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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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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: ,



Questions? Please contact Ana Bevir, Arts Chair, at


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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:

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.

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

Visit our website,, 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





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!
For more information about the project go to
Tricia Potts
Founder, Santa Cruz Playground Project
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


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:


Attention Valencia Volunteers

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.

Stay Connected

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 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.
If you have any questions about any of the above, or if you’d like to help out with Valencia HSC Communications, please contact

School Calendar

Today: 5/25/16
All Day: Minimum Day: 12pm Dismissal

Box Tops

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!


Upcoming Events

SBAC Common Core Testing Ends

Dia Del Niño Celebration hosted by ELAC committee

Walk for Valencia and Field Day Fundraiser

Valencia annual waste free salad bar

6th Grade Dance

NO SCHOOL: Memorial Day

Teachers vs. 6th graders softball game @ 8am

Valencia Talent Show from 10-11am 

Regular Schedule School Day: 7:45am - 2pm

6th Grade Graduation Ceremony @ 8:30 AM

Last Day of School dismisses at 10:50 AM

First Day of School!