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  • Principal Update - Oct. 9

    Posted by Martina Scheerer at 10/9/2017

    Greetings, Falcon Families-

    What a perfect day for the walk-a-thon last Wednesday!  It was calculated that students walked 3,370 laps.  (I also saw some pretty motivated staff members and parents walking, too.)  Thank you to PTO and all the volunteers that helped make it all happen. As of last Friday, the total raised is $10,043…excellent!  Our next BIG event is our annual Watch DOGS kickoff pizza night.  Your child should have brought a form home in his/her folder last Friday for Dads/Grandpas/Uncles, etc. to sign up to attend.  In order for PTO to get an accurate headcount for the pizza, please return the forms by this Thursday (10/12)….NO school Friday.

    Upcoming Events at VFE

    Wed., Oct. 11 – PTO General meeting (3:15-4:15)

    Fri., Oct. 13 – NO school for students

    Tues., Oct. 17 – Watch DOGS kick-off night…6:00-7:00pm (PLEASE RSVP)…link for more info.

    Thurs., Oct. 19 -- Great WA Shakeout (earthquake drill).  This is always a great opportunity to review safety and emergency preparedness with your children as you see appropriate.  Teachers will be reviewing basic safety during an earthquake as it would be handled at VFE.  Here is a link that you might find helpful in your conversations with your children.  Shakeout

    Thurs., Oct. 26 – Picture retake day

    Fri., Oct. 27 – NO school for students

    Tues., Oct. 31 – Kindergarten Fall Festival

    Fri., Nov. 3 – Lego Building Night at VFE

    Fri., Nov. 10 – Veterans Day…No School

    Nuts and Bolts to keep us on the same page

    PTO Contact Information:

    In order to stay up on dates for attending the "general PTO meetings" and the numerous ways to get involved as a parent/guardian in our school PTO, please make a note of the following:

    Email: vfepto2013@gmail.com

    You can always like "VFE PTO" on Facebook  :)

    PTO 2017-18 Officers:

    Co-Presidents-Alisa Cordell and Jennifer Bigler

    Secretary-Kelly Larsson

    Treasurer-Candace Nicholson

    Officer-Patricia Kurtz

     

    Kindergarten Highly Capable Services Referral Period…Oct. 2-13:

    Does your child perform at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others? Consider referring them for Highly Capable services by submitting a referral packet Oct. 2-13.  The process can be initiated by the teacher and/or the parent and the referral packets can be accessed in the VFE front office.  Learning characteristics could include:

    • Analytical thinker

    • Accelerated learner

    • Advanced language speaker

    • Self-motivated

    Upon referral, testing will be held during the months of October and November.  Test scores will be reviewed in December to determine eligibility and families will be notified.  By January 2018, eligible students will receive services in current classroom.  

    All district referral period:  Jan. 8-26, 2018 | Questions:  Traci Lewis, (253) 891-6061 | Information:  www.sumnersd.org/hicap

     

    Attendance Awareness Letters:

    Families are essential partners in promoting good attendance because they have the bottom-line responsibility for making sure their children get to school every day.  In return, we want do everything possible to support you in this process.  Absences - excused and unexcused - add up and quickly lead to academic trouble.  Do you know how much is too much?  Do you keep a running tally of how often your child is out of class?  We are starting a process this year that will help families monitor and support positive attendance.

    Attendance Awareness Letters will be mailed home to families three times throughout the school year (October, December and March).  The first round will occur in late October.  These letters will show how many absences have been logged for your child, in addition to showing the school average.  Good information to know if, for example, a flu virus has impacted overall school attendance.  Not all families will receive a letter, however...only those with children who have missed 10 percent or more of school from Sept. 6 to Oct. 6.

    Chronic absenteeism, defined as missing 10 percent of the school year, can translate into 3rd graders unable to master reading, 6th graders failing courses and 9th graders dropping out of high school. 

    Please use these Attendance Awareness Letters as informational tools as your child progresses through the school year.  By working together to monitor attendance, we can avoid long-term consequences impacting student success.

    NOTE: If your child does need to stay home for any reason, for any pre-arranged/planned absences, or if your child will be arriving late to school, please call or email Mrs.Taylor as soon as possible so that she can document this in our attendance system.  If a parent/guardian does not contact Mrs. Taylor, their child's absence will remain unexcused in the system.  Thank you in advance for your understanding. 

    To leave a message on Mrs. Taylor's voice message:  (253) 891-4708

    To email: judy_taylor@sumnersd.org

     

    Update Family Access:

    It is that time of the year again to confirm that all addresses and emergency contact information are correct in Skyward.  This is VERY important to ensure the safety of your children at Victor Falls.  The office staff creates an "emergency release/reunification" binder based on the page they print for each child from Skyward.  The phone numbers are crucial in the event of an emergency as these are the numbers that are connected to our Skylert emergency notification system.  PLEASE plan on logging into Family Access/Skyward to update your information by Thursday, October 19.  For easy access, you can click on the link below.  I have also included a link to the pdf to walk you through the process for updating information.

    NOTE:  If you would like a blank hard copy "information update" form instead, please do not hesitate to contact our building secretary (Anngie Woodward).  She will gladly send it home with your student so that you can fill it out and return it to the school.  You are also welcome to drop by our office to get a copy, if needed.

    Link to Skylert/Family Access:

    http://www.sumnersd.org/Page/3772

     

    October Fitness:

    Link here for the October Fitness Update provided from our PE Specialist, Mrs. Carle.  If you have any questions about the attached fitness document, please contact her at:  becky_carle-morey@sumnersd.org.

    Carle October Fitness 

    October Fitness Part 2 

     

    Thank you for your continued support of our school community.   As a reminder, our Falcon Character Trait for the month of October is "initiative" so please share with us how your child shows initiative by filling out the "initiative" optional homework page.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions on anything in this newsletter. 

    Have a fantastic week!

    Mrs. Scheerer, Principal

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  • Principal Update - Sept. 23

    Posted by Martina Scheerer at 9/23/2017

    Greetings, Falcon Families-

     

    Each month we will have a "Fitness Update" provided from our PE Specialist, Mrs. Carle, in our newsletter.  Attached is foundational information for all the work your children will be doing as they engage in our Sumner School District Fitness program throughout the 2017-18 school year...VFE_Sept_Fitness.pdf  The students rotate through four Specialists throughout the week (PE, Music, Tech, and STEM).  Returning families may have noticed that students no longer have PE on the same day each week...it is very important to review the classroom teacher newsletters and take home information so that you know what day your child needs to wear the appropriate footwear.  We have moved to a rotating schedule in order to ensure that students gain equitable access to all the Specialists.  If you have any questions about the attached fitness document, please don't hesitate to contact Mrs. Carle at:  becky_carle-morey@sumnersd.org.

     

    Have a nice weekend-

     

    Mrs. Scheerer, Principal

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  • Principal Update - Sept. 17

    Posted by Martina Scheerer at 9/17/2017

    Greetings, Falcon Families-

    Fall is in the air, and we had an incredible first FULL week of school!  With the arrival of our Kindergarten Class of 2030 and our preschoolers, our Falcon community is now complete.  Our goal for all of our students is 100% graduation, and we are ready for the challenge! 

    Upcoming Events at VFE

    1. Tues., Sept. 19...6:00-7:00pm…VFE Safety Night for Parents  (NOTE: childcare will not be available)
    2. Thurs., Sept. 21 – School Picture Day
    3. Fri., Sept. 22 – Comfort Kits due back to school (and it is the Fall Equinox J)
    4. Wed., Oct. 4…The annual all school PTO Walk-a-Thon fundraiser during the school day.  Please send a water bottle labelled with your child’s name and consider the weather for the day as well as adequate walking shoes for your children as they head off in the morning.  Thank you for supporting Victor Falls!
    5. Wed., Oct. 11 – PTO General meeting (3:15-4:15)
    6. Fri., Oct. 13 – NO school for students
    7. Tues., Oct. 17 – Watch DOGS kick-off night…6:00-7:00pm
    8. Thurs., Oct. 19 -- Great American Shakeout (earthquake drill).  This is always a great opportunity to review safety and emergency preparedness with your children as you see appropriate.  Teachers will be reviewing basic safety during an earthquake as it would be handled at VFE.  Here is a link that you might find helpful in your conversations with your children.  Shakeout

    Nuts and Bolts to keep us on the same page:

    1. PTO Contact Information

    In order to stay up on dates for attending the "general PTO meetings" and the numerous ways to get involved as a parent/guardian in our school PTO, please make a note of the following:

    Email: vfepto2013@gmail.com

    You can always like "VFE PTO" on Facebook  :)

    PTO 2017-18 Officers:

    Co-Presidents-Alisa Cordell and Jennifer Bigler

    Secretary-Kelly Larsson

    Treasurer-Candace Nicholson

    Officer-Patricia Kurtz

    1. Volunteers

    You may now begin completing the online Volunteer Application on the Sumner School District web page.  After this is processed and cleared by the Human Resources office, you will then be ready to volunteer during the school day, at PTO sponsored functions, and attend field trips during the 2017-18 school year.  As a reminder, any participation in the classroom or in the school building requires a volunteer clearance (this includes class parties, etc.).  Please don’t hesitate to call Anngie (building secretary & registrar) in the front office if you have additional questions on volunteering at VFE.

    Volunteer Application Link:

    Volunteers

    1. If your child does need to stay home for any reason, for any pre-arranged/planned absences, or if your child will be arriving late to school, please call or email Mrs.Taylor as soon as possible so that she can document this in our attendance system.  NOTE: If a parent/guardian does not contact Mrs. Taylor, their child's absence will remain unexcused in the system.  Thank you in advance for your understanding.  

    To leave a message on Mrs. Taylor's voice message:  (253) 891-4708

    To email: judy_taylor@sumnersd.org

    1. REMINDER: If you are finding that you will be picking up your child after school (even on an infrequent basis), please make sure that you have car pick-up tags to hang from the rearview mirror.  (Ms. Anngie in the front office can help you with this.) This system at Victor Falls allows for the most efficient way to move cars through the pick-up line while ensuring student safety. 
    2. It is that time of the year again to confirm that all addresses and emergency contact information are correct in Skyward.  This is VERY important to ensure the safety of your children at Victor Falls.  The office staff creates an "emergency release/reunification" binder based on the page they print for each child from Skyward.  The phone numbers are crucial in the event of an emergency as these are the numbers that are connected to our Skylert emergency notification system.  PLEASE plan on logging into Family Access/Skyward to update your information by Thursday, October 19.  For easy access, you can click on the link below.  I have also included a link to the pdf to walk you through the process for updating information.

    NOTE:  If you would like a blank hard copy "information update" form instead, please do not hesitate to contact our building secretary (Anngie Woodward).  She will gladly send it home with your student so that you can fill it out and return it to the school.  You are also welcome to drop by our office to get a copy, if needed.

    Link to Skylert/Family Access:

    updating-skylert.pdf

    http://www.sumnersd.org/Page/3772

    New Curriculum for the Sumner School District

    You may have heard already that the Sumner School District has adopted a new English/language arts curriculum for the elementaries in 2016-17…we are now on year 2.  J It is called Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA).  The district has also adopted a new K-5 math curriculum called Eureka Math. We are excited to have you partner on this journey with our staff at Victor Falls!  You will be seeing changes to the homework, etc., specific to each grade level team. Please review the information sent home by your child's teacher for the specifics at each grade level.  You are always more than welcome to direct questions about the curriculum to your child's teacher or me as we move through the school year.

    If you would like to take a few minutes to review the research/background information that supports the English curriculum, please click on this "parents" CKLA link.

    If you would like to take a few minutes to review the research/background information that supports the math curriculum, please click on this "parents" Eureka Math link.

     

    Finally, just a few reminders when dropping off your children in the morning.  It is very important to have children get out of the car on the curbside in front of the school.  PLEASE do not allow children to get out of the vehicle in the driving lane.  We understand that some mornings are a bit more rushed than others, but please wait for the car in front of you to pull forward rather than drive around cars dropping off children.  As the darker mornings and rain set in, this becomes VERY unsafe in our parking lot. Our crossing guard (Ms. Ann) does a wonderful job helping children/parents crossover from the parking lot and appreciates your patience as she ensures that all students arrive safely through our school doors.

    Thank you for your continued support of our school community.   As a reminder, our Falcon Character Trait for the month of September is "respect" so please share with us how your child shows respect by filling out the "respect" optional homework page.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions on anything in this newsletter.  

    Have a fantastic week and hope to see everyone on Tuesday at Safety Night!

    Mrs. Scheerer, Principal

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  • VFE Focus on Safety

    Posted by Martina Scheerer at 9/10/2017

    Greetings, Falcon Families-

    There was so much energy and excitement in the air as we learned our Falcon Expectations school-wide on Thursday and Friday…Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible.  Kindergarteners will join us this week and will also have the opportunity to learn the same “Falcon Way.” Positive structure (PBIS) is key to the foundational work we do to support all our Falcons at VFE.  I would like to highlight for you in this newsletter a few NEW items happening in the month of September to enhance the physical and social-emotional safety for all our students. 

    Physical Safety

    1. Monday, September 11…all students will be bringing home a Ziploc baggie with instructions so that you can create a “Comfort Kit” for your child to keep at school in his/her classroom’s emergency kit. Please plan on returning the Ziploc baggie filled with your child’s items and include the completed emergency contact card by Friday, September 22.
    2. Tuesday, September 19...6:00-7:00pm…VFE Safety Night for Parents.  Come join our VFE administrative team and the PTO if you have ever asked yourself one of these questions:
      1. How do my students know what to do in an emergency while at school?
      2. What is the process for reuniting with my child(ren) if an emergency event does not allow a “normal” school dismissal to take place? The front of the school would not be accessible…where would I go?
      3. When would a “Comfort Kit” be necessary?  And/or…what is a “Comfort Kit?”

    Social-emotional Safety

    Recess Update:

    This school year Victor Falls is implementing a new recess program that creates a place for every student on the playground to feel included, be active, and build valuable social and emotional skills.

    The Sumner School District has partnered with Playworks, a national non-profit, to ensure that all of its elementary schools continue to offer safe, fun, and healthy play with a focus on positive student engagement and reduced negative incidences.

    So, what’s different? Victor Falls’ recess team will choose from hundreds of games that promote inclusion while applying group management techniques that teach students how to play well together, resolve conflicts, and develop leadership skills. Students will enjoy the familiarity of traditional games such as 4 Square, Tag and Jump Rope, but with variations designed to create inclusive and positive experiences.

    Research shows that positive and active play helps:

    •         Improve students’ behavior and attitude toward school

    •         Foster more empathetic kids

    •         Develop more engaged and productive citizens

    While this new recess program is a valuable experience for students, we recognize it might not be a fit for everyone. We will continue to offer options for play outside of organized activities.  If you have any questions about program implementation at VFE, please contact our Assistant Principal, Mrs. Schumacher:

    (253) 891-4700

    ann_schumacher@sumnersd.org

     

    Finally, you may have noticed your children were just a bit more tired as they came home on Friday (I know mine were).  As we all continue making the transition from summer to school days, thank you again for sending your children rested and ready to learn as we head into our first FULL week of learning.  On Monday we launch our school-wide Morning Meetings that start at 8:18in the MPR on M,T,Th,Fri.  Students may begin entering the school to get seated with their class as early as 8:10 am.  Morning Meeting concludes at 8:25 when the tardy bell rings and students leave the MPR with their teachers and head to the classrooms. 

    1. We ask that parents “say goodbye and give high 5’s” prior to students joining their class in the MPR.  For the most efficient and orderly movement of all 570+ students with their teachers down the hallways after Morning Meeting, we ask that parents not walk with the students to class.
    2. Our school day begins at 8:25 which means all visitors (per district policy) need to sign in and have a pass to be in the school building beyond the main office.  If you would like to join your child for a portion of his/her school day as a school or classroom volunteer, please let your child’s teacher know and/or get involved with our PTO.  We LOVE volunteers at VFE!  Please see our building secretary (Anngie Woodward) if you have questions about the process to be cleared as a school volunteer.

     

    Thank you so much for your support of our systems to ensure the safety of our students.  Please feel free to call me if you have any questions about our process.

    Stay tuned for the September newsletter next weekend with details for upcoming events at Victor Falls.  Have a wonderful week, and I am looking forward to seeing parents/guardians at Safety Night on September 19!

    Mrs. Scheerer, Principal

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  • August Newsletter

    Posted by Martina Scheerer at 8/14/2017

    Greetings, Falcon Families-

    I trust you have been enjoying a summer filled with creating lasting memories and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  With the Total Solar Eclipse set to occur on Monday, Aug. 21 (our area will have more of a partial eclipse peaking at 10:21am...9:09-11:39am will be the full range for the eclipse), it should be an incredible science moment for our students!  There are lots of great resources online to educate your children on this rare, celestial event.  Students always return from their summers with lots of stories and enthusiasm, and we are gearing up to celebrate all their adventures and launch a great school year.  As your household also begins to gear up for the 17-18 school year, here are a few things to place on your calendar as the countdown begins for the first day of school for grades 1-5 (regular late start) on Wed., Sept. 6 (10:00-3:10):

    Victor Falls Elementary office opens for service – Wed., Aug. 238:00am-4:00pm

     

    New Faces/Positions at Victor Falls

    Ann Schumacher – Assistant Principal

    Savannah Milford – Administrative Intern and 3rd grade teacher (she was our Student Success Dean in 2016-17 and is now pursuing her administrative credential with University of WA Tacoma)

    Juliet Rosales-barton -- .5 LAP Teacher at Victor Falls and .5 SPED Teacher at Liberty Ridge

     

    Class Placement Cards

    Class placement cards will be mailed the week of Aug. 28 for grades 1-5.  If you have not received a postcard by Friday, Sept. 1…no worries… there will also be class lists posted on the front doors of the school on the day of Open House.

    Open House

    Open House is on September 54:00-6:00pm. This afternoon is dedicated to meeting your child's teacher, bringing your school supplies, seeing the classroom, and meeting the many specialists and staff at our school.  PTO will also be present and are excited to meet all our new families and share about the many opportunities for moms, dads, and family members to get involved and serve as Falcons!  PTO will have information to share about our “School Safety” focus for the year (more information to follow in the September school newsletter).

    PTO Contact Information

    In order to stay up on dates for attending the "general PTO meetings" and the numerous ways to get involved as a parent/guardian in our school PTO, please make a note of the following:

    Email: vfepto2013@gmail.com

    You can always like "VFE PTO" on Facebook  :)

    PTO 2017-18 Officers:

    Co-Presidents-Alisa Cordell and Jennifer Bigler

    Secretary-Kelly Larsson

    Treasurer-Candace Nicholson

    Officer-Patricia Kurtz

    Volunteers

    You may now begin completing the online Volunteer Application on the Sumner School District web page.  After this is processed and cleared by the Human Resources office, you will then be ready to volunteer during the school day, at PTO sponsored functions, and attend field trips during the 2017-18 school year.  As a reminder, any participation in the classroom or in the school building requires a volunteer clearance (this includes class parties, etc.).  Please don’t hesitate to call Anngie (building secretary & registrar) in the front office if you have additional questions on volunteering at VFE. 

    Volunteer Application Link:

    Volunteers

     

    School Supply List & other "Back to School" news

    The School Supply List can be found on our school's web page as well as hard copies at local area stores.  We encourage you to bring supplies to Open House on September 5.

    Back to School Resource Fair” at Sumner High School on August 213:00-6:00pm (see details on the Sumner School District website)

     

    Kindergarten Students

    All families with incoming kindergarten students will be receiving information regarding the individual Family Connection meeting with their respective teacher.  This meeting will be taking placeSept. 6-8.  The first day of kindergarten is Monday, Sept. 11 (8:25-3:10).  After final hugs with their students, parents/guardians are welcome to join us for the annual PTO sponsored “Woo hoo…Boo hoo” social outside in the Falcon’s Coop…gated/enclosed area to the right of the front doors of the school.

     

    Parent Pick-Up Car Tags

    Car tags will be available for parent pick-up at Open House or please watch for these to be sent home with your son/daughter the first day of school.

     

    Important Dates for September

    9/5…4:00-6:00pm – VFE Open House

    9/19…6:00-7:00pm -- VFE School Safety Parent Night (stay tuned for more details in the next newsletter)

    9/21 -- Picture Day

    10/4 -- Walk-a-thon

     

    Start Times and Student Morning Drop Off...reminders:

    M, T, Th, Fri Student Day: 8:25-3:10

    **Front doors do not open until 8:00am so please refrain from dropping students off earlier or they will not have supervision outside.

    NOTE: We start our school Morning Meeting at 8:18 in the MPR on M, T, Th, Fri so the expectation is that students arrive and are seated in the MPR no later than 8:18am.  The tardy bell rings at8:25 so students should be in the building and with their class by this time.  If your student happens to be dropped off at 8:25 or later, please plan on parking and walking your child into the office to sign them in where they will be given a tardy slip.  The tardy slip will then be given by the student to his/her teacher so that attendance can be updated from "absent to tardy."  This is an important step in our process.  Thank you for helping us maintain excellent attendance at VFE this year!

    Wed. Student Day: 10:00-3:10

    **Front doors do not open until 9:35am so please refrain from dropping students off earlier or they will not have supervision outside.  Students go right to class on Wednesdays (no Morning Meeting) and the tardy bell rings at 10:00am.  If your student happens to be dropped off at 10:00 or later, please plan on parking and walking your child into the office to sign them in where they will be given a tardy slip. 

     

    Other information you might need to gear up for the start to the school year (bus schedules, etc.):

    Click here

     

    This should be enough information to get us all off the ground. :)  Please watch your email for our digital VFE monthly newsletter that will be sent at the beginning of every month.  For easy access, you can also find it posted on our school website under “Principal’s Message.” If you are not receiving it or are unable to access it for some reason, please let our office know so we can ensure you have the information.

     

    If you have any questions or need help accessing any information prior to our office opening on Aug. 23, please do not hesitate to email me at martina_scheerer@sumnersd.org.

    Enjoy the last few weeks of summer & looking forward to seeing you soon!

    Mrs. Scheerer, Principal

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