Valley View Elementary has big hearts! Not only for each other, but also for pets and animals. On February 14, 2011, Mrs. Reinert’s class hosted the Kent County Animal Shelter. The students listened to the presentation on what they do at the shelter and they learned how to handle and pet animals. The class also presented the shelter with new leashes, dog food, dog bowls, towels and many more donations that they had been collecting. The students loved to meet and see the dogs and learn safety with stray animals.
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Carole Baker Carole Baker, a Rockford resident for almost 50 years, has been involved with the Rockford school district since the 1960s. She began by volunteering for the schools when her children first attended Rockford schools. She recognized the value of being an involved parent. In the early 1970s, Carole became a school aide, working with the E.M.I. Special Education students. In 1982 she started working specifically with students who were blind or had significant sight problems. To better serve these students, Carole showed her dedication by taking classes and mastering the Braille system. She continued in this role, working closely with students, until her retirement in 1999. In addition to her role in special education, in 1976 Carole accepted the responsibility of varsity cheerleading advisor when she learned there was no one available to fulfill this role. She held this position for nine years. In Carole’s retirement, she continues to volunteer at North Rockford Middle School during orientation, Valley View Elementary School, and teaching “survival swim” to Rockford fourth-graders. She supports the Rockford community by teaching “arthritis swim” to senior citizens, and participating in the Rockford Relay for Life. Carole is a lifelong supporter of the Rockford schools and community.
Valley View fifth grade science students took advantage of windy and warm spring weather to construct and fly kites as part of a science unit entitled, Forces and Motion. Pictured with an original designed box kite are Autumn Flachs, Jacob Nawrocki, Gage Blick, and Jonathan Walston.Valley View fifth grade science students took advantage of windy and warm spring weather to construct and fly kites as part of a science unit entitled, Forces and Motion. Pictured with an original designed box kite are Autumn Flachs, Jacob Nawrocki, Gage Blick, and Jonathan Walston.
Valley View Elementary was home to approximately 100 “Famous Americans” recently as they held their very first Wax Museum. Amelia Earhart, Albert Einstein, and even Walt Disney were in attendence. All fifth grade students were required to become their character, complete with costume, make-up, props and background as part of a school project which doubled as a fundraiser for their end of the year field trip. Coin boxes and tip jars were decorated to match their theme and the characters came to life when they heard the clink of money hit the bottom of their jar. Each prepared an interesting two minute speech and many of the kids found parallels with their famous person that they would not have learning about them in a history book. Dan Derksen had done this project at a past school and brought the idea to Valley View. He felt the kids would get much more out of learning about these amazing people in this way, and that it was a great way to get parents involved as well. Packed to the brim, the Valley View halls and gym gleemed with proud parents and smiling kids. It was a night to be remembered and hopefully repeated next year. Thanks for your hard work fifth graders.
As part of their holiday celebrations this past year, Mrs. Beier’s kindergarten class and Mrs. Fowle’s second-grade class at Valley View Elementary School collected and donated books with personalized, handmade cards for kids at Campau Park Elementary School in Grand Rapids. Over 70 new books were donated to surprised and excited kindergartners and second-graders at Campau Park.