September 10, 2023
Message from Melissa Hansen - Afternoon Playground Update
We want to revisit our afternoon playground policy during and after dismissal. The VPE playground is used to unite walkers with their families, and once walkers and families are connected, it is important for those connected families to exit the VPE playground. Failure to do so is a safety issue for our students. With groups lingering on the playground, it is difficult for VPE staff to verify all walkers are connected with their families. We had two situations occur this school year where walkers thought to be connected were left unattended. We simply must avoid this going forward. We do not make this decision lightly, as our playground is a great place for our students and families to enjoy one another and enjoy the great fall weather. However, after the recent situations involving safety, we will be vigilant in insisting the playground is cleared. Please assist us with this going forward. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Save the Date
Wednesday, September 13: Picture Day
Tuesday, September 26, from 4:00-7:30: Fall Conferences (Virtual)
Wednesday, September 27, from 4:00-7:30 pm: Fall Conferences
Thursday, September 28, from 8:00-3:45: Fall Conferences (No School for students)
Friday, September 29, No School
Dismissal Changes & Pick Up Patrol
Anytime your student is absent, or will get home a different way than normal, please change their status in Pick Up Patrol for dismissal.
Examples include they will start riding the bus, or will walk home instead of being picked up in the car line. Please change the dismissal plan in Pick Up Patrol instead of messaging the office or the teacher (but still always let office know about absences). We all share Pick Up Patrol as the most efficient way to communicate and get kids where they need to go at dismissal!
- Sign Up: If you have never signed up for Pick Up Patrol, click here to enter your student's information.
- Dismissal Changes: If you need the Pick Up Patrol site to make changes to your child's dismissal plan for any given day, click here.
- To report an absence to the school: You may call the absence line at 913-239-7605 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
🚨 Help Wanted at VPE
We are currently hiring for a Lunchroom Aide. This individual would help support students during lunch while nurturing a calm, safe, and enjoyable dining experience. The position is Monday-Friday, 10:45-1:45. If you are interested, please don't hesitate to let me know--we'd love for you to join our VPE staff.
Membership Drive 2023-24
Join for a chance at unforgettable family experiences with membership raffle prizes. Become a member of the PTO today and be entered automatically for one of these amazing prizes:
Prize 1: 1 hour court time, 4 paddle/ball rental, two appetizers at Chicken and Pickle.
Prize 2: Passes for the whole family at the Museum at Prairiefire.
Prize 3: Day passes for a family of five at Wonderscope.
Raffle prize winners will be drawn at random and notified through email on September 29.
VPE School Carnival
Step right up and join us for the Annual VPE School Carnival on October 1st from 1pm – 4pm!
Get ready for games, rides, and entertainment galore!
Hate lines? Love a discount? We got you! Pre-purchase your wristbands and basket raffle tickets today and boom - no waiting in the super long ticket line! Save money & time! Receive a FREE raffle ticket for each pre-paid admission!!! The ticket price includes rides, games, a bounce house, a tattoo artist, a caricature artist, and a magician. Plus, you'll get to see a special performance from the Rockhurst Lion Dancers! Popcorn, cotton candy, and water will be available for purchase.
Don't miss out on the FUN! Order your wristbands and raffle tickets today! Adults ($4), PreK Kids ($4), and students K-12 ($10). Raffle tickets ($1 each).Pre-sale ends at 5PM on 9/29/23.
We can't wait to see you there!
Save the Date! VPE @ Chipotle - Tuesday, September 19, 4:00-8:00PM
Feed the family AND help raise money for PTO! Pick up dinner from Chipotle and a portion of sales will come back to PTO. Mention you are supporting VPE when placing your order!
Calling all beginner bookworms and experienced enthusiasts: Our Panther Book Club begins in October, but get signed up today
Panther Book Club (formerly Chat-n-Chew) is for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. Participants will read the assigned books at home, then have a discussion with a small group of peers after school in the library.
- Julie Bachert: Administration Assistant/Bookkeeper
- Samantha Bashara: Administration Assistant/Registrar/Attendance
Location: 12301 Lamar Ave. Overland Park, KS 66209
Phone: (913) 239-7600