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    All families should log into Family Access to update contact information and select preferred messages. Families can update email addresses and choose the phone number to which general and emergency messages will be sent (home, work or cell phone).  After logging into Family Access, click the Skylert link on the left-hand side.
     
  • Early Dismissal Reminder: 11/16/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 11/16/2021
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    Early Dismissal Due to Conferences

    Due to our conferences, we will be having early dismissal Wednesday 11/17- Friday 11/19. Dismissal will be at 11:40am. Buses will arrive at their stops about 3.5 hours earlier than normal.

    Key Dates

    Please check our website for updates.

    For other key dates, check your mailbox soon for the 2021-22 school year calendar.
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  • Veterans Day Reminder: 11/5/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 11/5/2021
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    Veterans Day

    We want to be ready to honor the service and sacrifice of veterans in our community and family--we need your help. As of Friday afternoon, seven families have shared the story of their special veterans. We would love to recognize more local veterans.

    Please submit the name, info, picture, and brief video introduction of your veteran in this Google Form. We will take all the pictures, video introductions, and names we get and put them into a slideshow that will be shown as part of our Veterans Day celebration at Victor Falls. Please submit this form by Monday, November 8th and we will honor veterans on November 10th with a presentation including all of the honorees.

    Thank you for your help and support as we honor those who served our great country.

    No School on November 11th for Veteran's Day.
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  • Falcon Family Update: 10/29/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 10/29/2021
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    Principal Update

    Dear Falcon Family,

    Thank you for making our fall an amazing learning experience! With your support, our kids are growing leaps and bounds each day. Thank you for making time to read with your child each day. While September focused on being kind and learning how to 'do' school again. October brought a chance to dig deeper in learning for both academics and social-emotional skills. As you will see below, our students real dug into what it means to respect others. It also provided the Blue Crew a chance to reflect on student learning and build a support system so that each and every Falcon learns the most important skills and content. As we turn the calendar to November, we are excited about the chance for the Falcons to build our gratitude muscles as well as celebrate the courageous veterans in our community. We are also looking forward to the opportunity to deepen our partnership with you during parent-teacher conferences. Please see the details below.

    Make it a great day to be a Falcon!

    Wade Jerdee, Assistant Principal

    Adam Uhler, Principal

    Veterans Day
     
    Veterans Day

    As the grandson, nephew, and brother of combat veterans, Veterans Day is one of the more meaningful holidays for Mr. Uhler and, it is fast approaching. We want to be ready to honor the service and sacrifice of veterans in our community and family--we need your help. Please submit the name, info, picture, and brief video introduction of your veteran in this Google Form. We will take all the pictures, video introductions, and names we get and put them into a slideshow that will be shown as part of our Veteran's Day celebration at Victor Falls. Thank you for your help and support as we honor those who served our great country.

    Radiating Respect

    Throughout the month of October, students reviewed the Second Step “We Stop Bullying” in correlation with the PurposeFull People trait of the month Respect. To assist our students in strengthening our work in these areas focused on an initiative that will foster a proactive and positive movement--Radiate Respect. Radiate Respect is designed to bring Respect and Anti-Bullying to life through an experiential learning activity that will be consistent amongst classrooms and schools throughout the SBLSD! We are better together.

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    Pumpkin Book Report
     
    The student council ran a Pumpkin Book Report Project to celebrate literacy this month. We were amazed by the creative reports! If you didn't get to see the Pumpkin Book Reports while they were on display in the front office, check out the pictures below. It was such an amazing addition for fall!
     
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    Fall Conferences

    Conferencing with families is an opportunity to build connections and partnerships that will help us ensure the learning of each student. It has been a while since many of us conducted an in-person conference. We look forward to connecting with you about your student!

    This year conferences will be held in person at our campus November 17th, 18th and 19th. Zoom conferences are available upon request. Report cards will be available at in-person conferences or sent home with your student. Please sign up for a conference through Family Access. To log into family access, go to www.sumnersd.org, click on Family Access and log-in. The log-in should be the guardian's email. If you don't happen to remember your password or log-in, click the reset button. If you have any questions regarding family access, you can call the school at 253.891.4700.

    For in-person conferences, please follow all health and safety guidelines including wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing. If you are sick, we ask that you please stay home and request a Zoom conference instead. If you want a zoom conference, please sign up for a conference time and contact your teacher to set up a zoom link for that time.

    We linked how-to videos for directions on how to schedule, as well as unschedule a conference if you need to select a different time:

    Schedule Fall Conferences

    Cancel Fall Conferences

    Early Dismissal for Conferences

    Due to conferences, we will have a half-day, early dismissal on November 17th, 18th, 19th, and 23rd. We have our normal Monday schedule for November 22nd. Grab and go lunches will be provided on these dates. School starts at 8:25 am and ends at 11:40 am.
     
    Picture Retake Day is November 30th
     
    Picture Retake Day is November 30th

    Picture retake day for our students is Tuesday, November 30th 9am-11am. Photo forms are are available if you need one or you can order online if you would like to. Go to dorianstudio.com and find Victor Falls Elementary.

    Dismissal

    Thank you so much for doing our staggered dismissal! It has been great to see that we are getting quicker and quicker with car pick up. Please remember if you walk with your kids home, be mindful of the community and parking. We want to make sure we are good citizens in our neighborhoods.
     
    PurposeFull Family
     
    Purposefull Family
     
    For November, we’re talking about Gratitude! The dictionary defines it as: “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.” We want to make sure we share with students that Gratitude is 1) a choice that we get to make over and over again on where we put our focus and 2) doesn’t always have to be about something positive. We can feel grateful even for tough or challenging things in our life! There is plenty of research that shows a strong connection between Gratitude and reduced anxiety, increased happiness, and better relationships. Over the course of the month, we will talk about amazing people who demonstrate Gratitude in various ways. We will talk about what we are grateful for in ourselves and in others. And we will even find Gratitude in some things we wouldn’t expect to be thankful for! If you would like more information and activities in relation to the topic of Gratitude that you can do at home with your children please click on the following links: K-2 Gratitude NewsletterK-2 Gratitude Newsletter En Espanol3-5 Gratitude Newsletter3-5 Gratitude Newsletter En Espanol.
     
    Counselor's Corner
     
    Counselor's Corner

    This month our school community will be talking about gratitude. Gratitude often goes hand in hand with mindfulness because it requires us to slow down and be present in the moment. Students will learn that acts of mindful gratitude can be big or small, but can have a big impact on our overall well being. Additionally, students will learn that this small practice works wonders for our brains. In fact,acts of gratitude rewires how our brains are programmed to experience the world around us and helps us feel more joy and sense of belonging, as well as, less worry and stress. This can be especially helpful as the weather begins to change and holidays come up. For some, this time of year can have an impact on our mental health. We encourage you all to talk to your kids about the gratitude practices they are learning at school and maybe try some out at home. Here are some great gratitude and mindful practices to try.

    Mindful walking: Go for a walk as a family. See if you can slow down and notice 5 things you are grateful for. Talk about these 5 things as you walk. The act of walking and getting fresh air will boost everyone’s serotonin levels, while the gratitude game will train the brain to see more of the positive.

    Mindful breathing activity: When we are feeling stressed our thoughts may be drawn toward past regrets and worries about the future, making it difficult to be in the moment. When this happens, I like to do some breathing techniques with our students because it is a great way to slow down and get in touch with our mind and body. Intentional breathing can act as an anchor to stay in the present moment. Additionally, it allows us to shift and release negative energy instead of storing it in our bodies. For this reason, practicing quick breathing exercises as a family can help your child build up the skills to stay in the moment and notice the positive.
     
    Family Assistance
     
    Family Assistance

    Would a weekend food bag for your student be helpful? Would a Thanksgiving meal kit be helpful? Would a few Holiday gifts be helpful? If you answered yes to any of these questions please fill out this form by clicking VFE Family Assistance or scanning this QR code. It can be translated to English, Spanish, Ukrainian, and Russian. Additionally, this is confidential and free to any family who can benefit from it.

    Community BIG Give

    The Community Big Give is an amazing event that provides a holiday meal for thousands of our neighbors in need. We encourage you to join the Blue Crew and volunteer to deliver the meals at this year's event. Follow the link below to signup and to contribute. The meals are scheduled to be delivered Saturday, November 20th from 9:30-11:30 AM. Volunteer

    PTO Community Meeting
     
    It’s almost time for our first General PTO meeting of the year! This month’s meeting will be held over zoom on Thursday November 4th from 3:45pm. Please join us to see how you can get involved.

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82233504181?pwd=VG1Hdiszbk8yRjF2Tzl1ODBSZm8xQT09

    Meeting ID: 822 3350 4181
    Passcode: falcons!

    Walk-A-Thon Was a Success!!
     
    Walk-A-Thon Was a Success!!
     
    The annual VFE Walk-A-Thon was a Success! PTO has totaled the amount raised and it is $16,012.32!!! Thank you Falcon Family for all of the support!
     
    Remember to Vote!
     
    The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District regularly reminds voters of upcoming elections. Check your mailbox for your ballot and return it by 8 p.m. on Nov. 2. Ballot drop boxes are located at the Sumner Library and the Bonney Lake Park-n-Ride.
     
    Key Dates

    Please check our website for updates.

    For other key dates, check your mailbox soon for the 2021-22 school year calendar.
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  • Falcon Family Update: 10/1/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 10/1/2021

    We continue to be amazed and thankful for your support and flexibility as we re-establish and recreate all of the routines that define what it means to 'do school'. Thanks to your patience, perseverance and timely suggestions, arrival and dismissal are running much more smoothly. Inside the classroom, the students and staff are doing a fantastic job establishing what it means to be a learn--fully engaged, positive, and persistent--even when learning is tough. Thank you for making sure your child is ready to learn each day.

    As we begin October, the Falcons are moving from learning routines and how to be a self-manager, to a focus on learning new skills and concepts. And, you may have heard that your student took some assessments recently. Just like many of us take our child to yearly well-child checks with our family doctor each year, the school has reading and math well-child checks each fall, winter, and spring--we call them benchmark assessments. Your student will complete their fall benchmarks in the first two weeks of October. Grade level teams will review the information and make plans to provide the extra support that your student may need to reach standard by the end of the year.

    October is also the time when we teach our students what respect looks like and sounds like--to see the good in people and treat them with care. As you will see below, this means we work hard to build skills in each Falcon so that they can be an upstander--a positive supporter to those in need, who are kind, caring, and strong. We encourage you to partner with us in this work and check out the PurposeFull Family activities below.

    May your October be full of all things pumpkin spice!

    Wade Jerdee, Assistant Principal

    Adam Uhler, Principal

    Putting the I in KIND

    From learning to share to including everyone, to asking new classmates to be their friends, our second-grade classes worked hard this month to understand how to act with words and actions to bring appreciation, positive and encouragement to others.
     
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    Community BIG Give

    The Community Big Give is an amazing event that provides a holiday meal for thousands of our neighbors in need. We encourage you to join the Blue Crew and volunteer to deliver the meals at this year's event. Follow the link below to signup and to contribute. The meals are scheduled to be delivered Saturday, November 20th from 9:30-11:30 AM. Volunteer

    Picture Day is Coming!

    Picture Day for our students is Friday, October 15th! Photo forms are sent with your student and if you would like to order online, you can go to dorianstudio.com and find Victor Falls Elementary.

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    PurposeFull Family
     
    PurposeFull Family

    October is all about the trait of Respect! Respect is both a perspective and a practice; it’s about helping students to see the good in others rather than the negative. What does it mean to “see good” in people? Oftentimes this means helping children to understand who someone is, where they come from, and why they believe and act the way they do. Respect is about understanding people! Respect is also about action; how we speak to and treat one another (and ourselves) respectfully is a constant practice. If you would like more information and activities in relation to the topic of Respect that you can do at home with your children please click on the following links: K-2 Respect NewsletterK-2 Respect Newsletter En Espanol3-5 Respect Newsletter 3-5 Respect Newsletter En Espanol.

    Counselor's Corner

    Hi, Falcon Families! I’m Mrs. Arbaugh, the new counselor at Victor Falls, and I’ve been having so much fun getting to know our students. Over the past few weeks I’ve been going into K-1 classrooms to give lessons on Kelso’s Choice. Kelso is a sweet little frog that helps students use the wheel of choice to solve small problems. I’ve shared with students that big problems are when something is scary, dangerous, or someone is hurt and that they need to get extra adult help right away. However, small problems are problems they are strong enough and smart enough to solve themselves. To help our students be self-managers and responsible decision-makers, I introduced them to the Wheel of Choice that uses nine different strategies for solving problems. These nine strategies include: Go To Another Game, Talk It Out, Share and Take Turns, Ignore It, Walk Away, Tell Them To Stop, Apologize, Make A Deal, Wait and Cool Off. Students were also taught to try two different Kelso's Choices when solving small problems before going to an adult. Be sure to ask your student about it, as it is a great tool to use at home too!

    Kelso's Choice

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    Kelso is a sweet little frog that helps students use the wheel of choice to solve small problems.

    Help Stop Bullying
     
    Help Stop Bullying
     
    Additionally, this month I’m going into SEL classes to give Bullying Prevention lessons. Students will be learning how to Recognize, Refuse, and Report bullying behavior. They will be able to identify when behavior is mean, rude, or bullying and the difference between being a bystander vs. upstander. I encourage you to have further conversations about this at home, as it is a very important topic.
     
    Let's talk!
     
    Let's talk!
     
    Finally, I will be introducing students to “Let’s Talk” slips that they can use to let me know that they would like to meet with me. All students have access to these slips through their classroom teachers and they can fill one out at any time if they need someone to talk to.
     
     
    Family Assistance
    Family Assistance

    Would a weekend food bag for your student be helpful? Would a Thanksgiving meal kit be helpful? Would a few Holiday gifts be helpful? If you answered yes to any of these questions please fill out this form by clicking VFE Family Assistance or scanning this QR code. It can be translated to English, Spanish, Ukrainian, and Russian. Additionally, this is confidential and free to any family who can benefit from it.

    PTO Community Meeting
     
    PTO Community Meeting
     
    It’s almost time for our first General PTO meeting of the year! This month’s meeting will be held over zoom on Monday, October 4th from 4:15-5:15. Please join us to see how you can get involved.

    https://sblsd.zoom.us/j/99412339407

    Walk-A-Thon

     
    Walk-A-Thon
     
    The annual VFE Walk-A-Thon is going virtual this year from October 9th-October 23. Help us raise funds to support our kids! Please check your student's bags for information packets.
    1. If we reach our goal of $10,000, Mr. Uhler and Mr. Jerdee will dress up as their favorite character.

    2. The class with the most walks will win an extra recess

    3. The teacher of the top-earning class will be able to throw a pie in Mr. Uhler and Mr. Jerdee's faces.

     
    Key Dates

    Please check our website for updates.

    For other key dates, check your mailbox soon for the 2021-22 school year calendar.
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  • Falcon Family Update: 9/24/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 9/24/2021

    Thank you to all of the families using car pick up that are following our new staggered timeline. Your effort means that each day we can count on busses arriving on time at VFE and throughout our area in the District. It also means that we are consistently able to load all of the cars just before 3:30 PM. We are continuing to refine our dismissal system with the goal of getting all kids on their way by 3:25 PM each day.

    Please take a moment below to learn more about how the Blue Crew is working to keep all of the Falcons safe as well as an adjustment to our dismissal for walkers using the back gate.

    We appreciate your continued encouragement and support!

    Adam Uhler, Principal

    Health & Safety Updates
     
    The last three weeks with your students have been rewarding and exciting--we are so excited to have them back in the building. The Blue Crew has worked hard to ensure that we are keeping students as safe as possible while they are at school, and with your help, we have been highly successful. To date, we have had zero close contacts within the school and zero known transmissions of COVID. While it looks different in every setting, teachers are being highly creative in how they make sure students are being safe! We continue to follow all the DOH guidance, with students sitting 3’ apart when masked and eating 6’ apart to prevent the transmission of illness and the children are doing very well with all the new routines. The pictures below show how this looks in various settings.
     
    When to keep your child home?

    We also want to remind you of the crucial role you play in that. This includes keeping your child home when necessary.

    Reasons to keep your child home include:

    • An exposure to a COVID-positive person in the last 14 days

    • Fever (100.7 or greater)

    • Cough

    • Loss of taste or smell

    • Shortness of breath

    • Fatigue

    • Headache

    • Muscle or body aches

    • Sore throat

    • Congestion or Runny nose

    • Nausea or vomiting

    • Diarrhea

    If your student shows any of these symptoms, please let the office know, we will work with you to determine when it is safe for your student to return, based on the department of health guidelines.

    Thank you for your continued diligence during these unprecedented times, together we can keep our community safe!
     
    Back Gate Walkers
     
    We now have 40+ walkers using the back gate. This is helping with traffic and is a healthy way to get home. To make their release more efficient each walker was given a card that corresponds with their car tag on Friday. The back gate supervisor will just need to verify the student's backpack tag matches the walker pick-up card.
     
    Key Dates

    Please check our website for updates.

    For other key dates, check your mailbox soon for the 2021-22 school year calendar.
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  • Car Pick Up Adjustments: 9/17/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 9/17/2021

    You and your children have done a great job building routines that support a positive experience at school! We do need some help improving. Like many of you, I am concerned about the traffic and unsafe driving conditions on Rhoades Lake Road near our dismissal time. In addition to the safety concerns, our traffic is blocking busses trying to get to other schools from two school districts. The Blue Crew is working hard to make effective adjustments that will help load cars more efficiently while ensuring the safety of each and every child.

    On Thursday, thanks to a lot of patience and creativity, we had our quickest dismissal yet with all busses and cars departing campus by 3:30 PM. This is a 15-minute improvement in the last week. We need to get even better. We need dismissal to be done by 3:25 PM and we need to keep the traffic on the roads near campus moving. We need your help making this happen.

    Starting on Monday, September 20, we are implementing a staggered release based on car numbers. The staggered release should allow fewer cars to arrive on campus at the same time and keep traffic flowing. When the right cars are here at the right time, we can load 16 cars every minute. We are requesting that families maintain the following schedule.

    • Car tags 0-75 arrive on campus between 2:50-3:10

    • Car tags 76-150 get in line at 3:15

    • Car tags 151+ and any one-off requests get in line at 3:20 PM

    As part of the change, all students with a car tag will get a corresponding tag for their backpack. K-2 received their tags Thursday. Grades 3-5 will receive their tags on Friday. The tags come with a color-coded zip tie. Tags 1-75 have a pink tie, tags 76-150 have an orange tie, and 151+ have a yellow tie.

    All of the adjustments we have made have come from the creative thinking of staff members. Please continue to think creatively. I appreciate your perseverance and patience!

    Adam Uhler, Principal

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    Monday Late Start Reminder

    Please remember that Monday is now our late-start day. School begins at 10 AM on Monday. Students may arrive on campus at 9:45 AM.

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    Appointments & Dismissal Changes

    If your student is taking a different route of transportation after school than their normal dismissal, you must call the front office to let them know. 253.891.4700. We ask that you call before 2:30pm as this helps get all our changes to the teachers in a timely manner.

    If you plan to take your student out for an appointment or out early before dismissal time at 3:10pm, please call us a few minutes before you arrive so we can come greet you! We do ask that you have your ID ready to go when you pick up your student. Our office staff will gladly call your student down and walk them out to you.

    If your student will be late for any reason to school, please call our office and we will walk out to greet them!

    School Supplies

    As of Friday, 80% of families have already paid the $20 school supply donation. If you have not paid for supplies yet, please pay online or you can pay at the school office. The school supply fee will cover basic school supplies needed for the school year. Our PTO made a quick tip video showing you how to pay online.

    If you are able to contribute more than $20 to support a child in need please feel free to increase your fee amount.

    If your student needs assistance with the school supply fee or the items listed, please

    contact the front office and we will connect you with Mrs. Arbaugh, our school counselor.

    Items From Home

    Your student should come to school with:

    • Headphones or earbuds

    • Backpack

    • Water Bottle filled with water

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    The Blue Crew is Hiring! 
     
    VFE is hiring a night custodian. The night custodian is essential to setting our students and staff up for success each day. Please see the SBLSD website for more details.

    Key Dates

    Please check our website for updates.

    For other key dates, check your mailbox soon for the 2021-22 school year calendar.
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  • Fabulous First Week: 9/13/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 9/13/2021

    Dear Falcon Family,

    Relaunching our community is a huge gift and a challenge at the same time. Doing anything for the first time in 500 plus days can be difficult. Thank you for your amazing grace and support this week! The first week was full of building community and strengthening our character muscles. This month’s character trait is kindness. If you get a chance, send your favorite Blue Crew member some love and encouragement.

    Wade Jerdee, Assistant Principal
    Adam Uhler, Principal

    Monday Late Start Reminder

    Please remember that Monday is now our late-start day. School begins at 10 AM on Monday. Students may arrive on campus at 9:45 AM. We encourage you to enjoy a little bit of a slow start to the week and grab breakfast with your kids. While students may enjoy a few more minutes of sleep, the Blue Crew will be hard at work collaborating with their teammates in professional learning communities (PLCs). During this time teachers are focused on answering four critical questions that help us ensure the learning of each and every child: What do we want all students to know and be able to do? How will we know if they learn it? How will we respond when some students do not learn? How will we extend the learning for students who are already proficient? This intentional work helps us fulfill our promise to know, value, and support each and every student. Thank you for supporting this effort!

    Dismissal Changes/Appointments

    If your student is taking a different route of transportation after school than their normal dismissal, you must call the front office to let them know. 253.891.4700. We ask that you call before 2:30pm as this helps get all our changes to the teachers in a timely manner.

    If you plan to take your student out for an appointment or out early before dismissal time at 3:10pm, please call us a few minutes before you arrive so we can come greet you! We do ask that you have your ID ready to go when you pick up your student. Our office staff will gladly call your student down and walk them out to you.

    If your student will be late for any reason to school, please call our office and we will walk out to greet them!

    Help with Dismissal

    The struggle is real when it comes to getting kids home in a timely manner. We need your help. While we cannot change that we only have one egress, with your help, we do have influence over some things.

    We have made improvements to the systems on-campus. Starting at dismissal, 3:10 PM, we are loading 10 cars every minute, but with 200+ cars, it is still taking 20 minutes to release all of the car riders. To expedite the loading of buses, we are now taking the bus roll while students wait for the busses to arrive. This is allowing us to load the bus quickly and they are departing campus about 10 minutes after arrival. The part that we need help with is getting the busses on campus. The 200 cars in the car pick-up line are blocking the busses from getting on 188th Ave Ct E and entering campus on time.

    The quickest way to improve traffic flow and get kids home on time is to reduce the number of cars picking up students after school.

    • Please do not arrive on campus before 2:50 PM. Arriving earlier than 2:50 PM blocks the buses from entering campus and creates a safety hazard.
    • Carpool: One way the community can help with this is for friends and neighbors to carpool.
    • Walk: Another way the community can help is for car riders that live within walking distance to use one of the safe walking paths to school. Families that live in the Fennel Ridge/Bonney Lake Manor area can use the Fennel Creek Trail and pick up their students at the back gate. Families that live off Angeline could walk up the Fennel Creek Trail and pick up their students at the back gate. Families that live on 188th Ave Ct E are encouraged to walk with their children to and from school. Families that walk on 188th will meet their child near the front gate. Due to safety concerns, we do not recommend walkers cross Rhoades Lake Road.
    • Ride the Bus: The last way families can help may seem counterintuitive but it will help. If more families have their children ride the bus instead of being car riders, we will reduce the number of cars on campus.

    Having more families carpool, walk, or have their children ride the bus will reduce the number of cars entering campus, which should allow the buses to enter campus sooner, load sooner, and leave sooner. We appreciate your patience and support. If you have other creative ideas, please reach out to Mr. Uhler.

    School Supplies

    We appreciate that many families have already paid the $20 school supply donation. If you have not paid for supplies yet, please pay online or you can pay at the school office. The school supply fee will cover basic school supplies needed for the school year. Our PTO made a quick tip video showing you how to pay online.

    If you are able to contribute more than $20 to support a child in need please feel free to increase your fee amount.

    If your student needs assistance with the school supply fee or the items listed, please

    contact the front office and we will connect you with Mrs. Arbaugh, our school counselor.

    Items From Home

    Your student should come to school with:

    • Headphones or earbuds

    • Backpack

    • Water Bottle filled with water

    PurposeFull Family Activities

    In September, students will learn about the wonderful and sometimes oversimplified character trait of Kindness. Kindness isn’t just a feeling, but a choice that we get to make every day! It’s an exercise in bringing good things into our lives and the world. Kindness is given through our actions and our encouragement and our attitude and our gifts. We will spend time thinking about how to be kind to ourselves, to our environment, to our school, and to one another. We will get to experience sharing and receiving compliments and helping create acts of service or gifts for others. It’s a generous, positive, and encouraging time! If you would like further information and activities involving kindness, please check out the following links: Kindness Family Newsletter K-2Kindness Family Newsletter K-2 En EspanolKindness Family Newsletter 3-5Kindness Family Newsletter 3-5 En Espanol.

    The Blue Crew is Hiring!

    VFE is hiring a night custodian. The night custodian is essential to setting our students and staff up for success each day. Please see the SBLSD website for more details.
     
    Key Dates

    Please check our website for updates.

    For other key dates, check your mailbox soon for the 2021-22 school year calendar.
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  • Back To School Night Reminder: 9/1/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 9/1/2021

    Good evening, Falcon Family!

    This is just a quick reminder that tomorrow, September 2nd, is our back-to-school night!

    We are so excited to see you!  There will be multiple stations including paying school supplies, transportation information, medicine check-in, PTO, and meet our counselor and specialists outside in front of the school.  BTS is a great time to meet your teacher and get your first day of school picture with your child's teacher.  We encourage kids to come dressed for success.  All students, family members, and staff must wear a mask while inside the building.

    Please see below for the times according to your student's last name. If you have students with multiple last names, please choose a time to come.

    4:30-5pm - Last names A-G

    5:15pm-5:45pm - Last Names H-M

    6pm-6:30-pm - Last Names N-Z

    We look forward to seeing you!

    Adam Uhler, Principal

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  • Welcome Back Falcon Family: 8/28/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 8/28/2021
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    Principal Update

    Dear Falcon Family,

    Welcome Back, Falcon Family! We miss you and we are so excited to see you! We hope everyone had a chance to disconnect and reconnect this summer--and that this newsletter finds you refreshed and enjoying this summer with your family.

    While Mr. Jerdee didn’t have a “typical” summer, he was able to turn off his school brain and really focus on the home front. He was able to completely rewire a house (for the record, HGTV does not accurately represent what it is like). He also enjoyed time in the woods on a new bike, visits with family, connecting with neighbors, and s'mores with his wife and youngest around the fire pit.

    While Mr. Jerdee decided to go full-HGTV-do-it-yourself-er, for Mr. Uhler, July brought the annual Uhler family visit to the Methow Valley full of hiking, biking, rafting, and reading. The Uhler’s also launched their oldest daughter into college life at WSU--mom and dad had a much tougher time with the transition than Lizzie. He also enjoyed reconnecting with family in Spokane, spending quality time in the wilderness climbing Mt. Adams with his daughter, Jo, weekly visits to The Market with his wife, and exploring new local haunts like Simple Goodness Soda Shop.

    This time away from Victor Falls was a powerful reminder of our common purpose and our calling. As Esau McCaulley recently wrote, “The pandemic has reminded us that life is more than what we do. It is about whom we spend our lives with. We cannot hug a career or laugh with a promotion. We are made for friendship, love and community.” This reminder is fitting for life both within the VFE community and within our personal lives. The Blue crew continues to strive to be a team that loves, serves, and cares for each of our students, staff and community members each day.

    We continue to be a place that promises each day to keep each child safe, help them feel special and ensure they learn. As we’ve shared with you before, planning for the future seems to be an act of defiant optimism--we have a lot to be optimistic about. We have a tremendously talented team. We have an amazingly supportive community. And, we are firmly connected by the promise that we will know, value, and support every student helping them pursue a promising future. We have no doubt that the 21-22 school year will be great!

    We look forward to seeing you and our students soon. Victor Falls is an amazing place to learn and grow because of your active support. Your partnership is invaluable as we create a school community where all students feel safe, special, and most importantly, empowered to learn. I encourage each of you to be an active part of your child’s education. Our doors are always open for you to volunteer.

    It is going to be a great year to be a Victor Falls Falcon!

    Wade Jerdee, Assistant Principal

    Adam Uhler, Principal

    Class Placement

    Class rosters are finalized and you should have received an email in your Skyward account. You can find the name of your child’s teacher by Logging into Family Access and clicking on “Schedule”. Your child’s teacher will be in contact with you soon, too.

    Back To School Night

    We are excited to re-open our doors to our community. We hope to see all of our students and families at Back-to-School Night on THURSDAY, September 2. BTS is a great time to meet your teacher, see your classroom, grab a car tag, sign up to volunteer, join the PTO, and pay your $20 supply donation. In order to keep us all as safe and healthy as possible, all visitors will need to wear a mask indoors. All family members will be welcome outside during their timeslot. We ask that you visit campus during your assigned time based on your child’s last name. In order to maintain social distance, we are also asking that only one adult per family enter the building at a time. Your first stop will be your child’s classroom to meet their teacher. After visiting the classroom, please stop by the stations on the patio to grab a car tag, sign up to volunteer, join our outstanding PTO, and pay your $20 supply donation.

     
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    School Supplies

    School Supplies

    In order to provide some relief from back-to-school shopping, we are asking families to contribute a $20 donation per child to cover the cost of school supplies. Families may pay online or you can pay at our Back-To-School Night via cash or check on the patio. The school supply fee will cover basic school supplies needed for the school year. Your student should come to school with:

     

    • Headphones or earbuds

    • Backpack

    • Water Bottle

    If you are able to contribute more than $20 to support a child in need please feel free to increase your fee amount.

    If your student needs assistance with the school supply fee or the items listed, please

    contact the front office and we will connect you with Mrs. Arbaugh, our school counselor.\

    PurposeFull Family Activities

    In September, students will learn about the wonderful and sometimes oversimplified character trait of Kindness. Kindness isn’t just a feeling, but a choice that we get to make every day! It’s an exercise in bringing good things into our lives and the world. Kindness is given through our actions and our encouragement and our attitude and our gifts. We will spend time thinking about how to be kind to ourselves, to our environment, to our school, and to one another. We will get to experience sharing and receiving compliments and helping create acts of service or gifts for others. It’s a generous, positive, and encouraging time! If you would like further information and activities involving kindness, please check out the following links: Kindness Family Newsletter K-2Kindness Family Newsletter K-2 En EspanolKindness Family Newsletter 3-5Kindness Family Newsletter 3-5 En Espanol.

     
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    Healthy & Happy Transitions

    As we peek into September, it is time to get ready for another amazing school year. Please help your child transition back to school smoothly by reestablishing morning and evening routines. Also, spend time reading with your child and find ways to practice math—this can be done through fun, everyday experiences. Refreshing these routines now will make for a smoother transition in September.

    While some kids are excited and ready to start the new year, others might be feeling uneasy or worried about what the next school year might bring. All of our students will have new teachers and classmates. Each child may process these changes in different ways. They might check out early, act up or act out, become defiant, or even become sad. Remember that behavior is communication. Your child might need some time with you to reflect and process the changes that are forthcoming. Connecting with your child can open up the door for communication about their feelings. Here are some ideas to connect with your child.

    • Schedule a regular hang-out time (play a game, read a book, go to the park, something you both enjoy).

    • Offer a hug, high five, fist bump, something that requires touch!

    • Play in their world - get down to their level, use their toys with them, get silly, use your imagination!

    • Ask about their day and just listen.

    • Recognize their feelings and be with them while they are sad/angry/scared/excited.

    Information in this section is from Imperfect Families Check it out for more tips!

    Healthy & Safe Return to School

    Healthy & Safe Return to School: The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released guidance for the 2021-2022 school year. Under the updated guidance, schools must plan to provide full-time, in-person education for all interested students for the 2021-2022 school year with the following mitigation efforts:

    • All students, school personnel, volunteers, and visitors must wear at least a cloth face covering or an acceptable alternative when indoors.

    • Schools must have basic ventilation, cleaning and infection control plans updated to reflect what is currently known about COVID-19.

    • In preparation for the potential of COVID-19 infections while at school, schools will have response plans in place that include communication with staff, families, their school district, and local health jurisdiction.

    • Physical distancing of at least three feet or more between students in classroom settings and at least six feet or more in most situations outside of the classroom to the degree possible is recommended.

    • COVID-19 testing programs and vaccinations are not required.

    Medication at School
     
    If your child has a health condition that requires treatment or medication at school, written permission from the parent/guardian and a healthcare provider must be provided before medications can be administered at school. Renewal of written permission must be completed at the beginning of each school year and whenever the health care provider adjusts a medication. You may visit the school nurse at BTS or click here to learn more.
     
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    School Meals

    School meals will continue to be provided to all students at no cost throughout the 2021-22 school year. While applications have not been required for children to receive free meals during the pandemic, we still strongly encourage eligible families to complete the Free and Reduced-price Meal Application as they may also qualify to have fees waived or reduced for ASB cards, sports participation and other extracurricular activities. For more information, contact Child Nutrition Services: (253) 891-6450, child_nutrition@sumnersd.org.

    School Schedule

    Late Start Mondays: Thank you for supporting teacher teams as they collaboratively focus on ensuring the learning of each student. School starts at 10AM. Please drop your students off no earlier than 9:45AM on Mondays. Bus routes run 90 minutes later on Mondays.

    Tuesday through Friday Schedule: The office opens at 7:30AM. School opens to students at 8:10AM. Class begins at 8:25AM. Please drop your students off no earlier than 8:10AM.

    Transportation

    Keeping students safe is our highest priority. Riding the bus will be your student’s quickest way on and off the VFE campus. We expect over 200 students will arrive by car each day-- a tremendous amount in a small area. We encourage you to carpool with other families as much as possible.

    Car Riders

    If you drive your child to school, we need your help making the car morning drop-off/afternoon pick-up as safe as possible. Please help us ensure the safety of your students by using the designated loop. And, please stay in your car until greeted by staff.

    • If you are planning to pick your child up on a regular basis, please pick up a tag to hang from your rearview mirror with a student number for dismissal. This number quickly allows our staff to tell which child is being picked up and helps maintain safety. Numbers will be given out at the Back-To-School Night and during the first week of school at the front office.

    • In the morning, 15 minutes prior to and until the start of the school day, there will be staff members meeting and directing students. For your child’s safety, please do not drop students off until staff supervision has arrived. Students must be dropped off at the curb in front of the school.

    • If you arrive after the start of school, please park and walk your child to the office to check-in.

    • Pickup will be at the same front of the building location. Please drive through the pickup route (remain in a single file line) and your child will be escorted to your car after dismissal. Make sure you have your car tag displayed.

    Bus Riders

    Due to a severe bus driver shortage, it’s highly likely that some bus routes will be affected to some degree on a daily basis. Any given route on any given day could experience a different bus number, earlier or later pick-up/drop-off times, and unfortunately the potential of no bus transportation at all.

    Please note these important items that could affect your child:

    • Different buses: It’s possible your child will ride two different buses — one bus in the morning and a different one in the afternoon. This means a different bus number and a different bus driver.

    • Bus times: Pick-up and drop-off times could vary and may not always align exactly with school start and dismissal times. Because of the need to double-up on bus runs, your child could be picked up earlier or later than when school begins. Another possibility is that your child might need to wait (supervised) at school for a bus to pick them up. As soon as we know if your child’s route is affected, we will send a robocall to families with as much advance notice we can give.

    • No transportation: As a last resort, when no bus drivers are available, it’s possible we may not be able to provide bus transportation for some routes on any given day. We encourage families to have a back-up plan with an alternative way to get your child to school. This is a very unfortunate reality that will likely affect routes on a daily basis. If your child is unable to make it to school, it will be an excused absence. We will notify affected families as soon as we possibly can. We will continue to provide transportation for special education students who have special transportation in their IEP.

    This bus driver shortage also affects:

    • Waivers: While a condition of waivers is that District transportation is not provided, we have made exceptions in the past if a bus is not full. This year, however, our buses will be full and we are unable to accommodate students on waivers. Families will need to provide their own transportation to and from school.

    • Bus passes: We are unable to allow students to ride a different bus when wanting to, for example, go home with a friend or be dropped off at a grandparent's house.

    Bus Stop Lookup Tool: The most up-to-date information is on the SBLSD Transportation page. Please follow this link to find the latest information on bus routes.

    Key Dates

    Please check our website for updates.

    • September 2: Back-To-School Night Open House 4:30-6:30PM

    • September 6: Labor Day—No School

    • September 7: First Day of School for grades 1-12 (Tuesday)

    • September 10: First Day of Kindergarten--Welcome Class of 2034! (Friday)

    • September 13: First late start learning day, report by 10:00 am (Monday)


    For other key dates, check your mailbox soon for the 2021-22 school year calendar.
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  • Back To School Night & Schedules: 8/27/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 8/27/2021

    Welcome to the 21-22 school year, Falcon Families!  While we will be sending a more detailed back-to-school note soon.  We wanted you to know that your student's schedule is now in Skyward through Family Access! Log-in and click on schedule.  Your student's teacher should be in contact with you soon.  They are excited to see you at Back to School Night.  See below for more information.

    May be an image of text that says 'VFE BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND 4:30PM-5:00PM LAST NAMES A-G 5:15PM-5:45PM LAST NAMES H-M 6PM-6:30PM LAST NAMES N-Z IMPORTANT INFORMATION •Masks required for anyone entering the building One adult per family in the building as a way to continue to practice safety measures Enter through the front doors .Pick up your car tags, visit PTO, and pay your supply donation!'

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