Kentfield School District
September 6th, 2022
Dear KSD Community,
I hope you are staying cool and hydrated through this heat wave. We are continuing to monitor classrooms and supporting students and staff as needed to ensure they have the most effective learning environments while we move through this heat wave.
Beginning September 7th our TK through 5th grade teachers will host in-take conferences to connect with their students’ parents/guardians. These conferences are brief but powerful ways to ensure our staff are equipped with key information about your children to help them thrive and maximize their potential this school year! Thank you for taking the time to participate in this meeting to get your child off to a great new school year.
Take good care,
KSD School Lunch Program | Bacich and Kent
Beginning this school year, the California Universal Meals Program (Education Code 49501.5), also referred to as School Meals for All, requires public school districts serving students in grades TK through grade 12 to provide two meals free of charge (breakfast and lunch) during each school day to any student that requests a meal. The program is a great step toward ensuring that all California students are receiving adequate nutrition and are therefore in a position to reach their full potential academically, socially and emotionally.
In the past, KSPTA has managed the KSD Lunch program by contracting with a food service provider, and providing parents with the opportunity to purchase lunch from that provider. This year, the KSD has contracted directly with our vendor, Dee’s Organics, and as before, any student can opt to receive a lunch at lunchtime. However this year, due to the new School Meals for All program, we have added breakfast to our meal offerings, and our district will provide a free breakfast or lunch to any student that requests one. Any meals that are provided to a student at no cost will be paid for by the district, and will not be reimbursed by the state or federal government as the KSD has opted to not participate in the federal National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
KSD has not participated, this year or any past year, in the NSLP. The number of families in our district who qualify for the program is small, and there are a number of benefits to opting out. By opting out of this program, we are free as a district to choose a provider like Dee’s Organics, which is outside of those allowed by the NSLP. In addition, the district is not required to bear the significant administrative burden of the NSLP program.
Because we are not part of the NSLP program, any additional free lunches that are provided to students under the new School Meals for All program will also be paid for by the district and are not reimbursed by the state. If the district receives voluntary donations then the cost of providing lunch to students outside of the NSLP program may remain affordable for our district.
Click here to get more information about our school lunch program and how it impacts the KSD operations, this FAQ is a living document and will be updated regularly.
To sign up for school lunch follow this link: www.kentfieldschools.org/families/school-lunch-program
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.
- $5 per person. If this is a financial burden, please email email@example.com.
Monday, September 12, 2022
- Safety Committee meeting, 9-10 a.m.
Tuesday, September 13, 2022
- Kent Site Council meeting, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
- School Board meeting, 4-8 p.m.
Wednesday, September 14, 2022
- Bacich & Kent Walk and Roll to School Day
Friday, September 16, 2022
- Kent Principal Coffee, 8:45-10 a.m.
Mark Your Calendars!
- September 25: KIK Family Fun Day - register & buy tickets!
Mark Your Calendars! Bilingual Family Resource Night
Thursday, September 29, 2022, 5:30-7 p.m.
Bacich Community Event
Opportunity to Join the KSD School Board
We are excited to share that two of our three open seats for the Board have been filled. We are still in need of one more member of our community to join the KSD Board of Trustees for a new term beginning in December 2022. Here is a brief video highlighting what the role of a Trustee entails, if you are interested please reach out to Raquel Rose, Superintendent, at firstname.lastname@example.org or David Reidel, KSD Board President at email@example.com.
Next KSD School Board Meeting on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 5 p.m.
Here is a link to where you can find the agenda once posted. Access to the meeting will be via in person or audio.
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
KSD Board/District Committees
Another way to engage with District Operations is to join one or more of our KSD Board Committees. Committees typically meet four times a year and offer advice on issues ranging from communications, equity and inclusion, safety, finance, and technology. See the chart below for more information regarding each of these committees.
If you are interested in joining one of these groups as a committee member, submit your name here.
E-bikes are rapidly increasing in popularity, especially with teens as they provide increased independence. E-bikes allow students to travel further and faster, allowing steep hills to be easily summited. Heavy school books and sports equipment are now easy to transport! One less vehicle on the road benefits all.
Yet, are students experienced enough to manage the increased speeds and challenging maneuverability of a heavy ebike? Parents are advised to do their own research and assess their children’s cycling abilities before purchasing one.
Please read this flyer to learn recommendations to help you make an informed decision about purchasing an e-bike or e-scooter for your student.
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.
Bacich Bears News
Dear Bacich Community,
What an amazing first full week of school! It was wonderful to see families on campus for our Back to School Night. Many classrooms were standing room only during teacher presentations. Thank you for partnering with us in your child’s education. We are well positioned to enjoy a fantastic year of learning and connection.
This week, we are excited to offer parent teacher intake conferences. These short 10 minute conferences are an opportunity for teachers to learn from parents and guardians about students' strengths, needs, behaviors, and learning styles. This valuable information allows teachers to differentiate instruction to meet the individual needs of each student. Thank you in advance for taking the time to meet with your child’s teacher for an intake conference. Please reach out to your child’s teacher directly if you have not been able to sign-up for a conference.
Dogs on Campus
While we are thrilled to welcome families back on campus, I want to remind you that dogs are not allowed on campus during school hours (7:45 a.m. – 3 p.m.). If you walk to school in the morning and bring a dog along, please plan to say goodbye to your students prior to entering the campus. This is in line with our Board Policy as well as local health, safety, and sanitation regulations. Service dogs are exempt from this prohibition.
Wednesday Morning Assemblies
This year we have scheduled weekly school wide assemblies on Wednesday mornings from 8:20 - 8:50 a.m. We value this time to gather together as a school community. Three times a month these will be “Bacich In-Motion” assemblies. We are using the My School In Motion program, which incorporates fitness, nutrition, health and wellness, and cross-curricular messages. We have a dedicated team of teachers practicing routines and ready to lead our students in these movement assemblies. Once a month we will have “Character Education” assemblies. This past week we had our kick-off assembly and highlighted the character pillar of respect. We will be inviting parents to join us for these assemblies once we establish clear routines for our students. Stay tuned for an invitation to join us on Wednesday mornings.
After School Classes
There are still spots available for some of the after school classes provided by Larkspur Recreation, Ross Recreation, Skill Samurai, Viva El Espanol, and Kentfield FC. We are thankful for the opportunities for our students to participate in such a variety of activities right here on campus.
Dear Bacich Community,
It is truly my pleasure to serve as your school counselor. My main duty is to help our students with anything that gets in the way of their learning. I accomplish this by role modeling on the playground during recess, teaching monthly guidance lessons, seeing individual and small groups of students, and consulting and collaborating with staff and families. If a student is in need of more intensive support, I would refer them out to a community resource.
“Elementary school counselors are educators uniquely trained in child development, learning strategies, self-management and social skills who understand and promote success for today’s diverse students. They implement a school counseling program to support students through this important developmental period. The program provides education, prevention and intervention activities which are integrated into all aspects of children’s lives. The program teaches knowledge, attitudes and skills students need to acquire in academic, career and social/emotional development, which serves as the foundation for future success.” (American School Counselor Association)
This month’s guidance lesson focused on the role of the school counselor and our Bacich values of feeling safe, respected, and welcome in order for learning to happen. Ask your child what they remember from the lesson or what does, “All Are Welcome Here” mean.
If you ever have a concern or question, please feel free to call (415-925-9220 x 255) or email (email@example.com ) any time.
Andrea Cashman (aka Ms A)
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 were 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.
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.
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
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.
Wednesday, September 14: Walk & Roll to School Day
Kent Falcons News
Greetings Kent Middle School Families,
This week we start the second full week of school at Kent. Relationships and rapport, connection and conversation, and daily routines and procedures have been established, and this week students can expect increased academic experiences and exploration across grade levels. It’s an exciting time to pique interest and curiosity in the learning that lies ahead. It is also an important time to establish a foundation of healthy and helpful student practices and habits as the academic year shifts into gear.
- Healthy Routines – Students’ morning routines should include nutrition and hydration, and should provide for enough time to ensure arrival at school between 8:15 and 8:25 a.m., ready with materials for the 8:30 a.m. bell. Small breakfast bites like granola bars and fruit are available in front of the office between 8:05 and 8:25 a.m. A morning routine that allows for a few extra minutes on campus prior to the start of school can be very grounding for children, reducing the chaotic rush that can happen prior to the start of the school day, and increasing readiness for learning come the start of that first class.
- Materials Management – Our children have school supplies, Chromebooks, and personal belongings to keep track of throughout their day, while they are also expected to arrive at each class on time. As children anticipate each day it is helpful to think of materials for school in two-class increments, so students could gather what they need for the first two periods at the start of the day, the second two periods after recess, and the final two periods after lunch. This is a great strategy to limit unnecessary visits to lockers and backpacks.
- Study Session – Each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday we have approximately 25 minutes after lunch for an informal and unstructured Study Session. This protected block of time in our schedule is designed to help students calm down and re-center after the busy lunch period. Students may utilize this time for independent reading, or they may also continue assignments they started in class and/or get a jump on homework for the day. Please encourage your child to utilize this time each day to stay organized and to catch up on assignments. Additionally, this will also become a time when students can check in with teachers for questions they may have or help they may need.
- Device Management – Students have done a wonderful job of managing their assigned Chromebook over the first days of school. As academic rigor increases and device usage becomes more consistent in some classes, it is critical that children bring their charged device to classes when they need it. 5th graders know how to access their assigned devices in classes where they need them. Please work with your 6th through 8th grader to establish a device charging routine in your home.
- Lockers – 5th graders may access their backpacks for supplies and belongings they may need across their day. 6th through 8th graders have the increased responsibility of managing their assigned academic locker. Please remind your child that lockers must be left locked all day, and that they must remain clean enough for all necessary school supplies to fit.
- Aeries – Students and families may periodically check Aeries to track assignment completion and academic progress. Teachers will begin utilizing Aeries to track assignment completion and tracking student proficiency with essential learning targets. Please expect much more information soon about how to interpret markings in Aeries.
We will continue to emphasize these important points as we guide our Kent Falcons forward this year. Thank you for also emphasizing these points in discussions you have about school while at home.
Thank you for your continued partnership,
All my best,
Announcing our Kent Middle School All School Read for 2022-2023! Judy Heumann's Rolling Warrior!
At Kent, we have set the stage for deep conversation around important issues of race, gender, and equity through our professional development, in our classrooms and through our All School Read experiences over the last several years. Rolling Warrior’s focus on the experience of Judy Heumann’s advocacy and perspective as a disabled woman is, in my mind, an incredibly important story that will inspire our students and transform their understanding of what it means to live life being differently abled. What Judith Heumann chose to do with her life is remarkable! Ability rights is something that transcends race, gender, and socio-economic status and I am really excited to begin this conversation with our students and community. We are currently planning events throughout the school year in connection to the themes of this book.
About Rolling Warrior
As featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary Crip Camp, and for readers of I Am Malala, one of the most influential disability rights activists in U.S. history tells her story of fighting to belong.
“If I didn’t fight, who would?”
Judy Heumann was only 5 years old when she was first denied her right to attend school. Paralyzed from polio and raised by her Holocaust-surviving parents in New York City, Judy had a drive for equality that was instilled early in life.
In this young readers’ edition of her acclaimed memoir, Being Heumann, Judy shares her journey of battling for equal access in an unequal world — from fighting to attend grade school after being described as a “fire hazard” because of her wheelchair, to suing the New York City school system for denying her a teacher’s license because of her disability. Judy went on to lead 150 disabled people in the longest sit-in protest in U.S. history at the San Francisco Federal Building. Cut off from the outside world, the group slept on office floors, faced down bomb threats, and risked their lives to win the world’s attention and the first civil rights legislation for disabled people.
Judy’s bravery, persistence, and signature rebellious streak will speak to every person fighting to belong and fighting for social justice.
We hope that all Kent students can bring a copy of the book to school by Monday, October 10 (available at Book Passage (be sure to mention Kent when checking out!), on Amazon or wherever you like to buy or borrow books. We will begin our All School Read of the book on Monday, October 17, and the reading will culminate with a day long visit with Judy herself on Friday, October 28!
We hope you can also join us for a community movie night on Friday, October 14 featuring the film Crip Camp, which features Judy and other ability rights activists! This film is available on Netflix for preview, and the evening is for the whole family! We will be selling concessions to raise money for the author visit. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to volunteer for this event!
Kent Flag Football & Cross Country - New Dates
Due to the intense heat this afternoon, we are rescheduling the two athletic experiences previously scheduled at Kent for today.
- 5th - 8th Cross Country: The first practice will be this Thursday, September 8, regardless of the weather. If it is too hot to run on Thursday, the team will still get together for an information meeting.
- 6th - 8th Flag Football: The Flag Football tryouts have been rescheduled from today to this Friday September 9 from 3:45 to 5 p.m. on the Kent Field.
See you out there, Falcons. Mr. Palmer
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.
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.
- Students need to have their charged Chromebook at school with them each day.
- 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.
Friday, September 9: Cross Country practice/information meeting, and Flag Football tryouts
Tuesday, September 13: Kent Site Council meeting, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 14: Walk & Roll to School Day
Friday, September 16: Kent Principal Coffee, 8:45-10 a.m., Kent Library
SAVE THE DATE — CAKE, LIVE MUSIC, AND GAMES!
Sunday, September 25 | 10am - 3pm
Bring your entire family to enjoy a day of FUN at Bacich!
- FUN RUN - Register Now
- And MORE FUN: Bouncies, Climbing Wall, Carnival Games, Field Games, and Photo Booth
- FOOD for purchase: grab a burger or grilled chicken, Sno-cone, and popcorn
- LIVE MUSIC w/ the Jojo Diamond Band
- Community CAKE SPIN contest - Enter your favorite sweet treat!
- Family Fun Day entry is $10/person or $30/family
- Thank you to our sponsors and organizers
We look forward to seeing you there!
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88% of the +$1 Million KIK raises comes from our families via our Family Giving Campaign. Please consider giving early so we can begin the year successfully.
- The Family Giving Ask is $2,000 per child — we welcome donations of all sizes.
- Learn more about Family Giving.
Your participation counts! Please consider donating today — THANK YOU!
KIK EVENTS | DINE & DONATE
EVERY TUESDAY - $50 Dine & Donate
Left Bank KIK Family Meals — 20% of proceeds go to KIK. Opt in for a weekly order reminder.
- SEP 06 - Beef Bourguignon, Mashed Potatoes, Mixed Greens & Summer Squash
SEP 25 - KIK Family Fun Day - 10am - 3pm
Live music! Great Food! Carnival games, jumpees, karaoke, photo booth and more!
OCT 09 - TK/Kindergarten Social - details coming soon
THANK YOU FAMILY FUN DAY BUSINESS SPONSORS
We are in the beginning stages of our fundraising and donations are starting to come in!
- $1M Annual Fundraising Status : $51,605 (net) to date / $1M GOAL
- Thank you to the 27 Family Giving Donors to date who are committed to our students and the programs they love! Can we add your name to this list?
- Learn how KIK Invests in Kids
For Installments or Matching Gifts, Print Donor Form in English and Spanish.
Learn more at kspta.org.
Bacich Pizza and Games Night
Friday, September 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Click here to purchase tickets here. $5 per person. If this is a financial burden, please email email@example.com.
We welcome all Bacich Families to celebrate the beginning of the year with PIZZA and GAMES.
Please come and join your Bacich community for some good old fashioned fun:
- BINGO in the gym starting at 5:30 p.m.
- SCHAEFER GAMES on the lawn @ 5:30 p.m.
- MAGICIAN outside of the gym @6:30 p.m.
- PIZZA for all @ 6 p.m.
Please bring your water bottles to refill at the water stations to help Bacich campus be a zero waste campus.
Jamba Juice Orders Deadline Approaching! Order by September 11!
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
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 Parent Education Opportunities
Relaxed Leadership (for parents of kids ages 3-10)
September 7, 1-2:15 p.m.
This every-other-week series will deliver turn-by-turn instructions on how to stay in charge and stay grounded while learning to become a relaxed leader.
For more information or to register click here.
Hosted by by Harmony Montessori at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary (Tiburon). 376 Greenwood Beach Road.
Upcoming KSPTA Meeting
Monday, October 3, 2022, 7-8 p.m. on Zoom
All are welcome to attend.
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