A Message from the Principal

by Lucia Sullivan on 04/18/2019

Dear Community,

This has been a busy and productive week! As you know a dedicated group of parents has been working hard to plan a fun fundraising event. Please come! Bring friends! The event itself will raise money, so feel free to get lots of people to join! Many people have asked how they can help. The link for the sign up is here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4faea62daafb6-luau
Please sign up for a job using the link. Contact Lola, Marieke or Kelley Westling with any questions.

Monica and I have just completed our Federal Rural education grant. It is only when you tackle a large federal grant that you realize how much institutional memory walks out the door with a retirement. I just want to take a moment to acknowledge that since retirement Gloria has continued to volunteer every Tuesday supporting Monica with the financial software. And Esperanza has continued to volunteer supporting the 678 class, the art program and as a School Board member. I am so appreciative of their work and so grateful that they are still helping in retirement!

On that note, I am delighted to announce that we have a finalist for the 678 position next year! Esperanza and Sequoia helped with screening; Judy, Lily, Kirsten, Jocelyn Bale-Glickman and Cassie Hilaski joined me in the interview process and observing model lessons. As a group we are all very excited to introduce our finalist. Her name is Alix Feinsod. Alix attended UC Santa Cruz where she earned a BA in Computer Science and Computational Science (both with high honors). After which she worked briefly as a software engineer before realizing she wanted to be a teacher. Alix attended the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute through the University of the Pacific. Alix impressed the interview committee with her enthusiasm, positive energy, strong academic background and her love of and experience with theater production. Her model lesson demonstrated an excellent command of class management and creative, engaging curriculum design. Stay tuned for a date soon when we will host a “meet and greet” for parents, Board members and community members.

Speaking of middle school, I am also happy to report that we have continued to recruit middle school students. We have had several visit recently and more in the coming weeks. We hope to have several new kids signed up for next year’s 7th and 8th grades to keep the energy in the 678 room fresh and dynamic.

For anyone celebrating holidays at this time of year, I wish you happy gatherings filled with loved ones and joy.

I include the calendar to help keep you apprised of events at school. If you are new to our community and are unclear about what some of these things are, please ask!


4/19 Activated Story Theater
4/23 Costa Rica parent info meeting 3 pm
4/27 Luau night @ school
4/30 & 5/02 ELA state testing grades 3-8
5/02-03 K12 camping trip
5/07 & 5/09 math state testing
5/07 & 5/09 Sex Education for grades 5-8
5/14 & 5/16 Sex Education for grades 5-8
5/14 & 5/16 makeups for state testing
5/14 Board Meeting
5/18 Pancake breakfast at the school
5/18-28 Costa Rica trip for 8th graders
5/23 Sausalito Kayak trip for grades 5, 6 & 7
5/27 Memorial Day, no school
5/30 Open House/Science night
5/31 Kindergarten Orientation
6/06 spring performances
6/11 All School Picnic @ Cull Canyon
6/12 Graduation* (note date change)
6/14 last day of school, minimum day