Vincent Academy is closed beginning on March 16. Scroll down to Announcements for more information!
Vincent Academy is a K-5 charter public school located in West Oakland that is tuition free to all families. We offer outstanding elementary education, grounded in scholarship, compassion and resilience. The school is founded on the belief that academic success is attainable for all students. As an innovative charter school, Vincent Academy combines a rigorous academic program, with an emphasis on the arts, along with a broad program of education and support services for parents.
Vincent Academy is a safe, joyful, academically rigorous, and community-minded elementary school where children can develop their innate talents and skills, learn about the complex world around them and receive the support necessary to truly thrive and become community leaders in a global context.
The mission of Vincent Academy is to provide excellent education, grounded in the scholarship, compassion and resilience. The school is founded on the belief that academic success is attainable for all students in the context of family support and community involvement. Our school combines a rigorous academic program, augmented by rich offering of the arts,with a strong system of education and support services for parents, in partnership with other community organizations. Our program promotes the intellectual, social and emotional growth of our students, helping them to develop deep respect for, and clear sense of responsibility to themselves, their families, their cultures, and their communities. While striving for academic excellence, we place equal value on character development and self-esteem of our students. Our robust curriculum prepares our students to be 21st century learners, and seeks to inspire and prepare them to participate actively as members and leaders of a democratic society.
At Vincent Academy, we want all of our students to become self-motivated, competent, and lifelong learners.
Vincent Academy offers a personalized program in an environment that is joyful and conducive to learning.
The school’s curriculum is tightly aligned to the California Common Core State Standards and to rigorous grade-level benchmarks and performance standards.
3/25/20 press release from ACOE
“Seven Bay Area county health officers, in collaboration with their county superintendents have made a unified, regional decision to extend school closures and student dismissals from regular school attendance through May 1, 2020 to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to the maximum extent…” Click the link below to read the full press release.
3/23/20 Letter from Ms. C.
Dear VA Families,
As I write this, after our first week of remote learning and missing everyone, I want to reassure you that The VA Staff remains focused on maintaining learning opportunities for our students. We are continually refining the best ways to provide instructional materials, resources as well as identifying the most effective way to connect with you and provide support. Our intent is to also help establish some academic routines and opportunities for our students that will reflect their classrooms and increase their sense of security.
Our efforts this week include preparing the Chromebooks for distribution to those students that do not currently have access to technology at home. If you have not yet replied to the technology survey, please do so as soon as possible. While teachers are busy creating materials and preparing additional remote learning materials, you and your students will continue to be updated.
We know it can be stressful and difficult working with our own kids. Admittedly, I speak from experiences working with my own, which at times, although well intended, have been neither successful nor helpful efforts. It is hard to learn to take care of ourselves and even when we know what to do to take care of ourselves, we do not always do it. We are not failures as parents if we, at times, just give ourselves permission to pull back. Sometimes that can be best for us and for our kids. If you are feeling pressure or frustration about helping your child complete assignments or with any aspect of the home-school connection- please let your student’s teacher know.
Our kids are smart, observant and listen to everything we say (even when we don’t want them to). They reflexively pick up our anxieties- and a situation like this is loaded with anxieties. I encourage you to determine what you want them to hear. I’ve been asked how to be honest without scaring them more. For your reference, tips about talking with children are posted on the VA web site at www.vincentacademy.org If you need any additional support, please check in with your student’s teacher or admin.
Like you, we want nothing more than for school to re-open and for you, our students and all of us to be able to resume our daily routines. Unfortunately, we do not know when that will happen but we remain committed to keeping you well informed and working with you to provide a high quality education for your children. The challenges and hardships we are confronting make it even more important that we feel the caring, commitment and concern we have for each other.
Be assured our staff is meeting the challenges of remote learning with enthusiasm, commitment and determination.
Stay tuned for updates from Ms. R.
3/16/20- All student work packets that have not been picked up are in waterproof bins outside the gate. Please come to school to get work for students! Don’t let them fall behind!
Here is a web page with resources for educating your child at home. We will be updating this page as we find new links, so check back regularly: https://www.symbaloo.com/mix/vincentacademy
3/13/20- Vincent Academy is closed from March 16, 2020 through April 6, 2020. We will reopen on Tuesday, April 7. Work packets have been sent home with k-2 students and teachers will connect with their families with additional information. 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students should plan to come by the school on Monday between 8am and 10am to pick up their packets. Report cards will be sent home today or mailed on Monday. Please look for One Calls with more information. During the closure, you can leave a message at the front desk if you have questions, and we will call you back as soon as we can.
How to Talk to Kids about the Coronavirus
National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with Coronavirus: https://www.nctsn.org/sites/
NPR, 2/28/20: Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
Stop a worry becoming catastrophic: how to talk to your kids about the coronavirus, 3/1/20 The Guardian
Brains on!: Understanding Coronavirus and how germs spread
SaveTheChildren.org: 7 Simple Tips on How to Talk to Kids about the Coronavirus
Nutrition During the Closure
During the closure, OUSD’s nutrition services will open tweleve school throughout the city where grab-and-go breakfast and lunch meals will be available for pick-up on Mondays and Thursdays. Those sites and time are listed below. These meals are available to all children in Oakland under the age of 18, regardless of what type of school they attend. Please bring a grocery bag or cooler to bring food home for the week.
–Monday: 8am to 12pm (3 breakfasts/3lunches per student)
–Thursday: 8am-12pm (2 breakfasts/2lunches per student)
-Sites in Northwest/West Oakland: Sankofa Elementary, West Oakland Middle School, Hoover Elementary
-Sites in Centeral Oakland: Oakland High School, Garfield Elementary
-Sites in East Oakland: Brete Harte Middle School, Life Academy/United for Success, Coliseum College Preparatory Academy, Madison Park Upper, Fremont High School, Castlemont High School, Elmhurst United Middle School
March Newsletter now available!
Big News for Vincent Academy
Turnaround Arts Grant
Vincent Academy offers breakfast daily between 8:15-8:45
Click this link to see more about our vendor, Revolution Foods, including sample menu offerings.
MAR 2020 LUNCH MENU VINCENT ACADEMY
MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027), found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.