Valley View Newsletter: No PTA Meeting This Week, Need Hollowed Eggs & More

Important schedule and information from Valley View Elementary School.

PTA News No Meeting This Week!



PTA Voting meeting has been postponed to Wednesday March 28. There will be no meeting this week.


We need another volunteer to sell snacks after-school on Thursdaysthis time! Any takers? It's a fun job, very rewarding, and much appreciated by our students. Please email Solange at snacksales@valleyviewelementary.org or go to the PTA room on Thursday afternoon. Thanks!



We will have confetti eggs at the festival, and we need to get started making them right away! 

Here is the link to a quick and easy YouTube video that shows -- How to empty an egg  



Order Your 




Last year's yearbooks sold completely out. Don't be left without one!


Pre-Order your yearbook NOW!

Basic Price is $20. For front cover personalization of your child's name, add $2 for a total $22.


The deadline for pre-orders is this Friday March 23rd.


Turn your check and forms in to the office (more forms available in the office). If you have questions, please email Vicki Nishimura at vicandtosh@yahoo.com


CICA ANNOUNCEMENT Music and Quilting! 
Ask your child about the quilt they are making in class. A quilting artist is inspiring each classroom to come up with their own quilt to show this unique American art form thanks to a grant by the California Institute of Contemporary Arts.
Also, to be clear, the AFTER SCHOOL music program will continue FOR FREE on Fridays for the rest of the year after Spring Break. It will only be for 4-5-6 graders who have already taken the in-class trainings. The class times will be half-hour sessions after school on Fridays, not a full hour.
Next year, ALL students will have this music program in class for the fall semester, and then ALL students will be eligible for the after-school free follow-up courses.
No extra money is required. All books, instruments and classes are FREE, no one is required to buy anything. We even allow check-out of instruments through the Library.
Because we'd have to get a whole new set of smaller guitars, we will have a combination Keyboard/Music Appreciation class for K-2nd grades, and 3-6 will get to choose between Guitar, Keyboard and Songwriting/Music (two classes were combined). Letters will be sent explaining the program, but start discussing it with your child. It doesn't matter if they have experience or not.
WE ENCOURAGE PARENT VOLUNTEERS! Some of the Keyboards and Guitars are donated and we can always use help. For the next two Fridays before spring break, come to the Library to see Guitar, Computer Room to see Keyboard and Room 14 to see Songwriting. It doesn't matter if you have a child in it or not. After Spring Break, we will break the after-school free classes to two half-hour rather than one-hour sessions, so that there will be some play time.
PARENTS MUST CHECK WITH THEIR CHILD to see that they are taking the classes. We asked for a commitment for the after-school students of 10 weeks, but many have dropped out and prefer to play on the playground. It is up to you to emphasize the importance of staying in the class and committing to it-they cannot come and go. Ms Cain:ccain1@lausd.net in the Library can tell you if your child has attended the classes.
The Music Program is run by Robin Randall at:robinrandallsongs@yahoo.com

We're open to ideas and suggestions to make this work. And again, this is not paid for by PTA funds or LAUSD. And, so we won't take much class time or interrupt academics, the only school time will be during Fall Semester-the rest is all voluntary.


Look for the songs that were produced and players at the Spring Festival, you'll be impressed!

Sign up Now

The new session of after school classes will begin on April 17th. To enroll visit www.parker-anderson.org. Call (818) 249-5599 for more info. Cost $80 per 8 week program. Financial assistance is available. Deadline to enroll: Monday, April 16th. See FlyerCHESS CLUB! Tuesdays: 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22, 5/29, 6/51:30-2:30 for K-6thWe introduce chess to students in a fun and exciting way! For all students, all levels, we teach students to play chess and help them succeed in school by stimulating their problem solving, analytical, and critical thinking skills. Classes are split into two groups: Beginning and Intermediate/Advance. (2:30-3:30 starting on 5/8)
ROCKET SCIENCE AND ASTRONOMY! Wednesdays: 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/62:30-3:30 for K-6thBlast off! What is it about making rockets that is so much fun?!! Make Seltzer Rocket Launchers, Hoopsters, Business Card Boomerangs, Water Bottle Blasters, and more!! Learn all about the Universe in this interactive course which includes demonstrations and fun activities. We promise this class will be out of this world! $10 materials fee.
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE?! Thursdays: 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/27, 5/24, 5/31, 6/72:30-3:30pm for K-6thSo You Think You Can Dance?! Then come on! Join us for non-stop fun and exercise! Jazz Dance, Ballet moves, Musical Theater Song and Dance, Hip Hop! We bust moves!!! Come join the fun! COMMUNITY NEWS Yucca Park Open House

Yucca Park Community Center Invites you to their OPEN HOUSE & SPRING EVENT


Saturday, April 7, 2012

11:00 am - 3:00 pm










FOR MORE INFO CALL: 323-957-6339

FUN KIDS RUN Saturday April 17th

Looking for a fun way to get your kids moving over Spring Break? The Hollywood Half Marathon on Saturday, April 7 has a Kids Run!


Organized by Valley View mom, Lucie Murray, this FUN Kids Run will take children on a 1/2 mile run along City Walk at Universal Studios. Start time is 8am. Cost is $15 per child and includes a goodie bag and finisher's medal for everyone. Registration is limited. Seewww.hollywoodhalfmarathon.com for details. 

OUR CHILDREN OUR FUTURE PTA Supported Initiative Needs Petition Signatures 


Our Children, Our Future is an education initiative supported by many parents and teachers at our school and the California PTA, and we are gathering signatures from legal California voters in order to get on the ballot.


Personal income tax will increase minimally on all but not the lower income bracket. The money will be placed in a separate trust that can only be spent by the provisions of the act, which includes input directly from our school community, and strict accountability for the money on a school-by-school basis from the district. California's governor and legislature are prohibited from using the money.


For Valley View itself, this would mean a per-year addition of:

$220,484    2013-2014

$383,543    2017-2018

$518,872    2023-2024


Click here to see the Fact Sheet and the click here to read more about the petition on Patch


We are not allowed to seek signatures during PTA meetings, but if you see Bonnie around, please sign the petition. 
SPRING FLING: Save the Date!

FIVE QUESTIONS Valley View Capoeirista! 



I have worked at Valley View for the past 14 years. I taught 6th grade for the first 9 years and have taught 3rd grade for the past 5. I love working at Valley View because of the amazing staff and wonderful kids and parents. I love teaching because even though I am educating the minds of our next presidents and doctors I am constantly learning and changing myself. I moved to Los Angeles in 1998 from Milwaukee, WI, where I completed by bachelor's degree in Elementary Education at the University of Wisconsin. I was VERY happy to get out of the cold.

Q1: What is your favorite thing to do in your free time? MH: My favorite thing to do is... hang out with my son Oliver. He is in 3rd grade and goes to Community Magnet Charter School. He is very funny and keeps me laughing and happy.  Q2: What are your hobbies?MH: One of my hobbies is playing capoeiria. It is a Brazillian martial art that I have been playing for the past 4 years. I train a couple of times per week in North Hollywood and Culver City. I love playing it because if fills my soul and makes me feel so good everytime I play.
Q3: What is your favorite color?MH: My favorite color is green.Q4: What are your favorite foods?MH: My favorite foods are sushi and Mexican... any Mexican!!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!! Q5: What was your motto?MH: Change is good. CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS
Upcoming important dates:                                                                  


Mar 19th                  Parent-Teacher Conferences, 

                              Minimum Day 12:24pm

Tues Mar 20th           CHESS CLUB Tuesdays 1:30 to 2:30pm

                                      FIRST DAY OF SPRING!!!

Wed Mar 21st            PTA Voting Meeting has been postponed                               to next week

                              Parent-Teacher Conferences,  

                              Minimum Day 12:24pm

                              Leonis Adobe bus field trip (4th grade)

                              JUNIOR DETECTIVES: SPY KIDS! 

                              This Wednesday special time: 1pm to 2pm

Thurs Mar 22nd         Parent-Teacher Conferences, Minimum Day 12:24pm

                              GLEE! DANCE CREW Thursday special time: 1pm to                                                           2pm

Fri Mar 23rd              Parent-Teacher Conferences, Minimum Day 12:24pm

                              Yearbook Personalization Deadline!

Wed March 28th        PTA Voting Meeting in library NEW DATE       

                              Discovery Center of Santa Ana workshop (4th, 5th & 6th grades)

Fri Mar 30                SCHOOL CLOSED for Cesar Chavez Day

Fri Apr 6th Mon April 9th             School is back in session Tues Apr 10th            
Tues Apr 10th            Placerita Nature Center bus field trip (1st grade)Wed Apr 11th            Colonial Times workshop (4th, 5th & 6th grades)
Tues Apr 17th            OPEN HOUSE 5:30 to 6:30pm
Wed Apr 18th            Malibu Lagoon bus field trip (5th & 6th grades)
Thurs Apr 19th          PTA ELECTIONS Voting Meeting 8am in Library


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