Kentfield School District News
Dear Kentfield School Community,
On Friday, October 16, the KTA negotiators, KSD Administrators and the Board’s labor representatives, Sarah Killingsworth and Quoc Tran, worked together to devise an agreeable action plan to support the Kentfield School District in moving forward to prepare our campuses for a return to in-person instruction for students and staff. We affirmed our joint commitment to maintaining strong relationships while working together in the best interest of our students, staff and community at large. As we continue to prepare for a transition to Hybrid Instruction we want to offer additional clarification about our instructional approach and planning for student placement.
The simultaneous approach to our instructional design allows us to maintain a continuity of learning by keeping students with their current teacher/s and only changing assignments if absolutely necessary. We recognize parents/guardians are choosing an approach based on what is best for their families, and our goal will be to ensure all students get a high quality and meaningful program no matter which approach they choose. As we plan forward we want to maximize student learning when on site, while also being sure our students who are learning remotely will receive a quality experience, which may look different than the current Distance Learning only program. Our instructional teams are using feedback from the recent pilots and their instructional expertise to formulate how this new design can work effectively for students and where we may need to adjust as we learn more. The COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed how we operate our schools, which directly affects the instructional program design. This is all new to us, and we are committed to doing the very best we can for our students – whether that is in a remote, hybrid, or in-person learning program.
Our site principals will be offering virtual principal chats to answer questions and offer more details about the Hybrid program and how our sites are being prepared to welcome students on to campus. Our teams are continuing to work through cohort design and classroom set-up, and we will continue site preparations in alignment with our School Site Specific Protection Plans (Bacich | Kent). This transition process is truly a community effort, and will take time – but we are moving forward with a common goal of doing what is best for students and staff.
I want to close, by extending my sincere appreciation to our students, staff, and parents/guardians who have been patient and flexible as we have navigated this very turbulent situation. This has been a trying time for all of us and although we may have differing opinions, we all have the same goal and focus – our KSD students. I was reminded of the quote “we are better together,” which I wholeheartedly believe is necessary in order for us to overcome the obstacles that may come our way and provide the very best we can for the Kentfield School District community.
Take Good Care,
*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
Tuesday, October 20, 2002
- Parent Partners meeting, 4-5 p.m., Zoom
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
- Intent to Return Form Due
Thursday, October 22, 2020
- Equity & Inclusion Committee Meeting, 1:30-3 p.m., Zoom, agenda
Saturday & Sunday, October 24-25, 2020
- Cans for Candy, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Bacich
Monday, November 2, 2020
- KSPTA meeting, 7 p.m., Zoom
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
- Kent Site Council meeting, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Zoom
Reminder: Intent to Return forms due Wednesday, October 21
Please complete an intent to participate form indicating if your child(ren) will participate in KSD’s Hybrid Instructional program or Distance Learning only program, a form shall be completed for each child in the District. The information gathered will support the district in planning for a transition to Hybrid Instruction. Either option chosen by parents/guardians/students – Hybrid or Distance Learning only, will align to your child(ren)’s trimester calendar, and not be a commitment for the remainder of the school year.
Please submit your preference by Wednesday, October 21st. If we do not hear back from you, we will count on your student/s participating in the Hybrid Program. Based on the data received we may need to adjust class assignments, but will do this with as minimal disruption as possible.
Local - COVID-19 Update
Marin Health and Human Services website – Marin Recovers provides access to a breadth of resources to help the community stay up to date with the status of COVID-19 in our county. The website offers access to local case rate through the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Surveillance Update website that provides summary data, daily trends, demographics, other measures of COVID-19 Impacts and the State Blueprint Tiered system. Here is a glimpse of the current status of case rate for the Kentfield community.
- Community Conversation with Local Physicians & Administrators, Video Recording and Presentation, A Perspective of In-Person Instruction in a COVID-19 Environment, October 15, 2020
- Site Specific Safety Protection Plan Training Module Orientation, October 12, 2020
- Site Specific Safety Protection Plan Training Module Orientation, October 8, 2020
- Site-Specific Safety Protection Plan Training Module Presentation
- Student/Family In-Person Safety Pledge
- Bacich School Site-Specific Protection Plan
- Kent School Site-Specific Protection Plan
Check Out Books with the Bacich Library
If you would like to check out library books, 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.
Photos can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- Additional names separated by commas.
Kent Counselors Wellness Hub: Many of us in our community are navigating very challenging times right now and as the Counselors at Kent Middle School, we want you to know that we are here for you. We created this hub so you can easily access resources.
Kent Library News
Born a Crime Book Club, Thursday, October 29th at 1:45 p.m.
If you would like to borrow a copy of the book, please email Ms. Jelen at email@example.com. 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.
Curbside Book Pick Up and Book Bags
Students may email Ms. Jelen the titles of books that they would like to read, and the book will left on a cart in front of the gate for them to pick up.
Thanks to the donations of many Falcons and their families, we have book bags for every grade level to pick up and enjoy! You will find these bags in boxes marked by grade level in front of the Kent office. Feel free to read, keep or pass on your books OR donate them right back to the book drive for another life!
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!
DONATE ONLINE NOW
For Installments or Matching Gifts, Print Donor Form in English and Spanish
KIK BOO-GRAMS ON SALE!
Let KIK make Halloween fun! Surprise your school friends or even your teacher with a Halloween candy KIK BOO-Gram. Purchase KIK BOO-Grams for $5 each, let us know the lucky recipient and we’ll deliver a bag of treats (contactless and nut-free, of course) to their doorstep on October 30th or 31st!
Support Bacich and Kent and surprise your friends!
Order KIK BOO-Grams through October 27th.
KIK or Treat!
For any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TUES 10/19 - KIK FAMILY MEALS WITH LEFT BANK, 20% TO KIK
Every Tuesday Left Bank will create a special family dinner for $50 and donate 20% back to KIK. Order early before it sells out!
- Oct 20: Roast chicken with green beans, mac & cheese, salad verte
- Oct 27: Beef bourguignon with mashed potatoes, acme bread and butter, broccoli
Order online and select “KIK Family Meal”.
For any questions, please email email@example.com.
BACICH PLAYGROUND UPDATE
KIK and KSD have secured the remainder of the funds and nailed down a timeline for construction of the new Bacich Playground. Thank you to our community for patiently awaiting the status of the project!
ANNUAL COMMITMENT REPORT
KIK raises dollars toward the $1M Annual Commitment to help fund our Bacich and Kent schools. Various fundraising initiatives combine to fill this commitment to our students and schools including Family Giving, Spring Auction Event, and Partners for Education.
ANNUAL COMMITMENT Fundraising Status : $234,300 / $1M GOAL
THANK YOU, 2020-21 DONORS!
See Current Donor “Wall”
Next General KSPTA Meeting: Monday, November 2, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
October is KSPTA Membership Month
Help us reach our goal of 100% participation!
- Show your support of our kids, teachers, and fellow parents.
- Memberships available: Individual ($25), Family ($100), or Teacher/Staff ($15). Donations can be made too.
- Join by October 30 to be entered to win a $50 gift card to Gott's!
- Learn more about KSPTA benefits and opportunities.
Help our schools get ready for in-person learning when the time comes!
As our district strives to bring more students back on campus, there will likely be tasks that parent volunteers can help complete. If you are willing to help out, please fill out the volunteer form (English and Spanish), and you will be put on a list that the school staff will tap for jobs as they come up. The majority of to-do's will be done at home on the volunteer's own schedule, but there may be some opportunities to help on campus at designated times.
Thank you in advance for raising your hand to help get our students back to school!
New School Lunch Program with School Foodies
Join us for this timely series of virtual workshops for parents, students, educators, administrators, and community members. Led by the JFCS Holocaust Center in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Marin County Office of Education.
From Discrimination to Deportation
These workshops will introduce anti-bias lessons to stop the escalation of hate in our community and provide a safe space to ask questions about recent antisemitic incidents locally in Marin County and around the world.
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).
Reach Out for Emotional Support
For people of all ages who have been impacted by incidents of antisemitism, JFCS is here to provide counseling and emotional or spiritual support.
If you or someone you care about needs help, please call us at 415‑449‑3700 or visit www.jfcs.org.
Making Worriers into Warriors: Helping Your Child Conquer Fear in Uncertain Times: A presentation with Dr. Dan Peters, sponsored by North Bridge Academy. Speaker Dr. Dan Peters is a psychologist, author, co-founder and executive director of the Summit Center.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 from 6:30-8 p.m., Zoom
- 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.
- Tuesday & Wednesday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Thursday 3-7 p.m.
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
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
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.