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December 2014

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Principal's Message

Hello Happy Valley!



Thank you Jennifer Palmer for all of your hard work coordinating our giftwrap fundraiser! We appreciate Sally Otsuka and the many volunteers that organized a special art project this week with all of the fifth grade students to make a special yearbook cover. Thanks to our librarian Sara Olsen’s hard work, third, fourth and fifth graders were able to enjoy an inspiring and engaging assembly with local author Penny Warner.



On Tuesday, Happy Valley was blessed with a wonderful principal for the day, third grader Olivia Heglie! Olivia launched the day with an upbeat reminder over the loud speaker to Happy Valley students to be responsible citizens and take care of their trash as well as their belongings. We then went to our fifth grade classrooms to check on our “role models of the school.” We loved watching Mrs. Duncan’s fifth grade wish each other good morning and share their pledge. Thank you Olivia for a fabulous day and a job well done!



A quick reminder regarding photos and confidentiality. Recently we have had several photos of students posted on social media sites. As we teach our students to be responsible digital citizens, we also want to take this time to remind parents to please be sensitive that not all families want their children’s images posted on-line. To insure our students’ confidentiality, please be mindful, and only post images with parent consent. Thank you for your cooperation!



Parent Literacy Night is scheduled for Tuesday, December 9th in the Stanley Middle School Library, from 6:30-8:00 pm. The District Literacy Coaches Melissa Hall, Kathy Barber and Bev Lathrope will be focusing on workshop teaching, balanced literacy, and different ways to support reading and writing at home.  It will be a great learning opportunity for parents! Please rsvp to Sandy Campbell at the District Office by emailing her at scampbel@lafsd.k12.ca.us or calling her (925) 927-3511.



When we return from the break, Kindergarten will launch it's annual whole school service project in honor of kindergarten's Character Counts month of Caring!   For the third year in a row Happy Valley Kindergartners are sponsoring a ONE WARM COAT drive.  We will be collecting men's, women's, and childrens' new and gently used coats beginning on Monday, December 1 and ending on Monday, December 15.  Collection boxes will be clearly marked and situated at the front of our school near the office.  Unfortunately, sweaters and sweatshirts cannot be collected during this drive.  


The first year, we collected 85 coats, and last year we collected 113 coats.  We hope to top last year's total and have set a goal of 120 new and gently used coats!

Please keep us in mind as you thin your closets in preparation for winter.  Many people need warm new and gently used coats and jackets for the coming winter.  Our coats will be given to the Love A Child Mission in Bay Point.


Thank you, in advance for your thoughtfulness and generosity during this month of caring and giving!


On Thursday, members of the Lafayette City Council, Police Department, Lafayette School District Office and Lafayette citizens met to discuss traffic issues.

I was happy to report that Happy Valley has been taking measures to get cars off of Happy Valley Road and making adjustments to our campus to accommodate the increase in students and cars. Over Thanksgiving Break we will be painting lanes in the front turn around by the main office to clearly mark our double lanes as well as adding more parking spaces in the front and behind the multi.

  • Please do not come early to pick-up your child or children. There is supervision at the pick-up spots from 2:42-3:00.
  • Consider partnering with other parents to carpool drop-off and pick-up of students or have your children walk or ride their bike to school when appropriate.
  • Consider slightly delaying your pick-up time to alleviate the peak period immediately after school.
  • When picking up students:  When you get to one of the loading spots, if your child or children are not there, you will need to leave the pick-up spot and circle through the line again. 

In addition, you can help the flow of traffic coming in and out of both the front and side turn around by having your last name sheets visible through your front windows so adults can announce the student names and students can then be ready when you pull in. Many families have tried to help alleviate the congestion issue by having their children walk to Franklin Lane. We are now requesting families to pick up solely at Happy Valley Elementary where there is adult supervision for safety reasons. Thank you for your cooperation!


Please pass this along to neighbors who have incoming kindergarteners or transitional kindergarteners (TK):  Wednesday, January 7th, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at the Burton Valley multi-purpose room, all Lafayette School District (LAFSD) families with incoming kindergarteners or transitional kindergarteners (TK) arriving in the 2015-16 school year are invited to come and hear information about kindergarten and TK in the Lafayette School District. There will be information about LAFSD goals and priorities, transitioning to kindergarten or TK, what a typical day looks like – especially with new extended day format, LPIE, the kindergarten registration process and site orientation opportunities and time to ask questions. Please share this information with families you know who are sending kindergarten or TK students to LAFSD next year!

I am thankful for such a fantastic Happy Valley community of students, families, and staff! It is truly a great place to be.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week full of family and friends and we will see you in December!


Shayna Peeff

Shayna Peeff, Principal

3855 Happy Valley Road

Lafayette, CA 94549

Office: (925) 927-3560

Attendance Line: 927-3568

Important Reminders

Wednesday Schedule 

TK and PM Kindergarten 10- 1:20 PM

1st-5th Grade 8:30-1:42 PM


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