Kentfield School District
August 31st, 2020
Kentfield School District News
Monday, August 31, 2020
- School Foodies pick up, 12-1:30 p.m. at Kent.
- KSPTA meeting, 7-8:30 p.m.
- Meeting will be held virtually. Kentfield members and KSPTA members will receive the Zoom link in their email.
- Kent Library Book Drive begins
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.
Monday, September 7, 2020
- Labor Day Holiday – No School
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
- School Board Meeting 5 p.m.
- The meeting will be held virtually. All are welcome to attend. An email and text will be sent beforehand with the login instructions.
- Addressing the Board
Thursday, September 10, 2020
- Finance Committee meeting, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
- Meeting will be held virtually. The link and password will be sent via ParentSquare. Community members who are not current Kentfield families, should contact Kirsten Starsiak for the link and password.
Friday, September 11, 2020
- Stakeholder Survey will be distributed
- Board Meeting Video Archive
- Next Monthly School Board Meeting: September 8, 2020, 5 p.m.
- Families will receive the virtual meeting details before the meeting.
Don't Miss These Announcements
REMINDER – Appropriate Remote Class Interaction
As we enter week two we are reminded that our children are full of wonder and curiosity, and oftentimes repeat what they may see, hear or read, which from time to time may not be the most appropriate.
As we create a virtual community for our students we want to be sure children feel they have a voice, but also expect them to be respectful and acknowledge the use of appropriate language. We do not tolerate hate language or foul words that can be derogatory or hurt someone's feelings. We want to teach our students that words are powerful, and can have a big impact. Below are some tips we can all use to help us with talking to our children about the use of language.
Tips adapted from Common Sense Media:
- Think time and place. What might be no big deal at your house could be offensive at your best friend's place. Remind kids to keep their audience in mind when they're speaking. The language you use when texting your best buddy can be a bit looser than the words you use in a classroom or when speaking to Grandma on Skype.
- Expand your own vocab. You can almost always find a substitute for a curse word. Encourage kids to check out a thesaurus and find some creative alternatives to common curses or different ways to describe the feeling that's making them want to curse. (My son is saying "peanut butter" instead of "dummy." I tend to use "fig" a lot when I'm frustrated.)
- Words can hurt. Being called a name can sting. And just like it's not ok to hit someone or bully them, it's not ok to curse at someone to hurt them. Plus, hate speech (words used to specifically target someone's race, religion, gender, etc.) can have major consequences. Point out when TV characters call each other names, and ask kids how they could have handled the situation differently.
- Language reflects on you. Maybe some of your kids' friends think cursing makes you cool, but the reality is that someone who curses a lot tends to look immature and not at all classy. Remind kids to keep that in mind, especially when they're sending their language out into the world on social networks, online communities, etc.
- Limit exposure. Check out the "language" sections of our media reviews to help select TV shows, movies, games, etc. that keep the language within your comfort level. Find out how to turn off comments or access to chat rooms if kids are seeing inappropriate language on the web.
Public Health Announcements
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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 12 and 1:30 p.m.
- Download Application in English or Spanish
- Return application to Maureen Moulton, Assistant to the Superintendent, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Next General KSPTA Meeting: Monday, August 31, 2020, 7-8:30 p.m.
- Kentfield families and members will receive the Zoom link and password. If you do not receive the link, please contact email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connect with KSPTA!
Facebook: Kentfield Schools PTA
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.
- Download the application: New Families and Returning ME Families
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.
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
Smoke from Bay Area Fires Affecting Marin Air Quality
Spare The Air Alert through Tuesday, September 1
More Information on Marin Air Quality and Wildfire Preparedness
Marin County Office of Education Extreme Weather Information
- Power Outages, Extreme Heat, Air Quality, and Winter Weather
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.
Measure B Landscape Master Plan Meeting
September 9, 2020, 6-7:30 p.m., Focus: Kentfield Campus, Zoom Info: cccconfer.zoom.us/j/97007837431
Drive-Thru Food Distribution at Northgate Mall
Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Weekly registration required. Registration opens at 10 a.m. on Thursdays of the week prior.
- No internet access? Call 628-272-8430