District Newsletter

September 27th, 2018

Don't Miss These Announcements

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Upcoming Kent Intake Conferences -Online Scheduling Closes Friday, September 28, 2018 at 5 p.m.

DELAC Meeting – Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 6-7 p.m., District Office

  • District English Learners Advisory Committee (DELAC) – parents, guardians, staff, and community members who support our English learners are invited to provide input on school policy and English language learner programs. Information covered will also include: Governing Board information, ELPAC, Aeries, and Community Resources.
  • Pizza, drinks, and babysitting will be provided. Please contact Amber Hatfield if you have any questions at ahatfield@kentfieldschools.org.
  • Read flyer in English or Spanish.

Upcoming Parent Ed Event

  • Delay, Delay, Delay! The research tells us that the longer kids delay using alcohol and other drugs the better off they will be later in life. Please join us at the KSPTA General Meeting on October 8, 2018 at 8:30 a.m., when Be The Influence founder Laurie Dubin will tell us how her program is designed for parents to do just that.

Aeries Parent Portal

  • You can now elect to receive weekly notification emails in the parent portal!

Aeries is our new Student Information System this year, replacing PowerSchool. The Aeries Parent Portal will allow you to check your student's grades and attendance online, view and update your student and family's information, select your district communication preferences, and sign up for weekly email updates on your student's progress at school.

  • If you have not yet completed data confirmation for your student, please do so before September 30. You will not be able to access other parts of the portal until you complete the data confirmation process, which includes receiving a message stating that you have completed the process.

You should have received an email from the District with the email address and password you'll use to access Aeries. Write down this information, then visit the Aeries Parent Portal. After you sign in, you may create a new, permanent password if desired.

If you have any difficulty signing in or using Aeries, please send an email to data@kentfieldschools.org.

Upcoming Events

Friday, September 28, 2018

Sunday, September 30, 2018

  • Due: complete Aeries data confirmation for your student by September 30, 2018.
    • Parents should have received an email from the District with the email address and password you will use to access Aeries. Write down this information, then visit the Aeries Parent Portal. After you sign in, you may create a new, permanent password if desired. If you have any difficulty signing in or using Aeries, please send an email to data@kentfieldschools.org.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

  • 5th Grade Intake Conferences, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
  • DELAC meeting, 6 p.m., District Office
    • District English Learners Advisory Committee meeting flyer in English and Spanish.
    • Childcare and pizza will be provided.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Save The Date

  • Monday, October 8, 2018: KSPTA Monthly Meeting, 8:30 a.m., Kent Library
  • Tuesday, October 9, 2018: School Board meeting, 5 p.m., District Office
  • Tuesday, October 16, 2018: Kent Picture Make-Up Day
  • Thursday, October 25, 2018: KSPTA Parent Ed Event, 7-8:30 p.m., register here

District News

Superintendent Schott, pictured outside.

Dear Kentfield Families and Staff,

In 2008, our School Board developed and adopted a policy regarding the observance of religious holidays in our district noting that, “We are a public school district that is fundamentally secular in nature. We [nevertheless] have an obligation and opportunity to accommodate and celebrate the diversity of our students and families.”

The policy articulated practices for teachers to avoid on religious holidays: assigning homework, giving tests, scheduling significant or one-time events, and more. In addition, absence from school for religious observance is an excused absence. Work missed that day may be made up but doesn’t have to be. While most students were excused from homework and tests exactly as the policy envisioned, others, despite reminders and for a variety of reasons, were not. For this, the district is very sorry.

The policy also directed the district to disseminate a calendar of religious holidays for the upcoming year by each May 1, a practice which has lapsed, but which is being revived.

Many have asked why neither Rosh Hashanah nor Yom Kippur was a local recess from school as they have been in the recent past. The fact that the district did not take these days off this year was the outcome of the annual collaborative calendaring process agreed to in the Collective Bargaining Agreement with our teachers.

The process starts with a joint meeting of the union and district in October or early November at which typically two calendar options are created. These options are put to the vote by the union and the preferred calendar is presented to the School Board for approval. This past winter, when the Board was considering the option that we now have, the one with the Jewish holidays not being observed, Board president Juli Kauffman reiterated the directives around homework and tests and stated that she would only vote for the calendar if adherence was assured. Other Trustees concurred and voted for the 2018-19 District calendar we have.

Many aspects of the calendar have changed while we are under construction. We are bound to our 180-day school year while simultaneously giving the contractors as much time as possible to get work done during the summer. In my six years here, this is the first year we have not recessed for at least one of the Jewish holidays in the Fall.

We have our annual calendar meeting in six weeks to begin the development of the 2019-20 calendar. This year’s experience will certainly be front and center in the discussion.

We are committed to getting this right. I will be updating the Board on this policy during my report at our October 9 School Board Meeting.The agenda will be linked to next week’s newsletter showing the approximate time Superintendent and staff reports are slated. This is when public comment will be taken on this topic.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Liz Schott
Superintendent

School Board

School Board Information

Next Meeting: October 9, 2018 at 5 p.m. in the District Office.

  • The Agenda will be posted by 5 p.m. the Friday before the meeting.

Bacich Construction Update

We have received questions about the lack of activity on our building pad at Bacich in recent weeks. Design specifications regarding the building slab needed clarification and caused the delay. We are back underway now and anticipate no change to our move-in date next summer. For more information about construction at Bacich, please visit our FAQ page.

Parent Partners Meeting

  • Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 9 am, District Office

Parent Partners is a group for parents of students with learning differences.

The group meets three times per year with the primary goals of providing parent perspective and feedback to the school districts, supporting children with exceptional needs by increasing knowledge and acceptance of learning differences in the community, and supporting other parents of students with exceptional needs.

New Website

Bacich News

Dear Parents,

Signs of fall are popping up around our school. The beautiful grape leaves hanging on the trellis surrounding our playground are turning colors, and Ms. Warnick has placed the giant clay pumpkin on her desk in the library. This means that October and Halloween are around the corner!

Our students and families are beginning to talk and think about costumes to make or buy. With that in mind, I want to take this early opportunity to remind our families about the school’s guidelines regarding costumes for the Halloween day parade and classroom parties: We request that our students not bring or wear scary masks of any kind to school on Halloween, and we ask that they not bring any weaponry to school to accompany their costumes on this day. Parents and younger siblings are also asked not to wear masks on our campus during our Halloween celebrations.

We have planned our Halloween school parade for Wednesday, October 31th at 10:45 a.m. The annual parade will include all grade levels and all classrooms. The students will gather on the field at 10:40 a.m. and exit our campus to parade through the McAllister Avenue neighborhood. We are hopeful our Kentfield Fire Department will lead the parade, as they do each year. Parents are invited to gather and watch from the neighborhood streets and cheer for the children. Most classrooms will enjoy a classroom celebration organized by the teacher and room parents. Families should connect with their classroom teacher for specific information on the class parties.

Students should plan to arrive at school in costume. They should wear street clothes under their costumes or bring a change of clothes to school in a clearly marked bag to change into after the morning festivities. Following the Halloween festivities, students will return to their classrooms. Please remember that Wednesday, October 31st is an early dismissal day.

We hope for lovely fall weather to enjoy this year’s Halloween celebrations, and we will look forward to your waves and smiles as we pass by in our school parade.

Thank you,

Sally Peck
Bacich Principal













Bacich Bike Rodeo – bike safety classes taught by Safe Routes to School and a Google Hangout for Dot Day with a school in Chicago.


Bacich Site Council

Next Meeting: October 1, 2018, 3-4 p.m., Bacich Library. All parents are welcome to attend.

Bacich Resources

Please visit our Bacich Families page for information such as the Bell Schedule, Parent Handbook, and other important resources and forms.

Bacich Construction

We have received questions about the lack of activity on our building pad at Bacich in recent weeks. Design specifications regarding the building slab needed clarification and caused the delay. We are back underway now and anticipate no change to our move-in date next summer.

Kent News

Greetings Kent Community,

This fall Kent students, teachers, and staff are working together to get "back to basics!" The "back to basics" approach highlights five simple habits that each person can practice to help improve the school climate and culture for all Kent Falcons.

  • Back to basics habit number 1 is saying please and thank you,
  • Number 2 is making silent eye contact when interacting with others,
  • Number 3 is offering a kind greeting,
  • Number 4 is picking up after oneself and others, and
  • ‘Back to basics’ habit number 5 is setting a personal goal, and working to achieve it.

Our 8th grade WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) leaders introduced ‘back to basics’ to the whole school community to start the year, and have been working to model these habits in classrooms and around campus. Plus, there is a simple hand signal students and staff are using to remind and support each other in using our ‘back to basics’ practices. Perhaps you’re seeing evidence of these five habits at home; encourage your child to get "back to basics!" It’s a simple and traditional practice, and it has already had a positive impact on our school climate.

Be the Change Week returns to Kent next week. Inspired by the esteemed Ghandi quote, Be the Change Week is an annual experience when students consider the profound influence they can have on the world. This year we explore the theme of personal journeys, reflecting on journeys of growth and transition that all of us have experienced, and building empathy for and understanding of the journeys of others. During the week students will experience a student-led assembly, an advisory activity, guest speakers, and more. I’m looking forward to a week full of reflection, empowerment, hope, and optimism.

Grant Althouse
Kent Principal


Dear Families,

We are excited to be partnering once again with Good Eggs online grocery to raise money for a Kent Middle School project. This year, our fundraising efforts will be directed toward our One-Book-One-School initiative. If you haven't already heard, we are bringing author Alan Gratz to Kent Middle School this spring. In advance of his visit, our entire school will read his novel, Refugee. In it, Gratz weaves the stories of three different main characters and time periods, and "all three young people will go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge." Our Be the Change week, which begins on Monday, will introduce the theme of journey and that will remain our focus this year in our social and emotional learning curriculum.

Good Eggs Logo

Our Good Eggs fundraiser begins October 1st and ends November 30th. If you haven't used Good Eggs before, I encourage you to check it out and use the new customer discount. If we get 20 new customers to join, Kent will receive a $500 fundraising bonus. Our school's code is FALCONS2018.

As always, we remain extremely grateful for our community's support of our school.

Kindly,

Jenny Walsh


Kent Counselors’ Corner

Heidi Longo and Corey Shaw Kent Counselors

Hello and welcome to the Counselors’ Corner! The school year had a good and busy start! Middle school is definitely a time that is ripe with opportunities to explore and talk about socially and emotionally related topics!

General Info: A counselor’s role is to assist in clearing the way for each student to have a happy and educationally successful year. Sometimes issues with work habits, friends, behavior, stress, difficulty managing schoolwork, busy schedules, or events taking place outside of school surface. We encourage you to let us know if there are any major changes and challenges in your family life (such as illness or divorce) so that we can be alerted and, hopefully, more sensitive to your child’s needs during a difficult time. Please feel free to contact us if you have any worries about your child. Also – we want to urge you to contact us if your child feels he/she is being bullied. We have a very unique and effective way of dealing with bullying that really has turned students’ lives around. Please do not wait too long before contacting us, as we are interested in helping to alleviate any undue suffering. We are very happy to try to help so our students feel safe and supported here at Kent Middle School. (See below for more information about Solution Teams.)

Meeting with individual students and their parents is, of course, a big part of a counselor’s job. We encourage students to take the initiative to sign-up to see us using the counseling box in the main office, as well as outside the Counseling offices. We are also very fortunate to have our fantastic counselor interns, Laura Bolles and Suzanna Brown this year. Laura and Suzanna are here to help us provide consistent and ongoing school-based counseling support for our Kent students.

Meetings:  We encourage you to contact your child’s teacher directly, if there is a concern or question in a specific class. If you feel there is a need to meet with all of your student’s teachers, feel free to email either Heidi or Corey and we will facilitate putting a meeting on the calendar. These “all-call” meetings are held at 8:00 a.m. in one of our conference rooms. We also meet with the entire school staff by grade level at Guidance meetings, which take place twice per month after school on Wednesdays. Guidance meetings give school staff an opportunity to discuss students about whom we may have concerns or questions. We may also be contacting you to come meet with your child’s team to put together a plan to better support their academic success.

Advisory:  Advisory is a time for your child and his/her teacher and classmates to talk about socially-emotionally related topics relevant to their grade level. Feel free to ask your child about these discussions. The themes are organized accordingly:

  • 5th Grade: Who Am I and How Do I Organize My Life?
  • 6th Grade: Leaving the Nest - How Do I Advocate for Myself and Others?
  • 7th Grade: My Social Circles, My Community
  • 8th Grade: Building My Future

Be The Change Week

Our annual Be the Change week takes place next week! This is a very special time for the Kent Middle School community when we spearhead our focus for the school year. This year, our focus is on the theme of exploring and sharing our “journey." Kent Falcons will examine and share some of their successes and challenges, as well as reflect on the individuals in their lives that have supported them along the way.  

  • School-Wide Assembly: On Monday, students and staff will attend a school-wide assembly led by some of our fantastic WEB Leaders. The assembly will feature teachers and students who will recite poems, sing songs and tell stories of experiences of overcoming challenges – and will explain the role their peers and adults played in offering kindness and support during those challenging times.
  • Advisory: On Tuesday and Thursday, students will meet in their Advisory groups to delve more deeply into their own stories. Students and staff will have an opportunity to share some of their own personal journeys with their classmates. It is our hope and belief that experience sharing will help students discover more about themselves and the positive impact they can have on others.
  • 8th grade BTC Day: On Wednesday, October 3rd, eighth graders will spend an entire day with their advisory teachers explorings “growth circles,” discussing ways they can push themselves outside of their comfort zone, in order to learn and develop new skills. At the end of the day, students will enjoy a compelling performance and presentation by comedian and motivational speaker, Michael Pritchard. Michael skillfully uses humor to convey the importance of treating others with kindness, empathy, and respect. At the conclusion of Michael’s performance, he invites willing students to stand up and share thoughts and reflections with their fellow classmates. It is usually a very moving and meaningful day for the 8th graders and the teachers. Be prepared to hear all about it on Wednesday afternoon!

Bullying and Solution Teams

As most of you know, we have a special protocol for how we deal with bullying at Kent – the Solution Team Approach. For more information, please check out our new Kent Middle School School Counselor website here.

  • Please do inform us if your child is being bullied, even if you do not think a Solution Team is the right fit for your child’s situation - as we would like to assist in making sure that all students feel safe and supported, while at school.

Upcoming Events:

  • Teens in Transition Parent Information Letter to be mailed: Week of October 1st
  • Teens in Transition Parent Information Night: Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kent Library
  • Teens in Transition for 8th graders: November 16, 2018 at Kent, November 19-20, 2018 at Branson.

Heidi Longo, Counselor, at Kent Monday-Thursday, hlongo@kentfieldschools.org, tel: 415-482-9851

Corey Shaw, Counselor, at Kent Monday-Friday, cshaw@kentfieldschools.org, tel: 415-482-9852

Laura Bolles, Counselor Intern, at Kent Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, lbolles@kentfieldschools.org

Suzanna Brown, Counselor Intern, at Kent Tuesday and Wednesday, sdbrown@kentfieldschools.org

Kent Counseling Website


Kent Announcements

Important Notice for Parents Dropping Off Students in Surrounding Campus Streets

If you are choosing to drop your child off in neighborhoods surrounding Kent Middle School, please ensure that your child exits the vehicle on the right hand side and follows all traffic laws like crossing streets in crosswalks. As the driver, please ensure that you are not blocking private driveways and that you follow relevant traffic laws when you re enter the flow of traffic. Thank you for your attention to student safety in the neighborhoods around our school.

Intake Conferences - online scheduling closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 28, 2018

Kent Events – Mark Your Calendars

  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 8:45-9:45 a.m., 5th/6th grade Principal Chat in the Kent Library
  • Thursday, October 25, 2018, 8:45-9:45 a.m., 7th/8th grade Principal Chat in the Kent Library
  • Thursday, November 15, 2018 6:30- 8:00 p.m., 8th grade transition to high school meeting with Parents and 8th grade students in the Kent library

Student Activities

Kent Lunch Clubs

  • Eco Action Club, Garden Club, Library Council, and Games Club are starting. Listen to morning announcements for more information.
  • If you are interested in hosting a club at Kent this year please contact Jenny Walsh, jwalsh@kentfieldschools.org. Some clubs we have held in the past include knitting, art, drama, and fantasy sports.

Kent Library Daily Lunch Activities: Once again we are offering daily activities in the library each day at lunch. Students may choose to eat their lunch in the library as long as they are participating! The schedule is as follows:

  • Monday: Get Crafty!
  • Tuesday: Kent Library Council AND the new Dungeons and Dragons Club (run by eighth graders Aaron Addis, Lia Fugazatto, and Bryce Kim)
  • Thursday: Magic the Gathering Club
  • Friday: Unplugged Fun and Games (no computers at lunch and board games)
  • Everyday: As always, we have board games, puzzles and more for students to use.

Kent Site Council

Next Meeting: October 2, 2018, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Main Office Conference Room

  • All Kent parents are welcome to attend Site Council meetings. Please visit our Site Council page for meeting dates, agendas, and minutes.

Kent Library

All School Read Ahead!

If you attended the gathering in the gym at the beginning of Back to School Night, you heard about our all school read of Alan Gratz's incredible book Refugee, which will culminate in a visit by the author to Kent on May 13, 2019. Click here for more information about this amazing story, and get your copy today!

Author Spotlight for September: Jason Reynolds:

Looking for a great book to read with your child or is your child looking for a book to get them into the reading groove? Check out any title by the incredibly talented Jason Reynolds. Jason is a New York Times bestselling author who admits (not proudly) that he found little motivation to read when he was a kid. In fact, he says he never read a book until he was 17, a fact that motivated him to write books that really speak to kids. As I once heard him say in an interview – "kids don't really think reading is boring, they just don't like reading boring books." His titles and characters are diverse in their experiences, and include books for kids in fifth grade through high school. Click here to read about Jason and his books. Check one out from the Kent or public library today!

Kent Athletics

Student Athletes: Please fill out an Athletics Packet from the office so you can play!

Go Falcons!

Kent Athletic Director: Ryan Palmer, kent-athletics@kentfieldschools.org

New Kent Athletics website: https://sites.google.com/kentfieldschools.org/kent-athletics

Flag Football Game Schedule

Volleyball Schedule

  • Please note that all volleyball games are at 3:45 p.m. at Davidson, unless the venue is changed by coaches.

Kent Resources & Forms

Visit our Back to School page for the Parent-Student Handbook and important reminders and forms.

The District Resources and Forms page contains all forms and notices for the entire district.

Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School

“Park and Walk” to School with Your Child Every Wednesday!



Make a goal to participate in Walk & Roll Wednesday - use the Bacich or Kent Parking Map to find your ideal park and walk spot.

The Kentfield School District encourages all families to actively participate in our nationally-recognized KSD Safe Routes to School Program, a neighborhood-focused initiative to advocate green travel alternatives, and address traffic safety at our schools.

A team of Neighborhood Parent Captains provide suggested safe route maps and carpooling options all customized by neighborhood. We also advocate for traffic safety concerns on behalf of the families in our district's neighborhoods.

kik News

Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day was a huge success! We would like to thank our sponsors and a huge thank you to those of you who volunteered your time, we really appreciate it!

The money we raise goes to support all of our children's education, so thank you for contributing to our schools!














Any contribution at any level makes an impact on our schools.

Help us reach 100% participation for our schools.




Save the Date! kik Auction | Dinner | Dancing

May 11, 2019

KSPTA News

Date Change: KSPTA October Meeting Now October 8, 2018

Please join us for the following KSPTA sponosored events

KSPTA Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

KSPTA is pleased to announce the 10th year of the KSPTA Grant Program! KSPTA Grants provide specific funding to enhance and enrich the educational experience of Bacich & Kent students.

What does the Grant Program fund?

This year, KSPTA has budgeted $20,000 to fund innovative educational ideas such as:

  • Instructional tools (manipulatives, books, STEAM equipment, software licenses)
  • Special projects that support curriculum
  • Publications (magazines, subscriptions – online and hard copies)
  • Leadership & professional development seminars/classes for teachers
  • Special assembly presentations/workshops for students

Information about past awards may be found HERE

Who May Apply?

Any KSPTA member: teachers, staff, administrators, parents, or students (along with a parent). If a Grant proposal is submitted on behalf of an entire grade level, every teacher in that grade must be a KSPTA member. To become a KSPTA member, please visit the KSPTA Online Store.

  • The grant application deadline is Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 4:00 p.m.

Download Application Here

Raising a Child with Anxiety: What Parents Need to Know

10/25/2018, 7-8:30 p.m.

Connect with KSPTA!

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.

Fun and Free Art Classes for Parents

Join Bacich art teacher Barbara Libby-Steinmann and Kent parent and artist Anna Rochester, as they guide you through three different hands on activities: Coffee Stain Painting, Wrangle the Wires Sculpture, and Veggie Patterned Tea-Towels.

Engage in art lessons that you can do with your kids in your own home. Find ways to support your kids exploring different materials to express themselves in the arts. And best of all, it is fun and free!

  • Join us, and invite a friend for one or perhaps all three Saturdays, October 13, 20, and 27, 2018.

Download the flyer and register here.

Preventing and Combating Cyberbullying Workshop at Corte Madera Library

  • Wednesday, October 24, 7- 8:30 pm

In this participatory workshop, parents, caregivers, educators, and students in middle school or older, will learn about the types of cyberbullying as well as the academic and social impacts of this behavior. Participants will learn strategies to address and prevent cyberbullying.