Vaughan Viking Voice

November 13, 2019

Upcoming Events

Nov. 13-15: 5th Grade to Sky Ranch

Nov. 18: Chick Fil A Spirit Night, Stacy Road

Nov. 21: PTA Membership meeting, 6 pm

Nov. 21: Kindergarten performance

Nov. 22: Early release day

Nov. 25-29: Thanksgiving break

Dec. 7: Rudolph Run

Please see articles below with more details!

For a complete calendar of PTA events, please visit:

Toys for Tots Registration - Register by Nov 22

Allen Community Outreach will serve as the registration and distribution for Toys for Tots this holiday season for those children who live within AISD boundaries and are ages 0-16. To sign up for the program, you can use the link below. PLEASE CLICK HERE to fill out the form out for each child. Please share with anyone you know who can benefit from this.

Staff Cookie Exchange, December 16: Sweet Treats Donations Needed!

The annual staff cookie exchange is Monday, December 16th. Families provide treats for our Vaughan staff to come and choose from to take home to their families. Please sign up to bring sweet treats by CLICKING HERE.

Thank you for spoiling our staff.


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 (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.

Late Arrival & Safety Reminders

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

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.

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!

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!

  • November 15: Help remove the stars in the hallway from Veterans Day. CLICK HERE
  • Popcorn Club distribution, monthly dates available. CLICK HERE
  • Weekly Wednesday folder flyer sorting. CLICK HERE

Popcorn Club - Limited Memberships Available!

Didn't get a chance to sign up for popcorn club? We still have a few spots available! For just $10 your student(s) will receive a monthly popcorn treat delivered right to their classroom. You can also gift a monthly treat to a favorite staff member too!

CLICK HERE to sign up and pay on line.

Congratulations Reflections Winners

Thank you to all of our students who participated in Reflections, PTA's art competition. Here are the students who will move on to district.

Visual Arts

K-2: Shannon Jasmine Haque & Celina Cai

3-5: Ruofei Li, Ally Liew, Siddharth Kulkarni


3-5: Aiza Nackvi

6-8: Ramiz Nackvi


3-5: Chloe Soong

6-8: Ramiz Nackvi


3-5: Chuyao Lin


3-5: Trinity Tandon

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.

Veterans Day Recap

Thank you to everyone who celebrated and supported Vaughan's Veterans Day celebration on November 11. This was our 20th year to host this celebration. For a video of the morning's events, please click here.
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Artropolis 2019: Fall Art Show

We have an art show featuring some of Vaughan’s very best visual artists! The reception will start at Blue House TOO on Thursday, 11/21 from 6-8 pm at 988 Village Green Drive (next to Village Burger in Watters Creek.) Below are the Vikings representing Vaughan.

Gabi Hobart (Kinder)

Daniel Bachman (Kinder)

Shane Burns (Kinder)

Kahlyn Duarte (1st Grade)

Ella Tasselin (1st Grade)

Julianna Surprise (2nd Grade)

Mallory Conner (2nd Grade)

Raghav Srinivasan (4th Grade)

Tam Luu (4th Grade)

Limei Zeng (4th Grade)

Arwen Almand (5th Grade)

Ally Liew (5th Grade)

Ruofei Li (5th Grade)

Sammie Pham (6th Grade)

Melina Zheng (6th Grade)

Sahasra Yellepeddi (6th Grade)

Sophia Li (6th Grade)

Mr. Nguyen, Vaughan's awesome art teacher, would love to see you come out to support our kids! Please click below to see the flyer for full details.

Annual Rudolph Run: December 7, 2019

Vaughan Elementary is gearing up for the annual City of Allen Rudolph Run. You can register now online.

Be sure to register under Vaughan Elementary School, so that our school gets credit for your entry!


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!

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!


Congratulations to these Citizenship Awards recipients for the 2019/2020 school year. These awards are given out to our teachers, staff, and parent volunteers that give their time and effort to support our schools. If there is a staff member or parent who you would like to nominate, you can CLICK HERE and login to your toolkit account to submit. Thank you!

Karlye Kile

Karlye played a key part in making the Vaughan Red Ribbon Picnic a success. She, along with her team, created a fun event for students and their families. Her bright smile and joyful personality helped make all the families feel welcomed. She is a valued treasure of the Vaughan family. Thank you, Karlye!

Beth Monsen

Beth has dedicated her precious free time to help ensure that the Vaughan Red Ribbon Picnic, a favorite program at Vaughan, was a tremendous success. She, along with her team, created a fun event for students and their families. She dealt with various changes due to inclement weather and re-worked her plan seamlessly. She photographed the event and captured heartfelt moments that will be cherished. Thank you, Beth!

Michelle Valitutto

Michelle has done a terrific job with our volunteers at Vaughan. She has learned a whole new system for creating and engaging volunteers. She works with both the PTA and the school to determine the needs and get the word out. Michelle, your efforts, commitment, and passion are extremely appreciated. Thank you, Michelle!

Krista Witt

Krista has worked tirelessly to put together a fundraising program that gets parents and students alike excited about fundraising! Her efforts directly helped to raise all of the money to fund all of the amazing PTA programs at Vaughan. Thank you, Krista!

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!

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