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Attendance

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

September 18-September 22, 2017

It takes every Viking to sail our ship.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

SEPTEMBER

19th                   Student Council Assembly

 

21st                   School Site Council Meeting; 3pm in C6

 

29th                    4th-5th grade Fun Run

 

OCTOBER


 

6th                    5th Grade Movie Night, 2:45-4:15pm

 

14th                   Community Service Day

 

27th                   Haunted House, 6-9 pm

 

28th                   Valle Verde Fall Carnival and Haunted House, 12-4pm

 

31st                   5th Grade Baby Photos Due

 

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. 

ATTENDANCE: It’s a big problem: Nationally, an estimated 5 million to 7.5 million students are at risk academically each year because they are chronically absent—missing 10 percent or more of school days, that’s just 18 days or 2 to 3 days a month.  Starting as early as kindergarten and prekindergarten, chronic absence can have adverse consequences for academic achievement, research shows. By third grade, chronically absent students, especially those who have experienced multiple years of poor attendance are less likely to read on grade level. 

What Can You Do?

• Develop a regular bedtime and morning routine.

• Help your child lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.

Arrange medical appointments when school is not in session. Avoid unnecessary absences. Some absences are unavoidable. Occasionally, children get sick and need to stay home. What is important is getting children to school as often as possible.

*Avoid extended vacations when school is in session.

• Make sure your child has the required shots before school starts.

• Avoid missing school unless a child is truly sick and seek help if chronic illness is a challenge. Check with our school nurse or office staff if you are not sure about when to keep your child at home due to illness.

• If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make her feel comfortable and excited about learning.

So this September, for Attendance Awareness Month, let’s work together as a community – school and business leaders, parents, students, teachers, doctors, neighbors – to get all kids to school – on time, every day!

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY ATTENDANCE AWARENESS POSTER CONTEST

Let’s have some students from MDUSD enter this poster contest!  Last year’s winners had their artwork displayed on county buses for all to see. 

  • Here is an opportunity for students to use their creativity to tell us why “Every School Day Counts: Attend today, achieve for a lifetime!” Students fall behind when they miss too much school, even if it is just a day or two every few weeks. School success goes hand-in-hand with good attendance. Enter today!
  • For more information go to http://www.cccoe.k12.ca.us/attn/contest_winners.html
  • First Place Winner: $75 and artwork will appear on the Every School Day Counts! Calendar Cover. 12 Runners-up: $20 each and Feature in Calendar.  All winners will receive a copy of the Every School Day Counts! Calendar.
  • Students in Grades K-5 • Deadline: Friday October 27, 2017, 5:00 p.m.  (if delivered to County Office)

PARENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE: We are seeking Valle Verde parent representation on the Parent Advisory Council (PAC).  Valle Verde needs 1-2 parent representatives. The PAC is key component of the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) development process. 

 

The Parent Advisory Council to the Superintendent (PAC) is comprised of parent representatives from each school. They meet with the Superintendent and other district staff on a monthly basis during the school year to help implement and monitor the elements of the Local Control Accountability Plan.  Members work together to:

-Identify common needs and goals among the parents/ guardians of students.

-Provide the superintendent with feedback and insight from the parent’s perspective on school process, policies and initiatives to ensure that the needs of parents and their families are included as decisions are made in the district.

- Facilitate communication between and among the parents and parent organizations from different district schools and serve as a forum for sharing innovations and best practices from around the district. 

If you are interested in participating in the PAC, please contact Debi in the office at 925-939-5700.

 

 

ENRICHMENT CLASSES: Enrichment classes are listed on the school website (http://vvesmdusdca.schoolloop.com/)   under “Links”. They are no longer listed under the “PTA” tab.

 

VOLUNTEERING:  All volunteers must have a negative TB test and pass fingerprint clearance. The summer is a perfect time to get this done. Effective July 1, 2009, there will be a $32.00 ($49.00 if you have lived in California less than one year) fingerprinting charge payable in Cash (exact cash please), Money Order or Cashier’s Check made payable to Mt. Diablo Unified School District. No personal checks will be accepted. Evidence of medical clearance from tuberculosis obtained within the last 60 days must be provided at the time of your scheduled fingerprint appointment. TB clearance remains valid for 4 years and fingerprints do not have an expiration date. Please schedule your fingerprint appointment through our online appointment system accessed via our Parent Portal page from our District website-mdusd.org.

 

PTA NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS

PTA NEWS and ANNOUNCMENTS

 

PTA REGISTRATION:  Did you register for PTA?

Just go to: http://valleverde.schoolauction.net/vvpta

You can still:

* Order your yearbook

* Donate to the PTA (“boosters”). This is our biggest fundraiser of the year!

* Become a voting PTA member ($12 dues)

If you paid your PTA booster and have not received a car magnet, please email vvptaprez@gmail.com 

 

SPIRIT WEAR: Orders have been placed and items should arrive by the end of September.

FUN RUN: Attention 4th & 5th Graders: Your Fun Run will take place on Friday, September 29th.   Pledge forms are due on September 29th. See Flyers attached.  Prizes for most laps completed and most money raised.  Proceeds for 5th Graders will go towards 5th Grade Activities.  Proceeds for 4th Graders will be saved in a fund to be used towards their 5th Grade Activities for 2018-2019 school year.  

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ENRICHMENT CLASSES:  Fall 2017 Enrichment sessions begin next week thru November. Access the PTA/Enrichment tab on the Valle Verde website for the fliers and registration information. There is also a helpful Q&A. Classes this Fall include Basketball, Coding, Spanish, Cartooning, Chess, Holiday Art and Typing. See attached document for more information.

Questions can be sent to vvenrichment@gmail.com

 

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FALL CARNIVAL:  MARK YOUR CALENDARS! This year’s Fall Carnival will be held on Saturday, October 28th from 12-4pm. This is such a fun event for the kids and a major PTA Fundraiser. We need your help! There are still a few key roles that we need filled and would love to hear some new ideas. Please contact Phyllis@mansellfamily.ca if you are able to join our committee, have suggestions or have donations for the raffle/prizes. Thank you for all your support in making this a memorable and fun event for our kids.

 

5TH GRADE FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIE – ALICE IN WONDERLAND: Friday, October 6th from 2:45PM – 4:15PM. Join your fellow 5th Graders for a viewing of Alice in Wonderland (G Rated – Animated Version).  After the film we’ll have a quick brainstorming session for the Haunted House.  $5 entry fee for movie, popcorn, drink and a sweet treat.   All proceeds will go to 5th Grade Activity Fund. You must fill out the form attached and place in PTA drawer with $5.00 payment by Wednesday, Sept. 27th.   Cash or check only.  Check payable to Valle Verde PTA. 

 

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5TH GRADE BABY PHOTOGRAPHS DUE OCTOBER 31st -  5th Grade Parents don't forget to submit your child's baby photographs by October 31, 2017. Please see flyer attached for further details.  If you need more information or have any questions, please contact Heather Munoz at munoz_family@sbcglobal.net.  

 

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25th ANNUAL TURKEY TROT TO RAISE MONEY FOR PEAK – The 25th Annual Turkey Trot will take place on Thanksgiving Morning, Thursday, Nov. 23rd at 8am at Civic Park. Registration is now open and this family fun event is a great way to show support for our school. Last year the Turkey Trot raised over $15,000 for PEAK Education Foundation schools (Northgate, Foothill, Valle Verde, Bancroft and Walnut Acres) and this year we hope to raise even more by having lots of students and parents participate.

For more information visit: http://formaturkeytrot.com

 

CARPOOL LANE HELP: We are looking for parents to help monitor dropping off in the morning and picking up in the afternoon. Last year the wonderful Greg Eby graciously volunteered his time to help. We are looking for a few other parents to help out on this year. Check in at the office and grab a safety vest. Your help is greatly appreciated to make sure our children stay safe.

 

PAVERS: We are able to sell some more pavers connecting the path from E-pod to the track. If you are interested in purchasing for $66, please fill out what you would like on the website linked here, then submit a check payment made out to VVEPTA to the PTA drawer in the office. We will place the order October 1st. Questions? Email Catherine Foster at vvptaprez@gmail.com

 

COMMUNICATION: In addition to the Viking Voice and Valle Verde Facebook page, Konstella is used for communication of PTA & School events, grade level activities and as a school directory. When you sign up with Konstella, you can add your children and assign them to a grade, enter your contact information, see past communication within your child’s grade and see upcoming events on the calendar and more.

 

Are you new to Konstella?

Download the Konstella app for Android or iPhone and use this code: ZxEcOA or go online to

https://www.konstella.com/cd/ZxEcOA to get started.

Returning to Konstella?

If updating in the Konstella app: Click on Me on the bottom right of your screen and then click on My Children where you can add, delete, etc.

If updating from your computer, sign in at https://www.konstella.com and click on your name in the upper left hand corner, then click on Your Children and add, delete, etc.

 

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

 

THANK YOU Corinne McKeown for organizing the fundraiser helping Mrs. Nguyen’s class at Houston Elementary. Valle Verde families purchased items off a wish list to help the students start school after the hurricane. Thanks to Liz McLean and Sarah Marks for organizing the Mom’s Night Buy in Party for 5th Grade Activities. A great time was had by all! Lastly thanks to Brandi Klintworth for coordinating our room parents and getting everyone signed up with Konstella!

 

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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.