Joree Rosenblatt, licensed marriage and family therapist, presented at Hidden Valley back in January. She will be presenting a 4-hour workshop in Danville on March 26th. Please see information below.

Learn Tools to Parent with Greater

Awareness, Compassion & Presence

Experience Less Stress and More Joy

Date: Sunday March 26th

Location: The Bay Area Mindfulness and Therapy Center

50 Oak Ct. Suite 105, Danville

Time: 1-5pm

Cost: $199/individual; $279/couple

Questions: contact Joree – joree@comcast.net

During this 4-hour workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Cultivate calm, peace and find the joy amidst the chaos
  • Increase your moment to moment presence, helping you to respond instead of react
  • Generate greater awareness and communication, resulting in fulfilling relationships
  • Learn to enjoy and embrace the unexpected challenges of parenting
  • Practice effective discipline that decreases yelling and frustration


The Warren W. Eukel Teacher Trust

The Warren W. Eukel Teacher Trust, which honors outstanding Contra Costa County K-12 classroom teachers, is now accepting nominations for its 2016 awards. Each year, the Eukel Teacher Trust honors three award winners, each of whom receives a check for $10,000. Anyone who knows an outstanding teacher is encouraged to submit a nomination.

Nomination forms are available online at www.eukelteachertrust.org

or here:


2016-17 School Climate Survey Information

Hidden Valley Elem is looking for parents and community members to share their perceptions about the school.  Your participation is voluntary but very important.  The information will help guide district and school efforts to promote safety, enhance learning, and improve student achievement.  Results will also help inform Mt. Diablo Unified’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP.)    This is an anonymous survey designed so that no one can be identified from the data.  The questions apply to this school only.  The results will be used for school site and Mt. Diablo Unified program planning.  The window will be open until March 30, 2017.

If you have more than one child at this school, you will only need to complete one survey for this school.  Please fill out just one survey about the school using your oldest child as a reference.
Access to login page for the survey is on the Hidden Valley Web Page at http://demo.mdusd.org/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1486113829109

or Link: https://surveys.wested.org/csps/FE666ME

The School Code (case sensitive) is:  MH46NK

If you have questions about this survey, please contact Jennifer Sachs, Executive Director of Instructional Support, at (925) 682-8000 x 4016.

Thank you for taking this important community survey!

Rich Gorton


Hidden Valley Elementary – Home of the Hawks



Thank you to everyone who participated in the last Dining for Dollars at Lazy Dog.  Lazy Dog donated $333 to Hidden Valley!  Great job to our Hidden Valley Community.  The next Dining for Dollars fundraiser will be at Chipotle located at 1061 Muir Rd. in Martinez on Thursday, March 23 from 11:00 am to 8:30 pm.  Chipotle will donate 50% of all profits to Hidden Valley.  Please download flier here or find them in the office or look for fliers to be passed out before and possibly after school on Thursday 3/23.  Questions? Email Kayo atnish899@hotmail.com


Dear Hidden Valley Community,


It’s hard to believe we are already well into March, with just 3 full months of school left until the end of the year. There will be many awesome events between now and June, including the Dinner Auction that will be taking place this Saturday, March 11th at the Concord Hilton. I hope you will be able to join us for an incredible night of fun and celebration – 1980’s style!


The March weather forecast is calling for yet more rain. Please keep in mind that umbrellas do create problems and safety issues at school. In addition to sometimes being used as swords and light sabers, they also drip water on the floor, and often get misplaced or left behind. It is preferable for your child to wear a raincoat with a hood instead of carrying an umbrella around at school.


At our February School Site Council meeting, we approved this year’s Safety Plan. As part of this year’s plan, we are looking for parent volunteers to help assist the school in case of an emergency or disaster, such as a major earthquake. If you are willing to come to the school and assist school personnel, we would appreciate it if you could sign up and fill out a short survey about any pertinent skills or training you may have. Thank you for your support and assistance.


Link to survey: https://goo.gl/forms/EQgSQoklFw4HJeOu2


Other safety concerns that surfaced as a result of our work on the Safety Plan include the following:

  • If you use the back gate that exits out to Hidden Valley Park, please be sure to close it whenever you enter or exit
  • Students should not play on any play structures unless they are being directly supervised by MDUSD personnel
  • All students being picked up after school should wait at the far end of the south staff parking lot near the traffic duty supervisor
  • No child should ever be picked up in a red zone
  • Parents/Guardians should never make U Turns on Glacier Drive in front of the school


I do want to mention how much I appreciate the effort that the vast majority of Hidden Valley parents/guardians make to keep all children safe. I am grateful for the dedication and commitment I see each day from all the parents who provide support in making Hidden Valley a safe, inclusive, and welcoming school.


Thank you for entrusting us with your child or children. It is a joy to teach and spend time with them each day. We appreciate all you do to support your child’s success at Hidden Valley.



Rich Gorton, Principal