Neil Cummins Weekly November 13, 2022


Upcoming Dates

November 14 - 18 1:30 p.m. Early Release All Week for Parent Teacher Conferences
November 21 - 25 Thanksgiving Break No School


Principal Message


SPARK Giving Day is November 15th


As the season of giving thanks is upon us, it is important that we take a moment to recognize all that we have to be grateful for.  At LCMSD, we are grateful every day for our incredible community of students, teachers, staff and parents! 


During the SPARK Giving Day Participation Challenge, we encourage everyone in our community to show their appreciation for all our schools have to offer with a charitable gift to SPARK. Every donation to SPARK makes an impact just as every student benefits daily from learning opportunities in music, art, science, technology, wellness and more. Thank you to the families and business partners who have already shown their commitment to our schools with a financial donation this year. 


SPARK relies on parent support to help raise $1.5M this year.  Please join our efforts with your gift to SPARK so our students can continue to receive an excellent and engaging educational experience, not just today, but in the future as well.  


Thank you for all you do to support our schools and the LCMSD community. 


Kyle Shaw


Board Updates


Congratulations and welcome Beth Blair and Natalie Medved to the LCMSD Board of Trustees. Additionally, thank you incumbents Amir Movafaghi and Eric Schmautz for committing to another term on the Board. All four will be sworn in during the December 14 Board Meeting. The next Board Meeting is scheduled for November 16 where we will celebrate CGI math student and teacher successes. A public hearing will be held to sunshine initial contract proposals for LCMEA/LCMSD negotiations. Trustees will vote on a Board authorization for a Math teaching assignment, the Hall Single Plan for Student Achievement, and the Cove and Neil Cummins site Local Control Accountability Plans. CAASPP Part II will be presented and discussed, specifically addressing local comparisons and subgroup progress. Additionally, the Board will be provided with the status of the interdistrict permit agreement between RUSD and LCMSD. 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!



Kyle Shaw






Giving Day is Tuesday, November 15 - Can we count on you? The Participation Challenge is the biggest fundraising campaign for SPARK every year and we’re counting on you to help us reach our 70% participation target by SPARK Giving Day this Tuesday, November 15th! To reach our overall goal of $1.5M we need your financial support. Make your  pledge or donation today!


Did You Know?

  • Annual Giving makes up nearly 80% of total SPARK revenue and is the most impactful way to support SPARK.

  • Money raised this school year, covers salaries and benefits for this same school year.

  • SPARK supports programs District-wide for our three schools: Cove, Neil Cummins and Hall.


Participation Challenge Update: 

Thanks to more than 300 families, we’re inching upwards. Is your name on our list? Check out our updated overall percentage and grade level percentages here  


Oh yeah, we have prizes!

  • When we reach 70% of families donating or pledging by November 15th, every student gets a coupon for frozen yogurt courtesy of Easy Breezy in Town Center Corte Madera.

  • The K-5 grade level with the highest participation wins a special goody bag for each student chock-full of fun items.

  • Classes at Neil Cummins and Cove with 100% participation will have an opportunity to win customized hoodies for every student in the class. (Please note: tie-breaker will be based on dollars raised)

  • Your donation automatically enters you in our raffle drawings! New District families and returning families with a higher donation than last year will receive two entries in the raffles.

  • NEW this year - there will be incentive drawings on our way to 70% participation. Prizes include:

    • $100 Nugget gift card at 50%, 

    • $250 Picco gift card at 60% 

    • grand prize $500 Apple gift card when we reach 70% of families donating or pledging by November 15th


Quick Links:

Make a donation here

Make a pledge here

Check out the updated grade level and classroom participation percentages here

View the updated family donors list here 

Frequently Asked Questions here 

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Click here for our Community News page that includes:

  • Twin Cities Community Preschool Open House and Five Little Monkeys Giveback Program
  • Twin Cities Girls Softball Registration Now Open  
  • Corte Madera Parks and Rec                                                            

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