Viking Pride - October 15, 2021

Updated 10-18-2021 (Sqaure One Art, Halloween Rules & Subs)

Viking Fun Run: πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ’¨

WOW! Thank you for such a fun & healthy day! We have raised over $52,000 in profits for our school and the deadline has been extended until 10-20-21.

Thank you for all of the birthday wishes! It was my best celebration, EVER! 😊🎈

Please check out the pictures below and send any pictures you have to share at valhallayearbook@mdusd.org.

Square One Art!

Square1 Art is our fabulous art fundraiser which allows you to turn your child's art into special keepsakes. Our fundraiser deadline is 10-25-21! Please consider purchasing items with your student's amazing artwork! It's the perfect gift for the holidays- for the whole family especially for grandparents, aunts, uncles, godparents! You can access your child's artwork by scanning the form they brought home, searching by school and name at square1art.com, or calling 888-332-3294 extension 1. Also, you are able to upload your own art, if you or any other family members are interested in participating. Orders are all done online (www.square1art.com) and are due on 10/25/21 to ensure they arrive before the winter holidays.

Lunchtime supervision: We need you! πŸŒžπŸ˜ŽπŸŒ§β˜”πŸŒ¦β›ˆπŸŒ§

We would love to have parent volunteers come during lunchtime/lunch recess and provide an extra pair of eyes. This is a great opportunity to hang out with your child and their friends at school! Volunteers must wear masks and be cleared by the district to volunteer on campus.

We really need 1-3 volunteers daily, especially during rainy day recess! Click here to sign up! Thank you!

Conference Weeks: October 18-29th - School is out at 1:35pm daily (Wednesdays 1pm)

From October 18 - 29, grades 1-5 will be released at 1:35pm (with the exception of Wednesdays - which will remain at their normal release time of 1:00pm). Kindergarten will be released at 1:20pm.


This is to allow time for parent-teacher conferences. Details about individual conferences will come directly from your child's teacher.


Please make sure your child is picked up on time and that you have arranged child care if needed.

Halloween Celebration Day! Friday, 10-29th.

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Please take the MDUSD technology survey!

Please take 15 minutes to help Valhalla improve its use of technology. This is an anonymous survey regarding your technology use. Your answers are very important! They will help Valhalla choose the right technology for your classrooms. There are no right or wrong answers. Everyone will have a different set of answers to these questions, depending on his/her different experiences. Thank you for your time and ideas! Click here for the survey! The dealine has been extended until Wednesday. 10-20. Thank you!

Missed Picture Day?

We're having a makeup picture day on Thursday, October 21st from 8:30am-11:00am.


If you missed picture day or if you did not love your child's photo and want to retake it - this is for you! We're asking teachers to send their students first thing in the morning.


If you haven't seen or ordered your students picture yet, you can now!

Go to Shoobphoto.com and enter in your info to view your child's photo and to order!
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Valhalloween: Saturday, October 23rd, 2021. PreSale is available NOW! πŸŽƒπŸ‘»πŸ¦‡

Click here for the official Valhallaween website! Please consider volunteering! We need YOU! πŸ™πŸ»


Purchase PreSale Tickets, PreSale Wristbands, Valhalloween masks, and more!


Find more information about Valhalloween 2021, and volunteer opportunities, online.

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Save the dates! πŸ’–πŸ“šπŸ“•

VPFA is working on our annual book fair! November 15- 19! What a great opportunity to puchase books for holiday gifts for kids and adults too!

Spirit Wear! πŸ’™πŸ’›

Flash sale shop closes 10/21/21 and will remain open on demand but with higher prices! Click the link below. We have a new design and it's available on t-shirts, long sleeved shirts, hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, zip up sweatshirts, dry-fit athletic shirts and premium quality t-shirts- all in youth through adult sizes. These cooler weather spiritwear items will come in handy as the seasons change. Every purchase benefits Valhalla.


Shirts will be delivered to Valhalla and distributed by the VFPA prior to Thanksgiving break.


https://spirithero.com/collections/valhalla-1
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MDUSD Communication:

COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Our next CAC meeting will be IN PERSON at Dent Center at 7 p.m. on November 2, 2021. We will be sending out more information shortly, but the focus of the presentation will be β€œResetting the Scene,” as we attempt to continue to help families navigate stress.


SIGNIFICANT DISPROPORTIONALITY*

(Please note: The date of this meeting was updated on Oct. 16)


Our next stakeholder meeting will be held on Thursday October 21st at 7 p.m. via zoom. To access the meeting via Zoom:

Join Zoom Meeting

https://mdusd.zoom.us/j/82500903654?pwd=TmVadW1ySGtacisvN1F4OGoxRmQrQT09


Meeting ID: 825 0090 3654

Passcode: nG2DObFq

One tap mobile

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+13017158592,,82500903654#,,,,*30004308# US (Washington DC)


The plan in draft form is available and we continue to welcome feedback via our survey. We anticipate seeking Board approval on October 27, 2021, prior to submission of the plan to the California Department of Education, which will monitor its implementation.


Intradistrict Transfers for 2022-2023 Grades 6-12

Online transfer applications are now available through Nov 15, 2021. All schools must post this information on their websites.-The application for Intradistrict Transfers for students who will be in grades 6-12 in the 2022-2023 school year is now available online at mdusd.org/transfers from October 15-November 15, 2021.

Yes, you have seen this info below before:

Sloat Garden Center fundraiser: πŸŒΌπŸ’πŸŒ·πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸŒΎ

The Growing Up Green Fundraiser is back again for October!


The next shopping days are October 22-31, just mention Valhalla Elementary to the cashier at any Sloat Garden Center, and 10% of your purchase will go back to the school garden program.These funds help us to purchase plants and supplies needed for our edible garden and Greco garden.


Thanks for your support!

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Red Ribbon Week Spirit Days: October 25th – October 30, 2021

You are invited to participate in a week of spirit to celebrate our choices to be healthy and substance free!


Monday: I am part of the healthy team! (Wear a jersey/sportswear.)

Tuesday: I am natural! (Wear animal print, animals on your clothes or dress as an animal!)

Wednesday: Peace out! (Wear peace signs & tie-dye!)

Thursday: I have the power to be healthy! (Dress as a superhero!)

Friday: Halloween! (Wear your costume!)

Halloween Grams for Sale - $2 each - SOLD OUT!

Way to go! Halloween Grams sold out in just a few days!


Don't worry, although they will not be adding more to what they've sold, they will be having Holiday Grams for sale in the upcoming months.

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Valhalla Needs YOU!!!

Do you like working around students?

Want to be home when your kids are home?

Would you like to make some $ while helping out at our amazing campus?

We have several substitute and permanent positions for you to consider! Please check them out below. Any questions? Ask me! Miss Pappas, 925-687-1700 or pappast@mdusd.org Thank you!

Special Education Assistant position is open here at Valhalla!

SEA 1 - CLS Special Education Assistant 1 - Classroom @ Valhalla Elementary **($1500 Hiring Bonus)** click here to apply and more info! 5 hours per day.


The job will be relisted ASAP! Please reach out to Miss Pappas for more info!

Instructional Assistant position is open here at Valhalla!

15 hours per week.


The job will be relisted ASAP! Please reach out to Miss Pappas for more info!

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Be our guest: Valhalla needs substitute teachers!

Prospective substitute teachers need to hold a bachelor's degree and meet the basic skills requirement either by providing a standardized test score or by having B's or better in college-level reading, writing and mathematics courses.

Basic Skills Requirement


SUBSTITUTE INFORMATION:

To apply to become a substitute teacher, please visit the link "How to Become a Substitute Teacher". For information about rates of pay, please review the Substitute Teacher Daily Rates link listed below. Applications will be accepted online the link below. You can also find the job posting by visiting the Mt. Diablo Portal on Edjoin.org.

Substitute Teacher EdJoin Job Posting

How to Become a Substitute Teacher


Substitute Teacher Daily Rates Effective July 1, 2021 substitute teachers will be paid $170/day or $180/day for special circumstance.


If you wish to request further information, you may contact Renee Rogers at rogersrl@mdusd.org or the Certificated Substitute Recruitment Desk at certrecruitment@mdusd.org, or call (925) 682-8000 ext. 4139, Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm.

Noon Supervisor Substitute:

Click here to apply for noon supervisor substitute and for further info! Lunch time at Valhalla is 11:30am - 1pm!


Do you love helping out at lunch time, but would love to get a little extra cash doing so and on occasion? This is the perfect side gig!

Substitute Secretarial/Clerical:

Click here to apply for secretary substitute and for further info! Site time at Valhalla is 7:30am - 3:30 pm and we are flexible with those times!

Reading Lab Volunteers

After you drop off your student at Valhalla, what do you do? If you have the time, please come back to campus and spend 25 minutes to help a student! The Reading Lab would love for you to come by and read with a student or two.

It only takes 25 minutes!


The Reading Lab is in need of volunteers on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 10:10, 10:40, 11:10, and 11:40-12:00.

If you can spare the time, our students will be very appreciative.

Any adult over 18 years old (vaccinated, TB tested, & fingerprinted) with some free time can help. This includes parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors. The gift of 25 minutes a week will last a lifetime for these students.


Please call the office at 687-1700 or email the Reading Lab at canalec@mdusd.org for details, ask for Corrin Canale.


One person really can make a difference – especially to our students.

Our program is dependent upon volunteers like you!

The Great Shakeout - Earthquake and Fire Drill!

We will be participating in the great shakeout on Thursday, October 21st.

VPFA Meeting - Wednesday, October 20, 2021 @ 6pm

Pastries with Pappas Friday, October 22nd @ 9:15am

Join Zoom Meeting

ID: 84754476410
Password: 53537299Ei

Save the date: March 25, 2022

Dear Valhalla community,


Please mark your calendars for our annual Valhalla auction & party!

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We've already raised $150.93 through Amazon Smile! See how to sign up below.

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Valhalla See's Candy Online Store

We are super excited to announce we have a dedicated Valhalla See's Candy Online Store! Now whenever you want to purchase or gift the Bay Area's yummiest treats at retail value, 20% will go to our school. Products are shipped directly to you or your soon-to-be-delighted friend/relative/co-worker. This is available YEAR ROUND!


The following links will take you to our year round store and our winter holiday store.


Valhalla See's YEAR ROUND SHOP: https://bit.ly/2XwHLtR

Valhalla See's HOLIDAY SHOP: https://bit.ly/3CmmC4a


Happy shopping! Thank you!

What to bring to school vs. what to leave at home:

What to bring to school:

Water bottle

healthy food and snacks

school supplies

backpack

sweater/sweatshirt

What to leave at home:

Any trading cards including: PokΓ©mon, Yu-Gi-Oh! magic, etc

Toys and dolls

Big pop-its/fidget toys (only small ones allowed at teacher discretion).

Sports equipment - we have plenty!

Soda, candy & gum!

Want to order our 2021-2022 yearbook?

You can order online through TreeRing. Yearbooks are $25/each. They are a great fundraiser for our school. A tree is planted with each yearbook purchased. You can also customize TWO pages at the end of your child's yearbook (printed for their yearbook only).

To Purchase:
Go to www.treering.com/validate
Enter Valhalla's school passcode: 1015925122132765
$25/ea.
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Please check out the menus below! We encourage all students to utilize the cafeteria and it is complimentary for all kids!

Breakfast will be served during first recess and lunch is served during lunchtime!
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COVID-19 Testing Information:

Please click here for ONGOING COVID-19 TESTING SCHEDULE:

The following testing schedule is available for staff, students, and immediate family.

Pre-registration is required (See 'Register Online' section on this page).

Please bring completed forms with you, if possible. (See 'Forms" section on this page)

Additional testing may be added as needed.

COVID RESPONSE AND REPORTING GUIDELINES :

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How to help at Valhalla: πŸ’™πŸ’›

Be a volunteer:

MDUSD has approved parent volunteers inside and outside the classroom. Volunteers must have a valid TB test, fingerprints on file, proof of vaccination, and masks. Please reach out to Mrs. Rebecca Gibbs, our secretary, to show proof of vaccination. Please reach out to your teacher for further information regarding helping in the classroom or sign up on Konstella to volunteer at lunch.


Click here to apply to be a volunteer on campus including lunch duty, PE, classroom parents, the library, reading lab or to help at future field trips.

Upcoming Events

October 2021

18th - School Site Council

18-29th Conference Weeks - 1:35 pm dismissal

21st - The Great Shakeout Fire Drill

21st - Makeup Picture Day with Shoob from 8:30-11am in Thor Hall

22nd - Pastries with Pappas

23rd - Valhalloween (3pm-6pm)

31st - Halloween