Viking Pride - November 10, 2021

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Valhalloween! WOW! ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป๐ŸŽˆ๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿงก

Dear Valhalla teachers and community,

Thank you so much to our 3 chairs the "Valhalloween Witches'' Lori Whitehair, Natalie Krause and Kasey Bernard, the VPFA Board, all of our volunteers, Mr. Ken, staff and teachers who came out and such a fun, delicious, spooky and joyful celebration for our entire community! We really loved the Trunk or Treat (9 cars - WOW! Thank you!) and much fun in the garden with our gorgeous butterflies painting pumpkins! The games and the magic shows were also a BLAST! All the snacks and drinks were just delicious! Also, thank you for the Valhalla swag! We appreciate your hard work and creativity!

If you have any pictures to share, please send them to the yearbook:

Please enjoy the pictures below!

We all had such a blast! Thank you!

Theodora (AKA Esmerelda the fortune teller) ๐Ÿ”ฎ

Save the dates! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“•

Join us for Valhallaโ€™s fall BOOK FAIR, November 15 - 19, located in Thor Hall!

This is a wonderful opportunity to support our school AND support your childโ€™s love of reading. Help your child explore adventures through the pages of a great book

Every purchase from the book fair earns rewards for our school, so please stop by and support us! Check out the interactive flyer @

Book Fair Hours:

Mon 11/15 : 8 โ€“ 9 am, 11:45 โ€“ 1 pm, 2:45 โ€“ 4:15 pm

Tue 11/16 : 8 โ€“ 9 am, 11:45 โ€“ 1 pm, 2:45 โ€“ 4:15 pm

Wed 11/17 : 8 โ€“ 9 am, 11:45 โ€“ 2:30 pm

Thu 11/18 : 8 โ€“ 9 am, 11:45 โ€“ 1 pm, 2:45 โ€“ 4:15 pm, + Family Night 6 โ€“ 7:30 pm

Fri 11/19 : 8 โ€“ 9 am, 11:45 โ€“ 1 pm, 2:45 โ€“ 4:15 pm

A safe, cashless way to shop! โ€“ Once set up, funds are immediately available for use at both the in-school and virtual Book Fair. Plus, family and friends can contribute too! You can create your eWallet account NOW by visiting our Valhalla book fair homepage @

Yes, I want to Volunteer! โ€“ We need volunteers to help make this event a successful fundraising event for the school. Sign-up spots are available for setup, helping out during shopping hours and for Family Night. We appreciate you and your time. Thank you in advance! Sign up @

Shop online from Nov. 15-28 โ€“ You can shop the online Scholastic Store for an expanded selection of exclusives, new releases, value packs, and more. All orders ship home and book-only orders over $25 ship free. Visit our book fair homepage to find out more @

Donors Choose!

If you'd love to participate in a Donors Choose to help teachers get items they need for their classrooms, please check them out below:

Mrs. O'Leary (Kindergarten):

I want to make sure my students have the materials and experiences they need to succeed, so I just created a request on DonorsChoose:

The Very Hungry I-Pad.

Our STEAM (Science, Technology, English, Art & Math) Lab would love some help as well!

STEAM Lab DonorsChoose Project

Yes, you have seen this info below before:

MDUSD Communication:


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 โ€œResetting the Scene,โ€ as we attempt to continue to help families navigate stress.


(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

Meeting ID: 825 0090 3654

Passcode: nG2DObFq

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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 from October 15-November 15, 2021.

Tobacco Use Prevention Education Upcoming Interactive Workshop - Parenting During a Pandemic on Tuesday, November 16, 2021

More information and registration:
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Lunchtime supervision: We need you! ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŒงโ˜”๐ŸŒฆโ›ˆ๐ŸŒง

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!

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 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!

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.

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!

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.

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 for details, ask for Corrin Canale.

One person really can make a difference โ€“ especially to our students.

Our program is dependent upon volunteers like you!

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:

Valhalla See's HOLIDAY SHOP:

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



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).

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
Enter Valhalla's school passcode: 1015925122132765
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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.


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Upcoming Events

November 2021

11th - Veteran's Day (no school)

15th - School Site Council

15-19th - Book Fair

17th - VPFA Meeting

19th - Pastries with Pappas

22-26th - Thanksgiving Break (no school)