District Newsletter

January 16th, 2020

Don't Miss These Announcements

Superintendent Search

Community Survey - available through January 23, 2020

We want to hear from you! Please fill out this online survey (available here in English and in Spanish) before January 23 and tell us what qualities you want to see in our future Superintendent. We also invite you to come to our Community Meeting on January 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the Kent Library where you can provide feedback live in person with our search firm. We warmly welcome your participation and feedback in this important process.

Community Input Meeting: January 21, 2020, 5:30 p.m., Kent Library

The Kentfield School District wants to hear from you! Please join our to provide feedback in person with our search firm. We warmly welcome your participation and feedback in this important process.

Flu Prevention and Information

Influenza has come early in Marin County, California and throughout the country. Influenza is a viral infection that affects your respiratory system. Although most people recover, some can become very ill and in rare cases it can lead to death. We are expecting a severe flu season.

Parents/Guardians of Sixth Graders

Rescheduled: 6th Grade and Advanced Choir Winter Concert is now on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 (rescheduled from January 29, 2020)

New Parking Regulations on Acacia Avenue

To make this busy thoroughfare more walker and biker friendly, new parking restrictions will be put into place on the south side of Acacia (Lilac to McAllister) and north side of Acacia (Lilac to Rosebank) from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on school days.

2020-2021 School Calendar Released

Important Emergency Preparation Resources, Tips, and Checklists

Upcoming Events

Friday, January 17, 2020

  • 6th Grade Field Trip to the Rosicrucian Museum in San Jose

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Friday, January 24, 2020

  • Kent T2 Project Runway Bake Sale, 10:13-10:30 a.m.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Save The Date

Monday, January 27, 2020

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

  • 6th Grade and Advanced Choir Winter Concert (rescheduled from January 29, 2020)

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Friday, February 21, 2020

  • Tdap Booster vaccine records are required for seventh grade

Wednesday February 26, 2020

  • Incoming 5th Graders: Proof of Residency Registration Event

District News

School Board

Letter to the Community: January 9, 2020

School Board Information

Board Meeting Highlights - January 14, 2020

Next Regular Board Meeting:

District English Learners Advisory Committee Meeting

  • Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 5:45-7 p.m., Bacich Library.
  • School-age child care available.

Superintendent Search Information

Community Input Meeting: January 21, 2020, 5:30 p.m., Kent Library

The Kentfield School District wants to hear from you! Please join our to a District Community Meeting on January 21, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. in the Kent Library where you can provide feedback live in person with our search firm. We warmly welcome your participation and feedback in this important process.

Community Survey - available through January 23, 2020

We want to hear from you! Please fill out this online survey (available here in English and in Spanish) before January 23 and tell us what qualities you want to see in our future Superintendent. We also invite you to come to our Community Meeting on January 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the Kent Library where you can provide feedback live in person with our search firm. We warmly welcome your participation and feedback in this important process.

Ad Hoc Finance Committee Meetings

Weekly meetings are underway to assist the board with its daunting task of balancing next year’s budget. All are welcome to attend, but if that is not an option, here is the annotated agenda with links to resources that provide relevant information. Feel free to add your questions or ideas to the linked google doc.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Liz Schott
Superintendent

The first interim budget report was presented by District Business Official Kirsten Starsiak at the December 12, 2019 School Board meeting. The district was able to certify to the county that we can meet our financial obligations for the next three years only after reducing $1 million in expenditures in next year’s projected budget.

The board has requested that an ad hoc Finance Committee meet through the month of January to produce a menu of possible expenditure reductions in time to produce a balanced 2020-21 budget.

  • All meetings are from 4-5:30 p.m. in the District Office

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Monday, February 3, 2020

Monday, February 10, 2020

English Language Learners

English Language Learner Resources and English Learners Website

Bacich ELAC Meeting: Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 8:30-9:30am, Bacich Room 12

  • Free internet and computers
  • Summer Camp Information
  • Registration for Middle School
  • Marin Enrichment

Bacich News





Bacich Announcements

Bacich offers morning supervision starting at 7:30 a.m. for our school families who may need it.

2019-2020 School-Wide Volunteer Opportunities

  • These volunteer roles are school-wide. For classroom-specific opportunities, please contact your lead room parent.

2019-2020 Bacich Parent-Student Handbook

2019-2020 Bacich Bell Schedule

Bacich Site Council Meeting

  • Monday, February 3, 2020, 3-4 p.m., Bacich Office Conference Room
  • All are welcome to attend.

Bacich ELAC Meeting

  • Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 8:30-9:30am, Bacich Room 12
    • Free internet and computers
    • Summer Camp Information
    • Registration for Middle School
    • Marin Enrichment

Follow Bacich on Instagram

Bacich Elementary School @bacichelementary

Bacich STEAM Projects @bacichsteam

Bacich Library @bacichlibrary

Kent News




Kent Announcements

Incoming 5th Graders: Proof of Residency Registration Event

  • Wednesday February 26, 2020 or March 18, 2020, 1:30-3 p.m., Kent Office

Please complete the Proof of Residency form and bring documentation with you.

Hexemester 3 ends on Monday, January 27, 2020

6th Grade Families: Tdap Booster Requirement

Your child will need the Tdap booster vaccine to enter the seventh grade in the fall. If your child has not had this vaccine, please make an appointment with your health care provider as soon as possible and bring the updated vaccine record to the Kent Office. If your child has had this vaccine, please bring the updated vaccine record to the Kent Office.

Thank you,

Laurel Yrun, RN Credentialed School Nurse

5th - 7th Grade Only: Private School Application Instructions:

  • Please contact Lisa Sandberg at lsandberg@kentfieldschools.org.
  • Please do not send teacher requests for teacher recommendations directly to teachers. All transcript and teacher recommendations need to go through Lisa Sandberg.

Yearbooks are on Sale Now

Be sure to order one of these amazing mementos to cap off your child's year! To order, go here:

www.yearbookordercenter.com

Yearbook Order Code: 7587

For ordering help, call The Yearbook Order Center toll free at 866-287-3096 or email us at yearbookordercenter@herffjones.com. The Yearbook Order Center is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (CST).

Llama al 866-287-3096 si necesitas un operador en español.

8th Grade Families

2020-2021 High School Registration Begins Soon

Monday, January 27, 2020: Online Student Registration Deadline

Thursday, January 30, 2020: Redwood High Open House, (at Redwood), 6-8 p.m.

February 6, 2020: 8th grade enrollment at Redwood High School for incoming 9th graders (in the afternoon - time to be announced)

Registration Information

Most families choose to attend their school of residence. Please refer to your high school website for registration/enrollment information.

If you would like to enroll at Tamalpais, Redwood, or Drake High School and this is not your school of residence, please read the information posted on the District website for “Open Enrollment.”

As a first step in the registration process, incoming freshmen may apply now for an Open Enrollment transfer. Please see the application on the district website. The initial deadline for transfer requests is on January 17. After January 17, students will be contacted individually to confirm their school of choice. Once approved, students will be able to register directly with your school of choice.

“Open Enrollment” applies only to students who are TUHSD residents who wish to attend a district high school other than their school of residence. The January transfer request deadline allows entering ninth grade students to register at the group registration days at your school of choice. Although you may register at any time at your school of residence, the final deadline to request an Open Enrollment transfer is June 30 (or until the maximum of 50 spots per site are filled).

If you have read the information posted on the website and have a question, please email moleary@tamdistrict.org.

Thank you,
Mary O’Leary
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
Tamalpais Union High School District

Kent Schoolwide Volunteer Opportunities

On this sign-up link, you will find all Kent volunteer opportunities. Please join us and volunteer for one or more of these roles. Please email info@kspta.org if you have any questions on role and/or time commitments. Thank you for all you do for our school!

Kent Site Council Meeting

  • Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Kent Conference Room
  • All are welcome to attend.

Follow the Kent Library on Instagram

KSPTA News

Next General KSPTA Meeting: Monday, January 27, 2020, 7-8:30 p.m., Kent Library

  • In response to community feedback, the January meeting will be held in the evening.
  • Officer Josie Sanguinetti, our School Resource Officer, will speak about student safety — both physical and emotional — and what parents need to know to protect our kids.

Lunar New Year Celebration: Year of the Rat

  • Saturday, January 25, 2020, 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Kent MP Room

Please join your KSPTA to celebrate the Lunar New Year, with a morning filled with Korean Drummers and a Chinese Lion Dance.

Tickets and more details

Sign up to help

Free Community Education Event: Boys and Sex

An Author Event No Parent Can Afford to Miss

  • Sunday, January 26, 2020, 4-5 p.m.
  • Book Passage in Corte Madera
  • All welcome
  • Register here

Peggy Orenstein is the New York Times bestselling author of the taboo-shattering books Girls & Sex, Cinderella Ate My Daughter, Waiting for Daisy, Flux, and Schoolgirls. Her new book, Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity, will be available for purchase and signing.

Free Community Education Event: Beyond ‘Girly Girls’ & ‘Tough Guys’

Healthy Gender Messages for All Ages

  • Thursday, February 6, 2020, 7 – 8:30pm
  • Bacich Library
  • Spanish translation available. All parents and caregivers welcome.

Register here

Gender norms and stereotypes limit all children and teens, no matter what their gender is, impacting how they feel about themselves, the kinds of opportunities they believe are open to them, and how they are treated by their peers.

Connect with KSPTA!

Twitter: @KentfieldPTA

Instagram: kentfieldschoolspta

Facebook: Kentfield Schools PTA

Please join the KSPTA today to support our community events and programs and lend your voice to our state and national PTA’s advocacy on behalf of children.

kik News

kik Auction | Dinner | Dancing

Hey ya’ll, kik is going country! Save the date for the Nashville Nights school auction on Saturday, May 9th! We are already hard at work securing items for the live and silent auction – please contact us if you can help: mandy.willian@gmail.com and wagner1130@gmail.com.

Hotel Rooms and Vacation Homes: beach and ski resorts, Napa, Europe, Getaways, vacation homes, etc.

Fun experiences: sporting events, amusement park tickets, tickets to a talk show, concerts, behind the scenes tours

Golf Outings: Members-only clubs, destinations

Gift cards: Nordstrom, Restoration Hardware, Apple, local restaurants etc.

Want to help host a sign up party? We have lots of ideas for kid and parent parties – we just need your help to throw them!

Thank you!


Safe Routes to School

Become Your Neighborhood Captain!

Find Your Safe Route to School

Visit Safe Routes to School for Walk & Roll information, safety tips in English and Spanish, updated neighborhood safe route maps, and public bus to Kent information.

If you are interested in becoming a SRTS Neighborhood Captain, please contact tanya.vernitsky@gmail.com.

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2020: Kicking off the 2020 Walk-n-Roll Wednesdays. Leave you car far, far away from our campus! Walk, bike/scoot, or park and walk instead.

Driver Alert! New Parking Restrictions on Acacia

There are some exciting new parking restrictions that should make Acacia Avenue safer for our kids walking to school and help relief the traffic congestion on this narrow street/alley.

Please make yourselves familiar with the new rules and spread the word to your friends and neighbors!
The new parking restrictions apply along the length of Acacia Avenue:

  • From McAllister Avenue to Rosebank Avenue on the northern side (closest to Sir Francis Drake Boulevard) is no parking 7:30-8:30 a.m. on School Days.
  • From McAllister to Lilac on the southerly side (Mt. Tam side) is no parking 7:30-8:30 a.m. on School Days.

Existing parking restrictions on the map are in red and the new parking restrictions are in blue.

New Parking Restrictions Sign
New Parking Restrictions Map

Community News

These programs are not sponsored by the Kentfield School District. Distributing flyers and information is a community service and does not imply endorsement.

New STEAM Class Starts Next Week At Bacich

Calling all makers, builders, and budding engineers!
Learn cool design and engineering skills in this great class for curious, imaginative kids!
Explore STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) through fun creative projects and challenges as you build and tinker with craft materials, leds and conductive tape, littleBits, CircuitCubes and more.

10 classes Mondays, January 13 through March 30, 2020

No Bully! Workshops

Workshops for Parents & Guardians: How to Bully-Proof Children in their Lives and the digital world. Tools to use at home and in partnership with the school community.

  • Wednesday, February 5, 2020: How to Stop Cyberbullying with focus on Grades 3-8
  • Thursday, March 15, 2020: Stop Cyberbullying & Navigating the Social Media Landscape with focus on Grades 6-12

All workshops are 6-7:30 p.m. at Marin County Office of Education, 1111 Las Gallinas Avenue, San Rafael

Car Raffle Benefits Special Education

Parent volunteer group Dedication to Special Education is raffling off a 2020 Prius to benefit special education programs in all public schools in Marin County! Odds are approximately 1 in 3,000 and tickets are only $20!

Tickets will be sold at The Village at Corte Madera on weekends during December and at various locations throughout Marin in January up to the drawing on February 9, 2020.

More information

Monday, February 10, 2020, 6 p.m.
Marin Community Office of Education

Join us to discuss methods to keep our youth safe from trafficking and exploitation, something happening in our own backyard, as well as how to navigate their ever-increasing digital world.

Deepa Patel, Co-Founder of Trauma and Hope, will present and answer questions from our parent community starting at 6:30 p.m.

Help us build awareness and keep our youth safe from trafficking and exploitation.

The event is free and light dinner is provided at 6pm.

Questions? Feel free to contact Marlene Capra at marcapra@comcast.net


PROTECT Liaison of Marin
Soroptimist of Marin
Marin Coalition to End Human Trafficking

Eighth Grade Washington D.C. & Boston Trip

Last chance to register! Sign-up deadline is Friday, February 14, 2020.

Trip is April 4-9, 2020.

Have your 8th grader check with Mr. Palmer for a registration envelope.

Questions? Contact Ryan Palmer at rpalmer@kentfieldschools.org.