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The Pride Family Letter, March 29th, 2021
Posted 3/27/21


Monday, 3.29

Parents for Racial Equity Series, 6:00-7:30 - Via Zoom:


Tuesday, 3.30

Coordinating Council Meeting, 9:00-10:30


Wednesday, 3.31

Cesar Chavez Day

60 minutes of Zoom instruction, 8:30-9:30, the rest for the day asynchronous learning so teachers can prepare for April 12th return to full-day instruction.

April 12th, Return to School Webinar, 8:30-9:30 am, Zoom


Thursday, 4.1

60 minutes of Zoom instruction, 8:30-9:30, the rest for the day asynchronous learning so teachers can prepare for April 12th return to full-day instruction.

Spring Photos moved to April 20th and 21st


Friday, 4.2

60 minutes of Zoom instruction, 8:30-9:30, the rest for the day asynchronous learning so teachers can prepare for April 12th return to full-day instruction.

Spring Photos moved to April 20th and 21st


4.5-4.9: Spring Recess - (Please, Please, exercise caution)

4.7: Home and School Meeting, 7:00pm

4.12: Full return to school (See draft plan details below)

4.13: Ramadan begins

4.15: Site Council Meeting

4.20: Student photo Day (Changed from April 1st)

4.21: Student Photo Day (Changed from April 2nd)


Note narrative in color in each box. Those are changes to note. Most apply to those who are vaccinated. Good to know!



Tenga en cuenta la narrativa en color en cada cuadro. Esos son cambios a tener en cuenta. La mayoría se aplica a quienes están vacunados. ¡Bueno saber!

Anticipated questions about April 12th return


What is the schedule for 4.12?

When exactly does my child arrive and leave school?

1. If your child is in the current AM hybrid cohort, they will arrive between 8:05 and 8:15 and dismiss at 2:00. Wednesdays dismissal is 1:20. Kindergarten release every day is 1:20.


2. If your child is in the current PM hybrid cohort, they will arrive between 8:15-8:25 and dismiss at 2:10. Wednesdays dismissal is 1:30. Kindergarten release every day is 1:30.


Can you explain the 4.1, and 4.2 schedule adjustments?

We are providing a blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning for those days so our teaching teams can plan for the 4.12 shift.  Each day begins with a 60-minute zoom session followed by roughly 3 hours of independent asynchronous learning opportunities, 2 hours for Kindergarten. No students come to the campus for those 2 days. Wednesday, 3.31, remains a normal remote day as well.


Have student photo days been adjusted then?

Yes. As I shared in an earlier communication, we have shifted the student photo days to 4.20 and 4.21. More to come.

Why are we staggering arrivals and departures by 10 minutes?

To prevent clustering, keeping families safer, and staying in line with Public Health Guidelines/SSSPP.


If my child is in the 2nd cohort (8:25 am), may I drop them off early?

No. It is really important to come at the time listed above. If your children are biking or walking to school, the 2nd group should not find themselves on the campus until 8:15, at the earliest.


Can I walk my child to their classroom? 

No. The campus remains closed to those not working onsite. We will have instructional aids placed around the campus at key areas helping to direct students to classrooms.


Do my children still enter/depart campus in the same places?

Yes. K-2 students will enter and leave through the parking lot area and grades 3-5 from Idyleberrry.


Will the bus lanes currently used, be available for parents starting 4.12?

No. Starting 4.12, the bus lanes currently used will be closed. The loop by the K wing will be the only option for drop-offs and pick-ups. Just like last year.


Can I park in the staff parking lot for just a moment or along the inside lanes by the K buildings inside the loop?

No. If you are driving, head through the loop, open car doors, children come out, they head to class. Do not leave your car parked and unattended as you will have folks behind you trying to get in. Please do not walk through the parking lot as that is a recipe for disaster. Cars are coming from odd angles. Not a safe practice.


When my child arrives, where do they line up?

Students are to head directly to their classroom, not the front of the school in our current lines. Teachers will have spaces for them by their doorways marked by 3' distance markers. They will share where to line up next week. This will be our new norm moving forward.

How important is it that I don't hang around and socialize with other families after pick up or drop off?

Very. No way to say this other than, please just drop off and pick up and head home. No watching and waiting and chatting. I have seen a few cases of Covid sprout up at a few Marin schools recently and we think it may be related to parents socializing on campus grounds. This is super important and thanks for understanding.


Can you explain the social distancing guidelines again?

Between children, the distance is now 3'. This will be the norm for us in lines, playing, sitting, working, walking, and in the classrooms. Between adults and adults, adults and children, and when eating, the guidelines remain 6'.


I heard there is a webinar explaining our 4.12 return?

Yes! Join us on Wednesday, March 31st, 8:30-9:30 am. Zoom Link to come. We will provide a few more informational nuggets for you. If you are unable to attend, worry not as it will be recorded and provided for all of you.


Has the 30 point plan (SSSPP) been updated and where can I find that document?

Yes, it has been updated with new guidelines on several of those points. This is a fluid document and will be updated as we move along. It always resides on the front of the LVE website (See screenshot below)

Are parents still required to wear masks even as we reside in the Orange Tier?

Yes! This has not changed. Never forget that mask when stepping onto campus ad we always have extras in our office in case you or your child forgets.


Will we still be using Crisis Go each morning?

Yes. Please temperature check your children and continue with that process each morning. For the most part, all of you are doing a great job. Seriously! There are still some children who are having to leave their lines and get temp checked by our health nurse with a phone call home. 


If my child is not feeling well, should I keep home still?

Yes. And we appreciate that so much. Stay home if not well.


What does recess look like now?

We are still working out a few details, but know that morning recess is staggered at 3 different time slots on the blacktop, extended to 20 minutes, and students can eat snacks. When eating, they must be 6' distance away from a peer. On rainy days, they are permitted to eat in the classroom. There is an afternoon recess slot for Kindergarten and maybe 1st grade as well. Hand washing and mask protocols remain in effect.


What does lunch look like now?

Again, with a few details to come, lunch will be 35 minutes long and staggered into 3 different time slots (see screenshot below). We are in the process of determining those classes but they will correlate with recess times. For example, a class in the early slot will eat lunch in the early lunch slot. Students will be eating in their assigned recess spaces, not the benches for these final 8 weeks. Hand washing and mask protocols remain in effect.

How does the school program work and who is the vendor?

Lucas valley will now be using the "Lunchmaster" service and providing daily lunches to those participating. Interested families will be required to log on and sign up to access.  


1. Look for the flyer announcing the lunch program and instructions

2. Account must be created by 3.31. Parents who would like help should contact Roxana directly at

3. All meals must be ordered by 10:00 Tuesday of the week before.  

Where do our Can Do ART and PE learnings take place?

Knowing that we are prioritizing core academic learnings, ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies for these last 8 weeks, PE and Art will remain asynchronous in the afternoons, 2-00-3:00.


Will our 3-5 music programs change their instructional process?

We are still working on this one as we are deconstructing the public health language. Stay tuned this week.


Will you be opening play structures again?

Yes. The new guidelines mentioned that play structures can be used as long we are following all of the other important guidelines like mask-wearing and hand washing. We are looking at a way to do this fairly without mixing classes. 


Are the cleaning protocols the same?

Indeed! With one exception. We are no longer operating with two different cohorts so no cleaning in between classes. That being said, we will still be running cleanings throughout the day and our custodians will continue to move forward with their program of cleaning classes and restrooms.


Message from our Health Specialist, Suzie Urquhart

I so appreciate a parent of a first-grader calling me to ask about quarantining after traveling out of the country!  This parent is a model to me of what actions need to be taken to protect our community and help us end Covid.  My deep appreciation to everyone else who is taking these same steps! It is always better to b transparent and ask us what to do if you are uncertain. We are partners.

What are the guidelines for traveling out of state now?

If I want to volunteer with arrival and drop off, how do I do that?

If you are vaccinated and would like to help in the front of the school with arrivals and departures, we would love to have you starting on April 12th. I will check in with our site council around this one as well but until then, let me know if there is a day during the week you can help. Again, vaccinations required. THANKS!!


Did Someone Test Positive for Covid-19?

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

•Susie Urquhart (LVE Health Specialist):

•Mr. Anderson (Principal)

•Teri Edell: Secretary


I love data? Where can I go?

Covid related Documents to review

MCOE data site  This includes the status of all Marin County Schools, School status Dashboard, Blueprint for a Safer Economy (Tiers), and Cases by their rate in California.

With our shift to orange Tier, what else has changed recently?

  • Retail & grocery stores: can expand indoor capacity to 100%.

  • Restaurants – indoor dining: can expand indoor capacity to 50% or 200 people (whichever is fewer).

  • Museums & movie theaters: can expand indoor capacity to 50% or 200 people (whichever is fewer).

  • Houses of worship: can expand indoor capacity to 50% or 200 people (whichever is fewer).

  • Weddings/funerals: can expand indoor capacity to 50% or 200 people (whichever is fewer).

  • Family recreation/entertainment facilities: can expand indoor capacity to 25%.

  • Gyms & fitness studios: can expand indoor capacity to 25% and reopen indoor pools.

  • Breweries/wineries that do not serve food: can expand indoor capacity to 25% or 100 people (whichever is fewer).

  • Bars that do not serve food: can operate outdoors only.

  • Non-essential offices may reopen (but working remotely is still encouraged).

  • Higher education: can expand indoor capacity to 50% for indoor lectures.

Is it ok to let our guard down now that we are in the Orange tier?

While the Covid-19 landscape is showing signs of improvement there is much out there we should still be concerned about. PLEASE DO NOT LET 'ORANGE' BE A SIGNAL THAT WE STOP TAKING PRECAUTIONS.


Our LVE Health Specialist, Suzi Urquhart, has chimed in below: 


"Our covid case numbers are decreasing, people are receiving vaccinations. Do we let our guard down? Here's what the CDC says: We’re still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19. After you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking precautions in public places like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces until we know more."




The very last thing we need is a spike in Marin. We need our kids back in school, our businesses running, and giving our health care folks support...



Interested in becoming an instructional aid? We could use ya!

We are in need of more part-time instructional assistants at our elementary schools and would love for you to be a part of our team! Instructional assistants are a key part of the Miller Creek family; they serve our community with educational support, classroom development, and campus collaboration. If you or anyone you know might be interested please do not hesitate to reach out to Lauren Campbell at or 415 492 3702.


How do I register my child for Lucas Valley Elementary?

Interested in having your child joining The Pride? Link to registering your child at LVE or any of our 4 schools. Registration has begun! Kindergarten enrollment will be open to students who will be five years old on/or before September 1st. Check-in with our secretary, Teri Edell, who can help answer questions and get you ready.


Approved 2021-2022 Miller Creek District Student Calendar

Click here for the link to next year's calendar


What is the latest with 5th-grade promotion?

This last week we heard from our Marin Public Health folks that flexible options are revealing themselves for promotion programs across the county. How encouraging is that!?  We would love to conduct something a little more community-oriented. Mrs. Naughton, Mr. Hough, Ms. Dye, and me, are meeting soon to discuss a plan. Know that our primary goal is to create an event for our students they will remember and cherish after such a demanding year.

5th Grade Yearbook Photo Contest

Calling all 5th-grade students! Winners will have their art on the front cover of this year's Yearbook

Yearbook Cover Art Theme Contest"Still Connected" - Show how the school and community is still connected to one another

Due Date:  April 23

Format:  Mixed media, 8 1/2 x 11"

Drop off location:  Yearbook folder in the office


Parent Racial Equity Series with Dr. Watson

Thank you for registering for our parent racial Equity Seminar  Series: Session 3 - Whiteness, facilitated by Dr. Lori Watson, founder, and CEO of Race-Work.  She has been engaging participants in four parent seminars on racial equity. This series is designed for people with a desire to engage and learn about race in order to elevate their own personal racial consciousness.


When: Monday, March 29th, from 6-7:30 pm.


How: Via Zoom:

Meeting ID: 850 2370 3098
Passcode: 204503

We thank you for your participation and open mind. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us. 


April 20th and 21st

Student photos are coming in April


3 Tips for Getting Great Portraits of Your Kids


Dress your children in simple, classic clothes and colors that complement their hair and eye color. 

Clean, neatly-styled hair is best. Send a comb! 

Encourage your child to cooperate with the photographer and have fun. Natural smiles are the best! 



Week of 3/21/2021


Thank you to Laura Winter

our K-5 Virtual Art Teacher for her great lesson this month: 

Women Who Put A Stamp On History!

Here is the link to the Stamp Project Showcase video for your watching pleasure!:

Thank you to the 500 district families who have donated so far this year!

2020-21 Family Giving Campaign


Looking for a rewarding volunteer experience?

Can Do! is looking for Can Do! School Ambassadors 

Please contact us at

Click here for more information.

Please check out our Can Do! Business Partners who can help jump start 

your Spring home improvement projects! 

Business Partner Directory

Burrous Brothers Cleaning Co. *  Lamperti Contracting & Design                   Lehmann Plumbing *  Marin SF Electric *  Meadows Green Building & Design  Northgate Garage Doors * Wedge Roofing

Our superstar Librarians

You have heard a lot about our wonderful librarians, Jackie, above, and Rochelle, below. Both are instrumental in bringing literature to life as well as creating wonderful resources for staff and parents. Recently, they welcomed two wonderful guest authors to our school and both were hits! This was their brainchild.


Recently, Jackie walked me through a plan of theirs to utilize a beautiful outdoor space for our teachers to bring their children to once a week (one class at a time of course, and with 3' distancing and masking protocols in place of course) and read to them. Sound peaceful? You know where I will be!


Continually, they make great efforts to reach out and support our teaching teams and to all of you with the singular goal of enveloping our community with rich reading opportunities. Just thought you should know. We love them!!!

Lucas Valley Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee information - Please consider joining our wonderful team!

Click here for last week's agenda and notes. I really, really love and appreciate this team for many reasons. One, of course, is the important content and purpose, but the other is the teacher/parent team who have committed themselves to a critical cause in support of marginalized groups. It is a selfless contribution in the name of bringing awareness to others regarding racism and equity. The conversations are illuminating and with such positive progressive energy.


The following principles continue to guide the path for our site team:

  • 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. 

Future LVE, DEI meeting dates: 5.5 (3:00-4:00, Zoom)

Are teachers involved in any recent professional development these days?

Why yes they have been! On Wednesday, March 24th, K-5 teams partnered with the Momentum in Teaching, literacy team from Alvarado Elementary School in Signal Hill, to augment our current district writing workshop program (See photo above). They walked our teams through the steps and details of getting the best possible writing pieces out of each of our students.

As many of you know probably know, writing can be tricky, especially the process of shifting their ideas and moving those thoughts onto paper. Teachers walked away with materials, strategies, and plans to help them with this.

This was day two of our year-long Professional Development around this important area of learning. Both presenters, K-2 and 3-5 were fantastic!


School Accountability Report Cards

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