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6 days until Walk-A-Thon! This event is happening during the school day which gives the opportunity for all students to participate. Please register today! Thank you to everyone who has started collecting pledges! We appreciate your support. It means the world to our school.

This is a friendly reminder to:

  1. Collect Pledges Online: Visit

  2. Sign Up to Volunteer: Visit SignUpGenius

  3. Prizes: Visit Walk-a-Thon Prizes We have selected prizes for each grade level which we think the students will love! Take a look at the fun in store during and after Walk-a-Thon!

  4. Schedule: Parents, guardians, and caregivers are welcome to come cheer on our Cheetahs! Please enter campus from Cindy Lane which is behind the school. There is a paved path to the track. Please bring a blanket or chair, and gather in the designated spectator area. We will also have event viewing via Zoom.

TK/K/1st 8:30am-9:20am

2nd/3rd 9:20am-10:10am

4th/5th 10:10am-11:00am

6th 11:00am-11:50am

7th/8th 11:50am-12:45pm

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

Traditional School Calendar 2022-23

MCCV Family Google Calendar

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Next Newsletter: October 14, 2022

Saturday, September 17 - TOMORROW!

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

Sunday, September 18

11:30am-1:30pm, TK + K/1 Family Picnic Day - MCCV Field

Tuesday, September 20

9:00-9:30am, Author Event with Dev Petty (Grades TK-3)

Link to Printable Order Form

Link to Online Order Form, Password: Read

Tuesday, September 20

5:30-7:00pm, TIDE Hybrid Meeting (In-person in the library and via Zoom)

Wednesday, September 21

8:30am-1:00pm, MCCF Walk-A-Thon

Friday, September 23

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

September 26 – October 14

No School, Happy Fall Break


September 27 - PCS Board of Education Meeting

October 15 - Middle School Food Drive

October 17 - Welcome Back, First Day of Fall Quarter

October 18 - TIDE Meeting

October 20 - MCCV Mulilingual Committee Meeting

October 22 - Family Fun Fest (Sponsored by PTA)

October 24 - Friends of Cherry Valley Library Meeting

October 24-28 - Kozlowski Pie Fundraiser (Sponsored by PTA)

October 25 - Advisory Council

October 25 - PCS Board of Education Meeting

October 28 - Halloween Themed Movie Night (Sponsored by PTA)

October 31 - TK-8 Halloween Celebration


Congratulations Lakan Duskin! Petaluma filmmaker’s “Great White Lego Movie” to be shown at SF’s Sharktoberfest

Link to article in Argus Courier

When Petaluma 7th-grader Lakan Duskin was in 4th grade at Mary Collins/Cherry Valley School, he used a large set of Legos to create a delightfully fact-filled, animated documentary titled “Great White Sharks!“

The film begins with the attention-grabbing statement, ”Off the coast of the Farallon Islands roams an apex predator 21-feet in length eating everything it can sink its teeth into. This is the Great White Shark!” Duskin, who narrates the film himself, uses clever stop-motion animation to depict sharks swimming, giving birth, eating seals, and being hunted by ”finners“ who catch the sharks only to cut their fins off for soup.

“It's so timeless and educational, it has shown at the International Ocean Film Festival and will show at the upcoming Sharktoberfest Movie Night,” explains Petaluma resident Jennifer Stock, the education and outreach coordinator for the Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries.

The movie night takes place Saturday, Sept. 24 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Crissy Park in San Francisco. Specifically, the event is at the Greater Farallones Visitor Center Outdoor Campus, 991 Marine Drive, in the Presidio, where an afternoon of shark-tastic activities is planned before the 7:30 p.m. screening of films, including Duskin’s three-minute charmer, succinctly listed in the program as “Great White Lego Movie.”

For more information visit

Middle School Food Drive - Petaluma Market

Saturday, September 17 - TOMORROW!

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 again taken on the 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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TK + K/1 Family Picnic Day

September 18, 2022

11:30am - 1:30pm

Calling all TK and K/1 families! Join us on Sunday, September 18th from 11:30am to 1:30pm.

Pack a picnic lunch and your picnic gear (picnic blankets, beach chairs, umbrellas, etc) and join us on the MCCV field!

We’ll have music, the blue blocks, PE equipment and art supplies.

We’ll also have spirit wear on sale!

This is a casual, laidback event and a great opportunity to meet and hangout with other Cherry Valley families.

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September Garden News

This week Sarah and the students focused their attention on the heat wave and water conservation. Sarah taught about what plants need water, the best times to water, and when to harvest.

Ms. Ribiero's class helped harvest the pumpkin bed & bean stalks because we need to be wise with water usage in this heat wave and during drought. We only water what needs to still grow. During high heat hours, Sarah took garden into the classroom with worm anatomy and Nature Journaling lavender and plant parts. Grades 2-5 visited our worm bin and sifted out compost debris from the gorgeous, fertile worm castings which we will add into our garden beds! Thank you worms!

Sarah noticed ladybugs eating the willow aphids and beautiful plump caterpillars in the herb garden. At sunrise I found little California Gnatcatcher birds eating their share of willow aphids too. These birds mean that we have a healthy ecosystem in our school garden thanks to all the hands that care for the garden with love and compassion. As the seasons change so do the garden beds. We are harvesting, turning soil, and starting our fall and winter garden. Thank you for reading the newsletter and learning about lessons with Sarah in the garden.

In Gratitude,

Heather Gallagher- Garden Coordinator

Sarah Koniak- Garden Teacher

If you would like to volunteer with upcoming garden projects please email us:,

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Author Dev Petty Coming to MCCV!!! (Grades TK-3)

Tuesday, September 20

Link to Printable Order Form

Link to Online Order Form, Password: Read

On Tuesday September 20th, your TK-3 students will have the opportunity to meet and listen to one of our faves, author Dev Petty, here to talk about her newest picture book, Don't Eat Bees: Life Lessons from Chip the Dog . Dev's books are always fun and funny stories that kids really enjoy. We're so glad to have her visit MCCV + Copperfield's.

If your child is interested in purchasing an autographed book, have them give this form and the payment to their teacher. The price listed represents Copperfield's book club discounted price, plus tax.

Checks should be made payable to Copperfield's;.

Credit and debit cards can be taken at the event.

School Board Student Presenters

So proud of our student presenters at the school board meeting Tuesday tonight! They did such a beautiful job preparing, presenting and representing our wonderful school from their unique perspectives. Thank you Margaux, Jonah and Matt! Check out their slide deck here:

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Coffee with the Principal Friday 9/23

Join PTA representatives and Principal Liza for coffee after drop off! This is your opportunity to connect with the MCCV school community. We look forward to hearing your questions, priorities, ideas, etc. PTA provides the coffee! BYO coffee mug/travel cup is highly encouraged to help us reduce waste.

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Fall Family Fun Fest - October 22, 2022

Family Fun Fest is back!

TK-8 families join us on the MCCV field, on Saturday, October 22nd from 11:30am to 1:30pm.

We’ll have music, the blue blocks, PE equipment and art supplies.

We’ll also have spirit wear on sale!

This is a casual, laidback event and a great opportunity to meet and hangout with other Cherry Valley families.

Pack a picnic lunch and your picnic gear (picnic blankets, beach chairs, umbrellas, etc) and we’ll see you on the field!

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Halloween Themed Movie Night (Sponsored by PTA)

Friday, October 28

5:30 – 9:00pm

Entry and popcorn are free. Cash Candy sales will be available.

Join the MCCV PTA for a Halloween Themed Movie Night on Friday October 28,2022!
Choosing a movie for TK through 8th is tricky, so we thought we would treat everyone to a double feature!

Location: MCCV field
Time: Arrival starts 5:30pm

"Spookley the Square Pumpkin"

approx 6:15pm

(runtime 47 minutes)


"Nightmare Before Christmas"

approx 7:20pm

(runtime 1 hr 16 minutes)

Dress: Comfy cozy clothes, PJs encouraged. Costumes optional, but must adhere to school guidelines.
Bring: Chairs, pillows, blankets, etc.. It gets chilly at night so make sure to bundle up.

Upcoming Community Events + Camps

Fall Petaluma River Cleanup - TOMORROW!

Community Service - There May Even Be A Mr. Watt Sighting!

Friends of the Petaluma River are inviting families, students, and members of the community to learn about the river and its wildlife while helping remove trash and other items that harm the river's health.

Date: Saturday, September 17, 2022

Time: 9am-12pm (BBQ starts at 12pm)


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September Map Your Route To School Challenge!

Welcome back to school! We are excited to start walking and rolling to school – and anywhere – this year! Do you walk, bike, scooter, skateboard or even unicycle to school? If you do – or even if you just think it would be fun to – we invite you to participate in our September Walk & Roll Challenge! We challenge you to Map your Route to School, from either home or from a drop-off spot that is at least a 10 minute walk from school.


  • Download the September Map Your Route to School Challenge Sheet English PDF Spanish PDF
  • Follow the instructions to either draw your map, OR write out the step-by-step directions for getting safely to or from school.
  • Submit your completed maps/directions to Safe Routes to School via email or snailmail by Monday, October 3rd.

Each Submitted Challenge Is An Entry Into A Drawing For A $25.00 Gift Card To Copperfield’s Bookstore!

Winners will be announced in October and gift cards will be delivered directly to winners.

Questions? Email Safe Routes To School

MCCV Quick Links

MCCV Website | Aeries Portal | PCS Food Services

PTA Online Spriit Store | PTA Website | PTA Facebook Group Page

|2022-2023 School Calendar | Family Google Calendar

Link to PCS Food Service Facebook Page with Menus Posted

Champions Childcare at MCCV

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