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Grace Villelli elected president

November 27, 2012
By Gary Pfleuger
Valley View Elementary

In hindsight, the month of November was a busy one! Parent-teacher Conferences were successful, with many teachers enjoying 100% participation; overall we met with 95% of our parents and we are still looking to make up the missed 5%! A reality of any successful school program is that no one can do it alone; we are clearly in this together.

One thing that has improved this year is student attendance.

The first quarter we had 130 students with perfect attendance and 141 with faithful attendance (less than two days absent). This is so important in school success, especially in light of the four day work week!

We simply cannot do our jobs unless the students show up!

To strengthen this bond, I have been looking into attendance policies that will ensure faithful attendance and parent accountability. This will have little or no effect on most of our families, but will make a significant change on others. Stay tuned!

P.S. The students who maintain perfect and faithful attendance will enjoy special treats!

We celebrated Idaho Family Literacy Week in November, coordinated by Debbie Pauls, our Idaho Reads Vista volunteer. Students enjoyed such activities as reading in a bear cave, having guest readers in the classroom, and a pajama day read-in with popcorn.

Many books were given out to many children — the holidays are a great time to read!

This month the PTO made a decision that will have a positive effect on our school program for years to come.

A portable stage has been ordered to be used in the gym for assemblies, awards and celebrations. In the not too distant future, I see a much needed bleacher replacement in the gym! Donations for this project or other activities can be made directly to the PTO.

Box Tops were reimbursed mid-month for a total of $880! This “free money” will be used for items and opportunities that directly benefit and enhance our students’ school experience. Thank you PTO and keep those Box Tops coming in! Please encourage all family members with/without children or in/out of town to support this painless fund-raising program!

Student Council Elections were held and our newly elected leaders include: President Grace Villelli, V.P. Katie Clairmont, and Treasurer Cameron Rae.

The Class Representative are: Avery Pluid, Paisley Schulte, Rikki Cowin, Thomas Mooney-Rivkin, Amanda Maggi and Ben Tompkins.

This group will focus on school pride and community service activities. Congratulations to these individuals and to their worthy opponents!

As we look ahead, I have already seen and heard improvements in our school-wide reading and writing goals.

Stop by and see the writing samples in the front hall. These are posted to give examples of grade level work and will be used to measure growth. This is a much needed school improvement goal; the written word is powerful.

My wife is rooting for the students to meet their goal, as this will lead to a clean shaven principal! March is the deadline, if the goals are met — but that is up to the students!

Upcoming Events:
11/30: PTO Christmas Tree selling from 12:00-4:00 at the English home on Augusta St.
12/08: Elks Hoop Shoot Sandpoint sign up before 12/3
12/11: School Board 6:00 at Riverside
12/12: Holiday Luncheon—please join your child for this celebration! Call in first, please!
12/12: PTO 4:15
12/13: Holiday Program in gym 1:30 AND 6:00 PM Holiday Fest for the Parents
12/18: School Geography Bee, time tba
12/21-1/6: Christmas Vacation and Happy New Year!
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