Valley Ranch Elementary PTO: Latest News

School supplies
Order School Supplies for 2017-18 now
Published: Wed, May 31, 2017, 08:14AM CDT

Order School Supplies for 2017-18 now & check one thing off your summer to do list !!

VRE PTO is working again to offer you a convenient way to get your child’s school supplies. Your package will contain the exact supplies on their teachers’ lists and precisely what your child needs. School supply kits will be delivered directly to your child’s classroom and will be waiting for them on the first day of school.

To order your child’s supplies please complete the following steps:
Visit here
Click on Webstore.
Select the appropriate kit for your child.
Price of kit is $48 until June 1st , thereafter it increases to $50 (while supplies last).
Pay by credit card online ~ All major credit cards accepted. It is Safe, secure and easy.

Deadline to order supplies – August 11, 2017
Please contact Kritikha Balaji (valleyranchpto@gmail.com) if you have any questions.

Avoid the back to school crowds, hassle free shopping, Order today!

Yearbooksales
2016-2017 VRE Yearbook IS HERE!
Published: Wed, May 24, 2017, 11:07AM CDT

the 2016-2017 VRE Yearbook IS HERE!
Didn’t order a yearbook yet? That is ok! We still have yearbooks available for purchase. Just go here to pay with a credit card. Or, you can purchase with cash or check in the front office.

Meeting
Last PTO Meeting
Published: Thu, May 4, 2017, 11:00PM CDT

Please join us for our
last PTO MEETING
Of the year
Tuesday May 12, 2017
8:00 a.m.
The VRE Café

This is a very important meeting, we need to vote on a new board and how to spend Apex Fun Run Funds. We need you there!

Yearbooksales
YEARBOOKS ARE ON THE WAY!!!!
Published: Thu, May 4, 2017, 11:00PM CDT

YEARBOOKS ARE ON THE WAY!!!!

Didn’t buy a yearbook yet? Don’t fret! You can still purchase one for $25.00 by:

Credit Card at here

OR

Cash or check sent by envelope to your child’s teacher with your child’s name/grade/teacher’s name printed neatly on the outside.

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Field Day is Friday, May 19th!
Published: Thu, May 4, 2017, 11:00PM CDT

Field Day is Friday, May 19th!

Please send your children to school with the following:

-wearing a swimsuit
-sunscreen
-beach towel
-Set of dry clothes

To help the PTO make this day a success, please consider volunteering. Watch for a volunteer sign up sheet.

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Apex Fun Run such a huge success!
Published: Thu, May 4, 2017, 11:00PM CDT

Dear Parents,

Thank you so much for making this year’s Apex Fun Run such a huge success! We couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you also for our tireless star learners for running so fast! You all make this school Great!
Thanks so much for helping us reach our goal!
- Valley Ranch PTO

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BOX TOP UPDATE
Published: Thu, May 4, 2017, 11:00PM CDT

BOX TOP UPDATE
Names of the students who collected 25 or more box tops and earned top earner’s badge:
1, Satya Komatlapalli 1A
2, Isabel A 4A
3, K1
4, Joe Stephan 4A
5, Sarvesh 3B
6, Ryan 1D
7, Megan Chieh 3B
8, Aarav Prakash K2
9, Nysa Karia 3C
10,Anish Pulavarthy 1A
11 Tejas class not mentioned
12,Crystal Oh class not mentioned
13,Jung Woo Choi class not mentioned

KEEP COLLECTING!

Red black
NOMINATE a School Staff Member to be a Red & Black Superstar!
Published: Thu, May 4, 2017, 11:00PM CDT
NOMINATE a School Staff Member to be a Red & Black Superstar!

Red & Black Super Star is a program started by the Coppell Education Foundation to recognize elementary and middle school students and CISD employees.

NEXT SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS MAY 5TH!!

∙ Elementary school parents can submit nominations at the end of each 9-week grading period for any CISD staff member on their elementary school campus they feel deserves recognition.

∙ This could be for going above and beyond for a student or co-worker, an ability to inspire, dedication to their profession and/or commitment to mentoring students or colleagues.

∙ At the end of each grading period, at every elementary school, one to two CISD employees will be selected from all the nominations to receive a Red & Black Super Star award.

∙ Please click here to submit your nomination by the May 5th (5pm) deadline.

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Incoming Coppell Middle School West Parents
Published: Thu, May 4, 2017, 11:00PM CDT

Just as in elementary school, your children need you to be actively involved in their education. There are various roles that can be done from home, are one time commitments, or are regular ways to get to know staff and administration. Please go to the below website and see the different roles available to become a part of the CMSW PTO Board for next year. If you are not already a member of Membership Toolkit through your school, please sign up with the site. Regardless, it will ensure you are signed up for our weekly e-newsletter, which will keep you informed all year long. Click Register Today and follow the instructions: just add your student and note they are incoming sixth graders. We need you and so do our learners…so please let us know what you might be interested in or would like more information about.

To become a CMSW PTO member click here

Meeting
PTO needs you!!!
Published: Tue, Apr 4, 2017, 08:11AM CDT

Please join us for a
PTO MEETING
Friday, April 11th, 2017
6:30 p.m.
The VRE Library
The PTO needs you to volunteer for 2017-2018!

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THE PTO NEEDS YOU FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR!!!!
Published: Tue, Apr 4, 2017, 08:11AM CDT

THE PTO NEEDS YOU FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR!

As of now, ALL VRE PTO positions are vacant. Please seriously considering volunteering for a position today. The Valley Ranch PTO Board is active, FUN and involved in supporting the school, its teachers, and our Star Students. There are so many wonderful things the PTO is able to do for the school because of the participation of our parents.  Please consider filling one of the following VRE PTO Board or Coordinator vacancies. It is fun and rewarding to serve YOUR child’s school and the community you live in.
The following is a list of all positions and a brief description of duties. If you are interested please contact Monica Kirchmer at mekirchmer@gmail.com or better yet, come to the April PTO meeting, Tuesday, April 11th at 6:30 in the VRE library.

PTO EXECUTIVE BOARD

PPRESIDENT- Presides at all meetings of the PTO Board and the PTO at large; coordinates and lends support to all other members of the Executive Committee and Board; shall attend or send a representative to all CISD PTO Presidents’ meetings once a month and give reports to the Board; shall serve as the liaison promoting the objectives of the PTO organization.

VICE PRESIDENT- Assists the President as needed and lends support to the other members of the PTO Board; presides at meetings in absences of the President; shall be responsible for the annual Fall Fundraiser (Write a Check); shall advise on questions of parliamentary law and method of procedure according to the edition of Roberts Rules of Order, Newly Revised when requested: and shall assume the role of the President the following term.

SECRETARY- Record and distribute minutes of meetings; takes attendance; notifies members of meetings and other events; confirms quorum is/is not present, maintains an accurate list of current PTO board members and their contact information; shall make copies of organizations By-Laws available to all members and have available for consultation at all meetings.

TREASURER- Responsible for general bookkeeping, timely deposits and issuing checks; coordinates handling and counting money for all fundraising activities; provides monthly financial statement to the PTO Board and prepares all required tax forms.

ASSISSTANT TREASURER- assists Treasurer; to comply with insurance conditions, reviews monthly bank statements with monthly financial statements that the Treasurer has prepared; does not have check signing authority; will move into Treasurer Position the following term.

COORDINATOR POSITIONS :-

FUNDRAISING COORDINATOR – Responsible for innovative fundraising projects and other revenue opportunities to supplement our Fall and Spring Fundraisers. Also responsible for overseeing and guiding the Box Top Coordinator, Community Partners Coordinators and Advertising Coordinators.

Box Tops Coordinator Will establish and execute a drive to collect as many     box tops for the school as possible. Responsible for collecting, counting and     sending box     tops in to the box top collection center. Responsible for determining     incentive and distributing that incentive to top participating students.

Community Partners Coordinator Coordinator will work with local businesses to secure donated goods for events throughout the year. Coordinator will also  work with local businesses to plan once a month nights in which a portion of     proceeds will be donated to VRE.

Advertising Coordinator Coordinator(s) will work to determine a plan to raise money through advertising. Advertising consists of ads in directory, yearbook, and underwriting at events such as Community Night. Advertising will TRY to consolidate these efforts to provide advertising packaging and prevent PTO committees from soliciting to the same business multiple times throughout the year.

HOSPITALITY COORDINATOR- Coordinates PTO or school events that require refreshments and organizes and coordinates volunteers to help with each event. These events include: Teacher’s Back to School luncheon, Boo Hoo/Yahoo Breakfast, Thanksgiving Luncheon, Teacher Appreciation Week, Kindergarten Round Up, Field Day Volunteer Lunch and other events, if applicable.

MEMBERSHIP/DIRECTORY COORDINATOR – (2) Oversees the PTO membership drive to parents and staff. Distributes membership forms and provides information and forms to Parents and Staff at Residency Verification and during the first two weeks of school.  Compiles all new member information and sends email welcoming them and urging them to sign up to receive the RANCH ROUNDUP. Also responsible for gathering directory information for the creation (including printing and binding) and distribution of school directory by October 31st. Time at school limited to distribution and collection of order forms and disclosure forms.

NEWSLETTER EDITOR- Prepares PTO weekly email newsletter, the Ranch RoundUp , for publication using online PTO software called PTO connect; writes articles and solicits info from coordinators for inclusion in newsletter. Checks VRE PTO email for emails with flyers and info from the district to be included in the newsletter.

PUBLICITY COORDINATOR- Responsible for promoting goodwill, community involvement and awareness by submitting articles and pictures of events at VRE to local newspapers. Time at school limited to attending school functions to take pictures.

SCHOOL SUPPLY COORDINATOR- (2) Coordinates class supply lists with teachers and vendor; orders class school supply packets from vendor; organizes and staffs volunteers for the school supply early sale in May and regular sale in August. Responsible for the delivery of school supplies to student’s appropriate classroom. Before the first day of school.

SPIRIT WEAR COORDINATOR-(S): (2) Is responsible for chairing the fundraising Activities associated with the design, sale and promotion of school spirit wear. Will manage orders, sales and inventory to provide a profit opportunity for PTO. Coordinates volunteers for spirit wear sales during school special events such as Residency Verification and Community Night.

LIBRARY COORDINATOR- (1)   Coordinator(s) will coordinate the Book Fairs in the fall and spring months. Coordinator(s) will serve as the liaison between the school, volunteers, and vendors. Coordinator(s) will recruit and schedule volunteers and promote the book fair. Coordinator(s) will set up, merchandise, restock and break down Fair operations and manage daily sales and complete appropriate financial forms.

ROOM PARENT COORDINATOR- The Room Parent Coordinator shall organize Room Parents for each classroom. He/she shall ensure that all parent volunteer assisting him/her have completed background checks, which are required for CISD volunteers. He/she will work with the Special Room Parent Coordinator to organize a required training meeting for the Room Parents to go over the rules of the school volunteers as well as Room Parent duties and responsibilities. He/she shall oversee the organization of school parties, classroom duties, and Teacher/Staff appreciation days (this list of days is available through the school Secretary). He/she shall provide all Room Parents with a list of classroom volunteers approved by CISD. In the event a classroom is in need of a replacement Room Parent (i.e. a parent moves) will help coordinate a replacement.

STAFF AND SPECIALS COORDINATOR- Responsible for purchasing and distributing gift cards to the VRE specials and staff (who do not have room parents) during their birthday month and at Winter Break. Responsible for writing and distributing a Specials and Staff Collection letter between Thanksgiving and Winter Break to collect money for gift cards for the 30+ specials and staff working at VRE.
SHAC (Student Healthy Advisory Committee) Liaison: Represent Valley Ranch in CISD’s SHAC, as well as support VRE’s PE teacher and Cafeteria Manager in student health initiatives.

FIELD DAY COORDINATOR- Plans and organizes the annual Field Day in the spring, including events and scheduling volunteers. This is a second semester job.

APEX FUN RUN COORDINATOR-Works with APEX to organize and coordinate the Fun Run. Responsible for advertising the fun run around school and organizing volunteers for the run. Responsible for corresponding with APEX during the planning stages and making sure they receive all the information from the school that they need and that the school sends out the flyers and information from APEX.

COMMUNITY NIGHT COORDINATOR- The Community Night Coordinator shall be responsible for planning this special VRE fall event. Will plan food, activities and silent auction items within the budget set by the board. Shall also be responsible for securing volunteers for the event and working with the fundraising coordinators to get donations for the event from local businesses. Will also set up silent auction and collection of silent auction revenues and the distribution of silent auction goods to the auction winners. Will also aid in the scheduling of a day time educational event to set off the event.

WRITE-A-CHECK COORDNIATOR- The Write a Check Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the Write-A-Check Campaign. He/she shall prepare and brief the Write-A-Check Campaign plans to the PTO population. Prepare information flyers to solicit contributions. Also responsible for developing and maintaining a database to track and report contributions. Additional responsibilities will include establishing milestone goals for incentive awards by class, students, and/or grade.

MARQUEE SIGN COMMITTEE- Members of the Marquee Sign Committee shall be responsible for maintaining the schedule of events and birthdays to be displayed on the Marquee Sign. Members shall also be responsible for changing information on the sign on a weekly basis or as needed.

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Apex Fun Run such a wonderful event!!!!
Published: Tue, Apr 4, 2017, 08:11AM CDT

Dear Parents,
Thank you again for all of your help collecting the pledges from the Apex Fun Run!  Right now, we have collected 81% of the pledges and our goal is 100%.  Please help us by making sure that all sponsors have paid online or by check/cash.  You can check to see who has paid by logging in with your student’s access code at www.apexfunrun.com  and scrolling to the bottom to the list of pledges for your student.
Thank you so much for making the Apex Fun Run such a wonderful event for our school! If you have any questions about pledges or need your student’s access code, please contact the school or email Apex at info@apexfunrun.com.
Thanks for making this a great success and helping us reach our goal!
- Valley Ranch PTO

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GET INVOLVED!!
Published: Tue, Apr 4, 2017, 08:11AM CDT

GET INVOLVED
The Coppell Education Foundation is seeking candidates for its Board of Directors.  Board members oversee and implement all of the Foundation’s programs, including administering grants for innovative programs, student and teacher recognition programs and events, educational camps, and individual and corporate fundraising.  Board members also serve as ambassadors for the Foundation in raising community awareness and supporting the mission of excellence in education in Coppell ISD.Click this http://www.coppellisdef.com/get-involved  to find out more information about the Foundation and the board member application process.  The deadline for submitting applications is April 21st.

Yearbooksales
YEAR BOOK AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR 2017-2018
Published: Tue, Apr 4, 2017, 08:11AM CDT

YEAR BOOK AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR 2017-2018 ON SALE SOON!
Watch for more information to come home with your child in their folder!

Join the pto
Join the Valley Ranch Elementary PTO!!
Published: Thu, Mar 2, 2017, 12:08PM CST

Please join us for a
PTO MEETING
Friday, March 3rd, 2017
8:00 a.m.
The VRE Library
Learn what we do, hear about our exciting upcoming PTO events and make new friends!

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APEX FUN RUN IS ALMOST HERE
Published: Thu, Mar 2, 2017, 12:08PM CST

We are so excited to announce that our school will be participating in the Apex Fun Run again this year as our major Spring fundraiser! The Apex program will be with our students from February 27th – March 10th teaching leadership and fitness as we raise pledges to help our school. Please look in your child’s folder and for e-mails that will be sent to you from your teachers as the fun run gets nearer.

Please feel free to visit www.apexfunrun.com to learn about this interactive program that helps schools all over the country raise money, while promoting leadership and fitness. This year’s character theme is Apex Legends, where students will join the Apex team in an exciting adventure to discover what it means to become a Legendary Leader:
Learn!
Engage!
Give!
Empower!
Never Quit!
Do!

During the Apex Fun Run, students are challenged to get pledges for the laps they will run on Fun Run day to help our school. Students will run for 30 minutes and will run an average 26-36 laps, with the maximum amount of laps being 36 (each lap is 1/16th of a mile). Sponsors can pledge $1/lap, $2/lap, $5/lap, or any other amount for students.All students will receive their own pledge kit with an individual access code that allows you to enter pledges online. All students will receive Apex wrist bands, Apex race-day lap-counters, and team awards. We will need your help in the following four ways:
Help connect your child to potential sponsors and help them acquire pledges from family, friends and contacts.
Ask your child about the “Apex Legend” character lessons, and download the FREE “Apex Fun Run” App!
Come to the Apex Fun Run and don’t forget to invite others to attend our fun-filled community event.
Help volunteer for the race! We need a few parents to help cheer on students and mark laps. If you would like to volunteer for your student’s race, please contact Monica Kirchmer at mekirchmer@gmail.com

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NOMINATE a School Staff Member to be a Red & Black Superstar!
Published: Thu, Mar 2, 2017, 12:08PM CST

Red & Black Super Star is a program started by the Coppell Education Foundation to recognize elementary and middle school students and CISD employees.

NEXT SUBMISSION DEADLINE MARCH 3rd!!

∙ Elementary school parents can submit nominations at the end of each 9-week grading period for any CISD staff member on their elementary school campus they feel deserves recognition.

∙ This could be for going above and beyond for a student or co-worker, an ability to inspire, dedication to their profession and/or commitment to mentoring students or colleagues.

∙ At the end of each grading period, at every elementary school, one to two CISD employees will be selected from all the nominations to receive a Red & Black Super Star award.
visit to submit your nomination by the March 3rd deadline.

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2017-2018 PTO BOARD Positions !!
Published: Thu, Mar 2, 2017, 12:08PM CST

The PTO needs you! Your school needs you! As of now, the VRE PTO Board for the 2017-2018 school year is completely open. If you want your child’s school to continue to put on fun events like Community Night and Field Day, to have yearbooks, school t-shirts and school supplies that you don’t have to cruise all over town to find, then you should volunteer!
President
Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
Assistant Treasurer
Technology Coordinator
SHAC Coordinator
Hospitality Coordinator
Membership Coordinator
Membership Directory Coordinator
Publicity Coordinator
Yearbook Coordinator
Fundraising Coordinator (2)
-Community Partners
-Box Tops
School Supplies Coordinator (2)
Room Parent Coordinator
Specials Room Parent Coordinator
Field Day Coordinator
Community Night Coordinator
Marquee Sign Coordinator
Write a Check Coordinator
It takes a team of people to pull off all of the PTO events. We need YOU to help! Contact Monica Kirchmer at mekirchmer@gmail.com to get involved or come to our next PTO meeting, this Friday at 8:00 am in the Library.

Upcoming events
UPCOMING SPRING EVENTS:
Published: Thu, Mar 2, 2017, 12:08PM CST

Apex Fun Run: Friday, March, 10th

Art Fair/Open House: Thursday, March 9th

Spring Break: March 13th – 17th

Meeting
PTO MEETING !!!
Published: Fri, Feb 3, 2017, 10:16AM CST

Please join us for a
PTO MEETING
Tuesday, February 7th, 2017
6:30 p.m.
The VRE Library
Learn what we do, hear about our exciting upcoming PTO events and make new friends!

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APEX FUN RUN COMING SOON!
Published: Fri, Feb 3, 2017, 10:16AM CST

Lace up your running shoes, start stretching, get your sponsors lined up and ask your parents to volunteer the day of the race! Friday March 10th is one of our favorite days of the year, the Apex fun run, so let’s make it one to remember. Watch for more information on how to donate and participate in making this the best fun run yet!

Boxtops
BOXTOPS! WE NEED YOUR BOXTOPS!
Published: Fri, Feb 3, 2017, 10:16AM CST

The deadline for the spring box top submission is fast approaching. Please turn in your box tops today. Last day to turn them in this February 25th. Don’t forget to label your bag of box tops with your first and last name and class. That way, we can get a spirit stick to you!

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2017-2018 PTO BOARD Positions !!
Published: Fri, Feb 3, 2017, 10:16AM CST

2016-2017 PTO BOARD

If you are interested in getting more involved in your child’s education and meeting and working with some great people, volunteer with the PTO.
The new PTO Board is being put together for the 2017/2018 school year. Whether you like hospitality, planning parties, decorating, volunteering in the library, or working with spreadsheets, we have a place for you. Proposed PTO Board Positions for 2017-2018

President
Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
Assistant Treasurer
Technology Coordinator
SHAC Coordinator
Hospitality Coordinator
Membership Coordinator
Membership Directory Coordinator
Publicity Coordinator
Yearbook Coordinator
Fundraising Coordinator (2)
-Community Partners
-Box Tops
School Supplies Coordinator (2)
Room Parent Coordinator
Specials Room Parent Coordinator
Field Day Coordinator
Community Night Coordinator
Marquee Sign Coordinator
Write a Check Coordinator
It takes a team of people to pull off all of the PTO events. We need YOU to help! Contact Monica Kirchmer @ mekirchmergmail.com to get involved.

Upcoming events
UPCOMING SPRING EVENTS:
Published: Fri, Feb 3, 2017, 10:16AM CST

2nd Grade Music Performance: Thursday, February 2nd

100th Day of School: Monday, February 6th

No School: Monday, February 20th

Apex Fun Run Kick Off: Monday, February 27th

Art Fair/Open House: Thursday, March 9th

Apex Fun Run: Friday, March, 10th

Spring Break: March 13th – 17th

Join the pto
Please join us for a PTO MEETING!!
Published: Mon, Dec 5, 2016, 12:27PM CST

Please join us for a
PTO MEETING
December 6th, 2016
6:30 p.m.
The VRE Library
Learn what we do, hear about our exciting upcoming PTO events and make new friends!

Write a check
WRITE A CHECK
Published: Mon, Dec 5, 2016, 12:27PM CST

Thank you VRE Families, for your generous write a check donations! Our 2016 goal was $12,000 to pay for science programs, technology and a new sound system in the café . We raised almost $7,000!  We will be discussing which of these items we can purchase for our school at our next PTO meeting (Tuesday at 6:30pm). Thank you for helping make our school great!

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Winter Parties Are Coming Up!
Published: Mon, Dec 5, 2016, 12:27PM CST

If you are a room parent, please check in with your teacher to finalize Winter Party plans. Even if you are not a room parent it might be a good idea to check in with your child’s teacher to make sure there is a party plan in place and volunteers to help. We want every class to have a fun winter celebration, but without a room parent or parent volunteers that cannot happen!
2A Kyle Steele does not have a room parent. If your child is in her class, it might be a good idea to reach out to her to ask how you can help. It would be very sad for 2A to not have a winter party like the rest of 2nd grade.

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NOMINATE a School Staff Member to be a Red & Black Superstar!
Published: Mon, Dec 5, 2016, 12:27PM CST

 
Red & Black Super Star is a program started by the Coppell Education Foundation to recognize elementary and middle school students and CISD employees.
 
NEXT SUBMISSION DEADLINE DECEMBER 9TH!!
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∙        Elementary school parents can submit nominations at the end of each 9-week grading period for any CISD staff member on their elementary school campus they feel deserves recognition.
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∙        This could be for going above and beyond for a student or co-worker, an ability to inspire, dedication to their profession and/or commitment to mentoring students or colleagues.
∙         
∙        At the end of each grading period, at every elementary school, one to two CISD employees will be selected from all the nominations to receive a Red & Black Super Star award.
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∙        Please click here to submit your nomination by the December 9th deadline.
 

Loose change
Got Spare Change? An Extra Dollar?
Published: Mon, Dec 5, 2016, 12:27PM CST

Time to round up your spare change and send it in to school with your child for our annual Holiday Collection for our P.E., Art, Music teachers and all the other teachers, aids and staff that take care of our little stars every day. Be on the lookout for a flier with more details.

Marquee sign
Tell your child HAPPY BIRTHDAY on the VRE sign!
Published: Mon, Dec 5, 2016, 12:27PM CST

Spaces for birthday greetings on the VRE Marquee for the 2016-2017 school year are now available. Purchase your spot now for $15. Availability is on a first come, first served basis. Birthday greetings will be posted for one school week.
The sign is double-sided so there are two greeting spaces available for each week.
The sign is updated each Friday for the following week. All greetings will read:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY (CHILD’S FIRST NAME AND LAST INITIAL) Purchase Space Now for $15 (each child) by going to https://vrepto.revtrak.net to purchase online or by filling out a form and paying in the VRE Office.