“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
And….spring has sprung! Our Spell-A-Thon was a success! Thank you, Sandra Muller for your tireless efforts and terrific results. The support of our community has earned the PFC $11,400. Fourth Grade keeps their earnings of $1,300 for their 5th grade camp fund. Congratulations to the classes with the highest percentage of words spelled correctly; they won an extra recess! A big round of applause to our 6 Kindle Fire winners too! Thank you to everyone who participated and sponsored our students.
At our March meeting we signed up to be the Charter for Cub Scout pack 420 again, which means we provide a setting for their meetings and in return, the scouts offer their service on projects. Scouting is about giving back to the community and we are honored to have them with us. They are seeking a liaison between the troop and the PFC. Let me know if you would like to help out with this.
We hosted a PFC social a couple weeks ago. It was great meeting fellow parents and talking with people who are interested in volunteering on our PFC. There were 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 2016-2017 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 Missoula Children’s Theatre to be cancelled and funds for supplies for our teachers to be lessened. Our election is held at Open House in May. If you are interested in volunteering your time, please, let me know.
In April we will have a book fair that benefits the reading incentive program. Watch for opportunities to volunteer for it. Also, our Online Auction will run from Monday the 18th to Saturday the 23rd. Thank you to all who are preparing class donations, who have dedicated time and patience, and who are assisting in behind the scenes duties. We are hoping to raise $10,000 with this fundraiser; it truly takes a village, so, thank you!
Our PFC meeting is on April 5th at 7pm in the Library. We will discuss plans for Spirit Wear, our Online Auction, and form our election committee among a few additional items. I hope to see you there. Check us out at HVPFC.com or on our Facebook page: Parent Faculty Club at Hidden Valley Elementary.
Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’ – Robin Williams
Hello Hidden Valley Community! Our Online Auction runs from April 11th-16th.
We’ve had to cancel the dinner auction this year but have already received some exciting items that will be up for bid online. The Spell-A-Thon has almost concluded. We’re collecting donations from now through the 16th. Remember, 4th grade is keeping their earnings as the start of their 5th grade camp fund AND the class in each grade with the highest percentage of correctly spelled words earns an extra recess AND one student in each grade level has the opportunity to win a Kindle Fire when they submit $100 or more by March 16th! It’s not too late to get more sponsors! I look forward to reporting our final numbers in April’s newsletter.
Your PFC voted to provide the office with a badge maker for our volunteers. In short, it aids in safety measures by giving the badges a more official and uniform look.
Due to the See’s candy fundraiser bringing in nearly $8,000 profit, we wrote a check to the Student Council for $633 which they will put to good use. Finally, we voted to fund 2 salaries for the 2016-2017 school year. One salary allows for miscellaneous jobs to be done like cleaning and organizing pods and rooms. It supports staff and faculty. The other is our Site Tech salary which allows us to have Dina Oakes on campus 10 hours a week to ensure our computer labs are working and our technology is functional.
A PFC Popsicle Social at the Park has been planned so we can recruit and get to know you; allow you to get to know those who coordinate events and manage fundraisers. Recruiting for the 2016-2017 PFC Executive Board and Committee positions is a focus considering many current position holders have children who are graduating out of Hidden Valley and elections happen at Open House in May. The PFC is solely run by parent volunteers. You are already a member of Hidden Valley’s PFC. Please take a look at our Bylaws on HVPFC.com and consider holding a position. There are many jobs to be done, I’m sure at least one will speak to each of you.
From today on, I am making an effort to communicate information in a way that is easier to access. I’ve heard that some feel excluded and out of the loop. That is never our intention and I want to change those feelings. Not everyone is available to attend a meeting and I realize the unknown (like attending a meeting) can be intimidating. Just remember we all have the same goal….to make the most of our children’s time at Hidden Valley. I found a way to contribute by using my strengths and interests. Please, take time to read the communication that is put out. Please, have an open mind about holding a position next school year. Please, consider attending our meetings on the first Tuesday of every month, in the Library, where we vote to spend money that benefits our children. Our voices are heard, YOU have a vote.
Interview with Mrs. Hults
By Erin Hurley, 5th Grade
1. Where did you grow up? I grew up in Moraga, CA.
2. Where did you go to college? I went to college at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
3. What was your favorite T.V. show growing up? I loved watching Brady Bunch and Little House and the Prairie when I was growing up.
4. What is your favorite subject to teach? Why? I love teaching first graders to read, and teaching English Learners to speak English. These are fundamental skills that the students will use their entire lives. Teaching English and reading unlocks so much more learning!
5. Have you taught any other grades besides 1st? If so, what grades? I’ve taught 1st through 3rd grades. I’ve taught ELD from Kinder up to 5th grade. I’ve also taught adults going to college to become teachers.
6. What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? I like to hang out with my family. We like to travel, go to plays and play games.
7. What is your favorite part about teaching? Why? I have two favorite things. Teaching is never boring! Always interesting, always changing. My other favorite thing is seeing that look on a students’ faces when they have figured out something or learned something new. Those looks never gets old!
-2017/18 School Year-
Holiday Outreach- Adopt a child or family Nov 27-Dec. 15
CONFERENCE SCHEDULE: Dec. 11-22 EARLY DISMISSAL
Dining for Dollars @ Dos Coyotes Border Cafe (in Willows) Dec. 11-14
See’s Candy Pickup Monday Dec. 18 4:30-7:30pm A pod
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