VAES Panther Press Newsletter

April 29, 2016

You Matter at VAES!

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PTA Volunteer of the Year

Congratulations to our very own Grandpa Jack for receiving the much deserved PTA Volunteer of the Year award. Mr. John (Jack) Stadtlander has served on our campus as one of our Watch D.O.G.S. almost every single day all year. We are blessed to have him greeting students first thing in the morning and encouraging them to have a great day. He works with students throughout the day reading with them or helping them on math. He assists with dismissal in the afternoon sending the students home with a smile. VAES is also nominating Mr. Stadtlander for the SBOE Heroes for Children Award. You Matter at VAES, Grandpa Jack!

Principal's Pulse

May 2nd - May 6th is Teacher Appreciation Week! I know you will join me in sharing your gratitude to our teachers and staff for all of their hard work throughout the year. Please take time to jot them a note of appreciation or have your child draw them a picture with a thank you note to let them know they matter to you. VAES Teachers and Staff Matter!


We have had an eventful week of learning. Please take time to scroll through the pictures below to see some of the happenings this week. Also, the calendar events at the bottom of the newsletter highlights many activities for the month of May. Please mark your calendars accordingly.


I would like to invite you to join me in the library on Wednesday, May 4th from 11:45 - 12:45 for the Brown Bag Lunch with the principal. We have invited our new kinder parents to join us and hope that parents who have joined our school this year will join us as well. The topic will be "Everything You Want to Know about VAES" along with anything else you want us to address. Bring your lunch and your questions.


Please see the note below regarding our closed campus on STAAR testing days on May 9 & 10. We will have students testing in our office area. Please do not bring lunches or other forgotten items to your children on those two days regardless of grade level. We appreciate your understanding.


We look forward to seeing you at the Fun Run on May 7th if not sooner. Thank you for sponsoring our VAEF to allow them to award teacher grants and student scholarships.



You Matter at VAES!

Elizabeth Smith

Important Cafeteria Information

Van Alstyne ISD Child Nutrition wants to give parents a friendly reminder that starting on April 29, 2016, students will not be allowed to charge meals for the remainder of the school year. This is to ensure Child Nutrition has all account balances in the positive. If you have any questions please call Elementary Cafeteria Manager Stephanie Lewis. We appreciate your understanding and patience with this situation. (903)482-8830

Little Big Town Fun Run

Online Registration - Click Here

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Kinder Butterfly Study

Our kinder students have been studying about the life cycle of butterflies. They released their butterflies on the playground this week.
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1st Grade Habitats

The students worked together to create habitat murals. They added the animal they have been researching along with their predators and prey. They included different characteristic of their habitats. Then they presented their habitats to the class.
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2nd Grade Skype Event

Some of our 2nd graders were able to bring the real-world into the classroom this week via Skype. Mr. Ross is the great uncle of two of our students, and he shared information about his career as a geologist in San Angelo. We appreciate Mr. Ross taking the time to speak with our students.
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3rd Grade Activities

Our 3rd graders are still trying to earn coins to beat Bowser during their Mario Camp lessons. They are continuing their economics unit this week as well.

4th Grade Electricity Study

Our 4th graders have been learning about electricity this week. Mr. Beau Williams visited our campus to discuss how electricity works and safety surrounding it. Thank you for bringing the electricity model from GCEC to share with our students. They also had fun learning about static electricity with balloons.

Vault Field Trip

Thank you Dr. Partin for sharing your knowledge with our Vault students this week.

ESL Summer School Opportunity

Please see the opportunity below for ESL students entering kindergarten or 1st grade for the 2016-2017 school year.
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Summer Opportunity for our 4th Graders

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Closed Campus for State Testing

The 3rd and 4th graders will be taking the STAAR Math Test on Monday, May 9th and the STAAR Reading Test on Tuesday, May 10th. We will have a closed campus to all visitors and volunteers on both days. This affects all grade levels. Please do not plan to eat lunch or bring lunch to your child on Monday and Tuesday. We love having you on campus throughout the year, and we welcome you to be here on any day except the state assessment days. We appreciate your support and understanding. Thank you for your help.

Please ensure your child's immunizations are up to date!

Students must have all immunizations current in order to be placed on a class list for the 2016-2017 school year. Please see the information below to determine which immunization(s) your child may need. For our campus, this mostly affects incoming Pre-K and Kinder students.
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Field Trip Volunteers

If you plan to attend a field trip this quarter, please be sure you have completed a background check. Click on the link below for the form if you have not done so earlier in the year.
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.

2016-2017 PTA Board and Committee Chairs

We are very thankful for the following people who will be serving in Board or Committee Chair positions next year.


Executive Board

President - Jenna Hughes

Treasurer - Casey Spies

Secretary - Jayma Graham

VP Fundraising - Michelle Heck

VP Membership - Dacia Hatch

VP Programs - Dorothy Loftice

Communications - Christine Malone

Hospitality - Alesha Crowell


Committee Chairs

Teacher Appreciation - Lisa Jones and Jackie Allison

Family Engagement - Tessi Skinner and Gena Offill

Spirit Store - Tracy Salm

Volunteer Coordinator - Melissa Henley

Reflections - Diana McAfee

Book Fair - Dusty Wells

Healthy Liefestyles - Shannon Neal

Box Tops - Christine Heck

Membership Coordinator - Whitney Morgan

Watch Dogs - Amy Whitsell


It is not too late to get involved. If you want any further information, please email Jenna Hughes at kjnrh06@yahoo.com.

Upcoming Calendar Events

Week of May 2nd - Teacher Appreciation Week - Thank a teacher!

Wednesday, May 4th - Brown Bag Lunch with the Principal at 11:45

Saturday, May 7 - VAEF Little Big Town Fun Run

Monday, May 9 - 3rd & 4th Grade Math STAAR Test - Closed Campus

Tuesday, May 10 - 3rd & 4th Grade Reading STAAR Test - Closed Campus

Thursday, May 12 - Little Caesars Pizza Fundraiser Delivery

Monday, May 16 - Student Holiday (Unused Bad Weather Day)

Friday, May 20 - Buddy Day for our Students with HS Helpers

Monday, May 23 - Student Holiday (Unused Bad Weather Day)

Friday, May 27 - Kindergarten Rodeo

Monday, May 30th - Student Holiday (Memorial Day)

Wednesday, June 1st - Informal Awards Ceremonies during each grade level specials time for perfect attendance, A honor roll, and UIL awards

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

You Matter to VAES...pass it on!

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