The Varnett School- Southwest PreK

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The following is our summer school schedule: June 6-30, 2016, Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Breakfast served at 7:30 a.m. Due to construction on East Campus, bus transportation to the Northeast Campus will be provided. There will be no bus transportation for students at the Southwest Campus...Job openings for cafeteria workers, cashiers and custodians!!! Go to "Join Our Team" on the home page for job descriptions and application form...There will be no makeup days for the two days lost April 18-19  because of inclement weather, Varnett Superintendent Dr. Margaret Stroud announced. The Texas Education Agency granted an exemption waiver for schools in the Houston and surrounding area...Varnett's parent portal has been launched...Last day of school is Thursday, June 2, 2016. Early dismissal at 1 p.m...Check campus calendars for Prek-4 and 5th grade promotion ceremonies June 1-2...If your child has medication at school it must be picked up by June 2, 2016, the last day of school.

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The Southwest PreK students may have been a little late, but they used art this week to say “Hello Spring.” Their facilitator was Ms. Clara Dobbins, a volunteer and Varnett grandparent who spent nearly a week giving the youngsters drawing lessons. (Video)
 
Spring officially started on March 20. However, that didn’t stop the PreK students from expressing their greetings to the season by drawing butterflies, flowers, birds and anything related to spring.

“I think they can relate to all of the items they are painting,”  Ms. Dobbins said in an interview.
 
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An auction will be held Monday, April 11, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. when parents (or anyone) can bid on their favorite work.

Ms. Dobbins, an independent arts and crafts professional, said it is important for young children to engage in art. “A lot of kids express their emotions (through art),” she said. “It can be therapeutic for some. Some think it’s very fun, and it is. I am elated by the fact that I can do this for them.”
 
Ms. Dobbins talks about teaching art to students

Ms. Dobbins is a PTO member at the Southwest Campus and has been associated with Varnett for more than 20 years.  She spends a lot of her time facilitating workshops.
 
Office Depot in Bellaire, a Varnett partner, provided the paint and aprons.

Ms. Pamella Thomas, Southwest PreK parent liaison, is the one who invited Ms. Dobbins to work with the children.

“We wanted to introduce our PreK4 students to art education,” Ms. Thomas said. “It gives them the opportunity for personal artistic expression. This is a hands-on art experience that will increase their motor skills because that’s very important in early childhood education. The art lessons also help our students in learning how to interact and follow directions.”

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Calendar

Field Day at Southwest Campus
Date: 5/27/2016
Memorial Day, no school
Date: 5/30/2016
Prek-4 promotion ceremony
Date: 6/1/2016, 9 AM
Location: Jean Hines Elementary School 5515 West Orem Houston, Tx, 77085 713-726-3700
Last day of school; 1 p.m. dismissal, report cards sent home
Date: 6/2/2016

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