VFE Falcon Family Newsletter

February 2023

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Principal's Message

Dear Falcon Families,

Thank you for making the first half of the 2022-2023 school year such a success. As we look to the second half of the school year, there are a number of exciting events and celebrations. Starting February 7, we get to welcome the class of 2036! There are details about Kinder registration below. Throughout the month of February, we also get to learn about and celebrate the contributions of influential Black figures in American life including, Mae Jemison, Michael Jordan, Misty Copeland, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Serena Wiliams, and Maya Angelou.

In addition, this time of year brings the Winter Benchmark--the well-child check for our students' reading and math skills. We are seeing great growth in our reading outcomes with over a 12% improvement in Kinder, a 13% improvement in 1st, and a 17% improvement in 2nd grade, while 86% of 3rd grade, 80% of 4th grade, and 94% of 5th grade students meet the reading expectation. While we haven't met our school-wide goal of 95% of students scoring in Tier 1 yet, if this growth trend continues, we will meet or surpass this goal by the Spring Benchmark. Please see the details of each of these events along with some exciting news from the PTO in each section of the newsletter.

Make it a great day to be a Falcon!

Wade Jerdee, Assistant Principal & Adam Uhler, Principal

Kindergarten Registration Opens 2/7

Welcome to the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District! Do you know a child who will be five years old on or before August 31? Maybe it's your neighbor, friend or even your own child. Now’s the right time to enroll next year’s kindergarten students. The sooner you enroll, the better we can keep you informed. Get information on what documents you need and how to enroll -- the process is all online at sumnersd.org/register.

To help welcome new kinders and their families, each of our elementary schools created virtual tours, which includes a school tour and staff introduction. Watch each schools' video here.

Ready to start the kindergarten registration process? Visit our Enrollment page for details on the three-step registration process.

A Parenting Guide to Starting School

Ready for Kindergarten!

Registration is open for winter READY! for Kindergarten sessions! See below for the session dates or visit sumnersd.org/ready.

READY! for Kindergarten is a free program that offers age-appropriate targets, training and tools for parents and caregivers of children birth to age five that ensure success in school.

Register here: www.readyforkindergarten.org/sumner

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February is Black History Month

The Bright Star Theatre Group performed live for us on 1/27 for our Black History Month assemblies. To learn more about the theatre group and the performance check out the following link. https://www.brightstartheatre.com/tour/tour-2023-01-16/

Kindergarten-2nd grade watched a performance about African Folktales and 3rd-5th Grade watched a performance about Freedom Songs.

Thank you to the VFE PTO for supporting us with this!

Bright Star Theater @ VFE

Black History Month Project

In addition to the Bright Star Theater performances, VFE is celebrating Black History Month by collaboratively researching and presenting prominent figures in American life. Kindergarten is researching the life of astronaut Mae Jameson. First grade is researching the life of Michael Jordan and his impact beyond basketball. Second grade is learning about Misty Copland (see the pictures below). Third grade is digging into the contributions of astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Fourth grade is learning about Serena William and her contribution to society on the tennis court and beyond. and Fifth grade is researching and presenting about the impact of Maya Angelou. Students will be sharing what they learned at Morning Meeting on Friday, February 17 and 24. We encourage you to ask your student what they've learned about the person their grade level is researching.

STEM & Art Show 2/25

We are looking forward to the SBLSD STEM Fair and Art Show on February 25th, 2023! As in past years, one of the most exciting ways we can encourage student participation in the event is through student projects.

All students K-12 are encouraged to submit and showcase a project related to science, technology, or engineering at this year's event.

The 2023 STEM Fair & Art Show is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25 at Sumner Middle School, 1508 Willow St. from 10 am-3 pm.

Please reach out to abigail_finney@sumnersd.org with any questions. We look forward to celebrating student learning and inquiry at this year's STEM Fair and Art Show.

VFE Modern Band

Check out our newest jam session with Mr. Payne!


No School 2/20 President's Day

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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.

PurposeFull Family

This month’s focus is Honesty. One way to think about Honesty is “being truthful in what you say and do.” Practicing Honesty helps strengthen our relationships and reduce stress. Honesty is 1 of 3 traits we will focus on throughout the year that helps students Be Well. For more information about Honesty activities that you can do with your children at home, please click on one of the following links: Kindergarten Honesty Newsletter, 1st Grade Honesty Newsletter, 2nd Grade Honesty Newsletter, 3rd Grade Honesty Newsletter, 4th Grade Honesty Newsletter, 5th Grade Honesty Newsletter

Upcoming PTO Events

VFE Family Mariners Game

VFE PTO has $12 tickets in section 334 for sale for students, teachers and family to attend the Mariners vs Astros game Saturday May 6th at 6:40 pm.

Please fill out the survey below to so that the PTO knows how many tickets to purchase.

VFE Mariners game 5/6/23 Google Form

VFE PTO Fundraiser night @ Red Robin

VFE PTO Fundraiser night @ Red Robin is 2/23 from 4 pm-8 pm. You can dine in or order online. Please select the "FUNDRAISER" when entering a promo code.

20% of sales go to our PTO.

Staff Appreciation Donations

Thank you to all the parents who donate items to the Staff Appreciation Days planned by the PTO! They couldn't plan such elaborate and fun staff appreciation meals without the help of our parents! We appreciate you!

February's Staff Appreciation will be on the 17th. If you would like to contribute, please use the Signup Genius link.

VFE Spirit Wear Store

The Spirit Wear Store is BACK! If you would like to order your own VFE spirit wear, please order from the link. Online Spirit wear sale is open Feb 13-24.

Delivered to school around 3/17


VFE Student Store Dates

The VFE Student Council Student Store is open from 10:50 am-12:40 pm on the following dates:

Grades K,2,4 on 2/8, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22

Grades 1,3,5 on 2/9, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23

There are still slots available for parent volunteers. Please look at the Signup Genius if you are available to help.

Save the Date! 3rd and 4th Grade Concerts

The 3rd and 4th Grade Choir Concerts will be on March 8th at BLHS Performing Arts Center.

3rd Grade will begin at 5:30 pm

4th grade will begin at 7 pm

More information to follow.

Be a Good Neighbor

One of the great parts of our location is that we are set within a neighborhood. But, for those commuting to campus by car and our neighbors living on 188th, our location and traffic create real challenges. While we cannot control that we only have one egress, we can do some things to help our neighbors: We can be mindful of where we park. And, we can make sure we are not blocking any of the driveways on 188th.

Watch D.O.G.S Update

We are delighted to have an increased amount of Watch D.O.G.S in our school! If you are interested in getting involved, please use the QR code to sign up. Please make sure that you are approved to volunteer through the district.

Here is the link for more information about being SBLSD Volunteer:


The Volunteer Portal will take you directly to the application.

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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February Lunch Menu

Our February meal menus are up! See what’s for breakfast and lunch:

Elementary: bit.ly/FebElemMenu

Key Dates

Please check our website for updates.

For other key dates, check your mailbox soon for the 2022-23 school year calendar.
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