Kentfield School District

April 18th, 2022

KSD News

Dear KSD Community,

On Thursday, May 19 Kentfield School District students, families, and staff are invited to come together to celebrate our diversity while honoring our English Language Learner students in a special “Reclassification Ceremony” at Kent Middle School from 6-8 p.m. The ceremony will honor each child with a certificate recognizing their achievement in reaching English Language Proficiency. Immediately following the ceremony attendees and honorees are invited to enjoy music, crafts, and a potluck dinner. The activities planned for this event will highlight the countries, histories, and family traditions of our vibrant KSD community.

Sign up to support the potluck by bringing a dinner entree, side, drinks or dessert that represents a traditional family recipe HERE. Sign up to volunteer to help with crafts, games and/or food service HERE.

We look forward to gathering in celebration with our school community!

Take good care,

Superintendent Signature

Raquel Rose

Pictures from ExtraFood's First Pick Up from Bacich and Kent!

Community Service ExtraFood

The ExtraFood team picked up 7 seven bins of pears left over from the lunch program and delivered them to Performing Stars of Marin, an after school dance program based in Marin City that serves under privileged kids.

Each week the schools' donation will go to different nonprofits in Marin serving food-insecure families, children and seniors. Not only will the fruit that is leftover from our program go to help vulnerable people in our community, but it also prevents food waste.

Thank you to Mandy Willian and Michelle Rau for organizing our partnership with ExtraFood!

District Announcements

Community Celebration: Connecting Through Diversity

Please join us to celebrate our diversity while honoring our English Language Learner students in a special “Reclassification Ceremony.”

May 19, 2022 at 6-8 p.m.

Location: Kent Middle School Multipurpose Room (MPP)

Potluck Sign Up Volunteer Sign Up

ANNOUNCING California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), 2022

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP, is the standardized academic testing that students across the state take every spring. This assessment has been on pause for the KSD for the last two springs due to the pandemic. In spring of 2021 the KSD used MAP Growth in lieu of CAASPP to meet the state’s requirement of an annual standardized Spring assessment.

The state is returning to requiring Districts to administer CAASPP testing this year in an effort to provide valuable information about student progress. This tool is an online, computer-adaptive assessment in English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) and Mathematics for 3rd - 8th grade students. In addition, the California Science Test will be required to be administered to all 5th and 8th grade students beginning in 2022.

KSD 3rd - 8th grade students may participate in the CAASPP testing between May 2 - June 3rd. See the site specific CAASPP testing calendars here - Kent CAASPP Testing calendar and Bacich CAASPP Testing calendar. To learn more about CAASPP, visit the California Department of Education (CDE) webpage. Individual student score reports displaying CAASPP results will be sent home to parents in August and will include an overall score and a description of the student’s achievement level for ELA, Mathematics and Science if applicable.

Results from the CAASPP assessments will be used, along with other assessment data, to determine the impact of our academic programs and to develop instructional goals and plans.

As a parent/guardian, you have the option of excusing your child from CAASPP testing. If you would like to excuse your child from the test, you must submit your request in writing to the school principal prior to the first day of testing. We will grant your request; however, we ask that if your child has started testing, they complete all test sections remaining. We will make alternative arrangements for your child during the assigned testing periods.

If you have any questions regarding CAASPP, feel free to contact your child’s school principal.

2021-2022 District Calendar & 2022-2023 District Calendar

KSD, KSPTA & Community Parent Education Opportunities Calendar

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Friday, April 22, 2022

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

Monday, April 25, 2022

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

  • Family Partners meeting:4-5 p.m.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

  • Bacich Walk and Roll Jedi Challenge

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Friday, April 29, 2022

  • Last day to order your Bacich yearbook

Community Health Update

Public Health Update for Parents and Guardians, 4/11

Public Health Update for the School Community, 4/13

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

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

District Committees

Bacich Bears News

Mary Ann Spitzer

Dear Bacich Community,

More April showers this week! My garden sure is happy but the showers aren’t always as well received here at school. Let’s just cross our fingers that the sun shines during recess and lunch! Due to the ongoing COVID-19 risks, I wanted to remind you that we continue to have students eat outside under sheltered areas when it rains. Then, they play supervised games and enjoy inside activities in their classrooms.

Last Friday, in a Parent Square communication, I shared the Placement Input Form for 2022-23. This is an optional form that allows parents to share any additional information about their child that may help us as we create balanced class lists for the fall. We will be accepting responses until April 25. Please note that we do not accept specific teacher requests.

Bacich Talent Show

We are excited to announce the 3rd Annual Bacich Talent Show is returning to school next Friday, April 29 for the first time LIVE! This year’s Talent Show participants are 3rd and 4th grade students. There will be two back to back morning assembly performances, with grades K-2 attending the first show and grades 3-4 attending the second. The Talent Show will be recorded and posted for the whole community to enjoy on later that evening.

The Maker Faire was a giant success! We cannot thank Maya Farhoud enough for her excellent organization and dedication to bringing Lawrence Hall of Science to Bacich so all students could participate in this engaging event. Additionally, we thank the parent volunteers. During each grade level session we had 10-14 eager parents supporting the stations as students were creating, building, interacting and problem solving. Your presence and support made it safe and enjoyable for all students grades kinder through fourth. At the end of the day, I saw some amazing student-engineered roller coasters going home, and don’t be surprised if your child has a newly inspired interest in stomp rockets or magnatiles!

Here is a short video of first graders participating in the Maker Faire to give you a snapshot of the different stations, thanks to Michael Bessonette.

Enjoy your week!

Mary Ann Spitzer
Bacich Principal

Bacich Announcements

Bacich Walk and Roll to School Days: April 13, 20, 27 and "May the 4th"

Walk and Roll Jedi Challenge

Bacich is holding a four-week Walk and Roll to school event that started April 13. 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 the event days 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 four times. 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 Yearbooks Last Day to Order Approaching!

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 20, 27 and "May the 4th" be with you!: Walk and Roll Jedi Challenge
  • April 22: Bacich Principal Chat, 9:45-10:45 a.m.
  • April 25: Placement Input Form for 2022-23 is due.
  • April 29: Bacich 2022 Talent Show, during school hours.
  • May 16: Bacich Site Council meeting, 3:15-4:15 p.m.

Kent Falcons News

Kent Principal Grant Althouse

Greetings Kent Community,

Kent Falcons have been hard at work in Physical Education class learning and practicing a variety of track and field events in preparation for two competitive opportunities coming up this spring. An annual favorite among many Kent students and staff, the track and field unit teaches students the history, fundamentals, and important techniques for a number of standard track and field events during PE class.

Since March, the Kent Gym, MP Room, and Field has transformed into your local track and field training facility, with students sprinting, jumping, jogging, and throwing under the close guidance and supervision of their PE teachers. Teachers have skillfully taught our students three field events (Long Jump, Shot Put, and High Jump) and 5 track events (100M, 200M, 400M, 600M, and 1200M). During these carefully crafted lessons, our experienced PE teaching team teaches the history and fundamental techniques of each event, including famous athletes and strategies for success. Each lesson builds on the last, deepening students’ skills and confidence as their performance grows with practice. Across the school day, campus is buzzing with students talking about their favorite events, comparing times, and anticipating their next opportunity to practice. It is common to see Falcons practicing relays, long jumps, and sprints during recess and lunch, a true sign of student engagement in the track and field PE unit.

The Kent PE department is thrilled to announce that not only will students have this great track and field unit in class, but they will also be able to try out and compete on our track and field team. There are two scheduled meets, the Area 3 Meet between schools in this region of Marin, as well as the County Championship meet for strong performers at the Area 3 meet. At these meets, students will compete against some of the best student athletes in Marin County with opportunities to win trophies, medals, or ribbons as well as breaking a school record and getting their name on the history board. The Area 3 meet is scheduled for Friday April 29 at Redwood High School and the county championship meet is the following Friday, May 6th at College of Marin. Good luck Falcons!

Whether your child enjoys a casual shot put throw, or perhaps is hoping to bring home a record in the 200m for Kent in 2022, I hope that your Falcon has learned from and enjoyed the track and field unit this year.

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.

Wednesday, May 4th, is National Bike to School Day - May the Fourth Be With You!

Please encourage your student to BIKE, SKATE, or SCOOTER to school. While riding through the Galaxy - they will get great exercise, reduce traffic and pollution and have some FUN! All riders will be entered into a raffle to win Movie tickets.

Star Wars themed clothing encouraged!

El miércoles 4 de mayo es el Día Nacional de ir en Bicicleta a la Escuela - ¡Que el Cuatro Esté Contigo! Por favor anime a su estudiante a ir en BICICLETA, PATINETA o MONOPATIN a la escuela. Mientras van rodando por la Galaxia, ¡ellos harán ejercicio, reducirán el tráfico y la polución y se DIVERTIRAN! Todos los que rueden ese día entrarán en el sorteo de tiquetes para el cine.

¡Se les invita a vestirse con ropa del tema de la Guerra de las Galaxias!

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!

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!


  • (2) Reserved Optimal Tables of 10 left
  • (1) Reserved Terrace Seating of 16 left
  • (16) Non-Reserved Individual Tickets left

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



Watch the famous Blue Angels from your own private Boston Whaler 230 Vantage. You and your five closest mates will enjoy a boatload of fun with a picnic lunch and front row seats to one of the best performances in the San Francisco Bay. Adventure is waiting, Captain! The winning bidder may also choose one of two alternate “Day on the Bay” boating experiences if unavailable for the Blue Angels show.


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

  • Get your tickets and start practicing for the 2nd Annual Dave Levine All-Star Shooting Competition
  • Plan a family ski trip and book a home in Kings Beach or S. Lake Tahoe
  • Experience a round of golf for 6 at the renowned Mayacama Golf Club
  • Enjoy a Sausalito staycation at Cavallo Point Lodge
  • Walk in Principal Althouse’s shoes and sign your child up to be Principal for the Day at Kent
  • Set your table with a three-piece Heath Ceramics serving set
  • Get your kids in the kitchen with a cupcake birthday party for 6 at Epic Cooking School 
  • 300 items available to bid on, April 21-28!


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 19 - $50 Dine & Donate - Left Bank KIK Family Meals
Gives 20% to KIK, Opt in for weekly order reminder.

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


APRIL 21-28 - KIK Online Auction - THE ROARING TWENTY 20’S
KIK Spring Online Auction Event, 300 items will be available!

APRIL 30 - Spring Party at Bimbo’s 365 Club - THE ROARING TWENTY 20’S
KIK Spring Live Auction, Dinner & Dance Party at Bimbo’s 365 Club featuring Mustache Harbor and DJ. Bus Transportation included.




We’re over the 80% mark of our fundraising goal for our Bacich and Kent schools — but we still have about $150,000 to raise in 2 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, May 9, 7-8 p.m., Agenda

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

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

Youth Leadership Council

On April 22, the Youth Leadership Institute will be hosting Experiences in Higher Education: Young Voices in College, from 4-6 via Zoom. Alumni of Marin County high schools will be speaking about their experiences in college as first generation and BIPOC students, and the resources that helped them navigate this journey. It will be a highly beneficial and informative event that I hope you will share with your students! A flyer is attached to this email!

On April 29 from 6-8, the Youth Leadership Institute is hosting Speak Your Truth, an open mic poetry night where all students are invited to express themselves artistically, no experience required! I have also attached a flyer for this event to the email and encourage you to share this unique experience with your students as well!


Spanish Program On-Campus for the 2022-2023 School Year! Register Before May 31 and You Will Save $100!

Join Viva el Español and learn Spanish through games, songs, stories, and art projects.  This full-immersion approach is offered before school every school day and after school 4 times a week, which assists in reinforcing lessons learned.  Students will learn vocabulary related to a variety of everyday themes, practice using it within sentences, and master many useful phrases. They will also learn about various traditions of different Spanish-speaking countries. The curriculum for continuing students builds on what they have learned in previous years, expanding to new subject areas and more complex phrases. 

Classes will be held from September 12, 2022, to June 02, 2023, following the school calendar

  • 1st - 2nd Grade New Students: Monday - Friday 7:20-8 a.m.
  • 2nd - 4th Grade Continuing Students: Monday - Friday 7:20 - 8 a.m.
  • Kindergarten Students: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 2:10-2:40 p.m.
  • 1st - 2nd Grade New Students: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 3:05-3:45 p.m.
  • 2nd - 4th Continuing Students: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 3:05-3:45 p.m.

Remember that all classes are subject to cancellation due to low enrollment, and classroom or teacher availability.

To register, please click here

Email us at or call us at 925-962-9177 if you have any questions or problems registering.

Join us for May 7th Community Heritage & History Day / Bon Air's 70th Birthday Bash

The Kentfield Greenbrae Historical Society (KGHS) is partnering with Bon Air to celebrate Bon Air's 70th Birthday!

When: Saturday, May 7 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Where: Bon Air Center, Greenbrae

What: A free, family-friendly community event and party to celebrate Bon Air’s 70th year and to highlight our shared heritage and history. We will honor the important work being done by Bon Air, our local schools, organizations and leaders in our community (see full list below).

Planned festivities include: live music from our local schools (Bacich Elementary 4th Grade Choir and Branson's A Capella Singers) and community (Bread & Roses Presents); history presentations; balloon twisting and face-painting; a bocce tournament; a hands-on roses exhibit; vintage cars; Bon Air merchant specials; birthday cupcakes; ice cream and more!

Watch Bon Air's new wall mural unfold, showcasing the past, present and future of Bon Air created in partnership with Marin Open Studios and the Canal Artist Alliance. Community organizations from across Marin will celebrate with hands-on activities along the promenade, local fire trucks and vintage cars dating back to 1952 on display under the oak tree.

Participating Organizations:

Anne T. Kent California Room, Marin County Free Library Marin History Museum, Kentfield-Greenbrae Historical Society (KGHS), San Anselmo Historical Society

Central Marin Fire, Kentfield Fire Protection District, Central Marin Police Authority, Marin County Sheriff's Office, Central Marin Neighborhood Response Group

MarinHealth Medical Center, Marin Sanitary Service, Cub Scout Pack 59, Scout Troop 59, Marin Master Gardeners, Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit - SMART Train, Golden Gate Transit and Ferry

Bacich Elementary School, Branson High School, Redwood High School Alumni, Kentfield Schools Foundation (KIK), Chronos Academy, Marin Enrichment Preschool, Kent Woodlands Property Owners Association, Greenbrae Property Owners Association, Kentfield Planning Advisory Board (KPAB)

Marin County Parks, County of Marin with Supervisors Katie Rice and Damon Connolly, State Assemblymember Marc Levine, Marin Women's Political Action Committee (MWPAC), League of Women Voters of Marin County, Larkspur Library, and Recreation Larkspur Chamber of Commerce

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