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"The Pride" Community Letter, October 11th, 2021
Posted 10/8/21

BOOK FAIR IS IN SESSION PEEPS!

What a fantastic turnout and such positive energy!

Book Fair photos included in this letter were taken by Hilary Knight, Marin Family Photography, superstar LVE parent!

APPRECIATING YOU HILARY!


LUCAS VALLEY LION CALENDAR

Monday, October 11th

Book Fair open, 2:30-4:00 pm, stop in!

Indigenous People's Day

 

Tuesday, October 12th

Book Fair open, 2:30-4:00 pm, stop in!

Board Meeting, 5:30-7:00 pm

 

Wednesday, October 13th

Book Fair open, 2:30-4:00 pm, stop in!

Home and School Club Meeting, 8:30-9:30 am

 

Thursday, October 14th

Book Fair open, 2:30-4:00 pm, stop in!

Initial Site Council Meeting, 3:00-4:00 pm, Library (in person)

 

Friday, October 15th

Last day of Book Fair, 2:30-4:00 pm, stop in!

Progress Reports Home for those below benchmarks in core areas of learning

PRINCIPAL MESSAGE

Public Health Updates

As you may have heard, there are a few expected changes coming up this week that are both exciting and very new for all of us. The two that affect us immediately are related to masks and assemblies. 

 

Stay tuned for a letter from our Superintendent of Schools, Becky Rosales, as learn more. And as always, we continue to follow the guidance from our public health partners who have successfully guided our community through these last 20 months. At our last public health meeting, several slides were provided that I am sharing with you below.

DISTRICT EQUITY WORKING GROUP

Wonderful turnout on Thursday afternoon and thank you to those who were able to make it and share your input. Parent and staff representatives from all three schools came together in year 3 of our equity journey, to continue our personal reflections and reflections as an organization in support of those marginalized voices. As our lead facilitator, Brian Fong, eloquently captured...

 

"...this work is a continuous and conscious exercise and one we will continue working on. It is not a task to check off when completed with the notion that we will get there." 

Special appreciation to one of our lead voices at Lucas Valley, Katie McDonnell, and Nicole Camarda, 1st-grade teacher, for sharing their thoughts with the district team.

A reminder that our site team (DEI) is not a closed entity that you need to join, rather, it is a team that anyone at any time is welcome to be a part of. Our focus remains on actions we can take on the campus, here and now.

I have included a link for you here if you have an interest in taking part in a small sub-team. 

OCTOBER LIFE SKILL AND IDENTITY MONTH

SUPPORTING LGBTQ+ - THROUGH AN EQUITY LENS

Wonderful story from one of our very own Golden State Warriors! This is worth the watch people! Even if you are not a Basketball fan.

 

Complete list of our Life Skill/Heritage/Identity celebrations for the year

 

For the month of October and all year long our librarians, counselors, staff, and Principal will be reading stories, engaging students in projects, and sharing information at assemblies, with the goal of bringing much-needed attention to:

  • Gender stereotypes
  • Self-awareness - Who am I? How am I?
  • Identity 
  • Intersectionality, or put another way, the complex way that the many aspects of our identities overlap, including our race, gender, identity, class, and more.
  • Understanding ones own emotions
  • Understanding how the decisions we make affect others

Every child had the right to feel safe, accepted, welcomed, and valued, and we will work diligently with all of you, our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team, Site Council team, and Home and School team, to ensure we support every child along the way. It is our goal to continue providing a foundation where all children and families become more accepting of gender diversity and feel supported and safe along the way. Equity will always remain at the center of our work.

 

Our teachers will be engaging children in age-appropriate lessons and I look forward to stepping into those spaces as well as both an educator and as an ally for our children. This is beautiful work...

An Ethan Hough moment at Lucas Valley Elementary School this past week! Soooooo heartwarming to see our superstar 5th-grade teacher out on leave for the year. HE LOOKS GREAT!

WE MISS HIM A LOT!

 

CALIFORNIA SHAKEOUT DRILL, October 21st

Annually, our district participates in this drill in preparation for an earthquake. We have about a 30-40 minute process we run our children and staff through that includes the following components:

  • Ducking and covering
  • Evacuating the building with materials (i.e., radios, emergency packs)
  • Teachers checking partner classes
  • Classes quietly lining up in deignated spots as our staff moves through procedures.
  • Staff moving into positions/roles (i.e., medical, reassembly, search and rescue, water, gas/water/electric).
  • Students reassembling to the baseball field in preparation for eventual pick-up by parents(not during the drill though.

*In the event of an actual earthquake, you would not be picking up your children in the parking lot, instead, picking them up on the soccer/baseball field via Idyleberry, not through the school. There would be tables with teachers managing that transition for students. You would approach the table, show your ID, and we would call for your child to come to you. They would be sitting with their class on the field waiting. The MPR would not be the ideal option due to the unpredictable nature of a building after a shake.

Here are a few resources to review

SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL, 21', 22'

I am happy to welcome you all to our school site council team. Hilary Knight, Christianna Lenox, Micke Moaveni, Laura Winer, Will Anderson, Mimi Reddick, Debra Sullivan, and Nicole Cunha. 

This mighty team will be working with our school site plan, comprehensive safety plan, getting involved with any new public health updates regarding covid-19 protocols, collaborating with the Diversity Equity and Inclusion team, helping work through our California Shakeout drill, and delving into the work of our Social-emotional learning and Intervention programs.

Our first meeting takes place this Thursday, October 14th, 3:00-4:00 pm, in the school library. I am very much looking forward to working with this team!

TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, FRIDAY, 10/8

Our K-8 teaching teams, spent the day at Miller Creek Middle School, reviewing our students' narrative writing pieces as well as preparing for our next genre of writing, Informational Writing, the art of writing to inform.

This strand of writing focuses on something your child has knowledge about and when written successfully will allow the reader to walk away having learned something new and interesting.

While the content and skills will certainly vary from grade to grade the actual writing process will look similar, which is our goal of course. 

One of many important takeaways from today's meeting was that our students across the district, are starting to really enjoy writing. There are several reasons we believe but here are a few of my personal thoughts after sitting in on several conversations:

  • The writer's workshop takes an intentional approach, it is a step-by-step process that builds on previous steps.
  • Specific teaching points are taught each day.
  • the writing is consistent, daily.
  • Notebooks are provided with specific goals related to content.
  • Brief mini-lessons are provided to model and prepare students for writing each day.
  • We focus on teaching the writer, not the writing, knowing that each writer's abilities will vary. So, we turn our attention towards discreet and specific instruction to ensure that each student obtains what they need to increase their own writing proficiency. Our teams are already doing this through skill-specific guided mini-lessons, mentor texts (examples modeled), and small, whole, or individual conferences.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP HAS SPOKEN: HERE ARE OUR SPIRIT DAYS FOR THE YEAR - We may include others along the way but this is our start.

  • October 22nd, Pride Day, Rainbow Colors
  • November 19th, Favorite Character Day (movie/book)
  • December 17th, Holiday Style
  • January 14th, Pajama Day
  • February 11th, Sports Day
  • March 18th, Twins, Triplets, etc. Day
  • April 15th, Creative Hair/Clothing day
  • May 4th, Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you)
  • June 3rd, Tropical Day

PORTRAIT WEEK ROCKED WITH OUR PHOTOGRAPHY PARTNERS, MUGSY CLICKS!

With many appreciations to our Home and School team and the many parents who stopped in to support us, our photo week was about as smooth as it has ever been. Your kids were adorable!

OPENING NIGHT BOOK FAIR WAS A SMASH!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! What a beautiful showing Thursday evening. This may have been one of the largest gatherings for an opening night. The smiles, the books, the community, and frozen beverages on a chilly afternoon! It was one of those moments when you felt like things were just a little more normal.

Thank you all who showed for contributing to the event, supporting our library, and bringing joy to our community! Below are the dates and times for the remainder of the fair
*Saturday, 10/8, 9:00-2:00

*Monday-Friday, 10/11-10/15, 2:30-4:00

*Friday, 10/15, Book Fair Closes

Can I just say THANK YOU to Shital Pital, and her amazing team for their amazing work with this program? Shital has been our leader for this event for some time and we are forever grateful for her commitment to our children and to this community!

CAN DO UPCOMING EVENTS 

  • Sunday, 10/10 - Run as One ends 
  • Friday, 10/29 - Halloween Donation Day - More info coming soon! 
  • Friday, 11/5 - Can Do! Drive-In Movie Night - More info coming soon! 
  • Thursday, 11/18 - Can Do! Online Holiday Auction starts

Run as One: 

The Can Do! Virtual Run as One ends this Sunday. Be sure to enter your miles on the race site and upload any photos here: Lucas Valley Elementary Run as One Photo Link.  Thank you to the 265 participants who ran/walked/skipped/hiked this year!

 

Here are the miles logged as of 10/7/21 in the "Miles for Miller Creek" school race. Lucas Valley is SO close!! You still have a chance to pull to the top! The winning school will be announced tomorrow! 

 

Mary Silveira: 434

Lucas Valley: 351

Vallecito: 190

Miller Creek: 176

 

Thank you again to the following amazing Run as One sponsors:

WE NEED DONATIONS TO OUR ANNUAL ONLINE AUCTION. 

Our event starts in less than 6 weeks! Click here to find out more and to donate an item. 

We are at 44.5% of our $690,000 goal. Every donation matters, so please donate

Thank you to the 85 Lucas Valley Elementary families that generously contributed to this year's Family Giving Campaign!

All proceeds raised support the wonderful enrichment programs that our Miller Creek School District schools offer your students

PROGRESS REPORTS

We will be sending out progress reports on Friday, October 15th, to those students who are below benchmarks in core areas of learning. Not to worry if your child receives one. You are not alone. We are coming out of a challenging year (20 months really) and we are noticing trends requiring additional support.

 

We are on it and made several assumptions in preparation for the start of this year. Again, with the hiring of new folks, and the implementation of new programs to address, we are on it.

 

INTERNATIONAL BIKE/RIDE TO SCHOOL DAY WAS A SUCCESS!

Thank you to the many families who joined in on the ride to school. Our neighborhood is truly built for this type of event! Safe and easy to navigate streets with strong parental leadership.

Thank you to Oliver and Jen for their leadership with the safe routes to school support, Rusty for leading to the ride, and Supervisor Damon Connelly (in blue below), for joining the fray! This team cannot be stopped, it can only be contained! We missed you Anthony Fontaine but will see you soon!

COMMUNITY FLYERS - CENTRAL MARIN LACROSSE!

Parents can access community flyers by visiting the Community Resources page on the Miller Creek School District website. New flyers this week:

  • 2021 Fall Ball - Central Marin Lacrosse 

THRIVE TOGETHER: PARENT EVENING RECAP SLIDES 

Much appreciation to our K-5 district counselor, Katrina Villena, and School Site Psychologist, Olivia Smith for their "Strategies to Lessen Anxiety in Children" presentation this week! They provided a variety of strategies for helping our children learn to recognize and manage anxiety. Below are the links if you missed the event!

Thrive Together: English and Thrive Together: Spanish

 

PEANUT ALLERGIES

Although we are not a nut-free school (so to speak!), I want to ask if folks can think carefully about what they pack into lunches as we have children who are allergic to various nuts. If you have other options we would really appreciate you considering them.

 

INTERESTED IN WORKING FOR THE MILLER CREEK SCHOOL DISTRICT?

The Miller Creek School District is experiencing a significant workforce shortage.  We are far from unique as employers are struggling to fill positions across the country.  What is unique, however, is the opportunity this presents for our community.  I can't guarantee you that working in a school is easy or that you won't go home tired at the end of the day.  But I will guarantee you that the work is deeply fulfilling.  Years from now we will look back at the pandemic and ask ourselves, "How did we show up?" I take great pride and satisfaction knowing that the teachers and staff of our little school district show up every day for kids. Full and Part-Time

 

Paid Positions are Available

 

Click HERE for opportunities or simply email Principal Anderson with your interest.

 

 

COVID/DELTA VARIANT INFORMATION

 

INTERESTED IN HELPING WITH 5-11-YEAR-OLD VACCINATIONS?

Click this link for more!

 

ONSITE RAPID ANTIGEN TESTING IS HERE! 

Each of our school sites is now equipped to offer Rapid Antigen Testing to staff and students who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms at school or those that are determined to be a close contact of a person who was COVID positive.

 

PUBLIC HEALTH MEETINGS

Oct 12: Public Health Update for the School Community (1:00) https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85372909551?pwd=Tk1IWlB6TmVNc3E1eEUzRGNCN2RlQT09

 

Oct 13: Public Health Update for Families: Vaccinations (6:00) https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88514572235?pwd=R0tuczJ0UHZLMGEzZkFlVW8xR3pFQT09

 

MARIN COUNTY SCHOOLS DASHBOARD

Scroll down the bottom to the nice visual titled Marin County Schools Status and look for how schools are managing Covid.

 

32 POINT PLAN UPDATE

Click this link for the latest regarding the 32 point plan. This document resides on our website as well.

 

KEEPING YOUR CHILDREN SAFE LINKS

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