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Sanford Elementary Newsletter - 5/15/23

Important Dates to Remember

5/15- 5th grade Incoming 6th grader tour for students 1:30-2:30PM

5/15- Parent Night at VAMS - 6PM

5/16- 5th grade field trip to Roughriders game

5/17- Field Day - K, 1 & 2

5/18- Field Day - 3,4, & 5 (5th grade celebration after field day)

5/19- No school (bad weather day)

5/22- Kona Ice Day

5/22- 5th grade Talent Show

5/23- Honor Rally Awards (K-2 at 8:30 AM & 3-5 at 9:30 AM)

5/23- 2nd grade Park Day - 11:15 AM

5/24- VAHS Senior Walk

5/25- Kinder Graduation

5/25- 5th grade CLAP OUT! 12:55 PM

5/25- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL! Early Release at 1:05

5/25- 5th Grade Con-Graduation Ceremony at the Social District - 6PM

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Award letters

We are working on letters for students who are receiving an award at the Honor Rally on Tuesday, 5/23. We will begin sending those home on Monday, 5/15, so you can continue to check folders and backpacks for those letters. You may also email and inquire about awards, or ask your child's teacher.
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News from the Cafeteria

It is that time of year to get your students' school lunch account taken care of if you have a negative balance. Please take a look at your child's account, and if it is negative take steps to get the balance paid. You can do this on My School Bucks or by sending cash or check with your child to give to the cashier in the cafeteria or at your school's front desk.

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A BIG THANK YOU to the Sanford PTA for earning money for the library. We were able to purchase several boxes of books for the book machine and 100+ books for the library. We also purchased a book repair machine and book boxes.

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Attention: 5th Grade Parents and Students!!

6th Grade Honors Application

The middle school offers honors math and RLA classes for 6th graders. If your child is interested in an honors course next year, click the links below to access the honors application and honors course agreement. Honors course applications and honors course agreements are due by 4:00 PM on Monday, April 17.

*Students who are GT (Gifted and Talented) will automatically qualify for honors classes. However, if your child is GT, please go ahead and complete the form to show your student's desire to be placed in honors classes.

6th Grade Honors Application

Honors Course Agreement

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More info for 5th Grade Parents

Incoming 6th Grade Parent Information Night: Monday, May 15 at 6:00 PM in the VAMS cafeteria. This evening is for incoming 6th grade families to learn about VAMS and have a school tour. If you are not able to attend this evening, we will have another information night on Tuesday, July 25 at 6:00 PM in the VAMS cafeteria.

Minnow Camp (for incoming 6th graders ONLY): Thursday, July 27 from 4:00-6:00 PM in the VAMS main gym. 6th Graders will receive their class schedule during this event.

See the information below regarding Minnow Camp. If your child is attending Minnow Camp, YOU MUST COMPLETE THE MINNOW CAMP ENROLLMENT FORM FOUND AT:

***Please see the VAMS Website for school supplies info!****

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Lunch visitors are welcome on campus. Please be prepared to present valid ID to enter the campus and check in with the main office. Lunch visitors may only eat at visitor tables with their own student. No other students will be permitted to eat with them without their parent present. Thank you!

It has come to our attention that when parents are coming to eat with their students, they are inviting their students' friends to join them. It is our policy that parents/guests eat with their student only. Thank you for your cooperation!

Microwave reminders for lunches

Sanford has microwaves in the cafeteria. These microwaves are for student use at lunch only. Please be mindful of these guidelines:

1. Please send food in a microwave safe container. (no foil or metal)

2. Please do not send food that requires more than approximately 2 minutes to prepare. (Please avoid macaroni and cheese - it takes too long to prepare and it always leaves a mess in the unit.)

3. Please do not send popcorn.

4. Please remind your student how to use the microwave and to do their part to keep the microwave clean.

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Parent Communication Notice

The Sanford Office always responds to Attendance and Transportation emails on the day they are received. If you email the office (at and do not receive a response before the end of the day, please call the office 903-712-1900.

Lunch/ Recess/Specials Schedule

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Campus Visitor Procedures 2022-2023

Sanford Elementary and VAISD welcomes visitors to our campuses for a variety of reasons. We have recently refined our visitor check-in procedure to enhance the safety and security of our campus to more thoroughly vett all individuals wishing to gain access to our campus. We appreciate your cooperation in helping us implement these procedures in an attempt to keep our students and staff safer every day.

All VAISD campuses have locked entry access doors at the main entrance. There is a doorbell at each entrance. When approaching the school to gain entry, please be prepared to do the following:

  1. Ring the doorbell and stay in full view of the camera.

  2. Show valid I.D. to the camera

  3. State your full name, student’s name and purpose of your visit.

Once entry to the campus is granted, proceed immediately to the main office to check in. Please do the following:

  1. Present your valid I.D to the office staff. (I.D. will be safely retained in the office until visitors check out.)

  2. State your name, student’s name and reason for visit.

  3. I.D. will be scanned and, if cleared for entry, a badge will be printed that must be visibly worn at all times while on campus. Once you receive your badge, you may proceed to the area you intend to visit.

  4. When your visit is complete, return to the main office and return the badge. When you do so, your I.D. will be returned to you.

  5. Please refrain from bringing backpacks and large bags into the building.

If you are entering the building to check out a student from school for an appointment, you MUST have an I.D., even if you do not plan to enter the building for a visit.

Thank you for understanding the need for heightened awareness and increased security. Please be aware that these procedures will apply to all individuals entering the building every time you visit, so please make it a habit to remember your I.D. Please call us with any questions or feedback.


  • Spring is here and that means warmer temperatures at recess ! So staying hydrated is an important key to staying healthy and treating Springtime allergies! It is your student's responsibility to bring their own water bottle. We do not provide water cups or water bottles so please remind them to bring their own refillable water bottle every day and make sure their name is on it. Otherwise, the water fountains are open and available for drinking throughout the day.
  • Students should also bring a healthy, peanut free snack such as fruit or veggies, goldfish, beef jerky, graham crackers, or pretzels. Please avoid snacks that are sticky or messy, as they will be eating while working in their classrooms. We do not provide snacks for students here at the campus.

    REMINDER : As always, if your child is running fever, vomiting, or experiencing diarrhea, please keep them home until they are free of these symptoms without the aid of medication for a full 24 hours.

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Van Alstyne ISD Dress Code

The following dress code meets the standards most conducive to promoting instruction.

Young people should dress for success. The District’s dress code is established to teach grooming and hygiene, prevents disruption, and minimizes safety hazards. CAMPUS ADMINISTRATORS EXERCISE FINAL JUDGMENT ON GARMENTS AND/OR STYLES THAT ARE A DISTRACTION. Students are expected to comply with the following:

Shorts, skirts, and dresses must be no more than 2½” above the knee. (Elementary- Skirts and dresses must have shorts underneath since they will attend PE and/or recess daily.)

 All outer garments must have sleeves (cap sleeves are permitted). “Spaghetti straps” or “tank tops” are not allowed. Shoulders must be covered.

 Shoes must be appropriate to the activity. Footwear must be of a style that insures safety and does not present a distraction. Teachers may restrict (designate) the kind of footwear needed for that class in order to meet safety standards of the instructional activity. (Elementary- Due to a safety issue students may not wear high heels, slide type flip-flops, Heelys, or shoes without a back.)

 Garments that are torn, cut inappropriately, or have holes are not permitted.

 All garments should meet the standard of modesty:

Anything form-fitting, such as: spandex shorts, bicycle shorts, tights, leggings, and leotards may only be worn under shorts or skirts that meet the school dress code.

 Midriffs, cleavage, and undergarments should be covered at all times.

 Tops must overlap the waistband of the pants at all times.

 All students must have hair that is neatly groomed, out of the face, and a natural color. Boys’ hair must be worn above the shirt collar. No Mohawks or designs in hair.

 Goatees, beards, mustaches, and other facial hair are not permitted. Sideburns must be neatly trimmed and no longer than the bottom of the earlobe.

 Students may not wear hats, headgear, or sunglasses in the building during the school day.

 Wallets with dangling chains and dangling or oversized jewelry are not allowed at school. Male students may not wear earrings, ear studs, or anything else in the ear. Jewelry for body/tongue piercing may not be worn at school except pierced earrings for females. No spacers. (Elementary- No dangle earrings, fake nails, tattoos, or make-up.)

 Students may not wear garments or bring items to school that display pictures, emblems, or

writings that are lewd, offensive, vulgar or obscene; and/or advertise or depict tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, drugs, or any other objects or ideas that in the principal’s judgment may be expected to cause disruption of school activities or interference with classroom and other normal school activities. If the principal determines that a student’s grooming or clothing violates the school’s dress code, the student will be given an opportunity to correct the problem at school. If not corrected, the student may be assigned to in-school suspension for the remainder of the day, until the problem is corrected, or until a

parent or designee brings an acceptable change of clothing to the school. Repeated offenses may result in more serious disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.

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Health & Wellness

Sanford Elementary and VAISD want you to know that we are continuing to do our part by taking the following mitigating measures to try and keep our students and staff healthy:

· VAISD will have hand sanitizer stations with soap and water at each entrance.

· VAISD will provide hand sanitizer and/or hand washing stations with soap and water in every classroom.

· Students, teachers, staff, and campus visitors will sanitize and/or wash hands frequently.

· VAISD will encourage students to engage in handwashing for at least 20 seconds at least two times each day, in addition to being encouraged to wash hands after using the restroom and before eating.

· ALL campuses will institute frequent cleaning practices, including additional cleaning by custodial staff, as well as provide the opportunity for children to clean their own spaces before and after they are used, in ways that are safe and developmentally appropriate.

· VAISD custodial staff will engage in additional cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces that are touched in common areas throughout the day. This includes objects such as door handles, tables/desks, shared supplies, and high touch devices such as shared desktops, laptops, or tablets.

· VAISD will increase the air flow by allowing more outside air to circulate in the building.

· VAISD reserves the right to give temperature checks to students at any time we feel that it is in the best interest of the student and campus.

When to Keep Your Child Home

Some illnesses or conditions require that a student be excluded from school until symptom free. Students with any of the following symptoms must be excluded from school:

· Temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Temperature must be below 100 degrees for 24 hours without fever reducing medicines for readmission to school.

· Undetermined rash over any part of the body

· Nausea and vomiting, or diarrhea

· Sore throat with fever or swollen neck

· Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)- your child can attend school 24 hours after starting medical treatment

· Positive COVID-19 test, or symptoms of COVID-19


Handle With Care

If your family is experiencing difficulty at home, I would like to provide additional support at school. I understand that you are not always able to share details, and that's okay. If your child has experienced a difficult night, morning or weekend, please send me (and maybe their teachers) an email that says "Handle with Care!" Nothing else needs to be said or asked. This will just let us know that your kiddo might need a little extra time, patience or help during the day.

Volunteer at Sanford

If you would like to volunteer at Sanford, please complete the volunteer background check and we will plug you in!

All adults that plan to chaperone or attend a field trip with their child must complete the background check.


Lunch Times


Pre/K - 10:30 / 12:30

Kinder - 10 : 35- 11:05

1st - 10:55 - 11:25

4th - 11:15 - 11:45

2nd - 11:45 - 12:15

3rd - 12:05 - 12:35

5th - 12:25 - 12:55

· Breakfast will cost $1.50 and lunch will cost $2.90.

· You can add money into their account for extras. Extras cost anywhere from $0.50 to $2.00. If you wish, you can put limits on the things that your child can purchase. Check with the office for a permission form.

· There are parental guides on what your child can purchase on the Myschoolbucks website.

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Child Find

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