Neil Cummins Weekly, Week of April 21, 2024

Neil Cummins Weekly April 21, 2024


Upcoming Dates and Events

April 24 Board Meeting 6:00pm, Hall Library

April 26 All School Assembly 8:15am, NC Gym
May 1 May PTO Meeting 8:15am, NC Music Room 
May 3 Spring Festival 3:00-4:30pm NC Lunch Courtyard
Principal Message


We are delighted to announce our Golden Bell winners for the 2023-2024 School year! This award recognizes the outstanding achievements of specific staff each year county wide, and we are proud to celebrate this accomplishment with our entire school community. 

 2nd grade teacher, Dana Swisher, has been instrumental in implementing innovative teaching strategies to engage and inspire her students. Her dedication and hard work in the classroom and in our HAwks’ Garden  have helped to create a dynamic learning environment where our students thrive. 

Lyn Everly, our NC  Site Secretary has played a key role in supporting our school’s success by ensuring efficient operation and organization. Her commitment to excellence has helped to keep our school running smoothly and effectively. 

Alyce Hinshaw our most veteran Campus Support team member, works tirelessly to support  students in the classroom and out on the playground..

Thanks to the combined efforts of these individuals and there ongoing incredible work!

Let us all take a moment to celebrate and congratulate our Golden Bell winner for this school year. They will also be recognized at the county wide celebration on May 23rd at Dominican University.

Board Updates: On April 24, 2024 the Board will meet at 6:00 in the Hall Library. Daniel Norbutas and the counseling department will present the California Healthy Kids Survey results, as well as a counseling update. Thank you SPARK for funding our wellness programs! Trustees will also be presented with an update on Hall’s standards-based grading, the Local Control Accountability (LCAP) survey results, and the draft 2024-2027 LCAP. The 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. All agendas can be found here.


Kyle Shaw

Neil Cummins Elementary Principal

School & PTO News

May PTO Meeting Join us Wednesday May 1 at 8:15am in the Music Room for our May PTO meeting, all are welcome! Check in at the office first. We will have coffee and get an update from Mr. Shaw. 

May 3 is our Spring Festival The Spring Festival is right around the corner!  All students and their families are invited to join the fun Friday, May 3rd from 3-4:30pm in the lunch courtyard.  Enjoy old favorites like face painting, the garden plant sale (just in time for Mother's Day!), PE-led activities, the 5th grade bake sale, fresh popcorn, and more!  Come experience new offerings like a Taylor Swift inspired friendship bracelet crafting station, stop-motion animation, lawn games, a taco truck, and a splash tank!  Tell your kiddos to hone their throwing accuracy so they can splash Mr. Shaw, Mr. Gapinski, and  other brave community volunteers while raising money for the PTO.  It will be an unforgettable event. 

We NEED volunteers Please sign-up today!      

The Spring Festival is free to attend and you can have a blast without spending a dime.  Please bring cash if you'd like to support the 5th grade bake sale, purchase beautiful blooms from the Hawks’ Garden, enjoy more substantial bites from the taco truck, or attempt to splash our adventurous community members.  PayPal and Venmo will also be accepted.

Safe Routes: Rainbow Contest Remaining Dates - April 24, May 1 and May 8

The Rainbow Challenge has begun! Thank you to everyone who walked or rolled this past Wednesday. Keep up the good work! If you did not get a badge, there is one more opportunity to get one on April 24th. Set an intention to walk or ride with your neighbors and friends on the next three Wednesdays (April 24, May 1, and May 8) to get a stamp on your badge. Collect a minimum of three stamps for a chance to enter the raffle and win a Razor scooter!

Below are a couple meet-up locations if you would like to coordinate with friends and walk and roll as a group. All locations leave by 7:55 am (if riding).

Creekside: Corner of Larkspur Plaza Drive & Creekside. 

Larkspur Marina: In front of 73 Via La Brisa. 

Christmas Tree Hill: The Gazebo @ Menke Park. 

Madera Gardens: In front of 161 Birch Ave. 

Hawks’ Garden  
🌎 April 22 is Earth Day! Read more on how you can help keep our planet beautiful 🌎

Thursday May 2 Garden Work Day 

Friday May 3 Spring Festival - we need volunteers, sign up today 
Saturday May 18 Eco-Friendly Garden Tour 

Visit Hawks' Garden Club for all events and latest news. 

🍳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

Early bird ticket pricing ends 4/22/24: Act fast! Early bird pricing for our Sparkle and Shine Gala ends Monday, April 22 at 9 pm. Get your tickets here and join us for a fabulous evening supporting our students, teachers and schools! Head to our website for all the details about what is certain to be an unforgettable event. Just added: Due to popular demand we have added two more VIP tables for purchase. Jump on this opportunity for some of the best seats of the night! Purchase yours today. 

We Need Someone to Create our Video:  Are you a videographer extraordinaire? We're on the hunt for someone with serious skills to help us produce an unforgettable Fund-A-Need video for our upcoming Gala on May 10th. Contact us at for more details.

And an Emcee: We are on the hunt for a talented emcee to dazzle the audience at our upcoming Sparkle and Shine Gala. If you have a knack for engaging an audience and creating memorable experiences, we want to hear from you! Email us at

SPARK is in search of an Executive Director: to lead our team and community. If you're a dynamic leader with a passion for making a difference, this could be your chance to sparkle. This is a full-time, year-round paid position. Click here for more details. 

Grab a fellow mom and meet us at FLORES for a spicy Moms' Night Out on Wednesday, April 24 from 5:30 PM until closing time! You won’t want to miss this opportunity to unwind and connect with fellow moms in a welcoming atmosphere all while supporting SPARK – 15% of your bill will be donated to SPARK. FLORES is located at the Corte Madera Town Center.

Biz Partner Spotlight: Woodlands Bakery is a full-service bakery crafting an exquisite selection of cakes, pastries, and daily-baked fresh bread using organic, non-GMO flour. Our dedication to quality is evident as we exclusively use premium organic whole wheat and heirloom flours for our breads. Catering to diverse dietary preferences, our bakery takes pride in offering a variety of gluten-free and vegan options for pastries and desserts, ensuring there's something delightful for everyone.

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:
-All About Owls Family Fun Day 
-Painted Bins Art Unveiling TODAY at 4:30pm
-Marin Foster Care’s 6th Annual Dance-a-thon Needs Volunteers to Help
-Legarza Summer Camps
-Twin Cities Co-op Preschool May Play Date and Summer Camp

-NBBA Summer Camps 
-Dave Fromer Soccer 
-Bloom Clothing Donations 
-June Volleyball Camp for Boys and Girls 

-Mountain Camp Marin 
-Steve and Kate’s Summer Camp 
-Gretchen Klein Piano Lessons 
-Corte Madera Library Ongoing Programs

-Corte Madera Parks and Rec Summer Classes


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