At-a-Glance Dates

  • Murray Farms Field Trip – October 23rd
  • New Date! Tehachapi Mountain Hike – October 26th
  • TK-12 Harvest Festival – October 30th
  • Scholastic Book Fair – October 30th-November 3rd
  • DEAR Event – November 3rd
  • History Day – November 17th
  • TK-12 Holiday Program – December 1st
  • Nutcracker Ballet – December 7th

Updated October 19, 2017 – Be sure to scroll down for Upcoming Field Trips


New! Earthquake Drill – Oct. 19th at 10:19 am

Join us and millions of people worldwide that will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:19 am on October 19th during the Great California Shakeout.  This is a wonderful opportunity to get prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes.

Next 6-8th Grade Social is Wednesday, October 25, 2:30-4 pm

Join the fun with some friends. Boys bring an appetizer to share, girls bring something sweet.

VO Fall Teacher Appreciation Week

Parents of the Pep Squad would like to extend an invitation to all Valley Oaks’ parents in helping make Teacher Appreciation Week (10/24-10/28) an awesome week full of special lunches for all our hard working and caring teachers & staff (K-12). Please email  VO parent, Lety Wills at to sign-up to help and for more information. Lets join together and make it a memorable week.

Fall Friday Classes

Fall Friday Class Dates: 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27

Visit our Friday Class webpage for drop off procedures, snack information, and class teacher pages.

Fall Friday School Spirit Days

Let’s make our last three Fall Friday Classes fun  by showing your school spirit and dressing-up.
Friday, 10/13 Americana Day! Wear your Red, White, and Blue!!
Friday, 10/20 Pajama Day (appropriate and fully covered)
Friday, 10/27 Wear your Sport Gear, Team T-shirt, or Jersey

Pizza forms are available at the link below or in the office for our next 3 Fall Friday classes.

Please fill out and turn in with correct cash amount to the office no later than 10:00am on Friday, 10/13.

Calling all Students to Participate in our Holiday Program 

Mark your calendars for our annual VOCS Tehachapi Holiday Program on Friday evening, December 1st !

Look  for more information to follow regarding program times. TK-12th grade students will be performing, so plan on being there to support our students!

Holiday Choir class for 6th-8th grades!

If you like to sing and would like to perform at our Holiday Program on Friday evening , December 1st,  this class is for you! It begins Wednesday, October 18th from 2:30-3:30pm in Classroom E and continues every Wednesday (except Thanksgiving week) until Wednesday, November 29th. Dress rehearsal will be Thursday, November 30th in the afternoon, and then the performance on December 1st! Come join us for some holiday spirit!!

TK-6th Holiday Choir – Anyone wishing to participate in the Holiday Program is invited to come to practice during the last 20 minutes of both TK-2 and 3rd-6th Lunch Clubs

Beginning October 18th, the last 20 minutes of both the TK-2 and the 3rd-6th Lunch Club will be dedicated to learning songs which will be performed at our Holiday Program on December 1st. Any student not wishing to participate in the last 20 minutes of class are welcome to be checked out from Lunch Club by a parent, (11:40 TK-2, 12:50 3-6). Also, anyone wishing to join our singing group is welcome to come for only the last 20 minutes of Lunch Club. Since the last day of lunch club is November 15th; November 22nd and 29th will be dedicated to singing practice only.  The 11:00 class will end at 11:45 and the 12:00 class will end at 1:00 on those two dates.

Any questions? Please contact Mrs. Peyton (TK-2nd) at or Mrs. Stauffer (3rd-5th) at

It’s Time for the Wild West Book Fair!

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair from Monday, October 30th through Friday, November 3rd from 9 am – 3 pm. Stay tuned – we have many special events planned for the week of the fair. It’s time to “saddle up and read!”

 If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair!

“Give a Coat, Help a Kid” drive between Now-10/27

The Salvation Army has asked if Valley Oaks  could host a coat drive for disadvantaged children in Tehachapi. If you can, please bring a new or gently used winter jacket to the school office and place in the box labeled Salvation Army. Thank you for your willingness to help.

Food Drive Update

Together, Valley Oaks donated over 60 food items to the Salvation Army. Period 4, Jr. ASB was the winning class with the highest donations of 21 items. The Salvation Army was very thankful to our school families for helping fill their pantry.

Our second through eighth grade students are now wearing their VOCS lanyards with schedules during Wednesday/Friday classes!

This helps all of us know where your student needs to be during the day and promotes the safety of all students.

Parents, you are welcome to stay during classes at anytime. If you do stay on campus, please get a name tag or lanyard from Darla in the office. If you come up to the annex and plan on staying, we will have name tags there as well. This will help us know who is on campus in the event of an emergency situation. 

First DEAR Event (11:00-12:00 pm) + Accelerated Reader Potluck Party(12:00-1:00 pm) on November 3rd

All students are invited to bring a book, (maybe a new one from our Scholastic Book Fair), or read some of ours during this year’s first Drop Everything And Read event from 11:00 to 12:00 pm. Beginning at 12:00 pm there will be a potluck party for any student who has scored a minimum of 10 points for students in grades 4-8 and 5 points for students in grades TK-3  on the Accelerated Reader program. Be sure to use the links on the Newsflash or ask your resource teacher to help you to access the AR reading on the Renaissance website if you have not already done so. At the party, students will be given tickets, based on the time spent reading (1 ticket per point using the AR program). They can spend their tickets to purchase prizes from our AR store.Please bring the following items to the potluck, based on student’s last name (enough for 8-10 students):

A-D: Cheese and crackers
E-H: Cracker sized Squares of lunch meat
I-L:Finger-food sized Fruit
J-M:Finger-food sized Veggies
N-S: Drink pouches or boxes with straws
T-Z: Dessert (yogurt tubes, granola bars, cookie packs, etc)

Get Started with Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader is a web based program that is designed to encourage reading practice. The program is designed to be part of our existing reading program. Check out the links below to get started.

Updated Grade-level Lesson Plan Grids are now on our Grids & Handbooks web page

Many of our updated grids have links for websites and literature units built right into the grid. Also, check out our grade level information pages for even more links for activities, games, and project ideas.

*Fall Wednesday Classes*

Our Wednesday Classes information, sign up, dates, schedule and class descriptions! Please view the description sheet for detailed information on each class offered on Wednesday.

Visit our Wednesday Class webpage for drop off, schedules, dates, and misc. information.

TK-12 Harvest Festival on Monday, October 30th from 1:00-3:00 pm

Plan on attending this fun event with your whole family! We have plans for carnival booths, a bounce house, face painting, and our annual famous cake (cupcake) walk! Wear a costume if you choose (no masks, no weapons) and plan on taking a fun photo with a harvest theme.
All activities are free but your “entry requirement” is to bring 1 cake or 1 dozen cookies, cupcakes, or brownies per family for our cake walk! If you’d like to purchase pizza and/or water bottles while you’re here; they will be sold as a fundraiser for future events. Don’t miss this great fall event at Valley Oaks Charter Tehachapi!

It’s time for the annual Box Top contest! This is a pain-free way to help pay for fun events at our school!

Clip, bag up, and turn in your Box Tops by October 27th to compete for the winner’s prize! Most Box Tops turned in will earn your TK-12th grade student a $20 gift certificate to the store of their choice (with parent approval).

In your ziplock baggie, be sure to include: student name, resource teacher name, and # of Box Tops. Bring them into the office to Ms. Darla by the deadline. Winning student and resource teacher will be announced by November 1st.

Tehachapi Rocks Field Trip, Fall Friday Classes and Pulfords Field Trip photos on Shutterfly VOCS Photo Site

Visit Valley Oaks Tehachapi Shutterfly to view, download, or order photos. This is a password-protected site. Please ask your resource teacher for the password.


Upcoming Field Trips

Click on our Tehachapi Field Trip webpage for more 2017-18 field trips
. All money for field trips are due in CASH only.

Sign up now for Murray Farms

Come join us for a field trip at Murray Farms.  We will get a fun tour of the farm including the petting zoo, jump area and tractor ride to pick a pumpkin.

WHEN:  Monday, October 23 at 10:00
WHERE:  Murray Farms at 6700 General Beale Rd, Bakersfield
FEE: $8.00 for children and $8.00 for adults
CONACT: Heather Peyton –
SIGN UP: Sign up and pay fee (cash only) in our front office on October 1 through October 20.

New Date! Tehachapi Mountain Fall Hike – October 26th, Sign up now

Come get out, enjoy the fall, and get exercise. We will hike 4.8 miles round trip through a beautiful forest, on a trail, to the top of the tallest peak in the Tehachapi Mountain Range, Tehachapi Mountain (elevation 7960 feet). This hike climbs about 2000 feet and is for older students (including high school) and their parents. The hike should last about 3 1/2 hours.
Option: Hike half way up on the fire road with the group and then turn around. This cuts both the elevation gain and distance in half. This a great option for those younger folks, people crunched on time, or for those working on physical fitness. The shortened hike should last about 2 hours.
WHEN: Thursday , October 26th at 9:00 am
WHERE: Tehachapi Mountain Park
Take Water Canyon Road south 2.2 miles to the entrance to Tehachapi Mountain Park. Drive through the park to the end of the road, keeping right at each fork to the parking area at site 49 near the restrooms. We will meet here at 9:00 am.
FEE: Free
EXTRA INFORMATION: Wear walking or hiking shoes, bring drinking water, jacket, layered clothing, snack, and lunch
CONTACT: Christy Rosander –
SIGN UP: Email Christy Rosander to sign-up at before October 26th.

New! Nutcracker Ballet

Valley Oaks students and parents have an opportunity to attend a performance of the Nutcracker Ballet.
WHEN: Thursday December 7th at 11:00 am
WHERE: The Rabobank Arena
FEE: $3 per person
CONTACT: Kathy Murray –
SIGN UP: Sign up and pay fee (cash only) in our front office now through November 4th. Deadline for reservation is November 4th.

Visit Yosemite

All Valley Oaks families have the opportunity to visit Yosemite and stay at the Tenaya Lodge for a reduced rate during the dates of November 2-7th, 2017. The room rate is $149.00 per night + tax, and you must make your reservation online at Enter the promo code in the appropriate field: VALLEYFALL. You may also choose to call Tenaya Reservations at 1-800-635-5807, Option #1, and inform reservations you are attending Valley Oaks Charter School Fall Retreat 2017. All reservations must be made no later than October 3rd to receive this rate. Please reserve as soon as possible as rooms are first come, first served and there is no guaranteed availability.
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