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Vallecito News
Posted 9/24/21




Mark Your Calendars



  • Lunch Master orders are now open for October. Log in and select your items today so your child does not miss a day! 
  • Don't forget to send your child with a water bottle every day.  We have filling stations on campus in lieu of open water fountains.
  • The Lost & Found is filling up! Items will be donated to Good Will in early October so please stop by the front of school and take a look.

Curriculum Focus: Writer's Workshop

   Teachers spent time analyzing student narrative writing samples during our Wednesday afternoon professional development.  By taking the time to look closely at student work and discuss in teams, we are able to identify patterns across classrooms that inform our teaching.  We are also able to look at each individual child's work and plan for differentiated instruction through tailored mini-lessons, individual conferences, and strategy groups.


One pattern that surfaced K-5 was the need to build students' writing stamina.  This refers to a child's ability to write for an extended amount of time adding details and expanding their ideas.


How can you help at home?

  • Encourage your child to keep a journal. Decorate the cover or help them find a special blank book that is just their own. 
  • Entice them with a cozy corner and an array of fun pens, envelopes, and paper.
  • Highlight meaningful, funny, or surprising events that happen in their daily life and say, "Wow! That would make a great story!  You should write that down!" 
  • Don't worry if the writing isn't perfect.  Writing is a process and it is more important to begin by getting their thoughts down on paper and becoming comfortable writing for longer and longer periods of time.

Teachers will continue our focus on differentiated writing instruction through Writer's Workshop at our next professional development day on Oct. 8th. 


Happy Writing!







The Miller Creek School District believes diversity is an asset, values every student, and is committed to building communities where students thrive. In order to do so, we must recognize systemic disparities in opportunities and outcomes and dedicate resources to address those disparities. 



The Vallecito Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee held its first meeting of the year on Thursday.  This dedicated group of teachers and parents are working to put our mission statement into action. A part of our work this year is offering parent workshops and community events.  Would you like to get involved with this dynamic group?  Fill out the survey below: 

DEI Participation Interest Survey


For more information, please contact Principal Foehr or our DEI liasons: 

Jaimi Cortes ( and

Tni Newhoff (


From Ms. Weiss' 3rd Grade Class



Click here for a link to the resources calendar created by the elementary librarians for Latinx/Hispanic Heritage month. 


Hispanic Heritage Month Resources


Thank you to our Photo Day Volunteers!


Perri Gyulai

Sebastian Widmark

Alice Cummings

Tamara Marsh


Are you looking to volunteer on campus?

We are still in need of extra hands during lunchtime recess from 12-12:45.  You get to wear a snappy yellow vest and hang out with some really cool kids. Drop by the office if you are able to help. Volunteers must provide proof of vaccination.

Register today at

The Can Do! Virtual Run as One starts FRIDAY!!  Swag pick up is this coming Wed from 1-3pm & Thurs 2:45-3:45pm at Miller Creek Middle School.  This year's event will be virtual again, but that means you can run or walk anywhere, anytime, inside, or outdoors. And it also means anyone, anywhere can participate - so spread the word! Track your miles with any GPS tracker or app and update your miles via the Run As One website. 


All proceeds raised support the wonderful enrichment programs that our Miller Creek School District schools offer your students such as the Art & PE programs. So lace up those running/walking/hiking shoes and register today!

Take the School Challenge!  When you register, make sure to designate Vallecito as your school. In addition to tracking the total miles run or walked during the event, we'll be tracking those same miles by school.  Let's see which school can run or walk the most "Miles for Miller Creek School District"  


Thank you to our amazing Run as One Sponsors, Kelly's Wishes FoundationsOutFIT Marin FitnessJennifer Harris Marks, Realtor, The Dodson Family, and Judy Arai, Realtor. Interested in becoming a sponsor, click here for more info! 


Can Do! is donating 5 Free Registrations to your school to those kids who would like to participate, but don’t have the means. Please email us at for more information.


Thank you to the 76 Vallecito Elementary families that have already donated. Every donation matters, so please donate! 


Did you know the Can Do! Company Matching Gifts program is an excellent way to maximize your donation? Click here to find out more. 



Keeping Our School Safely Open


Public Health Community Update Meetings



Public Health and Pediatrician Speaker Panel for Parents and Guardians

Wednesday, October 13th @ 6:00 pm


(Focus: Vaccinations for 5-11 year-olds & At Home Testing - Presented in English and translated in Spanish)


In English with Spanish Interpretation

Join Zoom Meeting:






Public Health and Pediatrician Speaker Panel for Parents and Guardians

Wednesday, October 20th @ 6:00pm 


(Focus on Vaccinations for 5-11 year-olds & At Home Testing - Presented in Spanish and translated in English)


In Spanish with English Interpretation        

Join Zoom Meeting:



For easy access to updated Decision Trees and the most current Public Health information, click the "Covid-19 Health and Safety" tab on the front page of the Vallecito website.


Vallecito Website


Community Education Night


Click here for Zoom link.

Ms. Nevitt, Ms. Reid, and Ms. Magill keeping our yard safe while wearing their snappy yellow vests!


Can Do! Art with Mr. Newman








Volunteers Needed


On Wednesday, October 6th, in conjunction with Safe Routes to School, Vallecito will participate in International Walk & Roll to School Day. Tables will be set up with information, encouragement, and light swag for walkers, riders, scooters, skaters, etc.,. Subsequently, on the first Wednesday of each month we will set up a table for Walk and Roll Wednesdays. If you are interested in volunteering to help with any of this tabling (starting about 30 minutes before the first bell), please reach out to me, David Benin (, Val's Safe Routes to School Parent Volunteer. Proof of vaccination is required. This is a great and fun way to promote safe and healthy travel to school. All you need to bring is yourself and some enthusiasm for our walkers and wheeled riders! Thanks.

Want to get more involved?

Safe Routes to School Marin County


Join the MCSD Team


The Miller Creek School District is experiencing a significant workforce shortage.  We are far from unique as employers are struggling to fill positions across the country.  What is unique, however, is the opportunity this presents for our community.  I can't guarantee you that working in a school is easy or that you won't go home tired at the end of the day.  But I will guarantee you that the work is deeply fulfilling.  Years from now we will look back at the pandemic and ask ourselves, "How did we show up?" I take great pride and satisfaction knowing that the teachers and staff of our little school district show up every day for kids.   

Full and Part-Time Paid Positions are Available

Click HERE for opportunities or 

email Principal Foehr:



Ms. Paoli, our Can Do! PE teacher 

Home and School Club Updates



Volunteer SignUpGenius Links:

·        Drop Off Lane Volunteer Link (8am-8:25am)

·        Lunch Distribution Volunteer Link (11:30am-12:30am)



·        Vallecito Home & School Club Meeting: Wed. 10/6/21 from 8:35am-9:35am via ZOOM ( or Meeting ID: 484 290 9992 or SIP:

·        International Walk and Roll to School Day- Wed. 10/6. Join the fun on foot or wheels, and you’ll see how great it feels!

·        Mark Your Calendars for Fall Festival! Saturday, 10/23 from 3pm-5pm.

·        Yearbook Cover Contest- Artwork submissions due 10/15. Click here for details!

·        Birthday Book Club! Find out about it HERE!

·        Friday Recycling: Bring in your recyclable cans and plastic bottles (caps off!) every Friday, and help the environment, earn Vallecito some $ and receive a Green Eagle Ticket!

·        Outdoor Movie Night: Delayed till November… more details coming soon.

·        Parent/Caregiver Night Out Series- coming soon!






Parents can access community flyers by visiting the Community Resources page on the Miller Creek School District website. New flyers this week:

  • AC Marin Fall 2021 Soccer Academy
  • Cub Scout Pack 76 Fall 2021 Ice Cream Social

Vallecito Elementary

50 Nova Albion Way

San Rafael, CA. 94903

Office: (415) 492-3750