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"The Pride" Community Letter, November 22nd, 2021
Posted 11/19/21

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU ALL

Be safe and enjoy your family in all the creative ways you do!


LUCAS VALLEY LION CALENDAR


Monday, November 22nd

No School, Full Conference Day

Last day for contributing to the clothing drive (24th) - (see below)

 

Tuesday-Friday, November 23rd-26th

Thanksgiving Holiday - Don't forget the turkey song...

 

Monday, November 29th

Day 2 of Hanukkah

 

Tuesday, November 30th

Day 3 of Hanukkah

Coordinating Council, 9:00-10:30

Site DEI Meeting, 4:00-5:00, Zoom

 

Wednesday, December 1st

Day 4 of Hanukkah

New Life Skill begins, Social Awareness, Recognition of Diverse Cultures and Celebrations

 

Thursday, December 2nd

Day 5 of Hanukkah

Site Council, 3:00-4:00

Wellness Committee

 

Friday, December 3rd

Day 5 of Hanukkah

Life Skill Assembly, Social Awareness

LIONHEARTS IN THE HOUSE

Always learning, Always growing, Always Celebrating


COMING UP THROUGH THE WINTER HOLIDAYS

11/28-12/6 - 8 days of Hanukkah

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 ASSEMBLY, HOLIDAY COLORS BRING IT BIG, PARENTS INVITED, SINGING, LAST DAY OF SCHOOL, AND ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS - Holding this outside to keep everyone safe!

1/3 - School Resumes and welcome to 2022!

ART WITH MRS. OCKNER

Creating her space in that art classroom. Love visiting this room!

PUZZLES WITH CUNHA'S CLASS

Loved Kaylee's focus! Puzzles made me crazy, and still do.


TRAVEL CHECKLIST OVER THE HOLIDAY SEASON

Public health officials are urging residents to celebrate the holidays safely as COVID-19 case rates rise in Marin County and across the Bay Area region. To help residents prepare, Marin’s Celebrate Safely webpage has received an update. 

Health officials cite several factors that contribute to increased virus transmission. Cooler weather brings gatherings indoors, and families and friends travel to holiday celebrations. At the same time, immunity from the vaccine is waning for those who were vaccinated more than six months ago. 

In Marin, an early and aggressive vaccination campaign meant most residents were vaccinated before May, so most are now eligible for boosters. 

FAVORITE CHARACTER DAY, FRIDAY

Lucas Valley brought their spirit!

SPIRIT AND STUDIES

SPIRIT AND BUDDIES

SPIRIT AND POINTY HATS

Marin County Public Health is strongly suggesting that COVID-19 precautions continue to be in place for holiday gatherings this season. Two new recommendations for this year include limiting indoor gatherings to those who are fully vaccinated and performing rapid antigen testing for all participants on the day of the event. 

To find out more, including tips to celebrate safely and help prevent another surge, continue reading the full news release here

The week of Thanksgiving often signifies a time when people prepare to visit friends, return home to see family or get out of town to enjoy some extra days off from work or school. The plans from person to person may be unique, but they all involve some form of travel. 

Here is a COVID-19 prevention checklist for those who plan to return to or leave Marin County during the holidays. By following these guidelines, we can have a safe travel experience.  

See below for domestic and international travel:

MOVING TED TALK WORTH EVERY MOMENT - 7 Minutes and 42 seconds you will most certainly remember.

"What if I was to tell you that a game of peek-a-boo could change the world?" asks seven-year-old Molly Wright, one of the youngest-ever TED speakers...Peek-a-Boo Can Change the World

 

NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH

I shared and talked about this quote at our last assembly as I thought it was quite beautiful and to this day, something both children and adults can learn from. It is incredibly wise and thought-provoking...

 

"When you are in doubt, be still, and wait; when doubt no longer exists for you, then go forward with courage.
So long as mists envelop you, be still; be still until the sunlight pours through and dispels the mists as it surely will. Then act with courage."

- Chief White Eagle, Ponca -

IMPORTANT WINTER HOLIDAYS AROUND THE WORLD

November 28th-December 6th - Hanukkah

December 13th - Santa Lucia Day

December 21st - Yuletide

December 23rd - Festivus (had to throw this one in there advocating against holiday consumerism) 

December 25th - Christmas

December 26th - Boxing Day

Kawanzaa - Decmber 26th-January 1st

 

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.  

 

I THOUGHT THIS WAS PRETTY INTERESTING...

This short video explains in an extraordinarily clear way, how COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines Work Cool for kids too though you will need to explain the language a bit. Check it out by clicking the image below.

SHOUT-OUTS AND APPRECIATIONS...

  • Noelle Italiano, for running a beautiful clothes donation program this past week. Such kind hearts all of you have for bringing what you can to support the cause for those in need. MAKING  A DIFFERENCE...
  • Elizabeth, Rusty, Erik, and their garden team, and the rest of their parent volunteers, for rejuvenating that space for our children. Can't say enough about that positive "garden club" energy.
  • Franco, Erin, and the Lucas Valley Home and School Club, for their wonderful staff lunch on Monday! They purchased sandwiches, drinks, and dessert for our team and we were in heaven. THEY WERE REALLY GOOD! LJ's Deli 
  • Liz Boyd, for her delicious cookies she shared with our staff on Friday and for stitching together hats for the clothing drive. WOW, moment - See photo below
  • To all of you, for diligently attending your parent conferences this week and being such great partners this year.
  • The variety of volunteers who have been passing out lunches, covering our yard, helping with the morning loop, and stepping into classrooms recently. There are too many to name here, but you know who you are and we thank you!

NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE POSTERS - Student Leaders

Many thanks to Lilian Ojeda, supporting our DEI work!

TERI AND LIZ BOYD

The legendary turkey cookie display, handcrafted, each one! Look closely! A very cool "vibe" happening here!


WELCOME TO THE LVE TEAM! 

Starting the week after our Thanksgiving return, Liz Rouman (Photo below), our new librarian, will be joining the team! Rochelle will be working Monday-Wednesday while Liz works Thursdays and Fridays. She has a lovely persona and was a former parent here many years ago so is familiar with our teachers, staff, and the campus as a whole.

Appreciation to the many folks who applied for this position. Those decisions are always complicated. Such talented people in our community for sure. 

SPAHR PARENT EVENING AND DEI UPDATES

Many thanks to the SPAHR team, our partners in Corte Madera, for spending an hour with us on Tuesday evening to share knowledge related to LGBTQ including how we can talk with our children. I am including a few slides below that resonated with me...


THE SLIDES ABOVE HAVE ME THINKING...

...how important it is to remain conscious and awake as relates to the complicated lives of our children


PEACE AND IN THE MOMENT

Wonderful focus in this classroom. Appreciate seeing this practice across all classes.

GREAT INTERACTION MOMENT

Creating collaborative opportunities between children is paramount


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. We are holding this event outside as it is highly recommended that any singing take place outdoors. 

Attend our DEI meeting Tuesday, November 30th at 4:00 pm, to contribute your ideas to the event!

ZOOM LINK - Coming!

PREPARING FOR INFORMATIONAL WRITING

Mr. Long modeling the importance of writing with clarity by... brushing his teeth!? You had to be there but it worked. His students realized that their writing needed more detail. Bravo!

MOANA PLAY

San Rafael After Care Play - What a cast!!


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

LIBRARY UPDATE

Attached you will find book suggestions for both our December Life Skill (Social Awareness) and books that celebrate Diverse Celebrations. These books are all in our LVE library.  Enjoy all the fun December has to offer!

Best, 

Mrs. Simurdiak and Mrs. Rouman

Social Awareness and Diverse Celebrations

 

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

THE GARDEN IS LOOKING GREAT!!

Thanks to a wonderful team of parents and students, our garden had a makeover. Very very grateful!!


VACCINATIONS FOR OUR CHILDREN

So excited that we have this available for our children now.

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

COLLABORATION

It is complicated knowing when to lean in and out. It is a muscle that we must practice, more so as we get older I am learning.

The Can Do! Holiday Online Auction is back and bigger than ever with over 270 amazing items and experiences for the entire family!  Have fun shopping while supporting our students and schools.  

 

PLACE YOUR BID

www.biddingforgood.com/cando4schools


Whether you're looking for something unique for yourself, searching for a gift for a special someone, or looking to add a little adventure to your life, you're sure to find something in our auction. Every bid helps support our cause.

Tell Your Friends & Family!
The success of this online auction depends on spreading the word to as many people as possible. Please share the auction on your social media and with friends & family.

*Please note that all items must be picked up at the close of the auction.  Unfortunately, we are unable to ship items to you directly. 

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.

LOGS AND LEARNING

ERICK AND MAX, STUDENT LEADERSHIP

MATTEO AND BRANDON, STUDENT LEADERSHIP


COMMUNITY FLYERS

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

  • Gallinas Valley 2022 Spring Baseball Registration
  • School of Rock Free Trial Lesson

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.

 

LIFESKILLS FOR THE 21' 22 YEAR

2021-2022 Life Skills

THANK YOU CAN DO FOR OUR ART PROGRAM

Your donations are making a difference!!!

INVESTIGATION, INVESTIGATION, INVESTIGATION