District Newsletter

January 30th, 2020

Don't Miss These Announcements

Superintendent Search

2020-2021 Student Registration Begins February 3, 2020

Flu Prevention and Information

Influenza has come early in Marin County, California and throughout the country. Influenza is a viral infection that affects your respiratory system. Although most people recover, some can become very ill and in rare cases it can lead to death. We are expecting a severe flu season.

County Health Alert - Coronavirus

  • Letter to parents from Marin County's Public Health Officer about the Coronavirus available in English and Spanish.

County Health Alert - Fentanyl Overdoses

  • Letter to parents from Marin County Department of Health and Human Services and Marin County Office of Education available in English and Spanish.

Parents/Guardians of Sixth Graders

New Parking Regulations on Acacia Avenue

To make this busy thoroughfare more walker and biker friendly, new parking restrictions will be put into place on the south side of Acacia (Lilac to McAllister) and north side of Acacia (Lilac to Rosebank) from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on school days.

2020-2021 School Calendar Released

Important Emergency Preparation Resources, Tips, and Checklists

Upcoming Events

Friday, January 31, 2020

  • Bacich Lost & Found will be donated

Monday, February 3, 2020

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Monday, February 10, 2020

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

  • KSPTA All Day Fundraiser YOLO Frozen Yogurt

February 17-18, 2020: No school: Presidents' Recess

Friday, February 21, 2020

Wednesday February 26, 2020

District News

School Board

Letter to the Community: January 9, 2020

School Board Information

Board Meeting Highlights - January 14, 2020

Next Regular Board Meeting:

District English Learners Advisory Committee Meeting

  • Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 5:45-7 p.m., Bacich Library.
  • School-age child care available.

Parent Partner Meeting

  • Tuesday, February 4, 4-5:30 p.m., District Office

Technology Committee of the Board

  • February 26, 4:30-5:30 in the District Office.
  • Come to the first meeting of the School Board's new Technology Committee. All interested parents and staff are welcome.

Superintendent Search Information

Ad Hoc Finance Committee Meetings

Weekly meetings are underway to assist the board with its daunting task of balancing next year’s budget. All are welcome to attend, but if that is not an option, here is the annotated agenda with links to resources that provide relevant information. Feel free to add your questions or ideas to the linked google doc.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Liz Schott
Superintendent

The first interim budget report was presented by District Business Official Kirsten Starsiak at the December 12, 2019 School Board meeting. The district was able to certify to the county that we can meet our financial obligations for the next three years only after reducing $1 million in expenditures in next year’s projected budget.

The board has requested that an ad hoc Finance Committee meet through the month of January to produce a menu of possible expenditure reductions in time to produce a balanced 2020-21 budget.

  • All meetings are from 4-5:30 p.m.

Annotated Agenda: January 6, 16, 21, 28, 2020

Monday, February 3, 2020 - Kent Library

Monday, February 10, 2020

English Language Learners

English Language Learner Resources and English Learners Website

Bacich ELAC Meeting: Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 8:30-9:30am, Bacich Room 12

  • Free internet and computers
  • Summer Camp Information
  • Registration for Middle School
  • Marin Enrichment

Bacich News






Bacich Announcements

Lost & Found to be donated Friday, January 31, 2020

  • Last day to check the cardboard boxes in the quad to claim your child's lost items.

Current 4th Graders Attending 5th Grade at Kent: Proof of Residency Registration Event

  • Wednesday, February 26, 2020 or March 18, 2020, 1:30-3 p.m., Kent Office

Bacich Library

Author Judd Winick

Hilo Series Author Judd Winick Visits Bacich Library

  • February 13, 2020, 11:15 a.m.

If you would like to order your child one of the books in the Hilo series, please complete this order form and return it to your teacher by Monday, February 10, 2020

**A percentage of all sales will be donated to Bacich**

Bacich Yearbooks on Sale!

The Bacich yearbook is a keepsake that includes individual photos, class photos and collage pages for each grade… plus special pages for Rancho Day, Halloween Day, and other activities.

Order deadline is Monday, March 30, 2020.

Order Here

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, February 3, 2020, 3-4 p.m., Bacich Office Conference Room
  • All are welcome to attend.

Bacich ELAC Meeting

  • Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 8:30-9:30am, Bacich Room 12
    • Free internet and computers
    • Summer Camp Information
    • Registration for Middle School
    • Marin Enrichment

Follow Bacich on Instagram

Bacich Elementary School @bacichelementary

Bacich STEAM Projects @bacichsteam

Bacich Library @bacichlibrary

Kent News




Kent Announcements

Incoming 5th Graders: Proof of Residency Registration Event

6th Grade Families: Tdap Booster Requirement

Your child will need the Tdap booster vaccine to enter the seventh grade in the fall. If your child has not had this vaccine, please make an appointment with your health care provider as soon as possible and bring the updated vaccine record to the Kent Office. If your child has had this vaccine, please bring the updated vaccine record to the Kent Office.

Thank you,

Laurel Yrun, RN Credentialed School Nurse

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.

Yearbooks are on Sale Now

Be sure to order one of these amazing mementos to cap off your child's year! To order, go here:

www.yearbookordercenter.com

Yearbook Order Code: 7587

For ordering help, call The Yearbook Order Center toll free at 866-287-3096 or email us at yearbookordercenter@herffjones.com. The Yearbook Order Center is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (CST).

Llama al 866-287-3096 si necesitas un operador en español.

8th Grade Families

2020-2021 High School Registration Begins Soon

February 6, 2020: 8th grade enrollment at Redwood High School for incoming 9th graders (2:15 and 2:45 p.m., based on alphabetical order of last name)

Registration Information

Most families choose to attend their school of residence. Please refer to your high school website for registration/enrollment information.

If you would like to enroll at Tamalpais, Redwood, or Drake High School and this is not your school of residence, please read the information posted on the District website for “Open Enrollment.”

As a first step in the registration process, incoming freshmen may apply now for an Open Enrollment transfer. Please see the application on the district website. The initial deadline for transfer requests is on January 17. After January 17, students will be contacted individually to confirm their school of choice. Once approved, students will be able to register directly with your school of choice.

“Open Enrollment” applies only to students who are TUHSD residents who wish to attend a district high school other than their school of residence. The January transfer request deadline allows entering ninth grade students to register at the group registration days at your school of choice. Although you may register at any time at your school of residence, the final deadline to request an Open Enrollment transfer is June 30 (or until the maximum of 50 spots per site are filled).

If you have read the information posted on the website and have a question, please email moleary@tamdistrict.org.

Thank you,
Mary O’Leary
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
Tamalpais Union High School District

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, February 4, 2020, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Kent Conference Room
  • All are welcome to attend.

Follow the Kent Library on Instagram

KSPTA News

Next General KSPTA Meeting: Monday, March 9, 2020, 8:30-10 a.m, Bacich Room 33

Free Community Education Event: Beyond ‘Girly Girls’ & ‘Tough Guys’

Healthy Gender Messages for All Ages

  • Thursday, February 6, 2020, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Bacich Library
  • Spanish translation available. All parents and caregivers welcome.

Register here

Gender norms and stereotypes limit all children and teens, no matter what their gender is, impacting how they feel about themselves, the kinds of opportunities they believe are open to them, and how they are treated by their peers.

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.

kik News

kik Auction | Dinner | Dancing

Would you like to help host a sign up party for the auction?

We have lots of fun ideas for barn raisin’ parties for parents like a Trivia Night, golf tournament or host one for kids like a Movie Night or Laser Tag! Or come up with your own fun idea and recruit your friends!

Contact us if you can help: mandy.willian@gmail.com and wagner1130@gmail.com


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.

Next Walk & Roll to School Day: Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Driver Alert! New Parking Restrictions on Acacia

There are some exciting new parking restrictions that should make Acacia Avenue safer for our kids walking to school and help relief the traffic congestion on this narrow street/alley.
The new parking restrictions apply along the length of Acacia Avenue:

  • From McAllister Avenue to Rosebank Avenue on the northern side (closest to Sir Francis Drake Boulevard) is no parking 7:30-8:30 a.m. on School Days.
  • From McAllister to Lilac on the southerly side (Mt. Tam side) is no parking 7:30-8:30 a.m. on School Days.

Existing parking restrictions on the map are in red and the new parking restrictions are in blue.

Acacia Ave Parking Sign Acacia Ave Parking Map

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.

Galileo Innovation Camp: Enrollment Now Open

Summer Camps available June 22-August 7, 2020

Galileo Camps use engaging hands-on projects to teach design-thinking and problem-solving skills in a fun environment kids love. Energetic, inclusive staff and proven curriculum make for a memorable summer kids will cherish.

Camp Galileo is introducing a new age group at Kent: 5th-6th graders as Meteors join Pre-K: Nebulas, 1st-2nd: Stars, 3rd-4th: Supernovas

Early Bird Special! Enroll by March 2, 2020 for the best rates of 2020 and save $20/week. Convenient extended care and lunch also available.

Learn more: www.galileo-camps.com or 800-854-3684.

Field Hockey Spring 2020 Season

Golden Gate Rippers, a North Bay lacrosse club, now offers the first youth field hockey club in the North Bay for boys and girls in grades 5-12.

Spring Season 2020

  • Practice Dates: Sundays, January 26 to May 10, 2020
  • Players may join anytime, even if the season has already started - the fee will be prorated.

To learn more about spring season or summer camps contact our Rippers Field Hockey Director, Aline Copp at alinebcopp@gmail.com or visit goldengaterippers.com. Field hockey is now a NCS varsity sport at many Marin High Schools.

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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

View flyer in English and in Spanish

Learn more and register here

2020 Raising Healthy Families Community Education Series

Free informative education series that examine important issues facing today's families. Presentations by noted Bay Area experts will offer tools and strategies to empower you to help raise children who are curious, compassionate, and resilient.

March 3, 2020, 6-8 p.m.: Battling Adolescent Substance Addiction: Learn the Signs and Know What to Do.

March 24, 2020, 6-8 p.m.: Helping When Your Child Is Hurting: What Every Parent Needs to Know to Prevent Adolescent Self-Harm and Suicide.

March 31, 2020, 6-8 p.m.: Slaying the Beast: A Practical Guide for Parents on the Dangers of Technology Overuse and Obsession

  • For more information or to register visit www.cipmarin.orgor call (415) 459-5999 xlOl

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Car Raffle Benefits Special Education

Parent volunteer group Dedication to Special Education is raffling off a 2020 Prius to benefit special education programs in all public schools in Marin County! Odds are approximately 1 in 3,000 and tickets are only $20!

Tickets will be sold at The Village at Corte Madera on weekends during December and at various locations throughout Marin in January leading up to the drawing on February 9, 2020.

More information

Monday, February 10, 2020, 6 p.m.
Marin Community Office of Education

Join us to discuss methods to keep our youth safe from trafficking and exploitation, something happening in our own backyard, as well as how to navigate their ever-increasing digital world.

Deepa Patel, Co-Founder of Trauma and Hope, will present and answer questions from our parent community starting at 6:30 p.m.

Help us build awareness and keep our youth safe from trafficking and exploitation.

The event is free and light dinner is provided at 6 p.m.

Questions? Feel free to contact Marlene Capra at marcapra@comcast.net


PROTECT Liaison of Marin
Soroptimist of Marin
Marin Coalition to End Human Trafficking

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Eighth Grade Washington D.C. & Boston Trip

Last chance to register! Sign-up deadline is Friday, February 14, 2020.

  • Trip is April 4-9, 2020.

Last parent meeting: Thursday, March 26, 2020, 6-7 p.m., Kent Room 30

  • Only parents of registered students need attend.

Have your 8th grader check with Mr. Palmer for a registration envelope.

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

Learn More About Recycling

Newsletter features information about California State laws related to recycling and waste at schools and which plastics can be recycled.

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