6.18.14

Summer-Sun-1-Summer Hours

Our last day of school is Tuesday, June 17. Our dismissal time is 11:10.

The office will close after June 19th. During the month of July, the office will be open Wednesdays from 1:30-3:30. The office will reopen August 4th.

New Uniform Policy with Pictures!

Our uniform policy has been updated and simplified. Photographs were taken of students in examples of correct uniform clothing and examples of incorrect clothing. Please view the updated documents by clicking the link: Valhalla Uniform Policy 5-8-14 You can also find it under the About Us menu above.

back-to-schoolSupply Lists for 2014-2015

You will find the new lists for next year by clicking on the following links. 2013-2014 school supplies K-2 2013-2014 school supplies 3-5

Battle of the Books List

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Congratulations, Mr. Potter

image001The Mariners and WSECU teamed up once again to recognize the outstanding teachers in our community with the WSECU Teacher of the Week Program. We are happy to tell you…

Our outstanding music teacher, Monty Potter was chosen as a winner in the WSECU Teacher of the Week program! Monty was nominated by Steve Homfeldt, a parent of one of our Valhalla students, and he was one of 24 teachers that were selected out of all of the entries.

For being selected as one of the Teachers of the Week, Monty will receive a pair of tickets to attend the Seattle Mariners game in a Safeco Field suite on Sunday, September 14th, where he will be presented with a $500 classroom grant, courtesy of WSECU. We will also be highlighting Mr. Potter on-air during selected Mariners radio broadcasts for a week.

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6.13.14

You can help Valhalla Elementary PTA earn donations just by shopping with your Fred Meyer Rewards Card!

fred_meyerFred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. Here’s how the program works:

 

  • Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Valhalla Elementary PTA at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number 80999.
  • Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping Valhalla Elementary PTA earn a donation!
  • You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.
  • If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.
  • For more information, please visit www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.

Free Health Screening

The Federal Way Lions Foundation was fortunate to schedule the Northwest Lions Foundation

Medically-equipped Lions Health Screening Unit (LHSU) at the Federal Way Farmers Market on Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM.  **FREE** health screenings to check for glaucoma, diabetes, high blood pressure, and sight and hearing loss.

The Federal Way Lions needs your help in staffing the van with nurses to give blood sugar tests.

The 62-foot-long, medically-equipped Lions Health Screening Unit (LHSU) travels throughout Washington and Northern Idaho to give free health screenings at schools, fairs, and other public events. Checking for glaucoma, diabetes, high blood pressure, and sight and hearing loss is key to interventions in potentially life-threatening health problems.

This year, the Lions Health Screening Unit will provide free screening for an estimated 30,000 patients, the vast majority of whom will be children. The Foundation’s annual cost to operate the Lions Health Screening Unit is more than $170,000.

Last Week of School

Monday, June 16 is field day at Valhalla. Students in grades K-2 will enjoy their field day activities in the morning. Field day activities for students in grades 3-5 will take place in the afternoon. We advise sneakers for all students on Monday. Though it is a free dress day, please remember that tank tops and sandals are not allowed.

Students will be dismissed at 11:10 on Tuesday, June 17. Students will bring home their report cards if their library books have been returned or fines have been paid. Please return all library books to school by Tuesday.

Attention Parents

HIV/AIDS KNOW Prevention Curriculum Preview Nights

  • Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
  • 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Room 104
  • Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
  • 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Room 104

At the Educational Service Center:  33330 8th Ave S

Dear Parent/Guardian:

The Federal Way School District would like the opportunity to share with you the HIV/AIDS Prevention Curriculum, which will be presented to students in grades 5 through 12.  This curriculum focuses on the transmission and prevention of the disease, emphasizing abstinence.  The district has adopted  the KNOW Curriculum  (Grades 5-12) for this area of study.

The AIDS Omnibus Bill (2SSB 6221) of the State of Washington which was passed in 1988 indicates the following:

 Sec. 402: “Students shall receive such (AIDS) education at least once each school year beginning no later than fifth grade,”

  and

Sec. 402: “No student may be required to participate in AIDS prevention education if the student’s parents or guardian, having attended one of the district presentations, objects in writing to the participation.”

Curriculum used at each grade level will be presented from  6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in different rooms according to grade level so that you have the opportunity to preview the materials that will be used in your child’s classroom.

This presentation is for parents only.

I look forward to seeing you at the preview.  If you  need further information, please call me at (253) 945-4913 or shaines@fwps.org

Scott Haines

Health Curriculum Coordinator

Federal Way Public Schools

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6.5.14

PTA Spring Carnival

We hope to see you at the Carnival tomorrow, Friday, June 6 beginning at 5:30. Games, prizes, food, friends, and FUN!

Lions Club Sponsors Free Health Screenings

The Federal Way Lions Foundation was fortunate to schedule the Northwest Lions Foundation Medically-equipped Lions Health Screening Unit (LHSU) at the Federal Way Farmers Market on Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM.  **FREE** health screenings to check for glaucoma, diabetes, high blood pressure, and sight and hearing loss.

The Federal Way Lions needs your help in staffing the van with nurses to give blood sugar tests.

The 62-foot-long, medically-equipped Lions Health Screening Unit (LHSU) travels throughout Washington and Northern Idaho to give free health screenings at schools, fairs, and other public events. Checking for glaucoma, diabetes, high blood pressure, and sight and hearing loss is key to interventions in potentially life-threatening health problems.

This year the Lions Health Screening Unit will provide free screening for an estimated 30,000 patients, the vast majority of whom will be children. The Foundation’s annual cost to operate the Lions Health Screening Unit is more than $170,000.

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 “This event is not sponsored by Federal Way Public Schools and the District assumes no responsibility for the conduct or safety during the event. In consideration for the privilege to distribute these materials and hold this event, the organization shall defend, indemnify and hold Federal Way Public Schools harmless from any and all claims, injuries, damages, losses or suites including attorney fees arising out of or in connection with this event, except for injuries and damages caused by the sole negligence of the district .”

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F.R.E.D. Will be Back This Summer

Below is an overview of the activities you can expect to find when F.R.E.D. comes to visit your neighborhood. Click on the following links for F.R.E.D.’s scheduled visit times and locations. FRED flyer English 2014 FINAL FRED flyer Spanish 2014 (1)

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5.30.14

clip_art-skating_rink_003Skating Party Tonight

Join us at Pattison’s West from 5 to 7 p.m. for our last skating party of the year. Wear your crazy hats or hair for even more fun!

Principal’s Memo

Click on the following link to view and read Mr. Crawford’s monthly memo. Valhalla’s Monthly Memo – June

teaVolunteer Tea

We want to thank all of our volunteers for generously giving their precious time help us on field trips, in classrooms, with projects and countless tasks that make our school run more smoothly. Look for postcard invitations in the mail for Volunteer Tea. We will gather in the Valhalla Commons on June 10 from 4:30-5:30 to formally say thank you and present our volunteers with a small gift.

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Join us on Friday, June 6 for our fabulous PTA Spring Carnival. The third grade class will open the carnival with a music concert at 5:15. The Carnival games, food, and bounce activities will open at 5:30. If you bought your tickets early, you can pick them up at the tent. The Book Fair will also be open. It is a buy one get one sale on books this spring. Come and join the fun!

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5.23.15

back-to-schoolSupply Lists for 2014-2015

You will find the new lists for next year by clicking on the following links. 2013-2014 school supplies K-2 2013-2014 school supplies 3-5

Volunteer for PTA

Follow this link to get to the PTA on-line volunteer sign-up:  http://valhallapta.org/Volunteer.html

Follow this link to get to the PTA Carnival on-line volunteer sign-up:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/508084BADA62DA20-valhalla3/13827065

Latest News for 5th Grade Parents

The 5th Grade Celebration will be held on Friday, June 13. Families are invited to join us for the ceremony, which will last about 1 hour in the Valhalla Gym!  We will have a short cake and punch reception following the Celebration. The Celebration begins at 10:00 am, and doors open to families at 9:30.

A parent meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 28 at 5:00 p.m. for family members who are interested in helping to plan, prepare for, and organize the Celebration. If you are unable to attend, please talk to any of the 5th grade teachers about how you would be willing to help.

See the link for more information in both English and Spanish5th grade end of year activities letter to parents

field-day-let-the-games-500x500Field Day

June 16 is Field Day at Valhalla. Volunteers are needed to run the games and activities. Please call the office at 253-945-4300 or Mr. Koehler at 253-945-4345 to let us know that you want to volunteer the morning, afternoon or both sessions. You can also email Mr. Koehler at tkoehler@fwps.org.

Key Communicator’s Meeting

In keeping with the Department’s objective of creating a strong family and community support network for students, you’re invited to join the upcoming Key Communicator’s group meeting on June 11, 2014 from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the FWPS Educational Service Center. Click here for directions to the ESC.

This will be the last Key Communicator’s meeting and community update for this school year and will include a graduation ceremony for FWPS parents that have participated in the District’s Partnership 101 series and the Parent Leadership Institute.

Consider joining us for this special graduation celebration and community recommendations report update. Come meet the families, staff and community partners that lead the work and progress of the Family and Community Partnership Office.

Sincerely,

Trise Moore

Summer Hours

Our last day of school is Tuesday, June 17. Our dismissal time is 11:10.

The office will close after June 19th. During the month of July, the office will be open Wednesdays from 1:30-4:30. The office will reopen August 4th.

 

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5.21.14

Fill Those Carnival Baskets!

The Valhalla Spring Carnival is quickly approaching! We will be having a RAFFLE drawing for gift baskets that are created by each grade level. In order for this raffle to be successful, we NEED your help.

Please donate an item from this list or something similar for your students’ baskets by Friday May 23.

  • Kindergarten basket:  Arts and Crafts
  • First Grade basket:  Movie Night
  • Second Grade basket:  Pasta
  • Third Grade basket:  Books
  • Fourth Grade basket:  Gardening
  • Fifth Grade basket:  Family Fun

FRED Returns this Summer

Look for FRED at Kindergarten Information Night on June 5 at 5:30. See the flyer below for the times and locations you will will see FRED in your neighborhood.

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5.12.14

Friday Treat

Popcorn will be on sale tomorrow, Friday, May 16 for $ .50. One bag per student please.

Multicultural Night

We hope to see you at Multicultural Night on Thursday, May 15.

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4.29.14

science fairScience Fair Tonight

We hope to see all student scientists and their families in the gym at 6:00 tonight, April 29 to share and view the results of their experiments.

Multicultural Night

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4.25.14

PBIS Family Night

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McTeacher’s Night

mcdonalds logo smallJoin us on WednesdayApril 30 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the McDonald’s (27515 Pacific Hwy S.). Come see your favorite Valhalla teachers and staff serving meals, sweeping floors, and working hard! Enjoy some dessert too. Teachers and staff will be selling cookies and pies two for $1.00 and all proceeds from dessert sales go to Valhalla! Twenty percent of all proceeds from the two hour food and beverage sales goes directly back to Valhalla. Come have dinner with us and see Ronald McDonald too!

Coffee with James and Elizabeth

calendarJoin our principal, James Crawford and our family liaison, Elizabeth Bagnell for coffee and conversation. (There are usually donuts too!) Learn what is happening, ask questions, and share your comments with us. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, May 7 at 9:00 a.m.

Multicultural Night

Mark your calendars! Valhalla will host our community for Multicultural Night on Thursday, May 15. We will celebrate our unique heritages through music, food, art and conversation. Come to learn, share, and celebrate our diverse and wonderful Valhalla community! Doors open at 5:30.

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These dancers entertained us last spring at our Spring Carnival. Will we see them at Multicultural Night? You will have to come to find out!

 

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4.16.14

Track Meet

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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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