Valhalla Pride - August 11, 2021

Welcome Back! #FallForAll

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Happy 1st Day of School!

Hello Valhalla Community!


It was wonderful to see so many families at All-in-One day! Thank you to the volunteers who made this event run so smoothly! If you were unable to make it, please come to the office today, or check into your Homelink account to see who your child’s teacher will be.


Please send your student with a mask and a water bottle; water bottles can be refilled in Thor Hall with cold filtered water! Kindergarten students should report directly to their classroom in the morning. Grades 1-5 will line up on the blacktop with their teacher where they will say the Pledge of Allegiance and listen to a few reminders.


Discuss with your child the plan for getting home. For example, who will pick them up, are they walking, and with whom. This will save a lot of time and confusion at the end of an exciting day.


New this year is a free breakfast and lunch! There is no cost to students for either meal. Encourage your child to utilize the cafeteria with its delicious, kid-friendly, free meals. There is no paperwork required! Breakfast will be served at morning recess.


School starts TOMORROW, Thursday, August 12. The first bell rings at 8:05 am. We are excited to see you! Please call the office at (925) 687-1700 if you have further questions.


Sincerely,


Miss Pappas

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Our first spirit day is Friday, August 13!

Valhalla Vikings! Please wear any of your spirit wear on Friday! YAY! If you dont have offical Valhalla gear, just wear royal blue and/or gold!


Due to overwhelming turnout at All in One, we are going to be placing another order for the limited edition tie dye t-shirts. If you did not get a chance to order one at All-in-One and would like one, please email vpfapresident@gmail.com with the following information, by Thursday August 12th as we will be placing the order on August 13th.

  • Student Name and grade
  • Size desired (kids small - adult 3XL)
  • Quantity desired

T-shirts should arrive by the end of August and will be delivered and distributed at school. The cost is $20 and can be paid once the shirts are received either via Konstella or through a check or cash dropped in the VPFA box at school.

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Please check out the menus below! We encourage all students to utlize the cafeteria and it is complemntary for all kids!

Breakfast will be served during recess and lunch is served during lunchtimel
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A Note From Our Librarian, Jennifer Neys

Did you know you can browse the Valhalla Library’s book collection from your computer at home? That’s right! Take time to browse with your child a day or two before they visit the library. This way, they will already know what to check out, saving time and reducing stress. Simply go to: destiny.mdusd.org, scroll down and then click on "Valhalla Elementary". Then, click the “Catalog” tab at the top of the page and begin your search. For a more fun, visual experience, click the “Destiny Discover” tab on the left side. You can see the recently added books, or search by topic!

K-12 Schools Guidance 2021-2022 Questions & Answers:

Yes, you have seen the information below before!

From the District: 2021-22 Welcome Back FAQ

Dear Mt. Diablo Unified School District Community,


In anticipation of the reopening of schools for in-person instruction on Aug. 12, we have created a "2021-22 Welcome Back FAQ" that we hope will answer many of the questions you may have about protocols for the coming school year. We are excited to welcome you back to our campuses and will be sending out more information as we receive guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Contra Costa Health Services Department.


Click here for MDUSD FAQs

Drop off & pick up safety guidelines:

Dear Parents,


Thank you for following all of our safety procedures at Valhalla. There are two options to . drop-off and pick up your students. You can park in the neighborhood and walk together up to the blacktop or stay in your vehicle and utlize the traffic circle where Mr. Ken and Miss Pappas will be there to help. Here are some reminders to review:


Please do not turn left from Kiki Dr. into Valhalla's parking lot. Only school busses are allowed to turn left into the parking lot, due to safety issues such as children crossing the street. You're also cutting in front of families who have been patiently waiting in the car line to pick up their students.


Please do not turn left out of our parking lot. Again, we have children and families using our crosswalk and it can be very dangerous. Our top priority is the safety of our students and families. Please turn right ONLY out of our parking lot.


Please do not park in our staff parking lot (it is for staff only). We were a little lax over distance learning, but you'll have to now go back to parking on the street if you need drop off or pick up your child. Every single staff space is assigned to a staff member and used during the school year.


Please do not walk through the parking lot. We have staff cars and busses moving through the parking lot and it is a big safety concern to be walking through our parking lot. Please instead use our walkways.


You can walk your student to their spot on the blacktop in the morning. You are welcome to stay through the pledge of allegiance on the blacktop in the back. Once the pledge is over, we ask that you quickly leave campus so we can get our students focused and ready for the day.


You can come and pick up your child from their classroom after school, however, please do not come onto campus until 2:40pm (M/T/Th/F) and 12:55pm (Wednesday) as to not distract from learning.


We thank you for your cooperation - our students' safety is our top priority!

How to help at Valhalla: 💙💛

1. Sign up to vounteer: while we are currently only allowing vounteers help outside, we are asking parents to get clearned now to be ready! Click here to apply to be a volunteer on campus or to help at future feild trips.


2. Apply to be a campus supervisor! Click here! We are currently looking for 2 noon supervisors to help us out at lunch time: 11:45am - 1:15 pm daily. Any questions? ask Miss Pappas.

SUBMIT AN ALTERNATE INCOME FORM ONLINE!

The Free and Reduced Price Meal Program is not applicable to our school district this year due to waivers provided by the USDA that allow all students to eat at no charge. To ensure that your school receives accurate funding and you are qualified for various public benefits, like the P-EBT card, please submit an Alternate Income Form Parents can fill out this form in Homelink under "Notifications and Messages". Your school office has this form also. Contact your school office with any questions.

Back to School Night:

Tuesday, August 24 , virual 6-7pm, more info to come.

6-6:30 TK-2

6:30-7 3-5

August

Monday, August 2 - Valhalla's Office is open again!

Tuesday, August 10 - All-In-One Day!

Thursday, August 12 - First day of school!

Tuesday, August 24 - Back to School Night, virual 6-7pm