Dear RVSD Community,

In his 1926 classic, “Winnie the Pooh,” A. A. Milne wrote, “Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.” Our little pink friend was grateful for the abundance he had in his life; great friends, a warm place to sleep and a few tasty “haycorns” to eat.

As we conclude our third month of the 2014-15 school year and break for the Thanksgiving holiday, I want to take a moment to express my heartfelt gratitude to all who help make RVSD a great place to teach, learn and work. We are a community with many gifts and talents, which we share daily with one another and most important, our students. From the classroom, Board room, living room and all points in-between, our collective efforts to raise the whole child are filled with passion, commitment and a willingness to make decisions that may be hard in the present, but will have a positive and lasting influence in the future for all. 

On a personal note, I am particularly grateful to our Board of Trustees for their wisdom and leadership on behalf of all students and families in RVSD. You give selflessly of your time, skills and talents, so all students have opportunities to learn, grow and become all they dream of becoming.

I am also grateful to our District Leadership Team, teachers, staff, the YES Foundation and all who work daily in our schools and offices. You help make profound, positive and lasting differences in the lives of students, who will remember you with great fondness, respect and gratitude, long after they have grown and moved on.

Parents, of course, are such a critical part of all we hope to accomplish on behalf of our RVSD students.  I am grateful to you for masterfully doing what I know firsthand is the hardest, most rewarding and joyous job of all. Thank you for entrusting us with your most precious gift.

Finally, I am grateful to our wonderful, talented, creative, inquisitive, optimistic, resourceful and resilient students. Often they make us laugh, sometimes they make us cry, but always they make us think.  Most of all, they make us better.

In closing I want to share a little piece by an unknown author. It is entitled, “Be Thankful” and I think it captures the spirit of Thanksgiving and of being grateful throughout the year, for all that we have in our lives.


Be Thankful

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.

If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes,
they will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,
because it means you’ve made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.


From my family to yours, I wish you all the very best this Thanksgiving, throughout the holidays and always.

In Gratitude,



Rick Bagley, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Ross Valley School District


If your child who will have his/her 5th birthday between September 2 and December 2, 2014, s/he is eligible to attend Transitional Kindergarten (TK) in the 2014-15 school year. The program will be housed at Brookside School.

Parents/Guardians, please join Jane Nieves, TK Teacher, and William Cameron, Brookside Principal, to learn about the TK program. You will also receive information about the YMCA Day Care Program and get a chance to meet parents of other TK students.

When: Wednesday, May 14th, 6:00-7:00 pm
Where: Brookside School Library

If you have not done so already, please pick up a registration packet from your School of Residence.  A family’s School of Residence is based on the address at which they reside.  If you are unsure which school is your family’s School of Residence, phone a District school or the Ross Valley School District Office at 415-451-4063 or visit the RVSD Attendance and Boundary Information page.  
To register your student, return your child’s completed Transitional Kindergarten registration packet to your School of Residence as soon as possible. The Transitional Kindergarten program is still under development for the 2014-15 school year as the eligibility of students will include 3 months, students who turn 5 between September 2 and December 2, 2014.  Program implementation will depend on the number of students who enroll.  Returning completed forms to your District School of Residence will give us a way to provide you information about the program.

It is with tremendous pride & great enthusiasm that the Ross Valley School District’s Board of Trustees invite parents, staff and community members to attend the dedication of White Hill Middle School-New Classroom Buildings. Please join us in thanking the Ross Valley Community for their generosity, support and unwavering commitment to our students!

Date: Thursday, March 27th
Time: 2:30pm to 3:00pm
Location: White Hill Middle School – New Quad
Address: 101 Glen Drive, Fairfax


Tours of the new buildings will be available post ceremony. R.S.V.P. to the Superintendent’s Office: Tel: 415.451.4060 ~ Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Full press release can be downloaded here: RVSD Dedication Ceremony Press Release 3/27/14

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Dear Fellow RVSD Parents;

We are reaching out to urge you to consider serving on the YES Foundation’s board next year or in the future. We know our community’s many talented and experienced individuals have much to offer YES and its ultimate constituency: our children.

Every year, YES offers more programs for more students. Last year, we added much needed funding for a technology coach and expanded White Hill’s music program to accommodate growing numbers of young musicians. To support newly added grades at Brookside and Hidden Valley, YES helped both schools with funding to significantly expand their library book collections. For 2013-14, a new production rounds out YES Theater’s slate of seven full-scale dramatic and musical productions. YES also continues to provide weekly elementary art and music classes—as well as poetry instruction, assemblies and a range of middle school activities—for an expanding student enrollment.

As YES programs grow, the foundation continues to need strong, volunteer leadership. Below is a list of current board positions, some of which will be open in the 2014-15 year. (For brief descriptions of these positions, go to http://yestokids.org/position-descriptions/.) We are asking any interested parents to take a moment to review this list and then contact one of us at the emails below, or the foundation’s managing director Julie Quater at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you have an interest in any board position, whether for next year or any future year, or just want to learn more, we want to hear from you.

YES also has an immediate need to add a non-board parent member to our new nominating committee. We formed this committee to match board nominee skills with foundation needs and ensure well-rounded, competent leadership for everything from finances to fundraising to future planning. Please contact us if you are interested in serving on the nominating committee and would like additional information.

We believe strongly in the importance and impact that all YES programs provide for our district’s students. We hope you will consider joining us in guiding the foundation’s important contribution to our children’s well-being, education and personal success now and into the future. We would appreciate you contacting us by February 28. Thank you for everything you do for YES, including your time and donations.



Danielle Fogel
YES Co-chair
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Jeanne Lipson
YES Co-chair
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YES Board Positions

Please note that this list is subject to change based on board evaluation of foundation needs. For brief descriptions of each position, go to http://yestokids.org/position-descriptions/. 

Co-Chairs / Secretary
Family Giving Chair(s)
Gala Chair
Online Auction Chair
eScrip Chair
Friends of YES Chair
Communications Chair
Volunteer Outreach Chair
YES Fest Chair
Art Liaison
Music Liaison

Poetry Liaison
Theater Liaison
Library Liaison
Assemblies Liaison
Technology Liaison
Wildcat Activities Liaison
Brookside Campus Representative
Hidden Valley Campus Representative
Manor Campus Representative
Wade Thomas Campus Representative
White Hill Campus Representative

The Ross Valley School District will hold a public meeting on Thursday evenining, September 19th to update our neighbors and interested community members on the status of the new classroom buildings at White Hill Middle School. Parents, teachers, neighbors and community members are invited to White Hill Middle School's Library at 7:30 p.m. to hear about and provide comments on the project and the District’s plans for the new buildings. A majority of the members of the Board of Trustees may be present at this meeting.

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