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Can Do! Spotlight!

Scroll down to view all the exciting things that are happening with our Instructional Specialists, their students and our community at large!


                 unite with lightMs. Winter shows our students how to   create a Dale Chihuly inspired tealight holder in honor of frontline workers. Link is below.              Art Lesson for Dale Chihuly Macchia Bowl Inspired Tealight Holders

         boy with t light  child with t light

         kids with tea lights  girl with tea light


Ms. Winter shows our students how to create an Impressionist inspired art project in celebration of Veteran's Day. Click the photo below to see her video.

poppy art


Our Miller Creek district students are showing that kindness is a beautiful thing through their Kindness Rock Project artworks.  Keep an eye out for these wonderful creations in our community. 

     kindness rock art


In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, our student artists have been learning about various Hispanic artists from across the world. Here are a few of the student's wonderful explorations from each grade.

     hispanic art


COMMUNITY HeART Walk May 22 - 31st

THANK YOU for participating in HeARTwalk! Check out our AMAZING student art on display throughout our Miller Creek School District community!  We CAN DO!!!

   heart walk   heart photos


The students of Miller Creek Middle School's Youth Empowerment Services (Y.E.S.), a Can Do! supported program that encourages community engagement through volunteerism, have been busy helping out during the pandemic.  From making masks for seniors, to writing notes and cards of thanks to our first responders and local grocery store workers, these Y.E.S. volunteers are making a difference!

yes thank you fireman  masks

Acrylic "Pour" Painting with Ms. Laura Winter

The art rooms in our district are a wonderful place to learn through experimentation. That spirit continues remotely as our MES students explore the world of acrylic pouring to create some beautiful abstract art.

acrylic art 1    acrylic art 2

Part One- Acrylic Pouring Introduction

Part Two- Acrylic Pouring - Flip Cup Method

Part Three- Acrylic Pouring- Swipe Technique

Music Time with Ms. Brenna Foley & Ms. Amanda Morando

With this time spent at home, we are realizing just how great our pets really are!  We thought we'd share this wonderful online music lesson for Kindergarten students. Thank you to both Ms. Foley and Ms. Morando for keeping music alive for our kids.

Music Time with Ms. Foley & Ms. Morando


      music lesson week 4


Students collaborated with Ms. Winter, before schools closed, for this creative project using recycled plastic bottles!

                       mes recycled bottle art




These great pieces of art were made by the student artists at Vallecito before the school closures.  Mr. Newman taught a multi-grade lesson inspired by The Dot by Peter Reynolds.  

                      dot art


Another beautiful story of kindness from our community.  KRON 4 News is honoring Tristan Fletcher-McBride as a local hero for his uplifting acts of kindness by creating "rocks of hope" and cards with well wishes for his neighbors.  Tristan was inspired by a project he did in his art classroom as part of a school-wide art project to be kind to one another.  To see the full story go to:

     kron4 news tristan note tristan writing cards


This awesome idea of a neighborhood "alphabet hunt" came from Mrs. Nadelberg, one of our wonderful Kindergarten teachers at Vallecito Elementary.  "Make a letter of the alphabet out of paper.  Big enough to be seen from the street if you hang it in a window or put it on your garage.  As our kids take walks, we can look for the letters together".  Thank you Mrs. Nadelberg for coming up with this fun idea to remind us that even though we can't visit - we aren't alone and can make something fun together!

                                                  vallecito letter hunt


Art doesn't need to be created with special paints.  Here are some wonderful examples from M.E.S. students using coffee.  Thanks to Ms. Winter for providing creative projects for our students and parents!

     MES coffee art  MES coffee art two


Remote learning isn't stopping the incredible student artists at Mary Silveira.  Thank you to Ms. Winter for sharing the Famous Portrait challenge.

        mary silveira art photo       art photo girl with pearl earring  art photo too


The garden club has been very busy this spring!  Working with coordinator Nina Cunnan, the students have been creating benches from recycled tree trunks, planning spring plantings and making delicious sauteed greens- fresh from the garden!  Can Do! is proud to support these student's effort to become good stewards of the environment.

mc garden sign  mc garden students

mc garden  mc garden meal


artThe collaborative spirit at Mary E. Silveira is thriving again this year! There are so many wonderful creations our student artists have made! A special

thank you goes to Laura Wilson, our MES Art Teacher ! Your support to the Can Do! Family Giving Campaign makes the art program possible. 

clay candies

All grade levels have been working with clay to create candies for a school wide collaboration of the biggest box of chocolates ever! 


clay donuts

Our third graders recently completed these ceramic donuts...