Viking Pride - September 24, 2021

Fall Events!

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Welcome Back Dance was a BLAST! 🎡🎹

Dear Valhalla Community,

WOW! We had over 500 people for this super special and safe community event last Friday! It was so fun being together and hanging out! We appreciate VPFA's super hard work and creativity bringing us all together! Thank you to everyone who supported and attended the party and an extra special shout out to our teachers & staff who came by... Melissa Pratchard, Anna Barber, Sarah Young, Cliff Simmons, Tamara Robbinett and Ginger Megley!

Do you have pictures to share from the dance?? We would love them for our yearbook! Please send them to Thank you!

Please check out our many community events that are coming up and also ways to get involved and help out our school. Please reach out to me for any questions or feedback.


Principal Pappas

Paul the Piano Prodigy!

Check out Paul play piano at the Welcome Back Dance! CLICK HERE

Check out Paul's YouTube!

Viking Fun Run: πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ’¨

Valhalla families!

We’re only 2 weeks away from our Viking Fun Run! Our goal is to raise funding for school enrichment projects. We will be creating outdoor classrooms, staffing and filling a STEAM room, creating a wellness center for our school counselor, as well as other various community building projects. 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:

β€’ Fun, engaging character development lessons

β€’ 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!

Here is a quick video overview of our fundraising program. We want all families to get registered by October 4th! Log on to MYBOOSTER.COM today and enter your family’s details.

We are working hard to make this fundraiser safe, fun, and successful for everyone!

Key dates to remember:


β€’ Fundraiser Kick Off - 10/4

β€’ Event Day - 10/13

On event day:

TK, Kindergarten, and First Grade will be running at 8:30am

Second and Third Grade will be running at 10:30am

Fourth and Fifth Grade will be running at 11:30am

Thank you for working with us to make our school stronger. We are grateful for your support!

Conference Weeks: October 18-29:

From October 18 - 29, grades 1-5 will be released at 1:35pm (with the exception of Wednesdays - which will remain at their normal release time of 1:00pm). Kindergarten will be released at 1:20pm.

This is to allow time for parent-teacher conferences. Details about individual conferences will come directly from your child's teacher.

Valhalloween: Saturday, October 23rd, 2021. PreSale is available NOW! πŸŽƒπŸ‘»πŸ¦‡

Click here for the official Valhallaween website!

Purchase PreSale Tickets, PreSale Wristbands, Valhalloween masks, and more!

Find more information about Valhalloween 2021, and volunteer opportunities, online.

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Halloween Grams Supporting 5th Grade Outdoor Ed

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Halloween Grams for Sale - $2 each

Halloween Grams will be for sale starting in October. Proceeds will benefit 5th grade Outdoor Ed.

If you'd love to get a Halloween gram for your child, their friends, their class, your favorite teacher or staff member, you can purchase them in front of Thor Hall on the listed dates below. Hurry, because they will sell out!

Friday, October 8th from 7:30am-8am AND 2:30-3:30pm

Tuesday, October 12th from 7:30am-8am AND 2:30-3:30pm

Friday, October 15th from 7:30am-8am AND 2:30-3:30pm

Wednesday, October 20th 1-3pm

Saturday, October 23rd 3-6pm (Booth at Valhalloween)

(more dates will be added if needed)

*An example is show, assortment may vary*

A Letter from our VPFA President

Dear Valhalla Families,

Welcome to fall! It’s officially pumpkin spice season, yet the weather is still in the 90s. While we (hopefully) prepare for cooler weather, we will be opening an online spirit wear store soon with all sorts of options including long sleeved tees and sweatshirts. We will also be popping up with Flash Sales from time to time to unload old stock of adult-sized t-shirts.

Thanks to all who attended the Welcome Back Dinner Dance. It was a raging success. A special thanks to Paul Petrescu and family for that wonderful entertainment, and to Maddie Lauricella, Laurie Berry, Tiffany O’Sullivan and Marcie Stewart for stepping up to make sure this event happened even without an event chair. I think it was a wonderful way to kick off our school year!

We are in need of book fair co-chairs! We have less than two months until this really fun event

and so if we are unable to find anyone to chair it by mid-October, we will be forced to cancel. If you have any questions or are interested in stepping up, please email This is a great event for friends to run together and you’ll have the support of Mrs. Neys and the board behind you.

We have several events coming up soon:

Pleasant Hill Community Service Day Sat 9/25 at 9am

Walk to School Day – Wed 10/6

Boosterthon Fun Run – begins 10/4 – event takes place on 10/13

VPFA General Meeting via Zoom – Wed 10/20 at 6pm

Valhalloween – Sat 10/23 from 3pm-6pm

Details for all of these events can be found in Konstella.

Thank you for all that have stepped up to help Valhalla a better place!

Thank you,

Marni Hutchins

VPFA President

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

Don't forget - this Saturday Valhalla is participating in the Pleasant Hill Community Service Day.

Sign up here, if you haven't yet:

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!

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 Vlahalla is 11:30am - 1pm!

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 – especially to our students.

Our program is dependent upon volunteers like you!

The Great Shakeout - Earthquake and Fire Drill!

We will be participating in the great shakeout on Thursday, October 21st.

VPFA Meeting - Wednesday, October 20, 2021 @ 6pm

Pastries with Pappas Friday, October 22nd @ 9:15am

Join Zoom Meeting

ID: 84754476410
Password: 53537299Ei

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: PokΓ©mon, 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).

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*

Still need to order pictures?

Go to and enter in your info to view your child's photo and order!

Missed picture day? Didn't love your child's photo from our Fall picture day? Make up pictures will be on October 21st from 8am-11:30am in Thor Hall.

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Yes, you have seen the information below before!

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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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How to help at Valhalla: πŸ’™πŸ’›

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.

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

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