October 26, 2012
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
PBS PROGRAM UPDATE
One of my roles here at Grass Valley Elementary is the manager of our Positive Behavior Support (PBS)
program. The goal of this program is to establish school-wide expectations and foster a positive school
climate. Our PBS team meets monthly to review behavior data that we collect and enter into a secure
database called SWIS (School-wide Information System).
Members of this team are Jennifer Lange (1 st ), Scott McCoy (2 nd ), Karen Chan (3 rd ), Kim Brouillet (5 th
science), Cathy Raunig (school psychologist), Janet Bloodworth (health room assistant), Lynn Barber
(playground supervision and classroom support), and Patricia Erdmann (principal).
We are excited to share with you some impressive changes in our school climate (as measured by
behavior referrals) when comparing September 2011 with September 2012.
September 2011 September 2012 % Change
Total majors (office) 21 5 76% decrease
Total minors (Uh Oh) 139 48 65% decrease
Kinder minors 3 7 133% increase
1 st minors 33 8 76% decrease
2 nd minors 27 5 81% decrease
3 rd minors 20 5 75% decrease
4 th minors 29 14 52% decrease
5 th minors 27 9 67% decrease
Recall that minor behavior referrals (Uh Oh slips) are a teaching tool designed to help students correct
their behavior. We expect children to make mistakes, and by being intentional about how we respond
we hope to support better choices. Major referrals (Office slips) involve a coaching component and are
more serious and usually involve a bigger consequence. (CONTINUED ON PAGE 2)
Grass Valley Elementary · 3000 Grass Valley Drive, Camas, WA 98607
(360) 833-5710 · Fax (360) 833-5711 · http://schools.camas.wednet.edu/grassvalley
PBS UPDATE Continued...
As you can see, we have dramatically reduced the number of referrals this year compared to last. Our team
is meeting tomorrow to try and tease out what’s different. We have many hypotheses and hope to maintain
We connect this important work to our district mission statement and what we believe about education
(taken from our website www.camas.wednet.edu):
We believe students will do what is expected of them and will work to improve if consistently
confronted with high expectations by adults who demonstrate true caring.
We believe that modeling is a powerful educational tool. We teach academic and behavioral
excellence by demonstrating high quality performance.
We believe school must be a joyful place. Everyone works hard at being the best that they can
be. Students laugh and smile, secure in knowing what is expected of them. The climate is
happy and satisfying to all concerned.
A motto from a book, Counseling Youth, reminds me about why this work is so important. “The problem is
the problem. The person is not the problem” (Winslade & Monk, 1992). Anyone who has ever raised or
worked with a challenging child knows how easy it can be to let the behavior interfere with the quality of the
relationship. We are working hard to build lasting relationships with children and their families at Grass
Ask your Zebra how she or he
earns a stripe. The response
could be, “I was caught being….”
Jeff Causey, Counselor
Friday, November 9 @ 2:45
Students are encouraged to invite
Veteran guests to the assembly on our
Mon, 10/29 October Birthdays Celebration
Tue, 10/30 5th Grade Field Trip - Steigerwald Wildlife
Wed, 10/31 Zebra Bucks Order due (to receive by 11/9)
Thu, 11/1 Picture Retakes
5th Grade Field Trip - Steigerwald Wildlife
Mon, 11/5 GV Vocal Jazz Choir Concert 6:30 - 7:00
Tue, 11/6 Election Day
Fri, 11/9 Veteran’s Day Assembly 2:45 in Cafeteria
Skate Night @ Golden Skate 5 - 7 PM
Mon, 11/12 NO SCHOOL - Veterans Day
Sat, 11/17 CEF Dinner & Auction 6PM
Tue, 11/20 Reflections Art Contest entry deadline
W-F, 21-23 NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
Mon,11/26 5th Grade Field Trip - Col. Springs Hatchery
CHS Stuff the Bus Food Drive begins
Wed, 11/28 Zebra Bucks Order due (to receive by 12/7)
11/29 5th Grade Field Trip - Col. Springs Hatchery
Fri, 11/30 November Birthdays Celebration
WHEN TO KEEP A
SICK ZEBRA HOME
The beginning of any infectious illness
is usually the time it is most likely to
spread to others. In order to keep everyone
healthy, we ask that you observe
the following guidelines on when to
keep your student home:
Fever over 100.0 ° F: Your student
should be free of fever for 24 hours,
without the aid of Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen,
before returning to school.
Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea:
Your student should remain home for 48
hours after symptoms end.
Strep throat: Your student may return
to school after taking a prescribed antibiotic
for 24 hours.
Eye drainage: Exclude students from
school and see a license health care
provider if there is white or yellow drainage
from the eye, as this may indicate
conjunctivitis (pink eye).
For more information on the District’s
policy, please click HERE.
Election Day is Near!
November 6 is only 11 days away! Go
to the Washington Secretary of State
website to view the voter’s guide.
Art Discovery has had a fabulous start in October with
students using chalk pastels to create artwork inspired by
Georgia O'Keefe. Join in on the fun in November when Art
Discovery’s theme is Impressionism and Pointillism, with a
lesson inspired by Claude Monet. If you are interested in volunteering to
teach or assist with Art Discovery, please contact :
Jane DeForest: firstname.lastname@example.org
Caryn Dewey: email@example.com
Q: How does all the PTA fundraising money get used?
A: Here is a general breakdown of the current expenses outlined in the 2012-13
PTA Budget. Note, 68% of the income
through fundraising goes directly back
to curriculum & services for our teachers
& students through programs such
as: art programming, teacher minigrants,
library books, curriculum
enhancement, and individual teacher
To submit a question to the editor, please send your inquiry to GVEnewsletter@gmail.com.
Lots of volunteers have signed up to help with each of the committees listed below, but they still
need one or two volunteers to chair the committee.
★ Fun Run Fundraiser (Planning + April 19 Event + Wrap-Up)
★ Spring Carnival (Planning + May 17 Event + Wrap-Up)
★ Field Day (Planning + June Event)
★ Fifth Grade Track Meet (Planning + June Event)
★ PTA Financial Audit for 2012-2013 (Conducted in July or August)
If you are able to chair or co-chair one of these committees,
please contact Maria Mansfield, Volunteer Coordinator, at GVEvolunteers@gmail.com.
Is your Zebra eagerly working on a project for
the Reflections Art Contest yet?
“The Magic of a Moment”
ENTRIES DUE: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20!
Please make sure you check out the COMPLETE list of rules for each
category at: www.wastatepta.org/programs/reflections
For instance, you are not allowed to use a traditional stretched canvas,
as visual arts must not exceed 3/8” think.
Click HERE for the entry form.
Contact Kristi Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Box Top Contest
Which class will
be the lucky
The class with the most Box
Tops will win recess with a police
officer and their teacher will
receive $25 in Scholastic Bucks!
Just in time for the holidays….Grass Valley PTA brings you one stop gift giving with Zebra Bucks! If
you have plans to give someone a gift card this holiday season, please consider purchasing through
WHAT ARE ZEBRA BUCKS?
Have you checked out the HOT PINK flyer that went home last week introducing our new Scrip
program? Scrip is a simple and successful “NON-SELLING” fundraiser many schools use. You
purchase pre-paid gift cards to stores or restaurants you already use on a regular basis like Fred
Meyer, Target, Walmart and Stabucks….there are hundreds to choose from! Grass Valley then
earns a set percentage from that company. In addition to gift giving, many families purchase cards
in the amount they normally spend at the grocery store. Instead of paying with cash, they use the
card which generates fundraising dollars!
Questions? Contact Dawn Redmond at GVEfundraising@gmail.com
HOW TO PLACE AN ORDER
To place an order, simply attach a check to the order form and return
by the dates noted. Be sure to check out the following sites for a
FULL list of gift cards available. Click HERE for the order form.
ORDER BY RECEIVE BY
Wed, 10/31 Fri, 11/9
Wed, 11/28 Fri, 12/7
Great Lakes Scrip Company www.glscrip.com
Tigard-Tualatin Scrip Center www.ttsdschools.org/pages/ttsd/Parents/Scrip_Service_Center
SUPERINTENDENT VISIT AT PTA MEETING
Superintendent Mike Nerland attended the October 18 General PTA Membership meeting. He advised
there will be two replacement levies in February 2013 up for vote. First, a maintenance & operations levy
and second, a technology levy. He notes these are not new levies. Rather, both are expiring and need to
be replaced in order to maintain current funding levels for Camas Schools.
Additionally, he indicates the District is discussing options of how best to upgrade Lacamas Elementary
School. Various options include shutting down the school and sending all students to Woodburn
Elementary for the 2013-14 school year while updates are being done; remodeling smaller portions while
sending one or two grades to Woodburn at a time; or working on the school during the summer months.
NATURAL PLAYGROUND UPDATE
During the 2010-11 school year, the PTA approved to restrict funds to install a Natural Playground at
Grass Valley. The playground committee, along with Mrs. Erdmann and District employees, have been
committed to this project. Design plans are complete and installation plans continue to move forward.
On October 22, the PTA granted a majority of the funds to the Camas School Board who will review the
project to determine if they will accept overseeing the installation of the project. If accepted, a request
for bids will be sent out by the District to see if the project can be completed within the approved
$20,000 budget. Stay tuned for updates on this exciting project!
If you are not familiar with the Natural Playground, click HERE to view the current plans.
MATH NIGHT IN JANUARY
Grass Valley will have an exciting visitor in January. Plans are in the works for a Math Night with math
guru Kim Sutton on January 23, 2013. Sutton travels the globe conducting training workshops for
educators, teaching them her fun, hands-on math approach. For more information on Sutton and the
numerous math games, publications, and fun songs she has produced to help teachers and students
alike, go to: www.CreativeMathematics.com. Stay tuned for more information on this exciting event!!
YOPLAIT PINK LIDS
Alex R., a 5th grader, is heading up a collection of Yoplait pink yogurt lids. Yoplait will donate 10 cents
to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Brest Cancer fund for every lid received. With Ms. Erdmann’s per-
mission, Alex has placed a pink box in the cafeteria to collect pink lids. She is asking families to please
keep their pink lids and send them to school to be added to the collection. Over winter break, Alex will
mail in all lids collected to help benefit the cure.
The Whole group (Mrs.Linton
and Mrs.Thielbar's class)
weighed in at 2867 lbs !!!
students had a
Utilities on their
field trip...it was
a hair raising
Second grade students had fun
touring downtown Camas, which
included: meeting the Mayor, eating
lunch at the library, and a trip to
the fire station!
MANY THANKS to all who
have sent in pictures! Keep
The rain held off for fall bulb planting last week...mostly
anyway! THANK YOU to the many volunteers who helped our
zebras plant over 600 bulbs, which brings our total to over
2,000 bulbs around school grounds!
all over the
THANKS to all the
families who came
out for our Sonic
Friday, November 9
4915 E. fourth Plain, Vancouver
Cost: $5 (includes skate rental)
Click on any link to be connected
Camas Education Foundation
Camas Community Education
Camas Parks & Recreation
Camas Community Library
Jack, Will & Rob Center
*Co-Ed Indoor Soccer Sign Ups: Grades 1-6, Season starts
Nov. 5, $10 registration fee, sign up at JWR.
In-Line Rental $3 extra
Lazer Tag $3 per game