Kentfield School District

December 6th, 2021

KSD News

Dear KSD Community,

It is the time of year where days are short and many tasks are in front of us. As we all balance the season - I want to invite you, your family, your friends and colleagues to Wellness Week Marin, which launched today, December 6 to Friday, December 10, 2021. The week will focus on the 8 Dimensions of Wellness, and each day two dimensions will be highlighted with Friday culminating and integrating each dimension into our daily lives. For more information about dates, times and topics, please visit the Wellness Week Marin website and email with any questions.

Take the moment, care for yourself and balance your wellness... you deserve it!

Take good care,

Superintendent Signature

Raquel Rose

District Announcements

Project Homekey Update

In September, 2021 the Project Homekey Initiative planned for 1251 South Eliseo Blvd. was brought to the attention of the KSD. We immediately connected with the County of Marin representatives and invited their staff to speak at our October 12 KSD Board Meeting. Since that meeting three forums have been held and one was specifically geared towards our KSD community, November 18, 2021 Forum. As this initiative evolves, our school district continues to be engaged in discussions with County leaders about the project as well as the feedback we are receiving from our local stakeholders.

As a school district our primary role is the safety and well-being of our students, thus it is paramount that we, the District, engage and make information accessible to the community as information is received. We are in regular communication with the Project Team and the County as well as offering community members ways to share their perspectives and opinions directly to County leaders. The KSD is participating on the project's advisory board and initiating additional informational forums in an effort to further engage all stakeholders.

This project is front and center for our school district and we will continue to do our very best to keep the community informed as this process evolves. Here is the latest update from the Office of Supervisor Rice, additional questions may be submitted HERE and to obtain regular updates about the project please register here.

2021-2022 District Calendar & 2022-2023 District Calendar

KSD, KSPTA & Community Parent Education Opportunities Calendar

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

  • Bacich English Learners Advisory Commitee (ELAC) Meeting, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
  • KSPTA Parent Education Event, "Raising Healthy, Caring and Successful Children in Today’s Complicated World with Dr. Laura Kastner, Ph.D" 6:30-8 p.m., Zoom

Thursday, December 9, 2021

  • Marin Public Health Update for the School Community with Dr. Matt Willis and Dr. Lisa Santora, 4 p.m., Zoom

Friday, December, 10, 2021

Saturday, December 11, 2021

  • KSPTA Kids Closet Event, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Bacich Community Center, learn more

Monday, December 13, 2021

  • Safety Committee meeting, 9-10 a.m., Zoom, agenda
  • Bacich Site Council meeting, 3:15-4:15 p.m.

Tuesday, December 14

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Thursday, December 16, 2021

  • Kent - Free Bike Repair Event

Friday, December 17, 2021

  • Kent Countdown Court – wear gold and silver to celebrate

December 20-31: Winter Break

School Board Information: video recordings of meetings, community letters, minutes, trustee contacts

District Committees

Marin Public Health & MCOE Updates

Mask Guidance

On December 1, 2021 an updated COVID-19 Interim Guidance for K-12 School and Youth Performing Arts, Sports and Extracurricular Activities in Marin County was released, which reinforces the requirement of indoor masking in all school settings. The KSD will continue to enforce indoor masking at all our school facilities during the school day and for external groups using the school facilities after school hours. As we move into the winter season and the new Omicron variant evolves there is still much to learn, thus maintaining a common message and being in alignment with this masking protocol will be essential for minimizing confusion for our students and school community.

Our purpose of maintaining this protocol is to support the safety and well-being of our students and school community. This recent article about an exposure at one of our local elementary schools highlights the impact of not following public health guidelines as well as the impact exposure has on students and families. Especially important to remember around the holidays.

Thank you in advance for your support and enforcement of this safety measure on behalf of our KSD community. As guidance further shifts we too will adjust in the best interest of students and families.

Parent Letter

Letters for Parents/Guardians on pediatric second dose scheduling and vaccine cards from Marin Public Health

Traveling for the holidays?

Tips for Protecting Yourself and Others This Holiday Season

Current Travel Guidance:

  • Unvaccinated TK-12 students who travel out of state or the U.S. may return to school under modified quarantine
  • TK-12 students should test on Day 5 after returning home and can stay in school as long as they remain symptom free and the Day 5 test is negative
  • Students should refrain from socializing outside of school and participating in club sports or extracurricular activities outside of school or home until they receive a negative test result
  • Families returning from international travel will need to test negative before returning to the U.S.

Bacich Bears News

Mary Ann Spitzer

Dear Bacich Community,

We kicked off our Inclusive Schools celebration last Friday at our school wide assembly. The focus was on Caring and Inclusivity. Students learned hand signals to go with the definitions of each of these words to use during transitions in the classroom. For example, when the teacher calls out ‘caring’, students respond by saying "giving love and comfort" as they stretch their arms out in front of them (giving), then back toward their chest creating a heart with their hands (love) and then wrapping their arms around themselves in a self hug (comfort). This GLAD strategy supports vocabulary development as well as integrates the concept of caring into everyday activities.

During the assembly, we had students from Kate Mansour’s class lead the pledge and ring the Bacich bells. We also had students of different ages provide testimonials of how they exhibit caring and inclusivity at Bacich every day. For the next two weeks, students will be rewarded with Bacich Bear Cards when they show extra care or include others.

To support building a more inclusive school, we are also participating in school wide read-alouds with discussion and activities. Second through fourth grade are reading The Junkyard Wonders (by Patricia Polacco) and kinder and first are reading We’re All Wonders (by RJ Palacio). I encourage you to engage in a dialogue with your child about these books and their important messages.

Here are a few photos of the assembly:

Bacich Assembly

Thank you for all you are doing at home to support Bacich’s caring and inclusive community. We are all in this together!

Take care,

Mary Ann Spitzer
Bacich Principal

Bacich Announcements

Bacich Principal Chat

Our third Principal Chat was last Wednesday, and Bacich school counselor, Andrea Cashman, presented about Counseling Services and Social Emotional Learning at Bacich.

If you missed it, not to worry! Here is a link to the recorded chat, as well an informative slide deck with helpful resources.

**Would you like to influence the topics and times/dates of our future Principal Chats? Please fill out this quick google form to share your thoughts. Thank you!

Winter Voices Concert

Dear Families,

I am very excited to let you know that the 4th grade students have prepared two songs to perform on Friday, December 10, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. for our Mini Concert that will be live streamed through our Bacich displays and for quality purposes, it will be recorded for the families. The recording will be sent through Parent Square for your viewing the day after the concert. Please bring your child to school on time and make sure they are dressed in attire that is suitable for a school concert.

The lyrics and the accompaniments are on my website for the students to practice at home. Please remind your child to give their best effort and to be respectful during the performance. Thank you for your support.

Becky Poon
Bacich Music Teacher

Kent Tutors Marin: Free virtual tutoring to K–6th graders in all subjects during school, after school, and on weekends. Spanish-speaking tutors are available. Sessions are 30-45 minutes via Zoom.

Healthy Snacks for Recess

Please remember to send your child to school each day with a healthy snack to eat at their first recess. Students are expected to have a snack before they head out to recess. A healthy snack provides them the boost they need to be successful in class through the late morning. Thank you!

Carline at McAllister on Wednesdays

Please do your best to arrive close to your child’s scheduled dismissal time so that the younger students can get safely picked up in the parking lot before there is a long line of cars for the next grade level.

Release times are Kindergarten - 12:00; First and Second - 12:15; Third and Fourth - 12:30.

Also, we do not have supervision in the kindergarten playground after school, so please do not have your younger children wait there for later pick up. Thank you!

Bacich Library

The Bacich Library is open every morning, snack recess, lunch recess, and after school.

To Check Out Books: Visit:

  • Watch this how to video to learn how to check out Bacich Library books.

Bacich Library Book Buzz:

Check out Ms. Warnick's blog for valuable information about the library, volunteering, and what classes have been working on in the library.

December 8: Bacich English Learners Advisory Commitee (ELAC) Meeting, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

December 9: Winter Voices-4th Grade, 6:30-7:30 p.m., please see the message above for more information

December 13: Bacich Site Council meeting, 3:15-4:15 p.m.

Kent Falcons News

Kent Principal Grant Althouse

Greetings Kent Community,

This Friday December 10th at 4 p.m. we will publish first trimester grades in Aeries for students and families to review. You can access your child’s grade through the Aeries Family Portal, where trimester 1 grades will be prominently displayed.

Grades are an important communication tool regarding students’ progress in their classes, yet I advise that families take care when interpreting and communicating with your children regarding their grades. While it can be tempting to focus on the letter grade alone, and to compliment high grades and question lower grades, I encourage you to ask your child about their learning, effort, and engagement in each class. Ask for specific examples of what they’ve learned or a particularly effective habit they’ve developed that led to success in a class. Discuss what obstacles to learning and/or assignment completion exist, and work together to make a plan to overcome them. Most importantly, celebrate and affirm where hard work, perseverance and effort has led your child to learn and achieve, regardless of the letter grade received. If you have questions after reviewing your child’s first trimester report card, please contact your child’s teacher.

This Wednesday during Advisory class, we will engage in a discussion about school safety, and the ways in which we prepare to lockdown our campus during an unsafe situation. Per California Education Code, it is required that schools hold lockdown drills each year, and that schools are adequately prepared to protect students from an unwelcome and unsafe threat on campus. While these are difficult conversations to have, it is essential that we prepare in case the unthinkable transpires on our own campus.

At Kent we prepare for two specific lockdown scenarios, named lockdown 1 and lockdown 2:

  • In a lockdown 1 scenario, there is an unsafe situation in our community that does not include an explicit threat to our campus. During a lockdown 1 event, students and staff remain in a locked classroom or space with windows covered, yet typical classroom activity may continue.
  • In a lockdown 2 scenario, there is an unwelcome and unsafe situation on campus that suggests a direct threat to student and staff safety. During a lockdown 2 event, classroom spaces are locked, windows are covered, all entry points are barricaded, and students gather together in a safe and protected space in the classroom.

During Advisory this week, Ms. Holmes and I will be sharing a video where we carefully explain the two types of lockdown scenarios, as well as the manner in which students and staff are expected to respond. The video will be followed by classroom discussions about how we are to respond if faced with a lockdown 1 and 2 scenario, as well as time for students to ask questions of their advisors.

We will hold a lockdown 1 drill next Tuesday during study session, and a lockdown 2 drill in February. While we all hope this preparation will never have to be applied at our school during a real life situation, it is our responsibility to be prepared and practice for safety. Please reach out to Ms. Holmes and me if you have any questions about our lockdown preparations and procedures at our school.

All my best,

Grant Althouse
Kent Principal

Kent Announcements

Kent Tutors Marin: Free virtual tutoring to K–6th graders in all subjects during school, after school, and on weekends. Spanish-speaking tutors are available. Sessions are 30-45 minutes via Zoom.

Toys for Tots Drive

If you have any new or gently new toys please feel free to donate them in the boxes outside Ms. Stephen's room. All donations will go to Toys for Tots, for families who can’t afford to buy presents.

It is also a house competition. The boxes are separated by house and the house that donates the most gets house points! It starts tomorrow, December 7 through December 17.

Yearbook Opportunities – Deadline Approaching!

Calling all future Leonardo da Vincis! If you would like your art to be in this year’s yearbook please send a digital photo of it to Ms.Stephens. You may submit a photo of an original sketch, painting, or drawing to Please make sure your piece is non-offensive and culturally appropriate. We want to capture your artistic talents in this traditional keepsake. Deadline for submission is December 7.

Baby face...who's got the cutest little baby face? It’s you, 8th grade Falcons! If you want your baby pic in this year’s yearbook, please send a digital copy to Ms. Stephens at with your full name included no later than Tuesday, December 14!

Order a Yearbook

Use code: 7587

Private High School Applications: Deadline Approaching: 12/10

Attention: All 8th grade parents that have students applying to private high schools...the deadline to turn in information to Lisa Sandberg at or is Friday, December 10.

FREE BIKE REPAIRS on Thursday, December 16

We’d like to encourage more biking to school – that’s why Safe Routes has arranged for a FREE Bike Fix-it van to come to campus on December 16!

The BikeMobile can fix flat tires, adjust brakes and gears, and even replace broken or worn-out parts. Just have your student bring their bike to the mechanics during lunchtime and pick it up at the end of the day! (See flyer, attached


Kent Countdown Court

Our traditional Winter Break kickoff assembly is back and better than ever! That's right...Countdown Court is coming to school Friday, December 17 so end our school day before Winter Break begins.

So start pulling together your glittery gold, sequinsy silver or any other sparkles so we can ring in the new year in style!

Kent Library

Rebecca Jelen Kent Librarian

Mock Newbery Club: meets Mondays at lunch outside the library. The club reading list can be found here.

Newspaper Club: meets on Tuesday during study session.

Need Book Recommendations?

Email me at and follow us on Instagram @kentmiddleschoollibrary.

Kent Basketball Practice Times & Coach Still Needed for 7th Grade Girls

6th Boys: Friday, 4:45-5:45 p.m.

6th Girls: Monday, 3:45-4:45 p.m.

7th Girls: Thursdays, 3:45-4:45 p.m.

7th Boys: Tuesday, 4:45-5:45 p.m.

8th Girls: Friday, 3:45-4:45 p.m.

8th Boys: Wednesday, 3:45-4:45 p.m.

Games begin after the new year – schedule forthcoming!

Go Falcons!

Ryan Palmer
Kent Athletic Director

Kent Athletics Sweatshirts Now on Sale!

Are you looking to purchase a great new piece of Kent spirit gear and support Kent athletics?

We are ordering Kent Athletics sweatshirts this year to do just that!

Please fill out the order form and write a check to Ryan Palmer (Kent Athletic Director) in the amount of $21. Bring in your order to the Kent office or room 30 at Kent. Our next order is being made very soon! Don't miss out on this awesome opportunity.


Kent Homework Club: Every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 3:30-4:45 p.m., Kent Library

  • Designed for students who need a quiet and supported environment in which to complete assignments. Any student who is ready to focus and work is welcome to attend with us!

Kent Lunchtime Clubs: All are welcome! Simply show up at the meeting location on the correct day to join in the fun!

December 7

  • Yearbook art submission deadline for submission
  • Kent Site Council meeting, 3:30-4:30 p.m., agenda

December 10: Private school applications due to Lisa Sandberg

December 14: 8th Grade Baby Photo for Yearbook Due to t

December 16: Bike Repair Event

December 17: Kent Countdown Court – wear silver and gold

KIK News


KIK is pleased to partner with Together Home to offer two Shop + Give products for the holiday season. Shop these items that give 20% to KIK:

  • Cozy Up Bundle includes a generous 100% organic cotton throw, TH's Peninsula candle, and a candle snuffer for when it's time for lights-out.
    *Give back offer ends December 24.
  • Rinse and Repeat Bundle includes a refillable, eco-friendly glass bottle for dish soap, a wooden dish scrubber and a stoneware tray to keep all your cleaning essentials tidy. Why should hand soap have all the fun?
    *Give back offer ends January 31.

*During checkout, please replace the First Name of the Ship To recipient with TH4KIK. TH will reach out to you via email to arrange local delivery.

Together Home started with two women—Bacich and Kent moms—on a mission to bring people together through beautiful interior design.




CALL/TEXT 415.481.0876 FOR YOUR FREE CLASS (KIK Parents only)

Orangetheory Fitness is where you go all out—to work it all out! Call today for a FREE workout—just mention that you are a “KIK Parent” (good for all KSD parents) and that’ll get you moving today with Orangetheory!


Remember Folio for gifts or holiday cards — some of the finest and funniest cards around. Visit us at our new location—we have delightful gifts and smiles to share!

MARIN ACE / Standard 5 &10

Marin Ace / Standard 5 &10 has great hardware, gifts, and knowledgeable, helpful staff. Get your holiday greenery and every day home needs in one stop!


Get holiday-ready with gorgeous nails done at the newly remodeled Just Nails. Book an appointment today at (415) 459-1128.


Amidst the holiday rush, don’t forget to donate to KIK in time for 2021 tax deductions. Every donation counts! And every student benefits.

Thank you to all who have already donated. We are on our way to our $1 Million Goal and appreciate the support of our community to ring in 2022!

Donate to KIK today


12.7: $50 Dine & Donate - Left Bank KIK Family Meals
Gives 20% to KIK, Opt in for weekly order reminder.

  • Paella served with mashed potatoes, Caesar salad & roasted carrots

12.14: $50 Dine & Donate - Left Bank KIK Family Meals
Gives 20% to KIK, Opt in for weekly order reminder.

  • Beef Bourguignon with mashed potatoes, butter lettuce salad, & brussels sprouts

12.24 Together Home Cozy Up Bundle - 20% Shop + Give to KIK ends

12.31 Donate to KIK for End-of-Year 2021 Tax Deduction


KIK $1M ANNUAL GOAL — December Update

We’re past the halfway mark of our fundraising goal for our Bacich and Kent schools — brilliant! Thank you to our Family Giving Donors and Business Partners for their support of our students and the programs they love.

  • $1M Annual Fundraising Status : $597,664 (net) to date / $1M GOAL
  • Thank you to the 243 Family Giving Donors to date, and counting, who are committed to our students and schools! Can we add your name to this list?
  • Learn how KIK Invests in Kids

KIK is committed to raising $1 million for our Bacich and Kent students for the 2021-22 school year.
For Installments or Matching Gifts, Print Donor Form in English and Spanish.
KIK Mission


Next KSPTA Meeting: Monday, January X, 7-8 p.m., Zoom, information

Get Ready for the KSPTA Kids Closet

The Kids Closet is back! It is a free shop created by clothing donations from our community serving all students and families of our district.

Last week for donations! Drop off at the Bacich Community Center on Wednesday 12/8 or Thursday 12/9 between 2-5 p.m.

We happily accept: New and gently used clothing and shoes in excellent condition. Sizes 4T - XXL.

We cannot accept: underwear, socks, or pajamas.

Kids Closet Shopping Day: Saturday, December 11, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Bacich Community Center

For questions email

Lunch Volunteers Needed at Bacich and Kent

Our lunch program is 100% run by volunteers organized by the PTA. We still have many open slots in the coming weeks. Please help us by signing up to volunteer.

The KSPTA is working on bringing some great parenting education events to Kentfield this school year. There are also lots of great resources, often free, in our community. Regularly, we'll be sharing information about community events with you.

Complete list of parent education opportunities for 2021-2022

Raising Healthy, Caring and Successful Children in Today’s Complicated World with Dr. Laura Kastner, Ph.D.

Wednesday, December 8, 6:30-8 p.m. PST, online event

The last five decades have produced solid research about what kinds of parenting predict high achievement, social and emotional competence, and a strong character. Pulling it off is quite another matter… Join us for a lecture that will cover some neuroscience, research about stress, and focus on how parents can be effective and skillful in handling typical parenting challenges.

Dr. Laura Kastner, Ph.D. is currently a clinical professor in both the departments of psychology and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington. She is an author of five books written for parents on child development and parenting, including Getting to Calm: Cool-headed strategies for parenting tweens and teens and Wise-Minded Parenting: 7 Essentials for raising successful tweens and teens. Learn more.

Please click the link to join the webinar:

Co-Sponsored by ITAV and Mill Valley PTAs and Kentfield School District

Marin County Inclusion Inspiration Series

Thursday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m. An Exploration of Ableism & Neurodiversity

Dedication to Special Education (DSE) is collaborating with Changing Perspectives on a series of workshops focused on inclusion in 2021-2022.

Find out more at

Sponsored by Dedication to Special Education

Stay up to date with KSPTA!

Follow kentfieldschoolspta on both Facebook and Instagram

Community News

Information, events, and news provided in our newsletter's "Community News" is offered as service to our community, and are not sponsored by the Kentfield School District. Placement does not represent an endorsement.

Marin Schools Commitment to Efficiency & Effectiveness

Our school district is committed to partnering with other districts throughout the county to create greater efficiencies. This high level of collaboration is coordinated by the Marin County Office of Education. The county-wide Efficiency and Effectiveness Committee has created this very brief video, as well as this website for the public to learn more about our work together. Examples include, but are not limited to: special education, emergency preparedness, school law enforcement partnership, district business services, and crisis response. Over the next few months, the Committee will be adding additional (brief) videos highlighting specific collaborations. We hope you take a moment check it out!

Holiday Toy Drive

Please help us make this Holiday Merry & Bright for the youth in our community. We will be collecting new & wrapped toys for ages 0-12 years (labeled by age & gender).

Toy Drop Off

  • Mondays: December 6 & 13, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: December 7 & 14, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Marin Community Clinic Administrative Office: 9 Commercial Blvd, Suite 101, Novato, CA 94949

For more information, please contact: Rosalinda Camacho, 415-786-8454,

View flyers in English and Spanish

San Francisco Boys Chorus – Marin Group

Auditions for the Marin Group of the San Francisco Boys Chorus will be held Saturday, January 8 in San Rafael. Boys ages 5 to 12 with unchanged voices are encouraged to apply. K or Pre-K boys are automatically accepted into the Junior Chorus and do not need to audition.

Boys receive vocal training and gain music appreciation, self-confidence, and self-discipline. Boys trained by the San Francisco Boys Chorus have performed in San Francisco Opera productions since 1948, in addition to touring domestically and internationally. They appear annually on television and participate in professional recordings. For more information or to sign up to schedule an audition visit or call 415-861-7464 x. 105


December Soccer Clinics

The December soccer clinics will be led by Kentfield Futból Club Coaching Director & 2x World Cup player, Edwin Tenorio and current pro goalkeeper for Sacramento Republic, Carlos Saldaña.

They are launching two soccer clinic programs. Parents have the flexibility to sign up for Tuesdays or Thursdays or both days:

  • December Soccer Clinics
  • January & February Soccer Clinics

Space will be limited, so please sign up now.

Clinic times:

KG, 1st & 2nd: 3pm-4pm

3rd & 4th: 4pm-5pm

Kentfield Girls Softball Registration Now Open

Get Ready for Spring SWIM!!!

New Family Registration for the Tidalwaves Swim Team opens January 9, 2022.
Tidalwaves is open to all swimmers ages 5 through 18. The season runs from late February through the end of June at the Redwood High School pool.
Please visit for more information.

An Update from Supervisor Katie Rice

Currently there is information/petition circulating in the community opposing the site selection and suggesting that our Board will be deciding on the project this month. I write today to clarify some of the misinformation included in the petition, and also to let folks know that no action or decision on this project will be made till late January if indeed the project receives state approval.

Specifically: we anticipate hearing from the State in late December/early January whether the Eliseo Site is awarded a Homekey grant. If awarded, a hearing of the Board of Supervisors (BOS) will be scheduled in late January in order to formally approve acceptance of the grant. If approved,Episcopal Community Services (ECS) will have 12 months/one year from date of award to complete improvements to the site and begin moving residents into the new housing.

I will be holding a third community zoom in early to mid-January (date to be announced soon) before the January BOS meeting date in order to update residents, hear comments and concerns and answer questions.

Katie Rice
Marin County Supervisor, District 2

Community Forums: Project Homekey

On Thursday, November 18, the County of Marin, Episcopal Community Services, and Opening Doors Marin co-hosted a webinar forum geared towards providing parents/guardians and staff of the Kentfield School District detailed information about the Project Homekey initiative planned for 1251 S. Eliseo Blvd.

Here is the recorded video of the event for your reference. If you would like to provide more questions for the agencies to answer please submit them here and responses will be included in a comprehensive FAQ.

You may receive regular updates about the project through registering here.

Crisis Text Support Line

Marin County is offering our youth another means of mental health support through a crisis text line.

Text MARIN to 741741 for Support that Cares

If you are ever in need of support, Crisis Text Line is always available to offer help. Connect with a trained Crisis Counselor and share your feelings in a safe space. Text MARIN to 741741 for free, 24/7, confidential support that cares. Available in Spanish 2022.

Marin Health Hubs

Health hubs, we provide free and bilingual services such as food distribution, nutrition education, health screenings, and information about community organizations.

Food pantry items are provided by the SF-Marin Food Bank and by the Program, and the health screenings are provided by our wonderful nurses!

Everyone is welcome to attend the health hubs food pantry and to help us run it!

View flyer

Parent & Youth.Helpline

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:
  • Helpline #: 855-427-2736