December Newsletter 2023
Valley View Elementary School
From Principal Kuhlman
Happy December! The cold weather has returned. November was fairly mild with a couple of cold days to let us know what’s ahead. That being said, I want to remind everyone of our cold weather policy. If the temperature or wind chill is 0 degrees or above, we will be going outside for recess. Students needs to come with hats, mittens, heavy jackets, snow pants, and boots. This will ensure they have a fun time outside at recess! Please make sure you label your child’s winter clothes with a sharpie with their name and grade level. If you need help with winter apparel, please reach out to Ms. Herje, our school Social Worker.
Parent pick-up/drop-off also becomes challenging during the winter months. In the morning, please make sure you are parking in the lot instead of the drop off lane if you are walking your children up to the front door. The drop off lanes are only for parents who are dropping students off, and not leaving their vehicle. Students are not allowed in the building before 7:20. Please plan accordingly. At dismissal, families picking students up after school must pick up their child(ren) before 2:30. At this time, staff bring students up to the front door. Students are required to wait outside if the temperature is above 0 degrees. If you’re going to be late, please call the office at 763-528-4201.
Minnesota winters and the holiday season can be hard on everyone. The cold temperatures, shortened daylight, and the lack of outside time all play a role in our mental health. If you, or someone in your family, is being adversely affected by this, please don’t hesitate to reach out. You and your child’s well-being is important to us. We are planning a number of family events that get us outside to embrace the winter months. We encourage you to brave the weather and come and participate! Together we will get through it!
Lastly, I would like to extend a big thank you to all who helped make our referendum pass. The additional funding will help us sustain the academic programing that is helping your child succeed. You have shown a strong commitment to our school community, as well as to our community as a whole.
Fifth grade had a music filled month of November! We were lucky to be able to attend the University of Minnesota Marching Band performance and see the Orchestra Hall perform their Fall Harvest program this year! Students are working hard with Mr. Hanson and Mr. Chao to learn their own instruments! We are hard at work with our academics as well, focusing on science during our skills block this quarter, students have finished up our unit on variables and will be moving on to levers and pulleys next! They are showing great growth in their multiplication and division facts and will soon be moving on to our fractions unit in math!
LEAP students spent the first quarter learning about plants and had a fun visit from Melissa Trent, Blooming Heights Agriculture Specialist. Students learned about how different plants disperse seeds and were able to sample some apple cider. LEAP students planted various seeds in pots, used grow lights, and had great success with seed germination. In addition, they are also conducting an experiment to see the life cycle of a pumpkin in sealed containers that we will observe for the school year and hopefully plant them in the spring. They will also be learning the cycle and behavior of the hissing cockroach.
LEAP had their first field trip to the Bell Museum where they watched the planetarium show and learned all about the constellations. They also learned about global warming and then conducted an experiment that challenged them to build the best insulated device to keep ice from melting.
Hello Valley View Families!
My name is Ms. Hale and I am thrilled that I get to teach our youngest learners all about computer science.
During our first quarter together, students learned all about what it means to be a digital citizen. We talked about how to take care of our devices, make good choices when we are online, and be leaders both online and in person. Second graders also learned what information is okay to share online, and what information should stay private.
During second quarter, students will learn all about computer coding. They will learn what it means to write code, as well as practice writing their own. We will be using both Code.org and Scratch Jr. sites to practice, and will end our unit writing code for a mini robot, a Beebot, in our classroom.
We use Seesaw each day we are in class, so check out your student’s Computer Science journal if you haven’t already!
This is our community tree! Students made their own leaves for the tree during art class!