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Vallecito News
Posted 5/1/20

May 1, 2020


Welcome to the World, Remi Dora Pina!

Sweet Baby Remi was born on April 28th at 9:08 pm.  Congratulations to Vallecito's Ms. Pina and her husband Tyler. 

We can't wait to meet you!


Temporary Changes to Grading and

Reporting in Response to COVID-19

The COVID-19 global pandemic has dramatically altered our daily lives. The biggest change for the educational community is the transition to remote learning, which includes assessing and reporting on a student’s progress. 

To find an equitable solution to address the challenges of assessment, grading, and reporting, TK-5 students will receive a report card that includes comments only.


For more detailed information, read Superintendent Rosales' full letter HERE.


The Family Dance Party is Tonight!

5:00-7:00 pm

To celebrate Digital Wellness Day, the MCSDwill celebrate by hosting a family dance party at the same time.


Click HERE to access Vallecito's own Uncle Steve's Playlist and start dancing at 5:00.  You do not need to set up a Twitch account unless you want to chat.  Don't forget to take pictures and send to Ms. Foehr.

May 4 - 8: Teacher Appreciation Week

Don't forget to take a moment next week and share your appreciation for our amazing Vallecito staff.  They are working late into the night building an entirely new instructional program that reflects the best practices in remote learning for elementary-age children. It is challenging work, and I could not be more proud of our team.  


MCSD Teacher & Staff Parade - Wednesday, May 6

Begins at 2:40 pm

We miss our students and want to safely wave "hello" from our cars.  Please wear your VAL wear, step outside, and wave to the parade of cars as we drive through our neighborhoods. 


Special Guest Appearance by Dannie Jones and Ms. Elinson!  This would be a wonderful time for VAL families to make some signs and wave them off into retirement.


It is important that all families follow social distancing guidelines during the parade (wear masks and stay six feet apart).  Staff members will drive their own cars and wave to families from their driveways and sidewalks as we pass.

Click HERE for details on the parade route. 

Looking forward to seeing all of you - even if it is only from a distance!


Class Placement Information for the

2020-2021 School Year

The staff and I are beginning the process of planning for next year and designing classes based on enrollment projections.  We appreciate your trust and partnership in this. Parent input will be considered if the input is based upon clear-cut educational or developmental needs (as per board policy).  All input must be received no later than May 22nd.

Please read the letter below for details on how to submit class placement information for your child.  

Class Placement Letter



A 60 Second Yearbook Preview

Vallecito 2020 Yearbook Preview 


It's not too late to order your Vallecito Yearbook.

Visit and search for Vallecito.


Online Registration for the

2020-2021 School Year is Open!

Online registration is now available on the Miller Creek School District website.  If you have an incoming student and need to complete registration, please visit the MCSD Registration page TODAY to download your forms. We are making important student enrollment decisions at this time and would appreciate your help in determining an accurate student count.

Middle School Information for Fifth Grade Families

Miller Creek Principal, Tenisha Tate Austin, sent an email and video to all fifth-grade families with information about orientation and elective selection.  If you did not see the email yet, click the link below to access all the information.

Middle School Information for Fifth Grade Families


Creating Curiosity: Out the Front Door

We are thrilled to share an engaging Pre-K through 5th grade supplemental outdoor educational experience for students. In an effort to expand on student learning, Marin County Office of Education is filming a five-week television series that will highlight an interactive learning experience that can happen just outside of a student’s front door and within their natural environment!  The television series “Creating Curiosity: Out The Front Door” will be available in Spanish and English and will air on local television, and YouTube beginning Monday, May 4, 2020!

Creating Curiosity (Spanish)

Creating Curiosity (English)


Parent Tips for Supporting Remote Learning

 (English / Spanish)

School Campus and Playgrounds Closed

During Shelter in Place Order 

Vallecito is hosting child care for Kaiser essential employees and the front parking lot is being used to disinfect emergency vehicles between shifts.  Please remember that our campus and playgrounds are closed during the shelter in place order. Thank you for your help in keeping families safe.

Do You Need More Books for Your Kids at Home and Want to Help Students in Need at the Same Time?

Our Home and School Club is hosting a

Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

Monday, April 20-Sunday, May 3, 2020.

The Virtual Fair is a fantastic way to get books in the hands of your students now to keep them reading at home.


All school profits will be used to purchase books for Vallecito students in need who would love more books to read at home during the shelter in place order!

  • All purchases benefit Vallecito and our students in need by earning 40% in Scholastic Dollar rewards
  • Shop Book Fair exclusives, best-sellers, skill-builders and more
  • Orders ship directly to your home
  • Book-only orders over $25* receive FREE shipping
  • Over 6,000 items to choose from through the Scholastic Store Online

Visit our Book Fair Homepage and click “Shop Now” to get started: 

Get an additional 15% off using the code "take15" and get FREE shipping on book-only orders of $25+. All purchases earn 40% in Scholastic Dollars which will be used to buy books for Vallecito students in need. 

Check it out here:

Important Reminders

  • In response to an expected increase in deficit spending, the Miller Creek School Board voted to suspend TK for the 2020-2021 school year and approved several significant program changes.  Click HERE to read the superintendent's letter in full.  Hard copy letters were mailed to all impacted families.
  • The State canceled spring CAASPP Testing for 3rd-5th graders
  • Coloma and Walker Creek overnight field trips are canceled and the business office is processing refunds. More information to follow soon. 
  • The 5th-grade teachers and our Parent Promotion Committee will work together to reimagine graduation celebrations.  They will look different, but they WILL happen.


Miller Creek School District Remote Learning Site

Please click here to access this page on our district website.



Where to get the latest information on COVID 19:

Visit the official Marin County Coronavirus webpage ( to review answers to frequently asked questions, access guidance for special groups and subscribe for email updates. To view past status updates concerning COVID-19 activity in Marin County, click on the resources tab on the Coronavirus webpage.

Have questions?  Individuals can contact Marin Health and Human Services with non-medical questions about the coronavirus by calling (415) 473-7191

(Monday – Friday, 9:30am to 12-noon and 1pm to 5pm).



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: