Vaughan Viking Voice

October 2, 2019

Red Ribbon Picnic: Oct 24th!

Vaughan is hosting our annual Red Ribbon Picnic from 5 - 6:30 pm on Thursday, October 24th! There will be music, food, games with prizes, a bounce house, balloon animals, the Scholastic Book Fair, Kona Ice and back by popular demand, a CAKE WALK! CLICK HERE for more info.

We are asking that each grade level help support our Red Ribbon Picnic by bringing the following items to share the night of the picnic:

  • Kinder & 1st & 2nd Grade: Individual Finger Desserts (No Peanuts)
  • 3rd & 4th: Individual Chip Bags
  • 5th & 6th: Drinks (Juice Boxes, Waters or Canned Drinks)

PTA will be providing all beef hot dogs through a generous donation by RBFCU again this year. Thanks so much! Please CLICK HERE to sign up and let us know what you are bringing.

Can you help at Red Ribbon Picnic? We need volunteers to bring sweets for the cake walk and to help with the event! CLICK HERE for all RRP details.

We appreciate everyone's help in making this a fun event!

21-Day Challenge: Sign Up By October 7th

Your student(s) can participate in a FREE healthy snack challenge. When you sign your child up and they complete the challenge, they will receive a FREE recipe book and the potential to earn other prizes.

This is an activity that not only supports our school through potential prizes, but challenges your family to eating healthier for 21 days. We really appreciate your support and hope you will take a few seconds to register for this challenge. CLICK HERE for easy online registration.

Thank you for your participation!

Coach Glover


The Vaughan Science Fair is just around the corner! 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

Book Fair Opens 10/21!

Vaughan PTA's fall book fair will be held October 21st - 25th. We will also be open on Parent-Teacher conference day, 10/28 and during the Red Ribbon Picnic 10/24!

For all book fair information, including hours + volunteer opportunities, please CLICK HERE.

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 30th - 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.

October 22:Donuts with Grown Ups!

Students and their favorite "grown ups" are invited to attend a special Donuts with Grown Ups event starting at 7:00 am on Tuesday, October 22nd in the Vaughan Cafeteria. Donuts, water and coffee will be available PLUS you will have the chance to shop at the book fair!

Please CLICK HERE to RSVP by October 18th for this fun event!

LAST CHANCE! Join the Vaughan Popcorn Club

Enrollment is only open for the Vaughan Popcorn Club through October 6th! For just $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!

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. Once we have a room parent for all the classes, PTA will reach out. CLICK HERE to sign up!

THANK YOU to those who have already signed up.

Reflections Entries Due October 29th

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.

For complete details including categories, rules, and entry forms, please CLICK HERE. The Deadline for this year’s entry is Tuesday, October 29th.

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

Vaughan Birthday Book Club

The Birthday Book Club is promoted by the Vaughan Library to honor students during his/her birthday month. With a $20 donation to the library, a book is purchased that becomes part of the permanent library collection. The book will include a bookplate featuring the student's name, picture, and current school year inside the front cover. By participating in the Birthday Book Club program, you are helping our library grow and honoring your child at the same time!

To join the Birthday Book Club, please pay $20 on School Pay and complete this form.

Does your student have a summer birthday? Consider honoring your child on their "half-birthday!"

Student members of the Birthday Book Club will have the following opportunities

  1. Choose a book that will be a permanent part of the Vaughan Library collection.
  2. Have a picture made in the library for the bookplate that will also feature student name and current school year.
  3. Appear on morning announcements to share the book that has been chosen.
  4. Have an extended lending time with the BBC book as a bonus on top of total allowable checkouts.

Please contact Mrs. Smithwick if you have any questions!

Watch D.O.G.S. Sign Ups Are Open

Dates are going FAST! Select your date from the online calendar. Login to your Membership Toolkit account and choose your date.

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!

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.

20th Annual Veteran's Day Celebration

Vaughan will be hosting our 20th Veteran's Day celebration on November 11th, 2019. Please be on the look out for information about how you can be a part of this very special day.

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 30 - October 5: Buttermilk Pie Spirit Week

October 11: Science Fair Proposal Due

October 14: NO SCHOOL

October 15: NO SCHOOL (Staff Work Day)

October 21 - 25 & Oct 28: Book Fair

October 22: Donuts with Grownups, 7 am

October 24: Red Ribbon Picnic, 5 pm
October 28: NO SCHOOL (Teacher Conference Day)

October 31: Storybook Character Day & Author Visit

For a complete calendar of PTA events, please visit:

Vaughan Elementary

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