From Elizabeth, your Family Liaison

Hola ! this coming Wednesday October 7th from 9:00am to 10:00am at our Valhalla lunchroom area is our first “Coffee and Donuts with Elizabeth and Mr. Crawford” for this school year! Please come to be informed on what is happening in our school, get to know school staff and understand policies that affect your student’s education. and as a VIP ( Valhalla Involved Parent ) come to share your ideas and have great conversations with staff and parents. Hope you can be there! Our “Coffee and donuts… are held every first Wednesday of the month from 9:00am to 10:00 am. Thank you for your partnership! I appreciate each of you!

Notice of Directory Information

You have a say in who can see your child’s directory information

Federal law requires schools inform parents that some of their child’s information, called “Directory Information,” might be used for certain school-related purposes. Parents and guardians may tell schools not to release this information. This is part of a law called The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).

If you wish to restrict how the district shares this information, please contact the school office and request the form.

What is directory information?

    • Your child’s name.
    • Photographs, video and other images of your child.
    • Recognition, diplomas and awards received by your child.
    • Date and place of birth.
    • Most recent and previous schools attended.
    • Dates of enrollment and enrollment status.
    • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports, and weight/height of student, if related to athletic participation.
    • Electronic (e-mail) address and telephone number, including cell phone, student ID number.
    • Student ID number (only if it cannot be used to gain access to education records).We ask parents to think carefully before restricting this information. And, if you say “no” to providing contact information to outside organizations, your child’s name, address and phone number/s will not be provided to non-district organizations, including: graduation supplies companies; colleges; or military recruiters; and, after graduation, school reunion committees.
    • What if you change your mind? If you ask us to restrict your student information, but later change your mind, just ask to update this form at your child’s school office.
    • Unfortunately, by restricting your child’s directory information for school publications, your student’s name and photo cannot be included in student annuals and yearbooks. He or she will not be able to be part of classroom, team or club photos which are intended to be published in yearbooks.

Click the following to print the forms.  FERPA Spa  FERPA_English_2015-16

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walking orange personWalk-a-thon Kick-off Assembly

This Friday, October 2 is our assembly to kick off the Walk-a-thon. This is our only fundraiser of the year and it is so important that all families participate in some way. The money that is collected will be used to fund transportation to field trips, bring in performers and speakers for assemblies, pay for computer programs like Myon.com and A.R. -Accelerated Reader, family movie nights, and much more.

Students will receive envelopes on Friday so they can start collecting donations. The goal is for every child to collect $30 or more, but we ask that families just do their best to collect what they can. If parents would like to volunteer to help during the Walk-a-thon, they should contact Jaime Draegar at president@valhallapta.org. We thank you for your support.

Late Start Bus Schedule

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September 30 Late Start

Our first late start day is this Wednesday, September 30. We begin school at 11:50. Students will go through the commons and pick up their lunches then proceed to their classrooms where they will eat lunch with their teachers. The afternoon is full of learning, so it is important for students to attend school.

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School Choice

Parents were sent a letter recently notifying them of Valhalla’s AYP (adequate yearly progress) status. The following letter from Mr. Crawford outlines the options parents have regarding school choice for this school year. Please click on the link below if the images are not clear enough.

If parents choose the option detailed in the letter, their form needs to be turned in to Mrs. Cordi by September 25th

Valhalla School Choice Letter 2015

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Please come to school with your children Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 5:30 -7:00 pm. There are two times for classroom presentations where parents will learn about plans for the year, homework policies, and more. The schedule is as follows:

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.

Fifth Grade Parents, Review Curriculum

Mark your calendars for the HIV/AIDS curriculum review. Please plan to attend if you would like to know more about the information your children will learn at the end of their fifth grade year. HIV AIDS 2015-16 Notice Letter HIV AIDS 2015-16 Notice SPANISH


AVID at Valhalla

avidTeachers in 4th and 5th grade will implement AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) strategies to build a more college-going and career ready culture. This will help prepare our students for middle school and high school AVID programs already in place. Valhalla is using planners to keep all students organized and prepared. Parents will be seeing these planners more frequently and asked to sign them so teachers can ensure their kids are talking about school with their families. We are excited to promote college-going and career ready students in our school and classroom displays! We will be reaching out to the community to share information on personal college and career paths. This can include information for biographies, a classroom visit, or potentially field trips to nearby colleges for students and their families.


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First Day

We are all so excited to see our students and begin an exciting year tomorrow, September 2! We will start at 8:45. Students who are in grades 2-5 will line up in the gym. Ms. Cole’s 2nd graders and all of the first graders will line up in their hallway. Next week, our Kindergarten students will line up in the hallway outside of their classrooms as well.

Please be aware that breakfast will NOT be served tomorrow for the first day of school. Please eat at home. Look under the School Information drop-down menu for Lunches to view the menu and pay for lunches.

Lunches for Tardy Students

Being on time to school is important, because students are learning all day. Sometimes appointments or a missed alarm cause students to be late. If students come later than 9:25, their hot lunch or salad order cannot be added to the total count, so families should plan to send a lunch with students who are later than 9:25. Parents are encouraged to call the office: 253-945-4300 if their child will be late and tell the office staff member if your child needs a hot lunch or salad that day.

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Principal’s Message

Mr. Crawford

Mr. James Crawford has written a new letter to parents. The letter details our school wide focus and plans for Valhalla during the new school year. It can be found following the link below or under the Staff drop-down menu.

SeptemberPrincipal Letter. Please note that the Spanish version of the letter can be read by scrolling down.

Our Family Liaison- Welcome Letter

ElizabethWe are so lucky to have Mrs. Elizabeth Bagnell as our Family Liaison. She is here to support families and teachers connect and communicate. Please read her letter to learn more about how she can support you and your students this year. Click on one of the links below.


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Uniform Policy

Just a reminder to families. Here is our uniform policy:

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Back to School Night

Mark your calendars for September 22. That is the date set aside for Back to School Night. Plan to attend with your students to learn about the important ways teachers and parents can work together to support students. Find out about field trips, homework policy, communication tools like student planners, and so much more. Watch for details coming soon in our bulletin and on the website!

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school-busFirst Day of School

We are looking forward to seeing all of our Valhalla friends in grades 1-5 on Wednesday, September 2 at 8:45. Breakfast will be available at 8:30. Dismissal time is 3:20. The first day for Kindergarten is Tuesday, September 8.

Parents:  If you bring your child the first day of school, but he or she usually rides the remind1bus, please be sure your child knows which bus to get on for the ride home. For the safety of every student, we ask that parents return the yellow emergency card to school as soon as possible. It is important that we have up-to-date contact information, and we know who can pick up your child from school.

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School Supply Shopping

In case you want to take advantage of the sales that occur throughout the summer, here is the 2015-2016 School Supply list for Valhalla Elementary. supply list 2015-16 This pdf is viewable on your smartphone.

Summer Hours

The Valhalla Office will be closed from June 19th at 12:00pm until August 11th.  The Main Office will re-open on August 12th at 8:00AM.

Office Hours:  8:00am to 2:00pm from August 12th until August 19th and then will be open regular hours of 8:00am to 4:00pm.

Free or Almost Free Summer Activities

Looking for some educational, summer fun? Click on the link and see a list of activities for your family around the region. Free Summer Family Activities 2015

Fifth Grade Parents, Review Curriculum

Mark your calendars for the HIV/AIDS curriculum review. Please plan to attend if you would like to know more about the information your children will learn at the end of their fifth grade year. HIV AIDS 2015-16 Notice Letter HIV AIDS 2015-16 Notice SPANISH


Spelling Champs

Third graders and brothers, Tanner Northcutt and Spencer Northcutt competed in a Spelling contest against third graders from eight FWPS elementary schools in June. They won first and third place Spelling awards. Tanner from Mrs Herron’s class got 1st place and Spencer Northcutt from Mrs. Daly’s class got 3rd place trophies. They brought a trophy to put on display at Valhalla. Congratulations to Tanner and Spencer! We are proud of you!

Spencer and Tanner

Battle of the Books List

 YRC Nominees 2016

  • Loki’s Wolves by K.L. Armstrong & M.A. Marr     AR: 4.4 10pts F&P: T
  • Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis     AR: 4.1 9pts
  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein     AR: 4.5 7pts F&P: T
  • Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo   AR: 4.3 5pts F&P: U
  • Middle School: My Brother is a Big, Fat Liar by James Patterson   AR: 3.7 4pts
  • The Creature Department by Robert Paul Weston     AR: 5.3 10pts
  • Never Say Die by Hobbs, Will AR: 5.2 7pts

 Sasquatch Nominees 2016

  • Jinx by Sage Blackwood AR: 4.2 10pts
  • Star Wars: Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown   AR: 3.8 2pts
  • Serafina’s Promise by Ann E. Burg                 AR: 3.6 3pts
  • The Great Trouble by Deborah Hopkinson AR: 4.6 7pts F&P: X
  • One for the Murphy’s by Lynda Mullaly Hunt AR: 3.4 6pts
  • The Adventures of a South Pole Pig by Chris Kurtz AR: 4.6 6pts F&P: Q
  • Rump by Liesl Shurtliff AR: 4.4 9pts
  • The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud AR: 5.1 14pts
  • The Prairie Thief by Melissa Wiley           AR: 5.6 6pts
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Field Day Grade Level Colors

Please send students to school on Monday, June 15 in the following shirt colors.

  • Spirit Day Colors
  • K – Green
  • 1 – Orange
  • ½ – Yellow
  • 2 – Purple
  • 3 – Tye Dye- These are the shirts they made for their concert.
  • 4 – Blue
  • 5 – Red

Last Day of School

Tuesday, June 16 is our last day of school. There will be no breakfast or lunch served on Tuesday. Our dismissal time is 11:20.  Although it is a half day of school, the last day is special at Valhalla. Students get to say goodbye to teachers and friends. They meet their teacher for next year, sign memory books, and receive their report cards.

Library Books

Please scour your house looking for library books before the last day of school. If you are unable to find a book, please come to school to pay the fine for the book. Report cards are held until all books are returned or fines are paid.

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

Monday, June 15 is field day at Valhalla. K-2 students will participate in the morning and 3-5 students will participate in the afternoon. Parents who can volunteer should call Mr. Koehler at 253-945-4345.

Free or Almost Free Summer Activities

Summer-Sun-1-Click here to see many activities available to families during the summer months. Free Summer Family Activities 2015



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Families are encouraged to join us to celebrate our fifth graders as they leave Valhalla. The celebration begins at 10:00 in the gym. Doors open at 9:45 so you can get a seat. Bring your cameras and some tissue! Tears of joy always flow at this event!

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Up Coming Events!

  • June 1st thru 5th             PTA Book Fair
  • June 3rd                          Safety Patrol Field Trip- Wild Waves
  • June 5th                          Third Grade Performance/PTA Carnival
  • June 12th                        5th Grade Celebration 10:00 a.m.
  • June 15th                        Field Day (Volunteers Welcome)
  • June 16th                        Last Day of School– Early dismissal 11:10am

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Who: all 2015-2016 kindergarten students

Where: Valhalla commons

When: Thursday June 4 @ 5:30pm

Why: to learn about kindergarten, meet the teachers, and leave with resources to help your child prepare for kindergarten over the summer

Six Late-Start Half Days Added to 2015-16 Calendar

The FWPS Board of Directors voted at the regular May 26 board meeting to approve six late-start days during the 2015-16 school year at all district schools. The late-start days are designed to support student learning by providing teachers with time for Professional Learning Communities (PLCs).

Bell times for the 2015-16 school year for both regular school days and late-start half days will be posted soon. Bus transportation will be adjusted on those days to accommodate the late start, and lunch will be served. 

The following dates are scheduled as half-day late starts. All are on the last Wednesday of the month:

  • September 30, 2015
  • October 28, 2015
  • February 24, 2016
  • March 30, 2016
  • April 27, 2016
  • May 25, 2016

2015-16 1-pg calendar half daysThe new late-start schedule allows for the following:

  • Addition of 6 half-day late-start days, which provide 3.5 hours for teachers to collaborate.
  • An increase of two student school days, up from 173 to 175.
  • Student-led conferences continue in the fall and spring.

Professional Learning Communities, or PLCs, are school improvement models aimed at improving student learning for each individual student.  As FWPS continues its focus on increasing student achievement, this schedule will provide teachers with additional opportunities for collaboration.

Summer Hours

The Valhalla Office will be closed from June 19th at 12:00pm until August 11th.  The Main Office will re-open on August 12th at 8:00AM.

Office Hours:  8:00am to 2:00pm until August 19th and then will be open regular hours of 8:00am to 4:00pm

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