Issue 21 - January 23, 2022


The Cove School

The Cove Connection

Issue 21- Sunday, January 23rd, 2022

Experiential Learning

Social Emotional Growth



Upcoming Dates

Important Readathon Dates:

  • Tracking Minute Dates:
    • Week 2 Jan 21- Jan 27
    • Week 3 Jan 28-Feb 3
    • All minute tracking ends Feb 3
  • Friday Assembly Dates
    • January 28- Guest Author, Jaimal Yogis
    • February 4- Dress as Your Favorite Storybook Character
    • February 11- Closing Readathon Assembly
    • January 25 Principal Walker reads a bedtime story, 7pm, via zoom
  • January 28 New Family Tour, via zoom Register here to sign up for a tour date
  • February 8- Donations for Readathon Close!

Principal's Message


Pictured above: Our "Cove Alive" projects (initiated by our Site Council) are coming to life! Thank you  Ms. McKee for designing the clouds, Mr. Ernesto for cutting, painting and hanging the clouds and to our whole committee for your help in bringing this to fruition! Next up? Let's earn the coyote logo mural (sample picture above) by surpassing our Readathon goal!!


Cove Alive! Currently, the Site Council is collaborating with the Cove PTO on a multi-year endeavor called “Cove Alive.” The Cove Alive team strives to design and implement inspiring and interactive enhancements to The Cove’s common spaces that infuse joy and embody our Guiding Principles. Learn more about Cove Alive here!


As we complete our first project (clouds in key areas on campus), we are looking forward to our next project- a coyote mural. If we meet and exceed our Readathon goal, we will be able to paint this logo mural. The class with the most minutes read will get a picture in the yearbook in front of the new mural (with a special coyote speech bubble!). Ms. McKee is ready to paint...Let's earn the mural, coyotes!



Michelle Walker, Principal

School & PTO News


Coyotes at our Readathon Pep Rally and our Zoom Readathon Assembly



Cove 99Pledges Website Readathon Website 


Worm Tracking  Minute Calendar Tracking


Our Readathon is in full swing! Coyotes read over 90,000 minutes during Week 1 of minute tracking! Unbelievable!


Actionaly notifications from the PTO This is our main form of communication and the way we are able to track minutes read. 


Our Week 1 Raffle Winners are:

Evan G. 

Oliver H. 

Molly M. 

Scarlett M.

Jack N.

Dean N.

Zachary P.

Brady S. 

Chloe S.

Ryan W.

Class with the Most Minutes Read for Week 1- and they earn an in class pajama day!:

K-2: Sloan with 7,000 minutes

3-5: Wilmott with 10,000 minutes!

Congratulations to them!


Does your child have a donation? Let’s keep reading and raising for our amazing Cove School! This is our ONLY site specific fundraiser. Did you know your PTO pays for many things such as:

  • Cove’s Campus Support Helper- this includes yard duty at lunch!
  • Tech Licenses
  • Classroom furniture
  • Admin Office & Teacher Classroom Supplies
  • Professional Development Days
  • Staff Appreciation
  • Reading Support Position
  • Playground Equipment & Maintenance

Principal Walker will read our Coyotes a bedtime story on January 25 at 7pm via zoom.


Library Birthday Book Program Through the Library Birthday Book Program at the Cove, hundreds of new books are donated in celebration of many student birthdays. Each month, a flier will be sent home to every student who celebrates a birthday that month.  All you have to do is fill out the form, and donate (suggested donation = $20), and return the form to the library or your child’s teacher.  Then your child may come to the library to choose his or her book, and receive a commemorative bookplate in the book they choose with their name on it. The December, January, and February birthday forms will be in your child’s backpack this week. You can also pick up a copy at the library. Thank you for your support in this fun program! Kim Oliver & Melissa Scheeline


We are in need of more substitute teachers! The first step is to register with the Marin County Office of Education (MCOE) here. We would love to have your help. You can select which schools/ districts contact you and which days you work!



SPARK Updates

Spring Online Auction is March 16-21 and will feature lots of exciting items to bid on, including parent parties and grade level themed baskets.


We need volunteers! There are a number of opportunities to help out with:

  • Auction Items Do you own a vacation home? Do you have a connection with a unique experience or swoon-worthy items? Do you have an unused gift certificate you’d like to donate? Submit your donations online here by March 1st.
    Themed Baskets We are looking for a basket lead who will coordinate the class leads and are also looking for volunteers from each class to coordinate the collection and creation of the baskets. We will provide a list of themes and suggested items and the volunteer will handle communications, collection and presentation. Contact 

Auction Solicitations Team We provide an email script and contact lists, you reach out to businesses and secure donations. Contact

District News

Members Wanted: TK/Universal Preschool Committee

As you may have heard, California is reimagining the transitional kindergarten program which will eventually become a 4 year old universal preschool grade. Here is the phasing in timeline:

  • 2022-23: students turning 5 between September 2, 2022 and February 2, 2023
  • 2023-24: students turning 5 between September 2, 2023 and April 2, 2024
  • 2024-25: students turning 5 between September 2, 2024 and June 2, 2025
  • 2025-26: students turning 5 between September 2, 2025 and September 1, 2026


LCMSD is forming a planning committee for this program and is looking for parents who have children that will be turning 5 within the dates listed above. We will be meeting on the following dates from 3:00-4:30 in the Neil Cummins Library:

  • February 8, 2022
  • March 9, 2022 
  • April 20, 2022


If you are interested in joining this committee and can commit to the dates listed above, please fill out this FORM by January 28. 


Board Update On January 19 the Board was presented with CAASPP data, auditor findings, the budget development calendar, COVID-19 update, and survey data regarding a parcel tax. The Board approved school accountability report cards. The Board also held their annual self-evaluation workshop on January 21. The Board Budget Study Session is scheduled for February 2 at 4:30 in the Hall Library.

Community News

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

  • Corte Madera Parks & Rec
  • NY Broadway Training Classes
  • Tidalwaves Swim Team
  • Dedication to Special Education

Tool of the Week:

Taking Time Tool. I take time in and I take time away.

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