Veterans Day Assembly
Thank you to all our veterans who joined us for our assembly today! We were honored to have you with us. Thanks also to our Student Council members who ran the assembly. Great job everyone!
Family Math Night
Become a math super hero at Family Math Night, Thursday, November 20th from 5:30-7:00. There are games to play, games to make and take home, math fact races for students in each grade level, and problem solving competitions.
- 5:30- Welcome
- 5:40-6:00 Kindergarten, First, and Second Grades fact races and problem solving
- 6:15-6:35 Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade fact races and problem solving
- 6:40 Pull problem solving winners and award prizes
- 6:45-7:00 Refreshments
Games will be in the gym and competitions will be held in the Commons. Look for Math Man and Math Woman at Family Math Night!
Questions about School? There’s an App for That!
Parents and students today are busier than ever. Now, Federal Way Public Schools has an app to help you stay up-to-date and involved with school no matter where you are. All you need is a smart phone.
What can you do on the FWPS app?
Just for starters, you can check:
- Grades, thanks to direct links to ParentVUE, StudentVUE and TeacherVUE
- Lunch menus
- Lunch balances (and pay!)
- Game scores
- Facebook and Twitter
You’ll get the latest news right in the feed — and flyers too, if you choose to.
That’s right, you can customize it to get the information you want most, for just the schools your children attend. Select the calendars you want, and see them combined on your device.
Another way to get emergency notifications
Our new app gives you another way to get notifications you typically get through automated phone calls and email. Once you download the app, these will show up like a text message on your phone, as long as the app is open. You’ll be able to click through to read more.
Keep your eyes open for more capabilities on the app in the near future.
Stay in touch. Search for “Federal Way Public Schools” on the Apple App Store, and in Google Play.
Coffee and Donuts
Join Mr. Crawford, our principal and Mrs. Bagnell, our family liaison for coffee and donuts on Wednesday, November 5 from 9:00 to 10:00 in the Commons. Share your ideas and hear about the what is happening at Valhalla.
Walk-a-Thon Celebration Assembly
We want to thank the PTA Walk-a-thon Committee members for organizing this successful fundraiser and to the families who went out and raised the money! We had fun as we walked to raise money for our special assemblies and programs.
The totals were revealed at our assembly on Friday, October 31.
The teachers of the top fundraising classes shared some pies with our principal, Mr. Crawford.
Student Led Conferences
Our students are excited to share their learning with their parents. Please look for the invitations that confirm your conference time. They were sent home on Thursday, October 30 or earlier. There will be no regular classes on our conference days, November 6 and 7. Please be sure your child attends the conference with you. If you need to speak with your child’s teacher privately, please arrange another time for a separate conference.
Dads of Great Students attended the Watch D.O.G.S. meeting in Valhalla’s gym to kick off another successful year helping students by being present at school. Our Watch D.O.G.S. show our students that school is important as they help in classrooms, on the playground, and during lunch. Thanks for being amazing role models!
Individual Picture Day
“Say cheese!” Tuesday, October 28 individual pictures will be taken of each student. Order forms went home this week. Please send these back to school by Tuesday, if you wish to order pictures of your child. More envelopes are available in the office. This is a free dress day for all students. Please consider the weather when helping your child make school-appropriate clothing choices.
Health Screening Day will be Thursday, November 13. Students in grades one through three and grade 5 will be screened for hearing and vision.
A parent note is required to waive any part of the state-mandated hearing or vision screening. Rechecks will be done in the weeks following screening on any student not meeting the standards for hearing or vision. Referrals will be sent to parents if follow up for hearing or vision screening is required. Please call if you have any questions.
We appreciate having parent volunteers for vision screening. Please complete the bottom of the form sent home on the back of the bulletin or call the health room (253) 945-4309 if you can volunteer a few hours in the morning or afternoon or all day! We will teach you to do the screenings- no experience necessary.
Thank you for your help and support to make Health Screening Day a success.
L. Russo RN, School Nurse
Student Led Conferences
Surveys went home this week asking families to choose the best times on Thursday or Friday, November 6 and 7 to come to school with their children for Student Led Conferences. Thank you for sending those surveys back. If you have not, please contact your child’s teacher as soon as possible. We do our best to coordinate the conference times of siblings so that families can meet with teachers consecutively, and your input helps make this possible.
Kindergarten Highly Capable Program
We are opening the HCP nomination time for our present Kindergarten students. The nomination window will be open until November 30th.
Kindergarten teachers will have flyers about the nomination process to give directly to parents. If you wish to review the flyers, please click on the appropriate link below.
The assessment used to identify HiCap students will be the January 6 – 28 testing window. We are looking into providing those students who are nominated that don’t reach the two standard deviations above norm (HiCap cut off) a cognitive assessment test (CogAT screener) in February. All those students identified as HiCap will not change classroom placement. Their needs will be met through differentiation within their present placement.
Discover U Day
Last week our students thought about their futures. What will they do when they grow up? Where will they go to college or get post-high school training? Mr. Koehler, our P.E. teacher and video producer planned and taped a video featuring students, parents, and staff. Click the link to view the video http://viewpure.com/dTyjAI18Nto.
Our first skating party is tomorrow, October 17 at Pattison’s West from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. If you bring your own skates or rent regular four-wheeled skates, the cost is $5. It is $6 for in-line skates. Bring the whole family for skating, fun, and food!
Friday Treat Returns
Tomorrow, October 17, we have volunteers who will bake yummy, healthy cookies for our Friday treat. Students may buy one cookie for $ .50. If YOU would like to volunteer to bake cookies or help with other Friday treats on Friday mornings, please contact the office at 253-945-4300.
Family Access Night/WATCH D.O.G.S.
Have you heard the news? There will be a Pizza Night for ALL DADS and male figures in our Valhalla students’ lives on Oct. 14th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Please join us!
DiscoverU Day at Valhalla
On Wednesday, October 15th, Valhalla will be participating in DiscoverU Day. DiscoverU is a day set aside for students to think about college and career options and how education can help them reach their dreams.
On October 15th, students may wear to school college and career wear – this may include attire from colleges, as well as attire from a family’s member’s business, company, or profession. Students will hear about staff members’ college and career paths and will participate in activities encouraging them to think about their futures.
Preview the HIV/AIDS curriculum on October 15th at 6:30 pm at the ESC. Fifth grade lessons occur in June. Interested parents are encouraged to attend this preview session.
With the rainy season upon us, it is our goal to be sure our students warm, dry feet. We are asking for donations of new white, navy, black or khaki colored socks of all kid sizes. Drop them into the box located in the entryway by Elizabeth’s office. Let’s fill the bin with socks for Valhalla kids!
Comfort Emergency Kit
Does your child still need a comfort kit filled with water and food to have on hand at school in case of emergency? Comfort Emergency Kits are for sale for $6.00 each. Forms are available in the school office. Stop by the office to pick up a form or notify your child’s teacher.
Walking School Bus Study
Our school is partnering with Seattle Children’s Hospital on the Walking School Bus study that is gathering information about physical activity. We are hoping to have 30 students enroll in the study from our school. All 3rd-5th grade students are invited to enroll. An enrollment packet was sent home with your student; however if you did not receive one or would like another, please contact Alan Waite, the study coordinator, directly at 206-884-4232 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in your child participating, please mail back your consent forms today!
Walk, Walk, Walk-a-thon
Our biggest fundraiser of the year is tomorrow, October 3. Classes will walk for 40 minutes during their typical rotation times. With each lap, students will collect a wristband. Please send your donation envelopes to school tomorrow! Help us meet our goal for this fundraiser. Look here for results tomorrow!
October 10- No School
School is closed on Friday, October 10 for teacher training. We will see you on Monday, October 13!
Will We See You?
Our teachers, staff and PTA are preparing for all Valhalla families to visit Valhalla from 5:30 to 7:00 on Tuesday, September 23. Two classroom session times are available: 5:30 to 6:00 and 6:00 to 6:30. Please plan to visit your child’s classroom to see all the wonderful learning that has been happening so far this year and hear about what to expect during the coming months. Then enjoy a hot dog dinner with your family sponsored by our PTA.
For the latest news about our Family Partnership program, click the link below or select Family Liaison from the Family Resource drop down menu above.
Weekly Bulletins and Newsletters
Look for our weekly bulletins every Thursday and our newsletters every two months. You can easily access our weekly bulletins and newsletters from this website. You will find the link under the School Information dropdown menu above.
If you would like bulletins or newsletters emailed to you, just click on “school webmaster” anywhere on this webpage. You will be connected to email where you can request that newsletters and bulletins be sent to you. Here is this weeks bulletin: Weekly Bulletin.
Back to School Hopes and Dreams BBQ
We are looking forward to seeing all of our Valhalla families on Tuesday, September 23 at our Hopes and Dreams BBQ from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
- 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.
Click on the link above to see a better copy of the flyer shown below.
Our first Access Night is scheduled for Tuesday, October 14th. It is also WATCH D.O.G.S. Pizza Night for ALL DADS and male figure in our Valhalla students’ lives. We hope to see you on Oct. 14th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.