Friday, January 10, 2020  / ISSUE #15


    Jan 13 - Garden Work Party 3-4PM (weather permitting)

    Jan 13 - Online New Student Registration Begins

    Jan 15 - Kindergarten Preview Night, 6:30-8PM 

    Jan 16 
    - PTO Meeting (option 1), 6PM

    Jan 17 - PTO Meeting (option 2), 2PM

    Jan 20 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL

    Jan 29 - Site Council Meeting, Library, 3-4PM

    Feb 3 - Transitional Kindergarten Preview Night, 6:30-7:30PM

    Feb 4 - Coffee with Dr. Bagley, 8:30-9:30AM

    Feb 5 - In Person New Student Registration Begins

    Feb 10 - Grades 3-5: Visit by NY Times Best Selling Author Gordon Korman, 9:00AM

    Feb 17 - Feb 21 - Mid-Winter Break - NO SCHOOL


    "I'm so happy to be back. I love this place."  

    - 3rd grade student, first day back after winter break

    Happy New Year!

    In the year of 2020, we have much to celebrate in our community and in our ability to build strong relationships and engaged students. A better community begins with each of us. Thank you for supporting our staff in developing students’ intellectual curiosity and pursuit of ideas, as well as joy in learning and deep sense of responsibility to put their knowledge to use in the community. May 2020 be a year of compassion, acceptance, and a desire to better ourselves and each other. Thank you for your contributions each day - they make Hidden Valley School a wonderful place to discover, grow, and learn. I am honored to work here.

    Staff Development Day
    On Monday, January 6th, Hidden Valley teachers began the year with a choice of professional development workshops presented by RVSD staff. These workshops include content such as sensory integration/self regulation, effective goal setting for students, high engagement math instruction, providing behavior support, intervention strategies and diversity and inclusion. We are proud of Sarah Horky, Angie Kastner, and Kathleen Wolfe for their leadership role in sharing their expertise with others. 

    Safety Reminders
    As we return to school, please remember students should be dropped off after 8:00am - there is no supervision prior to that time. Also, please drop off in the circle only. Do not ‘drop off’ in the driveway. This is dangerous for students and slows down the line. We promise to escort kids at the circle as quickly as possible.

    CAASPP (State Testing Grades 3-5 in May)
    CAASPP has released a very helpful digital parent guide called Starting Smarter. Using this guide, you can learn more about the CAASPP test as well as preview tests at home with your child. 

    In Education Together,

    Dear Edwina workshops are in full swing! It's going to be a great show!


    Gordon Korman, New York Times Bestselling Author of over more than 90 books, will be visiting Hidden Valley!!!! 

    This is a seriously big deal and we couldn't be more excited to hear about his writing career (spoiler: published at age 14) and his new book "Notorious". Parents can order an autographed copy from Book Passage through the link below which will be delivered at the event on February 10th.  Orders should be submitted by Feb. 7th.

    Please join us for a Garden Work Party on Monday, January 13, from 3-4PM (weather permitting).
    Only you can make the yearbook amazing! If you have photos from this school year that you think would be great for the Hidden Valley yearbook please email them to:  hvhawkphotos@gmail.com

    For each photo(s) please indicate in your email what grade/teacher/class is shown and the event, if applicable. If it’s a mix of ages/classes, you can just indicate that it’s mixed, but please be as specific as possible. Also please make sure your photos are school related (i.e. not your family vacation or trick or treating). And again, only photos from Sept 2019 through June 2020. : ) 

    Thank you!
    Take a Tour of White Hill Middle School!

    Tours are being offered in January and February.
    Sign up here!

    Principal Matt Catanzarite will be hosting a Q&A meeting in the White Hill Library starting at 9:00 am. Guided tours will start roughly around 9:30 am, led by White Hill's own Wham Mentors.
    Kindergarten Eligibility and Preview Nights for the 2020-21 School Year

    WHO: A child must turn 5 on or before September 1, 2020 to be eligible to attend Kindergarten. 

    WHAT: Hidden Valley Preview Night is an informational evening designed for parents/guardians (no children, please) to learn about the Kindergarten program and to get an overview of the total school program. We look forward to seeing you there!
    WHEN: Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

    Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Eligibility and Preview Night for the 2020-21 School Year

    WHO: A child must turn 5th between September 2 and December 2, 2020 to be eligible to attend Transitional Kindergarten. 
    WHAT: The Transitional Kindergarten program is under development for the 2020-21 school year; program implementation will depend on the number of students who enroll. Currently, TK students from the Hidden Valley, Manor, and Wade Thomas attendance areas attend TK on the Hidden Valley campus. Brookside TK students attend a TK/K combo on the Brookside campus.  For K-5, all TK students then attend their school of residence, unless a transfer to another school is approved. Completing registration will give us a way to contact you as we determine program implementation. 
    WHEN: TK Preview Night is scheduled for Monday, February 3, 2020 from 6:30-7:30pm in the Hidden Valley School Library. We look forward to seeing you at this informational evening designed for parents/guardians (no children, please) to learn about our TK program.

    We are always so inspired by the devoted families who walk and ride during these cold winter months!  To recognize your commitment to green travel, we will be holding a contest during the month of January and February. Each time your child is scanned at the traffic circle on a Walk n Roll Wednesday, their name will be entered into a raffle for small prizes to be rewarded at the end of February!

    Thank you to our green families who consistently ride and walk to school!  For lowering the congestion at drop off and pick up and for lessening the environmental impact of car travel.
    We're in full swing! Parents - sign up now for your volunteer hours! 

    Important Dates

    Mon. & Fri. 3:15pm-5:30pm
    Wed. 2:00pm – 4:00pm

    Kid Tech Class:
    Wed. January 29 and February 12, 2020 2:00pm-4:00pm
    Kid Tech Workshop: (pick one)
    Sat. February 1, 2020
    Light and Sound: 10am to 12 noon
    Prop: 12:30pm to 2:30pm
    Cast Rehearsal Visit: (pick one)
    March 4, 2020 2:00pm-4:00pm
    Or March 6, 2020 3:15pm – 5:30pm
    For both Cast and Kid Tech:
    Tech Week:
    March 9-12, 2020
    Friday, March 13, 2020 @ 7pm
    Saturday, March 14, 2020 @ 1pm & 7pm
    Sunday, March 15, 2020 @ 1pm


    We did it! We made it to $764K, beating our goal to receive the $20K challenge gift!!

    THANK YOU to all who donated to help us reach our midyear goal! What a great way to start the decade! We do have much more to raise this year to maintain our programs, so if you haven't yet donated, visit  www.yestokids.org/donate.  Don’t forget to check with your employer about matching your donation and doubling your impact!


    Every Tuesday in January, Iron Springs in Fairfax will give 10% of your tab to YES! This month we are highlighting STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). Special features: Brookside Night 1/7, White Hill Night 1/14, STEAM Night 1/28.


    MAR 28 - Save the date and schedule the sitter because this is going to be the best battle of all time! Great music for a great cause - all proceeds benefit YES programs. 5-9pm at The Barn in Lagunitas. There will be shuttles to & from The Barn and food & beverage for sale at the event.


    JAN 31- Family Dance Party at Marin Power Yoga

    APR 25- Learn how to do something that rhymes with “new” with the Kolcun’s

    Want to host a YES Party? Find out how here.

    Dear Families,

    Welcome back to the swing of things!  We don’t know about you, but we love the rhythm of seeing our students weekly and engaging in incredible action-taking. Looking forward to a great Winter/Spring of exploration, creativity, advocacy, action, and community!

    JOIN US AT THE MOVIES this weekend!
    We love our partnership with the California Film Institute and we are thrilled to be offering a chance to see 2040! Join Us! Sunday, January 12 at 4:15 p.m. – 2040 at the Rafael Theater. Check out the trailer!  Tickets are available here.  Get them quickly as they are close to selling out!  There will be an incredible panel afterwards - experts in the field and Children for Change ambassadors. And Iron Springs in San Rafael... 

    Alex Porteshawver, Senior Sustainability Coordinator, Drawdown Marin
    Chris Hill, Department Chair, Science, Mill Valley Middle School
    Ellie Cohen, CEO, The Climate Center
    Luci Paczkowski, Co-Founder, Generation: Our Climate; Children for Change alumnus
    Luca Cerise, Children for Change student
    Emma McFerron, Children for Change student

    Enjoy a post film dinner at Iron Springs Public House - be sure to show your ticket stub and Iron Springs will donate 10% of your bill to help C4C fight climate change. 

    *Question to ask your student that they may know from a C4C meeting, or that you can research together: What is your 2040 plan? https://whatsyour2040.com/about/

    Please have your students join us! And you are always welcome too - please feel free to check out a lunch meeting anytime!  And we’d love to hear any ideas you might have about actions and advocacy related to Climate Change and environmental protection/restoration!  

    Save the Date:
    C4C Change for Good Weekend - February 1 and 2, 2020!  Stay tuned for exciting opportunities for the whole family to engage in giving back to our community. We will have multiple events and times for you to join the movement.  Radiating impact.

    Join the Movement: Change for Good.


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