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The Viking Voice

The Viking Voice

Feb 27-Mar 3, 2017

It takes every Viking to sail our ship.





24         Student Council Movie Night at 6pm in the MUR


28         Loving Solutions Class # 3




1          Student Council Meeting at 7:30am in the B pod


2          Dr. Seuss Read Across America Day


2          Pancheros Dine Around


6          All Teacher In-Service Day-No School for Students


7          PTA Meeting at 7pm in the B pod


7          Loving Solutions Class # 4


8          Soul Shoppe Assemblies “Work It Out”


8          Fifth Grade Parent Night at Foothill Middle School at 7pm in the MUR


9          Community Speakers Series “LCAP Advisory Committee” at 6pm at Mt. Diablo High School


10         End of Second Trimester


10         Science Fair Project set up at Willow Creek Center from 2-5pm (for Valle Verde Science Fair finalists)


11         MDUSD STEM fair at Willow Creek Center at 9am


16– 18   Lion King Jr. Musical, MUR  (Showtimes: Thursday and Friday are at 7pm, Saturday is at 2pm and 6pm)


25         Spring Fling, Shadelands – 5:30 to 12:00pm


30         Honorary Service Award Nominations Due




21         Mini Fling, MUR – 5:00 – 8:30 pm




9          Last Day of School




10         Walk-Thru at Foothill Middle School


14         Drive Through Packet Pick-Valle Verde


16         Walk-Thru at Valle Verde


22         First Day of School




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 from Feb 6 to March 30, 2017.


SCIENCE FAIR: Our Science Fair was awesome last week!!  We had lots of outstanding engineering and science projects. Congratulations to Babak, Ella, Bea, Naia, Jordan, Elyse, Jimmy and Sean. Their projects will be on display at the District Science Fair on March 11 at Willow Creek Center. Come by from 9-11am to cheer on your friends!!


SPELLING BEE: What an exciting Spelling Bee this year!! Our Valle Verde students are excellent in spelling! Four boys held on until the very end! Congratulations to all of our participants and our 2017 Spelling Bee Winner, Joshua H. Great job!! Joshua will go on to the Contra Costa County Bee on March 25 at Tice Valley Gym. Come out at 10am and cheer for Joshua!!


LOVING SOLUTIONS:  This ten 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 free for parents who have children ages 5 to 10 years old.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 – April 25, 2017 (No class during Spring Break)


MDUSD Parents attend free

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

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 celebrates African American History Month. Our first video comes from 20th Century Fox: Trailer of Hidden Figures. A story about 3 female mathematicians working in NASA's space program.  They are Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson & Dorothy Vaughan.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGAxf55sFLI And, our next video comes from NFL Films: John Hershel, The NFL's Smartest Man.  Off season, he's pursuing his Ph.D at MIT. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjEs2xh0wtw

NEED YOUR RETIRED DESKTOPS, LAPTOPS & 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 or smart phone to donate, please drop it off at the VV office or contact gilliangwaterman@gmail.com to arrange a pick up.





SCHOOL PLAY, LION KING JR.: Save the date for the school play (March 16th-18th in the MUR). Watch the 4th and 5th graders show off their talents in this amazing performance you won’t want the family to miss. Tickets go on sale in the quad in March. More info coming soon. Show times are as follows:

Thursday, March 16th at 7pm

Friday, March 17th at 7pm

Saturday, March 18th at 2pm

Saturday, March 18th at 6pm

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

SPRING FLING TICKETS NOW ON SALE: Spring Fling Tickets are now on sale. You can only buy your tickets online. Prices go up on March 1st!   

Go to http://valleverde.schoolauction.net/springfling2017 

Click on "buy tickets" if you can attend.   Click on "donate now" if you are unable to attend Spring Fling.

Ticket prices will go up in price after March 1st so buy your tickets today.  


SPRING FLING HELP: Would you like to help with this fun event? We have several small and large tasks that can be done before or during the event. This is a great way to meet parents and have fun too. Sign-up here Spring Fling Help

MINI FLING TICKETS ON SALE NEXT WEEK: Mini Fling tickets will be going on sale next week. $35 includes dinner, dancing and games for the kids. We also have a raffle with some amazing kids prizes. More info to come next week.

HONORARY SERVICE AWARDS: 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  30th (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:

  • Community Service Day Coordinator
  • Family Events Coordinator
  • Hospitality Coordinator
  • Matching Program Coordinator
  • Registration Coordinator
  • Spring Fling Co-coordinators

If interested in any of these opportunities, 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 to Mr. Yen for helping to coordinate the logistics for the Student Council Movie Night. Much appreciation to everyone who has been working so hard on this year’s Spring Fling. Sarah Foster for the awesome banner, Adrienne Robillard for ticket sales, Crystal Thornby for auction help, Carol Samandar and Liz Litten for procurement, Brandi Klintworth for leading the Fund-A-Need, Kim Moore for organizing all the buy-in parties and Colleen O’Donnell and Sarah Marks for leading it all. Can’t wait to get groovy!   




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.


Mignon Perkins                                  



Office Manager~

Debi Massey                            




Laura Curtis                                       



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