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The Pride Family Letter 11.30.20
Posted 11/26/20


Fall has arrived 

colorful 

chilly

and Marvelous

UPDATE - Return to Remote Learning!

Due to the dramatic increase in Covid - 19 cases in Marin County, all Miller Creek School District Schools are shifting back to our Remote Learning Model, beginning this Monday, November 30, and through Friday, December 18th. See letter from Mrs. Rosales, 11.25, and the resources and links attached, below.

Monday and Tuesday Schedule adjustments

To support this rapid transition we are asking for your patience once again. For Monday and Tuesday only, our teachers will be hosting their morning 8:30-9:00 am zoom meeting. However, the remainder of the day will be spent in asynchronous learning activities, not follow up small group meetings, due to the following reasons:

  • Our 4th wave teachers prepared and planned for our district shortened schedule.
  • Our Wave 1-3 teachers prepared lessons for in-person instruction before leaving for the break.
  • Students do not have all of the physical materials they need.
  • Like all of you, our staff are spending time with family during this break

Teachers will communicate the zoom meeting information to all of you. Please note that Monday and Tuesday will not look as robust as normal remote learning days will once we are up and running. Please be understanding if the workload is lighter than usual. Thank you in advance for your understanding. 

 

Material Distribution

1) Your child's teacher may communicate their own plan to distribute materials needed for remote learning. If so, follow their guidance.

IF NOT...

2) Mark your calendars!  This Wednesday, Dec. 2 will be a material distribution day. This is when your child can pick up any materials they need for remote learning. Please head to the front of the campus. We will have tables outside where someone can help you or your child take their bag. Please pull your car up to the front of the parking lot area by the front of the office area. Don't forget to wear masks and social distance. Thank you!

Wednesday, December 2nd

8:30am - 10am   and   12:30pm - 3:30pm

4th Wave Families

We are canceling our Parent Webinar slated for Monday, Nov. 30th. We will reschedule once we know when we are bringing our 4th wave back to hybrid in-person instruction.


Calendar

Monday, 11.30 

Hybrid Wave 4 Webinar, 5:30-6:30 pm. POSTPONED

Modified K-5 Schedule - 8:30-9:00 Zoom Meeting, followed by asynchronous learning activities (K= 9:00-1:25 and 1-5=9:00-2:15)

Tuesday, 12.1 

Modified K-5 Schedule - 8:30-9:00 Zoom Meeting, followed by asynchronous learning activities (K = 9:00-1:25 and 1-5 = 9:00-2:15)

Wednesday, 12.2

Home and School Board Meeting

Materials pick up, 8:30-12:00pm and 12:30-3:30pm

Thursday, 12.3

Remote Learning Plan

Friday, 12.4

Remote Learning Plan

Becky Rosales Full Letter sent to all families on November 25th

Dear Miller Creek Community,

We continue to monitor with escalating concern the increase of COVID-19 case rates locally, statewide, and nationally. In the state Blueprint report on Tuesday, Nov. 24th, many California counties have transitioned to the purple tier and are under tighter restrictions, including a limited stay at home order. While Marin County joins a small number of counties that remain in the red tier, it is anticipated to move to the most restrictive purple tier next week unless there is a significant change. (Please watch the Marin Public Health Video Update for Tuesday, November 24th).

Given the local surge in cases, the recent travel recommendation for a 14-day quarantine upon return to the county, and the competing instructional demands within our schools, the District has made the proactive decision to return to remote learning for all students starting Monday, November 30th and to continue remotely through December. We will watch local health data and will communicate our plan for a return in January after the winter break by December 11th.

Throughout this pandemic, our entire school community has taken the necessary measures to provide the safest learning environment for our students and staff. Parents have taken daily temperatures, cautiously kept children at home when slightly symptomatic, and have kept social bubbles small. The District has developed a number of significant protocols and procedures to keep our schools safe. We have lowered class sizes, increased staffing, installed ionization devices and HEPA air purifiers in every classroom, implemented daily health screenings, hired dedicated health staff, and have provided onsite COVID testing for all staff. Our primary tool as a community has been our collective and consistent effort in wearing masks, maintaining social distance, and implementing hand hygiene practices. 

There have been a series of challenges as more classrooms have returned to in-person instruction and positive cases surge in the region. There is an increased need for long and short-term substitute teachers as staff is required to quarantine or cautiously stay home for a variety of reasons. Requests for independent study have increased for students who have symptoms and must remain out of school or whose families are abiding by the post-travel 14-day quarantine recommendation creating several complex instructional scenarios for teachers to prepare. We have experienced the need to close three cohorts due to positive COVID cases, which have impacted multiple classes and dozens of families. Our protocols for isolating positive cases were ultimately successful, with no evidence of transmission at school, but the current surge requires that we do more to protect the health and safety of our students and staff and deliver instruction using a single approach. 

We acknowledge the impact of this decision on all of our students but particularly those in the final waves who have yet to return to in-person instruction. This news likely comes as a disappointment as they have watched siblings and friends return to school while they remained learning remotely. Students are likely eager to return to school and reunite with peers after having endured months of reduced social interaction and learning through a screen. 

We remain committed to returning to in-person instruction and have demonstrated that we have the protocols in place to do so. We adopted a careful, measured, phasing in the approach that allowed for improvements along the way. When the time is right, we will use those protocols and procedures to accelerate the return to in-person instruction for all students. 

We know that our community understands what is at stake. This shift back to remote learning has our long term goal of having students and staff safely return to in-person learning foremost in our thoughts, while we adjust to these shorter-term challenges. Our collective actions and sacrifices during the holiday and these next weeks will impact our ability to reopen our schools to in-person learning which is an urgent priority. Please take every precaution while enjoying this time with your family. 

Stay well,

Becky Rosales | Superintendent

Kristy Treewater | Assistant Superintendent 

 


RESOURCES:

Community COVID Testing

  • Location: Lutheran Church of the Resurrection parking lot at 1100 Las Gallinas Avenue across the street from the Marin County Office of Education 

  • When: 

    • Monday, November 30, 2020  11:00 am - 5:00 pm 
    • Tuesday, December 1, 2020 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Pre-registration and appointment is required at the following link: https://curative.com/sites/14575#9/38.0132/-122.5493


Links for tracking COVID-19 in Marin and the latest guidance from Marin County Public Health

 

Upcoming Events coming

Thursday, 12.10 - Site Council Meeting

Friday, 12.18 - Last day before the Winter Holiday

Monday, 1.4 - School resumes


Mrs. Cacere's 3rd-grade class
sharing their mad-libs

Update from Mr. Anderson

Wave 3 made a splash! How amazing was it to welcome 5 new teams to begin their work with our school and their teachers in a live format?! Happy faces and lots of new learning. Heartwarming to say the least!

That being said we are following our SSSPP protocols across the campus, both indoors and outdoors, and are ever watchful of the county Covid-19 numbers and the word of our scientists and health folks.

As we spend these 9 days away, please, be safe and make good decisions wherever you are. Remember, the actions we all take affect not only our own families but those in our community. We are seeing covid-19 cases in other schools and we can ill afford to have your children and our teachers miss school time due to the actions of a few so please be careful.

If your child should come down with COVID-19, please call the following number, 415-492-2398 - Marin County Health Department, for guidance. Loop me in through an email as well so I am able to roll through with our notification protocols. But again, if we all take the proper precautions and follow the county guidelines, the chances of that happening are minimized. Here is to hoping that we do not hear from one another this week - HA!

Collaboration in a pandemic?
Sure.
Just a little farther away

 

November 20, 2020

From Superintendent of Schools, Becky Rosales

Thank you, CanDo! Foundation for filming this short video, Back to School 2.0. It’s a wonderfully touching reminder of why we do what we do. Please take 2 minutes and enjoy the full-screen view. In this season of gratitude, we are so thankful for our long partnership with CanDo! and the legacy of enrichment programs they have made possible for our students with the generous donations from our community. 

Almost unbelievably, the holidays are here. Health Department recommendations to safely celebrate and protect yourself and your family include wearing face coverings, keeping a distance, and staying outdoors when possible. The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with. Please review the new CDC Thanksgiving guidance and Holiday considerations and keep doing the things you’re doing to protect yourself and others, even if the people around you are not. 

We can not overstate the importance of our entire community’s behavior during this holiday season. The choices people make will directly impact our ability to keep our schools open for learning. As we saw in the video linked above, our students are excited to be back at school for in-person learning and they make it worth our collective best effort to adhere closely to the guidance provided to us by Public Health to prevent transmission of the virus. 

We hope that you will find safe ways to connect with your loved ones and we wish everyone a safe and healthy season.

Becky Rosales | Superintendent

Kristy Treewater | Assistant Superintendent 

MCSD Reopening Schools link

Ms. Shaw, 1st grade,
back in the mix
with her Wave 3 students!

 

Recommendations for Staying Safe from COVID-19 During the Holidays - GATHERINGS

During the holiday season, you may be wondering if it is safe to gather and celebrate with loved ones. Here are guidelines for protecting yourself and others from COVID-19.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

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Mrs. Liebman's 4th-grade class
Locked in!

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Quick class welcome back shot!

Interested in being a part of our Miller Creek School District Parcel Tax Committee?

We are looking for 3-5 interested members. If you have an interest please email Erik Lee, our district CFO at elee@millercreeksd.org

Welcome to LVE Mrs. Torbet!
Already saw a few of the emails 
from families
sharing their appreciations.
She is working hard
and learning the ropes fast!

Equity and Inclusion Meeting          I am inviting any and all members of our Lucas Valley School Community to join me on a zoom call on Wednesday, January 13th, 3:00-4:00 for our initial Equity and Inclusion Meeting. To gather a perspective of the work we will engage in, the following may help to provide some direction.

*Promoting and celebrating diversity, inclusion, and multiculturalism in a variety of ways including school-wide gatherings, cultural events, workshops, parent education, and community conversations.

*Providing all members of the community with a supportive space and the tools to learn about, discuss and ask questions about issues and topics related to diversity and identity.

*Collaborating with the District Equity Committee

*Serving as a liaison between our Home and School Club parent organization, School Site Council, and the District Equity Committee.

Parent Racial Equity Seminar Series Opportunity

Spaces are still available for all four dates! The deadline for registration is 12/1/2020 and the capacity for each session is 50 people so jump in quickly! I have taken part in several of Dr. Lori Watson's seminars and each one is better than the previous one. She has a remarkable way of helping us all understand our personal journeys as relates to race and "racial consciousness". She is an inspirational figure and not to be missed!

Click the "Parent Link" for information and the "Registration" Link to register: Parent Racial Equity Seminar Series and the Registration Link (The link does not work in the above URL)

Great to have Mrs. Caceres back!

A reminder that our 100% Virtual Academy remains closed

As you are aware, last week our Superintendent of Schools sent a letter to all of our families regarding the closing of the 100% Virtual Academy after November 12th. We all wish there were options to help support the varied needs of our community, our children, our teachers, and our working parents. We know how hard this has been for all of you, having to toggle between work and "teaching" responsibilities. This is not lost on any of us. As a father, I am feeling it as well. So many of my teachers are in the same boat. But the effect of adding students and then having to restructure entire classrooms, sometimes forcing students to lose their teacher to declining enrollment in the hybrid, which happened recently at both Val and MES. 

One of our first Wave teachers
Mrs. Reddick, rockin' the spacing!

Little love for our librarians

Emails like the one below from one of our families to our librarians mean so very much so thank you. Everyone is working super hard to try and replicate as best we can a peaceful and challenging environment for your children. THANK YOU!!

"I received the books today. Thank you! I will turn the birthday book in, to my teacher tomorrow. I appreciate the effort to get the books to me that quickly. I enjoyed reading one of them for ROAR today. I have been enjoying the library lessons and think all of the instructions have been super clear. You and the other librarians have been doing an amazing job keeping all of the library lessons for the school easy and fun. Keep up the amazing work! Happy Thanksgiving! I am definitely thankful for you and the other librarians! Have a great week off. I hope you have a way to celebrate Thanksgiving.

We will miss you Mrs. deGuia
but we have Ms. Shackelford
and Mr. Long,
helping out
until you get back!

How To Help Your Kids Reframe Their Anxiety — And Reclaim Their Superpowers

"Every child feels anxious at times — but for some, that feeling persists and interferes with friendships and schoolwork.

It can cause children to be fearful, worried, irritable, and angry. And there are physical symptoms: Kids can feel tired and have headaches, stomachaches, and trouble sleeping. Anxiety is one of the most common mental health concerns for children..." - Read More

Just a few of the safety supports in place at Lucas Valley

We are following our Site Protection Plan 

Our protective gear is in the hands of our staff

Our day/night custodians are caring for the classrooms and campus

We have a fantastic District Resource Page: District Miller Creek Website 

Each hybrid teacher has a 3-hour aide to support their class

We have a 6-hour health specialist to guide our work

We have augmented ventilation systems

...and more!

Is it just me, or am I seeing clumping at drop off and pick up?

You are seeing it! The area right above the A building, Mrs. Reddick's class, is starting to feel a little crowded. What we need is for families to drop children off and head home vs waiting and watching. We have aids out there supporting to ensure kids are safe. Please make your way off campus when you pick up or drop off your child. Thanks and just watching out for all of you and your children. 

Ms. Shehadey 
making it happen in K
Remote?!
Live?!
Still captivating her audience

December 7th, Wave 4 information as well as other tidbits of information for ALL hybrid classes

*Mr. Hough(working on this one), Mrs. Osterman/Sullivan, Mrs. Kersnick, and Mr. Peregoy join the hybrid team on December 7th

*The week of 11.30-12.4, is a transition week for this wave. Online instruction will conclude at 12:00 pm each of those days.

*Each morning you will receive a CrisisGO email. You MUST respond to this email and temperature check your child each morning before coming to school. If not, your child will be visiting the health specialist and a call will be made home to check. Sadly, your child will not be able to enter the classroom without that check. So be vigilant. Click here for a fantastic video from our Val health specialist that outlines exactly what to do. 

*There is a Webinar presentation on November 30th, 5:30-6:30 pm to help explain the process, safety, expectations, and shine a little light on what we have experienced thus far. A Q&A will follow. Links for that event will be coming in the days ahead.

*The hybrid involves 2 different sessions, 8:15-11:15 and 12:00-3:00. We are prioritizing siblings when creating those groupings. Unfortunately, we are not able to take requests regarding sessions due to the very complicated arrangement of students. We recognize this may interfere with many of you who have "Learning Hubs" to help support your ongoing learning during this time and we apologize. If you fall into this category, please consider who is in your child's new cohort and put together a new one. Easy? No. But it is an idea.

*Drop off/pick up for K-2 is in the parking lot.

*Grades 3-5 is on Idylberry.

*Walkers, please do not walk across the parking lot. Use designated sidewalks.

*The campus and play structures within, remain closed to all members of the community.

*The sidewalk skirting around the parking lot is available for drop off but please make your way off campus soon after. No lingering, please.

*For grades K-2, when driving in and dropping off/picking up, do not leave your car unattended.

*If you have a child in the K-2 and 3-5, select either the parking lot or Idylberry, to drop off and pick up. You don't need to do both.

*Please do not be late to school on either end.

*WEAR YOUR MASK ANY TIME YOU ARE OPN OR NEAR CAMPUS. 

*Students can bike or walk to and from school but bring a lock for the bike and remind them to use it.

Mrs. Naughton
5th grade 
Making it fun
Making it interesting 
...always

*Your children and you should be fully masked when on campus

*If you need to check in with the office, use the door on the right side facing the office.

*Answer the CrisisGo email each morning and DO NOT forget to take the temperature of your child first.

*Your child will not be able to enter the classroom without the CrisisGo check from home. Our Health Specialist will be notifying families each morning if not completed.

*If your child experiences any signs of a fever, recurring cough, headaches, body fatigue, etc. keep your child home, check in with their pediatrician, and get tested. Safety first!

*Have your children pack a few extra masks to school each day.

*Remind children about social distancing.

*Remind children to wash their hands frequently.

*Maintain your family social bubble and avoid large gatherings. 

*Take a moment and review the links below. They will provide quite a bit of useful information for your family.

You can feel the smile 
oozing out the mask
of this little 
ball of energy!

What important links should I be reviewing? 

I have compiled a few that are well worth reviewing for those currently in hybrid as well as those entering on 12.7. The first, the District Miller Creek Website, is an EXCELLENT resource! 

District Miller Creek Website (Very, Very good to review)

Lucas Valley Phasing in Family Handbook

Family Hybrid District Handbook in English

Family Hybrid District Handbook in Spanish

2020-2021 School Site Protection Plan

New Decision Tree, that begins November 9th - ANOTHER FABULOUS RESOURCE!

Will there be an adjustment to the December 7th and 8th dates for the incoming Wave 4 hybrid classes similar to the previous phases?

Yes. To help prepare teachers and grounding them in what is working and needs adjusting, the following schedule will be in place.

Monday, December 7th: Group A attends school from 8:15-11:15. Group B remains home following asynchronous learning programs.

Tuesday, December 8th: Group B attends school from 12:00-3:00 Group A remains home following asynchronous learning programs.

Wednesday, December 9th: Fully remote day

Thursday, December 10th: Groups A 8:18-11:15, Group B 12:00-3:00

Friday, December 11th: Groups A 8:18-11:15, Group B 12:00-3:00

Moving feathers 
with wind energy
You had to be there 
Whitten's class
to believe it!

Where do families drop off and pick up their children - See screenshot below

Grades K-2 drop off in the loop while grades 3-5 drop off on Idyleberry, close to the field. This, to prevent clustering. Note that if you have a child in both grade groups, select the easier one for you and drop them off together. But always observe social distancing guidelines when heading to lines. If it rains, students will head directly to classrooms. Do not walk your child to their classrooms.

How will I access my report cards for trimester #1?

You will find your child's Report Card on your Aeries Parent Portal as part of our continued effort to go paperless.  

I am interested in being a bus driver? Any opportunities?

Why yes we do! We at Miller Creek School District are seeking a dedicated part-time bus driver to join our team! Our bus drivers provide a crucial service for our students and families. Our transportation department is integral to the success of our district, they are the first MCSD smiling faces that some students see each day. This position follows the school calendar and grants a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the summer sun with loved ones. A class B license would be preferred, but the transportation department is eager and willing to train. The pay range for our bus driver 1 position, $19.01 - $24.27 (based on experience and background). If this type of position might interest you please do not hesitate to reach out to Lauren Campbell, HR Specialist, at 415 492 3702.

Are there new 1st-grade touch screen Chromebooks?

Indeed! If you are a family of a 1st grader and would like to exchange your current "touchless" screen chromebook your child is using for a new "touchscreen" version, stop by the front office and let Teri Edel know and she will make the magic happen. Beautiful and fast! 

Community Happenings

Visit the Community Resources page on the Miller Creek School District website. 

Ms. Shakelford
3rd-grade class
learning few of the important
"Palabras en Espanol"

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