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The Viking Voice

The Viking Voice

September 26 – September 30, 2016

It takes every Viking to sail our ship.




27th       Family Science Night at Bancroft Elementary

28th       Mrs. Liberatore’s class to ARF

28th       Second Grade presentation-“Owls on the Prowl”-D pod

29th       School Site Council Meeting; 3pm in A2

29th       Mrs. Gamez’s class to ARF

30th       Mrs. Rattaro and Mrs. Mullin’s classes to ARF


8th         Community Service Day, Valle Verde (9am – 1pm)

19th       Dine Around-Panera Bread

27th       Picture Make Up Day!!

30th       Fall Carnival


SHIRT ORDERS: If you received a duplicate shirt from the Spirit Wear shirt orders, please return it to the office. Thank you.


TRAFFIC SAFETY: It is imperative that we all work together to keep all “lives” safe here at Valle Verde.  The City of Walnut Creek and a Valle Verde parent, staff and community committee have worked zealously to make needed street improvements.  Realizing that parking is extremely limited and the traffic may become congested, it is a must that everyone adheres to the following:


  • Drive the speed limit of 20 or below when warranted.
  • Do not park in the red zones.
  • During school hours, the parking lots are for staff and school buses only. 
  • Use the crosswalks.  Our PTA provides a crossing guard before and after school.
  • Students should be dropped off and picked up in the white drop off zones. No parking is permitted in the white zones.
  • The driver should be at the wheel at all times.  Students should exit from passenger side of car near the sidewalk. After loading or unloading safely move out into the flow of traffic.  If your child is not available for pick-up, please leave the area, circle the block and return.  This inconvenience is necessary for the best interest of all. No left turns or U-turns if front of the school are permitted.
  • Pedestrians need to stay out of the planted areas.  Use walkways.
  • Most importantly, model following the law and safety procedures.  Practice the life skills of patience, responsibility and cooperation.  Walking is good for us all and may be an enjoyable special time with your child.


FAMILY SCIENCE NIGHT: Join Assemblywoman Baker, Assemblywoman Bonilla and Senator Glazer for Family Science Night on September 27, 2016 at 6:30pm in the MUR at Bancroft Elementary School. Please see flyer attached for more information.


STEAM: The STEAM Industry Partnership Program (SIPP), is a cost-free, volunteer-run program at Valle Verde (and other MDUSD schools) to help kids get excited about science, technology, engineering, arts & math.  Our mission is to "build curiosity and confidence in children by connecting STEAM education to STEAM careers."  To do so, we connect students grade 3 - 8 with STEAM industry experts who will customize a classroom presentation that is interactive, age appropriate and motivates children by sharing:

- Why they chose their career, what they enjoy most about it & how education is essential to success
- How math & science are a tool and used in interesting & practical ways
- Visuals, hands-on work samples or experiments to show children real-life applications of STEAM fields

Presentations take place during regular school hours and typically last 45 to 60 minutes.  Times and dates are flexible. Interested? Contact gilliangwaterman@gmail.com






PTA BOOSTERS: A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to our Boosters Fundraiser during registration. We have already raised $45,000 of the $60,000 we need! If you haven’t contributed yet, we encourage you to make a donation today. Every dollar helps. You can drop off a check (written to Valle Verde PTA) to the office or pay online with a credit at:

PTA Donation Link


This fundraiser is crucial to our school since it helps fund our four teacher assistants (benefiting all our students with small group learning), our computer tech coordinator, our PE teacher, our crossing guard, class supplies, teacher grants and more. We wouldn’t be able to have many of these services without this fundraiser. See attached, “PTA Programs and Fundraisers” for a comprehensive list.


EMPLOYEE MATCHING: Ask your employer if they will match your PTA Booster Donation. Turn your $200 donation into $400! We even have someone to help you through the process with anything your employer requires. Email Mara Still @ vvmatching@gmail.com with any questions.


ENRICHMENT: Register now for Enrichment classes! Most classes start this next week (week of September 26th). Classes include: art, dance, Spanish, chess, coding, flag football, Jr. Choir and science! Go to the following link for the class registration fliers:

Enrichment Link


DINE AROUND NEXT MONTH PANERA BREAD: Thank You to everyone who came to Panda Express on Tuesday for our 1st Dine Around Town to support our school. Mark your calendars, next month will be at Panera Bread on Wednesday, October 19th. A portion of your bill will be given back to the PTA.



Thank you to our Staff, Students & Parents for the great turnout for our September's Dine Around. 

We can't wait to see you at Panera Bread at 744 Bancroft Road on Wednesday, October 19th from 4 PM to 8 PM.  Please see the flyer attached.   


BOX TOP COLLECTION: Next collection for Box Tops is December 1st. Put Box Tops in a plastic bag or envelope with your child’s name and teacher listed on it and place in the Box Top drawer in the office.


What are Box Tops? Look for the “Box Tops for Education” logo on many food products that you likely already have in your pantry, fridge or freezer. For every Box Top you clip, your school receives 10 Cents!


eScrip: Shop and earn money for Valle Verde Did you know that your online shopping could donate a percentage back to our school? All you have to do is click on the link below to access the eScrip Online Mall and shop as you normally would. It’s that easy! No card registration, no coupons and no special downloads.

eScrip Link


FALL CARNIVAL VOLUNTEERS The Valle Verde Fall Carnival is coming up on Sunday, October 30th. This fun-filled event is 100% volunteer-driven and participation is needed from every family at our school. Each family is asked to volunteer for a 1-1.5 hour shift. There are lots of fun options to choose from, including games, set-up, ticket booth, Candy Corn Alley and more. Your kids will love seeing you making the fun happen. Please sign up at your earliest convenience. We are tracking volunteers by classroom: please include teacher’s name when you sign up. Sign-Up Here


DONATIONS OF HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS NEEDED FOR FALL CARNIVAL!  The Fall Carnival Committee is now accepting any Halloween Decor to display at the Fall Carnival on Sunday, October 30th.  Nothing is too big or too small but we ask the items to be in good condition. Donations can be dropped off on the porch at the home of Natalie Ivankovich:
3531 Bayberry Drive (in the Woodlands) Thank you for making this event even more spooktacular!

A NEW WAY TO COMMUNICATE WITH KONSTELLA: We are excited to be launching a new way to communicate at Valle Verde this year. We will be using Konstella. This site/app will include an online directory and can also be used for sign-ups, our school calendar, event information and more. It is easy to sign-up and a great resource. You can download the Konstella app for Android or iPhone and use this code: ZxEcOA or go online to sign-up at:

Konstella Link


HELP OUR VALLE VERDE CAMPUS ON COMMUNITY SERVICE Registration is open for Community Service Day, Saturday 10/8. Join friends and classmates where we will be beautifying the campus to celebrate the school’s 50th Anniversary from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come for part or all of the morning. All are welcome! Register online here  

FACEBOOK Follow us on Facebook @ Valle Verde Elementary School to get announcements and other information. We like to keep this page for school announcements, celebrations, questions and information beneficial to Valle Verde. As a friendly reminder, some of our staff and teachers are also members here on this page, so please keep that in mind when posting. If you have concerns or complaints, please message our PTA President, Catherine Foster directly by emailing vvptaprez@gmail.com



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

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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.