Dear Hidden Valley Learning Community,


I hope you enjoyed the extra time you had with your child during Spring Break. It’s hard to believe we are heading into the home stretch of the school year.


April is Autism Awareness Month! Hidden Valley will celebrate Autism Awareness Day on Friday, April 8th. Students will participate in a number of activities intended to raise awareness about Autism. Each Wednesday during April we are encouraging everyone in our school community to “Light It Up Blue” by wearing as much blue as possible. Please take advantage of this valuable opportunity to ask your child about their experiences and what they are learning about Autism.


We will have at least two School Site Council (SSC) positions open for parents for the 2016-17 school year. SSC is a committee made up of parents, teachers, and school staff (including the principal), that makes decisions about how the school’s funding will be spent. It is very important that we have committed parents to serve in this role. Please contact me at for more information if you are interested in serving on the SSC.


Recently, some individuals have been bringing their dogs onto campus. Please be aware that per MDUSD policy and for safety reasons, dogs are not allowed on school premises. If you bring a dog with you, please be sure to remain off campus. I appreciate your cooperation. Also, please do not allow your child to play on the play structure before or after school. We do not have teacher supervision available at those times.


Thank you for entrusting us with your child or children. Our goal is to help all students reach their full potential. We appreciate all you do to support your child’s success at Hidden Valley.



Rich Gorton


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

-Mahatma Gandhi

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 or on our Facebook page: Parent Faculty Club at Hidden Valley Elementary.




Angie Vickroy