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Hidden Valley Hawk Talk Newsletter, Issue #4

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Tuesday,  September 26th, 2023
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YES Event: Hats off collab with Tommy Breeze at Creekside 

Oct 3

School Tour for Prospective Parents 9:15 AM

Oct 4

International Walk and Roll to School Day

Oct 6

PTO meeting at 8:20 AM

Oct 9

No School - Professional Development Day

Oct 13

Hidden Valley Fun Run

Oct 25

School picture day

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And just like that we have completed our first week of fundraising. We have a nice starting pace with schoolwide participation (everyone creates a page) at 51%.


If you have not set up your student’s Personal Fundraising Page yet, do so NOW 



Then send out the link and ask those distant relatives and long lost friends to support our lovely school.  All money raised goes right back into HV, think school wide events, student clubs, weekly social emotional instruction, our school garden and much more!


If your student hasn’t informed you, there are plenty of contests going on at school to encourage participation! 


Week 1 Contest winners are:

Mrs. Workman’s class won the homework pass with 95% of their pages set up! Kredo, Murdoch, Selby and Sottile can still make up the distance with just a few pages left. Who will be the first class to 100%!? 

Elle Brooks (Brandt) and Maggie Arenas (Horky) understood the assignment and posted their best Hawk selfie and why they love HV on their Fun Run page. Both will each pick a joke for the school PA message!


Don’t miss also checking out these creative Hawk’s pages, and all your fellow Hawk’s pages:

Stella Matson (Griffin)

Meenu Duraisamy (Horky)

Sam Wilson (Kredo)

Scotty Lo (Murdoch)

Paige Wingfield (Murdoch)

Muir Van Zant (Schnell)

Arjun Duraisamy (Workman)

Raffle winners of the Hawk Goodie bag are:

Joey Coughlin (Da Cunha)

Avalon Koelman (Hirsch)

Edie Lawryk (Schnell)

Now for Week 2’s contests…

  • Everyone who has at least one donor by the end of week 2, will be entered into a raffle for a Scoop/Swirl gift card.

  • The best class motto, logo or # (as voted by Mrs. Fish) will win a class PJ day.

  • The first class(s) to 100% participation at the end of the week will win a class movie day.


If you’d like to be a part of the action for the day of the run on Friday, October 13th we have some volunteer shifts still available.  Please find the Sign Up HERE . Thank you for your support!



-Your Fun Run Crew (Mike Cassin and Sandra Murtagh)


Hello Hidden Valley Families!


Things have settled down and we hope you are all settling into a nice routine here at HV. As you saw, above, the Fun Run will be here before you know it! Don’t forget to create a fundraising page for our ONLY fundraiser of the year! Then get your Hawk(s) ready to run, walk, jump, dance and move on October 13th!


A special thanks goes out to all of our Fun Run Room Reps! We can’t do it without you! Thank you Jillian Conway, Julie Carey, Tina Lyra, Steve Larson, Alyssa Berman Waugh, Kelly Kosiek, Lita Collins, Dani Kestenbaum, Jenni Gelman, Teague Sterling, Val Wingfield and Tara Arenas!

Please join us for our second PTO meeting of the year on October 6th at 8:20 am. Come learn more about the Fun Run and how you can help, and hear about our School Site Council and Diversity and Equity Committee! And stay tuned for additional information about our annual White Hill Principal Chat later in the school year.


As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to email us:



Team PTO


P.S. There is still time to make classroom, field trip and library contributions! Just click here!

Photos Needed: Yearbook needs your photos! If you have photos from Boots & BBQ please send to Please help us capture as many kids as possible for the yearbook! Thank you! 

You. Are. Our. Circle.

Hidden Valley PTO, Site Council, and our Diversity and Inclusion’s mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. 


Interested in equity?  Want your child to receive SEL(Social Emotional Learning)?  Interested in bigger picture district view?  Want to hear about the FunRun? Do you just want to sit with other adults and drink a coffee?   


Come join us October 6th 8:15-9:00 for our first combined PTO, Site Council and Diversity and Equity Meeting, to learn about how these  groups work together to support our students. 

The YES Tommy Breeze collab event is back THIS TUESDAY at 5:30! 


This was one of everyone's favorite YES events last year, and this week it's coming back! Come join us at Creekside Park with popular local artist Tommy Breeze. Tommy will have a big selection of hats to choose from and he will sew a custom Tommy Breeze YES patch onto the hat in the spot of your choosing while you wait. 


Creekside Pizza will be donating 10% of proceeds during the event to YES, and Amy's will be selling shakes and donating some of their proceeds as well. Come and customize your ideal head topper, support a local artist, and support arts and music education at HV!!



If you start your monthly YES donation for one child in September, payments are only $90 a month for the remainder of the school year. Click on the monthly credit card donation button and set up a donation today. Help us beat our funding and participation numbers from last year - thank you in advance!


Do you know how to sync the Hidden Valley calendar with your own calendar?

Please see below to learn how. 

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Every week we will have a question of the week spanning varied subjects sometime including the content within the newsletter. The first one to respond gets a callout next week.

Week 4 Question:

Complete the statement:

In professional road bicycling events, there are ______ Grand tours

1) two

2) three

3) five

4) eight

Please post your answers here

Last week's quickest responder was:  Fiona McElligott

The answer was: Rugby

Congratulations, Fiona!

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