Vaughan Viking Voice

February 10, 2021

Upcoming Events

February 12: 5th Grade Music Choice for 6th Grade Deadline

February 15: Student holiday, no school

February 15-19: Love Week

February 16: World Culture Cookbook Recipe Deadline

February 17: Council of PTA Nominations Due

February 18: Spirit Night at McDonald's

February 22: Texas PTA Rally Day

February 26: Final Friday Spirit Day

February 27: Allen Eagle Run

February 28: PTA Lifetime Nominations Due

March 4: Citizenship Nominations Due



Please see articles below with more details!


For a complete calendar of PTA events, please visit:
https://vaughanpta.membershiptoolkit.com/Calendar

We Would Love Your Recipes!

Vaughan PTA is collecting recipes from our families to assemble into a cookbook that celebrates the diverse cultures of our community. We would love for your family to electronically submit a recipe!


The cookbook will be available electronically the end of March!


Please submit your recipes by February 16 by clicking here.

Volunteers Needed! Library and Watch D.O.G.S. Car Pool Helpers

Vaughan Elementary along with Vaughan PTA is thrilled to announce that Allen ISD has released guidelines to begin allowing limited volunteers at school!


There are two opportunities for volunteers at Vaughan:

  • Library – daily from 9-11 am, assisting the librarian with tasks, there will be no student interaction
  • Watch D.O.G.S. – assisting with morning and/or afternoon car pool


Volunteers will be begin on Tuesday, February 16. We ask to start that you volunteer for just one day. If you do check back a day or two before and there is no one signed up, you may go ahead and sign up even if you have already volunteered. We want to be sure that all our volunteers have the opportunity to help.


Here are the guidelines:


  1. Annual Allen ISD background check must be completed prior to time on campus. https://www.allenisd.org/page/214
  2. Adhere to Allen ISD Volunteer Guidelines found here: https://www.allenisd.org/page/214
  3. COVID self-assessment check must be done. Please see the student screener linked here for questions to consider prior to coming to campus. https://www.allenisd.org/cms/lib/TX01001197/Centricity/Domain/5585/STUDENT_HEALTH_SCREENING_Questionnaire.pdf
  4. Masks must be worn at all times.
  5. Keep social distance from staff and students while on campus.
  6. Stay in your designated volunteer area during your time on campus.
  7. Watch D.O.G.S. on campus: Consider air hugs, elbow bumps, or air high fives when greeting students to avoid direct physical contact.


CLICK HERE to sign up via Membership Toolkit. You will need to login. If you have not created an account, you will need to do that first.


Thank you all for the wonderful support you continue to show to our campus!

2020-2021 Science Fair Results

1st - 3rd Grade


  • 1st Place - Don’t Go Rotting My Teeth - Varnika Sharma
  • 2nd Place - Snooze Time - Haven Young
  • 3rd Place - UV Detective - Juliana Surprise



4th - 5th Grade


  • 1st Place -Exothermic Reactions - Andrew Freiberger
  • 2nd Place -Electrolyte Conduction - Aanya Chowla
  • 3rd Place - Water Temperatures Affect on Boat Speed - Ashrita Tammana



6th Grade


  • 1st Place - Stupefying Sound - Siddharth Kulkami
  • 2nd Place - Feeling the Heat - Anushka Mande
  • 3rd Place - Material Sorting Machine to Reduce Cost of Recycling Operations - Shourya Bhogireddi
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Upcoming Attendance Credit Election

This spring, Allen ISD will host a special election known as an Attendance Credit Election. You may remember this election from the Spring of 2020 that was ultimately canceled due to COVID-19. In short, a new Texas law requires Allen ISD to gain voter approval for a process of reimbursement under the recapture law (commonly referred to as Robin Hood).


If this election fails, the Texas Education Agency will detach $3.03 Billion worth of commercial property from Allen ISD’s tax revenue. This would result in a permanent loss of local control in our district. What does this mean to you as a taxpayer? With a reduction in commercial property, it would require the tax rate to rise 9 cents, causing a median single-family home (worth $375,000) to have an increase of $337.50 in its annual tax bill.


What happens if this election is approved by voters? An approved election would allow Allen ISD to make its state-required recapture payments with the State of Texas through the purchase of attendance credit. This is the same process that Allen ISD has used since 2011. It is also important to note that if approved, your total tax rate will not change and it will not affect the level of state funding that Allen ISD receives.


Election Day is May 1, and we want our community to have upfront and factual information. Click here for more information on the election via the district's website.

Allen Council of PTAs Seeks Leaders for 2021-22 Board


The Allen ISD Council of PTAs is looking for leaders to support our local PTAs. Please consider donating your time and talents. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else to a position on the Allen ISD Council of PTAs Executive Board for the 2021-2022 school year please follow this link to complete the nomination form.


The nominating committee is only slating the officer positions at this time: President, 1st VP, 2nd VP, 3rd VP, 4th VP, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Officers will call for Standing Chair nominations at a later date.


All nominations for Council Officer positions must be received by FEBRUARY 17, 2021.


If you have any questions please contact the Nominating Committee at nominations@allenisdcouncilpta.org.


Thank you for supporting the Allen ISD Council of PTAs

Link: https://forms.gle/B96KmBronfhDr7AJ7

Texas PTA Rally Day 2021

Every two years when the legislature is in session, Texas PTA brings our many voices together for a day onto the steps of the Capitol in Austin. Due to COVID, Texas PTA has reimagined how we will gather this year, Texas PTA is committed to bringing our members an exciting virtual experience – to share as a PTA or in the comfort of your own home or office.


This year's rally day will be held on February 22 beginning at 11am, via the BAND app, Texas PTA website, and Texas PTA Facebook page.


You can see the entire schedule and RSVP at https://www.txpta.org/rally-day

PTA Lifetime Membership

Vaughan PTA is seeking nominees for Lifetime Membership! If you know someone who has gone above and beyond for our campus, please consider nominating them for the Texas PTA Lifetime Recognition. Please nominate by February 28th by clicking here.

Seeking Citizenship Award Nominees!

Do you know someone in our Vaughan community who goes above and beyond? We would love to recognize them! Next Nomination Due March 4, 2021!


Click here for more information.


Click here to see Vaughan's past recipients.

Attention 5th Grade Families – 6th Grade Music Planning

Believe it or not, the time has come to start planning for 6th Grade Music! All Allen ISD 6th graders must choose a “specialized” music course for 6th grade. The choices we offer are Band, Choir and Orchestra. The students will watch the following informational video about 6th Grade Band and Orchestra in their music class. Their Music Teacher is available to answer questions about Choir.

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Please sit down and discuss music options with your 5th grade student. Once you have come to a decision, please fill out the form located here.


This choice form is due by Friday, February 12th.

Should you have any questions, please contact the following people:

For Band Questions, contact Andrea Brooks - andrea.brooks@allenisd.org

For Orchestra Questions, contact Valerie Curry - valerie.curry@allenisd.org

For Choir Questions, contact your campus music teacher.

Middle School Cheer Tryouts for 21-22!

Click below to see the tryout flier for middle school cheer! The parent meeting is mandatory on 3/15 or 3/16 and will be virtual this year. Emails for all the cheer coaches are on the flier.


Good luck Vaughan 6th graders!

Snack Needed for Staff!

The PTA would like to provide snacks for our staff this spring. If you are able to contribute, we would be grateful! To make this simple, you can order direct from an Amazon wish list and have it shipped directly to our staff appreciation coordinator. Thank you for your generosity!


NOTE: Be sure to select “Maria Uberta” as the Ship To when checking out to have the snacks go directly to our staff appreciation coordinator.

Easy Ways to Support Vaughan PTA

With the help of Amazon, Kroger and Box Tops, there are easy ways you can help support Vaughan PTA with your every day shopping!


Amazon Smile

Shop the same great prices, selection and convenience you are used to with Amazon!

Click here for more info and to link your account.


Kroger Community Rewards

Kroger gives back on most purchases. For more info on how to link your shopper's reward card, click here.


Box Tops

Box Tops are a great way to earn funds for our school! They are phasing out the clipping and moving to solely scanning your receipts. Click here for more info.


Spirit Nights

Check back for more dates this spring!

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