District Newsletter

February 21st, 2019

Don't Miss These Announcements

Due to the short week, this week's newsletter only includes announcements. Letters from the Principals and Superintendent will resume Thursday, February 28, 2019.

Current 4th Graders: Incoming 5th Grade Registration Event

  • Wednesday, February 27, 2019: 1:30-3 p.m., Kent Office
  • Please download and complete this Proof of Residency (POR) Affidavit before the registration event.
  • Bring the form and your supporting documents with you to the registration event.
    • As described on the Affidavit, you must submit two items from the Category 1 (the first column) and one item from Category 2 (the second column).

Download Board-Approved 2019-2020 Calendar

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

  • Current fourth grade/incoming fifth grader proof of residency for registration event, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Kent office. (Download Affidavit here)
  • Eighth Grade Drama Field Trip

Thursday, February 28, 2019

  • This event has been canceled. (Third Grade Concert)

Save the Date:

Monday, March 4, 2019

Tuesday, March 5, 2019:

  • Kent Site Council meeting, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Kent Office Conference Room
  • Parent Education: Vaping, Nicotine, and Marin County Youth, 7-8:30 p.m., Kent Middle School Library, RSVP here

Wednesday, March 6, 2019:

Wednesday, March 20, 2019: Screenagers Film, 7-9 p.m., Kent MP Room, RSVP here

Thursday, March 21, 2019: DELAC meeting, 5:45-7 p.m, Kentfield District Office

Friday, March 22, 2019: Fifth and Sixth Grade Games Night, 6-8 p.m.

Monday, March 25, 2019: Fourth grade parents - Gold Country meeting, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Bacich Room 33

Thursday, March 28, 2019: Kent Open House, 6-7:30 p.m.

District News

Emergency Operations Debrief

Feedback on Student Release Process at Kent and Bacich on February 14, 2019

In order to capture as much feedback – positive and critical – of the student release process during last week's power outage, we invite you to complete this short survey. We plan to discuss what we learn at both the staff level and with the District Safety Committee to improve our disaster preparedness practices. Thank you for your time.

Communications Systems Battery Backup

We had begun the process of purchasing battery backup devices for both schools several months ago, but Thursday's power outage has underlined how important it is to make our communications systems more resilient.

Our current plans are to install sufficient battery capacity to keep the network, phones, paging, and bell systems operational in all classrooms at both schools for two hours during a power outage. The school offices and the district office will continue to have network and phones for four hours, to allow for coordination and communication during a prolonged outage.

We are evaluating these plans in light of what we have learned from Thursday's power outage, and will be making adjustments to ensure we are better able to weather the next event.

Budget Information Meetings

View Budget 101 Presentation Here

This presentation will be discussed at the following public meetings:

March 4, 2019: KSPTA Meeting, 8:30 a.m., Kent Library

March 5, 2019: Kent Site Council Meeting, 3:30 p.m., Kent Office Conference Room

March 14, 2019: Finance Committee Meeting, 3:45 p.m., District Office

March 21, 2019: ELAC/DELAC Meeting, 6 p.m., District Office

School Board

School Board Information

Next Meeting: March 12, 2019, 5 p.m. in the District Office.

  • The Agenda will be posted by 5 p.m. the Friday before the meeting.

District Committees

Finance Committee Meeting

  • March 14, 2019, 3:45-4:45 p.m., District Office

English Language Learners

March 6, 2019: Bacich ELAC meeting, 8:15-9:30 a.m., Bacich Portable 1

March 21, 2019: DELAC meeting, 5:45-7 p.m., District Office. We will cover topics such as roles of DELAC and ELAC, next year's meeting dates, and agenda items.

English Language Learner Resources and English Learners Website

Bacich News

Bacich Announcements

It is time for Pennies for Patients again!

  • March 1-15, 2019
  • The fundraiser benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
  • Students will bring home collection boxes in their Friday folders on March 1, 2019.

Current Fourth Grade Families:

5th Grade Registration Event at Kent on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 1:30-3 p.m., Kent Office

  • Please download and complete this Proof of Residency (POR) Affidavit before the registration event.
  • Bring the form and your supporting documents with you to the registration event.
    • As described on the Affidavit, you must submit two items from the Category 1 (the first column) and one item from Category 2 (the second column).

New Student Registration - Incoming Kindergarten Students

  • March 20, 2019, 1-3 p.m., Bacich Office
  • Bacich Office staff will be available to assist parents of incoming Kindergarten students who may need help with the registration process. We will also be available any other day as well with an appointment.
  • Parents will need to bring all of the Proof of Residency documents as well as a birth certificate and current immunization records.

Bacich 2018-2019 Yearbooks Now on Sale

Bacich Site Council

Next Meeting: March 4, 2019, 3-4 p.m., Bacich Library. All parents are welcome to attend.

Bacich Library

Bacich Librarian Susan Warnick

Winners of 2019 Book Awards

The 2019 Caldecott Medal was awarded to Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall.

  • "Masterful ink and watercolor illustrations illuminate the story of a lighthouse and the family inside. Stunning images of the lighthouse in all kinds of weather alternate with views of intimate interior detail and circular motifs. Blackall’s skill with composition, line and close attention to detail have created an exquisite book." (American Library Association)

The 2019 Newbery Medal was awarded to Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina.

  • "Using humor and grace, Merci, a charming and plucky protagonist, cycles through life’s challenges with the support of her intergenerational family. This richly nuanced novel tackles the complexity of navigating a multicultural identity amidst changing family dynamics." (American Library Association)

The 2019 Geisel Award was awarded to Fox the Tiger by Corey R. Tabor.

  • "Tigers are the best, or so thinks Fox. With a big imagination (and a little bit of paint), he transforms into a growling, prowling tiger. Soon his friends Turtle and Rabbit are likewise inspired to embody their dreams as a zipping, zooming race car and a beeping, booping robot. Despite their rained-out celebration, Fox learns to appreciate that he, in his own special way, is also the best." (American Library Association)

Congratulations to the winners! Come to the Bacich Library to check out these award-winning books!

Susan Warnick
Bacich Librarian

Click here to read the complete Bacich Library Update.

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Bacich Construction

Kent News

Kent Announcements

    View Kent Daily Announcement on Kent website.

    Together We Can!

    Sign Up Here to participate in the new community service initiative.

    Yearbook Are Now On Sale!

    Kent Athletics

    • Kent Golf Sign-ups for 5th-8th grades are posted in the boys' and girls' locker rooms.
    • Tryout information will be announced during the morning broadcast and will be held in late February at McInnis Golf Course.

    Kent Site Council

    Next Meeting: March 5, 2019, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Main Office Conference Room

    • All Kent parents are welcome to attend Site Council meetings. Please visit our Site Council page for meeting dates, agendas, and minutes.

    8th Grade Announcements

    High School Registration

    Eighth Grade Graduation Information

    • Check this page for graduation fundraising events, committee meeting dates, volunteer sign-ups, graduation events, and forms. Volunteer sign up now open!
    • March 6, 2019, 1-1:45 p.m: Pizza lunch graduation fundraiser
      • $5 for a slice (cheese or pepperoni), drink, and cookie.
      • $3 for each additional slice.

    Follow the Kent Library on Instagram

    Safe Routes to School

    Upcoming Walk & Roll Wednesdays

    February 27, 2019

    March 6, 2019

    Visit Safe Routes to School for Walk & Roll information, safety tips in English and Spanish, neighborhood safe route maps, and public bus to Kent information.

    kik News

    Save The Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019

    kik Auction | Dinner | Dancing

    Sponsor The Auction

    Can you help by sponsoring the auction? We have many levels of sponsorship available to businesses or families that help us underwrite our expenses. You can read more about the opportunities here:


    Any contribution at any level makes an impact on our schools.

    Help us reach 100% participation for our schools.

    KSPTA News

    Next KSPTA Meeting: March 4, 2019, 8:30-10 a.m., Kent Library

    Be Part of Something Good

    Your KSPTA is looking for fabulous people like you to join us as Board Members and Coordinators. If you are interested in being a part of a super cool group of volunteers who are doing great things at our schools, please contact Christy Chandler at christyhchandler@gmail.com. If you would like to learn more before you reach out, click HERE.

    Parent Education: Vaping, Nicotine, and Marin County Youth

    • March 5, 2019, 7-8:30 p.m., Kent Middle School Library
    • Please join Redwood High School teacher Jonathan Hirsch and Redwood students discussing the science, culture, and community action regarding electronic cigarette use.
    • RSVP here: vapingparented.eventbrite.com

    Parent Education Film: Impact of Social Media


    • March 11, 2019, 6:45-8 p.m., The Lark Theater
    • Film screening and panel discussion
    • Tickets are free but an RSVP is required at likemoviemarin.eventbrite.com

    Bacich Yearbooks Now On Sale

    Connect with KSPTA!

    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.

    Camp Galileo Kentfield Financial Assistance Applications Open!

    How to Apply:

    • Fill out an application on our website (galileo-camps.com/scholarships).
    • Check your inbox. Scholarships will be awarded at the end of each month, while space lasts.

    More details:

    • Submit one application for each child applying.
    • All awards include at least one session of camp and include both AM and PM extended care.
    • We try our best to honor your preferences, but can’t always guarantee first choice locations, session dates, majors, or classes.

    Camp EDMO™ for Pre-K–8th Graders

    At Camp EDMO™, kids develop their creative capacity, unleash their inner scientist and technologist, and plumb the mysteries of the natural world. They lose themselves in STEAM-infused activities designed in concert with experts from brilliant museums. Young people are inspired to accept themselves and others, push their boundaries with confidence and, most importantly, act with real kindness and compassion.

    Three summer camp sites in Marin.

    Learn more and enroll at campedmo.org.

    Spring Soccer Registration for Competitive and Recreational Players

    Southern Marin Football Registration Now Open

    For more information view the flyer here or visit www.southernmarinfootball.com

    If you would like to request a financial aid application, please contact our Registrar at registrar@southernmarinfootball.com.

    2019 Raising Healthy Families Community Education Series

    The Marin County Office of Education, in collaboration with Raising Healthy Families and the Community Institute for Psychotherapy, invites you to attend a series of informative, educational presentations that will examine important issues facing today’s families. The presentations will be led by noted Bay Area experts, and will offer tools and strategies to empower caregivers to raise children who are curious, compassionate, and resilient.

    Admissions is free, and attendees must register in advance at www.cipmarin.org or by calling (415) 459-5999, ext. 101.
    Suggested donations, sliding scale, $75, $50, $25. All event proceeds go directly to support Community Institute for Psychotherapy’s safety-net programs.

    Teen Cannabis and Alcohol Use: What Parents Can Do
    Presented by Adam Nelson, MD
    Saturday, March 2, 2019, 9-11 a.m.
    Marin County Office of Education, 1111 Las Gallinas Avenue, San Rafael

    Raising Boys to be Heroes in an Age of Villains
    Presented by Mark Edwards, LMFT
    Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 6-8 p.m.
    San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street, San Rafael

    Embodied Resilience: Mindfulness for Challenging Times
    Presented by Shai Lavie, LMFT
    Thursday, March 28, 2019, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
    San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street, San Rafael, CA