Valley Creek Cougargram
August 25th, 2023
A Note from Dr. King and Mrs. Ross
We have had a great week and I hope you all will have a great weekend. Thank you for supporting Valley Creek, in the many ways you do. We have some exciting things coming up at Valley Creek:
- Visitors are welcome beginning August 30th. We will have a special section for you to come visit during lunch and enjoy this special time with your child.
- No School September 1st and 4th for students.
- Please don’t forget to RSVP for Grandparents Lunch which is September 8th!
- Be on the lookout for information regarding our upcoming fundraiser… APEX!!!! We are so excited about the impact this will have on our Valley Creek Community.
We are so appreciative of you all and the support you provide every day. Thank you for being the best parents of the BEST school in McKinney!
Dr. Ebonee King and Mrs. Ross
VOLUNTEER AND VISITOR INFORMATION
A valid state or government issued photo ID must be presented each time you visit, volunteer, or pick up a student. Please be prepared to present your physical ID upon arrival. Copies of ID's and phone images of an ID will not be accepted.
A background check is required each school year for people wanting to volunteer in McKinney ISD. This includes making copies, lunch duty coverage, mystery readers, classroom parties, field trips, and other volunteering that takes place inside and outside our building. We encourage you to complete your volunteer application as soon as possible to avoid any delay in the processing.
ALL PARENTS AND GUARDIANS ARE ENCOURAGED TO FILL THIS OUT NOW SO THAT THEY ARE ABLE TO VOLUNTEER!
Friday September 1st - Student Holiday/Teacher Workday - No school for students. Teachers will be in professional development and planning.
Monday September 4th - Holiday - No school for staff or students.
Wednesday September 6th - RSVP for Grandparent Lunch due
Volunteers Welcome - Volunteers, with a completed background check, may start supporting campus needs. More information to come!
Friday September 8th - Grandparents Day Lunch - Save the Date! Grandparents and Special Friends are invited to have lunch during their student's lunch time. For this busy event we encourage visitors to RSVP in advance to make the check in process go quicker. Please follow directions listed in this signup and RSVP HERE.
Monday September 11th - RSVP for Coffee with the Principal due
Thursday September 14th - 9:00am - 10:00am - Coffee with the Principal - in the Library - Please see info below! Coffee with the Principal RSVP
NEWS FROM THE COUNSELOR
Hello VC Families!
We are off to a good start with Character Strong. Each month our students will be learning about a new character trait through the Character Strong curriculum. For each grade level there is a newsletter that will tell you a little bit about what your child will be learning about the character trait for that month. Check out the Cougargram for your child’s newsletter. Right now we are focused on the Kindness Kickoff, see the news letter below.
Next Month: Respect
Valley Creek Elementary
NEWS FROM THE MUSIC TEACHER -Valley Creek Choir
Choir is open to all 4th and 5th grade students at Valley Creek! Mrs. Nelson is going over the procedures and expectations in music class, as well as preparing the 4th & 5th graders for auditions (everyone in 4th and 5th can be in choir no matter their audition score).
Auditions will take place during music class starting on Friday, August 25-Thursday, August 31st. No student will sing alone. During their music class, 4th & 5th grade students will fill out a form letting Mrs. Nelson know if they would like to be in Cougar Choir or Honor Choir (auditioned choir), or, if they do not want to be in choir. If they put “no thank you” their name will not be put on a choir list.
Results will be posted outside the music room on Tuesday, September 5th. 4th & 5th grade students who said they want to be in choir will find their name and see if they are in Cougar Choir or Honor Choir. They will then take the Registration Packet home to you! This packet will have ALL the information you need for the year! If your child will be able to participate in choir, you will follow the directions in the registration packet to sign them up!
Who can be in choir?: 4th & 5th graders at Valley Creek
How do I receive choir info?: Your child will bring home the registration packet to you the week of Tuesday, September 5th if they said they would like to be in choir.
Valley Creek Music Teacher
* Please have students exit the passenger, curb side, of the vehicle. It is safer for them and our staff while cars are moving through the carpool.
* Cars that are in the horse shoe drive for arrivals or dismissal must be aware of the traffic around them.
When a student is absent a parent must provide to our campus registrar written documentation for the reason for the student's absence. Per the MISD Student Handbook pg. 33 of 104:
Documentation after an Absence: (All Grade Levels) within three (3) school days of the student’s arrival or return to school, a note signed by the parent that describes the reason for the absence must be delivered to the appropriate campus office for attendance documentation.
Please include in the note:
Student’s Legal Name
Date(s) of Absence
Reason for Absence
Attach Doctor’s Note, if applicable
Please communicate any absence information to our Campus Registrar, Mrs. Dharamraj at: email@example.com
AFTERNOON DISMISSAL CHANGES (FOR EXAMPLE: WALKER CHANGED TO CARPOOL ON A RAINY DAY)
The form will open at 8:00AM each morning for dismissal changes and will close at 2:30PM each day. Please let us know before 2:30PM if you need to change the way your child will go home for that day.
- Teachers are actively teaching during the day and will be notified by the front office of changes in dismissals for their students.
- Change requests after this time cannot reliably be met and can cause a delay in your student's dismissal or require you to visit the front office to receive them.
YEARBOOK ORDERING & PICTURE SUBMISSION DIRECTIONS
STUDENT BREAKFAST/LUNCH ACCOUNTS
Families may fund their child's breakfast/lunch account online, or using the new app, with My School Bucks. More info on their site here: MY SCHOOL BUCKS.
Our cafeteria can only accept cash or checks for in person payments.
MISD meal costs and nutritional information may be found HERE.
FREE AND REDUCED MEALS PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS
Follow this link for information about MISD Meal Programs.