The Vanguard Viking
September 2016
Editor: Becky Hodnett





Welcome Back

I hope everyone had a great break. We are off to a great start! A special welcome to all of our new Vanguard families.


Fall Open House

WOW! We loved seeing so many of you here at our Open House/ Parent Information Meeting. If you were unable to make it or have additional questions, shop please don’t hesitate to contact your student’s homeroom teacher or Becky.


Before School Care

If you need care before 8:15, please come into the building and sign your student in each morning. Before care begins at 7:30 am. The charge is $5.00 per day for students arriving before 8:15 and you will be billed at the end of each month.


Wednesday Folders

Each Wednesday expect your student to arrive home with a folder. The Wednesday folders contain important information and news. Please read, sign and return the folders on Thursdays.


School Store

Our school store officially opened on September 6! The store is stocked and run by one of our Personal Finance classes who work very hard to provide yummy snacks, drinks and treats. All students earn the right to visit the store based on their level systems within their classes so frequency of allowed visits varies.

Be on the lookout for a Triple play special starting in October in honor of our Texas Rangers!

3 Snack Attacks for $12 (a savings of $3)

More information will soon be going out in Wednesday folders!



After School Cubs will start the week of September 19. Clubs are 1 hour long and begin as soon as school ends with the exception of the social clubs. Sign-up sheets went out several weeks ago in Wednesday folders and by email. They are also available at the front desk and on our website, If you want your student to participate, please return your form by September 16.


North Texas Giving Day

Help the Vanguard Parent Association Raise $25,000 In One Day!

On September 22nd between the hours of 6 a.m. and midnight you can go to the North Texas Giving Day website:

and make a donation to MazeScape. All funds donated to MazeScape on this day will be given to the Vanguard Parent Association!

To make things even more exciting, each dollar given up to $12,500 will be matched by a generous donation from a Vanguard parent!  Every donation of $25 dollars or more also helps our chances of winning prizes given by the organizers of North Texas Giving Day that range from $500 to $5,000.


New Parent Coffee

Our Parent Association is hosting a new parent coffee and would love for you to join them! Friday, October 7th right after drop off at Jen’s Place, 4455 Alpha Drive. Come and connect with other Vanguard parents!


Book Fair, October 10 -14

Save the date! Our 18+ and several personal finance high school students will be running a book fair for all students the week of October 10-14. Get some holiday shopping done early and support the school all in one stop! Teachers will have a book wish list.


Grandparents and Special Friends Day Thursday, October 13 at 1:30

Save the date! Our students will honor their Grandparents and Special Friends. Flyers for students to give to their guest(s) as an invite will be going out soon. Please help us make this an awesome celebration. There will be child led tours, displays of student work and activities as well as refreshments for all.


Pizza Express is Coming Back!

Hooray! One of our student vocational businesses will open soon! Pizza will be available for order starting in October. Be looking for order forms in Wednesday folders.


Vanguard Dad’s Club

Friday, October 14th Our Dad’s will be hosting a Tailgate cookout. Hamburgers, hot dogs and chips will be served for lunch. Please Note: You may not want to provide lunch for your student on this day. Instead of House t-shirt, each student can wear their favorite sports jersey or t-shirt for house points.


MazeScape Fundraiser on October 5th! 

The Vanguard Parent Association has partnered with MazeScape, a fellow non-profit organization who shares our mission to provide services and support for families and children in need.  Please join us at 7 For Parties on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm (registration at 6:00), for the annual MazeScape charity event!  Ticket sales and donations can be designated for Vanguard scholarships and other therapeutic services.  Ticket includes wine, beer, and heavy hors d’oeuvres to be enjoyed along with fun company at seated tables.  Complementary valet parking available.  Link for tickets is

The live auction will make a return this year with the unforgettable Chef Blythe Beck along with new auctioneer, Summer Riggins!  Money raised at the event will be used to help parents identify and pay for resources to support struggling teenagers and young adults, before they become hopeless. These resources may include specialized schools, counseling and other therapeutic services.

Live auction items include:

  • 4-night stay on beautiful North Bimini island in the Bahamas, 53 miles east of Miami and known for big-game fishing, scuba diving and snorkeling; includes 2 airline tickets!!!
  • 3-night stay in artsy Taos, NM – choice of 3 dates available; includes 2 airline tickets!!
  • 4 Dallas Maverick platinum-level tickets with parking passes
  • Cooking class for 8 with Pink Magnolia’s Chef Blythe Beck, known for her bigger than life personality and delicious southern cooking with butter, bacon and bourbon.
  • Two tickets to Dolly Parton’s Pure and Simple tour on Saturday, December 3 at Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie; includes Uber transportation to and from the event.
  • 4 tickets to Perot Museum, Dallas Art Museum and the Nasher
  • 4 tickets to the Mavericks vs. Bulls game in December in Norton Rose Fulbright Suite
  • 4-night stay in beautiful Cedar Creek Lake, just an hour southeast of Dallas; includes a day on the water with Captain Pickering at the helm and a delicious meal selected and prepared just for you!
  • Many more exciting items being added!

If you cannot join us October 5th, please consider making a tax-deductible gift to MazeScape at

The Houses of Vanguard

Beads have been drawn and houses assigned! Please make sure you have ordered your student’s house shirt by this Friday, September 16th. Points will begin to be awarded and activities started as soon as the shirts arrive. Remember our VPA sponsored Trunk or Treat on October 29th from 5:00-7:00 is our first official school-wide house event. Save the Date!


PSAT Date Correction

The PSAT will be offered Wednesday, November 2, not October 12. All college prep sophomores and any juniors wishing to get a bit more practice are invited to take it. See Julie Dyer if you have any questions.


September/October Reminder Dates

September 16 Middle School to Video Game Museum

September 23 Edith/John’s class field trip

September 30 State Fair Day (No Class)

October 3-4 Rosh Hashanah (No Class)

October 17 – 21 Fall Break (No Class)

October 27 High School to Group Dynamics

October 29 Trunk or Treat


Contacts you might need, name in bold listed below with


Julie Dyer – Counselor

Kevin Goodnight – Counselor

Janette Warne – Admissions Coordinator

Patti Pickering – Owner

Becky Hodnett – Principal

Martha Sharrock – Office Manager/Registrar




Contact Us

We look forward to learning more about how Vanguard can serve your child. We will respond to your request as quickly as possible.

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