Phoenix Family News

March 26, 2021

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Important Dates Ahead...

  • April 2: No School
  • April 16: VCES Virtual Bingo Night, 6:00 pm
  • April 23: No School, K-5 Prep Day
  • April 26: No School, K-5 Professional Development Day

MCA Dates:
  • April 27-30: Reading MCA for 3rd-5th grade
  • May 3-7: Math MCA for 3rd-5th grade
  • May 10-14: Science MCA for 5th grade

VLA MCA Dates more details to come on timing):

  • April 30: Reading MCA
  • May 7: Math MCA
  • May 14: Science MCA

Calendar and Schedule Updates

The latest calendar updates are available at

A Note from the Principal

Spring is here! Hopefully to stay! We know April can be filled with showers (maybe even snow showers) but we can be hopeful, right? As the weather improves, it is not always necessary to bring your winter items to school anymore. Please check the weather and decide what your child will need for the day. It does get muddy so it might be a good idea to have a spare pair of clothes in their backpack if they are prone to play in the puddles. We do our best to keep them clean outside but they are kids after all. Happy last week of March!

Free Breakfast and Lunch for All Students

Just a reminder that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo) to provide free breakfast and lunch for enrolled students. Paperwork is not required to receive free meals. All students eat breakfast in the classroom, and our 2nd-5th grade students eat lunch in the classroom. All students are invited to participate in this program this year!

VCES Virtual Bingo Night

Save the Date for Friday, April 16th! The VCES student council is excited to present virtual family bingo night at 6:00 pm! Interested families will receive bingo boards for each VCES student in their family. Bingo boards will be provided in their homebases. If the student is in VLA, they have the option to pick up bingo boards during VLA supply pickup on April 9th or print bingo cards at home. More information on that to follow. If you are interested, please complete the survey that is linked below by Friday, March 26th.

Thanks so much! Ms. Lieder & Mrs. Polifka, Student Council Teacher Leaders

Virtual VCES Bingo Night Interest Form

A Note from Dr. Gervais, School Social Worker

  • Please view my schedule and availability online at

  • Check out my Virtual Classroom filled with fun activities to do at home.
  • Resources for Families - District 833 has a website that will link you to a variety of resources from food, mental health, and unemployment and so much more. Bookmark this page for future use:

  • SNACK Program - Valley Crossing is part of the SNACK program with Girl Scout Troop 55128. This program helps provide snacks for our student body to ensure no child goes hungry. Unfortunately, donations are down this year and Valley Crossing is in need of individually wrapped peanut-free snacks. We welcome donations to be dropped off in our front office. Thank you for your support!

Vacations and Other Extended Absences

When students return to in person learning, teachers will not be posting Seesaw activities or provide live streaming for students who are on vacation or other extended absences. Homework packets and/or assignments will be put together similar to years past (non-COVID school years). If you have any questions, please contact me at or 651-425-7503.

Illnesses and Absences

  • Please be sure to call in to our attendance line to report absences or illness: 651-425-7506

  • Any sick student who is sent to school, or is determined to be sick during the school day, will immediately be sent home.


  • The 14-day quarantine period will remain in place. If staff or students had close contact with an infected person, the Minnesota Department of Health may direct us to keep them out of school for a minimum of 14 days.

  • We ask that families be prepared for the possibility that their child’s class could move to distance learning at any time due to a potential COVID-19 exposure.

VCES Information Links

VCES Contact Information

Connha Classon, Principal: / 651.425.7503

Kristine McDonald, Assistant Principal: / 651.425.7523

Merita LaPlante, Office Coordinator: / 651.425.7501

Jen Gackstetter, Office Assistant: / 651.425.7507

Jen Gervais, Social Worker: / 651.425.7542 (Note Change)