2014 VPP Fiesta and Auction

Family, Friends, and Alumni:

We are thrilled to invite you to what will be hands-down the biggest and best VPP party of the year: The Fiesta & Auction!

Join us Saturday, May 3, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

In the Fireside Room at Rossmoor

1001 Golden Rain Rd., Walnut Creek

Your admission includes your dinner and drinks and access to the auction, full of many wonderful items to bid on!

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Click here for a printable/downloadable PDF:  AuctionInfoTix

Just Added!

Check out the grand prize for our raffle: Four nights in a 4bd/4ba stunning vacation home with private pool in La Quinta (Palm Desert area), a prize worth over $2000!  Raffle tickets are $1 for 1 or $10 for 12.  You do not need to be present to win, so encourage family and friends to help support VPP!  100% of the proceeds will go toward our outdoor classroom!

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To Purchase Raffle Tickets ahead of the Auction date, please use PayPal below or contact Kelly Puccinelli at KellyPuccinelli [at] gmail [dot] com

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Click here for a printable/downloadable PDF: RaffleInfo

 

Registration & Tour Information

We are currently accepting registration for the 2014-2015 school year.

In order to reserve a spot, families must first tour the school and then submit an enrollment form and check for the registration fee and first months tuition.

You may sign up for a tour by clicking on the link above.  We also invite you to explore our website to see if VPP might be a goof fit for your family.

If you have additional questions, please contact our Membership Assistant at tours [at] valleyparent [dot] org.  Emails will be returned within 24 business hours.

Community Science Day Success

Our Community Science Day was a success!!!! Rain or shine, the kids came out to play and learn!!!

Giant Bubbles

Giant Bubbles

Volcanic Eruptions

Volcanic Eruptions

Sink or Float Penny Boats

Sink or Float Penny Boats

Balloon Blast Off

Balloon Blast Off

Balloon Blow Up

Balloon Blow Up

Giant Bubbles

Giant Bubbles

Balloon Blow Up

Balloon Blow Up

Fizzle Paint

Fizzle Paint

Drip Drop Painting

Drip Drop Painting

Water Tubes

Water Tubes

Volcanic Eruptions

Volcanic Eruptions

Fizzle Paint

Fizzle Paint

Dino Dig

Dino Dig

Sink or Float?

Sink or Float?

 

Welcome Back!

Dear Preschool Parents,

   I hope you had a wonderful Holiday break! Mine was very eventful, Both my kids were home for Christmas, then we went to Santa Barbara, my father had a successful triple bypass surgery and moved into a new home a week later (His home burnt down when I was visiting last Christmas*:( sad!), My best friend from high school got married and I got to see my old “gang” that I haven’t seen in 34 years! It was so much fun!

We are going to ease into the new year by reading “The Mitten” By Jan Brett and doing a symmetry painting project and a sequencing story telling project.

I would like you to bring a picture of your child as a baby to school-not too young, maybe between 6 months to a 1 year old) As soon as we get all the pictures in, we will start learning about babies, how we grow, how we changed, how to take care of a baby, how to diaper a baby, feed a baby. It’s really fun to see the children in a caring role and really learning about themselves.

   In a couple weeks you will get a handout of all the different options you have for attending Valley Parent next year, It will also be time to register for next year.

I want to meet with any parents that have questions or concerns about the best placement for your child,or any questions about your child and their development. I will put a note out to sign up for conference spots. I will be doing this on Fridays, and your child will be able to play at school during our meeting.

Enjoy the last few days of the break!

Leslie Szumowski

December Fundraisers

Thank you to everyone who participated in our December Fundraisers: See’s Candy, Photo Charms, Stationery illustrated by our little ones, and our shopping night at Learning Express!

P.S. If you are still interested in purchasing pre-made photo charms (no new orders are being taken at this time) of your child or your child’s stationery, please email fundraising [at] valleyparent [dot] org.

VPP is in the News!

VPP is in the news!
http://danville.patch.com/groups/goodnews/p/teddy-bears-capes-4-heroes-night-night-project-bay-area-san-ramon-valley

What a fun time we had at the bank today for the Milk and Cookies with the Bears event! Thank you to all the families who donated stuffed animals and to those who were able to join us for cookies and milk today. An extra special, sprinkle-covered thank you goes to Margie Perry and Lin Radford of Community Bank of the Bay in Danville for hosting this event. The kids really enjoyed their cookies and milk and getting to cuddle their bears one more time! We are so thrilled that we could be part of this event again. Thank you for displaying our bears and putting them up for adoption. We are excited that the adoption proceeds will go to Capes4Heroes and that the bears will go to Project Night Night. Thank you to our very own VPP Parent Jeannie Dryfoos who will be transporting the bears next week to Project Night Night, and thank you to Kendra Stitt Robins at Project Night Night for making sure our bears make their way to Project Pride in Oakland and the Asian Women’s Shelter in SF. Thank you, Jane McInnis from the Danville Patch, for shining a light on our children’s efforts and publishing their deed, so that they might see how their community also values their compassion.

www.projectnightnight.org
http://capes4heroes.com/
http://ebcrp.org/about/contact/project-pride
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It is an indescribable feeling watching your own very young children learn what it means to practice compassion toward others. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being a part of this collective effort.

What Are Your Holiday Traditions?

winter-tree-snowflakes-christmas-holiday_gg55188990Holidays are often a time we can set aside our daily routines to be with family and friends. Many of us think about eating special foods, singing or listening to holiday music, or decorating our homes with special items. For some, holiday traditions help us connect with our ancestors or engage us in thinking about religious or ethnic identity and how we want to continue it with our own children.

Valley Parent celebrates the holidays by acknowledging that:

  • Some families celebrate the same holiday in similar or in different ways
  • Some families celebrate different holidays in similar or in different ways
  • Some families celebrate multiple holidays
  • Some holidays are celebrated in December and many are not
  • Some families do not celebrate any holidays
  • What your family does, or does not do, is valued at Valley Parent Preschool
  • We can all learn about different holidays and how they are celebrated
  • All families, holidays and traditions are equally valued at Valley Parent Preschool

This month during talk-over we want to hear how your family spends the holidays.  We would love to hear about the holidays you celebrate and if your family has any unique traditions, special meals you prepare, or favorite family activities.

We always welcome families to come in and share with the class a special part of your culture or heritage.  In the past we have had dancing, stories, special music, and even cooking and food.  Please talk with your child’s teacher if you would like to set up a time to share with the class, either in December or later in the year.

In addition to sharing your traditions at our end of the day talk-over, we invite you to post them in the comment section below.  You never know when you might find something new to start with your family! You can also post your traditions on our VPP Facebook page here.

*Please keep in mind that comments are public

Teddy Bear Drive

Dear VPP Families,

We are approaching the time of year when we reflect on the joys we share as a family, as well as the joys that come from being a part of a greater school community that values the whole child and service learning.  At VPP we have a very special tradition we hope will prove to be a great way to teach our youngsters the power and joy of giving back to our community.  

VPP has teamed up with Community Bank of the Bay in a wonderful fundraising event that will benefit kids just like ours who are going through difficult times.  We want to stress that participation is voluntary.

What we are asking is for our kids to donate a new teddy bear, 18” or smaller, with the tag on.  We are going to have bins at school to collect the Bears from November 12th to the 19th.  The kids will write their names on tags and place a special ribbon on it.  

All of the Bears are going to be donated to “Project Night Night”, a wonderful Bay-Area-Based Non-Profit that provides a tote bag with a blanket, a book, and a stuffed animal to homeless children across the country.  

Community Bank of the Bay is making it more special by first displaying the Bears at their bank for a couple of weeks for them to be “adopted” by their clients.  All the money raised with the adoption of the bears is going to be donated to “Capes 4 Heroes” which is a Danville-based non-profit run by our very own VPP parent Barbara Casados.  She makes and donates superhero capes for critically and terminally ill children across the country.

Once all of the bears are adopted, Community Bank of the Bay has invited the kids to have milk and cookies at the bank where they will see the bears once again.  This is absolutely voluntary and is going to be after school hours, with more information to come on the date(s) and time(s).  We will also have some press coverage at this event.  

We encourage you to visit www.projectnightnight.org and http://capes4heroes.com/ to see the work they are doing for the kids in our area and across the country.  We want you to be the one to tell your kids how important the bear she/he is donating and how it is going to be special for someone just like them.  

At VPP our priority is the education of the whole child and this could be an experience and an opportunity to empower and help the next generations to be compassionate and active in our communities.

 

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The Power of Play

w-quilt1This was such a great reminder of the importance of long periods of uninterrupted play time.

The first child spent time arranging the pipe in the perfect position to accomplish his goal…to get water to flow down into the sandbox so it would form a puddle at the bottom. Slowly and carefully he used the hose to fill his bucket over and over. Next he tested if the water would flow down if leaves were in the pipe, and then if sand was there too.

A bit later he discovered a large pipe filled with sand was in his way. He tried to move it but found it was too heavy, so he went to find his friends (the firefighters!) to help. Once they got the pipe where they wanted it, they worked together on how the three of them could use the area together, despite having three different ideas at first.

All in all, this process took over an hour and the children were actively engaged in their play the entire time.  Ninety minutes of free exploration time can seem like a loooong time to adults, but this time is vitally important for the children.

These children experienced hands-on science & math, worked on their fine & large motor skills, practiced their balance & coordination, made predictions and tested their ideas, experienced being a leader & a helper, and had sensory experiences with soft sand, cold water, crunchy leaves, and squishy mud.  They experienced cause & effect, developed their attention span, practiced problem solving, and worked on the very important life skills of negotiation and conflict resolution.

All of this learning was possible because they had a long period of time to play!