Vaughan Viking Voice

October 30, 2019

Upcoming Events

October 31: Storybook Character Day & Author Visit

November 1: Last day for Yearbook Orders

November 4-8: Benchmark Testing (3rd thru 6th grade)

November 8: Metroplex Spirit Night

November 11: Veterans Day Celebration

Please see articles below with more details!

For a complete calendar of PTA events, please visit:

Storybook Character Day TOMORROW!

Please read the following flyer to get the details on this fun filled day!
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Vaughan Yearbook Sale Through November 1st at CURRENT PRICE!

It’s time to order your 2019 - 2020 Vaughan Yearbook! The price is $25 (personalization is additional).

Please click HERE to place your order and ensure your student has a yearbook at this rate! There will be another sale in January, but there will be a price increase. Get yours NOW!

All orders will be processed through the Josten's website. If you are in need of assistance or cannot access the link, please contact Julie Steen at


Absence notifications to the school and excuse notes can now be entered via Family Access in lieu of calling the school and/or sending a handwritten note!

Please report your students' absence to Stacy Spears by 10:00 am using one of the following methods:

  • Family Access - best method! It notifies the school AND provides the excuse note!

(This feature cannot be used in lieu of a medical note to excuse students who leave school for a medical appointment or come in late from a medical appointment.)

  • Email who is now the new Registrar! (follow up with handwritten note, medical note or enter note into Family Access)

  • Call 972-236- 0948 to contact Stacy Spears directly! This is a new! (follow up with handwritten note, medical note or enter note into Family Access)

All notes must be received within 3 school days of the absence to be considered excused.

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Vaughan will be hosting our 20th Annual Veterans Day Celebration on Monday, November 11th. We will honor the men and women who have served our country with a light breakfast and then a patriotic program in the cafeteria.

To celebrate this special occasion, we are asking Vaughan Vikings to invite any relative or special friend they have who is a Veteran (of peace-time or war-time), a relative/friend of a loved one currently serving, or a survivor of a deceased Veteran to come to our school on Monday, November 11, 2019 starting at 7:15 am.

CLICK HERE for the invitation form. Please fill this out by Friday, 11/1!

Veterans Day Donations Needed!

Vaughan fourth graders will be collecting items to send to the VA Hospital. There will be a box in the front hallway for students to put in their donations.

This year we are collecting the following items:

  • Board games/card games – new or gently used
  • Socks – new (multi-packs of white socks are great)
  • Fleece blankets/throws – new or gently used clean ones
  • Candy for Soldiers’ Angels – wrapped candy for troops, veterans, and wounded veterans in VA hospitals

Please help us fill some of the needs of our Veterans by sending a donation to school by Wednesday, November 6th. Thank you!

Volunteers Needed for Veterans Day

Can you help with Vaughan's Veterans Day celebration? We need volunteers to help with decorations the Friday before the event and we need help the morning of the event on November 11th. If you can spare a few hours it would be most appreciated!

CLICK HERE for volunteer sign ups.

Annual Rudolph Run: Sign Up by November 1

Vaughan Elementary is gearing up for the annual City of Allen Rudolph Run. You can register now online through November 1st.

With registration for this event, you get a cool t-shirt. Be sure to register under Vaughan Elementary School, so that our school gets credit for your entry.


Nomination for Citizenship Awards

Allen ISD Council of PTAs Citizenship Awards are given out to teachers, staff, and parent volunteers who give their time and effort to support our schools. These individuals are nominated because they go above and beyond what is expected and make a difference for our children. If you have someone who is part of our Vaughan community who you would like to nominate, please do so by CLICKING HERE.

Watch D.O.G.S. Sign Up

Watch D.O.G.S. will be opening up for volunteers to select a second date if you wish. Thank you to all who have volunteered for this program. All sign ups are done on our PTA website.

CLICK HERE for more information about the program to access the online calendar.

PTA Update

Thank You for Shopping at the Book Fair

We had a great fall book fair thanks to you! Lots of books in the hands of happy readers. Thank you to all the volunteers as well, especially Book Fair Chair, Shauntay Richey!

Popcorn Club Delivery

Popcorn was delivered on October 25th. If you are interested in being part of the Popcorn Club, we have a few memberships still available! CLICK HERE to sign up to start in November.

Red Ribbon Success

It was great to see everyone at the Red Ribbon Picnic! Despite the rain, everyone had a terrific time. A huge thanks to our Red Ribbon Picnic committee: Beth Monsen, Karlye Kile and Jennifer Morrow.

Metroplex Spirit Night: November 8th

Drop your children off for Parent's Night Out and do WHATEVER. YOU. WANT. while your children are being supervised & playing with all their Vaughan friends!

6:30-9:30 pm: $15 per child

6:30-11:00 pm: $22 per child

Cheese Pizza is included!

Children ages 3-12 can attend

CLICK for more information and to pre-register.

Tell the front desk you are with Vaughan when you check in and 30% of proceeds will benefit Vaughan PTA! Thank you for your support!

Birthday Book Club

The Birthday Book Club is promoted by the Vaughan Library to honor students during his/her birthday month. With a $20 donation to the library, a book is purchased that becomes part of the permanent library collection. The book will include a bookplate featuring the student's name, picture, and current school year inside the front cover. By participating in the Birthday Book Club program, you are helping our library grow and honoring your child at the same time!

To join the Birthday Book Club, please pay $20 on School Pay and complete this form or complete the form and send a check (payable to Vaughan) or cash to the Library.

Does your student have a summer birthday? Consider honoring your child on their "half-birthday!"

Student members of the Birthday Book Club will have the following opportunities

  1. Choose a book that will be a permanent part of the Vaughan Library collection.
  2. Have a picture made in the library for the bookplate that will also feature student name and current school year.
  3. Appear on morning announcements to share the book that has been chosen.
  4. Have an extended lending time with the BBC book as a bonus on top of total allowable checkouts.

Please contact Mrs. Smithwick if you have any questions!

Room Parent Volunteers Still Needed!

PTA is working alongside the school this year to coordinate Room Parents and we still have several classes that need volunteers! The Room Parent coordinates and organizes the classroom celebrations: Holiday, Valentine's and End of Year as well helps with Staff Appreciation Week in the spring.

To indicate you are interested, please click the link below. You will need to be logged into your account and select the Room Parent option for volunteer interest. Once we have a room parent for all the classes, PTA will reach out. CLICK HERE to sign up!

THANK YOU to those who have already signed up.

Box Tops: There's an App for That!

Box Tops is transitioning from the CLIP labels on products to a SCAN label on qualifying products! Easily download the App and scan your receipt. During this time of transition, you can help Vaughan PTA earn DOUBLE by clipping (if a clip label) AND scanning.

Don't feel like scanning? PTA will do it for you! You can drop your labels and receipts in one of our collection bins. Receipts must be scanned within 2 weeks of purchase.

For more details, please CLICK HERE.

VIP Staff Members for October

Congratulations to Casey Duckworth, 1st grade teacher and Laurie Malone, office secretary. Here are a few things that their peers said about them

Casey Duckworth

Mrs. Duckworth is always willing to share her expertise! She has a growth mindset and is willing to do whatever it takes to help support ALL students...not just her own. In addition, Mrs. Duckworth goes above and beyond to spread SUNSHINE on our campus! We appreciate you, Mrs. Duckworth!

Laurie Malone

Mrs. Malone has been an exceptional help in supporting and guiding staff whenever needed. She always has a smile on her face, is VERY helpful, and positive. Mrs. Malone, you are truly amazing each and every day! We appreciate all you do for our Vaughan staff, students, and parents!

Vaughan Spirit Shirts

Click here for an order form. These make great stocking stuffers!

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