Congratulation to MCCV Student, Julian Wilson

Congratulations to MCCV second grader Julian Wilson, who was selected as one of five winners in his age group for the “Brighter Days“ Press Democrat art contest. Lots of talented kiddos imagining “brighter days.” Winners will be published in the Press Democrat on Sunday October 11. All art will be available soon in an online gallery.

Here’s Julian's watercolor called “Sunrise.”

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Distance Learning Centers for MCCV Students

Dear PCS Elementary Families,

We are excited to share with you some in-person support we are providing to our elementary students during Distance Learning. Over the past month, we have been working to open Distance Learning Centers (DLCs) at our elementary school sites. This program provides in-person support for students struggling with Distance Learning based on engagement and performance measures. Our students with the greatest need will be offered one of the spots at the school.

We are reaching out to families next week. We will begin by offering openings to students with the greatest need. If you have any questions or want to participate in our Distance Learning Centers, please contact your site principal or our DLC Manager JJ Lynch <>.

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To view this newsletter in Spanish or other languages, please scroll to the bottom of the newsletter and select "translate," and then select the language of your choice.

Para ver este carta informativa en Español o otro idioma, por favor desplazarse hacia abajo y seleccionar "translate," y seleccionar el idioma de su elección.

Events: Mark Your Calendars


Find Zoom Links to School Events and Meetings in the Family Google Calendar

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Next Newsletter: 10/30/20

Monday, October 19 - Welcome Back!

First Day of School, Second Quarter

Monday, October 19

1:00-3:00pm, Grades K-3 Exchange of Student Materials Day (Schedule by last name)

A-F 1:00 - 1:30pm

G-K 1:30 - 2:00pm

L-O 2:00 -2:30pm

P-Z 2:30 -3:00pm

If a family needs to pick up on a different day/time, that's ok. Please call the office and schedule an appointment.

Wednesday, October 21

1:00-3:00pm, Grades 4-8 Exchange of Student Materials Day (Schedule by last name)

A-F 1:00 - 1:30pm

G-K 1:30 - 2:00pm

L-O 2:00 -2:30pm

P-Z 2:30 -3:00pm

If a family needs to pick up on a different day/time, that's ok. Please call the office and schedule an appointment.

October 26

7:00-8:00pm, Friends of Cherry Valley Library Meeting via Zoom

October 26-October 30

Ed Foundation Homeathon

October 27

6:00-9:00pm, PCS Board of Education Meeting

October 29

3:30-4:30pm, Advisory Council


November 4 - TIDE Meeting

November 4+5 - PTA Dine and Donate: Petaluma Food Taxi

November 10 - PCS Board of Education Meeting

November 11 - No School, Veterans Day Holiday

November 12 - PTA Meeting

November 12 - Ed Foundation Meeting

November 23-27 - No School, Thanksgiving Break

November 30 - December 6 - Book Fair! (online through Copperfield's)

December 2 - TIDE Meeting

December 8 - PCS Board of Education Meeting

December 18 - Last Day of Second Quarter

December 21 - January 4 - No School, Winter Break

January 5 - First Day of School, Third Quarter

-----------October 19 and 21----------- Exchange of Student Materials Days

Dear MCCV Families,

On Monday, October 19, we will have a pick up and drop off of materials for students in grades K-3. On Wednesday, October 21, we will have a pick up and drop off of materials for students in grades 4-8. Please clearly label materials to be returned, i.e., library or teacher name.

Schedule by last name

A-F 1:00 - 1:30pm

G-K 1:30 - 2:00pm

L-O 2:00 -2:30pm

P-Z 2:30 -3:00pm

If a family needs to pick up on a different day/time, that's ok. Please call the office and schedule an appointment.

For Exchange of Materials

Please pull into the staff parking lot for grades K-5. Middle school students will be directed from Cherry Street down the fire road to their exchange location. Just like last time, we are asking all families to stay in their car and have a piece of paper on the dash or passenger window with their child's name, child's teacher. A staff member from MCCV will remove any items from your trunk to be returned to school and place a packet of materials for each family in the car trunk. Again, please clearly label materials to be returned.

Thank you!

Have you registered yet? This year marks our first ever Homeathon, and we need you to make it awesome! We know that this is a challenging time for our community. We also understand that during tough times, community is one of the most important things. Community is one of the most amazing aspects of our school. The Walkathon is one of the biggest community events in our year, and we are hoping to recreate that spirit of joy, cooperation, and service in this year’s Homeathon.

The Homeathon is October 26-30! We will be distributing goodie bags with treats to keep you moving on Thursday, October 22 and Friday, October 23 on the 700 block of Judith Court between 2:00 and 6:00 pm (this will be a low contact, drive-up pickup).

Just like our beloved annual Walkathon, the 2020 Homeathon will be the Mary Collins Education Foundation’s biggest fundraiser of the year. The money raised by the Homeathon supports our charter programs and core curriculum, including the garden and environmental education, performing arts, social emotional education, physical education, middle school electives, and advanced math. We need your participation and support to keep our special school thriving!

We are grateful to the Cherry Valley PTA for partnering with us on this event.

This year’s Homeathon will take place over a whole week: October 26 through 30. During that week, students will keep track of the minutes of activity they are completing at home, and the whole family can get involved. *This year’s tally will be by minutes, not laps!*

How many minutes will you move?

How to Homeathon

Step 1. Set up your PledgeStar account. Our link is We are trying to be as paperless as possible this year; PledgeStar makes it easy to collect credit card pledges and to track check donations, too! Visit this link to learn more about how to use PledgeStar.

Step 2. Collect pledges. Ask everyone! Friends, family, neighbors...anyone who would like to help you support our school. This year, we will accept pledges by credit card or check made out to MCEF.

Step 3. Plan your route. If walking or running outdoors is not possible for you, create a reasonable substitute activity that can be performed inside or in your yard (like jumping rope, jumping jacks, or even dancing!)

Step 4. Collect your Homeathon swag. Everyone who participates in the Homeathon will receive a tee shirt and a goodie bag full of snacks and surprises.

Step 5. Ready, set, start walking! (Or running, or you get your minutes done is up to you!) The Homeathon begins at 7:00 am on Monday, October 26 and ends Friday, October 30 at 6:00 pm. Keep track of your minutes over the course of the week!

Step 6. Record your total minutes and celebrate! Record minutes in PledgeStar by Friday, November 6 and return your check pledges to the MCCV office by Friday, November 20. We will tally up the total pledges for each cluster, and you’ll be in the running to exciting prizes! More details on prizes to come soon!

Best of all, you will support the MCEF and our school’s charter programs. We need you to succeed!

Questions? Want to volunteer to help out? Contact Megan Malone (, Alyssa Jorgensen (, or Rebecca Kagin (


TIDE = Team for Inclusivity, Diversity and Equity

Next Meeting - November 4

Please join us at our monthly TIDE meetings via Zoom. We meet from 6:30pm to 8:00pm on the first Wednesday of the month. Here are our upcoming meetings for the 2020-2021 school year. Please reserve them in your calendar!

  • November 4, 2020
  • December 2, 2020
  • January 6, 2021
  • February 3, 2021
  • March 3, 2021
  • April 7, 2021
  • May 5, 2021
  • June 2, 2021

Vision: We believe in an equitable school community where multiple perspectives are invited and celebrated.

Mission: We actively seek to understand the complex and rich identities of self and others, and to lean into difficult topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe that this work is a responsibility held by all and done for all. This pursuit prepares the children and adults in our community to be change agents of our increasingly diverse and global world, affecting systemic change.

Ms. Caudle’s Read-Alouds

Read Aloud with Ms. Caudle | Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn

We Need Your Bottle Caps

Please remember we are collecting plastic bottle caps for a future mural at MCCV. Please wash them and save them or send them into school. We will have collection containers out at our next materials exchange days on October 19 and October 21.

Thank you!


Petaluma Adult School Flyer: Positive Parenting (English)
Petaluma Adult School Flyer: Positive Parenting (Spanish)

We may not be walking or rolling to school right now, but physical activity is even more essential to health during these challenging times! This October, we challenge you to build knowledge about bicycle and/or pedestrian safety, the environment, and your community while Walking & Rolling to ANYWHERE!



  • On ANY ONE DAY during the FIRST WEEK OF OCTOBER, choose a destination to walk, bike, scooter or skateboard to. It can be ANY destination, whether it is to your school campus, a local park, a store, a friend's house, or just a walk around the neighborhood and back to your home!
  • Fill out our WALK & ROLL TO ANYWHERE SURVEY to share when, where, and how far you walked or rolled with us.
  • Your survey results will be shared with your school to discover how many kids walked & rolled, how far kids from your school traveled, how many carbon emissions were saved, and which teacher had the highest percentage of student's who walked & rolled that week!



  • Download the BINGO Challenge Sheet: English PDF Spanish PDF
  • Do as many activities as you are able to during the month of October, crossing them off the sheet when completed. (note: you do not have to achieve a "BINGO" to be complete)
  • Optional: Enter our Safety Poster contest for an EXTRA chance to win!
  • Submit to Safe Routes to School, as directed on the 2nd page of the Challenge Sheet (may be submitted via email or the mail), postmarked by Friday 11/6/20.
  • ALL submissions (Bingo Challenge & Safety Poster Contest entries) will be entered into a drawing for an ice-cream gift card.
  • Winners of our Safety Poster contest will ALSO receive a "I *heart* Walk & Roll" t-shirt, and winning posters will be displayed on our website.
  • Winners will be announced in November, and gift cards/t-shirts will be mailed directly to winners.


Questions? Email Safe Routes to School

Free Virtual Citizenship Workshop (English)
Free Virtual Citizenship Workshop (Spanish)


Elizabeth Boaz Music Lesson Flyer
Alex Michels Music Lesson Flyer
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