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Vallecito News
Posted 4/30/21


Teacher Appreciation Week

May 3rd-May 7th

Upcoming Events


May 4: "May the Fourth Be With You" Spirit Day (Wear your favorite Star Wars clothing)

May 4: Safe Routes to School Meeting (5:00) via zoom

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

May 5: Home & School Club Meeting (8:45) via Zoom

May 6: Site Council (3:00)

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

May 12: National Bike to School Day

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

May 20: Site Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Meeting (4:00)

May 31: Memorial Day Holiday

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

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



Vallecito Eagles Are Keeping Our Parking Lot Safe

Check out this fantastic video from HSC and keep up the great job!  Thank you to Sara Gooch for her creativity!




Get Involved! Join our Next

Vallecito Home & School Club Meeting

(Note Time Change)


Wed., 5/5 2021 from 8:45am-9:45am via ZOOM


( or Meeting ID: 484 290 9992)

Link to meeting Agenda (


Every Face Has a Place at Vallecito

We are getting excited about our HSC Campus Beautification Tile Project.  Here is a sneak peek at some of the self-portrait tiles so far...

A special "thank you" to Mr. Newman!




Student Spotlight

The Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan

Zakareya Houssain


The Muslim holy month of Ramadan began on April 12th and is celebrated through May 12th.  Even amid a global pandemic, most of the world's 1.6 billion Muslims will observe it in some form.

This means there's a good chance you might encounter someone — a friend, a coworker, a neighbor, your child's teacher — who will be celebrating, fasting, and doing all sorts of other activities that are unique to the holy month.

But what is Ramadan, exactly?

Our very own second grader, Zakareya, created this special video for our Vallecito community.  


Click HERE to watch Zacharias' video and learn all about the holy month of Ramadan. 


4th & 5th Grade Book Club

A huge thank you to Ms. Pahlavan, our librarian, and Ms. Elinson, one of our fabulous retired teachers, for facilitating our after school book club for 4th and 5th grade students across the district.  The students are reading "Paper Wishes" by Lois Sepahban.  


From Ms. Ellinson:

The story focuses on the importance of family, traditions, and loyalty. Sepahban's ability to evoke the settings and define her characters with compassion and understanding is a testament to the craft of this novel.


From the NY Times review:


The psychic pain from the forced removal and detention of American citizens and residents of Japanese ancestry during World War II is still felt profoundly today.


Lois Sepahban's "Paper Wishes," a devastating and brave fiction debut, recounts the plight of Manami, a girl from Bainbridge Island, Washington, who is sent (with her family) to the Manzanar camp in the California desert.


What sets Manami's story apart is the delicate way Sepahban handles her obsession with and guilt about leaving her dog behind.  An introvert who is made mute by the trauma she experiences, Manami expresses herself by drawing pictures, 

including the images of Yujiin that she throws in the Manzanar winds as prayers or wishes for the dog's return.


After reading the review, I decided to start the book this weekend and read along with our students.



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


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 Input for Class Placement 


The staff and I are beginning the process of planning for next year and designing classes based on enrollment projections. 

As per Board Policy, the teaching staff and principal share the responsibility for student placement. The teachers meet by grade levels before the end of the year to develop classes. Classes will be designed based on the following criteria: 


➢ The ratio of boys to girls

➢ Students with special needs

➢ Second language learners 

➢ Learning styles 

➢ Social/Emotional needs

➢ Citizenship 


Parent input will be considered if the input is based upon clear-cut educational or developmental needs as per board policy. All input must be received by May 21st and be in writing to the principal. Accommodations will not be made to place your student in a class with a particular teacher or with friends and we ask that you do not include specific teacher names in your correspondence.  A family may have had a sibling in a class with a particular teacher previously but this is not considered a valid educational reason for placement. Each child’s needs are unique and because a brother or sister liked or disliked a teacher does not mean the sibling will have the same experience. The key ingredient in this process is trust. You need to trust that we will do the best job possible in placing your student with all the information at our disposal. We do the best job we can because it is important to us that each child has the optimum chance for success.


Thank you for entrusting your children to us.




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



“The Wishing Tree” is Art Instructor Laura Winter’s latest project.  Students are creating decorated hearts, with their wish for the future, that will be hung on a tree at each school.  Make sure to look for the tree the next time you are on campus.





Did you get your jump rope? 

Check out Coach Paoli’s classroom video and take the Avengers Jump Rope Challenge!




Can Do! is now accepting donations for the 

2021-22 Family Giving Campaign!


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

  • Elementary Counseling and Social Emotional Support

  • Environmental Sciences via site gardens

  • Technology

But in order to make to this happen, 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

Look for hardcopy remit in your child’s Friday Folder!


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.


The Harmony Art Project has been postponed to next year.

Stay tuned!



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. 







Buy Your Yearbook Today!

Hi everyone,

Celebrate the Present!  Remember the Past!  Buy a Yearbook!

In this one-of-a kind year, an abundance of stories and events shaped experiences in and out of the classroom.

The Vallecito Elementary School yearbook covers all of these and more so your child can look back and reminisce on what made this year most memorable for them.

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

The yearbooks will be dropped off at Vallecito in June, but only a limited number were ordered and printed, so buy yours today before they run out.

There is no guarantee that there will be extras in the last week of school.

Lisa Michael

Editor for 2020-2021 yearbook

Mom of 3rd grader, Samuel

Vaccination Appointments Available this Saturday

There are now many opportunities for your 16-18 year-olds to get vaccinated. This Saturday, May 1st anyone 16+ can come down to the Marin Center Vaccination POD (Bartolini Gallery, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael) to get a vaccination. Walk-ins are welcome (appointments are not necessary). Anyone under 18 will need a parent or guardian to accompany them. Thanks for helping to get the word out!


You can find more information about Marin County Vaccinations at


Mary Jane


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. 






San Rafael Safe Routes

Task Force
Tuesday May 4 5:00 pm.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 822 1727 6426
Passcode: 485996
Or call: 669-900-6833


The next meeting of the San  Rafael Safe Routes to Schools Task Force  Tuesday, May 4th  at 5 pm via zoom.   At this meeting we will report on Safe Routes activities coming up this Spring and Fall.  We will also continue talking about Laurel Del and Davidson issues,  continue discussions about the outlying areas of Venetia Valley, and get an update on Vallecito.  We will also look at, prioritize, and update the issues list which you can preview here,    The draft agenda is here .  


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



One of our district Can-Do partners, SummerCrest, is offering its camp again this summer. Like so many other camps, SummerCrest had to cancel last year.
The SummerCrest camp is academic, with enrichment, outdoor activities, and outdoor play. A casual relaxed camp. The director tells me there is still some camp space available.
For camp; 415-457-6672.

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

Click the link for more information:  SummerCrest 2021


Rental Assistance Available


The Rental Assistance Program will be holding 2 Apply-A-Thon in-person events on 5/19 and 5/23. Below are flyers in English and Spanish 


Rental Assistance Program (English)

Rental Assistance Program (Spanish)



Vallecito Elementary School

50 Nova Albion Way

San Rafael, CA. 94903

Front Office: Denise Tosti

Health Specialist: Kristen Geller

Principal: Elizabeth Foehr