In this newsletter: Early Out Wednesday, May 24th, 1:00 PM Silverwood Tickets 8th Grade Parent Party Planning Meeting for 8th Graders May 22nd at 7:30 PM in the WV Library Free Guinea Pigs We have an Early Out this coming Wednesday, May 24th, at 1:00 PM. Please pick up your children by 1:15 PM if they are not riding the bus. Thank you.

The Silverwood Tickets have arrived! If your child participated in the Reading is the Ticket program, you can expect their ticket to be coming home with your child today (Friday, May 19th). Nice job to everyone who read their way to Silverwood. Enjoy your time there! There will be an after-ceremony party planning meeting for 8th grade parents at 7:30PM Monday, May 22nd in the WV Library.

FREE! Ms. Ruonavaara has three very sweet and kind female guinea pigs who are in need of a permanent home. They come with a 2ft X 4ft cage and are ready to pick up at the school. If you are interested, please email Ms. Ruonavaara at

5/12/2017 In this newsletter: WV Warrior Spring Football Bill Harley Concert Science Camp Junior Golf Instructions at Village Greens WV Naturalists: Using Native Plants in Landscaping and Spring Creek Cemetery Native Plant Tour Important Dates to Remember Greetings West Valley Families, West Valley Warrior Spring Football next week! West Valley Warrior Football will be holding spring practices beginning Monday, May 15th through Friday, May 19th. Practices will run from 4:00-5:30 PM at West Valley School each day. Players should wear shorts, t-shirt and football cleats for each practice. Come join us for a week of football and fun! If you have any questions please contact Coach Keller at or call him at (630) 728-8435. Ben Young and Todd Morstein, with many of their advanced science students at Glacier High School, are hosting Science Games 2017,a science camp for students moving into 4th - 6th grade in the fall of 2017. This is the third year of this camp. Each year has taken a different focus. This year physics, chemistry, and biology activities are all related to electricity. The following link has the flyers that can be printed or students can directly register through the site. West Valley School Kindergarten through 5th grade students were treated to a fun-filled Bill Harley Concert on Wednesday of this past week. On Friday night, May 12 at 7 p.m., Bill Harley will play for the public at the Flathead High School Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids. You can buy them at Imagination Station in Kalispell or Whitefish, and at Photo Video Plus in Kalispell. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Your kids will be able to sing along to some of the songs—and you’ll find out why the Kalispell Education Foundation wanted to share this performer with the district and partner districts! Junior Golf (for students seven to seventeen years old) is growing in the valley. Village Greens golf course is offering a FREE clinic every Monday night in May from 6:00-7:00 PM. This is a great opportunity to get some free instruction from the professional staff at Village Greens. Golf clubs are provided if students don’t have their own. If you have any questions please call the pro shop at 752-4666 or contact Mr. Nickerson by emailing him at Hope to see you there! Flathead CARE is hosting the final middle school "School's OUT!” dance of the year on Friday, May 19th, from 7:00-9:00 PM. Admission is $4 per student, and the dance is open to all middle school students from local schools. Parents - please note that the Linderman building will be locked until 6:45 pm. Flathead CARE welcomes and appreciates parent chaperones for dances. Please contact Kari Gabriel at 249-7800 The West Valley Naturalists are providing two great opportunities for us this week! “Kathy Ross will be presenting a program on native plants on Tuesday, May 16. Kathy, Bigfork landscaper, shares her experience of 26 years working in the Flathead Valley, around and with our native plant communities. Although a native plant enthusiast, Kathy has also worked extensively with other plants used to “enhance” native plant communities and has suggestions on what works best with native plants. Some of the topics she will cover are: What exactly is a native plant? Why leave or add native plants to your landscaping? Finally, Kathy will reflect on the special relationship between native plants, insects and birds in our local environments. This presentation will be held in the boardroom of West Valley School, 2290 Farm to Market Road, at 7 pm on Tuesday, May 16. Guides will meet you at the main entrance to show you the way. What a perfect time of year to receive this information as we begin the garden season. Please arrive a bit early so that you can visit with the students who received the West Valley Naturalist award at the Science Fair in March. Gracie Stolfus and Carisa Cesarone will have their posters on display before the meeting. We will also be meeting the next evening, Wednesday, May 17 at 6:00 pm in the parking lot of West Valley School to carpool to the Spring Creek Cemetery which is located within a remnant of the native grassland. We hope to see flowering arnica, biscuitroot and stoneseed though it might be a tad early. Perhaps we will return in June also. We will be joining Betty Kuropat and Jen Hintz and other members of the Flathead Chapter of the Montana Native Plant Society. Finally, if you have other ideas for day hikes in the West Valley/Tally Lake area this summer, beginning in June, please let us know. Please feel free to call if you have questions about these myriad events: Linda de Kort 755 3704 Thanks.” Important Dates to Remember: May 17th, 18th and 19th- 8th grade Montana History Trip May 24th- Early Release 1:00 PM May 29th- Memorial Day (No School) June 8th - 8th Grade Promotion 6:00 PM June 9th - Last Day of School 12:00 PM Release

4/14/2017 In this newsletter: School in session this Monday, April 17th The Frog Prince production Saturday, April 15th, at 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm PTO Meeting Monday, April 17th Kindergarten Round Up Thursday, April 20th Montana State Science Fair Results Spring Cleanup Saturday, April 2nd Greetings West Valley families, School will be in session at West Valley on Monday, April 17th. The Sparks Bus will be running as usual. Missoula Children’s Theatre and the students of West Valley School will be bringing you a fabulous production of The Frog Prince this Saturday, April 15th. They have been hard at work all week and it is set to be our best show yet! Please support these budding actors by joining us for one of the two (or both) performances at 3:00 pm or 5:30 pm. Tickets will be sold at the door - $2 for 10 years and under, $3 for 11 years and older. We will also be selling roses if you wish to give a gift to one of these amazing students. All proceeds will assist in funding this year’s program. Can’t wait to see you all this weekend. Our next PTO meeting is this coming Monday, April 17th at 7 pm in the school library. We will be discussing Spring Cleanup, Teacher Appreciation Week, last day of school Play Day, and fund raising plans for next year. Here is a link to our Facebook event — Be sure to like our page so you can stay up to date on what is happening at our school. West Valley School’s Kindergarten Round Up is next Thursday, April 20th. All West Valley children who will be attending kindergarten in the 2017/2018 school year, need to make an appointment for the assessment(755-7239) . Thank you. Over Spring Break, fifteen West Valley Students and their parents traveled to Missoula for the Montana State Science Fair. They brought home 9 gold, and six silver places. The 7th grade took the 1st Place Biological TEAM and 6th grade took the 3rd place Biological TEAM. We are proud of our West Valley Science students and teachers! Please see the attached results and enjoy this article from the Missoulian. Spring Cleanup is happening on Earth Day — Saturday, April 22nd from 10am - 12 pm. We will be cleaning up garbage from around the school grounds and a section of Farm to Market Road. Gloves, vests, and bags will be provided, as well as a BBQ immediately afterwards. All are welcome to join us!

3/24/17 In this newsletter: Kindergarten Round Up Thursday, April 20th Spring Break March 27th-31st Science Fair Winners … (attachment) MCTM Math Competition Results… (attachment) Auditions for Missoula Children’s Theatre Phone and Address Updates Important Dates for 8th Grade_ Parents Growing Up Female Greetings West Valley Parents, Kindergarten Round-Up will take place at West Valley School Thursday, April 20th. If you have a child who will be turning 5 years old by September 10th, he/she may attend kindergarten for the 2017-18 school year. Please call the office at 755-7239 to make a 30 minute appointment for a quick screening that day. Also, please bring a copy of their birth certificate and immunization records to the appointment. The students are certainly excited about Spring Break this coming week. We have just a few announcements to keep you up to date while you are away. A special round of applause goes to Mrs. Dover and Mrs. Bodman for heading up another magnificent West Valley School Science Fair! Thank you to all our volunteer judges, too! We certainly appreciate your time and dedication! The students committed to excellence with their projects. You may see the Grand/Reserve Science Fair Winners on the attached list. Congratulations to our MCTM Math Competition (Montana Council of Teachers of Mathematics) winners! Thank you to their math teacher, Mrs. Charlene Iannucci, for leading these West Valley students into mathematical eminence! Thank you also to Math Competition chaperones Tris Hoffman, Jaimie Nelson, Lance Deitrick, and Ryan Hurst. Please see the MCTM attachment for a list of all the MCTM Math Competition winners. Please read the following letter from Mrs. VanHelden for details about the Missoula Children’s Theatre auditions: “Dear Parents and Students, It is with great anticipation that we look forward to the return of Missoula Children’s Theatre here at West Valley School. In the past, these productions have been a fun and beneficial learning experience for all involved. This year we are proud to present “The Frog Prince.” I wanted to briefly give you an overview of what your student can expect if chosen to participate in this year’s production. As in past years, this year’s audition will be open to everyone and we encourage all to come and try out for a part as it is a very positive theatre experience. Please keep in mind, however, that due to our increasing school size and the size of the audition pool, not every student is guaranteed a part in the show. Auditions will take place on Monday, April 10th, from 3:45-5:45. If your student is selected as part of the cast they will immediately be given their rehearsal schedule. A small portion of the cast will remain at West Valley for an additional 2 hours, 6-8 pm, for rehearsal. Two 2-hour rehearsal sessions will be scheduled each day, Tuesday through Friday, with a 15-30 minute snack break scheduled between the sessions for those who will be staying for both. Performances will most likely take place Saturday at 3:00 and 5:30 pm with a four hour dress rehearsal prior to that. Thank you in advance for your participation and support. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Regards, Krista VanHelden” If you have a phone or address change, please make that change on your Infinite Campus Portal or call the office at 755-7239. Thank you. Eighth grade parents, here are important dates for you to put on your calendar regarding your eighth grade students: 4/19 - 4/27 SBAC Testing 4/24 Parent Meeting regarding 8th Grade Promotion Planning (5:30 Library) 5/17 - 5/19 Montana History Trip 6/07 Gym Decoration for Promotion Ceremony (after school) 6/08 8th Grade Practice (school day) 6/08 8th Grade Pictures (scheduled times before ceremony) 6/08 Promotion Ceremony (6:00pm) Flathead Family Planning is offering its last “Growing Up Female Workshop” for the school year. The workshop will be held Thursday, April 27th from 5:30 - 8:30PM in the 2nd floor conference room at Flathead City-County Health Department located at 1035 1st Ave. West Kalispell. To register, call 751-8150.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day West Valley Families! In this letter:

​Make Up Day for March 13th School Closure Monday, April 17th ​Early 1:00 pm Release Wednesday, March 22nd ​Absentee Homework ​West Valley Band and Choir Concert Tuesday, March 21st at 7pm ​Spring Break March 27th - March 31st ​Missoula Children’s Theatre April 10th through April 15th ​Absentee Homework ​West Valley Cross Country Calendar and Maps ​Race for Boxtops Finale ​Annual West Valley Fire and Rescue Rummage Sale ​Glacier High School Boy’s/Girl’s Track & Field Camp Happy St. Patrick’s Day West Valley Families! As you know by now, the propane leak has been fixed and all is well here at the school. You should have received an email and phone message from the school last Wednesday, March 15th, stating that we will attend a regular full day of school on April 17th to make up for the day we lost. Please mark your calendars. This Wednesday, March 22nd is an early 1:00 pm release. Buses will run as usual. If your children are not riding the bus, please pick them up by 1:15 pm. There is no supervision after that time. Thank you. With the many absences due to illness, we have had parents calling for homework. The most effective and efficient way to obtain that information is to email your student’s teachers directly. Often the teachers will email the assignments to you, leaving no need to pick the work up at the office. The teachers’ email addresses may be found on our website: The addresses are the teacher’s first initial, followed by last name West Valley Bands & Choir will be presenting their Spring Concert on March 21st at 7pm in the West Valley gymnasium. Our students have continued to grow leaps and bounds in their musical abilities! We hope you will join us in supporting their efforts and enjoying an evening of fantastic music. Spring Break! Woohoo! Enjoy the week of March 27th through March 31st with your children. We will be back in session April 3rd. The Frog Prince is coming soon! Missoula Children’s Theatre will once again be joining us for a wonderful week of theatre. Mark your calendars for April 10th through April 15th. We will also be looking for two host homes for our MCT directors. If your family would be interested in volunteering, please contact Mrs. VanHelden at 755-7239 or by email at Cross Country parents, you may find all the 2017 Cross Country Races scheduled in the calendar on West Valley School’s website. If you click on the location of the race within the calendar, it will give you a map and directions to the race. A note from our dedicated PTO: Our next PTO meeting is this coming Monday, March 20th, at 7 pm in the school library. Here’s a link to the Facebook event to RSVP — OR just show up! We will be discussing more details about the reader board that we have been raising money for, as well as planning Spring Cleanup, possible a Community Garage sale in May, and Teacher Appreciation week. We value all of your ideas and suggestions! Please come. Next week is the final week of our Warrior Dash fueled by BOXTOPS competition! If you haven’t turned in your boxtops yet, be sure to send them in before Friday, March 24th. Label the bag or envelope with your child's teacher/grade so your Boxtops will benefit your child’s class. The West Valley Fire and Rescue Department will be holding its annual rummage sale April 3rd at the West Valley Fire Department Station 2 located at 2399 Whitefish Stage Road, Kalispell. They welcome donations! Please call Rolene Anderson at 253-8058 for drop off instructions. Glacier High School is sponsoring a Boy’s/Girl’s Track & Field Camp over Spring Break for K-6th Grade. Camp Dates are March 28th - 29th, Tuesday/Wednesday, from 12:30 - 3:30 pm. For more information, please call Jerry Boschee at 758-8661 or Aaron Deck at 758-5689.

3/03/2017 In this newsletter: Silverwood Reading Tickets due March 8th 4th and 8th Grade CRT’s This Coming Week School Headphone Purchases Flu and Viruses 4H Program needing hosts for Japanese Students Yearbooks Must Be Preordered Business Ads in Yearbooks 8th Grader Recognition Ads in Yearbooks Greetings West Valley Families! Rides, slides and water tides! Students participating in “Silverwood Reading is the Ticket” must turn in their tally Sheets next Wednesday (March 8th). Please make sure to turn in your completed Student Tally Sheet to your classroom/homeroom teacher by this due date in order to receive your Silverwood ticket! The 4th and 8th grades will participate in the Science CRT's next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Please make sure your students are as well rested as possible, and have good healthy snack foods in their lunches! Good attendance is encouraged during this time as well, since all tests have to be made up at a later date. Due to the rising cost of school headphones and the fact that students would rather use their own earbuds/headphones, we need for you to make sure your child (especially grades 3-8) has a pair of earbuds or headphones at school. Headphones or earbuds are required for the upcoming summative assessments. They don’t need to be anything fancy. They just need to function. Earbuds are available for purchase at the office for $1.00. We hope you are all feeling well. West Valley School staff and students have been hit with another round of flu, strep throat and other viruses. To prevent the further spread of illness, we are asking parents to please follow the Center for Disease Control’s recommendation to prevent the spread of germs. Please keep students home when sick until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever without the use of fever-reducing medicine, as well as 24 hours after the last incident of vomiting or diarrhea. Often children feel better before they are actually free of being contagious. We appreciate your help. Families are needed to host Japanese youth for one month this summer. This is a 4-H program and the dates are July 23- August 18. Host families should have children ages 10-16, the desire for an in-depth cultural experience and fun! Japanese delegates come with spending money, and health insurance, and are here to experience everyday life in an American family. For application materials contact Linda Stewart at 406-837-5091 or at or Stephanie Davison at The West Valley yearbook is on sale! Yearbooks must be pre-ordered and will be delivered in May. The cost is $15. You may order online, or send payment to school. Our full color book is filled with memories of our great year at West Valley School! All orders are due by March 24, 2017. Business ads are available to support our yearbook! Your full color ad can be printed in our yearbook and will be viewed for years to come. Information is available at All business ads must be placed by March 24, 2017. Attention 8th grade parents: You may purchase a recognition ad for your 8th grader to be printed in our school's yearbook. You can easily design the ad online, and upload your own photos. Congratulate your child on reaching an important milestone! Information is available at All recognition ads must be placed by March 24, 2017.  

2/24/2017 In this newsletter: WV Science Fair needing cookies and judges March 15th Boxtop Warrior Dash WV Cross Country Flathead Soccer Club Spring Soccer 2nd/3rd grade Basketball through Stillwater Christian New After School Program Fall 2017 Greetings West Valley Parents, Our West Valley Middle School science teachers, Mrs. Dover and Mrs. Bodman, are in need of judges and cookies for our 3rd Annual West Valley Science Fair Event to be held on Wednesday, March 15th. If you could assist with either of these needs, please email Mrs. Dover at Thank you! Boxtops Warrior Dash has one month left of competition. Please continue to collect and send in boxtops! Coach Tony Smith and Coach Brooke Ells are beginning West Valley Cross Country on March 20, 2017. Registration materials will be available in the office March 10th. You may read the attached letter from the coaches for more information. Flathead Soccer Club would like to invite your family to participate in their Spring Recreational program. The FSC Rec program is overseen by experienced and paid coaches and we have expanded the Spring program to include official games played on Saturdays. Our spring program is for Pre-K through 6th grades. Full info and registration can be found at Stillwater Christian is offering 2nd/3rd grade basketball on Saturdays beginning April 8th. The attached flyer includes more information. Many of you have asked if we offer an after school program. Unfortunately, we do not. Good news though… Stillwater Free Lutheran Church in West Valley is starting an after-school program in August 2017! They will begin registration in May. There will be limited space for twenty students. Prices will range from five to eight dollars per day per student, with family discounts. Their program will operate from 3:30 to 6:00pm Monday through Friday, following the school calendar, and be closed on all observed school holidays and breaks. Students will be bused from West Valley School to arrive at the church. Stillwater Free Lutheran Church is located at 1401 Church Dr. Kalispell, MT. For further information you may call 406-257-4614. Enjoy our last February weekend. We will “March” into spring very soon!


In this newsletter:

  • NO SCHOOL Monday, February 20th

  • EARLY DISMISSAL Wednesday, February 22nd

  • School Class Pictures Tuesday, February 21st

  • LOST and FOUND removal

  • Boxtops Update from the PTO

  • Kalispell Babe Ruth Baseball

  • Kalispell Youth Softball

  • 10th Annual Gold, Gem & Mineral Show

Greetings West Valley Families!

There will be no school this coming Monday, February 20th for Presidents’ Day!  We hope have the opportunity to enjoy the long weekend with your family.

Next Wednesday, February 22nd, students will be dismissed at 1:00pm.  If your students aren’t riding the bus home, please be here to pick them up at 1:00pm as teachers and staff are in training.  There is no supervision coverage after 1:15pm.  Thanks so much!

School class pictures will be taken on Tuesday, February 21st, the first day back after our three day weekend.  Please be sure to return envelopes with payment if your students would like to order their class picture.  All sixth graders will be taken together as one class.  All seventh graders will also be taken together as one class. All other classes will be taken with their homeroom class. (Eighth graders will take their picture at their promotion.)

We have quite an accumulation of lost and found items. If your child is missing an item, please check our collection.  All unclaimed items will be removed next Friday, February 24th.

Here is the PTO update for the week: “The Warrior Dash fueled by Box tops is going strong, as of today we have collected 11,659 Box tops and Labels for education, which equals over $1100 for West Valley School! There are exactly 5 weeks left of the competition, which will end on March 24, so continue to ask your friends and family to help your teacher get to the finish line. Mrs. Napier is still in the lead for the top prize, but there is still time to catch her, or reach any of the numerous prizes!  Please see the attached flyer, which has the details of the Warrior dash, but also includes the prizes for reaching the various course obstacles.  The prizes have also been posted on the bulletin board next to the "live" race tracker!  Happy clipping, and thank you for all you do to support West Valley!”

Kalispell Babe Ruth Baseball will host in person sign-ups at the Kalispell Center Mall on Saturday Feb. 18th and the 25th from 10am to 2pm. Online signups through our league website - are up and running if you prefer the online option to sign up.  We will also have sign up at Kalispell Five Guys Burgers and Fries on Wed. 2/22/2017 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Five Guys will be giving away a FREE milkshake to each player that signs up at Five Guys and purchases a meal after signing up.  Babe Ruth is for Players ages 13 to 15 years old.  For more information check our website at or our Facebook page (Kalispell Babe Ruth).

Kalispell Youth Softball is also taking sign-ups.  Please refer to the attachment for a registration sheet and a schedule of events.

The 10th Annual Gold, Gem & Mineral Show will be held at the Flathead County Fairgrounds  March 11th and 12th.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Enjoy your three day weekend. See you Tuesday!



In this newsletter:

  • No make-up day for snow day at this time
  • $2000 raised for Special Olympics 
  • Make-up homework 
  • Thank you to City Service Exxon Mobil and Kalispell Toyota
  • Free children’s dental clinic offered 2/15/2017
  • Kalispell Park and Rec Valentine Dance 2/11/2017
  • Wrestling Practice correction from Russ Dankers
  • PTO newsletter


Greetings West Valley Families,


At this time, we are not planning a make-up day for last Monday’s snow day.  We will verify that upon WV School Board Approval.  There will be no school on Presidents’ Day, Monday February 20th.


A few very brave West Valley teachers and administrators took the Penguin Plunge for Special Olympics!  Mrs. Matdies, Mr. Wilson, Mr. Benkelman, Mr. Ketchum, Mrs. Roe and her husband, Todd Roe, raised over $2000 by gathering pledges and fulfilling their promise to jump into a freezing Whitefish Lake last Saturday!  Perhaps you saw pictures in the Daily InterLake or on Facebook!  We are proud of them and their expression of courage for the children!


With many student absences due to illness the last month, we have received multiple calls requesting homework.  When requesting your child’s homework please email their teachers directly. Often they can email the homework to you.  Otherwise, they will gather homework and bring to the office for you to take home. Staff emails are on our website: Thank you.


We would like to give a huge thank you to City Service Gas and Exxon Mobil and Kalispell Toyota for their generous donations. City Service Gas and Exxon Mobil presented West Valley School a $500 check for the 2016 Educational Alliance Award!  We also received a donation of over $600 from Kalispell Toyota due to a dealership promotion they held for area schools!  We appreciate you City Service Gas and Kalispell Toyota!


The FCHC Dental Clinic is collaborating with Healthy Montana Families to provide free dental screening for children on February 15, 2017 from 2:000-4:00 PM.  You will find them located on the third floor of the Flathead City-County Health Department in the Earl Bennett Building which is located at 1035 First Avenue West in Kalispell.


The Kalispell City Parks and Rec will be sponsoring a Valentine Dance this Saturday, February 11th.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.


Wrestling correction from Ross Dankers: “West Valley practice right after school will start on Tuesday of next week, February 14th from 4:00 - 5:15PM , not Monday as I stated in part of the last email I sent.”



In this newsletter:

  • 8th Grade NAEP testing (National Assessment of Educational Progress)
  • 8th Grade Wolfpack Welcome at Glacier High School 2/03/2017
  • Staff Parking Lot
  • West Valley Dash for Boxtops
  • Report Cards home on Friday, February 3, 2017


Greetings West Valley Families,


NAEP testing for 8th graders is next Thursday, February 2nd.  Parents, please be sure your students get plenty of rest the night before. 


Reminder: All 8th graders will attend the Wolfpack Welcome at Glacier High School next Friday, February 3rd, from 9:00-11:30am.  Students will be given tours of the building, have presentations from members of clubs and activities, and get to meet their new classmates for the upcoming year along with some of the teachers and staff. Students will then attend Graduation Matters at the fairgrounds following the Wolfpack Welcome. Students will listen to speakers and be given the opportunity to do some fun activities! Lunch will be provided. Please return permission slips as soon as possible! 


The parking area on the east side of the building, along Farm To Market Road is for West Valley Staff. Please do not use the driveway between the east side of the building and the staff parking lot. It would be appreciated if you always use the main school parking lot entrance and exit when visiting the school. There will be signs put up in the near future as a reminder to not use the staff parking area driveway.


The West Valley Dash for Boxtops is in full swing!  Please send Boxtops to school with your children.  Classes are in competition with each other with Mrs. Napier’s 2nd grade class is in the lead at this time!  With each boxtop worth 10 cents, we have already raised over $800 schoolwide!  Keep up the good work!


The second quarter ended today.  As a reminder, you can expect report cards to come home this Friday, February 3, 2017.

Enjoy our last January weekend!


In this newsletter:

  • Wolf Pack Wrestling
  • End of Quarter/Report Cards



Hello West Valley Families,


There is little news for this next week… Please read the Little Guy Wrestling Announcements from Mr. Benkelman and news about the end of quarter. 


Little Guy Wrestling Announcements:


“Don’t forget that sign up night is Monday, January 23rd in the Glacier High School conference room at 6:00pm!  The season will start on February 13th and practices will be right after school at West Valley and Edgerton for the students.


Open Mat is happening now every Tuesday and Thursday night at Glacier High School from 5:30-6:30pm in the wrestling practice room.


If you, or a business you know, are interested in sponsoring Wolfpack Wrestling Club please let us know.  We are asking for minimum of $100 sponsorships for starters.  We could be posting sponsors on our team shirts or making a large banner to hang at all of our wrestling meets and events.  Please let the office know by Friday, January 27th, if you are interested because sign up night is Monday and we will be ordering shirts and gear soon to have stuff here in time for the season.


If you are a parent and want to buy some Wolfpack Wrestling apparel you can order now or anytime on Glacier High School’s website.  They have a variety of shirts, hoodies, etc.”


FYI: The quarter ends next Friday, January 27th.  Report cards will go home the following Friday, February 3rd.


Enjoy your weekend!



In this newsletter:

  • New on the Thursday Breakfast Menu
  • Milk Jug Collection Completed
  • West Valley Naturalists Presenting on Radon in West Valley Area
  • Wolfpack Wrestling Club


Happy New Year West Valley Families!


We are excited to see the students’ happy and rested faces back at school.  The first semester will conclude soon!  January 27th, the end of the semester,  will mark our halfway point.


We have something new on our breakfast menu for 2017!  On Thursdays, beginning January 12th, Chef Tom and Vonda will be serving a hot breakfast sandwich!  The sandwich may vary weekly.  All students’ breakfasts are $1.75.


Thank you so much for all the donations of milk jugs!  We now have all we need!  You guys were amazing at helping so quickly! 


The West Valley Naturalist will be meeting Thursday, January 12th at 7:00PM in the Commons Area at West Valley School. Former West Valley Teacher, Nick Hanson, will be presenting on radon in the West Valley Area.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.


Wolfpack Wrestling Club will be starting open mats Tuesday Jan 10th.  They will have open mats in the GHS Wrestling Room from 5:30-6:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  This is open to anyone who wants to come in and wrestle!  REGISTRATION NIGHT for the 6 week WMTLG season will be January 23th @ 6:00pm in the GHS conference room.  YOUTH NIGHT: Tuesday January 17th between the J.V. and Varsity matches approximately at 6:00pm at the home dual against Flathead. Please also see the attachment:  “Why You Should Encourage Your Kids to Give Wrestling a Try”. Little Guy Wrestling will be held here at WV School at a later date to be announced.


Enjoy the milder temperatures this weekend.  Your students will be happy to not be confined to the indoors like they have been most of the week at school!


In this newsletter:

  • Christmas/Holiday Break
  • Winter Dress 
  • Win a FREE Yearbook
  • Yearbook Club
  • Girls Basketball
  • Second Annual Wolfpack Wrestling Winter Break Camp

Greetings West Valley Families!

Hip! Hip! Hooray!  Christmas/Holiday Break is nearly here!  Students will be dismissed at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, December 21st.  After 12 days of fun and frolic, school will resume Tuesday, January 3rd.  We wish you all Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas! 

We don't require middle schoolers to have snowpants/bibs, so they must come dressed for the weather. At any time we could be forced to go outside for a fire alarm, etc.  Please let students know that they have to have covered legs from now through the end of January. They can wear leggings, tights, or running pants under their shorts or skirts. Thank you.

Win a FREE yearbook!  Design a cover for our yearbook, and two winners will receive a free yearbook!  Entries are due January 17, 2017.  The front cover is for 5-8th grades, and the back cover is for K-4th.  All artwork will be used inside the yearbook, and please make sure your art is vertical.

Attention 5-8th graders!  Yearbook Club is beginning!  Be a part of designing our school's yearbook for 2016-17, and earn a free book for yourself!  Yearbook Club will meet Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30pm in Miss Ruonavaara's room.  We will begin after Christmas break and finish by Spring Break.  Bring your creative ideas, and contribute to a fun, exciting project!

Girls’ Basketball practice begins Tuesday, January 3rd.  It will run from 3:30-5:30pm.  There will be a Parent Meeting on Wednesday, January 4th at 4:00pm in the big gym.  Please return all completed paperwork and fees by this coming Wednesday, December 21st. 

Glacier High School is hosting the 2nd Annual Wolfpack Wrestling Winter Break Camp on Wednesday, Dec 28th from 2-4pm in the GHS Wrestling Room. It is FREE and no experience is required.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Stay warm…see you Monday!


 In this newsletter:

  • Kindergarten Christmas Programs
  • Slippery Parking Lot
  • Every Student Succeeds Act


The delightful Kindergarten Christmas/Holiday Programs are scheduled for next week. What a fun way to jump into December! Each program begins at 2:30 in the cafeteria.  We hear rumors Santa may appear!  The schedule is as follows:

Mrs. Kowalka … Monday, Dec 5th

Ms. Johnson  … Tuesday, Dec 6th

Ms. DePuydt/Carlson … Wednesday, Dec 7th

Mr. Loveless … Thursday, Dec 8th


With the freshly fallen snow, the parking lot is quite slippery at times.  Please drive safely and refrain from using your cell phones while your car is moving.  We strive to keep your children safe.



On November 17, 2016, the Office of Public Instruction released Montana’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) DRAFT State Plan for public comment. ESSA replaces NO Child Left Behind (NCLB). The public comment period is open for 30 days. Public comment closes on December 16, 2016.  The Office of Public Instruction has created a form for receiving formal public comment on the Montana’s DRAFT ESSA Consolidated plan. We appreciate your use of this form as it helps the OPI compile the comments by section of the plan. Click here to access the comment form:  If you choose to submit your comments in another format, send your written comments by 5:00 p.m. on December 16, 2016 to or mail comments to the Office of Public Instruction, P.O. Box 202501, Helena, MT 59620-2501.


Happy Thanksgiving, West Valley Families!

Thank you to our wonderful PTO and community for such a fabulous Fall Craft Fair and Festival!  Folks are commenting about how it was done so professionally and what a delightful time everyone had.  It is such a joy to see our community out supporting and enjoying one another.  We are beyond thankful for our dedicated and hard working PTO! 

Cookie dough is arriving after Thanksgiving break on Monday, November 28th.  If your student sold cookie dough, please be here after school to pick up the Fresh/NOT FROZEN cookie dough as it will need to be delivered right away. Thanks so much!

Normally, the last Wednesday of each month is an early release day.  This month, however, with our Thanksgiving break so close, it will be a full day.  NO Early Release November, 30, 2016.


In case you missed the Christmas/Holiday concert dates for your children, you can put them on your calendar now: 

Dec. 5th Kindergarten- Kowalka @ 2:30pm in the Cafeteria

Dec. 6th Kindergarten- Johnson @ 2:30pm in the Cafeteria

Dec. 7th Kindergarten- De Puydt @ 2:30pm in the Cafeteria

Dec. 8th Kindergarten- Loveless @ 2:30pm in the Cafeteria

Dec. 12th ALL 2nd Grades @ 6:45pm in the Gym

Dec. 13th ALL 1st and 3rd Grades @ 6:45pm in the Gym

Dec. 14th Beginning and Advanced Bands and Choir @ 7pm in the Gym

Dec. 15th ALL 4th and 5th grades @ 6:45 in the Gym


Once again we have created a “family bulletin board” in the foyer near the gym. If you would like share a holiday card or family photo, please bring one by the office to display.

We count your children among our blessings and are very thankful for our West Valley Community.  We hope you all have a relaxing and enjoyable time with family this extended five day break.


In this newsletter:

  • No School November 10th and 11th
  • Student Conferences November 9th and 10th
  • Daylight Savings Time Ending
  • Reported Lice
  • Original Art Works Fundraiser and Bake Sale Volunteers
  • Picture Retakes
  • Flathead Valley Hockey Association

Greetings West Valley Families! 

There will be NO SCHOOL November 10th and 11th.

Student conferences are scheduled for November 9th and 10th. Please call the office at 755-7239 if you have any questions or need to make any changes in your students’ schedules. 

Daylight Savings Time ends this Sunday, November 6th at 2:00am.  YAY!  We get to turn our clocks back and enjoy an extra hour tucked into our weekend.

Reported cases of lice have been confirmed this week at West Valley School.  Please be sure to check your children daily.  You may find information about lice and how to treat it on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website:

And now… a message from our sensational Parent Teacher Organization:

Hello West Valley Parents,

    “The PTO is wrapping up the Original Art works fund raiser, and I have received a number of messages asking if you can still participate.  So, I am extending the deadline by a couple of days.  Please get your orders to the school by THIS coming Friday, November 4th, by the end of the school day, as I am going to mail them in shortly thereafter so that the orders will come in time for Christmas.  Many thanks to all of you who have participated!!!  Your kids have made some really beautiful projects.  I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing all of their creativity! 

    Also, we are still looking for more folks to participate in our bake sale to benefit the PTO at our event on November 19th.  The bake sale form is attached below.  Please return it to the school if you can help with baking OR just email us at, or call/text me at (406) 407-0937.

    Our next PTO meeting is Monday, November 14th, at 7 pm in the school library.  We hope you can come!”

~Beth Anderson

Picture Retakes will take place November 16th from 12:15PM - 3:30PM.  If you would like to have retakes done, Swan Lake requires the return of the original photo package at the time of retakes. Just send the returned package with child.  You may email your student’s teacher to let them know your child would like retakes.  All email addresses are available on our school website:

Flathead Valley Hockey Association is offering a free hockey clinic for kids November 5th from 11:30am - 3:30pm at Woodland Ice Center in Kalispell.  You may register at  You may also check out their website at

Enjoy this beautiful weekend. We are looking forward to seeing all our West Valley parents at conferences next week! 



In this newsletter:

  • No School November 10th and 11th
  • School Conferences November 9th and 10th.
  • Thanksgiving Break November 23rd-27th
  • School Picture Retakes November 16th
  • PTO Craft Fair/Silent Auction November 19th 10:00AM - 4:00PM
  • Happy Halloween!
  • A message from PTO
  • Cookie Dough Fundraiser


Hello West Valley Parents,


As October creeps to an end, we are peeking into our November calendar.  There are a few dates of which you should be aware.  On November 10th and 11th, there will be no school for students.  Conferences will be scheduled after school November 9th from 4:00PM to 7:00PM.  They are also scheduled November 10th throughout the day.  There will be more detailed information next week.  Another event to put on your calendar is Thanksgiving Break which is scheduled for November 23rd through November 27th.  


Swan Lake Studio will be here to do school picture retakes November 16th from 12:00pm-3:30pm.


Our fun-loving and dedicated PTO will be holding a Craft Fair/Silent Auction Fundraiser on November 19th from 10:00AM to 4:00PM.  What a wonderful time to shop for the holidays! 


The students are gearing up excitedly for Halloween.  As a reminder, other than our kindergarteners, please do not allow students to wear costumes to school. Thanks so much! See you on Monday/Halloween! 


A message from PTO: “Dear West Valley School families, Who has the winning Golden Ticket?  Because we are partnering with School Store, each student has been given a packet with a Golden Ticket number.  One student at West Valley School has a $100 winning Golden Ticket!

Thank you to everyone who participated, however, as of this morning, our school has not yet had a winner. The winning ticket is still out there!  To see if your family has it, grab the packet your child brought home, go to and sign up for the program.  Anytime you shop online, you can start with School Store to earn money for our school.  This fundraiser continues all year.”


West Valley’s Cookie Dough fundraiser ends Nov. 2nd, so please encourage your child to sell lots of cookie dough this weekend to support our music and art programs!


 In this newsletter:

  • Early Release @ 1:00PM Wednesday, 10/26/2016
  • Red Ribbon Week
  • Parent Portal
  • Greetings West Valley Families,

There will be a 1:00PM dismissal on Wednesday, October 26, 2016.   Thank you for making arrangements to have your children picked up at 1:00PM if they aren’t riding the bus. 

Next week, beginning October 24th, we will celebrate Red Ribbon Week.  To celebrate drug awareness and healthy lifestyles, we will be hosting a few events.  All classes will be holding a food drive for the food bank through Thursday, October 27th.  There will be a prize for the class who donates the most nonperishable food!  Wednesday, October 26th is Jersey Day.  The students are encouraged to wear their favorite sports shirt/jersey.  On Thursday, October 27th, we are inviting our students to wear as much red as possible.  There will be surprises throughout the week.  Please see the attached poster with drug-free activities and messages offered throughout the valley to help promote a healthy lifestyle for our students and families.  

Middle School (6-8) Parents: If you haven’t logged into the parent portal yet, please do. An email with instructions for Infinite Campus was mailed to the address that you provided to the school. On the portal you can view assignments, grades, lunch account, and attendance information. Our parents who have already created a username and password have found it very helpful! 

There is no school this Thursday and Friday.  Please enjoy this extended weekend with your children.  See you Monday, October 24th!


In this newsletter:

  • No School Oct. 20th and 21st
  • Parent Information System 
  • Please Pull Forward
  • Picture Retakes Nov. 16th
  • PTO School Store Fundraiser
  • Box Top Collections and Campbell’s School Sweepstakes
  • Cookie Dough Sale Begins!
  • Christmas/Holiday Wreath Sale
  • Family Fun Night Carnival @ Fairgrounds
  • Crosstown Booster Fundraiser
  • Great Montana Shakeout
  • Hello West Valley Parents,

There will be no school this Thursday and Friday, October 20th and 21st. 

Over 50% of our Middle School parents of students in grades 6th through 8th have logged in to our new Infinite Campus Parent Portal!  This information system allows middle school parents to view grades, lunch account balances and attendance records for their students. Our parents of elementary students, grades K through 5, have access to view lunch balances and attendance.  If elementary parents have questions about their students’ grades, please contact your child’s teacher. If you haven’t logged in yet, please refer to the emails we sent within this last week for the simple link needed.

Parents, thank you for dropping off your children in front of the school in the mornings. In order to prevent the backed up issues we have experienced at times, please pull as far forward as possible…even with Middle School students...before letting your children out of the car.  This will help the flow of traffic and keep a smooth running morning for everyone.  Please do not pick up or drop off your children off of McMannamy Road or Farm to Market. This poses an unnecessary danger. Thanks so much!

Picture retakes have been scheduled for Wednesday, November 16th.  More detailed scheduling to come at a later date. 

Your students will be bringing home a packet for a PTO fund raiser through today.  It’s a simple way to raise funds for school. Please read the brochure. Any student who signs up over the weekend and brings the envelope back to their teacher Monday with their name and prize code written on the front, will get a cool prize.  Thank you for supporting our school and students!

Thank you to everyone for your past and future contribution to the Boxtops for Education program here at West Valley!  Because of the short time frame for the fall submission deadline (November 1) we have decided to hold off on the classroom competition until the start of the new year, so keep clipping and saving until the competition begins!  While collecting, please turn any Boxtops with expiration dates before 3/1/17 into your child's teacher or the office so they can be submitted while they are still good!

Also, there are only a couple weeks left to enter the Campbell's Grandstand for Schools Sweepstakes at  Anyone can enter daily!

“Our annual cookie dough fundraiser has commenced.  This fundraiser benefits the entire fine arts department here at West Valley School.  For an amazingly successful fundraiser we need each student to sell just three items (of course more is always great too)!  In lieu of small prizes, your family will receive one free catalog item of your choice for every 15 items your student sells.  All order forms are due back to homeroom teachers by November 2nd.  A big thank YOU to all of you for your assistance and support in the fund-raising efforts that make the fine arts possible!!!!!!”  ~Mrs. VanHelden

Our annual 8th Grade Montana History Trip Christmas/Holiday Wreath sale is now in progress!  These beautiful 18 inch wreaths are handmade of Douglas Fir and decorated with red velvet ribbon, holly berries, cones and silver cedar.  You may purchase the $20 wreaths from any 8th grader or place an order at the office until October 28th.  A delivery date has not been established yet, but they are usually delivered from the end of November to the beginning of December.

Everyone enjoys a delicious breakfast! The West Valley Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department is serving a breakfast of pancakes, eggs and Farm to Market pork sausage Saturday, October 15th (tomorrow morning). The breakfast will be served from 7:00AM - 11:00AM  at the West Valley Fire Hall, 2412 Farm to Market Road, Kalispell.  Donations are accepted to help purchase rescue equipment and supplies.  Enjoy visiting with your neighbors and support a very important service in our community.

Wendy’s is hosting a crosstown booster fundraiser on Tuesday, October 18th from 4:30 - 7:30.  Flathead Fans may go to Wendy’s at 520 East Idaho Street.  Glacier fans may go to Wendy’s at 2615 Hwy 2 East. Wendy’s will donate 20% of event sales to the booster club that generates the most sales.  The losing club will receive 15%, so both clubs will benefit .  Stop in or drive through to support your favorite booster club!  

On October 19th our school will participate in the Great Montana Shakeout. This standard drill uses simple steps to inform all teachers and students how to perform Drop, Cover, and Hold On – a quake-safe action designed to protect lives and prevent injuries from falling furniture and flying objects than can become projectiles during ground shaking. It’s good to be prepared!

We hope you enjoy our short week of school next week and the four day weekend!

WV Newsletter 9/30/2016


In this newsletter:

  • School Pictures

  • October Lunch Menu

  • Boys 5th-8th Grade Basketball

  • Child Find


Hello West Valley Families,


Swan Lake Studios will be taking individual school pictures at West Valley School October 6th and 7th.  Middle school students in grades 6, 7 and 8 will have theirs taken Thursday, October 6th, beginning at 12:50PM.  Elementary school students Kindergarten - 5th grade will have their photos taken Friday, October 7th, beginning at 8:25AM. Parents, you are invited to bring your preschool children on October 7th between 7:50AM and 8:20AM to have photos taken, as well.  Envelopes are going home today, Friday, September 30th.  If you need extras, you may pick them up at the office.  


The October Lunch Menu is now posted on our website:  


Basketball information for 5th-8th grade boys will be available in the office October 3rd.  All paperwork and sports physicals must be completed and returned by October 14th, 2016.  The first day of practice will be October 17th.


Child Find Screening will be held at East Evergreen Elementary School Friday, October 14, 2016 from 9:00AM - 12:00 noon. Child Find screens pre-school children ages birth - 5 years in the areas of hearing, vision, motor skills, speech, language, and thinking skills.  This free screening is for children with suspected disabilities is conducted in a safe, child-friendly atmosphere by qualified personnel.  Please call Pam at 751-1111 to schedule an appointment.

Enjoy our first October weekend!


In this newsletter:

  • Early Release THIS Wednesday 9/28/16
  • School Pictures 10/06 - 10/07
  • Criteria for keeping an ill student home
  • Parental Access to Grades and Lunch Account Information

September 28, 2016 is our first early release this school year.  Please mark your calendars for the 1:00pm dismissal.  

Swan Lake Studios will be taking individual school pictures on October 6th and 7th.  Stay tuned for further news pertaining to which grades will be taken on which days. 

With many children coming down with illnesses this time of year, we would like to offer this criteria to help parents know when it is important to keep your child home:

  • Temperature of 100 degrees F or greater within the past 24 hours
  • Vomiting or diarrhea occurring within the past 24 hours
  • Strep infections of any kind, ringworm, conjunctivitis or impetigo.  These are all contagious infections and must be treated with medication for at least 24 hours prior to returning to school.
  • Rash of unknown origin - this may indicate many different things and should be checked by your pediatrician.
  • Untreated lice infestation

Thank you for helping us keep all our students healthy by following these guidelines.

We are using a new student information system this year.  We are hoping to have parental access to grades and lunch account information available before the end of October.  Thank you for your patience with us.  In the meantime, please feel free to check in at the office for lunch account balances.  

Enjoy a fun family weekend!


In this newsletter:

  • Early Release
  • Needing small boy pants
  • Early pick-up
  • Bible Club
  • Epi Pens
  • Message from Kalispell Superintendent of Schools

Dear West Valley Families,

Our 1:00pm Early Release is the last Wednesday of this month, September 28.

If you have small boys pants/sweats sizes 5,6 or 7 that you would like to donate to the office, we could use certainly use them.  Also, if your child happens to have an accident and we send him/her home in a clean change of clothes, please launder and return them so we can help another child in need. Thanks so much!

We are very happy to accommodate you when you need your child to be picked up early.  When you call us by 1:30pm, we have time to locate your children and call them down for you.  Late calls often result in stress and disappointment for parents as your child may be participating in PE outside in the field, or perhaps combining classes in a different classroom and we are unable to locate them quickly.  We want to help assist you as thoroughly and efficiently as possible. Thanks so much!

Bible Center Ministries will be starting Bible Club after school from 3:30PM - 4:40PM on Thursdays beginning September 27th.  Jorene Williams, the leader, will be bringing fliers next week. The class is offered in Room A8.

From the Office of Public Instrucion:  This email is to provide information on the “Self-administration or possession of asthma, severe allergy, or anaphylaxis medication” pursuant to Montana Code Annotated 2013 (MCA)20-5-420, Specifically, this information pertains to the possession and self-administration of auto-injectable epinephrine, also known as EpiPens. In reaction to the current high-costs for EpiPens, we would like to provide the following two options for helping parents and guardians save on the purchase of EpiPens or the generic auto-injectable epinephrine. (Please note that parents and physicians must complete a permission form to allow students to carry their own EpiPen, .

The first option brings you to the Mylan Company's EpiPen website, where you can download a Savings Card.

The second option brings Good News:

**There is a generic auto-injectable epinephrine out there now, see company website at:

The cost of these generics is less than half that of EpiPens, AND there is a coupon card to download and print on the website that can be used for an additional $100 off of a 2 pack. The website also has free trainer pens available to order and other resources.

From Mark Flatau, Superintendent of Kalispell Public Schools:

Dear Families,

You may be aware of our High School Bond measure that is fast approaching.  You have probably seen the "School Bond, Please Vote" yard signs that are up in the community.  As a resident of our high school district I want to share some important information with you to ensure you can make an informed decision on this school facility measure.  

The high school facilities that would be most impacted by the successful passage of this bond would be the H.E. Robinson Agricultural Center, Flathead High School and Linderman Education Center.  These aging facilities have significant needs based on their age with Flathead High School being first built in 1910, Linderman in 1932 and the Ag. Center in 1978. We have developed a two page information flyer that you should be receiving in the mail this week.  You can read this flyer by clicking on the following link.

By the end of this month we will have completed 40 presentations to community groups and school open houses.  We have display boards that also present the facts pertaining to this bond measure and can be viewed by clicking on this link.

Ballots will be mailed out on Monday, September 19th, and must be returned to Kalispell Public Schools by 8:00 pm,Tuesday, October 4th.  Do not hesitate to contact me personally at 751-3442 or email me at I can answer further questions.  As a member of our High School District we thank you for your continued support of our schools. 


Mark Flatau 


Kalispell Public Schools

233 1st Ave. East

Kalispell, MT 50001


September 9, 2016

 In this newsletter:

  • Free and Reduced Application
  • Early Dismissal 9/28/16 @ 1:00
  • PTO Meeting 
  • Warrior Games
  • Babe Ruth Fall Season

 Greetings West Valley Families,

We are off to a great start!  It was delightful seeing so many of you at Open House.  Your support helps create this wonderful school for our students and community.

There seems to be a lot of paperwork to fill out and return at the beginning of a new school year.   Having the information we need and in order helps us serve your children most efficiently.  Thank you for returning it promptly.  The Free and Reduced School Meals application went home last Friday.  If you didn’t receive one and would like to have one, you may stop by the office between 8:00 and 4:00 Monday through Friday.

Here is a heads-up that Wednesday, September 28th, is our first early dismissal.  Students will be dismissed  at 1:00.  There will be supervision coverage for students riding the SPARKS bus until the bus arrives at 3:25.

West Valley PTO will be meeting Monday night, Sept 17th @ 7:00 PM in the library.  Everyone is welcome! We will be discussing upcoming events for this school year and specifically the holiday craft show which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19th.  Please check us out on Facebook, too! -- West Valley PTO. 

Good luck to our West Valley Volleyball and Football Teams!  You may find game times and locations on our website!  Go Warriors!

The 2016 Fall Babe Ruth League will have a short four game season for players that were 12 years old for last baseball season thru those that were 14 years old last baseball season.  Birthdates (May 1, 2001 thru April 30th 2004) Please see the attached flyer.   If you are  interested in Playing please sign up online at   

Enjoy this beautiful autumn like weather!  See you Monday for our first full week of our 2016/2017 school year!

August 12, 2016- Beginning of the Year Newsletter

Hello, West Valley Families!

We trust our students have recreated and rested this summer...ready to return to school on September 1, 2016.  While our staff enjoys the summer break too, we are eager to see your children’s smiling faces.  We’ve grown accustom to them, you know.  

West Valley School added twelve new staff members this summer!  There were many excellent candidates for each opening position.  These folks rose to the top like cream on milk.  Guess you could say they’re the “Cream of the Crop”.  We are anxious for you to meet:

Mrs. Sharon Williams - paraeducator

Ms. Siobhan McGuire - paraeducator

Mrs. Sierra Zemke - paraeducator

Mrs. Jeannie Roth - paraeducator 

Mrs. Shawn Erickson - Special Education teacher

Miss Lindsay DePuydt - Kindergarten teacher

Miss Haylee Sauer - 2nd grade teacher

Mrs. Tanya Kalenga - 4th grade teacher 

Mr. Rich Nickerson - 4th grade teacher

Mr. Matt Pollard - 7/8th grade teacher

Mrs. Krista Van Helden - Band/Choir/Music teacher 

Mr. Brent Benkelman - K-4 Principal

Our school day begins at 8:15 with the warning bell.  All students are expected to be in their classrooms BEFORE the 8:20 tardy bell rings.  Kindergarten - Fourth Grades will enjoy lunch/recess from 11:15am - 12:00pm.  Fifth - Eighth Grades will enjoy their lunch/recess from 12:02pm - 12:47pm.  Kindergarten - Third Grades will be dismissed at 3:27pm.  Fourth - Eighth Grade students will be dismissed at 3:32pm.

Grab and go breakfast and hot lunch are available daily for our students beginning our first day of school, September 1, 2016.  Breakfast with milk is $1.75, hot lunch with milk is $3.00, and if your student just wants milk, there is a $.35 charge.  Students must have money in their accounts in order to utilize our lunch program.  You may deposit lunch money starting August 29th  through the office with cash or check.  It is our hope to accept credit card payments later this year.

Our 2016/2017 school calendar can be viewed on our website:  Please be sure students know arrangements for student pick up if they are not riding the bus on early out dates.  Children who ride the SPARKS bus, will have supervision until the bus arrives to take them to SPARKS on our specified early-out Wednesdays.

Please help your children feel confident with their after school plans.   We understand emergencies arise and are happy to get notices to your students if you call us by 1:30pm.  We may be unable to make changes after 1:30.  The end of the day is very busy with nearly 600 students and growing. Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

Protecting your children in the parking lot is an utmost priority for us at West Valley School.  Please NO CELL PHONE USE unless you are stopped and parked.  It only takes a second for a child to dart out unexpectedly. Thank you for helping us keep your children safe.

School Supply Lists are available at most stores and on our website.  Please also refer to our website to see hot lunch menus, athletic opportunities, newsletters from our Parent/Teacher Organization, the 2016/2017 school calendar and many other current announcements.  You may access your student’s grades and hot lunch balances on our website.  We encourage parents to stay in close communication with their student’s teacher/teachers through emails, which you will also find provided on our West Valley website.

There are a couple changes with the school bus routes this year.  Mr. Wilson made it easy for you to check your bus stop and morning pick-up time by posting them on our website.  That website has a wealth of information! Thanks, Mr. Wilson!  

West Valley Parent Teacher Organization meets monthly.  We are so grateful for all they do for our school!  These active parents and grandparents engage themselves in fun activities that benefit all of us.  They would be thrilled to share the fun with you!  If you would like to help our school and join a fun group of folks, please email them at:  You may also call Beth Anderson at (406) 407- 0937 or Carmen Brannan at (970) 217- 8575.

Our principals, Mrs. Blair and Mr. Benkelman, are providing a fun new event at West Valley School this year called “Principals on the Playground”!  You will have the opportunity to meet and visit with our principals on the playground August 24th from 1:00 - 3:00p.m.  Students are invited to come with their parents/guardians for this casual meet and greet at the elementary playground. Please know there will be no supervision for the children other than parental supervision.

Kindergarten parents, you may expect a back to school newsletter in the mail from our kindergarten teachers this coming week. It will provide information you are curious about and outline the first day of school for your child/children.

Middle School Round-Up will be held August 22nd from 11:00am - 6:00pm in the West Valley Foyer.  During this time, students will not only have the opportunity to receive their schedules, but may also register and pay for the different sports provided at West Valley.  Nurses will be available to provide sports physicals for a $10 fee. That fee will be paid directly to nurse, Karen Skonord.  Lockers will be assigned and combinations provided.  Students may order PE uniforms or purchase recycled uniforms during this time. This is the perfect time for parents to deposit money into their student’s/family’s lunch account, as our grab and go breakfasts and hot lunch will be offered the first day of school.

The West Valley football season begins Saturday, August 29th, at 9:00 am in the big gym at West Valley School for all incoming 7th and 8th graders.  There will be a parent meeting to turn in all required paperwork which includes physicals, concussion form, participation form and $100 participation fee (which covers all sports for the entire school year).  All forms can be found on the West Valley School web site by clicking on the Handouts/Forms link.  Equipment will be issued to all players at this time.  Players who need physicals can get them done at West Valley School on Monday, August 22nd from 11-6 for $10.  The first practice will be held at West Valley on Monday, August 29th, from 4-6 pm.  Please contact Clay Keller at with any questions.

Girls’ Volleyball also begins Saturday, August 29th.  We will have more information on our website at a later date and at the Middle School Round Up, August 22nd. 

And now, the announcement you have all been anxiously awaiting… Student/Teacher class assignments for grades K-5 will be posted after 4:00 today, August 12th!  You may find the class lists  in the windows of the EAST SIDE of the school building facing Farm to Market Road. (The main parking lot has just been resealed and is closed to traffic.)

Please enjoy the rest of your summer break. We look forward to seeing you soon!