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West Campus
P: 303.691.2384
F: 303.226.5529

East Campus
P: 303.338.4110
F: 303.338.4129


West Campus
801 Yosemite St.
Denver, CO 80230

East Campus
17101 East Ohio Dr.
Aurora, CO 80017

VCS West - 3rd Grade Team

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

From VCS Volunteers:

For Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week the families of VCS would like to say "Thank You!"

We asked our teachers and staff to create a "Wish List" of some of their favorite things so that we can say "Thank You" for supporting our kids and being awesome. 

Click on the links below to view their Wish List.

Ms. Ettinger's Wish List

Mr. Leek's Wish List

Ms. Teeter's Wish List

3rd Grade Remote Learning


The Third Grade Team is committed to providing our families and students with resources during this time. Please check out the wide variety of resources we have provided on this page. 

It is recommended that students in Kindergarten through fourth grade attempt to complete 6 menu items a day.  Students should complete one menu item from each of the reading, writing, and math menus.  Then they should complete an item from the ELD or Title I menu if they are in those programs.  If they are not in those programs they should choose at least one maybe two specials menus to complete an item from.  Finally, there are two more menus to choose from to get to the 6 menu items mark.  They are the Character Building and Health and Wellness Menus.   


Se recomienda que los estudiantes de jardín de infantes a cuarto grado intenten completar 6 elementos de menú al día. Los estudiantes deben completar un elemento del menú de cada uno de los menús de lectura, escritura y matemáticas. Luego, deben completar un elemento del menú ELD o Título I si están en esos programas. Si no están en esos programas, deben elegir al menos uno o quizás dos menús especiales para completar un elemento. Finalmente, hay dos menús más para elegir para llegar a la marca de 6 elementos del menú. Son los menús de creación de carácter y salud y bienestar.  

Remote Learning Additional Resources

Dear Parents,
Please enjoy the list of resources we have provided on this page. Below are the PDF's needed for our distance learning program. Futhermore, there are also many optional online resources provided on this page. Our goal as educators is to continue to support our students emotional and academic growth during this time. The team will continue to update the contents of this page with information and support. We will be calling students this week to schedule weekly call times. Please continue to check this webpage for updated information. If you need anything or have any questions, please feel free to email us. We hope you are well.
Your Third Grade Team,
Ms. Ettinger, Mr. Vang, and Mr. Leeks

Free online books: Get Epic!  -

Mr. Vang Classroom Code : ylt6837

Ms. Ettinger Classroom Code: pur7211

The library is a great place to download books. 


Additional Educational Resources (Optional)


Math Specific Resources


Printable Math Fact Multiplication Flash Cards


Printable Math Fact Division Flash Cards



Reading Specific Resources

Audible has many free books online for kids. 

Storytimes and Realouds can be found on youtube and other websites.

Link to printable sign word flashcards



Writing Specific Resources

Science Specific Resources


Physical Activity Specific Resources 

Art Specific Resources

Kid's Daily Drawing Lessons

How to Cartoon shows kids how to draw cartoons.

Free coloring books or pages


Virtual Field Trips

Art Museums

Visit some of the best art galleries in the world virtually. From Paris to New York to Amsterdam, kids can see priceless works of art from the world’s most famous artists.


Zoo webcams have allowed visitors to drop in on the habitats of some of the zoo’s favorite animal exhibits.


Just like with zoos, aquariums have used webcams to let you visit their exhibits virtually. In addition, some aquariums have set up virtual tours led by their staff to give visitors a more in depth look at their facility.

Travel the World

In this day and age, it is easier than ever to travel the world without leaving home. Google Maps street view will allow you to visit almost any destination around the world. 


Family Activity Websites:

Family Time Machines offers ideas for family games and is available in both English and Spanish.

Virtual Disney Rides

Academic TV Resources

150+Educational Shows on Netflix

Reading Log PDF Form:

Class Pages


Class Page

1st Grade

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2nd Grade

Class Page

3rd Grade

Class Page

4th Grade

Class Page

5th/6th Grade

Class Page

7th/8th Grade

Class Page

Latin/Reader's Theater

Class Page


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Class Page

Special Education

Class Page

Contact Information and Office Hours

Mr. Vang and Ms. Ettinger will have office hours that students can call into to have additional support. Ms. Teeter can provide support for SpED students. If students would like to contact Mr. Leeks, they can coordinate with their homeroom teacher to set up a meeting.

Mr. Vang (720) 551-9507

Office Hours: from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Ms. Ettinger (720) 551-9525

Office Hours: from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Ms. Teeter 720-551-9730

Office Hours: from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.



Dear VCS Families,

On Friday, May 15th, we will implement a curbside process for families to pick-up items left at school and drop-off items that must be returned as outlined below. Students and parents/guardians will not be permitted inside the VCS buildings during this time. 

Families will remain in their vehicles, and will be directed to go to the designated area for the youngest or only VCS student in your family. (For example, if you have a 1st grader, a 4th grader, and an 8th grader, you'll pick up items for all of your children in the 1st grade area using the K-2 carline.)

Times are as follows:

K-8 (youngest and only): Friday, May 15, 2020 from 8:00 am-2:00 pm

Distribution Plan:


Pick up ALL of your children’s materials at the designated spot for YOUR YOUNGEST/ONLY CHILD. We will use the regular carline lanes for pick up.

Post a visible sign with LARGE letters/numbers in the front window of your vehicle. Include the following information:

Last Name, First Name of your YOUNGEST/ONLY child

Grade, Teacher Name of your YOUNGEST/ONLY child

Upon arrival:

Follow the regular carline route. 

We will not accommodate walk ups

Check-in staff will read the sign in your vehicle’s front window when you are first in line

Staff will direct you to the stopping point.

REMAIN in your vehicle at ALL times.

Unlock/open the trunk/hatch (DO NOT get out of your vehicle)

Have items you’re returning labeled and in your trunk.

Staff will pick up returned items and place student materials in your trunk.

Wave at your loving VCS staff, move through the exit, turn right (NOT LEFT onto Yosemite), and have a safe day.





Thank you for working with us to keep staff, students, and families safe. We appreciate your support in this process. While we know it's difficult to say goodbye and end the year with social distancing, we want to keep our community healthy. 

If you are unable to participate in our school’s distribution, please email or call 303-691-2384 so we can make alternate arrangements.

Thank you, 

VCS Leadership Team



3rd Grade Teacher

Ms. Ettinger

Hello, my name is Kelly Ettinger. I am new to Vanguard Classical School and I teach third grade. I am from Cleveland, Ohio. For college, I got my degree in English literature at Franklin and Marshall College located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. During my college years I was actively involved in education development as well as tutoring ELL students. After college, I worked for Wilson Language in education development. Wilson Language Company develops educational content for students with dyslexia. I am severely dyslexic myself, but was extremely successful in school. I always knew I wanted to be in education to make a more inclusive environment for children. Teaching children is my passion, and I am grateful that I get to teach everyday.

In April 2018, I moved to Denver to pursue my master’s degree. I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2019 with my Master’s in the Arts of Teaching. Currently, I live in the Washington Park area of Denver, Colorado. We have two dogs, Roonie and Mila, and two cats Pancho and Norman. I completed my practicum teaching and my student teaching at Aspen Academy, where I taught in second grade. In my spare time, I enjoy being in the outdoors. Hiking, is one of my favorite activities as well as skiing. Cooking, in another passion of mine as I love trying new recipes and going to farmers markets. Reading, is another activities I delight in and enjoy getting to explore all the bookstores in Denver.

3rd Grade Teacher

Mr. Vang

Hi, my name is Nathan Vang, and I'm thrilled to say this is my second year teaching at Vanguard Classical School. I grew up in Wisconsin and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999 and a Master of Elementary Education in Teaching and Learning degree from University of Phoenix-Lone Tree in 2011. I taught two years in the public school systems before moving into the private and charter schools. This year, I will be teaching 3rd grade.
Currently, I live in South Aurora with my wife, Sendie, and two daughters (Trya and Kalia).
In my free time, I enjoy watching sports especially football (Go Packers and Badgers!). I also love exploring many of the beautiful landscapes throughout Colorado. I make the most of Colorado summers by spending time at state and national parks.
I look forward to getting to know you and your child this year!

3rd Grade EA

Mr. Leeks

I grew up in London, England. I attended the University of Colorado, and received a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology. I work as an Educational Assistant at Vanguard. I like to fly-fish, and enjoy tying flies and making bamboo rods.

Title I Math/Literacy Coach/Interventionist

Ms. Hoesly

I have been teaching for 12 years in grades Kindergarten through Sixth. This year, I am the Title 1 Instructional Coach for Literacy and Mathematics. I have a Master's degree in Policy Studies of Language and Cross Cultural Education; and a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies. Both degrees are from San Diego State University, home of the Aztecs. I am originally from San Diego, however, I have lived in Kerman, Ca, Phoenix, AZ, Grand Canyon, AZ, Carlsbad, Ca, and finally, Littleton, Co. I have been a life coach for third through sixth grade girls, coached swim team, and reading intervention. When I found out that this was a classical school. I was excited to apply. I think that this progression of education is essential for all students. I love working with kids because they bring so much joy to my life. It is fun to see them grow and develop over the course of just one school year. When I am not teaching, I enjoy running, hiking, biking, reading, writing, and exploring the mountains or relaxing the beach.