Monday, 5/2-Friday 5/6 – Teacher Appreciation Week

Friday, 5/6 – Father/Daughter Dance, 6 p.m.

Monday 5/16-Friday 5/20- Spring Book Fair

Thursday, 5/19 – Open House & PFC, Site Council Election

Friday, 5/20 – Magic Show

Monday, 5/30- Memorial Day Holiday

Friday, 6/3 – Family Movie Night

Friday, 6/10- Last Day of School



Last year’s magic show was so much fun, we are doing it again this year! You will be entertained and amazed at the magic of local favorites David Hirata, Jack Alexander, and Jack Fowler.

Pre-sold tickets are $8 per person until May 18.  Tickets at the door will sell for $10 per person. Children must be accompanyed by an adult. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.

Date: Friday, May 20th, 7pm-8pm
Location: Hidden Valley Multi-Use Room (MUR)


A message from the Hidden Valley office:


Student Information Forms will be available in the school office starting Monday, May 2nd. These are due no later than Friday, May 13th. This form is used to describe the learning environment you feel is most beneficial to your student. It is not a teacher request form.


The teaching team for the student’s current grade level will use these forms to help determine the classes for the next grade level. This is an opportunity to give your input regarding the placement for your student. You do not have to fill these out, they are strictly optional.


Please return these to Kathy’s (office manager) mail box. She will be collecting them and passing them on to Mr. Gorton for review.


Thank you!



Kathy Kearins

Hidden Valley Elementary

Office Manager


The Scholastic Spring Book Fair is coming to Hidden Valley from May 16 – 20. It will be open the night of Open House, May 19. Keep an eye out for the daily schedule and a sign-up for volunteers, which will be out soon.





All items had something for pick up. If you haven’t picked up your item(s) the final pickups are below:


     Monday, May 2nd 2:10pm -3:00pm
     Wednesday, May 4th 7:40am-8:15am
     Wednesday, May 4th 5:30pm-6:15pm
If you have not picked up your item(s) and one of the above times does not work for you please contact Jessica English via email at


Parent School Climate Survey, 2015-2016

  • Hidden Valley Elementary
  • Your school needs you to complete this online survey to help improve school culture and climate. It is an opportunity to communicate your perceptions about fundamental learning supports and barriers at this school. This letter explains the survey and, at the bottom of the page, provides your login, password and access instructions. If you have any questions about this survey, contact Jeff McCreary at (925) 682-8000, ext. 7210 or Rich Gorton at (925) 228-9530.
  • You will have access to this online survey for 30 days beginning 04/05/16.

The purpose of this survey is to obtain parent perceptions of student behavior and attitudes, school programs and policies, and the overall school climate as they relate to student well-being and learning. It deals with such issues as truancy, safety, harassment, substance use, school connectedness, and learning supports. The survey is a companion to the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS), and the California School Climate Survey (CSCS) for staff.

Your participation is voluntary. It is also very important. The information you provide will help guide district and school efforts to promote safety, enhance learning supports, improve student achievement, and reduce health risks that stand as barriers to learning.

  • This is an anonymous survey. It is designed so that no one can be identified from the data. You do not have to respond to any questions that you feel could be used to identify you. Simply skip any such questions.
  • All questions apply to this school only.
  • The results are for the use of your district. CDE/CHKS will preserve data confidentiality and refer any data requests to the district.




If you have more than one child at this school, please complete one survey for each child.

Access the login page for the survey using the following URL:


Use the following school code and click the Take Survey button:

School Code (case sensitive): QW44YW


If you are having trouble taking the survey, check the following:

=  Make sure you are entering the web site address correctly

=  Does the survey welcome page show the correct name of your school?

=  Make sure you have entered the URL (in the URL bar, NOT THE SEARCH BAR) and School Code correctly

=  Make sure that your survey window is open. You should be able to find the start date on this form. The window is open for 30 days from this date.

=  Still having trouble? Contact your survey coordinator

Thank you for taking this important survey!


Hidden Valley PFC presents:
A magical night dedicated to daughters and their fathers or other special grown ups. This event includes dancing, refreshments, dessert and a digital photograph. Friday, May 6th 7-9 p.m. in the Hidden Valley Multi-Use Room. $25 per couple. $10 for each additional daughter.
Tickets available at the door.


“Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.”




Well, the end of this school year sure is flying by. Our last fundraiser of the year has come to an end. Very preliminary numbers point to the Online Auction meeting our goal of $10,000! A more accurate number will be reported at our PFC meeting on Tuesday, May 3rd. Jessica English has done a spectacular job managing this fundraiser! Thank you, Jessica! There were many behind the scenes duties that were done to ensure the success of it. Rhea Karahalios took on many of them. Thank you, Rhea! All of our teachers and staff, room parents, volunteers, donors, and bidders dedicated time to support our PFC, who, in turn supports our students. We are forever grateful! Thank you to our amazing Hidden Valley community!

Our PFC meeting in April was well attended. It was great to have a large voting population. The PFC voted and granted a funding request for P.E./Classroom Boom boxes for the Kindergarten classes. A representative from The College Funding Coach attended the meeting and invited us to their workshop on our campus which occurred on April 19th. (Mutual consensus of that workshop was that it was hugely informative.) We discussed our Spring Book Fair dates which are: May 16-20. We heard from our Spirt Wear nominee who is securing a new Spirt Wear company and new process for purchasing Spirit Wear next school year. We planned an end of year family movie night for Friday, June 3rd. At the time we needed additional nominees for our PFC Board and Committees but today I am happy to report, all positions have a nominee!

Teacher appreciation week is May 2nd-6th. Let’s be sure to show them how much we appreciate them. Open house is on May 19th. Please, come by the patio and vote for your 2016-2017 PFC Board and Committee Chairs. Visit our Spring Book Fair from May 16-20th. Proceeds go to our Reading Incentive Program. The PFC meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 3rd in the Library at 6:30pm. It is starting slightly earlier to allow time for our first budget meeting to follow. We will discuss results of our online auction, form our election committee, plans for All-In-One Day, and begin our budgeting. I look forward to seeing you all the meeting. You can reach us on our webpage: Or on our Facebook page: Parent Faculty Club at Hidden Valley Elementary.


Thank you,

Angie Vickroy


Dear Hidden Valley Learning Community,


May is always a busy month, so please be sure to follow the PFC’s Monday Memo each week to keep up with all the exciting activities that we have planned.


May 2nd-6th is Teacher Appreciation Week. Hidden Valley teachers work extremely hard to ensure all children’s social and academic success. This is a great opportunity to show your child’s teacher how much you appreciate the hard work and dedication that s/he has demonstrated over the course of the year.


This year we will have at least two School Site Council (SSC) positions open for parents for the 2016-17 school year. SSC is a committee made up of parents, teachers, and school staff (including the principal), that makes decisions about how the school’s funding will be spent. It is very important that we have committed parents to serve in this role. Voting for School Site Council Members will be held at Open House on May 19. Please contact me at for more information if you are interested in serving on the SSC.


All 3rd-5th grade students will be participating in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) during the weeks of May 16-27. The online testing portion is called 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 testing window.


CAASPP results help our school and district determine how well students are learning, and where we need to focus our efforts so that all students can meet or exceed the academic standards. 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. I’ve included a link to the Hidden Valley website for more information about CAASPP.


I have also included the school parent survey that was sent out on School Messenger last month. You have until Wednesday, May 4th to complete it. It will provide important information about the climate and culture at Hidden Valley.


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.



Rich Gorton

Link for Parent Survey:

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Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2-6 . The Hidden Valley PFC has been planning several events for teachers and school staff to show appreciation for the hard work they do.

Each class has a Room Parent who plans a week of things such as giving handwritten cards, bouquets of flowers, and sometimes a class gift. Look in your child’s backpack to see if he or she sent a flyer home asking for contributions from parents. Any amount is always greatly appreciated. The Room Parents volunteer their time to help improve communication between parents and the teachers.