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Principal's Message

Hello Happy Valley Parents!

Moment of Gratitude

Thank you to Cynthia Curcuro and Betsy Fraser for helping to make a smooth and successful Picture Day. Students looked fantastic and these two parents did everything from retrieving classes for their picture time to taming students’ flyaways with a comb.

I also want to thank Gina Hageboeck for coordinating our hearing screenings this week as well as our parent volunteers that day: Maxine Fisher, Jen Dodge. Leanne Zimmerman and Donna Jones.  The testing went quickly and ended ahead of schedule thanks to all of the organization that went in to planning the screenings.

We had another proud Husky moment this week as we honored our night custodian Jorge Heredia for 20 year of service, fourth grade teacher Kitty Hellmann for 25 years of service and kindergarten teacher Sue Somers for 26 years of service in the Lafayette School District at our District Fall Social. Thank you Jorge, Kitty and Sue for your dedication to our students, staff and school district!

Through the Halls of Happy Valley

After spending some time at the kindergarten Teachers College Reading and Writing Project training last week, it was exciting to go into Mrs. Somer’s kindergarten class and see them working on adding details to their writing utilizing some of the strategies discussed by the trainer, including the saying “when you think you are done, you have just begun.” Students were excited to get to their desks and write about topics they were experts about. We held our first Student Council Meeting and the student council officers began by having representatives introduce themselves, brainstorm potential Spirit Day ideas and discuss a fundraising idea. There was a lot of positive energy and enthusiasm and I look forward to a great year working with our Student Council team.

Red Ribbon Week

October 20th-24th is Red Ribbon Week where are focus is on helping students make healthy choices in their lives. Students will be given tickets in their Thursday or Friday Folders this week that they turn in daily next week to participate in a daily raffle. Here is a list of activities:

Monday – wear red

Tuesday –bring 2 non-perishable food items to support the Contra Costa County Food Bank

Wednesday – eat a healthy breakfast & a healthy snack will be provided on the playground at snack time thanks to Choice Lunch.

Thursday – bike, carpool or walk to school

Friday – Participate in at least 30 minutes of exercise 2 times this week. At lunch their will be some fun exercise activities on the playground.

Thank you Lisa Anderson and Michelle Colacco for planning this fun and thoughtful week!

LPIE Smitten Ice Cream Fun

Wednesday, October 22nd from 2-5pm, the Brrristas at Smitten Ice Cream in Lafayette will be serving up scoops to support LPIE. Tickets are $5 for unlimited scoops of all flavors and can be purchased at the door or in advance at http://scoopsforLPIE.eventbrite.com. Profits ($3/per purchase) go directly to LPIE. Our students benefit from LPIE’s support daily. They fund our District’s classroom aides, computer labs, science labs, music program, and classroom technology such as iPads and laptop carts.

 

Reservoir Run

The more participants and volunteers from our school the more money we raise for Happy Valley, so please get friends and family to sign up under Happy Valley and come enjoy this great annual event. There is fun for the whole family -- 2 Mile Fun Run, 5K/10K Run, and a Family Bicycle Ride!Don't miss the Kid Zone, Live Music, Bike Rodeo and the Healthy Lifestyles Fair.

 

To sign up online now, go to www.lafayettechamber.org/events/reservoir-run/

 

Halloween Parade

Our annual Happy Valley school-wide Halloween parade will be held on October 31st and will start at 1:45 p.m. on the primary playground. We will open the upper grade playground at 1 p.m. to provide additional parking on campus. All family and friends are invited. Just a reminder that students need to wear appropriate Halloween costumes. No weapons, violent or overly frightening masks or make-up please. I am looking forward to seeing all of the fun costumes and it is a great time to celebrate as a school! 

Wastebusters: Eliminating Waste at HVE Home Connection

Happy Valley students are participating in the Wastebusters Program with the mission to reduce waste. We are recycling clean paper, plastic and metal and composting our food scraps, paper towels and napkins.

How can you help? Pack a zero waste lunch daily!

  • Send water in a reusable water bottle, label with name and bring daily to school vs. plastic one-use bottles. 
  • Pack lunch in a reusable lunch bag, label with name vs. paper or plastic bags.
  • Pack food in reusable food containers vs. disposable plastic snack bags, tinfoil or plastic wrap. (Label with name and remind your child to bring home with food scraps!)
  • Pack a reusable cloth napkin vs. disposable paper napkins.
  • Avoid sending pre-packaged items. Buy food in larger containers and leave at home to recycle the containers. 

Thank you for helping us with our goal to make Happy Valley reduce our waste!

Have a great weekend!

 

Shayna Peeff

 

Shayna Peeff, Principal

3855 Happy Valley Road

Lafayette, CA 94549

Office: (925) 927-3560

Attendance Line: 927-3568

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Wednesday Schedule 

TK and PM Kindergarten 10- 1:20 PM

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

 

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Today: 10/24/14