Neil Cummins Weekly, Week of February 4, 2024

Neil Cummins Weekly February 4th, 2024


Upcoming Dates and Events

February 4 Hawks’ Garden Family Work Day 9:30am-12:00pm

February 7 Walk & Roll To School Day 
February 7 PTO Meeting 8:15am in the Music Room

February 9 All School Assembly in the Gym 8:15am

February 9 School Tour for Prospective Parents 1:45pm

February 13 Board Budget Study Session 4:00pm-5:30pm in the Hall Library

February 13 LCMSD Board Meeting Open Session 6:00pm in the Hall Library 

February 16 1:30pm Early Dismissal 
February 19-23 No School - Mid Winter Break 
Principal Message


Neil Cummins will be participating in the 8th Annual Global School Play Day (#GSPD2023) on Wednesday, February 1. Grade levels are collaborating to identify which part of the day they will participate in these activities. Students will engage in play with toys that do NOT require batteries or electricity. No devices. Teachers/ Adults don't organize anything for students, don't tell students how to play with the toys/games, and don't interfere with students unless they see something unsafe. More and more research underscores the critical importance of play in the emotional, social, intellectual and physical development of children - including this study from 2018 from the American Association of Pediatrics. Over a million kids will participate in 72 countries! At Neil Cummins, we believe in the core values of #GSPD2023 - student-directed, unstructured play is beneficial to development!

Board Updates: On Tuesday, Februgary 13 the Board has scheduled their annual Budget Study Session at 4:00 in the Hall Library. Following the Study Session will be their regularly scheduled meeting at 6:00. The Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) Mid-Year Update will be presented to the Board. Both the Study Session and meeting will 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.



Kyle Shaw

Neil Cummins Elementary Principal

SEL Counselor Connection 2023-2024

Please Check out the most recent lessons that student have had by our fabulous counselor Ms Galii

School & PTO News

Thank you for your enthusiastic participation and generous Readathon donations. We are thrilled to announce we had 94% participation and raised $80,300! Way to go, Hawks! Every Readathon dollar funds the programming that creates Neil Cummins’ meaningful learning environment. Thanks to your Readathon 2024 donations, PTO is able to fund Joni DeGabriele’s Musical Moments and Social Emotional Learning Program, fun school events such as Friday Socials and Holiday Store, as well as campus beautification, teacher development, parent education events and much more. Our winning class and other results will be announced soon. Thank you for a successful fundraiser! 

The PTO and the entire Neil Cummins community gives a HUGE THANK YOU to the Readathon committee for their countless hours, hard work and dedication. Ashley Eklund and Anne-Marie Tasto led the team comprised of Natasha Chalmers, Lisl Dupree, Stephanie Jackson, Katherine Matso, Allison Penning, and Kelly Richman. This team was simply phenomenal and our heartfelt gratitude for all the energy they poured into making Readathon 2024 a huge success.

Library News - February Birthday? Look out for the Birthday Book Program flyers coming home in backpacks this week!

Safe Routes This Wednesday, February 7 is Walk and Roll to school Valentines Theme ♥️. Come out to the tables for prizes! If rain is consistent and persistent we will likely postpone the event. 

We have secured neighborhood captains at the following locations for the Feb 7th Walk and Roll. Please meet at these designated times/locations if you would like to bike/roll as a group (aka bike train). Groups leave after 5 minutes, so don't be late!: 

Creekside: Corner of Larkspur Plaza Drive & Creekside. Meet @ 7:50 am. 

Larkspur Marina: In front of 73 Via La Brisa. Meet @ 7:50 am.

Christmas Tree Hill: The Gazebo @ Menke Park. Meet @ 7:50 am. 

Madera Gardens: 161 Birch Ave. Meet @ 7:50 am.

Thanks to our neighborhood captains! If you are interested in more information on becoming a neighborhood captain please email:

🥤Spiritwear Sale New drop in the Spiritwear Shop! 42oz white Yeti tumblers. Limited quantity, shop for them here.  

Parent Education Workshops - All funded by your Readathon dollars, donate today! 
See here for the full calendar of wonderful events that are hosted throughout the year in-person and online.  

Hawks’ Garden Volunteer Work Day TODAY 🌻
Our next volunteer family work day is today, Sunday February 4, 9:30am-12:00pm. Please join us for coffee, hot chocolate and bagels as we beautify our NC campus. Learn more here 

You can always check out our beautiful school garden on our Hawks' Garden Club website.  

🍳Shop with Good Eggs to give back to Neil Cummins! Good Eggs is a game-changing online market that delivers local produce, organic groceries, chef-prepared meals, and easy meal kits straight to your door. It’s all the quality and transparency of a farmer’s market, with the speed and convenience of online ordering. Shop here and enter GoodEggsForNeilCummins at checkout for  5% of your order's total value to go back to NC. 

LCMSD and NC PTO are on Social Media! Follow us on instagram or like us on Facebook.
Spark News

Interested In Getting Involved With SPARK? We Have Fantastic Opportunities Starting Right Now! Spring Online Auction Needs:  How can you help? 

  • Host a Sign-up Party:

Round up your friends, choose a theme, and let the fun begin – whether it's a big bash like a ping pong tournament, a hike for kinders, a family movie night in your backyard for 10 or a silent disco for 100, it's your call. All funds go to SPARK. Sign up to host your fantastic party now!

  • Check out volunteer opportunities here

  • Donate an Item: 

Got a special item to donate, like a vacation home, gift certificates, sports tickets, bottles of wine? We'd be thrilled to feature it in our Online Auction. Click here to make your online donation!

Biz Partner Spotlight: Blue Anchor Building Company Blue Anchor Building Company is a family of builders motivated by their love of bringing architecture and design ideas to life. And they work with people who, in turn, appreciate the craft of construction. Blue Anchor Building Company believes that the best partnerships have a strong sense of responsibility, not only to their clients, but to each other. From the architect to the carpenter, Blue Anchor Building Company day-to-day work is anchored with integrity and respect.

Follow SPARK on Instagram & Facebook to stay up to date with all the latest news, events and opportunities to get involved.

Community News

Click here for our Community News page that includes:
-Resource Fair for Families with Children with Disabilities 
-California Council of Parent Participatory Schools Convention 2024 
-JCC Camp Kehillah Schools Out Camp Is In 
-Corte Madera Library Ongoing Programs

-Corte Madera Parks and Rec Summer Classes 

-California Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools Convention 2024


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