Are you looking for sports equipment or bike, camping gear or ski/snowboards to rent?  Then go to any of the Sports Basements located in Walnut Creek, Berkeley, San Francisco, Campbell or Sunnyvale and mention Hidden Valley at the register and get 10% off your entire order – and 10% of the profits will go back to Hidden Valley.  Any questions, email Kayo at


Thank you to all that participated and turned in your receipts for the Dining for Dollars last week at BJ’s Restaurant.  Congratulations to Alessandra Contreras in Mrs. McClane’s class for winning a $10 gift card to Target.  The next Dining for Dollars will be on October 27 at Mountain Mike’s.  Look for more information to be posted soon.


Dear Hidden Valley School Community,

October is Bullying Prevention Month. Monday, October 5, is STOMP OUT BULLYING Day. All students and staff are encouraged to wear a blue shirt to signify Bullying Prevention and your support of “stomping out” bullying.

The website for StompOutBullying is HERE and has lots of good resources in general for Bullying Prevention.

Our goal is to support students in learning how to stand up for themselves and others, and also to learn about digital citizenship, cyber safety and how to prevent cyber bullying, which is one of the fastest growing forms of bullying.

Thank you for your support, participation, and demonstration of bullying prevention by wearing blue on Monday.


Rich Gorton​



By Erin Hurley, 5th Grade

Where did you grow up?
Concord, California
Where did you go to college?
California State University- Chico
How long have you been teaching?
11 years
What is your favorite book/author?
Favorite children’s book- Love You Forever
Favorite author- Jennifer Weiner
What is your favorite place to visit?
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
What is your favorite local thing to do?
Go to sporting events
Thinking about the fifth grade curriculum, what is your favorite state and why?
“I love California because of the weather, and we are close to so many amazing things.”
Why do you love teaching?
Ms. Merletti loves to work with kids, watch them succeed and see how happy that makes them.


“Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too.”

-Yogi Berra

Dear Hidden Valley Families,

Is it really October already?! They say time flies when you’re having fun. Like, our Back-To-School BBQ that was fun, right?! A huge THANK YOU to Erin Martin for managing and coordinating this event. The volunteers behind the scenes and those who were on the frontline, THANK YOU! This community event was a success because of you and because of our amazing Hidden Valley Community who attended.

Our September Dining for Dollars was great too! I saw a few families there while I was having dinner and there are quite a few receipts in the raffle box. Thank you to those who visited BJ’s and contributed 15% of their bill to our PFC. Kayo Alencastre has more planned so keep your eye out for more opportunities like this.

Thank you to Shashanna Kratz for coordinating our clean-up day and for being our Campus Beautification Chair. It is a tough (and sometimes dirty) job that you do with such pride! Thank you to our community for coming out and helping us keep our campus beautiful.

October proves to be an exciting month. You will be receiving information for our Jog-a-thon in the beginning of the month. You’ll have a couple weeks to get sponsors before our students complete their laps. Expect fun, prizes, and school wide participation.

During the last week of the month we are celebrating Red Ribbon Week. Let’s show our school spirit and dress as the theme of the day.

Be on the lookout for information about our Halloween party. This happens on Friday, October 30 from 5-7 p.m. Come in costume and enter the costume contest. You can enter a pumpkin into the carving contest, join the cake walk, and play carnival games. Tons of FUN! I hope to see you all there!

You can get more information on these events as well as others by attending our PFC meetings on the first Tuesday of every month in the Library at 6:30 pm. Please, check us out on our website: or on our Facebook page: Parent Faculty Club at Hidden Valley Elementary.


Angie Vickroy



Amazon Smiles Program

Do you like to shop at  Well why not shop and give back to Hidden Valley!  Here’s what you need to do:  Log in via when you shop, and make sure you’ve selected Hidden Valley Parent Faculty Club as the recipient.  HVPFC will get donations from Amazon every time you shop! To get started follow this link or click below –



HVES’ First Annual Walk/Jogathon will be held during your child’s P.E. period on Thursday, Oct 22nd or Friday, Oct 23rd.
An information sheet and sponsor form are below, on the link. The form details the simple instructions on how to gather pledges and how and when to collect the money.
This will be a fun day for all the students here at Hidden Valley.
Participation is mandatory as this is during P.E., so whether you gather pledges or not, each child will walk/jog.
Volunteers will be needed on the days of the event so keep an eye out for the signup genius which should be available next Friday.
Contact Kathleen Barsetti if you have any questions at
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Dear Hidden Valley Parents & Guardians,

As we finish our first month of school, teachers, students, and staff have settled into routines that have laid the foundation for a successful school year. All Hidden Valley staff members are committed to providing the guidance that students need to be Safe, Respectful, Responsible, and Kind.

As part of the effort to keep all children safe, parents can help out in the following ways:

  • If you visit during the school day be sure to sign in at the front office and wear a “Visitor” sticker
  • Drive safely on nearby streets and in the parking lot
  • Make sure that your child does not play on the play structure during unsupervised times
  • Keep your dog(s) off campus at all times 

At this point, most students have completed their iReady diagnostic assessments. These provide teachers with additional information they need to successfully differentiate instruction. We are very fortunate to have the iReady instructional component for both reading and math again this year. Your child can and should take advantage of this supplemental instruction at home. Your child has the log on instructions. If you have any questions about how to use the program, please contact your child’s teacher.

Our first Soul Shoppe Assembly will be on Friday, October 9th. The assembly is called, “Check In”, and it will focus on how children can take care of themselves and others by using the Stop & Breathe tool to pause when they’re upset. It will also help students identify feelings and take appropriate action to feel better. The other three Soul Shoppe Assembly days will be on November 20, January 15, and March 8. Parents are always welcome to attend the assemblies. If you do come to an assembly, please sign in at the front office, and pick up a “Visitor” sticker.

The month of October will also feature Red Ribbon Week (RRW), which will be from October 26-30. At the elementary level, the main focus of RRW is about choosing a healthy lifestyle. You will soon receive information about the fun themes that we’ll have for each day.

On behalf of all the staff at Hidden Valley, I would like to thank you for all of your support. It is our pleasure and privilege to teach and spend time with your child(ren) each day.


Rich Gorton


Dining for Dollars

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Dining for Dollars Event at BJ’s Restaurant on Wednesday.  Please turn in your receipts to the school office by Friday 10/1 to be enetered into a drawing to win a gift card.  The winner will be announced in the next Monday Memo.  Information for October’s Dining for Dollars will be announced shortly. Thank you.