Monday, 10/24 – Red Ribbon Week starts

Friday, 10/28 – Carn-o-ween

Monday, 10/31 – Halloween Parades on Campus

Friday, 11/4  – 7pm -Movie Night Under the Stars  

Friday, 12/9  – 7pm – White Elephant Bingo Night



Box Tops will be collected this Friday, October 28.   Please send in your Box Tops to your student’s teacher.  Don’t forget Box Tops is running a contest, for every Walmart-exclusive Box Tops Certificate that is clipped and collected by 11/2/16, Hidden Valley could win a chance to be one of 20 winners of 50,000 Bonus Box Tops (that’s $5,000.00!).  So start clipping those Box Tops, especially the ones from Walmart!  If you don’t get your Box Tops in this week, collections will be done at the end of each month.


Also you can now download the new Box Tops Bonus App to discover brands and retailers offering bonus Box Tops.  It’s simple, just download the app from your app store, login with your Box Tops login and password (or sign up if you don’t have one, make sure you choose Hidden Valley Elementary as your school to send the Bonus Box Tops to).   The offers will be listed, select the offer and then scan your receipt.  Your receipt will be processed and your Bonus Box Tops will be added to our earnings!  Any questions, email Kayo at



Dining for Dollars

The first Dining for Dollars Fundraiser will be Thursday, November 3 with Mountain Mike’s Pizza located at 1160 Arnold Drive in Martinez from 11:00 am to 9:00pm.  Please download the flier here and bring it with you when purchasing your meal, so that Hidden Valley will receive credit for your purchase.  Also bring your receipt into the school office and put into the Dining for Dollars box with your name, your child’s name, your child’s teacher and a phone number to be entered into a drawing to win a $10 gift card.  Any questions, email Kayo at



On Tuesday, October 18th, Hidden Valley will be hosting a Soul Shoppe parent night, which will also include a movie for children. The parent night and movie will begin at 6:30 pm. Our Soul Shoppe presenter will share strategies that Soul Shoppe uses to help children learn how to self-regulate and resolve conflicts with others. It will be an engaging and interactive session and parents are highly encouraged to attend. Parents will meet in the library, and students will be in the multi-purpose room.

Parents who would like to attend the Soul Shoppe parent night can bring their child to watch a movie in the MUR. It will be supervised by two teachers and several parent volunteers. The movie scheduled to be shown is “Home.”



(Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math)

At Hidden Valley

October 14 & 17

In the M.U.R.

Marble Run

KNEX Cars/Motors

On Target with Airplanes


Pattern Blocks & ZOOBs

Snap Circuits

KEVA Planks Station


Leonardo’s Bridge

Creation Station

Parent volunteers are needed to support this day of exploration! Contact 5th Grade Teacher Leslie Goodwin ( to help.




Dear Hidden Valley Parents & Guardians,


As we begin the month of October, and look forward to Halloween, it’s a great time to have fun and celebrate scary things like ghosts, goblins, and monsters. At the same time, we want all children to feel a sense of safety and security so they can enjoy school, and learn to their full potential. At Hidden Valley, the physical and emotional safety of our students is our highest priority. We know that when children feel safe, they learn at their highest levels. Research shows that when we lose our sense of safety, learning is significantly diminished.


As part of the effort to keep all children safe, parents can help out in the following ways:

  • Drive Safely
  • Keep pets off campus
  • Talk to your child about ways to resolve conflicts
  • Report any safety issues to your child’s teacher, or to the office staff


If you drive your child to or from school, please be sure to drive slowly, and follow all traffic laws. The pick-up and drop-off area is at the end of the second parking lot. Students should not be dropped off or picked up in the red zones. The north parking lot is only for staff parking and bus loading/unloading. The only exceptions are for those with disabled placards, or if you have a Hidden Valley parking permit. If you see anyone driving recklessly, and/or not following the traffic rules, please report them to the office so we can follow up with appropriate action.


Beginning Wednesday, October 12th, Hidden Valley will host a six-week parenting class called Loving Solutions. Please see the announcement in this week’s Monday Memo for more information, or stop by the office for a registration form.


On Tuesday, October 18th, we will be hosting a Soul Shoppe parent night, which will also include a movie for children. The parent night and movie will begin at 6:30 pm. Our Soul Shoppe presenter will share strategies that Soul Shoppe uses to help children learn how to self-regulate and resolve conflicts with others. It will be an engaging and interactive session that I highly encourage all parents to attend. Parents will meet in the library, and students will be in the multi-purpose room.


The month of October will also feature Red Ribbon Week (RRW), which will be from October 24-28. At the elementary level, the main focus of RRW is about making good choices, and learning to choose a healthy lifestyle. More information will be out soon describing the fun themes that we’ll have for each day.


And to top off this month of safety and fun, we will be having our Carn-o-ween Celebration on Friday, October 28th, and our Halloween parades on Monday, October 31st. I welcome you to come join us.


On behalf of all the staff at Hidden Valley, I would like to thank you for all of your support. It is our pleasure and privilege to teach and spend time with your child(ren) each day.



Rich Gorton



“Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too.”

-Yogi Berra


Dear Hidden Valley Families,


Is it really October already?! They say time flies when you’re having fun. Like, our Back-To-School BBQ that was fun, right?! A huge THANK YOU to Dolores Escorcio, Kristina Ruiz, and Erin Martin for managing and coordinating this event. To the volunteers behind the scenes and those who were on the frontline, THANK YOU! This community event was a success because of you and because of our amazing Hidden Valley Community who attended.


Thank you to Sakura Barrientos for coordinating our clean-up day and for being our Campus Beautification Chair. It is a tough (and sometimes dirty) job that you do with such pride! Principal Gorton surprised us with his smoothies. Such a special treat! Thank you to all who came out and helped us keep our campus beautiful.


Our Apex Fun Run has come to an end. Be on the lookout for final numbers coming soon. Congratulations to 5th grade for working hard and earning money for your camp fees! Thank you to our AMAZING community for supporting this! Nicole Peters, thanks for managing this new and exciting fundraiser! Your dedication is appreciated!


October houses a PFC community event we’re calling Carn-o-ween this year. It requires a lot of volunteers and has always been tons of fun. If you have time, sign up to help, come down for some fun Halloween activities, enter the costume contest, or begin training to win the pie eating contest! We look forward to seeing you in your costumes on Friday, October 28th from 5:30pm-8:30pm.


During the last week of the month, we are celebrating Red Ribbon Week. Let’s show our school spirit and dress as the theme of the day.


You can get more information on these events as well as others by attending our PFC meetings on the first Tuesday of every month in the Library at 7pm or by checking us out on our website: or on our Facebook page: Parent Faculty Club at Hidden Valley Elementary.




Angie Vickroy



Saturday, September 24, was our Campus Beautification Day at Hidden Valley.  Thank you to all the HVE Community members who came out bright and early to support our efforts in keeping our campus beautiful!  We had a total of six families participate and though our group was small, it sure was mighty.  We were able to move through the entire campus picking up trash, pulling weeds and doing some light landscaping.

We will be planning another Campus Beautification Day in the Spring, so please don’t despair if you weren’t able to help out this time!

Sakura Barrientos,

PFC Campus Beautification Representative