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Principal's Newsletter 5-23-2014

 

Happy Valley Happenings

Open House

I would like to give a huge “Shout Out” to the teachers, staff and students for all of their hard work in creating a magnificent Open House last night.  It was exciting to see the work of our students as they progressed in their academic learning from September through May.  What was particularly evident was the progress in our students as writers.  The LPIE Art Fair was also inspiring; it certainly demonstrates the large number of budding young artists we have at Happy Valley.  Today all students had the opportunity to tour the other classrooms to see what’s ahead for them and to reminisce in past year’s classrooms.  With that tour and “Rock the Walk” today we are having a day full of exercise.

Mindset

Along with being artistic comes the ability to foster a “growth mindset”.  Lafayette School District has contracted with Eduardo Briceno, co-founder of Mindset Works, to speak to our teaching staff and administrators at our August 22nd Professional Development day. In connection with this day there will be a parent education event at Stanley Middle School Library on August 21st that you are invited to attend.  Eduardo co-founded Mindset Works with Carol Dweck, Professor of Psychology from Stanford University, and author of “Mindset” an enlightening book.  Eduardo will discuss beliefs and strategies that increase students’ motivation and ownership over their own learning.  A flyer with more information will be going home with your child.

Digital Citizenship

One way to increase student’s interest and motivation in learning is through the use of technology.  I want to share the last three Lafayette School District Digital Task Force guidelines and resources prepared around the theme of digital citizenship:

Demonstrating Citizenship in Our Digital World

Being Respectful in Our Digital World

Being Trustworthy in Our Digital World

School Site Council

Our parents are showing their citizenship side also by volunteering to be members of School Site Council for the 2014-2016 school years.  The following parents have volunteered to be members of our School Site Council; Laura Ceridono, Jim Coyle, Mia Heglie and Francesca Lohman.  You will be receiving a ballot to vote them into their positions on the council.  Please fill the ballot out and return it to the school office by May 30, 2014.

Trust in Education Program in Afghanistan

One way our school can show how much they care is through participation in a Spring Clothing Drive.  Now that summer is nearly here, please consider going through your closets and ski gear to donate to Trust in Education's program in Afghanistan. The winters are very cold in the refugee camps, so any blankets, jackets, pants,  warm hats/mittens, snow boots (not ski boots) and stuffed animals--a favorite!--would be greatly appreciated. There will be collection boxes at both turnarounds, and students there to help collect, drop off and pickup this Thursday, Friday and next Monday. Thank you!" 

Have a wonderful three day weekend.  For those of you driving, be safe on the roads.  For all of you enjoy this time with your families.  I hope the photos of the crazy “Rock the Walk” hair styles and samples of our student writing from Open House bring a smile to your face.

Jane Blomstrand

Shayna Peeff, Principal

3855 Happy Valley Road

Lafayette, CA 94549

Office: (925) 927-3560

Attendance Line: 927-3568

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