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The Pride Family Letter, May 17th, 2021
Posted 5/15/21


Monday, 5.17

STAR testing begins for Math, grades 3-5


Family Life Week begins, 5th grade


Equity Survey closes at end of the day. Please take a moment and complete.We need your thoughts in order to make a difference. LVE always steps up and this one is super important. Click here to complete the survey. 


Tuesday, 5.18

STAR testing continues for Math, grades 3-5


Last day to order school lunch for next week - Process below


Welcome Principal of the Day, Emily McDermott!


Wednesday, 5.19

STAR testing continues for Math, grades 3-5


Healthy Kids Survey Due Back to teachers, 5th grade


Equity Inclusion Meeting - 2 site members from each school and principals meet with Brian Fong, Facing History lead, to support collaboration between schools and a multi-year plan to support Equity practices across all sites! Lindsey Kirk and Alex Stadtner will be representing Lucas Valley, proudly - 3:00-4:30pm


BIKE RODEO with Anthony Fontaine and his Musical Posse - 7:45 - ADD A CRAZY HAT TO THIS RIDE!!


Thursday, 5.20

STAR testing continues for Math, grades 3-5


Golden Bell Award Recognition - Every year, our district recognizes teachers from across the district who show exemplary skills at what they do best, teaching and inspiring children. This year, we recognized Deb Sullivan, 2nd grade, for her outstanding work this year! FABULOUS CHOICE!


Friday, 5.21

Can Do Donation Day!


STAR testing concludes for English Language Arts, grades 3-5


Spirit Day - STAY TUNED!!


4th and 5th grade Coloma and Gold Rush event - Many thanks to Hannah Dye for leading the charge for her team


Final Day for class requests (See below for important criteria)


5.24: Parent for Racial Equity Series evening, Star Test Make-Up exams grades 3-5, and Healthy Kids Survey 5th Grade


5.25: Kindergarten Orientation (Times and communication coming)


5.31: Memorial Day


6.2: Home and School Club Meeting, 7:00 pm


6.7: 5th Grade Field Day


6.9: Silberman's Ice Cream scoop for students as they leave school


6.10: 5th Grade Promotion, 11:00 am, Final day of school, Report Card Distribution (1:20 and 1:30 dismissal)


6.10 and 6.11: Virtual team returns Chromebooks to MES


8.19: 1st Day of School, 2021-2022

Lake jackson and Dasith Perera,1st grade 
Bravely spoke through our school's 
mega speaker 
to pass the message along
about food waste
and recycling at lunch
SOOOOO proud 
of their courage...And 
they nailed it!


Masks: How exciting it was to hear about the CDC message about masks but it is also a little confusing. At this time, our school/district policy has not changed and children are not vaccinated. I just want to make sure we are all still clear and on the same page. This applies to our promotion folks as well. Masks remain a must anytime anyone is on campus. Thanks for helping to keep everyone safe and know that we continue to work closely with our Marin Health department folks.


Comment of the week/month/year: "Allison Ruggeri came to the office saying that her head hurt. I examined her, didn't see anything unusual, gave her some ice to hold on her head until she felt better.  She said: '...Excuse me can we please hurry up I have learning to do in class!' " - Susie Urquhart, Health Specialist


Slowing down on Idyleberry: Just a reminder that we have a lot of students and families walking around the neighborhood in the AM and PM. A few neighbors pointed out that some of our parent cars are moving pretty fast down the street. A few seconds won't make the difference, and we are good if you are running a tiny bit late.  THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!

Equity Survey:  Reminder: The survey closes at the end of the business day on Monday, May 17th. The Miller Creek School District believes diversity is an asset, values every student, and is committed to building communities where students thrive. In this effort, we want to hear about the experiences of your family. Survey responses are confidential and your personally identifiable information will be viewed only by members of the district leadership team. Aggregate data will be shared with site principals and parent leadership from site Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) teams to plan future work that supports the needs of the community. Thank you for your willingness to share your experience with us.


Click here to complete the survey. 


To translate the survey into a language other than English, right-click the form, select translate, and choose your preferred language. (Click here for the survey in Spanish.)


Biking with Anthony FontaineWho does not want to ride with this dude when you have music and mad riding skills. Come join the posse again, this Wednesday, May 19th, 2021. 


Fifth graders attending school in-person will be taking the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS), sponsored by the California Department of Education, between May 24th and May 28th. This important survey gathers information related to school connectedness and barriers to learning, as well as behaviors such as physical activity and nutritional habits; alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use; and school safety.


Since the data from the survey results will further help us plan student support services for next year, we encourage all 5th graders to participate. A permission slip will be sent home by the classroom teacher, and students are required to return it indicating whether or not they have permission to participate. You may examine the questionnaire on the district website or by clicking here.


Estudiantes de Quinto grado tomarán la Encuesta de Niños Saludables de California (CHKS), patrocinada por el Departamento de Educación de California, entre el 24 de Mayo y el 28 de Mayo. La encuesta muy importante recopila información relacionada con la conexión escolar y las barreras al aprendizaje, así como comportamientos como la actividad física y los hábitos nutricionales; consumo de alcohol, tabaco y otras drogas; y seguridad escolar.


Dado que los datos de los resultados de la encuesta nos ayudarán aún más a planificar los servicios de apoyo estudiantil para el próximo año, animamos a todos los estudiantes de quinto grado a participar. El maestro del salón de clases enviará una hoja de permiso a casa y los estudiantes deben devolverla indicando si tienen o no permiso para participar. Puede examinar el cuestionario en el sitio web del distrito o haciendo clic aquí.






Each week our team will add new resources for all of you to review and discover as we learn more about the various cultures represented in our community. Below are new links. Feel free to share with me any resources you come upon so that I can add them to our letters each week. The focus this month is upon Jewish and Asian/Pacific Islander cultures.



Visit the Contemporary Jewish Museum in SF! Open now:


Asian Pacific Islander Museum--virtual exhibitions as well as poetry, films, and more


Marin Jewish Restaurants:


Jewish Recipes:


Asian & Pacific Islander Recipes:




Sonoma County Matsuri! Japanese Arts Festival:

Saturday, May 15, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Online via Zoom with Sonoma County Matsuri Festival, Santa Rosa CA

"The Sonoma County Matsuri Festival is excited to hold its 11th Annual Matsuri! Japanese Arts Festival on Saturday, May 15, 6:30-8:30 pm. The event will be held virtually by Zoom. The virtual Matsuri will showcase traditional Japanese dance, music, and cultural presentations. 


Promotion: If anyone has access to those chalk lines used on grassy fields, please let us know as we could use them for our graduation spots where families sit. Please check in with Sandy Stern at



See attachment if the following does not work

1. Click this link to access the 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, Andrew Pang, parent superstar, for his leadership with this!


Every Wednesday is a ride to LVE day with Anthony Fontaine. Here are the final dates for the "Lion Pride Rides": 5.19, 5.26, 6.2, and 6.9. Mark those calendars, get those chains oiled, and get ready for the musical ride of your life. 



We are significantly "upping" our game next year with social-emotional learning support systems. A most thought-provoking conversation between all four principals, Mrs. Treewater (Assistant Superintendent), and Cheryl Jacobs (Counselor at Miller Creek) took place last week regarding strategies and programs we are all using, their impact, and adjustments we can make to align our schools in a similar direction. In addition, we are in the process of hiring a full-time counselor to support our 3 teams. More to come but very exciting!



Next year, our district has committed additional support and resources for our children in core areas of learning. As a start, we hired a teaching phenom, Julie Mckeon, who will serve the Lucas Valley Lion community next year. Julie has taught for 19 years in grades 1, 2, 3, and 5 as well as serving as the ELD and Assessment Coordinator in our district.


She will be working closely with our very own Aparna Budraja, Opportunity Time, and our teaching teams to establish an intervention program that meets the varying needs of our children. Her experience in crunching data to monitor student progress, an ever-positive leadership approach, an understanding of the importance of targeted intervention, and her collaborative skillset with families and colleagues, will add great value to an already revved-up LVE team.


We look forward to building out this new model and watching it come alive in the fall.


Many thanks to the vision of Kristy Treewater and Becky Rosales, for lifting this program off the ground across all three elementary sites.


The Marin County Office of Equity is excited to invite you to the second installment of Community at the Table: Leading with Anti-Racism Speaker Series, hosted on Friday, May 21, from 5-6 PM.


Our speaker will be Dr. Joy DeGruy, whose research focuses on the intersection of racism, trauma, violence, and American chattel slavery. She has over 30 years of practical experience as a professional in the field of social work. She conducts workshops and training in the areas of intergenerational/historical trauma, mental health, social justice, improvement strategies, and evidence-based model development. 


Join the Marin County Office of Equity as we have a one-on-one conversation with Dr. DeGruy regarding how to build an anti-racist community.


Register for this free event between 5-6 PM, Friday, May 21.

Dr. DeGruy has published numerous refereed journal articles and book chapters and authored her seminal book entitled “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury & Healing.” She has also developed an assessment scale for measuring respect with regard to African American male youth.


Last week, we shared a book about Hank Greenburg (Hammerin' Hank) with our 4/5 classes. Hank was baseball's first Jewish superstar. We also included a story in our Google Classroom called Baseball Saved Us. "Fighting the heat and dust of the desert, Shorty and his father decide to build a baseball diamond and form a league in order to boost the spirits of the internees. Shorty quickly learns that he is playing not only to win but to gain dignity and self-respect as well." -  Jackie and Rcoehele, school librarians



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.

5TH GRADE GRADUATION - a few updates

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 UPDATED 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. seating will be selected at random by teachers and students. Each family will have a designated 2 chairs marked with names. You will receive your placement on June 9th.


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


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


4. Masks are required at all times despite the yellow tier.


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


6. Students will be speaking at the event 


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


8. When the event concludes, we ask that all families make their way back to their automobiles and head home and not congregate on campus. Issues with transmissions will happen out in the community before and after the event due to family parties. SO PLEASE BE CAREFUL.


9. There will be no class parties following the event


10. You can take your child from school at the conclusion of the event


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. Let's be safe at this one.


Can Do! Congratulates our 2021 Consistent Achiever Recipients

This award is presented to 5th and 8th-grade students who have demonstrated a consistent commitment to good citizenship and to developing their highest academic potential throughout their school years.



Sonia Carroll  & Charlie  Strada



Nicole Hinds  &  Frank Clyne



Sofia Garces  & Max Kimbrough


Many congratulations to all the recipients!


As you may have heard, Can Do! is accepting donations for the 2021-22 school year now!  Can Do! will be on campus during drop-off times to answer questions, collect donations, and thank all our families!


Click here to donate online or here to print out a 2021-22 remit

Click here for more information and our 2021-22 Business Partner Benefits packages



Five Little Monkeys will donate 15% of every pre-tax purchase to Can Do!  They have a unique selection of the best educational toys, games, and books for children.


  • Promotion is valid for purchases made May 15-31, 2021

  • Use promo code: CANDO2021

  • Free local delivery and free shipping on all orders over $150!

  • Free gift wrapping

  • Shop online or in-store at the Greenbrae and Novato locations

Looking for a rewarding volunteer experience?

Can Do! Is always looking for volunteers for events, Can Do! Ambassadors at each site, and new Board Members.

Please consider donating your time and talent to Can Do!

Interested? Contact us at or click here for more information. 




Please create or update an account at 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



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.



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



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

A Note from Our Health Specialists


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



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! 



It may be overwhelming to digest all the information about the COVID-19 vaccine, and maybe even more difficult to understand fact from fiction. Knowing what is true about vaccines, and what isn’t, is crucial to our community and business recovery.
To make it a little easier, we’ve busted some of the biggest MYTHS about COVID-19 and shared some of the key FACTS to keep you informed!


COVID 19 Mythbusters - Know the Facts!

12-15-Year-Old Vaccines



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



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



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