Dear Hidden Valley Parents/Guardians:

During October and November, we will be offering a six-week parenting course called Loving Solutions. In this course, you’ll learn techniques that put discipline in a positive light. It focuses on basic principles to bring you and your child closer together by helping you learn how to encourage self-respect and cooperation. The course is designed for parents with children between 5 to 10 years of age.

Loving Solutions will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm in the Hidden Valley library starting on October 12th. There is no fee for those living in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District attendance area. The deadline to register is Wednesday, October 5, 2016. Please see the attached flyer and registration form for additional information about the course. Registration forms should be turned in to Kathy Kearins in the main office.

Loving Solutions Flyer

Loving Solutions Registration Form

Thank you,

Rich Gorton, Principal



Dear Parents/Guardians:

There have been two changes made to our Soul Shoppe Assembly schedule since I sent out the first announcement. The first is that all assemblies will be held in the Multi-Use Room instead of the A Pod. The second is that the 4th and 5th grade times have been switched. All other times will remain the same. The new schedule is listed below.

Soul Shoppe Assembly Schedule for Monday, 9/26

8:40-9:30 4th grade
9:55-10:40 3rd grade
10:45-11:15 Kindergarten
11:20-11:50 2nd grade
12:50-1:30 1st grade
1:40-2:30 5th grade

Thank you,

Rich Gorton, Principal


The first Box Tops collection will be this Friday, 9/30.  Please send in your Box Tops to your student’s teacher.  Don’t forget Box Tops is running a contest, for every Walmart-exclusive Box Tops Certificate that is clipped and collected by 11/2/16, Hidden Valley could win a chance to be one of 20 winners of 50,000 Bonus Box Tops (that’s $5,000!).  So start clipping those Box Tops, especially the ones from Walmart!  If you don’t get your Box Tops in this week, collections will be done at the end of each month.
Also, you can now download the new Box Tops Bonus App to discover brands and retailers offering bonus Box Tops.  It’s simple, just download the app from your app store, login with your Box Tops login and password (or sign up if you don’t have one, make sure you choose Hidden Valley Elementary as your school to send the Bonus Box Tops to).   The offers will be listed, select the offer and then scan your receipt.  Your receipt will be processed and your Bonus Box Tops will be added to our earnings!  Any questions, email Kayo at
Do you like to eat at Red Robin?  Sign up for their Red Robin Royalty rewards and not only can you earn tasty rewards for you and your family, but Red Robin will donate 1% of what you spend there to Hidden Valley all year long.  Sign up for Red Robin Royalty rewards at, select Red Robin Royalty, sign up, choose Hidden Valley Elementary and start enjoying the rewards and helping Hidden Valley!  Any questions, email Kayo at



We need your help! We still are looking for parents to help with some of the work that goes into making our upcoming auction AWESOME!!
Committees are forming… do you have a bit of time to help with donation follow ups? Putting basket/projects together? Managing donations? Crafts and decorations?  This is our biggest event of the year, and we need YOU!!  If you can volunteer, or want to help, email Michele at:



Noon supervision is such an integral part of providing a safe and orderly school environment for all students. Our Noon Supervisors become beloved and cherished by students throughout the school because they interact daily with them and  help them to have an enjoyable lunch time.

We have openings for both regular and substitute noon supervisor positions. This is a paid district position to supervise students either before, during, and/or after school. Most of the shifts would be during lunch time, which is from 11:30 am until 1:00 pm. If you are interested in applying, please pick up an application form in the office. If you would like more information please contact Principal Gorton at


We are seeking volunteers to help beautify our school campus! We will need help with cleaning up trash around campus and refreshing some landscaping. If you have basic landscaping equipment (rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows, etc.) please bring them along. Plan on being on campus from 9 am- 1 pm. We would like the families of HVE to participate and help beautify our school campus.



Hidden Valley Principal Rich Gorton held a welcome meeting for parents on the first day of school. During the meeting, he discussed the school’s focus, which is

“To create a positive and collaborative environment for students and staff to grow and flourish.” In order to do that, he outlined the beliefs of the educators:

  • —We believe each child is a unique and special person capable of high levels of academic achievement.
  • —We strive to maintain a safe, positive, and friendly school environment.
  • —We value the caring, collaborative relationships within our school community.
  • —We refer to this as the “The Hidden Valley Way.”

Parents can help the school reinforce these beliefs in several ways. Gorton urged parents to remain involved; talk with your child about school, and reach out to your child’s teacher if you have questions or concerns. He also asked parents to help promote safety and independence by waiting with students in the patio area until 8:00 each morning, and waiting in the patio area after school.

—At drop-off and pick-up, drive safely (be cautious, pull all the way forward, no illegal u-turns, and help children exit the car quickly and safely). Parents and guardians can also encourage peaceful ways to resolve conflict; school officials work hard to eliminate bullying and physical aggression.

Attendance:  Studies show attendance and achievement are closely connected. Missing just two days a month can have a significant impact on student achievement. Have a backup plan if you are unable to get your child to school. —If you have a trip planned for 5 or more days, tell the teacher as far in advance as possible, and see Ms. Lorie Robertson in the office for an Independent Study Contract.

iReady: This is a diagnostic system used by teachers K-5 to determine all students’ level of proficiency in various subjects.  It is also an instructional tool teachers use in the computer lab throughout the school year, and is used for after school intervention. iReady is easy to use at home – see the lower right hand corner of the Hidden Valley Website to log in (your child will know his/her user name and password).

Soul Shoppe: This program promotes individual responsibility and positive social interactions. Look for the schedule in the upcoming PFC Monday Memos. The school will also host a —Soul Shoppe Parent night to explain the curriculum to families.

Communications: Parents can sign up for —School Messenger, which sends emails & robo calls of announcements. The —Remind app is another option, to receive school-related text messages. Social Media for the school includes —Twitter (@hvehawks), Parent Faculty Club at Hidden Valley on Facebook: the PFC’s Monday Memo (includes the Principal’s monthly newsletter). Hidden Valley Website and Parent Faculty Club website,

—Positive Behavior Intervention and Support: Students were shown this school-produced video, to demonstrate the Hidden Valley Way: —

To conclude, Gorton reminded parents of everyone’s shared goals for students:

—To feel safe.

—To enjoy coming to school.

—To do their very best every day.





Box Tops will be collected from your student’s teacher on Friday, 9/30.

Box Tops is running a contest. For every Walmart-exclusive Box Tops Certificate that is clipped and collected by 11/2/16, Hidden Valley could win a chance to be one of 20 winners of 50,000 Bonus Box Tops (that’s $5,000.00!).  So start clipping those Box Tops, especially the ones from Walmart!  Any questions, email Kayo at



Parents, if you find your child is missing a coat, jacket, sweatshirt, etc., please check to see if it is in our lost and found that’s located near the library. Be sure to check promptly. Lost and found items will be donated to charitable causes at the end of each month.