Viking Pride - September 10, 2021

Fall Events!

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A Message from Principal Pappas:

Dear Valhalla Vikings,

Please take the time to vote for our community representation for the School Site Council.

Please click here to vote for SSC!

I am very excited to see everyone at our many community events coming up! Thank you for reading and please reach out to me anytime.

Have a wonderful and restful weekend!


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Please say hello to our 3 new Noon duty supervisors!

Picture Day - Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Please have your child ready for picture day on Tuesday, September 14th. Pictures will be taken in Thor Hall, your teacher should have a specific time slot for photos.

You can pre-order photos through Shoob Photography.

1. Visit

2. Select "Purchase Pictures", enter your school name, parent email and student ID

3. Choose your background & package

4. Come to picture day with a SMILE! :)

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Welcome Back Dance - September 17, 2021 from 6pm -8:30pm

Get your dancing shoes ready and prepare for our community dance! We have hired a very special DJ - DJ Party People Productions! There is no cost to get into the dance, however, we'll have food trucks if you'd like to purchase dinner.

Our food trucks will be: Black Oak Hot Dogs and La Roca Mexican Food. A portion of the proceeds will go to VPFA!

Please bring your families for some fun! We will be outdoors and remember to mask up!

*Valhalla is a substance free campus (no smoking, alcohol or drugs)*

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Slides from Back to School Night: 8-24-2021

A Letter from our VPFA President

Dear Valhalla Families,

Welcome back! Can you believe weโ€™ve been back at school for nearly a month?! Your Executive Board has been working hard to get this year started off right. As a reminder, every parent and caregiver of a Valhalla student is a member of VPFA, and we rely on your contributions and involvement to make our school so special.

Our All-in-One day was a huge success, thanks to our event chairโ€“ Marcie Stewart! We raised a record high amount of money, over $45,000 โ€“ which will be split 50/50 between the VPFA general fund and the Classroom Enhancement Fund that gets distributed directly to our teachers. Thank you to Marcie, to all of the volunteers and to all of the parents who donated.

Spirit Wear has been another record-breaking success! Thank you to Corinne Donohue who spearheaded the effort to procure and sell our limited-edition tie-dye t-shirts. We sold more shirts than we ever have in recent history. Corinne is hard at work developing an online store which we will open soon allowing families to buy traditional Valhalla gear.

We have several events this month:

VPFA General Meeting Wed 9/15 at 6pm via Zoom

Welcome Back Dance Fri 9/17 at 6pm on the blacktop

Community Service Day Sat 9/25 at 9am

Details for all of these events can be found in Konstella. If you are not on Konstella, please download it and use the code SXCTQR. We will use Konstella to communicate all year long. Also, if you are on Facebook, please join the Valhalla Elementary School Parents.

Looking forward to a bright and fulfilling 2021-2022 school year!

Thank you,

Marni Hutchins

VPFA President

Pastries with Pappas Friday, 9-17-21 @ 9:15am

Join Zoom Meeting

ID: 84754476410
Password: 53537299Ei

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Community Service Day - Saturday, September 25th - 9am

Come to Valhalla on Saturday, September 25th to beautify Valhalla. We need help in the garden and other places around the school.

We cannot do this without a person heading it up. If you'd like to volunteer to be in charge of our Community Service Day - please reach out to Marni Hutchins at

Great job on spirt wear Fridays!

Way to go Valhalla Vikings! Please wear any of your spirit wear on Friday! YAY! If you don't have official Valhalla gear, just wear royal blue and/or gold!

Intruder Drill - Great Job!

Our Valhalla Vikings did a fantastic job on our first Intruder Drill of the year on Thursday, September 9th. Our students learned how to stay calm and quiet and everyone did an excellent job! We do encourage you to talk with your children about their feelings on how they felt it went, as well as having a plan in place for emergencies.

We will have our monthly fire drill on Wednesday, September 15th at 9am.

VPFA Meeting - Wednesday, September 15, 2021 @ 6pm

Topic: VPFA September Meeting
Time: Sep 15, 2021 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 993 213 5694
Passcode: Vikings
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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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What to bring to school vs. what to leave at home:

What to bring to school:

Water bottle

healthy food and snacks

school supplies



What to leave at home:

Any trading cards including: Pokรฉmon, Yu-Gi-Oh! magic, etc

Toys and dolls

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

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).

TreeRing is offering a discount now through September 30th.

To Purchase:
Go to
Enter Valhalla's school passcode: 1015925122132765
$25/ea. 10% off if purchase by September 30 *Does not include sales tax*

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.


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How to help at Valhalla: ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›

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.

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


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

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 or the Certificated Substitute Recruitment Desk at, or call (925) 682-8000 ext. 4139, Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm.

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:

Valhalla See's HOLIDAY SHOP:

Happy shopping! Thank you!

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

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Valhalla Fun Run is coming up!

Dear Valhalla Community,

Our Viking Fun Run fundraiser will kick off in just 3 weeks on October 4th. Our goal is to raise $100,000 for technology, STEAM, multicultural education, instructional assistants, safety and to strengthen our school community. Weโ€™ve asked our friends at Booster to power our fundraiser to make it more profitable, fun, and easy for everyone!

Hereโ€™s what all students can get excited about:

โ€ข Fun, engaging character development lessons

โ€ข A high-energy event to give our school a much needed boost of fun!

If your family feels itโ€™s not in the position to financially support the school, thatโ€™s ok. Families can actually support our school by also SHARING about our fundraiser with friends and family online. Sharing IS supporting. Our goal is 100% participation!

In case you missed it, check out this video explaining more about why this fundraiser is so important this year.

Key dates to remember:


โ€ข Fundraiser Kick Off - 10/4

โ€ข Event Day - 10/13

Thank you for supporting Valhalla through the Viking Fun Run.

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Principal's Report & Pastries with Pappas:

Thank you for all that attended the VPFA meeting & Pastries with Pappas last week. Here are the slides from the Principal's Report. Click here!

Upcoming Events

September 2021

12th - Grandparents Day (make sure to show love to your grandparents)

14th - Fall Picture Day (8:30am-2:30p)

15th - Fire Drill (9am)

15th - VPFA Meeting (6pm)

17th - Pastries with Pappas (9:15am via zoom)

17th - Welcome Back Dance (6p-8:30pm)

20th - School Site Council Meeting (3p-4p)

23rd - Square 1 Art is Due!

25th - Community Service Day (9am)

October 2021

2nd - Custodian Appreciation Day (Mr. Ken and Mr. Nate)

11th - No School (teacher in service day)

13th - Fun Run

15th Pastries with Pappas (9:15am via zoom)

18-29th Conference Weeks

23rd - Valhalloween (3p-6p)

31st - Halloween

Yes, you have seen the information below before!