Saturday, 12/5  10:00-3:00 Holiday Craft Fair

Tuesday, 12/8 8:15-9:15 Parent Forum with Principal Rich Gorton & VP Erin Fairholm in MU

Monday, 12/7- to Friday, 12/18 Parent Teacher Conferences in classrooms, dismissal 1:40 grades 1-5

Thursday, 12/10 See’s candy delivered to school

Monday, 12/21 – 1/1/16 Winter recess (students return on Monday 1/4/16)




Have an extra coat in your closet?


Hidden Valley Elementary Girl Scouts

are collecting clean, gently used coats, sweatshirts, hats, and gloves

December 7-11

Girl Scouts will have collection bins and are available to accept your donations in front of the school at drop off/pick up and the back gate before and after school.

On behalf of Contra Costa Homeless Outreach



The Educator of the Year Award is presented by the Foundation for Pleasant Hill Education on January 27, 2016. The nominations are due January 7.

The candidate must be an educator in a Pleasant Hill school (or Hidden Valley) for at least 3 years and have made unique contributions toward educating our children, demonstrating dedication, innovation, and enthusiasm in the classroom, and contributing to the community.
The winner’s school receives a $1,000 award.
If you have a teacher you are interested in nominating, please fill out and submit the application by January 7.

Teacher of the Year Form


Nothing says holidays, like a cheese log.

-Ellen DeGeneres

Dear Hidden Valley Community,

While November was a short month for us academically, we still managed to get quite a bit done. Our first ever Family Craft Night was fun and just what was needed to start the holiday season. Thank you, Elizabeth Mohr for your passion and dedication to this community event.

Our Fifth Graders went to camp! I heard it was cold but there was so much activity during the day it wasn’t bad. What an amazing experience for them. Thank you to our amazing community and fifth grade parents for making this opportunity a reality for them.

As we left for our Thanksgiving break, See’s Candy order forms went home. The class with the highest percentage of participation wins an ice cream party! Good luck to all classes! Orders and funds are due back when we return on Monday, November 30th. Distribution is set for the week of December 10th. Thank you for your continued support.

December is also a short academic month:

  • We start with our monthly PFC meeting in the Library at 7pm on Tuesday, December 1st.
  • The Book Fair begins on Wednesday, December 2nd in the A-pod. There are still volunteer opportunities available.
  • You can shop at our Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, December 5th from 10am-3pm in the Multi-use Room.
  • On December 8th, Principal Gorton and Vice Principal Fairholm are hosting a Parent Forum in the Multi-use Room at 8:15am-9:15am. I hope to see many of our community members there.
  • Take a break from the Holiday rush and join us for a Movie Night in Multi-use room on Friday, December 11th at 6:30pm.

As we wrap of 2015, I want to thank everyone for everything you do. The PFC couldn’t run without an amazingly supportive community. From volunteers to fundraiser participants, we are thankful for you all.


Happy Holidays,


Angie Vickroy (


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 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, (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.


Rich Gorton



This month’s Dining for Dollars will be tomorrow, Tuesday, November 17 at Chili’s at 1501 Concord Avenue, Concord from11 am to 11 pm.  Please see the flier for details.  Don’t forget to bring your flier with you, so that Hidden Valley will get credit for your purchase!  Can’t find your flier?  Extras fliers are in the office.

Also, turn your receipt into the office sometime this week to be entered into a drawing to win a $10 gift card.  Turn in those receipts because there will be a drawing at the end of the school year for those that have turned in the most receipts.

Any questions, email Kayo at

Give Back Event Flyer Hidden Valley PFC