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Vallecito News
Posted 4/16/21

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Earth Week Spirit Days Next Week

April 19th to April 23rd

Monday- Wear colors of the rainbow 

“Color our world”


Tuesday- Wear your favorite team shirt

“Join the race to make our Earth a better place”


Wednesday- Wear neon colors

“Be bright and turn out the lights”


Thursday- Wear a hat

“Hats of to Mother Earth”


 Friday- Wear green

“Think green. Go green. Live green” 

  • April 22: LCAP Community Forum (4:00)
  • April 26: Photo Make-Up Day
  • April 29: District Equity Working Group Meeting


What a Wonderful Full Week Back

  • Thank you to our teachers for working their magic in and outside of the classrooms.

Thank you to our support staff for keeping the whole school running.

  • Thank you to our parent volunteers for helping with parking, drop off, and playground supervision 
  • And thank you to our kids for bringing their energy and excitement back to campus! 



2021-2022 Student Calendar

2021-2022 MCSD Student Calendar


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

Continue to follow the recommendations from Public Health and help keep Vallecito open for our kids.


Health and Human Services Travel Guidelines



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





Need an appointment? Marin County Public Health (MCPH) has a limited number of appointments at both its Marin Center and Kerner vaccine locations for people who live or work in Marin County.  Appointments are required.  Please use one of the options below to sign-up.

Marin Center (Marin County Fairgrounds) – San Rafael

Kerner Health & Wellness Campus (Marin Community Clinics / Marin HHS) – San Rafael

Appointments may fill quickly.  If you are unable to book an appointment, please visit MCPH’s primary appointment webpage for other options, or view the “Make a Vaccine Appointment” webpage for a list of all vaccine providers in Marin County and information on how to secure an appointment.

Thank you for your desire to be vaccinated for the health of our community!

This week, in partnership with Ritter Center, Marin County Public Health is prioritizing access to COVID-19 vaccine clinics for Marin City residents (16 years and older) who:

  • Are migratory / agricultural workers;  experiencing homelessness; live in public housing; or have limited English proficiency.
  • Live in the lowest quartile HPI neighborhoods in Marin have the lowest household incomes and the poorest health outcomes in the county.
  • Receive care at one of the county’s Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) [Marin Community Clinics, Ritter Center, Marin City Health and Wellness, Coastal Health Alliance].
  • Participate in the National School Lunch Program or receive CalFresh benefits. 


First Dose COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments at Marin Center (San Rafael) this week.

Make an appointment online at or call 1-833-641-1988, Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


In Celebration of Arab Heritage Month

Thanks to your Can Do! donations and our district art teacher Laura Winter, our students created Hamsas this week in virtual art class.  As a reminder Can Do! PE and Art lessons are posted in your child's Google Classroom. 








It was great to see so many students returning to school this week.  

CAN DO! representatives were at all three campuses to welcome them back. 




Teachers are passing out Can Do! jump ropes this week and Sarah Paoli, PE Instructional Specialist, will be having a jump rope challenge in the next few weeks. 

Get ready to have fun!




SAVE THE DATES - Harmony Art Walk is coming in May!  

Stay tuned for more details regarding this Elementary school “art walk” project that celebrates peace, unity and harmony from around the world.




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!



Do You Have a Refrigerator to Donate?

If so, please contact Ms. Denise in the front office. 


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

Hi everyone,


This year, your student’s resilience has shown through in ways we never could have imagined. 


Thanks to everyone’s efforts inside and outside the classrooms, the Vallecito yearbook will showcase the top moments to remember.  

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



Lisa Michael

Editor of 2020-2021 yearbook 

and Mom to 3rd grader, Samuel


From Our Terra Linda High School Students in the Marin School of Environmental Leadership


Every Drop Counts, Reduce Your Waste 

By: Hannah Hood & Melina Drazien 


Save the Ocean

Water is everywhere. It cleans us, nourishes us, and maintains all life on Earth.  Out of the 71% of the water on Earth, only 2.5% of that is freshwater. With this being said even a smaller percentage of our oceans do not contain plastics or microplastics. Evidence proves that synthetic microfibers and plastics have contributed to 85% of the ocean’s trash. Many problems are arising within our beautiful oceans that we can become overwhelmed and feel hopeless. The population is rapidly increasing, resources are being depleted and the demand and fight for water is rapidly increasing. We must take on the challenge to save our oceans for the greater good of marine life’s existence and also the human population. For centuries humans have taken water for granted and if we don’t take simple actions soon, by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean, and most if not all marine life will perish. 


An Abundance of Plastic 

Plastic. Most people have seen, used, and grown-up knowing what plastic is. It is found in every store, most homes, schools, and in the workplace. In 1869, John Westley Hyatt was the first person to invent this material, originally derived from plants. He was the first to produce plastic, but it was not until 1907 that Leo Baekeland invented Bakelite, a synthetic plastic not derived from natural resources. As a society, we have become dependent on this unrenewable and not decomposable product. 

Plastics have become the number one contaminator of our oceans. Since plastic does not decompose it breaks down into even smaller microplastics which have a damaging effect on marine life but also human health. Miniscule toxins enter our waterways and are consumed by marine life. This eventually circulates back into our bodies when we consume seafood. This has become a global issue spanning from coast to coast and is relevant in every ocean. Plastic has festered into all aspects of daily life, our oceans, and communities all over the world. The fishing industry is also responsible for a majority of this waste. When fisheries use nets, they accidentally break off or get entangled with other species. 


The Air We Breathe 

So why is this important? Over half of the oxygen we breathe comes from marine life such as phytoplankton. Phytoplankton is a photosynthetic organism that converts carbon dioxide and energy from the sun to make food for themselves which releases oxygen for us to breathe! Without these small, yet powerful organisms, every species would not be able to maintain life on Earth. Additionally, each year the ocean sequesters about 25% of the carbon dioxide we produce. The nutrient-rich regions of the oceans store the most carbon dioxide, however, with warming temperatures, most of these plant and animal species are dying off. This causes acidification where the water becomes so warm nothing can survive in the ocean’s environment but instead acidifies and dies. 

Our oceans are crucial for our supply of water and impact many aspects of our lives.  If we do not preserve and regulate the fishing industries these issues will worsen. We can not accept the fact that the ocean and marine life are dying off, we have the resources and power to reverse this damage. 


Your impact 

These devastating problems may sound helpless, however, you can make a huge difference by taking small steps in reducing your water consumption and the amount of plastic used. Imagine if everyone around the world reduced their water consumption by 1 gallon. This small but impactful difference would save billions of gallons per day, which could be shipped to places that don’t have even enough to drink. In addition to this, it’s key to eat sustainably by protecting ocean life and being conscious about where your seafood comes from. If you do your part, maybe one day our world will have enough water for everyone. 

10 Ways to Help our Ocean 

At home 

  • Conserve water: use less water to excess runoff and wastewater will not flow into the ocean

  • Reduce pollutants: choose nontoxic chemical and dispose of all chemicals properly

  • Reduce waste: cut down on what you throw away and try to use reusable products such as containers, water bottles, and glass jar

Around town  

  • Shop wisely: avoid buying plastic-wrapped goods and learn about where your food and products come from. Try shopping at the farmers market or more environmentally conscious markets

  • Reduce vehicle pollution: Carpool, walk, bike

  • Use less energy: use energy-efficient light bulbs, take advantage of natural light, turn off the lights when not using, and unplug devices from outlets. 

On the Water 

  • Fish responsibility: follow “catch and release” practices and keep more fish alive 

  • Practice safe boating: anchor in sandy areas far from coral and seagrasses. Adhere to “no wake” zones.

  • Respect habitat: Healthy habitat and survival go hand in hand. Treat with care

  • Volunteer: volunteer for cleanups at the beach in your community. You can get involved!  

Suicide Prevention Awareness for Parents

One of the most tragic impacts of Covid-19 is the alarming increase of suicidality among kids and teens. Congregation Rodef Sholom invites you to a vital conversation with Tim Lea, Suicide Prevention Outreach Director at Buckelew Programs in Marin County to learn how to recognize the signs that your child—or one of their friends—might be thinking about suicide and what to do about your concerns. Parents will learn how to approach your teen and how to make and implement a safety plan with them. Teens welcome.


Suicide Prevention Awareness for Parents and Teens

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 • 22 Iyar 5781

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Click  HERE to register and receive the ZOOM link.   

For more information please contact:  Congregation Rodef Sholom/(415) 479-3441.



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, April 29, 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



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