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"The Pride" Community Letter, November 8th, 2021
Posted 11/5/21

QUITE POSSIBLY THE FIRST "LION" TO BE VACCINATED - Way to go Ava!!

So thrilled the vaccine is available and so proud of our community and their resilience. I'll be at Miller Creek supporting the cause on Saturday, so hope to see some of you there!


LUCAS VALLEY LION CALENDAR

Monday, November 8th

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME IN PLAY - Turn those clocks back one hour this Sunday (Nov. 7) for Daylight Saving Time. This fall we gain an hour.

Native American Heritage Month continues

 

Tuesday, November 9th

District Board Meeting

 

Wednesday, November 10th

Home and School Meeting, 8:30-9:30 am. We invite one and all to attend this meeting if you wish to learn more about upcoming riveting events and where, if you wish, you can insert yourself. 

 

Thursday, November 11th

Veteran's Day - NO SCHOOL

 

Friday, November 12th

Buddy Classes - Love this SEL support!

Life Skill Assembly - Self Management, 8:30

Aparna, left, stopped by a few classes, and educated students about Diwali! 

We are lucky to have her in our midst supporting children in countless ways!

Aparna (middle) and Pragya (right), two superstar instructional aids, leading a Diwali discussion!

Our kids were introduced to something unique and special! 

Student Diwali Project

Recognizing, celebrating, and learning about Diwali


LATEST LUCAS VALLEY NEWS

VACCINATIONS FOR OUR CHILDREN

So excited that we have this available for our children now. Much appreciation to the efforts of our Department of Public Health folks for their superior guidance over the last 20+ months at keeping us not only updated in the varied forums they provided but also our district team, teachers, and all of you for keeping all of our children safe. I will keep you updated on anything new that comes across my desk of course.

 

While our current school guidelines remain the same, I see light at the end! Take a brief moment to educate yourself with a quick tour of the current 32 Point guiding plan

 

HEALTH DEPARTMENT LINKS WITH UPDATES

LVE AUTUMN COLORS!

5TH GRADE LOCKING IN!

RYDER STUDYING...WAIT, IS THAT A SMORE??!!


STUDENTS + SOCIAL MEDIA - AN IMPORTANT TOPIC...

What a time we live in right now, right? When we were the age of our children, we had little to worry about in this area of socializing. When we wanted to talk, we met or we called. Not so anymore and that is hard for many of us, including me, the father of a 16-year-old. We have to shift our thinking and remain hyper-vigilant knowing these platforms are not a soon-to-fade, vogue. The unyielding truth is that the design of these new tools is only accelerating. With that in mind, while shielding our children from them is one strategy, I believe there is a healthier one: Educating them.

 

With trepidation, I share that one of the many ramifications of the last 20+ months was the introduction of our children to extended time on screens and in some cases with our older children, various social media platforms, which of course, have implications if not monitored. And therein lies the challenge for us all. To what degree are we monitoring our children and their technology behavior?

 

Here is what I have heard from others and experienced as a father:

 

We are tired. We are working. We need a break. It's the weekend. My son or daughter is having a hard time with friendships and playdates. But it's fun. Connections can be made. They know what they are doing. We have had discussions already. It's not my child, it's...(insert name of another child)

NAUGHTON...BEING NAUGHTON!!


Here are some of the possible ramifications to be very aware of:

  • Students can write a negative post about someone that can not be deleted.
  • Students feel worse about themselves as a result of what they see online from friends.
  • Students feel pressure to make themselves look good or try to be more popular through what they post.
  • This leads to cyberbullying and rumors. Bullying during this stage of your child's life can lead to a number of issues including mental health, education, and social relationships, with long-lasting and not yet known effects.
  • Anxiety & depression kick in (we have all seen this through extended unmonitored video game playing). I read somewhere that 2 hours per day on social media leads to distress, anxiety, and depression. 
  • There is a significant association between social media and poor sleep quality in young people. Using phones and laptops at night before bed is linked with poor quality sleep.
  • FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) has been deeply linked to higher levels of social media engagement, meaning that the more your child uses social media, the more likely they are to experience this new paradigm. 

All these real-life dilemmas exist. Here are a few resources to take a peek at and there are tons more out there. It is worth spending a little time in this department, especially for our upper-grade students:

And of course, I would be remiss if I did not share some of the benefits of social media, which are pretty evident:

  • staying connected with friends and family
  • volunteering or getting involved with a program, campaign, nonprofit, or charity
  • enhancing creativity by sharing ideas, music, and art
  • meeting and interacting with others who share similar interests and,
  • communicating with educators and fellow students

I write this, not to preach, but to bring awareness to a very real and difficult-to-navigate societal issue that can extend into school and affect friendships and feelings about self. We have seen that already and our children are just too young to know better. Hence, they need all of our assistance with this. Stating that the behavior is a result of a social media challenge will not protect them from the very real challenges they will face. This is particularly true as they make their way into middle school. The footprint left by impulsively written comments, images, or shared live spaces will have an impact.

 

Our site will continue to monitor vigilantly through assemblies, classrooms, counselors, and parent partnerships to keep all students safe.

 

Here are a few practical thoughts to support your children as they navigate this world. Teaching them to...

  • Be nice. Mean behavior is not OK. Make it clear that you expect your kids to treat others with respect, and to never post hurtful or embarrassing messages. And ask them to always tell you about any harassing or bullying messages that others post.
  • Think twice before hitting "enter." Remind your children, especially teens, that what they post can be used against them later. 
  • Follow the "WWGS?" (What Would Grandma Say?) rule. I love this one! Teach your children not to share anything on social media that they wouldn't want their teachers, parents, college admissions officers, future bosses — and yes, grandma — to see.
  • Use privacy settings. Privacy settings are important. Go through them together to make sure your kids understand each one. Also, explain that passwords are there to protect them. They should never share them with anyone, even a best friend.
  • Don't "friend" strangers. "If you don't know them, don't friend them." This is a plain, simple — and safe — rule of thumb.

Thank you Can Do!

Art with Paula is a win! Kids love being there! Thank you for keeping her "in business" with us!

I headed to Silbermann's ice cream soon after...

because, yes, I am unusually susceptible to subliminal messages

Another side of students we get to see... 

Thank you again for your Can Do support!


LETTER FROM MRS. ROSALES AND MRS. TREEWATER

I so appreciate the letter that was sent to our families on 11.5, about our curricular spotlights. Super clear about our educational initiatives (Thanks to Assistant Superintendent, Kristy Treewater, for her leadership), where we are today, and where we are headed tomorrow. Please take a moment to check it out. The screenshot below is a reminder of that email.

LOOP SUPPORT IN THE MORNING

Here's the link for the sign-up and remember to show our secretary your vaccination status. Love to have ya!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4aa8aa2da3fc1-loop7

 

PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATE MEETING

Please join us on Tuesday, November 8th at 1:00 PM for a Public Health Update for the School Community.

This Webinar will be recorded and posted on the Rethinking Schools Website for those who are unable to join us.

Live Spanish translation will be available, and questions can be submitted ahead of time to RapidResponse@marinschools.org.

Zoom Details: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88404853273?pwd=aldPK2ppVFhQTVdmRDl4TitKOG9UZz09

Webinar ID: 884 0485 3273

Passcode: 512364

Dial-In: 408-638-0968

 

LOVELY EMAIL FROM ONE OF OUR TEACHERS, MRS. MCGEE, EXPRESSING LOVE FOR OUR HOME AND SCHOOL TEAM

Thank you so much for all the time and effort that went into last week's Harvest Festival...or "pumpkin party" as my son calls it. 

We had a great time and I got multiple texts from my students' families about their kids happily participating in a community event. You worked wonders in a very difficult time to make a safe and fun event for all kids. It was well spread out, the sounds were dissipated because it was outside, and there were activities for all abilities, and as such, all my students were able to participate! I'm so thankful you provided them with that opportunity. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

 

Also, here's a little picture of my own kiddo happily participating at Mommy's school. 

NEW LUNCH  MASTER APPLICATION - Easier?

Came across this and feel free to explore it. Attachment included and screenshot below. May make your life a little easier. Remember to order your lunch at the end of the month for the following month. 

NOVEMBER LIFESKILL - SELF MANAGEMENT

This month we ask our children to look inward, think about the decisions they make before acting, reflect on their behaviors, and consider how they treat others, what they say or don't say, and how those actions impact others. Other challenges worth considering are navigating friendships, managing emotions, and learning to be reflective.

This will take courage for many as they may have to "challenge" a friend when a poor choice is made, or talk to an adult about something that does not seem or feel right. Peer relationships are essential as well as laborious. What is really difficult though, is making the right choice for the right reasons when a friend does not see it the same way.

 

Let's make that our work this month and if you experience successful moments at home around this, be sure to let me know so I can share those successes (no names mentioned of course). 

NOVEMBER: NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH

This month we pause to pay tribute to the rich tapestry, history, and traditions of Native Americans who have deeply enriched the quality and character of our Nation. The history/culture of Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians are part of every national park and community across the country today so this month we pay our respects to all past and present indigenous peoples across the country.

 

Factoid: Did you know that Marin County was named after Chief Marin (whose native American name was Huicmuse), an 18th-century leader of the Licatiut, a branch of the Coast Miwok. 

 

Learnings: A few active Native American organizations

NDN Collective

Indigenous Environmental Network

Honor the Earth

Four Directions Vote

Illuminative

 

To Visit: A wonderful museum in our backyard!

Marin Sites to learn about Local Native American History

Visit the Museum of the American Indian (Screenshot below)

K-2 MUSIC AND MOVEMENT UPDATES

The MCSD is looking to fill an open K-2 Music and Movement Teacher.  This program is funded by Can Do! and is an integral part of our enrichment programming for students.  We are posting on numerous platforms and are confident the position will be filled shortly. Thank you for your support and understanding.

 

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

  • 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

     

UPCOMING EVENTS: 

Thursday, 11/18 - Can Do! Online Holiday Auction starts

 

ONLINE AUCTION - Starts Nov. 18th

 

THE CAN DO! ONLINE HOLIDAY AUCTION STARTS IN 12 DAYS!! There's still time to get your donations in!  

 

Click here to find out more and to donate an item. 

We are almost at 60% of our $690,000 goal. We are beyond grateful for the generosity of the Miller Creek School District community! 

 

Every donation matters, so please donate! 

 

Thank you to the 113 Lucas Valley families that have so kindly contributed to this year's Family Giving Campaign!

 

Did you know the Can Do! Company Matching Gifts program is an excellent way to maximize your donation? Click here to find out more. 

Thank you Can Do!

PE with Coach Wahl, ROCKS and is always fun be around!

Thank you Can Do!

Thank you Can Do!


PEANUT ALLERGIES

As you know, Lucas Valley has a few children with life-threatening food allergies, specifically, to Peanuts/Tree Nuts. These foods, even in trace amounts, may cause a severe reaction (anaphylaxis). The following symptoms may occur: hives, difficulty breathing, vomiting and diarrhea, swelling of the lips, mouth, and throat, itching and sneezing, and loss of consciousness.

 

Here are a few suggestions for you as parents:

  • Ask your child’s friends what they are allergic to and help them to avoid it.
  • Remind your child, “DO NOT SHARE FOOD.”
  • Remind your child, to wash hands thoroughly after eating.
  • Tell your child to get help from an adult immediately if a schoolmate has a reaction.
  • PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY PRODUCTS WITH PEANUTS/TREE NUTS FOR SNACKS OR PARTIES.

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.

 

BELOW IS A SMATTERING OF BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS FROM CRISTEN WRIGHT, ONE OF OUR PHOTOGRAPHERS FOR THE HALLOWEEEN FEST.