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The Viking Voice

The Viking Voice

October 24 – October 28, 2016

It takes every Viking to sail our ship.




24th       Dine Around – Mary’s Pizza Shack (11am – 10pm)

24-28th  Red Ribbon Week-please see below for celebrations

25th       Mrs. Swimme’s class to Rock City

25th       “Go With the Flow” water assemblies

27th       Picture Make Up Day!!

27th       Mrs. Gould/Ware’s class to Rock City

27th       School Site Council Meeting at 3pm in the computer lab (B7)

28th       Mrs. LaDue’s class to Rock City

28th       Haunted House – A-pod (6pm–9pm) Lights on (6pm-7pm)

29th       Haunted House – A-pod (6pm-8pm)

30th       Fall Carnival and Haunted House (11am – 3pm)


1st         PTA Meeting (7pm in the B pod)



Monday, October 24th- Wear Red!  Celebrate Red Ribbon Week-not just for a day, but for life!

Tuesday, October 25th-  Wear your sunglasses because your future is bright!

Wednesday, October 26th- I will lead a healthy life! Wear your favorite sports themed t-shirt.

Thursday, October 27th- We can all be a superhero! Wear a superhero t-shirt.

Friday, October 28th- Follow your dreams! Wear your pajamas (no robes, slippers or footie pajamas, please!)

HALLOWEEN PARADE: We will have our Halloween parade on October 31 at 8:30am. The students will parade around the track (weather permitting). Parents are invited to come and take pictures. Please sign in at the office. Please have students wear costumes over clothing and bring a bag to put the costume in after the parade. No masks or weapons will be allowed. TK/Kindergarten parade will be at 10:25am in the Kindergarten yard.


CELL PHONES: Students may possess but not use cellular phones and other electronic signaling devices during the instructional day.  The electronic signaling device must remain turned off during the instructional day.  For more information, see the MDUSD Parent Handbook.

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.


GOING ON A FIELD TRIP? Occasionally, the class will take a school bus, but many trips are made by private car. If you plan to drive on a field trip, you must have Volunteer Clearance. Please obtain a Transportation of Students in Privately-owned Vehicles/Field Trip Chaperone Agreement from the office.  You will need to fill out the form and sign it, and also provide a copy of proof of your car insurance declarations page.  These documents should be in the office no later than one week before your field trip. Make sure to read the Chaperone Handbook.


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 has two STEAM Stories.  They come from Apricot Farms 

http://www.apricotlanefarms.com/our-media/#/photos/7 and The Kid Should See This http://thekidshouldseethis.com/post/76324485350 

We hope your students enjoy!

NEED YOUR RETIRED COMPUTERS!!!  The STEAM Industry Partnership Program (SIPP) is conducting a computer hardware presentation to 4th & 5th grade classes.  We need 6 to 8 retired computers that kids can open up, dissect and learn about what's inside a computer.  If you have an old computer to donate, please drop it off at the VV office.  Thank you!





FALL CARNIVAL: Just TEN DAYS until our Fall Carnival!

There's still time to buy Cowpie Bingo squares, raffle tickets and presale carnival tickets, wristbands, and food deals! Raffle grand prizes include the new Fitbit Charge 2 and Amazon Echo, along with lots of fun other prizes, from gift cards to experiences. The Cowpie Bingo prize is CASH! 

We will be selling tickets in the quad next week after school from 2:30-3:15 p.m. Monday, Wednesday 1:30-2:15, and Thursday morning from 7:30-8:30 a.m. in front of the kindergarten pod and Thursday afternoon from 2:30-3:15 in the quad. Or bring your purchase envelopes into the office and place them in the box on the floor (raffle and tickets) or on the little table to the left (cowpie bingo). 

Prices go up slightly the day of the carnival, so plan ahead and save a few dollars to spend at Candy Corn Alley. Thank you!


HAUNTED HOUSE: Each year the 5th graders create a haunted house for the whole school and community to enjoy. This year’s theme is Haunted Disneyland! Please come out and support this thrilling and original event. Proceeds go towards supporting 5th grade activities. There will be food available for a quick dinner or snacks while you wait to enter the Spooktacular setting. The Haunted House is Friday, October 28th from 6pm to 9pm with lights on from 6pm to 7pm, Saturday, October 29th from 6pm to 8pm and during the Carnival on Sunday from 11am to 3pm. Tickets are available at the door. 


CANDY CORN ALLEY GRADE ASSIGNMENTS: One of the most popular parts of the Fall Carnival is Candy Corn Alley. Our volunteers set up an amazing selection of baked goods in a store setting that kids (and adults) are able to choose from. The proceeds from Candy Corn Alley support our school programs. Each grade level is assigned an item to bring and we ask you drop it off the morning of the carnival in B-3 from 8-9am. See attached flyer for the grade level assignments. Please note: this is just suggestions and if you would like to provide a healthier treat or monetary donation that would be great too.


NEXT DINE AROUND – MARY’S PIZZA THIS MONDAY: Join us this Monday, October 24th at  Mary’s Pizza Shack on 2246 Oak Grove Road in Walnut Creek from 11am-10pm. A portion of your bill will be given back to the 5th Graders at Valle Verde who are raising money for 5th grade activities which includes camp. You must present flyer to receive credit. Thanks to everyone who supported us at Panera this last week. Awesome turnout. 


AUDTIONS FOR THE LION KING: Calling all 4th and 5th graders that are interested in trying out for the Lion King Jr. production. Be a part of an amazing and fun production with your classmates. See attached flyer for details on audition information and dates. If you have any questions, please contact our producer, Emeline Thomsen at (513) 545-6337 or at emethomsen@gmail.com

The 24th Annual Turkey Trot is coming:  Run ~ Have Fun ~ Volunteer! Join your friends and family at the 24th Annual Turkey Trot. This family fun event, with 10K, 5K and Kid’s Runs, is a great way to start your Thanksgiving holiday and show support for your community and your schools. Proceeds from the Turkey Trot benefit the PEAK Education Foundation (Northgate feeder pattern schools) and the Walnut Creek Education Foundation (WCEF) as well as other charitable organizations.  You can be part of the fun even if you don't run. It takes over 200 volunteers so we need YOU!  Volunteering counts towards school credit too. When you register to run or volunteer- select Valle Verde. For more information about the race or to register online, CLICK HERE.

1st GRADERS INTERESTED IN THE GIRL SCOUT DAISY PROGRAM: Is your 1st Grader interested in becoming a Girl Scout Daisy? Girl Scouts is a rewarding experience in leadership, fun and friendship and a new 1st Grade troop is forming at Valle Verde this fall!  If Girl Scouts is something you think your daughter would enjoy, please attend a Parent Information Night this Saturday, October 22nd, at 6pm at Panera in the Countrywood Shopping Center.  Please contact Shellie Hix for more information:  shelliehix01@gmail.com.

BOX TOP COLLECTION: Next collection for Box Tops is December 1st. Put Box Tops in a plastic bag or envelope with your child’s name and teacher listed on it and place in the Box Top drawer in the office.


What are Box Tops? Look for the “Box Tops for Education” logo on many food products that you likely already have in your pantry, fridge or freezer. For every Box Top you clip, your school receives 10 Cents!


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.