Vaughan Viking Voice

December 18, 2019

Upcoming Events

Dec. 19: Winter Parties

Dec. 20: Early Release Day - Dismissals and bus drop off will run 3 hours earlier!

Dec. 23 - Jan. 6: Winter Break

Jan. 7: Students return to classes

Jan. 7 - 8: Science Fair projects are due in the library

Jan. 9: Science Fair Judging

Jan. 11: UIL Competition

Jan. 20: No School, Student Holiday

Jan. 23: PIzzingo, 6pm

Jan. 30: Third Grade Musical, 6 pm


Please see articles below with more details!


For a complete calendar of PTA events, please visit:
https://vaughanpta.membershiptoolkit.com/Calendar

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AISD Gifted & Talented Meeting 1/22


This year’s gifted/talented informational meeting is on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 6:30 pm in the Lowery Freshman Center auditorium. Meeting attendance is open, so there is no need to register.


Registration for Phase I Testing for students currently in 1st ‐ 11th grade opens up January 23, 2020 and closes February 13, 2020. Phase I Testing takes place on Saturday, February 29, 2020.


For more information, please visit https://www.allenisd.org/Page/291.

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Cookie Exchange a Sweet Success!

A big THANK YOU to the Vaughan PTA and parents for providing yummy sweets for the Vaughan Staff! We were all able to choose 9 treats to fill our boxes to take home and enjoy with our families! We are grateful and thankful for the love and support from our Vaughan community.


We hope you all have a wonderful holiday with your families over the break!

Allen ISD Learn 'N Play Preschool Registration Info

Allen ISD Learn ‘N Playday Preschool will be having registration for the 2020-2021 school year in early February. For more information on how to register your child, please click here for more information.


Learn ‘N Playday is located at Anderson Elementary School (anyone in AISD may enroll) and has been providing a quality tuition-based preschool experience for 3 and 4 year old children since 1986. Classes run from 9 am until 2 pm and are offered 2, 3 or 5 days (5 day-4’s only) a week. If you have any questions please click here to send an email.

Helping AISD Students Thrive

With feedback from campus counselors and nurses, AISD Council PTA has compiled a list of items that are needed at many of our AISD campuses.



Please consider donating and supporting students throughout AISD. These donations will be distributed to the campuses in the district that are in need.


Save a trip to the store and donate by ordering the district approved items via the Amazon wish lists below:



Thank you for helping students in Allen!

Late Arrival & Safety Reminders

The tardy bell rings at 7:45 am and all outside doors automatically lock at this time. Students who have not made it into the building before the doors lock must enter through the front door to get a pass to class.


Cars dropping off at the front of the school will be able to turn RIGHT ONLY during the peak drop off and pick up times to help with traffic congestion. In addition, please be mindful that parking on the wrong side of the road is a ticketable offense.


Making a U-turn in the middle of the road is a huge safety concern as well. If you are dropping students off at the front of the school, please pull through the car line and drop them off at the curb in front of the school.


Students may enter the building at 7:25 am. All students needing breakfast should arrive no later than 7:40 am.


Thank you for helping us, and your students, start the day off on a positive note!

Lost & Found

Our Lost & Found is overflowing with coats, water bottles, lunch boxes, balls, books, etc. Jewelry, glasses and phones are kept in the office. The Lost & Found racks are currently stationed by the gym where students can look each day as they walk by.


Unclaimed items are donated twice a year. The first donation will take place 12/20. Parents are encouraged to sign in to take a look and help us get these items back home!

ABSENCE NOTIFICATION PROCEDURE

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, who is now in charge of attendance, by 10:00 am using one of the following methods:


  • Family Access - best method! It 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 stacy.spears@allenisd.org (follow up with a handwritten note, a medical note or enter the "absence request" into Family Access)


  • Call 972-236- 0948 (follow up with handwritten note, medical note or enter into Family Access)


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

PTA Nominating Committee

PTA will be appointing the Nominating Committee early next year and needs volunteers to serve. The committee is responsible for getting the word out about PTA and presenting a slate of candidates to be elected by the Vaughan PTA Membership. If you are interested in learning more about this committee, please email PTA President, Christine Kless.

Please note, you may not serve on the committee two consecutive years.

Volunteer Opportunities

PTA has a few current volunteer needs. If you can help, it would be greatly appreciated. Please click the link to sign up for a shift that works for you. Thank you for your help!


  • Popcorn Club distribution, monthly dates available. CLICK HERE
  • Weekly Wednesday folder flyer sorting. CLICK HERE

Library Volunteers Needed

Our librarian could use some weekly help with shelving books and special projects! If you are interested in helping, please click here. Thank you for your consideration!

Easy Ways to Support Vaughan PTA

With the help of Amazon, Kroger and Box Tops, there are easy ways you can help support Vaughan PTA with your every day shopping!


Amazon Smile

Shop the same great prices, selection and convenience you are used to with Amazon!

Click here for more info and to link your account.


Kroger Community Rewards

Kroger gives back on most purchases. For more info on how to link your shopper's reward card, click here.


Box Tops

Box Tops are a great way to earn funds for our school! They are phasing out the clipping and moving to solely scanning your receipts. Click here for more info.

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 or complete the form and send a check (payable to Vaughan) or cash to the Library.


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 Up

Watch D.O.G.S. will be opening up for volunteers to select a second date if you wish. Thank you to all who have volunteered for this program. All sign ups are done on our PTA website.

CLICK HERE for more information about the program to access the online calendar.

Vaughan Spirit Shirts

Click here for an order form. These make great stocking stuffers!

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Stay in touch with PTA!

PTA Website: Click here
PTA Facebook: Click here