home.

  • Model the behavior yourself; kids and teens are more likely to wear their face coverings if their family and friends wear them consistently, too.

  • Help them gradually get used to face coverings; their first day at school should not be the longest time they’ve spent in one.

Family Supports:

Free Clinic

APS is partnering with Salud Family Health Centers to offer mobile vaccination and dental services for APS families on September 11th,18th, 25th, and October 2nd. Families should call 303-697-2583 Ext 4235 or 2243 to schedule an appointment (there will not be walk-up services available). Clinics will be from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the following locations:

  • September 11th and 25th - ESC4 1080 Peoria St.

  • September 18th and October 2nd - 14707 E. 2nd St.

Meet our Counselor

As we begin to settle into the new school year and the new reality of fluctuating between virtual, hybrid, and in-person learning, I would like to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Gabrielle Tonk (Mrs. Tonk) and I am the new School Counselor for Virginia Court this year. This will be my 11th year as a School Counselor and my 3rd year in APS at the elementary level. I have worked at elementary, middle, and high school levels, which adds to my knowledge base and experience to assist your families, especially in transitions to middle school. Additionally, I have three children of my own that all attend APS schools and I am an active member of our Aurora community. I am extremely excited to be joining the Wildcat community and can’t wait to partner with you and your family this school year.

Recently, we sent out a Family Connections survey in this bulletin. While not required, it is extremely helpful for the mental health team to get your feedback on your child so we can provide appropriate services and curriculum campus-wide this school year.

If you have not yet had an opportunity to complete the brief survey, please take a moment and assist us with collecting this much-needed information at:

English- Survey

Spanish- Survey

So far this year, I have been busy joining our classrooms online for connection circles and classroom activities, reaching out for technology and resources support, and assisting with locating students that have been struggling to get online for one reason or another. Additionally, I have created a School Counseling classroom that will provide weekly activities for our students to access whenever they feel they need a brain break as well as a weekly assignment regarding wellness for them to complete on our Asynchronous learning day Friday.

The classroom lesson can be found here each week: Google Classroom

Here is a brief description of what services a School Counselor provides for our school community.

  • School counselors are certified/licensed educators who improve student success for ALL students by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program.

    • Help all students:

      • apply academic achievement strategies

      • manage emotions and apply interpersonal skills

      • plan for postsecondary options (higher education, military, workforce)

      • individual student academic planning and goal setting

      • school counseling classroom lessons based on student success standards

      • short-term counseling to students

      • referrals for long-term support

      • collaboration with families/teachers/ administrators/community for student success

      • advocacy for students at individual education plan meetings and other student-focused meetings

      • data analysis to identify student issues, needs, and challenges

For more information about School Counselors, click here.

Please don’t hesitate to reach me at the following:

Phone - (720) 571-4219 (You may leave a confidential voice message at this number as well.)

Email - gntonk@aurorak12.org

Google Classroom

I will be available for Open Office Hours every week. This is a time that I will be there waiting in case you have any questions or concerns that you would like to discuss.

My “office" is located virtually. Check your email or contact the office for the link.

Monday 12:30-1:30

Tuesday 10:30-11:30

Wednesday 9:15-10:15

Thursday 10:30-11:30

Friday 1:00-2:00

Appointments outside of these listed times are also available. Please call or email for an appointment.

I hope this time of ever-changing moments finds you well and I look forward to connecting and continuing to create a strong community with you here at Virginia Court this year.

Be well!

Mrs. Tonk - School Counselor

Yours in Partnership,

Kim Pippenger

Principal, Virginia Court

303-366-9594

Text or call 720-295-2796

kspippenger@aurorak12.org

Vacourt.aurorak12.org

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Older Parent Communications


August 31, 2020

Important Dates:

Note: *Click on underlined text to get the information linked

Monday, 8/31/20 at 4:00 p.m. Virtual Meeting with the Principal. Topic: Planning for return to in-person learning

Thursday, 9/3/20 at 2:45 pm Family Tech Help Session

Friday, 9/4/20 at 7:45 a.m. Virtual Meeting with Principal

Topic: Planning for return to in-person learning

Monday, 9/7/20 No School, Labor Day

Thursday, 9/10/20 at 6:00 p.m. Virtual Construction Meeting

Friday, 9/11/20 at 7:45 a.m. Virtual Meeting with Principal

Virginia Court Families,

As we end our second week of school we hope that students have found some structure and predictability in their learning as we continue working remotely. If you are struggling with anything related to Remote Learning, please reach out to us or your child’s teacher.

So much is happening at our school and we want to stay in close contact as we move into September:

  • Virtual Meetings with Principal - Twice a week we will share news of our school including topics such as remote learning, return to in-person learning, construction, and more. Bring your questions and concerns.

  • Virtual Construction Meeting- Join us to learn about our Full Remodel, meet our General Contractor and Architects. Construction begins in September!

  • Family Tech Session - help with any Technical Support will also support computer software integration by diagnosing and troubleshooting common problems.

  • Weekly Parent Updates - In your inbox each Friday with all the news of your child’s school.

  • Visit our website for weekly updates

Remote Learning News

Next week, on September 1st and 3rd all 2nd -5th-grade students will log in to the iReady platform and take the reading and math assessments:

  • These tests will give us an accurate starting point for your child’s learning.

  • Quiet areas are best to allow them to focus. Headphones may help!

  • Test will take about an hour for your child to complete.

  • No help is needed - the tests adjust to be “just right” for your child.

Your child’s teacher will help them get started and will be there to help along the way but just in case, here are some resources to help you at home.

iReady Troubleshooting Spanish:

iReady Troubleshooting English

Please reach out to Rachel Sellers if you have any questions or issues at rasellers@aurorak12.org or 303-366-9594.

Family Supports:

Grab & Go Meals served daily

  • Monday - Friday 10:45 - 11:30 am at Virginia Court Elementary

  • Monday - Friday 4:45 - 5:30 pm at Gateway High School

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. Call 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.

Strengthening Family Coping Resources (SFCR)

Starts: September 3, 2020

4:30 - 5:45 pm Thursdays for 6 weeks

This is a great time to:

  • Implement new, healthy family routines

  • Develop supportive daily rituals

  • Connect with other caregivers

  • And earn a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Support Staff is here for you

We have invested even more in the wellness of our students this year. In addition to daily social emotional time each day in every classroom, we have a strong team ready to support students who may need some additional support from time to time.

  • Ms. Townend (Social Worker)

  • Ms. Olsen (School Psychologist)

  • Mrs. Tonk (Counselor)

  • Mr. Hendrickson (Dean of Students)

We want to make sure that we are being proactive in our efforts to help our students be their most successful selves. With all of the changes continually occurring in our world, it’s completely understandable that our kids might need a little additional support during this turbulent time. Please take a moment to complete this survey by September 4th,so we can work with you to match your child with the best level of support. Please complete one survey for each Virginia Court student.

Reminders:

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.

Have you completed a lunch application? If not, please don’t delay!

Spring 2020 student ACCESS Test Reports are now available in the IC Parent Portal for parents/guardians of multilingual students to access.

Yours in Partnership,

Kim Pippenger

Principal, Virginia Court

303-366-9594

kspippenger@aurorak12.org

Vacourt.aurorak12.org

Other Information:

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Our office staff will be available to support via phone on Monday through Friday from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Office Main Number: (303) 366.9594

For help in English: (720) 900.2085

For help in Spanish: (720) 608.1719

We value relationships with our families! If you have a question or concern, please contact us:

Main Office (English): (720) 900-2085, rgreyes@aurorak12.org

Main Office (Spanish): (720) 608-1719

Kim Pippenger: Principal, (720) 295-2796, kspippenger@aurorak12.org

Rachel Sellers: Assistant Principal, (720) 767-2550, rasellers@aurorak12.org

Joel Hendrickson: Dean of Students, jdhendrickson@aurorak12.org

Aaron De La Cruz: Family Liaison, (720) 767-3765, audelacruzmaldonado@aurorak12.org (Spanish/English)

Stop by to see us or call or email for an appointment!