There will be 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 is spent. It is very important that we have parents to serve in these positions. Voting for School Site Council Members will be held at Open House on May 19. Please contact Principal Gorton at gortonr@mdusd.org for more information if you are interested in serving on the SSC.


Family Summer movies

Tickets still available!

The Family Summer Movie series at Contra Costa Cinemas is starting in June.  10 movies for $10.00 on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, starting June 14.  Submit your order form (will be on the back of the flier) to the box in the Office (located near Giselle’s desk). 100% of our ticket sales will go toward Hidden Valley! Any questions? email Kayo at nish899@hotmail.com.unnamed


The last Dining for Dollars event this year will be at Zachary’s Chicago Pizza on Wednesday, May 25 from 11 am to 10 pm for Dine-in or Take-out located at 140 Crescent Drive in Pleasant Hill.  A flier is available at the link below, and will be sent home at the end of the week. Please remember to bring the flier with you to the restaurant.

Don’t forget to submit your receipt into the school office to be entered into a drawing for a $10 gift card.

Hidden Valley Fundraiser



Last year’s magic show was so much fun, we are doing it again this year! You will be entertained and amazed at the magic of local favorites David Hirata, Jack Alexander, and Jack Fowler.

Pre-sold tickets are $8 per person until May 18.  Tickets at the door will sell for $10 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Link to purchase tickets: https://hvpfc.schoolauction.net/hvonline…/catalog/show/129

Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.

Date: Friday, May 20th, 7pm-8pm
Location: Hidden Valley Multi-Use Room (MUR)


A message from the Hidden Valley office:


Student Information Forms will be available in the school office starting Monday, May 2nd. These are due no later than Friday, May 13th. This form is used to describe the learning environment you feel is most beneficial to your student. It is not a teacher request form.


The teaching team for the student’s current grade level will use these forms to help determine the classes for the next grade level. This is an opportunity to give your input regarding the placement for your student. You do not have to fill these out, they are strictly optional.


Please return these to Kathy’s (office manager) mail box. She will be collecting them and passing them on to Mr. Gorton for review.


Thank you!



Kathy Kearins

Hidden Valley Elementary

Office Manager


All items had something for pick up. If you haven’t picked up your item(s) the final pickups are below:


     Monday, May 2nd 2:10pm -3:00pm
     Wednesday, May 4th 7:40am-8:15am
     Wednesday, May 4th 5:30pm-6:15pm
If you have not picked up your item(s) and one of the above times does not work for you please contact Jessica English via email at jessenglish83@gmail.com


Parent School Climate Survey, 2015-2016

  • Hidden Valley Elementary
  • Your school needs you to complete this online survey to help improve school culture and climate. It is an opportunity to communicate your perceptions about fundamental learning supports and barriers at this school. This letter explains the survey and, at the bottom of the page, provides your login, password and access instructions. If you have any questions about this survey, contact Jeff McCreary at (925) 682-8000, ext. 7210 or Rich Gorton at (925) 228-9530.
  • You will have access to this online survey for 30 days beginning 04/05/16.

The purpose of this survey is to obtain parent perceptions of student behavior and attitudes, school programs and policies, and the overall school climate as they relate to student well-being and learning. It deals with such issues as truancy, safety, harassment, substance use, school connectedness, and learning supports. The survey is a companion to the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS), and the California School Climate Survey (CSCS) for staff.

Your participation is voluntary. It is also very important. The information you provide will help guide district and school efforts to promote safety, enhance learning supports, improve student achievement, and reduce health risks that stand as barriers to learning.

  • This is an anonymous survey. It is designed so that no one can be identified from the data. You do not have to respond to any questions that you feel could be used to identify you. Simply skip any such questions.
  • All questions apply to this school only.
  • The results are for the use of your district. CDE/CHKS will preserve data confidentiality and refer any data requests to the district.




If you have more than one child at this school, please complete one survey for each child.

Access the login page for the survey using the following URL:

URL: http://surveys.wested.org/csps/XP436EM?lang=en

Use the following school code and click the Take Survey button:

School Code (case sensitive): QW44YW


If you are having trouble taking the survey, check the following:

=  Make sure you are entering the web site address correctly

=  Does the survey welcome page show the correct name of your school?

=  Make sure you have entered the URL (in the URL bar, NOT THE SEARCH BAR) and School Code correctly

=  Make sure that your survey window is open. You should be able to find the start date on this form. The window is open for 30 days from this date.

=  Still having trouble? Contact your survey coordinator

Thank you for taking this important survey!


Hidden Valley PFC presents:
A magical night dedicated to daughters and their fathers or other special grown ups. This event includes dancing, refreshments, dessert and a digital photograph. Friday, May 6th 7-9 p.m. in the Hidden Valley Multi-Use Room. $25 per couple. $10 for each additional daughter.
Tickets available at the door.


“Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.”




Well, the end of this school year sure is flying by. Our last fundraiser of the year has come to an end. Very preliminary numbers point to the Online Auction meeting our goal of $10,000! A more accurate number will be reported at our PFC meeting on Tuesday, May 3rd. Jessica English has done a spectacular job managing this fundraiser! Thank you, Jessica! There were many behind the scenes duties that were done to ensure the success of it. Rhea Karahalios took on many of them. Thank you, Rhea! All of our teachers and staff, room parents, volunteers, donors, and bidders dedicated time to support our PFC, who, in turn supports our students. We are forever grateful! Thank you to our amazing Hidden Valley community!

Our PFC meeting in April was well attended. It was great to have a large voting population. The PFC voted and granted a funding request for P.E./Classroom Boom boxes for the Kindergarten classes. A representative from The College Funding Coach attended the meeting and invited us to their workshop on our campus which occurred on April 19th. (Mutual consensus of that workshop was that it was hugely informative.) We discussed our Spring Book Fair dates which are: May 16-20. We heard from our Spirt Wear nominee who is securing a new Spirt Wear company and new process for purchasing Spirit Wear next school year. We planned an end of year family movie night for Friday, June 3rd. At the time we needed additional nominees for our PFC Board and Committees but today I am happy to report, all positions have a nominee!

Teacher appreciation week is May 2nd-6th. Let’s be sure to show them how much we appreciate them. Open house is on May 19th. Please, come by the patio and vote for your 2016-2017 PFC Board and Committee Chairs. Visit our Spring Book Fair from May 16-20th. Proceeds go to our Reading Incentive Program. The PFC meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 3rd in the Library at 6:30pm. It is starting slightly earlier to allow time for our first budget meeting to follow. We will discuss results of our online auction, form our election committee, plans for All-In-One Day, and begin our budgeting. I look forward to seeing you all the meeting. You can reach us on our webpage: HVPFC.com. Or on our Facebook page: Parent Faculty Club at Hidden Valley Elementary.


Thank you,

Angie Vickroy