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May 27, 2015 - Final Edition

Friends of Valley View,                                                

     On Thursday, the 4th of June, the school year will end at 12:10! BUT LEARNING DOES NOT END! This summer, please do the best you can to keep the written word in front of your children. Have your child read daily!!! Math games and writing activities will keep all of our students on an even keel. Like any body part, the brain will atrophy without exercise. Give your child the challenges they need to keep up with their peers or even move beyond.

     This summer, the Valley View School Library will be open on Thursdays, June 25th through July 30th, from 11:00-2:00. During this time, the VVES Library and Computer Lab will be available for current students. Lunch will be served! Julie Colson, Teresa Rae and Sheila Lavala will volunteer their services, working with the community librarians to make this summer program special!

     Written on the back of this letter, is a list of free educational Internet Sites. If you do not have the Internet, the Public Library is at your disposal. The Boundary County Public Library is a special place!

     Speaking of the Public Library: 

  • Story Time continues to be the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM. All ages are welcome.               
  • 2015 Summer Reading Program, “Every Hero has a Story” will run from June 17 to August 7. Signups will be available on mid-June at the Public Library.

     Two notes to finish up with:

  • Continue to collect Box Tops and Litehouse lids/labels over the summer. These simple items make a huge financial contribution to our school!
  • The class lists for 2015-2016 will be posted on August 27 

     On behalf of the staff, I would like to thank you for another positive school year. We, at VVES, are looking forward to another great school year to come. Challenges make us stronger! I sincerely appreciate the trust this community has offered me. I look forward to leading this program deep into the 21st Century.

     P.S.  READ, READ & READ some more! Write letters and poems! Play math games! Play together, love each other, and stay positive! Stay healthy, exercise and eat well! Success begins in the home! Occasionally stop, hug your child and take a quick look for head lice (they really never go away). 

     Have a Great Summer! And remember………………..

The more you read, the more you know,

The more you know, the smarter you grow,

The smarter you grow, the stronger your voice,

When speaking your mind or making a choice!


Respectfully submitted by,

Principal Pflueger


Please do not drive to the back of our building before or after school. This area is for staff parking and bus pickup/drop off only. This is a student safety issue! 

Certified Employee of the Month - Tonnie Kuhlman

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 A good teacher is a wonderful human, and Tonnie is a member of this team. Tonnie received her Associates Degree from NIC in 1996 and her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at the University of Idaho in 1998. She completed her student teaching experience in Boundary County and has stayed ever since. Her professional teaching career began at Evergreen Elementary School in 1999, serving 1st grade. Tonnie taught 4thGrade at Evergreen from 1999-2002. In 2002, Tonnie was transferred to Valley View and accepted a position teaching our 3rd grade children; she has been a part of our staff for the last 11 years. During 2010-2012, for two school years, VVES was in need of a 1st grade teacher. She enthusiastically accepted this temporary change, once again demonstrating her openness to accept a challenge. 


Tonnie is a teacher I would want my children to have. She is calm, steady and easy going. She is hard to rattle. At-risk students flourish in Tonnie’s class. She shared a story that greatly illustrates this point. 

“During my first year of teaching, a student presented a tremendous challenge; I knew I was not reaching him. Toward the end of the year, I asked him to stay after school, so I could help him. His response was, ‘I don’t want to waste your time.’ I assured him he was worth my time and I was happy to help. We stayed and pulled his notebook together. The next year, he did not return to Evergreen. The following year, when my daughter was born, I received a call from this student. He said he was in a foster home and had heard about my daughter’s birth in the newspaper. He wanted to use some of his phone time to congratulate me. He said I was the only person who told him he was worth anything. At this point, I knew I was in the right place!”


Tonnie is a good teacher and a fine person. I am proud to know her. She is newly married to Henry “Ted” Kuhlman; she has three children of her own and three step children. Tonnie enjoys working with her great colleagues at Valley View, and is looking forward to continued experiences in the classroom.

Take a look at our school!



Valley View

Mr. Gary Pflueger, Principal

6750 Augusta Street

Bonners Ferry, ID  83805

Phone  267-5519

Fax  267-3388

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  1. Don’t lie
  2. Don’t cheat
  3. Don’t steal
  4. Help others when you can
  5. Say please/thank you often
  6. Read books
  7. Be responsible
  8. Show respect
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