VAES Panther Press Newsletter

January 22, 2016

You Matter at VAES!

We love our VAISD School Board Members!

January is School Board Recognition Month. Please help us thank our Board members for their service when you see them: Randall Morgan, Dennis Smith, Debbie Nance, Kurt Himmelreich, Jim Atchison, Steve Roddy and David Kerr. We are grateful to these super-heroes!
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Principal's Pulse

Please click the video below to view the Principal's Pulse this week.

You Matter at VAES!

Elizabeth Smith

Curriculum Night Info

Save the Date - Tuesday, January 26th

Candyland Curriculum Night

Use the session information below to plan your evening. The brochure was sent home yesterday in Thursday folders. We will have copies for you on Tuesday night as well.
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Parent Survey

Our annual parent survey is linked below this article. We hope that you will take the time to fill it out because the information you provide is essential in helping us to improve. We like to see where you think we are on target, and where we need to focus more attention. We value your opinions to help us continue to move toward our goal of becoming the premier elementary school and district in Texas. Thank you in advance for your help.

Pre-K Pics

Our Pre-K students enjoyed a science experiment this week exploring how wind is used for energy. They enjoyed making a balloon "Blast Off".

Kindergarten Field Trip

Our kinder students enjoyed a trip on the school bus to the play, Beauty and the Beast.

1st Grade Winter Poems

Our 1st graders are enjoying learning about weather tools and meteorologists. They were fascinated with the green screen. So, today they recited their Winter poem in front of a green screen, and we inserted a winter background.
Emory Winter Poem

2nd Grade Pictographs

These second graders explored the type of fingerprints they each have and then graphed the information in pictographs and bar graphs.

Memorial Scholarship

An endowed scholarship is being set up through the Van Alstyne Education Foundation to honor Reagan and Grant Small. All donations are tax free and will help us to continue to honor the memory of these two precious children for years to come. Checks can be made payable to the VAEF with Reagan and Grant's name in the memo line. You may send your monetary donation to:

Van Alstyne Education Foundation
P.O. Box 1620
Van Alstyne, TX 75495

With an endowed scholarship once the requirements are met, the foundation will be able to give a scholarship each year without having to continuously raise the money yearly. Karen and her family will be able to present this scholarship and continue to keep the memory of her children alive for years to come. If you could help with any amount at all, it will be GREATLY appreciated.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sarah Coleman at 903-816-4321 or

Parenting Seminars Offered This Semester - See Below

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Volunteer Background Check Form

This form is now available on our website. If you have already returned a paper copy, you do not need to complete this form. However, if you have not done that and would like to volunteer on campus and attend field trips, please click on this link.

Upcoming Calendar Events

Tuesday, January 26th - Curriculum Night for Parents and Students

Thursday, January 28th - Progress Reports Home

Week of February 8th - PTA Book Fair in the Library - Extended Hours on 2/9 and 2/12

Friday, February 12th - Valentine's Parties and Father/Daughter Dance

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PTA Information - Click the link below for this week's PTA news.

You Matter to VAES...pass it on!

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