Bear Necessities

Hollow Hills Fundamental School Newsletter Week of 8/1/22

Bear Essentials (Upcoming Events)

Thursday, August 4th - New Student Orientation Grades 1st - 6th (6pm)

Friday, August 5th - Kindergarten Orientation (10am)

Monday, August 8th - Main Office Closed 7:30am - 10:30am

Tuesday, August 9th - Back to School Social (PTA Sponsored) 4:30pm

Wednesday, August 10th - FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

Friday, August 12th - PTA Meeting in the MPR (8:15am)

Thursday, August 18th - Back to School Night (6pm) in the MPR; Early Dismissal Day (1:05pm)

Tuesday, August 23rd - Fire Drill

Friday, August 26th - PTA Volunteer Meeting (8:20am) followed by the General Assoc. PTA meeting in the MPR; Spirit Day

Tuesday, August 30th - Picture Day


Friday, September 2nd - Room Representative Meeting in the MPR (8:20am)

Monday, September 5th - NO SCHOOL

Friday, September 9th - Wear Red, White and Blue - Patriot's Day

Week of September 19th - Book Fair

Wednesday, September 21st - Books and Breakfast in the MPR

Thursday, September 22nd - Books and Snacks in the MPR (6pm)

Monday, September 26th - NO SCHOOL

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Principal's Message

Dear Golden Bear Parents, Guardians, Families and Students,

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year at Hollow Hills Fundamental School! I am honored to be joining the Hollow Hills community as your new principal. Hollow Hills has a long standing tradition of excellence marked by high academic achievement, quality programs and parental support. We, our amazing teachers, staff and I, are committed to creating a supportive, caring and fun learning environment where all students will learn at high levels, acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary for each student to achieve their personal best. It is this commitment, and partnerships with parents and the community, that has helped Hollow Hills become recognized both nationally and statewide. Although I am new to the Golden Bear family, this commitment to excellence for every student is engrained in the fabric of Hollow Hills. It is a priveldge to work alongside the teachers, staff, parents and community to continue this important work.

We truly are "Better Together". It is the partnerships between all stakeholders that makes Hollow Hills a truly special school. There are many opportunities to become involved at Hollow Hills: as a classroom representative, PTA board/committee member or parent volunteer for special projects. Please consider volunteering in any capacity you can. Education of our children is a team endeavor and parents/guardians are key members on this team. Your ongoing commitment and dedication to our students reflects the Hollow Hills philosophy, it truly is "The Golden Bear Way".

It is a great day to be a Golden Bear!

Heather Godfrey

Principal, Hollow Hills Fundamental School

Upcoming Events

New Families Parent Orientation (Grades 1st - 6th)

Date: Thursday, August 4, 2022

Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: Hollow Hills MPR

Welcome to the Golden Bear Family! Please join us for the New Family Orientation. At this meeting, you will receive information regarding the first day of school, learn about Hollow Hills traditions, and have an opportunity to ask questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

Kindergarten Orientation

Date: Friday, August 5, 2022

Time: 10:00am

Location: Hollow Hills, Kindergarten

Welcome Kindergarten Golden Bears! We are excited to have you join our Hollow Hills Family and look forward to seeing you at Orientation. Starting Kindergarten is an exciting event for both students and families and we look forward to welcoming you to the Golden Bear Family!

Back to School Social

Date: Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Time: 4:30pm; Scratch off - Teacher Reveal 5:00pm

Location: Hollow Hills

Welcome Back to School Golden Bears! Our amazing PTA is once again hosting the Back to School Social on Tuesday, August 9th at 4:30pm. This is an optional event hosted by Hollow Hills PTA where students have the opportunity to find out which class/teacher they will have, meet their classmates and share their excitement for the start of school. Thank you to the Hollow Hills PTA for starting the year off with a fun event and connecting our Golden Bear Family together.

**Note: Class/schedule information will also be available on Aeries at 5pm on August 9th for those unable to attend the Back to School Social.

Welcome Back to School!

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 10, 2022

School Office Hours: 7:30am - 4:00pm

Student School Hours: 8:10am - 2:19pm

Note: Supervision for students begins at 7:45am. For safety reasons, students should not be on campus prior to 7:45am. Please make arrangements for students to be picked up no later than 2:45pm.

Meet Our New Teachers

Mrs. Wolfson - First Grade

Hollow Hills is excited to welcome Mrs. Wolfson to the Golden Bear family! Mrs. Wolfson brings a vast array of experience to Hollow Hills. She started in the inner city 33 years ago. Mrs. Wolfson taught in LAUSD for 7 years before coming to the Simi Valley Unified School District. She served the Knolls community for 13 years, then the Atherwood community for 12 years. Mrs. Wolfson loves to teach the littles how to read and is looking forward to serving the Hollow Hills community.

Mrs. Ricardo - Fifth Grade

Celebrating the arrival of a new Golden Bear, Mrs. Ricardo! Mrs. Ricardo is new to Hollow Hills but not new to the Simi Valley Unified School District. Mrs. Ricardo has previously taught at Lincoln and comes to us most recently from Berlywood where she has served as a Title 1 teacher. Originally from Canada, Mrs. Ricardo moved to sunny California in 2005. She completed her Masters in Education at Pepperdine University in 2006 and began her service in Simi Valley in 2008. Mrs. Ricardo is looking forward to bringing her experience, knowledge, skills and heart to Golden Bear Territory.

Mrs. Ricardo is the proud parent of two daughters, one in middle school and one in high school. She enjoys spending time with her husband, daughters and 3 dogs. She enjoys cooking, hiking and traveling.

Aeries Parent Portal Data Confirmation

Simi Valley Unified will be utilizing Aeries as the student information system again this year. Through the Aeries program, parents/guardians can monitor academic progress, as well as health information, contact information and communications. It is required that all families complete the Data Confirmation process in the Aeries portal prior to the first day of school on August 10, 2022.

**Note: When updating contact information, it would be helpful to use a cell phone number as the primary number. This will allow you to receive text message communications sent by the school. Click here for more information on the Aeries Parent Portal Data Confirmation.

Child Nutrition - Lunch Program Updates/Information

Under the new California Universal Meals Program, school breakfast and lunch are now free for all students. However, Federal regulations still require school districts to collect household meal applications for some schools. Hollow Hills is one of those schools. Families who received a letter from the District stating your children were directly certified (automatically qualified for free or reduced lunch do NOT need to apply. Those who did not receive a letter must complete an application. More resources, general information, FAQs and quick links can be found here: Child Nutrition Links.


Good attendance is vital to student success!!

**Please call the attendance line if your child is absent to avoid truancy: (805) 520-6720 and select option 1.

Parents have FIVE (5) days to clear a student’s absence(s). After 5 days, the Absence (A) will

automatically convert to a Truant (D). Parents/Guardians must call the Attendance line to clear an absence. Communication with the teacher is not sufficient to clear an absence.

August Dinner Site Calendar and Other Resources for Families

Contact Us

Hollow Hills Fundamental School

828 Gibson Avenue

Simi Valley, CA 93065

(805) 520-6720

Attendance: (805)520-672 *Select Option 1