LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Dear Hidden Valley Learning Community,

I hope you and your family are enjoying the longer days and warm spring weather we’re having. This is the time of year when we have many activities that bring our school community together to celebrate both learning and success. A sampling of these activities will include a Magic Show (4/17), the Soul Shoppe Assemblies (4/14 & 4/21), an Ice Cream Social (4/22), 5th grade music performance (4/27), Father Daughter Dance (5/1), Mother-Son Bowling (5/2), Open House (5/21) and the Multicultural Potluck (6/4). Please check the Hidden Valley Home Page, the PFC Website, http://hvpfc.com/ and the newsletter your child’s teacher sends home for additional information.

At this time we are looking for performers for the Multicultural Potluck Celebration to help make the evening fun and entertaining. If you have any ideas, leads, or suggestions, please contact Yazmin Llamas-Morales at (925) 925-330-1145 or yazminllamas@gmail.com.

Hidden Valley will be celebrating Autism Awareness Month throughout the month of April. Our goal is to expand knowledge and awareness about Autism. We will be “Lighting it Up Blue” each Wednesday by wearing blue to spread the message of support and acceptance for Autism.

World Autism Day is on Thursday, April 2, 2015. We will be doing exploration stations for all students to trial throughout the day. We need volunteers to help set up and run the stations with guidance from our special education staff. Please click on the link and fill out the quick survey if you are interested in helping: http://goo.gl/forms/RqOXOAaqfu. Any help is very much appreciated.  Please join us in the celebration to Light it up Blue, and raise awareness about Autism.

In March, I sent out an email to all parents/guardians inviting them to sign up for Remind. Remind is a one-way text messaging app that offers me the ability to quickly provide information to all Hidden Valley parents/guardians who sign up. In case of an emergency or a power outage, it may be the only method I have to get information out to you. It’s very easy to sign up, and your phone number is kept confidential. So far 184 parents/guardians have signed up. I’d like to increase the number to at least 200 with this newsletter. You may sign up for the text or email option. If you have not signed up yet, please go to:         https://www.remind.com/join/hiddenval

I have also set up a Hidden Valley Twitter Account to help keep school community members updated on the great things that are happening at Hidden Valley. You can follow us on Twitter by going to: https://twitter.com/hvehawks

As the weather gets warmer, this is a good time to review the Hidden Valley Dress Code with your child. Whenever I talk to a student about the dress code, I explain that school is a student’s workplace, and in a workplace we are expected to dress for success. I’ve included a link to our handbook where you’ll find specific details about the Hidden Valley Dress Code on pages 13-14. HVE Handbook

Thank you for entrusting us with your child or children. Our goal is to help all students reach their full potential. We appreciate all you do to support your child’s success at Hidden Valley.

Sincerely,

Rich Gorton

MEET MS. REIKOFSKI

This month, fourth grader Erin Hurley continues her series of interviews with new teachers and staffers by chatting with 4th grade teacher Ms. Reikofski, who joined Hidden Valley this year. The interview is below.

Where did you go to college?

  • Ms. Reikofski went to college at Texas Tech University.

Where did you grow up?

  • She grew up in Denton, Texas.

What is your favorite insect?

  • She loves Ladybugs because they are colorful and fun to watch. They also eat Aphids.

What is your favorite breakfast?

  • Anything with eggs!!

What is your favorite book/genre?

  • Reikofski likes mystery stories.

What is something that almost no one knows about you?

  • She has an identical twin sister named Anne.

Last, what is your favorite part about teaching?

  • She loves getting to know each kid and their personality.

(Please note: There is a correction to last month’s interview: Mrs. McCall played YoYo Ma’s cello, not his organ.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE AUCTION WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!

The Hidden Valley PFC Annual Dinner Auction was a fun and successful event! A HUGE thanks to all involved.

2015 Auction VolunteersWe don’t yet have a final tally, but it looks like our total profit will be around $20,000!!! All money will be be spent to improve our children’s education and experiences at Hidden Valley. We had many great donors, some who support our school year after year. Please patronize these businesses whenever you can and thank them for their support. – Click on this link to see our amazing list of Donors2015

LETTER FROM PFC PRESIDENTS

“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want — oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”
~Mark Twain

Dear Hidden Valley Community,

March has come and gone in the blink of an eye! April should be a little quieter, as we enjoy the beautiful weather and Spring Break April 6th-10th.

A huge thanks to Dawn Kosmakos, and her amazing volunteers, for putting on a magical Dinner Auction. The venue was decorated beautifully, the auction items were tantalizing, and the bidders were ready to wave their paddles! The Annual Dinner Auction is our biggest fundraiser of the year, so thanks again to all who attended, donated, and bid on items.

Thanks to all our students who participated in Hidden Valley’s first Spell-A-Thon, it was a huge success! The school made over $13,500 — that’s an amazing accomplishment! The classes, in each grade level, that won a free recess, by spelling the highest percent of words correctly, were: Mrs McClane’s Kindergarten class with 94%, Mrs McCoy’s 1st grade class with 97%, Mrs Mattos’s 2nd grade class with 92%, Mrs McCabe’s 3rd class with 98% (WOW!), Ms Eddington’s 4th grade class with 81%, and Mrs Goodwin’s 5th class with 84%. Congratulations to all you amazing spellers! And I’m sure you’re wondering who won the Kindle Fire?! Congratulations to Lyric Jones in Ms Eddington’s 4th grade class!

Thanks to Lonnie Wickham for another FUN Bingo night on Friday, and thanks to all who attended.

In April, you can look forward to Spring Break and a PFC Meeting the week following. The April PFC Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 14th at 7:00pm in the school library. We’d love to see some new faces, and hear your great ideas.  This month we do have Dining for Dollars at Zachary’s, in Pleasant Hill, on Tax Day, Wednesday, April 15th.

We are also looking to fill some PFC Board and Committee positions for the 2015-2016 school year. Come to the April PFC Meeting to learn more about the PFC, and PFC positions. Find out how important it is to be involved and participate in our PFC. Click on this link to see the complete list of PFC board and committee positions –  Description of Board/Committees

Sandra Muller (sam.designs@yahoo.com) and
Angie Vickroy (4vickroys@gmail.com)
PFC Co-Presidents

NOTES FROM THE HVE OFFICE

Hi Hidden Valley Community,

We have a Hidden Valley family in need of clothing. If you have items in good condition in any of these sizes, please bring to Kathy in the office. To try to control the amount of items we get, please email Kathy first with how many of each size you have. Her email is kearinsk@mdusd.org

Boys sizes 4T, 6T, and 9. Girls size 9. Any coloring books or small toys and/or age appropriate books might also be appreciated but are not necessary!

Thank you so much for your generosity!

Kathy Kearins
Hidden Valley Elementary
Office Manager
925 228-9530 ext 84301

 

 

BUY A’S TICKETS & HELP HVE

Oakland A’s
Step Up to the Plate for Education

HOaklandAsTix2015idden Valley Elementary School is excited to participate in the Oakland A’s Step Up to the Plate for Education program for the 2015 season! Students, parents, and their friends and families have the opportunity to purchase special DISCOUNTED fundraising tickets for select A’s games.  A portion of each ticket will go directly back to the school. To purchase tickets and view the available games, please visit our school’s personalized link below:

www.athletics.com/hiddenvalley

Tickets for the select games are limited – to participate in this special offer, we recommend purchasing tickets ASAP to reserve the best seats!

 

Zachary’s Pizza FUN-draiser!

Fundraising Day

at Zachary’s in Pleasant Hill!
Zachary-Logo

Wednesday, April 15th 2015

11 am to 10 pm ~
Dine-in or Take-out

Zachary’s will donate 15% of your
pre-tax bill to Hidden Valley Elementary.

140 Crescent Drive, PH
(925) 602- 7000

Reservations accepted upon availability.
Orders can be placed days in advance.

Flyer required for donation.
Please print and present to your server
ZacharysDiningDollars (click here for PDF)