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Next Newsletter 11/22/19

Monday, November 11

No School, Happy Veteran's Day

Tuesday, November 12

8:30am-2:30pm, STRAW Field Trip - Ms. Lewis' and Ms. Pellkofer's Classes

Thursday, November 14

8:30am-noon, 8th graders to Casa Grande High School for school tour

Thursday, November 14

5:30-6:45pm, PTA Meeting - Staff Room

Thursday, November 14

6:45-8:00pm, MCEF Meeting - Staff Room

November 15-20 - Copperfield's Book Fair (See Special Events Below)(Click for flyer)

  • November 15, 8:30-10:30am - Parents, Books + Java, Special Guest Patty Norman
  • November 15, 6:30-8:00pm - Circus Show - Lodge (Click here to buy online tickets)
  • November 16, 9:00am-Noon - Donuts with Mrs. Derby (Free Event)

Saturday, November 16

1:30-4:30pm, Creedo Open House - All Are Welcome

Monday, November 18

3:05-3:35pm, Homework Club (Grades 4-8) - Sign up in office by noon today!

Mr. Wicks hosting L1

November 19

7:00-8:30pm, 8th Grade Parent Preview Night at Casa Grande High School - Click for more info

November 19

5:30-7:30pm, 8th Grade Pasta Feed Fundraiser - Lodge (Click to hear more information)

Wednesday, November 20

12:30pm, Taste of the Garden - Mr. Yu's Class

Wednesday, November 20

12:45pm, Bake Sale to benefit Petaluma Animal Shelter - Near Library

November 21

3:15-4:15pm, Advisory Council

November 22

10:45-11:45am, K/1 Thankful Celebration

November 22

1:45-2:25pm, 4th and 5th graders Winter Share Band/Chorus

Parents are welcome to drop by. The assembly is works in progress for 4th/5th grade Band and Chorus and that is why we call it a Winter "Share."

November 25-29

No School, Happy Thanksgiving Week


December 2 - Homework Club

December 5 - Advisory Council

December 6 - Parents' Night Out, 8th Grade Fundraiser

December 9 - Homework Club

December 11 - Taste of the Garden - Mr. Watts' Class Hosting

December 11 - Middle School Music Performance

December 12 - MCCV Tour

December 16 - Homework Club

December 18 - Mr. Ruddell's Class Play

December 18 - K/1 Passport Day

December 19 - 2/3 to Snowman Play

December 23-January 6 -Winter Break

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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. Make sure to donate to your classrooms by buying books from the teacher wish lists!

NEW: Order online at (Online Book Fair open from 11/11-11/24)

We have a few special events too!

PB&J (Parents, Books & Java) 8:30am - 10:30am, November 15 (Free Event)

Patty from Copperfields will be our special guest this morning and will be previewing books for parents. Coffee will be provided by Heather Kistner of Dolce Neve and baked treats will be provided by Alethea Bermudes of Della Fattoria.

PJ and Circus Night 6:30pm - 8pm, November 15 (Tickets on sale now!)

Tickets are on sale now. Please click here to buy tickets online, or you may purchase with cash/check in the library for $7 per person. Treat your family to an evening with circus fun in the Lodge. The show includes juggling, audience participation, music, comedy and a chair balancing act. Wear your PJs, bring a blanket or beanbag to sit on and come prepared for a magical family evening. A giant homemade cookie and Clover milk will be included and will be served between 6:30 and 7:00pm. The circus show will begin promptly at 7:00pm. The Book Fair will be open after school on Friday until 9pm for your shopping pleasure! We are expecting to be sold out for this event, so please buy your tickets now! Many thanks to Allison Biggio and Autumn Fuentes for heading up festivities this year!

Donuts with Mrs. Derby 9am - 12pm, November16 (Free Event)

Can’t make Friday night, no problem, come enjoy donuts, Clover milk and books with Mrs. Derby on Saturday morning. The Fair will be open on Saturday morning for our weekend shoppers, and Mrs. Derby will be available to help with book selections.

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Hello Cherry Valley students and parents!

This year, our annual 8th grade pasta feed is on Tuesday, November 19th from 5:30 - 7:30. All profits will go to the 8th grade trip to Ashland, Oregon!

Come on into the Lodge to eat delicious pasta, salad and breadsticks served by our own 8th graders, or if you’re in a rush, you can get it to go!

We have gluten-free and vegan options, so the whole family can dig in.

If you buy tickets in advance, prices are $15 for adults, $10 for kids, and just $40 for a family of four! All prices will be raised by 5 dollars if you buy at the door!

We also have some awesome raffle prizes, such as jewelry, music lessons, massages, gift certificates to Sonoma Spice Queen and many, many more! All raffle prizes are from local, Petaluma businesses.

You can come before and after school to buy your tickets. If you’re buying them before school, you can buy them at the table in the teacher parking lot, and after school you can buy them in front of the lodge!

We look forward to seeing you this Tuesday, November 19th

Safety First at Mary Collins

To improve our safety response practices, we will have a lock in drill before Thanksgiving Break. It will take place while students are in their classrooms with their teachers and it will be brief. If you have any questions about the drill protocols, please speak with your child's teacher.
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Gifted and Talented Education "GATE" iDENTIFICATION

Dear Parents of Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Grade Students,

The month of December 2019 begins the Petaluma City Schools’ Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) identification cycle. The cycle for GATE identification includes assessing all students in 3rd grade, whose parents have given their permission as indicated on the AERIES Parent Portal, and any 4th-6th grade students who desire to be retested. Students are screened through the use of the CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test).

The CogAT is an assessment of learned reasoning abilities that are developed in and out of school learning experiences. Students are required to demonstrate their reasoning abilities in three different areas most closely associated with success in school: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and nonverbal reasoning.

In order to be successful in this test, students rely on a wide range of reasoning and problem-solving skills. Accommodations are made for students who are learning to speak English and for students with disabilities. Our GATE Coordinator, Mrs. Howe, will administer the assessment during the school day between Dec. 2-13.

4th, 5th or 6th-grade students may be reassessed by either teacher or parent recommendation. If you would like your student to be reassessed, please submit a request to Mrs. Howe before November 15, 2019.

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Wednesday, November 20


Near the Library

Please help support our middle school PBL class by coming to their school bake sale in front of the lodge after school on November 20th to raise money for the Petaluma Animal Shelter. Prices will range from $1-$2 per item. There will be gluten free options.

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  • The Educational Foundation (can pay salaries + more) Co-Chairs Amy Cohen ( and Megan Malone ( Think: Environmental education, music program, Spanish and middle school electives.
  • The PTA (supports non-salary needs on campus) President Amy Evans-Reber,( Think: Classroom Supplies, Mentor Reading, Field Trips.
  • Friends of Cherry Valley Library (supports the library) President Meagan Gazzoli, ( Think: Librarian's Salary, Library Books, Technology.

These three groups hold community events, coordinate fundraisers, write grants and work tirelessly, all for the benefit of our children. Click here for a one page description of these three organizations.

It would be so wonderful for YOU to work with one of these organizations. Don't be shy! You don't have to jump in as President! We are looking for brainstormers, worker bees, and helping us plan for the future. Email one of the presidents above and get involved today!

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Alphabet Soup Benefit Thrift Stores

Celebrating 25 Years of supporting local schools & serving our community!

Alphabet Soup Thrift Store opened its doors in 1994. In 2013, we expanded into two stores, one offering clothing, the other housewares, and home furnishings. These two downtown retail locations, Alphabet Soup Clothing Boutique at 217 Western Avenue and Alphabet Soup @ Home at 203 Western Avenue, offer shoppers a unique experience of discovering vintage treasures and today’s chic styles at affordable prices. Please visit our dedicated Alphabet Soup website by clicking here!

Shopping, Donating and Volunteering at our stores benefit the mission of the Petaluma Educational Foundation (PEF), allowing for the foundation to expand its impact at our local schools currently serving 13,000 students annually. Pick-up of large furniture items in good condition and/or delivery of large furniture items purchased from our store is available by calling the store directly at 707.778.4818. Donors may drop off furniture and other items during regular Donation Alley Hours.

Volunteering to Benefit All Petaluma Schools Dedicated volunteers serve as cashiers, retail clerks, merchandisers, as well as, work behind the scenes processing donated clothing, furniture, housewares, and jewelry. Alphabet Soup’s operation depends on the support of these community members who give their time and talent each and every day in our stores. We invite you to come join us and support local education in this way!

Store Hours: OPEN DAILY!

Monday – Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Donations accepted: Monday – Tuesday & Thursday – Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sunday 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Please note our Donation Alley is closed on Wednesdays

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Click here for the November calendar for the Petaluma Regional Library.

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  • November 2019 - The Lion King Kids, presented by A Theater for Children - Click for info
  • November 12 - Five Minute Film Festival Informational Meeting - Click for info