Dear Van Meter Community,
My name is Elif Starr and I am the 2014-2015 Home and School Club President. Along with our entire Board, I want to welcome all of our returning families and new families, both kindergarten and new to our community, to Van Meter. We are a close knit school and you all play a vital role in our success.
We will be kicking off the school year with a Family Picnic and Movie night on September 12 at 5:30PM! We will be combining two Van Meter traditions into one fun, family friendly event with food trucks, socializing and a movie. Hope to see you all there!
We have many high hopes for the coming year and some changes, too. We welcome our new principal, Rick Rauscher, into the fold. Our Board has some new faces this year and with that some fresh new ideas as well. I feel honored to work with such a dedicated and talented set of Board members that work tirelessly to support all of our children.
This year we want to stress that we need your help – we believe that EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS, and so does EVERY MINUTE YOU SHARE YOURSELF with us. We all want the very best for our children and the only way to achieve that is by actively participating. Historically, our participation rates have been under 20%. It is our goal to have at least 80% of you participating, similar to many of the other schools in our area.
In today’s world reading, writing and math are not enough – each child needs and deserves an enriched educational experience that addresses all aspects of their development. Due to continued reduced state funding and shortfalls from our property taxes, we are one of the lowest funded districts in all of Santa Clara county. Our school CANNOT provide an enriched experience without your support and involvement.
There are two primary ways you can be a part of the solution: fundraising and active volunteering. This year we are simplifying the donation process. You can make your Fall donation, purchase Buzz Books and pre-order Yearbooks in one easy form and payment. I encourage you to attend our Home and School Club meetings – there is no better way to make an impact and have a say in what we implement. All of our volunteer opportunities are listed on our website – they range from committee chairs to once a month lunch helpers. But, the possibilities don’t end there. Each of you has a special talent or expertise that, when shared, enriches our school and allows each and every child to thrive.
Check out our Home and School Club website – we have made some changes to improve your experience. You have access to our school calendar – which you can sync to your own calendar, the Bulldog store with an all new line up of Spirit Wear, meet our new Board members and see a detailed list of the programs we fund and support.
It’s going to be an amazing year!