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Hidden Valley Hawk Talk Newsletter, Issue #10

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Friday,  October 21, 2022
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Oct 26

School Picture Day

Oct 31

Halloween parade at 8:35am

Nov 4

Please join RVSD Superintendent and Cabinet members in conversation about any topic related to the District or our school 

Nov 7

YES Family Art night at HV

Nov 11

No school - Veteran's Day

Nov 14 - 18

TK-5th conferences, Super Minimum Release (11:50am)

Nov 21 - 25

No school - Fall Break & Thanksgiving


Hello HV Families!


THANK YOU!! Thank you for your time and effort in fundraising for Hidden Valley through our amazing Fun Run! Because of your generosity and that of your extended families and friends, we raised $62,000. The funds are used to pay for programs like Social Emotional Learning and poetry, as well as many other programs, events and needed supplies.


A HUGE shout out goes to our Fun Run committee chairs, Mike Cassin, Sandra Murtagh and Jenn Hamerski, as well as all of the volunteers who helped make the Fun Run so fantastic! You knocked it out of the park and we couldn’t be more grateful!


In other PTO news, did you know that last week we brought back our Lego Lunch Club? On Mondays (Grades 3-5) and Thursdays (Grades 1-2), Room 10 is open at lunch recess for students to have open play with a ton of Legos. Special thanks to Sara Wilson, Jenn Hamerski and Gina Davis for getting this off the ground!


We’d love to create other types of lunch clubs. Are you interested in art? Let us know if you’d like to run a weekly club during lunch recess. We are open to other ideas, too! 


Don’t forget about Picture Day next Wednesday, and have a great weekend!


Team PTO


Mrs. Fish, Gina Davis, Mariposa, Mrs. Workman (left to right)

So we heard from members of the Hispanic/Latino communities, we heard from the administrative staff and teacher, now  it’s our turn, the Hidden Valley parents’ community, to answer questions:

What can we do to be more inclusive on campus? 

How can we notice and dismantle our own stereotypes and  model the process to our kids? 


Send us your answers here ( any format accepted and you can ask your kids for help) 

With our sincerest apologies for the delay, please find below Mrs. Fish’s, Mariposa’s, Ms. Workman’s (HV 3rd Grade teacher), and Gina’s (PTO secretary ) interviews in Spanish. 

During these interviews, we asked them to present their work to address the challenges Hidden Valley Hispanic/Latino families expressed in our previous issue.  


Ms. Fish, Principal of Hidden Valley School.Spanish

Mariposa, Administrative assistant. Spanish

Ms. Workman, 3rd Grade teacher. Spanish

Gina Davis, PTO Treasurer. Spanish


Many thanks to Rachael and Gina for the Spanish translation. 



In that regard, we relay resources presented in the last RVSD District & Community News


HelpNow: Online free tutoring available 24/7. 

The HelpNow pilot program is a new initiative offering educational resources to K-12 students and adult learners for FREE. It currently offers help in math and language arts, in English and Spanish, at any time ( day or night). Help for "other core K-12 subjects" is available between 10 am and 10 pm in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Tagalog, with no age limit. Anyone can take advantage of the resource using a smartphone, tablet, or computer anywhere in the state of California. 

Needs technology or internet support in your home, please contact Sean Maher, RVSD Director of Technology.


English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes. 

Tamalpais Union High School District - Adult School (TAS) offers English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to Marin County adults. ESL classes are free and offered in the evenings and mornings in Larkspur and San Rafael. Tam Adult School is currently exploring offering ESL classes in Fairfax or San Anselmo in Spring 2023. Please complete this survey if you are interested in ESL classes for adults being offered in your community. 

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Hidden Valley School Photo Day is 10/26/2022


Eyes Up, Marin!


Let’s Make our Streets Safer for Everyone!

From mid-October through the end of November, you’ll see bright and colorful banners and lawn signs popping up all over Marin asking people to keep their “Eyes Up” and be alert.  These signs will be asking drivers to slow down, watch when turning and look for pedestrians in the crosswalk; bicyclists to yield to pedestrians and to follow the rules of the road; and those walking to pay attention when crossing the street.


These messages will also show up in your social media feeds, and you can find them at Please share with your friends, family and co-workers!

The Eyes Up, Marin campaign is part of the Street Smarts Program and Safe Routes to Schools, locally funded programs of the Transportation Authority of Marin. This traffic safety campaign educates drivers, pedestrians and cyclists about safety issues, including distracted driving. The goal is to encourage people to adopt and practice attitudes and behaviors that will reduce the number of traffic-related accidents and make our streets safer for everyone.

The program focuses on placing outdoor messaging at “hotspots” throughout Marin County – bold reminders at the locations where traffic problems occur most frequently. The message placement was determined based on findings from the 2018 Marin County Travel Safety Plan  as well as analysis of 2016 -2020 countywide collision data from the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System.

Over 125 countywide partners including school districts, jurisdictions, emergency service providers, and community organizations will be sharing the new campaign images and safety messages widely.  Please join this important effort to make our streets safer for all!


SAVE THE DATE - Family Art Nights are back this year! 

Come on out with your child and enjoy a night of creation.  Ms. Gavam has created a few art lessons paired with inspirational artists for your family to enjoy.  Come see what the YES-funded art program is all about.

Please sign up through the Sign Up Genius  to ensure we have enough supplies for everyone. Say YES to the Arts!


Yearbook is looking for pictures (kids only please) to be used for HV yearbook. If you have any pictures that you would like to share with the yearbook team please email to

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