PARENTS OF 4TH GRADERS: MEETING ABOUT CAMP ON MONDAY

Outdoor School Parent Meeting

March, 2016

Dear 4th Grade Families,

Each year, 5th grade students at Hidden Valley get to participate in Outdoor School at Camp Loma Mar in Pescadero. For this year’s fourth graders, it will be taking place in the fall of 2016 when they are in 5th grade. We’ll be in the Santa Cruz mountains learning about science, social studies, and lifelong learning skills.

We would like to invite you to an informal meeting to discuss the 5th grade Outdoor School experience that our children will be attending in the fall of 2016. We invite you to come to this meeting to find out more about the camp and how much of a donation it takes for our children to attend this wonderful learning experience. Questions about Outdoor School will be answered at this meeting. We will also be discussing a few fundraising ideas that we have that can reduce the cost of Outdoor School. We hope to see you in the Multi Use Room on Monday, March 21st at 6:30 pm.

Outdoor School, or Outdoor Education, is an integral part of 5th grade science, social studies, community building, and life skill programs.   Unlike summer or day camp, the focus is not merely on having fun (although there’s plenty of that!) the experience enhances academic and life skill standards, taught in a different setting…outdoors. The program completely reinforces the new Common Core standards, using inquiry based learning, real life situations, and hands-on experiences. We are one of many schools in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District who attend Outdoor School.

Parents, please, please, attend the Outdoor School meeting on Monday, March 21. So mark your calendars for 6:30 PM in the Multi Use Room   We appreciate your attendance.

Thank you,

The 5th Grade Outdoor School Committee

We have launched a fundraiser to support Outdoor School. Packets of information from Mixed Bag Designs went home with 4th graders on Friday.

Also, friends and family can buy online here: Mixed Bags Designs

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SPELL-A-THON WRAPS UP THIS WEEK

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SPELL-A-THON DONATIONS DUE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16th!
Please collect and turn in your Spell-A-Thon donations. Donations are due Wednesday, March 16th! Cash and checks are welcome; checks made payable to HVPFC. If you are just a few dollars away from your goal of $100, now is a good time to collect additional donations!
MONEY IS DUE NO LATER THAN WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16th TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE KINDLE FIRE DRAWINGS! Thank you so much for your support!

HELP GROW HIDDEN VALLEY’S NEW ORCHARD

There’s a new orchard of 18 fruit trees at Hidden Valley.
Primary graders helped plant these saplings last week, while 4th and 5th graders created vibrant artwork on wooden signs, naming the trees that will bear fruit in a few years — and for many years to come.
The project was done by volunteers with the non-profit Common Vision, which has planted such orchards at more than 250 California schools. It was spearheaded by Principal Gorton and parent volunteer Jennifer Shaw.
EcoMulch graciously donated the 10 yards of organic mulch. Common Vision did the work on faith that the Hidden Valley community would be able to generate the funds.

The committee is seeking monetary contributions to help pay for the $1,200 installation cost of these magnificent trees, and gratefully accept any amount you can provide as it continues efforts to invigorate our garden space, giving students an opportunity to have a hands-on sense of how their healthy food is grown.

To donate, click below:

Go Fund Me Page – HV Fruit Trees

 

DINING FOR DOLLARS WINNER

Thank you to all that participated and turned in your receipts for the Dining for Dollars at Wingstop. Congratulations to Alyssa Scallin in Mrs. Sullivan’s class for winning a $10 gift card to Ian’s Yogurt. Details to come for the next Dining for Dollars event.

SPRING AFTER-SCHOOL CLASSES START SOON

Get ready for our after school spring session programs! Please look to peachjar.com for more detailed information.

Monday we offer:
Kreative Art
Time: 2:50-3:50  Dates: 4/4-5/23 Room D-5
Tuesday we offer:
Mad Science
Time: 2:50-3:50  Dates: 4/12-5/31 Room D-5
Wednesdays we offer :
After School Hoops
Time: 12:55-1:55 Dates: 4/13- 6/1 playground please contact Brent Wyse at brent@1on1basketball.com to register.
Gymnastics with Suzette Dewan
Time: 12:55-1:45 Dates: 4/13-6/8  A-pod
Pottery with Becky Mellot
 Time: 12:55-1:55  Dates: 4/13-6/1 Room D-5
Pacific Chess Academy
Time: 12:55-1:55 Dates: 4/13-5/25  D-pod
FRIDAY we offer:
Play Well Legos
Fundamental engineering
Time: 2:50-4:20 Dates: 4/15-6/3 Room D-pod
Please disregard room # on flyer this class has been moved to D-pod
Village center for the arts/ comic strip drawing
Time: 2:50-3:50 Dates: 4/15-6/3 Room D-5

Chess Information:

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PRINCIPAL’S MARCH MESSAGE

Dear Hidden Valley Learning Community,

It’s hard to believe we are already well into March, heading towards the end of the school year. The March weather forecast is calling for more rain. Please keep in mind that umbrellas create problems and safety issues at school. In addition to some students using their umbrellas as swords or light sabers, they also drip water on the floor, and often get misplaced or left behind. It’s preferable for your child to wear a raincoat with a hood instead of bringing an umbrella to school.

The Warren W. Eukel Teacher Trust, which honors outstanding Contra Costa County K-12 classroom teachers, is now accepting nominations for its 2016 awards.  Each year, the Eukel Teacher Trust honors three award winners, each of whom receives a check for $10,000.00.  To apply, please complete this nomination form. Additional information is available at www.eukeltrust.org   I encourage anyone who knows an outstanding teacher to submit a nomination. Please email, fax, or mail your nomination form by May 15, 2016.

At our February School Site Council meeting, we approved this year’s Safety Plan. In reviewing the plan with local law enforcement, we were strongly encouraged to keep the back gate near the open space locked during the day. If you enter through that gate in the morning, please be aware that it will be locked from now on. The gate near the Hidden Valley Park parking lot will remain open.

There are a few other safety concerns that we have noticed after school lets out. Students should not play on the play structures, or out in front of the school, and no child should ever be picked up in the red zone. Any student who is being picked up after school should wait at the far end of the south staff parking lot near the traffic duty supervisor. All other students should leave campus once school ends unless they have a valid reason to remain on campus.

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.

Sincerely,

Rich Gorton