VAES Panther Press Newsletter

September 4, 2015

We have outstanding students, teachers and parents at VAES!

Thank you for such a wonderful start to the new year. We appreciate each one of you!

You Matter at VAES!

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Principal's Pulse

It is amazing how quickly the students have learned the procedures of the new year. They are learning so much already. Oh, it is going to be so fun watching them grow this year!

We want to thank everyone who was able to attend the PTA meeting on Tuesday night. Please click on the link below to get a summary of the topics covered if you were not able to make it.

Please join us for the Brown Bag Lunch with the Principal scheduled on Wednesday, September 9th from 11:45 - 12:45 in the library. This is a good time to connect with other parents, get your questions answered, offer suggestions for improvement and/or get trained on a computer resource we use at school. Please join us on the 9th!

Remember to spark creativity and curiousity with your children, discuss their learning, build problem solving skills, play a game and have fun reading together. Your participation in the learning process from home makes all the difference in your child's success at school. Enjoy the three day weekend with your families.

You Matter at VAES!

Elizabeth Smith, Principal

Greetings from Admin - Summary of Meeting

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Student Safety Before School

We open the front doors at 7:30 to allow students to enter to eat breakfast, attend tutoring and/or to be supervised by staff in the cafeteria and gym. Please do not drop off your children before 7:30 as there is not supervision for them until that time. Thank you for your help.

Football Game Safety at Panther Stadium

We would like to thank our VAES Panthers and their parents. Thank you for following the guidelines for keeping all of our patrons safe at the game last week. It sure made our job easier that night to see our youngest panthers choosing to be respectful and using integrity at the game.
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Calling All Kindergarten Parents

We will be hosting a Kinder Parent Meeting on Thursday, September 17th at 6:00 p.m. in the library. We will discuss the new Kinder report card and answer all questions you may have about school life at VAES. Please join us and connect with other parents and school staff.
4th Grade T-shirt Fundraiser Order Form

Help our 4th graders get to Austin. Order your t-shirt today!

Get Connected to VAES

Please Like Us on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter @VaElementary as well as joining your child's classroom connection points which may include class newsletters, Remind texting accounts, etc. Join us for PTA meetings, Brown Bag Lunches, the Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff, the Title I Parent Involvement Meeting and come volunteer on campus anytime. We want you to be a connected part to your child's education. It will make all the difference in your child's success this year. Let us know if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns.

I have sent out two School Messenger items so far this year. One was advertising Meet the Teacher Night, and I sent one at the end of the 1st day. If you did not receive one, as it just goes to the first parent listed for your child, you can add additional phone numbers and email addresses. Please go to our website at, Parents tab, and then School Messenger. It will give you directions for adding multiple family members to receive these messages from the school.

Car Line Drop-off and Pick-Up Map

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Van Alstyne Education Foundation

Please click the link for details on the Sporting Clay Event.

PTA Information

The PTA Membership Drive is underway. Parents can sign-up directly at :

So far, the PTA Fall Membership Drive has enrolled 167 total members. The class who is currently in the lead for the most members is Mrs. Gentzler's class. The grade level in the lead is 2nd grade.

Our PTA provides so many opportunities for our students during the school year. Did you know PTA funds help our students attend field trips by giving $7 per student? Did you know the spring fundraiser provided 10 additional computers for our library? Did you know that PTA provided $50 gift certificates for each teacher to spend at the teacher store? Did you know that PTA provided funds to help stock the new art class? Did you know that PTA purchases the Spirit Stick Awards for your children? Your membership dollars and your support of the fundraising efforts make a huge difference to our students each year. Thank you for supporting our PTA.

Click the links below to get details about our Watch D.O.G.S. Event and more PTA info.

Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff Event Information

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PTA Website

The place to go for all PTA information, Volunteer Spot, etc.

Upcoming Calendar Events

Monday, September 7th - Labor Day - No School

Wednesday, September 9th - Brown Bag Lunch with Principal 11:45 - 12:45 in the library

Thursday, September 10th - Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff Event at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria

Tuesday, September 15th - Boy Scout Night at 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria

Thursday, September 17th - Kinder Parent Meeting at 6:00 in the library and

Title I Parent Involvement Meeting for all parents at 7:00 in the library