May 24, 2013
In a time-honored tradition, our GVE second
graders performed the Goin’ Buggy play on
Tuesday for the entire school during a daytime
performance and for parents in the
evening. Older kids love singing along as they
remember their own performance, while
younger kids gear up to have their turn! All
the bugs did a wonderful job! Thank you,
Mrs. Hanson, Mrs. Hord, Mr. McCoy, and Mrs.
Curtin for all your hard work and dedication
preparing these kids!
Grass Valley Elementary · 3000 Grass Valley Drive, Camas, WA 98607
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5th Grade Middle
School Visits, May
Birthdays Lunch &
5th grade Field
5th grade Swim
Party & 3rd
grade Field Trip
May & June Birthdays
Celebration, & New
Family Open House
Field Day &
Grass Valley Vocal Jazz Performance
with Patrick Lamb
Tues, May 28 at 6:30 PM
on the Grass Valley Stage
This is GVVJ’s last performance of the year!
Patrick Lamb is a local jazz saxophonist who will be
improvising with the kids during their songs and will
close the concert with a few of his own.
Title 1 Reading
5th grade Field
New Family Coffee/
Tour 9:15-11 AM &
5th grade Track
School BBQ Lunch
& Last Day of
GV Vocal Jazz!
The Grass Valley VOCAL JAZZ
has once again won a prestigious
DownBeat Award as “Junior
High School Outstanding
Performance.” They auditioned
for this and have won awards
the last two consecutive years,
as well as in 2006.
THANK YOU to everyone who attended the 3rd Annual Carnival and Auction and for
making it a huge success! This is a fun year-end event for both kids and parents
alike. Thank you to the many volunteers who donated their time to help paint
faces, supervise the bounce houses, run the cake walk, sell raffle tickets, or man
the other countless stations that were set up. Thank you to the many parents who
donated items for the grade level baskets, to the teachers who donated special
Teacher Experiences for the auction, and to the many parents who participated in
the auction and raffle! Thank you to the rain, for holding off for everyone to stay
dry during the event and just long enough for everything to be cleaned up!
The PTA is excited to announce that over $8,000 was raised at the Auction and Raffle,
which helps fund the 30+ programs and events
that directly support our Zebra’s education and
experiences at GVE!
Lastly, a BIG THANK YOU to Dawn Redmond,
Trisha Brotherton and Beth Currie for taking on
this tremendous task of leading the
organization of these events!
Catching Zebras being
Safe, Respectful, and Responsible
Congratulations, Wesley V., from Mrs.
Hord’s second grade class whose
name was drawn during the May
Assembly! Since 2nd grade has already
won a trip to the PBS book cart,
all 2nd graders will enjoy a special
theme day of Wesley’s choice!
Additionally, Mrs. Hord has received
the special parking spot for the
Positive Behavior Support: A District
-wide behavior recognition program
helping to establish school-wide
expectations and to foster a positive
FOUR GRASS VALLEY STAFF TO RETIRE
Share a Memory, Join the Party
Grass Valley has four long-time educators
retiring at the end of this school year: Patricia
Erdmann, principal; Dottie Chadwick, reading
specialist; Christine Young, kindergarten
teacher; and Ricca Johnson, 3 rd grade teacher.
They will certainly be missed! Here are a few
ways you can help say goodbye:
SHARE A MEMORY – Memory Boxes are
being made for each of these wonderful
women, so stop by the office and write
down or submit your fond thoughts, wellwishes
and photos. Photos can also be
submitted to Erin Linton
JOIN THE PARTY – On Wed. June 12,
there will be an adults-only party at Grass
Valley starting at 3:45 (Sorry, due to the
volume of attendees, no babysitting will
BOUNDARY TRANSITION EVENTS
Wed. May 29—Zebras heading to other
schools next year will receive a visit from
their new school’s principal and school
Wed. June 5, 5-6 p.m.—Tours for New/
Incoming GV Families.
Fri. June 7, 9:10 a.m.—Welcome coffee for
New/Incoming GV Parents.
YOUR LOST AND
The LOST & FOUND is jammed
with 140 jackets! Please stop by
to CLAIM your coat, and don't
forget to LABEL all outerwear
with your last name.
Reminder: all items will be
donated to charity following the
last day of school.
LUNCH ACCOUNT INFO
Beginning May 28, students will no longer be
allowed to charge on their lunch account
through the end of the year. If a student is
out of funds, they will be provided an emergency
meal (cheese sandwich, fruit & milk).
Please ensure your student has funds in their
account and pay off any negative balances
that they may have. If you have questions,
please ask the cashier at your school.
Thanks! ~ Nutrition Services
Field Day is Wed., June 12
Kindergarten*, 1st, & 2nd grade: 9 - 10:30 am
3rd, 4th, & 5th grade: 10:30 - Noon
*Afternoon kindergartners are invited to attend with an adult.
WANT TO JOIN THE FUN?
Volunteers are needed for set-up and to run the stations.
Please click HERE to sign up!
Join the Fun
Don’t recall if you pre-ordered at Back to School
Night? Click HERE to see a list of pre-orders.
SAVE THE DATE
GRASS VALLEY ELEMENTARY
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT
THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 2013
4 TO 6 PM
This night is just for YOU—our prized Grass Valley students and their wonderful families! Come and
explore, get oriented, and have fun as you enjoy an array of exciting back-to-school activities, including:
Visit your child’s classroom and meet his/her new
Put money into student lunch accounts.
Pay for student planners.
Sign up for your 2013-14 PTA membership.
Purchase Spirit Wear.
Order yearbooks and PTA phone books.
This is a great opportunity to talk with PTA representatives about next year’s exciting events. As always,
we invite volunteers to sign up to help make our events a huge success. We are especially looking for
Committee Chairpersons who will help lead the way!
Look for more details in the Back to School letter coming in August from Principal Sean McMillan!
To help with Back to School Night, please contact Alicia Brazington at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No meetings! Help for 1 hour from home or assist at school on August 29.
If you are a parent who dreads the hassle of shopping for
school supplies in the fall, attached is an order form for
supplies that will come pre-packaged and delivered
directly to your child’s classroom next school year. A
small portion (approximately $5) is given back to the PTA
from the supply company. Simply go online to order, otherwise
note, the order form will be coming home in backpacks
Additionally, a list of 2013-14 school supplies will be posted
in the next newsletter!
THINGS TO COLLECT
OVER THE SUMMER:
Labels for Education
Your child’s pre-bundled supplies will be delivered right to the classroom!
Just show up and claim your bundle and your teacher will let you know where to put them.
FREE one-year magazine subscription with every order placed ONLINE ONLY!
GRASS VALLEY ELEMENTARY
2013-2014 SCHOOL SUPPLY ORDER FORM
K Boys $32
K Girls $32
1st Boys $58
1st Girls $58
2nd Boys $53
2nd Girls $53
3rd Last Name A-M $39
3rd Last Name N-Z $39
4th Boys $69
4th Girls $69
Grand Total $
School supplies will be in student’s classroom
at Back to School Night on August 29th.
Questions? Please contact
Tara Mostransky at 646-269-7110 or
Student’s Name Grade in 2013-2014
Student’s Name Grade in 2013-2014
Student’s Name Grade in 2013-2014
Parent’s Name Telephone #
Please order by returning this order form to the school office
Attn: PTA along with your payment by: June 19, 2013.
Make Checks Payable to: GV PTA
Order Securely Online
Starting Now thru July 8th
1. Go to www.epipacks.com; (sales tax added at checkout)
2. Enter the school ID, GRA131
3. Follow the directions to complete your order.
4. Keep your online confirmation as your receipt.
REMINDER - 6 th Grade ENTRY Requirements
Tdap and Varicella Immunizations
Washington State law requires that all children entering 6 th grade must show proof of the
tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) vaccination and one dose of varicella (chickenpox)
vaccination or approximate date or age your child had chickenpox.
According to WA State regulation (WAC-246-105-020), your child has a “conditional”
immunization status and can temporarily attend school during the next 30 days of entry until
one of the following is completed:
1. Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS) showing that your child has received these
2. Certificate of Exemption showing a medical, personal/philosophical or religious reason
for not vaccinating your child. Exemptions require the signature of a licensed health care
The Tdap vaccine protects teens against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough).
The vaccine is recommended for all children 11 years and older. Tdap should replace one
tetanus booster. Pertussis is a very serious disease that causes coughing spells that make it hard
to eat, drink and even breathe. Infants and young babies are at high risk for serious illness.
Getting vaccinated at 11 years old not only protects the pre-teen, but helps stop the spread of
disease to younger siblings and babies. Whooping cough can also cause pneumonia, seizures
brain damage and death.
Children must also have one dose of the varicella vaccine to protect against chickenpox.
Chickenpox spreads easily and can cause serious skin infections, pneumonia, meningitis and
even death. Mild cases of chickenpox are uncomfortable, it is difficult to treat itchiness, and it
can leave scars.
Please schedule a health check-up that includes vaccinations for all children age 11-12 before
the first day of school September 3, 2013. Share the Certificate of Immunization Status or the
Certificate of Exemption forms with your child’s middle school within 30 days of your child’s
entry. By law if the information is not received by the school, a Notice of Exclusion for
Immunization Non-compliance will be sent.
Talk to your school nurse if you have any further questions or concerns. You can also talk to
your child’s doctor, nurse or clinic for more information on the Tdap and varicella vaccine or
Middle school news
Parent Night for Incoming 6th
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Liberty: in the Liberty Commons &
Skyridge: in the Tom Wallenborn
Congratulations to second
graders Taylor R. and Tara H.!
Both girls submitted artwork to
the Camtown Youth Festival
poster contest and were two of
the three chosen winners! Their
work will be incorporated into
the events promotional posters!
Way to go Taylor and Tara!
Click on any link to be connected
Camas Community Education
Spring/Summer classes & camps
Camas Community Library
Camas Education Foundation
Girls Cross Country
Practice begins August 19 and is
open to all girls entering 6th grade.
Paperwork is located on the Liberty
and Skyridge websites or in their
Cross Country coaches will be
available for information and questions
at the 6 th grade Parent Open
Camas Parks & Recreation
Summer programs & camps
Camtown Youth Festival Art Contest
Entries due June 6: Entry form & details
Jack, Will & Rob Center
SATURDAY, JUNE 8
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
(NE Everett & NE 17th Ave.)
FREE; For ages: 3 - 16
KIDS’ FLEA MARKET REGISTRATION
Register for the Kids’ Crafts & Flea
Market by visiting
and clicking on “Camtown” at the
bottom right of the page.
Details and a vendor registration form
can be found there.
Bring your toys to trade!
JWR Boys & Girls Club
Kids Ink NW
Art work by Megan Bower
For more information, call 360-834-5307 or visit
www.cityofcamas.us/parks and click on “Camtown.”
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
No animals are allowed in the park.
Stranded Music, Sound &