Kentfield School District

October 10th, 2022

KSD News

KSD Highlights

Dear KSD Community,

Join us this week for our Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees on Tuesday, October 11 at 5 p.m. We will be meeting at the KSD District Office, 750 College Avenue. We will begin with an Educational Showcase highlighting our 3rd grade team and also hear various updates about student performance and school and district operations. Please click here to see the agenda and the various topics to be addressed. Please note beginning this month the KSD Board Meetings will no longer offer a Zoom option. We will record an audio of the meeting, which will be available to the public for six months following the gathering.

Superintendent Signature

Raquel Rose

District Announcements

Wednesday, October 12 – International Walk to School Day!

International Walk & Roll to School Day (iWalk) is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and rolling to school on the same day. It began in 1997 as a one-day event and, over time, this event has become an annual event happening every October.

This event builds year-long excitement around getting to school in people-powered ways (bikes, scooters, skateboards or simply walking) that are good for our health, our environment, and our communities.

View flyer in English and Spanish

2022-2023 District Calendar

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

  • 7th Grade Volleyball vs. Good Shepherd, 4:45-5:45 p.m.
  • 6th Grade Volleyball Game vs. Mill Valley, 5-6 p.m.
  • School Board meeting, 5-8 p.m., agenda

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

  • International Walk to School Day
  • Parents in Action, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Bacich Room 7
  • Bacich ELAC Meeting, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
  • Technology Committee meeting, 4-5 p.m.
  • KIK Board meeting, 7-9 p.m., District Office
  • KSPTA Parent Education Event: What Do You Say? How to Talk with Kids, learn more

Thursday, October 13, 2022

  • Kent Picture Retake Day
  • 8th Grade Volleyball at Good Shepherd, 4:45-5:45 p.m.

Friday , October 14, 2022

Monday, October 17, 2022

  • Bacich Principal Chat-IDEA Studio, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
  • Bacich Site Council-All Welcome, 3-4 p.m.
  • 6th Grade Volleyball Game vs. Miller Creek, 4:45-5:45 p.m.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

  • Bacich Picture Day Make Up
  • Finance Committee, 4-5 p.m.
  • 7th Grade Volleyball vs. Miller Creek, 4:45-5:45 p.m.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

  • Parents in Action, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Bacich Room 7
  • Kent ELAC meeting, 4:45-6 p.m., Kent Library

Thursday, October 20, 2022

  • Kent ELAC Meeting, 8:30-10 a.m.
  • Flag Football at Davidson, 4-5 p.m.
  • 8th Grade Volleyball at Mill Valley, 4:45-5:45 p.m.

Next KSD School Board Meeting is on Tuesday, October 11, 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

*Please note beginning in October 2022 the KSD Board Meetings will no longer offer a Zoom option. We will record an audio of the meeting, which will be available to the public for six months following the gathering.

KSD Board/District Committees

  • Technology Committee meeting, October 12, 2022, 4-5 p.m.

If you are interested in joining a District Committee, please submit your name here.

New Update from October 7, 2022

Please see below information regarding updated COVID School Policy and Guidance as of 10/7/22:

The CDC COVID-19 Community Level is Low (case rates and hospitalizations). MCPH recommends persons to wear a mask based on personal preference, informed by personal level of risk.

On 10/4/22, Isolation and Quarantine guidance was updated with the following recommendations for students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19:

  • Isolation can end and students may return to school on day 6 if fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication AND symptoms are resolving.
  • Students with resolving symptoms are not advised to test again and should wear a mask from day 6-10.
  • A negative test should not be required to return to school/care unless the child/student is unable to mask until day 11 due to age or developmental/medical concerns.
  • A negative test should be required in order to participate in sports for which masking is not recommended (water polo, swimming, wrestling, competitive cheer) on days 6-10.
  • Staff must show a negative test from day 6-10 in order to return to work and remain masked until day 11 per CalOSHA regulations. (See Table 1 for more information about requirements for staff).

Language from our travel guidance has been updated to align with CDC guidance. MCPH is still recommending that all students and staff test 5 days after returning home from travel.

COVID-19 Guidance for K-12 Schools was updated to reflect extension of the COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave through December 31, 2022, through passage of Assembly Bill 152.

CDPH released MPX guidance for child care facilities and schools. MPX transmission among the general public and children remains low and to date, CDPH has not received any reports of MPX spread in these settings. The guidance notes that schools and child care facilities should follow their everyday operational guidance to reduce the transmission of infectious diseases and contact their local health department in the event of any concern for MPX exposure.

Bacich Bears News

Maria Martin

Dear Bacich Community,

This past week our Kindergarten students wore their “Zero Day” shirts to celebrate the 30th day of school. The counting of school days has been a kindergarten tradition here at Bacich for decades. As I reflect on the first 30 days of school, I am proud of our community for accomplishing a positive start to the school year. As we head deeper into fall, I hope we can continue to work together to continue some of our existing traditions and create new ones that focus on our shared goal of creating an inclusive and joyful community.

Parents Invited to Wednesday Assemblies

Gathering as a school site for assemblies is also a Bacich tradition that goes back many years. This year, we have increased the frequency of our assemblies to occur weekly. We gather every Wednesday morning from 8:20-8:50 a.m. three times a month our assemblies are Bacich In-Motion assemblies and once a month they are Character Counts assemblies. We gather outside on the blacktop for these assemblies, weather permitting. I would like to invite our parent community members to join us for these assemblies. Parents can join us by standing or sitting to the side or behind our student body. Please note that you will not be able to sit with your child. Students will need to remain with their class in their assigned space. Students must go to class first thing in the morning for attendance and walk to the assembly with their class. When we move our assemblies inside the Community Center due to weather, we will not be able to accommodate parent guests. We look forward to including you in our school assemblies.

Halloween/Fall Parade – October 31, 2022

This year our annual parade will be rebranded as a Halloween/Fall parade. The parade will start at 8:45 a.m. by the kindergarten parking lot and be led by our local fire department. Students have the option of wearing a costume or fall colors to school that day, but this is not mandatory. Participation in the parade is also optional and we will offer fall craft activities in the library during the parade. Students may choose either the parade or the fall craft activities. Thank you to the PTA for organizing the parade!

Since this is a school day with academic lessons, it is important that all students attend school, regardless of participation in the parade. It is also important that if your student wears a costume to school, that it be appropriate for school activities such as PE and recess. Scary, violent costumes and weapons are prohibited.

Classes will also host a Fall Party with special crafts and fall themed activities. Please refer to teacher newsletters and room parent communications for more information about the class Fall Party. All are welcome to attend. One benefit of class parties is to help build a sense of community among students, parents, and teachers. We hope you will be able to join your child’s Fall Party.

With gratitude,

Maria Martin
Bacich Principal

Bacich Highlights

Wednesday, October 12!

This Wednesday is "International Walk-N-Roll" Day! Join millions throughout the world for International Walk to School Day (iWalk).

Students who walk and roll to school will receive a prize at the Safe Routes welcome tables before school. Please note, parking off campus and walking in to campus counts towards walking to school.

Bacich Library

Bacich Library October 2022

Check out Bacich Library Book Buzz October blog for information about how the library continues to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, discusses Rosh Hashanah and Diwali. Come in and check out books for Halloween!

Lear more about the library and search for books:

Susan Warnick
Bacich Librarian

Upcoming Bacich Events

2022-2023 Bacich Bell Schedule

Morning yard supervision begins at 7:45 a.m. at Bacich. Students arriving on campus prior to 7:45 a.m., must be supervised by a parent or responsible adult.

Bacich playgrounds, fields and play structures are closed until 2:53 p.m. If you are picking up your kindergartner and wish to wait on campus for an older student, you may supervise your child on the kindergarten playground while you wait.

Wednesday, October 12:

  • International Walk to School Day
  • Bacich ELAC meeting, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Friday, October 14:

Thursday, October 17:

  • Bacich Principal Chat, 8:30-9:30 a.m., IDEA Studio
  • Bacich Site Council meeting, 3-4 p.m.

Saturday, October 23:

Saturday, October 29:

Kent Falcons News

Kent Principal Grant Althouse

Greetings Kent Middle School Families,

All School Read – The 2022 Kent All School Read starts next week! All Kent students and staff will share in the reading of Rolling Warrior: The Incredible, Sometimes Awkward, True Story of a Rebel Girl on Wheels Who Helped Sparked A Revolution, by author and ability rights activist Judy Heumann. This shared reading experience provides a great opportunity for connection and discussion across our campus, and highlights our school’s emphasis on literacy. The 2022 All School Read starts October 17, and concludes with an in-person author visit with Judy Heumann on Friday, October 28!

In her book Rolling Warrior, Judy Heumann outlines the impact of polio-induced paralysis on her life, starting with exclusion from public school at the age of five, and sharing many examples of unnecessary separation based on ability from her childhood and young adulthood. The constant and pervasive limitations on opportunity and access in her life motivated Ms. Heumann to advocate for ability rights in a variety of powerful ways, ultimately leading to groundbreaking legislation that literally altered the landscape of our society for people with disabilities. Rolling Warrior tells a story of perseverance, grit, tenacity, and legacy that we can all learn from, and we look forward to learning from Judy Heumann herself through her visit to Kent on Friday, October 28!

Students will be reading Rolling Warrior with their advisory classes following a special schedule for the weeks of October 17th and 24th that protects a 25 minute reading session after recess each day. We encourage those families who can to purchase a copy for your child, and we will have limited copies available in the library for students who may need them. Rolling Warrior is available at all local bookstores and libraries, and if you purchase at the Book Passage please mention Kent!

October Principal’s Coffee – We will hold a special Principal’s Coffee on Friday morning, October 28 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. to meet Judy Heumann, and to discuss our Kent 2022 All School Read! We welcome parents and families to read the book as well, in fact Rolling Warrior is the young readers’ edition of the book Being Heumann, which may be more appealing to parents/guardians.

Crip Camp Movie Night – In anticipation of reading Rolling Warrior, please consider joining us for a screening of the Netflix documentary film Crip Camp, featuring our All School Read author, Judy Heumann. This story centers on Camp Jened, a summer haven for kids with disabilities that helped spark the disability rights movement. Admission is free! We will be selling popcorn, candy, drinks and pizza to raise money for our author visit on October 28. We will also have a raffle featuring amazing prizes including gift cards to Gotts and M&Gs! Let us know if you can come by RSVPing here. Note this film is rated R for language so families may want to preview the film ahead of time to determine what is right for your family.

Mathletes – Does your 6th, 7th, or 8th grader have a strong interest in mathematics? If so, consider joining our zero period Mathletes program! Mathletes is a supportive group of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who meet once per week to work together on complex math problems that promote critical thinking and problem solving. Some students will eventually compete against Mathletes teams from other Marin County middle schools! The group meets during zero period on Tuesdays (7:45- 8:25 a.m.) from October 18 through March 21 for 7th and 8th graders, and November 29 through March 21 for 6th graders. If you would like to enroll your child to participate in our Mathletes program, please sign up through this linked form.

Let’s have a great week ahead!

Grant Althouse
Kent Principal

Reminder: 6th-8th Graders Please Remember to Charge Chromebooks

In order for our MAP Growth assessment to run smoothly this week, we need all 6th through 8th grade students to arrive at school with a charged Chromebook (5th graders, your Chromebooks are charging in your classrooms). 6th through 8th grade families, please ensure that your child's Chromebook is fully charged prior to arriving at school on Monday, and each day this week!

Save the Date: International Walk to School Day – Wednesday, Oct. 12

iWalk is this Wednesday! - Join Your Friends and Walk, Bike, or Skate to School

Do your part to reduce traffic and pollution and you’ll be entered into a raffle to win a Hydro Flask or a Camelback!

¡iWalk es este miércoles! - Únete a tus Amigos para Caminar, Ir en Bicicleta o Patineta a la Escuela. Haz tu parte para reducir el tráfico y la polución y participarás en la rifa de una Hydro Flask y un Camelback.

Fall Athletics News & Schedules

Attention all 6th and 7th grade parents! We are looking for great coaches to guide our 6th and 7th grade boys basketball teams this winter. The season runs from the first week of January to mid-March. There is one practice a week and one game a week. An optional stipend is available upon request!

Kent basketball tryouts will be held during the week on November 14-18. All interested players should sign up in room 30 and listen to the broadcast for further updates.


Cross Country: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45- 4:45 p.m.

Flag Football: Mondays and Thursdays, 3:45-4:45 p.m.; games until 5 p.m. (download schedule)

6th Volleyball: practice on Wednesdays from 2-3 p.m. (download schedule)

7th Volleyball: practice Wednesdays from 5-6 p.m. (download schedule)

8th Volleyball: practice on Wednesdays from 4-5 p.m. (download schedule)

Kent Library

Kent All School Read and Film

The Kent Middle School Library Presents… Crip Camp*

Friday, October 14, 2022, 5-7 p.m., Kent MP Room

View Flyer

Get Your Free Tickets Here

*This film is rated R for language so families may want to preview the film ahead of time to determine what is right for your family.

Don't forget to pick up the book Rolling Warrior for the All School Read!

Rebecca Jelen
Kent Librarian

Kent Yearbook: Orders Now Open!

Kent yearbooks are now on sale for $42. or call 1-866-287-3096

Kent's order number is 7587.

Learn more.

Upcoming Dates

2022-2023 Kent Bell Schedule

Tuesday, October 11:

  • 7th Grade Volleyball vs. Good Shepherd, 4:45-5:45 p.m.
  • 6th Grade Volleyball Game vs. Mill Valley, 5-6 p.m.

Wednesday, October 12: International Walk to School Day

Thursday, October 13:

  • Kent Picture Retake Day
  • 8th Grade Volleyball at Good Shepherd, 4:45-5:45 p.m.

Friday , October 14:

Monday, October 17:

  • All School Read of Rolling Warrior begins
  • 6th Grade Volleyball Game vs. Miller Creek, 4:45-5:45 p.m.

Tuesday, October 18: 7th Grade Volleyball vs. Miller Creek, 4:45-5:45 p.m.

Wednesday, October 19: Kent ELAC meeting, Time TBD, Kent Library, 4:45-6 p.m.

Thursday, October 20:

  • Flag Football at Davidson, 4-5 p.m.
  • 8th Grade Volleyball at Mill Valley, 4:45-5:45 p.m.

Friday, October 28: Kent Principal Coffee, 8:45-10 a.m., Kent Library

KIK News


Thanks to generous 2021-2022 donations, KIK fully funded various updates to our Bacich Basketball Courts this summer, including:

  • Lowered hoops which offers more age appropriate hoop heights for our younger students
  • Replaced and refurbished backstops, hoops and nets, where needed
  • Repainted basketball poles
  • Added durable padding around the base of the poles

Thank you Donors!


Your KIK donations help support PE at Bacich and Kent.

Our KSD kids love the chance to run, play, learn about their physical fitness, and challenge themselves.

Thank you to Jean Marc Schafer, Celeste Perez, and Ilene Braff at Bacich; and Jason Gatti, Matt Gillespie, and Chloe Duncan (while Maryellen Gore is on maternity leave) at Kent.

Our PE Coaches lead and inspire our children to try a wide variety of new sports, and to push themselves through various challenges and towards new goals, all while having fun!



Did you know that the annual KIK $1M contribution to Bacich and Kent directly funds enrichment programs - Art, Music, PE, Library, Maker, Woodshop, Broadcasting and more. Help support Enrichments and Donate Today!

  • Approximately 88% of the $1 million-plus KIK raises comes from our school families via the Family Giving Campaign.
  • The Family Giving Ask is $2,000 per child — any amount large or small will help us reach our goal and directly support your child’s education.

Your participation counts! Please consider donating today — THANK YOU!

Learn more about Family Giving.


Marin Country Mart features a collection of organic and delicious eateries, fitness and wellness, various services, independent boutiques, and family-friendly events like a year-round, weekly Farmers’ Market. Find renowned brands such as Sugar Paper, Hero Shop, James Perse and locally sourced eateries like Rustic Bakery, Hog Island Oyster Co., and Farmshop.

Town Center Corte Madera offers a variety of shops in a charming, outdoor setting with activities for all—weekly farmers market, Kids’ Scavenger Hunt, and Fall Music Series. During October, look for a spooktacular selfie station, and on the 30th enjoy free treat bags from 12-4pm, while supplies last!


ORDER EVERY TUESDAY - $50 Dine & Donate

Left Bank KIK Family Meals — 20% of proceeds go to KIK. Opt in for a weekly order reminder.

  • OCT 11 - BBQ Chicken, Salad Verte, Macaroni & Cheese & Green Beans



OCT 14 - 4th Grade Family Social

  • @ Bacich Black Top - 5-7PM

OCT 23 - 2nd Grade Family Social

  • @ Bacich Black Top - 3-5PM

OCT 29 - 3rd Grade Family Social

  • @ Hal Brown Park, Creekside - 11AM-1PM


KIK is committed to raising $1 million for our Bacich and Kent students for the 2022-23 school year.
For Installments or Matching Gifts, Print Donor Form in English and Spanish.


Learn more at

Upcoming KSPTA Meeting

November 7, 2022, 8:30-9:30 a.m., in person

All are welcome to attend.

See meeting schedule and agendas here.

October is PTA Membership Month!

KSPTA connects parents, teachers and administrators, and supports school needs.

100% of the funds raised are used to fund school programs & activities, which have historically included:

  • Teacher stipends for supplies
  • After-school sports at Kent
  • Mr. S dance class for Kindergarten classes
  • Purchase of library books
  • P.E. equipment
  • Performing arts programs
  • Technology programs & computer equipment
  • Woodshop materials at Kent
  • Music program materials & instruments
  • Annual grant program

Member Perks

A PTA membership means you’re not only supporting our schools, but getting some sweet perks as well. Find discounts on LegoLand, Urban Sitter, Hertz Car Rentals, Academy of Sciences and more! Learn more.

Choose from three types of memberships and join us today!

Bacich Grade-Level Family Socials

What Do You Say? Talking with Kids to Build Motivation, Stress Tolerance, and a Happy Home

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 7-8:30 p.m. PST, Zoom Link

Join Dr. William Stixrud and Ned Johnson, authors of the national best-seller, The Self-Driven Child, as they will discuss their new book What Do You Say? Talking with Kids to Build Motivation, Stress Tolerance, and a Happy Home. The focus of their presentation will be how to communicate with kids in a way that supports the autonomy and self-drive that are so important for healthy development.

Co-Sponsored by Marin Country Day School, Kentfield School District and Ross Valley School District

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!

Kent Volunteer Opportunities

Bacich School Wide Volunteer Opportunities

Bacich Lead Room Parents/Art for Bears Coordinators/ Carline Coordinators

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.

LGBTQ+ Best Practices for Inclusive Environments,

In collaboration with The Spahr Center and through the CalHOPE Grant, the Marin County Office of Education is pleased to offer: LGBTQ+ Best Practices for Inclusive Environments webinar for Marin County’s parents & caregivers.

Please join us!

Two sessions will be offered:

  • Thursday, October 20, 2022 | 6-7:15 p.m. | for Elementary School Parents & Caregivers
  • Thursday, October 27, 2022 | 6-7:15 p.m. | for Middle & High School Parents & Caregivers

Presented in English with live Spanish Interpretation and the Session will be Recorded.

Details are on the attached flyer (linked here) and below Register here.

En colaboración con The Spahr Center y a través de CalHOPE Grant, la Oficina de Educación del Condado de Marin se complace en ofrecer: Seminario web LGBTQ+ Sobre las Mejores Prácticas para Entornos Inclusivos para padres y cuidadores del condado de Marin.

Por favor únete a nosotras!

Se ofrecerán dos sesiones:

  • jueves, 20 de octubre de 2022 | 6:00 – 7:15PM | Para Padres y Cuidadores de Escuelas Primarias
  • jueves, 27 de octubre de 2022| 6:00 – 7:15PM | Para Padres y Cuidadores de Escuelas Intermedias y Secundarias

Presentado en Inglés con Traducción al Español en Vivo y La Sesión Será Grabada

Los detalles se encuentran en la invitación adjunta (vinculada aquí) y por debajo. Regístrese aquí.

D.C. Trip

8th grade families! The registration deadline for the Washington, D.C. Trip is Wednesday, November 30. You can use the following link to sign up!

Registration Opening Soon!

November 1 - December 16: Registration Open

KGS is non-profit organization - completely run by parent & community VOLUNTEERS.

  • For all girls ages 5-15.
  • Kentfield, Greenbrae, Ross & North Larkspur.
  • Season runs from March through the end of May.
  • All games are in Marin (except 15U have some in San Francisco).
  • All home games are at Kent.
  • Coaches are parents and community volunteers.

Learn more at

"Why I Love Libraries" Holiday Card Art Contest!

We invite all school-aged kids in in Marin County (grades K-8) to submit original art that conveys “Why I Love Libraries.”

Use your imagination to share why you love libraries for a chance to be featured on the Larkspur Library and TCF websites, in the official TCF holiday card, and a chance to have your art displayed at the library, win fun prizes and receive an award from Larky himself (awards ceremony date to be announced)!

Entries are being accepted in four categories: physical art, digital art, poetry or video. Entries are being accepted at the Larkspur Library now through November 1, 2022.

See the contest page for details by visiting

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:

Questions? Contact

Corte Madera Community StoryWalk® (view flyer) – through November 10
Weekly Crafternoons and a once-monthly Lego Club: Thursdays 3:30 p.m. for ages 5-12.

Homework Helpers Sign Up (English and Spanish) – a free “homework help” program for English Learners and underserved students at the Corte Madera library.

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:
  • Helpline #: 855-427-2736