Information, events, and news provided in our newsletter's "Community News" is offered as service to our community and do not represent an endorsement and are not sponsored by the Kentfield School District.
In Honor of a KSD Colleague, Teacher & Friend
The Kentfield School District community mourns the passing of longtime educator Geoff Chin.
Along with his warmth and music, what many students remember about Geoff was his love of nature. After retirement, he and his wife Patty moved to Truckee to be closer to his beloved Sierra Nevada. He believed strongly in the Truckee Donner Land Trust’s mission of preserving property in the Truckee area. He and Patty volunteered as docents, leading hikes at many sites in the region. His skills as a teacher and naturalist were put to use as he taught people about the area, the natural history and the history of Chinese immigrants in the region. Patty, Zander and Corey Chin plan to put a bench at Frog Lake in the Trust to honor Geoff. His last big hike was the 12-mile round trip to Frog Lake in September 2020. Donations to support this project would be welcome.
Here’s a link about the Truckee Donner Land Trust and Frog Lake. Any donations to the trust in memory of Geoff Chin will be applied to the bench project. It will be a joy for Geoff’s friends, family and former students to visit the lake and sit on Geoff’s bench in the future.
As we all grapple with this loss, we offer some tips on how to address grief with your children who may have had and remember Mr. Chin.
Rediscover Summer Fun
Camp Galileo for Pre-K – Rising 5th Graders
Galileo's award-winning camp is back at Kent Middle School this summer! Engage kids in the perfect mix of hands-on learning and unforgettable fun, thoughtfully redesigned for 2021. Small groups and safety protocols keep every Galilean safe. Engaging art, science and outdoor challenges deliver the innovation-igniting experiences kids love. Flexible enrollment policies make planning stress free. It all comes together for a joyful summer.
Financial assistance scholarships available. Program running June 21 - August 6th at Kent Middle School. Optional extended care. Learn more at www.galileo-camps.com.
Zero Waste Earth Art Challenge: Deadline This Week!
Last week to enter! Students can let their inner artist shine by completing up to three art projects, each based on a different zero waste theme Challenges will be available on the Zero Waste Schools website, and Zero Waste Marin will accept submissions until April 16th – just in time for Earth Day.
All students in Marin are welcome to participate, and students who submit challenges will be entered into a gift card raffle!
Each project has an individual raffle, so whether you did one or all of the projects, please submit your challenge materials (photos/documentation of art pieces, and written zero waste goals)!
Community Education: Suicide Prevention
In partnership with all Marin County school districts, Marin County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services, By the Bay Health (formerly known as Hospice by the Bay), Buckelew Programs, and Each Mind Matters, please join us for a Marin County Community Webinar on Suicide Prevention on Tuesday, April 13 from 6-7:15pm.
Using questions generated by the community as a starting point, a panel of local mental health professionals will share their insight and expertise regarding suicide prevention. The Q&A session will be facilitated by a student moderator and the event will serve as a forum to engage in important discussions around suicide prevention and wellness.
- Learn more: Flyer in English and Spanish.
- Simultaneous Spanish translation will be offered.
- Submit any questions you would like to see discussed by the panel here.
Join us on April 13, 2021 at 6 p.m. by using the following link: http://bit.ly/MarinSP
Dial In: +1-669-900-6833 | Webinar ID: 849 5098 6883 | Passcode: 152505
Curbside Information and Book Bundles
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