Dear Hidden Valley Learning Community,

And just like that it’s June. How quickly the time passes! The last day of school will be Friday, June 10th. Dismissal will be at 12:00 for grades 1-5. A bag lunch will be available for those students who have already turned in a form. Kindergartners will be dismissed at 11:15, and will not have lunch at school that day.

The final nine days of school promise lots of fun and excitement as we wrap up the year. Be sure to pay close attention to the activities listed in the PFC’s Monday Memos, as well as any information your child’s teacher sends home.

On May 27th we completed CAASPP testing. A huge thank you goes out to everyone in our school community who helped us complete testing in a smooth and successful manner. We are especially grateful to Michele Beach, our Intervention Specialist, who served as CAASPP Coordinator. Dina Oakes, our Technology Specialist (who is funded by our PFC) was instrumental in making sure that all the technology needs were met. Much appreciation also goes out to our teachers, instructional assistants, parents (who made sure children were well fed and rested), and the 3rd-5th grade students who gave it their very best effort. We look forward to seeing CAASPP results in August.

While summer is a great time to relax and have fun, it’s also important for children to maintain the academic skills they’ve worked so hard to build over the course of the school year. Any type of educational experience will benefit your child, and free choice reading is always a great option. You will still have access to the educational software that is available throughout the year (iReady, IXL, etc.), so please be sure to take advantage of these programs.

I encourage you to check out the reading program at your local public library. Hidden Valley librarian, Ryann Kuiper, has shared information with your child’s class about the program that is offered by the Contra Costa County Library.  Here is the link:

To obtain a library card please visit:

Thank you so much for all you’ve done to help your child(ren) have a successful school year. On behalf of all the teachers and staff at Hidden Valley, I wish you and your family a safe and enjoyable summer break.



Rich Gorton



“We have to have the mentality that we have to work for everything we’re going to get.”

-Stephen Curry


Ten more days of school left?! Where did the last month go? I’ll tell you where! Our Spring Book Fair started the month of May. Open house occurred during the week the Book Fair was open. Our second Magic Show was well attended. Fourth grade has continued their efforts to raise funds for their 5th grade camp trip. Lots of behind the scenes volunteer time, that’s for sure!

At our May PFC meeting, we scheduled June’s meeting to begin at 6:30 to accommodate the second (of 3) budget meeting. Allison Johnson formed the election committee. Jessica English and Rhea Karahalios reported an approximate profit of $9,800 from the Online Auction. The Spring Book Fair was officially scheduled. Movie night will happen on June 3rd and Peanuts will be shown. All-In-One Day volunteers will be needed on August 18th between the times of 8am and 8pm. The link will be available over the summer. Two funding requests were voted on and granted for: 1. Monica Brombacher for a listening center and 2. Donation Support for 5th grade. The first budget meeting followed our general meeting, and we got through 18 or our 42 line items. Thank you to those who attended, voted, and voiced opinions.

The Spring Book Fair had nearly $12,000 in sales! That’s slightly more than our Fall Book Fair. Great work Amanda Bentley Moses! Thanks for managing this fundraiser and thank you to all the volunteers and supporters who have helped raise funds for Hidden Valley’s reading incentive program.

Open house was an eventful night. The Book Fair was open and members of our 4th grade class sold treats to benefit their 5th grade camp trip while families visited classrooms. During this night we also voted on Site Council Members and PFC Board Members. Congratulations to all elected volunteers! Official results for your PFC Board will be announced at our PFC meeting on Tuesday, July 7th. Thank you to the chair of the election committee, Allison Johnson, and to the members of the election committee. Your time is greatly appreciated.

Last year a magic show was added to our Family Nights. This year, Dawn Kosmakos hosted our second magic show. I hear it was a great show with laughs, raffles, and entertainment. Thank you, Dawn! Thank you to all who attended, volunteered, and performed.

In our short (school) month of June, attend movie night in the MUR on June 3rd from 7-9 pm. June 7th at 6:30 pm in the Library we have our last PFC meeting of school year and our 2nd budget meeting. We have Contra Costa Cinemas summer movie tickets available for sale in which 100% of the proceeds go to your PFC. Fill out an order form available in the office.

With that, I sign off for the summer. Thank you for your continued support and congratulations to all graduates, parents, and teachers on a successful school year!




Angie Vickroy



We will be holding our annual PFC Election during the Open House on May 19th.  Please stop by and vote for the Executive Board candidates. Every parent/guardian can vote because every parent/guardian is considered a member of our Parent Faculty Club.  We will have a table set up just outside the PFC room, located next door to the library in the court yard.  Swing by and submit your ballot.  Below is the list of volunteers who have generously offered to be on the Executive Board of our PFC.

President Angie Vickroy
1st V.P. Michele Winter
2nd V.P. Nicole Peters
Treasurer Jessica English
Secretary Amy Johnson
Social Media Celeste Altus
Financial Secretary Melyssa Greenberg
Sergeant at Arms Lonnie Wickham
Non-Traditional Fundraising Kayo Alencastre
Volunteer Coordinator Janelle Navrat
Social Events Coordinator Dolores Escorcio
Co-Chair Kristina Ruiz


Open House will be held Thursday, May 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The Scholastic Book Fair will be open during the evening as well, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Look for ice cream for sale by the Library, benefitting 5th Grade Camp.Open-House