Mary Collins School at Cherry Valley

Thank You!

Thank you for running with today’s adventures. Students, site, and district staff all did an incredible job making today a wonderful day to remember.
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Year-Round School Calendar 2022-23 (MCCV and Penngrove)

Year-Round School Calendar 2023-24 (MCCV and Penngrove)

MCCV Family Google Calendar

Look Here For More Information About MCCV School Events, Meetings, and Zoom Links

How to layer the Family Google calendar to the calendar on your iPhone or iPad

Next Newsletter: February 3, 2023

Saturday, January 21

10:00am - 4:00pm, Middle School Food Drive - Petaluma Market

Tuesday, January 24

9:00-10:00am, Prospective Families Tour

Tuesday, January 24

3:30-4:30pm, Advisory Council Meeting

Wednesday, January 25

5:30-8:00pm, 8th Grade Pasta Feed Fundraiser

Link to Presale Tickets - Please purchase by Monday, January 23. Thank you!

Thursday, January 26

9:00-10:00am, Prospective Families Tour

Thursday, January 26

6:00-7:15pm, Middle School Family Information Night for Prospective Students

Saturday, January 28

10:00am-4:00pm, LumaCon! - Petaluma Community Center

Febraury 1-7

See's Candies PTA Fundraiser

Friday, Febraury 3

7:30-9:30am, School Board Members Visit MCCV - Board Office Hours


February 7 - Hybrid Multingual Meeting

February 8/9 - Angel Island Pellkofer Class

February 9 - Prospective Families Tour

February 9 - PTA Meeting

February 9 - MCCF Meeting

February 10 - Valentine's Day School Celebration

February 13 - No School, Staff Development Day

February 14 - No School, Staff Development Day

February 15/16 - Angel Island Ironwood Class

February 17 - Coffee with the Principal + PTA

February 18 - Middle School Food Drive - Petaluma Market

February 20 - No School, Presdients' Holiday

February 21 - TIDE Meeting

February 22/23 - Angel Island Reid/Torbet Class

February 23 - Prospective Families Tour

February 24 - Middle School Dance


Snowball Family Dance - Canceled

Due to the continued power outage and winter wackiness, the Snowball Dance is being canceled. Stay tuned for more fun in the near future!

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Fifth Grade Parents: On January 26 at 6:00pm, please plan to attend our MCCV Middle School Family Information Night

The Middle School Preview Night is Thursday, January 26th from 6-7:15 pm in S-2. All students and parents (especially 5th grade parents) are invited to learn about our 6-8th grade middle school program here at Mary Collins School at Cherry Valley. We are happy to answer any questions you might have about the 6th-8th grade program. If you know of other students in our community who are not already here at MCCV, please spread the word, as all interested families are welcome.



The priority registration window is open from January 9, 2023 to February 28, 2023. Even after the priority window closes, families can still submit enrollment applications. So excited to share our incredible learning community with new families. Click here to sign up for tours.

  • Click here to apply now. Fill out our Online Application via SchoolMint for new students who are applying to a TK-8 school! If you have a student who currently attends a PCS school, you don't need to fill out an application again.

8th Grade Ashland Field Trip Pasta Feed 2023

Wednesday, January 25, 2023


Link to Presale Tickets

Please purchase tickets by 3:00pm on Monday January 23, so we can get a final meal count to our caterer. Thank you!


Hello Cherry Valley students and parents!

This year, our annual 8th grade pasta feed is Wednesday, January 25, 2023 from 5:30pm - 8:00pm. All profits will go to the 8th grade trip to Ashland, Oregon! Come on into the Lodge to eat delicious pasta, salad and bread served by our own 8th graders, or if you’re in a rush, you can get it to go!

We have gluten-free, vegan, & vegetarian options, so the whole family can dig in. Sauce options are Marinara (Vegan), Pesto (Has Cheese) or Meat. Pasta options are Semolina or Gluten Free. Prices are as follows and include salad and bread:

  • Adult Pasta serving: $15 veggie/vegan or $18 meat
  • Youth Pasta serving: $10 veggie/vegan or $13 meat

Currently we are only selling Pre-sale tickets!

We will also have awesome

  • Raffle Prizes
  • Wine Grab
  • Bake Sale Items
  • And Italian Sodas

We look forward to seeing you!

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PTA Valentine's Day Fundraiser!!

January 20 - January 27

MCCV PTA See’s Candies Storefront

Is it too early to start thinking about Valentine’s Day? We don’t think so! Place your orders between now and January 27th. 20-50% of the proceeds will go directly to the MCCV PTA. How sweet is that?!

The candies will be shipped directly to you (no local store pick ups), so anyone can order from this link! Please feel free to share this link with friends and family!


Yearbook Cover Contest 2022/2023

Designs are due by Friday, February 17, 2023

Think of images that represent our school for the Yearbook Cover Contest.

Here are the Basic Guidelines, please follow them carefully:

  • Designs will be on standard 8 ½” X 11” paper with portrait orientation

  • The artist’s name, grade, and teacher should be written lightly in pencil on the BACK of the artwork.

  • Cover designs do NOT need any words (they can be added electronically), but if words are included they MUST be spelled conventionally and the school name will be written as Mary Collins School OR Mary Collins School at Cherry Valley. If included, this school year is 2022-2023.

  • Color looks great and should be bright, bold, and consistent. Our official school colors are red, white and gold

  • If you are creating an electronic cover, you MUST use original art that you have created instead of copying and pasting existing art.

How to submit your designs:

  • Paper designs can be dropped off in the marked envelopes in your classroom or in the office

  • Placing the artwork in a folder or some other protective layer is suggested

  • Be sure to email Mr. Yu that it has been delivered so that he can grab it and prevent it from becoming damaged. His email is

  • Digital designs can be emailed to Mr. Yu at


Welcome to PCS Calm Space Site

Link to PCS Calm Space Site

We all need safe spaces to relax, unwind, and connect to wellness. This is a pilot website of resources still in the development phase. Have suggestions, additions, feedback? Please let me know and I will pass them along to the development committee-Liza Eichert ( Thank you to Maite Iturri, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services for making this happen.

These resources are intended to bring you calmness, and reset your mind and your body when you feel stress. Your feelings are valid and we encourage you to prioritize taking care of yourself in healthy ways. Taking time to manage your emotions this way improves; relationships, learning and wellness. Take time to explore Petaluma City Schools (PCS) calm space site and the different options, relying on what has worked in the past, and also challenging yourself to try new things!

Disclaimer: The following links are provided purely as resources for educational purposes and PCS does not endorse any specific agencies/services. These resources do not replace the need for medical or psychological intervention. If you are in need of more help, please reach out to a counselor or medical or mental health professional.

If you need immediate help, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital.



February is just around the corner. Looking ahead we have lots of fantastic ways to honor Black History Month in our community and many online resources to deepen your knowledge and awareness of why we honor and celebrate Black History. Here are a list of free and non-profit events and resources that will help guide you to participate in one, some or all of the local activities:

Black History Month in Petaluma Events month/black-history-2023/

Social Media Toolkit

Richmond Art Show:

Online Guest Speaker Lectures

Online Informational events for Kids some free some cost to attend

BHM events near and far in person and virtual:

We would also like to highlight a sometimes free, and sliding scale class that is hosted locally. IMPACT is an empowerment and self defense class for all ages, and identities. Check out the link to learn more about a class that is right for you.

Heather Gallagher - MCCVTIDE facilitator

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Unwind with a beverage and apps as you mix and mingle with members of the PTA and Charter Fund! Our groups are looking for volunteers to serve as Board or Committee Members in the 2023-2024 school year, as well as other project opportunities throughout the year. Everyone has talent and everyone can help. Whether you can step into a President or Chair role, or are available for specific events or tasks, we want to meet you and learn what you love to do and how you can help our school continue to offer the incredible programming that we all value so much.

About Us: Mary Collins School at Cherry Valley is a public charter school, dependent on funds from the local, state, and national levels. These budgets provide the bare minimum, impacting our school’s ability to continue providing its signature charter programs (visual and performing arts, environmental education, project based multidisciplinary learning). The PTA and Charter Fund work to help bridge this gap! We know that the special programs we help fund are more than just the cherry on top of a top-notch educational experience; they are essential and probably one of the main reasons you choose to enroll your student(s) at this school.

The PTA’s mission is to positively impact the lives of all children and families, by representing our members, and empowering and supporting them with skills in advocacy, leadership and communications. Partnering with our Charter Fund Committee, here are some of the programs and events our group sponsors/hosts to fulfill our mission:

  • Charter Program Salaries: Garden Coordinators, Music (Grades 6-8), Physical Education, Social-Emotional Education and Support, and Advanced Math (Grades 6-8)
  • Teacher Activity Fund (staff member/classroom supplies, books, etc.)
  • Assemblies + Special Days
  • Campus Infrastructure (Garden and Grounds, Theater Equipment)
  • Field Trip and Enrichment Class Scholarships
  • Staff Professional Development
  • Grant Matching
  • Community Events (Coffee Mornings, Ice Cream Social, Movie Night, Family Fun Fest, Dance and Game Night, Staff Appreciation)
  • Fundraising Events (Walkathon, Variety Show, Jubilee)
  • Library
  • Mentor Reading Program
  • Spirit Wear

2023-2024 PTA Board Member Elections

It is that time of year for PTA Board Member elections!

If you are interested in joining the nominating committee or in running for the PTA Board positions, please make sure to join our upcoming PTA Meetings. Potential Committee and Board Members should be knowledgeable about our PTA and need to be PTA Members for at least 30 days.

Thursday January 12 at 5:30 PM - Nominating Committee Creation

Thursday February 9 at 5:30 PM - Board Member Nomination Announcement

Thursday March 9 at 5:30 PM - Board Member Election

(Meeting Zoom links for each meeting can be found in the MCCV Family Google Calendar.)

Have any questions? Feel free to reach out to Dulcie Moore at


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15th Annual Cherry Jubilee Gala

The PTA is excited to announce that our 15th Annual Cherry Jubilee Gala will be held on April 15th 2023! Not only is our Gala a beloved celebration of our school, it’s also the PTA’s second biggest fundraiser of the year, so make sure to save the date in your calendars!

As always, we need all the help with can get from our community to pull this event off. Please see below for ways to help:

· Auction Committee Volunteers Needed: We need have a lot of opportunities to help out with getting donations for the auctions. Please check out our Signup Genius for more information.

· Donations Needed: Do you own a businesses, or can you help get our donation committee a lead on a donation with a company you work for? Please use our Donation Request Form to donate products or services, or reach out to us via email at


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LumaCon 2023!

January 28, 2023

10:00am - 4:00pm

Petaluma Community Center

LumaCon is a FREE comic convention for youth that celebrates creativity and literacy for all. The librarians of Casa Grande High School, Petaluma High School, and Petaluma Regional Library (Sonoma County Library) have been producing LumaCon since 2015 with the support of the Friends of the Petaluma Library, the Teen Advisory Council, and members of our community.

The LumaCon Drabble contest is a great way to keep your students who may enjoy writing busy over the winter break! A Drabble is a fanfiction or story that is 100 words long. You can write a Drabble about a fandom, a pairing, a character, a genre, or anything you can dream up!

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This February, we challenge you to walk & roll to school, explore your neighborhoods, and stretch your artistic muscles by drawing about what you LOVE about Walking & Rolling, for a chance to win a $25.00 gift card to a local Art Supply store and/or be featured in a printed "Walk & Roll for Our HeARTS" calendar!


1. Participate in your school's Walk & Roll to School Day and/or walk to/from school or anywhere whenever you can!

2. DRAW A PICTURE DEMONSTRATING WHY YOU LOVE WALKING AND/OR ROLLING. Your picture should illustrate why or how it is fun and/or healthy for our hearts, minds and bodies.

3. Then, submit your drawing to SRTS for a chance to win a $25.00 gift card to a local art supply store, and/or be featured in a "Walk & Roll for our HeARTS" printed wall calendar.


Download Contest Flyer & Instructions in English &/or Spanish

  • Put your best effort into an original picture illustrating why walking and/or rolling is fun and/or healthy for our hearts, minds and bodies.
  • Artwork must be 8.5"x11", and must be landscape orientation
  • All mediums are welcome: drawing, painting, mixed media, digital illustration, etc. If utilizing mixed media/collage elements, no more than 20% of collage materials may be from newspapers, magazines, books or other materials pre-printed with text or designs (such as scrapbook paper)
  • Submit a high-resolution, scanned copy in JPG or PDF format to OR mail to Safe Routes to School, Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition, PO Box 3088, Santa Rosa, CA 95402-3088
  • Include your name, school name, grade level, and homeroom teacher, and a way to contact you (phone or email)
  • Artwork will be judged on the following criteria: creativity and originality, clarity of art's message to communicating the theme, quality and effort put into illustration, and representation of diversity and inclusivity.
  • All entries must be received by Friday, March 3rd, 2023

ALL February Challenge Submissions will be entered into a drawing for a $25.00 Art Supply Store gift card. Select submissions will be chosen to be featured in our Walk & Roll for Our HeARTS Printed Wall Calendar. Wall Calendars will be given to the winning students, the teacher of the winning students, and the principal of the winning students. Questions? Email Safe Routes to School

Coastal Art & Poetry Contest for K-12 students

Entries due January 31, 2023

California students in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to submit artwork or poetry with a California coastal or marine theme. Application deadline is January 31, 2023. For rules, contest flyer, entry form, and helpful links for teachers and students, visit The instructions, flyer, and entry form are also available in Spanish at

Up to ten winners will be selected to win $100 to an art store (art winners) or $100 to a bookstore (poetry winners). Each winner will also receive four tickets to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Each winner's sponsoring teacher will receive a $50 gift certificate for educational supplies, courtesy of Acorn Naturalists.

Climate Video Challenge for middle and high school students

Enter any time this school year, through May 31, 2023. Students are invited to submit a 3-minute video responding to the question, “What is your vision for a thriving future?” Contest instructions and rules, brainstorming prompts, and lots of information on climate change and climate solutions can be found at Students can enter as individuals or in teams of up to five. Prizes are offered for first ($300), second ($200), and third ($100) place videos.

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