NEWS & UPDATES

DISTANCE LEARNING CLASSES RESUME  MONDAY 04/13/2020. Contra Costa Unified School District students will not return to their campuses this school year due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This decision is being made in an effort to help slow the spread of this disease and was not taken lightly.

While this means that the Valley View School campus will not re-open to students this school year, it does not suggest that learning is over for the year. Teachers, classified staff and administrators continue to provide learning devices to students who need them, and are working hard to transition to high-quality distance learning, and support the needs of all students. A more robust distance learning plan will begin when we return from Spring Break on Monday, and we want to support you and your students to continue learning at home.

ORDER YOUR 2019-2020 VALLEY VIEW YEARBOOK BY THIS WEDNESDAY 04/15/2020. Prices will not be going up as originally planned and will remain at $28.00. The deadline to order online has been extended to 04/15/2020. To order and pay by credit card, use the online parent pay link and enter School Code 095158: https://www.memorybook.com/online-pay/parent-pay/

LOVE LINE ORDERS FOR THE 2019-2020 VALLEY VIEW YEARBOOK ARE BEING ACCEPTED NOW AND ARE DUE BY 04/15/2020. What exactly is a Love Line anyway? Love Lines are short personalized messages to your child that are featured in the school yearbook. Let your child know how proud you are of them! They only cost $5.00 each and can include up to characters. To order and pay by credit card, use the online parent pay link and enter School Code 095158: https://www.memorybook.com/online-pay/parent-pay/

This year’s yearbook will be a special edition that will feature a whole section of picture of our students doing their home school activities but WE NEED YOUR HELP. Please share pictures of your students doing home school activities to potentially be included in our yearbook. You can share them on our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/groups/541352759346584/ or email them to Jennysonarun73@gmail.com

WCCUSD IS NOW OFFERING CHILDREN 18 AND UNDER FREE BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER. ALL CHILDREN ARE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE MEALS REGARDLESS OF HOUSEHOLD INCOME OR SCHOOL THEY ATTEND. The District has 17 meal pick-up locations Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (unless noted) at 17 locations including De Anza High School, DeJean Middle School, Pinole Valley High School, Richmond High School, and others. See their website for up-to-date info: For a complete list of the 17 locations distributing meals, please visit www.wccusd.net/districtclosure.

VALLEY VIEW’S VIRTUAL SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR WILL BE COMING SOON! Families can purchase books online and have them delivered to their home. Orders over $25 come with free delivery. Stay tuned for the dates and further information.

THE WORLD’S FINEST CHOCOLATE FUNDRAISER ENDED 03/04/2020. If you have not turned in your money, please submit it via Paypal. Enter the amount and please add a note to indicate the student name and teacher. This will help us check it off the list. We’re working on getting the prizes the children have earned.http://valleyviewcommunity.org/index.php/support-mustangs/

THE 6th GRADE SEE’S FUNDRAISER HAS BEEN CANCELLED. If you have already turned in money, it will be refunded to you. If you have any questions, please email valleyviewcommunity@gmail.com

MESSAGE FROM THE VALLEY VIEW PARENTS’ CLUB: We hope that your families are healthy and that you are settling in to some family time.  This is a very stressful time for all of us. If you need help with something, please feel free to reach out to your school community via the VVPC at valleyviewcommunity@gmail.com

To stay connected to your Valley View Elementary School community virtually, please join the Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/541352759346584/ There are messages from Coach Terrance, ideas for fun activities to do and other opportunities to share what is going on with one another.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

 WCCUSD has opened a one-stop shop where you can get answers or be directed to resources. The call center will be open Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to support families and staff during the school closures. You can email questions@wccusd.net or call (510) 943-4444 or (510) 943-4443 for Spanish.

Information about meals, Wi-Fi access and other resources can be found on the District website www.wccusd.net/districtclosure If your student still needs access to Wi-Fi, several resources are detailed on the district website. These resources include access to free Wi-Fi hotspots in the community and access to lower priced internet plans.

The West Contra Costa Public Education Fund created the COVID-19 School Closure Fund to support WCCUSD families during the outbreak. The fund assists with groceries, internet service, hotel vouchers, childcare costs and other emergency needs as they are identified. For more information or to donate visit:https://www.givedirect.org/donate

LOVE LINE ORDERS FOR THE 2019-2020 VALLEY VIEW YEARBOOK ARE BEING ACCEPTED NOW AND ARE DUE BY 03/20/2020What exactly is a Love Line anyway? Love Lines are short personalized messages to your child that are featured in the school yearbook. Let your child know how proud you are of them! Cash (please have exact change as front office does not have change) or checks (make checks payable to VVPC) accepted. Fliers with more information can be found in the front office or see the 02/13/2020 Mustang Memo for flier.

FREE VOLUNTEER FINGERPRINTING PARTY 3/21/2020 FROM 9:00-12:00 AT COLLINS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 1224 PINOLE VALLEY RD., PINOLE, 94564 IN THE MPR. If you are interested in volunteering at Valley View, WCCUSD requires that volunteers, both parents (parents/legal guardians) and community members (non-parents), complete the WCCUSD registration process, which includes being fingerprinted. This is a drop-in day, so an appointment is not needed. PLEASE NOTE: The online application must be completed BEFORE the date of the event. To complete the online application, go to www.Beamentor.org/now

PLEASE TAKE THE YOUTH TRUTH SURVEY TO HELP VALLEY VIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL staff know how they are doing and where they need to put their resources. This is an opportunity for you to provide honest feedback to improve our school. This survey should take no more than 15 minutes and all responses are anonymous. You will find the survey at https://cep.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_esKGq5A2JqZwteZ?Q_JFE=qdg

Your opinion is very important to us!

PRE-ORDER YOUR 2019-2020 VALLEY VIEW YEARBOOK Now for $28.00! Don’t wait as they are guaranteed to sell out and prices go up April 1st. Cash (please have exact change as front office does not have change), checks (make checks payable to VVPC ) or credit card accepted. To pay by credit card, use the online parent pay link: https://www.memorybook.com/online-pay/parent-pay/ and enter School Code 095158.

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FROM PRINCIPAL’S DESK

Dear Mustang Families,

Welcome! We have many exciting school activities planned for the year, always returning to our vision:

Valley View Elementary prepares our students to be well-rounded individuals both academically and personally.  Our students, staff, and parents work together to provide a safe, positive environment that fosters respect, independence, and a love of learning while valuing diversity.

Our school community works effectively because all of us — teacher, staff, parents, and students — make a commitment to being safe, being respectful, and being responsible. Our goal is to ensure that all students do their best in the classroom, on the playground, and in everything we do.

Our parent information handbook has been prepared as a resource for you, to acquaint you with the routine schedules, procedures and programs of Valley View. Please check it out on the Valley View website: https://www.wccusd.net/valleyview . Be sure to read the headlines, follow announcements, and check the school calendar which is linked to our website. If you have a question or need additional information, please don’t hesitate to a call the school office.

I truly believe that Valley View is a wonderful family in which to be a part.  That means that if you have any concerns or questions, I count on you to let me know.

Welcome back! I wish you all a happy and productive year!

Sincerely,
Ann Marie Marinakis, Principal

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The VVPC strives to enhance the educational experience of Valley View students by supplementing school programs, supporting teachers, promoting family involvement, and fostering a cooperative, inclusive school community.

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