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November 2017 Newsletter

Dismissal Changes
Click here to email dismissal changes.   We accept dismissal changes up until 2:15 PM every day except Wednesdays.  1:15 PM is the deadline on Wednesdays.

HAC Access
If you need a HAC login or HAC password reset, please email Ann Fishman.  HAC accounts are available for grade 3-8.

Volunteer Clearance
In an effort to provide safety and security to our students and staff, we check identification for all vendors, visitors, volunteers and parents each time you enter the building.  Volunteers must have clearance to enter the building.  If you have not already been cleared, please submit a school access form.  Please input full legal name (first, middle and last) on the application.  If you already have clearance, please do not submit an application.  Expired accounts will be rerun automatically.

Donate to Flocabulary
Interested in helping Valley Ridge Academy students have access to engaging, content-rich vocabulary? Help us fund a subscription to Flocabulary. Flocabulary is an online program that gives students and teachers access to hundred of standards-aligned videos, reading passages, and activities on curriculum-based topics.  Click to find out more.

The PTO is a fun and friendly organization that is committed to partnering with the parents and school staff to foster a successful learning environment for all Valley Ridge Academy students.  Click to join and for additional information.

Tuesday, Dec. 12th @ 9:00 - 10:00am
Cafeteria Reminder:
Cost for Breakfast is $1.25, 
Elementary (Pre-K to 5) Lunch is $2.80
Secondary (6-8) Lunch is $2.95
All student accounts must be kept up to date at all times. The winter break is quickly approaching and all student debts are to be reconciled December 21st.

History Mystery Theatre – Rescheduled for February 9th
History Mystery Theatre is a production based on the 6 Pillars of Character. It is a cross between a dinner/dessert theatre and an interactive mystery “who dunnit”.  Any student in grades 5 – 8 can audition for primary roles.   Click for additional information

RSVP and Pre-payment required.  RSVP Forms may be turned in at the front office.
Please consider helping out by volunteering as well:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090F48A4AF2AA5F94-2ndannual

Student Council and Early Act need your help. Did you know that there are kids in our county that are going through tough times and could use our help?  Each Middle School Homeroom will have 2 duffle bags to fill with new items; like shoes, underwear, socks, and full sized toiletry products like shampoo, soap, and deodorant.  This service project will run from November 20 – December 8.  Please click for additional information.
In addition, Safety Patrols will be collecting the following items to help feed students across the district for the winter break. 
The items are for breakfast and lunch and include:

Peanut Butter Tuna
Saltines Fruit cups
Chunky Soups Cheerios or Life Cereal
Canned Chicken Chewy Granola Bars
Chef Boyardee Style Tab – Top meals

3rd Annual Sock and Shoe Drive – Dec. 4-8
Aiming to collect 100+ new or gently used pairs of sneakers (children’s & adult sizes) and 200 pairs of new socks (children’s & adult sizes). All donations will be directed to our sister school, Southwoods Elementary, and the Salvation Army in St. Augustine. Southwoods Elementary is stressing the dire need they have for shoes. A student is being turned away every week – please donate and help Southwoods Elementary students.
The most requested shoe sizes: 
Boy’s sizes-13, 1, 2, 6, 7 , 
Girl’s sizes-12, 13, 1, 2, 3

Important Meetings Re: 8th Grade Transition to HS
December 5 at 6:00PM in the cafeteria – Parent Meeting
January 12 at 1:45 Middle School Blitz for 8th graders


L.E.E. Spanish
Afterschool Spanish classes for regular & extended day students, ALL grades!!! REGISTERING NOW FOR Valley Ridge!!!
Spring session meets: Tue from Jan 23-May 8 (3-4:30) OR Wed Jan 24-May 9 (2-3:30)  

The Gifted Parent Advisory Council
Meets four times per year to inform the school district about ways in which we can improve our efforts in serving our gifted students. Parents of K-12 gifted students from throughout the district are encouraged to come to all of the meetings.
Gifted Parent Advisory Council and Parent Trainings
Tue, Sept. 26 SAHS 6:30-8:00 pm Media Center
Tue, Nov. 14 PVHS 6:30-8:00 pm Media Center
Thur, Feb. 15 BTHS 6:30-8:00 pm Media Center
Tue, Apr. 17 NHS 6:30-8:00 pm Media Center

CHARACTER COUNTS! 6 Pillars 6K/3K Run/Walk
Walkers, runners and fitness enthusiasts are invited to participate in the CHARACTER COUNTS! 6 Pillars 6K/3K Run/Walk on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 9 a.m. The run/walk will begin and end at Palencia Elementary School. Register before January 1 and receive a $5 discount!
Learn more and register today!