September 15, 2017 Issue 6
September 13- K-Kids meeting
September 18- All Walk-A-Thon Pledge Sheets and shirt orders are due
September 20- Late Arrival Day
September 22- Boys basketball forms are due today and Donation letters will be mailed out by VFES.
September 25-29- College GO Week!
October 6- Last day to turn in Walk-A-Thon money and pledge sheets for prizes
October 20- Walk-A-Thon and Fall Festival (Rain Date for Walk-A-Thon only: October 27)
November 10- Veterans' Day program
November 11- First Robotics Competition
November 21- Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast
December 1- Kindergarten Gingerbread House Day @ 12:00PM.
December 8- Kindergarten Polar Express PJ Party
December 15- Gingerbread Man play. (Dressed rehearsal 9:00AM Public Performance 2:00PM)
Happy Birthday to YOU!
Mrs. Dulaney Gets Honored at Vienna-Finley!
During a recent staff meeting, Brittany Banister, the previous recipient of the "This Bud's for You!" Award at Vienna-Finley, presented Kara Dulaney with the award for the month of September.
Banister, a kindergarten teacher at Vienna-Finley, stated the following in honor of Dulaney, a third grade teacher at Vienna-Finley:
This month’s This Bud’s For You Award is going to someone who I have had the pleasure of working alongside for several years in different capacities. Through the years, I’ve known this person as a colleague, parent, and friend. Although we may not have worked in the same building over the seven years we’ve known each other, I always considered this person someone who I could go to if I needed anything.
When the third grade opening was announced the day before school started, as a parent and a staff member, I will admit I was a little nervous. It would take a special person to fill that position. When Kara Dulaney’s name came up in conversation, it definitely felt like the perfect fit for not only our school, but for that special group of kids.
Kara has spent many hours pouring into her classroom, wherever it may be. I witnessed her spending, literally, every waking hour for two weeks diving into her curriculum and making her classroom a home for her students. Making that transition anytime is not easy, but making it at the last minute is extremely challenging. I admire Kara for so many reasons, but her willingness to step up and be exactly what our school needs is at the top of the list. She always puts her students first, and is willing to step outside the box to make learning fun for them. Kara has always been someone who I have admired as a mom, teacher, and friend, and I look forward to working with her at Vienna-Finley for many years to come!
To promote the book fair, students at Vienna-Finley participated in spirit week. The theme was "Reading Rodeo" and students dressed in cowboy and cowgirl attire. Picture below is Daniel Jones sporting his cowboy best.
IMPORTANT: BACKGROUND CHECKS
PBIS Braves Bucks
During all 2 hour delays, our school door will still be open at 7:30 AM for any student who needs to be dropped off early. Breakfast will also be served.
We have a great new way to keep in touch at VFES! EventLink!
September Students of the Month
Our students of the month for September were chosen for being Patient and Kind. This is one of our PBIS initiatives and these students exhibit it by smiling, working well with others, using the appropriate voice level, and being polite and kind to others around them.
Our first Box Tops contest of the year goes along with the school baseball theme. "Let's all PITCH in Box Tops!" The contest will run until Friday, October 6. The class with the most box Tops will win a pizza party.
Tentative Vienna-Finley Calendar
Updated School Calendar 2017-2018
The YMCA is cancelled during early dismissal days. More information will be coming from the YMCA.
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Welcome to Vienna-Finley!
Drop-Off & Pick-Up Procedures
Dear Vienna-Finley Families,
The start of the year is hectic. One helpful reminder is that breakfast is served from 7:30-8:00 AM. Students need to arrive with enough time before 8:00 AM to finish eating, so they are not late to class.
Drop-off/pick-up lines can be time consuming. To help quicken the lines, we've found a few suggestions that really help the process move more smoothly. We are asking for your help us with this as we set up a successful new year.
Drop-Off: Students can be dropped off from 7:30-8:00 AM. Please pull all the way forward to the first available designated areas. We don't want children walking in the grass, because it's sometimes slippery and we can't supervise them as closely. Once you pull into the drop-off/pick-up numbered area, we would like the students to exit the car independantly. We will have staff there to assist them. There are red and green lines on the sidewalk. We ask the students to walk on the green lines, as they in a safer area and away from traffic. As you pull around the building, please have your student(s) have their backpack/lunch box and belongings ready, unbuckle (please help them learn how to do this independantly, if they can't already), and give goodbye hugs/kisses prior to pulling into your numbered drop-off area. This will help speed the line tremendously for everyone.
Pick-Up: During the pick-up process, everything operates basically the same only in reverse. Please remain in the three lanes once they are available as that helps get traffic off of the highway. Please pull all the way forward to the end of the three lane lines. Once Mrs. Barrett signals you forward from there, you will go into a single lane again. Pull all the way forward to the marked pick-up areas. Again, please encourage students to get into the car independantly so that you can move forward. If you need to assist in buckling your student, please pull forward around the corner so that other students can be placed in their cars.
Thank you so much for assisting with making these smooth transitions.
Students of the Month!
Breakfast of Champions
Our amazing cafeteria staff prepares a delicious breakfast for our students every morning. Breakfast is available from 7:30-8:00 each morning. If your child plans to eat, please try to have him/her at school before 7:55, so they have ample time to eat without being late to class.
Make The Most of Your Messages
Please set up your voicemail if you haven't already. It can be overlooked, but makes it difficult for us to reach you. When staff needs to contact you about your child, often they are unable to leave a message if your voicemail isn't set up. In the case of an emergency, we may need to get in touch with you.
We've all heard it..."Stranger Danger," but can the safety and security of our school be at risk if we don't make sure that we all help? We realize that the safety of our students is our top priority. All visitors need to go through the office, no matter the time of day. If you notice someone picking a child up, please direct them to the office and do not invite them into our school through alternate doors. The safety of our students is important and we appreciate your help.
We take many pictures at Vienna-Finley. We use those pictures to celebrate all of the amazing experiences your child is having at school. We will promote these activities on the school website, on the schools' Facebook page, in the Giveaway, Good News Chronicle and the Vienna- Finley Voice Newsletter. If you do NOT want your child's photos included in these promotions, you must provide your request in writing to Mrs. Barrett as soon as possible.
Let's Get Connected!
We like to send home communication, newsletters and reminders often via email. Please call the office and have Mrs. Graves add your email address to your Harmony Family Access account if you haven't already. If you do not have an email address and would like help setting one up, we would be more than happy to assist you. Many people have email on their smart phones and that works great for home/school communication too! Just let us know how we can help. We would love to share the great things happening at VFES with you!
You can also connect through our new Parent Canvas group. Simply visit https://scsd2.instructure.com/courses/2791. This is a great resource for parents that includes calendars, newsletters, safety information and policies.
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