Wednesday, July 28, 2010

May 27, 2010

On Tuesday of last week, Vaughan held its end-of-the year reading celebration called “Rev Up Your Reading!” Rally. Students that met their year-long reading goals were invited to attend this fun-filled event. We are so proud that 133 of our students met their goals and participated. Local racing celebrity, Buddy Isles, Jr. was gracious enough to bring his racecar out for our students to see. Buddy Jr. talked with students about how he disliked reading as an elementary student, but now uses his reading skills everyday in his endeavors to be a champion racer. He shared the many ways that he uses academic skills like reading, writing and mathematics that students may not have thought racecar drivers would use. High readers from each classroom were rewarded with specially designed “Rev Up Your Reading!” T-shirts. Students were selected by tickets to “race” Buddy, Jr. on remote control cars. Students then selected prizes including T-shirts, posters, cars, paddle balls and keychains. Each group then went outside to view the racecar and hear the thunderous sound of the car's ignition. Some students were even allowed to get inside the racecar. It truly was an exciting time for all involved. We would like to extend a very special thank-you to Buddy Isles, Jr. for coming out to encourage our students in this way. Thanks is also extended to David Hight who came out with Buddy Jr. and assisted in so many ways with this event. We feel that this event definitely motivated students in their efforts to reach our school-wide Accelerated Reader goal of 7,500 points. Students not only met this goal, but actually accumulated 7, 737 points! Way to go, Eagles!

On Thursday of last week, Vaughan Elementary held it's Pre-Kindergarten Celebration. It was so exciting to see our “baby eagles” dressed in tiny caps and gowns celebrating the successes of this past year and getting ready to move on up to the challenges that lie ahead of them in Kindergarten. Congratulations to each of you! We look forward to seeing how you will grow as you progress in your academic careers at our school.

We have only about one week left in school and what a busy time it is. This morning, June 2, Kindergarten students will have their Celebration and Awards Day at 10 am. This afternoon at 1:30 pm, Grades 1-4 will have their Awards Day Program. Next Tuesday morning, June 8, our Fifth Grades will have their Celebration and Awards Day. Parents, we invite you to come out and join with us as we celebrate the accomplishments of our students at these special events.

Next Thursday evening, June 3, at 6:30 pm, Vaughan will host its Scholars Reception in the multi-purpose room. Students and parents who are invited to attend this event will receive invitations. On Monday, June 7, students that have been recognized for Light of Character, attained perfect attendance, or honors for grade K-2 will attend a special celebration at 1:30 pm in the multi-purpose room. We are so proud of all of our students who have worked so hard in so many ways this school-year. Just as a reminder to parents, our last day of school is Thursday, June 10. This day is an early release day and students will be dismissed at 1 pm. Please make arrangements for your children accordingly.

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