Monday, October 25, 2010

October 25, 2010

It's hard to believe it's the end of October already, and my what a busy month it has been. Last Tuesday, we had our first Family Reading Night of the school-year. We had a great turn-out. There were 39 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 Tuesday and Wednesday, Vaughan Elementary was pleased to host the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Quality Assistance Review (QAR) Team on our campus for our reaccreditation process. Previous to the visit, our staff, school improvement team, parents and various volunteers met many times to review how Vaughan was performing as based on the SACS standards. A great deal of hard work was put in by all in preparation for the visit. A special thank-you is extended to all of the students, parents, and community volunteers who met with the SACS QAR team to give evidences of what our school is doing to educate our students. It is because you are always willing to help in so many ways that we were able to get the wonderful results we did with a reaccreditation evaluation of Fully Accredited.

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

The next few weeks are a very busy time at our school. Tomorrow night, October 28, we will be holding our annual 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 - $125, Third Place - $100, Fourth Place - $50, and Fifth Place – a $50 gift certificate to Wildwood Nursery. Tickets will be available until 7 P.M., so stop by and buy 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. The tickets for both raffles can be purchased for $1.

Next week Vaughan Elementary will be holding Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, November 4, 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 on the progress your child is making and to 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 4, and Friday, November 5. 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 8-15. 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 view and purchase some of the great reading material we will have available.

Upcoming Events
October 29, 2010 Teacher Workday – Preparation of Report Cards
November 4, 2010 Early Release – 1 P.M.
November 5, 2010 Early Release – 1 P.M.
November 11, 2010 Veteran's Day Holiday – No School

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

October 11, 2010

It's hard to believe it is almost mid October! The school year is rolling rapidly along. We were so excited to host a new event this year entitled, “Reading With Dad.” This event was held on Tuesday, September 28 from 6:30 to 7:30pm. We were astounded by the turn-out. We had over 110 participants altogether. We saw some exciting things that night and know that you dads were the stars of the show by taking time out to read with your kids. We look forward to repeating this event again next year.

Students turned in their Fall fundraising packets last week. While we don't have final totals at this point, it appears that this was a great success. Thank you to all the parents and community members who supported us by purchasing products from our students here at Vaughan. We could not do what we do without all the help we receive from you.

Last week was very busy week here on Vaughan's campus. On October 6 and 7, our second, third, and fifth grade students participated in a Stay-at-school Field Trip through UNC's Morehead Planetarium. It was exciting to see the huge inflatable dome in our gym and for our students to have such a rich, wonderful experience without ever having to leave our campus. On Friday, October 8, volunteer from Macon Rural Fire Department came to present a program in honor of Fire Safety Week. Student toured the equipment and were given some very helpful, lifesaving information about how to escape a fire and call 911 when needed. Thank you so very much to the members of Macon Rural who came out to present this program!

By the time this article is printed, we will have had our first PTA meeting of the year. Second and Third grade students will have provided entertainment for this event. We can't wait to see what they have in store for us.

Next Tuesday night, Vaughan will hold it's first Family Reading Night of the school year in the library from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Dads, now that we know so many of you can come, we look forward to seeing you again. Moms, we are not leaving you out either! Come on out and read with your child and watch as they take Accelerated Reader tests. This is a great way to encourage your child in reading and see exactly what AR tests look like.

We are currently well underway in our plans for our Fall Festival which will be held on Thursday, October 28 from 5:00-7:30pm. Parents, you should have received a letter requesting donations of plates, napkins, drinks or chips. If you did not receive a letter, please contact your child's teacher. Raffle tickets have been sent home to be sold and we are so appreciative of all your help in getting these sold. We have some wonderful cash prizes: 1st place: $200, 2nd place: $125, 3rd place: $100, 4th place: $50 and 5th place: $50 gift certificate from Wildwood Nursery. Tickets are available from any Vaughan Elementary Student or from Vaughan Elementary School. Thank you in advance for all of your help in making Vaughan Elementary so successful!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

September 13, 2010

What a wonderful year we are having! The school year has started off with a blast and things are moving right along. We would like to welcome Mrs. LaTonya Stith, our new music teacher to the staff here at Vaughan. We are looking forward to all the exciting things she will teach our students in music class.

Vaughan's Accountability Night was held September 2, from 6:00 to 9:00. During this meeting rules and procedures for the school as well as expectations for each class and grade level were reviewed. If you missed this very important informative night, please talk with your child's teacher to get all the information you missed.

We have already held a very successful Computers for Education drive. Students brought home booklets to get addresses so the Computers for Education company can send out invitations to purchase magazine subscriptions. Thanks to help from parents and guardians, we received enough addresses to earn enough money to purchase three (3) new computers!!

Last week our Baby Eagles joined us. We are excited to have 18 new Pre-Kindergarten students among us and are looking forward to all that Mrs. Barnes and Mrs. Watson will do with them to get them ready for Kindergarten.

This week our fifth grade students will be leaving for our annual Sound-to-Sea field trip. Students will be leaving at 7 am on Wednesday, September 15 and enjoy three days at Trinity Center in Salter Path, NC for an environmental education program. Students will return home at approximately 7 pm Friday evening, September 17. We cannot wait to hear about all that these students will learn and the experiences they will take part in while attending this wonderful educational opportunity!

This Thursday afternoon, September 16, at 2 pm, we will kick off our Fall Fundraiser. Parents, please be looking for flyers and order forms. We thank you in advance for all you do to help our school in so many ways. You will never know how much your support means!

Friday, September 24 is school picture day. Students will also be taking class pictures at this time. Students will still need to dress in school uniform for these portraits. Thank you for your help in this matter.

It's hard to believe that the school year is progressing so rapidly. Our first progress reports will go home on Monday, September 27. Please look for these to get an idea of how your child is doing in this year's studies. It's never to early to meet with teachers to discuss areas of concern.

This year, Vaughan is offering a new program to help Dads work with their children in academic. On Tuesday, September, 28, we will host Reading with Dads from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Dads, we encourage you to come out and learn some strategies to help your children in reading.