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925-682-8000  x7505

Principal~

Mignon Perkins                                  

perkinsm@mdusd.org

 

Office Manager~

Debi Massey                            

masseyd@mdusd.org

 

Secretary~

Laura Curtis                                       

curtisl@mdusd.org

All Volunteers, classroom or field trip, must be fingerprinted and TB tested. Please click here for more information.

The Viking Voice

The Viking Voice

April 23~April 27, 2018

It takes every Viking to sail our ship.

~Principal’s Message~

Valle Verde Students in grade levels 3rd- 5th grade will begin the CAASPP Testing on April 30, 2018.  Students in the 5th grade classes are scheduled to take the CAST/Science Testing on April 26-27, 2018. 

 

Every spring, students in grades three through eight and grade eleven take the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics. These assessments are part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System. Results from these assessments are just one piece of information to help teachers, parents, and students understand how well a student is meeting the grade-level expectations. Students do well when we support them during testing. 

 

- Make sure that your child gets adequate rest before testing. 

- Make sure that your child eats breakfast before school.

- Encourage your child to do their very best!

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

APRIL

23rd                   Soul Shoppe Assemblies-“Work it Out”

24th                   Spring Picture Day!!

24th                   Ms. Nakashima’s class to Bancroft Gardens

25th                   “You Make a Diffference” Ceremony at Mtn. View Elementary School at 6:30pm

26th                   Pizza Hut pizza for lunch in the cafeteria

26th                   Mrs. LaDue’s class to Shadelands Museum

26th                   Mrs. Reed’s class to Bancroft Gardens

26th                   School Site Council Meeting at 3pm in C6

27th                   Fifth Grade Colonial Day in the MUR and B pod

27th                   Mini Fling - just for the kids (5-8:30 pm in the MUR)

MAY

1st                    PTA Meeting/Honorary Service Awards

2nd                    Third Graders to Lesher Center for the Arts

3rd                    Jr. Choir Concert; 7pm in the MUR

7th-11th              Staff Appreciation Week

7th-11th              Book Fair

Hours (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 2:30pm-4:30pm,
Wednesday 1:30pm-3:30pm, Thursday evening 5:30pm-7:30pm,
Friday 10-11:15am during Mother’s Day Tea, Friday 11-12:30 lunch)

24                     Art Fair/Open House 6:30-7:30pm

28th                   Memorial Day~No School

29th-Jun 1st       Fifth Grade Survivor Week

30th                   Volunteer Brunch (9:40am – 10:40am)

JUNE

7th                    Fifth Grade promotion and party

7th                    Last Day of School

7th                    5th Grade Promotion Party

AUGUST

6th                    Kindergarten Screening (9-12:30 in the C pod)

10th                   Drive Through Packet Pick Up (7-9am and 5-6:30pm in the Bus circle)

14th                   Walk Through Registration (10-noon and 5-6:30pm on the campus)

15th                   TK and K students meet their teachers (10-11am in the classrooms)

16th                   First day of School!!

22nd                  Back To School Night~ Grades TK-2; 6:30-7:15; Grades 3-5; 7:15-8:00

 

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

OFFICE HOURS: Our office is open M-F, from 7:30am to 3:00pm. You can reach us at 925-939-5700. Our

attendance hotline is 925-682.8000 x7505.  The attendance email is valleverdeattendance@mdusd.org.

VALLE VERDE CHILDREN'S CENTER SUMMER PROGRAM

Check out our amazing  Summer Program on our web site. 

                              valleverdechildrenscenter.org

 All children are welcome,  TK- through 12 years old. All the information is on our web site. 

We offer activities such as STEAM, cooking, weekly field trips, Ultimate Field House Friday, 

bike and scooter day, special events and so much more.

                              We are a private non profit 503C. 

                            For more information call 925-944-5255

 

 

GOING ON A FIELD TRIP?

  • This is a time to be interactive with the children. Cell phone use is strongly discouraged.
  • Make sure you have completed a Transportation of Students in Privately-Owned Vehicles/Field Trip Chaperone Agreement on file in the office at least one week before the trip if you plan on driving.

Please make sure your declarations page has the following coverages as required by the district:

Bodily Injury Liability (BI): Each individual-$100,000; Total Accident-$300,000

Property Damage Liability (PD): Total Each Accident-$25,000

            Medical Payments Each Individual-$5,000

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

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Combined Single Limit (BI & PD): $300,000

Medical Payments Each Individual-$5,000

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

  • Chaperone Handbook-This handbook will give you a better understanding of your role as a chaperone. This document was provided at Back to School Night and is also available in the office.
  • All field trip chaperones must be fingerprinted through the District Office. In order to be fingerprinted, you must show Personnel proof of a negative TB test. Please schedule your fingerprint appointment through the online system accessed via the Parent Portal page from the district website-mdusd.org. The cost to be fingerprinted is $32.00.You will not be allowed to chaperone on a field trip until your fingerprints have cleared.
  • Chaperones shall NOT bring friends or other family members on the field trip.

 

MDUSD CONNECTIONS: Please enjoy reading the latest issue of MDUSD Connections, Mt. Diablo Unified School District's newsletter containing news, events, and informational items from the District.  We are pleased to offer Connections in a new electronic format, based on your great ideas and feedback, including making it much more smart-phone friendly.  Please let us know what you think, and send ideas for stories, events, or pictures to mdusd@mdusd.org

MARQUIS MASTER: Special shout out and thank you to Frith O’Steen for always keeping our marquis board up to date and looking good!!

ART SHOW: Join us in the Quad after school on Wed (4/18) and before school Thursday to allow the student population to vote for the Art Poster Submission contest.

PIZZA HUT FOR LUNCH: Pizza Hut pizza for lunch has been changed from April 24th to April 26th.

PINK FORM: In order to assess our enrollment and class number needs for the upcoming school year, a pink form was sent home with your child. Please indicate if you are returning for the 2018-19 school year or not. If you are moving, or have moved, please provide us with the new address. Also, if your student is a Transitional Kindergartener, please indicate if you would prefer early friend or late friend for Kindergarten. Any questions, please contact our office at 925-939-5700. Return by May 4, 2018.

GREEN FORM: Providing your child with the most appropriate classroom placement in order to maximize learning opportunities is valued at Valle Verde Elementary School.  Parents are an important source of information and a part of this process.  Therefore, parents are being provided the opportunity to give the staff information regarding their child.

 

As you can imagine, many factors need to be considered when classes are created.  The following criteria will be considered in this process:

 

  1. Total number of students divided equally in each class
  2. Balance of boys and girls, including ethnic balance
  3. Structure of class
  4. Assessment of student’s needs
  5. Parent information regarding student’s needs
  6. A reasonable range of ability and achievement in each class
  7. Separation of some students
  8. Academic balance; leadership balance
  9. Last-minute class configuration changes due to over/under enrollment

 

A Student Information Form will be available in the office starting April 16, 2018. In order for this information to be considered, the required form must be returned to the principal’s office no later than April 30, 2018.

 

PTA NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS

BUY-IN PARTIES STILL AVAILABLE You can still sign-up for Buy-In parties and you don’t want to miss out on these fun events. Parties include 4th of July Crafting Night, Bikes and Brews, Castle Rock Hike and Lunch, Lip Sync Battle, Mama’s Summer Prep Party and Prosecco, Croquet and Bouquets.

Spots can be purchased here

MINI FLING IS SOLD OUT “VALLE VERDE OLYMPICS” – This event is SOLD OUT. Event starts at 5pm and pickup is at 8:30pm. We will be sending out information regarding the event to all parents who bought tickets for their children with all the details. Raffle tickets will also be available for purchase at registration. We still need some parent volunteers, especially chaperones for 4th and 5th grade. Please consider signing up here  

STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK – We will be celebrating the staff on Valle Verde starting May 7-May 11th. We will be having a coffee cart, luncheon, gift day and dessert cart. We will need parents to help bring items for the special days, so please sign-up here.  

 

ART SHOW AND OPEN HOUSE – This will be on May 24th. We are excited to have Food Trucks from 5-8pm. This year we will be auctioning off Classroom Art. Many thanks to all the students who submitted posters for the Art Show Poster Contest.  

OPEN COMMITTEE POSITIONS FOR PTA - We really appreciate all our volunteers who make our wonderful events and programs possible. We know our families have lots going on so we are happy to try to accommodate needs. Most positions can be split or events/programs can be reimagined to make things doable. Please consider one of the following and email vvptaprez@gmail.com

-Donations Coordinator - organization solicitation and record donations for all PTA events. Able to organize from home.

-Spring Fling Coordinators - plan and organize our annual auction event. 

-PEAK Representative - attend PEAK meetings as representative of Valle Verde. Report back to PTA.

-Library Coordinator - organize volunteers to help in the library each day/week.

-Hospitality jobs - One person to coordinate each event - Back-to-School Teacher Luncheon, First Day Pastries with Principal, Ice Cream Social, Staff Appreciation

-Yearbook co-coordinator - work with current coordinator to help gather photographs and organize pages.

PTA WEBSITE - We are looking into creating a PTA website that will link from the current Valle Verde Elementary website. With it we will need a webmaster. If you are interested or have the technical skills to help us out, please email vvptaprez@gmail.com.

FOOTHILL PFA POSITIONS OPEN FOR NEXT YEAR: Foothill needs some parent help for their committees next year- please consider (info below):

PFA Positions Still Open:

Teacher Appreciation Committee - (3-5 volunteer team) - organizes lunch for the teachers every other month either by getting food donations from local restaurants or coordinating parents to provide potluck items.

Book Fair Chair/Co-chairs (spring event) - coordinate with Scholastic Book company to provide books. Set up book displays in the library and then coordinate volunteers to help with book sales during the 3-4 days of the fair.

Health Fair Chair and committee (February event) - Day-long health fair needs 3-4 person team to coordinate getting local health professionals to come participate at the event.

Directory Advertising (fall) - contact local businesses and prior advertisers to solicit ads for both print and online directories

Emergency Preparation - inspect existing classroom emergency supplies and organize repurchase and replacement of necessary items.

Kick-Off Day - one day commitment Aug 9th - cashiers, book checkout, form checking etc.

FormSite online forms volunteer - at home computer-based position during late July - Aug.

Campus Beautification / Facilities Enhancements Chair (Oct. event) - coordinate campus beautification project(s) for the Walnut Creek Community Service Day 10/13/18, and oversee project volunteers during the event.

 

PEAK AND FORMA GYM JOIN FORCES TO GET YOU FIT Forma Gym is continuing to help support Valle Verde via PEAK Education Foundation by offering a special gym membership initiation rate of just $49 (normally $199) and they are then donating this $49 back to PEAK.  As the host of the annual Walnut Creek Turkey Trot, Forma Gym has been supporting PEAK Education Foundation for many years.  At its March meeting, Forma Gym presented PEAK with a check from the 2017 Turkey Trot for $15,000!  
Forma gym offers over 100 classes a week, has an outdoor swimming pool with water aerobics plus excellent childcare services.   See the attached flyer for more information

THANK YOU – Thanks to Amy LaSala for organizing our Dine Arounds this year. They are a great fundraiser for our school and we thank everyone for coming out and supporting our school while dining. This week our school had a series of activities to help raise awareness of Autism. Thank you to Erin Garland and many of our wonderful Valle Verde parents for organizing this wonderful week. 

 

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

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

 

Be Safe J Be Respectful J 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.