Early Dismissal

We dismiss at 1:20 today for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Math Competition Winners

Ms. Moore’s fifth graders competed in Olympic View’s Math Bonanza Friday, November 20. This team won 3rd place in the district for 5th grade! Hannah won 2nd place in the district’s individual competition for 5th graders. Congratulations!

IMG_0720 Kylie Hill; Reia Pablo; Elizabeth Dunaway; Hannah Chan.

Skating Party

Due to the windstorm last Tuesday, the Valhalla skating party at Pattison’s West was postponed until Tuesday, November 24.  The time will be 5:00-7:00. The cost is $5.00.

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clip_art-skating_rink_003Skating Party

We hope to see you at the skating party on Tuesday, November 17 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Pattison’s West. The cost is $5.00 per person.

PTA MeetingPTA logo

Our next PTA Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 18 at 5:30 pm. The topics will be the school’s focus goals for the year by Mr. Crawford, the Principal. And also being discussed is the Walk-A-Thon and the uses for the money.

Early Dismissal

Mark your calendars! Wednesday, November 25 we will dismiss students at 1:20 pm. We wish your family a very Happy Thanksgiving. There will be no school on Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27 for Thanksgiving break.

Fourth and Fifth Grade Holiday Show

We hope to see you on Monday, November 30 at 6:45 pm. Come and join the holiday spirit while our awesome fourth and fifth graders entertain with singing and dancing.

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Veteran’s Day

We will be honoring our veterans at two assemblies Monday, November 9. Third through fifth grade classes will have their assembly at 9:10. Kindergarten through second grade will have their assembly at 9:40. Families are invited to attend to help us celebrate our veterans. We especially encourage any family members who are veterans or who currently serve to be our honored guests at the assemblies.











Mobile Farm to Visit Valhalla

Washington State Traveling Farm will visit Valhalla Monday, November 2. The semis will be parked in the lower parking lot. Second and first grade classes will tour the mobile farm to extend their learning.

Student-Led Conferences

Conferences are scheduled for Wednesday evening and Thursday all day.

  • Wednesday, November 4- 3:50 pm to 7:50 pm (4 hrs.)
  • Thursday, November 5- 8:00 am to 12:00 pm (4.0 hrs.)
  • Thursday, November 5-1:00 pm to 7:00 pm (6 hrs.)

Please check your child’s backpack for a conference invitation printed on green. Call your child’s teacher if you have not received a conference time. Please bring your Valhalla student with you to the conference. They will lead the conference.

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Weekly Bulletin

Parents and community members who would like the weekly bulletin emailed to them directly should email Toni Rusnov. You will begin receiving the bulletin next week. You can also find a copy under the School Information drop-down menu above.

Student Led Conferences

IMG_0366In an effort to provide more evening conference times for our families, the staff has voted to offer the following hours for conferences.

  • Wednesday, November 4- 3:50 pm to 7:50 pm (4 hrs.)
  • Thursday, November 5- 8:00 am to 12:00 pm (4.0 hrs.)
  • Thursday, November 5-1:00 pm to 7:00 pm (6 hrs.)

Please look for the Conference Survey (printed on yellow) in your child’s backpack. Please fill it out and return it to school by Tuesday, October 27. Teachers will be meeting on Wednesday to make their conference schedules. We try to schedule family conferences consecutively. Your survey will help us make an accurate schedule that fits your needs.

Your child’s confirmed conference time will be sent home on Friday, October 30. There will be no school on Friday, November 6.

Late Start Wednesday 10/28

School begins at 11:50. Lunch will be served at that time. Students will eat in the classroom.

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Picture Day

camera_-_cheese!Tuesday, October 27 is picture day. Student have a free dress day for this day. Please consider if students have P.E. that day, as they will need to have appropriate shoes to participate safely in class.

Partnership 101

In a few days, you’ll receive a special mailing from the FWPS Family and Community Partnership Office. This mailing contains a welcome letter and the FWPS Partnership 101 booklet, which is full of tips for navigating the school system and supporting your child’s academic success.

The booklet also includes a page labeled “Create Your Own Involvement Plan,” which parents tell us is useful at conference time. With student-led conferences coming up on November 5th and 6th, we wanted to give you a heads-up for the mailing.


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Traveling Farm Visits Valhalla

For our K-2 students! For our first time, the Washington State Traveling Farm will be traveling to Valhalla Thursday, Oct. 22 and will be returning one day in the spring! Our 2nd graders and some of our 1st will be going in Oct. and the rest of the 1st and K will participate in the spring. They bring a semi truck/classroom setup and some farm animals. Classes will rotate on a 40 minute schedule. For the best way to learn about it…go to the website and watch the video! Looks like great ‘hands-on’ learning! http://www.thefair.com/education/traveling-farm/


Important Dates

Thursday, Oct 15th is “Discover U” day!- Students may wear college gear or clothing that shows everyone the career they might want in the future.

Friday, Oct 16th is ” VLH/ PTA Walkathon”!!! Please send your donation envelopes on Friday. Come join your child during their walking time.

camera_-_cheese!Tuesday, Oct 27th Individual Picture Day. Please look for picture envelopes to come home next week.

Wednesday, Oct 28th VLH Late start at 12:05 p.m. Lunch is served at 11:50. Students will eat in their classrooms. late_start_bus_sched_1See the schedules below for bus pick-up times.


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From Elizabeth, your Family Liaison

Hola ! this coming Wednesday October 7th from 9:00am to 10:00am at our Valhalla lunchroom area is our first “Coffee and Donuts with Elizabeth and Mr. Crawford” for this school year! Please come to be informed on what is happening in our school, get to know school staff and understand policies that affect your student’s education. and as a VIP ( Valhalla Involved Parent ) come to share your ideas and have great conversations with staff and parents. Hope you can be there! Our “Coffee and donuts… are held every first Wednesday of the month from 9:00am to 10:00 am. Thank you for your partnership! I appreciate each of you!

Notice of Directory Information

You have a say in who can see your child’s directory information

Federal law requires schools inform parents that some of their child’s information, called “Directory Information,” might be used for certain school-related purposes. Parents and guardians may tell schools not to release this information. This is part of a law called The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).

If you wish to restrict how the district shares this information, please contact the school office and request the form.

What is directory information?

    • Your child’s name.
    • Photographs, video and other images of your child.
    • Recognition, diplomas and awards received by your child.
    • Date and place of birth.
    • Most recent and previous schools attended.
    • Dates of enrollment and enrollment status.
    • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports, and weight/height of student, if related to athletic participation.
    • Electronic (e-mail) address and telephone number, including cell phone, student ID number.
    • Student ID number (only if it cannot be used to gain access to education records).We ask parents to think carefully before restricting this information. And, if you say “no” to providing contact information to outside organizations, your child’s name, address and phone number/s will not be provided to non-district organizations, including: graduation supplies companies; colleges; or military recruiters; and, after graduation, school reunion committees.
    • What if you change your mind? If you ask us to restrict your student information, but later change your mind, just ask to update this form at your child’s school office.
    • Unfortunately, by restricting your child’s directory information for school publications, your student’s name and photo cannot be included in student annuals and yearbooks. He or she will not be able to be part of classroom, team or club photos which are intended to be published in yearbooks.

Click the following to print the forms.  FERPA Spa  FERPA_English_2015-16

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walking orange personWalk-a-thon Kick-off Assembly

This Friday, October 2 is our assembly to kick off the Walk-a-thon. This is our only fundraiser of the year and it is so important that all families participate in some way. The money that is collected will be used to fund transportation to field trips, bring in performers and speakers for assemblies, pay for computer programs like Myon.com and A.R. -Accelerated Reader, family movie nights, and much more.

Students will receive envelopes on Friday so they can start collecting donations. The goal is for every child to collect $30 or more, but we ask that families just do their best to collect what they can. If parents would like to volunteer to help during the Walk-a-thon, they should contact Jaime Draegar at president@valhallapta.org. We thank you for your support.

Late Start Bus Schedule

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September 30 Late Start

Our first late start day is this Wednesday, September 30. We begin school at 11:50. Students will go through the commons and pick up their lunches then proceed to their classrooms where they will eat lunch with their teachers. The afternoon is full of learning, so it is important for students to attend school.

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School Choice

Parents were sent a letter recently notifying them of Valhalla’s AYP (adequate yearly progress) status. The following letter from Mr. Crawford outlines the options parents have regarding school choice for this school year. Please click on the link below if the images are not clear enough.

If parents choose the option detailed in the letter, their form needs to be turned in to Mrs. Cordi by September 25th

Valhalla School Choice Letter 2015

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Hopes and DREAMS BBQhotdogs

Please come to school with your children Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 5:30 -7:00 pm. There are two times for classroom presentations where parents will learn about plans for the year, homework policies, and more. The schedule is as follows:

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.

Fifth Grade Parents, Review Curriculum

Mark your calendars for the HIV/AIDS curriculum review. Please plan to attend if you would like to know more about the information your children will learn at the end of their fifth grade year. HIV AIDS 2015-16 Notice Letter HIV AIDS 2015-16 Notice SPANISH


AVID at Valhalla

avidTeachers in 4th and 5th grade will implement AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) strategies to build a more college-going and career ready culture. This will help prepare our students for middle school and high school AVID programs already in place. Valhalla is using planners to keep all students organized and prepared. Parents will be seeing these planners more frequently and asked to sign them so teachers can ensure their kids are talking about school with their families. We are excited to promote college-going and career ready students in our school and classroom displays! We will be reaching out to the community to share information on personal college and career paths. This can include information for biographies, a classroom visit, or potentially field trips to nearby colleges for students and their families.


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First Day

We are all so excited to see our students and begin an exciting year tomorrow, September 2! We will start at 8:45. Students who are in grades 2-5 will line up in the gym. Ms. Cole’s 2nd graders and all of the first graders will line up in their hallway. Next week, our Kindergarten students will line up in the hallway outside of their classrooms as well.

Please be aware that breakfast will NOT be served tomorrow for the first day of school. Please eat at home. Look under the School Information drop-down menu for Lunches to view the menu and pay for lunches.

Lunches for Tardy Students

Being on time to school is important, because students are learning all day. Sometimes appointments or a missed alarm cause students to be late. If students come later than 9:25, their hot lunch or salad order cannot be added to the total count, so families should plan to send a lunch with students who are later than 9:25. Parents are encouraged to call the office: 253-945-4300 if their child will be late and tell the office staff member if your child needs a hot lunch or salad that day.

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