Parents in the East Valley School District now have the option of going online to pay fees and add lunch money to their child’s account.
The new system, which is accessed through the district’s Skyward Family Access site, went online at the beginning of the school year.
“We had a few parents asking for the option,” said district spokeswoman Judi Christianson. The district heard of a program being used by the Mead School District and looked into it. Payments are processed by PayOurSchool.com and the process is secure.
Parents can even use the site to buy annuals and can avoid writing multiple checks for different children at different schools. “You do it from the luxury of your own home,” Christianson said. “It’s convenient.”
The program has attracted notice. So far the online payment site has collected $7,000 in payments, versus about $118,000 in checks and cash at various schools, she said.
Visit the district’s Web site at www.evsd.org for information on how to sign up for electronic payments.
Raise the curtain
Several Valley schools have already announced all or part of their theater lineup for the school year. In a bit of odd timing, both East Valley High School and Central Valley High School will perform the play “Anne Frank” on the same dates in November.
The drama season at Central Valley High School begins “Anne Frank” performances at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 13 through 15 and 20 through 22. Tickets are $8. The next scheduled play is “The Secret Garden” with 7:30 p.m. performances Feb. 19 through 21 and 26 through 28, with a 2 p.m. matinee Feb. 22. There will be assigned seating for this play, with tickets available for $8.
The students will have special dessert theater performances of “Images” on April 10 and 11. The $6 admission includes dessert and coffee before the performance. The final play of the season is “Harvey” on May 13 through 16. Tickets will again be $8.
The school also began selling season tickets this month for $21.
East Valley High School’s performances of “Anne Frank” will begin at 7 p.m. on Nov. 13 through 15 and 20 through 22. Admission is $5 or $3 for students and seniors. Children 11 and younger are admitted free. Call the school at 927-3200 for more details.
University High School will start its performances with a double feature. “Forever Plaid” will be performed Nov. 5, 7, 12 and 14 and “The Taffetas” will be on stage Nov. 6, 8, 13 and 15. All performances begin at 7 p.m. and tickets are $7 each or $12 for both.
Later in the year drama students will tackle “The Nerd” and “Damn Yankees.” For more information, call 228-5254.
West Valley High School has not yet announced a theater schedule.
Farm field trip
Students at the Central Valley Kindergarten Center took a trip to Carver Farms on Idaho Road near Newman Lake last week over two days.
The trip, paid for by the Parent Teacher Organization, included a corn maze and a hayride. The children were also allowed to pick out their own pumpkin to bring home. The students have been learning about how pumpkins grow during class.
College Information Night
Parents of University High School students are invited to a college information night Tuesday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. There will be sessions on the college application process, which tests to take and financial aid. School counselors will be available for questions.
Parents are asked to park in the east end parking lot at the school, located at 12420 E. 32nd Ave. The sessions will be held in the Commons. Refreshments will be served.