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  • FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR 2020-2021 IS AUGUST 13, 2020.

  • STUDENT ENROLLMENT FOR GRADES TK-12: Enrollment for school year 2020-2021 begins January 1, 2020. Click here for enrollment process. (Please note: If your child is currently enrolled, you do not need to complete this process.)

Elementary Intradistrict Transfers 2020-2021:

All Elementary Intradistrict Transfer applications will be available at the same time. Therefore, the online application for Intradistrict transfers (new TK/K and current K-4) will now be available at mdusd.org/transfers February 10, 2020 – March 10, 2020.  For more information please visit mdusd.org/transfers.

Notice for Online Lunch Payments:

MDUSD has discontinued the use of MySchoolBucks for payments to students’ meal accounts. Please sign up on the new website Titan School Solutions to continue managing your student’s account.

All prior year’s meal account balances were transferred to Titan on Jul. 23, 2018. Please check your Titan account to see the transfer, not MySchoolBucks.  MSB does not show the transfer nor does it have the correct current balance for your account.

If you have a student who has graduated or moved out of district and would like a refund or transfer balance to a sibling, please email William Chong your student’s name, ID number (both students for transfers) and mailing address (for refunds).

The Viking Voice

February 24-February 28, 2020

It takes every Viking to sail our ship.

 

Principal's Message:

Our 5th Grade students that are preparing for middle school were participants during the Griffin Tour this week.  Foothill Staff set up a presentation with six Foothill students to talk about middle school and answer questions.  The presentation was informative and engaging.  For example, eight of our Valle Verde students received numbers to explain the drop schedule that included six periods a day and guess what?  After the visual of standing across the stage in number order and moving to the end of the line and observing the number order slightly change based on six periods the students started making sense of the concept.  I think the students will understand the schedule a little better once they get to middle school.  Our very own fifth grade teachers responded to questions after the presentation.  At this time of year, we often see our fifth grade students grappling with the idea of middle school and having a discussion around what to expect supports a smooth transition.

The Parent/Guardian Night is scheduled for Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 6:30pm.  The information night is for parents/guardians only due to space limitations in the MUR.

The 6th Grade Course Elective Selection Process is online through a Google Form through March 12th.   The link can be found on the Foothill Griffin school website.  https://foothill.mdusd.org/pf4/cms2/news_themed_display?id=1582018914443
  

A paper version will go home next week.


ELPAC  (
English Language Proficiency Assessments for California) Summative Testing will begin March 2- March 6th, 2020.  

 


We want to hear from you!  The California School Parent Survey for the 2019-2020 school year is still open for completion.  Please take a moment to complete the survey for
Valle Verde Elementary.  Thank you.

Our school needs you to complete this online survey to learn more about your opinions about it. This survey is an opportunity to communicate your perceptions about your child’s school.  This letter explains the survey and, at the bottom of the page, provides your login, password and access instructions. If you have any questions about this survey, contact Mignon Perkins at 925-939-5700 or perkinsm@mdusd.org .  You can also access the survey by clicking on the link.  
https://surveys.wested.org/csps/QQ622EV
You will have access to this online survey beginning 01/27/2020.
The purpose of this survey is to obtain parent perceptions about the school.
Your participation is voluntary. It is also very important. The information you provide will help guide district and school efforts to promote safety, enhance learning supports, and improve student achievement.

• This is an anonymous survey.  It is designed so that no one can be identified from the data.  You do not have to respond to any questions that you feel could be used to identify you.  Simply skip any such questions.
• All questions apply to this school only.
• The results are for the use of your district.  The California Department of Education and WestEd will preserve data confidentiality and refer any data requests to the district.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ACCESSING THE SURVEY

If you have more than one child at this school, you will only need to complete one survey for this school. Please fill out just one survey about the school using your oldest child as a reference.

Access the survey using the following URL:

surveys.wested.org/csps/QQ622EV

Troubleshooting
If you are having trouble taking the survey, check the following:
• Make sure you are entering the web site address correctly.
• Does the survey welcome page show the correct name of your school?
• Make sure you have entered the URL (in the URL bar, NOT THE SEARCH BAR) and School Code correctly.
• Make sure that your survey window is open. You should be able to find the start date on this form.
• Still having trouble? Contact your survey coordinator.

 

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

FEBRUARY

 

2/10-3/10                 Elementary Transfer Window Open

 

25            Third Graders to Exploratorium

 

26            Mrs. Gould/Ware’s class to Bedford Gallery

 

27            Valle Verde Science Fair

 

MARCH

 

2-6           Dr. Seuss Read Across America

 

3              Student Council Meeting

 

4              5th Grade Parent Night at Foothill

 

6              Kindergarten Family Science Day

 

*For future events, please visit our website and click on the calendar.

 

 

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

OFFICE HOURS: Our office is open M-F, from 7:30am to 3:30pm. You can reach us at 925-939-5700. Our attendance hotline is 925-682.8000 x7505. 

  • NEW ENROLLMENT: If you are new to Valle Verde, please click here for enrollment
  • SAFETY FIRST: Please be aware that during morning drop off children are playing on the side of the A pod. This area is an extension of the driveway and is not safe for children to play. Please be sure children are not playing in the area of moving vehicles.
  • EXPLORATORIUM: Our Third graders will be visiting the Exploratorium on Feb 25. For more information, you can email the third grade team at-Mrs. Galanter at galanterr@mdusd.org, Mrs. LaDue at ladued@mdusd.org or Ms. Smith at smiths@mdusd.org.
  • BEDFORD GALLERY: Mrs. Gould/Ware’s class will visit the Bedford Gallery on Feb 26. For more information, you can email Mrs. Gould at gouldc@mdusd.org or Mrs. Ware at warem@mdusd.org.
  • SCIENCE FAIR: Our Valle Verde Science Fair will be Feb 27 in the Multi Use Room. Come out between 6 and 7pm to see what our great minds have created! Finalists will be announced at 6:30pm.
  • REPORTING ABSENCES Please call the Attendance Hotline (682-8000 x 7505) before 8:00 a.m. if your child is absent.  A phone verification or written note is required within 72 hours to excuse an absence.  If attendance is not excused within 72 hours, it will be considered truant. You may also e-mail: valleverdeattendance@mdusd.org.  Make sure to include the following information regarding attendance:  1) Student’s name, 2) Teacher or room number, 3) Reason for absence, 4) Homework if needed-a note will be given to the teacher. Please remember that all absences must be cleared through the office within 72 hours or the district will change them to truant. Even if you notify the teacher, you must notify the office as well. Thank you.
  • Elementary Intradistrict Transfers (February 10, 2020 – March 10, 2020):

Please note the following changes to the Elementary Intradistrict transfers timeline:

All Elementary Intradistrict Transfer applications will be available at the same time. Therefore, the online application for Intradistrict transfers (new TK/K and current K-4) will now be available at mdusd.org/transfers, February 10, 2020 – March 10, 2020. 

  • PARENT PICK UP: If a parent is going to pick up a student early, please come to the office to sign out your student. The Office will call the classroom and notify the teacher. The parent will sign in as a visitor and go get the student.  We ask that the parent wait patiently at the door, as the teacher will have the student get their things together. Because of various schedules in the classrooms, please notify the office and the teacher of your intent to pick up early for a smooth transition. For your child’s protection, he/she will only be released to those designated on the Student Emergency Card.
  • VALLE VERDE CHILDREN’S CENTER: Valle Verde Children's is the private nonprofit on-site Before and After School Program at Valle Verde Elementary School. We are located behind the Kindergarten playground. We offer full-time, part-time and drop-in care for all children at VVE. Our hours of operation are 7:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday. We are open most school holidays, Thanksgiving and Winter break, teacher in-service days, we are closed most federal holidays.We offer a wide variety of activities for your TK, K and 1st-5th Grader like sport, art, science, engineering, group activities, yoga, music and homework help.For more information regarding the enrollment process, the fee schedule and our holiday schedule go to our website at www.valleverdechildrenscenter.org

"It is a great place to be if you are a kid"

 

PTA NEWS:

 

WINTER/SPRING AFTER-SCHOOL ENRICHMENT CLASS ENROLLMENT OPEN: Most classes start next week! Class offerings include Spanish, Chess, Yoga, Tennis, Hip Hop, Coding and Robotics, Lego Engineering, Drawing, and Clay Sculpting. Click the links above to access individual flyers with enrollment info or click here for more information.

 

SPRING FLING “GONE COUNTRY” AUCTION – TICKET PRICES GO UP THIS WEEKEND!

Take advantage of the best pricing now!

  • CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

As a reminder, the event will take place on Saturday, March 28th at 6pm at the Clubhouse at Boundary Oaks in Walnut Creek. Can't attend but still want to help? Consider making a donation or sponsoring a teacher.

  • EXPLORE GIVING OPTIONS HERE

Spring Fling is our largest (and most fun) fundraising event of the year and volunteers are needed to help before, during and after the event. From crafting decor to stuffing envelopes, selling tickets and modeling cakes, we need your help!

  • VOLUNTEER TO HELP HERE

 

PETER PAN JR. SCHOOL PLAY TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY!! 

Take a fantastic trip to Neverland with our VVE 4th and 5th Graders where you'll never have to grow up!  Our Valle Verde School Play, which features our 4th and 5th graders, is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year with a highly anticipated production of PETER PAN JR!  Don’t miss out on this amazing and fun event.  Tickets will be on sale to the public beginning on Sunday, February 23rd  at 7:00PM!  You can purchase online at the following link: Disney's Peter Pan JR. beginning this Monday!

 

BOX TOPS DUE MARCH 1: Our next collection for Box Tops is due March 1st. Put Box Tops in a plastic bag or envelope with your child's name and teacher listed on it and place them in the Box Top drawer in the office. For every Box Top you clip, Valle Verde receives 10 cents! Help us reach our 2019-2020 goal of $1,000! Prizes will be awarded for the top classroom and top individual collectors. (Only current, non-expired Box Tops are valid). Box Tops is going digital! Skip the scissors and use the app! The NEW and improved Box Tops mobile app scans your store receipt, finds participating products and instantly adds Box Tops to your school's earnings online. No clipping required! In the app store, simply search "Box Tops” or use this link.

 

HONORARY SERVICE AWARDS – The Valle Verde PTA contributes small donations towards a state scholarship fund in tribute of 5 honorary service award recipients. If you would like to nominate a person for an award, please contact Sarah Foster at sfoster@valleverdepta.com. Nominations are due by March 13th, 2020 and include the following information: Award Category (see below), Name of Recipient, Reason for Nomination, and Name of Person Submitting Nomination.

  1. Very Special Person Award: This award is given to recognize an individual for their service to the PTA.
  2. Honorary Service Award: Given to an individual in special recognition of outstanding service to children or youth in your community, going above and beyond what is asked of them.
  3. Outstanding Teacher Award: Given to recognize a teacher for outstanding service to children and youth through PTA, school or community.
  4. Continuing Service Award: Given to an individual in special recognition of ongoing or longtime service to children and youth, providing support year after year.
  5. Golden Oak Service Award: California's most prestigious PTA award, given to an individual that has made significant contributions to the welfare of children and youth in a school or community.

 

GREEN TEAM PARENT SUPPORT: We need more parent volunteers to support Valle Verde’s student-led Green Team, which works to improve our school’s recycling and composting program. Are you passionate about sustainability and available to help during lunchtime at least once a week? Please signup to help on Konstella here.

 

MINI FLING KIDS PARTY FRIDAY, MAY 15: Save the date for the Mini Fling Kids Party on Friday, May 15th. More information will be released in April, along with the volunteer signup.

 

ART DOCENT PROGRAM WISH LIST: Our wonderful Art Docent Program is seeking donations of art supplies for our students. Please consider making a donation via the Amazon Wish List here.

 

SUPPORT THE VIKING FUND: You can still make your annual donation to the Viking Fund and join the PTA here. Learn more about how your donations impact the lives of our students here.

 

EMPLOYEE MATCHING: Does your employer match PTA Donations? It is definitely worth an ask. If you have any questions or need assistance with the process, please email vvmatching@gmail.com.

 

PTA QUESTIONS OR SUGGESTIONS: Please check the PTA website here or contact PTA President Tina Boaro vvptaprez@gmail.com.

 

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