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Usted puede pagar el almuerzo de su hijo/a en el internet usando

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Attendance / Asistencia

     At Vineland School good attendance is a high priority.  Children with perfect attendance (0 absences, 0 tardies,) are rewarded at the end of the year.  180 days attendance are required for this year end award (check outs for court appearances or a doctor appointments are excluded as long a note from the court/doctor is presented to the office and less than 75% of the day is missed) or any time after 1:00pm.

     If your child is absent, send a note to the teacher or call the office at (626) 962-9719.  An excused absence is for illness, medical appointments, court appearances or attendance at a funeral.  All other absences are unexcused. Remember you have only 3 days to clear an absence, so please call or send a note.


     En la escuela Vineland la buena asistencia perfecta (0 ausencias, 0 tardanzas) son recompensados al fin del año. Se requieren 180 días de asistencia para el certificado de fin de año (salidas por citas en la corte se le presente a la oficina una nota de la corte/doctor y no pierdan más del 25% del día o después de la 1:00 pm.

     Si su hijo/a esta ausente mande una nota o llame a la oficina al (626)962-9719. Ausencia son justificadas si son por enfermedad, citas con el doctor, sita de corte o un funeral. Todas las demás ausencias serán injustificadas. Recuerden que sólo tienen 3 días para justificar una ausencia, así que por favor llamar o enviar una nota.

Parent Information

Before the Test

Help your child in areas that are difficult for him or her

If your child has struggled with a particular area or subject in the past, you may be able to help them overcome some of that difficulty by providing some extra practice. Many workbooks target test preparation by offering practice exercises and questions like the ones students see on the test. Focus your practice on your child's weaknesses rather than her strengths so that he or she doesn't get bored with the exercises.

Give your child a chance to practice

If your child has trouble taking tests, try practicing test questions and studying new words. Your child's school or the library may have some samples to use. Keep the sessions short, and set small, manageable goals so that the extra practice boosts your child's confidence.

On Test Day

Make sure your child gets a good night's sleep and eats a healthy breakfast

Many teachers report that students who don't do well on tests haven't gotten enough sleep, and haven't eaten breakfast on the morning of the test. Doing both of these things will ensure that your child is working at full capacity.

Make sure your child is prepared

Some schools may supply the tools your child needs for the test, such as pencils, an eraser, paper, and a calculator. Others may require the students to bring those materials themselves. Check with your child's teacher to see if you need to provide your child with any of these materials. Also, check to see whether you child will be able to make up the test if he or she is sick on test day.

Remain positive

Staying calm will help your child stay calm. If she gets nervous about the test or is likely to experience anxiety during the test, help him or her practice some relaxation techniques that they can try once they start taking the test.



Secret Messages


C_n y_u r__d th_s? Figuring out mystery sentences in this hangman-style game can call your youngster's attention to the first and last sounds in words - an important early reading skill.

Give your child a message that includes only the first and last letter of each word. You write "I l__e y_u" for "I love you" or "L__'s p__y a g__e" for "Let's play a game." If he or she is stumped, have him or her go through the alphabet and try different letters that could work. Remind him or her that the message has to make sense. This will help him or her rule out possibilities. For example, if he or she figures out "Let's play a ..." he or she can think about what you might play that begins with "g" and ends with "e."

When he or she solves the mystery, let them write a secret message for you.




Using Context Clues

Your child might not understand a challenging word when he or she sees it all by itself. But when it's in a book, surrounded by other words, sentences, and paragraphs, he or she can use the context to figure it out. Suggest these strategies.

Look for Definitions

A new word might be defined right in the sentence your youngster is reading. Maybe he or she stumbles on peasants ( "The king taxed the peasants..."). Encourage him or her to finish the sentence and perhaps it'll lead him or her to the word's meaning ("but the poor farmers couldn't pay the king").

Fill in the Blank

Have your child read a sentence without the unfamiliar word (say, venomous). He or she could read, "The bites of _________ snakes can be deadly" and think, "What would make sense in that spot?" If he knows that poisonous snakebites are the deadly kind, he might figure out that venomous means poisonous.

Come back to it

Information in the rest of a chapter or book can explain an unknown word. Say your youngster reads "The company sells generic products." He or she could jot down generic, then be on the lookout for more information as he or she keeps reading. The next section may provide the explanation, for example saying that "generics are similar to brand-name products but less expensive."♥

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Fun with Science

Build a Soap Powered Model Boat



  • A foam tray (like the kind meat comes in) or a piece of non-currogated cardboard
  • A tray, bowl, or cookie sheet full of water
  • Liquid dish soap
  • A toothpick


Cut the foam tray or cardboard into a boat shape as shown below:

A good size seems to be about 2 inches long.


Dip the toothpick into the liquid soap and use the toothpick to put soap onto the sides of the notch at the back of the boat.


That’s it! Now carefully place the boat onto the surface of the water and watch it scoot across the water for several seconds – you’ve made a soap-powered boat! To demonstrate the boat again, you will need to rinse out the tray to remove any soap from the previous demonstration.



Soap is a surfactant – that means that it breaks down the surface tension of water.  As the surface tension is broken up, it creates enough of a force to push the lightweight boat across the surface



The project above is a DEMONSTRATION. To make it a true experiment, you can try to answer these questions:

  1. Does liquid soap last longer than a solid piece of soap?
  2. Does warm water work better than cold water?
  3. What materials make the best floating boat?




Question of the Month

Q: My son doesn't seem to enjoy writing, although he gets good grades on his assignments. My sister, who is  a teacher, said that seeing his work in print might motivate him. Are there any magazines that publish children's writing?


A: If your child's school has a newspaper or literary magazine, he might start by submitting articles or stories to those publications. Let him know that he can also send his work to children's magazines like Stone Soup and Highlights for Children or to websites such as and In addition, he can ask his teacher about writing contests that he might enter.

Remind your son that everything he writes won't be selected for publication. He can increase his chances of success by looking for magazines that print children's writing and then sending his work to the ones that publish pieces like his. He should also be sure follow the publication's submission guidelines.


Volunteers / Voluntarios

     Volunteers are always welcome at Vineland Elementary School.  Please contact Mr. Mendez, the school Community Liaison, for more information on becoming a volunteer at Vineland Elementary School. He can be reached by phone at (626)962-9719 ext. 7004.


     Los voluntarios siempre son bienvenidos en la Escuela Vineland. Por favor, póngasen en contacto con el Sr. Méndez, el trabajador de la comunidad de la escuela, para más información sobre cómo ser voluntario en la Escuela Vineland. Se puende contactar con el por teléfono al (626)962-9719 ext. 7004.


Volunteer Online Application

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Coffee with Mr. Mendez

Dear Parents,


I would like to invite all of you in for some coffee on Monday, March 19th, 2018 at 8:15 a.m. in the cafeteria. I would like to meet with the parents and share some information for the Vineland School community. I will also be raffling off gifts. Hope to see you all there.




Mr. Mendez

Vineland School

Community Liaison


(626)962-3311 Ext. 7004


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Drive Safely in School Zone

Driving Tips Around Schools: Keeping Children Safe

Parents and caregivers who drive on campus and in neighborhoods near school can plan an important role in enhancing safety near schools by following safe driving practices. At arrival and dismissal times, drivers are often in a hurry and distracted which can lead to unsafe conditions for students and others walking, bicycling and driving in the area.

Drivers should always:

  • Slow down and obey all traffic laws and speed limits, both in school zones and in neighborhoods surrounding the school.
  • Comply with local school drop-off and pick-up procedures for the safety of all children accessing the school.
  • Avoid double parking or stopping on crosswalks to let children out of the car. Double parking will block visibility for other children and other motorists. Visibility is further reduced during the rain and fog seasons when condensation forms on car windows.
  • Avoid loading or unloading children at locations across the street from the school. This forces youngsters to unnecessarily cross busy streets—often mid-block rather than at a crosswalk.
  • Prepare to stop for a school bus when overhead yellow lights are flashing. Drive with caution when you see yellow hazard warning lights are flashing on a moving or stopped bus.
  • Stop for a school bus with its red overhead lights flashing, regardless of the direction from which the driver is approaching. Drivers must not proceed until the school bus resumes motion and the red lights stop flashing, or until signaled by the school bus driver to proceed.
  • Watch for children walking or bicycling (both on the road and the sidewalk) in areas near a school.
  • Watch for children playing and gathering near bus stops. Watch for children arriving late for the bus, who may dart into the street without looking for traffic.
  • Watch for children walking or biking to school when backing up (out of a driveway or leaving a garage).

Math Tips

Some Important Things Your Child Needs to Know About Mathematics

You can help your child learn math by offering her insights into how to approach math. She will develop more confidence in her math ability if she understands the following points:


1. Problems Can Be Solved in Different Ways.

Although most math problems have only one answer, there may be many ways to get to that answer. Learning math is more than finding the correct answer; it’s also a process of solving problems and applying what you’ve learned to new problems.


2. Wrong Answers Sometimes Can Be Useful.

Accuracy is always important in math. However, sometimes you can use a wrong answer to help your child figure out why she made a mistake. Analyzing wrong answers can help your child to understand the concepts underlying the problem and to learn to apply reasoning skills to arrive at the correct answer. Ask your child to explain how she solved a math problem. Her explanation might help you discover if she needs help with number skills, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, or with the concepts involved in solving the problem. 


3. Take Risks!

Help your child to be a risk taker. Help him see the value of trying to solve a problem, even if it’s difficult. Give your child time to explore different approaches to solving a difficult problem. As he works, encourage him to talk about what he is thinking. This will help him to strengthen math skills and to become an independent thinker and problem solver.


4. Being Able to Do Mathematics in Your Head Is Important.

Mathematics isn’t restricted to pencil and paper activities. Doing math “in your head” (mental math) is a valuable skill that comes in handy as we make quick calculations of costs in stores, restaurants or gas stations. Let your child know that by using mental math, her math skills will become stronger.


5. It’s Sometimes OK to Use a Calculator to Solve Mathematics Problems.

It’s OK to use calculators to solve math problems—sometimes. They are widely used today, and knowing how to use them correctly is important. The idea is for your child not to fall back on the excuse, “I don’t need to know math—I’ve got a calculator.” Let your child know that to use calculators correctly and most efficiently, she will need a strong grounding in math operations— otherwise, how will she know whether the answer she sees displayed is reasonable!


Tip of the Week / Consejo de la Semana

The Never-ending Sentence


Write sentences as a team, and your youngster will learn the benefits of editing. 


First, have your child begin a sentence by writing any word (Rainbows). Then, write a word beside it (are). Go back and forth, adding one word at a time. At any point, instead of a word, you can add punctuation like a comma or a quotation mark.


After a few rounds, your sentence might look something like this: “Rainbows are pretty, and Mom said, ‘I saw one yesterday at work,’ so I knew it rained and then the sun came out…”


When you’re finished, let your youngster read the “run-on” sentence aloud. Ask her to edit it into separate sentences by adding periods and capital letters and removing connecting words (and, but, or, so). Let her read the sentences aloud to see how much better they sound now