All about me...

Hi! I'm Heidi Levine-Gonzalez ("Mrs. Levine at school). I am one of the 5th grade teachers here at Village Charter Academy. I was also a member of the original charter development team that brought VCA to life! The 2022-2023 school year will be my 27th year teaching! I have a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from The University of Montana in Missoula. Both of my masters degrees are from Western Governors University; one is in Curriculum and Instruction and the other is in Learning and Technology.  My multiple-subject teaching credential is from Cal State Northridge.  I also have a musical theater background, with an emphasis in dance. My own two children were born here in the San Fernando Valley and so was I! My 20 year old son works at Walt Disney World in Florida and my 18 year old daughter is a sophomore at Montclair State University in New Jersey.


Welcome to 5th Grade!

Hi everyone and welcome to 5th grade! Please let me know if you have any questions! You can reach me by email or through Class Dojo. Of course, you can always call the school and leave a message for me there.
Back to School Night will be Thursday, September 1st. There will be more information about that coming soon.

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

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.

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.

Parent Conferences

Please look in your child's folder for your Parent Conference Appointment confirmation.  The times are every 20 minutes and there is a lot of information to cover.  If you are going to be late to your appointment or if you need to change your time...Please email me or call the office and let us know.  
See you there!

Happy New Year!

Hello everyone and welcome back for the second half of the school year!  We have passed the midway point and June is quickly approaching!  
  • Please be sure that you are checking your child's homework journal and signing it only if all of the homework is complete.  When the homework journal is returned with Ms. De La Cruz's initials, then you know the homework was done completely.
  • If your child comes home with a test that needs to be signed, please be sure to sign it and return it the next day.
  • Please remind your students to bring their A.R. books back to school each day.
  • The children are working very hard in the classroom all day.  They need to be rested and prepared for a long day of work each morning.  Please be sure that they have gotten 10-12 hours of sleep and have eaten breakfast or have time to eat breakfast once they get to school.
  • INTERNATIONAL FEAST:  We need to make up our feast that was delayed from December.  I was thinking we would do it the end of February or beginning of March; hopefully the weather will be a little better.
Thank you all very much for your support!
  Ms. Levine


Hi Everyone! 
  I am so happy that we will be back together in school tomorrow.  We have our holiday program performance at 8:30 am tomorrow morning.  Unfortunately, we will have to postpone our International Feast until January, but the rest of the week will continue as scheduled: 12/16-Holiday Program 8:30 am; 12/17- Secret Santa gifts are due, Holiday Program 2:15 pm, NO after-school tutoring; 12/18-Polar Express day: children may wear pajamas, bring a blanket and a pillow, Dismissal at 1:00 pm (NO after-school program).
Have a wonderful holiday vacation and a very happy new year.  I look forward to 2016 being a successful year with your children.  We will see you on Monday, January 11, 2016.
Ms. Levine

International Feast-UPDATE-12/15/15-1:40 pm

I am sorry to say that due to the school closure today, we are going to have to postpone the International Feast until after the first of the year.  We are still not sure what the plan is for the rest of the week, but we don't have any other time this week to have our feast.  Thank you all for understanding.  We will keep you updated on the status of school as soon as we know. Please say hi to your children for me.
Ms. Levine

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Mrs. Heidi Levine
Fifth Grade Teacher/ VAPA Coordinator
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