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Vallecito News
Posted 4/23/21

Upcoming Events


April 26: Photo Makeup Day

April 26 - May 7: ELPAC Testing

April 28: Middle School Parent Orientation (5:30) Zoom link here.

April 30: Can Do! Art Project: Wish Tree Hearts Due 

May 4: 5th Grade Family Life Parent Night (6:00) via Zoom

May 6: Site Council (3:00)

May 10-14: Grades 3-5 STAR ELA Testing Window

May 17-21: Grades 2-5 STAR Math Testing Window

May 20: Site Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Meeting 

May 31: Memorial Day Holiday

June 10: 5th Grade Promotion (10:00)

June 10: Last Day of School (Early Dismissal: 1:20/ 1:30)


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!

Send Chromebooks and Ipads Back to School

Now that we are back to an extended school day, we are requiring that school technology devices be returned for inventory and to support upcoming testing. They need to be brought back to school, with the chargers, according to the following schedule:


April 26: 5th

April 27: 4th

April 28: 3rd

April 29: 2nd

April 30: 1st

May 3: K Ipads


If your family needs to check out a loaner device to access PE and Art asynchronous lessons for the month of May, please contact the front office to make arrangements. 



ELA/ Math Testing Windows


Assessment informs instruction and our testing windows open next week.  Please support our efforts by scheduling appointments outside of the school day and bring your child to school on time and well-rested. 

April 26 - May 7 English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)


May 10-14: Grades 3-5 STAR ELA Testing Window


May 17-21: Grades 2-5 STAR Math Testing Window


First Drafts from This Morning's Lesson


Vallecito Beautification Project

Every Face Has a Place at Vallecito

To commemorate the past year and to celebrate our WONDERFUL Vallecito community, the HSC is sponsoring a school beautification project that will be permanently installed on campus.  VAL's very own, Mr. Newman, will be leading a Zoom art class where students will create a self-portrait that will be painted on a 4x4 tile. This campus beautification project is to show our VAL unity and that each face has a place!


  • Part 1April 23, 2021 at 8:45am:  Each class will join Mr. Newman via Zoom from their classroom.  He will lead the students in drawing a draft self-portrait on a 4x4 square piece of paper, which will be provided to the class
  • Part 2: The Week of April 26: Each student will paint their own self-portrait on a tile with their classroom teacher. 

Tiles will be installed on the concrete retaining walls near the lunch area on campus- courtesy of Monarch Gardens, a neighborhood landscape company, and will be weather-sealed for protection.

A special "Thank You" to Arlene Agbunag and Mr. Newman for coordinating this project. 



We are ecstatic to report that the ROCK-A-THON raised $44.8K for Vallecito! 

Congratulations to Patrick Hennessy in Ms. Levinson's class for gathering the most donations, a whopping $1,200.


Big ups to Mrs. Schulman's 1st grade class for bringing in the most of any class, $4,405.


Costume prizes are going to: Jonas Deering, Conor Esler, Mary DeVost, Ryan Tosti, Charlie and Bubba James Miller, Dylan Wong, Izzy Alborg, Dylan Jaeger, and Alec Dignon-Neville


We will be in touch directly with winners to arrange the prize distribution.

Thank you so much for all your support! 

Can Do! Art with Laura Winters

Wish Tree Heart Project


  • What is your child's wish for themselves, our community, or the world?
  • Project posted on Monday, April 26th in Laura Winters' Google Classroom 
  • Students will paint a wooden heart with their individual wish
  • Students complete the project at home after watching her art lesson online and return them to school


Happy Earth Day 2021


Celebrate Mother Earth by visiting our Can Do!-funded Gardens at each school site and experiencing nature through art in this marvelous art lesson by Laura Winters!


2021-22 Family Giving Campaign is open now!


In preparation of a more traditional school experience in the fall, Can Do! is accepting donations for the 2021-22 Family Giving Campaign now!


Now is the time to look towards the future and start preparing for a new school year that will hopefully look more familiar to us all.  


While the specifics of the Can Do!-funded programs are still being planned, we do know the intention of the District is to bring back as many programs and activities as possible.  Elementary programs like:

  • K-2nd Grade Music & Movement Specialist and Supplies @ each site

  • Elementary Physical Education Specialist and Supplies @ each site

  • Elementary Art Specialist and Supplies @ each site

  • K-5th Grade Social Emotional Support

  • Technology

  • Environmental Sciences via site gardens

In order to fully restore these programs, we need to start raising money today.

Please consider donating early!


Click here to donate online or here to print out a 2021-22 remit


Top 5 Reasons to Give Early:

  1. Donate in May and spread your 2021-22 payments out over 14 months.

  2. Be first to get your 2021-22 Can Do! car magnet.

  3. Donate the full ask amount ($600 per student) by June 30th to get a free calendar highlighting elementary students’ artwork and pre-populated district dates.

  4. Your early commitment to Can Do! helps secure funding to fully restore programming for all students next year.

  5. Be a part of the community that values excellence and equity in education.


Did you get your jump rope last week?

Check out Coach Paoli’s classroom video for jumping tips!





Looking for a rewarding volunteer experience?

Can Do! is looking for Can Do! Ambassadors at each site.

Please contact us at or click here for more information. 




A Note from Our Health Specialist



Allergy season is upon us and it is expected to be an above-average pollen count this year. If your student has seasonal allergies, please do the following:


1) make sure "seasonal allergies" is listed in their medical history in AERIES.

2) check with your doctor to find out if your student should be taking medication for allergy symptoms and/or should be taking different medications this year for allergy symptoms.

3) if your student is on a daily regime for seasonal allergies, be sure to stick to it.

4) if your student needs to bring any type of medication to school, even over the counter eye drops, for example, you must have your doctor fill out an Authorization to Administer Medication form and it must be kept in the office unless your doctor gives your student authorization to carry and self-administer the medication on the form. You can request this form from our Health Specialist, Kristen Geller, at


Thank you for your partnership!



Kristen Geller



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.  

A Message from Miller Creek Middle School to Our Fifth Grade Families


Dear 5th Grade Families, 


Welcome to the Panther family. As you soak up these last months of elementary school, we wanted to say hello and to share a bit about what you can expect during the months ahead. I imagine your mind is starting to wonder what the middle school experience will feel like for your child. Middle school is an exciting time filled with learning, social and emotional growth and yes, change. The child that you send to us in 6th grade will be VERY different from the Panther who graduates in 8th grade. It’s thrilling to watch your child grow and develop. Hold on tight, the middle school years fly by fast!


Save the date: On April 28th at 5:30 pm, we will host a Parent Orientation via Zoom. You can find the Zoom link here. This is a time to virtually meet some members of our staff, hear information about our programs, and the experience your family can expect as your child transitions to middle school. Here is the link to our Course Descriptions for the 21-22 school year. This document contains important information about our methods of communication and a description of elective offerings for 6th grade students. 


Beginning this week, WEB leaders and administration from Miller Creek took our show on the road. We have already visited the Stars at Mary Silveira and will visit Lucas Valley this Friday. We will round out our tour with a visit to Vallecito next week. During our visits, we share ways to get involved in school, answer frequently asked questions, talk about elective classes and get students excited about becoming a Panther. Later this week, I will send out a brief communication explaining how parents and students should select their electives in the Aeries portal. 


Looking ahead! Below are events that you should place on your calendar for the fall. 


  • WEB Orientation for all 6th Grade Students, August 18th

  • First Day of School, August 19th   


We look forward to a great three years together. Go Panthers! 


Tenisha Tate - Austin,                       Derek Lecy,

Principal                                           Assistant Principal




Do You Have a Refrigerator to Donate?

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





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.

Public Health Schools Community Update Meeting

Please join us for our next Public Health schools update for the community of Marin on Monday, May 3rd from 1:00-2:00 PM where we will hear an update on vaccination distribution, testing, and other pertinent information for schools.


Please click the link below to join the webinar: 

  • Dial In: +1 408 638 0968 | Webinar ID: 810 1338 0958 | Passcode: 132596
  • Presented in English with Live Spanish Translation
  • Session will be Recorded
  • Questions can be sent ahead of time to:


Look forward to seeing you virtually!


Mary Jane




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

* SummerCrest 2021



Vallecito Elementary School

50 Nova Albion Way

San Rafael, CA. 94903

Front Office: Denise Tosti

Health Specialist: Kristen Geller

Principal: Elizabeth Foehr