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Vallecito News
Posted 4/2/21

Upcoming Events


  • April 5-9: Spring Break
  • April 8: Lunchmaster Orders due by 9:00 am
  • April 12: Extended School Day Begins
  • April 15: Site Council (3:00)
  • April 26: Photo Make-Up Day


Extended Day Schedule


We are looking forward to all students returning for an extended school day on April 12th.  It has been over a year since all our Eagles were on campus at the same time and we have certainly missed them!



Informational Parent Webinar:  click here.

Presentation slides can be found by clicking here.




Is my student in the first stagger or the second? 

In order to reduce the number of people on campus and manage our safety protocols, we will continue with a staggered arrival and dismissal.  The stagger is reduced to 10 minutes so it is very important that the First Arrival families leave promptly after drop off (to make room in the parking lot) and the Second Arrival families do not come early. 


AM Students will Arrive/ Dismiss at the First Stagger Time (8:05-8:15 and 2:00)

PM Students will Arrive/ Dismiss at the Second Stagger Time (8:15-8:25 and 2:10)



How can I avoid the Vallecito traffic crunch?

The new schedule and 10 minute stagger time will ensure that we can continue to bring students safely into school and keep classroom cohorts separate. It is important that we all work together to keep our arrivals and departures smooth. 

  • Look for volunteers on the first day back to help direct traffic.
  • If you use the Drop Off/ Pick Up Lane, look for our volunteers who will pass out Colored Flyers to place on your dashboard identifying if you are a First or Second Arrival.
  • Do not arrive early if your child is in the Second Arrival Time. 
  • Second Arrival cars who come early in the Drop Off/ Pick Up lane will be directed to free the space up by driving around the block until your assigned time.
  • Leave promptly to free up space if you are in the First Arrival Time.
  • Walk and avoid the traffic altogether!

Do I still complete the Crisis Go Health screening every morning?

Yes.  Families will receive the email at 6:00 am every morning and must certify that their child is healthy and symptom-free.  Uncertified students will not be allowed in class. 


Will students eat lunch on campus?

Yes. Students will be eating lunch outside (weather permitting) at six feet of social distance.  As masks will not be worn at this time, we will follow all hand-washing protocols and be encouraging prompt eating before playing.


Will there be a lunch service?

The district is making arrangements to shift our Lunchmaster service from a weekly meal kit to daily delivery at each school site. It will come in a "grab and go" format. If you receive daily meals, you MUST log on and sign up to continue receiving meals.  

  • Families received a flyer announcing the lunch program at the site and instructions for how to sign up for an account.

  • Any student attending school in the Miller Creek School District is eligible for lunch at no cost.

    Please create or update an account at and place your lunch order by Thursday, April 8th by 10 am.

  • Parents who would like help should contact Roxana directly at

  • All meals must be ordered by 10:00 Tuesday of the week before.  

Can parents volunteer again?

Yes. We are in need of regular parent volunteers to help with recess and lunch supervision.  If you are fully vaccinated and can commit to a regular schedule, please call Ms. Denise in the front office. Thank you to the vaccinated parents who have already signed up to help!


Have your cleaning and sanitizing protocols changed?

No.  We will continue with our regular, robust cleaning and sanitizing protocols. Our school has demonstrated to be a safe and healthy place for students and staff.  We intend to keep it up!



Fall Return

In grades K-8, upon the recommendation from Marin Public Health Officers, the District is planning for a fall return to school with our typical 5 day a week, full-day schedule. 


Keeping Our Community Safe and Our School Open

Please do not engage in high-risk behavior over Spring Break (including gatherings of more than three households and out-of-state travel). Public Health still strongly recommends quarantining after any out of state travel.


Health and Human Services Travel Guidelines




Please refer to the Marin County COVID-19. Decision Tree: Tier 3 Orange for more information.  




A HUGE "Thank You" to Lisa and Zach Schwartz and Steve Maggioncalda for their time, organization, and good cheer while hosting not only a successful fundraiser but a wonderful school event.  The students and staff had a blast!



Over the 2-day event, the kids walked/ran/rocked a total of 5712 laps which amounts to 474.1 MILES! We were absolutely floored by the excitement, determination, and sheer abundance of school spirit throughout! A special shoutout goes to TAYLOR WILLIAMS (Ford) for completing the most laps of the entire event, 30!


Each student went home with a sheet detailing the laps they completed, so if you didn't see that, check backpacks! You can transfer that number to your pledge form in order to collect donations that were made per lap. Any donations made through 99pledges will be automatically charged when the fundraiser closes on 4/16. Once you've collected all of your non-online donations, use the envelope that went home with the Rock-A-Thon packet and drop them off with Ms. Denise in the front office. Make sure to label the envelope with the student's full name and teacher. The deadline is 4/16!


Thanks to Paula Ockner and Lindy Burgon for these great PHOTOS - check them out! And big thanks to the volunteers that counted each of those 5712 laps!





Dear Families:


Excitement is brimming as students return full time to schools.  Vallecito and Safe Routes to Schools have one thing in mind  - childrens’ safety!  


An ideal way to keep all children safe is to reduce traffic on the roads, particularly around schools. Please encourage your child(ren) to walk and roll to school if you live one mile or less, bike if less than two miles, and park and walk part way if you live greater than two miles away.  Every bit helps. 


If you must drive, please remember these important safety tips:


  • Allow extra time for travel

  • Go slow and scan for children, especially during morning and afternoon commute times

  • Stay alert - eyes up and focus on the drive; mobile devices can take a back seat to safety


If you wish to review pedestrian and bicycle safety education with your child(ren), here are some short videos.  The content is taught by Safe Routes to Schools Instructors annually.





Visual arts classes are more than extracurricular activities.  They promote positive academic, social and emotional skills, as well as teaching art history. 

Thank you to the 500 district families who have donated so far this year!



Thank you to the 500 district families who have donated so far this year!


2020-21 Family Giving Campaign










Looking for a rewarding volunteer experience?

Can Do! is looking for Can Do! School Ambassadors 

Please contact us at

Click here for more information.








By participating in these Shop 4 Can Do! give back programs, your purchases have raised over $2,500 for Can Do! this school year! 






Learn more at Shop For Can Do! about how your

 everyday shopping can benefit our students.Sign up today!


Enjoy your spring break!





Instructional Assistant Positions 

We are in need of more part time instructional assistants at our elementary schools and would love for you to be a part of our team! Instructional assistants are a key part of the Miller Creek family; they serve our community with educational support, classroom development, and campus collaboration. If you or anyone you know might be interested please do not hesitate to reach out to Lauren Campbell at or 415 492 3702.


Thank You to Kristen Schaefer and our Cub Scout Troop for the Garden Clean Up





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!


Time is Almost Up...Order Your Yearbook Today!

Vallecito Elementary School pride means more now than ever before!

Make sure you reserve your copy of your yearbook today to show your support.

We know this year has been challenging, but this yearbook captures one-of-a-kind memories that your child will want to keep forever.

Reserve your student's copy today at and type in Vallecito for your school's name.


Lisa Michael, yearbook editor

(Mom of 3rd grader, Samuel)



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

* AC Marin Spring Academy



Vallecito Elementary School

50 Nova Albion Way

San Rafael, CA. 94903

Front Office: Denise Tosti

Health Specialist: Kristen Geller

Principal: Elizabeth Foehr