District Newsletter

May 9th, 2019

Don't Miss These Announcements

Bacich Announcements

Kent Announcements

District Announcements

Measles outbreak information from the Marin County Public Health Officer

CAASPP Tips and Schedules

ELPAC Resources

Starting Smarter for the ELPAC: elpac.startingsmarter.org.

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.

Upcoming Events

Friday, May 10, 2019

Saturday, May 11, 2019

May 13-17, 2019: Fourth Grade CAASPP Testing, more information

Monday, May 13, 2019

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

School Board meeting, 5-7 p.m., District Office

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

  • WEB, Mathletes, Margie Burke & KQED Perspectives Lunch, 1:15–2:15 p.m. – students only

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Friday, May 17, 2019

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Save the Date

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

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

  • Safety Committee meeting, 9-10 a.m., District Office
  • Kent Volunteer Appreciation Reception, 1:30 p.m.

Monday, May 27, 2019: No School – Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 28, 2019: School Board meeting, 5-7 p.m., District Office

District News

School Board

School Board Information

  • Next Regular Board Meeting:
    • May 14, 2019, 5-7 p.m., District Office
    • May 28, 2019, 5-7 p.m., District Office
  • The Agenda will be posted by 5 p.m. the Friday before the meeting.

District Committees

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

DELAC Meeting: May 16, 2019, 5:45-7 p.m., District Office, agenda

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

Finance Committee Meeting: June 13, 3:45 –4:45 p.m., District Office

English Language Learners

DELAC meeting: May 16, 2019, 5:45-7 p.m., District Office, agenda

  • Pizza will be served and 5:45 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 6 p.m.
  • Childcare and translation will be provided.

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

Earth Day Celebration: Friday, May 10, 2019

Bacich Book Drive

Are your bookcases overflowing with books your kids have outgrown? Or are they boxed, cluttering your garage, and in need of being donated?

The Bacich Student Council’s Fifth Annual Book Drive benefitting the Marin Community Clinic is the perfect place to donate them!

Through May 17, 2019, our school will be collecting gently used or new kids books to donate to the Marin Community Clinic. The Marin Community Clinic offers medical services to underserved communities across Marin, providing vital health and welfare services to populations that would otherwise go without such necessary benefits. For every child that comes through the clinic, either as a patient or accompanying one, the clinic offers them a complimentary book to promote reading and encourage learning! The clinic relies solely on donations for this offering – and our book drive over the last five years provided enough books to give a book to every child for the entire year, every year, for the last five years!!!

Our goal this year is to surpass last years' total of 2,000 books, so we welcome your participation and that of anyone you know!

Please bring your books to Bacich, and deposit them in the bins outside of Ms. Bozeman and Ms. Peck's office! They will be collected, tallied, and distributed to kids at the clinic on May 17, 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 on May 29, 2019.

Bacich Site Council

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

Site Council Election

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Bacich Construction

Kent News

Kent Library Update

Book Passage Event

Thanks to all who supported our successful Kent and Book Passage event last week.

On Monday, Kent will welcome Alan Gratz, author of our All School Read, Refugee. This is a very exciting moment that we have been preparing for all year, and we can't wait for an action packed day of learning with him.

If your child has a copy of any of Alan's books, they can bring them Monday to be signed during recess in the library. We will have a special schedule that day to accommodate an assembly for fifth and sixth graders and another for seventh and eighth.

All students who entered our essay contest are invited to have lunch with the author, Ms. Schott, Mr. Althouse, and Ms. Jelen, and all "super fans" who have read two or more of Alan's books are invited to special Q&A session in the library. It should be a great day!

Thank you for the KSPTA for providing a generous grant to help make this day possible!!!

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.

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Kent Announcements

Together We Can!

School Supply Drive

We are in our final week of collecting school supplies to send with the incredible organization, Opening the World, to a refugee camp near Athens, Greece.

Please send your unused or gently used school supplies to Room 34 and put in your House box.

So far Caracara and Peregrine are neck-in-neck for the lead! Let's do this, Merlin and Kestrel!

Kent School Site Council

Next Meeting: June 4, 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 on May 17, 2019.

8th Grade Announcements

Last Day of School - June 14th Rumor

There is a rumor going around (or is it wishful thinking?!) that eighth graders do not have to attend school on the last day, June 14th. This is not true. All Falcons are expected to be at school that day with a noon dismissal. Eighth graders have a final ceremony walk through that day as well as other special events. Any questions? Please email Melissa Stephens at mstephens@kentfieldschools.org.

Future Redwood High School Families

Would you like a way to be more connected to parents of your child’s Freshman class? Redwood Parents Connect, a Redwood-specific parent-led community, would like to welcome you to join the community! Go to redwoodparentsconnect.com/2023 for more info! Parent groups are now forming for the incoming freshman class, and there is a closed Facebook group just for parents of Redwood's Class of 2023. Sign up now!

Click here for Eighth Grade Graduation Information

Diploma Name Instructions

Please complete this form to input the exact name as you would like it for your child's diploma.

Visit the 8th Grade Graduation Website for New Information on

Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School Events

Do you know a student that you admire who enjoys biking? Nominate your Bike Hero for his/her chance to win a $50.00 gift card. Go to saferoutestoschools.org for more information. Nominations accepted till 5:00 p.m. on May 31, 2019.

Upcoming Walk & Roll Wednesdays: May 15, 2019 and May 22, 2019

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.

Through 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

Can’t make it to the Spring Event? Please check out the online auction and donate to our Fund a Need to upgrade the Bacich playground!

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

Volunteer for Bacich Earth Day!

  • Friday, May 10, 2019

Bacich is celebrating Earth Day, and parent help is needed to pull off the celebration. The day will include many fun activities for students to learn how our actions impact the Earth, and ways in which we can all protect our environment.

We need parent volunteers to assist with our lunchtime activities between 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. During this time we will have several booths where children will participate in an activity or game to learn about climate control, recycling, water conservation, and other environmental considerations.

Please sign up to help with these booths and join your children for a sunny Friday lunchtime celebration of Earth Day 2019 at Bacich!

KSPTA supports Wait Until 8th

The Wait Until 8th pledge empowers parents to rally together to delay giving children a smartphone until at least eighth grade. By banding together, we can decrease the pressure felt by kids and parents alike over smartphones. Our peers in Ross, Corte Madera, Larkspur, the Reed District, and throughout the Bay Area are doing the Wait Until 8th movement.

School Supply Ordering

More information on pre-ordering school supplies: kspta.org/order-next-years-school-supplies-for-bacich-students/

  • Kent school ID: KEN163
  • Bacich school ID: BAC007

Last Day to Order is July 7, 2019

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.

Dual Full-Immersion Spanish Classes at Bacich and Kent

Join Viva el Español to learn Spanish through games, songs, stories and art projects in a full-immersion environment in the morning before school.

Bacich Viva el Español

  • 1st-3rd Grade: Monday-Friday, 7:20-8 a.m.
  • 2nd - 5th Grade Continuing Students: Monday–Friday, 7:20-8 a.m.
  • Click here to register: link here. Register by May 31, 2019 and save up to $100 with our Early Bird price.

Kent Viva el Español

  • 5th-6th Grade: Monday–Friday, 7:40-8:20 a.m.
  • Click here to register. Register by May 31, 2019 and save up to $100 with our early bird price.

All classes run September 9, 2019 to June 5, 2020.

For more information please visit www.vivaelespanol.org or call 415-326-5199.
You may also contact Alisa Rubel at alisarubel@yahoo.com for Kent-specific information.

SchoolLink: Buy Books! Help Schools!

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