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The Viking Voice

The Viking Voice

Jan 16-Jan 20, 2017

It takes every Viking to sail our ship.





13         Make-up Painting Day for 50th Anniversary Tile (2:45pm-6:00pm)


16         Martin Luther King Day-No School


17         Intra/Interdistrict Transfer window closes


18         Kindergarten registration packets available in office


18         Soul Shoppe Assemblies


18         Dine Around – MOD Pizza-flyer needed-attached


18         Last Make-Up Painting Day for 50th Anniversary Tile (1:45pm-6:30pm)


19         School Site Council Meeting


19         DELAC Meeting


20         Kindergarten Pajama Jam


23-27    Parents can view Family Life Education Materials at Willow Creek Center from 8-4:30pm and from 6-8pm. See below for explanation of materials.


27         Family Game Night (6:30pm in the MUR)




1          Paver orders due


6          Kindergarten Readiness Meeting


7          Kindergarten Registration Day


9          Valle Verde Science Fair


15         Valle Verde Spelling Bee


24         Student Council Movie Night




FAMILY LIFE MATERIALS: Sex Education Courses or Family Life Education

and Sexually Transmitted Diseases including HIV/AIDS education

Instruction in these subjects is included in the curriculum in

grade 5, and in grade 7 Science classes and high school Biology

and Health Education classes, as well as certain middle and high school

P.E classes.  Materials being used are available for inspection and

preview at the District Instructional Media Center, C-2, Willow Creek

Center, 1026 Mohr Lane, Concord, Monday through Friday,

October 3, 2016 through October 7, 2016, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Monday through Friday,

January 23, 2017 through January 27, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (School Support, 682-8000,

ext. 4044) (E.C. 51937, 51938, 51939)


KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION: Registration is by appointment on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. If you have pre-registered online, you still should attend the Kindergarten Readiness meeting on Feb. 6. This is how you get your appointment for registration. Please bring your printed information to your appointment.  Remember to bring your child’s original birth certificate and immunizations records. Appointments will be available from 8am to 2:30pm in room A2. If your child is currently attending Transitional Kindergarten, you do NOT need to pick up a registration packet for Kindergarten. Your child will automatically be enrolled.

If you enroll through AIR online registration, please note that your process IS NOT complete until you visit the office for additional documents. You still have to attend the Kindergarten Readiness Meeting and Kindergarten Registration Day. Any questions, please contact the office at 925-939-5700.


KINDERGARTEN READINESS MEETING: If you are registering a new Transitional Kindergartener or Kindergartener to Valle Verde for the 2017-18 school year, please come to our Kindergarten Readiness meeting on Monday, February 6, 2017, from 5:30-6:30pm.  We have a wonderful speaker scheduled. You will receive some great tips for getting your child ready to start school in August. At the conclusion of the meeting, you will receive your appointment card for Kindergarten Registration.




PLEASE NOTE:  The Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010 changes the entry date for students enrolling in kindergarten and first grade.  For the 2017-18 school year, children must turn 5 on or before September 1st to be admitted to kindergarten.  Children who turn 5 between September 2nd and December 2nd are eligible to enroll in transitional kindergarten, the first year of a two-year kindergarten program.

This is designed merely as a guide to placement.  With the exception of  Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten, this should not be taken as an absolute.  Schools are urged to consider other background factors, such as previous grades completed, in making a final decision on appropriate grade placement.


Date of Birth                                                    Grade

09/2/12 - 12/2/12                                                Transitional K

09/2/11 – 9/1/12                                                 K

10/2/10 – 09/1/11                                               1

09/2/09 – 09/1/10                                               2

10/2/08 – 09/1/09                                               3

11/2/07 – 10/1/08                                               4

12/3/06 – 11/1/07                                               5

12/3/05 – 12/2/06                                               6

12/3/04 – 12/2/05                                               7

12/3/03 – 12/2/02                                               8

12/3/02 – 12/2/03                                               9

12/3/01 – 12/2/02                                               10

12/3/00 – 12/2/01                                               11

12/3/99 – 12/2/00                                               12


LOVING SOLUTIONS:  This six week course takes the successful principles used in Parent Project, Sr. and adapts them to the needs of younger children. Learn techniques that put discipline in a positive light! You will learn basic principles that will bring you and your child closer together – not push you apart.

Learn how to encourage self-respect and cooperation.

This class is for parents who have children ages 5 to 10 years old.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 – March 21, 2017


MDUSD Parents attend free

(With pre-registration and attendance at all sessions)

Instructor: Eric Johnson

Valle Verde Elementary School MUR

3275 Peachwillow Lane, Walnut Creek

To Register contact Debi Massey at masseyd@mdusd.org (925) 939-5700 or the

Parent Education Program at (925) 685-7340, ext. 6720, jonesd@mdusd.org


NOON SUPERVISORS: We are in need of noon supervisors for lunch time duty. This is a paid position. If you are interested, please see Laura in the office for an application.


SCIENCE FAIR: This year the Valle Verde Science Fair will be on Feb 9, 2017. Packets came home this week with your child. Please take the time to look over the packet with your child, supporting them in their Science Fair project.


SPELLING BEE: Our Valle Verde Spelling Bee will be on February 15, 2017 at 8:45am in the MUR. The Contra Costa County Spelling Bee will be on March 25th, 2017, at the Tice Valley Community Gym at 2055 Tice Valley Rd., Walnut Creek.


The champion of the Contra Costa County Spelling Bee will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., courtesy of Bay Area News Group, to compete in the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee*. There will be other prizes for our area’s top spellers, including reference books and gift certificates.


*Dates to be determined. The National Bee is usually held Memorial Day week in May. .


CLOTHING DONATIONS: From time to time, our students may have a reason to come in for a change of clothes. We try our best to accommodate our students, however, we are a little low on sweat pants. If you have clothes your children have outgrown and you are willing to donate them, they would be greatly appreciated. Donations can be made at the office.


STEAM STORIES: As part of your participation in the STEAM Industry Partners Program (SIPP), we email out interesting "STEAM Stories" every other week for your students. These short videos are intended to be watched in the classroom or you can place it in your school's on-line newsletter so parents & children can watch along together at home.  The goal is to ignite curiosity and inspire our children to think big.  This week comes from Wired, Lego Bricks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYfskR4_HLs and NPR http://thekidshouldseethis.com/post/can-you-power-your-home-with-a-bicycle


WE'LL TAKE 'EM! NEED YOUR RETIRED COMPUTERS & SMART PHONES!!!  The STEAM Industry Partners Program (SIPP) is conducting a computer hardware presentation to 4th & 5th grade classes.  We need 8 to 10 retired computers that kids can open up, dissect and learn about what's inside.  If you have an old computer/phone to donate, please drop it off at the VV office.  Many Thanks!!!




Tile Make Up Date: Our last 2 days to paint tiles are January 13th and 18th. Due to having to pre-order the tiles, we do not have any available to still purchase. Please only sign-up for a time if you have already paid and submitted a sign-up form. Tile Painting Sign-Up

If you have questions, please contact Sarah Marks @ mrssarahmarks@gmail.com

Pavers: In honor of our founding in 1966, 12 x 12 pavers can be purchased for $66. Your paver can be personalized with up to 10 lines (with 23 characters per line). You have an additional opportunity to purchase a Donor Certificate for your home or office for $14.00. To purchase a paver, please go to www.bricksrus.com/order/valleverdepta and complete the online order form. Please submit all orders by February 1st, 2017. You can submit your check (made to VVPTA) in the drawer marked Pavers/Tiles in the Valle Verde Office. See flyer attached.

FAMILY GAME NIGHT: Join us for Family Game Night on Friday, January 27th at 6:30pm in the MUR. This is a free PTA sponsored event. Come play games with other Valle Verde families such as Twister, Candyland, Headbandz and more! You don’t want to miss this fun night.

SPRING FLING HELP: Would you like to help with this fun event? We have several small and large tasks and will be sending out a sign-up genius soon. Currently looking for help with the auction, data entry, sorting and mail merge. The team will also be holding a fun event to visit local businesses and secure great auction items. Contact Sarah Marks @ mrssarahmarks@gmail.com if interested in helping.

SAVE THE DATES: Spring Fling will be on Saturday, March 25th. You don’t want to miss this festive and memorable night. The kids get their own party on Friday, April 21st at the Mini Fling.

ENRICHMENT CLASSES: There will not be Winter Enrichment classes thru the PTA, however some instructors are offering classes. You will be notified of these classes via Peachjar. Mrs. Rollick is currently offering watercolors and more and typing club with our computer teacher, Ms. Kroeber.  A list of classes offered is on the school website under PTA Enrichment.

MOD PIZZA FUNDRAISER: Eat in or Dine out at Mod Pizza on Wednesday, January 19th at Mod Pizza (in the new Orchards Shopping Center) off Oak Grove and Ygnacio. 20% of your bill will be given back to our school. Must present flyer (see attached).

MATCHING FUNDS: We are looking for someone to lead our matching program for donations. If interested, please email vvptaprez@gmail.com

VOLUNTEER FOR THE GREEN TEAM: Help Valle Verde meet our Green Goals and win a $1500 award for the school. We are looking for parent volunteers to oversee the student Green Team in their composting efforts during the lunch periods from 11am-1pm each day. Email Catherine Foster at vvptaprez@gmail.com if interested.

VIKING THANKS: Thank you Greg Eby for monitoring traffic in the pouring rain these past 2 weeks. Your priority to keep everyone safe is so appreciated! A big Viking cheer to Crystal Thornby who has been securing donations for all our events this year. Thanks for all your hard work!


PTA QUESTIONS OR SUGGESTIONS: Contact Catherine Foster at vvptaprez@gmail.com



VALLE VERDE WEBSITE: http://vves-mdusd-ca.schoolloop.com/

Be Safe  Be Respectful Be Responsible


OUR VISION: As a collaborative Valle Verde community of staff, students, and parents, we commit to fostering an environment that supports strong character, creativity, independence, and critical thinking for all of our members. Every student will receive core instruction with targeted learning opportunities, utilizing technology and multiple learning approaches.  Our students’ educational experience will be enriched through the visual and performing arts.  Collectively, we strive to embrace all individuals in a supportive environment that encourages different opinions and ideas, self-reflection, and on-going growth. Parents, students, and staff will take an active role in becoming a successful 21st century learning community.



The mission of Valle Verde Elementary is for our students to achieve competency and technological proficiency as demonstrated by meeting grade level standards. We commit to supporting all students through a variety of teaching strategies and data driven supports to assure this outcome. We strive to inspire academic excellence, a passion for learning, and civic responsibility in an environment where everyone feels physically and emotionally safe.