SUN VALLEY SCHOOL PTO is an active group of parents, teachers and staff dedicated to enriching children's education and building community. PTO fundraising enables Sun Valley to offer ART, MUSIC, P.E., SCIENCE, POETRY and MORE. We sponsor field trips, class  supplies, book fairs, author visits, career assemblies, garden club and family events. If you have a kid at SV, you're a member!

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A Message from our Principal

Dear Sun Valley Families,

Happy Mother’s Day everyone!  We are into week 8 of distance learning! Please know that the staff and I are here for you if you need anything.  Please do not hesitate to send me an email: and remember to encourage your children to take three recess breaks a day!  Get them outside and off the screen so they can keep physical and active.  One thing I do with my older kids, is have them mask up and get on their bikes and ride to my sister’s house to “deliver or pick something up”.  It’s been a great way to get them to go on an extra long bike ride and they get to practice social distancing with a relative, too.  I heard that some families are getting their grandparents, friends and family to do hangouts with their kids or just FaceTime to hear them read.  Whatever it takes!

The search for a new Sun Valley Principal is on its way.  We really need your feedback about what you want in your new principal.  Please complete this very short SURVEY FOR A NEW PRINCIPAL by FRIDAY.  It is anonymous and goes directly to the Assistant Superintendent of HR in San Rafael City Schools.  Thank you so much for taking a moment to share your important thoughts as we move forward.

Last but not least, the SV fifth graders along with Student Council have created a really fun 5TH GRADE ON-LINE TALENT SHOW!  CHECK OUT THE SHOW! Huge thanks to Mr. Hall for working with our student council leaders to put this together and showing great persistence as they work out all the technology. Way to go SV 5th graders!


3-3:30 pm 3-5th grade
3:30-4 pm K-2nd


Julie Harris 



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A note about on-line learning. 

Huge kudos to our teaching staff who in a matter of 48 hours figured out how to get on-line learning started.  All teachers have a google classroom up and running and have invited every student to join.  Please be patient as teachers learn how to post on-line assignments, hold hangouts (live class meetings or lessons), learn how to video themselves teaching and post, and become tech experts to guide and support all the students and families to access these learning options.  If your child has completed all the assignments on-line and the paper packets, there are a host of websites for continuous learning that are on the District's Digital Learning Page.  Additionally, the PTO has purchased IXL learning for all of our students for one year.  

Try to stay calm and focused. 

It’s easy to be lost in fear when disaster strikes. Try and take time for yourself, take a walk, do some yoga, talk with a close friend, text a funny story to a sister, take pictures of your children while out for a walk, and remember to take a relaxing breath.  

Show Gratitude.  

One of the kindest things we can do is to say “thank you” to those who are doing what they can to fight the outbreak.  Remember those people that are working at the gas stations, grocery stores, restaurant take outs.  

Our common humanity and compassion.  

If you can get out and walk with your family or by yourself, please remember to say "hello" to the person walking the other way, as you give them a wide berth.  This may be the only contact that this person has had that day.  We're all here to help each other.  Otherwise, it's just passing time.  

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  • If you are having technical difficulties with any of the programs that you need to access during the shelter-in-place, please contact Traci Gearhart on  She can help you with Zoom, Webex, Google Hangouts, etc.  

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