District Newsletter

October 10th, 2019

District News

District Announcements

District safety plans in the event of a PG&E Public Safety Power Shut Off (PSPS) - October 9, 2019 Update

Steps we will take in the event of loss of power at one or both of our schools:

  • If power is turned off while school is in session, we will keep students in class through the end of the regular school day unless doing so is unsafe.
  • If there is a confirmed power shutdown scheduled for a subsequent school day at one or both schools, the District will close both schools and communicate the closures in whatever formats are available as soon as possible.
  • If power is restored prior to 5:00 a.m. on a school day when a closure has been announced the day before, the District will open the schools and communicate that news in whatever formats are available as soon as possible.
  • All information related to school closures and reopening will be posted to our District and school websites, and will be communicated through Aeries email and direct feed as long as power allows.
  • If one school is scheduled not to have power, both schools will be closed.

School Board

School Board Information

Strategic Planning Session Information and Resources

  • Planning Workshops: October 17-18, 2019 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Board Meeting Highlights - September 10, 2019

Next Regular Board Meeting:

  • Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 5-9 p.m., District Office, all are welcome to attend
  • The agenda will be posted by 5 p.m. the Friday before the meeting.

2019-2020 School Board meeting dates

District Committees

District English Learners Advisory Committee

  • DELAC Meeting: Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 5:30-7 p.m., Bacich Library. School-age child care available.

Parent Partners Group

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

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

Next Meeting: Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 4-5:30 p.m., District Office

English Language Learners

Kent News







Kent Library

Rebecca Jelen Kent Librarian

Mark your calendars! We are proud to present a film adaption of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind to accompany our All School Read.

  • Thursday, November 15, 2019, 5-7 p.m., Kent MP Room

Happy Reading!

Rebecca Jelen
Kent Librarian

Introducing our Kent Middle School All School Read for 2019-2020!

Our All School Read will begin the week of October 14th. Please get your copy soon from the Marin County Free Library or local bookshop. If you purchase a book from Book Passage, please mention Kent and a portion of your purchase goes back to the Kent Library!

Read this flyer to find out more about an upcoming community film screening and author visit for Kent's All School Read.

Kent Announcements

Green Sneaker Challenge

The Kent Green Sneaker Challenge is in its third week!

Did you know that as many as 252 cars come to Kent every morning? Please encourage your student to walk, bike or carpool to school on Friday, Oct. 18th. They'll get their Green Sneaker Challenge Card stamped and can enter a raffle to win prizes! Event sponsored by the Eco-Action Club and Safe Routes.

Kent Halloween Parade – Thursday, October 31, 2019

At Kent, students who wish to celebrate Halloween can come to school in costume and participate in our annual Halloween parade on Halloween morning. Please follow these Halloween costume guidelines:

  • Costumes must follow our school dress code (pg. 16 in student agenda)
  • Costumes must not include weapons of any kind, real or imitation
  • Costumes should not include excessive amounts of blood or other elements that children could find scary or alarming
  • Masks are permitted during the parade, but not around school that day

Redwood High School Music Program Meet & Greet

Redwood High School Music Department invites all of Kent's instrumental students to visit Redwood for a visit, BBQ, hang out, meet some music kids in high school, and get a sense of Redwood’s cool music program.

  • Monday, October 28, 2019, 5:30 p.m.
  • All Kent 6th, 7th, and 8th graders students interested in music are welcome

View invitation

Kent Schoolwide Volunteer Opportunities

We are in dire need of lunch volunteers this year. Please consider signing up for just two shifts per month!

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!

2019-2020 Kent Student Handbook

2019-2020 Kent Bell Schedule

Kent Site Council Meeting

  • Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Kent Conference Room
  • All are welcome to attend.

Follow the Kent Library on Instagram

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.

Marin County E-Bike Policy Information

Walk & Roll volunteers needed on Wednesdays – October 16th and 23rd. Please signup here.

KSPTA News

Next General KSPTA Meeting: Monday, November 4, 2019, 8:30-10 a.m., Kent Room 12

Fake Reading: How to Spot It and Shift It

Learn practical strategies for turning your child into a "real" reader.

  • Thursday, October 24, 2019, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Kent Library

Spanish translation available. All parents and caregivers welcome.

More information and event registration in English and Spanish

October is KSPTA Membership Month!

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.

KSPTA Information Table at Walk & Roll Wednesday, October 16th, Before School Starts

Connect with KSPTA!

Twitter: @KentfieldPTA

Instagram: kentfieldschoolspta

Facebook: Kentfield Schools PTA

Email president@kspta.org to see how you can help next year

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.

Hands On Science Fun

Saturday, October 26, 2019, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Sonoma County Fairgrounds

  • Free admission
  • Free parking

View flyer in English and Spanish

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.

  • Tuesday, October 29, 2019: The No Bully Introduction & E-Learning Course
  • Wednesday, November 13, 2019: Power of Zero: Raising children in a Connected World
  • 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

6-7:30 p.m.

Marin County Office of Education, 1111 Las Gallinas Avenue, San Rafael

Kentfield/Greenbrae Community Meeting

Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 10-11:30 a.m., Kent Middle School Library

Supervisor Katie Rice will begin the meeting with updates on key issues of importance to the Kentfield/Greenbrae community followed by time for questions, comments, and conversation on any topics of interest to those attending.

View flyer

Eighth Grade Washington D.C. & Boston Trip

The deadline to register for the 2020 Washington, DC & Boston Trip (4/4- 4/9/2020) is Friday, February 14, 2020. Have your 8th grader check with Mr. Palmer for a registration envelope.

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

Do You Ride an E-Bike?

The Marin County Supervisors approved a change to the e-bikes policy, introducing maximum speed of 15 mph on County-maintained pathways.

  • Read the full news release here
  • Marin County staff will be on hand during the International Walk to School Day on October 2nd to take your comments
  • The County will host a future workshop for the school community regarding Sharing the Path

Upcoming Events

Friday, October 11, 2019

Monday, October 14, 2019

  • All School Read of The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind begins

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

  • Davidson @ Kent Football, 3:45-4:45 p.m.
  • School Board Meeting, 5-8 p.m., District Office – all are welcome

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

  • Walk & Roll to School Day
    • Bacich – Visit the KPSTA table before school starts to learn more about the PTA
    • Kent – Get your Green Sneaker Challenge card stamped
  • kik Board Meeting, 7:30-9 p.m.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

  • Strategic Planning, 8:30-3:30, Kent Library
  • Kent Picture Make-Up Day
  • Eighth grade Project Runway Field Trip to San Anselmo, 8:30-10:00 a.m.
  • Teens in Transition Parent Night, 6-7:30 p.m.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Save the Date

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

  • Bacich Picture Make-Up Day

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Friday, November 1, 2019

Bacich News






Bacich Library

Bacich Librarian Susan Warnick

Author Visit

This week at Bacich, author Susan York visited the Bacich kindergarteners and first graders. She read her book is titled, A Big Day for a Little Dog. Kindergartners were not able to attend the Chris Van Dusen author visit a couple weeks ago so this visit was catered to our kindergartners.

Read the Bacich Books Buzz – discover all of the interesting activities happening in the Bacich Library.

All School Read at Bacich

Bacich students will be participating in the All School Read of The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind starting Monday, October 14th. This summer, all teachers read the adult version of the book. Bacich students will read the elementary age edition. Bacich Librarian Susan Warnick will also read the book to students in the library.

Bacich Announcements

Annual Bacich Halloween Parade will be on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 10:45 a.m.

Bacich Emergency Drill Volunteer Sign-Up

  • Tuesday, October 22, 2019, morning – exact time TBA

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

Bacich ELAC Meeting

  • November 6, 2019, 8:30-9:30am, Bacich Room 12

Follow Bacich on Instagram

Bacich Elementary School @bacichelementary

Bacich STEAM Projects @bacichsteam

Bacich Library @bacichlibrary

Don't Miss These Announcements

100 Volunteers Needed for Bacich's Emergency Drill on Tuesday, October 22, 2019

2020-2021 School Calendar Input Survey - deadline Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Walk & Roll volunteers needed on Wednesdays – October 16th and 23rd. Please signup here.

October is PTA Membership Month – there’s still time to join!

  • KSPTA will have a table at Bacich on Wednesday, October 16th (Walk and Roll to School day) before school starts for those interested in learning more about the PTA. So come by, grab a cup of coffee, and say hello!