Viking Pride - September 10, 2021
A Message from Principal Pappas:
Dear Valhalla Vikings,
Please take the time to vote for our community representation for the School Site Council.
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!
Please say hello to our 3 new Noon duty supervisors!
Miss Brinto has her son in first grade and speaks Bangla, Hindi and Urdu, spoken in Pakistan and India!
Miss Jessica has 3 out of her 4 sons here at Valhalla and is helping us at lunch and before and after school too!
Miss Louella joined us this week and she speaks Japanese, Chinese and Tagalog!
Picture Day - Tuesday, September 14, 2021
You can pre-order photos through Shoob Photography.
1. Visit Shoobphoto.com
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! :)
Welcome Back Dance - September 17, 2021 from 6pm -8:30pm
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)*
A Letter from our VPFA President
Dear Valhalla Families,
Welcome back! Can you believe we’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 chair– Marcie Stewart! We raised a record high amount of money, over $45,000 – 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!
Pastries with Pappas Friday, 9-17-21 @ 9:15am
Community Service Day - Saturday, September 25th - 9am
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 email@example.com
Intruder Drill - Great Job!
We will have our monthly fire drill on Wednesday, September 15th at 9am.
VPFA Meeting - Wednesday, September 15, 2021 @ 6pm
Time: Sep 15, 2021 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 993 213 5694
Please check out the menus below! We encourage all students to utilize the cafeteria and it is complimentary for all kids!
What to bring to school vs. what to leave at home:
What to bring to school:
healthy food and snacks
What to leave at home:
Any trading cards including: Pokémon, 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?
TreeRing is offering a discount now through September 30th.
Go to www.treering.com/validate
Enter Valhalla's school passcode: 1015925122132765
$25/ea. 10% off if purchase by September 30 *Does not include sales tax*
COVID-19 Testing Information:
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.
How to help at Valhalla: 💙💛
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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or the Certificated Substitute Recruitment Desk at email@example.com, 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!
Valhalla See's YEAR ROUND SHOP: https://bit.ly/2XwHLtR
Valhalla See's HOLIDAY SHOP: https://bit.ly/3CmmC4a
Happy shopping! Thank you!
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. We’ve asked our friends at Booster to power our fundraiser to make it more profitable, fun, and easy for everyone!
Here’s what all students can get excited about:
• Fun, engaging character development lessons
• A high-energy event to give our school a much needed boost of fun!
If your family feels it’s not in the position to financially support the school, that’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:
• REGISTRATION & DONATION OPENS - 9/21 (Register on MYBOOSTER.COM!)
• Fundraiser Kick Off - 10/4
• Event Day - 10/13
Thank you for supporting Valhalla through the Viking Fun Run.
Principal's Report & Pastries with Pappas:
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)
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