Venetia Valley Voice

Family Newsletter - January 2023

Principal's Message

Hello Venetia Valley Families,

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and are excited at the prospect of a better future. At Venetia Valley, we are continuing our efforts at engaging your children in high quality, academically appropriate and meaningful learning.

We recognize we cannot accomplish this task without your support. As you all know, education begins at home and the partnership you build with us will strengthen our collective efforts at ensuring your children receive a viable educational experience. Let's have a great spring semester!


Principal Quesada

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

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January At A Glance

Events that Happen Every Week during the Month

  • Tuesdays - Food Pantry from 3:15 - 4:30 PM in front of the school
  • Wednesdays - Citizenship Classes in the MPR from 5 - 7 PM
  • Wednesdays are Early Release Days. Students are dismissed at 1:15 PM for Special Day Classes (SDC), 1:35 PM for TK/Kindergarten, 1:40 PM for Middle School and 1:45 PM for 1st - 5th Grade.

Week of January 9th -13th:


  • Matrix Parent Network: 9 am - 11 am in the FC


  • Middle School Farmer's Market Field Trip
  • SSC Meeting: 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm in FC
  • Charla and Conversation: 6 pm to 7:30 pm in MPR

FRIDAY, 1/13:

  • Community Closet: 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm in FC

Week of January 16th - 20th:


  • No School - MLK Day


  • Comm. Dvlp. Housing Workshop: 6 pm to 7:30 pm in MPR


  • Matrix Parent Network: 9 am - 11 am in the FC

Week of January 23rd - 27th: - 5th-Grade Walker Creek Trip


  • Let’s Talk Parent Workshop: 5 pm to 7 pm in MPR


  • Matrix Parent Network: 9 am - 11 am in the FC


  • PTA Meeting in MPR at 5pm

Week of January 30th - February 3rd:


  • Matrix Parent Network: 9 am - 11 am in the FC
  • TK, Kinder, and High School Registration at VV


  • Community Closet: 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm in FC
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PTA - Parent Teacher Association

Dear Venetia Valley Families,

Families join us for our first general meeting, learn what events the PTA is planning for this school year, and how you can help.

January 26, 2023, in the Multipurpose Room from 5 pm to 6 pm.

We will provide childcare and snacks.

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Message From Our Community Liaison

Hello Venetia Valley Families,

Welcome to a new year, 2023!

Come and enjoy our ELAC meeting (English Learner Advisory Committee) on 2/16/2023, from 9:30- 11:00 am. Come and enjoy a morning with lots of information regarding what ELAC is.

Also, we will have more information about what are the “A-G” requirements for high school.

Allen Sport Dominican Program. For students in the 6th-8th grade, will be continued on 1/30/2023; if you signed up for the program this past semester, you do NOT need to sign up again. For registration, come into the office or Family Center for more information.


Parents, If your child was vaccinated in November, you can come into the school office and pick up the covid-19/flu vaccine card.

Office hours are Monday- Friday from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.

Pilar Sanchez

Venetia Valley Community Liaison

Office (415) 492-3150 Ext 2001

Fax (415) 492-3160

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Family Center Update

Hello Dear Venetia Valley Families,

The Family Center wishes you a happy new year. We hope this year is full of health, joy, and abundance.

Parents and guardians, please ensure our students are here and ready to learn daily. Attendance is crucial; the effects are always negative when they miss many school days. Below are tips on how you can help your child succeed in school:



5th-grade families,

A week before the Walker Creek Trip, we will send a letter with all details regarding the trip. If you have not paid for your trip, there is still time to bring in money; please stop by the Family Center.

8th-grade Parents/Guardians,

  • You must REGISTER your student in the San Rafael High Schools High School District.

  • Online registration is highly recommended (

  • In-person registration events will be at the following locations from 2-6 PM:

    • Jan. 11, 2023 - Bahia Vista

    • Jan. 24 & 31, 2023 - District Office

    • Jan. 25, 2023 - Laurel Dell

    • Feb. 1, 2023 - Venetia Valley

  • Or stop by the Family Center for support

If you need any support do not hesitate to contact us at the Family Center.

Upcoming Events:

  • Food Bank distribution happens every Tuesday from 3:15 pm - 4:15 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.

  • Matrix Parent Network- Every Wednesday from 9 am - 11 am - FC.

Starting 1/11/23, a representative from Matrix will support families with any questions they may have regarding Special Education, EIPs, and much more.

  • Citizenship Classes- Every Wednesday from 5 pm to 7 pm- Cafeteria

Know the citizenship process, study for the exam, receive help with your N-450 form, and much more. For questions, please call the family center.

  • School Site Council - Thursday, Jan. 12, from 4:30 - 5:30 pm in the Family Center

This elected body's common goal and focus is to support student success. The SSC does this by developing and monitoring the implementation of the school’s plan, known as the Single Plan for Student Achievement.

  • Coffee & Conversation- Thursday, Jan. 12, from 6 pm to 7:30 am in Family Center

Families, join us for informative monthly presentations, essential school updates, and an opportunity to voice any questions, comments, and/or concerns. Also, learn about services or events happening in our community. This month's topic is Parent Square and Aeries Workshop.

  • Community Closet- Friday, Jan. 13, from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm in the Family Center

  • Comm. Dvlp. Agency Housing Workshop- Tuesday, Jan. 17th at 6 pm in MPR

We’ll Discuss Housing Basics – What is Affordable Housing?, Housing Assistance – What resources are available? Energy Efficiency – How to Save Money! Food, Childcare, and Stipends are Available. The translation is Available for English Speakers.

  • Let’s Talk Parent Workshop- Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 5:30 pm in the MPR.

Parents and Guardians, join us to learn and understand substance abuse in Marin County and how it is affecting our kids. We will also learn strategies to prevent our children from using these substances. We will have childcare and snacks.

  • PTA General Meeting- Thursday, Jan. 26, from 5 pm to 6 pm - Cafeteria

Families join us for our first general meeting, learn what events the PTA is planning for this school year, and how you can help.

  • Safe Routes Walk to School Day- Wed, Feb. 1, from 8 am - 8:45 am

Parents, please encourage your students to Walk, Bike, or Skate to School on this day. Make sure students stop by the prize table.

  • Community Fridge- Bay Marin Church parking lot at 150 N. San Pedro Road

The Community Fridge is open 24/7 for families to come and grab what they need! If you wish to donate any food, this is also a place where you can donate by placing your food in the community fridge.

Families, make sure you are following us on Facebook and Instagram @venetiavalleytk8.

Want to contact us? Here's how:

Family Center Hours

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

Direct line: 415-496-0226

Kristal Garcia - Family Advocate -

Erick De La Rosa- Family Advocate-

Sheila Ramirez- Family Center Director-

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.