Tuesday, October 27, 2009

October 26, 2009

It's hard to believe it's the end of October already, and my what a busy month it has been. Two weeks ago, members of the Macon Rural Fire Department came out to our school to present a program on Fire Safety and Prevention. It was an exciting time to learn from the firemen and see the trucks up close. Thank you to the members of Macon Rural Fire Department who took time out of their busy schedules to come out and present this program to us.

Last Tuesday, we had our first Family Reading Night of the school-year. We had a great turn-out. There were 44 students present with a parent or other adult who read and then took Accelerated Reader tests. Thank you to all the parents who came out and supported your children in this way. Our next Family Reading Night will be held in January.

Last Thursday, we were privileged to be visited by the Mike Hagan Strength Team. We enjoyed watching as Warren Alford and Jeremy Baker performed amazing feats of strength like breaking a baseball bat over their thighs. These world class athletes then presented a program about building strength of character, believing in yourself and working towards goals. Thank you to the anonymous supporters that made this visit possible!

Last Friday our Kindergarten students went to Hill Ridge Farms on a field trip to learn about Pumpkin Farming. It was an exciting time for them to play games an enjoy the many activities of the day! A special thanks is extended to all the parents who went as chaperones. We could not do what we do without your help.

Last week students began taking their First Nine weeks Benchmark Tests. Since Third through Fifth Grades are taking their benchmarks online, the time-frame is extended over a two week period, so benchmarks will continue throughout this week as well.

The next few weeks are a very busy time at our school. Tomorrow night we will be holding our Fall Festival from 5:00 P.M. To 7:30 P.M. A hotdog supper with chips and a drink will be available for $3.50. We will have many games and activities and look forward to seeing many of you there. Don't forget about our two raffles. Students have been selling tickets for our school-wide raffle for several weeks now. Prizes are: First Place - $200, Second Place - $150, Third Place - $125, Fourth Place - $75, and Fifth Place – a $50 gift certificate to Wildwood Nursery. Tickets will be available until 7 P.M., so stop by and buy some tickets for your chance to win some cash. Our second raffle is for a child's bicycle. Tickets are available each morning in the school lobby and at the Fall Festival as well.

Next week Vaughan Elementary will be holding Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, November 5, from 1:30 P.M. To 7:00 P.M. If you have not already set up a time to meet with your child's teacher, please do so. This is a good time to check in on the progress that your child is making and see if there are any areas for concern. Because of Parent Conferences, school will be dismissed at 1:00 P.M. On both Thursday, November 5, and Friday, November 6. Please make arrangements for your children for these two days.

In addition, there has been a change in our normal schedule of events. Our Fall Bookfair has been moved to December 2-9. We normally hold this event during Parent Conferences, but due to other events, a change had to be made. Please mark your calendars for this event and come out to look over an buy some of the great reading material we will have available.

Upcoming Events
October 30, 2009 Teacher Workday – Preparation of Report Cards
November 5, 2009 Early Release – 1 P.M.
November 6, 2009 Early Release – 1P.M.
November 11, 2009 Veteran's Day Holiday – No School

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