Up To Speed With the Cheetahs

March 13, 2023

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Upcoming Dates

  • March 13-17: Neurodiversity Week

  • March 15: Walk & Roll to School
  • March 20: Minimum Day- All students dismissed at 12:45
  • March 23: Book Fair Setup **Volunteers Needed**
  • March 24: Family STEAM Night at 6:00
  • March 27-30: Spring Book Fair
  • March 30: Dine & Donate at El Rey Mexican Bar & Grill

Every Friday is SPIRIT DAY! Dress up in blue and yellow and show that CHEETAH PRIDE!

A Message from Principal Patel

Dear Lu Sutton Community,

I hope you are adjusting to the time change and enjoying the longer day light!

As you are aware, we are celebrating Neurodiversity Week! Throughout the district, students and staff are celebrating this week by engaging in fun lessons and dressing up to celebrate neurodiversity.

Neurodiversity is the celebration of our amazing brains! This week we would like to celebrate our differences and the many different ways each of us engage in the world. Please take a moment to ask your child about what they are learning this week and encourage them to dress up each day (listed below)!

Here are some You Tube read aloud stories to support your conversations at home. Enjoy!

In Community,

Mira Patel


Celebrating Neurodiversity Week! March 13-17

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Parent/Guardian Workshop with Dr. Anthony Muhammad

This year, NUSD teachers and staff have worked on equity practices with Dr. Anthony Muhammad. He will hold a forum April 19th for Parents and Guardians. You are encouraged to join to hear about his amazing work!
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Focus on Attendance

Daily attendance is essential to your child's success. Please do your best to avoid missing school. Here are some tips to avoid Unexcused Absences.

  • Plan vacations during scheduled breaks (calendar at the bottom).
  • Bring a Doctor's note when your child misses school for an appointment.
  • Keep your child home if they are sick and call in to communicate the reason for their absence. 24 Hour Attendance Line: (415) 897-4196

GOOD JOB! As a school, Average Daily Attendance Rate has increased to 93%. This rate is critical to your child's educational growth and our school funding. We would like to see our site reach a goal of a 97% Average Daily Attendance Rate. Let's keep focused on this goal and support our students' educational journey!

A Message from the PTA

Hello Cheetah families,

As I mentioned in previous newsletters, we are approaching a very busy time of year for both PTA and school activities and events. The time between mid-winter and spring break has many student and family engagement events on the calendar and we hope you can join us! Please continue reading below to see the details, dates and volunteer opportunities available. It truly takes a team effort to make these events run smoothly.

I’d like to thank the many families that made it out to the Community Garden Work Day despite the pouring rain this past Saturday. The group worked together to shovel and lay new mulch in the school garden and check off some of the to-do list tasks. I truly appreciate the help. We will schedule another garden work day in a few weeks- hopefully on a day without rain!

In gratitude,

Erin Compton

Lu Sutton PTA President

Save the Date: STEAM Night!

Family STEAM Night at Lu Sutton is on Friday, March 24th from 6:00-8:00pm.

What is STEAM? Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.

What is Family STEAM Night? It will be an evening of hands-on science, technology, engineering, art and math activities for students and families to complete by working together. STEAM night activities will be set up at tables or stations and will have instructions and/or suggestions that are appropriate for students of all ages, but some may need a little help from a grownup. There will also be special guests, displays and demonstrations for everyone to enjoy.

Family STEAM Night is a free event sponsored by the PTA. There will be a slime making station where guests can create their own slime to take home. This table will charge a small fee of $5.00 per batch of slime to cover the cost of the slime making materials and supplies.

Please RSVP to the event using this link: https://www.parentsquare.com/feeds/18674554

5th grade will have food and drinks for sale during STEAM Night. All proceeds will benefit their end of the year activities

Volunteers Needed! March 24th for STEAM Night

We would love to have parent volunteers at STEAM Night. We need help with setup, at tables and stations during the event, and with cleaning up at the end of the night. If you are able to give an hour or so of your time, please sign up at this link: https://www.parentsquare.com/feeds/18674554

Volunteers Needed! The Book Fair

The PTA is looking for volunteers to help at our Spring Book Fair. We need help with setting up the fair, running the fair after school, and help closing down the fair. This is a great way to get involved on campus. Volunteering at the book fair is fun and easy, and there’s no experience needed!

This year’s Spring Book Fair will have a special evening shopping opportunity on Friday, March 24th during the Family STEAM Night. We will need volunteers to help with sales from 6:00-8:00pm.

Please sign up to volunteer in Parent Square at this link: https://www.parentsquare.com/feeds/18925164

5th Grade Outdoor Education Fundraising with See's Candies

Please help support the 5th graders! Money raised will help lower the cost per student in their annual overnight field trip!

Scan the QR code with your phone to place an order or visit the website below. See's will ship directly to you (or as a gift to a loved one!). Please feel free to share this with whomever will enjoy it and thank you for your support!


Many thanks to the Lu Sutton community for supporting the 5th grade’s fundraising efforts!

After School Enrichment: Mr. C's Class!

Marin Treks Spring After School Natural Science Class at Lu Sutton with Mr. C

Dates: Wednesdays March 15, 22, 29, April 5, 19, 26, May 3 and 10

Time: 1:30 to 2:30 Cost: $140 per child for this 8 week class

Location: Class meets at the tables in front of the multi-purpose room 10% discount for siblings joining together!

There are 2 spots in the class at a 25% discount and 2 spots at a 40-50% discount for families on a tight budget. Please email me about these confidential discounts if you need them to enroll your child(ren). Please email Mr. C directly to enroll: brian@marintreks.com

Payment can be made through Venmo @Brian-Campopiano or with a check payable to Brian Campopiano or cash is also good. Any questions, please call Mr. C at 415-250-0988.

Join Mr. C on a continuing journey through time and discover the amazing history of life on planet earth! Children will come face to face with some of the oldest, most fascinating creatures on earth including bacteria, insects, arachnids, dinosaurs, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals. We’ll dissect owl pellets, study dinosaur fossils and ice age fossils, study volcanoes, bats, birds of prey, pond life, tide pool life, and many other fascinating creatures from around the world! We’ll also learn about and meet some of the reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, and arthropods (including insects, spiders, millipedes, and others) that live right here in Novato.

And of course the stars of the program: My amazing collection of leopard geckos, crested geckos, tortoises, corn snakes, ball pythons, tree frogs, and more! Since last fall I have 5 new ball pythons, 4 new crested geckos, 1 new corn snake, and various new frogs and salamanders. This is a hands-on science adventure EVERY child will love!

If you need assistance with registering or paying for this class, please contact Mischa or Monica in the school office at 415-897-3196.

Pini Hardware March Round-Up!

We returned from mid-winter break to a freshly painted Multipurpose Room thanks to our friends from Leadership Novato. Paint is just the first step of the upgrade to the space, however. The team from Leadership Novato has been hard at work behind the scenes fundraising to make the next steps in the project possible. Because of this, Pini Hardware is once again making Lu Sutton the focus of their round up giveback for the month of March. From now until March 31st when you shop at Pini make sure you tell them to “Round up for Lu Sutton!”

Walk & Roll To School Wednesdays

We have once again partnered with Safe Routes to School Marin for our spring Walk & Roll to School program. To incentivize walking or rolling to school, local businesses have generously offered to donate bicycles and helmets via a raffle to students at the elementary school level. One Lu Sutton student will have an opportunity to win!

The dates for the walk and rolls are:

Wednesday, March 15th

Wednesday, April 5th

Wednesday, April 19th

Wednesday, May 3rd (Bike to School Day)

If you would like to volunteer to help at one of these events, please use this Parent Square link: https://www.parentsquare.com/feeds/18520186 Volunteers are needed from 8:00-8:45am on the morning of the Walk & Roll to help welcome students, stamp walk cards and pass out small prizes. It’s a fun way to start the day!

Need Lu Sutton Spirit Wear? The store is OPEN! Order TODAY!

Do you need some Lu Sutton gear? Well, now's the time! We have re-opened the Lu Sutton Spirit Wear store and it will be open through March 19th! Styles will be available in kids and adult sizes! Order online today by visiting this website or scanning the QR code below:


NEW THIS SALE: You can now order by paying cash/check!!! If you would like to order using cash or check, please log on to the Spirit Store using the instructions above and have the styles, sizes and quantities ready and email Mischa in the office (mlitvack@nusd.org) or send her a message on ParentSquare.

Once the flash sale ends on 3/19, our order will be processed and delivered to the school and we will have them available in the office for pick up!

PTA Meeting April 6th @ 6:00

Please join us on Thursday, April 6th at 6:30pm for our monthly PTA meeting. During this meeting we will hold our annual election for the 23/24 PTA Executive Board. There are still a few open positions: ELAC Liaison, Fundraising Chair, Volunteer Coordinator, and Auditor. You can read a full job description by clicking on the job title.

We are still in need of people to fill the following board support positions that do not require regular attendance at monthly board meetings. Many of these positions have duties that can be done via email and "after hours":

Dine & Donate Coordinator

Room Parent Coordinator

Staff Appreciation or Hospitality Chair

Walk-a-Thon Chair

SpiritWear Chair

Advocacy Chair

If you are interested in taking on one of these roles or for more information, send the PTA a message or email Erin at LuSuttonPTAPresident@gmail.com

As always, interpretation is provided and FREE childcare is available. We hope to see you there!

5 Little Monkeys - Lu Sutton Give Back Program - March 1 - March 15

Five Little Monkeys is so graciously running their Give Back Program for Lu Sutton beginning March 1st through March 15th. When you shop for toys, books, games in store or online at www.5littlemonkeys.com (use promo code LUSUTTON23), then Five Little Monkeys will donate 15% of the pre-tax total to Lu Sutton! It is a wonderful way to support a small, local business while also supporting our wonderful school!

Go Cheetahs!

Safe Routes to School Safety Tips:

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It's Auction Time!

The Lu Sutton PTA Spring Auction Committee is seeking donations for our annual Sip & Bid event. If you are able to donate sports tickets, Airbnb stays, local experiences, etc., you will help raise important funds that support our Lu Sutton students. Please contact Dara at LuSuttonPTAFundraising@gmail.com or send the PTA a message on Parent Square

How Do You Dance? Family Class!

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Parent Square- Need Help?

If you have not yet signed on to ParentSquare, we encourage you to do so. Receiving ParentSquare communications ensures that you receive timely communcations from your student's school as well as the school district.

If you need assistance with Parent Square, please stop by the school office. There are staff that can help you navigate the app and make sure you stay in the communication loop. Did you know you can change notification delivery and language preferences through the app? You can also privately message your student's teacher and link the calendar of events to your calendar.

Click https://nusd.org/parent-square/ to access the information page.

FANS Lunch Menu

Apply for the Free and Reduced Lunch Application here: https://www.nlappscloud.com/

All students are eligible to receive free snack and lunch at Lu Sutton.

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Please note a minor change to our Last Day of School dismissal time:

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Drop Off/ Pick Up Reminders

Please remember students cannot be dropped off before 8:25. Students supervision is not available until this time. In addition, students must be picked up by 3:15.

The Round-Abouts are for drop off and pick up only. Please do not park in these areas.

You must follow all traffic laws and remain patient as we prioritize the safety of our community. We appreciate your diligence in following these procedures.

Drop Off:

For those dropping off by car, please continue moving through the round about. Once you are at a complete stop, have your child ready to exit the vehicle. This will reduce traffic and make for better traffic flow. Please remain in your car. You may also legally park across the street and walk your child to campus. All gates are accessible in the morning.

Pick Up:

For the quickest pick up, please park legally across the street and walk up to campus. You may wait out front or go directly to your child's class for pick up. For those who chose to use the Round-About, please remain in your car. We will work quickly to get students to you and ask for your patience.

IT Help

Instructional Technology Updates

Updated IT website: Videos including Chromebook Care (and instructions for students to power wash their Chromebook which resolves many of their problems in just a couple minutes). https://nusd.org/information-technology/

Student device needs to be repaired: Student should turn in the device to the office, and they will receive a library loaner and charger while IT picks it up, assesses, and repairs the device. If the device is repairable, we will return the device (and any needed invoicing for parts), and the student will turn in their loaner and claim back their own device.

22/23 NUSD School Calendar

The current 2022/2023 calendar can be accessed in both Spanish and English via the NUSD website by clicking https://nusd.org/human-resources/school-calendars/
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Meet the PTA Board