Valley View Newsletter: Animal Invasion, Chess Club, Teacher Profile and More

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Jump Into Your Jammies  and Get Your Book On!


Pajama-Rama is coming up on Friday September 28th! This fun evening will be the first event of the school year and the kick-off to the Book Fair, which runs until Wednesday October 3rd.


Wear your jammies, bring your blanket, pillow and stuffed animal.

Pizza and water sold for a buck each from 5 to 5:45pm.

Readings begin at 6pm.

Free hot cocoa and cookies after.


We will need volunteers for:

Set-up and Sell pizza & water 4:30-6:00

Make cocoa and Serve cocoa & cookies 6:15-7:00

Please help us out with this cool event! Emailinfo@valleyviewelementary.org.


BOOK FAIR Inspire Reading!  


It's that time again! The 10th annual Scholastic Book Fair! The book fair will start on September 28th at 2:30pm, running thru October 3rd.

The book fair provides Valley View a chance to expand our library's book selection. It's also an opportunity to inspire our children's love of books and giving. This year we would like to sponsor Children's Hospital as our "One for the Books" charity in addition to fulfilling our teacher's wish lists. A box will be placed in the office for the "One for the Books" donations before the fair and in the library during the fair. Teacher's wish lists will be in the library during the fair. Remember this is not a cash-raising event, only to replenish the Library.

This year we also have an online fair opening on the 28th till a week after the fair closes. So even if you can't be here in person, you can still shop! http://www.scholastic.com/schoolbookfairs/2907650 



Volunteer sign-ups will be sent home in the Wednesday backpacks. This is a fun and rewarding volunteer opportunity, so please find some time to fit it in, even an hour helps! If you have questions please call Heide at (323) 874-9245 / (323) 459-8856 or Fleaburt@aol.com. Here are the available timeslots to volunteer:


Set-up Book Fair

Tuesday September 25th   8:00am- 10:00am

Wednesday September 26th   8:00am-11:00am

Classroom previews

Thursday September 27th   8:05 - 2:00pm

Book Fair: We need cashiers and general floaters (watching the merchandise, restocking and helping the kids look for their favorites.)

Pajama-rama  Opening Day on Friday September 28th  2:30pm to 7:30pm

Monday October 1st   7:30-8:05am, 12:00-1:00pm and 2:15-4:00pm

Tuesday October 2nd  7:30-8:05am, 12:00-2:30pm

Last Day Wednesday October 3rd  7:30-8:05, 12:00pm-1:00pm and 2:15-6:00pm

Pack-up Book Fair

Thursday October 4th  8:00am- till done 


POSTER PARTY! No Artistic Talent Required

This Monday morning 9/10, right after drop off, please join us for Poster Making! We need fundraising posters to help get the word out about our current goals and projects. Please give us a half hour or so of your time to make some signage for campus.

Thank you! FUNDRAISING CORNER Standing Room Only!

Thank you to all the parents who came to the Fundraising Meeting on Wednesday. The enthusiasm in the room was fantastic. I'm sorry we ran out of time but stay tuned for more meeting dates and important updates. We look forward to a successful year thanks to all your help and continued energy. Go Panthers!



If you:

A) are procrastinating

B) keep forgetting because of terminal mommy/daddy brain

C) think your gift doesn't make a difference


I'd like to remind you that parent donations of any amount are essential to our school. Did you know that:

  • Parent donations keep our library open despite massive LAUSD budget cuts?
  • Field Trips and Assemblies, including transportation, WOULD NOT happen without PTA dollars.
  • Our fundraising goal for 2012-2013 is $58,000 - that's about $250 per child.
  • You can give online atwww.valleyviewelementary.org and click on Donate Now!
  • You can donate by completing this form and turning it into the office

Chess Club!

TUESDAYS: 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6 1:30-2:30pm for K-6th

Cost: $70

We introduce chess to students in a fun and exciting way! For all students and all levels, we teach students to play chess and help them succeed in school by stimulating their problem solving, analytical, and critical thinking skills. Includes exclusive booklets and worksheets. Win certificates, medals and trophies!

Animal Invasion!

WEDNESDAY: 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7 2:30-3:30pm for K-6th

Cost: $65

Animal invasion is a class for all animal lovers. Your child will see and learn about all kinds of amazing live animals. Our hands-on class includes Reptiles, Amphibians, Mammals, Birds, Insects and much more. Don't miss out on all the fun, games and most importantly the animals!

 To enroll, visit www.parker-anderson.orgonline enrollment only. Deadline to enroll is Thursday, September 20th. Maximum 24 students per class, first come, first served.


Save Your Receipts, Help Valley View! Please start saving your Fresh & Easy receipts for a fundraiser for our school. Fresh & Easy will donate $1 to Valley View for every $20 spent in their stores between September 12, 2012 and December 31, 2012.  Ask your family, friends and neighbors to collect their receipts for us too. With your help we can make lots of money for our kids. More details to follow.


FIVE QUESTIONS  Welcome Back, Astghik!


Hello everyone! I am excited to be back at Valley View. I had previously worked here as a Teaching Assistant/ Attendance Clerk in the early 90's and went by the name "Stella".

I am trilingual and 1/2. I speak English, Spanish and Armenian. I am also learning Sign Language on the side. I enjoy learning about different cultures, different languages and communicating with different people. 


Q1: What is your favorite occupation?AS: My favorite occupation is teaching. I love teaching because I love making a difference in the lives of children and getting them excited about learning.  

Q2: Where were you born?AS: I was born in Yerevan, Armenia and immigrated to the United States when I was five years old with my mother.  I did not speak any English so I learned it in 1st grade when we moved here.

Q3: What is your favorite color?AS: My favorite colors are purple, green and turquoise. I love purple because makes me think that I am special like royalty. I love green because it makes me feel very calm and reminds me of nature. I love turquoise because it is the color of the calm ocean where I like to be when I am away from home.

Q4: What are your hobbies?AS: I like to write poetry and play the recorder. I also like to go hiking and camping. I love the outdoors and anything having to do with nature.

Q5: What person, living or dead, do you consider a true hero?AS: A person whom I consider a true hero is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He is a hero because he was a civil rights activist and fought for equality amongst all people in non-violent ways. His efforts ended segregation and he showed us anything is possible if you work hard at it. 


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