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Keeping us connected through distance learning

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Grateful and Steady in These Uncertain Times

Dear Families,

Thank you for the flood of kind wishes, videos, chocolates and sodas for the staff room last week. I started out in March as things began to get crazy, excited about the new challenge, ways of looking and doing things. Innovation, collaboration and creativity danced in my head and my heart.Then, like almost everyone the rollercoaster of highs and lows began to rattle and roll me over. As we took stock last week to share gratitude and reflect, I returned to those feelings with awe and appreciation for what we have learned these last six weeks about ourselves, one another, our community and our teaching and learning. McNear is made up of incredible staff, students and families who have accomplished magic making and miracles. I am honored to work alongside you and witness the ways in which you cultivate this community.

Many questions are left unanswered, holes in the system are exposed and work to be done is plentiful but please take some time to appreciate all that you and your children have figured out, problem solved, discovered and revamped as you weather these seas. We don't know what next year will look like at school, at home, in our community but we do know that we have one another. We are planning for one more grand exchange of bags the last week of school at which time we can wave from cars and celebrate this journey. Students will be able to keep the iPads over the Summer, accessing all the current apps etc. to keep creating, learning and catching up where needed. I will update you always as things develop and more information comes available.

with gratitude and admiration,

Liza Eichert

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Growing Art Docent Lesson Treasure Chest

Have you tried any of these yet? Please share your pictures if you do!

Alyse Breece, PCS Art Docent Coordinator Extraordinaire!

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Honoring our Sixth Graders

We are excited to celebrate this year's promoting 6th graders. As we are not able to meet in person we will celebrate through a digital format. We are in the process of composing a video with the same elements that we have always had during promotion ceremonies to be posted on Youtube so our school community can experience and celebrate together. It will be wonderful to have this new keepsake. Certificates, programs and goodies will be delivered in the pick up on the last day. Hoping for some decorated cars and banners at school with all the 6th graders parading through during the same window. More details to follow but please reach out to Principal Eichert if you can help with goodies or making banners etc.

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Order A Yearbook To Remember Today

We're now taking orders for the 2019-2020 yearbook, which will feature additional content developed by students whilst sheltering in place. You can order by filling out the form here:

Virtual Field Trips

Check out this amazing list of Virtual Field Trips in the attached PDF.
The Secret Life of Corals: A Dominican Republic Adventure
2020 Virtual Innovations Showcase

Innovations Showcase

This year we will be celebrating student creativity virtually with short videos from students throughout Petaluma City Schools (TK-12) who want to demonstrate their creativity through art, music, dance, science, film, writing, math, or any other unique way! Students who participate will be awarded a gift certificate from one of our sponsors, Applebees and Mary's Pizza.


May 1-17: Flipgrid open for student submissions
May 21-30: Innovations Showcase opens on Flipgrid for public viewing

Entering the Showcase

It's really simple. Got something fun, cool, creative, entertaining, or interesting you'd like a share? Put together a video of no more than two minutes (or five minutes if it's a film festival submission), upload it, and send it to Flipgrid with the login information below. It's that easy. Flipgrid will be open for submissions from May 1st-17th. Then on May 21st, we will show your innovation to the community!

  1. Go to
  2. Log in through Google with your student email
  3. Upload/record your video by clicking on the green + sign.

Questions? Check out Flipgrid's help section or email Danna Rocca at

Families—you all know you have amazing students and you know their talents better than anyone. Who is a better camera person than a parent? Encourage your amazing innovator to get involved and be part of the Showcase! We can't wait to see your innovations!

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Please Help Us Keep Ms. Nanci and Shore Up Fundraising Shortfalls

Amazon Smile!

Amazon Smile! Just a reminder to set McNear School PTA as a designated recipient on Amazon Smile. By doing so, a portion of all purchases made will go straight back to our school! It's super easy to set up. Just follow the link below and log into your Amazon account. After logging in, you'll be prompted to search for a charity name - type in McNear School and hit Search. Choose McNear School PTA from the list, and away you go!

Just remember to shop from versus or Amazon app in order for every eligible purchase you make to result in a donation.

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