Phoenix Family News
May 7, 2021
Important Dates Ahead...
May 14 - All Media Center books need to be returned by this date
May 14 - VLA Pickup, 9:30-11:30 am
May 20 - Kelly Corrigan Virtual Author Visit, 9:30 am
May 27 & 28 - Device return day for Dial Model students.
May 31 - No School
June 2 - Last day of school
- June 2 - Device return day for VLA students. Schedule to be sent out soon.
- May 10-14: Science MCA for 5th grade only
VLA MCA Dates:
- May 14: Science MCA (5th grade only) 9:30-12:00
Calendar and Schedule Updates
The latest calendar updates are available at sowashco.org/calendar.
A Note from the Principal
Thank you Valley Crossing Families! You helped to make staff appreciation such a great week for our staff! And many thanks to the PTA for helping to fund our Lucky Duck Carnival game! The teachers appreciated the love (and prizes of course)!
We are down to the last few weeks of school. It is so hard to believe that we are almost done with another school year. This year has challenged us all to be flexible and gracious. As we wind down the school year, please help us by reminding your child the importance of following expected guidelines and to think about their daily behaviors. Spring can be tricky with lots of feelings about the end of the year (excitement, fear, anxiety, happiness, sadness and all the other emotions one may feel). Validate these feelings and encourage your child(ren) to do their best as we end an amazing year where we have all grown so much.
VCES Spring Book Fair
It’s time to get excited about our in-person Buy One Get One (BOGO) free Book Fair to be held May 10-17!
Due to current Covid restrictions, all shopping will be done by students during the school day by classroom appointment.
VLA students will have the opportunity to order books from the fair via a Google form. More information on this will be sent to you from your classroom teacher.
This cashless system works a lot like our current lunch account system. Money is placed in the student’s eWallet and they can shop the fair. You can share the eWallet with friends and family to add funds to the account as well!
Any unused funds will remain in their eWallet for next year’s book fairs OR the money can be spent on the Scholastic website.
eWallet accounts can be set up NOW through the last day of the book fair.
We will accept cash or checks (made out to VCES PTA).
Book Fair Website and Flyer
Visit our book fair website https://www.scholastic.com/bf/valleycrossingelementarysch to get more information about the fair and to set up an eWallet account.
Dial learning mode students will receive a paper copy of the book fair flyer. A digital version is available here
All items at the book fair are buy one get one free! The average price of a book is $8. Reading four books over the summer helps kids retain their reading level. The BOGO book fair is a great opportunity to stock up on books for summer reading!
Questions? Contact Susan Vance email@example.com or 952-334-2572
Kelly Corrigan - Virtual Author Visit
District-issued Device Turn in
K-5 Dial Model students will be turning in their district issued devices on May 27th and May 28th. Please make sure your child has their device and charging cord with them at school on the above dates so we can successfully check them in to our system. Thank you for your help with this.
K-5 VLA devices will be turned in on June 2nd. More information will be sent out soon regarding the timeframe.
Order Battle Books for 2021-22!
Return Library Books by May 14!
Looking for Summer Camps and Classes?
Community Ed has so many to choose from. Here are links to a few elementary camps you do not want to miss:
- Skill School with Coach Spring, June 8-July 1, LRES, Ages 4-6
- Kealy Volleyball Academy (KVA), June 14-16, LMS, Grades 3-5
- How to Draw, June 21-24, OMS, Ages 5-12
- Intro to Game Coding, July 5-8, OMS, Grades 1-4
- Jr Engineering: Crazy Gears and Wheels, June 14-17, ERHS, Grades K-3
- Park High School Boys/Girls Tennis Camp, July 26-29, PHS, Ages 5-10
- Soccer Shots – Empower Program, Fridays, June 25-Aug 27, ROES, Ages 4-8
- ERHS Soccer Academy Skills Camp, July 26-30, ERHS, Ages: 5-12
- Camp Invention, July 26-30, OMS, Grades K-5
- Mini Raptors Summer Soccer Camp, July 26-30, ERHS, Ages 5-9
- Hip Hop Dance Party, August 9-12, ERHS, Grades K-5
And so many more! Sowashco.ce.eleyo.com
Are you Moving?
A Note from Dr. Gervais, School Social Worker
VLA families and quarantined students are welcomed to book individual meetings with me. Please view my schedule and availability online at https://calendly.com/drgervais
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: https://www.sowashco.org/about/learning_models/family_resources
Snacks - Thank you to those families that donated snacks for our students over the course of the year. It has been a tough year for families and the need was greater than normal. Your generosity has been greatly appreciated!
Illnesses, Absences and Quarantines
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.
- If your student is in quarantine due to a school-related exposure and you received a district quarantine letter, you do not need to call attendance every day.
If a family member has symptoms, please keep your child home from school. You can call the office to report the absence and our school nurse will explain the next steps based on your situation.
If anyone in your household has a pending Covid test due to having symptoms, we ask that everyone stays home until the results come back.
Please do not enter the building if you or anyone in your household is ill or tested positive for Covid. We can provide contactless delivery of materials or walk students out to be picked up, if need be.
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.
We acknowledge that families may be frustrated, but we ask that our staff be treated with respect. They cannot change a student’s quarantine period.
If you have questions, please call our Health Office at 651-425-7502.
Vacations and Other Extended Absences
VCES Information Links
- Family Technology Support Line: 651.425.HELP (4357) - M-F 7:30-4:00
- VNN Channel Page - Tune in each morning at 9:15 am as your Morning Meeting starts!
- Resources for Families: https://www.sowashco.org/about/fall_2020/family_resources
VCES Contact Information
Connha Classon, Principal: firstname.lastname@example.org / 651.425.7503
Kristine McDonald, Assistant Principal: email@example.com / 651.425.7523
Merita LaPlante, Office Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org / 651.425.7501
Jen Gackstetter, Office Assistant: email@example.com / 651.425.7507Jen Gervais, Social Worker: firstname.lastname@example.org / 651.425.7542