DATES TO REMEMBER

Tuesday, 9/01 – Back to School Night, 1st Grade 6 to 7 p.m.

Tuesday, 9/01 – PFC Meeting – 6:30-8:30 – HVE Library

Thursday, 9/03 – Back to School Night, K & TK, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m, 4th Grade, 6 to 7 p.m.

Monday, 9/07 – Labor Day Holiday – NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, 9/9 – Back to School Night, 2nd Grade 6 to 7 p.m.

Friday, 9/11 – Back to School BBQ

 

Soul Shoppe Parent Night, Tuesday, Sept. 15

Amy MacClain from Soul Shoppe will be leading workshops for students at Hidden Valley again this year.

The purpose of Soul Shoppe is to assist students in developing the social and emotional skills that help create a safe school environment. Hidden Valley will continue having the Peacemaker Program and assemblies throughout the year that focus on keeping a positive attitude, making good choices, and getting along with others.

Parents are always welcome to join us for assemblies to help reinforce the strategies at home.

Please come learn more about Soul Shoppe at a Parent Night that will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15  in the Multi-Use Room. Additional information will be in next week’s Monday Memo.

Principal Gorton’s September Message

Dear Hidden Valley Learning Community,

I would like to thank you for your support as we complete the first week of school. Teachers and staff have been working hard to develop routines that will help all Hidden Valley students learn and be successful in school.

Please join me in welcoming the many new teachers and staff members who have joined us this year at Hidden Valley. The new faces on campus include 1st grade teacher Monica Brombacher, 1st/2nd Combo teacher, Cyndi Lopez, 3rd grade teacher Alexis Burns, 4th grade teacher, Theresa Childress, 5th grade teacher, Kathleen Merletti, TK/Kinder SDC Autism teacher, Christine Crosno, Intervention Specialist, Michele Beach, Speech Pathologists, Lori Bass and Esnire Gomez, Psych Intern, Lance Carr, and Social Worker, Denise Martell. We are very fortunate to have such talented educators who will help our children thrive this year.

We look forward to welcoming Amy MacClain from Soul Shoppe back to Hidden Valley again this year. The purpose of Soul Shoppe is to assist students in developing the social and emotional skills that help create a safe school environment. We will continue having the Peacemaker Program and assemblies throughout the year that focus on keeping a positive attitude, making good choices, and getting along with others. Parents are always welcome to join us for assemblies to help reinforce the strategies at home. Please come learn more about Soul Shoppe at a Parent Night that will be held on Tuesday, September 15 from 6:30-7:30 in the Multi-Use Room. Additional information will be in next week’s Monday Memo.

Attendance will be a major focus for the 2015-16 school year. Research shows that attendance and achievement are closely connected. Students who consistently miss just 1-3 days of school per month attain lower levels of achievement than those students who maintain regular attendance. Please help us by making sure your child attends school each day as long as s/he is not ill. You can help ensure good attendance by scheduling medical and dental appointments outside of the regular school day, and having a back-up plan if you are not able to get your child to school. If you plan to have your child out of school for 5 days or more, please let your child’s teacher know as far in advance as possible, and see our Attendance Secretary, Lorie Robertson a week or more in advance to complete an Independent Study Contract. While your child is not considered absent if you complete an I.S. Contract, it is preferable for children to be learning in class with their peers.

Thank you for all of your efforts and contributions to help build a positive learning environment at Hidden Valley.

Sincerely,

Rich Gorton

 

PFC President’s September Message

No matter what people tell you,

words and ideas can change the world.

–Robin Williams

 

Dear Hidden Valley Families,

Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year!

This year is proving to be an exciting one! Along with the addition of new Hidden Valley families, we also have new staff members. Let’s be patient and kind while we all learn the Hidden Valley way. We also have changed some of our schoolwide fundraising efforts managed by our Parent Faculty Club.

Our Parent Faculty Club (PFC) is similar to a PTA. We are a parent-run non-profit organization, whose goal is to support our students and our school. Our PFC directly supports your child and it is run 100% by parent-volunteers. Each parent/guardian of a student at Hidden Valley Elementary is considered a member of our PFC, which means you have a say in how we raise money and how that money is spent. We welcome and encourage all parents to attend our PFC meetings which are held the first Tuesday of each month, in our school library. The PFC meetings are a great forum for learning more about our wonderful Hidden Valley Community, about upcoming events and fundraisers, and getting to know other parents.

Our 2015-2016 board is comprised of veterans, and parents who are becoming newly involved; we love seeing new faces and getting new ideas for fundraising and events. District funds continue to be tight, so it is very important for the PFC to fundraise year-round so we can continue to support our teachers, so they can continue to give our children the best education possible. A few fundraisers planned for this year are, a Jog-A-Thon (our first ever!) which will be kicking off this month, See’s Candy sales in November, our 2nd annual Spell-A-Thon, and our Annual Dinner Auction – which will be different than what we’ve done in the past and yet still just as exciting! Some of our other non-traditional fundraisers are our Dining for Dollars and collecting Box Tops. Please keep an eye out for flyers about these non-traditional fundraisers, and don’t forget to read our monthly newsletter online to keep up-to-date on various programs and events.

The PFC also sponsors many school events, the first of these will be held this month, our annual Back-to-School BBQ. It’s a fun family evening at our school, and a great way to get to know our school community.

The PFC managed and coordinated All-In-One Day. This is the day you received teacher assignments and had the opportunity to purchase Spiritwear, BBQ tickets, and a directory. I would like to send a BIG Thank You to Rhea Karahalios, Kayo Alencastre, and all the volunteers who made All-In-One Day an organized and successful event!

For more information about the PFC, come to one of our monthly PFC meetings, check us out online at http://www.hvpfc.com/ or find us on Facebook at Parent Faculty Club at Hidden Valley Elementary. Please support Hidden Valley any way you can: make a donation, volunteer, or attend events and meetings — your involvement is key in the successful future of our children and in making Hidden Valley the best it can be!

Thank you,

Angie Vickroy

PFC President

4vickroys@gmail.com

Box Tops Campaign Is On

Our Box Tops for Education campaign has started!  Please send your Box Tops in with your student to help reach our goal and raise money for Hidden Valley!  Sign up online at www.boxtops4education.com by September 30 to earn five bonus Box Tops for Hidden Valley. You will receive email updates from Box Tops for Education, where you can login and print out coupons, learn about sweepstakes and contests for our school and find out products that participate in Box Tops.  Don’t forget to link your account to Hidden Valley so you can monitor our progress!  Any questions, please email Kayo at nish899@hotmail.com.

Student Directories Available Until Sept. 4

For those interested in purchasing a Hidden Valley Student Directory and were unable to turn in the directory form at All in One Day, there is still time!  Blank forms and envelopes are located in the office. Please fill out the Directory form, the front of the envelope and put the form in the envelope along with your $4.00 payment and place in the PFC drop box located next to the teachers’ boxes.  The deadline is Friday, September 4.  Any questions, please email Kayo at nish899@hotmail.com.

Annual Back-To-School Barbecue, Friday Sept. 11

The Back-to-School Barbecue will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. This year, there will be Mad Science, Martinez Police, a tattoo booth, an art booth, music and more.

Guests can choose from hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, and black bean burgers. Meals come with chips and and fruit. All meals are $6 and must be pre-purchased.

Members of the PFC will be selling tickets before and after school this coming week, on Monday, August 31, Wednesday, Sept. 2, Friday, Sept. 4 and Wednesday, Sept. 9.

Cash is preferred but credit cards will be accepted.

The barbecue needs many volunteers to make it successful. There will be a sign-up email going out to parents soon, asking volunteers to take various shifts throughout the evening.

New Fall Fundraiser Coming Soon!

Instead of our Innisbrook gift-wrap fundraiser, this Fall we will be holding a Hidden Valley Hawks Jog-A-Thon.  This will be a fun way for all the students to participate in helping raise money for the school and get some exercise at the same time!  The fundraiser will begin the week of September 8th, so keep an eye out for information that will be sent home with your child.  We will need volunteers on the day of the run, so please email kjbarsetti@gmail.com if you are able to assist.  A Signup form will also be sent out through email shortly with more volunteer details.

Missed All in One Day? Turn In Forms Monday, Aug. 24

If you were unable to attend  All in One Day on Friday, members of the PFC will be in the PFC room next to the library on Monday, August 24 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am for those who need to drop off their completed packets, turn in their student contact forms and pick up teacher assignments.

Please remember to bring your student contact form which you should have received in the mail last week from the school office.