VAES Panther Press Newsletter

January 15, 2016

You Matter at VAES!

We love our VAISD School Board Members!

Please help us thank our Board members for their service when you see them: Randall Morgan, Dennis Smith, Debbie Nance, Kurt Himmelreich, Jim Atchison, Steve Roddy and David Kerr. We are grateful to these super-heroes!
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Heroes for Schools

Texas has more than 5 million students in its public schools. That is 5 million young minds from about 5 years old to about 18 years old, and our state is attracting even more. Every year, our student population increases by about 85,000 additional students.

Those impressionable young people depend on the adults in Texas to provide for them. They need shelter and food and nurturing and an education. Who will step up to see that ALL the children not just the ones in our own households have what they need in our schools?

In Texas, more than 7,200 generous people have offered to help. These are people who receive no pay for their dedicated efforts. These are people who not only volunteer but go through the process of standing up for public education. They are locally elected school board members. They are your neighbors, and they care.

These public servants donate their time and talents to ensure that ALL our children have the best public schools we can provide. These people sit through meetings, read detailed reports, listen to parents’ concerns, and do the hard work to benefit the students and the community at large. And make no mistake about it, the whole community benefits from good schools.

Each January, we pause in our regular activities to say thank you to these dedicated volunteers. We appreciate their generous sharing of time and energy on behalf of our children. Local school board members are truly heroes for our schools. Join me in celebrating School Board Recognition Month in January by expressing your support and gratitude to our school trustees. We are indebted to them.

Principal's Pulse

We have enjoyed a terrific week of learning here at VAES. This is a fun time of year as students begin to dive deeper and make great strides in reading and writing skills. It is a joy to see how far they have come since August.


Please continue to help your children by reading with them at home each night and asking them questions along the way. For math, please help your children study math facts appropriate for their grade level.


Plan to join us on Tuesday, January 26th to learn more about what your child is learning at school and how to help them at home. We will share a complete list of sessions from which to choose to plan your evening next week in the Thursday folders. Our students are going to enjoy listening to guest readers from around our community as well as participate in some "Candyland" game activities that night. This will be a great night for us all to be together, so mark your calendar and plan to attend from 6 - 7:30 p.m.


Remember, Monday is a student holiday and there is no school. Our VAES staff will be learning together to make our school and instruction even better for our students. We will see you back on the 19th.


You Matter at VAES!

Elizabeth Smith

Save the Date - Tuesday, January 26th

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Parent Survey

We will be sharing out a parent survey next week to gain your input on the school year and to let us know how we are doing. We value your opinions, so please complete the survey with your honest feedback 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.

Reaching Students in Small Group Settings

Our students work together owning their learning.

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 sm_aggie02@hotmail.com.

A few more scenes from the week...

Parenting Seminars Offered This Semester - See Below

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2nd Quarter Recognitions

We want to thank the PTA for providing Spirit Sticks for our students! Today, we recognized all of our students who had perfect attendance during 2nd quarter. These students were on campus each day, had no tardies and did not leave early throughout that grading period. We also awarded our 1st - 4th graders who had all As during 2nd quarter with the Spirit Stick pictured here.
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Here are a few of those students who earned perfect attendance...

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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

Monday, January 18th - Student Holiday

Tuesday, January 26th - Curriculum Night for Parents and Students

Thursday, January 28th - Progress Reports Home

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

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

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You Matter to VAES...pass it on!

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