Hidden Valley Hawk Talk Newsletter, Issue #16
Friday, December 16, 2022
January LunchMaster Ordering Calendar is OPEN
Dec 19 - Jan 2
Winter Break - No School
Professional development day – No School
School Tour for Prospective Registrants at 11:15 am
Online new student registration starts for 2023/24 school year
PTO Meeting at 8:30 am in the library – Meet one of the White Hill Co-Principals, John Baker or Mary-Clare Mullin
Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No school
Hello Hidden Valley Families,
Thank you for your generous book and gift card donations! Spreading joy and cheer while elevating others is a true gift that wouldn’t have happened without you! Hawk spirit in action.
I wish you a wonderful break filled with time to be with those you love the most. In the new year, I borrow words from Neil Gaiman, here’s to the possibility of new beginnings in 2023!
"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or move your body and live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.
I hope you will have a wonderful year ahead, that you'll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you'll make something that didn't exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind.
And for this year, my wish for each of us is small and very simple.
And it's this.
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.
So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever."
Hello Hidden Valley Families!
Wow, we don’t know about you, but 2022 flew by for the PTO. We started with Back to School Night, celebrated together at Boots and BBQ, raised a ton of money with the Fun Run, and here we are--Winter Break! And YOU made it wonderful. We are grateful for you and the entire Hidden Valley community. We are looking forward to a spectacular 2023!
None of our work would be possible without our many volunteers. THANK YOU! Enjoy a hard-earned break! We’d love to see everyone’s faces in 2023, and maybe even some new ones!
Join us on January 13th at 8:30 am for our first PTO meeting of 2023. This meeting is particularly important for our 4th and 5th grade families, as we will be joined by one of the White Hill Middle School Co-Principals, John Baker or Mary-Clare Mullin. This was an extremely informative PTO meeting last year. Bring questions! We will also provide a Zoom link for those that can’t join in person.
January PTO Meeting
Lego Clubs have been a huge success so far since our launch!
Thank you Sara Wilson and Jenn Hamerski! We need more help on Mondays during lunch time. It could be a shared job if we find two coordinators. It's actually really fun to witness the student enthusiasm and creativity!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
The Family Giving Matching Challenge ends December 16th!
Thank you RVSD community! As of this week, we are at $484,000, only $16,000 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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Do you know that 10-15% of the population has dyslexia? Despite the severe consequences on these kids' academic achievement and socio-emotional development, there is no universal dyslexia screening mandated in California. In fact, California is one of 11 states that have not passed a mandate to screen for dyslexia. Ross Valley is piloting a universal screener for dyslexia, which is very exciting news. In the upcoming first episode of the Diversity and Equity Insight Podcast, we will invite Angie Kastner, our English Literacy Specialist, to talk about the Universal Dyslexia Screening launched this year in RVSD. Sorry, it is the busiest time of the year, and our podcast is not ready yet but it will be next year. In the meantime, enjoy the holiday season.