VFE Falcon Family Newsletter

November 2022

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Principal's Message

Dear Falcon Families,

Welcome to November! Thanks to your amazing support, our students are learning and growing tremendously. And whether it is through serving as an Art Docent, a classroom volunteer, a Watch DOG, or volunteering at the walkathon, our community is showing up big time! Thank you!

As we enter a month centered on giving thanks, we want to encourage you to join our students and staff as we seek to intentionally practice gratitude. Gratitude is making a purposeful decision to appreciate the people and things in our lives. It has been shown to be one of the best ways to reduce anxiety, increase happiness, and improve relationships. Why? Because it is a matter of where we put our attention. We can’t have a grateful thought and an angry thought at the same time. So, over the course of the month, we will consistently practice putting our attention and our focus on gratitude. We will think about how to be grateful even for challenges. We will encourage students to express gratitude towards their classmates, themselves, and (of course) their families!

John F. Kennedy reminds us "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them." As you will see in the notes below, there are a number of ways you can join us as we live out our gratitude including engaging in our Veterans Day assembly, helping your child participate in the Holiday Food Drive, and serving our community through the Big Give. Think about the positive impact we can have on our community just by purposefully expressing gratitude!

Make it a great day to be a Falcon!

Wade Jerdee, Assistant Principal & Adam Uhler, Principal

Walk A Thon was a HUGE Success!

Thank you to all of the people that donated their time and monetarily to make our VFE Walk A Thon a huge success. It was a wet day but we still had FUN! We raised over $26,000!

PurposeFull SEL

PurposeFull Family- For the month of November, we are looking forward to focusing on Gratitude! One way to think about Gratitude is “choosing to appreciate the people and things in our lives.” Practicing Gratitude can increase our well-being and our happiness. As a family activity, think about some small, specific things that you are grateful for. Maybe it is your favorite water cup, the way the cat sleeps on the chair, or when your grandma bakes banana bread. Spend some time as a family trying to think of at least 10 small things that you have Gratitude for and then choose to notice them this week, recognize their importance to you, and share this with others. Kindergarten Gratitude Newsletter, 1st Grade Gratitude Newsletter, 2nd Grade Gratitude Newsletter, 3rd Grade Gratitude Newsletter, 4th Grade Gratitude Newsletter, 5th Grade Gratitude Newsletter

Fall Family Conferences

Conferencing with families is an opportunity to build connections and partnerships that will help us ensure the learning of each student. We would like to meet with EVERY student and their family during the fall conferences. We look forward to connecting with you and your student about their growth and their goals!

Conferences will be held at our campus on November 16th, 17th, and 18th. Report cards will be available at conferences.

Please sign up for a conference through Skyward Family Access. To log into family access, go to www.sumnersd.org, click on Family Access, and log in. The login should be the guardian's email. If you don't happen to remember your password or log in, click the reset button. If you have any questions regarding family access, you can call the school at 253.891.4700 for assistance

We linked how-to videos for directions on how to schedule, as well as cancel a conference if you need to select a different time:

Schedule Fall Conferences

Cancel Fall Conferences

Veterans Day 11/11 NO SCHOOL

VFE will honor our veterans with a special assembly on Thursday, 11/10. During the assembly, we will recognize veteran and current service members from our families. All veterans and current service members in the VFE community are invited to join us for the assembly.

If a student has a family member that they would like to honor, please use this link to fill out a form.

Student Council's Holiday Food Drive

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Vision and Hearing Screening 11/2

Vision and Hearing will take place on November 2nd. If your student wears glasses, please remember to send them with their glasses to ensure accurate results. This is state mandated testing for K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade. If you have plans for your student on November 1st and they will not be at school, please let the office staff know.

Lost and Found

Our Lost and Found is getting FULL! Parents are welcome to look through the Lost and Found before or after school. Parents may also look through it during your parent-teacher conferences on November 16-18.

All Lost and Found items will be donated on Dec 16th after school.

The Community BIG GIVE 2022

This event has become the community’s collective tool to supply Thanksgiving meals to those in need each year. The Community Big Give is only possible through the generous gifts of people’s time and finances. Would you consider volunteering at this year’s event and making a donation to the Community Big Give? Each complete meal only costs $35. Let’s help families have a great Thanksgiving. If you would like to learn more about the Community Big Give, please look at their website.

This year, the Big Give will be on November 19th. If you would like to get involved, please sign up here. They are still in need of about 126 meal delivery drivers and about 10 food bank pick-up volunteer spots.

The community BIG GIVE is still in need of donations. If you are able to donate to the cause, please click here. 100% of your donation goes to the purchase of meals for families. Any support would be greatly appreciated! Your donation makes a difference!

If you would like to sign up to receive a Thanksgiving meal, please sign up here. They are accepting requests for meals until November 13th.

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Upcoming PTO Events

Book Fair

We are holding a Scholastic Book fair in our library during conference week, where you can come shop before or after your conference time. This is a fun opportunity to shop for books with your child, while also helping to benefit our school. The book fair hours will be 11:40 am-4 pm.

Our Victor Falls PTO is working hard to create some fun ways to raise money for our school! They are hosting a VFE Family day at Kidz Happy Hour in Bonney Lake. $5 from every $15 Admission will be donated to VFE!

WHERE: KIDZ Happy hour

20850 WA-410, Bonney Lake, WA 98391

WHEN: November 22 from 12pm-7pm

Holiday Family Movie & Fun Night 12/9

Save the Date!

Dec 9th Holiday Family Movie and fun night at Victor Falls Elementary.

More Details coming.

Popcorn Fridays from the PTO

Popcorn Friday begins on 11/4 and will be offered on the first Friday of every month. You can purchase a pass for $4 or it is .50 each time.

VFE School Spirit Store is open through 11/11!

Our school spirit wear store is officially open! Artistic Solutions in Sumner is our new vendor. The online store will be for JUST 2 weeks 10/27 - 11/11. All items will be delivered to the school for pick up around 11/28/22. We will run another online in the early spring!

VFE Online Spirit Wear Store

Smart Watches

We understand that personal mobile devices (specifically, Smartwatches) are becoming increasingly common on the wrists of our students so that parents can communicate with their students after school. per parent request. In order to support students in their learning, and based on the and comply with our district policy as stated in the 22-23 Student and Family Information Guide (pp.36-37), we are asking for your support with the following:

  • Cell phones should remain in backpacks and are not to be used during the school day.

  • Smartwatches must remain in “school mode” during the school day. (If you have the option as the parent to set this “mode” up on the device, we are asking for your support with this.) This means that the watch should be used for telling time only and may not be used for calling or texting during the school day.

  • If you are in need of getting a message to your child, please contact our main office at (253) 891-47050. It is critical that any changes in transportation be communicated directly to the office by 2:30pm so that we can ensure your child can be safely supported by the VFE staff at the end of the school day.

  • Smartwatches (and cell phones) may not be used for taking pictures or video while at school or on the bus ride to/from school. If a Smartwatch becomes a distraction to classroom instruction, the teacher or administrator may ask the student to put it into the backpack for the day.

Thank you for your partnership and ongoing support.

Volunteer Restrictions lifting 11/1

Good news, we are no longer limiting the number of volunteers in our schools and at events! Also, effective Nov. 1, the state no longer requires volunteers to report their vaccination status. Whether you want to volunteer for a one-time event such as a guest speaker or continuously throughout the year such as in a classroom, there are different ways to be approved as a volunteer.

  • One-time: You can be approved by the school at which you are volunteering. Please contact the school directly in order to volunteer and be cleared.
  • Continuously: If you plan to be a volunteer for events throughout the school year or continuously in the classroom or with athletics, you need to apply to volunteer through the portal at this link. We ask that you provide at least two weeks before the event to process your application. The school will let you know when you are cleared. For step-by-step instructions for submitting a volunteer application, click here.

We value our volunteers and thank them for all they do to help supplement and support our students and staff.

Family Assistance

We have resources to help families in need. Would a weekend food bag, clothing, or meal support during the holidays for your student be helpful? Please send an email to the school counselor at courtney_arbaugh@sumnersd.org to assist you with getting support.

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Picture Retakes 11/29

Picture retakes will be held on 11/29. If you would like to order pictures, please visit the Dorian Website and search Victor Falls Elementary.
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Ready For Kindergarten Fall 22

Please use the QR code or click here to register.

  • Tuesday, November 29 at Donald Eismann Elementary: 6:30-8:00pm with Orientation for all families new to Ready! 6:00-6:30pm

  • Monday, December 5 at Emerald Hills Elementary: 6:30-8:00pm with Orientation for all families new to Ready! 6:00-6:30pm

  • Wednesday, December 7 at Sumner Early Learning Center: 6:30-8:00pm with Orientation for all families new to Ready! 6:00-6:30pm

Key Dates

Please check our website for updates.

11/2 Vision and Hearing Screening

11/7 Late Arrival

11/11 Veteran's Day- No School

11/14 Late Arrival

11/16-18 Parent Conferences-Early Release 11:40 am

11/21 Full Day with Regular Monday Late Start

11/22 Early release 11:40a

11/23-25 Thanksgiving Break-No School

11/28 Late Arrival

11/29 Picture Retakes

11/30 5th Grade Concert @ BLHS Performing Arts Center

For other key dates, check your mailbox soon for the 2021-22 school year calendar.
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