VAES Panther Press Newsletter
January 15, 2016
You Matter at VAES!
We love our VAISD School Board Members!
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.
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!
Save the Date - Tuesday, January 26th
Reaching Students in Small Group Settings
Our students work together owning their learning.
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 email@example.com.
A few more scenes from the week...
Parenting Seminars Offered This Semester - See Below
2nd Quarter Recognitions
Here are a few of those students who earned perfect attendance...
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