From the President . . .

Dear Westies,

It is hard to believe that we are already two weeks into the school year! Please join us on Tuesday, September 12th at 7pm in the library for our first monthly PTO meeting of the year. 

The PTO has been hard at work planning spirit nights, spirit wear, before and after school clubs and much more. We can't do this without our amazing volunteers from committee chairs to room parents to cafeteria helpers.  Thank you for giving your time!

We are ready for another great year at Victory!  As always, you can reach me at  president@vespto.com with any concerns or comments.

Best,

Angela Cioletti 
President


Mark Your Calendar!
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Wednesday, September 6th- Wednesday September 20th  - 
 
Clubs & Activities Registration

Tuesday, September 12th - Spirit Night at Chick-Fil-A Sudley Manor from 4:30-7:30pm  (click here for a flyer)

Tuesday, September 12th - PTO Meeting at 7pm in school library

Wednesday, September 13th -  Westie Wear  order forms to be sent home (click here to go ahead and download an order form!)

Wednesday, September 20th - Last Day of Clubs & Activities Registration 

Thursday, September 21st - Watch D.O.G.S. 'Dads and Kids' Pizza Night Event.  ( click here to RSVP)

September 24th - 30th -  National Box Tops for Education Week!

Week of Monday, September 25th - Clubs & Activities Sessions Begin

Tuesday, September 26th - Back to School Night for Grades K-2
  • 6:00pm Kindergarten
  • 6:30pm 1st Grade
  • 7:00pm 2nd Grade 

Wednesday, September 27th - Back to School Night for Grades 3-5
  • 6:00pm 3rd Grade
  • 6:30pm 4th Grade
  • 7:00pm 5th Grade 

Friday, September 29th - Last day to submit PTO Membership Forms and Dues

Saturday, September 30th - Westie Wear orders due!

Falls Clubs & Activities Registration


Fall 2017 Clubs & Activities  Enrollment dates are from Wednesday September 6th through Wednesday September 20th.  NO forms are accepted after September 20th! 

Clubs will be starting the week of September 25th and go through mid to late November.  

Registration forms went home in the white folders on Wednesday, September 6th.  Forms can also be downloaded from the Clubs and Activities page.  Checks can be made out to VESPTO.  You can also pay via PayPal through the site.

Kindergarten Parents!  Please read this special note regarding your students' ability to participate!   

If you have any questions, please contact Liz Yackel at clubs@vespto.com.


Spirit Nights

Come out and support Victory Elementary School during our first Spirit Night of the school year on 
Tuesday, September 12th from 4:30 - 7:30pm at Chick-fil-A Sudley Manor (near Costco.)

PTO Membership

Victory Elementary School PTO
Join Today!

Please support the Victory Elementary School PTO by joining us today! Your membership dues of $15 per family ($5 for Victory staff members) go DIRECTLY back to assembly programs for our students, specific school enhancement projects voted on by PTO members, staff appreciation events and much more!

Each membership during the 2017-18 school year will receive a complimentary Victory magnet.

The classroom with the most memberships will earn 15 minutes of extra recess time!

Why join the PTO?
● To connect with other parents who care just as passionately about our school.
● There is a lot of work to be done - many hands make light work!
● It is a fun way to work with your friends - and make new ones - by making a difference in our school and the community.

What exactly do we do?
● The VESPTO assists each teacher and grade level in the form of volunteer and monetary support.
● In previous years the PTO fundraisers have helped bring amazing programs to our school such as Omega Man's anti-bullying assembly. In 2016-17 we were proud to be able to support the school's new Watch D.O.G.S. program, purchase an adaptive swing that all of our students may use, and purchase three water bottle filling stations that were added to the school's water fountains.
● Through our amazing volunteers, the PTO organizes many things, such as the school yearbook, after school clubs, spirit nights, The Westie Waggle fundraiser, our annual adult Basket Bingo night fundraiser and the Race to Victory 5k and 1 mile Fun Run.

Please look through this website at to find out more about what we do and how you can get involved. We will do great things together with your support!

To join, please download and fill out this form. Return the completed form, along with payment, to the school in an envelope marked "VESPTO Membership" by Friday, September 29, 2017.

Questions? Please contact Angela Cioletti at  president@vespto.com.

Westie Wear

Remember to wear Westie Wear on Fridays! Fall 2017 Westie Wear order forms will be   coming home next week,  Wednesday, September 13th!   They can also be  downloaded from here.   The option to order online will available soon!

Orders must be placed by September 30th.  Please make checks out to VESPTO.
Volunteer Opportunities

Congratulations to our Volunteers of the Month:  Alison Johanson and Katie Liszkay!  Alison worked hard at planning out Spirit Nights for the entire school year in advance!  And Katie not only did a fabulous job handing our SchoolKidz orders last year, she also bravely dealt with some serious delivery issues affecting the first week of school.  Way to go, Alison and Katie!! 

Westie Parents - THANK YOU!  

We want to thank all of the parents & volunteers that have already done so much from donating breakfast items for the Back to School Breakfast for the teachers, staff & faculty to helping out the first week to ensure it goes smoothly.  We appreciate all that you've done in such a short amount of time & couldn't have done it without you!

Be on the lookout in the coming weeks for a Sign-Up Genius email for volunteering in the Library, Bus Evacuation drill, as well as our Volunteer Orientation training!

If you have any questions, please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Casey Kwitkin at  volunteer@vespto.com

Also, if you did NOT receive an email for the above Sign-Up Genius events and wish to start receiving emails for future Sign-Up opportunities, then please email Casey at  volunteer@vespto.com to let her know and she will make sure you are added to her volunteer mailing list!  In the meantime, you may just click on the link above to sign up for next week. A HUGE thank you to those who have already signed up!

Watch for future volunteer opportunities on our  Volunteer Opportunites page at our official VESPTO website.  You may also follow our official Facebook page at  http://www.facebook.com/vespto, where volunteer announcements will also be posted.  



Watch D.O.G.S. Pizza Night!

Attention All "DADS" of 
Victory Elementary Students!

Fathers and Father-Figures,

On Thursday, September 21st from 6-7pm, Victory Elementary School will be having its 2nd Annual 'Dads and Kids' Pizza Night!  There will be FREE pizza and drinks for everyone beginning at 6pm.  At 6:30, we will hae a presentation about our  WATCH D.O.G.S. ®   ( D ads of G reat S tudents) Program .  Program will end at 7pm.

WATCH D.O.G.S. ® is an innovative program being used by schools across America which helps them to be positively impacted by the committed involvement of fathers and father-figures in their student's life.  Our goal is to have you spend at least one day this at the school to be a positive male role model and to provide an extra set of eyes and ears. 

Dads, granddads, uncles, step-dads, and adult brothers . . . this is your chance to have a night out alone with your student in a fun atmosphere at school.

In order to participate, you need to do two things:
  1. A yellow RSVP form was sent home with the students on Wednesday, September 6th.  Please complete the form and return to the school ASAP (by Monday, September 18th) saying you will attend the pizza night so we'll have an accurate head count for the food.  You can also RSVP online.
  2. Mark your calendars, and we'll see you Thursday, September 21st from 6-7pm.
Official  WATCH D.O.G.S. ® Uniform T-shirts for Watch DOGS and 'My Hero' T-shirts for students will be available for $14 each.

Sincerely,
Victory Elementary Top D.O.G.S. Team



General questions, issues, or to volunteer to get more involved and be a Top Dog: veswatchdogs@gmail.com



Box Tops for Education
 
Help Victory Elementary earn $ 
by sending in those Box Tops for Education!!!
 
September 24 - 30 is National Box Tops Week!!  Bring your Box Tops to Back to School Night on September 26 & 27 and help us kick off the Fall Submission Drive!
 
You can also submit an entry for Victory to double our Fall Submission Check through the Double Up Sweepstakes at:
 
Parents can also download the brand new
Box Tops for Education Bonus App that can be used to turn your everyday receipts into cash for our school! 
 
For more information visit:    

For any questions or comments email
Christina Devers, Box Tops Coordinator

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Jonah's Bookshelf
The Victory Elementary School Library now features a red bookshelf in honor of Jonah Diaz, a 1 st grade student who passed away from brain cancer in 2015. Since Jonah was an avid reader who would want children to have access to their favorite books, the bookshelf theme is "hot books"- the books that are in highest demand and most checked out. If you are interested in helping with Jonah's Bookshelf, please consider donating by ordering a hardcover book from the Amazon Wish List ( https://amzn.com/w/170UTCWWVTS1G or search "Victory Elementary Jonah's Bookshelf" in Amazon Wish List) or by dropping off an Amazon gift card at the Victory library. Thank you!
 
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