Vaile Elementary

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.

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.

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

You can also access our ISTEP+ data by visiting the Indiana Department of Education web site at

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. Do not pull into the circle drive at anytime during the hours of 7:20 until 8:00 and 2:15 thru 2:50  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 7:20. 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 but there will be a light snack provided to all kids. 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 we must ask that you do not have them on school property during school hours for the safety of our students.

Thanks to a grant provided by Stamm Koechlein Family Foundation our students are able to participate in educational assemblies and be rewarded with good behavior parties.  Thank you


Below is a reminder of the attendance policy:


**Important Reminder:  Always contact school when your child and/or children will not be in attendance. Parent/Guardian has 48 hours to report Absences.


Contact school: In person, phone call, email, hand written note, fax

Turn-in Dr. notes when applicable (Dr. office can also fax)

Excused Absences:


Excused absences are defined as absences that the school corporation regards as legitimate reasons for being out of school, as included in the school policy.  These couldinclude:   

  • Illness verified by note from parent/guardian
  • Illness verified by note from Physician
  • Family funeral
  • Maternity
  • Military Connected Families (e.g. absences related to deployment and return)


Unexcused Absences:


An unexcused absence is any absence not covered under the definition of excused or exempt.