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 Viking Voice
The Viking Voice
April 14-April 18, 2014
It takes every Viking to sail our ship.
14 Jr. Choir Dress Rehearsal
15 Spring Pictures
15 2nd Graders to Mt. Diablo Pond
16 Kindergarten Bunny Brunch
17 Jr. Choir Assembly/Concert
18 Fifth Graders Walk the Revolution
21-25 Spring Break
ENJOY A WONDERFUL AND RESTFUL SPRING BREAK!
TESTING: State Testing, grades 3-5, has begun and will continue throughout this week as well as the week we return from Spring Break. Please check with your classroom teacher for your testing schedule. Please avoid scheduling appointments during your child’s testing times. Thank you!
WILL YOUR CHILD BE ABSENT FOR 5 OR MORE DAYS? If your student(s) will be out for 5 or more days, we encourage you to complete an Independent Study Contract. This is a contract signed by the parent, teacher and principal acknowledging that the student will be out of class for at least 5 school days and that they have received classroom curriculum to be completed in the amount of time absent. With this contract you will not be marked absent for those days but will be seen as attending class by the State.This process should begin 2 to 3 weeks prior to the leave date. This allows the teacher the time to accumulate the work and have the principal review and sign the contract. The teacher will then ask the parent to come to school to review the school work assigned. Then the parent and student will sign the contract and take a copy with them along with the school work to be completed. You must return the completed work within the time the contract allows or the contract will be null and void. This process begins with you coming and speaking with Laura (secretary) in the office. Thank you.
MEDICATION: Reminder, if your child needs to have medication at school, even over the counter medications, an Authorization to Administer Medication form must be signed by the doctor and on file in the office. If your child carries an inhaler or other medication on his or her person, this form is required. This is in adherence to California Ed Code 49423. If you have any questions, please call our office at 939-5700.
CALENDAR: Our 2014-15 Academic Calendar is posted on our website. The first day of school will be August 25, 2014. Watch this newsletter and our website for upcoming information regarding Walk Through Registration. http://vves-mdusd-ca.schoolloop.com/
SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM SOUL SHOPPE: Spring has sprung! We are grateful for the rain – we so need it’s help - and yet… We are hearing from schools and parents that the kids are just SO full of energy and feistiness and spring break impatience! They’re forgetting the rules, sprouting new sensitivities and rolling their eyes a little bit higher. Perhaps we’re all needing a break, or feeling nervous about new tests and what we have to get done before summer.
Just like the dry ground, we all need help when challenges come up. We need some gentle reminders, a little filling up, or maybe we need a little extra “emptying.”
One tool we just love at Soul Shoppe is called the Balloon. We say that we all have a place inside of us that’s just like a balloon – except instead of filling up with air, we fill it up with feelings. Not all feelings, just the ones we feel unsafe to let out in any given moment. We could be filling our balloons with little stresses, like trying to stay calm in the morning when we’re late for something important (for the 100th time!), or with big stresses, like marital pressures or job issues or worries about our children.
When we keep those feelings inside, it’s just like blowing air into a balloon – if we don’t let it out, we’re going to pop! Well, at Soul Shoppe we call it “leaking” when our feelings build up and burst out at others as anger, meanness, frustration or impatience. There’s a better way to handle those feelings, of course, but sometimes we just forget! When you take care of your feelings, and let them out in healthy ways, we call it “emptying.”
One of our senior facilitators, Amy MacClain, is also a parent educator, personally trained by the head of internationally acclaimed parenting center Hand In Hand Parenting. Using her training from Hand in Hand and our proven anti-bullying tools, Amy created a program specifically for parents – personalized to help you stop bullying with your children and really give them the tools they need to be truly Bully-Proof. Parents can have a free 20-minute Bully-Proof Breakthrough session with Amy by clicking www.amymacclain.com. In that session, parents will identify the most important things to do to stop your child from being bullied right away, and you’ll get on the path to really Bully-Proofing your Kids now and in the future.
Here are some good and connected articles from Hand In Hand:
Amy's interview with Hand in Hand creator, Patty Wifler
May Spring bring you new growth, and the joy of all that’s flowering around you.
CONGRATULATIONS! Join us in congratulating Laura Curtis for her nomination for ACSA Contra Costa’s Classified Employee of the Year. Laura is being recognized for her exceptional skills in the office. Way to go Laura!!
YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE AWARD Congratulations Barb Andrews, Laura Martinez, and Wanda Estrada, three of our Special Education Assistants who are being recognized for all they do each day to support our special education students. The celebration will be held on April 15th.
VIKING REWARDS: Our Viking Reward winners this week are: Ramzi H., Seth C., Alex L., Ryan Y., Joshua S., Liam M., William G., Rohan S., Makayla O., Amir A., Luke J., Ethan A., Chelsea S., Jacob O. and Jordan S. Awesome job, Vikings!!!
VIKING PRIDE: Congratulations to Mrs. Reed/McCargar’s class for getting the bear back!! Class participation for Viking Pride was 100%! Way to go, Vikings!!
WALNUT CREEK CLEAN UP: The creek cleanup will be Saturday, May 10th from 8:45 am to noon. It is appropriate for 4th graders and older. It is sponsored by the City of Walnut Creek and the non-profit “Friends of the Creeks.”
You can view the flyer on our website at http://vves-mdusd-ca.schoolloop.com/ under the Flyers tab.
Students will have a chance to get out into nature and experience our beautiful creek. They will come home with a sense of accomplishment, community spirit, and a new appreciation of the natural ecosystem we live in.
GIRL SCOUTS: New 3rd grade Girl Scout Troop forming - if interested, please contact Catherine Foster- firstname.lastname@example.org.
AQUANAUTS: Does your daughter love dance, gymnastics and swimming? Then she will love Synchronized Swimming! World renowned Walnut Creek Aquanuts are inviting girls 6-12 years old to their Summer Trainee Program. After participating in this program, your daughter will get a chance to participate in a swim show and try out for the WCA team.
• WCA is a well-run sports organization that has been a training ground for the U.S. National and Olympic Teams for more than 40 years.
• They are 12-time National Champions and winners of over 200 national and world titles.
• WCA benefits the girls physically through vigorous training, academically by teaching critical organization and time management skills, and emotionally by strengthening their self-esteem.
• It is a program that instills skills that serve swimmers throughout their lifetime and teaches the importance of individual effort, integrity, teamwork and good sportsmanship.
More information on: http://www.aquanuts.org/content/2012-camps-and-programs
(WCA is a non-for-profit, 501(c)3 organization, Tax ID # 23-7103045)
CAMP ARF: ARF has a wonderful educational summer-time program for kids of all ages. Through the programs children will learn fundamental values, such as respect, responsibility, and compassion, and gain an understanding of how to treat animals and people with those values. They provide hands-on learning through games, crafts, and interactive lessons with both people and our Pet Hug Pack therapy animals. Please see flyer attached on our website for more information. http://vves-mdusd-ca.schoolloop.com/
DINE AROUND: Our next Dine Around will be at Mary’s Pizza Shack in the Citrus Shopping Center on April 30, 2014. Beginning at 11am and ending at 10pm. Flyers will follow. Please bring your flyer so that Valle Verde gets credit!!
VALLE VERDE WEBSITE: http://vves-mdusd-ca.schoolloop.com/
Be Safe J Be Respectful J Be Responsible
It takes every Viking to sail our ship.
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.