5.20.15

ticketsSpring Carnival Pre-Sale Tickets

Last week an envelope and ticket pre-sale order form were sent home with the youngest student from each family. It is a great value, if you order early. The pre-sale is 5 tickets for $1 and $7 for a wristband for unlimited inflatables (bouncy houses). Tickets will be 4 for $1 and $10 for the wristband at the carnival. These pre-sale envelopes are due back by Friday, May 29. This is one week before the carnival. These pre-sale orders can be picked up starting at 5:20 the night of the carnival. Don’t miss out on this amazing deal!

IMPORTANT:  Included in the envelopes this year is a waiver/permission slip for the parents to sign if their child would like to go on any of the inflatables. This must be turned back in with the envelope if a wristband is being purchased. The Federal Way School District requires that we have a waiver signed before anyone can enter a bouncy house on school property.

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5.5.15

multicultural nightMulticultural Night

From your Family Liaison, Elizabeth;

Thursday, May 14th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. is our Valhalla Multicultural Night!!! Please join us to celebrate and appreciate our cultures and diversities!! It’s Valhalla’s magical time where we all come together as a family and community! There we’ll enjoy music, tastes, attires, and traditions of our Valhalla community! Hope you can ALL be there!!

Volunteer for the Spring Carnival!CARNIVAL

You have been invited by Valhalla PTA to sign up for “2015 Valhalla Elementary School Carnival.” Please click on the link below to view the online sign up sheet.

To sign up, go to:
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/508084BADA62DA20-20151/9531150

Meeting Cancelled

The PTA meeting that was scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday, May 6) has been cancelled. This allows folks to attend the School Board Awards ceremony tomorrow.

Walking Club Off to a Great Start!

walking orange personMr. Koehler has organized our spring walking club again this year. Every Tuesday and Thursday before school and during lunch recess students walk around the school and log miles. The results are impressive. Take a look!

Statistics from the first week of walking club:

749.2 total miles

  • 2nd Grade walked 171 miles with 23% of the second graders participating.
  • 3rd Grade walked 138 miles with 18% of the third graders participating.
  • 1st Grade walked 131.8 miles with 18% of the first graders participating.
  • 4th Grade walked 111.6 miles with 15% of the fourth graders participating.
  • 5th Grade walked 108 miles with 14% of the fifth graders participating.
  • Kindergarten walked 88.8 miles with 12% of Kindergarteners participating.

Statistics from the second week of walking club:

1300.2 total miles with 74% of the students participating

  • 2nd Grade walked 302.6 miles with 23% of the second graders participating.
  • 3rd Grade walked 268 miles with 21% of the third graders participating.
  • Kindergarten walked 195.6 miles with 15% of Kindergarteners participating.
  • 4th Grade walked 189.2 miles with 15% of the fourth graders participating.
  • 5th Grade walked 186.8 miles with 14% of the fifth graders participating.
  • 1st Grade walked 158 miles with 12% of the first graders participating.

Walking club will continue until the end of May. Come walk with us!

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5.1.15

New Sign

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We hope you feel welcome when you visit Valhalla. Our Student Council members created this beautiful sign. Mr. Koehler gathered the supplies and organized the students. We think they did an amazing job!

McTeachers’ Night

From your Family Liaison, Elizabeth;

On behalf of Valhalla teachers and staff I am sending a special thank you to PTA chairperson, Lacontra Myers for organizing McTeachers’ Night!! A huge THANK YOU to ALL VIP (Valhalla Involved Partners) for stopping by the Redondo McDonalds and supporting us during McTeachers’ Night!!! We had a wonderful time and we raised some $$$ for our superstar teachers!! The total sales from 5:00-7:00pm was 2,000 and some dollars and the 20% for our school was a total of $502.00 !!! THANK YOU!!!

Come Join Us!

Elizabeth and Mr. Crawford will host parents for Coffee and Donuts on Wednesday, May 6 beginning at 9:00 a.m. Come join the conversation.

Our PTA meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 6 at 6:00 p.m. We will meet in the commons. Come to hear about the latest PTA activities.

Our PTA will be hosting Movie Night at Valhalla on Friday May 7 at 6:30 p.m. Concessions will be available for sale. Bring your chair or blanket.

We had a wonderful time last year celebrating our many cultures. Join us again for Multicultural Night on May 14 at 5:30. We hope many families will share their heritage.

Testing Dates

4th Grade- May 4, 5, 7, and 8

5th Grade- May 11, 13, 14, 20, 22, and 27

Make Up Day

There will be school on Tuesday, May 26 to make up for not having school on November 12.

 

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4.27.15

See you Wednesday at McDonalds

Join us on Wednesday, April 29 at the Redondo McDonalds for McTeachers’ Night. We get a share of the profits for all purchases between 5:00 and 7:00. If the parking lot is full, park across the street at the park-n-ride and walk over or drive through. Say hello to teachers, have dinner, and buy a cookie or pie to help our school earn more!

Spring Carnival Raffle Baskets

Every year at our spring carnival, we raffle themed gift baskets. Each grade level is assigned a theme for their basket. We need families to help by sending items to school to fill the raffle baskets.

  • Kindergarten– arts and crafts basket
  • 1st Grade– family fun / movie night basket
  • 2nd Grade– Italian pasta basket
  • 3rd Grade– books and buddies basket
  • 4th Grade– gardening basket
  • 5th Grade– fun in the sun basket
  • PTA Members– coffee / tea/ chocolate basket

Please send items for your child’s grade level basket to school as soon as possible! The deadline for donations is May 22.

Smarter Balanced Testing Dates

3rd Grade- April 27 and 28

4th Grade- April 29, May 4, 5, 7, and 8

5th Grade- May 11, 13, 14, 20, 22, and 27

Last Friday Treat

Last Friday was our last day for treat sales at Valhalla. The nutrition standards make it difficult to find items that we can offer for sale.

 

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4.13.15

mcdonalds logo smallMcTeachers’ Night

Our Valhalla McTeachers’ Night will be on Wednesday, April 29th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Redondo McDonalds 270th Pacific Highway S. We would love to have ALL our Valhalla families come to McDonalds between 5:00pm and 7:00pm to support Valhalla’s PTA and visit with our teachers! Thank you Valhalla PTA for your support!

READBattle of the Books

Monday, April 13 is the last day for B.O.B. teams to practice before the Battle on Wednesday, April 15 at 1:45. Parents are welcome to join us in the gym for the Battle of the Books.

remind1Student Led Conferences

There will be no regular classes on Thursday, April 16 or Friday, April 17. These days are set aside for Student Led Conferences. Parents and students have appointments for individual or open house conference times on Thursday or Friday. Appointment confirmation forms went home with students on Friday, April 3. If you do not receive your confirmation for an appointment, please contact your child’s teacher. The office will have each teacher’s schedule by Wednesday.

Welcome Back

Classes resume after spring break on Monday, April 13. Breakfast is available at 8:30. Students who are not eating breakfast may begin lining up in the gym at 8:40. The bell rings at 8:45. Be on time, ready, and prepared to learn!

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3.19.15

Letter to Third Grade Parents

Please look for this letter explaining the test results and next steps. The letter can be viewed by clicking the following link:  3rd grade letter Translated letters:  Dear Parents 3rd grade letter RUSSIAN Dear Parents 3rd grade letter SPANISH

State Testing Datessbac

Mark your calendars! The following dates have been set aside for state testing this spring. Students do best when they test with their class. Please schedule appointments around the testing dates for your children.

Third graders will be testing on the following days: March 31, April 2 and April 3 for ELA (English Language Arts), and April 27 and April 28 for Math.

Fourth graders will be testing on the following days:  April 29, May 4, and May 5 for ELA (English Language Arts), and May 7 and May 8 for Math.

Fifth graders will be testing on the following days:  May 11, May 13 and May 14 for ELA (English Language Arts), May 20 and May 22 for Math, and May 27 for Science.

Crazy Hair Day

Friday, March 27 is our next spirit day, Crazy Hair Day. Be creative, wacky, colorful! Here are some ideas!

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3.12.15

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Please help our students collect coins of any denomination for children with leukemia in our Pennies for Patients coin drive. Send your child with loose change this week as we wrap up our coin drive.

Book Character Day

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We celebrated reading and writing today at Valhalla. The day concluded with Literacy Night from 5:30 – 7:00 where students got to pick out a book and learn to be super storytellers.

This is how our staff celebrated Book Character Day.

 

 

Coming Soon!

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3.4.15

Dress as a Book Character

photo 1Thursday, March 12 is the day when students and staff can dress as a book character to celebrate literacy. The photo is from last year’s Character Day. Who will you be?

Plan to come to Literacy Night from 5:30-7:00 that night. Learn to be a Super Story Teller, pick a free book, enjoy a snack, and have fun with your family!

PTA Book Fair

book fair pictDue to a lack of volunteers, the book fair will NOT be open during the PTA meeting tonight from 6:00-8:00. The book fair will reopen at 10:00 tomorrow morning.

Guess the right number of pages in a stack of books for a chance to win a prize.

The book fair will also be open during Movie Night this Friday, 6:30-8:00.

 

Practice for the SBAC

Students and parents can visit the SBAC website to try out the practice tests for Math and ELA. Simply go to http://sbac.portal.airast.org/practice-test/

Use the following document to see the next steps for beginning the practice test:  SBAC note to parents

 

 

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2.24.15

PTA Meeting

The PTA Meeting on March 4th will be held in the computer lab starting at 5:30 pm for parents and students to learn about the new test practice site. This is a great way for parents of 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders to see the new state testing format and try out the site with their children. The computer lab is located on the second floor in room 228.

Newsletters and Bulletins

You can find the latest newsletters (every two months) and weekly bulletins under the School Information drop down menu. Weekly bulletins go out on Thursdays. If you would like the bulletin emailed to you click on the link: send me bulletins, and you will receive the information each week.

Spirit Day

This Friday, February 27 is Pajama Day. Students may wear their school appropriate pajamas to school. Shoes must be worn. Students may bring their slippers to wear in their classrooms, only if their teachers give permission. Please consider the weather when choosing pajamas.

Mark Your Calendars!

Literacy Night is planned for March 12.

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2.19.15

calendarState Testing Dates

Mark your calendars! The following dates have been set aside for state testing this spring. Students do best when they test with their class. Please schedule appointments around the testing dates for your children.

Third graders will be testing on the following days: March 31, April 2 and April 3 for ELA (English Language Arts), and April 27 and April 28 for Math.

Fourth graders will be testing on the following days:  April 29, May 4, and May 5 for ELA (English Language Arts), and May 7 and May 8 for Math.

Fifth graders will be testing on the following days:  May 11, May 13 and May 14 for ELA (English Language Arts), May 20 and May 22 for Math, and May 27 for Science.

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