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Welcome to our school!



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


Click on the calendar to view other important school events and meetings.

Opening Message from Principal Merloni

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

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Good Evening Van Gogh Staff and Families,


This is Ms. Merloni with our weekly announcements. Many of you are aware that there have been sightings of a coyote across the street at Bee Canyon.  Please be sure that children do not approach the coyote and make sure to keep your animals on leashes.  If at any time you encounter a coyote and feel threatened, it is advised to make a lot of noise and raise your hands up as to appear bigger.   http://www.safebee.com/outdoors/what-do-if-you-encounter-coyote-your-neighborhood


This week our valet volunteers come from Ms. Serobyan’s class.  If other parents are available in the morning that would like to help, it would be much appreciated.  All parents are advised not to cross through the valet line.  These are moving cars and pose a tremendous safety risk to you and your child.  The best alternative is to cross at the corner and use the crosswalk.  If that isn’t an option than please cross at the front of the valet line. 


On Tuesday, we will have our School Site Governance Council Meeting at 2:45 p.m. in the library. 


An important part of determining the quality of our school is based upon parent responses on the School Experience Survey.  Please take the time to complete the survey that was sent home or you can go online at http://bit.ly/lausd2017  .  All surveys must be submitted by 2/7. 


We will finally begin our week with our Monday morning assembly.  Students we will also have our Music Monday at recess. 


We are so proud to announce our finalists that will be competing at our annual Spelling Bee this Friday 2/3 at 6:00 p.m.

1st :  Sophia Dao, Max Geminiamo, Mason Ortiz

2nd:  Jordin Lim, Thomas Blackwell, Sylvette Khabbaz

3rd:   Kareem Shalaby, Ava Nguyen, Hannah Ishimine, Ahmed Haj Ghubn

4th :   Joseph Kastoun, Julius Washington, Ethan Benitez, Leah Marmol

5th :  Anthony Cotton, Trntyn Mardikian, Marek Thompson, Mikaila  Dijamco

Come and join us for a spectacular evening!!!!


Wear your Crazy Hair on Spirit day this Friday, February 3, 2017.   We will also be celebrating our Students of the Month for December and January on Friday 2/3.  Our schedule for the Student of the Month assembly will be based upon your student’s grade level.  We will begin with 4th and 5th graders at 8:00 a.m. , 2nd and 3rd at 8:30 a.m. , and TK, K, 1st at 9:00 a.m.  


Beginning next week we will be collecting “Pennies for Patients”.  The proceeds will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 


Save the date for the Northwest STEAM Fest on Saturday, March 4th from 9:00-3:00 p.m. at Cleveland High School.  It will be a great family event!! All Northwest schools will be represented.  Come and see what’s happening in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics!! Van Gogh Charter will be there!!!  Join us!!!


Have a wonderful evening and I will see all of you tomorrow.

More Than a Meal

We reached 98% completed applications!!!  WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Click here for the online application



   JANUARY 2017 – Pillar: Fairness  Song:  God Bless America

01/09-Second Semester begins/

           Students return from Winter Break

.  01/13-Principal’s Chat at 8:10 a.m.

01/16  No School- Dr. Martin Luther King

01/20- Spelling Challenge

01/24-Spell Off at lunch/ Standing Committees Meet 1:45 p.m.

01/25-Dine Out Night at Chuck E. Cheese

01/27-PTO Meeting 8:30 a.m.

01/ 31-Governance Council -2:45 p.m


  FEBRUARY 2017 – Pillar: Trustworthiness

Song:   The Stars and Stripes

02/01- 3rd grade to Ebell Theatre – Charlotte’s Web

02/01-03/17- CA Physical Fitness Test for 5th grade

  02/03 -Student of the Month Celebration for January- 8:00 a.m.

  02/03- Spelling Bee 6:00 p.m. 

02/10-Family Fun Night- Valentine Rock 6:00-8:00 p.m.

  02/16- Skirball Cultural Center –Our L.A. - Abrams/Arsenault

  02/17- Principal’s Chat- 8:10 a.m.

  02/20- No School-Presidents’ Day

  02/24- PTO Meeting 8:30 a.m.


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/ 23-PTO Meeting 8:30 a.m.


  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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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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