District Newsletter

August 24th, 2020

Kentfield School District News

Dear Kentfield School Community,

On the eve of our first day of school for the 2020-2021 there are mixed emotions all around. Some are feeling excited while others are anxious to enter a school year like no other. Throughout the summer our staff district team reflected on feedback from the community and our own learning from the spring to help inform the development of a new way to educate our youth. Through using the collective wisdom of the group we have formulated an instructional program that maintains a balance of high quality core instruction while ensuring we are connected with our students and they are engaged and seen. We are committed to serving our community in the best way possible and will adjust based on student performance and need.

As a school district we stand in partnership with our parents/guardians and ask for your confidence in serving your children. Whether you have a Bacich Bear, a Kent Falcon or both – let’s cheer them on as they enter this new school year and together rise above the challenges we are being faced as a community and come out stronger in the end.

KSD Distance Learning 2.0 here we come!

Superintendent Signature



Raquel Rose
Superintendent
rrose@kentfieldschools.org


Upcoming Events

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Monday, August 31, 2020

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

  • District English Language Advisory Committee (DELAC) Meeting, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

  • Bacich Back to School Night, 5 p.m.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

  • Kent Back to School Night, 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020, 5 p.m.

Friday, September 11, 2020

  • Stakeholder Survey will be distributed

School Board

November 3, 2020 School Board Elections and Information

Don't Miss These Announcements

Data Confirmation Deadline Today


KSD Help Desk

Discover solutions and tips for technical issues. Submit a technical help request.


Technology Materials

If you were unable to pick up instructional materials during the pick-up times, please contact your school site to make arrangements for pick-up this week.


Free and Reduced Lunch Applications Available

Families need to re-apply for free and reduced-price lunches annually, even if you have been approved in the past. This year we will provide five school lunches in a box per week. You will pick up the box at Kent Middle School on Monday (or Tuesday if Monday is a holiday) between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.


District Committee Solicitation

Kentfield School District maintains a variety of district wide committees, which include Communications, Equity, Finance, Safety, Technology, and Wellness. As we prepare to launch and/or reconvene our committees we welcome stakeholder participation to support diversified perspectives and interests. If you would like to participate in any of our committees for the 2020-21 school year please complete this form by September 30, 2020.


Childcare Option

Marin Enrichment (ME) will offer on-site childcare at Bacich School for KSD students and staff to support students with Distance Learning in small groups while maintaining safety protocols and procedures outlined by public health.

Bacich News

Learn how to access the Zoom links for school tomorrow, read a Distance Learning Overview, find out how to pick up instructional materials, plus, an inspiring Back To School motto.

Bacich 2020-2021 Distance Learning Plan

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Bacich Library News

Kent News

Learn more about your child's schedule, homeroom, and schedule planning, plus some uplifting back-to-school thoughts.

Kent 2020-2021 Distance Learning Information & Google Classroom Screencast Instructions

Kent Library Book Drive Starts August 31!

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Print Donor Form in English and Spanish

KSPTA News

Next General KSPTA Meeting: Monday, August 31, 2020, 7-8:30 p.m.

  • Details to be posted.

Become a Member of the Kentfield Schools PTA

  • 100% of membership dues fund school activities and programs such as P.E. equipment, library books, dance with Mr. S, and more

Membership has its benefits. Discounts at Urban Sitter, Academy of Sciences, and Legoland to name a few. Become a member today!

New School Lunch Program with School Foodies

Order online, pick up at Kent on Mondays for the week. Choose which weeks you order, and order for the whole family!

Sign up at schoolfoodies.com, registration code “bacich” or “kent” or Find out more

School Foodies pick up time is Mondays, 12-1:30 p.m. at Kent.

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

College of Marin and Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Construction Project Updates

Over the course of the demolition there will be large trucks coming in and out of the site via the driveway close to the crosswalk on College Avenue. We have noticed pedestrians not activating the flashing signals when using the crosswalk. Please remember to use this important safety feature as it is the only way vehicles exiting the driveway know that there are pedestrians in the crosswalk.

Marin Community Learning Hubs

Marin County community organizations are working together to provide Marin Community Learning Hubs during the 2020-2021 school year. Marin Community Learning Hubs are safe spaces with adult supervision for TK-8th grade students. Students will receive connection support for distance learning and access to WiFi during school hours.

This opportunity is offered for families for free who meet specific criteria. Eligible families include those that qualify for free or reduced lunch program, work with the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS), foster youth children, students new to the country, or families unable to access or support distance learning.

Potential Rotating Power Outages This Week

Conserve energy during peak hours and keep devices charged

PG&E let the County of Marin know that during August 18-20, residents will likely experience rolling blackouts of up to 2 hours. The blackouts may occur from 3 p.m. to 11pm today, Wednesday or Thursday.

More Information

Academic Support for All Families

The Marin Equality in Education Project provides equal access to educational support regardless of ability to pay or socioeconomic status.

California Parent & Youth Helpline and Online Support Groups

The 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

Parent Education Series Webinars

Join Marin County Behavioral Health and Recovery Series and the Marin County Office of Education for weekly webinars focusing on mental health and wellness in the home.

Health and Wellness Webinar Recordings

  • Effective Strategies to Support Loneliness and Isolation Due to Lack of Direct Peer Interactions
  • Strategies to Address Building an Effective Home Routine/Schedule for Individuals/Families
  • Developing Coping Skills to Help Adapt to Change

Drive-Thru Food Distribution at Northgate Mall

Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.