Venetia Valley Voice

School / Family Newsletter - February 2022

Principal's Message

Families of Venetia Valley,

February is upon us and it is National Black History Month! While the contributions the African American community has had in America should be celebrated everyday of every month; this month we get to highlight the contributions and leadership of the Black community as a way to bring awareness and voice for those that have been historically silenced and unrecognized for their greatness. I am excited to share that at Venetia Valley, our staff have activities planned for our Falcons that will recognize the accomplishments, contributions and leadership of our fellow African American people. It is our hope that this will be an opportunity for our community to learn to appreciate and respect all that the Black community has contributed to our society today and teach our students how great we are as a community united.

Be on the look out for specific information from your child's teacher regarding the activities taking place in their classrooms this month. If you haven't signed up to receive our messages from ParentSquare, now is a great time as ever to enroll. If you need help, contact our Community Liaison Ms. Pilar Sanchez or our Family Center Director, Ms. Sheila Ramirez. All can be reached at 415-492-3150.

Stay safe and be kind to each other. After all, you are your child's first role model. Wishing you all a great month with great health.

In Partnership,

Principal Quesada

Como Puedo Ver Este Boletin En Otro Idioma? How Can I See This Newsletter In A Different Language?

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February At A Glance

Week of February 1st - 4th: Beginning of Black History Month!

  • Food Pantry on Tuesday, Feb. 1st from 3:30 - 5 PM in front of the school
  • Monthly "Safe Routes to School" on Wednesday, Feb. 2nd (students receive prizes for biking, walking or using another alternative mode of transportation to school)
  • Early Dismissal on Wednesday, Feb. 2nd at 12:50 PM for GE and 12:20 PM for SDC
  • School Site Council Meeting via Zoom on Thursday, Feb. 3rd at 4:30 PM
  • Principal Chat via Zoom w/Mr. Q on Thursday, Feb. 3rd at 6 PM

Week of February 7th - 11th:

  • Food Pantry on Tuesday, Feb. 8th from 3:30 - 5 PM in front of the school
  • Early Dismissal on Wednesday, Feb. 9th at 2:05 PM for GE and 1:35 for SDC
  • Citizenship Classes resume in-person at VV beginning at 5pm on Wednesday, Feb. 9th in the MPR
  • Family Center Hosting "Candyland Game Night" on Thursday, Feb. 10th from 5 to 6:30 PM in the MPR! All are welcome to come and participate!
  • DELAC Meeting on Thursday, Feb. 10th at 6 PM via Zoom
  • "No One Eats Alone / Plays Alone" activities throughout the day Friday, Feb. 11th during lunch & recess times, facilitated by our Counseling Team

Week of February 14th - 18th: "Kindness Spirit Week"
  • Valentine's Day Celebrations throughout the campus on Monday, Feb. 14th - alternative activities will be available for those who don't wish to participate. Check with your child's teacher for specific details.
  • Food Pantry on Tuesday, Feb. 15th from 3:30 - 5 PM in front of the school
  • ELAC Meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, Feb. 15th from 6 to 7 PM
  • Early Dismissal on Wednesday, Feb. 16th at 2:05 PM for GE and 1:35 for SDC
  • Citizenship Classes on Wednesday, Feb. 16th at 5pm in the MPR
  • PTA Executive Board Team Meeting via Zoom on Thursday, Feb. 17th at 6 PM
  • Family Game Night hosted by our Family Center on Friday, Feb. 18th. More details to come soon!

Week of February 21st - 25th: No School - Mid Winter Break!

  • Food Pantry on Tuesday, Feb. 22nd from 3:30 - 5 PM in front of the school

Week of February 28th - March 4th: Read Across America and National Women's History Month Begins!

  • Food Pantry on Tuesday, Mar. 1st from 3:30 - 5 PM in front of the school
  • Early Dismissal on Wednesday, Mar. 2nd at 12:50 PM for GE and 12:20 PM for SDC
  • Monthly Safe Routes Day, Wednesday, Mar. 2nd (students receive a prize for biking, walking or taking an alternative method of transportation to school)
  • Citizenship Classes in the MPR on Wednesday, Mar. 2nd from 5 - 7 PM
  • School Site Council Meeting via Zoom on Thursday, Mar. 3rd at 4:30 PM
  • Principal Chat via Zoom w/Mr. Q on Thursday, Mar. 3rd at 6 PM

PTA Serving "Triangle" Pizza for All Falcons!

Do We Have Any VV Kindergarten Families Interested in our Spanish Dual Language Immersion Program Next Year?

As Venetia Valley School prepares for the reintroduction of the Spanish dual language immersion program, we would like to know from our current kindergarten families if they are interested in participating in the program. Only families of CURRENT kindergarten students are asked to complete the survey. If your child is not in Kindergarten with Ms. Luna, Ms. Padilla or Ms. Wilson this current year, then you DO NOT need to fill out this survey. For those of you that are, we kindly ask for your participation in this very quick, brief survey to help us plan for the 2022-23 school year.

Link for the English Survey

Enlace para la Encuesta en Español

Celebrations and Spirit Days at VV!

Message from our Family / Community Liaison

VV Families,

My name is Pilar Sanchez. I am the Community Liaison. Of all the jobs that I do at VV, I have an extra one in that is near and dear to my heart. That is the school garden. I do it with a lot of love for nature! I want to see our community use the garden again before the end of the school year but we need your help. I would like to start weeding, cleaning out trash, and creating a plan for the next garden day.

I invite you to come and clean our garden on Saturday February 12th, from 9-12pm.

Please bring your own gardening supplies as ours are limited.


Pilar Sanchez

Venetia Valley Community Liaison

177 North San Pedro Road San Rafael Ca, 94903

Office (415) 492-3150 Ext 2001

Fax (415) 492-3160

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VV is Looking for Applicants!

Join the Falcon team! We are searching for qualified applicants to serve in the role of Attendance Clerk. This is a 7 hour a day job (35 per week) plus 1 hour of campus supervision (5 per week), making it a full-time position. The attendance clerk is responsible for logging all student attendance, collecting and organizing the attendance reports from teachers and reporting all attendance records to the district office. Check out the link HERE for full details!

Venetia Valley is also looking for a part-time Campus Supervisor. We need help with supervising our Falcons during recess and lunch times. The position is part time and works 4 hours per day, typically from 10 AM to 2 PM. If you're interested, please see the full job description and details linked HERE!

Family Center Update

Dear Venetia Valley Families,

We are pleased to introduce our new Family Advocate, Ms. Kristal Garcia! Here is a brief introduction from her:

Hello, my name is Kristal Garcia! I have a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management and I'm very passionate about working with people. I also love being outdoors and spending time with my 4-year-old son. I have worked for Venetia Valley already for three years prior to this position and attended school here from Kindergarten through to 8th grade. I know this community and see it as a second home and I'm very excited to be able to work on a closer one on one level with the families here. I truly believe that we all have a purpose in this life and while I still search for mine, I find joy in the little moments with other people and hearing their stories. My goal has always been to bring even the smallest amount of joy to each person I meet, and I hope to bring that same liveliness into this position as your family advocate.

With Kindness,

Kristal Garcia

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Family Center Update - Continued

What is happening in the Family Center/Community:

  • Food Bank distribution happens every Tuesday from 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Families, remember that bags of food are handed out every Tuesday in front of the school. Feel free to stop by if you need this service.

  • Round Table Pizza Fundraiser Day

This Wednesday, February 2, 2022, buy pizza at Round Table by Northgate Mall, and 20% goes back to our school.

  • School Site Council- Thursday 2/3/22 - 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm


What is the SSC?

The School Site Council (SSC) is composed of the school principal and a group of people, selected by their peers, representing all segments of the school community: teachers, support staff, parents, and student members at the secondary level. The common goal and focus of this elected body is to support student success. The SSC does this by developing and monitoring the implementation of the school’s plan for the school year known as the Single Plan for Student Achievement.

  • Charla with Mr. Q- Thursday 2/3/22 - 6 pm to 7 pm


Charla with Mr. Q is an opportunity for families to ask questions or share concerns about what is happening in Venetia Valley. Get information about services or events that are happening in our community.

  • Safe Routes Monthly Challenge- Wednesday 2/9/22- Before school

On Wednesday the Safe Routes table will be at the front of the school for our monthly Walk and Roll Wednesday event. Please encourage your child to participate by stopping by at the participation table. Students who participate can enter a raffle for prizes.

  • Citizenship Classes- Wednesdays starting 2/9/22 from 5 pm to 7 pm

If you need help with the application or study the 100 questions, do not hesitate to attend the classes. For more information call the Family Center. Place- VV cafeteria

  • Candyland Game Night- Thursday 2/10/22 - 5 pm to 6:30 pm

VV families, we know we are going through stressful times, but let’s take a moment to have fun. Join us for an evening of fun games and socializing with other families, but always following Covid protocols. Please make sure you wear a mask.

  • ELAC Meeting- Tuesday 2/15/22

Are you a parent of an English Learner student? Join us through Zoom from 6 pm to 7 pm. To learn more about this committee and how it can benefit your students. Join Zoom Meeting:

  • Community Closet- Friday 2/18/22 from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Location- Venetia Valley back parking lot. This closet is made up of donated clothes for other families to use. Please take what you will use. Be considerate of our whole community.

  • PTA Sweatshirt sales - in front of the School- Price: $35 Tshirt Sales are $15! Help support your PTA by buying gear for the whole family!

Sale Days: Monday - Friday from 8 am to 9 am

Information: Lili (415) 850-8851/ Veronica (415) 577-6184

In partnership,

Leslie Garcia- Family Advocate-

Sheila Ramirez- Family Center Coordinator

Family Center Hours

Monday to Friday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Direct Line: 415-496-0226

Cell: 415-424-3778

Follow us on social media: Facebook and Instagram @ventiavalleyTK8 and follow Mr. Quesada on Twitter @PrincipalPaulQ.

Venetia Valley TK-8 School

Our Mission Statement

Venetia Valley is a community school where students, families and staff are celebrated for who they already are and are supported in every way to become all that they aspire to be.

Nuestra Declaración de Misión

Venetia Valley es una escuela comunitaria donde los estudiantes, las familias y el personal son reconocidos por quienes ya son y son apoyados en todos los sentidos para convertirse en todo lo que aspiran a ser.