Kentfield School District

October 24th, 2022

KSD News

KSD Highlights

Dear KSD Community,

As we begin the final full week of October I am reminded of our core beliefs as a school community – diversity, inspiration, and connection. These words speak to the importance of embracing one another's differences, inspiring our learners to reach their potential, and connecting with our community to leverage the gifts we have to share. Through holding true to these core beliefs as we address challenges, make decisions, and ponder change I am confident we will overcome obstacles and strengthen our partnership as a collective community.

The KSD is a unique and special school district where children thrive in the joy of learning while lifelong friendships are developed and cultivated. Thank you for being a part of what makes the KSD special!


Superintendent Signature

Raquel Rose

District Announcements

Safety Message

Marin County Office of Education (MCOE) and law enforcement agencies continueto work together to provide information that helps educate families about gun safety. Please find below letters from the MCOE Superintendent Mary Jane Burke, District Attorney Lori Frugoli, and Marin County Sheriff Jamie Scardina, sharing the latest information for gun safety resources.

  • If you have guns at home, assume children can find them.
  • Store guns securely (locked in a gun safe, unloaded, with the ammunition locked separately).
  • Ask about the presence of unsecured guns in other homes (play dates, neighbors, family).
  • Recognize the risk factors and warning signs of suicide and depression and speak up.

As a reminder, gun owners may be liable under California law if they do not properly store their firearms in a locked container or with a locking device. provides guidelines for securing guns safely in the home. Secure gun storage options are readily available nearby and range from basic trigger locks to fireproof gun safes that, when bolted to a structural wall, also stop theft.

Resources for a Mental Crisis: If you are concerned about a friend or family member in crisis, please ask for help, especially if there is a gun in the home.

  • National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (English y Espanol): Call/text 988 or chat
  • Text MARIN to 741741.
  • Learn the warning signs of suicide.
  • Marin Mobile Crisis Response Team: (415) 473-6392 from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday – Friday and 1 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays.
  • For domestic violence, in an emergency, text or call 911. Or call the 24-hour Marin Domestic Violence Hotline, 415-924-6616,

Removing a gun can make a home safer. If a gun is no longer wanted, it can be turned in to local law enforcement or a gun buyback program.

2022-2023 District Calendar

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

  • 7th Grade Volleyball at Ross, 4:45-5:45 p.m.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Thursday, October 27, 2022

  • 8th Grade Volleyball vs Miller Creek, 4:45-5:45 p.m.

Friday, October 28, 2022

  • Kent Principal Coffee, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Library
  • Cross Country Track Meet, 4:45-5:45 p.m.

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

  • Family Partners Meeting, 4-5 p.m.
  • 6th Grade Volleyball Game at Mark Day, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • 7th Grade Volleyball at Mark Day, 4:45-5:45 p.m.
  • DELAC, 5-6 p.m., Bacich Library

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

  • Walk and Roll to School Day
  • Bacich ELAC Meeting, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Thursday, November 3, 2022

  • Flag Football vs Marin Horizon, 4-5 p.m.
  • 8th Grade Volleyball at Davidson, 4:45-5:45 p.m.

Next KSD School Board Meeting is on Tuesday, November 8, 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.

As many may be aware, our next regular election is on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. The KSD will not have a contested election for the open Board of Trustee seats, instead we will welcome Trustee-elects: Cari Irwin, Benny Joseph, and Silver McDonald. Our Trustee-elects are actively engaging in the full scope of their anticipated role in order to fully accept their new position at the December Board Reorganization meeting. Highlights regarding our Trustee-elects will be forthcoming.

KSD Board/District Committees

  • DELAC meeting, November 1, 5-6 p.m.
  • Governance Workshop - New/Tenured Trustee Orientation, November 15, 5-7 p.m.
  • Communication Committee meeting, November 16, 4-5 p.m.
  • LCAP Strategic Plan advisory meeting, November 28, 4-5 p.m.
  • Equity and Inclusion Committee meeting, November 29, 4-5 p.m.

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

Bacich Bears News

Maria Martin

Dear Bacich Community,

Hard to believe that we are nearing the end of October! With the colder mornings and warm afternoons, we are noticing more sweatshirts and sweaters being left on the playground. If your child is missing any clothing, ask them to check the lost and found rack outside the office.

Cross Grade Level Buddies

This week, I visited a first grade classroom during a visit from their third grade buddy class. The students engaged in a writing activity with their buddy. As a classroom teacher for fifteen years at Bacich, I always looked forward to these buddy get-togethers. There is something magical about facilitating connection between groups of students that span several grade levels.

At Bacich, we have a tradition of kindergarten/fourth grade buddies and first/third grade buddies. Teachers match students up in pairs or groups of three. These pairing allow us an opportunity to teach the older students how to be a mentor to the younger students. Older students are able to develop leadership skills as they guide the younger student in the completion of an activity.

Reading Buddies

There are a variety of activities that teachers facilitate during buddy time. Activities can include science, art, writing, free-choice, and playing on the play structure. Buddy get-togethers can also simply be a time to sit and read together. Research shows that it is beneficial for students to read to each other. Younger students get to experience what fluent reading looks like. The older students learn patience and empathy in working with a younger buddy. Older students who struggle with grade-level reading enjoy a positive reading experience reading simpler, age appropriate texts to their younger buddy.

Community Building

These fun buddy experiences help us build a positive school community. Students feel connected not just to their own classroom and grade level but to another grade level. Developing friendships with students across grade levels helps foster a sense of belonging to a larger school community. Buddy time is often a favorite activity for Bacich students and teachers alike!

With gratitude,

Maria Martin
Bacich Principal

Bacich Highlights
Bacich Library

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.

Parents are Invited to Wednesday Assemblies

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. Parents may 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.

Bacich Art

Please read the Bacich Art Blog for the latest blog post featuring the following themes and art projects:

  • Community Building in the Art Room
  • Sketchbooks
  • Hispanic Heritage Month

Bacich Library

Check out Bacich Library Book Buzz October blog for information about how the library discusses 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

Saturday, October 29: 3rd Grade hosted by KIK and KSPTA, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m., Hal Brown Park

Wednesday, November 2: Bacich ELAC meeting, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

November 7: Bacich Site Council meeting, 3-4 p.m.

Monday, November 28: Bacich Principal Chat, 8:30-9:30 a.m., IDEA Studio

Kent Falcons News

Kent Principal Grant Althouse

Greetings Kent Middle School Families,

Kent Habits of Learning – Habits of Learning are academic mindsets, ways of being, and behaviors that learners employ while engaging with tasks and with each other. At Kent, we are giving concrete feedback to students about how our children are approaching the process of learning, and the ways they take on their school responsibilities. Improving and advancing the ways our students bring themselves to learning tasks and classroom scenarios will enhance the benefit students realize out of engaging in those activities.

Independence, Engagement, Work Completion, Collaboration, Community-Mindedness, and Organization make up the six focus Habits of Learning at Kent. Periodically, teachers will ask students to reflect on one or more of these habits as they relate to their class. As with essential skill standards this year, we have developed proficiency scales that clearly articulate behaviors at each level of proficiency with each Habit of Learning, and children often reflect at school about their areas of strength and areas of challenge with learning habits. Linked here is a folder with proficiency scales for each of our Habits of Learning for your reference, with the English version on page 1 and the Spanish version on page 2. The power of a proficiency scale lies in how it clearly captures expected behaviors, and gives children concrete language and direction for what improvement looks like. Please feel free to explore any of these proficiency scales with your child, and discuss current school habits that may be leading to or interfering with academic success. We are confident that feedback about student progress with skills and content, as well as their learning habits, will help each student to make profound advancements in their learning and school experience this year.

Principal Coffee – This Friday from 8:30 to 10:15 a.m. we gather for a one-of-a-kind Principal’s Coffee and presentation at Kent. At 8:30 a.m. School Librarian Rebecca Jelen, Assistant Principal Wendy Holmes, and I will lead a presentation and discussion about the All School Read at Kent, including the philosophy behind this shared literacy experience, sharing details about 5 years worth of All School Read books, and outlining our 2022 All School Read. At 9:30 a.m., participants are invited to join in the Kent MP Room to watch the first of two school assemblies featuring Judy Heumann, the author of our 2022 All School Read book Rolling Warrior: The Incredible, Sometimes Awkward, True Story of a Rebel Girl on Wheels Who Helped Spark A Revolution. Depending on her arrival time, Ms. Heumann may be able to spend some time with Principal Coffee participants in the Library before the assembly. We hope that you might consider joining us on Friday morning!

Aeries Student and Family Portal – The Aeries Student and Family portal is now accurately accounting for assignment completion in student classes. When you log on to the Aeries Student and Family Portal, you will see all of your student’s classes displayed. When you click on a class, you will see the assignments that have been entered so far this year, as well as a check mark indicating that the assignment is complete, or a blank indicating that the assignment is missing. We are working with Aeries to provide visibility into students’ proficiency levels with the standards taught in each class, and will provide an update as soon as we have one from Aeries. Please encourage your student to check assignment completion in Aeries, and to work with their teacher to address and turn in any missing assignments for this term.

Let’s have a great week ahead!

Grant Althouse
Kent Principal

2022-2023 All School Read - Author Visit & Letter Contest

Thank you to all the families who came to watch and help with the movie night last Friday. We made some great money to support our author visit!

Please join us on Friday, October 28 at the Principal Coffee Chat where we will be joined by author Judy Heumann for a discussion.

Students may bring their books to get signed by Judy and we have a letter contest to win lunch with Judy when she is here.

Rebecca Jelen
Kent Librarian

Halloween at Kent

On Monday, October 31 we will hold a Halloween Parade at Kent, for students and staff who participate in this fall tradition. Our parade this year will return to the gym during an extended Monday recess on October 31, and students are invited to participate by parading with peers in their grade level. For children who prefer to not dress up, we have a large spectator section for our parade, and for students who do not celebrate Halloween, the library will be open for games, reading, and videos. If your child is planning to come to school in costume, please make sure your student understands the following expectations for Halloween costumes at Kent.

  • Costumes must not interfere with school participation, including PE and typical classroom activities.
  • Costumes may not feature any type of weapon (gun, sword, spear, etc.), silly string, or references to drugs/alcohol.
  • Costumes shall be culturally sensitive and not negatively represent any race, religion, or gender.

If your child chooses to participate this year, thank you in advance for helping your student to prepare for a fun, joyful, and respectful Halloween, 2022!

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.

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)

Cross County Championship Meet:

Friday, October 28, 2022, 4 p.m. at San Geronimo Trust for Public Lands (the old golf course).

Address: 5800 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo, CA 94963

All runners should arrive by 3:30 p.m. This is a fun event, and we should all be cheering for each other.

Order of Races (times are very approximate. Races could start before or after the times below):

  • 6th grade Boys – 4 p.m.
  • 6th grade Girls – 4:20 p.m. est.
  • 7th Grade Boys – 4:40 p.m. est.
  • 7th Grade Girls – 5 p.m. est.
  • 8th Grade Boys – 5:20 p.m. est.
  • 8th Grade Girls – 5:40 p.m. est.


  • Highly encouraged and recommended to organize carpools to the event
  • This is to help maximize public safety and minimize traffic congestion in the area/community.
  • There is a designated parking lot for the event. The turn up into the parking lot comes before the nearest intersection of Nicasio and Sir Francis Drake Blvd on the right.
  • Volunteers are needed to help with flagging for parking and traffic safety.

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

  • Wednesday, October 26: Letter to Judy Heumann Contest entries due
  • Friday, October 28: Kent Principal Coffee, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Kent Library, special visit from the All School Read author Judy Heumann
  • Tuesday, November 8: Kent Site Council meeting, 3:30-4:30 p.m., room 11
  • Wednesday, November 16: Kent ELAC meeting, Kent Library, 4:45-6 p.m.

KIK News


We are fortunate at KSD to have KIK-donor support to ensure a solid music enrichment for our kids.

  • Research shows that music education enhances self-esteem, better study habits, critical thinking, and provides social-emotional benefits among others.
  • Kids also learn how to work and grow musically together as a group. At Bacich, they learn how to sing as an entire grade level chorus (a truly heartwarming experience to hear).
  • While at Kent, there are many, varied ensemble opportunities like band, strings, and chorus that are available from grades 5-8 (incredible to hear how much they develop through the years).

Thanks to Ms. Poon at Bacich and Mr. Martinez at Kent, our kids experience encouragement and expert instruction available at every grade level. And thanks to generous 2021-2022 KIK donations, KIK is providing additional musical instruments:

  • Recorders, xylophones, metallophones, and glockenspiels at Bacich
  • Higher-quality stringed instruments and trombones at Kent

Looking forward to wonderful Bacich and Kent concerts … coming soon!

Thank you KIK Donors for ensuring a solid music program is available to our KSD kids!


KIK Fundraising Goal 2022-2023:

KIK plans to raise $1 million+ this year, and we’re counting on your participation! Our suggested donation is $2,000 per child in the district, but any amount, larger or smaller, will help us reach our goal.

Please consider giving by GIVING DAY: Wednesday, November 9th.

  • Here’s how to Donate - THANK YOU!
  • The annual KIK $1M contribution to Bacich and Kent directly funds enrichment programs:
    • Art, Music, PE, Library, Maker, Woodshop, Broadcasting and more.

Learn more about Family Giving and What KIK Funds.



Mollie Stone’s Markets offers natural and organic produce, meats, health and beauty products, as well as a large selection of everyday necessities and popular name-brand products. Enjoy one-stop shopping with Mollie Stone’s in-store gift section and their mainstay of healthy, natural and specialty foods.

Bon Air celebrates 70 years this year and remains the heart of downtown Greenbrae with its beautiful outdoor areas and year-round community gathering events. The center welcomes new merchants like sweetgreen, Bear Flag Fitness and Dance with E.N.A. A place to play, discover, and relax.


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 25 - Chicken Paella, Mixed Greens & Steamed Broccoli


OCT 29 - 3rd Grade Family Social

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



DEC 08 - 4th Grade Winter Voices Concert


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

Your membership matters now more than ever — join today.

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

Recording Available for a limited time:

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

Watch the recording

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

Upcoming KSPTA Meeting

November 7, 2022, 8:30-10 a.m., Kent Room 11

8:30-8:45 a.m. coffee social, meeting to follow

All are welcome to attend.

See meeting schedule and agendas here.

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!

  • 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!

  • 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.

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

"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

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!

Donuts & Tee Event! Registration Opening Soon!

Tee & Donuts Event: November 6, 10:30 a.m.-Noon, Bacich Blacktops

Introduce your family to softball. Batting stations, jersey sizing, and gear swap.

View flyer

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

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