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This page was last updated: 11/19/2020
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PTA Membership Drive - Click the smiley face in the column on the left to join!
VEEF Dime a Day Campaign - Visit link under Jersey Mike's notice above

A Chance at $10,000 for Valley! 
A big thank you to Jersey Mike's and all the families who participated in last week's fundraiser. We raised $1,128 for our Valley Tigers! We are also excited to share that we are one of 11 finalists, nationwide, in the Frigo Cheese Build a Bright Future $10,000 grant! Mark your calendars: voting for the winner begins Saturday November 28th at CheeseHeadsBrightFuture.com (voting isn't open yet, but you can get a sneak peak at our video on the website). One vote per day.

Reflections Update
The PTA would like to thank all of our Valley Tigers who participated in this year’s Reflections Art Contest, with the theme “I Matter Because”. We had 16 entries in 5 of the 6 categories! It is so much fun to see all of your creativity. Congratulations to all of you! Everyone who entered will represent Valley in the next level of competition at the Palomar Council. In the Visual Arts category, our finalists are: Jillian Tognetti, Justin Tanaka, Itai Hofmann, Jett Rath, Lyla Tanaka, Reeve Bourassa, Donovan Teetzel, Ethan Testa, Luca Richardson and Shiloh Hofmann. Our finalist in Photography is Connor Barger. In Dance Choreography, the finalists are Beto Pruginin-Jaramillo and Eowyn Pankretz. Our filmography finalist is Luna Perucho-Green. And finally, our Literature finalists are Nicholas Husseman and Maya Galarza-Boquin. Good luck to you all as you advance to the next round of competition.

The 2020-2021 5th grade yearbook is happening!
We are excited to announce Cathy Barger and Selena Pankretz will be putting together a yearbook for this year's 5th graders. Please take pictures of your 5th grader and send them to Valleyyearbook2021@gmail.com. First day of school, Halloween, and pictures of 5th graders with their instruments are just some of the ones we would love to have from you! We look forward to hearing from you and seeing all the pictures of your 5th graders!

PUSD’s Adopt-a-Family program is in need of donations!
Your support ensures a little extra cheer can be brought into the lives of those who have been even more adversely impacted by the unexpected situations of 2020. Families in need are already being identified. Please visit the link below to see how you can help - adopt a family, mail a gift card or check, or make a secure donation online. Every little bit helps! Thank you. https://www.adoptafamilypusd.com/how-to-help

PTA Membership Competition
Who’s ready for a little classroom competition? For the next seven weeks, we will be having a friendly classroom competition between all Valley classrooms. Whether your student is in-person or virtually learning, the PTA is still helping support our teachers and staff. The winning class will receive a themed prize pack. So join today because Adventure Awaits! A friendly reminder, when you join or if you have already joined please make sure to add your student as a non-member, so that we can give credit to the correct class, thank you!

Community Art Project
We hope you have all heard about this year’s Valley Community Art Project called: "Valley Tigers Rock Virtual Learning". We will be installing a colorful rock garden on Valley's campus for our kids, teachers, and staff to enjoy. We would love every Valley student to participate! Go for a walk with the kids and help them find a rock (no longer than 6 inches please - river rocks are a great choice!). Have your child paint a rock (paint kits are available if needed) and if your child is back on campus they can return their painted rock to their classroom teacher. If your child is in a virtual classroom, rock collection details will be announced shortly. We're happy to share some theme ideas to get your kids started. Please contact Nila Boquin (nilaruben@gmail.com) with any questions.

Contact us!
Have questions, comments, or want to get involved? Send an email to valleypta@yahoo.com.

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Stay up to date with the Valley PTA Facebook Group (private): fb.com/groups/valleypta 
Hello, Valley Elementary parents! Welcome to the 2020-21 school year! My name is Heather Schmalbach and this will be my second year as your Valley PTA president. At Valley, we are fortunate to have amazing teachers, staff, and parents. Together, I know we will find new and creative ways to make this a successful – and memorable! – year for our kids. The challenges are real, but as a community we have many strengths. We have chosen the theme “Adventure Awaits” for the PTA this year. I hope you will agree it is a perfect fit! An adventure involves the exploration of unknown territory, which is exactly what we face this school year. It can be intimidating, but thankfully we are not alone on this particular adventure.  

The primary goals of the PTA this year will be to keep our Valley community connected and strong, and to support our students, staff, and parents. Although current health guidance restrict volunteers on campus, there are still ways to get involved. First, join us by becoming a member of the PTA. A strong PTA membership is a sign of a committed and engaged community. Please click on the “Join PTA” link on the left side of this page to join. Second, contact us at valleypta@yahoo.com and let us know if you have ideas on how to meet our goals of connecting and supporting our school community this year and can volunteer your time to help put those ideas into action. Third, you can support the PTA by participating in our fundraising efforts throughout the year (Charleston Wrap, Friends of Valley, and the Jog-A-Thon). While our in-person family events are on hold thru December, funds raised will still go toward supporting teachers, providing resources for students, maintaining the running of the PTA, and funding events once circumstances allow. 

One thing about this year remains unchanged from every other year we have been a PTA at Valley… by working together, we can accomplish great things for our children. 

No School - Thanksgiving Break: Monday, November 23 - Friday, November 27
Adopt-a-Family: through mid-December