Neil Cummins Weekly, Week of September 17, 2023

NC Weekly September 17, 2023


Upcoming Dates and Events

September 22 Spirit Day Assembly 8:15-8:45, Parents Welcome
September 25 No School 
October 4 PTO Meeting 8:15am, Room A2 
October 13 Harvest Festival 3:00pm on the NC Blacktop 
October 15 SPARK Fun Run 

Principal Message

Board Updates

The Board met on September 13 where newly permanent staff and the food services program were celebrated. The Board approved the Unaudited Actuals and middle school health program contract. Additionally, Trustees were presented with the summer school report and the annual SPARK Foundation budget report. The next meeting is scheduled for October 11. All agendas can be found here.

School & PTO News

Reminder: Make your Annual PTO Contribution of $60 per family today  Your contribution funds parent education, professional development, PE equipment, campus improvements, garden, Harvest Festival, Variety Show and much much more.  PayPal and checks accepted. Please make out checks to Neil Cummins PTO and drop in the main office. Pay Your Annual Contribution Today and support our efforts throughout the year! For QR codes and more info on what PTO and SPARK do, read here.

September 22 Spirit Day Assembly 8:15-8:45, Parents Welcome, please check in at office

Let’s have some fun!  Spirit dress up day Friday, 9/22. Represent your favorite sports team with a t-shirt or jersey!  If you don’t have that, Hawk's colors are always a good idea.  We’ll have a fun minute to win it game during the assembly. 

Harvest Festival Join us on the Neil Cummins blacktop Friday October 13 from 3:00-4:30pm for the annual Harvest Festival. Groove to the melodic sounds of the Hall Jazz Band while enjoying relay races, games, face painting, garden bites, crafts and more! All students and their families are welcome. Fun volunteer opportunities coming soon.

Our Very Own Dana Swisher has founded a nonprofit, Refugia, on a mission to create habitats for pollinators and wildlife native to our community. Come launch and celebrate Refugia on Saturday September 30 5:00-8:00pm at Cafe Verde in Corte Madera. RSVP here. 

Library Birthday Book Program Celebrate July, August and September birthdays with the gift of reading! Look out for a colorful flyer from the Birthday Book Program in your student’s backpack. Here’s how it works: Donate $20, or more, to the program and your child gets to choose from our curated book list. We'll place their chosen book on our library shelves, complete with a personalized bookplate bearing their name and birthdate. Foster a love of literature that will be treasured for years to come!

Safe Routes: Walk and Roll Wednesdays

Every Wednesday is Walk and Roll to school, but the more times you can walk and roll to school the better! This means you can walk, park and walk, carpool, take public transportation, ride a bike, scoot, whatever limits traffic, pollution and promotes healthy living! 

Once a month there will be Walk and Roll tables positioned at the gate entrances promoting walking and rolling to school, as well as opportunities for raffle tickets to win prizes! Below are the upcoming table days to mark on your calendar. Help us to spread the word! 

October 4: International Walk to School Day - School's across the country will be walking to school. Stay tuned for more information! 

November 15: Ruby Bridges Day

December 6: Walk & Roll Wednesday 

Don't forget the Buddy Up Program. For more information click here and get your entries in by October 31.

NC Spiritwear Restock Alert 🧢
If you are able to bring in extra paper shopping or grocery bags for us to use, please drop them in the office. New styles have been added! Kids trucker hats with patches and cursive Hawks! 

Shop here 

Hawks’ Garden Check out our beautiful school garden on our Hawks' Garden Club website. 🌻
Spark News

Annual Giving Campaign Kickoff OUR DISTRICT DEPENDS ON SPARK AND SPARK DEPENDS ON YOU - In order to provide the well-rounded educational experience we have come to expect for our students, our schools rely on your donations to SPARK. The most important financial contribution you can make to SPARK is Annual Giving, which accounts for approximately 70% of our revenue. From Kindergarten to 8th grade graduation, every gift matters and each donor is an important part of this effort. DONATE TODAY! 

Fun Run Tickets On Sale Now Lace up your running shoes and be a part of the 8th Annual SPARK Fun Run on Sunday, October 15th at the Village at Corte Madera.  It's a day filled with fun, fitness, and festivities that you won't want to miss! Come join the party, where you can groove to the beats of a DJ, warmup before the race with SPARK Biz Partner F45 Training Corte Madera, enter to win exciting raffle prizes, indulge in delicious food, enjoy free giveaways and explore SPARK Biz Partner tables.  Tickets are $25 per entry; preschoolers are $10 and kids under 2 are free. Purchase tickets by October 2nd to receive a free SPARK tote. 


Biz Partner Spotlight Owned by Cove School parents, Sage Educators has been serving LCMSD students for almost two decades, and knows that teaming up with a tutor early is the tried and true way for your student to start the year at their best. DEAL! Build your child’s confidence with Sage’s 20% discount package on Fall tutoring to ensure a great school year. Call Sage at (415) 461-7243 or email and tell them SPARK sent you!    

Calling All Parent-Owned Businesses Are you looking for a platform to showcase your products or services and connect with a vibrant community? Look no further! Join the SPARK Biz partnership program and become a part of our community. SPARK Biz provides a unique opportunity for you to promote your business, gain exposure, and connect with like-minded individuals. We have multiple partnership levels designed to meet your needs and promote your business to our community. Visit the  SPARK Biz website for more details. 

Community News

Click here for our Community News page that includes:

-Legarza Fall and Winter Leagues for PreK-8th graders 

-Refugia Marin Launch Party 
-Corte Madera Library Events
-Marin Ballet for children age 3-8

-Corte Madera Parks and Rec Activities and Classes 


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