Vaughan Viking Voice

September 18, 2019

Destination Imagination Meeting: TODAY, September 18th!

Are you looking for an enriching, extra curricular activity that really gives children a hands-on experience in areas like science, engineering, performing arts, community service and more? Then please join us for our parent informational meeting for Destination Imagination on Wednesday, September 18th at 6:30 pm in Vaughan’s Multi-Purpose Room. Here is a link to find out more about the program:

Destination Imagination challenges are solved 100% by kids, but we still need parents to help things grow and become team managers or assistant team managers so our teams can form. If you are interested in this program, please let us know. Don’t worry, training is provided. We look forward to seeing you for the meeting!

Picture Day: September 26th

Vaughan Elementary School's picture day is Thursday, September 26th. Order forms are coming home in today's Wednesday folder. Kindergarten students have been provided with a special Lifetouch kit with a memory folder!

If you would like to order a photo packet, please complete the order form and enclose exact cash or check made payable to Lifetouch. If you want to order your picture packet online (credit), please CLICK HERE and use Vaughan's Picture Day ID: TX099058Q0.

All students will have their picture taken for the yearbook! Dress code applies.

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Absence Notification, Excuse Notes & Family Access!

Absence notifications to the school and excuse notes can now be entered via Family Access in lieu of calling the school and/or sending a handwritten note!

Please report your students' absence to Stacy Spears by 10:00 am using one of the following methods:

  • Family Access - notifies the school AND provides the excuse note!!

(This feature cannot be used in lieu of a medical note to excuse students who leave school for a medical appointment or come in late from a medical appointment.)

  • Call 972-727-0470, ext. 0948 (follow up with handwritten note, medical note or Family Access note)

All notes must be received within 3 school days of the absence to be considered excused.

Room Parent Volunteers Needed

PTA is working alongside the school this year to coordinate Room Parents and we still have several classes that need volunteers! The Room Parent coordinates and organizes the classroom celebrations: Holiday, Valentine's and End of Year as well helps with Staff Appreciation Week in the spring.

To indicate you are interested, please click the link below. You will need to be logged into your account and select the Room Parent option for volunteer interest. THANK YOU to those who have already signed up. Once we have a room parent for all the classes, PTA will reach out.

CLICK HERE to sign up!

Calling All Watch D.O.G.S.

The campus calendar is OPEN! Login to your Membership Toolkit account and choose your date. A few important notes:

  • Your AISD background application must be completed and approved.
  • One date per D.O.G this school year. We want everyone who wants to serve to have the opportunity!

CLICK HERE for more info and to sign up!

Reflections Entries

PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. Students of all grades and abilities may participate and explore the arts based on the 2019-2020 theme: Look Within. The Deadline for this year’s entry is Monday, Oct.28th.

For complete details including categories, rules, and entry forms, please CLICK HERE.

NOTE: At least one parent must be a member of the Vaughan PTA for your student to participate in Reflections.

Vaughan PTA Membership Drive: Help Your Teacher WIN $50 to the Book Fair

Vaughan PTA has a goal for this year of 365 PTA members and we are just 100 members away from that goal!

You can help your classroom teacher win a $50 gift certificate to the book fair! The classroom with the highest percentage of PTA membership on October 1 will win their teacher a $50 book fair gift certificate. The grade with the highest percentage will receive an extra recess. To join please visit

Thank you to everyone who has already sign up already!

Anchors Away - Almost $9,000 Raised!

THANK YOU to everyone who has donated to Anchor's Away! PTA has lots of great incentives for every level of donation made by October 1st. We were thrilled to hand out our first set of prizes last week!

We are closing in on our first campus goal of $10,000 with just a little more than $1,000 to go. If every household were to donate $30, we would meet our campus goal of $15,000 and bring the award-wining Dinosaur George to our campus in the spring!

PTA hosts programs and events that support our staff, school and students. Your donations help to pay for these. We appreciate everyone's contribution and any amount is appreciated!

To learn more about incentives, grade-level competitions and to donate, please CLICK HERE.

See below for award incentives!

Spirit Wear is On Sale through September 30th

What better way to show your Vaughan Viking pride than with a little spirit wear?! PTA is pleased to offer socks, flip flops, hair bows, yard signs, and car decals. Place your orders by September 30th for an October 24th delivery.

CLICK HERE for details and to order.

Join the Vaughan Popcorn Club

Enrollment is open for the Vaughan Popcorn Club! For only $10, your Viking can become a member of the Popcorn of the Month Club for the entire year! Every month, starting at the end of October, they will receive a bag of gourmet popcorn to bring home. Order two so you can have one, too! Order three and treat your Viking's teacher!

CLICK HERE for complete details, FAQ and sign up!

NOTE: If you donate to Anchor's Away at the $50 level, you will be automatically enrolled in the Popcorn Club!

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Ready, Set, EXPERIMENT! Vaughan Science Fair is Coming!

Proposals are due October 11th, so get your thinking caps on! First through sixth grade students may participate. Please click here to view the attached information sheet that will give you all the important details!

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Polansky at

Support the Allen Foundation of Schools: September 19, 2019

Thursday, September 19th is North Texas Giving Day and our own Foundation For Allen Schools is one of the many nonprofits participating in this powerful day of giving!

Want to help our school get more dollars for our classrooms? Make a donation to the Foundation for Allen Schools at – and designate our school in the additional information box. Your donation will be utilized to fund future grants from the Foundation to our teachers.

Find out more at or or by calling 972-727-0362. Donations of any amount are eligible for BONUS FUNDS and if your employer has a matching donation plan, this should qualify! When we all give together great things happen for our children! Give Back Allen! #NTxGivingDay

Spirit Week: Buttermilk Sky Pies 9/30 - 10/5

Pre-order your holiday pies and earn money for Vaughan PTA! Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop in Allen is giving us back 30% of all pies purchased between September 30- October 5th. If you don’t need any holiday pies, just go in that week and grab one (or 2, we won’t judge) to take home for dessert! Be sure to let them know you’re with Vaughan!! And remember, calories don’t count when it’s for a good cause! For more info on other Spirit Nights, please CLICK HERE.

Allen Council of PTA Citizenship Recipients

Congratulations to our first Citizenship Awards recipients for the 2019/2020 school year. These awards are given out to our teachers, staff, and parent volunteers that give their time and effort to support our schools.

Annette Black
Annette worked hard over the summer planning Vaughan Spirit Nights. She was very thoughtful in her approach, making sure to vary the type of Spirit Nights. She found activities that would appeal to the wide age range of students we have at our school. She kept a few that were familiar to our school's families but introduced some new restaurants, specifically ones that would deliver to help make the events more convenient for parents to participate in.

Aimee Hilton
Aimee ran the summer reading club in which some of our students were given books and then given the opportunity to come up several times this summer and swap out their previously read books for new books. Aimee took her own personal time providing this opportunity for our students.

Cheryl Rothbauer
Cheryl is the person behind the scenes at all extracurricular events. She maintains the Vaughan webpage and sets up the sound/computer for all events. She is always the first to respond to requests for help.

Julie Van Boerum
Julie poured her summer into executing Vaughan PTA's largest fundraiser: school supplies. She analyzed supply lists and order data, coordinated purchasing teams, and coordinated delivery of supplies to each teacher. The fundraiser was extremely successful and will allow the PTA to do many great things at Vaughan.

PTA Environmental News

Please be on the look out for information about environmental efforts at Vaughan such as:

  • Recycled Art Contest
  • Walk to School Day - October 2
  • Environmental information available online

PTA Events

PTA was pleased to host the Ice Cream Social, treat our staff to a snack cart and provide pizza/cookies/water for our Watch D.O.G.S. information night! Thank you to all who helped!

Box Tops! There's an App for That!

Box Tops is transitioning from the CLIP labels on products to a SCAN label on qualifying products! Easily download the App and scan your receipt. During this time of transition, you can help Vaughan PTA earn DOUBLE by clipping (if a clip label) AND scanning.

Don't feel like scanning? PTA will do it for you! You can drop your labels and receipts in one of our collection bins. Receipts must be scanned within 2 weeks of purchase.

For more details, please CLICK HERE.

Vaughan PTA Open Board Positions for 2019-20

If you are interested in serving on the PTA board, we have the following positions open: Veteran’s Day, Newsletter, and Student Enrichment. If you are interested in learning more, please email Christine Kless at

Allen Early Childhood PTA Open House

If you have a child between the ages of 0-5, you are invited to attend an open house for the Allen Early Childhood of PTAs.


Thursday, September 26

Creekwood UMC, 261 Country Club Road, 75002

CLICK HERE for a flyer with more details.

Vaughan Spirit Shirts for Sale - Limited Quantity

If you missed purchasing a spirit shirt at Meet the Teacher night, here is your chance to order. Limited quantities available! Click here for an order form.

AISD Volunteer Application

Volunteers who work with AISD student groups and organizations will need to complete a volunteer application annually. This is for anyone who wants to volunteer in the classroom, go on a field trip or be a campus Watch D.O.G. The application can take up to 2 weeks to process and must be completed each school year. Vaughan LOVES our Volunteers and appreciates the time and commitment families make to support our students. CLICK HERE for the application.

Upcoming Events

September 18th: Destination Imagination Information Meeting

September 19th: North Texas Giving Day

September 23rd: Chick-Fil-A Spirit Day

September 26th: Fall Picture Day

September 30th-October 5th: Buttermilk Pie Spirit Week
October 2nd: Walk to School Day

October 11th: Science Fair Proposal Due

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