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Vallecito News
Posted 5/8/20

May 8, 2020


Wishing all our Vallecito Mamas a Day of Joy!




A Week of Appreciation


Vallecito certainly knows how to bring the LOVE to teachers and staff.  The Specialists adored the Vallecito Specialist Kudos Board, teachers appreciated your sweet notes of thanks, and the caravan on Friday absolutely rocked.  Here are a few of the highlights...


Teacher Parade Movie

Vallecito Specialist Kudos Board


In lieu of the art show this year, we are doing a Heartwalk! A celebration of your artistic talent to close out the year. Hearts are a true symbol of love and kindness. Let’s make our love visible.

We invite you to express your artistic imagination through your “Heart Work.”  Our district art team has collaborated to create these fun and engaging lesson plans with you. Choose one of these ideas from any of the district art teachers to inspire you or create your own. 


Lesson plans


Lucas Valley Elementary - Ms. Linsey

Ms. Linsey's Art Heart Ideas!


Vallecito - Mr. Newman



Mary E Silveira - Ms Winter

Chihuly Inspired Heart


Pointillism Heart


  • Create your Heart - make it BIG and BOLD! 

Because of social distancing, you want your neighbors to enjoy your art from far away.

  • Place the heart on the front door or somewhere visible from the street on May 22nd. 

  • Keep the artwork up until May 31st to allow friends and neighbors to enjoy it.

  • Take a photo and drop it in the CanDO dropbox folders so that your art can be a part of our online gallery!

Mary Silveira Dropbox

Lucas Valley Dropbox

Vallecito Dropbox


HeARTwalk is a free, outdoor, heart-themed Art Exhibition created by our Miller Creek District Elementary students.

Designed to give us a safe, family fun activity, the HeARTwalk allows us to connect with our school community 

(with social distance!) and enjoy our students' creative talents!

From May 22nd- 31st student art will be displayed throughout our local community as part of the annual elementary Art Shows.


HeARTwalk is sponsored by Can Do! Education Foundation which supports continued learning and vital programs for the Miller Creek School District. 

Support Can Do! and help sustain vital programming for our children.

Thank you for your generous support!


Jamie Newman

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Preview YouTube video Chihuly Inspired Heart

Chihuly Inspired Heart

Preview YouTube video Pointillism Heart

Pointillism Heart



A 60 Second Yearbook Preview

Vallecito 2020 Yearbook Preview 


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

Visit and search for Vallecito.

Graduation Update

It's hard to believe that our 5th graders are graduating next month. It is bittersweet for sure. We are so proud of them and know they are more than ready for middle school, but this was not how we envisioned spending the last months of school. Our team is working hard to make sure that we make this milestone memorable. 

The guidelines from the county Health Department continue to evolve, but we expect limitations on gatherings of all kinds. We are monitoring these guidelines daily and will plan accordingly.  The 5th-grade teachers will be reaching out to families with more details early next week.



Thank you DJ Uncle Steve for Last Week's Vallecito Dance Party!


Ellie and Abby McDermott Dance Party

(with a very uninterested Wrigley Dog in the background)


Remi and Heather Davidson


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.


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.  Please help spread the word to families with incoming Kindergarteners or people who are new to the neighborhood.

You do not need to complete this registration process if your child is already currently attending Vallecito.


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


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


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.

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: