4th GRADERS GET IN FREE TO ALL NATIONAL PARKS

zion-press-roomParents of 4th graders: There is still time to take advantage of the federal “Every Kid in a Park” program, which allows free admission to 4th graders and their parents to national parks. The initiative runs through August 31, and includes all national parks: from John Muir National Historic Site and Alcatraz Island to Yosemite, Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon.

Find more details here:

Every Kid in a Park website

PFC PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE FOR MARCH

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.

Sincerely,

Angie Vickroy

4vickroys@gmail.com

BOOK FAIR WORKSHOP & LUNCH

Calling all past and future Book Fair volunteers!
Join us for some lunch and learn more about the Book Fair.
March 18th from 10 a.m.12 p.m.
In the Library
Chairpeople and volunteers: Register for a fun and FREE Scholastic Book Fair Workshop today!
–    Get tips on how to run an easy, successful Book Fair
–    Learn how to get students excited about reading
–    Discover new ways to increase traffic to your Fair
–    Encourage your entire school community to participate

Hidden Valley hosts two Book Fairs per year, Spring and Fall. The money raised goes toward the school library and the Reading Incentive program.

www.scholastic.com/bookfairs/workshop