The Tumbleweed Press

Trailblazing the Future!

April 4, 2018

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Principal's Message

Parents, We are trying a new format for our newsletter this month. We hope it is easily accessible for you on both your computer and smart phone. Any feedback on the website would be appreciated!! We include a lot of information in our newsletter, and it is all equally important, so please read the newsletter all the way through. We have our upcoming dates at the bottom of the newsletter, so please refer to that calendar to know what great things are going on at Vogel!

We are also including a feedback form in our newsletter. As part of our parent survey that we distributed in January, we want to be sure that parents have a way to share their opinions and suggestions, as well as kudos to staff. The link to the feedback form is below. Thank you for taking time to help us improve!!

Tara Vandermark

No Morning Drop-Off Before 8:00am

Parents, Do not drop students off before 8:00am, or allow them to walk or ride their bike to school before 8:00am. We are getting many students arriving before they can enter the building, and there are NO staff members on duty before 8:00am. We have had a couple of injuries because of the number of students running around before the doors open. We want to keep everyone safe, and we want to start the day on a good note, so we appreciate you following this very important morning safety procedure.

Great Things are Happening at Vogel!!

Parent Feedback

In an effort to improve our practices at Vogel, we are seeking feedback from parents. There are opportunities to share ways to improve, share strengths, and to share kudos to staff. This feedback form will be in every newsletter and on our webpage for the immediate future. Thank you for taking time to support Vogel Intermediate!

Staff Appreciation Station

This year we are trying something new and we would love your help with this at home with your child. We are setting up an "Appreciation Station" in the cafeteria for the month of April, and we are asking parents, teachers and students to write a little not to anyone here at Vogel to let them know how much you really appreciate them. Just select a Thank you paper below, or at school, fill it out and send it to school with your child to put in the appreciation box in the cafeteria. Please see the information page and two sample thank you notes below. We will distribute the notes during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7-11. Thank you for your support in appreciating the staff!!

Parent Information Letter -

Thank you page 1 -

Thank you page 2 -

STAAR Testing Next Week

Students in 5th grade will be taking the STAAR test next Tuesday, April 10 (Math) and Wednesday, April 11 (Reading). On these two days, we ask that parents not come to have lunch with their children or drop off lunches. Students who are testing will be eating lunch in their classrooms at times other than their normal lunch period. Students can buy lunch at school, or bring a sack lunch.

We also want to make sure that students get a good night's sleep on these days, eat a good breakfast, and arrive to school one time. Please make sure that students dress in layers, as rooms tend to be a bit cool. Also, please refrain from scheduling appointments on these two days. Thank you for your support!

Game Night sponsored by PTO and Student Council

The Vogel Student Council will be hosting a Game Night for Vogel Students. For $10 students will be able to stay after school for a night of fun games with their Hero Squad. The heroes are all of the kids that sign up because by signing up you are contributing to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Pennies Campaign. Our school will be transformed to an enjoyable atmosphere of games and prizes. We will have food, drinks and snacks provided. We will also have a movie and music room set up for you to enjoy!! The first 150 students to return this form will be admitted to stay.

Game Night Permission Form -

Art Night - April 26 - 5:30-7:00pm

Once upon a time there was a little school called Dolly Vogel Intermediate. In this school were many talented students. They worked hard all year to draw, paint and sculpt beautiful works of art and now they want to share their masterpieces with you! Join us for the 2018 Vogel Art Night on April 26th from 5:30-7 pm. There will be an art gallery, donut sculpting contest, chocolate fountain, scavenger hunt and door prizes! We hope to see you there!

Vogel PTO News

Our next PTO Meeting will be on April 17, at 10:00am. Attached is a flyer for the 2018-19 school year. We are looking for some great volunteers to fill board positions. If you are interested, please complete and return the form.

PTO Nomination Form -

Parents, PTO meets the second Tuesday of the month at 10:00am. We would love to have you join us at our meetings! Our next meeting is Tuesday, April 17th. Please email if there is anything we can do for you!

* Don’t forget to purchase your child’s yearbook! Order now so you will be sure to reserve a copy. We don’t order many extras, and those sell immediately. There is an order form included in this newsletter

Yearbook order form -

* Did you know that you can support Vogel when you shop at Amazon and Kroger?

Raising funds for Vogel has never been easier than simply shopping at Amazon through this link: . All we ask is that you bookmark and use the link above so all of your eligible shopping will benefit Vogel Intermediate School PTO.

Kroger Community Rewards – Customer Instructions

A Digital Account is needed in order to participate in Kroger Community Rewards. If you already have a Digital Account, then please skip to the section named ‘Selecting an Organization’.

How to Register a Digital Account

Creating a digital account is as simple as 1,2,3! Simply visit or download the Kroger mobile application from the appropriate app store for your device and follow these directions.

1. Select the ‘Register’ button.

2. Enter your information.

3. Select ‘Create Account’.

Please make sure that you add your card number or create a virtual card number while registering your Digital Account. This is required for the Community Rewards program so that your transactions apply towards the program.

Selecting an Organization

Selecting the organization that you wish to support is as simple updating the Community Rewards selection on your Digital Account.

· Sign into your Digital Account (if you haven’t already).

· Select ‘My Account’.

· Scroll down to the ‘Community Rewards’ section of your account page.

· Select ‘Enroll Now’ or ‘Edit’.

· Enter the name or NPO number 28927 of the organization that you wish to support.

· Select the appropriate organization from the list and click on ‘Save’.

Your selected organization will now display in the Community Rewards section of your account page.

Any transactions moving forward using the card number associated with your digital account will be applied to the program.

It takes approximately 10 days for the Community Rewards total to begin displaying on your receipt.

Thank you to all the parents that donated items for our Nacho-Ordinary Go Texan Luncheon for the teachers and staff. They really appreciated your generosity. Be on the lookout for how you can help in May for Teacher Appreciation Week.

*Upcoming Events:

April 12th – Spirit Night @ Chick-fil-A

April 17th – PTO Meeting @ 10am

May 3rd – Spirit Night @ Kendra Scott

May 7th-11th – Teacher Appreciation Week

May 8th – PTO Meeting @ 10am

Chick fil A Spirit Night - Thursday, April 12

People like you make our community a better place. But what about the cows? Tell you what - stop by and present the attached flyer (or let them know you are there supporting Vogel) at Chick-fil-A 720 Sawdust Road for the Spirit Event on Thursday, April 12, 2018

Based upon the entire day’s sales, Chick-fil-A will make a donation to Vogel Intermediate. Not only do the cows win, but you will too!

Spirit Event: Thursday, April 12, 2018

Time: 7am – 10pm All Day

Valid only at: 720 Sawdust Rd.

Irons PTO News

For our parents of students going into 7th grade - The PTO Nomination form is attached. If you would like to serve on the PTO Board, please complete the nomination form and return it to the front office at Irons or Vogel by May 4, 2018. You may also email your information to the PTO at

Irons PTO Nomination Form -

Upcoming Events - April

10 - STAAR Math - 5th

11 - STAAR Reading - 5th

12 - Spirit Night at Chick fil A - all day at Sawdust location - mention Vogel

13 - Game Night at Vogel - 4:30-6:30 - Must turn in application by April 10

14 - Band/Orchestra Solo and Ensemble at Cox

17 - PTO Meeting - 10am

24 - Incoming 5th Grade Parent Meeting - 1pm and 6pm - duplicate sessions

25 - Ford and Kaufman 4th graders to visit Vogel - 9:30am

26 - Houser and ORE 4th graders to visit Vogel - 9:30am

26 - Art Night - 5:30-7:00

30 - Irons Parent Meeting for students interested in Football


Tara Vandermark

Assistant Principals

Kindel Doucet—6th

Thomas Polonyi—5th


Racquel Johnson—6th

Julia Rieke—5th



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Clinic 832-663-4309