Wednesday, September 23, 2009

September 7, 2009

Last week was an exciting and busy week and this week promises to be as well. Last Thursday night we held our annual Accountability Meeting. At 6:00, our teacher's assistants and resource teachers served supper which consisted of hotdogs and trimmings, chips, drink and desert. We estimate we had almost 180 parents and students in attendance. Thank you is extended to the teacher's assistants and resources teachers who served for us. They were: Mrs. Carolyn Richardson, Ms. Latoya Alston, Ms. Aquilla Alston, Ms. Laquisha Taylor, Mrs. Lynn Paschall, Mrs. Cindy Salmon, Mrs. Donna Liles, Mrs. Trina Paynter, and Ms. Brooke Comer. In addition, a special thank you is extended to Ms. Carolyn Laster for making the chili for us, Mrs. Paynter for making slaw for us and most especially to Mr. John Ross for grilling the hot dogs for us. There are many others who helped out behind the scenes with set-up and clean-up and we thank you for your help and efforts!

At 6:30 p.m., our Fifth grade teachers started their meeting to discuss our upcoming Sound-to-Sea field trip. We know the students are looking forward to this exciting time to get hands-on experience with the various habitats found in and around the beach. At 7:00 p.m., Mrs. Mizelle welcomed everyone in the multi-purpose room and presented general information about school rules and policies. Ms. Brooker Comer, our Guidance Counselor, discussed the Attendance Policy, Mrs. Liza Adcock, our school nurse, discussed the Medication Administration Policy and forms that need to be turned in for this, and Mrs. Trina Paynter, our Media Coordinator, discussed Accelerated Reader and our Media Center. We also had Mr. Robert Parker, the county Food and Nutrition Director discuss our school's new Nutrition Tracking Program. Parents were then released to go to grade level meetings being hosted at 7:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Thank you parents for being committed to learning about your child's school and education. We know it's hard to come out after work and stay focused for several hours when you are already tired.

This week, we all enjoyed Monday as a holiday for Labor Day. Our new Pre-Kindergarten students joined us in staggered rotation with half of them coming on Tuesday, half on Wednesday, and all of them on Thursday. We look forward to watching these new "baby eagles" learn and grow. We know that Mrs. Barnes and Mrs. Watson have lots of fun and learning in store for them!

Next week, our Fifth Grade students will be leaving on Wednesday for their three-day Sound-to-Sea Field trip. We look forward to hearing about all they will learn and experience while they are gone. Parents, just a reminder to keep a check on all the forms that come home. Please look through your child's bookpacks to be sure all have been filled out and returned. At the back of the Student Handbook, there are a couple that need to be filled out and returned as well. Thank you for your help in this! Thanks for all you do to help make Vaughan Elementary School a school were students are: Valued and Empowered with the Skills to succeed in the 21st Century.

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