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Cove Connection Issue 35 - May 15, 2022


The Cove School

The Cove Connection

Issue 35- Sunday, May 15th, 2022

Experiential Learning

Social Emotional Growth



Upcoming Dates

  • May 9-20- CAASPP Testing, Grades 3-5
  • May 18- Board of Trustees Meeting, Hall Library 6pm
  • May 20- Lost & Found Sale, Front Loop, 8am
  • May 20- Volunteer Appreciation Assembly, Blacktop, 8am
  • May 30- Memorial Day, No School
  • May 31 All Library Books DUE
  • June 1- Tinker Day
  • June 3- Field Day
  • June 8- 5th Grade Culmination, Courtyard, 11am
  • June 9- Last day of school, 1:15pm early dismissal

Week 1 of CAASPP complete! These 3rd-5th graders enjoyed Friday afternoon creativity, fun and relaxation after a week of concentrating hard! Coming up this week we have the Math CAASPP testing.

Principal's Message

Dear Families,


Farewells and Welcomes: With the end of the year fast approaching, we have some staff members who will be moving on to new adventures and some new people that we will be welcoming to our Cove family!


Beth Hawkins has taken a new position as our LCMSD Math intervention specialist and coach. She has been a leader in teaching math, and this is a great next step for her. We will miss having her as a classroom teacher. We will still have her at Cove on a regular basis, just in a new role. Our students and staff alike will benefit from her expertise. Please join me in wishing her well in this next adventure!


Kathy Taylor has decided to make a switch to teaching PE at Hall next year. Prior to coming to Cove, she has many years of experience teaching PE. She is very happy to return to this role and cannot wait to see our Cove Coyotes when they get to Hall. Please join me in wishing her well in this next adventure!


Kristin Hancock has taken a new position in San Rafael School District as an instructional coach. She has been an exceptional part of our team, and we will miss her so much. I am so happy for her to take this next step in her career. Please join me in wishing her well in this next adventure!


Please join me in welcoming Chelsea Griffin to our Cove 2nd grade team. She is currently teaching 4th grade at Neil Cummins and she is the LCMSD Summer School co-principal. She has a love of 2nd grade and cannot wait to get back to teaching 2nd grade! 


Please take the time and say farewell to those who are leaving us and wish them well in their new adventures. Be on the lookout for new faces in the Fall, as we look forward to welcoming new staff to our team of dedicated and passionate educators.



Michelle Walker, Principal


School & PTO News


Ms. DeAvila's second grade class ready for a hike on Ring Mountain.
They studied nature, the Miwok Petroglyphs and collected any trash the found.

Save the Date! Friday, May 20th our school and PTO will be hosting an Appreciation Assembly for everyone who has helped the Cove this year! That means you! Classroom Coordinators, field trip drivers, Natural Classroom hikers, classroom helpers, lunch duty helpers, everyone! Come mingle and be appreciated! We will have coffee and light bites. Cove Gallery and courtyard.


Lost and Found Sale! This is it! All UNLABELED Lost & Found items will be going for sale on Friday, May 20th at 8:00am in the loop.

Items will range in price from $1-$10. Come one, come all!


Library News: All books are due back to the library by Tuesday, May 31st. Thank you for a successful year in the library! Many new books were added to our libraries thanks to the Birthday Book program. We are asking students to check their homes and classroom cubbies for any missing school library books and return them. Please email if you have any questions. Thank you!


Measure E - The Larkspur-Corte Madera Board of Trustees placed Measure E on the June 7, 2022 ballot. The measure would renew the existing parcel tax at current rates over a ten year term. This parcel tax generates approximately $4 million in annual funding for The Cove School, Neil Cummins Elementary and Hall Middle School and allows for senior exemptions. For more information on Measure E please review the County of Marin Voter Information Guide.


LCMSD is hosting Summer School this year! The goals for the program are to help students build an understanding of the essential grade level standards, set the tone for a successful upcoming school year, and provide additional support to narrow the equity gap for student groups. Each year students are identified as candidates using multiple data points, including Fountas and Pinnell Reading Scores, CAASPP Scores, and benchmark assessments. Teacher input is also included in the candidate selection process. Invitations have been sent out to all potential candidates via paper form and email. Summer School will be held at Neil Cummins from June 20-July 15th (July 4th is a holiday) for a half day from 8:15 - 11:30 am.

Incoming Cove Kindergarten Readiness Camp Do you know a child entering kindergarten at Cove next year? We have a readiness camp led by our kindergarten teachers just for you! Register now! Details can be found in this flyer: Cove Kindergarten Readiness Camp.


A Bike Hero is a Great “Roll” Model! Each May, Parents, Administrators, Teachers and Friends are invited to nominate a student Bike Hero. A Bike Hero is any student who gets up early to ride regularly, inspires others to bike, eagerly rides as a passenger on a cargo bike, obeys all rules of the road, and has FUN biking. Two Marin County elementary and middle school students are selected to win a $50.00 gift card to a store of choice. Click here for more information.


SPARK Updates

Join the SPARK Board Next Year Would you like to get more involved with SPARK? We are looking for a secretary, two Hall Co-VP’s and a 2nd person to join Annual Giving as a Co-Chair - all of these positions will sit on the Executive Team, And of course, we have many additional opportunities both big and small for parents to help for the 2022-2023 school year. Email if interested and learn more here.


Order Left Bank Meals Today for dinner on Monday! May 16th menu: Fried chicken, french fries, Mac and cheese, green beans. Feeds a family of four for $50 and 20% will go back to SPARK. To order, click here.


Thank you Biz Partner Bubble Street Gallery From the surreal to the bizarre, Daniel Merriam’s Bubble Street Gallery showcases original artworks, limited edition prints, books and more.  If it's magically sublime, it's at home in the fantastical brainchild of artist Daniel Merriam! Stop by their gallery on the Sausalito waterfront. 


Ms. Mathews' Annual Art Sale, Saturday, May 21, 9:30am-3:30pm Stock up on beautiful, colorful hand painted cards, tags, weavings, paintings, unique gifts, handmade journals, and even Larkspur redwood seedlings and 20% of all proceeds go straight to SPARK to support all the wonderful arts projects happening in our schools! Stop by and say hi! On the patio at 234 Monte Vista Ave, Larkspur (behind Picco's, white picket fence) Easy parking on Monte Vista Avenue.

District and Community News

LCMSD Board Update


On May 18 the Board will be presented with a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) draft, an update on the interdistrict permit agreement with Reed Union School District, and a COVID-19 update. LCMSD retirees will be celebrated for their commitment and service to the students of LCMSD. The Board Meeting will be held in person at 6:00 pm in the Hall Library; no RSVP required. The meeting will also be live streamed via Zoom (link; passcode - lcmsd). Please know, public comments will only be taken by in person attendees; public comments via Zoom will not be available. We hope to see you there!


Please click link to view Community News that includes updates from:

  • Corte Madera Park & Rec Happening
  • Derby Den Camp is Back this Summer!
  • Broadway Training Programs 
  • Steve and Kate’s Camp
  • Camp Integem is the #1 AR Camp for K-12 students
  • Super Cool Summer School

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