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"The Pride" Community Letter, January 10th, 2022
Posted 1/9/22

 

Lucas Valley Families,

This week we are experiencing a few challenges with our School Loop program. As such photos have not been included. Our tech team is on it. Thanks.

LUCAS VALLEY LION CALENDAR

 

Monday, January 10th

Event Free

 

Tuesday, January 11th

Lego Lunch Club with Maura Prendiville (Parent)

Miller Creek Board Meeting - This meeting agenda will include a COVID-19 update among other items. The agenda is posted here.

 

Wednesday, January 13th

K-2 Music begins! Welcome, Cindi Ewert, instructor

Lego Lunch Club with Nalani Rulli (Parent)

Public Health Meeting: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, ZOOM LINK - Session will be recorded and posted on the Rethinking Schools Website.

 

Thursday, January 14th

Garden Lunch Club with Elizabeth Etienne (Parent)

Site Council Meeting, 3:00-4:00, Library

 

Friday, January 15th

Spirit Day, Pajama Day

Buddy Classes


BEAUTIFUL EVENT THIS AFTERNOON, SUNDAY

MLK and the Blues: Music of the Civil Rights Movement Hosted by Marcus Shelby on January 9th at 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm PST

https://healdsburgjazz.org/mlk-concert-series/

When: Sunday, January 9, 2022

Time: 5:00-6:30 pm

Artist: Presentation by Artistic Director Marcus Shelby

Special Guest: Vocalist Terrie Odabi

Where: Healdsburg Jazz Zoom Webinar

Cost: $3 minimum; all donations welcomed


OMICRON VARIANT UPDATES THAT AFFECT OUR SCHOOL

As you know there is quite a bit happening around us at this time and the changes/updates that are taking place with the new variant, are almost hourly. But we move forward, following the protocols and doing everything we can to stay positive for our children and for our emotional well-being. From all that I am hearing recently, there is light soon to come.

Much appreciation to Becky Rosales, Kristy Treewater, and their synergetic team behind the scenes, who have been working earnestly to ensure our staff, families, and children remain as safe as possible and have what is needed to stay ahead of this current challenge.

In the same breath, this is surely a team effort on the part of families, teachers, and our district leaders. Marin rocks precisely because of our collective vigilance.

 

On that note, here are a few of the updates:

* Masks remain mandated inside

* Masks should be worn outside if social distancing is not possible

* No assemblies until further notice

* Volunteers must now show vaccination AND Booster Verification

* No indoor or outdoor gatherings with more than 50 folks

* Volunteering remains limited on campus and in the class

* New Decision Tree link (Front page of the website)

Isolation(When you test positive) and Quarantine (When you have been exposed) Guidelines

32 Point Guideline


RECPA: RETURN TO SCHOOL 2022 PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATE 

In case you missed it, the Marin County Office of Education (MCOE) hosted a virtual presentation on January 6 to provide the community with a COVID-19 update. Superintendent of Schools Mary Jane Burke moderated the online event, which provided a summary of case rates, vaccination figures, current information about the Omicron variant, and an update on schools. Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis and Deputy Public Health Officer Dr. Lisa Santora were the featured guest speakers for the gathering, which was hosted on Zoom.

 

WATCH ON YOUTUBE 

 

The presentation slides are available on the Rethinking Schools Website.


DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH ANNOUNCEMENT

In response to the current Omicron-related surge of cases, the statewide indoor mask mandate has been extended until at least February 15th. At that time, it will be reevaluated. Under this mandate, masks are required for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, in all indoor public settings. Surgical masks or higher-level respirators (e.g., N95s, KN95s, KF94s) with a good fit are recommended. 


GET VACCINATED

Vaccination is the BEST way to protect yourself and our community against Omicron. Marin County Public Health urges everyone 5 years and older to get vaccinated. Visit https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/vaccinefinder to find available vaccine clinics.


GET BOOSTED

Marin County Public Health strongly recommends that everyone who is eligible for a COVID-19 booster receive one as soon as possible. A booster dose significantly reduces the risk of infection and illness with Omicron. In partnership with Safeway, several thousand additional booster appointments have been recently opened through January at the Northgate Mall. 

Vaccination and booster appointments can be found at https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/vaccinefinder


NEW LIFE SKILL FOR JANUARY

Kindness is our focus this month. This coincides well with our heritage month focus of the Celebration of Abilities. We all arrive at this space in time with skills we are comfortable and confident with and those that need to be explored. But it is how we treat one another when we are together that determines the potential in each of us. We will focus on treating others the way we want to be treated, learning how to gather the temperature of a situation and adapt, and defaulting to kindness vs. some of those instinctual fight or flight approaches. Your children are in the right hands in this department for sure.

 

Here is the video I shared with teachers this morning, who in turn shared with their children, around kindness. I have shared in years past and each time, the emotional strings are tugged. The message is most precious and in just 3 minutes without much talking at all. Take a moment and watch.


LIFE SKILLS FOR THE 21' 22 YEAR

2021-2022 Life Skill


APPRECIATING YOU!

So many quality parents stepped up last week to help with our lunch program, passing them out, watching the yard, and being a positive presence on our campus. THANK YOU!! 

We also appreciate the many who would like to help in the classrooms but are unable due to our limited capacity for people in a single room. 

If you are interested in helping in these other spaces, we could use you! Sign up below, provide vaccination and booster verificationVaccinated Volunteer Club • Lunchtime Volunteer • Lunchtime Recess Volunteer

Loop Duty • LVE Garden Club


THANK YOU, HEALTH SPECIALIST, URQHART, and SECRETARY EDELL!

Both have spent countless hours working with families, children, staff, managing calls, and emails, answering questions, testing, and doing a fantastic job staying updated with all of the new protocols laid out by the department of public health. Proud to be working with them. 


K-2 MUSIC/MOVEMENT, BEGINS THIS WEEK!

Cindi Ewert, will serve the Lucas Valley team on Wednesdays and Thursdays starting this week. She will be operating out of E-6. Thank you to all who have donated to the Family Giving campaign. If you have not donated yet, please please please do by clicking here and providing what you can 


NOTE FROM OUR LIBRARIANS

We are kicking off our 2022 life skills with Kindness. Here are a few January Resources for all of you!


LEGO CLUB BEGINS

Thank you Maura Prendiville (Tuesdays) who started us off strong this past week and Nalani Ruli (Wednesdays) who begins this week! We are so lucky to have two parents give their time to your children. Beautiful community. If you want to help, let me know. Your children are loving this opportunity along with the garden club. 


INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING?

Vaccinated Volunteer Club • Lunchtime Volunteer • Lunchtime Recess Volunteer • Loop Duty • LVE Garden Club


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  175 Lucas Valley 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. 


WRITING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMING

On Friday, January 28th, the Momentum in Teaching Writing Team is dropping in and modeling in 6 of our classrooms, what a successful writing lesson looks like. Our teachers have been rocking the lessons thus far so the upcoming training will be to fill in gaps and examine additional strategies. We are grateful for the inclusion of this instructional element!


HEALTH DEPARTMENT LINKS WITH UPDATES

Updated 32 Point Guiding Plan

Mitigation Strategies Continuum

Exposure Protocols

Rethinking Schools Website


PEANUT ALLERGIES

As you know, Lucas Valley has a few children with life-threatening food allergies, specifically, to Peanuts/Tree Nuts. These foods, even in trace amounts, may cause a severe reaction (anaphylaxis). The following symptoms may occur: hives, difficulty breathing, vomiting and diarrhea, swelling of the lips, mouth, and throat, itching and sneezing, and loss of consciousness.

Here are a few suggestions for you as parents:

Ask your child’s friends what they are allergic to and help them to avoid it.

Remind your child, “DO NOT SHARE FOOD.”

Remind your child, to wash hands thoroughly after eating.

Tell your child to get help from an adult immediately if a schoolmate has a reaction.

PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY PRODUCTS WITH PEANUTS/TREE NUTS FOR SNACKS OR PARTIES.

INTERESTED IN WORKING FOR OUR DISTRICT?

Full and Part-time paid positions are available. Click HERE for opportunities or simply email Principal Anderson with your interest.