Viking Pride - October 25, 2021

Happy Red Ribbon Week & Halloween!

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Valhalloween! WOW! ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป๐ŸŽˆ๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿงก

Dear Valhalla teachers and community,

Thank you so much to our 3 chairs the "Valhalloween Witches'' Lori Whitehair, Natalie Krause and Kasey Bernard, the VPFA Board, all of our volunteers, Mr. Ken, staff and teachers who came out and such a fun, delicious, spooky and joyful celebration for our entire community! We really loved the Trunk or Treat (9 cars - WOW! Thank you!) and much fun in the garden with our gorgeous butterflies painting pumpkins! The games and the magic shows were also a BLAST! All the snacks and drinks were just delicious! Also, thank you for the Valhalla swag! We appreciate your hard work and creativity!

If you have any pictures to share, please send them to the yearbook:

Please enjoy the pictures below!

We all had such a blast! Thank you!

Theodora (AKA Esmerelda the fortune teller) ๐Ÿ”ฎ


Our District is excited to be participating in an important technology program called the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF). This program will provide Valhalla students with additional Chromebooks so that all students have access to a personal device. This device can be used at school, plus also be taken home whenever it is needed.

If a student in grades 2-5 does not have regular access to a computer at home whenever they need it to complete homework or school work, signing this form will allow us to receive a school owned device for that student to use.

Dear parents of 2-5th graders,

Please sign and date the pink paper that came home in your student's backpack today! This is a NEED-based grant, not an income-based grant. All parents who complete the agreement will be included in the grant which will improve technology access and provide additional devices for our students to use! The funds do not come out of Valhalla's nor MDUSD's budget so please participate!

The forms went home today, Monday. Please have all forms returned by Wednesday, 10-27.

Thank you!

We have extra copies in the office. We will reach out to every single family starting Wednesday that did not turn in the form. I will do a robocall today!

Our goal is 100% participation. Any ?s see me, Miss Pappas!

click here for the form in English!

Click here for the form in Spanish!


Dear families,

Please take this survey by November takes about 15 mins or less. Click here to take the survey! (This survey is for Vlahalla parents only).

Parents of 5th grade students, please click here to give permission for your 5th grade student to take this survey in class.

This important survey is administered annually to all staff, all parents, and 5th grade students to help us assess our school climate, health, and learning environment. All responses are anonymous and confidential.

Any questions, ask Miss Pappas! Thank you!

Square 1 orders are due TODAY October 25th.

On the back of the catalogue your child received are the ordering instructions with your individual online art access code. You can order online at

If you did not receive a catalogue, you can click on the link in the post and it will allow you to search by school and then last name to find your student's art.

The art should be delivered to the school around November 15th.

Yes, you have seen this info below before:

Conference Weeks: October 18-29th - School is out at 1:35pm daily (Wednesdays 1pm)

Please make sure your child is picked up on time and that you have arranged child care if needed.

Red Ribbon Week Spirit Days: October 25th โ€“ October 30, 2021

You are invited to participate in a week of spirit to celebrate our choices to be healthy and substance free!

Monday: I am part of the healthy team! (Wear a jersey/sportswear.)

Tuesday: I am natural! (Wear animal print, animals on your clothes or dress as an animal!)

Wednesday: Peace out! (Wear peace signs & tie-dye!)

Thursday: I have the power to be healthy! (Dress as a superhero!)

Friday: Halloween! (Wear your costume!)

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Halloween Celebration Day! Friday, October 29th.

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Save the dates! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“•

VPFA is working on our annual book fair! November 15- 19! What a great opportunity to puchase books for holiday gifts for kids and adults too!

MDUSD Communication:


Our next CAC meeting will be IN PERSON at Dent Center at 7 p.m. on November 2, 2021. We will be sending out more information shortly, but the focus of the presentation will be โ€œResetting the Scene,โ€ as we attempt to continue to help families navigate stress.


(Please note: The date of this meeting was updated on Oct. 16)

Our next stakeholder meeting will be held on Thursday October 21st at 7 p.m. via zoom. To access the meeting via Zoom:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 825 0090 3654

Passcode: nG2DObFq

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The plan in draft form is available and we continue to welcome feedback via our survey. We anticipate seeking Board approval on October 27, 2021, prior to submission of the plan to the California Department of Education, which will monitor its implementation.

Intradistrict Transfers for 2022-2023 Grades 6-12

Online transfer applications are now available through Nov 15, 2021. All schools must post this information on their websites.-The application for Intradistrict Transfers for students who will be in grades 6-12 in the 2022-2023 school year is now available online at from October 15-November 15, 2021.

Tobacco Use Prevention Education Upcoming Interactive Workshop - Parenting During a Pandemic on Tuesday, November 16, 2021

More information and registration:
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Sloat Garden Center fundraiser: ๐ŸŒผ๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŒพ

The Growing Up Green Fundraiser is back again for October!

The next shopping days are October 22-31, just mention Valhalla Elementary to the cashier at any Sloat Garden Center, and 10% of your purchase will go back to the school garden program.These funds help us to purchase plants and supplies needed for our edible garden and Greco garden.

Thanks for your support!

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Lunchtime supervision: We need you! ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŒงโ˜”๐ŸŒฆโ›ˆ๐ŸŒง

We would love to have parent volunteers come during lunchtime/lunch recess and provide an extra pair of eyes. This is a great opportunity to hang out with your child and their friends at school! Volunteers must wear masks and be cleared by the district to volunteer on campus.

We really need 1-3 volunteers daily, especially during rainy day recess! Click here to sign up! Thank you!

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!

Special Education Assistant position is open here at Valhalla!

SEA 1 - CLS Special Education Assistant 1 - Classroom @ Valhalla Elementary **($1500 Hiring Bonus)** click here to apply and more info! 5 hours per day.

The job will be relisted ASAP! Please reach out to Miss Pappas for more info!

Instructional Assistant position is open here at Valhalla!

15 hours per week.

The job will be relisted ASAP! Please reach out to Miss Pappas for more info!

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 Valhalla is 11:30am - 1pm!

Do you love helping out at lunch time, but would love to get a little extra cash doing so and on occasion? This is the perfect side gig!

Substitute Secretarial/Clerical:

Click here to apply for secretary substitute and for further info! Site time at Valhalla is 7:30am - 3:30 pm and we are flexible with those times!

How to help at Valhalla: ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›

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.

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 โ€“ especially to our students.

Our program is dependent upon volunteers like you!

The Great Shakeout - Earthquake and Fire Drill!

We participated in the great shakeout on Thursday, October 21st. Great job!

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: Pokรฉmon, 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).

To Purchase:
Go to
Enter Valhalla's school passcode: 1015925122132765
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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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Upcoming Events

October 2021

31st - Halloween

Upcoming Events

November 2021

11th - Veteran's Day, no school

15th - School Site Council

15-19th - Book Fair

17th - VPFA Meeting

19th - Pastries with Pappas

22-26th - Thanksgiving Break