Principal Marinakis being such a great sport and volunteering to get slimed in front of the whole school.

Upcoming events

Valley View Elementary School’s Annual Fall Festival is on Sunday 10/20/19 FROM 12:00PM-4:00PM

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THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE PENNY WARS FUNDRAISER! We had an incredible level of participation and the amount raised vastly exceeded our expectations. In a remarkable comeback, the Kindergartners won the Penny Wars and the 5th graders won the 2nd prize party for positive points. A special thank you to Principal Marinakis for being such a great sport and volunteering to get slimed in front of the whole school. We raised just over $2800 before expenses. All the money raised will go to bringing great programs to Valley View!

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE EL SOBRANTE STROLL, especially those who volunteered at the Valley View Parents’ Club booth. It was great to see so many Valley View families and our fundraising effort was a success. The VVPC sold over $100 worth of raffle tickets and about 60 succulents!  An extra big thank you to VV parent and VVPC Board Member Monte for growing and potting all the plants…we couldn’t have done it without you and your green thumb!

Upcoming Events

FALL FESTIVAL RAFFLE TICKETS ARE  SENT HOME : We are asking that every child sell at least 20 raffle tickets.  If you sell out, more tickets are available in the front office.  Every student who sells 75 or more tickets by Monday, Sept 30th will get lunch with Mrs. Marinakis and the top three sellers will also win a prize.

Top Seller Prizes :1st  $50 Target Card

2nd $25 Target Card

3rd  $15 Target Card

Please turn in your ticket stubs, money collected, and unsold tickets to the office by Tuesday, October 15th and remember to write your child’s name on the envelope.

Tickets are $2.00 each or $10 for 6 tickets and you need not be present to win.

This year’s raffle prizes are: 

4 Disneyland Park Hopper Tickets 

HP Chrome Book 14 inch laptop

Toshiba 32’ HD Smart TV

To Volunteer for an activity or game at the Fall Festival Click  and go to Sign up Genius

FALL FESTIVAL SNACK AND DRINK DONATIONS BEGIN **MONDAY** 9/23/19: In preparation for our Fall Festival, families are asked to donate the following items (according to grade) to be sold at the festival:

Kindergarten and 1st grade families: case of bottled water

2nd, 3rd and 4th grades: case of canned drinks (i.e. soda, diet soda, or sparkling water)

5th and 6th grade: bag/case of individual serving-sized chip bags

Ms. Camacho and Ms. Aviles: bag of Halloween candy (no chocolate please)

Please leave your donations on the large cart in front of the office.  If the cart is not out, please kindly deliver your donations to the office.  We will need to get a count before we do a final shop, so please deliver by Monday, October 14th. Thank you!


FALL FESTIVAL TOYS AND BOOKS DONATIONS BEGIN **MONDAY** 9/23/19: It’s that time again to go through your house and collect all those gently used toys and books that you no longer need (no broken items). Please pack them up and leave your donations on the large cart in front of the office by Monday, October 14th. For larger items such as sandboxes, slides, bikes, etc., please bring them to the school on the day of the festival before 11:00 AM.


The ASEP team still needs Child Watch Volunteers for the Friday classes and volunteers earn a $100 credit towards the cost of your child’s class! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Sara Webb-Schmitz at or (415) 602-9944.

Thanks! The ASEP Team: Lisa DeCastro and Sara Webb-Schmitz

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ACQUISITION COMMITTEE PLANNING MEETING **THURSDAY** 9/26/19: This group is for parents of students who are English Language Learners to learn how to best support their children at school and to provide the SSC with suggestions on how money may be spent to support our English Language Learners. The attendees at this meeting will discuss how to encourage parents to attend future meetings and plan what those meetings might look like.

FAMILY TOOL BOX NIGHT  **WEDNESDAY** 10/2/19 from 6:00-7:00PM IN THE VALLEY VIEW LUNCHROOM: Come learn about TOOLBOX ™, Building Resilience, Self-Mastery, & Empathy. At this event, you will receive more information about this Social and Emotional Learning program being taught at our school, the “Tools” and how they work, and tips on how to use them in parenting. We invite you to support your child in learning and practicing these Tools at home. Please talk with your child about what they are learning about the Tools in school. You are your child’s most important teacher. EVERYONE IS WELCOME.


VALLEY VIEW PARENTS’ CLUB GENERAL MEETING 10/9/19 AT 6:30 PM IN THE LIBRARY: Come meet other parents and learn about all of the upcoming VVPC and school events.  Everyone is welcome and there will be childcare and pizza for the kids


VALLEY VIEW FALL FESTIVAL SUNDAY 10/20/19 FROM 12:00PM-4:00PM: Valley View Elementary School’s Fall Festival is an annual event for the entire community and is the cornerstone of our school’s fundraising for the year. There’s so much to see and do including carnival games & prizes, face painting, toy and book sale, yummy food, silent auction of sought after themed baskets, drawing of the winners of the amazing raffle prizes.

Three new events this year – a classic car show, Wonderland Tea Party, and online silent auction. With so much to see and do, there’s fun for the whole family. We hope you’ll attend this wonderful Valley View tradition and be sure to invite your family, friends, and neighbors too!

 VALLEY VIEW ONLINE SILENT AUCTION BEGINS 10/20/19: We are trying something new this year… we will have an ONLINE SILENT AUCTION that coincides with the festival (in addition to our annual basket auction, which will still take place the day of the festival). This will allow you more time to peruse the amazing variety of items to be had including Disneyland Tickets, a Zipline Tour, a limo ride, a “Producer for a Day” at a local radio station, and much, much more! Please feel free to share auction information with family, friends, and on social media.

The online auction will run from Sunday October 20th @ 11:30 AM through Saturday October 26th @ 8:30 PM and the auction website is:


ONLY 2 DROP-IN DAYS LEFT FOR FREE VOLUNTEER FINGERPRINTING…If you are interested in volunteering at the schoolWest Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) requires that volunteers, both parents (parents/legal guardians) and community members (non-parents), complete the WCCUSD registration process. The WCCUSD is hosting four Saturday fingerprinting parties for parents and community members who want to volunteer in WCCUSD. This is a drop-in day – no appointment needed.




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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: . 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!

Ann Marie Marinakis, Principa

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