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.
May 11-May 29th students in grades third through fifth will take part in the first statewide administration of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). For more information please click here.
Please schedule dental and doctor appointments accordingly, and ensure students have plenty of sleep and a good breakfast.
Our district is going green with our flyers. From now on all the school approved flyers will be available electronically for you to download by clicking on the Peachjar button to the right.
The Viking Voice
The Viking Voice
April 20-24, 2015
It takes every Viking to sail our ship.
20 Walk Through the American Revolution
21 Spring Picture Day!-MUR
22 Earth Day
22 B1 to Bollman Water Treatment Plant
24 First Graders to Clayton Farm
24 Spirit Assembly
27 Kindergarten to Smith Farm
27 Jr. Choir Dress Rehearsal
30 Jr. Choir Assembly and Concert
1 BBQ Lunch!!
1-15 Order next year’s School Supplies now
4-8 Staff Appreciation Week and Book Fair in the MUR
5 PTA Meeting (Service Awards) 7pm in the B pod (Raising healthy families @ 6:30)
11-29 State Testing 3rd-5th grade (CAASPP)
26 Open House (in classrooms) and Art Show (MUR) 6pm-8pm
WE ARE NOW ON TWITTER Follow us on Twitter @VVES1966
SUMMER VACATIONS: In an effort to help you plan your summer vacations, here are some upcoming dates:
June 11 Last Day of School
Aug 17 Drive Through Packet Pick Up
Aug 19 Walk Through Registration (Pick up your child’s class assignment)
Aug 25 First Day of School
Sep 8 Back To School Night
VIKING REWARDS: This week, our Viking Reward winners are: Cash P., Anna L., Keira K., Daniela S., Babak O., Ethan L., Matt R., Luke F., Bo M., Damyn V., Joelle R., John G., Tristan A., Kaden M. and Jacob K. Great job, Vikings!!
VIKING PRIDE: Congratulations to Mrs. Philips’ class for showing their pride! Our Viking Bear will reside in A5 this week. Way to go, Vikings!!
STATE TESTING May 11-29th 3rd through 5th grade. Please avoid scheduling outside appointments for your child during the testing window. Thanks!
SUPERINTENDENT LETTER TO PARENTS REGARDING TESTING
Dear Parent or Guardian,
This spring, students in grades three through eight and grade eleven will take part in the first statewide administration of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). These computer-based tests will replace the former paper-based, multiple-choice assessments in English language arts/literacy (ELA) and math. The science tests will still be paper-based. The tests provide information that can be used to monitor student progress and ensure that all students leave high school ready for college and career.
Students in MDUSD will take the test in grades three through eight, and eleven, from April 27-May 29. To learn about the types of questions on the computer-based test, you and your child can view the practice test online at the California Department of Education (CDE) Smarter Balanced Practice Test website at: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/practicetest.asp
Following the spring 2015 testing, students will receive individual score reports. Student score reports will be sent home to parents and will include an overall score, a description of the student’s achievement, level for English-language arts and mathematics, and other information. It is important to note that these scores cannot be compared to scores that your child previously received on the STAR Program tests because this test is based on the new Common Core State Standards, involves different types of questions, and will not be reported using the STAR Program reporting categories. No student, parent or teacher should be discouraged by scores, which will not be used to determine whether a student moves on to the next grade. Rather, the results will provide an opportunity to focus on the needs of students and support teachers and schools.
If you would like more information, please visit the Parent/Student tab on the CDE CAASPP website at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/. If you have any questions regarding your child’s participation, please contact the principal at your child’s school. Sincerely, Dr. Nellie Meyer, Superintendent
PTA NEWS: Questions, email email@example.com
PTA NEWS: Last PTA meeting of the year is Tuesday, May 5th at 7pm in the Bpod. Please come and join us as we celebrate those who have donated so much of their time to help our children and our PTA at the annual Service Awards. (Find agendas & minutes at https://vves-mdusd-ca.schoolloop.com. )
2015-2016 OFFICERS: Our officers for next year have been voted in! President – Brandi Klintworth, VP Historian – Catherine Foster, VP Safety – Jeremy Cowell, Parliamentarian – Kimberly Moore, Auditor – Melanie Kress, Secretary – Jennifer Lazzarini and Treasurer – Heidi Brown.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Do you ever wish you could find an extra day? Done! Order your school supplies (online or paper copy, will be send out soon) 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. 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 will start May 1st and go through May 15th. The supply kits will be delivered to the school the week of Aug. 16th, if you want them before the start of school.
STAFF APPRECIATION: The week of May 4th – 8th we will be celebrating all of our amazing Valle Verde teachers and staff. The PTA will be providing breakfast on Monday and lunch on Friday to all of our wonderful staff. Keep a look out for an email from your room parent for how you can help to celebrate your teacher/s.
ART SHOW & OPEN HOUSE: Mark your calendars for the 2015 Valle Verde Art Show on Tuesday, May 26th from 6:00 to 8:00pm! This year’s Art Show will again feature the ever popular Valle Verde Open House… Though most parents choose to view fine artwork, munch on cookies and imagine their children growing up to be famous painters, you are invited to enjoy the school's open house too. J
Love art, and your kids?!? We are in need of some helpers... (please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help)
Thursday, May 21st After School - Strong, burly folks with a great work ethic and equally great sense of humor needed to setup art hanging grids and tables. We hope to make the setup quick and painless.
Friday, May 22nd After Morning Drop-Off - Friendly, cooperative folks needed to meet classroom "Art Parents" in the MUR to hang and setup artwork. We will not be covering walls in black paper as in years past, though we will be paying close attention to hanging level and paper backed art pieces.
Tuesday, May 26th After Morning Drop-Off - Amazing cookie bakers (and buyers) are needed above all other jobs. The way we see it, there is no Art Show if the cookies don’t make it to the event!! During Open House/Art Show - A couple kid craft friendly folks needed to monitor a craft table, watching closely for glue eating 2 year olds and crayon castle drawings on walls, tables and distracted parents. :) After the Party - Energetic helpers needed 8pm-8:45pm for the big take down. What goes up must come down... Even in the art world.
SPRING FLING: The last of the auction items, a few buy in parties (like Backyard Olympics (5/16), Wine tasting (5/30), Caddy Shack Movie/Dinner (5/2), Yoga/Brunch (5/9) & Hawaiian Progressive Party (6/13)), and gift cards are available online through the end of the week. Click on the link: https://valleverde.schoolauction.net/springfling2015/catalog
NEW! SPANISH ENRICHMENT: If you missed last week’s info meeting and want to know more about a new Spanish Program in the mornings starting in the Fall, please contract Viva el Español at (925) 962-9177 or check out their website www.vivaelespanol.org.
COMMITTEE LEADERS 2015-2016: Now that we have elected our officers for next year, we will be filling in our committee leaders. We are looking for leaders for our big events, such as the Spring Fling auction and the school play, as well as the smaller events/programs that can be done mostly at home, such as the spell-a-thon, eScrip, dining around town and the directory (someone with excel and/or database skills). We also have positions that can be shared with a friend or two, such as hospitality (includes a few food related events like the ice cream social). We are also looking for assistants for many of the committees (a great way to get your feet wet). Attached is a list of our positions. If you want to know more about these positions, please contact email@example.com.
NORTHGATE PARENT EDUCATION NIGHT
Tuesday, April 28th, 6:30pm in the Northgate High School Little Theatre
425 Castle Rock Road, Walnut Creek Sponsored by the Northgate Support Counselors and the Northgate Parent Faculty Club
THE PLEASURE TRAP: a continued look at motivating kids to make good choices
Facilitated by Abby Medcalf, PhD
Have you ever asked your son to stop playing his video game and put away the dishes? Have you ever tried to get your daughter to turn off the TV and set the table? (If they didn’t ignore you completely, the answer to both these requests was probably “in a minute”). Have you ever tried to get your kids to try new foods or spend more time on their homework? If you’ve had difficulty with any of these attempts, you’re probably someone trying to parent in the 21st century. Come find out what makes your kids tick and how to motivate them to make healthy choices (a bonus is finding out how to motivate yourself too)! With humor and the latest research Abby will help you get everyone off the couch and in the game.
Build on your conversation with Abby when she was at Northgate last spring or come to add “new tricks” to your parenting toolkit in handling teens.
All parents in the community are welcome.
RAISING HEALTHY FAMILIES, free presentation: The New Health Chiropractic Center invites you to attend this 30 minute presentation on Tuesday May 5th 2015, at 6:30pm in the Bpod (before the PTA Meeting – see flyer attached). Learn the common denominator that leads to ALL childhood sickness and disease. Find out the 1 THING to focus on your child’s health that will allow them to THRIVE. Give your child the health advantage so they can live to a happy healthy 100!
VALLE VERDE WEBSITE: http://vves-mdusd-ca.schoolloop.com/
Be Safe J Be Respectful JBe 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.
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.