Mon/Tues, 3/1-3/2  – On-line Auction Item Pickup (PFC room)
                           8-8:30 and 2:30-3:00

Tuesday, 3/3, 6:30-7:30pm – Parent Forum with
Principal Gorton and VP Fairholm in MUR

Tuesday, 3/3, 7:30-8:30 – Monthly PFC Meeting in MUR

Friday, 3/6 – Spell-A-Thon tests come home

Tuesday, 3/10 – Raffle Entry Deadline

Friday, 3/13 – Dinner Auction Ticket purchase and RSVP deadline

Friday, 3/20 – Spell-A-Thon donations due


Dinner Auction – March 21st


Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened. -Dr. Seuss

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Welcome to March, Hidden Valley Families! What a great February we had. With great participation in the Science Fair, the beginning of our first ever Spell-A-Thon, and an online auction that raised over $7,000 for our school, I’d like to have another February! Thank you to Dawn Kosmakos for managing this profitable fundraiser; and thank you to all the room parents, teachers, staff, and volunteers for your donations, time, and energy that made it such a success.

We are currently working on calculating funds raised for our Spell-A-Thon. We will keep you informed. I must say how impressed we are that our students have performed so well and what great participation we had! Your order forms are coming back home this Friday, March 6th so you can collect donations from your sponsors. All funds are due by March 20th to be eligible for the Kindle Fire raffle. Please visit our website for more information.

Principal Gorton is hosting a second parent forum on Tuesday, March 3 from 6:30pm-7:30pm in the Multi-Use room. This is an opportunity to meet with him, ask questions, and discuss concerns. Immediately following this forum is the monthly PFC meeting also being held in the Multi-Use room and at a later time than usual. This meeting will start at 7:30pm. One of the items on the agenda is positions available for 2015-2016 school year. We are looking for interested and dedicated people to step up and help our PFC run smoothly and make decisions that will benefit our school. If this is appealing to you or know someone who would be interested, please, contact a current Committee Chair or Executive Board member and check out our website for more information. Click here for Description of Board/Committees

GoPro Hero 4 Silver Pre-Auction Raffle?! Yes!!!  You still have time to purchase your raffle ticket. The drawing happens on Wednesday, March 11. Get your tickets now! (see form in Monday Memo)

Saturday, March 21st is coming soon! Mark it on your calendar! This is the day we hold our biggest fundraiser of the year, the Annual Dinner Auction. With magicians roaming about and a poker tournament, who would want to miss out on this fun night?! Tickets are on sale now!

Check us out at and on our Facebook page, Parent Faculty Club at Hidden Valley Elementary.

Thank you, Angie Vickroy ( and Sandra Muller (


Dear Hidden Valley Learning Community,

It’s hard to believe we are already in March, heading towards the end of the school year. As the days get longer throughout the spring, our lives will get busier and busier. Enjoy this time of the year, but please also make sure your child or children get plenty of rest to balance out the longer days.

Over the course of the year we have added some new teachers and staff members. In January we welcomed 4th grade teacher, Cora Reikofski, SDC TK-1st SDC teacher, Erin Pape, and Intermediate Typist Clerk, Morgan Maras. More recently, Nancy Spier and Renee Strom have joined the TK-1st SDC class as Special Education Aides. We are very fortunate to have these hardworking and committed individuals as part of our team.

On Tuesday, March 3rd, Vice Principal Erin Fairholm and I will host a parent forum from 6:30-7:30 in the multi-use room. We will use that opportunity to share important information, and listen to your input about Hidden Valley. The regularly scheduled PFC Meeting will follow at 7:30.

It’s not too late to purchase tickets for the Annual Hidden Valley Dinner Dance and Auction that will be held on Saturday, March 21st. Please click on the following link to purchase tickets and/or find out more information.

We are beginning our planning for the end-of-the-year Multicultural Potluck Celebration, and are looking for performers to help make the evening fun and entertaining. If you have any ideas, leads, or suggestions, please contact Yamin Llamas-Morales at (925) 925-330-1145 or

As a reminder, please be aware that dogs are not allowed on campus. Recently, I have had to ask a few individuals to wait off campus with their dog. I myself love dogs, but for safety reasons, please leave your four-legged friend at home when picking up your child from school. Thank you for your cooperation.

So far this winter we haven’t had a lot of rain, but chances are good that we will have a few more rainy days between now and the end of the year. Please keep in mind that umbrellas do create problems and safety issues at school. In addition to some students using umbrellas as swords or light sabers, they also drip water on the floor, and often get misplaced or left behind. It’s preferable if your child wears a raincoat with a hood instead of bringing an umbrella to school.

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 4th grade teacher, Mrs. McCall

This school year, Hidden Valley welcomed a new fourth grade teacher, Mrs. McCall. One of her students, Erin Hurley, interviewed Mrs. McCall and shared her discoveries with us (see below). Thank you, Erin!

Where did you go to college?
· Mrs. McCall went to college at UC Davis for her undergraduate work and teaching credential. She went to Johns Hopkins University for graduate school.
Where did you grow up?
· She grew up in Bakersfield, CA.
Do you have any kids, and if so what are their names?
· She has two kids. Their names are Amelia (3rd) and Miles (6th).
What are some interesting things that your students don’t know about you?
· “ I am a professional cellist, pianist, and organist. I have met YoYoMa and played on his organ.”
What is your favorite book/genre?
· “My favorite childrens’ book is Ferdinand. I don’t have a favorite genre.”
What is your favorite insect?
· “ My favorite insect is the Ladybug. I like them because they come in different colors, shapes, and sizes. They also help all the plants by eating the Aphids.”
What is your favorite breakfast to eat?
· “ I like some yogurt with granola and fresh cut fruit.”
What is your favorite thing about teaching?
· “ I love showing kids what they are capable of and that there are no limits.”

Online Auction has ended!

Thank you all who participated in our 3rd Annual Online Auction. We have raised over $7,600 for Hidden Valley Elementary!

If you won items, please pick up Monday or Tuesday at drop off 8:00-8:30, or pick up 2:30-3:00 at the PFC room. (located near the library, in the patio area on the backside of the school office). If you did not pay online, you can pay at pick-up with cash, check or a credit card.

Even though the bidding has ended, you can still purchase many of the sign up items we had to offer.

  • Ice Cream Social (April 22nd) $10 per student
  • Father/Daughter Dance (May 1st) $25 per couple – $10 Additional Daughter
  • Mother/Son Bowling (May 2nd) $15 per person
  • Magic Show (April 17th) $10 Kids $15 Adults
  • Raffle Ticket for GoPro Silver 4  $10
  • Engraved Brick (fundraiser for 4th graders to go to camp next year. Will be placed on patio between D and A pod.) $50Click here for  SignUpOrderForm and print it. Please return the form to the school office by March 10th with your payment.

computer resources

MDUSD is using the Common Core Math program called “Engage New York” There is a website that follows along with the program, reviewing completed “lessons” from class, complete with video explanations. There are also PDF’s of the homework sheets. So if you are like most of us, and are struggling to help our kids with math homework because it’s so different from the way we learned, you can also watch the videos smile emoticon The link is You can find your child’s grade, and then look at the top right corner of your child’s math homework. You’ll need to find the “lesson, grade, and module number”

The SPELL-A-THON tests will be given this week

Your Spell-A-Thon sponsor sheets are due now. Please hand them in to your teacher (money is NOT due until March 19th). Spell-A-Thon tests will be given in class next week, so keep studying!!!

Task 1: SPONSOR SHEETS DUE NOW (without money)
Task 3: Take the Spell-A-Thon test in class! February 23th–February 27th
Task 3: Collect money! March 6th–March 19th
Task 4: Turn in pledge donations! March 20th