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Vallecito News
Posted 1/14/22


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With Appreciation

What a week, Vallecito. Navigating the Omicron surge has brought significant challenges, but our school community continues to step up for kids.  Thank you to our teachers and staff who are providing engaging lessons and welcoming, safe environments for students.  Thank you to the front office staff for their unrelenting flexibility in tracking the evolving Public Health guidelines and communicating with families.  Thank you to our Home and School Club volunteers who saw a need for supporting the distribution of rapid tests to families and lent a much-needed hand.  Thank you to the parent volunteers who have shown up with a smile to support lunch and recess supervision. You are making such a difference. And thank you to our enthusiastic, loving, hilarious students.  You remind us each day why this work is so important and rewarding.  We've got this, Vallecito.


Health and Safety at Vallecito

Marin County Public Health has shared the great news that Marin County reached its peak of Omicron cases on 1/4/22. We are now experiencing a plateau as predicted. As such, there are a couple of updates that families should be mindful of:

  • Omicron symptom are less severe than previous variants of Covid
  • Omicron is behaving more like a common cold or flu
  • We are transitioning from a pandemic to endemic 
  • Families will have the opportunity to test on 1/17/22 before returning to school 1/18/22


You can view the Public Health School Community update from 1/12/22  here.


“Return to School” Rapid Antigen Tests


Every student and staff member received a rapid antigen test kit on Thursday, January 13th. There is one, labeled kit, containing two antigen tests.  Be sure to check your child’s backpack for the test kit. 


Using the Test


  • Each box contains two tests.
  • One of the tests in the box should be used on Monday, January 17th, the day before students and staff return to school following the three day weekend. 
  • The second test should be used for testing students or staff who have COVID‐19 symptoms, whenever this may occur.



Reporting the Results Through Primary Health


Individuals that used the Primary system to report results previously will receive an email on Sunday, January 16th with a reminder to test on the 17th and a link to upload results. If you have not yet submitted results through Primary or do not receive a link, please register and report results at this link:


  • When POSITIVE: isolate the positive individual, notify the school immediately and follow the direction of Public Health and your health care provider.


  • When NEGATIVE: student or staff can return to school if symptom‐free and fever‐free for 24 hours without medication.

If you are unable to report the results online, call (650) 275‐5419.


Find A Rapid Test Resource

Click on the link below to filter results to show available tests for purchase. Some shipping is free. - Home


COVID Home Tests | USPS



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)


Please see the most recent communication from Public Health regarding the Universal Marin Schools COVID-19 Exposure Notice and the Omicron Surge attached and linked below.






  • Masks mandated inside
  • It is strongly recommended that masks be worn outside if social distancing is not possible.
  • Sore throats are the most common symptom of Omicron
  • No assemblies/gatherings with more than 50 people
  • Stay home when not feeling well. Play it safe.
  • Volunteers must show Vaccination and Booster verification
  • Volunteering remains limited on campus and in the classroom
  • Get Vaccinated get boosted
  • Positive tests = 5 Day Quarantine 
  • Shifting from Pandemic to Endemic
  • Omicron is less severe, similar to cold symptoms
  • Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines
  • 32 Point Guideline
  • Mitigation Strategies
  • Exposure Protocols
  • Rethinking Schools Website

I spy penguins on the loose at Vallecito...


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!


Kindness Week

Our Student Council is planning events to highlight Kindness Week the week of January 24th-28th.  Thank you to Ms. Sims and Ms. Lai for leading our Student Council team.



“Hats Off For Kindness” (Wear a hat)

Kind Act: Tip your hat and greet people by their first name 



“Peace, Love, and Kindness”(Tie Dye Tuesday)

Kind Act: Try to make a new friend or talk to someone new



“Team Up For Kindness” (Team/Val Wear)

Kind Act: Include someone new in a game or activity at recess



“Be Somebody’s Rainbow” (Wear all colors or a be kind shirt)

Kind Act: Write a kind, colorful note to someone



“Dream of Kindness” Pajama Day

Kind Act: Give someone a cozy compliment


Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team have created a wonderful newsletter for the month of January.

Check it out HERE!


Mr. Nettell Magic Back on Campus

Mr. Nettell is back on campus building our teamwork, problem-solving, and cooperation skills.  By the end of the month, every class will have an opportunity to spend the day with Mr. Nettell.  Ask your child all about it!



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!







Hey Vallecito Families! 

It's time for the 2022 Can Do! Classroom Giving Challenge. 

What a great start with 1 class already reaching 65% 

and many more SO close!  


Val has 42% of total families who have donated! 

Only 92 more families need to donate to reach 65%


Our suggested ask is $600, but ANY amount counts 

and is greatly appreciated! 


Click HERE for more info, incentives, and to see both 

Vallecito and district wide stats! 










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.

Let's Talk Community Discussion

The important topics of Mental Health and Underage Substance Use will be discussed with experts from our community as part of the Let’s Talk community discussion series.via Zoom on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.


Join the discussion: Register Here





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:

  • AC Marin Winter 2 Academy
  • School of Rock Summer Camp 

Vallecito Elementary

50 Nova Albion Way

San Rafael, CA. 94903

Office: (415) 492-3750