The Prospector Post

September 6, 2018


Dear Prospector Families,

Welcome again to the 2018-2019 school year! I am looking forward to a year of building community and supporting increased student achievement.

In this month's edition of the Prospector Post, I would like to highlight three key areas of working together for student success:

1. Attendance

2. Communication

3. Nutrition

There are a few other news items that are important to our school community. Please contact your child's teacher or the school office for more information.

Thank you for your support as we work together!

Celeste Wahlberg, MA, MEd


Yucca Valley Elementary School

Attendance Awareness

September is Attendance Awareness month! Research shows that consistent attendance increases student achievement. YVES is working to encourage attendance in the following ways:

  • Engaging and effective lessons and a caring community.
  • Class perfect attendance words: classes fill in a letter of a word (example: wow, cool) for each day of perfect attendance they earn. When their word is colored in, they get extra recess or activity time!
  • Weekly highest attendance: each class with the highest percentage of attendance gets to keep the grade level attendance mascot (stuffed animal) for the week.
  • Monthly perfect attendance: students with perfect attendance for the month will get to have pizza with the principal!

We are working on a few other ideas and will share with you once those are solidified. More information will be coming soon about district-wide Saturday Academy for attendance recovery. Thank you for your efforts to ensure that your children are in school!

Big picture


Your partnership is vital to your child's success in school. As the expert on your child, you have important information to share with the classroom teacher regarding your child. Thank you for regular communication!

Our classroom teachers have communication tools in place including: newsletters, email, electronic (Dojo, Remind, etc), student planners and telephone.

  • If you have a concern regarding instruction or events in the instructional day, please communicate with your child's classroom teacher first.
  • If you have a concern outside of the instructional day, with transportation, or an office related matter, please contact the school office.
  • Encouragement is always welcome! Please take a moment to express gratitude or share a word of kindness for our hardworking teachers and staff.

In addition to this monthly newsletter, school happenings are posted on our website, Facebook and Instagram! We are working on adding Twitter to our social media communication.

You can access our website at:

Our hashtag is #YVESGOLD


Nutrition is an important component to learning. The district is providing breakfast and lunch if you are interested. Students also benefit from a healthy snack from home including: fruits, vegetables, yogurt, cheese, and protein bars.

Please do not send candy and sodas or energy drinks. Snacks should be in individual size packages. Because of food allergies, we discourage food sharing. We ask that messy snacks such as sunflower seeds and Taki's or Flaming Hot Cheetos be saved for after school.

Our district is piloting a special program to offer free breakfast and lunch to all students. Since this is a pilot, you do not have to fill out a free and reduced lunch form. However, in order to continue receiving funding for this and other programs, the district is asking ALL parents to complete this one page survey. Click on the link to get started.


Get Involved!

We have monthly meetings with our Family Faculty Association (FFA). The FFA could use your help with events, fundraising, and improving and supporting our school community.

Our School Site Council (SSC) helps guide the yearly school plan, gives input, and plans for the future. The site council also meets monthly. The SSC is made up of parents, faculty, and staff.

Contact the office for more information on either of these items.

Williams Inspection

YVES will undergo the annual Williams Inspection on September 20, 2018. Our staff and district services work hard to ensure equal access to materials, quality teachers and a safe school environment.

This link will offer the latest information on the landmark Superior Court case, which provides all students equal access to instructional materials, quality teachers, and safe schools. School districts must assess the safety, cleanliness, and adequacy of school facilities, including any needed maintenance to ensure good repair.

September CALENDAR

3 Labor Day

6-21 Book Fair

7 Prospector T Shirt orders go in

11 School Site Council Meeting

4-14 Benchmark Testing

11 School Site Council (SSC) 4 pm

12 Late Start Day

19 Family Faculty Association (FFA) Meeting 4 pm



1 - School Pictures

10/10-10/12 Dental Clinic

Big picture