Dear 4th Grade Valencia Families:
A mandatory meeting for parents of Valencia 4th graders who will be attending the 4th Grade Sacramento trip in April will be held on Wednesday, February 24th at 6:00 pm in the school cafeteria. Prior to this meeting we will hold a mandatory meeting for parent chaperons from 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm.
If you have any questions, please contact Lori Hood: email@example.com.
Attention Parents: Valencia's School Site Council (SSC) will be electing two more members, one parent member and one parent alternate, at the upcoming SSC meeting on Thursday, February, 11 at 4pm. If you would like to come vote for your representative (or if you would like to BE that representative), please come to the meeting.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join the SSC or for more information.
Let's all show our school spirit, and let's all show that Valencia is truly a Caring Community.
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 santacruzplaygroundproject.org.
Founder, Santa Cruz Playground Project
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.
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.
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!
Auction tickets are now available for purchase at
Spirit Day: Soup-er Bowl Sports Day!
NO SCHOOL ~ Lincoln's Birthday
Valencia Science Fair Open-house, 6:30-8pm, Cafeteria
Site Council Meeting @ 4, school Library
Home and School Club Meeting @ 5:30, school Library
Happy Valentine's Day
NO SCHOOL ~ President's Day
Pennies for Patients Campaign begins!
Deadline to turn in BoxTops for Education
Parents only: 4th Grade Informational Meeting, Sacramento Trip
Student of the Month Breakfast
Second Trimester Ends
Site Council Meeting @ 4PM, Library
Home and School Club Meeting @ 5:30PM, Library