Edna Maguire Elementary School, 80 Lomita, Mill Valley, CA, 415-389-7333
Edna Maguire Elementary School - Announcements

Think of Edna When You Shop For Back-to-School Items

Before you go back to school, we've got many ways you can shop--and give a gift to Edna at the same time!

Treat yourself to hassle-free shopping on Amazon, and 10% of your
total purchases will go to our school. And yes, this means ALL
purchases, not just books. You're sure to find something to please
everyone on your gift list. Just enter Amazon.com through this link or
the Amazon School Rewards Program link on our home page. Be sure to
share the link with your friends and family--their Amazon purchases can
support Edna, too! Please Note: When you enter Amazon.com through our
link, your Amazon page won't look any different. Don't worry--as long as
you click on the link to get on Amazon, Edna will get credit for your
purchases!

Prefer shopping locally for the book lovers on your list? Head to Book
Passage,
in Corte Madera, and our school will receive a percentage of your purchases.
Just mention "Edna Maguire" at the register.

Thanks to Bobby Rehfeldt, there is a new way to support Edna Maguire
School. Any Edna parent can go to the service counter at Goodman's
Lumber
(775 Redwood Highway) and say, "Edna Maguire PTA!" and receive an
automatic 10% discount, be entered into a drawing for a cool tool or
other prize, or be eligible for the $50 Goody Bingo prize! All of the
Ace Rewards credited to this account will be sent to the school to be
spent as needed!

And if you need a gift for an outdoors or athletic type, zip across the
Golden Gate to Sports Basement in the Presidio! Mention our school to
receive 10% off your purchases AND a donation of 5% for
Edna.


Shop at Goodman's and Support Edna!

Thanks to Bobby Rehfeldt, there is a new way to support Edna Maguire School. Any Edna parent can go to the service counter at Goodman's Lumber (775 Redwood Highway) and say, "Edna Maguire PTA!" and receive an automatic 10% discount, be entered into a drawing for a cool tool or other prize, or be eligible for the $50 Goody Bingo prize! All of the Ace Rewards credited to this account will be sent to the school to be spent as needed!


Open House has a new time: May 28, 5-6 p.m.

Note that the Open House will take place from 5-6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28. This is a new time in order to accommodate families who are also attending the MVMS Open House.

As the school year draws to a close, take this opportunity to visit your child's class to see more about what he or she's been learning! Take advantage of this time to check out some of the exciting projects our students have been working on and to chat with their teachers.


Last Chance for Lost and Found!

Missing that expensive new coat?

Be sure to check out the Lost and Found before the last day of school. All items not claimed by June 17 will be donated. Lost and Found is located outside of the music room near the outside stage.


Return those Library Books!

If you have any overdue library books at home, please send them back to school with your child as soon as you can! All library books are due by Friday, May 30 (for 5th graders, they are due by Friday, May 23). 


Order Next Year's School Supplies NOW!

Have you purchased your school supplies for next year yet? Edna's new partnership with 1st Day School Supplies allows you to order the exact supplies requested by your child's teachers for next year and have them shipped directly to Edna with your child's name on it before the first day of school. No running around the week before school, no long lines at big box stores! Teachers love it, parents love it, prices are competitive and a portion of the proceeds goes directly back to Edna PTA. Don't delay! Go to www.1stdayschoolsupplies.com, choose your child's grade for next year, checkout, and get it checked off of your to-do list now! It's that easy!

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Rain or Shine! Celebrate the Garden's Re-Opening

Keep Growing and Garden On!
Come celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of the Mill Valley Children's Garden at Edna Maguire Elementary School in Mill Valley. Our spectacular Garden Faire will be held in the MPR if it is raining! Join us on Sunday, April 27, as we host our annual Garden Faire from 12-4 p.m. Keep good thoughts for sunshine - it will be just as awesome rain or shine!

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Visitors will find old favorites such as a fairy house and wreath making, potion making, bobbing for apples, and more. Other offerings include feather hair extensions, face painting, and henna tattoos. And, back by popular demand is the pie eating contest and the Edna Maguire Bake-Off. Pastry chefs with desserts of all kinds are encouraged to apply. To enter the bake-off, contact Suzanne Alpert.

  
Don't miss this popular open-air festival featuring live music, hands-on arts and crafts, artisan specialty foods, and more. Admission is free. Tickets will be on sale at the faire for activities and food. Credit cards are accepted, and 100% of the proceeds go to the Mill Valley Children's Garden. For festival information, call (415) 389-7733 or visit ednamaguire.org.


Carline Etiquette

Dear Parents,

It has come to our attention that some basic rules of Car Line are not being followed. In order for the Car Line to work smoothly, safely and quickly, we need everyone to cooperate. This includes staying off the phone, having your kids ready to exit the car in the morning and most importantly, staying in your vehicle. Please respect the volunteers who are out there - their main concerns are keeping your kids safe and keeping the line moving. One parked vehicle makes both of those things harder. The Car Line Policy is linked for your reference. Please share it with other family members, caregivers, and friends who drop off or pick up your children.

Thank you,
Lisa Zimmer


Claim Your Treasures from the Lost and Found

The Edna Maguire Lost and Found is now located behind the Multipurpose Room (MPR), on the Marin Day School side. Lost items are donated after two weeks.

If you have any questions please contact Simone Slattery or Julie Kennedy.


Edna's Dads Club April 10

All Edna Dads are invited to join the Dads Club on Thursday, April 10 at Weezy's from 7-10 p.m. About 70 dads joined last month and we look forward to seeing new faces!


New This Year! Order Your Child's 2014-15 School Supply Kit Online Now

Introducing the 1st Day School Supplies and Edna partnership which allows parents the ease of ordering next year's school supplies online. Our teachers have supplied and approved the lists on the 1st Day website, so all you have to do is select your child's grade, checkout, and the kit is delivered to your child's classroom labeled with his or her name on the first day of school. Follow the link or go to 1stdayschoolsupplies.com. Check it off your list now!


Show Your Edna Pride on April 4!

Our Second Official Edna Pride Day is upon us! Friday, April 4 will be another chance for the entire community to show their pride for our great school and our wonderful Edna family.

To show your Edna Pride, please have your kids come to school Friday, April 4 in their Edna Pride gear, their steeplechase shirts, or, simply wear Edna's school colors of Kelly Green and Navy Blue.

There will be an Edna Pride wear sales table set up outside of the MPR every Thursday at pickup from 2:45-3:30 p.m.! Come and have a look at the full range of Edna Pride Gear available.

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2nd Annual Earth Week Craft Sale: April 22-24

Visit the Earth Week Craft Sale after school April 22-24 and during the Garden Sing Lunch on April 23. Purchase beautiful crafts handmade by Edna parents. Don't miss the amazing array of origami, keychains, jewelry, stuffed animals, fairy wands, jams and jellies, magnets, handmade journals, hand sewn bags, recycled crayons, pencil holders and much more.


Garden Faire - Volunteers needed!

The Edna Maguire Garden Faire is taking place on Sunday, April 27, from 12-4 p.m. Last year our concession stand at the Faire raised over $2000 for our Children's Garden, thanks to our parent volunteers! We are looking for people to help this year in two different ways:

1. Sign up for a one-hour shift to help sell pizza, burritos and baked goods!

2. Sign up to donate a baked good to our concessions stand We welcome all things tasty - brownies, cookies, rice crispy treats, cupcakes, etc. We are asking for gluten-free goodies also. Remember that none of the treats should contain nuts. Thank you for supporting the Edna Children's Garden! 

Questions? Please contact Karen Olson.


Celebrate the Garden's Re-Opening at the Garden Faire

Keep Growing and Garden On!

Come celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of the Mill Valley Children's Garden at Edna Maguire Elementary School in Mill Valley. Join us on Sunday, April 27, as we host our annual Garden Faire from 12-4 p.m.

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Visitors will find old favorites such as a fairy house and wreath making, potion making, bobbing for apples, and more. Other offerings include feather hair extensions, face painting, and henna tattoos. And, back by popular demand is the pie eating contest and the Edna Maguire Bake-Off. Pastry chefs with desserts of all kinds are encouraged to apply. To enter the bake-off, contact Suzanne Alpert at suzanne_alpert@yahoo.com. See the flyer for more information.

This year, we are excited to announce a private foundation will match dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000 to benefit the Mill Valley Children's Garden.

Don't miss this popular open-air festival featuring live music, hands-on arts and crafts, artisan specialty foods, an organic plant sale, and more. Admission is free. Tickets will be on sale at the faire for activities and food. Credit cards are accepted, and 100% of the proceeds go to the Mill Valley Children's Garden. For festival information, call (415) 389-7733 or visit ednamaguire.org.


Eat at La Boulange on March 26 and Give Back to Edna!

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Eat at La Boulange on March 26 and Give Back to Edna!
Bonjour! La Boulange in Strawberry Village is a neighborhood French cafe with a casual, relaxed and friendly atmosphere. If you eat at La Boulange on Wednesday, March 26 from 2-6 p.m. they will donate 20% of all the food and non-alcoholic beverage sales to Edna. Just mention Edna and give them this flyer when you are there to make sure Edna Maguire benefits from your dining experience.



What's Happening at the Mill Valley Library?

Rip the Page! with Karen Benke: April 3, 3:45 - 5:15 p.m.
In honor of National Poetry Month come to RIP THE PAGE! with Karen Benke and decorate the Children's Room Library Wall with word ticket poems and inspiring hand-written quotes. Copies of Karen's popular book on creative writing adventures, RIP THE PAGE! is included for each participant. Advanced Registration required. Grades 3 - 5. Click here to register!

Sunday Special - Magician Brian Scott: April 6 at 11 a.m., Main Reading Room
Mark your calendars for our April Sunday Special when Magician Brian Scott performs Biblio Spectacular!

Spring Break Films, Games and Legos!  April 14-18 at 2:30 p.m., Creekside Room
Home for Spring Break? Join us for a week of movies, games and legos.
Here's what we have planned:

Monday, April 14: Epic, Rated PG

Tuesday, April 15: Frozen, Rated PG

Wednesday, April 16: Game Day

Thursday, April 17: Sea of Monsters, Rated PG

Friday, April 18: Lego Play Day


Eco-Climate Creature Workshop: April 23 from 2:30-4:30 p.m., Creekside Room
Observe Earth Day by creating your own creature from recycled stuff. San Francisco's Green Art Workshop will pose questions about climate change, habitat, and local ecosystems as participants "design" futuristic creatures that can survive in an imagined new environment.
Grade 2 and up - Advance registration required. Click here to register.


Variety Show Auditions

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**Please contact Kathy sonderby at ksonderby@yahoo.com with any questions.


Calling All Edna Dads!

Join the Edna Dads Club on Thursday March 6, from 7-10 p.m. at Weezy's on 507 Miller Ave. This is a casual, social hang for dads of Edna students. Bring a hungry belly and thirsty taste buds. We will have the place to ourselves from 8-10 p.m. Please RSVP to ryan.erving@gmail.com if you are attending, so Weezy's can properly prepare.


The 2014/15 PTA Wants You!

The Edna Nominating Committee is looking for a great team of parents to help with PTA activities and the board for the 2014-2015 school year. Whether you are a working parent or a work at home parent with too little or too much time on your hands (yeah, right!) there are plenty of areas in which you can contribute. Dads are encouraged! We would love to have you on this team of positive, energetic parents who are making Edna a wonderful school community. Please click the link to check out what Open Positions are currently available. Spots are filling up quickly so don't delay if you are interested. Please email ednamaguirePTApositions@gmail.com.


New Edna Spirit Wear

We are excited to introduce our new line of Edna Spirit Wear including t-shirts, hoodies, beanies and baseball caps. See what is available here. You can now buy spirit wear online and every Thursday afternoon from 3-3:30 p.m. outside the MPR close to the car line. Online purchases can be picked up Thursday afternoons until 3:30 p.m. in the same location. Buy now because they're selling fast!


Spirit Wear Operations Manager

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Edna PTA is looking for someone to take over the day to day operation of the spirit wear sales/orders. You will be receiving online orders, pulling inventory and coordinating shipment or pick up with Edna families. In addition, you will work with the VP School Community to manage future product lines, order sizes and needs.
This role requires approximately 5 hours per week to manage orders and staff a Thursday afternoon pick-up table at the school. Come join the PTA and take part in an exciting new role that allows you to mix with the whole Edna community.

Please contact Simon Gillmore at simon@gnomis.com to discuss further.


New Edna Spirit Wear

Edna Girls T - American Apparel Edna Baseball Cap
Edna Short Sleeve T - Hanes Tagless Edna Beanie
Edna Hoodie Edna Sticker


Garden Workday CANCELLED - 1st and 4th Grades

Due to construction in the garden, the 1st and 4th grade Garden Workday (scheduled for February 9) has been cancelled.


Last Chance to Order Your Yearbooks!

Don't miss out on getting a copy of this amazing keepsake of your child's school year. We are getting close to selling out, and we would hate to turn kids away. The deadline for ordering is January 29! Order today by:

  • clicking here and ordering online through the Josten's yearbook website, or
  • submitting a One-Stop Shop form and a check to the front office, or
  • downloading this form and submitting it along with a check to the front office
Questions? Please email Milly Skiles at millyskiles@gmail.com.


Lost and Found Update

The Edna Maguire Lost and Found is now located behind the Multipurpose Room (MPR), on the Marin Day School side. We will hold onto lost items for two weeks, and unclaimed items will be donated. We will no longer have the Lost and Found Sales.

If you have any questions please contact Simone Slattery or Julie Kennedy.


Safe Routes to School Supports New Edna Campus

Can Your Family Join the Fun?
With the opening of our new campus, we would like to remind everyone how crucial it is that we all walk, bike, and carpool whenever possible to and from school. Reach out to your neighbors and see how often your kids can travel together allowing you to share the responsibility. It's good for the kids, us parents, the environment and your community. And it's loads of fun!! Kids who start in elementary continue to walk and bike to middle and high school developing life-long, healthy habits. (FYI: PG&E will be working on upper Lomita for at least 6 weeks impacting parking in that area.) New Carline procedures will begin after the parking lot is completed in late spring.

Walk and Roll Wednesday February 5, 2014
We will have tables for Walk and Roll Wednesday to welcome kids with a treat as they arrive by foot, bike or carpool. Remember to teach your children to walk bikes on campus to the bike racks, which are behind the Administration Office off the bike path.

New Alternative to dropping-off in Scott Valley (Azalea, Underhill, Vasco etc.)
Please Reply if you are interested in using a new drop-off location for those families who currently drop behind school in Scott Valley - and let us know if you can take a turn to volunteer to help on occasion. As soon as we hear from you, we will trial an alternative drop-off in the parking lot at 250 Camino Alto (the lot behind The Cantina) to allow parents to drop kids at the back of the lot for easy access to the multi-use path and a short walk to school in the MORNINGS only. Drop-off at this location would greatly reduce your time, traffic and vehicle miles traveled - can you take a turn? We need one volunteer each morning. Volunteers will keep the car line moving at the new drop off spot.

Please e-mail Deborah at dcole3@sbcglobal.net if you are interested in using this spot and also if you can help out with this or any of the fun Safe Routes to School initiatives at Edna. [We will be there to assist volunteers on your first turn.]
Safe Routes to School, Team Edna


Thanks from your PE Team

To all the amazing Edna Maguire families:

It is with much gratitude and deep appreciation that we wish to thank you for your incredible generosity during the holidays! The many cards, gifts, home baked goodies, and hugs mean so much to us. Now that our new campus is open, we are more excited than ever to teach your children in this amazing environment. Your support of the PE program goes a long way. We truly thank you.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2014!

Schuyler Harvey, Elaine Harris, Nick Wagner
Edna Maguire PE Team


Buy your new Edna Spirit Wear now!

We are excited to introduce our new line of Edna Spirit Wear including t-shirts, hoodies, beanies and baseball caps. You can now buy spirit wear online at https://squareup.com/market/edna-maguire-pta and every Thursday afternoon from 3-3:30 p.m. outside the MPR close to the car line. Online purchases can be picked up Thursday afternoons until 3:30 p.m. in the same location. Buy now because they're selling fast!


Thank You to our Fabulous Spirit Wear Team

Edna has a cool new Spirit Wear line thanks to several people who worked diligently to bring this project to fruition to coincide with the opening of our new school. First and foremost and huge "Thank You!" to Edna mom, Libby Brockhoff founder of SF Ad Agency, Odysseus Arms, who, with her team took Edna's beloved horse hill logo and made it hip and modern for 2014. Thank you to Edna mom, Shannon Gillmore for her marketing expertise in helping to develop the logo and the product line. And thank you to Simon Gillmore for not only coordinating this project, but also creating Edna's first on-line store to sell these beautiful pieces of Edna Spirit Wear. Great job, team! Go Edna!


Edna's Dads Challenge

It was a grueling night. On the eve of December 7, over 40 Edna dads came together at The Marin Brewing Company to kick off the Edna's Dads Club with their inaugural event, the EDC (Edna's Dads Challenge). The event consisted of bracketed two-man teams with competition going into the wee hours of the night with dads fighting for the right to be the winning team and have their names engraved on the EDC chalice, bragging rights included. Congratulations to Rupak Nag and Ryan Grace for sweeping the five-event challenge and being our first EDC champions! Our inaugural event raised more than $1,200 for Edna Maguire.

The Edna's Dads Club was created in the Fall of 2013. Our vision is to create great forums in order to bring our Edna dads together. There will be two Edna's Dads Challenge's per academic year - the next one will take place this spring. Additionally, we are forming a user group to have a forum to organize frequent sub events (mountain biking, poker, golf, liquid hops sampling, Stinson excursions, school clean-up, etc.) Please email if you would like to help us build this group or if you were inadvertently left off the Edna's Dad Challenge evite. We did not have a complete list and would like to include anyone who is interested.

Thank you,
Ryan Erving, Lenny Hochschild and James Goddard, your EDC Chairs and Founders Ryan.Erving@gmail.com, lennyh@evomarkets.com, james_a_goddard@yahoo.com


Notice of Upcoming Delays on Azalea and Vasco Sts

Dear Families,

I wanted to let you know that during the weeks of January 20 - January 31st, the city is paving the streets of Azalea and Vasco. There will be delays and very limited parking. If you use that area, please find an alternate route.

Thank you,

Lisa Zimmer


Buy your new Edna Spirit Wear now!

Edna Girls T - American Apparel Edna Baseball Cap
Edna Short Sleeve T - Hanes Tagless Edna Beanie
Edna Hoodie Edna Sticker


Edna Maguire Open House - January 12

Please come to an Open House of Edna Maguire's beautiful new school on Sunday, January 12 from 2-4 p.m. We welcome Edna families and our neighbors to come by for light refreshments and an opportunity to walk around the campus and see our state of the art Library and Multi Purpose Room. (Note: Classrooms will not be open for this event)

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Order Your Yearbooks Before It's Too Late!

Don't miss out on getting a copy of this amazing keepsake of your child's school year. Last year we sold out and children had to be turned away. The deadline for ordering is January 29! Order today by:

  • clicking here and ordering online through the Josten's yearbook website, or
  • submitting a One-Stop Shop form and a check to the front office, or
  • downloading this form and submitting it along with a check to the front office
Questions? Please email Milly Skiles at millyskiles@gmail.com.


Welcome Back to the New Year and the Brand New Edna Maguire!

The EM staff have been working on getting things in place for your arrival this Monday, Jan. 6th. I have attached a map of our new campus to help you locate your child's classroom. We will also be outside to guide you as you enter the campus. The car-line remains the same with a longer line taking more cars off the street. You will be assisted as you have been in the past. The front parking lot near the administration office is staff parking only. The parking lot that remains the same as in the interim campus is public and staff parking. We will have additional parking as the lot and larger car-line is finished throughout this year, completed by summer.

Bike Racks are placed behind the Administration Office, off the bike path. We have laid them out but haven't bolted them down yet so that we can see how the space is best used.
We will work out the "kinks" in things as we get everyone here and in place to see how to best move the students through their surroundings. Many things have been put into place by the staff and I prior to the break. I imagine that we will learn a lot during the first few days!

Monday, January 6th will be a special Spirit Day! This is going to be a "black tie" affair! Please plan on wearing something special for this very exciting day. (Anything that is considered "dress up.") We will be having an all school assembly at 9:30 a.m. It will be so much fun to be back together again! The classrooms will also be open from 8:30-8:45 a.m. for all families to walk their children into the building.

This is a very exciting day and I can't wait for everyone to enjoy this magnificent school!

Lisa Zimmer
Principal, Edna Maguire Elementary


Thank You and Welcome to a New Era

Dear Families,

Today marks a very special day as we celebrate the end of our portable classrooms! The students, staff and myself could not be happier about the move to our brand new school!

I want to thank all of you for your support, kindness and enthusiasm, as this was not an easy feat! In 3 weeks, we will walk into our new buildings and begin a new era of Edna Maguire. The plans and possibilities for learning, celebrating and growing as a community in our new school are endless. I'm finding it hard to put into words how excited and grateful I am.

I owe a huge appreciation to the staff and teachers for their flexibility, leadership and positive attitude through the huge task of moving twice and setting up beautiful classrooms for our children to learn in. I am looking forward to putting my construction hat away and enjoying spending more time with students in the school's wonderful surroundings!

January 6th will be a special Spirit Day! This is going to be a "black tie" affair! Please plan on wearing something special for this very exciting day. (Anything that is considered "dress up.") We will be having an all school assembly at 9:30 a.m. It will be so much fun to be back together again! The classrooms will also be open from 8:30-8:45 a.m. for all families to walk their children into the building.

On Sunday, January 12, from 2-4 we are having an Open House to say thank you for your support in this process. WE MADE IT!

Sending a Happy Holiday Wish to all of you for a safe and happy winter break.

I will see you in 2014!

All the best,
Lisa Zimmer, Principal


Order Your Yearbooks Before It's Too Late!

Yearbooks make great holiday gifts! Don't miss out on getting a copy of this amazing keepsake of your child's school year. The deadline for ordering is January 29! Order today by

Questions? Please email Milly Skiles at millyskiles@gmail.com.


The Book Fair Needs You!

Are you looking to become more involved in 2014? We are seeking Book Fair co-chairs and more volunteers to help with the fair March 3-6. The fair will take place in the new Multi-Purpose Room. Katherine Applegate, author of "The One and Only Ivan" is confirmed as our children's speaker! If you are interested in getting involved as a co-chair or volunteer, please e-mail Cara Guyot at cara@theguyots.com.


Winter Recess: December 16 - January 3

Just a reminder there will be no school from Monday, December 16 through Friday, January 3. The children have an extra-long break this year so the teachers can move our classrooms into the new school! Have a fun and relaxing break--and Happy Holidays!


Put Edna on Your Holiday Gift List

This holiday season, we've got three ways you can shop for everyone on your gift list--and give a gift to Edna at the same time!

Treat yourself to hassle-free shopping on Amazon, and 10 percent of your total purchases will go to our school. And yes, this means ALL purchases, not just books. You're sure to find something to please everyone on your gift list. Just enter Amazon.com through this link or the Amazon School Rewards Program link on our home page. Be sure to share the link with your friends and family--their Amazon purchases can support Edna, too! Please Note: When you enter Amazon.com through our link, your Amazon page won't look any different. Don't worry--as long as you click on the link to get on Amazon, Edna will get credit for your purchases!

Prefer shopping locally for the book lovers on your list? Head to Book Passage, and our school will receive a percentage of your purchases. Just mention Edna Maguire at the register.

And if you need a gift for an outdoors or athletic type, zip across the Golden Gate to Sports Basement in the Presidio! Mention our school to receive 10 percent off your purchases AND a donation of 5 percent for Edna.


The Garden Needs Your Help!

Please Save Your Holiday Ribbon for the Garden Spring Faire!
When you open your presents this holiday season, please consider saving your ribbons so that the Mill Valley Children's Garden can re-use them to make fairy wands and wrap prizes for the Spring Faire! A collection box will be in the main office January 6-10. Any color and length welcome! Reduce - Reuse - Recycle!

Wanted: Your Succulent Cuttings
The new garden needs cuttings from succulent plants! If you have any succulent plants at home and would like to share some cuttings to help grow Edna's new garden, please let us know! You may bring them to the office, or we are happy to pick them up from you. For more information, please contact Jenny Sitrin at jennysitrin@gmail.com.

Shop at Sloat and Support the Garden
Shop at any Sloat Garden Center during any of the dates listed below and mention "EDNA MAGUIRE" and the Garden will receive 10% of your purchases back in the form of a Sloat gift card. Just mention EDNA to the cashier!

Shop During these Dates:

  • November 30 - December 15, 2013
  • January 18 - 26, 2014
  • February 15 - 23, 2014
  • March 15 - 23, 2014

Shop at WHOLE FOODS on East Blithedale and support the GARDEN!
Shop at Whole Foods on East Blithedale (the one near school) and bring your own bag, now through January 19, and the bag donation will automatically go to the Mill Valley Children's Garden!


PTA Spending - Fall 2013

Your generous support of Edna Maguire School through Steeplechase and the One Stop Form has enabled the PTA to fund the following budgeted line items this fall:

Classroom Funds..........................$35,000 (75% of budgeted total for the year)
Grade Level Funds........................$16,000 (73%)
Innovative Teaching/Mini Grants...$ 2,200 (73%)
Library............................................$ 5,700 (58%)
School Materials & Supplies..........$ 8,800 (74%)
New Teacher..................................$ 1,300 (72%)
Art Show Consultant/Supplies.......$   500 (71%)
Gift to It Takes A Village................$   500

The above is a recap of the larger expenditures the PTA has made this fall, but there have been additional expenditures for items such as insurance, tax preparation, dues to the National PTA, Steeplechase expenses and so on. If you would like to learn more about the workings of the Edna PTA, please attend our monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of the month at 8:40 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room (MPR). Any questions? Please contact Nancy Felder - nancyfelder@pacbell.net.


Wanted: Your Succulent Cuttings

The new garden needs cuttings from succulent plants! If you have any succulent plants at home and would like to share some cuttings to help grow Edna's new garden, please let us know! You may bring them to the office, or we are happy to pick them up from you.

For more information, please contact Jenny Sitrin at jennysitrin@gmail.com.


Shop at Sloat and Support the Garden

Shop at any Sloat Garden Center during any of the dates listed below, mention "EDNA MAGUIRE" and the Garden will receive 10% of your purchases back in the form of a Sloat gift card. Just mention EDNA to the cashier!

SHOP DURING THESE DATES:
November 30 - December 15, 2013
January 18-26, 2014
February 15-23, 2014
March 15-23, 2014


Thanksgiving Holiday Break

Enjoy your Thanksgiving Holiday! There will be no school November 27-29. We will see you back at Edna on December 2.


Important Information About Absences and Tardies

Please take a moment to refamiliarize yourself with Edna Maguire's attendance and tardies policies:

Attendance and Absences
If your child will be absent from school, please call our 24-hour Attendance Line (389-7733 ext. 2690). Children who are ill should NOT be in school, and we appreciate you keeping them home to rest and get better. Please report prolonged illnesses or communicable diseases to the office as soon as possible!

Did you know that three unexcused absences is truancy? We urge you to plan trips to visit relatives, vacations, doctor and dentist appointments, and other days off during scheduled school breaks. We are committed to all of our students, and being here at school is necessary for their success.

Student Tardies
Students who arrive on campus after 8:30 should go DIRECTLY to the office to sign in and receive a late pass to class. Otherwise, we don't know that your child is here, and he or she will be marked absent in the attendance system. Thank you for your continued support of your child's education and success.


Order Your Yearbooks by January 29

Don't miss out on getting a copy of this amazing keepsake of your child's school year. Last year we ran out and children had to be turned away. The deadline for ordering is January 29. There are three easy options for ordering:
-- click here and ordering online through the Josten's yearbook website
-- submit a One-Stop Shop form and a check to the front office
-- download this form and submit it along with a check to the front office.

Questions? Please e-mail Milly Skiles at millyskiles@gmail.com.


Dine, Donate and Be Dazzled on December 4

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 4! Join other Edna families for a fun and festive outing to the Rombeiro Christmas House in Novato. If you haven't been, it's a MUST SEE! Before visiting the house, we'll meet at Mary's Pizza Shack at 121 San Marin Drive at 6 p.m. for dinner. Mary's will donate 20% of all food and beverage purchase to Kiddo! Gift card purchases on the day of the fundraiser will receive a 10% donation. Please contact Ronnie Sharpe at ronniesharpe@me.com for more information.


Thank You To Our SteepleChase Sponsors!

We had a wonderful group of 46 local business sponsors for this year's Steeplechase who donated between $200 and $600 to Edna in support of our children's education. We encourage you to support these businesses as much as possible. So the next time you want to try a new salon or auto body shop or graphic design company or any of a number of different types of businesses, please look here first. When you do try one of these great businesses, let them know Edna sent you!

Hertzwww.hertz.com
Lightbox Productionswww.lightboxprod.com
Catamount Ventureswww.catamountventures.com
Amazing Adventureswww.amazingadventure.net
Anthony Leitlewww.leitedds.com
Art Startwww.artstart-marin.com
Bus Stop Saloonwww.facebook.com/BusStopBar
Camino Alto Pet Hospitalwww.caminoaltovet.com
Dagazwww.dagazsalon.com
Dr. Gorton & Dr. Schmol, Orthodontistswww.asmileisforever.net
Good Dog Designwww.gooddogdesign.com
Headland Communicationswww.headlandcommunications.com
Hillstone Restaurantwww.hillstone.com
JJ Harte Building & Designwww.facebook.com/pages/Harte-Building-Design/134214146651327
Katy Song Financial Planningwww.katysong.com
Kivu Consultingwww.kivuconsulting.com
The M & M Teamwww.mmteammarin.com
Malugani Tirewww.maluganitire.com
Salt House Restaurantwww.salthousesf.com
Swirl Yogurtwww.facebook.com/pages/Mill-Valley-Swirl/185198358071
The Lunch Boxwww.lunchboxmarin.com
Van Pelt Construction Serviceswww.vpcs.com
West America Tae Kwon Dowww.westamericatkd.com
Fullerton Soccer Campswww.fullertonsoccercamps.com
Levinson Construction
Marin Acurawww.marinacura.com
Shere Goo State Farm Insurance Co.www.statefarm.com/agent/US/CA/Mill-Valley/Shere-Goo-TH60D1YS000
TechContracts.comwww.techcontracts.com
Concordia Bookkeeping & Business Advisory Services
Curtis F. Robinson MD Inc.
Dr. Robert S. Christensen www.drrobertschristensen.com
Market Street Partnerswww.marketstreetpartners.com
Milvali Salon and Cosmeticswww.milvali.com
Proof Labwww.prooflab.com
Questus, Inc.www.questus.com
Redwood Security Systems, Inc.www.redwoodsecurity.com
Rossington Architecturewww.rossingtonarchitecture.com
Scott Slomiakwww.slomiaklaw.com
The Bar Method Marinwww.marin.barmethod.com
The Storewww.thestoremillvalley.com
Vasco Restaurantwww.vascomillvalley.com
Lexington Law Groupwww.lexlawgroup.com
Hawser Marine Services
Niantic Charitable Trust
Burge-Pacific Enterprises, Inc.
Marin Orthopedics and Sports Medicinewww.marinorthopedics.com


3...2...1...THE CHASE IS ON!

Steeplechase 2013 was a HUGE success! THANK YOU to everyone who came out to volunteer and support the students and our school. It was a terrific event! Steeplechase is Edna Maguire's main fundraiser and we appreciate your support and enthusiasm. Edna has such amazing school spirit!
Now it's time to collect all your hard-earned pledges. Pledge packets are due by October 25. Our goal is for 100% participation. The classes with 100% participation will enjoy a popcorn party. The suggested donation amount is $300 per student, however, any amount is welcome and appreciated.
Awards will be given to the students who:

  • Raise the Most Money (per grade)
  • Collect the Most Pledges (per grade)
  • Raise Overall Most Money (schoolwide)
  • Collect Overall Most Pledges (schoolwide)
The winners will enjoy a special awards lunch with Ms. Zimmer in January.

Edna Maguire is a 501(c)(3) and eligible for matching funds for donations.
See the flyer for further information.

Special thanks to the wonderful Steeplechase Committee for all their hard work!


Earn Money for Edna!

Easy ways to earn extra money for Edna!

  • Shop Amazon by logging on through the Edna website
  • Say "Edna Maguire" when you shop at Book Passage and Sports Basement 

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Wanted: Refrigerators

Upgrading your refrigerator? Do you have a refrigerator to spare? Consider donating your refrigerator that's in good working condition to Edna. We need at least two full-size refrigerators for the MPR and the Teachers' Lounge. If you have one to donate, please contact Nancy Felder at nancyfelder@pacbell.net.


Construction Update - October 2013

Dear Edna Maguire School Community:

The month of October will continue to be a very busy month as we near completion of the new Edna Maguire campus. Our goal is to have all "heavy lifting" construction activity completed by November 4th. This will allow the month of November for finishing touches and installation of the data network. There is an extensive amount of work currently taking place on site. This includes both exterior (site work) and interior (building) activities.

A summary of the site work activities currently in progress include the completion of concrete seat walls and planters, paving at various locations including the new running track, installation of irrigation systems, sidewalks for path of travel, fall protection at the new playground areas, the garden shade structure, the public bike path, site fencing and gates, and permanent power to the new campus. Landscape planting will take place in November.

Building construction activities include completion of all exterior plaster work, installation of glass and glazing, install of doors and hardware, classroom window coverings, bathroom fixtures and trim, classroom casework and tack wall, ceiling tiles, light fixtures and fire sprinkler and alarm systems. Flooring will also be installed at the end of the month.

There will be construction activity on Saturdays in October. By previous agreement with the City of Mill Valley, the work hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. No work will take place on Sundays or Holidays.

The District is continually looking for ways to minimize disruption of construction activities. This past month a staggered drop off schedule was implemented in an effort to decrease traffic congestion.

Grades 3-5 start dropping off at 8:00 a.m.
Grades K-2 start dropping off at 8:15 a.m.

Some families carpool and have siblings in the various grades. The above times are suggested times and if you need to utilize one or the other, please do.

The District has also submitted an Encroachment Permit Application to the City of Mill Valley for approval of the one-way on-site traffic circulation plan, under which all traffic will enter the school site at the east entrance and leave by the west exits.

The Mill Valley School District appreciates your understanding and your patience during this construction period.

If you have any questions or comments regarding Measure C construction please contact:

Pete Norgaard
Bond Program and Construction Management
Van Pelt Construction Services
pete@vpcsonline.com
Office: (415) 389-7762
Cell: (707) 695-2408


3...2...1 The Chase is On! Steeplechase 2013

Edna Maguire's Annual Lap-A-Thon is happening this Friday, October 11 on Alto Field!  1:00 start time for Kindergarten/TK. Grades 1-5 start at 2:15.


International Walk and Roll to School Day

Join your friends, neighbors and millions all over the world on Wednesday, October 9, 2013! Parent volunteers will host welcome tables at Edna Maguire the morning of October 9 to greet children as they arrive at school. Colorful biking and walking buttons and healthy snacks will be offered to every child who arrives by foot, bike, or carpool.  

If you can, join a group to travel together to Edna. Meet at:

  1. MV Community Center to travel the multi-use path with Principals Zimmer and Myers.
  2. Alto - Sutton- Travel with County Supervisor Kate Sears starting at 23 Meadow at Tower, travel down Meadow, cross at Ashford to path.
  3. Almonte/Miller: meet at the crosswalk to join others on the path. (Group leaves at 8:00 a.m.)
Groups gather at 8 a.m. to leave by 8:10 a.m.

If you live far away, please drive part way and walk or bike the rest of the way with your child. Park where you can access the path safely, and do not send young children unaccompanied. Please walk bikes on campus!

Let's all put our best foot forward to teach our children how to use their feet to get to school. See the flyer for more details.

It's fun!    It's healthy!    Less CO2!    Less traffic!

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Staying Safe in Morning Traffic

Between 7:30 and 8:30 every morning, over 3,500 students make their way to school in Mill Valley -- by foot, bike, or car. We parents join them on this daily trek, and our Mill Valley roads are full as we get everyone where they need to be. Traffic backs up and crosswalks are full, so it often takes longer than we expect. Leaving home a little bit early is often easier said than done -- but if you can, remember that playground (and blacktop) supervision begins at 8 a.m. here at Edna. We are lucky to live here in Mill Valley where our children can get a little exercise on the way to school -- let's slow down and make sure they stay safe!


Shop at Sloat and Support the Garden

Shop at any Sloat Garden Center through October 6 and mention "EDNA MAGUIRE" -- the Mill Valley Children's Garden will receive 10% of your purchases back in the form of a Sloat gift card. The school with the highest participation will receive 20% of purchases back. Just mention EDNA to the cashier!

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Birthday Treats Policy

We always enjoy celebrating each student's birthday with special recognition in his or her classroom. Due to the number of kids with serious food allergies and California's nutritional guidelines, we have a strict FRUIT ONLY policy when it comes to distributing birthday treats at school. Examples include a bag of apples, blueberries, grapes, strawberries or fruit kabobs. Check our website for other ideas and facts provided by our nutrition committee. Please do not bring in cookies, cupcakes or baked goods for birthday treats!

If you want to celebrate your child's birthday with something other than, or in addition to, fruit, we ask that you skip costly goody bags. Instead, let your child buy a Birthday Book through the library or donate a book to his or her classroom. Some children also like to invite a guest reader to share a book on their special day. Others are happy to celebrate with their friends and family outside of school.

We will continue to celebrate special events such as Halloween, the winter holidays and Valentine's Day with limited sweet treats during classroom parties. We refer to this as the 80/20 rule: 80% nutritious snacks; 20% treats. Teachers will work with Room Parents to adhere to this policy.


Navigating the Carline

In your First Day Packet, you received a car-shaped hang tag to place on your rear-view mirror when you use carline for afternoon pick-ups. This will help identify your students to the parent volunteers and will help with something we can all appreciate - a smooth and efficient carline! If you do not use carline, please return the hang tag to the office. If you need a second hang tag, please ask in the office for another one while supplies last.


More Ways to Shop and Support Edna

Give yourself the gift of hassle-free shopping on Amazon. When you do, Edna will get a gift, too! Ten percent of your total Amazon purchases will go to our school. And yes, this means ALL purchases, not just books. 

Just enter Amazon.com through this link or the Amazon School Rewards Program link on our home page. Be sure to share the link with your friends and family--their Amazon purchases can support Edna, too! Please Note: When you enter Amazon.com through our link, your Amazon page won't look any different. Don't worry--as long as you click on the link to get on Amazon, Edna will get credit for your purchases! 

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If you need a gift for an outdoors or athletic type, zip across the Golden Gate to Sports Basement in the Presidio! Mention our school to receive 10 percent off your purchases AND a donation of 5 percent for Edna.
sportsbasement.jpegDo you prefer shopping locally for the book lovers on your list? Head to Book Passage, and our school will receive a percentage of your purchases. Just mention Edna Maguire at the register.

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New This Year: Don't Forget to Register for the 2013-14 School Year

The Mill Valley School District has adopted a new registration policy, and EVERY student needs to return a Declaration of Residency form to Leslie. Your child's class placement will not be provided for the 2013-14 school year until a completed Declaration of Residency form is returned to the office and verified by the district. If you have lost or misplaced your forms, Leslie Fielder has blank forms in the office. The forms were due by June 5 so if you have not returned yours, it is past due, and it should be submitted as soon as possible.


Remembering the 2012-13 School Year

It's almost over! What are your fondest memories of Edna this year? Stop by the tree on the wall of Room A and write them down to share with the school.

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EXTRA, EXTRA YEARBOOKS!!!

Whether it's your first year in Kindergarten or your last in 5th grade, the yearbook is an amazing memory keepsake for you and your child. If you did not purchase a book, we have a limited number of extra books! First come, first serve! Please see Leslie in the front office to have your name added to the list, and then pay in the front office when the books arrive the last week of school! Thanks -- Yearbook Committee


Attention PTA Members: Take Advantage of Some Great Discounts

Who says PTA membership doesn't have its perks? Check out some of the exciting discounts you and your family can enjoy this summer!


Hats Off to Our School Communications Team!

Where would we be without the Pony Express newsletter; the Pony Scan and Plan; our school calendar and website? They keep us up-to-date on everything that's happening at Edna, in the MVSD and the community. Most of us reap the benefits of this information without thinking about the countless hours--including weekends and holidays-- our communications team spends putting it together. Many thanks to Dorothy O'Donnell, Tim Schultz, Angie Hisanaga, Trina Rivera, Nancy Felder and Simone Slattery for keeping us informed!


Kudos to These Super-Star Volunteers

Another GREAT school year is coming to a close and we couldn't have accomplished so much without YOUR support. Your volunteer service and Steeplechase dollars made a HUGE difference for our students. Thank you! The following parents, however, went above and beyond the rest of us this year. Please take a moment to thank them for their dedication!

PTA Executive Board
Simone Slattery, Nancy Felder, Lisa Zimmer, Janie Karp, Stirling Somers, Karen Carr, Kit Harris, Trina Rivera, Mara Conner, Christine Freda, Christine Cole, Ahtossa Fullerton, Jake Hobson, Lorena Espino, Leslie Myers, Christine Brandt, Colleen Carr

Kiddo Representative on the Executive Board
Caitlin Smith

PTA Committee Chairs
Heidi Fulton, Denise Bourdages, Janie Karp, Gary Batroff, Trina Rivera, Charity Smart, Sasha Eakle, Jessica Ryan, Christine Brandt, Heidi Hjorth, Tracy Ginther, Michael Levinson, Maddie Trainer, Lisa Barnes, Karen Olsen, Jon Cronander, Nancy Felder, Ronnie Sharpe, Soar Stetler, Leslie Myers, Liz Harrell, Merrie Jaffe, Mary Arnold, Kristi Duchon, Dorothy O'Donnell, Tim Schultz, Angie Hisanaga, Karen Carr, Anne Zarraonandia, Deborah Huber, Cathy Wilmoth, Sunyoung Park, Barbara Bleckman, Lisa Gilmore, Kathy Sonderby, Tina Taylor, Daisy Scholz, Justine Whitehead

Room Parents
Amy Fierstein, Christine Berg, Alex Reuter, Trina Rivera, Cara Guyot, Vyvianne Kiriakis, Gillian Popper, Lisa Gates, Amy Zech, Kirsten Edwards, Liz Moriarty, Kathy Lucas, Kori Stevenson, Sarah Coates, Laura Bowman, Lisa Barnes, Simone Slattery, Ann Buxton, Lorena Espino, Liz Warren, Ashlee Kiesling, Leslie Ford, Tina Taylor, Karen Munter-Carr, Deena Grady Berger, Jeanette Layden, Kit Harris, Susan Boyle, Bonnie Toepfer, Jenny Douglass, Karen Olsen, Susan Postear, Carolyn Preis, Jennifer Gillmer

Mill Valley School Board Liaisons
Leslie Wachtel, Robin Moses


Thank You Yearbook Volunteers!

The Edna Yearbook won a national award of excellence this year! Only about 10% of the schools have received this "honor" from our publisher. Congratulations and thank you to our 2012-13 Editor Justine Whitehead and her team of tremendous volunteers! Many, many people helped to make the book a special keepsake for our children.

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For those who went above and beyond, THANK YOU; Milly Skiles, Chloe Lagier, Nancy Ericsson, Ronnie Sharpe, Kristi Duchon, Sunyoung Park, Susan Boyle, Vikas Rangarajan, John Carney, Mara Connor, Shauna Heidenreich, Heather Barberie, Adam Sanchez, Lisa Monge, Karen Carr, Suzanne Alpert, Lorena Espino, Christine Freda, Leslie Fielder, Lisa Zimmer, and student editors Corey Whitehead and Luke Chase.

Also thanks to our 4th & 5th grade teachers for embracing our first student Yearbook Club: Mrs. Eshoff, Ms. Frazier, Mrs. Sprague, Mrs. O'Connor, Mr. Sanchez and Mrs. Shern.

Special thanks to: Event photographers, room parents, the yearbook club students and Edna teachers & staff!


Return Library Books

If you have any overdue library books at home, please send them to school with your child as soon as possible. The library will continue to check out books for the remainder of this month, but we need all books returned no later than Friday, June 7.


Your PTA Dollars at Work

Wondering where all those PTA dollars you helped raise this year went? They provided students with everything from basic classroom supplies--like pencils, pens, glue, etc.--to special equipment such as iPads for students and teachers. They also covered the cost of our Visual Thinking Strategy curriculum and they allowed us to bring our students many special assemblies, including Ropeworks, Higgins Tennis, EOS and A Touch of Understanding disability awareness program for fourth-graders.

Your PTA dollars also funded popular annual events such as the Reader Event; Book Fair; Family Science Night; the Art Show; and the Variety Show, to name just a few. And they paid for emergency supplies, parent education speakers, recess equipment, the yearbook, teacher appreciation, professional development for teachers and much, much more!

Your money also allowed each grade level to augment its specific curriculum with field trips, special experiences, projects and visits from experts:

Kindergarten: San Francisco Botanical Gardens, Tree Frog Treks, Edventure More, Ann Rovetta - Storyteller, Classroom supplies - Art, Science, educational toys and games for choice learning and grade level snack bags

First Grade: Edventuremore Oobleck and Wacky Weather, Explode the Code workbooks, headphones for the iPads and Hoedown.

Second Grade: Poetry with Sasha Eakle, Immigration Day (coordinated and facilitated by Mari Allen), live butterfly study, and our Literary Non-Fiction book project.

Third Grade: Native American Storytelling and Crafts; Edventure More-Stomp Rockets; Art Project on Heroes with Tory Canby; Poetry with Sasha Eakle

Fourth Grade: Point Bonita; Oakland Museum-California Indian Lifeways; Mission Dolores; Tiburon Salmon Institute, Edventure More-Pickle Power; Edventure More-Exploding Volcanoes; Beach Clean-Up; Sutter's Fort; classroom supplies, curriculum-based dvds, indoor recess games, literature unit books, math games, biographies, math manipulatives, and the Petaluma Adobe field trip.

Fifth Grade: 2 days of Ancient Artifact to support social studies curriculum; replenished science materials; Walker Creek; graduation

And Sponsor-A-Student money was used for students to attend Sutter's Fort, Walker Creek, class field trips and yearbook.


Last Call for PTA Reimbursements!

Thanks to the Edna teachers and parents who bought supplies for various events this year. If you wish to be reimbursed for your purchases, please turn in your receipts with a completed reimbursement form to the PTA Treasurer's (Christine Freda) mailbox in the office.


HELP WANTED by the Edna PTA

Our PTA Executive Board needs to fill two key roles:

VP - School Community

This volunteer will act as an advisor/liaison to the following Committee Chairs:

  • Community Outreach
  • Teacher Appreciation
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • New Family Liaison
  • First Day Coffee
  • Spirit Wear
  • Coffee Cart

by providing them with information pertinent to their event - such as budget, event dates, guidelines, etc. This person will also report information from the events at the monthly PTA meeting and keep school apprised of events through Pony and website updates.

Corresponding Secretary

This volunteer will send correspondence such as thank you cards and sympathy cards through Paperless post for the President, and will also send notices of executive board meetings.

If you are interested - or know someone you think would be great at one of these jobs - please contact Nancy Felder - nancyfelder@pacbell.net / (415) 342-5251


Save Your Box Tops for Edna!

Here's an easy way to help our school earn money over the summer: Clip and save those bright pink box tops! Look for them on General Mills (Cheerios, Kix, Chex, Fiber One), Yoplait Gogurt, Pillsbury, Ziploc and other brands. Then turn them in at the school office. Each box top is worth 10¢ for Edna Maguire. It may not sound like much, but when everyone pitches in, the earnings add up quickly!


Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Your Athletic Equipment

We need your gently used soccer balls, footballs and basketballs! It's spring-cleaning time, and if you've got excess athletic equipment cluttering your garage, this is the perfect chance to get rid of it. Donations can be dropped off in the box in front of the office. Questions? Contact Karen Carr at karenmuntercarr@yahoo.com.


Innovative Teaching Fund Grant Awards

The Innovative Teaching Fund (ITF) is a line item of the PTA budget designated specifically for teachers to use toward unique educational programs. This year, a total of $3000 was allocated to the ITF, and every penny has been spent. Below is a list of grades/programs that received grants:

    • Author for the Book Fair (Jon Ager)
    • Document camera for Lisa Stapp/Kindergarten
    • Books for 2nd Grade - Leveled Reading Books from Scholastic
    • Being a Writer; Trade books sets/ Words in Action for 5th grade
    • Green Team - 6 Part Plant Festival

Thank you, PTA, for helping to fund these programs, activities and resources! If you have questions regarding the Innovative Teaching Fund, please contact the ITF Coordinator, Merrie Jaffe.


Reminder: Turn in Your PTA Reimbursement Receipts

Thanks to the Edna teachers and parents who bought supplies for various events this year. If you wish to be reimbursed for your purchases, please turn in your receipts with a completed reimbursement form to the PTA Treasurer's (Christine Freda) mailbox in the office. Thanks!


Support Edna Over the Summer!

Don't forget Edna while shopping for summer clothing, sports equipment or books for the beach! Sports Basement in the Presidio will give you 10% off your purchase when you ask for the "Edna Maguire School" discount at checkout. Plus, they'll contribute 5% to our school! (We earned over $150 this year)! In addition, we receive 5% back from Amazon when you shop through the link on our home page and 5% of sales from Book Passage. Summer shopping that saves you money AND raises money for our school-- now THAT'S a sizzling deal!


Lend a Hand at the Spring Faire: April 28

The Edna Maguire Spring Faire is taking place on Sunday, April 28 from 12 to 4 p.m. Last year our concession stand at the Faire raised $1844 for our Children's Garden, thanks to our parent volunteers! We are looking for people to help this year in two different ways:

  1. Sign up for a one hour shift to help sell pizza, burritos and baked goods: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0E45ACA7238-concession2
  2. Donate a baked good to our concessions stand: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0E45ACA7238-baked2

We welcome all things tasty - brownies, cookies, rice crispy treats, cupcakes, etc. We are asking for gluten-free goodies also. Remember that none of the treats should contain nuts. Thank you for supporting the Edna Children's Garden!


Help Haiti by Donating Vitamins

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Every Dime Counts! Save Boxtops to Raise Money for Edna!

We all shop for groceries, sometimes two or three times a week -- or more. Now turn those shopping trip into easy cash for Edna Maguire, and encourage friends to do the same! Just look for the Box Tops logo on hundreds of products like Cheerios®, Hamburger Helper® and Kleenex®, in almost every aisle of the store. All you need to do is clip and have your child drop them off in the office - each one is worth 10¢ for Edna!


Harvesting Produce to Fight Hunger: UNHUNGER

The Mill Valley Children's Garden is proud to partner with UNHUNGER, a nonprofit started by local Tam High 10th grade student Justine Rutter. UNHUNGER is dedicated to providing fresh produce to the Marin County Food Bank. Special thanks to the students in Room 20 who have planted and tended to 3 beds in our school garden. Justine, along with Edna student Amelia Sharpe, harvested many boxes of delicious vegetables to help provide nutritious meals to those in need. Please visit http://www.unhunger2012.org for more information about this wonderful organization or meet Justine in person at the chicken pillow booth at the Garden Spring Faire on April 28.

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Help Haiti by Donating Vitamins

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Celebrating Our New Garden

The Green Team is helping to get ready for our new garden next school year! The new garden will be in the shape of an L. There will be more room for growing plants like tomatoes and pumpkins, and more places to spend time just "hanging out" alone or with friends. This year, the Green Team has had to thoroughly wash all of the plants they pick because of the construction dust.


Open PTA Board and Chair Positions

The Edna Nominating Committee is looking for a great team of parents to help with PTA activities and the board for the 2013-2014 school year. Whether you are a working parent or a work at home parent with too little or too much time on your hands (yeah, right!) there are plenty of areas in which you can contribute. Dads are encouraged! We would love to have you on this team of positive, energetic parents who are making Edna a wonderful school community. This will be even more important as we unveil our new school!

Spots are filling up quickly so don't delay if you are interested. And, if you would prefer not to head up a committee or help on the PTA Executive Board we are taking early sign ups for volunteers to help on any of these committees. Please email ednamaguirePTApositions@gmail.com.


Thank You Birthday April Book Club Members for Supporting Our Library

Thomas Allen, Ella Bricker, Nathaniel Burroughs, Jack Callaghan, Caden Carney, Ethan Munter Carr, Justin Munter Carr, Paula Castillo Hi, Jack Chai, Alex Davis, Kavi Dolasia, Zadie Foskett, Carson Harrell, Skyler Mandigo-Stoba , Cole Maxson, Isabella Meagher, Jesse Mosher, Emma Palmer, Ginger Rogers, Patrick Ryan, Jack Scalisi, Sadie Scholz, Sarah Schoner, Andrew Sitrin, Sky Somers, Nara Uncapher


Chicken Naming Contest Results

And the winner is . . . . .

Thank you to everyone who submitted names during our successful naming contest. We had many fantastic submissions!

After much deliberation, our chicken team decided on the names Ivy and Pearl.

Congratulations to Hugo (Room E) and Amelia (Room 20) for naming Ivy and Sasha (Room A) for naming Pearl.  Please stop by to visit Edna, Joanie, Ivy and Pearl!

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Thank you from the Mill Valley Children's Garden

The garden has a lot to be thankful for!

A BIG thank you to Randy Harris (Troy and Vance's dad) of Artistry In Trees (http://www.artistryintrees.com). Randy and his crew were kind enough to prune (once again!) all of the fruit trees in our garden! Thanks for keeping the garden healthy, Randy!

Thank you to Troy Lavelle (Teo's dad) for taking time out of his busy schedule to fix a broken water line in the garden this past weekend! Thank you Troy!

A final BIG thanks to all of the amazing Edna Maguire families who donated towards the garden wish list in February! Everything that we received (gift cards, fabric, work gloves, sharpies, supplies for the garden faire, etc.) was greatly needed and much appreciated! Thank you for your generosity!


Open PTA Board and Chair Positions

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The Edna Nominating Committee is looking for a great team of parents to help with PTA activities and the board for the 2013-2014 school year. Whether you are a working parent or a work at home parent with too little or too much time on your hands (yeah, right!) there are plenty of areas in which you can contribute. Dads are encouraged! We would love to have you on this team of positive, energetic parents who are making Edna a wonderful school community. This will be even more important as we unveil our new school!


Please click the link 

2013-14 PTA OPENPostions.pdf and check out what positions are currently available. Spots are filling up quickly so don't delay if you are interested. And, if you would prefer not to head up a committee or help on the PTA Executive Board we are taking early sign ups for volunteers to help on any of these committees. Please email ednamaguirePTApositions@gmail.com.


Thank You Birthday March Book Club Members for Supporting Our Library

Yaseen Ashraf, Nikki Batroff, Skyler Cecchi, Joshua Clark-Hexter, Tyler Coates, Miya Cohn, Tyson Cole, Colton Creath, Braden Dalin, Benjamin Gillmer, Arabella Henderson, Kader Kayser, Ashton Kern, Ethan Lewczyk, Will Lester, Ethan Lin, Mikayla Lin, Kaitlyn Lucas, Jake Neulight, Conall Noonan, Natalie Anne Popper, Sylvia Topas Popper, Katharine Reuter, Juliana Revelli, Will Richardson, Carmen Rivera, Tillie Sanchez, Joshua Schultz, Oliver Silmore, Milana Sitrin, Benjamin Southern, Isabelle Southern, Spencer Tsuchiyama, Spencer Tsuchiyama


Open PTA Board and Chair Positions

The Edna Nominating Committee is looking for a great team of parents to help with PTA activities and the board for the 2013-2014 school year. Whether you are a working parent or a work at home parent with too little or too much time on your hands (yeah, right!) there are plenty of areas in which you can contribute. Dads are encouraged! We would love to have you on this team of positive, energetic parents who are making Edna a wonderful school community. This will be even more important as we unveil our new school!
Please click the link and check out what positions are currently available.  Current Open PTA Positions.pdf Spots are filling up quickly so don't delay if you are interested. And, if you would prefer not to head up a committee or help on the PTA Executive Board we are taking early sign ups for volunteers to help on any of these committees. Please email ednamaguirePTApositions@gmail.com.


When to Miss School

School starts in an hour, and your child says that she/he doesn't feel well. Should you send your child to school or keep her/him home? Ask yourself, "If my child were healthy, would I want her/him near someone with these symptoms?" Robert Hockelman, M.D., contributing editor of The Merck Manual of Medical Information - Home Edition, offers these guidelines to help you decide what to do. Of course, if symptoms last longer than 24 hours or worsen, call your child's pediatrician.

Please see the chart below to know when to keep your child at home:

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A child should be kept home at least 24 hours after a fever and 24 hours after starting antibiotics.
From our experience we have learned that sick children seldom, if ever, gain anything by attending school. They are much better off at home where they are most likely to get the necessary care for recovery and early return to school. Keeping ill children at home also protects other children, their parents, and the school staff.
Remember: If your child needs to take medication at school, you need to send a form signed by you and your child's health care provider with the medication and instructions.


Thank You Birthday Book Club Members for Supporting Our Library

We want to acknowledge our January and February Birthday Book Club members for remembering our library on their special day!

January Birthdays
Sebastian Ames, Hugo Barberie, Brett Cardinal, Charlotte Casey , Lila Ciambriello, Cooper Embree, Kali Farnsworth, Ella Foskett, Gavin Freda, Felix Fulton, Sebastian Gillmore, Sophia Grady , Skye Guyot, Sydney Hubbard, Veronica Meagher, Christopher Newell, Lauren Olsen, Clarice Piontek, William Piontek, Nathaniel Schohn, Montgomery Tipton, Corey Whitehead, Aydan Yates

February Birthdays
Lara Akmehmet, Aidan Bass, Quinn Bass, Jake Batroff, Lainey Bloom, Ella Bogan, Mia Camacho, Luke Chase, Marco Chow Kelly Clifford, Sofia Constant, Reed Edwards, Paulina Gologorskaya, Annabelle Gulash, Diego Castillo Hi, Billy Hobson, Amelia Kiriakis, Jackson Lucas, Madison Macliver, Zoe Neulight, Cooper Scheurmann, Mckinley Scheurmann, Eli Solem, Fane Uren, Dexter Watenpaugh, Chris Wilmoth, Jacob Wright, Madeline Yates


Save Your Box Tops for Edna

Edna Maguire collects box tops, and you can help! Each box top is worth 10 cents! The money adds up quickly when every family pitches in. Just look for the bright pink label on food items such as Go-Gurt, Bisquick, Gold Medal Flour, Cheerios, Pull-ups and a variety of other General Mills, Pillsbury, Old El Paso and Betty Crocker products. Clip the pink coupons from the boxes, turn them in at the office, and we'll send them in for cash. It's that easy!


Sports Basement

If you need a gift for an outdoors or athletic type, zip across the Golden Gate to Sports Basement in the Presidio! Mention our school to receive 10 percent off your purchases AND a donation of 5 percent for Edna.

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Book Passage

Do you prefer shopping locally for the book lovers on your list? Head to Book Passage, and our school will receive a percentage of your purchases. Just mention Edna Maguire at the register.

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Thank You Birthday Book Club Members for Supporting Our Library

We're a little behind, but we wanted to acknowledge all of our August-December Birthday Book Club members for remembering our library on their special day!

August Birthdays
Sam Barenbaum, Athena Bouas, Ikseong Choi, Emerson Erving, Jack Fierstein, Cole Ford, Alexander Galin, Kaia Harte, Mari Karp, Liza Lachter, Liam Ludin, Nico Lown Heitz, Marlowe Mitchell, Eleanor Octavio, Lillian Penther, Ben Porter, Annie Ravazzini, Braeden Selph, Olivia Skiles, Julian Snell, Jack Spence, Lyla Tipton, Kiyoko Ellis Williams

September Birthdays
Cooper Alley, Henry Barenbaum, Luke Bleckman, Levi Butter, Felix Clarkson, Kendall Cole, Simon Dauth, Ella Grady, Quinn Guyot, Kaden Hisanaga, Julia Jaffe, Ben Johnson, Joslyn Lazzareschi, Emily Peters, Rebecca Preis, Gracen Rivera, Luna Sanchez, Kai Smith, Creig Williges, Cassady Winchester, Tawnie Winchester

October Birthdays
Emma Barenbaum, Joshua Max Berman, Emily Conner, Gage Duchon, Maria Figueirinhas, Leah Fullerton, Anna Harrell, Lauren Marler, Juliet Rose Petter, Katie Ravazzini, Asha Sanda, Christian Schultz, Amelia Sharpe, Caroline Steele, Diego Suh, Nick Taylor, Zoe Trainer, Elizabeth Wheaton, Ava Zech

November Birthdays
Kayla Boon, Cormac Erving, Lauren Felder, Ty Fullerton, Simon Gooden, Elsa Greene, Sophie Hampton, Lauryn Ialeggio, Carley Lehman, Isabella Kiriakis, Elias Michael, Jack Moriarty, Mackenzie Pinksa, Michael Reuter, Will Schreiber, Brendan Steinhofer, Jackie Warner, Kalen Whitehead

December Birthdays
Fiona Bailey, Colton Berger, Maya Bliss Popper, Emma Bowser, Sienna Brooks, Jonah Butler, Caspar Cheung, Logan Citroen, Helena Goddard, Leo Grava, Scarlett Grava, Jaiden Grimminck, Quinn Harte, Henry Harwood, Isaiah Clark-Hexter, Torben Hoy, Sofia Johnson, Grace Levinson, Kiana Lyman, Alana Miller, Ava Miller, Aidan Newell, Charlie Osborn, Nola Palestrant, Jackson Philipp , Carson Rogers, Ellie Trainer


You Cheered for the Niners. Now it's Time to Support Another Team--Edna's PTA!

Super Bowl's over. But if you'd like to get off the sidelines and play a more active role in our school, this is your chance! We're recruiting volunteers to fill many open PTA Executive Board and Committee Chair positions for next year. Being part of the PTA team is a great way to put your talents to work for our school, make new friends and learn new skills. Please contact Head Coaches Simone Slattery (simtot@yahoo.com) or Nancy Felder (ronancy@pacbell.net) for more information.


KIDDO! Funds Teaching Programs at Edna Maguire

Kiddo! Teacher Grants are awarded annually in support of programs that foster creative and innovative classroom teaching. This year's grants have been announced, and thanks to your donations to Kiddo! the following programs will be available at Edna Maguire this school year:

Lisa Monge - Young Author Fair - After several library lessons focused on writing, students in grades 1-5 write a short fiction piece that is their "ticket" to a half-day fair celebrating storytelling. Students further their understanding by using last year's writing as a model. The event strengthens students' writing ability and sense of community.

Anna Isler - ESGI (Educational Software for Guiding Instruction) - ESGI is an online assessment tool that allows teachers to assess all aspects of the Kindergarten curriculum, including letter sounds, numerals, patterns, shapes, coins, etc. This information can be shared with parents.

Tara Ordonez & the 1st Grade Team - American Dance Through the Decades - This weekly half-hour dance class, conducted by local dance instructor Annie Leese (Artistic Director, Performing Arts Academy of Marin), teaches 1st graders about the history of dance from the 1910s to the 1970s - from soft-shoe to disco. The class also introduces students to American culture in different periods.

Kate Kellman & 4th Grade teachers - Walk Through California - 4th graders will gain a common experience and understanding of the history of our state through an interactive, creative and fun program presented by California Weekly Explorer, Inc. Upon completion of the program, students receive an expert card, allowing them to share their knowledge with others.

For more information about the Kiddo! Teacher Grant program, visit www.kiddo.org.


Last Chance for Yearbooks!

The deadline to order a yearbook is January 29! We can't accept ANY orders after this date! The yearbook is an amazing keepsake of your child's journey through the school year, so don't miss out. Look for extra order forms in your child's Wednesday folders or pick one up in the front office. You can also order online at www.Jostensyearbooks.com. Questions? Contact Justine Whitehead at Lbprod@pacbell.net


Gratitude From the P.E. Team

We want to send a BIG THANK YOU to all of our loving Edna Maguire families. From your cards, home-baked goodies, generous gifts and well wishes, your support and incredible generosity over the holidays was very much appreciated. It's our pleasure to welcome and teach your children every day. Their warm hellos, hugs and sweet smiles make our days more special.

Wishing you all the best in 2013! - Schuyler Harvey, Elaine Harris and Taylor Schepps


Shop at Whole Foods on Miller; Raise Money for Edna

From January 21 - April 13, Whole Foods (on Miller Avenue ONLY) will include Edna Maguire as a recipient of its Dimes for Donations program. The store will contribute a dime to our school every time you bring in your own bags to shop. So please be sure to buy groceries at Whole Foods on Miller and help raise money for Edna. And don't forget to bring your bags!


Please Save Your Holiday Ribbon for the Edna Spring Faire!

When you open your presents this holiday season, please consider saving your ribbons so that the Mill Valley Children's Garden can re-use them to make fairy wands and wrap prizes for the Spring Faire!

A collection box will be in the main office through January 11th. Any color and length welcome!

Reduce - Reuse - Recycle! THANK YOU!

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Winter Recess: December 21-January 4

Just a reminder that school will be closed from Friday, December 21, through Friday, January 4. Have a fun and relaxing break--and Happy Holidays!


Order Your Yearbooks Before It's Too Late!

Yearbooks make great holiday gifts! Don't miss out on getting a copy of this amazing keepsake of your child's school year. The deadline for ordering is January 29!! Order today by downloading and completing this form or go to www.Jostens.com and order online! Questions? Please e-mail Justine Whitehead atLbprod@pacbell.net


Give a Gift to Edna When You Shop for the Holidays

This holiday season, we've got three ways you can shop for the holidays--and give a gift to Edna at the same time!

Treat yourself to hassle-free shopping on Amazon, and 10 percent of your total purchases will go to our school. And yes, this means ALL purchases, not just books. You're sure to find something to please everyone on your gift list. Just enter Amazon.com through this link or the Amazon School Rewards Program link on our home page. Be sure to share the link with your friends and family--their Amazon purchases can support Edna, too! Please Note: When you enter Amazon.com through our link, your Amazon page won't look any different. Don't worry--as long as you click on the link to get on Amazon, Edna will get credit for your purchases!

Prefer shopping locally for the book lovers on your list? Head to Book Passage, and our school will receive a percentage of your purchases. Just mention Edna Maguire at the register.

And if you need a gift for an outdoors or athletic type, zip across the Golden Gate to Sports Basement in the Presidio! Mention our school to receive 10 percent off your purchases AND  a donation of 5 percent for Edna.


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Everyone wins when you shop at our business partners for the holidays.


WANTED: Pony Express Editor

After nearly three years on the job, Dorothy O'Donnell, our Pony Express editor, needs to hand over the reins to someone new in 2013. Maybe you? If you have solid editing skills, a flair for writing and work well with others, consider becoming part of the communications team that produces Edna's bi-weekly parent newsletter. Experience using content management or blogging platforms is desirable, but not necessary. Please contact Dorothy at dorothyodonnell@comcast.net if you're interested!


Hot Lunch Policy

Please be aware that meals ordered through Choicelunch are not saved after regular lunch hours unless you make special arrangements with your child's teacher in advance. If your child doesn't pick up his or her lunch by 12:30 p.m., it will go back to Choicelunch.


Important Information About Attendance and Tardies

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with Edna Maguire's attendance and tardies policies:

Attendance and Absences
If your child will be absent from school, please call our 24-hour Attendance Line (389-7733 ext. 2690). Children who are ill should NOT be in school, and we appreciate you keeping them home to rest and get better. Please report prolonged illnesses or communicable diseases to the office as soon as possible!

Did you know that three unexcused absences is truancy? We urge you to plan trips to visit relatives, vacations, doctor and dentist appointments, and other days off during scheduled school breaks. We are committed to all of our students, and being here at school is necessary for their success.

Student Tardies
Students who arrive on campus after 8:30 should go DIRECTLY to the office to sign in and receive a late pass to class. Otherwise, we don't know that your child is here, and he or she will be marked absent in the attendance system. Thank you for your continued support of your child's education and success.


Thanksgiving Leaves Adorn Our Giving Tree

With the holidays quickly approaching, it's the perfect time for Edna students to reflect upon how truly fortunate they are. Last week, classes wrote what they were thankful for on a "leaf" and attached it to the tree painted outside of Room A.

If you haven't already, make sure you stop by to take a look! Who knows, you might even find inspiration for an answer to give over that turkey dinner when asked, "What are you thankful for this year?"


Order Your 2012-13 Yearbooks!

Haven't ordered a yearbook yet? The yearbook is an amazing keepsake of your child's entire school year! Order today by filling out a form from the Edna Website or go to www.Jostens.com and order online! If you have questions, please e-mail Justine Whitehead atLbprod@pacbell.net


Go Green to School EVERY Wednesday!

Last month's International Walk and Roll to School Day was a BIG success. Let's keep the momentum going by committing to GO GREEN to school every Wednesday. Bundle up and help reduce the traffic in front of our school while starting your day with some fresh air and exercise! We encourage you to walk or bike at least once a week with your family, friends or neighbors. Once you get in the habit, you may even want to make it a multiple-day activity!


Thanks for Sharing Your Halloween Loot with Our Soldiers!

Edna families donated many pounds of lollipops, chocolates, and chews to Blue Star Moms of Marin (an organization run by mothers of enlisted soldiers) during our Halloween Candy Drive. It was especially sweet to see students taking candy right out of their lunch boxes to contribute. The collected candy will be included in care packages being sent to soldiers stationed overseas for the holidays. Thanks to all who donated to the drive!


Carline Etiquette 101

With the school year in full swing, we're impressed with how well carline has been running so far! Please be aware that BOTH lanes of the driveway leading to our school are intended for carline users during pick up and drop off times. Here are a few other reminders that will help keep carline running smoothly:

Volunteer for your classroom's four shifts on the carline Signup Genius page.

Pull up as far as possible in the line, have your children ready to exit quickly and wait until you're at the curb to let them out.

Stay in your car and let the volunteers help your children in and out of your vehicle

Don't double park in the lot to drop off or pick up your children.

Remind your children to come straight down to the lot after school when you're picking them up at carline.

Thank you for your cooperation!


Got a Flair for Planning Parties? Love Edna's Garden? Read On!

Every April, our popular Spring Faire is held in Edna's beautiful Children's Garden. We are seeking two creative, energetic people to "shadow" our current Spring Faire organizers and take over their positions for the 2013-14 school year. This is a great opportunity to play a key role in a fun, community-building event that helps fund the upkeep of our garden! Parents of kindergarten and first-grade students are especially encouraged to jump in and learn the ropes.

Here are the two positions we need to fill:

1. Managing and Directing the Faire

• Organize and staff various games and activities.

• Book musicians

• Come up with theme and complementary decorations

• Manage Bake-Off and other contests

2. Publicity

• Create posters/flyers and distribute them to area schools and community

• Put ads for the Faire in local newspapers

• Staff ticket booth and track money generated by ticket sales

Please contact Barbara Bleckman (barbaracrampton@comcast.net) for more information or to sign on.


Please Turn in Your Steeplechase Pledge Packets!

Your kids ran a long way for our school. And the money they're helping us raise will go a long way toward funding classroom supplies, assemblies, P.E. equipment, books, technology, field trips and much, much more! Steeplechase is Edna's ONLY PTA fundraiser for the year! If you haven't already done so, please turn in your packets to the office or your child's teacher ASAP. Help your child's class reach their 100% participation goal. EVERY donation gets us one step closer to our fundraising goal of $135,500. Thank you for helping us build an even better Edna!


Individual Photo Make-Up Day: Friday, November 2

Students who weren't in school on picture day last month can get their individual photos taken on Friday, November 2 between 8:40 a.m. and noon.


Candy Drive for Our Troops - Friday, November 2

Bring your extra Halloween loot to school on Friday, November 2. Your lollipops and candy bars will sweeten the day of our brave soldiers stationed in Afghanistan. Look for donation tables near the office and 5th grade portables before and after school. Blue Star Moms of Marin (an organization run by mothers of enlisted soldiers), will ship the candy for free! If you have any questions or would like to help collect donations, please contact Karen Olson


Hey Fourth Graders: The Garden Needs YOU on November 4!

That's right -- fourth grade is sponsoring the Garden Work Day on Sunday, November 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. It's your chance to make your mark and prep the garden for winter. Get outdoors, get a little dirty and have fun working with your classmates, friends and teachers. Whole Foods will provide drinks and snacks.

Oh yeah...there's one more thing - you'll probably want to win THE GARDEN CONTEST! The sponsoring grade with the biggest turnout of students for their Garden Work Day wins a party--pizza or ice cream - at the end of the year! So tell your friends (especially your fellow fourth graders), bring your family and come out for a great Sunday afternoon. As always, all other grades are welcome! Contact Saor Stetler for more information.


Earn up to 3% for Edna Maguire Spirit Wear

The Edna Maguire logo can be added to almost any Lands' End item that can be embroidered for an additional $5.50. To see all items, go to the Lands' End school uniform page

When ordering, JOIN the Land's end school rewards.
1. find our school's dress code
2. save school
3. create account
4. sign in-- a web page appears with Edna Maguire information

For questions about ordering, contact Lands' End directly at 1-800-963-4816.


Be a Wednesday Weeder!

Calling all garden lovers! Please join us in the Children's' Garden every Wednesday--starting this week-- from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. to weed and tackle small projects.

The Wednesday Weeders crew is ideal for volunteers who need a flexible schedule, wish to work alongside other adults and enjoy being outdoors and helping the garden. Although gardening experience is helpful, it's not necessary. Come as often as you like--we'll provide the gloves and tools!

Please come prepared to do light physical work and dressed appropriately for the weather (we will not meet on rainy days). For more information, contact Leslie Myers at lesliewmyers@yahoo.com.


Steeplechase Has a BIG Need for a BIG Truck!

We need to borrow a flatbed or other large truck to pick up the equipment for marking off the course for Steeplechase. If you have a truck we can borrow from around 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the day of Steeplechase (October 19) we would GREATLY appreciate it.

And if you are free that day to be part of the team that is picking up the equipment and setting up the course, even better. But if that's not possible, then just the truck would be fantastic. Please contact Nancy Felder ASAP at 342-5251 or ronancy@pacbell.net


PTA Membership Has Its Perks!

As a card-carrying PTA member, you can take advantage of some great discounts! Download the PTA_Perks.pdf to check them out. And stop by the front office to get your PTA card or contact Simone Slattery simtot@yahoo.com or Nancy Felder ronancy@pacbell.net  


Extended After School Crossing Guard Hours

We are pleased to announce that the school crossing guards at the Lomita/Blithedale and Camino Alto/Sycamore intersections will stay on duty longer in the afternoons to ensure the safety of our kids. Here is the new crossing guard schedule:

Mornings

Daily: 7:35 to 8:30


Afternoons

Monday and Friday: 2:15 to 3:20

Wednesday: 1:10 to 2:20

Tuesday and Thursday: 2:45 to 3:45


Please Turn in Your PTA Forms

If you haven't already done so, please take a moment to complete your one-stop PTA shopping forms, volunteer forms--or go online to volunteer for PTA events--and permission slips. If you misplaced the copies included in your first-day packet, you can download them here. It's especially important to turn in your PTA permission slips. Doing so ensures that your child can join in all the fun, fantastic and fabulous events happening at Edna this year. EVERY student needs a signed permission slip to participate in ANY PTA activity, including Steeplechase, which is coming up next month.


Sign-Up Online to Volunteer for Edna and Our Kids

It's hard to imagine Edna without the many events like Book Fair, the Art Show, Science Fair, Spring Faire and more that make our school so special. We need YOUR help to ensure they continue! Make a commitment--even a small one--and have fun while helping our school. Just go to signupgenius.com to volunteer for an event or activity online. If you don't already have a SignUpGenius account, click here to get directions--it's fast and easy. Please contact Daisy Scholz (daisyzoe@yahoo.com) if you have problems signing up online or have questions.


Keep Our School Ready for Emergencies

Your contribution of $7 per child helps us provide emergency supplies for every Edna student. The money enables us to keep a well-stocked inventory of up-to-date medical supplies, blankets, snacks and other essential items. It also goes toward the expense of maintaining the emergency supplies container and water tank. And it helps us cover the costs for students requiring financial assistance. If you haven't yet done so, please help us meet our kids' safety needs by making your contribution today!


Fall Enrichment at Ring Mountain & Edna Maguire

The Parks & Recreation's Enrichment Program is offering after school Supervised Play on the Edna campus, Monday through Friday. Supervised Play is from 2:50 - 4:30 p.m. every day (except Wednesday when it will start at 1:50 p.m.).

Due to construction, all other Enrichment Classes will be held next door at Ring Mountain School. Classes begin at 3:30 p.m. on September 24 and are open to students from both schools. Edna Maguire students signed up for enrichment classes will meet at the Supervised Play classroom to be escorted to Ring Mountain by a staff member. If your child is taking an enrichment class, please pick him or her up at Ring Mountain. Students taking Wednesday enrichment classes must also sign- up for Wednesday Supervised Play.

To register for classes, stop by the Community Center or go online.  Please call Mill Valley Parks & Recreation at 383-1370 if you have questions.


Unexcused Absence Information

Regular attendance plays an important role in student achievement. If your child has an unexcused absence, he will be responsible for making up any work he missed. With enough notice, teachers will try to provide students with assignments and homework during an absence. However, many assignments can't be made up, which may negatively affect a student's grades.

Students who are out of school due to unexcused absences for more than 15 consecutive student school days will be removed from their school rolls. They must re-enroll with the district upon return. There's no guarantee that, upon re-enrolling, a student will return to the school and class that she left.


WANTED: Steeplechase T-Shirt Sponsors

Steeplechase, Edna's main fundraiser, is right around the corner! If you're a business owner or work for a local business, please consider sponsoring our Steeplechase t-shirts! Sponsorships are a great way to increase exposure for your company while helping our school. They're available for $200, $400 or $600. Just fill out this form and return it to the front office by September 21. Questions? Please call Nancy Felder (342-5251). Thank you for your support! 


Attention Fifth Grade Parents: Sign Up for MVMS Tours

Mill Valley Middle School tours begin in November. They fill up quickly, so sign up soon. The tours are open to parents of fifth grade students ONLY. Download the Fifth Grade Tours.pdf for dates and times.


Thanks to Our Summer Garden Fairies!

We want to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to Leslie Myers and Laura Figueirinhas for going above and beyond the call of duty in caring for the garden this summer. These ladies watered the garden even when construction shut down power and irrigation; kept everything organized and tended to the plants; and prepped it for the new school year. Our garden wouldn't be the treasure it is without these special helpers working their magic! Thanks also to Lauren Marler and her family for taking Edna's hens "under their wing" for the summer.


Attention PTA Members: Take Advantage of Some Great Discounts

Who says PTA membership doesn't have its perks? Check out some of the exciting discounts you and your family can enjoy this summer!


Dive into Summer Savings AND Support Edna!

Don't forget Edna while shopping for summer clothing, sports equipment or books for the beach! Sports Basement in the Presidio will give you 10% off your purchase when you ask for the "Edna Maguire School" discount at checkout. Plus, they'll contribute 5% to our school! (We earned over $150 this year)! In addition, we receive 5% back from Amazon when you shop through the link on our home page and 5% of sales from Book Passage. Summer shopping that saves you money AND raises money for our school-- now THAT'S a sizzling deal!


Save Your Box Tops for Edna this Summer!

Here's an easy way to help our school earn money over the summer: Clip and save those bright pink box tops! Look for them on General Mills (Cheerios, Kix, Chex, Fiber One), Yoplait Gogurt, Pillsbury, Ziploc and other brands. Then turn them in at the school office. Each box top is worth 10 cents for Edna Maguire. It may not sound like much, but when everyone pitches in, the earnings add up quickly!


Important Changes to Next Year's After School Enrichment Program!

Due to construction, Supervised Play will be the ONLY after school enrichment class offered on our campus by Mill Valley Parks and Recreation next year. You are welcome to sign your child up for enrichment classes at any other district schools or the Mill Valley Community Center.


Students Enjoyed Hands-On Learning in the Garden

As always, the garden was buzzing with activity throughout the school year. Every grade had the opportunity to participate in a variety of projects in our beautiful outdoor classroom. Here's a recap of what they were up to:

Kindergarteners: Planted a butterfly garden for the butterflies they raised and released.

First-graders: Released 45,000 ladybugs to complement their insect anatomy studies and better appreciate how these bugs benefit organic gardens.

Second-graders: Started new worm bins with 15,000 new worms; oversaw the bins as the worms decomposed food waste and created rich fertilizer.

Third-graders: Planted a Three Sisters Garden based on traditional Native American farming methods. The project complemented their study of Native Americans and taught them about symbiotic plants.

Fourth-graders: Planted a Sunflower Fort as part of a project sponsored by the UCSF Great Sunflower Project. They also conducted a bee count and planted new horseradish and asparagus beds.

Fifth graders: Grew potatoes in potato cages and performed general garden tasks, including creating compost; building a new herb garden; planting fava and pumpkin patches; pruning the roses and trees; and harvesting. Plus lots of eating!


Haiti Dollar Donation Day a Whopping Success!

Edna students went all out on last Friday's Dollar Day for Haiti. Thanks to your generosity, we raised $377.86! This money will go to the organization Sionfonds for Haiti to pay school tuition for several Haitian children. We are proud to say that the Edna community has helped make a difference in a country that is still reeling from the devastating 2010 earthquake.


Birthday Book Club Appreciation

Thanks to all of you who gave the library the gift of a book on YOUR special day!

May
Ilayda Akmehmet, Hannah Alpert, Olivia Bleckman , Gabrielle Bukary, Chloe Carney, Tim Clifford, Tim Coen, Nathan Derich, Cameron Ford, Mac Kayser, Vasco Paul Lazzareschi, Sarah McAvoy, Liam Moeller, Willem Palmer, Charlie Peters, Alexander Podesta, Summer Polster, Jack Porter, Watts Richmond, Sabina Safavi, Nathan Slattery, Noah Solem, Kacea Stetler, Kassidy Stetler, Tatum Treais, Iago Zamudio Troncoso

June
Kekoa Ahumada, Henry Basnight, Owen Bourdages, Casey Brandt, Jake Buxton, Tyler Buxton, Maeve Cain, Ethan Chase, Mila Cheung, Luca Fazio, Walker Frisbie, Maggie Griffis, Kacie Krasniewz, Max Krenz, Jacob Levinson, Annabel Lieser, Bryce Mason, Garrett Mason, Marlo Nanola, Zachary Naterman, Grace Newman, Ally Niquette, Nicholas Norbutas, Olivia Page, Andrew Parker, Sadie Rosenthal, Carly Schultz, Maury Schultz, Lorenzo Soleri, Mikaela Stern, Macy Taylor, Miguel (Mickey) Lemus Temer, Ry Tibbs, Carly Toole, Danil Wells

July
Lucy Allen, Justin Alley, Abigail Alpert, Adnan Ashraf, Jonas Barnes, Ellery Barres, Will Basnight, Dylan Boon, Gabrielle Brandt, Kyra Carney, Hayden Chamberlain, Owen Constant, Vincent Crosetti, Mula Dalin, Jake Donohue, Zuzu Duchon, Andrew Dunne, Jason Dunne, Hannah Gillmer, David Hampton, Oliver Harwood, Luke Jessup, Elan Levine, JT Lieser, Tomas Ludin, Hudson Nanola, Sydney Philipp, Emma Pollack, Graham Ross, Jackson Slomiak, Jack Robert Spence, Kyle Wong


Hats Off to Our School Communications Team!

Where would we be without the Pony Express newsletter; the Pony Scan and Plan; our school calendar and website? They keep us up-to-date on everything that's happening at Edna, in the MVSD and the community. Most of us reap the benefits of this information without thinking about the countless hours--including weekends and holidays-- our communications team spends putting it together. Many thanks to Linda Dunne, Janie Karp, Dorothy O'Donnell, Tim Schultz, Simone Slattery and Tom Slattery for keeping us informed!


Kudos to These Super-Star Volunteers

Another GREAT school year is coming to a close and we couldn't have accomplished so much without YOUR support. Your volunteer service and Steeplechase dollars made a HUGE difference for our students. Thank you! The following parents, however, went above and beyond the rest of us this year. Please take a moment to thank them for their dedication!

PTA Executive Board
Janie Karp, Simone Slattery, Lisa Zimmer, Jen Miller, Stirling Somers, Karen Carr, Kit Harris, Nancy Felder, Jeannine Berman, Christine Freda, Christine Cole, Mari Allen, Kathy Bishop, Michelle Barenbaum, Carrie Morgan, Caitlin Smith, Saor Stetler, Christine Brandt

PTA Committee Chairs
Shaila DeLeede, Michelle Zimmerman, Lisa Stapp, Janie Karp, Gary Batroff, Trina Rivera, Mari Allen, Jessica Ryan, Christine Freda, Lyra Kelly, Christine Brandt, Linda Dunne, Sasha Eakle, Lisa Barnes, Anne Buxton, Jon Cronander, Stirling Somers, Cathy Wilmoth, Suzanne Alpert, Saor Stetler, Liz Harrell, Merrie Jaffe, Caitlin Smith, Kit Harris, Sean Norton, Tracy Ginther, Charlie Wilmoth, Dorothy O'Donnell, Tim Schultz, Karen Carr, Anna Zarraonandia, Deborah Huber, Johanna Southern, Sunyoung Park, Barbara Bleckman, Karen Olson, Lisa Gilmore, Tina Taylor, Kathy Sonderby, Daisy Scholz, Justine Whitehead

Room Parents
Nancy Felder, Jenny Kelly, Maija Muncy, Alex Reuter, Julie Winchester, Kim Hobson, Vyvianne Kiriakis, Jennifer Boon, Christine Berg, Mara Conner, Jennifer Gillmer, Jennifer Miller, Leslie Ford, Rena Chase, Tina Taylor, Karen Carr, Charity Smart, Kristi Duchon, Ronnie Sharpe, Kirsten Treais, Trina Rivera, Heidi Longo, Mary Arnold, Laura Bowman, Nicole Ferguson, Shaila DeLeede, Julie McCrady, Michelle Zimmerman, Amy Bonetti Price

Mill Valley School Board Liaisons
Leslie Wachtel, Robin Moses, Judy Sherman


A Big Thanks to Our Event Photographers

Thank you to our fantastic team of volunteer photographers for capturing so many special moments during this year's school events: Kathy Bishop, Mike Bishop, John Carney, Mara Conner, Kristi Duchon, Sasha Eakle, Nancy Ericsson, Deborah Huber. Rebecca Hutchins, Janie Karp, Jenny Kelly, Ann Mason, Sunyoung Park, Daina Selph, Ronnie Sharpe, Simone Slattery and Justine Whitehead.


End of the Year Rummage Sale: June 7-8

Get some great deals on unclaimed clothing and other items during our final lost and found rummage sale of the year! All profits support the PTA.


Last Call for PTA Reimbursements!

Thanks to the Edna teachers and parents who bought supplies for various events this year. If you wish to be reimbursed for your purchases, please turn in your receipts with a completed reimbursement form to the PTA Treasurer's (Jeannine Berman) mailbox in the office.


Your PTA Dollars at Work

Wondering where all those PTA dollars you helped raise this year went? They provided students with everything from basic classroom supplies--like pencils, pens, glue, etc.--to special equipment such as iPads and laptops for students and teachers. They also paid for special people like our garden/science consultant and covered the cost of our Visual Thinking Strategy curriculum. And they allowed us to bring our students many special assemblies, including Perfection on Wheels trick bikes, math magician Dan Chan, A Touch of Understanding disability awareness program for fourth-graders and two days of USPTA tennis instruction for all grades.

Your PTA dollars also funded popular annual events such as the Dr. Seuss Café; Book Fair; Family Science Night; the Art Show; Donuts with Dads; Muffins with Moms; and the Variety Show, to name just a few. And they paid for emergency supplies, parent education speakers, recess equipment, the yearbook, teacher appreciation, professional development for teachers and much, much more!

Your money also allowed each grade level to augment its specific curriculum with field trips, special experiences, projects and visits from experts:

Kindergarten: Richardson Bay Audubon Center; Outdoor Learning Consultant Rebecca Mullaney

First Grade: Wonderful Whales; Edventure More-Oobleck; Wacky Weather and Ice Cream; Explode the Code workbooks; Hoedown; Versatile; Science Books

Second Grade: Poetry with Sasha Eakle; Edventure More-Stomp Rockets; Fractals and Magnets

Third Grade: Native American Storytelling and Crafts; Edventure More-Stomp Rockets; Susan Johnson-Light and Color;Art Project on Heroes and "Goodbye Edna" with Tory Canby; Poetry with Sasha Eakle; Outdoor Learning Consultant Rebecca Mullaney

Fourth Grade: Point Bonita; Oakland Museum-California Indian Lifeways; Mission Dolores; Tiburon Salmon Institute, Edventure More-Pickle Power; Edventure More-Exploding Volcanoes; Beach Clean-Up; three class sets of headphones; Sutter's Fort

Fifth Grade: Ricca Wolfe-America Sings; Ancient Artifact; strengthened classroom libraries to better support Common Core Standards; replenished science materials; Walker Creek; graduation


Congrats to Our Second-Graders for Winning the Garden Contest!

Our second-graders will enjoy a well-deserved ice cream party for having the biggest turnout for their grade's garden work days! Way to go, guys! And thanks to everyone else who showed up to work in the garden this year. Your support helps our garden thrive!


An Important Message from Marin Municipal Water District

The results of the Marin Municipal Water District's (MMWD) Cultural Studies investigation for the mainline replacement project on Lomita Avenue showed that further careful excavation is needed. MMWD will excavate a 30-foot trench at the Lomita /Lomita intersection in front of our school. It expects to start the archaeological work on May 28 and complete it on June 1. Traffic controls will be in place during the excavation.

The full mainline project will begin at Shell Road on June 18. If you have questions or concerns about this project, please contact Kevin McDonnell, Senior Engineer, Marin Municipal Water District at 945-1576.


MVSD Parcel Tax Update

The School Board voted unanimously to place a $196.00 parcel tax on the November, 2012 ballot. The parcel tax will bring in approximately 1.9 million dollars per year for the next eight years. Faced with over three million dollars of state budget cuts in the last three years, the District has employed a "Shared Sacrifices, Shared Solutions" model this year and has been successful in trimming costs and increasing revenue. The parcel tax is one piece of the solution that also includes increased contributions from Kiddo! and PTAs; negotiations with teachers; and budget cuts at the district level.

We are lucky to live in a town where education is valued and where administration, teachers, parents and Kiddo! are working together to keep Mill Valley schools exceptional. See the Mill Valley Patch article for more information about the upcoming parcel tax.


Reminder: Turn in Your Library Books!

All library books are due by Friday, May 25. Thank you for returning your books on time!


Classroom Placement Policy

As we look ahead to next year's classroom placements, we realize some parents may have a particular teacher in mind for their child or want him to be in the same class as a friend. All of our teachers are wonderful. And part of what makes them that way is their wide variety of teaching styles. We believe your child will benefit most by working with all kinds of "mentors" during her years at Edna.

Our staff spends many hours working in teams to create balanced classes comprised of students with varying interests, needs, strengths and cultural backgrounds. We also take a team approach to placing children with special needs (such as physical, emotional or learning differences) in classes that will best accommodate them.

Once classes are set, we will NOT MAKE CHANGES unless there is a truly unusual situation that has been thoroughly discussed with the parents, teacher, principal and superintendent. Even then, no changes will be made during the first two weeks of school. Generally, we find that once students settle into their new class, they acclimate quickly and make new friends. They can always see their other friends during recesses, field trips or other school activities.

Please do not put your child's teacher in an awkward position by making special placement requests. They cannot promise matches with personnel or other students.

We ask for your trust and thank you for respecting our professional judgment.


Lisa Zimmer

Mill Valley School District Principals


Save Your Box Tops for Edna!

Here's an easy way to help our school earn money over the summer: Clip and save those bright pink box tops! Look for them on General Mills (Cheerios, Kix, Chex, Fiber One), Yoplait Gogurt, Pillsbury, Ziploc and other brands. Then turn them in at the school office. Each box top is worth10 cents for Edna Maguire. It may not sound like much, but when everyone pitches in, the earnings add up quickly!


Show your Edna Spirit!

You can purchase Edna Spirit Wear at Landsend.com via our home page. Just click the link to see all the cool stuff you can get with the Edna logo embroidered on it. On Thursday, May 24, we'll have some of these items on display in the front office. So come by at drop off or pick up and check them out! Now's the time to stock up so you can show your school pride at the Celebrate Edna Party!


Thanks for Helping Our Garden to Thrive!

A GREAT BIG THANKS to all the families who helped the Children's Garden via our Garden Wish Wall. We received all kinds of helpful items, including new garden gloves, chalkboard paint, buckets, curriculum supplies, tools and more. Your generosity and support helps keep our garden growing!


Garden Faire A Magical Success

Our recent Spring Garden Faire was truly a magical day. Attendees enjoyed luscious desserts; great live music; a funny magician; and fabulous crafts, activities and games. Plus perfect warm, sunny weather!

It took nearly 100 people to put the Faire together. Funds raised will help maintain our beautiful garden. Many thanks to all who made this fun-filled day for our community a success: The bakers; judges; crafters; volunteer coordinators; booth staff; prize collectors and wrappers; garden parents; teachers; set-up and tear-down helpers; decorators; shoppers; weeders; photographers; sign makers and hangers; musicians; and our Master Gardener. And thanks to our children and the whole Edna community!

Sincerely,

Barbara Bleckman
Lisa Gilmore
Karen Olsen


Yearbook Thank Yous

Thank you to all who helped create the 2012 yearbook-- and preserved amazing memories for our kids!

Leslie Fielder

Lisa Zimmer

Mike Bishop

Chloé Lagier

Nancy Ericsson

Kristi Duchon

John Carney

Michelle Zimmermann

Mara Conner

Julie McCrady

Mari Allen

Suzanne Alpert

Sunyoung Park

Lisa Gilmore

Ronnie Sharpe

Maddie Stranger

Rebecca Hutchins

Jenny Kelly

Daina Selph

Jacqueline Domin

Karen Carr

The Room Parents

The Student Council

The Event Photographers


With Much Gratitude,

Justine Whitehead & The PTA


An Important Message from Marin Municipal Water District

The results of the Marin Municipal Water District's (MMWD) Cultural Studies investigation for the mainline replacement project on Lomita Avenue showed that further careful excavation is needed. MMWD will excavate a 30-foot trench at the Lomita /Lomita intersection in front of our school. It expects to start the archaeological work on May 28 and complete it on June 1. Traffic controls will be in place during the excavation.

The full mainline project will begin at Shell Road on June 18. If you have questions or concerns about this project, please contact Kevin McDonnell, Senior Engineer, Marin Municipal Water District at 945-1576.


Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Your Athletic Equipment

We need your gently used soccer balls, footballs and basketballs! It's spring-cleaning time, and if you've got excess athletic equipment cluttering your garage, this is the perfect chance to get rid of it. Donations can be dropped off in the box in front of the office. Questions? Contact Karen Carr at karenmuntercarr@yahoo.com.

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Parent Volunteers Needed for Six-Part Plant Fest, May 14

On Monday, May 14, Edna's Garden Club and Green Team are sponsoring a Six-Part Plant Fest. All six parts of plants will be represented at this tasty event and ready to snack on. For example, we might have carrots, edible flowers, celery, pumpkin seeds, snow peas, and lettuce leaves to roll up together in a six-part plant veggie burrito.

Rebecca, a garden consultant, and her friend will be helping with this event. But we need more volunteers! We are hoping each class can provide TWO PARENTS to accompany students to the garden, help serve the veggie burrito and keep the line moving. Please click here to sign up online and join us at the fest!


Congrats to Edna's Go Green to School Contest Winners!

Thanks to ALL the Edna students and families who participated in this year's Go Green to School Contest! The results have been tallied, and the following classes had the highest percentage of kids who traveled green to school during the contest:

First place: Mrs. Lackey's third- grade class (80%)
Second place: Mrs. Carr's second- grade class (62%)
Third place: Mrs. Sprague's fourth-grade class (61%)


Fourth Grade Pioneers Trek to Sutter's Fort

On April 5-6, Edna Maguire fourth graders participated in Sutter's Fort Environmental Living Program in Sacramento. Our school was the ONLY one from Marin County to have this honor. It wouldn't have been possible without our dedicated teachers and parent volunteer docents, as well as contributions from local vendors and financial supporters. We would like to extend our deep gratitude to all who made this amazing experience possible for our students:

Teachers - Anne Eshoff, Schyuler Harvey, Kate Sprague and Michael Stachon 

Administrators - Leslie Fielder and Lisa Zimmer 

Parents - The 50+ parent volunteer docents who made the event a true success and the parents who contributed to the scholarship fund that supported our students

Vendors - Whole Foods, Bandera Restaurant, Orchard Star Farms, Star Route Farms, Mill Valley Lumber and Rocco's Pizza for contributing food and other products.

And, last but not least, a HUGE thank you to parent Stirling Somers for coordinating this event!


Young Authors' Fair Nurtures Student Storytellers

Last month's Young Authors' Fair was a big hit! Students rotated through three stations where they made leather bookmarks with art teacher Katie Mostert, listened to storytelling with Edna library aide Anne Fretes and worked on an illustration and author's page. Students also had time to read each others'stories. The event concluded with a presentation by popular children's author Mac Barnett!

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A young author shows off his book.

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Students enjoyed listening to stories.

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Fifth grade teacher Adam Sanchez and Mrs. Misakian, his elementary school librarian.


Students Share Their Experiments at Edna's Science Fair

Thank you to Edna's young scientists for making the second annual Edna Maguire Science Fair a resounding success! Participants first shared their work with UCSF scientists Eddie Sosa, Rahul Aggarwal, Mike Mason (dad of second-graders Bryce and Garrett), Katie Koepfgen and Chuck Ryan (dad of second-grader Patrick).

We learned all about static electricity; which bubble gum blows the biggest bubbles; which wipes clean the best, whether food cooks faster in water or oil; if heavier or lighter objects land first when they're dropped--and much, much more!

Kudos to ALL our curious, inventive and hard-working scientists:

Kayla Alizadeh, Abigail Alpert, Aliyah Bassa, Nikki Batroff, Lily Bowman, Ella Bricker, Natalie Bricker, Jasper Brown, Maeve Cain, Chloe Carney, Kyra Carney, Jack Chai, Olivia Chamberlain, Rory Cronander, Alex Dargan. Ella Foskett, Grace Furey-Peters, Audrey Herrera, Mari Karp, Cassi Kelly, Carina Kelly, Henry Lawrence, Cate Lebsock, Stefan Lemme, Thomas Ludin, Keri Nakae, Fiona Norton, Summer Polster, Gracen Rivera, Will Schreiber, Amelia Sharpe, Andrew Sitrin, Tatum Treais, Corey Whitehead, Kalen Whitehead, Rachel Whitelaw and Chris Wilmoth.

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Students shared their projects at last month's Science Fair.

See some more pictures of the fair here.


Reminder: Turn in Your PTA Reimbursement Receipts

Thanks to the Edna teachers and parents who bought supplies for various events this year. If you wish to be reimbursed for your purchases, please turn in your receipts with a completed reimbursement form to the PTA Treasurer's (Jeannine Berman) mailbox in the office. Thanks!


Support Edna Over the Summer!

Don't forget Edna while shopping for summer clothing, sports equipment or books for the beach! Sports Basement in the Presidio will give you 10% off your purchase when you ask for the "Edna Maguire School" discount at checkout. Plus, they'll contribute 5% to our school! (We earned over $150 this year)! In addition, we receive 5% back from Amazon when you shop through the link on our home page and 5% of sales from Book Passage. Summer shopping that saves you money AND raises money for our school-- now THAT'S a sizzling deal!


Edna Students Turn Lemonade into Philanthropy

Fourth graders Tessa Keane and Emily Peters were recently featured in the Mill Valley Patch for their generous efforts to help others. The pair donated $200 they raised selling lemonade last summer to California Pacific Medical Center's Pediatric Specialty Clinic. Awesome job, girls! Click here to read their inspiring story!


April 24-May 22 CST Testing Window

California Standards Tests (CSTs) begin April 24 and end May 18 for 2nd through 5th grade. They measure students' progress toward achieving California's state-adopted academic content standards in English-language arts (ELA), mathematics, science, and history-social science, which describe what students should know and be able to do in each grade and subject tested by the end of the school year. Testing times and dates during this window will be determined by your child's teacher. Please check in with them if you have additional questions.


Edna PTA Needs You! Be A Part of Next Year's PTA Board.

Are you interested in meeting new families and making new friends at Edna? Everything great that happens at Edna happens because people care enough to put in the time. The teachers, staff and parents- together, we ARE the PTA!
The Edna PTA needs a Financial Secretary who will:

  • Verify funds received by the PTA
  • Open, review and deposit funds from First Day Packets
  • Maintain excel spreadsheets of all deposits
  • Open and review all bank statements
  • Deposit funds into bank and report this information to Treasurer who maintains PTA's financial records
  • File for matching funds applied for by donors
  • Communicate with yearbook, birthday book and emergency preparedness committees with regard to funds collected
  • Prepare information for the PTA Auditor and President as needed and review monthly bank statements at the beginning of every month
  • Attend monthly PTA meetings

The hours for this position are dependent on the time of year. The busiest times are the beginning of the school year and during the Steeplechase campaign. During the busiest times the position may require 2 hours per day multiple times per week and during the rest of the year, 1-2 hours per week. This position requires basic excel skills.

Please contact Simone Slattery at simtot@yahoo.com if you're interested or have questions.


Administrative Professionals Appreciation Week: April 23-27

On the front lines and behind the scenes, Edna administrators Leslie Fielder and Elaine Harris do so much for our kids and school. They deserve our appreciation ALL the time, but especially during Administrative Professionals Week. Please stop by the office to thank them for all they do!

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Don't Miss the Science Fair Open House: Thursday, April 26

Our third, fourth and fifth grade scientists have been working hard on their experiments for Edna's second annual Science Fair. They'll present their final projects to UCSF scientists who will review and discuss each entry. Our young scientists will then share their work with the Edna community. Come and check out their exciting projects at the Science Fair Open House, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the lab (AKA the multi-purpose room)!


Experience the Magic: Spring Garden Faire, April 29!

Join us for a magical afternoon at the Spring Garden Faire! Featuring great activities such as wood sculpting, fairy-house building and, of course, our famous bake off, this event is always a hit with families.

We need PRIZES! If you work for, or know of, a business that would be willing to donate a prize, please contact Barbara Crampton

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Innovative Teaching Fund Grant Awards

The Innovative Teaching Fund (ITF) is a line item of the PTA budget designated specifically for teachers to use toward unique educational programs. This year, a total of $3000 was allocated to the ITF, and every penny has been spent. Below is a list of grades/programs that received grants:

Library

• Kindergarten

• Third Grade-Third Grade Play

• Fourth Grade-MAPs Assessment and Data Tracking

• Green Team-6 Part Plant Festival

• Young Authors' Fair

Thank you, PTA, for helping to fund these programs, activities and resources! If you have questions regarding the Innovative Teaching Fund, please contact ITF Coordinators, Merrie Jaffe and Mari Allen


WANTED: Edna Maguire Web Master

Be part of the team that keeps our website up to date and assist with formatting and distributing our bi-weekly newsletter, the Pony Express. We're looking for someone to train with our current web guru,Tim Schultz, to serve as a back-up web master. For a small time commitment, you'll be helping our school in a big way!

Desired Qualifications:

Coding HTML in a text editor

Comfortable with FTP

Familiar (ideally) with e-mail programs like Vertical Response and blog platforms like Movable Type

Some web development experience

If you're interested in the positions, please contact Tim at timschultz3501@yahoo.com.


Enter Your Favorite Homemade Treat in Our Annual Bake-Off!

Calling all bakers! The Garden Faire, with its popular Bake Off, is right around the corner. So whip up one of your favorite creations and enter it in the contest for a chance to win some great prizes!

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Step into Spring in Edna Maguire Spirit Wear

Lands' End hooded sweatshirts and fleece wear embroidered with an Edna Maguire logo are perfect for our quick-to-change spring weather! And they're just a couple of the many items you can order with a logo. Click here to see some examples. Choose from two different designs: the Edna Maguire Mustang or our school name with a horse. Adding a logo costs $5.50. You can also monogram purchases for $6.

Just go to the Lands' End website and enter the Edna Maguire school code 900129768 into the "preferred school code" field of the order form. For questions about ordering, contact Lands' End directly at 1-800-963-4816.


Thanks to Our Birthday Book Club Members!

A big thanks to all of you who shared your special day with our library with the gift of a book in your name!

February Birthdays

Lara Akemehmet

Lainey Bloom

Luke Chase

Arianna Chitsaz

Kelly Clifford

Sofia Constant

Polina Gologorskaya

Jackson Lucas

Zoe Neulight

Henri Penther

Cooper Scheuermann

McKinley Scheuermann

Fane Uren

Griffin Vernali

Dexter Watenpaugh

Chris Wilmoth


March Birthdays

Hannah Bishop

Jake Bourdages

Joshua Clark-Hester

Tyson Cole

Julia Collins

Braden Dalia

John Frisbie

Benjamin Gillmer

Kader Kayser

Maggie Jane Kelly

Will Lester

Ethan Lewczyk

Ethan Lin

Mikayla Lin

Kaitlyn Lucas

Jake Neulight

Conall Noonan

Dylan Palmer

Will Richardson

Tillie Sanchez

Piper Santos

Joshua Schultz

Oliver Silmore

Milana Sitrin

Benjamin Southern

Isabelle Southern

Spencer Tsuchiyama


April Birthdays

Thomas Allen

Ella Bricker

Aron Bukary

Nathaniel Burroughs

Caden Carney

Ethan Carr

Justin Carr

Jack Chai

Pavinee Chaimanont

Bryer Chalstrom

Alex Davis

Kavi Dolasia

Amanda do Valle

Zadie Foskett

Carson Harrell

Caitlyn Kennedy

Skye Mandigo-Stoba

Isabella Meagher

Jesse Mosher

Emma Palmer

Ginger Rogers

Patrick Ryan

Sadie Scholz

Sarah Schoner

Andrew Sitrin

Brie Slomiak

Annabel Smith

Sky Somers

Ethan Zener


E-Waste Drive Turns Trash into Cash for Edna

Thanks to everyone who dropped off televisions, laptops and other electronic equipment during our E-Waste Drive last month. We raised approximately $150 for our school AND avoided sending more junk to landfill. Well done, Edna families!!


Walk & Roll to Edna on March 28! Help Your Class Win the Go Green Contest!

Attention Edna students! Lucy the Dog, a special "trophy" made out of recycled bike parts by Marin students, is looking for a new home! Lucy would love to hang out in YOUR classroom. All you have to do is make sure your room has the highest percentage of students who walk, bike or carpool to school during the Go Green to School contest (now through April 16). 

Wednesday, March 28, is the perfect opportunity to score some BIG points for your class! Meet us at the Community Center at 8:10 a.m. to walk and roll to school with Edna staff and other families. See you there!


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She's not cuddly, but "Lucy the Dog" sure is cute! And your class could win her!


Hey Edna Maguire Families! The Garden Needs YOU on April 1!

It's no April Fools' joke --EVERYONE is invited to the next Garden Work Day! Join us from 2 to 4 p.m. as we spruce up the garden for the Spring Faire. We promise it will be a fun afternoon working alongside your classmates, friends and teachers. Whole Foods will keep everyone happy with drinks and snacks. Contact Saor Stetler (sstetler@earthlink.net) for more information.


2012-2013 PTA Board Nominees

The Edna PTA Nominating Committee has worked tirelessly for the past month to fill vacant PTA Board positions and committee chairs. We so appreciate the time and energy of Jenny Douglass, Christine Brandt, Christine Cole, Nuran Akmehmet and Maija Muncy.

Pursuant to Article V, Section 3.g. of the PTA Bylaws, the report of the Nominating Committee was submitted and posted on March 7. The election will be held during the PTA Association Meeting on Wednesday, April 4 at 8:45 a.m. in the teachers' lounge. We hope you can join us!

2012-2013 PTA Executive Board Nominees

President: Simone Slattery

Executive Vice President: Kari Chalstrom

VP of Student Well Being: Jenn Miller

VP of Programs: Karen Carr

VP of School Community: Kit Harris

VP of Fundraising: Stirling Somers

VP of Site Enhancement: Open

Treasurer: Christine Freda

Financial Secretary: Open

Recording Secretary: Christine Cole

Historian: Janie Karp

Auditor: Christine Brandt


REMINDER: Do Not Park in Red Zone in the Front Parking Lot!

Please remember parking is NEVER permitted in the red zone in our front parking lot OR in front of the gate by Marin Day School. The garbage trucks will not pick-up our trash when these areas are blocked, which leaves us with a smelly and unsanitary mess! Thank you for your cooperation.


WANTED: Prize Donations for Spring Garden Faire

Join us on April 29 for the Spring Garden Faire! Featuring great activities such as wood sculpting, fairy-house building and, of course, our famous bake-off, this event is always a hit with families. We need PRIZES! If you work for, or know of, a business that would be willing to donate a prize, please contact Barbara Crampton (barbaracrampton@comcast.net).

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Save the Date for Edna's Annual Science Fair: April 26

Back by popular demand, the second annual Edna Maguire Science Fair is happening next month! Our third, fourth and fifth grade participants will present their final projects to UCSF scientists who will review and discuss each entry. Our young scientists will then share their projects with the Edna community. Come and check out their exciting work at the Science Fair Open House, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the lab (AKA the multi-purpose room).


Got Tickets You Can't Use? Give Them to Our Deserving Teachers!

If you have season tickets to sporting events, the theater, symphony or other activities, chances are you can't always use them. Don't let your tickets go to waste--donate them to Edna's Teacher Appreciation Stub Hub!

 If you have tickets you'd like to donate to the teachers who give so much to our kids every day, e-mail Karen Carr at karenmuntercarr@yahoo.com. Please provide details such as the number of tickets you have available, the event, date and time. Karen will forward the information to our teachers. Interested takers will contact you directly to make the final arrangements.


Two New Additions Join Edna's Chicken Family

Thanks to the efforts of Edna parents Ronnie Sharpe and Jennifer Puente, two new hens---Joanie and Frieda--have joined our flock. Special thanks to Jennifer for caring for the chickens at her home to get them healthy enough to start their new lives in our garden. The hens were among 400 starving chickens rescued from a Central Valley farm by the Marin Humane Society and available for adoption.Click here to read the full article that ran in the Mill Valley Herald.

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Rescue chicken Joanie gets a warm Edna Maguire welcome!


Variety Show Performers and Concession Stand Were a Smash!

Hats off to the cast and crew of the Edna's Got Talent Variety Show! The crowd was well fed with dinner, drinks and desserts provided by the Variety Show Concession Stand. Thanks to the following parents for helping out: Suzanne DiBianca, Suzy Slomiak, Nicole Palmer, Margret Scott, Debbie Carney, Kirsten Treais, Mary Arnold, Ronnie Sharpe, Russell Lyman, Kit Harris, Janie Karp, Stirling Somers, Lyra Kelly, Jenny Douglass, Jennifer Foskett, Simone Slattery, Julie Kennedy, Cathy Wilmoth, Kristin Silmore, Erin Griffis, Trina Rivera, Christine Brandt, Debra Schreiber, Sam Toole, Nicole Lamb, Suzanne Alpert, Stacey Tsuchiyama, Cheryl Reiss, Karen Olson, Mari Allen, Ipek Serifsoy, Kathy Sonderby and Kathy Bishop.


Japan One Year Later

Just one year ago, on March 11, 2011, northern Japan was struck by a devastating earthquake and tsunami. The Edna Maguire community joined together to find a way to help. Along with supportive friends and family from the area and around the country, Edna students folded about 4,000 origami cranes. For each crane we folded, Students Rebuild was given $2 toward the rebuilding of schools in the affected region. In all, our cranes helped to contribute about $8,000 towards this effort! Students Rebuild produced this video to show the world what happened as a result of the MILLIONS of cranes that were folded by children all around the world. Thank you and arigatou, Edna Maguire, for making a difference!


Don't Miss the "Edna's Got Talent" Show THIS Friday, March 9!

Our students have talent--LOTS of it! This year's Variety Show has more performers than ever before. They've been diligently practicing their acts for the past month--and it shows! Please come and cheer on these awesome kids as they take the stage THIS Friday! We guarantee Edna's Got Talent will be a night of fantastic entertainment for the whole family.

The first set of performers will kick off the show promptly at 6 p.m. There will be a 15-minute intermission at around 7 p.m., followed by the second group of performers. If your child is one of the earlier acts in his or her group, please stick around to support the other kids in the group!

Come early and enjoy dinner and snacks at the concession stand! It opens at 5 p.m. and will serve pizza, hotdogs, watermelon, popcorn, lemonade and a wide array of baked goods. You can also buy flowers for your special stars. All proceeds from the concession stand will go toward the fourth grade's Disability Awareness Assembly featuring A Touch of Understanding

ATTENTION THIRD GRADE FAMILIES: We still need volunteers to help run the concession stand! Please click here to sign-up online. Thank you!


Remember--It's Principal Appreciation Week!

The leadership provided by principals like our very own Lisa Zimmer is one reason Mill Valley schools are so great! Please take a moment to thank her for all she does during Principal Appreciation Week, March 5-9!

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 Our Lovely LeaderPrincipal Lisa Zimmer


Go Green to School EVERY DAY from March 12-April 6

Edna Maguire will once again participate in the Go Green to Spring Challenge, a four-week, countywide initiative to reduce car trips by encouraging students to travel by foot, bike, carpool or bus to school. There will be a poster of a tree hanging in every classroom during this time. Teachers will attach leaves to their trees to track the number of students traveling green to school each day.

So grab your friends, round up your neighbors and make a commitment to walk or roll to school every day for a month! Even driving part way counts as long as you walk for at least seven minutes. Edna Maguire WON this event last year--let's make it two years in a row! Questions? Please contact Anne Zarraonandia (annezarra@aol.com).


Fulfill a "Shamrock Wish" for a Non-Classroom Teacher or Support Staff Member

Beginning on March 12, stop by our Thankful Tree to pluck a "Shamrock Wish" from a member of Edna's fantastic team of non-classroom teachers and support staff. Our school wouldn't be the same without these dedicated individuals. So give a little back to them by granting one--or more--of their wishes! 

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Save the Date: Annual Bake-Off and Garden Faire, Sunday, April 29

Calling all bakers! The Garden Faire is right around the corner. And that means it's time for you to whip up one of your favorite creations for Edna's bake-off!. Click here to learn more.


Edna Maguire Students Have BIG Hearts

The P.E. Team thanks all of the Edna Maguire students for their enthusiastic energy during our "Jump Rope for Heart" event on Valentine's Day. Through the many donations from our students and their families, we raised $265 for the American Heart Association. We are SO proud of all the students who participated and look forward to another fun and successful event next year. Thank you all for your support--and for filling our Thankful Tree with so many hearts!

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Our Thankful Tree blooms with hearts after our Valentine's Day jump rope event.


Oh, the Places They Went!

All Edna Maguire students got to visit the Dr. Seuss Cafe last week where they were transported into the wonderful world of the beloved author. They read books, enjoyed snacks and participated in a Dr. Seuss trivia contest! 

Thank you to the following parents, students and staff for making the café such a warm, inviting place to READ: Kathy Bishop, Denise Bourdages, Leslie Fielder, Jennifer Foskett, Anne Fretes, Kit Harris, Janie Karp, Kira Keane, Lyra Kelly, Lisa Monge, Lin Porter, Daisy Scholz,Ipek Serifoy, Simone Slattery, Stirling Somers,  Kirsten Treais and, of course, our fabulous fifth grade waiters. 

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The Dr. Seuss Cafe served up a week of reading and fun!

See some pictures of the cafe here.


Edna Leaps into Action for the Ritter House

Thank you, Edna Maguire families, for supporting our third graders' Leap Day service project to collect toiletries for the Ritter House. Look what you did!

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Third graders prepare tons of toiletries for delivery to the Ritter House.


Leap Year 2012: Get a Day, Give a Day!

Edna's third grade students are celebrating Leap Year by using their "extra" time to give back to our local community! 

Until February 29, they'll be collecting small hotel/travel-sized toiletries for Ritter House in San Rafael. Ritter House provides a safety net for the near homeless and the already homeless in Marin by providing them with shelter, food, case management and the small necessities many of us take for granted.

Please look around your home for travel-sized shampoo, conditioner, lotion, soap, shaving cream, band-aids, antibiotic ointment, mouthwash and other toiletries to donate to Ritter House. Check with your friends and neighbors to see if they have any to spare! Ask your doctor or dentist for trial-size samples! You can drop off your contributions in Room 13. Thanks for your support!


Shop at Sloat for Your Garden AND Help Ours

Sloat Garden Center is sponsoring another Growing Up Green Week, going on NOW through February 27. Sloat will donate a percentage of your purchases to Edna's Children's Garden when you bring in this flyer. It's a great time to get trees, shrubs or flowers to plant during the rainy season. Or to pick up some new garden tools or outdoor furniture. The more we participate, the more our garden will benefit! Thanks for supporting the garden-- and for shopping locally at Sloat Garden Center.


Dr. Seuss Cafe Will Serve Up Fun Next Week

Next week, Edna's library will be transformed into The Dr. Seuss Reading Cafe. Each class will have a chance to read Dr. Seuss and enjoy refreshments served by fifth grade waiters and waitresses.

If you have a first grade or kindergarten student, you're welcome to come read with your child. Just check with your child's teacher to find out when his or her class will be visiting the café. All other parents: Be sure to ask YOUR children about their trip to the cafe and what they learned about the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss! Questions? Contact Janie Karp at jkarpj@comcast.net.


Show Some Love for Lisa Z. During Principal Appreciation Week

One of the reasons Mill Valley schools are so great is the leadership provided by principals like our very own Lisa Zimmer. Please take a moment to thank her for all she does during Principal Appreciation Week, March 5-9!


The Garden Thanks Artistry in Trees

A BIG shout out to Randy Harris of Artistry in Trees (and Edna dad of first grader Troy and third-grader Vance). He just pruned the fruit trees in our garden for the second year in a row AND chipped the resulting branches and debris. Thanks for keeping the garden healthy, Randy!


RIP Ginger

Sadly, Ginger, one of our precious school chickens, recently passed away. She had a wonderful life and received TONS of love from Edna students and families. Ginger died peacefully of natural causes with her two loving companions, Edna and Scarlet, by her side. 

She is buried next to the tree on the left side of the coop. Students have adorned the tree's branches with poems and messages to create a memorial for our special feathered friend.

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Our beloved Ginger getting a hug from one of her many fans.


Edna's PTA Reaches Important Milestone

Congratulations, Edna parents and teachers! Thanks to YOUR support, our PTA is celebrating its 60th year as a chartered Parent Teacher Association.

California State PTA has established a program, Legacy PTA, to recognize associations that have reached milestones in the number of years they have been advocating for children. Edna Maguire will be honored at the 113th California State PTA Convention at the Anaheim Convention Center in May. Thanks again for all your time and hard work. As you can see, it doesn't go unnoticed!


Jump Rope, Donate $1 for Healthy Hearts on February 14

Edna will really be jumping on Valentine's Day--jumping rope, that is! February is American Heart Month. To support the American Heart Association (AHA), students will participate in our annual jump rope event! The kids love this event, and our P.E. staff is helping them prepare for the big day with plenty of practice.

We're asking each student to donate $1 for the AHA and its fight against heart disease. Students who make a donation will receive a heart with his or her name on it to put on the Edna Maguire Thankful Tree. We appreciate your support!


Consider Healthy Treats for Classroom Valentine's Day Parties

Valentine's Day is coming, and we'd like to pass along some fun and tasty heart-healthy snack ideas for classroom parties. Also, please remember to keep our peanut allergy guidelines in mind as you prepare your snacks. If you and your child want to hand out something more than Valentine cards, we encourage you to select a non-food item--think simple, inexpensive and eco-friendly. Happy Valentine's Day!


Seeking Edna Representatives for ITAV

Along with supporting families of children with learning differences, ITAV--Mill Valley's Special Education PTA-- is responsible for helping to bring many excellent parent education events to our community.

We are looking for new parent representatives from Edna to join our Board! It's NOT a big time commitment--representatives simply attend our monthly board meetings and make sure our events/news get publicized at their schools. We'd also love to hear your ideas--and get feedback from other parents at your school--for future education events. Whether you're already a member of ITAV or just want to learn more about what we do and how you can get involved, we invite you to attend an upcoming Board meeting. For more information, contact Edna's ITAV rep, Dorothy O'Donnell, at dorothyodonnell@comcast.net or visit itavmv.org.


Kiddo! Mini-Grants at Work at Edna

Kiddo! Teacher Grants are awarded in support of programs that foster creative and innovative classroom teaching. Each fall teachers submit grant applications, and an Awards Committee comprised of one teacher from each school, a representative from the administrative council, and a parent from PTA Council selects the recipients. Because of your generosity, Edna students will enjoy the following exciting programs this year:

Lisa Monge and Adam Sanchez - "Young Author's Fair" - After several library lessons focused on writing, students in grades 1-5 will write a short fiction piece that will be their "ticket" to a half-day fair celebrating storytelling. Students will learn grade-appropriate writing skills and experience what it's like to participate in a literary community.

Judith Barry and the Third Grade Team - "Third Grade Performance" - At the end of every unit in every subject, third graders will prepare a song, skit, poem, or video that synthesizes what they've covered in that unit. Then, in the spring, they will perform a musical "wrap/review" revisiting and consolidating what they've learned during the academic year.

Jenny Leogrande and the First Grade Team - "Dance Through the Decades" -- This weekly half-hour dance class, conducted by local dance instructor Annie Leese (Artistic Director, Performing Arts Academy of Marin), will teach first graders about the history of dance from the 1910s to the 1970s - from soft-shoe to disco. The class will also introduce students to American culture in different periods.


Bingo Night a Winner for Edna Families

There wasn't an empty seat in the house at last month's Family Bingo Night! And no wonder--besides the chance to indulge in some wholesome fun and socialize with other Edna families, the many Bingo! winners scored some AMAZING prizes thanks to our Site Council. 

Principal Zimmer got in a good workout racing around the multi-purpose room in response to the almost non-stop cries of "BINGO!" that rang out through the night. And fourth grade teacher Mr. Stachon did a fantastic job of calling the games. Thanks to our fifth grade families for keeping everyone energized with dinner and tasty baked treats!


Thanks to the Rotary Club for Supporting Our Third Graders

We want to extend a BIG thanks to our local Rotary Club for its generous support of our third grade students. Over the years, the club has made financial and other contributions to third-grade classes in Mill Valley. This year, the club provided third-grade classes at Edna and other schools dictionaries. Thank you!


What a Sweet Deal: See's Candy Sale Extended!

Give your loved ones and friends a scrumptious gift for Valentine's Day: chocolate from See's. There's still time to enjoy the ease and convenience of ordering See's candy through Edna. Orders will be accepted through Wednesday, January 25! All profits from the sale will directly benefit our students! Order forms were sent home with your child last week and can also be found in the office. Candy will be delivered on Friday, February 6.


Last Call for Yearbook Orders!

The deadline for ordering yearbooks is NEXT TUESDAY, JANUARY 31! Don't miss out on the one book that captures this year's incredible events and experiences... friends, fun, favorite teachers, classes, games, music, art and everything in-between. It's all in your 2012 Edna Maguire Yearbook!

There are three ways to purchase:

1. Fill out a one-stop-shopping form.

2. Fill out a form in the front office.

3. Purchase online at www.jostensyearbooks.com.



REMINDER: Variety Show Registration Forms Due February 2!

Auditions for the Edna Maguire Variety Show are right around the corner (Wednesday, February 15, at 1:45 p.m. in the multi-purpose room). Edna's got talent, and we want to see YOURS! Perform solo, or better yet, grab a friend or two and wow us with a group act.* Past shows have featured singers, bands and other musical performances; dancers; skits; gymnastics; and Tae Kwon Do. But the only REAL requirements are to be creative and HAVE FUN! And to make sure a parent fills in a registration form by February 2.

Volunteer Opportunities

Students: We need fourth and fifth graders to be stagehands. We also need fifth graders to emcee the show.

Parents: The show won't go one without your help! Be a part of the action by assisting students during auditions and rehearsals. Or sign-up online to volunteer for a job on the night of the show

*We strongly encourage group acts to help keep the show on schedule and give more kids a chance to participate!

Questions? Please contact Kathy Sonderby (ksonderby@yahoo.com).


Thank You Birthday Book Club Members for Supporting Our Library

Many thanks to all of the birthday celebrants below for sharing your special day with Edna's library!

November Birthdays

Luka Bayon-Fraise

Kayla Boon

Kashif de Leede

Cormac Erving

Lauren Felder

Grace Furey Peters

Simon Gooden

Sophie Hampton

Vance Harris

Lauryn Ialeggio

Sasha Kalika

Isabella Kiriakis

Carley Lehman

Iliana Levine

Milo Levine

Elias Michael

Alyssa Moshavi

Wambua Musyoki

Dara Noonan

Michael Reuter

Lauren Ross

Will Schreiber

Christian Schultz

Quinn Abraham Smith

Jamie Snell

Brendan Steinhofer

Jacqueline Warner

Kalen Whitehead


December Birthdays

Colton E. Berger

Maya Bliss Popper

Zach Breitbard

Isaiah Clark-Hexter

Cordell Coleman

Leopold Grava

Scarlett Grava

Henry Harwood

Torben Hoy

Grace Levinson

Kiana Lyman

Takeo Patterson

Zach Philipp

Stella Rosenthal

Katie Southern

Ellie Trainer

Oriana Zamudio Troncoso

Mason Zimmermann


January Birthdays

Sebastian Ames

Isabel doValle Athanasoulis

Jacob Berrol

Natalie Bricker

Brett Cardinal

Mac Castaneda

Olivia Chamberlain

Lila Ciambriello

Alex Dargan

Ella Foskett

Gavin Freda

Sophia Grady

Skye Guyot

Troy Harris

Audrey Herrera

Sydney Hubbard

Aidan Kennedy

Henry Lawrence

Teo Lavelle

Veronica Meagher

Cole Monti

Zachary Mosher

Lauren Olsen

Clarice Piontek

William Piontek

Jack Robbins

Sema Serifsoy-DiFalio

George Warga

Corey Whitehead

Aydan Yates


Miss Our Bully Prevention Presentation? Here's the Scoop...

The Mill Valley School District is using No Bully as its primary solution to bullying, intimidation and other aggressive behavior and language on our campuses. The nuts and bolts to No Bully's success is a Solution Team and Solution Coaching approach.

The Solution Team model is based on non- punitive intervention that gets the whole student body to work together to develop solutions that address bullies, their targets and bystanders. Already, our Solution Teams are seeing results! A student who was a bullying target recently reported that things are, "way, way better!" How amazing is that?

It's important to keep in mind that No Bully is only one part of the plan we are implementing to reduce bullying at Edna and enhance what is already working. Examples of other ways we are addressing these issues and instilling strong morals in our kids include our recently introduced student Conflict Managers, classroom "bucket filling" activities, the Ophelia Project and, of course, our monthly Life Skills program.

How lucky we are to get to support and encourage resilient, flexible and self-actualized little people! To learn more about No Bully, go to http://www.nobully.com/.


Get the 411 on Edna's Bully Prevention Program TONIGHT

Come to the multi-purpose room from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. to learn about Edna's bully prevention program. Already used within the Mill Valley School District and across the country, this program is designed to protect our children from bullying and aggressive social behavior. The presentation will outline the bully prevention game plan and give examples of the success the Mill Valley Bully Prevention Solutions Team has already experienced. Edna Maguire school counselor Jason Mountsier, Principal Lisa Zimmer and teachers will explain the program and talk about why they believe it is a powerful and effective method of controlling bullying. This is an ADULT ONLY event. Please leave your children at home!


Last Call for Yearbook Orders: Get 'Em in by January 31!

The yearbook deadline is fast approaching, so get your order in before it's too late! Don't miss out on the one book that captures this year's incredible events and experiences... friends, fun, favorite teachers, classes, games, music, art and everything in-between. It's all in your 2012 Edna Maguire Yearbook!

There are three ways to purchase:

1. Fill out a one-stop-shop form

2. Fill out a form in the front office.

3. Purchase online at www.jostensyearbooks.com.


Shop at Sloat's for Your Garden and Help Ours

Sloat Garden Center is sponsoring another Growing Up Green Week, January 13 through 23. Sloat will donate a percentage of your purchases to Edna's Children's Garden when you bring in this flyer. It's a great time to get trees, shrubs or flowers to plant during the rainy season. Or to pick up some new garden tools or outdoor furniture. The more we participate, the more Edna's garden will benefit! Thanks for supporting the garden-- and for shopping locally at Sloat Garden Center.


Order Your See's Candy for Valentine's Day

Give your loved ones and friends a scrumptious gift for Valentine's Day: chocolate from See's. Through Wednesday, January 25, enjoy the ease and convenience of ordering See's candy through Edna. All profits from the sale will directly benefit our students! Order forms were sent home with your child last week and can also be found in the office. All candy will be delivered on Friday, February 6.

And kids--don't forget! The student who sells the most candy will win a Nook! Second prize is a Razor scooter! How sweet is that?

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Hey Students - It's YOUR Time to Shine! Edna's Variety Show is Coming!

Show-off your talents at this year's Edna Maguire Variety Show! Auditions are Wednesday, February 15, so start preparing your act NOW. Perform solo, or better yet, grab a friend or two and wow us with a group act.* Past shows have featured singers, bands and other musical performances; dancers; skits; gymnastics; and Tae Kwon Do. But the only REAL requirements are to be creative and HAVE FUN! And to make sure a parent fills in a registration form by February 2.

Volunteers Opportunities
Students: We need fourth and fifth graders to be stagehands. We also need fifth graders to emcee the show.

Parents: This show wouldn't be possible without your help! Be a part of the action by assisting students during auditions and rehearsals. Or sign-up to volunteer for a job on the night of the show (coming soon on SignUpGenius).

*We strongly encourage group acts to help keep the show on schedule and give more kids a chance to participate!

IMPORTANT DATES!

Sign Up Forms Due - Thursday, February 2, by 6 p.m. (Online)

Auditions - Wednesday, February 15, 2-6 p.m. (MPR)

First Rehearsal - Wednesday, February 22, 2-6 p.m. (MPR)

Second Rehearsal - Wednesday, February 29, 2-6 p.m. (MPR)

Dress Rehearsal - Wednesday, March 7, 2-6 p.m. (MPR)

Variety Show! - Friday, March 9, 6 p.m. (MPR)


Attention K-2 Families: New Safety Seat Law!

As you may know, effective January 1, 2012, children MUST be secured in an appropriate safety or booster seat in the back seat of a vehicle until they are at least 8 years old or 4' 9." The new law imposes stiff fines and penalties on the driver for violations, including the possibility of child endangerment charges. Please note that if your child is scheduled for a field trip, he or she must be in the proper safety or booster seat in order to attend. Your child's teacher will work with you to secure enough drivers who can accommodate safety seats.


Your Amazon Holiday Shopping Paid Off BIG for Edna!

A HUGE thanks to all the Edna families and friends who shopped at Amazon through our website during the holidays. Edna received $410 because of you! Keep the momentum going by shopping on Amazon throughout 2012-- and thanks again for your support.


Thanks to Your Box Tops, the Bucks Are Adding Up for Our School!

Your clippings are working! Thank you to all who have submitted boxtops. Edna collected $146 (that's 1,460 boxtops!) over the last 6 months because of you. Please keep clipping in the new year!


Last Call For Holiday Food Drive Donations

If you've already contributed to our annual Holiday Food Drive, thank you! If you haven't had a chance to drop off a donation in the red bins in the office, there's still time. We'll be collecting non-perishable goods until December 16. In these tough economic times, food is the perfect gift for the growing number of Marin families that can't afford basic staples (think high-protein items and canned fruits and vegetables.) Thanks again for your support! And don't forget the Lindsay Olives challenge -- Edna has a chance to win $3,000 if we collect the most food items.

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Don't Forget: Toys for Tots Drive Going on Now

We have so much to be thankful for. Please give children who aren't as fortunate something to get excited about during the holidays. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to the front office now through December 16. The Mill Valley Fire Department will collect the toys and distribute them to needy children in Marin County. Contact Sasha Eakle with any questions: sasha_eakle@hotmail.com.


Edna Yearbooks Make Great Holiday Presents!

Only ONE book captures this year's incredible events and experiences: Your 2012 yearbook! Remember all the friends, fun, favorite teachers, classes, games, music, art and everything in-between. Yearbooks are on sale NOW! Purchase yours by filling out this form and writing a check to Edna PTA or going to www.jostens.com and ordering online.


Tis the Season for Giving Edna Spirit Wear

Edna Spirit Wear makes great holiday gifts! Choose from fleece jackets, bags, hats or other items. You can add a logo to almost any Lands' End item that can be embroidered for an additional $5.50. Go old school with the original "Might Mustangs" logo or opt for the newer "Edna Maguire School" logo.

To place an order, click here. When ordering, enter the Edna Maguire school code number into the "preferred school code" field of the order form: 900129768. For questions about ordering, contact Lands' End directly at 1-800-963-4816.


First Grade Garden Work Day: Sunday, January 8, 2-4 p.m.

Hey first graders--you're on deck for the first Garden Work Day of the New Year! Come help the garden get through winter--no gardening experience needed. Have fun working alongside your classmates, friends and teachers. Whole Foods will keep us energized with drinks and snacks. 


And don't forget THE GARDEN CONTEST! The sponsoring grade with the biggest turnout of students for its Garden Work Day wins a party--pizza or ice cream - at the end of the year! So tell your friends (especially your fellow first graders), bring your family and spend a great afternoon outdoors. As always, all other grades are welcome! Contact Saor Stetler (sstetler@earthlink.net) for more information.


WANTED: Prize Donations for Top See's Candy Sellers

We want to offer prizes to the students who sell the most candy during next month's See's Candy Drive. Profits will support all Edna students, including our fourth graders' trip to Sutter's Fort and our fifth graders' visit to Walker Creek.

Following discussions with the Student Council, we would like to offer a Nook and a Razor scooter as prizes to our top sellers! If you have either of these, new in the box, that you can donate--or know an organization that might like to do so-- we would LOVE to hear from you! Please contact Lucy Hampton (mvlucy@gmail.com) if you have any leads.


Somalia Day Success!

Thank you, Edna students, for going above and beyond the call of duty on Somalia Dollar Donation Day. Your generosity helped us raise $628.42 for World Vision-- way more than our goal of $1 per student! And with the help of a matching donation from the federal government, World Vision will receive FIVE TIMES that amount--more than $6,000--to help save starving Somalian children! Be sure to check out your child's Somalia star on our Thankful Tree.


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So Many Ways to Shop for the Holidays. So Many Ways to Help Edna!

This holiday season, it's easier than ever to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list--and help Edna at the same time! Just shop at the following businesses:

Amazon.com- Use our Amazon link and 10% of ALL purchases will go to our school.

Sports Basement (Presidio location only) - Save 10% on gifts for all the active folks on your list AND get a 5% contribution for Edna.

Pottery Barn Teens and PB Kids - Use Edna Member ID 411080139648 and password WS9141376 on qualifed merchandise, and 4% of your purchase will go to our PTA.

Book Passage - Shop locally for the book lovers in your life! Mention "Edna Maguire" at the register, and a percentage of your purchase will be donated to our school.

Speaking of books, here are some great gift ideas for young readers from Edna librarian Lisa Monge:

Picture Books
Art & Max by David Weisner
Crows at Pearblossom by Aldous Huxley
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? By Carol McCloud
If You Give A Dog A Doughnut by Laura Numeroff
King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bently
Oh No! by Mac Barnett
Press Here by Herve Tullet
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman

Easy Readers
Big Fat Cow that Goes Kapow by Andy Griffiths
Cat on the Mat is Flat by Andy Griffiths
Fly Guy by Ted Arnold
Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems
Henry & Mudge by Cynthia Rylant
Annie & Snowball by Cynthia Rylant

Beginning Chapter Books
Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon
Melvin Beederman Superhero by Greg Trine
Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo

Chapter Books
Adventures of Nanny Piggins by R.A. Spratt
Brixton Brothers by Mac Barnett
Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable by Dan Gutman
Girl who Could Fly by Victoria Forester
My Life as a Stuntboy by Janet and Jake Tashjian
Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall
Pie by Sarah Weeks
Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizza
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Trouble Maker by Andrew Clements
View From Saturday by E.L. Konisburg
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead


Use Your Head: Wear a Helmet When You Bike or Scoot on Campus!

Recently, we've received reports of kids riding scooters and bikes around campus without helmets. This is not only extremely dangerous, it's against school policy. Please remind your child to wear a helmet whenever he or she is on a bike, scooter or skateboard ANYWHERE on school grounds, including the playground and corridors. And don't forget--students are ONLY allowed to use their wheeled vehicles on campus BEFORE 8 a.m. or AFTER 4 p.m. Thank you for your cooperation.


Donate a Toy: Brighten the Holidays for a Child in Need

We have so much to be thankful for. Now let's give children who aren't as fortunate something to get excited about for the holidays. Please bring new, unwrapped toys to the front office now through December 16. The Mill Valley Fire Department will collect the toys and distribute them to needy children in Marin County. Contact Sasha Eakle Sanchez with any questions: sasha_eakle@hotmail.com


Support Edna's Holiday Food Drive

Edna's annual food drive, coordinated by our Student Council, is happening now. Please drop off your canned and other non-perishable food items in the big red bins in the office. All donations will go to the Marin County Food Bank. And remember--thanks to a challenge sponsored by Lindsay Olives, the group that collects and donates the highest percentage of food items for its local food bank will win $3,000 for its school! 


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Go Green to School All Winter Long

Our days are getting cooler, but that doesn't mean our county-wide Travel Green to School Initiative is taking a break. We're lucky to live in a climate that makes traveling green to school year-round a realistic goal. Help your child bundle-up and continue walking or biking to school whenever possible. Starting the day with a little exercise is a great way to wake up your child's brain! Exercise enhances mood, concentration, memory and behavior. Teach your child at an early age how fortunate we are to live in California where traveling green to school really IS possible every day of the year!


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Enjoy One-Stop Holiday Shopping on Amazon, Give a Gift to Edna

This holiday season, give yourself the gift of hassle-free shopping on Amazon. When you do, Edna will get a gift, too! Ten percent of your total Amazon purchases will go to our school. And yes, this means ALL purchases, not just books. You're sure to find something to please everyone on your gift list.

Just enter Amazon.com through this link or the Amazon School Rewards Program link on our home page. Be sure to share the link with your friends and family--their Amazon purchases can support Edna, too! Please Note: When you enter Amazon.com through our link, your Amazon page won't look any different. Don't worry--as long as you click on the link to get on Amazon, Edna will get credit for your purchases! 

Prefer shopping locally for the book lovers on your list? Head to Book Passage, and our school will receive a percentage of your purchases. Just mention Edna Maguire at the register. 


Steeplechase Thank Yous

We want to extend a HUGE thank you to the businesses that sponsored this year's Steeplechase t-shirts:

West America Tae Kwon Do

Catamount Ventures

Camino Alto Veterinary Hospital & Wellness Center

Hillstone Restaurant

Tamalpie

Mill Valley Swirl

Main Street Research LLC

Harte Building & Design

Growing your Child

Falkow Orthodontics

KIVU Consulting

Malugani Tire

Levinson Construction

Amazing Adventures Travel

Rick Fullerton Soccer Camps

SoftRAID LLC

Doggie Styles

State Farm Insurance

Tamalpais Pet Hospital

Niantic Corporation

Proof Lab Surf Shop

Think Clean Cleaners

Town Hall Restaurant

Redwood Security Systems, Inc.

Burge-Pacific Enterprises, Inc.

The Store

Dr. Ladan Vakili, DDS

Dr. Francis Yankie, DDS

Betty's Beauty Boutique

Jessup Associates Architects

Mary's Acupuncture

Milvali Salon

Terra Teak & Garden

Art Start

Dr. Gila Dorostkar, DDS

Critterland Pets

VASCO Restaurant

Flying Horses

Woodland Pet Food & Treats

Carlson Orthodontics

Lexington Law Group

Dr. Dorothy Slattery

Dr. John Boland

Cat Clinic of Mill Valley


We also want to give A BIG SHOUT OUT to our Steeplechase Committee for making this event such a smashing success: Cathy Wilmoth, Janie Karp, Caitlin Smith, Dawn Davis, Suzanne Alpert, Simone Slattery, Deb Carney, Michelle Zimmerman, Shaila de Leede, Stirling Somers, Sean Norton, Nicole Palmer, Julie McCrady, Kit Harris, Justine Whitehead, Chris Newell and Mari Allen. Thanks also go out to the numerous other volunteers who helped with set up and clean up, punching lap cards and asking questions and, of course, cheering on our walkers, joggers and runners! We couldn't have done it without ALL of you pitching in!


Book Fair Update and Thanks

Many thanks to the entire Edna Maguire community for supporting our Book Fair. Birthday Books and the fair are the ONLY SOURCES OF FUNDING for our library --- we get no money from the Mill Valley School District or the State. This means that the success of the Book Fair is crucial. Thanks to you, we sold about $26,788 worth of books and $1444 worth of special red tickets --- that's about $6800 for the Edna Library!

In addition to your support, the Book Fair would not have been successful without the dedication of our volunteers and support crew. It is with deep gratitude that we recognize the following people:

Decorators
Christine Freda
Annemarie Coen
Lauren Snell
Maddie Trainer
Janie Karp
Cathy Wilmoth
Mari Allen

Book Unloaders & Set-up
Chloe Lagier
Don Reed
Annemarie Coen
Tina Taylor
Jennifer Foskett
Kristin Silmore
Bethany Conybeare
Sean Norton
Suzanne Alpert
Maddie Trainer
Rich Allen
Lauren Snell
Cathy Wilmoth

Dorothy O'Donnell
Stephanie Philipp
Lisa Barnes
Simone Slattery
Ann Mason
Kit Harris
Lin Porter
Deborah Huber
Mika Allen
Lucy Allen
Thomas Allen
Cate Ryan
Elise Ryan
Brooke Wimmer
Julie Kennedy
Briana Kennedy
Lucy Silmore
Oliver Silmore
Christine Freda
Jessica Ryan
Mari Allen

Author
Mac Barnett

Story Time Reader
Naima Dean

Donors
Annemarie Coen
Daria Painter
Christine Freda
Simone Slattery
Donna Wenig
Deb Monti
Jessica Ryan
Mari Allen

Teacher Preview Breakfast Hosts
Lisa Barnes
Leslie Ford

Book Chat Hosts
Ann Riley
Judy Safavi

Book Chat Presenters
Jessica Ryan, Children's Librarian, Mill Valley Public Library
Lisa Monge, Edna Maguire Librarian

Door Security
Mieko Maeshiro

Book and Tchotchke Sellers (AKA The Red Apron Army)
Lisa Barnes
Ann Riley
Simone Slattery & Ava
Trina Rivera
Tina Taylor
Jennifer Foskett
Bethany Conybeare
Kristin Silmore
Janie Karp
Kit Harris
Vyvianne Kiriakis
Lin Porter
Cathy Wilmoth
Suzanne Alpert
Karen Olson
Dawn Davis
Lauren Snell
Deborah Huber
Annemarie Coen
Laura Spence
Kari Chalstrom
Jed Smith
Leslie Ford
Stephanie Philipp
Kori Stevenson
Dorothy O'Donnell
Ann Mason
Merrie Jaffe
Ahtossa Fullerton
Julie Kennedy
Suzy Slomiak
Germaine Chee
Christine Freda
Jessica Ryan
Mari Allen

Evening Event Helpers
Cate Ryan
Elise Ryan
Kerry Taylor
Corey Whitehead
Tessa Keane
Sky Somers
Luca Citroen
Briana Kennedy

Clean-up Crew
Suzy Slomiak
Chloe Lagier
Kellie Minor
Ann Riley
Leslie Meyers
Betsy Kennel
Laura Spence
Simone Slattery
Trina Rivera
Sean Norton
Suzanne Alpert
Don Reed
Michael Freda
Rich Allen
Christine Freda
Jessica Ryan
Mari Allen

Support Crew
Lisa Zimmer
Leslie Fielder
Maija Muncy
Dave Rintelman
PTA Presidents: Janie Karp & Simone Slattery (plus Eva!)
PTA Treasurer: Jeannine Berman
PTA FinancialSecretary: Christine Freda

Book Fair Orphans (for the 4th year in a row)
Cate Ryan
Elise Ryan
Patrick Ryan
Kate Freda
James Freda
Gavin Freda
Mika Allen
Lucy Allen
Thomas Allen

Book Fair Coordinators
Christine Freda
Jessica Ryan
Mari Allen


Book Fair Café Served Up Fun and Funds for Sutter's Fort Trip

Thank you to all the families who dined with us at the Book Fair Café! You helped us raise $1317.20 to offset costs related to the fourth grade's Sutter's Fort learning project. Hats off to everyone who donated food, beverages and supplies for the event. Special thanks go out to those who worked in the café and helped with set-up and clean-up. And a BIG thank you to Lyra Kelly for her amazing leadership in organizing this evening.

Thanks for volunteering: Anne Buxton, Meera Dolasia, Jennifer Gillmer, Lisa Gilmore, Tracy Ginther, Patty Hubbard, Dan Kelly, Lyra Kelly, Kira Keane, Hillary Lester, Soo-Hi Nayer, Dorothy O'Donnell, Karen Olson, Kathy Reed, Suzy Slomiak, Eric Somers and Phillip Suh,

Thanks for donations: Michelle Barenbaum, Laura Bowman, Susan Burgess, Anne Buxton, Nora Clifford, Meera Dolasia, Ahtossa Fullerton, Lisa Gilmore, Madeleine Gish, Cambria Hicks, Patty Hubbard, Deborah Huber, Merrie Jaffe, Kira Keane, Jeanette Layden, Jill Lebsock, Hillary Lester, Leslie Lewczyk, Shawn Marshall, Christina Michael, Asia Nana, Soo-hi Nayer, Bonnie Neulight, Dorothy O'Donnell, Karen Olson, Barbara Polster, Carolyn Preis, Kathy Reed, Eric and Stirling Somers, Denise Steele, Sarah Suloff, Justine Whitehead, Cathie Wilmoth and Julie Zener.


You Shop, We'll Cook: Book Fair Evening Café, THIS Thursday, November 17!

Join us for dinner at the Book Fair Evening Café from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Fill up on pizza, pasta, salad, drinks and yummy baked goods before shopping for books. Get a complete dinner for only $5 and, for an extra buck, add a baked treat for dessert.

All proceeds help fund the Fourth Grade Overnight Environmental Learning Project at Sutter's Fort. Come support the café by eating, eating, eating--everyone is welcome! We still need volunteers to help out in the café. If you can pitch in, contact Lyra Kelly at clyrago@gmail.com or click here to sign-up online. See you there!


Every Child, Every Day, Everything--You Did It, Edna Families!

With 95% participation in this year's Steeplechase fundraiser, the Edna community raised over $132,000. Thanks to you, we met our goal and will be able to provide all of the budgeted assemblies, supplies, books, materials, equipment, programs, specialists and so much more for our students this year. A special thanks to the students, teachers and families of Rooms B, 1, 4, 9, 10, 14, 15, 17 and 20 for reaching 100% participation in Steeplechase donations. Thank you EVERYONE for contributing, and being part of, Steeplechase 2011. Your contribution will make a difference for EVERY Edna student, EVERY single day.


Thankful Tree Takes Root at Edna

Be sure to check out the very special tree spreading its branches across the wall of Edna's main corridor! The leaves of our "Thankful Tree" feature messages of gratitude from our students. This lovely tree is a great reminder of the many things we all have to be grateful for. A special thank you goes out to Cambria Hicks for creating the tree. And a Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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2012 Kindergarten Registration Dates

If you have a child who will be attending kindergarten next fall, you can register him or her at the Mill Valley School District office, from 1 to 7 p.m., on the following dates:

Monday, January 9

Thursday, January 12

Monday, February 6

Thursday, February 9

To download registration forms, go to www.mvschools.org.


Edna's Disaster Drill Gets Us Prepared

Our Disaster Preparedness Drill on October 26 was a big success! A special thank you goes out to Edna parent John Cronander for organizing an authentic drill and making sure our emergency supplies container is well-stocked and organized. Parent volunteers, students and staff created a mock earthquake disaster drill. After "ducking and covering" in their classrooms, students were led outside to organized groups. Staff members then performed tasks such as search and rescue, first aid and damage assessment. Student Council leaders simulated various injuries so we could practice treating them.

Your donation of $7.00 enables the PTA to ensure we have enough first aid materials, food, water, tarps, sanitation and hygiene supplies in the event of a real emergency. Thank you for helping to keep our students safe!

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  We ducked and covered...

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...practiced getting to our assigned places in a quick and orderly fashion...

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...and honed our triage skills during Edna's Disaster Preparedness Drill!


Steeplechase Pledge Packets Now Due THIS Tuesday, November 8!

Our kids ran their hearts out at this year's Steeplechase. And while the finish line is in sight, we still have a way to go before we cross it. Make sure our kids' hard work pays off by collecting your donations and turning in your pledge packets THIS WEEK. Especially now as we're feeling the effects of the budget crisis, Edna Maguire is counting on YOU to contribute whatever you can to help Every Child, Every Day with Everything. Please help your child's class reach 100% participation AND earn a popsicle party! Our Steeplechase collection deadline is now Tuesday, November 8--help us finish strong!


Does Your Employer Match Funds for Steeplechase Donations?

Did you know many companies will match donations their employees raise for non-profit organizations? Edna's PTA is a non-profit. So if you haven't already checked to see if your employer is willing to match your Steeplechase donations, please consider doing so. Examples of companies that have matched donations given to Edna in the past include Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Gap, Macy's and Salesforce. Thank you!


Take Action to Protect Edna and Other Mill Valley Schools

The Mill Valley School District is projecting a $700,000 deficit for the current school year and a $2.3 million deficit for the next school year. Our district enrolled 155 new students this year, but received NO ADDITIONAL FUNDING and only two new teachers were hired. At least 114 new students are expected to enroll in the 2012/13 school year.

In previous years, Mill Valley was insulated from school budget cuts because 95% of our revenue for education came from property taxes. Now, however, our schools--and our children-- are feeling the pain of decreasing property taxes, growing enrollment and cuts in state funding. To tackle these problems, the MVSD is looking at a three- pronged approach:

Reducing the budget
• Shared sacrifice
• Tapping the budget reserve
(for emergencies only)

At Edna Maguire, we are already experiencing the following effects of the budget crisis:

• Increased student enrollment
• Bigger class sizes in all grades
• No hiring of additional staff to support this growth
• Decreased professional development for teachers

It's essential that ALL OF US work together to protect our children's education and maintain our excellent schools. Get involved! Stay informed! Please attend one of the upcoming Parent Budget Forums at the Mill Valley Middle School: Wednesday, November 2, 7 p.m. or Monday, November 7, 9 a.m.


Mark Your Calendar: Change of Date for No Bully Presentation

Due to the important Parent Budget Forum happening this Wednesday, we've postponed our No Bully presentation until Tuesday,January 10, 2012, at 6;30 p.m. The PTA Board and Association meeting, however, will still be held on November 2 at 5:45 p.m. in the multi-purpose room. All are welcome!


Shop at Sloat for YOUR Garden and They'll Help OURS

Attention Edna garden supporters! Sloat Garden Center is sponsoring another Growing Up Green Week, November 4 -14, 2011. Bring in this flyer and Sloat will donate 10 percent of your purchases to our Children's Garden. The more people who participate, the more we'll receive! Our rainy season is coming, so it's a great time to head to Sloat's to buy trees, shrubs or flowers that need that extra water! Or pick up those garden tools or furniture you've been eyeing.Thanks for supporting the garden and for shopping locally at Sloat's!


It's TIME TO READ: Edna's Book Fair is Coming!

What? Book Fair 2011

Why? To support Edna's library, encourage kids to read and get some great books! Twenty percent of all proceeds go to the library for online and magazine subscriptions, books, supplies, and more.

When? Monday, November 14 - Thursday, November 17; 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily

More BF Events to Note:

Tuesday, November 15 from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. - Book Chat and breakfast treats with Real Books owner Angela Cozad and children's librarians Lisa Monge of Edna and Jessica Ryan of the Mill Valley Public Library. Get the scoop on the must-reads for adults and kids.

Wednesday, November 16 - Children's Librarian, Naima Dean, will read selections from the fair to students in grades K-2

Thursday, November 17 - Author/illustrator Mac Barnett will join us for assemblies throughout the day; Book Fair Café and Evening Event - 5 to 8 p.m. -dinner, shopping and a drawing for fabulous prizes!

Questions? Contact Mari Allen (allenmari@hotmail.com)


Used Book Drive

During Book Fair week, Edna Maguire Girl Scouts will be collecting gently used, or new, children's books. We'll be donating the books to the Children's Book Project. You can drop off any books you'd like to contribute in our collection bin at the Book Fair. No adult books, magazines or textbooks, please. Contact Laurie Mandigo-Stoba at stoba3@comcast.net if you have questions about the Book Drive or Girl Scouts.


Help Us Provide Lunch for Homeless Children in Marin

Starting the second week of November, we will provide lunch for the children in Homeward Bound's Family Emergency Center. Homeward Bound of Marin is the main provider of shelter and support services for homeless families and individuals in our county. This monthly team effort will involve Edna kids and parents bringing components of the lunches to our multi-purpose room for an "assembly line party." Please contact Sasha Eakle at sasha_eakle@hotmail.com if you'd like to help!


Have You Purchased Your Yearbook Yet?

Only one book captures this year's incredible events and experiences--the friends, fun, favorite teachers, classes, games, music, art and everything else in-between--the Edna Maguire 2011-2012 yearbook!

There are two ways to order:

1. Download the one-stop-shop form at www.ednamaguire.org/flyers-forms.html
2. Order online at www.Jostens.com

The deadline to order is January 31, 2012! If you have questions, please e-mail Justine Whitehead @ Lbprod@pacbell.net


Play a Starring Role in Nurturing Our Kids' Talent: Volunteer for the Variety Show!

There are some exciting "firsts" for the 2012 Edna Maguire Variety Show. We've got a new director, Kathy Sonderby. And the show will happen much earlier in the year-- on Friday, March 9. So it's the perfect year for first-time volunteers to get their feet wet in this fun and rewarding Edna tradition! Of course, seasoned pros are welcome to return for an encore performance, too. Because one thing that hasn't changed are the Edna kids who look forward to taking the stage and letting their talents shine. They rely on parent volunteers like YOU to make that possible!

We need help with practices and set design. And we're desperately seeking someone who can create a master CD with the performers' music and handle sound and lighting for the show. Please contact Kathy Sonderby (ksonderby@yahoo.com) if you can help or have questions. Practices will begin soon after the winter holiday break!


Back by Popular Demand: Edna's Amazon Link is Now Working

Just in time for your holiday shopping, our Amazon link has been reactivated. If you enter Amazon.com through this link, or the Amazon School Rewards Program link on our home page, Edna Maguire will receive up to 10% of your purchase total. And yes, this means ALL purchases, not just books. Bookmark the link today and share it with your friends and family. Their Amazon purchases can support Edna, too!

Please Note: When you enter Amazon.com through our link, your Amazon page won't look any different. Don't worry--as long as you click on the link to get on Amazon, Edna will get credit for your purchases!


Flaunt Your School Pride with Edna Spirit Wear!

Show your Edna pride with shirts, fleece jackets, bags, hats or other items sporting either of our two logos. They make great holiday gifts! You can add a logo to almost any Lands' End item that can be embroidered for an additional $5.50. Choose from either of the logos below.

To place an order, click here: When ordering, enter the Edna Maguire school code number into the "preferred school code" field of the order form: 900129768. For questions about ordering, contact Lands' End directly at 1-800-963-4816.


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Two Ways to Show Your Edna Pride

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Thank You Birthday Book Club Members!

Many thanks to the Birthday Book Club members below for giving the library the gift of a book in honor of their special day! There's still time to join the club--just download the form, fill it out and turn it in at the front office.

August Birthdays
Aidan Toole, Annie Ravazzini, Athena Bouas, Cole Ford, Daxton Chalstrom, Eleanor Octavio, Jace Monti, Jack Fierstein, Julian Snell, Liam (William) Ludin, Lyla Tipton, Mari Karp, Olivia Jane Skiles, Patrick Clifford, Sam Barenbaum

September Birthdays
Cassady Winchester, Cooper Alley, Creig Williges, Ella Grady, Emily Peters, Fiona Norton, Gracen Rivera, Jack Ferguson. Jessica Brooke Tempero, Joslyn Lazzareschi, Julia Jaffe, Kai Smith, Landon Minor, Luke Bleckman, Luna Sanchez, Madison Dayton, McKenna Barr, Mutindi Musyoki, Rebecca Preis,Simon Dauth

October Birthdays
Amelia Sharpe, Anna Harrell, Caroline Steele, Elizabeth Wheaton, Emily Conner, Emma Barenbaum, Gage Duchon, James Freda, Joshua Berman, Katie Ravazzini, Lauren Marler, Maria Elena Figueirinhas, Nick Taylor, Reed Neulight, Sophia Soto,Tilman Phleger, Zoe Trainer


Edna Gardeners Are in Good Hands, Thanks to EO Products

We'd like to extend a special garden thank-you to EO® Products, a Corte Madera-based company that makes natural and organic body care products. EO Products recently provided the garden with NEW hand-sanitizing stations featuring their all-natural, lavender hand sanitizer gel. It's a much better alternative to traditional chemical-laden hand sanitizers--for our children AND our environment. Thanks, EO! And thanks to Ronnie Sharpe for contacting the company to make this happen.


Make Sure Our Kids' Laps Pay Off: Turn in Your Steeplechase Pledge Packets!

Our kids ran their hearts out at this year's Steeplechase. And while the finish line is in sight, we still have a way to go before we cross it. Help us finish strong by collecting your donations and turning in your pledge packets ASAP! Edna Maguire is counting on YOU to make a contribution, big or small, to help Every Child, Every Day with Everything. Please help your child's class reach 100% participation AND earn a popsicle party!


Get a Sneak Peek of the NEW Edna Maguire School

Check out the illustrations below to see what our new, state-of-the-art school will look like once construction is completed!

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View Looking South

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View Looking West From MPR

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View Looking East Between Grade 1 and Kindergarten


Make a Difference: Support Steeplechase THIS Friday, October 21!

Steeplechase, our school fundraiser, is coming! This year's theme is EVERY CHILD, EVERY DAY, EVERYTHING. Are you ready?? Here's your chance to make a difference in your child's education. Help Edna cover the cost of EVERYTHING, including books, pens, paper, assemblies, specialists, balls, curriculum, assemblies and computers. As the state continues to cut its budget for education, we need to fund the gap for our kids. Now, more than ever, we need your help to reach our goal of 100% participation and $300 per student. EVERY CHILD at Edna is counting on us EVERY DAY!

Steeplechase starts at 1 p.m. for kindergartners and 2 p.m. for all other grades. Please come and cheer on our kids. Contact Cathy Wilmoth at ccwilmoth@comcast.net if you have any questions. SEE YOU THERE!


Taste Choice Lunch Samples: Friday, October 28

You asked for it, you got it! Choice Lunch will serve up samples of its entrees right after the Halloween Parade. Samples for kindergarten families will be available in front of the kindergarten classrooms at 1:30 p.m. Families of all other students can test-drive samples in front of the office at 2:50 p.m.


Candy Drive for Our Troops, November 3-4

Bring your extra Halloween loot to school on Thursday, November 3 and Friday, November 4. Your lollipops and candy bars will sweeten the day of our brave soldiers stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Look for donation tables at the front and back parking lots before and after school. Blue Star Moms of Marin (an organization run by mothers of enlisted soldiers), will ship the candy for free! If you have any questions or would like to help collect donations, please contact Karen Olson at cokobo@comcast.net.


Desperately Seeking Hot Lunch Volunteers!

Our hot lunch program is in serious need of some volunteer support! If you can lend a hand between 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.-- any day of the week-- to help serve lunch to our students, please contact Ashiya Yacoobali at ayacoobali@mvschools.org. It's fun, easy and takes less than an hour. Thank you!


Got Tickets You Can't Use? Give Them to Our Deserving Teachers!

If you have season tickets to sporting events, the theater, symphony or other activities, chances are you can't always use them. We're pleased to introduce a great way to ensure your tickets don't go to waste AND give our wonderful teachers a special treat: Edna's Teacher Appreciation Stub Hub.

Our "Stub Hub" will connect teachers with families who have tickets to various events that they can't use. If you have tickets you'd like to donate to the teachers who give so much to our kids every day, e-mail Karen Carr at karenmuntercarr@yahoo.com. Please provide details such as the number of tickets you have available, the event, date and time. Karen will forward the information to our teachers. Interested takers will contact you directly to make the final arrangements. 


Fall Farmers' Market Rakes in the Cash

Another successful Farmers' Market season is winding down. Thank you to everyone who helped harvest, cook, bake and sell our garden's bounty: Donna Wenig, Beth LaDove, Kristin Silmore, Katherina Laan, Daina Selph, Kit Harris, Leslie Myers and Simone Slattery. And a special thanks to our Farmers' Market coordinator, Karen Olson. Thanks, also, to all of you who shopped at the market. You helped us raise over $300 for the maintenance and upkeep of our garden. We hope to re-open the Farmers' Market in the spring.

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Children's Garden Bounty


Watch a Video of the MVSD Candidates' Forum

Miss the MVSD Board of Trustees Candidates' Forum at Strawberry Point School last month? If you haven't already watched the video on our website featuring the three candidates- Robert (Bob) Jacobs, Leslie Wachtel and Clifford Waldeck- you can see it by clicking on the links below:

Forum Part 1

Forum Part 2




Treat Yourself, Help the Green Team: Bake Sale, October 13

Green Team is off to a great start this year. So far, we've met twice, started our lunch-time recycling program, and on October 31, we will start our Friday compost pick-up team.

The Green Team is also sponsoring a bake sale on Thursday, October 13 at 5:30 during the International Family Picnic. The sale will be in front of Room 13. We're having the bake sale to raise money for our supplies and events. If you're interested in helping, please bring pre-sliced or wrapped baked goods to room 13 during school hours on the day of the sale or right before the picnic. Hopefully we will see you there, with money in your pocket!

This article was written by Green Team members Justin Carr, Tessa Keane and Catherine Morgan. Great job, guys!


Brewing Snafus Couldn't Kill the Buzz at First Coffee Cart

The morning was cool, and there were a few brewing glitches at the first Edna Coffee Cart. But that didn't dampen the spirits of the more than 50 parents who showed up in front of the office, many of whom were eagerly waiting for the Steeplechase Pep Rally to begin. Thanks to the efforts of Jon Cronander, plenty of fresh, hot coffee was flowing after the rally. Thanks also go out to Leslie Fielder and Simone Slattery for all their help. And thank you to everyone who attended for being such good sports! We learned some lessons and promise the java will be ready on time at our next Coffee Cart, November 18! If you're interested in helping with the cart, please contact Kit Harris at kitharris57@gmail.com. Click here to see some pictures.


You've Got Sole, Edna!

From Crocs to pumps, the Edna community really stepped up to make our shoe drive a success! We collected over 70 bags of shoes for families in need in Haiti. The first batch is already on its way to them via the Arch Rival stores in Mill Valley and Greenbrae. Thank you for making a difference. And thank you to Sasha Eakle for organizing this event!


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Edna's Shoe Drive Was a Runaway Success!


Dig Gardening? Check Out Our Library's Gardening Section!

Edna Maguire's library now features a section dedicated to gardening books and resources. In addition to books, students and parents can also check out a DVD of What's On Your Plate? This witty and provocative documentary about kids and food politics is told through the experiences of two 11-year-old girls in New York City.


Edna's "Friends of the Garden" Group Honored in National Contest

Congratulations to our Friends of the Garden (FOG) group! It earned an Honorable Mention in PTO Today's 2011 Parent Group of the Year search, a national competition. FOG parent volunteers help manage and maintain Edna's Children's Garden for our school and the Mill Valley community to enjoy. A BIG THANK YOU to Ronnie Sharpe for nominating FOG!


PTA Membership Has its Perks!

Being a PTA member isn't just about volunteering and supporting your school. Click here to discover some of the great deals--from places like Jamba Juice, Enterprise car rentals and Legoland, to name just a few---members can enjoy. 


Go Green to, From and After School with SchoolPool Marin

Tired of chauffeuring your kids to and from school--and then shuttling them all over town AFTER school? Want to help the environment? Sign up at SchoolPoolMaring.org to get a list of other families in your area you can carpool, walk or bike with to school AND after school events. The first 500 families who register this year will receive a Peet's gift card!


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Charitable Used Shoe Drive Continues Through September 28

Our shoe drive for families in Haiti is in full swing. If you haven't had a chance to donate a pair or two of gently used kid or adult shoes, there's still time! Just drop them off in the marked bin in the front office by Wednesday, September 28. Any style of shoes is appreciated! Our local Arch Rival shoe store will then deliver the shoes to families in Haiti. Questions? Please contact Sasha Eakle (sasha_eakle@hotmail.com)


Sign-Up Online to Volunteer For PTA Events

It's hard to imagine Edna without the many events like Book Fair, the Art Show, Science Fair, Donuts for Dads, Muffins for Moms and more that make our school so special. We need YOUR help to ensure they continue. Click here to learn how to sign up to volunteer online. It only takes a minute! Make a commitment--even a small one--and have fun while helping our school.


WANTED: Book Fair Volunteers

If you didn't get the chance to sign-up to volunteer for the Book Fair, you're not too late! This popular event will be happening November 14 -17 with set up the week before. We need your help to transform the MPR, unload books, set up the fair, and SELL! We'll hold just one meeting in October to go over the details. Please e-mail Mari Allen at allenmari@hotmail.com if you would like to join our amazing committee.


Turn in Those PTA Permission Slips!

Please take a moment to complete and turn in your PTA permission slips. Doing so ensures that your child can join in all the fun, fantastic and fabulous events happening at Edna this year. Misplaced the form? You can download it here. EVERY student needs a signed permission slip to participate in ANY PTA activity, including Steeplechase, which is right around the corner!


Keep Our School Ready for Emergencies!

Your contribution of $7 per child helps us provide emergency supplies for every Edna student. The money enables us to keep a well-stocked inventory of up-to-date medical supplies, blankets, snacks and other essential items. It also goes toward the expense of maintaining the emergency supplies container and water tank. And it helps us cover the costs for students requiring financial assistance. If you haven't yet done so, please help us meet our kids' safety needs by making your contribution today!


PTA Association Meeting Dates

You are welcome to attend our PTA Association meetings. Below are the dates for this school year's meetings. Unless otherwise indicated, meetings are held in the Teachers' Lounge at 8:40 a.m. We hope to see you there!

• October 5
• November 2 (6:30 p.m.; MPR)
• December 7
• February 1
• March 7
• April 4
• May 2
• June 6


Help Our Garden: Shop at Sloat's During Growing Up Green Week

Attention Edna garden supporters: Sloat Garden Center is sponsoring Growing Up Green Week, now through September 26, 2011. Bring in this flyer: EMS Growing Up Green 11-12.pdf, and Sloat will donate 10 percent of your purchases to our Children's Garden. The more people who participate, the more we'll receive! So head to Sloat's to buy trees, shrubs or flowers to plant during the upcoming rainy season. Or pick up those garden tools or furniture you've been eyeing. Thanks for supporting the garden and for shopping locally at Sloat's! Also, be sure to mark your calendar for these future Growing Up Green Weeks:

• November 4 - 14
• December 5 - 12
• January 13 - 23
• February 17 - 27


Introducing Two Exciting New Places to Shop for Edna

You can now save 10 percent on all purchases from Sports Basement in the Presidio AND support our school at the same time! Five percent of your purchase will go back to our PTA. (So, if you spend $100, you pay $90 and our PTA gets $5). Now THAT'S a bargain!

Just ask for the "Edna Maguire School discount" at checkout. It's good for EVERYTHING, including rentals. So head to Sports Basement for sports equipment and clothing, camping gear, backpacks and more! Tell your friends and family to ask for the Edna Maguire discount, too! This offer is good ONLY at the Presidio Sports Basement.

We are also excited to introduce Pottery Barn's Gear Up to Give Back program. Now until December 31, Edna shoppers will qualify for up to 4 percent back on merchandise such as backpacks, lunch bags, and duffle bags purchased at Pottery Barn Kids or PBteen. To shop online go to: Pottery Barn Kids Gear Up to Give Back or PBteen Gear Up 2 Give Back. When you make a purchase online or in a store, please provide the following:

Edna Member ID: 411080139648
Edna Password: WS9141376

Note: You can get credit for purchases made as far back as July 1, 2011. Just leave a copy of the receipt with your name in Stirling Somer's mailbox in the school office or contact her at stirlings100@gmail.com.


Shop at Book Passage to Help Edna

Our fantastic local bookstore, Book Passage in Corte Madera, contributes 5 percent of all purchases to our library. Just mention Edna to the cashier when you're ready to pay. At the end of each fiscal year, the store sends a gift certificate to our librarian, Lisa Monge, to purchase books for the library. For more information, contact Mari Allen at allenmari@hotmail.com.


Save Your Box Tops for Edna

Edna Maguire collects box tops, and you can help! Each box top is worth 10 cents! The money adds up quickly when every family pitches in. Just look for the bright pink label on food items such as Gogurt, Bisquick, Gold Medal Flour, Cheerios, Pull-ups and a variety of other General Mills, Pillsbury, Old El Paso and Betty Crocker products. Clip the pink coupons from the boxes, turn them in at the office, and we'll send them in for cash. It's that easy!


Seeking Hot Lunch Volunteers

We need volunteers to help serve hot lunches to students on Mondays and Fridays. It's only a one-hour commitment, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. If you can help on either day, please contact Ashiya Yacoobali at ayacoobali@mvschools.org.


Thank You, Zio Ziegler, for Our Awesome Mural!

Who could miss the incredible dragon mural gracing the walls of our school? The street art is the work of local artist, and Arte Sempre owner, Zio Ziegler. His unique, colorful designs also cover the walls of 142 Throckmorton Theatre and Tam Bikes on Miller Avenue. In addition to creating the mural for us, Zio generously offered to work with Edna's art teachers and teach our students about his artistic process. Zio was recently profiled in an article in the Mill Valley Patch. Contact him at ziocompany@gmail.com.

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The master at work: Zio Ziegler creating our dragon mural.


First Day Coffee Thank Yous

After dropping students off in their new classrooms, hundreds of parents stopped by the multi-purpose room to greet each other and enjoy refreshments. A HUGE thank you to Peet's Coffee and Tea on Throckmorton Avenue for giving us an extremely generous discount on the coffee! We also appreciate the following parents for donating pastries to ease the first day jitters: Mari Allen, Michelle Barenbaum, Karen Carr, Kristin Evans, Karen Olson, Jessica Ryan, Kristin Silmore and Tina Taylor. Thanks also to Justine Whitehead and Cathy Wilmoth for supplying tea. And a big thank you to our set up and clean up crew: Beverly Allen, Mari Allen, Karen Olson, Ronnie Sharpe and Justine Whitehead. Let's hope the good cheer at the first-day coffee lasts throughout the entire school year!


Thanks to Our Picture Day Helpers

Many, many thanks to the volunteers who made our school photo days picture-perfect: Karen Carr, Nancy Ericsson, Tracy Ginther, Kit Harris, Julie Kennedy and Stephanie Philip. The Edna community appreciates your help!


A Big Garden THANK YOU to Randy Harris

For the second year in a row, Randy's Artistry in Trees (artistryintrees.com) provided the garden with truckloads of wood chips. We'll use them for mulching and for pruning our fruit tree orchard to keep it healthy and productive. Please remember to think of Randy whenever you bite into a juicy garden apple or pear!


Four Thousand Cranes Project Update

Thank you to the students, families and friends who folded origami cranes for Students Rebuild. As you might recall from last spring, our initial Thousand Cranes project quickly multiplied and we sent almost FOUR thousand! The organization's most recent online newsletter gave an update about our cranes (in addition to the millions that were folded by others).  The effort was also highlighted in the August 21New York Times Sunday Magazine  with a photograph of the artwork created using the cranes. Arigatou, Edna Maguire, for helping students in the tsunami and earthquake ravaged areas of Japan rebuild their schools and their lives.


Unexcused Absence Information

Regular attendance plays an important role in student achievement. If your child has an unexcused absence, he will be responsible for making up any work he missed. With enough notice, teachers will try to provide students with assignments and homework during an absence. However, many assignments can't be made up, which may negatively affect a student's grades.

Students who are out of school due to unexcused absences for more than 15 consecutive student school days will be removed from their school rolls. They must re-enroll with the district upon return. There's no guarantee that, upon re-enrolling, a student will return to the school and class that she left.


Get Answers to Your School Fundraising Questions

California ranks among the lowest states in the nation when it comes to funding public education. And as a community- funded, or "basic aid" district, Mill Valley doesn't receive ANY general-purpose money from the state. Instead, our funds come from the local property tax. 

Edna Maguire and the other schools in the Mill Valley district rely on fundraising to provide the excellent education and enrichment programs our children enjoy. If you have questions about our primary Edna fundraiser, Steeplechase, district-wide fundraising organization, Kiddo!, or Measure C funds to modernize Edna, please check out our fundraising FAQ


Watch for Edna's New Website Later This Year

Along with other Mill Valley schools, Edna Maguire is in the process of migrating to a new district-wide web platform called Schoolwires. The new platform will provide all district schools with a more consistent look and feel to their websites. It will also enable flexible and more efficient content management capabilities and make it easier for all members of our school community to connect and share information.


Turn in Your PTA One-Stop Shopping and Volunteer Forms

Please turn in your one-stop PTA shopping forms and volunteer forms ASAP. If you misplaced the copies included in your first-day packet, you can download the shopping form here. And for the first time, you can now sign up to volunteer online! Just open an account at Signup Genius. Then search for the Edna Volunteer sign-up list using this e-mail address: ednavolunteersignup@gmail.com. You'll see a complete list of the many events we rely on parents like you to make possible for our students. Please contact Daisy Scholz (daisyzoe@yahoo.com) if you have problems signing up online or have questions.


Grade Level Family Picnics Kick off THIS Sunday, September 11

If you have a first or fourth grade student, be sure to join us for first Grade Level Family Picnic of the school year. Back by popular demand, these picnics are a great way to get to know your children's classmates, their parents and Principal Lisa Zimmer. Each picnic will be held on a Sunday, from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.,at the tables in front of the designated grade's wing. Please bring a picnic, plates and utensils for your family. Contact Jennifer Miller at jennimil@sbcglobal.net if you have questions. Here's the complete picnic schedule:

September 11: First and fourth grades
September 18: Third grade
September 25: Second grade
October 2: Kindergarten and fifth grade


We Need Your Gently Used Shoes!

Too many shoes cluttering your closets? Gather them up and donate them to our shoe drive for families in need in Haiti. From Monday, September 19 through Wednesday, September 28, you can drop off your gently used (no holes) kid and adult shoes in the marked bin in the front office. Any style of shoes will be accepted and greatly appreciated! Our local Arch Rival shoe store will then deliver the shoes to families in Haiti. Questions? Please contact Sasha Eakle (sasha_eakle@hotmail.com).


Introducing "Pony Scan and Plan"

We know staying on top of everything happening at Edna Maguire can be a challenge. So this year, in addition to our bi-weekly Pony Express newsletter, we're launching a new condensed version, the Pony Scan and Plan. Galloping to your inbox on weeks you don't receive the regular newsletter, Pony Plan and Scan will provide you with short, easy-to- scan reminders about key upcoming Edna events you won't want to miss!


Get Edna Info When You Need It: Bookmark Ednamaguire.org!

If you miss an issue of the Pony, lose a form or can't quite remember the date of a particular Edna event, don't worry. Just click on ednamaguire.org for instant access to the Pony (your main source of Edna news and upcoming events), class websites, our school calendar, forms and much more. Do yourself a favor and bookmark it now!


Follow Principal Zimmer on Twitter

Be sure to follow Edna's chief tweeter, Lisa Zimmer, on Twitter
(http://twitter.com/#!/LisaZimmer1). She'll keep you up to date on Edna events, news and more throughout the school year.


Seeking Steeplechase T-Shirt Sponsors

Steeplechase, Edna's main fundraiser, is right around the corner. If you're a business owner or work for a local business, please consider sponsoring our Steeplechase t-shirts! Sponsorships are a great way to increase exposure for your company while helping our school. They're available for $200, $400 or $600. Just fill out this form and return it to the school office by September 26. If you have questions, call Cathy Wilmoth (786-6923). Thank you for your support!


New Vendor Serving Up More Lunch Options for Our Kids

Meals from our new vendor, the aptly-named Choice Lunch, are now available! Featuring local and organic ingredients, Choice Lunch will offer Edna students up to 17 different tempting entrees per day! Your child can even choose from a varied selection of side dishes.

To place lunch orders, go to choicelunch.com and follow the directions for creating your online account. Be sure to enter the registration code MVSD.


Edna's Garden Wins Big at Marin County Fair!

This summer, Edna's garden took home two ribbons from the Marin County Fair's annual  competitions.

Our children won second place for their backyard compost (made in the garden compost piles) and first place for their worm compost (made by our very own Edna worms)! In addition to winning ribbons, our gardeners also won $35 in prize money! We used the money to buy new work gloves and hand tools for the garden. Way to go, kids!


Thanks to Our Summer Garden Bugs!

A BIG thank you to the following individuals for helping our garden--and chickens-- thrive over the summer:

Jill DeMaio and Tracy Ginther for coordinating the care of our hens.

Ahtossa Fullerton, Janie Karp, Julie McGuinness, Leslie Myers, Stirling Somers for taking care of the chickens.

Leslie Myers for coordinating and implementing pathway sheet mulching, along with providing general greenhouse and garden care.

Randy Harris of Artistry In Trees for providing top-quality woodchips for the sheet-mulching project.

Laura Figueirinhas for coordinating and designing garden curricula and garden parent materials.


Guess Who's Already Been Working Hard for Edna?

The following folks, that's who! Thanks to all of you for stepping up to the plate over the summer to help us get ready for the 2011-12 school year:

Volunteer Signups: Daisy Scholz
Carline Signups: Julie Kennedy
Carline Cart: Ken Kennedy
Beautiful Painted Tree: Cambria Hicks
First Day Packet Photocopying: Leslie Fielder
First Day Packet Collators: Lyra Kelly, Chloe Lagier, Sunyoung Park, Maija Muncy, Samantha Fazio, Jeannine Berman, Mari Allen, Christine Freda, Stirling Somers, Julie Kennedy, Kit Harris, Simone Slattery, Janie Karp, Nancy Felder, Christine Brandt, Christine Cole and Caitlin Smith
Google Calendar: Linda Dunne
Pony Express: Dorothy O'Donnell and Tim Schultz
Pony Scan and Plan: Simone Slattery
Edna Website: Tim Schultz
Edna Database: Mike Bishop
Kindergarten Welcome Playdate: Kit Harris
First Day Coffee: Suzanne Alpert


Watch for Edna's New Website Later This Year

Along with other Mill Valley schools, Edna Maguire is in the process of migrating to a new district-wide web platform called Schoolwires. The new platform will provide all district schools with a more consistent look and feel to their websites. It will also enable flexible and more efficient content management capabilities and make it easier for all members of our school community to connect and share information.


Thanks to Lisa Stapp, AKA Our E-Waste Drive Goddess!

Kindergarten teacher Lisa Stapp not only organized last Saturday's E-Waste Drive--she also braved the pouring rain to work at the event. Thank you, Lisa, for giving up your morning for us! Thanks also to Kit Harris who stopped by to lend Lisa a hand.

In spite of the soggy weather, Edna families, staff and community members showed up to drop off old electronics and make the drive a success. Thank you for helping the environment and Edna!


Pass Some Soccer Balls Our Way, Please!

Summer's almost here, and if you've got excess athletic equipment cluttering your garage, this is the perfect chance to get rid of it. We especially need gently used soccer balls! Footballs and basketballs are also appreciated. Please drop off donations at the front office. Questions? Contact Karen Carr at karenmuntercarr@yahoo.com.

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Congrats to Our Garden Contest Winners! And Thanks to All Who Supported the Garden!

For having the biggest turn out of students in their grade for their garden work days, the third graders won an end-of-the-year pizza party. You rock,third graders--enjoy your pizza!

A big thanks also goes out to our kindergarteners for making our last garden work day of the year one of the best attended! And thanks to ALL the students and parents who showed up for other garden work days throughout the year. Without you, the garden wouldn't be what it is today! We also extend a special thank you to our Garden Work Day Coordinators: Amy Bonetti Price, Deborah Huber and Merrie Jaffe. They helped get the word out about the work days, along with organizing the monthly scavenger hunts and the end-of-the-year pizza party contest. Their efforts helped our garden thrive!


Edna's Garden Provides a Bounty of Learning Opportunities

Here are a few examples of what Edna students did this year--and will have the chance to do next year--in our "outdoor classroom:"

Kindergarteners planted a butterfly garden to support the butterflies they raise and release.

First graders released 10,000 ladybugs to complement their insect anatomy studies and appreciate how these bugs benefit organic gardens.

Second graders harvested and ate everything imaginable and planted a 10 foot tall "pea tee pee" for children to sit under.

Third graders planted a Three Sisters Garden based on traditional Native Americans farming methods. The project complemented their study of Native Americans and taught them about symbiotic plants.

Fourth graders planted a Sunflower Fort as part of a project sponsored by the UCSF Great Sunflower Project. Next year's fourth graders will conduct a bee count. The results will be entered into a national database to help leading biologists better understand the Honey Bee Population Decline Syndrome.

Fifth graders will be responsible for overseeing the worm bins as the worms decompose our food waste and create rich fertilizer. They will also grow potatoes in potato cages.

General garden tasks included installing owl boxes, tending to compost, planting, pruning the roses and trees, harvesting and lots of eating!

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Edna third graders working, learning and having fun in the garden.


Help Edna Over the Summer: Save Your Box Tops!

Calling all Edna Maguire families! Thank you to those of you who have been saving and bringing in your box tops. Each little pink square coupon is worth 10 cents! So far this year, we've collected 1200 box tops. Good, but if we all pitch in, we can beat that number next school year! Please remember to save your box tops this summer and bring them to the office in September.


Shop to Help Edna

Did you know that all of your Amazon.com orders can benefit Edna Maguire? Amazon.com will give 10 percent of your total purchase back to Edna. Just use this link next time you make a purchase on Amazon or shop via the Amazon School Rewards logo on ednamaguire.org.

You can also support Edna by shopping at Book Passage in Corte Madera. The store contributes 5 percent of all purchases to our library. Just mention Edna to the cashier when you're ready to pay. Questions? Contact Stirling Somers at stirlings100@gmail.com.


Thanks to Our Edna Communications Team!

Thank you Dorothy O'Donnell, our Pony editor, Tim Schultz, our Web master, and Linda Dunne, our calendar guru! Without their tireless efforts, we wouldn't have our Pony every other week or an up-to-date school calendar and website. These Edna parents put in many hours to make sure we get the information we need in a timely, lively fashion. We are lucky that all three of them have agreed to come back for more next year--thank you!


A HUGE Thanks to the 2011 Yearbook Team!

The 2011 yearbooks are complete and will be distributed soon. They look fantastic! We wouldn't have been able to pull off this huge project without the creative direction, photographical expertise and computer skills of Justine Whitehead. Thank you, Justine, for all you do to make this book so special! In addition, a big round of applause goes to the members of Justine's team: Mari Allen, Suzanne Alpert, Mike Bishop, John Carney, Mara Conner, Kristi Duchon, Nancy Ericsson, Leslie Fielder, Lisa Gilmore, Kira Keane, Donna Wenig, Anne Zarraonandia, Lisa Zimmer, Michelle Zimmerman. Thanks as well to all of the event photographers, room photographers, room parents and teachers who helped. We couldn't have done it without all of you!


Japan Relief Efforts Update

Edna's fundraising efforts for the victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami are already yielding positive results! Below are some highlights from Students Rebuild of how the origami cranes you folded, and the money you generously donated, are helping Japan.

Setting the foundation - Cameron Sinclair, cofounder of Architecture for Humanity, blogs from Tokyo on the budding efforts in Japan, including some clues as to the project undertaken with Students Rebuild funds!

Japan TV spotlight (link)- NHK Broadcasting in Japan features your amazing efforts to fold over 1 million paper cranes for Japan--both in Japan and worldwide! During this terrific segment, Los Angeles teen Kelsey Kwong shares her story in a live interview  English version).

Stay tuned - In early June we will launch the new www.studentsrebuild.org, which will feature your stories, letters and wishes for Japan. Share your story by emailing info@studentsrebuild.org, subject line: Story!

Contribute to the virtual collage - While the deadline to mail cranes has passed, you can show your support for Japan by posting photos of your cranes on the Paper Cranes for Japan Facebook page.


Look Who's Tweeting: Lisa Zimmer Now on Twitter!

If you're a Twitter user, you can now follow our very own Principal Lisa Zimmer  as she tweets about the latest Edna news and events.


Take the Safe Routes to School Survey

Edna Maguire is pleased to be an active participant in the Safe Routes to School program. Participating in the program lets us increases green trips to school by walking, biking, carpooling or taking the bus. As a result, we're reducing traffic congestion and its related greenhouse gas emissions, not to mention increasing physical activity for our students.

Safe Routes to Schools is conducting a survey of parents to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of its program. This survey will provide valuable information to improve the Safe Routes to Schools program at our school. All responses will be kept confidential-- neither your name or your child's will be associated with any published results without your permission. Click here to take the survey.Questions? Contact Peggy Clark (peggy@marinbike.org) at Safe Routes to Schools.


Reminder: All Library Books Due May 27

If you haven't yet returned your library books, please do so now! All books must be turned in by Friday, May 27. Overdue book notices will be coming home soon.


Help Our Third Graders Help Kids in Haiti!

Dear Edna Maguire Families:

The third grade students are raising money to send kids to school in Haiti. The third graders are not only doing a play, but they are also hoping to raise S1.00 per Edna Maguire Student. My mom (Karen Olson) inspired me as she went to Haiti in April to help people who needed medical care. We would like it if you could try to donate at least $1.00 because that would help us send several children to school in Haiti for a whole year. It costs approximately $150 per year for one student. We will be sponsoring kids through an organization called Sionfonds. If you would like to help, please bring your money to school by Friday, June 3

Thank you,

Charlie Osborn 

(Charlie is a student in Ms. Lackey's third grade class.)

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Enjoy Big Savings from Office Depot!

Thanks to Office Depot, Edna families can save up to 60% on school/office supplies and up to 40% on technology purchases. Take advantage of this great opportunity to stock up on school supplies for next year! Please download the Office Depot Purchase Form.doc for more details and ordering information.



Last Call for PTA Reimbursements!

Thank you to all teachers and parents who bought supplies for various events this year. If you want to be reimbursed for your purchases, please turn in your receipts, along with a completed reimbursement form, to PTA Treasurer Jeannine Berman's mailbox in the office. Reimbursement forms are on our website. All receipts are due by June 9.


Your PTA Dollars at Work

Wondering where all those PTA dollars you helped raise this year went? Following are just a few examples of how they helped our kids. The funds we raised provided students with everything from basic classroom supplies--like pencils, pens, glue, etc.--to special equipment such as wireless headphones. They also covered the cost of our Visual Thinking Strategy curriculum. And they allowed us to bring our students many special assemblies, including the Signature Project, jump-rope artist Renee Bibaub and the Eth-No-Tec storytellers.

Your PTA dollars also funded popular annual events such as the Dr. Seuss Café, Family Math and Science Nights, the Art Show, Donuts with Dads, Muffins with Moms and the Variety Show, to name just a few. And they paid for our emergency supplies, parent education speakers, recess equipment, professional development for teachers and much, much more!

And that's not all! Your money also allowed each grade level to augment its specific curriculum with field trips, special experiences, projects and visits from experts:

Kindergarten: Projector Carts, Edventure More-Animals, Richardson Bay Audubon Center, Play Kitchen

First Grade: Lawrence Hall of Science-Pop Fizz, Wonderful Whales, Edventure More-Oobleck, Wacky Weather and Ice Cream, Explode the Code workbooks

Second Grade: Poetry-Sasha Eakle, Edventure More-Stomp Rockets and Magnets, Richardson Bay, San Francisco Opera-Sing a Story

Third Grade: Native American Storytelling and Crafts, Edventure More-Periscopes, Susan Johnson-Light and Color, Art Project on Heroes, Sasha Eakle-Poetry, Next Generation, Imac

Fourth Grade: Point Bonita, Oakland Museum, Mission Dolores, Salmon Institute, Edventure More-Pickle Power, Foss Kits and Sutter's Fort

Fifth Grade: Ricca Wolfe-America Sings, Lawrence Hall of Science, Ancient Artifact, Walker Creek and Graduation


Innovative Teaching Fund

Every year, the PTA's grants from our Innovative Teaching Fund enable teachers to bring people or items into their classrooms that will enhance student learning. To receive part of the grant money, teachers must complete an application, which is reviewed and voted upon by the Site Council. We are proud to announce that, for the seventh consecutive year, all monies have been dispersed. Below is a list of the diverse ways our teachers used these funds:

$300 for kindergarten for MP3 players for each of classroom

$500 for the third grade musical (added to the grant from Kiddo!)

$141.61 for Emilie Albertoli for RAMP support materials

$55.64 for fourth grade teacher Ann Eshoff for speakers for her computer

$264.92 for the Technology Team headed by Lisa Monge/Colleen Carr for a microphone, flip camera and digital microscope

$1737.83 for the entire school towards a chart maker for the teachers


Kudos to YOU for Another Fantastic School Year!

Thank you Edna PTA members, staff and families for the many hours of volunteer service you gave to our school this year. It's YOUR dedication that makes Edna so great! A special thanks to all who took on the following roles:

The PTA Executive Board: Janie Karp, Kit Harris, Lisa Zimmer, Michelle Barenbaum, Mari Allen, Karen Carr, Stirling Somers, Ingrid Lin, Jeannine Berman, Christine Freda, Deb Luster, Leslie Lewczyk, Kathy Bishop, Ahtossa Fullerton, Shana Stewart, Jenny Leogrande, Dan Kelly, Caitlin Smith, Soar Stetler, Lisa Gilmore, Judy Sherman

The PTA Committee Chairs: Shaila DeLeede, Michelle Zimmerman, Lisa Stapp, Janie Karp, Laura Figueirinhas, Ronnie Sharpe, Jennifer Hollander, Mari Allen, Jessica Ryan, Christine Freda, Christine del Castillo, Christine Brandt, Erin Griffis, Mike Bishop, Karen Olson, Anne Buxton, Ken Campbell, Steve Podesta, Cathy Wilmoth, Margaret Krivoruchko, Saor Stetler, Barbara Bleckman, Michelle Barenbaum, Ahtossa Fullerton, Sean Norton, Tracy Ginther, Howard Wynn, Leslie Fielder, Dorothy O'Donnell, Tim Schultz, Linda Dunne, Karen Carr, Deb Carney, Julie Kennedy, Lisa Gilmore, Rhonda Campbell, Nancy Turner, Gideon Bernstein, Tina Taylor, Jody Branham, Justine Whitehead

Room Parents: Dena Berger, Christine Berg, Amy Fierstein, Anne Buxton, Bonnie Neulight, Christine Brandt, Christine Freda, Dawn Davis, Deb Luster, Diane Mateo, Dominique Hawthorne, Heidi Longo, Jan Levelle, Jenn Boon, Jenn Gilmer, Jennifer Hollander, Jenny Douglas, Karen Carr, Kathy Lucas, Kristi Duchon, Kristy Campbell, Laura Bowman, Lauren Snell, Lucy Hampton, Lyra Kelly, Maureen Keefe, Michelle Barenbaum, Michelle Zimmerman, Ronnie Sharpe, Shannon Udovic, Simone Slattery, Suzanne Alpert, Suzanne DiBianca, Tina Taylor, Tina Zachariou, Vyvianne Kiriakis, Wendy Dalia, Wendy Pagett


A BIG Thank You to Our Stellar Event Photographers!

Thanks to photographer coordinator Mike Bishop and his team of talented shutter bugs for their great pictures of school events this year: Mari Allen, Kathy Bishop, John Carney, Mara Conner, Justine Corey-Whitehead, Kristi Duchon, Nancy Ericsson, Christine Freda, Janie Karp, Jessica Ryan, Ronnie Sharpe and Michelle Zimmerman.


Thanks to Our June-July Birthday Book Club Members!

Thank you, birthday book club members, for giving Edna's library the gift of a new book on YOUR special day:

June Birthdays
Andrew Parker, Bryce Mason, Carly Toole, Caroline Schultz, Casey Brandt, Chris Parker, Danil Wells, Erin Faubel, Ethan Chase, Garrett Mason, Grace Newman, Henry Basnight, Jacob Levinson, Jake Buxton, Luca Fazio, Macy Taylor,, Maeve Cain, Maggie Griffis, Marlo Nanola, Maury Schultz, McKay Hawthorne, Mikaela Stern, Olivia Gerraty, Tess Wilmoth, Tyler Buxton

July Birthdays
Abigail Alpert, Adnan Ashraf, Casey Braff, Charlotte Baker, David Hampton, Elan Levine, Gabrielle Brandt, Graham Ross, Hannah Gilmer, Hudson Nanola, Jason Dunne, Jonas Barnes, Justin Alley, Kyle Wong, Kyra Carney, Lucy Allen, Luke Jessup, Maddy Shepard, Maia Ciambriello, Michael Umolu, Monroe Drysdale, Myla Dalia, Owen Constant, Ryan Hemmeter, Sydney Phillipp, Tomas Ludin, Will Basnight


Revised Car Line Schedule for the Rest of the Year

There are only five more weeks of school left and we're all busy. But we still need 100% parent participation to keep car line running! Thanks to all of you who have already volunteered throughout the year. And if you haven't had a chance to work a shift, now's the time to jump in and help! Please note the revised schedule below and sign up for as many slots as you can.

Morning (8:15 -8:40 a.m.)              Afternoon (2:40- 3:05 p.m.)

5/9            Leogrande                        Barry
5/16          Stapp                                Bremer
5/23          Marks                                N. Stachon
5/31          Aronson                            Isler
6/6            Ingle                                 Carr


Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Your Athletic Equipment

We need your gently used soccer balls, footballs and basketballs! It's spring-cleaning time, and if you've got excess athletic equipment cluttering your garage, this is the perfect chance to get rid of it. Donations can be dropped off in the box in front of the office, now through May 20. Questions? Contact Karen Carr at karenmuntercarr@yahoo.com.


Turn in Your Library Books!

All fifth graders must return their library books BEFORE the Walker Creek trip. Please drop off your books by Friday, May 20! For students in all other grades: your books are due on Friday, May 27.


Garden Angels Ronnie and Amelia Sharpe Work Magic for Edna!

Last month, garden angels Ronnie Sharpe and her second-grade daughter Amelia, went all out for Edna! Ronnie was selected from a pool of 380 grant applicants to win an electric tiller/cultivator from the National Gardening Association and Mantis! The tiller/cultivator will make turning compost into soil in the pumpkin patch a breeze! 

In addition, this crafty mother-daughter duo won the Whole Foods Creative Reuse Contest for their "Banner'ammock," a hammock made from recycled banners and bags. Their creativity scored Edna a $1000 prize for our garden. Way to go, ladies!! 

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Ronnie, Amelia and Their Prize-Winning "Banner'ammock"


A Big Shout Out to Our Spring Birthday Book Club Members!

Thank you to all of you who gave the gift of a new book to Edna's library on YOUR special day:

March Birthdays
Hannah Bishop, Pamara Chaimanont, Miya Cohn, Tyson Cole, Julia Collins, Braden Dalia, Anya Dimaio,Viviana Garcia, Benjamin Gilmer, Emma Hollander, Kaden Kayser, William Lester, Ethan Lin, Mikayla Lin, Isabella Lown Heitz, Kaitlyn Lucas, Lucas Meyers, Nicholas Michael, Conall Noonan, Oliver Silmore, Milana Sitrin, Sara Steele, Lassen Waugh

April Birthdays
Thomas Allen, Elissa Asch, Maddie Asch, Emily Baker, Ella Bricker, Aron Bukary, Nathaniel Burroughs, Jack Callaghan, Caden Carney, Ethan Carr, Justin Carr, Jack Chai, Pavinee Chaimanont, Alex Davis, Amanda do Valle, Kavi Dolasia, Kate Freda, Carson Harrell, Lily Ignon, Sophia Krivoruchko, Skylar Mandingo-Stoba, Jesse Mosher, Emma Palmer, Patrick Ryan, Naomi Schiller, Sadie Scholz, Sarah Schoner, Andrew Sitrin, Annabel Smith, Sky Somers, Alexia Stern, Olena van Rueben, Lucille Viscardi

May Birthdays
Ilayda Akmehmet, Hannah Alpert, Olivia Bleckman, Gabi Bukary, Sophie Cabral, Chloe Carney, Tim Clifford, Tim Coen, Gary Griffis, Caden Hollander, Jesse Keefe, Samantha Locke,Willem Palmer, Charlie Peters, Alexander Podesta, Summer Polster, Jack Porter, Sabina Safavi, Nathan Slattery, Noah Solem, Kassidy Stetler, Kacea Stetler, Tatum Treais, Lula Zada


Open PTA Committee Chair Positions

Are you interested in meeting new families and making new friends at Edna? Then here's your chance! The Edna PTA is looking for a few good parents to fill these committee chair positions for the 2011-12 school year:

Community Outreach
Book Fair Evening Cafe
Safe Routes to School
See's Candy Sale                                                                                                    Variety Show

If you're shy, grab a friend and share a position. Get involved and have fun! Everything great that happens at Edna happens because people care enough to put in the time. The teachers and staff, students and parents- together, we are ALL the PTA! Please contact Kit Harris at kitharris57@gmail.com or Janie Karp at jkarpj@comcast.net if you're interested or have questions.


Reminder: Reimbursements for PTA Receipts

Thanks to the Edna teachers and parents who have bought supplies for various events this year. If you wish to be reimbursed for your purchases, please turn in your receipts with a completed reimbursement form to the PTA Treasurer's (Jeannine Berman) mailbox in the Edna office. You'll find reimbursement forms on our website. Thanks!


Edna's Origami Cranes Fly to Japan!

Thank you Edna students, teachers, families and friends for supporting our cranes project! Together, we folded a total of 3,881 origami cranes that have been shipped to Schools Rebuild in Seattle. The organization has promised to donate $2 per crane ( a total of $7762) to help rebuild a school in Tohoku Prefecture, the area most devastated by the earthquake and tsunami of March 11.The cranes we folded will be incorporated into an art installation at the school. Our good wishes will be felt by many, many school children. Arigatou!


Edna Community Rallies for Japan Disaster Victims

Wow, Edna families, thank you for diving right in to support the Thousand Cranes Project and for contributing $1526.81 to our March 23 Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fundraiser! Thanks to Salesforce.com Foundation, your donations will be matched for a total of $3053.62.This amount will be divided among the following Japan relief organizations:

1) Japan Platform: delivers humanitarian aid
2) Kids Earth Fund: offers mental/psychological support for children
3) ETIC: provides human resources development
4) Second Harvest Japan: gives food aid

To make additional contributions, or for more information, please go to Salesforce.com.

Through April 30, Edna students will continue to work with friends from Mill Valley and across the U.S. to fold origami cranes. A HUGE thank you to third-grader Lara Akmehmet for donating 1,000 cranes from family and friends who are busy folding an extra 2,000! And thanks also to second-grader Simon Dauth for donating 100 cranes! Edna Maguire is on track to donate a total of 4,000 cranes for the children of Japan.

In addition to being a symbolic gesture, the cranes project will also help rebuild schools destroyed by the quake and tsunami. For every paper crane mailed to Students Rebuild, a national initiative helping youth take action on global issues, the Bezos Family Foundation  will donate $2 to Architecture for Humanity. Once 100,000 cranes are received, a Japanese artist will weave the cranes into a piece of art. The piece will be displayed on the property of a Japanese school that Architecture for Humanity will rebuild. For more information, visit facebook.com/papercranesforjapan.

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Edna's Rainbow of Cranes will Soon Fly to the Children of Japan

Bingo Night Fundraiser
In addition to the crane project, Edna's Family Bingo Night raised an extra $1000 for our earthquake and tsunami relief efforts. We sent this money to the Brookstone Company, which matched our donation. Edna students should be especially proud to know that $2,000 will go to Save the Children, an organization that is helping Japanese children in the regions affected by the earthquake and tsunami.


Edna's First Science Fair a BIG Success!

What better way to spend a warm spring evening than learning some new things at the first annual Edna Maguire Science Fair! Thanks to student scientists Lukas Affeltranger, Lara Akmehmet, Lucy Allen, Hannah Alpert, Sebastian Ames, Nikki Batroff, Mariam Bham, Hannah Bishop, Jake Bourdages, Eloise Breckbill, Natalie Bricker, Kyra Carney, Jack Chai, , Kennedy Cook, Connor Dargan, Anya Dimaio, Andrew Dunne, Jason Dunne, Ellie Evans, David Fineman, Kate Freda, Madeline Furey Peters, Carina Kelly, Audrey Herrera, Shanzeh Iqbal, Luke Jessup, Lilly Ignon, Sophia Krivoruchko, Samantha Locke, Tomas Ludin, Cooper Marshall, Lucy Meisler, Keri Nakae, Amina Nakhuda, Khadija Nakhuda, Dara Noonan, Juliet Oreste, Avi Perkoff, Zoe Philippides, Alex Podesta, Ian Pratt, Joe Rico, Piper Santos, Olivia Shine Harris, Katie Southern, Mikaere Todd, and Georgia Westfall for sharing your work with us. Your projects were AWESOME! 

Thank you to everyone who donated refreshments for the Science Fair Open House. And a special thanks to the following parents and staff members for making this event a success: Ann Eshoff, Kit Harris, Deborah Huber, Janie Karp, Julie McCrady, Lisa Orloff, Jo Southern, Kate Sprague and Lisa Zimmer

We also want to congratulate Georgia Westfall, the lucky winner of our drawing for a free week of summer camp at Camp Galileo. Thank you to Galileo Learning for donating this generous prize. At Camp Galileo, kids engage in hands-on art, science and outdoor activities, plus have tons of fun with camp traditions like dress up days, Waterball and the rubber chicken cheer. Visit the Galileo website to learn about four brand-new innovative themes for 2011.

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Edna's Young Scientists Wowed Us with Their Projects!

See more Science Fair pictures here.


WANTED: Web Cam Wiring Whiz!

Whoo-whoo needs you? Edna's owls, that's who! We need someone with experience wiring a camera into a television, computer, or smart board so we can watch what's happening at Edna's Owl Inn. Please contact Ronnie for more information at ronniesharpe@me.com.


The Show Must Go On - Help Us Make Sure it Does!

We need YOUR help to ensure that the seventh annual Edna Maguire Variety Show goes off without a hitch. This year, we especially need parents willing to be mentored to take over directing and producing roles that will be vacated by fifth grade parents Jody Branham, Deb Luster, Max Perkoff and Rob Thomure.

Be a part of carrying on this wonderful tradition of bringing the performing arts to life at Edna. Enjoy the fulfillment of watching kids' faces light up in response to the fun, supportive experience of being on stage--often for the first time- in the Edna Variety Show.

Here's a list of roles we're looking to fill:

Assistant Director

Show Production Coordinator

Volunteer Coordinator

Piano Accompanist 

Sound and Lights Technician

Stage Manager

Set Production

Graphic Designer (posters and programs)

Please contact Jody Branham at jodyvera@pacbell.net or 388-1282 if you'd like to take on one of these roles! And don't forget--if your child is participating in the show, it's mandatory that you volunteer to assist with a production task. Look for sign up sheets at the rehearsals.


Next Generation: Creating Tomorrow's Environmental Stewards

"What kind of bug is that?" "Can I recycle this container?" "We use how much water?!" These are some of the questions from students participating in Edna Maguire's Next Generation Green Schools program.

Next Generation provides Edna Maguire with Green Team and Garden Club facilitation, garden and sustainability education, field trip coordination, puppet shows and more. Program Coordinator Rebecca Mullaney is here every Thursday. She works with classes in the garden on an ongoing basis, delivers other environmental programs, and along with third grade teacher Carrie Morgan, meets with the Green Team or Garden Club.

Now in its third year at Edna, the Next Generation program empowers young people in Marin to learn more about environmental issues and sustainable solutions, gain leadership skills, and take action for our environment. Next Generation is funded by the Marin Community Foundation, Marin County Board of Supervisors, Marin Sanitary Service, local green businesses, schools, and many individual donors

Visit www.gonextgeneration.org to learn more about Next Generation programs or make a donation! Or contact Rebecca Mullaney: 459- 6398 or rebecca@gonextgeneration.org.


Thelma Cornish's Spirit Lives on in Children's Garden

We are sad to report that Thelma Cornish, a good friend of the garden, recently passed away. Thelma donated flower bulbs to the garden every year. They have been lovingly planted and tended near the main entrance and kindergarten garden beds where her spirit lives on. She was also kind enough to name the Children's Garden as a beneficiary of gifts in her memory. We will be choosing a permanent place to plant dahlias and other flower bulbs in her honor.


The Thousand Cranes Project for Earthquake and Tsunami Relief in Japan

On Thursday, March 24, Edna Maguire will sponsor "The Thousand Cranes Project" for Earthquake and Tsunami Relief in Japan. We, along with Principal Zimmer, encourage each child to bring $1 - preferably of his or her own money - to contribute to a class envelope.

At the end of the day, we will collect the envelopes and make a cash contribution to the Salesforce.com Foundation on behalf of Edna Maguire. Salesforce.com Foundation will match our funds, dollar for dollar, and will work with a Japan-based organization focused on emergency relief and recovery efforts. For more information, and to make your own additional contributions, please go to SalesForce.com Foundation Thank you Edna parent and Salesforce.com Foundation Executive Director, Suzanne DiBianca, for facilitating this for us!

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We also hope the students of Edna Maguire will join us in folding 1,000 origami cranes as a symbolic gesture to the children of Japan. An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds 1,000 origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. We will be folding cranes in some of the classrooms and at lunch recess but will need more than one crane from each student to reach our goal of 1000. If you would like to make a crane at home, please stop by the office to pick up a piece of origami paper and click here to view written and video instructions. Once we have 1000 cranes, we will deliver them to the Japanese consulate as a gesture of good will. We hope the cranes will then be forwarded to a school or orphanage in Japan.

You can also find more information on how to help the earthquake victims, and make donations to the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief, at www.redcross.org. Or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

If you have any questions, please contact Janie Karp at jkarpj@comcast.net or Kit Harris at kitharris57@gmail.com. If you would like to help with the cranes, please contact Mari Allen at allenmari@hotmail.com. 

Thank you for your care and support.


Help Your Garden - AND Ours: Shop at Sloat!

Sloat Garden Center is sponsoring another Growing Up Green Week, NOW through March 21! Just bring in your Edna Flyer.pdf and Sloat will donate a percentage of your purchase to the Children's Garden. The more who participate, the more benefits our garden will reap! So if you've been thinking about preparing your garden for spring or need some new garden tools or furniture, be sure to go to Sloat. Thanks for supporting the garden and for shopping locally!

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Athlete's Fancy Footwork Gets Edna Students Pumped for Jump Rope Month

Just in time for our Jump Rope Month, world champion jump rope artist Renee Bibaub put on a mesmerizing show at Edna on February 28. Students enjoyed watching her perform some amazing tricks--and even learned a few to try on their own. Bibaub also left them with this positive message: give your best effort, mistakes are okay, don't compare yourself to others, work on your own goals-- and have FUN! This event was funded by your PTA dollars.

Students will get to practice what Bibaub taught them--and jump their way to happier, healthier hearts-- as Jump Rope Month continues. If you can, please put a $1 donation for lifesaving heart and stroke programs sponsored by the American Heart Association in the envelope in the office. Many thanks to P.E. teacher Schuyler Harvey for organizing this event!


2011-2012 PTA Board Nominees

The Edna PTA Nominating Committee, chaired by Deborah Huber, has worked tirelessly for the past month to fill vacant PTA Board positions and committee chairs. We so appreciate all Deborah's time and energy, as well as the efforts of Kit Harris, Jennifer Hollander, Nicole Palmer and Caitlin Smith.

Pursuant to Article V, Section 3.g. of the PTA Bylaws, the report of the Nominating Committee was submitted and posted on March 6. The election will be held during the PTA Association Meeting on Wednesday, April 6 at 8:40 a.m. in the teachers' lounge. We hope you can join us!

2011-2012 PTA Executive Board Nominees

President: Janie Karp
Executive Vice President: Simone Slattery
VP of Student Well Being: Jenn Miller
VP of Programs: Karen Carr
VP of School Community: Kit Harris
VP of Fundraising: Stirling Somers
VP of Site Enhancement: Ingrid Lin
Treasurer: Jeannine Berman
Financial Secretary: Christine Freda
Recording Secretary: Christine Cole
Historian: Mari Allen
Auditor: Open


Put Your Creativity to Work for Edna and the Environment

Enter Whole Foods Market Marin's Creative Reuse Contest, and you might just win a $1,000 grant for our school! As part of its mission to recycle and reduce waste, Whole Foods is looking for ways to turn regular waste items, such as sheets of plastic laminate, coated paper posters, vinyl banners, laminated signs, cardboard, and waxed cardboard into something new!

You must register for the contest by April 1. Just send an e-mail creative.reuse@wholefoods.com with your name. And be sure to mention your entry supports Edna! You'll receive more details and instructions on getting supplies to work with. (Please specify the location of your local Whole Foods Market, so we can arrange for pick-up.) See below for more information or call Susan Grelock from Whole Foods at 381-1200.


Win a $1,000 Grant

For Your Bay Area School or Nonprofit!

Enter Whole Foods Market Marin's Creative Reuse Contest

Our goal: Whole Foods Market has a mission to recycle and reduce waste. Still, grocery stores make some waste that is difficult to recycle or reuse. We are looking for ways to reuse our regular waste items - and support local nonprofits at the same time.

Your challenge: Can you take regular waste items and use them to make something new?

The raw materials: Typical waste includes sheets of plastic laminate, coated paper posters, vinyl banners, laminated signs, cardboard, and waxed cardboard.

What can you make? You can make a practical item (like a tote bag made from a vinyl banner or a notebook made with a waxed cardboard cover) or a fine art item (like paintings done on vinyl or collages made from old posters).

The event: Participants need to bring their item for judging to the Art of Community event on Saturday, April 30. Participants must arrive by noon. The event is open to the public from 1-4pm and will be at Whole Foods Market on 340 Third Street in San Rafael.

Promote your nonprofit or school: All participants must be partnered with a school or nonprofit. At the event, participants will be asked to staff a table to promote their organization. You may also sell additional items you made for donations to your nonprofit or school.

The winner: Submissions will be judged by a panel during the event and winners will be announced at 4pm. The winner will receive a check for $1,000 for the nonprofit or school of their choice. (The check should be available 2-4 weeks after the event.) Visitors at the event will also be invited to vote - the "People's Choice" winner will receive a $500 donation. Winners will also receive the opportunity to have their nonprofit or school featured in a Whole Foods Market store.

Register: Participants need to register by April 1. Register by emailing creative.reuse@wholefoods.com. Provide your name and the name of the organization you are working with. After registering, you will receive more details and instructions on getting your supplies to work with. (Please specify the location of your local Whole Foods Market, so we can arrange for pick-up.) Questions? Call Susan Grelock from Whole Foods Market at 415-381-1200.


Edna's First E-Waste Drive Rakes in the Green!

Thank you, Edna Maguire community, for participating in our first E-Waste Drive in January. We collected six pallets of old appliances, electronics, cell phones, and televisions in only three hours, earning $540 for our school! The PTA will use these funds to purchase new P.E. and recess equipment. Special thanks go out to Green Team member Elissa Asch for giving up her Saturday morning to help out. And to kindergarten teacher Lisa Stapp, who not only spent her morning working at the event, but also organized it! See you at our next E-Waste Drive in June.


Kudos to Our Dr. Seuss Café Helpers

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who helped bring the Dr. Seuss Café to life for our students: Barbara Bleckman, Laura Bowman, Debbie Carney, Catherine Grava, Kit Harris, Deborah Huber, Merrie Jaffe, Kira Keane, Lyra Kelly, Karen Olson, Ann Riley, Stirling Somers and Cathy Wilmoth.

Thanks also to the first grade classes for the great Dr. Seuss art, Mr. Stachon's fourth grade class for cleaning up, and all our fifth grade waiters! And special thanks to librarian Lisa Monge and library aide Anne Fretes for providing plenty of Dr. Seuss books and lending us the library for the week.


An Important Message About Safety

Dear Family,

Earlier in my career, I had the horrible experience of teaching in a school where a 5-year-old child was hit and killed by a car. Our entire community was devastated by this tragedy, and I have never forgotten it. Research shows that 50% of children hit by cars near schools are struck by parents of other students.

Recently, we have noticed an increase in adults letting children out of their vehicles in the middle of the street. The children must then run around the vehicles to get to a sidewalk. In addition, people are still parking in loading zones, not using designated drop-off areas, ignoring speed limits, and cutting off bicycle riders! To control these dangerous practices, we've asked the Mill Valley Police Department for help. You may see officers patrolling our parking lot and crosswalks.

I URGE YOU - PLEASE PRACTICE SAFE, FOCUSED, RESPONSIBLE DRIVING! Here are some guidelines we should all follow when driving, walking or biking to school:

Drivers

  • Stop and look for pedestrians crossing the street
  • Expect the unexpected - be prepared to stop suddenly!
  • Drive at or under the speed limit, especially in our school zone.
  • Look for pedestrians when pulling out of driveways or driving around parked cars.
  • Use our car-line for drop off and pick up--it doesn't take long!
  • Be especially watchful for families and children on bikes on Lomita. The sidewalk is uneven and narrow, often forcing cyclists into the road.
  • Check your side mirrors for pedestrians or bikes when you are avoiding oncoming traffic due to the narrow road.
  • Stay off your phone--no call is that important!
  • Remember -- your vehicle is a deadly weapon when it comes in contact with a human body or animal.

Pedestrians and Cyclists

  • Use crosswalks and obey the crossing guard
  • Dismount from your bike in crosswalks
  • Don't cross a road between parked cars
  • Wait for the "walk" signal when crossing a street with traffic lights.
  • Talk to your child about traffic rules; model behavior you want him to practice
  • Walk alert! Never assume a driver can see you.

Our car-line program also plays an important role in helping to make our school safer. We rely on volunteers from each classroom to keep it running smoothly, and to help kids get in and out of their cars each morning and afternoon. Please check the schedule and pitch in to help when possible! Click here to see the calendar.

Finally, I want to thank Safe Routes to School of Marin and the Mill Valley Police Department for their time, support and guidance. For more information, go to www.dhs.ca.gov/routes2school or http://www.saferoutestoschools.org.

Sincerely,

Lisa Zimmer


Urgent: The Edna Maguire PTA Asks You to Take Action for the Students of California

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Click here to take action now!



New Edna Maguire School Design Approved

On February 9, the Mill Valley School District Board of Trustees approved the design for the new Edna Maguire School. Wally Gordon of the architectural firm Deems Lewis McKinley, presented the design documents, which included a comprehensive functional and aesthetic design review. Current cost estimates for the approved design are within the $28.8 million construction budget. View the Edna Maguire Design Development Presentation.



Now Open: Edna Maguire's New Owl Inn!

If you look up at two of the trees past our softball field and near the bike path, you'll see Edna's two new owl boxes. They were installed to provide homes and nesting sights for Marin's native barn owls. Be sure to keep an eye out for signs that owl families have moved into the inn! And remember--observing is great, but please don't disturb the owl homes.

Thank you to Julie Hanft of The Hungry Owl Project for consulting with us and locating the ideal spot for our owl houses. Also, thank you to Randy Harris with Artistry In Trees and Edna parent for hanging the homes in the trees. And thanks to all of YOU for protecting our shared environment and welcoming the barn owls to Edna Maguire! Contact Ronnie Sharpe (ronniesharpe@me.com) if you have any questions.

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Edna Students' "Fun-Raiser" Featured on Malaria No More Blog

Kudos to Edna students Ella Bricker, Natalie Bricker, Jamie Snell and Carly Toole for raising almost $600 for Malaria No More with their "Fun-Raiser." The girls were recently featured in the "Super Supporters" segment of the Malaria No More blog for their outstanding work! You go, girls!


Lululemon Grant Provides P.E. Equipment for Edna

Thank you to Lululemon for their grant of $600 to purchase new P.E. equipment and balls. Every Edna student has P.E. so we all benefit from this generous gift. Of course, none of this would have happened without the support of Edna parent and Lululemon employee, Margaret Krivoruchko.


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Announcements:
Think of Edna When You Shop For Back-to-School Items
Shop at Goodman's and Support Edna!
Open House has a new time: May 28, 5-6 p.m.
Last Chance for Lost and Found!
Return those Library Books!
Order Next Year's School Supplies NOW!
Rain or Shine! Celebrate the Garden's Re-Opening
Carline Etiquette
Claim Your Treasures from the Lost and Found
Edna's Dads Club April 10
New This Year! Order Your Child's 2014-15 School Supply Kit Online Now
Show Your Edna Pride on April 4!
2nd Annual Earth Week Craft Sale: April 22-24
Garden Faire - Volunteers needed!
Celebrate the Garden's Re-Opening at the Garden Faire
Eat at La Boulange on March 26 and Give Back to Edna!
What's Happening at the Mill Valley Library?
Variety Show Auditions
Calling All Edna Dads!
The 2014/15 PTA Wants You!
New Edna Spirit Wear
Spirit Wear Operations Manager
New Edna Spirit Wear
Garden Workday CANCELLED - 1st and 4th Grades
Last Chance to Order Your Yearbooks!
Lost and Found Update
Safe Routes to School Supports New Edna Campus
Thanks from your PE Team
Buy your new Edna Spirit Wear now!
Thank You to our Fabulous Spirit Wear Team
Edna's Dads Challenge
Notice of Upcoming Delays on Azalea and Vasco Sts
Buy your new Edna Spirit Wear now!
Edna Maguire Open House - January 12
Order Your Yearbooks Before It's Too Late!
Welcome Back to the New Year and the Brand New Edna Maguire!
Thank You and Welcome to a New Era
Order Your Yearbooks Before It's Too Late!
The Book Fair Needs You!
Winter Recess: December 16 - January 3
Put Edna on Your Holiday Gift List
The Garden Needs Your Help!
PTA Spending - Fall 2013
Wanted: Your Succulent Cuttings
Shop at Sloat and Support the Garden
Thanksgiving Holiday Break
Important Information About Absences and Tardies
Order Your Yearbooks by January 29
Dine, Donate and Be Dazzled on December 4
Thank You To Our SteepleChase Sponsors!
3...2...1...THE CHASE IS ON!
Earn Money for Edna!
Wanted: Refrigerators
Construction Update - October 2013
3...2...1 The Chase is On! Steeplechase 2013
International Walk and Roll to School Day
Staying Safe in Morning Traffic
Shop at Sloat and Support the Garden
Birthday Treats Policy
Navigating the Carline
More Ways to Shop and Support Edna
New This Year: Don't Forget to Register for the 2013-14 School Year
Remembering the 2012-13 School Year
EXTRA, EXTRA YEARBOOKS!!!
Attention PTA Members: Take Advantage of Some Great Discounts
Hats Off to Our School Communications Team!
Kudos to These Super-Star Volunteers
Thank You Yearbook Volunteers!
Return Library Books
Your PTA Dollars at Work
Last Call for PTA Reimbursements!
HELP WANTED by the Edna PTA
Save Your Box Tops for Edna!
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Your Athletic Equipment
Innovative Teaching Fund Grant Awards
Reminder: Turn in Your PTA Reimbursement Receipts
Support Edna Over the Summer!
Lend a Hand at the Spring Faire: April 28
Help Haiti by Donating Vitamins
Every Dime Counts! Save Boxtops to Raise Money for Edna!
Harvesting Produce to Fight Hunger: UNHUNGER
Help Haiti by Donating Vitamins
Celebrating Our New Garden
Open PTA Board and Chair Positions
Thank You Birthday April Book Club Members for Supporting Our Library
Chicken Naming Contest Results
Thank you from the Mill Valley Children's Garden
Open PTA Board and Chair Positions
Thank You Birthday March Book Club Members for Supporting Our Library
Open PTA Board and Chair Positions
When to Miss School
Thank You Birthday Book Club Members for Supporting Our Library
Save Your Box Tops for Edna
Sports Basement
Book Passage
Thank You Birthday Book Club Members for Supporting Our Library
You Cheered for the Niners. Now it's Time to Support Another Team--Edna's PTA!
KIDDO! Funds Teaching Programs at Edna Maguire
Last Chance for Yearbooks!
Gratitude From the P.E. Team
Shop at Whole Foods on Miller; Raise Money for Edna
Please Save Your Holiday Ribbon for the Edna Spring Faire!
Winter Recess: December 21-January 4
Order Your Yearbooks Before It's Too Late!
Give a Gift to Edna When You Shop for the Holidays
WANTED: Pony Express Editor
Hot Lunch Policy
Important Information About Attendance and Tardies
Thanksgiving Leaves Adorn Our Giving Tree
Order Your 2012-13 Yearbooks!
Go Green to School EVERY Wednesday!
Thanks for Sharing Your Halloween Loot with Our Soldiers!
Carline Etiquette 101
Got a Flair for Planning Parties? Love Edna's Garden? Read On!
Please Turn in Your Steeplechase Pledge Packets!
Individual Photo Make-Up Day: Friday, November 2
Candy Drive for Our Troops - Friday, November 2
Hey Fourth Graders: The Garden Needs YOU on November 4!
Earn up to 3% for Edna Maguire Spirit Wear
Be a Wednesday Weeder!
Steeplechase Has a BIG Need for a BIG Truck!
PTA Membership Has Its Perks!
Extended After School Crossing Guard Hours
Please Turn in Your PTA Forms
Sign-Up Online to Volunteer for Edna and Our Kids
Keep Our School Ready for Emergencies
Fall Enrichment at Ring Mountain & Edna Maguire
Unexcused Absence Information
WANTED: Steeplechase T-Shirt Sponsors
Attention Fifth Grade Parents: Sign Up for MVMS Tours
Thanks to Our Summer Garden Fairies!
Attention PTA Members: Take Advantage of Some Great Discounts
Dive into Summer Savings AND Support Edna!
Save Your Box Tops for Edna this Summer!
Important Changes to Next Year's After School Enrichment Program!
Students Enjoyed Hands-On Learning in the Garden
Haiti Dollar Donation Day a Whopping Success!
Birthday Book Club Appreciation
Hats Off to Our School Communications Team!
Kudos to These Super-Star Volunteers
A Big Thanks to Our Event Photographers
End of the Year Rummage Sale: June 7-8
Last Call for PTA Reimbursements!
Your PTA Dollars at Work
Congrats to Our Second-Graders for Winning the Garden Contest!
An Important Message from Marin Municipal Water District
MVSD Parcel Tax Update
Reminder: Turn in Your Library Books!
Classroom Placement Policy
Save Your Box Tops for Edna!
Show your Edna Spirit!
Thanks for Helping Our Garden to Thrive!
Garden Faire A Magical Success
Yearbook Thank Yous
An Important Message from Marin Municipal Water District
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Your Athletic Equipment
Parent Volunteers Needed for Six-Part Plant Fest, May 14
Congrats to Edna's Go Green to School Contest Winners!
Fourth Grade Pioneers Trek to Sutter's Fort
Young Authors' Fair Nurtures Student Storytellers
Students Share Their Experiments at Edna's Science Fair
Reminder: Turn in Your PTA Reimbursement Receipts
Support Edna Over the Summer!
Edna Students Turn Lemonade into Philanthropy
April 24-May 22 CST Testing Window
Edna PTA Needs You! Be A Part of Next Year's PTA Board.
Administrative Professionals Appreciation Week: April 23-27
Don't Miss the Science Fair Open House: Thursday, April 26
Experience the Magic: Spring Garden Faire, April 29!
Innovative Teaching Fund Grant Awards
WANTED: Edna Maguire Web Master
Enter Your Favorite Homemade Treat in Our Annual Bake-Off!
Step into Spring in Edna Maguire Spirit Wear
Thanks to Our Birthday Book Club Members!
E-Waste Drive Turns Trash into Cash for Edna
Walk & Roll to Edna on March 28! Help Your Class Win the Go Green Contest!
Hey Edna Maguire Families! The Garden Needs YOU on April 1!
2012-2013 PTA Board Nominees
REMINDER: Do Not Park in Red Zone in the Front Parking Lot!
WANTED: Prize Donations for Spring Garden Faire
Save the Date for Edna's Annual Science Fair: April 26
Got Tickets You Can't Use? Give Them to Our Deserving Teachers!
Two New Additions Join Edna's Chicken Family
Variety Show Performers and Concession Stand Were a Smash!
Japan One Year Later
Don't Miss the "Edna's Got Talent" Show THIS Friday, March 9!
Remember--It's Principal Appreciation Week!
Go Green to School EVERY DAY from March 12-April 6
Fulfill a "Shamrock Wish" for a Non-Classroom Teacher or Support Staff Member
Save the Date: Annual Bake-Off and Garden Faire, Sunday, April 29
Edna Maguire Students Have BIG Hearts
Oh, the Places They Went!
Edna Leaps into Action for the Ritter House
Leap Year 2012: Get a Day, Give a Day!
Shop at Sloat for Your Garden AND Help Ours
Dr. Seuss Cafe Will Serve Up Fun Next Week
Show Some Love for Lisa Z. During Principal Appreciation Week
The Garden Thanks Artistry in Trees
RIP Ginger
Edna's PTA Reaches Important Milestone
Jump Rope, Donate $1 for Healthy Hearts on February 14
Consider Healthy Treats for Classroom Valentine's Day Parties
Seeking Edna Representatives for ITAV
Kiddo! Mini-Grants at Work at Edna
Bingo Night a Winner for Edna Families
Thanks to the Rotary Club for Supporting Our Third Graders
What a Sweet Deal: See's Candy Sale Extended!
Last Call for Yearbook Orders!
REMINDER: Variety Show Registration Forms Due February 2!
Thank You Birthday Book Club Members for Supporting Our Library
Miss Our Bully Prevention Presentation? Here's the Scoop...
Get the 411 on Edna's Bully Prevention Program TONIGHT
Last Call for Yearbook Orders: Get 'Em in by January 31!
Shop at Sloat's for Your Garden and Help Ours
Order Your See's Candy for Valentine's Day
Hey Students - It's YOUR Time to Shine! Edna's Variety Show is Coming!
Attention K-2 Families: New Safety Seat Law!
Your Amazon Holiday Shopping Paid Off BIG for Edna!
Thanks to Your Box Tops, the Bucks Are Adding Up for Our School!
Last Call For Holiday Food Drive Donations
Don't Forget: Toys for Tots Drive Going on Now
Edna Yearbooks Make Great Holiday Presents!
Tis the Season for Giving Edna Spirit Wear
First Grade Garden Work Day: Sunday, January 8, 2-4 p.m.
WANTED: Prize Donations for Top See's Candy Sellers
Somalia Day Success!
So Many Ways to Shop for the Holidays. So Many Ways to Help Edna!
Use Your Head: Wear a Helmet When You Bike or Scoot on Campus!
Donate a Toy: Brighten the Holidays for a Child in Need
Support Edna's Holiday Food Drive
Go Green to School All Winter Long
Enjoy One-Stop Holiday Shopping on Amazon, Give a Gift to Edna
Steeplechase Thank Yous
Book Fair Update and Thanks
Book Fair Café Served Up Fun and Funds for Sutter's Fort Trip
You Shop, We'll Cook: Book Fair Evening Café, THIS Thursday, November 17!
Every Child, Every Day, Everything--You Did It, Edna Families!
Thankful Tree Takes Root at Edna
2012 Kindergarten Registration Dates
Edna's Disaster Drill Gets Us Prepared
Steeplechase Pledge Packets Now Due THIS Tuesday, November 8!
Does Your Employer Match Funds for Steeplechase Donations?
Take Action to Protect Edna and Other Mill Valley Schools
Mark Your Calendar: Change of Date for No Bully Presentation
Shop at Sloat for YOUR Garden and They'll Help OURS
It's TIME TO READ: Edna's Book Fair is Coming!
Used Book Drive
Help Us Provide Lunch for Homeless Children in Marin
Have You Purchased Your Yearbook Yet?
Play a Starring Role in Nurturing Our Kids' Talent: Volunteer for the Variety Show!
Back by Popular Demand: Edna's Amazon Link is Now Working
Flaunt Your School Pride with Edna Spirit Wear!
Thank You Birthday Book Club Members!
Edna Gardeners Are in Good Hands, Thanks to EO Products
Make Sure Our Kids' Laps Pay Off: Turn in Your Steeplechase Pledge Packets!
Get a Sneak Peek of the NEW Edna Maguire School
Make a Difference: Support Steeplechase THIS Friday, October 21!
Taste Choice Lunch Samples: Friday, October 28
Candy Drive for Our Troops, November 3-4
Desperately Seeking Hot Lunch Volunteers!
Got Tickets You Can't Use? Give Them to Our Deserving Teachers!
Fall Farmers' Market Rakes in the Cash
Watch a Video of the MVSD Candidates' Forum
Treat Yourself, Help the Green Team: Bake Sale, October 13
Brewing Snafus Couldn't Kill the Buzz at First Coffee Cart
You've Got Sole, Edna!
Dig Gardening? Check Out Our Library's Gardening Section!
Edna's "Friends of the Garden" Group Honored in National Contest
PTA Membership Has its Perks!
Go Green to, From and After School with SchoolPool Marin
Charitable Used Shoe Drive Continues Through September 28
Sign-Up Online to Volunteer For PTA Events
WANTED: Book Fair Volunteers
Turn in Those PTA Permission Slips!
Keep Our School Ready for Emergencies!
PTA Association Meeting Dates
Help Our Garden: Shop at Sloat's During Growing Up Green Week
Introducing Two Exciting New Places to Shop for Edna
Shop at Book Passage to Help Edna
Save Your Box Tops for Edna
Seeking Hot Lunch Volunteers
Thank You, Zio Ziegler, for Our Awesome Mural!
First Day Coffee Thank Yous
Thanks to Our Picture Day Helpers
A Big Garden THANK YOU to Randy Harris
Four Thousand Cranes Project Update
Unexcused Absence Information
Get Answers to Your School Fundraising Questions
Watch for Edna's New Website Later This Year
Turn in Your PTA One-Stop Shopping and Volunteer Forms
Grade Level Family Picnics Kick off THIS Sunday, September 11
We Need Your Gently Used Shoes!
Introducing "Pony Scan and Plan"
Get Edna Info When You Need It: Bookmark Ednamaguire.org!
Follow Principal Zimmer on Twitter
Seeking Steeplechase T-Shirt Sponsors
New Vendor Serving Up More Lunch Options for Our Kids
Edna's Garden Wins Big at Marin County Fair!
Thanks to Our Summer Garden Bugs!
Guess Who's Already Been Working Hard for Edna?
Watch for Edna's New Website Later This Year
Thanks to Lisa Stapp, AKA Our E-Waste Drive Goddess!
Pass Some Soccer Balls Our Way, Please!
Congrats to Our Garden Contest Winners! And Thanks to All Who Supported the Garden!
Edna's Garden Provides a Bounty of Learning Opportunities
Help Edna Over the Summer: Save Your Box Tops!
Shop to Help Edna
Thanks to Our Edna Communications Team!
A HUGE Thanks to the 2011 Yearbook Team!
Japan Relief Efforts Update
Look Who's Tweeting: Lisa Zimmer Now on Twitter!
Take the Safe Routes to School Survey
Reminder: All Library Books Due May 27
Help Our Third Graders Help Kids in Haiti!
Enjoy Big Savings from Office Depot!
Last Call for PTA Reimbursements!
Your PTA Dollars at Work
Innovative Teaching Fund
Kudos to YOU for Another Fantastic School Year!
A BIG Thank You to Our Stellar Event Photographers!
Thanks to Our June-July Birthday Book Club Members!
Revised Car Line Schedule for the Rest of the Year
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Your Athletic Equipment
Turn in Your Library Books!
Garden Angels Ronnie and Amelia Sharpe Work Magic for Edna!
A Big Shout Out to Our Spring Birthday Book Club Members!
Open PTA Committee Chair Positions
Reminder: Reimbursements for PTA Receipts
Edna's Origami Cranes Fly to Japan!
Edna Community Rallies for Japan Disaster Victims
Edna's First Science Fair a BIG Success!
WANTED: Web Cam Wiring Whiz!
The Show Must Go On - Help Us Make Sure it Does!
Next Generation: Creating Tomorrow's Environmental Stewards
Thelma Cornish's Spirit Lives on in Children's Garden
The Thousand Cranes Project for Earthquake and Tsunami Relief in Japan
Help Your Garden - AND Ours: Shop at Sloat!
Athlete's Fancy Footwork Gets Edna Students Pumped for Jump Rope Month
2011-2012 PTA Board Nominees
Put Your Creativity to Work for Edna and the Environment
Edna's First E-Waste Drive Rakes in the Green!
Kudos to Our Dr. Seuss Café Helpers
An Important Message About Safety
Urgent: The Edna Maguire PTA Asks You to Take Action for the Students of California
New Edna Maguire School Design Approved
Now Open: Edna Maguire's New Owl Inn!
Edna Students' "Fun-Raiser" Featured on Malaria No More Blog
Lululemon Grant Provides P.E. Equipment for Edna



 

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