Village Charter Academy

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!

All about me...

Hi! I am Heidi Levine. I am a 5th grade teacher here at Village Charter Academy. I am also a proud member of the original charter development team that brought VCA to life! I have been teaching K-5 for 22 years. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Child Psychology from The University of Montana in Missoula, a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Governors University, and a Multiple-Subject clear teaching credential from Cal State Northridge.  I also have a musical theater background, with an emphasis in dance. I was born and raised here in the San Fernando Valley and I have 2 teenage children of my own.

Recent Posts

How to Handle Fortnite

Many of the students in our class play Fortnite and we recently had a discussion in class about the way games and movies are rated.  I am a big fan of the website Common Sense Media.  They give excellent advice and suggestions on what games, tv shows, movies, and music are appropriate for kids.  Here is the link to a recent article about Fortnite.Fortnite Article

Important Dates Coming Up!

Picture day is September 12th!  Everyone will be photographed and we will be taking a class picture as a group.
The next book order is due on September 15th.  Every time we order books, I also get free books for the classroom!
Home to School Connection Night is September 26th!  We will be discussing Middle School opportunities for you child.  The meeting will be in room 10 from 5:30 to 6:00 pm.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Meet the Teacher Night

 Welcome back to school Class of 2018!  I hope to see all of you at Meet the Teacher Night on Friday, August 11 from 3:00-5:00 pm.  Be sure to bring your family and visit me in room 10!  I can't wait to meet everyone!

Science Experiments

We will be conducting our science experiments Friday, March 23rd and Tuesday, March 28th.  The children have been asked to bring as much as they can from home.  Whatever they cannot bring I will provide.  Please let me know if you have any questions.
Ms. Levine

Wagon Projects are here!

Today your child received their assignment for the long awaited "Wagon Project!"  Please be sure to read it and if you have any question please don't hesitate to ask.  I do have examples in the classroom!  I will also post the assignment and grading rubric here on my web page.

Unit Culmination Tomorrow!

Please join us in Room 10 at 2:30 pm on Thursday, October 27th to see the hard work your children have put into their computer projects.  They have learned to use a program called Keynote, which is similar to PowerPoint.  They will be sharing with you what they have learned about Early American Civilizations.  We hope to see you here!

Welcome Back 5th Graders!

I am back in the classroom getting it all ready for "Meet the Teacher Night" on August 12th from 3:30-5:30pm.  If you're anything like me, you're excited about all of the back to school sales at all of the stores.  I am providing everything you need for the classroom, but if you're family would like to donate items to the classroom, these are the items we need:
  • tissue (Kleenex)
  • glue sticks
  • highlighters
  • dry erase markers (blue or black)
  • Ticonderoga pencils
  • blue or black ink pens
Thank you so much...I can't wait to see you on August 12th!
Ms. Levine

The Last Week of School!

We are preparing for the fun of the last week of school!
Here is a reminder of what is planned:
6/13: College Day:
Wear your favorite college shirt/hat
6/14: Board Game Day and Harry Potter Movie Day
We are going to play board games all morning and watch Harry Potter starting at noon.  The Hemmers' (Billy's Parents) will be providing lunch for the whole class in honor of Billy's and my birthdays in a few weeks.
6/15: 70's Day
Grab some groovy clothes and come to school for a funky time
6/16: 5th grade culmination day/Free dress for the 4th graders
5th grade culmination will begin at 8:30, 4th graders will spend the morning with Ms. Woo until the culmination is over.
6/17: Family picnic
The picnic will begin at 11:00 am out on the "Big Grass."
We'll see you then!


Please join us on Friday, April 1 at 2:30 pm to view all of the class projects.  Our projects are amazing and we want to share them with everyone!  Please come to room 10 at 2:30 to see the projects, pick them up, and take your child home at 3:00 pm.

Field Trip Update

Thank you all for your interest in our April 13th field trip.  I have the parents that are needed for chaperones.  We will be going to the LA Zoo to study animal habitats and adaptations.  The children will be doing school work while we are there.  We will be leaving school at 9:30 am and returning by 3:00 pm for dismissal.  Students still need to arrive at school at regular school time (by 8:00 am).

Upcoming Field Trip!

I have scheduled a field trip for the whole class on April 13th.  The students do not know where we are going, but it is an academic focused trip.  I am going to need 4 parents to ride the bus with us, stay with the class throughout the day, and help the students complete their work while on the trip.  For this trip, the students will be free, but parents will be $5 each.  
Please let me know if you are interested in joining us on the trip.