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
Our spring auction is a month away from this Saturday.
Be sure to purchase your tickets before its too late.
For the silent and live auction we have received so many amazing and generous donations as well as classroom projects that are under way for this great event.
If you would like to donate a service or item please fill out the Donation form on the site or pick one up in the Office.
We need to reach our goal of 175 tickets sold. The current ticket sale is 7. Please help us make this a success.
If you have not bought your tickets yet, please purchase by March 4 on our website at
Or by CHECK payable to Home and School Club.
Check collection envelopes will be in the Office and collected daily.
If you have any questions please contact Lydia Habr at (408) 892 -1690
This past week, students in Teresa Wagenhoffer's and Freja Rasmussen's classes participated in an inclusive playground workshop. Inclusive playgrounds are designed so all children, regardless of ability, are able to play with their friends and families. Tricia Potts, from the Santa Cruz Playground Project lead a discussion on the importance of inclusive play and students drew pictures of what their ideal playground would look like. These drawings will be used to design the first inclusive playground within Santa Cruz County's parks system.
The first inclusive playground to be built within the entire county of course is Valencia's school playground. A former parent, Kim DeSerpa, was inspired to fundraise and build the Valencia playground because her friend, Deardra Cline's daughter, Madelyn, used a wheelchair. Kim and Deardra were determined Madelyn and all the other Valencia children with special needs should have a playground where they could play with their friends without barriers. Thanks to their vision, all Valencia Sea Stars have been enjoying access to play for years.
The Santa Cruz Playground Project was founded by a Valencia family. Bob and Tricia Potts' 4th grade daughters, Lauren and Evelyn, were frustrated trying to play with their brother, Oliver, who uses a wheelchair. Taking inspiration from Valencia's playground, this family and a group of dedicated volunteers have worked with Santa Cruz County officials to obtain permission to design, fundraise, and build this playground at Chanticleer Park in Live Oak. Community input including what was generated from Valencia students is now being used by the architects to create the playground. Those designs should be revealed by the end of the year.
A special thank you to all of the amazing Valencia students who contributed their extensive creativity in designing this dream playground!
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!
Our larger school plan is to focus on obtaining the coveted Department of Education "Green Ribbon School Award". More information on this can be found at 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. 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 once 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Families new to Valencia or returning families who wish to volunteer in the classroom ONLY need to have a TB test. This is new safety change the District has implemented for 2015-2016.
If a parent wishes to drive on field trips (with students unsupervised), are required to be fingerprinted AND tested for TB. This is a safety measure the District has implemented. If you plan to volunteer at Valencia, and have already been through the process, you simply fill out and turn in the volunteer form again in the Office.
The process to volunteer at Valencia is as follows:
- Fill out the volunteer form in the office and turn in to have either Principal Griffith or AC Coordinator Bertha Torres sign it, then
- Test for TB and take the results of the test to the District office during fingerprinting hours. Please call 831-786-2145 to confirm hours.
When you arrive to Human Resources to be fingerprinted you must bring an acceptable photo ID (such as driver's license) and TB clearance. HR will not fingerprint volunteers without proper identification and TB clearance. This will be valid within the PVUSD district for a period of five years, but is not valid outside of our District.
If you have any questions, please contact our school office at 831-688-2013.
Beginning September 8th, each student will be asked to display their bus pass daily in the morning and in the afternoon. Students are required to have a bus pass by Tuesday, September 8th. Please remember: a receipt serves as a temporary bus pass. If a student is at the bus stop in the morning without a bus pass and transported to school, their name will be given to Vicki or Gigi. If a student does not have a bus pass in the afternoon, they will be sent to the office. Thank you for your cooperation!
Welcome Back Sea Stars
Welcome to the 2015-16 school year at Valencia Elementary School! We welcome all new and returning parents to Valencia School. We are very excited about the opportunities this year presents, and we are determined to maintain the high standards that our school has worked so hard to achieve. Our strong academic program will continue to be our main focus with a special emphasis on enriching and expanding our literacy programs.
We are also looking forward to your presence and involvement in our learning community. Our interaction and relationship will create deep and valuable educational experiences for our children. Your participation begins with communication. The teachers and the Home and School Club will provide significant information for you to help your children be successful. Please make it a point to read information and letters we send home, review our website, and send out in grade-level groups.
Our HSC (Home and School Club) continues to do a terrific job in organizing and focusing parental efforts. Your support and generosity bring Art, Music, PE, Computers, and classroom aides to our school. The teachers appreciate your efforts in helping them deliver a high quality program to our children. Please consider lending your time and energy to this terrific organization as well as contributing to their funding efforts.
We have needs in every area, so chances are there is something that is a fit for you and your schedule. Stay informed by reading the eNews and checking our websites.
- Classroom News – Each teacher has his/her own newsletter and / or website that is updated regularly. This is the best source for classroom specific news.
- Room parent network – Once room parent volunteers have been established, each room parent will set up an email group to facilitate communication between parents in your classroom.
- Attend a Home and School Club meeting - We are now meeting at 5:30pm in the Library on the second Thursday of each month. Come and get the low down on what is happening at Valencia.
- Valencia eNews – This is a weekly newsletter that is emailed to Valencia parents and guardians. This is the main source of school-wide information. If you know of any new families to Valencia, you can forward to a friend. Also, if you have any school-related news that you would like included in the newsletter, send it to email@example.com. You can sign up for the weekly newsletter from Valencia's homepage.
- Visit Our Websites - Please reference the site for any questions you may have about the school. We try to keep it as up-to-date as possible.
- Bulletin board near the Main Office - Check here for announcements, volunteer sign-up boards and other current information.
- Follow Valencia on Facebook and Twitter
- Volunteer for events and join the fun! We have many opportunities this year for you to get involved and help make a difference here at Valencia.
Help us raise much needed funds by simply saving the box tops from items you use everyday. A little bit goes a long way! Join Box Tops for Education today!
6th Grade Graduation Ceremony @ 8:30 AM
Last Day of School dismisses at 10:50 AM
Items in Lost and Found will be donated
First Day of School!