10.23.14

camera_-_cheese!Individual Picture Day

“Say cheese!” Tuesday, October 28 individual pictures will be taken of each student. Order forms went home this week. Please send these back to school by Tuesday, if you wish to order pictures of your child. More envelopes are available in the office. This is a free dress day for all students. Please consider the weather when helping your child make school-appropriate clothing choices.

Health Screening

Health Screening Day will be Thursday, November 13. Students in grades one through three and grade 5 will be screened for hearing and vision.

A parent note is required to waive any part of the state-mandated hearing or vision screening. Rechecks will be done in the weeks following screening on any student not meeting the standards for hearing or vision. Referrals will be sent to parents if follow up for hearing or vision screening is required. Please call if you have any questions.

We appreciate having parent volunteers for vision screening. Please complete the bottom of the form sent home on the back of the bulletin or call the health room (253) 945-4309 if you can volunteer a few hours in the morning or afternoon or all day! We will teach you to do the screenings- no experience necessary.

Thank you for your help and support to make Health Screening Day a success.

L. Russo RN, School Nurse

calendarStudent Led Conferences

Surveys went home this week asking families to choose the best times on Thursday or Friday, November 6 and 7 to come to school with their children for Student Led Conferences. Thank you for sending those surveys back. If you have not, please contact your child’s teacher as soon as possible. We do our best to coordinate the conference times of siblings so that families can meet with teachers consecutively, and your input helps make this possible.

Kindergarten Highly Capable Program

We are opening the HCP nomination time for our present Kindergarten students. The nomination window will be open until November 30th.

Kindergarten teachers will have flyers about the nomination process to give directly to parents. If you wish to review the flyers, please click on the appropriate link below.

The assessment used to identify HiCap students will be the January 6 – 28 testing window. We are looking into providing those students who are nominated that don’t reach the two standard deviations above norm (HiCap cut off) a cognitive assessment test (CogAT screener) in February. All those students identified as HiCap will not change classroom placement. Their needs will be met through differentiation within their present placement.

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10.20.14

Discover U Day

Last week our students thought about their futures. What will they do when they grow up? Where will they go to college or get post-high school training? Mr. Koehler, our P.E. teacher and video producer planned and taped a video featuring students, parents, and staff. Click the link to view the video http://viewpure.com/dTyjAI18Nto.

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10.16.14

clip_art-skating_rink_003Skating Party

Our first skating party is tomorrow, October 17 at Pattison’s West from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. If you bring your own skates or rent regular four-wheeled skates, the cost is $5. It is $6 for in-line skates. Bring the whole family for skating, fun, and food!

Friday Treat Returns

Tomorrow, October 17, we have volunteers who will bake yummy, healthy cookies for our Friday treat. Students may buy one cookie for $ .50. If YOU would like to volunteer to bake cookies or help with other Friday treats on Friday mornings, please contact the office at 253-945-4300.

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10.10.14

Family Access Night/WATCH D.O.G.S.

Have you heard the news? There will be a Pizza Night for ALL DADS and male figures in our Valhalla students’ lives on Oct. 14th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Please join us! 


DiscoverU Day at Valhalla

On WednesdayOctober 15th, Valhalla will be participating in DiscoverU Day. DiscoverU is a day set aside for students to think about college and career options and how education can help them reach their dreams.

On college_sweatshirtOctober 15th, students may wear to school college and career wear – this may include attire from colleges, as well as attire from a family’s member’s business, company, or profession.  Students will hear about staff members’ college and career paths and will participate in activities encouraging them to think about their futures.

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HIV/AIDS KNOW

Preview the HIV/AIDS curriculum on October 15th at 6:30 pm at the ESC. Fifth grade lessons occur in June. Interested parents are encouraged to attend this preview session.

socksSock Drive

With the rainy season upon us, it is our goal to be sure our students warm, dry feet. We are asking for donations of new white, navy, black or khaki colored socks of all kid sizes. Drop them into the box located in the entryway by Elizabeth’s office. Let’s fill the bin with socks for Valhalla kids!

Comfort Emergency Kit

Does your child still need a comfort kit filled with water and food to have on hand at school in case of emergency? Comfort Emergency Kits are for sale for $6.00 each. Forms are available in the school office. Stop by the office to pick up a form or notify your child’s teacher.

Walking School Bus Study

Our school is partnering with Seattle Children’s Hospital on the Walking School Bus study that is gathering information about physical activity.  We are hoping to have 30 students enroll in the study from our school.  All 3rd-5th grade students are invited to enroll.  An enrollment packet was sent home with your student; however if you did not receive one or would like another, please contact Alan Waite, the study coordinator, directly at 206-884-4232 or alan.waite@seattlechildrens.org. If you are interested in your child participating, please mail back your consent forms today!

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10.2.14

walking orange personWalk, Walk, Walk-a-thon

Our biggest fundraiser of the year is tomorrow, October 3. Classes will walk for 40 minutes during their typical rotation times. With each lap, students will collect a wristband. Please send your donation envelopes to school tomorrow! Help us meet our goal for this fundraiser. Look here for results tomorrow!

October 10- No School

School is closed on Friday, October 10 for teacher training. We will see you on Monday, October 13!

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9.18.14

Will We See You?

answer-girl2Our teachers, staff and PTA are preparing for all Valhalla families to visit Valhalla from 5:30 to 7:00 on Tuesday, September 23. Two classroom session times are available: 5:30 to 6:00 and 6:00 to 6:30. Please plan to visit your child’s classroom to see all the wonderful learning that has been happening so far this answer-boyyear and hear about what to expect during the coming months. Then enjoy a hot dog dinner with your family sponsored by our PTA.

Family Partnership

For the latest news about our Family Partnership program, click the link below or select Family Liaison from the Family Resource drop down menu above.

Partnership101-booklet-cover

 

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9.10.14

Weekly Bulletins and Newsletters

Look for our weekly bulletins every Thursday and our newsletters every two months. You can easily access our weekly bulletins and newsletters from this website. You will find the link under the School Information dropdown menu above.

If you would like bulletins or newsletters emailed to you, just click on “school webmaster” anywhere on this webpage. You will be connected to email where you can request that newsletters and bulletins be sent to you. Here is this weeks bulletin:  Weekly Bulletin.

Back to School Hopes and Dreams BBQ

We are looking forward to seeing all of our Valhalla families on Tuesday, September 23 at our Hopes and Dreams BBQ from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

  • 5:30 pm                Classroom Presentation #1
  • 6:00 pm                Classroom Presentation #2
  • 6:00 – 7:00 pm   FREE Hot Dog dinner

Families receive a ticket for the free hot dog dinner from teachers after the classroom presentation.

Family Community Partnership Summit

Click on the link above to see a better copy of the flyer shown below.

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Access Night

Our first Access Night is scheduled for Tuesday, October  14th.  It is also WATCH D.O.G.S. Pizza Night for ALL DADS and male figure in our Valhalla students’ lives. We hope to see you on Oct. 14th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 

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8.27.14

PTA logoPTA Meeting

Join us for the very FIRST PTA meeting of the new school year on Wednesday, September 3 at 6:00 p.m. This is your chance to get to know your PTA Officers, mix and mingle with other parents and hear about what’s in store for the new year, join PTA and much, much more!  There are many volunteer positions that need to be filled. We will have snacks and light refreshments for your enjoyment.

Bus Tour 2014

Our staff boarded a school bus during one of the hottest afternoons of the week and toured our neighborhoods blaring the horn and waving. Where possible, we stopped and greeted any Valhalla students and parents. Yes, it was your crazy Valhalla teachers who where chanting and playing percussion instruments at Lost Creek and Camelot Square. Here are a few photos from our fun afternoon.bus tour 5

bus tour 1 bus tour 2 bus tour 3 bus tour 4

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8.22.14

lunchSchool Lunches

To help our students be ready for the first day of school, the following lunch information is available now for families.

Look for free and reduced lunch applications in your mailbox this weekend or early next week. Please fill out this form and bring it to school during Valhalla Voyager Days on Tuesday, August 26 and Wednesday, August 27 or send them to school on the first day with your child. If you do not receive an application, you can download one using the following link:  On Line F/R Application www.mealappnow.com/manfwy. You will need to create an account when you use the on-line application.

Families can pay for lunches with the following link:  Lunch Money Now www.lunchmoneynow.com/lmnfwy. Please look for both of these links under the School Information menu above. Select Lunches.

Grades- Parent Vue

Parents can easily see their child’s grades through Parent Vue and students can easily see their grades through Student Vue. When a parent or student is in need of support, they can email: grades@fwps.org. Please include your student’s name, student id number and date of birth for verification purposes. There is a voicemail ONLY line that can be provided as well at 253.945.2100, however an email is the preferred mode of contact. If you do call, include your name and phone number in addition to the information listed above.

Valhalla parents and students can easily find the link for Parent Vue and Student Vue by looking under the Parent menu above and selecting Grades On-Line.

 

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8.17.14

Look for Student Information Packets

Student Information PacketThis year we mailed the student information packets rather than sending them home with students on the first day. We hope this will give families time to fill out all the important forms before the rush of the start of school is upon us.

Please stop by Valhalla during our Valhalla Voyager Days on Tuesday, August 26 from 4-6 pm or Wednesday, August 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You may turn in your back to school paperwork, drop off school supplies, get a tour of the school, and get assistance with other school-related questions. No appointment necessary! Mrs. Bagnell, Family Liaison, will be available to assist families needing Spanish.

 

ASB Financial Data

Associated Student Body (ASB) financial data is available here.

http://www.fwps.org/yourschool/asb-fund-balances/

 

Bus Schedule

The image below shows the bus schedule for Valhalla as seen in the Federal Way Mirror.bus schedule

 

Valhalla Office Closed

On September 2 Valhalla will be closed from 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. so that all school employees can attend a district meeting. We will reopen after 12:00. We appreciate your understanding.

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