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: https://www.destinationimagination.org/#
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.
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.)
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org (follow up with handwritten note, medical note or Family Access note)
- 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
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.
- 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!
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
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 www.VaughanPTA.org
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
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!
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 email@example.com.
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 www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org – 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 www.Allenisd.org or www.AISDfoundation.org 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 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 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 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
- Recycled Art Contest
- Walk to School Day - October 2
- Environmental information available online
Box Tops! There's an App for That!
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 VaughanPTAPresident@gmail.com
Allen Early Childhood PTA Open House
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
AISD Volunteer Application
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