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December 5-December 9, 2022

Coming Up…

Dec 5-9-Book Fair!! Details below.

Dec 13-PTA Meeting

Dec 22-Jan 6-Winter Recess; classes resume Jan 9

 

 

Principal’s Message: 

It is the holiday season and I'm inclined to encourage the Valle Verde Community to celebrate one another! The students came back excited this week for various reasons including spending time with friends, noticing "The Elf" was back, or counting down the days to Winter Break. When our school has that type of energy, we have to harness it and keep the momentum going in a positive direction. As we move into the second week of December, students will begin iReady Diagnostic in grade levels 1st-3rd grade, as well as our 4th/5th-grade Emerging Bilingual students in Reading and Math. Other than that, our 4th and 5th-grade classes are completing various presentation projects, including Historic Sites and Heritage projects.

 

Valle Verde Elementary is a busy place and we often have parents on campus volunteering in our classrooms throughout the instructional day. During this time of year, it is easy to forget that we have a system in place when we have visitors on campus. I want to remind the school community to adhere to the volunteer protocol by signing in before going to classes or the MUR for programs. You will receive a volunteer sticker at that time. If you are picking up your child early, make sure to stop by the front office and they will let the teacher know that you are picking up your child. You will also need to sign your child out in the front office. When students arrive at school late or are returning from an appointment, always make sure that your child gets an admit slip from the front office.

 

Last week, the temperature dropped and it rained. I noticed that students were waiting in their cars with parents in the drop-off area to keep students warm. I understand and want to make sure that parents know that if it is extremely cold in the morning or raining the MUR will be open for students in the morning and teachers will pick up their students from the MUR at 8:05 am. The exception is the TK class, but parents are welcome to wait in the MUR if you arrive early. TK students line up in a covered area in front of E-1.

Now we have discussed the morning procedures as a staff and we know that we have limited supervision in the morning. All students will need to wait in the MUR, instead of on the blacktop when it’s too cold outside or raining. Parents, I will need your assistance with this because some of our students tend to wait outside of their classes and teachers will pick from the MUR, so they need to be there. Please remind your child on the mornings that are colder than usual to layer up with at least a jacket and go to the MUR. Thank you. Now let’s make it a great, better yet awesome week! 



 

ORDER YEARBOOKS NOW!!

Hey Vikings! Yearbooks are now available for online ordering. 

 

•Order link: https://www.treering.com/purchase?PassCode=1016608390001729

•Price: $30 including tax

•We have switched yearbook companies this year to TreeRing; so the online ordering is a little different from previous years. You will be prompted to create a login, and add your student’s information

•You do not need to order a yearbook for 5th graders, that’s covered by the 5th grade fund; All 5th graders will receive a yearbook, free of charge.

 

OUR STEAM ROOM NEEDS DONATIONS

Hello Valle Verde Families!

I am currently working on building up our Makerspace in A6, where students will have materials to construct models, explore STEAM curriculum, and take part in the Engineering Design Process in our classes. Lots of materials the students use are upcycled or freesourced, and that is where I could use your help!

If you happen to be cleaning out a craft space, organizing your desk, or your workplace produces reusable scraps, I would love to accept your donations! Examples of items that I am looking for:

* cardboard (flattened boxes are great)

* ziploc bags

* paper rolls

* coffee filters

* straws

* cotton balls

* tissue paper

* pom pom balls

* paperclips

* Q-tips

* stickers

* craft sticks

* toothpicks

* ribbon

* wood scraps

* pipe cleaners

* fabric

* yarn

* paper bags

* rinsed out 2-liter plastic bottles

* index cards

* tin foil

* twine

* tape

I will have a bin outside of A6 beginning on Monday, Dec. 5 to collect any items.

Thank you so much and I wish you all a warm and festive December!

Sincerely,

Frith O'Steen (Ms. O)

STEAM/Garden Educator

 

 

STUDENT HEALTH 

This information was in the most recent Friday Letter:  In order to keep our school community healthy, keep students home if they have had fever (>99.5 F), vomiting or diarrhea within the past 24 hours;  or if they are feeling unwell and unable to participate in usual school activities.   As we move into the flu season and are facing RSV and COVID, We need to remind students about universal precautions - good hand washing after blowing nose, proper cough into elbow, etc..

 

 

INDEPENDENT STUDY CONTRACTS

Independent Study Contracts are good for a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 14 days. You are also not allowed more than 14 days for the entire school year. If you would like to request an independent study contract for your child, email Tracy mirandat@mdusd.org at least TWO weeks before your departure date. She will prepare the contracts for the teachers. Contracts requested with less than two weeks notice, may be denied. 

 

VOLUNTEERING ON CAMPUS

If you plan on volunteering on campus this year, you must be cleared by the district office prior to signing up for any activity. Volunteering Instructions can be found on the VVE website, and the district website. You must have fingerprints and an up to date TB test to be cleared by the district office. There are no exceptions to this rule. If you do not have access to a printer, Fingerprint Clearance packets are in the office. This process can take up to  2-3 weeks so plan accordingly. 

 

DRIVING ON A FIELD TRIP:

If you are volunteering to drive on a field trip, all of the above has to be completed first. We will then need you to complete the “Chaperone Agreement/Transportation of Students in Privately Owned Vehicles” form which is available in the office. This form requests your name, driver’s license number, address, phone number, make and model of vehicle, auto license number AND a copy of your Declarations page of your insurance. (This is not the same as your insurance card. The Declarations page lists the coverages you have on your vehicle.) We MUST have a copy of these forms on file in order for you to drive. To save time, please make sure your coverage has these minimums: 

  • Bodily Injury Liability: Each individual-$100,000, Total Each Accident-$300,00

  • Property Damage Liability: Total Each Accident-$25,000

  • Medical Payments Each Individual-$5,000

  • Uninsured Motorist Coverage: Each Individual-$30,000, Total Each Accident-$60,000

OR

  • Combined Single Limit: $300,000; Medical Payments Each Individual-$5,000

  • Uninsured Motorist Coverage: Each Individual-$30,000; Total Each Accident-$60,000.

Medical Payments are often not on current policies but you can add it to your policy for a few extra dollars. This must be on your policy in order to be a volunteer driver. Thank you, in advance, for your understanding and patience.

 

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