Valley Ranch Elementary PTO: Latest News

**Why Write a Check?** A teacher's perspective.
Published: Wed, Oct 15, 2014, 03:50PM CDT

Below is a message the PTO received from a classroom teacher sharing why Write a Check is so important to your student.

“Write a Check is so important for teachers, but more importantly, it is extremely beneficial for our learners. This fundraiser can help fund the technology we need to provide engaging learning opportunities in the classroom. I started this school year without a working smart board projector. As we waited for a replacement, my class was constantly asking when we would finally get a working smart board in the classroom. This experience proved to me how crucial technology is in the learning environment today. When preparing learners for the 21st century global workforce, the use of technology is essential. With a smart board, for example, our class can Skype with others from around the globe to learn about regional differences in weather, culture, geography, etc. Additionally, learners are more engaged when their learning experiences are interactive, which the smart board and other technology supports. Write a Check helps support our learners in so many ways.”

Go online NOW and Write a Check for technology in your child’s classroom:

Coppell ISD Get’s In The Game With School Lunch
Published: Wed, Oct 15, 2014, 03:50PM CDT

To celebrate the healthy lunch choices in Coppell, schools will celebrate National School Lunch Week: October 14-18, 2014. The theme, “Get in the Game with School Lunch” will include events and activities that promote the benefits of healthy school lunches. It will also celebrate the flavors, ingredients, and culture of our region, TEXAS!

The campaign will put a spotlight on the healthy foods and positive changes that Coppell schools have incorporated into their menus. In addition, students are encouraged to taste a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables all grown in the great state of Texas. They will be amazed how much better fresh can taste! Each day during National School Lunch Week, elementary schools will be offering products from Texas. Products used on our menu include:

• Oak Farm milk
• Kurz fresh, baked bread
• Texas grown, fresh apples, oranges, and watermelon (including a day of Mountain Sweet Yellow Watermelon)
• A variety of freshly picked, organic vegetables from Walnut Creek Farms in Alvarado, Texas. Produce from this farm include spinach, spring mix, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, shredded carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, red bell peppers, green bell peppers, and locally sourced baby cremini mushrooms!

We will kick off our “Grain of The Month” Program with a Sweet White Corn Salsa found on the Salad Bar daily!

We look forward to celebrating with your children all week long!

Vegetarian Meals every day in the VRE Cafeteria
Published: Wed, Oct 15, 2014, 03:50PM CDT

Did you know that every day in the VRE cafeteria, CISD Child Nutrition offers Vegetarian meals ?

Click here for the VEGETARIAN CHOICES 10/14 – 10/17

Parent University 2.0
Published: Wed, Oct 15, 2014, 03:50PM CDT

This Saturday event will offer a keynote speaker from the Apple Corporation as well as break-out sessions for parents on a wide variety of topics including problem based learning, parenting a digital native, Love and Logic, parenting a child with special needs, and/or gifted learners.

When :Saturday, November 1 from 8:00 a.m.-noon
Where :Coppell Middle School North (120 Natches Trace)

Drug Trends and Awareness Presentation on October 28
Published: Wed, Oct 15, 2014, 03:50PM CDT

Back by popular demand, the Coppell ISD and the Coppell Police Department will again co-host a Drug Awareness presentation for parents. The event will start with a presentation by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Members from the Dallas District Attorney’s office, Coppell PD, and Coppell ISD administrators will also be in attendance to answer questions concerning drug use in the local area. The 30-minute presentation will be followed by time for additional questions. This is a free, public event and no reservations are required. (This event is the same presentation that was given in March 2014.)

When : Tuesday, October 28 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Where : Coppell Middle School West auditorium (1301 Wrangler Dr.)

PTO meeting reminder
Published: Tue, Oct 7, 2014, 09:27AM CDT

All PTO members are encouraged to attend the general body PTO Meetings! PTO meetings are the first Tuesday of month at 7pm in the VRE Library. We look forward to seeing you there!

Revised PTO By Laws
Published: Fri, Sep 26, 2014, 02:19PM CDT

We are proposing updates to the PTO bylaws to make them current with the needs of the PTO and VRE. Click here for the updated ByLaws with the proposed changes highlighted, please review these changes and send any comments or concerns to with the subject of: proposed bylaw changes
We will vote on these changes at the next PTO meeting Ocotber 7th at 7pm. We will not be discussing the proposed changes at this meeting, please email any comments or concerns to:

The Top 10 Reasons to Write A Check to VRE PTO
Published: Fri, Sep 26, 2014, 02:19PM CDT

10. No selling door to door

9. 100% of proceeds go directly to VRE

8. Your Employer may match your donation so please check with your employer!

7. You actually burn calories writing your check and you don’t consume additional calories from candy sale purchases

6. The PTO can more effectively support students and staff at VRE with special programs and sponsored field trips

5. Much needed technology equipment will be purchased for your children to use in their classrooms

4. The fall technology donation is matched by the school district dollar for dollar and there is no limit!

3. 100% of your donation is tax-deductible

2. There is strength in numbers. If we all donate, it opens up the possibility of putting I-pads and lap tops into the hands of more students.

And the number one reason to Write-A-Check…

1. It benefits your child directly in their every day learning to have this additional technology they would not otherwise receive without your donation.

Write your check payable to VRE PTO TODAY! A Great Big Thank You to all of our VRE families who have already donated!

Community Night - Nov 6,2014 - Volunteers needed
Published: Fri, Sep 26, 2014, 02:19PM CDT

Valley Ranch Parents,

The PTO is busy planning for our 1st annual Community Night (formerly Multicultural Night) on Thursday, November 6, 2014. This new event is focused on bringing our Valley Ranch Community together through food, fun and friendship! There will be food trucks, bounce houses, entertainment and more. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information.

We need your help to make this event fantastic, the PTO is looking for a few volunteers for our upcoming Community Night on Thursday, November 6, 2014. We are looking for:

Henna artists

Origami artists

Please contact the PTO at if you can help.

Volunteer at the Book Fair
Published: Fri, Sep 26, 2014, 02:19PM CDT

The annual Bookfair is next week and Ms Hainlin, our librarian, will really appreciate your help .

We’re using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity.

Please sign up for Book Fair – here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot

2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)

3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Thank you for volunteering and helping the school and making a difference.

CHS Homecoming parade - Can you help with a Utility trailer ?
Published: Fri, Sep 26, 2014, 02:19PM CDT

The VRE Dads Club is looking for a utility trailer they can use for the Coppell High School homecoming parade scheduled for Thursday October 16th from 6-9 PM. The trailer will be decorated and the Character Council and Safety Patrol will ride on the float during the parade.

Ideally the trailer will have the following characteristics:
• 16 to 20 feet long
• Smooth wooden or steel floor
• Low sides
• Low tailgate / ramp (or none at all)
• Regular 2" tow hitch (no gooseneck or other towing system unless you can pull it)

We will need the trailer to be available for a few days prior to the parade so it can be decorated. We can pick up the trailer, tow it during the parade, and return it to you after the event. Please contact Doug Stephan at if you have a trailer that you are willing to loan for this event.

Student Health Advisory Committee
Published: Fri, Sep 26, 2014, 02:19PM CDT

The Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) is looking for a parent to serve to help collaborate and communicate regarding the health and well-being of our students and staff. There are only five meetings held throughout the year. They will be October 23, December 11, February 19, April 8 all at 4:00 at the Brock Center and May 14 at 12:00 at the Service Center. We need our campus to be represented and be able to serve with our faculty representative, Nurse Kathleen Valenski. Please email Carol at if you are interested. We truly appreciate you all for helping our VRE Stars Shine!

Write a check - Shoot for the stars and beyond
Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014, 04:07PM CDT

This is your opportunity to ensure your child is learning with and using the latest technology.

The theme this year is “Shooting for the stars and beyond”. Let’s help our school reach for the stars and beyond with our contributions.

It is vital that every VRE family contributes. Whether you contribute $5, $50 or $500, it adds up to achieve our goal when we all stand strong as a team. It takes a village to support our youth. You are that village!

We appreciate you and your dedication to VRE and your child’s education.
Turn in your form to your student’s teacher OR go to and click on Webstore on the left to get to the Write a Check Link.

CGA Creative Writing Competition
Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014, 04:07PM CDT

Creative Writing Competition Entries due December 4th

Open to passionate writers in grades 3 – 12.

Categories include: Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction (includes memoir, personal essay, narrative).

Want the specifics? Rules for the competition and an information packet are located at

Get Your Red & Black T-Shirt Today!
Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014, 04:07PM CDT

The Coppell Education Foundation is doing it again this year, to help KICK OFF our Annual RED & BLACK Fundraising Campaign.

Any elementary or middle school student who wears a 2014 RED & BLACK “Backer” T-shirt to the Coppell High School game on September 26 will get to stand in a line to support our Cowboys when they run through the helmet before the start of the football game. WOW How fun! Shirts must be purchased by Wednesday, September 24th. Don’t miss this fun opportunity!

To order: please visit the webstore or download an order form here


Coppell Cowboys Baseball Team is looking for a Grand Slam with the 6th Annual Tailgate Dinner!
Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014, 04:07PM CDT

Come out and tailgate with the Coppell Cowboys Baseball Team and Booster Club for the 6th Annual Tailgate Dinner on Friday, September 26th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM before the CHS home football game against LD Bell.

Tickets are $10 per person and include a hamburger, chips, drink, and dessert. Tickets may be purchased from any Coppell Cowboys high school baseball player or you may contact Booster Board member, Dr. Glynn Solomon at Proceeds support facility improvements and equipment upgrades for the baseball teams. We hope to see you there!!!

For more information please visit the team website: Coppell Cowboys Baseball

Room Parent Meeting - September 19th
Published: Fri, Sep 12, 2014, 05:30PM CDT

Please let the PTO if you would be interested in volunteering as a room parent.
The room parents for each class help coordinate class parties, and may work closely with the teacher to coordinate other classroom volunteers. Some teachers prefer to have only one primary room parent, while others prefer to work with multiple room parents. You will be contacted with more details about your particular classes once we know who is interested in helping as a room parent.

Thank you to all the parents joining in as room parents and party helpers this year at Valley Ranch Elementary!

Everyone interested in being a room parent or helper in your kid’s class are welcome to this meeting to get more information.

The Room Parent Meeting for all Room Parents on Friday, September 19th at 2pm in the cafeteria.

Please contact Georgia Barnes if you have any questions.

New Lunch Timings
Published: Fri, Sep 12, 2014, 05:30PM CDT

CISD has made some adjustments to the lunch timings. Please note the new lunch timings for your classes

Pre K                10:10-10:40 am or 12:05-12:35pm

Kindergarten    10:40-11:10 am
1st                 11:05 —11:35am
2nd                 11:30 —12:00 pm
3rd                 11:55 —12:25 pm
4th                 12:20 – 12:50pm
5th                 12:45 —1:15pm

Please check in through the office before joining you child for lunch. Also, check with your child’s teacher for their specific guidelines for lunch time visitors.

Are you a parent of a 4th / 5th grader ?
Published: Fri, Sep 12, 2014, 05:30PM CDT

If you are a parent of a 4th or 5th grader, then please join the 4th/5th Parent i-Pad meeting @ 6:30 pm to get more information on how they will be used in class and get all your questions answered.

Salad Bar volunteers needed!
Published: Fri, Sep 5, 2014, 03:21PM CDT

Tuesday September 9th is opening day for the VRE the Salad Bar! In an effort to make sure opening day goes smoothly we need YOU! We need two volunteers during each lunch period to help students and manage the salad bar, come early or stay late and enjoy lunch with your child as a bonus.

Kinder 10:40-11:10 am
1st 11:05 —11:35am
2nd 11:30 —12:00 pm
3rd 11:55 —12:25 pm
4th 12:20 – 12:50pm
5th 12:45 —1:15pm

New School Drop off and Pickup rules
Published: Fri, Sep 5, 2014, 03:21PM CDT

Students can be dropped off at 7:30 AM. Prek, K & 1st can drop off in the
front loop (Rodeo). 2nd –5th grades can drop off in Café loop (Santa Fe).
The doors are locked until 7:30 AM. Children arriving after 7:40 AM should
be dropped off in the front loop * Parents should drop off at the door only.

* Your compliance is greatly appreciated! *


Parents picking up 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students can wait in the loop on
the Santa Fe side of the building.
Parents picking up Prek, Kinder ,1st & 2nd should pick-up at the front of the
school. 3rd, 4th and 5th students with younger siblings can meet them at
the front of the school when dismissed.

Safety Warning Car Line

Parents please do not walk between cars; use the crosswalk and do not
leave your car unattended to ensure that the car line moves smoothly.
****Your cooperation ensures your safety as well as the safety of all our
children. *******

Join the VRE PTO today
Published: Fri, Sep 5, 2014, 03:21PM CDT

If you haven’t already done so, please consider joining the PTO and help us support your child’s school! Besides providing programs and technology in the classroom, did you know…

  • PTO Members receive a VRE Student Directory!
  • PTO Members are not obligated to attend meetings or volunteer,
    (although both are greatly appreciated if you’d like to)!

Some of the programs supported are

o Field Trip Bus Transportation and for 4th graders, the symphony trip
o Field Day Activities and Treats
o Complementary Student Directory

Join today! You may join online by clicking here

If you have any questions you can contact Mya Andersen

PTO meeting - Sept 9th at 7pm
Published: Fri, Sep 5, 2014, 03:21PM CDT

PTO meeting for September is on Sept 9th at 7pm.

All other meetings will be held on the first Tuesday of the month at 7pm in the library.

You do not have to be a board member to attend. You are welcome to come by and join in to see how and what the board handles and discusses.

We still have many open positions on the board. We would welcome new volunteers to come in and help make our school a better place.

Coppell Gifted Association - Special Early Bird Discount
Published: Fri, Sep 5, 2014, 03:21PM CDT

Time to renew your annual CGA membership with a GREAT deal! CGA is offering a fantastic opportunity to join BOTH active gifted associations, CGA and TAGT. We are one of a very select parent affiliate groups in Texas that is offering this opportunity so we hope you’ll take advantage of it. By joining both associations, you are providing a bigger, stronger voice for gifted education in Coppell, Texas, and the United States.

Want to know more about the benefits of joining CGA? Click here

Questions? Please contact Aanchal Prakash

School Drop Off and Pick Up Safety Rules
Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014, 12:04PM CDT


School doors will not be open until 7:30 AM. Students can arrive starting at 7:30 AM. The students will be dismissed to their classrooms at 7:40 AM. The tardy bell rings at 7:50 AM.

Children arriving after 7:40 AM should be dropped off in the front .


Dismissal – 3:05 PM

Very Important Safety Rules

Please follow staff/volunteer instructions from those working the car line

Car Line
Parents please do not leave your car unattended to ensure that the car line moves smoothly. Laminated signs will be provided for parents to assist teachers with dismissal.

Parking Lot
Please do not walk through the car line, or call your child to cross the car line to the parking lot. Please cross at the cross walk by the stop signs only. The cross walk further down the car line is there for easy access for those using the handicap spaces. It should be used only by people using the handicap spaces. Also, please do not park in the designated teacher area. Students should walk with their bikes once they are on campus.

Spiritwear T-Shirts available again on webstore
Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014, 12:04PM CDT

The T-shirts back in stock on webstore for kids and adults. You can order them from webstore

If you have ordered a t-shirt already then it will be delivered to your child’s classroom by Friday.

Labor Day Holiday on Sep 1, 2014
Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014, 12:04PM CDT

Just a reminder that the school will be closed on Monday Sep 1, 2014 for Labor Day Holiday.

Can you be the Salad Bar Coordinator ??
Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014, 12:04PM CDT

Can you be the Salad Bar Coordinator, we need one!

Students enjoy the salad bar in the cafeteria. This year it’s Tuesdays and we only need hands during lunch times of grades K, 1 and 2. The coordinator does not need to be there each week but needs to have a team who will be there.

We can send out the request for volunteers using the newsletter and you will be coordinating the team of volunteers.

If you are ready to step up and help, please contact Mya Andersen and Thank you!

Thanks for attending the Boohoo Yahoo breakfast.
Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014, 12:04PM CDT

Thanks to all who came to boohoo yahoo breakfast.

We look forward to seeing you all at the PTO board meeting on Sept 9th.

Planning to volunteer this year ?
Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014, 12:04PM CDT

In order to volunteer at VRE at any event at any time, a criminal background check must be completed each year. Take a few moments now to complete this, so you’ll be ready to volunteer when the opportunity comes!

Go to and click “2014-2015 On-line Volunteer Background Check Form” link on the right.