Let's have a big round of applause for the Valley Home 4H sponsored Easter Egg Hunt which took place on Saturday morning on the grounds of the Valley Home School Texas Avenue site. The group did a wonderful job of giving our friend, the Easter Bunny a big helping hand and making the morning so much fun for all the eager young egg hunters!
This coming Thursday, April 5th, rain or shine, our Valley Home community will echo to the to the sound of jogging feet as our Valley Home students participate in the annual school Jog-A-Thon, at the Pioneer Ave. campus. This year something new has been added with students being encouraged to decorate their own shirt. We will let you know the winner in next week's column. We are told that there will also be other contests that day as well, such as craziest socks, most spirited, and crazy hair. These contests being held on Jog-A-Long day are just for 4th-8th ...
The Valley Home News column emailed to the Oakdale Leader office late Sunday evening was the wrong one, an error not made by your reporter but by her computer assistant. He sends his apologies to the readers. The information thought to still be noteworthy is included in this week's column. Let the News begin!
We always enjoy taking a step back in Valley Home history when winter doldrums seem to arrive in our community. Let's take a giant step back into 1944, serving during World War II in the month of December to be specific, and take glimpse of what some of our young male residents were doing during that time period. We found some of our Valley Home young men involved in the War action, both during the western and European action. Sgt. Paul Wieber, son of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Wieber and a graduate of Oakdale High School had already served ...
What a thrill to see our Valley Home Community almond tree orchards burst out in a gorgeous array of blossoms the past couple of weeks. The almond trees weren't the only beautiful trees flaunting gorgeous blossoms. Ornamental plums, Magnolia trees and flowering shrubs rapidly followed suit adding to the array of color. The sight of all the flowering trees is one of the many things that make living in Valley Home such a great pleasure.
Valley Home PTC members promise us a fun packed evening featuring great food, desserts and lots of prizes on Friday, March 2, when they hold their annual "Let it Roll" game night fundraiser. You won't want to miss the fun, so grab a pen, circle the date on your calendar and plan to join the crowd at the Valley Home School at the MPR/Gym located at 13231 Pioneer Ave. Enjoy a perfect opportunity to visit with parents, neighbors and school staff as the annual evening festivities always promise a good time for all. Dinner will be served at ...
Valley Home 4-H members can take a well-deserved big bow! We received word this week that the club sponsored Valentine Box Social was a great success. Word has been received that there were lots of baked goodies and other various items on hand at the club's annual fun filled event! Club members' delicious boxed desserts raised a little over $1,000 for the Club's treasury. The announcer was Ashley Barreto and Hallie Smith showed off her great talent as auctioneer. A Big Thanks to everyone who helped with the annual event, especially to all the members for their ...
The Valley Home Community Center board of directors had a meeting at the park last week to discuss the pending items for the community park and to discuss plans for the rest of the year. Present were Chairman Don Taro, Secretary/Treasurer Glenn Burghardt, and members Winnie Mullins and Ralph Damante. Member Roger Beymer was ill and missed the meeting.
How lucky can you get? Electrician, Mike Burghardt, who is employed by Square D, Co., recently returned from working on electrical problems at a Naval facility in Honolulu, Hawaii. Mike, when he had finished with his work, was able to enjoy some free time exploring the waters around the island with our grandson, Jeff. The two had a wonderful time exploring the waters around the island, photographing the colorful fish and enjoyed the thrill of swimming alongside the huge turtles that frequently tagged along close to the two men. The two men found some time to climb up to the ...
There will be an important meeting of the Valley Home MAC this evening, February 1st. Our three new council members, Winnie Mullins, Kate Hart and Chris Hempleman will be sworn in by County District One Supervisor William O'Brien. Heading the list of items to be discussed by the group will be a report on the mold situation discovered at the Valley Home Fire House, which has been the reason behind the closing of our station. The closing of our Fire House is a serious problem for our community. There will also be other items receiving reports or discussion, Sheriff ...
Oak Valley Art Society members enjoyed an interesting program at their monthly meeting on Saturday which featured an interesting program by Escalon artist, Dorothy Girling and her husband Bob. Dorothy displayed some of her work and gave suggestions on the use and care of various art mediums. Bob spoke on the best way to ready paintings for hanging, using plastic tubing to cover frame wire to keep from damaging the painting. Dorothy also leads a sketching class one afternoon a week at the Escalon library which has proven very beneficial to those interested in improving their drawing skills.
We have received word that two horses were lost on Friday night right on Valley Home Road near Pleasant Valley Road as a gate was left open. One is a sorrel warm blood and the other is a small bay. The owner is Brian Bradley, his phone number is 848-4849. Please contact him if you have any information about this.
Valley Home residents began the New Year by welcoming in the new Superintendent/Principal for Valley Home School, Mrs. Rolanda Desrosiers-Lewis, to replace former Superintendent/Principal, Kevin Hart. The first official day for the new Principal began on Tuesday, January 3, as she welcomed the return of our Valley Home students from winter break. Mrs. Desrosiers-Lewis has the distinction of being the first woman to be placed as superintendent/principal for Valley Home School. Seventeen applications were submitted for that position out of which five applicants were selected to be interviewed, and of these three were selected for interviews on ...
Can't think of a nicer way to start off the New Year than with a delicious pancake breakfast and that is just what our PTC members have put together for us on January 7th. Breakfast is priced at $3 for children through 8 years with adults at $7, and served from 6-11 a.m.
A report was received from Claire Taro that their daughter Vickie and son-in-law Leo Albers picked she and Tony up in their pickup on December 9th and drove them to Fernley, Nevada where their granddaughter Kristen and husband Joey Volene live with children 13 year old Rebecca and 11 year old Mathew. On Saturday the group went to a piano recital by their great-granddaughter Rebecca who has been taking piano lessons for a year or so. She has been doing well and her performance of three songs included Skateboard Boogie. Her great-grandparents are so proud of her.
We hope everyone is planning to help with "Love Valley Home" this weekend. This is a great opportunity to work together for our community. Meet at the school/park at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday and/or Sunday, April 5th and 6th.
Birthday greetings for the month of March go out to: Bill Frias, Tom Wright, Rick Maisel, Shavon Haskell, Rocky Goehring, Pat Johnson, Aaron Hodge, Brendt Ohe, Aislinn Finn, Richard Bell, Kara Lopez, Amber Coston, Bill Martinelli, Gayle Higgins, Danna Morgan, Mark Schlegel, Kim McCarthy, Wendy Burns, Grant Page, Luke Dickens, Levi Dickens, Taylor Kelley, Gracie Anderson, Bryce Anderson, Anthony Neely, Carter Sturtevant, Sergio Garcia, and Ken Morris.
Valley Home students were excited to have a little green leprechaun driving their school bus on St. Patrick's Day! Later on in the day the leprechaun showed up all over campus wearing green as school staff and students got into the spirit of St. Patrick's Day in Valley Home!
We were so happy to see the rain! The fields are green, the creeks are rising, and although we need more rain, we are grateful for the amount we have had recently!
It made for an exciting game of basketball when good friends Tom Cassinetto and Randy Russell met up this past Thursday at Valley Home School. Randy coaches Knights Ferry basketball and Tom coaches Valley Home. Before being hired to teach at Knights Ferry Randy taught at Valley Home School. Randy was a favorite at Valley Home and it is great to see his success and happiness at Knights Ferry School. Both gentlemen have strong ties to both Valley Home and Knights Ferry and no doubt having their teams come together on Thursday was a special day indeed! Our thanks to ...
Valley Home School Math teacher Cory Reid held a very informative meeting regarding the new approach to Mathematics at the sixth grade level. Common Core, as it is known, will be more hands-on and in-depth. Rather than rushing through each lesson in order to meet standards, teachers will be able to slow down a bit in an effort to ensure that each student is learning and understanding the concept. Tests will now be taken online and are reported to be very difficult. Although there are challenges ahead we have high hopes that Common Core will bring positive results. We are ...
Valley Home fourth grader Maddie Jones took her History assignment "Create a California Mission" to the family kitchen! Maddie used her cooking skills and her imagination to bake and decorate a very tasty mission. Maddie's teacher Robin Cole was very impressed and her classmates were thrilled to be able to munch on Maddie's delicious California mission. Great job Maddie!
How wonderful to see the rain! We are so grateful.
It was exciting to see the rain come this past week…wishing for more!
We would like to wish a happy birthday to a very important person in our Valley Home community. Kevin Koppinger is 21 years old! Kevin is always volunteering to help at our school and community activities. He is a student at Columbia College and is a manager at Papa Murphys Pizza. Happy Birthday Kevin. Hope you have a great one!
We are excited to learn that our friend and neighbor, Ray Martin, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for Oakdale Rural Fire. Congratulations Ray!
Happy Birthday wishes go out to a very hard working Valley Home grandma…Mrs. Shelly Carpenter. Shelly is always willing to help out wherever she is needed and she is a great organizer! She is also a wonderful grandmother to Mary Beth, Wyatt, and Emma. We appreciate all your hard work Shelly!
Welcome 2014! It is going to be a wonderful year! We will eat more veggies, walk more, smile more and worry less. Let's all work together to make this year a great one!
As 2013 comes to an end we reflect on the many things that make living in a small community so special. Neighbors are more than neighbors, they become family. They enjoy the good times with you and they suffer through the bad.
What a special night it was in Valley Home! Stars lit up the night sky as car after car pulled into the Valley Home School parking lot. Friendly holiday greetings passed between old friends and new. The magic of this Christmas season was everywhere. This incredible evening was made possible by the hard work of Bonnie Gellerman, Tom Cassinetto, and the staff of the after school program.