April 2016

VHE Families Series: Julio and Yelitza Martínez

Grecia Martínez is a Kindergarten at VHE. Julio and Yelitza, her parents, left "Michelena", Venezuela, in 2015. Still newcomers in the US, but they already know they would like to stay forever. Grecia turns 6 on March 25 and loves reading, both in Spanish and English, as well as watching movies and educational programs on TV. Her "grandma" Annette Ellstrom leaves in Madison with the family, but her maternal grandparents stayed in Venezuela. She talks to them everyday on Skype.

Thank you to Metcalfes!

A huge thank you to Metcalfe's and everyone who shopped there in January as part of our benefit month. Metcalfe's recently donated $1,277.88 to VHE!

Please remember to continue using these ongoing benefit programs to raise even more money for our school:

Papa John's Pizza:

Order online using code "Vanhise" and receive 30% off your order and 15% of your order will be donated to the PTO.


Music Notes April 2016


Recorders! The 3rd graders are just beginning, the 4th graders are well underway in preparing for their Carnegie Hall Link-Up experience with the Madison Symphony Orchestra on May 14th and the 5th graders are reviewing skills from last year and adding to them so they can use the recorder in their upcoming "Chamber Ensembles" work.

Jottings from the Gymnasium April 2016

March Madness in the gym included loud music and lots of amazing dance moves. We have been learning new hip hop moves every day and creating our very own dances! Each dance will include a variety of arm, feet, body and floor moves along with a few gymnastics and original moves. We hope you had the chance to see us during our performances before spring break!  If not, a QR code for each class is available for you to watch at home!

 Lessons from the Library April 2016

Kindergarten: We will spend the month of April exploring the diagraphs TH, SH, and CH. Students will participate in a variety of hands-on activities, games, and songs to strengthen their memory and phonemic understanding of these important emergent reading letter/sound combinations. A few of the book selections include: Clark the Shark by Bruce Hale; The Hungry Thing by Jan Slepain and Ann Seidler; and Chickens to the Rescue by John Himmelman.

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To place your order, complete this order form and return it to your child's teacher with your payment in an envelope marked "Yearbook," by Tuesday, April 20, 2016.

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