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Vallecito News
Posted 1/15/21

Upcoming Events

  • Jan. 18: MLK Holiday
  • Feb 2: Parent Racial Equity Series (6:00-7:00) Register HERE
  • Feb. 3: Home & School Club Meeting (9:15)
  • Feb 15-19: Mid Winter Recess
  • Feb 25: District Equity Working Group (4:00)
  • Mar 22-23: School Pictures

 

 

 

Thank You to Our Drop Off/ Pick Up Lane Volunteers

Do You have 15 Minutes to Spare? We need YOUR help!
Each grade will be responsible for Drop Off Lane coverage for 2 consecutive weeks for both AM and PM cohorts, but if you have 15 minutes to spare we will gladly take any and all volunteers at any time! Please sign up to keep our students safe.

 Sign Up Here or visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508054CA9AA23A6F58-vallecito2.

Please watch a brief but important video on how to use the Vallecito Drop Off Lane. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP IN KEEPING VALLECITO SAFE!

When Is Your Grade Level on Drop Off Duty?

link to the Google Doc with grade assignment dates

 


 

 

 

Quarantine Protocols

Thank you to all the MCSD families that continue to follow the local health orders. Click here to view the current Decision Tree which was created by Public Health and that our district is using to make decisions about actions related to COVID exposures. Please note, the Decision Tree says "Anyone who has engaged in a high-risk activity (e.g., any mixing of households, non-essential travel) should monitor for symptoms for 14 days; if any symptoms develop, they should self-isolate immediately. They should quarantine for 10 days after engaging in a high-risk activity. Quarantine may be discontinued after 7 days if they test negative on Day 5 or later and remain asymptomatic." Please continue to avoid high-risk activities so that we can keep all kids in school. 

 

Decision Tree

Updated SSSPP 1.15.21

 


 

What Does a Vallecito Eagle Do When He Wants to Wear One Pair Shoes and His Mom Wants Him to Wear Another?

You compromise, of course!

 

 

 

Hands-on Kindergarten Scientists

Testing How A Penguin's

 Feathers Keep Them Warm...

 

 

 


 

 

This Week's Art Gallery in Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. is brought to you by Laura Winters and CAN DO!

In-Person School Reminders

*To maintain social distance and cohort separation, every class has an assigned place for arrival/ dismissal.  Please allow yourself enough time to help your children get to the correct spot.

 VAL Entrance/ Exit by Class

 

*Parents must say goodbye to their children at the line and are not allowed inside the campus.  After you drop your child off, please exit the campus promptly.

 

*Tardy students check-in at the office.

 

*The bus lane is closed to all cars. Parents using the drop/off pick up lane stay inside their cars.

 

*No dogs on campus.

 

*Masks are worn at all times 

 

*Walk Bikes and Scooters on Campus

Vallecito Return to In-Person Instruction Resources

VAL Entrance/ Exit by Class

Wave 4 Family Webinar Recording with Q&A

Vallecito Hybrid Video: First Day Details (Wave 3-4) 

 iPass Parent Letter (English)

iPass Parent Letter (Spanish)

Frequently Asked Questions

Marin COVID-19 School Decision Tree (Stay at Home Order)

 

School Accountability Report Card (SARC)

By February 1 of each year, every school in California is required by state law to publish a School Accountability Report Card (SARC). The SARC contains information about the condition and performance of each California public school. Under the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) all local educational agencies (LEAs) are required to prepare a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), which describes how they intend to meet annual school-specific goals for all pupils, with specific activities to address state and local priorities. Additionally, data reported in an LCAP is to be consistent with data reported in the SARC.

• For more information about SARC requirements and access to prior year reports, see the California Department of Education (CDE) SARC web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/sa/.

• For more information about the LCFF or the LCAP, see the CDE LCFF webpage at https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/lc/.

• For additional information about the school, parents/guardians and community members should contact the school principal or the district office.

Click HERE for Vallecito's School 2019-20 Accountability Report Card.

 

 

A Message From Our Yearbook Editor

Thank you for uploading your student's photos to the Yearbook Snap App.  For those who want to add more photos or for those who haven't added any photos yet, please do so... I want to make sure your kiddo is represented in our yearbook.

The deadline for adding photos into the yearbook is Friday, February 26, 2021.

 

 

Curative Test Update

 

Statement Regarding Use of Curative Tests in Marin County

We are aware that the FDA has issued a safety communication regarding the risk of false negative results with the Curative SARS—CoV-2 test.

Studies have shown that people are more likely to have a positive test result when they are actively showing symptoms with all testing methods-- whether by oral swab, nasal swab, or rapid antigen test.  As the FDA states, all SARS-CoV-2 tests carry a risk of a false result and all tests require clinical judgement. Marin County Public Health advises clinicians to treat all patients with a clinical history (exposure or symptoms) consistent with COVID-19 as positive cases, regardless of test result or type of test.

For Marin County, Curative provides 1,000 more tests per day to diagnose cases that might otherwise go undetected. As a self-administered test, the technique used to obtain the sample is important to gaining accurate results. Done properly Curative’s oral swabbing method has a higher clinical sensitivity than most SARS-CoV-2 tests available.  Marin County Curative tests are performed under the guidance of on-site trained test administrators, to ensure the test is conducted in-line with FDA approved directions.                           

Curative is continuing to offer tests in Marin County. We remain in close communication with Curative as testing quality is a shared goal with Marin Public Health. Curative is working closely with FDA to address any unresolved concerns and will be providing additional updates and information as it becomes available.  

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=rm&ogbl#search/curative/WhctKJWJKfrZjQBfZQnXSZCqJthvztkTlkNGccWckXKMftqZbRCPcdMsqhzqfvFgSwbFGQB

 

 

 

Family Biking Live!

Want to share the joy and confidence of cycling with your kids?

Students, parents and guardians  are invited to learn bike riding skills together at an INTERACTIVE, live webinar on Thursday, January 28, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.  

This free zoom workshop will help prepare students ages 7 through 11 for road riding, giving parents tips for how to ride with their youth. Families will learn bike and helmet fit, navigating the road legally and responsibly, and how to build confident, safe cyclists based on age appropriate development.  

Sign up here..  Once you sign up, we’ll send you the zoom link.  We look forward to seeing you.  Questions?  Please contact Matt@marinbike.org.

Parent & School Community Racial Equity Series

Miller Creek School District hosted Dr. Watson as she engaged participants in the first of four parent seminars on racial equity. Participants were introduced to four agreements to utilize when talking about race:

  1. Commit to the cause
  2. Tell your truth
  3. Lean in to listen and learn
  4. Don’t dodge the discomfort
  5. Resist requiring resolution

Participants identified barriers that prevent open dialogue about race and viewed Being 12 an important video that amplifies the voices of children as they talk about race. Dr. Watson shared The Intersection, a tool that individuals can use when engaging in conversation about race to understand where oneself is and to recognize how others are entering a conversation.

Participants will read Detour Spotting by Jenna Olson in preparation for our next seminar which will be held via Zoom on February 2, from 6:00-7:30.

 

Want to join us? Register for the remaining three seminars by clicking here

Cracking The Codes: The System of Racial Inequity features stories that help to paint the picture of how race and racism operate in the US. It works to disentangle internal beliefs within and builds skills to recognize and address the external drivers of inequity. We believe it offers us all an opportunity to learn more about the history and system of racial inequity as we work together towards a more equitable Marin.

 

The film is designed for dialogue and we are inviting those who watched the film to join us in a community conversation. The discussion will be facilitated by Anyania Muse, Equity Director of Marin County, and she will be joined by special guest Dr. Shakti Butler, who is the filmmaker and a racial equity educator.

 

Individuals should independently view the film online and then join us via Zoom on January 20th at 7pm to discuss the film.

 

Attached please find the flyer and more information and registration can be found at: https://crackingthecodes.marinhumanrights.org/

 

Please reach out to cshaw@marincounty.org with any questions.

 

Professor Daniel Gilbert and "The Science of Happiness: What your Mother Didn't Tell You"

Thursday, January 21 | 5 pm | Free Online event 

Everyone has a theory about happiness—about what it is and where it can be found. But in the last 20 years, psychologists, economists, and neuroscientists have discovered that many of these theories are wrong. Daniel Gilbert, Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University will explain what scientists know about our often misguided quest for happiness.

Learn more

 

 

The Carl Hungerford Lecture Series at Marin Art and Garden Center

 

 

Carl Hungerford was intellectually engaged by a wide array of challenges to our social fabric. The Carl Hungerford Lecture Series honors Carl’s memory with presenting notable speakers who have thoughtful ideas about global current affairs and the stewardship of our planet.

Dr. Madeline Levine

Author of  Ready or Not

 

 

We invite you to join us for a virtual conversation with Dr. Madeline Levine, psychologist with over 35 years of experience as a clinician, consultant, educator and author.

 

Dr. Levine will be discussing her book and New York Times bestseller, The Price of Privilege, which explores the reasons why teenagers are experiencing epidemic rates of emotional problems. Her current book, Ready or Not, focuses on how to best prepare our children and ourselves for an uncertain and rapidly changing world. Dr. Levine will include strategies and practices on how we can support our students during these unprecedented times.

 

We hope you can join us for one of the offered dates: January 26 or February 23, 2021 from 5:00 to 6:30PM.

 

Registration Link: https://mlevine.eventbrite.com.

 

Link: Dr. Madeline Levine flyer

 

Join the Conversation
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 7:00 PM


In the fourth of six virtual community discussions that follow the chapters of Let's Talk: A toolkit for navigating teen substance use in Marin County, we will look closely at “Uppers, Downers and All-Arounders.”

The event moderator, Jaclynn Davis, authored the Let's Talk booklet. She received her Masters in Public Health and Social Work, and now focuses on adolescent health and youth development through her work with Huckleberry Youth Programs, local school districts, and teaching at Dominican University.

Our guest expert, Jennifer Epstein, has been a Health Educator for the past 20 years, and has taught in both public and private high schools in San Francisco. Her curriculum focuses on substance use prevention with an emphasis on saying "know." She has talked with hundreds of young people frankly about substances and uses student voices as well as current research to create class sessions that are both informative and relevant.

Michael Danne will share the youth perspective on this topic. Michael is a Senior at Redwood High School and is co-chair of the 
Marin Healthy Youth Partnerships Youth Advisory Council. He is also a Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) peer educator.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas. We hope you can join us. Feel free to share and bring a friend! All attendees will be entered in raffle for local gift cards.

Register HERE


Free Tutoring Services

The Marin Equality in Education Program (MEEP) is providing free tutoring to families in need via high school students who are looking for community service. We are still looking to expand our network of students/families receiving free, virtual tutoring. The link to the website to sign up is below and you can also call (628)-226-8757 and leave a voicemail with your information.

Website: https://www.marinequalityineducationproject.org/

 


 

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

Community Resources page on the Miller Creek School District website. New flyers this week:

* AC Marin Winter Soccer Academy

* Marin Girls Chorus Online Classes


 

Vallecito Elementary School

50 Nova Albion Way

San Rafael, CA. 94903

Front Office: Denise Tosti dtosti@millercreeksd.org

Health Specialist: Kristen Geller kgeller@millercreeksd.org

Principal: Elizabeth Foehr efoehr@millercreeksd.org