VFE Falcon Family Newsletter

January 2023

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Principal's Message

Dear Falcon Families,

Thanks to your incredible support, we are settling back into our routines and focused on learning and growing. This time of the school year is a time of tremendous social-emotional and academic growth for our students. It is a time of year that we progressively ramp up our efforts to know, value, and support our students so that they meet rigorous expectations and are fully prepared to pursue a promising future. At VFE, we embrace what Dr. King shared as the true purpose of education when he stated that “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character–that is the goal of true education.”

As we strive toward this goal, we will only make this a reality for every Falcon with the support of our community. So what does support mean? It can mean being a part of our daily community on campus. We are extremely thankful for our volunteers. And, we encourage you to consider being a regular classroom volunteer or participating in Watch DOGS or being an active member of the PTO, or even being a guest teacher or guest paraeducator. But more importantly, support means being as engaged as possible with your child at home. Create device-free time (for both adults and kids) to connect--put a puzzle together, play a game, or have a family dinner--each day. You will be amazed at what your children bring up to talk about. We also encourage you to build character muscles together by completing PurposeFull Family activities like the ones you will find on perseverance in this newsletter. This time is a great time to share stories and explicitly teach and discuss your family values. We also encourage you to make sure your child is reading for 20-30 minutes every day. If your child is not an independent reader yet, reading to them makes a great bedtime routine. Thank you for making a commitment to be engaged and supportive.

A great way to learn more about what your child is learning is to attend the Curriculum Showcase on January 26. We look forward to seeing you there.

Make it a great day to be a Falcon!

Wade Jerdee, Assistant Principal & Adam Uhler, Principal

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Elementary Curriculum Night 1/26

The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District is proud to host 2 regional events to showcase our Elementary Core Curriculum for SBLSD parents/guardians*:

  • Thursday, Jan. 26
    • 5:30-7 p.m.
    • Victor Falls Elementary: 11401 188th Ave. Ct E, Bonney Lake, WA 98391
  • Tuesday, Feb. 7
    • 5:30-7 p.m.
    • Maple Lawn Elementary: 230 Wood Ave. Sumner, WA 98390

Although events are staffed according to region, parents/guardians are encouraged to attend the event that is most convenient.

  • Preview SBLSD core curriculum in Language Arts, Math, and Social Emotional Learning for each grade level.
  • Meet and talk with SBLSD K-5 teachers, administrators, and specialists.
  • View our NEW 5th grade Human Growth and Development/ HIV Videos and Classroom Lessons. This content will only be taught in 5th grade.
    • Opt out forms for current 5th graders will be available after viewing the videos/lessons.
  • Obtain information about 22-23 Kindergarten Registration and programs like READY for Kindergarten.
  • Visit resource tables hosted by elementary specialists in PE, Music, and STEM.
  • Light refreshments available

*This is an adult event to provide parents with information about our elementary curriculum. There will be no activities for children nor childcare available.

Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly 1/13

We honored the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr at Victor Falls. Throughout the next couple of weeks, students are learning the impact of Dr. King's work and why we take a day to recognize his legacy. In the morning meeting, a few students shared their big words--ideas and commitments inspired by Dr. King. With students committed to loving and serving their neighbors, our future is looking bright.



February is Black History Month

We are excited to welcome back the Bright Star Theatre Group to perform live for us 1/27 for our Black History Month assemblies. Thank you to the VFE PTO for supporting us with this! To learn more about the theatre group and the performance check out the link below.


STEM & Art Show 2/25

We are looking forward to the SBLSD STEM Fair and Art Show on February 25th, 2023! As in past years, one of the most exciting ways we can encourage student participation in the event is through student projects.

All students K-12 are encouraged to submit and showcase a project related to science, technology, or engineering at this year's event. Registration is currently open, with an extended deadline of January 20th, 2023. Please note that projects do not need to be completed by this date - we just need to know how many students plan to submit a project.

Stem Fair Student Project Registration

Please reach out to abigail_finney@sumnersd.org with any questions. We look forward to celebrating student learning and inquiry at this year's STEM Fair and Art Show.

Attendance Reminder

Studies show that missing more than 10% of school can negatively impact a student’s long term success. At Victor Falls, we are committed to supporting families so that students can be at school and learning. Of course, there are times when a student will be sick, or have an appointment. If that is the case, please communicate with the office the morning of an absence. Please help us to set students up for success by helping your student be here before 8:25 every day.

PurposeFull Family

This month is all about Perseverance. One way to think about Perseverance is “pushing yourself through challenges and obstacles.” We all experience challenges in our lives. We all have moments when we feel like we can’t do it or that we want to give up on a big task. It is important to develop tools that help us work through those challenges in order to grow in those moments instead of giving up. How might you practice Perseverance as a family this month? For more information about Perseverance, please click on one of the following links: Perseverance Kindergarten Newsletter, Perseverance 1st Grade Newsletter, Perseverance 2nd Grade Newsletter, Perseverance 3rd Grade Newsletter, Perseverance 4th Grade Newsletter, Perseverance 5th Grade Newsletter

Kindergarten Registration Opens 2/7

Welcome to the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District! Do you know a child who will be five years old on or before August 31? Maybe it's your neighbor, friend or even your own child. Now’s the right time to enroll next year’s kindergarten students. The sooner you enroll, the better we can keep you informed. Get information on what documents you need and how to enroll -- the process is all online at sumnersd.org/register.

To help welcome new kinders and their families, each of our elementary schools created virtual tours, which includes a school tour and staff introduction. Watch each schools' video here.

Ready to start the kindergarten registration process? Visit our Enrollment page for details on the three-step registration process.

A Parenting Guide to Starting School


Waiver Applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis and are based on the following criteria: Building Capacity, Academic Performance, Attendance Record, Discipline Record, and student’s academic programs of interest as identified on the waiver application. Residents of the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District applying for a waiver (Intra District waivers) will receive consideration before out-of-district applications (Inter District waivers). And in accordance with RCW 28A.225.225 children of full time certificated and classified district employees will receive consideration before out-of-district applications.

Waiver Application Timeline for Consideration for the 2023-2024 School Year:

  • December 15, 2022 – January 27, 2023: All waiver applications must be submitted during this timeframe for consideration.

  • March 31, 2023: Building and/or District staff will have made decisions regarding waiver request(s)* and families will be notified of an approval, denial or waitlist decision by this date.

  • Waitlisted applications will be reviewed again in June to determine if capacity exists in the requested grade level and/or program.

    • If a new waiver application is incomplete at the end of the waiver window, January 27, 2023, the student’s waiver will be denied and the student will need to register at their resident school.

    • Please note: Students looking to renew a waiver will not be allowed to choose next year’s classes and/or receive a schedule until the waiver is approved. Any waiver request not approved by March 31st will be placed on a waitlist to be reviewed again in June.

    • INTER DISTRICT WAIVER APPLICANTS: Due to OSPI’s timeline requirements if an Inter District waiver application is waitlisted your Choice Transfer Request will be denied at this time. Should capacity allow for approval at a later date a new Choice Transfer Request must be submitted.

  • June 16, 2023: Waiver applications submitted after the initial deadline will be added to the existing waitlist. At that time, the District will review grade level and building capacity and families will be notified of an approval, denial or waitlist decision. If a decision cannot be determined at that time, the application will be placed on the waitlist to be reviewed in September. If an approval has not been granted, students should be enrolled in their resident school and district.

  • September 13, 2023: Waiver applications submitted after June 16th will be added to the existing waitlist. At that time, the District will review grade level and building capacity and all families will be notified of an approval or denial. While waiting to be notified by the District, students should be enrolled in their resident school and district.

Waiver Process

Intra-District Waiver:

Resident students who wish to attend a school other than their resident school must complete the Intra-District (in-district) Waiver Application.

Intra-district waiver students need to remain in good standing and continually meet the criteria listed on the waiver application. If these areas become a concern, the student will be placed on probationary status and given an opportunity to improve. Lack of improvement in the areas of concern could result in the student’s waiver being revoked at any time, requiring the student to return to their resident school.

Intra-district applications to the Sumner Early Learning Center are for one year only. Any in-district families wishing to have their child attend either Maple Lawn Elementary or Daffodil Valley Elementary for grades 1-5, would need to re-submit a waiver application during their child's kindergarten year.

All other In-District Waiver Applications are not required each year unless transitioning to another school. (Example: Elementary to Middle School, or Middle to High School).

Inter-District Waiver:

For students residing outside of the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District Attendance Boundaries, an Inter-District (out-of-district) Waiver Application is required.

Additionally, a Choice Transfer Request (Release of Attendance form) from the resident district is also required to be submitted to the resident district electronically in conjunction with the Inter-District Waiver Application to be eligible for consideration.

Out-of-District Waiver Applications are required each year for continued attendance.

Students need to remain in good standing and continually meet the criteria listed on the waiver application. If these areas become a concern, the student will be placed on probationary status and given an opportunity to improve. Lack of improvement in the areas of concern could result in the student’s waiver being revoked at any time, requiring the student to return to their resident school.


Students attending a school on a waiver do not receive district transportation to and from school or after-school activities.

Upcoming PTO Events

Staff Appreciation Donations

Thank you to all the parents who donate items to the Staff Appreciation Days planned by the PTO! They couldn't plan such elaborate and fun staff appreciation meals without the help of our parents! We appreciate you!

January's Staff Appreciation will be on January 27th. It will be a Bagel Bar! Here is the signup Genius if you are able to help provide any of the suggested items.


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VFE Family Mariners Game

VFE Mariners Family Game

VFE PTO is going to purchase group tickets to sell to VFE families to attend a Mariners game together as a community. Tickets will cost between $10-20 per person. We would love your input to help us determine which game would be most attended.

Please fill out the Google Form


VFE Student Store Dates

The VFE Student Council Student Store is open from 10:50 am-12:40 pm on the following dates:

Grades K,2,4 on 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22

Grades 1,3,5 on 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23

There are still slots available for parent volunteers. Please look at the Signup Genius if you are available to help.

Save the Date! 3rd and 4th Grade Concerts

The 3rd and 4th Grade Choir Concerts will be on March 8th at BLHS Performing Arts Center.

3rd Grade will begin at 5:30 pm

4th grade will begin at 7 pm

More information to follow.

Be a Good Neighbor

One of the great parts of our location is that we are set within a neighborhood. But, for those commuting to campus by car and our neighbors living on 188th, our location and traffic create real challenges. While we cannot control that we only have one egress, we can do some things to help our neighbors: We can be mindful of where we park. And, we can make sure we are not blocking any of the driveways on 188th.

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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Key Dates

Please check our website for updates.

For other key dates, check your mailbox soon for the 2022-23 school year calendar.
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