Hello Happy Valley Parents!
Moment of Gratitude
I would like to give a big thanks to Jenny Shepherd who has helped coordinate all of our room parents as well as Kim Wampler and Michele Colaco for organizing our fabulous Fall Happy Valley BBQ.
I also would like to take this opportunity to officially introduce (although she was with us at the end of the school year) and express thanks to our school librarian Sara Olsen who has put a lot of thought and time into making our library a fun, inviting and informative place for our students to go!
Through the Halls of Happy Valley
This week, now that the teachers have begun establishing classroom procedures and rules in place, as well as have started building their classroom community, it is fun to get to come into classrooms and see students engaged in their work. In just a few classroom visits I got to see: Ms. Dodds' kindergarten class was reviewing letters doing an activity with the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! In Mrs. Facer's first grade class, students were busy working on small moment stories about their weekend during Writer's Workshop. They were using pencil sketches and sounding out words to make sentences. It was so neat to see the enthusiasm the authors had when sharing their stories with one another. I also had the pleasure of going into Mrs. Singh'ssecond grade class to watch them work on patterning using the letters of their names and coloring. The whole school also practiced our first fire drill this week to make sure we know our procedures in case of a fire. We will continue to do practice drills at various times of the day so students are aware of what to do in case of an emergency.
Back to School Night
Thank you to our transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, 4th and 5th grade families who helped us complete a second successful Back to School Night. I was very happy to see so many parents turning out to find out about what was going to be happening in school this year for their child. Research supports the fact that home and school working together results in better academic achievement and success for our kids. We're proud to be your partners in this important undertaking.
Speak Up and Be Safe Parent Education Nights
Please join us for a presentation on what parents/caregivers need to know about child abuse prevention and the Speak Up Be Safe (SUBS) Program which will be provided in all 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 6th grade classrooms. This program is again being offered through a partnership with the Moraga, Orinda, and Lafayette School Districts and the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Contra Costa County (CAPC). The curriculum addresses child abuse, as well as bullying, cyber bullying/technology safety, and sexual harassment. The first presentation will be held September 17th 6:30-8 pm at the Stanley Library. A flier with details about the September 17th Parent Information Night is available by clicking here. This presentation will also be offered February 17th. You can also learn more about the major topics and content covered at each grade level by visiting the CAPC website at www.capc-coco.org/
Early Dismissal Wednesdays
Ways you can help Happy Valley run smoothly on Wednesday afternoon:
· Please coordinate all playdates before your student arrives at school in the morning.
· Let your child know where they are being picked up before you drop them off in the morning.
We have had a lot of students coming in to call parents to make last minute arrangements which causes unnecessary chaos and commotion for students, parents and office staff. We truly appreciate your help with this!
Shayna Peeff, Principal
3855 Happy Valley Road
Lafayette, CA 94549
Office: (925) 927-3560
Attendance Line: 927-3568
TK and PM Kindergarten 10- 1:20 PM
1st-5th Grade 8:30-1:42 PM
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