Get ready for Hidden Valley’s  2016 SPELL-A-THON!

Are you ready to put the FUN back in FUNdraising?! You can with Hidden Valley’s second annual Spell-A-Thon, which kicked off January 29th! We hope every HVE student is excited to participate. We are looking for 100% school-wide participation! Have family and friends sponsor your child for this important fundraiser.

Our second annual Hidden Valley Spell-A-Thon is here!

Task 1: Get sponsors! January 29th–February 16th

Task 2: Study! January 29th–February 21st

Take the Spell-A-Thon test!  February 22nd–February 26th

Task 3: Collect money! March 4th–March 16th

Task 4: Turn in pledge donations! March 16th

There are rewards for participating!

First, we have a classroom goal:

  • The class with the highest percentage of correctly spelled words, in each grade level, earns an extra recess!

Next, for our students, we have an individual reward:

  • Each student who collects $100 or more and turns in their money by Wednesday, March 16th, will be entered in a drawing for a Kindle Fire! There will be one winner per grade level. Principal Gorton will draw names on Friday, March 25th, for 6 Kindle Fire winners!!!
  •  The great thing about the Spell-A-Thon is that all the money earned goes directly to the Hidden Valley PFC, which supports our students and teachers. We are counting on each of you to make this Spell-A-Thon a success! Sponsor Sheets and word lists will be available in the office or on the PFC website at www.hvpfc.com.


I find it almost comforting to count calories, because it makes me conscious of what I’m eating. But on Super Bowl Sunday, I thought, ‘Surrender to it. It’s nacho time.’ Then I ate nothing but Doritos all day.

-Kristen Bell

Dear Hidden Valley Community,


As promised, January was an uneventful month for your PFC. Spell-a-thon fundraiser packets went home on Friday 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: HVPFC.com.


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 2. See you at the Library at 7pm.


Angie Vickroy



Dear Hidden Valley Learning Community,

It’s hard to believe we are half way through winter and heading towards spring. February is a short month, but it will be filled with plenty of learning, and fun activities. Please look for information throughout the month from your child’s teacher, in the PFC Monday Memos, and on the Hidden Valley website at http://hves-mdusd-ca.schoolloop.com/.

You may have noticed some new faces on campus recently. Please join me in welcoming three new staff members. Carolyn Kreuscher, retired MDUSD principal, will be filling in for Ms. Fairholm while she is out on maternity leave. Our new Intermediate Typist Clerk, Gisele Hayes, has taken over the receptionist’s responsibilities in the front office, replacing Morgan Maras. Ms. Hayes worked most recently at Meadow Homes, and before that she was at Oak Grove Middle School. Maricelys Nieves is our new full-time Speech Therapist. She replaces Lori Bass. All three bring valuable experience and lots of positive energy to Hidden Valley. We are very fortunate to have them with us.

If you have been on campus recently you’ve probably noticed the new banners promoting “The Hidden Valley Way”. These are part of our Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) initiative. The messages on the banners come from a behavior matrix that was created last year by our PBIS team, which is made up of teachers, administrators, classified staff, and our counselor. Please help support our efforts by reminding your child to follow the four basic expectations, to be safe, respectful, responsible, and kind, and to follow all the instructions listed on the banners.

As we begin the second half of the school year, I’d like to mention a few basic safety reminders for parents. When driving, please follow all posted rules and laws. Do not park or pick up students in the red zones, and please, NO U-Turns on Glacier Drive in front of the school. Be sure to leave Fido at home, or wait off school grounds if you bring a dog with you when you come to school. Finally, please make sure your child stays off the play structure before and after school. Unfortunately, we do not have supervision available during those times to ensure children’s safety.

Thank you so much for entrusting us with your child or children. Our number one priority is to create a safe environment so we can successfully meet all students’ academic and social needs. We appreciate all that you do to support your child’s success at Hidden Valley.



Rich Gorton


Calling all Stars! Have a talent you want to show off? Sing, dance, comedy, magic, special talent? The 24th annual Youth Talent Show- Star Quest 2016 is scheduled for DVC Performing Arts Center April 23 and 24. All interested students grades K-12 who reside in the Pleasant Hill Rec and Park District can audition. You can call 682-0896 for an application or more information. Applications are due by Friday Feb. 5, so don’t delay.


Hidden Valley second grade teacher Margaret Gartner has been nominated for the Pleasant Hill Teacher of the Year.  All nominees will be honored at the 45th Annual Pleasant Hill Community Awards Night to be held on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at the Pleasant Hill Community Center. The Awards Night is hosted by the City of Pleasant Hill, The Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce, The Pleasant Hill Rec & Park District and the Foundation for Pleasant Hill Education. If you are interested in attending, tickets can be purchased here: