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Happy Holidays! - December 8, 2021

CalSchls Surveys: We value your opinion!

MDUSD has extended the survey completion window. Parents have until December 10 to complete!


Here is a look at our numbers: (The district's goal is to reach 70%) We can do this!


We have 579 parents, 166 took it and we need 405 total!


Valhalla parents only: Click here to take the survey!


All responses are anonymous and confidential. THANK YOU!!!

Looking for a way to give back this holiday season?

Tina and Alex Khodadad are hosting their annual toy drive for the holidays. You can drop off new, unused, unwrapped toys at our front office and you will receive a $5 Starbucks card! (One card per family.) We will collect toys until Thursday, 12/16 at 3pm.


In addition, you can drop off at Delphi Reality: 1930 Contra Costa Blvd, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 through Sunday, December 19th.


*Please reach out to Miss Pappas if you know of a family in need including your own. Thank you!

Holiday Candy Grams are HERE! $1 each

Candy Grams are for sale! Let your students know they can buy candy grams for their friends for $1 each. Each candy gram comes with a candy cane. Proceeds benefit the 5th grade class for Outdoor Ed (or a Grad Ceremony).


For sale this week Monday, Wednesday and Friday before and after school near the YMCA.

Dine and Donate with Nick the Greek: Wednesday, ALL DAY! 12/15/2021

On Wednesday, December 15th Nick the Greek is hosting a "Dine and Donate".

Mention "Valhalla" and 30% of proceeds go to VPFA! WOW!


We will be holding a very quick and casual VPFA meeting at 6pm in an effort to bring out families and parents to socialize. The meeting will be short and then we can enjoy some delicious food and drink together afterwards (food and drink not sponsored by VPFA).


Click here for the full menu!


Located in: The Veranda


Address: 2075 Diamond Blvd Suite H-103, Concord, CA 94520


Hours: 11AM ⋅ Closes 11PM


Phone: (925) 954-6425

See you there! 💙 Miss Pappas

Holiday Spirit Week - December 13-17

Monday - Tree Topper (holiday hats, headbands, tree toppers, etc.)

Tuesday - Deck the Halls (favorite holiday accessories)

Wednesday - Mad About Plaid (plaid day)

Thursday - Dream A Little Dream (pajama day)

Friday - Ugly Sweater

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Save the date: March 25, 2022

Dear Valhalla Community,


Please mark your calendars for our annual Valhalla auction & party! Secure a babysitter and get ready to have a blast 80's style!


Own a business? Have a friend or relative that wants to donate to our auction? Going to a store and want to reach out? Please feel free to share this donation letter to all businesses while you are holiday shopping! Click here for the official auction letter!


Please contact Danica Hutchins valhallaschoolauction@gmail.com for any questions and information.

A new Vlahalla Tradition: the books of the month!

We decided to purchase more multicultural books to read as a whole school community! Thank you VPFA and our own site budget for sponsoring our first books that each class has a copy of and can be checked out in the library! We are so excited to read about so many cultures that are represented here and share the common experience of reading books as a school!

November: Native American Heritage month & Thanksgiving!

"We Are Grateful: Ostaliheliga," by author Traci Sorell who takes readers on a journey through the year with a Cherokee family as they give thanks for moments big and small. Click here for the NEA article.

Hanukkah was celebrated this year from November 28 - December 6:

Please enjoy "Oskar and the Eight Blessings."


Winner of the 2015 National Jewish Book Award for Children's Literature

A young immigrant from Nazi Germany receives small acts of kindness while exploring New York City in this heartwarming, timeless picture book, Oskar and the Eight Blessings.

A refugee seeking sanctuary from the horrors of Kristallnacht, Oskar arrives by ship in New York City with only a photograph and an address for an aunt he has never met. It is both the seventh day of Hanukkah and Christmas Eve, 1938. As Oskar walks the length of Manhattan, from the Battery to his new home in the north of the city, he passes experiences the city's many holiday sights, and encounters it various residents. Each offers Oskar a small act of kindness, welcoming him to the city and helping him on his way to a new life in the new world.

Richard and Tanya Simon's text matched with Mark Siegel's elegant illustrations makes for a wonderfully heartfelt read.

Kwanzaa is an annual celebration of African-American culture held from December 26 to January 1,

Coming soon: This beautiful rhyming and fully illustrated book teaches students about the celebration of Kwanzaa.


Maulana Karenga created Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa is an annual celebration of African-American culture held from December 26 to January 1, culminating in gift-giving and a feast of faith called Karamu Ya Imani. It was first celebrated in 1966.


The name Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase matunda ya kwanza, meaning "first fruits of the harvest". Kwanzaa celebrates the seven principles of Kwanzaa, or Nguzo Saba.


  1. Umoja (Unity): Maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
  2. Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): Define and name ourselves, as well as to create and speak for ourselves.
  3. Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): Build and maintain our community together.
  4. Ujamaa (Cooperative economics): Build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses.
  5. Nia (Purpose): Make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
  6. Kuumba (Creativity): Do always as much as we can in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
  7. Imani (Faith): Believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

Please welcome Nicole Galvin Goble, our new counselor!

Mrs. Galvan is here on Tuesdays! Please say hello when you get a chance!

Valhalla See's Candy Online Store

We are super excited to announce we have a dedicated Valhalla See's Candy Online Store! Now whenever you want to purchase or gift the Bay Area's yummiest treats at retail value, 20% will go to our school. Products are shipped directly to you or your soon-to-be-delighted friend/relative/co-worker. This is available YEAR ROUND!


The following links will take you to our year round store and our winter holiday store.


Valhalla See's YEAR ROUND SHOP: https://bit.ly/2XwHLtR

Valhalla See's HOLIDAY SHOP: https://bit.ly/3CmmC4a


Happy shopping! Thank you!

Book Fair 2021

Thank you for all who participated during the book fair! It was such a successful fundraiser and community event for our school! Very special thanks to Julie McPherson our Director of Fundraising and our Co-chairs: Shari Gonzalez and Christina Whitman-Guliaev.

How to help at Valhalla!

*Instructional Assistant position - 15 hours per week

Click here to apply! Due 12/23


*Noon Duty Supervisor - 7.5 hours per week

Click here to apply! Due 12/23


Any ?s ask Miss Pappas


Substitutes:

*Teacher: Substitute Teacher EdJoin Job Posting

*Special Education Assistant Substitute (SEA SUB) -

Special Education Assistant Substitute (SEA SUB) click here to apply and for further information.

*Noon Supervisor Substitute: Click here to apply for noon supervisor substitute and for further info! Lunch time at Valhalla is 11:30am - 1pm!


*Substitute Secretarial/Clerical: Click here to apply for secretary substitute and for further info! Site time at Valhalla is 7:30am - 3:30 pm and we are flexible with those times!


Please reach out to Miss Pappas for more info! Thank you!

Be a volunteer:

MDUSD has approved parent volunteers inside and outside the classroom. Volunteers must have a valid TB test, fingerprints on file, proof of vaccination, and masks. Please reach out to Mrs. Rebecca Gibbs, our secretary, to show proof of vaccination. Please reach out to your teacher for further information regarding helping in the classroom or sign up on Konstella to volunteer at lunch.


Click here to apply to be a volunteer on campus including lunch duty, PE, classroom parents, the library, reading lab, the garden or to help at future field trips.

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Please check out the menus below! We encourage all students to utilize the cafeteria and it is complimentary for all kids!

Breakfast will be served during first recess and lunch is served during lunchtime!

MDUSD Food Services

December breakfast

December lunch

December:

13-17 Spirit Week!

15 - Fire Drill at 8:45am

15 - Fundraiser at Nick the Greek at the Veranda (mention "Valhalla) 11am - 11pm

15 - VPFA meeting at Nick the Greek, 6pm

20-4th - Winter Break

January 2022

5- Back to School

17 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no school)

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