November 2020 Newsletter


Thursday, 11/12 – Parent Support Group
Tuesday, 11/17 – Parent Ed Class (Lower School)
Thursday, 11/19 – Thanksgiving Feasts & Parent Ed Class (Middle/High School)
November 23-27 – Thanksgiving Break

Dear Vanguard Families,

We know that COVID-19 is on the forefront of everyone’s mind so we are including our Admin message that went out on Monday in case anyone missed this.

Amid the ongoing concerns about COVID-19, we want to reassure you that the health of your student and the Vanguard community remains our top priority. We are thankful to report that since returning to in person learning in June, none of our school staff or students have been infected with COVID-19! We know this is a result of the collaborative efforts by our staff and families to follow safety guidelines and are thankful to be part of such an amazing community.

That said, we realize that pandemic fatigue is real. We ask that you continue to do your best to prevent the disease by practicing physical distancing, mask wearing, and handwashing and encourage your student to do so as well.

With the number of confirmed cases continuing to reach record levels in Dallas County, we anticipate that individual classes or school levels (lower, middle, high) may be required to return to distance learning for periods of time. Please rest assured that we will notify you in a timely manner of any confirmed COVID-19 cases at the school and are ready at any time to return to distance learning for your student.

We are relying on trusted, peer reviewed, science-based information concerning COVID-19 rather than personal opinions or anecdotal observations. As with any new disease, recommendations evolve as science helps us understand this new illness.

We know this is a difficult time for everyone. As always, our Vanguard team is here to support your student and family. Please reach out if you have any questions or need assistance.

All the best,
Patti Pickering



Picture Day
If your student missed picture day recently, our photographer will be back in the spring for class pictures. She will take individual photos for those who missed this fall.

School Store
Our school store, run by high school students, is reopening with some changes this year. The new store name is Gimme Goods and they will have snacks and small lunch items available for purchase. Order forms will be sent home in Wednesday folders and should be returned on Fridays for the following week. Items purchased will be delivered to students on Wednesdays and Fridays just before lunchtime.

Custom-Made Note Cards
Our new entrepreneurial school business students have been busy learning how to make personalized notecards using a Cricut machine! They are currently making thank you notes (blank inside) and single-letter monogrammed cards. Each set of 8 cards is $7. Look for an order form in an upcoming Wednesday folder.

South/Purple House Service Project – Toy Drive
The South House will be hosting a toy drive supporting the Blue Caboose Children’s Fund, which is a non-profit that supports families living with Cystic Fibrosis. CF is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. For families faced with diseases like CF, sometimes the financial or medical obligations outweigh the fun and excitement of the holidays. If you would like to donate a gift, we will be collecting items between November 2nd and December 4th. Students can drop toys off in their designated school zone after morning drop-off.

The Houses of Vanguard
Congratulations to the North house for their 1st quarter win! We had great participation from all the teams and everyone should be congratulated for their efforts. The final points are as follows:

North – 5400
West – 3900
South – 3650
East – 3240

The points have now been cleared to zero for the start of 2nd quarter…we can’t wait to see who will win this next time around!

Next week is Kindness week and we will be playing Kindness Bingo as a challenge. Students will receive 10 points for every square on the bingo board that they get signed off. Anyone that has all squares completed will get extra house points and a small prize.


Socktober Update
As a school, we collected socks for the homeless during the month of October. In total, we collected 432 pair of new socks. A big thanks to everyone who donated to this cause!

Parent/Teacher Conferences
Thank you to all families for participating in Parent/Teacher conferences last week!

Halloween Festivities
We adapted our Halloween activities this year but everyone had a great time! Both students and staff dressed up, lower school students trick-or-treated around the school, and everyone enjoyed snow-cones, despite the cold weather!


Thanksgiving Feasts
We are excited for our students to celebrate together during our Thanksgiving feasts on Thursday, November 19th! We are ordering individual boxed meals from Cowboy Chicken that will include turkey, stuffing, macaroni, twice baked potatoes, a roll, and peach cobbler. Each boxed lunch will be $13. Please complete and return the order form sent home to place you order. Students can opt out and bring their lunch from home if they choose.

Classroom Spotlight – Classroom 10

Classroom 10 learned about the voting process this week! They read Duck for President, then had the opportunity for hands-on learning. They filled out their voter registration cards, presented their cards to vote, and then cast their ballots! They had to wait until the next day for votes to be counted!

Classroom Spotlight – Classroom 11

Classroom 11 has been busy this quarter! They are working hard to inspire kindness and prepare for World Kindness day on Friday, November 13th. The class worked together to create a Kindness book that is being sent in and published through Studentreasures Publishing. The students are excited to receive their first ever published class book!

They’ve also integrated creativity into their learning! They learned about physical properties during a science lesson, while making pumpkins and spider webs from different materials (yarn, glue, salt, and watercolors). They created skeletons during a geometry lesson, focusing on parallel lines, intersecting lines, acute angles, and right angles. Learning is fun!

Parent Learning Opportunities

Parent Education Classes
We strongly encourage parents and caregivers to join our monthly parent education classes to learn about the social emotional concepts and language your child is learning at school. All classes are led by Kevin Goodnight via Zoom and scheduled for Tuesday/Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm. Invitations will be sent out the week prior.

Our upcoming class “Not Impossible – Emotional Regulation/Personal Responsibility” is scheduled for Tuesday, November 17th for lower school families and Thursday, November 19th for middle and high school families. Learning how the emotions affect mind and body is the first step in learning emotional regulation. Managing emotions requires certain skills and attitudes that can be modeled at home and school. Mastering these skills can seem like an impossible job―unless each skill is broken down into small, doable steps. We will learn these steps and how taking responsibility for our emotions can lead to positive outcomes in relationships.

Additional dates and topics are below (when two dates are noted, the first will target lower school families and the second session middle/high school families):
• January 26, 28 – Fighting Fair: Conflict Resolution/Character Development
• February 23, 25 – The Power of a Different Perspective: Perspective Taking/Respect for Others
• March 16, 18 – Empathy and Compassion for All: Social Responsibility
• April 27, 29 – I Don’t Want to Talk About It: Effective Communication
• June 22, 24 – Being Transformed Through Relationships: Relationship Building

Parent Support Group
The parent support group will continue to meet each month to provide families time to connect with one another, ask questions, and have honest conversations about the challenges of parenthood. Please plan to join us on the Thursday evenings noted below at 6:30 pm via Zoom. Invitations will be sent prior to each session.
• November 12th
• December 10th
• January 14th
• February 11th
• March 4th
• April 15th
• May 13th
• June 10th
• July 15th 

Counselor Corner

This month our Wellness groups will be focusing on Personal Responsibility. We’ll be talking about subjects such as:
• the difference between self-blame and taking responsibility
• why we blame others
• seeing mistakes as opportunities for learning
• avoiding negative self-talk (“I can’t…” “I’ll never…” “I’m no good at…” “It’s impossible…” etc.)
• fostering a growth mindset (the belief in one’s ability to learn and grow and improve) versus a fixed mindset (the belief that one is either born with a talent or isn’t, is either naturally good at something or isn’t)
• facing challenges rather than trying to avoid or escape them
We’ll also be talking about Building Character. What is character? Why is it important? Some of the aspects of character that we’ll address are:
• Respect—A sense of worth that you attach to another person. When you show respect for someone, you’re showing that you recognize that they have value as a human being. Respect means that you accept somebody for who they are, even when they’re different from you or you don’t agree with them.
• Honesty—A person’s tendency to tell the truth, even if it means admitting that they did something wrong. It also means avoiding deceiving people in other ways, like leaving important information out, or using behavior to give the wrong impression.
• Cooperation or Teamwork—A person’s ability and willingness to work to achieve a common goal.
• Fairness—To treat people equally, or in a way that is right and reasonable. To make judgments that are free from discrimination or bias. Fairness means not showing favoritism, and applying the same standards across the board without giving special privileges to any individuals, and without causing anyone to be at a disadvantage.
Towards the end of the month we’ll be shifting from personal responsibility to the subject of Emotion Regulation, which we’ll cover throughout December.


Parent Education Classes
November 17th & 19th

Thanksgiving Feasts
Thursday, November 19th

Thanksgiving Break/No School
November 23-27

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