VFE - We will have a PTO meeting on September 8, at 6:00 in the elementary cafeteria. A presentation by Nicole Gibson on the benefits of using oils and oils for keeping germs away will kick off our first meeting. The second half of our meeting will be our monthly business meeting. Masks are encouraged but not required. We hope to see you Tuesday!
Our students have been using iPads in the library to locate books they are interested in checking out. The app, Library World, is connected to our school library inventory giving students an immediate card catalog to make locating books easier.
PTO is selling Van-Far T-shirts and long sleeve shirts. T-shirts are $12 and long sleeve shirts are $17. All orders are due September 18. An order form will be sent home this week with elementary students. Any others wanting to order shirts can contact the school office.
VAN-FAR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Picture Day is: Wednesday, September 9, 2020 Wagner Portrait Group will be photographing students for portrait packages & school records. This will be your special opportunity to purchase your school pictures! Virtual students are encouraged to participate. Virtual students will be photographed between 12:45-1:30. CLICK HERE TO ORDER https://bit.ly/2ZeX9sH Don’t forget to wear your smile! Please direct all questions, concerns, or special requests directly to Wagner Portrait Group. We are happy to help! 1-800-444-7986 firstname.lastname@example.org Packets to order will be sent home this week.
IN SEARCH OF BEEF - MO Beef for MO Kids is a joint program of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, Missouri Beef Industry Council, and OPAA Food Service to increase the amount of Missouri raised beef on school lunch menus. Fewer beef meals are being served in schools across America, which means children are missing out on the protein power and nutritional benefits of beef. The purpose of this program is to connect local schools with area cattle producers to donate beef product to be used in the school lunch program. We are currently seeking area cattle farmers who would like to donate beef to our school. A tax credit is available for your donation. Ideal weight for processing cattle would be around 1500 pounds. We need 4 donors to provide us with beef for this school year. Our next date of processing is scheduled for October 5 at Center Locker. If you are interested in donating or are wanting more information about this program, please contact Bryan Evans. A special thank you goes out to Tony Dameron for donating to this program to start off the 2020-2021 school year! We still need YOU! MO Beef for MO Kids!
Our Parents As Teachers (PAT) program is seeking parents of children pre-natal to kindergarten entry residing in the Van-Far School District to participate in our program. PAT helps parents lay a strong foundation for your child's future success in school. This program is offered at no cost to you. Our program services include: home visits, group connection meetings, screenings, and a network of resources. If you are interested in learning more about this program or would like to enroll in the program, please contact Lori Culwell at 573-594-2731.
Reminder that this is only the Elementary School returning to in-school learning. JH/HS will stay virtual until we return on September 10th. Reminder your students will be Zooming live with their teachers tomorrow during regular class time. Check their emails and/or Schoology for the invites.
VFE will return to in-person learning tomorrow. As a reminder, the building opens at 7:30. Students must be dropped off by 7:55. Please make sure your child brings their iPad and charger to school tomorrow. We will be using the devices throughout the day.
VFE would like to thank the following people for various donations this past month! Vandalia Methodist Church - school supplies, Marlene Nation - house plants for teachers, United Credit Union - monetary donation for school supplies and staff breakfast, Danyelle Pool and All Donors - sponsoring water bottles for our students, Scrogin Family - memorial donation to the Leader In Me, Terri Wickles - school supplies, Anonymous Donor - monetary donation for school supplies, and Second Missionary Baptist Church for sponsoring the back to school drive. We appreciate all of your support in making sure our students have a successful year!!
What a beautiful day to enjoy a walk in the park and the book Giraffes Can’t Dance! This book will be available for the next two weeks. Stop by and check it out!
We have several THANK YOU’S to make for the Wi-Fi service set up for our students around town. First a huge THANK YOU to Alan Luelf, Tony Rowan, and Jeff Carlyle at ALSAT Wireless for providing and setting up wireless access to all of our students at these sites. THANK YOU to all of the local businesses allowing us to use their locations to provide Wi-Fi service to our students: Beinhoff Funeral and Spare Time Bowling Alley. Also a THANK YOU to the City of Vandalia and Farber for assisting with the locations, boom trucks, and setting up electrical service. THANK YOU to the Audrain County Library. THANK YOU to Tony Lower, Wes Rowden, Melissa Gooch, Becky McCurdy, and Dillion Minor for all of the ground work here on campus. There have been a lot of man hours put into this project to make this happen. We are so blessed to have a supportive community dedicated to the education of our students!
All Wi-Fi access points around town are up and active. Students can connect at those locations with their school devices. We called everyone that we had notification on yesterday who does not have internet access to do their assignments online. If we have missed someone, please call the high school office and let us know. Reminder the following Wi-Fi locations are: Farber Library, South School, Pool park, Bowling Alley, Beinhoff Funeral Home, Uptown on the square across from Dr. Cole's office, the Elementary west parking lot, and the high school parking lot by the library.
The following post is how we will proceed for the next 2 weeks until we return on September 10th All activities and practices are cancelled on campus until we return. An email will be sent out with a video recording providing our parents and students with information by 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. This video will inform all how and where they will log in to receive instruction and materials. This video will also be posted to our website. We will be doing live Zoom sessions with our students during normal school hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Your teachers will be sending your student invitations to join those meetings through Schoology and/or your emails. This will be a time where your student will receive live instruction and be able to engage in question/answer sessions. Teachers are available through phone calls, emails, or zooms Tuesday through Friday. It is important for your student to be checking their email accounts and Schoology routinely to stay updated on when assignments are due. Assignments will be taken for a grade. If it is not completed, it will be a zero. If you are having issues, you will need to communicate that with your teacher. If you are a family that does not currently have internet connectivity, we will be making calls tomorrow to provide options on how to best get your student information needed. We will have 7 locations around town where your student can connect their school devices. They are not currently active, but we will let you know as soon as they are available. They are located at the Farber library, South School, Bowling Alley, Beinhoff Funeral home, on the square across from Dr. Cole’s office, the Elementary west parking lot, and the high school parking lot by the library. We understand this is not an ideal situation for our students or staff. To make sure everyone is on the same page, we had a student with a positive test who is asymptomatic. With guidance from the health department, we had to contract trace all of the students and staff that could be potentially impacted, and that number was substantial enough, it was in our students and staff’ best interest to go virtual. We are here to assist in any way and look forward to September 10th when we get to be with our students again. Please feel free to call if you have any questions.
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Don’t forget to bring your water bottles to school! Our water bottle filling stations were installed last week and have already gotten a lot of use on the first day. We will have some water bottles to give away soon for those who don’t have one.
Vo-Tech starts tomorrow at Hart Career Center. Bus leaves VFHS at 7:30. Be early and give yourself plenty of time. Have a great night!
Thank you United Credit Union for providing breakfast for our staff this morning! We appreciate your love, support, and caring heart!!
Happy First Day of School!! We are excited for another year of building relationships and learning!!
Hello Sunshine!!! Another mural added to the elementary...this one painted by Mrs. Buie and Mr. Hummel. Looking forward to a “bright” year!! #LIM #choosesunshine
VF Elementary - Tomorrow is our first day of school. You can drop off your child starting at 7:30. Our school day is from 7:55 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Students not here by 7:55 a.m. are considered tardy and will need to be signed in at arrival. Breakfast is served daily for K-6th grade, from 7:30 a.m. to 7:55 a.m. If you child is planning to eat breakfast at school, please have them at school as close to 7:30 as possible. See you soon!