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Hidden Valley Hawk Talk Newsletter, Issue #8

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Friday,  October 7, 2022
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Oct 10

No School - Professional Development Day for Staff

Oct 12

International Walk & Roll to School Day

Oct 14

HV Fun Run

Oct 19

School Tour for Prospective Families at 9:15 am

Oct 26

School Picture Day

Nov 4

Please join RVSD Superintendent and Cabinet members in conversation about any topic related to the District or our school 


Hello Hidden Valley Families!

Happy October!  It is finally feeling like fall in the mornings, but the afternoon sun is still brutal! Just over a week to go until the FUN RUN! Thank you to everyone (far and near) that donated to our awesome school!


You may have already heard from your room parents that the Lost & Found is overflowing. Please, please, please ask your students to check for their belongings, or pop in to check it for yourself.


We still need Yard Duty Volunteers! Please email Jill Nail ( if you can help.


That’s all for now! Enjoy the weekend!

Team PTO


Dear Parents/Guardians, 


Halloween is quickly approaching! While dressing up and celebrating the holiday provide opportunities for fun and community building, they can also create situations where students inadvertently dress in a way that can be hurtful to others. I am asking you to join me in helping ensure that students are thoughtful about the costumes that they are wearing to school. Being proactive can help all of us to avoid uncomfortable situations at school and can help us ensure that Halloween is a time where all students feel safe and honored. 


Please talk with your child to make sure that the costume that they have selected does not portray a stereotyped image of a culture or group of people. In addition, please help students to make sure that their costume is not offensive to any racial, ethnic or religious group, any people with disabilities or illnesses, or any other group of people. Costumes should not become opportunities to turn a person’s identity into a stereotyped image. While students might choose to dress as a famous person or character whose identity is different than their own, please reinforce the importance of not darkening skin or using makeup to change a child’s skin color to match the person who they are dressing up to be. Students are often unaware of the long history these traditions have of causing harm and need our help in understanding why it can be hurtful.


Some examples of costumes that can be problematic include: Native American costumes involving headdresses or feathers, dressing as a homeless person, dressing as a person with any physical or mental disability, or dressing in any costume that portrays a narrow or negative stereotype about a specific ethnicity, religion, or race.  


I look forward to celebrating with all of the students on Halloween and appreciate your help in making sure that it is a fun day for everyone. If you have any questions at all regarding the day, please feel free to reach out.  







Congrats #WorkmanWarriors for winning the Week 2 Hashtag contest and a PJ day! 


With one week left to go, we are in the Fun Run home stretch and have SURPASSED OUR DONATION GOAL. We are at 89% participation, and excitement is building on campus for race day. Thank you for continually showing up for our learning community and the support you've provided to make our Fun Run a success! Principal Fish & Teachers…start your stretches and lace up those sneakers. The school-wide prize Goofy Olympics is headed to next week’s assembly. 


Also, next week we will be sending home Fun Run shirts, a Hawk temporary tattoo and a Hawk Pride bracelet to wear to school on Friday, October 14th, in addition to any other spirit wear they want. 




Below is the Fun Run schedule for Friday, October 14th.  All of our day of volunteer spots are FILLED but join us and cheer on your child and their classmates in the designated parent cheering section. If you can't make it, your child's buddy will be there to cheer them on! Check in on the lower blacktop at least 15 mins before your child’s race time, so that you don’t miss the start.


Your child will need: comfortable running shoes, their HAWK t-shirt, a water bottle and HAWK spirit!  During the race, there is no requirement for students to run, or complete a certain number of laps. Just do your best!


Please reach out to your class Fun Run rep should you have additional questions. 


Week 3 Winners

4 teams met the 100% participation goal Team Hirsch (4th), Team Sottile (2nd), Team Velasquez (1st)  and Team Workman (3rd) and grabbed the movie/popcorn prize.


Team Schnell (Kinder) won the Flash Fundraiser sale, earning the most dollars week over week, and will be picking a school theme day. 

Everyone with at least two donations was entered into this week’s raffle. Congratulations to Audrey Gelman (Team Sampson) who won the McGinnis mini golf & slushie gift certificate!


Final Week Contests

Which team will take the top spot? It’s anybody's race!  There is still time to grab the grand prize, Principal for the Day, awarded to the individual with the most number of donors.  Also in the prize mix is an extra recess for the top earning class and all classes that have 100% participation!


Pull out those crazy socks, put on that face paint, and get ready for a super Fun Run! #HawksRock!

International Walk and Roll to School Day


On Wednesday, October 12, 2022, thousands of kids at schools across the world will walk, bike, skate and scoot to school as part of International Walk & Roll to School Day. We will be hosting the event at Hidden Valley for all of our walkers and rollers. Come to the Safe Routes to Schools welcome table in front of the MPR that morning to receive a prize for participation! We look forward to seeing you there!  There might even be a Hawky sighting if we’re lucky!!


Isela, Maudilia, Paula, Mr. Velasquez (left to right)

What challenges are you facing as Latino Americans at Hidden Valley? 


Isela, Maudilia, Paula, and first-grade teacher Mr. Velasquez shared their experiences and perspectives with honesty and sincerity. 

Special thanks to our kind translators: Isela, Rachael and Rodrigo


Isela, parent of a 4th Grader at Hidden Valley.


Maudilia, parent of a kindergartener and 5th Grader


Paula, parent of a kindergartener and 5th Grader


Mr. Velasquez, teacher of 1st-graders. English and Spanish. 

Here’s Mr Velasquez’s first interview in Spanish.

How do you step forward and answer this call?  


The Hidden Valley administrative team, teachers, and PTO will answer this question and talk about their work toward inclusivity in our next issue.


But this question is also for you, parents! Join the conversation. Write or record your message, and send it to

Filipino Heritage Month Celebration. 



Stay tuned!


THANK YOU Hawk Community for a very successful Garden Work Party last Friday!! In the blazing heat you dug, weeded, fed the children, cleaned, watered, and donated materials and it was A BEAUTIFUL THING!


THANK YOU Leigh Burkey Fong, Johnny and Creek Van Houten, Sandra Murtagh, Frances Yiu, Emily Frances, Eveli Loveman, Bryant Bedwell, Nick Martin, Lydia Duraisamy, Anna Welch, Alexandra Lehrman and everyone else who SHOWED UP!! 

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Hats Off to YES a Tommy Breeze & YES Patch Collab

on Tuesday, October 18th from 5:30 to 7:30pm 

  • Creekside Pizza & Taproom is donating 15% of ALL proceeds (take out or dine in)

  • Get your very own, one-of-kind Tommy Breeze YES trucker hat! Tommy will be there to customize the first 40 hats sold. 

  • Amy's Drive Thru will be selling milkshakes!


SAVE THE DATE - Family Art Nights are back this year! 

Monday, November 7th Hidden Valley 530 to 8:00 in the multipurpose room. Details and a flyer to follow!




SHOP YES! Use your community card at Good Earth and United to fundraise for YES! Earn a percentage for YES every time you shop just by showing your card at checkout. It’s FREE and easy! If you don't have one, pick up community cards at your school’s office today.





When you shop with AMAZON SMILE

a percentage of your purchase is donated to YES!






Announcing this year’s YES Theater Musicals!

Disney’s Newsies Jr.  - Manor (Feb. 3 to 5) 

Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical Jr. - Wade Thomas (Feb. 10 to 12)

The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr.  - Brookside (March 17 to 19)

Miley Chase Science Ace  - Hidden Valley (March 24 to 26)

High School Musical  - White Hill Middle School (March 31 to April 2)


Eyes Up, Marin!


Let’s Make our Streets Safer for Everyone!

From mid-October through the end of November, you’ll see bright and colorful banners and lawn signs popping up all over Marin asking people to keep their “Eyes Up” and be alert.  These signs will be asking drivers to slow down, watch when turning and look for pedestrians in the crosswalk; bicyclists to yield to pedestrians and to follow the rules of the road; and those walking to pay attention when crossing the street.


These messages will also show up in your social media feeds, and you can find them at Please share with your friends, family and co-workers!

The Eyes Up, Marin campaign is part of the Street Smarts Program and Safe Routes to Schools, locally funded programs of the Transportation Authority of Marin. This traffic safety campaign educates drivers, pedestrians and cyclists about safety issues, including distracted driving. The goal is to encourage people to adopt and practice attitudes and behaviors that will reduce the number of traffic-related accidents and make our streets safer for everyone.

The program focuses on placing outdoor messaging at “hotspots” throughout Marin County – bold reminders at the locations where traffic problems occur most frequently. The message placement was determined based on findings from the 2018 Marin County Travel Safety Plan  as well as analysis of 2016 -2020 countywide collision data from the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System.

Over 125 countywide partners including school districts, jurisdictions, emergency service providers, and community organizations will be sharing the new campaign images and safety messages widely.  Please join this important effort to make our streets safer for all!


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

Out and About on Campus


Fourth and First Grade Buddies Working Hard


Mrs. Wolfe's Class Learns to Cha-Cha

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