MCCV NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2, 2019

KEEPING FAMILIES CONNECTED

QUICK LINKS


MCCV Website | Aeries Portal | PCS Food Services

PTA Website

2019-2020 School Calendar | Family Google Calendar


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AUGUST EVENTS

Next Newsletter 8/16/19


August 2 - August 8

Parent Teacher Conferences - EARLY RELEASE DAYS

(Dismissal Times: Kinder at noon, Grades 1-8 at 12:45pm)


August 5

7:00-8:00pm, Friends of Cherry Valley Library "FCVL" Meeting - Library


August 8

5:30-6:45pm, Parent Teacher Association "PTA" Meeting - Library


August 8

6:45-8:00pm, Mary Collins Education Foundation "MCEF" Meeting - Staff Room


August 9

Dillon Beach Day (K-8) - 8:45am to 2:15pm (pick up at MCCV)


August 12

Kindergarten Begins 1:30pm Dismissal (12:45pm on Early Release Days)


August 17

1:00-6:00pm, Friends of Cherry Valley Library Pool Party Fundraiser-Thank you Sheldon Family


August 20

6:00-7:00pm, Point Bonita 6th Grade Parent Information Night


August 22

3:15-4:15pm, Advisory Council Meeting - Library


August 27

5:30-7:00pm, TIDE Parent Education Evening - Lodge


August 30

6:00-8:00pm, Middle School Dance - Lodge

FUTURE EVENTS

September 2 - Labor Day Holiday, No School

September 4 - Celebrate Reading Day

September 9-13 - 6th Graders to Point Bonita

September 12 - Parent Teacher Association "PTA" Meeting

September 12 - Mary Collins Ed Foundation "MCEF" Meeting

September 12-13 - Pellkofer's Class to Fort Ross

September 13 - All School Poetry Jam with Author Chris Harris

September 16-17 - Wicks' Class to Fort Ross

September 18 - Mary Collins Ed Foundation "MCEF" Walk-A-Thon

September 19-20 - Lewis' Class to Fort Ross

September 20 - Bike/Walk to School Day

September 23-October 14 - Fall Break

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WELCOME TO ALEXIS WOLF, OUR NEW GUIDANCE SPECIALIST

Alexis Wolf is a Licensed Psychotherapist that has provided mental health services in a variety of community based settings as well as Clinical Supervision to interns. Alexis holds a Masters of Arts in Social Clinical Psychology and she is a board certified Licensed Marriage Family Therapist, by the State of California. Her therapeutic approach encompasses many modalities, all which are provided in a warm, safe, and supportive environment. In her practice she uses trauma informed interventions, motivational interviewing, a combination of: Cognitive-Behavioral, Solution-Focused, Narrative, Family systems, Existential, Psychodynamic, and Acceptance and Commitment therapy. By focusing on the positives, her clients are able start to see the progress they are making in their journey.

Over the past 10 years Alexis has dedicated herself to working in school settings with both elementary and high school aged students. She has extensive experience providing services for people of diverse populations of culture, religion and socioeconomics which has helped her develop into a well-rounded Therapist.

Alexis will be coming to Cherry Valley with the qualities of an experienced Therapist that offers, genuineness, warmth, compassion, and integrity.

Alexis hopes to support our students in becoming the best version of themselves while supporting the teachers and staff in providing a safe learning environment for each and every student.


Beginning on August 14, Alexis will be on campus Monday-Friday, 9:00am-2:00pm.

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LOOK AT THIS AMAZING "PICASSO" ART CREATED BY 4/5 STUDENTS ON JULY 24 IN MR. WICKS' CLASS

Would you like to be an Art Docent at MCCV?

Are you interested in art? Do you like children? Combine the two in a wonderful volunteer opportunity. The Art Docent Program is looking for volunteer docents (or art angels, art fairies, etc.) to teach art in the classrooms. Absolutely no art experience is necessary-only a love of art and the desire to bring art into children's lives. Volunteer time is flexible and training time is minimal. We currently have three parent art docents at MCCV, and we would like to add more. Please feel free to contact these parents with your questions and if interested:

Lori Engelhardt: lori.engelhardt@gmail.com

Allison Biggio: allidandi@comcast.net

Anaise McNaught: anaise@dukesanddolls.com

They will connect you with Alyse Breece, Art Docent Coordinator (abreece@petk12.org, 778-4958) when she resumes her duties in the next few weeks.


NBCC IS OFFERING MORNING CARE

Good news! In addition to after school care, NBCC will begin offering before school care on August 1. This will be a trial program for three months to see if there are enough families needing before school care. Sign up today so this valuable add on at NBCC doesn't go away.

Please email Kerstin Bandner (Site Supervisor) to sign up: kbandner@nbcc.net


BELL SCHEDULE + EARLY RELEASE DAYS

The school bell rings and school starts promptly for all at 8:20am. With the exception of early release Wednesdays, the following are the daily release times:

  • Kindergarten: 11:45am (Beginning August 12, kindergarten release time will be 1:30pm)
  • Grades 1-3: 2:30pm
  • Grades 4-8: 3:00pm

Wednesday are early release days as follows:

  • Kindergarten: 12:00pm (Beginning August 12, kindergarten release time will be 12:45pm)
  • Grades 1-8: 12:45pm


AERIES DATA CONFIRMATION

Petaluma City School’s 2019-20 Aeries Data Confirmation is now open and must be completed no later than August 2. Aeries data confirmation must be completed and emergency forms turned into the office for your child to attend Beach Day. Laptops are available in the Library so you can set up your parent portal and complete data confirmation. Printers also available in the library to print emergency forms.


ATTENDANCE (707) 778-4741

When students are regularly late or absent from school, it has a negative impact on their learning. We encourage parents to help their children be punctual and to avoid unnecessary absences. Please call the attendance line in the morning each day your student is absent.


  • Absences: The state reimburses schools only for actual days of attendance. Absences may be excused only for illness, medical/dental appointments or death in the immediate family & religious observances. We keep track of unexcused absences to help us determine truancy issues. Parents of a child who has more than three unexcused absences will receive an official warning. If attendance does not improve after the third letter, parents may be referred to the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) to work out a program with various school and support agencies to insure the child gets to school on time.

  • Excessive absences due to illness: If a child is absent 14 or more days for illness, parents will receive written notification that a doctor’s note must be submitted to the school to explain the absence and describe the expectations for attendance in the future.


  • Tardy: Please be conscientious about helping your children get to school on time. Teachers start their classes with instruction for the morning lessons. Students who do not receive this information play catch-up all day. Being prompt is an important characteristic that serves students well in junior high, high school and in the world of work. Good habits start early.


  • Absences from school for a family vacation: We can arrange an Independent Study Contract for work to approximate what will be covered in class. This contract must be signed in advance by all parties (student, parent, teacher). You must give the teacher a minimum two-weeks' notice to prepare a packet. The expectation is the student will complete 4 hours of work each day. The work is submitted to the teacher upon student returning to school. The contract can be signed and submitted for our attendance audit. Students who do not complete an independent study contract will be marked unexcused and considered truant by state law. We recommend all families take advantage of our 45-15 schedule and plan their vacations during our regular break times in order not to miss school.

ALL FAMILIES - PLEASE COMPLETE

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PETALUMA CITY SCHOOLS FOOD SERVICES

ALL PCS Families:

Please complete the above form coming home with your child in the next week even if you don't plan to use Food Services this school year. Please complete either the blue or green form. Mary Collins School earns State funding for each completed form we receive. Please email our school secretary, Trisha Shew, tshew@petk12.org, with any questions.

Thank you!


Click here for information on how to add funds securely to students accounts and apply for free and reduced meals.

PLEASE DONATE NOW TO HELP SUPPORT OUR SCHOOL PROGRAMS

CLICK HERE TO LEARN HOW TO SUPPORT OUR SCHOOL
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FRIENDS OF CHERRY VALLEY LIBRARY POOL PARTY FUNDRAISER

Saturday, Aug. 17th, 1-6pm

135 Metz Lane

Petaluma, CA

Please join us for a fun afternoon by the pool and help raise money for our school library. Live music, Taco Cart, Adult Drinks. $50/person. Adults only. A special thank you to the Sheldon Family who have been hosting this special fundraiser for years. Their son will be graduating from MCCV next May, so this will be their last pool party. Let's make it the best one yet!!!


Click here to email April Derby and sign up now!

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WANT TO GET MORE INVOLVED AT SCHOOL?

CLICK HERE TO LEARN HOW TO SUPPORT OUR SCHOOL


  • The Educational Foundation (can pay salaries + more) Co-Chairs Amy Cohen (amycohen339@gmail.com) and Megan Malone (meg@maloneweb.com). Think: Environmental education, music program, Spanish and middle school electives.
  • The PTA (supports non-salary needs on campus) President Amy Evans-Reber,(amyevans1235@yahoo.com). Think: Classroom Supplies, Mentor Reading, Field Trips.
  • Friends of Cherry Valley Library (supports the library) President Meagan Gazzoli, (mg@gazzoli.biz). 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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PETALUMA EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION

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


Exciting Things Are Happening at PEF!

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PEF's ALPHABET SOUP BENEFIT THRIFT STORES

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK - DELIVERY & PICK UP SERVICES AVAILABLE!

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

707.778.4818

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PETALUMA REGIONAL LIBRARY - UPCOMING EVENTS

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

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS