Valley Ranch Elementary PTO: Latest News

Helping hands
Helping Hands: Harvey Edition
Published: Mon, Sep 18, 2017, 02:33PM CDT

1st grade has launched a PBL called Helping Hands: Harvey Edition. They are helping learners and teachers affected by the recent flooding in the Houston area. There are TWO WAYS you can help!
1. Send new school supplies to school – a blue flier went home Friday with details of what is needed. They will collect at school and deliver to Fort Bend ISD. The class that brings the most school supplies will win a party! 

2. Purchase off this teacher’s Amazon Wishlist, click here. We have adopted this teacher’s classroom in Houston ISD to help her get back on her feet, as all the teachers at her school lost everything in their classrooms. Please choose the shipping option to go directly to her, not to you. To get credit for your learner’s class, please forward the receipt email with the amount to Ms. Schaum at mschaum@coppellisd.com and tell her the class number (ex: 3A) and we will give 1 point for every dollar spent. You can also print a copy of your receipt and have your learner put it in the donation box outside their room!

Writeacheck
Write a check – your help is needed
Published: Mon, Sep 18, 2017, 02:33PM CDT

Write-A-Check (WAC) is the convenient way to donate to VRE through the PTO that allows us to pay for essential classroom items that may have been cut from the classroom budget. You don’t have to call friends & family to sell them magazine subscriptions or cookie dough! With WAC, 100% of your donation goes towards the success of our school and your kid’s education!! Items purchased through Write-A-Check in the past calendar years include:

‣ iPads/iPad minis/ MacBooks for classroom use

‣ Classroom projectors

‣ Apple TVs

‣ Miscellaneous classroom supplies and activities that enrich your child’s education experience at VRE
 
This year, our goal is to reach $15,000. We would like everyone to participate so every class can reach 100%. You can donate online conveniently and securely here.

Alternatively, you could also send cash or write a check payable to: VRE PTO. Or, you may also have your child bring the check in a labeled envelope (with child’s name/grade) to school. Please check with your employer about corporate matching to make your donation go even further!

If you have any questions about our Write-A-Check fundraiser, please email us at valleyranchpto@gmail.com or visit here.

Box top
Box tops for education
Published: Mon, Sep 18, 2017, 02:33PM CDT

It is a very easy way to make money for our school through box tops. Simply clip the Box Top labels (not the expired ones) found on the packaging of many products you probably use on a regular basis and send them in to school. Box Tops are each worth 10¢ and they quickly add up to real cash for our school.
Our contest this year will be a quarterly drawing (in November 2017 and March 2018) where one student will be drawn for prizes in each quarter. We have a Box Top Collection Box (PTO) in the office for easy drop off anytime. We will be collecting all year long!!

Social media
We are on social media!
Published: Mon, Sep 18, 2017, 02:33PM CDT

VRE PTO is very proud to announce our social media presence. To get latest updates, find us on Facebook and follow us on twitter.

Community
Do you know about our community partners?
Published: Mon, Sep 18, 2017, 02:32PM CDT

Community Partners are vendors that donate money directly to VRE through the  purchases made by us. Shop with one of our Community Partners and they will donate % of the money you spend to our school via the PTO, which in turn will benefit our child’s education. This a simple action at no cost to you! Information on our community partners is also available here

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Congratulations and thank you to our wonderful volunteers
Published: Mon, Sep 18, 2017, 02:32PM CDT

We would like to congratulate our star volunteers of September - Keiko, Kritikha Balaji and Sarah Sierra for their exceptional work.  They were recognized for their passion and commitment to helping others and giving their precious time & talent. For more details, please click here.

We would also like to congratulate our library volunteer of the week (Sep 4-8) Tasneem Mukhi for showing enthusiasm and putting in more than 4 hrs this week in library. For more details, please click here.
 
We are also thankful to Pallavi Kota, Remi Kaimal Bhaskara, Hari Natrajan, Lakshmi Ramkumar, Geetha Pandurangan and Rachitha Mantri for being such super awesome volunteers for curriculum night.

Curriculum night
Curriculum Night
Published: Mon, Sep 18, 2017, 02:32PM CDT

A BIG THANK YOU to our VRE Parents for attending Curriculum Night! We had great participation and hopefully you learned a lot!

Community
Volunteers needed for Community Night
Published: Mon, Sep 18, 2017, 02:32PM CDT

VRE’s signature event, community night is on Oct 26, 6-8pm. We are looking for volunteers to help and make this event a big success. Please keep looking for further communication and signup for the activities that match your skill and time schedule.

Crossingguard
School crossing guard needed!
Published: Mon, Sep 18, 2017, 02:32PM CDT

District is looking to hire a crossing guard.  The starting pay is $10.35 per hour.  The scheduled work times are 7:10 to 8:10 AM and 2:55 to 3:55 PM each day. If interested please call Amy Curry, SNS (Assistant Director of Child Nutrition) at 214-496-8068. Also interested applicants can go online to the City of Irving website (www.cityofirving.org) to fill out an application.

Upcoming events
Upcoming dates!!!
Published: Mon, Sep 18, 2017, 02:32PM CDT

September 18: Write a Check begins
September 20: New parent meeting in VRE Library (8am-9am)
September 25 -29: Book fair
September 28: Grandparents day
September 29: School Picture Day

Meeting
Mark your calendars for first PTO meeting
Published: Wed, Aug 30, 2017, 09:04AM CDT

- Don’t forget to attend our first PTO meeting on Tuesday, September 5,2017 at 6:00 pm in VRE Library.

You won’t want to miss this lively and informative meeting where -
=You will meet the board members and learn about open positions.
=Be the first one to hear about important news and upcoming events at school.
=Have a voice in the activities and programs that PTO supports.
=Learn how the students and teachers of VRE benefit from the work of PTO.
=If you are unable to attend but would like more information or to stay involved, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Ms Meenakshi Sharma at valleyranchpto@gmail.com

Volunteer
- We love Volunteers
Published: Wed, Aug 30, 2017, 09:04AM CDT

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. We certainly don’t want to do that. We would like to thank Avani Karia, Brittney James, Jeevan Betigiri, Kiran Ganji, Kritikha Balaji, Mahalakshmi Ramkumar, Monika Dogra, Rachita Mantri, Ritu Sethi, Sarah Sierra, Uma, and all our little helpers Alexandro Sierra (5D), Jason Sierra (4E), Niharika Ramakrishnan (1A), Nysa Karia (4A), Sadhana Balaji (1E), Simar Sethi (4A) , Vibha Natrajan (1D) and Vivaan Mantri (3E) for chipin’in during various events.

Amazonsmile
Support Valley Ranch PTO through Amazon Smile Program
Published: Wed, Aug 30, 2017, 09:04AM CDT

If you shop at Amazon, please choose the Valley Ranch PTO as your Amazon Smile charity.
Amazon will donate .5% of your eligible purchases to fund Valley Ranch PTO. click
here to shop.
EVERY time you shop at Amazon:This a simple action at no cost to you.  For more details, click here

Kroger
Kroger Community Rewards Program makes fundraising easy
Published: Wed, Aug 30, 2017, 09:04AM CDT

If you shop at Kroger, please associate your digital account with Valley Ranch Elementary. All you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card!  NPO number for Valley Ranch Elementary is 98544. For more information, click here

Marcos
Earn Cash for the school every Tuesday by ordering from Marco’s Pizza
Published: Wed, Aug 30, 2017, 09:04AM CDT

Valley ranch and Marco’s Pizza are working together to raise funds for the school. On every Tuesday, for the whole school year 2017-18, place your pickup or delivery order anytime during normal business hours with Marco’s Pizza and earn cash for the school. For more details, click here

Yolo
Visit Yolo Klub every Thursday to earn cash for school
Published: Wed, Aug 30, 2017, 09:04AM CDT

For the whole school year 2017-18, every Thursday, you get an opportunity to earn cash for VRE while you enjoy Frozen Yogurt, juices, Smoothies and more delightful delicacies at Yolo Klub. Whenever you go there, make sure you use code – 4698281008 or simply ask Yolo Klub employee to enter the code. For more details, click here

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Red & Black Grant program
Published: Wed, Aug 30, 2017, 09:04AM CDT

The Coppell Education Foundation is selling their 2017 Red & Black t-shirts now through September 8th.  You may purchase a t-shirt online HERE through our secretary.  All proceeds from t-shirt sales go directly to Coppell ISD schools through the Red & Black grant program.  The Coppell Education Foundation has awarded over $1,025,000 in grants to the teachers and students of CISD over the past 16 years.  Visit www.coppellisdef.com to learn more about their programs and how they support motivating, innovative education for all Coppell students!

Upcoming events
Upcoming events:
Published: Wed, Aug 30, 2017, 09:04AM CDT

Labor day (no school) -Sep 4,2017
Curriculum Night (3rd – 5th) – Sept 7,2017
Curriculum Night (K – 2nd) – Sept 12,2017

Images
Welcome to School
Published: Sun, Aug 20, 2017, 07:59PM CDT

A warm welcome from Valley Ranch Elementary School PTO! We trust that your summer break has been restful, joyful, and full of adventures with your children, extended families and friends.

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First Day of School Aug. 21st
Published: Sun, Aug 20, 2017, 07:59PM CDT

New School Start Times
For the 2017-18 school year, the Coppell ISD Elementary school day times have changed .
Doors Open:- 7:20 AM
Tardy Bell:- 7:40 AM
Dismissal:- 3:05 PM

Boohoo yahoo breakfast
Boo Hoo/Yahoo Breakfast Monday, Aug. 21
Published: Sun, Aug 20, 2017, 07:59PM CDT

Kinder parents, please join the VRE PTO for a BooHoo/Yahoo Breakfast after you drop off your kiddos on the first day of the school. Food, drinks will be provided at the Library. You will get an opportunity to meet the PTO board members, other kinder parents like yourself! See you’ll there!
Venue:- Library Time:- 8 a.m.

Background check
Background check for volunteer
Published: Sun, Aug 20, 2017, 07:59PM CDT

Don’t forget to complete your Background Check, there is always a volunteer opportunity at VRE. The only requirements are ‘willingness to help’ and a ‘CISD background check’. Safety is always first for our VRE students. To participate in a volunteer activity or any school activity around students you MUST complete a 2017-2018 CISD background check in advance. Go ahead and take 5 minutes to get your background check , and you’ll be set for the school year!

Upcoming events
Upcoming Date !!
Published: Sun, Aug 20, 2017, 07:59PM CDT

VRE Calendar – Upcoming Dates 2017

Aug. 21: First Day of School

Sept. 4: Labor Day, No school

Sept. 8: First PTO meeting 8 a.m Cafeteria

Sept. 12: Curriculum Night

Sept. 18: Write-a-check kicks off

Southwest airlines
Aviation Day Opportunity for 3rd -8th grade students
Published: Wed, Aug 16, 2017, 12:06AM CDT

Southwest Airlines is hosting an Aviation Day on September 9 (Saturday), 2017. It is an amazing opportunity to educate and inspire students about the aviation industry. It is a free event but they have limited spots available. Selections will be done first come, first served basis. The last day to apply for the camp is August 18. You can know more details by clicking here

School supplies
LAST DAY TO ORDER School Supplies is AUGUST 11th 2017!!!
Published: Sun, Jul 30, 2017, 07:53PM CDT

The VRE PTO is currently selling pre-packaged school supply kits for the 2017-2018 school year.

The School Supply Kits are only available for purchase online and will be sold through August 11, 2017. You will NOT be able to purchase a kit after that date. The School Supply Kit will be delivered to your child’s classroom 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. 
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