Dear KSD Community,
Last week our Bacich Bears celebrated the 100th day of school, which accounts for over fifty percent of the school year. It is pretty remarkable to see how much our students have grown academically and social-emotionally over these last number of weeks. Next week we look forward to the mid-winter recess, where we hope students, staff, and families will enjoy some relaxation from the typical hustle and bustle of the school year and return refreshed and ready for the second half of our year.
Before you step away for the break, please remember to complete the KSD Youth Truth Family Survey. It is essential to get feedback from our parent/guardian community as it will help inform our planning for the next school year. Have your voice be heard by contributing to our goal of 100% participation.
I wish you a positive week ahead!
Take Good Care,
The YouthTruth Survey Now Available
YouthTruth parent survey is at 26%. Make your voice heard! Help us reach our goal of 100% family participation.
Please take 15 minutes to complete the anonymous YouthTruth family survey at ytsurvey.org/ksdfamily23
Directions to take the Youth Truth Family Survey:
- Click on KSD Youth Truth Family Survey
- Select your language
- Complete the survey in one sitting (up to 15 minutes)
- Please have one member of each household fill out the survey
- Please complete a survey for each school you have child/ren attending
- If you have more than one child attending the same school, you may respond to the survey multiple times (one survey per child)
- All responses will be anonymous.
Thank you in advance for your participation!
KSD Comprehensive School Safety Plan
The 2022-2023 Comprehensive School Safety Plan (CSSP) for the Kentfield School District was just approved by the Board of Trustees at their February 7 meeting. Required by CA Education Code and updated annually by March 1, CSSPs are designed to ensure school districts prepare for emergencies, address potential risks to campuses, and create safe, secure, and peaceful learning environments for students and school staff.
The CSSP is the overarching safety plan for our district, and it includes 10 key components, including the Bacich and Kent emergency preparedness plans, along with other documents and policies that outline how we foster social, emotional, and physical safety for all members of our school communities. We are proud of our District’s focus on safety and ensuring that our schools are safe, nurturing places for our students to learn, play, and grow.
The KSD administration invites the community to learn more about our District Budget. HERE is the KSD Budget 101 community slide deck that offers current details and stay tuned for a video highlighting this information shortly. You can also hear this presentation live at the next KSPTA meeting on March 3, 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Kent Middle School.
Vigilant Parent Initiative
In partnership with the Marin Sheriff's Office, please join us for an evening of hands-on education with online safety. Parents and guardians will learn about many social media sites and how you can keep your children safe from online predators. Learn more at the Vigilant Parent Initiative website, and register for our February 16 at 5:30 p.m. session in the Bacich Library here. Translation will be provided.
*Note - location has been changed to Bacich Library.
Tuesday, February 14, 2023
- 6th Grade Basketball vs. Mark Day (Girls 4-5 p.m., Boys 5-6 p.m.)
Wednesday, February 15, 2023
- Bacich ELAC meeting, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Bacich Room 7
- 7th Grade Basketball vs. Mark Day (Girls 4-5 p.m.; Boys 5-6 p.m.)
- Communication Committee meeting, 4-5 p.m., agenda
- Kent ELAC meeting, 4:45-6 p.m., Kent Library
Thursday, February 16, 2023
- 8th Grade Basketball vs. Mark Day (Boys 4-5 p.m., Girls 5-6 p.m.)
- Vigilant Parent Initiative Night in partnership with Marin County Sheriff's Office register for our register here. Translation will be provided., 5:30 p.m., Bacich Library, Register here.
February 20-24, 2023: Mid-Winter Recess - No School
Monday, February 27, 2023
- 8th Grade Boys Basketball at White Hill, 4-5 p.m.
- LCAP Strategic Plan Advisory meeting, 4-5 p.m.
Tuesday, February 28, 2023
- 6th Grade Basketball vs Davidson (Girls 4-5 p.m., Boys 5-6 p.m.)
Wednesday, March 1, 2023
- Bacich Parents in Action meeting, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Room 7
- 7th Grade Basketball vs Davidson (Girls 4-5 p.m., Boys 5-6 p.m.)
Thursday, March 2, 2023
- Kent Parents in Action meeting, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Room 11
- 8th Grade Girls Basketball vs Davidson (Girls 4-5 p.m., Boys 5-6 p.m.)
- 3rd Grade Concert, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 3, 2023
- KSPTA meeting, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Kent
When to Stay Home
The CDC COVID-19 Community Level is low (case rates and hospitalizations) and the Marin COVID-19 wastewater levels (a helpful metric for local transmission levels) can be found here. MCPH advises persons to consider wearing a mask at schools indoors, especially if they or someone in their household is immunocompromised or at high risk for severe illness.
We are also noticing student cases have been increasing for the past six weeks, so please stay vigilant. California Department of Public Health encourages all students and staff to test for COVID-19 IF they feel sick; AFTER exposure, travel, or large gatherings; and BEFORE events or visiting high-risk people.
Please know that our school offices have COVID tests available if needed. Thank you for your support.
Please keep your child home if they are sick. It's not too late to get your flu vaccine. Please contact our school nurse Laurel Yrun (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions you may have about how to navigate illness and school this year.
Next KSD School Board Meeting is on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 at 5 p.m.
Here is a link to where you can find the agenda once posted. Access to the meeting will be in person or via 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
- LCAP Strategic Plan Advisory meeting: Monday, February 27, 2023, 4-5 p.m.
- If you are interested in joining a District Committee, please submit your name here.
Bacich Bears News
Dear Bacich Families,
It is hard to believe that we are in the middle of February and that our mid-winter break is next week. Some Bacich February highlights include:
Black History Month
Did you know that we have a Social Justice Curriculum Committee that meets regularly to develop and improve our social justice curriculum across all grade levels? Marjorie Bukowski, one of our fourth-grade teachers, is the chair of the Social Justice Committee this year. As part of their great work, the committee provides resources and lessons for teachers to use during Black History Month. This year, the focus of our Black History Month lessons is on the innovation and creativity that came (and continues to come) out of and in spite of the many struggles experienced by African Americans throughout U.S. history.
100th Day of School Assembly
Did you know that we have three teachers who plan In-Motion and Character Assemblies? Lindsay Zerzan, Andrea Livengood, and Claire Adams have taken on the leadership of our weekly assemblies. This week they organized an assembly to celebrate the 100th day of school. A few students from each class presented a highlight of the school year thus far. We got to hear 100 highlights, including, first-day jitters, mystery share, buddies, making new friends, Idea Studio, learning snap words, and class jobs. You can see that our Bacich Bears love learning in a vibrant and engaging school community.
Valentine Card Making in the Library
We are so fortunate to have the support and partnership of the Kentfield Schools Parent Teacher Association (KSPTA)! Vicki Song, who is the KSPTA Vice President of Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging, organized a valentine-making station in the library during lunch. Students could come in and make a valentine card for each of their classmates in anticipation of class Valentine’s Day parties. Thank you to all of the volunteers who donated time and materials to make this possible!
Then and Now
Thank you to the second-grade teaching team for making the “Then and Now” celebration a huge success. Our guests were treated to a mini concert in the Community Center followed by classroom visits. Thank you also to the Bacich music teacher, Becky Poon, for organizing and preparing the students for the mini concert.
I hope you enjoy a wonderful week and mid-winter break!
Baseball Field Construction
Ross Valley Little League (RVLL), is funding and managing an improvement project of the majors' baseball field at the northwest corner of the Bacich field. The project includes the construction of two new enclosed dugouts with entry gates. The project also includes increasing the height of the baseball fence to prevent foul balls from being hit onto Sir Francis Drake Blvd. A new concrete pad for the bleachers and shed will be installed. RVLL has plans for similar improvements to the minors' field (the field closest to the main parking lot). The timing of the minors' project has not been finalized. Over the February mid-winter break (February 20 -24), the baseball field grass will be replaced.
All of the work is being completed by licensed and insured contractors and all workers have received clearance to work on-site during the school day. We do not anticipate much of an impact on our students during the course of this project. The route of the track has been slightly altered due to the temporary construction fencing. All construction vehicle traffic will occur outside of the school day. The project will be completed by March 10 at the latest, with RVLL opening day taking place on March 11.
These improvements, especially the new grass, will benefit all of our students. We appreciate the partnership with Ross Valley Little League and all they provide for our community.
Family Math Nights
The Marin County Office of Education is hosting “Family Math Nights” for parents and caregivers of children, ages birth to 6 years. The virtual sessions are facilitated by Lisa Kaplan Shaanan from Early Education Equity. Spanish translation provided. The Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the session.
Please join us on one or more of the following sessions on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Registration Link
- March 9
- April 13
- May 11
- June 8
La Oficina de Educación del Condado de Marin está organizando "Noches Familiares de Matemáticas" para padres y cuidadores de niños, desde el nacimiento hasta los 6 años. Las sesiones virtuales son facilitadas por Lisa Kaplan Shaanan de Early Education Equity. Se ofrece traducción al español. El enlace de Zoom se le enviará por correo electrónico el día antes de la sesión.
Únase a nosotros en una o más de las siguientes sesiones los jueves de 6:30 p. m. a 7:30 p.m. Enlace de registro
- 9 de marzo
- 13 de abril
- 11 de mayo
- 8 de junio
TK / Kindergarten Registration Now Open
Youth Truth Survey
In addition to the family Youth Truth survey, our 3rd and 4th grade students will be engaging in their own survey this week. This survey allows us to hear directly from our students on how they are experiencing school. The feedback this data provides can be used toward strategic planning, monitoring our curriculum, technology, and learning environment, as well as how we can plan for future professional development.
The new Bacich Library Book Buzz February blog features book recommendations about Groundhogs, Winners, Presidents, Love, and Black History Month. Drum roll please... here are the winners of the 2023 ALA Book Awards!
Learn more about the library and search for books: sites.google.com/kentfieldschools.org/bacich-library
Kent Falcons News
Dear Kent Middle School Families,
School Safety at Kent: Level 2 Lockdown Drill — The safety of our students and staff is a top priority, and throughout the year we practice how we would respond to different types of emergency situations. At the end of this week, we will practice a level 2 lockdown procedure, which is how we would respond if there were a threat of harm directed at the school while students and staff are on campus. This is most commonly referred to as an active shooter drill.
During our Wednesday advisory lesson this week Ms. Holmes and I will present a video we have created that introduces the level 2 lockdown process. In this video, we do use and define the phrase "active shooter," though also try to balance terminology by using the term "threat" most of the time when referencing people who may intend harm. We also introduce guidance from our local police agencies, which directs students and staff to prepare to Run, Hide, or Fight during a level 2 lockdown situation. We briefly describe what running, hiding, and fighting could look like in a level 2 lockdown scenario, and encourage children to trust their judgment and use their discretion should this type of threatening situation occur at Kent. Following the video, advisory groups will spend the rest of the session discussing how to safely respond to a level 2 lockdown within a classroom setting, and advisors will respond to questions or concerns that students may raise on the topic.
After lunch on Friday, February 17, we will conduct a level 2 lockdown drill on the Kent campus. During this lockdown students will seek refuge in their classrooms and practice the process of locking doors, turning off lights, building a barricade against exterior doors, and sheltering in place silently. We intend for this drill to be orderly and brief, and this Wednesday’s advisory lesson is designed to prepare students for what to expect and to answer the many questions that will come up about lockdown situations at our school.
Unfortunately, the realities of the world that we live in require that we engage our students in preparation for this most troubling of circumstances. You have our commitment to present the concept in as safe and supportive a way as possible while ensuring that your child receives the information they need to stay safe should the unimaginable happen here. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns regarding our school safety plan or lockdown procedures at Kent.
YouthTruth Student Survey — Our students will be taking the student YouthTruth survey this week at Kent so that we can hear directly from them about how they are experiencing school. The YouthTruth survey is a computer-based questionnaire that will take about 30 minutes to complete. The anonymous survey asks students questions about academic, social, creative, and personal endeavors, and their reflections on school and adults in their lives. We look forward to learning from our students’ perceptions of school so that we can continue in our pursuits to support every child to find connection, intrigue, and interest at Kent.
I’m looking forward to the week ahead with our Kent Falcons!
Kent Teacher Appreciation Breakfasts - Volunteers Needed!
Throughout the school year, the KSPTA organizes breakfasts for the Kent staff. Volunteers bring items such as baked goods, main dishes, fruit, and juice. We have three remaining breakfasts scheduled in February, March, and May. We still need volunteers to help bring items for all these dates.
Kent Library Refresh Construction Project
Thanks to Kentfield Invests in Kids (KIK), we are starting a Library Refresh Construction Project to improve and enhance the Kent Library. The most transformative element of this project includes the movement of standalone bookshelves and the removal of outdated study carrels in order to centralize most book browsing to the southwest corner of the library, opening up the remainder of the library for collaborative workspaces and flexible set-ups that can support both small and large student and community groups. Once the bookshelves are moved, new carpet installed throughout, and simple paint touch-up will complete this year’s refresh.
In order to support the completion of this project, the Library will be closed from February 16 through March 5, opening again for student use the week of March 6. With a new look and a new feel, our Library will likely need a new name! We look forward to working with our students in the months of March and April to re-brand our new and improved Library space with a new name and fitting logo. I look forward to sharing the outcome of this project with you soon, and encourage you to view it as a part of our Open House on March 30!
The Lion King Rehearsals
Rehearsals: Tuesdays from 3:45 to 5 p.m. and Wednesdays from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the MP Room through March.
Kent Basketball Practice & Games Times - new schedules posted
Tuesday, February 14, 2023: 6th Grade Basketball vs. Mark Day (Girls 4-5 p.m., Boys 5-6 p.m.)
Wednesday, February 15, 2023:
- 7th Grade Basketball vs. Mark Day (Girls 4-5 p.m.; Boys 5-6 p.m.)
- Kent ELAC meeting, 4:45-6 p.m., Kent Library
Thursday, February 16, 2023: 8th Grade Basketball vs. Mark Day (Boys 4-5 p.m., Girls 5-6 p.m.)
KIK ♥s OUR DONORS!
We are halfway through the school year and 80% to our Goal! Thank you to those who have already donated.
KIK ♥s 100% participation!
- Donate today and show us some Love!
- 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.
And KIK ♥s our KSD Community!
Kentfield Schools Foundation
BE A ROCKSTAR!
DONATE AUCTION ITEMS!
The KIK “SCHOOL OF ROCK” Spring Auction benefits all KSD students. Help raise valuable funds by donating an auction item today:
- Vacation homes and getaways; unique experiences
- Jewelry, autographed sports/music memorabilia
- Gift cards to restaurants, grocery and retail stores
- Sign Up Parties - host a sign up party for adults or kids!
- Amazon auction wish list items: anyone can contribute by shopping the KIK auction wish list
ONLINE AUCTION: April 27 - May 4
PARTY + LIVE AUCTION: Bimbo’s 365 in San Francisco; Saturday, May 6 ~ Stay tuned for party details.
KIK BUSINESS PARTNERS
International Orange invites respite, ritual and renewal in a peaceful sanctuary setting. Guests can enjoy therapeutic treatments and customized facials and browse through thoughtfully curated selection of skin and body care, artisan wares, and daily wellness essentials.
Sage Educators has been a member of the Marin community since 2007 and is committed to serving kids with the very best tutoring and test-prep to fit their individual needs. At our offices in Mill Valley and Larkspur, students are supported from the beginning of their academic experience through graduation.
MAR 15 - Deadline to Receive Auction Donations
APR 27 - MAY 4 - KIK School of Rock Online Auction
MAY 06 - Save the Date - School of Rock
KIK Spring Auction Event, Party at Bimbo’s 365 featuring Notorious
CONCERTS BROUGHT TO YOU BY KIK
MAR 02 - 3rd Grade Family Concert - 6:30PM
APR 20 - 2nd Grade Family Concert - 6:30PM
MAY 11 - 1st Grade Family Concert - 6:30PM
MAY 25 - Kindergarten Family Concert - 8:30AM
DINE & DONATE
ORDER EVERY TUESDAY - $50 Dine & Donate
- FEB 14 - Beef Bourguignon, Mashed Potatoes, Mixed Greens, & Green Beans
For Installments or Matching Gifts, Print Donor Form in English and Spanish.
Learn more at kspta.org
Next Meeting: March 3, 2023 from 8:30-10:30 a.m., Kent (coffee social during the first 15 minutes)
- District budget presentation.
Marin County Inclusion Inspiration Series: A free virtual screening of My Disability Roadmap with Q&A discussion.
February 16, 2023, 6:30-7:30 p.m. PST, Zoom
DSE (Dedication to Special Education) and MCOE (Marin County Office of Education) in collaboration with Changing Perspectives are pleased to announce the second year of the Marin County Inclusion Inspiration series for the 2022-2023 school year. This series is a unique opportunity to engage, inspire, educate, and empower all members of the Marin County school communities.
Register Now: The Emotional Lives of Teenagers: Raising Connected, Capable, and Compassionate Adolescents with Dr. Lisa Damour
March 29, 2023, 7 p.m. PST
Marin County Office of Education Office, 1111 Las Gallinas Avenue, San Rafael
- In-person attendees are encouraged to register early.
- Zoom option available.
- View Flyer in English and Spanish.
Recognized as a thought leader by the American Psychological Association, Dr. Lisa Damour co-hosts the Ask Lisa podcast, writes about adolescents for the New York Times, appears as a regular contributor to CBS News, and works in collaboration with UNICEF. She is the author of two New York Times bestsellers, Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood and Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls, and the soon-to-be-published book, The Emotional Lives of Teenagers: Raising Connected, Capable, and Compassionate Adolescents.
- Addresses the fact that adolescent mental health isn't about feeling good, calm, or relaxed, but about having the right feelings at the right times, and knowing how to manage those feelings effectively
- Offers guidance to adults on how to help teens open up, and how to keep teens from being overwhelmed by their emotions or feeling at the mercy of their moods
- Provides concrete strategies for dealing with teens’ arguments, risk-taking, emerging romantic lives, friendships, social media, and more
Sponsored by the KSPTA and the Marin County of Education
Special Education Advisory Committee Parent Workshops
The Marin County SELPA Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) is hosting several different workshops for parents in the new year. All workshops are free, translation services are available upon request, and registration is required.
Navigating the Pages of the IEP
An online workshop for parents to examine the pages of an IEP, one page at a time. Parents will have an opportunity to walk through the pages of an IEP and learn more about what specific information should be included in each section of the IEP document.
- February 16 from 9:30-11 a.m.
- Register Here
Procedural Safeguards and Parent Rights
An online workshop designed for parents to learn more about their child’s rights and the protections in place under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). An opportunity for questions and answers will be provided at the end of the session.
- March 7, 2023, from 6-7:30 p.m.
- Register for HERE
Back by popular demand, the Marin County Office of Education is hosting “Top TIPS for Supporting Kids in Times of Uncertainty and Stress” with author and national speaker Julie Kurtz. Her expertise in training on trauma and resilience promotes the concept of optimal brain integration maximizing the growth of our best selves.
Please join us on one or both of the following sessions:
- Birth to age 6 | March 2, March 9 & March 23, 2023, 6-7 p.m. Registration Link | Session in English
- Elementary School Age | March 14, 2023, 6-7:30 p.m.
- Middle/High School Age | March 21, 2023, 6-7:30 p.m.
Registration Link | Sessions in English with simultaneous Spanish interpretation.
Regreso por demanda popular, la Oficina de Educación del Condado de Marin está recibiendo “CONSEJOS para apoyar a los Niños en tiempos de Incertidumbre y Estrés” con la autora y oradora nacional Julie Kurtz. Su experiencia en entrenamiento en trauma y resiliencia promueve el concepto de integración cerebral óptima que maximiza el crecimiento de nuestros mejores seres.
Por favor únase a nosotros en una o ambas de las siguientes sesiones:
- Edad nacimiento a 6 años | 28 de febrero, 7 de marzo y 28 de marzo de 2023, 6-7 p.m. Enlace de registro | sesión en español
- Edad de la Escuela Primaria | 14 de marzo de 2023, 6-7:30 p.m.
- Edad de la Escuela Intermedia / Secundaria | 21 de marzo de 2023, 6-7:30 p.m.
Enlace de registro | Sesiones en Inglés con interpretación simultánea al Español.
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Jewelry Making with Nikki
Larkspur Recreation is offering a jewelry-making class after school on Mondays at Bacich beginning March 6 for students in grades 2 - 4!
In this creative and fun class, we will use traditional and not-so-traditional materials to create unique jewelry! Students will be able to choose from a treasure of new and vintage beads and also learn to make their own using upcycled materials and other materials.
Designing Buildings & Building Confidence
Instructor: Molly Goecke, Architectural Designer is offering another session of The ArKIDecture Academy classes
The sky is the limit in this new session! In this 6-week course, students will have the opportunity to learn all about skyscrapers through drawings, collages, and construction. Each student will be the architect of their own projects, designing, and building in their own unique style. Class interaction, sharing of ideas, and team collaboration are encouraged throughout the sessions. All levels are welcome!
1st & 2nd Grade ArKIDects:
- SESSION 1: Tuesdays, February 28 through April 4, 3-3:45 p.m.
- SESSION 2: Thursdays, March 1 through April 6, 4-4:45 p.m.
3rd & 4th Grade ArKIDects:
- SESSION 3: Thursdays, March 1 through April 6, 3-3:45 p.m.
To Enroll: Email - email@example.com
Cost - $175
Marin Girls Chorus – Now Enrolling!
The Marin Girls Chorus is back for another exciting season! We are currently enrolling middle school girls who love to sing and work as a collaborative team. We offer classes throughout Marin. Girls can enroll in our Bel Canto program for grades 6-8 (no audition required), as well as for our new Descants Advanced Ensemble (audition required).
Check out our website for more information and registration. www.marinchorus.org
Registration is open until February 17.
Get Ready for Spring SWIM!
New Family Registration for the Tidalwaves Swim Team is now open!
Tidalwaves is open to all swimmers ages 5 through 18 years.
The season runs from late February through the end of June at the Redwood High School pool.
Please visit www.gowaves.com for more information.
The Homework Helpers program, created and run by high school interns and the Marin County Free library, is offering a free “homework help” program for English Learners and underserved students at the Corte Madera library every Saturday from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Students are encouraged to sign up for specific time slots and communicate what they need help with. This is an excellent opportunity for students and families to get extra help, outside of school, from local high school students!
Weekly Crafternoons and a once-monthly Lego Club: Thursdays 3:30 p.m. for ages 5-12.
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