VAES Panther Press Newsletter
April 29, 2016
You Matter at VAES!
PTA Volunteer of the Year
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!
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
Kinder Butterfly Study
1st Grade Habitats
2nd Grade Skype Event
3rd Grade Activities
4th Grade Electricity Study
Vault Field Trip
ESL Summer School Opportunity
Summer Opportunity for our 4th Graders
Closed Campus for State Testing
Please ensure your child's immunizations are up to date!
Field Trip Volunteers
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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