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This is an official district holiday for Good Friday.

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Published: 3/21/17




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Due to the relocation priorities, the mandatory Sacramento parent trip meeting for this week is cancelled.  We will forward the new date, location and time as soon as it is confirmed.

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Published: 2/22/17




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Hello Parent Partners!

 

In case you missed the informational meeting or just want to revisit what was said, click on the attachment for the PowerPoint.

 

We look forward to welcoming our students on Wednesday!

 

Warm Regards,

Caryn Lane, Principal

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Published: 2/20/17




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In case you missed the RELOCATION INFORMATION parent meeting or just want to review the information covered, please see the attached PowerPoint.

 

We look forward to welcoming our students on Wednesday!

 

Warm Regards,

Caryn Lane, Principal

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Published: 2/20/17




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Please see the attachment for more specific details regarding the site relocation.

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Published: 2/18/17




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Published: 2/7/17




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Still need a Valentine's gift idea? Next week is your last chance to buy tickets for the February 11, 2017 game when the Santa Cruz Warriors take on the Austin Spurs. Tickets can be purchased in the Main Office! Each ticket is $30 each and a portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit the 4th Grade Class. The 4th Grade Class is in need to raise funds for their upcoming Sacramento trip in April. Please support!

It makes for a great Valentine's present or birthday and anniversary surprise! 
We only have 30 tickets left so please buy NOW in the Main Office before we sell out! Cash, check and credit cards accepted. 

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Published: 2/2/17




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Please see the following after school enrichment opportunity.

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Published: 2/2/17




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Published: 2/2/17




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Published: 2/2/17




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Please click on the attached link for information on how to sign up for the Mini Mermaids Running Club.

Mini Mermaids 2017

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Published: 1/26/17




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From Zack Friend:

“We have seen the road drop approximately 12 inches over the past week and cracks are starting to open up along the edges of the road,” stated Assistant Director of Public Works, Steve Wiesner.  “We need to assess the safety of this road as winter weather continues to impact the area.”
 
In addition to the high volume of water, mud and soil saturation destabilizing the culvert and road base, underground utilities and a steep ravine contribute to the concerns of Public Works engineers about this section of roadway.
 
“We are looking out for the safety of our citizens by proactively limiting travel on this section of road,” continued Wiesner.  During the next few days of dry weather the County will be setting up an investigation team and conducting tests on the strength of the road area and the potential hazards of continued use.
 
Residents should prepare themselves by limiting travel in this area as much as possible and using the alternative travel route.  Updated road information is also available at: http://www.sccroadclosure.org/ and citizens can report problems by calling (831) 454-2160 or using the Citizen Connect app at http://www.dpw.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/ReportProblem.aspx
 

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Published: 1/23/17




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Please consider attending!

Tuesday, January 17th

4:00  Site Council Meeting

5:30  Home and School Club Meeting

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Published: 1/13/17




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Published: 12/6/16




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Published: 12/6/16




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Click the folloiwng links to learn more about the Triple P Parenting Organization and some upcoming workshops:

Triple P Parenting Informational Meeting

Triple P Parent Class:  Chores

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Published: 12/5/16




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Published: 11/15/16




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Please click on the following link from PVUSD.  It contains very important information regarding student attendance.

PVUSD Holiday Attendance Bulletin

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Published: 11/15/16




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Please see the attached form for a winter enrichment opportunity.

 

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Published: 11/15/16




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The Intra-District Transfer through Open Enrollment process is November 1 - December 22.  Please click on the attachments for details and requirements.

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Published: 11/1/16




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Published: 10/28/16




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This Friday, October 28th is our next spirit day.  Students are welcome to make their hair CRAZY for the day!

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Published: 10/25/16




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October is Anti-Bullying Month.  The school counselors have set Thursday, October 20th as "Anti-Bullying Awareness" SPIRIT Day. 

We are encouraging all staff, students and parents to wear purple in solidarity to stand up to bullying.

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Published: 10/17/16




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Please see the attachment for after school piano class.

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Published: 10/14/16




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Please click below for the meeting agenda.

October 2016 Site Council Agenda

School Site Council Parent Member Election

Please come to our School Site Council Meeting on Tuesday, October 18th at 4pm in the libraryALL parents who attend will have the opportunity to vote for one parent member, the last open seat on the Council this year. If you are considering running for SSC parent member and have any questions prior to the meeting, please feel free to contact Michelle Beckstrom, SSC Chair, at beckstromgaon@yahoo.com or Principal Caryn Lane.

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Published: 10/14/16




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It's time for the annual Yearbook Cover Contest!

The Home and School Club invites our students to submit designs for our Yearbook Cover Design Contest. Any student may participate, and enter as many designs as they wish.  Deadline for submission is November 11th

Good luck--your design can make you a Valencia star! 

We are heading on a safari into the rainforest and

have titled this year’s theme “Explore and Discover Nature”

If you would like to participate, please submit your design, front and back, to the Main Office between now through November 11th. Any student may participate, and enter as many designs as they wish.  

Contest Rules:

1.  All submissions must be on 8 ½ x 11 white paper.

2.  Have two separate pieces of paper - one for the front cover and one for the back cover. The picture must be drawn vertically.

3.  Incorporate the school's core values “respect, responsibility, kindness, best effort” and include our mascot, the Seastar.

4. Have the year 2016-2017 in the picture

5.  Write the child’s name, grade, and teacher on the back.

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Posted by: Deborah Matlow
Published: 10/14/16




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Our school and district has partnered with BrightBytes - an educational research organization - to explore our use of technology for learning.

We are asking parents take the 5-10 minute survey below to get information about the use of technology and our technology needs at Valencia. You can take the survey on any device with Internet access.

 

Click the link:
Parent Tech Survey

 

Please complete the survey by October 21.  Thank you!

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Posted by: Deborah Matlow
Published: 10/10/16




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Only one week left!  The last day to turn in tickets is Friday, October 14th.

Total Tickets Sold - 2,921

Funds Raised - $12,495

Goal - $26,000

Last year we were the top elementary school in the county selling over $25,000 in tickets!  We’d like to kep that tradition going.

100% of all ticket sales go directly to Valencia.  The money we raise pays for our reading programs, it puts aides in our classrooms, it supports our garden, art, and science programs, and much, much more.  Even if you only sell 1 ticket, that $5 makes a big difference.

Need more tickets? 

Contact Darcy Pruitt at 831.419.8089 (voice or text) or dkpruitt@gmail.com

Be sure to include your child's name, teacher's name, and how many ticket books you need.

There’s still time to sign up for a shift to sell at Safeway!

Check the SignUp Genius for available time slots: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/70A084FA4AC23A75-ticket 

Here are the top selling classes going into the final week:

  • 1st Place - Mrs. Wise and Mr. Peters are tied at $955.00
  • 2nd Place - Mrs. Morse has $915.00
  • 3rd Place - Mrs. Matlow has $910.00
  • Mrs. Richmond, Mrs. Wing and Mrs. Silva’s classes aren’t far behind, but any class could still win.

We will have a class party for the top selling class and there are also prizes for the students who sell the most tickets.

Thank you for your generosity and keep up the great work!

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Published: 10/6/16




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Thanks to Valencia parent Katie Stanton and her Cub Scout pack #506 for working hard to fund raise for a "Friendship Bench" to be built for Valencia School.   The bench will arrive in about 2 ½ weeks.

A small committee from the 6th grade leadership team will be painting the bench. 

 

We need the following items donated to help support our endeavors:

  • 5 or 6 paint brushes
  • paint containers/paint trays for pouring small amounts of paint
  • 1 gallon of royal blue or light blue exterior paint
  • 1 gallon of bright exterior green paint

or.....1 gallon of another brightly colored paint that matches the whale mural colors. 

 

Please contact Ms. Christie if you have additional ideas or are able to donate any of the painting supplies to deborah_christie@pvusd.net 

 

About The Bench:

This specially designated friendship bench will be located near the whale mural for ANY student who are newcomers or anyone looking to make new friends during lunch or recesses. A set of "starter questions" will be posted by the bench to help start dialogues with students who are looking for someone to talk to. The conversation starters will be updated periodically by the 6th grade leadership team. Students will be on the lookout for those students sitting alone on the bench and those who want to make Valencia a better place.  

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Published: 10/6/16




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Trading Pokemon cards has become a distraction at Valencia.  Kids are trading with regrets and are getting distracted during transitions and class time.  Though we prefer that Pokemon cards remain at home, we understand kids use them after school with friends and playdates.  All Pokemon cards need to stay in backpacks if brought to school.  

 

If a student has them out during school hours:

 

First offense:  

Cards will be taken and returned to the student at the end of the day.

Second Offense:  

Cards will be taken and sent to the office for pick-up at the end of the day.

Third Offense:

Parents will be contacted to pick them up.

 

We appreciate your support!

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Posted by: Deborah Matlow
Published: 10/6/16




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The Harvest Festival is Saturday, October 29th!!  We need your help to make it fun, safe and successful this year!  Volunteers make the event possible.  We are looking for parents to coordinate some areas and also to help with the booths during the festival.  

 

Click on the Sign Up Genius link below.  Look for your student's teacher and sign up there to help or pick another area that interests you!  

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a44afa92d6-valencia

 

Any suggestions or questions, please email Robin Cabak at gatos-locos@sbcglobal.net or Julie Kenyon at kea831@yahoo.com

 

Thanks and see you at the Festival!

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Published: 10/2/16




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There is NO SCHOOL for students this Friday, October 7th. Teachers will be onsite for district meetings, but students have the day off.  

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Published: 10/2/16




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We have added dates on SignUp Genius for more opportunities to sell tickets at Safeway in Aptos. Click on the link to check dates and times available at, www.SignUpGenius.com/go/70A084FA4AC23A75-ticket 


Last Day to turn in raffle tickets is October 14th
Valencia has been one of the top selling schools for the past five years. We'd like to keep that tradition going. Last year we raised over $25,000!


If you have questions (or suggestions) about how you can help with Valencia's Drive for Schools please call or text Darcy Pruitt at 831.419.8089.
Thank you to everyone who is helping our children step up to this marketing challenge. Let's make it a fun learning experience for all of us! 


If we reach our goal of $26K we will all win:
- a school-wide team sales award 


GO SEASTARS!

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Published: 9/25/16




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If you are not satisfied with your child's pictures or if you were absent for picture day, retakes will take place this Friday, September 30th.

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Published: 9/25/16




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This Friday, September 30th, is our next spirit day.  Show your school spirit by finding a buddy to dress alike with for Twin Day!

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Published: 9/25/16




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Published: 9/8/16




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The first Site Council and Home and School Club meetings of the year are this week.   Please consider attending so that you can be involved in the vision and planning of the school resources and fundraisers.

Site Council:  4:00 - 5:30

Home and School Club:  5:30 - 7:00

Both organizations meet in the Valencia library.

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Published: 9/5/16




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Please see the attached fliers for a upcoming Family Math Nights hosted by PVUSD at Freedom Elementary School.  Please note that different grade levels are on different nights.

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Published: 8/29/16




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Back to School Night is this Thursday, September 1.  This is an adult only event, so please make appropriate arrangements. Classroom presentations are as follows:

TK - 3rd Grade    5:00 - 5:45

4th - 6th Grade    6:15 - 7:00

In between the presentations from 5:50 - 6:10 parents are invited to join Principal Caryn Lane in the courtyard area outside of the cafeteria.  Mrs. Lane and other school representatives will be speaking.

Hope to see you there!

 

 

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Published: 8/29/16




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Don't forget that this Friday, September 2nd is Valencia's picture day.  Make ups will be on September 30th.

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Published: 8/29/16




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Please see the attached link regarding an enrichment opportunity at Valencia.  Classes begin next week on August 30!

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Published: 8/23/16




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Welcome back Seastars!   Show your Seastar Spirit and join us for Aloha Day!  On Friday, August 26, wear Hawaiian clothes and accessories to school.  

If you don't have anything Hawaiian to wear, put on your Valencia shirt or wear Seastar blue! 

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Published: 8/21/16




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Published: 8/18/16




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Hello Valencia Seastar Families!  

 

We are excited to welcome you to the 2016-17 school year.  We can't wait to see you. :)  Please scroll through the attachment to find out about your class placement.  We are only allowed to post first initials and last names online.  Class lists are also posted on campus near the front office.  

 

Just a friendly reminder that class placements are firm for the first two weeks of school.

 

Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday at 7:45 AM Kinder + grades 1-6, and at 10:30 for TK and PM Kinder!

 

Fondly,

The Valencia Staff

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Published: 8/15/16




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All incoming Kinders and their grownups are invited to attend the Valencia Kinder Picnic at 12:00pm on Tuesday, August 16th.  Bring a lunch so you can eat and play with future classmates, meet the teachers, and learn about drop off and pickup procedures.  

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Published: 8/10/16




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Students new to Valencia are invited to attend New Student Orientation on Tuesday, August 16th at 2:00pm.  

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Published: 8/10/16




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The Main Office will be open on the following dates: 
June 6th – 10th - 8am-3pm

August 1st-12th 8am -3pm

August 15th will return to our usual 7:30 – 4pm

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Published: 6/2/16




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Valencia Families,

 

You are invited to join the 5th grade class for our "Fiesta Fundraiser" dinner during open house on Thursday May 12th. The cost will be $6.00 per plate and will include a meal of rice/cheese/bean burrito or chicken burrito, rice, salad, watermelon slice, chips & salsa with guacamole and lemonade.

 

This dinner is a fundraiser to support the 5th grade class in raising necessary funds for 6th grade Science camp. Please remember to bring cash to open house and come hungry!

 

We will be serving dinner Outside in front of the school mural from 5-7 p.m.

 

Thank you all for your support

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Published: 5/2/16




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During the month of April, the Valencia Community will be learning about the great Swiss artist:

Paul Klee*

 

We are looking for volunteers to lead and assist in the creation of art projects.  The projects this year will be modeled after Klee’s abstract compositions with movement.

 

Volunteers are needed to help in each classroom who can commit to a 60 minute training session and 30 - 60 minutes in a classroom.

 

You do not have to be an artist to help - the curriculum is very clear and detailed.  We are all learning and working on this together. Arts is such an important creative outlet for our kids and we need you as parent volunteers to make this a fun and positive experience.  

 

Any time you can share is greatly appreciated.  Thank you!

 

(*Want to learn about Klee? Click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzkwPUR2onk ,  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLbPTI6bfC4)

 

SIGN UP TO HELP OUR KIDS CREATE GREAT ART

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a084fa4ac23a75-paul/

Questions? Please contact Ana Bevir, Arts Chair, at teawisp@gmail.com

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Published: 4/4/16




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Back in October 2015 Ms. Wagenhoffer and Ms. Rasmussen's classes participated in an inclusive playground workshop, along with other participants from other organizations who have been involved with the fundraising efforts for LEO's Haven.  LEO's Haven will be Santa Cruz County's first fully inclusive playground to be built within the parks' system.  LEO's Haven will be located in Chanticleer Park which is in the Live Oak neighborhood of Santa Cruz.

The efforts to fund LEO's Haven are a public/private partnership between the county, a non-profit called Shane's Inspiration, and a local volunteer group headed by my family.  Custom designed by Shane's Inspiration's architect, this playground has features for children from 0-12 and will accommodate a variety of special needs such as autism, sensory processing disorders, cerebral palsy, ADHD, and down syndrome. We are months away to a public reveal of the plans for LEO's Haven. 

There are several ways in which to be involved with the fundraising for LEO's Haven.

We are participating in the May 7th Human Race sponsored by the Volunteer Center.  Folks who are interested in participating in the 5 mile walkathon can sign up here:  

https://humanracesc.org/npo/leos-haven


We have a goal of raising $10,000 that day and already we are halfway there!  Help us make it across the finish line!

The Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Club has designed LEO's Haven their charity beneficiary for their Firecracker 10K on July 4th.

https://www.santacruzfirecracker10k.org


Come for the Thrill.  Run for the Cause.  Stay for the Party! 
Registration is now open.

Visit our website, santacruzplaygroundproject.org, or follow us on Facebook, Santa Cruz Playground Project, for the latest news.  You can also sign up for our e-newsletter via our Facebook page.

Thank you Valencia for your interest in making play inclusive for our children in Santa Cruz County!

All the Best,
Tricia Potts
Founder, Santa Cruz Playground Project

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Published: 4/4/16




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Haley Elizabeth Ortega has been named Valencia School’s Student of the Year for 2015-2016:

 

Haley is a very positive and upbeat person. Her attitude and demeanor are respectful and kind. She is also quite a capable athlete and competitor. She frequently talks about her competition with herself and goals she sets for herself...from running time, to basketball or soccer skills, to math and reading. When she needs help or has a question, she's quick and persistent with efforts to get what she needs.

 

She's an "on task" and engaged learner who strives for improvement, even in the face of challenges. She acknowledges her areas of strength as well as her areas of development. Instead of wondering why something is difficult, she makes a plan for how she can be successful with it.

 

Haley is thoughtful and observant. She is a friend to others, but does have expectations of how others should treat her. She exudes genuine confidence and self assurance and this helps others feel secure when relating to her. She also strives to build others up and encourage their successes.

 

Haley is an honest person who communicates/demonstrates a basic an understanding of what is right and wrong, both for herself and for decisions made for "the whole". 

 

In a nutshell, Haley really embodies our Valencia Values of Kindness, Best effort, responsibility and respect. It should also be mentioned that she has "grit and perseverance".

 

Kyle Griffith, Principal

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Published: 2/18/16




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Attention Parents:  Valencia's School Site Council (SSC) is looking for two more volunteers to join this important group.  We are in need of one parent member and one parent alternate. 

 

The SSC is a group of teachers, parents, and classified employees, that works with the principal to develop, review and evaluate school improvement programs and school budgets. The members of the SSC are elected by their peers.  The SSC usually meets monthly on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 4:00 p.m.  These are open meetings. 

 

Please contact Michelle Beckstrom, Valencia Site Council Chairperson, at beckstromgaon@yahoo.com if you would like to join the SSC or for more information.

Thanks!!!

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Published: 1/14/16




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A HUGE thank you to the whole Valencia community that supported the continuation and expansion of our garden, green, sustainable programs. We are thrilled to report that garden/green/sustainable activities are scheduled for each grade level and have already begun this week! Our larger school plan is to focus on obtaining the coveted Department of Education "Green Ribbon School Award." Here is a link to more information on this:http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/fa/sf/greenribbonprog.asp.
 

Mrs. Richmond is in need of some parent volunteer support to help breakdown the pillars in the award to actual school specific projects that we can work on implementing. The pillars are essentially as follows 1) reducing environmental impact 2) increasing student/staff health and wellness and 3) increasing environmental education. In order to obtain the award we will also be in need of additional funding and parent support is requested for seeking out and helping apply for any available grant funding. 

If you are interested in helping we'd like to form a "parent green committee" to work on these specialized goals this school year. We would meet 1 x a month with Mrs. Richmond to focus in on these goals and the growth & support of the Valencia garden/green/sustainable programs. Please e-mail Mrs. Richmond if you are interested in volunteering and if there is a specific "pillar" you want to work on let her know that as well:karen_richmond@pvusd.net

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Published: 10/1/15