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"The Pride" Community Letter, January 24th, 2022
Posted 1/21/22

Lion Pride bringing their sports spirit on pizza day!


LUCAS VALLEY LION CALENDAR

Kindness Week Begins!

Monday, January 24th

Chalk Drawing Day - Students will scribble words and symbols of kindness on our grounds! Should be colorful, messy, and fun! If you have extra chalk, we could use some.

The Can-Do classroom contest is underway and ends on February 14th - See below!!

 

Tuesday, January 25th

Art for Kindness Day - Teachers will lead each class in an art project of their choosing and display it somewhere in the class. Photos with the class and project will be shared in the next family letter!

Lego Club postponed for a few weeks until omicron settles a bit

 

Wednesday, January 26th

Random Acts of Kindness Bingo Day - Teachers have been provided a Random Acts of Kindness Bingo card. Students will try and complete all of the acts of kindness over the week and color in as they do. 

Lego Club postponed for a few weeks until omicron settles a bit

 

Thursday, January 27th

Be Kind To Our Earth Day - During the entire day, students are encouraged to look for refuse on the ground especially right around your classrooms, and find a home for it, either in the garbage can or the recycling bin.

Garden Club postponed for a few weeks until omicron settles a bit

Site Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Meeting, 4:00-5:00, Join Zoom Meeting https://millercreeksd.zoom.us/j/87000616029?pwd=RHhaU0svVEJGRVNoWFJ3UEYxQ0ZTUT09

 

Friday, January 28th

Peace, Love, Understanding, and Compliment Day - Have your child wear Tye dye colors or clothes with flowers, peace signs, hearts, happiness, and spend the entire day complimenting people. This should be a fun one!! BRING THOSE SPIRIT COLORS!

Writing Lab Day for all teachers, K-5. School remains in session but subs will weave between classes releasing teachers for 90-minute spells. 

Emory (above), and Mia (below) 5th-grade Leadership Team,

helping our youngest students to

suggest names for our 8 new chickens!


WHAT IS COMING UP IN THE WEEKS AHEAD

2/3 - CAN DO BOARD & BRUSH EVENT

2/10 - CAN DO SLIP AND SHOP


Registration, INCLUDING TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN, for the 2022-2023 School Year is now open

Registration packets are currently available in the front office.  

Know that we are excited about the return of our Transitional Kindergarten program for the 2022-2023 school year. The dates for acceptance are for four-year-olds whose 5th birthday occurs between September 2 and February 2nd. 

At this time the location of the TK program across our district will be determined by the number of enrollments at each site.

  • Kindergarten enrollment: Open to students who will be five years old on/or before September 1st.  
  • First-grade enrollment: Open to students who will be six years old on/before September 1st. 

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

Everything you need to know about the three steps for online- registration can be found here.


LET'S GET SOME CAN-DO INFORMATION FRONT AND CENTER THIS WEEK BECAUSE WE APPRECIATE YOU!!

UPCOMING EVENTS 

Hey Lucas Valley Families! 

You're currently in 1st place for our 

Classroom Giving Challenge!!

Woohoo! Keep it up! 

 

6 classrooms have already reached 65% of families donating 

LVE is at 51% of total families! 

 

Only 37 more families need to donate to reach 65%

 

Our suggested ask is $600, but ANY amount counts and is greatly appreciated! 

 

PLEASE DONATE TODAY.

 

Click HERE for more info, incentives, and to see 

stats for Lucas Valley & district-wide.

 

TOGETHER, WE CAN DO! 

Mrs. Shaver's 3rd-grade class,

learning about state names

and getting exercise at the same time!


DISTRICT YOUTH TRUTH SURVEY COMING!

Students in grades 3-8 in the Miller Creek School District will be asked to participate in the YouthTruth Student Survey in the coming weeks. The YouthTruth Student Survey is a nationally recognized survey used in hundreds of schools and districts across the country, surveying hundreds of thousands of students.

The survey asks students about their experiences in the school and with their teachers, including how engaged they are at school, the rigor of their coursework, and their preparedness for the future.

Our school, other schools, and researchers may use such information for developing plans to help schools and teachers improve.

For information about this survey, please visit http://youthtruthsurvey.org, or speak to a school administrator.

Although we want to hear from all students, participation in this survey is voluntary. To view the survey questions, click here

Your child’s ratings will not be identified in any reports because results are shared at the group level. Personally, identifiable information will not be released to any third party.

 

SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL TEAM

On Thursday afternoon, our Site Council Team met to discuss the following:

  • 32 point Covid Plan
  • Youth Truth District Survey (More to come on this one)
  • 2 Safety Plan Goals

I appreciated the thoughts, ideas, and questions raised by the team relating to the direction our school is moving in. The Comprehensive Safety Plan, when finished, will be shared with you all but I would like to take moment and share with you the two specific goals we are working with at the moment so you can better understand our primary focus for the 2022-2023 school year:

  1. Increasing student and staff safety through social/emotional core competencies, specifically, developing a systemic schoolwide SEL approach to integrating social-emotional learning across all school contexts.
  2. Regularly updating the School Site Specific Protection Plan (S.S.S.P.P.) in response to Public Health Guidelines and site needs so that all students and staff are safe, specifically, improving upon existing aspects of the S.S.S.P.P. in order to respond to new information arising from any new variants.

Random Act of Kindness Day: Pizza/Sports Day

Took one look at their own normal lunch...

and went straight for this line!

No judgment...it's pizza:) 

Your Home and School team

(Not seen is Lilian who had to head out right after)

Erin (2nd from right) sent me an email

with this pizza/sports day idea 

LOVE THIS!!!


DIVERSITY EQUITY AND INCLUSION MEETING TOPICS

Please feel free to join our team as we talk about planning for the month of February, Black History Month. Lots of great ideas with the teams from all the elementary schools getting together to plan. The month will include posters, lesson/project offerings for our teachers, and decorations.

In addition, our wonderful district lead, Kelly Glossop, has purchased books for each of our teachers to read to their students related to contemporary issues, not just focusing attention on the past. Very intentional purchasing and love her for that!

Finally, Katrina Villena continues to provide not only fantastic counseling services but also rich lessons and resources for our teachers. We continue to grow and learn and our commitment to equity for all remains steadfast.

 

FROM OUR LUCAS VALLEY LION LIBRARIANS

Please find the links enclosed for the February lifeskill and heritage month books. We have a rich collection of books to share in honor of Black History Month. Please also enjoy a variety of books regarding relationship skills this month. Wishing you a wonderful February.

 

Liz Rouman and Rochelle Simurdiak

Relationship Skills

Black History Month

Teachers working their magic...

that few will really ever understand. Truly!

One of my favorite daily activities...

visiting when moments like this happen.

Learning, Growing, Focusing...

Feels like we are slowly getting back to normal


IMPORTANT COVID RELATED UPDATES

OMICRON LINKS - Good to be familiar with

WEDNESDAY PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATES - Good to review! 

Good news is starting to emerge. Due to the decreasing case rates in the 0-18-year-old population, we may soon see a relaxation of our restrictions on gathering indoors, meaning, we may have our assemblies back! We will know more in Public Health Meetings next week. Excited about this one!

 

PCR TEST TURNAROUND TEST TIME

Numerous inquiries from community members have been made regarding prolonged turnaround times for results from PCR testing. Increased demand for testing and limited laboratory capacity statewide has led to delays for some testing providers. Consumers are advised to ask testing providers regarding expected turnaround times prior to obtaining testing. Here is a list of current turnaround times for some of our most common testing providers. 

 

NoteThe data sample was collected between the dates of January 12, 2022 and January 16, 2022. These records were for positive test results only.  

  • Curative: 3-4 days 
  • Kaiser Permanente: 2 days  
  • LHI / Optum Serve: 4-5 days 
  • MarinHealth: 2 days 
  • Pharmacies: 2-4 days  
  • COVID Clinic: 6-7 days 

If you are in need of a COVID-19 test, visit our Testing Page to find a location and schedule an appointment.  

 

TREAT A POSITIVE AS A POSITIVE 

Rapid antigen tests have proven effective to detect Omicron infections and reliably detect the virus in infectious people. Anyone who is considered a close contact should test three to five days after last exposure to a positive person. Marin County Public Health does not recommend confirmatory PCR tests following a rapid test with a positive result. With the high prevalence of Omicron, a positive home test does not require confirmation.   

Regardless of vaccination status, all are urged to seek testing if you are feeling sick.  

 

5 EASY STEPS TO KEEPING OUR COMMUNITY SAFE

  • Vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19, including against the Omicron and Delta variants. Making sure that all eligible members of your household are vaccinated will help increase your family’s protection from possible infection.  
  • Testing for COVID-19 is an important way to stop the potential spread of the virus and offers peace of mind before or after attending events. Visit our Testing Page to find a testing provider near you.  
  • Wearing a well-fitted mask in indoor public spaces or outdoors where social distancing isn’t possible offers an important extra layer of defense. Learn how to get the most of your mask here.  
  • Stay home when sick: Even of you don’t have access to a test, avoiding contact with others by staying home when you feel sick will protect classmates, friends, workmates, and the wider community.  
  • Washing your hands and being aware of when we want to rub our eyes, nose, and mouth are important for keeping us safe. Basic hand hygiene goes a long way to ensure that we are preventing the spread of germs. Here’s a refresher on how to properly and effectively wash hands.   

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

Writing Professional Development Day is this Friday and personally and professionally, I can't wait!

On Friday, every teacher, K-5, will have the opportunity to observe firsthand, a lead teacher from the Momentum in Writing program working with our children. This is super exciting and a way to fill in gaps for our teachers who have already begun this program.

A very deep appreciation to Assistant Superintendent Kristy Treewater, who has worked with teaching teams to craft this opportunity over the last few years. Having worked in the district since 2010, I can honestly say, this is the first time I have seen such fervor and dedication to this strand of learning. More than that, our children are really enjoying the process from start to end.

 

KINDNESS WEEK IS HERE

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! Walkthrough 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 

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.


IN THE END, IT'S REALLY ALL ABOUT THE CHICKENS, RIGHT?

Thank you, Rustie Kaster, parent, who has led this charge of not only managing the tragic loss of our first group of chickens but introducing 8 new ones back to the campus! 

Ohhhh, the joy he has brought to this team...