Coffee and Donuts

Join James and Elizabeth for coffee and donuts in the Valhalla Commons tomorrow, Wednesday, February 3 from 9:00-10:00. Their guest will be the Principal of TAF Academy, Mr. Paul Tytler. He will talk about all the programs offered at TAF. Ms. Lori Harrison, Valhalla Instructional Coach, will also be there to talk about Benchmarks and Grade Levels in reading and math. Hope you all can come!

PTA Meeting- Parents of 5th Graders

Our Valhalla PTA meeting is Wednesday, February 3rd from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The Principal of Kilo Middle School, Margaret Peterson will be here to talk to families 0f 5th graders about Kilo and all the programs offered there. Hope you can be there!

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Technology Levy

  • BYour vote counts!
  • Please return your ballot TODAY!
  • The Replacement Tech Levy is on the Feb. 9 Special Election Ballot
  • Please vote in the special election and return your ballot no later than Tuesday, Feb.
  • If you have questions about the Technology Levy, please visit FWPS for more information.

Letter From Mr. Crawford

Please click on the link to read the letter from Mr. Crawford about the lock down at school this week. October 21

End of Semester

Thursday, January 28 is the last day of the semester. There will be no school on Friday, January 29 for the semester break.


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Smile Partners

Dental screening will begin Tuesday, January 19 for all students who brought back the Smile Partners form and any students who did not return a form. Treatments will begin in February.

Family Math Night

Please plan to attend Family Math Night on Thursday, February 25 beginning at 6:00. Learn fun ways to practice math skills and take home math games to keep the fun going!

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Click on the Link to Nominate Your Child

Highly Capable Program Seeks Students in Grades K-11

Referrals to be considered to receive highly capable services starting in the 2016-17 school year for students in grades 1-11 will be accepted from Monday, December 14, 2015, through Friday, January 15, 2016.  Any referred Kindergarten student who is identified as eligible to receive highly capable services will have the opportunity to start services during the current school year.

Federal Way Public Schools provides services and opportunities for highly capable students to stretch themselves academically.

Here are some signs your student may be Highly Capable and may benefit from highly capable services:

  • Is your student intellectually engaged and highly involved in activities?
  • Is your student not just TOP of the group, but BEYOND the group?
  • Does your student absorb information and then manipulate it?
  • Does your student think creatively to solve problems?
  • Does your student think independently and at times challenge authority?
  • Does your student take risks consistently because he/she wants to know what will happen?

Parents, staff, students, and community members can all refer any student currently enrolled in grades K-11 in Federal Way Public Schools.

To refer a student, complete this online form at http://goo.gl/forms/19iqPeo7EB or download the form at http://www.fwps.org/academics/highlycapable/ and print. If you need a paper copy of the referral form, please check with the main office at your student’s current school on or after December 14, 2015 (the first day of the referral window).  When complete, please return any printed forms to Federal Way Public Schools; Educational Service Center; ATTN:  Highly Capable Services; 33330 8th Avenue South, Federal Way, WA 98003.  These referrals serve only to initiate a process to evaluate eligibility to receive highly capable services.  Referrals must be received at the Educational Service Center no later than January 15th in order to be considered.

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Strategic Planning Initiative

Creating a vision for our children’s future.

Federal Way Public Schools has embarked on a Strategic Planning Initiative to develop the vision and direction for enhancing student achievement and success in the coming years.

The strategic plan will be our roadmap toward a future vision and provides unity, clarity and direction to the important work of the district.

In developing our plan, the District will use an approach that is inclusive and intentional and values all voices, and will continuously engage all stakeholders within the Federal Way Public Schools community.

This work must be collectively developed by members of our greater school community. There will be many opportunities to provide input on the Strategic Plan over the course of the year. The online survey is the initial effort to gather input, a series of forums for students, families and communities is another opportunity for participation.

We hope you’ll join in shaping what our school system should do and be for our community’s children.


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Bus Incident Information

Please click on the links below to read about the incident  on bus #1 this morning.

Valhalla Bus Accident Valhalla Bus Accident SPAN

It’s Coming! Get Ready!

Next Thursday, December 10 is Dress Like a Book Character Day and Literacy Night at Valhalla. Students are encouraged to show their school spirit and commitment to reading by dressing like a character from a book that day. Parents are also welcome to impersonate a book character at our Literacy Night event from 5:45-7:00. Families are welcome to join teachers and guest readers for some wonderful story telling and practicing reading skills. Each student will receive an autograph book in which they can collect signatures from famous literary celebrities who will be at the event. Valhalla students may also choose a free book to take home. We cannot wait to see you!


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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.

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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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