District Newsletter

November 2nd, 2020

Kentfield School District News

Dear Kentfield School Community,

In collaboration with our Kentfield Teachers Association (KTA), I am pleased to announce we have an agreeable date to begin phasing in Hybrid instruction once final walkthroughs of both school sites occur this week.

At this time, we are planning for all staff medically able to report to their respective school sites on Monday, November 9, 2020 to provide Distance Learning and get acclimated with all COVID-19 safety protocols and procedures. On Thursday, November 12, 2020 KSD will phase in Hybrid Instruction at both school sites for Kindergarten through 8th grades. Each in-person cohort will participate in school based instruction for up to four days prior to the Thanksgiving break. During this period of time, students will get oriented with the COVID-19 protocols, which includes but is not limited to daily health checks, physical distancing expectations, hygiene practices and classroom procedures. School principals will be in touch via Parent Square regarding cohort assignments for Hybrid implementation. Once all information is received finalized cohort information will be shared with families.

As we venture into this next phase of instructional programming, we recognize the short turnaround and families may need more time to adjust to this new schedule. Please know we will be as flexible as possible as we begin to provide school based instruction. As COVID-19 continues to shift and our teaching and learning evolves, we are committed to using state and local public health guidance to inform and guide our planning in the best interest of staff and students.

Please join me on Thursday, November 5 at 5:30 p.m. for Community Office hours related to public health guidance and KSD’s transition to Hybrid Instruction.

Take good care,

Superintendent Signature



Raquel Rose
Superintendent
rrose@kentfieldschools.org

Hybrid Instruction Transition Timeline

November 4, 2020

  • KSD-KTA Final Site Walk-Through (Bacich)

November 5, 2020

  • KSD-KTA Final Site Walk-Through (Kent)
  • KSD Community Office Hours, 5:30 p.m.
  • Community Update via Parent Square

November 6, 2020

  • KSD and KTA Negotiators Meet and Confer

November 10, 2020

  • KSD Board of Trustee Meeting, 6 p.m.

November 11, 2020

  • Veteran’s Holiday – No School

November 12-17, 2020

  • Cohort A - School Based Instruction

November 18, 2020

  • All Distance Learning

November 19-24, 2020

  • Cohort B - School Based Instruction

Upcoming Events

*For security, Zoom links and passwords for events are not posted on the District website, and are sent through ParentSquare.

Daily: Virtual Crossing Guard with Ms. Stephens, 7:55-8:30 a.m., Zoom

Monday, November 2-11, 2020: KSPTA Book Fair

Monday, November 2, 2020

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Thursday, November 5, 2020

  • Community Office Hours, 5:30 p.m.
    • Topic: public health guidance and KSD’s transition to Hybrid Instruction

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

November 11, 2020

  • Veteran’s Holiday – No School

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Monday, November 16, 2020

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

  • Trimester 1 ends

November 25-27, 2020: Thanksgiving Holiday


District Announcements

Distance Learning and Transition to In-Person Instruction Planning

As we prepare for a transition to Hybrid Instruction please submit questions you may have related to Safety Protocols and Procedures KSD has put in place to keep our children and staff as safe as possible in a COVID-19 environment! Questions may be submitted HERE for review.

COVID-19 Update

Marin Health and Human Services website – Marin Recovers provides access to a breadth of resources to help the community stay up to date with the status of COVID-19 in our county. The website offers access to local case rate through the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Surveillance Update website that provides summary data, daily trends, demographics, other measures of COVID-19 Impacts and the State Blueprint Tiered system.


Book Donation to support Virtual Author’s Visit

Would you like to help spread the message of acceptance? Bacich students will have the opportunity to attend a school wide webinar on Dec. 3, 2020 with the author Michael Tyler. Students will create bookmarks to be delivered along with the donated books to underfunded schools in our community and the bay area.

Please consider donating a copy of Michael Tyler’s picture book: The Skin You Live In

Thank you for your help and support!

The Bacich Social Justice Team


School Board & District Committees

Bacich News

Bacich Librarian Susan Warnick

Check Out Books with the Bacich Library

If you would like to check out library books, please email me the titles you want. I will check them out to you and place them in plastic bags with your names on them on a cart. They will be available for pickup every Friday curbside in front of the office. See the library blog for instructions on how to access the Alexandria Library Catalog (to look for books). You can also return books every Friday as well. There will be a plastic bin labeled, "Return Bacich Library Books Here" in front of the office for your convenience. That way I can keep the books in the bin for the weekend and check them in during the week for safety purposes.

Thank you!!

Ms. Warnick
swarnick@kentfieldschools.org


Bacich Yearbook

Photos can be submitted to bacichyearbook2021@gmail.com. Please follow the instructions below when sending your photos.

  • The images must be .jpg, .png, or .tif files and must be at least 300ppi resolution.
  • Please provide the following information with each image:
    • FIRST NAME and LAST NAME for the main student featured in the image (or the left-most person).
    • Grade of student(s) in photo.
    • Description.
    • Additional names separated by commas.

Kent News

Kent Counselors Wellness Hub: Many of us in our community are navigating very challenging times right now and as the Counselors at Kent Middle School, we want you to know that we are here for you. We created this hub so you can easily access resources.

Kent Library News

Curbside Book Pick Up and Book Bags

Students may email Ms. Jelen the titles of books that they would like to read, and the book will left on a cart in front of the gate for them to pick up.

Thanks to the donations of many Falcons and their families, we have book bags for every grade level to pick up and enjoy! You will find these bags in boxes marked by grade level in front of the Kent office. Feel free to read, keep or pass on your books OR donate them right back to the book drive for another life!

Got Books?? If you are cleaning out your bookshelves, bring them to Kent for our Book Drive! We have lots of wonderful grade level bags just waiting for you to exchange your old books for! You can drop them off by the mural near the parking lot!

Happy reading,

Rebecca Jelen
Kent Librarian
rjelen@kentfieldschools.org

KIK News

For Installments or Matching Gifts, Print Donor Form in English and Spanish

SCHOOLSRULE MARIN

SchoolsRule-Marin is a coalition that raises funds for all public school students in Marin, and our Bacich and Kent kids are beneficiaries.

Through the SchoolsRule Marin partnership, KIK has been able to help fund Covid-19 safety-related equipment and support above and beyond what has already been provided by the state, county and district.

With Schoolsrule, KIK is helping to fund HEPA Air Purifiers for every classroom at Bacich and Kent. Thank you, SchoolsRule Marin!

Learn more about SchoolsRule Marin

TUES 11/3 - KIK FAMILY MEALS WITH LEFT BANK, 20% TO KIK

Every Tuesday Left Bank will create a special family dinner for $50 and donate 20% back to KIK. Order early before it sells out!

  • Nov 3: Fried chicken, mac and cheese, brussel sprouts, green salad
  • Nov 10: Chicken or vegetarian paella with a green salad, steamed broccoli, mac and cheese

Order online and select “KIK Family Meal.”

The menu for November is posted on our website.

Follow us on Facebook & Instagram for updates on menus and reminders.

For any questions, please email events@kikschools.org.

SAT 11/14 - PIZZERIA DELFINA — DINE + DONATE 10% TO KIK

We're happy to partner with SF2BAY + Pizzeria Delfina for our newest KIK Dine and Donate. 10% of all sales with code KIKPIZZA will go to Bacich and Kent!

How it works: check out Pizzeria Delfina's delicious menu of par-baked pizzas, make at home pizza kits, salads and more. Pre-order NOW for pick up on Saturday, November 14th from 10-11:30am at their Pop Up in Mill Valley. Orders close Wednesday, November 11.

Be sure to stock your freezer with sauces, meatballs, lasagna, and more for those nights you just don't feel like cooking! Order yours today and don't forget the code: KIKPIZZA

Follow us on Facebook & Instagram for updates and reminders.

For any questions, please email events@kikschools.org.

KIK BOO-GRAMS: THANK YOU!

Thank you to everyone who purchased the KIK Halloween Boo-Grams — our fundraiser was a huge success!

We assembled and delivered over 1,000 Boo Grams and raised $5,000 for KIK — which will help fund vital resources and programs at our schools! 130 of the Boo Grams were thoughtfully purchased for our hardworking teachers and staff at our schools.

We sincerely apologize to those of you who were unable to order because we sold out. The demand was much higher than we expected, and exceeded our supply and delivery capabilities (of course a good problem to have — thanks to all of you for the incredible support!). Look out for similar promotions this year so stay tuned for future announcements.

INTRODUCING KIK PARTNERS FLIPBOOK DIRECTORY!

We’re excited to share the new KIK Business Partners Flipbook—an e-directory showcasing the local businesses that support our Bacich and Kent schools through KIK.

Check out the KIK Flipbook when looking for a market or restaurant, real estate, service, or retail business. Simply click on a business recognition ad to get directly to its website. Please support local businesses that support our kids!

ANNUAL COMMITMENT REPORT

KIK raises dollars toward the $1M Annual Commitment to help fund our Bacich and Kent schools. Various fundraising initiatives combine to fill this commitment to our students and schools including Family Giving, Spring Auction Event, and Partners for Education.

Get details on the $1M Annual Commitment.
Learn how KIK is Committed to Kids.

ANNUAL COMMITMENT Fundraising Status : $251,100 / $1M GOAL

Donate Online Today

THANK YOU, OCTOBER DONORS!
See Current Donor “Wall”

CONNECT WITH KIK

KSPTA News

Next General KSPTA Meeting: Monday, November 2, 2020, 7-8:30 p.m.

  • Kentfield families and members will receive the Zoom link and password. If you do not receive the link, please contact info@kspta.org.

The Book Fair is now LIVE!

Monday, November 2 through Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Our book fair features a curated catalogue as a shopping guide and a unique coupon code to use on the Books Inc website. Please share this coupon code with friends, neighbors and family members as a portion of sales will go to our school district for any purchase made using the code: KENTFIELD2020. Get a head start on your holiday shopping and help raise money for our schools!

Website: Books Inc. - The West's Oldest Independent Bookseller

Kentfield Coupon Code: KENTFIELD2020

**NOTE: Code is only valid November 2-11, 2020**

Good news — existing Good Eggs customers can now help us meet our fundraising goals!

For the month of November, every order placed by a customer with the code bacichelemtday will earn us $5. (That's on top of the $25 we'll earn when new customers use the code bachichelem at check out).

  • Note: there is no $ off for existing customers, but we still appreciate you using our code to give us money back!

So if you already love Good Eggs and their absurdly fresh groceries, now's the perfect time to snag your holiday groceries. Their Thanksgiving pre-order starts November 4th and their culinary team is cooking up all sorts of seasonal surprises, kits, and prepared foods to enjoy with your family (or your bubble). You can use the code bacichelemtday on every order you place during the month; just remember to add it on the check-out page.

Fine print: The code will expire at the end of November – so get your orders in this month! Good Eggs is also unable to retroactively add the code to your orders. Promo codes cannot be combined.

Thank You New PTA Members!

Thank you to those of you who joined during our Membership Month! There’s still time to join and support our schools.

Become a member today!

KSPTA is proud to support Be The Influence!

To get up to speed and be in-the-know about adolescent substance use in Marin, consider joining Be the Influence (BTI), a parent education and support program on adolescent substance use in Marin. It started at Redwood High School and now has spread to all public and independent middle and high schools in Marin.

Check out their website and consider joining other Kentfield parents to be in-the-know and get effective parenting tips. You can make an optional BTI Parent Agreement or simply sign up to receive their bi-monthly newsletters Here is their October newsletter with the latest information on vaping and a November virtual parent education event. You may also follow BTI on Facebook. It’s never too early to get educated and start talking with your child about this important topic!

Help our schools get ready for in-person learning when the time comes!

As our district strives to bring more students back on campus, there will likely be tasks that parent volunteers can help complete. If you are willing to help out, please fill out the volunteer form (English and Spanish), and you will be put on a list that the school staff will tap for jobs as they come up. The majority of to-do's will be done at home on the volunteer's own schedule, but there may be some opportunities to help on campus at designated times.

Thank you in advance for raising your hand to help get our students back to school!

New School Lunch Program with School Foodies

Order online, pick up at Kent for the week. Choose which weeks you order, and order for the whole family!

Distance Learning Resources at KSPTA

We are committed to supporting the Bacich and Kent communities with programs like the expanded Buddy System and more.

Visit the distance learning resources page to learn more. Suggestions and ideas are welcome at info@kspta.org.

Connect with KSPTA!

Community News

Parent Education

Making Worriers into Warriors: Helping Your Child Conquer Fear in Uncertain Times: A presentation with Dr. Dan Peters, sponsored by North Bridge Academy. Speaker Dr. Dan Peters is a psychologist, author, co-founder and executive director of the Summit Center.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 from 6:30-8 p.m., Zoom

Public Meeting Announcement

The next phase of design is beginning for the New LRC on the Kentfield Campus.

On November 4th, the College of Marin will be hosting a town hall meeting via Zoom. Our architect partners, Group 4 and HMC, will be asking for community input on building and landscape design values. Your input as we move through these phases is critical.

Below are meeting details:

The information can also be found on the Measure B website: measurebcom.org

We hope you will join us. If you have any questions please reach out to Isidro Farias at ifarias@marin.edu.

College of Marin and Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Construction Project Updates

  • When using the crosswalk on College Avenue, please remember to activate the flashing signals. It is the only way the large construction vehicles exiting the driveway know that there are pedestrians in the crosswalk.

While the Corte Madera Library building is currently closed, you may request and return items, and find details about Curbside Service at marinlibrary.org.

Curbside Hours:

  • Tuesday & Wednesday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Thursday 3-7 p.m.

Call our “Talk with a Librarian” number: 415-473-2272 Monday-Friday, 9-6 p.m. English and Spanish with any questions and information.

Book Bundles for Emerging Readers

We know many families are missing the ability to browse library shelves, so we’ve created a way to get some "surprise" books to you based on your child’s interests.

Each Book Bundle includes 10 books and you can choose the reading level that is right for your child. Get up to 3 bundles per family!

How to Request Book Bundles

  • To request Book Bundles, please fill out this form , or call 415-473-2272, Monday-Friday, 9-6 p.m.
  • Please allow 3-4 days for your request to be filled. You will be contacted by the branch when your order is ready for curbside pickup.
  • Find out more: marinlibrary.org/book-bundles-for-kids

Audio Books

In case you have families or students asking about downloadable audio books, here is a short video tutorial that demonstrates how to use the Libby app to browse our online catalog and download titles. youtu.be/E0E_FPMl4m8

Discover local options for Learning Hubs and Childcare during distance learning.

This free helpline provides free trauma-informed, evidenced-based emotional support to parents, children and youth in any language via calls, text, live chat, and email.

  • Available 7 days a week from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Parents can join a Weekly Online Support Group through the website: caparentyouthhelpline.org.
  • Helpline #: 855-427-2736

When shopping in-person or online at Book Passage, please remember to mention your school – a portion of every purchase goes directly to our schools!

  • For online shopping, enter your school name in the comments field.