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
November 17-December 5, 2014
It takes every Viking to sail our ship.
19 End of First Trimester
20 & 21-Fourth graders to Borges Ranch
20 Jr. Choir Dress Rehearsal
21 Kindergarten “I am Thankful” feast
24-28 Thanksgiving Break
2 Student Council Meeting
2 ELAC Meeting
2 PTA Meeting
4 Band Assembly
4 Winter Concert
5 Jr. Choir Assembly
8-12 Book Fair
10 Spell-A-Thon Pledge envelopes due
10 Dine Around-Tomatina
11 Spelling Tests for Spell-A-Thon administered
STUDENT COUNCIL MEETING: Student Council Meeting will be Tuesday, December 2 at 7:35am in the B pod.
ELAC MEETING: Our ELAC meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 2 at 8:10am in room C6.
PTA MEETING: The PTA meeting will be Tuesday, December 2 at 7:00pm in the B pod.
WINTER CONCERT: The Winter Concert will be on Thursday, December 4 at 7:00pm in the MUR.
THANKSGIVING BREAK: This year, our Thanksgiving break will be from November 24 through November 28. We will return to school on December 1, 2014.
DINA AROUND: Every Wednesday in November at Guantanos Ice Cream. They are located in Countrywood Shopping Center in Bancroft.
END OF FIRST TRIMESTER: November 19 marked the end of the first trimester! My, how the time flies!
KINDERGARTEN-“I AM THANKFUL FEAST”-Our Kindergarten “I Am Thankful Feast” will be on November 21 in the MUR. Check your teacher’s email for instructions.
SAFETY REMINDER: Please be advised that supervision does not begin until 7:55 am on the playground. Students should not be left without adult supervision. Thanks!
DONATION REQUEST: If you have clothes that your children have outgrown, especially elastic shorts and pants that you can donate to the office, it would be greatly appreciated! (Soccer shorts are great!)
LOST AND FOUND: If you have lost clothing items, please check our Lost and Found before Thanksgiving Break as the clothing will be donated.
PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES: Conferences will be from December 8-December 19. Every day during conferences will be early release. This means all students will be excused at the Wednesday schedule. Any questions, please call the office at 925-939-5700.
VIKING REWARDS: Our Viking Reward winners this week are: Selena N., Emily G., Taso T., Isa K., Gavin M., Drew P., Ethan P., Amanda L., Gregory B., Elleanor L., Jorge G., Zoe B., Natalie B., Jacob H., Alyssa N. and Alexander G., Great job, Vikings!!
VIKING BEAR: Congratulations Mr Yen’s class! They will be hosting the bear this week.
GOLDEN LUNCH BOX: Congratulations to Mrs. Rattaro/Gould’s class for showing outstanding behavior in the lunch room and having the opportunity to choose a prize from our Golden Lunchbox.
PTA NEWS: Questions, email email@example.com
PTA NEWS: Agendas and Minutes from past PTA meetings (and so much more) can be found on the school website. Just click on the PTA link at the top. http://vves-mdusd-ca.schoolloop.com
FALL CARNIVAL & HAUNTED HOUSE: What a success! At the PTA Meeting on Tuesday, we announced that both the Carnival and 5th grade Haunted House surpassed expectations, bringing in $19,400 and $2,700, respectively!!! In addition, there will be more coming in from the grade level buy in parties (Sign up sheets are in each classroom and most still have room if your child would like to join in the fun with their classmates and teachers!)
SPELL-A-THON: This annual PTA fundraiser generates over $7,000 per year. It is a vital part of our fundraising efforts and is a wonderful educational tool as well. The Spell-A-Thon will take place in mid-December with the test being administered in class. Over the next few weeks, students will be able to practice their spelling words and ask neighbors, family and friends to sponsor them by making a donation to the Valle Verde PTA for every word they spell correctly GIFT CARDS: Your gift card order packet should have arrived home in the kids’ backpacks last week! Valle Verde PTA will receive 2%-14% back for all of your gift card purchases, so whether you buy them for gifts or for everyday purchases, you can help raise money at the same time. You can still place your orders (and receive them in time for the Thanksgiving break.) Please log on to unitedscrip.com to see even more retail partners. You can order any gift cards available on the website, if they are not listed in the trifold order form sheet, please fill them in or attach a separate sheet of paper to order them. Got questions? email firstname.lastname@example.orgESCRIP- Don't forget to register your credit cards and club cards to earn free money for our school. The website is easy to use ---escrip.com Do it! This year they have Fresh and Easy as a participant as well. Add your Fresh and Easy Friends card to get free money from them as well.
22nd Annual Turkey Trot, November 27th 8am at Civic Park: Runners and Volunteers Needed! Have fun and help your school. The 22nd Annual Turkey Trot, is coming soon and we need you to join in the fun, either as a runner or as a race-day volunteer. Last year this event raised over $12,000 for PEAK schools and this year, with your help, we can raise even more!The race is Thanksgiving Morning, Nov. 27th, 8am at Civic Park. There will be a 5K and 10K, costume contest, plus a 1/4 & 1/2 mile Fun Run and a 100 Yard Dash for the kids. Run, walk, or jog, whichever you like! All the beneficiary schools (including us here at Valle Verde) are asked to have 20 volunteers per school so if you don't plan to run, please consider volunteering. Shifts available Mon-Wed prior to race and race day. Students 15 and older may also volunteer and received community service hours.
Register to Run - http://formaturkeytrot.com/race-registration.php
Volunteer Sign Up - http://fs11.formsite.com/WCEF/form17/index.html
Additional Race Information - http://formaturkeytrot.com/index.php
BOOK FAIR: During the week of December 8-12, the MUR will be transformed into a bookstore to promote literacy and raise money for our school. Volunteers are needed to staff the fair daily. Please take a look at the Sign Up Genius and pick a slot or two. Thank you.
BOX TOPS: Thank you for a successful collection for our Fall Contest. We collected 7000 Box Tops which will earn $700 for the school. Congratulations to Mrs. Reed and Mrs. McCargar's fourth graders for turning in over 1000 Box Tops, earning an ice cream party and $50 to the Fall Book Fair. Our Winter contest is in full swing and will continue until March 14. Individual winners will receive tickets to the school play in the Spring.
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.