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The Viking Voice

The Viking Voice

December 5– December 9, 2016

It takes every Viking to sail our ship.






5-16      Conference Schedule


5          Book Fair Begins (Runs all week)


6          50th Anniversary Tile Painting (1:30pm-3:00pm) or (5:00pm-6:30pm)


6          PTA Meeting in the B pod at 7pm


7          Viking Store open at lunch in room B3


7          Whole Foods Fundraiser


8          Chorus Concert in the MUR in 5pm


9          Viking Store open after school in room B3


14         TK Holiday Stations


14         Mrs. Swimme’s Holiday show in the D pod at 6pm


15         DELAC Meeting at Willow Creek Center at 5:30pm


15         Gingerbread Man Musical in the MUR at 6:30pm


16         Gingerbread Man Cast Party in the Cpod at 10:10am



CONFERENCE SCHEDULE:  Conference Schedule begins on December 5 and ends on December 16. During this period, grades 1-3 will be dismissed daily at 1:30pm and grades 4 and 5 will be dismissed at 1:40pm. There will be no change to the TK/K schedule. Any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Valle Verde office staff at 925-939-5700.

REPORT CARDS   Report Cards will be given to parents during the conferences scheduled.  If the parent conference was held in October, report cards will be sent home with students on December 9, 2016. 



VIKING REWARD SYSTEM: Students who demonstrate the 3 Bs and use Life Skills will be recognized throughout the school year. Weekly drawings for gift certificates will take place and winners will be announced at lunch time. Each trimester, through Student Council, students will be able to exchange VIKINGS for earned rewards at our Student Store. Lastly, classroom teachers may also reinforce positive behavior with their own behavior system. VIKINGS are earned and cannot be traded or sold. Anyone copying Vikings are violating the Valle Verde Three Bees.

FLU SEASON:  It seems flu season is already upon us. Please do not send your child to VVE or VVCC if they are experiencing fever, chills and or vomiting. Children need to be fever free for 24 before they may return to school or daycare. We are emphasizing hand washing, water drinking and additional sanitizing  to help combat this flu. Please help us by keeping your child home if they are experiencing any of the above symptoms.


INTER/INTRA DISTRICT TRANSFER PROCEDURES: Intradistrict applications will be available beginning October 17, 2016 at the school sites, on the web site, mdusd.org, and at the District Office, 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord, CA 94519 in the Welcome Center, Room 1. The link for transfers is http://mdusd-ca.schoolloop.com/transfers.

STEAM STORIES: As part of your participation in the STEAM Industry Partners Program (SIPP), we email out interesting "STEAM Stories" every other week for your students. These short videos are intended to be watched in the classroom or you can place it in your school's on-line newsletter so parents & children can watch along together at home.  The goal is to ignite curiosity and inspire our children to think big.  This week is all about learning through Instagram! These selected Instagrams are appropriate for children, and parents & teachers will enjoy them, too!  Hope you enjoy :-)





BOOK FAIR IS HERE THIS WEEK RUNS FROM DECEMBER 5th – 9th in D5: This is a favorite event for the kids! They love coming into the store and picking out new books. It gets them excited to read, while also helping to raise money for our school. We need your help to run the store. Please sign up for a shift during the week.

Click here for sign-ups

Book Fair Hours: Monday – Thursday: 1:30pm – 3:30pm,

Thursday night: 6pm-8:30pm, Friday: 11:00am-12:30pm


WHOLE FOODS FUNDRAISER: Shop at our new Whole Foods in the Encina Grande Shopping Center on Wednesday, December 7th (ALL DAY) and 5% of your purchase goes towards PEAK, which benefits our school.


LEAVE YOUR MARK AT VALLE VERDE: We have two exciting opportunities for Valle Verde Families, Students and Alumni. NEW: Sign up link added

Tiles: In honor of our 50th Anniversary we are creating a wall of painted tiles that will be celebrate our 50 years as Valle Verde Vikings. For $25 per tile, your family can create a work of art that will permanently be displayed at our school. Tiles will be made on Tuesday, December 6th during an afternoon shift (1:30 – 3:00pm) or an evening shift (5:00pm-6:30pm). To reserve your tile, submit the bottom portion of the attached flyer with a check (payable to VVPTA). Please return your order form and check by Friday, December 2nd to the drawer marked Pavers/Tiles in the Valle Verde Office. Or use this Signup Genius link to reserve your spot and place a check in the drawer or bring on December 6th.

Pavers: In honor of our founding in 1966, 12 x 12 pavers can be purchased for $66. Your paver can be personalized with up to 10 lines (with 23 characters per line). You have an additional opportunity to purchase a Donor Certificate for your home or office for $14.00. To purchase a paver, please go to www.bricksrus.com/order/valleverdepta and complete the online order form. Please submit all orders by February 1st, 2017. You can submit your check (made to VVPTA) in the drawer marked Pavers/Tiles in the Valle Verde Office.  

COMPUTER HOLIDAY FUN: With Conference Early Release Days coming up, Ms. Kroeber is offering a Computer Holiday Fun class. See attached flier. Kids will make holiday cards, design computer engineered snowflakes, holiday ornaments, collages and kids interested in coding can explore online coding programs and experiment in "Sphero".


FAMILY GAME NIGHT: Join us for Family Game Night on Friday, January 27th at 6:30pm in the MUR. This is a fun, free PTA sponsored event. Come play games with other Valle Verde families such as Twister, Candyland, Headbandz and more!


VIKING THANKS: We are so thankful for our many volunteers that help out each week to make Valle Verde amazing. This week we would like to acknowledge some special parents for dedicating their time to help make a difference. Liesbeth De Waele and Heidi Crocker for leading our Book Fair, Corinne McKeown for the sticker reminders for our many fundraising events, Meg Honey for our beautiful bulletin board, Kristin Mendelson for the Script fundraiser, Catherine Foster for the Zombie Walk and Erin Klein for the organizing the Carnival Buy-In parties. We love our Viking Village!


PTA QUESTIONS OR SUGGESTIONS: Contact Catherine Foster at 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.