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Vallecito News
Posted 1/7/22



Mark Your Calendars

  • Jan 12: Public Health Community Update (3:00) ZOOM LINK  - Webinar ID: 868  2638  8972 | Passcode:  867709 | Dial In: 408-638-0968

  • Jan 17: MLK Holiday - No School
  • Jan 18: Site English Learner Advisory Committee (6:00)

Health and Safety at Vallecito


It has been quite a week.  As expected, we are experiencing an increase in the number of people in our school community who have tested positive.  Per Public Health guidelines, we will continue to notify parents or guardians of possible exposures, and our office staff is working overtime to stay on top of it all.  A huge thank you to Kristen Geller, our Health Specialist, and Ms. Denise for all their efforts. They have been amazing.


I know we are going to see more of this over the next few weeks.  Although apparently less severe, the variant is highly contagious and we can expect an increase in positive cases. We are equipped to handle this and I am optimistic we are in the home stretch. Even though we are seeing an increase in cases, the numbers have "uncoupled" from severe illness/hospitalization.  That is really good news - for a change.  

If you would like more information please watch the Public Health Community Webinar from yesterday linked below.   If your child is not vaccinated yet, I urge you to do so.  If you have not been boosted, please make an appointment today. 


Take care of yourselves and don't hesitate to reach out with any questions. We've got this, Vallecito.


Public Health Community Update


Thursday January 6, 2022


Rethinking Schools

Bookmark this website for the latest information for students concerning quarantine, isolation, testing, and vaccination availability. It is updated regularly and is a great resource for schools and families.


32 Point Covid Safety Plan (updated 1.6.22)




COVID Vax Card Info


Once your student receives his/her second COVID vaccination, please send Ms. Denise a copy of your student's vaccination card either by taking a picture of it and emailing it to or by making a photocopy and bringing it to the front office at Vallecito. We will need to keep a record of the COVID vaccination just as we keep a record of the other required vaccinations for K-12 schools. Thank you for providing this information right away and making our job so much easier.    


Please note, there is currently no vaccine mandate for our students Sharing your child's vaccination status with the office is optional at this time.


January Life Skill: Kindness

Identity Month: Celebrating Abilities 



For the month of January we will focus on Kindness and Celebrating Abilities.  Students will read from the collection of books listed below and engage in Kindness Challenge activities. Stay on the lookout for the DEI displays in front of school highlighting remarkable people with different abilities.  We had to reschedule our assemblies supporting this theme, but will find a new time when Public Health guidance allows for gatherings.  

Here are the books we will be sharing with kids this month.  Enjoy!



Mr. Nettell Starts this Week

Our beloved Mr. Nettell and his Cooperative Adventure teamwork challenges will be back on campus for the next several weeks.  Students will engage in different challenges that support the development of cooperation, communication, and resilience.  It is also an absolute blast!  Each class will work with Mr. Nettell for half a day.  




Lunch Clubs

Do you like to hang out with kids and build with legos or dig in the garden?

Do you have an idea for your own Lunch Club?


Lunch Clubs provide students with an alternative to the playground during recess.  We are planning to reinstate our Lunch Clubs in the new year and we need your help! Please email Ms. Foehr if you are available one day a week from 12:00-12:45 to help monitor students for one of these clubs. 

Garden Club will begin on Thursday, January 14th, with our new Garden Teacher, Sandy Parry.


Thank You to Can Do! for Sponsoring our Lunch Clubs

Your Generous Donations at Work!






Happy New Year! We are excited for the many upcoming, fun events in the new year. ALL of these events directly support the essential and enriching programs for ALL students of the Miller Creek School District.


January 18 to February 14 - Elementary Classroom Participation Challenge (all donations received thus far count!) - More info coming soon!!

February 3 - Board & Brush Event - Only 6 spots left! - Click here for info & to sign up
February 10 - Sip & Shop Event - Click here for info & to sign up


 Thank you to the 165 Vallecito families that have donated to the 2021-22 Family Giving Campaign.  We still have a long way to go to reach our goal. Our suggested ask to cover the essential programs is $600 per student, but any amount is welcomed and greatly appreciated. Please donate today.  


All donations count towards our upcoming classroom challenge! 


Read our weekly newsletter for more information and upcoming events. 







Our annual suggested ask is $600, but any amount helps continue to fund these vital programs for your students. Together, we Can Do! 





Vallecito Orchestra Concerts

For those of you who missed Ms. Vakharia's email before the break, here are the Vallecito Winter Orchestra Concert videos.  Enjoy!



Lost and Found


All Lost and Found items will be placed in front of the school on Monday and donated to charity on Wednesday.  Come look for that sweatshirt you are missing!




Free Digital Library Access and Books for All California Students

As part of State Superintendent Tony Thurmond's literacy initiative, the California Department of Education (CDE) has partnered with Renaissance Learning to ensure that every California student can access thousands of reading resources from December 1, 2021 to January 31, 2022. The myON digital library and news articles in multiple languages can be accessed for free by all pre-K to grade twelve students in California. All books downloaded during the two months are able to be retained and accessed afterward. Schools are asked to provide the access code to unlock these free resources for students and families.

Please use the Family Letter templates to share this news, login code, and message with families in your school communities:

Read more in the CDE news release or email us at Any questions about the Renaissance partnership should be directed to Kim Shoemaker at




Yearbook Pictures

Please don't forget to upload your photos to the Yearbook SnapApp so your photos have the opportunity to be in this year's yearbook.

Once pages get filled, no more photos can be added, so get your photos into the app ASAP.

The access code is: Vallecito2022

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Lisa Michael



Click HERE for a full class listing and registration details. 




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

  • Gallinas Valley 2022 Spring Baseball Registration
  • School of Rock Free Trial Lesson

Vallecito Elementary

50 Nova Albion Way

San Rafael, CA. 94903

Office: (415) 492-3750