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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


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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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Good Evening Van Gogh Staff and Families,
          Thank you to our Volunteer Committee for organizing such a beautiful brunch to honor our Van Gogh volunteers.  This week our valet volunteers come from Ms. Stage's class.  We appreciate your time to help ensure the safety of our Van Gogh students.  Our School Site/Governance Council will meet on Tuesday at 2:45 p.m. in the Library.  On Thursday, PTO will meet at 8:15 a.m. in the Parent Center.  On Friday, there will be a Principal's Chat at 8:15 a.m. in the Parent Center.  Please continue to collect your donations for the American Heart Association.  Our Jump for Heart event is on May 31st at 2:00 p.m..  We have 14 more school days ahead and we still have lots of learning to do as well as many special events.  Be sure to remind students to continue to be safe, be responsible, and to be respectful!   Have a wonderful Sunday evening!  I will see you at the Monday morning assembly.

Ms. Merloni

More Than a Meal

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

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         MAY 2017- Pillar: Perseverance Song: Star Spangled Banner

                     05/02-School Site/Governance Council 2:45 p.m.

                     05/03- First Grade to Petersen Automotive Museum

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

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

                          05/08--05/12 –Staff Appreciation

                       05/12 -5th Grade Trip to Riley’s Farm

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

05/23 – Governance Council-2:45 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

                         06/01- Fifth Grade Kickball Game
                         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






Van Gogh expresses a HUGE THANKS to:


The Patriot Oil Community Benefit Trust Fund for providing Kadima Conservatory 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

Start Artist: Frida Soto

Vocabulary: Ayisha Tazi


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