February 14, 2013
We are continuing to build awareness that all drivers need to be
vigilant about driving safely—slowly and with full concentration—
through our parking lot. Thanks to parent volunteers who, in the
near future, will be distributing flyers to drivers at drop-off and pick
-up times. Please thank them for helping to spread the word
about Safety First!
In honor of Presidents’ Day, there is
NO SCHOOL on:
Friday, February 15 &
Monday, February 18
Wednesday, February 27
Details on page 3!
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
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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!
Scholastic Book Fair
Tuesday, February 26 - Friday, March 1
Plus: Online sales through March 17
Tues 2/26: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wed 2/27: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm SHOWCASE
Thur 2/28: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Fri 3/1: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
We need your help! Many shifts are available for as little as 30 minutes!
Please CLICK HERE to select a shift through SignUpGenius.
Staff Appreciation Week
During Staff Appreciation Week last week, our GVE staff was treated
with various meals, sweet treats, and gifts. Thank you to everyone
who donated food, gifts and raffle items during the week.
The raffle winners were:
Robin Klave, Janet Bloodworth, &
Kelly Greene – Massage Envy
Kari Wiest – Deborah Funches Jewelry
Jeff Causey – Coffee Basket
Ginger McBride – Dinner + Movie
Patty Curtis – Applebee’s
Kelly Chen – Spirit Wear
Julie Werner & Terrie Anicker –
Sharon Siebenthaler – Bed, Bath &
Jennie Sanchez – Amazon
Laurie Town – Candy Centerpiece
3rd Annual Grass Valley Carnival & Silent Auction
Friday, May 17, 2013
This family event has evolved into THE event of the school year and we are excited to keep it going!
Taking on one small task is all it takes to keep this event at last year’s level of opportunity
and excitement. There are THREE WAYS TO HELP:
Grade Level Basket Coordinators (6 volunteers):
Need 1 person per grade level to help
coordinate with teachers/collect incoming items
and work with the Auction Chairperson. Bonus
points if you are good at putting together items
for basket/presentation for the raffle table!
Setup - Day of Auction (2 volunteers): Help
put out the bid sheets and items prior to event.
Closers - Night of Auction (4 volunteers):
Watch over tables & hand-out items to winning
Donation Wranglers (many volunteers):
Need people to call local businesses to follow up
on donation requests.
To volunteer, please contact Beth Currie at:
DONATE AN ITEM TO AUCTION
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?
Beth Currie at: firstname.lastname@example.org
*DAY OF EVENT*
Can you spare just one hour? 75+ volunteers
are needed on the day of the event, simply SHOW
UP and you will be put to work. Various time slots
are available to help with: set-up, check-in, and to
work at a particular station during the event.
To sign-up, click the following link:
Please note, this year each grade level will sponsor/
host a particular game or activity. However,
please feel free to sign up for any shift that fits
Kindergarten - Indoor Games (Soda Pop Ring
Toss, darts & Tic Tac Toe)
1st Grade - Fishing Game/Lollipop Tree
2nd Grade - Outside Games (Football, Golf Toss &
Minute to Win It)
3rd Grade - Inflatables
4th Grade - Face Painting & Tattoos
5th Grade - Cake Walk
Anyone - Set-up & front door check-in
Students in 5th grade or above are also able to
take a volunteer shift.
Questions? Contact Dawn Redmond at:
Catching Zebras being
Safe, Responsible, and Respectable
Congratulations to the February’s PBS
stripe winner, Maggie U., from Mrs.
Weist’s 3rd grade class. The entire 3rd
grade has earned an extra recess
(Maggie’s choice) and a book from the
Positive Behavior Support: A District-wide
behavior recognition program helping to
establish school-wide expectations and
to foster a positive school climate.
ABC GARDEN MAINTENANCE:
CAN YOU HELP THIS WEEKEND?
An early spring is on the way, according
to the groundhog. And with spring comes
weeds! If you have an hour or two to
spare, please come out to the school
garden this weekend and help us get it
ready for Spring! No specific time, whenever
it works for you. Please bring your
own gloves and tools. A wheel barrel has
been secured to the fence across the
bus loop with a bike lock, combination
6264, which can be used to dump weeds
in the trees across the bus loop. Also,
there is extra mulch available just on the
other side of the bus loop. Feel free to
mulch, if needed.
While the district
maintains the lawns,
the garden is ours
2013-14 PTA BOARD
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:
AUTHOR DEBORAH HOPKINSON IS COMING TO GRASS VALLEY!
On March 15, students at Grass Valley will get to meet and hear Oregon author,
Deborah Hopkinson. She will be sharing her passion for writing to our students.
Ms. Hopkinson writes for all ages and genres, although her focus is on historical
fiction picture books. Her books “help bring history alive and encourage young
readers to practice critical thinking and historical thinking skills.”
The days’ program will include a 40 minute slide presentation for K-2 nd grades
on What Makes A Writer. Her presentation explains where writers get their
ideas and the process they go through. The 3 rd , 4 th , and 5 th graders will be
looking at historical fiction and non-fiction books and how authors and
illustrators work together to create books. Ms. Hopkinson will also explain using slides, how they research and
create the story. There will be a short writing activity for these grades.
During library classes before her visit, the students will have a chance to read and look at many of her books.
We would like to thank the PTA for this generous grant and to thank the Fun Run Fundraising of 2012.
Ruth Woodruff, Librarian
CRESTLINE ELEMENTARY SUPPORT
As most of you are aware, Crestline Elementary School in Vancouver suffered irreparable damage as a result of
a fire last week. Mr. Crone’s wife and Wendi Sumner, mom of a GVE second grader, are teachers at Crestline.
Many have the desire to help these teachers replace personal teaching items in their classrooms, such as books
and learning games. There are a few ways you can help through Grass Valley:
Now through February 20, GVE teachers at every grade level are accepting gift card donations to Crestline.
Cards to retailers like Ikea, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s, and Target will aid educators in rebuilding essential
supplies that were lost. Additionally, teachers are collecting gently used books. Students can simply bring
in items and give to their teachers.
Families will also have a chance to buy a Scholastic book for Crestline at the upcoming book fair. Simply
purchase a book, fill out a dedication label, and put it in the designated bin.
Last, after reaching out to gauge their needs and offer assistance, the PTA donated $100 to the Crestline
All donations will be given directly to Crestline staff.
HUMANE SOCIETY DONATIONS EXTENDED
The Humane Society donations drive, coordinated by 5th graders Megan and Lily, has been extended until
Tuesday, February 19. Drop off items in the lobby before and after school or during lunch recess. A flyer was
sent home with each student including full details.
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.
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
Please join us for an evening of family-focused
learning activities to support early learning and school
readiness skills. This program is open to young
learners ages 3-6 in the Camas School District. We will
focus on early literacy and math skills and provide free
materials for you to take home and use to continue
the learning at home. Space is limited to the first 40
March 5, 2013
Helen Baller Elementary School
1954 NE Garfield Street
Camas, WA 98607
Please register by completing the form and returning it to Helen
Baller Elementary. The form can be mailed or dropped off in the
Childcare and refreshments provided!
Detach and return to Helen Baller Elementary, 1954 NE Garfield Street, Camas, WA 98607
Name and ages of children attending:
March into Spring
Yes, I will need childcare for ________number of children.
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
LEntILs & BEans
Add Bounce To Your Step
A lentil is a lens-shaped seed that grows in a pod on the lentil
plant. A cousin of the bean, the lentil ranges in color from red to
green, with the most common types in the United States being
either green or brown. Most lentils grown in the United States
are grown in North Dakota and Montana. Compared to other
types of dried beans, lentils are relatively quick and easy to
prepare. They readily absorb a variety of wonderful flavors from
other foods and seasonings, are high in nutritional value and are
available throughout the year. Lentils are classified according
to whether they are large or small beans in size with dozens of
varieties of each being cultivated. They may be sold whole or split into
halves with the brown and green varieties being the best at retaining
their shape after cooking.
Beans, a nutritional and appetizing powerhouse, belong to the family of plants called
legumes. They are known for being extremely versatile when it comes to preparing a meal
for they can be used in everything from hearty casseroles to light and healthy salads.
There are many bean varieties that all have their own unique shape, size and taste. Each
type of bean, from the pinto to the kidney bean, will provide its own exceptional flavor and
enhance the nutritional value of any dish being prepared.
Diets that include beans have been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease and certain
cancers. Studies have also shown that beans can be useful when managing diabetes as
they may cut the risk of high blood pressure and can be associated with weight loss. The
USDA recommends that people should eat more than three cups of beans each week in
order to gain the maximum health benefits they are known to provide. Whether you enjoy
them in a soup, in a casserole or in your favorite bowl of chili, beans are the perfect way to
gain the essential nutrients needed for a healthy and energetic lifestyle.
Lentils are an excellent source of Molybdenum and Folic Acid. They are a very good
source of dietary fiber and Manganese, as well as Iron, Protein, Phosphorus, Copper,
Thiamin and Potassium. Lentils contain no cholesterol and are very low in saturated
fat and sugar. They are high in Vitamin C and provide Vitamin B to the body as well.
Source: www.whfoods.org; www.buzzle.com; The Michigan Bean Commission; www.homecooking.about.com;
www.lentilfest.com; www.about.com; www.cliffordawright.com; www.healthdiaries.com
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• Dry bean production occurs in
fourteen states and includes fifteen
different varieties of beans.
• Because of its use as a staple of U.S.
Navy messes since the mid-nineteenth
century, the humble white bean was
christened “navy bean.”
• Lentils are shaped like a contact lens.
In fact, lens is the Latin word for lentil.
• Another name for the lima bean is “chad
• In ancient Egypt, lentils were thought to
enlighten the minds of children, making
them more cheerful and studious.
• Lentils have been found in the tombs of
Egypt dating back to 2400 B.C.
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
LEntIL sOUP WItH Pasta
• 2 cups lentils
• 1 cup penne pasta
• 1/4 cup yellow onion (diced)
• 1 teaspoon garlic (raw)
• 1/2 cup canned tomato (diced)
• 1/2 cup carrot matchsticks
• 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese (grated)
• 1 tablespoon dried parsley
• 2 tablespoons unsweetened lemon juice (frozen)
• 1 tablespoon canola/olive oil blend
• 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (ground)
• 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1. Prepare lentils and pasta according to recipes.
2. Dice onion 1/4”.
3. Mince garlic.
4. Drain tomatoes.
5. Whisk together lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper in a non-reactive
bowl until blended.
6. Combine lentils, pasta, onion, carrots and tomatoes with lemon
dressing in serving pan.
7. Garnish with parmesan cheese and parsely.
By The nUmBErs
started in Pullman, WA
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60mg sodium, 3g fiber
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LIMA BeANS HAVe BeeN CuLTIVATeD
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BITS & BITeS
There are hundreds of varieties of lentils, with as many
as fifty or more cultivated for food. Some of the more
popular types of lentils include Brown, Black (Beluga),
Puy (or French Green), Green, Red Chief (or Split
Red), Petite Crimson, Yellow (or Toor Dal), White, Split
Black and Macachiados. All lentils have an earthy,
nutty flavor, and some varieties have a slight peppery
It’s All History
The earliest archaeological dating of lentils is from the
Paleolithic and Mesolithic layers of Franchthi Cave in
Greece (13,000 to 9,500 years ago). Lentils are one
of the first foods to have ever been cultivated. The
ancient Greeks very much enjoyed lentils, especially in
soups. Aristophanes said, “You, who dare insult lentil
soup, sweetest of delicacies.” The Greeks also made
lentils into bread.
Before the 1st century AD, lentils were introduced to
India, a country whose traditional cuisine still bestows
high regard for the spiced lentil dish known as Dal. In
many Catholic countries, lentils have long been used
as a staple food during Lent. Currently, the leading
commercial producers of lentils include India, Turkey,
Canada, China and Syria.
Historians believe that beans originated from Peru
and Mexico, were domesticated, and then slowly
introduced to other parts of the world. North America
presented an ideal climate for the cultivation of beans.
By the 1880s, bean production was an increasingly
growing market for the United States. American dry
bean production grew during World War II in order
to meet the demand of use by American servicemen
around the world. Today, the United States is the
world’s leading producer of dry beans.