Grass Valley News-February 14, 2013 - Camas School District

Grass Valley News-February 14, 2013 - Camas School District

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


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 ·


Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

18 19 20 21 22




100th Day of


25 26 CEF


27 Showcase


28 February




Book Fair



4 5 6 7 8

11 12 13

High Cap

Test 2-5:30

14 15

18 19 20 21

Gen. PTA

Meeting 7pm

(Off. Elections)


25 26 27 28 29

March Birthdays


1 2 3 4 5


Spring Break

Author Visit

Skate Night

5-7 PM

Grass Valley

Elementary Presents:



Wednesday, February 27

Open House: 5:30-7:30 PM

K-2 nd Grade Concert:

6:00-6:30 PM

3 rd -5 th Grade Concert:

7:00-7:30 PM

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:


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?

Please contact:

Beth Currie at:




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

your schedule.

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:

P.B.S. Spotlight

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

book cart!

Positive Behavior Support: A District-wide

behavior recognition program helping to

establish school-wide expectations and

to foster a positive school climate.



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

to tame.

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:


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


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

Parent-Teacher Organization.

All donations will be given directly to Crestline staff.


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.

Chrys Royall


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



For Little


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

6:00-7:30 P.M.

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

school office.

Childcare and refreshments provided!

Detach and return to Helen Baller Elementary, 1954 NE Garfield Street, Camas, WA 98607

Family Name:


Phone: Email:

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

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.

Nutrition notes

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:;; The Michigan Bean Commission;;;;;

The Fresh Pick Review is

an informative newsletter

designed to provide a variety

of interesting facts, figures

and health benefits as they

relate to our featured Fresh

Pick item of the month. We

hope you enjoy this newsletter

and if you have any feedback

on how to make our Fresh

Pick Review even better,

please email your suggestions

or comments to freshpick@

Did You


• 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

in-person appearances.

Let’s Get Cooking

LEntIL sOUP WItH Pasta

(SeRveS 8)


• 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

Lemon Dressing

• 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

1989 The

year the


LEntIL fEstIvaL

started in Pullman, WA

nUtrItIOn facts:

81 calories, 3g fat,

60mg sodium, 3g fiber

6000 B.c. - tHE DatE sIncE


In PErU WItH tHEIr cOmmOn namE cOmIng frOm

PErU’s caPItaL cIty, LIma.



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.


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