Hidden Valley Hawk Talk Newsletter, Issue #20
Friday, January 27, 2023
New Student In Person Registration 2023/24 Begins!!!
6 -7:30 PM Vigilant Parent Initiative – Protect your Student from Online Dangers (Webinar)
6 -7:30 PM White Hill Preview Night
9:15 AM School Tour for Prospective Registrants
7-10 PM Spotlight on Hidden Valley at the RVSD Board Mtg
Feb 20 - 24
No school - Mid-Winter break
7 PM RVSD Band Concert at White Hill
7 PM RVSD Orchestra Concert at White Hill
RVSD Board Mtg
Teacher Work Day – No School
6-7:30 PM Supporting Kids in Times of Uncertainty and Stress - Free Online Workshop Elementary Ages
Hello Hidden Valley Families,
The sun is shining, the grass is green, and your kid wants screen time. What to do?
If your child can play outside or with a friend, that’s almost always a better choice.
In peer play, children receive feedback, and have opportunities to practice problem solving, communication, social coordination, and perspective taking.
Realize why you or your child are using screen time. Get curious, build awareness.
Are you using tech as a babysitter? To help your child calm down?
Be clear about what your expectations and boundaries are around screen-time. If you set an expectation or limit, follow through and be consistent.
The most effective parental control is free and knows your kid very well. That's right: It's you.
Make a plan so your child knows what to expect. (i.e. You can have 30 min of screen time using these approved apps after you finish your homework.)
Be mindful of your own habits and what you are modeling.
One of the advantages of modern technology is that you can be at the playground and scroll through your phone at the same time. We've all been there. The thing is, children notice. They're watching us and will mimic our behaviors.
Be familiar with games your child is playing/using and terms
(RPG, FPS, KDR). Knowing the meaning behind these terms gives you insight into the games.
Ultimately, the use of technology and screen time is like most activities; it is about balance.
Wishing you a weekend ahead that is balanced with time for yourself, your family, and activities that make you happy to be alive.
In Education Together,
Calling all future Hawks!!!
New Student Registration Starts Next Wednesday, February 1
Did you know the age range for TK has been expanded? If your child’s birthday falls between the dates of 9/2/2018- 4/2/2019 they are eligible for TK next year! Please share this news with other HV friends and neighbors who may be interested.
If you are planning to enroll a new student, please start HERE for all of the information regarding the registration process and required documents.
PLEASE SLOW DOWN ON GREEN VALLEY COURT.
We have noticed an uptick in speed of cars driving to and from school. The street is narrow and full of walkers and bikers who share a single bike lane. Please look out for our families and neighbors.
The first Walk and Roll of the new year is next Wednesday, February 1st!
Join us, rain or shine, on a walk, bike ride, bus or carpool ride, to and from school on Wednesday, February 1st. Be sure to stop and have your tag scanned with the Walk and Roll volunteers!
Walk and Roll Scan Volunteers needed. Click here to sign up.
Universal Dyslexia Screening Pilot
Listen to our first podcast to learn about the Universal Dyslexia Screening pilot launched this year in the RVSD with Angie Kastner, Hidden Valley’s English Language, and Literacy Specialist.
You’ll hear about Dyslexia, the educational support provided to students at Hidden Valley, and how this new initiative will improve how our school supports its students early in their academic journey while bringing diversity in the teaching approaches and equity to our school.
Listen to our podcast. Here is a Spanish version of our podcast.
Here are the English transcript and the Spanish transcript of the podcast.
Note: Spanish translation has been generated using Google translate and reviewed and edited by Isela Sosa and Rachael Keast. The narration has been generated by Narakeet text-to-speech software.
To learn more please consult our Resources page
If you have any questions about Dyslexia in the RVSD, please feel free to contact:
Angie Kastner, English Language, and Literacy Specialist.
Julia Wolcott, RVSD Director of Curriculum and Instruction.
For any feedback or suggestions for Diversity and Equity Insights, here’s our email.
Lunar New Year
Happy Lunar New Year! We hope that the year of the Rabbit and of the Cat brings you four seasons of peace, happiness, and prosperity.
While often referred to as Chinese New Year, the New Lunar Year is, however, celebrated in many other countries across Asia.
The Lunar New Year is called
ChūnJié (Spring Festival) in China, Chinese New Year in Singapore and Malaysia
Imlek in Indonesia
Tsagaan Sar in Mongolia ( celebrated by the Chinese Mongol)
Seollal in South Korea
Ryukyu New Year on Ryukyu Islands (Japan)
Tết Nguyên Đán in Vietnam
Here’s An illustrated guide to Lunar New Year to walk you through the most common traditions of this festive celebration.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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