Phoenix Family News

October 30, 2020

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Important Dates Ahead...

  • 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

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

As numbers begin to rise in our community, please remind your child about proper mask wearing, social distancing, and hand washing/sanitizing. We continue to do this at school and could use your support at home as well. If you notice your child’s mask is not fitting properly, maybe try something else. If you are in need of a proper fitting mask for your child we do have some options here at school we can try. Just reach out to your child’s teacher and we can help.

2020-21 Yearbooks & Fall Pictures

If you haven't heard, District 833 has started using Josten's this year for our school pictures and yearbooks. You can actually pre-order your yearbook for a $3.00 savings! Click HERE to pre-order your 2020-21 VCES Yearbook!

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

Here are some excellent ideas if you or your child are seeking more activities to do on 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

We are thrilled that so many of our VLA students are requesting books via Destiny Discover. However, we are pulling and checking out a number of books that are not being picked up on our curbside checkout dates. Reminder that if your child requests a book, it will be outside on a cart with your name on it between 10am-2pm on the designated dates. Our next date is November 13. This video can help your child determine whether or not their book is ready for pickup. Also, please return any previously checked out books. You can leave them on the curbside cart on designated Fridays, or they can be dropped off anytime on the black cart in the front vestibule labeled “Return VCES Library Books Here.” All VLA Book Checkout Procedures, and future book checkout dates can be found on our Media Center website, linked here. Please contact Ms. Lanners, Media Specialist, if you have any questions!

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 If you should have any questions or resource needs, please contact Dr. Gervais at

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:

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:

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.

PTA News

Fall Book Fair

Visit the Fall Virtual Book Fair! Fair Dates: Now through Monday, November 8

Online Store:

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!

Wendy’s Night

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!

To register, visit the Fundraiser Registration Site

School Identifier code: 5d2f3c17caf66


Fun Run Parent Letter

Fitness-A-Thon BINGO card Turn your completed BINGO card in for a prize drawing!

2020 Fitness Fundraiser Information Video

Box Tops

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:

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: / 651.425.7503

Kristine McDonald, Assistant Principal: / 651.425.7523

Merita LaPlante, Office Coordinator: / 651.425.7501

Jen Gackstetter, Office Assistant: / 651.425.7507

Jen Gervais, Social Worker: / 651.425.7605

Family Technology Support Line: Fall 2020 website / 651.425.HELP (4357) - M-F 7:30-4:00