October 2020 Newsletter


October 5 – 9 – Fall Break (No School)
October 12-25 – – Online Book Fair
Wednesday, 10/14 – PSAT
Thursday, 10/15 – Student Picture Day / Parent Support Group (6:30 pm)
Monday, 10/19 – Staff Development Day (No School)
Tuesday, 10/20, 6:30 pm- Parent Education Class
Saturday, 10/24, 2:00 -4:00 pm- Trunk or Treat
Thursday, 10/29 – End of 1st Quarter (No School)
Friday, 10/30 – Parent/Teacher Conference Day


Picture Day

We have our photographer scheduled to take individual student pictures on Thursday, October 15th. Please mark your calendars!

West House Service Project – Socktober

We are collecting new socks for the United Way during the month of October! Socks are the most needed and least donated item for those who are homeless. Our sock collection will run October 12-28 and students will have 10 points awarded to their house for each pair of new socks donated.

Acknowledgment Forms
If you have not already done so, please return the following forms:
1) Acknowledgement That You Have Received Our Privacy Notice
2) Consent for Release of Information and On-Site Therapy
If you have any questions or need another copy of these forms, please contact jherrington@vanguardprepschool.com or jwarne@vanguardprepschool.com. Thank you!

Entrepreneurial Business – Coming Soon!
Our new entrepreneurial school business students are busy at work! They are learning to use a Cricut machine and are currently making custom-made note cards. Each set of 8 cards will be available for $7. You choose your color and letter, and they do the rest! Keep an eye out for order forms soon.

Student Updates
If you would like a succinct update encompassing current academic, social-emotional, and behavioral levels for your child, please contact their counselor via email. The update will be sent home within one week. Please notethese updates are for outside providers such as physicians or therapists who are providing support for your child. Continue to communicate with your child’s teacher(s) and counselor for routine updates.

Lower School (Mari Ordonez): mordonez@vanguardprepschool.com
Middle School (Steven Barnett): sbarnett@vanguardprepschool.com
High School (Julie Dyer): jdyer@vanguardprepschool.com
Launch (Patti Pickering): ppickering@vanguardprepschool.com

Vanguard Family Map
The new mapping tool for Vanguard families is available today. Check out the map here and find families to connect with that live near you!

Robotics Team
The Robotics team started preparing this week for the annual BEST Robotics event,which is themed “Outbreak – Adjusting to the Threat”. The design, build, and programming will all take place at the school but the actual competition will take place online. The team will be judged performing multiple time trials with their robot on the “field” set up in rec room. These activities will be streamed for judges/referees on the day of competition. We are excited to see what our team will create and how they will perform!

The Houses of Vanguard
Your students and teachers are doing a great job racing to success. We have about 4 more weeks before the 1st quarter winner is announced (on 11/2). Below are the standings as of 9/18/2020:

  • West/Orange – 1,060 points
  • East/Red – 1,380 points
  • South/Purple – 1,670 points
  • North/Blue – 1,794 points

So far, things have been neck and neck between South and North but there is still time for anyone to jump in the lead!

Families, please remind your students to wear their house shirt on Fridays. Easy points are earned by wearing house shirts! Since house shirts have now arrived, students needs to wear these rather than just their House color to earn points. If your student still needs a shirt, please request a t-shirt order form Lauren Campos at lcampos@vanguardprepschool.com.


Online Book Fair
This year we will host an online Book Fair for our students and families! You can shop and purchase books between October 12th and October 25th. All orders will ship directly to your home, and shipping is FREE for book-only purchases over $25. As a bonus, all purchases benefit our school. Visit our Book Fair homepage here.


The PSAT will be administered to college-prep sophomores and juniors on Wednesday, October 14th beginning at 9:00 a.m. Please contact Julie Dyer at jdyer@vanguardprepschool.com if you want to confirm your student’s participation for the PSAT.

Trunk or Treat
Our annual VPA sponsored Trunk-or-Treat event is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th, 2:00 – 4:00 pm. An online sign-up will be sent out closer to the event to register your trunk and ask for your support. We will have a Kona Ice truck, activities for the students, and, of course, trunk-or-treating! Remember, House Points are earned for your family and your child’s participation.

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, scheduled for Tuesday, October 20this titled Building a Solid Foundation: Safe Relationships and Emotional Awareness. Healthy relationships promote emotional regulation and prosocial behavior. Years of research shows that one healthy, safe relationship with an adult can change the trajectory of a child’s path in life. Safe relationships are the foundation upon which we build the five pillars of social-emotional learning. We will discuss the framework of safe relationships and how emotional awareness impacts our 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):

  • November 17, 19 – Not Impossible: Emotional Regulation/Personal Responsibility
  • 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
We kicked off our new parent support group in September and it was a great night of conversation! We are excited to continually offer this safe place for families to build community, ask questions, and have honest conversation 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.

  • October 15th
  • November 12th
  • December 10th
  • January 14th
  • February 11th
  • March 4th
  • April 15th
  • May 13th
  • June 10th
  • July 15th 


Wellness class in the Middle and High School and group in the Lower School is in full swing and students are learning a lot about themselves this year. The focus has been on increasing students’ Self-Awareness. Self-Awareness is defined as the ability to accurately recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior and the ability to accurately assess one’s strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a “growth mindset.”

We began with a focus on Awareness of Emotions. Students learned where emotions come from and how to observe and describe how they feel in their body. Students also discussed primary and secondary emotions, what happens to our body and mind during emotions, and ultimately, how we respond when we have an emotion. Students also completed a Healthy Coping Plan to help them deal with their emotions in a healthy, expected way. Please talk with your student about their Healthy Coping Plan and ask them to help you create your own!

In the coming weeks, we will continue our focus on Self-Awareness and students will learn more about who they are. Accurate Self-Perception is the next focus in Wellness classes and groups. Students will be learning about personal traits they possess, will gain an understanding of their learning and conflict styles, and will learn how their personal qualities contribute to family and community. As we conclude the unit on Self Awareness, we will focus on identifying strengths and supports and the importance of personal responsibility. Please reach out to your student’s counselor if you have questions about the topics in Wellness class or groups.



Parent/Teacher Conferences
October 29-30

Parent Support Group
Thursday, November 12th

Parent Education Classes
November 17th & 19th

Thanksgiving Break/No School
November 23-27

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