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Vallecito News
Posted 2/14/20

February 14, 2020


Upcoming Events

  • Feb 17-21: Mid Winter Break
  • Feb 27: District English Learner Advisory Committee (District Office 5:00)
  • March 3: Parent Visitation Tour
  • March 4: HSC Meeting (8:20)
  • March 5: School Site Council Meeting (3:00)
  • March 12: Science Fair: STEAM Showcase (5:30-6:30)
  • March 16: Non-Student Day - Staff Professional Development
  • March 20: Rock-a-Thon

Kindness Week

Thanks to our Community Heroes student club, we really felt the love this week.  Here are a few more ideas for families to extend the "kindness conversation" at home: 


Kindness Videos for Kids & Adults

Celebrating Black History Month 


In partnership with the parents from our Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee, our students enjoyed an assembly by Abada Capoeira of Marin and took walks around the school learning about the black heroes decorating classroom doors. 

As you all know, our community is rich in diversity and ensuring that we are not only welcoming but embracing everyone, is at the heart of our philosophy. Our focus remains to prevent biased-based bullying, creating a gender-inclusive learning environment, tapping into the deep cultural fabric of our community, and helping our students and families see themselves as part of the larger world, instead of seemingly left out of it. 

Through this important work, we hope that all of us will develop a deeper understanding of the diversity within the greater society and how collectively, we are stronger for it.


Abada Capoeira Assembly




From Mr. Newman's Art Class

Romare Beardon


Jean Paul Basquiat


Curriculum Update

I would also like to share with you that our elementary teams are currently immersed in developing a 3-year plan related to reading and writing. We are very excited about this work which includes a thorough analysis of our current programs, visiting other schools with programs we have an interest in, engaging teachers in cross-site grade-level discussions, developing a vertically aligned assessment plan, and pursuing gap analysis discussions and Professional Development to support our 3-year vision.

Much appreciation to our teaching teams for their efforts and Mrs. Treewater, assistant superintendent, for her leadership and guidance.



Vallecito STEAM Showcase: March 12, 2020

Marin County Schools are transitioning the traditional Science Fair model to a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) SHOWCASE to better align with the Next Generation Science Standards.

This year’s theme is “SUSTAINABILITY!”


Vallecito's STEAM SHOWCASE is  

Thursday, March 12th from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. 


All students are encouraged to participate.


The Marin County Office of Education will hold the TK-5th grade STEAM Showcase on April 1st. 

Visit for more information.


Vallecito's Got Talent!

The 2020 Talent Show was Spectacular!  A special thanks to teachers Erin Baker, Hildie Sims, Tetsuya Endo, and Devon Marvel for generously volunteering to coordinate the show.



Congratulations Friday Morning Can & Plastic Bottle

CRV Recyclers 


Together we have hauled in $872!
Let’s make $1,500 for Vallecito by the end of this School Year!

Don't forget to empty and rinse containers.


A special thanks to Linda Grey for coordinating this program.


A Note from the County Superintendent of Schools

In partnership with the Marin County Sheriff and District Attorney, I am sharing the attached letter to parents/guardians of Marin County students related to the safe storage of guns if they are in the home. With an estimated 4.6 million children living in homes with access to unlocked guns, we want to emphasize the need for raising awareness about the guidelines for the safe storage of guns under California law. In addition, we want parents and all community members to take extra steps to prevent tragedies including: storing guns safely, asking about the presence of unsecured guns in other homes, and recognizing risk factors and warning signs of suicide and depression – and speak up.


Please share the attached letters, translated in English and Spanish, with your school community as appropriate. Thank you for your partnership in keeping our students and community safe.


Mary Jane Burke


Gun Safety Spanish

Gun Safety English



Can You Help?

We are in desperate need of parents to help support our Green Team and lunch sorting program. Please email Ms. Foehr if you are available.



Job Opportunity: Technology Support Specialist

The Miller Creek School District is looking for our next team member to support districtwide technology use. Visit Ejoin to learn more information. 


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



Contact Us 
Vallecito Elementary School 
50 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael, CA 94903 
Front Office: (415) 492-3750 Attendance Line: (415) 492-3752 
Denise Tosti, School Secretary: 
Elizabeth Foehr, Principal: