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Hidden Valley Hawk Talk Newsletter, Issue #4

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Friday,  September 9th, 2022
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Sep 16

Fun Run Kick Off 

Sept 16

Boots & BBQ, 5:30-8:00PM

Sept 23

PTO Meeting 8:20 am


Hello Hidden Valley Families!


Thank you to all of you that came out to Back to School Night and accepted volunteer positions with the PTO!  We appreciate you and your willingness to help Hidden Valley!  A special shout out goes to those of you that volunteered to be Room Parents.  The teachers and all of the students thank you!  We still have a pressing need for yard duty volunteers, both weekly and as substitutes.  See below for more information on how you can help!


Our next big event is Boots & BBQ, on Friday, September 16th.  Our amazing B&B committee is in need of additional volunteers, as mentioned below.  This event was sorely missed during the height of the pandemic and we are so glad to have it back and better than ever.  Please join us for some family fun at school!


Boots and BBQ also marks the kick off for Fun Run, our school’s one and only fundraiser.  Did you know that each school in the district is limited to only one fundraiser per year?  We have to make it count!  The funds raised are used for so many things on campus that aren’t provided by the district or the state.  Put on your running (or dancing, skipping, walking, cheering…) shoes and let’s get moving!


We hope everyone has been able to stay cool this week.  What a doozy!  We will see you next Friday at Boots & BBQ.


Have a great weekend,

Team PTO


TK Aide (Part Time) 

Do you love kids?  Have you ever wanted to work at the best school ever and make an impact on the lives of children?  Hidden Valley is hiring a TK Aide 4 hours/5 days week.  We would love to have you on our team!  See district job posting below.


Yard Duty Support Needed - Kindergarten

Thank you to all who have signed up as regulars and/or the sub list! Stay tuned for an exciting neon update to your wardrobe ;) 


We still urgently need support for our Kindergarten classes. spots available M-F 11:45-12:30. You don't have to be a parent of a K student to join! 


contact Jenni Gelman for questions or to sign up; 


text: 415-250-0305

Open PTO Positions 

Recess Enrichment Coordinator - Do you have a passion for art, legos, or an interest working with kids?  Do you have a special skill you’d like to share such as knitting or origami?  Help us bring back enrichment options for students at lunch recess. 


The suggested class fund contributions cover class parties, teacher appreciation gifts and additional school supplies. There is also a suggested field trip contribution to support various field trips your class will take throughout the school year. Finally, you can also choose to add to our library collection by purchasing a birthday book.


You can make your contributions on the PTO website using the Shop tab.


Hawk Families, 

Each week your students will receive a social emotional lesson from Ms. Grace, which will be referred to and practiced in the classroom.  We want you to have the same information so you can use it at home also. It is very helpful for children if we all are using the same language when supporting them - especially when emotions are heightened.  


The zones of regulation is a curriculum geared toward helping students gain skills and consciously regulating their actions, which in turn leads to increased control and problem solving abilities.  Using a cognitive behavior approach, the classroom activities are designed to help students recognize when they are in different emotional states called zones.  Each of the four zones is represented by a different color. 


In the activities, students learn how to use strategies or tools to stay in a zone or move from one zone to another. Students explore calming techniques, cognitive strategies, and sensory support so they will have a toolbox of methods to use to move between zones.To deepen students understanding of how to self regulate, the lessons set out to teach students these skills how to read others facial expressions and recognize a broader range of emotions, respective about how others see and react to their behavior, insight into events that trigger their less regulated states and when and how to use tools and problem solving skills.


It is important to note and reiterate to students that everyone experiences all of the zones at one time or another. There isn't a good or a bad zone.The zones curriculum will teach students to figure out what zone is expected in given circumstances. If their zone doesn't match the environmental demands and the zones of others around them, they will be taught strategies to assist them in moving to the expected zone. The zones of regulation curriculum is intended to be neutral and not project judgment when helping students recognize their levels of alertness and feelings.


September 14th is Hidden Valley’s first Walk ‘n Roll Wednesday of the year!

You can bike, scoot, skateboard, or walk/run to school on Wednesday, September 14th.  We will be tracking how often your child walks or rolls to school every Walk ‘n Roll Wednesday by scanning their participation tags as they arrive on campus.  If you haven’t yet registered your child, please check your orange folders for the information and be sure to sign the registration form provided so that they can participate in the program.  There will be fun events and prizes throughout the school year for those who participate!

We need volunteers!  Sign up to scan tags on Wednesday mornings!  Choose one Wednesday or several!

Click here to volunteer!

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Boots & BBQ is one week from today at Hidden Valley Elementary School!

In order to make this event a success, we need your help! Please sign up to volunteer before, during or after the event. Consider partnering with a friend or spouse to make it even more fun! Thank you in advance for lending your time and talents to make this event fun for all. To review volunteer roles and sign up, please click HERE.

Please RSVP for the event here to let us know how many in your family will be joining us.


Hidden Valley Spirit Day Wednesdays

Hey-Hey-Hey Hawks!  Show your Hawk spirit every Wednesday!  Students are encouraged to wear Hawk gear or sport our school colors, orange and blue.  If you wish to purchase our amazing Hawk gear, go to our online store here:   


Let’s show everyone how Hawktastic we are!


Did you know we have a lost and found at Hidden Valley?  It is filling up fast!  The location is in the entrance to the multipurpose room.  Please encourage your children to check there for lost items.  Parents should check regularly, as well, and please label everything.

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