Dear Hidden Valley Parents & Guardians,
As we begin the month of October, and look forward to Halloween, it’s a great time to have fun and celebrate scary things like ghosts, goblins, and monsters. At the same time, we want all children to feel a sense of safety and security so they can enjoy school, and learn to their full potential. At Hidden Valley, the physical and emotional safety of our students is our highest priority. We know that when children feel safe, they learn at their highest levels. Research shows that when we lose our sense of safety, learning is significantly diminished.
As part of the effort to keep all children safe, parents can help out in the following ways:
- Drive Safely
- Keep pets off campus
- Talk to your child about ways to resolve conflicts
- Report any safety issues to your child’s teacher, or to the office staff
If you drive your child to or from school, please be sure to drive slowly, and follow all traffic laws. The pick-up and drop-off area is at the end of the second parking lot. Students should not be dropped off or picked up in the red zones. The north parking lot is only for staff parking and bus loading/unloading. The only exceptions are for those with disabled placards, or if you have a Hidden Valley parking permit. If you see anyone driving recklessly, and/or not following the traffic rules, please report them to the office so we can follow up with appropriate action.
Beginning Wednesday, October 12th, Hidden Valley will host a six-week parenting class called Loving Solutions. Please see the announcement in this week’s Monday Memo for more information, or stop by the office for a registration form.
On Tuesday, October 18th, we 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 that I highly encourage all parents to attend. Parents will meet in the library, and students will be in the multi-purpose room.
The month of October will also feature Red Ribbon Week (RRW), which will be from October 24-28. At the elementary level, the main focus of RRW is about making good choices, and learning to choose a healthy lifestyle. More information will be out soon describing the fun themes that we’ll have for each day.
And to top off this month of safety and fun, we will be having our Carn-o-ween Celebration on Friday, October 28th, and our Halloween parades on Monday, October 31st. I welcome you to come join us.
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.