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Vallecito News
Posted 1/22/21

Upcoming Events

  • Jan 25: Marin County Office of Equity Speaker Series with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi (5:00) Register HERE
  • Feb 2: Parent Racial Equity Series (6:00-7:00) Register HERE
  • Feb 3: Home & School Club Meeting (9:15)
  • Feb 4: Site Council
  • Feb 9: School Board Meeting
  • Feb 10: Site DEI Meeting
  • Feb 15-19: Mid Winter Recess
  • Feb 25: District Equity Working Group (4:00)
  • Mar 22-23: School Pictures

Rainbows and Birthday Crowns



Student Assessments

During our Wednesday staff meetings, we frequently ask ourselves the same question... "How are the children?"  The conversation often centers around their social/emotional well-being and strategies for keeping kids engaged over Zoom.  Now that we are back on campus, however, we are talking a lot about in-person assessment measures. In-person diagnostic assessments provide a more complete picture of a student's strengths and needs and directly inform our instruction.   In our primary grades, for example, our teachers are using the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System to identify the instructional and independent reading levels of every child through one-on-one formative and summative assessments.  We look forward to sharing assessments with families in the coming weeks and our plans for making sure we are meeting the needs of all the students in our care. 

Our future leaders highlighting and discussing their favorite lines from Amanda Gorman's Inaugural Poem.

It is So Good to See These Faces Back at Val



Our First Socially Distanced Fire Drill 



Kindergarten and New Student Online Registration is Open for the 2021-2022 School Year

Do you have an incoming kindergarten student? Do you know someone who will be new to Val next year? Online registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now available on the Miller Creek School District website: MCSD Online Registration

Call Ms. Denise in the front office with any questions. 

We look forward to meeting our newest Eagles!

Parent & School Community Racial Equity Series

Miller Creek School District hosted Dr. Watson as she engaged participants in the first of four parent seminars on racial equity. Participants were introduced to four agreements to utilize when talking about race:

  1. Commit to the cause
  2. Tell your truth
  3. Lean in to listen and learn
  4. Don’t dodge the discomfort
  5. Resist requiring resolution

Participants identified barriers that prevent open dialogue about race and viewed Being 12 an important video that amplifies the voices of children as they talk about race. Dr. Watson shared The Intersection, a tool that individuals can use when engaging in conversation about race to understand where oneself is and to recognize how others are entering a conversation.

Participants will read Detour Spotting by Jenna Olson in preparation for our next seminar which will be held via Zoom on February 2, from 6:00-7:30.


Want to join us? Register for the remaining three seminars by clicking here



Marin County Office of Equity Speaker Series

The Marin County Office of Equity is excited to invite you to the first installment of Community at the Table: Leading with Anti-Racism Speaker Series, hosted on Monday, 1/25/2020 from 5:00-6:00 PM. The County of Marin’s first speaker is Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. In 2020, Time magazine named Dr. Kendi one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Join the Marin County Office of Equity Director, Anyania Muse, as she has a one-on-one conversation with Dr. Kendi regarding how to build an anti-racist community as the Marin County Office of Equity continues to be established in the midst of a pandemic and historical waves of social unrest. Together, Anyania Muse and Dr. Kendi will take a critical look at race as a complex social construct, that impacts not only identity but government policies, access to resources, and everyday life. In conversation, Dr. Kendi and Anyania Muse will address the meaning and consequences of institutional, environmental, and systemic racism. This event will also touch on other material authored by Dr. Kendi, such as How to Be an Antiracist. Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and Antiracist Baby, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky. Most recently it has been announced that Dr. Kendi’s books will be adapted into a series of movies that will stream on Netflix in 2021. For more information on this Speaker please visit This event is co-sponsored by the Marin City Community Services District.

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

Register Here!

January 25, 2021

5:00 pm 6:00 pm PST

This event is FREE


A Message to Our Community

Dear MCSD Community,

We’ve seen an increase in graffiti and destruction of property at our schools, mostly at Mary E. Silviera and Miller Creek Middle School, occurring during the evenings and weekends. When out on your evening and weekend walks, please walk through our school campus. Maybe with an increase in foot traffic, individuals will better care for our schools. We have communicated the damage with our local law enforcement, who have increased their patrol of our schools. We have also partnered with a private security company that provides nightly surveillance. Please support our schools by helping to keep our schools safe and cared for. Thank you.

Join Us for an HSC Community Event


Vallecito keeps it glassy for Valentine's Day!
What: A (virtual) evening of glass art and socializing
When: Saturday, Feb. 13th, 8-9 PST (Tickets on sale through February 8th)
Who: Vallecito parents and caregivers
Cost: $30 per person
Sign Up and register: Eventbrite:

Signing up via Eventbrite registers your interest, but your spot is only confirmed upon payment. Payment can be made via Venmo @katieheiselberg or Paypal



Thank You to Our Drop Off/ Pick Up Lane Volunteers

Do You have 15 Minutes to Spare? We need YOUR help!
Each grade will be responsible for Drop Off Lane coverage for 2 consecutive weeks for both AM and PM cohorts, but if you have 15 minutes to spare we will gladly take any and all volunteers at any time! Please sign up to keep our students safe.

 Sign Up Here or visit

Please watch a brief but important video on how to use the Vallecito Drop Off Lane. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP IN KEEPING VALLECITO SAFE!

When Is Your Grade Level on Drop Off Duty?

link to the Google Doc with grade assignment dates


Miller Creek School District Zoom Budget Workshop #1


Want to know more about our district budget?


Join us for a general update on the district finances and

an initial look at the Governor's budget proposal for the

2021-22 school year.


Thursday, January 28th

from 3:30-5:00pm


Please click this LINK to join

Passcode: 545830 


Or join by phone: Dial: US: +1 669 900 6833

Webinar ID: 874 0633 5374 

Passcode: 545830


This webinar will be recorded and posted to the District’s LCAP webpage.


Quarantine Protocols

Thank you to all the MCSD families that continue to follow the local health orders. Click here to view the current Decision Tree which was created by Public Health and that our district is using to make decisions about actions related to COVID exposures. Please note, the Decision Tree says "Anyone who has engaged in a high-risk activity (e.g., any mixing of households, non-essential travel) should monitor for symptoms for 14 days; if any symptoms develop, they should self-isolate immediately. They should quarantine for 10 days after engaging in a high-risk activity. Quarantine may be discontinued after 7 days if they test negative on Day 5 or later and remain asymptomatic." Please continue to avoid high-risk activities so that we can keep all kids in school. 


Decision Tree

Updated SSSPP 1.15.21


A Message From Our Yearbook Editor

Thank you for uploading your student's photos to the Yearbook Snap App.  For those who want to add more photos or for those who haven't added any photos yet, please do so... I want to make sure your kiddo is represented in our yearbook.

The deadline for adding photos into the yearbook is Friday, February 26, 2021.


Recycling for Val


Vallecito parent, Sarah Richardson, is organizing the Vallecito Recycling Program outside of her home.  If you would like to participate, please bring your recyclable cans and plastic (lids off) to: 

19 Regina Way

between Feb. 1-Feb 8th

  • Cans and plastic (lids off)
  • Separate items: 1+ bag aluminum cans, 1+ bag plastic.
  • Leave the bags on the side of the driveway near the playhouse. Thanks!


Family Biking Live!

Want to share the joy and confidence of cycling with your kids?

Students, parents and guardians  are invited to learn bike riding skills together at an INTERACTIVE, live webinar on Thursday, January 28, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.  

This free zoom workshop will help prepare students ages 7 through 11 for road riding, giving parents tips for how to ride with their youth. Families will learn bike and helmet fit, navigating the road legally and responsibly, and how to build confident, safe cyclists based on age appropriate development.  

Sign up here..  Once you sign up, we’ll send you the zoom link.  We look forward to seeing you.  Questions?  Please contact

Dr. Madeline Levine

Author of  Ready or Not

We invite you to join us for a virtual conversation with Dr. Madeline Levine, psychologist with over 35 years of experience as a clinician, consultant, educator and author.


Dr. Levine will be discussing her book and New York Times bestseller, The Price of Privilege, which explores the reasons why teenagers are experiencing epidemic rates of emotional problems. Her current book, Ready or Not, focuses on how to best prepare our children and ourselves for an uncertain and rapidly changing world. Dr. Levine will include strategies and practices on how we can support our students during these unprecedented times.


We hope you can join us for one of the offered dates: January 26 or February 23, 2021 from 5:00 to 6:30PM.


Registration Link:


Link: Dr. Madeline Levine flyer



San Rafael Safe Routes Task Force
Tuesday January 26 5:00 pm.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 846 2545 7373
Passcode: 362282
Or call: 669-900-6833


Please attend this important meeting of the San  Rafael Safe Routes to Schools Task Force  Tuesday, January 26 at 5 pm via zoom.   At this meeting we will get an update on school re-opening and get updated reports on the Third St project including the 2nd street pathway, recommendations for Vallecito and Laurel Del.  We will also continue discussions about the outlying areas of Venetial Valley and resume work on the Coleman map.  T



Free Tutoring Services

The Marin Equality in Education Program (MEEP) is providing free tutoring to families in need via high school students who are looking for community service. We are still looking to expand our network of students/families receiving free, virtual tutoring. The link to the website to sign up is below and you can also call (628)-226-8757 and leave a voicemail with your information.




Community Flyers


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

Community Resources page on the Miller Creek School District website. New flyers this week:

* AC Marin Winter Soccer Academy

* Marin Girls Chorus Online Classes


Vallecito Elementary School

50 Nova Albion Way

San Rafael, CA. 94903

Front Office: Denise Tosti

Health Specialist: Kristen Geller

Principal: Elizabeth Foehr