January 31, 2013
Wednesday, February 27
Open House: 5:30-7:30 PM
K-2 nd Grade Concert:
3 rd -5 th Grade Concert:
Come and admire students’ work on display throughout
the school and hear them sing in concert. You can also
visit the fifth grade States Fair and the Book Fair. The best
part is watching the pride in the children’s faces as they
show off their accomplishments!
Grass Valley Elementary · 3000 Grass Valley Drive, Camas, WA 98607
(360) 833-5710 · Fax (360) 833-5711 · http://schools.camas.wednet.edu/grassvalley
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Tae Kwon Doe
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Fundraiser 3:45 &
Gen. PTA Meeting
7pm (Off. Elections)
25 26 27 28
**Spring Break: April 1-5**
weather make-up day)
The PTA’s Staff Appreciation Week is NEXT WEEK!
This year’s theme is “Surprises and Delights”
The mission during the week is to let our teachers and staff at Grass Valley know how
much we appreciate their hard work and dedication to our children. There will be
breakfast and lunches and sweet surprises all week. What can your kids do? Decorate
these paper cupcakes, add a special message for a staff member, and return to the
office asap! The artful thank-you creations will be displayed outside the staff room
during the week. On Thursday, February 7, students can choose to dress in their
teacher’s favorite color. Teachers will be informing their students of their favorite col-
or next week. Let’s make this a week the staff won’t forget!
Coffee & Conversation
with Principal Erdmann
Friday, February 8 @ 9:10 am
The topic of CAMPUS SAFETY will start our discussion; add to it anything else
on your mind. It's your chance to sit and relax with our principal and other
parents, enjoy some coffee or refreshments, and a moment's peace.
PLUS: "Coffee and Music To Go!"
Everyone present will be entered to win an
Starbucks coffee card & an iPod Shuffle!
(must be present to win)
The Scholastic Book Fair
is coming back
Tuesday, February 26 -
Friday, March 1
Plus: Online sales through March 17
We need your help!
Lots of volunteers are needed to
help during the Book Fair. Many
shifts are available and can be
custom made to fit anyone’s
To volunteer, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
There were many giggles
as these fourth grade
celebrating the 90th day
of school dressed as
MATH NIGHT was a Huge success!
THANK YOU to Mr. Watson for
bringing Kim Sutton to our
school. Families learned fun
math games and took home a neat
math packet which included cool
dice & a mini deck of cards!
2013-14 PTA BOARD NOMINATIONS
Are you interested in becoming more involved? Do you know someone
who would make a great board member? The PTA Nominating
Committee is currently seeking nominations for next year’s PTA Board!
Elections will be held in March. Don’t forget to include yourself!
Please email your suggestions to: email@example.com
Donations Requested for
Spring Silent Auction
The Grass Valley PTA is gearing up for the
SPRING SILENT AUCTION, in conjunction with
the Spring Carnival, taking place on Friday,
May 17, and needs your help! Do you have a
connection to a local business? Would you
be willing to donate or ask them to donate an
item for the event? If so, please contact: Beth
Currie at firstname.lastname@example.org or
412.817.9050 for donation instructions and
information on how donors will be recognized
for their generosity.
Along with donations from businesses, staff will
donate "experience packages" (e.g., a trip to
the movies, pedicures, or pizza night out with
a teacher) and classrooms will donate
“themed” baskets. Further information will be
sent home in the near future on how you can
contribute to the classroom baskets.
To find a list of items already donated, go to
the PTA website or click HERE.
Thank you to
All OF our
We could not do all that we do for Grass
Valley without your help! Whether you
served as a chairperson or helped out with
an event, we appreciate everything that you
have done to help!
Celebrating Our PTA Volunteers!
Thank you for all the
Hours you spend
Attention you give
Needs that you tend
Knowledge you draw on
Your special touch
Undaunted by much
On top of your tasks
Leaving nothing to change
Until the very last
No other parents
Take more time or
Ready and alert, PTA
Catching Zebras being
Safe, Responsible, and Respectable
Congratulations to Parker in Mrs. Hord’s
2 nd grade class, whose name was drawn
at the school-wide stripe drawing during
the January Assembly. Since second
grade has already had a chance to
choose from the book cart, he chose for
his class to have lunch together in their
classroom and watch a video.
Positive Behavior Support: A District-wide
behavior recognition program helping to
establish school-wide expectations and
to foster a positive school climate.
Alaska’s coastline, which measures
6,640 miles, is greater than the
coastline of all the other 49 U.S.
February’s theme is The Art of Fresco.
Fresco is the Italian word for fresh, and
Art Fresco is the art of painting on
fresh (wet) plaster walls. Each student
will be given a wet plaster tile and
watercolor paints to create their
masterpiece. The paint, when mixed
with the fresh plaster, takes on a richer
color than it would on paper. Two famous
artists, Michelangelo and
Leonardo de Vinci, used this method of
painting in their work. It should be fun
and maybe a tad messy!!!
This amazing piece was created by GV
parent & artist Jane DeForest, while
demonstrating the Art Fresco method
to our Art Discovery parent teachers.
We are continually seeking pictures for
the yearbook and the school newsletter.
If you take pictures in the classroom or at
a school event, please forward them to:
Big Brothers Big Sisters
School Based Program at Grass Valley
Overview: Grass Valley will be teaming up with the mentoring organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters of
Clark County, to partner adult volunteers with 2 nd and 3 rd grade students. “Big” volunteers will visit the
school once a week to spend time with their “Little.” We will begin the partnership by having students eat
lunch one-on-one with their Bigs and, eventually, they may engage in other activities together, such as
recess or educational games. This program has been demonstrated to increase students’ academic
outcomes, attendance, and behavior.
What are the qualifications to volunteer as a Big? Adult volunteers must be over the age of 18 and
able to commit to spending 40 minutes to an hour one time per week with a child at school. Volunteers
will go through an interview process with Big Brothers Big Sisters and also go through a background
check and training.
What happens at the end of the school year? There are three options for how each partnership will
progress at the end of the school year. The Big might be willing to do some activities over the summer, in
which case the student will meet up with the Big for community outings. The partnership could also take
the summer off and resume at school next school year. There is also the possibility that the partnership
could end at the end of the school year.
How are partnerships determined? We are looking for Bigs who are interested in mentoring
students. Any interested person should contact Chrys Royall at the phone number or email below. Chrys
will help guide that person though the interview and background check process with BBBS. Once a Big
volunteer has been approved, Chrys and the 2 nd and 3 rd grade teachers will find a student (usually of the
same gender) who they feel will be a good match for the Big. Factors used to select students include the
student’s age, any recent changes in personal life or family, social or academic performance, and the
interests of the student. The student’s family will be contacted for permission, and the student will be
briefly interviewed by BBBS.
How can you help? We are hoping to recruit up to 10 interested Big volunteers to get our program
started. Please consider volunteering as a mentor or passing the word along to other people who you
know that might be interested. Contact Chrys Royall with questions or to express interest in volunteering.
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Simple Remedies Often Best for
Common Colds In Young Children
It’s late and your child is awake with a cough. What’s a tired parent to do? Over-the-counter cold
medications for children under age 2 were pulled from store shelves in 2008. Little proof existed that these
remedies did anything to ease the symptoms of children under age 6. In fact, studies have indicated that
some simple remedies can be helpful, and many can be found in your bathroom or kitchen cabinet. Following
are tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help calm your young child’s cough and
cold symptoms so the whole house can sleep soundly.
Sweet dreams: Buckwheat honey was found to ease nighttime coughing and sleeplessness in children
ages 2 and older, according to a 2008 study. Honey can be fed safely to children over age 1, according to
the AAP Nutrition Handbook. The AAP does not recommend giving honey to infants under 12 months of
age because it could contain a bacterium that causes infant botulism. The AAP advises starting with ½ to 1
teaspoon as needed. If honey is not available, corn syrup may be used.
Saline solution: Saline solution offers a way to keep the tiniest noses clear. Babies can benefit from nasal
washes prior to nursing or bottle feeding. Make saline solution by combining ½ teaspoon of table salt
per 1 cup of warm tap water. Put two to three drops in the nostril and use a bulb syringe to suction it out.
Older children also can gargle saline solution to ease sore throats.
Vapor rubs: For children older than age 2, topical vapor rubs can help ease chest and nose congestion.
A 2010 study found that vapor rub containing camphor, menthol and eucalyptus oils relieves symptoms
and aids sleep in children with colds. Rubs never should be given by mouth or rubbed under the nose. Follow
instructions on the label and rub on the chest.
If all else fails: Consult your pediatrician if your child’s symptoms last longer than a week, he or she has
a mild fever for more than two to three days (call the pediatrician right away if your infant under 2 months
has a fever), your child has severe ear pain that does not go away or has a sore throat accompanied by
fever and swollen neck.
AAP News Parent Plus
©2011 American Academy of Pediatrics
ATTENTION ALL 3rd & 4th GRADE FUTURE CHEFS:
Have you submitted a recipe for the Future Chef’s Celebration yet?
The Nutrition Services Department of the Camas School District is hosting the seventh annual Future Chefs
Celebration! Any third or fourth grade student may submit a “Healthy Salad” recipe of their choice to their
teacher by February 6. Twenty finalists will be selected to participate at the event on Wednesday, March 13 at
Liberty Middle School. Students will prepare their recipes at this event with foodservice staff and also a
professional chef. There will be a reception for guests to sample the recipes and Judges will also be on hand
to vote for the grand prize winners.
Entry forms were sent home with each third and fourth grade student with complete details.
Additional copies are available in the office.
Questions? Please contact Sarah Winans, RD, CSD Nutrition Services Director at 360-335-3000, ext. 78235.
Camas Community Education
CCE WINTER BROCHURE CLICK HERE
Classes starting soon at Grass Valley:
Success Through Chess: 2/5-3/26
Art Van Go: 2/7-3/14
Safe on My Own: 2/7 (at JDZ)
Junior Jazzercise: 2/20-3/27
Camas Community Library
GET INFORMED ABOUT THE
CAMAS SCHOOL LEVIES!
The School Board approved a resolution on November 13, 2012,
asking Camas voters to support a four-year maintenance and
operations levy as well as a four-year technology levy to replace
the existing levies which expire at the end of 2013. The levies
will be on the February 12 ballot which was mailed to voters
homes on January 23.
For detailed information regarding the levies, click HERE!
Parent U is a new program through ESD 112, which is
offering a series of six evening web based seminars
(webinars) on the topic of Internet Safety that parents
can enjoy from the comfort of their own home. For more
information, go to http://web3.esd112.org/parentu/ or
Click on any link to be connected
Camas Education Foundation
Camas Parks & Recreation
Winter Newsletter & Programs:
Jack, Will & Rob Center
The 11 th Annual
Camas Educational Foundation
February 26-28, 2013
Join the fun and raise some funds for Camas
schools. The annual phone-a-thon gives middle
and high school students a chance to volunteer
their time to make scripted, professional calls to
Camas families to ask for donations.
Each year over 100 students and adults “man the
phones” for three nights at Zellerbach
Administrative Center to “dial in” support. This
year’s goal is to raise $18,000.
For the Kids
Will you support our cause? Please make a
pledge when our student volunteers call. A
pledge of any amount makes a difference. Credit
and debit cards are welcome and if we miss you,
please visit our website to donate by clicking on
the “Donate Now” tab.
CEF is a non-profit volunteer group of parents,
educators and community members dedicated to
supporting and enhancing the education of all
Camas students. CEF is registered 501c (3)
Learn more about CEF at www.cefcamas.org.
Want to Volunteer? Please contact us at…
Camas Educational Foundation
841 NE 22 nd Avenue
Camas, Washington 98607
(360) 335-3000 ext 79915