In this American Education Week, we are proud and thankful for all of the support from all members of our staff and community who make public education in Richmond a vibrant and top quality service for our young people.
Team members:  Loni Eubanks, Mackenzie Sheckles, Katie Bowers, Katelyn Linkous, Lucas Perry, Kaiya McMahan, Jaeden Mittenthal, Michael Cema, Matthew Cema. Great Job Vaile Vipers!

Vaile Elementary

Vaile School, together with parents, the neighborhood and community, provides a positive, safe, disciplined learning environment.  Students will develop belief in themselves, respect for others, and competency in the skills necessary to become responsible, productive citizens and lifelong learners. 

Mission Statement

Vaile School, together with parents, the neighborhood and community, provides a positive, safe, disciplined learning environment. Students will develop belief in themselves, respect for others, and competence in the skills necessary to become responsible, productive citizens and life-long learners.

La Escuela de Vaile, junto con los padres, la comunidad y la vecindad, proporciona un ambiente educativo, positivo, seguro, y disciplinado.  Los estudiantes empezar¿n a creer en si mismos, respetar a los dem¿s, y tener las habilidades necesarias para ser ciudadanos responsables, productivos, y estudiantes de por vida.

Dear Vaile Parents,

Again this year we will be using a curriculum called Second Step to help us think about, develop, and practice positive social skills. Research tells us that children who learn appropriate social skills and then use the skills are more likely to get along with others and do well in school.

The Vaile students and staff will focus on these character words this year:

  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Relationships
  • Problem Solving

You will find these words posted in every classroom and in the hall. The Second Step program takes this one step further. Students will have weekly lessons that teach empathy, impulse control & problem solving, and anger management. We will also continue with our bullying lessons taught by Jenny Beisner and Pam Williams.

Empathy means identifying and understanding others’ feelings in order to be a more caring person. Caring about others gives us a reason to want to solve problems so that others are not hurt.

Impulse Control and Problem Solving. Managing emotions can be challenging. Most students could benefit by learning to slow down and think through options when faced with difficult situations or problems. We will teach students a five step process to solve problems:

  1. What is the problem?
  2. What are some solutions?
  3. For each solution, ask: Is it safe? How might people feel? Is it fair? Will it work?
  4. Choose a solution and use it.
  5. Is it working? If not, what can I do now?

Anger Management. Students will learn that conflicts are a normal part of life. Everyone gets angry at times. Anger is not a bad emotion, but what a person does when angry can be a problem. Students will be taught what to do when they are angry.

  1. How does my body feel?
  2. Calm down. Take three deep breaths. Count backward slowly. Think nice thoughts. Talk to yourself (tell yourself to calm down).
  3. Think out loud to solve the problem (using the problem solving steps).
  4. Think about it later.

Hill’s Pet Nutrition donated funds to help with the purchasing of these materials for Vaile. We are very appreciative of their donations and support.

We know that you will want to join us in helping students develop these skills by reinforcing some of them at home when appropriate. Thank you for everything you do to make Vaile a great place.

A reminder that you can access Richmond Community School board minutes, up-to- date information about Richmond Community Schools, and information about Vaile Elementary and other schools in the district by visiting our web site at http://www.rcs.k12.in.us.

You can also access our ISTEP+ data by visiting the Indiana Department of Education web site at www.doe.state.in.us

Instructional time is valuable. We ask that you make any needed arrangements for after school pick-up before your child leaves in the morning. We do not want to interrupt learning unless it is an emergency.

Students need to be in class and ready to begin their daily activities by 7:50. Our dismissal time is 2:40 on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We dismiss at 1:40 on Tuesday. We need for all our students to be here daily and on time. Attendance is a priority at Vaile. Please schedule all appointments after school hours. Please remember to drive safely especially during drop off and pick up times. We have many wonderful kids and we need your support to help keep our students safe. If you are in a hurry and do not have time to wait, I suggest that you do not pull into the circle drive. There are alternative drop-off locations available; these options include dropping off your child at the corner or on one of the side streets. We will have one lane for dropping off students before and after school. The back parking lot will not be available for pick up after school. Please make sure your child knows to cross the street at the cross walk. If you need to come into the building to talk with one of us, please park your car in a parking spot. Please do not park in the front of the building during drop-off times in the AM.

If your child is not eating breakfast s/he should not be arriving until 7:40. If your child is eating breakfast s/he should not be arriving until 7:15. Supervision is not provided before this time. Please do not leave your child unsupervised.

When we have a two-hour delay, school will start at 9:50. Breakfast is not served when we are on a two-hour delay. We will open the doors at 9:40. Please do not send your child to school before this time. You can access school closings/delays by going to the Richmond Community Schools web site, listening to the radio, or watching television. Please make sure the Vaile office has a current phone number so we can send you a One Call message when we have delays.

We all love dogs however I must ask that you do not have them on school property during school hours for the safety of our students.

 

Vaile Song

You’ve heard the Vaile song before, but do you know where it came from? It came from Vaile kids. The Vaile kids and Mrs. Bryant, our former music teacher, wrote the song and figured out what the letters stand for by brainstorming ideas for what the words were going to mean. V is for very, A is for artistic, I is for intelligent, L is for leader, and E stands for education. Vaile kids and Mrs. Bryant wrote the beat to go with the lyrics and now our Vaile song is complete.

 

Vaile School also has a Vaile dance. The Vaile school dance was made to go with the Vaile song. You stomp on V and A. You clap on the I. You make an L with your arms. You lower the top of your L to make an E. Then you clap to the left and then clap to the right. Then it goes back to the beginning. Put all of it together and we have our Vaile song and dance.

A lot of people like the Vaile song and dance. We think it turned out really great because it has good rhythm and music. Vaile likes what the letters stand for because we are, Very Artistic Intelligent Leaders of Education.

Watch the Vaile school song video on Youtube!

On Tuesday, October 15, Vaile students were treated to a visit from a famous author and illustrator of children's books, Duncan Tonatiuh. This author, a native of Mexico, shared three books with the students, explaining where he got his ideas and how he made the pictures for his books. The students then participated in a "fiesta" of foods common to Mexico, provided and served by Vaile parents and community members. The event was sponsored by Amigos Richmond Latino Center, so a big THANKS goes out to them. Students prepared for the visit by reading some of Mr. Tonatiuh's books, learning a Mexican folk dance, creating artwork from Mexico, and writing their own stories.