Track Meet


This Saturday, April 19 our Valhalla track team will compete at their first meet. Students who are 9 years old and up compete from 1:15 to 3:15.  Students who are 8 years old and under compete from 3:30-5:30. Come cheer on our team at Federal Way Memorial Stadium behind Federal Way High School!

Attention:  Parents of 5th Graders

Here are a few important dates for fifth graders and their families to remember for their transition to middle school.

  • TAFA Spaghetti Dinner Family/Information Night is tonight, Wednesday, April 16 at 6:00 p.m. at TAF Academy.
  • Kilo Family Night is on April 22 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Totem Pizza and Ice Cream Social Night for 5th graders is on May 8 at 6:00 p.m.
  • FWPA dinner for incoming FWPA 5th grade students only is on May 28 at 6:30 p.m.

MSP Testing

The Measure of Student Progress Tests begin next week. Please be sure your child gets good rest and comes on time to school. {lease make sure all appointments/absences are scheduled around these dates to avoid having to make up a test at a later date.

  • 3rd grade Reading- April 23
  • 4th and 5th grade Reading- April 24
  • 5th grade Science- May 1
  • 4th grade Writing Day 1- May 1
  • 4th and 5th grade Math- May 6
  • 3rd grade Math- May 7
  • 4th grade Writing Day 2- May 8

PTA Movie Night

Our fabulous PTA will host movie night on Friday April 25 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Come join us to watch Frozen with your family

Spirit Day

Friday, April 25 is mismatched shoe day. Show your school spirit by wearing different shoes.

Science Fair

science fairJoin us for an evening of science on April 29 from 6:00 to 6:45 in the Valhalla Gym. The students in Mrs. Dolechek, Mrs. Anderson, Mrs. Herron, Mrs. Inabnit, and Ms. Thornton’s classes would like to share the results of their fantastic experiments with you. Students in those classes should be in the gym at their science board at 6:00.

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Are You Ready to Battle?



Valhalla’s Battle of the Books will be held in the gym at 1:30 on Tuesday, April 15. Teams of third, fourth, and fifth graders will answer questions about the books they read this year. Parents are welcome to come watch the Battle. We hope to see you there!

Student Led Conferences

Student Led Conferences are scheduled for this Thursday and Friday, April 17 and 18. Regular classes are cancelled so students can share their work with their parents and guardians. Conference invitations were sent out last week. If you do not have an appointment, please contact your child’s teacher.

Please stop at the computers near the front entry to complete a parent survey. If you would rather complete the survey from home, please click the following link:  http://www.fwps.org/yourvoice. Your input is valued and appreciated! 


School Musical

Ahoy Matey! It is true. Pirates can sing and dance! Come watch our 53 Valhalla players on April 21 and 22 when pirates will invade Valhalla in the school musical, Pirates, the Musical.  This show is appropriate for the whole family!

Plan to join us for this amazing show! On Monday and Tuesday, there will be showings at 2:25 and 6:00. Seats cannot be reserved, so arrive early. Classes in grades K-2 will watch the Monday afternoon show and 3-5 graders will watch the Tuesday afternoon show.


McTeachers’ Night

mcdonalds logo smallOn the 30th of April from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Redondo McDonald’s on 270th and Pacific Hwy S. SURPRISE!!! Ronald McDonald will be there!!!!!!! Please go to McDonald’s on April 30 between 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm to support ALL your favorite teachers!!! Thank You!!


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MSP Testing Dates

MSP Dates – The MSP testing window is April 23rd -May 15th. Please make sure all appointments/absences are scheduled around these dates to avoid having to make up a test at a later date.

  •  3rd grade Reading                                April 23rd
  • 4th and 5th grade Reading                   April 24th
  • 5th grade Science                                   May 1st
  • 4th grade Writing #1                             May 1st
  • 4th and 5th grade Math                        May 6th
  • 3rd grade Math                                      May 7th
  • 4th grade Writing #2                             May 8th

All other days between April 23rd and May 15th will be used as make-up days if needed.

Student-Led Conferences

Spring conferences are on April 17 and 18. This is the Thursday and Friday after Spring Break. Look for information regarding conferences to come home soon. This is an opportunity to celebrate your child’s successes and make plans to support students throughout the rest of the year.

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Watch D.O.G.S. Relaunch Event

Valhalla needs the support and partnership of ALL fathers and ALL fathers figures this Tuesday March 18 at 5:00 pm. Bring your children to Pizza Night to relaunch our WATCH D.O.G.S. Program! We appreciate your partnership!! We hope to see you Tuesday at 5:00 pm. Thank you!!

Science Fair Parent Information Meeting

Parents of students in fifth grade and 4/5 multi-age classes are invited to a parent meeting on Thursday, March 20 at 6:30 to learn about the expectations for their students as they prepare for the Science Fair.

Battle of the Books

READValhalla students are reading books to prepare for our school Battle of the Books. Teams will compete on April 15 at 1:15. Family members are welcome to come watch the competition.

Donations Needed

Students at Merit School are seeking donations for a service project to benefit the Federal Way Reach Out Homeless Shelter. The students will make and donate 75 sack lunches to the shelter and are in need of the following items: meat and cheese for sandwiches, bags of chips and pretzels, pudding and Jell-O cups, sweet treats, napkins and spoons.

They need to start assembling the sack lunches on 3/19. Donors can contact Susan Fish at 945-4684 and she will pick up the food donations. You can also email Susan. sfish@fwps.org.

Track Season Begins

Mrs. Anderson is coaching the Valhalla track team again this year.  There are 59 third through fifth graders and 23 Kindergarten through second graders participating. Track practice for 3 – 5 is on Monday from 3:20 – 4:00 p.m. and   K – 2 is on Tuesdays from 3:20 – 4:00 p.m.

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Literacy Night Success

Staff and students dressed in pajamas for Literacy Night’s “Curl Up with a Good Book” celebration of reading and writing. Students picked out a good book to take home. Families practiced storytelling with pictures as inspiration. Teachers performed a readers theater play, and families took home other scripts to try on their own. Teachers shared ideas for helping students practice fluency, retelling and summarizing at home. Dozens of families attended this wonderful event.

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All hands were on deck Thursday night to prepare for Literacy Night. Even Mr. Crawford, a.k.a. the Cat in the Hat vacuumed before families arrived.

The preparations actually started early with three parents working for hours to create the beautiful fireplace you see below out of PAPER! This amazing creation was the center piece of the gym. Cozy areas were created with rugs, chairs and pillows around the gym. A lovely atmosphere for curling up to read and tell stories. Thank you to everyone involved!

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Pajama Day

To celebrate literacy and Dr. Seuss’s birthday, Valhalla students are encouraged to wear their pajamas to school on Thursday.

Literacy Night- Thursday

Come Curl Up With a Good Book and celebrate literacy! This Thursday, March 6 from 6:00-7:30 come join us for an evening of literacy enjoyment and learning. There will be a Readers Theater, story telling, opportunities to learn how to help your child at home with reading, enjoy some student-published works, and choose a book to take home. See you Thursday!

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Principal’s Memo

Each month Mr. Crawford will write a memo to the school’s staff and parents. You will be able to find it on the Bulletins and Newsletter page. Here is the February memo. Valhalla’s Monthly Memo – February   Here is the March memo. Valhalla’s Monthly Memo – March

Watch D.O.G.S

From your Valhalla Family Liaison:
Hola to ALL Valhalla Families!! This month we are restarting our WATCH D.O.G.S. program ! On March 18th is our WATCH D.O.G.S. Pizza Night from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. A flyer went home!! Please RSVP. I hope you can ALL be there!!! Thank you for staying Informed, Prepared and Involved!!

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calendarMark Your Calendars

  • February 17 and 18- No School for Presidents’ Day
  • February 20- Class picture day! Free dress day for all students. Individual photos are also available. Look for envelopes in backpacks.
  • February 21- Skating Party at Pattison’s West from 5:00-7:00
  • February 24- First Grade Concert at 6:00
  • February 28- Spirit Day-Famous Heroes- Dress like your favorite famous hero.

canreadLiteracy Night

Literacy Night is coming! This year’s theme is Curl Up With a Good Book. We hope that you will join us to do just that on Thursday, March 6th from 6:00 to 7:30. Families will have an opportunity to explore reading and writing as they create narrative stories, practice fluency and retelling skills, and view written work by our very own Valhalla authors. A King County librarian will be available to answer questions and register families for library cards. Best of all, each student in attendance will receive a book to take home!

Please come dressed in your pajamas and ready to curl up with a good book!

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Report Cards

Semester one report cards were sent home today, Friday, February 7. Look for report cards in backpacks. Please send the empty envelope back to school with a parent signature.

Intercultural Speaker Series



Key Communicators Meeting

The Key Communicator Meeting, held on February 19 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. is a platform presented quarterly by our district’s Family and Community Partnership. It is for everyone:  families, students, educators, community members, city officials, other districts and organizations to come to observe our Family Engagement practice.  Is for all partners to become more Informed, Prepared and Involved in promoting students success .  There there will be presentations. In this case our Superintendent will explain our vision for engaging students.  There will be an exchange information between teachers, staff, students, and parents.  There will also be time to ask questions and share insights at table discussions. Key Comm Mtg Agenda Feb 19, 2014

The Twelves of Valhalla

Students assembled on the field so our P.E. teacher, Mr. Koehler could take the 12th Man picture from the roof of our gym. Pretty impressive sight!

12 man


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Remember to VoteB

The ballots for the replacement levy were mailed to voters last week. Please take a moment to fill out the ballot and drop it in the mail before next Tuesday, February 11.

Seahawks’ Day


Wednesday will be Seahawks’ Day at Valhalla, so wear your Seahawks shirts or colors.  Friday treat will be Wednesday this week in honor of the awesome Seahawks Superbowl win.  Treat will be blue and green airheads.  50 cents for 2.  

Candy Grams On Sale Now


Starting Monday, February 3 Valentine Candy Grams will be on sale for 50 cents. Students may purchase the card, write a note to a friend in any classroom, and it will be delivered on Friday, February 14 with Air Heads candy inside. The last day to buy your Candy Grams is Thursday, February 13. Candy Grams will include strawberry, cherry or white Air Heads.


Health Care Sign-Up Support Comes to Valhalla


With the deadline for signing up for health care just around the corner, some families may need help navigating the website. A Valhalla parent, Claudette Cooper, who works at the Valley Medical Center, has gather her coworkers to come to Valhalla on February 25 between 9:30 and 4:30 to help parents sign up for health care. All you need to bring is your driver’s license and information about your children, your income, and any D.S.H.S. information you may have. This service is free. Elizabeth Bagnell will be on hand to help with translation. If you have any questions, please call Mrs. Bagnell at 253-945-4346.

Class Pictures Coming Up

Class pictures will be taken on Thursday, February 20. You can order your child’s class picture for $11.00. Order forms will be coming home soon. Payment must be made on the day, but you can send the envelope to school earlier.


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Middle School Showcase in February

For the complete letter click on this link:  MS Showcase Letter


Open Enrollment for Middle and High School

Secondary Choice Enrollment will take place during the month of February. Parents of fifth graders can pick up the forms from the Valhalla office prior to February 1. All forms will need to be turned in here at ESC by February 28.

NEW THIS YEAR…..An online application will be available on the FWPS website beginning February 1. Parents that choose to apply online will not need to fill out a paper application. Please look back for the link to the application. It will be posted on February 1.

Meteorologist Visits Valhalla

Sam at VLH


KIRO News meteorologist, Sam Argier visited Valhalla to explain weather and the water cycle to our first/second multiage classes and the second grade classes. Mrs. Cole arranged to have her friend, Sam Argier, share his expertise with our eager Valhalla learners who are studying the water cycle.

parents learn about weather too

Many parents attended, and enjoyed learning along with their children.

Parent Engagement Event


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