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Welcome to the VSAA PTSA Web Site

Welcome to the Vancouver School of Arts & Academics PTSA located in Vancouver, Washington. The PTSA relies on volunteers just like yourself to help raise money that helps to fund many educational and other activities at VSAA. Whether your children are high school seniors or just starting at VSAA, we need your help. To volunteer, email vsaaptsa@gmail.com or contact a board member. Thanks! Click here for the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics homepage.

SAVE THE DATE!

What: 2014 Senior Auction & Showcase. Join us for this annual event where you can bid on unique gift baskets, artwork, weekend getaways and more! Then enjoy an evening featuring our talented senior students! Enjoy delicious desserts and beverages at intermission.

When: 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28

Where: School cafeteria and Royal Durst Theatre

Why: To raise funds for the safe and sober graduation party!

Cost: $15 family (single household), $5 adults, $4 students and senior citizens 65 and older. Email de.kg@comcast.net to purchase in advance. Tickets will be available at the door. Ticket price includes admission to auction, showcase and complimentary dessert bar. DOWNLOAD THE SENIOR AUCTION TICKET FORM BELOW!


VSAA student grant applications 

Download it below OR get a copy of the packet from the VSAA office. Applications are due FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST BY 4PM!

SHOPPING AT AMAZON.COM?  ENTER THE AMAZON WEBSITE HERE AND VSAA PTSA RECEIVES UP TO 10% PERCENT OF WHAT YOU SPEND!

CLICK ON THE SUPPORT VSAA LINK BELOW TO ENTER THE AMAZON SITE.



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SCRIP 

Scrip is back for the 2013-2014 school year as a major fundraiser. In case you've never heard ofthe Scrip program, did you know you can raise money for VSAA PTSA while you shop?  All you have to do is purchase gift cards for your favorite retailers and use them in place of credit cards, checks or cash, for purchases you are going to make any way!  Each card purchased carries an associated “contribution” of  2-15% or more.  We have added many new vendors to our order form (below), so be sure check out the wide selection.  Instructions on order and delivery are on the form.  Questions?  Contact Terri Lufkin tlufkin@comcast.net.
 
You have the opportunity to order scrip twice a month. Orders are due Fridays by 4 p.m. in the front office and will be sent home with your child on the following Friday. 


 
MAGAZINES SALES 
   
    Magazine sales are available all year long! The school will receive 45% of the subscription price.   
    You can order online at www.aphearst.com, click on Shop Now and enter the school code VSAA - be
    sure to enter your student's name so they can receive credit for the order. 
    Contact Kecia Hunsaker, kiki@hunsaker.org or 901-5463 if you have any questions
 
Join Our Volunteer Group!

    We are building an email group of volunteers available for "as needed" activities. The people
    on this list will receive an email when there is an upcoming activity with volunteer slots available.
    We have an online signup that makes it easy to look and see if the activity interests you and
    fits your schedule. If you'd like to be added to this group, email us at vsaa.ptsa@gmail.com.

Confluence Project Update

Beginning May 14, students are able to attend enrichment on Tuesdays and Thursday and work on the Confluence Project mosaic panels. It is exciting that the project has resumed, and students may learn about the tile, recycled materials, and glass cutting mosaic process. On Thursdays after school, 4:15-5:30, students interested in the Confluence Mosaic Club are also encouraged to come and “work” on the panels. After moving the project from downtown Vancouver (thanks again to Divine Consign for providing work space), we are thrilled to have artist Julie Brown return to VSAA so students may participate in creating the mosaics, and everyone may marvel at the beauty of the project. Work parties for other members of the VSAA and local community will be announced in the future. Feel free to contact Jeri Swatosh or Julie Genz (julie.genz@gmail.com) if you have any questions. Updates will be found on the VSAA PTSA facebook page in the future.

Confluence Project Background
Summarized from the confluenceproject.org website (check it out!), the Confluence Project is a collaboration between Pacific Northwest Tribes, Artist Maya Lin, and many other groups, schools, architects and landscape designers from Washington and Oregon. There are seven points along the Columbia River Basin where the Project will examine the intersection of environment, cultures and regional history. Four of the seven points are completed exploring the “confluence” points of contact (between nature and art; past, present and future; and the enduring communities of the Pacific Northwest). The completed points include the basalt fish cleaning station, cedar circle, amphitheater trail and boardwalk at Cape Disappointment State Park, The Vancouver Land Bridge, the Sandy River Delta bird blind, and the story circle at Sacajawea State Park.

Schools and students were invited to participate in the project and challenged with the same commission as Maya Lin. First, select a special place along the river and consider it from an environmental history point of view, a community point of view and a tribal point of view. Second, create a body of work that will engage the public in thinking about how they could play a role in the preservation of our cultural and environmental resources. Several years ago every VSAA student went to field trip locations (such as Fort Vancouver, the Land Bridge, Ridgefield Plank House, the Lelooska Plank House, and the Columbia River) and considered the commission of the Confluence Project. After creating sketches, students and staff used their sketch ideas to glaze clay tiles, which are included in each of the mosaics. As you’ve seen on the west side of VSAA, three of the six mosaic panels are completed, with work resuming on the final three. Please look for future announcements on the VSAA PTSA facebook page regarding ways students and the VSAA community may participate in the creation of the remaining mosaics, or contact Jeri Swatosh or Julie Genz for more information.

2012-2013 PTSA Staff Grant winners
  • Buddy Book Project – Bault, Zeller, Jessen, Hockhalter  
  • Finale Music Notation software – Tang
  • Magic Bullet Suite – Jeffers
  • Darkroom Timer – Galeno
  • Science Materials – Ball
  • Spanish Graded Readers – Cedeno, Ingraham
  • Reading Poetry texts – Gambino
  • Ken Burns DVDs, Books – Averre
  • Jazz Resources – Bryan
All grants were awarded in full for a total of approx..$3,000.
Congratulations!

 


 

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