District Newsletter

October 5th, 2020

Kentfield School District News

Dear Kentfield School Community,

Today we launched pilot programs at each school site, which is the first step towards moving to a Hybrid Instruction program for our KSD students. I personally engaged in this process by working with a group of 4th grade students while their classroom teacher onboarded their on-site peers with the safety protocols and procedures for in-person instruction. It was a very positive experience and quite honestly a highlight of my work here in Kentfield to date!

As we continue our transition we are planning a variety of events for our school community so we may all become more acquainted with how each school may look and feel a bit different in a COVID-19 world. Below is a calendar of events happening in the coming weeks that you may find beneficial for your calendar.

Two additional items that I am receiving feedback about relates to the date of our full Hybrid Transition as well as KSD’s instructional approach. I am working with our staff to determine a date that we can provide our community related to a full transition to Hybrid, I hope to provide clarity on the timeline by the October 13, 2020 Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees. The instructional approach we have agreed to as a staff is being implemented in the pilot, through this trial we will be better informed about how we may need to adjust so our students and staff can engage in the most optimal teaching and learning program possible.

I have provided links to our Site Specific Safety Plans for each site below for community reference. These will continue to be living documents that will be reviewed and updated based on guidance from Public Health and discourse with our community and District Safety Committee. Please feel free to reach out to me directly if you have questions or wonderings related to these plans.

I will share additional updates this week via Parent Square by the end of day Thursday, October 8, 2020. Wishing everyone a healthy and smooth week ahead!

Sincerely,

Superintendent Signature



Raquel Rose
Superintendent
rrose@kentfieldschools.org

Hybrid Transition Timeline

Date* Event
October 7, 2020 KSD Staff Training - Site Specific Safety Protection Plans (SSSPP)
SSSPP - Bacich
SSSPP - Kent
October 8, 2020
5-6:00 p.m.
KSD Community SSSPP Orientation
SSSPP - Bacich
SSSPP - Kent
October 12, 2020
5-6:00 p.m.
KSD Community SSSPP Orientation
SSSPP - Bacich
SSSPP - Kent
October 13, 2020
5:00 p.m.
Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees
October 15, 2020
5-6:00 p.m.
KSD Community Conversation with Local Physicians
- A Perspective of In-Person Instruction in a COVID-19 Environment
Submit Questions for this forum here in English or Spanish.
October 16, 2020 Non-Student Day - Staff Work Day
*Dates subject to change

Upcoming Events

*For security, Zoom links and passwords for events are not posted on the District website, and are sent through ParentSquare.

Daily: Virtual Crossing Guard with Ms. Stephens, 7:55-8:30 a.m., Zoom

Monday, October 5, 2020

  • Pilot Program Launched
  • KSPTA meeting, 7-8 p.m. Zoom. All are welcome to attend.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Thursday, October 8, 2020

  • Parent/Guardian SSSPP Orientation, 5-6 p.m.
  • Kent Author Visit for 7th & 8th graders, 12:20 p.m., Zoom

Friday, October 9, 2020

  • Kent Student Leadership Board meeting, 8:25-8:55 a.m., Zoom

Monday, October 12, 2020

  • Parent/Guardian SSSPP Orientation, 5-6 p.m.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

  • School Board meeting, 5 p.m., Zoom. All are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Thursday, October 15, 2020

  • Kent Student Leadership Board meeting, 8:25-8:55 a.m., Zoom
  • Kent Author Visit for 5th & 6th graders, 12:20 p.m., Zoom
  • KSD Community Conversation with Local Physicians - A Perspective of In-Person Instruction in a COVID-19 Environment, 5-6 p.m.

Friday, October 16, 2020

  • Staff Professional Development Day – No School

Monday, October 19, 2020

Tuesday, October 20, 2002

Thursday, October 22, 2020

  • Community Office Hours, tentative

School Board

Bacich News

Bacich Librarian Susan Warnick

Check Out Books with the Bacich Library

We have started checking out books to students and families. Please email me the titles you want. I will check them out to you and place them in plastic bags with your names on them on a cart. They will be available for pickup every Friday curbside in front of the office. See the library blog for instructions on how to access the Alexandria Library Catalog (to look for books). You can also return books every Friday as well. There will be a plastic bin labeled, "Return Bacich Library Books Here" in front of the office for your convenience. That way I can keep the books in the bin for the weekend and check them in during the week for safety purposes.

When families purchase books from Book Passage, please remember to mention your school at check out or in the comments field if ordering online. This will assure that our school will receive a portion of the purchase in the form of a bookstore gift certificate.

Thank you!!

Ms. Warnick
swarnick@kentfieldschools.org


Barbara Libby

Bacich Art News

September 2020 Distance Learning Art Blog

Learn more about Ms. Libby's creation of the “Love Not Hate – Better Together" artwork and how students are creating art during virtual learning.


Bacich Yearbook

Please continue to capture candid (not-posed) moments of your student of anything that happens in your home that connects back to our school (whether virtually or in-person), no matter how “boring” you think it might be!

  • Photos can be submitted to bacichyearbook2021@gmail.com. Please follow the instructions below when sending your photos.
  • The images must be .jpg, .png, or .tif files and must be at least 300ppi resolution.
  • Please provide the following information with each image:
    • FIRST NAME and LAST NAME for the main student featured in the image (or the left-most person).
    • Grade of student(s) in photo.
    • Description.
    • Additional names separated by commas.

We'll do our best to include as many as possible. Thank you in advance!

Kent News

Kent Activities

Does your Falcon have an appetite for adventure? Are they missing the lunchtime ritual of eating and laughing together with friends? Bummed that many vacations were cancelled? Well have I got the answer for you! Each week, Ms. Carroll and I hold a virtual destination lunch, called Falcon Fêtes. We pick a new destination to "travel to" while we learn about their culture, history and food. We post fun facts and videos in the Falcon Fêtes Google Classroom so they can get the "flavor" of that place in the world prior to lunch! We even encourage them to bring a culinary representation from that location as their lunch for the day. But any lunch is great! It is such an amazing way for us to connect with our kids, give them a fun place to land during these challenging times, and look outside ourselves to experience different cultures and people. This week we are traveling to drum roll please...South Korea!

  • 5th and 6th fêtes are held on Mondays from 1:40-2:10 pm
  • 7th and 8th fêtes are held on Thursdays from 1:40-2:10 pm

We cannot wait to dine with new tourists!

Student Leadership Board will meet on Friday, October 9th from 8:25-8:55 a.m. to Zoom with our yearbook rep and get a virtual tour of how we will create this unique memento! We will also hold a Student Leadership Board meeting the following Thursday, October 15th, from 8:25-8:55 a.m. to brainstorm and refine a revolutionized way to celebrate Halloween from a distance!

Kent Library News

Kent Staff Book Challenge 2020

Kent Staff Book Challenge 2020 Video

Our Born a Crime Book Club will now be held on Thursday, October 29th at 1:45 p.m.! If you would like to borrow a copy of the book, please email Ms. Jelen at rjelen@kentfieldschools.org. If you have already emailed me about it, your book will be ready to pick up on Monday after school on the cart outside the office.

Got Books?? If you are cleaning out your bookshelves, bring them to Kent for our Book Drive! We have lots of wonderful grade level bags just waiting for you to exchange your old books for! You can drop them off by the mural near the parking lot!

Virtual Author Visit THIS WEEK and NEXT!

We are SO very lucky to have a virtual visit with Torrey Maldonado planned for this Thursday at 12:20 p.m. with seventh and eighth graders. Torrey is the author of the incredible books Tight and What Lane, which you can borrow from your language arts teacher, the library or purchase them from the Book Passage. The books are about fitting in in middle school, race, and navigating the trials and tribulations that come with growing up. On Thursday, October 15th, Torrey will visit with our 5th and 6th graders at the same time. It should be a super fun hour, and if you would like a sneak peek, check out this link!

Happy reading,

Rebecca Jelen
Kent Librarian
rjelen@kentfieldschools.org

KIK News

FAMILY FUN DAY: KIK IT YOUR WAY! OCTOBER 9, 10, 11

“KIK” off the Bacich and Kent school year with some Family Fun your way: Submit a photo of how your family is “KIK-ing” it together the weekend of October 9-11—officially KIK Family Fun Days!

Building a birdhouse? Baking a cake? Tackling Mt. Tam? Simply take a pic and share it! You can share by emailing images to foundation@kentfieldschools.org from Oct. 9-11.

This is a FREE event and ALL photo entries will be entered into a drawing to win one of (5) available KIK Family Meals from Left Bank or one of (5) Mag’s Local Yogurt $20 Gift Cards!

Get Complete Event and Image Release Details.

TUES 10/6 - KIK FAMILY MEALS WITH LEFT BANK, 20% TO KIK

Every Tuesday Left Bank will create a special family dinner for (4) for $50 and donate 20% back to KIK. Order early before it sells out!

Oct 6: $60 meal - Dry rub BBQ Ribs with Mashed Potatoes, Coleslaw and French Fries

Oct 13: 4 Beef Kafta and 4 Shrimp Kabobs, Hummus with Flatbread, Greek Salad, Rice Pilaf
Order online and select “KIK Family Meal”.

Please follow us on Facebook & Instagram for updates on menus

For any questions, please email events@kikschools.org.

LET’S KIK THIS TOGETHER!

Family Giving donations contribute the largest portion of the $1M Annual Commitment to our schools. Learn how KIK is Committed to Kids.

FAMILY GIVING Fundraising Status : $196,400 / $1M GOAL

THANK YOU, 2020-21 DONORS!

See Current Donor “Wall”

FUND-A-NEED COMMUNITY GRANTS

KIK is the funding arm of the 2020-21 Fund-a-Need program and has partnered with the Kentfield Schools PTA (KSPTA) to administer these grants, which help support our school community.

Thank you Fund-a-Need Donors!
See a list of Round 1 awarded grants.

Deadline Extended! Round 2 Grant Applications are now due October 12.

Download application.

CONNECT WITH KIK

KSPTA News

Next General KSPTA Meeting: Monday, October 5, 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 info@kspta.org.

New School Lunch Program with School Foodies

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

Coming Soon!

Monday, November 2 through Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Join Kentfield Schools PTA!

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

  • Access parent education workshops and resources.
  • Discounts at Urban Sitter, Academy of Sciences, and Legoland to name a few.
  • Everyone is welcome to join—multiple family members, grandparents. and caregivers.
  • Learn more about KSPTA benefits and opportunities.

Become a member today!

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

Special Thanks!

A special thank you to the Larkspur Community Foundation who granted Marin Enrichment $5,000 to subsidize the cost to operate the Marin Enrichment Learning Hub. These funds will specifically be targeted to support our neediest students in the community based on the impact of our local health pandemic. It is through partnerships like these that we come together as a community to do all that we can for each and every one of our children!

Education Resources

A recording (in English & Spanish) of the webinar on September 30th is available.

Future training opportunities for parents, students, educators, administrators, and community members to deepen our understanding on confronting antisemitism and resources discussed are available at the new website Confronting Antisemitism by the Marin County Office of Education in partnership with the JFCS Holocaust Center in partnership and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

Public Meeting Announcement

October 7th, the College of Marin will be hosting a public scoping meeting via Zoom for the proposed Jonas Pedestrian Bridge Project. This public scoping meeting will allow the public to learn more about the Proposed Project and to solicit public comment regarding the type and extent of environmental analysis to be undertaken.

Meeting Information:

October 7, 2020, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Zoom: https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/96885526217

The information can also be found on the Measure B website: measurebcom.org

We hope you will join us. If you have any questions please reach out to Isidro Farias at ifarias@marin.edu.

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

  • When using the crosswalk on College Avenue, please remember to activate the flashing signals. It is the only way the large construction vehicles exiting the driveway know that there are pedestrians in the crosswalk.

While the Corte Madera Library building is currently closed, you may request and return items, and find details about Curbside Service at marinlibrary.org.

Curbside Hours:

  • Tuesday & Wednesday 11:00-3:00
  • Thursday 3:00-7:00

Call our “Talk with a Librarian” number: 415-473-2272 Monday-Friday, 9-6 p.m. English and Spanish with any questions and information.

Book Bundles for Emerging Readers

We know many families are missing the ability to browse library shelves, so we’ve created a way to get some "surprise" books to you based on your child’s interests.

Each Book Bundle includes 10 books and you can choose the reading level that is right for your child. Get up to 3 bundles per family!

How to Request Book Bundles

  • To request Book Bundles, please fill out this form , or call 415-473-2272, Monday-Friday, 9-6 p.m.
  • Please allow 3-4 days for your request to be filled. You will be contacted by the branch when your order is ready for curbside pickup.
  • Find out more: marinlibrary.org/book-bundles-for-kids

Audio Books

In case you have families or students asking about downloadable audio books, here is a short video tutorial that demonstrates how to use the Libby app to browse our online catalog and download titles. youtu.be/E0E_FPMl4m8

Discover local options for Learning Hubs and Childcare during distance learning.

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: caparentyouthhelpline.org.
  • Helpline #: 855-427-2736

When shopping in-person or online at Book Passage, please remember to mention your school – a portion of every purchase goes directly to our schools!

  • For online shopping, enter your school name in the comments field.