“We learned about gratitude and humility – that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean… and we were taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect.”

-Michelle Obama


Hidden Valley Community:


Yes, it is November. October literally flew by. Well, it’s no wonder considering the excitement throughout the month. For example, did everyone feel the buzz on campus during Student Council Campaign Week? It was inspiring to see the effort and comradery put forth by candidates and voters. Congratulations to our 2015-2016 Student Council!


How about our Apex Fun Run in September?! I promised you final numbers when they were available … you all contributed to just over $32,000 profit!!! Fifth grade earned $4,100 toward their 5th grade camp fees!!! Having the “Athletes” on campus kept the kids excited and engaged in their daily leadership lessons (daily prizes helped too. LOL!) Nicole Peters, thank you for your time, perseverance, and willingness to give this a go. To all the volunteers that took time out to help with this fundraiser, your assistance is much appreciated. Sponsors, we are forever grateful. Parents and families, this wouldn’t have happened without you. Thank you!


Heather Santos managed and organized this year’s Carn-o-ween. SO MUCH FUN!!! Anticipation surrounded the addition of Trunk-or-Treat, new carnival games, a fun twist on the pie eating contest where the winner received entry to our annual auction, and, just the event at whole! Heather, your fresh ideas, determination, and positivity was such a treat. Thank you for taking this on! And thank you Hidden Valley Community for volunteering, attending, and supporting this event.


Every year, we recognize Red Ribbon Week on campus. From wearing crazy hair to favorite sports teams and Hidden Valley Spirit Wear, we showed our school spirit by being SAFE, RESPECTFUL, RESPONSIBLE, and KIND. You know, the Hidden Valley Way! Thank you, Amanda Betti and Melyssa Greenberg! Your highlighting the importance of this week is much appreciated.


What do we have to look forward to in November? We kick off November with an Outdoor Family Movie Night and the start of our See’s Candy Fundraiser; our 5th graders are going to camp, Veteran’s Day, and Thanksgiving Recess. We have a lot to be grateful for.



Angie Vickroy (



PFC Meeting Agenda

November 1, 2016 7:00 pm

Hidden Valley Library

PFC Board Meeting

• Call meeting to order
• Review and Pass minutes

Lonnie Wickham
Changes, make motion, 2nd

7:00 7:00

Agenda Items:



President’s Report

Angie Vickroy


Principal’s Report

Principal Gorton


Treasurer’s Report

Jessica English


Apex Fun Run

Nicole Peters


Family Night

Tracey Rentner



Amanda Betti



Heather Santos


See’s Candy

Amanda Moses/Dolores Escorcio


Book Fair

Amanda Moses


Holiday Faire

Kim Williams/Amanda Quatacker


Open items:

Funding Requests?


Dear Parents/Guardians:

November is a time for Thanksgiving, so let me begin by thanking all of you who get your child or children to school on time and ready to learn each day. I understand and appreciate the effort this takes. I believe that your strong commitment to regular school attendance, along with our staff’s dedicated efforts to bringing out the best in every child, are the main reasons why Hidden Valley students are so successful. Please be aware that if you plan to have your child out of school for five or more days, we request that you complete an Independent Study (IS) contract. I have included a link to the Hidden Valley Parent Student Handbook to provide you with the information you’ll need to complete an Independent Study contract if necessary (see pages 10-11).

Recently, some parents have asked for clarification about the dismissal procedures. To maximize student learning, teachers use every available minute during the school day. At the end of the day, teachers provide enough estimated time for students to pack up their belongings, so they are ready to leave the classroom at dismissal time (2:35 for grades 1-3, and 2:45 for grades 4 & 5). On occasion, it may take a bit more time due to unforeseen circumstances. Please be assured that teachers make every effort to begin walking students out to their designated drop-off points at dismissal time. We ask that you build in an extra few minutes for the time it takes for students to walk from their classrooms to their drop-off point. If you would like any further clarification about dismissal procedures, please contact your child’s teacher.

At this point, students have completed their iReady diagnostic assessments. These assessments provide teachers with information they need to successfully differentiate instruction. Your child can, and should, take advantage of the supplemental instruction that iReady offers. The extra time available over Thanksgiving and Winter Break provides a great opportunity to take advantage of this program. To access instruction at home, your child can log on to iReady by going to, or by going to the Hidden Valley Elementary Website and scrolling down to the Homepage Locker. Your child has the log on instructions. If you have any questions about how to use the program, please contact your child’s teacher.

I’d like to mention a couple of reminders for all parents who pick up their child(ren) by car in the afternoon. Please use the designated pick up spot in the far corner of the south parking lot. The red zones in front of the school are not designed for loading or unloading. Please also keep the crosswalks clear so it’s safe for pedestrians to cross the street.

On behalf of all the staff at Hidden Valley, I would like to thank you for all of your support. It is our pleasure and privilege to teach and spend time with your child(ren) each day.



Rich Gorton


Box Tops will be collected this Friday, October 28.   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 $5,000.00!).  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



Dining for Dollars

The first Dining for Dollars Fundraiser will be this Thursday, November 3 with Mountain Mike’s Pizza located at 1160 Arnold Drive in Martinez from 11:00 am to 9:00pm.  Please download the flier here and bring it with you when purchasing your meal, so that Hidden Valley will receive credit for your purchase.  Don’t have access to a flier?  Extras will be located in the office or look for fliers to be passed out on Thursday morning before and after school at various locations on campus.

Also bring your receipt into the school office and put into the Dining for Dollars box with your name, your child’s name, your child’s teacher and a phone number to be entered into a drawing to win a $10.00 gift card.  Any questions? Email Kayo at




On Tuesday, October 18th, Hidden Valley will be hosting a Soul Shoppe parent night, which will also include a movie for children. The parent night and movie will begin at 6:30 pm. Our Soul Shoppe presenter will share strategies that Soul Shoppe uses to help children learn how to self-regulate and resolve conflicts with others. It will be an engaging and interactive session and parents are highly encouraged to attend. Parents will meet in the library, and students will be in the multi-purpose room.

Parents who would like to attend the Soul Shoppe parent night can bring their child to watch a movie in the MUR. It will be supervised by two teachers and several parent volunteers. The movie scheduled to be shown is “Home.”