Viking Pride - October 1, 2021

Happy New month!

Thank you Garden Faries and friends! 🌻🌸🌷🌞😎

Dear Valhalla Community,

We had an amazing transformation here in our gardens last weekend! The PH community service day helpers we had were SUPER! Shout out to Mt. Diablo Landscape Centers for their generous donation and discount on supplies! We appreciate you all!

Please check out our many community events that are coming up and also ways to get involved and help out our school. Please reach out to me for any questions or feedback.


Principal Pappas

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Viking Fun Run: πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ’¨

Our Viking Fun Run Fundraiser kicked off today, and we are thrilled about this year’s program!

Our goal is to raise $50,000 (to build our enrichment opportunities on campus) and we’re inviting YOU to help! Check out this quick video on how to register your student on MYBOOSTER.COM. From there, you can watch the same character videos your student will be watching each day, and start pledging to help our school!

Be sure to ask your child about the Sports City Worldwide Character Lesson of the Day! It’s a fitness theme all about inspiring students to be active and activate their character. Students will travel the world learning how to live and play with more character from REAL kid-athletes.

Thank you for supporting our school.

We can’t wait for our Viking Fun Run happening on October 13th!

Spirit Wear! πŸ’™πŸ’›

We are doing a flash sale for the next 3 weeks via the link below. We have a new design and it's available on t-shirts, long sleeved shirts, hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, zip up sweatshirts, dry-fit athletic shirts and premium quality t-shirts- all in youth through adult sizes. These cooler weather spiritwear items will come in handy as the seasons change. Every purchase benefits Valhalla.

Shirts will be delivered to Valhalla and distributed by the VFPA prior to Thanksgiving break.
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Walk Bike to school day! Wednesday October 6!

No School - Monday October 11 (staff development day!)

Conference Weeks: October 18-29:

From October 18 - 29, grades 1-5 will be released at 1:35pm (with the exception of Wednesdays - which will remain at their normal release time of 1:00pm). Kindergarten will be released at 1:20pm.

This is to allow time for parent-teacher conferences. Details about individual conferences will come directly from your child's teacher.

Sloat Garden Center fundraiser: πŸŒΌπŸ’πŸŒ·πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸŒΎ

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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Valhalloween: Saturday, October 23rd, 2021. PreSale is available NOW! πŸŽƒπŸ‘»πŸ¦‡

Click here for the official Valhallaween website!

Purchase PreSale Tickets, PreSale Wristbands, Valhalloween masks, and more!

Find more information about Valhalloween 2021, and volunteer opportunities, online.

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Red Ribbon Week Spirit Days: October 25th – 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!)

Yes, you have seen this info below before:

Halloween Grams Supporting 5th Grade Outdoor Ed

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Halloween Grams for Sale - $2 each

Halloween Grams will be for sale starting in October. Proceeds will benefit 5th grade Outdoor Ed.

If you'd love to get a Halloween gram for your child, their friends, their class, your favorite teacher or staff member, you can purchase them in front of Thor Hall on the listed dates below. Hurry, because they will sell out!

Friday, October 8th from 7:30am-8am AND 2:30-3:30pm

Tuesday, October 12th from 7:30am-8am AND 2:30-3:30pm

Friday, October 15th from 7:30am-8am AND 2:30-3:30pm

Wednesday, October 20th 1-3pm

Saturday, October 23rd 3-6pm (Booth at Valhalloween)

(more dates will be added if needed)

*An example is shown, assortment may vary*

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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!

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!

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 – especially to our students.

Our program is dependent upon volunteers like you!

The Great Shakeout - Earthquake and Fire Drill!

We will be participating in the great shakeout on Thursday, October 21st.

VPFA Meeting - Wednesday, October 20, 2021 @ 6pm

Pastries with Pappas Friday, October 22nd @ 9:15am

Join Zoom Meeting

ID: 84754476410
Password: 53537299Ei

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: PokΓ©mon, 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).

TreeRing is offering a discount now through September 30th.

To Purchase:
Go to
Enter Valhalla's school passcode: 1015925122132765
$25/ea. 10% off if purchase by September 30 *Does not include sales tax*

Still need to order pictures?

Go to and enter in your info to view your child's photo and order!

Missed picture day? Didn't love your child's photo from our Fall picture day? Make up pictures will be on October 21st from 8am-11:30am in Thor Hall.

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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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How to help at Valhalla: πŸ’™πŸ’›

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.

Principal's Report & Pastries with Pappas:

Thank you for all that attended the VPFA meeting & Pastries with Pappas last week. Here are the slides from the Principal's Report. Click here!

Upcoming Events

October 2021

2nd - Custodian Appreciation Day (Mr. Ken and Mr. Nate)

11th - No School (teacher in service day)

13th - Fun Run

15th - Pastries with Pappas (9:15am via zoom)

18-29th Conference Weeks - 1:35 pm dismissal

23rd - Valhalloween (3pm-6pm)

31st - Halloween