Valley Ranch Elementary PTO: Latest News

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Can You Help Us Plan the Carnival?
Published: Sat, Jan 24, 2015, 09:35AM CST

We need volunteers to help us organize the upcoming Spring Carnival! Whether you can help a lot or just a little, we need you!

Our first planning meeting will be January 23rd at 1:45 p.m. at VRE. If you aren’t able to attend this meeting, but would still like to help (or if you have any questions), please contact Carrie Clark at

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Save The Date - Spring Carnival
Published: Sat, Jan 24, 2015, 09:35AM CST

The VRE PTO is coordinating our upcoming Spring Carnival, so mark your calendards to join in the fun! The Spring Carnival will be held on Friday, February 27th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you then!

We do need volunteers to help – if you’re able to help the night of the event (or with planning), please contact Carrie Clark at .

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Winter Weather message from Nurse Kathleen
Published: Sat, Jan 24, 2015, 09:35AM CST

Please dress your children accordingly to keep them warm and healthy.
Wearing layers is a good way to be prepared for changes in the temperature throughout the day.
If your child does not have a coat, please notify Nurse Kathleen or our counselor, Mrs. Montano.


REMINDER: if your child has a fever, 100.0 or higher, they MUST remain home. Your child will have to be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.
Let’s keep our children healthy.

A healthy child is ready to learn!

Nurse Kathleen

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APEX Extreme is almost here
Published: Sat, Jan 24, 2015, 09:35AM CST

The VRE PTO is excited to announce that our school will be participating in the Apex Fun Run again this year as our major Spring fundraiser to get us into a good starting position for our fall technology fund drive. In addition, a portion of whatever we raise in each class goes directly to that teacher to use in their own classroom! The Apex athletes will be with our students from February 3- 11 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 and the PTO. The Apex Fun Run is for every student regardless of financial giving. All students receive an Apex jersey and participate in Team Day Lessons, Class Goal Parties/Events and the Fun Run itself during school on Thursday February 12.

Walk and Bake for Diane
Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014, 12:45PM CST

The “Walk and Bake for Diane” was a success and everyone was excited to see Mrs. Greckel!

The line to meet Mrs Greckel was as long as that to meet Santa ..

Thank you to all the parents, students and staff for coming out and showing how much we all love and respect her.

Here are just a couple of pictures from the event.


Holiday Extravaganza - Dec 19th
Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014, 12:45PM CST

On Friday, December 19th our Holiday Extravaganza will take place in the gym.

Each grade level is assigned a party time:

Kinder 8:00-8:50

First Grade 9:00-9:50

Second Grade 10:00-10:50

If you would like to accompany your child during their class’ rotation, the PTO is asking that you also volunteer for the class rotation either before or immediately after. Your assistance is needed with the games and activities, arts and crafts, and the snack we have planned for the party. The more parent volunteers we have, the more fun we can have!

Please contact your Class Room Parent if you plan to attend and let them know at which rotation you can volunteer.

If you have any questions, contact your Class Room Parent or Mandy Foster, PTO Vice President at

Raffle For Microsoft Tablet
Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014, 12:45PM CST

Thank you to everyone for supporting the Walk and Bake event this past weekend. The raffle for the Microsoft tablet will continue until this Friday, December 19. Please stop by the school office to purchase a ticket for $5.00 or 5 tickets for $20. The winner will be announced Friday morning during announcements. Thanks for your support!

Silent Auction @ Community Night
Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014, 12:45PM CST

Thank you to everyone that participated in the silent auction at Community Night. I have reached out to all the winners and have not received a response from some. If you have not received an email please contact me at Minnie Moore to find out if you had a winning bid.

Lost and Found - Check before the holiday break
Published: Wed, Dec 17, 2014, 12:45PM CST

Please Check the Lost and Found for any lost items. Any unclaimed items after December 19th will be donated during the winter break.

Kids and Dads Indoor Campout
Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014, 04:57PM CST

Join the Dad’s Club this Friday for an overnight sleepover in the VRE Gym!

Friday, December 12th – 6:30 pm

$20 per camp plot (for 2 people) includes pizza, soft drink, snack & entertainment
$5 per additional camper (4 campers maximum per camp plot)
$5 to bring a tent (max 6’x6?)

Poker Tournament for the dads!

@*@*@*@ Children MUST BE accompanied by a parent @*@*@*@

Registration deadline is Thursday December 11th!

This event was very popular last year and camp plots are limited so register today!
To register, visit the Dad’s Club website

Walk and Bake Sale for Diane Greckel - VRE Educator
Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014, 04:57PM CST

Former and current VRE staff, learners & parents along with friends & community members are invited to participate in a Bake Sale and Walk Around the VRE Canal in
honor of Diane. The PTO sponsored event takes place at Valley Ranch on Saturday, December 13th, 11am –2pm.

Baked goods, t-shirts and other items will be available for purchase. All proceeds will go to support Diane as she battles cancer. This is a wonderful opportunity for our VRE community to support and encourage one of our own!

VRE night at Our Place - Every Thursday
Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014, 04:57PM CST

Did you know that Thursday night is VRE night at Our Place Indian Restaurant on MacArthur Blvd. ? So whether you always wanted to try Indian food or a regular at this restaurant, enjoy with family and friends.

Remember a portion of their proceeds will come back to Valley Ranch !!

Jacob Logan Run - 5K and Fun Run
Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014, 04:57PM CST

The second Jacob Logan Run will be held on Saturday December 20th in Coppell, TX at Andy Brown Park East.

The Jacob Logan story and the link to sign up is at

REMINDER! General body PTO meeting Tuesday night
Published: Mon, Dec 1, 2014, 06:32PM CST

We hope to see you tomorrow night at 7pm in the VRE Library for the General Body PTO meeting. All Valley Ranch Elementary PTO members are encouraged to attend!

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Community Night - A Success - Thank You!!!
Published: Wed, Nov 19, 2014, 06:21PM CST

A giant THANK YOU to our parent volunteers and the VRE Staff for making the inaugural Valley Ranch Elementary Community Night a great event. We could not have made this event happen without the dedication and hard work of Monica Kirchmer, Gio Angulo, Mandy Foster, Mya Andersen and our generous sponsors: Las Colinas Credit Union, Nothing Bundt Cakes Flower Mound and Mathnasium.

Thank you to VRE parents, students and families that attended and helped us celebrate our Valley Ranch Elementary Community.

VRE night at Our Place - Thursday November 20th
Published: Wed, Nov 19, 2014, 06:21PM CST

A lot of our families enjoy dinner at Our Place Indian restaurant . Now you have another reason to go there tomorrow Thursday November 19th, 2014. Tomorrow is VRE Night at Our Place.

Please place your receipt in the PTO box before you leave so we can earn 10% on Thursday nights.

For anyone who needs the directions to Our Place .. they are at :

8150 N MacArthur Blvd #150, Irving, TX 75063
(214) 574-7117

Please go and support VRE while having a good time with family. Enjoy!!

VRE Turkey Drive Friday, November 21st
Published: Wed, Nov 19, 2014, 06:21PM CST

Gobble Gobble Everyone!!!

Turkey time has begun and kids are excited about our upcoming turkey drive.
Students can bring a frozen turkey to school on Friday, November 21st between 7 – 9 a.m.


Donate a turkey online for $15 by November 21 at the North Texas Food Bank Virtual Drive website. Below is the link you can email to grandparents, friends, or anyone who you think would like to donate a turkey online to help Valley Ranch be the school that helps the most families.

• Scroll down and click on “Kids For Turkeys.”
Be sure to pick Valley Ranch Elementary as your school
• Add your turkey to your “cart” and checkout

We really appreciate your help in making the holidays special for families in need.

GO VRE!!!!

Community Night is today
Published: Thu, Nov 6, 2014, 01:05PM CST

The PTO is looking forward to an evening of food, fun and friendship with YOU!

Food: There will be food trucks selling a variety of yummy cuisines (Indian, Korean, Mexican and American). Food trucks will be accepting cash and credit. Entrees will cost between $3-$10.

Fun: The fun will include bounce houses, games, prizes, face painting, origami, henna tattoos, and a “star walk” for the kids. A free Classical Indian Dance performance by Natyom will begin at 7:00pm with many of our own Valley Ranch Elementary students performing! The Irving Fire and Police Departments will also be present. In addition, Boy Scout Troop #807 will be teaching knot tying and several local businesses will be there sponsoring free games and prizes. Entertainment will be free-4 tickets. Tickets will be sold there if you have not pre-ordered them.

Friendship: YOU! So bring a blanket, some lawn chairs and let’s have a great time!

All proceeds go toward the enrichment of your child’s education at Valley Ranch Elementary

Want to contact your PTO?
Published: Thu, Nov 6, 2014, 01:05PM CST

Want to contact your PTO ? Just email us at Please note the email is ValleyRanchPTO.

This email is setup to streamline the communication with the PTO so feel free to contact us here anytime.

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Dad's Day @ VRE is November 7th
Published: Thu, Nov 6, 2014, 01:05PM CST


How would you like to spend some time with your child at school? One thing is for sure, they will love you for doing it! This was one of our most popular events last year so come have lunch with your child.

Optionally, you can also spend some time in your child’s classroom before or after lunch. Last year dads participated in a variety of classroom activities such as math drills, science experiments, and collaborating with groups working on projects. What you do in the classroom will be determined by the teacher, so contact your child’s teacher and set up a time before or after lunch to help in the classroom. Also, you must complete a background check by October 31st.

Note, this is the morning after the VRE Community Night (Multicultural Night) so clear your schedule to attend both of these fun and important events. We hope to see you there!

Please visit VREDADS.ORG for more information on Dad’s club.

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Published: Thu, Nov 6, 2014, 01:05PM CST

Supporting the Foundation through a donation will provide funds for our teacher/classroom grant program, academic and teacher of the year recognition banquet and other initiatives and ideas CISD implements in the education of our children. These programs have reached virtually every child in our district from elementary to high school. Please show your backing of the RED & BLACK CAMPAIGN by clicking here to make a donation now!

For more information look at the flyer here

Volunteers needed
We need YOU for Community Night!
Published: Tue, Nov 4, 2014, 09:24PM CST

We need YOU to make Valley Ranch Elementary’s Inaugural Community Night a success!

Please be one of our valued volunteers! Go to:
and volunteer for 30 short minutes!

Thank you!

your VRE PTO Community Night Planning Committee

Community Night - Nov 6,2014
Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014, 07:51PM CDT

CORRECTED email address for Valley Ranch Elementary PTO:

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CORRECTED email address for Valley Ranch PTO:


Red ribbon week
Red Ribbon Week Oct 27 - Nov 2
Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014, 07:51PM CDT

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Parent University 2.0 - November 1, 2014
Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014, 07:51PM CDT

Please sign up for the Parent U 2.0 that will be held Saturday, Nov 1 from 8-12PM at Coppell Middle School North.

Here is the link to sign-up for sessions:


from your PTO President
Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014, 09:13PM CDT

Thank you for taking the time to open and read this email!

This year the PTO Board has been faced with a shortage of families who are willing to give a small percentage of their time to ensure that the PTO legacy at Valley Ranch Elementary continues. In the past Valley Ranch Elementary has earned the distinction as a school with a large population of parent volunteers that contribute their time and efforts to the PTO, we want this distinction to continue.

Did you know that your VRE PTO is why:
-there are room parents in your child’s classroom?
-there are three large events each year? (Community Night, Spring Carnival & Field Day)
-your child has a VRE tshirt?
-your child has technology available to them in their classroom?
-your child has their picture taken each year and a yearbook for each year they have attended VRE?
These are just a few things the PTO facilitates at Valley Ranch Elementary; however we cannot continue to do these things with less than 6 active board members! WE NEED YOU!

At this time one of the most critical positions to make these events happen is unfilled, the Volunteer Coordinator. The Volunteer Coordinator position is critical to organizing volunteers for (but not limited to) Community Night, Spring Carnival and Field Day and creating an ongoing list of volunteers that can be called on for additional events.

Can YOU be the person to make a difference at Valley Ranch Elementary? Join the few of us who have made the choice to make a difference at Valley Ranch Elementary (in spite of our busy lives and schedules)! Contact us at; without YOU Valley Ranch Elementary PTO cannot be a success.

Write a check - Shoot for the stars and beyond - Still time to donate
Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014, 11:14PM CDT

We’re just $3000 short from reaching our goal of $15k for Write a Check, we had a great response last week but need your help to make it happen. Coppell ISD will match all contributions through October 28th.

Let’s Shoot for the Stars together and give our students access to new technology!

Save the date - 1st annual Community Night (formerly Multicultural Night) on Thursday, November 6, 2014
Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014, 11:14PM CDT

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.

Volunteers needed
Are you a Henna or Origami artist ? We need you!
Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014, 11:14PM CDT

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.

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**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: