Friday, September 22, 2017

Volunteering at School

Dear Families and Community members,

Volunteers are an integral part of student success in our schools. Parents, guardians, family members, grandparents and community members alike are part of The Bellingham Promise and committed to providing a variety of tasks, skills and time to support student growth and development. And we are grateful.

We have heard from some of you the annual paper volunteer application is arduous and time consuming. With this in mind, we are proud to announce a new development that will make your volunteer job easier. Beginning today, the volunteer application will be accessible in an online format for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years. This new online format is a one-time web-based application that requires a renewal every two years per the Washington State Patrol check (WATCH). We encourage you to complete the application now so we can make any necessary adjustments to provide for a smooth transition for the start of the school year. You can find the application here

In addition, there are now computers available in the lobby at the district office at 1306 Dupont Street for those who would like assistance or do not have computer access.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the new online system, please contact

Thank you for your continued time and support of Bellingham Public Schools.

The Power of "Yet"

Third graders have been learning about having a growth mindset--knowing that learning is a challenge, and that you can learn and get better at things through dedication and hard work.

A staff member at Lowell Elementary, Mr. Peterson, wrote this cool rap to help kids learn about the power of a growth mindset. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

M.A.P. Assessments

The MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) assessment is given 2-3 times a year in grades three through five. The computer-based assessment is what's known as a "dynamic assessment," meaning that the test changes as the student progresses through the questions--if they get a problem correct, they are given a more challenging problem; if they get a problem incorrect, the next problem is easier. The final overall score (known as the RIT score) is an estimate of a student's achievement level. 

The assessments provide teachers with timely, data-driven, and relevant information that will inform our instruction in the classroom. We also use the MAP assessments to monitor students' progress in Math. 

For more information on the MAP, you can view and/or print the MAP Parent Toolkit.

Fall Standard Score
Math: 195

Winter Standard Score
Math: 201

Spring Standard Score
Math: 206

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Fun Run!

It's that time of year again...our annual school fundraiser, the Fun Run, is happening soon!

Your child's collection envelope for pledges was sent home earlier this week. This is Happy Valley's only fundraising event, so thank you in advance for working on getting those pledges!

FUN RUN: Friday, September 29th on the Happy Valley Track

Thursday, October 19th

  • Ice Cream Social
  • Last day to turn in envelopes
  • Bracelets are given to all students who turn in their envelope on time

Classes who turn in 100% of their envelopes by Thursday, October 19th will receive a PIZZA PARTY! Please remind your student to turn in their envelope by this date even if they don’t have any donations. 

One class from upstairs and one class from downstairs will earn a $100 spending spree, by being the class to turn in the most donations.

Also, new this year we are accepting Fun Run donations online. Please feel free to share this link with any friends or family who may want to donate to the Happy Valley PTA Fun Run fundraiser in support of our students, teachers, and the entire Happy Valley Elementary School community.

Thank you so much for your help with all of this, and for everything you do for our children!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Scholastic Book Clubs

A note from Ms. Vodopich...

Are you interested in finding "just right" books for your child, while supporting our classroom library at the same time? If so, please check out the Scholastic Book Club! We earn points to spend in the bookstore, as well as free books, for every order placed.

To order, you will need to create an account with Scholastic. or click HERE

You can search for our class by zipcode, or by entering our class code:


Orders will be placed on the due date; books will arrive at school a week or so later and given to your child. Thank you for your support!

Happy Valley Spirit Wear

Did you know that every Friday is Spirit Day at Happy Valley? The new order is being placed soon, so get your HV hoodies, beanies, baseball t's, and more! All proceeds will go right back to the school, so this is a fantastic way to support Happy Valley kids.

Deadline to order is Friday, Sept. 22nd.

Click here to order online!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Penny Drive to Help Hurricane Victims

Even the smallest citizens can come together to make a difference during times of need! 

Happy Valley is holding a school-wide Penny Drive to help raise money for the American Red Cross in aiding victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, from now until Monday, September 25th.

Each classroom has a penny jar, and there's a big jar in the main office. If your kiddos are wanting to help our fellow citizens during this difficult time, this is a great way for them to participate and make a difference.

Back-to-School Night

Please join us to tour the school, see your kiddo's classroom, go on a scavenger hunt, and admire all of the 3rd graders' hard work so far this year.

We will be meeting in the Courtyard at 7:00 pm for a very special recital--it's not to be missed!

What: Back-to-School Night
Date: Thursday, September 14th
Time: 6:45pm - 7:15pm