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Principal's Message


Hello Happy Valley Parents!

Moment of Gratitude

This week I had the opportunity to meet with Autumn Gonzalez and Melinda Kriegel who have for several years been working to make Happy Valley more green and to be aware of our waste and find solutions to decrease our waste while involving our students. They have infectious enthusiasm over educating kids about what can be composted and recycled rather than thrown in the trash and have mobilized other parents to help us be better “Wastebusters.”  We are on our way to a greener Happy Valley and it is very exciting so thank you Autumn and Melinda as the rest of the parents who have joined this group!

Through the Halls of Happy Valley

Our halls are bustling with the sounds of kids at work learning! : This week I got to truly stretch my brain as I entered Mrs. Hellmann’s fourth grade and saw them working on different place value and number sense cooperative math activities. Students were engaged in math conversations and helping one another figure out different strategies to solve math problems. It was neat to see students working at their own levels and sharing their thinking with their classmates! In the computer lab, Mrs. Tompkins and Mrs. Giorgianni’s third grade class was working on our brand new typing program Typing Club and then they were also using a Word document to publish some of their writing. Computer class has certainly changed since I attended Happy Valley! Thank you LPIE for funding the Computer Lab and giving students opportunities to learn important computer skills as well as integrate technology into our curriculum! It is powerful to see students at work in there!

5th Grade Study Hall

The fifth grade after school study hall program has gotten off to a successful start with lots of participation. If you would like your fifth grade student to attend, here are a few guidelines to remember:

  • Study Hall is a quiet place for homework completion and help as needed, students are expected to work quietly and read if they finish early. Visiting and playing should take place elsewhere.

  • Study Hall is on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays right when school lets out until 3:45 pm. If a student needs to leave earlier than 3:45, then their adult needs to come to the door to check them out.

  • Students need to be picked up right at 3:45 p.m. at the Husky (side) turnaround. Teachers can’t leave until all children are picked up.

This a great way for students to build responsibility and take ownership over their learning, but it does not work for everyone, so please check in with your 5th grade student to see if it is a right fit for him or her.

Conference Week

Next week starting on Monday (September 29th) is noon dismissal for first through fifth grade for parent teacher conference week. Please make all pick-up arrangements for your children before they arrive at school that morning and let them know so they are aware if it something different than their usual routine.

TK and Kindergarten will have the same schedule next week as a typical week (including Wednesday 10-1:20), except Friday when all TK and kindergarten students will be attending 8:15 a.m. until 11:35 a.m.

Enjoy this last weekend in September!

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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Today: 10/20/14