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The Pride Family Letter 2.8.2021
Posted 2/5/21

Superstar Zander,
passing a flower to Mrs. Liebman

CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK

Monday, 2.8

Event Free

 

Tuesday, 2.9

Miller Creek Board Meeting, 6:00pm

Did you know on this day in Black History...that Paul Lawrence Dunbar, 1st poet to use Black dialect in his verse, died 1872-1906?

 

Wednesday, 2.10

Event Free

 

Thursday, 2.11

Did you know on this day in Black History... Nelson Mandela, leader of the movement for democracy in South Africa, was released from prison after 27 years,1990 and Clifford Alexander, Jr. first Black Secretary of State was confirmed in 1977?

 

Friday, 2.12

Did you know on this day in Black History...that the NAACP was founded after a riot in Springfield, Ill., 1909?

Tuesday was the 100th Day of School 
and Mrs Shehadey's class
has the crowns to prove it!

Principal Learnings this week 

I'll try and keep this one short as I shared with Site Council that one of my personal goals is shortening the school letter. Progress in this particular goal is suspect at best. The landscape of a wandering mind is unimaginably limitless. Anyway, the highlights for me, as always, are stepping into whatever learning spaces I can insert myself into and observing how students are engaged by the environment around them. They are evolving.

Just today I was checking in with a teacher who showed me the progress of one of her students through an intervention program called Read Live. The difference between scores of his remote learning time vs. live 1:1 time was astounding. This virus needs to go away and we have to get our kids back on campus.

Relationships are rebounding, gears are turning, lightbulbs burning, conversations jumping, questions percolating, etc. It is a gift to be around. Three hours of pure bucket filling. 

This is stunning from beginning to end, and should have you smiling and proud in no time - One of my favorites of ALL time!

Share this with your child and then have a quick conversation with them. Ask them what they notice about the girl? What sort of life skills might she be using? What comes to mind when you see dad in this video? What sort of relationship or connection exists between dad and daughter? How do you think this dad feels about this daughter and how do you know?

Mr. Hough using outside resources, 
and guitar skills 
to bring to life, the world around 
your children

Momentum in Teaching - Writing Parent Tips for Parents

This week, our district K-5 teams received professional Development in the area of writing, an area of learning and growth we intended to give focus to last year but were thwarted by the virus in the spring. I sat in on the grade 3-5 meeting this last Wednesday and listened as this gentleman walked our teams through a variety of thoughtful writing strategies in the classroom. Here, he provides 3 specific writing tips for parents working at home with their children.

Parent Surveys

Thank you for completing our district survey this past week. The information you shared is quite important and illuminating as it adds a critical community perspective around our current learning environment. Coupled with our staff surveys and input, our district will be fortified with rich information, which in turn, will help provide context and determine the next steps for our district.

Black History Month Resource - WOW!

You will be mesmerized by the information laid out in this Black History Month Publication. This is well worth browsing. Facts, stories, videos, a wealth of information. Admittedly, my pointer finger headed straight to the birth of hip hop, where I spent much of my time growing up in the '80s as a Break-Dancer/Dungeons and Dragon's player. Don't ask.

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration is still on with a deadline of March 1st to get packets back in and reserve a spot next year. Click this link to better understand the pathway.

Spirit Wear Available - Remember, it is Spirit Day every Friay

Pre-orders are now LIVE! We have added some great new styles which will keep us looking “spirited” all year long. We have partnered with Area Print House, owned by a local family in our school district. The store runs from February 5th-26th. You will notice a donate a sweatshirt button. Please consider this if you are able. A lot of families are in need right now and we want all our kids to feel included in our school spirit. Last time we were able to donate 17 shirts, thanks to the generosity of our Lion Community!

Shop Here

https://area-printhouse.printavo.com/merch/lve-spring-2021/

We are also working with a local start-up called Lola tag, for all your “lost and found” needs. Lola Tag sells stickers with 6 labels that preserve privacy (no name printed on the label, just code). Just text when found and the owner is notified directly.

Shop Here

https://lolatag.com/new-shop/

This is what I most remember 
about my teachers growing up
Right in the mix with you. 
Thank you Mrs. Sullivan, for that memory

Parent Racial Equity Series with Dr. Watson

March 29th, 6:00-7:30 (Whiteness) and May 24th, 6:00-7:30 (Children and Race) - Not to miss!

Dear Child Video is heartbreakingly truthful

If you have not had a chance to watch this short but moving video, it is worth every one of the 180 seconds.

LVE Equity and Inclusion Website Link

The site is up and running and I will be working with our DEI team to improve it to reflect changes, updates, events, ideas, etc. Take a moment to peek at it.

Art Teacher, Lauren Wilson, Black History and Art

Art Teacher sharing out her vision in the realm of Black History

Can Do update - SHOW YOUR CAN DO! LOVE

The Family Giving Campaign has not yet reached its goal of   $450,000 and WE NEED YOUR HELP! 

Can Do! funding provides direct support for Art, PE, Supplies, K-1 Aides, and Technology support.

Donations of ANY amount received by 2/14 will be entered into a raffle for a Can Do! gift bag. 

Click HERE to Donate! 

These vital programs and services are ONLY available as a result of the support and generosity of our community. During this unprecedented time, your contribution is needed NOW, more than ever. Thank you to everyone who has contributed!  

Decision Tree Update

The above Decision Tree (Link to the Decision Tree) was recently updated. Here are the important things to know:

1. Top left in blue: Pathway for heavy symptoms but not a covid exposure

2. Top right in Green: Pathway for light symptoms but not a covid-19 exposure

3. Bottom left in purple: Pathway for direct exposure to a covid-19 person. An important question that comes up frequently:

Additional Information from Marin Health and Human Services

Did Someone Test Positive for Covid-19?

If someone in your immediate household tests positive for Covid-19, please email the three below people

•Susie Urquhart (LVE Health Specialist):

surquhart@millercreeksd.org

•Mr. Anderson (Principal)

wanderson@millercreeksd.org

•Teri Edell: Secretary

tedell@millercreeksd.org

Thank you!

Quarantining Guidelines

If you need to stay home and quarantine, here are the guidelines to support you in that effort.

Parent & Youth Helpline and Parents Anonymous

In partnership with Governor Newsom, Parents Anonymous® Inc. recently launched the California Parent & Youth Helpline and Online Parents Anonymous® Support Groups in response to the Coronavirus to provide free trauma-informed, evidenced-based emotional support to Parents, Children and Youth in any language via calls, text, live chat and email. The California Parents & Youth Helpline operates 7 days a week from 8:00AM-8:00PM. 

Parents can Join a Weekly Online Support Group NOW through the website: caparentyouthhelpline.org. In this confidential setting, Parents address their underlying emotions and build resiliency to strengthen their family.

Lucas Valley Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

If you are interested in joining the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team, we are happy to have you! With two meetings under our belts, the last focusing upon an illuminating presentation from two courageous Miller Creek Middle School students speaking on the topic of L.G.B.T.Q. and their heartfelt elementary school experiences in our district. We have a lot to learn, namely myself as a principal, ensuring that the voices and experiences of all students are not only welcomed but warmly embraced and celebrated in our learning spaces. Their feelings of alienation resonated deeply.

Working with their organization, SPAHR, our team listened in on what their asks were and we will work with our district team to see how we can provide the necessary support and education, and to promote safer learning environments moving forward.

 

The following principles continue to guide our path our way:

  • 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. 

DEI Meeting Dates in the future: 3.3, 3.31, and 5.5 (3:00-4:00)

Parent Racial Equity Series - (See Lori above)

Miller Creek School District hosted Dr. Watson as she engaged participants in the first of four parent seminars on racial equity. Participants were introduced to four agreements to utilize when talking about race:

  1. Commit to the cause

  2. Tell your truth

  3. Lean in to listen and learn

  4. Don’t dodge the discomfort

  5. Resist requiring resolution

Participants identified barriers that prevent open dialogue about race and viewed Being 12 an important video that amplifies the voices of children as they talk about race. Dr. Watson shared The Intersection, a tool that individuals can use when engaging in conversation about race to understand where oneself is and to recognize how others are entering a conversation.

Participants will read Detour Spotting by Jenna Olson in preparation for our next seminar which will be held via Zoom on February 2, from 6:00-7:30.
Want to join us? Register for the remaining three seminars by clicking here.

Covid-19 Scenarios to be aware of (above)

As you have recently experienced through my letters this past week, there will be periodic Covid-19 exposure scenarios. No one is surprised by this and I thank you for understanding when we come to experience them together. What is important to know here is that The Marin County Public Health Department chart above drives our decision making so becoming familiar with it is as important as the Decision Tree.

Know that even as we see light at the end of the tunnel with vaccines underway, new leadership, Covid-19 lines recently trending in a positive direction, we continue to take quite seriously, our safety protocols such as mask-wearing, social distancing, hand washing, providing proper ventilation, cohort separation, classroom cleaning protocols, Crisis Go checks, and daily meetings with the office Safety Team. There is not a moment when we are not thinking about the safety of our children.

SUPERINTENDENT'S LETTER, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2021

Miller Creek School District COVID-19 Data Dashboard 

In an effort to provide transparent and accurate information to the community, we have created a dashboard on the front page of our website to track COVID-19 cases for MCSD students and employees. The dashboard includes the number of positive confirmed cases for students and employees who have been on campus within close contact of others for school supervised instruction and will be updated twice weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays by 5 pm. Communication to cohorts and school communities are sent out as applicable following the Marin HHS COVID-19 positive scenario protocols. In the event of a positive COVID-19 case that could potentially impact individuals’ health and wellness at our schools or offices, school staff and the school community are directly informed. 

Vaccine Information

We encourage you to watch the recording of the Marin Public Health Schools Update from February 1st. Dr. Matt Willis, Public Health Officer, provides some detailed information about the vaccine distribution in Marin and why Public Health was required to change course suddenly to address supply limitations and prioritization of individuals age 75+. 

Safe Superbowl 

Now that we are back to in person instruction, it is crucial that each individual family take responsibility for their health decision making related to family safety. Marin is seeing a steady downward trend in case rates, and now is not the time to put our progress at risk by gathering in groups (especially indoors) to watch the Superbowl. We join our public health officials in urging everyone to play it safe this weekend so we can prevent another surge. See the important reminders from Marin Health and Human Services at Hold the Line on Superbowl Sunday.

Agenda for MCSD School Board

We have published the agenda for the regular meeting of the Miller Creek School Board on February 9 here. There are three important presentations on the agenda for this meeting:

  • The Board will receive a presentation on the Students Home Support Teams. Home Support Teams work with students and families during remote and/or hybrid learning to ensure that students attend school, remain engaged, and make academic progress. The presentation will highlight the work of our Home Support Teams.

  • The Board will receive a presentation on Supporting Mental Health at Miller Creek Middle School & Suicide Prevention. The Miller Creek Middle School counselors Cheryl Jacobs and Ashley Marty will share strategies used by Miller Creek Middle School to support the mental health of our middle school students and the Suicide Prevention Policy.

  • The Board will receive and consider acceptance of the 2019-20 Annual Audit Report. Education Code 41020 requires school districts to engage an independent auditor for the annual audit of their financial records and accounts. 

This agenda will include a Reopening Schools Update/Report, and discussion and consideration of adoption of the School Safety Plans for all four campuses and a resolution to support Measure G.  

For information about how the public can participate in the meeting, please see the description at the beginning of the agenda or in the News section of the district website. 

Join the Conversation on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at 7:00 PM - Parent Opportunity

In the fourth of six virtual community discussions that follow the chapters of Let's Talk: A toolkit for navigating teen substance use in Marin County, we will look closely at “Uppers, Downers and All-Arounders.”
The event moderator, Jaclynn Davis, authored the Let's Talk booklet. She received her Masters in Public Health and Social Work, and now focuses on adolescent health and youth development through her work with Huckleberry Youth Programs, local school districts, and teaching at Dominican University.
Our guest expert, Jennifer Epstein, has been a Health Educator for the past 20 years, and has taught in both public and private high schools in San Francisco. Her curriculum focuses on substance use prevention with an emphasis on saying "know." She has talked with hundreds of young people frankly about substances and uses student voices as well as current research to create class sessions that are both informative and relevant.
Michael Danne will share the youth perspective on this topic. Michael is a Senior at Redwood High School and is co-chair of the Marin Healthy Youth Partnerships Youth Advisory Council. He is also a Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) peer educator.
You will have the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas. We hope you can join us. Feel free to share and bring a friend! All attendees will be entered in the raffle for local gift cards.

School Accountability Report Cards

Since November 1988, state law has required that schools receiving state funding to prepare and distribute a SARC. A similar requirement is also contained in the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The purpose of the report card is to provide parents and the community with important information about each school. A SARC can be an effective way for a school to report on its progress in achieving goals. The public may also use a SARC to evaluate and compare schools on a variety of indicators. Click here for the 2019-2020 SARC Plan.

Virtual conversation with Dr. Madeline Levine, a psychologist with over 35 years of experience as a clinician, consultant, educator, and author: February 23, 2021, from 5:00 to 6:30 PM.

Dr. Levine will be discussing her book and New York Times bestseller, The Price of Privilege, which explores the reasons why teenagers are experiencing epidemic rates of emotional problems. Her current book, Ready or Not, focuses on how to best prepare our children and ourselves for an uncertain and rapidly changing world. Dr. Levine will include strategies and practices on how we can support our students during these unprecedented times.

We hope you can join us for one of the offered dates: February 23, 2021, from 5:00 to 6:30 PM.

Registration Link: https://mlevine.eventbrite.com.

Link: Dr. Madeline Levine flyer

Covid - 19 Links

*Health and Human Services: VERY INFORMATIVE PAGE

*California Blue Print for a Safer Economy

*Miller Creek District Rethinking schools page

*Family Hybrid District Handbook in English

*Family Hybrid District Handbook in Spanish

*2020-2021 School Site Protection Plan

Photo Gallery for the week