Dear RVSD Families,
Welcome to the 2016-17 school year! Our collective mission for all students is more than the successful mastery of content. Together we strive to nurture the development of happy, skilled, insightful, inquisitive, inspired and engaged young people. We want them to grow up appreciating their unique talents, compensate for their equally unique challenges and forever celebrate the diverse gifts they will contribute in making our world a better place. Our children truly are our greatest natural resource and I want to thank you up front for entrusting yours to us.
As we welcome many new families to RVSD, we also welcome a number of new professional colleagues. All bring their unique skill sets, knowledge, experience and expertise to our District. I know you will enjoy meeting and getting to know the new members of our RVSD community as much as they will appreciate getting to know you.
In beginning my third year as your Superintendent and fourth decade as a public educator, I am eager for August 24th to arrive! With the child-centered focus and wise stewardship of our Board of Trustees combined with the dedicated efforts of our teachers, staff and administrators, RVSD students enjoy an awesome educational experience that is among the best in our state. Thanks to the generous support and hard work of our parents, Parent Clubs and YES Foundation, this experience is further enriched with acclaimed music, art and poetry programs, literature, science, physical education, technology, engineering, special field trips, school events and much more. Our class sizes remain low among both California and Marin districts and our school facilities continue to be modernized thanks to voter-approved Measure A. We are a small and close-knit community that works together to deliver big results for our students!
In the spirit of delivering big results, this year I will challenge myself and my RVSD colleagues to routinely question and assess the impact of our actions on students’ learning, achievement and success. The good news is we know from mountains of research that about 95% of everything educators do to improve student achievement has some positive effect (Hattie, 2009). The question is how we choose those actions, innovations and strategies that yield the greatest impact - above and beyond what we’d expect as students naturally mature over time. As Dr. John Hattie (2014) puts it, our impact on student learning is hopefully “more than passing surface-level tests. It involves impacting on the love of learning, inviting students to stay in learning, and seeing the ways in which students can improve their healthy sense of being, respect for self and respect for others.” I encourage you to join us on this exciting journey! It will demand we think differently, challenge old assumptions and possibly bid farewell to practices, beliefs and rituals whose true impacts on student learning are relatively small. But we are, after all, preparing students for their future, not our past.
In closing, I want to thank you for all you’ve done, do and will do to support your child as he or she shares the next school year with us. Thanks especially for being part of our broader RVSD family and I look forward to seeing you in the year ahead.
Here’s to an impactful year!
Rick E. Bagley, Ed.D.
In continuing with Ross Valley School District’s efforts to reduce paper waste, the majority of our annual Back-to-School information is available on our website. Click on the Back-to-School button located on the far right side of the home page.
Please review all information carefully, download the all forms that are applicable to you, and complete and return them to your child’s school office no later than Friday, September 2. If you do not have access to a printer and/or prefer a paper packet, please call your child’s school office to request the Back-to-School Information (provide your name and mailing address, and a packet will be mailed to you when the school offices reopen on August 15).
Elementary school offices reopen and will again be accepting new student registrations beginning Monday, August 15, 2016 from 8:00am-4:00pm Monday – Friday.
The White Hill school office will reopen and will again be accepting new student registrations beginning Wednesday, August 10, 2016 from 8:00am-4:00pm Monday – Friday.
Please call ahead to be sure the school offices aren’t closed for meetings that may arise in preparation of the new school year.
The following optional forms only need to be completed if applicable. All applicable forms must be completed on an annual basis and a separate form is needed for each child. If you prefer a paper packet, please contact your child’s school office to request the Back-to-School Information (provide your name and mailing address, and a packet will be mailed to you when the school office reopens in August).
Volunteer Information and Application – Due to recent changes in state regulations, our updated volunteer protocols require additional information and/or action on the part of our volunteers. Effective with the 2016-17 school year, all volunteers must submit a “Volunteer Application” along with either written verification from a healthcare provider of negative tuberculosis within the last 4 years (i.e. skin test or Risk Assessment Questionnaire). Additional requirements apply for those who will be volunteering as field trip drivers and/or chaperones on overnight field trips. Please note that persons who visit our schools for one-time special events, such as guest speakers, are not considered “volunteers” for this purpose. If in doubt as to whether your participation in our schools constitutes volunteering, please check with your school’s principal and/or administrative assistant.
We encourage all persons to submit the required paperwork at the beginning of the school year, even if you are unsure you will volunteer, to ensure there will not be any confusion or delay at the time of the event.
For anyone other than students’ family members who wish to volunteer in our schools, please contact Marin County Office of Education (MCOE) to become part of the Marin County School Volunteers (MCSV) program (visit this link for more information http://www.mcsv.org/).
Educational Field Trip Driver Form - Required for any driver driving on a district school event, including if only driving your own child.
We encourage all persons to submit the required paperwork at the beginning of the school year, even if you are unsure you will drive on a school-sponsored activity, to ensure there will not be any confusion or delay at the time of the event.
Annual Pesticide Notification Form – Required only if you wish to be notified before a pesticide is applied at your child’s school.
Authorization to Administer Medication/Treatment & Authorization to Release Information to Physician Form – Required only if your student needs to have medication administered while at school.
Student Accident & Sickness Insurance Program – Required only if you wish to apply for insurance.
Mail completed application to insurance company (see application for mailing address). Do not return it to your child’s school office.
Note: The District does not assume responsibility for medical treatment (ambulance transport, surgery, hospitalization, etc.) due to accidents.
School Lunch Program – Required only if you wish for your child to receive school lunches and/or wish to apply for free/reduced meals or free milk
The following information and forms will be distributed the 1st day of school at the school sites and are also available on the YES website www.yestokids.org.
The following information and forms will be distributed to students on the 1st day of school (they are not available on the District website).
Completed forms are required for each student (a separate form for each child) enrolled in the Ross Valley School District and are to be returned to the student’s school no later than Friday, September 2.
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