Feeding Mind and Body

Valley School Core Values
 
Cultivating Wellness
At Valley School we are committed to cultivating wellness. We support all community members as they create their foundation for physical and emotional well-being. Individuals learn best when they grow in an environment that gives them an opportunity to develop a well-grounded sense of confidence, a persistent spirit of optimism, and an engaged open mind. 
We are committed to cultivating wellness:
  • Physical and emotional well-being
  • Well-grounded confidence 
  • Spirit of optimism
  • Engaged open mind

Seeking Wisdom
At Valley School we are committed to seeking wisdom. We learn in a flexible, hands-on, intimate setting where the process of acquiring knowledge through individual pathways is equal to the content absorbed. It is our goal to encourage a growth mindset and to establish a community where stretching minds is the norm. In our pursuit of knowledge, we think wisely and learn that the purposeful application of wisdom defines character. 
We are committed to seeking wisdom:
  • Growth mindset
  • Pursuit of knowledge
  • Informed decision-making
  • Critical reflection

Embracing Integrity
At Valley School we are committed to embracing integrity. In the classrooms, around the playground, upon the stage, on the sports field, and beyond the school walls, we work to instill within every community member the highest levels of ethical behavior, such as kindness, honesty, respect, and responsibility. We seek to balance personal excellence and humility in our day-to-day interactions. With integrity we function successfully and cohesively as a community. 
We are committed to embracing integrity:
  • Moral convictions
  • Ethical behaviors
  • Humility 
  • Mindful interactions 

Building Community
At Valley School we are committed to building community. To grow as individuals and as a school, we collaborate to reach our collective goals and support one another in the pursuit of personal goals. We strive to build relationships within our walls and to nurture connections with our extended community. Through knowledge of self, empathy, and service, we work together to create a culture that is inclusive and fulfilling. 
We are committed to building community:
  • Empathy
  • Healthy relationships
  • Active engagement
  • Self and social awareness 



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Family-Style Lunch

Developing relationships is an integral part of the Valley School experience, and there is no better time to do so than over a meal.  Our family-style lunches allow teachers and students from various grade levels within each division to get to know each other on a more personal level.  Students share interests and experiences with those that they do not see during the course of their academic day, and the mixed groupings at each table promote friendships with children in other grade levels.  Family-style meals provide teachers with the chance to engage in quality conversations with all children in their division.

Our lunch time mimics the family dinner table.  The main dish and sides are served family-style at the table.  Students have the opportunity to try new foods and expand thier paletes, and are encouraged to make balanced and healthy choices. Lunch time at Valley School serves as the foundation for bonding as a community.