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Next Newsletter 7/12/19

PLEASE NOTE that our 2019-2020 Calendar has been amended. Our new start date is Wednesday, July 17, 2019. Click here to see the 2019-2020 calendar.

May 24

5:30-8:30pm, Middle School Dance - Lodge

May 27

No School, Memorial Day Holiday

May 28

Spirit Day: Color Hair Day

May 29

Spirit Day: PJ Day

May 29

8:30am - Noon, McNear Park Picnic (Grades 4+5)

May 30

Spirit Day: Crazy Sock Day

May 30

5:00-7:00pm, 8th Grade Promotion

May 31

Spirit Day: School Spirit Day

May 31

12:00pm Dismissal, Last day of school (K-8 noon dismissal, no lunch served)


July 16 - Class Lists Posted/PTA Spirit Wear Sale (3:30-4:30pm)

July 17 - First Day of School (K = 8:20am-Noon; Grades 1-8 = 8:20am-12:45pm)

July 17 - Welcome Back Coffee (8:20-9:30am)

July 18 - PTA Ice Cream Social (6:30-7:30pm)


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-$700,000 Lost Due To Declining Attendance -

-$700,000 Lost Due To Declining Attendance -

We Need Your Help

This year, the School District lost over $700,000 due to declining attendance throughout grades TK-12. These losses directly affect programs at each school. We need your help turning this trend around:

  1. If you are taking a family vacation during the 2019-20 school year, please take it in April and/or May.

Rationale: Every day your child is absent, regardless of the reason, reduces the school budget between $50-$55 per absence, per day.

On April 1, our attendance reporting changes. Any missed days between April and May reduces the school budget by approximately $1 per student, per day. Yes... $1. Please help us avoid cutting programs by scheduling your vacations accordingly.

  1. If you are going to be gone for consecutive days, you are eligible to sign up for independent study. Each school has an independent study coordinator that can assist you. Only completed independent study packets receive full attendance credit.

Caution: All short-term absences, even excused absences, penalizes the school at a rate of $50-$55 per student, per day.

Our #1 reason for absences are for short-term vacations and days missed for appointments, not for student illness. The District gets funding for any portion of a day a student is in attendance, so please try to start and/or end your day at school if at all possible!

We are asking all families to make attendance a priority for next year. Our programs depend on it! Thank you!

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The Mary Collins Education Foundation (MCEF) is kicking off its Annual Pledge Drive -- and we need your help!

The Education Foundation is a group of parents, faculty, and community members dedicated to supporting the mission and programs of Mary Collins School through fundraising. Through the generous contributions of our school community, we have been able to underwrite costs associated with the programs that make Cherry Valley special, including music, environmental education, Spanish, algebra-readiness, physical education, and more!

We need your contributions to keep our school thriving. Make your pledge for the 2019-2020 school year and get ahead of the game! You can find a pledge form here. We suggest a donation of $300/per student per year, but every donation, large and small, is important and appreciated!

Want to get involved? We are in need of parent volunteers who want to make a lasting impact on our school's curriculum and community! Please contact Co-Chairs Amy Cohen or Megan Malone for more information -- whatever your skill set, we have a job for you!

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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 Jen Stoneman,( Think: Classroom Supplies, Mentor Reading, Field Trips.
  • Friends of Cherry Valley Library (supports the library) President Sonia Pai, ( 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!


Click here for more Information

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It is with great pleasure that we introduce our new board of education member, Dr. Sheldon Gen. Dr. Gen is an award-winning educator, currently in his 16th year as professor of public policy at San Francisco State University. To read his full bio, click "Learn More" below.

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Petaluma Educational Foundation

CHEERS FOR BEERS Benefit Beer Tasting for PEF

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Truly a “Blind Tasting” with Dr. Hoby Wedler (former MCCV student)

Immerse Yourself in Your Senses – A Blind Beer Tasting Like Never Before!

June 13th. 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. Lagunitas Brewing Company

Petaluma Educational Foundation invites you and your friends to an exclusive “Blind Tasting” at Lagunitas Brewing Company where PEF Board Member Dr. Hoby Wedler will engage you in a unique interactive presentation of sampling various craft brews. PEF is pairing up with Wedler, Co-Founder / CEO of Senspoint Design along with our friends at Lagunitas Brewing Company to host the Cheers for Beers, a sightless sipping event!

Wedler, who has been completely blind since birth, will begin with a discussion of the beer industry and how it has become so prominent over the past decade in Northern California. At this interactive, one-of-a-kind, educational, and very entertaining event, sample great Lagunitas beer, learn a bit about the Petaluma Educational Foundation, enjoy conversation and partake in a true blind beer tasting experience. During the tasting, guests will be led through a sensory journey of beer in the truest sense of the term. That’s right; guests will be blindfolded as they learn to tap into their senses to experience the craft beer journey.

Guests will dive into beer culture and what makes beer such an awesome form of art. Next, they will enhance our aromatic vocabularies by smelling prepared samples of aromas reminiscent of what we will soon find and pick out of the beers. Finally, these lucky tasters will participate in a discussion of the aroma and flavor of several beers before removing our blindfolds and resuming the party (the beer varietals will be revealed during the tasting).

We are thrilled to offer this late spring event on June 13th, the Thursday proceeding Father’s Day. Bring your dads and your friends to this first-ever PEF Blind Beer Tasting event which is sure to be exciting in the unique venue of the Lagunitas Loft space at the Petaluma brewery destination.

Space is limited and pre-purchase is required ($45 per person). Reserve your seat by contacting us at 707.778.4632.

Event Timeline:
6:00 PM doors open, milling with beers from the bar and snacks.
6:45 PM: Some remarks about PEF from Executive Director Maureen Highland
7:00 PM: Sightless Sipping begins.
7:45 PM: Sightless Sipping ends
7:45 – 8:30 PM: Continue conversation with beers and wind down the evening.

Exciting Things Are Happening at PEF!

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PEF BASH GALA - SEPTEMBER 7 - Click here for more information


Support all local K-12 public, private & charter schools in the Petaluma area when you
SHOP - DONATE - VOLUNTEER at our Alphabet Soup Stores in downtown Petaluma.
Visit our Alphabet Soup Clothing Boutique and Alphabet Soup @ Home Stores where your purchases are truly making a difference in our community through the mission of PEF.

Alphabet Soup Clothing Boutique - 217 Western Avenue

Alphabet Soup @ Home Store - 203 Western Avenue


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This summer, read, visit, and discover new things in your community with the Sonoma County Library Children's Summer Reading Challenge! Instill a love of reading, and prevent the "Summer Slide" -- children who participate in Summer Reading and read a minimum of 5 books over the summer score higher in reading AND math when they return to school.

The Summer Reading Challenge runs from June 1 – August 10, 2019. There is something fun going on at your library every week during the summer. Come to the library, check out the show, get a library card, and enjoy some books!

Click here for more information on the 2019 Children's Summer Reading Program.