“We have to have the mentality that we have to work for everything we’re going to get.”

-Stephen Curry


The LAST week of school?! Where did the last month go? I’ll tell you where! Teacher Appreciation week, Father Daughter Dance, Spring Book Fair, Open House, and Our Multicultural Event! Fourth grade has continued their efforts to raise funds for their 5th grade camp trip. Lots of behind the scenes volunteer time, that’s for sure!

The PFC has received some thank you cards for helping our teachers, administration, and support staff feel appreciated. Thank you, Dolores Escorcio! Your hard work, decisions on the fly, and dedication are greatly appreciated. Thank you to all the room parents and volunteers who made this week so special!

The Spring Book Fair had about $9,400 in sales! Great work Amanda Bentley Moses! Thanks for managing this fundraiser and thank you to all the volunteers and supporters who have helped raise funds for Hidden Valley’s reading incentive program.

This year’s Father Daughter (or special person) Dance was very well attended! There was great music, food, dancing, and pictures. Thank you to Jessica English for managing this community event and to her committee and volunteers for making sure it was an exciting, successful night.

Open house was an eventful night. The Book Fair was open and members of our 4th grade sold treats to benefit their 5th grade camp trip while families visited classrooms and Kate Howes sold spirit wear. During this night, we also voted on Site Council Members and PFC Board Members. Congratulations to all elected volunteers! Official results for your PFC Board will be announced at our PFC meeting on Tuesday, July 7th. (Be sure to tune in for our live Facebook feed.) Thank you to the chair of the election committee, Celeste Altus, and to the members of the election committee. Your time is greatly appreciated.

Sakura Barrientos coordinated her first Multicultural Event which was a HUGE hit! Thank you, Sakura! Thank you to the students who made flags and completed the passport activity, to the volunteers, potluck participants, and our community for coming out and taking advantage of this amazing evening!

June 6th at 6:30 pm in the Library we have our last PFC meeting of the school year and our 2nd budget meeting. We have Contra Costa Cinemas summer movie tickets available for sale in which 100% of the proceeds go to your PFC. Fill out an order form available in the office. Remember, All-In-One Day is on August, 17th! With that, I sign off for the summer. Thank you for your continued support and congratulations to all graduates, parents, teachers, and staff on a successful school year! Have a fun and safe summer.




Angie Vickroy




“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

-Mahatma Gandhi


And….spring has sprung! What an amazing dinner auction, huh?! SO much fun!! Thank you, Michele Winter for managing all things auction. Thank you to all the volunteers, bidders, winners, attendees, sponsors, and donation givers. It takes a village to have a successful event. You did! Thank you!!Final numbers aren’t in yet but will be discussed at our April PFC meeting.


We hosted a PFC popsicle social at the park. It was great meeting fellow parents and talking with people who are interested in volunteering on our PFC. There have been many who signed up to manage an event or take on a position. We still have a few positions that need to be filled for the 2017-2018 school year. Sadly, if these positions aren’t filled we miss opportunities to raise money and will be forced to cut our budget, causing things like our back to school BBQ to be cancelled and funds for supplies for our teachers to be lessened. Our election is held at Open House on May 25th. If you are interested in volunteering your time, please, let us know.


In April we will have a book fair that benefits the reading incentive program. Watch for opportunities to volunteer. Also, we are working on amending our Bylaws. Suggestions will be made at our April 11th meeting. Take a look at them at If you have suggestions, please let us know. The end of April will finish with a family movie night on the 28th.


Our PFC meeting is on April 11th at 7pm in the Library. We will form our election committee among a few additional items. I hope to see you there.




Angie Vickroy


Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.

-Dr. Seuss

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!


Welcome to March, Hidden Valley Families! February hosted our STEM Fair and the annual Spell-A-Thon. Your support and participation raised $7,500! Fourth graders earned $1,025 for their camp fund! One class in each grade level earned a free recess because they had the highest number or words spelled correctly. They are: Mrs. Sibilla’s Kindergarten class, Mrs. Hults’s 1st grade class, Mrs. Young’s 2nd grade class, Mrs. Sullivan 3rd grade class, Mrs. Campos’s 4th grade class, and Mrs. Goodwin’s 5th grade class. Congratulations!! There was also one raffle winner in each grade level who won a Kindle. These participants earned $100 or more in donations. Congratulations to Rory C., Viviana M., Alexis W., Fiona E., Carlo M., and Anton G. Thank you to everyone who participated, donated, and volunteered to make this fundraiser a success!

Principal Gorton and Vice Principal Lanfranki Law are hosting a parent forum on Tuesday, March 7 from 6pm-6:30pm in the Multi-Use room. This is an opportunity to meet with them, ask questions, and discuss concerns. Immediately following this forum is a PFC social also being held in the Multi-Use room. We are looking for interested and dedicated people to 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, attend this social and/or contact a current Committee Chair or Executive Board member and check out our website for more information. Our monthly PFC meeting will start at 7pm. This month we vote on the salaries we commit to pay for every year. I hope to see you all this Tuesday, March 7th at 6pm.

A night at the Concord Hilton Pre-Auction Raffle?! Yes!!! Proceeds go to the 5th grade camp fund and you still have time to purchase your raffle ticket. The drawing happens on Wednesday, March 8th. With a limited number of raffle tickets available, get yours now!

Saturday, March 11th. Mark it on your calendar! This is the day we hold our biggest fundraiser of the year, the Annual Dinner Auction. Reliving the 80’s!! Who would want to miss out on this fun night?!

Be on the lookout for information about our upcoming PFC popsicle social at the park. I’m looking forward to meeting more of our amazing community members!

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


Thank you,


Angie Vickroy (


What we think, we become. All that we are arises with our thoughts.

With our thoughts, we make the world.

-The Buddha



Dear Hidden Valley Community,


As promised, January was a slow month for your PFC. Missoula Children’s Theater has just wrapped up. Congrats to all of HVE’s actors! A BIG Thank You to Michelle Arnold for managing this community event and to the hosts, volunteers, and supporting families!


Spell-a-thon has begun and planning for our annual dinner auction is in full swing. We are beginning to seek volunteers for next school year to hold committee and board positions. If you are interested in finding out more about how you can help, contact us on our website:


Good luck to everyone on acquiring sponsors for the Spell-a-thon. I look forward to hearing how well our students perform. We’ll get an update at our PFC meeting on Tuesday, February 7. See you at the Library at 7 p.m.


Angie Vickroy


“Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.”

-Carrie Fisher


Happy New Year, Hidden Valley community! It is hard to believe that 2016 has ended. I am excited for a new beginning and look forward to continuing our successes here at Hidden Valley Elementary.

We managed to fit quite a bit into the short month of December. Principal Gorton and Vice Principal Lanfranki Law hosted a Parent Forum where parents asked relevant questions and had the opportunity to talk with them. Thank you for hosting two of these a year. The opportunity to discuss important topics in a forum setting is a nice addition to our wonderful Hidden Valley Way.

Our See’s Candy fundraiser numbers aren’t in yet so keep an eye out for results. Our goal is $8,900. We give 8% of the profit to Student Council. Thank you to all who participated, purchased, and volunteered time. A very BIG thank you to Amanda Moses for managing this fundraiser. Your tireless efforts and dedication are greatly appreciated!

Our Scholastic Book Fair earned just over $2,000 for the library! Again, thank you, Amanda Moses for running the Book Fair and thank you to all who patronized and/or volunteered your time. It is because of you this fundraiser is a success.

The Craft and Vendor Faire was also a success. I heard talk of trying to make this a bigger community event and I saw smiles on the faces of the sellers and buyers. The buzz in the room was infectious. From unique handmade items to name brand clothing, and pictures with Santa, this event brought our community together. Amanda Quatacker and Kim Williams are the reason this was possible. Thank you to you and your team of volunteers. Thank you to the crafters and vendors for sharing your products with us. Thank you to our community for supporting the efforts of everyone involved.

To give us a break from the holiday hustle and bustle, Tracey Rentner coordinated a White Elephant Bingo Night. There were fun and interesting prizes. Thank you to those who attended and to you, Tracey!

We began our break with Dining for Dollars at Kinders. Remember to turn in your receipt in the office to be entered into the drawing. Thank you to all who ate out and helped us raise money for our school! And thank you, Kayo Alencastre for scheduling this and a variety of restaurants for us to choose from!

To complement our busy December, January will be a rather slow month. Whew! There are behind the scenes preparations happening for our Annual Dinner Auction and information for our Spell-A-Thon will go home soon. We also have Missoula Children’s Theater coming soon and we need a family to host a director. Please contact Michelle Arnold at for more information.

I will see you at our PFC meeting on Tuesday, January 3rd at 7pm in the Library. Thanks to this amazing community for a spectacular year and welcome to 2017!

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


Angie Vickroy


Nothing says holidays, like a cheese log.

-Ellen DeGeneres


Dear Hidden Valley Community,


While November was a short month for us academically, we still managed to get quite a bit done. Kayo Alencastre kindly scheduled 2 dining for dollars this month. Thanks for suggesting 2 nights off so we can focus on Holiday preparations!


Our Fifth Graders went to camp! I heard it was great weather and our students had a great time. What an amazing experience for them. Thank you to our amazing community and fifth grade parents for making this opportunity a reality for them.


As we left for our Thanksgiving break, See’s Candy order forms went home. Orders and funds were due back when we returned on Monday, November 30th. Distribution is set for the week of December 10th. Thank you for your continued support.


December is also a short academic month:

  • Conferences are scheduled Dec 5th-16th so we have an early dismissal for those 2 weeks.


  • Our monthly PFC meeting in the Library at 7pm on Tuesday, December 6th.


  • The Book Fair begins on Friday, December 2nd in the A-pod. There are still volunteer opportunities available.


  • Shop at our Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, December 3rd from 10am-3pm in the Multi-use Room.


  • On December 5th, Principal Gorton and Vice Principal Lanfranki Law are hosting a Parent Forum in the Multi-use Room at 8:20am-9:30am. I hope to see many of our community members there.


  • Take a break from the Holiday rush and join us for a White Elephant Bingo Night in Multi-use room on Friday, December 9th at 6:30pm.


As we wrap up 2016, I want to thank everyone for everything you do. The PFC couldn’t run without an amazingly supportive community. From volunteers to fundraiser participants, we are thankful for you all.



Happy Holidays,



Angie Vickroy (


“We learned about gratitude and humility – that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean… and we were taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect.”

-Michelle Obama


Hidden Valley Community:


Yes, it is November. October literally flew by. Well, it’s no wonder considering the excitement throughout the month. For example, did everyone feel the buzz on campus during Student Council Campaign Week? It was inspiring to see the effort and comradery put forth by candidates and voters. Congratulations to our 2015-2016 Student Council!


How about our Apex Fun Run in September?! I promised you final numbers when they were available … you all contributed to just over $32,000 profit!!! Fifth grade earned $4,100 toward their 5th grade camp fees!!! Having the “Athletes” on campus kept the kids excited and engaged in their daily leadership lessons (daily prizes helped too. LOL!) Nicole Peters, thank you for your time, perseverance, and willingness to give this a go. To all the volunteers that took time out to help with this fundraiser, your assistance is much appreciated. Sponsors, we are forever grateful. Parents and families, this wouldn’t have happened without you. Thank you!


Heather Santos managed and organized this year’s Carn-o-ween. SO MUCH FUN!!! Anticipation surrounded the addition of Trunk-or-Treat, new carnival games, a fun twist on the pie eating contest where the winner received entry to our annual auction, and, just the event at whole! Heather, your fresh ideas, determination, and positivity was such a treat. Thank you for taking this on! And thank you Hidden Valley Community for volunteering, attending, and supporting this event.


Every year, we recognize Red Ribbon Week on campus. From wearing crazy hair to favorite sports teams and Hidden Valley Spirit Wear, we showed our school spirit by being SAFE, RESPECTFUL, RESPONSIBLE, and KIND. You know, the Hidden Valley Way! Thank you, Amanda Betti and Melyssa Greenberg! Your highlighting the importance of this week is much appreciated.


What do we have to look forward to in November? We kick off November with an Outdoor Family Movie Night and the start of our See’s Candy Fundraiser; our 5th graders are going to camp, Veteran’s Day, and Thanksgiving Recess. We have a lot to be grateful for.



Angie Vickroy (



“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



No matter what people tell you,

words and ideas can change the world.

–Robin Williams

Dear Hidden Valley Families,

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!

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 slightly changed some of our school wide 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 2016-2017 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 Fun Run with APEX that takes the place of last year’s Jog-A-Thon which kicks off this month, See’s Candy sales in November, our 3rd annual Spell-A-Thon, and our Annual Dinner Auction. 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. Be on the lookout for opportunities to purchase meal tickets this week!

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, Auction tickets and a directory. I would like to send a BIG Thank You to Shashanna Kratz, 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 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


“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