Winter Break

The staff of Valhalla Elementary would like to wish everyone a wonderful winter break. We will see you in the new year on Monday, January 5 when school is back in session.

Nominate Your Child

Nomination forms are now available for entrance into the Highly Capable classes. Click on the document link below to read about the nomination process. Within that document you will find a link to the nomination forms. Please note:  the nomination window begins on January 12 and ends on January 26.

Final Draft 1st grade to 12th grade Nominate your student hcp

Spirit Day

Friday, December 12 is Jersey or Blue Spirit Day. Students may wear sports jerseys or Seahawks blue shirts with their regular uniform pants.

BUG Awards

The Kiwanis Club sponsors our Bringing Up Grades awards. Representatives of the Kiwanis Club attended our awards assembly on December 17 to see two students from each classroom receive this award and celebrate their success!

kiwanas at BUG assembly

Important Information

Click on the following links to find out more about the new state test.








FWPS Smarter Balanced FINAL with cor 2  FWPS CCSS Grading FINAL 2


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Family Access Night

If you are a parent of a Valhalla fifth grader, you will want to attend Access Night on Tuesday, December 9 from 5:00 to 6:00 in the Valhalla Commons. The principals from Totem Middle School, TAFA, and Kilo Middle School will be there to share information about their middle school programs and answer your questions. This is an important event to attend!

Superintendent Search

The Federal Way Public Schools Board of Directors has released the schedule of stakeholder meetings including two community forums, which will take place on December 10 at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., in Room 104 of the Educational Service Center, 33330 8th Avenue South, Federal Way. The sessions are designed to give citizens the opportunity to provide feedback on the characteristics they believe are critical in the next Federal Way Public Schools Superintendent.

We invite you to attend Public Forums at 9 a.m., and 6 p.m. or any stakeholder group meeting that you affiliate with. All meetings will be held at the Educational Service Center, 3333 8th Ave. South, Federal Way, WA.


8:00 a.m. District Leadership Team Superintendent Conference Room
9:00 a.m. Public Forum Room 104
10:00 a.m. PTSA, Parent Advisory Team, Key Communicators, Early Education Room 226 A & B
11:00 a.m. Elected and Public Officials Superintendent Conference Room
1:00 p.m. Principals Room 104
2:00 p.m. Business and Civic Groups Room 226 A & B
3:30 p.m. High School Students Room 104
3:30 p.m. Union Leadership Room 226 A & B
4:30 p.m. Classified Staff Room 104
4:30 p.m. Certificated Staff Room 226 A & B
6:00 p.m. Public Forum Room 104


The Board of Directors has committed to gathering input from all key stakeholders such as parents, teacher and students. “The Board of Directors affirm the importance of gathering extensive community input in this search,” said Board Chair Carol Gregory. “We hope everyone interested will take advantage of this opportunity, and we pledge to provide full transparency during the process.”

An online survey is available on the district website to gather input from community members, using it as well as the input from the community sessions to develop a profile for the next Federal Way Public Schools Superintendent. You can also tell us the qualities you value most in our next superintendent at www.surveymonkey.com/r/7WJ6T5P.

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December Magic

The show begins at 6:45, but parents who are coming to help their fourth and fifth graders change clothes for the show should arrive at 6:00.

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December Magic!

Fourth and Fifth Graders will entertain us with winter holiday songs in their December Magic concert. Friends and family of fourth and fifth graders are invited to attend the concert on Monday, December 1 at 6:45. Students who are participating will stay after school for rehearsal with lights and sound. I hear several teachers will be singing and dancing too!


Our honor choir and choir chimes students will be entertaining the crowds at Seattle Center’s Winterfest on Tuesday, December 2. Permission slips and money are due on Wednesday, November 26. We are proud of our performers!

Family Math Night

Thanks to all the family and staff who attended Math Night! Math Man and Math Woman came to share their excitement about math and cheer on the student mathematicians who competed in fact races and problem solving challenges.

CLIFFORD AT MATH NIGHT MAKE AND TAKE MATH MAN AND WOMANClifford visits Math Night to encourage families to visit the Book Fair in the library and get some hugs.














Families work together to make math games they can take home and play.


Here they are! Math Man, a.k.a. Mr. Crawford and Math Woman, a.k.a. Ms. Barry visit with families during Math Night. Everyone who uses math is a superhero!

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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!

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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!

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FWappQuestions 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:

  • Calendars
  • 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.

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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.

pie throwingStudent 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.

Watch D.O.G.S.

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!

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camera_-_cheese!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

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

calendarStudent 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.

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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.

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clip_art-skating_rink_003Skating Party

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.

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