Welcome Back

I hope we are all ready to start second semester refreshed.  I know that I am already ready for spring and warmer weather.  Here are a few reminders for upcoming events:

Jan. 16          PTO Meeting in the grade school library at 4:30

Jan. 17          11:30 Dismissal

Jan. 20          No School

Jan. 24          Bake Sale- 2nd grade is the donating class

Feb. 13          2nd and 3rd grade to WIU for a play

Feb. 14          Valentine’s Day parties starting at 10:00      11:30 dismissal

Feb. 17          No School

Feb. 21          Bake Sale   1st grade is the donating class

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December Dates

Dec. 2-5          Christmas Market-Volunteers Needed

Dec. 4              Health Fair for 4th Grade

Dec. 9               Board Meeting

Dec. 13             Bake Sale-3rd Grade Donating Class

Dec. 18             Christmas Concert

Dec. 19              Class Parties at 2:00

Dec. 20              2nd quarter incentive party

Dec. 20              2:00 Dismissal,  End of 2nd quarter

Dec. 23-Jan. 7   Christmas Break

Jan. 6                 Teacher’s Institute

Jan. 7                  First day back for students

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Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent teacher conferences are this Thursday, Oct. 24th from 5-8 and Friday, Oct. 25th from 7:50-11:30.  If you have not made your appointment, please call or send a note soon.  When at your conference, make sure you talk with your child’s teacher about concerns you may have.  Here is a list of items that you could discuss at your conference:  What can I do to stay more involved in my child’s academic progress?  What skills are being addressed at this time?  How is my child keeping up in class?  How does my child get along with others?  What types of testing should be expected this year?  What are your homework policies and how is my child following them?  What are my child’s strengths and weaknesses?  Asking questions and staying actively involved in your child’s education can make a big difference in their academic success.  See you at conferences!!!

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October Dates

Oct. 2       4th Grade Health Fair

Oct. 4       Bake Sale  (5th grade donating class)

Oct. 7       Play at WIU 10:00

Oct. 9       Vision and Hearing recheck

Oct. 10      PreK Night 6-7

Oct. 11      11:30 Dismissal 

Oct. 11      8:30-9:30  Guys With Ties

Oct. 14      No School

Oct. 14      Board Meeting

Oct. 17      PTO Meeting 4:30

Oct. 18      1st Quarter Ends

Oct. 24      P/T Conferences 5-8     2:00 Dismissal

Oct. 25      No School   P/T Conferences 7:50-11:30

Oct. 26      PTO Halloween Party 6-7:30

Oct. 28-Nov. 1   Red Ribbon Week

Oct. 31      Halloween Party and Parade

Nov. 1       Picture Retake Day 

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Friday, September 27th is Valley’s Homecoming.  Wear red and black to show support for the wildcats.  The elementary will start the day with an assembly at 9:30 in the high school gym.  We will be wearing red glow necklaces to show support and leading a cheer which the students have practiced.  All students who wear red and/or black, will have their name in a drawing for a “wildcat bar”.  School will be dismissed at 1:30.  The parade is in Fairview at 4:00.  Game in Cuba at 7:00 against Bushnell.  See you there!!  Go Cats!!   

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Valley PTO

The PTO held its first meeting on August 29th in the elementary library.  Thanks to the parents and Mrs. Harper for attending.  PTO still needs volunteers to help with all the wonderful things they do for our school.  PTO’s fundraiser is on its way,  students should have brought home the pizza/sub order forms last week.  The next bake sale is Friday, October 4th with 5th grade as the donating class.  Mark your calendars for the PTO Halloween Bash which will be held on Saturday, October 26th.   

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Picture Day

Thursday September 12th is Picture Day

Order forms were sent home..if you need one call the office and one will be sent home for you.

Forms and money are due on Thursday when pictures are taken.


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The Topic of Bullying


Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance.  The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.


In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

*An imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power- such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity- to control or harm others.

*Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.


Bullying can occur during or after school hours.  While most reported bullying happens in the school building, a significant percentage also happens in places like on the playground or on the bus.  It can also happen traveling to or from school, in the youth’s neighborhood, or on the internet.

How a positive home/school relationship can help:

Bullying can threaten students’ physical and emotional safety at school and can negatively impact their ability to learn.  The best way to address bullying is to stop it before it starts.  It is important for everyone to work together to send a unified message against bullying.  Parents and school staff can help to create a school culture of acceptance, tolerance, and respect.  By working together and having meaningful conversations about individual differences, we can stop bullying behavior and teach our children a valuable life lesson.

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Dates To Remember

Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013           PTO meeting at 4:30

Monday, Sept. 2, 2013              No School

Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013              Boy Scouts at Valley to talk with students

Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013        Boy Scout Parent Night at 6:30

Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013            PTO Open House 6-7

Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013          Picture Day!!  Smile!!

Friday, Sept. 20, 2013               Midterm Ends

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013            Vision and Hearing

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013      Midterms sent home

Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013          Vision and Hearing

Friday, Sept. 27, 2013                1:30 Dismissal North Fulton Homecoming

                                                   Red and Black Day

                                                   Parade in Fairview at 4:00

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Welcome Back Valley Elementary

It is hard to believe that summer is over, but the students at SRV Elementary are well on their way to getting back in the grove of school.  It was wonderful to see and talk with so many of you at registration.  If we have not met, please stop by sometime so that we can.  The school year is off to a great start.  Students are hard at work adjusting to the routines of the school day.  We have a wonderful staff that are excited about the year and working hard to challenge each and every student.  Within the next week, teachers will have sent home a note explaining the expectations of their classrooms.  Please make sure that you go over this with your child.  Parent/teacher/school communication is essential in student success.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us or stop by to see all the wonderful things happening at Spoon River Valley Elementary.

Contact Information:

Jody Collier

Elementary Principal

Phone:  309-778-2207


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