District Newsletter

November 9th, 2020

Kentfield School District News

IMPORTANT Information on Hybrid Instruction. Please be sure to read the Bacich and Kent Principal Updates.

Bacich News Kent News Board Letter to the Community

KIK News KSPTA News Community News

Dear Kentfield School Community,

I invite you to attend the next regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 beginning at 5 p.m. As a reference, here is a link to the agenda. The meeting will address items including, but not limited to:

  • Educational Showcase highlighting collaboration between 8th grade English and the Kent Library
  • General District Wide Updates
  • Return to School and COVID-19 Updates
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Facilities–Deferred Maintenance Projects

The Board of Trustees will participate in the meeting in-person at the Kent Middle School library. In order to not have a large congregation of the public, we are inviting attendees to join the meeting via Zoom Webinar. If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact me via email at rrose@kentfieldschools.org.

Take good care,

Superintendent Signature



Raquel Rose
Superintendent
rrose@kentfieldschools.org

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 9, 2020

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

November 11, 2020

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Monday, November 16, 2020

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

  • Trimester 1 ends

November 25-27, 2020: Thanksgiving Holiday


District Announcements

COVID-19 Testing at Bacich School – November 18

The Kentfield School Districts is hosting COVID-19 Testing at Bacich School on Wednesday, November 18th from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This opportunity is open and optional to the community. As a member of the Kentfield-Greenbrae community you are invited to to sign up for this local COVID-19 option.

Please review the Testing Paperwork and sign up via the Testing Scheduler.

COVID-19 Update

Discover local case rates, trends, demographics, and resources to stay up to date with the status of COVID-19 in Marin at the Marin Recovers and Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Surveillance Update websites.


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

Save the Date!

Kentfield School District Budget 101

  • December 16, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. via Zoom Webinar–link will be forthcoming.


School Board & District Committees

Safety Committee

  • Next Meeting: Monday, November 16, 2020, 10-11 a.m

Bacich News

Bacich Library Check Out and Curbside Pick Up

  • Please email the titles you want to check out to Librarian Ms. Warnick (swarnick@kentfieldschools.org).
  • Curbside pick up available every Friday in front of the Bacich Office.
  • The books will be placed in plastic bags with your names on them on a cart.
  • See the library blog for instructions on how to access the Alexandria Library Catalog to look for books.
  • Please return books on Friday in the red plastic bin labeled, "Return Bacich Library Books Here" in front of the office.

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: Easily access resources to help navigate this challenging time. The Counselors at Kent Middle School are here for you!

Kent Library Curbside Book Pick Up and Book Bags

  • Students may email the titles of books that they would like to read to Librarian Ms. Jelen (rjelen@kentfieldschools.org).
  • The book will left on a cart in front of the gate for them to pick up.
  • Book bags available 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!
  • Please drop book donations off by the mural near the parking lot.

KIK News

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

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. A donation of 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, choose November 14th pick up and please don't forget the code: KIKPIZZA

Follow us on Facebook & Instagram for updates and reminders.

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

TUES 11/10 - 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 10: Chicken or vegetarian paella with a green salad, steamed broccoli, mac & cheese
  • Nov 17: BBQ chicken with mashed potatoes, salad verte, mac & cheese

Order online and select “KIK Family Meal”. Thank you!

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.

MARIN COUNTRY MART SERVES UP FRESH CHOICES

Eat fresh with locally-grown produce at Marin Country Mart’s Farmers’ Market featuring organic farmers, fresh seafood, produce, artisanal cheeses and baked goods, food trucks and live music. Saturday mornings, rain or shine, 9a - 2p.

International Orange

Make time for wellness — now more than ever, find restoration with some self-care by booking a facial, massage or one of many rejuvenating treatments at International Orange. With the holidays around the corner, give the gift of wellness with an IO gift card.

Rustic Bakery

The holidays have arrived at Rustic Bakery! Bring home some handmade favorites from Rustic Bakery this Thanksgiving. Holiday menu pickup available at all four Rustic Bakery Cafés.

Find more KIK business partners in the KIK Business Partners Directory.

Thank you for supporting local businesses that support our kids!

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

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 : $275,455 / $1M GOAL

Donate Online Today

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

CONNECT WITH KIK

KSPTA News

Next General KSPTA Meeting: Monday, December 7, 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.

Last Chance! The Book Fair ends this Wednesday, Nov. 11th!

Now 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**

Parent Education: Parenting in the Pandemic

Best selling author of How to Talk So Kids Will Listen, Julie King,

  • For parents of Bacich aged kids: December 3, 2020, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
  • For parents of Kent aged kids: December 10, 2020, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Zoom link to come via ParentSquare.
  • Click here for more info!

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

Traffic Alert: Intersection Closure of Manor Road at Sir Francis Drake Boulevard

Starting on Wednesday, November 11th at 8:00 a.m., the Upgrade the Drake contractor will be closing the intersection of Manor Road at Sir Francis Drake Boulevard for paving. The paving work will be complete, and the intersection reopened later in the day at 5:00 p.m.

Motorists may use the detour established on Los Cerros Drive and La Cuesta Drive while the Manor Road / Sir Francis Drake Boulevard intersection is closed.

The construction team thanks you for your patience and for driving cautiously through the construction area.

2021 Season Registration Now Open

Ross/Kentfield/Greenbrae division of Marin Girls Softball for players aged 5-15.

Fire Season and Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority Update

Join Katie Rice, Mark Brown, Executive Officer of the Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority (MWPA), and former Deputy Fire Chief Marin County Fire, for an update on fire season 2020 as well as an update on the work of MWPA, including the mission/goals, the projects/programs throughout the County and importantly the local projects planned in the Ross Valley.

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

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.