Kentfield School District

September 7th, 2021

KSD News

KSD Highlights

Dear KSD Community,

The month of September is the start of our fall season. The weather continues to shift and our community is getting into the rhythm of a new school year. For those celebrating Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, I wish you a spectacular year of renewal and community in the days ahead.

This school year the KSD was proud to expand administrative leadership at both Bacich and Kent. Wendy Holmes, previously at Bacich and Kent, is now fully dedicated to Kent as the vice principal. Our community welcomed Kristine Duran as Bacich’s new vice principal this year. We look forward to hearing from Kristine and Wendy throughout the year. This week, Kristine kicks off the spotlight with an administrative update for Bacich.

Read on for more timely District and school site updates.


Superintendent Signature

Raquel Rose

KSD Highlights

2021-2022 District Calendar

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Monday, September 13, 2021

Thursday, September 16, 2021

  • No School – Yom Kippur

Friday, September 17, 2021

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Thursday, September 23, 2021

  • English Learner Family Resource Night, 6-7 p.m., in-person

Sunday, September 26

District Announcements

Lunch Ordering

Information on how to order with School Foodies

Would you like to apply for our Free and Reduced Lunch program?

  • More information is here.
  • If you have any questions, please email Cyd Amaral or call 415-458-5130, extension 9

Student Vaccination Verification

In alignment with Public Health guideline #30, the KSD is requesting vaccination verification of all students who have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Parents/Guardians may submit verification digitally HERE. The KSD staff will be proactively confirming vaccination to publicly post KSD’s student COVID vaccine rate no later than Oct. 1, 2021, please note that no personal identifiable information will be shared.

School Board Information: video recordings of meetings, community letters, minutes, trustee contacts

District Committees - KSD Committee Solicitation Form Due, September 17, 2021

Safe Routes To School

Safe Routes Back to School

COVID Information

Kentfield School District Updated Exposure Protocol and Dashboard

Marin Public Health New School Status Dashboard

An updated schools dashboard was unveiled on September 3, and differentiates between schools that have fully reopened to in-person instruction, schools that are closed for operation reasons (power outage, etc.), and schools which are closed due to an outbreak.

Marin Public Health Decision Tree

What Families Need to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine

Community letter from the California Department of Education, available in English and Spanish

Bacich Bears News

Bacich Highlights
Kristine Duran, New at Bacich

Dear Bacich Community,

As I sit down to write my first newsletter column representing the Bacich administration, I am filled with a strong sense of gratitude. Thank you to all the Bacich students, staff, and families for such a kind welcome to the Kentfield community. It has been a pleasure getting to know the many members of our community over the past few weeks. I have had the opportunity to be out on the yard for almost every recess and lunch and the energy of students has been absolutely invigorating. From watching them navigate the new play structure (the swing is a hit with many of the students) to talking to them about “Fun Lunch,” I am learning student names and their preferences, and can’t wait to begin working with them all more closely. Last Friday, I was lucky enough to get to announce our first round of Bacich Bear Card winners, and seeing the excitement of students coming into the office to get their magnets was fantastic.

Thank you also for everyone's patience as we navigated dismissal. Through insightful community feedback, we created a car line system that works for all our students as well as allowing more car line parents into the parking lot at one time. Most importantly, car line works successfully with the support of our amazing families, so a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has volunteered so far.

Last but not least, a quick reminder that intake conferences are this week. We will have early dismissal Sept. 8-10 to allow for teachers and parents to meet. As Mary Ann said last week, this is a great chance for you to tell your child’s teacher all of the amazing things about them!

Thank you all again for the warm welcome and I am looking forward to meeting even more of you as the year goes on.

Enjoy your week!

Kristine Duran
Bacich Vice Principal

Bacich Highlights

Bacich Bell Schedule 2021-2022

September 8-10, 2021: Intake Conferences-Minimum Day Schedule

Monday, September 20, 2021: Bacich Site Council Meeting, 3-4 p.m.

Car Line Volunteers Requested

Thank you to all the great volunteers who make Bacich's car line a success.

We are still looking for sign-ups from Maria Martin’s class for afternoon car line this week. Click here to sign-up

Next week's car line sign-ups will be emailed tomorrow, but if you'd like to sign up a little early feel free to do so at the following links:

Bacich Library

The Bacich Library is open every morning, snack recess, lunch recess, and after school.

How to Check Out Books

  • Visit:
  • Click on the Alexandria Library Catalog (to look up books). Your message might say, "Your connection is not fully secure." Click the box on the left that says "advanced" NOT "back to safety."
  • Scroll down and click on "proceed to (unsafe)." It is safe.
  • This will bring you to the search page. You can search by author, title, series, subject or all words.
  • If you don't know what to read, find ideas by continuing down to the second line to "Explore" to discover Most Popular – what your friends are reading, What's New and Award Winners.
  • Watch this how to video if you are having problems.

Kent Falcons News

Kent News
Kent Principal Grant Althouse

Greetings Kent Community,

Grade Level Throughlines — During our first advisory session of the school year last week, we introduced our student community to their grade level throughlines. Grade level throughlines are common themes addressed through experiences in each grade level, and provide cohesion and connection between curricular areas, school events, and the growth stage of each Kent student. Ask your child about their understanding and application of their grade level throughline, and expect to hear much more about these themes as the year progresses!

Kent Middle School Grade Level Throughlines
5th Grade:  Independence: How can I take charge of myself and contribute in all of my communities?

6th Grade: Impact: How do my choices and actions affect me, my family, my community?

7th Grade: Perseverance: How can I learn from my mistakes and grow?

8th Grade: Legacy: How do my actions and my words define my character?

Instrumental Music — Last week, Kent Music Director, Mr. Michael Martinez, launched our full offering of instrumental music at Kent for the first time since the start of the pandemic. The Kent music room now extends into an outdoor performance area with canopies defining a space for outdoor rehearsal for our wind and choral ensembles. String ensembles are able to play in the music room. Zero period band, jazz, and choral ensembles are still accepting participants; please email Mr. Martinez ( to sign up to participate! We appreciate our partners in education, kik and KSPTA, for their generous financial support of our music program at Kent!

Cell Phones at School — As a school we support and promote the Wait ‘till 8th philosophy with regard to appropriateness of smartphone usage among middle school aged children. For students who do own smartphones or other cell phones/digital communication tools, please know that devices are required to remain locked in lockers (6th-8th)/stored in backpacks (5th) for the full duration of the school day, starting with the ‘cell phone bell’ at 8:15 a.m. If you need to get in contact with your child during the school day, please contact the office. Phones that are accessed by students during school hours will be kept in the office for the remainder of the school day. Thank you for your support in setting expectations with your child to limit distractions during the school day.

We appreciate your ongoing support and look forward to our daily work with your children at school!

Grant Althouse
Kent Principal

Kent Highlights

Kent Bell Schedule 2021-2022

In observance of Rosh Hashanah, theKent Site Council Meeting for September is September 14, 3:30-4:30 p.m. The meeting will be held on Zoom.

Announcing Kent's All School Read for 2021!

Someone Like Me by Julissa Arce

  • Kent's popular annual tradition of an All School Read will happen the weeks of October 6 and 13.
  • Author Julissa Arce will visit Kent virtually on October 21.

Here is a preview of the book from Julissa Arce's Website:

A remarkable true YA memoir from social justice advocate and national bestselling author Julissa Arce about her journey to belong in America while growing up undocumented in Texas.

Born in the picturesque town of Taxco, Mexico, Julissa Arce was left behind for months at a time with her two sisters, a nanny, and her grandma while her parents worked tirelessly in America in hopes of building a home and providing a better life for their children. That is, until her parents brought Julissa to Texas to live with them. From then on, Julissa secretly lived as an undocumented immigrant, went on to become a scholarship winner and an honors college graduate, and climbed the ladder to become a vice president at Goldman Sachs.

This moving, at times heartbreaking, but always inspiring story will show young readers that anything is possible. Julissa's story provides a deep look into the little-understood world of a new generation of undocumented immigrants in the United States today — kids who live next door, sit next to you in class, or may even be one of your best friends.

  • Pick up the book at Book Passage (mention you are from Kent) or at the library. Or just listen as your teacher reads it, although we encourage all students to get a copy of the inspiring book.

KIK News


Sunday, September 26 | 10am - 2pm

Bring your entire family to enjoy a day of FUN at Bacich!

  • Fun for Everyone: Schafer Games, climbing walls, karaoke, bounce houses and lots of good ole’ fashioned games
  • Food for purchase: grab a burger or grilled chicken, Sno-cone, and popcorn
  • Enter your favorite sweet treat in the Community CAKE SPIN!
  • Entry is $10/person or $30/family
  • Thank you to our sponsors and organizers

Come out and play with us! Learn more


Climb, swing, slide and zip! We're celebrating the new school year with the opening of our new KIK Community Playground at Bacich! Serving our students and Kentfield/Greenbrae community, the playground area and structure is entirely new and features the already popular swing addition and new Gaga pit.

We are so fortunate to have a structure that is modernized, serves all the children, and will be a safe and beautiful place for kids for years to come. We hope to involve the kids in officially naming the playground, so stay tuned!

Tremendous gratitude to our Fund-a-Need 2019 Donors, KSD Board of Trustees, Principal Mary Ann Spitzer, Superintendent Raquel Rose, and especially Mr. Paul Miller for making it happen this summer. THANK YOU!



Every Tuesday Left Bank creates a KIK family dinner for $50 and donates 20% back to our schools.

Opt in to get a weekly email reminder to order and follow us on Facebook & Instagram for menu updates.


  • 9/7: 4 chicken and 4 carnitas tacos with salad and homemade tortilla chips with fresh pico de gallo
  • 9/14: Beef Bourguignon with mashed potatoes, green beans, and salad verte

ORDER NOW for pickup on Tuesday. Select “KIK Family Meal.”


Colleen Fitzpatrick - Having the distinction of representing many of Marin and San Francisco’s most luxurious homes, Colleen brings a wealth of expertise and experience, highest level of integrity and diplomacy to her clients. Colleen is committed to her clients’ success.

Carey Hagglund Condy - A Top 5 Marin County agent, Carey is known by her clients and colleagues to be honest and discreet. She provides unparalleled knowledge of Marin’s many unique neighborhoods and schools. Carey’s mantra, Marin Living Beyond the Four Walls, exemplifies her philosophy on why Marin County is such an extraordinary place to live.

Own Marin - Marin County’s #1 real estate team since 2015, Barr Haney and Whitney Potter, along with their team, have helped over 650 clients achieve their real estate goals. Ranked #1 in Kentfield, Own Marin makes buying or selling a home a lot easier than you think—Let’s go get your home.


featuring Community CAKE SPIN contest & game

OCT. 3 - Family Social, 3rd & 4th grade

OCT. 6 - Family Social, 5th - 8th grade

OCT. 10 - Family Social, Kindergarten

OCT. 17 - Family Social, 1st & 2nd grade


KIK Mission
KIK is committed to raising $1 million for our Bacich and Kent students for the 2021-22 school year.
For Installments or Matching Gifts, Print Donor Form in English and Spanish.


Next KSPTA Meeting: Monday, October 4, 7-8 p.m.

KSD Families — Get 20% off from 9/3–12 at Sports Basement

If you are a Basementeer, you will get 20%. Non-basementeers get 11% off.

What is a Basementeer? It is a lifetime membership at Sports Basement. For a one time membership fee of $25, you will get 10% off for the rest of your life, AND 10% of your purchases will go to the charity or non-profit of your choosing. Oh, and you can designate Bacich or Kent as a beneficiary. Sign up here to become a Basementeer.

  • Shop in store or online with codes
    • Bacich: 2050009494681
    • Kent: 2050009240554

Learn more

Volunteers needed at Kent and Bacich

Volunteering on campus is a great way to stay connected to our children’s school environment, meet other families, and help our amazing teachers and administration. For the 2021–22 school year, we are hoping that all traditional volunteer opportunities will become available.

All on-campus volunteers must be vaccinated. If you are volunteering on campus working with children in any capacity, please complete the KSD’s vaccination verification process before you come to campus.

Available Volunteer Positions Now Available:

Learn more here:

Order School Lunch

Did you know you can print your child's lunch schedule for the week to help keep track of when you do and don't need to pack a lunch? Simply log into your account, click on "children", and click "print orders."

Order by 9 a.m. three days before in order to personalize your choice, or last minute orders of the simple pasta meal can be placed until 6 a.m. the morning of service.

Join KSPTA! Support our schools!

Your KSPTA membership supports programs in our schools. No volunteer requirement to join.

We appreciate your support!

Connect with KSPTA!

Community News

Information, events, and news provided in our newsletter's "Community News" is offered as service to our community, and are not sponsored by the Kentfield School District. Placement does not represent an endorsement.

Crossing Guards are Needed for This School Year!

Join the team of crossing guards in Marin County and protect the safety of our children as they bike and walk to and from school. The Transportation Authority of Marin is working with the Crossing Guard management firm, All City Management Services, to hire dedicated individuals to take part in this critical public safety role. They are seeking crossing guards throughout Marin with an emphasis on positions in Southern Marin and Novato. Must be 18 years or older. Seniors are welcome!

TAM’s crossing guard program was first implemented in 2006 with 54 crossing guards and has grown to 100 locally funded crossing guards. Funding is provided by Marin’s local ½-cent transportation sales tax and the local $10 vehicle registration fee.

Marin Health Hubs

Health hubs, we provide free and bilingual services such as food distribution, nutrition education, health screenings, and information about community organizations.

Food pantry items are provided by the SF-Marin Food Bank and by the Program, and the health screenings are provided by our wonderful nurses!

Everyone is welcome to attend the health hubs food pantry and to help us run it!

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Parent & Youth.Helpline

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:
  • Helpline #: 855-427-2736