VFE Falcon Family Newsletter

Winter Break 2022

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Principal's Message

Dear Falcon Families,

As we enter Winter Break, we want you to know how incredibly thankful we are to serve such a generous and engaged community. Your partnership is essential as we strive to know, value, and support each Falcon. From the Falcon Top 10 to the revival of our music program to the amazing generosity of our community, we have a lot to celebrate and be thankful for this holiday season. Perhaps most importantly, we are seeing many of our Falcons growing in character and becoming tremendous servant leaders in our community.

It is fitting that empathy, understanding and connecting to other people's feeling, is December's character trait. Empathy in action showed up throughout the VFE community this month. Thanks to our partnership with East Pierce Fire and Rescue, 28 Falcons received much-needed warm coats for the winter. The Blue Crew supported 23 families with holiday gifts for 43 kids. And our amazing students stepped up to serve and care for neighbors in need as well. The students in Mrs. Schmitz's class brought in 159 toys in their annual Toy Drive. The fourth-grade Sock and Hygiene drive led by Ms. Severson's class brought in 1,000 items. Students wrote over 1,300 notes thank and encouraging each other throughout the month. And, student council, in partnership with the PTO, raised funds to donate over $200 to a local agency supporting families in crisis. Amazing!

We encourage you to take time to connect with your kids over Winter Break--play a game, put a puzzle together, shoot hoops, or read a good book together. We hope that this season is full of joy and peace.

Let's make 2023 an incredible year to be a Falcon!

Wade Jerdee, Assistant Principal & Adam Uhler, Principal

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!

Holiday Family Fun Night Photos

Thanks to the AMAZING VFE PTO, the Family Holiday Movie Night was a huge success! Over 400 students and parents enjoyed games, face painting, and other activities. It was a great way to start the season!

First Trimester Falcon Top 10 Celebration

Each trimester we celebrate our Falcons that model and show growth in our character traits. This fall we focused on respect, responsibility, and gratitude. We are so proud of the 100+ students that showed great growth and modeled respect, responsibility, and gratitude.

East Pierce Fire & Rescue providing Coats for Kids

VFE Students Serving and Caring for our Community

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Student Council Partners with WRCO

White River Community Outreach, in partnership with the Bonney Lake Foodbank, provides a safety net for our most vulnerable neighbors. WRCO's outreach specialist helps our neighbors navigate through the red tape and provides immediate support. This outreach includes referrals, support, and crisis management. In times of crisis, turning to a trusted source for some of life's basic necessities, such as housing, energy assistance, family support, food, clothing, etc. is essential. WRCO is helping east Pierce County residents navigate their way through the maze of social and human services. With donations from the community, WRCO ensures families are able to stay in their homes with utility and rental assistance; gas cards to help customers get to work and appointments, provide families and individuals with holiday help; and pass out hygiene products, tents, sleeping bags, and other basic needs to those in need. You can support their efforts by donating directly to WRCO

Schmitz's Class Annual Toy Drive

Thank you to everyone who donated! Mrs. Schmitz's class was able to collect about 159 toys to donate to families in our community that could use a little support this holiday season.

4th Grade Hygiene and Sock Drive UPDATE

Thank you to everyone for participating in the Hygiene and Sock Drive. Together, we were able to collect over 1,000 items! WRCO will use these items to support our neighbors in need.

PurposeFull Family

We wish all students and their families a happy Winter Break! In January, we will focus on the trait of Perseverance. Until then, keep encouraging your young ones to practice empathy over the next several weeks! We hope your holiday time is a positive and joyful one. Have a great New Year, and we look forward to seeing everyone in 2023!

Meet Stefanie Kilborn!

Stefanie Kilborn will be filling in for Heather Mueller while she is on maternity leave. She has also met with Ms. Mueller and the class already and is excited to be at VFE. Some of you will recognize Stefanie from her time in Jill Riddell’s class last year. Stefanie just finished student teaching and earned her Master in Elementary Education. She has three children of her own, Kai (15), Capri (12), and Casey (9). Stefanie enjoys skiing, paddle boarding, and camping.

Meet Courtney Durbin!

Courtney Durbin will be filling in for Ms. Hubbard while she is on maternity leave and has already met her class and planned with Ms. Hubbard. And, some of you may recognize Ms. Durbin. She is a Falcon through and through--she went to VFE as a kid! Ms. Durbin loves the outdoors and camping is her favorite vacation. She has a dachshund, Winston. And, all of you Cougs will be glad to know she is a WSU grad.

VFE Music Program Updates

Our 5th graders did an outstanding job overcoming challenges (rescheduling due to snow and a lot of sick kids) to perform beautifully (many for the first time) at our Start of the Season concert. Each song was introduced by a very poised student. Check out the Start of the Season link below to enjoy the show. If you weren't able to make it to the Holiday Sing-Along, please see the link below as well.

We are always looking to improve our musical performances at VFE

Please feel free to provide feedback at this link...Performing Arts Feedback if you attended the 5th Grade Concert or Sing Along.

Upcoming Performance Dates

Feb 23 - District Choir Festival

Mar 8 - 4th Grade Concert

Mar 8 - 3rd Grade Concert

For More Information, visit the Music Notes Webpage

Muffins & Jam Finale

Keeping Us Healthy

Cold and flu season is upon us. Here are our current guidelines on when to keep your child home from school:

  • Fever of 100.4*F
  • Cough (new, changed, or worsening)
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Muscle or body aches
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Thick continuous drainage from eye/s or eye/s that are sealed shut with drainage after sleep.

Basic ways to stay healthy include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects
  • Stay at home and away from others if you are sick.

If you are questioning whether your child should stay home, please contact the school nurse; she may be able to help.

Falcon Basketball

We had a fantastic turnout for basketball--over 30 fourth and fifth-grade students participated this year. In addition to learning some fundamentals, the students did a great job learning to become supportive teammates and show great sportsmanship to their opponents. The Falcons played well at the jamboree, winning all but their first game of the night. Thank you, Coach Luciana, for leading and serving our kids.

Elementary Curriculum Showcase 1/26

Greetings Victor Falls Families,

Please join us for our 2nd Annual Regional Elementary Curriculum Showcase*

When: Thursday, January 26th

Time: 5:30-7:00 PM

Location: Victor Falls Elementary

Address: 11401 188th Ave Ct E Bonney Lake, WA 98391

This district event will feature:

  • Our Elementary core curriculum in Language Arts, Math, and Social Emotional Learning for each grade level.

  • An opportunity to view our New 5th grade Human Growth and Development (puberty) and HIV Videos

    • Opt out forms will be available after viewing the videos for current 5th grade students.

  • Meet and talk with some of our Victor Falls Elementary staff as well as teachers in nearby SBLSD schools.

  • Obtain information about 2023-24 Kindergarten Registration and programs like READY for Kindergarten.

  • Visit resource tables hosted by elementary specialists in PE, Music, and STEM.

  • Light refreshments available

If you are unable to attend this event, please consider attending our other regional Curriculum Showcase:

  • Tuesday, February 7th at Maple Lawn Elementary- 5:30-7:00 PM

  • Address: 230 Wood Ave. Sumner, WA 98390

*This is an adult event to provide parents with information about the elementary curriculum.

There will be no activities for children nor childcare available.

Blue Crew Reindeer Games

Upcoming PTO Events

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 it 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.

Gotcha (Nerf) Fundraiser 1/18

SAVE THE DATE: January 18th Gotcha Arena Night @ Outlet Collection in Auburn 3-7. More details to follow.

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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Key Dates

Please check our website for updates.

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