Grass Valley News-March 28, 2013 - Camas School District

Grass Valley News-March 28, 2013 - Camas School District

March 28, 2013

Spring Break!

Grass Valley Elementary · 3000 Grass Valley Drive, Camas, WA 98607

(360) 833-5710 · Fax (360) 833-5711 ·


Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

1 2 3 4 5


Spring Break

8 9 10 AM-K 11 12

15 16 17 PM-K 18 19

22 23 24 AM-K 25 26

29 30 1 PM-K 2 3

April Birthdays


6 7 8 AM-K 9 10

MSP Testing:

3rd & 4th



Open House

5-7 PM

13 14 15 PM-K 16 17

MSP Testing:

4th & 5th


Fun Run pledge

sheets due

Dine Around

2nd grade

field trip

MSP Testing:

4th grade

MSP Testing:

3rd & 4th


MSP Testing:

5th grade &

2nd grade

field trip

Earth Day

Fun Run &


Fun Run

pledge money


Coffee &


9:10 AM

MSP Testing:

5th grade &

3rd grade

field trip

MSP Testing:

5th grade

Carnival &



Friday, March 29

5-7 PM

Golden Skate

4915 E. Fourth Plain, Vancouver

Cost: $5 (includes skate rental)

In-Line Rental $3 extra

Lazer Tag $3 per game

MSP State Testing Dates

As you are probably aware, students in grades three

through five participate in Washington assessments

each spring. These are important measures for us to

gauge our effectiveness in helping your children learn.

You can help by making sure your child is well rested

and well fed for these assessments, most of which students

will complete within two hours (although the

tests are untimed and students are welcome to take

longer). It is very important that students be here on

testing days! There are some makeup opportunities,

but students benefit more from sharing the experience

with classmates in their usual setting. Please avoid

scheduling appointments and trips on these days:

3rd Grade: May 7 & 9

4th Grade: May 2, 7, 9 & 14

5th Grade: May 10, 14, & 16-23



Final chance to help Trent

Johnson, Camas HS

student, with his senior

project in collecting sports

balls for Courts for Kids.

Please bring in any new

or slightly used basketballs,

volleyballs, soccer

balls, etc., by Friday,

March 29. A collection bin

is located in the lobby.

Click HERE to learn more

about Courts for Kids.


Deborah Hopkinson brought history to life through her presentations to the Grass

Valley students on Friday, March 15. Ms. Hopkinson writes both non-fiction and

historical fiction, mostly in the form of picture books. She captured their interest

with slides shows and tales of writing through a historic perspective.

Fourth and fifth-grade students had a chance to learn a bit of the writing process

by writing a letter to “Delicious,” a character from Ms. Hopkinson’s book, Apples to

Oregon. The fourth-grade classes finished their letters and they are being sent to

Deborah Hopkinson.

We were really happy to host Deborah Hopkinson and wish to thank the PTA for the

funds for this presentation.

3rd Annual Grass Valley

Carnival & Silent Auction

Click the links below to volunteer at the

event on Friday, May 17, or to donate

auction items.








Click HERE to see the current list of

auction donations!




We need your photos

for the 2012-13 Grass

Valley Yearbook. If you

have taken pictures in

the classroom or at a

school event, please

forward them to:



The Grass Valley Jazz Choir will perform at:

Music in Our Schools Month Concert

(Elementary Performance Groups)

Thursday, March 28

Skyridge Middle School Gym, 6:00 pm

April is national Jazz Appreciation Month, stay tuned for more information.


Camas students and Mrs. Wilson took part in the 2013

American Choral Directors Association Conference held in

Dallas, Texas two weeks ago. Grass Valley Jazz Choir

members Chase F. and Sydney M. auditioned and were

accepted to perform during the conference with the

National Community/Youth/Boychoir. This prestigious

group included 300 fourth through eighth grade students

from around the country. Four other Camas students were

also selected, including three GVE alumni. These six Camas

students represented six out of only seven students chosen

from the state of Washington!

The students practiced for five weeks in advance before

flying to Dallas where they rehearsed six or more hours a

Tara L., Janessa W., Jacqui M. (Skyridge)

Chase F., Sydney M., Grant B. (Prune Hill)

day with the group. They then performed in front of approximately 2,000 conference attendees,

family members and guests. Mrs. Wilson explains, “This event requires a lot of personal dedication

and exceptional music skills. It is quite an honor to be accepted and gives our students the

opportunity to experience a higher level of music making. Grass Valley can be extremely proud

of our students for their behavior. They were amazing on and off the stage and represented us

with dignity, maturity and pride.” Congratulations, Chase and Sydney!

Mrs. Wilson was asked to be one of the conference presenters in Dallas for a session titled “Vocal

Jazz Concepts for Young Choirs.” She explains, “It was quite an honor to present at a national

conference and I am really pleased to represent Camas! The session was directed to Choral

Directors and gave them information and tools to teach jazz to their students. I included information

on jazz style, the rhythm section and improvisation. One main point that I covered is that

jazz is America’s music and should be included in any choir’s multi-cultural programming”.

Mrs. Wilson also participated in a roundtable panel discussion on the topic of Traditional Vocal

Jazz and Contemporary A Capella Singing. She was the only elementary representative, the only

female and the only one from the Pacific Northwest where traditional vocal jazz began. Again, a

great honor for her to be invited to participate.

Grass Valley Elementary



The class who

raises the most

money will win

a grand prize.




Friday, April 19



class with most # of

students bringing a

water bottle to use

during the run will

win a grand prize.

This annual fundraiser is a fun event for all students! 100% of your donation goes

towards 30+ programs and events that directly support your child’s education and

experiences at Grass Valley! From Art Discovery to the Annual Spring Carnival, field

day to field trips, birthday books to yearbooks, and movie nights to staff mini-grants,

your donations make it possible for our school to thrive.

Are you still collecting bottle caps?

Stay tuned for more information on our Earth Day Celebration

& bottle caps contest!

Provide Provide an an Item Item for for for Your Your Your Grade Grade’s Grade ’s Auction Auction Basket


Let’s raise some money!! Now through Fri. May 3 you can

help fill any number of themed baskets that will grace our

Annual Spring Auction & Carnival, Friday, May 17.

Choose your child’s grade, or – if you happen to have a

new item just laying around that fits another theme –

donate something for another grade.

You are welcome to 1) send in an item, 2) email to let us know, or

3) sign up at

Have an idea for something not on the list? AWESOME. Send it on in!

5 th Grade – Sports

• Sports Bag/Backpack

• Sports paraphernalia

• Sport trading cards

4 th Grade – Games & Grooves

• iTunes gift card

• iPod shuffle

• Earbuds/Earphones

3 rd Grade – The Great Outdoors

• Camping accessories:

compass, lantern,

flashlights, bug repellant

2 nd Grade – Unplugged

• Board Games

• Card Games

• Activity Books

1 st Grade – Beach

• Beach Bag/Tote

• Towels

• Sunglasses

Kindergarten – Pets/Animals

• Dog Toys

• Cat Toys

• Books/magazines

• Orange cones or discs

• Nerf balls (any)

• Car/Wall charger

• Tee-shirt

• Accessories

• Campfire items:

marshmallows, chocolate,

graham crackers, skewers

• Art materials

• Books

• Legos

• Sunscreen/Aloe Vera

• Snorkel/goggles

• Dive Sticks

• Dog Food

• Cat Food

*All donations are tax deductible.*

• Sports equipment

• Whistle

• Stopwatch

• Gift cards for online

game subscription/points

• Skylanders

• Blankets

• Bug Catchers

• Fishing Pole/Tackle

• Littlest Pet Shop

• Puzzles

• Brain teasers

• Cooler

• Rafts/floats

• Beach Toys

• Dog Bed

• Grooming Items


Click on any link to be connected

Camas Community Education

Camas Community Library

Camas Education Foundation

Camas Parks & Recreation



Jack, Will & Rob Center




Helen Baller Elementary

Date: May 15

Time: 9:30-11:00 AM

Lacamas Heights Elementary

Date: May 15

Time: 9:30-11:00 AM

Prune Hill Elementary

Date: May 15

Time: 2:00-3:30 PM

Dorothy Fox Elementary

Date: May 22

Time: 4:00-6:00 PM

Grass Valley Elementary

Date: May 22

Time: 9:15-11:00 AM

Woodburn Elementary

Date: May 29

Time: 4:00-6:00 PM

Click HERE for more information!






Chef Peter Echeverio

Returning Iron Chef

Cathy Sork– Dorothy Fox Principal

June Greene- Community Member

Scot Lakey – Hayes Freedom Student

Sunday, April 21, 2013 1:00-4:00 pm

Camas High School Commons

A fundraiser for Camas Educational Foundation

For more information, visit

Watch cooking teams in action and enjoy menu items from

Camas vendors. Join in food games and hands-on activities.

There will be fun things to do for young and old.

No Preregistration Required

Entry is $5-adults, $3 -students & free for children under 5

Activity tickets $1, good toward food, beverages, games and handson

activities. Some menu items and activities may be valued at 2 or

more tickets.

People’s Choice Judging $10, (limited availability)

Chef Tim McCusker

Challenger, Harvest Chef

Aaron Parman – Helen Baller Principal

Karen Kennedy - Community Member

Rachel Greene – CHS student

Camas 2013 Grad Night

Flocking a Friend Order Form

For a small donation, a festive flock of pink flamingos will appear

mysteriously overnight in the yard of a friend or neighbor! Once the birds

land, the flocked family can have them removed within 24 to 48 hours or

sent to another unsuspecting household for a donation. Join the fun!

Name of Friend “Victim” to be Flocked: ____________________________________

Friend’s Physical Address: ______________________________________________

Note: Flamingos are not allowed to flock on public property or apartment complexes.

Friends Contact Number:_______________________________________________

Any Special Instructions: _______________________________________________


Your Name: __________________________________________________________

Your phone/e-mail: ____________________________________________________

Do you want your friend to know who ordered the flamingo flocking? _____________

Flock Request delivered for a donation $________ ($20 suggested)


Flock Insurance! Just $5 means no flamingos will land in your yard!

Payment Amount $_________ Check # __________


Please contact Nadine Knight 360-910-5435 when you are

ready to have someone “Flocked”


Proceeds benefit the Camas 2013 Grad Night Celebration

Thank You for Your Support!

Date received __________________________________ Date Completed ______________________________________

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