Thank you!

Gratitude flowing for this amazing community. A few highlights:
  • Dancing and donating at the Jubilee
  • Out of this world online auction frenzy
  • Record setting Walk and Roll to School Wednesday
  • Food, flowers and appreciation for our incredible staff
  • 8th Grade making it safely to the Shakespeare Festival
  • K/1 getting out, walking and playing in Oak Hill Park
  • 2/3 Stitching and sharing stories in their Doll Projects
  • Anyone and everyone picking up the slack, having compassion and hanging in there through long nights and staffing shortages this week
  • Testing tenacity for our first round of state testing in years
  • 6th Grade walking ten plus miles through San Francisco
  • 6th Grade sleeping soundly at Camp Cherry Valley in the Quad

Volunteer Garden Party - May 18

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2021-2022 School Calendar

Year-Round School Calendar 2022-23 (MCCV and Penngrove)

Traditional School Calendar 2022-23

MCCV Family Google Calendar

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

Next Newsletter: May 27, 2022

Monday, May 16

10:00am-7:00pm, PTA Dine + Donate: Lombardi's Gourmet BBQ - Link to Menu

No flyer needed… but DON’T FORGET TO MENTION MCCV!

Call in your order ahead of time for speedy pickup 707-773-1271

Wednesday, May 18

8:30-9:30am, 6th Grade Greek God Living Museum - Amphitheater

Wednesday, May 18

1:00-2:00pm, Volunteer Garden Party Hosted by MCCV Staff

Thursday, May 19

Westside Relays (Grades 5 and 6) - Petaluma High School Track

Thursday, May 19

5:30-6:45pm, PTA Meeting

Thursday, May 19

6:45-8:00pm, MCCF Meeting

Friday, May 20

8:30-9:30am, Coffee with the Principal - Cherry Valley Park

Saturday, May 21

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

Tuesday, May 24

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

Thursday, May 26

6:00-7:00pm, MCCV Open House

Friday, May 27

FCVL Summer Book Program

Click Here To Sign Up To Borrow a Frida Kahlo Biography - FREE

Last Day to Reserve a Copy for your Family: May 27

Friday, May 27

All library books due by today

Monday, May 30

No School, Memorial Day Holiday

Tuesday, May 31

3:30-4:30pm, Advisory Council - Library

May 31 - June 10

Check Out Books for Summer Reading - Library


June 1 - TIDE Meeting

June 3 - K/1 Dinosaur Performance

June 8 - 4/5 End of Year Picnic at McNear Park

June 9 - 8th Grade Promotion

June 10 - Last Day of School, Early Release Day - Noon

Update to 2022-23 Academic Calendars

At the Tuesday, April 19, 2022 Board Meeting, the School Board approved the addition of three additional staff development days to the calendar. To make this work, they have made some minor, but important adjustments to next year’s calendar. Please see the revised calendars for the 2022-23 school calendar below.

Please Take This Important Survey - MCCV TIDE -Team for Inclusivity, Diversity, & Equality

Link to TIDE Survey

We are excited to come together and create an equitable school community for MCCV families, students, and staff. We need your input on the Survey below to make sure all who want to be part of TIDE can access meetings and co-design activities. So please take five minutes of your time to fill out this survey and be a part of the Inclusivity.

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Garden News

First off, thank you to the Mary Collins Charter Fund for the succesful Plants for Pledges drive and to all those who supported. It was fun and successful. Thank you to all the students who sewed the seeds and for everyone who watered and cared for them while they were growing. May all your plants grow beautifully in your gardens. Sarah Koniak reports this week that garden students have been having fun and working hard to clear up autumn crops, making way for new summer crops! All of their hard work also created our new experimental potato patch- will they grow in straw?

The borage has exploded everywhere to everyone's snacking delight (including the pollinators!) but we need to tame it back from areas, so students harvested borage flowers to dry for tea before we uprooted a few! Everyone has taken notice to all the Ladybugs abound- so many species! Beautiful days in our beloved garden to be sure!

In gratitude,

Heather Gallagher and Sarah Koniak

It's Our Final Dine & Donate of the Year!

Give yourself a break from cooking next Monday 5/16 & tell your friends!

No flyer needed… but DON’T FORGET TO MENTION MCCV!

Call in your order ahead of time for speedy pickup 707-773-1271

Link to Menu

FCVL 2022 Summer Book Club - Sign Up to Borrow A Book To Read With Your Family Over Summer Break


Link To Sign Up To Borrow a Frida Kahlo Biography

Last Day to Reserve a Copy for your Family: May 27

This summer we are excited to invite our whole school to read and learn about artist Frida Kahlo.

Who was Frida Kahlo?

Frida Kahlo de Rivera was a Mexican artist best known for her self-portraits. Her paintings are strongly influenced by Mexican folk culture, and use lots of bright colors and dramatic symbolism.

We have two reading options this year. You may choose both options if that is best for your family.

* Option One: "Me, Frida" written by Amy Novesky (a picture book)

Like a tiny bird in a big city, Frida Kahlo feels lost and lonely when she arrives in San Francisco with her husband, the famous artist Diego Rivera. But as Frida begins to explore San Francisco on her own, she discovers the inspiration she needs to become one of the most celebrated artists of all time. "Me, Frida" is an exhilarating true story that encourages children to believe in themselves so they can make their own dreams soar.

*Option Two: "Who Was Frida Kahlo" written by Sarah Fabiny (target reading audience is ages 8 to 12)

You can always recognize a painting by Kahlo because she is in nearly all--with her black braided hair and colorful Mexican outfits. A brave woman who was an invalid most of her life, she transformed herself into a living work of art. As famous for her self-portraits and haunting imagery as she was for her marriage to another famous artist, Diego Rivera, this strong and courageous painter was inspired by the ancient culture and history of her beloved homeland, Mexico. Her paintings continue to inform and inspire popular culture around the world.

We encourage you all to read and learn with us this summer. Please complete the survey by Friday, May 27, to let us know how you would like to read about Frida Kahlo.

We will be collecting these books at the return of school in July so that we may share them with other school in the Petaluma School District.

Thank you to Friends of Cherry Valley Library for providing funding for our summer reading program.


As we get ready to close the library for the school year, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the support and love we feel daily in our school library. We are pleased to let you know that we circulated just over 22,000 books this school year (one of the highest circulation rates in our school district). Go us!

All library books are due by May 27.

Please help your children get their books back to school on time.

We will be checking out books for summer reading on family accounts from May 31-June 10. This must be done with a parent or via a note to Mrs. Derby. We encourage your family to come to the library and check out a stack to take home over summer break.


Saturday, May 21

Petaluma Market

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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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 | 2022-2023 School Calendar | Family Google Calendar

Link to PCS Food Service Facebook Page with Menus Posted

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