VAES Panther Press Newsletter

February 5, 2016

You Matter at VAES!

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Clifford Came to Book Fair Preview Day

Principal's Pulse

We enjoyed celebrating the 100th Day of School this week with our younger students. They participated in several activities to gain a deeper understanding of exactly what 100 means and how to represent the number. The students were so excited to share their learning.

Our PTA is hosting the Scholastic Book Fair next week in the library. Your child will have the opportunity to visit the book fair during the week. The Book Fair will be opened after hours on Tuesday until 7:00 and also on Friday evening from 6:00 - 7:30. Parents may also attend the book fair during the Brown Bag Lunch with the Principal on Wednesday from 11:45 - 12:45. Please bring your lunch as we discuss the results of the parent survey and shop for new books. Last year, the Book Fair not only provided an opportunity for children to get new books to read but through the proceeds allowed us to get furniture items and additional books for the library. Thank you for your support.

The Father-Daughter Dance is next Friday, February 12th from 7:00 - 9:00. Please make plans to attend. If you are able, I know there are still available spots to volunteer to make this night a magical time for our little girls and their daddies. Contact Dorothy Loftice or the school office if you would like to help.

Please continue to read with your child each night to help them continue the progress they are making to build reading fluency and comprehension. Your support is essential in your child's academic achievement. Check out the image below to see how the number of minutes of reading each night boosts vocabulary and achievement for your child. We thank you for working with us to help your child succeed.

You Matter at VAES!

Elizabeth Smith

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Parent Survey - Please complete by Monday

Our annual parent survey is linked below this article. It will close on Monday, so please complete it by then if you have not already done so. We hope that you will take the time to fill it out because the information you provide is essential in helping us to improve. We like to see where you think we are on target, and where we need to focus more attention. We value your opinions to help us continue to move toward our goal of becoming the premier elementary school and district in Texas. Thank you in advance for your help.

Kindergarten Students Celebrating the 100th Day of Learning

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1st Graders Dressed as 100 Years Old

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VAULT Nominations are Coming Up!

February 1-12, 2016 3rd and 4th Grade Nominations

Parent Nomination Forms are located on our website and in the front office.

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Art Club

During this first year of art, Mrs. Burge has offered an after school art club for our 4th graders. The students began creating their paper mache projects this week.
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4th Grade Literacy Circles

These students have started Literacy Circles where they are in control of their own reading and learning!! Today they are previewing and discussing which book on the Alamo will best fit their group's reading levels and interest. They also must collaborate and vote on which book their group will work through during this cycle of Literacy Circles. Each team member has a job to do to help facilitate the learning. We are super excited to get our groups learning and reading together!!

Memorial Scholarship

An endowed scholarship is being set up through the Van Alstyne Education Foundation to honor Reagan and Grant Small. All donations are tax free and will help us to continue to honor the memory of these two precious children for years to come. Checks can be made payable to the VAEF with Reagan and Grant's name in the memo line. You may send your monetary donation to:

Van Alstyne Education Foundation
P.O. Box 1620
Van Alstyne, TX 75495

With an endowed scholarship once the requirements are met, the foundation will be able to give a scholarship each year without having to continuously raise the money yearly. Karen and her family will be able to present this scholarship and continue to keep the memory of her children alive for years to come. If you could help with any amount at all, it will be GREATLY appreciated.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sarah Coleman at 903-816-4321 or

Student Brag Board

Parenting Seminars Offered This Semester - See Below

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Looking for ways to serve our students...

Your VAES PTA is looking to fill officer, committee, and volunteer positions for the 2016-2017 school year. The PTA is a vital organization for our school and our children, and it cannot be a success without volunteers like you. There are many opportunities ranging from positions that require very little time each year to more involved board positions that require time each week. If you are looking for a way to connect with your child’s school, PTA is a great avenue. For more information, please email Jenna Hughes at

Volunteer Background Check Form

This form is now available on our website. If you have already returned a paper copy, you do not need to complete this form. However, if you have not done that and would like to volunteer on campus and attend field trips, please click on this link.

Upcoming Calendar Events

Week of February 8th - PTA Book Fair in the Library - Extended Hours on 2/9 and 2/12

Wednesday, February 10th - Brown Bag Lunch with Principals 11:45 - 12:45

Friday, February 12th - Valentine's Parties and Father/Daughter Dance

Thursday, February 18th - 4th Grade Writing Quarterly Test

Week of February 22nd - 1st - 4th Grade Quarterly Tests

Tuesday, February 23rd - 1st Grade Program and PTA Meeting

Thursday, March 3rd - Open House

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PTA Information - Click the link below for this week's PTA news.

You Matter to VAES...pass it on!

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