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Panther Press | March 21, 2021 | Issue 27
Posted 3/19/21

Tenisha Tate-Austin, Principal

Derek Lecy, Assistant Principal

March 22 Last Day to Buy Yearbooks
March 22-26 Mental Health Awareness Week- Say Something Week
April 5-9 No School- Spring Break


Yearbook FINAL SALE 

Yearbooks can be purchased online ONLY through MONDAY, March 22 at with our school code 7653. If you are not sure if you already ordered a yearbook, you can check the list by student number, here. Thank you for your support!

Panther Drop Off and Pick Up

Please be mindful of our neighbors as you drop off and pick up your Panther at entry points 2 and 3.  Please do not block driveways, or pull into driveways and be careful not to make illegal turns in the street.  We appreciate your support!

8th Grade Graduation

We are pleased to share that we will be able to have an in person graduation ceremony for our 8th grade Panthers. The graduation committee is actively working to plan this event. 8th Grade families can expect a future communication including more information. 

Learning is taking flight in 8th Grade Science!

Dissection fun in 6th Grade Science!


Health and Safety 

It's been a year and we are beginning to have some sense of normalcy again. We are expected to enter into the Orange Tier on March 23rd and projected to reach the Yellow Tier three weeks later. The most up to date guidance from Public Health states that we will no longer need to close down full cohorts when a teacher or student tests positive. We will instead do contact tracing/interviews to determine who was less than 6 feet for longer than 15 minutes with the positive person. Those persons will then be asked to quarantine. 


Marin County has now vaccinated about 40% of the 16 and older population. When we return from Spring Break, all staff will have had the opportunity to be fully immunized. This is great news! Thanks to all of you for being vigilant and for keeping yourself, our students and our community safe. Out of state travel is not recommended at this time. Those families who choose to travel over Spring Break or participate in other high risk behaviors should quarantine for 10 days. A student may return to school with a negative PCR test result from a test taken after day five. Please contact Nurse Jane at with any questions. 

The Kindness Challenge Spring Fundraiser

A HUGE thank you to all Panther families who participated in our Kindness Challenge fundraiser. At press time, we have raised $25,690, surpassing our $25K fundraising goal, and the dollars are still coming in. Woo hoo!!! If you have personally donated, please ask for a company match if you're eligible. The 99Pledges site will shut down Sunday evening so we have until then to collect online donations. If you've gathered any donations in the form of cash or checks, please turn those in, along with the attached form, to the front office by Tuesday.  


If your student has raised $100, they will receive an email to choose their reward (either a Scotty’s or Marinwood Market $10 gift card), and if they raise $250+ they will receive another email to choose an additional reward valued at $30. The student raffle takes place on Thursday, April 1st – participating students earned 1 raffle ticket for registering and an additional raffle ticket for every $50 raised. Each grade level will have their own raffle with prizes valued at $20, $60 and $150. Winners will receive an email to choose their prize within that value category.  Questions?


Thanks to your students, our school has benefitted not only from much-needed funds but also by becoming a kinder place. We’d like to thank the school administration, the school counselors, and our parent volunteer committee who put on the fundraiser: Jen Belair, Carolyn Boyce, Deana Dearborn, Grely Mazariegos, Joanna Piño, and Mary Rosenthal.


Warm regards,

Your Home & School Club

Say Something Week

In order to continue the conversation with our students to ACT, (Acknowledge, Care, Tell) when they are concerned about a friend, our student leadership group will be promoting Say Something Week, March 22-26th. Say Something Week is a nationally recognized awareness week created by the Sandy Hook Promise to bring awareness to mental health and teaches youth to “Say Something” to a trusted adult if they’re concerned about a friend or classmate. Please encourage your child to wear Green on Friday to celebrate this week. 

Life Skill of the Month for March 

Please discuss with your Panther this month's life skill, Innovation as an idea that has been transformed into practical reality. Innovation is the creation, development and implementation of a new product, process or service with the aim of improving efficiency, effectiveness or competitive advantage. 

Marin County Public Health Virtual Webinar- 30 Point School Guidelines

Meeting on Tuesday, March 23 at 11am. For more information, please see this flyer.  Webinar link: Dial In +1-408-638-0968 Webinar ID: 869 3621 9568 Passcode: 369326

The webinar will be recorded and presented in English with live Spanish translation. 

Miller Creek Can Do! Spotlight:  

Our Garden and Outdoor ClassroomThank you to the 497 district families who have donated so far this year!  Donate to the 2020-21 Family Giving Campaign

Can Do! Open Staff Position: Executive Director

Looking for a rewarding opportunity in your community?  Please send cover letter and resume to Click here for full job description. 

Can Do! Open Volunteer Positions: 2021-22 Can Do! Ambassadors

Looking for a rewarding volunteer experience? Please contact us at info@cando4schools.orgClick here for more information.

To support the businesses that support you, please visit our Business Partner Directory today and check out these special offers.  Thank you to these businesses who have pledged to donate funds to Can Do! every time you shop with them!

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