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 Viking Voice
The Viking Voice
February 8 – February 12, 2016
It takes every Viking to sail our ship.
8 School Holiday-Lincoln’s Birthday
9 Kindergarten 100th Day Celebrations
10 Chinese New Year Celebrations
11 School Site Council Meeting-open to the public-3:00-4:00pm in room C6
12 Kindergarten Valentine’s Day Celebrations
15 President’s Day-School Holiday
17 Valle Verde Science Fair; 6pm in the MUR
19 Fourth Grade Chinese New Year Luncheon-B pod
19 Fifth Graders visit Foothill Middle School
1 PTA Meeting, 7pm in the Bpod
5 Spring Fling Auction, Dinner and Dance 6pm at the Concord Hilton
17-19 School Play, Shrek the Musical (tickets on sale soon)
25 Mini Fling (It’s the kids’ turn!) 5-8:30pm in the MUR (sign up now!)
TK/Kindergarten Readiness Meeting and Registration: Our wonderful speaker, Lynn Pfeiffer, covered everything and more at our TK/Kindergarten Readiness meeting! She was engaging and funny and full of wonderful tips. We are hoping to have her speak next year, too. Registration was very smooth. We met lots of wonderful incoming families and saw some familiar faces too. Welcome 2016-2017 Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten families!!
Age Appropriate Placement:
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.
o Student turns 5 years old between 9/2/2016 – 12/2/2016
o Student turns 5 years old on or before 9/1/2016
o Student turns 6 years old on or before 9/1/2016
TWDI: Parents who are interested in the Two Way Dual Immersion (TWDI) Kindergarten Program must register at their school of residence and request the Two Way Dual Immersion Application/Transfer. This must be completed and submitted to Student Services Department at the MDUSD Dent Center located at 1936 Carlotta Drive Concord. These applications are due by March 1, 2016 in the MDUSD Student Services Department.
TWDI is a district program. All students regardless of their home school must apply. Students will be enrolled in the TWDI program by primary language. All applications will go through a lottery for placement or be placed on a wait list. Students who are not admitted into the TWDI Kindergarten will maintain their enrollment placement at their school of residence.
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 Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TX1Cjh3M8Mk Enjoy!
SAFETY: Please inform whoever is picking up your children of the rules: Drive the speed limit of 25 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. No parking is permitted in the white zones. The driver should be at the wheel at all times. Students should enter/exit from passenger side of the vehicle. After loading or unloading, safely move out into the flow of traffic. While waiting for your child, move forward in the car line as drivers leave the white zones. Most importantly, model following the law and safety procedures.
SCIENCE FAIR JUDGES: If you are interested in helping to judge our Science Fair projects, please call Debi in the office at 925-939-5700.
Viking Rewards: Our Viking Reward winners this week are: Quaid H., Clint R., Ian L., Stevie O., Anthony Z., Jayden H., Alexis P., Kenzy G., Katelyn R., Brogan B., Chase C., Ashna A., Zayne S., Maddie R., Amir A. and Cady C. Great job, Vikings!!
Viking Bear: Our Viking Pride winner this week is Miss Wehrlie’s class. Our Viking Bear will reside in B2 for the week!
SPRING FLING AND MINI FLING: Buy your tickets, make a donation, bid on classroom art and sign up for buy-in parties here: http://valleverde.schoolauction.net/springfling2016/homepages/show. The Spring Fling (Saturday, March 5th beginning at 6pm at the Concord Hilton) is a dinner, dance and auction. It’s the biggest fundraiser of the year and a wonderful social event for teachers and parents. We need Teachers, Staff and Parents who are attending the Spring Fling to sign up for short shifts to help with games, greeting guests and selling raffle tickets. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4baca92ba20-spring1
We also need parent volunteers who are not attending to help on the evening of the auction. We could do not do this event without volunteers to run the live and silent auction. Know of any local businesses who might want to sponsor us? Opportunities for as little as $200. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. And don't forget, early bird pricing ends Friday, February 12th.
The Mini Fling (Friday, March 25th from 5-8:30pm) is a party just for the kids. It’s an evening of pizza, games, activities, a raffle and dancing that the kids just LOVE! Buy your tickets early because it fills up quickly (available online now at http://valleverde.schoolauction.net/springfling2016/homepages/show). The Mini Fling committee is looking for volunteers for set up & take down as well as group and station leaders who can stay the entire evening to see the fun.
SCHOOL PLAY, Shrek the Musical: Save the date for the school play on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, March 17th – 19th (plus a matinee performance on Saturday). Watch the 4th and 5th graders show off their talents in this amazing performance you won’t want the family to miss. Tickets will go on sale in the quad in March. More info coming soon.
VOLUNTEER UPDATE: It’s already time to start planning for next year. We will need 20+ committee members for our big fundraisers like the Spring Fling and the Carnival. We also need people to coordinate this big events as well as smaller roles, like maintaining the bulletin boards & signage. We will also need to fill four of our officer roles. If you want to know more, please email email@example.com.
PEP (Parent Education Program) and SIPP (STEAM Industry Partnership Program) volunteers needed. Looking for parents who want to get kids excited about careers in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) industries as well as parents who want to help teach our children valuable life lessons. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Going Green: We are also looking for someone with a passion for going greener. Students have received instruction on how to decrease our school waste and increase our recycling and composting. We could use a parent to help us do the same at our events.
Drop Off and Pick Up Safety: Thank you to our parent volunteers for getting this off the ground! It takes less than 20 minutes to make a big difference during drop off and pick up. Email email@example.com for more info or sign up here to volunteer (training provided). http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4aa9ab2faaf58-drop)
As Library Coordinator, you would help organize volunteers from each classroom to help during library times.
FAMILY GAME NIGHT: Thank you Jill Walson and team for another amazing family game night! Despite the rain, over 200 parents and children came to enjoy games and dessert together as a family and community. What a wonderful event. Thank you all for coming!
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.
School Office Hours: 7:30am-3:30pm
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.