The Cove Connection

Sunday, November 27th, 2022

Issue #15

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Be sure to keep up with all Cove events:

The Cove's iCal, LCMSD's iCal feed

  • November 29- 4th and 5th Gr Bike Rodeo, Blacktop *see below

  • November 30- Public Hearing re: Transfer of Territory, Cove Gallery, 6pm

  • December 1 - Spiritwear sale, 7:45am-8:30am, Blacktop

  • December 2- Superintendent Coffee Chat, Hall Rm 405 8:30am

  • December 7- Walk N Roll Winter Wonderland Day

  • December 7- PTO Board Meeting, 8:30am, Library

  • December 9- Cove PTO Holiday Store

  • December 13- Variety Show Informational Meeting, 7:30pm *more information to follow.

  • December 14- Kindergarten Holiday Sing, 8:45am Cove Gallery

  • December 14- LCMSD Board Meeting, 6pm, Hall Library

  • December 19- January 2 Winter Break, No School

Principal's Message -- Happy Thanksgiving!

This time of year has a pace of its own. Before we know it, we will be into January, wondering where the fall went. During this hectic time, it is important to slow down and give thanks. We all get so busy in our day to day lives that it’s easy to forget to take a moment and express our thanks to those who touch our lives every day.

As we end our Thanksgiving break, I want to express my sincere gratitude for our inspirational staff and teachers and the passion they bring when working with our students every day. I also feel tremendous gratitude for all of our engaged parents who step up to help our school community through their time and resources. What a special community we have! We couldn’t do it without each of you!


Michelle Walker, Principal

The Turkey Trot was a huge success! Thank you, Coach Arroyo! The energy was palpable as students, teachers and parents cheered on the runners. Students afterward shared how uplifting and energizing it was to run through the cheering crowd. I loved seeing all of the effort that each and every participant invested. I am also grateful for all of the 5th grade leaders who helped run the event. Their kindness and willingness to help in whatever capacity was needed was heartwarming. All of the coyotes made me proud with their effort, support for each other and their spirit! Check out pictures here: Turkey Trot 2022 Google Photo Album.

School & PTO News

A Spirit of Giving is in the Air!

Staff Secret Snowflake It has become a winter tradition to give each of our beloved staff a cozy winter spirit wear item. This year we will give all Cove School staff and as well as staff from the district office a Cove School branded puffer vest!

Vests are $40 each (PTO is subsidizing the remaining cost). Payment may be submitted by check (payable to Cove PTO, delivered to the Cove office) or via venmo (@the_cove_pto) by Dec 9th. Please note who you are purchasing for in the notes section

Secret Snowflakes may remain anonymous or may include a “from” note. Sign up here by Friday, December 9th as an individual or with a friend! Thank you! ~The Cove PTO Board

Bike Rodeo for 4th and 5th Grade, Tuesday, Nov 29 (Cove Blacktop) We are fortunate to partner with Safe Routes to School in bringing our annual Bike Rodeo to Cove! On Tuesday, November 29, we encourage all 4th and 5th graders to bring a bike or scooter and a helmet to school to participate in the fun!

Cove Holiday Store Returns on Friday, December 9th. Items Needed! Prepare to be delighted by the gifts chosen by your children from the new and gently-used “inventory” donated by the Cove community as we transform the Gallery into a “Holiday Store.” Students love shopping for important people in their lives at this special annual event. This opportunity instills a spirit of giving in our children. Students bring in $2 and get to shop for 2 gifts. Our awesome volunteers wrap the gifts and the students bring them home to you!

We need your help to make this happen!

  • DONATE items beginning Monday November 28 to Thursday December 8th - Bring items to the Gallery! Treasures in high demand include: costume jewelry and women’s accessories, hobby supplies, holiday-themed decor, housewares, cookbooks, DVDs, and anything for men! We cannot take used clothing without tags, dirty or broken items, toys, or stuffed animals.

  • VOLUNTEER for store set-up on Thursday 12/8 and for shopping assistance and gift wrapping on Friday, December 9th. Please sign up here.

  • Send $2.00 with your child on the day on Friday, 12/9. (Any proceeds support PTO programs at Cove!)

Students and families may continue to shop the Holiday Store for more gifts after school in the Gallery 3pm to 4pm!

PTO Board Meeting Wednesday, November 30 at 8:30am in the Library. We hope to see you there! Can't make it in problem! Join Zoom Meeting.

Save the Date! - The Cove School Variety Show will take place March 17th This school year at the Neil Cummins Gym. This is an amazing annual show where students have an opportunity to show off their talents such as dancing, singing, musical instruments, & more. If your child plans to perform this year please mark your calendar for the mandatory Variety Show Parent Information Night that will take place Tuesday December 13th at 7:30pm via ZOOM. More information and links will be provided in the upcoming weeks so please be on the lookout for future communications.

Giving Day Participation Challenge: We did it! Thanks to over 630 families we surpassed our 70% participation goal and hit 73%! As we conclude the Thanksgiving holiday, we want to express our gratitude for the overwhelming support from district families and celebrate this achievement with you! Every student has earned a sweet treat from Easy Breezy Frozen Yogurt. We will provide more details on how to redeem soon.

The 2022-2023 Family and District Directory is now available! Thank you for your patience. Access all the information right from your smartphone, and it will always be updated with the latest information! The app is secure and only parents and faculty members of our District will be granted access. Each user can log in with their authorized email address and will set their password. For more information, visit here.

Biz Partner Spotlight Nugget Markets Save time and trips this holiday season by getting everything you need at Nugget Markets. This local, family owned company makes it easy to focus on the festivities without the fuss thanks to its wide selection of quality ingredients, great gifts, and the best service around. Don’t want to cook? You can even order a complete Holiday Meal made by their talented chefs! Simply order online and pick it up at your local store for a gourmet feast without the work.

Left Bank x SPARK Mondays! Whether it's lunch or dinner, order what you want for dine-in, or take-out and mention SPARK and 20% will benefit our schools. Visit Left Bank online or call (415) 927-3331.

District News

Board Updates The Board met on November 16 and celebrated CGI math student and teacher successes. A public hearing was held to sunshine initial contract proposals for LCMEA/LCMSD negotiations. Trustees approved a Board authorization for a Math teaching assignment, the Hall Single Plan for Student Achievement, and the Cove and Neil Cummins site Local Control Accountability Plans. CAASPP Part II was presented and discussed, specifically addressing local comparisons and subgroup progress. Additionally, the interdistrict permit subcommittee reported that RUSD and LCMSD were unable to come to a new five-year agreement. All agendas can be found here.

Visitors Must Wear Badges at All Times Safety is our top priority. Mitigation strategies such as ID badges, clearly identify who is permitted to be on campus. All visitors on campus during school hours must check in at the main office (with a photo ID) and obtain a badge. The badge must be worn at all times and be clearly visible. If you are on campus without a badge you will be asked to report to the main office to obtain one. This applies to all adults, even if you are a regular volunteer on campus. This is a very important safety measure and will be helpful in the event of an emergency. Here is our badge/check-in policy. Please know this will be strictly enforced beginning on November 28, 2022. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

CGI Math Coffee Chat Wondering what that strategy is that your child is using to solve a math problem? Want to learn about the different mathematical strategies students are exposed to in class? Curious about ways that you can support these strategies at home? Well we have a coffee chat aimed to answer those questions! Please join Beth Hawkins, Melanie Harris, and Brett Geithman at Hall Middle School on December 2nd at 8:30 am in Room 405. Parents from all schools are encouraged to participate. Don’t forget to stop by the main office to check in. If you can’t make the chat, we will follow up with a recap video.

Community News

Please click link for Community News that includes updates from:

  • Marin County Inclusion Inspiration Series

  • Twin Cities Girls Softball registration is now open!

  • Park & Rec Classes Winter & Spring Classes!

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