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

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