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Hidden Valley Hawk Talk Newsletter, Issue #14

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Friday,  December 2, 2022
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Dec 1-14

Hidden Valley Holiday Giving Drive

Dec 6

School Tour for prospective registrants at 9:15 am

Dec 6

Winter Sing A Long at 1:00 - 1:45pm - families welcome! See below.

Dec 9

5th Graders Restorative Justice Performance with the SF Opera Guild
Mrs. Horky’s class will be on stage at 10:30 am; Mr. Brandt’s class at 11 am - in the MPR.

Dec 19 - Jan 2

Winter Break - No School

Jan 3

Professional development day – No School

Jan 9

Online new student registration starts for 2023/24 school year

Jan 13

PTO Meeting at 8:20 am in the library

Jan 16

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No school


Dear Families,

At Hidden Valley, we often ask students to move out of their comfort zone to promote growth, confidence, and new learning.


What Is the Zone of Proximal Development?

The zone of proximal development refers to the difference between what a learner can do without help and what he or she can achieve with guidance and encouragement from a skilled partner.


Thus, the term “proximal” refers to those skills that the learner is “close” to mastering.


Zone of Proximal Development is the zone where instruction is the most beneficial as it is when the task is just beyond the individual’s capabilities. To learn we must be presented with tasks that are just out of our ability range.  We also call it ‘productive struggle’.  Challenging tasks promote the maximum cognitive growth.  This is seen daily in academics and in social situations; teachers are often meeting individually with students challenging their ideas: ‘show me how you know this’, ‘explain your thinking to me’ and as well as with social skills, “I can see this is frustrating you, what do you think would make this more manageable?” are all phrases you might hear in the student-teacher learning partnership.


Get Out of Your Comfort Zone


This week we asked students to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new during the school day. It’s a simple act with profound implications that promote healthy, welcoming school environments. Studies have shown that interactions across group lines can help reduce prejudice. When students interact with those who are different from them, biases and misconceptions can fall away.


The first activity involves students noticing others; whenever they see someone who needs some extra cheer, they can give them a happy face sticker and say something kind to them. Here is the catch: Students can only give happy faces to someone outside their classroom that they don’t know well (or at all). We challenge the students to really look and listen before school, at recess on the playground, at lunch and after school to find people who may need an extra smile. At the end of the week, students will have a chance to reflect and share their experiences. 


Learning how to notice others, then take the time to get to know each other and find commonality is a key in developing friendships and building community.  How can you model this in your own family?  Bring cookies to a neighbor you don’t talk to much, ask your child if there is a classmate they haven’t yet had a playdate with and invite them over or to the park, invite someone to dinner that is different from your ‘usual group’, think about getting out of your comfort zone; learning requires a bit of discomfort.  Show your child how you can struggle through discomfort to ultimately gain new skills, friendships, and insights, reduce biases and develop responsible world citizenship right in your own home. 


In Community Together,



Hello Hidden Valley Families!


The PTO hopes you had a restful fall break and nice Thanksgiving. Winter Break is just around the corner. Please join us for the Winter Sing-A-Long next Tuesday, December 6, at 1 pm. It is such a fun event and the students love it.


As you might have read in Mrs. Fish’s email on Wednesday, we have created a Holiday Giving Drive to help families in our community. You can read more about it, below.


Finally, if you have a flexible schedule or any extra time on your hands during the lunch hour over the coming winter months, we could use additional yard duty volunteers, both permanent and substitute. Illness within our community has taken a toll and we frequently need last minute help, and we can use weekly help on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in particular. Please reach out to Jill Nail if you are interested in helping.


We hope you all stay dry this weekend!


Team PTO

Hidden Valley Holiday Giving

The HV Holiday Giving Drive has begun and will run until December 14th.


HOW: Donate either or both of the following ways:

  • Cash or Gift Cards: Target, Safeway, Amazon, and Visa no larger than $25 per card (But you can always give more!)

  • If you wish to give a $75 gift card, please divide up into 3 separate gift cards of $25 each


Donation Box Drop is located with Mariposa in the school office (or you can send in with your child to the teacher)




Wrap and Donate a New or Gently Used Favorite Book

Please label book title with post it on the outside so we can determine an appropriate recipient. Donation Box Drop is located with Mariposa in the school office (or you can send in with your child to the teacher).


QUESTIONS: Contact Gina Davis


Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity! 

Hidden Valley Sing-Along

Hidden Valley Winter Singalong
1:00 - 1:45 pm, Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Family members are invited to attend our annual winter singalong assembly at the Hidden Valley Multipurpose Room on Tuesday, December 6, from 1:00 - 1:45 pm. This year, after our 5th graders share some music, each grade level will also share a song they learned in music class. Then the whole community will be invited to join the students in singing a diverse collection of songs honoring the timeless human tradition of gathering together to create warmth, joy and hope.

Please dress for the weather because doors and windows will remain open to provide ventilation throughout the event. In accordance with Marin County Health and RVSD recommendations, you are strongly encouraged to wear a mask when attending crowded indoor events such as concerts and assemblies. 


It’s the Family Giving Matching Challenge!


Less than 3 weeks for the Family Giving Matching Challenge!

Thank you RVSD community! As of Monday, we are at $422,000, only $78,000 more to go to reach our December 16th goal of $500,000 and receive a $50,000 matching gift! Thank you for Saying YES to the Arts.  

We are now at 23% participation throughout the RVSD.  Please consider donating today.  There are many ways to give to YES. Take a look at our tiered level giving and find a gift that feels good to you and your family.

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Our first performance of the year, The Twelve Huntsmen, is on this weekend at The Playhouse in San Anselmo. Tickets are available for all shows here:


Tickets Sold Here

Registration for The Hidden Valley production of Miley Chase the Science Ace is coming soon!


Yearbook is looking for pictures (kids only please) to be used for HV yearbook. If you have any pictures that you would like to share with the yearbook team please email to

Sorry, no Diversity and Equity Insights this week but stay tuned. Next week, we will have a conversation with Angie Kastner, our English Language and Literacy Specialist, about the Dyslexia screening happening at Hidden Valley and its impact on equity.
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