Phoenix Family News

September 11, 2020

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Calendar of Events

  • September 14 & 16 - Group A In-Person / Group B Distance Learning
  • September 15 & 17 - Group B In-Person / Group A Distance Learning
  • September 18 - Flex Friday - Groups A & B Distance Learning
  • Please see this link for link for the updated District A/B Hybrid Calendar

A Great First Week!

What a wonderful first week for all of our students! Our hybrid students are getting used to all of the new procedures at school and home and our VLA students are getting used to their at home schedules as well. I couldn’t be prouder of the students this week. Thanks to all the parents for your support and continued patience as we ease into our new normal.

VLA Specialist News

Due to enrollment changes and class list updates, our specialists will first begin interacting with students through SeeSaw on Monday, Sept. 14.


Activities and information for art, music, physical education or media will be posted in SeeSaw on that date. Thank you for your patience.

Lunch

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved South Washington County Schools to provide free breakfast and lunch for enrolled students starting on Monday, Sept. 14. To learn more go HERE However, it is recommended you complete a free/reduced meal form if you think you qualify. This is a precaution if this opportunity ends Dec. 31, 2020. For more information on free/reduced meals, go HERE.


If your child brings a cold lunch to school and would like to purchase milk, please make sure they have funds in their account. Milk is $.50 for our cold lunchers. This is considered an ala carte item when not purchasing a hot lunch.


Parents/Caregivers who have nutritional questions or need additional nutritional support can go to our district website at: https://sowashco.org/about/fall_2020/nutrition

VNN Live!

Valley Crossing has hd a long-standing tradition of a live newscast, Valley News Network (VNN), to start our day. VNN brings us all together as one community. We are so happy to announce that VNN will continue this year for Hybrid, DL, and VLA students. Yes - You can watch LIVE even if you are learning at home! Every morning, VNN will be live on YouTube. We will start announcements at 9:15 and end around 9:20. (We will not be live on Flex Fridays when no students are in the building).


Beginning Monday, 9/14, this will be the livestream VNN link for home and school. We encourage students and families to bookmark it! (You can also access the link on our VCES website.)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5tzmRHIO-t_9mWFppBmAyQ/live

Family Technology Support Line

South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo) has started a new family technology support phone line at 651-425-HELP (4357). Standard phone line hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can leave a voicemail at any time with your child’s name, the school they attend and a call back number, and someone will return your call.

A variety of technology resources are also available on our Fall 2020 website including:

Valley Crossing Announcement Emails

If you know of anyone who is not receiving the Valley Crossing announcement emails, please have them check their parent portal to ensure their email address is correct. They may also contact info@sowashco.org for additional assistance. We have found that some families may have opted out of these emails in the past and will need to re-subscribe by emailing the above address.

Office Contact Information

Connha Classon, Principal: cclasson@sowashco.org / 651.425.7503

Kristine McDonald, Assistant Principal: kmcdonal@sowashco.org / 651.425.7523

Merita LaPlante, Office Coordinator: mlaplant@sowashco.org / 651.425.7501

Jen Gackstetter, Office Assistant: jgackste@sowashco.org / 651.425.7507

Jen Gervais, Social Worker: jgervais2@sowashco.org / 651.425.7605