Scripps Spelling Bee
Congratulations to our VSSA Scripps Spelling Bee finalists! The spelling bee is scheduled for Monday, December 8th during the All School Meeting. We will begin promptly at 9:20am. Parents are welcome to attend.
The top three finishers in this bee will win some cool gear that has been generously donated by the Lucas family. They also continue on to compete in the Eagle County District finals (date TBD).
VSSA Scripps Spelling Bee finalists:
Emma Kate Burns
Finals Week Schedule
Monday, December 15: Normal Day
Tuesday, December 16
Follow a Monday schedule without Advisory so students see all of their teachers one more time before finals.
2nd period 12:49-1:34 (45 minutes)
3rd period 1:37-2:23 (46 minutes)
4th period 2:26-3:12 (46 minutes)
5th period 3:15-4:01 (46 minutes)
6th period 4:04-4:50 (46 minutes)
Wednesday, December 17 (all 77 minute classes)
Friday, December 19
1st Final 12:50-2:07: Monday 2nd Period Class
2nd Final 2:12-3:29: Monday 3rd Period Class
3rd Final 3:34-4:50: Monday 1st Period Class. Advisory for Lower School to have a study hall.
Upper School (grades 9-12) will have Avalanche Education during this time. This is the 5th year we have done this for the Upper School and we are honored to have Scott Toepfer, the main Colorado Avalanche Information Center(CAIC) forecaster come speak to the students about Avalanche Level 1 topics. He will also take the students outside for a demonstration of Avalanche Safety Tools. Education and training in this area is crucial to make sure our community learns safe practices and the students can begin a lifelong journey of learning and respect in the mountains.
Thursday, December 18 (all 77 minute classes)
1st Final 12:50-2:07: Monday 4th Period Class
2nd Final 2:12-3:29: Monday 5th Period Class
3rd Final 3:34-4:50: Monday 6th Period Class
No school, however anyone who missed a final Wednesday or Thursday can schedule a make up final with their teacher this day.
Anti Bullying Community
We would like to remind all community members about the Anti Bullying Pledge that was part of the handbook everyone signed before the school year started. We pledged that we would join together to prevent bullying and would report any incidents of bullying that take place. If you have a report to make you can call or send a confidential email to me, Charlene Whitney. There is also a box outside of my office where students or families can now anonymously report any concerns or suggestions they have. All VSSA students should enjoy our school equally, feel safe and a part of this school community and it is everyone's responsibility to help make sure this happens. Please speak up and be an active member in preventing bullying as we work to build a more compassionate school community.
~ Charlene Whitney, Counselor
Lower School Public Speaking Contest Results
1st place Dominick Epifanio Grade 6
2nd place Lizzy Harding Grade 8
3rd Place Roxy Chaney Grade 8
Congratulations to all the lower school students that participated during the month of November!
News from the PTA
- Meeting minutes from 11/12 PTA meeting have been posted to our PTA website.
- Towards building community with our town of Minturn: we’d love to encourage those who might be interested in attending the following: The Minturn Market on December 6th and 13th (All proceeds go to Minturn & Red Cliff families who need a little help this holiday), Holiday Fever 5K and Merry Mile Family Run race December 5th , and a Minturn Community Fund fundraiser at the Cowboy bar on December 11th at 6pm. For more information, please see the Town of Minturn website.
- VSSA teacher wish list? VSSA community wish list? If any parent is interested in helping the PTA organize these potential opportunities, please email the PTA.
- VSSA Community Holiday Party? If any family is interested in hosting, please email the PTA.
- Thank you all for your continued support of the VSSA PTA!
The Holidays is a great time to cultivate compassion!
While VSSA will not be asking you to donate money or gifts this holiday season, we wanted to remind you that there are ways to help families in need in our community.
- The Salvation Army has many opportunities such as volunteering to ring the bell, adopting a family in need by buying gifts or helping to make a food basket for a family. To get more information visit the Salvation Army website or contact Tsu Wolin-Brown at (970)748-0704.
- Many churches in our community also have weekly community dinners and they often need volunteers to help prepare and serve food. For contact info click here.
- Invite a friend or neighbor over to join you for the holidays.
- Pass out food to the homeless community in Denver.
- Deliver baked goods to a neighbor or to the employees at the police station, fire department or hospital on Christmas day.
- Donate to a non-profit organization or cause that you believe in.
- Perform random acts of kindness.
We would love to hear from our VSSA students and families regarding their participation in compassionate acts over the holidays. Please send pictures or a short summary of your good deeds so we can celebrate it with the rest of our community!!
Need a holiday gift idea?
VSSA yeti wear (see attached pricing) is available. stop by the office and see what we have! Water bottles & mugs for only $5 each as well!
Have great action shots?!
The yearbook is always looking for action shots and fun pictures. The more shorts received means the more times that students get showcased in the annual yearbook. Email Diane Gionfriddo or call/text her with any shots or questions! 719-651-4042
Attention Teens ages 14-18!!!
Mind Springs Health has designed a Skills for Life group specifically for high school adolescents ages 14-18. They will focus on "hot topics" that youth deal with every day. Group facilitators will help adolescents address these issues through the utilization of coping strategies, mindfulness techniques and more!
Topics will Include:
• Anxiety and Depression
• Suicidal Ideation/Self Harm
• Substance Use
• Problems at home
• Social Pressures
• Identity Development
Date: Wednesdays, December 3rd – January 21st, 6 sessions, 4pm – 5pm Free of charge
Place: Mind Springs Health 137 Howard St. Eagle, Co
Call to save your spot! 970-328-6969
Get in the Gates Recreational Race Program Presented by Alpine Bank and provided by Ski & Snowboard Club Vail
Please pass along this information to family and friends! Click here for the Vail Daily press coverage on this new program!