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

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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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8.12.14

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Valhalla teachers are coming to a bus stop near you! Valhalla families, look for a school bus filled with your teachers on August 26. We will go to most or all of our bus stops between 1:00 and 1:40. Come wave to us from your bus stop to say hello!

Look for us at the Lost Creek clubhouse between 1:45 and 2:30. We hope to meet with many families there. Next, we will travel to Camelot Square. Teachers will parade from the entrance to the clubhouse parking lot. Join the parade or meet us at the clubhouse between 2:35 and 3:10. We will drive through Villa Capri around 3:15, but we cannot stop because there is no place to park the bus.

Please note that all times are estimated.

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8.6.14

answer-girl2Back to Schoolanswer-boy

While our students and families are still enjoying summer weather and fun, we are getting ready for school to start. Here are some important dates:  The first day of school for first through fifth grade students is Wednesday, September 3. School begins at 8:50. Breakfast begins at 8:30.

Parents of Kindergarten students can expect a letter to arrive within the next few weeks with information about Kindergarten orientation days on September 3, 4, and 5. The first full day of Kindergarten is Monday, September 8.

Calendar

Our district will be changing calendar programs soon, so the calendar feature on our website will not be updated until after the program change has been made. Stay tuned!

school-busValhalla Bus Tour

Look for a school bus filled with singing, shouting, laughing Valhalla teachers to roll through your neighborhood on August 26 sometime after 1:00 p.m. We enjoyed our 2013 tour so much that we are returning this year and expanding our route to include more neighborhoods. Listen for the bus horn on August 26!

calendarMark Your Calendars!

We are partnering with Valhalla’s fabulous PTA to host Back to School Night on September 23 beginning at 6:00 p.m. Come let your child lead you through the school to meet with teachers and see the first projects of the year.

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6.18.14

Summer-Sun-1-Summer Hours

The office will close after June 19th. During the month of July, the office will be open Wednesdays from 1:30-3:30. The office will reopen August 4th from 8 A.M. to 4 P.M.

New Uniform Policy with Pictures!

Our uniform policy has been updated and simplified. Photographs were taken of students in examples of correct uniform clothing and examples of incorrect clothing. Please view the updated documents by clicking the link: Valhalla Uniform Policy 5-8-14 You can also find it under the About Us menu above.

back-to-schoolSupply Lists for 2014-2015

You will find the new lists for next year by clicking on the following links. (We apologize for previously posting incorrect lists).  2014-2015 school supplies K-2      2014-2015 school supplies 3-5

 

Battle of the Books List

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See the BOB link under Student Resources tab to see the book covers for these books.

Congratulations, Mr. Potter

image001The Mariners and WSECU teamed up once again to recognize the outstanding teachers in our community with the WSECU Teacher of the Week Program. We are happy to tell you…

Our outstanding music teacher, Monty Potter was chosen as a winner in the WSECU Teacher of the Week program! Monty was nominated by Steve Homfeldt, a parent of one of our Valhalla students, and he was one of 24 teachers that were selected out of all of the entries.

For being selected as one of the Teachers of the Week, Monty will receive a pair of tickets to attend the Seattle Mariners game in a Safeco Field suite on Sunday, September 14th, where he will be presented with a $500 classroom grant, courtesy of WSECU. We will also be highlighting Mr. Potter on-air during selected Mariners radio broadcasts for a week.

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6.13.14

You can help Valhalla Elementary PTA earn donations just by shopping with your Fred Meyer Rewards Card!

fred_meyerFred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. Here’s how the program works:

 

  • Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Valhalla Elementary PTA at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number 80999.
  • Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping Valhalla Elementary PTA earn a donation!
  • You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.
  • If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.
  • For more information, please visit www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.

Free Health Screening

The Federal Way Lions Foundation was fortunate to schedule the Northwest Lions Foundation

Medically-equipped Lions Health Screening Unit (LHSU) at the Federal Way Farmers Market on Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM.  **FREE** health screenings to check for glaucoma, diabetes, high blood pressure, and sight and hearing loss.

The Federal Way Lions needs your help in staffing the van with nurses to give blood sugar tests.

The 62-foot-long, medically-equipped Lions Health Screening Unit (LHSU) travels throughout Washington and Northern Idaho to give free health screenings at schools, fairs, and other public events. Checking for glaucoma, diabetes, high blood pressure, and sight and hearing loss is key to interventions in potentially life-threatening health problems.

This year, the Lions Health Screening Unit will provide free screening for an estimated 30,000 patients, the vast majority of whom will be children. The Foundation’s annual cost to operate the Lions Health Screening Unit is more than $170,000.

Last Week of School

Monday, June 16 is field day at Valhalla. Students in grades K-2 will enjoy their field day activities in the morning. Field day activities for students in grades 3-5 will take place in the afternoon. We advise sneakers for all students on Monday. Though it is a free dress day, please remember that tank tops and sandals are not allowed.

Students will be dismissed at 11:10 on Tuesday, June 17. Students will bring home their report cards if their library books have been returned or fines have been paid. Please return all library books to school by Tuesday.

Attention Parents

HIV/AIDS KNOW Prevention Curriculum Preview Nights

  • Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
  • 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Room 104
  • Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
  • 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Room 104

At the Educational Service Center:  33330 8th Ave S

Dear Parent/Guardian:

The Federal Way School District would like the opportunity to share with you the HIV/AIDS Prevention Curriculum, which will be presented to students in grades 5 through 12.  This curriculum focuses on the transmission and prevention of the disease, emphasizing abstinence.  The district has adopted  the KNOW Curriculum  (Grades 5-12) for this area of study.

The AIDS Omnibus Bill (2SSB 6221) of the State of Washington which was passed in 1988 indicates the following:

 Sec. 402: “Students shall receive such (AIDS) education at least once each school year beginning no later than fifth grade,”

  and

Sec. 402: “No student may be required to participate in AIDS prevention education if the student’s parents or guardian, having attended one of the district presentations, objects in writing to the participation.”

Curriculum used at each grade level will be presented from  6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in different rooms according to grade level so that you have the opportunity to preview the materials that will be used in your child’s classroom.

This presentation is for parents only.

I look forward to seeing you at the preview.  If you  need further information, please call me at (253) 945-4913 or shaines@fwps.org

Scott Haines

Health Curriculum Coordinator

Federal Way Public Schools

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6.5.14

PTA Spring Carnival

We hope to see you at the Carnival tomorrow, Friday, June 6 beginning at 5:30. Games, prizes, food, friends, and FUN!

Lions Club Sponsors Free Health Screenings

The Federal Way Lions Foundation was fortunate to schedule the Northwest Lions Foundation Medically-equipped Lions Health Screening Unit (LHSU) at the Federal Way Farmers Market on Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM.  **FREE** health screenings to check for glaucoma, diabetes, high blood pressure, and sight and hearing loss.

The Federal Way Lions needs your help in staffing the van with nurses to give blood sugar tests.

The 62-foot-long, medically-equipped Lions Health Screening Unit (LHSU) travels throughout Washington and Northern Idaho to give free health screenings at schools, fairs, and other public events. Checking for glaucoma, diabetes, high blood pressure, and sight and hearing loss is key to interventions in potentially life-threatening health problems.

This year the Lions Health Screening Unit will provide free screening for an estimated 30,000 patients, the vast majority of whom will be children. The Foundation’s annual cost to operate the Lions Health Screening Unit is more than $170,000.

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 “This event is not sponsored by Federal Way Public Schools and the District assumes no responsibility for the conduct or safety during the event. In consideration for the privilege to distribute these materials and hold this event, the organization shall defend, indemnify and hold Federal Way Public Schools harmless from any and all claims, injuries, damages, losses or suites including attorney fees arising out of or in connection with this event, except for injuries and damages caused by the sole negligence of the district .”

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F.R.E.D. Will be Back This Summer

Below is an overview of the activities you can expect to find when F.R.E.D. comes to visit your neighborhood. Click on the following links for F.R.E.D.’s scheduled visit times and locations. FRED flyer English 2014 FINAL FRED flyer Spanish 2014 (1)

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5.30.14

clip_art-skating_rink_003Skating Party Tonight

Join us at Pattison’s West from 5 to 7 p.m. for our last skating party of the year. Wear your crazy hats or hair for even more fun!

Principal’s Memo

Click on the following link to view and read Mr. Crawford’s monthly memo. Valhalla’s Monthly Memo – June

teaVolunteer Tea

We want to thank all of our volunteers for generously giving their precious time help us on field trips, in classrooms, with projects and countless tasks that make our school run more smoothly. Look for postcard invitations in the mail for Volunteer Tea. We will gather in the Valhalla Commons on June 10 from 4:30-5:30 to formally say thank you and present our volunteers with a small gift.

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Join us on Friday, June 6 for our fabulous PTA Spring Carnival. The third grade class will open the carnival with a music concert at 5:15. The Carnival games, food, and bounce activities will open at 5:30. If you bought your tickets early, you can pick them up at the tent. The Book Fair will also be open. It is a buy one get one sale on books this spring. Come and join the fun!

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5.23.15

back-to-schoolSupply Lists for 2014-2015

You will find the new lists for next year by clicking on the following links. 2013-2014 school supplies K-2 2013-2014 school supplies 3-5

Volunteer for PTA

Follow this link to get to the PTA on-line volunteer sign-up:  http://valhallapta.org/Volunteer.html

Follow this link to get to the PTA Carnival on-line volunteer sign-up:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/508084BADA62DA20-valhalla3/13827065

Latest News for 5th Grade Parents

The 5th Grade Celebration will be held on Friday, June 13. Families are invited to join us for the ceremony, which will last about 1 hour in the Valhalla Gym!  We will have a short cake and punch reception following the Celebration. The Celebration begins at 10:00 am, and doors open to families at 9:30.

A parent meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 28 at 5:00 p.m. for family members who are interested in helping to plan, prepare for, and organize the Celebration. If you are unable to attend, please talk to any of the 5th grade teachers about how you would be willing to help.

See the link for more information in both English and Spanish5th grade end of year activities letter to parents

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

June 16 is Field Day at Valhalla. Volunteers are needed to run the games and activities. Please call the office at 253-945-4300 or Mr. Koehler at 253-945-4345 to let us know that you want to volunteer the morning, afternoon or both sessions. You can also email Mr. Koehler at tkoehler@fwps.org.

Key Communicator’s Meeting

In keeping with the Department’s objective of creating a strong family and community support network for students, you’re invited to join the upcoming Key Communicator’s group meeting on June 11, 2014 from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the FWPS Educational Service Center. Click here for directions to the ESC.

This will be the last Key Communicator’s meeting and community update for this school year and will include a graduation ceremony for FWPS parents that have participated in the District’s Partnership 101 series and the Parent Leadership Institute.

Consider joining us for this special graduation celebration and community recommendations report update. Come meet the families, staff and community partners that lead the work and progress of the Family and Community Partnership Office.

Sincerely,

Trise Moore

Summer Hours

Our last day of school is Tuesday, June 17. Our dismissal time is 11:10.

The office will close after June 19th. During the month of July, the office will be open Wednesdays from 1:30-4:30. The office will reopen August 4th.

 

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