District Newsletter

March 7th, 2019

Don't Miss These Announcements

Kent Parents – Upcoming 7th/8th Grade School Dance

Friday, March 15, 2019, 7-9 p.m.

  • The dance will be held in the gym, and once kids enter the dance they will not be permitted to leave unless a parent picks them up at the entrance.
  • Tickets will go on sale next week during lunch and at the door for $5 each..
  • If you would like to chaperone, please email Melissa Stephens at mstephens@kentfieldschools.org.

Lunch and Bacich Jamba Juice Ordering Closing Friday, March 8, 2019

Seventh Grade WEB Leader Applications are due next Friday, March 15, 2019 to Ms. Stephens.

Current 4th Graders: Incoming 5th Grade Registration Event

  • Wednesday, March 20, 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).

Upcoming Events

Friday, March 8, 2019

Monday, March 11, 2019

Tuesday, March 12, 2019:

Thursday, March 14, 2019:

Friday, March 15, 2019

  • Seventh Grade WEB Leader Applications due to Ms. Stephens
  • Bacich Lost and Found items will be donated
  • Kent Spring Dance for seventh and eighth grade students, 7-9 p.m.

Save the Date:

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Thursday, March 21, 2019

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

Monday, March 25, 2019:

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

Thursday, April 4, 2019: Bacich Open House, 6-7 p.m.

District News

Emergency Operations Update: Aeries Communications 101

Aeries Communications (managed by SignalKit, so you'll also see that name in places) is the primary conduit for messages between the district, your school/s, your student's teachers, and you. Aeries Communications is only for use by teachers or school/district staff to send messages they would previously have sent by email or phone call.

There should be a Communications menu item immediately to the right of the Home menu running across the top of your Aeries Parent Portal home page. Clicking there will take you to the Communications portal - a new browser tab will open with a SignalKit url. If you do not see that menu item, you (or someone you share this student with) have selected "Do Not Contact" as your notification preference and you will need to contact data@kentfieldschools.org to have your notification preference updated.

To check/update your messages delivery methods, go to the Communications portal. Once there, click on the circle with your initials at the top left of the page to open your personal settings and choose the Notifications page, where you can select your desired delivery method for each type of message.

On the Aeries Parent Portal home page, if you scroll down to the section marked Resources there is a link to help documents /videos for the Aeries Communications system if you'd like to explore more in depth!

Social Media Challenges

During the past week, many parents and staff were concerned about the "momo challenge" that was spreading across the media. Fortunately, this social media challenge was a hoax. Scares like this are a good reminder of the opportunity we all share to learn more about the true dangers that children may encounter on the internet.

Budget Information Meetings

View Budget 101 Presentation Here

This presentation will be discussed at the following public meetings:

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 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

Lost and Found items will be donated on Friday, March 15, 2019

It is time for Pennies for Patients again!

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

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.

Follow Bacich on Instagram

Bacich Elementary School @bacichelementary

Bacich STEAM Projects @bacichsteam

Bacich Library @bacichlibrary

Bacich Construction

Kent News

Ripples of Kent Kindness

Kent Students Visit Berkeley Happiness Project Class 3-2019

Kent 2018 graduate, Asal, and current Kent eighth grader, Mary Darin, went with Melissa Stephens to speak at Berkeley’s “Happiness Advantage” class about their experience in Ms. Stephens’ Service Innovation course. These poised students represented our school with grace and ease. What an additional gift to walk into class on Wednesday to discover Kent 2014 grad, Sierra, enrolled! These beautiful connections and ripples are wonderful examples of our culture of kindness and service at Kent Middle School.

Kent Announcements

    View Kent Daily Announcement on Kent website.

    Attention Seventh Grade WEB Leader Hopefuls

    Applications are due next Friday, March 15, 2019. Ms. Stephens has the forms in room 34. Come down and get one if you feel like you would be a valuable student leader at our school!

    Spring Dance

    The seventh and eighth grade spring dance will be Friday, March 15, 2019 from 7-9 p.m. in the gym. Tickets will be $5 each and will go on sale next week during lunch and at the door. The theme is Candy Land, so dress colorfully and creatively and make your way through the Peppermint Forest to the dance!

    • Parents: if you would like to chaperone this fun event, please email Ms. Stephens!

    Together We Can!

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

    Yearbook Are Now On Sale!

    Kent Site Council

    Next Meeting: April 2, 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

    Follow the Kent Library on Instagram

    Safe Routes to School

    Upcoming Walk & Roll Wednesdays

    March 13, 2019 and March 20, 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

    Deadlines are approaching to get in donations, sponsorships, and sign up parties for our auction. We need help from our community to make this a big success! Can you help by donating an item? Sponsoring the event? Helping with a sign up party?

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

    Help us reach 100% participation for our schools.

    KSPTA News

    Next KSPTA Meeting: April 1, 2019, 8:30-10 a.m., Kent Library

    Third Trimester Lunch Ordering Closes Friday, March 8, 2019

    Lunch from Good Earth Natural Foods and Stefano's Pizza.
    Session: March 11, 2019 – June 7, 2019

    Jamba Juice Ordering Session for Bacich Closes Friday, March 8, 2019

    Jamba Juice Lunch Snack

    Second Session: March 15, 2019 – June 7, 2019

    • Click here to order.
    • Bacich Jamba ordering closes Friday, March 8, 2019
    • Bacich Jamba Day: (Grades 1-4 only): Fridays

    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

    Save The Date

    Registration is Here

    Volunteer for it Here

    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.

    Parent Education Event: Mindfulness

    The Marin County Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) presents an evening with Blair McElroy, psychotherapist, as she discusses mindfulness tools for families, using focused attention, self-regulation, and kindness to help reduce stress and increase connection.

    Event Details:

    • March 20, 2019, 7-8 p.m, Kentfield School District Office
    • A SEAC Business meeting will take place from 6:00 to 6:30 pm for those interested in attending
    • Light Dinner will be available from 6:30–7 p.m.
    • View flyer.

    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.

    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

    2019 Marin Teen Girl Conference Empowered Women – Empower Women!

    Who: Teen Girls in grades 8-12 in Marin County

    What: 2019 Marin Teen Girl Conference sponsored by the Marin Women’s Commission

    When: Sunday, March 31, 2019 9 a.m-3:30 p.m.

    Where: Embassy Suites By Hilton 101 McInnis Pkwy, San Rafael, CA 94903

    Register by March 28, 2019