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Vallecito News
Posted 10/22/21

Publishing Party

Second Grade Authors Sharing their Narrative Writing



Mark Your Calendars

  • Oct 23: Fall Festival (3:00-6:00)
  • Oct 29: Halloween Parade (8:30) Vallecito Back Blacktop. Families welcome!
  • Oct 29: Can Do! Donation Day
  • Nov 3: Parent Equity Workshop with Dr. Watson (6:00) at MCMS (RSVP Below)
  • Campus Beautification Day: Nov 7th
  • Veteran's Day: Nov 11 - Non-Student Day
  • Book Fair - Nov 15 - 18th
  • Book Fair Family Night - Nov 17th (5:00)
  • Conference Week: Nov 16-Nov 19th (Early Dismissal @ 1:25)
  • Full Conference Day: Nov 22 - Non-Student Day
  • Thanksgiving Break: Nov 23-Nov 26



Rain or Shine, the Show Must Go On!


For those of you wondering,

the Fall Festival is still happening 

Tomorrow (Saturday) from 3-6 pm.

 The rain is supposed to be light and we will be utilizing the covered walkways for the games.  We all know that this rain is welcome, so let’s party!  Costumes are optional and in accordance with public health guidelines, masks are also optional outside.


We are looking forward to seeing everyone at our annual Fall Festival.

Come join the fun!



Vallecito Halloween Parade

Friday, Oct. 29th

8:30 am on the Back Blacktop

Immediately After Morning Drop Off

All Families Are Welcome!


Costumes must be appropriate for school (no weapons, blood, violent images, etc.). There are students as young as 5 years old on campus and we want the parade to be enjoyable for everyone. Thank you for your support!


Site English Learner Advisory Committee

Thank you to all the families who came out in the rain and

joined the conversation.


Scholastic In-Person Book Fair

(open Mon. 11/15 through Thurs. 11/18/2021)


The Scholastic Book Fair is back!  We are excited to be back in-person this year.  Remember, every dollar you spend benefits our school - 55% back in rewards!  Save-the-Date - the Family Evening Event will be on Wednesday, November 17th from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm.


The All for Books challenge will begin on November 1st and continue through November 10th.  Students can bring coins or dollar bills to “vote” on their favorite jungle animal, Tiger or Elephant!  All money raised will be used to purchase books for deserving Vallecito kids.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Sign Up for a shift here.

We can’t wait to see you at the Fair!


Jennifer Cuthbertson and Brittany Greene

Scholastic Book Fair Chairs

Rainy Day Picnics

Don't Forget!

November's menu is now open, please log into The Lunch Master and order your child's lunches for November.

school code: millercreekvallecito



Thank you Second Grade Families for the Delicious Teacher Lunch on Wednesday


What's happening at Val Library?

From the Desk of Ms. Pahlavan


Students listened to books about Halloween and our Self Awareness Life Skill such as "We Don't Eat Our Classmates," "Gustavo the Shy Ghost" and "Los Gatos Black on Halloween.''

To honor LGBTQ / Hispanic Latin X History Month we read "And Tango Makes Three", "The Sissy Duckling" and "Pride, The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag," "Alma and How She Got Her Name", "Drum Dream Girl" and "Dear Primo, and "A letter To My Cousin" are among a few that have been displayed/ and or read this month.

These books represent only a few of what we have displayed for our students and teachers to enjoy and discuss. Happy Reading!

Click the Graphic Below for the Full Newsletter

DEI Newsletter



Family Racial Equity Parent Seminar

Date:         Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Time:         6:00-7:30

Location:    Miller Creek Middle School Library

RSVP by clicking here. (To ensure adherence to COVID-19 gathering guidelines.)

Back by popular demand, Dr. Lori Watson will continue to support the Miller Creek School District community by leading us in developing the language and tools necessary to engage in conversations about race. We will continue to examine our own biases and beliefs in an effort to disrupt racism.

Dr. Watson is an experienced educator who coaches and facilitates nationwide, helping individuals and organizations uncover personal and institutional biases in order to elevate racial consciousness and move toward systemic racial equity transformation. For more information about Dr. Lori Watson, please visit her website:

Please join us!

RSVP by clicking here. (To ensure adherence to COVID-19 gathering guidelines.)

*Masking is required. 


More Publishing Party Pictures




Friday, 10/29 - On campus Donation Day! 

Friday, 11/5 - Can Do! Drive-In Movie Night 

Thursday, 11/18 - Can Do! Online Holiday Auction starts



Drive-In Movie Night: 


The Can Do! Drive-In Movie Night is 11/5! Click here for more info and to buy your tickets now! 


THE CAN DO! ONLINE HOLIDAY AUCTION STARTS SOON & WE NEED DONATIONS!  Click here to find out more and to donate an item. 


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We are at 47% of our $690,000 goal. Every donation matters, so please donate! 


Thank you to the 91 Vallecito families that generously contributed to this year's Family Giving Campaign!


Did you know the Can Do! Company Matching Gifts program is an excellent way to maximize your donation? Click here to find out more. 




A Message from Mary Jane Burke, Marin County Superintendent


I am writing to share some news from one of our major SchoolsRule-Marin supporters, Redwood Credit Union (RCU).  RCU has just begun a new podcast series called And That’s Why We Partner. This is RCU’s first podcast series and our own SchoolsRule Marin is the featured partner on the pilot episode!

Through this community-oriented series, RCU president and CEO, Brett Martinez, will talk with leaders of various nonprofits they support in the North Bay. The goal is to inspire and invigorate listeners with stories from organizations doing great work in their backyard. SchoolsRule-Marin was the focus of the first episode and I was happy to talk about what makes Marin Schools and SchoolsRule special.

RCU is a long-time partner, supporting our programs as the name-sponsor of our annual event, through grants and by donating a percentage of purchases made with their debit/credit cards in Marin County to SchoolsRule. RCU continues to show their commitment to our schools and community.

Please enjoy this 20-minute podcast and share with your faculty, staff, students and families so they can learn about and be invigorated by the work being done in their schools. These links take you to the podcast.  I am hoping you can post and share this link in your social media.

Video version on RCU’s YouTube Channel

Audio version on Buzzsprout

Thanks very much!  I am looking forward to seeing you at the SchoolsRule-Marin distribution event on October 27th.


Mary Jane


Are you looking to volunteer on campus?

We are still in need of extra hands during lunchtime recess from 12-12:45.  You get to wear a snappy yellow vest and hang out with some really cool kids. Drop by the office if you are able to help. Volunteers must provide proof of vaccination.

Please sign up for a shift:


●      Lunch Distribution Volunteer Link (TIME CHANGE: 11:45am-12:30pm)

●      Kinder Lunch October Volunteer link (11:55am-12:45pm)




Updated Covid Safety Plan

Keeping our school safely open continues to remain a top priority. Public Health recently updated their health and safety guidelines for schools to allow for optional mask-wearing outside and indoor gatherings for students when masked. Click the link below for more details regarding our safety guidelines.


Vallecito COVID Safety Plan



We are also excited to announce that we are preparing to offer vaccines for students ages 5-11 years of age.  These events require a large number of volunteers.  Please click the link below to sign up and help:

Pediatric Vaccination Super POD Volunteers




The VAL Wear Online Store is Open!

Use the QR Code Below to Order


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

  • AC Marin Fall 2021 Soccer Academy
  • Cub Scout Pack 76 Fall 2021 Ice Cream Social

Vallecito Elementary

50 Nova Albion Way

San Rafael, CA. 94903

Office: (415) 492-3750