Panther Press

August 13, 2023

Panther Press Table of Contents

  • Car line
  • Arrival and Dismissal Procedures
  • VPE Family Handbook
  • "Starting Strong" event for Kindergarten parents
  • Back to School Events
  • PTO
  • BVN Cheer Clinic
  • Helpful Links (Previous Newsletter, Supply Lists, District Calendar, VPE Website)
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Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Arrival Procedures:

  1. Our school doors open at 8:35 AM. Children should not arrive before 8:35 AM.

  2. School begins at 8:50 AM. After 8:50 AM, students are considered tardy. A parent or guardian must come to the school's front entrance with their photo id to have their child signed in if they arrive at school later than 8:50 AM.

  3. Students should remain buckled in their seats until the vehicle stops in the traffic loop.

*Dismissal Procedures:

  1. Dismissal begins at 3:35 PM. Car riders need to be picked up no later than 4 PM.

  2. Students who walk home will exit the building through the recess exit doors on the South side of the building. Walker dismissal will begin at 3:38.

  3. Students who walk home cannot stay on the VPE campus. Y-Care utilizes the building and playground after school, Monday-Friday.

  4. Bus dismissal will begin at approximately 3:45.

* Expect a registration email from Pick Up Patrol on Monday for those that filled out the form for your default dismissal plan. If you still need to start this process, email Dr. Burton

Kindergarten Event for Parents

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Back to School Events

We are so excited to see our school community back on campus soon! Back to School events are just around the corner, and we would like to share our plans for welcoming everyone back.

Class Placement Email: Monday, August 14, 4:00 PM

Parents/guardians will receive a notification letting you know who your child has for a classroom teacher at 4 PM on August 14th.

Meet and Greet: Monday, August 14

  • 4:30 PM-5:15 PM Last names A-L
  • 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM Last names M-Z

Meet and Greet is an event where you will have the opportunity to walk your child into the school, see their classroom, meet their teacher, take pictures, and see their new learning space. Meet and Greet is not required, but it is an excellent opportunity for adults to enter the building with their children.

First Day of School (Grades 1-5): Wednesday, August 16: 8:50 AM - 3:35 PM

Kindergarten Orientation: Wednesday, August 16

Our Kindergarten staff is prepared to invite our incoming students in with their parents for a session to explore their new surroundings, meet new friends, and calm any fears or anxieties. Parents will have an opportunity to ask questions, take pictures, and get to know a few children in the class. Following the schedule below, families should attend orientation according to their last name:

  • Last names: A-F, 9:15 - 10:15 AM
  • Last name: G-O, 10:45 - 11:45 AM
  • Last name: P-Z, 1:15- 2:15 PM

First Day of School (Kindergarten): Thursday, August 17: 8:50 AM - 3:35 PM

Back-to-School Night: Thursday, August 24, 5:30-7:00 PM

Back-to-School Night will take place on Thursday, August 24. This event is where you will have the opportunity to learn more about your child's classroom and receive pertinent information that will enable you to navigate the year easily. Additionally, you will learn how to volunteer with the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) and contribute to your child's classroom events for the school year.

  • Session 1: 5:30-6:10pm
  • Session 2: 6:20-7:00pm


Membership Drive 2023-24

We hope you consider joining our PTO as a member. The cost of a Family Membership is $25.00. Benefits include:

  • access to the secure online directory,

  • voting rights at PTO meetings (one per family)

  • early/exclusive access to PTO news and our monthly PTO Newsletter (Paw Prints)

  • membership active through June 30, 2024.

How to:

1. Create an Account on the directory (free)

2. Update your membership information (free)

3. Sign up for a PTO membership ($25 Annually)

CTA Link: “Join Now”


Principals’ Reception and PTO General Meeting

Please join us on Monday, August 28, 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM in the VPE Library, for a reception to meet and greet three new administrators to the Panther family: Mrs. Melissa Hansen, Principal; Dr. Emily Gill, Vice Principal; Dr. Michael Burton, Administrative Intern.

Our first PTO General Meeting of the year will be held immediately following from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. All parents and staff are welcome!

Volunteer Opportunities

Did you know?

  • There are wonderful opportunities to GET INVOLVED at VPE as a parent. If you’re interested in volunteering with PTO, check the box in your Parent Contact profile and we’ll get in touch!

You can purchase your YEARBOOKS now! Don’t risk missing out on a yearbook at the end of the year — order now along with joining PTO!

Save The Date

Fall Carnival - Sep 22, 2023

SAVE THE DATE for our annual VPE Carnival on Friday, September 22, 2023, 6:00 PM! You won’t want to miss this fun evening of games, inflatables, food trucks, raffles, and prizes. Watch this space for more details!

BOX TOP$ for Education

For over 20 years, Box Top$ for Education (BTFE) has given families an easy way to earn cash for our school with products you already buy. BTFE is now digital! Download their app (see the link below for more info), select VPE and you can help us raise money for VPE whether you shop in-store or online! Each Box Top earns 10¢ for our school! Learn more at

BVN Cheer Clinic

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“CALLING ALL FUTURE MUSTANGS!! Come join us on September 23rd for the Mustang Cheer Clinic! During this camp you will be learning cheers, band dances and create a mini performance to perform. In addition to the clinic you will be invited to cheer on the Blue Valley North Mustangs at the September 29th football game! We hope to see you there! Please reach out to Coach Shoemaker ( and Shelly Whigham ( with any questions!”

Dr. Burton - Administrative Intern

Office Staff

  • Julie Bachert: Administration Assistant/Bookkeeper
  • Samantha Bashara: Administration Assistant/Registrar/Attendance