6.21.15

School Supply Shopping

In case you want to take advantage of the sales that occur throughout the summer, here is the 2015-2016 School Supply list for Valhalla Elementary. supply list 2015-16 This pdf is viewable on your smartphone.

Summer Hours

The Valhalla Office will be closed from June 19th at 12:00pm until August 11th.  The Main Office will re-open on August 12th at 8:00AM.

Office Hours:  8:00am to 2:00pm from August 11th until August 19th and then will be open regular hours of 8:00am to 4:00pm.

Free or Almost Free Summer Activities

Looking for some educational, summer fun? Click on the link and see a list of activities for your family around the region. Free Summer Family Activities 2015

Spelling Champs

Third graders and brothers, Tanner Northcutt and Spencer Northcutt competed in a Spelling contest against third graders from eight FWPS elementary schools in June. They won first and third place Spelling awards. Tanner from Mrs Herron’s class got 1st place and Spencer Northcutt from Mrs. Daly’s class got 3rd place trophies. They brought a trophy to put on display at Valhalla. Congratulations to Tanner and Spencer! We are proud of you!

Spencer and Tanner

Battle of the Books List

 YRC Nominees 2016

  • Loki’s Wolves by K.L. Armstrong & M.A. Marr     AR: 4.4 10pts F&P: T
  • Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis     AR: 4.1 9pts
  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein     AR: 4.5 7pts F&P: T
  • Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo   AR: 4.3 5pts F&P: U
  • Middle School: My Brother is a Big, Fat Liar by James Patterson   AR: 3.7 4pts
  • The Creature Department by Robert Paul Weston     AR: 5.3 10pts
  • Never Say Die by Hobbs, Will AR: 5.2 7pts

 Sasquatch Nominees 2016

  • Jinx by Sage Blackwood AR: 4.2 10pts
  • Star Wars: Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown   AR: 3.8 2pts
  • Serafina’s Promise by Ann E. Burg                 AR: 3.6 3pts
  • The Great Trouble by Deborah Hopkinson AR: 4.6 7pts F&P: X
  • One for the Murphy’s by Lynda Mullaly Hunt AR: 3.4 6pts
  • The Adventures of a South Pole Pig by Chris Kurtz AR: 4.6 6pts F&P: Q
  • Rump by Liesl Shurtliff AR: 4.4 9pts
  • The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud AR: 5.1 14pts
  • The Prairie Thief by Melissa Wiley           AR: 5.6 6pts
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6.10.15

Field Day Grade Level Colors

Please send students to school on Monday, June 15 in the following shirt colors.

  • Spirit Day Colors
  • K – Green
  • 1 – Orange
  • ½ – Yellow
  • 2 – Purple
  • 3 – Tye Dye- These are the shirts they made for their concert.
  • 4 – Blue
  • 5 – Red

Last Day of School

Tuesday, June 16 is our last day of school. There will be no breakfast or lunch served on Tuesday. Our dismissal time is 11:20.  Although it is a half day of school, the last day is special at Valhalla. Students get to say goodbye to teachers and friends. They meet their teacher for next year, sign memory books, and receive their report cards.

Library Books

Please scour your house looking for library books before the last day of school. If you are unable to find a book, please come to school to pay the fine for the book. Report cards are held until all books are returned or fines are paid.

field-day-let-the-games-500x500Field Day

Monday, June 15 is field day at Valhalla. K-2 students will participate in the morning and 3-5 students will participate in the afternoon. Parents who can volunteer should call Mr. Koehler at 253-945-4345.

Free or Almost Free Summer Activities

Summer-Sun-1-Click here to see many activities available to families during the summer months. Free Summer Family Activities 2015

 

 

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Families are encouraged to join us to celebrate our fifth graders as they leave Valhalla. The celebration begins at 10:00 in the gym. Doors open at 9:45 so you can get a seat. Bring your cameras and some tissue! Tears of joy always flow at this event!

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5.29.15

Up Coming Events!

  • June 1st thru 5th             PTA Book Fair
  • June 3rd                          Safety Patrol Field Trip- Wild Waves
  • June 5th                          Third Grade Performance/PTA Carnival
  • June 12th                        5th Grade Celebration 10:00 a.m.
  • June 15th                        Field Day (Volunteers Welcome)
  • June 16th                        Last Day of School– Early dismissal 11:10am

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Who: all 2015-2016 kindergarten students

Where: Valhalla commons

When: Thursday June 4 @ 5:30pm

Why: to learn about kindergarten, meet the teachers, and leave with resources to help your child prepare for kindergarten over the summer

Six Late-Start Half Days Added to 2015-16 Calendar

The FWPS Board of Directors voted at the regular May 26 board meeting to approve six late-start days during the 2015-16 school year at all district schools. The late-start days are designed to support student learning by providing teachers with time for Professional Learning Communities (PLCs).

Bell times for the 2015-16 school year for both regular school days and late-start half days will be posted soon. Bus transportation will be adjusted on those days to accommodate the late start, and lunch will be served. 

The following dates are scheduled as half-day late starts. All are on the last Wednesday of the month:

  • September 30, 2015
  • October 28, 2015
  • February 24, 2016
  • March 30, 2016
  • April 27, 2016
  • May 25, 2016

2015-16 1-pg calendar half daysThe new late-start schedule allows for the following:

  • Addition of 6 half-day late-start days, which provide 3.5 hours for teachers to collaborate.
  • An increase of two student school days, up from 173 to 175.
  • Student-led conferences continue in the fall and spring.

Professional Learning Communities, or PLCs, are school improvement models aimed at improving student learning for each individual student.  As FWPS continues its focus on increasing student achievement, this schedule will provide teachers with additional opportunities for collaboration.

Summer Hours

The Valhalla Office will be closed from June 19th at 12:00pm until August 11th.  The Main Office will re-open on August 12th at 8:00AM.

Office Hours:  8:00am to 2:00pm until August 19th and then will be open regular hours of 8:00am to 4:00pm

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5.20.15

ticketsSpring Carnival Pre-Sale Tickets

Last week an envelope and ticket pre-sale order form were sent home with the youngest student from each family. It is a great value, if you order early. The pre-sale is 5 tickets for $1 and $7 for a wristband for unlimited inflatables (bouncy houses). Tickets will be 4 for $1 and $10 for the wristband at the carnival. These pre-sale envelopes are due back by Friday, May 29. This is one week before the carnival. These pre-sale orders can be picked up starting at 5:20 the night of the carnival. Don’t miss out on this amazing deal!

IMPORTANT:  Included in the envelopes this year is a waiver/permission slip for the parents to sign if their child would like to go on any of the inflatables. This must be turned back in with the envelope if a wristband is being purchased. The Federal Way School District requires that we have a waiver signed before anyone can enter a bouncy house on school property.

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5.5.15

multicultural nightMulticultural Night

From your Family Liaison, Elizabeth;

Thursday, May 14th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. is our Valhalla Multicultural Night!!! Please join us to celebrate and appreciate our cultures and diversities!! It’s Valhalla’s magical time where we all come together as a family and community! There we’ll enjoy music, tastes, attires, and traditions of our Valhalla community! Hope you can ALL be there!!

Volunteer for the Spring Carnival!CARNIVAL

You have been invited by Valhalla PTA to sign up for “2015 Valhalla Elementary School Carnival.” Please click on the link below to view the online sign up sheet.

To sign up, go to:
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/508084BADA62DA20-20151/9531150

Meeting Cancelled

The PTA meeting that was scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday, May 6) has been cancelled. This allows folks to attend the School Board Awards ceremony tomorrow.

Walking Club Off to a Great Start!

walking orange personMr. Koehler has organized our spring walking club again this year. Every Tuesday and Thursday before school and during lunch recess students walk around the school and log miles. The results are impressive. Take a look!

Statistics from the first week of walking club:

749.2 total miles

  • 2nd Grade walked 171 miles with 23% of the second graders participating.
  • 3rd Grade walked 138 miles with 18% of the third graders participating.
  • 1st Grade walked 131.8 miles with 18% of the first graders participating.
  • 4th Grade walked 111.6 miles with 15% of the fourth graders participating.
  • 5th Grade walked 108 miles with 14% of the fifth graders participating.
  • Kindergarten walked 88.8 miles with 12% of Kindergarteners participating.

Statistics from the second week of walking club:

1300.2 total miles with 74% of the students participating

  • 2nd Grade walked 302.6 miles with 23% of the second graders participating.
  • 3rd Grade walked 268 miles with 21% of the third graders participating.
  • Kindergarten walked 195.6 miles with 15% of Kindergarteners participating.
  • 4th Grade walked 189.2 miles with 15% of the fourth graders participating.
  • 5th Grade walked 186.8 miles with 14% of the fifth graders participating.
  • 1st Grade walked 158 miles with 12% of the first graders participating.

Walking club will continue until the end of May. Come walk with us!

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5.1.15

New Sign

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We hope you feel welcome when you visit Valhalla. Our Student Council members created this beautiful sign. Mr. Koehler gathered the supplies and organized the students. We think they did an amazing job!

McTeachers’ Night

From your Family Liaison, Elizabeth;

On behalf of Valhalla teachers and staff I am sending a special thank you to PTA chairperson, Lacontra Myers for organizing McTeachers’ Night!! A huge THANK YOU to ALL VIP (Valhalla Involved Partners) for stopping by the Redondo McDonalds and supporting us during McTeachers’ Night!!! We had a wonderful time and we raised some $$$ for our superstar teachers!! The total sales from 5:00-7:00pm was 2,000 and some dollars and the 20% for our school was a total of $502.00 !!! THANK YOU!!!

Come Join Us!

Elizabeth and Mr. Crawford will host parents for Coffee and Donuts on Wednesday, May 6 beginning at 9:00 a.m. Come join the conversation.

Our PTA meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 6 at 6:00 p.m. We will meet in the commons. Come to hear about the latest PTA activities.

Our PTA will be hosting Movie Night at Valhalla on Friday May 7 at 6:30 p.m. Concessions will be available for sale. Bring your chair or blanket.

We had a wonderful time last year celebrating our many cultures. Join us again for Multicultural Night on May 14 at 5:30. We hope many families will share their heritage.

Testing Dates

4th Grade- May 4, 5, 7, and 8

5th Grade- May 11, 13, 14, 20, 22, and 27

Make Up Day

There will be school on Tuesday, May 26 to make up for not having school on November 12.

 

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4.27.15

See you Wednesday at McDonalds

Join us on Wednesday, April 29 at the Redondo McDonalds for McTeachers’ Night. We get a share of the profits for all purchases between 5:00 and 7:00. If the parking lot is full, park across the street at the park-n-ride and walk over or drive through. Say hello to teachers, have dinner, and buy a cookie or pie to help our school earn more!

Spring Carnival Raffle Baskets

Every year at our spring carnival, we raffle themed gift baskets. Each grade level is assigned a theme for their basket. We need families to help by sending items to school to fill the raffle baskets.

  • Kindergarten– arts and crafts basket
  • 1st Grade– family fun / movie night basket
  • 2nd Grade– Italian pasta basket
  • 3rd Grade– books and buddies basket
  • 4th Grade– gardening basket
  • 5th Grade– fun in the sun basket
  • PTA Members– coffee / tea/ chocolate basket

Please send items for your child’s grade level basket to school as soon as possible! The deadline for donations is May 22.

Smarter Balanced Testing Dates

3rd Grade- April 27 and 28

4th Grade- April 29, May 4, 5, 7, and 8

5th Grade- May 11, 13, 14, 20, 22, and 27

Last Friday Treat

Last Friday was our last day for treat sales at Valhalla. The nutrition standards make it difficult to find items that we can offer for sale.

 

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4.13.15

mcdonalds logo smallMcTeachers’ Night

Our Valhalla McTeachers’ Night will be on Wednesday, April 29th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Redondo McDonalds 270th Pacific Highway S. We would love to have ALL our Valhalla families come to McDonalds between 5:00pm and 7:00pm to support Valhalla’s PTA and visit with our teachers! Thank you Valhalla PTA for your support!

READBattle of the Books

Monday, April 13 is the last day for B.O.B. teams to practice before the Battle on Wednesday, April 15 at 1:45. Parents are welcome to join us in the gym for the Battle of the Books.

remind1Student Led Conferences

There will be no regular classes on Thursday, April 16 or Friday, April 17. These days are set aside for Student Led Conferences. Parents and students have appointments for individual or open house conference times on Thursday or Friday. Appointment confirmation forms went home with students on Friday, April 3. If you do not receive your confirmation for an appointment, please contact your child’s teacher. The office will have each teacher’s schedule by Wednesday.

Welcome Back

Classes resume after spring break on Monday, April 13. Breakfast is available at 8:30. Students who are not eating breakfast may begin lining up in the gym at 8:40. The bell rings at 8:45. Be on time, ready, and prepared to learn!

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3.19.15

Letter to Third Grade Parents

Please look for this letter explaining the test results and next steps. The letter can be viewed by clicking the following link:  3rd grade letter Translated letters:  Dear Parents 3rd grade letter RUSSIAN Dear Parents 3rd grade letter SPANISH

State Testing Datessbac

Mark your calendars! The following dates have been set aside for state testing this spring. Students do best when they test with their class. Please schedule appointments around the testing dates for your children.

Third graders will be testing on the following days: March 31, April 2 and April 3 for ELA (English Language Arts), and April 27 and April 28 for Math.

Fourth graders will be testing on the following days:  April 29, May 4, and May 5 for ELA (English Language Arts), and May 7 and May 8 for Math.

Fifth graders will be testing on the following days:  May 11, May 13 and May 14 for ELA (English Language Arts), May 20 and May 22 for Math, and May 27 for Science.

Crazy Hair Day

Friday, March 27 is our next spirit day, Crazy Hair Day. Be creative, wacky, colorful! Here are some ideas!

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3.12.15

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Please help our students collect coins of any denomination for children with leukemia in our Pennies for Patients coin drive. Send your child with loose change this week as we wrap up our coin drive.

Book Character Day

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We celebrated reading and writing today at Valhalla. The day concluded with Literacy Night from 5:30 – 7:00 where students got to pick out a book and learn to be super storytellers.

This is how our staff celebrated Book Character Day.

 

 

Coming Soon!

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