Reading and writing on tap at Valley View
January 7, 2013
By Principal Paul Pflueger
Valley View Elementary
At the beginning of a new year, it is exciting
to think of the possibilities. My thoughts go to
the strengthening of student minds and
improved/informed decision making. The life
skills made possible through the writing and
reading process is huge.
I have seen great gains during the first half of
the year; I see this continuing. I also see a
clean-shaven face in March IF the students keep
up their part of the deal.
All students will participate in a mid-winter
writing assignment in February. This is done to
measure student progress and teacher
effectiveness. We are not talking about the
current style of writing used in tweets and
texting (OMG LOL!)
We are looking for formal writing, which
includes: capital letters, proper spelling,
correct sentence structure, and personal voice.
These skills come through reading and practice.
All students must read every day and every
night! When we read, we gather information and
expand our vocabulary which, in turn, improves
writing and increase options in life.
Extra activities that are helping our student
obtain these needed skills are guest poets.
Today we held a “Poetry Alive” assembly. This
group from North Carolina showed us how
beautiful our language can be.
On January16, Kenn Nesbitt will entertain us
with his wit and wisdom. Kenn, author of eight
books, has a fun style especially suited to boys
and reluctant readers.
For more information visit his website:
There are many events and activities coming
soon, as you can see listed below.
Beginning today is the school-wide canned food
drive. The student council will oversee this
community activity, which will conclude with the
Martin Luther King, Jr. “Fill the Bus” event
1/7-17 Student Council Canned Food Drive
1/9 PTO Meeting 4:15
1/15 School Board Meeting at VVES 6:00
1/16 Kenn Nesbitt Assemblies 9:00 K-2/10:00 3-5
grades Parents are welcome to attend!
1/17 Collect canned food from classrooms—student
council loads the bus
1/21 Martin Luther King, Jr. NO SCHOOL & Fill
1/22 Wellness Program “Food, Fitness & Fun” 6:00
PM in the Gym. I hope to see you there!
1/24 4th Grade Ski Trip
1/24 End of quarter/end of 1st semester
1/26 Spelling bee
1/29 PTO Math-A-Thon
I anticipate a GREAT school year—2013!
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