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Please note: On some of our Kindergarten packet covers, the time for the Kindergarten Readiness meeting is incorrect. The meeting is Monday, Feb 6, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. We ask that this meeting is parents only. We look forward to seeing you.

The Viking Voice

The Viking Voice

Jan 23-Jan 27, 2017

It takes every Viking to sail our ship.





23-27    Parents can view Family Life Education Materials at Willow Creek Center from 8-4:30pm and from 6-8pm. See below for explanation of materials.


23         IReady testing begins. Make sure children are rested and in school for testing.


23         MDUSD Board Meeting at the Dent Center at 7pm


24         Follow up Soul Shoppe Peacemaker Training


27         Family Game Night (6:30pm in the MUR)




1          Paver orders due


2          Third Grade classes to Chabot Space & Science Center


3          Student Council’s Crazy Hat Day


3          TK 100th Day stations in E1


3          Girl Scout Father/Daughter Dance


6          Kindergarten Readiness Meeting


7          Kindergarten Registration Day


9          Valle Verde Science Fair


15         Valle Verde Spelling Bee


24         Student Council Movie Night



FAMILY LIFE MATERIALS: Sex Education Courses or Family Life Education

and Sexually Transmitted Diseases including HIV/AIDS education

Instruction in these subjects is included in the curriculum in

grade 5, and in grade 7 Science classes and high school Biology

and Health Education classes, as well as certain middle and high school

P.E classes.  Materials being used are available for inspection and

preview at the District Instructional Media Center, C-2, Willow Creek

Center, 1026 Mohr Lane, Concord, Monday through Friday,

October 3, 2016 through October 7, 2016, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Monday through Friday,

January 23, 2017 through January 27, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (School Support, 682-8000,

ext. 4044) (E.C. 51937, 51938, 51939)

IReady Testing:  Testing begins on Monday, January 23, 2017. Please make every effort to have your child present at school. Make sure they eat and sleep well so that they can be successful in their testing. Thank you.

ATTENDANCE:  Below is a summary of how to call in an absence.

Ideally, we like parents to call before 8:30 to our Attendance Hot Line 682-8000 x7505, or e-mail at valleverdeattendance@mdusd.org.   There is also a link on our website to report an absence.     Please give an explanation of an absence, i.e. stomach ache, cold, sore throat, etc.  If you do not verifiy an absence within 3 days of returning to school, the absence turns into a truancy.  Remember, even if you call to verify an absence, it is not always an unexcused absence.  Going out of town for less than 5 days without an Independent Study Contract or keeping your student home for any reason other than a medical appointment or illness, the State requires that absence to be recorded as an unexcused absence. 

INDEPENDENT STUDY:  If you are going on a trip that will last 5 school days or longer, please ask for an Independent Study Contract in the office Laura will be happy to fill one out for you. We need about 2 weeks notice, prior to your trip so the teacher has enough time to gather all of the appropriate work and complete the necessary procedures. An Independent Study contract is a contract signed by both the student and parent that the work assigned will be done in the time frame listed on the contract. The contract acts as if the student has taken no time away from school.

ATTENDANCE LETTERSThe State requires that the attendance letters be sent out concerning absences and tardies.  The letters are written for all grade levels so for an elementary student, some of the information does not apply.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION: Registration is by appointment on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. If you have pre-registered online, you still should attend the Kindergarten Readiness meeting on Feb. 6. This is how you get your appointment for registration. Please bring your printed information to your appointment.  Remember to bring your child’s original birth certificate and immunizations records. Appointments will be available from 8am to 2:30pm in room A2. If your child is currently attending Transitional Kindergarten, you do NOT need to pick up a registration packet for Kindergarten. Your child will automatically be enrolled.

If you enroll through AIR online registration, please note that your process IS NOT complete until you visit the office for additional documents. You still have to attend the Kindergarten Readiness Meeting and Kindergarten Registration Day. Any questions, please contact the office at 925-939-5700.

KINDERGARTEN READINESS MEETING: If you are registering a new Transitional Kindergartener or Kindergartener to Valle Verde for the 2017-18 school year, please come to our Kindergarten Readiness meeting on Monday, February 6, 2017, from 5:30-6:30pm.  We have a wonderful speaker scheduled. You will receive some great tips for getting your child ready to start school in August. At the conclusion of the meeting, you will receive your appointment card for Kindergarten Registration.




PLEASE NOTE:  The Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010 changes the entry date for students enrolling in kindergarten and first grade.  For the 2017-18 school year, children must turn 5 on or before September 1st to be admitted to kindergarten.  Children who turn 5 between September 2nd and December 2nd are eligible to enroll in transitional kindergarten, the first year of a two-year kindergarten program.

This is designed merely as a guide to placement.  With the exception of  Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten, this should not be taken as an absolute.  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


09/2/12 - 12/2/12                                                Transitional K


                 09/2/11 – 9/1/12                                                 K


                                 10/2/10 – 09/1/11                                               1


                        09/2/09-09/1/10                                   2


                        10/2/08-09/1/09                                  3


                        11/2/07-10/1/08                                  4


12/3/06 – 11/1/07                                               5


12/3/05 – 12/2/06                                               6


12/3/04 – 12/2/05                                               7


12/3/03 – 12/2/02                                               8


12/3/02 – 12/2/03                                               9


12/3/01 – 12/2/02                                               10


12/3/00 – 12/2/01                                               11


12/3/99 – 12/2/00                                               12


LOVING SOLUTIONS:  This six week course takes the successful principles used in Parent Project, Sr. and adapts them to the needs of younger children. Learn techniques that put discipline in a positive light! You will learn basic principles that will bring you and your child closer together – not push you apart.

Learn how to encourage self-respect and cooperation.

This class is for parents who have children ages 5 to 10 years old.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 – March 21, 2017


MDUSD Parents attend free

(With pre-registration and attendance at all sessions)

Instructor: Eric Johnson

Valle Verde Elementary School MUR

3275 Peachwillow Lane, Walnut Creek

To Register contact Debi Massey at masseyd@mdusd.org (925) 939-5700 or the

Parent Education Program at (925) 685-7340, ext. 6720, jonesd@mdusd.org

NOON SUPERVISORS: We are in need of noon supervisors for lunch time duty. This is a paid position. If you are interested, please see Laura in the office for an application.

SCIENCE FAIR: This year the Valle Verde Science Fair will be on Feb 9, 2017. Packets came home this week with your child. Please take the time to look over the packet with your child, supporting them in their Science Fair project.

SPELLING BEE: Our Valle Verde Spelling Bee will be on February 15, 2017 at 8:45am in the MUR. Invitations to participants’ families will be coming home soon. (Please note: The Valle Verde Spelling Bee is open to the Fourth and Fifth grades only.) The Contra Costa County Spelling Bee will be on March 25th, 2017, at the Tice Valley Community Gym at 2055 Tice Valley Rd., Walnut Creek.


The champion of the Contra Costa County Spelling Bee will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., courtesy of Bay Area News Group, to compete in the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee*. There will be other prizes for our area’s top spellers, including reference books and gift certificates.


*Dates to be determined. The National Bee is usually held Memorial Day week in May. .

CLOTHING DONATIONS: From time to time, our students may have a reason to come in for a change of clothes. We try our best to accommodate our students, however, we are a little low on sweat pants. If you have clothes your children have outgrown and you are willing to donate them, they would be greatly appreciated. Donations can be made at the office.


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 about the connection between ART & MATH. First is from OK Go - The Writing's on the Wall Video. Their video infuses art & math to create a one of a kind video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m86ae_e_ptU followed by a fun OK Go Behind the Scenes video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmEqeWwFAYA 

Also, we have a TED's Talk: A-rhythm_etic. The Math Behinds the Beats with Clayton Cameron https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkY-o07h7T4

WE'LL TAKE 'EM! NEED YOUR RETIRED COMPUTERS & SMART PHONES!!!  The STEAM Industry Partners Program (SIPP) is conducting a computer hardware presentation to 4th & 5th grade classes.  We need 8 to 10 retired computers that kids can open up, dissect and learn about what's inside.  If you have an old computer/phone to donate, please drop it off at the VV office.  Many Thanks!!!




FAMILY GAME NIGHT: Join us for Family Game Night on Friday, January 27th at 6:30pm in the MUR. This is a free PTA sponsored event. Come play games with other Valle Verde families such as Twister, Candyland, Headbandz and more! You don’t want to miss this fun night. Children must be supervised by parent or guardian.

Pavers: 12 x 12 pavers to go by E-pod can be purchased for $66. Your paver can be personalized with up to 10 lines (with 23 characters per line). 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. See flyer attached.

SAVE THE DATES: Spring Fling will be on Saturday, March 25th. You don’t want to miss this festive and memorable night. The kids get their own party on Friday, April 21st at the Mini Fling.

SPRING FLING HELP: Would you like to help with this fun event? We have several small and large tasks that can be done before or during the event. This is a great way to meet parents and have fun too. Sign-up here Spring Fling Help

MOD PIZZA FUNDRAISER: Thank you to everyone who braved the rain and made it out to MOD Pizza. We had a great turnout! 

PTA HELP: We are looking for someone to lead our matching program for donations. We are also looking to fill spots for Spring Fling Coordinators for 17-18 and if possible, shadow this year’s coordinators. If interested in either, please email vvptaprez@gmail.com.

VOLUNTEER FOR THE GREEN TEAM: Help Valle Verde meet our Green Goals and win a $1500 award for the school. We are looking for parent volunteers to oversee the student Green Team in their composting efforts during the lunch periods from 11am-1pm each day. Email Catherine Foster at vvptaprez@gmail.com if interested.

VIKING THANKS: Thank you to all the families who painted tiles. They are all so unique and our new, colorful tile wall (near the MUR) is going to look amazing. Special thanks to Mrs. Rollick for firing all the tiles. We also want to give thanks to all the parents who painted the set for the play. Can’t wait to see the Lion King Jr. production this Spring.


PTA QUESTIONS OR SUGGESTIONS: Contact Catherine Foster at vvptaprez@gmail.com



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 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.