Dolphin Digest

Week of February 25, 2019

A message from the Principal

Dear Matanzas Families

This week, our 6th grade scientists dissected sheep hearts—yes, hearts! The 6th graders were extremely impressive as they were not only safe with the equipment, but also as they demonstrated scientific curiosity, wonder, and scholarly behaviors. The event was a huge success, and special thanks go to Mrs. Austin for facilitating the materials and helping during the lesson, to San Francisco Firefighter/EMT Scott Eberhardt for leading the dissection and teaching all about the parts of the heart, and to the 6th grade teachers and all the parent volunteers who made this activity possible.

Next Wednesday Matanzas will celebrate Read Across America Day in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday with our Annual Dr. Seuss Trivia Contest. It will be a fun event for all!

Next week, March 4 through March 8 is the week of parent-teacher conferences. Meeting with your child’s teacher provides an excellent opportunity to talk about your child’s progress so far this year and to discuss curriculum expectations for the rest of the school year. Conferences truly help teachers meet every student’s needs as they work in partnership with you and your student for a productive and successful conclusion to the year and preparation for next year.


You may be aware of a disturbing “challenge” being circulated on social media called the “Momo Challenge.” We have found that many students here at Matanzas are frightened and concerned about this. Following the challenge leads the user to a set of disturbing challenges that ask users to do increasingly dangerous acts and post picture proof--challenges that can including harming oneself. We are actively monitoring students’ online activity and addressing internet safety here at school, and we also encourage you to have a talk with your children about internet safety, as well. You can find out more about by clicking this link:

-Kate Westrich, Principal

Conferences: March 4th - 8th

Dismissal at 1:55 everyday

March Lunch Menus

Click here to access Menus

If you child is going to be absent or late.

If you child is going to be absent or late (due to an appointment etc) please contact the Matanzas School office at (707)546-6183 and press 1 for the attendance line. Please leave your child's name, teacher or room number, the date you called, the reason for the absence.

FYI, if you google Matanzas Elementary the search engines will default to RVCS-Matanzas (our middle school) phone number. Please use the number listed above when calling your child in absent or late.

Dine and Donate at Tomatina

Monday, March 4th, 11am-10pm

2323 Sonoma Avenue

Santa Rosa, CA

Dine and Donate

Tomatina, Montgomery Village

Monday March 4

All Day


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RVEF Spring Enrichment Classes

Most classes start the week of April 1 and run through the end of the week of May 20.

New Classes: Mixed Media Arts & Crafts and Chinese Food, Culture, and Mandarin

Open to RVCS Middle School Students Too:

Sequoia - Hogwarts at RVUSD

Plus the return of: Amazing Athletes, Golf, Fencing, Tennis, KidVets, Chess for Kids, STEM Challenge LEGO, Sewing, Singing/Choir, Ballet, & 3 art classes:

Fundamental Drawing, Digital Photography, and

Young at Art: Fun with Ceramics!

Show Biz Kids Enrollment Open, too!

Show Biz Kids start week of March 4 and runs for 10 weeks!


Please see the letter below from the District office regarding the Superintendent Search

Community Flyers below for sports, theatre performances, classes, camps and clubs etc. Enjoy!