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Valley View Elementary School – FAQ 2016-2017

How do I register my child at Valley View?

Valley View Kindergarten registration begins in January of the calendar year of kindergarten entry and continues through the start of the school year. For more information, go to www.wccusd.net
Students of grades other than Kindergarten may register at the school office any time during the school year.

How do I transfer to Valley View?

Transfer students are welcome at Valley View! Transfers are made through the District transfer office and Kindergarten transfers must first register at their home school before filling out transfer paperwork. The transfer period is in February. Once you have begun the transfer process through the district, please inform Principal Marinakis at AMarinakis@wccusd.net
For more information go to www.wccusd.net/page/552

Can I tour the school?

A school tour for prospective families is held in January. Go to www.valleyviewcommunity.org/new-or-prospective-students/ for more information.
Individual tours can be arranged through the school office. In addition, families are invited to attend the Valley View Fall Festival and Open House in the spring. All new families are invited to an orientation meeting the week before school begins.

What is the age cut-off for Kindergarten?

Children must be 5 years of age on or before September 1 to be enrolled in Kindergarten.

What does my child need for the first day of school?

Children should come to school in uniform, with a healthy snack, lunch (unless ordering school lunch), and a backpack large enough to carry home folders and library books. Materials lists are sent home during the first week of school.

What is the uniform policy?

WCCUSD is a uniform district, and therefore Valley View is a uniform school. The district lists the following as acceptable uniforms:

The district lists the following as acceptable uniforms:
• Navy, light blue, black, or white tops (Valley View allows other solid color tops)
• Tops must be short or long sleeved and have a collar
• Valley View t-shirts and sweatshirts (available for purchase through VVPC)
• Khaki, black, or navy bottoms
• Closed-toe athletic shoes

How do I order a school lunch for my child?

There is no breakfast program at Valley View. Please visit www.myschoolbucks.com for more information and to sign up for the school lunch program. All families are encouraged to fill out the form for free/reduced cost lunch, visit: http://www.wccusd.net/page/272

How do I find out which teacher my child has?

Class assignments are posted in the office window: usually the Friday before the first day of school at 4 pm.

What are the hours of the school day?
Grades K-3: 8:30-2:20 (all Wednesdays are minimum days: 8:30-1:45)
Grades 4-6: 8:30-2:40 (all Wednesdays are minimum days: 8:30-2:05)

What time can I drop off my child?

Children should not arrive at school before 8:15 am; there is no early morning supervision. The school yard is open at 8:20 when children walk to line-up with their classes. All students should be at school by 8:30 am.

What are the drop-off and pick-up procedures?

During drop off and pick up, Maywood Drive is a “one way” directional passage, with traffic moving uphill. After entering the traffic circle there is no parking along the striped loading lane. As space becomes available in front of you, please pull forward. All loading and unloading occurs in the striped loading zone. Children exit passenger side only. No double parking or blocking traffic. Thru traffic is in the left lane only, no unloading. Follow all signs, look for children/pedestrians crossing, and please be patient. Remember to consider all children’s safety.

What do I do if my child is tardy or absent?

Students are late after 8:30. If your child is more than 10 minutes late they must sign in at the office and get a tardy slip. No child will be admitted to class without one. If your child has been absent, please send a note or doctor’s excuse to the teacher upon return stating the reason for the absence. You may also call the school at 510-231-1455.

What should I do if I need to pick my child up early?

Go to the office to sign your child out of school. Please do not go to the classroom. The staff will notify the teacher and your child will be sent to the office.

What After School care options are there?

There are several options for families who need before/after school care including: May Valley Community Center, Sandbox, Rhym’s Kindercare, Miss Patty’s, and more. (The names of these programs are information only and not endorsed by WCCUSD or VV.)
Contra Costa Childcare Council: http://www.cocokids.org/resource-referral/child-care-referrals/
May Valley: http://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/index.aspx?NID=2181

What special programs does Valley View offer?

  • School day music classes for all children through zSharp, and San Francisco Opera
  • After School Enrichment Classes such as: Dance, Science, Soccer, Art, Spanish, Chess, Lego Robotics, Gardening, Knitting, etc.: http://valleyviewcommunity.org/asep/
  • Instrumental Music available for upper grades
  • Playworks: www.playworks.org
  • Community events and fundraisers: Fall Festival, Multicultural Night, Mustang Trot, Book Fair, Holiday Gift Shoppe, Music performances at De Anza, Math, Science, Arts, and Literacy Nights, Open House, Science Fair, and more.

What is VVPC?

The Valley View Parents’ Club, VVPC, is a non-profit organization of families and community members dedicated to supporting students at Valley View Elementary. We support the school not just with the money we raise, but with the time we offer to volunteer. Through families supporting the school, we are able to bring a sense of community, extra programs and support to our students. We have monthly VVPC member meetings (usually the first Wed. of every month) where decisions are made affecting the school. Visit: http://valleyviewcommunity.org/membership/ to download a membership form.

How can I get involved?

Volunteers are always welcomed. There are opportunities to help on field trips, in classrooms, in the library, the computer lab, the lunch room, and through the VVPC on projects and committees. Volunteers need to be badged through the district. This process has become much easier. Go to http://www.wccusd.net/domain/93 for more information on the badge process.

Where can I learn more about Valley View?

Valley View Parent Club Website: www.valleyviewcommunity.org
Valley View District website: http://www.wccusd.net/site/Default.aspx?PageID=1322
Follow Principal Marinakis on Twitter: @AMMarinakis
Great Schools Reviews: http://www.greatschools.org/california/richmond/616-Valley-View-Elementary-School/reviews/
Sign up for emails from VVPC here: http://valleyviewcommunity.org/weekly-communications-2/

Contact the school: (510) 231-1455
Located at: 3416 Maywood Drive, Richmond, Ca. 94803