March 15, 2013
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT
Doors open at 6PM • Movie starts
at 6:30 PM • $3/person suggested
donation to fund PTA programs
Bring blankets or chairs • Popcorn, candy and beverages will be sold.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Grass Valley Elementary · 3000 Grass Valley Drive, Camas, WA 98607
(360) 833-5710 · Fax (360) 833-5711 · http://schools.camas.wednet.edu/grassvalley
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
18 19 20 AM-K 21 Tae Kwon Do 22
Gen. PTA Meeting
7 PM (Elections)
25 26 27 PM-K 28 March Birthdays 29 Lost & Found
Tae Kwon Do
Celebration (lunch) Items donated &
& Tae Kwon Do Skate Night
3:40-4:25 5:00 -7:00 PM
1 2 3 4 5
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
Tae Kwon Do
Catching Zebras being
Safe, Responsible and Respectable
Congratulations to the March PBS stripe
winner, Brianna M., from Mrs. Busby’s 4th
grade class. The entire 4th grade earned a
book from the PBS book cart and also earned an
extra recess (Brianna’s choice)!
Positive Behavior Support: A district-wide behavior recognition program helping
to establish school-wide expectations and to foster a positive school climate.
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
3rd Grade: May 7 & 9
4th Grade: May 2, 7, 9 & 14
5th Grade: May 10, 14, & 16-23
A huge THANK YOU to
everyone who donated items
to Crestline Elementary.
Mrs. Erdmann has delivered
gift cards, used books, school
supplies, and an entire box
of books purchased through
our book fair. THANK YOU!
Today, Grass Valley had a visit
from local author Deborah
Hopkinson. Ask your Zebra what
they discussed or worked on
with our guest author today.
in the Library
TOPICS TO DISCUSS:
Fun Run Fundraiser
Updates on the
PTA Board Elections
Friday, March 29
4915 E. Fourth Plain, Vancouver
Cost: $5 (includes skate rental)
In-Line Rental $3 extra
Lazer Tag $3 per game
First graders are learning
about fire safety and
enjoyed an exciting visit
from a Camas firefighter
who taught each student
how to correctly stop,
drop and roll. They also
had a special visit from
Kids are focused on Mrs.
Chadwick and Mrs. Werner’s
These six Zebras were
excited to be chosen as
finalists to participate
in this year’s future
Chef’s Contest through
the CSD. The kids had a
blast preparing their
salad recipes. Each
received a medal, t-shirt
and a fancy chef hat!
Kristen H. received
a special award for her
Balsamic Greens &
Cantaloupe Salad based
on its “originality”.
The Grass Valley Vocal Jazz was
thrilled to be able to perform with
the Clark College Jazz Ensemble at
an event called Jazz Awakening last
weekend at Gaiser Hall Student
Center, Clark College.
Kristen H., Conner B., Myles W., Alicia b.,
Nate Y., & Kennedy L.
Trent Johnson, a Camas HS senior, is
working on his senior project. He
started last summer when he travelled to
the Philippines with a group called
Courts for Kids. There he helped build
a concrete basketball court to replace a
dirt court for a community. He felt the
experience was “really cool to see how
much they cherished everything they
had”. To complete his senior project,
Trent is collecting various athletic balls
at various schools, including GVE. All
balls will be donated to Courts for Kids.
Please bring in any new or gently
used basketballs, volleyballs, soccer
balls, etc. between Monday, March 18
through Friday, March 29. A collection
bin will be placed in the GVE lobby.
Click HERE to learn more about
Courts for Kids.
Grass Valley Elementary
Friday, April 19
Earth Day Fun Run & Celebration
Are you still collecting bottle caps?
Stay tuned for information on our Earth Day bottle caps contest!
The Tae Kwon Do registration form is
due by Monday, March 18 (some flyers
indicated March 11). Please note, 100%
of the registration fee goes to the PTA!
Click HERE to watch a demonstration
video about this exciting fundraiser!
Carnival & Silent Auction
Friday, May 17, 2013
Click the links below to sign-up to Volunteer
Click HERE to see the current list of
USWC Tae Kwon Do is coming
to Grass Valley Elementary School!
Special After School Program Starts Soon!
What is the USWC Tae Kwon Do After School Program all about?
USWC Kids is a 5 session character development program that incorporates physical exercise with life skill
lessons. Open to students in grades 1 to 5, this innovative series of classes is designed to not only introduce your
child to basic martial arts but also to improve focus, confidence, discipline and respect. It will benefit your child
at home, at school and in team sports. Master Yun and his staff from USWC Tae Kwon Do have volunteered
their time to teach the USWC Kids program at your school.
How does it benefit my school?
The instructors and materials required to run the USWC Kids Program will be donated by USWC Tae Kwon Do as
part of our commitment to helping local children in our community. The registration fee of $20 will be donated
directly to your school.
This program is taught by certified instructors from USWC Tae Kwon Do who are experts
at working with kids. They are patient, enthusiastic, and know how to make learning fun.
Registration Form (please print)
Please return form to your Grass Valley Elementary office or teacher by March 18th, 2013.
I give my child permission to participate in the USWC Kids Program.
All classes will be held in the school Gym.
Classes will be held after school from 3:40 -
Class #1 Tues - March 19th
Class #2 Thurs - March 21st
Class #3 Tues - March 26th
Class #4 Thurs - March 28th
Class #5 -GRADUATION:
A special Graduation Ceremony will be held on
Saturday, 3/30/2013 at USWC Tae Kwon Do.
3415 SE 192nd Ave. #108 Graduation time
will be announced.
Similar to Physical Education Class, students
should wear loose comfortable clothing and
Students need to be picked up IN THE GYM
immediately after the program at 4:25.
I UNDERSTAND and agree that the Camas School District, Grass Valley Elementary, Grass Valley Elementary PTA or
USWC Taekwondo will not be held liable for any injuries, damages, or complaints arising while, the student is traveling to and
from, in this institution, or for any other reason. I understand and will observe and respect the regulations of Grass Valley
Elementary and the Camas School District.
Child’s Name:_________________________________________ Grade:_______ Age:______
Parent’s Name: _______________________________________________________________
Street Address: ____________________________________City: __________ Zip: ________
Home Phone #: ________________________Cell Phone: _____________________________
( ) $20 Enclosed. (Make checks payable to Grass Valley Elementary PTA)
Dear Grass Valley Parents,
We are looking for a Vice President to serve
on the 2013-14 PTA Board! This position is
absolutely vital to the PTA’s support of
exciting enhancements and programs for our
school. Please consider getting involved!
The time commitment is around two hours
per week, with five hours per week on
occasion, such as before a major school
We understand you are busy , but please
consider giving of your valuable time to help
make Grass Valley great—we can’t do it
without you!! Nominate yourself or a friend
on the PTA Bulletin Board at school or by
emailing the Nominating Committee
Chairperson, Gina Schultz, at
Current PTA Co-President
The following positions comprise our PTA
Board of Directors:
President, Vice President, Treasurer, and
Fundraising Chairperson, Newsletter Editor,
Volunteer Coordinator, and Art Chairperson.
The elected positions are voted on by the
general PTA membership and the remaining
positions are then appointed to the Board of
Directors by the incoming PTA Executive
Board. Every position except Treasurer may
be filled by co-chairpersons.
Every position is open for nomination; the
one position without any current interest is
BE INVOLVED. BE INSPIRED. BE INVESTED.
Grass Valley PTA is a dynamic organization
of parents and teachers committed to
making our school exceptional. Every
membership purchased helps support the
many programs the PTA sponsors, such as
Student Recognition and Celebrations,
Family Events, Library and Curriculum, Enhancements,
Art Education, Staff Appreciation,
and Green Initiatives. Join today and
make a difference! Contact email@example.com
for more information. To
become a member, click HERE to print the
application and submit with your check for
$10, payable to Grass Valley PTA.
YEARBOOK PICTURES NEEDED!
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
The LOST & FOUND is FULL!
PLEASE encourage your child to
take a look. Parents can stop
by anytime as well to look
through the MANY items. ALL
items will be donated to
charity during Spring Break!
Click on any link to be connected
Camas Community Education
Camas Community Library
Camas Education Foundation
Camas Parks & Recreation
Winter Newsletter & Programs:
Jack, Will & Rob Center
PURPOSE - The Camas School District’s School Health Advisory Council is organized
to ensure that parents and school and community health professionals come
together to promote effective comprehensive school health programs. These eight
components of comprehensive school health are (1) comprehensive School Health
Education, (2) Physical Education, (3) Health Services, (4) Nutrition Services (5)
Counseling, Psychological and Social Services, (6) Healthy School Environment,
(7) Health Promotion for Staff, and (8) Family and Community Involvement.
The purpose of the SHAC is to:
Make recommendations to school staff concerning health issues, policies and programs;
Make recommendations, when appropriate, to the school governance committees and/or the Board of
Education concerning health issues, policies and programs;
Advocate for effective, coordinated, comprehensive health programs;
Identify community health resources;
Provide information to parents concerning health issues and programs;
Provide information to building PTAs concerning health issues and programs;
Promote collaboration between school community agencies in the area of comprehensive school health; and
Serve as a clearinghouse for health issues and concerns.
Membership in SHAC may be composed of CSD administrator; CSD Board Member, elementary, middle or high school
teachers, Food Service Director, Health Services Nursing Supervisor, parents representing various school buildings,
and other community representatives. Members serve a three year term. Meetings are held four times a year and
open to CSD staff, parents or community representatives. The final meeting for the school year will be Wed., May 22.
Meetings are held at ZAC Board Room from 4-5:00 pm.
The Federal Child Nutrition & Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Reauthorization Act passed by Congress in 2004
requires all schools participating in the National School Lunch Program to enact a local school wellness policy by July
In March 2004, the WA State legislature passed a bill which recognized the severe health problems associated
with overweight and obese children in WA State; the detrimental effects this compromised health has on student
academic achievement, and the logical role of the schools in addressing this issue in children and adolescents.
By August 1, 2005, WA State legislation required all public school districts to establish a policy regarding access
to nutritious foods and physical activity in the school environment.
Camas School District Board of Directors in July 2005 approved a nutrition and physical fitness policy/procedure
(6700) to address childhood obesity and the detrimental effects it has on student achievement while meeting the
state’s new requirement. By fall CSD appointed SHAC members.
SHAC has assisted in the elementary and middle school cooking contests and provides health tips to schools for
morning announcements. Community programs promoting nutrition and fitness are encouraged to contact Kathy
Tomei, SHAC Chair, 360-833-5850 if interested in attending and sharing at an upcoming meeting.
A Delicious Super Spice
Ginger is used throughout the world and is one of the most
popular spices in the culinary world. It is used in a variety of
beverages ranging from tea to ale, as well as countless foods
including such sweet treats as gingerbread, ginger cake, ginger
snaps and ginger ice cream. Other uses for ginger include
puddings, jams, preserves, pickles and chutneys, and young
ginger can be sliced and used as a salad topping. Ginger grows
best in a tropical climate and is sometimes used in landscaping
for homes in tropical and subtropical areas. When storing ginger,
tightly wrap the root in a towel, place inside a plastic bag and
store for up to one week in a refrigerator or up to three months
in a freezer.
Ginger is a spice that not only makes food taste great, but it also has several
health benefits including reducing arthritic joint pain and lowering cholesterol. It
has also been used as a treatment for stomach cramping and diarrhea, as well as
seasickness. Ginger is high in potassium and also contains Manganese, Silicon,
Vitamins A, C, E, and B-complex, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Sodium, Iron, Zinc,
Calcium, Beta-Carotene and helps with the absorption of Calcium.
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The Fresh Pick Review is
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• Ginger is antimicrobial, meaning
it kills bacteria, both internal
(ingested) and topical (on surfaces).
• Ginger is a diaphoretic, meaning that it
makes you sweat.
• Ginger prefers a tropical climate,
and although it is referred to as
ginger root, it is not a root at all but
rather a rhizome.
• Ginger is one of the earliest spices
ever recorded and was mentioned in
the works of Confucius.
Chef Remmi Smith is Sodexo’s
first ever “Student Ambassador
for Nutrition and Health” and
is host of a health based TV
cooking show, “Cook Time
with Remmi TM .” In her new
role, Remmi will have the
opportunity to positively
impact the lives of students
in Sodexo-served school
districts across the country
by speaking directly to the
students through specially
produced videos, nutrition
education materials and
Let’s Get Cooking
WITH GINGER DRESSING
• 1 cup mandarin oranges in light syrup
• 1 tablespoon green onion (chopped)
• 1/4 cup frozen orange juice
• 1 tablespoon canola/olive oil blend
• 1 teaspoon ginger (ground)
• 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1 teaspoon parsley (dried)
• 3 cups fresh spinach
• 3 cups romaine lettuce
24 calories, 1g fat,
7mg sodium, 1g fiber
1. Drain oranges.
2. Slice onion on bias.
3. Whisk orange juice, oil, ginger, garlic and parsley. Blend well.
4. In serving pan, mix spinach and lettuce.
5. Right before service, toss lettuce mixture with dressing.
6. Garnish salad with oranges and onions.
By the numbers
4Amount of feet the
leafy stems of the
plant can reach
PERcENTAGE OF THE GINGER
ROOT THAT IS mADE uP OF
3% eSSeNtIAL oIL
WHIcH PROvIDES THE SPIcE
WITH ITS DISTINcT FRAGRANcE
BItS & BIteS
Ginger is available in six forms: fresh, dried, pickled,
preserved, crystallized (or candied), and powdered (or
ground). Its flavor is peppery and slightly sweet, with
a pungent and spicy aroma. Keep in mind that fresh
ginger, much like garlic, mellows with cooking, and
turns bitter if you burn it. Know that the ground form
has a different flavor, which is most commonly used in
sweet desserts and is not normally interchangeable
with fresh ginger. Ginger root should be kept in
a cool, dry place, usually at 40 to 45 °F. After
purchasing, ginger may be refrigerated in a plastic
bag for up to one week. Freezing ginger for up to
three months is also an option.
It’s All History
The history of ginger goes back over 5000 years
when the Indians and ancient Chinese considered it
a tonic root for all ailments. While ginger originated in
Southeast Asia, it has a long history of being cultivated
in other countries. At an early date it was exported
to Ancient Rome from India. It was used extensively
by the Romans, but almost disappeared from the
pantry when the Roman Empire fell. After the end
of the Roman Empire, the Arabs took control of the
spice trade from the east. In medieval times it was
commonly imported in a preserved form and used to
make sweets. In the 15th century, ginger plants were
carried on ships, which is probably how they were
introduced to the Caribbean as well as Africa. It is only
in recent years that ginger has become more valued
as a spice than for its medicinal properties.