Kentfield School District

October 11th, 2021

KSD News

Dear KSD Community,

Please join us tomorrow evening, Tuesday, October 12 at 5 p.m. for our Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees. We will host the meeting in-person at the Kent Middle School Mulit-Purpose Room. We welcome the public to join us, and will also offer a Zoom Webinar audio option for those who would like to listen in. We are excited to have our student showcase highlight our Bacich Second Grade team, as well as hear from Ken Shapiro, County of Marin, regarding a brief update about the Proposed Project Homekey partnership.

Take good care,

Superintendent Signature

Raquel Rose

Celebrate Latinx & Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is an annual celebration of Latinx and Hispanic Americans. We honor Hispanic and Latinx history and traditions, while celebrating their influence on and enrichment of American culture.

This book list features nonfiction and fiction by and about Latinx and Hispanic authors and characters from all over the world.

Download the booklist and Learn More

District Announcements

COVID Vaccination and Mask Update

The start of October continues to bring new updates and shifts related to the COVID-19 mitigation strategies. On October 1, Governor Newsom announced that once full approval is granted by the FDA, the COVID-19 vaccine will be a required school immunization for students. Once students are required to have the COVID-19 vaccine so will all school staff. Currently staff must be fully vaccinated or test on a weekly basis and submit a negative COVID test. Click HERE for KSD vaccination data.

Additionally, Marin County Public Health plans to update the 32-Point Plan for School Operations based on the shift in the Marin Mitigation Strategy Continuum from “C” to “B”. The most significant updates to the 32-Point Plan include:

Face Coverings:
All staff as well as all students are required to wear face coverings indoors, unless there is a medical or behavioral contraindication or exemption. Students from grades TK - 2 should be supported and taught how to wear masks properly. Masks are optional outdoors and, in general, people do not need to wear masks when outdoors (e.g. participating in outdoor play, recess, and physical education activities). Staff and students should follow CDPH and CDC face covering guidance.

Based on this guidance the KSD will no longer require outdoor masking effective today, Monday, October 11. Students, staff and volunteers are still required to mask indoors at all times. Masking outdoors will be optional.

Emergency Contact information

In the event of an emergency where we need to dismiss students from the school campus, all families need to identify someone who would be able to pick up your child if you are unable to get to the school. This can be a neighbor, friend, or anyone else local.

Please update Aeries at your earliest convenience and ensure that you have a local contact listed as an emergency contact.

2021-2022 District Calendar

Monday, October 11, 2021

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Thursday, October 14, 2021

  • Kent Picture Makeup Day
  • Cross Country at Kent, 4-5 p.m.
  • Flag football at Hall, 4-5 p.m.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Monday, October 18, 2021

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

  • 8th Grade Volleyball v. White Hill, 4-5 p.m.

Monday, October 25, 2021

  • KSPTA Equity & Inclusion Committee Kick-Off Meeting, 6-8 p.m., District Office (750 College Ave, Kentfield CA 94904) and Zoom option

KSD Vaccination Rates 10-01-2021

COVID Communication Exposure & KSD COVID Dashboard:

The Kentfield School District is following protocols from the Marin County Office of Education and the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services for scenarios and actions related to COVID-19 exposures and cases.

The Marin Schools Public Health COVID-19 Exposure Protocols for various scenarios can be found HERE. We recognize the situation with COVID-19 continues to adjust, thus KSD will update processes and procedures accordingly. Please reference the Updated Marin County Decision Tree (9/30/2021) for additional guidance. To reference exposure cases for the KSD visit our KSD Dashboard webpage.

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.

Reporting Self Testing

Marin Public Health Communicable Disease team created a link for parents and adult family members to report the results of their home tests, so that our teams can follow up with resources and information.

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

District Committees

Marin Public Health & MCOE Updates

COVID Information

Marin County Quarantine Guidance, Updated Oct. 4, 2021
Marin County Decision Tree, Updated Sept. 30, 2021
Marin County Guidelines for School Operations, Updated Sept. 7, 2021
COVD 19 Vaccine Information, MHHS
Marin County Exposure Protocols

Public Health Forums

Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 1 p.m. (view flyer and view flyer in Spanish)

Public Health Update for the School Community

Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 6 p.m. (view flyer)
Public Health and Pediatrician Speaker Panel for Parents and Guardians

Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 6 p.m. (view flyer)
Public Health and Pediatrician Speaker Panel for Parents and Guardians

Tentative Vaccination Clinics for 5-11 year olds — Save the Dates!

Marin Vaccination Clinics Ages 5-11

Students and family members from across Marin will be welcome to attend any of these vaccination clinics and will include pre-registration and walk-in appointment options. These dates are based on a current projected timeline for approval.

Bacich Bears News

Kristine Duran, New at Bacich

Happy Monday Bacich Bears!

Bacich International Walk and Rol

Last week we participated in International Walk and Roll to school day here at Bacich and we had the most students this year choose to bike, scooter, and walk to school. It was such a popular event that we even ran out of prizes! Be on the lookout for future Walk and Roll days in the coming months.

IDEA Studio Spotlight

Please enjoy this video of Ms. Snyder’s 3rd grade students in the IDEA Studio. Their challenge was to make a cardboard table or stool that could hold at least 5 pounds, and they definitely stepped up to the challenge!!

PE Spotlight

This month in PE the students have begun their much anticipated tumbling unit. Students from across campus have enjoyed getting to experience the joys of gymnastics and tumbling as they practice their balance and coordination. Here are few of Ms. Mansour’s students in their tumbling class last week.

Bacich PE Class

Message from Ms. Poon

Does your child(ren) love to sing? Check out Marin Girls Chorus and San Francisco Boys Chorus. Both groups have rehearsals in Marin and are a great way for young singers to experience singing and performing in a high level ensemble.

Wishing you all a great week!

Kristine Duran
Bacich Vice Principal

Bacich Announcements

Friendly Parking Reminder

All parking spots on campus are reserved for staff. Please refrain from parking on campus during pick-up/drop-off, volunteer opportunities (such as carline), or events during school hours. Handicap spaces are only available for vehicles with placards, per California law.

Bacich Staff Updates

Please see below information related to current staffing at Bacich School, as additional updates are received we will update the community accordingly.

Classified Staff:

Andrew Allanson and Diane Springfield joined the KSD team as new general education paraprofessionals in our primary grade classrooms. Welcome Mr. Allanson and Ms. Springfield!

Sunday, October 17: KIK Family Social 1st & 2nd, 1-3 p.m, Hal Brown Creekside Park

Monday, October 18: Bacich Site Council Meeting, 3-4 p.m.

Tuesday, October 19: Bacich Picture Retake Day

Bacich Library

Bacich Library Hispanic Heritage Month

Enjoy these pictures showcasing Hispanic Heritage Month in the Bacich Library. We invite parents to stop by and browse or check out some books for your young readers.

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

To Check Out Books: Visit:

  • Watch this how to video to learn how to check out Bacich Library books.

Bacich Library Book Buzz:

Check out Ms. Warnick's blog for valuable information about the library, volunteering, and what classes have been working on in the library.

Don't miss Ms. Warnick's recommendations for Hispanic Heritage Month, now through October 15.

Kent Falcons News

Kent Principal Grant Althouse

Greetings Kent Community,

Last Thursday, October 7th marked the end of the first hexamester of the year, which means that we are halfway through our first trimester grading period at Kent.

In Advisory last week, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders acknowledged the turn of the hexamester by completing an Academic Check-In with their Advisory teacher. During this Academic Check-In, each student logged in to Aeries to review points assigned and grades earned for a variety of assignments thus far in the grading period. Advisory teachers communicated the importance of regularly monitoring Aeries to stay up-to-date with academic progress, and to be able to maintain communication with teachers regarding completed elements of each class.

Advisory teachers also asked students to consider the following questions, as an opportunity for each student to reflect about their academic experience up to this point in the year:

  • What are your areas of academic strength and what are you most proud of this hexamester?
  • What areas are challenging for you?
  • How is it going with balancing your school work and outside activities?
  • What, if anything, are you hoping to change or work to improve for the remainder of the trimester?
  • What support might you need in order to feel good/better about your progress?
  • What are your academic goals for the year? How do you feel you are meeting, not meeting, or making progress toward your goals?

Advisory teachers will be completing Academic Check-Ins every six weeks this year to support students in monitoring their work completion, to encourage communication between students and teachers about progress during the grading period, and to instil a sense of ownership in our students around their performance in classes. During last week’s Advisory, 5th graders had a reunion with their 8th grade WEB leaders, but not to worry, 5th Grade Nest teachers do periodic Academic Check-ins with our youngest learners as well.

I will conclude today’s message with an update on relaxed Covid-19 mitigation strategies in our schools. Per County Health recommendations, as of today we have shifted to masks being optional for students and staff while outside at Kent. Face coverings are still required while inside any building at our school, and students should always have a mask with them to be ready to enter any indoor space they need to, like classrooms, the restroom, the gym, or the office. Thanks to all for your commitment to follow our current safety protocols.

Grant Althouse
Kent Principal

Kent Library

All School Read

Our first week of our All School Read of Julissa Arce's book Someone Like Me was a great success! Students have been reading the book with their 1st period classes — either listening to the author read on the audio edition or listening to their teacher reading. We have had some incredible discussions about what it means to be an American, and exploring the notion of the American Dream and what people sacrifice to make that dream come true.

This week we continue to read the book and discuss the many issues Julissa faced as she realized her documentation status and the lengths she went to to get the education and opportunities she wanted and deserved. We are so excited for her upcoming virtual visit on October 21! Thanks to the KSPTA for the generous grant to make this happen!

Can you help Davidson's Library?

We need your help! Clean out those bookshelves and bring your gently used books to the Kent Library to benefit Davidson's school library! Our neighboring middle school has a library that has been shuttered since the beginning of the pandemic. They just hired a librarian for the first time in several years and are finally open for students and classes, but they are sorely in need of new books to fill their shelves. You can help even further by posting this request on Nextdoor or your neighborhood email group. If you have questions, please email our school librarian Rebecca Jelen for more information. Drop off your books anytime in the Kent library or Kent office. Thank you!

Kent Announcements

Thursday, October 14: Kent Picture Retake Day, please see announcement below

Thursday, October 21: Kent All School Read Author Visit

Tuesday, November, 2: Kent Site Council meeting, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Kent Lunchtime Clubs

Discover a lunchtime club opportunity!

Lunchtime clubs provide falcons with an opportunity to develop friendships and participate in activities and projects with their peers.

Learn more here

Kent School Photos

You have the ability to order pictures online by visiting and searching for your school’s name. Your online order can be placed before and up to four (4) days after picture day.

Los padres pueden ordenar fotos en línea en buscando el nombre de su escuela. Su pedido en línea se puede realizar antes y hasta cuatro (4) días después del día de la foto.

After the 4-day grace period expires, a personalized access key will be sent home with picture delivery. A $7 shipping and handling fee will be added to all orders made with a personalized

access key and orders will ship directly to your home.

DESPUÉS DE QUE EXPIRE EL PERÍODO DE GRACIA DE 4 DÍAS: Un código de acceso personalizado le será enviado a su hogar con sus pedidos. Estas órdenes incluyen una tarifa de $7 de envío.


Contact our Customer Advocate Team at or call (800) 826-3535.

Kent Cross-Country Meets

at Kent…………………………………………………………….……… Thurs. 10/14 (4 p.m.)

at College of Marin Indian Valley Campus……….….Fri. 10/29 (4:15 p.m.)

Kent Flag Football Games

at Hall…………………………………………….Thurs., 10/14 (4 p.m.)

at Mark Day…………………………………….. Mon., 10/25 (3:45 p.m.)

vs. Davidson…………………………………….Thurs., 10/28 (4 p.m.)

vs. Lagunitas…………………………………... Thurs., 11/4 (3:45 p.m.)

Kent Volleyball Games

7th grade team vs. West Marin………Tues. 10/12 (4 p.m.)

8th grade team at Miller Creek…………………….…Wed. 10/13 (4 p.m.)

7th grade team vs. White Hill……….…Wed. 10/20 (4 p.m.)

7th grade team vs. Del Mar………………Tues. 10/26 (4 p.m.)

8th grade team vs. Mark Day……………Wed. 10/27 (4 p.m.)

7th grade team at Miller Creek………………………….Tues. 11/2 (4 p.m.)

8th grade team at Davidson……………………………….Wed. 11/3 (4 p.m.)

7th grade team at Davidson……………………………….Tues. 11/9 (4 p.m.)

8th grade team vs. San Domenico……Wed. 11/10 (4 p.m.)

Volunteer Opportunities at Kent

Would you like to contribute to emergency preparedness at Kent?

  • Please consider signing up to join a team of volunteers who will help to organize the materials for our student release process, in the event that we ever need to release students during the school day due to an emergency. Sign up for this team through this link!

Are you available in the mornings or afternoons to help keep our driveway safe?

  • Please email the KSPTA Vice President of Kent, Katharine O’Brien ( to sign up for a morning or afternoon slot to direct traffic during drop off/pick-up.

KIK News


Surprise your friends with Halloween candy and treats!

  • KIK BOO-Grams are $5
  • Filled with nut-free candy and other treats
  • Deadline to order: Friday, October 22, unless we sell out first
  • Delivered the week of October 25
  • Please include the address of the recipient - KSD district addresses only
  • All proceeds benefit Bacich and Kent kids
  • For questions, email:

Thank you for purchasing and helping to support Bacich and Kent schools!


Thank you to KIK Boo-Gram Sponsors:

Homa Rassouli - Mutual of Omaha Reverse Mortgage | DEB STEVENS - Marin Living Homes | Eric Bleth — Guaranteed Rate Affinity | Argavan Nilforoush, RDN, Baby Steps Nutrition | Kathryn Najafi-Tagol MD & Eye Institute of Marin | DJ Hanna



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.


  • 10/12: Fried chicken, caesar salad, mac and cheese, green beans
  • 10/19: 4 chicken & 4 steak tacos with salad & homemade tortilla chips with fresh pico de gallo

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


Bon Air

Bon Air Center is Greenbrae’s gathering place for wonderful food, coffee, and an array of services and options. Choose from 50 specialty merchants, family-friendly restaurants and essential services conveniently located in the heart of Marin—including Mollie Stones, Gott’s Roadside, Peet’s, Subway, Jamba Juice, CVS Pharmacy, Woodlands Pet Food & Treats, FrameCrafters, Stretch Lab, Bear Flag Fitness, Orangetheory Fitness, Fingers and Toes.

For 65-years and counting, Bon Air’s welcoming outdoor spaces and spectacular Mt. Tam views have provided a sense of place for special events and the community. Local roots. Local spirit.


At Mathnasium Learning Centers, math makes sense! Their instructional approach goes beyond traditional math tutoring to develop understanding and build a love for math. Mathnasium delivers a customized learning plan designed for each student's needs.

Alex’s Dry Cleaning Valet

Alex’s Dry Cleaning perfectly blends quality dry-cleaning and excellent customer service. Alex's has spent decades handling premium garments and their delivery service makes it easy and convenient!


Interested in becoming a KIK Business Partner in Education? All of our partners support our Bacich and Kent schools through various levels of sponsorship. Contact Laurie today at (415) 458-5140.


OCT. 11 - Boo-Grams go on Sale!

OCT. 12 - Dine & Donate with Left Bank KIK Family Meals

OCT. 17 - Family Social, 1st & 2nd grade, Hal Brown Park @ Creekside, 1:00p - 3:00p

OCT. 18 - Family Giving Launch

OCT. 19 - Dine & Donate with Left Bank KIK Family Meals

OCT. 25 - Boo-Gram delivery begins!


KIK $1M ANNUAL GOAL — October Update

We’re officially at 25% of our fundraising goal for our Bacich and Kent schools! Thank you to our Family Giving Donors and Business Partners for their support of our students and the programs they love.

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.
KIK Mission


Next KSPTA Meeting: Monday, November 8, 7-8 p.m., information

KSPTA Equity & Inclusion Committee Kick-Off Meeting

Monday, October 25, 2021, 6-8 p.m., District Office (750 College Ave, Kentfield 94904)

Please join the KSPTA Equity & Inclusion Committee Kick-Off Meeting on Monday, October 25 at the District Office. Learn about committee programs, share what you would like to see and find out how to get involved in this work. All are welcome! Zoom option is offered if you would like to listen to the meeting.

Únase a la reunión inicial del Comité de Equidad e Inclusión de KSPTA el lunes 25 de octubre en la oficina del distrito. Conozca los programas actuales de los comités, comparta lo que le gustaría ver y descubra cómo participar en este trabajo. ¡Todos son bienvenidos! Se ofrece la opción de zoom si desea escuchar la reunión.

Parent Education Survey

Please complete this quick survey to share the topics that you would like to learn more about and the days of the week that are the best for you to attend parent education opportunities.

October is PTA Membership Month!

With your PTA membership, all things are possible! Thank you to those who have already become members! Reminder that if you become a member last year after October 3, your membership will automatically renew on the anniversary of your membership subscription. To view and manage your membership, click here and log into your account.

Don’t take our word for it, teachers know best!

Mr. Martinez wanted to tell you what he values in the PTA himself, and that is music to our ears! Here is a look into the music program at Kent, funded by yours truly.

Become a member today!

Parent Education Opportunities

The KSPTA is working on bringing some great parenting education events to Kentfield this school year. There are also lots of great resources, often free, in our community. Regularly, we'll be sharing information about community events with you.

Raising Thrivers: Parenting Tips & Tools to Help Kids Thrive in An Uncertain World

Dr. Michele Borba, educational psychologist and author

Thursday, October 21, 7-8:30 p.m.

Our kids are the smartest on record, but also the loneliest, most stressed, risk averse, and depressed. It’s why we must rethink our parenting so they can thrive in an anxious, uncertain world. The good news is that thrivers are made, not born. In this thought provoking session, you’ll learn seven traits that science says matter most in happiness and success (even more than IQ and grades) and help kids thrive both now and later. You’ll learn how to help your child cope with everyday frustrations as well as bigger challenges, solve problems and develop resourcefulness, bounce-back from failure, develop an optimistic spirit, and recognize their unique passion to increase authentic confidence. This session offers hands-on tools to raise successful, self-reliant, and less pressured kids who thrive in school and life.

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 782 479 7371

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This event is open to the public. Co-sponsored by MCDS and MP&MS

Stay up to date with KSPTA!

Follow kentfieldschoolspta on both Facebook and Instagram

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.

Corte Madera Library Reopening!

Hello Kentfield School District community! We wanted to be sure you knew that the Corte Madera Library's construction is complete, and we are ready to welcome our patrons back inside!

Starting Monday, October 11, we will be fully open to the public. During our closure, we got a new roof, new windows, a fire suppression system, and some accessibility updates were done in the children's room.

Our hours will remain what they have been for our curbside services: Sunday 12-5 p.m.; Monday-Wednesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Thursday 12-7 p.m.

Please come by and see us at 707 Meadowsweet Dr., we've missed you!

RACE COUNTS MARIN: A Report Update from the Advancement Project

Wednesday, November 10, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

In 2017, the "Race Counts" report found Marin to be number one for racial disparities among all California counties. Join us in November 10th to hear the new data from the Advancement Project.

The "Race Counts" report looks at:

  • Economic Opportunity
  • Housing
  • Education
  • Criminal Justice
  • Healthcare, Democracy and more.

Public Comments!

Following the presentations, there will be time for public comments.  Plan to respond to the Race Counts report or share your experience. We want to hear from you!

Register Here!

For more information about SURJ Marin (Showing Up for Racial Justice), visit

If you have any questions, give me a call or email

This is a FREE online event hosted by the Marin Communications Forum and co-hosted by SURJ Marin and sponsored by First 5 Marin.

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!

View flyer

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