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Congratulations Kathleen Miller!

25 years ago, I left my job of 17 years and our family moved to Petaluma to start a new chapter. After visiting a few elementary schools while seeking the best kindergarten option for my daughter, we selected Cherry Valley. Volunteering in the kindergarten class soon led to becoming a kindergarten aide, and that’s where my true journey at MCCV began.

My last day at MCCV will be November 20th when I’ll start my next adventure as a full-time grandma. I know I’ll be busier than ever with my four-year-old grandson, Miller, who will most definitely keep me on my toes.

Time has a way of passing so quickly and I can’t believe this wonderful journey is now coming to an end. But I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the reason my time here has been so special.

To our parents and students - one of the greatest joys of working at school has been the pleasure of watching your children grow from kindergarteners to young adults. I have absolutely loved being a part of the important milestones in their time spent through elementary and middle school. Thank you for the wonderful memories!

To my co-workers, teachers, and Principal Amy – the past 25 years would not have been possible without your generous support and friendships. It has been a pleasure coming to work everyday with such a talented and dedicated team.

Wishing you all the best in the future and hoping our paths will cross again. Please stay in touch.

With love and gratitude,


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Next Newsletter: 12/4/20

November 2-27

PTA Holiday Fundraiser - Boon Supply

November 16-November 20

MCCV Food Drive

Monday, November 16

12:30-4:30pm, K-3 Picture Day at MCCV (more information below)

Tuesday, November 17

12:30-4:30pm, 4/5 and DLC students Picture Day at MCCV (more information below)

Wednesday, November 18

6:30-8:00pm, Rescheduled TIDE Meeting

Friday, November 20

12:30-4:30pm, Middle School Picture Day at MCCV (more information below)

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 10 - MCEF Meeting

December 18 - Last Day of Second Quarter

December 21 - January 4 - No School, Winter Break

January 5 - First Day of School, Third Quarter

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Hi Families. These can be difficult times for many people. One thing we at MCCV may be able to do is to provide a meal or two to those families in need. Next week on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday we are having picture days at school and I was hoping that those who could would be able to donate a can of soup, a jar of peanut butter, or a bag of rice. We plan to have a bin for your donations close to where the pictures will be taken. Simply drop your donation in the bin and smile for your picture...and you will bring a smile to someone else. The donations will go to The Mary Isaak Center or Food for Thought. Please no glass jars. Cans of fruit, veggies, sauces, soup, and bags/boxes of rice or pasta. Let's see if we can help those who need a bit of a hand in our community.

Thank you.

Mr. Watt

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School Pictures at MCCV by Steven Yeager Studios

Steven Yeager Studios Order Form

Pictures will be taken outside of room T4. Students will line up on the sidewalk and walk up, standing on pre-marked spots 6 feet apart. Schedule is by class but siblings can come together if necessary. Students should be wearing a mask until it is time for their photo. Each student should bring their order form with them.

November 16

12:30 Caudle / Reardon

1:30 Cozza / McClure

2:30 Howe / Ribeiro

3:30 Akers-Bell-Ironwood / Kavanaugh

November 17

12:30 Wicks/DLC students - Purple Cohort

1:30 Reid/DLC students - Green Cohort

2:30 Pellkofer

3:30 Staff and Make-ups

November 20

12:30 Watt / Johnson

1:30 Ruddell

2:30 Bailey

3:30 Yu


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Presentation by: Parker Costa

I am excited to present to you Sophia Brown, one of our Mary Collins School at Cherry Valley Students of the Month. Ever since Sophia began at our school as a kindergartner her teachers and classmates all recognized her as a diligent, sweet, tenacious person.

School has never been an easy road for Sophia, especially as a person with learning differences. She has worked steadily with her differences and has been able, through perseverance and a willingness to be vulnerable and learn from her mistakes, to find ways to shine.

But it is not just Sophia’s academic progress that makes her so appreciated by her teachers and classmates. What stands out brightest about Sophia is the way she approaches every day and every class with a smile and a positive attitude. Sophia always has something kind and friendly to say. She makes every class and every room she’s in a sunnier place where people can feel appreciated. Sophia is observant, imaginative, and a natural story-teller.

Ultimately Sophia lives to find ways to improve the world around her. Sophia may not have a clear sense of exactly where the future may bring her, but we know with confidence that whatever she does and wherever she goes, everyone that gets to be near her will have their lives enriched and improved because of her presence. She is grown to be a lovable, sensitive, confident person and we can’t wait to see where she goes. We are all so proud of Sophia.

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Presentation by: Kayla Caravelli

We are pleased to present Tug Diego as one of our Students of the Semester from Mary Collins School at Cherry Valley. Tug has attended Mary Collins School since kindergarten and has always stood out as being a helpful, loyal, and hard-working person.

Tug is an accomplished student who has shown time and time again that he is capable of creating high-quality work whenever he sets his mind to it. His connections to friends, however, is what he values most about his time at school. Tug is creative, talented, and approaches things from a unique and sometimes surprising angle. His teachers appreciate that his contributions always move the conversation in an interesting direction. Outside of school Tug enjoys building with LEGO’s, rock-climbing, and watching science fiction movies.

Last year Tug and his family received the difficult news that his mom Amy, also a teacher at Mary Collins School, was diagnosed with ALS. Tug has done everything in his power to use his caring, thoughtful, generous, loving nature to remain positive and to help his mom and his family through this difficult time. Tug has demonstrated resiliency and strength that has impressed everyone around him.

After eighth grade, Tug is looking forward to attending Petaluma High and then hopes to take time to work and earn some money before he begins college. Tug continues to work hard and put his all into school and without a doubt Tug deserves this. We want to say a big thank you to Tug and want you to know, you have deeply impacted us, with your kindness, courage, and consistent effort to make others happy.

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MCCV Team for Inclusivity, Diversity, and Equity Rescheduled Meeting

Wednesday, November 18 6:30-8:00pm

Contact Rebecca Kagin for Zoom meeting information and any questions

MCCV TIDE Mission and Vision

  • 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.

Garden Update: Hi from SARAH KONIAK and KATE JETT

During this time of gratitude and giving thanks we’re finding inspiration in watching the garden change with the season. We are harvesting and cutting into the pumpkins in our class garden times, as well as collecting the last of the sunflowers and other dried garden material for collages. The raised beds are planted with cover crops and bulbs are going into the ground soon.

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” Robert Brault


The holidays are approaching fast! If you’re going to shop for gifts, you might as well make 40% of your purchase go towards MCCV PTA! Boon Supply has an eco-conscious product mix, seasonally designed and sustainably sourced. Shop for others, shop for yourself, or both!

Start shopping this Monday, November 2nd through November 27th at

Post to Facebook with THIS LINK so family & friends can do their holiday shopping and support MCCV as well, OR send an email to encourage shopping the link:

If you have any questions, email Jen Stoneman at

Thanks in advance for supporting MCCV PTA while shopping and helping to spread the word.

Happy Shopping!!

MCCV PTA Fundraising 2020/2021

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Copperfield's Book Fair Coming to MCCV

"Keep it Cozy" is our theme for this year's book fair. We are moving this year's book fair to an online platform.

All special events are virtual and free this year!

Mark Your Calendars!

November 30 - December 6

Online Book Fair

BookFair Hotline Email:

This email account will be monitored 9:00am-9:00pm to assist with any Book Fair questions.

The Book Fair is a Friends of Cherry Valley Library fundraiser where you can purchase fiction and non-fiction books, games and educational kits. This is an easy way to support our library, support our beloved local book store, and do some holiday shopping at the same time. We will provide you with a link for easy online shopping November 30 through December 6.

Please join us for the following FREE events via Zoom:

Monday, November 30 - PB&J (Parents, Books & Java)

8:30-10:00am - Free PB&J + Coffee Pick up (Details Coming Soon)

10:30-11:30am - Zoom PB&J with Patty from Copperfield's

Patty Norman from Copperfields will be our special guest this morning and will be previewing books for parents. More information coming soon on where to pick up your free PB&J sandwich and coffee before the event begins! Many thanks to Alethea Bermudes of Della Fattoria, Heather Baldini-Kistner of Dolce Neve, and Meagan Gazzoli of Gazzoli Construction for their donations to make this event free for our families.

Tuesday, December 1 - Giving Tuesday - Click Here to Make a Tax Deductible Donation to our Library

Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

Wednesday, December 2 - Teacher Wish List Day

Please visit our Copperfield's Book Fair page to purchase a book from your beloved teacher's wish list!

Thursday, December 3 - Bedtime Stories with Ms. Amy - Put on your cozy pjs, grab your favorite stuffy, and join Ms. Amy for bedtime stories from 7:00-7:30pm. Thank you Amy Schlueter for reading to us!

Friday, December 4, 7:00-8:00pm - Parent Evening with Patty Norman from Copperfield's

Keep it Cozy and BYOB (Bring Your Own Beverage)!

Patty from Copperfields will be our special guest this evening via Zoom and will be previewing books for parents. Make your favorite beverage, wrap up in a blanket, and join us for a cozy evening of books. Virtual high fives for the three most creative drinks!

Saturday, December 5, 7:00-8:00pm - PJ and Virtual Magic Show with Magician Perry Yan

The "doors" will open at 7:00pm, and the show will begin promptly at 7:15pm.

Treat your family to an evening with magician, Perry Yan. This virtual show includes mind blowing magic that will entertain kids and adults, sleight of hand performed to music, and many chances for volunteers during the show! Wear your PJs, get cozy, and come prepared for a magical family evening.

Sunday, December 6 - Donuts and Virtual Dragon Drawing with Gio Benedetti

8:00-10:00am, Pick up your Free Donut

10:30-11:30am, Zoom Dragon Drawing with Gio Benedetti

Please visit Kenny's Donuts at 202 Douglas Street in Petaluma between 8:00am and 10:00am to pick up your free donut. Mrs. Derby will be picking up her donut that morning too! Then hurry home so you can join Gio Benedetti to learn how to draw dragons. We've heard there are many different types of dragons--ice dragons, wolf dragons, rainbow dragons and bat dragons. There are dragons that breathe fire and dragons that howl at the moon. Some dragons have horns, some have antlers, and some like toasted marshmallows. We can't wait to see all of your dragons.

Many thanks to this year's Book Fair Committee for organizing these fun events for us this year: Meagan Gazzoli, Heather Baldini-Kistner, Allison Biggio, Autumn Fuentes, Christy Howard, Nina Gruener, Sarah Seitchik and Chantal Herbert.

And a special thank you to Carrie Caudle, our Zoom Room Manager Extraordinaire!

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Homeathon Update

The minutes have been counted, and we are thrilled to announce the prize winners in this year's MCEF Homeathon! These students moved for hundreds of minutes and earned much-needed funds for our school's program. Congratulations to our prize winners!


First Prize: Levi Backman (Cozza) 528 minutes, Freddy O'Neil (Reardon) 524 minutes

Second Prize: Rosie Vaccaro (Cozza) 490 minutes

First Prize: Hazel O'Neil (Ribeiro) 568 minutes

Second Prize: Samuel Mattie (Ribeiro) 529 minutes


First Prize: Van Giotis (Reid) 685 minutes

Second Prize: Brody Howard (Pellkofer) 620 minutes

Middle School

First Prize: Paxton Engelhardt (Watt) 830 minutes!!!!

Second Prize: Leo Giotis (Yu) 625

Congratulations to the classes with the highest participation: Ribeiro and Reid (17), Pellkofer and Wicks (16), and Johnson and Howe (15).

Well done and big thanks to everyone who participated! Winners will be contacted soon to collect their prizes!


Ms. Caudle’s Read-Alouds

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