VFE Falcon Family Newsletter

March 2023

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Principal's Message

Dear Falcon Families,

Welcome to March! Despite the wacky weather, spring is coming soon. This month brings the gift of four solid weeks of learning with limited interruptions. This is the start of the growing season for many of our kids. All of the seeds we've planted are germinating and beginning to sprout. Students that once struggled to read are reading fluently. Students that once struggled with math facts are now able to share a deeper understanding beyond the standard algorithm. Students that may have struggled to manage big emotions are becoming self-managers. It is an incredibly exciting time. In addition to the celebrations you will read about in the newsletter, we are looking forward to celebrating the growth our students are making at the upcoming Falcon Top 10 assemblies and Spring Conferences.

We appreciate your continued support. Make it a great day to be a Falcon!

Wade Jerdee, Assistant Principal & Adam Uhler, Principal

Spring Conferences

Spring conferences are quickly approaching. While we would like to meet with each and every family; however, we only have two half-days on March 28 and 29 to hold conferences. Teachers will request a conference with families that are new to VFE, or if their student is experiencing learning challenges and may not meet the end-of-year standards. Teachers will notify families that they need to conference with them on Friday, March 10. Families may also request a conference. The purpose of the conference is to build connections and partnerships that will help us ensure the learning of each student. Students are encouraged to attend their conference. We look forward to connecting with you about your student!

Like in the fall, Spring Conferences will be held in person at our campus on the afternoon of March 28 and 29. We realize that many parents and guardians may still be at work and Zoom conferences are available upon request. Report cards will be sent home with your student on Friday, March 23. Families that receive a request to conference with their child's teacher will be contacted by Candi to schedule their conference.

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 our 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

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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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STEM & Art Show 2/25 Update

Thank you to all our families for supporting their students with our Drone Club and STEM Fair. Our students did a great job of problem solving and applying what they learned to a very challenging course. We had a lot of ties with all of the schools based on points earned on the course. For our school the Space Cadets tied for 4th, the LEDs and The No Names tied for 6th, and the Floppas, Criminals In Da Skies, RCBB tied for 7th, and the Steel Bolt Penguins came in 8th. This was a great learning opportunity for all of us and we are already planning how we can improve for next year.

Thank you for your support!!!

Upcoming 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

This is a free event and everyone is invited!

Class Picture Day 3/20

If you would like to order pictures ahead of time, you can order through the Dorian website. Paper order forms will be sent home by Wednesday 3/8.

Please call the office if you have questions 253-891-4700.

March Whole School Activities

March is always an exciting time at school. Students are flourishing and the sun is often out more. Which can also lead to a lot of excitement. We continue to support students making great choices- and in March, we have scheduled activities to really highlight those choices and being students of character. You should be hearing about Falcon Ticket challenges, Character Book Competitions, a Hot Spots Tournament for our older students and you will have a chance to talk about and share your ideas on what it means to be Safe, Respectful and Responsible at school. We will have a drawing and the winning families will win board games. Watch our Twitter and Facebook pages for opportunities to enter.

PurposeFull Family

This month’s focus is Cooperation. One way to think about Cooperation is “working together to reach shared goals.” As a family, talk about how this definition applies to how you work together at home. What are some goals you share? For more information and resources about Cooperation activities that you can do with your children at home, please click on one of the following links: Kindergarten Cooperation Newsletter, 1st Grade Cooperation Newsletter, 2nd Grade Newsletter, 4th Grade Cooperation Newsletter, 4th Grade Cooperation Newsletter, 5th Grade Cooperation Newsletter

VFE Modern Band

Check out our newest jam session with Mr. Payne! Officer Wolschleger joined our practice this week.

Right At School

We are excited to announce a new partnership with Right At School, a nationally-recognized school enrichment provider for before- and after-school care for elementary-aged students at all of our elementary schools and the Sumner Early Learning Center starting with the 2023-24 school year.

About Right at School

Right at School provides families flexibility in enrollment options and a comprehensive enrichment curriculum to keep students engaged while they participate. Students will have a healthy snack, engage in dynamic fitness activities, student-driven projects, team building, leadership development, and have the opportunity to complete homework assignments.

Program highlights:

  • Open from 6:30 am to 6 pm

  • Flexible schedules and pricing options

  • Tuition discounts available

  • Childcare available during breaks, non-school days, and summer

Please visit Right at School’s SBLSD website for more information, including program offerings, curriculum, registration and billing, electives, camps and more.

Parent Information Night

You are invited to attend a virtual Parent Information Night hosted by Right at School to learn more about the program and to have your questions answered. The meeting will be recorded for those who are unable to attend.

  • Date: Tuesday, Feb. 28

  • Time: 6-7 pm

  • Location: Via Zoom

Congratulations, Mr. Jerdee!

One of the greatest joys of being a building leader nurturing and growing other leaders so they can make a greater impact at VFE and beyond. It is with this in mind that we wish Mr. Jerdee well as he embarks on his next leadership journey as the Assistant Principal at Crestwood Elementary starting July 1. Mr. Jerdee is excited about this opportunity and he is committed to continuing to make a positive impact at VFE for the remainder of the 22-23 school year. Please join the entire Blue Crew in thanking Mr. Jerdee for his tremendous work to build and sustain a positive learning environment for all Falcons.

Welcome to the Blue Crew!

We are excited to share that Alisha Maulding will be the new Assistant Principal at VFE starting July 1. Mrs. Maulding wrote the following note to our community. Please join me in welcoming her to the Blue Crew.

I am thrilled to lead alongside Mr. Uhler and to serve the Victor Falls community next fall. I look forward to meeting you and learning more about the students, families, and staff at VFE. For now, here’s a little bit about me.

I grew up in Buckley and after earning my teaching certificate at Western Washington University in 2001, I was fortunate enough to begin my teaching career in the Sumner Bonney Lake School District. I spent 17 years at Liberty Ridge Elementary as an intermediate teacher, LAP and Title Coordinator, and Dean of Students. In 2018, I moved to Crestwood Elementary as a K-3 Specialist and completed my administrative internship. I am currently finishing my third year as the Assistant Principal at CWE. I am a passionate educator and truly enjoy the challenges and celebrations each day brings.

On a personal note, my family is my pride and joy. My husband Kai and I have three wonderful children (Brock 17, Braelyn 14, and Blakely 11) who keep us very busy with sporting events. When we do have free time you might find us boating on the lake. We also love to golf, although I don’t think the LPGA will be calling me anytime soon.

It’s a privilege to join the Blue Crew in the 23-24 school year! It’s always a great day to be a Falcon!

Be Healthy, Be At School

Thank you for all you are doing to ensure your students are here, ready to learn and thrive. March begins the “Be Healthy, Be at School” campaign. We will be focusing on healthy habits in the classroom so that we can be at school and learning. We know that students who miss more than 10% of a school year (18 days total) are at risk of losing ground academically, as well as socially/emotionally. At the end of the month, the healthiest grade level will have a celebration. Then, in April, we will have the “Attendance Cup” where the healthiest elementary will be awarded the coveted Attendance Cup. Last week, 85% of our students did not miss any school. If we can keep that up, our students will continue to thrive socially and emotionally, and we will get to celebrate with a trophy.

Be a Good Neighbor at the Front Gate

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. Recently, we've experienced an increase in concerns from our neighbors on 188th and those driving on Rhoades Lake Road during dismissal. 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 while we wait. Please keep all driveways clear on 188th. Our neighbors need to be able to safely exit their driveways at all times.
  • With over 280 families with car tags, we need to arrive in stages during dismissal. Please arrive on campus no earlier than your group's scheduled time.
  • Tags 0-90 arrive on campus 2:50-3:10 pm
  • Tags 91-181 arrive on campus at 3:15 pm
  • Tags 181+ arrive on campus at 3:20 pm

We appreciate your support and effort to be a respectful neighbor.

Be a Good Neighbor at the Back Gate

We are fortunate to be part of an active and engaged community. Many of our neighbors actively support VFE, even when they no longer have children here. However, recently, we are experiencing some challenges and we are reaching out to our families that pick up their children at our back gate for help. A few of our neighbors in Fennel Ridge have shared ongoing concerns and have asked for help. We know you will agree the following requests are reasonable and we can and should make a commitment to meeting them. And, we know that many of you are consistently meeting these requests already.

  • Please keep all driveways clear. Our neighbors need to be able to safely exit their driveways at all times.
  • Please park in areas that are conventionally accepted as appropriate parking areas. This means that we will not park in front of fire hydrants, driveways, or too close to intersections and corners.
  • Please follow the speed limit and drive even slower when in a congested area.

We appreciate your efforts to be respectful neighbors.

Upcoming PTO Events

Otis Spunkmeyer Fundraiser

Victor Falls Elementary PTO’s spring fundraiser with Otis Spunkmeyer kicks off this Friday, March 3rd. Our goal is to raise $15,000.00 to finish the purchase of modern band instruments and start playground upgrades. Students will come home with information packets at the end of the week.

We are asking parents to pre-register their student(s) here:https://www.shopfund.com/parentregister Any student that is registered and gets 10 shares clicked will be entered into a drawing for over $100,000 worth of prizes from the Believe Kids Fundraising Group. Students will also receive small prizes for items sold over the next few weeks at lunch.

Our fundraiser will end Monday, March 20th. Frozen products ordered and student prizes for items sold will be picked up at school Friday, April 28th. Our limo ride and pizza lunch for grand prize earners will be that Friday as well.

Some of our students rewrote the lyrics of "We Will Rock You" to talk about selling cookies to kick off our Cookie Fundraiser. Check out the YouTube link below to see it.


Thank you so much for your support!

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GOTCHA Family Night 3/16

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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

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!

Book Fair 3/27-3/31

Spring Scholastic Book Fair is coming up! The book fair will be open from 3/27-3/31 in the VFE Library.

Here are the hours that the book fair will be open:

Monday: 10-3

Tuesday (Early Release Day): 12-4

Wednesday (Early Release Day): 12-4

Thursday: 9-3

Friday: 11-1

The PTO is asking for volunteers to help during the book fair. Please use the link below to sign up.


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 3/8, 3/15, and 3/22

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

Your student can purchase items at the student store during their lunchtime. Please call the office if you have any questions at 253-891-4700.

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Contact Information

Parent contact information while on vacation- If you are heading out of town and your students are staying with someone else, please send an email to the office staff. Please include the name of the adult, their contact information, and the dates that your student is in the care of another adult. This is important information for the school to know incase of an emergency.

Please send an email to any of the following: candi_vaughan@sumnersd.org, vanessa_wiest@sumnersd.org, luciana_roorda@sumnersd.org.

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.

March Lunch Menu

Our March meal menus are up! See what’s for breakfast and lunch.

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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