MAIZE unified school district 266
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August 2021
VERMILLION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

501 South James
Maize, KS 67101
(316) 722-0266
A NOTE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Welcome back Vermillion Chameleons!
We had a great first week of school at VES! It was wonderful to see all of our new and returning students.

This school year comes with many exciting changes! Notably, we are now serving grades K-4 as our 5th graders are now in the brand new Maize Intermediate and Maize South Intermediate Schools. Also, we have some new staff additions to our VES family.
Please join me in welcoming our new staff:
Elisha Bauer
Tanner Bonham
Alyssa Carpenter
Tara Clark
Dominga Cox
Brian Fritz
Anisa Fullerton
Natalie Haywood
Nellie Herbert
Jen Kiley
Morgan Konda
Chris Lutes
Ilham Madi
Shelley Sailing
Kira Thompson
Shannon Wolfe
Leia Wymore
Let's gear up for a fantastic school year, Chameleons!

Sincerely,
Michael Dome
VES Principal
QUICK LINKS
FROM THE SCHOOL OFFICE

Please help our school office run smooth and efficient. For your convenience, we've listed a few reminders below.
Office Hours: 7:30am - 4:30pm
Office Phone: 316-722-0266
  • Student Absences: If your student is absent please call the school office each day BEFORE 10:00am. If you notify the teacher of an absence, you MUST also call the school office.

  • Student Extended Absences: If your student is gone 3 or more days due to illness, a doctor's note is required for them to return to school.

  • After School Transportation Changes
  • Call the school office BEFORE 3:00 pm - M/T/Th/F
  • Call the school office BEFORE 2:00 pm - Wednesday (early release @3:20pm)
COUNSELOR's CORNER
Welcome back to school - we are so excited to spend time with your children at Vermillion. As the school year begins, you may have questions about what a school counselor does. Please feel free to visit the counselor's website at https://sites.google.com/usd266.com/vescounselors/home to learn about what we do and what lessons we are teaching each month in classroom guidance lessons. 

Please remember that your children are getting back into the routine of school, and can get pretty exhausted at the end of the day. Remind them to drink plenty of water and set their bedtime a bit earlier so they can feel well rested in the morning (this might also help getting up and ready in the morning!.  

Enjoy this great time of learning for your child!
Jolene Chapin
Andi Shipman
UPDATE FROM COACH
Welcome to PE. We are excited to have your child in the gym with us this year. We are getting ready to start Fitness Evaluation to determine where we are. We will also be learning about the heart and muscles. Two things we use every time we are in PE.

If your child is sick or has been injured, please email us and let us know. We thanki you for sharing your child with us.
Coach Trail
Ph: 722-0266 x2844
Coach Peck
Ph: 722-0266 x2844
LIBRARY NEWS
MUSIC MATTERS
Welcome back to school and welcome back to music class! Mrs. Merkel and our new music teacher, Mrs. Thompson, are having so much fun sharing music with your children! 
Mrs. Merkel is teaching grades 1st through 4th and Mrs. Thompson is teaching all of our Kindergarteners.
Please check this spot each month for music updates!  Here are a few important details:
Quaver:
We LOVE our Quaver music curriculum!  In addition to lessons we use in the classroom, it also has an at home feature so that students can explore music through games and activities using a computer, Chromebook or mobile device at home. We are currently registering all of our students for the new school year. Your student will be bringing home a letter with more details soon.  
Music Programs:
We are thrilled to have music programs scheduled this year on the following dates - Stay tuned for more information as these dates approach.
Third & Fourth Grade Concerts: Monday, November 8, 2021
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 3rd Grade
Time: 7:45 p.m. - 4th Grade
Location: Maize High School Auditorium (11600 W. 45th Street North)
         
First & Second Grade ConcertsThursday, March 10, 2022
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 1st Grade
Time: 7:45 p.m. - 2nd Grade
Location: MPAAC (Corner of 119th & Academy Avenue)
 
Kindergarten ConcertThursday, April 28, 2022
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: MPAAC (Corner of 119th & Academy Avenue)
Students can access their Quaver accounts anytime! There are tons of free music games and activities to explore!
QUAVER MUSIC:
You can access the website www.quavermusic.com on a desktop/laptop or on any mobile device.
Quaver Login Insructions: 
  • Quaver Name: 9-digit Maize Student ID#
  • Passwordmusic1 (all one word & case sensitive)

If you have any difficulty finding your child's Maize Student ID#, you can look it up in Skyward.
Doreen Merkel
Kira Thompson
NURSE's COLUMN
We need a copy of All INCOMING Kindergarteners most recent health assessment and immunizations. The health assessment needs to be within the past year, so any time after August 1, 2020. All elementary age children are now required to have 2 doses of the Hepatitis A vaccine, so if you notice that your child only has 1, please get them a second dose. 
Nurse Jaime Smith
Phone: 316-350-2810 / School Fax: 316-722-5020
FOOD SERVICES UPDATE
PARAPROFESSIONALS NEEDED
We are looking for additional instructional and special education paraprofessionals for the 2021-2022 school year. We would love to have you on our team!
Please apply below or contact Mrs. Nash with any questions.
SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS NEEDED
Substitute teachers are crucial to the operations of Maize USD 266 and are able to make an important impression on our students' lives and education.

Join our #OneMa1ze team! Apply today at www.usd266.com.
PTO NEWS
Become a PTO member/volunteer - it's FREE! If you are interested in supporting our students and staff, please complete the online PTO Volunteer Enrollment Form.

  • VOLUNTEER NEEDED! PTO will have an open Secretary position for the 2021-22 school year. We are asking for a 1-year commitment with this position. If you are interested or have questions please reach out to PTO at vermillionpto@hotmail.com

  • PTO is also looking for assistance with several annual fund raising committees. TLC, Walk-a-Thon, Family BINGO Night, and more. If you are interested please email at vermillionpto@hotmail.com
August:
  • 8/25: Carousel Skate Night (6-9pm)
  • 8/25 - 9/12: Spirit Wear Sales (ONLINE ONLY) - VES Spirit Wear Link

September:
  • 9/9: Chick-fil-A Spirit Day (3-10pm)  
  • 9/1-12: Spirit Wear Sales (ONLINE ONLY) - VES Spirit Wear Link
  • 9/13-19: Charlies Car Wash Spirit Week
  • 9/14: PTO Meeting at VES Library (6:30-7:30pm)
  • 9/28: DQ Spirit Night (5-9pm) (Maize Rd Location)

October:
  • 10/15: Walk-A-Thon -- Maize High Track
In preparation for next year’s Family Bingo Night, we invite anyone who has unused/leftover holiday gifts, baskets, bows, filler items that could be used in raffle baskets to turn them into the school office. We greatly appreciate your generosity!
PTO can be reached at:
FacebookMaize Vermillion Elementary School PTO
*Be sure to tag all the fun you are having at VES this year with #VES
ONEMA1ZE  #OneMa1ze