April 15th, 2012
Vol. 2011-12 No. 29
Your Parent-Teacher Association Newsletter from Valley Gateway Council, District 31 PTSAIn This Issue PTA News VOLUNTEERS! for Spring Fling 50/50 Raffle SPRING FLING Donations After School Enrichment Field Trip Highlight VV Activities Photos on Patch Five Questions CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS
Valley View PTA website
Valley View Elementary Calendar
California Institute of
Parker-Anderson After-School Enrichment Classes
Our Children, Our Future 2012 Iniative
PRE-SALE TICKETS Tickets for the Spring Fling Festival are ON SALE NOW!
Tickets are good for food, drinks and games at the festival on Sunday April 29th noon to 4pm at North Weddington Park.
PRE-SALE TICKET PRICES$20 for 45 tickets$50 for 125 tickets
You can order discounted pre-sale tickets by envelope, sent in your child's backpack last week, (more envelopes in the office.) Deadline to get your envelopes into the office is Wednesday 4/25. You can choose to either send the tickets home with your child, or have them held for pickup at Will Call at the ticket booth on the day of the festival.
OR you can buy them in person before school on Tuesday 4/17 and Thursday 4/19, plus before school on Monday 4/23 to Friday 4/27, where we can take cash, check or credit card.
Get your tickets now!SPRING FLING
Times are approximate, but here is a listing of theFREE entertainment we have planned for you at this year's Spring Fling.
You and your family won't want to miss a minute of the fun! So be there from noon to 4pm on Sunday April 29th at North Weddington Park, with plenty of street parking!
California Academy of Martial Arts
CALL TIME 12PM
Capoeria Brasil Valley
Young Champions Cheerleaders
Upper Grade performances
CALL TIME 1:10PM
Rosa del Valle Folkloric Dance
DK Dance Factory
PORTRAIT RAFFLE Win a Fine Art Portrait Session
A fabulous opportunity to work with renowned fine art and celebrity photographer Mark Robert Halper.
Item 1: Fine Art Portrait Session For Your Family. Value $690.
Item 2: The Definitive Portrait of Your Children. Value $650.
Raffle Tickets available at the Raffle Table at the Spring Fling Entry Booth. PTA News OPEN HOUSE is coming up!
This Tuesday 4/17 at 5:30pm, everyone is invited to attend Open House, which will begin with Ms. Kim in the auditorium, then continue on to classroom visitations. Don't miss this opportunity to pop in to the classrooms of the grades your children will attend next and future years! Our teachers are fantastic and love to meet incoming parents.
Parking will be available on the playground, entering through the Oakcrest gate.
Please attend next week's PTA Voting Meeting at 8am this Wednesday 4/18 in the Library. This is our Electionmeeting. We have nominations for all positions (but would happily entertain any new nominations), so don't stay away because you're afraid you might get volunteered! OurHospitality Committee will provide the caffeine and goodies to keep us awake, so when Lana has theTreasurer's Report and Mike has the Secretary's Report, we'll all be alert enough to pay attention. We will also talk about upcoming Teacher Appreciation, so please come with your ideas. And of course we'll discuss any Spring Fling updates we can fit into the time allotted. So please plan to attend.
We need more HOT WHEELS TRACKS, SETS AND CARS for the 5th & 6th grade Hot Wheels booth at Spring Fling! Please email email@example.com if you can loan us hot wheels and accessories. Please mark them carefully and we will return them safe and sound!
Also, we really need lots more HOLLOWED EGGS for Confetti eggs, too! Please bring them to the office as well.
Join us for a SIGN MAKING PARTY on Monday 4/23 at 2pm in the Auditorium. There is a lot behind the scenes to make the Spring Fling work. If you have some time, pop by after school next Monday and help us make some signs. It's actually a lot of fun!
EVERYONE will be expected to volunteer for at least a 1 hour block, so that NO ONE has to cover missed shifts.
You should have received an email from room parents outlining how to sign up ONLINE for volunteer time. If you have any problems with the site, send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the rain behind us, there will also be paper sign-up sheets posted Monday morning on the red wall of Room 12.
Go to the link below to sign up for your classroom booth today!
Go to the link below to sign up for your classroom booth.
1st grade Rm10
Knock the Bottles
1st grade Rm11
Skull Frisbee Toss
2nd grade Rms3&4
3rd grade Rms12&14
4th grade Rm7
5th&6th grades Rms5&6
Once the classroom booths timeslots have been filled (or if you'd like to do something different) you can sign up ONLINE for the other volunteer positions we need as well:
EXTRA BOOTHS: Hi-Striker, Obstacle Course, Slide, Legos, Crafts
FOOD SALE: Bake Sale, Popcorn, Sno-Cones, Food Sales
ENTRY BOOTH: Ticket & Raffle Ticket Sales, Volunteer Check-In
Choose your time slot and sign up now! We need you!
Don't be surprised if your kids come home and beg you to volunteer! For each hour of volunteering, you will receive a panther buck to give your favorite Panther!
Each volunteer will also get a fun button to proudly display your status as a Valley View Volunteer!
We need literally EVERY person to make our festival a success. SIGN UP TODAY!SPRING FLING: 50/50 RAFFLE
New This Year!
Play the 50/50 Raffle and win
50% for you - 50% for Valley View!
Raffle tickets for the 50/50 Raffle may be purchased at the raffle table at the Entry Booth, and also we'll also have people walking around the festival. Tickets will be $1 each (cash only.) 50% to the winner, 50% to the school.
There will be 3 separate 50/50 drawings you can play, with draw times at:
1:30pm, 2:30pm & 3:30pm
You must be present to win. The winning numbers will be announced at the appropriate time, then posted boldly at the raffle table until the end of the festival. You must retrieve your winnings before the end of the festival. Unclaimed prizes will go to Valley View.SPRING FLING Donations
These items will complement the rest of the food offerings of corn on the cob, hot dogs, veggie dogs, cole slaw, pulled pork sandwiches and pulled pork sandwiches. We really need these drinks and sides to complete a fun meal option for the festival. Your donations are critical to our success!
Please bring your food and drink donations to the PTA room anytime, and the deadline is Wednesday April 25th.
Kindergarten Rms1&2 300 bags of assorted single-serve chips
1st grade Rms10&11 200 cans of Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, and Orange
2nd grade Rms3&4 200 juice boxes or juice packs
3rd grades Rms12&14 200 juice boxes or juice packs
4th grade Rm7 200 cans of Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, and Orange
5th&6th Rms5&6 300 bags of assorted single-serve chips
BAKED FOOD DONATIONS:
We will need individual items like cookies, brownies, cupcakes, etc., as well as full cakes, full pies, etc. In addition to the Bake Sale, this year we will also have a Cake Walk to win special baked items! So we will need even more than ever before.
Sign-ups for baked goods donations will be posted on the red wall of Room 12 next to volunteer sign ups.
Thank you so much for taking your time & energies and showing off your baking talents to support Valley View! AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT New Spring Classes
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 Flyer. CHESS 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! FIELD TRIP HIGHLIGHT
Your PTA Dollars at Work: Malibu Lagoon
This Wednesday the 18th, our 5th and 6th graders will be treated to a bus field trip to Malibu Lagoon.
Our students will view and identify lagoon plankton through microscopes, learn about the energy cycle and the food web, and gain appreciation for the role of fungus, bacteria, and insects in the ecosystem. This field trip allows the students to test water and discuss the properties present in the sample taken from the tide-pools at Malibu Lagoon.
Also, the students learn about marine biology and water reclamation, and the necessity of ecology preservation.Thank you, Valley View donors, for your continued support of these valuable extra-curricular learning opportunities for our students! Masks, Field Trips, LEGO and more See more photos on Patch, and add yours!Check out these links.* Scary, Funny, Symmetrical Masks Made by Fourth Graders * See what LEGO modelsyour children have created, and add your own photos and video. (See new ones every Saturday!)
* Children Playing With Rancho Animals [PHOTOS]
* Girl's Doll Helps Sing at Easter Concert with Cherub Choir [VIDEO]
* Studio City Pics & Clips
* School Trip to the San Fernando Mission
* Mom Helps Kids in a Fun Run
* Moms Talk: What Poem Do You Like to Read to Your Kids? It's World Poetry Day FIVE QUESTIONS Rolling In the Depp
This is my 9th year at Valley view. My oldest Dante Luna went to valley view from 2nd to 5th grade and currently Donovan Sylla is there and has been there since kindergarten. I am a math teacher at Walter Reed middle school and used to run the talent show at Valley view when we were on different schedules. I choreographed, organized and wrote skits for the talent show. I was also vice president of the PTA for a year and helped with many fall festivals. Unfortunately now that my school is the same as Valley View, I do not get over there as often, but luckily my brother Mike is able to help out a lot.
Q1: What is your greatest fear? MS: My greatest fear is snakes. I can't even go in the reptile house at the zoo. Donovan knew i really loved him when I took him to the reptile show in Pasadena, but i could barely get through the front door, because they had cobras right at the beginning. He loves snakes. Q2: What is your favorite word?MS: My favorite word is pickle. I just can't seem to say that word without smiling, (ask my kids.)
Q3: What is your idea of perfect happiness?MS: My idea of perfect happiness is being able to bring a smile to someones face by doing a little act of kindness. I get the most joy when someone says "thanks, you made my day." Sometimes it only takes a smile at someone to make a difference.
Q4: Who are your heroes?MS:
True heroes in my eyes are those that go unnoticed, but make a difference, like teachers, policemen, mothers, fathers, uncles. Those that just do for others without rewards, because they care and love.Q5: Who do you idolize?MS: I love Johnny Depp. My students bring me pictures of him and do projects about him. We have a little shrine in my classroom about him. The students think it is fun and in fact, one student got me an autograph from him signed to me. She got an A in the class. :)
Upcoming important dates:
Tues Apr 17th OPEN HOUSE 5:30 TO 6:30PM CHESS CLUB (New Session) Tuesdays 1:30 to 2:30pmWed Apr 18th Malibu Lagoon bus field trip (5th & 6th grades)
ROCKET SCIENCE & ASTRONOMY
(New Class) Weds 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Wednesdays 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Thurs Apr 19th SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE?! (New Class) Thursdays 2:30pm to 3:30 Mon Apr 23rd Spring Fling Sign Making Party! 2pm to 4 pm Tues Apr 24th SSC Meeting 7:30am in Library
Sun Apr 29th SPRING FLING! Valley View School FestivalTues May 1st FINAL Early Dismissal Tuesday (all other Tuesdays this school year will be 2:24pm)Wed May 2nd Mad Science workshop at VV (Kinders & 2nd grade)Thurs May 3rd Audobon Center at Deb's Park bus field trip (Kinders)Fri May 4th Staff Appreciation DayFrom your friends at Valley View Elementary PTA -- HOME OF THE PANTHERS!
PTA will send a weekly printed copy of this newsletter home with your child if you have no access to email; please leave your info at the school office.
Valley View Elementary * 6921 Woodrow Wilson Dr * Los Angeles * 90068
Principal: Susan Kim * PTA Co-Pres: Bonnie George & Kelly Cole * Newsletter Editor: Fracaswell Hyman
PTA Meetings each Wednesday 8am in Library * Voting Meetings 3rd Wednesdays of each monthForward email