Valentine View

An e-newsletter from Valentine Hills Elementary School

January 10, 2010

Upcoming events at Valentine Hills

For up-to-date information on events happening at Valentine Hills, visit

Fri, Jan 10

Nothing on the calendar

Mon, Jan 13

Playworks Here

7:40 Large Group Orchestra @ HVMS

12:50 Choir Rehearsal @ IDHS

6:00 PTO Meeting

7:00 Westside Choir Festival @ IDHS

Tue, Jan 14

Playworks Here

7:40 Large Group Orchestra @ HVMS

8:00 Choir

11:00 Reading Buddies

Wed, Jan 15

Playworks Here

7:40 Large Group Band @ HVMS

8:00 Junior Coach Meeting

11:00 Reading Buddies

Thu, Jan 16

Playworks Here

7:40 Large Group Orchestra @ HVMS

11:00 Reading Buddies

6:00 Laurentian Chaperone Meeting-Mr. Western's room

Fri, Jan 17

No School

Future Dates:

Jan 20: No School

Jan 23: Family Math Night

Jan 24: No School

Feb 17: No School

Feb 20: Science Fair

FeePay is Unavailable

Technical difficulties continue to prevent families from accessing FeePay through ParentVUE. Until FeePay restores service, families can make a Nutrition Services payment for a student's meal account by visiting or by using our school's payment drop box to deposit cash or a check.

This also impacts any families still making a payment for the 5th grade Laurentian trip. You can also pay by check or cash if needed.

We will notify families when FeePay is up and running again. Thank you for your patience.

Notes From the Health Office

Fight the Flu

  • Considering a flu shot? Wondering if it’s too late? If you haven’t already, this is a great time to get an annual flu vaccine (especially if you have a 5th grader going to Laurentian!). The Minnesota Department of Health recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get the flu vaccine each year to help protect both themselves and those around them from contracting influenza.

  • Where can you get the flu vaccine? Click here for a tool to find a vaccine clinic near you.

  • What is the flu?

    • Symptoms of illness can range in severity and are usually mild to moderate, but sometimes lead to severe symptoms and hospitalization, especially in the very young, the older population, or those with chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease

    • Influenza is not the “stomach bug” that often gets confused in common conversation

    • Symptoms of influenza include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue, and sometimes nausea and vomiting in addition to the fever and other symptoms.

  • What can you do to help prevent the spread and keep yourself well?

    • Get an annual flu vaccine

    • Stay home when you’re sick (students should stay home until fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication (such as Tylenol or ibuprofen)

    • Report flu-like symptoms in students to the Health Office (651-621-7804) so that we can track trends

    • Wash hands frequently with soap and water

    • Clean commonly touched surfaces (including phones, door handles, etc)

    • Cover those coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve

    • Get enough rest, drink plenty of fluids, make time for exercise, and eat a balanced diet

Questions: Call Kathy Knutson, Licensed School Nurse 651-621-7828.

Time to Order Yearbooks!

Yearbook order forms have gone home. You can return the form with a check written out to Valentine Hills or exact change to school or order on-line thru Lifetouch and use Yearkbook ID 9106620. The deadline is January 31. We will have a very limited supply of extra ones that students can purchase in June.

This year the yearbook cost is only $15.00! Order today.

Want to Play Chess?

The second half of the school year also brings Part 2 of Chess Season!

It's time to re-register so we know you are coming back.The season ends with the regional tournament on April 25 and many clubs also have in-club tournaments too! It's always a great time to start playing chess, even if you were not with us in the fall. Registration for all clubs is open and most clubs start again this week.

Please use this link to register or get more info:

Remember, you can always sign up for the Chess Association e-news for other events:

Hockey Chipotle Fundraiser

Join the Irondale/St Anthony Girls Hockey team as they help "Stick it to Cancer" with a Chipotle Dine-out Fundraiser. Come out to eat on Mon, Jan 13 between 5 and 9 p.m. at Chipotle in St Anthony (2701 39th Ave NE).

All proceeds raised will be donated to the Randy Shaver Foundation. Be sure to mention Girls Hockey or show this flyer.

Family Ski Night

Join us for Family Ski Night at Wild Mountain Jan 19 and/or Feb 16. All District families, friends and staff members are invited to join us for a fun night of skiing or snowboarding. Take advantage of special rates on lift tickets and equipment rentals! Details and registration information can be found here.

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