Kentfield School District

February 27th, 2023

KSD News

KSD Highlights

Dear KSD Community,

Today was quite a challenging day for our students and staff as we weathered the storm, dealt with a power outage at Kent Middle School, and addressed heating issues at Bacich Elementary School. We are grateful for the resilience, patience, and calm displayed among our students and staff throughout the course of the day.

At this time our school sites are continuing to experience power outages, which directly impact our school operations. We are in communication with PG&E and will continue to monitor the situation through the evening and early morning. If power continues to be out we will close school and notify the school community no later than 6:30 a.m. via ParentSquare. If during the school day we have any unusual conditions and/or experience power outages we will offer timely, transparent, and clear communication and may initiate an emergency school closure.

Thank you for your support as we work towards doing our best on behalf of our students, staff, and families.

Superintendent Signature

Raquel Rose

District Announcements

Budget 101

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. You can also hear this presentation live at the KSPTA meeting on March 3, 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Kent Middle School.

Important Medi-Cal Information

State Launches Campaign to Help Californians Keep Medi-Cal Coverage

During the COVID-19 pandemic, federal rules prohibited states from disenrolling anyone from Medicaid. This “continuous coverage” requirement allowed millions of Californians to keep Medi-Cal coverage during an unprecedented health crisis.

However, new federal legislation ends the continuous coverage requirement in March. Starting in April, California will have 14 months to resume normal renewal processes for all Medi-Cal enrollees. The Department of Health Care Services has launched a statewide campaign with a new landing page,

Enrollees who have moved or changed their phone number or email since 2020 need to update their contact information with Medi-Cal so they don’t miss alerts or notices about their renewal. Medi-Cal beneficiaries should update their information today by contacting Marin HHS Public Assistance at: 1-877-410-8817 or visit

Learn more about the DHCS campaign and the end of the continuous coverage requirement.

District Calendars

Download a PDF of the Board-approved 2023-2024 District Calendar.
February Breakfast & Lunch Menu

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

  • 6th Grade Basketball vs Davidson (Girls 4-5 p.m., Boys 5-6 p.m.)

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

  • 7th Grade Basketball vs Davidson (Girls 4-5 p.m., Boys 5-6 p.m.)

Thursday, March 2, 2023

  • Kent Parents in Action meeting, time TBA, 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 with Budget 101 presentation, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Kent

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

  • Kent Site Council meeting, 3:30- 4:30 p.m., Kent Room 11
  • Family Partners meeting, 4-5 p.m.
  • DELAC meeting, 5-6 p.m., Bacich Library

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

  • Kent Pizza Fundraiser for 8th Grade Graduation

When to Stay Home

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 reference this exposure notice for information on symptoms, communicability, and prevention. (English I Spanish).

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 ( 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

KSD Board/District Committees

  • DELAC meeting: March 7, 2023, 5-6 p.m.
  • Equity and Inclusion Committee meeting: March 21, 4-5 p.m.
  • LCAP Strategic Plan Advisory meeting: March 27, 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 Families,

Welcome back from the Mid-Winter Break! This year, those of us who were in town were treated to some rare snow on Mt. Tamalpais! I hope those of you who traveled away from home had a safe and enjoyable trip.

Bacich Talent Show – 2023

I am excited to host the Bacich 2023 Talent Show on Wednesday morning for our student body. This annual event showcases the many types of performing talents our third and fourth grade participating students possess.

There are many students who have various talents and don’t often get the opportunity to showcase them during the course of a school day. Providing opportunities to perform in front of an audience can help our students develop self-confidence. Encouraging students to participate in the talent show provides an opportunity for students to discover what they are good at. These opportunities help to foster positive feelings about school for our Bacich Bears, which can also lead to increased academic learning.

Our participating students attended several rehearsals during lunchtime and after school. They have worked really hard to practice their routines. We look forward to celebrating their efforts to improve their talents and prepare for the show. I want to acknowledge and appreciate the families of the performers! Thank you for your support and partnership. I also want to thank Bacich parent, Amy Wheeler, who volunteered her time to coordinate the event and support all of the rehearsals! Thank you also to Becky Poon, our beloved music teacher, who also contributed her time and expertise to help prepare the students for the show.

While we are unable to invite our parent community to this event due to space limitations, we are thankful for your support.

Third Grade Chorus Concert

This week, we also get to host the Third Grade Concert! All of our third grade students have worked hard to learn new songs and practice for this fun event. We are fortunate to have a robust music program that includes choral performance for our elementary students. We hope all third grade families will be able to join us on Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. for the concert. Our entire student body will get to enjoy the concert on Friday morning!

I hope you enjoy the final days of February and the beginning of March!

Maria Martin
Bacich Principal

Bacich Highlights

Bacich Art Blog!

Read the January/February 2023 Art Blog to learn more about the following themes and art projects:

  • ‘All Our Hearts Are In It’: District-wide visual arts project
  • TK/K: Color Theory
  • 1st Grade: Exploration of Light
  • 3rd Grade: Lunar New Year Lion Dance Puppet
  • 4th Grade: Black History Month Collaborative Portraits

Please click on the link below and feel free to post a comment on the blog.


Barbara Libby-Steinmann
Bacich Visual Arts Teacher

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

View flyer in English and Spanish.

TK / Kindergarten Registration Now Open

Universal Transition Kindergarten Information Session Slides - Spanish and English

  • Incoming Kindergarten students will need to turn 5 years of age by September 1, 2023.
  • Incoming Universal Transitional Kindergarten students will need to turn 5 years of age between September 2, 2023 and April 2, 2024.

Bacich Library

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:

Susan Warnick
Bacich Librarian

Upcoming Bacich Events

2022-2023 Bacich Bell Schedule

Thursday, March 2, 2023

  • 3rd Grade Concert, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Monday, March 20, 2023

  • Bacich Principal Chat, 8:30-9:30 a.m., IDEA Studio
  • Bacich Site Council meeting, 3:15-4:15 p.m.

Kent Falcons News

Kent Principal Grant Althouse

Dear Kent Middle School Families,

Over the past two weeks, two of our Kent Falcon 8th graders have been featured on KQED public radio, sharing perspective pieces composed as a part of our 8th grade expressions class at Kent.

On February 16, Ami Bailey shared I Paint Myself Brown, a moving composition about identity and growing up in a mixed race family.

On February 24, Abe Marshall shared It’s Not Just Water, a revealing description of his journey with hearing loss and the social impact of wearing a hearing aid.

Ami and Abe drafted and refined these compositions as a part of their 8th grade Expressions class at Kent, a required enrichment course for 8th graders where students learn to write poetry, personal reflections, and short stories. The class focuses on personal reflection and capturing ideas and commentary through writing, as well as the expression and performance of finalized compositions. I encourage you to listen to Ami and Abe read their writing through the links above, as their confident voices bring even more life to their thoughtful words.

Congratulations to Ami and Abe for this public acknowledgment of their hard work! Thank you to teacher Myra Anderson for supporting all of our 8th grade students in their writing and reflection through our expressions class. I’m thrilled to be able to offer our students this important course in 8th grade, where they can apply all of that they’ve learned in their language arts classes to capture and express their ideas for the world to hear.

I’m looking forward to the week ahead with our Kent Falcons!

Grant Althouse
Kent Principal

Last Day to Order a Kent Year is Wednesday, March 1!

Kent yearbooks are now on sale for $42. Sales end on Wednesday, March 1. or call 1-866-287-3096

Kent's order number is 7587.

Learn more.

8th Grade Graduation Pizza Fundraiser

On Wednesday, March 15, we will have pizza for sale in front of the library after school that day to help raise funds for 8th grade graduation.

In order for us to have an accurate count, please fill out the following form and indicate your method of payment:

Pizza Day Order Form

Deadline to order: Monday, March 13 at noon!

Thank you for supporting our fundraising efforts

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.

In order to support the completion of this project, the Library will be closed until 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.

Save the date to view the library upgrades at our Open House on March 30!

Kent Basketball Practice & Games Times

8th Grade Schedule

  • 8th girls- Mondays, 3:45- 4:45 p.m.
  • 8th boys- Mondays, 4:45- 5:45 p.m.

7th Grade Schedule

  • 7th girls- Thursdays, 3:45- 4:45 p.m.
  • 7th boys- Fridays, 3:45- 4:45 p.m.

6th Grade Schedule

  • 6th girls- Wednesdays, 3:45- 4:45 p.m.
  • 6th boys- Wednesdays, 4:45- 5:45 p.m.

We are pleased to announce that Kent will field a golf team for the highly competitive Marin County Middle School Golf League. This is our only sport open to all students in 5th - 8th grades and both boys and girls are eligible to try out. The golf team is also our smallest team since the Marin golf league only allows for eight players per school for the entire year. The golf program is designed to help prepare students who have an interest in pursuing competitive golf in high school and beyond. Our 2022 team posted scores from 35 to to 45 for all matches played and the team took second out of the 12 schools in the league - WAY TO GO FALCONS!!!
To help manage expectations the following criteria must be met to try out for the team.
Students must:

  • Own their own clubs
  • Have completed level 3 (200 yards or more) or better for an opp 36 program or participated in annual Nike Golf Camps at Peacock Gap or elsewhere
  • Have posted a 45 or under at McGinnis
  • Formally sign up prior to the day of tryouts

Additional information:

  • All matches will be played on Mondays with the first match being played on March 13 and the individual championship taking place in mid-late May
  • Practices will be mandatory for all players and will be held Wednesday afternoons at McGuinnis

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 April 5th

Performance Dates: April 5th & April 6th

Upcoming Dates

2022-2023 Kent Bell Schedule

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

  • Kent Site Council meeting, 3:30- 4:30 p.m., Kent Room 11

Monday, March 13, 2023

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

  • Pizza Fundraiser for 8th Grade Graduation

Friday, March 17, 2023

  • Kent Principal Coffee, 8:45-10 a.m., KentLibrary

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

  • Kent ELAC meeting, 4:45-6 p.m. (note date change)

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

  • Kent Full Day - Special Schedule - 3:28 p.m. dismissal

Thursday, March 30, 2023

  • Kent Open House

Friday, March 31, 2023

  • Kent Early Release - Special Schedule - 1:13 p.m. dismissal


Learn more at

Next Meeting: March 3, 2023 from 8:30-10:30 a.m., Kent (coffee social during the first 15 minutes)

  • District budget presentation.

Kentfield Schools Readathon Fundraiser Launches March 5th

The KSPTA is excited to sponsor the second annual district-wide Readathon – a fundraiser that supports our students’ reading development while also raising money for our treasured Kentfield Schools.

Look for updates at the Kentfield Schools Readathon Website.

Kent – Week of March 1, 2023

Bacich – Wednesday, March 22, 2023

If you love to read and want to get involved? Please email

Save the Date!

Please join the KSPTA on Thursday, April 27 at International Orange for an evening of shopping, light bites, and prizes! More info and tickets to come! Proceeds will benefit the KSPTA.

March 9, 7-8:15 p.m. PST

Voice Lessons for Parents: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Listen with Wendy Mogel

Dr. Wendy Mogel is a practicing clinical psychologist, New York Times best-selling author, and international public speaker. She serves on the scientific advisory board of Parents Magazine and is a frequent guest expert on national media. She weighs in issues of the day—from talking to kids about death to embracing the chaos of messy rooms—and on the topic for which she is best known: the protection and promotion of self-reliance, resilience, accountability, and exuberance. Her latest book is Voice Lessons for Parents: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Listen.

Sponsored by The Vera and Harold Stein Lecture Series on Advancing Children’s Mental Health with The Center for Children and Youth.

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

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.

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.

Stay up to date with KSPTA!

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KIK News



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; Golf 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

** Please contact Allyson Peracca or Janine Spaulding if you have donation ideas or items to donate. THANK YOU!

ONLINE AUCTION: April 27 - May 4

PARTY + LIVE AUCTION: Bimbo’s 365 in San Francisco; Saturday, May 6 ~ Stay tuned for party details.


Love us and Follow us! Get the latest KIK updates on:

  • Spring Event + Auction School of Rock
  • Library Refresh
  • Enrichment Spotlights | Instagram | Facebook


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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


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


ORDER EVERY TUESDAY - $50 Dine & Donate

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

FEB 28 - Coq au Vin, Linguine, Salad Verte, & Broccoli

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.

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.

Free Overdose Reversal Training

The first monthly OD Free Narcan overdose (OD) reversal training is on Tuesday, March 7, 12-12:30 p.m., at the Marin Health and Wellness Campus. Learn how to use Narcan and pick up a free kit.

Registration is required: HERE. And see flyer HERE for additional information, including address.

Questions? email Thank you for helping us reverse the rising tide of overdoses in Marin.

OD Free Marin

KidzToPros, an educational enrichment provider, is offering exciting and educational STEM, Arts, and Sports Summer Camps at Anthony G. Bacich Elementary for grades PreK-5 this year. We’d love for your children to join us!

Attached you’ll find a digital flyer with more information, including dates, grades, and more. To register, please follow this LINK. You’ll find numerous options to fit every child’s interests.

If you have any further questions, please email KidzToPros directly at

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.

Learn more here.

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 -

Cost - $175

Homework Helpers Session

Homework Helpers: Multi-subject support for grades 3-10.

Drop in for FREE help from local high school students! Every Saturday at the Corte Madera Library from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Please visit this link to sign up for when and what you need help with!

Here’s the link to sign up.

Homework Helpers: Multi-temas de support para grados 3-10.

¡Entra para recibir ayuda GRATIS de estudiantes secundarios locales! Cada Sábado en la biblioteca Corte Madera de 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Por favor visita este enlace para registrarse paracuando y para qué necesita ayuda.

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:
  • Helpline #: 855-427-2736