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"The Pride" Community Letter, May 16th, 2022
Posted 5/13/22

💖The ART SHOW ROCKED! One of our best thus far in terms of such a variation of art pieces. Thank you Can Do and special love and recognition to our wonderful art teacher, Paula Ockner! She is such a treasure for our school and loves our children and our culture!


CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK

SUNDAY, MAY 15th

*Canyon Willodeen Walk, 10:00-1:00, Valley Stone Trailhead (See below slide for more information!

*Lion Dance, Lucas Valley Blacktop, 2-4 pm, Marin Chinese Cultural Association, and Taiko Drums, Sonoma County Taiko AND Hawaiian Dancers!

 

Monday, May 16th 

*Last Day to order a yearbook (See below)

*Coordinating Council, 9:00-10:30

*3rd-5th Grade State ELA testing begins

*Lunch Photo Club, grades 2-5

 

Tuesday, May 17th

*3rd-5th Grade State ELA testing continues

*Lunch Lego Club, grades 1-5

*Final Site Council Meeting, 3:00-4:00, Library

*Final DEI Meeting, 4:00-5:00 - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4152607197

 

Wednesday, May 18th

*3rd-5th Grade State ELA testing continues

*Lego Lunch Club, Grades 1-5

*Joni D. working her Social/Emotional magic with all K-1 students every Wednesday, Musical Moments!

 

Thursday, May 19th

*3rd-5th Grade State ELA testing continues

❤️4th and 5th-grade students head to Coloma!

*Lunch Garden Club, grades 1-5

*Lego lunch Club, Kindergarten

 

Friday, May 20th

*Last day for 3rd-5th grade Grade ELA testing

The Annual Wax Museum - "Oliver" Juan Bautista De Anza! Quite the old guy and apparently...alive and well at LVE🦁

 

REALY IMPORTANT DATES TO GUIDE YOU THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF THE YEAR! PLEASE REVIEW AND DROP THEM INTO YOUR CALENDAR!

 

May 23-27 - 3rd-5th State Math Testing, "Puberty Talk" 5th grade

May 23 - Willodeen, K-5 family evening, LVE, MPR, 6-7 pm

May 30 - Memorial Day, No School

June 3 - Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast (8:30-9:15) and Field Day - 9:30-12:00

June 9 - Last Day, 5th Grade Graduation in the field (11:00-12:00), Report cards out, early release 1:50 pm

August 18 - Start of the 2022-2023 school year


TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN QUESTION

I know many of you are waiting for word on where TK will be held this year. I appreciate the reaching out and to make this easier just know that we are still working on those numbers at the district level and know that it is a complicated enrollment puzzle. Thank you for your patience with this. You will hear back very soon🦁

 

APPLAUSE IS IN ORDER FOR OUR CAN DO TEAM!

As we march down this final stretch run here, I wanted to share my profound appreciation and respect for our Miller Creek District Can-Do Team Board of Directors for their incredible work this year. Through this challenging period in our time together, they have stayed true to their mission of...

 

"...partnering with families, teachers, and local businesses to fill state funding gaps and providing financial resources to offer an enriched, well-rounded education for all students in the Miller Creek School District. Supporting Every Student Every Day!"

 

This takes a tremendous level of coordination, collaboration, and creative thought to ensure that all students are served under their umbrella. Your Family Giving Campaign contributions have been outstanding this year and it is not to late to those of you have forgotten to donate. We deeply appreciate and love the following folks and services provided at our site:

  • Our PE teacher, Alex Wahl
  • Our K-2 Music teacher, Cindi Ewert
  • Our Art Specialist, Paula Ockner
  • Our Lunch clubs
  • Our Garden Team, Elizabeth Etienne
  • Our Counselor, Katrina Villena
  • Our Technology support

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS TESTING BEGINS

For our 3rd-5th grade families, the second state test begins on Monday. This portion of the test will run this week followed by Math on the week of May 23rd. Know that your children are in great hands with the following ongoing supports:

  • Your child's classroom teacher who is well versed in administering this test and in creating calm and relaxing testing conditions.
  • Our intervention lead, Julie McKeon, who will be available throughout the testing process providing onsite live support
  • Our District Instructional lead, Kelly Glossop, who continues to provide tips, guidance, reminders, and schedules for our teaching teams
  • Technology leads, Jack Nguyen and Carlos Pedraza. who have provided the machines and support to make this all work

SUMMER CREST SUMMER PROGRAM IS OPEN NOW!

The SummerCrest summer camp is alive and well and will once again be operational over the summer at Lucas Valley! We will utilize several rooms in June and part of July. The organization is a Can-DO partner and a great neighbor! For more information, please do check their website www.summercrest.org for more information.  The director tells me there is still availability for some grade levels in the program. See the screenshot of the flyer below...

PARENT APPRECIATION ABOUT THE ART SHOW I LOVED!

"I just wanted to write a note to share how wonderful the artwork was! I have loved all the teachers in the past, but this one I can tell is above and beyond! She has truly elevated the art education at the school, it was really impressive, heartwarming, and inspirational to see! I only wish my kids were a little younger so they would have more years of lessons with her! Please pass on my sincere thanks and feedback. Art is one of the most important subjects in school and too overlooked these days (in my opinion!). Kuddos to hiring one of the best in class!" - LVE parent

A little note from our wonderful Art Teacher, Paula Ockner

"Wow !!!!! THANK YOU LVE - What a truly marvelous evening for our Art Show last night - opening the doors last night to the MPR room was just amazing with all the kids and families coming in. It was such a happy environment and full of LVE Community love and spirit. Thank you all for coming.

I am so proud of all the children and the wonderful artworks that they have produced throughout the year. They continue to amaze me each and every day with all of their creative styles. This year I found it to be especially important given the weird wild and wacky past few years we’ve had. My goal was to make sure the kids were able to experience a variety of projects, techniques, and artists, both local and globally, to help enhance their self-esteem and build their confidence. I want to thank your lovely children for the giggles, laughter, and oops-a-daisies we have shared together. I'm looking forward to another great year ahead.

Throughout the year they have been inspired by a variety of Artists and approaches and enjoyed many techniques. Jasper Johns, Gustav Klimt, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Yayoi Kusama, Tyree Guyton, Jim Dine, Andy Warhol – and more!! We have had so much fun exploring, designing, and creating in the Art Room.  SO much Art coming home in the next few weeks -

Special thanks go to Mr.Anderson, Mrs.Naughton, and the 5th Grade crew, Erika Gendreau, Mrs.Hamberlin, and Danielle Borenstein – so appreciate your help!"

- Paula Ockner

🔥NOT TO MISS!!!!🔥

FROM YOUR LUCAS VALLEY DEI LEADERS

MAY 15TH EVENT, 2-4 PM

LUCAS VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

LION DANCE!!

Anderson, Lily (Can Do Gold Winner), and Hole-in-one partner, Meryl, locking in for some golf! Thank you Can Do as we had a great time with Slurpees, sun, golf, and lots of laughter. Pretty sure they will never let me forget the 13 shots it took me on one hole. As Meryl shared, "Mr. Anderson you're doing great. A hole in 13 is better than a hole in 20?"  Nice coaching!

WILLODEEN CONTINUES TO FLOURISH

This Sunday, May 15th, the day of the Chinese Lion Dance and Taiko Drums and Hawaiian Dancers at Lucas Valley, we also have a Canyon Walk running from 10:00-1:00. See the above slide for more information!

CAN DO! WANTS YOU! 

 

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CAN DO! WANTS YOU! 

Looking for a rewarding and fun volunteer opportunity? Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at Can Do!? We are now recruiting new board members for the 2022-23 school year. Contact us at info@cando4schools.org to find out more. 

 

FEEL THE POWER OF COMMUNITY 

& DONATE TODAY

 

 HELP US RAISE ANOTHER $90K 

BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR! 

WE HAVE NOT REACHED OUR GOAL

Please donate today!

      

 

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Thank you to the 718 families and community members that have donated to our Family Giving Campaign. 

 

56% of district families have donated. We would love for every family to feel the power of community when you invest in your student and ALL students of the Miller Creek School District by donating to Can Do! 

 

Our suggested ask is $600, but any amount is welcomed and truly makes a difference. 

 

 Please donate today!

      

 

MAY LIFE SKILL AND HERITAGE MONTH - Your LVE DEI continues our goals of providing resources and education for students, teachers, Principals, and staff! Thank you!!

For the month of May, we will be focusing on Asian American Pacific Islanders and Jewish Heritage all month long as well as bringing much-needed attention to Mental Health Support. Here is a thoughtful Slide Show from our last DEI Meeting highlighting this upcoming month! Slides are filled with activities to celebrate with your families. Check them out! Also on Sunday, May 15th, we have booked Lion Dancers, Korean Drummers, and lots of yummy food! join us!!!

Jewish Heritage Information:

*Jewish Heritage Month Celebration

*Exhibitions and Collections

*Helping your children understand

*Fighting hate for good

Asian American Pacific Islanders:

*HBO Max Launch - Voices Collection

*STOP AAPI Hate

*Asian Pacific Heritage Exhibitions and Collections

*Books, Movies, and creative ideas with children

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION BREAKFAST

On June 3rd, 8:30-9:00 am, our staff would like to share a little appreciation for all of our parent volunteers over the course of this year. So many of you have been aching to get into classrooms and many of you actually did!! Some have shown great support through programs like Home and School, DEI, class parent leaders, Yearbook, Site Council, Field Trips, AM/PM drop off, chickens, support at lunch, lego, garden, photo clubs, and so much more.

 

There is no end to the appreciation we have for all of you. Our staff will be providing a variety of breakfast treats for all of you. We would love to do something a little bigger but are trying, where we can, to tone down large gatherings as we see the new variant ramping up (see below for the latest). Details of where to go are coming.

MORE YOUTH TRUTH FAMILY SURVEY RESULTS...

I will be sharing shots of your feedback in each of the letters moving forward so you have an idea of what we are seeing and reacting to. I will share graphs and quotes from your written feedback. Your thoughts are deeply valued and will help us move forward into next year. Thank you for your partnership!

 

Quotes From Our Lion Community

❤️"SEL support has been strong for our child’s education. When seeking additional speech or reading support in the past it was very beneficial. Student counseling was very strong."

 

❤️"Kinder is a special place and to have teachers who deeply care about your child’s experience and how they adapt to the school environment for ongoing years is an amazing ability for teachers to have. I feel the teachers are fully approachable and communicate on how they can make the best for each child."

 

❤️"I’m sure there are a lot of support services and programs available but the communication around what is available could be increased."

 

❤️"More resources are needed for after-school programs for kids who need extra help with improving their academic goals. Especially now that a lot of kids have fallen behind due to the pandemic."

 

❤️"I am very proud of our school.  The staff tries very hard to create an inclusive environment that is filled with joy and strength.  I have seen firsthand how conflict is dealt with at school so that everyone feels both physically and emotionally safe."

 

❤️"Since LVE is zoned for single-family homes, I believe the economic and racial diversity of the school is lacking."

 

❤️"More integration of art and music in the classroom, more opportunities for kids to learn languages (especially Spanish), less teaching to the test, on-site full-time counselor (instead of one person spread between many schools), more resources for English Language learners" 

 

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

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

  • Summer Crest 2022
  • BandWorks Summer Camp 2022

2022-2023 REGISTRATION, INCLUDING TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN, IS NOW OPEN. PASS THE WORD!

Registration packets are currently available in the front office.  

  • Transitional Kindergarten enrollment will be open to students who will be five years old between September 2, 2022, and February 2, 2023.
  • Kindergarten enrollment: Open to students who will be five years old on/or before September 1st.  
  • First-grade enrollment: Open to students who will be six years old on/before September 1st. 

Everything you need to know about the three steps for online- registration can be found here.

 

MILLER CREEK DISTRICT 2022-2023 CALENDAR

Click HERE for the MCSD district calendar for next year!

 

OTHER SUPPORT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE

If you are interested in helping in these other spaces, we could use you! Sign up below, and provide vaccination and booster verification

Vaccinated Volunteer Club

Volunteer

Lunchtime Recess Volunteer

Loop Duty

LVE Garden Club 

UPDATED COVID GUIDANCE

Bay Area Health Officers Urge Public to Take Precautions as COVID-19 Levels Rise 

 This statement has been endorsed by health officers from the counties of Marin, Alameda, Contra Costa, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Sonoma as well as the City of Berkeley. 

 

Twelve Bay Area health officers are emphasizing the importance of taking safety precautions, including continued masking indoors, as the region experiences a new swell of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. 

 

The Bay Area now has California’s highest COVID-19 infection rates, fueled by highly contagious Omicron subvariants. Bay Area counties are seeing increases in reported cases, levels of virus in wastewater, and hospitalizations. Actual case rates are higher than those reported because of widespread use of home tests. 

 

The health officers reiterate their continued, strong support for people to mask up indoors, keep tests handy, and ensure they are up to date on vaccinations by getting boosters when eligible. 

 

"As cases rise around us, it’s important to understand that more people around you are likely infected or have been exposed,” said Marin County Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis. “Masks are an easy tool you can use to protect yourself and lower your risk of infection.” 

 

The grim milestone of 1 million deaths from COVID-19[External] in the United States, reached earlier this week, underscores the need for continued vigilance against the virus. 

 

Continue reading the full news release 

 

Lea el comunicado de prensa en español 

COVID-19 Surge in Marin Fueled by BA.2 Variant 

Marin County is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases fueled by the highly contagious Omicron BA.2 variant. Since the first week of April, when BA.2 became the dominant strain in Marin, case rates have tripled. As with prior surges, this has led to outbreaks in schools, long term care facilities and correctional institutions. Virus levels in wastewater confirm COVID-19 activity is increasing across the county. 

  

Marin County Public Health attributes the current surge to two main factors—the characteristics of the newly emerging Omicron variants and the behavior of the community. 

  

“Each variant is different,” said Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County Public Health Officer. “We’re learning in real time about this new strain, and what it does and doesn’t do. It’s very good at infecting people, including those who are vaccinated. But it’s not sending vaccinated people to the hospital.” 

 

Continue reading the full news release

 

Due to a new, more contagious subvariant (BA.2) Marin County is now experiencing a second Omicron wave. Community transmission rates in Marin are now classified as high (defined as a rate > 200 cases per 100,000 residents per week.) This
increases the likelihood that in any given indoor gathering, including school settings, others may be infected. Fortunately, high rates of vaccination continue to protect our community from severe disease and hospitalizations.
According to the CDC, Marin’s COVID-19 Community Level is medium. The Community Level considers both COVID transmission rates and impact on hospitals. For communities in the medium level, the CDC and Marin County Public Health recommend taking additional personal protective measures:

  • Take a same-day antigen test prior to attending a gathering or large event. If you test positive, stay home and isolate.
  • Get tested if you have symptoms. Due to potential false negative tests when testing early, symptomatic individuals with an initial negative home antigen test result should test again 2 days later or confirm with a molecular test (e.g. PCR).
  • Follow Marin County Public Health Isolation and Quarantine Guidance.
  • If you are at high risk for severe illness, you should wear a mask indoors and take other precautions. Marin County Public Health recommends wearing a mask at schools indoors when community transmission is high.
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines. If you are 60 or older and/or at high risk for severe illness, consider a second booster.

Due to high case rates and increased participation in events and gatherings, parents and guardians should recognize that school attendance may represent a COVID-19 exposure and monitor for COVID-19 symptoms daily. Students should stay home from school if they are symptomatic and test for COVID (including allergy symptoms, e.g., watery eyes, runny nose, or itchy throat).

 

Visit https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/schools for more information, including Marin County Schools SMARTER Plan and MCPH Guidance for School End-of-YearActivities (English | Spanish).
Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership to keep schools open and to create safer environments where students can thrive.

 

Helpful Links:

Find a vaccine/booster appointment: Vaccine Finder | Marin County Coronavirus Information

Free Testing Sites (under Community Sites): COVID-19 Testing | Marin County Coronavirus Information

CDPH Safe Schools for All Hub: https://schools.covid19.ca.gov/

CDPH Parent information page: https://schools.covid19.ca.gov/pages/parent-page

CDC Data Tracker (metric used by MCPH to determine current mask recommendations)

COVID-19 treatment information:  https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/TestToTreat.

SCHOOL CONTACT INFORMATION Information for Reporting Health Issues

School Phone: 415-492-3730

Susie Urquhart (Health Specialist)

Email: surquhart@millercreeksd.org

Teri Edell (Secretary)

Email: tedell@millercreeksd.org

 

THE YEARBOOK IS HERE! ORDER WHILE IT IS HOT!

Check out the attachment for links but the screenshot included below explains it all. Go to www.treering.com/validate. Enter your school’s passcode: 1014431272952631

 

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.
  • Try not to send products with peanuts/tree nuts for snacks or class gathering

LEGO LUNCH CLUB WINNERS FROM LAST WEEK

They can each come to the front office on Monday morning and grab their lego box gift!  Very, very creative peeps we got here!

Roman and his Tie Fighter

Talia and Boba Fett Helmet

Nadine and her Light Saber

 

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