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Looking Ahead

You can now start planning for the next school year! The 2018-19 instructional calendar has been approved by the Santa Rosa City Schools District. School will start on August 15. Click here for the 2018-2019 instructional calendar.

Monthly Newsletter

Are you getting our monthly newsletter, the Falcons Gazette? Check your Spam or "Promotions" box in your email account. You can read past editions by going to the "Falcons Gazette" tab on the top left of our STPC webpage.


What is STPC?

The Student, Teacher, Parent Committee was established as a service organization to support students, staff and the school community here at Rincon Valley Middle School. The STPC helps contribute to and provide additional funds for student, staff and school needs that fall outside of available school funding sources. We also coordinate volunteers to support various programs and activities at the school. We send out a monthly email newsletter to provide information and support for our parent community. We are working to make this an outstanding year!  Please consider volunteering at school events or making financial donations to our school. Your help makes a direct impact on our students! Volunteering opportunities throughout the year include:

  • School dances (chaperone, food donations, etc.)
  • 7th Grade Sport-A-Rama
  • Food donations for special events, teacher luncheons
  • Renaissance
  • Student Achievement Recognition
  • Fundraising
  • Carnival in May

Contact Us!

Contact us with any questions!

STPC President, Shaina Sovel

STPC Vice President Ananda Sweet


Parent Club (STPC)

Join our Last Dine & Donate @ Panda Express!

Take a night off cooking on May 3 (Thurs.) and join us for another Dine & Donate at Panda Express on Mendocino Ave. between 4 - 7 p.m. Proceeds will help fund various RVMS programs. Bring this flyer! - STPC Dine & Donate Co-Coordinator Tina Baker,


Upcoming volunteer opportunities

RVMS Color Teams Movie Event:  Thursday, May 17!

The 3 winning 8th grade color teams & all students who earned all their stickers for color teams will be attending a movie at Summerfield Theater (near Howarth Park) on May 17th. Students have been looking forward to this for some time!

With over 200 students qualifying to participate, we need 21 volunteers to help make this event a success.

  • 1 volunteer to serve as coordinator of the pizza lunch (11:00-1:30 pm)- Tasks include ordering pizzas for 200 from Dominoes, arranging for 200 drinks and coolers plus table covers, napkins and plates prior to the event, coordinating the volunteers that help with the lunch set up and breakdown, and communicating with the Color Team Faculty Lead (Laurel Varnbuhler).  PLEASE NOTE:  YOU WILL RECEIVE RESOURCES/TRAINING, ETC.FOR THIS POSITION....YOU WON'T BE REINVENTING THE WHEEL!!
  • 5 volunteers to run the pizza lunch (11:30-1:00 pm)- Tasks include setting up the pizzas before the kids return from the movie, manning the tables during lunch as they arrive, and breaking-down after lunch.
  • 15 volunteers to go the theater (9:00-12:30pm)- These volunteers will help get the kids on the buses and will come to the theater- some will sit in the lobby to make sure students don't leave the building.  The rest will be sitting at random spots inside the theater to supervise students.  They will then get the kids back on the buses & escort them back to school.  Chaperones might need to drive their own cars to the theatre if there are not enough seats on the bus. CLICK ON THE LINK TO SIGN UP:Color Teams Movie and Pizza Party Volunteer



Donations of Books and Legos Appreciated!

Read Across America Celebration


Dear RVMS & SRACS Parents,

After the Fires, Santa Rosa City Schools has had 1,000s of new books donated from across the country. RVMS and SRACS will be celebrating Read Across America Day by giving each student an opportunity to choose a new book for free. We are awaiting one last shipment of books and once they are received, the date for our book giveaway will be set. We anticipate this happening before Spring Break.

As part of our Read Across America Celebration, we at RVMS and SRACS would like to be able to “invite” the students who lost their homes in the fires to choose multiple books to begin to rebuild their home libraries. If your family has pre-teen and teen appropriate gently read books that you would like to donate, the RVMS Library would love to include them in our celebration.

Also, our library would love to accept any donations of Legos any families may like to donate to any budding Stop Motion Animation enthusiasts to explore with during break and lunch.

Book or Lego donations can be labeled “LIBRARY” and dropped off in our front office. Questions can be directed to our Library Technician, Amy Knebel,

Many Thanks! - Principal Ed Navarro,

Carpool Help!


Are you having trouble getting to and from school from your new location? You are not alone! Families who have students in Rincon Valley area schools are looking for ways to get their students to their schools. Parent groups from Maria Carrillo High School and Rincon Valley Middle School have created a Facebook page ( designed to help connect riders and drivers to RVMS, SRACS and/or MCHS. If you need a ride or can give a ride, you can post it on this FB page. Click on the "See ALL" in the Community section on the right hand side to see all the posts. If you don't use Facebook, email and we will post for you. We are in this together. Let's try to find a solution!

More Resources in the Special Edition of the Falcons Gazette

Check the special edition of the Falcons Gazette to find various information on:

  • Important Information from SRCS District
  • Fire Recovery Checklist
  • Open Enrollment Reminder

...and much more.


Go to the "Falcons Gazette" tab on the top left to see the archived newsletters.


1. Listen – Provide opportunities for children to talk and express whatever they are feeling
and thinking.
2. Be supportive and non-judgmental – Let children have their own reactions. Don’t tell
children what they should or should not feel.
3. Support children in expressing feelings, verbally and non-verbally – Talking, crying,
drawing, writing and playing are all helpful ways to process reactions. Children will often
work through their feelings through play and may re-enact the death, trauma, funeral, etc.
with playmates, dolls and other toys. This is a normal and healthy way for children to heal.
4. Be honest and provide accurate information appropriate to the child’s ability to
understand and wish to know – In order to cope, children need to trust that we will be
honest with them. The unknown and the imagined can be much more terrifying than the
5. Be patient – Realize that this will take time. Children may take longer than adults to
resolve trauma and grief. Their processing of it may be intermittent. They may need to ask
the same questions over and over.
6. Share your feelings – It is okay for children to know that you are human and have feelings,
too, but don’t overburden your children with your anxieties. Make sure you take care of
yourself and have good support from other adults.
7. Provide affection and reassurance regarding safety issues – Let your children know
that they are loved and that the adults in their lives will do their best to keep them safe.
Children may temporarily need extra safety measures: i.e., sleeping in your room, leaving
lights on, etc. You may want to say, “We will do this for a while and then get back to
8. Maintain order, security and stability in your children’s lives – Children need regular
routines and structure to continue as much as possible.
9. Give choices so that children have a sense of control and participation – Ask: What
would help you feel safe? Do you want to go to the memorial service?
10. Memorialize – Light candles. Create a scrapbook or memory book. Write letters to the
person who has died. Ritual helps us heal.

Memorial Bereavement Services/LGarric, SCOE 1/26/09

Fire Recovery Checklist


“We may have lost our house, but we did not lose our HOME.” – Santa Rosa Fire Evacuee


There is so much to do.  Where do I start?  Here is a helpful beginning checklist…


Contact Insurance Agent

  • Get a claim number (this applies for both renter or owner)

  • Ask for complete copy of home Insurance Declaration Page (this is the cover sheet which contains the details for your selected insurance coverage policy)

  • If replacement premium requires contractor plans, find one now.

  • Start tracking and listing lost items (don’t feel like you need to do this all at once - just start doing it).

  • If claiming value of inside property: assemble pictures where they support your claims.


Contact Mortgage Holder (if property owner)

  • Let them know your house burned - Future reimbursement by insurances will also be including the mortgage holder.  

  • If renting, notify your landlord.  


Find Temporary Housing

  • Keep spreading the word if you are still looking – networking is helpful.

  • Contact a realtor you trust


Immediate Supply Needs

  • Get necessary immediate supplies & clothing.

  • Find where to go.  There are many donation centers located throughout the county. Our community and even other states throughout the US have been very generous with donations.



  • Re-route your mail:  get a PO Box or re-route to friend/family address.

  • Make a list of all places that send you mail (credit cards, medical plans, insurances, social security, banks or financial institutions, FastTrack, memberships, Amazon, utilities).  Inform them via email or calls.


Replace Personal Identification

  • There are currently ‘central hubs’ set up to help with this, free of charge.  (i.e. in Santa Rosa, go to the Press Democrat building in the downtown)

  • Some items to replace: drivers license, auto pink slips, passport, social security card, Medicare card, birth certificate, marriage license.


Contact County Assessor (If property owner)

  • File re-assessment claim form with county assessor.  

  • Apply for duplicate copy of title.


Contact Dept. of Environmental Health and Safety

  • This is optional: Obtain/review debris removal permit.

  • For Sonoma County the address is 625 5th Street, Santa Rosa


Register with FEMA Online (approx. 20 min process).  

  • Even if you are not asking for assistance, this has been a continual recommendation.  Many programs are supportive of regrouping/rebuilding and this FEMA identification can serve as a reference point for them.


Cancel all utilities

  • Also request waiver of early termination, where applicable.

  • Water, garbage, sewer, television, phones, internet (keep your email address), power



  • Is your head spinning with items lost? Start making spreadsheet lists.  Just start tracking and get these items out of your head and onto paper.


Mental Health

  • You are in shock, as is much of your support system of friends/family are as well.  It will show in many ways, such as difficulty making decisions or even anger.

  • It is ok to get counseling.  

  • Remember to have compassion and kindness.  We can all pull through this together, supporting one another.


Are you a Survivor and your house is still standing?

  • You may be experiencing “survivor’s guilt”. It is ok to have this response.

  • For the survivors, when talking to those that lost their house:  find out what they need, not how they feel (they have likely been getting asked this over-and-over and it forces reliving the emotions).

  • Giving back and providing within your own means (this could be physical items or of your own personal time) is the best way to help our community rebuild.


S. SOVEL -OCT 2017

Three more positions to fill!


We still have 3 open positions on the STPC Board this school year. See below for the positions and consider how YOU can help!  A volunteer said something that is relevant to us all in the RVMS community. The gist was: “This is a two year school, if you wait around to feel comfortable before diving in to help, you will never do it.” For many of us who are inclined to help, whether in social clubs, charities or elementary schools, we spend a year or two as general members or with limited involvement and only take on a meaningful role when we feel comfortable with the organization and its members. At RVMS we do not have that luxury. RVMS has a completely new board every two years, thus making it critical that parent‐volunteers dive in during their child’s 7th grade year to ensure knowledge transfer and continuity. This continuity is critical to the teachers and staff so they can continue to count on the many wonderful programs STPC provides or supports at RVMS, including Sport‐A‐Rama, Color Teams, Intramurals, Honor Society trips, Dances, and support for every academic department. Help us make sure that we leave RVMS teachers and staff well supported and in capable hands. Volunteer to help STPC. It is truly a situation where many hands make light work.
Open positions include:

  • Co‐Treasurer – Manages the STPC Funds with current Treasurer
  • Intramural Sports Coordinator – Works with RVMS staff to coordinate lunches and special events for Intramural Sports.
  • Grocery Loyalty / Escrip Coordinator - Works with Escrip businesses, Amazon Smile, etc to receive donations, signs up new members and reports to the STPC.

Please contact Shaina Sovel at

Family Giving Campaign Update

In light of the disaster that has afflicted our community, and the acute need to offer aid to so many families, we have suspended the FGC.  However, we are well short of our goal so we welcome further donations and we encourage those parents whose employers do matching donations to follow through on those.  Please click on the Paypal button.


Family Giving Campaign Co-Chairs

Tracey Cooper and Katie Ruppe



STPC Meeting Dates for 2017-2018


Our monthly meetings are on the first Thursday of the month from 11:30am-1pm or 6:30pm-8pm.

It is open to everyone! We talk about events at the school, what department needs funds for trips or
supplies and outside events in the community.


STPC meeting Dates & Time

  • May 3, 2018 11:30am-1pm
  • May 31, 2018 11:30am-1pm


Looking Ahead....

Here are some upcoming events at RVMS to help you and your student plan ahead! * Dates are subject to change. Please check the calendar on the homepage for the latest dates. 


  • May 11 (Fri.) - Color Run/Carnival
  • May 17 (Thurs.) - 8th grade color team movie field trip
  • May 18 (Fri.) - 8th Grade Dinner Dance



More Ways to Support RVMS!

Please be sure to sign up for eScrip, Olivers's Community Card and Amazon Smile! These are additional revenue sources that help fund activities for the entire school community.