VAES Panther Press Newsletter

October 9, 2015

You Matter at VAES!

Please Meet Our New Receptionist - Danna Jackson

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Principal's Pulse

What a wonderful Fall Festival we had last weekend! Thank you so much for all of your volunteer hours to make this event a success. We appreciate each one of you.


You should have received your child's progress report yesterday in the Thursday folders. Please sign and return it to school on Monday if you have not already done so.


Next week, our 2nd - 4th graders will take their quarterly tests. Please see below for the schedule of these tests.


Thank you for your attention to the dress code item I discussed here last week. I noticed less issues this week. I need your help with another item that has come to my attention.

We receive many calls each day to alter the normal end of day pick-up routine for various students. As a parent, you are calling for your one child, and it seems to be no big deal to rearrange the plans for your one child. I totally agree! However, when we receive these calls at 2:45 and the number of children affected goes up to 20, 30 or even 50 a day, it becomes more difficult to manage.


We want to ensure all of our students get home safely. Therefore, it is very important if you have to make an adjustment to your child's dismissal routine to call the office before 2:00. This allows the office staff plenty of time to get the information to the appropriate teacher before dismissal routines have begun. Please do not come to the office to pick your child up a few minutes early unless you have a doctor's appointment as this also disrupts the normal flow of dismissal. Thank you for your assistance.


Remember to keep reading with your children every night and discuss their learning at the dinner table. These two activities build your children's vocabulary, cements their learning and raises the level of success they will achieve at school.


I sincerely appreciate your help and your support. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns of any kind.


You Matter at VAES!

Elizabeth Smith, Principal

1st Quarter Testing Schedule

Tuesday, October 13th - 2nd Grade Reading, 3rd Grade Math, 4th Grade Writing

Wednesday, October 14th - 2nd Grade Math, 3rd Grade Reading, 4th Grade Math

Thursday, October 15th - 3rd Grade Science, 4th Grade Reading

Friday, October 16th - 4th Grade Science

Counselor's Corner

This week at Van Alstyne Elementary School we have celebrated National Fire Prevention Week and learned about staying safe. We had first responders from Van Alstyne Fire Department show off their fire truck and equipment, as well as discussing appropriate times to dial 911, the importance of smoke alarms throughout homes, and making a family plan in case of an emergency. For a checklist and more information about Fire Prevention Week, click on the link below.
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Fire Prevention Checklist

News from Nurse Rau

Please click this link to learn more about head lice and prevention.

Fall Art News from Mrs. Burge

Please click to see what your child is learning in art.

Safety Drill

We practiced our first safety drill in the new tornado wing today. Our students did a fantastic job moving to the shelter quickly and quietly. We were able to fit the entire student body and all staff members with room to spare. We are very proud of our students for doing so well on this first attempt.

Look how close we are getting to having 10 in a row! The students in that row will win the mystery prize!

Please click the link below to complete the Google Form showing us how you can share your expertise with our students this year.

Calling All Geniuses! Yes, that means you!

The Golden Tray Awards

One class from each grade level has the opportunity to win the "Golden Tray" in the cafeteria each week on Friday. The class who has shown the best manners, cleaned up after themselves and followed the procedures correctly earns this award. This picture is Mrs. Cooper's class who earned extra recess time for the honor. The 3rd graders in Miss Landers's class have won the award two weeks in a row. Congrats to all of the Golden Tray winners we have had so far.
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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.

Please click the link below to see how your child can get involved in the PIP Basketball Program.

Upcoming Calendar Events

Week of October 13th - Quarterly Tests

Monday, October 19th - PTA Boosterthon Kickoff Assembly

Wednesday, October 21st - Picture Day

Monday, October 26th - Friday, October 30th - Red Ribbon Week

Tuesday, October 27th - PTA Meeting and 2nd Grade Music Program

Wednesday, October 28th - PTA Boosterthon Fun Run

Van Alstyne Education Foundation

Please click the link for details on the Sporting Clay Event.

Boosterthon Informational Video - Please click the link below to learn about the Fun Run.

One Week Out

This video introduces you to the student athletes across the world who will be a part of the character lessons our students will receive during our Boosterthon.

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

PTA Art Reflection Contest

Please click this link for more information.

You Matter to VAES...pass it on!

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