Kentfield School District

March 7th, 2022

KSD News

Dear KSD Community,

Please join us tomorrow Tuesday, March 8 at 5 p.m. for our Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees. Attendees may join in person in the Kentfield School District Conference Room located at 750 College Avenue. A Zoom webinar option will be available as well. The meeting will have an education showcase highlighting the Kent Spanish Program, COVID-19 updates, school site information, and progress on the KSD LCAP/Strategic Plan as well as other timely updates.

Take good care,

Superintendent Signature

Raquel Rose

District Announcements

Reminder: Public Health Update for the School Community

Wednesday, March 9, 2022, 3 p.m.

Read more information about the webinar update.

Zoom Link - Webinar ID: 825 0208 2446 Passcode: 679452
Dial In: (408) 638-0968

If your child tests positive for COVID-19, please report it to our school nurse, Laurel Yrun at immediately.

Submit Student vaccination verification

KSD COVID Information – Dashboard

Announcing - Kentfield Schools Readathon

Bacich – Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Kent – Week of March 21, 2022

Love to read and want to get involved? Please email

For more information, please visit The Kentfield Schools Readathon website, visit the KSPTA newsletter section, or contact the Readathon team at

KSD Universal Transitional Kindergarten (UTK) Information

Registration is now open!

Learn how the KSD is designing and planning the UTK program beginning Fall 2022.

  • Universal Transitional Kindergarten Presentation Slide Deck: English and Spanish
  • Universal Transitional Kindergarten: Recording Jan. 27 and Jan. 28

2021-2022 District Calendar & 2022-2023 District Calendar

KSD, KSPTA & Community Parent Education Opportunities Calendar

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Thursday, March 10, 2022

  • Kent Basketball Playoff Game, 8th Girls vs. St. Raphael's, 4 p.m.
  • Kent Basketball Playoff Game, 8th Boys vs. (winner of Del Mar/St. Raphael's on Monday), 5 p.m.

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Week of March 14-18: Kent Walk for Waffles hosted by the Eco Action Club, Walk - Bike - or Skate to School!

Thursday, March 17, 2022

  • KSPTA Parent Ed Event: Parents for Racial Equity, Part 2, 6-8 p.m., more information coming soon!

Friday, March 18, 2022

  • Bacich Principal Chat, 9:45-10:45 a.m., Bacich Library

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

District Committees

Bacich Bears News

Mary Ann Spitzer

Dear Bacich Community,

Fourth Grade Rancho Day

What a wonderful day our fourth graders had last Friday. They celebrated Rancho Day by learning how to weave, making corn husk dolls, and painting pottery designs. A big thank you to all of the fourth grade parent volunteers. You really made a difference and helped things run smoothly. As I visited each fourth grade classroom, I was so impressed with the student engagement and teacher’s thoughtful planning for this action packed day. Enjoy a few of the many photos I took:

Bacich Rancho Day

Trimester 2 Report Cards

This Friday, March 11 marks the end of the second trimester. Teachers will be entering grades and comments the following week. Report cards will be made available to families at the end of the day on Monday, March 21. If you would like a paper copy of the report card, please email Lynn Bartha at or call the front office at 415-925-2220. If you have any questions about your child’s progress, please contact their teacher.

Important Events – Save the Dates!

More information to follow!

  • Principal Chat – Topic: Bacich Enrichments: March 18, 9:45-10:45 a.m.
  • Readathon: March 23, all day
  • Open House: March 31, 6-7 p.m.
  • Walk and Roll Jedi Challenge: April 13, 20, 27 and "May the 4th" be with you!

Safety Reminder

For the safety of our students, please remember that students should be picked up promptly after school is released, unless they are attending an after-school class/program on campus. The Bacich playgrounds are not supervised after school, and it is important to make sure that all students are safe and in the appropriate pick up area while waiting for their caregivers.

Have a great week!

Mary Ann Spitzer
Bacich Principal

Bacich Announcements

Kent Tutors Marin: Free virtual tutoring to K–6th graders in all subjects during school, after school, and on weekends. Spanish-speaking tutors are available. Sessions are 30-45 minutes via Zoom.

Bacich Yearbooks Now on Sale! Lowest Price by March 13!

The yearbook will be back this year with class photos and pictures of all students, not to mention spreads of special events on campus throughout the year! The sales of the book support KSPTA programming in the KSD. Yearbooks will be delivered to students in their classrooms at the end of the school year.

Price – Buy early and save!

  • March 1-13: $30
  • March 14-April 29: $35

Orders close on April 29, 2022

Link to order:

If purchasing a yearbook is a financial burden for your family, please reach out to either Amber Hatfield ( or Ivette Villarreal (, and the KSPTA will make sure your child has a book.

Bacich Library

March Blog Post Now Available!

Read the March issue of the Bacich Library Book Buzz:

** Today's photo highlights a California Young Reader Medal lesson and contest in which students participate. Read Ms. Warnick's March blog to learn more!

  • Learn about how the library is celebrating Read Across America and St. Patrick's Day.
  • Discover suggested activities throughout the month, and much more!

To Check Out Books: Visit:

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

  • March 13: Last day for Bacich Yearbook lowest price $30
  • March 18: Bacich Principal Chat, 9:45-10:45 a.m., Bacich Library
  • March 21: Bacich Site Council meeting, 3:15-4:15 p.m.
  • March 23: KSPTA Readathon
  • March 31: Open House
  • April 13, 20, 27 and "May the 4th" be with you!: Walk and Roll Jedi Challenge

Kent Falcons News

Kent Principal Grant Althouse

Greetings Kent Community,

Last Friday, the enrichment teaching team presented an informative, engaging, and inspirational discussion about the varied enrichment courses and experiences we offer at Kent. If you are interested in viewing the recorded session, linked here is the recording of the Friday, March 4 Principal Coffee presentation (Passcode: 6h#wnIf.). If you’d prefer to review the contents of the presentation at your own pace, linked here is the slideshow. Current 4th and 5th grade families may find this information helpful to anticipate what the enrichment wheel rotation holds for your child next year, while 6th and 7th grade families may find this information helpful in anticipation of enrichment course selection for 2022-2023. During advisory this week current 6th and 7th grade students will select their enrichment courses for next year, and a conversation at home about our offerings may further inspire your student’s selection. We are thankful to our incredible team of experienced enrichment teachers for the unique experiences they offer our students at Kent, and to our school foundation, Kentfield Invests in Kids (KIK), for the generous financial contributions that make our enrichment program possible.

The second trimester of the year comes to a close this Friday, March 11, with second trimester grades released in Aeries the week of March 21. Also, please save the date for the return of Kent Middle School Open House, Thursday, March 24 from 6 to 7:30 p.m in our classrooms. Look out for more details about Open House through a message this Friday, as well as in next week’s newsletter.

In closing, please take a listen to Kent student Amelia’s KQED Perspective composition that aired last week. She composed this as a part of one of her Kent enrichment classes, a seed of an idea that started in a classroom, and has now been shared with the world! Congratulations, Amelia!

Take good care,

Grant Althouse
Kent Principal

Kent Announcements

WALK FOR WAFFLES! - Walk - Bike - or Skate the week of March 14-18

The Kent Eco-Action Club, the P.E. staff, and Safe Routes to Schools, will be holding a Walk and Bike to school week-long Challenge.

Please encourage your student to join the CHALLENGE and WALK, BIKE, or SKATE to school – during the week of March 14th. Each P.E. teacher will select a class with the most walking/biking trips – their class will be treated to a Waffle Party!

Walking and biking to school is good exercise, it reduces pollution and traffic, and it is fun!

If you live too far, PARK (at least 10 minutes away) and let your student WALK.

Kent Tutors Marin: Free virtual tutoring to K–6th graders in all subjects during school, after school, and on weekends. Spanish-speaking tutors are available. Sessions are 30-45 minutes via Zoom.

Kent Athletics

Questions? Please contact Kent Athletic Director Ryan Palmer at

Kent Golf

Get Ready for the Kent Golf Season!

Kent Basketball

Basketball Playoff Schedules Week #1

* Please note: There is a regular practice schedule this week.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

  • 6th Girls vs. Del Mar, 4 p.m.
  • 6th Boys vs. Del Mar, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

  • 7th Girls vs. Davidson, 4 p.m.
  • 7th Boys vs. Hall, 5 p.m.

Thursday, March 10, 2022

  • 8th Girls vs. St. Raphael's, 4 p.m.
  • 8th Boys vs. (winner of Del Mar/St. Raphael's on Monday), 5 p.m.

Kent Library

Newspaper Club: meets on Tuesday during study session.

Need Book Recommendations?

Email me at and follow us on Instagram @kentmiddleschoollibrary.

Kent Homework Club: Every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 3:30-4:45 p.m., Kent Library

  • Designed for students who need a quiet and supported environment in which to complete assignments. Any student who is ready to focus and work is welcome to attend with us!

Kent Lunchtime Clubs: All are welcome! Simply show up at the meeting location on the correct day to join in the fun!

  • March 8: Kent Site Council meeting, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Lunch Plaza, agenda
  • Week of March 14-18: Kent Walk for Waffles hosted by the Eco Action Club, Walk - Bike - or Skate to School!
  • March 21: KSPTA Readathon
  • March 23: Kent Late Release Day - 3:28 p.m.
  • March 24: Open House
  • March 25: Kent Early Release Day - 1:13 p.m.

KIK News


Own a Vacation Home?

Member of a Golf Club?

Have a Gift Card or two?

We need your help with donations for unique, bid-worthy items to create a successful auction that raises much-needed funds for over 30 enrichments and programs that serve all Bacich and Kent kids.

The KIK Annual Spring Online Auction will be held April 21-28 and is the largest event fundraiser of the year. The Spring Live Auction & Party will be held April 30. Details to come.

  • Much Needed Items:
    • Vacation homes and getaways
    • Unique experiences (members-only golf clubs, spa packages, exclusive sports tickets, bike adventures, backstage passes to shows)
    • Jewelry, art, autographed sports and music memorabilia
    • Gift cards to local restaurants, grocery and retail stores
    • National retailer gift cards
  • Host a Sign-up Party for adults or kids.
  • Purchase items off the Amazon auction wish list.

Please contact Holly Myers at to donate today. THANK YOU!

All items needed by March 15 and are tax deductible.

Donate an Auction item today


Woodlands Market - is an invaluable KIK business partner and, as our upscale neighborhood market, they offer delicious deli sandwiches, gourmet food, organic produce and ready-made eats and spirits.

Carey Hagglund Condy Team | Luxury Marin Homes - A Top 5 Marin County agent, Carey is known to be honest and discreet. She offers unparalleled knowledge of Marin’s unique neighborhoods and schools—of Marin Living Beyond the Four Walls.

Colleen Fitzpatrick | Golden Gate | Sotheby's International Realty - Having represented many Marin and San Francisco luxury homes, Colleen brings a wealth of expertise, experience, and the highest level of integrity and diplomacy to her clients.

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


MAR 08 - $50 Dine & Donate - Left Bank KIK Family Meals
Gives 20% to KIK, Opt in for weekly order reminder.

  • Beef Bourguignon, mashed potatoes, mixed greens, & asparagus


MAR 15 - Call for Auction Items - Deadline to Receive Donations

KIK Spring Online Auction Event, Please donate items by March 15

KIK Spring Live Auction & Party at Bimbo’s 365 Club featuring Mustache Harbor



We’re over the 80% mark of our fundraising goal for our Bacich and Kent schools — but we still have nearly $200,000 to raise in 3 months!

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, April 11, 7-8 p.m., Agenda

Bacich Yearbooks Ordering Information

Find out more about ordering a Bacich Yearbook at

  • Price now through March 13: $30
  • March 14-April 29: $35
  • Orders close on April 29

Love Reading. Build Community. Support our Schools.

The Kentfield Schools PTA Readathon supports reading development and spreads the joy of reading among our community of students, teachers, and families. All funds raised supplement the KSPTA budget and go directly back to our community, funding things like teacher stipends, class materials and equipment, Kent after school sports, and more.
What to Expect

  • Bacich: one day Readathon on Wednesday March 23
  • Kent: week long Readathon Monday March 21 - Friday March 25
    Guest readers, author visits, dedicated reading time during school, book related art projects book trivia, and so much more!

What to Do

  • You will receive a custom link from 99Pledges to your student's personal donation page. Ask your child to write a paragraph or make a short video to explain the Readathon and ask for support. See suggestions and examples here.

Share the link with family, friends, and neighbors to ask for support.

For more information, please visit The Kentfield Schools Readathon website or contact the Readathon team at

Lunch Volunteer Sign Ups

Our school lunch program is run by the KSPTA and staffed completely with volunteers. These dedicated volunteer parents who've been feeding our kiddos all year are tired and need a break! Please help us out. Between Bacich and Kent we need to get over 1500 lunches into the hands and mouths of our hungry students. Consider a regular shift - either weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. Connect with other parents and see your children in the wild. We particular need help this month so sign up now!

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.

Complete list of parent education opportunities and archive of available recordings for 2021-2022

Save the Date!

KSPTA Parent Education Event: Parents for Racial Equity, Part 2

  • Thursday, March 17, 2022, 6-8 p.m.
  • More information coming soon!

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.

Recorded Webinar: Empathizing with Tragedy: How to Talk to Kids about Conflict & War.

Please see a link to the video and the resources shared during the webinar: here.


  • Age-appropriate conversations to address anxiety and fear.
  • Trusted news sources and digital wellness.
  • The power and danger of social media.
  • Uplifting and empowering kids in times of tragedy.
  • Taking positive action.

Thank you again to the presenters who provided such valuable insight and information:

  • Jamie Nuñez, Bay Area Regional Manager for Common Sense Media
  • Julie Kurtz, Founder of Center for Optimal Brain Integration®
  • Emily Gerber, Ph.D., Mental Health Services Director, Kaiser Permanente

Learning Opportunities for Middle school Students

The Corte Madera Library is hosting multiple learning opportunities for middle school students:

On Saturdays, teen tutors from Redwood High school will be available from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. to assist with various subjects in the library's teen section. This is a drop-in service, so first come first served. Masks are requested to mimic school policies due to close proximity. Call the library for more information.

Starting on March 12, another Redwood student will be hosting six classes for 5th-12th graders on how to program using Python. Please call the library to register, space will be limited. Chromebooks are available in-branch, or personal laptops can also be used. Classes are cumulative, and will be posted online following the in-person sessions. Dates: 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30.

Find us at, or reach us by phone at: 415-924-3515

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