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