"The Music Man"
Principal's Newsletter 12-6-13
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. BECK
It seems fitting to launch our Character Count's pillar that we are focusing on this month, Caring, by celebrating head custodian Dana Beck's birthday today, December 6. Mr. Beck truly cares about the Happy Valley community and shows it each day with his warm greetings, willingness to help out anyone in need, and the attention to details he puts into anything he is doing around the campus. We are lucky to have him! Also thank you Parents Club for helping us honor Mr. Beck by decorating his cart and providing a delicious birthday treat!
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE SCIENCE LAB
This week the Science Lab was a joint teaching center where our very own science teacher Mrs Small teamed up with LPIE instructors to be able to deliver engaging hands on science exploration lessons. First grade got to explore all about Optics with three learning stations including one using Brock microscopes thanks to the help of LPIE instructor Mrs. McDonald. Third grade also had a fantastic experience in the lab as they learned with LPIE instructor Mrs. Layshock about the "center of gravity" using several tasks to come to the big idea behind gravity.
A ROADMAP TO KINDERGARTEN
Please pass this along to neighbors who have incoming kindergarteners or transitional kindergarteners (TK): Monday, December 9th from 6:00 to 7:00pm at the Happy Valley multi-purpose room, all Lafayette School District (LAFSD) families with incoming kindergarteners or transitional kindergarteners (TK) arriving in the 2014-15 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, 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!
KINDERGARTENERS WILL SHOW THEY CARE
Just a reminder that next week in celebration of December's Character Counts theme of "Caring," the kindergartners will be holding a "One Warm Coat" drive. We hope to surpass last year's count of 100 coats!
Please save your new or gently used jackets, coats, and heavy weight (jacket type) fleece jackets, for our coat drive! (No sweatshirts, please!)
Boxes will be available in both kindergarten rooms and in front of the office for collection during the week of December 9-13.
Thank you, in advance, for your generous donations. Coats will be donated to a local non-profit organization for distribution.
Last year we made many people smile as they snuggled up in new coats!
Let's do it again!
Also worth mentioning under the pillar of Caring, the Happy Valley community showed they care earlier this year by contributing 1,266 pounds of food during the Red Ribbon Week Food Drive! Keep up the great work!
KINDERGARTEN, FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD GRADE WINTER SING
Come get in the winter holiday spirit at the annual kindergarten through third grade winter sing on Thursday, December 12th starting at 1:15 pm in the multi-purpose room. Parking will be available on the lower grade playground. Dress attire for the students that day for the performance:
K - red shirts, dark on bottom
1- First Grade is Tons of Fun blue shirts, dark on bottom
2- green shirts, dark on bottom
3- white shirts, dark on bottom
FIRST SCHOOL SPIRIT DAY: WINTER HOLIDAY ATTIRE
Break out those Santa hats and menorah sweaters for our first Happy Valley Spirit Day organized by Student Council on December 13th. We are looking to have as many students as we can participate and enjoy these fun spirit days so please encourage your children to dress up!
LAST WEEK TO ORDER GIFTS AND GIFT WRAP WHILE SUPPORTING HV PARENTS CLUB
As winter break rapidly approached and holiday shopping seems less appealing as the crowds grow bigger, please consider ordering from Innisbrook.com (choose "Friends and Supporters") and at checkout enter our school code: 103302. They have various holiday items including gift wrap, chocolates and magazines. Proceeds go to the Happy Valley Parents Club. The deadline is Sunday, December 15.
Thank you so much for your patience and diligence regarding traffic. This week went smoothly and the police department is continuing to work with the District to ease traffic issues. As plans are being finalized, more information will be sent out. On behalf of the District and myself, we extend a huge thank you for all that you are doing to help!
Have a wonderful weekend and stay warm!!
Wendy Patterson, Principal
3855 Happy Valley Road
Lafayette, CA 94549
Office: (925) 927-3560
Attendance Line: 927-3568
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