District Newsletter

November 14th, 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 All School Read The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind Events

Film Screening: Friday, November 15, 2019, 5-7 p.m., Kent MP Room

Kid Wind Maker Day: Saturday, November 16, 2019, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Kent MP Room

District Safety Plan in the Event of a Power Loss

Important Emergency Preparation Resources, Tips, and Checklists

Upcoming Events

Friday, November 15, 2019

Saturday, November 16, 2019

  • Kid Wind Maker Day, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Kent MP Room

Monday, November 18, 2019

  • Bacich Annual Food Drive begins. Look for the collection boxes around campus.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

  • Rescheduled Bacich Picture Day Make Up Day

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

  • Bacich students can return their Cool the Earth coupons before school at the Cool the Earth table in the quad and receive an eco-friendly prize.
  • Walk and Roll to School day

Thursday, November 21, 2019

  • Special Schedule - William Kamkwamba Author Visit
    • Please note that start and end times remain the same – only scheduling during the day changes.

Friday, November 22, 2019

  • Kent field trip - Dunn/Sterling classes visit the DeYoung Museum
  • Final day for the Bacich Annual Food Drive

Save the Date

Monday-Tuesday, November 25-26, 2019

  • 8th Grade Teens in Transition program

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Wednesday-Friday, November 27-29, 2019

  • Thanksgiving Recess

Monday, December 2, 2019

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

District News

School Board

School Board Information

Board Meeting Highlights - November 12, 2019

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

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

Ms. Warnick would like to thank the children and families upon receiving piles of book donations from the recent Book Fair. Many children opened their own piggy banks to donate books to the Bacich Library, and the tradition of generosity of this community remains strong.















All School Read

Events to accompany the All School Read of The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind

  • Film Event: Friday, November 15, 2019, 5-7 p.m., Kent Library
    • This film has been rated ages 12 and up by Common Sense Media (it is based on the adult version of the book). Parental discretion is advised for students in grades 5 and below.
    • This is a family event and parents are expected to supervise their children. Thank you!
    • Free event, and pizza and snacks will be on sale. Please bring cash for movie snacks and pizza! Prices are as follows:
      • Pizza (cheese or pepperoni)- $3
      • Drinks $2
      • "Movie Theater" candy $3
      • Popcorn $2
    • RSVP here
  • Kid Wind Maker Day: Saturday, November 16, 2019, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Kent MP Room

Bacich Announcements

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

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, November 20, 2019
  • 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.

Bacich Parent–Teacher Conferences: November 15, 2019

  • Minimum Day Schedule
  • TK, kindergarten, first and second graders do not attend parent/teacher conferences.
  • Third and fourth grade students attend the conference and are active participants in the conversation about their academic progress.

Food Drive Begins Monday, November 18, 2019

It's time for Bacich Annual Food Drive. From November 18th until November 22nd. 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

All School Read

Events to accompany the All School Read of The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind

  • Film Screening: Friday, November 15, 2019, 5-7 p.m., Kent MP Room
    • Free event, and pizza and snacks will be on sale. Please bring cash for movie snacks and pizza! Prices are as follows:
      • Pizza (cheese or pepperoni)- $3
      • Drinks $2
      • "Movie Theater" candy $3
      • Popcorn $2
    • Event Registration
    • This is a family event and parents are expected to supervise their children. Thank you!
  • Kid Wind Maker Day: Saturday, November 16, 2019, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Kent MP Room

Kent Announcements

Thursday, November 21, 2019: Special Schedule - William Kamkwamba Author Visit

  • Please note that start and end times remain the same – only scheduling during the day changes.

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 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

Volleyball Schedules: 6th Grade and 8th Grade

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.

Thank you for supporting the KSPTA Book Fair!

Thanks to the parent volunteers who organized and staffed the Book Fair, and thanks to those who shopped – the Book Fair was a huge success! Happy reading!

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.

Connect with KSPTA!

Twitter: @KentfieldPTA

Instagram: kentfieldschoolspta

Facebook: Kentfield Schools PTA

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

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

November 20, 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.

Winter Holiday Fair

Saturday, November 16, 2019, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

We will be hosting several tours of our recycling facility, having raffle giveaways, and featuring local vendors focused on sustainability.

A great day to learn more about recycling, while getting some holiday shopping done in a way that doesn’t create more garbage.

View flyer

ECO LunchBox Coupon

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.