News from the Nest

Hidden Valley Elementary School May 2020 Newsletter

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This is a letter from both Marla Apodaca, Hidden Valley Elementary PFO President and Brad Coscarelli, Principal, to our school community. In these uncertain and scary times we want to write to all of you together and let you know that we are thinking about all of our Hidden Valley families and we can’t wait to see all of you again. We hope all of you are staying safe and healthy.

Now entering week seven of Distance Learning due to the Covid-19 outbreak, we wanted to share some information and events coming up this school year. Our first concern is always the wellness of our community. Our teachers, staff members and PFO are working incredibly hard to help support our students. We are so proud of the diligence and hard work of our staff and we are grateful for such a strong community.

The first week of May is Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week. Reach out to a staff member to let them know how much they are appreciated. Send an email or text, have your child draw them a picture or write them a note. Our staff would love to hear from you! This year especially, we are all teachers. Mom and dad, aunts, uncles, guardians and grandparents are helping our children at home with distance learning. Take time to appreciate all of the work not only the Hidden Valley staff is providing, but the hard work our families are doing at home.

We are sad to announce that Mrs. Williams, our Assistant Principal has accepted the position of the new Principal at Steele Lane Elementary. Please see the letter from Mrs. Williams, our Assistant Principal below. She has been an amazing asset and she will be greatly missed. Thank you Mrs. Williams for a wonderful year. You will be an incredible leader at your new school and we wish you the best in your new adventure!

  • No final date is set yet for the end of the school year. The district is working with the State of California and awaiting a final decision.

  • Our PFO Auction and Parents Night Out has been rescheduled for September 19th at the Flamingo Hotel and we are hopeful that we are able to have a large event by then. We look forward to having a huge welcome back celebration for all of our parents and faculty. We still have amazing auction items and fun plans for the evening. More info soon!

  • The PFO is continuing to work with Brad on projects that can be completed before the beginning of the next school year, including the installation of the hydration stations and a new P.E. Storage container for our equipment. We have also approved the extension of the Lexia contract for another 3 years to help our students with additional support. We continue to work with our teachers and faculty to find ways we can help.

  • Our campus and all facilities remain closed but our landscaper and Mr. Terry continues to work hard to keep our campus beautiful while we are away.

  • 6th Grade Moving On Ceremony: PFO, teachers, and parents are coming up with ideas on how to celebrate our 6th graders as they move on to middle school

  • We had two successful chromebook distributions in April, passing out over 160 chromebooks to students in need

We are holding a Food Drive, Drive thru on May 8th! Please see the flyer below. We have helped many of our Hidden Valley families with food and supplies. However, our Hidden Valley Pantry is now completely empty. We need your support so we look forward to replenishing our supplies for families in need. We want to thank one of our community members who has already made a very generous donation and was able to get their company to match their donation! A huge thank you to Missy Kelleher for being the organizer for our HV families to get them the supplies they need during this time and to Karri Haven and our Leadership students for organizing the Food Drive.

Once again, we would like to thank our teachers, staff, students and families for pulling together and supporting each other during these difficult times. If you or your family are in need, please reach out to us. We can help with food and toiletries, school supplies and mental health support. We have been through so much over the last few years as a community and these are the times the Hidden Valley Family comes together and shows how strong we truly are.


Marla Apodaca, PFO President, and Brad Coscarelli, Principal

Hidden Valley Hawks,

It has been my pleasure being your assistant principal this school year. I am very proud of the work and relationships I have built in my time within our community. I have learned many life lessons that will stay with me throughout my career and I have each and every one of you to thank for helping me grow both professionally and personally. The experiences gained at our school solidified my desire to move toward my next educational adventure.

I have accepted the position of principal at Steele Lane Elementary School for the 2020-2021 school year. I am very excited for this opportunity to continue to grow professionally and be the principal of a school. I am saddened that I will not be able to say goodbye in person as I really will miss working with you. Although I will not be on campus with you next year, I will continue to think about you and check in on you. Thank you again for the time we spent together and best wishes.

May the FORCE be with you,

Mrs. Williams

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Steelhead in the Classroom? No - Steelhead in the House!

The Wednesday before Spring Break, our class received 66 steelhead eggs, each egg being approximately 5mm in diameter. For the next 6 weeks, taking care of these tiny creatures and watching them grow rapidly through their first life stages are all a part of the Steelhead in the Classroom Program.

This year, things are different! In an effort to be safe, and following the shelter in place, all schools were closed. We’d just started our 6 week steelhead unit! What to do? Well, the fish and their 10 gallon aquarium made the trek to my house. In this 4th week of our 6 week unit, the fish are over 2 cm. in length and doing swimmingly, I must say.

So that students could continue their observations, I’ve been making and posting short videos of the steelhead as they go through many changes. Even though it is not the same as being right with the fish, I'm amazed at how well my students are doing with "distance" observations. Attached are a photo used in one of the videos, as well as a completed student observation.

Cathy Parker

Hidden Valley Elementary
Santa Rosa


DHH Staff Go on Parade!

In April, our amazing teachers and staff from the DHH Program staged a parade for all of their students. The staff drove all around Sonoma County to visit the 23 students in the program. It took them over five hours! Thank you teachers and staff members for making such an impact in our students' lives.