VES VANTAGE-Monthly Newsletter

April 2016

Marvelous March Perfect Attendance Students receive an "Eggs"-tra Recess!

One hundred and eight elementary students attended EVERY day in March and MUST BE recognized for their perfect attendance! This is not an easy achievement! It takes great commitment and determination from students and their parents. We thank those students and parents who have made school attendance a priority!

At Left: The 5th and 6th grade students with perfect attendance.

Shoutout to the 5th grade! They had 19 of 26 students with perfect attendance this month! That's over 70% of their class, and that's AWESOME!

On the Calendar for April:

4/1 - Activity Friday - NO SCHOOL - Happy April Fool's Day!

4/1 & 4/2 - Seiling Music Festival

4/2 - 5th and 6th State Academic Competition

4/7 - 6th Grade Birthday Celebration at Vici Nursing Home

4/8 - Activity Friday - NO SCHOOL

4/12 - 3rd - 6th State Assessments Begin

4/15 - Activity Friday - NO SCHOOL

4/21 - Pre-Kindergarten Field Trip - Everett's

4/22 - Activity Friday - NO SCHOOL

4/26 - Fourth Grade Outdoor Classroom - Taloga

4/28 - Sixth Grade Field Trip - OKC

Second Grade Field Trip - Alabaster Caverns

4/29 - Activity Friday - NO SCHOOL

*The Monthly Assembly for April has been moved to May 2nd. It will be hosted by the 6th Grade.

STATEBOUND for SoftSeven Math Competition!

Six students have qualified to represent VES at the State SoftSeven Math Competition. Those students are Taggert M., Nathan R., Noah H., Emily P., Carter M., and Eli R. The State Competition is scheduled for May 6th. Way to go and GOOD LUCK! We are so proud of you!

The 5th & 6th Academic Team competed at State on April 2nd!

This is our school's 1st year to have academic teams at the elementary, and we are so proud that our 5th & 6th grade team earned a trip to State! They made it to the top 8; losing their first game by one question, winning the second match and losing the third. The team enjoyed staying a night in Oklahoma City, dining at Ted's Mexican restaurant and playing in the hotel pool (along with some practicing in the lobby.) They also got to visit the Medieval Fair on the campus of OU on Saturday afternoon. It was a great trip, and we must say a BIG THANK YOU to the parents who helped in various ways: staying in rooms with kids, helping us get from place to place, and providing food and snacks for everyone.
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3rd-6th State Testing Schedule by Date

Attendance is so important during testing because students tend to perform better when they are in the environment they are used to working in on a daily basis. If a child is absent and must make a test up, many times that child will be removed from his or her classroom to take the assessement individually. Please make every effort to see that students are present for their tests.

4/12 - 3rd Reading, 4th Reading, 5th Science, 6th Reading (online). 4th Math in the afternoon.

4/13 - 3rd Reading, 4th Reading, 5th Math, 6th Math (online). 4th Math in the afternoon.

4/19 - 3rd Math, 5th Social Studies

4/20 - 3rd Math, 5th Reading

Mrs. Nelson is Challenging Students to READ!

The Principal's Reading Challenge: Ticket to Stick-It!

When: Monday April 11th through Thursday, April 21st.

The CHALLENGE: VES Students in grades K through 6 are challenged to read at least 750 books as a school. At the end of the 2 weeks, if the goal is met, each student in 1st through 6th grade will receive a ticket for every 1 AR point he or she has earned. Kindergarten students will receive a ticket for every .5 AR point he or she has earned. Students will use the tickets they earn through reading to get duct tape to "Stick-It" to Mrs. Nelson and tape her to the wall! Each ticket will be worth 1 foot of duct tape, so a student earning 4 AR points, earns 4 tickets to turn in for 4 feet of tape!

Why: Mrs. Nelson loves to read and knows it's a vital skill for students to have, so she wants to excite students about reading! (She also likes to have fun, too!)

The Payoff: If students meet their goal and read 750 books, Mrs. Nelson will find herself in a "STICKY SITUATION" on Monday, May 2nd!