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January 30-February 3, 2023

Coming Up…

Feb 2-Happy Birthday Mrs. Postigo!!

Feb 3-Pastries w/ Principal Perkins-zoom link to follow

Feb 3-4th Grade Lunar New Year Luncheon

Feb 9-STEAM Day

Feb 9-Mrs. Mullin’s class to Bedford Gallery

Feb 9-School Site Council Meeting; 3pm; zoom link to follow

Feb 14-Oral Health presentation for Kindergarten

Feb 15-PTA Meeting

Feb 16-Viking Store is open

Feb 17-School Recess - NO SCHOOL!

Feb 20-Happy Birthday Mrs. Himel!!

Feb 20-President’s Day - NO SCHOOL!

Feb 22- Fifth Graders to Bollman Water Treatment Plant

Feb 24-Fourth Graders to Sonoma

Mar 2- Kick Off Assemblies for Kids Heart Healthy Challenge!!

Mar 18 - STEAM Garden Open House/VVE Maker Faire (details below)

Apr 14-Annual Spring Fling Auction, "Bootleggers Ball”


 

Principal’s Message: 

On January 22, 2023, we welcomed the Year of the Rabbit as the Lunar New Year began. While the new year began on the lunar calendar for China, Japan, South Korea and Vietnam, we celebrate the Lunar New Year in many countries because as people move and travel, they take their traditions with them. You will find celebrations that incorporate parades, fireworks, lion-dancing and many options of Chinese New Year foods. I mentioned the Year of the Rabbit, but technically it is the year of the water rabbit. This marks an opportunity for another fresh start, so reset if you need to. I know some people set New Year Resolutions on January 1st and may lose sight of the goals, so if you need a fresh start, you get another chance. Happy Lunar New Year! 

 

I mentioned engaging in conversations regarding the MDUSD LCAP Goals and SPSA goals to have focused conversations during our community meetings. "Pastries with Perkins" is scheduled for next Friday morning at 8:30am and I would like to have a conversation regarding the LCAP goals and how they guide the work that we are doing across the district at every site. We will also discuss which LCAP goals align with each SPSA goal. We will have time to discuss other topics at the end of our meeting on Friday. I hope to see you there! Please see the link for our "Pastries with Perkins" meeting, as well as the SPSA goals. I posted the LCAP goals in the Viking Voice last week, so make sure to check it out before our meeting. I wanted to give the community time to process both plans prior to our meeting. I hope to see you there!  

 

SPSA Goals (School Plan for Student Achievement) 

Goal #1: Staff, students, and parents will collectively build an inclusive environment that supports diversity, creativity, independence, and critical thinking for all stakeholders, while developing skills that will support college and career readiness.

Goal#2: Every Student will receive core instruction with targeted learning opportunities, utilizing multiple learning strategies while supporting understanding of new concepts and the connection to "real life experiences".  

Goal #3: Every Student, Staff and Parents will have the opportunity to explore and expand knowledge using technology to connect background knowledge to new learning and experiences through project-based learning, research and various presentations. 

Goal #4: All students and education stakeholders will accept responsibility and hold themselves and each other accountable for every learner having full access to quality education in an environment characterized by acceptance, valuing, respect, support, safety and security.

 

Meeting ID: 857 7639 0562

Passcode: 381617

Mignon Perkins is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 

Topic: Pastries with Principal Perkins

Time: February 3, 2023 at 8:30am 

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://mdusd.zoom.us/j/82187056442?pwd=RysyYWZmcHhDaDR5N0RFV3p0ZlFMUT09

 

Meeting ID: 821 8705 6442

Passcode: Community

 


 

KIDS HEART CHALLENGE

Hello, Heart Heroes! Are you ready?! Kids Heart Challenge is coming to our school soon! We have some exciting things planned this year to get us moving, helping others and having fun. Stop by our bulletin board by the office to meet our Heart Heroes! (Thank you Michelle Greenland for decorating) See our flyer for more information. Get a head start by signing up today and helping your student choose a daily health challenge. Download the Kids Heart Challenge app at www.heart.org/khc

STEAM Garden Open House/VVE Maker Faire

Save the date for March 18th for the STEAM Garden Open House and our 2nd Annual VVE Maker Faire from 9:00-12:00. 

Open House: Mrs. O’Steen will have more information coming soon, but there will be fun things for the kids to do, and volunteer opportunities to make the garden even better. 

Maker Faire: We are thrilled to be having our 2nd annual Maker Faire. Do  you have a side hustle, or just a hobby making arts/crafts etc that you want to sell? Contact Debi or Tracy in the office to secure a spot (spots are limited). Vendor spot will require a fee of $25 to secure your spot. We would also like vendors to consider making a donation to the PTA, or donating an item for auction at the Spring Fling. 

 

 

TK/KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

TK/Kindergarten Registration will look a little different this year. The district is moving to a Centralized location for enrollment of TK/Kindergarten students. For ANY NEW enrollments, go to our website: https://vves-mdusd-ca.schoolloop.com/ and click on the Enroll button. Please note: If your child currently attends Transitional Kindergarten, you do NOT need to enroll them for Kindergarten. Appointments for Registration completion at the Centralized location (1026 Mohr Ln, Concord) will be available March 20 and March 21, 2023 from 8:30-4:00. They will have Drop Ins on March 24 and March 30, 2023.

 

REGISTRATION FOR GRADES 1-5

Registration for grades 1-5 will begin after the Winter break. If you are new to the district, please go to our website: https://vves-mdusd-ca.schoolloop.com/ and click on the enroll button. Once you submit your registration, I will send you a confirmation email with the additional items you will need for registration completion. Your registration will be completed at our school office: 3275 Peachwillow Ln, Walnut Creek. Please call us at 925-939-5700 for an appointment.

 

VIKING CARES FUND

We wanted to let you know that the Viking Cares fund was able to distribute more gift cards to families in need recently. Please remember that if your family needs anything, they can reach out to Ms. Tracy or Ms. Debi confidentially, and we can use these funds that were donated by the community to help. We are stronger together. 

 

INDEPENDENT STUDY CONTRACTS

Independent Study Contracts are good for a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 14 days. You are also not allowed more than 14 days for the entire school year. If you would like to request an independent study contract for your child, email Tracy mirandat@mdusd.org at least TWO weeks before your departure date. She will prepare the contracts for the teachers. Contracts requested with less than two weeks notice, may be denied. 

 

VOLUNTEERING ON CAMPUS

If you plan on volunteering on campus this year, you must be cleared by the district office prior to signing up for any activity. Volunteering Instructions can be found on the VVE website, and the district website. You must have fingerprints and an up to date TB test to be cleared by the district office. There are no exceptions to this rule. If you do not have access to a printer, Fingerprint Clearance packets are in the office. This process can take up to  2-3 weeks so plan accordingly. 

 

DRIVING ON A FIELD TRIP:

If you are volunteering to drive on a field trip, all of the above has to be completed first. We will then need you to complete the “Chaperone Agreement/Transportation of Students in Privately Owned Vehicles” form which is available in the office. This form requests your name, driver’s license number, address, phone number, make and model of vehicle, auto license number AND a copy of your Declarations page of your insurance. (This is not the same as your insurance card. The Declarations page lists the coverages you have on your vehicle.) We MUST have a copy of these forms on file in order for you to drive. To save time, please make sure your coverage has these minimums: 

  • Bodily Injury Liability: Each individual-$100,000, Total Each Accident-$300,00

  • Property Damage Liability: Total Each Accident-$25,000

  • Medical Payments Each Individual-$5,000

  • Uninsured Motorist Coverage: Each Individual-$30,000, Total Each Accident-$60,000

OR

  • Combined Single Limit: $300,000; Medical Payments Each Individual-$5,000

  • Uninsured Motorist Coverage: Each Individual-$30,000; Total Each Accident-$60,000.

Medical Payments are often not on current policies but you can add it to your policy for a few extra dollars. This must be on your policy in order to be a volunteer driver. Thank you, in advance, for your understanding and patience.


 

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