Eagles' News Brief

September 12 - 16

A Few Reminders

  • During arrival, please keep your student in the car with you until 8:00am unless they are a part of our Safety Patrol.

  • Also, during arrival, please do not drop your student off before the carpool loop begins and attempt to turn left. PLEASE drop your student off in the loop and follow the flow of the carpool line.

  • During dismissal, please be sure your carpool tag is displayed. (Request a Carpool Tag if needed)

  • Please work with your child(ren) to learn their carpool number.

Thank you for helping us make arrival and dismissal as safe and efficient as possible.

Conscious Discipline Corner

Another Conscious Discipline breathing strategy is using Drain Breathing! You can visit Sherbert's Classroom to learn more about Drain Breathing here!

Taking a deep breath, helps us to download calm in tense or frustrating situations. Click here to watch the Drain Breath in action! Remember to practice these different breaths with your Eagle at home!

VSE Spirit Wear!

Purchase Vandora Springs t-shirts by scanning the link below! Purchasing these supports our school and our school's PTA!
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Beginning of Grade 3 Reading Test (BOG)

Each September, third-grade students in North Carolina take the Beginning of Grade 3 Reading Test. This is part of the NC Read to Achieve Legislation, which "ensure(s) that every student read at or above grade level by the end of 3rd grade and continue to progress in reading proficiency so that he or she can read, comprehend, integrate, and apply complex texts needed for secondary education and career success."

Vandora Springs students will take this assessment on Tuesday, September 13 at 8:30 a.m. Please make sure your student is well-rested and gets to school on time that day. Families will receive individual score reports as soon as they are issued from the district.


I am pleased to share that thanks to Ms. Gavin, we were awarded a $5,000.00 grant from Truist Bank over the summer! This grant is helping us cover the cost of our Conscious Discipline Training.

Additionally, representatives from Truist will be on campus next Tuesday morning, 9/20, to read an age-appropriate financial literacy-based story to each classroom. (Think Berenstain Bears.)

As a part of their visit, Truist is paying for EVERY student to have an ice cream cup from the cafeteria during lunch on 9/20.

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Bruster's Ice Cream Food Truck - Order Ahead!

We are excited to have Bruster's Ice Cream Food Truck at our Family Engagement Night on September 27 from 4:30-7:00 pm

The pre-order system is set up online. Pre-orders are due by 7:00am on September 27. The link to order is here: https://brusterstruck.square.site/ Please provide the last four digits of your order number at pick up! IMPORTANT NOTE: if you place your order PAST the cut off time, they will only be able to fulfill your order from the limited truck menu.

After the pre-order deadline (September 27 at 7am) you can visit www.streetfoodfinder.com/brustersapex or download the street food finder app to place live orders while we're there. Bruster's will also take regular window orders from the flavors they have on the truck!

All Pro Dad

We are excited to host All Pro Dad meetings again this year! We have three scheduled and would love to invite you to join us! Please click here to register for the September 30 meeting!

2022-2023 Meeting Dates

September 30 - Click to RSVP

January 20 - Click to RSVP

April 28 - Click to RSVP

If you are interested in being a facilitator at one of these meetings, please email Ms. Nguyen at ptnguyen@wcpss.net to let us know!

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Partner's Read Volunteers Needed!

We are preparing to begin a new program called Partners Read with select 1st grade students!

*The gist of the program is that we will select 10 emerging readers who regularly get to school early / on time. On Fridays 5 volunteers will come in and spend 15 minutes reading 1-on-1 with two different students between 8 & 8:30. During each session the students will choose a brand-new book - which will then be read to them. These new books get to go home with the children every Friday! By the end of the year the participants will have taken home 20 brand new books! (10 weeks in fall & 10 weeks in spring)

Learn more: https://www.wakeed.org/programs/early-literacy/

Ideally, we would like to have volunteers who can commit to all ten weeks.

Volunteers must complete the WCPSS Volunteer Registration Process and will train once per school year with WakeEd Partnership. Volunteer training will occur in September (date to come), and the program will begin Friday, October 7th.

Please let Mrs. Curtis (rcurtis@wcpss.net) know if you are interested in and available to volunteer for this wonderful program!

Fabric Scraps & Supplies Needed!

As many of you know, our creative staff found a way to include ALL 4th & 5th grade students in "clubs" of their choice on Fridays- during the school day! I am SUPER EXCITED about the continuation of this work and the passion our staff put into it! The children LOVE choosing their clubs and engaging in a topic they are interested in each week!

This year, Ms. Wrighton is offering a FASHION DESIGN CLUB! To ensure that the students have the best possible experience, she's asking for help from our school community. If you are able to, please donate old clothing or fabric (pre-washed), tulle, buttons, ribbons, lace, scissors, fabric tape, fabric glue, fabric dye, mannequins, body forms, etc...

Thank you so much for your support!

Sight Word Blocks Community Project!

We are looking at options for adding academic supports into our environment (playgrounds, stair cases, etc...) Think sight words, repeated addition, multiplication facts, etc...While it will take some time, research, and funding to bring this all to life, I am very excited about coming together as a community to get started with the project pictured here!

We'll need scrap wood donations, vinyl letters or stencils, outdoor paint, paint brushes, zip ties and many hands! We could also use help from someone who is willing to apply for a Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grant or a Home Depot Retool Your School Grant on our behalf.

Please let Ms. Curtis (rcurtis@wcpss.net) know if you're interested, and thank you in advance for your support! Supplies and materials can be dropped off in the main office.

Before + After School Care Options

  • Garner Parks + Recreation: $130 a month for Garner residents (what a deal!)
  • YMCA
    • Before School Care (located at Timber Drive Elementary) M-F from 7:00 - 8:00am
    • After School Care (on our campus) M-F 3:00-6:00pm
    • There are discounts for YMCA members
    • There are 2, 3, or 4 days options for families who don't need care all 5 days
    • Financial assistance is offered for families who qualify.
    • Click here for more information and to register!
  • Several local daycares / community partners also drop off and/or pick our students up and provide before and/or after-school care for them. (Aversboro Road Child Care Center, Childcare Network, Garner Academy, Kindercare, King's Kids, LaPetite Academy)

Applying for Free & Reduced Price Meals

We encourage ALL families that MAY qualify for free or reduced meal prices to please apply. This year, ALL STUDENTS WHO QUALIFY FOR FREE OR REDUCED MEAL PRICES WILL RECEIVE FREE MEALS. In addition to meal benefits for students, our school receives funding for essential staffing, supplies, and programs through this program.

To apply for free or reduced-price meals, please visit www.MySchoolApps.com. Paper applications will always be made available throughout ALL Wake County Public Schools, Crossroads, and at Central Office, or you can call 919-588-3535 or 919-856-2920 to have one mailed to you.

Online Application

Transportation Ineligible Students

After the first month of school, families with students who are ineligible (school assignment requires parents to provide transportation) for school bus transportation may request service. Requests are reviewed in the order received and any approval is for the current school year only. Parents/Guardians must re-submit each year. As priority is given to requests for transportation-eligible students, it may take several weeks to process your request. We urge parents to be patient as routes settle at the start of the school year. Please do not submit duplicate requests as this will delay our ability to respond to your initial request. Find your transportation eligibility by using our address look-up tool.

These requests may be made for the 2022-23 school year on September 30 for Traditional calendar schools.

Carpool Tips & Procedures

To keep carpool running smoothly, please be sure your child is seated on the right side of the vehicle with his/her materials ready to go. *Please have your child ready to hop out of the vehicle once your car door is opened.

We encourage you to teach your child to buckle and unbuckle his / her car seat or seat belt independently, but we know it will take some children time to master this.

  • If your child needs support with unbuckling, please try your best to take care of this before it is his/ her turn to exit the vehicle.

  • If your child needs help buckling his/ her carseat, we ask that you please pull up to the visitors parking spaces at the end of the carpool loop to take care of this without holding up the carpool line.

We really can get everyone in and out of the carpool loop so much faster if children are ready to go and parents remain in their vehicles.

Here is a short video that explains how carpool works at Vandora Springs:

Navigating carpool at Vandora Springs Elementary https://youtu.be/0V71OIHgYdk

In the afternoons...

  • Please be sure your carpool tag is clearly visible. Anyone who is picking your child up from carpool is required to have a carpool tag. Please request a carpool tag if you’ve not already done so.

  • Please also note that students who are not at their assigned cone when their car arrives, will be escorted to our waiting area to meet you. If your child is not in place, please patiently follow the directions of our carpool staff, and we will get your student to you as quickly as possible.

Bus Rider Information

Thank you for your patience- especially at the beginning of the year- as routes are solidified and solutions for the driver shortage are explored.

Important Notes:

  • Kindergarten & First Grade Students will ONLY be released from the bus to a responsible adult. If no adult is present when the bus arrives, the student will be returned to the school / the transportation office for pick up.

  • Bus Tags MUST remain attached to your student's backpack. We will provide bus tags to registered students on the first day of school. Students without a bus tag, following the first day of school, may not be allowed to ride the bus.

  • Please plan to be at the bus stop 15 minutes before the posted time and be prepared to wait longer than normal in the afternoon.

  • Some buses will have to make two separate runs in the morning and/or the afternoon.

  • Some buses may not be able to run at all on a given day if too many drivers are absent. Schools and parents will be notified as quickly as possible when that is the case.

What can you do?

  • ALL bus riders MUST be registered and confirmed by WCPSS Transportation before they may utilize bus transportation.

  • Everyone is strongly encouraged to sign up for the Here Comes the Bus app, (school code 67500) which allows you to track your student’s bus in real time. It helps to take the guesswork out of when the bus will arrive at your stop. Visit wcpss.net/herecomesthebus to learn more and download the app. It only takes a few minutes.

  • You can also visit wcpss.net/busupdates and click on your child’s school. Any delays will be listed there.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as our WCPSS transportation team works hard every day to provide the best service possible to all of our students.

Notes for Walkers & Bikers!

If you live within a mile and a half from our school or are designated by WCPSS as living in a "No Transport/Walker Zone", it is possible for your child(ren) to obtain walker status in the morning and/or afternoon. If you're interested in applying for your child(ren) to be considered for walker status, please email Ashley Byars abyars@wcpss.net. Your proximity to the school will be reviewed by a team and a decision will be made to ensure safety for all students. Students who are not approved to walk to school will need to utilize bus transportation or carpool.

Students who are granted a walker pass should enter the school building through the front doors by 8:25am. For dismissal, a staff member will dismiss walkers at Eagle Landing (silver picnic tables to the right of the school). Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students will require an adult (not older sibling) to pick them up and must be on the approved pick-up list which will be validated by proof of photo ID. Please pick up your walker(s) by 3:05pm each day.

Walkers who are picked up in a vehicle will have their walker pass rescinded and will be encouraged to sign up for bus transportation or carpool.

Walker Process:

  • Email Ashley Byars abyars@wcpss.net to request walker approval. In the email, please be sure to provide the following information:
    • Student's first and last name
    • Address
    • If you're requesting walker status for arrival, dismissal or both
  • Ms. Byars will contact families to share if their request is approved or denied.
  • Once approved, students will be provided a walker tag that must remain on their bookbag at all times.
  • All K-5 walkers will meet at Eagle Landing at 3:00 pm each day.
    • K-3 students will be dismissed to an approved adult (photo ID required to pick up student)
    • 4-5th graders will be dismissed independently

2022-2023 WCPSS Student Handbook

This handbook was created to help you and your child understand the rules and expectations in school, on the way to and from school and at school-sponsored activities. We encourage you to discuss those rules and this document with your child.

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Volunteering is helpful, but it is not required. Contact Bonnie Fagley- mbfagley@gmail.com.