Kentfield School District

June 6th, 2022

KSD News

Dear KSD Community,

The positive energy and excitement of our students is felt all around our school campuses. With only four days left in this school year we have packed our time with a variety of special events to help our children celebrate the conclusion of this memorable year. This week students will receive their yearbooks, participate in end-of-year activities such as visiting Hal Brown Park, attending a swim celebration, participating in promotion or graduation, and bidding farewell to their teachers, friends, and school community for a summer of rejuvenation. I thank you for your unwavering support as we collectively navigated the transition back to a more traditional school year, and I look forward to a bright future ahead. The 2022-2023 school year will continue to be focused on supporting our students’ academic and social emotional growth as well as cultivating our community connection and partnership.

Thank you for a fantastic 2021-2022 school year – and I look forward to many positive years ahead!

Happy Summer KSD!

Superintendent Signature

Raquel Rose

KSD Highlights

THANK YOU Volunteers!

Over the last two weeks both Kent and Bacich expressed gratitude and appreciation to our parent/guardian school volunteers by hosting a morning coffee/treats reception. From carline to fun lunch, art exploration to mathletes, we are quite lucky to be surrounded by a community of adults that are open and willing to give their time, energy, and support in helping make our schools special. Thank you to our students for their kindness and care in sending messages of appreciation to all our school volunteers.

KSD Music Highlights

Musical Talents Abound

Over the last two months our Bacich and Kent music programs have been highlighted in our community and at our school sites. Our 4th grade students participated in the Kentfield-Greenbrae Historical Society (KGHS) event on May 7th, where students, lead by Ms. Poon, sang their hearts out. While last week Mr. Martinez hosted music concerts for 5th and 6th grades band/strings and zero period Instrumental/Choir and we even got to see a Karaoke competition. Each event offered our community a sense of what special learning and experiences the Kentfield School District provides our students. We are grateful for our talented instructions, dedicated students and the unwavering support of KIK.

Congratulations Bacich!

Dear Bacich Elementary School,

Congratulations, you have officially achieved a Zero Waste Certification for the 2021 - 2022 school year!

The Zero Waste Schools Program appreciates the extraordinary efforts of your staff, teachers, and students as we continue to work toward a culture of Zero Waste on your campus. We look forward to celebrating you this fall with a monetary award.

Have a great summer - we look forward to supporting you in the fall!

Best wishes,

Katherine Chen (She/Her)
Associate Project Coordinator

Congratulations to Callie Egan!

Congratulations goes to Callie Egan who was one of two middle school students in the county to receive this year’s BIKE HERO AWARD!

She was given the award for being an exceptional “ROLL” model, inspiring others to ride while obeying all the rules of the road. Safe Routes to School will be giving her a $50.00 gift card to a local store of her choice.

Keep on "Rolling" Callie!

District Announcements

Be a KSD Trustee

On Tuesday, May 17, KSD Board President David Riedel and Superintendent Rose hosted an informational meeting regarding the role of a Trustee. This November we will have up to three seats available, and are looking for members of the Kentfield - Greenbrae community to consider running for election.

Here is a video and slide deck sharing information about this important role for our school district.

KSD Fall Planning, 2022-23

Each year in January/February school districts across the state begin the process for Fall Planning. Staff typically review current student enrollment, local attendance trends, and staffing patterns to project the number of classrooms to operate in the subsequent school year. The KSD has committed to maintaining an average class sizes as reflected below:

K-5*: Average Class Size 25 | 1st*: Average Class Size 22 | 6-8: Ratio ranges between 28-30

The number of projected KSD 2022-23 classrooms currently align with the above ratios. The KSD staff is closely monitoring enrollment patterns for the upcoming school year, in the event staffing adjustments are necessary. Please know Fall Planning is a moving target and adjustments to staff can happen throughout the spring into the fall prior to the opening of the new school year. Our goal as a school district is to ensure we staff based on the best interest of students while maintaining our fiduciary responsibility. If you have questions or concerns about preliminary plans for the 2022-2-23 school year, please do not hesitate to reach out to Raquel Rose at

Let Us Know - Fall Enrollment Planning - 2022-2023

If your family is not returning to the Kentfield School District for the 2022-2023 school year, please contact Lynn Bartha ( at Bacich or Lisa Sandberg ( at Kent having this information helps as plan for the upcoming school year.

2021-2022 District Calendar & 2022-2023 District Calendar

KSD, KSPTA & Community Parent Education Opportunities Calendar

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Thursday, June 9, 2022

  • Bacich Spirit Day – Sports Day

Friday, June 10, 2022

  • Last day of school
  • Final day to retrieve lost & found items at Bacich
  • Bacich Spirit Day – Beach/Summer Day
  • 4th grade promotion, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
  • 8th Grade Graduation, 2:30-4 p.m.
  • 8th Grade Grad night, 8-10 p.m.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

  • School Board meeting, 5-8 p.m.

Mark Your Calendars! Back to School Dates

Monday, August 22, 2022

  • UTK/Kindergarten Back to School Night, 6-7 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug 24, 2022

  • First Day of School

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

  • Bacich Back to School Night Grades 1-4, 6-7:30 p.m.

Public Health Notice

Marin Public Health's Dr. Mathew Willis and Marin County Superintendent of Schools Mary Jane Burke have coauthored the letter to in an effort to alert and inform our graduates and entire school community about the dangers of fentanyl and counterfeit opioids in our community.

With young adults representing a significant number of opioid overdoses locally and nationwide, we hope this will be one more alert and warning for our children. As the letter states, “Accidental overdoses from fentanyl are on the rise in Marin and across the nation and are cutting too many young lives short”.

Read the letter in English and in Spanish.

Smarter Schools Plan Updated May 5, 2022

Public Health Letter to the School Community on subvariant (BA.2) – released May 12, 2022 (English version and Spanish version)

*District wide- indoor gatherings of 50+ people will be required to wear masks and testing prior to attending will be recommended.

Updated Marin County SMARTER Schools Plan

Marin Public Health, as well as updated guidance on end-of-school-year events (in English and Spanish). Marin County Public Health recommends the following multi-layered protective measures to decrease the risk of COVID-19 exposure and outbreaks.

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

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

Bacich Bears News

Mary Ann Spitzer

Dear Bacich Community,

We have arrived at the last week of school! There continue to be a lot of exciting events happening at each grade level that may need some preparation at home or, happily, include parent/guardian participation! Please check your Parent Square messages frequently, as grade level and class information is coming out almost daily.

We have a few fun school wide events this week:

Bacich Step Up Day – On Monday morning, students from each grade level "stepped up" and visited next year’s grade level classroom for a short activity. Fourth graders got to go back to kindergarten to have some fun!

8th Grade Clap Through – On Wednesday morning, the 8th grade students from Kent will walk over to Bacich. The Bacich students will line up on the blacktop to make a tunnel for the 8th graders to walk through, while they clap and cheer them on. The 8th graders will stick around to give a gift to the school and then sing the Bacich Bell Song with the 4th graders.

4th Grade Promotion – On Friday morning at 8:30 a.m., we will hold the 4th grade promotion outside on the blacktop, and all of our students will be present to witness the 4th graders’ celebration. There will be seating for the families of the 4th graders. Please be prepared with sunglasses and even a hat if you will be attending.

Spirit Days – Wednesday is Wacky Wednesday; Thursday is Sports Day and Friday is Beach/Summer Day.

We have a winner! Thank you for taking the time to vote for our newest School Site Council (SSC) member. It was a close race, but Denise Strack came out on top. We are happy to welcome Denise to the Bacich SSC for 2022-2023.

Summer Academics – I have already seen reference to possible summer activities and academic practice in some recent Parent Square newsletters. More ideas will be headed your way this week or sent home will your child. Most of our online programs continue to be accessible all summer such as LexiaCore 5, Learning Ally, and Zearn. The Corte Madera Library will also be running their summer program. Remember, the best summer activity to keep your child’s brain active and learning is reading!

I want to take this opportunity to thank the Bacich community for welcoming me with open arms. I felt your care and support as we navigated education during a pandemic! I will miss my Bacich family.

I wish you all a joyful and healthy summer.


Mary Ann Spitzer
Bacich Principal

Bacich Announcements

Lost & Found Pick Up by June 10

Please visit the Bacich Lost & Found bin for any items your children may have forgotten at school. Items will be donated after school on Friday, June 10.

Order Bacich 2022-2023 School Supplies

Order Bacich School Supplies for next year:

In the fall, these school supplies will be delivered to your child’s classroom. This is a KSPTA fundraiser and is not required, but very convenient! Here is the flyer for more information.

Bacich Library

Summer Book Buzz Blog

Read Ms. Warnick's summer blog post Summer Reading lists and activities!

Bacich Library Book Buzz:

To Check Out Books: Visit:

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

June 8:

  • Spirit Day – Wacky Wednesday

June 9: Spirit Day – Sports Day

June 10:

  • Last day to retrieve Bacich Lost & Found items before donation
  • Spirit Day – Beach/Summer Day
  • 4th grade promotion, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Kent Falcons News

Kent Principal Grant Althouse

Greetings Kent Community,

The final week of school is upon us, and we look forward to this time of celebration and acknowledgement with each of our students. I hope that your child concludes this week with confidence and pride for the many accomplishments they have achieved during this school year. On Friday afternoon, we celebrate the 8th grade class that will be officially graduating from the Kentfield School District and promoting to high school. The graduation ceremony will be on the Kent Middle School field from 2:30 to 4 p.m., and is open to any community member who may like to come and cheer on our graduating class of 2022.

Summer break can present a welcomed refuge from the academic rigors of the school year, yet it is important to maintain some healthy literacy and numeracy habits even when outside of school. To assist with book selection for our falcons over the summer, school librarian Rebecca Jelen has compiled extensive and inspiring summer reading lists for each grade level. The purpose of summer reading is to promote student choice, extend learning beyond the classroom, introduce students to genres of literature that they will encounter throughout the coming school year, and offer new perspectives on the people, places, and ideas that shape students’ worlds and experiences. As a part of their summer reading, each returning student is required to read three books from their grade level list OR three books of their choice. Maintaining daily reading habits over the summer helps to ensure that students continue to build reading strategies and skills that will lead to success with the next grade level’s curriculum.

While experiencing summer break with your child, encourage dialogue about their perspectives on current events, and look to find connections between summer experiences and concepts explored at school. Podcasts and online learning channels can be another great way to kickstart the pre-teen/young-teen critical thinking brain, and can encourage powerful dialogue. Consider resources like Crash Course Videos on Youtube, or Podcasts like Star Talk Radio, But Why?, or Throughline Podcast (7th/8th). Please review content for appropriateness prior to sharing with your child, but do consider that podcasts are a great way to introduce your child to intellectual discourse while experiencing summer break.

On June 10, we also say farewll to a number of beloved staff members retiring from Kentfield School District. Please join me in congratulating 6th grade science teacher Alison Griffin, 6th grade mathematics teacher Tim Lentini, school counselor Heidi Longo, administrative assistant to the principal Lisa Sandberg, and 5th grade teacher Jennifer Sterling. Over their many years of service these incredible professionals have nurtured and guided thousands of children through their middle school experience with expertise and compassion. We wish our retiring educators health and happiness in all of their future endeavors!

Enjoy this final week of school at Kent, and may your summers bring you relaxation and joy! We’ll see our returning students back at Kent on August 24!

All my best,

Grant Althouse
Kent Principal

Kent Summer Reading Lists for Rising 5th–8th Graders

Summer Reading: The purpose of summer reading is to promote student choice, extend learning beyond the classroom, introduce students to genres of literature that they will encounter throughout the coming school year, and offer new perspectives on the people, places, and ideas that shape students’ worlds and experiences. Reading transports us out of our daily lives and into worlds we can connect and empathize with, opening our hearts and minds to new experiences and ways of life.

Each student is required to read three books from their grade level list OR three books of their choice. If you would like to continue your reading beyond that, choose more books from your grade level list or from the lists before or ahead of yours. Books that are for older students increase in the complexity of subject matter and reading level. Books that are considered “young adult” are noted with an asterix and contain more mature content. Here is a tic-tac-toe board for you to fill in if you want to keep track of what you read.

All books can be found in print from the Marin County Free Library, as an Ebook or audiobook on Sora (accessed through the Kent Library Website), or on Learning Ally. Visit the Kent Library homepage for instructions on how to use these resources throughout the summer! Also, don’t forget to check out our amazing local bookstore Book Passage and mention Kent when you check out so we can earn funds to buy more books for next school year!

Next year’s All School Read is Rolling Warrior by Judith Heumann. We are encouraging all families who are able to get a copy of this book in preparation for the 2022-2023 school year. Click here for a description of the book!

If you have any questions or need MORE book recommendations, email Mrs. Jelen at Don’t forget to follow the Kent Library on Instagram throughout the summer for book recommendations, author recommendations and news @kentmiddleschoollibrary.

Happy Summer Reading, Falcons!

Links to lists by grade level (note- lists are for students going into the grade listed)

*Link to 5th grade summer reading.

*Link to 6th grade summer reading.

*Link to 7th grade summer reading.

*Link to 8th grade summer reading.

*Other Helpful Links to Choose Books*

Coretta Scott King Award Winners

Books for Kids Recommended by New York Public Library

Newbery Award Winning Books

AAPI Reading Lists by Age from Berkeley Unified School District

Marin County Free Library Summer Reading Program

Register for SYNC and receive two Young Adult audiobooks a month throughout summer!

Kent Announcements

4th to 5th Grade Step Up Presentation Recording

If you were unable to make the 4th to 5th Grade Step Up day presentation for parents from last Friday's meeting, please click the link below and use the password to access the recording.

4th to 5th Grade Step Up Day Presentation Recording
Passcode: E9?kUpC=

Kent Yearbooks: Pick up and Extras

Yearbooks will be handed out for those who have purchased them after school starting Monday, June 6.

If you did not purchase one, there will be extras that we will sell on a first come, first served basis starting Tuesday, June 7 after school. The cost is $40 and must be in cash since the books are closed.

A huge thanks to our amazing yearbook staff for pulling together this stellar memento!

Kent Graduation Information

Find out the details - location, arrival, parking, dress, and read the FAQ here:

Kent Graduation Party


Friday, June 10, 8-10 p.m.
Kent MP Room

Let’s Glow Crazy
DJ. Dancing. Prizes.
neon attire. anything white glows.

Presented by the Class of 2022 8th Grade Parents

2022-2023 Kent School Supplies

Order Kent School Supplies for next year:

Lifeguards Needed!

Greetings Kent Community,

As we approach the end of the school year, each grade level is planning for a fun end of year celebration with their students.

5th and 6th grades are each planning separate pool parties at the College of Marin pool next door. After looking far and wide, we have yet to be able to secure lifeguards for this event. If you know of any certified lifeguards who may be available to support these events, please let us know as soon as possible! Thank you in advance for any assistance you may be able to offer in finding certified lifeguards for our 5th and 6th graders!

Date: Tuesday, June 7 (6th) and Thursday, June 9 (5th)
Time: 1-3:30 p.m.
Place: College of Marin pools (competitive pool and diving pool)
Pay: $100 for full event, compensation negotiable
*Preferably a college-aged lifeguard — We need 3 or 4 for each date. Lifeguards must have received lifeguard certification.
5th - Warren Beales ( and Megan Dunn (
6th - Lisa Bridges (

Not Returning to Kent Next Year?

Kent Athletics

Please remember to return any Kent athletic gear to Kent Athletic Director Ryan Palmer at

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

June 6: Yearbook pick up for students who ordered their yearbook.

June 7:

June 10:

  • 8th Grade Graduation, 2:30 p.m.
  • 8th Grade Grad night, 8-10 p.m.

KIK News


Together, we exceeded the 2021-22 $1M Fundraising Goal! These dollars contribute to providing Enrichments for Every Kid, Every Day.


KIK honors you as you bring your KSD time to a close. We hope your time in our Kentfield Schools were filled with inspired learning and fond memories. Best wishes for great success on your journey ahead and starting a new chapter!

KIK also recognizes you as you complete your time at Bacich and will officially be promoted this week. We are excited for this next step in your learning adventure — hooray for you!

Wishing you all CONGRATULATIONS!


We are so grateful for KIK Business Partner support. Please support the Businesses that support KIK year in, year out. Our business community is very much a part of our school community ~ Thank you!


JUNE 7 - $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

JUNE 10 - 12:01PM - Summer Vacation Begins!

JUNE 30 - 2021-22 Family Giving Donation Deadline


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.


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Marin Highlanders Rugby

Haka Rugby Global Summer Camp - Boys and Girls ages 7-18

We're pleased to share with you that the Marin Highlanders are bringing to town Haka Global Rugby to put on a camp June 17-19. They put on camps around the world in over 50 countries and this is their first time coming to the Bay Area. We’re fortunate to host in our backyard.

Here’s the link to register: Haka Rugby Global - Marin North California, U.S Camp

Apply for Seat on Marin County Youth Commission

Through July 2, the application period is open for applicants aged 12 to 23 for the Marin County Youth Commission representing all areas of Marin County. There are 23 representatives on the commission, which acts as the political voice for young people by engaging with the Marin County Board of Supervisors and other policymakers.

Commission members collectively identify issues they are passionate about, then create and implement social justice campaigns to create positive change. Over the past year, the Youth Commission focused on education, equity, mental health, youth substance use, and LGBTQ issues in Marin. The commission empowers young people with skills, information, and organizational support so they can participate within and significantly impact the political, educational, recreational, and social service systems in their community.

The Youth Leadership Institute, which oversees the commission with the County of Marin, is eager to receive applications from members of marginalized populations. Applicants must live or attend school in Marin and be able to attend four meetings each month.

The Youth Commission application is online; application forms can be requested by emailing the Clerk of the Board staff. Interviews are to be scheduled for July 5-15. To ask questions about serving on the Youth Commission, contact Samantha Ramirez at the Youth Leadership Institute.

Summer at the Corte Madera library

Please join us at the Corte Madera Library starting June 13 for our summer challenge! We have a self-paced reading game for kids, lots of books and craft kits to give away, and in-branch book clubs and programs for kids and teens. Please stop by and see us, or visit our website at for more information. See you soon!"

Larkspur Library Summer Reading Challenges

Summer reading challenges and lists for ages 0 to adult!

Learn more at


Spanish Program On-Campus for the 2022-2023 School Year!

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.

Love is Rad Summer Camps for Tween/Teen Girls

Love Is Rad is a tween/teen (ages 9-15 & ages 16-19) girls Self LOVE summer camp & workshop series (during the school year).

This workshop is designed by Tiana Baumsteiger to help tween & teen girls with the challenges they are currently facing. They will learn the tools of Self LOVE and Self Care and why it's vital for a happy life. They will learn how to honor all their emotions, how to remove blocks and access their self worth. We will speak about body awareness and body positivity. How to create a sacred space within their home. They will learn what their intuition is and how to open it up and allow it to guide them in their life. We will play games, learn from nature and connect to a deeper part of who they truly are. The girls will create a ceremony on the last day utilizing the tools they have learned and will then state their intentions to move forward into the new empowered selves.

"As a parent of a teen girl whose self-esteem was at its all time low, this magnificent workshop knocked on our door. The universe works in magical ways. I asked for help & we received it. Tiana came along with this wonderful, and very needed workshop for our teen daughter.

She started very shy and by the end she was glowing and still is. Her self love & attitude toward life has flourished. She has the tools needed for the pressures of social media, friends and everything in between. It is incredible how her perspective has changed. She knows her worth, she knows she is beautiful, she knows she is brave. Everything that Tiana shared with my daughter will stay forever. For that, there is no price you can pay. This was a gift for her.s a parent I want to say thank you Tiana! I am grateful I found you and the Love is Rad Workshop. We love you."

~Parent of a Love Is Rad graduate

Learn more and read the flyer.

Girls' Force Summer Camps

Bacich and Kent alumni Hilary McGinnis would like to invite Bacich Bears to join her Girls' Force Leadership Camp.

Girls' Force is an educational nonprofit which empowers girls through experiential enrichment programs, camps, and events. Girls' Force programs provide girls with Growth Mindset skills to become tenacious and resilient leaders.

Find out more about Girls' Force Leadership Summer Camps.

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