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"The Pride" Community Letter, November 15th, 2021
Posted 11/12/21

IN THE "HOW YOU LIKE ME NOW, CV-19?" VACCINATION CLUB!

She made a point of finding me and showing me her badge! It was my joyful moment of the week...and I have many so this must have rocked!


LUCAS VALLEY LION CALENDAR

Monday, November 15th

Portrait Day Make-Up

District Math Council Meets - Continuing our support in this strand of learning

 

Tuesday, November 16th

1:25 dismissal - Conferences (Conferencing tips for first-timers below)

LGBTQ Parent Education Evening - See below! 

 

Wednesday, November 17th

1:25 dismissal - Conferences

 

Thursday, November 18th

1:25 dismissal - Conferences

Site Diversity and Equity team Meeting, 4:00-5:00

 

Friday, November 19th

1:25 dismissal - Conferences

SPIRIT DAY - Favorite character in a movie or book Day!

Buddy Classes Day

Student Leadership visit Home and School Club 

They shared their thoughts about our school and rocked it!!

HOME AND SCHOOL MEETING 

Great turnout and great happenings were shared! Look for updates from Home and School Letter. LOVE THIS TEAM!


COMING UP THROUGH THE WINTER HOLIDAYS

11/22 - No school, full conference day

11/23-11/26 - HAPPY HOLIDAYS

11/30 - Coordinating Council Meeting

12/2 - Site Council Meeting

12/3 - Lifeskill Assembly - Social Awareness

12/4 - Vaccinations at Miller Creek

12/8 - Lucas Valley Home and School Meeting

12/7 - District Equity Working Group

12/10 - Buddy Classes

12/14 - Board Meeting

12/16 - Site Council (If needed)

12/17 - SPIRIT DAY, HOLIDAY COLORS BRING IT BIG, ASSEMBLY, SINGING, LAST DAY OF SCHOOL AND ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS 

1/3 - School Resumes and welcome to 2022!

SILLY AND SERIOUS

All about knowing when to let loose and when to settle in! LVE Way!

LATEST LUCAS VALLEY NEWS

FRIDAY ASSEMBLY

Friday morning we focused our attention upon Native Americans and our November Lifeskill, Self management. Here is the link to the slide show I shared with our students and staff.

 

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES AND TIPS

This is a wonderful and important opportunity to check in with your child's teacher and ask any questions you might have. Your teacher will send out (or has already) the schedule.

*11/16-11/19: 1/25 early release

*11/22: Full conference Day, No School

TIPS

  • Be on time (or early) for the meeting.
  • End the meeting on time. Other parents will probably have a conference after yours.
  • Relax and just be yourself. Great partnership moment!
  • Think about your questions and prioritize what is most important to ask as you may not have time for all of them at this conference.
  • If your child receives special services in any way, ask about your child's progress in that realm.
  • Ask for explanations of anything you don't understand
  • Ask your child's teacher for ways that you can help your child at home. The importance of that connection is critical. Agreements for positive incentives for example should be linked between the class and home. It helps the child understand that we are all working in the same direction.
  • Be sure to thank your teacher for their time and effort. The transition this year has required quite a bit of work that we don't necessarily share with the community. I see it and admire their fortitude and sincere interest in the success of each of your children. 

SUPPORTING MARIN FOSTER CARE

Our HSC is up to promoting "goodwill" again! This time they will be supporting the  Marin Foster Association this season by collecting some much-needed items to help children stay warm and dry this winter. Please consider donating:

  • gently used kids' rain gear (raincoats and boots)
  • winter hats, and coats.
  • diapers and wipes

The donation box will be located in front of the school Office from 11/15-11/24.  

The mission of the Marin Foster Association is to achieve consistent, safe, quality care for the well-being of all foster children by providing support services and advocacy to Foster and Adoptive Families, Relatives, and Non-relative caregivers.

THANK YOU ALL!

LGBTQ - PARENT EDUCATION EVENING - screenshot above

Working with our local partners, SPAHR Center, we are thrilled to present quite an awesome educational evening for our parent community! The focus is LGBTQ and how to communicate with our children, answering those hard questions and opening that important dialogue! This team has met with our DEI teams already and they were very moving. 

Join Zoom Meeting on November 16th, 2021, 6:00 pm
https://millercreeksd.zoom.us/j/81841994321?pwd=RDJSOTJFTCtXclNTcXFGS2RoaFBHZz09
Meeting ID: 818 4199 4321
Passcode: 118537
Dial by Phone: 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 818 4199 4321
Passcode: 118537

One of my personal goals for attending is to seek ways as a leader, to create a more inclusive and safe environment for all of my students. As a community, the time is now to let our children know, loud and clear, that WE-ARE-ALLIES-FOR-YOU. I know growing up, these conversations were not happening in my schools and I just wonder how many of our future leaders just felt isolated and alone in their thoughts.

Fast forward to today, and we are on an accelerated path that includes a newfound growth mindset. We are learning, absorbing, supporting, accepting, welcoming, and becoming partners for any and all no matter the paths they tread upon. I am so looking forward to being present and I hope you will join us! 

Many thanks to our Miller Creek District School Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committees, for their sponsorship of this event. Translation services will be provided.

LIONHEARTS ARE COMING FAST!

The best part of the day, seeing them drop them in our Lion box!

LEADERSHIP TEAM DOING THEIR K THING

Summer, Hailey, and Kennedy (not pictured) keep the peace and the love flowing


WINTER CONCERTS, 21' 22' REPLACED BY SINGING

Just a reminder that to be safe, we are not holding our winter music event as we have in the past. Rather, on December 17th, 8:30 am, our final assembly for the year, we will be singing a short set of songs to close out 2021'. We need everyone to bring in their brightest and most fantastic colors that best represent the many cultures we represent.

Attend our DEI meeting this Thursday at 4:00 pm, to contribute your ideas to the event!

ZOOM LINK:

https://millercreeksd.zoom.us/j/83951298204?pwd=UERoWGo4cmVuMDVvTEJNVThqZXdjQT09 

 

NOVEMBER LIFE SKILLS THOUGHTS

Mindfulness or that gentle pause to scan one's body and mind, are super important to our work. One easy way to introduce or rather support mindfulness for your children is through informal practices that you can do along with them. How about this one, offering good wishes and compassion to others:

  • To begin, find a comfortable sitting position: You can even place a hand on the heart. Your children know about this one! Allow your eyes to close or lower your gaze toward the floor.
  • Bring to mind someone: who you really respect and look up to, and who really loves you in return. 
  • Notice:  How you feel as you bring this person to mind.
  • Make a kind wish and send it their way: What would make them happy?
  • Next, bring to mind someone else you love and care about: How about a family member, a friend, a beloved colleague. Just bring this person to mind, sending this person a kind wish.
  • Think about someone a little more distant:  Perhaps someone you don’t know very well. Someone you see occasionally in the pick-up line, a person who delivers your mail, or makes your coffee/tea in the morning. Just bring this person to mind and imagine yourself sending them some kind of kind wish.
  • Lastly, bring to mind someone who has frustrated you lately: Someone who is a little difficult. Send this last person a kind wish—something nice for them in their life. Often that challenge you face with them is related to hardship in their own life. 
  • Check-in with your mind and body as you conclude this practice. Allow your eyes to open if they’ve been closed. Notice if there’s any shift

LIFESKILLS FOR THE YEAR

2021-2022 Life Skills

HOME AND SCHOOL NOVEMBER AWARDS

Cristen, and Hilary above, and Arlo below, awarded for their awesome work with our school, directly affecting our children's lives and their happiness! Thank you!!

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

  • December 17th, Holiday Colors, and Spirit
  • 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

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

 

MILLER CREEK COMMUNITY FLYERS

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

  • San Francisco Boys Chorus Marin Auditions
  • Play Marin Walk-A-Thon 2021
  • AC Marin Winter 1 Academy
  • Portuguese Futbol Academy 

COMMITMENT TO MINDFULNESS

What a lifeskill to hold moving forward in their lives!

LVE, DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION TEAM

Our next meeting is this Thursday at 4:00 pm and again, all are welcome and encouraged to join our zoom gathering. Our agenda topics this week remain Native American Heritage Month as well as looking forward into December where we will focus on the varied ways cultures are celebrated!

In addition, MCOE continues to engage in this same work, and just earlier this week at their board meeting, there was a presentation with this little nugget that was something worth sharing. It relates to the definition of Diversity vs. Inclusion vs. Equity.

ART TEACHER REQUEST IF YOU CAN HELP US

Need a little help if you are able. She needs little boxes and yogurt pots like the one shown below. Just bring them to school and to the office and we will pass them to the art teacher. Thanks so much for your support!

​​MARIN RECOGNIZED BY NEW YORK TIMES!

In case you missed it, Marin County was recognized in a recent, New York Times for our successful vaccination campaign. The article reviewed the amazing transformation of our community, from a “hotbed for anti-vaccine sentiment,” to one of the highest COVID-19 vaccinated counties in the United States. "Seventy-eight percent of people living in Marin County are fully vaccinated against Covid — the highest rate of any county in California (and just about anywhere in the nation)...."

Click here to read the entire article.

 

MESSAGE FROM OUR HEALTH SPECIALIST

Thank you to all who are keeping children home when unwell!  If your child has any of the following symptoms: Fever of 100.4 or more, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea; They will need to be tested for covid.

If you have a home test, we are accepting FDA-approved tests such as Binax, a test from your healthcare provider or we have tests available to be taken at school. Your child can return to school after we receive a negative result (please take a picture of your student's test result with their name and test date on it and email to surquhart@millercreeksd.org) and when their symptom/s have significantly improved without medication for 24 hours. I hope everyone has a healthy safe fun weekend!

 

VACCINATION UPDATES - Limited slots open

Multiple pediatric vaccine appointments have opened at sites across Marin County. The Northgate Mall clinic is offering slots for kids ages 5-11 on November 13th and November 20th.  

To find other locations or make your appointment visit the County Pediatric Vaccines page. 

LIMITED VOLUNTEERS IN THE CLASSROOM!

An exciting moment! As was shared in our guidelines, limited volunteer support is ok! Must be vaccinated and the teacher will help define what limited looks like - 1-2 folks in the course of a week.

MY COMPUTER WAS FOUND!!!!

Thanks to this awesome team of detectives. 


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 through the varied forums they provided but also our district team, teachers, and all of you for keeping all of our children safe. I am including below, a quick 3-minute update from Dr. Willis regarding the vaccinations. Click the Dr. Willis screenshot below for that update...

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

 

PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATE

Join us on Thursday, December 9th @ 4:00PM for a Public Health Update for the School Community with Dr. Matt Willis and Dr. Lisa Santora. This update is for all school staff, teachers, parents, guardians, and the community. The session will be recorded and posted on the Rethinking Schools website. Live Spanish Translation will be available.

ZOOM Link

Dial In: 408-638-0968

Webinar ID: 851 0374 8230

Passcode: 839839

VACCINATION JOY

She did a sweet post-shot boogie! Who dances after an injection?! 

GOT THIS! HOW ABOUT YOU?

Proud of our courageous peeps! What a moment in our history.


HEALTH DEPARTMENT LINKS WITH UPDATES

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). 

NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH OPPORTUNITIES

Below in the screenshot, you will find a few opportunities to get involved! The arrows point to those activities that may fit in your timeline. Much love to our DEI team here at LVE and across the other three schools, for their collaborative efforts to share information about happenings and ways to make a difference. Together, as one!

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

 

HAY JOY

After seeing the children's love for playing on them, we are keeping them out there as long as they remain stable. 

INFORMATIONAL WRITING UNDERWAY

The considering-their-ideas phase of the writing process! Can't rush perfection!

     

UPCOMING EVENTS 

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

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

The Can Do! Online Holiday Auction starts Thursday! 


Tons of great items and experiences to

Wine & Dine

Relax & Rejuvenate

Spruce up your home 

Take a Family Outing

Enjoy a night on the town

& More! 

Bidding starts 11/18 at 12:01 am
 

www.biddingforgood.com/cando4schools

 

We need your donations to ensure a successful event. 

Click here to donate an item or email nancy@cando4schools.org 

We are at 61% of our $690,000 goal. Every donation matters, so please donate! 

 

Thank you to the 115 Lucas Valley families that generously 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. 

NARRATIVE WRITING COMPLETED

Loved Lyla's piece about my favorite place to visit...

WALL DEDICATED TO NARRATIVE WRITING

Very organized, very creative stories, lovely project!


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.

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.