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January 28, 2022

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Dear Valhalla Community,

Thank you for checking out all of our updates below including TK/K registration, HR needs, VPFA events, new menus for February & how we spend our days. We appreciate all of the proactive communication and continuous support!

Have a fun and sunny weekend,

Miss Pappas 😎

Lunar New Year~ The Year of the Tiger, February 1st, 2022

Many Asian cultures celebrate the Lunar New Year! Celebrations are festive and tend to last from several days to a couple of weeks, with a theme associated with each day of the celebration. In Chinese traditions, this typically lasts 15 days culminating in the Lantern culminate with the Lantern Festival on February 15th, 2021. Other cultures celebrate over shorter time frames, such as 3 days in Vietnamese cultures.

What is the Chinese New Year 2022 animal?

This will be the Year of the Tiger, according to the Chinese zodiac, with the year lasting from 1 February 2022 until 21 January 2023.

People born in a year of the Tiger are predicted to be brave, competitive, unpredictable, confident and display great levels of willpower. Tigers’ positive qualities include being kind, adventurous and enthusiastic.

The tiger is known to be king of all beasts in China and comes third in the Chinese zodiac.

Click here for a list of Family-Friendly Celebrations in the Bay Area!

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We need you:

*Special Education Assistant (SEA 2): 30 hours per week, grades: K/1/2 SDC

**$1500 Hiring Bonus**

Click her to apply! Any ?s ask Miss Pappas

1/19/2022 Covid Info Update - MDUSD

Click here for the guidelines sent to us by HR.

Click here for the community letter sent 1/31/2022 by HR.

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Tickets are on sale now for Valhalla’s Auction & Fundraiser! 🎫 πŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸ•ΊπŸ»πŸŽΆπŸ’™8️⃣0οΈβƒ£πŸŽ΅πŸŽ§

Click here to purchase tickets, donations and bidding!

Proof of Vaccination or a Negative Covid Test within 24 hours will be required to attend. Covid protocols will be in place in accordance with county mandates at the time of the event. The Auction Committee needs your help to make this fundraiser a success for our school!

Letβ€˜s Party!

Every year, Valhalla parents come together to host parties as part of the offering at the Auction. Parties are fun, build community, and more importantly, they play a big role in supporting our school. In past years, parties organized and hosted by parents like you accounted for nearly 30% of Silent Auction proceeds, all of which directly benefit the school. Reach out to Laurie Berry ( to get started. Don’t have an idea but want to help out? Join a party already in progress and contribute to the success of that event.

We Need Donations!

Auction: Do you know someone who owns a business (house cleaning, salon, photography, estate planning, etc.), has season tickets to a local team, or has a vacation home? Please consider your extended community when soliciting donations for the auction. Click here for our donation letter to give to businesses.

Wine: Please consider donating a bottle of wine worth $25 or more for our instant wine cellar raffle. Wine can be dropped off at the office.

Desserts: Please contact Shari Gonzalez at to donate a sweet treat for the traditional Dessert Dash.

Your Time: We need volunteers to make this auction possible. Please consider signing up for a time slot to set up or help out that night. Sign Up to volunteer.

For any other inquiries or to volunteer to help, please contact:

Be an Auction Sponsor! What a great way to advertise and support our school too!

Full page add $1,000

Half page add $500
Quarter page add $250

Each option also includes signage at the event, your logo (or image of your choice) listed on the auction website and a shout out on our facebook page.
The $500 and $1000 sponsorships also include 2 admission tickets to the live auction event.

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Read a thon is coming!

Does your Viking need an excuse to curl up with a few good books this winter? Well, your family is in luck!

The Valhalla Read-a-thon, sponsored by the Friends of the Pleasant Hill Library, launches on Feb 9 with a LIVE ZOOM storytime with Pleasant Hill Library's Senior Community Library Manager and storytime sensation, Patrick Remer.

It's an EPIC win win: From Feb 9 to Feb 23, we READ as much as we can while RAISING MONEY for our school!

Gift certificates donated by the Friends of the Pleasant Hill Library to the Friends Bookstore in downtown's Crescent Plaza will be awarded to top readers and top fundraisers. Everyone who participates will get a prize. The Read-a-thon is open to all students in all grades and students can participate and win a prize even if they do not fundraise.

More details (including a new and improved website with FAQs and forms) coming soon. In the meantime, sign up for a FREE Contra Costa County library card where you can borrow up to 100 books at a time.

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All children that were born Sept 2, 2016 - Sept 1, 2017 are eligible to join our 2022-2023 Kindergarten class. All children born Sept 2, 2017 - Feb 2, 2018 are eligible to join our 2022-2023 Transitional Kindergarten class.

If your child, or a child you know of, is eligible for either class please visit MDUSD's online enrollment to enroll that child online.

If your child is going to be in the Transitional Kindergarten class, you will then need to contact the district office at 925-682-8000 to finish registration. You can also click the link HERE

We will not be accepting any TK registration or packets at our site this year.

If your child will be in our Kindergarten class, after you have completed the online enrollment you can come into our office and pick up a packet for in-person registration.

Our office hours are 8:00am-3:30pm. You may come by at any time to pick up a packet with paper forms to be filled out.

Click here for additional info including the paperwork needed to complete registration & Items that are not needed for in-person registration, but that will be due at the β€œAll in One” day on Tuesday, August 9th.

When you have all of your documents, please review the available slots HERE to sign up. Sign up should take no longer than 10 minutes per person. If you need a different time/day, please call us at the office to make an appointment to do your in-person registration.

Thank you!

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MDUSD is hiring for substitute teachers! We need you!

The Mt. Diablo Unified School District is hiring substitute teachers at an increased pay rate of $230 per day or $250 per day for retirees or under special circumstances, effective Jan. 21.

In addition, the District is offering a $1,000 bonus to any substitute in a "teaching" position who works 20 days between Jan. 13 and Feb. 28.

Apply at

Details about requirements for becoming a substitute teacher in MDUSD are here.

NOTE: The "special circumstance" rate is paid when working at any Title I school, to retirees, or to those who are on a long term assignment for an entire semester. These substitute rates will be in effect until June 30, 2022.

Valhalla Needs YOU!

*Special Education Assistant (SEA 2): 30 hours per week, grades: K/1/2 SDC

**$1500 Hiring Bonus** Click her to apply!

Come join us at the happiest place on earth! Lunch time at Valhalla is 11:30am - 1pm.

*Noon Duty Supervisor - 7.5 hours per week (11:30-am - 1pm) (please contact the office to apply)

*Noon Supervisor Substitute: Click here to apply for noon supervisor substitute and for further info!

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

Click here to sign up for noon duty volunteer.


*Teacher: Substitute Teacher EdJoin Job Posting (Pay is increaing to $230, 1/21/22!)

*Special Education Assistant Substitute (SEA SUB) -

Special Education Assistant Substitute (SEA SUB) click here to apply and for further information.

*Substitute Secretarial/Clerical: Click here to apply for secretary substitute and for further info!

Site time at Valhalla is 8 am - 3:00 pm and we are flexible with those times!

Please reach out to Miss Pappas for more info or any questions! Thank you!

Check out how we spend our days! πŸŒžπŸ˜ŽπŸ’™πŸ’›

We celebrated 100 days of school and had a fun spirit Friday too in our our Valhalla Swag & 49er gear! Good luck! ! πŸ’–πŸ’›πŸˆπŸ€žπŸ»πŸ€
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See's Candies Valhalla Storefront OPEN! πŸ’πŸ«

Hello Valhalla Vikings,

Time to get your sweets on! Our dedicated Valhalla See's Candies Online Stores are open for business! 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.

Our Valentine's shop is open until Jan 28:

Our year-round store is open! YEAR ROUND SEE'S, people!!!

Thank you!

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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, the garden or to help at future field trips.

Place Your Order for Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests

Click here to order tests.

Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home tests from Here’s what you need to know about your order:

  • Limit of one order per residential address
  • One order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
  • Orders will ship free starting in late January

MDUSD Covid 19 information:

Click here for Dr. Clark's letter sent 1-10-22 via parent square.

COVID-19 Testing Information

COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 Information

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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!

MDUSD Food Services

February 2022 - Breakfast

February 2022 - Lunch

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