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The Pride Family Letter 2.22.21
Posted 2/14/21

Superstar Zander,
passing a flower to Mrs. Liebman

CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK

Monday, 2.22

Welcome Back from the break!

 

Tuesday, 2.23

Did you know on this day in Black History that WEB DuBois, author, and historian, was born? 1868-1963
Coordinating Council Meeting, 9:00-10:30am

 

Wednesday, 2.24

Did you know on this day in Black History that Bishop Daniel A Payne, reformer and educator of AME Church, was born? 1811

 

Thursday, 2.25

District Equity Working Group, 4:00-5:30

Did you know on this day in Black History that Hiram R. Revels, the first Black US Senator, took the oath of office? 1870

 

Friday, 2.26

Event Free

 

Saturday, 2.27

Did you know on this day in Black History that... 

Johnny's Donuts is in the house, 9:00-11:00, LVE parking Lot


Principal Learnings this week 

There is much to celebrate at this time of the year! The Lunar New Year is upon us and with it the celebration of several East Asian cultures including Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese, Tibetan, Mongolian, and Japanese. In addition, we celebrate Valentine's Day and President's week.

We also continue to celebrate and recognize the work of countless black men and women during this month and beyond with Woman's History month coming in March. Much to learn and celebrate and many contributions to celebrate.

We hope you are able to enjoy the Mid Winter Break safely. Please note that travel restrictions remain in place. Families who decide to travel out of state will need to quarantine for 10 days before returning to school. Students may also test on day five and can return to school with a negative test result.

I have included the Decision Tree here for your reference. It's important that we all take responsibility for keeping our community safe and our school open. You may contact our school nurse, Susie Urquhart - surquhart@millercreeksd.org - with health-related questions. Thanks, everyone, and wishing all of you well!

School Site Council LCAP meeting and what is an LCAP meeting anyway?

On Thursday, February 11th, our district leaders, principals, and site council chairs met to discuss the LCAP. The LCAP is a three-year plan that describes the goals, actions, services, and expenditures to support positive student outcomes that address state and local priorities. The LCAP provides an opportunity for local educational agencies (LEAs) to share their stories of how, what, and why programs and services are selected to meet their local needs.

 

Miller Creek Community Flyers

Parents can access community flyers by visiting the Community Resources page on the Miller Creek School District website. New flyers this week - Gallinas Valley Little League Registration is Now Open!

 

Momentum in Teaching - Writing Parent Tips for Parents

This week, our district K-5 teams received professional Development in the area of writing, an area of learning and growth we intended to give focus to last year but were thwarted by the virus in the spring. I sat in on the grade 3-5 meeting this last Wednesday and listened as this gentleman walked our teams through a variety of thoughtful writing strategies in the classroom. Here, he provides 3 specific writing tips for parents working at home with their children.

Black History Month Resource - Lots in here!

You will be mesmerized by the information laid out in this Black History Month Publication. This is well worth browsing. Facts, stories, videos, a wealth of information. Admittedly, my pointer finger headed straight to the birth of hip hop, where I spent much of my time growing up in the '80s as a Break-Dancer/Dungeons and Dragon's player. Don't ask.

 

We continue to celebrate the achievements and contributions made by the black community.  Our librarians, Mrs.Berringer and Mrs. Simurdiak have compiled a list of books that students can check out to read stories about black characters, stories about black experiences and/or stories by black authors and artists. You can find that list HERE. In addition, our art teacher, Mrs. Winter, has fantastic lessons related to outstanding black artists! Be sure to check out your child's google classroom. Finally, each grade level is working on a project that will be shared visually on the week of March 8th for classes to view on a gallery walk.

 

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration is still on with a deadline of March 1st to get packets back in and reserve a spot next year. Click this link to better understand the pathway.

 

Spirit Wear Available - Remember, it is Spirit Day every Friay

Pre-orders are now LIVE! We have added some great new styles which will keep us looking “spirited” all year long. We have partnered with Area Print House, owned by a local family in our school district. The store runs from February 5th-26th. You will notice a donate a sweatshirt button. Please consider this if you are able. A lot of families are in need right now and we want all our kids to feel included in our school spirit. Last time we were able to donate 17 shirts, thanks to the generosity of our Lion Community!

Shop Here

https://area-printhouse.printavo.com/merch/lve-spring-2021/

We are also working with a local start-up called Lola tag, for all your “lost and found” needs. Lola Tag sells stickers with 6 labels that preserve privacy (no name printed on the label, just code). Just text when found and the owner is notified directly.

Shop Here

https://lolatag.com/new-shop/

Parent Racial Equity Series with Dr. Watson

March 29th, 6:00-7:30 (Whiteness) and May 24th, 6:00-7:30 (Children and Race) - Not to miss!

 

Dear Child Video is heartbreakingly truthful

If you have not had a chance to watch this short but moving video, it is worth every one of the 180 seconds.

 

LVE Equity and Inclusion Website Link

The site is up and running and I will be working with our DEI team to improve it to reflect changes, updates, events, ideas, etc. Take a moment to peek at it.

Our next 3 meetings are March 3rd, March 31st, and May 5th

 

Art Teacher, Lauren Wilson, Black History and Art

Art Teacher sharing out her vision in the realm of Black History

 

Can Do update - SHOW YOUR CAN DO! LOVE

The Family Giving Campaign has not yet reached its goal of   $450,000 and WE NEED YOUR HELP! 

Can Do! funding provides direct support for Art, PE, Supplies, K-1 Aides, and Technology support.

Donations of ANY amount received by 2/14 will be entered into a raffle for a Can Do! gift bag. 

Click HERE to Donate! 

These vital programs and services are ONLY available as a result of the support and generosity of our community. During this unprecedented time, your contribution is needed NOW, more than ever. Thank you to everyone who has contributed!  

Decision Tree Update

The above Decision Tree (Link to the Decision Tree) was recently updated. Here are the important things to know:

1. Top left in blue: Pathway for heavy symptoms but not a covid exposure

2. Top right in Green: Pathway for light symptoms but not a covid-19 exposure

3. Bottom left in purple: Pathway for direct exposure to a covid-19 person. An important question that comes up frequently:

Additional Information from Marin Health and Human Services

 

Did Someone Test Positive for Covid-19?

If someone in your immediate household tests positive for Covid-19, please email the three below people

•Susie Urquhart (LVE Health Specialist):

surquhart@millercreeksd.org

•Mr. Anderson (Principal)

wanderson@millercreeksd.org

•Teri Edell: Secretary

tedell@millercreeksd.org

Thank you!

 

Quarantining Guidelines

If you need to stay home and quarantine, here are the guidelines to support you in that effort.

 

Parent & Youth Helpline and Parents Anonymous

In partnership with Governor Newsom, Parents Anonymous® Inc. recently launched the California Parent & Youth Helpline and Online Parents Anonymous® Support Groups in response to the Coronavirus to provide free trauma-informed, evidenced-based emotional support to Parents, Children and Youth in any language via calls, text, live chat and email. The California Parents & Youth Helpline operates 7 days a week from 8:00AM-8:00PM. 

Parents can Join a Weekly Online Support Group NOW through the website: caparentyouthhelpline.org. In this confidential setting, Parents address their underlying emotions and build resiliency to strengthen their family.

Lucas Valley Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

If you are interested in joining the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team, we are happy to have you! With two meetings under our belts, the last focusing upon an illuminating presentation from two courageous Miller Creek Middle School students speaking on the topic of L.G.B.T.Q. and their heartfelt elementary school experiences in our district. We have a lot to learn, namely myself as a principal, ensuring that the voices and experiences of all students are not only welcomed but warmly embraced and celebrated in our learning spaces. Their feelings of alienation resonated deeply.

Working with their organization, SPAHR, our team listened in on what their asks were and we will work with our district team to see how we can provide the necessary support and education, and to promote safer learning environments moving forward.

 

The following principles continue to guide our path our way:

  • Promoting and celebrating diversity, inclusion, and multiculturalism in a variety of ways including school-wide gatherings, cultural events, workshops, parent education, and community conversations.

  • Providing all members of the community with a supportive space and the tools to learn about, discuss, and ask questions about issues and topics related to diversity and identity. 

DEI Meeting Dates in the future: 3.3, 3.31, and 5.5 (3:00-4:00)

Parent Racial Equity Series - (See Lori above)

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.

 

Covid-19 Scenarios to be aware of (above)

As you have recently experienced through my letters this past week, there will be periodic Covid-19 exposure scenarios. No one is surprised by this and I thank you for understanding when we come to experience them together. What is important to know here is that The Marin County Public Health Department chart above drives our decision making so becoming familiar with it is as important as the Decision Tree.

Know that even as we see light at the end of the tunnel with vaccines underway, new leadership, Covid-19 lines recently trending in a positive direction, we continue to take quite seriously, our safety protocols such as mask-wearing, social distancing, hand washing, providing proper ventilation, cohort separation, classroom cleaning protocols, Crisis Go checks, and daily meetings with the office Safety Team. There is not a moment when we are not thinking about the safety of our children. 

School Accountability Report Cards

Since November 1988, state law has required that schools receiving state funding to prepare and distribute a SARC. A similar requirement is also contained in the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The purpose of the report card is to provide parents and the community with important information about each school. A SARC can be an effective way for a school to report on its progress in achieving goals. The public may also use a SARC to evaluate and compare schools on a variety of indicators. Click here for the 2019-2020 SARC Plan.

 

Virtual conversation with Dr. Madeline Levine, a psychologist with over 35 years of experience as a clinician, consultant, educator, and author: February 23, 2021, from 5:00 to 6:30 PM.

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: February 23, 2021, from 5:00 to 6:30 PM.

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

Link: Dr. Madeline Levine flyer

 

Covid - 19 Links

*Health and Human Services: VERY INFORMATIVE PAGE

*California Blue Print for a Safer Economy

*Miller Creek District Rethinking schools page

*Family Hybrid District Handbook in English

*Family Hybrid District Handbook in Spanish

*2020-2021 School Site Protection Plan

 

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