Valencia Elementary

Announcements & Upcoming Events, March 2, 2014

Important School Rules Reminder from Mr. Stonebarger:

All adults entering the Valencia campus MUST sign-in to the Valencia office and wear either a Visitor or Volunteer sticker or badge. This is required anytime you walk on our campus during school hours. If you walk your student to class at morning drop-off and plan to remain on campus after the 8:30am bell rings, you must sign-in to the Valencia office. This rule is not in place to inconvenience anyone but rather for the safety of our students, staff and volunteers.

In addition, please keep your pets, particularly dogs, off of the Valencia campus and away from students. Even though a dog may be wonderful, some children are scared of dogs, some people are allergic to dogs, and a dog's safety may be in jeopardy on campus, as well. Pets are not allowed on campus at any time during the school day.

Cantrell Spring Photos:

Cantrell Photography will be on campus Tuesday, March 4th so put on your fancy spring wear and a big smile for Spring photos! This is a fundraiser for Valencia ASB.

Valencia's Annual Jog-a-thon!!!

Friday, March 28th, 8:30am-2:30pm

25661 Paseo De Valencia

Laguna Hills, CA

The annual Valencia Jog-A-Thon is scheduled to take place on Friday, March 28th! The theme this year is "Keep Calm And Jog On". This is one of our three major fundraisers for the school year and we need your help in order to continue to make technology improvements for our students and also to maintain PTA sponsored programs and staffing such as our Library Clerks, Health Aide and Computer Lab IT.

The Jog-a-Thon committee is still seeking donations for the various prize and raffle levels offered to students. Monetary donations, gift cards, gift certificates and prizes (Legos, Nerf products, Rainbow Loom products, sporting goods, etc) are all welcome! If you are able to donate, please contact our Jog-A-Thon Chairs, Shelly Lytle~Knapper ( or Sherry Higgins (

Keep Calm And Jog On Pledge Packets will be sent home with students early March so keep an eye out for more information regarding the Jog-a-Thon and your child’s opportunity to earn raffle tickets and qualify for different prize levels. Thank you for your continued support of our great school!

Your Jog-a-thon Co-Chairs,

Shelly Lytle~Knapper & Sherry Higgins

Communities For Cause Smartphone App

Communities For Cause is a FREE smartphone App that makes it easy to support Valencia Elementary PTA while also supporting local merchants...year-round! Local merchants on the app will donate back 5%-20% of your purchase to our school! It's easy to use!

To date, our school has earned $1,000 in free school supplies and we have earned over $1,800 in merchant donations just by using the app when we shop or dine at participating merchants! There are many local merchants that many of us frequent weekly: Flamingos Mexican Grill & Bar, Mangia Bene, The Empanada Maker, The Pizza Store, Mountain Mike's Pizza, Jersey Mike's, Delizie Ristorante & Bar, Polo Cleaners, Rocco's Pizzeria, Villa Roma, Round Table Pizza, Southern California Pizza, Mitze's Kountry Kitchen, Latte Da Bagelry & Grill, Stacks Pancake House, Daphne's California Greek, Chili's and many more!

If you have any questions or need guidance downloading the app and registering our cause, please don’t hesitate to contact Lisa Leigber, or Shelly Knapper,

Get Your Tickets for The Wizard of Oz Production!

Ticket order forms were sent home in your child’s backpack for the upcoming Wizard of Oz performances at the Laguna Hills High School Theater. Shows will be held on Saturday and Sunday, March 15th-16th. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Please return your order form with payment (cash or check made payable to Valencia PTA) to the front office, in the box marked “School Musical.” Seats are assigned according to receipt of order forms with full payment.


Reading Counts: The next Reading Counts Prize Week is March 10th-14th.

We Need Used Books! Our annual Used Book Sale will be held in the month of April. If you have any used books that you would like to donate for the sale, PLEASE bring them to the Library and let a Library Clerk know they are for the Used Book Sale. We especially need children’s books and chapter books!

Adopt-A-Book: If you have not done so already, please consider supporting the LMRC and helping our library continue to grow by participating in the Adopt-A-Book program. The deadline to participate is the end of April, so you still have time! Simply complete the Adopt-A-Book form and choose a book from the Library wish list, or if you prefer, we can choose the book for you. You may obtain a form and get more information on the LMRC webpage on the school website, the PTA website, or visit the Library or the front office. Thank you!

Donate Your Old Technology

Attention Valencia families…. your technology team wants your old tech. tools! In just two years, Valencia Elementary has grown its technology program and widespread use of iPads, iPhones, smart phones and tablets throughout most of its classrooms. Teachers and students alike are using these devices daily as another resource and learning tool. To continue to grow this program and to provide devices for as many students as possible, we are organizing a tech. drive. We are looking to collect old tech tools that are in good working condition, but that you might no longer be using. We are collecting old iPhones, iPad 2's, smart phones, tablets, etc… We will also be collecting charging cords and cases as part of the drive. Please look for more information in the following weeks. We will be collecting items before and after school the last week of March!


Your Technology Chairs

Lillie Eiserman & Kim Heinecke

Attention! New Date for 2014 Engineering Fair at Valencia

The date for this year’s Engineering Fair has been moved to Tuesday, May 20th. Students who are interested in being a part of this year's event will need to make sure to view the PowerPoint presentation on Mrs. Bagnall’s class website. Participating students do not need to turn in anything prior to the event. Judges are still needed! Please email Mrs. Bagnall at if you are available to help and be a judge or if you have any questions.

6th Grade Camp Payment:

The cost of 6th Grade Camp this year is $350. You can make payments in the front office. Deposit any amount at any time to Tama Adams, checks made payable to Valencia ASB. If you have any questions, please email Tama at Thank you!

Immunization Needed for Students Entering 7th Grade:

If your child will be entering 7th grade in the Fall of 2014, the Whopping cough/Pertussis immunization (Tdap) is required. All 7th grade students must get this immunization. Students who do not fulfill this requirement will not be allowed to attend class in the Fall. Please schedule an appointment with your child’s doctor to have this done ASAP. Bring an updated immunization record to Valencia Elementary’s school office by June 1, 2014 so that we can update our records and forward the information to your child’s middle school. If you have any questions, please contact our Health Aide, Bobbi Hirsch, at 830-3650.

Mission Viejo Library Card Design Contest:

The Mission Viejo Library is having a Library Card Design Contest for children 6-12 years of age. The grand prize is a Farrell’s gift certificate and the winning design will be used for the official children’s library card and other library card promotional materials. The deadline for card design entries is Wednesday, March 5th at 5pm. Please visit the MV Library website for additional details and to download the Library Card Design Application:

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Upcoming Events:

Mar. 4th – Spring Photos and 6th Grade Class Panorama Photo

Mar. 4th - Cantrell Spring Photos, Grades K-6th

Mar. 10th-14th - Reading Counts Prize Week

Mar. 11th - General PTA Meeting, 9am, MPR

Mar. 13th - Outreach Service Program Mtg, 2:30pm (MPR)

Mar. 14th-21st - Minimum Days, Parent/Teacher Conferences

Mar. 15th-16th - Wizard of Oz performances at LHHS

Mar. 21st - Flag Raising / Spirit Day

Mar. 25th - Art Masters Lecture

Mar. 28th - Jog-a-thon

Mar. 31st - Composer Countdown

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