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"The Pride" Community Letter, January 17th, 2022
Posted 1/17/22

LUCAS VALLEY LION CALENDAR

 

Monday, January 17th

Martin Luther King Day Celebration

Remember to test your son and daughter with the testing kit provided on Friday and use the QR code to send information in.

 

Tuesday, January 18th

Coordinating Council Meeting, 9:00-10:30 

Lego Lunch Club with Maura Prendiville, (Parent) 12:00 and12:25

 

Wednesday, January 19th

Fire Drill, 8:30 am

Lego Lunch Club with Nalani Rulli (Parent), 12:00 and 12:25

 

Thursday, January 20th

Garden Lunch Club with Elizabeth Etienne (Parent) - Soon we will have a name gathering event for our 8 new feathered friends - Stay tuned!

 

Friday, January 21st

Event Free

WHAT IS COMING UP IN THE WEEKS AHEAD

1/24 - KINDNESS WEEK CELEBRATION

1/27 - SITE DIVERSITY EQUITY INCLUSION TEAM

1/28 - WRITER'S WORKSHOP LAB DAY

2/3 - CAN DO BOARD & BRUSH EVENT

2/10 - CAN DO SLIP AND SHOP

PAJAMAS DAY - THEY BROUGHT IT!

No dampening of their spirits!

IMPORTANT COVID RELATED UPDATES

COVID - 19 TEST KIT REMINDERS

The Boxes

  • Each box contains two tests.
  • One of the tests in the box must be used on Monday, January 17th, the day before students and staff return to school.
  • 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 received 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: https://my.primary.health/l/millercreeksd.
  • When POSITIVE: isolate the positive individual, notify our LVE office immediately and follow the direction of Public Health and your health care provider.

  • When NEGATIVE: Students 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.

AS RELATES TO OUR CAMPUS

  • Masks mandated inside
  • It is strongly recommended that masks be worn outside if social distancing is not possible We are pushing this one a little harder to be extra safe in the weeks ahead
  • Sore throats are most common symptom of Omicron
  • No assemblies/gatherings with more than 50 folks.
  • Stay home when not feeling well. Play it safe.
  • Test or ten
  • 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

Your children rocked the spirit day on Friday!!!

 

CURATIVE TESTING  

Appointments are required for all Curative locations. Appointments appear online the afternoon before the scheduled testing date. Click the location name below to book an online appointment or call (888) 702-9042. 

This information, as well as information on when to get tested, types of tests, and what you should do while awaiting your test results, can be found at Coronavirus.MarinHHS.org/testing.  Looking to purchase an over the counter test? Visit FindACovidTest.org for online retailers.

 

WHERE CAN I GET VACCINATED?

Appointments may be available through My Turn at locations in Marin and neighboring communities.

More information on Pediatric Vaccines and appointments can be found on the HHS COVID-19 Vaccine for Pediatrics web page. Also, you can look at the Marin Public Health Vaccine site HERE

 

WEDNESDAY PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATES - Good to review! 

There will be weekly updates. The virus environment is ever-changing so thank you for your flexibility.

WHERE TO FIND POSITIVE RESULTS

The Communicable Disease team with Marin Public Health has created a link for parents and adult family members to report the positive results of their home tests so that our teams can follow up with resources and information. You can do this at:

https://coronavirus.marinhhs.org/SelfTestReporting

For more information, see the Marin School's Public Health Exposure Protocols: click here.

 

SCHOOL CONTACT INFORMATION Information for Reporting Health Issues

School Phone: 415-492-3730

Susie Urquhart (Health Specialist)

Email: surquhart@millercreeksd.org

Teri Edell (Secretary)

Email: tedell@millercreeksd.org

IMPORTANT NON RELATED COVID UPDATES

ACADEMICS AND SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL SUPPORT REMAIN OUR TOP PRIORITY DESPITE ALL THE OMICRON TALK. BELOW ARE 4 CRITICAL AREAS

  • Writer's Workshop, led by the support of our district instructional lead, Kelly Glossop, remains one of our district priorities across all three schools. On January 28th, all of our teachers will have the opportunity to observe one of the Writer's Workshop lead instructors teach across several classes and grades. I am really excited about this opportunity. 
  • Reading Intervention support, led by another superstar instructional leader, Julie Mckeon, and her small but mighty team also rises to the top when thinking about your children. All teachers, K-5 have been leading students through our newly adopted Fountas and Pinnell assessments to help determine where the support is most needed.
  • Do The Math, Marilyn Burns, intervention support is coming soon. We are a little late in getting this out but will be moving in this direction soon enough. Fantastic program (from the reading and discussions I have participated in) facilitated by Julie Mckeon! Stay tuned! 
  • Our collaboration with BACR (Bay Area Community Resources) and our commitment as a district to support all of our children through a newly hired counselor, Katrina Villenas, continues to be a focus. Counseling Services are available for numerous reasons. You need only share this interest with your child's teacher or the front office and we will get the paperwork started.

DON'T FORGET TO SIGN UP FOR LUNCH!

In order to receive free lunch, you need to create an account for each student at The Lunch Master using the school code: millercreeklucas. Orders need to be placed no later than the day before by 10 am. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Roxana Ascencio at 415.492.3711.

 

KINDNESS WEEK IS COMING

January 24th-28th is our celebration of kindness week. There is no better way to celebrate the work of the great Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.! Each day will have a specific theme and I will be working with our Student Leadership Team this week to support their ideas. Stay tuned and be ready to support. 

LIFE SKILLS FOR THE 21' 22 YEAR

2021-2022 Life Skill

Kindness and the celebration of learning differences remain our focus this month.

LOVELY RESOURCE BELOW FROM THE DEI TEAMS

FOR ALL OF THE RESOURCES ABOVE, AND THERE ARE SEVERAL, CLICK THIS LINK!

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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 

 

FREE 4TH GRADE PASS TO NATIONAL PARKS!

"Bike through a forest! Walk through a desert! See a whale burst through the ocean's surface! Do all this and more with your free pass. And bring a car full of family and friends for free..." - Here is how!

 

FREE DIGITAL LIBRARY ACCESS 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 K-8 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.

Read more in the CDE news release or email us at communications@cde.ca.gov. Any questions about the Renaissance partnership should be directed to Kim Shoemaker at kim.shoemaker@renaissance.com.

 

COMMUNITY FLYERS

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 


UPCOMING EVENTS

January 18 to February 14 - Classroom Giving Challenge 

 

February 3 - Board & Brush Event (only 5 spots left!) -Click here for info & to sign up

 

February 10 - Sip & Shop Event - Click here for info & to sign up

 

Hey Lucas Valley Families! 

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

What a great start with 5 classrooms already reaching 65% of families donating 

the school at 52% of total families! 

Only 43 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 

Lucas Valley and district-wide stats! 

 

 

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.
  • Try not to send products with peanuts/tree nuts for snacks or class gatherings

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.