Phoenix Family News
October 30, 2020
Important Dates Ahead...
- VNN Channel Page - Live each morning at 9:15 am
- VCES Mindful Movement Minute Link - Tuesday & Wednesday at 2:30 pm
- Monday, November 2 and Wednesday, November 4 - Group A In-Person / Group B Distance Learning
- November 3 - NO SCHOOL - No Students in person / No lessons in Seesaw
- November 3 - Wendy's Night, 5:00-7:00 pm
- Thursday, November 5 and Friday, November 6 - Group B In-Person / Group A Distance Learning
Fall Virtual Book Fair! Now through Monday, November 8
Fall Fitness Fundraiser - Make sure to register!
To register, visit the Fundraiser Registration Site / School Identifier code: 5d2f3c17caf66
- November 9 & 10 - Fall Pictures
- November 9-19 - MAP Testing for Hybrid Students
- For updated calendars visit our District Website or District A/B Hybrid Calendar
A Note from the Principal - Is it really November next week?
Thank you for joining our teachers for conferences over the past two weeks. If you were unable to attend, please reach out to your child’s teacher and they will work with you to schedule a time to meet with you.
Next week’s schedule is a little different. Please see above for the changes in the week’s normal schedule.
What happens if my child needs to quarantine for an extended period of time? We understand that this may occur at some point this school year. Your child will still have access to the activities posted on Seesaw on their typical at home learning day. We understand that some of the activities may be difficult to complete (please know it is OK to skip activities that they don’t understand) there will be lots of activities that they will be able to continue to do independently. On their typical in-person day your child’s teacher will have a schedule of activities for them to do to keep up with their math, reading and writing school work. While it may not look exactly like what they are doing in the classroom, we are very lucky to have online resources that have activities that are linked to state standards AND our curriculum. Please understand that teachers cannot completely recreate what is happening in the classroom but will ensure that the activities that will be provided on their typical in person days will help your child keep up with school work. When they are able to return to school, the teacher will work with them on their in-person days to “catch up” as needed. Thank you for your understanding as we work together during this unpredictable time!
Safety & Security
2020-21 Yearbooks & Fall Pictures
Fall pictures have been scheduled for November 9th and 10th to accommodate both A and B students. VLA students will have an opportunity to get their pictures taken as well. The VLA picture time is on November 10th from 4:00-6:30 pm. More information will be coming as the date approaches.
Ideas for Distance Learning Days
VLA Handbook for Elementary Families - Fall 2020
We are pleased to announce that the VLA Handbook for Elementary Families has been finalized! Please click on the PDF below to view the handbook.
VLA Book Checkout
Notes from our School Social Worker
Due to the nature of our current learning platforms, Dr. Gervais is excited to be able to offer you or your child(ren) the opportunity to meet with her virtually in 15-minute increments. Dr. Gervais scheduling calendar can be found at https://calendly.com/drgervais/meeting-with-dr-gervais If you should have any questions or resource needs, please contact Dr. Gervais at firstname.lastname@example.org
VCES Mindful Movement Minute - Join Dr. Gervais on Tuesday and Wednesday's at 2:30 pm CST to practice Mindful Movement via YouTube live. You can access live and recorded sessions here: https://youtube.com/channel/UC9bD7gtBubmC0HLLMW-uA1g/live
Resources for Families - District 833 has a website that will link you to a variety of resources from food, mental health, and unemployment and so much more. Bookmark this page for future use: https://www.sowashco.org/about/fall_2020/family_resources
Snacks - All grades at Valley Crossing offer a minimum of one snack break a day. You are encouraged to send your child(ren) to school with a snack that is nutritious, individually wrapped, and peanut-free. Our brains work better when well-nourished. We also welcome snack donations for students that are not able to bring a snack on a daily basis. If you are able to donate, we welcome individually wrapped peanut-free snacks. You can drop donations off in the main office.
Fall Book Fair
Visit the Fall Virtual Book Fair! Fair Dates: Now through Monday, November 8
The Online Fair includes features like: Valley Crossing’s own online store, games for kids, virtual store walk-throughs and more. Remember, for every dollar spent, VCES get’s 25% back in rewards! Rewards last year benefited our media center, provided leveled books to expand on the reading curriculum and added to individual classroom libraries!
Join us on Tuesday November 3rd from 5-7PM for Wendy’s Night! Take your family out to dinner and 20% of your spending goes right back to our school!
Fall Fitness Fundraiser
Our Fall Fundraiser is well underway! It may look different this year, we are doing our best to still bring some fun and teamwork to Valley Crossing! Neighborhoods are having fun moving these few weeks in their physical education classes by participating in this fitness event!
The Fall Fundraiser is typically our highest earning fundraiser for the school year. PTA fundraising helps us provide awesome programming and activities for students at VCES. Last year we funded new playground equipment, IXL, individual classroom and neighborhood grants, meals for our amazing teachers and more!
Please consider donating to ensure these remain viable opportunities for our students and staff! Current donation amounts are less than half our goal.
Make sure to register!
School Identifier code: 5d2f3c17caf66
Fitness-A-Thon BINGO card Turn your completed BINGO card in for a prize drawing!
This year Box Tops for Education is opening up their submission process to ALL Box Top supporters meaning, you can cut them and submit them yourself instead of bringing them to school! All clipped Box Tops submitted must be postmarked by November 2. You can access the submission form HERE. Make sure to download the Box Top app and scan your receipts!
Don’t forget to sign up for our PTA Memberhub. Get exclusive information, announcements, and visit our online store to sign up to become a PTA member.
Please use this link to sign up a new account: vces.memberhub.com/join/jkw58d
Returning families: Your MemberHub login will carry over from past years. Login HERE
Make sure to follow VCES PTA on Facebook!
VCES Contact Information
Connha Classon, Principal: email@example.com / 651.425.7503
Kristine McDonald, Assistant Principal: firstname.lastname@example.org / 651.425.7523
Merita LaPlante, Office Coordinator: email@example.com / 651.425.7501
Jen Gackstetter, Office Assistant: firstname.lastname@example.org / 651.425.7507Jen Gervais, Social Worker: email@example.com / 651.425.7605
Family Technology Support Line: Fall 2020 website / 651.425.HELP (4357) - M-F 7:30-4:00