Ice Cream Social

We started the school year off right with one of our most favorite PTA community events, the Ice Cream Social! It was very heartwarming to have this event return in person this year.

Huge shoutout to Straus Family Creamery for donating 15 GALLONS of ice cream for our event!

And a few thank you to key people who made this event possible: Amy Evans-Reber, for hosting the event and transporting huge containers of ice cream and ice to the school! To Ria Pullin for hosting the vegan ice cream station! And last but certainly not least, thank you so much to the teachers and staff who scooped 500 scoops of ice cream after a long school day!


Back to School Night Fundraising Links


Join the PTA

Mary Collins Charter Fund Pledge Drive

Friends of Cherry Valley Library Fund Drive


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Year-Round School Calendar 2022-23 (MCCV and Penngrove)

Traditional School Calendar 2022-23

MCCV Family Google Calendar

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

Next Newsletter: August 19, 2022

August 5 - August 11

Parent Teacher Conferences - EARLY RELEASE DAYS

Grades TK-5 dismissed at 12:45pm

Grades 6-8 dismissed at 1:00pm

Monday, August 8

8:00am - Noon, Makeup Picture Day - Link to Order Form

Friday, August 12

No School, Staff Development

Moday, August 15

TK-8 Beach Day (Dillon Beach)

Buses arrive back at MCCV for 2:15pm dismissal

Tuesday, August 16

5:30-7:30pm, TIDE Hybrid Meeting - In Person: Library and via Zoom

Tuesday, August 16

6:00-8:00pm, PCS Board of Education Meeting

Thursday, August 18

3:30-4:30pm, Multilingual Committee Hybrid Meeting - In Person: Library and via Zoom

Saturday, August 20

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


August 22 - Friends of Cherry Valley Library (FCVL) Meeting

August 23 - Advisory Meeting

August 24 - PTA Dine + Donate: Brewsters (Link to Flyer)

August 31 - Ancestors Table

September 1 - Middle School Bingo Night Fundraiser

September 5 - No School, Labor Day Holiday

September 7 - Celebrate Reading Day

September 8 - PTA Meeting

September 8 - MCCF Meeting



August 5 - August 11

Early Dismissal:

TK-5, 12:45pm Dismissal

6-8, 1:00pm Dismissal

Please be sure to sign up with your teacher for intake conferences.


Makeup pictures are Monday August 8th

Link to Order Form

Dear Families,

Did your child miss picture day? Makeup pictures are Monday, August 8th in the morning. If you would like to order photos, please download the order form and return it to school with your child.
Thank you!

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It is with devastating sadness that the Pellkofer family would like to announce the tragic and sudden passing of our beloved Georgia Riley Pellkofer. As a child and a young adult, Georgia lived with the challenge of epilepsy, and a catastrophic seizure took her life much too soon. Georgia was twenty-five years old; an adored and cherished daughter, sister, granddaughter, aunt, niece, and cousin.

Georgia had a dream and planned to support children and young adults with epilepsy. To help bring her vision to reality, the family is retaining legal counsel to assist in establishing the Georgia Riley Charitable Trust. 100% of the funds donated via this site will be transferred to the charitable trust once formalized. The Pellkofer Family appreciates your help in seeding the trust by making a donation.

Our hearts are shattered to think of navigating a world without her now. Through this memorial fund, we can all pay it forward and shine Georgia's bright light on others.

Contributions to support her vision can be made to the Georgia Riley Pellkofer Memorial Fund at A celebration of life will be held on Friday, August 26th at the Odd Fellows Lodge in Petaluma, CA.


Volunteering Guidelines - Thank you!

MCCV welcomes and values parent and community volunteers. We have many opportunities for you to help our students! If you are interested, you will need to complete the District's volunteer application. Also, all volunteers must have a current TB test on file. There will be a clinic held at the District Office, 200 Douglas Street, from 3:00-4:00pm on Wednesday, August 24.

Link to PCS Volunteer Guidelines


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Thank you from Friends of Cherry Valley LIbrary!

Thank you to all who were able to join us for our Back to School Concert Fundraiser with Sean Hayes at Griffo Distillery. Because of our gracious hosts at Griffo Distillery and wonderful entertainment by Sean Hayes and his band, a good time was had by all!

With much gratitude to the following:

  • Jenny + Mike Griffo, Griffo Distillery
  • Sean Hayes and his band
  • Alethea Bermudes, Della Fattoria
  • Seth + Sarah James, Open Field Farm
  • The Moore Family, Ridge Vineyards
  • Adobe Road Winery
  • Pt. Reyes Cheese
  • Cowgirl Cheese

We did it! We met our goal! We raised $5,000 for the library!


Beach Day!

Monday, August 15, 2022

Dillon Beach

Buses arrive back at Mary Collins School at Cherry Valley for 2:15pm dismissal

We are all looking forward to MCCV Beach Day 2022! Please see below for further information and important rules for the day.

  • All students must ride the bus to the beach. Buses will begin leaving at 9:00am Classes will leave Dillon Beach at 1:30pm. At this time families may sign their students out. Buses arrive back at Mary Collins School at Cherry Valley for 2:15pm dismissal.
  • Parents may drive their own car to the beach with provisions for the day. Parking fee $10.00 per car.

  • All students will stay within the orange cones which will be placed near the water & sides of the beach.

  • All students will stay out of the water completely.

  • When using shovels at the beach we abide by the same rules as we do in our garden. All shovels must remain below the waist.

  • Parents bringing shovels must mark them with their names. All shovels will remain in the area designated for digging.

  • Any student choosing unsafe behavior may be asked to sit down.

  • Throwing sand is strictly prohibited.

  • Lunch will be from 11:45am-12:15pm. All students will be seated with their classes for the entire lunch and story time.

  • Students who are not returning on the bus must have signed permission from parents regarding who will be taking them home even if they are returning with their own parents. Without this permission, they will be required to return on the bus.

  • If you family plans to stay at the beach, please do not go in the water until all buses have pulled out of the Dillon Beach parking lot. Thank you!

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Calling All Cheetah Families: Your PTA Needs You!

New and returning families alike: you are warmly invited to Join Your Cherry Valley PTA! Joining only takes a few minutes but will help your family and MCCV thrive for the entire school year. Sign up during our Membership Drive (ending August 31) for your family or business to be included in the annual PTA school directory.

Why join the PTA?

  • Meet parents, teachers, and staff! At the our monthly meeting or on the lively MCCV PTA Facebook page, you can learn more, share your ideas, ask questions, and weigh in on decisions.
  • Be an education booster at home and show your child how much school matters to your family.
  • Find out about campus activities and events and get involved through volunteering (opportunities come in all sizes for all schedules and there is no obligation to volunteer).


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The Mary Collins Charter Fund, a committee of the PTA, MCCF, kicked off its Annual Drive at Back to School Night!

The cost of charter programming is $300/per student per year and we need your contributions to keep our school thriving! As always, every donation, large and small, is important and appreciated.

You heard from our PTA representatives highlighting where the funds go: salaries for a Student Advisor (Gabriella), Garden Coordinators (Sarah, Heather), Accelerated Math (Karen), Physical Education Coach (Maddy), and Band Instructor (Trevor), as well as middle school electives (Literature Club, Drawing, Maker, Collaborative Band, Drama) and project based learning.

It’s easy to donate! Go to the PTA website, login, scroll down, click on “Join Us!” and submit the Charter Fund Pledge Form 2022-2023. You may have to create an account first.

Want to get involved? Parent volunteers who want to make a lasting impact on our school's curriculum and community are needed!

Please contact Co-Chairs Alyssa Jorgensen ( or Rebecca Kagin ( for more information- whatever your skill set, we have a job for you!


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The 2022 Friends of Cherry Valley Library Fund Drive

Link to Membership Form

Did you know that Friends of Cherry Valley Library is a non-profit organization created to support the Mary Collins School Library? Please help us raise money for our beloved library. We will use this year’s donations to help pay for part of our librarian’s salary, buy new print books to keep our collection up to date, buy supplies, keep our two color printers working and available for the school community, and help fund special programs like celebrate reading day, book swap, and our summer reading program. We no longer receive state or school district funding for library books or supplies. The donations received during the Friends of Cherry Valley Library fund drive are what help keep our library current and our librarian available to the school community for the entire school day. With your help, our library will stay current and ready to serve our school!

Here are a few donation options:

(1) Make a one-time, monthly, or quarterly cash donation.

(2) Purchase a subscription with Junior Library Guild. These subscriptions are customizable to your child's reading level or interest. A one year subscription costs $250 and provides our library with one newly released book per month (12 books per subscription). A bookplate with your family's name will be included on all of your subscription books. Bonus! Any donations made before August 26 will provide us with five additional free books (17 books per subscription). (Click here for more information on the Junior Library Guild program)

(3) Sign up with your employer in their matching gift program. This is a type of philanthropy in which companies financially match donations that their employees make to nonprofit organizations.

(4) Invite family and friends to donate too!

Please use this link to pay online:

OR send a check payable to: Friends of Cherry Valley Library

1001 Cherry Street

Petaluma, CA 94952

Thank you for loving our library!


Please join us! New MCCV Multilingual Committee

Next Hybrid Meeting:

Thursday, August 18

3:30-4:30pm (In person in the library and via Zoom)

Please join us! We are a group of parents and school educators working towards bringing in more languages and cultures to the MCCV campus this school year. E-mail April Derby to join our committee and be included in upcoming happenings for the 2022-23 school year!


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Team for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity

MCCV TIDE is a group of teachers, parents, administrators, and other stakeholders

looking to move the needle on social justice issues within our school. MCCV TIDE hosts educational events, such as professional development for teachers and staff, or educational nights for families. We have planned community gathering events, such as “Ancestors Table” which aimed to bring people together to build community and to spread awareness. We have created programs such as the Buddy Program to connect new-to-our-school families with

seasoned families, and more. Want to learn more? Please contact Heather Gallagher, Kelly Macdonald, or Sarah Seitchik

Ancestors Table

Please mark your calendars for our

Family and Ancestors Table – Wednesday August 31 st 4:30- 7:30pm – MCCV Campus

Bring your families or ancestors recipe to share or a family tradition or artifact that helps

tell your family or ancestral story. All are welcome, details to come.


Family Google Calendar

One of the most useful communication tools our school provides, the Family Google Calendar. Almost all of the events for the school year have been loaded into already, including the school calendar (breaks, holidays, conference weeks, early release days, etc.) and school events including events hosted by the PTA and Friends of the Cherry Valley Library. Below are steps on how to layer on the Family Google calendar to the calendar on your iPhone or iPad (these were written for the latest iOS version; if you’re on a previous version, the steps may be different.)


The PTA curates a private Facebook group where we provide up to the minute info, PTA event info, and lively discussion! It’s a fantastic source of information and a place to ask questions, which there are usually a lot of at the beginning of the school year. The link to the page is below; make sure to ask the membership questions to ensure you’re added to the group.


MCCV Quick Links

MCCV Website | Aeries Portal | PCS Food Services

PTA Online Spriit Store | PTA Website | PTA Facebook Group Page

|2022-2023 School Calendar | Family Google Calendar

Link to PCS Food Service Facebook Page with Menus Posted

Champions Childcare at MCCV

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.


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