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The Pride Family Letter, May 3rd, 2021
Posted 5/1/21

CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK

Monday, 5.3

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month begins: How it began.

 

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan continues through to May 12th and is the most sacred month of the year in Islamic culture 

 

Staff Appreciation Week - Scotty's Market sandwiches for staff - Spasiba! (Thank you in Russian)

 

Don't forget to order your lunches for next week

 

Tuesday, 5.4

Staff Appreciation Week - Lunch provided by our district office team and Board of Trustees - Domo Arigato (Thank you in Japanese)

 

Last day to order school lunch for next week

 

MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU - Bring your top Star Wars Clothing and find yourself in the yearbook!! - SPIRIT DAY!

 

District 5th grade Family Life parent night - Zoom

Wednesday, 5.5

Staff Appreciation Week - Bagels, Cream Cheese, and Coffee provided by Home and School Team - Merci Beaucoup! (Thank you in French)

 

Cinco De Mayo - Commemorating the Mexican army's victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 - Interesting facts about this important day that I was not aware of.

 

Ride your bike to LVE with Anthony Fontaine, starting at the Miller Creek Tennis courts at 7:30 am - Join us on a safe path to school. I'll be joining as well. Parents, students, staff, everyone!

 

Diversity Equity and Inclusion Meeting, 3:00-4:00 pm

 

Home and School Meeting, 7:00 pm

 

Thursday, 5.6

Staff Appreciation Week - Special cards and gifts from all of your children to staff - Khop Khun Mak Kha (Thank you in Thai)

 

National Nurses week - "...shine a spotlight on the incredible nurses (registered nurses, nurse practitioners, LPNs, and others) across the country that have devoted their lives to the betterment of the lives of others." Thank you to all our local health professionals, who over the course of the 2020-2021 year, put it on the line for all of us, to keep families safe.

 

Friday, 5.7

Staff Appreciation Week - Anderson breakfast - Efharisto (Thank you in Greek)

KEY EVENTS TO CLOSE OUT THE YEAR

5.9: Mother's Day - Treat her right!

5.10: Star testing week, ELA, Grades 3-5

5.12: National Bike to School Day

5.17: Star testing week, Math, Grades 3-5

5.17: Family Life week lessons for Grade 5

5.21: 4th/5th Grade Coloma

5.24: Parent for Racial Equity Series evening

5.31: Memorial Day

6.2: Home and School Club Meeting

6.10: 5th Grade Promotion, 11:00 am,

6.10: Final day of school (1:20 and 1:30 dismissal)

YEARBOOK PURCHASING

See attachment if the following does not work

1. Click this link to access the treering page

2. Copy and paste the following code: 1014431272952631

3. Sign up and follow the path to ordering

 

This will most certainly be a keepsake so order early! Thank you to, Andrew Pang, parent superstar, for his leadership with this! Having created the memory books for 9 years at Mary Silveira, this is NOT an easy task. ROCK STAR!

 

REMINDER ABOUT MASKS AND CROWDING

Just a friendly reminder that masks are indeed required at all times on our campus. This may run counter to what some people are hearing about vaccinated folks. We are still a community of learners with children who are not vaccinated. Please stay the course and thank you!

 

In addition, thank you to those heading on and off-campus with relative expediency. We appreciate that. We know it is hard as this is such a wonderfully connected community but please be aware of others who are trying to slip in and out and stay safe. Almost there!!

CLASS PLACEMENT INFORMATION 

Our staff and I are beginning the process of planning for next year and designing classes based on enrollment projections. As per Board Policy, the teaching staff and principal share the responsibility for student placement. The teachers meet by grade level before the end of the year to develop classes.

 

Classes will be designed based on the following criteria: 

 

➢ The ratio of boys to girls

➢ Students with special needs

➢ Second language learners 

➢ Learning styles 

➢ Social/Emotional needs

➢ Citizenship 

 

Parent input will be considered if the input is based upon clear-cut educational or developmental needs (per board policy). All input must be received by May 21st and be in writing to the principal.

 

Accommodations will not be made to place your student in a class with a particular teacher or with friends and we ask that you do not include specific teacher names in your correspondence.

 

A family may have had a sibling in a class with a particular teacher previously but this is not considered a valid educational reason for placement. Each child’s needs are unique and because a brother or sister liked or disliked a teacher does not mean the sibling will have the same experience.

 

The key ingredient in this process is trust. You need to trust that we will do the best job possible in placing your child with all the information at our disposal. We do the best job we can because it is important to us that each child has the optimum chance for success.

 

Thank you for entrusting your children to us.

ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH LINKS 

PBS - A collection of inspiring stories

Smithsonian - Standing Against Hate

Sonoma State - Honoring and Celebrating

 

Many thanks to Dr. Jason Lau, a member of our DEI team and LVE parent extraordinaire, for providing us with information related to our ongoing cultural work. Our team is always interested in articles and links to important information related to our two primary goals: 

  • 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.

LUCAS VALLEY DIVERSITY EQUITY INCLUSION  TEAM 

Our next meeting is this Wednesday, May 5th, from 3:00-4:00. In addition, we are holding a special meeting on May 19th, that will include a few reps. from each DEI team in the district, principals, and Brian Fong, Facing History, to discuss a multi-year plan to build robust connections between our schools, share activities and resources, and generate a roadmap for carrying on the great work that the district equity working began. This collaboration is paramount to our work. We are lucky to have such an energetic and thoughtful team here at Lucas Valley Elementary School!

 

I love the quote below. For so many reasons!

FROM THE DESK OF OUR LUCAS VALLEY HOME AND SCHOOL CLUB TEAM

 

LUCAS VALLEY'S GOT TALENT

The Virtual Variety Show (Lion Toks) is in progress!!!  You can begin capturing videos of your kids and sending them to the HSC team -- there's only 1 week left to show us their amazing creativity. We've compiled a list of requirements & tips that you can reference on our website.


To begin submitting the videos, visit our online form with your computer or phone.

 

HOME AND SCHOOL MEETING

Come join us this Wednesday, May 5, for our Home and School Club meeting! Look for our agenda and link for the meeting in the HSC newsletter email on Tuesday.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING VACCINATIONS

There are now many opportunities for your 16-18 year-olds to get vaccinated. Today, Saturday, May 1st, anyone 16+ can come down to the Marin Center Vaccination POD (Bartolini Gallery, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael) to get a vaccination. Walk-ins are welcome (appointments are not necessary). Anyone under 18 will need a parent or guardian to accompany them. Thanks for helping to get the word out!

 

You can find more information about Marin County Vaccinations at https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/vaccine

POETRY CONTEST WINNERS ABOVE

Back (L-R): Mrs. Berringer reading for Declan, Nate, Hailey, Hiro

Front (L-R): Rayna, Tor, Ahyoung

 

5TH GRADE GRADUATION

We are happy to announce that we are holding our graduation on June 10th, 11:00 am, outside on the grassy field. There are several details associated with this event as we, along with the rest of the county and state graduating classes, are closely following the State Department safety guidelines. 

10 important guiding principles we are implementing across all three of our elementary schools.

 

1. The number of participants per graduate is limited to 2 household members only, 2 chairs per graduate. Be ready for the RSVP communication from your teachers and respond in a timely fashion.

 

2. Social distancing remains 6' at all times unless within your own family of course. This includes families 6' from other families, graduates 6' from one another.

 

3. No food or water will be served at this event.

 

4. Masks are required at all times.

 

5. Each family will have a designated space to sit within.

 

6. There will be designated entry and exit routes to the event.

 

7. Students will be speaking at the event with microphone spritzing between each speaker.

 

8. We will be asking families to RSVP in advance to their teachers, what two members will be attending. We also understand that there are separated/divorced families and will work with those families, case by case.

 

9. Diplomas will not be handed out on stage, rather passed to students ahead of time.

 

10. When the event concludes, we ask that all families make their way back to their automobiles and head home rather than congregating on campus.

 

Additional details will be revealed as we learn more from our health leaders. I know many of you were hoping to have other family members attend from other households, counties, cities, and states, but save that for the Middle School, High school, and college graduations. I share this with you now so you can prepare.

FAMILY LIFE PARENT EDUCATION EVENING

An optional parent night has been scheduled to understand the 5th-Grade Family Life program more fully. The Parent Information Meeting is set for Tuesday, May 4th from 6:00-7:00 p.m. (zoom link) and is intended for parents only.

 

IS THERE STATE TESTING THIS YEAR

Yes but...We have been granted a waiver from the state and will not be administering the State CAASPP test. Instead, we will administer our local STAR ELA and MATH exams. We are preparing as we speak and appreciate that waiver at this time. Many thanks to Superintendent Becky Rosales and Assistant Superintendent, Kristy Treewater, for their diligence with this one. A big win for our 3rd-5th grade children.

 

SIGNING UP FOR SCHOOL LUNCHES

Please create or update an account at  https://www.thelunchmaster.com/register/ and place your lunch order. All meals must be ordered by 10:00 Tuesday of the week before. If you need help, please contact Roxana directly at rascencio@millercreeksd.org.

STUDENT REGISTRATION

Interested in having your child joining The Pride? Link to registering your child at LVE or any of our 4 schools. 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. tedell@millercreeksd.org

 

2021-2022 SCHOOL CALENDAR

Link to 2021-2022 student calendar. We are aiming for a full return in August! Very excited and hoping that might include assemblies and parent volunteers as well. Stay tuned

 

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

You can always access our local community flyers by visiting the Community Resources page on the Miller Creek School District website. This week we have new information related to Summer Crest, 2021


SUICIDE PREVENTION AND AWARENESS FOR PARENTS AND TEENS

One of the most tragic impacts of Covid-19 is the alarming increase of suicidality among kids and teens. Congregation Rodef Sholom invites you to a vital conversation with Tim Lea, Suicide Prevention Outreach Director at Buckelew Programs in Marin County to learn how to recognize the signs that your child—or one of their friends—might be thinking about suicide and what to do about your concerns. Parents will learn how to approach your teen and how to make and implement a safety plan with them. Teens welcome.

 

Suicide Prevention Awareness for Parents and Teens

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 • 22 Iyar 5781

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Click  HERE to register and receive the ZOOM link.   

For more information please contact:  Congregation Rodef Sholom/(415) 479-3441.

 

               

ELEMENTARY ART SPOTLIGHT

“The Wishing Tree” is Art Instructor Laura Winter’s latest project.  Students are creating decorated hearts, with their wish for the future, that will be hung on a tree at each school.  Make sure to look for the tree the next time you are on campus.

ELEMENTARY P.E. SPOTLIGHT

Did you get your jump rope? 

Check out Coach Paoli’s classroom video and take the Avengers Jump Rope Challenge!

 

Can Do! is now accepting donations for the 2021-22 Family Giving Campaign!

 

In preparation for a more traditional school experience in the fall, Can Do! is accepting donations for the 2021-22 Family Giving Campaign now!

 

Now is the time to look towards the future and start preparing for a new school year that will hopefully look more familiar to us all.  

 

While the specifics of the Can Do!-funded programs are still being planned, we do know the intention of the District is to bring back as many programs and activities as possible.  Elementary programs like:

  • K-2nd Grade Music & Movement Specialist and Supplies @ each site

  • Elementary Physical Education Specialist and Supplies @ each site

  • Elementary Art Specialist and Supplies @ each site

  • Elementary Counseling and Social-Emotional Support

  • Environmental Sciences via site gardens

  • Technology

But in order to make this happen, we need to start raising money today so please consider donating early!

 

Click here to donate online

or

here to print out a 2021-22 remit

Look for hardcopy remit in your child’s Friday Folder!

 

Top 5 Reasons to Give Early:

  1. Donate in May and spread your 2021-22 payments out over 14 months.

  2. Be first to get your 2021-22 Can Do! car magnet.

  3. Donate the full ask amount ($600 per student) by June 30th to get a free calendar highlighting elementary students’ artwork and pre-populated district dates.

  4. Your early commitment to Can Do! helps secure funding to fully restore programming for all students next year.

  5. Be a part of the community that values excellence and equity in education.

Looking for a rewarding volunteer experience? Can Do! is looking for Can Do! Ambassadors at each site. Please contact us at info@cando4schools.org or click here for more information. 

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

A Note from Our Health Specialists

ALLERGY SEASON:

Allergy season is upon us and it is expected to be an above-average pollen count this year. If your student has seasonal allergies, please do the following:

 

1. Make sure "seasonal allergies" is listed in their medical history in AERIES.

 

2. Check with your doctor to find out if your child should be taking medication for allergy symptoms and/or should be taking different medications this year for allergy symptoms.

 

3. If your child is on a daily regime for seasonal allergies, be sure to stick to it.

 

4. If your child needs to bring any type of medication to school, even over the counter eye drops, for example, you must have your doctor fill out an Authorization to Administer Medication form and it must be kept in the office unless your doctor gives your student authorization to carry and self-administer the medication on the form. You can request this form from our Health Specialist, Susie Urquhart at surquhart@millercreeksd.org

PUBLIC HEALTH SCHOOLS COMMUNITY UPDATE MEETING

Please join us for our next Public Health schools update for the community of Marin on Monday, May 3rd from 1:00-2:00 PM where we will hear an update on vaccination distribution, testing, and other pertinent information for schools.

 

Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81013380958?pwd=L2s4WU16eHE2dEhMdGxwZGR4aFRjZz09 

  • Dial In: +1 408 638 0968 | Webinar ID: 810 1338 0958 | Passcode: 132596
  • Presented in English with Live Spanish Translation
  • Session will be Recorded
  • Questions can be sent ahead of time to: rapidresponse@marinschools.org

Look forward to seeing you virtually - Mary Jane, County Superintendent of Schools

 

SUMMER CREST SUMMER SCHOOL 

Some of you have asked about summer programs at our school.  Once again Lucas Valley Elementary will be the site of the Summer Crest summer camp! 

 

Summer Crest is a private organization not sponsored by the Miller Creek School District but Summer Crest has been a fantastic community partner!. It is a Can- Do Business partner in its 10th year at our school. For more information, please visit the site to learn more! Note that there are a limited number of camp slots available.

 

If you feel you may need a scholarship, please contact me and we will see what we can do to support you! 

COVID SAFETY UPDATES

VOLUNTEERING FOR DROP OFFS AND ARRIVALS

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. To do so, be sure you are vaccinated, send a photo of your vaccination information to Teri and me, and sign up here

 

ARRIVING AND DEPARTING:

1-5: Group 1 arrives between 8:05 and 8:15 and dismisses at 2:00.

K: Group 1 arrives between 8:05 and 8:15 and dismisses at 1:20.

1:5 Group 2 arrives between 8:15-8:25 and dismisses at 2:10.

K: Group 2 arrives between 8:15-8:25 and dismisses at 1:30.

 

TESTING POSITIVE FOR CV-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):

surquhart@millercreeksd.org

•Mr. Anderson (Principal)

wanderson@millercreeksd.org

•Teri Edell: Secretary

tedell@millercreeksd.org

 

VACCINATION INFORMATION

Click here, Marin Health and Human Services page, for the latest information regarding vaccinations, eligibility, and where to go.

 

COVID RELATED LINKS

Covid related Documents to review

Travel Guidelines, March 30th

Orange Tier Decision

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.