The Viking Voice
The Viking Voice
April 24~April 28, 2017
It takes every Viking to sail our ship.
22nd PEAK 80’s Night Fundraiser at Eve’s Waterfront (9pm-12am) See details below
24th Kindergarteners to Smith Family Farms
24th Box Tops Due
25th Mrs. Reed and Ms. Wehrlie’s classes to Bancroft Gardens
25th Loving Solutions Parenting class in the MUR
27th Ms. Nakashima’s class to Bancroft Gardens
27th School Site Council Meeting in B1
28th Fifth grade pot luck luncheon and State float parade; MUR and playground
28th Mrs. Gould/Ware’s Peter Rabbit Tea
30th Harlem Wizards vs. MDUSD Staff; Northgate HS Gymnasium at 1:00pm
1st- 5th Staff Appreciation Week
1st-19th CAASPP Testing
2nd Jr. Choir Assembly
4th MARE Ocean Second Grade presentation
4th Fifth grade Walk the Revolution
7th Happy Birthday Mrs. Perkins!!
8th – 12th Book Fair (MUR)
17th Volunteer Lunch
19th School Supplies Orders Due
23rd Open House/Art Show/50th Anniversary Celebration
9th Last Day of School; dismissal for Tk/K is at 11:15 am and grades 1-5 will be dismissed at noon.
7th Kindergarten Screening Day
10th Walk Through at Foothill Middle School
14th Drive Through packet pick up at Valle Verde
16th Walk Through at Valle Verde
22nd First Day of School
STUDENT INFORMATION FORM: Student Information Forms are available in the office. They will be due by May 1, 2017. It is important to return the forms on time so that class configurations can begin for 2017-18. If you haven’t returned your yellow slip regarding intent to return, please do so as soon as possible.
FILING RECORDS: Please be advised: If you and your child have different last names, please include your child’s name on your records as we file by their last name. Thank you for your help in this process.
CAASPP TESTING: Testing begins May 1st and continues through May 19th. Please make sure your students get enough sleep and have a nourishing breakfast so that they can get the best results. Please try to schedule any doctor or dentist appointments around the CAASPP testing schedule.
Third and Fourth Grade Classes will begin CAASPP on May 1st and they are planning to complete the testing window on May 5th. Fifth Grade classes will begin the CAASPP testing on May 8th and are planning for completion of the testing window on May 12th. The CAST Online Science Test is scheduled for 5th grade students the week of May 8th, as well. May 15th – May 19th is also on the calendar, if additional time is needed for testing. Thank you for your support to send your child to school, on time and ready for CAASPP.
VCR PLAYERS: Our D pod teachers are in need of a working VCR player. If you have one you can donate, that would be great!!
ENRICHMENT INFORMATION: Hello Parents & Caregivers! We are proud to support after-school Enrichment Classes at Valle Verde. Class offerings cover a host of arts, sports, and academics -- and are held on the Valle Verde school campus after school hours. Also, children attending the Valle Verde Children's Center can be escorted by center staff to and from classes.
Q: Where are the Enrichment Class offerings listed?
A: To find Enrichment Class offerings, please visit the Valle Verde Elementary school website. From the home page, choose the "PTA" tab and scroll to "Enrichment".
Q: How to I register for and pay for the classes?
A: Generally, the registration/payment instructions can be found on the class flyer. Many of the classes have an online registration option, through a visit to the vendor's website. Vendors without a website ask caregivers to fill out the flyer ("registration form") and mail it to their address along with a check for the fee.
Q: What if I register and a class is cancelled?
A: From time to time, a class may not get enough sign ups and the vendor decides to cancel the class. If you've already paid for the class, you will be notified that the class will not be held and your payment will be refunded.
Q: If I have further questions about Enrichment, who should I ask?
A: The current coordinator for Valle Verde Enrichment is Lori Worden; she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 925-330-1904.
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 weeks video is from Kids.Gov on Marine Biology: A Career Spotlight https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAZvxukW8kY and Aerospace Engineer: A Career Spotlight https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJBeiBTtyk4&list=PLDB4BCE9817AE7B43&index=15
PTA NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS
Staff Appreciation Week: Want to help show our fantastic Valle Verde Staff how much we appreciate them? May 1-5 is Staff Appreciation Week and we have three PTA sponsored, celebratory events planned for staff. If you would like to help spoil our staff, please sign up to help on the sign up genius link. Thanks in advance for helping make the week a great success!
ART SHOW: Thank you to all those wonderful artists whom submitted for the poster contest! The entries have all been fantastic. We will be announcing the winner soon. Keep a look out for specific information about the collection of individual art submissions to be displayed during the Art Show. Go ahead and help your budding artist select these additional items. What can these items be? Drawings, paintings, collages, sculptures, etc. If you have questions, please contact Corinne McKeown at email@example.com
SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Do you ever wish you could find an extra day? Done! Order your school supplies (online or paper copy, will be sent home 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 19th. The supply kits will be delivered to the school by registration time in August, if you want them before the start of school.
PEAK FUNDRAISER: Save the date for an 80s Night fundraiser for PEAK Education Fund. Join us for a festive concert on April 22 from 9pm – midnight. Doors open at 8pm. The SPAZMATICS will be performing at Eve’s Waterfront in Oakland. Advanced ticket sales are $20. Get tickets at eveswaterfront.com. Remember to enter PEAK in the special request box at checkout.
SISTER SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP: Valle Verde Elementary is proud to be partnering with Shore Acres Elementary as their sister school. The sister school program is a philanthropic program that partners schools with abundant resources with another school that is in need of support. Shore Acres is located in Pittsburg, CA and is part of our district. It is a Title 1 school that has about 600 students, 85% of which are English language learners with test scores well below the national average. They do not have a PTA or Ed fund to provide various educational programs such as art and science enrichment, let alone the very basic supplies for learning. The PTA would like to put together a committee to help organize our efforts to support the students at Shore Acres. If you are interested in being a part of this amazing opportunity please email Meredith Fruchtenicht- firstname.lastname@example.org
PTA OPPORTUNITIES NEXT YEAR: Thank you to all who have volunteered for roles next year. We have two fun positions left and you can definitely do it with multiple people. Let us know if you are interested:
If interested in any of these opportunities, please email email@example.com.
PTA QUESTIONS OR SUGGESTIONS: Contact Catherine Foster at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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