Valhalla Pride - August 5, 2021

Welcome Back! #FallForAll

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Welcome Back!

Hello Valhalla Community!


I hope you are enjoying the last few days of summer vacation! We are busy preparing for 100% in person learning and we are VERY EXCITED to see you!

Please know that our Main Office is open from 8 AM-3:30 PM Monday-Friday. The information below was sent from our district office last week; I'm including it here in case you missed it. Our school start will look fairly normal, however, we will all be wearing masks indoors. Masks outdoors during recess and lunch is option for students. All visitors need to wear a mask on campus at all times.


School starts on Thursday, August 12th at 8:08am. If you have any questions, please call our office: (925) 687-1700.


Sincerely,


Miss Pappas

We are getting ready for you!

Hello from Miss Melissa, Miss Pappas, Mr. Ken & Miss Rebecca! We can't wait to see you on Tuesday!
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From the District: 2021-22 Welcome Back FAQ

Dear Mt. Diablo Unified School District Community,


In anticipation of the reopening of schools for in-person instruction on Aug. 12, we have created a "2021-22 Welcome Back FAQ" that we hope will answer many of the questions you may have about protocols for the coming school year. We are excited to welcome you back to our campuses and will be sending out more information as we receive guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Contra Costa Health Services Department.


Click here for MDUSD FAQs

All-In-One Day: Tuesday, August 10th from 3-7pm

Our All-In-One Day will be on August 10th by last name.


A-F 3-4pm

G-M 4-5pm

N-S 5-6pm

T-Z 6-7pm


What happens at All-In-One?

You'll drop off any missing forms (such as dental/physical for Kinders and new students)

You can purchase limited edition tie-dye Valhalla t-shirts

You'll get info from our amazing VPFA (Valhalla Parent Faculty Association)

You can donate to your child's classroom (suggested donation is $180, $1 per day of school, per student)

You'll get your student's special HomeLink code if you're not already registered

You'll get your child's teacher information as well as supply list and welcome letter

You can take a self guided your of Valhalla and check out the campus!


We are so excited to see you guys at All-In-One Day!

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Drop off & pick up safety guidelines:

Dear Parents,


Thank you for following all of our safety procedures at Valhalla. There are two options to . drop-off and pick up your students. You can park in the neighborhood and walk together up to the blacktop or stay in your vehicle and utlize the traffic circle where Mr. Ken and Miss Pappas will be there to help. Here are some reminders to review:


Please do not turn left from Kiki Dr. into Valhalla's parking lot. Only school busses are allowed to turn left into the parking lot, due to safety issues such as children crossing the street. You're also cutting in front of families who have been patiently waiting in the car line to pick up their students.


Please do not turn left out of our parking lot. Again, we have children and families using our crosswalk and it can be very dangerous. Our top priority is the safety of our students and families. Please turn right ONLY out of our parking lot.


Please do not park in our staff parking lot (it is for staff only). We were a little lax over distance learning, but you'll have to now go back to parking on the street if you need drop off or pick up your child. Every single staff space is assigned to a staff member and used during the school year.


Please do not walk through the parking lot. We have staff cars and busses moving through the parking lot and it is a big safety concern to be walking through our parking lot. Please instead use our walkways.


You can walk your student to their spot on the blacktop in the morning. You are welcome to stay through the pledge of allegiance on the blacktop in the back. Once the pledge is over, we ask that you quickly leave campus so we can get our students focused and ready for the day.


You can come and pick up your child from their classroom after school, however, please do not come onto campus until 2:40pm (M/T/Th/F) and 12:55pm (Wednesday) as to not distract from learning.


We thank you for your cooperation - our students' safety is our top priority!

A Note from VPFA:

Dear Valhalla Families,


We made it! We have survived through the strangest (and likely most-challenging) school year in our lifetimes. Pat yourselves on the back for making it through!


The VPFA board is hard at work this summer creating a calendar of events for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. We are so excited that all students will be back on campus next year and that the Valhalla community that we know and love will be back in person. But we need YOU to make this happen. Without additional volunteers, many of our beloved events won’t be able to happen – from our Welcome Back Dinner Dance, to Valhalloween to the Auction Gala in the spring.


I mean it when I say that volunteering through VPFA has been the best way for me to meet other parents and make great friends. If you would like more information, please check out our webpage www.valhallavpfa.com and click on the VPFA Manual link. Or you can email vpfapresident@gmail.com with specific questions or if you would like to sign yourself up to help. We would love to have new faces representing our diverse population take on some of the currently open positions. Keep an eye out on Facebook and Konstella for open positions that we need to fill.


We will see everyone at All-in-One on August 10!


Thank you,


Marni Hutchins

VPFA President

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How to help at Valhalla: πŸ’™πŸ’›

1. Sign up to vounteer: while we are currently only allowing vounteers help outside, we are asking parents to get clearned now to be ready! Click here to apply to be a volunteer on campus or to help at future feild trips.


2. Apply to be a campus supervisor! Click here! We are currently looking for 2 noon supervisors to help us out at lunch time: 11:45am - 1:15 pm daily. Any questions? ask Miss Pappas.

Valhalla's Bell Schedule

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We Are Ready For YOU!

Welcome Our New Staff Members

Anna Barber, Cafeteria Manager

Emily Wright, District Nurse

Deborah Bullard, Vocal Music

Katie Turley, Vocal Music

Bradley Parese, Vocal Music

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Did you know that Anna Barber (below) went to school here?

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Food services update from Miss Anna:

Hello all,


My name is Miss Anna! I am so happy, and excited to be your new lunch lady, and to meet all of you fantastic human beings. This year is going to be wonderfully fun, and delicious!


All students will be served for free this year! Yay! For breakfast, and lunch services there will be one scrumptious item available daily along with traditional milk, fruit, and veggies. Due to Covid-19, and the progression of the Delta variant, there will not be a salad bar available as of right now. Student workers WILL still be able to volunteer during lunch service as long as the parent/guardian approves it, and the student remains masked. Second Chance Breakfast (breakfast at recess time) is still being discussed amongst Food Services. While our menu is still being finalized, we can ensure that we are committed to healthy, yummy and kid-friendly meals. I encourage all families to utlize our cafeteria and enjoy their lunch. I will publish the menu and more information will be available next week.


I’m thrilled to be a part of this wonderful staff, and community that Valhalla has created. I was a student here once too, and once a Viking always a Viking!


Sincerely,


Anna Barber

SUBMIT AN ALTERNATE INCOME FORM ONLINE!

The Free and Reduced Price Meal Program is not applicable to our school district this year due to waivers provided by the USDA that allow all students to eat at no charge. To ensure that your school receives accurate funding and you are qualified for various public benefits, like the P-EBT card, please submit an Alternate Income Form Parents can fill out this form in Homelink under "Notifications and Messages". Your school office has this form also. Contact your school office with any questions.

Back to School Night:

Tuesday, August 24 , virual 6-7pm, more info to come

August

Monday, August 2 - Valhalla's Office is open again!

Tuesday, August 10 - All-In-One Day!

Thursday, August 12 - First day of school!

Tuesday, August 24 - Back to School Night, virual 6-7pm