Kentfield School District

March 21st, 2022

KSD News

Dear KSD Community,

I want to begin this letter with gratitude to our students, staff and parents/guardians. During the last week we endured a number of changes that impacted our daily school operations. Daylight savings extended our days, in school masking transitioned from required to strongly recommended, and we launched our final trimester of the 2021-22 school year. I thank you for your partnership as we faced these transitions together in the best interest of our students, staff, and families.

Over the next two Thursdays, March 24 and March 31, Kent and Bacich respectively will host a traditional Open House where students can offer their parents/guardians a peek into a day in the life of a Kent Falcon or Bacich Bear. Both principals have shared communications outlining what you may expect from these annual school sponsored events (Kent Notice - Bacich Notice).

With over 1,000 anticipated attendees at each Open House, Marin Public Health has categorized these gatherings as "Mega-Events." Since we do not have the capacity to monitor vaccination status nor negative Covid-19 testing prior to the event, the KSD will require all attendees to wear masks while indoors.

We thank you for working with us to help keep our school settings as safe as possible.

Superintendent Signature

Raquel Rose

District Announcements

COVID Testing
KSD Vaccination Rates 10-01-2021

On-Site Public Health COVID-19 Testing

Over the last two weeks the Marin Public Health’s case tracker showed an increase of COVID-19 cases reported from Bacich School. With masking no longer mandatory, Marin Public Health is concerned that transmission will continue to spread to more students/staff if we do not intervene in specifically identified classrooms. On Wednesday, March 23, Marin Public Health will deploy a testing team to Bacich School to provide on-site rapid testing to targeted classrooms. This testing is an effort to identify COVID-19 cases that may be asymptomatic spreaders.

Notification was sent via ParentSquare this morning to identified classrooms. Marin Public Health is strongly recommending all students and staff in these identified classrooms participate in this on-site testing to help minimize further COVID-19 transmission. We wanted to share this message with the entire KSD community in an effort to be transparent and acknowledge that COVID-19 is still very much in the community and it is important to maintain vigilance. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our school nurse, Laurel Yrun at

KSPTA Readathon This Week!

Bacich – Wednesday, March 23

Kent – Week of March 21

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

WARNING - Dangerous Social Media Trend

Splat-R-Ball Guns

A new social media trend has surfaced that may impact the safety and well-being of our students. TikTok’s latest trend is to use Splat-R-Ball Guns (a.k.a gel blasters) in drive-by bike/car attacks. These ambush style activities are simulating shooter style video games to real public spaces. The Splat-R-Ball Guns shoot 8 water beads per second at 136 MPH and resemble a Nerf-style toy gun. The water beads or orbeez are painful and cause welts to the skin and may cause significant injury if hit in the eye.

The Splat-R-Ball Guns are not permitted on school campuses. Please do not allow your child to bring these guns to school. School safety is a priority for the KSD; and students, staff and parents/guardians are urged to report any unsafe activities to the school office.

2021-2022 District Calendar & 2022-2023 District Calendar

KSD, KSPTA & Community Parent Education Opportunities Calendar

March 21-25: KSPTA Kent Readathon

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Thursday, March 24, 2022

  • Kent Open House Events, 6-7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 25, 2022

Monday, March 28, 2022

Thursday, March 31, 2022

  • Bacich Open House, 6-7 p.m.

April 4-8, 2022: Spring Break, school is closed.

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

District Committees

Community Health Update

32-Point Plan Guiding Site Based Instruction

March 9, 2022 Public Health Update for the School Community (recording - slide deck).

When to Keep Your Child Home

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

How to Help Kids Navigate the New Era of No-Mask School - Wall Street Journal, March 4, 2022

Bacich Bears News

Mary Ann Spitzer

Dear Bacich Community,

There is excitement in the air this week as Wednesday is the KSPTA Read-a-thon! Students can’t wait to wear their pajamas and bring their stuffies to school while they read, are read to, or are enjoying author presentations. I even heard that Bacich Bear may make an appearance during arrival time!

Conflict Resolution

Ms. A has been working hard with our Bacich Peacemaker Team to provide extra support during recess. These fourth graders are guiding students through the Peace Path as well as giving out Bacich Bear Cards for responsible behavior. Last week, she shared this fun video to help students identify ways they can deal with conflict or frustration. I encourage you to speak with your child about the positive choices Kelso the frog makes in difficult situations!

Principal Chat

Last Friday, we held a Principal Chat highlighting the Bacich Enrichment programs. If you missed it, you may review the slide deck with embedded videos here. Also, the recorded Principal Chat can be found here. A big thank you to all of the enrichment teachers for their contributions to this presentation and to KIK and the KSPTA for their support that makes these great programs possible.

Open House is Next Week!

We are excited to welcome you, in person, to Bacich’s Open House on Thursday, March 31 from 6 to 7 p.m. It is such an honor to host our entire school community on this special night to meet teachers and to learn more about our unique educational programs. Our students will share their classrooms and learning activities to provide parents/guardians a greater understanding of their children's learning space. Bacich School is a special place where the learning magic is alive everyday. We are thrilled to be able to share it with each of you. Please see this Parent Square post for more details.

Report Cards

Report cards were supposed to be available in Aeries today, but unfortunately Aeries is not cooperating! Aeries is having a web server issue so we have not been able to generate report cards yet. We are still working on it at this time however, but the report cards may not be posted until later this evening or possibly even tomorrow.

Have a great week!

Mary Ann Spitzer
Bacich Principal

In-Person KSPTA Marker Event at Bacich!

The KSPTA is very excited to bring back an in person "Maker" event to Bacich Elementary!
Unlike previous years, this event will take place during the school day, allowing all kids to participate! The Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS) in Berkeley will be hosting their: Build, Engineer, Invent! program on Thursday, April 14 (that's in little under a month!!).
Parents can still attend by volunteering at any of the following sessions. For more details and to sign up, please use the SUG at the bottom. We will need 12 to 14 volunteers per grade.
Session 1: 9-9:50 a.m. Grades K and 1st (Peters, Baetkey, Fanning)

Session 2: 10:50-11:40 a.m. Grades 3rd

Session 3: 1:05-1:55 p.m. Grades 1st and 2nd ( Stern, Bessonette/Swan)

Session 4: 2:05-2:53 p.m Grades 4th

Learn more and sign up to volunteer here

Bacich Announcements

Carline Schedule

It was suggested that we help parents plan ahead for carline duty, so here is the schedule for the next few weeks:

KSD Bacich Carline

Announcing Art with Hopping Holly at Lunch Recess Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday, April 11-June 3

Beginning April 11, Holly Salamun from Ross Recreation will be guiding brief art exploration sessions for students during lunch recess on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays April 11 through June 3, 2022.

Holly needs parent/guardian support during the various sessions.

Interested in participating, please sign up below:

The KSD continues to require all school-based volunteers working with children to be fully vaccinated. Vaccine verification will be confirmed prior to volunteering on site.

Thank you in advance for your support – we know that you will LOVE working with the children.

Bacich Yearbooks Now on Sale!

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.

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.

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 Library

Watch the presentation Bacich students made at the February School Board meeting! Check it out and learn more about the Bacich Library program.

Read the March issue of the Bacich Library Book Buzz:

  • 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 23: KSPTA Readathon & Pajama Day
  • 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,

We launched the KSPTA Readathon at Kent today with a school-wide virtual author visit by New York Times bestselling and award-winning author/illustrator, Jerry Craft. Mr. Craft presented a relevant and engaging author-talk about his journey to success in writing and illustrating, leading to the publication of his best selling graphic novel, New Kid. He started his presentation with a story about writing comics as a middle schooler, and even shared a screenshot of his middle school Spanish homework with doodles all over the sides as an example of his blossoming interest and skill set, practiced on any paper he could find.

Mr. Craft shared his inspiring story of perseverance, explaining his journey to self-publishing his first book and how this led to supporting other up-and-coming authors as an independent publisher. Seventeen years of hard work and rejection passed between his first self-published book in 1997, and his big break in 2014. He concluded our author visit by showing students how he uses digital tools to create the illustrations accompanying text in his graphic novels.

Jerry Craft’s story of hard work, grit, determination, and creativity inspired the Kent Falcons in attendance, and was the ultimate start for our week-long KSPTA Readathon event at Kent. Thank you to the support of our KSPTA and to all KSPTA Readathon donors for your contributions to an engaging and fun literacy-focused week at our school!

We are looking forward to welcoming families and students to Kent Open House 2022 this Thursday, March 24 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in our Kent classrooms. This "day in the life" Open House experience will provide a glimpse into the learning experiences and outcomes enjoyed by our Falcons daily. Please see last week’s Kent newsletter for additional information about our event, and make note of the special 3:28 p.m. dismissal this Wednesday, and 1:13 p.m. dismissal this Friday.

In conclusion, we will post second trimester final grades this Friday, March 25 at noon.

I look forward to seeing you at our Open House event on Thursday!

All my best,

Grant Althouse
Kent Principal

Kent Announcements

Graduation Fundraiser: Pizza on Friday!

The 8th Grade Graduation Committee is having a pizza fundraiser to help cover the cost of graduation.

Friday, March 25, is a half-day for Kent due to the Open House on Thursday, March 24. We will be selling pizza outside of the Kent library right after school on Friday. In order for us to have an accurate count of pizzas, please fill out the form for your child and indicate your method of payment.

One meal = 2 slices of cheese pizza and 1 cookie for $5
If you would like to add an additional donation to help us cover the costs of graduation, we would appreciate any extra amount with your payment.

  • A gluten-free option is also available.
  • There may be extra pizza to purchase on the day of the event, however, we cannot guarantee availability without an order form.
  • Deadline to order: Wednesday, March 23 at 5 p.m.

Schedule Notes

  • Wednesday, March 23 is a full school day, with a 3:28 p.m. release
  • Friday, March 25 is an early release day, with a 1:13 p.m. release

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

Congrats to the 6th grade girls and boys for winning the championship! Please turn in your cleaned basketball uniforms to room 30 or the front office at Kent. Go Falcons, Mr. Palmer

Kent Golf Match Schedule 2022

Questions? Please contact Kent Athletic Director Ryan Palmer at

Kent Library

KSPTA Readathon News from Kent!

To kick off our KSPTA readathon with a bang, we welcomed Newbery award winning author Jerry Craft for a virtual visit on Monday! Mr. Craft talked about his beloved graphic novels New Kid and Class Act and his process for writing the book, drawing his characters, and what inspires his writing. This was an incredible experience for all of our students. Many thanks to the KSPTA for making this visit happen!

  • If your child would like a copy of New Kid or Class Act, they can be checked out at the Kent Library or purchased at Book Passage, where a percentage goes right back to our school!
  • New Kid and Class Act may also be purchased from the publisher at Using the code KMS2022 attendees will receive a 20% discount plus free shipping on The code will expire on April 6.

Kick Off our annual Kent Battle of the Books! Grab three friends and make a team! Get ready to read 8 amazing books with your team in order to compete in our Battle of the Books competition this May. Stay tuned to the broadcast to find out when we are meeting.

Daily Events at Lunch... in the Kent Library!

  • Monday: Book Talks and Recommendations with Mrs. Jelen- Battle of the Books style!
  • Tuesday: Book Trivia Tuesday! Bring yourself or a team to compete for prizes!
  • Wednesday: Kahoot Book Competition!
  • Thursday- Middle School - The Worst Years of My Life (Book to movie screening!)

Open House

There will be a table sponsored by Book Passage with your language arts teachers favorite books! Bring your wallet to buy books and support our school! There will also be a photo booth for families to take book shelfies!

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!

KIK News


Own a Vacation Rental or Timeshare? Please donate a week or a weekend — these are the auction highlights!

Contact Holly Myers at or call/text at 415.845.4637 as soon as possible — THANK YOU!

Please Donate an Auction Item Today!

All items are tax deductible. Thank you to the families who have already donated to the auction.


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 22 - $50 Dine & Donate - Left Bank KIK Family Meals
Gives 20% to KIK, Opt in for weekly order reminder.

  • Chicken Paella, Mixed Greens, & Steamed Broccoli


MAR 31 - Last Call for Auction Items - Deadline to Receive Donations

KIK Spring Online Auction Event, Please donate items by March 31.

KIK Spring Live Auction & Party at Bimbo’s 365 Club featuring Mustache Harbor
*Tickets go on sale soon!



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

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: Wednesday, March 23
  • Kent: 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.
  • Angel Donors: For students who need help with donations, there are Angel Donors. Please email to let us know about a student that could benefit from the Angel Donor Fund. Want to be an Angel Donor? Its easy, click here.

Pajama Day
We want the kids to be comfy and cozy for their reading fun. Bacich students may wear pajamas and bring a stuffy to school on Wednesday, March 23. For Kent, we ask that students wear their house shirts with pajamas on Friday, March 25.

We are thrilled to share that more than 320 students have received donations. The last day to donate is Friday,March 25!

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

Bacich Yearbooks Ordering Information

Find out more about ordering a Bacich Yearbook at

  • On sale through April 29: $35

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

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.

Summer Football Camp

My name is Anthony Jackson and I am the head football coach at Archie Williams high school. This summer we will be hosting two sessions of a youth 9 on 9 football camp. It will be a great opportunity for kids to learn about the sport, get active and have fun all while we implement and teach sound football safety fundamentals. We are partnered with Coach Moayed at Marin College and will be running the 3rd-8th grade portion of the camp at Archie Williams this summer.

The two sessions are June 13-16 and July 18-21.

View flyer. More information and registration info can be found at

Come See Mr. Martinez Perform!

Come see Mr. Martinez perform with his wind band that he assistant directs outside of directing music at Kent! A wonderful reception in the courtyard to follow. Please email Mike Martinez at for more information.

  • April 9, 2 p.m. at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1111 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco
  • Free admission

View flyer to learn more!

Youth Sports Summer Camps

Legarza – Developing Youth Sports Since 1989
Basketball, All-Sports and STEAM Summer Camps Now Enrolling

Learn more: view flyer or visit

North Bay Basketball Academy Summer Camps

North Bay Basketball Academy is a non-profit organization providing basketball instruction with an emphasis on fundamentals and skill development.

Financial assistance to qualifying families.

Learn more at and view flyer.

Fentanyl Alert

Call to Action and Student Panel, March 29, 2022, Zoom

Marin County Office of Education wants to alert our parent community of a dangerous drug that is a growing risk to Marin students: the synthetic opioid fentanyl. Last December, the Redwood Bark student paper published an article, One pill can kill: Addiction, loss and fentanyl. The epidemic unknowingly threatening Marin’s most vulnerable teens. This came one month after the award-winning piece, Every parent’s worst nightmare: Fentanyl epidemic overtakes teens, featured in Archie William’s Pitch.

These articles call attention to an urgent topic we all need to address: the presence of fentanyl and even more powerful synthetic opioids in pills and powders within Marin County. State sources reveal that 72% of the 5,000 opioid drug overdoses in California in 2020 involved fentanyl.

Teens often gain access to pills that they believe are Xanax, Adderall, or Oxycodone via social media apps like Snapchat. Often, these are counterfeit pills. The DEA has reported that for every 10 illicit pills they test, four contain potentially lethal amounts of fentanyl. The combination of easy accessibility and fentanyl in the drug supply have exponentially increased the risks of youth drug experimentation.

What can we do about the rising threat of fentanyl and even more deadly synthetic opioids?

  1. Discuss the dangers of synthetic opioids like fentanyl with the young people in our lives. This 60 second PSA by the CDC is a great conversation starter, and the locally-produced “Let’s Talk Marin” booklets/webinars can spark more discussions.
  2. Carry naloxone. Naloxone (brand name Narcan) is an easy-to-use nasal spray that reverses opioid overdoses. Please check with your pharmacy, and/or contact, to obtain Narcan.

We continue to prioritize the health and safety of our students across Marin, with our first shipment of Narcan (5-10 kits per school) being distributed soon to public high school and middle schools in Marin. We thank our youth leaders and partners below for supporting our efforts to address this urgent issue.

Marin County Office of Education

View flyer to learn more and access the Call to Action on March 29, 2022

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.

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