multiculturalHIDDEN VALLEY’S 2ND


JUNE 4, 2015,

International food, dances, clothing, art and music

Please RSVP for a table if you’d like to share food, traditions, clothing etc from your respective country. Display boards will be provided, so RSVP soon in order to get your board ahead of time.

Contact Yazmin Llamas, coordinator – or 925-330-1145


Attention Hidden Valley parents:

We still have a few vacancies that must be filled for both the board positions and committee chairs.
We need a First Vice President. This person is responsible for planning a Winter/Spring fundraiser – traditionally, it has been an Online+Dinner Auction. While this is one of our biggest fundraisers, you may wish to run a variation of the Dinner Auction, or perhaps you have another cool fundraiser in mind.
The other Board Position is Non-Traditional Fundraising.
If you are interested in learning more about these Board positions, or want to coordinate one of the other committees in the PFC, please contact the board at ASAP. We vote in the board at Open House, so it would be great to get these positions filled.



Did you know that all of you are PFC members? That means ALL of you can vote for your 2015-2016 PFC Executive Board! Please stop by the patio on Open House and complete a ballot.

NOTE: There are  2 spots left that do not have a candidate. We are looking for a 1st VP and a Non-traditional Fundraising Chair. If you are interested please contact anyone on the Board or email us at


bookimageStudents, be sure to log your reading minutes! May is the final month for Hidden Valley’s Reading Incentive program and teachers will award May readers with new books in the beginning of June. Through Reading Incentive, students in K-5th grade can earn one new book per month for reaching extracurricular reading goals. Most teachers send out a monthly calendar with minute goals by grade. Check with your child’s teacher on how she administers the rewards. Questions? Contact Celeste Altus at


Dear Hidden Valley Learning Community,

May always promises to be a busy month, and this year will be no different… Our Book Fair will take place from May 14-22, and Open House will be on May 21. In addition, Hidden Valley will host its 2nd annual Multicultural Potluck Celebration on Thursday, June 4. At this time we are continuing to look for performers to help make the evening fun and entertaining. If you have any ideas, leads, or suggestions, please contact Yazmin Llamas-Morales at (925) 330-1145, or


All 3rd-5th grade students will be participating in online state testing during the weeks of May 11-22. Make up days will be on May 26-29. The new testing system is called the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The online testing portion is the Smarter Balanced test, which assesses the Common Core State Standards in both Language Arts and Math. Fifth grade students will also take a paper-pencil standardized science test during the test window.

…… Please help your child prepare for testing by making sure s/he gets plenty of rest, eats a healthy breakfast, and arrives to school on time. You can learn more information about the tests by clicking the link below and scrolling down to student and parent resources.

You can also access practice and training tests, by clicking the link below and then selecting the green square on right side labeled “Student Interface/ Practice and Training Tests”.  No ID number is needed; all fields should say guest to log in.         If you have any questions regarding testing please feel free to ask your child’s teacher.


Rich Gorton


fiesta-bookfairThe BOOK FAIR is coming!  May 14-May 22 in the A-Pod.

5/18/2015 (Mon) 11:30AM – 1:30PM
2:30PM – 3:30PM
5/19/2015 (Tue) 7:30AM – 8:30AM
11:30AM – 1:30PM
5/20/2015 (Wed) 11:30AM-1:30PM
5/21/2015 (Thu) 11:30AM – 1:30PM
6:00PM – 8:00PM
5/22/2015 (Fri) 7:30AM-8:30AM
2:30PM – 3:30PM

And we still need additional volunteers to make this a great event. Please click on the link to sign up for work shifts.




Purchase tickets and support the Hidden Valley Elementary PFC!

$10 for 10 movies at
Cinema West – Contra Costa Stadium Cinemas

100% of our Summer Movie Series ticket sales will go to our school!

2 ways to buy your tickets WITH CASH (only):

  1. Turn in your order form to the HV Office — May 4-June 1st — look for the labeled box near Lorie’s desk.  Click here to print the flyer and order form; summer movie ticket sales FINAL (or print jpg below)
  2. Come to the Scholastic Book Fair in A-Pod — May 14-22. summer movie ticket sales-ORDER


Who sows virtue reaps honor. – Leonardo da Vinci

          Hello Hidden Valley! April has been a quiet fundraising month. We held the Ice Cream Social (purchased by families as part of our Dinner Auction) and hosted our first ever Popsicle Social at the park. We are happy to report that this social lead to candidates for nearly every PFC position for 2015-2016 school year. Thank you to everyone who attended and to those who have showed interest in volunteering their time. We can’t have a successful PFC without all of you.  We still have a few critical positions that need filling, so please come to the PFC meeting this week, or contact the PFC board right away – .

We start May by celebrating our teachers, staff, and faculty for Teacher Appreciation Week. Our children thrive in their environment because of these people. Let’s show them how much they are appreciated!

Our Scholastic Book Fair will be open from Thursday, May 14th thru Friday, May 22nd. The money earned from it funds our current Reading Incentive Program. We are looking for volunteers to help with daily tasks. Click this link if you can help.

Open House is on May 21st. Plan to shop the Book Fair and vote for your 2015-2016 PFC Executive Board Members on this night. May will end with another fun night of BINGO on Friday, May 29th.

Keep your eyes peeled for information regarding our next Dining for Dollars and don’t forget to purchase your Oakland A’s tickets through our Step Up to the Plate for Education Fundraiser. Click this link for more information.

Please join us for our monthly PFC meeting on May 5th at 7pm in the Library. We will be filling in the ballot with candidates and discussing committee chairs. As always, check us out at our website and on our Facebook page Parent Faculty Club at Hidden Valley Elementary.

Thank you,

Angie Vickroy ( and  Sandra Muller (