Kentfield School District

May 15th, 2023

KSD News

KSD Highlights

Dear KSD Community,

I start this letter by expressing gratitude and appreciation for the flowers, tasty treats, kind words, and positive accolades shared with our staff during National Educator Appreciation Week. We are fortunate to work with your children in partnership with you to do the very best we can for each and every student.

In the weeks ahead, we look forward to honoring our volunteers at both sites for their dedicated support of our schools and celebrating our 2022-2023 KSD Retirees, Golden Bell Recipients, and staff that may be transitioning at the end of this school year. Please join us on Tuesday, May 30 at 4 p.m. at the Kent Middle School Lunch Quad for a Special Recognition of our KSD Community.


Superintendent Signature

Raquel Rose

Reclassification Ceremony

KSD Reclassification Ceremony: May 18, 2023, 6-7:30 p.m., Bacich Community Center

Join us to celebrate our students' amazing ability to speak two (or more!) languages and

highlight them as now being reclassified as English Proficient in our district.

View flyer in English, Spanish, Russian, Haitian Creole, and Japanese.

2023 Marin County Golden Bell Kentfield School District Honorees

Annually the Marin County School Districts celebrate educators and community partners through a long-standing recognition ceremony called the Golden Bell. This year the KSD will be honoring the following Golden Bell recipients on May 25 at Dominican University.

Erin Early, Bacich Special Educator | Aidan Durgerian, Bacich Special Education Paraprofessional | Ron Pembleton, Kent Middle School Science Teacher | Jim Bowlby, KSD Data Coordinator | Marin Enrichment, Community Partner

Special thanks to these staff and community partners for their steadfast dedication and support of our KSD school community!

District Announcements

Project Homekey

Project Homekey Community Update

May 16, 2023, 6:30 - 8 p.m. via Zoom Webinar

The Community Update will include:

  • Project Homekey Updates and Timeline for Opening
  • Information about ECS’s programs, services and staffing
  • The role of local law enforcement agencies and partners
  • Interactive Questions | Answers from Community Attendees

The Zoom link for the meeting is provided below, and you can also click here to receive updates and meeting notifications.

Zoom Webinar:

Passcode: 919688 Or One tap mobile:+14086380968,,81893283675#,,,,*919688# US (San Jose)

Marin County Heat Risk Protocols

Heat Wave - Risk Protocols - In anticipation of hot weather in the weeks ahead, please be mindful of these heat risk protocols developed by our public health partners. Let’s get ready for the heat wave coming our way.

Transportation Authority Marin

Maintaining our Crossing Guards | Join Safe Routes to School Task Force

On April 27th the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) Board considered the reduction of three (3) crossing guards in the Kentfield School District (KSD) jurisdiction. Thanks to the participation of our community, the TAM Board commissioners committed to retain the guard at Sir Francis Drake and Laurel Grove while they administer a re-evaluation. The two other KSD crossing guards are scheduled to be removed. We need to continue to make ourselves heard to ensure we do not lose these two crossing guards at: Sir Francis Drake Blvd. & Bon Air Road | Bon Air Road & South Eliseo Drive

TAM Proposed Crossing Guard Elimination Map

How to Get Involved:
Participate in the Safe Routes to School Task Force
Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Heather McPhail-Sridharan and KSD Administration is in ongoing communications with the TAM staff, City Councils, and neighboring partners to address this issue, but we need more voices.
To help advocate for our community, please email

Become a KSD Safe Routes to School Neighborhood Captain for 2023-2024

The goal of the Safe Routes to School program is to offer students safer and greener alternatives to get to and from school. Becoming a Neighborhood Captain requires a MINIMUM time commitment (mostly texts/emails to your neighbors) but provides MAXIMUM fun and satisfaction in working with a team of fellow parents committed to creating a safer and more connected school community!

We are actively recruiting a team of volunteer parents from the following district neighborhoods:

Greenbrae | Murray Park | Kent Woodlands | KSD Firehouse | Laurel Grove | McAllister

Please contact Heather McPhail-Sridharan ( to join the growing team!

Learn more fall planning process in this
Frequently Asked Questions documents.

Spring Ordering Now Available

The KSD Spring lunch menu is available through June 16, 2023. Please pre-order your child/ren’s lunch to ensure we have the most accurate count of school lunches. Sign up for lunch here or contact for support with ordering your child/ren's meal. If your child/ren has any food allergies, please report them to

District Calendars

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

Bacich Pizza Wednesdays Order Form

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

  • Bacich ELAC Meeting, Bacich room 7
  • KIK Board meeting, 7-9 p.m., District Office

Thursday, May 18, 2023

  • Reclassification Ceremony, 6-7:30 p.m., Bacich Community Center

Friday, May 19, 2023

  • Bacich Lost & Found items will be donated.

Monday, May 22, 2023

  • Bacich Principal Chat, 8:30-9:30 a.m., IDEA Studio
  • Bacich Site Council meeting, 3:15-4:15 p.m.
  • 8th Grade Boys Volleyball vs Davidson, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 25, 2023

  • Kindergarten Concert, 8:30-9 a.m.

Friday, May 26, 2023

  • Kent Volunteer Appreciation Tea, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Monday, May 29, 2023

  • Memorial Day - No School

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

  • Special Recognition of our KSD Community, 4 p.m. Kent Middle School Lunch Quad
  • School Board Meeting, 5-8 p.m.

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

  • Bacich Parent Volunteer Celebration, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Thursday, Jun 1, 2023

  • Kent Parents In Action, Kent Room 11
  • Kent Pride Day Activities

Friday, June 2, 2023

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

Next Regular KSD School Board Meeting is on Tuesday, May 30, 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

  • Safety Committee meeting: Monday, June 5, 2023, 9-10 a.m., agenda and Zoom link

COVID Update

The latest COVID-19 subvariant, XXB.1.16, is increasing in the U.S. according to estimates from the CDC. It has been most documented in India but has been found in 29 countries, according to the WHO. This new subvariant is producing a new symptom: conjunctivitis (pink eye), especially in children.

MCPH is recommending COVID-19 testing for students who present with pink eye. Guidance will be updated to reflect this change.

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 symptoms, communicability, and prevention information. (English I Spanish).

Please keep your child home if they are sick. Please contact our school nurse Laurel Yrun (, with any questions about navigating illness and school this year.

Bacich Bears News

Maria Martin

Dear Bacich Community,

I hope you enjoyed the beautiful Mother’s Day weekend! Thank you to our first grade families who attended the first grade concert this past week. The students did an amazing job singing, dancing, playing instruments, and introducing the songs. It is quite impressive to see some of our youngest students perform with such poise in front of our school community! Thanks to music teacher, Becky Poon, for her incredible dedication to our chorus program.

Fourth Grade Gold Country Trip

This week marks the return of the Bacich overnight Gold Country Trip! Our fourth graders will spend two days and one night in Gold Country. The trip includes a tour of Sutter’s Fort, lunch outside the State Capital, gold panning and related activities, visiting the historic town of Coloma, and a night spent at Earthtrek on the American River. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Bacich fourth grade teachers Victoria Denson and Marjorie Bukowski and the rest of the fourth grade teaching staff for their incredible efforts to put this trip together. I would also like to thank fourth grade families and KIK for their financial support of this field trip. Our students are likely to remember this trip as an important highlight of their fourth grade year.

TEAM Time Spotlight

If you have ever spent time watching elementary school students play a sport or game, you likely noticed that for many students, taking your outs is a challenge. Students often have a hard time accepting that they are out and will argue instead. One of the TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) lessons in our last unit this year is about how to take your outs like a good sport. Students practice how to be a good sport by continuing to be a part of the game even when they get out. This lesson helps students to become encouragers, fun players, helpers, and gracious winners and avoid being an arguer, sulker, victim, or bragger.

CAASPP Testing Third and Fourth Grade

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP, is the standardized academic testing that students across the state take every spring. This assessment was on pause for two years during the pandemic but was reintroduced last spring.

The state requires Districts to administer CAASPP testing in an effort to provide valuable information about student progress. This tool is an online, computer-adaptive assessment in English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) and Mathematics for 3rd - 8th grade students.

Bacich third and fourth grade students will take the CAASPP May 22 - June 2. Please refer to the Bacich CAASPP Testing Calendar. To learn more about CAASPP, visit the California Department of Education (CDE) webpage.

Individual student score reports displaying CAASPP results will be available in the Aeries Parent/Family Portal in July/August and will include an overall score and a description of the student’s achievement level for ELA, Mathematics, and Science if applicable.

KSD Reclassification Ceremony

This Thursday, May 18, we gather in the Bacich Community Center from 6-7:30 p.m. for our annual KSD Reclassification Ceremony for students who recently achieved bilingual status. It will be a beautiful celebration of students from TK-8 who have recently achieved this momentous milestone. All are welcome and encouraged to join us to celebrate this incredible accomplishment!

I hope you enjoy a fantastic week!

With gratitude,

Maria Martin
Bacich Principal

Bacich Highlights

Bacich Lost & Found

Please check the Lost & Found for any items your child may be missing.

The Lost and Found will be donated Friday, May 19.

Calling Bacich Volunteers!

Do you have a desire to be on the Bacich campus more? Are you available during the school day, specifically during lunchtime from 11:55 to 1:20 p.m.? If so, we have the spot for you, as we are hoping to bring more parents back onto campus.

A Sign Up Genius will be forthcoming, in the meantime please reach out to Ann-Marie Skaggs at to express interest.

Pizza Wednesdays!

$6 for a slice of pizza, with a serving of organic blueberries and baby carrots

The KSPTA is piloting a fundraiser. We’re selling a pizza lunch with organic fruit and a vegetable on Wednesdays after school. Proceeds will fund t-shirts for all Bacich students and staff for the 2023-2024 school year with the image: We All Belong at Bacich.

Pizzas will be served in the Bacich lunch quad, following your child’s dismissal time.

  • UTK & Kindergarten: 12 p.m.
  • 1st & 2nd Grades: 12:15 p.m.
  • 3rd & 4th Grades: 12:30 p.m.

Projected Dates:

  • Wednesday, May 17, 24, 31, and June 7

How to Order:

A limited quantity of pizza will be available for purchase without pre-orders. Please ensure your child has a caregiver as food pickup is after dismissal time.

Does your child attend Marin Enrichment? KSPTA volunteers are coordinating with Marin Enrichment staff to have your child’s pizza brought to Marin Enrichment. Please send your child to Marin Enrichment as usual and KSPTA will deliver.

Is your child a budding entrepreneur? Contact VP of Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging, Vicki Sonu Song, so that both caregiver and child can participate in selling lemonade or baked goods! Proceeds will be donated to the KSPTA and be used to fund projects to promote belonging in our district.

We need volunteers! Please contact Vicki Sonu Song at

Wait Until 8th Pledge

The KSPTA is sponsoring the Wait Until 8th Pledge. This initiative supports waiting until children are in 8th grade to provide access to a smartphone. The Wait Until 8th organization lists five top reasons to postpone access to a smartphone:

  1. Smartphones are changing childhood
  2. They are distracting and addictive
  3. Smartphones expose your child to inappropriate content
  4. They increase the risk of anxiety and depression
  5. Cyberbullying is an important concern

There are many devices that parents can use to be able to get in touch with their children, other than a smartphone. The Wait Until 8th website has additional information for parents. The KSPTA has identified a parent class champion at each grade level who is available to answer questions you may have. Please refer to this document for more information about the KSPTA Wait Until 8th campaign. I encourage you to consider taking this pledge!

Draft School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) - Bacich 2023-2024

The Bacich School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) for the 2023-24 school year is a comprehensive document that provides details about the school’s planned actions to support student outcomes and overall performance. The goals and actions in the SPSA connect to the Kentfield School District’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), which lays out goals for the entire District. The Bacich SPSA for 2023-2024 contains four goals and specific action steps to achieve the goals. We would like to solicit your feedback on this important plan. Please take a few minutes to review the DRAFT SPSA and provide feedback using this Google form.

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

  • 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

  • 8 de junio

View flyer in English and Spanish.

Bacich Library - New May Blog Post!

Welcome the month of May with Ms. Warnick's favorite books and activities to honor May Day, Mother's Day, Memorial Day, and Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month at the

Learn more about the library and search for books:

Susan Warnick
Bacich Librarian

Upcoming Bacich Events

2022-2023 Bacich Bell Schedule

Mondays by 9 p.m.: Orders due for KSPTA Pizza Wednesdays. Please see the KSPTA section for more details.

Wednesday, May 17, 2023: Bacich ELAC Meeting, Bacich room 7

Friday, May 19, 2023: Lost & Found items will be donated.

Monday, May 22, 2023:

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

Thursday, May 25, 2023: Kindergarten Concert, 8:30-9 a.m.

Wednesday, May 31, 2023: Bacich Parent Volunteer Celebration, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Kent Falcons News

Kent Principal Grant Althouse

Dear Kent Middle School Families,

Thanks to every single student and community member who took a moment last week to appreciate our exceptional educators during Educator’s Appreciation Week. I’d like to extend a special thank you to our KSPTA for coordinating generous, thoughtful, delicious, and kind expressions of appreciation for all members of our team.

It is the time of year when we prepare to say goodbye to members of our teaching team who will be transitioning away from Kent Middle School to pursue other endeavors next year and beyond. Please join me in celebrating the below staff members who will conclude their time at Kent at the end of this school year.

  • Kent Mathematics teacher Brad Widelock will be retiring at the conclusion of this school year after serving the Kentfield School District for 17 years. Mr. Widelock is well known among students as an ally and advocate, who embodies a love of mathematics and works to support students to pursue their interests and find their voices. Mr. Widelock was also an influential leader in the Kentfield Teachers Association during his tenure with our district.
  • Longtime KSD teacher, Rose Roubinian, retires this year after 25 years teaching Spanish at both Bacich and Kent. Ms. Roubinian cares deeply about the Spanish language and culture and devoted her professional teaching career to developing students’ language skills. Recent reports from Kent graduates and receiving high schools confirm that Ms. Roubinian is among the best in the business, with Kent students’ foundational Spanish preparing them well for all future language endeavors.
  • Science department chair, Ron Pembleton, retires this year after 17 years teaching science and leading the Kent science department. Mr. Pembleton led a successful Science Fair at Kent for many years, shifting to an Innovation Convention in recent years, both projects focused on student-generated hypotheses and learning through experimentation and data analysis. Ron Pembleton piqued the interests of our young scientists throughout his noteworthy tenure in our district.
  • Kent Art teacher Elizabeth Rubenstein retires this year after serving our school for two years in the Kent art studio. Ms. Rubenstein brought with her a passion for integrated arts and student-generated artistry and creation. Establishing courses this year like Fiber Arts in 7th grade and Sculpture in 8th grade, Ms. Rubenstein inspired our student artists to try new ideas and to relentlessly create.
  • Physical Education teacher Maryellen Gore is moving across the country with her family, after serving Kent as our 6th grade PE teacher since 2019. Ms. Gore brought with her new and innovative approaches to games and physical activities for our PE department and approached each day with a huge smile and a love of her students and physical activity. Ms. Gore has been on maternity leave this year, and unfortunately will not be returning to our Kent team next year.
  • Library Media teacher Rebecca Jelen is seeking a leave of absence from Kent at the conclusion of this year to pursue an opportunity closer to home. Ms. Jelen has been at Kent since 2010 first as a 5th grade teacher and for the past five years as our teacher-librarian. She transformed the Kent Library into the heart of our school, creating an inclusive and safe learning and social environment for every single Kent Falcon. During her tenure here Ms. Jelen established our All School Read program, advised our school newspaper The Falcon Swoop, served as our Social Justice Department Chair, facilitated numerous author visits, taught our Broadcast Journalism class, and much much more.

We will miss these exceptional educators who have collectively contributed over 75 years of service to Kent Middle School students. The legacy they leave will reverberate through our halls and classrooms for generations to come. While it is always difficult to say goodbye, we are also dedicated to identifying and welcoming new members to our team who are skilled, qualified, and committed to pick up where these incredible educators have left off!

Let’s have an awesome week ahead!

Grant Althouse
Kent Principal

At some point your family has likely engaged in the conversation that we all have with our middle school children: When is the appropriate time to introduce a cell phone into your middle schooler’s life? This decision alone may have the most significant impact on the remainder of your student’s childhood, more than perhaps any other change we introduce in the middle school years.

Each family must carefully consider when it is right to introduce a smartphone into their child’s life. Simply put, children must have developed the appropriate maturity to be able to safely navigate the circumstances they will encounter through the use of a smartphone. Many Bacich and Kent families have taken the Wait Until 8th pledge as a way of showing their commitment to withhold access to a personal smartphone until their children are in 8th grade. This approach significantly reduces exposure to harmful content, delays the distractions and addictions that come with smartphone use, and prolongs childhood just a little bit longer.

Upcoming Dates

2022-2023 Kent Bell Schedule

Kent CAASP & CAST Testing Schedule

  • 5th and 8th graders will be taking the California Science Test (CAST) the week of May 22, in Nest class in 5th grade and in science class in 8th grade. The CAST is presented in an identical format to the CAASPP.

Monday, May 22, 2023: 8th Grade Boys Volleyball vs Davidson, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Friday, May 26, 2023: Volunteer Appreciation Tea, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Thursday, Jun 1, 2023

  • Kent Parents In Action, Kent Room 11
  • Kent Pride Day Activities

Friday, June 2, 2023: Kent Principal Coffee, 8:45-10 a.m., Kent Library

KIK News


School of Rock was truly a rockin’ good time! Our wonderful parent community raised their paddles and bid online to raise lots of $$’s for our kids! You rocked it!

Thank you to all our Business, Family, and Teacher Donors who were instrumental in making the auction a success! We are so grateful for each and every one of you.

Check out all the great photos here!


Saturday, May 20 from 10am-noon in front of the Bacich Community Center

If you’ve won an item in the online auction, please plan to pick it up during this time. If you can’t make it, please send a neighbor or friend to retrieve your items as this is the only time item pickup will be available.  

We have a few spots left for some of the Sign Up Parties — secure your spot before they sell out!


There is still time to donate to this spring’s Fund-a-Need, which will support the purchase of new iPads and Chromebooks for our kids. So far we have raised over $125,000!

There are devices in almost every grade level that have reached the end of their useful lives and need to be replaced. 

New iPads & Chromebooks will:

  • Provide our students with individualized learning
  • Allow our students to create multimedia videos and portfolio projects
  • Be used in virtually every aspect of the schools: from robotics in Maker and Enterprise to Coding to Individualized Learning and Creativity in all grades Kindergarten to 8.

Separate from the Annual Goal, please consider donating to the FUND-A-NEED today.

Learn More 

Donate to Fund-a-Need


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We have reached over 90% of our annual $1M fundraising goal. Thank you to all of the families who have donated so far this school year. If you have not donated yet, we are counting on your support to reach our goal. Our annual $1M commitment goes directly into the school district's budget to fund crucial programs for our kids (PE, Art, Music, Library, Drama, and more). Let's KIK this together!


CONCERTS Brought to You by KIK

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.

May 16 - Chicken Paella, Mixed Greens, & Steamed Broccoli


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

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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.


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Pizza Wednesdays at Bacich

$6 for a slice of pizza, with a serving of organic blueberries and baby carrots

The KSPTA is piloting a fundraiser. We’re selling a pizza lunch with organic fruit and a vegetable on Wednesdays after school. Proceeds will fund t-shirts for all Bacich students and staff for the 2023-2024 school year with the image: We All Belong at Bacich.

Pizzas will be served in the Bacich lunch quad, following your child’s dismissal time.

  • UTK & Kindergarten: 12 p.m.
  • 1st & 2nd Grades: 12:15 p.m.
  • 3rd & 4th Grades: 12:30 p.m.

Projected Dates:

  • Wednesday, May 17, 24, 31, and June 7

How to Order:

  • Orders can be placed at
  • Orders and payment can be made online, or place an order online and pay cash or check on the day of.
  • Ordering closes at 9 p.m. on Mondays.

A limited quantity of pizza will be available for purchase without pre-orders. Please ensure your child has a caregiver as food pickup is after dismissal time.

Does your child attend Marin Enrichment? KSPTA volunteers are coordinating with Marin Enrichment staff to have your child’s pizza brought to Marin Enrichment. Please send your child to Marin Enrichment as usual and KSPTA will deliver.

Is your child a budding entrepreneur? Contact VP of Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging, Vicki Sonu Song, so that both caregiver and child can participate in selling lemonade or baked goods! Proceeds will be donated to the KSPTA and be used to fund projects to promote belonging in our district.

We need volunteers! Please contact Vicki Sonu Song at


Hi! Have you signed it yet? Just a reminder from your friends at KSPTA about Wait Until 8th Pledge!

What it IS:
The Wait Until 8th pledge empowers parents to rally together to delay giving children a smartphone until at least 8th grade. By banding together, we can decrease the pressure felt by kids and parents alike over smartphones. Surrounding Bay Area schools Ross, Corte Madera, Larkspur and the Reed District have also signed on.

What it IS NOT:
It is not a promise to avoid all screen time or even to wait until 8th to give your child a phone. The Wait Until 8th pledge is simply encouraging parents to delay the smartphone — you can still have the peace of mind of easy communication with an “old school” phone or watch.

Why is it IMPORTANT?
These devices are quickly changing childhood for children. Playing outdoors, spending time with friends, reading books, and hanging out with family are happening a lot less to make room for hours on snap chat, tik tok, Instagram, or streaming on YouTube. Experts say that smartphones are addictive, interfere with sleep and relationships, and increase the risk that children will suffer from depression, anxiety, and cyberbullying. Our kids deserve a childhood free of distraction.

You can find more info at:

Teen Mental Health Tips from Kaiser Permanente

Signs to Look For & Strategies to Help

It’s important for young people to hear that anxiety, stress, and negative emotions are completely normal, especially in hard times. And times are hard for many.

"More and more teens are aware of mental health as a real issue they face in their daily lives," says Michael Torres, PsyD, a clinical psychologist at the Kaiser Permanente Mental Health and Wellness Center in San Leandro, California. "It’s vital that all of us who support young people are equipped to talk about mental health issues."

You can start making a difference in a young person’s mental health in a few key ways.

Know the Signs

Mental health symptoms are manageable, with early care and support from trusted adults. That’s why it’s important to recognize signs and symptoms of depression in teens, like:

  • Persistent feelings of sadness, fear, anxiety, or worry
  • Avoiding social interactions or things they loved doing before
  • Falling behind in school
  • Signs of self-harm
  • Talking about suicide or harming others

Talk Often and Honestly

It’s important to make time to talk with your teen on a regular basis. Schneider recommends setting aside "no phone" time, especially at the dinner table or before bed. Show that you’re interested in talking, even if your teen doesn’t always want to. Be flexible — if they feel comfortable and are ready to talk, they’ll come to you. Once you’re talking, respect them enough to be yourself. It’s one of the most important steps in building trust.

Provide Tools for Self-Care

Encourage the teen in your life to practice self-care. Help them find a healthy outlet for their emotions.

Exercise, especially, has health benefits beyond physical fitness. As little as 20 to 25 minutes of moderate activity a day can help protect against symptoms of depression.3 Teens can also try things like:

  • Practicing mindfulness
  • Journaling or making art
  • Talking with a trusted friend
  • Listening to music
  • Watching something fun on television — especially as a family or with friends

Teens should also get 8 to 9 hours of sleep a night when possible, and rest whenever they can. Building a nighttime routine without screens can help, says Schneider. And that goes for adults, too.

Ask for Help

If you’re struggling to relate to a young person’s emotions or their condition seems more serious, it could be time to get help. If it’s someone else’s child, gently let their guardian know what you’ve noticed. If it’s your child, call your pediatrician or a mental health specialist. If health care is a barrier, you could also reach out to the counselor or psychologist at your child’s school.

If you ever fear for the immediate safety of a young person, call your local medical office for crisis care.

For more support, call or text the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988 (TTY 711) or visit to get free, confidential help from a trained crisis counselor.

It’s never too early to help a young person with their emotional well-being.

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Community News

Summer Camp Tips

Resources and tips on choosing a summer camp experience for your children from Ivette Villarreal, Kentfield School District Community Family Liaison. Read more.

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.

Kentfield Greenbrae Community Spring Fair

Join us at the Community Spring Fair!

Saturday, May 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bon Air Center, Greenbrae

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The Kentfield Greenbrae Historical Society (KGHS) is partnering with Bon Air to celebrate our shared heritage and local history with a FREE, family-friendly community event. We will honor and celebrate our local schools and the extraordinary services and programs provided by Marin community organizations.

Enjoy a showcase of FREE samples from 60+ local farms and food producers and hands-on activities for kids and adults. A fun, popular passport game encourages attendees to visit community organization booths to receive prizes generously donated by Susie Cakes, Jamba Juice, and Gott's. The Marin Rose Society will host a beautiful, fragrant exhibit with more than 41 categories of expertly grown roses on display to the public. Volunteers will assist kids of all ages in creating a beautiful bouquet.

KGHS will debut a newly acquired and important historical painting and provide a presentation about its history with prominent local historians, Dewey Livingston and Richard Torney. The painting by noted 19th-century artist Joseph Lee offers a rare view of central Marin. Lee details the village of Ross Landing (what would later become Kentfield) with incredible accuracy. Ross Landing was the only town in the vicinity at that time.

Live Entertainment and Class Schedule (Stage in front of Gott's)

  • 11 a.m. Bacich Elementary School Student Choir
  • 11:30 a.m Branson High School Jazz Performance Student Band
  • 12 p.m. E.N.A. Dance Studio Professional Troupe Performance
  • 12:30 p.m. Kids' Dance Workshop with Dance with E.N.A. Studio (all kids warmly welcome)
  • 1 p.m. Bear Flag Fitness Demo Class
  • 1:30 p.m. Orange Theory Fitness Demo Class

Participating Organizations with Booths:

Local Law Enforcement & Public Safety

Central Marin Fire, Kentfield Fire Protection District, Central Marin Police Authority, Marin County Sheriff's Office, California Highway Patrol (CHP) Marin, Central Marin Neighborhood Response Group, Golden Gate Bridge District

Local History Organization

Kentfield-Greenbrae Historical Society (KGHS), Anne T. Kent California Room, Marin County Free Library, Marin History Museum, San Anselmo Historical Society

Local Education

Redwood High School Alumni, Kentfield School District, Kentfield Schools Foundation (KIK), Emeritus Students College of Marin (ESCOM) & Community Ed, Marin Enrichment Preschool

Local Organizations

Coast Miwok of Marin, Marin Rose Society, MarinHealth | MarinHealth Medical Center, Home Match Marin (Front Porch), Resilient Neighborhoods

Local Property Owner Associations

Greenbrae Property Owners Association, Kent Woodlands Property Owners Association, Kentfield Planning Advisory Board (KPAB)

Local Government

County of Marin with Supervisor Katie Rice, Office of Assemblymember Damon Connolly, Marin County Parks, City of Larkspur Planning Department, Larkspur Library, Larkspur Chamber of Commerce, Larkspur Community Foundation, Marin Women's Political Action Committee (MWPAC), League of Women Voters of Marin County

Kids Hands-on Activities Area

Camp Galileo, Chronos Academy

Marin Library Events

Lion Dancers at the Library!

Saturday, May 20, 1 p.m., Corte Madera Library

The Marin Chinese Cultural Association Lion Dance Team will showcase the color and energy of their Southern Chinese traditional dancing style as they wind their way through the Corte Madera Library. They’ll conclude in the children’s room with a quick discussion. Come help them make some noise!

Marin Library Opportunities

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.

Marin First Five Immigrant Heritage Month Free Forum

  • Thursday, June 1, 2023, 3-7 p.m.
  • Embassy Suites Hotel, 101 Mclnnis Parkway, San Rafael
  • Policy program 3 to 5:30 p.m. and refreshments & music 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Join Marin First Five and community partners to learn about programs welcoming and supporting immigrants in Marin – and helping communities thrive!

This is a free event sponsored by the Marin County Office of Equity, the Marin Community Foundation, and the First 5 Marin Children and Families Commission.


2024 DC/Boston Trip

Attention 7th grade parents: Thank you to all who attended the DC/Boston 2024 Parent Meeting a few weeks ago!

Please find all information about the 2024 DC trip, including how to register here. Our trip # is #209308.

The deadline to sign up and get an early-bird discount is June 10, 2023.

Any questions should be referred to Ryan Palmer, Kent 8th grade history teacher at

Youth Ride Free

Public transportation is offering free rides for K-12 youth throughout the summer with the Summer Youth Ride Free Program.

FREE public transit for kids and teens transforms the North Bay into a summer playground.

SMART, Marin Transit, Sonoma County Transit, Santa Rosa CityBus, and Petaluma Transit are offering free rides for K-12 youth throughout the summer (June-August) with the Summer Youth Ride Free Program.

How it works: No passes are necessary to ride, simply show a valid K-12 school or government-issued ID to the conductor when boarding the train or bus. Youth grades 9-12 may use a school ID from the Spring 2023 semester. Youth grades 8 and under, if asked, may present a school ID, or simply tell the conductor their grade and which school they attend. Younger children, under age 5, also ride for free but must be accompanied by an adult.

Free Family Dance

How Do You Dance? Free Family Dance with Luna Dance Institute

Families and their young children join Luna Dance virtually for some fun and joyful movement activities.

  • Saturdays, 9:30-10:15 a.m. on June 3
  • Spanish translation available
  • Registration Link: A Zoom link will be sent out prior to the event.

¿Cómo bailas? Baile Familiar Gratis con Luna Dance Institute

Las familias y sus niños pequeños se unen virtualmente a Luna Dance para disfrutar de algunas actividades de movimiento divertidas y alegres.

  • Sábados, 9:30-10:15 a.m. el 3 de junio
  • Traducción al español disponible
  • Enlace de registro: Enlace de zoom enviado por correo electrónico antes del evento.

KidzToPros Summer Camp at Bacich

Dear Parents,

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 flyerwith 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

Marin Ballet’s “Beautiful Earth” Dance Camp for Kids

Dates: June 19-23, 2023

Times: 9 a.m. to noon for ages 3-4 | $350

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for children 5-9 | $560

Location: 100 Elm Street, San Rafael

Contact: or (415) 453-6705

Please note that this is a drop-off camp, and all campers need to bring their own snack and lunch for children ages 5-9. If you have any questions or need more information, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Kentfield Futbol Club

Registration is now open!

  • ​Program for Bacich students: Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th
  • Separate teams for boys and girls.
  • All skill levels are welcome
  • Practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting September 5, 2023. Games on weekends.

Learn more and register at

If parents need assistance with financial aid/scholarship applications, please contact Ivette Villareal,

Girls Lacrosse Camp

Caroline Corzel, assistant women's lacrosse coach at the University of California, Berkeley is running a youth lacrosse camp through US Sports Camps at Redwood High School from June 12-15 from 9-12 p.m.

Healthy Families Marin Home Visiting Program

Offers home visiting for parents of newborns. The program is designed to support parents, share information about child development and parenting, and provide information and referrals to families of infants and young children.

Crisis Text Support Line

Marin County offers 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.

Help Me Grow Marin
Families can learn about community resources and tools to support their child’s development or family's needs. Whether it be assessing your child’s development, helping to apply for health insurance, or helping with finding a food bank, parenting class, information on child development, or low-cost medical clinic, we are here to help!

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!

California 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