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Principal’s Message

Happy New Year!

Posted: 1/5/2017

Dear Families,

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful winter break with your families and loved ones. It is always a a great time for renewal and reflection as we head toward another new year that promises to be exciting, fulfilling and meaningful in support of all students and families in 2017!.

As we look ahead to January we hope you will make it a priority and support our annual Mary Collins Education Foundation fundraiser at Lagunitas. This is an evening for adults only on January 31, 2017. It will be an opportunity for a fun-filled evening and the ability to donate to the many programs that our wonderful MCEF supports … music, gardening, spanish and professional development! February brings forth the Variety Show and the talents of all our participating students … another great opportunity to help us fundraise and enjoy community. You will find out more details about these events in our weekly e-newsletter that comes out every Friday. If that is not enough fun and excitement … let’s think about supporting the annual PTA Cherry Jubilee at the new location of Petaluma Hotel on March 11, 2017! Our PTA provides classroom funds, field trip donations, scholarships for field trips and after school enrichment programs and annual “fund-a-need” activities. Please consider becoming a member of MCEF, PTA and our Friends of Cherry Valley (FCVL) which supports our world-class library and the phenomenal efforts of Librarian April Derby, volunteer Sue Kintz and many others.

Our world-class teaching staff and parents will be busy taking part in many professional development opportunities which include creating our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) through Advisory Council and learning how best we can support all learners including English learners with a training by local expert Tonya Ward Singer later in January. Our staff continues to consider Restorative Justice as a way to re-think student discipline into being proactive in supporting student success. teaching students to give back to their school common its is one way we are finding success in making all students experience a sense of belonging balanced with responsibility for school community. Together we definitely are better and I look forward to continuing to develop our partnerships during the second semester of the 2016-2017 school year.

Last but not least we begin our tours in the month of January. Please tell your friends and neighbors to consider signing up for a tour by calling our office at 778-4740 and speaking with Cookie or Kathleen to ensure you have a space. Please – this is for adults only as we like to take you through the classrooms and appreciate consideration of students learning and teachers teaching during the tours. We are already filling up fast so don’t hesitate to call and secure a spot on a tour.

In partnership always,

Fran Hansell