•  The Cougar band is back together!!! 
    Hall Shield

    Hall Weekly Bulletin, April 18, 2021


    And just like that, Mr. Derby and our musicians are back!! 


    • Wed, Apr 21 - LCMSD Open Session Board Meeting, 6:00pm
    • Fri, May 7 - Coffee with Brett (Zoom), 8:00am



    Week one in the books! Our return to full day and to full classes brought our Cougar Community back together!! The energy was palatable and students are engaging in familiar routines with new expectations. We are grateful for our parent volunteers that are supporting students daily with new eating practices and recess routines. If any students missed the training in advisory this week, here the recording. As we continue to move forward with the school year, it is important to continue our safety practices as we are able to pull back restrictions. Our snack and lunch periods are most critical, and we must be six feet apart when eating. Thank you for reinforcing this practice with your child(ren) to support healthy habits among the community. 


    For a moment we can see smiles, pure joy! Thank you parent volunteers!!

    The Central Marin Police Department has reached out to ask that we do not block their employee parking lot directly to our east. There have been some instances where it’s blocked when emergency vehicles are trying to exit. Thank you in advance for going all the way into Piper Park to drop off your child(ren). 

    To add to our fuller campus this week we were surprised as a community with our first unplanned alarm, and we know this may have caused some anxiety for students. Our alarm panel has been remedied and we will continue to practice our LCMSD district emergency protocols with student safety and communication as the priority. 

    We hope that you have a beautiful Spring Sunday, 
    Dr. Brown & Hall Staff  



    Student Opportunities: 

    Youth Mental Health Summit:  May 1st & 2nd from 10 am-12 pm via zoom.

    During these two interactive and youth-led sessions, participants will learn about demystifying mental health, suicide prevention, and how to support themselves and their peers with mental health struggles. We will also be sharing many resources to empower youth. Translation services in Spanish will be provided. In the spirit of equity we will be choosing students from different schools, race, ethnicities, backgrounds and gender identities. All are welcome but space is limited. Applications due April 19th. Participants will be notified by April 22nd if they are accepted.  

    For any questions about the Youth Mental Health Summit, please reach out to Samantha Ramirez, Youth Commission Coordinator, at sramirez@yli.org  

    Students interested can fill out this form. 

    BOOSTING BRAVERY is a new a Peer to Near-Peer Skill Building Program created Delaney Ruston, MD, (filmmaker of the Screenagers movies) and team, and is currently enrolling middle and high school girls (10th-12th grade) to join the free 8-week Spring session. The program was piloted this winter and the feedback was amazing. How it works is that two high schoolers lead weekly one-hour crafted modules with their team of 4 middle schoolers over Zoom regarding every day online and offline challenges—(skills for navigating negative self-talk, social media, building strong bonds and much more) Girls will have time with Dr. Ruston.

    Important dates: 

    1. Orientation meeting: April 21st 5:30pm - 6:30pm PST
    2. Weekly Team meetings: Every Tuesday 5pm - 6pm PST April 27th through June 15th. 

    To learn more and sign up please email ASAP to boostingbravery@gmail.com. 

    Local Resources for activities and recreation: I’ve started working on a “one-pager” of local organizations that will begin offering safe activities and outlets for students.  Check it out!

    Book Recommendations:  I’ve compiled a list of books I believe are very helpful and relevant for parents of middle school and high school students.  Though they were published before the Covid-19 pandemic, they are still relevant as they address the unique challenges of raising a teenager in these changing times.  Take a look when you have a minute! 

    Article of the Week: 

    Topic: Growth Mindset Linked to Overall Student Well-Being


    School Lunch Info. Deadline Updated All Lunch orders must be placed no later than Thursday of the preceding week by 10 am. LunchMaster is no longer accepting late orders. You will still continue to order lunch online at www.thelunchmaster.com. Click here for ordering instructions/information. As of April 12th, lunches will be delivered and distributed to students in their classroom on a daily basis. LunchMaster will no longer provide 5 day lunch boxes on Mondays. Lunch is still offered at no charge until June 10, 2021.  Please take advantage of this generous offer from Calif Dept of Ed and USDA. Please contact Nichole Urrea with any questions. 

    Hall 2020-21 Yearbooks are now available for purchase! Order online at https://commpe.pictavo.com (School Code: 96187). Don't forget to select your child's Advisory teacher (and cohort room number) when you order. Advisory teachers are shown in your child's class list in Alma. Order before April 20th to guarantee yourself a copy for $40. After April 20th, the price goes up to $50 and yearbooks will only be available until supplies run out. If you choose to pay by check, please drop the check off at the office. If you would like to request a scholarship for a free yearbook, please email Ms. Karmela at hallsecretary@lcmschools.org.

    *SAVE THE DATE* for 8th Grade Graduation Events Mark your calendars for the Class of 2021 Graduation Events! Friday 6/4 Outdoor Dance & Fun Night; Monday 6/7 Outdoor Awards Assembly & Graduation Rehearsal; Tuesday 6/8 Field Trip TBD; and Wednesday 6/9 Outdoor Graduation Ceremony. (Please note, these dates and events are all subject to MPH guidelines.) We will be sending out a letter with more detail to eighth grade parents this week, but are also seeking volunteers from the wider Hall community who can lend a hand with graphic design and photographing events. Please get in touch with the 8th Grade PTA reps Ellena Ochoa, ellenao@gmail.com and Mei-Ling Beck, meifong@aol.com. 

    Incoming 7th Graders The health office is requesting updated immunization records for our incoming 7th graders. Specifically, we’re looking for proof of the second Varicella and TDap immunizations. Please look out for an email or check your spam folder from our Health Liaison, Renee Power (RPower@lcmschools.org). 

    New Student Registration for the 2021-2022 School Year is NOW OPEN! Registration for next school year is open for students new to the district in grades K-8. To register a new student to the district, please review the Registration Process. Students currently enrolled with the district do not need to register. 

    Moving or Unenrolling?? If you are planning to move or unenroll from the district, please email hallsecretary@lcmschools.org as soon as possible. We need this information for planning purposes. 

    From the Library Students can request books by going to the library page of the Hall Middle School website. Books will be placed on a cart outside the library for pick up. For students in Distance Learning, books can be picked up or returned on Fridays between 8 am - 5 pm outside the Hall office. If you have library books at home, please return them! And, don’t forget to access Sora, our online library that also connects with the county public libraries.  


    Board Updates The next Board Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 6:00 PM.  Hall’s California Distinguished Schools Award will be celebrated, a COVID Update regarding the full classroom return will be presented, the LCAP process and draft will be reviewed, and the federal and state COVID funding will be discussed. The Board Meeting will be held in-person (RSVP with mokeeffe@lcmschools.org; spaces are limited) and here is the Zoom link (passcode: lcmsd). 


    Spring Soiree is May 1st: Featuring Pre-Show Cocktails with famed mixologist Kevin Dietrich of PCH, San Francisco illusionist Andrew Evans from The Magic Patio and a performance by special musical guest Michael Franti, this event will also include fantastic live auction items to bid on and an opportunity to raise our virtual paddles to Fund the Gap. Tickets prices starting at $25 and VIP options available for yummy Party Boxes delivered to your door. Learn more here

    Spring Online Auction is April 27-May 2nd: Featuring exciting items to bid on, including parent parties and grade level themed baskets, the auction catalog will be available to preview on April 25th.  


    Summer Volleyball Camp at Piper Park!! Amanda Estes will be running three weeks of volleyball camp at Piper Park the weeks of June 14th, 21st and 28th. No experience needed. Visit the camp website for more information.  

    Sign up TODAY for 2021 Soccer Tryouts with Corte Madera FC (for those children born between 2014-2007)  **Tryouts will be held May 10-16, with potentially a follow-up week of tryouts if needed**  Tryout for Corte Madera FC, where local youth have the exciting opportunity to play a high-level of competitive soccer! The teams play in the NorCal Premier League and range from Bronze level to Gold. Teams are trained through an elite roster of professional coaches. At Corte Madera FC, our kids come first.  We strive to create a positive sports environment for all of our teams and players.  Register to tryout: https://www.cortemaderafc.com/tryouts/More information about Corte Madera FC: https://www.cortemaderafc.com/ 

    From Corte Madera Parks & Rec:

    Summer Camps and Classes for Ages 4-16: Carpentry, Acting Intensive, Basketball, Multi Sports, Tinker Tech Robotics, Playwell w/ LEGO®, Skateboarding, Guitar/Ukulele, Stop Motion Animation, and more! More Info.

    Fall Soccer Registration is open! Register today

    Competitive Soccer Tryouts scheduled for mid-May, Registration is open www.cortemaderafc.com

    Neil Cummins Kindergarten Readiness Camp for incoming kindergarteners. Limited spots. Register today

    Parents Try Something NEW: “Watercolor is FUN” This a fantastic small class held on the Garden Patio. Relax, get out of the house and play with color.  More info.

    Mother’s Day Gift Boxes.  Why not buy your own? More info.

    From the Corte Madera Climate Action Committee - Redwood High School student outreach

    Take Action This Earth Day by Choosing Renewable Energy (It’s Easy!) What is one simple thing you can do on Earth Day to fight climate change? Hall parents and families, take action this Earth Day to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions. The Corte Madera Climate Action Committee hopes you will join us in moving Corte Madera’s electricity to 100% renewable sources. It is easy to do and will only cost $5-$10 per month. By opting up to MCE Deep Green (www.mcecleanenergy.org/100-renewable), 100% of our electricity will be powered by wind and solar, a small change for a big impact that will make your children’s future brighter. All you need is your PG&E number to opt up, and we hope you will consider joining us!

    Southern Marin Broncos Football & Cheer 2021 Season Registration Open! The Southern Marin Broncos mission is to help our community raise young men and women of character through the great sport of football and cheer. We do this by creating a culture that teaches the values of teamwork, hard-work, overcoming adversity, and sacrifice for others. Register at www.southernmarinfootball.com. Be sure to register early to lock in pricing. Fees will increase by $100 for all registrations after April 1st. Registration closes June 1, 2021. Financial aid available. Click here for flyer info (English & Spanish). Questions? Email cheer@southernmarinfootball.com.

    California Parent and Youth Helpline. In partnership with Governor Newsom, Parents Anonymous® Inc. recently launched the California Parent & Youth Helpline and Online Parents Anonymous® Support Groups in response to the Coronavirus to provide FREE trauma-informed, evidenced-based emotional support to Parents, Children and Youth in any language via calls, text, live chat and email. The California Parents & Youth Helpline operates 7 days a week from 8:00AM-8:00PM. Parents can Join a Weekly Online Support Group NOW through the website: caparentyouthhelpline.org. In this confidential setting, Parents address their underlying emotions and build resiliency to strengthen their family. Contact information can be found here: English | Spanish 

    Marin County Free Library Links. The Marin County Free Library has a vast collection of digital materials and online services that you can access from the comfort of your own home – from eBooks and audiobooks, to digital magazines and news, as well as streaming movies and TV, and online learning services – all free with your library card! Enjoy the Library from Home


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