Hall Weekly Bulletin - October 16, 2022

Flag football, Capture the Flag, Volleyball and a student eating contest!!



  • Wed, Oct 19 LCMSD Board Meeting 6 pm 
  • Wed, Oct 19 - Retake Picture Day
  • Thurs, Oct 20 - Great Shake Out
  • Tues, Nov 1 - No School, Hall Certificated PD Day
  • Mon, Nov 7 - SPARK Board Meeting, 7pm, Hall Library 
  • Fri, Nov 11 - No School, Veteran’s Day
  • Mon - Fri, Nov 14-18 -  Conference Week, Early Dismissal Bell Schedule
  • Mon - Fri, Nov 21-25 - No School, Thanksgiving Break


Thank PTA you for this incredible event! 


Let’s start by acknowledging this was not a normal week. As a school community, we recognize that our role in ensuring student safety is a top priority. To say the weight of being responsible for a school community is not heavy would be far from the truth. From the your children, to the staff in the classroom and surrounding the campus to include the district office, the ability to return everyday is a gift. We are a community and our motto is We Are One, this extends to every human that is connected to our Cougar Community. We all have role in keeping our community safe and we appreciate the efforts of CMPD in ensuring Hall remains a safe place for all. We know that safety is also their top priority and if there is ever any reason to feel otherwise, there would be more intervention by law enforcement. This is a sad but true reality as I have experienced it as a site leader and know that the fear is real and can be a source of trauma. We are here if you are having any additional concerns and encourage you to reach out our team for support. 


As a member of the Cougar family and deeply invested in the community I am grateful we are a learning community that recognizes the challenges that come with adolescence. With brain development in high gear, mistakes are bound to happen and offer an opportunity for all our brains to grow. This is our hope both in and out of the classroom for all Cougars in the safest environment possible. Being witness and part of child development is what we all share and our commitment to each other is what we have to give. This community does just that, you show up for Walkathon, coach our teams (Hall and outside), support community service engagements, and support the educators in their lives. We are so grateful for your time and efforts to connect to our youth. They need us more than ever and while the push pull is real, this is our community to take care of collectively. We appreciate your role in “raising this village” and we look forward to working together.

Ask the teachers to dress up?? OK!!!


Continuing with gratitude, huge thank you to Dina Harrison, Jill Martay, and Sara Esslinger for organizing and bringing our Hall PTA Walkathon to life!! What and incredible way to finish the week. Our Cougars did not shy away from the opportunity to just have fun! With costumes for advisory classes and teachers taking it to the next level it was a blast. Our winning class Mr. Beach’s advisory in full In-N-Out gear stole the show! The obstacle courses and water station were a hit and our volunteers seemed to have just as much fun! Thank you to all for continuing a loved Hall tradition!! Last, thank you to all who supported, we hit our goal and look forward to bringing this right back to our Hall community! 


We have a great week on deck and look forward to celebrating Hall at our LCMSD Board meeting on Wednesday night. For those of you who missed our Parent Workshop on Google Classroom and ALMA last week, we will share a recorded slide deck with your child’s information this week to help you access their daily platform for work exchange and instructions. If you are interested in another in person workshop, please add your name to this sheet. 


We wish you all a beautiful Sunday, 

Dr. Brown & Hall Staff



A 2022-2023 professional goal and area of focus for the school counseling department is to strengthen our Tier 2 interventions primarily around academic and social/emotional support. The Den is a direct student service that is accessible and responsive to the needs of all our learners.  Thank you to Carter Devol and Dr. Julie  Alexander for dedicating their time and effort towards this academic intervention.  We will be reaching out to all staff in approximately six weeks to ask for more feedback as we refine and develop the program to align with our school’s grading practices.




Volunteer Opportunities Attention Hall 8th Graders who live on or near Christmas Tree Hill who are looking for community volunteer opportunities. On Sunday, November 6 th , from 9:15 to 11:15 AM, the Christmas Tree Hill Neighborhood Response Group will be conducting a bi-annual emergency response drill by setting up a first-aid field unit on CTH and we need 4 volunteers to serve as mock injured residents.Student volunteers will be provided with a 2-hour participation certificate and must have parental consent to participate. If interested please email us at:


Volunteer Opportunities The Cove Elementary School is holding their annual Fall Family Festival on Thursday October 20th from 5pm to 7pm at their school blacktop and they have volunteer opportunities for 3 Hall Students. For more information and to sign up please click on the link below. Cove School Fall Family Festival Volunteer Signup


VISITORS/VOLUNTEERS All visitors and volunteers must check in at the front office and provide a driver's license. Please note we are a closed-campus school.


CHROMEBOOKS  Chromebooks need to be charged and brought to school daily. Any chromebook concerns, contact Renee Power at


ATTENDANCE  As we continue our school year together, we want to remind all families and students of our Absence, Tardy and Student pick up protocols to maintain an efficient process. Please review this document with your child for future attendance questions and appropriate steps


CELL PHONES Cell phones should not be used during the school day.  Parents please do not text or call your child.  If you need to get ahold of your child, call the office (415) 927-6978 or email Additionally, please note smartwatches and wireless earbuds are to be in lockers daily, student should not have their electronic devices on their person or in their backpacks.


HEALTH NEWS  Forward any health/medical information to our health liaison, Marilyn Petranto at Reminder livestreaming is offered to those students on the livestream list only. Live streaming is available in all core classes as well as Spanish I & II, we do not support electives or PE. 


Makeup Picture Day is Wed, 10/19. Students who want to retake their picture will need to bring back their original picture package and Dorian will automatically replace the package.  If a student is new or was not photographed originally they can order online via the website at and order under the retake day.  If they did not like their image and would like to purchase it, they can place their order online and go to the camera. Dorian will take their picture and the package will be produced from the retake image.  


Volunteer Opportunities The Cove Elementary School is holding their annual Fall Family Festival on Thursday October 20th from 5pm to 7pm at their school blacktop and they have volunteer opportunities for 3 Hall Students. For more information and to sign up please click on the link below. Cove School Fall Family Festival Volunteer Signup




Board Updates The next Board Meeting is scheduled for October 19 where we will celebrate Hall activities that foster student connectedness. Trustees will vote on the professional services contracts, Board authorizations for teaching assignments, and a Child Nutrition Tech job description. The Board will be provided with a presentation on Hall’s standards-based grading, enrollment and staffing, COVID, and LCAP technical updates. The Board Meeting will be held in person at 6:00 pm in the Hall Library; no RSVP required. The meeting will also 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. If you cannot attend the meeting, public comments are welcome via email ( and will be included in Board Meeting minutes. We hope to see you there!




Annual Giving Campaign: Spread your payments out over time into monthly installments! Donate today.


SPARK Fun Run T-Shirt Pick Up Last Call: If you forgot to pick up your t-shirt, please contact


Biz Partner Spotlight: Cast was founded in San Francisco by Rachel Skelly and Eric Ryan, two friends who wanted to make the experience of shopping for fine jewelry as delightful as wearing it. What they created was a place to discover chic, unexpected, and timeless pieces you won’t find anywhere else — fine jewelry for the curious. Cast will open at The Village at Corte Madera in Marin County, CA with an open house celebration on Saturday, October 22nd from 12-4pm. Enjoy Music by Hearts of Gold and other wonders. Explore Cast


Left Bank x SPARK Mondays! Whether it's lunch or dinner, order what you want for dine-in, or take-out and mention SPARK and 20% will benefit our schools.




Community Service VP PTA is looking for a volunteer to manage Hall students’ community service hours. You’d be in charge of promoting the number of hours Hall students need to graduate (6 for 6th, 7 for 7th, 8 for 8th) in the Weekly, and looking for opportunities to complete these hours on campus and in the community. This is a wonderful way to get involved at Hall, but also give back to our wonderful community. Please contact if interested!




Art of Woodworking Enjoy a five-week program introducing students to the art of woodworking. Instruction will incorporate the Hall Habits of Learning (HoL) curriculum that focuses on initiative, innovation, and adaptability. Students will learn basic skills to build projects from start to finish that are both functional and artistic. Skills taught include:

  • How to use hand tools* (saws, drills, hammers, shapers, etc.)  
  • Measuring materials
  • Sanding and shaping materials
  • Assembly of projects 

See this flyer for more information!


MCOE Resources See events and resources below for suicide prevention and other resources for our community.

Marin County Suicide Prevention Collaborative meeting ~ November 2nd from 2:00-3:00 pm


Men and Boy’s Action Team Campaign: Redefining Strength: A Campaign for Men and Boys’ Mental Health ~ Share your ideas!


School, Gun Safety, and Mobile Crisis: 

Mobile Crisis Response Team

MCOE Marin Schools Wellness Website

Marin County Gun Safety Resource Website  


Larkspur Library Art Contest 

Calling all artists! The Commons Foundation, the nonprofit helping to raise money to build a new Larkspur Library, is sponsoring a holiday card art contest. Students in grades K-8 are invited to submit original art that conveys “Why I Love Libraries.” With four categories (physical art, digital art, poetry and video), there is opportunity for creatives of all types. Entry deadline is November 1, 2022. Prizes awarded! 

See contest page for details:


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