District Newsletter

April 25th, 2019

Don't Miss These Announcements

Bacich - Earth Day celebration rescheduled for Friday, May 10th.

CAASPP Tips

You are an important part of your child’s education. To help your child get ready for the test you can:

  • Talk about the test with your child. Make sure they are not scared or anxious.
  • Tell your child that you and their teacher have high expectations and are both there to help, every step of the way.
  • For younger students will less practice taking assessments, take a practice test with your child.
  • Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and a nutritious breakfast before testing.
  • Your child will be allowed to eat a snack before testing each day. Please consider packing an extra snack for him/her to eat.
  • If possible, please refrain from making appointments for your child during their testing window (doctor, dentist, etc.).

New Bell Schedule Pilot at Kent

Eco-Action Bike Donation Drive

Do you have a bike that your student has out grown? Is it in good condition? If "yes," please donate it to the Kent Eco-Action club. They are collecting bikes to donate to students at Laurel Dell Elementary School.

Bring your donated bike to Kent on May 2, 2019 at morning drop off or lunchtime. Give that sweet bike a new life!

New Superintendent Search Information – read the board update from April 17, 2019

Emergency Contact and Notification Information

We are currently attempting to ensure that all families have both accurate and adequate emergency contact information in our system, and communications notification preferences set as desired. Please click here to read these important instructions.

Changing Schools for 2019-2020?

If you anticipate that your student will not be returning to Bacich Elementary School or Kent Middle School next year for any reason, please contact the school office.

Tickets are now on sale for the A Night in Hollywood spring event on May 11th!

  • Join us for dinner, dancing, amazing live and silent auction items and sign up parties!

Upcoming Events

Friday, April 26, 2019

  • Bacich Lost and Found items will be donated
  • Bacich student information that may help with class placement due to Principal Sally Peck - read more here.

April 29-May 3, 2019

Monday, April 29, 2019

  • Superintendent Office Hours – opportunity to provide input on District's strategic plan, 12-4 p.m.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

  • kik Board meeting, 7:30-9 p.m., District Office

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

  • Superintendent Office Hours – opportunity to provide input on District's strategic plan, 3-7 p.m.
  • BLOOM hosted by KSPTA, 6:30-9 p.m., International Orange at Marin Country Mart

Thursday, May 2, 2019

  • Eco-Action Bike Donation Drive at Kent
  • Second Annual Kent and Book Passage Event, 5-8 p.m.
    • Special guest appearance from the Kent Falconeres – Kent's own teacher band!
    • Student readings, summer reading lists and recommendations from the expert Book Passage staff and your Kent Librarian, treats provided by the KSPTA, and 20% of all sales go back to Kent.
    • View flyer for more details.

Save the Date:

Kent Together We Can Event List starting on May 4, 2019

May 6, 2019:

May 7, 2019: Kent Site Council, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Kent Conference Room

May 8, 2019: Pizza Lunch 8th Grade Graduation Fundraiser, after school at Kent

May 9, 2019: Gender Information Night for Parents, 6- 7:30 p.m., Kent, read more about the event here

May 10, 2019: Bacich Earth Day – volunteer here to help with lunchtime activities between 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

May 11, 2019: kik Spring Event and Auction, 5–10 p.m., buy tickets here

May 13, 2019: KSPTA meeting, 8:30-10 a.m., Kent Room 34, agenda

May 28, 2019: No School –– Memorial Day

District News

School Board

School Board Meeting Highlights

School Board Information

  • Regular Board Meeting: May 14, 2019, 5-7 p.m., District Office
  • The Agenda will be posted by 5 p.m. the Friday before the meeting.

New Superintendent Search

District Committees

Communications Committee Meeting: May 13, 2019, 1-2 p.m., District Office

District Safety Committee Meeting: May 22, 2019, 9-10 a.m., District Office

English Language Learners

Re-classification Ceremony: May 21, 2019, 6-7:30 p.m., Kent MP Room

English Language Learner Resources and English Learners Website

Bacich News

Bacich Announcements

Bacich Lost and Found items will be donated on Friday, April 26, 2019.

Earth Day celebration rescheduled for Friday, May 10, 2019

Scooter Raffle

  • If you walk and roll to school, check in at the Safe Routes to School table to get a card and stamp to enter the scooter raffle.

Bacich Site Council

Next Meeting: May 6, 2019, 3-4 p.m., Bacich Library. All parents are welcome to attend.

Site Council Election

    • Applications for the three open seats for 2019-2020 will be available online or in the office on May 6, 2019.
    • Applications are due May 16, 2019.
    • Elections will be held May 20-24, 2019.

Follow Bacich on Instagram

Bacich Elementary School @bacichelementary

Bacich STEAM Projects @bacichsteam

Bacich Library @bacichlibrary

Bacich Construction

Kent News

Kent Library Update

Pizza Lunch and Book Club

Grab a copy of Ghost Boys by Jewel Parker Rhodes from the library or your language arts teacher, then come to our event on May 21, 2019 at lunch in Room 24.

Kent Announcements

    View Kent Daily Announcement on Kent website.

    Information about the new bell schedule being tested this week at Kent.

    Second Annual Kent and Book Passage Event: May 2, 2019, 5-8 p.m.

    • The Kent band will perform, with a special guest appearance from the Kent Falconers – Kent's own teacher band!
    • Student readings, summer reading lists and recommendations from the expert Book Passage staff and your Kent Librarian, treats provided by the KSPTA, and 20% of all sales go back to Kent.
    • View flyer for more details.

    Gender Information Night for Parents: May 9, 2019, 6-7:30 p.m., Kent

    The Kentfield School District strives to create safe school environments for all children, communities in which all of our children belong. Our children are our greatest asset, and we value the variety of experience, culture, and identity among students. This year the District partnered closely with an organization called Gender Spectrum to work with students and staff at Kent around the topic of gender and gender diversity. We would like to invite all Kentfield families to join us for a Gender Education Information Night, where district staff will lead a presentation and discussion around the dimensions of gender. This presentation will include components shared with the Kent faculty, as well as lessons shared with all Kent students, in an effort maximize the school-to-home partnership in the way we talk about individual differences. Please plan to join us on May 9th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Kent Library for this important conversation.

    School Supply Drive for Refugees

    Service Project

    Bring your gently used or unused school supplies to room 34 for the next week and place them in your House box. The House with the most donations at the end of two weeks will earn 500 points! Let's continue our focus on serving others who are fleeing their homes for a better, safer life!

    Together We Can!

    • Sign Up Here to participate in the new community service initiative.

    Yearbook Are Now On Sale!

    Kent School Site Council

    Next Meeting: May 7, 2019, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Main Office Conference Room

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

    Site Council Election

    • Applications for the two open seats for 2019-2020 are available by contacting Site Council member Kristi Burlingame (kburlingame@gmail.com) by Thursday, May 16, 2019.
    • Interested incoming fifth or sixth grade parent/guardian applicants are invited to share a short summary of their interests and qualifications to serve on this committee, which we will post in the Parent Bulletin onMay 17, 2019.

    8th Grade Announcements

    Click here for Eighth Grade Graduation Information

    Diploma Name Instructions

    Please update your Aeries Parent Portal to input the exact name as you would like it for your child's diploma. Go into the Aeries Parent Portal kentfieldschools.org/families/aeries-parent-portal/

    Go to:

    • Student Information
    • Supplemental
    • Diploma Name (fill out, it will have students first and last name already populated)

    If you would like to change, click on the CHANGE BUTTON, change and then click on the SAVE BUTTON.

    Visit the 8th Grade Graduation Website for New Information on

    • Submitting photos for the graduation slideshow
    • Graduation form
    • Graduation week events
    • Mom’s night out
    • Kids and adults raffle

    Follow the Kent Library on Instagram

    Safe Routes to School

    Safe Routes to School Events

    National Bike to School Day: Wednesday, May 8, 2019

    Upcoming Walk & Roll Wednesdays: May 1, 2019 and May 8, 2019

    Nominate Your Bike to School Hero

    • A Bike to School Hero is someone who has fun biking, gets up early to ride consistently, and motivates others to bike.
    • Award: $50.00 Gift certificate to a local store of choice. Two students - one elementary and one middle school - will be chosen.
    • Nominations close on Friday, May 31, 2019.
    • Click here to submit a nomination form.

    Walk & Roll Wednesday Welcome Table Volunteer Sign Up

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

    New Website and App

    Marin Commutes is a new website and app to keep you informed about local programs to ease your commute through the use of public transit, biking, walking, and other alternatives to car trips.

    From April 29 to June 9, 2019, win prizes when you log your green trips in the My Marin Commute system. Whether you walk, bike, take transit or share the ride, your decision to use a green commute option is good choice for your well-being and the environment! For more details on how to get started and log your trips, click here.

    kik News

    kik Auction | Dinner | Dancing: Saturday, May 11, 2019

    Sponsor The Auction

    Did you know that we have two auctions? One is the A Night in Hollywood spring event on May 11, 2019 and tickets are on sale here! Tickets are going fast, get yours today! The other auction is the online-only auction going live on May 1, 2019! More information will be sent out by email next week - stay tuned.

    Visit the kik website for more information: www.kikschools.org/ways-to-give/events/spring-event/



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

    Help us reach 100% participation for our schools.

    KSPTA News

    Next KSPTA Meeting: May 13, 2019, 8:30-10 a.m., Kent Room 34, agenda

    Teacher Appreciation Week

    Let’s honor all the amazing folks who work at Bacich & Kent by celebrating them during Teacher Appreciation Week is April 29 - May 4, 2019.

    • Donate for the Teacher Lunch, crowdrise site is here.
    • Sign Up Genius for Kent is here.
    • Schedule of Events for Bacich is here.

    Join Us for Bloom at International Orange

    • Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at International Orange at Marin Country Mart, 6:30-9 p.m.

    You are invited to an evening of music, massage, tasty treats, refreshments, and casual boutique shopping.

    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.

    Parent Education Film Event: Swim Team

    The Marin County SELPA and Marin County Office of Education are showing the inspiring, award-winning feature length documentary,Swim Team, this Friday at the Marin County Office of Education.

    Producer and Director, Lara Stolman, chronicles the lives of three high school swimmers with autism and their families as they navigate the day-to-day challenges of living with a disability and the competitive world of swimming. The film highlights the swimmers' accomplishments, frustrations, and triumphs. It provides hope and inspiration to all.

    • April 26, 2019, 5:30–8:00 p.m.
      Marin County Office of Education, 1111 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael
    • Snacks and beverages will be provided.
    • This movie is family friendly; however, it is recommended for children ages 11 and older.
    • Free.

    Please register here

    Additional information about Swim Team can be found atwww.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/swim-team and www.swimteamthefilm.com.

    Community Heritage and History Day

    The Kentfield-Greenbrae Historical Society (KGHS) and Bon Air invite you to the fun, family-friendly Community Heritage & History event.

    The event will feature a historical "Marin Nostalgia" slideshow, a film about local artist George Dumont Otis, and a fun passport game with the 40+ participating Community Leaders and Organizations to win a Gotts soft serve cone or SusieCakes cupcake.

    On one end of Bon Air near Peets, there will be a "Music Tent" with the Kent student jazz band, choir, and COM Chamber Singers performing with student artwork and science projects from Bacich and Kent on display.

    The event will also have a "Maker Tent" near Wells Fargo with hands-on activities for kids by Camp Galileo and Cub Scout Pack 59.

    • May 4, 2019, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Bon Air Center
    • View Flyer.

    St. Anselm's CYO Girls Volleyball

    Incoming Grades 5-8 (Fall 2019 school year)

    Registration opens: April 26, 2019

    Deadline to register: May 17, 2019

    Player evaluations will be held May 21, 2019 and May 22, 2019.

    View flyer.

    XR Super Girls: Free Empowerment Workshop

    XR Super Girls: A Free Empowerment Workshop for female middle school, high school, college students, and beyond. Teachers are also welcome.

    XR Super Girls is aimed to encourage female students to engage in academic and career pathways in STEAM, emerging tech, digital design, computer programming, immersive storytelling, new media, and entrepreneurship through the awesome potential of Extended Reality (XR): Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and 360-Video Immersive Storytelling.

    Top women industry leaders and entrepreneurs in XR will inspire and lead small group mentoring and coaching sessions to help students and attendees identify their talents, dependable strengths, and unique “super powers” to bring to the new worlds of XR: Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and 360-Degree Immersive Narrative.

    Corte Madera Library Events

    Wind Tunnel: What makes something fly?

    • April 27, 2019, 10:30 a.m., for kids age 6 and up.
    • Come and build a craft that can hover in a wind tube similar to the one at the Exploratorium.
    • Call 415-924-6382 to sign up. Led by Kier Holmes.
    • View Flyer.

    Round out Earth Week by Exploring Electric Vehicles with Cool the Earth

    Electric Vehicle Test Drives

    • April 28, 2019, 3-5 p.m., College of Marin Gym Parking Lot #12, Kentfield
    • View Flyer

    Parent Education Event: Courageous Conversations

    • May 7, 2019, 5-7:30 p.m., Marin County Office of Education, 1111 Las Gallinas Avenue, San Rafael

    Engage in a thoughtful, compassionate exploration of race and racism led by Dr. Lori Watson, a transformation specialist with Pacific Education Group who has been working with educators across Marin’s public and private schools to look intensely, both personally and professionally, at race, racism, and how we are educating all students.

    Spanish language translation will be available during the meeting.

    Parent Education Film Event: Instant Family

    In celebration of National Foster Care Month in May, please join us for a screening of Instant Family. Presented by CFI Education in partnership with Marin County Children and Family Services. A panel discussion with members of the Marin fostering community will follow.

    • May 9, 2019, 7 p.m.
    • San Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael
    • Get Tickets Here

    SchoolLink: Buy Books! Help Schools!

    Shop at Book Passage, mention your school, and your school will receive a percentage of purchases back as a donation.

    Spaulding Marine Center – Spring and Summer Workshops and Camps

    Marin Highlander Summer Rugby Registration Now Open

    Try the newest Olympic and collegiate sport for boys and girls of all skill levels from ages 6-18.

    www.MarinHighlandersRugby.org