VFE Falcon Family Newsletter

December 2022

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Principal's Message

Dear Falcon Families,

We hope that you are reading this after a wonderful Thanksgiving break that was full of time to reconnect with family and friends. The Blue Crew is incredibly thankful for your support. December is off to a successful, albeit snowy start. Thank you for being flexible and supportive as we walked through unanticipated cancellations and schedule changes. As we experience the wonder of the first snowfall and enter a season of expectation--a season that celebrates light, peace, and joy--we hope that you and your children enjoy this time.

While we don’t want to ignore the real challenges we face every day, we do want to bring balance to our hearts and minds both at school and at home by purposefully seeking ways to show each other that we love and care for one another each day. As you will note in the Purposefull Family section, this month's focus is on building our empathy muscles--building our ability to understand and connect to the feelings of another. And while digital devices allow a semblance of connection, they don't help adults or children truly connect, communicate, and understand each other deeply.

During the time of year when it is easy to get caught up in doing and giving of things, we encourage you to pause, put the devices down, be fully present with each other, and connect. Maybe build a snowman, put a puzzle together, play Legos, have a tea party, tell stories, play catch, take a walk--whatever it is, make time to be fully present with your child and enjoy each other.

Make it a great day to be a Falcon!

Wade Jerdee, Assistant Principal & Adam Uhler, Principal

5th Grade Concert Update

Greetings Families,

We were able to find a day to reschedule our 5th Grade Concert.

It has been rescheduled for Tuesday, December 6 at 7:00 pm, and still at Bonney Lake High School Performing Arts Center. Hall Doors open at 6:30 pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

Falcon Top 10 Assembly Rescheduled for 12/8

The Falcon Top 10 assembly has been rescheduled for 12/8. We have 3 separate assemblies.

  • Kindergarten and 1st grade will be 9 am
  • 2nd and 3rd Grade 9:45a,
  • 4th and 5th Grade 1:15 pm

If your student has been nominated for an award, we invite you to join us at our assembly. You will be invited by your student's teacher if they are nominated. As always, please sign in and out through the office and wear a visitor's sticker.

PurposeFull SEL

PurposeFull Family- This month’s focus is Empathy. One way to think about Empathy is “understanding and connecting with other people’s feelings.” Empathy is a practice that can help us grow strong relationships. Review Empathy as a family! Remember that Empathy is understanding and connecting with other people’s feelings. Schedule a family movie night so that you can specifically watch for feelings and emotions. Let everyone know that you’d like them to point out how the characters in the show are feeling and that you will pause periodically to discuss Empathy. As emotions are identified, invite one another to Empathize by sharing about a time they felt that way or imagining how they might be feeling in that moment. For further information about Empathy, please click the following links: Kindergarten Empathy Newsletter, 1st Grade Empathy Newsletter, 2nd Grade Empathy Newsletter, 3rd Grade Empathy Newsletter, 4th Grade Empathy Newsletter, 5th Grade Empathy Newsletter.

Winter Break 12/17-1/2

Winter break is coming up! The last day of school is December 16th and the first day back will be Tuesday Jan. 3rd.

Have a great Holiday Break!

Attendance Reminder

Studies show that missing more than 10% of school can negatively impact a student’s long term success. At Victor Falls, we are committed to supporting families so that students can be at school and learning. Of course, there are times when a student will be sick, or have an appointment. If that is the case, please communicate with the office the morning of an absence. Please help us to set students up for success by helping your student be here before 8:25 every day.

Schmitz's Class Annual Toy Drive

Every year during holiday time, Mrs. Schmitz's 3rd Grade class collects toy donations. This year, the class will be accepting toy donations from now until 12/16. Please send your new and unwrapped toys for ALL AGES to room 29. Let's make this year the best yet!

4th Grade Hygiene and Sock Drive

Our 4th Grade classes are leading a Hygiene and Sock Drive that will benefit the White River Community Outreach Program. Suggested items could be:

  • New socks (any size)
  • toilet paper
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • bar soap and body wash
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • deodorant
  • bandages and hand sanitizer
  • feminine hygiene products
  • hair ties and nail clippers
  • tissue

Please send NEW and full-sized items with your student or drop them off at the office. the last day to collect donations is December 14th.

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Holiday Sing-Along 12/16

On Friday, December 16th, Victor Falls will be having a Holiday sing-along. You are invited to join us from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm in the MPR to sing and experience holiday songs from many cultures around the world.

We look forward to seeing you here and building community through music.

As a reminder, all visitors will need to sign in and out plus wear a visitor's sticker.

Lost and Found

Our Lost and Found is getting FULL! Parents are welcome to look through the Lost and Found before or after school. The office is open daily from 7:30-4.

All Lost and Found items will be donated on Dec 16th after school.

Upcoming PTO Events

Holiday Family Movie & Fun Night 12/9

Save the Date!

Dec 9th Holiday Family Movie and fun night at Victor Falls Elementary.

More Details coming.

Staff Appreciation Donations

Aloha All! I hope everyone is staying WARM and HEALTHY!

This month we are treating our Victor Falls Staff to a Hot Chocolate Bar. If your time & budget allow, please join me in warming them up & keeping their spirits up for this final stretch to Winter Break! Your support is always appreciated & warmly received.

Wishing you all a beautiful & safe holiday season!


Thank you!


PTO Fundraiser Panda Express 12/28

December's fundraiser will be at Panda Express on December 28th from 10am-9pm. 20% of the sales will be donated to the VFE PTO.

Ways to order:

Order online at Pandaexpress.com OR use the APP for the Bonney Lake Location. Please use the code 340519 in the fundraiser code box.

Bring the paper into the restaurant or show if from your phone.

Thank you for supporting the PTO.

PTO General Meeting 1/11

The PTO general meeting will be on 1/11 at 4:15pm in the VFE Library. This meeting is held to discuss upcoming events and topics involving the PTO. All Parents/guardians are encouraged to join us.

Family Assistance

We have resources to help families in need. Would a weekend food bag, clothing, or meal support during the holidays for your student be helpful? Please send an email to the school counselor at courtney_arbaugh@sumnersd.org to assist you with getting support.

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Ready For Kindergarten Fall 22

Please use the QR code or click here to register.

  • Monday, December 5 at Emerald Hills Elementary: 6:30-8:00pm with Orientation for all families new to Ready! 6:00-6:30pm

  • Wednesday, December 7 at Sumner Early Learning Center: 6:30-8:00pm with Orientation for all families new to Ready! 6:00-6:30pm

Key Dates

Please check our website for updates.

12/6 5th Grade Concert 7pm, BLHS Perfroming Arts Center

12/8 Falcon Top Ten Assemblies 9 am (K-1), 9:45 (2-3), 1:15 (4-5)

12/9 Holiday Movie & Fun night 6-9:30 pm

12/16 Holiday Sing-Along

12/17-1/3 Winter Break

12/28 PTO Fundraiser-Panda Express

1/11 General PTO Meeting

For other key dates, check your mailbox soon for the 2021-22 school year calendar.
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