Marin Elementary School


Welcome to Marin! Please call in all absences to (510) 558-4740. No school on Tuesday, November 11 in honor of Veteran's Day.

Headlines & Announcements

Budget Priorities Communication
At the last few Board of Education meetings, the Board has discussed Budget Priorities. During these discussions, the Board has identified and developed a list of stakeholders and has developed a process for communicating with these stakeholders. At this time, the Board is not convening committees and/or meetings with these stakeholders because there are many unknown factors, including the results of the Parcel Tax: Measure LL in the November 2014 Election and the Governor’s budget scheduled to be announced January 15, 2014. The Board will continue to discuss budget priorities at regularly scheduled meetings and will convene committees and/or meetings with stakeholders beginning in February 2015.
MARIN NEWSLETTER 10/24/2014
MARIN SCHOOL HALLOWEEN PARADE – FRIDAY, OCT. 31 - Be sure to join us for our Halloween Costume Parade starting at 1:00pm in the big playground. The students will parade around the big yard. This is a super photo opportunity, and it’s always great to have parents and friends to cheer us on! All visitors must sign in and get a visitor sticker at the table in front of the office. The Halloween Costumes should not be worn to school, but brought in a labeled paper bag. Students will have time to put them on during the lunchtime recess.
On this special day students follow a REGULAR SCHOOL DAY SCHEDULE.

If your class is having a Halloween party, please remember to bring healthy treats. Some suggestions are: fruit/veggie tray, popcorn, pretzels, fruit popsicles. Also, please check with your child’s teacher regarding possible allergies with other children in the classroom.
ATTENDANCE LINE - (510) 558-4787
If your child is going to be absent or late, please call and leave a message on our attendance line at (510) 558-4787. Thank you!
MARIN NEWSLETTER 10/17/2014
Book Fair - Monday through Saturday, School Site Council Meeting - Tuesday Night,
Marin Facilities Community Meeting - Thursday Night, and Chalk It Up - Saturday
Community Meeting with WLC Architects re: Marin Facility Design
Training is Beginning at The Writer Coach Connection (click for info)
MARIN NEWSLETTER 10/9/2014
STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAY: TOMORROW, Friday, October 10, is staff development day. There will be no school for students. School is closed.
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Events

HALLOWEEN
Date: 10/31/2014
Location: MARIN SCHOOL HALLOWEEN PARADE – FRIDAY, OCT. 31 - Be sure to join us for our Halloween Costume Parade starting at 1:00pm in the big playground. The students will parade around the big yard. This is a super photo opportunity, and it’s always great to have parents and friends to cheer us on! All visitors must sign in and get a visitor sticker at the table in front of the office. The Halloween Costumes should not be worn to school, but brought in a labeled paper bag. Students will have time to put them on during the lunchtime recess. On this special day students follow a REGULAR SCHOOL DAY SCHEDULE. If your class is having a Halloween party, please remember to bring healthy treats. Some suggestions are: fruit/veggie tray, popcorn, pretzels, fruit popsicles. Also, please check with your child’s teacher regarding possible allergies with other children in the classroom.
FALL PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES
Date: 11/10/2014
Location: Conferences will be held in your child's classroom.
VETERANS' DAY
Date: 11/11/2014
Location: School is closed for Veterans' Day.
FALL PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES
Date: 11/12/2014
Location: Conferences will be held in your child's classroom.
MARIN MORNING
Date: 11/12/2014, 8:30 AM 8:45 AM
Location: Please join us in the big yard at 8:30 am for our Marin Morning.

Principal's Message

August 18, 2014

Dear Marin School Community,

Welcome to the 2014-15 school year which promises to be a "new chapter in Albany!" To our returning and new Marin families, I invite you to share in my positive anticipation of the first day of school as this awe-inspiring staff gets ready for your students. As we bring this summer to completion, I am excited to share Marin updates and focus areas for the coming school year.

Albany USD continues to focus on Common Core State Standards http://www.corestandards.org/about-the-standards/frequently-asked-questions/ professional development and resource integration for all grades in language arts coupled with a newly adopted math program. Students in grades kindergarten through third will be using Pearson's Investigations https://investigations.terc.edu/families/ and students in grades fourth and fifth will be introduced to the Houghton Mifflin Expressions curriculum http://www.eduplace.com/parents/mw/ In addition, students in grades third through fifth will be taking the first "live" version of the Smarter Balanced Assessment http://smarterbalanced.org/ online tests which replaces the STAR.

Marin facilities is an important focus as our site added one portable to the big yard and we welcome fifth grade teacher Melissa Pfhol to her new room 21. There were a few other moves so please refer to the class postings for correct room assignments. Our Marin design committee has been meeting all summer and includes district, site staff, parents and neighbors all moving forward on a new building once state funding is secured. Please consider attending the parent and community meetings scheduled for this fall to see preliminary sketches and contribute your suggestions as we move to the next phase of school constructions planning.

I want to maintain positive attendance strategies that support student engagement with their classroom learning and connections to the school and greater community. It is vitally important to have your student attend school regularly and on time. Please consider planning family vacations and appointments that will still allow your student maximum attendance at school. Positive attendance combined with our social/emotional curriculum Second Step, which will be implemented in all grade levels and common areas at Marin, will be a powerful resource for your student to achieve both academically and socially. For more information on Second Step, please visit www.cfchildren.org/second-step.

STAY CONNECTED TO MARIN! Please refer to our website http://marin.ausdk12.org for important school news and calendar updates. Sign up for the e-tree at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MarinSchool_Etree to start receiving important school, district and PTA announcements. Our hard working PTA, School Site Council and our English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) needs your support so please consider joining and helping out this year with your time and expertise. There are a couple of important dates coming right up:

Class lists posted/PTA welcome night Tuesday, August 19 7:00-9:00pm
Kindergarten Meet-and-Greet Monday, August 25 1-1:30pm in the classrooms
First day of school Tuesday August 26 (Early release grades 1-3, regular schedule for K and grades 4/5)
Kindergarten Back-to-School Night Wednesday, August 27 6:00-7:00pm
Early/Late Bird schedule for grades 1-3 Starts Tuesday, September 2
Back-to-School Night for grades 1-5 Thursday, September 11 7:00-8:00pm

I also invite you to attend our principal/PTA president's coffee scheduled for various times during the year and to contact me at aritchie@ausdk12.org or through the main office to share any concerns or kudos about Marin. I look forward to meeting and working with your family and your student as they create their own chapter this year.

My best regards,

Alexia Ritchie
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