Kentfield School District

April 11th, 2022

KSD News

Dear KSD Community,

I hope you had a wonderful Spring Recess and are looking forward to the final trimester of the 2021-2022 school year. Please join us tomorrow Tuesday, April 12 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 or via Zoom Webinar. The meeting will have an education showcase highlighting the Kent Enrichment Program as well as providing general district updates and addressing other timely topics.

Take good care,

Superintendent Signature

Raquel Rose

District Announcements

Community Health Update

Prior to the Spring Recess there was an increase in COVID positive cases in grades 3rd and 4th at Bacich school. Based on this data, KSD collaborated with Public Health to offer two COVID mitigation strategies:

  1. Provide site based COVID Testing on Monday, April 11 and Wednesday, April 13.
  2. Reinstate indoor face covering for grades 3rd and 4th from April 11 to April 15. On April 18th, all grade levels will resume recommended indoor face coverings.

Thank you in advance for your vigilance and care in minimizing COVID transmission across our schools and the Kentfield/Greenbrae community

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.

Marin Public Health, Smarter Schools Plan, released March 28, 2022

Submit Student vaccination verification

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

Public Health COVID-19 Guidance for Schools & Upcoming Meeting

On March 28, the Marin County Public Health and the Marin County Office of Education (MCOE) released their new SMARTER Schools Plan. This plan offers updated guidance to all our TK-12 schools related to COVID-19 mitigation strategies.

Marin County SMARTER Schools Plan, which is now in effect and replaces the 32-Point Plan as our Public Health guidance document, and is now posted on the Rethinking Schools Website. Existing School Site Specific Protection Plans (based on the 32-point plan) can continue to be utilized.

Please join Marin Public Health and MCOE for the following webinars:

2021-2022 District Calendar & 2022-2023 District Calendar

KSD, KSPTA & Community Parent Education Opportunities Calendar

Monday, April 11, 2022

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Thursday, April 14, 2022

  • Bacich Maker Fair – during school hours
  • KSPTA Parent Education Event: Parents for Racial Equity, Part 3, 6-8 p.m., attendees must have attended previous sessions

Friday, April 15, 2022

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

Monday, April 18, 2022

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Friday, April 22, 2022

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

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

District Committees

Bacich Bears News

Mary Ann Spitzer

Dear Bacich Community,

Spring has sprung! And today our "April showers" began. But a little wind and rain can’t deter us!

This morning, we had Public Health on campus to conduct antigen testing in our third and fourth grade classrooms. Public Health will be here again on Wednesday to finish the testing. They are so very organized, and efficient and we are grateful for their collaboration. I would also like to recognize Laurel Yrun, our district nurse, who worked with Public Health all morning collecting students from classes and making sure everything was running smoothly on our end. We are pleased to work with Public Health to create the safest environment possible here at school.

We are so excited to begin our four week Walk and Roll to school event this Wednesday. Students are working to be full J.E.D.I.s (Joyful, Excited, Devoted, Imaginative) as they celebrate saving the earth by walking or rolling to school. When students walk or roll to school this Wednesday, April 13, there will be a table at the Sir Francis Drake gate with volunteers passing out their J.E.D.I. cards. They will need to get their card stamped three more times on the next three Wednesdays, ending on May the 4th ("May the fourth/force be with you!"). If they have four stamps on their J.E.D.I. card, they can turn it in to enter a raffle for a soccer ball or a scooter! Parents, if you would like to volunteer from 7:45-8:15 a.m. on any of the next four Wednesdays to help out with stamping, please email Kristine Duran at

Bacich JEDI Cards

We are also very excited about our Maker Faire this Thursday, April 14! Every student will have the opportunity to visit the community center with their class for 50 minutes to experience the interactive events that the Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS) has created for them. Please remember to send your child with a mask, as the LHS instructors will be hosting over 500 students in one day and they are requiring mask wearing for participants. Thank you to the many parent volunteers who are making this event possible under the expert coordination of Maya Farhound and Deb Crudo.

As a reminder, we have now opened campus for parents to pick up and/or drop off their child at the classroom door if they wish! Please review the safety guidelines below.

  • Parents may enter campus beginning at 8 a.m. to drop off their child/ren.
  • Parents must please exit campus by 8:15 a.m., when the school day begins.
  • After school, Kinder parents may enter campus at 2 p.m.. Kinder students and parents are welcome to stay on the kindergarten playground, only, after school until the rest of the grades are released.
  • Parents of 1st through 4th graders may enter campus at 2:53 p.m. to meet their child/ren.
  • After 2:53 p.m., Bacich is an open campus.
  • Parents should stay outside of classrooms unless they have an appointment with the teacher.

Have a great week!

Mary Ann Spitzer
Bacich Principal

In-Person KSPTA Marker Event at Bacich on April 14!

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

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

April is both National Poetry Month and Multicultural Communications Month.

Find out Ms. Warnick's favorite books for to celebrate poetry and diversity in the April issue of the Bacich Library Book Buzz:

To Check Out Books: Visit:

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

  • April 13, 20, 27 and "May the 4th" be with you!: Walk and Roll Jedi Challenge
  • April 14 : Bacich Maker Fair – during school hours
  • April 22: Bacich Principal Chat, 9:45-10:45 a.m.

Kent Falcons News

Kent Principal Grant Althouse

Greetings Kent Community,

Spring showers welcomed Falcons back to Kent this morning as we launched the final stretch of the school year together. Clean skies, a clean campus, and freshly watered landscapes provide a great setting for what promises to be a productive spring of growth for each of our students.

Please join us this Friday, April 15 at 8:45 a.m. for this month’s Kent Principal Coffee where we take a deep dive into the teaching and learning of science at our school. Come to discuss how our students learn Life Science, Physical Science, Earth and Space Science, and Engineering Practices. Our science classrooms are alive with hands-on activities and application of scientific practices, as students learn to ask questions of inquiry, develop models, carry out investigations, analyze and interpret data, and engage in argument from evidence they uncover. The science classroom of 2022 is likely very different from the science classroom of yours and my middle school education, and we welcome you to Kent on Friday to learn more!

We will conclude our Principal Coffee on Friday with a selection of Innovation Convention presentations delivered by some of our 8th grade scientists. The Innovation Convention project is a culmination of a research, investigation, design, engineering, and writing experience where students worked to understand the impact of climate change, and worked to design realistic clean energy solutions to address problems uncovered in their research. These incredible students will show you just how many skills are learned and developed within the walls of our lab classrooms. Please come and join us for a warm cup of coffee and a lively discussion about science and engineering, this Friday from 8:45 to 10 a.m. in the Kent Library. Virtual participation will be available, and Spanish translation will be provided for in-person attendees. I look forward to seeing you on Friday morning at Kent!

With appreciation,

Grant Althouse
Kent Principal

Kent 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.

Attention 8th Graders!

Redwood High School’s Leadership Class applications are open if you know of any 8th graders who might want to apply.

Kent Athletics

All parents of Kent basketball players- please turn in jerseys asap to Mr. Palmer in room 30 or the Kent office.

Thank you!

Kent Golf Match Schedule 2022

Questions? Please contact Kent Athletic Director Ryan Palmer at

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!

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.

Earth 2050: Create a Better World

Celebrate Earth Day and help create a better world at Earth 2050, a free community event on Sunday, April 24 in Mill Valley!

You will see some amazing art, hear inspiring talks, play fun games and enjoy good music at this special community event. And you will learn about actions we can take to save ourselves and our planet, such as: use clean energy, eat sustainably, live lightly and build healthy communities.

Earth 2050 invites people of all ages to join playful activities to imagine a more just and sustainable world -- and to take action to make it happen.

Come celebrate Earth Day with us! Bring your family, friends and neighbors for this fun outdoors celebration of what we can do together to protect our environment and our future.


This event is produced by Green Change with Mill Valley Recreation and dozens of wonderful partners featured on our event page.

Earth 2050 Registration Page

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

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.

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


Next KSPTA Meeting: Monday, April 11, 7-8 p.m., Agenda

Love Reading. Build Community. Support our Schools. 

The first KSPTA Readathon was a huge success! Check out the video to see all the fun that took place at Bacich and Kent.

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed from teachers and staff to park rangers to sidewalk chalk artists to guest readers and parent volunteers. The community truly came together to celebrate and encourage a love of reading.

More than 500 students received over 1400 donations resulting in close to $80,000, which will go directly to programs at our schools funded by the PTA. Wow.

We are beyond grateful for your support and look forward to making the Readathon even bigger and better next year!

Bacich Yearbooks On Sale Until April 29!

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

KIK News


Kentfield Schools Foundation, Kentfield Invests in Kids (KIK), proudly presents:

  • The Roaring Twenty 20’s
  • Dinner, Dancing, Live Auction*
  • Saturday, April 30
  • 6 - 11 pm
  • Bimbo’s 365 Club, San Francisco
  • Complimentary round trip transportation included
  • Benefiting our Kentfield Schools and Kids

We’ve missed you! C’mon and KIK up your heels and join us for our first in-person Spring Event and Live Auction in two years and let’s have a ROARING good time!


*separate Online Spring Auction 4/21-28, no ticket needed



Add some serious sparkle to your jewelry collection with this stunning diamond necklace from Ben Shemano Jewelry. The 14kt yellow gold, round diamond necklace features 1.80cts of diamonds in a bezel-set, graduated, riviera-style design.

Its contemporary look and adjustable chain makes this necklace appealing for day and evening occasions, as well as layering. We can’t think of a more jaw-dropping gift for the one you love. Generously donated by a KSD family, the necklace will be featured in the Live Auction at the Spring Event on April 30 and is valued at $4,550.


Check out some of the 300 Online Auction items, live April 21-28. No event ticket needed to bid on the Online 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.


APR 12 - $50 Dine & Donate - Left Bank KIK Family Meals
Gives 20% to KIK, Opt in for weekly order reminder.

  • Fried Chicken, Mac & Cheese, Salad Verte & Green Beans


APRIL 21-28 - KIK Online Auction - THE ROARING TWENTY 20’S
KIK Spring Online Auction Event, Please donate items by March 31.

APRIL 30 - Spring Party at Bimbo’s 365 Club - THE ROARING TWENTY 20’S
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