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.
Marin County Inclusion Inspiration Series
The Marin County Inclusion Inspiration Series provides a unique opportunity to engage, inspire, educate and empower all members of Marin County schools throughout the 2021-2022 school year.
Each workshop will be presented via Zoom and will be available with Spanish translations and closed captions. Workshops will be facilitated by Sam Drazin, Executive Director of Changing Perspectives.
- View flyers and learn more at www.specialed.org/dse-school-community-workshops
DSE is also offering classroom grants, and applications are due Friday, 29 October. Learn more at www.specialed.org/grants-program-overview
Día de Los Muertos & Halloween Guidance
Halloween (October 31) and Día de Los Muertos (November 1 & 2) are just around the corner. COVID-19 is still present in our community, and many of the activities associated with these two occasions carry risk for spreading COVID-19.
As you plan Halloween and Día de los Muertos activities this year, we strongly recommend that everyone takes the following measures to protect against COVID-19:
- Celebrate in small gatherings: Avoid events with larger crowds to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19.
- Get fully vaccinated: Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine remains our strongest asset in keeping ourselves and those around us protected.
- Stay home if you think you are infected: It might feel disappointing to miss out on a costume party, but it will feel worse if we are responsible for spreading the virus to other partygoers.
- Wear a face mask: Even if it is more fun to wear, a costume mask is not a substitute for a proper face covering that covers your nose and mouth.
- Gather outdoors: Open-air events are a safer option especially when it is unknown if everyone attending is fully vaccinated.
- Take extra steps while trick-or-treating: Try to maintain social distancing, practice appropriate hand hygiene (use of hand sanitizer) while collecting/giving out candy, pass treats out from outside your home, or place them on an outdoor table.
- Practice post-holiday care: Monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days after participating in any Halloween or Día de Los Muertos festivities.
Read the full News Release or review the full guidance to learn more.
Community Forums: Project Homekey
On September 21, the County of Marin and the City of Larkspur, in partnership with Episcopal Community Services (ECS), announced that they had identified a potential Project Homekey 2.0 opportunity at the former skilled nursing facility located at 1251 S. Eliseo Drive in Larkspur. The property would be operated by ECS as a 43 to 50-unit Permanent Supportive Housing facility for single adults experiencing homelessness. On Tuesday, the County of Marin’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in support of authorizing staff to submit an application to the State for Homekey funding. The discussion, which you can view here (items #7 & #8 on the agenda), included details about the countywide homelessness strategy, the Homekey funding opportunity, and a detailed description of the development and service plan.
To continue to provide a transparent and open process, the County of Marin, the City of Larkspur, and ECS will co-host two upcoming community forums. Both of these forums will follow the same format: a 30-minute presentation from partner organizations followed by an up to 90-minute Q&A with the community.
- Thursday, November 4, 6-8 p.m. Zoom, us02web.zoom.us/j/87002884931
Marin Pirates Swimming
The Marin Pirates Foundation is a Non-Profit (501-c3) organization with the mission statement of providing free learn-to-swim lessons to underserved children in the Marin County area.
Register now for fall and winter swim clinics and lessons. Financial assistance is available for students.
Find out more at marinpirates.org and view flyer.
Marin County Storm Season Preparations & Emergency Notifications
Residents are encouraged to take action on their own property prior to the rainy season to help mitigate flooding, including the clearing of dead leaves from driveway pipes, rooftop gutters, and storm drains. Dead foliage should be disposed of in compost bins, not left in street gutters to clog drainage systems. Those living in flood-prone areas should test their sump pumps and stock up on sandbags (available at most hardware stores) and learning how to properly use them prior to storms. Additionally, ReadyMarin.org provides many detailed resources, including emergency grab-and-go packing checklists, that can be helpful for residents to prepare for the unexpected.
It is important for residents to sign up for the Alert Marin notification system to be aware of emergency situations that could carry life safety implications, such as floods. The service, provided by the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, provides the public with time-sensitive alerts targeted toward specific addresses or neighborhoods. Residents who have registered should review their contact information to ensure it is up to date. Alert Marin is different from the Nixle service, which provides general public safety and/or post-disaster information.
Marin County participates in the National Flood Insurance Program, which makes federally backed insurance available for all structures, and provides a range of resources to help property owners make the best decisions. Residents who seek such coverage are encouraged to contact their insurance agency but should be aware that it takes approximately 30 days to process.
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
- Criminal Justice
- Healthcare, Democracy and more.
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!
For more information about SURJ Marin (Showing Up for Racial Justice), visit www.SURJMarin.org.
If you have any questions, give me a call or email Michelle@First5Marin.org.
This is a FREE online event hosted by the Marin Communications Forum and co-hosted by SURJ Marin and sponsored by First 5 Marin.
Corte Madera Library Reopening!
The Corte Madera Library's construction is now complete, and the library is fully open to the public.
Hours: 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!
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 ExtraFood.org 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!
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: caparentyouthhelpline.org.
- Helpline #: 855-427-2736