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Vallecito News
Posted 10/1/21

Our Student Council Members All Dressed Up and Ready to Lead our Morning Assembly


Mark Your Calendars

This Wednesday, Oct 6

Walk, Roll, or Carpool to School



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.,.

Thank you to David Benin for organizing our Safe Routes to School events.


Caring for the Whole Child at Val

October Life Skill: Self Awareness

The ability to understand one’s own emotions, thoughts, and how they influence behavior.


Essential Questions: Who Am I?  How Am I?


  • Growth Mindset
  • Self-Pride
  • Integrity
  • Using Mindfulness Practices to Regulate Emotions



Our 4th & 5th Grade Student Council created a video for all students to watch to introduce this month's Life Skill.  Click the link below and check out these amazing kids.  Thank you to Ms. Sims and Ms. Lai for running our Student Council program!


A Special Message from your Student Council Members


October Identity Month: LGBTQ History Month

Supporting Social-Emotional Learning through

an LGBTQ Inclusive Lens

Research indicates that gender identity begins to develop earlier than many people assume. Most typically developing children begin to recognize gender in others by about 18-24 months of age and have a fully formed gender identity of their own by roughly age 4.


Moreover, all of our children currently live in a world where LGBTQ+ people are part of our communities. Knowing this, social-emotional learning through an LGBTQ+ equity lens is critical for our children to better understand and appreciate their own identities and experiences as well as those of the people around them. 


We also know that most LGBTQ+ youth experience teasing, bullying, or harassment around their identities while at school, according to the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey from the Centers for Disease Control.


“In order to make school a safer, more welcoming, affirming environment for LGBTQ+ youth, we must implement supportive programming tailored to the unique challenges and needs of the LGBTQ population. School-based SEL offers an environment for experiential support to take place."


Our librarians, counselors, and teachers will be reading stories and engaging with the goal of bringing much-needed attention to:

  • Gender stereotypes
  • Self-awareness - Who am I? How am I?
  • Identity 
  • Intersectionality, or put another way, the complex way that the many aspects of our identities overlap, including our race, gender, identity, class, and more.
  • Understanding ones own emotions
  • Understanding the decisions we make affect others

Here are the book titles that our elementary librarians are highlighting for the month of October for both LGBTQ+ History and our life skill for self-awareness. Teachers will also access this wonderful calendar highlighting important people in LGBTQ History. 



For each of the skills below, a group of experts developed a short story through which the skills are taught. Each story centers around a central character who is experiencing a stressful situation and teaches that character a specific skill to cope with the stress. Examples of stories include a child who is concerned about their mom leaving for work, and an elementary school student nervous about moving into middle school.

  • Belly breathing: In this story, Ángel is introduced to a special kind of breathing called belly breathing. Belly breathing can be used to make you feel more calm and relaxed. Watch this video to learn how you can do belly breathing too. About 6 minutes 
  • Increasing favorite activities: This is the story of Drew, who is learning about doing fun activities to help improve how they’re feeling. When we’re feeling down, we often stop doing activities that we normally enjoy doing. But doing more of the activities we like can actually make us feel better and give us more energy! Watch Drew’s story to learn more.
  • Mindfulness: All of us have thoughts from time to time that make us feel upset. In this story, you’ll meet Taylor. Taylor is learning Mindfulness 5-4-3-2-1. Mindfulness 5-4-3-2-1 teaches you to calm your mind and helps you worry less. Follow along with Taylor so you too can learn how to practice mindfulness 5-4-3-2-1 when you need it.
  • Catch It, Check It, Change It – Labeling: We all have thoughts that make us feel worried or upset from time to time. But sometimes these thoughts really get in our way and aren’t helpful. There are steps you can take to turn those upsetting thoughts around. It’s called Catch It, Check It, Change It. It’s a bit like being a detective investigating your own thinking. In this story, you’ll meet Ren who is learning to catch, check, and change their thoughts. Follow along so you can learn too!
  • Catch It, Check It, Change It – All or Nothing Thinking: This is the story of Dana who is having some very upsetting thoughts. We all have upsetting thoughts from time to time. But sometimes those thoughts aren’t helpful and can make us feel even worse. Dana is learning a new technique to turn those upsetting thoughts around. It’s called Catch It, Check It, Change It. It’s a bit like being a detective investigating your own thinking. Follow along with Dana so you can learn too.


Home & School Club


Vallecito Home & School Club Meeting:


Wednesday, 10/6/21 from 8:35am-9:35am via ZOOM

Join us: or Meeting ID: 484 290 9992 or SIP:


Link to the: 10/6/21 HSC Meeting Agenda



Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee

Join our dynamic team and let us know how you would like to become involved by filling out this brief survey: DEI Interest Survey

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.

There's still time to register!!

The Can Do! Virtual Run as One is on until Sunday 10/10!! If you were unable to pick up your swag bag last week, please contact the Can Do! office at or call us at 415-492-3500 to make arrangements. 


Don't forget to designate Mary Silveira Elementary when you register and be sure to update your miles via the Run As One website. Let's see which school can run, walk, hike, skip, etc the most "Miles for Miller Creek School District"


Be sure to take pics with your bib and swag on and upload it to this Dropbox link: Vallecito Elementary Run as One Photo Link. You might be featured in our newsletters, website, etc!  


All proceeds raised support the wonderful enrichment programs that our Miller Creek School District schools offer your students such as the Art & PE teachers and supplies, 1:1 technology, and more!  


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.


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.


We are at 41% of our $690,000 goal. Every donation matters, so please donate! Thank you to the 80 Vallecito families that have already donated! We appreciate you!  


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

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.


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:





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