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Vallecito News
Posted 1/29/21

 

Upcoming Events

  • 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 (4:00)
  • Feb 15-19: Mid Winter Recess
  • Feb 25: District Equity Working Group (4:00)
  • Mar 22-23: School Pictures

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!


 

Safety Reminders

  • *Students must walk their scooters and bikes as soon as they enter school grounds.  
  • *No dogs on campus.

Thanks for helping keep our school safe and welcoming to all.


 

How do penguin parents carry their eggs? 

Ask a Vallecito kindergarten student!

 

You can also ask Ms. Denise and Ms. Geller...

But don't ask Ms. Foehr...

I had to take my shoes off to make it work! 

 

 

Join the Conversation

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.


“The new dawn blooms as we free it,

For there is always light,

if only we're brave enough to see it

 If only we're brave enough to be it.” 

                                                                - Amanda Gorman

 

February is Black History Month

This article from Teaching Tolerance shares the history behind Black History Month, an important month to pause and celebrate the incredible contributions from the Black community, since historically their contributions are overlooked, ignored, or distorted. How does the momentum of the Black Lives Matter movement change how schools prepare for Black History Month?  As we prepare to enter Black History Month, our schools have designed opportunities for staff members to lean into this conversation in new and different ways, including highlighting the Black Lives Matter Guiding Principles, providing windows and mirrors for students through literature and little known, yet important historical figures, and discussing how they can impact the world through their actions. Thank you for working together to find authentic, relevant, and current ways to uplift Black excellence during the month of February and every month.


4th Grade "Word Problem Detectives"

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 https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508054CA9AA23A6F58-vallecito2.

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

 

 


5th Grade Writer's Workshop

 

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.


 


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: https://vallecito-valentines.eventbrite.com

 

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

 

 

 


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: https://mlevine.eventbrite.com.

 

Link: Dr. Madeline Levine flyer


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.

Website: https://www.marinequalityineducationproject.org/

 


 

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 dtosti@millercreeksd.org

Health Specialist: Kristen Geller kgeller@millercreeksd.org

Principal: Elizabeth Foehr efoehr@millercreeksd.org