Upcoming Events

l Parent Ed: Anxiety And How It Affects Teens, 7-8pm @ MVMS Multimedia Room
l Parent-Son Dance, 7-9pm @ MVMS Gym. Get Tickets Here!
l PTSA Meeting, 9-10:15am @ MVMS Conference Room
l Mid-Winter Break: NO SCHOOL
28 | Documentary Film Screening: I'm Not a Racist...Am I?, 6:30-8pm @ Mill Valley Community Center

1, 2, 3 l Cabaret: Middle School Musical. Get Tickets Now!

See the 2018-19 calendar here

PTSA Treasurer Needed!
We are still looking for a parent or guardian for the role of Treasurer, a vital role that  involves roughly 4-5 hours per month, and more during the PTSA fundraising period August-October.  The role also requires a knowledge of (or an interest to learn) Quickbooks. Get on board now, learn the ropes, and ease into the role in the new year. 

More information on this and other vacant roles will follow over the coming months. Feel free to reach out to PTSA President Jen Moore if you are interested in being involved.
Parent-Son "Out Of This World!" Dance - Friday 2/8
Friday, February 8, 7-9pm

Join us for a night that's sure to be "out of this world", filled with great intergalactic music, dancing, fun photos and some amazing, cosmic desserts!
Boys can be accompanied by an adult who is close to  t h ei r heart, r egardless of gender.

$20 per ticket to cover cost of the event.
Tickets are required for both student and guest.

Click here for tickets!
Tickets will also be available at the door.

We need volunteers to set up and clean up for this event. Please s ign up to volunteer  here.
Sixth Grade Dance
The Winter of Love 6th Grade Dance was a huge success! Here are some fun facts from the dance:
  • 310 6th grade students attended the dance
  • Kids came decked out in denim, flowery dresses, crochet vests, headbands, tie-dye, fringe boots, sunglasses and more
  • Glitter and 60's tattoos were a big hit
  • Popcorn, potato chips, Chex Mix and tons of sweet treats were enjoyed by all
  • Over 40 WEB Leaders helped with set up, check in, dancing, applying tattoos, & clean up
  • 48 parent volunteers made the dance possible. 

We appreciate all the hard work from our set up and clean up crews, the drink/food table crew, our door chaperones, snack room bouncers and photo booth crew! THANK YOU ALL!

Copyright Resplendent Photography
Cabaret: Middle School Musical - Don't Miss This Show!

Performance dates:  
  • Friday, March 1 @ 7:30pm
  • Saturday, March 2 @ 7:30pm
  • Sunday, March 3 @ 1pm
Mill Valley Middle School Cabaret proudly presents 
Middle School Musical, an adaptation of the acclaimed 
High School Musical. In typical Cabaret tradition, our production will be filled with unexpected surprises and is sure to entertain audience members of all ages!

Cabaret is partially funded by Kiddo!, the Mill Valley Schools Community Foundation. Other funding comes from parent and business contributions, ticket sales, bake sales, and flower sales. We appreciate your support!

Community First Goes Digital!
Marin Magazine Covers Community First!

Part of  what we do through our Community First program is to facilitate student hands-on vo lunteer efforts on campus. This school year, through the program, MVMS students & family volunteers are able to participate in several hands-on volunteer opportunities, including preparing hygiene kits for the homeless, donating, collecting and wrapping holiday gifts for local families in need, restoring unique local ecosystems, and providing tangible mementos of love and respect to seniors in our community.  

Community First received a write up in Marin Magazine for our first hands-on volunteer project of the year: making hygiene kits and sandwiches for the local homeless community in Marin. You can read more about that here.

Introducing the Community First Google Classroom!

There are many opportunities to give to your community this year! If your student is looking for family-friendly and meaningful experiences, look no further than the recently launched Community First Google Classroom created by staff members Lynne Watenpaugh and Trish Manwaring.

These two talented MVMS staff members received a strategic plan grant this year, to help establish a sustainable community service program for all middle school students and teachers.

They have created a Google Classroom dedicated to community service, where they are regularly posting many exciting opportunities in Mill Valley and surrounding areas, from Boyle Park to Roy's Redwoods. Ninety-five students have already signed up to find out about upcoming opportunities. Your child can join at anytime, using the code  bs1iq9p.
Ms. Manwaring and Ms. Watenpaugh are also working to build lasting relationships with community organizations, such as Redwoods Community of Seniors and Marin County Open Spaces, and are inviting teachers to collaborate on relevant curriculum. According to Ms Watenpaugh, "When students leave the classroom and interact with community members outside the school, they encounter new perspectives and discover first-hand that they can make a difference in their world." And Ms. Manwaring adds, "Classroom learning prepares students to be active citizens, and we envision this program as the logical next step where students can test the knowledge and understanding built in the classroom as they apply it to the real world."

Announcing the Online Tracking of Community Service Hours!

We are also excited to announce a transition to a new digital form for logging community service hours ! We encourage everyone to use the digital form to automate and streamline credit for student service hours at MVMS. Paper forms will no longer be accepted after April 1. The digital form (linked above) can be found on our website as well as in Google Classroom. 

We couldn't do what we do at Community First without the strong support of our community. We want to express sincere thanks and gratitude for our Community First donors.*

These community members are the engine and heart of the program, supporting MVMS students in their quest to create real change through the Community First program.

We want to start the New Year with gratitude, thanking those of you who have generously donated items in support of our student community service events in the 2018-2019 school year. Your donations were instrumental to the Holiday Wishes and Hygiene Kits programs, allowing MVMS students to support several of the most impactful community-based organizations in the Bay Area.

Student Services (Community Fir st ) Donors Since August 2018
Gabriel Aal,  Amy Apple,  Heather Archibald,  Lisa Barger,  Lisa Barnes,  Kerstin Bastian,  Megan Bell,  Lisa Black,  Mischa Black,  Zoe Blair,  Nancy Bloch,  Susan Boyle,  Jackie Broad,  Shelby Brock,  Sabrina Brooks,  Christina Brown,  Miriam Burke,  Sarah Butler,  Mike and Carson Cann,  Roger & Mercedes Chamieh,  Zoe Chamieh,  Esther Chang,  Jaki Chaparro,  Megan Christensen,  Malin Clark,  Yu Mei Compton,  Georgia Couacaud,  Erin Conklin,  Renee Conrady,  Tracey Taylor Cosgrove,  Wendy Creath,  Susanne Croley,  Stephanie Cuccaro-Alamin,  Tamar D'Amico,  Gena D'Angona,  Scott Dalton,  Cari Dauphinais,  Dana Davol,  Gwen Day,  Julie Dayton,  Mae DeLapp,  Tiffany Donohue,  Colleen Donaldson,  Kristi Duchon,  Heather Eberhardt,  Carrie Emison,  Lorena Espino,  Kasey Fahey,  Sasha Faulkner,  Lori Febbo,  Nancy Felder,  Tracy Ferron,  Amy Fierstein,  Eileen Fisher,  Lynn Flint,  Michelle Forbes,  Jennifer Foskett,  Christine Freda,  Amy Gardner,  Gina Gardner,  Katy Gasparini-Patti,  Susie Gilmor,  Heather Gordon,  Jen George Graveline,  James Gray,  Ronda Gray,  Fay Griffin,  Kris Malone Grossman,  Dvera Hadden,  Ella Hagele,  Andi Hatch,  Carri Harte, Kaia Harte, Quinn Harte,  Karen Hauer,  Dina Hexamer,  Laurel Hilton,  Angie Hisanga,  Candida Hoeberichts,  Christi Holbrook,  Joan Hottenstein,  Sophia and Scott Hines,  Lachlan Hindley,  Christi Holgrook Ingoldsby,  Patty Hubbard,  Emily Hughes,  Mary Hurstmeyer,  Hilary Hyde,  Dabney Ingram,  Cory Jamison,  Bobbi Lynn Jones,  Bennett Johnston,  Sebastian Kauh,  Heather Keane,  Trish Keane,  Lyra Kelly,  Vyvianne Kiriakis,  Elizabeth Kivimae,  Marian Kwon,  Kathy Knowles,  Joy Koo,  Petra Kristofekova,  Bennett Johnston,  Brittany Lauer Swift,  Annie Lazarus,  Talia Lazerwitz,  Natalie Lee,  Lisette Lehman,  Judith Lemmens,  Ravi Lescher,  Karen Letteney,  Juliet Levinson,  Jill and Emerson Liszewski,  Cheryl Loff , Kathy Lucas,  George Mandala,  Kristen Martin,  Rozanne May,  Georgina McLeod,  Erin McMahon,  Leslie Meyers,  Santosh Padki,  Mary Michael Pringle,  Angela Miller,  Deborah Miller-Dubowitz,  Lisa Moir,  Linda Moll,  Jen Moore,  Jennifer Morris,  Melanie Mount,  Eve Mueller,  Eleanor Murray,  Leslie Myers,  Anne Marie Neal,  Jessica Nenner,  Kristen Nicita,  Elizabeth Norwood,  Melinda Nykamp,  Carrie Octavio,  Katy Olds,  Molly O'Callaghan,  Chris O'Keef,  Abby O'Leary,  Matt Olson,  Lisa Orrell,  Nicole Palmer,  Lexie Patten,  Rebecca Peacock,  Amy Perl,  Tam Pham,  Jackie Pierce,  Iris Pingel,  Leslie Purchase,  Maria Ramos-Chertok,  Justine Reese,  Amanda Reeves,  Aaron Reuter,  Alexandra Reuter,  Preston Richardson,  Ann Riley,  Beverly Rodgers,  Jennifer Rodrigue,  Patti Root,  Justine Rudman,  Rebecca Green-Scanlan,  Carly Scholz,  Iona Scobie,  Tamar Seiver,  Cherie Simpson,  Alyson Sinclair,  Monique Skruzny,  Caitlin Smith,  Madison Smith,  Laura Spense,  Amalie Stoker,  Melanie Stoll,  Jennifer Soenens,  Linnea Carlson-Spelman,  Ashley Sternfels,  Brittany Lauer Swift,  Chrissy Son,  Amalie Stoker,  Melanie Stoll,  Kindra Tatarsky,  Jennifer Tidwell,  Maura Tokarski,  Apryl Uncapher,  Monica Vaughan,  Elizabeth Wellborn,  Sandy Whicker, the  Wihlborg Family,  Danielle Willges,  Kevin Wiley,  Jennifer Wolfe,  Beth Wolly,  Rebecca Yarnold,  Sherri Yoshizu,  Elaine Yutan (Murphy), Kayla Zeizler.

Thanks to your donations, students at MVMS were supported in their efforts to act with empathy and compassion to help others! Thank you!

* This expression of our gratitude is a correction of the information posted in the last issue of Panther Press. We apologize for any confusion due to our previous message. 
Parent Education: Anxiety Event, Documentary Screening
Anxiety and How It Affects Teens: Dr. Tracy Foose 
Why do traits like intelligence and drive seem to increase vulnerability to anxiety? How might our modern, connected world be exacerbating our anxiety? How can we teach our children not to fear their fear, but to harness anxiety as a motivating and protective force?

Documentary Film Screening: I'm Not a Racist...Am I?
Thursday, 2/28 @ Mill Valley Community Center
Time: 5:30pm for BBQ Catering; 6:30pm for Movie; 8pm for discussion
A feature documentary about how this next generation is going to confront racism. 12 teenagers from New York City come together for one school year to talk about race and privilege in a series of workshops and in conversations with friends and family members. By documenting their experience, the producers of the film hope to inspire others to recognize and interrupt racism in their own lives.

It really takes a village to raise a teen!  Click here  for  up-to-date information on  current issues relating to  Student Health and Wellness.
Got Yearbook?
Orders close February 28 - don't miss out! Click here for further information.
Mill Valley Police Department Bike Registration

Concerned about bike theft? 

Register your kids' bikes via MVPD. Click  here  to start the process.

Support Our School While You Shop
Select MVMS when you shop and we'll receive a portion of your purchase. 
Bookmark  this link 
now and remember to use it when you shop Amazon!

MVMS when you check-out and you save 
10% - and MVMS receives 10% of your purchase!

Mention MVMS PTSA and we'll receive a portion of your purchase.

100% of funds go to MVMS!
Community Posts
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Kiddo! GALA Tickets ON SALE NOW!
Click  here to buy tickets.

PLEASE HELP! Do you have sports tickets, a vacation rental, a nice bottle of wine, or a cool experience you can donate for the Gala Auction?  Click  here  to donate an auction item.

We are also collecting funds to help some teachers attend the Gala for FREE!
Click  here to pitch in.

ONE DAY ONLY!! Mill Valley Market gives 5% to  Kiddo !  on Saturday, February 9th.  Shop at   Mill Valley Market   and  their newly acquired  Vintage Wine and Spirits   and say " Kiddo ! "   at checkout and 5% will be given back to  Kiddo !

Mill Valley Library

Experimental Writing Group | 2/14, 3/21, 4/18 | 7-8:20pm | Grades 6 -8
Join Karen Benke (Leap Write In!) if you need a break from writing for a grade and want to write for fun. Only requirement: a favorite pen and a willingness to surprise yourself. Register here.
Lego Robotics | 1/26, 2/9, 3/16, 4/20 | 10:30am-12pm | Grades 5 - 8
Program Lego Mindstorms robots to perform various challenges! Led by Tam High Robotics Club. Register here.

Friends of Mill Valley Library 

$1 to $3 Young Adult Books at the Mill Valley Library's "Friends"
Looking for inexpensive books for children age 12 & up? The Friends of the Mill Valley Library, which receives thousands of donated books every year and holds monthly used books sales, has launched a new website just for you! MVteen Books sells gently-read Young Adult (YA) books online. Just browse the Friends' YA website, place a hold on books you'd like to buy, watch for an alert that they're ready, and come to the MV Library's circulation desk to pick them up and pay.  For more information and to shop, go to  www.librarycat.org/lib/friendsYA
Contact Us
The  Panther Press  is published twice a month.  Submissions are due five days prior to publication and may be edited for content or length.  The mention of any business or service in this publication does not imply endorsement by the PTSA.  For submissions, please contact VP Communications

PTSA President: Jennifer Moore  
PTSA Executive VP: Monique DiComo 
VP Communications: Belinda Rowbury 
Photographer: Coming soon
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