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2016-17 Kindergarten and TK Registration

Registration for transitional kindergarten (TK) and regular kindergarten will begin on Monday, March 7. View details and forms on the VUSD Enrollment Page.

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Today: 4/30/16

Jump Rope for Heart Assembly-SAVE THE DATE!



Thank you to ALL my Heart Heroes that donated their time and money!! You guys did a fabulous job! If you haven't received your Super Pup and lanyard, please get it in the office. 


Friday will be our jump roping day held during IPE. Envelopes were due on April 22nd. However, we will accept envelopes until the end of the week. Thank you for all your hard work! Additional prizes will be mailed out by the company in the next few weeks. 


Remember, being heart healthy is a lifestyle change that can be attained by all! 


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Reading on the Lawn

MAY 25, 1016

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM















District Competition:

Friday, May 13, 6:30                       VACA PENA MIDDLE SCHOOL

(Public welcome)



Tuesday night Dan Banowetz, Director of Facilities for VUSD and Sergeant Dye of the Vacaville Police Dept met with teachers, parents, the Principal and Vice Principal here at Browns Valley Elementary.

Mr Banowetz explained that the District is researching the possibility of fencing three schools all at once: Browns Valley, Cooper and Callison (their fence line needs to be moved by a few feet). That being said, he mentioned that he was going to recommend having at least one additional "Community Meeting" for all Browns Valley residents.

After that meeting, he would make his recommendation to the School Board.   Ultimately, the School Board will make the decision on whether or not to proceed with fencing our schools. No PTO money or Measure A money would be used. Mr.Banowetz has a separate fund for financing the fences.

He did say that all School Board meetings are open to the public, so you are welcome to attend. You can also email him at the following email address DBanowetz@vacavilleusd.org.

Sergeant Dye of the Vacaville Police Dept., also spoke and shared the ever changing challenges schools have faced since the 90's.


Kindergarten Registration will begin March 7th @9:00am-11:00am in the MP room. Your child must be 5 years old on or before September 1st. Kindergarten packet will be provided to you. 


We will only be registering Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten at this time. 


Eligibility for Transitional Kindergarten program...the district's transitional kindergarten program shall admit children whose fifth birthday lies between September 2 through December 2. 




In an effort to ease traffic congestion as well as promote student safety and wellness, Browns Valley is partnering with the Solano Transportation Authority's Safe Routes 2 School program to start the Walking School Bus. The Walking School Bus is a group of children walking to and from school to a designated location with a trained staff person. 



ATTENTION!!! DAYS ADDED!!!                 Routes Currently Available                                               



  • My child will leave from one of the following locations at the following time(s):
    Woodcrest Dr./Wrentham Dr.  8:05 am (arrive at school at 8:20 am) on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
    After school return (Leaving from BV flagpole): 2:45 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
     1:15 pm on Wednesday

 I understand that if my child misses the Walking School Bus, I am responsible for my child’s transportation to/from school.
 I understand that participation is completely voluntary and that participation is at “my own risk”. I understand that measures will be taken to provide for my child’s safety; however, I will not hold the members of Browns Valley Elementary, the district, its board members, its employees, Solano Transportation Authority employees, Solano Public Health employees and any volunteer for this program liable should any incident occur.

 Children not picked up at the WSB stop by 3 pm on Mon, Tues, Thurs, or Fri or by 1:35 pm on Wednesdays will be walked back to school and a parent will be called.




The "Walking School Bus' program is open to students and families. NEW Parent permission is needed before students may join/AND OR ADD ADDITIONAL DAYS.  Families may sign up at any time throughout the year. Permission slips are available in the school office.



It's not too late to order your 2015-2016 Yearbook at the Pre-Sale price.

Yearbooks On Sale Now! Online only. Presale = $20/book http://ybpay.lifetouch.com Yearbook 

ID Code: 12620816


**Pre-Sale ends February 12, 2016.


Beginning February 13th, the price goes up to $25/book.


Dancing with the Bears!


Browns Valley is proud to promote wellness for our Bears. Tuesdays/Thursdays we have Bear Fit Runners. On Wednesdays we have the Walking School Bus…NOW…on Fridays, we are adding Dancing with the Bears!! Dancing with the Bears is an optional recess choice that will take place during morning recess on the blacktop behind Mrs. Koenigsberg's room. It will be run by our Wellness Advisor- Kimberly Fullard. Prepare to have lots of fun while also being heart healthy!  



Very important message from Browns Valley Cafeteria...

When dropping off money for your students lunch, it is imperative that we have money (cash or check) put in an envelope and that First and Last name of the student is on the envelope. We always have envelopes in the office if needed. We are currently having a serious problem with money not being credited to accounts because there is not enough information to identify it. If your child is the one dropping off money, please make sure they are aware of the above. Should you have any questions or problems, with your lunch account please contact Tanya Tuck. TTuck@vusd.solanocoe.k2.ca.us 

Please contact the front office if you have any additional questions.

Thank you in advance for your help! 


Kimberly Fullard

Office Secretary



Box Tops- Deadline Friday May 20th

First, second, and third place prizes will be rewarded to the classes that collect the most Box Tops EACH collection period. In order to count for your class you need to have your teacher's name on the bag of Box Tops. 


First Place--Class Party or Marshmallow Dodgeball 

Second Place--Extra recess

Third Place--Extra Recess

ZBest Dining & Entertainment Books on Sale. $15/book. Contact PTO at brownsvalleypto@gmail.com 

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Hello families! The Child Nutrition staff is happy to announce that we are GOING GREEN!! Starting in January, we will no longer have paper menus, but will have menu access ONLINE!! The fastest and easiest way to receive the menu electronically is to sign-up for our automated email at www.vacavilleusd.org. Click on lunch menus, and then GOING GREEN MENUS, and you can enter your information for a menu to be sent to you every month. Also, on the menu page are links to all of our Elementary, Middle and High school menus. You may also download the 'Web Menus' app from your smart phone's play-store and find our menu under Vacaville Unified School District. Any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Corina Boylen in Child Nutrition at 707 453-6157, or you can email Corinab@vacavilleusd.org. 


You're ONE CLICK away from supporting Browns Valley Elementary School when you shop online! The eScript Online Mall is the ticket! It's easy, no cards to register and it can mean hundreds of dollars to us. 

See how easy this is! View the video at http://bitly.com/escrip-olm

Or shop now at https://shopping.escrip.com



Flyers from nonprofit groups that provide services, programs, and activities which benefit VUSD students and parents are posted on the Community Bulletin Board.  You can view a list of posted flyers by clicking the Bulletin Board List attachment below.  You can also view each individual flyer in the Index of Community Bulletin Board Items box below under Elementary Events, Secondary Events, and Parent/Community Resources.


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Children 5-11 years naturally wake early. Teens 12-18 years naturally wake later, despite bed times.

Researchers have studied the effect of delaying start times for high school students and have found that even a modest shift in start times benefits adolescent students.


Teen experience a biological shift in their internal clocks that causes them to be alert at typical bedtimes and to have difficulty waking early in the morning. Because they are drowsy in the morning, teens have more trouble: 

  • being alert in school
  • paying attention
  • solving problems
  • coping with stress
  • retaining information.

In hopes of creating the best learning environment possible for our students, VUSD is evaluating the start times for each school.


How would you be affected by a change in school start times?


Please take 10 minutes to consider the aspects of school start time changes and tell us what you think. Info and survey at http://www.vacavilleusd.org/times


Watch VUSD on CBS 13 and find out what we are doing to find top teacher, speech pathologist and bilingual candidates for our students.



See what VUSD is doing to keep students safe in an emergency. CBS13 covered our district-wide Standard Response Safety (SRP) drills.

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VUSD has an active Facebook page designed to help parents keep tabs on what's happening around the district. Find out more about programs, news, events and more. Like us at Vacaville Unified School District

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Sierra Vista K-8 school still has space available in all grades for the 2016-2017 school year. The school will offer a small school community environment with a focus on academic rigor and higher education after high school. 

Sierra Vista K-8 is open to all Vacaville students. VUSD hopes to enroll a minimum of twenty 8th grade students to fill a class.

Sierra Vista K-8 enrollment applications may be downloaded here or picked up at Educational Services Center (ESC) at 401 Nut Tree Rd. All packets should be returned to ESC. Enrollment applications will be date stamped and processed in the order in which they are received until school capacity is met.



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Willis Jepson Middle School staff and students will be presented with the Schools To WatchTM Model School award this Wednesday, February 24, 2016. A representative from Congressman Garamendi’s Office will also be presenting the school with a Congressional Commendation in recognition of the rare honor of being named a School To Watch.


State Superintendent Tom Torlakson recently announced that Willis Jepson Middle School is amongst the list of 13 distinguished California schools honored with the 2016 Schools To WatchTM- Taking Center Stage Model School award.


California Schools to Watch™(STW)-Taking Center Stage is a statewide program implemented by several organizations including the California League of Middle Schools (CLMS) and the California Department of Education (CDE). Each year, the program identifies middle schools that are academically excellent, developmentally responsive, socially equitable, and structured for success.  The sites selected to be Schools to Watch™-Taking Center Stage Model Schools meet the unique challenges of their student populations and share a strong, ongoing record of student achievement. 


Vacaville Unified Board of Education President Shelley Dally praised the middle school saying, “These characteristics are so much more than just a test score, they are what makes students want to go to school and parents feel confident about sending their children there.”  Dally went on with praise saying, “Kelley Birch is an exceptional principal with an incredibly hard working dedicated staff, and this recognizes the great work they are doing in all of these areas.”


Willis Jepson Middle School will also be considered for national recognition in coming months.


School To Watch Press Release from California Department of Education: http://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr16/yr16rel13.asp



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"Dear Browns Valley Parent or Guardian:

 I’m writing to remind you how Browns Valley can benefit every time you make a purchase on Amazon.  However, in order to receive a donation from Amazon, a small change in the way you make your purchase is required. Those steps are outlined below.


 Amazon Smile is Amazon’s charitable foundation.  It has been established for the purpose of donating .5% of all purchases made on the smile.amazon.com website to any non-profit which is registered as a 501(c)3 corporation.  In this regard, Browns Valley's Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) meets this requirement.


 When you register your Amazon account to make purchases on the smile.amazon.com website, and select Browns Valley Parent Teacher Organization as the non-profit of your choice, Amazon will issue a check every three months for .5% of every purchase made on that site to our school. In fact, as the result of your 2014 holiday shopping efforts, we've just received notice that our first check is on its way!

 On behalf of the Browns Valley PTO, thanks in advance for following these simple steps:

(1) Go to http://www.smile.amazon.com.

(2) Sign in with your existing amazon.com account; or, if you are a new Amazon customer, create an Amazon account.

(3) Select the Browns Valley Parent Teacher Organization as the non-profit organization of your choice.

(4) Continue shopping; and in three months, a check for .5% of your purchase total before taxes and shipping will be donated by Amazon to our school! 

(5) See http://smile.amazon.com/about for complete program details.


Chris McCoulf



Dollars 4 Scholar$ Update

Every time you shop at Vacaville Commons, turn in your receipts! We have a special place for them in the front office.

Your receipts so far have us in FIRST PLACE!! Keep up the great job of bringing ...more

Contact Us:

333 Wrentham Drive

Vacaville, CA 95688

Phone  707 453-6205

Fax      707 447-5307

Important Reminders

  • Please remember to always sign in and get a visitors sticker at the office when you enter our campus.  
  • Student restrooms are for students only. Should you need an adult restroom or need to assist a young child in the restroom, please come to the school office. Restrooms are available there are all adults. 

Thank you! 

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