District Newsletter

November 21st, 2019

Don't Miss These Announcements

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

Kentfield Community Drives

Bacich Food Drive ends Friday, November 22, 2019

Kent's Project Night Night begins Monday, December 2, 2019

View flyer to help all children have a good night.

District Safety Plan in the Event of a Power Loss

Important Emergency Preparation Resources, Tips, and Checklists

Upcoming Events

Friday, November 22, 2019

  • Kent field trip - Dunn/Sterling classes visit the DeYoung Museum
  • Final day for the Bacich Annual Food Drive
  • Special School Board Meeting – Closed Session, 3-4 p.m., District Office
  • 8th Grade Teens in Transition program at Kent

Monday-Tuesday, November 25-26, 2019

  • 8th Grade Teens in Transition program at Branson School

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Wednesday-Friday, November 27-29, 2019

  • Thanksgiving Recess

Monday, December 2, 2019

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

  • Walk and Roll to School Day
  • Bacich students – remember to bring your Cool the Earth coupon book to the Cool the Earth table in the morning.
  • Bacich ELAC Meeting, 8:30-9:30am, Bacich Room 12

Save the Date

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Thursday, December 12, 2019

  • Bacich Winter Voices Concert, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Monday, December 16, 2019

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Winter Break: December 23, 2019 to January 3, 2020 (school resumes Monday, January 6, 2020)

District News

School Board

School Board Information

Board Meeting Highlights - November 12, 2019

Special Board Meeting – Closed Session: Friday, November 22, 2019, 3-4 p.m., District Office

Next Regular Board Meeting:

  • Tuesday, December 10, 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 Learner Advisory Committee

  • DELAC Meeting: Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 5:45-7 p.m., Bacich Library. School-age child care available.
    • 5:45-6 p.m. dinner, 6-7 p.m. meeting

Safety Committee Meeting

  • Tuesday, November 26, 2019 (originally scheduled for October 30, 2019), 9:30-10:30 a.m., District Office

Finance Committee Meeting

  • Monday, December 16, 2019, 7-8 p.m., District Office

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: December 3, 2019, 9-10:30 a.m., District Office

English Language Learners

English Language Learner Resources and English Learners Website

Bacich ELAC Meeting: Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 8:30-9:30am, Bacich Room 12

Bacich News





Bacich Library

Bacich Librarian Susan Warnick

A heartfelt thank you to Book Fair co-chairs Crystal Vargas and Jennifer Johns for their incredible efforts in organizing this year’s Book Fair. Their months of planning resulted in one of the most successful book fairs in recent years, and one of the biggest events in the district.

Ms. Warnick would also like to thank Chrissy Green, Lindsay Tonderys, and Vicki Sonu Song for helping process, cover, and catalog the many books that were generously donated to the Bacich library from the Book Fair. Children were delighted to have their donation presented to them during their library class time and be the first to check it out.

Bacich Announcements

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

Bacich ELAC 2019-2020 Board Announced

President: Lhiza Martinez

Vice President: Flavia Guimaraes Aquino

Secretary: Tsehai Woldgiorgies

Calling Parent Volunteers!

We are looking for a team of parents to help staff the garden during lunch recess on Tuesdays (1st/3rd) and Thursdays (2nd/4th) from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

We are blessed with a beautiful garden space at Bacich, but currently the only time the garden is able to be open at lunch recess is on Mondays during Garden Club. More than one adult is needed to supervise the garden, and because staff supervises other areas at that time, parent volunteers working alongside staff is the only way the school can safely open the garden for free play.

Thank you for considering volunteering. Sign up link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/bacichgardenplayvolunteers

Cool The Earth

Cool the Earth, a Marin-based nonprofit organization, will be on the Bacich campus this Friday, November 15th, to kick off their climate action program with a student assembly. Please look for the Climate Action Coupon Book in your child’s Friday Folder. The book focuses on low-carbon transportation and includes actions for both students and parents.

Students can return their coupons before school on two collection days at the Cool the Earth table in the quad and receive an eco-friendly prize. :

  • Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Cool the Earth has a mission to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions by accelerating electric vehicle adoption in the Bay Area.

Last Day for Bacich Food Drive – Ends Friday, November 22, 2019

It's time for Bacich Annual Food Drive. We will be collecting food for the Marin Food Bank. Let's make sure no one goes hungry this holiday season.

  • Canned goods, and other non-perishables only please!
  • Look for the collection boxes around campus.

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, December 2, 3-4 p.m., Bacich Office Conference Room
  • All are welcome to attend.

Bacich ELAC Meeting

  • Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 8:30-9:30am, Bacich Room 12

Follow Bacich on Instagram

Bacich Elementary School @bacichelementary

Bacich STEAM Projects @bacichsteam

Bacich Library @bacichlibrary

Kent News














Kent Library

Kent Announcements

Eighth Grade Parents: Teens in Transition Parent Letter

  • Teens In Transitions: Strategies for Informed, Responsible Decision-Making seminars for eighth grade students will be held at Kent on November 22nd, as well as two days at the Branson School in Ross on November 25th and 26th.
  • The parent letter details background information that is essential for your understanding of the development and objectives of this program.

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.

Kent Community Service

Kent Library Project Night Night Drive

Project Night Night Begins Monday, December 2nd

Project Night Night is an organization that gives new stuffed toys, blankets, and books to children in homeless shelters. You may contribute new kids’ books, new stuffed animals (no larger than 12 inches), and new blankets. Blankets should be no larger than 50’ by 60’ – “stroller sized” and can often be found in the baby department of stores like Target. You can also donate money if you are unable to buy the items. Donations can be given directly to Ms. Jelen in the Kent Library.

The drive will culminate on Tuesday, December 17th.

If you have any questions, please see Ms. Jelen in the Kent Library.

Thank you for giving the gift of reading and comfort to local children in need!

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

Kent Athletics

Basketball: Attention 7th grade parents!

  • Coaches for both seventh grade boys and seventh grade girls basketball are needed.
  • Practices start in late November and the games run from January through mid-March.
  • The commitment is one practice and one game a week. Paperwork and fingerprints are required. Stipend available.
  • Please contact Ryan Palmer, Athletic Director at rpalmer@kentfieldschools.org.

Follow the Kent Library on Instagram

KSPTA News

Next General KSPTA Meeting: Monday, January 27, 2019, 7-8:30 p.m., Kent Library

There is no December KSPTA meeting.

  • 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.

Sign up for Good Earth Lunch Session 2

Session 1 ends on December 6th, and Session 2 begins on December 9th. 

Order today!  goodearthlunch.com

Families in our community and across the country are pledging to delay giving their young kids a smartphone.

Curious? Learn more at Wait Until 8th.

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee meets to identify, recruit, and nominate the slate for the Executive Board for the next school year. The Committee also recruits coordinators for the various programs KSPTA runs in the schools.

The Nominating Committee will be elected at the January 27 general meeting and will begin work in February 2020. If you are interested in sitting on the committee or learning more, please email our Parliamentarian Stefanie Weinstein at stefage00@yahoo.com.

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.

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.

December 4, 2019: Walk & Roll Wednesday – Use your pedal power to get to school today!

  • Parent volunteers, signup to greet our students with swag & smiles!

Not-so-fun fact: study finds we are exposed to higher levels of fine particle pollution when riding in our cars then walking or even biking along side the cars.

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.

Girls Softball and T-Ball Spring Registration

Kentfield Girls Softball is for 5 to 15-year olds living in Kentfield, Greenbrae, Ross, and North Larkspur based on child’s age on January 1st. KGS offers both T-Ball and softball.

Pixie Park's Holiday Bake Sale

Saturday, December 7, 2019, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Marin Art & Garden Center, Garden Room, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Ross, CA

Homemade cookies, cakes and confections for sale – festively wrapped for gifting... or enjoying. All sweets are baked by Pixie Parents to support rebuilding Pixie Park.

Free to the public, limited free parking. The Holiday Bake Sale is part of the Marin Art and Garden Center’s Holiday Fair. Learn more at pixiepark.org

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

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.