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17160 Van Gogh St.

Granada Hills, CA 91344

Phone: 818.360.2141

Fax: 818.831.9081

Office hours: 7:30am-4:30pm

Principal: Pamela Merloni

SAA: Raquel Acosta

Office Tech: Nancy Zweben


Title lX Complaint Manager:  Pamela Merloni




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Important School Holidays


8/16: School Starts

9/2: Admissions Day

9/5: Labor Day

10/3: Unassigned Holiday

10/12: Unassigned Holiday

11/11: Veteran's Day

11/21-23: Unassigned Days

11/24-25: Thanksgiving Break


12/19/16-1/6/17: Winter Break

1/16: M.L.King Jr. Day

2/20: President's Day

3/31: Cesar E. Chavez Day

4/10-4/14: Spring Break

5/29: Memorial Day

6/9: Last Day of School


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Opening Message from Principal Merloni

Click here to view Principal Merloni's newsletter message for the opening school year.

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Dear Van Gogh Staff and Parents,
     I apologize for the confusion but our photographer has had to make some last minute changes.  Our TK-4th grade students will take their photos on Tuesday, March 28th and our 5th graders will take their photos and their panorama picture on Wednesday, March 29th.  We are looking forward to sunny, blue skies next week so I am sure that our pictures will be great!  I appreciate your patience.

Ms. Merloni

Lottery Applications for the 2017-2018 School Year

Van Gogh Charter

 Lottery Rules, Regulations, Procedures and Application

     2017-18 School Year


Applications are available from April 3 – April 28, 2017

Applications are due in the Front Office on Friday, April 28, 2017 before 4:00 p.m.


Van Gogh Charter cannot and will not be held responsible for any lost, delayed, misdirected, mutilated, indecipherable, or illegible lottery applications regardless of whether caused by the reason of a force of nature, the conduct of any Van Gogh personnel, of the U.S. Postal Service.


Lottery applicants are strongly encouraged to hand-deliver their completed applications to the front office during its normal business hours (Monday-Friday 7:30-4:00 p.m.).


On the day of the lottery drawing a priority waiting list will be established by grade level. Being on the list does not guarantee admittance to Van Gogh Charter. The number of available seats in each grade level may not be determined until after the start of school. Once the number of seats is determined, enrollment offers will be made.  




Those selected will be notified by phone and email. Offers must be accepted within three days and the enrollment packet must be returned within two weeks of the phone call in order to secure enrollment in Van Gogh Charter.


The lottery drawing will be held on: 


 Wednesday, May 31, 2017

9:00 a.m.

Van Gogh Auditorium

Families will be able to observe the lottery in person, but do not need to be present to be placed on the list



MARCH 2017 – Pillar: Citizenship

Song: You’re a Grand Old Flag

03/03 -Student of the Month Celebration for February- 8:00 a.m.

03/03-Report Cards home

03/03- 3rd Grade to Hands-On-Semble at the  Skirball Museum

03/07-Standing Committees meet at 1:45 p.m.

03/07-5th Grade- Perry & Haratian to Ronald Reagan Library

03/08-5th Grade- Valiquette & Kazman to Ronald Reagan Library

03/08-06/09- Smarter Balanced Assessment 3rd-5th

 03/14 -Governance Council -2:45 p.m.
 03/16-2nd Grade to Tree People
 03/17 -Principal’s Chat -8:10 a.m
 03/ 24-PTO Meeting 8:30 a.m.

03/24-Tri-R-athon Canceled - New Date TBD

03/30 -Kindergarten Orientation/ Lottery Applications Available

03/31- No School- Cesar Chavez Birthday Observed


APRIL 2017– Pillar: Respect   Song: Home on the Range

04/05-05/18-CST – 5th grade Science Test

04/07 -Student of the Month Celebration for March- 8:00 a.m.

04/10-04/14- Spring Break

04/15-05/19- CST Science Test for 5th grade

04/- Spring Photos TK- 4th grade

04/ - 5th Grade Individual/Panorama Photos

04/18- Standing Committees Meet at 1:45 p.m.

04/   -04/ - Book Fair  (Auditorium Closed )

04/21 -Principal’s Chat -8:10 a.m.

04/25 –Governance Council-2:45 p.m.

04/27--Take Sons and Daughters to Work

04/ 27-Open House 6:00-8:00 p.m.

04/28-PTO Meeting 8:30 a.m.

04/29 - Student of the Month Celebration- 8:00 a.m.


MAY 2017- Pillar: Perseverance Song: Star Spangled Banner

05/01-05/05 –Staff Appreciation

05/05-Student of the Month Celebration for April- 8:00 a.m.

05/08-2nd Grade to Museum of Natural History

05/12 -5th Grade Trip to Riley’s Farm

05/16 -Standing Committees Meet-1:45 p.m..

05/25-PTO Meeting 8:30 a.m.

05/26 -Principal’s Chat -8:10 a.m.

05/29-No School- Memorial Day

05/31- Enrollment Lottery – 9:00 a.m. Auditorium


JUNE 2017 Pillar: Perseverance Song: Star Spangled Banner

06/02 -Student of the Month Celebration for May- 8:00 a.m.
06/05-Shortened Day- Dismissal at 1:35 p.m.
06/07 -Shortened Day- Dismissal at 1:35 p.m.
06/08- Shortened Day- Dismissal at 1:35 p.m.
06/08-  5th Grade Culmination-Shortened Day- Dismissal at 1:35 p.m.
06/09-Kindergarten Culmination

          -5th Grade Picnic

             -Report cards home

06/09-Last Day of Instruction-Minimum Day-

           Dismissal at 12:30 p.m.

06/12-Pupil Free

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Van Gogh Charter Elementary


Friends of Van Gogh




Van Gogh expresses a HUGE THANKS to:


The Patriot Oil Community Benefit Trust Fund for providing Music Scholarships and their continued support  for our computer lab and our technological needs.


The Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council for their generous contribution for library books and physical education equipment!


Councilman Mitch Englander's office for his generous contribution to our school.  Funds will support our students in a variety of ways.

Calling All Volunteers!!!

Our school needs YOUR HELP! Volunteers are needed for our MORNING DROP-OFF VALET.  Student safety is a priority, and the more support we have, the safer our students will be.  Please see the main office to help.


Please label your student's jackets, backpacks, and lunch boxes with their name.  This will help ensure that lost items may be found.  Our collection of unclaimed items grows rapidly and is donated to charity at the end of each month.


Peanut Policy

Please support us......Due to students with severe peanut allergies, we request that snacks and lunches stay PEANUT FREE! 

We would appreciate your support in avoiding sending foods that contain peanuts or any other form of tree nuts, such as sandwich crackers filled with peanut butter, granola bars, and trail mix.

Some healthy & nutritional alternatives include: ham, roast beef, tuna, egg salad, cream cheese and jelly sandwiches, hard-boiled eggs, fruit salad, yogurt & fruit, fruit rollups, apples with caramel, hummus, celery & carrot sticks, animal crackers, popcorn, pudding or Jell-o, and Rice Krispie Treats. Thank you for your cooperation!


Students Recognized for Character


August/September's Pillar: CARING

TK: Stella Rodriguez

K: Siebelle Lopez, Matthew Arnone, Garrett Johnson

1st:   Amanda Vuong, Xol Freese, Ekkam Kaur

2nd:   Samantha Lotoszinski, Andrea Alvarez, Kiara Prada, Nicolas Dongo

2nd/3rd:   Monica Vega

3rd:   Vincent Hawkins, Audrey Rodriguez, Elisha Khouri

4th:   Ethan Benitez, Annette Zidane

5th:   Carlos Fernandez, Alisha Kumar, Kayla Zendejas, Emanuel Nader

October's Pillar: Manners
TK:  Logan Nelson

K:   Paul Guzelian, Cameron Snook, Audrey Ku

1st:   Christian Quiroz, Michael Cintra, Arthur Degoyan

2nd:   Kitana Nguyen, Elias Palma, McKinley Park, James Jarjour

3rd, 4th, and 5th:   Kylie Carbajal, Avo Alajajyan, Donovan Alnakoud, Maya Mashhour, Andrew Vetsikyan, Chloe Canlas, Jameson Haines, Izabella Vera, Nathan Doss, Alexander Gharchloo, Abby Gonzalez

November's Pillar: Kindness

TK: Eliana Rodas

K: Alana Layco, Chloe Boyadzhyan, Melanie Hernandez

1st: Kaitlyn Cotton, Anthony Saletta, Kailee Bautista

2nd: Robert Pena, Sophia Aguirre, Skye Blackwell, Joseph Lorenzana

3rd: Jayden Peltier, Lilia Guzelian, Leyda Montalvo, Kelsea Campbell

4th: Alyssa Layco, Anna Knapp

5th: Jared Dijamco, Jose Gutierrez-Reyes, Ava Wheeler, Marcus Johannsen


Students Recognized for Classroom Achievements


Outstanding Listener: Clarissa Trujillo, Alec Bezyan, Reece Dickens, Emmanuel Dominguez, Paul Hemming, Sarah Marmol, Mikel Pruett, Sarah Eskandari

Eager Reader: Esther Rivas

Marvelous Manners:   Madalynn Galvan

Stellar Student:   Sophia Dao

Perfect Penmanship:   Aaron Singh

Excellent Writer:   Jordin Lim

Amazing Artist:   Alina Alajajyan

Lover of Learning:   Navreet Khosa

Splendid Speller:   Mannat Kaur

Caring:   Narek Kalayci

Awesome Athlete:   Juliana Piskoulian

Special Friend:   Arlen Telimi

Helpful :   Diego Reyes Barajas

Outstanding Vocabulary:   Richard Libby

Great Transition:    Evan Azarloza


Outstanding Listener: Tatiana Bobadilla, Brandon Duvon, Iliana Velasco, Joe Romansik

Excellent Effort: Natalia Arteaga, Audriana Tidwell, Aliyah Barcena

Great Participation: Jaslyn Mendez, Dylan Gomez, Ryan Dudley

Academic Achievement: Janessa Jacinto

Great Improvement: Ava Majyan

Awesome Attitude: Mia Floyd

Remarkable Reader: Gabriel Vodnak

Outstanding Speller: Nicolas Puentes

Helping Hands: Adrian Trujillo

Leadership: Kareem Shalaby

Awesome Athlete: Hayk Nalbandyan

Star Artist: Frida Soto

Vocabulary: Ayisha Tazi


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