Kentfield School District
August 29th, 2022
Dear KSD Community,
It was thrilling to open school last week and see so many excited and enthusiastic members of our school community congregating on our school campuses. Students, staff and families launched the year with positivity while reconnecting with friends, neighbors and peers. Last week Bacich and Kent hosted Back to School Night for our TK and Kindergarten families as well as 5th - 8th grade families respectively. This Wednesday, I look forward to our final Back to School event for our 1st - 4th grade students at Bacich School.
As many are aware this year the KSD launched a new School Lunch Program in collaboration with Dee’s Organics. We are appreciative to have this new partnership – although we are experiencing a variety of logistical challenges. Today, Aug. 29th, school lunches arrived late and significantly impacted the daily operations of our school sites. This mishap is unacceptable as no student should endure feeling hungry or unnourished. My sincere apologies for this incident.HERE is a letter from our vendor Dolores Coleman responding to today’s incident. As we prioritize the needs of our students we will work with our vendor to determine the best path forward.
At this time school lunch orders must be submitted by 5 p.m. the day before service to be fulfilled. HERE is the updated order form accepting orders through Friday, September 2. To see the current menus click HERE.
Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we refine the implementation of this new school program.
KSD School Lunch Program | Bacich and Kent
Regular size: $5.50 per meal
At this time school lunch orders must be submitted by 5pm the day before service to be fulfilled.
Lunch Menu – September 1 & 2 | English & Spanish
September - through 9/2 | English & Spanish Lunch Order Form – accepting orders through Friday, September 2nd.
- To sign up for school lunch follow this link: www.kentfieldschools.org/families/school-lunch-program
Family Partners is a group for parents of students with learning differences.
This group meets five times per year with the primary goals of providing family perspective and feedback to the school district, supporting children with exceptional needs by increasing knowledge and acceptance of learning differences in the community and supporting parents of students with exceptional needs.
- Family Partner Meetings are held every other month.
- All Family Partners meetings will be held in person at the Kentfield School District Office, 750 College Ave. Kentfield.
September 6, 2022 9-10 a.m.
November 1, 2022 4-5 p.m.
January 3, 2023 9-10 a.m.
March 7, 2023 4-5 p.m.
May 2, 2023 9-10 a.m.
Tuesday, August 30, 2022
- Bacich Picture Day
- KSPTA general membership meeting, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Bacich Room 16
Wednesday, August 31, 2022
- Communication Committee meeting, 4-5 p.m., Zoom, agenda
- Bacich Back to School Night Grades 1-4, 6-7:30 p.m.
Monday, September 5, 2022
- Labor Day – no school
Tuesday, September 6, 2022
- Family Partners Meeting, 9-10 a.m., Kentfield School District Office
- DELAC meeting, 5-6 p.m.
September 7-9: Bacich Intake Conferences – Minimum Day Schedule
Wednesday, September 7, 2022
- Bacich ELAC meeting, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Friday, September 9, 2022
- KSPTA Bacich Games Night, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Mark Your Calendars!
- September 25: KIK Family Fun Day
The Marin County Public Health continues to enforce the Marin County SMARTER Schools Plan for the 2022-2023 school year, this is the same plan that was implemented at the conclusion of the 2021-2022 school year.
Marin County Public Health is urging COVID testing for symptomatic individuals, exposure and/or high risk activity. Here is guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) specifying situations in which to test. Families are urged to have test kits in the home, which can be obtained from the school offices during regular school hours or at local pharmacies.
If you test positive please report to Laurel Yrun at firstname.lastname@example.org, no need to report negative test results. The KSD will continue to reference Marin County’s Public Health’s Isolation, Quarantine, and Travel Guidance for TK-12 Schools to address COVID exposure.
Next Board Meeting
Reminder, the KSD will have a regular Board Meeting on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 4 p.m.
Here is a link to the Agenda for reference, access will be available via in person or Zoom.
School Board Information: video recordings of meetings, community letters, minutes, trustee contacts
- All are welcome and encouraged to attend in-person or via Zoom.
- Addressing the Board
District Committee Meetings:.
Bacich Bears News
Dear Bacich Families,
We have had a fantastic start to the new school year! Students and staff have come to school smiling and eager to get to know each other. As I visited classrooms this past week, I observed teachers and students engaged in meaningful “get to know you” activities. Our shared value of connection before content was evident in all our Bacich classrooms.
TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More)
A group of teachers came together last spring to re-envision how best to support the social/emotional learning (SEL) of our Bacich Bears. We now have a time built into our schedule dedicated to SEL and we are calling it TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More). This week our focus was on teaching students our school wide expectations. Students went on tours of the school to learn expectations in a variety of places and situations. Students created skits to perform in class to reinforce these expectations and foster positive classroom communities.
Arrival and Departure Reminders
Morning yard supervision begins at 7:45 a.m. at Bacich. Please note that this is a change from last year. If students arrive on campus prior to 7:45 a.m., they must be supervised by a parent or responsible adult.
Thank you for supporting our efforts to ensure student safety during our drop off and pick up times. Those of you who use carline will need to use the carline placards that will be distributed at Back to School Night. Please write your child’s first name and last initial and grade level in large bold black ink. For example: MARIA M. 4th Grade.
If your student rides a bike or scooter to school, please remind them to walk their bikes and scooters in all crosswalks in the neighborhood. We are fortunate to have crossing guards stationed at our neighborhood intersections. Please say hello and remember that they are part of our school community.
It is wonderful to see so many parents walking students to their classrooms in the morning and arriving on campus to pick them up at the end of the day. Please remember that our playgrounds, fields and play structures are closed until 2:53 p.m. In addition, we ask that you not gather right outside of classrooms as this causes a disruption to classroom activities and learning. If you are picking up your kindergartner and wish to wait on campus for an older student, you may wait on the kindergarten playground. Please plan to supervise your child in the kindergarten yard while you wait.
Bacich Back to School Night
We look forward to hosting our Back to School Night for First through Fourth Grade parents and guardians on Wednesday, August 31 starting at 6 p.m.! Teachers have prepared presentations to share with you. Please see the Back to School Night schedule below for more information.
We look forward to another great week here at Bacich!
Bacich Back to School Night: Wednesday, August 31, 2022
- 6-6:30 p.m.: First and second grade classroom presentations
- 6:35-6:55 p.m.: We invite all first through fourth grade parents to join us in the Community Center for staff introductions and KIK and KSPTA introductions.
- 7-7:30 p.m.: Third and fourth grade classroom presentations
Back to School Night events are for adults only.
Marin Enrichment is providing child care during Back to School Night. Please contact Caitlin Schmitt at email@example.com for more information and to sign up.
Bacich Safe Routes Walk and Roll Fall Events
Walk, roll, scoot, or skate to school on Wednesdays to participate in Walk & Roll Wednesdays!
- Wednesday, September 14: Fall into Good Habits Walk & Roll Day
- Wednesday, October 5: International Walk to School Day
- Wednesday, November 2: Walk & Roll Gratitude Day
- Wednesday, December 7: Winter Wonderland Walk & Roll Day
Welcome Back Bacich Readers! I hope you all had a restful and happy summer vacation. Our library is bustling with activity. There are 27 classes that visit the library every week to check out books, listen to stories, have lessons and learn research and technology skills.
Learn more about what is happening in the library on Bacich Library Book Buzz: bacichlibrarybookbuzz.blogspot.com.
Lear more about the library and search for books: sites.google.com/kentfieldschools.org/bacich-library
I hope to see you in the library! Thank you!
Upcoming Bacich Events
2022-2023 Bacich Bell Schedule
Tuesday, August 30: Bacich Picture Day
Wednesday, August 31: 1st - 4th Grade Back to School Night, 6-7:30 p.m.
Wednesday-Friday, September 7, 8, 9: Bacich Intake Conferences, Minimum day schedule
Friday, September 9: KSPTA Bacich Games Night, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Kent Falcons News
Greetings Kent Middle School Families,
Our campus came alive last week with the return of our incredible students. Classrooms buzzed with connection and conversation as teachers built rapport and established routines. It was a pleasure to see so many of you at our Back to School Night event last Thursday. We hope that you enjoyed experiencing an evening with our fantastic team of educators. Thank you for sharing your children with us for what promises to be a powerful year of learning at our school!
Last week at Kent we launched a new One-to-One Technology Program, and distributed a Chromebook, charger, and carrying case to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. 5th graders each have an assigned Chromebook in both of their core academic classrooms. Prior to this model, students had access to a limited number of devices in each classroom, and full Chromebook carts that needed to be transported around campus. One-to-One device distribution allows for each student to have easy access to a Chromebook in any one of their classrooms, whenever they may need it. Additionally, students will have access to a device to support homework and studying at home.
In order to realize the vision of maximizing time for learning through smooth and easy access to technology at home and at school, please review the below points with your child.
- Please remind your child to bring the parent/guardian and student signed One-to-One program agreement to the office by Wednesday of this week (6th-8th only). Teachers passed out agreements as a part of technology distribution last week, though can also be accessed here (English / Spanish), or in the Kent office. Students will need that signed agreement in place with the school to continue using their Chromebook.
- Students need to have their charged Chromebook at school with them each day. This will take coordination and planning to bring the Chromebook home each day, ensuring that the device is charged at home, and then brought back to school. Thank you for your help in setting up procedures at home to support your child with this expectation.
- Students will be storing their Chromebooks in their locked lockers when they are not using them in class. Please remind your child to lock their locker while at school, a habit we are working to reinforce with children here.
- It is every child’s responsibility to keep their Chromebook safe, secure, and working properly. We will make every effort to repair any Chromebook following typical wear and tear, though may not be able to repair Chromebooks that are misused.
Thank you for your partnership in supporting our children with this increased responsibility, and please let us know if you have any questions or concerns with how this is playing out with your child. Our fifth graders will get great practice this year with the devices assigned to them in classes, leading to next year when they will have a device to bring class-to-class!
An exciting year of learning and joy awaits our Falcons this year! Here’s to a great second week of school!
All my best,
Kent Zero Period Music Opportunities
- Monday and Wednesday: Band will meet, which includes flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophones, bassoon, horn, trumpet, baritone, trombone, tuba, string bass and percussion. This is a third year ensemble geared for 7th and 8th grades. 5th and 6th grade students need instructor approval and should have two+ years experience.
- Tuesday and Thursday: Orchestra will meet, which includes violins, violas, cellos and double basses. This is a third year ensemble geared for 7th and 8th grades. 5th and 6th grade students need instructor approval and should have two+ years experience.
- Friday: Choir will meet. We will work on singing pop, classical, musical and multicultural selections in a large group setting. All grades are eligible for this ensemble, no audition required.
Please email me directly if you have any questions and have a wonderful evening. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kent Flag Football Tryouts
Kent flag football tryouts will be held on Tuesday, September 6 from 3:45-5 p.m. on the big field.
All 6th, 7th and 8th graders are eligible to play.
Please wear athletic clothing and cleats if you have them!
See you out there, Falcons. Mr. Palmer
Kent Walk & Roll Wednesday
Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Wednesday, August 31: Signed One-to-One program agreement due to Kent Office
Tuesday, September 13: Kent Site Council meeting, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Friday, September 16: Kent Principal Coffee, 8:45-10 a.m., Kent Library
NOAH WHEELER - YOUR NEW KIK PRESIDENT
Dear KSD Community,
Like many of you, I am so grateful to be a part of the Kentfield School District community. The teachers, staff, administration, school board, parents, KSPTA, and KIK all work together to create a vibrant and excellent school experience for our students.
KIK has been supporting our schools for over 40 years, and we will continue to support the arts and enrichment programs that our schools are known for like Art, Music, PE, Library, STEM, and Drama. These programs are at the heart of our students’ educational experience.
Thank you to all of the families and businesses who continue to support our schools through their generous contributions to the KIK Foundation.
Parent of 1st & 5th Graders
WHAT IS KIK?
- KIK (Kentfield Invests in Kids) is our community’s non-profit Kentfield Schools Foundation that has been raising funds for the Kentfield School District for over 40 years
- Powered by parent volunteers, KIK raises over $1M each year that directly contributes to the KSD School Budget
- KIK’s annual commitment to the district directly funds enrichment programs at Bacich and Kent Schools including Art, Music, PE, Library, and STEM
- Most of KIK’s funding comes from your family donations (88%)
- With these funds, the district is able to maintain its high-quality standards of education, including low class sizes and numerous, engaging enrichments
Your participation counts! Please consider donating today — THANK YOU!
KIK EVENTS | DINE & DONATE
AUG 30 - $50 Dine & Donate
AUG 30 - $50 Dine & Donate
Left Bank KIK Family Meals — 20% of proceeds go to KIK.
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- Coq au Vin, Linguine, Salad Verte & Broccoli
SEP 25 - KIK Family Fun Day - 10am - 3pm
Live music! Great Food! Carnival games, jumpees, karaoke, photo booth and more!
THANK YOU FAMILY FUN DAY BUSINESS SPONSORS
Woodlands Market is proud to be a long time supporter of Family Fun Day. Woodlands is your local, family-owned, independent grocery store and has been committed to being an essential part of the community. Woodlands strives to carry many locally made products and contribute to local youth educational programs.
Allison Fortini Crawford is an award winning, top producing real estate professional serving both San Francisco and Marin County. She is an active parent in the Kentfield School district and has supported our students and schools for many years. Allison has earned a reputation for tactical negotiating, trust and an astute attention to detail, and she has the knowledge, experience, skill, and passion to bring you and your family home.
For Installments or Matching Gifts, Print Donor Form in English and Spanish.
Learn more at kspta.org.
Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! There are many different opportunities to volunteer during school hours and for before and after-school community events. Please see the links below to discover KSPTA volunteer opportunities. Please complete the form for the opportunities that interest you, and a KSPTA committee representative will be in touch, thank you!
Bacich School Wide Volunteer Opportunities
Bacich Lead Room Parents/Art for Bears Coordinators/ Carline Coordinators
Upcoming KSPTA Meeting
KSPTA General Meetings take place most months of the school year. All are welcome to attend.
Tuesday, August 30, 2022, 8:30-9:30 a.m.*, Bacich Room 16
*please note this is a new time from last week's newsletter.
- Hear from our school principals about what’s happening at Bacich and Kent.
- Be an active member of our school community and help us improve communication between our schools and our parents.
- Become a PTA member so that you are eligible to vote on certain agenda items. Sign up online or at the meeting.
- The entire school community is welcome to attend, including younger children.
Jamba Juice Orders Now Open!
Online ordering is now open for Jamba Juice smoothie snacks! The next session of Jamba Juice Lunch Snack are September 19 through February 10. The last day to order is September 11, 2022.
Bacich Jamba Juice Smoothies – Grades 1-4 only
- Friday: Five Fruit Frenzy All Fruit 8 oz. Smoothie
Kent Jamba Juice Smoothies
- Monday: Peach Perfection All Fruit 12 oz. Smoothie
- Tuesday: Strawberry Whirl All Fruit 12 oz. Smoothie
- Thursday: Strawberry Whirl All Fruit 12 oz. Smoothie
- Friday: Five Fruit Frenzy All Fruit 12 oz. Smoothie
Learn more and order here: kspta.org/store
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.
8th Grade Washington D.C. Trip
Parents of 8th graders interested in the D.C./ Philadelphia trip in April, please attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, September 13 from 6-7 p.m. in room 30 at Kent.*
*If you attended the Spring 2021 meeting, you need not come on 9/13! Please know that if you register your child before September 18, 2022, you get a $100 discount on the trip fee.
Please contact Mr. Palmer if you have any questions.
Golden Gate Rippers Field Hockey
Golden Gate Rippers Field Hockey Club is passionate about developing youth and high school field hockey in the North Bay. We are proud to be the first field hockey club in the North Bay, established in 2019. We welcome girls and boys of ALL skill levels, including those new to the sport. Athletes are taught by experienced field hockey coaches and learn specific skills, strategies and teamwork through our practices and tournament play.
- Our fall club program is open to grades 5-8. ALL skill levels welcome.
- Season starts on September 10.
- View flyer or visit https://www.goldengaterippers.com to learn more.
Safe Routes to School Contest
Buddy UP is a new contest to get students to walk (park and walk), bike, carpool or ride the bus together. Now through October 31, sign up your group of two or more students from neighboring families to travel to or from school. Tell us your success story!
Habits are more likely to stick when families support each other. There’s safety in numbers and groups are more easily seen by drivers. Best of all, friendships and fun memories are formed! There will be a $50 award for 5 winning groups. Notifications will be sent out in early November.
Learn more at: www.saferoutestoschools.org
Questions? Contact Saferoutes@marinbike.org
Smart Train Youth Pass
SMART offers a 31-day pass for youth train passengers for $67.50. Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit hopes that parents will take advantage of this discounted fare to enable their students to travel to school using an alternative mode of transportation.
Crisis Text Support Line
Marin County is offering our youth another means of confidential mental health support through a crisis text line that is available 24/7.
Text MARIN to 741741 for Support that Cares.
Marin Health Hubs
Health hubs, provides free and bilingual services such as food distribution, nutrition education, health screenings, and information about community organizations. Everyone is welcome to attend the health hubs food pantry and to help us run it!
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: caparentyouthhelpline.org.
- Helpline #: 855-427-2736