Vance Charter School Newsletter

Vance Charter School Newsletter

Vance Charter School Newsletter Volume 6 Edition 14 March 31, 2017 Calendar March 29th was the end of the third quarter for students in grades K – 8...

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Vance Charter School Newsletter Volume 6

Edition 14 March 31, 2017

Calendar March 29th was the end of the third quarter for students in grades K – 8 and the end of the first half of the spring semester for students in grade 9. The report card distribution schedule is shown below. Vance Charter School will be closed Friday, April 14th through Friday April 21st for Spring Break. School will resume on Monday, April 24th.

Boy Scouts Vance Charter School is currently exploring the possibility of sponsoring or facilitating the existence of a Cub Scout/Boy Scout troop at Vance Charter School. Similar to our Girl Scout troop, if there was to be a Cub or Boy Scout troop at Vance Charter School, it would consist only of Vance Charter School students. At this time, we are attempting to determine if there is sufficient interest within Vance Charter School for such an organization to successfully exist. If your male child is interested in Scouting, please email [email protected] More critically, if we are to explore a Scouting troop, there will be a need for adult leadership. If you are interested in leading or assisting with the adult leadership of a Scout troop, please email [email protected] This is a great opportunity for the male students of Vance Charter School but cannot happen without the support of some dads willing to be properly trained as Scout leaders!

Daddy/Daughter Dance Vance Charter School’s first annual Daddy/Daughter Dance will be held Friday, May 5th in the Upper Café from 7:00 – 9:30 PM for all female students in Kindergarten through 5th Grade with their accompanying male adult. Students brought home a form last week. All forms and money are due no later than Monday, April 10th. A volunteer link for ways to help with this event will come home soon. All money raised will support the Vance Charter School Foundation.

Testing Department End of Grade Testing: It's that time of year! Please consider helping with our End of Grade tests! If you are willing and able, please to contact Mrs. Pegram at [email protected] EOG dates are May 30th – June 8th, with the 30th and the 31st requiring at least 50 proctors each day! It is a huge undertaking and we would much prefer to have our Vance Charter School families helping. You will earn 4 volunteer hours for each day you serve as a proctor! Mandatory proctor training will be held on Wednesday, May 17 th, at 3:30 PM, in the Media Center.

Report Cards Report Card pickup is currently scheduled as follows: Report Cards for Grade 8 will be available on Thursday, April 6th. Eighth Grade can pick up report cards during school hours from 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM and after school until 5:00 PM. Report Cards for Grades 4, 5, and 6 will be available on Monday, April 10 th. Fourth Grade can pick up report cards during school hours from 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM and after school until 5:00 PM. Fifth Grade can pick up report cards during school hours from 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM and after school until 5:00 PM. Sixth Grade can pick up report cards during school hours from 8:15 AM – 9:15 AM and after school until 5:00 PM. Report Cards for Grades 3 and 7 will be available on Tuesday, April 11th. Third Grade can pick up report cards during school hours from 8:15 AM – 9:15 AM and after school until 5:00 PM. Seventh Grade can pick up report cards during school hours from 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM and after school until 5:00 PM. Report Cards for Grade 9 will be available on Wednesday, April 12 th. Ninth Grade report cards will only be available after school on April 12 th until 5:00 PM.

Please keep in mind that, during the school day, teachers will only be available for the one hour listed above. This is during the teachers’ planning period. At any other time, they will not be available because they will be teaching. Report card pick up after school will begin at approximately 3:30 PM due to teacher responsibilities with regard to student pickup. If you are unable to pick up your child’s report card during the times listed above for your child’s grade, please email your child’s homeroom teacher to make arrangements to pick up the report card at a later date. Teachers of students in Grades K – 2 will contact their parents to arrange for report card pickup. Should there be any changes made to this schedule, you will be notified as soon as possible.

Girl Scout Troop #1119 Girl Scout Troop #1119 of Vance Charter School will be holding their first annual Powder Puff Derby on Saturday, April 8th at 9:00 AM. Thirty-three participants will race their cars in competition!

FOVC Candyman Order Pickup will be held from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM on Tuesday, April 4th. Please pull around to the back side of the school and go in the last set of glass doors. Volunteers will be there to assist you with checking your order and to help get boxes to your car. FOVC is looking for volunteers to work in 45 minute shifts. We need six volunteers for each shift. Click the link below to SignUp!

Ms. Mangum – Guidance Counselor 

Registration forms were due to Ms. Mangum on March 27, 2017. If your child hasn’t turned one in, please have him or her do so as soon as possible to ensure he or she will be able to enroll in the electives desired. Ninth grade students that reside in Vance County are eligible to apply for the Vance County School of Excellence. This annual program is presented by Vance County Schools, Vance-Granville Community College, and the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce and it is sponsored by the Walmart Distribution Center of Henderson. If selected, students will participate in many leadership activities, attend seminars, visit

area businesses, and participate in problem-solving simulations. The program will be held on the campus of Vance-Granville Community College during the week of June 12 – 16, 2017. Students will be selected on the basis of academic performance, written expression, and extracurricular activities. There is no cost to attend. However, students are responsible for their own transportation to and from Vance-Granville Community College. All 9th graders were given information about this program previously. If interested in applying, please pick up an application from Ms. Mangum. Vance Charter School may select 2 students. Applications are due by Monday, April 24, 2017.

Annual Olweus Bullying Questionnaire (OBQ) Vance Charter School’s five-year implementation of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program includes an annual anonymous survey of students in grades 3 – 8. Students will complete this on line questionnaire anonymously. The information that is collected will be reported back to Vance Charter School by grade levels, not by individual student responses. No one will see confidential information about any child. We will learn about the type of bullying at our school which will help us design approaches to resolve problems. Parents who approve of their children participating in the questionnaire do not need to communicate with the school unless you have questions. Parents who do not want their children to participate in this anonymous survey must complete the opt-out by clicking no later than Monday, April 3, 2017 at 3:00 PM. Questions should be directed to Dr. Read.

Exceptional Children’s Department Demystifying Dyslexia What is dyslexia? Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. Other associated problems that can relate to dyslexia include weak reading comprehension and growth in vocabulary due to weak reading fluency and abilities to decode grade level text. “Neurobiological” in origin   

Scientists have discovered that brains of struggling readers and strong readers function differently Differences are in how the brain communicates Skilled readers use the left side of their brain and struggling readers show overactivation in the right side of the brain during reading

Inherited brain differences involve how the brain maps sounds onto letters to read and spell words

Dyslexia is:     

A language-based problem Exists across all levels of intelligence The appropriate label for 5% of students with reading difficulties Occurs throughout all socioeconomic levels Occurs slightly more often in boys than girls

Dyslexia is not:     

A visual problem Seeing words backwards or seeing shaking letters Lack of intelligence Developmental delay Responsive to standard reading instruction

For more information, please visit The International Dyslexia Association and download: The International Dyslexia Handbook: What Every Family Should Know.

Athletics Please mark your calendars for our upcoming athletic award ceremonies. The Middle School Awards Ceremony will take place on May 16th at 6:00 PM in the Lower Café. The High School Awards Ceremony will be held on May 11th at 6:00 PM in the Lower Café. As we are approaching the end of the 2016-17 school year, it is imperative that we begin preparations for the 2017 fall seasons. Beginning this year, we will begin a new protocol for the collection of vital forms for the athletic department. To ensure that all students wishing to participate in school athletics have all necessary forms turned in, we will be instituting tryout tickets. These tickets will need to be presented to the coach by the student at the tryout for the sport in which he or she is wishing to participate. For high school students that wish to participate in the optional summer workouts for men’s soccer or women’s volleyball, each student will need to ensure that his or her North Carolina High School Athletic Association Sport Pre-participation Examination Form is submitted and less than 365 days old at the time of the workout. Dates for these workouts will be forthcoming, once locations and times are secured.

During the last week of July (the 24th – 28th), Mr. Sandlin will be at the school during designated hours for the collection of Physicals, Waiver Forms, and Participation Forms. Mr. Sandlin will also be conducting concussion meetings individually at this time so a parent must attend this meeting as well. These are floating times so parents and students may come to the school at any time during the time frames listed below. Mr. Sandlin will be located in the main lobby. July 24th: July 25th: July 26th: July 27th: July 28th:

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

During this meeting, you will receive a tryout ticket that will state that Mr. Sandlin has all of your information and you are eligible to tryout. Official tryouts for high school teams, open to 9th and 10th graders, will begin on Tuesday August 1st. Middle school tryouts, open to 6th through 8th graders, will begin on Monday, August 14th. There are several contests in early August for high school athletes that need to be made known now, in an effort to avoid scheduling conflicts. Complete schedules will be available at tryouts.      

Saturday, August 5th: High School Volleyball: Multi-Team Scrimmage at Wake Tech Saturday, August 12th: High School Volleyball: Multi-Team Scrimmage at Triangle Volleyball Club Saturday, August 19th: High School Volleyball: Tournament at Davidson College (near Charlotte NC) Monday, August 14th: High School Soccer: at Research Triangle High School (NonConference Match) Wednesday, August 16th: High School Soccer: Home Match vs. Franklin Academy (Conference Match) Monday, August 21st: High School Soccer: Home Match vs Research Triangle High School (Non-Conference Match)

On a final note, Spring 2017 athletic assessments are due. If you have not yet paid your athletic assessment fee, please do so as soon as possible. High school assessments are $50.00 and middle school assessments are $40.00.

Kindergarten Thank you to all of those that donated to our Book Drive. We collected 1,257 books that will be donated to Vance County Social Services. What a wonderful gift for children who don't have books in their home!

Fourth Grade Fourth graders are traveling to the North Carolina Zoo on Friday, April 7, 2017. Everyone should be at the OLD Vance Charter School parking lot (on Dabney Drive) at 7:45 AM! The bus will leave the Dabney Drive parking lot at 8:00 AM. Buses will return to the OLD Vance Charter School parking lot (on Dabney Drive) at 5:00 PM. Please be able to pick up your child on time. Teachers will send out a Remind message if something happens that will result in the buses returning later than 5:00 PM.

Seventh Grade The 7th graders are still selling candy bags for $.50 each and raffle tickets for Easter baskets for $1.00 each. The last day to order candy bags or purchase raffle tickets will be Friday, April 7 th. Bags will be delivered Wednesday, April 12th and the drawings will be held on that day as well. All money raised goes to support Heifer, International. Thank you for your support!

Eighth Grade The New York City field trip is set for April 10th through April 12th. All 8th graders and parent chaperones attending are expected to be at Vance Charter School on Monday, April 10 th at 2:30 AM. Buses will depart at 3:00 AM, with or without all participants. Should you have any concerns or last minute questions, please contact Mr. Bean.

Vance Charter School Foundation 1. Mark Your Calendar: The Athletic Booster Club, FOVC, and the Vance Charter School Foundation are teaming up to create our first Vance Charter School Family Fun Day, which will be held on Saturday, May 6th. More details will follow soon. All Vance Charter School families, staff, and alumni are invited to join us! 2. Thanks to our Merchant Match partners: The Vance Charter School Foundation wishes to thank Currin Dental Lab (Matt Currin), Dabney Drive Animal Hospital (Dr. Bridget Waters), Rick Edwards Electric (Rick and Diane Edwards), and Southern Laundry (Charisse Lassiter) for their valued support of Vance Charter School through Merchant

Match. Merchant Match Charity’s innovative program helps businesses support their favorite charity or nonprofit, such as Vance Charter School, by making the most of their monthly processing fees. This Merchant Match program transforms processing fees into pain-free – emphasis on the free – donations! If you are an independent business owner, Merchant Match is a great option for you. Every time you swipe a customer’s credit card, a nonprofit, such as Vance Charter School, benefits. You may even reduce your total processing fees at the same time! It’s a win for you AND a win for Vance Charter School! Contact Lisa Bender, Vance Charter School Capital Campaign Coordinator, to learn more [[email protected] or 252-431-0440 ext. 118]. Please patronize our Merchant Match partners and thank them for their valued support of our school! 3. Thanks to our Vance Charter School families who support us with monthly giving: 3% of our Vance Charter School families make our Uncommon Success possible with their automatic monthly gifts, and we thank the following for their support of our mission to take excellence to the next level: Jason & Priscilla Adcock Jeff & Cindi Ayscue Michael & Ashley Bean Kristen and Richard Bobbitt Wanda Bullard Doug & Lisa Byrom John & Melissa Byrum Sean & Lisa Connolly Brian & Allison Cloninger Brian & Renee Daniel Lindsey Davidson Heath & Kim Davis Marty & Jessica Deal Jason & Julie Earnhardt Kathy Falkner Paul & Kathryn Gill Donna Goswick

David & Cara Kirby Steve & Charisse Lassiter Anita Moss Jeff and Joan Munn Ray & Peggy Pegram Allan Pixler Dr. Jo Read Daniel & Heather Richardson Kim Richardson Charles & Dina Riggan Zach & Susan Satterwhite Cydne Sharpe Allen Simmons Grady & Jennifer Singley Jason & Missy Stewardson Floyd Terry Josh & Angela Towne

Janet Green Stephanie Hoyle Greg & Susan Johnson Elizabeth Jones Melissa Jones

Adrian Woody Mike & Bridget Waters Johnny & Callie Yount Brandon & Deanna Gordon

4. Thanks also to our Vance Charter School families who have supported our school with a donation (or donations): **This list only includes donations made since the start of the 2016-2017 school year but DOES NOT include the donations made during the Dime Challenge. Brian & Jennifer Allen Mary Austell Amy Ayscue Kendall Ayscue Rick & Patricia Bean Nancy Bobbitt Adam & Lee Brewer Christy Bunn Sean & Tiffany Burke Everett Byrd Susan Campbell Cindy Cash Tammy Choplin Thomas Hugh Clary Cindy Cook Anne Coghill David & Jennifer Coghill Melanie Copeland Thomas Cook Matt Currin Billy Davidson B H Day Jamie Doran Dr. & Mrs. Roddy Drake Misty Edwards Kim Ellington Carl and Bonnie Fisher Allen & Tammy Gallagher

Steve & Charisse Lassiter Mr. & Mrs. Elvin Mangum Jr Kyle & Dana Mangum Colandra Marrow Tracy Matthews Kenneth & Kelly Mosley Ralph & Ferrell Newton Neill & Rachel Orr Jean Parrish Thomas & Wendy Pennington Jody Pernell Shannon & Jerry Puryear, Jr Dr. Deuce & Allison Roberson Thomas & Clarissa Robinson Christy Sanford Ana Santos JoAnn Smith Brooks Spencer Jerry & Delony Spraggins Jennifer Stanley Dr. Raymond Stone Albert & Shirley Taylor Joe & Kym Tyler Gail & Herbert Washington Cheri Williford Wanda Wilson Lisa & Richard Young

Scott & Joanne Garlock Mark & Janet Gruchacz Casey Hall Jennifer Hicks Hall Dwayne & Tracey Hester Tommy Hester G & J Hicks D & C Hight Tom & Eunice Kirby

Businesses & Organizations Blacknall Farms Buffaloe Milling Dabware LLC Optimist Club of Henderson Paystub People Zolliham LLC

These generous Knights ensure our delivery of Vance Charter School excellence as well as the fulfillment of our educational obligations within our school walls and into the future to all of our students, present and future. Thank you! Want to add YOUR name to this list? Contact Lisa Bender, Capital Campaign Coordinator! [[email protected] OR 252-431-0440, ext. 118]

VANCE CHARTER SCHOOL DONOR WALL We invite you to commemorate your family, loved ones, and company by becoming a Partner in supporting Vance Charter School! The front wall, across from the administrative offices, will be home to the Vance Charter School FAMILY TREE. The tree will be a reminder for years to come of all those who gave generously to complete the many needs within our new building.

DONATION LEVELS  Yellow Leaf: $100  Orange Leaf: $250  Red Leaf: $500  Green Leaf: $1,000

Purchaser’s Name: ___________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:__________________(Home)_________________ (Cell) ________________ (Other) Address: ____________________________________________________________________________ Fill out the blocks below to customize your leaf (one leaf per form). Max 14 characters per line, max 3 lines.

Payment Method:




Card Number:______________________________ Exp. Date: _____________ CVV: ___________ Check Number: ______________ (Checks payable to Vance Charter School-FOVC) Please return order forms and payment by May 31, 2017. Vance Charter School – FOVC 2090 Ross Mill Road Henderson, NC 27536 For questions, please contact Kristen Bobbitt at [email protected] or Melissa Jones at [email protected]