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

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School Site Council Meeting (SSC)

Dear Parents,                                          

           This is an invitation to come to our School Site Council meeting on Monday, December 4th, 2017 at 2:30 pm in the cafeteria. We will discuss educational issues regarding our school. Remember, you as parents can make a difference.  If you have any questions feel free to call the office at 626-962-9719.


  Thank You!



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Calendar / Calendario 2017-2018


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.

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Winter Break Activities for Families

For most families, winter break brings with it celebrations, decorations, a ton of food and a whole lot of holiday fun. But what happens once the gifts are open, the New Year rings in, and there are still days left before the break’s over? Christmas has come and gone and New Year’s is only hours away, but most families still have a while before their kids make the trek back to school.

With nothing but time, cabin fever can set in quick, making the start of school look like a sweet reprieve for everyone.

We understand that playing with Christmas gifts can only go so far in keeping the kiddos entertained, so, to help you out, we’ve compiled a list of awesome, family-oriented activities that are specially designed to keep your holiday merry and bright.

1. Enjoy the season as a family

What better way to celebrate this season than to spend a little time outdoors in it? Rather than huddling in your nice, warm house, take some time to bundle up and enjoy the snow. Build a snowman, go sledding or have a family snowball fight. If you want to see the snow but not be in it, setting up a family nature walk is a great way to appreciate the beauty of winter. Spot different varieties of birds, collect leaves and twigs or take time to notice how things change with each season. The best part about being outdoors is you can always top it off with some nice hot chocolate and winter treats as a family.

2. Check out the lights

If you’re looking for something free and fun and think your family can handle a little time all squished in the same car, take a spin to see some of the wonderful Christmas displays still lighting up the night. This has been a tradition in many families for as long time, and nothing quite beats it for keeping the holiday spirit, especially when you can do it with little ones. 

3. Bowl in the New Year

Maybe braving the winter cold just isn’t for you, but you still need out of the house. You’re not alone! There are still plenty of fun things to do while keeping warm indoors. One family activity that’s great not only during the break but year-round is bowling. It’s inexpensive, and there are great family bargains if you look for them.

4. Go to the movies

Whether it’s cuddling up with some popcorn for a good movie at home or capitalizing on inexpensive matinee pricing at the theater, this season is perfect for spending time as a family while catching a good flick. 



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.




Winning Combinations

What's more fun than reading a book? Reading two books! Your child can try these ideas for finding books she'll love.

Fiction + Nonfiction

Suggest that your youngster look for biographies of people who share his or her interests. If he or she likes sports, he or she might enjoy reading about real-life sports figures. For example, he or she could pair The Girl Who Threw Butterflies, a story by Mick Cochrane, with The Baseball Adventure of Jackie Mitchell, Girl Pitcher vs. Babe Ruth, a biography by Jean Patrick.

Nonfiction + Poetry

To help a nonfiction fan discover poetry, suggest that he or she looks for poems on topics he or she reads about. A child who is fascinated by sea creatures might check out a real-life ocean adventure such as Far from Shore: Chronicles of an Open Ocean Voyage (Sophie Webb), followed by a volume of nature poems like At the Sea Floor Cafe: Odd Ocean Critter Poems (Leslie Bulion).

Tip: When your youngster sees how much fun it is to try new reading material, he or she might want to keep going. Encourage him or her to check out science fiction, memoirs, mysteries, and other genres.♥

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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.

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Coffee with Mr. Mendez

Dear Parents,


I would like to invite all of you in for some coffee on Wednesday, January 31st, 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