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Dear Hidden Valley Families,
Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!
Along with the addition of new Hidden Valley families, we also have new staff members. Let’s be patient and kind while we all learn the Hidden Valley way. We also have slightly changed some of our school wide fundraising efforts managed by our Parent Faculty Club.
Our Parent Faculty Club (PFC) is similar to a PTA. We are a parent-run non-profit organization, whose goal is to support our students and our school. Our PFC directly supports your child and it is run 100% by parent-volunteers. Each parent/guardian of a student at Hidden Valley Elementary is considered a member of our PFC, which means you have a say in how we raise money and how that money is spent. We welcome and encourage all parents to attend our PFC meetings which are held the first Tuesday of each month, in our school library. The PFC meetings are a great forum for learning more about our wonderful Hidden Valley Community, about upcoming events and fundraisers, and getting to know other parents.
Our 2016-2017 board is comprised of veterans, and parents who are becoming newly involved; we love seeing new faces and getting new ideas for fundraising and events. District funds continue to be tight, so it is very important for the PFC to fundraise year-round so we can continue to support our teachers, so they can continue to give our children the best education possible. A few fundraisers planned for this year are: a Fun Run with APEX that takes the place of last year’s Jog-A-Thon which kicks off this month, See’s Candy sales in November, our 3rd annual Spell-A-Thon, and our Annual Dinner Auction. Some of our other non-traditional fundraisers are our Dining for Dollars and collecting Box Tops. Please keep an eye out for flyers about these non-traditional fundraisers, and don’t forget to read our monthly newsletter online to keep up-to-date on various programs and events.
The PFC also sponsors many school events, the first of these will be held this month, our annual Back-to-School BBQ. It’s a fun family evening at our school, and a great way to get to know our school community. Be on the lookout for opportunities to purchase meal tickets this week!
The PFC managed and coordinated All-In-One Day. This is the day you received teacher assignments and had the opportunity to purchase Spiritwear, BBQ tickets, Auction tickets and a directory. I would like to send a BIG Thank You to Shashanna Kratz, and all the volunteers who made All-In-One Day an organized and successful event!
For more information about the PFC, come to one of our monthly PFC meetings, check us out online at http://www.hvpfc.com/ or find us on Facebook at Parent Faculty Club at Hidden Valley Elementary. Please support Hidden Valley any way you can: make a donation, volunteer, or attend events and meetings — your involvement is key in the successful future of our children and in making Hidden Valley the best it can be!
Dear Hidden Valley Learning Community,
I would like to thank you for your support as we complete the first week of school. This past week, teachers and staff focused a lot of time and energy on teaching students the procedures and expectations that will help them learn and be successful throughout the school year.
I’d also like to thank you for your cooperation and patience as we tried out a new procedure last Wednesday afternoon. After talking it over with teachers and staff, we’ve decided that it will be easier on everyone if students have lunch in the cafeteria on Wednesdays so that the patio area is available for student pick up at dismissal time. Starting this Wednesday, August 31st, parents are welcome to wait for student dismissal in the patio area. I apologize for any confusion or inconvenience that last Wednesday’s dismissal procedures may have caused.
Please join me in welcoming the many new teachers and staff members who have joined us this year at Hidden Valley. The new faces on campus include Vice Principal, Elizabeth Lanfranki Law, Dianna Delamain, (TK), Rebecca Gellerman, (K), Hannah Engels (K), Suzanne Licht (2nd), Melissa Arata (3rd), Stephanie Anderson (3rd), Rebecca Campos (4th), Russel Beaty, (SDC Autism 1-2), Stephanie Howard (SDC Autism 3-5), Allison Sharp (School Psychologist), and Shelley Carmichael (Kitchen Manager).
We are very fortunate to have such talented educators who will help our children thrive this year.
Please note that Ms. Carmichael is looking for parent volunteers to help out with the salad bar at lunch. If you’re interested, you may contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please also be aware that we have updated the Parent and Student Handbook for the 2016-17 school year 2016-17 Parent Student Handbook. The handbook may also be accessed on the Hidden Valley website (see link in the lower right hand corner). Please pay particular attention to changes that have been made to the sections that include Independent Study Contracts (pgs. 10-11) and the guidelines for classroom celebrations and birthdays (pgs. 11-12).
I would like to acknowledge the newest parent members of our School Site Council. The following parents were voted on to SSC by fellow parents at last year’s Open House: Celeste Altus, Siobhan Goldsworthy, LeAnn Kovar, and KC DeSilva. We appreciate their willingness to serve in this important role. It turns out that we have one additional SSC position that will need to be filled by a parent. Please contact me if you are interested in this position.
Thank you for all of your efforts and contributions to help build a positive and collaborative learning environment at Hidden Valley.
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Hello to all Hidden Valley Families and WELCOME to the 2016-2017 school year!
My name is Chrissy Fraser and I am the School Counselor at HVE. I joined the Hidden Valley community last year and I was on site two days per week. This year I’m excited to have a third day to support your students! As a School Counselor, I work with students, teachers, support staff, parents/guardians, and members of the community. Most of my time is spent providing individual and group counseling to students who personally request support or have been referred by a teacher, parent/guardian, or administrator.
School Counseling services include:
- Classroom guidance lessons
- Lunch Bunch groups
- Small group counseling
- Individual counseling
- Referrals to community resources
- Crisis intervention
- Consultation with parents, guardians, and staff
Below is a list of common reasons why a student is referred for School Counseling services:
- Friendship difficulties
- Low self-esteem
- Frequent worrying
- Sudden changes in mood that persist for more than a week
- Continuous feelings of sadness and hopelessness
- Social withdrawal
- Changes in appetite — either increased or decreased
- Changes in sleep — sleeplessness or excessive sleep
- Difficulty concentrating
- Physical complaints (such as stomachaches, headaches) that don’t respond to treatment
- Thoughts of death or suicide
This year one of my goals is to provide more school wide support and outreach for families. Below is the link to a very brief survey that will help me figure out the best possible ways to meet the needs in our school community. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. Also, I invite you to contact me directly if you have questions, comments, concerns, or ideas you would like to share! The best way to reach me is by email since I work at two different schools. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for being such an important part of the Hidden Valley community and may this school year be the best one yet!
Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JW98W36
Elementary School Counselor
The Mt Diablo Unified School District now uses “PeachJar” to deliver district-approved flyers informing parents of activities, programs and events.
The school district created accounts for all parents with children in the district, so you should have received an email already. If you did not receive the email, please follow the link below to get more information.
Thank you for helping the school district save time, money and many, many trees!
Click HERE to visit the PeachJar website
Remind is a one-way text messaging app that offers the school the ability to quickly provide information to all Hidden Valley parents/guardians who sign up. In case of an emergency or a power outage, it may be the only method the school has to get information out to you. It’s very easy to sign up, and your phone number is kept confidential.You may sign up for the text or email option. If you have not signed up yet, please go to: https://www.remind.com/join/hiddenval
Hidden Valley now has a Twitter account to help keep school community members updated on the great things that are happening at Hidden Valley. You can follow us on Twitter by going to: https://twitter.com/hvehawks
You can receive weekly updates about what’s happening at Hidden Valley.
This is a great way to stay informed about all of the PFC events going on at school.
Subscribe to HVPFC Emails and Monday Memos (click)
Join us on our Facebook Group – a private group for HVE parent/guardians only.
- Visitors and volunteers should come to the school office before being on campus. You need to sign in, get a visitor/volunteer badge and sign out when finished.
- Volunteers must be district fingerprinted with a negative TB test and cleared to volunteer. Fingerprinting is done by appointment only. Fingerprint appointments for volunteers are now done online through the District website. Please go to www.mdusd.org. Click on Parents & Community and then the parent portal. That will bring up the Quick Link Box. Then go to Volunteer Instructions. Everything is available to you at this site with instructions on how to make an appointment online. Appointments are year-round with very high volume in August-October. Plan early if you want to volunteer at the beginning of the school year.
- For safety reasons, please deliver your children to the patio area at school no earlier than 7:45 am. There is no adult supervision until that time.
- If you need to pick your student up early, please notify the teacher in advance (if possible), come to the office to sign your student out, then you may go to the classroom.
- Please pick your student up on time! If there is an occasional day you will be late, contact the office. It’s not fair to your child or the office staff to be picked up late on a regular basis. You should have an alternate plan or child care if you will be more than 15 minutes late daily. The office is not a daycare and the office staff has end-of-the day work to be completed.
- Please be sure to notify the office any time any of your contact information changes (cell number, work number, emergency contacts, etc.) In an emergency, we need to have accurate phone numbers.
Volunteers still needed! Sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4baeae2aa20-back2