Dear Hidden Valley Parents & Guardians,
For such a short month, December at Hidden Valley is filled with all kinds of great activities. Be sure to mark your calendar with all the exciting events in store for you and your child this month.
Parent/teacher conferences, (along with a shortened school day) will be held from 12/7-12/18. If you have not signed up for a conference, please contact your child’s teacher as soon as possible to set one up. This is a critical opportunity for you to meet with your child’s teacher one-on-one to learn more about how your child is progressing, and what you can do at home to support your child in school.
On Tuesday, 12/8, Vice Principal, Erin Fairholm, and I will be hosting a Parent Forum in the Multi Use Room from 8:15-9:15 am. The purpose of the forum is for parents and school administrators to exchange important information about our school to increase participation and make improvements where necessary. Coffee and refreshments will be served. I hope you can join us for the meeting.
In conjunction with MDUSD, we are making a special effort to improve attendance this year. Higher rates of attendance improve student achievement, and increase school funding. The only reasons recognized by our state for excused absences include: illness, medical and/or dental appointments, absence for religious reasons, and for a death in the family. All other absences are considered unexcused. If your child is out for any reason, please contact our Attendance Secretary, Lorie Robertson, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to clear the absence. For a planned absence of five days or more, please contact Ms. Robertson at least two weeks in advance to set up an Independent Study Contract.
We are fortunate to have some great computer programs that we use at school, and are available to use at home. Children can use both iReady and IXL to help retain and advance their knowledge and skills in language arts and math. Winter break will be an ideal time for your child to sharpen his/her academic skills. You can access both programs on our school website, at http://hves-mdusd-ca.schoolloop.com/, (see the Homepage Locker in the lower right hand corner of the screen) or by using the links below:
Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions about the programs, or need any assistance logging in.
As always, I would like to thank you for entrusting us with your child or children. It is our pleasure and privilege to teach and spend time with them each day.