Kentfield School District

November 2nd, 2021

KSD News

Dear KSD Community,

As we enter the month of November, I want to express my absolute gratitude for your ongoing support and dedication to our school community. At Kent Middle school we have close to 90% of eligible children vaccinated and in just days we anticipate our 5-11 year old students to be eligible to receive the vaccine as early as this weekend. Our local Public Health has been preparing for this moment with health care providers, local pharmacies, and our school community. As soon as the approval is announced registration for Marin County COVID-19 Pediatric Vaccination Super PODs will open. Registration for an appointment can be found on the Marin County HHS Vaccine Finder website, and walk-in registration will be available at all Super PODs.

Special thanks to our public health partners for being prepared to support our community through this next phase in addressing the COVID-19 virus.

Be Well,

Superintendent Signature

Raquel Rose

District Announcements

Pubic Health Webinar: Pediatric Vaccination Q&A

Join Public Health for a presentation with local health experts dedicated to answering questions related to pediatric vaccinations. Based on the recent FDA advisory committee recommending emergency use authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech, Public Health anticipates additional steps to be taken in the coming days that may result in eligibility for 5 to 11-year-olds to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as the first weekend in November.

Pediatric Vaccination Q&A: November 3, 2021 6-7 p.m.

Public Health, Pediatric and Infectious Disease panelists addressed a number of great questions regarding the pediatric vaccine at panel discussions on October 6 and 13. Recordings of the events are provided below.

Pediatric Vaccination Clinics

Public Health has been closely following the progress of the FDA and CDC and the timeline for approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for 5 to 11-year-olds and are projecting that elementary school students in this age range may be eligible to receive the vaccine as early as this weekend!

As soon as approval is announced (likely November 4) registration for Marin County School COVID-19 Pediatric Vaccination Weekend Super PODs will open on the Marin County HHS Vaccine Finder website. Walk-in registration will also be available at all Super PODs.

Click here for a list of dates, times, and locations.

Traveling for the holidays?

Here is the current travel guidance:

  • Unvaccinated TK-12 students who travel out of state or the U.S. may return to school under modified quarantine
  • TK-12 students should test on Day 5 after returning home and can stay in school as long as they remain symptom free and the Day 5 test is negative
  • Students should refrain from socializing outside of school and participating in club sports or extracurricular activities outside of school or home until they receive a negative test result
  • Families returning from international travel will need to test negative before returning to the U.S.

Project Homekey - Date Forthcoming

We continue to work with the County of Marin to secure a date to host a local KSD community forum related to the proposed Project Homekey at 1251 S. Eliseo Dr.. Once the date for the gathering is confirmed we will update the community. Please stay tuned.

Please see the Community Events section for more information on Project Homekey.

Security Camera Installation

This past summer and fall we continued to put the final touches on various district bond projects including the installation of security cameras at both of our school sites. The purpose of these cameras is to offer surveillance on our school sites and to deter any unwanted activities.

Per the KSD Board Policy 3515 prior to the operation of the surveillance system signage must be posted and the community shall be made aware of surveillance occurring. The cameras have been installed outside our campus and directed towards outside activity and not pointing into buildings. Please be aware that the recordings captured by these cameras may be used in disciplinary proceedings, and referred to local law enforcement, as appropriate. The cameras will not be fully activated until all signage is appropriately posted and visible to the public.

2021-2022 District Calendar

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

  • Bacich ELAC meeting, 8:30-9:30 a.m., agenda
  • 8th Volleyball @ Davidson, 4-5 p.m.
  • Public Health Pediatric Vaccination Q&A, 6-7 p.m., Zoom link

Thursday, November 4, 2021

  • Kent ELAC meeting, Kent Library, 3:30-4:30 p.m., agenda

Friday, November 5, 2021

  • Kent Principal Coffee, 8:45-10 a.m., Kent Library.

November 8-12, 2021: KSPTA Book Fair, Bacich Community Center, more information

Monday, November 8, 2021

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

  • Kent Eco Action Event – uWalk, uBlend, more information in the Kent section
  • Bacich Principal Chat, 8- 9 a.m.
  • 8th Volleyball v. San Domenico, 4-5 p.m.
  • KIK Board Meeting, 7:30-8:30pm

Thursday, November 11, 2021

  • Veterans Day - Non Student Day

Friday, November 12, 2021

  • Bacich Lost and Found to Be Picked Up and Donated

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 Marin County Decision Trees for additional guidance. To reference exposure cases for the KSD visit our KSD Dashboard webpage.

Marin County Decision Trees - September 22, 2021

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

Bacich Bears News

Mary Ann Spitzer

Dear Bacich Community,

The Halloween Parade was such fun, what a wonderful Bacich tradition. Thank you to Amy Barr and Sarah Saven for helping organize the event and special thanks to all the parents who helped create such festive classroom banners. Check out these great photos of the morning.

Bacich Halloween Parade
Bacich Fall Projects

After the parade, students returned to class to participate in fall themed activities -- enjoy these photos of the various creative projects.

Bacich Library

Students are so happy to be able to enjoy our library again, and so is Mrs. Warnick! I checked it out myself and found that students love to read and draw during lunch recess just as much as they love the new play structure.

Assembly – We will be having our second whole school assembly this Friday. We will focus on the character pillar of ‘Fairness’ and sing songs together. I am very excited for my first assembly. We have school assemblies on the first Friday of each month and the theme is always one of our Pillars of Character. October’s theme was ‘Respect’.

Principal Chat – Also coming up is my first Principal Chat on November 10. It will be held in the library from 8am to 9am and will also be offered in a hybrid format over zoom. The topic will be focused on our Literacy Instruction, using the Lucy Calkins’ Units of Study for Reading and Writing, as well as how we are integrating Social Justice books and themes through our choice of mentor texts. We will also discuss how you can support your child at home in the areas of reading and writing. Please join us for a cup of coffee and an informational chat about literacy.

Parent/Teacher Conferences – Conference week is right around the corner, November 16-19. We will have minimum school days each one of these days to make time for conferences. At the end of this week, look for an invitation from your child’s teacher to sign up for your conference on Parent Square. If you have any difficulty signing up, please contact our community liaison, Ivette Villareal, for assistance. You may reach her by calling our front office at 925-2220.

Mary Ann Spitzer
Bacich Principal

Bacich Announcements

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

Wednesday, November 3: Bacich ELAC meeting, 8:30-9:30 a.m., agenda

November 8-12, 2021: KSPTA Book Fair, Bacich Community Center, more information

Wednesday, November 10: Bacich Principal Coffee Chat, 8-9 a.m.

Monday, November 15: Bacich Site Council meeting, 3-4 p.m.

November 16-19: Bacich Parent-Teacher Conferences – scheduling link will be sent by teachers this week.

Bacich Library

Bacich Library 11-02-2021

Please check out Ms. Warnick's fall blog highlighting Native American heritage Month plus some fabulous book suggestions.

Parents will also find an invitation from Ms. Warnick's blog to come in and see the scarecrows, pumpkins, and falling leaves created by our talented first graders!

The "Library Lion" visited the Bacich Library on Halloween. And students are enjoying reading books "around the campfire" this fall.

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.

Kent Falcons News

Kent Principal Grant Althouse

Greetings Kent Community,

Homework Club – Starting on Monday, November 8 we will be offering a Homework Club in the Library after school from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Homework Club is designed for students who need a quiet and supported location to study and complete homework assignments. Two teachers will be present each day to support children in organizing assignments and completing daily homework tasks. Students may access school Chromebooks during Homework Club, and a small snack will be available each day. If your child needs a quiet, safe, and supported environment to complete homework assignments and studying, please encourage them to attend Homework Club starting next Monday!

Friday’s Principals’ Coffee – Please plan to join Assistant Principal Wendy Homes, English Language Arts Department Chair Shannon Janney, and me for this Friday’s Principal Coffee at Kent, focused on Literacy Instruction at our school. During this presentation and discussion, we will model key instructional strategies, provide an overview of the structure and purpose behind reading and writing workshop, and discuss ways to support our middle school readers and writers at home. Spanish translation will be available, and the session will be able to be viewed by online participants through this link. Please join us this Friday, November 5 at 8:45 a.m. in the Kent Library for a warm cup of coffee, and a productive conversation about reading and writing at middle school!

Grant Althouse
Kent Principal

Kent Announcements


On Wednesday, November 10, the Kent Eco-Action club will be serving up smoothies to all walkers and rollers. The smoothies will be blended by a BIKE BLENDER! Please encourage your student to walk or roll to school for the benefit of their health, to reduce pollution and traffic – and to join in the fun BIKE BLENDING!

Kent Basketball Tryouts & Coaches Needed!

Kent Basketball has arrived!

Tryouts – all tryouts are in the Kent Gym

8th grade girls: Wednesday, 11/10 and Friday, 11/12, 3:45-4:45 p.m.

8th grade boys: Wednesday, 11/10 and Friday, 11/12, from 4:45-5:45 p.m.

6th boys tryouts: Tuesday, 11/9, 3:45- 4:45 p.m., gym

Other grades and teams’ tryouts are to be announced...

Basketball Coaches Needed!

Our 6th grade girls, 7th grade boys and 7th grade girls teams are all in need of good coaches. Our season starts soon and we would not want our Falcons to be left without leaders this year. The commitment is just one practice and one game a week (games start after the new year). No coach = no team, so if you or anyone you know is willing to step up and help out, please contact Ryan Palmer, the Kent Athletic Director at

Go Falcons!

Yearbook Opportunities

Calling all future Leonardo da Vincis! If you would like your art to be in this year’s yearbook please send a digital photo of it to Ms.Stephens. You may submit a photo of an original sketch, painting, or drawing to Please make sure your piece is non-offensive and culturally appropriate. We want to capture your artistic talents in this traditional keepsake. Deadline for submission is December 7

Baby face...who's got the cutest little baby face? It’s you, 8th grade Falcons! If you want your baby pic in this year’s yearbook, please send a digital copy to Ms. Stephens at with your full name included no later than Tuesday, December 14th!

Kent Athletics Sweatshirts Now on Sale!

Are you looking to purchase a great new piece of Kent spirit gear and support Kent athletics?

We are ordering Kent Athletics sweatshirts this year to do just that!

Please fill out the order form and write a check to Ryan Palmer (Kent Athletic Director) in the amount of $21. Bring in your order to the Kent office or room 30 at Kent. Our next order is being made very soon! Don't miss out on this awesome opportunity.


5th - 7th grade parents who are applying to private schools please contact Lisa Sandberg, Administrative Assistant to the Principal, at or

Thursday, November 4: Kent ELAC Meeting, 3:15-4:30 p.m., Kent Library, agenda

Friday, November 5: Kent Principal Coffee, 8:45-10:00 a.m., Kent Library

November 8-12, 2021: KSPTA Book Fair, Bacich Community Center, more information

Wednesday, November 10: Walk and Roll to bike and get a smoothie blended by a bike with the Kent Eco-Action Club!

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 Flag Football Games

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

Kent Volleyball Games

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.)

KIK News


KIK Fundraising Goal: This school year, KIK plans to raise $1 million and to do that we kindly ask each family to contribute $1800 per child in the district. We appreciate donations of all sizes and if you feel so inclined to donate more — please do!

Please consider giving by GIVING DAY: Thursday, November 18th — just ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday — fitting as we are grateful for your giving!

How to Donate:

You will receive a tax receipt and a car decal to show your support, and be featured on the Family Giving Donor Wall.

Enrichments for Every Kid, Every Day. We are thankful for the enrichment programs that provide valuable experiences for all kids at our Bacich and Kent schools every day. Your contributions directly support enrichment programs like Art, PE, Music, STEM, Library, Social Emotional supports, Spanish, Film, Broadcasting, and Woodshop to name a few.

Learn more about the impact of your contribution.

Thank you for your support of our Bacich and Kent kids!


Donate at least the Family Giving Ask of $1800 per Bacich and Kent child by GIVING DAY, Thursday, November 18, and you'll be automatically entered into a drawing to win on of the following:

  • One month of KIK Family Meals by Left Bank
  • Thanksgiving Pick Up Dinner by Left Bank

*Special thanks to Left Bank Larkspur, KIK Giving Day Sponsor.


Left Bank Gives 20% with every KIK Family Meal

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.


  • 11/2: Coq Au Vin served with mixed green salad, linguine, and brussel sprouts
  • 11/9: Fried chicken served with mashed potatoes, Caesar salad, roasted carrots

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


NOV. 2 - Dine & Donate with Left Bank KIK Family Meals

NOV. 9 - Dine & Donate with Left Bank KIK Family Meals

NOV. 12 - KIK Crab Feed



KIK $1M ANNUAL GOAL — November Update

We’ve raised just over 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 Book Fair

November 8-12, 2021, Bacich Community Center

Bacich Student Shopping Hours:

  • Monday, November 8: 2-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 9: 7:45-8:10 a.m. and 2-5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 10: 7:45-8:10 a.m. and 12-4 p.m.
    Donut Wednesday for Kent students who make a purchase, while supplies last.
  • Thursday, November 11: 7:45-8:10 a.m., lunch, and 2-4 p.m.
    Taco Thursday! Stay for dinner and enjoy Abel's Tacos & Burritos from 5-7 pm.
  • Friday, November 12: 7:45-8:10 a.m., lunch, and 2-4:30 p.m.

**Parents and Kent students are welcome to join for shopping after dismissal.

Find out more! Information in English and Spanish.

KSPTA Equity & Inclusion Committee

KSPTA Equity & Inclusion Committee Buddies Get Together and Training

November 16, 2021, 6 p.m.

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.

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.

Dedication to Special Education Car Raffle

Marin County Inclusion Inspiration Series

Dedication to Special Education (DSE) is collaborating with Changing Perspectives on a series of workshops focused on inclusion in 2021-2022. The next event is planned for December 9 at 6:30 p.m. and will focus on "An Exploration of Ableism & Neurodiversity."

Find out more at

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.

Play Marin's Diversity and Inclusion Walk-a-thon

Join Play Marin's upcoming Walk-A-Thon, which benefits the programs Play Marin offers, and has a larger mission of diversity, inclusion and bringing Marin communities together.

Sunday, November 14, 10 a.m.

Register here

Marin County Housing Survey: We want to hear from you!

The County is in the process of updating the Housing and Safety Elements of the Countywide Plan (the County’s General Plan). The Countywide Plan serves as the guiding vision for the future of unincorporated Marin.

  • Short Survey:
  • Consider-It Discussion Forum: An online forum to share reactions and opinions to statements provided by the County:
  • Interactive Atlas (coming soon): An interactive map to examine demographic data and local hazards.
  • Upcoming Meeting: Zoom Community Workshop #2 (out of 5) Join the County of Marin for an online community meeting to discuss climate change adaptation, including wildfire, sea level rise and flooding concerns. There will be live Spanish and Vietnamese translation. Register here:

Visit and subscribe to this page to receive the latest developments.

¡Queremos escuchar su opinión!

El Condado está en proceso de actualización de la sección de Elementos de vivienda y seguridad del Plan del condado (el Plan general del condado). El Plan del condado sirve como visión orientadora para el futuro de la zona no incorporada de Marin.

  • Encuesta corta:
  • Foro de discusión para consideraciones: Un foro en línea para compartir reacciones y opiniones a declaraciones del Condado:
  • Atlas interactivo (próximamente): Un mapa interactivo para examinar datos demográficos y peligros.
  • Próxima reunion: Zoom taller de la comunidad nº 2 (de 5), de 6 p.m. a 8 p.m. Únase al Condado de Marin en una reunión comunitaria en línea para discutir adaptación al cambio climático, incluyendo los incendios forestales, el aumento del nivel del mar y las inundaciones. Habrá traducción simultánea en español y vietnamita. Registrarse aquí:

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.

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 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 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, provides many detailed resources, including emergency grab-and-go packing checklists, that can be helpful for residents to prepare for the unexpected.

Emergency Alerts

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.

Flood Insurance

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.

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!

Crisis Text Support Line

Marin County is offering our youth another means of mental health support through a crisis text line.

Text MARIN to 741741 for Support that Cares

If you are ever in need of support, Crisis Text Line is always available to offer help. Connect with a trained Crisis Counselor and share your feelings in a safe space. Text MARIN to 741741 for free, 24/7, confidential support that cares. Available in Spanish 2022.

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