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 Viking Voice
The Viking Voice
September 15-19, 2014
It takes every Viking to sail our ship.
15 Picture Day
26 Kindergarten Family Science Day
29 Mrs. Smith’s class to Los Vaqueros
PICTURE DAY! Monday, September 15, is picture day!! Lifetouch will be here in the MUR to photograph our children. Put your best smile on!! J
SOUL SHOPPE Our first Soul Shoppe Assembly will be this Friday. Students will attend by grade level. The focus of the assembly is citizenship.
STOP IN AT THE OFFICE…Reminder: if you are tardy, you must get an “absence cleared” pass so the teacher knows you stopped in at the office. Also, anytime you are visiting the school during school hours, remember to sign in and get a sticker! J
RECYCLE YOUR SMALL ELECTRONICS: We need your help in raising money for our fifth grade camp. Bring in your small electronics for recycling.
AND THEY’RE OFF…. Our TK-Third grade students are competing for the Golden Lunchbox. Classes each have a race car that moves up the track when students remember to be safe by staying seated; be respectful by quieting down; and be responsible by cleaning up. The first class to reach the finish line will choose a prize from our Golden Lunchbox. Fourth and fifth grade students earn the opportunity to sit by grade when they honor the same guidelines.
OFFICE INFORMATION To streamline your visit to the office, drawers are located under the counter to the right of the door as you enter the office. We place order forms for Lunch, PTA, Enrichment, Spirit Wear, etc. All payments, and completed forms get placed back in the same drawer. As needed, we change the drawers for different fundraisers and functions. So, if you need to leave a payment, or pick up an order form, be sure to check the drawers.
ATTENDANCE INFORMATION: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. There is also a link on our website to report an absence. Please be sure to give an explanation of the absence, i.e. stomach ache, cold, sore throat, etc. If you do not clear an absence within 3 days of returning to school, the absence becomes a truancy concern and you may receive a letter. Remember, even if you call to clear an absence, it is not always an excused absence. Going out of town or keeping your student home for any reason other than a medical appointment or illness is considered an unexcused absence per State requirements. If you know you will be out of town for five or more days, please request an Independent Study.
INDEPENDENT STUDY If you are going on a trip that will last longer than 5 school days, please ask for an Independent Study Contract in the office and I (Laura) will be happy to fill one out for you. We need about 2 weeks prior to your leave date 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 given will be done in the time frame listed on the contract. Students honoring the contract by completing all assignments during the absence are considered excused.
MISTAKE IN MENU CALENDAR: Please be advised: There is an error in the menu calendar. It states that there is no school on January 30. This is an error. Please send your children to school January 30, 2015.
SHOW YOUR VIKING PRIDE We wear our school colors, Blue and Gold, or our school t-shirts every Friday to show our Viking pride. Will your child’s class keep our Viking Bear for a week? Remind your child to show their spirit this Friday!
COMMON CORE: To understand more about the Common Core State Standards, try this link:
DONORS CHOOSE Have you checked out DonorsChoose.org? What a great way to support a classroom. It is an online charity that makes it easy to help classrooms in need. Just go to www.DonorsChoose.org to see what teachers have posted.
VIKING REWARDS: This week, our Viking Reward winners are: Alex P., Cason B., Paloma L., Yuna H., Tilly C., Charlie A., Sarah Y., Tristan A., Devayani B., Allison N., Reagan T., Mia W., Sofia T., Jake G., Michael H., Ryan T. and Regan J. Excellent job, Vikings!!!
VIKING PRIDE: Our Viking Bear will be residing in Mrs. Liberatore’s class this week. Way to show school pride, B2!!!
PTA NEWS: Questions, email email@example.com
NEW ARF ENRICHMENT CLASS! Does your child love animals? Through fun activities and hands-on lessons, students in grades 3-5 will experience the wonderful world of cats and dogs. Visiting therapy animals help bring lessons to life as students explore different themes each week. Topics include compassion and responsibility, dog safety, shelter care, animal senses and fun furry facts. Your child will also create an enrichment project that benefits shelter animals. As a special treat, each student will “adopt” a plush cat or dog complete with adoption certificate and ceremony. Presented by Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation.
VOLUNTEER NEEDS: We are in need of the following helpers:
PEAK Rep - Attend monthly meetings to represent Valle Verde. PEAK raises money for all of the WC schools.
Haunted House - Leaders for the 5th graders during Carnival on 10/26.
Enrichment - Help to coordinate these fun after school activities.
Spell-A-Thon - Help stuffing envelopes and tracking.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions
TUTTI FRUITTI has graciously agreed to support Valle Verde again this year with a percentage of profit given back with purchases every Monday and Wednesday all year long! Just remember to say you are with Valle Verde!
DINE AROUND TOWN is back this year! As the year progresses we will be announcing several local restaurants that will donate money back to Valle Verde after designating a special night to dine there! Our first restaurant will be ROCCO's on Wednesday, October 15th! Rocco will give back 25% of all purchases to Valle Verde for dine in and take out orders at lunch and dinner on this day! Be sure to mention you are with Valle Verde!
ESCRIP Thank you to everyone who signed up last year, bringing in over $5,000!! Don’t forget to log on to escrip.com to renew your commitment for this school year, or sign up if you haven't done so yet! Our school is Valle Verde Elementary School and the Group# 137587885. Please do so by Nov 1st so there is no lapse in contributions.
WHAT IS eSCRIP? eScrip is an easy and safe resource for fundraising where participating business partners contribute a percentage of your grocery and dining purchases back to our school based on purchases you have made through your loyalty cards, credit cards, and debit/ATM cards.
Here's How It Works
You register any one or all of your existing grocery loyalty, debit and credit cards for use in the program. Participating merchants will make contributions to your chosen group, based on purchases made by you, just by using the cards you have registered. Your purchases are tracked and available to you online, allowing you to see just how much you are earning on your child's behalf! Watch for a flyer to come home with your child next week. Contact Amy Vieira with questions! email@example.com
ENRICHMENT: We are extremely excited to launch Valle Verde’s Fall after school enrichment schedule. There are many NEW classes (i.e., Club ARF, Fashion Design, Glee: Frozen, Robotics 101 and many more). Classes will start during the week of September 15, 2014 and end the first week in November. Registration starts NOW!! Turn in your form and check(s) to the office by Friday 9/12 by 3:30pm to receive early bird pricing! Look out for two columns of pricing next to each class (EB for early bird and RG for regular) on the registration form. So sign up now as class size is limited. We look forward to seeing you! To attain your class schedule and registration form, you can either download from our website under the PTA link (http://vves-mdusd-ca.schoolloop.com), or pick up a copy from the office. If you have any questions or comments, please email: Heather Munoz (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Andrea Kohn (email@example.com)
DIRECTORY Make sure you get into the Valle Verde directory. The directory is the best way to get in contact with other Valle Verde families. To get your information into the directory, you must either
1. Complete the PTA registration form and bring it back on August 20th. Or...
2. Follow this link and do a quick review of your information today (or enter your information if you are new to Valle Verde): http://fs8.formsite.com/ValleVerdePTA/2014Directory/index.html
VALLE VERDE CHILDREN’S CENTER We are the on-site before and after school program located at Valle Verde Elementary. We provide care for students TK through 5th grade. We offer full time, part time and drop in care to meet your family needs. We also offer a homework club for 1st through 5th graders. So come over and meet us, we have an enthusiastic staff with unlimited activities to enrich your child’s world. Check out our new web site at www.valleverdechildrenscenter.org for pricing and more information. Please note: Due to liability issues children not enrolled in Valle Verde Children’s Center may not be on the playground after school when we are using it. This applies to both the Kindergarten and the big play yard.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Christine Muller ,Center Director
9/27 Valle Verde Neighborhood Park gardening 9-12pm: Sign up to participate in community service day at Valle Verde Neighborhood Park on Banyan Circle - adjacent to the school - on Saturday, 9/27 (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.). We will spread mulch and install plants to complete the new look of the park with its new climbing logs & boulders. All ages are welcome and it's a great family project. The Woodlands Association will be providing beverages to all volunteers. Please let your friends in the neighborhood know about this event!
CALLING ALL VALLE VERDE FAMILIES~As an effort to support the Walnut Creek Community Service Day (Saturday 9/27) I have asked Joan Tomasini, the food drive administrator to deliver a donation barrel to Valle Verde so our Vikings can show their support. This is a great way for our children to get involved and give to their community. Have fun with it! Take them shopping or clean out the cupboards. Have them choose the food they would like to donate. Donations will be accepted until Friday 9/26. Thank you for your support!
PEAK: ZUMBA FITNESS FUNDRAISER on Sept. 26th. Come have fun, exercise and support your schools at the Zumba Fitness FUNdraiser sponsored by PEAK Education Foundation. Four fantastic local instructors will lead you through the moves at this event where you can benefit your health and benefit your schools at the same time!
Date: Friday, September 26th from 3pm - 6pm
Where: Foothill Middle School Multi-Use Room
Who: Adults and Kids (ages 12 - 18)
Donation/cost: $20 adults, $10 kids (pay at the door, cash or check only)
RSVP & Questions: contact Miriam at firstname.lastname@example.org
Signed waiver required - download at www.peakwalnutcreek.org
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.