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Vallecito News
Posted 5/6/22

Mark Your Calendars


  • May 9-13: 5th Grade CAST Testing Begins
  • May 10: Site English Learner Advisory Committee (5:30)
  • May 12: Open House (5:30-7:00)
  • May 15: Blackstone Canyon Hike (10-1:00)
  • May 15: AAPI Heritage Month Celebration (2:00) at Lucas Valley Elementary
  • May 23: Community Book Talk at Lucas Valley Elementary School, (6:00-7:00)
  • May 16-27: 3rd-5th CAASPP Testing
  • May 23-24: Kindergarten Preview Appointments
  • June 1: End of the Year & Volunteer Appreciation Assembly (8:30)
  • June 7: Field Day
  • June 9: 5th Grade Promotion (10:00) in Val Gym
  • June 9: Last Day of School: Dismissal at 1:50


May 12th (5:30 - 7:00)

Join us in person to visit your child's classroom and celebrate the school year!


Open House is an event that is open to the entire community. Given the potential for high attendance, please consider wearing a mask.


Don't forget to stop by the Aftercare Bake Sale while you are visiting classrooms.



Principal of the Day

Phoebe Disharoon

5th Grade


Hi. My name is Phoebe Disharoon, I am in 5th grade, and I got to be Principal of the Day.  My time as Principal of the Day was great. My favorite part was probably reading to other grades. Ms. Foehr and I went to various 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Kindergarten classrooms and read a few books that included "The Good Egg" and "The Bad Seed."  It was wonderful to get to read to these classes and see their reactions to these fun books!  Overall, It was a great day and it is really cool to help with all the things Ms. Foehr does around the school.



May 16- May 27 (3rd-5th Grade)


Here is the website that is provided for families by the state with information about the CAASPP and CAST tests. Parents can find sample test questions and more detailed information about the tests, score reports, and additional resources to support their child with testing. There's no need to log in to anything and the site is translated into multiple languages. It's very user friendly for those families wanting to learn more about the tests.



Adopt a Family of Marin is running their 4th annual Backpack Open House! Give back to our amazing Marin community by donating new backpacks and school supplies to prepare students for next year. Purchase directly from our Val Adopt a Family Amazon Wishlist, or see the attached flyer for additional options. 





One Book

One Community






Click HERE to hear Willodeen read by Miller Creek School District staff.  Enjoy!





Mr. David Logan

Heroic Gopher Snake Wrangler



🌺  Happy AAPI Heritage Month! 🌺


The DEI committees across the three MCSD elementary schools are hosting an event on Sunday, May 15 at 2 pm at Lucas Valley Elementary School that will include Lion Dance and Taiko Drum performances. 🦁🏮


Please join us for this day of family fun! ☀️





✨ This month we also celebrate Jewish American Heritage and you can get involved by creating a poster of a notable Jewish American figure to be featured in front of school! ✨


We will provide you with an envelope with everything you need! All you need are scissors, glue, and some creative energy.


Once you sign up, you will be contacted to make arrangements for picking up your supplies.!/showSignUp/30e0b45aaa82aa5f85-jewish




Youth Truth Survey

Our school recently participated in the national Youth Truth Survey and we are beginning to dive into the results.  All staff, families/guardians, and students in grades 3-5 were invited to participate in the survey.  This week we are taking a closer look at the area of "Communication and Feedback" disaggregated by subgroup in order to find ways to improve.


Typical Youth Truth and CA School Comparison


Race/ Ethnicity Response Comparison












The following students were nominated by their teachers and selected by staff based on the following criteria:

  • The Student has shown consistent progress through his or her school years. 
  • The Student has demonstrated a commitment to developing his or her academic potential.
  • The Student has demonstrated a commitment to good citizenship
  • The Student has demonstrated a commitment to being dependable and enthusiastic.
  •  The Student has demonstrated a commitment to being supportive of fellow students, teachers, and the principal.  

Lucas Valley Winners:  

David Santos & Ruby Christensen 


Mary E. Silveira Winners:  

Jack Moran & Everlin Sosa Castellanos


Vallecito Winners: 

Imer Vasquez Santos & Catarina Danieli


Miller Creek Winners:  

Arthur Sepan & Noe Barajas


These students will be honored at a special event on May 24th. 

Congratulations to each and every one of them!! 



Looking for a rewarding and fun volunteer opportunity? Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at Can Do!? We are now recruiting new board members for the 2022-23 school year. Contact us at to find out more. 





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Thank you to the 718 families and community members that have donated to our Family Giving Campaign. 


56% of district families have donated. We would love for every family to feel the power of community when you invest in your student and ALL students of the Miller Creek School District by donating to Can Do! 


Our suggested ask is $600, but any amount is welcomed and truly makes a difference. 


                                Please donate today!


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Celebrating AAPI and Jewish Heritage Month

Here are a few of the resources teachers are drawing from this month: 


Classroom Resources & Links

Both the Jewish Heritage Month website and the Asian Pacific Heritage Month website feature teacher pages with primary sources and lesson plans for teachers to use to enhance their curriculum. Looking ahead to June, the Anti-Defamation League has dedicated part of its website to resources for teachers including lesson plans and recommended books. All are rich in resources and worth checking out.


In the video for Drawn Together, read by the author Minh Le, he talks about his inspiration for writing his story and invites the listener to make connections to their own life story.


The Conscious Kid website has a collection of video read alouds celebrating AAPI Month as well as other books that your students may enjoy hearing that can easily connect back to other heritage months.


Rainbow: A First Book of Pride, Harriet Gets Carried Away, and Stonewall. A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution are all featured in the Teaching Books resource in your Clever Portal. For each text, there are accompanying activities that you could do with your students including the Cultural Representation Reflection and customizable Read and Respond lessons. 


Upper Grade Resources

Newsela Articles: 

Celebrating AAPI Cultures and Communities Text Set

Jewish Heritage Month Text Set

Celebrating Pride Month: LGBTQIA+ Trailblazers and Activists Text Set



2022-2023 Class Placement Process

Staff and I are beginning the process of planning for next year and will soon begin 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 upon the following criteria: 



➢Learning styles

➢ Second language learners 

➢ Students with special needs

➢ Social/Emotional needs

➢ Citizenship 


Parent input will be considered if the input is based upon clear-cut educational or developmental needs (per board policy). All input must be received between April 25th and May 13th 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 to 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.



Registration for the 2022-2023 School Year is Now Open.

The office is now accepting registration for new students and incoming TK and Kindergarteners for the 2022-2023 school year.  Registration packets are available now in the front office.  


Universal TK Update

We are eagerly planning for the return of TK for the 2022-2023 school year.  TK will be open to four-year-olds whose 5th birthday occurs between September 2 and February 2nd. 

Contact Ms. Denise in the office for more information or to pick up a registration packet. 




2022-2023 Student Calendar

Click HERE for the MCSD district calendar for the next school year. 



Click HERE for a full class listing and registration details. 




Our Vallecito 2021-2022 yearbook is at the printers!

A limited number of yearbooks are for sale.

Order yours today!

Go to:




Community Resources


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

  • 2022 MCSL Fall Soccer Registration
  • 22-23 AC Marin Tryouts

Vallecito Elementary

50 Nova Albion Way

San Rafael, CA. 94903

Office: (415) 492-3750