Phoenix Family News
September 25, 2020
A Note from the Principal
Free & Reduced Meals
Applications can be completed online, printed and submitted or received from a school and submitted. We have printable applications available in English, Hmong, Somali, Spanish. Applications in additional languages can be found here. When completing the application, please read all the instructions and income guidelines and complete all appropriate sections. Incomplete paper applications will be returned resulting in a delay in processing. Incomplete online applications will be rejected. If your online application is accepted, you will get a confirmation number that the application has been accepted.
Pre-K End-of-Day Pickup
- Instead of driving through the car line, we ask that you enter the parking lot and PARK in the row directly at the end of the main crosswalk.
- Staff will be waiting on the east side of the main crosswalk with all of the preschool students.
- If Pre-K students have older siblings, they will join the preschoolers on the east side of the main crosswalk.
- Parents - please mask up and walk to get your child from the east side of the main crosswalk.
2020-2021 VLA Book Checkout
Attention VCES Virtual Learning Academy families! You now have the option of checking out books from the Valley Crossing Media Center! We’re so excited to get books into the hands of our students learning at home.
- Students will be allowed to request two books at a time.
- Books requested by Wednesday of any scheduled week will be available for Friday pick-up.
- Books will be labeled with the student’s name on a cart outside the front entrance to the building.
- Between the hours of 10:00am and 2:00pm, families can walk up, grab the books, and enjoy at home!
- Books can then be returned at the next Friday pick-up, or dropped off on the black cart in the front entryway at any time.
- Dates of Friday VLA Book Checkout Pickups are below
- October 2, 9, 30
- November 13, 20
- December 4, 11, 18
- January 8, 15, 29
- February 5, 12, 26
- March 5, 26
- April 9, 16, 23
- All books should be returned during the month of May
- Instructions for how to place books on hold are below!
Please contact Ms. Lanners, Media Specialist, via Seesaw or email (email@example.com) if you have further questions.
Family Technology Support Line
South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo) has started a new family technology support phone line at 651-425-HELP (4357). Standard phone line hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can leave a voicemail at any time with your child’s name, the school they attend and a call back number, and someone will return your call.
A variety of technology resources are also available on our Fall 2020 website including:
Growing Through Grief Program
District 833 is now partnering with the Park Nicollet Foundation to bring the program Growing Through Grief to our schools. Through grant dollars, Growing Through Grief is a free service that provides group and individual support services during the school day to students. Research shows that each person experiences grief differently and it may continue to affect a person throughout their lifetime as different transitions and life situations occur. The program has the ability to follow a child through their school experience (through high school) as they continue in South Washington County School District even if they do not continue to have a need for services.
Joan Boevers is the Grief Counselor assigned to South Washington County District. She provides group and individual support as well as death-related crisis support. The program’s purpose is to provide grief education, to allow for space for students to talk about their grief, teach coping skills, and foster peer support. The Growing Through Grief program does not provide therapy. Ideal student candidates for the program would be a student whose parent, sibling, close friend, or primary caregiver has died.
At Valley Crossing, we are excited to announce that Growing for Grief will be offered at our location either onground or virtually based on student needs. Each support group will be 30-40 minutes in length and have 4-8 participants. If you feel that your child would benefit from participating in a support group, please contact Dr. Gervais at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Notes from Dr. Gervais
A quick note from Dr. Gervais - School Social Worker
Due to the nature of our current learning platforms, Dr. Gervais is excited to be able to offer you or your child(ren) the opportunity to meet with her virtually in 15-minute increments. Dr. Gervais scheduling calendar can be found at https://calendly.com/drgervais/meeting-with-dr-gervais
If you should have any questions or resource needs, please contact Dr. Gervais at email@example.com
VCES Mindful Movement Minute - Join Dr. Gervais on scheduled school days Monday - Thursday at 2:30 pm CST for a YouTube live opportunity to practice mindfulness and movement and participate in a social-emotional lesson. You can access live and recorded sessions here: https://youtube.com/channel/UC9bD7gtBubmC0HLLMW-uA1g/live
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/fall_2020/family_resources
Our school and PTA will again be using MemberHub as an online communication tool.
Benefits of MemberHub include:
Private Online Directory
A Valley Crossing E-Store (online payment site for events, donations, memberships. etc.)
Links to Spirit Wear sales (typically offered twice a year)
PTA Membership (become a member to have voting rights at future PTA meetings)
How to join the Valley Crossing MemberHub site:Returning families: Your MemberHub login will carry over from past years. Login HERE
New families: Welcome! Use the steps below to create your MemberHub Account.
- Visit MemberHub
- Click on I need to create my password
- Fill out your information.
- Watch for an email from "(VCES) Join Request Accepted"- This email will provide you with a link to finish setting up your account.
Click HERE to view store link (to become a VCES PTA member or make donations)
Plans for our fall fundraiser are underway. Stay tuned for more information about options for participation and prizes!
Box Tops For Education
Box Tops are a way for our school to earn money. Just download the app and upload your receipt from participating retailers. Unexpired clipped Box Tops can also be collected.
Office 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 / 651.425.7605