The Viking Voice
The Viking Voice
March 27 to March 31, 2017
It takes every Viking to sail our ship.
25th Spring Fling, Shadelands – 6:00 to 12:00pm
27th School Board Meeting at 7pm at the Dent Center
28th Dine Around at Mooyah! 4-9pm
28th Loving Solutions Class in the MUR
29th PBIS Assembly-Lifeskill Responsibility
29th Honorary Service Award Nominations Due
30th Fifth Grade Colonial Day
31st Cesar Chavez Day-no school
3rd-7th Spring Break-no school
11th UC Best Vision Testing for PK, TK, K and 2nd grade
11th PTA Meeting at 7pm in the Bpod
11th Loving Solutions Class in the MUR
11th Student Enrollment forms go home; Student Information Forms available in office
13th Mrs. Swimme’s class to Mitchell Canyon Pond
13th All Fourth grade classes to Ruth Bancroft Gardens
14th Mrs. LaDue’s class to Mitchell Canyon Pond
14th Kindergarten Bunny Brunch
14th TK-Spring Stations
21st Mini Fling, MUR – 5:00 – 8:30 pm
24th Box Tops Due
23rd Open House/Art Show/50th Anniversary Celebration
9th Last Day of School
10th Walk Through at Foothill Middle School
14th Drive Through packet pick up at Valle Verde
16th Walk Through at Valle Verde
22nd First Day of School
FREE BOWLING: See the attached flyer from Diablo Valley Bowl for free bowling!! All you have to do is register your child and you receive free bowling passes by email. Registered children receive certificates to bowl 2 free games a day all spring and summer!!
STUDENT INFORMATION FORM AND ENROLLMENT FORMS: On April 11, Enrollment Forms will be sent home and Student Information Forms will be available in the office. They will be due by May 1, 2017. It is important to return the forms on time so that class configurations can begin for 2017-18.
TRAFFIC AND STUDENT SAFETY
It is imperative that we all work together to keep all “lives” safe here at Valle Verde. The City of Walnut Creek and a Valle Verde parent, staff and community committee have worked zealously to make needed street improvements. Realizing that parking is extremely limited and the traffic may become congested, it is a must that everyone adheres to the following:
KINDERGARTEN PLAYGROUND: Remind your children that they are not to play on the Kindergarten Playground after school, and especially on Wednesdays when it would interrupt the Kindergarten instructional day. As with all school property, it is not open to general use during school hours (7:45-3:30).
SCHOOL SURVEY: It’s time to take our California School Parent Survey. This survey is an opportunity to communicate your perceptions about your child’s school. Your participation is voluntary. All questions apply to this school only. The results are for the use of our district. If you have more than one child, you only need to fill out the survey once. Please go to the school survey attachment at the bottom of the newsletter and take the survey. The window for the survey is Feb 6 to Mar 30.
WARREN EUKEL AWARD NOMINATION TIME: The Warren W. Eukel Teacher Trust, which honors outstanding Contra Costa County K-12 classroom teachers, is now accepting nominations for its 2016 awards. Each year, the Eukel Teacher Trust honors three award winners, each of whom receives a check for $10,000.00. Please see the attached nomination form. Additional forms are available online at www.eukelteachertrust.org . We encourage anyone who knows an outstanding teacher to submit a nomination.
ENRICHMENT INFORMATION: Hello Parents & Caregivers! We are proud to support after-school Enrichment Classes at Valle Verde. Class offerings cover a host of arts, sports, and academics -- and are held on the Valle Verde school campus after school hours. Also, children attending the Valle Verde Children's Center can be escorted by center staff to and from classes.
Q: Where are the Enrichment Class offerings listed?
A: To find Enrichment Class offerings, please visit the Valle Verde Elementary school website. From the home page, choose the "PTA" tab and scroll to "Enrichment".
Q: How to I register for and pay for the classes?
A: Generally, the registration/payment instructions can be found on the class flyer. Many of the classes have an online registration option, through a visit to the vendor's website. Vendors without a website ask caregivers to fill out the flyer ("registration form") and mail it to their address along with a check for the fee.
Q: What if I register and a class is cancelled?
A: From time to time, a class may not get enough sign ups and the vendor decides to cancel the class. If you've already paid for the class, you will be notified that the class will not be held and your payment will be refunded.
Q: If I have further questions about Enrichment, who should I ask?
A: The current coordinator for Valle Verde Enrichment is Lori Worden; she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 925-330-1904.
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 we celebrate Women's History Month with the following videos, covering women in the past, current & future. Florence Nightingale, a short Bio https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0FWqDlOYYs UCLA Senior, Kimberly Anyadike Has a New Flight https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TKJOGeBamQ and UC Davis, Women in STEM Give Their 15 Year Old Selves One Piece of Advice https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9BWBVEA6Lc
PTA NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS
SPRING FLING: Who is ready to Get Groovy this weekend? The Spring Fling is finally here and we are excited to have a festive night and help raise money for our school. Doors open at 6pm. Please park in the lot near the front lobby entrance and not the lot that faces Ygnacio Valley. Wanting to help out? The auction team will be setting up starting at 1pm. We especially need help at 4:30pm when we can begin setting up the Silent Auction. Get ready for some good food, festive dancing and great prizes. Thanks to everyone who has helped make this night so special.
FUND-A-NEED: Each year at our auction, we raise money for a special school need. We have been able to provide our school with some wonderful items in the past that included new books in our classrooms and libraries, collaborative learning centers and laptops, iPads and mobile storage carts. This year our teachers would like to see each pod have their own set of Chromebooks or iPads to share. We are hoping to raise enough money this year to add one more set of Chromebooks and one more set of iPads to each mobile cart. You will have an opportunity to contribute to this at the Spring Fling. If you cannot attend, you also have the opportunity to click on DONATE NOW HERE
The Teachers and staff are so grateful for your generous contributions.
MINI FLING TICKETS ON SALE NOW: Mini Fling tickets are on sale this week. $35 includes dinner, dancing and games for the kids. We also have a raffle with some amazing kids prizes.
We will need parent volunteers for this event, so that sign-up will be available next week.
DINE AROUND MOOYAH: Join us for dinner at Mooyah on Tuesday, March 28th from 4-9pm and a portion of your purchase will be donated to Valle Verde. Mooyah is located at 1815 Ygnacio Valley Road (across from Heather Farms). Flyer is attached.
ANNOUNCING THE PTA EXECUTIVE BOARD SLATE FOR 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR
President: Catherine Foster
VP Historian: Sarah Marks
VP Safety: Greg Eby
Treasurer: Betty Huang
Secretary: Meredith Fruchtenicht
Parliamentarian: Melanie Kress
Auditor: Heather Munoz
HONORARY SERVICE AWARDS – LAST FEW DAYS TO SUBMIT: The Honorary Service Award Program is a series of awards that PTAs may apply for to recognize the community service of their individual volunteers. The Valle Verde PTA will contribute a small donation towards a state scholarship fund in tribute of each recipient. The program offers four, distinctive types of awards:
• Very Special Person Award: This award is given to recognize an individual for their service to the PTA.
• Honorary Service Award: Given to an individual in special recognition of outstanding service to children or youth in your community, going above and beyond what is asked of them.
• Continuing Service Award: Given to an individual in special recognition of ongoing or longtime service to children and youth, providing support year after year.
• Golden Oak Service Award: California's most prestigious PTA award, given to an individual that has made significant contributions to the welfare of children and youth in a school or community.
We would like to provide all of our parents an opportunity to nominate fellow parent volunteers for one of the above awards. Consider those who work behind the scenes, quietly and efficiently serving youth. If you would like to nominate someone for an award, please send an email to Sarah Marks at mrssarahmarks@gmail. com by Thursday, March 29th (see attached list of winners from the past five years. The nomination email should include the following information: Award Category (see above); Name of Recipient; Reason for Nomination; and Name of Person Submitting the Nomination.
PTA OPPORTUNITIES NEXT YEAR: The following positions are available for next school year. We have lots of support for smooth transitions. Let us know if you are interested:
If interested in any of these opportunities, please email email@example.com.
VIKING THANKS: The 4th and 5th Grade cast of the Lion King received rave reviews from everyone who saw it. The kids did amazing, the costumes were stunning, the set was beautiful and the show was a big hit. Thank you to all the parents who helped with the production. This show can’t take place without everyone’s support and assistance. We especially would like to thank Emeline Thomsen for being the show’s producer. BRAVO!
PTA QUESTIONS OR SUGGESTIONS: Contact Catherine Foster at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.