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MAIZE unified school district 266

January 2020

501 South James
Maize, KS 67101
(316) 722-0266


Assistant Principal
Practicing self-control....setting long range goals and achieving them....making good choices.
Dear Vermillion Chameleon Parents,
It was great to see many of you at our third annual VES BINGO Night on January 17. I appreciate your support of Vermillion by attending this event. We were able to give away some great prizes and enjoy a fun evening together. Thank you to the VES PTO for organizing this event again this year. Also, thank you to all of our staff and volunteers who helped make this evening a success.
Please mark your calendars for Parent/Teacher conferences on Wednesday, February 12th from 4:00pm to 8:00pm . We will continue with conferences on Thursday, February 13th from 1 2:00pm to 8:00pm . If you can't make it during these times, please schedule a different time with your child's teacher. Remember to stop by the library and check out the books at our book fair!
Our Valentine's Day Parties are right around the corner on Tuesday, February 11th and I wanted to inform you of our schedule for the day.
  • 2:30pm - Setup for Valentine's Party
  • 2:50-3:50pm - Valentine's Party Begins

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
Michael Dome
VES Principal
  • 4: Spring Pictures/Group Pictures
  • 6: PTO Urban Air Spirit Night (4:00-8:00pm)
  • 11: Valentine's Parties (K-5th Grade - 2:50-3:50pm)
  • 12: Parent/Teacher Conferences (4:00-8:00pm)
  • 12: PTO Provide Staff Dinner - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • 13: NO SCHOOL (Parent/Teacher Conferences) (noon-8:00pm)
  • 14: NO SCHOOL (Conference Comp Day)
  • 17: NO SCHOOL (Professional Development Day)
  • 25: PTO Chick-fil-A Spirit Night (5:00-8:00pm)
  • 3: Kindergarden Music Program (6:30pm - MHS)
  • Mrs. Merkel - Klausmeyer/Paul/Wood
  • 3: 1st & 2nd Grade Music Program (7:45pm - MHS)
  • Mrs. Merkel - Allen/Doerflinger/Morgan Brownell/Fischer
  • 5: Kindergarden Music Progran (6:30pm - MHS)
  • Ms. Wangberg - Packer/Shurtleff
  • 5: 1st & 2nd Grade Music Program (7:45pm - MHS)
  • Ms. Wangberg - Jakubov/Zamora/Newland/Ozier
  • 10: PTO Meeting (6:30-7:30pm - VES Library)
  • 13: PTO PJ Day ($1 to wear favorite PJ's)
  • 16-20: NO SCHOOL (Spring Break)
  • 31: Pre-K & Kindergarten Enrollment (5-7pm - Maize High School)
  • 31: PTO Dairy Queen Spirit Night (5:00-9:00pm)
  • 10: NO SCHOOL (Professional Development Day)
  • 23: PTO 1st Carriage Crossing Pie Delivery (3:00-6:00pm - VES)
  • 23: VES Family Night (6:00-7:30pm - VES)
  • 30: PTO 2nd Carriage Crossing Pie Delivery (3:00-6:00pm - VES)
  • 30: PTO Chick-fil-A Spirit Night (5:00-8:00pm)
  • 1: PTO Bunco Night - Adult's only (6:30-7:30pm - VES)
  • 4-8: PTO Staff Appreciation Week
  • 7: Orchestra Concert (7:00pm - MHS)
  • 8: VES Community Helper Day
  • 12: PTO Meeting (6:30-7:30pm - VES Library)
  • 18: Field Day
  • Kdg/1st/4th Grades: 9:00-10:30am
  • 2nd/3rd/5th Grades: 1:00-2:30pm
  • 18: Spring Parties
  • Kdg/1st/4th Grades: 10:45-11:45am
  • 2nd/3rd/5th Grades: 2:50-3:50pm


Don't forget
to check our
Lost & Found
  Happy 2020! We are preparing many new friendship and social groups for this next semester. It has been fun going to the classrooms this month discussing goal setting and being a good friend. Students are really developing great Chameleon Character - we have had many winning prizes and awards for great behavior!
Also a BIG shout-out to our PTO and their hard work on BINGO night - it was a huge success! The money raised has already helped so many staff and students at VES.
Enjoy these winter months - and hope to see many parents at Parent/Teacher Conferences in mid-February!
Joline Chapin
Email: jchapin@usd266.com or
Direct line: 350-2881
Andi Shipman
Direct line: 350-2841
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: 722-0266
  • Student Absences: Please call the school office each day BEFORE 11:00am. If you notify the teacher of an absence, you MUST also call the school office. The teacher won't get email or phone messages if they have a substitute in the classroom.

  • 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.

  • Transportation Changes:
  • You MUST call the school office BEFORE 3:00pm M,Tu,Th, F
  • You MUST call the school office BEFORE 2:00pm Wednesdays (early release)

HELP!!! Parents, please have your student check our lost & found area. We have accumulated an abundance of coats, hats, and gloves. The coats don't have names in them, so the office can't identify who they belong to. Please remember to write names inside your child's coat.
We are looking for Special Education Para's to work in the Maize school district. View openings for Vermillion Elementary and apply thru the link below.
Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) is an innovative father involvement, educational initiative of the National Center for Fathering. WatchDOGS are fathers, step-fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father-figures who volunteer for at least one day each year at an official WATCH D.O.G.S. school. 

We still have WatchDOG openings available. Please follow the instructions below to sign up!

Signing up to be a WatchDOG is easy! 
  • Simply view the WatchDOG monthly calendars located on the VES website at https://www.usd266.com/VES under ‘Programs’ then select ‘WatchDOGS’ to see what dates are available and email jdavis@usd266.com - include your name, phone number, student(s) and their teacher's name. (only two WatchDOGS per day please.)

  • You MUST complete a volunteer background check PRIOR to your first scheduled WatchDOG date. The background check can be completed online thru the VES website at https://www.usd266.com/VES under ‘Programs’ then select ‘Volunteer Background Check’. (a volunteer background check will need to be completed each year)


Please check with your child and make sure their PE shoes still fit. We have had lots of growing happening this first semester.
With cold weather upon us and sickness being unpredictable, if your child is having a health concern or is injured, please contact us and let us know. You can email wtrail@usd266.com or jpeck@usd266.com . You can also call VES and our extension is 2844.
We have just finished up our football unit. Ask your child if they know who Walter Camp is? ( Father of American football ).
Coach Trail
Ph: 722-0266 x2844
Coach Peck
 Ph: 722-0266 x2844

Stop by our book fair! See details below.
Book Fair eWallet
This is a secure, cash-free way to shop the book fair. There is NO CHARGE to set up an eWallet. Parents simply create an account and authorize a spending limit on their
credit card. Use the link below to access eWallet.
Steph Hills
Media Specialist
Just a reminder that our K-2 music programs will be on the evenings of Tuesday, March 3rd and Thursday, March 5th at Maize High School (11600 W 45th St N). Please see the schedule listed below. A parent letter with all the details was sent home in your child's backpack and via Skyward recently. Please continue to watch for additional information as the date nears. If you have questions about your child's program please email your child's music teacher - Mrs. Merkel ( dmerkel@usd266.com ) or Ms. Wangberg ( jwangberg@usd266.com ).
Upcoming Music Programs
Kindergarten, First & Second Grade Concerts:
Maize High School Auditorium
(11600 W. 45th St. N.)

Tuesday, March 3rd
Mrs. Merkel's Students
6:30pm - Kindergarten (Klausmeyer/Paul/Wood)
7 :45pm - 1st & 2nd Grade (Allen/Brownell/Doerflinger/Fischer/Morgan/)

Thursday, March 5th
Ms. Wangberg's Students
6:30pm - Kindergarten (Packer/Shurtleff)
7:45pm - 1st & 2nd Grade (Jakubov/Newland/Ozier/Zamora)
I hope that you have received the parent letter regarding our music curriculum, Quaver Music. There is a free, at home portion of this curriculum available to your student. Here is the login information.
The Avatar feature only works with 'Flash' enabled at this time. You can also stay up-to-date with Quaver by going to their blog at http://www.quavermusicblog.com .

The Quaver Code for JANUARY is: hNewYears2020 (all one word-not case sensitive )
Login information :
Computers & Mobile devices : Go to  www.quavermusic.com  and login using a Username & Password. 
  • Username (a/k/a Quaver name): is the same as your child's Maize Student ID #
  • Passwordmusic1
You will have the option to choose "with Flash" or "without Flash". "With Flash" will have the most content.

The code listed above will give your student 100 Quaver credits that can be used to purchase items for their Quaver Avatar. The Avatar feature only works with Flash enabled at this time.

You can also stay up to date with Quaver by going to their blog, www.quavermusicblog.com

Doreen Merkel
If your child will need to have medication at school this year, please complete the medication administration form, which can be found at https://www.usd266.com/site/Default.aspx?PageID=381 .
You or your doctor's office can fax the completed form to the school nurse at 316-722-5020.

  • Students are NOT allowed to transport medication.
  • Over the counter medications will be given with the signed form.
  • Prescriptions MUST have a doctor's signature.
Dental screenings will be completed on Friday, February 21st . If your child does NOT need a dental screening you can OPT OUT by emailing me at jsmith@usd266.com .
Flu season is upon us, so if you or your child/children have not had their flu shot, now is the time to get one! See the chart below showing the differences between influenza and the common cold.
Remember, if your student is running a fever of 100.0 degrees or above, they are to remain at home. If diagnosed with influenza, your student needs to stay in home isolation for 5 days following the onset of symptoms or until fever free for 24 hours without the aid of fever reducing medications, whichever is longer, except when seeking medical care.
Nurse Jaime Smith
 Direct Phone: 350-2810 / School Office Phone: 722-0266 / School Fax: 722-5020
The Maize Food Service Department is now hiring Food Service Substitutes to fill in for absences in school kitchens. A substitute can pick up 2-7 hr. shifts, as little or as often as you want to make some extra cash for the holiday season. Food Service Substitutes work with the kitchen team to prepare lunch, wash dishes, and serve meals.

This is a great opportunity to gain experience in School Food Service with flexible working hours, work the same schedule as your kids, and you will have the potential for permanent employment.
Apply here

We are hiring school bus drivers!
(Apply at    www.usd266.com )

Three reasons to take the wheel with Maize USD 266:
In addition to competitive pay, our drivers receive a  monthly $50 bonus  for perfect attendance.
Our typical bus driver schedule is 6:00am to 9:00am and 2:00pm to 5:00pm on school days. Convenient for small business owners, college students, and those who want to be off when Maize USD 266 are off. No evenings, weekends, or holidays. Fall, Winter & Spring breaks off.
Retirement earnings through KPERS (Kansas Public Employees Retirement System). Nine paid sick days a year, and  $250 each month  paid toward your health insurance.
Become a PTO volunteer! If you are interested in supporting our students and staff, please complete the PTO Volunteer Registration Form and return it to school. Please note there are three (3) different membership options, and membership is FREE!
  • 6: Urban Air Night (4:00-8:00pm)
  • 12: PTO Provide Staff Dinner (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
  • 21: Bunco Night - Adult's only (6:30-8:30pm - VES)
  • 25: Chick-fil-A Spirit Night (5:00-8:00pm)
  • 10: PTO Meeting (6:30-7:30pm - VES Library)
  • 13: PJ Day ($1 to wear favorite PJ's)
  • Carriage Crossing Pie Orders Due (Date TBD)
  • 31: Dairy Queen Spirit Night (5:00-9:00pm)
  • 23: 1st Carriage Crossing Pie Delivery (TBD - VES)
  • 30: 2nd Carriage Crossing Pie Delivery (TBD - VES)
  • 30: Chick-fil-A Spirit Night (5:00-8:00pm)
  • 1: Bunco Night - Adult's only (6:30-8:30pm - VES)
  • 4-8: Staff Appreciation Week
  • 12: PTO Meeting (6:30-7:30pm - VES Library)
Thank you to everyone that came out on January 17th to our 3rd Annual Free Family BINGO Night!

What a fun night for all! It was great to see so many VES families having fun together. We had 459 VES students and families at the event, and we filled our new location at Maize High School! With your help and the generosity of the businesses and families listed below, we raised nearly $3,700 (after expenses) that will be used to help support the school.

A very special thank you to all of our donors of raffle basket items, bingo prizes, parent and teacher volunteers, bingo committee members, Tony Hansard, Mr. Dome, Mrs. Nash and Riney and Marney Hay.

Our generous donors are listed below:
American Girl
Buffalo Wings & Rings
C&C Sprinkler Systems, Inc
Carousel Skate Center
Casey's General Store
Chuck & Don's
Coleman Company
Cowtown Museum
Dairy Queen
Entrap Wichita
Eric Fisher Salon
Exploration Place
Field Station
Fit Physique
Freezing Moo
Grene Vision Group
Hartman Arena
INTRUST Bank Arena
Iseman Photography
Kansas Aviation Museum
Kansas Cosmosphere
Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Royals
Kansas State University
Kendra Scott
Longhorn Steakhouse
Mary Kate and Company
Oriental Trading
Panera Bread
Patton Pest Control
Pigtails & Crewcuts
Rock River Rapids
Sedgwick County Zoo
Silver Dollar City
Tanganyika Wildlife Park
The Alley
Trader Joe's
University of Kansas
West Acres Bowl
Wichita Ice Center
Wichita Thunder
Wichita State Athletic Assoc.
Blue Family
Dotson Family
Heard Family
Oard Family
Vogts Family
Wadsworth Family
Wadud Family
Walker Family
In preparation for next year's Family BINGO Night, we invite anyone who has unused/leftover holiday gifts that could be used for raffle baskets to turn them in to the school office. We greatly appreciate your generosity!
Join us on Thursday, February 6th from 4-8pm for our Urban Air Spirit Night! Mention Vermillion Elementary at checkout and VES will receive 20% of the proceeds.
There are two different options to purchase.
  • $15 Per Person: 2-Hours of jump time + one bottle of water
  • $23 Per Person: 2-Hours of jump time + Urban Air T-Shirt + one bottle of water

Join us in the VES Library on Friday, February 21st from 6-8pm for BUNCO Night (adults only). More information to come from PTO!
Join us on Tuesday, February 25th from 5-8pm for our Chick-fil-A Spirit Night! Mention Vermillion Elementary at checkout and VES will receive 20% of proceeds. Don't forget to bring $1 for the prize wheel!
Don't forget to collect BoxTops! We collect BoxTops throughout the year.

You can view the participating products that contain BoxTops by selecting www.usd266.com/VES
NEW!!! Support Vermillion Elementary by shopping Coca-Cola products and donating the Caps with Codes or cut off labels from cartons/cases and bring them into school. More information at
Use Amazon Smile to make your purchases and select VES as the charitable organization and a portion of your purchases will be donated to VES. Find out more at www.usd266.com/VES
PTO can be reached at:
Facebook: Vermillion Elementary PTO

Be sure to tag all the fun you are having at VES this year with #VES Spirit.
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