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We are hosting in-person tours from 9:00-10:00am every Thursday from January 13 to February 19. We also have Thursday morning tours scheduled for March 10 and April 17. We would love to share our special school with prospective students. Please complete the form below to sign up for a tour. Link to Sign Up For Tour

January Events

2021-2022 School Calendar

MCCV Family Google Calendar

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

Next Newsletter: January 21, 2022

Tuesday, January 11

11:00am, Author Mac Barnett + Illustrator Carson Ellis (K-3 Event) - Link to Order Form

Tuesday, January 11

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

Thursday, January 13

9:00-10:00am, MCCV Tour for Prospective Students - THIS TOUR IS NOW FULL

Thursday, January 13

5:30-6:45pm, PTA Meeting via Zoom

Thursday, January 13

6:45-8:00pm, MCCF Meeting via Zoom

Saturday, January 15

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

Monday, January 17

No School, Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Tuesday, January 18

4:30-5:30pm, Advisory Council via Zoom

Wednesday, January 19

6:00-7:00pm, Middle School Prospective Parent Information Night via Zoom

Thursday, January 20

9:00-10:00am, MCCV Tour for Prospective Students - Link to Sign Up For Tour


January 25 - PCS Board of Education Meeting

January 27 - MCCV Tour for Prospective Students

January 29 - LumaCon!

February 1-7 - See's Candies Fundraiser (Sponsored by PTA)

February 2 - TIDE Meeting

February 3 - MCCV Tour for Prospective Students

February 4 - PCS School Board Office Hours

February 5 - MCCV Family Fun Fest (Sponsored by PTA)

Dear Mary Collins School Families,

I am writing to ask for about 15 minutes of your time to complete an online survey that will help us improve our school learning community and better serve your child. We have asked YouthTruth – a nonprofit organization that supports hundreds of schools and districts across the county – to conduct an anonymous survey on our behalf. Please take the survey before it closes at midnight on January 28th by clicking this link:

Please note:

  • The survey needs to be completed in one sitting.

  • We ask that one member of each household fill out the survey.

  • If you have more than one child who attends the same school, you may respond to the survey multiple times - one time per child.

  • If you write any comments, please do not include your name or anything else that might identify you. Your responses are anonymous, and they will be combined with the responses of other parents and guardians before being shared back with school and district leadership.

We sincerely thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. Your response is incredibly valuable to us.

We will be asking children in grades 3-8 to participate in the YouthTruth Student Survey in the coming weeks. The survey asks students about their experiences in the school and with their teachers, including how engaged they are at school, the rigor of their coursework, and their preparedness for the future. Our school, other schools, and researchers may use such information for developing plans to help schools and teachers improve. For information about this survey, please visit, or stop by the office to preview the student questions.

To opt your child out of the survey please complete the attached form and return it to your child's teacher. YT STUDENT SURVEY.pdf. If you have any questions about the survey, or our plans for how we will use your feedback, please contact me.


Liza Eichert



Grades K-3

Outdoor Event

Tuesday, January 11

Link to Order Form

On Tuesday, January 11th, our K-3 students will have the opportunity to meet and listen to one of our absolute favorites, clever, funny, award-winning authors Mac Barnett, and Caldecott award winning illustrator Carson Ellis (Du Es Tak) as they introduce their brand new, heartfelt and amazing picture book, What Is Love. In addition to being a beautful book, it's a fun exploration of what love means. Plus, it's so great to have both the author AND the illustrator of a book here to talk with your kids.

If your child wants to purchase an autographed book, return this form and payment to Mrs. Derby in the library or their teacher. Checks should be made out to Copperfield's. Mac & Carson will be happy to autograph (and maybe draw in!!) your child's copy!

Thank you for supporting Copperfield's!!! :)

Are You Interested And Available To Volunteer One Day Per Week With Student Play At Lunch Recess?

We are looking to enrich activities for our students during lunch recess. Are you interested and available to help? The time slot is from 12-1pm with all sorts of possibilities about activities as well as time commitments. Play is more important than ever, thank you for considering getting involved.
Here is a link to learn more and sign up:

Note from Your PTA President, Dulcie Moore

Happy New Year! As we head into 2022, I wanted to call out some of our highlights from the school year so far. None of this would be possible without our community’s participation and involvement, so thank you so much for all you do! All things considered, we’ve achieved a lot this year! And while we haven’t been able to host some of our traditional community events due to COVID, please know the PTA Board is working very hard with Liza and PCS to figure out ways we can still hold these events while making them as safe as possible. We have some cool stuff planned for 2022!


  • Replaced our traditional back to school ice cream social with Baskin Robbins gift certificates ($360)
  • Raised $1,490 in Dine and Donates
  • Raised $1,548 in Retail Partnerships (Amazon, Benefit, Farm Fresh)
  • Walkathon raised close to $85,000 (goal was $65,000!)
  • Hosted annual staff appreciation breakfast on 11/19 (picture above)
  • Pie fundraiser in November raised almost $700 AND raised enough money to purchase TWO pies for 29 staff members (picture above)
  • Pop-up spirit wear sale in December raised $320 (new spirit wear is coming soon!)
  • Organized staff lounge snack stocking (picture above)
  • Hosted staff holiday lunch on 12/17 right before Winter Break ($160)
  • $575 has been distributed for Enrichment Class Scholarships
  • $6,000 has been distributed towards the Teacher Activity Fund
  • $25,000 has been distributed for Charter Program Salaries (Advanced Math, Student Advisor, Garden, Music)
  • $1,000 has been distributed towards supplies for Middle School Electives

Winter 2022 Enrichment Schedule is Here!

January 10 - March 23, 2022

Link to Winter 2022 Enrichment Schedule

Refer to class descriptions for class specific days off. Contact instructors for class specific questions. For general questions about enrichment contact Sigrid Rinehart at Scholarships available for Cherry Valley students. One scholarship per qualified student per year, until funds are depleted.

Attention: Parents of students in grades 1, 2 & 3: For students dismissed at 2:30pm but attending a 3:10pm class, they must be supervised by a parent/adult or make arrangements with after care on campus to be watched during that time. Children must be supervised by an adult between the time of school dismissal and the start of their enrichment class.

ESPANOL: Para mas informacion en espanol, favor de llamar a Autumn al 707-477-4948.

Petaluma City Schools provides space, but does not endorse, staff, or supervise the information, activities, or events posted.

January Garden News

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The middle school Cherry Valley Cares PBL would like to thank the Cherry Valley community for their generosity. The donation drive for COTS was a HUGE success!

We collected

  • 34 Blankets

  • 131 Toiletry Items

  • 231 canned/packaged food items

The goods were delivered to COTS on Tuesday, December 14. Thank you to MCCV students Echo, Phoenix and Tiger Ciampi, Emma Koniak, and Marco Pucci and parents Darby Ciampi and Moira Pucci for helping to get the donations to COTS.

Thanks again for your support!


Our next food drive at Petaluma Market will be Saturday, January 15!

10:00am - 4:00pm

Please come by and support the students’ efforts.

Middle school students at Mary Collins School at Cherry Valley have taken on a new challenge this year. Community support has always been an important aspect at MCCV but has taken on more importance in the middle school this year. Students are participating in food drives for Food for Thought. Food For Thought is an organization that provides healthy food and groceries to Sonoma County residents with serious or long-term medical conditions.

On the 3rd Saturday of each month, students are in front of Petaluma Market, encouraging customers to buy a few extra things for Food for Thought’s food bank. Of course, cash is also accepted. There are two student volunteers for each hour, working shifts from 10:00am-4:00pm.

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Did You Know You Could Share Your Art at the Public Library?

The library welcomes anyone who would like to share their art, as long as it is appropriate and fits in this glass case. Our very own Lakan Duskin’s origami works are at the Petaluma public library and will be there through the first week of January.

Get Ready for the 8th Annual LumaCON! Comic Convention for Youth

January 29, 2022

10:00am - 4:00pm

Online & In-person

Petaluma Community Center

Tickets (free) will be required for Lumacon this year!

Link to Ticket Registration

Link to Lumacon Official Website

Don’t miss the 8th annual LumaCON! Comic Convention for Youth on Saturday, January 29, 2022 from 10 AM – 4 PM at the Petaluma Community Center in Lucchesi Park. Admission is free, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, tickets will be required and available in a limited amount. Register for your tickets starting January 3rd through the LumaCON website. Every person in your party-even babies-need tickets. Masks are required to be worn both indoors and outdoors. Professional and youth artists, illustrators, and graphic novelists will display and sell their work in the Artists’ Alley. Popular culture enthusiasts of all ages are encouraged to wear cosplay (costumes) for maximum fun. Teens and children can participate in the cosplay competition. Try out LARPing (Live Action Role Play), enjoy crafting for kids, check out our new Sonoma County Library Bibliobus stocked with graphic novels and comics, draw your own comics, meet Star Wars characters from the 501st and Rebel Legions, and more! If you cannot participate in person this year we also have virtual programming including panels and videos from the Charles M. Schulz museum. LumaCON! is a community celebration of creativity, literacy, and popular culture brought to you by the public and the school libraries of Petaluma. Check out our event website,, for more details!

NOTE; This year’s student-designed logo was created by the design team of Hana C., Brooke D., Andrae, L., Jacob L., and Chris W.

School and Community Recycling Programs Give Plastic Film New Life

MCCV is starting a recycling program to turn plastic film/bags into decking through Trex Deck. We now have bins by the office and around campus. Please watch the video and see if you can help keep some plastic out of our environment. Thank you.

Link to NexTrex Video

Link to The Plastic Film Recycling Challenge

Link to NexTrex Plastic Film Recycling Info Sheet

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January Idle Free 2022 commercial


This January we challenge you to be Idle-Free with Safe Routes to Schools! That means, turn off your car engine when waiting more than 30-seconds. Due to the holiday break, we will not hold a Walk & Roll to Anywhere event but schools are welcome to have one if they choose. Instead, we encourage families and school personnel to sign our online “Idle Free Sonoma County Pledge,” and/or for students to complete our Idle Free Sonoma County coloring page. Parents/families, teachers, school staff, and students who sign the pledge or submit a coloring page by Friday, February 4th will be entered into a drawing for one of eight $50.00 gift cards to a local business of the winner’s choice.


  • Get educated about the benefits of turning off your engine when waiting more than 30-seconds!
  • Complete our Idle Free Coloring Page (English Spanish) and Submit to Safe Routes to School by Friday, February 4th.
  • Sign the Idle-Free Bay Sonoma County Pledge (one signature per family/household) between January 1st-February 4th, 2022
  • Pledges may be signed by parents, teachers, and/or school administrators/staff from any K-8 School in Sonoma County.

Signed pledges will be entered into a drawing for one of eight $50.00 gift cards to a local business of choice! Gift cards have been donated by the Sonoma County Spare the Air Resource Team and one of our January Sponsors, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Winner will be announced in February, and winners will choose which local business to purchase the $50.00 gift card from. Questions? Email Safe Routes to School.

Why Mentor?

Mentoring, at its core, guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. Ultimately, mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity. Yet one in three young people will grow up without this critical asset.

Menor Me Petaluma
Serving youth ages 5-17 since the year 2001, Mentor Me currently has 250 active mentorships and nearly 90 youth on our waiting list. Trained adult mentors spend an hour or so a week with their mentees in Mentor Centers located on our partner school campuses, as well as at the Mentor Me Cavanagh Recreation Center. Mentor Centers are rooms on school campuses that provide a safe environment to foster trusting relationships between mentors and mentees. Our School Site Coordinators lead the mentoring programs at each school, managing the centers, recruiting mentors, accepting student nominations from teachers and counselors, meeting with parents and mentors, making mentor matches, and supervising mentorships.

If you would like to learn more and speak with staff, check out our Orientation sessions as well as our upcoming training dates here. Questions may be directed to or 707.765-8488 ext 108.

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PCS Student and Family Engagement

We had an amazing turnout at our first ever PCS Family Holiday Fun Run. With almost 600 participants, it was a great success. Thank you to all of the volunteers and community partners who came out to help.Last week, we held a very informative parent informational night on Opioids and Fentanyl. Thank you to the Sonoma County Department of Health and Panaptic for their joint efforts in making this night happen. If you missed it, you can watch the Opioid/Fentanyl Parent Informational Night recording here. You can also check out our resource list in English and Spanish, Providence's Sonoma County Substance Use Disorder Resources, and a relevant part of California's Health and Safety Code.

Upcoming Events:
  • Elementary Kickball League - Spring
  • Film Festival - March
  • Robotics Challenge - April
  • Art Showcase - April/May

MCCV Quick Links

MCCV Website | Aeries Portal | PCS Food Services

PTA Website | PTA Facebook Group Page | Mary Collins Facebook Page | MCCV Twitter

2021-2022 School Calendar | Family Google Calendar

Year Round Breakfast Menu | Year Round Lunch Menu

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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