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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

May 2 – May 6, 2016

It takes every Viking to sail our ship.

UPCOMING EVENTS

APRIL

29                    Last day of the Spirit Wear Contest

MAY

2                      Staff Appreciation Week and Book Fair

2                      CAASP Testing Window Opens

3                      Last PTA Meeting of the year / Service Awards, 7pm MUR

4                      Bike  & Walk to School Day

6                      Viking T-shirt finalists selected

6                      Student Council’s Hawaiian Day

11                    Whale Bus Visit

12                    Mr. Yen’s class to Borges Ranch

12                    Jr. Choir Assembly for TK-3 grades

13                    Top 4 Viking T-shirts designs voted on by students and staff

13                    Fifth Grade State Float Parade

15                    Dine Around at Mooyah Burgers (Tuesday)

20                    Winner for Viking T-shirt designer announced

31                    Open House (classrooms) and Art Show (MUR) 6-8pm

AUGUST

 

5                      Kindergarten Screening and Lemonade Stand

 

22                    First Day of School!!

 

NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS

CAASPP INFORMATION: The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP, is the state’s academic testing program.  CAASPP is a system intended to provide information that can be used to monitor student progress and ensure that all students leave high school ready for college and career.  CAASPP includes computer adaptive assessments in English-Language Arts and mathematics for students in grades 3-8, and 11 and paper-based tests in science for students in grades 5, 8 and 10.

This year, testing dates are as follows:

  1. CAASPP
    • Grade 3-8            May 2 - June 10, 2016

      2. CST Science Test            April 15 -May 19, 2016
 
For more information about testing options for your student, please visit the Assessment, Research and Evaluation tab of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District webpage at
http://www.mdusd.org/departments/r-n-e/CAASPP

PEACHJAR: If you are not receiving the Valle Verde flyers through Peachjar, you can sign up using this link: https://www.peachjar.com/register.php?c[bypass_registration_code]=1

 

STEAM STORIES: As part of  the STEAM Industry Partnership Program (SIPP) and Valle Verde's commitment to STEAM education, we post "STEAM Stories" every other week.  The video stories are intended to be watched by VV students (TK - 5) and parents are encouraged to watch with their children.  The goal is to ignite curiosity and inspire our children to think big!  This week's STEAM Story comes from "The Kid Should See This" about a paper roller coaster http://thekidshouldseethis.com/post/andrew-gatts-ultimate-paper-roller-coaster Enjoy!
 

KINDERGARTEN SCREENING AND LEMONADE STAND: If your child is a new incoming Kindergartener (not TK), we will have our screening on Friday, August 5, 2016 in the Kindergarten playground area. Please be sure you have a completed registration packet before the screening. Come and enjoy our lemonade stand and meet some new families! We will be here from 8-11am and 2-4pm. Please note: We will not be screening incoming Transitional Kindergarteners.

 VIKING REWARDS: Our Viking Reward winners this week are:  Kaleah S., Nolan H., A.J. A., Joey W., Colton M., Roman M., Seth C., Makenna K., Mia M., Lilly C., Collin G., Mariah K., Amy B., Luke M., Adya B. and Zoe B.  Great job, Vikings!!

VIKING PRIDE: Our Viking Pride winner this week is Ms. Rollick’s class. Our Viking Bear will reside in A6 for the week! Congratulations, Vikings! Way to show that school spirit!

Introducing the Made By Me: Kid Craft Sale and Entrepreneurial Experience at the 2016 Art Show!!!!

Do you have amazingly crafty kids with an equally amazing entrepreneurial spirit? Want a place for your kids to explore the work behind building and running a business?? This year we are introducing a brand new opportunity for your monkeys (some refer to the little creatures as children)!!! This May 31st, at the Valle Verde Open House & Art Show, kids will have a chance to market, display and sell their ware. The minimal entry fee of $5 (gotta pay your overhead) includes the following: table space for brilliant displays, Art Show visitors & shoppers, and a number pro to handle the money exchange. Rules: 1 type of item per kid store, pre-registration required, and items must not excee0d $5. Find some crafty inspiration here: Child Craft Fair Ideas Here is a link to the signup and additional information: Made By Me

 

Art Show Call for Entries!!

We are calling all of our VVE artists to submit personal art works again this year to the Art Show. This is a chance to show off your skill with a pencil, pen, crayon or paint brush... Finger painting is cool too! Please limit show entries to 2 per student. And use the tags at this link to mark your work for display: Art Show Labels

 

Art Show Poster Contest!!!!!!!!

A Mr. Brady Foster won last year! Can't wait to see whose artwork will grace our posters and marketing materials this year!!!!! Think of it as your first professional art commission (and bragging rights!). Title: 2016 Valle Verde Art Show Go to this link to print this year's form and get creative!!: Art Show Poster Entry

 

5th Grade Survivor Week.. This is a totally cool week made just for our graduating class of 5th graders. It is a week-long competition mirrored after the popular show Survivor. We are looking for some amazing and extremely reliable volunteers, snack makers, MCs and donations. More will be coming out soon about the event, but to learn more and get involved in the planning please contact Suzy Peters at suzyqpeters@yahoo.com.

 

 

PTA NEWS:  Please come celebrate service award recipients at our final PTA meeting of the year (7pm in the MUR on Tuesday, May 5th). Minutes, agendas, budget and more can be found at: http://vves-mdusd-ca.schoolloop.comQuestions? Email vvptaprez@gmail.com.

 

SPIRIT WEAR: Show off your art skills for years to come by designing the logo for the shirts you and your friends wear with pride! Design will be for the front of the shirt only so please keep that in mind for your design.  Get your design into the office before Friday, April 29th

STAFF APPRECIATION AND BOOK FAIR, week of May 2nd: Thanks room parents and Betty Huang for organizing Staff Appreciation Week!  The PTA will be sponsoring breakfast on Monday and Lunch on Friday for all of the staff, and I’m sure there will be more fun along the way! The Book fair will be open after school M-Th and on Tuesday evening in the MUR.  We could use a few more helpers at the fair: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/4090445a8ac29a31-spring

 

BIKE & WALK TO SCHOOL DAY:  Wednesday, May 4th is Bike & Walk to School Day! WHY bike & walk? It’s fun, healthy, reduces traffic, it’s pollution-free, it gives students responsibility, and builds independence! Students are reminded to use Street Smarts to stay safe while biking, skateboarding, riding scooters and walking:

·       Wear helmets,

·       Ride on the right side of the road (go in the same direction as traffic),

·       Stop at red lights and stop signs,

·       Make eye contact with other drivers,

·       When walking: Use crosswalks and Stop, Look, & Listen before crossing streets!

Parents are reminded to use Street Smarts while driving in the 25 MPH school zone. Your children - and their classmates - are worth the extra time it takes to drive safely.

 

As we get closer to the date I'll know what kind of prizes Street Smarts is going to have for us to distribute to participants. I gave 150 participants as a guesstimate. Walnut Acres is expecting 200.  Thank you! -Adrienne

 

BOX TOPS: Get your box tops in before June 3rd!  There will be a popcorn party and prizes for the top classes, as well as prizes for the top individuals.  At $0.10 each, these little coupons (from cereal and other boxes/bags) can make a huge difference!

 

SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Do you ever wish you could find an extra day?  Done!  Order your school supplies for next year (with a 10% discount!) through School Kidz and they will be delivered right to the school and ready for your child on the first day of school. You can order online now at www.shopttkits.com, use 80388 for our account number or paper copy, which will be sent home by May 2nd).  No more hunting all over town for the best deal and the exact items that our teachers want.  Then, you can go use that massage certificate you got as a gift, and still be ahead of the game.  All while supporting your school! Ordering goes through May 16th. The supply kits will be delivered to the school and available for pick up during walk through registration on Aug. 17th.

 

 

SPRING ENRICHMENT: Most classes began this week! Follow this link to see what classes are still available:  https://campscui.active.com/orgs/ValleVerdeElementarySchoolPTA?season=1399902

If you have questions about a particular class, you can e-mail the instructor directly.  For general Enrichment questions, please e-mail vvenrichment@gmail.com.

 

DINE AROUND: Join us at Mooyah Burgers, Tuesday, May 15th, and a portion of your check will be donated to Valle Verde. Mention Valle Verde when you pay or bring a flyer with you - flyer can be found on the school website under the PTA tab, or attached to this email.

 

ESCRIP: Benefit Mobile App – Sign up now! A simple way to contribute funds to Valle Verde at www.benefit-mobile.com

Benefit Mobile gives between 3-20% of your everyday transactions to Valle Verde.  Please download the free app today and start contributing to our school.  Retailers include Amazon, eBay, Target, Home Depot, Zappos, Whole Foods, Gap, Starbucks, American Airlines, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Hotels.com, and many more.  You can use the app for purchases in store or online.  It’s an easy way to contribute money you are already spending straight to the Valle Verde PTA. 

You can also make online purchases through the eScrip online mall and Valle Verde will receive a percentage of all of your spending.  https://shopping.escrip.com/…/s1a137587885%7CValle%20…/ref=g

 

VOLUNTEER UPDATE: Questions? Email vvptaprez@gmail.com.

 

COMMITTEE RELATED: Various small and large committee positions available, such as the Spring Fling or Fall Carnival. Let me know what you’re looking for and I’ll find the perfect fit.

SCHOOL RELATED: Get kids excited about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math and/or help teach our children valuable life lessons in the SIPP and PEP programs.  Help us continue to decrease our school waste and increase our recycling / composting with the Go Green Team. Help greet the children at drop off and pick up and promote Safety.

 

 

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 Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010

AGE APPROPRIATE GRADE PLACEMENT FOR 2016-17
The Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010 changes the entry date for students enrolling in Kindergarten and First Grade. For the 2016-17 school year we will be adhering to the following for placement in Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and First Grade.
 Transitional Kindergarten
o Student turns 5 years old between 9/2/2016 – 12/2/2016
 Kindergarten
o Student turns 5 years old on or before 9/1/2016
 First Grade
o Student turns 6 years old on or before 9/1/2016
This is designed merely as a guide for placement for grades 2nd – 12th. Schools are urged to consider other background factors, such as previous grades completed, in making a final decision on appropriate grade placement.
Date of Birth Grade
9/2/11-12/2/11 Transitional K
09/2/10 – 9/1/11 K
10/2/09 – 09/1/10 1
11/2/08 – 10/1/09 2
12/3/07 – 11/1/08 3
12/3/06 – 12/2/07 4
12/3/05 – 12/2/06 5
12/3/04 – 12/2/05 6
12/3/03 – 12/2/04 7
12/3/02 – 12/2/03 8
12/3/01 – 12/2/02 9
12/3/00 – 12/2/01 10
12/3/99 – 12/2/00 11
12/3/98 – 12/2/99 12

School Office Hours: 7:30am-3:30pm

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When your child is late for school, please make sure to come through the office for a late pass, to ensure the attendance is marked properly.  An excused tardy is an appointment with a doctor, dentist, orthodontist. Illness in the morning is also considered excused.