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"The Pride" Community Letter, May 23rd, 2022
Posted 5/20/22

❤️Quentin Hicks, Front row seat here, Principal of the Day for Lucas Valley! Super fun dude to have running the show!❤️


CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK

Monday, May 23rd 

*3rd-5th Grade State Math testing begins

*Puberty Talk Lessons - 5th grade begins

*Lunch Photo Club, grades 2-5

❤️Willodeen Book Talk, LVE, 6:00 pm-7:00 pm, MPR (see below)❤️

 

Tuesday, May 24th

*3rd-5th Grade State Math testing continues

*Puberty Talk Lessons - 5th grade continues

*Consistent Achievers Award (See Below)

*Lunch Lego Club, grades 1-5

*Middle School Band Concert, 7:00-8:00

 

Wednesday, May 25th

*3rd-5th Grade State Math testing continues

*Puberty Talk Lessons - 5th grade 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 26th

*3rd-5th Grade State Math testing continues

*Puberty Talk Lessons - 5th grade continues

*Lunch Garden Club, grades 1-5

*Lego lunch Club, Kindergarten

*Middle School Orchestra, 7:00-8:00

 

Friday, May 27th

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

*Puberty Talk Lessons - 5th grade concludes

🔥Nadine is one of our many Lego Challenge winners this year. This was her prize and it made my day when this photo was sent back. Many, Many thanks to Maura and Nalani, parent leaders of this club for making this happen and bringing such joy to our children!🔥

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

 

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
 

COMING UP THROUGH OUR HOME AND SCHOOL CLUB!

FIELD DAY IS GONNA BE A HOOT - 6/3

Our Home and School Club and PE Leader, Alex Wahl, are working together to come up with a fun plan for our 9:30-12:00 Field Day! There will be lots of activities coordinated by the team and will include free popsicles and snacks for the kids. It all starts at 9:30 am on the field. Stay tuned for more info as we get closer but know that we will need volunteers. If you are a 5th-grade parent, it is probably super important to swing in and support as this is your child's last year as a Lucas valley Lion. Look for that signup opportunity through our home and School Club!

"Teamwork is Dreamwork" - Franco Ruggeri, LVHS President

 

END OF YEAR PARTIES TEACHERS AND GIFTS

End-of-year parties are currently in the planning stages by room parents and teachers and will be communicated to all parents later this week. Some classes are doing independent parties while some are joining their same grade level classes for a joint group party. All parties will take place the week of June 6th with varying times/locations. 

We’ll also be collecting monetary donations, should you choose to participate, for end-of-year teacher and teacher aid gifts which will be distributed to each respective teacher at their end-of-year party. In the email, we’ll be including sign-ups for help with the parties, and/or to bring specific activities or food items.

Please sign-up if you are able, as these parties do require some parent participation and involvement. Look forward to celebrating a wonderful school year! - Lucas Valley Home and School Team!

MASKING UPDATES - Important!

Covid cases continue to be active at LVE with another four on Friday, May 20th. I am in thought about the impact this will have on potential upcoming activities such as 5th-grade graduation and classroom activities and events that close out the year. Since March school sites have had the authority to require masks in response to outbreak conditions. 

M.C.P.H. recommends that schools temporarily require masks in all exposed classrooms, in grades with multiple classroom outbreaks, or school-wide in the event of outbreaks in multiple grades, for a period of at least 10 days.

I want you to know that I am leaning very hard towards that last "schoolwide mask mandate" to reduce the possibility of transmitting the virus. I appreciate that we remain aligned in our efforts to keep our school safely open for our students and ask that you support our staff and students in the following ways:

  • Highly recommend wearing a mask when inside on campus. Masks are required for school community events that are indoors and have more than 50 people present.
  • Continue to watch your child for symptoms and keep sick students home. Contact the front office with questions.

I may make the decision over the weekend, to mandate mask wearing for 10 days and will let you know in a separate email if I head there. Again, this is to reduce transmission. I also encourage folks to practice mask-wearing in dense public settings, especially for 5th-grade students who could miss their graduation due to the non-negotiable 5-day quarantine period. Thank you for your continued support!

Below are the links for a Covid update from the Department of Health and Human Services. 

ENGLISH

SPANISH

JEWISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH - POSTER EVENT!!!

This month we continue to celebrate Jewish American Heritage and you can get involved by creating a poster of a notable Jewish American figure to be featured in a classroom or around the campus. We will provide you with an envelope with everything you need! All you will need at home are scissors, glue, and your creativity. Once you sign up, you will be contacted to make arrangements for picking up your poster kit.  See link below!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0F4EACA729A3FF2-jewish

 

STUDENT PHOTO CLUB LINKS

Another 2 weeks of stellar student photos on our campus trained and supported by our two superstar parents, Hilary and Cristen!

  • Here are the photos from week 4!
  • Here are the photos from week 5 of photo club! This week we did something a little different - the kids were given the task of capturing action shots! I thought this would be a fun way to mix it up and see if they could utilize the other skills we've been learning while trying to capture people and things in motion. They did a great job, especially considering the limitations of point-and-shoot cameras. They caught some cool photos, for sure!

MEMORY BOOK EXTENSION DATE FOR LVE!

Please take a moment and click the link below to order!

www.treering.com/validate - Enter our school’s passcode: 1014431272952631

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION BREAKFAST - June 3rd!

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.

 

🦁CONSISTENT ACHIEVERS AWARD!

Once again, we pause to congratulate two stellar students who continue to work hard, overcome challenges in their path, and let nothing prevent them from reaching the goals they set for themselves. Congratulations to our 2022-2023 5th graders, David Santos and Ruby Christenson! We will be celebrating their accomplishments at Big Rock Cafe on May 24th, 11:00-12:30 pm. 

 

COLOMA FOR OUR 4TH AND 5TH GRADERS!

How great that was for our upper graders to attend the foothills for the day! I am so impressed with the fortitude of the team, teachers, families, and students. Collaborative effort to say the least. Here are a few photos to wet the palate. The first one below with Brando and Henry is pretty close to one of my favorites this year. Joy and friendship in the great outdoors! 

TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN QUESTION

For those who have not contacted us but are considering T.K. for the 2022-2023 school year, MES will be the school where LVE families will be attending beginning in August. Note that the following year, in Kindergarten, as long as you remain within our Lucas Valley boundary, you will be able to return back to your home school❤️For more information, please feel free to contact me at the front office.

 

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.

 

STATE MATH TESTING BEGINS MONDAY

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

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

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...

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!

FINAL FGC Logo .jpeg    

Thank you to the 721 families and community members that have donated to our Family Giving Campaign. 

 

57% 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. 

 

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

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

  • Community Swim Lessons are now available with Terra Linda orcas. You can Register here: www.tlorca.org
  • BandWorks Summer Camp 2022

WHAT A WONDERFUL DEI LEAD HERITAGE EVENT!

Thank you all for coming out to Lucas Valley last weekend and witnessing a great afternoon of smiles, happiness, and learning! Many thanks to Lilian Ojeda, our Diversity Team lead at Lucas Valley, and her colleagues at the other Miller Creek Schools, for  

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

 

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 

❤️Teachers use a variety of strategies to prepare students for the state test. Here, Mrs. DeGuia steps into a little mindfulness and perspective to keep students in that positive space.❤️

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

 

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

 

Click HERE for a full class listing and registration details. 

 

STEALTH CAMERA IN ACTION!

Alex Stadtner and his stealth team, capturing photos from a stealth Cam to see what our night population looks like down by the creek. Sweetness to them!!!