Celebrate the diversity of cultures that make our Hidden Valley Hawks Community so special.  Join us for an activity-filled week celebrating how diversity  unifies and strengthens us.
Multicultural Week will be May 29-June 2.  We will wrap up the week with our Multicultural Event Night on June 2, where you will be able to share cultural dishes, displays, enjoy live entertainment, and so much more!
For more information, or if you are interested in participating, please contact Sakura Barrientos at



Please help us follow MDUSD’s Wellness Policy (and avoid any potential food allergy issues) by not bringing food treats for your child’s birthday. Recommended alternatives include small, non-food items such as: erasers, pencils, or stickers.

Food items are allowed for some class celebrations. Please check with your child’s teacher if you are interested in providing a healthy and nutritious snack for a class celebration.

The Hidden Valley Elementary Parent and Student Handbook has detailed information about food policies on pages 11-12.

Please see the MDUSD Wellness Policy if you would like more detailed information about district guidelines.

Thank you for supporting our children’s health and safety.


Rich Gorton, Principal

Hidden Valley Elementary – Home of the Hawks


College Park High School Boys Lacrosse Yard Sale April 21-22
We will be having our annual Yard Sale at 306 Brandon Court from 8:00 am-4:00 pm on Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22.
Come by and shop; you’ll find great bargains and support a great sports program at the same time!
If you’d like to make a donation, you can drop off items at the above address on Saturday, April 15 from 10am-2pm.  Or by appointment, contact Julie Lingenfelter at or Stacey Lubeck at   All donations are tax deductible.


Hidden Valley will be celebrating World Autism Day on Tuesday April 25th, 2017. Please join us in the celebration to Light it up Blue and raise awareness about Autism.

We will be doing exploration stations for all students to trial throughout the day. We need volunteers to help set up the stations, monitor the stations, and clean up at the end of the day. Any help is very much appreciated as is your continued support in pursuing our education and expanding our knowledge about autism and how we can help! Join Us to Light It Up Blue!


Thank you to those that participated in the last Dining for Dollars at Chipotle.  Chipotle is donating $855.00 back to Hidden Valley because our wonderful Hidden Valley community is awesome!!!  Thanks again to those that participated!!
Congratulations to Daphne Dale for winning the gift card drawing for our January Dining for Dollars at Lazy Dog and Congratulations to Gina Moguel for winning the gift card drawing for our Chipotle Dining for Dollars.  Congrats to both for winning $10.00 gift cards to Ian’s yogurt!  Thanks again for participating!


Dear Hidden Valley Learning Community,


Welcome to April! I hope you enjoyed the extra time you had with your child(ren) during Spring Break.

April is Autism Awareness Month! Hidden Valley will celebrate Autism Awareness Day on Tuesday, April 25th. The day will include stations that will provide students with opportunities to use occupational therapy equipment, assistive technology, and participate in other activities designed to help raise awareness about Autism. Each Wednesday everyone is encouraged to “Light It Up Blue” by wearing as much blue as possible as a show of support for those who have been affected by Autism.

The Hidden Valley staff and I have noticed that a number of students are not bringing healthy snacks to school. To help your child stay focused and to improve concentration, it is important to be sure s/he has a healthy and peanut and tree nut free snack each day. Some examples of healthy snacks include the following: fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese sticks, hard-boiled eggs, hummus, pretzels, raisins, Nutri-Grain bars, Graham crackers, Goldfish crackers, and sandwiches with tuna, egg salad, chicken, cheese, etc.

I would also like to share two important announcements from our Food Services Manager and our Attendance Secretary:

From Food Services Manager, Shelley Carmichael:

Please be aware that after April 15th the cafeteria will no longer be letting students charge any breakfasts or lunches. You may PREPAY a credit on your students account, by either check or cash on site, or by credit card online with the My School Bucks program. You can also sign up for email notices at to receive email notices when your child’s account is running low.

From Attendance Secretary, Lorie Robertson:

If you plan to have your child out of school for five or more days, you may ask for an Independent Study Contract. Teachers must have ten or more days advance notice in order to provide schoolwork for you child. Once you have let your child’s teacher know, please see Ms. Robertson right away so she can write up the Independent Study Contract. For complete information about Independent Study Contracts, please see page 10 in the Parent-Student Handbook.

Thank you for entrusting us with your child or children. Our goal is to help all students reach their full potential. We appreciate all you do to support your child’s success at Hidden Valley.



Rich Gorton




“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

-Mahatma Gandhi


And….spring has sprung! What an amazing dinner auction, huh?! SO much fun!! Thank you, Michele Winter for managing all things auction. Thank you to all the volunteers, bidders, winners, attendees, sponsors, and donation givers. It takes a village to have a successful event. You did! Thank you!!Final numbers aren’t in yet but will be discussed at our April PFC meeting.


We hosted a PFC popsicle social at the park. It was great meeting fellow parents and talking with people who are interested in volunteering on our PFC. There have been many who signed up to manage an event or take on a position. We still have a few positions that need to be filled for the 2017-2018 school year. Sadly, if these positions aren’t filled we miss opportunities to raise money and will be forced to cut our budget, causing things like our back to school BBQ to be cancelled and funds for supplies for our teachers to be lessened. Our election is held at Open House on May 25th. If you are interested in volunteering your time, please, let us know.


In April we will have a book fair that benefits the reading incentive program. Watch for opportunities to volunteer. Also, we are working on amending our Bylaws. Suggestions will be made at our April 11th meeting. Take a look at them at If you have suggestions, please let us know. The end of April will finish with a family movie night on the 28th.


Our PFC meeting is on April 11th at 7pm in the Library. We will form our election committee among a few additional items. I hope to see you there.




Angie Vickroy